Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Monsoon 2020

I'm officially giving up on Monsoon 2020.  We've had two days of rain, one of which was pretty short.  It's all going east of us.  So unfair.  We get the humidity, but no real benefit of rain, but the clouds look nice.

Ocotillos drop their leaves when times are tough.  This one has looked dead for months.  All it took was a little water and leaves popped out of the branches.  They are good at taking advantage of what ever water comes their way.  The prickly pear to the right has also plumped up and is not looking half dead at present.

Ocotillo with the setting sun on it.

Did you all see that Donald Trump Junior got put in twitter jail for spreading misinformation about Covid-19?  He retweeted a video of a group of doctors claiming that hydroxychloroquine cures Covid-19 and therefore there is no need to wear masks, socially distance or do any of the other things that people like Dr. Fauci are telling us to do.  A video of Dr. Immanuel and several doctors from the far right group called America’s Frontline Doctors touting the benefits of hydroxychloroquine went viral.  The Daily Beast has an article on the subject.

The video was viewed more than 14 million times, until Facebook and Twitter took it down.  What is wrong with Americans that they can't distinguish between real science and faux science?  If you want to listen to the orange man talking, the link to the video is here.

Today, during the testimony of AG Barr, he was heard to say that he would only step down if the election results are clear.  Doesn't that happen when the states certify their election results?  I think they're setting things up to contest the election.  A landslide is needed.  Get your absentee ballots and get them in the mail!

Update to post 7/29/20: WAPO put up an opinion piece about the doctors' recommendation about hydroychloroquine that's pretty good.


  1. Terrifying. That’s all I can say, just terrifying. God I wish this year was over. But in a good way, by getting rid of the two plagues destroying the country.

  2. I don't doubt they'll fight it if they think they have even a chance of sowing enough discord to retain the presidency -- no matter what the vote says. Dark days.

    It's amazing the way the ocotillo springs back to life after even just a little drink.

  3. sorry you aren't getting any rain. we're finally getting some. and that American Frontline Doctors is a Tea party group and they are also anti-vaxers, I read. I also read yesterday where someone investigated everyone in that video and they are all basically charlatans but of course, I can't find it again.

  4. I agree that it looks very much like the Republicans will contest the election if they lose. I doubt seriously that Trump will depart gracefully. That opinion piece was a good read. The NY Times has a good one today about the demise of the party. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/29/opinion/trump-republican-party-racism.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

  5. Actually, I will take my absentee ballot to the board of elections and see that it is receipted. If the line isn't too long, I'll stuff the absentee and vote early.

  6. I agree with Marty. It is terrifying and I want it over with. Every day he sounds more unhinged.