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MMM -- Sunday

One love.


Aphex Twin. “Avril 14th”



Ludovico Einaudi. “Divenire”



Michael Franti. “We Are All Earthlings”

Trump vs U.S. Governors -- Summary as of Mar 29 2020

WASHINGTON (AP) — After days of pleading from the nation’s governors, President Donald Trump took steps Friday to expand the federal government’s role in helping produce critically needed supplies to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

Yet the president rejected any criticism for the federal government’s response to a ballooning public health crisis that a month ago he predicted would be over by now.

“We have done a hell of a job,” Trump told reporters Friday, as he sent an ominous message to state and local leaders who have been urging the federal government to do more to save lives.

“If they don’t treat you right, I don’t call,” Trump said, shortly after telling reporters: “I want them to be appreciative.”

But after days of saying such a move was not needed, Trump on Friday signed an order aimed at compelling General Motors to prioritize the production of ventilators under the Defense Production Act.

Hours earlier, Trump had taken issue with the very idea that states would need an influx of the machines.

One month after predicting the U.S. was days away from being “close to zero” coronavirus cases, Trump in recent days had increasingly tried to shift the blame to state and local leaders as the spread tops more than 124,000 cases nationwide.

He lashed out at governors, continued to diminish the risk posed by the virus and insisted that the federal government was only a “backup” as he looked to avoid political costs from a pandemic ...

In a Thursday night interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Trump declared that Washington Gov. Jay Inslee “should be doing more” and “shouldn’t be relying on the federal government.”

He dismissed New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s requests for additional ventilators to keep patients alive, saying, “I don’t believe you need 40,000 or 30,000” of the devices, which force air into the lungs of those too sick to breathe.

He was still weighing Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a disaster declaration, saying, “We’ve had a big problem with the young, a woman governor from, you know who I’m talking about, from Michigan.”

“You know,” he added from the White House, “we don’t like to see the complaints.”


The administration’s mantra ... has long been that the fight against the virus must be “locally executed, state managed, and federally supported.”

But Trump appeared to show little empathy for the states’ predicament, with his emphasis skewed toward the “locally executed” portion of that trifecta.

At the same time, governors’ complaints about federal support have been mounting as state leaders grow more open to airing their frustrations, despite the perceived risks.

They had faulted Trump’s refusal to use the DPA to force companies to manufacture critical supplies and his insistence that it should be up to states to purchase things like masks and testing agents on the open market.

That has forced states to compete both against one another and the federal government, driving up prices, even as federal officials have pledged their help if states fail.

Michigan's governor, Gretchen Whitmer, in particular, has criticized the Trump administration’s response to the pandemic –- including on national cable TV shows — saying that the federal government should do more and that Michigan’s allotment of medical supplies from the national stockpile is meager.

"I’ve been uniquely singled out despite my voice not being the only one that observed that,” she said.

“I don’t go into personal attacks. I don’t have time for that,” Whitmer said. “I need partnership out of the federal government. We have to be all hands on deck here.”

New York Mayor Andrew Cuomo has also been on the forefront, some days criticizing the administration’s failure to act and at other times commending federal assistance.

But Cuomo has remained clear that the state, which is now the epicenter of the crisis, needs many more ventilators than it has at the ready.

“That’s what the data and the science said,” Cuomo said Friday as he defended his ask for additional ventilators and issued a new request to Washington for an additional 41,000 beds in temporary hospitals.

Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as a “wartime president” — and now Cuomo and others have called on the federal government to act like it’s a war.

“What is unclear to me is why the federal administration refuses to direct industries to manufacture critical PPE,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, said Wednesday, referring to personal protective equipment. “I’m not exaggerating when I say this outrageous lack of action will result in lost lives. Including those of our health care workers.”

Inslee, also a Democrat, tweeted: “We need a national mobilization of the industrial base in this country. That’s how we won WWII. To get that, we need a president to lead. Washingtonians’ lives depend on it.”

Even as Trump has publicly doubted the need for a massive increase in ventilators, the White House has been working behind the scenes to get more of them manufactured.

Disagreements burst into the open Friday when Trump lashed out at General Motors and its CEO on Twitter, alleging that the company promised to build thousands more breathing machines than it can deliver.

As usual with ‘this’ General Motors, things just never seem to work out,” Trump wrote, adding that the company promised 40,000 ventilators quickly but now says it will build only 6,000 in late April and at a high price. He said they should reopen a now-closed factory in Lordstown, Ohio — even though that factory has been sold...

Trump also authorized Defense Secretary Mark Esper to call up an unspecified number of federal reservists to help with the coronavirus response.

He said in a letter to Congress on Friday that he had authorized Esper to order units and individual members of the Selected Reserve, as well as certain Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty.

They are separate from, and in addition to, National Guard members who have been mobilized by state governors.

The reserve call-up likely is intended to fill gaps in medical expertise as the military deploys field hospitals to cities hard hit by COVID-19 and provides other forms of medical support to state and local authorities.

Pence, meanwhile, skirted the question of whether responsibility for the outbreak should be borne by the state or federal government in an interview with CNBC.


https://www.snopes.com/ap/2020/03/27/trump-rejecting-blame-warns-governors-to-be-appreciative/

The dicktater of this gutted government lashes out first at Democratic governors, then at GM. "Appreciative" is the example to be set by a real president, not an impeached psychopath.

Because of his vicious games, the confirmed U.S. coronareality is 124,123.




Midday Music for Millennials -- "All Day"Saturday

[b cuz music


Art Garfunkel. "All I Know”


ABC. “All of My Heart”


The Kinks. “All Day and All of the Night”


Blink 182. “All the Small Things”


Led Zeppelin. “All of My Love”


ELO. “All Over the World”

Nice country you got there

MMM -- WTFRIDAY

"Coronareality: the hour is getting late”



Jimi Hendrix. "All Along the Watchtower”


There must be some kinda way outta here
Said the joker to the thief
There's too much confusion
I can't get no relief

Business men, they drink my wine
Plowman dig my earth
None were level on the mind
Nobody up at his word
Hey, hey

No reason to get excited
The thief he kindly spoke
There are many here among us
Who feel that life is but a joke

But, uh, but you and I, we've been through that
And this is not our fate
So let us stop talkin' falsely now
The hour's getting late

All along the watchtower
Princes kept the view
While all the women came and went
Barefoot servants, too

Outside in the cold distance
A wildcat did growl
Two riders were approaching
And the wind began to howl …



Kanye West, Bon Iver. “Lost In The World”




(lyrics)
I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind
I'm building a still
To slow down time
I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my mind
I'm building a still
To slow down the time
I'm up in the woods
I'm down on my line
I'm building a still
Down the time ooh

I'm lost in the world
Been down my whole life
I'm new in the city
And I'm down for the night
Down for the night
Said she's down for the night
Down the time

I'm lost in the world
Been down my whole life
I'm new in the city
But I'm down for the night
Down for the night, down for the night

You're my devil, you're my angel
You're my Heaven, you're my Hell
You're my now, you're my forever
You're my freedom, you're my jail
You're my lies, you're my truth
You're my war, you're my truce
You're my questions, you're my proof
You're my stress and you're my masseuse

Ma-ma-se, ma-ma-se, ma-ma-ku-sa
Lost in this plastic life
Let's break out of this fake ass party
Turn this into a classic night
If we die in each other's arms
Still get laid in that afterlife
If we die in each other's arms
Still get laid yeah

I'm up in the woods (run from the lights, run from the night)
Run for your life
I'm new in the city
And I'm down for the night
Down for the night, down for the night

I'm lost in the world
Been down my whole life
I'm new in the city
But I'm down for the night
Down for the night, down for the night

Who will survive in America?
Who will survive in America? (Down for the night)
Who will survive in America?
Who will survive in America?
I'm lost in the world
Been down my whole life
I'm new in the city
And I'm down for the ride, known for the ride

I'm lost in the world
Been down my whole life
I'm new in the city
But I'm down for the night
Down for the night, for a good time
Hey ohoh
Hey ohoh

Alice Merton. “No Roots”


Del the Funky Homosapien, Dan the Automator, Kid Koala, Deltron 3030. “ 3030”

(lyrics)
Yo, it's 3030, I want y'all to meet Deltron Zero
Hero, not no small feat, it's all heat in this day and age
I rage your grave, anything it takes to save the day
Neuromancer, perfect blend of technology and magic

Use my rapping so you all could see the hazards
Plus entertainment where many are brainless
We cultivated the lost art of study and I brought a buddy
Automator, harder slayer, fascinating combinations

Cyber warlords are activating abominations
Arm a nation with hatred we ain't with that
We high-tech archaeologists searching for knickknacks
Composing musical stimpacks that impacts the song

Crack the motor what you think you rapping for?
I used to be a mech soldier but I didn't respect orders
I had to step forward, tell them this ain't for us
Living in a post-apocalyptic world morbid and horrid

The secrets of the past they hoarded
Now we just boarded on a futuristic spacecraft
No mistakes, black, it's our music we must take back
Yo, it's 3030

I want y'all to meet Deltron Zero and Automator
Yo, it's 3030, I want y'all to meet
Deltron Zero and Automator ...

Del, I'm feeling like a ghost in a shell
I wrote this in jail playing host to a cell
For the pure verbal, they said my sentence was equivalent to murder
Just another hurdle, I bounced through a portal

I knew they had the mind state of mere mortals
My ears morphed to receptors to catch ya
Every word about gravity control
And the families they hold for handsome ransoms

On the run with a handgun, blast bioforms, I am warned
That a planet-wise manhunt with cannons
Will make me abandon my foolish plan of uprising
Fuck dying, I hijack a mech

Controlling with my magical chance so battle advance
Through centuries of hip-hop legacy, mega speed
Hyper warp to Automator's crib and light the torch
They can't fight the force

Victory is ours once we strike the source
Enterprising wise men look to the horizon
Thinking more capitalism is the wisdom
And imprison all citizens empowered with rhythm
We keep the funk alive by talking with idioms

Yo, it's 3030, I want y'all to meet
Deltron Zero and Automator ...

Isn't eternal evil concerned with thievery
Medieval prehistoric rhetoric well we ahead of that
Lay it down with sound waves that pound pavement
Original minstrels my central processing unit
Is in tune with my heart for this art
Not artificial 'cause that makes it hard to miss you

Copycats finish last in the human race
Staying glued to safes too prude to take a buddah break
We got espers that let us bless with fresh shit
Undetected by yes men questing for five fleeting nanoseconds of fame

Protecting the brain from conspiracies against my cosmos
While I float to Neo-Tokyo with Opio
Or discuss combustible rust clusters with Plus
Evade cyber police in a computer crib confuse the kids

But I can make a kicking rhymes that's sacred
Telepathic mind that takes its greatness from the Matrix
Esper rhyme professor rushes in ultra pressures
With correction measures

Why half the world's a desert
Cannibals eat human brains for dessert
Buried under deap dirt, mobility inert
I insert these codes for the cataclysm
Ever since I had the vision use my magnetism
In this modern metropolis they tries to lock us up
Under preposterous laws thats not for us

Yo, it's 3030, I want y'all to meet
Deltron Zero and Automator ...
Yo, it's 3030, I want y'all to meet
Deltron Zero and Automator …

The Who. “Won’t Get Fooled Again”


(lyrics)
We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again

The change, it had to come
We knew it all along
We were liberated from the fold, that's all
And the world looks just the same
And history ain't changed
'Cause the banners, they are flown in the next war

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again, no, no

I'll move myself and my family aside
If we happen to be left half alive
I'll get all my papers and smile at the sky
Though I know that the hypnotized never lie
Do ya!

Yeah

There's nothing in the streets
Looks any different to me
And the slogans are replaced, by-the-bye
And the parting on the left
Is now parting on the right
And the beards have all grown longer overnight

I'll tip my hat to the new constitution
Take a bow for the new revolution
Smile and grin at the change all around
Pick up my guitar and play
Just like yesterday
Then I'll get on my knees and pray
We don't get fooled again
Don't get fooled again, no, no

Yeah

Meet the new boss
Same as the old boss

Midday Music for Millennials -- Thor'sday

or you're missing out on music's greatness

Sigur Ros. “Hrafntinna"


The Knife. “Silent Shout”



(lyrics)

I never knew this could happen to me
I know now fragility
I know there's people who I haven't told
I know of people who are getting old

Wish I could speak in just one sweep
What you are and what you mean to me
Instead I mumble randomly
You stand by and enlighten me

In a dream I lost my teeth again
Calling me woman and half man
Yes in a dream all my teeth fell out
A cracked smile and a silent shout
A cracked smile and a silent shout

If I explain it once thoroughly
He'll have you later 'cause it's never free
You were at the gigantic spree
I caught a glimpse now it haunts me
I caught a glimpse now it haunts me



Ulrikke. “Attention


Aisth “Box”


Bomfunk Mc “Freestyler”

Next Year's School Pictures

ACLU's Dale Ho Explains How Voting By Mail Can Work Along With In-Person Voting



Per Wikipedia, re the "Universal Right to Vote by Mail Act," H.R. 1604, S. 3299

As of September 30, 2014:

-- 33 states and the District of Columbia allow early voting with no-excuse required.
-- 27 states and the District of Columbia permit voters to vote absentee without requiring an excuse.
-- 20 states permit voters to vote via absentee ballots but require an excuse.
-- 6 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to request 'Permanent Absentee Status'.
-- 3 states (Oregon, Washington, and Colorado) conduct their elections completely by mail.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Universal_Right_to_Vote_by_Mail_Act

The House needs to get this in place soon.

On HBO tomorrow, Mar 26 -- "Kill Chain: The Cyber War on America's Elections," 9PM, EST.



A review from Mother Jones.

https://www.motherjones.com/2020-elections/2020/03/kill-chain/?fbclid=IwAR2rQzfidb0WQvyRxq9DGiOmD4t10CZm9C-N9YZ17xeWPGicwc98oOIVdqk

MMM -- whatevwednesday



better with

Jose Gonzalez. “Let It Carry You” remix


Foreigner. “Urgent” live remix


Gorillaz. “Humility”


Drake, Toronto Symphony Orchestra. “Know Yourself”


Eric Stanley. “Panda”
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