Friday John Ku – AKA – TGIF

“Hey, Twiggy. Want to chase a squirrel?”
“Hold on, Lucy. I’m going to sneeze.”
“Wait, we need a social distance.”

Another Friday has arrived. I’m sure somewhere there are folks that are very happy to have a weekend. I think those essential workers who have been busting their butt while the rest of us stay home could use a weekend. I hope they have a good one.

The cases of COVID-19 across the US continue. As of yesterday, there were 1,400,050 cases up 30,92.6 from May 12th, That is a 2% increase in cases.

The state of Wisconsin just opened all the bars in the state after the Wisconsin Supreme Court struck down a stay at home regulation. The bars were packed after the order was struck down. This is a state where the cases have grown by 3% since May 12th. I guess well see how it looks in 14 days.

Today’s John Ku talks about who we can believe and who to trust during this difficult time. I hope you all have a safe and healthy weekend.

Trust by John W. Howell Β© 2020

Do we trust the Feds?

Or put our faith in the state. . .

Hard to know who’s right.

 

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  1. Poignant JohnKu, John. I think most Americans can be trusted to do what’s right…more so than some of the Feds. Enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Enjoy yours as well, Jill.

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  2. Such a sad situation, John. So many dying, and here are folks packing into pubs. I read a news report yesterday that said it appears that dozen caught COVID-19 while at an anti-lockdown protest in Wisconsin. Gotta love irony. Great JohnKu. Have a good weekend πŸ™‚

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    1. That is exactly what I’m worried about, Harmony. Stay safe and out of pubs (Joke)

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  3. That should read ‘dozens’πŸ€ͺ

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    1. Yup. Got it.

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  4. There seems to be this weird phenomenon among some people (e.g., the Wisconsin bar crowders) of wishing to make it so. If I act as if there is no virus, then there won’t be.

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    1. A very dangerous position to be in. We will have to wait and see. Maybe there is some truth to the herd immunity theory. In the meantime, stay safe.

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      1. You too, John.

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  5. Things continue to open up more and more here in Florida, but we are erring on the side of caution right now, as I no longer am sure who to believe…or trust.

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    1. That pretty much describes my feelings as well, Lori. Thanks and stay safe.

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  6. I’m just hoping it doesn’t get worse. For obvious reasons, my attention is more on the Kawasaki-like thing that’s hitting kids. The whole situation is terrifying.

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    1. I agree. Let’s hope someone somewhere gets a handle on causes of these new developments.

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      1. Fingers crossed on that one. Especially with summer camp looming.

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  7. Gwen M. Plano · ·

    Well stated, John. Our area is beginning to open, and I think we must – with caution. The misery people experience because of no income is profound. My three sons in NYC received a stimulus loan that requires use by a specific date. Alas, NYC remains shut down. My sons, and many many like them, cannot access the loan and will soon lose it entirely. Meanwhile, some folks can work from home, and like our elected officials, they receive regular checks. I’m ever so grateful for my retirement check, but I’m equally distressed for all those who do not enjoy the same.

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    1. I know how you feel, Gwen. I think everyone has to take personal precautions to keep well. Stay well. 😁

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  8. Hard to know, but let’s error on the side of not being stupid.

    I hope everyone who needs a good weekend gets one. I hope you have one, too, John.

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    1. Don’t forget yourself, Dan. Hope you have a good one too. 😁

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  9. Being as this is new to everyone alive today – we can only hope someone is giving us accurate info. I for one will not be at the bar or gym just yet.

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    1. You and me both, GP. 😊

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  10. Opening up slowly here, but still being cautious. Have a great weekend, John!

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    1. You as well, Teri. Thank you. 😁

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  11. I saw that picture of those putzes in the bar – like you said, we’ll see the results in 14 days.
    They talked and talked about opening up the schools for this past Monday, then next Tuesday and now elementary schools won’t before September 1 but high schools or professional programmes (like my eldest) maybe on May 25th (he is hoping and praying so that he can start working as an electrician sooner than later)…
    Who to trust? We are all going to have to face the new way of doing things and until people stop whining about being told what to do and doing it for the safety of their fellow man, things will remain in this stuck place.
    Have a fantabulous weekend, John!

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    1. All great thoughts, Dale. Have a fabulous weekend as well. πŸ˜€

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      1. πŸ™‚

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  12. I just don’t think we can afford to stick our heads in the sand on this one, John. Those scenes of the Wisconsin folks in the bars horrified me. If they want to catch the virus, why don’t they go to WalMart and lick the handles of all the shopping carts?? Lovely JohnKu — enjoy your weekend!

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    1. Hahahaha. Loved the shopping cart comment. Stay safe, Debbie.

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      1. That’s a Domer-ism!!

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      2. Good one. 😁

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  13. John, I will put my kindness to work in line with your first thought. The front line workers deserve a break. So the last thing we should be doing is putting our covid infected bodies into the hands of EMS, Firefighters, and Emergency Room personnel. That is not giving them a break weekend or not. Reopening with careless barroom abandon is like demanding baseball double headers everyday and daring those front line workers to keep up the pace. That is not kindness to anyone. And considering the built in time delay of symptom on set and the still dicey chance of getting a test and more time delay on the results I am fairly certain we should redo the 14 day math. I have heard from more than one source that onset can be between 14 and 21 days. Add on the rest of the timeline to actually receiving test results and we are talking closer to a month. So we most likely won’t be getting any fuzzy nearly focused count of new numbers till mid June. Hoo-rah into the maelstrom me mates !

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    1. Thank you , John. You make a great deal of sense. I still see a COVID-19 tsunami coming.

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      1. On the general scale of things tsunami is better than apocalypse. Then again covid-19 fluster cluck is more poetic if only slightly mysterious. Now on to the weekend.

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      2. Yes. On to the weekend.

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  14. You often don’t know who’s wrong and who’s right.
    Excellent post, John.

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    1. So true, Rabirius.

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  15. D.L. Finn, Author · ·

    I think we can move forward being cautious. People need to work, but we can do it safely, which I’m not seeing. My son lost his jobs in the beginning, didn’t get unemployment because he was a full time student in 2018. No, that doesnt make sense. So he’s done odd jobs to survive. But still I won’t be crowding into any venue anytime soon.

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    1. I wish people would take it safely. The worse thing that could happen is a rebound. Thanks, Denise. You stay safe.

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  16. Guy Portman · ·

    Seems a little early to be opening venues. Have a good weekend.

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    1. It does. Have a good weekend as well.

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  17. Can we go with neither/nor?

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  18. Trust the Feds? Absolutely not! Not now, not ever. Here in Texas, things are opening up and there is a music festival the weekend of the 22-23 of May. My closest friends will be there and my heart wants to go, but my gut says no. I will listen to my gut.

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    1. If you can stay masked and 6 feet from everyone I would think it would be okay. The problem is the six feet. All those friends and all those hugs.

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  19. I already had trust issues, John. I don’t know who said it first, but I’m sticking with “Trust no one!” πŸ˜‰ And I was already severely agoraphobic. I’m never leaving my house again. 😱
    Hugs on the wing!

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    1. You will leave someday, Teagan. Just not now. 😷Hugs back.

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  20. The worldwide news reports coming in aren’t relaxing to watch. Like the rest of humanity, I’m holding my breath and praying that the thirst for freedom doesn’t come at too high a price.

    Great post.

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    1. Yes. Especially for you. You need to be careful.

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      1. I’ll give it my best shot, my friend.

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  21. HI John, I don’t know if I know what’s right either. Small busineses are really suffering. I’m lucky to still have a job. I read about the Wisconsin bars – hmmm. I think it has to be gradual, but I also think it has to happen. When though, I don’t know. Very tricky to balance it all. You said that all in a few words, rather than my ramble. Hope you have a nice weekend.

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    1. We need to be careful is what I’m saying.

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  22. No kidding. I’d be inclined to trust the scientists. They have no need of political points and are dealing with evidence.

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    1. For the most part. I trust the scientists

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    2. For the most part.

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  23. There seems to be an “everyone but me” belief out there. I listen to science people. I hope you’re having a great weekend. We’re bogged down by the pre-monsoon heat here. It’s due in about three weeks. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

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    1. The heat can sap strngth. Mind the shadows and move slowly. Thanks, Suzanne.

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  24. As more and more testing is going on we’re going to see more positives so the numbers go up. In my area, we’re not doing too badly. We’re counted as part of a quad.4 counties are the makeup of these numbers.

    As of yesterday, we have 137 total cases, 45 active cases, 90 recovered, 2 deaths, and 3 in the hospital.
    1,798 tests have been given, Results back 1,479 with 1 positive result, and 1,478 negative. I hope a large number of negative results continue as the rest of the results trickle in.

    I hope everyone has a good weekend too!

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    1. Sounds like you are in a plateau situation one positive out of 1479 is great.

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  25. Was it on purpose that you missed me on this one, John…is it the Bentley-thing? πŸ™‚

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    1. Nope. Sure was not. I keep looking in my driveway too.

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  26. I’m not sure opening things back up is the wisest move, though most people are responsible, there are always the rebels.

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  27. Very hard to know who’s right when they keep moving the goal posts. And now weekends are sort of like every other day…

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    1. Yes indeed, Noelle.

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  28. You raise an excellent point. Well done, John.

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    1. Thank you, Jennie.

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      1. You’re welcome, John.

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