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  • Reply to: Monday News: Take your shot   1 hour 24 min ago

    our normal Monday coronavirus update is missing. A few weeks ago the N&O shunted their coverage from mainstream news over to a Coronavirus page, and I contemplated discontinuing the update at that time, but I'm also prone to a little, "Don't tell me what to do!" so I kept it going. Here are the current numbers:

    At least 1,010,113 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus and 13,340 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials.

    The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services reported 220 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, down from 362 on Thursday.

    At least 475 people were hospitalized with the coronavirus as of Friday, down from 485 the day before.

    As of Wednesday — the latest day with available data — 1.9% of coronavirus tests were reported positive.

    Unless those numbers begin to spike again, we will likely not be updating the stats on a regular basis.

    You can access up-to-date info from the N&O link above or the NCDHHS Covid Dashboard.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   21 hours 12 min ago

    I was there yesterday, where I took this picture:

    That's the Town administrator of Green Level and the NC House Representative for the district. It was a very well-managed celebration, no alcohol or drugs, and yet a roadblock was set up nearby (again with the racial profiling) to harass and intimidate law-abiding citizens. I'm so pissed off right now I can't adequately describe it.

  • Reply to: Sunday News: From the Editorial pages   1 day 4 min ago

    A (Facebook) friend of mine recently made an observation (that floored me, because he had never even intimated any racist tendencies) that maybe many slaves remained on their Texas plantations because they didn't have anywhere else to go, and there was food & shelter and such where they were.

    It was in response to an argument that had developed over whether the slaves needed to be told about the end of the war, which a few contrarian progressives viewed as just another insult veiled in concern. Or something. We love to attack each other over the silliest of reasons.

    Understand, the message delivered in Galveston was almost exclusively aimed at the slave owners, who without a doubt were aware of Lee's surrender, and that Federal emancipation laws (codified in the U.S. Constitution by that time) could no longer be ignored. The fact those laws had to be enforced by the military is the true lesson that needs to be learned. That white slave-owners were intent on ignoring such as long as they could get away with it is what we need to remember, because that legacy continued virtually unchecked for the following 100 years, at least in the South. Where a little black girl had to be escorted and protected by soldiers from the anger of a white mob, just so she could go to school.

    Half a century after that, the right to vote for African-Americans is being challenged, and the right to drive a fricking car down the street without being summarily executed for holding a cell phone is something to be "debated," but not defended.

    How did we get (back) here? Not sure if we ever left, but the root cause of the above is prejudice. Pre-judged, if you will. African-Americans are pulled over by police at a much higher rate than whites (racially profiled), skin color is a probable cause. Understand, this has been happening all along ("whose horse is that you're riding?"), but the BLM movement has put it on the front page, and is forcing us to (finally) reckon with it.

    But we also must understand, it's not just law enforcement that needs reform. Karen needs to be reformed as well (yeah, I know, giving her a name is reductive and subjective, and lacks nuance. But nuance is not one of Karen's strong suits). My point is, that prejudice originates in our society, and then contaminates the ranks of law enforcement, not the other way around.

    And the only way to fix that is via education at a young age, exposure to genuine history and not white-washed historical fiction. But prejudice is like a virus; it will do anything to survive and procreate, which includes mutating into something that seems reasonable, in order to avoid society's antibodies.

    Would that we had a vaccination for that.

  • Reply to: Saturday News: Backroom boondoggle   2 days 21 min ago

    I didn't see the full statement in the article, but Cooper should have hammered on the secret, behind the scenes deal that Duke Energy and the GOP were engaged in to write this bill.

    It's not enough to stress the limitations of the legislation, but to point out that debate and discussion of an issue such as this that impacts the pocketbooks of most of the state's residents should have been done openly and in public.

  • Reply to: The absurd glorification of Mark Robinson by the right   2 days 2 hours ago

    I look at some of the figures on the right - Robinson, Diamond and Silk, Peter "Gays for Trump" Boykin - and wonder what deep-set issue they had to get drawn into the right-wing nutcase universe.

    They're people with some kind of chip on their shoulder. And right-wing operatives with some money were to swoop in, give them some ego-boosting accolades, and throw a little money their way to get them to engage in public self-loathing.

    As much as Robinson's obsessions are a ridiculous outrage circus, we can't forget that he and others are being groomed and given money to play these roles. It's just another form of astroturfing.