Bodies of COVID victims long filled a funeral home in Queens NY because many families couldn't afford funerals. Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Image
On Friday, these things happened: Evidently lacking more pressing matters to attend to, the toddler in the White House unveiled the flag for his new super-duper Space Force - "Space is going to be the future, both in terms of defense and offense and so many other things"; the Barbie Press Secretary, several months and tens of thousands of deaths too late, displayed his new, "robust" Pandemic Preparedness Response playbook, boasting it's "much better" than Obama's 69-page "thin packet of paper" - toss dismissively aside here - because it's in shiny binders, though she can't actually name anything that's in it; and, probably thanks to their magic binders keeping us in such great shape, the CDC announced that, according to 12 forecasting models, coronavirus deaths in the US could surpass 100,000 by June 1. Currently, the US has by far the world's greatest number of both cases - 1.4 million - and deaths - approaching 90,000. We account for roughly a third of global deaths; the UK is next with 33,614 deaths; China, with four times our population, has documented just 4,633 deaths. If the CDC's figures weren't horrific enough, another study has predicted US deaths could reach 147,000 by August. By either measure, the guy who once boasted "only" 100,000 deaths would mean he'd done "a very good job" should be proud he'll already reach his goal by June 1. Little wonder, then, we're all so smoothly transitioning Into, or in some cases to, greatness as advertised in his new campaign slogan, which he made up himself: "It came out by accident...It was a statement and it came out and you can't get a better one." Good boy. Too bad the master strategist and business whiz who kills everything he touches didn't buy the doman name first.
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Hopefully the first member of the new Space Force to be launched far, far away