Ruminations on current events driving th Lafayette
Ruminations on current events driving the world.
Recent suggestions that the US national elections be postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic seem to be lacking education on the US Constitution. The Congress has the only authority to do this and with a polarized Congress this will not happen. Secondly the Constitution did provide for the scenario of a delayed election, but specifically stipulates that the current administration's term ends on January 20 and cannot be extended due to a delayed election. In the event of a delayed election the Speaker of the House of Representatives assumes the Presidency in a temporary role until such time as a proper election is held. Either the legal advisors to the Administration are woefully lacking on their education of the Constitution or they do not think that any of the citizenry are sufficiently well versed in the Constitution to call out their veiled attempt at totalitarian rule. Either way they fail badly.
The current Administration would do better to develop a plan to deal with the deteriorating economy of the US due to the pandemic. They lack the understanding that the economy is driven by the pandemic and cannot be restored without controlling the pandemic. The recent loss in GDP of 33% is egregious not just for its magnitude as a pandemic and subsequent business stoppage can easily cause such a downturn. but it is comparison to the other impacted countries in the community of industrialized nations that is most unsetling. The US has lost 33%GDP, the EU has lost 1% GDP and China is still gaining GDP as are other Asian nations. They are replacing the US in the Global Economy. What does this mean for the US? It means that it is no longer dominant on the global stage. It now has to compete for influence and commerce on the world stage from a position lagging behind much of the rest of the industrialized world. The thing that global pandemics do is they change world. The leaders become followers or do not survive and the followers become leaders demonstrating a new way to live.
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It seems that a general education on the basic biology of viruses is in order because the US obviously has about 40% of its population that did not pay attention in high school biology. Viruses require a host to multiply and proliferate. The host can be most any living organism and in the case of Covid-19 the primary host is the human species. This means that the protein spikes on the virus are most well adapted to latch on to human cells. This virus is of microscopic scale and requires an imaging electron microscope in order to see it. Billions of virus can occupy the size of the head of a pin. The virus proliferation is very important because the more the virus multiplies and generates more total virus is in the country and the world and the greater the difficulty in quelling virus blooms like we are now seeing. This also brings us closer to the virus becoming endemic. When the virus becomes endemic it is here to stay indefinitely. This means that around the world we would be destined to endure cyclical blooms like we are currently encountering in the US for the indefinite future. This will require a shut down of almost all public activity each time, for two to three months, to gain control of the virus spread. As long as there is Covid-19 virus somewhere in the world this is a likely scenario. As for a vaccine, modern medicine has never been successful at building a vaccine for a corona virus. The common cold is a corona virus. How many of us have had a common cold? Many people get them multiple times per year. If the antigen reaction is similar then a vaccine is likely to only be effective for a very short time. Also consider that even if an effective vaccine is generated, modern medicine has only been able to eradicate one virus and that is Small Pox. In all of it efforts and with very effective vaccines humanity has not been able to eradicate any other virus. So this leave us with the need to adapt and change our behavior to live with Covid-19 among us. We know from example that this can be done as most of Europe, Asia, the Pacific Rim and may African countries have done so. It will require a collective effort to wear respiratory coverings (masks), physical distance, (keep more than 6 feet between people), limit interactivity to only necessity, change the work environment to accommodate physical distancing and air handling sanitation and convert to remote and teleworking as much as possible. This needs to be a lifestyle change and not seen as a temporary action. This will have to be endured for years to deal with this virus. If we do this we can adapt to recover an economic platform that will benefit the populace and allow for a good standard of living. It will not be the same as we had become accustomed to but will be a survivable scheme for all. If we do not change the behavior of the populace then we are destined to continue this cycle of opening activity and then having to shut down weeks later because of a raging virus bloom and each time because we continue to pile up the amount of virus generated which grows with each bloom then the cycle becomes more wide spread with greater severity. This will continue to occur until the other 96% of the world which is being affected by the behavior of the US populace, since the virus anywhere is the virus everywhere, reaches the end of its patience with the childish actions of the US populace. I do not see this taking very long. We already see the early actions being taken where US occupants are only allowed to travel to 12 countries currently, none of which are major trading partners. US goods are already becoming circumspect in Europe, Asia and the Pacific rim. Even though current data does not indicate that virus transmission from surfaces is great, simply the perception that goods could be tainted is causing purchase hesitation by trading partners. Also trading partners are very hesitant to allow vessels and aircraft carrying freight to access their ports and airports. The US is already the pariah of the world. If the behavior does not change now the world's attitude towards the US will become pervasive and reversing this will take a generation or more.
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Richland School District Selects New Superintendent
The Richland School District has recently announced that it has hired a new superintendent that will begin her position effective August 2020.
Dr. Shelley Redinger, current Superintendent of Spokane Public Schools, will assume her Richland position next month.
Redinger is a Richland native, and has worked with the Richland School District before, holding other administrative positions.
This great announcement comes after the district had many struggles attempting to find a new superintendent to be longtime Superintendent Dr. Rick Schulte's successor.
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Edo guber: Governor Obaseki suffers another blow as campaign director, two others dump him
Governor Godwin Obaseki, suffered another blow in his bid for reelection in the Edo September governorship election on Tuesday with the resignation of Mr Patrick Iyoha, the Director, Obaseki/Shaibu Movement.
Iyoha, a member of the state Waste Management Board, in a letter dated July 28, addressed to Gov. Godwin Obaseki, said that his resignation was with immediate effect and due to personal reason.
In the same vein, two members, including Mr Gabriel Oiboh, Chairman, State Post Primary Education Board, also rendered their letters of resignation to the governor.
Oiboh and first member of the board, Mr Osanyemwere Osawe, in a letter dated July 28, said that their resignations followed pressure to defect to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Earlier, three commissioners of the Edo State Oil and Gas Producing Area Development Commission had on Monday reigned their appointments.
The commisioners — Osamwonyi Atu, Emmanuel Odigie and Rilwanu Oshiomhole — represented Edo South, Edo Central and Edo North senatorial districts.
Edo guber: Betsy Obaseki charges charges women on political participation
Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo state, Nigerian women have been urged to rise up and take their rightful place in politics, as politics is now changing for the better.
Wife of Edo state governor, Mrs. Betsy Obaseki, gave the charge on Tuesday in Benin, the state capital, at the inauguration of the women wing of PDP campaign council.
Addressing members of the Council, the Edo First Lady noted that while some politicians are seeking personal gains, the decent ones in Edo politics are increasing in number.
According to her, “Some People play politics for their personal gains, they think only of their stomachs, only of themselves.
“Politics is changing in Nigeria weather we like it or not. The decent and patriotic ones are more in number.
“Those supporting good governance and this government are more in number, they just happen to be decent.”
Also speaking at the inauguration ceremony, a member of the PDP Board of Trustee, Mrs Stella Omu, noted that Godwin Obaseki is a treasure that must be preserved at all cost.
Mrs. Omu urged the women to forget about those who will want to lure them with money and think about the future of their children.
“What I want to say now is that, forget about those who will be bringing tons and tons of money to say if you follow us, vote for us, we will do you this.
“Even if they give you all the money in this world, their money will be nothing, because God has designed this victory for Obaseki.
“So, I want to appeal to all of us here, we know we all love money, integrity pays,” she said.
Also speaking, a former Minister of Women Affairs, Iyom Josephine Anenih, said in all her 20 years in politics, Godwin Obaseki is the first Governor she has seen who was sworn-in into office with a plan on what he was set out to do.
She said “When [Obaseki] came, he came with a plan. He had a detailed plan broken-down year by year, and he has only done four years out of the eight years plan and we can all see the evidence.
“He still has four more years to go. He is the first Governor I have seen that was sworn-in with a plan in the entire Nigeria.”
In her speech, the Deputy National Women Leader of PDP, Hajia Hadizat Umoru, admonished the women on the need for a patriotic spirit, to make the women to make the re-election of Obaseki a reality.
“Let us believe that we have come to secure Edo state. We have come to make Edo state the heartbeat of Nigeria that originally God said it is.
“Which ever way we look at it, Godwin Obaseki has worked,” Umoru said.
The state woman leader of PDP, Lindsey Tes-Sorae, admonished the women against being used by politicians as a mole.
“Don’t bring any shame by being a mole, playing a little to the left, a little to the right, we will not tolerate it,” she said.
Governor Godwin Obaseki created the women wing of the PDP Campaign Council to boost his chances of victory at the polls, come September 19.
Edo guber: Comrade Oshiomole’s u-turn on Osagie Ize-Iyamu a great insult on Edo people – Governor Wike
Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, has declared that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer in the forth coming Governorship election in Edo state, Governor Godwin Obaseki, has no opponent.
Speaking as a guest on a live television programme today, Governor Wike said that the people of Edo state already know the type of candidate the All Progressives Congress (APC) is presenting going by what Adams Oshiomhole said of him four years ago.
“Adams Oshiomhole told Edo people that Ize Iyamu was rusticated from school; that he poured acid on a fellow student that destroyed his manhood. That he is an armed robber that cannot be trusted with money.
“Such a character cannot be accepted by Edo people as Governor during the election.
“I respect the Benin tradition and I know that Edo people are educated to know that Oshiomhole cannot play on their intelligence. If he is now retracting what he said of Ize Iyamu, who is sure that he’s saying the correct thing now.
“Adams Oshiomole’s sudden u-turn is a great insult on Edo people. This is an opportunity for Edo people both at home and in the diaspora to use their votes to tell Oshiomole they cannot take his lies anymore.
“From all indications, it is obvious that there is no strong opposition against Obaseki and he will win convincingly”, he said.
Governor Wike who is the Chairman of the PDP National Campaign Council stated that he and his team accepted the responsibility to lead the campaign because they are satisfied with results coming out already from Edo State.
Governor Wike stated that the PDP has continued to take steps in strengthening the nation’s democracy.
According to him, the Party does so with the promotion of internal politics and resolving conflict of interests of members to achieve common goals.
He noted the success recorded by the PDP in conducting free and fair party primaries in Edo state.
The Governor said all the aspirants decided to work together to support the candidature of Governor Godwin Obaseki who is the party’s flag bearer.
“It was not easy to have a sole candidate for the Party in Edo state. People thought there will be problems, given the fact that Obaseki was coming from another Party. But Party members who are grounded and believe in the Party didn’t see any sacrifice too much to make.
“Even in Ondo State, the former Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, who decamped to PDP contested keenly during the primaries and lost . If there are other pending issues in the South West, be sure that the Party will resolve them.
“That is exactly what Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as the chairman of South-South States’ Governors had done. He is making sure that we are all on the same page to ensure that all states in the South-South are controlled by PDP,” he stated.