Virus, depression continue

The GOP continues to lead the country into death and depression.

Over 5 million infected, 160,000 dead. Latest red/blue state numbers:

  • 2.85 million cases in red states. That’s 876,000 more than my last update.
  • 2.06 million in blue states. 348,000 since the last update.

Florida and Texas have managed to surpass New York’s formidable total.  But so has California, which is responsible for almost half of the new blue-state cases.

Worldwide, similar right-wing nutjob Bolsonaro has led Brazil into nearly 3 million cases.

As ever, this was an avoidable catastrophe.  South Korea: still under 15,000 cases. Canada has 119,000 cases, or 1/5 of the case rate we have.

Meanwhile, the economy shrank 9.5% in the 2nd quarter, the worst performance ever, exceeding even drops during the Great Depression. Naturally, the GOP responded by doing nothing, letting the extra unemployment benefits end.  Oh, they did have a plan: they proposed to prevent employers from being sued if their reopening policies made their employees die.

That’s the modern GOP.  Why choose between plague and economic catastrophe when you can have both?

Almea+400 and Patreon

I have a new project, Almea+400. I’ve been working on Almea for forty years, and for all that time Almea has stayed in the year 3480. No more! The new project is to tell what happened next— for the next four hundred years.

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Queen Tilye, 3496

This takes us through the equivalent of the modern era, and well into science fiction territory. I already have an outline of the history, and I think some really interesting things are going to happen.  Or have happened. I am not sure what tenses are appropriate here.

You’ll also notice that I have a Patreon now. This is to support not only Almea+400 but all my writing projects. Basically, I earn a scant living as a writer, but it’s pretty darn scant, and any support would help me keep going. (The pandemic hasn’t really damaged my income so far— but my wife lost her job due to it, so that doesn’t help.) Naturally I understand that most of you won’t be able to join, and that’s OK. I do really appreciate those who already have!

If you’re curious or worried, I’m also still working on the Middle East Construction Kit. In fact, one of the next steps is to go back to the sketch of Sumerian there.