Idiocy

On September 1, 2020 the state of Massachusetts had 355 new cases of Covid-19. The United States as a whole had 41,976 new cases.

On September 2, 2021 (after having multiple vaccines available for over seven months) the state of Massachusetts had 2,037 new cases of Covid-19. The United States as a whole had 187,489 new cases.

What the fuck is wrong with us?

Take the god damned vaccine, you fucking morons.

A Weather First

Earlier this afternoon I had to do something that I have never had to do before. I went into the living room, where Harry was hanging out, and casually asked him if he knew what the procedure was for tornadoes.

His answer: Go to the cellar.

Correct.

There was a tornado warning for north eastern Massachusetts, specifically the North Shore. The tornado warning I read mentioned a funnel cloud touching down in Revere, but I can’t find any reports of that now, so I must have misread it. The sun was actually out over my house by the time the warning timed out, so I don’t think we were ever really involved. Still… I needed to make sure my soon-to-be-college-kid new the score. Jen was in her office on a phone call so I couldn’t interrupt her and by the time she was off the storm was gone.

So if you did have a tornado hit your house today then I hope everything is all right. Also, good to know Harry’s in the tornado know. Not that I ever doubted it. He’s a smart guy, he knows the deal.

Oh, Good

Check out what the Commonwealth of Massachusetts just announced in an article titled:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health releases updated face covering advisory

BOSTON — Today, the Department of Public Health (DPH) released updated guidance regarding the use of face coverings and cloth masks by individuals who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. 

This week, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released updated guidance that continues to state that individuals who are fully vaccinated may, as a general matter, resume many of the activities that they engaged in prior to the pandemic without wearing a mask or staying 6 feet apart, except where otherwise required by federal, state, or local laws, rules or regulations.  In response to the recent spread of the Delta variant, however, the CDC’s updated guidance does recommend that even fully vaccinated persons wear masks or face coverings when indoors if other risk factors are present.

In light of the information provided by the CDC, and in order to maximize protection of vulnerable individuals from the Delta variant, the Department of Public Health released updated guidance today that recommends that a fully vaccinated person wear a mask or face covering when indoors (and not in your own home) if you have a weakened immune system, or if you are at increased risk for severe disease because of your age or an underlying medical condition, or if someone in your household has a weakened immune system, is at increased risk for severe disease, or is unvaccinated. 

All people in Massachusetts (regardless of vaccination status) are required to continue wearing face coverings in certain settings, including transportation and health care facilities. Please see www.mass.gov/maskrules for a complete list of venues where face coverings remain mandatory as of May 29, 2021.

See the full DPH guidance.

https://www.mass.gov/news/massachusetts-department-of-public-health-releases-updated-face-covering-advisory

Allow me to take a moment to respond. Here is my prepared statement….

To all of the people refusing to take the vaccine, I say this:

FUCK YOU.

Armed Standoff in Wakefield?

I have no idea what’s going on with this, but I just saw some tweets from the MA State Police talking about an armed standoff that has closed part of route 95 near Wakefield.

WCVB.com reports: Standoff with armed group closes part of I-95; Wakefield, Reading asked to shelter-in-place

Could be nothing, but worth keeping an eye on.

Positive COVID-19 Milestone Correction

Okay so I said it was the first time Massachusetts was COVID death free since March of last year and that my record had three days in between that had zeros but were based on changes to the counting rules.

Apparently I was wrong about one of the three days. According to whichever local news broadcast my mother watched this evening, one of the zero days was a legitimate zero day. That was in June.

So it’s not the first COVID death free day in Massachusetts since March 2020, it’s the first since June 2020. I stand corrected, though I stand by my statements that it’s friggin awesome sauce.

Positive Covid-19 Milestone

Holy shit, folks! Massachusetts hit a magical milestone in the saga of Covid-19!

According to the Massachusetts Department of Public Health Covid-19 Dashboard, the number of Confirmed Covid-19 deaths yesterday was exactly zero. The number of deaths due to probable Covid-19 cases was also zero.

In other words, NO ONE IN MASSACHUSETTS DIED FROM COVID-19 YESTERDAY!

None
Zero
Zilch
Nada

How awesome is that?? According to my spreadsheet there were three dates since March 2020 where there were no deaths. All of those dates correspond to points where the state changed their reporting/counting/whatever method/definition/whatever and two of those dates actually had negative numbers for the daily count. At least according to my spreadsheet, that is. The last date that had a zero death count without any reporting shenanigans involved was March 20, 2020.

Happy nobody died in Massachusetts day!

WOOHOO!

Patriots Day

Today is Patriots Day. It’s a state holiday in Massachusetts and Maine*. It’s the day we remember how this dude (and at least one other dude)…

Image came from here

went for a ride one night, which lead to some farmers and other dudes getting into a shooting fight with a bunch of foreign dudes in red coats at this spot…

750

*At the time Paul Revere went for his ride the area now known as the state of Maine was part of Massachusetts. It wasn’t until 1820 that Maine became a state on it’s own. Massachusetts has spent the last 201 years lamenting the loss of Old Orchard Beach and Bar Harbor and (eventually) Stephen King.

Vehicle Inspections

In March 2020 when the Covid-19 lockdown crap was starting to hit the fan, one of the last things I did was get our Mazda inspected. Backstory, in Massachusetts you need to get your car inspected once a year. You get a sticker on your wind shield with the month you were inspected. Our Mazda had a sticker from 2019 with a two which meant the inspection expired in February 2020. I didn’t get to it on time, but I did get it down the following month. So the 2020 sticker had a three on it. Dig?

The Kia had a nine. It was inspected in September 2019. When September 2020 came around we were in full blown Covid fever and there was no way I was going to a shop for an inspection. We have barely driven the car anyway so no big deal. Now that we’re into March 2021 it’s starting to be an issue. Both cars are non-compliant now. Jen was trying to work up the courage to take the Kia to a garage to get it taken care of. It was late last week and it was a big deal for us pandemic-wise. When she got to the nearest garage she learned that the inspection software for the entire state was offline. It’s still offline today, a week later.

They didn’t tell her why, but they suggested she come back on Monday. We learned the truth over the weekend. Malware. So now that we want to get the two cars inspected we can’t. Some reports are hoping it will be up next week. Some are hoping it will be up next month. Wonderful. The police statewide are supposed to be letting cars with March expirations slide. Somehow I don’t think they’ll let September slide too. I don’t want to risk the ticket so I’m not going to try. It’s just… even when the state is pretending that Covid isn’t a thing anymore, we still can’t get things done. It’s just adding insult to injury, you know?

What a Difference a Year Makes

On March 17, 2020 Massachusetts had 218 Covid-19 cases and no one in the state had died. The United States as a whole had 6,135 cases and 79 deaths.

On March 17, 2021 (today) Massachusetts has had 608,377 cases and 16,732 deaths. The United States as a whole has had 29,585,015 cases and 537,583 deaths.

What a difference a year makes, right?