LESS THAN A COUPLE WEEKS UNTIL CHRISTMAS 2020
The U.S. Government Election Officials report:
"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history."
Significant Past Date .....
December 8, 2020: Safe Harbor Deadline -- States had to choose electors to be accepted by Congress; voting disputes had to be resolved.
Personal POV .....
The present White House occupant still continues his efforts which very much resemble those of someone trying to stage a coup in his desperate attempt to stay in office as U.S. President for another four years in any way possible, legal or otherwise, despite having lost both the popular and electoral college votes.
Just when it seems he could sink no lower in the tactics he would employ to achieve such a travesty of justice, he descends even deeper into the morass of his behavioral cesspool to establish himself in what appears to be an effort to convert our nation to an autocracy, thus destroying our democratic republic, betraying his oath of office and the U.S. constitution.
Tragically for our nation in this effort many of his cult-like supporters have mindlessly accepted his falsehoods, fear of socialism, other bizarre conspiracy tales as fact -- apparently so confused they are no longer able to discern truth from fiction.
Other Significant Countdown Dates Reminder .....
December 14, 2020: Electors Convene and Vote in D.C. Be alert for possible efforts to coerce Congress to alter electors legal votes.
January 5, 2021: Georgia runoff election for 2 Senate seats -- results will determine control of the U. S. Senate
January 6, 2021 at 1 pm: The vote will be finalized and certified in a joint session of Congress.
30 20, 2021 at noon: The President is inaugurated.
--My city's Covid-19 infection reached the fourth highest new case rate in Los Angeles County this past Friday -- L.A. County ICU hospital beds available are continuing to dip down, currently at 5.3% as I write this Saturday night 12/12. --for those with other medical requirements including from surgeries beds may not be accessible.
--One nearby local hospital official reports in our local Courier newspaper,"we are in internal disaster mode."
Pfizer Covid-19 first shipment to Los Angeles County of 327,000 vaccines will occur Sunday, 12/13. --The first hospital to receive the vaccine is Cedar-Sinai prepared to store in their required deep freezer. --One-half dozen hospitals will receive the Pfizer vaccine. --Vaccinations will be administered to health care personnel and residents in long term care facilities.
--The first shots are expected to be given Monday, 12/14. --A second shot will be required in the future to complete virus antibody resistance. --Anti-body immunity development will take several weeks after both shots received.
-- Long Term Care facilities in my city will be among the first including the one I had most recently served who report expecting to receive the vaccine and begin inoculations Monday, 12/14.
Local newspapers going out of business in cities are a concern I've previously written about. They are referred to as legacy media in the net lingo of today. The term means media that is considered "old" which newspapers are considered to be as are radio, and television; also applies to Web sites using outdated technology. Netlingo says: "With legacy media, the receiver does not contribute or interact with the content and remains totally passive."
Newspapers are important because they tell us what is going on in our town. Local reporters also keep us informed about our local government and what officials are doing affecting all of us. This can be positive actions officials take, reveal information we might want to change, and even be a deterrent to instances of official corruption.
Also, Pewtrusts.org reports: "Covid-19 is crushing Newspapers, Worsening Hunger for Accurate Information."
A year ago Salt Lake City's Tribune became the first legacy newspaper to adopt a nonprofit status as described in this NPR article in an effort to adapt and survive which has been successful to date.
My city's local newspaper, Claremont Courier, has been struggling to survive also. I've maintained my subscription which is now only weekly, also receive their Net highlights. The Facebook page I prefer to not access but is available which my adult children can appreciate who live in other states. The original publisher's son who was in the newspaper business on the east coast became the editor some years ago but his parents are now deceased.
Peter Weinberger, who is that publisher is in the process of sustaining our Courier's life by converting our newspaper to nonprofit status much like the Salt Lake paper has done. The Courier is three months away from adoption of this transition if the IRS accepts their application. They expect to accomplish this reinvention by Spring 2021 which pleases me immensely. I also learned in the recent update my neighbor is intimately involved through a tech company he founded in aiding with this process.
Do you have a local newspaper where you live, perhaps one that didn't survive or has adapted to the Net so you can keep your finger on the pulse of your community?
I think this is vitally important to insure good government starting at the local level, a critical element in our democracy. Maybe your life is such that you have less focus on these matters which may need to occur for some of us, especially in our aging years. What do you think and how do you learn about what's going on where you live or are you caught up with other matters in your life?