Wednesday evening. The first day of our third month in self-isolation.

I’m engaged in my trademark escapism activity – binge-reading about something to try in the future while avoiding the present. This time, it’s applied geology: exploring old abandoned mining sites, hunting for quartz, etc. With all the vacation time I have, I’ll most likely take two weeks off in July or August. That should make for a nice (and solo…) roadtrip across Ontario. If nothing else, I’ll enjoy fresh air and starry sky…

In world news, the White House is doing everything they can to distract people that almost 100,000 Americans (or maybe more) died of covid. Trump is blaming Obama for some unknowable and unmentionable crimes, calling it “Obamagate.” The media seems to be falling for it. Meanwhile, the White House is also pressuring the CDC to change their diagnostic guidelines. Right now, anyone whose death was probably related to covid gets counted as part of the official death toll. The administration would like to change that and make the death count even lower. (We’re not counting the deaths above baseline, remember?) That’s it in a nutshell: the US is trying to fudge numbers while everything burns. And meanwhile, the strange inflammatory illness that killed a few kids in New York is spreading…