Saturday, October 31, 2020

Wny is the MF thanking the Supreme Court this week--


just another marriage "made in heaven" that ended badly.




Now I've lived through shenanigans at Radio Free Asia where some of Burmese staff brought up volume of gun shots during a live broadcast by a reporter far away during a hostage situation in Ratchaburi on the BurmaThai Border; the time I made a serialization and dramatization of Animal Farm in Burmese (and the VP said "just do a book review"), and 9/11, and now covid,

and I am familiar with the places near New York City,

this seems much more realistic to me.   It is of course, Brilliant.

I can believe people in 1938 thought it was real, and panicked, when today all sorts of BS is coming from the so-called prez, such as "We're rounding the corner on covid" and "You can put chlorox in body and disinfect it," and "maybe I'm immune" and "herd mentality."

Hope by Wed. this living nightmare might be over, but we will see.

Pl VOTE, if you have not already.  And have a plan, not just for election day, but also for afterwards.

I heard yesterday that Dr Fauci said it will go into 2022.  Of course it will.



Thomas Friedman talks to Anderson Cooper abt what trump will do.

“Is this the last weekend of America as we know it?”




Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Greetings from Washington, DC.

I was supposed to write "Economic effects of Covid-19" for you all over there, but I got caught up in other things, including staying alive, making cloth masks and U.S. politics.  The habits of just 3 years at Radio Free Asia die hard, and I check the news every 2-3 hours, including at night. Needless to say, the economic effects have been and will continue to be devastating.

Death and disease also have a multiplier effect.  On non-political-economy, I am an active member of a Fiber Group, but I am the only one painting, making needlepoint and crocheting.

All I can say is after working for democracy in Burma for decades and studying authoritarian systems, to be confronted with #45 is quite something.  Vote, whichever country you are a citizen of.

You can find my dissertation on the University of Pennsylvania website.  Watch MSNBC. 

Above all, stay alive.

Kyi May Kaung (Ph.D)

27th October 2020.


4 people who've known trump up close assess the situation--


Dark Towers--Deutsche Bank's Nazi roots.

My book has arrived, and I've wiped it with hand sanitizer, but not reading yet as new research says covid lives on surfaces 28 days, not 3.

I have seen Auschwitz in 1968-9 while I was studying in Poland.

Another book by Detlev Peukert maintains Nazis remained in then W Germany even after WWII.  I believe it. 



Friday, October 23, 2020

Look what I found, illustrated life of Buddha by U Ba Kyi

When we were growing up, we had a print copy of this, which we kept under our shrine shelf.

And I just found out U Ba Kyi also went to Univ of Pennsylvania, School of Arts and Science, in Philadelphia, and he may have been selected for that scholarship by my father U Kaung.   In the 1950s, a number of Burmese studied in the USA or UK. 

And then in 1962, after my father had passed away already, Gen. Ne Win stage his coup and stopped all scholarships to West, except for medical doctors.

My husband's boss used to say, "Well, why doesn't he have a barefoot doctor cut into him then?"

I also went to U Penn in 1982 on a Fulbright.  6 of us in a country of 60m were selected after a battery of tests, bc Ne Win's daughter failed her entrance exams for med school in London.

For a while, Wikipedia listed her as "dictator gynaecologist."

That's all amazing.





Monday, October 19, 2020

My writerly memoir --A Time to Write.

Dr. Fauci now requires a security detail--

all due to 45's verbal bad mouthing and stochastic terrorism/inciting violence.

He's still rallying with unmasked crowds who chant lock her up, against Gov Whitmer (13 arrested for kidnap attempt), and Biden "lock him up," still bringing up "Hilary's emails," and Hunter Biden.

Just a little over 2 weeks left to election.

If you live in USA or anywhere else, vote (if you can), and lay in food and supplies for unrest sure to come.

Pelosi has set 48 hour deadline (Tuesday) for stimulus deal.

Treasury yields rising.  Big deficit.



As election nears, d j t campaign sinks to new lows as corona virus surges.

Sunday, October 18, 2020

As corona virus surges, time to make more cloth masks

as corona virus surges.

I would put in a 3rd layer, also with box pleats.

Remember not to sew down the pleat along its length, as you normally would.

I don't like a million things hanging on my ears, so use straps if you don't like elastic.

Happy sewing and wearing masks.

You can also sew, embroider or write messages with soft pen on your masks, such as BLM or VOTE or I am Speaking.




Friday, October 16, 2020

CA wildfires in pictures, from New York Times 


and the MF denied wildfire relief.



Trump rejects California wildfire aid (may he burn in hell)

Copied and pasted from Yahoo news--trump done in by Savannah Guthrie--kudos.

Trump pressed by Savannah Guthrie on conspiracy retweets: 'You're not like someone's crazy uncle'

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Donald Trump defended spreading a preposterous conspiracy theory about the death of Osama bin Laden during a town hall on NBC Thursday night, saying he had merely been passing along a supporter’s view.

“That was an opinion of somebody and that was a retweet. I’ll put it out there. People can decide for themselves,” he said, when questioned by NBC’s Savannah Guthrie about his passing along a theory that the killing of bin Laden by Navy SEAL Team 6 had been staged, and that members of the unit had been killed to cover it up.

“I don’t get that. You’re the president,” Guthrie said. “You’re not like someone’s crazy uncle who can just retweet whatever.”

Trump clashed repeatedly with Guthrie at the start of Thursday’s town hall, which had been hastily scheduled after the president pulled out of a previously scheduled debate rather than agree to holding it virtually.

Guthrie started by asking Trump when he had last tested negative for COVID-19 before announcing his positive result on Oct. 1.

“Well I test quite a bit,” Trump said, “and I can tell you that before the debate, which I thought it was a very good debate, and I felt fantastically, I had no problem before—”

“Did you test the day of the debate?” Guthrie interrupted.

“I don’t know, I don’t even remember. I test all the time, but I can tell you this: After the debate, like I guess a day or so, I think it was Thursday evening, maybe even late Thursday evening, I tested positive.”

“Well, back to the debate, because the debate commission’s rules, it was the honor system, would be that you would come with a negative test. You’re saying you don’t know if you got a test on the day of the debate?”

“I had no problem, again, the doctors do it, I don’t ask them. I test all the time—”

“Did you take a test though the day of the debate?”

“You ask the doctors, they’ll give you a perfect answer.”

Trump’s physician, Dr. Sean Conley, has repeatedly refused to answer when Trump last tested negative for COVID-19.

Trump then added, “I probably did,” but added that he has not receive a COVID-19 test every day, as members of his administration have long asserted.

Trump said he didn’t know where or when he was infected by the coronavirus, but he didn’t rule out the possibility that he had contracted it at a White House meeting with Gold Star families the day after a White Housed event to announce the choice of Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee for the Supreme Court.

“These people are the most incredible people. And they came up to me and they would hug me and they would touch me and I’m not going to not let them do it,” Trump said, adding, “I could have chosen not to talk to them, to keep everybody away and you know what, I don’t think that’s probably where it was caught, maybe it was.”

“Well, I was going to say, you bring it up,” Guthrie then interjected, “I mean are you trying to suggest that you believe a grieving military family gave you COVID?”

“No, I don’t know where it came from, and you don’t know where it came from and the doctors don’t know where it came from. But as the president, I have to be out there.”

Following more discussion of COVID-19 and an argument about whether the U.S. has been “a winner” by the metric of excess mortality, Guthrie pressed the president on why it seemed he had trouble denouncing white supremacy.

“You were asked point blank to denounce white supremacy. In the moment you didn’t. You asked some follow-up questions: Who specifically? A couple of days later on a different show you denounced white supremacy—”

As Guthrie formulated her question, Trump grew irritated.

“I denounced white supremacy, OK?” he shot back. “I denounced white supremacy for years, but you always do it, you always start off with the question. You didn’t ask Joe Biden whether or not he denounces antifa,” Trump said, adding, “Are you listening, I denounce white supremacy.”

Guthrie continued, “It feels sometimes like you’re hesitant to do so—”

“Here we go again,” Trump interrupted. “Every time, in fact, when people came, ‘I’m sure they’ll ask you the white supremacy question.’ I denounce white supremacy, and frankly, you want to know something, I denounce antifa and I denounce these people on the left that are burning down our cities that are run by the Democrats who don’t—”

President Trump at an NBC News town hall event in Miami on Thursday night. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images)

“While we’re denouncing,” Guthrie interrupted, “Let me ask you about QAnon. It is this theory that Democrats are a Satanic pedophile ring and you are the savior of that. Now can you just once and for all state that that is completely not true?”

“I know nothing about QAnon—” Trump began.

“I just told you,” Guthrie countered.

“Well, you told me but what you tell me doesn’t necessarily make it fact, I hate to say that. I know nothing about it,” Trump said. “I do know they are very much against pedophilia. They fight it very hard, but I know nothing about it.”

After more crosstalk about antifa, Guthrie broke through by noting that “Republican Senator Ben Sasse said, ‘QAnon is nuts and real leaders call out conspiracy theories.’ Why not just say it’s crazy and not true?”

“He may be right, I just don’t know about QAnon,” Trump said.

“You do know,” Guthrie insisted.

“I don’t know, no, I don’t know,” Trump said, adding, “What I do hear about it is they are very strongly against pedophilia and I agree with that. I mean I do agree with that.”

“But there’s not a Satanic pedophile cult—”

“I don’t know that. I know nothing about that,” Trump insisted.

“You know nothing about that,” Guthrie responded, incredulously.



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