Virus notes (2): March 22, 2020: Wells Fargo closes Merced branches

MERCED (BLJ) -- Friends reported Sunday evening that they had been unable to deposit a check that day in the downtown Merced Wells Fargo branch. We investigated and verified that it is no longer possible to make a deposit at that branch or at the branch in the Raley’s shopping center on Yosemite Ave. and G Street.

Virus notes: March 22, 2020


MERCED (BLJ) – Virus as trigger for The Revolution.

It is bad enough that the Right is waging a revolution against reason; now the Left seems to feel the only rational thing to do with a pandemic is use it as an excuse for a revolution. To move this thinking across the line to absurdity, this revolution is to be accomplished by organizers – organizers trained in the tactics of polarization – all across the nation.

Virus notres: March 21, 2020

UC Merced announced this week that two students  showed COVID-19 symptoms and are in self-quarantine while awaiting test results.

There are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Merced County as of Wednesday, March 18. -- Lauten-Scrivner, Merced Sun-Star, March 20, 2020

Alarums and excursions, March 20, 2020

MERCED (BLJ) -- A woman parks her car in front of a laundromat, opens a backdoor, takes out a basket of dirty laundry just as friend exits the laundromat with a basket of clean laundry.

"The Chinese Disease," the in-going woman says cheerfully. "Drag ass."

Their predicament strikes them as funny and they both laugh too loudly.

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Rediscovering Camus' novel, The Plague

It has been just long enough, Albert Camus was a favorite of War Babies and the early Boomers, that Camus and his masterpiece, The Plague, might not be remembered by all today. But this profound, reflective story about quietly heroic people enduring the complete quarantine of their city will move you and may even help you endure the anxieties of the pandemic. Among other things, it is a novel of responsibility.-- blj


Camus on the Coronavirus

UC President's letter to campuses: what's missing?

MERCED (BLJ) -- As the second possible case of Covid-19 is reported at the University of California, Merced, and the campus awaits the test results, we found this letter from UC President Janet Napolitano to the campuses. Absent from the letter is any concern for the populations that surround the campuses, and there is no thought that a vector for the infection are likely to include UC students, and other members of the "UC community." But read the letter below with the knowledge that the state of California now provides only about 10-percent of UC's annual budget.

Suicide: the prior national epidemic

MERCED (BLJ) -- Dignity, like class, is not a fashionable concept. We have Trump to thank for reminding us of our instinctive demand for it because Trump offends human dignity with practically every bloated utterance. Whenever he lies, which is every time he opens his mouth, he offends the dignity of all American citizens and encourages every bully who has a position over anybody else to abuse that position.

Public Trust advocate Felix Smith faces our corrupt government

Felix Smith


The following is what formed the core of my recent letters to my Senators and Congressman.  You can use any part of the letter you want to build your own letter regarding the public trust.  Right now the Public Trust is getting the shaft from the Trump administration.      



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