Sunday, April 19th, 2020
The first quarter of this year has had the highest average temperatures ever recorded. January was the hottest, February and March were the second hottest in fourteen decades of keeping track. The Gulf of Mexico is hotter than ever – perfect for stronger hurricanes; good thing so much plywood is already in place in New York City. The SBA has committed all of the funds from the first round of the “Paycheck Protection Program.” It seems that most of it went to what I think of as big companies. By federal definition, a “small business” is one with less than 500 people in any one facility. It is unclear why they won’t release the names of the companies that got the “loans”—the ones that may not need to be paid back. “Forgiven” is the official word. Sounds almost like the word gift, and all with taxpayer’s money.
I heard someone on the radio say, “It breaks my heart that no one is out and about.” Clearly one person’s heartbreak is another’s delight. I also heard another mention of the $1,000 fine for large gatherings. There is now an address that you can text if you see large groups of people. I guess this is today’s version of the post 9/11 tips line.