Corned Beef

This Easter we ran out of corned beef, despite having bought three packs of the stuff. St. Pats to Easter is, for Japanese Americans, corned beef season. I don’t know why, but it is. Maybe it’s a Catholic influence. The traditional form is boiled with cabbage, carrots, celery, and served with rice. Either in the soup, or on the plate. So we can keep it kosher, too, for Jesus.

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Letter to Congress about DeJoy

Dear ____:

We need the USPS board to fire DeJoy and replace him with someone who isn’t out to sabotage the USPS.

I sometimes sell on Ebay and other online stores, and have sent around 1,000 packages in the past few years. USPS, in the past, was amazing. It was competitively priced and fast, especially if you used Priority Mail. The whole system ran especially smoothly, for people who printed postage at home.

I’ve lost several packages in the mail. I think I’ve lost five. Three were lost during this DeJoy regime.

Under DeJoy, the packages and letters take longer to arrive. In the past, they arrived ahead of schedule. If I was working hard to get the parcels done early, I could sometimes beat Amazon Prime delivery. The system was that good.

Today, they sometimes suffer long delays.

I know there’s a pandemic happening. We’re all able to accept slower delivery, but packages are going missing entirely.

I’ve heard horror stories of the USPS not giving out overtime… but the carriers are still staying late to finish their work.

From the outside, it looks like DeJoy is sabotaging the USPS.

Please, change the management, and let the USPS shine again.

Eviction of Seniors to a COVID-19 Impacted Facility

This ongoing story of the patients of Sakura Gardens ICF, formerly Keiro, is looking bad, with a looming threat that residents will be transferred to the Kei-Ai nursing home facility, which has the highest COVID-19 death rate in California.

Ongoing information is published at the group fighting these transfers, Save Our Seniors.

For a comprehensive explanation of the situation, and the backstory of how this fits into Boyle Heights gentrification and the racist history of healthcare, listen to this show at Public Intellectuals.

Key points of action: support AB279, by writing to your Assembly member (and state Senator).

Call your CA State legislators to support AB279! Send thank you’s to Assemblymembers Al Muratsuchi and Miguel Santiago. Find your reps here:

“Existing law requires the State Department of Public Health to license, inspect, and regulate intermediate care facilities (ICF) and skilled nursing facilities (SNF). Existing law generally requires an ICF or SNF to comply with certain procedures and disclosures when transferring ownership or management of the facility, as specified. Existing law imposes criminal penalties on a person who violates the requirements imposed on these facilities.

This bill would prohibit the owner of an ICF or SNF from ceasing to deliver or making significant changes to the nature of residential care services, or from transferring a resident to another facility, during any declared state of emergency relating to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), except if the owner files for bankruptcy. The bill would require, upon termination of the same type of state of emergency, the owner of an ICF or SNF to issue a 6-month advance notice of any proposed sale or termination of the licensed operation of the facility to each resident before the sale or termination goes into effect. The bill would also prohibit during the same type of state of emergency, any changes in all conditions for the sale of assets imposed by the Attorney General, except if the owner of an ICF or SNF files for bankruptcy. By expanding the requirements and prohibitions imposed on a licensee of ICF or SNF, the failure to comply with would be a crime, this bill would impose a state-mandated local program. The bill would repeal these provisions on January 1, 2026.”

COVID-19 Vaccination Inequality

These are a few stories about how vaccination efforts to focus on the groups facing the most infection were undermined, and led to privileged people getting vaccinated.

Los Angeles TL;DR: California and Los Angeles need to focus on getting vaccinations to working class Latino communities, which are extremely under-vaccinated.

Los Angeles Times: Work-at-Homers Got Appointment Codes Intended for Impacted Populations

Los Angeles Times: Rich People Get Vaccinated Way More Than Working Class Essential Workers’ Communities (my paraphrase)

CNN: A vaccination site meant to serve a hard-hit Latino neighborhood in New York instead serviced more Whites from other areas

My comment about this:

Yeah, it’s like the world forgot the digital divide. It was never really addressed. It seemed like a rhetorical device to give telcos money to address it.

Telecom’s now like the most neoliberal, market-centered utility, and it’s helping to kill people. It kills people with barriers to medical care. It kills people with ewaste. It kills people through labor abuse. It’s killing all these people who are “invisible”.

Meanwhile, Americans are worried about being tracked for ads, and privacy, and a raft of other individualistic issues that, while very important, are not as important as not-harming-people.

Kaiser Family Foundation

This has a chart where you can filter by race. In California, vaccination rates mostly match population, and cases, except for Latinos, who are seeing huge numbers of cases, but not much vaccination.

My Take: On High Rates of Infection in the Latino Communities

Henry George’s Racist Screed Against Chinese People in California, New York Tribune, May 1, 1869

I was forwarded a paper that was published in a journal. I wondered what the journal was about, and found that they were looking to preserve the intellectual lineage of Henry George, a late 19th century philosopher and early Progressive reformer of capitalism. He wanted land to be held in common, and was known for the “Single Tax” of a 100% land tax. His ideas went out of fashion, but has always found a following, including a renewed one online, and at one point, I spent a while reading some of his old texts.

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On High Rates of Infection in the Latino Communities

The management of this pandemic is racist as hell. I looked back over my emails and some posts, and I was going off on the issue of essential workers and crowded housing back in April of 2020.

This barely ever came up in the media as an important factor in the spread of COVID-19, until very recently. I just saw it on ABC 7. IT TOOK 10 FREAKING MONTHS.

They had to wait until so many Latinos died that it created a statistical anomaly, and then it had to be explained.

Un freaking real.

The only other places I saw this discussed were in some East LA and Boyle Heights groups, and even there, it wasn’t that widespread, and rarely got into any depth. I actually remember one conversation I had about it, because it wasn’t that common.

Also, now, there’s a whole other problem: it’s being treated like a race issue, when it’s really an issue of labor and housing. People are being forced to work, and they are in crowded homes.

So, we’re going to find out that this problem has probably affected all communities, but we just didn’t see it because of statistics: white people who are in crowded situations are a tiny minority of the white population; Asian working class people in crowded situations are more common, but there’s also these upper-middle-class people who have plenty of space, and throw off the stats – there’s no middle there; Black people are seeing the same situation as Latinos, but they have their own dynamics that might mitigate the effects a little bit.

This post was originally on Facebook, and it generated some discussion there, so I posted it here.

How to take a “tour” of how much damage COVID-19 has done, using the LA County surveillance dashboard.

Go to the Dashboard.

This article shows you how to click on the map and compare the COVID-19 stats for different communities. We’ll see the large disparities between communities in Los Angeles County.

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