Tesla sees spike in COVID-19 ‘exposure,’ data leak shows over 130 cases and more ‘affected’

You didn’t have to be an epidemiologist to predict this kind of thing.  But it would have been nice to at least listen to them:

An internal data leak shows that Tesla is seeing a spike in COVID-19 “exposure,” primarily at its Fremont factory in California.

Tesla has had a controversial history with the COVID-19 pandemic.

The automaker first defied a shelter-in-place order that required shutting down its Fremont factory, which stayed open a week longer than it was supposed to, early in the pandemic, in March.

In the weeks that followed, CEO Elon Musk became outspoken about the pandemic, which he mostly downplayed as not being as dangerous as portrayed in the media. The CEO was also highly critical of the restrictions put in place by the state government and county officials.

He went as far as threatening to move Tesla out of California if the automaker wasn’t allowed to reopen its Fremont factory.

In May, Tesla ended up reopening the factory again by defying the local order a week before it was officially allowed to open the plant.

Now, two months later, the US is still seeing record levels of new COVID-19 cases, and Tesla is also experiencing an increasing number of cases in its workforce. Tesla’s workforce is largely in California, which has been particularly hard hit in recent weeks.

Trump campaign mocks ‘Dr. Faucet’ as feud erupts with trusted pandemic doctor

They really are just the worst people in the world:

Even as coronavirus spirals out of control, a top Trump campaign official has posted a crude caricature depicting the trusted pandemic doc as a dictatorial “Dr. Faucet” flushing the nation’s economic recovery down the drain.

“If I’m going to disagree with a colleague, such as yourself, it’s done publicly — and not cowardly, behind journalists with leak,” wrote Dan Scavino, who runs the reelection effort’s sprawling social media operation.

The nasty caricature shows a goofy-looking Fauci pouring cold water on Uncle Sam with supposed proposals for “INDEFINITE LOCKDOWN!” and “No school this fall!”


Pastor apologizes for coronavirus outbreak, says masks should’ve been taken more seriously

Oh?  Did god not bother protecting you better than a piece of fabric? I’m so sick of these idiots:


A Tennessee pastor has apologized to his congregation as the coronavirus has infected countless church members — including himself and his family members — weeks after the church resumed indoor worship services and also hosted a state convention meeting in June.

Kelvin Page, pastor of Westmore Church of God in Cleveland, Tennessee, posted a 20-minute video on Facebook last Thursday expressing deep “regret” and taking full responsibility for the decision to resume indoor services in late May after holding eight weeks of parking lot services.

“Somehow the virus made it into the choir. Temperatures were taken that morning, yet it still slipped through,” Page said of the service on Father’s Day Sunday.

“We had heard a few days prior that there was an uptick in the county, but with the precautions that we had been taking, along with the fact that we knew of no one that had been diagnosed with the virus, we honestly believed that we were OK. Little did I know, it was invading that morning.”

What I Learned Today – Tuesday, July 14

I guess we’ll start with the covid. Always the covid now.

California is another state having record numbers of new infections and is starting to shutdown again. It’s most likely too little too late at this point. But “too little, too late”, should be replacing “E pluribus unum” on our currency at this point.

Houston’s mayor is advocating for a shutdown stating that they opened too quickly. [Narrator’s voice, “they did!”] Gov. Abbott is against the shutdown because when you’ve made every single wrong decision, why break the streak?

The Orange County School Board has decided (remotely, mind you) that schools there will be able to open up next month without masks and without social distancing. My god!

One county in Texas has an emergency alert broadcast urging people to stay home due to covid-19 spreading around the area.

Dr. Fauci continues to be a thorn in Trump’s side.  Yesterday he said that Covid-19 cases were exploding because we didn’t shut down completely. Even the shutdown that we kind of had back in March was a quasi one at best. And then you recall that Trump got bored with it after two weeks and wanted to open everything up back on Easter (April 12). Trump and his cronies fired back saying, that Fauci really doesn’t know what he’s talking about and is wrong a lot. The Association of American Medical Colleges released a statement in support of Dr. Fauci. So if you’re keeping score at home, the Trump administration is now working harder on discrediting their experts than they are on the pandemic.

Those of you who are bored with covid will be delighted to know that a squirrel tested positive for bubonic plague.

And 5.4 million Americans have lost their insurance during the middle of a pandemic. Anybody else thinking that tying your health insurance to your job may not be the brightest of ideas.

And Gov. Florida Man gets heckled at a news conference.

Kottke posted a YouTube clip of Nirvana performing Smells Like Teen Spirit in a music store right before Nevermind was released.

This artist in Japan draws what he eats every single day.

And Joyeux Quatorze Juillet!!!