May 18 2020


I want to talk with you about vomiting blood. It’s not very pleasant. First of all you are, by definition, nauseous and you probably have a headache because of the anemia but that’s not the interesting part.

Your vomit comes out kind of black until it hits the toilet water where it turns a spectacular crimson.

You need a Doctor. I waited until the Admitting Nurse said, “You walked in here?! Last time I saw numbers like these they’d been shot.”

In retrospect not my best idea, but despite Medical advice I’m still kicking. In case you’re wondering I have chronic anemia of unknown origin and ulcers, my condition has considerably improved since I have de-stressed and if Markos knew he’d probably reinstate me (third time’s the charm) because he’s a bastard.

And since then I’ve had regular “Lower Endoscopies” (“Looks like we’ll have to use the big one”) which is it’s own kind of purge. Follow directions, you don’t want your Doctor to scold you.

But the one I’m kind of going for here is the Stalin style purge-

The Great Purge or the Great Terror (Russian: Большой террор) was a campaign of political repression in the Soviet Union which occurred from 1936 to 1938. It involved a large scale repression of wealthy peasants (labeled as “kulaks”), genocidal acts against ethnic minorities, a purge of the Communist Party and government officials, and the Red Army leadership, widespread police surveillance, suspicion of saboteurs, counter-revolutionaries, imprisonment, and arbitrary executions. Historians estimate the total number of deaths due to Stalinist repression in 1937–38 to be between 680,000 and 1,200,000.

Who in the room thinks Coronavirus is going to stop at 100,000? It’s 83,000 last time I checked.


I always thought “Inspectors General” were a bad idea in the first place. They’re Institutionalists drawn from the ranks of the Agencies they’re supposed to regulate and fall in the normal Chain of Command that which means any negative findings will be punished if shame is no obstacle.

Coronavirus is no different.