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RELAX, PROBABLY NO MORE THAN A FEW THOUSAND OF THEM WERE INFECTIOUS: Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted.

ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME: Scientists Discover Two Mating Flies Trapped in Amber 40 Million Years Ago.

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HOPEFUL NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA?: According to the Australian government Department of Health site, as yet there is not “widespread community transmission” of Covid-19, and, importantly, “The majority of Australian confirmed cases acquired their infection overseas, including on board cruise ships or associated with recent travel to Europe or the Americas.” Also, only thirty Australians have died from Covid-19 thus far. There is still widespread debate among scientists about how weather/seasonality will affect the spread of Covid-19. But given all the traffic between China and Australia, and the fact that Australia didn’t cut off travel to China until February 1 (and even then initially had many loopholes), one can be hopeful that the relatively mild outbreak of Covid-19 in their Summer reflects a strong seasonal component to the virus.

TRY NOT TO HAVE A STROKE: With COVID-19, Stroke Guidelines Now a ‘Goal, Not an Expectation.’

21st CENTURY RELATIONSHIPS: Woman admits she had sex with a dolphin as part of NASA-funded scientific study.

President McAfee could not be reached for comment.

CHRISTIAN TOTO: Hollywood’s ‘Trump Is Hitler’ Argument Even More Pathetic Now. The current crisis reveals how badly far-left celebrities embarrassed themselves.

The entire [Insert Republican Leader] is Hitler canard isn’t new. It even included President Ronald Reagan, who apparently was Hitler-like according to Democratic Rep. William Clay of Missouri.

Reagan? The entire [Insert Republican Leader] is Hitler canard goes back at least to Coolidge.

YES. NEXT QUESTION? Are Anti-Gunners Exploiting COVID-19 Outbreak To Trample The 2nd Amendment?

THINGS SEEM TO BE FALLING SHORT OF THE MODELS: “There are 15,905 people currently hospitalized. Cuomo said two-thirds of hospitalized patients have been discharged, and the total number of hospitalizations dipped yesterday.” The numbers in New York are bad, but don’t seem to be going as predicted.

Related:

If this holds up, it’s great news, except for the models.

Plus, Florida:

Well, NYC is dense and relies on public transport in a way no other US city does. In addition, it’s north and Florida is south — so if seasonality is going to slow down spread it’s going to hit NYC later.

Or these are artifacts of reporting problems and don’t mean anything. Stay tuned. If the Wuhan coronavirus were to turn out to be seasonal, that would be huge news, though of course the 1918 flu was seasonal and came roaring back in the fall.

But note that something similar happened with Ebola: “New Ebola cases in Liberia, where streets were littered with the dead just a few months ago, now number in the single digits, according to the World Health Organization. In neighboring Sierra Leone and Guinea, the other two nations in the Ebola hot zone, new cases have fallen sharply in the last month, dropping to fewer than 100 in a week at the end of January — a level not seen in the region since June. . . . Experts are trying to understand how the disease, which has defied the ominous predictions of the world’s top infectious disease researchers, appears to be extinguishing itself with surprising swiftness. In September, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had projected that, by Jan. 20, the outbreak could reach 1.4 million cases in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone, but by that date only 21,797 were recorded in all three countries. While many have emphasized the enormous assistance hauled into the region by the United States and international organizations, there is strong evidence, especially here in Monrovia, that the biggest change came from the precautions taken by residents themselves.”

Perhaps people change behavior more swiftly than models take into account.

Meanwhile, there’s this, which I would like to be true: Covid-19: four fifths of cases are asymptomatic, China figures indicate. But that’s a much higher number than other figures I’ve seen.

Related: Estimates of the severity of coronavirus disease 2019: a model-based analysis.

All models are wrong; some models are useful.

UPDATE: From the comments: “I suspect we are seeing the impact of the much less strict voluntary measures that were taken well before the harsh lockdowns went into effect. It may turn out that washing hands was enough to stop this thing after all. Then again, maybe not. We are far from done with this and it will be about 30sec after it ends before everyone starts cherrypicking data to prove that their position was right all along.” Well, that last prediction is spot-on for sure.

ANOTHER UPDATE: How close are the latest Alabama coronavirus numbers to previous projections? “The total number of cases and deaths has fallen short of what was projected by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington. IHME has sought to forecast, with advanced metrics, the amount of hospital beds needed to treat COVID-19 and the daily totals of deaths resulting from the virus.”

HERE IN KNOXVILLE, THE HOSPITALS ARE THE EMPTIEST THEY’VE BEEN AT THE MOMENT: Hope, exhaustion, fear: Health workers in quiet areas prep for COVID-19 chaos while colleagues in other cities rush in. I doubt that’ll last, though I certainly hope it does. The 1918 Flu hit Knoxville very late — so late that some people thought we had some sort of immunity or protection — but when it finally got here it hit hard, like everywhere else.

A GUIDE TO STATE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWNS.

And some concurrent thoughts from Iowahawk:

Related: In West Virginia, Monongalia County Health Department restricts liquor sales to state residents: “In a press release, the health department cited Pennsylvania, whose governor closed liquor stores last month, because of its proximity to Monongalia County and north central West Virginia and its higher rate of coronavirus infection.”

Fortunately, pockets of sanity still prevail: Rebellion: ‘This Is Not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia Where You Are Asked For Your Papers!’ Says Maine Sheriff.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: China Is Reopening Its Wet Markets. That’s Good.

(Classical reference in headline.)

IN SOCIALIST VENEZUELA, BISMARCK SINKS YOU! Venezuelan warship shoots, rams into German cruise vessel before sinking.

THE NEW MACBOOK AIR HAS A MUCH BETTER KEYBOARD, BUT THIS SUCKS: “The MBA only has two USB-C ports and you’ll need to use one for charging it.” WTF, Apple? Why have you gotten so stingy on ports? I’m using my 2017 Macbook Air for Zoom classes, and its two USB ports are one less than I really need for a microphone, camera, and USB-powered ringlight. I can run the ringlight off a phone charger, but that’s a kludge I shouldn’t have to resort to. And now one of them doubles as a charging port? This is BS.

THE CHILDREN’S WAR: Greta Thunberg Slams Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal.

It’s nice to see the kids passing the time during this troubled period by reminiscing about the good old days (before the unpleasantness arrived in March).

Speaking of which: Give Up Steak, Save the Planet.

(Classical reference in headline.)

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JOE PAPPALARDO: The Wuhan Coronavirus isn’t affecting America’s nuclear deterrent.

YOUR RECYCLABLES ARE GOING TO THE DUMP: Rising rates of contamination, among other problems, have left material processing facilities with no willing buyers. “That’s exactly what’s been happening to Baltimore County’s glass. Yet county officials are still encouraging residents to recycle the stuff, fearful that people will fall out of the recycling habit. Ritual is apparently more important than reuse.”

Why, it’s like Recycling is America’s False Religion or something. Fortunately though, fellow Insta-co-blogger John Tierney warned more enlightened readers about this – in the New York Times, no less  – nearly a quarter of a century ago.

PLANET OF COPS: L.A. Mayor Wants ‘Snitches’ to Rat Out Their Neighbors… All for a ‘Reward.’

(Classical reference in headline.)

SMART: How Sewage Could Reveal True Scale of Coronavirus Outbreak. “One treatment plant can capture wastewater from more than one million people, says Gertjan Medema, a microbiologist at KWR Water Research Institute in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands. Monitoring effluent at this scale could provide better estimates for how widespread the coronavirus is than testing, because wastewater surveillance can account for those who have not been tested and have only mild or no symptoms, says Medema, who has detected SARS-CoV-2 genetic material—viral RNA—in several treatment plants in the Netherlands. ‘Health authorities are only seeing the tip of the iceberg.’ . . . Studies have also shown that SARS-CoV-2 can appear in faeces within three days of infection, which is much sooner than the time taken for people to develop symptoms severe enough for them to seek hospital care—up to two weeks—and get an official diagnosis.”

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: AOC reveals how COVID19 is actually really racist and proclaims that ‘COVID19 relief should be drafted with a lens of reparations.’

As foretold two weeks ago by America’s Newspaper Of Record. Mann is its editor:

PERHAPS THAT’S WHY IT’S THE CENTER — OR “EPICENTER” IF YOU’RE A JOURNALIST — OF THE EPIDEMIC: Coronavirus News: Social distancing is not happening on the NYC subway.

FASTER, PLEASE: Bandage-like coronavirus vaccine shows promising results in mice.

NEWS FROM KNOXVILLE: Coronavirus in Tennessee: Knox County confirmed cases increase to 97, total of recovered now 58. So confirmed cases increased by 4, from 93 to 97. But recovered cases increased by 8, from 50 to 58. That means that on net, active cases are down. This is what you’d expect to see on the back side of an epidemic curve, not the front. But it seems unlikely that that’s where Knox County is. We did start a lockdown relatively early, over 2 weeks ago, when there were still very few cases, so maybe that’s working. Anyway, it’s interesting and I can’t explain it any other way. As I said a while back, if you admit that you’re going to wind up locking things down eventually, it’s best to do it early, when it does the most good, rather than later when it’s just as disruptive but won’t help as much. Or, you know, it could just be a blip, but it’s a multiday blip if so, and it’s happening while testing is being significantly expanded.

ASKING THE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS: Guess who is coming to Seder?

SO IF THIS DISEASE DOESN’T KILL ME, I’LL COME OUT OF QUARANTINE IN THE BEST SHAPE OF MY LIFE. The gyms are closed, but I’m working out more, for lack of anywhere else to go. I got a chinup bar — mine’s from Iron Gym and is now sold out, but it looks exactly like this one — and a set of Bowflex adjustable dumbbells. Yesterday I did 100 pushups, 4 sets of 8 full-length pullups (having to hold my legs up to do that in a doorway makes it a major ab exercise, too), walked/ran for an hour (I do intervals), then swam. I’m also doing bodyweight leg exercises like calf raises on the stairs, one-legged split squats, hamstring bridges, etc.

To be honest, I’d rather things were normal and I were just going to the gym, but this does make a nice break in my routine. Helen’s workout routine is somewhat similar, though no pullups and adding online Barre and yoga classes.

THIS STORY SEEMS TO BE MISSING SOME DETAILS: Daughter, grandson of Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, RFK’s daughter, presumed dead in canoe accident.

QUOTE OF THE DAY: “In just ten days, we discovered that neither the tampon issue, nor the participation of transsexuals in the Olympic Games, nor the climate emergency were real problems, nor emergencies, nor anything of the sort. They were just fictitious problems, the pastimes of a generation that hadn’t known tragedy.” — Itxu Diaz, National Review. 

Via Ricochet, which has further thoughts worth reading: “This crisis will be resolved by truckers running the long haul on deserted highways, doctors and nurse working double shifts in scavenged PPE, grocery store and gas station employees keeping services and food available, utility and telecom workers keeping a strained system functioning, grad students and other researchers poring over data and running countless tests in hopes of giving us an advantage, and ordinary people trying to follow often-contradictory guidance and do the right thing while facing a locked-down economy. At the top, we have leaders whose every move is scrutinized and fraught with potential peril – there might not be any good choices, just bad and not so bad. There is no room for our useless media and most of the commentariat. Activists can either pitch in or get lost. We no longer have time for indulging the delusion that they matter.”

OUT: WAR REQUIRES SACRIFICE. IN: Harvard Student op-ed: During this ‘state of war,’ Harvard should give all students a 4.0.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE, BIG-TECH-COLLUSION EDITION: Twitter gives university access to student’s parody account. Then college deletes unflattering tweets.

THEY’RE AHEAD OF LESS CIVILIZED PLACES, LIKE CHINA: Gabon bans eating of pangolin and bats amid pandemic.

CNN SHOULD CHANGE ITS FORMAT BACK TO NEWS: “The country is deeply divided and wracked with anxiety. There is a market for straight reporting without the shouting. If CNN doesn’t want to change their format for the good of the public, they should do it for the profits. Because, at this point, their ratings can’t get much worse.”

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The debate over immigration is over: restriction wins.

The debate over borders is over: they are needed.

The debate over globalization is over: the era of autarky begins.

The debate over Europe is over: it is a geographic expression, not a polity.

The debate over global warming is over: it is irrelevant.

The debate over international institutions is over: only nations matter.

The debate over the People’s Republic of China is over: it is a menace to the community of nations, not a member in good standing.

Crisis is clarity.

This has been an era of clarification.

HE’S NOT WRONG: Sen. Rick Scott: China ‘killed American citizens,’ urges boycott over virus.

MICHAEL TOTTEN ON THE MIDDLE EAST IN 1979: The Year the Sky Fell.

ACTUALLY, THAT’S A PRETTY IMPRESSIVE ACCOMPLISHMENT FOR A DEMOCRAT: Biden Has Earned 11 Pinocchios From Fact-Checkers During Coronavirus Crisis.

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MARKOS “SCREW ‘EM” MOULITSAS STRIKES AGAIN:

And to think Markos was wondering where “decency” went, just last week:

THE LEFT’S GARBAGE POLITICS: Robert Kraft criticized for good deed – friendship with Trump cited.

1984’S TWO-WAY TELESCREENS HAVE ARRIVED: Google Will Hand Over Location Data to Health Officials to Supposedly Combat Wuhan Coronavirus.

SNOWFALLS ARE NOW JUST A THING OF THE PAST: NYT’s Thomas Friedman Spews Trump Climate Change Response Could Be ‘More Destructive’ than Virus Response.

Oddly, his only criticism of the Chinese government was that “China was reckless about importing and mixing ‘terrestrial wildlife’ — supposedly endowed with magical sexual and other powers — with regular meat and seafood in its wet markets.” [Emphasis added.]

Say, what?

Ironic that Bloomberg News just reported a day after Friedman’s op-ed that “China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says.

To be fair, Friedman has been part of America’s “Manchurian Media” for years; recall his infamous September 9th 2009 column which began:

Watching both the health care and climate/energy debates in Congress, it is hard not to draw the following conclusion: There is only one thing worse than one-party autocracy, and that is one-party democracy, which is what we have in America today.

One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century. It is not an accident that China is committed to overtaking us in electric cars, solar power, energy efficiency, batteries, nuclear power and wind power. China’s leaders understand that in a world of exploding populations and rising emerging-market middle classes, demand for clean power and energy efficiency is going to soar. Beijing wants to make sure that it owns that industry and is ordering the policies to do that, including boosting gasoline prices, from the top down.

Our one-party democracy is worse….

As Jonah Goldberg, who had published Liberal Fascism the previous year, wrote, “Thomas Friedman Is a Liberal Fascist:” “I cannot begin to tell you how this is exactly the argument that was made by American fans of Mussolini in the 1920s. It is exactly the argument that was made in defense of Stalin and Lenin before him (it’s the argument that idiotic, dictator-envying leftists make in defense of Castro and Chavez today). It was the argument made by George Bernard Shaw who yearned for a strong progressive autocracy under a Mussolini, a Hitler or a Stalin (he wasn’t picky in this regard). This is the argument for an ‘economic dictatorship’ pushed by Stuart Chase and the New Dealers. It’s the dream of Herbert Croly and a great many of the Progressives.”

QED: China Appointed to U.N. Human Rights Group Despite Routine Human Rights Violations.

(Classical reference in headline.)

ARE YOU TIRED OF WINNING YET? Trump Taps Kavanaugh Ally for Seat on Influential Appeals Court. “Justin Walker, 37, who has served as a federal district court judge in Kentucky since October, would replace Republican appointee Judge Thomas Griffith on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit if approved by the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate. Griffith, appointed by former President George W. Bush, had previously announced his plans to retire.”

YOU HAVE TO LAUGH, BECAUSE THERE’S SO MUCH TO CRY ABOUT:  The coronavirus laughs never stop illustrated edition.

WHEN YOU DECIDE WHAT OTHER PEOPLE SHOULD WANT OR NEED, YOU’RE IN SOVIET TERRITORY:  Essential Means Different Things To Different People.

If I were stuck at home with my kids, when they were under ten? And we had no ebooks? Bookstores would be essential. TRUST me on this.

NO. HE SHOULDN’T. HE SHOULD EXIT STAGE LEFT PURSUED BY BEARS. EXTRA POINTS IF THE BEARS ARE RABID: World Health Organization Director Should Resign Says Sen. Martha McSally.

START CUTTING DOWN ALL NON-ESSENTIAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES/SERVICES. WE CAN NO LONGER AFFORD THEM, AFTER HITTING OUR ECONOMY WITH A HAMMER AND DANCING WITH LUNACY:  COVID-19: massive unemployment, except in government.

FAR AWAY FROM US?  China’s place in the post-COVID-19 new world order.

BUT THERE ARE STILL AMERICANS:  ‘This Is Not Nazi Germany or Soviet Russia Where You Are Asked For Your Papers!’ Says Maine Sheriff.

SORRY, MAY I ASK PRECISELY WHY THE ENTIRE WORLD HAS GONE NUTS?  Former Supreme Court Justice Warns of a British ‘Police State’.

YEP. AND AS NOTED, AN INTERESTING THING, DESPITE SIMILAR NUMBERS OF CHINESE AND SIMILAR CULTURE, THE PORTUGUESE WHO HAVE A PARALLEL, PRIVATIZED HEALTHCARE SYSTEM ARE FARING MUCH BETTER THAN ITALIANS AND SPANIARDS:  It was inevitable that socialized medicine gave up on the elderly with COVID-19.

YES, I KNOW. IT RUINS THE NICE PANIC WE’VE GOT GOING:  Data & Numbers: COVID 19.

Chances increase daily that Winnie the Flu is a paper tiger.

DID I LINK THIS YESTERDAY? IF NOT, GO READ IT:  Monday Thoughts (yes, the d*mn virus).

WITH TRUMP DEFERRING TO EXPERTS AND DELAYING NORMALCY TO THE NEVER-NEVER? ALL OF THEM:  Businesses That Are Going To Fail.

THESE DAYS WHEN ANGER IS OFTEN CRIPPLING IN TERMS OF WHAT I CAN PRODUCE, IT’S ALWAYS GOOD TO HAVE SOMETHING TO LAUGH ABOUT, AND THIS ONE IS A DOOZIE:  Sans sanction ni restrictions, le Portugal est (relativement) épargné par le #coronavirus.

For those who don’t feel like Google translate, that is roughly “Without sanctions or restrictions, Portugal is (relatively) spared by #coronavirus.  Fair. Portugal has far fewer fatalities than Spain or Italy, which is inexplicable.  Unless you assume that the Portuguese aren’t throwing grandma from the train, that is taking the opportunity to rid themselves of elders, while the other two nations almost certainly are.  Or take into account the fact that Portugal has a private medical system alongside state-provided health system. (Spain did too, but nationalized at the beginning of the crisis, because… I don’t know. What ARE they putting in the paella these days, anyway?)
BUT the truly hilarious thing in that article is that the Portuguese Prime Minister attributes this to the Portuguese being — I swear I have to pause and laugh before I type it — more organized than other Europeans.

I have no idea what he’s smoking, or where he found it, but that’s potent stuff.  Breaking rules and laws is by way of being a Portuguese pastime.  Portuguese don’t line up, they scrum.  There isn’t anything requiring order and careful deliberation that the Portuguese don’t do sideways, backwards and upside down.  And frankly that’s part of the reason I retain some fondness for the place!  Disciplined!  I told my husband and rendered him speechless for minutes!

April 3, 2020

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YOU PROBABLY SAW THAT MISLEADING MAP OF TRAVEL BASED ON CELLPHONE VIDEOS. IT WAS USED IN A CONDESCENDING AND ELITIST WAY.

Today, New York Times journalist and podcast host Michael Barbaro tweeted a map showing on the dates when people stopped traveling over two miles. Most of the South was lit up bright red, an indication that they hadn’t stopped until very recently, if at all. Other states had red counties, but it was hard to ignore the blaring siren of the South.

In the midst of a pandemic where folks are encouraged to stay home, this chart could seem damning, especially if you think the South is full of idiot rednecks.

Which Barbaro apparently does.

“In a word…. The South,” he tweeted. . . .

As Facing South reporter Olivia Paschal points out, the map makes more sense when viewed with the second map in the Times article in which it originally appeared, which showed that the Southern states in question had seen less travel than what was considered “normal.”

The Times story delves into this further: Southern municipalities and states have been slow to implement stay-at-home orders. But Southerners are traveling less. And the map doesn’t account for necessary travel, like to get groceries or seek medical care.

Barbaro didn’t mention that. “LOL rednecks” is an easier tweet.

There are nine states where more than 5 percent of the population has no car and no supermarket within a mile. North Carolina is one of them; the rest are also in the South.

Almost 28 million people in the South live in rural areas, almost half of the country’s rural population. Because of the spread, people in rural areas have the longest distances to travel to receive medical care. And the South, the sickest region in the United States, accounts for one in 10 COVID-19 deaths.

Some other facts Barbaro might have missed: The South has the lowest median household income of any region in the U.S; nine of the 10 states with the highest poverty levels are from the South.

The South also has the biggest minority population of any region.

A quick Google search reveals that Michael Barbaro grew up in Connecticut, attended one of the oldest country day schools in the country, and went to Yale University. He got a job at The Washington Post straight out of college and shifted to The New York Times shortly after that.

So let me offer a real-life example: My house growing up was in downtown Mount Airy, and the closest Food Lion was 1.3 miles away. If my family needed more than food, Walmart was 4.3 miles away. If we had to go to the ER, it was 2.2 miles. For folks who live farther out, the shortest distance you can travel is at least two miles.

I promise you, Michael Barbaro, they aren’t driving for the hell of it.

It’s as if Michael Barbaro is some sort of elitist twatwaffle. But yeah, those dumb southerners don’t know how to practice social distancing like these New Yorkers:

In a word . . . NYC.

UPDATE: This photo from ABC7NY wasn’t taken on Thursday, as reported. Apparently it’s from March 30, which was Monday. Not a huge difference, but still.

UGH: Coronavirus News: NYC funeral homes and morgues overwhelmed.

OPEN THREAD: Throw back the little ones.

USA TODAY FACTCHECK RATES AS “TRUE” TRUMPS CHARGE THAT the Obama Administration depleted the national n95 mask stockpile.

DON’T WORRY, ANY MINOR WORLD THAT FALLS APART COMES TOGETHER AGAIN: Interstellar Comet Borisov is no longer in one piece. I mean, just ask any major dude.

Alternatively, this is the alien pod separating from the cometary nucleus it was using for cover. I mean, this is 2020, anything can happen.

HOSPITAL MANAGEMENT SUCKS: Doctors Say Hospitals Are Stopping Them From Wearing Masks. ‘I’m being yelled at. I’m being told to take it off. I’m being told that I’m scaring patients and that I’m scaring other people.’ We’ve had people who had their jobs threatened.”

MY FORMER STUDENT JORDAN MOLLENHOUR, ALONG WITH OTHERS, brought a planeload of masks into Knoxville for distribution to hospitals and first responders. Great work.

FLIP. FLOP. Biden campaign says he backs Trump’s China travel ban. “Biden first accused Trump of xenophobia in dealing with the coronavirus pandemic on January 31, at a campaign rally in Fort Madison, Iowa — in comments that came shortly after Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar announced the travel ban.”

IT’S ILLUSTRATED WITH A BAT. I DON’T REALLY CARE WHERE THEY GO, SO LONG AS IT’S NOT A CHINESE SOUP MARKET: Wireless network helps scientists track small animals.

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#JOURNALISM: After mocking Trump for promoting hydroxychloroquine, journalists acknowledge it might treat coronavirus. “Journalists and top Democrats have beaten a similarly hasty retreat from their previous claims that Trump’s ban on travel from China was both xenophobic and ineffective. But media outlets’ misinformation on hydroxychloroquine was unique because it involved not simply policy disagreements but also suggestive medical advice and directives that could have dissuaded some from seeking certain treatments.”

The press lied, people died. But no responsibility, and no consequences.

GEORGE KORDA: Opportunistic Democrats may regret tampering with coronavirus relief bill.

PAST PERFORMANCE IS NO GUARANTEE OF FUTURE RESULTS: Biden campaign says he backs Trump’s China travel ban.

VITAMIN D UPDATE: Vitamin D may help seniors recover after hip fracture, study says.

EARTH DAY” FOUNDER AND NOTORIOUS “UNICORN KILLER” IRA EINHORN HAS DIED IN PRISON AT AGE 79.

On the eve of 2011’s “Earth Day,” NBC stumbled into this headline and subhead to describe Einhorn: Earth Day co-founder killed, composted girlfriend. Ira Einhorn preached against Vietnam War and violence, but had dark side.

EVERY AGE FACES ITS OWN UNIQUE CHALLENGE:

DO TELL: Coronavirus May Spread Through Normal Breathing: US Scientists.

TAKE A BREAK FROM THE SERIOUS NEWS FOR A FEW MINUTES: Florida Man Friday: Drone Delivery TP Is Just What the Doctor Ordered.

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PEOPLE PRAYING PANDEMIC PASSES: Pew pronouncement.

WHAT’S THIS, LIBERALS BUYING FIREARMS? Bearing Arms’ Cam Edwards reports those crowds at gun dealers aren’t made up entirely of heat-packing GOPers.

OBAMA WAS THE GREATEST GUN SALESMAN IN HISTORY, UNTIL HE WAS BEATEN BY A VIRUS: FBI Processes Record-Breaking Number of Background Checks.

“PERHAPS TRYING TO EMULATE A CORRUPT PUERTO RICAN OFFICIAL ISN’T THE RIGHT MOVE DURING A CRISIS:” Michigan’s Governor Beclowns Herself by Trying to Troll Trump With a T-Shirt.

“For some reason, these female Democrat politicians think it’s some kind of own to put what Trump calls them on t-shirts. Instead, it just makes them look petty and silly. Who has time to go get a custom t-shirt made while one’s community is in total disarray?”

NEWS FROM MY NECK OF THE WOODS: Knox County: 93 Cases, 50 Recovered, One Death So Far. Plus this confusing bit: “Fourteen of the 93 cases have resulted in hospitalization at any point during the illness. This figure does not reflect the number of patients currently hospitalized in the county.”

DEAR JOURNALISTS: IF YOU DON’T WANT PEOPLE TO THINK OF YOU AS GARBAGE, STOP BEING GARBAGE. THANKS, BYE. WaPo’s Glenn Kessler Caught in Embarrassing Self-Own After RTing Dr. Critical of Trump’s Wuhan Virus Response. “As I’ve said before, when it comes to the so-called ‘fact checkers’ in the media, I find the Washington Post’s Glenn Kessler hit or miss – but mostly miss. Over the last few weeks as the Trump administration has ramped up its efforts to combat the Wuhan coronavirus, Kessler has engaged in a series of missteps (to put it charitably) when it comes to analyzing their efforts. . . . It would be nice going forward if Kessler would actually dissect claims before sharing them with his followers, which is what an actual fact-checker would do.”

The origins of “fact check” journalism explain why it doesn’t actually check facts. When the GOP discovered that negative ads were a way to end-run the Democrat-favoring media, the media responded with “fact checks” intended to neutralize those ads. It’s always been a partisan messaging gig, not about finding the truth in which, as Kessler keeps demonstrating, they’re not especially interested.

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