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THERE ARE NO POINTS AWARDED FOR BEING RIGHT TOO EARLY: The Media Owe Senator Tom Cotton an Apology. “One of the biggest issues people have with the mainstream press these days is that some of its members are so insulated that they end up buying into and promoting false narratives without actually checking these narratives’ veracity. That seems to be exactly what happened in mid February, when major outlets overwhelmingly smeared Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) as a conspiracy theorist for asking legitimate questions about the origins of the current COVID-19 pandemic.”
The process is this: A Republican said it, and it’s not like what all my friends are saying in unison, so it must be crazy.
Senior sources in the British government say that while ‘the balance of scientific advice’ is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is ‘no longer being discounted’.
One member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s emergency committee said last night that while the latest intelligence did not dispute the virus was ‘zoonotic’ – originating in animals – it did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after leaking from a Wuhan laboratory.
The member of the ‘Cobra’ comittee, which receives detailed classified briefings from the security services, said: ‘There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.’
Well, I very much doubt that the Chinese will come clean on this, but it’s another reason to isolate China from the world community, both as punishment and precaution.
DISPATCHES FROM THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH: Boom: Greg Gutfeld Busts Media Matters Again With What They Were Saying About Fox and Virus In January. “I’d like to thank Media Matters for verifying that Fox news’ The Five was very early in warning about the serious threat of COVID19,” YouTuber Tim Pool adds.
IF YOU SHUT DOWN TOO LATE, YOU REOPEN EVEN LATER: Italy’s Virus Shutdown Came Too Late. What Happens Now? “Italy underestimated the outbreak, then became one of the first countries to order a national lockdown to contain it. A month later, officials warn it is still too soon to reopen.”
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EMPTY SHELVES AND TOILET PAPER SHORTAGES: POLL: Most people unimpressed with their 30-day free trial of Communism.
THE VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM SLATE AVENUE: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick writes: From 9/11 to COVID-19. The last time New York was the center of a catastrophe, America rallied behind it. The nation’s reaction to its coronavirus outbreak is a different story.
It was always a fairy tale, but it was surely a nice one. Columbine’s tragedy was America’s tragedy. Las Vegas happened to all of us. Parkland, Florida, was everyone’s worst national nightmare. Regional differences were downplayed so we could grieve together. But Donald Trump came along to remind us that Puerto Rico is not really America, and Detroit is not really America, and California is definitively not America. It was an easy myth to puncture, and he has deftly and rapidly ensured that no city or state will ever be America’s battered sweetheart again. We are all on our own.
New York almost makes it too easy. The city has long been associated with unbounded greed and wealth, cultural elitism, and ethnic diversity. That encompasses Ted Cruz’s sneering dog whistle about “New York values” in 2016, and Trump’s newfound loathing of the city he called home for his entire life—a city he was maligning long before the coronavirus came along. Despite the country’s love affair with New York in the wake of 9/11 or even Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it’s also always been the case that the city coexists uncomfortably with the fantasy of rugged cowboys, wide-open spaces, and manly white men dominating nature, an American story Trump and his acolytes seem to love above all things.
Nobody can blame the coronavirus itself on this president, though we must keep track of how his failure to take action will cost untold American lives. But even as we sit here, waiting, it is worth remembering that Trump has led a three-year project in which leadership consists of laying blame, constantly and relentlessly, on everyone and anyone, and the more inchoate that group is, the better. Victims are to be further victimized, always. We have been so carefully trained in this response that even without Trump’s insistence that the media, Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, and thieving New York doctors are to blame for the rampant spread of the virus, we could fall easily into the habit of doing it ourselves. We haven’t had to do that; the president has still happily led the charge. The strangest thing is simply that New York is the same greedy, insomniac, starving, pushy, wisecracking, bighearted place it was in the days after 9/11. Americans need to hate her today because everyone needs to hate everything and everyone now. Just when we needed to rally together in a fight against death, we are realizing we’ve been primed to fight one another to the death instead. Even if the myriad historical acts of pulling together after national tragedies were planted in fantasy more than fact, the alternative—a vicious and slashing vilification of the other—will not keep any of us safe or free.
That last sentence is a classic case of projection. Isn’t she aware that the rest of the nation is also dealing with the same pandemic? And is a massively diverse group of people who don’t think in lockstep? I could be mistaken, but I don’t believe that Saul Steinberg drew his classic “View of the World from 9th Avenue” cover as a how-to guide to life for insular Manhattanites.
There’s also more than a hint of Pauline Kaelism in Lithwick’s writing:
“Kael famously commented, after the 1972 Presidential election, ‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’”
Flashback to the Kavanaugh hearings last year: Trump takes another bite out of Dahlia Lithwick’s brain: “The demoralizing reality of life….Every day is the same, but still awful.” It’s the same end of the world, lashing out tone as the above passage; I too look forward to writing again about the day to day trench warfare of partisan politics as opposed to what actually is the demoralizing reality of mid-2020.
And to the very early days of Instapundit in the fall of 2001, when Glenn warned that Lithwick was heading into “Maureen Dowd territory.” Advantage: Instapundit!
NEW FROM KEN LIZZI: Captain: Falchion’s Company Book Two.
Running a mercenary company may be a bloody business, but it’s still a business. Falchion, now captain of his own outfit, faces not only opposing mercenary companies just as deadly as his own, and the magical threats posed by psychotic wizards, but also stingy, second-guessing employers. When his employers realize their allies in a three-party war are using them as a cat’s-paw and will likely turn on them, Falchion finds himself taking on two opposing armies, twin-sorceresses driven by religious fanaticism, and a mercenary commander holding a personal grudge.
THIS IS HOW THE PEOPLE MAKING THESE DECISIONS VIEW YOU. AND WHAT THEY’RE OVERLOOKING: Assume a Spherical Cow of Uniform Density in a Frictionless Vacuum.
NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE: Clyburn Defends Calling Coronavirus an Opportunity to ‘Restructure Government.’
I agree. Lay off the “non-essential” employees, and make all the regulation-suspensions permanent.
TALES OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE:
Important correction, though: these losses are NOT due to coronavirus. They’re due to the decision to place a country of 320 million under house arrest, instead of merely trying to protect those at highest risk.
Also note these people are in NYC and so, due to population density/way of living at higher risk than people in the rest of the country who don’t ride subways and don’t live in apartment buildings.
And yet, these losses are all over. Why? Because our “betters” think we’re all Manhattan. Or because they just like power. Your choice.
MAKES COMPLETE SENSE: What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage.
FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE DEEP THOUGHTS OF WANDA FISH-TANK CLEANER: Don’t Bogart that chloroquine.
SO, WAIT…. THE BILL OF RIGHTS DOES HAVE A CLAUSE SAYING “INVALID IN CASE OF PANDEMIC?” BECAUSE THAT IS NOT IN MY COPY OF IT. HOWEVER, THE FIRST IS GONE AND NOW THAT UNREASONABLE SEIZURE THING IS OUT THE WINDOW AND… NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders National Guard to seize ventilators from upstate hospitals (#UpstateLivesMatter.)
PUSH BACK. PUSH BACK. PUSH BACK. NANCY GREY GOOSE PELOSI THINKS THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO INSTITUTIONALIZE VOTE
BY FRAUD MAIL. WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. ANY STATE THEY MANAGE TO PULL THIS OFF IN, REPUBLICANS NEVER WIN AGAIN: Pelosi, Trump Clash Over Democrat Push For Mail-in Voting.
Perhaps someone should whisper in Cheating Nancy’s ear: Remember, if you take away the ballot box, you only leave us one box.
I DON’T KNOW. I’M GETTING READY TO DOWNPLAY CORONAVIRUS. WHEN COMPARED TO THE ECONOMIC BLOOD BATH, IT’S A PAPER WINNNIE THE FLU: Trump is accused of downplaying the coronavirus risk by the very media who mocked government and ‘right-wing’ concerns.
TRUE, BUT BESIDES THE POINT? Trump mocks Biden attack tweet: “He didn’t write that …, he doesn’t [even] understand what he’s watching”.
LET MY PEOPLE GO! President Trump needs to set the country free now.
I’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. IT DOESN’T END WELL: In What Sense Do You Think We Are Free?
OF COURSE. THEY ALL DO. THEY REPLACED THE USSR WITH CHINA IN THEIR HEARTS. SURE SOME OF THEM ARE TAKING PAY FROM CHINA, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE SLUTS. THEY DO IT FOR THE LOVE: Andrew Cuomo Licks China’s Hand. Xi Jinping Smiles.
GO READ IT: No one here gets out alive.
GO AND READ IT. AND GEE THOSE SYMPTOMS ARE FAMILIAR FOR WHAT WE HAD JAN/FEB. ONLY IT LASTED ME SIX WEEKS WITH TWO MORE WEEKS TO RECOVER. BUT THEN I HAVE OTHER ISSUES: A View From the Sideline.
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I’M NOT DRINKING ANYMORE, BUT I’M NOT DRINKING ANY LESS, EITHER: Americans are drinking a crazy amount of alcohol during coronavirus lockdown.
Though as a friend points out, buying more booze isn’t necessarily drinking more, any more than buying more toilet paper means pooping more.
THE TOUGHEST WEEK:
“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing their hands.”
Dr. Birx also said that Detroit, New York and Louisiana — the current hot spots — will likely reach a peak in the next six to seven days, citing the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s predictions.
The IHME models seem to have overpredicted problems so far.
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SORRY, EARTH IS CLOSED. MOOSE OUT FRONT SHOULD’VE TOLD YA. ‘Going back to a different planet’: Astronauts will return to Earth soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.
I AGREE, HE SHOULD QUIT, CNN’S DOING A FINE JOB ON ITS OWN:
I FEEL LIKE THIS STORY SHOULD HAVE NAMED SOME NAMES: The Doctor Came to Save Lives. The Co-op Board Told Him to Get Lost. All of NYC is lousy with coronavirus, and they’re worried about one doctor?
UPDATE: From the comments: “If the doctor were Chinese, the board’s action would be a hate crime.” That’s different because shut up.
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.
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.
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.
If this holds up, it’s great news, except for the models.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
(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.
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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.
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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.
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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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.]
Ironic that Bloomberg News just reported a day after Friedman’s op-ed that “China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says.”
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.”
(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.