Friday, April 10, 2020


(07:15 AM)

ONLY THREE? 3 Ways New York Botched the Coronavirus Response in March: A hapless mayor and overpraised governor made false promises, gave inaccurate health information, and helped turn Gotham into the pandemic’s epicenter.


(07:08 AM)

AS IT SHOULD: Harris Poll: The Coronavirus crisis is turning Americans in both parties against China.

Republicans and Democrats now largely agree that the Chinese government bears responsibility for the spread of the pandemic, that it can’t be trusted on this or any other issue, and that the U.S. government should maintain a tough position on China on trade and overall, especially if Beijing again falters in its commitments.

“It’s as much of a consensus issue as you can get in today’s divided world,” said Mark Penn, chairman of the Harris Poll. “Overall, there’s very little trust for anything that the Chinese government says or does, especially its premier. Xi Jinping has less than half the credibility of President Trump in this poll.”

Which is surprising, given how much more supportive the press has been of Xi than of Trump.


(07:07 AM)

OH, COME ON: Police Slap Christians With $500 Fines for Attending Drive-In Worship Service.


(07:00 AM)

#JOURNALISM: Infection Model Criticisms Painted as ‘Conspiracy Theories:’ Pro-tip: It’s not a “conspiracy theory” to want reliable data, accurate projection, and clear explanations.


(06:30 AM)

ARE YOU SURE, BEE? I DON’T THINK THEY LET HIM HAVE SCISSORS:  Biden Cuts Hole In Mask So He Can Still Sniff People’s Hair.


(06:05 AM)

GO FOR IT. THROW US IN THAT BRIAR PATCH. SURE, THE AIRLIFT FOR PATRIOTS STRANDED BEHIND THE TOFU CURTAIN WILL BE EXPENSIVE, BUT LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE: WE CAN DEPORT MISBEHAVING CALIFORNIANS INCLUDING ALL THE USELESS POTHEADS THAT MOOCHED THEIR WAY TO MY STATE. PLUS, YOU KNOW, WE CAN INSTITUTE A “STAY IN CALIFORNIA” PROGRAM, BIG BEAUTIFUL WALL OPTIONAL. BEST OF ALL, THEY NO LONGER GET TO TAKE ALL THE WATER FROM THE COLORADO RIVER (AND DUMP IT IN THE PACIFIC TO SAVE THE DELTA SMELT, OR SOMETHING) AND THAT WATER CAN MAKE THE HIGH DESERT BLOOM, INSTEAD:  Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State’.

No, no, California, it’s cool. You’ve said you want a divorce. Let’s bring in the lawyers.  I think we’re way past irreconcilable differences.  Take Hawaii with you, in lieu of a fruit basket.


(05:59 AM)

I COULD, POSSIBLY, REMOTELY, JUST ON AN OFF CHANCE, YOU KNOW, BE RUNNING OUT OF PATIENCE WITH THE OVERBLOWN REACTION TO WINNIE THE FLU:  Attention, Citizens.


(05:30 AM)

YEAH, BECAUSE IT’S ALL A MATTER OF CLASSIFICATION.  BAH. DO THEY THINK WE’RE IDIOTS? CHINA, TAKE NOTICE, THE PEOPLE ARE NOT OUR SO CALLED LEADERS*:  China to reclassify dogs as pets in wake of coronavirus.

*For one, if we all drank like Nancy Grey Goose Pelosi, there wouldn’t be enough alcohol in the world for an American lunch break.


(04:56 AM)

FOR INSTANCE, THERE’S THIS:  Doctors just uncovered another unusual coronavirus symptom.


(04:30 AM)

WE WON’T KNOW THE ANSWERS FOR YEARS. SLOWER IF WE RUIN OURSELVES NOW:  COVID-19 Mysteries.


(04:00 AM)

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE. LOOK HOW SHOCKED IT IS:  Democrats & Media Up to Their Old Tricks.


(03:25 AM)

DUH:  Trump Not Warned About Covid-19 In November.


(03:00 AM)

THIS IS WHY PLANED ECONOMIES FAIL. NO ONE NOT INTIMATELY INVOLVED WITH ANY GIVEN FIELD KNOWS EVERYTHING THAT GOES INTO IT. AND IN THE CASE OF OUR SELF PROCLAIMED ELITES, FRANKLY, THESE PEOPLE LITERALLY DON’T KNOW WHERE FOOD COMES FROM:  Our Food Supply Cannot Afford This Economic Shutdown.


(02:30 AM)

STOP LOOKING AND JUST GET THESE UNCONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATIONS OF OUR RIGHTS GONE:  AG Barr Looks for Lifting of Draconian Measures.


(02:00 AM)

I DON’T THINK SO. AFTER ALL, PRISONS ARE PRACTICALLY DESIGNED TO BE ABLE TO ISOLATE PEOPLE:  Prisons Are A COVID-19 “Death Trap”, According To Teen Vogue.

Also, Teen Vogue? Go write about clothes and sexy pop singers. Leave politics to the grown ups.


(01:30 AM)

SURE, THE CDC MESSED UP, BUT CHINESE LIES DIDN’T HELP. HOWEVER WHAT HAS REALLY TAKEN A HAMMER TO OUR ECONOMY AND IS GOING TO MAKE US DANCE WITH FOOD SCARCITY COME FALL IS THE FACT THAT WE HAVE AN “EDUCATED” CLASS WHICH HAS NEVER LEARNED COMPUTER MODELS AREN’T REALITY, COMPUTER MODELS AREN’T PROOF, COMPUTER MODELS ARE JUST HYPOTHESES WITH NICE GRAPHICS:  How US bureaucrats deepened the coronavirus crisis to deadly effect.

I think part of this is a hold over in people about 10 years older than I who thought of computers as “smart.” These are people who can barely navigate email or social media, and for whom computers are somehow, mysteriously, infallible.  If someone can’t get Garbage In Garbage Out across to them, then we’ll just have to hit them with metaphorical two by fours when they go off half-cocked on some models. Because otherwise they will destroy us.


(01:00 AM)

MORE LIKE A LIBERAL (LYING) APPROACH TO REALITY:  Horowitz: Dr. Birx: ‘We’ve taken a very liberal approach to mortality’.


Thursday, April 9, 2020


(11:00 PM)

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(10:45 PM)

SHOW YOUR APOLOGY IS SINCERE BY PUTTING THE OFFICERS ON UNPAID LEAVE FOR A MONTH — YOU KNOW, LIKE A LOT OF AMERICANS ALREADY ARE: Colorado Police ‘Deeply Sorry’ for Arresting Father Caught Playing Ball With His Daughter In an Empty Park.

People entrusted with guns and the power of arrest need to have good judgment, and the ones who judge poorly need to be punished or sacked.


(09:56 PM)

I GUESS THE CAMPAIGN HAS STARTED:


(09:44 PM)

WELL, GOOD: Israeli COVID-19 treatment shows 100% survival rate – preliminary data. A very small study, though.


(09:30 PM)

OPEN THREAD: I know you’re out there, with rage in your eyes and your megaphones.


(09:17 PM)

CHINA SYNDROME: Brazil Turns to Local Industry to Build Ventilators as China Orders Fall Through.


(08:56 PM)

SO FAR, THIS PANDEMIC HAS NOT BEEN A GREAT SHOWING FOR THE EXPERT CLASS: COVID-19 Projection Models Are Proving to Be Unreliable. “As I detailed in the last post, the revised April 5 model was grossly wrong even in predicting conditions that would obtain on April 5 itself. It had predicted that on that day, New York, the epicenter of the crisis, would need about 24,000 hospital beds, including 6,000 ICU beds. In fact, the model was off by a third — New York had 16,479 hospitalized COVID patients, 4,376 that were in ICU.”

Related: USNS Comfort, Javits Center at fraction of capacity during coronavirus crisis.

The Javits Center military hospital in New York is treating 134 patients — despite a capacity of 1,000 beds that is expected to increase to 2,500 to deal with the spreading coronavirus pandemic, the Pentagon said.

The Comfort, docked in the Hudson River with 500 beds and about 1,000 medical workers aboard, currently has 62 patients and has treated 79 to date.

Similarly, the Javits hospital has a medical staff of about 900, mostly from US Army field hospitals.

Part of the reason for the lack of patients is that hospitalizations are down, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Wednesday.

“If the hospitalization rate keeps decreasing the way it is now, then the system should stabilize over these next couple of weeks, which will minimize the need for overflow on the system that we have built in at Javits and at the USNS Comfort,” Cuomo added.

That’s good news, of course, but it does call into question the information on which these plans were made.


(08:53 PM)

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(08:43 PM)

VICTOR DAVIS HANSON: Is America a Roaring Giant or a Crying Baby?

There are other vows to recalibrate our relationship with China to ensure that when the next successor to SARS and COVID-19 hits, American lives will not be jeopardized by the duplicity of the Chinese government. At the beginning of the outbreak, Beijing hid the origins, nature, and transmissibility of the virus, then lied about its supposedly brilliant control of the epidemic.

The American public is already asking tough questions.

Does the U.S. really need almost 15,000 people flying in from China each day? At a time when American students owe $1.5 trillion in student loans, it is smart to have some 360,000 Chinese students enrolled in U.S. colleges? Is it safe to fund hundreds of labs on university campuses that conduct joint research with Chinese academics?

Does the United States really wish to curtail fracking, which has made it the largest producer of natural gas in the world and ensured that a quarantined America has plenty of fuel?

Read the whole thing, of course, because it’s VDH.


(08:36 PM)

THIS COULD BE BIG — BUT OF COURSE, IT DEPENDS ON WHO’S BEING TESTED: Roseland Hospital phlebotomist: 30% of those tested have coronavirus antibody.

A phlebotomist working at Roseland Community Hospital said Thursday that 30% to 50% of patients tested for the coronavirus have antibodies while only around 10% to 20% of those tested have the active virus.

Sumaya Owaynat, a phlebotomy technician, said she tests between 400 and 600 patients on an average day in the parking lot at Roseland Community Hospital. Drive-thru testing is from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. each day. However, the hospital has a limited number of tests they can give per day.

Owaynat said the number of patients coming through the testing center who appear to have already had coronavirus and gotten over it is far greater than those who currently have the disease.

Stay tuned.


(08:30 PM)

NEO: Is this “just a bad flu?” Part I.


(08:04 PM)

MESSAGING:


(08:00 PM)

WOMAN WHO CLAIMS TO BE A NURSE THREATENS TO WITHHOLD A VENTILATOR FROM TRUMP SUPPORTERS.


(07:00 PM)

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(06:49 PM)

AND THUS, #METOO COMES FULL CIRCLE:

Shot:

Chaser: Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein: I’ll fight the NRA to ‘channel’ my anger at myself for sexually harassing women.

—The Washington Examiner, October 5, 2017.

Earlier: Witch fight! The naked hypocrisy of Alyssa Milano.

As Jonah Goldberg wrote in 2005, “Liberals are geniuses at unleashing social panics because A) it never occurs to them that their motives are anything but pure and B) because they are almost exclusively focused on short term tactics. And yet they are invariably shocked when these moral frenzies come back to bite them. McCarthyism was a direct consequence of both the Red Scare and the Brown Scare. And when the tactics they mastered were turned on them, they acted as if they came from nowhere.”

UPDATE: “Keep in mind that this is the same Alyssa Milano who admitted to Sen. Ted Cruz, ‘We are a two-gun household.’”


(06:16 PM)

THE DEATH OF STALIN: Hollywood celebrities struggle to cope with end of Sanders campaign.

(Classical reference in headline.)


(06:00 PM)

COBOL NEVER DIES: Wanted urgently: People who know a half century-old computer language so states can process unemployment claims. Yeah, I had a post on this a few days ago, but I just love this. COBOL was my third (and basically last) programming language, which I learned in high school after Basic and Fortran.


(05:45 PM)

ROGER KIMBALL: The case for reopening the country now.


(05:30 PM)

GIVEN WHO HE’S MARRIED TO, HE MUST SLEEP VERY LIGHTLY: James Carville Claims Republicans ‘Will Kill People To Stay In Power, Literally.’


(05:14 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: MSNBC’s Chris Hayes Floats Conspiracy That Trump Admin Inflated Death Projections to Take ‘Victory Lap’ When Final Total Was Lower.


(05:14 PM)

NO, CORONAVIRUS DIDN’T COME FROM THE WUHAN MARKET: Joshua Phillips of The Epoch Times leads this documentary that should open eyes to the reality the disease is man-made. This is a must-watch.


(05:07 PM)

CORONAVIRUS IN CONNECTICUT: Schools, bars and restaurants  in Connecticut will stay closed through May 20, but new COVID-19 hospitalizations are dropping.


(05:00 PM)

QUERCETIN: TO TAKE OR NOT TO TAKE? “A clinical trial is needed, and one is being organized. At this point, all one can say is that quercetin has the possibility of being useful. Since it occurs in nature, it is regulated as a ‘Natural Health Product’ and dietary supplements have long been available, hyped for their antioxidant potential, usually in daily doses of 500-1000 mgs. The daily intake from our diet is, in general, less than 100 mgs, but quercetin supplements have not been linked with any adverse reaction. Although the information about possible efficacy is sketchy, at least taking quercetin supplements is not harmful.”

Related: World’s Fastest Supercomputer Finds 77 Potential COVID-19 Treatments. “The massive supercomputer was tasked with finding compounds that could bind to the ‘spike protein’ or ‘S-protein’ of the virus that it uses to infect host cells. By rendering the protein ineffective, the virus would be inhibited from spreading.


(04:45 PM)

HAS ANYONE TOLD OBAMA? China’s Agriculture Ministry Says Dogs Are No Longer Considered Livestock.


(04:31 PM)

FASTER, PLEASE: “White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow on Thursday said the U.S. economy should be able to reopen ‘on a rolling basis’ over the next month or two.”


(04:20 PM)

ADAPT. IMPROVISE. OVERCOME. Nightclubs in Mexico allegedly offering ‘home delivery’ sex services during coronavirus pandemic.


(04:16 PM)

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(04:14 PM)

BOJO UPDATE: Boris Johnson moved out of intensive care.


(04:00 PM)

GOOD: Versacarry Now Producing Face Masks in Fight Against COVID-19.


(03:00 PM)

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(02:52 PM)

UH OH: BigLaw Starts Cancelling Summer Associate Programs, Delaying First Year Associate Start Dates, And Cutting Salaries.


(02:48 PM)

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR TRUMP TO INVOKE THE INSURRECTION ACT? Gavin Newsom Declares California a ‘Nation-State.’

I wonder if the folks at the New California movement are paying attention? Who am I kidding — of course they are.


(02:30 PM)

WE’RE IN THE MIDST OF A JUMP-START FOR ONLINE EDUCATION: Online education platforms could scale high-quality STEM education for universities.


(02:00 PM)

I BLAME PREHISTORIC SUVS: Volcanic activity likely changed the Earth’s climate 200M years ago, study says.


(01:57 PM)

HEH: Darn that Hitler wannabe and his … attempt to rally a nation in its darkest hour!


(01:47 PM)

GOOD: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ‘improving’ after third night in intensive care with coronavirus.


(01:45 PM)

DISPATCHES FROM THE MANCHURIAN MEDIA: Neera Tanden, Touré, Joe Scarborough (and others!) embrace the new hotness, blame Europe for spreading COVID-19 to the U.S., not China.

Exit quote: “That’s what Xi said.”


(01:32 PM)

“DON’T TRUST CHINA, CHINA IS ASSHOLE” (CONT’D): Rep. Mark Green: Chinese-made medical supplies to France made conditional upon adopting Huawei technology. Not much of an offer, given the poor quality of the gear and tests they’ve been shipping to Europe. Proper response: Send us what we need for free, shipping paid, or we’ll block Huawei and other Chinese companies from our markets entirely. This is China’s fault and China is in no position to be making demands.


(01:32 PM)

GODSPEED, MICHELLE CARUSO-CABRERA: Ocasio-Cortez Faces Well-Financed Challenger in June Democratic Primary. “Word broke yesterday that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is reportedly planning to endorse Caruso-Cabrera, probably because they don’t want to be the first with their backs up against the wall after AOC’s glorious people’s revolution.”


(01:30 PM)

SKYNET SMILES. WHILE ITS EYES FOLLOW YOU. Researchers open-source state-of-the-art object tracking AI.


(01:22 PM)

HOW SOME CITIES ‘FLATTENED THE CURVE’ DURING THE 1918 SPANISH FLU PANDEMIC:

Dramatic demographic shifts in the past century have made containing a pandemic increasingly hard. The rise of globalization, urbanization, and larger, more densely populated cities can facilitate a virus’ spread across a continent in a few hours—while the tools available to respond have remained nearly the same. Now as then, public health interventions are the first line of defense against an epidemic in the absence of a vaccine. These measures include closing schools, shops, and restaurants; placing restrictions on transportation; mandating social distancing, and banning public gatherings. (This is how small groups can save lives during a pandemic.)

Read the whole thing.

Earlier: Learning From A Century Of Bad Urban Planning. Or to put it another way:


(01:14 PM)

SHUT-IN TIME: Want to Leave This Planet? NASA Is Offering Some Seriously Cool Virtual Space Tours Right Now.


(01:00 PM)

SPACE: Space Force announces its first pandemic-related launch delay.


(12:58 PM)

BECAUSE THEY’RE SWAMP CREATURES. THAT’S WHAT THEY DO. In another episode of “We Have to Pass It to See What’s In It” it turns out that the COVID bill exempts the Federal Reserve from their obligation under the law to make their records public. Politico reports that:

“Tucked into the recent recovery bill was a provision granting the Federal Reserve the right to set up a $450 billion bailout plan without following key provisions of the federal open meetings law, including announcing its meetings or keeping most records about them, according to a POLITICO review of the legislation.”

Even worse, when contacted by POLITICO, the Senators wouldn’t take ownership of the provision:

Spokespeople for Sens. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), the chairman and ranking member on the Senate Banking committee, declined to comment on how the change was added to the recovery bill or who requested it.

Oh, yeah, I said some stuff, too.


(12:56 PM)

PRIVACY: U.S. Senate, Google ban Zoom days after its launch of ‘security council.’ “Following two weeks of escalating privacy and security concerns about video conferencing platform Zoom, the U.S. Senate and Google have both banned its members and employees from using the software.”

Nobody should still be using Zoom.


(12:54 PM)

SO IT’S FINE TO SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL RESTAURANTS: It’s safe to eat takeout/delivery food.


(12:51 PM)

JOHN TAMNY: The New York Times’ Baseless Insinuations About Sanofi, Trump, and Hydroxychloroquine. “The shame about the Times report is that it didn’t have to be. Peter Baker, Katie Rogers, David Enrich, and Maggie Haberman could have just responsibly penned an article revealing a debate about a drug’s efficacy. But since President Trump talked hydroxychloroquine up, they had to lace in their own biases and weak revelations in a vain attempt to make Trump look bad.”

But Orange Man is Bad, even if Baker, Rogers, Enrich, and Haberman — shameless and awful, all of them — have to sacrifice the truth and whatever is left of their reputations to prove it.


(12:46 PM)

DEMS BLOCK MCCONNELL BID TO SWIFTLY APPROVE $250B MORE FOR SMALL BUSINESS FUND.

Related: DNC-MSM gets their talking points:


(12:15 PM)

‘FIRING ON FEW OR POSSIBLY NO CYLINDERS:’ Sean Ono Lennon drops politely vicious truth-bomb on Dems for picking Biden.

 Apparently, being raised by Yoko Ono is a sure path to becoming red-pilled. I enjoyed Sean’s occasional appearances on Sirius-XM’s Beatles channel. I wonder if they’ll continue?


(12:07 PM)

NEWS FROM MY NECK OF THE WOODS:

The total number of recovered cases in Knox County surpassed 100 on Thursday while the total number of cases surpassed 150.

Knox County reported 6 new positive local cases and no new deaths Thursday. There are now 42 active cases in the county as of April 9, down from 65 on Wednesday.

The total number of recovered cases now stands at 106, up from 77 on Wednesday. Recovered cases refers to those who have been released from isolation.

Nineteen of the 152 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.

Stay tuned. I think our early shutdowns — and the pre-shutdown cancellation of the St. Patrick’s parade and Shamrock Festival — really helped.


(12:05 PM)

HMM: South Korea Reports That Coronavirus ‘Reactivates’ in Some Patients Thought Cured.


(12:00 PM)

SO I GUESS TRUMP WAS RIGHT TO CRITICIZE EUROPE’S OPEN BORDERS WHEN HE SHUT DOWN FLIGHTS FROM THERE. Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show: Travelers seeded multiple cases starting as early as mid-February, genomes show. If Europe had shut down flights with China when the US did, this problem would have been reduced dramatically.


(11:00 AM)

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(10:57 AM)

THAT SEEMS SANE: WaPo Imagines McConnell Confirming Judges ‘on a Throne of Skulls.’


(10:46 AM)

THANK GOODNESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF THE TRUMP ANTIVIRUS POLICIES! Fauci Says U.S. Virus Deaths May Be 60,000, Half of Projections. “Fatalities of as many as 200,000 Americans had been estimated.” Actually, at one point they were talking 2.5 million. That means Trump will have saved literally millions of lives through his approach to the pandemic.

The campaign ads write themselves!


(10:45 AM)

CORONAVIRUS WON’T KILL THE CULTURE WARS.

Of course. In times of maximum chaos, people take comfort in what they know, and the modern left’s ideology is entirely framed by identity politics.


(10:35 AM)

QUESTION ASKED BY VDH: Is the bad and self-negating behavior of so many of Trump’s enemies setting him up for an even more impressive victory in the fall?

Nobody should be cocky during the current ongoing chaos.


(10:33 AM)

IT COULDN’T HURT: A top German doctor recommends whiskey to protect against COVID-19.


(10:30 AM)

DETACHED FROM REALITY: Democratic students blame Trump more than Chinese government for global spread of coronavirus: poll.


(10:22 AM)

AUSTRIA WILL BEGIN REOPENING.

Related: Planning for the reopening of America must begin now.

More: Charting the Path Back to Semi-Normalcy.


(10:05 AM)

IF IT IS, YOU’D NEVER HEAR IT COMING: Could a Mach 5 SR-72 Spy Plane Already Be in the Sky?


(10:01 AM)

IT’S ONLY A MODEL. BUT: Leading Model: New York Among 7 States Projected To Have Hit Its Peak.


(10:00 AM)

WHEN PEOPLE TIRE OF SUPPORTING ACADEMIA WITH THEIR HARD-EARNED DOLLARS, WE’LL BE TOLD IT’S BECAUSE OF “ANTI-INTELLECTUALISM.” ‘Marxian economist’ professor doesn’t blame Trump for coronavirus ‘mess.’ He blames capitalism.


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(08:58 AM)

THIS IS WHY WE NEED A RE-OPENING PLAN: US weekly jobless claims jump by 6.6 million, bringing three-week total to more than 16 million.


(08:58 AM)

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Enough With the Social Distancing Soviet Freak Flag Flying. “There is a very real possibility that we could have pulled this off without the Eric Garcetti and Gavin Newsom types fetishizing their political authority.”


(08:52 AM)

SO YOU’RE SAYING TRUMP HAS SAVED US ALL? CDC director downplays coronavirus models, says death toll will be ‘much lower’ than projected.


(08:51 AM)

SEEN ON FACEBOOK:


(08:49 AM)

BERNIE BROS SEEM DISAPPOINTED.

Note the many likes and retweets.


(08:45 AM)

CHANGE: You Must Be This Cool to Enter: Disney Theme Parks May Soon Start Taking Your Temperature.


(08:37 AM)

IT IS UNWISE TO DEVIATE FROM THE PARTY LINE, COMRADE: Chinese coronavirus critic Ren Zhiqiang under investigation, Communist Party disciplinary committee says.


(08:34 AM)

HERE’S A POINT IN FAVOR OF THE THEORY THAT LOW-IMPACT CORONAVIRUS INFECTIONS ARE MUCH MORE COMMON THAN EXISTING TESTS INDICATE: Massachusetts sewage suggests more than 100K coronavirus cases in state: MIT lab.

Just one section of Massachusetts could have more than 100,000 coronavirus cases — many times more than the entire state has identified at this point, according to an MIT-associated study of local sewage.

Biobot Analytics, which is a lab associated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, published research this week that an analysis of sewage from a treatment facility in “a large metropolitan area in the state of Massachusetts” suggested that many more people potentially have the highly contagious disease than tests have confirmed.

“On March 25, the area represented by the sample had approximately 446 confirmed cases of Covid-19,” Biobot researchers wrote Wednesday in a post about their research. “Based on our sewage analysis, we estimate that up to 115,000 people are infected and shedding the SARS-CoV-2 virus.”

This would be great news, if true.


(08:32 AM)

PATHOGENS DON’T SPREAD GEOGRAPHICALLY, BUT ALONG NETWORKS OF HUMAN INTERACTION: Coronavirus Invades Saudi Inner Sanctum: More than six weeks after Saudi Arabia reported its first case, the coronavirus is striking at the heart of the kingdom’s sprawling royal family.


(08:30 AM)

HE SEEMS QUITE COMPETENT: Jared Kushner sped set up of drive-in virus testing, say officials.


(08:25 AM)

TAIWAN HAS REALLY LOOKED GOOD DURING THIS CRISIS, but this is a brutal China subtweet:


(08:22 AM)

CHANGE: U.S. Allows Google Internet Project to Advance Only if Hong Kong Is Cut Out.

Related: “Japan has earmarked $2.2 billion of its record economic stimulus package to help its manufacturers shift production out of China as the coronavirus disrupts supply chains between the major trading partners,” Bloomberg reports.


(08:21 AM)

HARSH, BUT FAIR.


(08:15 AM)

THE RETURN OF SCRAPPLEFACE: Biden Salutes Sanders for Starting a Movement.

He went there.


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(08:00 AM)

#JOURNALISM: CBS reairs footage of Italian hospital after blaming first incident on ‘editing mistake.’


(07:54 AM)

OH: Pennsylvania Seeking Medical Supplies From Hospital Driven Into Financial Ruin by Venture Linked to Biden’s Brother.


(07:45 AM)

GREAT MOMENTS IN SOCIAL DISTANCING:

 


(07:30 AM)

OUR ANTISOCIAL MEDIA: “Does the press have any responsibility for tearing down Trump’s credibility right when we need it? I’d say they should be scrupulously careful not to do any of the ordinary political partisanship that had already badly infected journalism. There’s a lot of ruined credibility out there. Everyone ought to be trying to crawl back toward the truth.”

Ought to be.