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March 18, 2020

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Neo

Perhaps, to raise extra funds, we could auction off the rights the the COVID-19 name.

Chinese Disney coronavirus
Chinese ViacomCBS coronavirus

Captain Hate

As bad as it is in Philly with my department, the mayor made it worse. Public schools cannot give online classes due to "equity concerns".

https://tinyurl.com/ultl8f2

Posted by: Wyatt Earp at March 19, 2020 08:45 AM (Hh5Hv)


This is so cringeworthy it's amazing. We will all suffer equally in the gulag.
Posted by: AlaBAMA at March 19, 2020 08:46 AM (SENHs)

Neo

First case of COVID-19 in Caribbean island of St Maarten NA

MissMarple2

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump
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We are going to WIN, sooner rather than later!

jimmyk

Neo has a post linking this very interesting account of the 1957 Asian (can we call it that?) Flu in the US:

https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdfplus/10.1089/bsp.2009.0729

She notes that there was very little response in 1957 in terms of shutting down schools, events, cancelling meetings, etc., even though 25% of the population ended up getting infected, and there were, in terms of the current US population, the equivalent of 220,000 deaths.

My comment there was as follows:

[Neo]It’s estimated that H2N2 caused 110,000 deaths in the US all told. That’s a lot of deaths, too. In fact, since the population of the US at that time was just about half of what it is now, the deaths then were the equivalent of today’s 220,000. That’s higher than those low-range estimates the models give for COVID-19, although considerably lower than the high-end predictions.

The main justification for crashing the economy with shutdowns is that otherwise our medical resources will be overwhelmed. We'll run out of ventilators and ICU beds and have to let people die. Did that happen in 1957? Apparently not. From that piece that Neo links on the US experience:

Although the influenza incidence reached high levels during the course of the epidemic and physicians’ offices and clinics were crowded to overflowing, most patients were not severely ill and did not require specialmedical care. Accordingly, most were advised simply to stayhome, rest, and drink plenty of water and fruit juices.Hospital admissions did increase, but in the 3 cities that we reviewed—Pittsburgh, Baltimore, and New York—hospitals had a surge capacity sufficient to handle the patient load. In Pittsburgh, for example, the pandemic had no significant impact on hospital practice and did not require the canceling of elective surgeries or discharging of patients.

What was so different in 1957? Why are all the decision-makers convinced that the hospitals will be overwhelmed when they weren't in 1957? Is it that COVID-19 sufferers have to remain hospitalized for longer periods of time?

This was particularly interesting:

Private physicians reported seeing4 to 5 times the number of influenza cases that were usually seen at that time of year; the city’s public clinics were similarly crowded.14 However, a physician at Bellevue referred to the pandemic as a ‘‘newspaper epidemic,’’ and ‘‘the Hospitals Department . . . [saw] it as only a large number of cases.’’

The more things change...

Buckeye

Nothing like an Iggy rant with your morning coffee:)

MissMarple2

Tammy Bruce
@HeyTammyBruce
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Taiwan to donate 100,000 masks per week to US; US reserves 300,000 hazmat suits for Taiwan as partnership strengthens https://taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3899531 HT @LoganDobson
#ThankYouTaiwan!

Neo

The NYTimes had a piece last night ... "80 national security professionals break with tradition and endorse Joe Biden" (or some such).

The best part of the Age of Trump is that people self-identify

The Infamous Ignatz

Mid-TWIP-Paper Route Blues.

MissMarple2

ConservativeNationalist_1
@Nationalist_KAG
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New rule:

If you are an American citizen and have more nasty things to say about President Trump than China over the China Virus, you are no American. You are a spiteful little child who hates this man so much, you would rather peddle in Chinese propaganda than stand for America

The Infamous Ignatz

I don't rant.
I rave.

Narciso

No ive found you very level headed.

MissMarple2

Three weeks ago, the Chinese ambassador LIED about the China virus in a national newspaper:

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/02/28/cui-tiankai-china-has-erected-great-wall-disease-control-column/4872899002/

Narciso

Those were the ones who were on buttigegs bandwagon. Im guessing

Buckeye

Just keep it coming Iggy!

Narciso


They have no shame:


https://mobile.twitter.com/JohnEkdahl/status/1240498216141012992

Captain Hate

The best part of the Age of Trump is that people self-identify

What does that mean?

Narciso


More removing all doubt


https://mobile.twitter.com/ChuckRossDC/status/1240489355489263616

We down downers employer was deep with thr chinese

hrtshpdbox

But now we write off a million or two old geezers cuz they were going to die of the flu or something else pretty soon anyway?

The quote, and the article attached, say something quite different than that, don't they? It says, essentially, that no heroic effort was required at all. That there is likely no emergency, except that people are hysterics. That, if it hadn't been revealed as a new virus, we'd hardly notice. That no heroic effort was required. At all.

MissMarple2

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/amid-coronavirus-pandemic-community-gives-us-reason-for-hope

Buckeye

jimmyk

I think what may be different is the damage -19 does to people’s lungs. Not in all cases, but enough that it is a more effective killer than H2N2 was.

hrtshpdbox

Too bad that Trump isn't still saying (because he did say it, gloriously, in the beginning), that it's just the flu and everyone is overreacting. He'd lose in November, but history would regard him as one of the only sane dudes around.

Narciso

So the 1957 outbreak killed 1.1 million world wide and 116,000 in the states.

Narciso

This was before the wonderful great society.

MissMarple2

I love Babylon Bee:

Old Lurker

Which link, Hrts?

Jack Lillywhite

From an email:

🔸️China has closed down its last coronavirus hospital. Not enough new cases to support them.
🔹️ Doctors in India have been successful in treating Coronavirus. Combination of drugs used: Lopinavir, Retonovir, Oseltamivir along with Chlorphenamine. They are going to suggest same medicine, globally.
🔸️Researchers of the Erasmus Medical Center claim to have found an antibody against coronavirus.
🔹️A 103-year-old Chinese grandmother has made a full recovery from COVID-19 after being treated for 6 days in Wuhan, China.
🔸️Apple reopens all 42 china stores,
🔹️Cleveland Clinic developed a COVID-19 test that gives results in hours, not days.
🔸️Good news from South Korea, where the number of new cases is declining.
🔹️Italy is hit hard, experts say, only because they have the oldest population in Europe.
🔸️Scientists in Israel likely to announce the development of a coronavirus vaccine.
🔹️3 Maryland coronavirus patients fully recovered; able to return to everyday life.
🔸️A network of Canadian scientists are making excellent progress in Covid-19 research.
🔹️A San Diego biotech company is developing a Covid-19 vaccine in collaboration with Duke University and National University of Singapore.
🔸️Tulsa County's first positive COVID-19 case has recovered. This individual has had two negative tests, which is the indicator of recovery.
🔹️All 7 patients who were getting treated for at Safdarjung hospital in New Delhi have recovered.
🔸️Plasma from newly recovered patients from Covid -19 can treat others infected by Covid-19.
Above credit to: Michael Mathis 🙏
💥So it's not ALL bad news friends. Let's care for each other and stay focused on safety of those most vunerable while continuing to make the best of our days. This too shall pass! I challenge you to spread the good news! We need to have faith, hope and our economy back.
**If you google the above statements, they prove to be true**

I have yet to verify, so YMMV.

hrtshpdbox

In a month, when this end of the world story has completely blown over, and everyone is done marveling at how much lower the mortality rate was than expected, and patting themselves on the back for their civilization-saving efforts, the people who suggest that ignoring the whole thing would've been wise will be heretics. In a year, the heretics opinion will be a lot more prevalent.

The Infamous Ignatz

--The quote, and the article attached, say something quite different than that, don't they? It says, essentially, that no heroic effort was required at all.--

Yes. That's exactly what they say. But their analysis first says our international data stink and then tries to use the closed and tiny sample of a cruise ship to extrapolate to the world and that extrapolation constitutes pretty much the entirety of his argument. And he doesn't even note that the cruise ship itself went to heroic efforts to isolate the passengers from each other and test and treat them.
And that is why I used a lot of words when I could just have easily said; Bull. Shit. Although I suppose I could have prefaced those two words with, Total.

Extraneus

Right now, the smartest thing China could do is apologize and promise to institute FDA-type reforms, particularly to the live animal markets. Instead, they're arrogantly flexing their muscles. What are the odds we end up in a shooting war with the mf'ers before this is all over?

Old Lurker

"promise to institute FDA-type reforms"

Can we send them ours?

jimmyk

it is a more effective killer than H2N2 was.

Maybe. From what I read there, the death rate was about 0.25% (116,000 out of 45 million cases). I would wager that the WuFlu death rate will turn out to be similar, once we have an accurate count of how many got the virus. It's around 1.6% now, still skewed by that Washington state outbreak, and with very limited testing.

I think more likely there are two potential differences: The infection rate may end up higher than the 25% in 1957, and the required hospital stays of the seriously ill could be longer. But it's just striking how blasé the reaction was in 1957, and consequently the economic impact was apparently negligible.

Narciso

Ransom of red chief stylr

Buckeye

In 1957, information/disinformation flow was nothing like today and almost nothing out of China.

Who knew?

Maybe some of the more senior JOMers will actually remember:)

The Infamous Ignatz

--Right now, the smartest thing China could do is apologize and promise to institute FDA-type reforms, particularly to the live animal markets.--

Yep, but they won't.

Jane

Well I overslept (no such thing when you are retired). And I woke up very optimistic. I think the hydroxcowhateve thingis very optimistic. It’s cheap, it’s available and should be easy to get. Apparently it’s already in use for arthritis.

Time for some cheer. Trump talks at 11.

Old Lurker

It matters not what the blow by blow numbers are now since the Play itself has already been called for us and we are mere actors in it now.

I will stake out the "we imposed way too high a cost for a small return" POV but am open to being proven wrong in the end. I will always resent that such a huge decision was imposed on me by some politicians in a closed room in DC without any discussion. That is unAmerican.

Buckeye

True that OL, but that has been the case for a long time.

Going to war, dropping the gold standard.......

Captain Hate

Right now, the smartest thing China could do is apologize and promise to institute FDA-type reforms

Hmmmm, a totalitarian society becoming more controlled? I'll have to contemplate that as I'm out walking Teddy.

In my absense, maybe Neo will respond to my question of over a half hour ago as he's off like a coprophilic Johnny Appleseed dropping text turds all over the Internet with minimum interaction.

henry

19m
Maxine Waters proposes givings adults $2K a month and children $1K for the duration of the crisis. So that deadbeat family with two adults and 4 kids would get $8,000 a month, or $96,000 a year. They will NEVER let this to end...
washex.am/2QsNeev

https://twitter.com/VickiMcKenna/status/1240631549395116035

henry

Stock market all full of cheer this morning... if you are waiting until next week to buy in.

The Infamous Ignatz

Covid-19 isn't the flu.
It appears to have an R0 at least twice that of the typical flu, so unattended it would spread much more virulently given that exponent thing. And as amom pointed out you can feel fine with this thing for several days while spreading it far and wide, while with the flu, you're usually knocked on your can in a day or two.
Second, it seems to be a lot more intense in its attack on the lungs than the flu.
Third, nobody has any acquired resistance to it since it's new.
Fourth, South Korea seems about the best case scenario for the death rate and it is still at 1%, ten times the typical death rate from the flu.

2020; "Ah that half million to 2 million stupid old geezers were going to die of the flu pretty soon anyway. Why should we let it cost us a bunch of money?"
A perfectly reasonable assessment of the coronavirus.

2008; "Ah that 10,000 stupid old geezers were going to die soon anyway. Why should we let it cost us a bunch of money?"
Evil, immoral monsters trying to kill wunnerful gramps and nana with Obamacare death panels.


Another Bob

“third facility for Money Market Mutual Fund Liquidity”

So there are *no* financial asset classes that are trustworthy right now?

The Infamous Ignatz

--I will always resent that such a huge decision was imposed on me by some politicians in a closed room in DC without any discussion. That is unAmerican.--

Hasn't that happened in emergencies since the Founding?

JM Hanes

"Taiwan to donate 100,000 masks per week to US; US reserves 300,000 hazmat suits for Taiwan as partnership strengthens"

That's bound to make Xi happy. It sure would be nice to think that Hong Kong isn't being quietly subsumed into Mainland China while we're all home alone, but I have a bad feeling about that.

MissMarple2

President will speak at 11:00, so I am going to get a few things done beforehand. Back in a bit.

Old Lurker

Got an example of one so sweeping in impact, Iggy, especially one where there might have been other points of view?

JM Hanes

Ignatz:

"Hasn't that happened in emergencies since the Founding?"

I wouldn't mind so much, if alll the emergency controls didn't include idiotic measures like curfews and letting felons out of jail, and ignoring thievery. No way to stop proposals like Maxine Water's, of course, because the prog/corrupt solutions to every problem seem to be the same.

Old Lurker

JMH...thanks for the BS&T memories last night. They have always been on my go-to playlist for geezers and my kids laugh when I play them so much.

henry

Usual link for Trump Chinese virus updates.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

Starts at 11 (eastern) in theory.

Extraneus

I have a bad feeling about that.

Yeah, how could they resist? Throwing journos out is a bad sign for HK.

sbwaters

Re: Maxine's pathetic rant. I tweeted:

"I know some very nice local Democrat officials but they need to change parties and reject national #Dems wholesale now or risk getting blown out in November. — You are judged by the friends you keep."

The Infamous Ignatz

Last post before doing useful things today;
Seems to me the "they were just going to die of something else anyway" angle could more accurately be applied to the economy than geezers.

We don't know that some old dude wouldn't have had another five or ten years had he not caught the coroney bug.

But we do know the economy was almost certainly near end of the longest expansion in pretty much ever.

As I, and many other smarter people than me, like OL, Buckeye and others have tirelessly pointed out for a long time a large problem loomed, at least as big as the last one and for largely the same reasons, only even bigger this time.
My belief was it would be worse than last time, especially because China was far more vulnerable this time to severe harm and much less likely to be able to pull out as they did before.
So IMO, a pretty good argument can be made that the economic damage we are suffering was inevitable anyway. Whether this will be more severe than a simple recession/depression of a business cycle we'll never know. but I can see no reasonable argument the coming storm was not going to be devastating whatever its cause.
But another good argument could made that if we were going to have one, and it is a certainty we were [the business cycle has not only not been repealed, it s not repealable] then one in which Trump can, I hope, place the blame squarely on a virus rather than his economic policies is a very great blessing that will spare us the usual prog lies.
It is also a blessing that the catalyst for this event had its roots in our evil communist adversary and further exposed them as the totalitarian tyrants and mortal enemies they are.

So my argument is the economy was going to die anyway, so we might as well let this virus kill it.
Change my mind.

Melinda

Not gonna happen!

Stephanie Nene Not Your Normal Granma

New name for the MSM:

Duranty's Children.

The Infamous Ignatz

--Got an example of one so sweeping in impact, Iggy, especially one where there might have been other points of view?--

1941? Much of what FDR did behind the scenes maneuvered us toward war.

The 1930s? A lot of that was FDR executive machinations.

9/11? I didn't vote for warrantless wiretapping or universal NSA hoovering.

Our entry into WWI? Wilson maneuvered us there as well.

Honest Abe didn't exactly consult with my great gramps when he suspended habeas corpus.

In any event, things to do. And since I began a fast last night I'm probably too cranky to be arguing with anyone anyway. :)

Old Lurker

"So IMO, a pretty good argument can be made that the economic damage we are suffering was inevitable anyway."

Welcome to my world, Ig.

Hard to poke holes in your 10:19.

My only quibble would be, just as I had hoped the election would be black and white like Trump v Sanders, I had hoped that the certain coming of an Economic Reset would be clearly linked to having strayed from our founding principles (esp private property/law & order/individual freedom and liberty/big-gov bad themes), and not something so easily blamed on "an asteroid strike". One can already hear the children of Progs saying "well that time it was caused by a disease...this time is different..."

Neo

Never would have seen this coming ...
Divorce rate spikes across China after 'couples spend too much time together during coronavirus home quarantine', officials claim

The Infamous Ignatz

One last one from my Rabo guy I just saw; Rabobank: "We Warned The Dollar Would Go Up, Up, Up – And Then Up. Well... Here We Are"

We have repeatedly warned in recent years that systemic crises would re-emerge because the global economy was so unbalanced, so unequal, and based so much on so much USD debt in so many places; and that when they did, USD would go up, up, up – and then up. Nothing else, no-one else would be able to replace it, or to stand in the way of that armour-plated steamroller. Of course, it was always impossible to say exactly when the crises would occur – it was just inevitable that something, at some point, would trigger it.

Well, here we are.

Captain Hate

Since we're dealing with lushly orchestrated classic rock, this is for OL, peter and any other Hoo fan on the cancellation of March Madness

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=tTYJryNgLH8

JM Hanes

Glad you enjoyed them, OL! It's been awhile since I put them on at home, so it was fun to hear them again.

Captain Hate

It sure would be nice to think that Hong Kong isn't being quietly subsumed into Mainland China while we're all home alone, but I have a bad feeling about that.

I hope everyone feels that way because it's AWOL in news coverage, surely by design.

Jack is Back!

Frederick's school mulling a full closure. Supposedly, Choate and Chesire Acadamey have both closed for the school year. He is to do eLearning from 30 March to 14 April. Hoping the warmer weather kills this thing.

peter

FWIW, CH, My school spirit vis-a-vis UVA has waned considerably since I am paying Ivy League tuition for my son who is now getting a community college education on his laptop, plus the political correctness in Charlottesville of the school's administration has reached peak crazy. As I said, I did save $5 by not having March Madness this year, so there's that.

Jack is Back!

London on lockdown? From the Telly morning briefing:

Boris Johnson insisted Britain remains a "land of liberty". But he has refused to rule out a draconian lockdown for London expected as early as the weekend. The Government is drawing up plans to enforce the emergency closure of restaurants, bars, pubs and cinemas in the capital and restrict the use of public transport to only "key workers" - effectively turning London into a ghost town. Early this morning, Transport for London announced up to 40 Tube stations could be closed from today. Chief Reporter Robert Mendick reports that officials believe London has become a "city of superspreaders". And Defence Correspondent Dominic Nicholls explains the Army could draft in 20,000 personnel to help police the capital and ensure delivery of vital supplies.

MissMarple2

https://www.breitbart.com/tech/2020/03/18/report-respirator-valve-manufacturer-threatens-to-sue-over-3d-printed-copies-that-saved-lives/

sbwaters

I am paying Ivy League tuition for my son who is now getting a community college education on his laptop

peter, you were not specific about what education he was getting at the Ivy League schools.

Captain Hate

peter, I don't think College Park has accurately gauged how badly they've negatively dropped my opinion of them. As a state school they probably don't care as much as they pretend, but every working girl should keep her johns at least a little enticed.

Jane

Alcohol stocks booming!

MissMarple2

An Israeli man walks his dog via drone (source: Facebook) pic.twitter.com/tLt5VVD94u

— Sam Sokol (@SamuelSokol) March 19, 2020

Video at link. Innovation!

Neo

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani defended the nation's response to the virus, saying officials "spoke to people in a honest way" and "had no delay" after some criticized the government for a lack of transparency.

What does that mean ?

My guess ... "herd immunity"

James D.

CH @ 10:36

Isn't it amazing how our media is always SO willing and able to shill for totalitarian communist regimes?

Extraneus

Chuck Schumer Brags About Coronavirus Law: New York ‘Gets Billions and The Most of Any State in the Nation’

MissMarple2

Emerald Robinson

@EmeraldRobinson
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The USA has two problems with the Chinese virus.

The first is the virus itself.

The second is the influence that Chinese communists have bought themselves in our media, our schools & our politics. The first problem revealed the second.

We have to fix both problems.

Marlene

Good Morning! I actually have a clear memory of the 1957 flu. I would have been three and my brother only 18 months,so my sister next in line wasn't born yet. I think my parents took us to the pediatrician for a flu shot. That night,Dad had my brother in one bedroom and Mom had me in another one while we puked all night. We had a reaction to the shot and were so sick. Ugh,I guess that memory would be strong for a three year old.

Old Lurker

Peter, Cap'n...I join with Peter in feeling less warmly about Charlottesville. The College went hard left of course as did they all. And the Law School signed on big time to the role of law being to advocate SJW change. But I was deeply saddened when Darden went all touchy-feely (think Stakeholder Rights) in what they think an MBA needs to be these days. I told a trustee that the irony is they trained decades worth of us to make our fortunes assuming we would leave them a chunk of it when we die, but now we are so mad at them we are not gonna do that. They shoulda have stuck with the horse they rode in on.

Old Lurker

Hero Worship, James.

MissMarple2

heather nauert
@HeatherNauert

I’m on a work phone call. 10yo son shouts, “mommy, where’s the drill?” Me “The power drill? I don’t know. Ask your dad....” son runs off before I can finish....”but he’s on a conference call so don’t interrupt.” Yes, day three of #homeschooling - our kids are playing w/ drills.

10:36 AM · Mar 19, 2020

Extraneus

How do these guys avoid running into someone who decides they have too many teeth?

(Click to open.)

Captain Hate

OL,

Even though I was over 40 when I got my MBA (which I heartily recommend for anyone not pursuing an academic career) the classes weren't in most cases larded up with touchy feely crap other than the organizational behavior repositories; and even those were ok. My concentration was Finance which partially explained that.

MissMarple2

I actually have a very clear memory of the 1957 Asiatic flu epidemic. My brother was a year old and that was the year I was in the 3rd grade and had 49 other kids in my class, where we sat on those old-fashioned hooked-together desks. (I am very sure of the number because I had to address Valentines for everyone in the class amd we were sent home a mimeographed list with everyone's names on it).

No one in my family got the flue. My mother stayed home with us i those years, and I assume that it either didn't spread to our part of town or we had a natural immunity built up from being 5 kids who shared 2 bedrooms and attended packed kindergartens and schools.

I do remember seeing coverage on national news and shots of packed doctor's offices and serious-faced reporters. That also was when China was closed to the West, the Hungarian uprising, Sputnik, and other events to occupy television news.

Captain Hate

Rick Wilson still doesn't understand that he's only a useful monkey for the left. Nobody in any position of power will ever like or respect him.

JM Hanes

Found this over on Instapundit:

NASA FIXES MARS LANDER BY TELLING IT TO HIT ITSELF WITH A SHOVEL

LOL!

Not unlike what we're doing to ourselves back on earth....

The Infamous Ignatz

A quick link;
Angelo Codevilla; Fear Makes Power

"The establishment’s pundits and politicians who cheer for higher death tolls from the virus and for more straitened circumstances must imagine that enough people in their audience are fearful enough to have abandoned all critical faculties—fearful enough to follow the fear-mongers."

Dave (in MA)

Working at home I was on a Skype meeting that was just starting up and my wife's bird clock started sounding the 10:00 sparrow call, and one of my colleagues wanted to know if it was my parrot.

JM Hanes

I don't recall whether it was the flu of 1957, or not, but I do remember my mother reminiscing (if that word can actually apply) about the time she was home taking care of four children and husband who were all throwing up.

Captain Hate

The mad rush by governors and mayors to be the most draconian in their probably-not-legal restrictions of our liberties is a fine catalyst to examine the differences between a free republic and the more coercive and restrictive countries around the world.

Were we to adopt an authoritarian stance we could easily flatten the peak point of infection. Order total separation, and shoot violators. Segregate those who are already infected at remote installations, and escapees are executed.

But freedom entails a degree of chaos that many -- perhaps most -- people around the world are uncomfortable with. American Exceptionalism means many things to many people, but one of its core tenets is the innate sense that we know what is best for ourselves, and that government cannot manage the entirety of our lives.

Does that mean that more people will die? Perhaps, although American Exceptionalism has also created a wealthy and robust health care delivery system (even with its current significant flaws) that is probably the best in the world. I don't think we are going to run out of medical equipment on a large scale (local shortages excepted). We will not be Italy.

With freedom and liberty must come some acceptance of the reality that the state is not everything to all people; that it cannot and should not try to do everything to protect us (it will fail at that anyway). Yes, the risk is there, but a free people must guard their freedoms as zealously as they guard their health.

We should chafe at the jack-booted thugs of government telling us what to do, how to behave, where to go and how many people we can have in our homes.

Does that mean I am going to go visit my 89-year-old mother? No...I am not a fool, and neither are most Americans. But we must accept the undeniable fact that with freedom and liberty comes a degree of risk that we have accepted for the entirety of our existence as a constitutional republic, and even before that, since the antecedents of our great country were exactly that drive for autonomy and freedom from overweaning and overbearing government.

Posted by: CBD at 11:00 AM

Jack is Back!

Just when you needed him. George Carlin on germs and immunity.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X29lF43mUlo&feature=youtu.be&fbclid=IwAR02ygcszp-J_PcR3N_U-7UrJp2cXpKP1WR5DkdLP94PuiJ1DjjWGbG7KY8

henry

Tulsi ending her campaign per WSJ

jimmyk

CH, OL, I suspect most B-schools have gone the touchy-feely route in the last 20 years. I'm not at a B-school, but my impression is they get indoctrinated with all the "strength through diversity and inclusivity" catechisms. Even in the finance biz, so-called "ESG" (environmental, social, governance) investing is the big thing, likely driven by all the state pension and sovereign wealth investors politicizing everything. So some of it is driven by the schools, but some of it is driven by what unfortunately more and more of the financial world is asking for. There have been some dissenters complaining about how investment decisions are being mismanaged, but they are barely heard.

henry

Prince Albert (Monaco) positive with China virus.

Dave (in MA)

The flu wouldn't cause puking, despite the widespread use of the term "stomach flu".
I can remember one day when I was a kid and all 5 of us plus my mother were at home yakking into various receptacles while my father was feeling fine at work.

Old Lurker

One of my earliest memories was being on my Dad's boat when the engine clunked out. Dad couldn't use a screwdriver but as a guy, he would never admit that. Mom, as I have said here before, was an aeronautical engineer, who to complete her Masters at JiB's alma mater had to take apart and reassemble an entire plane circa 1941, watched Dad try to get the engine started while she managed us four kids until she saw the temper tantrum arising from her husband. She calmly said to Dad "hit that box right there with this stick..."

It worked and we made it home for Gunsmoke.

JM Hanes

I meant to post this C.S. Lewis quote that I picked up of at Ace of Spades HQ the other day:

In one way, we think a great deal too much of the atomic bomb. “How are we to live in an atomic age?” I am tempted to reply: “Why, as you would have lived in the sixteenth century when the plague visited London almost every year, or as you would have lived in a Viking age when raiders from Scandinavia might land and cut your throat any night; or indeed, as you are already living in an age of cancer, an age of syphilis, an age of paralysis, an age of air raids, an age of railway accidents, an age of motor accidents.”


In other words, do not let us begin by exaggerating the novelty of our situation. Believe me, dear sir or madam, you and all whom you love were already sentenced to death before the atomic bomb was invented: and quite a high percentage of us were going to die in unpleasant ways. We had, indeed, one very great advantage over our ancestors—anesthetics; but we have that still. It is perfectly ridiculous to go about whimpering and drawing long faces because the scientists have added one more chance of painful and premature death to a world which already bristled with such chances and in which death itself was not a chance at all, but a certainty.

Once I get my bbq propane tank filled up, I'll be ready to shelter in place for however long it takes. As my son said to me on the phone the other day, "Mom, I think I'm going to be really good at this!"

Dave (in MA)

I vaguely recall some incident during my yoot where the astronauts kept trying to fix something that was not working correctly, and they finally succeeded when Houston's suggestion was to try hitting it.

henry

Briefing is live

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFWq6oUI28w

sbwaters

Troof: NASA applies the BFH to Mars lander.
It works.

MissMarple2

Livestream has started on White House link.

https://www.whitehouse.gov/live/

Dave (in MA)

Says "Chinese virus" in his first opening remarks.

:^)

The Infamous Ignatz

I guess Prince Albert's going to be in a can, eh?

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