Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Time for a Second Opinion | RealClearPolitics

Again, our plea: Look at the numbers, look at everything, rationally, and let us reclaim a sense of proportion. In the early 1990s, Daniel Patrick Moynihan warned that our country was defining deviancy down.  Today, we are concerned about defining pandemonium up.  We have a problem.  Rather than engaging in “heated exaggeration, suspiciousness, and conspiratorial fantasy,” as Hofstadter warned, we should focus our solution on it without upending everything else. Paranoia and overreaction do not suit our democracy well.

via www.realclearpolitics.com

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Turkmenistan bans the word “coronavirus” | RSF

By banishing the word “coronavirus” from the Turkmen vocabulary in a radical move to suppress all information about the pandemic, Turkmenistan’s government is putting its citizens in danger, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) says.

The state-controlled media are no longer allowed to use the word and it has even been removed from health information brochures distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, according to Turkmenistan Chronicle, one of the few sources of independent news, whose site is blocked within the country.

via rsf.org

That's another approach I suppose. H/t LGS.

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Why Are the Mainstream Media Ignoring Tara Reade’s Sexual Assault Accusation Against Joe Biden? – Reason.com

Unconfirmed reports of a teenaged Kavanaugh assaulting a teenaged Ford evidently merited coverage from The Times. This prompts an obvious question: Why is the paper of record now declining to publicize a very troubling allegation against former Vice President Joe Biden?

via reason.com

You know why. For heaven's sake. There must be a better way to frame these stories.

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Fauci: Yes, we expect a second outbreak this fall, but...

The particulars of what he outlines there should be familiar by now. We’ll have greater testing by fall to identify infections quickly; we’ll be able to trace contacts of infected people and isolate them; we’ll have therapeutic drugs, possibly even very early vaccine use for medical providers. Those are the core elements of the Scott Gottlieb plan for reopening America that I wrote about earlier. They’re the same core elements of this Ezekiel Emanuel proposal for getting back to business. There’s no real daylight among epidemiologists on what we need to do to end the lockdowns, restore some degree of normalcy and productivity, and prevent future coronavirus wildfires while we’re waiting for the vaccine. Just follow the South Korean model. Build up testing and surveillance, build up hospital resilience, clear people to return to work who were infected and have since recovered.

via hotair.com

You won't find me anywhere near a ballot box. Now they'll be literally as well as morally infected. Yes, perhaps less than anything else, but still.

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Fauci: Yes, we expect a second outbreak this fall, but...

The particulars of what he outlines there should be familiar by now. We’ll have greater testing by fall to identify infections quickly; we’ll be able to trace contacts of infected people and isolate them; we’ll have therapeutic drugs, possibly even very early vaccine use for medical providers. Those are the core elements of the Scott Gottlieb plan for reopening America that I wrote about earlier. They’re the same core elements of this Ezekiel Emanuel proposal for getting back to business. There’s no real daylight among epidemiologists on what we need to do to end the lockdowns, restore some degree of normalcy and productivity, and prevent future coronavirus wildfires while we’re waiting for the vaccine. Just follow the South Korean model. Build up testing and surveillance, build up hospital resilience, clear people to return to work who were infected and have since recovered.

via hotair.com

You won't find me anywhere near a ballot box. Now they'll be literally as well as morally infected. Yes, perhaps less than anything else, but still.

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Pelosi Floats New Stimulus Plan: Rolling Back SALT Cap - The New York Times

WASHINGTON — As lawmakers prepare for another round of fiscal stimulus to address economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, Speaker Nancy Pelosi suggested the next package include a retroactive rollback of a tax change that hurt high earners in states like New York and California.

via www.nytimes.com

Finally our speaker supports an idea I can get behind.

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Monday, March 30, 2020

WaPo/ABC poll: Suddenly, Trump and Biden in virtual tie -- except in one key measure

Interestingly, Trump’s overall job approval rating has also jumped significantly over the past month. In the February poll, Trump got a 46/52 rating; today, it’s 48/46, a change of eight points in the gap. This is the highest approval rating Trump has in the entire WaPo/ABC series, blowing away the previous best of 44/51 from January, a bounce from the collapse of impeachment.

In fact, this is the very first net-positive approval rating Trump has ever received from this series. It’s not the only series showing new highs for Trump, either. His RCP aggregate average gap between approval and disapproval is the narrowest since his inauguration. Whether or not this is a rally effect or more permanent, the trend is definitely real — and remarkable for a president who faced impeachment and removal sixty days ago or so.

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Trump's Best Bet In Corona Crisis Is Market Freedom

Unfortunately, to judge by some of the American antivirus tactics so far, it appears that the Chinese propaganda campaign has succeeded in duping at least some Americans into the false idea that centralized command-and-control authoritarianism is the best way to fight the virus. Instead of using our advantages over China — freedom, rule of law, democracy, liberty, individual choice — we’re at risk of abandoning those ideals precisely at the time that they are essential to the fight against the virus.

via www.nysun.com

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Good unhysterical video from intensive care doctor at Weil Cornell Med Center in NYC

Here.

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Woke stupidity is spreading as fast as the coronavirus pandemic

“Imagine no possessions, I wonder if you can,” sang Gal Gadot and her Justice League of Idiots on that vomitatious “Imagine” video praising open borders, socialism and atheism in a country where people are praying to God because of a virus unleashed on the world by China’s socialist regime. I doubt Gal goes out for a meal without bringing along a very large man to keep fans at bay, so her personal borders likely begin at about a 3-foot radius around her. But while she sings to us from whatever $10 million palace she’s living in now, she should invite a hundred random citizens of Wuhan to move into her house, then continue to promote her “imagine there’s no countries” ideas.

via nypost.com

Socialism is just a lie told by a specific gang to the people to put that gang in power. Like all lies, it does not wear well.

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