March, 2020 archive
Via All Things Amazing, an image site (some images NSFW).
At the Bangor Daily News, Mark Anderson suggests the rapid spread of coronavirus has been exacerbated by our embrace of Neoliberal economic theory. A snippet (emphasis added); follow the link for the rest:
The wholehearted embrace of neoliberal ideology over the past three years led to a smaller role for government, particularly in the area of health and safety. Nowhere is this intentional reduction in health and safety clearer than in the public health infrastructure that should be ready to deal with a global pandemic of a novel infectious disease. This “small government” policy is part and parcel of the broader distrust of scientists and other experts throughout the federal government. Even for positions in public health that have not been cut in the wake of the neoliberal small government movement, it is hard to attract and retain talented professionals, when their advice is ignored and their expertise is devalued. This is true from the Centers for Disease Control to the National Security Council to the Department of State. Cuts in their budgets and missions left them unprepared and the nation at risk.
Neoliberals and conservatives distrust expertise for a very simple reason. The facts lean left.
Yet another responsible gun owner discharges his responsibility.
El Reg reports on the intrusiveness of the Zoom app, which is trending as more and more persons use it to work from home in these viral times. A snippet:
“What makes this extra creepy is that Zoom is in a position to gather plenty of personal data, some of it very intimate (for example with a shrink talking to a patient) without anyone in the conversation knowing about it. (Unless, of course, they see an ad somewhere that looks like it was informed by a private conversation on Zoom.)”
Read the rest, then pick up the landline.
Connie Schultz takes issue with the notion promoted by some right-wing
nutjobs figures that old folks should off themselves via the coronavirus for the sake of the Dow-Jones average. A snippet:
The craft company also told its managers to “make every effort to continue working the employees” while denying those same employees sick leave.
The phrase, “working the employees,” tells you all you need to know about how Hobby Lobby views the persons they employ.
Werner Herzog’s Bear argues that it’s lower than you think in the United States. In fact, suggests he, life is cheap in America.
This is a classic example of treating the symptom, not the cause.
Words fail me.
Bob Molinaro. sportswriter extraordinaire, looks on the bright side: