April, 2020 archive
Gene Lyons tells of watching truth collide with fiction in a world where facts are what people think.
Thom discusses the path from trickle on economics to our botched response to COVID-19.
Mike Littwin is in a Pence-sive mood. A snippet:
But of all of the above, nothing got to me in quite the same, visceral, gut-punch way that a mask-free Mike Pence got to me on his visit to the Mayo Clinic. You’ve seen the photos and videos, I’m sure. There’s Pence, leader of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force no less, talking with mask-wearing Mayo workers and officials and a mask-wearing patient. According to the hospital’s rules, anyone who who enters the clinic must wear a mask. The vice-president’s office was informed of the rules, the Mayo Clinic tweeted.
And yet he purposefully and willfully and very publicly ignored them.
Follow the link for his theory as to why Pence violated policy, probity, and prudence. Methinks you may find it interesting.
Snopes has an article exploring why far-right groups, like the Proud Boys, are embracing the “reopen the economy” protests. An excerpt:
For far-right groups, almost any interaction is an opportunity to connect with people with social or economic insecurities or their children. Even if some of the protesters have genuine concerns, they’re in protest lines near people looking to offer them targets to blame for society’s problems.
Once they’re standing side by side at a protest, members of far-right hate groups begin to share their ideas. That lures some people deeper into online groups and forums where they can be radicalized against immigrants, Jews or other stereotypical scapegoats.
In the Portland Press-Herald, a Maine doctor who is actively involved in treating victims of COVID-19 offers some words of advice for these viral times (emphasis added):
I warn everyone away from those who call themselves “Doctor,” but either misappropriate the term (i.e., did not go to an accredited medical school) or no longer practice evidence-based medicine, using their titles to promote metaphysical ideas. Maine has a hardy crop. In the midst of a crisis, it is comforting to be around those who claim to know. Charlatans thrive in chaos. Accept a little discomfort, some unknowing, and double check all the “facts” that such people espouse ad nauseam. As Winston Churchill said, “When the eagles are silent, the parrots begin to jabber.”
Follow the link for the entire article. It is worth your while.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution has an interesting analysis of how COVID-19 has affected the supply chain and why we are seeing shortages in grocery stores.
There’s more to it than hoarders and preppers and closed processing plants (closed, natch, due to managerial cupidity). Here’s one bit; follow the link for the list:
So tens of millions of households are buying from local stores for meals and needs that had been served away from home in pre-crisis days.
Writing at AL.com, Howard Bankhead argues that the economy pre-COVID-19 was not anywhere near as good as pols and pundits were saying, and that the pandemic as revealed its fundamental weakness. Here’s a bit:
I have one question about the so-call best economy of all time. If the economy was so great and good, why are state governments (Ohio and others), big businesses (airlines, etc.), small businesses (too many to name), individuals and families, one payroll, or paycheck from poverty?
My own theory is that for far too many persons the economy inhabits on short street in lower Manhattan where at one time stood a wall.