Posts Tagged ‘Coronavirus’

May 26th, 2020 - 12:50 pm § in America, Politics

How America stacks up against Asia in fighting Covid-19 (spoiler: not so well)

America, pop. 330 million, has 98,000+ Covid-19 deaths; six Asian nations with a combined population of 328 million have ~1,200 Covid-19 deaths. (The six nations are Australia, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, and Vietnam.) Our death rate is 80 times theirs. On Saturday, May 23, 2020, “Ameri[...]

May 19th, 2020 - 1:29 pm § in Misc.

“It’s just the flu.”

Some people want to minimize the seriousness of Covid-19 for ulterior reasons. They argue, β€œIt’s just the flu. People die of flu every year.” Except Covid-19 deaths are in addition to flu deaths. And the Covid-19 deaths have exceeded the typical number of flu deaths by multiples β€” currently [...]

May 15th, 2020 - 2:09 pm § in Donald Trump, Politics

Trump chooses livelihoods over lives

President Trump has decided the economy is more important than saving lives: “(CNN) President Donald Trump unveiled a crash effort on Friday aimed at developing a coronavirus vaccine by the end of the year but said the country would return to normal with or without one. ‘I just want to m[...]

May 10th, 2020 - 5:50 pm § in Misc.

No, this isn’t a sandwich shop in Chechnya.

It’s in North Carolina. (Read story here.)  [...]

May 9th, 2020 - 4:49 pm § in Misc.

How to fill a baseball stadium with fans in the age of coronavirus

The South Koreans nailed it. Read story here.        [...]

May 6th, 2020 - 6:13 pm § in America

Is this what we’ve come to?

Is this what America is now? I thought we were smarter than this. Read story here.  [...]

May 5th, 2020 - 3:49 pm § in America

Bad behavior

Stress brings out the worst in some people. And maybe some people simply have been cooped up in their homes too long. In California, a grocery store customer wore a KKK hood. (Read story here.) In Michigan, a Dollar Tree customer who was told to wear a mask by an employee wiped his face on […[...]

May 3rd, 2020 - 12:40 pm § in America, Donald Trump, Hypocrisy, Politics

“W” calls for unity, end of partisanship

On the eve of the 50th anniversary of the Kent State shootings, former president George W. Bush “called on Americans … to put aside partisan differences, heed the guidance of medical professionals and show empathy for those stricken by the coronavirus and the resulting economic devastati[...]

May 2nd, 2020 - 1:05 pm § in America, Politics

“I have constitutional rights!”

But no brains. Just because you have a right to do something (or think you do*), doesn’t mean you should. (* Courts, not individual citizens, decide what’s constitutional. There’s a well-established body of case law upholding public health regulations.) Look, I understand many peop[...]

April 28th, 2020 - 4:33 pm § in America

Covid-19 death toll surpasses Vietnam War

Covid-19 toll (April 28, 2020): 58,313 U.S. Vietnam War deaths: 58,209 Meanwhile, as some impatient GOP governors begin to reopen their states, “Georgia is projected to see its number of daily Covid-19 deaths nearly double by early August,” according to a researcher cited by the CDC. The[...]