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“In just ten days, we discovered that neither the tampon issue, nor the participation of transsexuals in the Olympic Games, nor the climate emergency were real problems, nor emergencies, nor anything of the sort. They were just fictitious problems, the pastimes of a generation that hadn’t known tragedy.” – Itxu Diaz, National Review

How many times are we supposed to have died? Net Neutrality, Budget cuts, Donald Trump’s very existence were supposed to have killed us all already. How many failed predictions of global warming / climate change / ManBearPig destroying us in 10 years have we seen blow by us without incident? If there was an actual environmental catastrophe incoming, no one would actually believe it.

Aside from that, we have the whole woke subculture. (Have I ever mentioned that I utterly despise the term woke? It’s cheap knock-off black culture) Microaggressions? Safe Spaces? What, are you that fragile that you cower in fear of my words? I guess Evil White Males like me must be some kind of sorcerer. Trans-activism is just like the rest of their celebration of mental illness. I have never heard an actual argument about cultural appropriation, especially since the same people used to moan about inclusion. It is a giant screaming mess like an out of control daycare without the cute part.

Now we have a situation where lots of people are dying, a war against an invisible enemy, and suddenly all the fake problems are not so important. The tough balancing act between keeping the nation running and keeping the infection rate under control is a real problem that needs to be dealt with, not virtue-signaled away. We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

This crisis will be resolved by truckers running the long haul on deserted highways, doctors and nurse working double shifts in scavenged PPE, grocery store and gas station employees keeping services and food available, utility and telecom workers keeping a strained system functioning, grad students and other researchers poring over data and running countless tests in hopes of giving us an advantage, and ordinary people trying to follow often-contradictory guidance and do the right thing while facing a locked-down economy. At the top, we have leaders whose every move is scrutinized and fraught with potential peril – there might not be any good choices, just bad and not so bad.

There is no room for our useless media and most of the commentariat. Activists can either pitch in or get lost. We no longer have time for indulging the delusion that they matter.

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  1. philo Member

    OmegaPaladin: There is no room for our useless media and most of the commentariat. … We no longer have time for indulging the delusion that they matter.

    Excellent.

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    • April 2, 2020, at 6:22 PM PDT
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  2. Ray Gunner Coolidge

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

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    • April 2, 2020, at 6:30 PM PDT
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  3. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin

    Like many of you, I grow tired of constantly writing about the Wuhan Coronavirus. The only thing that cheers me up is the amazing dedication from people across society to step up and help out. At my university, the 3D printing group has assembled adapters to convert existing filters to work with existing masks and working with a local foundry to make hands-free door openers, while we have several active research projects studying the virus and a clinical study of antiviral treatment. Biomedical researchers have volunteered to help perform RT-PCR tests, and several faculty members have donated their machines.

    Chicago is currently turning McCormick Place into a overflow recovery hospital. I hope we do not need it, but it is good to be ready. 


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    • April 2, 2020, at 6:34 PM PDT
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  4. Jack Shepherd Coolidge

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 1:05 AM PDT
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  5. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Superb post, thank you!

    I know it’s not the point, but what is (was?) the “tampon issue”?

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    • April 3, 2020, at 5:01 AM PDT
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  6. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I wonder about this, and admit that I have enjoyed not hearing the word “transgender” for several weeks.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 5:04 AM PDT
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  7. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I am not sure that is true at all.

    • #7
    • April 3, 2020, at 6:18 AM PDT
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  8. RightAngles Member

    Well I for one have already died of Kavanaugh and Net Neutrality. I just hope that enough people will realize a few things about the Progressives, especially that their stated agenda is never their real one. When their current drummed-up “crisis” isn’t working fast enough, they just move on and try a new one. Notice how they dropped the immigrants like a hot potato and suddenly there are no more caravans? Gee I wonder why. And gee I wonder if they answer the phone when all those people they lured across our border with no means of support call them to ask “Now what?”

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    • April 3, 2020, at 10:17 AM PDT
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  9. Jack Shepherd Coolidge

    RightAngles (View Comment):

    Well I for one have already died of Kavanaugh and Net Neutrality. I just hope that enough people will realize a few things about the Progressives, especially that their stated agenda is never their real one. When their current drummed-up “crisis” isn’t working fast enough, they just move on and try a new one. Notice how they dropped the immigrants like a hot potato and suddenly there are no more caravans? Gee I wonder why. And gee I wonder if they answer the phone when all those people they lured across our border with no means of support call them to ask “Now what?”

    I’ll tell you something: Mexicans in Mexico hated those caravans. 90% of them were Guatemalans, Nicaraguans, and Salvadorians, and Mexicans don’t like Central Americans to begin with. But more than that, they saw how it affected their relationship with the US, and people in the north of Mexico depend on the US for their livelihoods, whether through exporting produce, building cars, or simply hosting visitors, so anything that affected that drove them crazy.

    I heard plenty about the caravans the past couple of months down there.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 11:12 AM PDT
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  10. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    OmegaPaladin: It is a giant screaming mess like an out of control daycare without the cute part.

    I particularly appreciated this line.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 4:31 PM PDT
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  11. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I wonder about this, and admit that I have enjoyed not hearing the word “transgender” for several weeks.


    Charlotte (View Comment)
    :
    It is a giant screaming mess like an out of control daycare without the cute part.

    Yeah, I had not seen it for a while, until yesterday, looking at the NY health department data (an excellent source, here). There is a bar chart showing cases, hospitalizations, and deaths by sex. It’s actually interesting, though I haven’t mentioned it before, as deaths are heavily skewed toward men — the male death rate in NYC is 28.93 per 100,000, the female death rate is 16.03 per 100,000.

    Below the bar chart it says: “Note: Due to the small number of cases among transgender and gender-nonconforming people, data on those cases are not included in this table at this time.”

    I took it to be the closest that the NYC authorities could get to saying “enough of this nonsense.” It would be nice if they said it.

    [Corrected – somehow my prior comment picked up the wrong line. Sorry about that. My response must have seemed like nonsense.]

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    • April 3, 2020, at 4:37 PM PDT
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  12. Full Size Tabby Member

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I am not sure that is true at all.

    I think the activists will try to bring it back, but I think more of the public that previously acquiesced will be more likely to to tell them to shut up and let us try to recover some of the life that was taken away from us.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 5:26 PM PDT
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  13. Jack Shepherd Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I am not sure that is true at all.

    I think the activists will try to bring it back, but I think more of the public that previously acquiesced will be more likely to to tell them to shut up and let us try to recover some of the life that was taken away from us.

    We can hope.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 5:37 PM PDT
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  14. Ray Gunner Coolidge

    Full Size Tabby (View Comment):

    Bryan G. Stephens (View Comment):

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    OmegaPaladin: We need people to step up, deliver supplies, take action, make a real difference. There is no room for the fake crises of the Left.

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I am not sure that is true at all.

    I think the activists will try to bring it back, but I think more of the public that previously acquiesced will be more likely to to tell them to shut up and let us try to recover some of the life that was taken away from us.

    From your keyboard to G-d’s inbox.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 7:08 PM PDT
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  15. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Hi @arizonapatriot – just wanted to clarify that the superb line quoted in your comment #11 is by @omegapaladin, not me.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 7:19 PM PDT
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  16. Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… Member

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Hi @arizonapatriot – just wanted to clarify that the superb line quoted in your comment #11 is by @omegapaladin, not me.

    Charlotte, I actually meant to quote one of your comments — I’ve fixed it now.

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    • April 3, 2020, at 7:24 PM PDT
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  17. Charlotte Member
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    Jerry Giordano (Arizona Patrio… (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Hi @arizonapatriot – just wanted to clarify that the superb line quoted in your comment #11 is by @omegapaladin, not me.

    Charlotte, I actually meant to quote one of your comments — I’ve fixed it now.

    Super, thanks!

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    • April 3, 2020, at 7:57 PM PDT
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  18. Marjorie Reynolds Coolidge

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Matt Saracen (View Comment):

    Ray Gunner (View Comment):

    Funny thing is, when this real crisis is over, all the fake crises will return as if nothing happened.

    Sadly, that’s true.

    I wonder about this, and admit that I have enjoyed not hearing the word “transgender” for several weeks.

    Yes, daily death tolls only recognise 2 genders

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    • April 4, 2020, at 1:04 AM PDT
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  19. DrewInWisconsin, Ham-Fisted Bu… Coolidge

    Congrats on the Instapundit link.

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    • April 4, 2020, at 8:02 AM PDT
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  20. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    DrewInWisconsin, Negative Infl… (View Comment):

    Congrats on the Instapundit link.

    Yes I was going send congrats too. The more links to Instapundit, Ace of Spades HQ, Powerline the better. Gets the word out.

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    • April 4, 2020, at 8:30 AM PDT
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  21. Nerina Bellinger Member

    Instalaunch in 3, 2, 1!

    • #21
    • April 4, 2020, at 8:47 AM PDT
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  22. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin

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    • April 4, 2020, at 7:27 PM PDT
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  23. OmegaPaladin Moderator
    OmegaPaladin

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Superb post, thank you!

    I know it’s not the point, but what is (was?) the “tampon issue”?

    From the article: @charlotte

    Scotland is definitely my favorite. As the pandemic began to spread dramatically, the main debate in Scotland was the imperative need for a new government law to provide free tampons and sanitary pads. The issue went beyond Scotland and was the subject of some very intellectually dense op-eds in the broader European press. It was clear that the festival of incompetence and unicorn politics was to go on right up until the last minute before cataclysm.

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    • April 5, 2020, at 3:15 AM PDT
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  24. colleenb Member
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Superb post, thank you!

    I know it’s not the point, but what is (was?) the “tampon issue”?

    From the article: @charlotte

    Scotland is definitely my favorite. As the pandemic began to spread dramatically, the main debate in Scotland was the imperative need for a new government law to provide free tampons and sanitary pads. The issue went beyond Scotland and was the subject of some very intellectually dense op-eds in the broader European press. It was clear that the festival of incompetence and unicorn politics was to go on right up until the last minute before cataclysm.

    And of course making sure that men without vaginas have access to free pads. Or is that women without vaginas? Or women with vaginas who are men? Or men with vaginas who are women or??? So the only good thing about the Wuhan virus may be don’t have to think about this for awhile.

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    • April 5, 2020, at 4:01 AM PDT
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  25. Charlotte Member
    Charlotte Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Charlotte (View Comment):

    Superb post, thank you!

    I know it’s not the point, but what is (was?) the “tampon issue”?

    From the article: @charlotte

    Scotland is definitely my favorite. As the pandemic began to spread dramatically, the main debate in Scotland was the imperative need for a new government law to provide free tampons and sanitary pads. The issue went beyond Scotland and was the subject of some very intellectually dense op-eds in the broader European press. It was clear that the festival of incompetence and unicorn politics was to go on right up until the last minute before cataclysm.

    Thanks! (Sorry, I hadn’t seen the link.)

    My standard line when I see such foolishness is “Hurray! I guess all the real problems have been solved!”

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    • April 5, 2020, at 4:32 AM PDT
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  26. OmegaPaladin Moderator
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    OmegaPaladin (View Comment):

    Welcome, fellow Instapundit readers! Ricochet is a group blog and community which is read regularly by the Instapundit crew, Powerline, and other other pillars of the blogosphere. We keep alive the classic spirit of blogging, with most of our content sourced from our members, and moderators (chosen from among the members) to help prevent trolls from making a mess.

    We have had vigorous and wide-ranging discussions of the Wuhan Coronavirus, and unlike social media, we will never shut you down for saying the virus is from China, Eric Ciaramella is the whistleblower, and Epstein did not kill himself.

    You can hear from the perspective outside the beltway, and start your own conversations. Not sure what to write about? We have two long-running programs to help you get started posting – Quote of the Day, which includes this post, and Group Writing, which is based on a theme.

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    A hearty welcome to my fellow Ace of Spades readers! Thanks for the link, Misanthropic Humanitarian!

    Like I mentioned above, we welcome new people to Ricochet. Hoist a Valu-rite screwdriver, and stick around – check out the groups, and while we have a bit less F-bombs detonating in mid air, we still enjoy having a good time and some snark.

     

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    • April 5, 2020, at 8:57 PM PDT
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