Join Jim and Greg as they cheer good news on coronavirus immunity, testing, and treatment. They also break down German intelligence accusing China and the World Health Organization of hiding human-to-human transmission for weeks. And they groan as Dr. Fauci says the close contact required in football would make the sport a prime activity for spreading the virus.

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Two good martinis and one very bad one as we head into Mother’s Day weekend. Join Jim and Greg as they marvel at how well Florida has done thus far in warding off virus that’s particularly rough on the elderly. They also shudder deeply as the U.S. lost a stunning 20.5 million jobs in April and the unemployment rate soared to 14.7 percent. And they welcome news that the percentage of positive COVID tests is declining at testing ramps up.

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The Wendy’s on Richmond Road in Williamsburg has stopped offering double and triple burgers and some other larger serving offering. So a bit back we heard from ranchers that their herds were ordered dumped while grocery stores were seeing some shortages, now at least one big beef buyer is rationing their supply. We have also […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Why Did We Treat Coronavirus So Differently Than Other Epidemics?

 

A three-column article in the local daily recently revealed the alarming news that Arizona State Sen. Lupe Contreras and members of his family had tested positive for the coronavirus. I wish Sen. Contreras and his family well. He seems like a good guy. But in a sane world without the hyperbolic, breathless press treatment of all matters coronavirus, the headline would read “state senator and family get the flu“ which, of course, isn’t a news story at all.

Nothing remarkable here, folks, just another among the countless attempts of the media to convince us that Wuhan flu is vastly more threatening than any other health challenges faced in the past. Yes, viral epidemics are nasty. People get sick and die. But compared with others America has faced in its history, this virus is worse than some, not as lethal as others.

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It’s all crazy again today! Join Jim and Greg as they slam Ventura County, California, for telling residents they won’t be allowed to stay home if they test positive for COVID and share a single bathroom with anyone not infected. They also hammer Joe Biden for proclaiming his innocence in the Tara Reade allegations but also vowing to deny due process to college students accused of sexual assault. And they throw up their hands as New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says doctors and nurses who flocked to New York to help save lives will have to pay taxes for the time they were in the state.

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Mr. President, please start talking about some of the benefits of moving manufacturing from China back to the united states that young people may never have seen in their lives. For thirty years, the global markets supplied goods that were cheaply produced and of low quality. Everything is disposable, and people expect to replace something […]

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Hey, we actually have a good martini today! Join Jim and Greg as they welcome the apparent news that the Biden campaign is not seriously thinking about Stacey Abrams the running mate to a very wobbly nominee. They’re shocked – although in some ways pleasantly shocked – to see former longtime New York Times figure Martin Tolchin publicly admit he doesn’t want justice or an investigation of Joe Biden in the Tara Reade matter, he just wants a coronation of Biden from the media. And they cringe at the imagery of a SWAT team forcing a Texas bar to stay closed after the bar owner brought in second amendment activists to protect the reopening.

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The good martini has the day off, so brace for three bad ones! Join Jim and Greg as they question New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s failure to change state policy that sends some COVID-19 patients to nursing homes after leaving the hospital. They also cringe at new Senate polls in Montana and North Carolina. And they remain concerned about our food supply chain (and have flashbacks to the 1980’s) as Wendy’s announces some of their locations cannot serve burgers right now.

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It’s all crazy today! Join Jim and Greg as we react to #MeToo activist Alyssa Milano suddenly finding a complicated gray area on assault allegations now that Joe Biden is one being accused. They also sigh as President Trump reportedly rejects polling data that suggests his coronavirus briefings could be hurting him politically and that he’s losing to Biden. And they recoil at the aggressive efforts to free prisoners under the pretense of virus mitigation.

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Universal Studios and AMC theaters are at war. Tensions between AMC Theatres and Universal Pictures reached a boiling point Tuesday night, ending in an explosive proclamation that the world’s largest theater chain would no longer play movies from one of the biggest studios in Hollywood.  More

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Thanks to everyone for commenting on my last post concerning antibody testing, especially @mendel and @valiuth, who put me in touch with some great resources. I’m going back to the well with a new request. Our Governor has said all along that he’s relying upon “science and modeling” to inform him on whether or not […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they welcome encouraging news about coronavirus testing, vaccines, and treatments that has Wall Street feeling bullish and suggesting that the Chinese communists were wrong again. They also hammer New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio for breaking up the well-attended funeral of a rabbi in Brooklyn and warning that if it happens again there will be summons or arrests. And they dig into a new poll suggesting a majority of Americans would be inclined to suspend the November elections if coronavirus is still a major concern.

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From a personal standpoint, I barely noticed the shutdown until the last week or so. I am retired, so not going to work wasn’t an issue. Even though my retirement fund has taken a big hit, I think it will recover over time. We live on a country road and once the schools were closed, […]

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As we discuss the fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, little is being written about how critical the nation’s food supply is becoming. What’s prompted me to sit up and pay attention was when I read the other day how my local county government closed the Smithfield Foods processing plant in my city, putting 325 people […]

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Join Jim and Greg as they walk through the Texas plan to re-open the economy that’s drawing rave reviews, but they also discuss whether re-opening should be statewide policy or based on local conditions and why Democratic governors are getting far less grief for re-opening than Republicans. They also walk through Politico’s cringe-inducing apology on how badly it mangled its story on debts President Trump allegedly owed to China. And they react to the fury of the Bernie Sanders campaign over New York’s decision to cancel its presidential primary. Is this a case of Sanders focusing on politics over the health crisis in New York or is it imperative for states to find ways to hold elections regardless of the conditions?

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. I’m Done with the Lockdown on April 30

 

In my state, the official lockdown was scheduled from March 30 to April 30. Some cities, schools, and workplaces locked down before that, and many people sheltered in place before politicians ordered it. I’m expecting my governor to stick with the April 30 date, but regardless, I’m done this Thursday.

It won’t change my behavior a great deal since I’m an introvert and homebody by nature. There might not be many destinations for me to visit if coffeehouses, restaurants, and gyms remain closed. (Okay, closed gyms won’t affect my less-than-rigorous exercise regimen one bit.)

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If you listen to some gloomy experts, you might think that pandemic paranoia will always be with us. Fear of the next outbreak will cause us to abandon our cities, give up the pleasure of dining out, and never again attend a concert or sporting event. Our circumstances will be permanently reduced.

But famed technologist and venture capitalist Marc Andreessen is saying something much different, which perhaps explains why his short essay, “It’s time to build,” is having a moment. Published last weekend, it’s become a must-read among Washington wonks and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs. In the piece, Andreessen blames the world-crippling coronavirus outbreak on a lack of action as much as a lack of foresight. We’ve all simply failed to create a 21st-century society capable of building the future we want. Not only don’t we have a pandemic monitoring system in place, we also haven’t built affordable housing in our most productive cities or fleets of supersonic jets or thousands of zero-emission nuclear reactors. Hyperloops? Right now we’re having trouble manufacturing cloth medical masks and cotton swabs.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. CAFE and ‘If It Saves One Life’

 

We’ve heard a lot about how we shouldn’t open up the economy because the Wuhan Virus will re-emerge and kill additional people. The death and misery caused by the current policies shutting down the economy don’t seem to worry these people.

After the Yom Kippur War of 1973 and the Arab Oil embargo, Congress passed CAFE (Corporate Average Fuel Economy) which mandated that automakers increase it. They responded by making lighter cars which are more dangerous. A 2010 American Thinker article estimated that the total deaths resulting from this range from 41,600 to 124,800 with many more seriously injured.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Victor Davis Hanson on Corona, California, and the Classical World

 

Victor Davis Hanson is both a classical scholar at the Hoover Institution and a farmer in the San Joaquin Valley of California. He’s also a defender of the President, (his book The Case For Trump spent weeks on the best seller lists in 2019), and a close observer of the scientific and medical communities. These disparate interests and fields of study give him very unique perspectives and insights on the current COVID-19 crisis. We discuss the current situation with him in great detail, including the difficulties encountered by farmers, by research scientists and doctors, why some areas of the country are affected more than others, his theories about when the virus actually appeared in the U.S. and finally, what plagues of the ancient world can teach us about how to best manage and get past the situation the entire world finds itself in.

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