Tag: Corona Virus

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Today after fifteen weeks, I returned to Mass since the Coronavirus caused the lockdown. It was the first Sunday Mass allowed in New York City, the first Mass had been allowed this past Monday but I had not the opportunity to go the entire week.

Yes, we had to wear masks. Yes, every other row was cordoned off from sitting, and there were tape marks on the pews locating a six-foot distance. My church has two center aisle sets of rows of pews and one set on each side. The two outer sets could be used for families where one was not required to sit six feet apart.

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If you’re like Dave Carter, you are hearing a cacophony of experts and their contradictory opinions and you’re wondering who to believe? Should we be wearing masks or not? Does a cloth mask do any good or is this just the latest edition of “woke” theatrics? How fast should businesses reopen? What about churches? Should they reopen and under what circumstances? What sort of lessons have we learned to this point? Dave sits down with one of Ricochet’s favorite physicians, known affectionately as Doc Jay to talk about all this and more.

Then, Dave gets Ricochet Member “Arahant” on the phone for a rollicking and fun conversation between two professed curmudgeons. The result is equal parts laughter, commiseration, and compelling insights into life at Ricochet.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Как дела Мистер Пу?: The Politics of Coronavirus in Russia

 

This should be a weekend of parades and celebrations all over Russia, especially in Moscow and the former Leningrad, as citizens rush to celebrate their nation’s part in the Великая Отечественная война (the generally used Russian term for WWII, which marks the dates 1941-45, and is usually translated into English as The Great Patriotic War, although The Great War for the Fatherland is an equally valid interpretation, closer to the meaning of the adjective). It should especially be a time of celebration for one Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who for the last 20 years has never missed a chance to parade the streets of Petersburg with a framed photo of his veteran father, along with tens of thousands of other Russians. There will be no ceremonies this weekend, and Mr. Putin has fewer and fewer causes to celebrate. 

The situation in Russia has received relatively shallow coverage in the West. Vladimir Putin is a man who built his claim to legitimate authority on his strength, on reasserting the power of Russia in the world as the eyes of most security analysts and Western leaders, which had for the past half-century been focused so heavily on Russia, turned towards the Middle East and Asia as the main centers of coming conflict and rising greatness. Putin, by symbolically rooting out the corruption that has plagued post-Soviet politics (and replacing it with cronies of his own) and making advances into ‘rightfully’ Russian territory in places like Crimea, has attempted to recapture the pride of the Great Patriotic War, which remains one of the few largely uncontroversial focuses of Russian patriotism in the 21st century. But a global pandemic does not have recognizable border divides or command tanks and ground forces, and in a state which has thrown the bulk of its resources behind military expenditure and industry, Vladimir Putin is beginning to struggle. 

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Right after we wrapped production on our last episode The Telegraph broke the story of the scandal that’s rocked the British Establishment: Professor Neil Ferguson, architect of the lockdown policy, resigned after being caught with his pants down with a married mother of two. So Toby and James are back in a Special Shagadelic Emergency Edition of London Calling, and the only thing we can say is, “Yeah, baby!”

Opening sound of Health Secretary Matt Hancock courtesy of SkyNews.

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If you are confused about what you can or cannot do, or what you should and should not do, here’s a clear presentation of the rules so you can stay safe and sound: More

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In theory it should be obvious, right? However soon you start the quarantine/lockdown, starting sooner would have prevented infection and death. That is until you reach the point where you’re starting before the virus hits the country, and then there’s no further benefit. With 20/20 hindsight we know pretty well when that was More

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Those who really know me understand how much I love food…like really love food. It was kind of my reputation growing up. (I know – I’m really cool.) More

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We have been told that a vaccine for the SARS-CoV-2 is 12 to 18 months away. While this is a pretty fast time for a vaccine, perhaps we could go faster. Here are a WAG* that I have that might speed things up. The usual process is as follows, after animal testing: – Phase I – […]

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I’m not going anywhere special. Is anyone? I just wanted to do something normal. The color is called “Racing Rose”. I have enough time on my hands to think that the two words don’t go together. The Florida Surgeon General came across cell phones today telling people who are 65+ or have health issues to […]

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The “Lord’s Prayer” is not to be prayed with resignation: “Father, what will happen will happen,” or “Since it’s an order, I’ll obey”–as though we were being called to attention by a spiritual commander-in-chief. Such an attitude would indicate that “the servant does not know what the master is doing” (John 15:15), which is not at all the case. He who has given up his life guides us along his path, making us acquainted with God’s will so that we do it freely. And the will of God is that each of us contributes to the salvation of mankind. Once we know this, a prodigious perspective opens up before us, affecting both our prayers and daily existence.

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President Trump’s suggestion that parts of the country that are affected very little or not at all by COVID-19 might be released from the extreme restrictions that most of us are following; his hope was to target Easter for this change. I believe it’s unlikely it will happen that soon, but I see other issues. […]

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From Brookings: “If you are currently living in quarantine and are unsure about the measures your government has imposed on you, trust the fundamentals of mathematics. If you see an exponential trend, you need to start social distancing very early. Otherwise the eventual impact will be beyond comprehension.” More

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So, Ricochetti: What are you doing to eat your way through the CoronApocalypse? Here at Chez She, in the very armpit of Southwestern PA, we’re going big for soup, and have worked our way through beef vegetable, mushroom barley, and (most recently) chicken noodle. We’re too far from town for meal deliveries. I’m trying not to go into town myself if I can avoid it, and, anyway, most of the little places we do like to eat are closed because they’re small businesses and it’s become too complicated and expensive for them to stay open just for take-out.

Pennsylvania seems to be well on its way to the same draconian lifestyle restrictions as California (the list of what’s allowed and what isn’t can be found here**), and it’s a good thing I’ve got the world’s finest yarn stash and (at least) several hundred sets of knitting needles, otherwise, I’d be going stir-crazy by now.

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On this week’s edition of the United Kingdom’s Most Trusted Podcast®, our men revisit the COVID-19 Panic Scale from last week and find a reversal of circumstances (primarily because James thinks he’s already had it.)

Compared to how other nations have attacked the problem of this pandemic, how is the Prime Minister doing? Has there been a U-turn or just a slight tack in strategy?

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. The Price of Panic (A Case Against Hoarding)

 

I bought toilet paper on Sunday. It wasn’t because I was panicky; we were out. Well, we weren’t exactly out, we were down to six rolls. But in a house of nine, including three 14-year-olds and a potty-training toddler, six rolls is as low as I like to cut it. So we needed toilet paper. The only problem was, toilet paper is too cheap.

My wife and I once had a debate about “price gouging.” I’d always lived under the assumption that to raise the price of a product in a time of panic was a moral sin. But is it? She was reading a book by Thomas Sowell and went on to explain how the free market has a mechanism for correcting the kind of panic buying we are witnessing this week. It’s not price gouging — if that’s what you choose to call it — but rather, the fair market price based upon the supply versus the demand. In other words, capitalism.

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Courtesy: Liverpool FC

I am not a fan of the Liverpool Football Club. It’s not because I find the game of soccer boring (although I do), but they clog up my baseball Twitter timeline (You are not the #Reds!) and their fans constantly sing the worst song in the Rodgers and Hammerstein catalog.

But I am becoming a fan of their manager Jürgen Klopp. The 52-year old Klopp was holding his usual postgame presser after a loss to Chelsea Tuesday night when a member of media asked him about coronavirus:

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Look, I don’t mean to make light of the suffering of those who’ve contracted the disease, nor make light of the deaths involved, but going ape nuts over it is an ancient phenomena in human history. Here’s a lesson from one of the great movies of all times: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EtA0HrUrYM More

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