Tag: COVID-19

Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Balancing Risk and Reward For the Wuhan Virus and Virus-Mitigation Measures

 

I found reading Monday’s (August 3) Wall Street Journal depressing. The parent companies of Lord & Taylor and of Men’s Wearhouse and Joseph A. Bank filing for bankruptcy, adding to the recent bankruptcies of J.C. Penney, Brooks Brothers, Ann Taylor, Neiman-Marcus, J. Crew, and probably others I’m forgetting. Oil companies as well, because of the sudden evaporation of demand for gasoline, aviation fuel, and diesel. Maybe some or all of these companies were destined for trouble because of changes to the underlying business activities, but absent the Wuhan virus that trouble would have been spread over years, allowing time to adjust, not all concentrated in a few weeks.

Then I turned to the article on how Detroit’s experience with in-person summer school might be a glimpse into other in-person schools in the fall (article might be behind the paywall). I was horrified by what I read. Although everybody was saying positive words, the actions being taken in the name of mitigating the risk posed by the Wuhan virus struck me as almost certain to instill in children an attitude of perpetual fear, a feeling that contact with other people is nothing but a risk-laden experience. The (non-verbal) messages being conveyed to students: “Stay away from everyone.” “Cover-up.” “Hide.” “Isolate yourself from everyone.”

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We have a country mired in fear, and I keep reading that the fear is getting worse almost everywhere. I started to think about the reasons fear is the emotion we go to so readily, when it is so unpleasant, debilitating and even paralyzing. The easy answer is that’s what human beings do. Fear is […]

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An email has been circulating which criticizes casual attitudes toward COVID-19. The author was wrongly attributed, it seems. But the content is worth consideration. The salient points are these: Chicken pox is a virus called the varicella-zoster virus. It’s a common infection in youth and the symptoms aren’t that bad. But it remains in your […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Thursday: The Melania and Donald Show [updated with transcript]

 

justice and COVID-19Thursday was different as First Lady Melania Trump was prominently featured separately from President Trump, who closed the day out with what is becoming a daily presidential press briefing. Thursday offered a rare view of First Lady Melania Trump leading a meeting, a meeting linking her Be Best initiative and the latest pandemic.

The Indian Health Service System (IHS) has long been criticized, like other government health services, and unlike the British reverential attitude towards the National Health Service. President Trump maintained his newfound discipline in another tight half-hour briefing, this time with a series of maps detailing the current Chinese virus outbreaks. On the same day, the White House quietly announced a key rollback of an Obama socialist policy, aimed at destroying the suburbs, subjugating them to central planners and Democrat party bosses.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Twofer Tuesday: President Trump and Kayleigh McEnany Speak

 

Trump and McEnanyIt was a twofer Tuesday at the White House. Early in the day, Kayleigh McEnany delivered her usual elegant evisceration of the press pool jackals. President Trump then tagged and rolled in with a solo performance in a tight and disciplined 26 minutes. Off-camera, he took consequential action with his pen, signing an executive order on the Census. I extensively annotated and selectively bolded the official transcripts, presented below for your consideration. Tuesday’s performance by the president was markedly better, tighter, more disciplined, than many in the past. Or that is my view. I especially welcome feedback from those who have been supportive of his policies but off-put by his presentation manner in press conferences.

[Author’s note: Ricochet members and readers are perfectly able to index and regularly scan official sources, but most of us do not have that interest. I hope that this occasional series of official video and transcripts adds value to Ricochet, as good, factual reporting does elsewhere. Yes, I add my opinion and analysis in and around the official facts of what was spoken. And. This injection of opinion within long transcripts is clearly set off in brackets. You read, you decide. Why transcripts? Because text is so much faster than the spoken word. You can read closely or just skim for highlights so much faster than comprehensible speech. Why video? Because important parts of our communication are tone and physical gesture.]

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Scott Atlas joined Ben Domenech to discuss the data surrounding schools reopening and the dangers of not following the science. Atlas is a fellow in scientific philosophy and public policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, a member of Hoover’s Working Group on Health Care Policy, and the former head of neuroradiology at Stanford Medical School.

Atlas laid out multiple points of scientific evidence indicating the necessity of reopening schools. This included the documented facts that children are young people are at low risk of developing COVID-19 themselves and they’re at low risk of spreading it to others. Furthermore, he said, school closures are extremely harmful to children’s health in different ways, especially in that distance learning has proven to be a failure.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Wednesday news: Operations LeGend and Warpspeed

 

President Trump followed his strong Tuesday performance with two disciplined appearances on Wednesday. He hit both of the major themes the Democrats have hoped they would ride to victory in November. First, he finally took direct action on urban violence, which takes a terrible toll on black lives every year, and then he held another brief and forceful COVID-19 briefing at the end of the day. In the first instance, he had a series of other speakers, while he maintained solo control of the message in the Chinese virus briefing, to the open frustration of the media jackals. In both cases, he continued to show message discipline, an encouraging two data points that we may all pray turns into a trend.

The first briefing was on reviving and massively reinforcing federal law enforcement anti-gang programs under long-established federal law. President Trump was very somber in his tone and appearance. Attorney General Barr and even FBI Director Wray were there to emphasize the entirely established nature of the crime-fighting initiative. The “so what” was answered by heart-breaking stories told by survivors who still mourn the loss of entirely innocent family members to violent crime.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Trump’s Fault!

 

It’s bad enough that we have to question just about everything the media tells us. They refuse to report the facts on the cities being trashed by rioters, characterize federal law enforcement in cities as the actions of a dictator, and one of the latest insults came from Nancy Pelosi calling COVID-19 the “Trump Virus.” I guess I should have seen that one coming; we’ll probably hear the media saying it’s only right to name it after Trump, since he appears to be regularly calling the virus the “Chinese Virus.” You know, tit-for-tat.

Lately I’ve been especially concerned about the distortions that the media is promoting regarding COVID-19. I’m perplexed at their willingness to mischaracterize just about everything about the virus: how children respond to it, which children are spreaders, whether schools should be re-opened, which drugs are effective and how they are best used, death and hospitalization rates versus cases. They try to create the most alarming narrative that they can, and people are terrified. It’s one detestable thing to lie about things that Trump has said and done, but why would they be terrorizing the American public, when people are literally concerned about who will live or die?

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Power Line pointed to an opinion piece at the Hill, comparing news media and their coverage of the 1968 influenza pandemic with media coverage of COVID-19. While the Hill piece provides good factual support for the wildly different coverage, I believe the author gets it wrong in claiming the media personalities then would not weaponize […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. “I Didn’t Sign Up For This”

 

Those are the words of a public school teacher, explaining why she didn’t want to do the work she was getting paid for.

Wait, there was a sign-up sheet? I must have missed it. Of course, since I’m not a coward, I would have signed up anyway. Most of the other essential workers: paramedics, cops, truck drivers, grocery store clerks, and stockers would have, too. I’ve got admit that it is easy to be courageous when you’re facing a disease that, even in the plague-ridden state of Texas, has only killed 13/1000 of 1% of the population.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. States Discover Massive Fraud in Unemployment Claims

 

Countless Americans have found themselves suddenly jobless and counting on unemployment insurance payments, but massive fraud has been revealed across multiple states, totaling millions, if not billions of taxpayer dollars. Gov. Hogan of Maryland noticed a massive influx of “out-of-state” claims during the pandemic. In an effort to get relief to the citizens of his state, claims were being processed and expedited at a rapid rate, but there was clearly something wrong. They discovered $501 million dollars in fraudulent claims along with growing evidence that the sophisticated efforts involved stealing the personal information of citizens and could possibly be national and even international in origin.

Now twelve other states are also investigating, and the number is growing.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Virtual Learning Violates the Civil Rights of Special Education Students

 

Late last night, the Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) Board of Directors voted 7-2 in favor of a three-phase reopening plan that will begin the 2020-2021 school year with 100 percent virtual learning. I woke up to this news and, while I am no longer an MPS family (more on that in a bit), I am a resident and taxpaying citizen, and I have thoughts.

A Choice Based on Fear, Not Logic

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. It’s Never Their Fault

 

In the far-off past of 2017, a common refrain of Chicago politicians and their sycophants in the media was that the murder wave in the windy city was actually the fault of other states. Yes, the reason Chicago had so many murders was because Indiana had such lax gun laws. Apparently many of the guns involved in homicides in ChiTown had been bought in the Hoosier State. Not one of these stories pointed out that Indiana has a much lower homicide rate than Chicago. This indicates that maybe the homicide rate in the home of the Bulls may have nothing to do with gun laws.

The Obama administration inherited a poor economy and enacted many ambitious programs to improve it. Most libertarian and conservative economists predicted that these fixes would be ineffective at best and counterproductive at worst. When the economy basically stagnated throughout his entire administration, as predicted, the Great Obama spent the entirety of his two terms blaming the previous administration. Once the Orange One was elected, the economy surged, and, of course, Barry O took credit for that.

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Jeffrey Singer joined host Ben Domenech to discuss the ways in which to treat COVID-19 based on his own experience as a general surgeon and Senior Fellow at Cato Institute. Singer discusses how hospitals, schools, and American leaders are calculating risk in their response to the Wuhan virus.

Singer’s hospital has delayed all elective procedures due to COVID-19, which includes any surgery for which the patient can choose the date. Singer argued that the system of power, in which the governor can dictate when the economy can reopen, has created imbalanced incentives. The person in charge will always be more cautious than they need to be to avoid criticism later on, which Singer said can hurt people.

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Man, 30, who thought coronavirus was hoax dies after attending ‘COVID party,’ doctor says CORONAVIRUS by: CNN Newsource and Nexstar Media Wire Posted: Jul 13, 2020 / 09:42 AM CDT / Updated: Jul 13, 2020 / 09:42 AM CDT SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A Texas doctor says a 30-year-old patient who thought the coronavirus was a hoax has died […]

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The Trump administration’s new guidelines under the Department of Homeland Security are not allowing foreign students to continue their studies on line while remaining in the U.S. The new guidelines are apparently requiring foreign students to return to the classroom or face deportation and continue on line studies from their country of origin. This is […]

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Commentary Magazine’s Executive Editor Abe Greenwald joined The Federalist’s New York Correspondent David Marcus to discuss the meaning of the national re-examination of the historical value of monuments amid their destruction, the left-wing media’s handling of COVID-19 and President Trump, and New York’s policing practices.

Greenwald argued that the left’s actions have become so separated from their longstanding goals that they are actually advocating for the opposite of their former aim. Their goal is to now upend the American way of life and replace it with something completely different. This is most obvious, Greenwald said, in the change in demands regarding police reform.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Resign Director Redfield! Now!

 

Director Robert R. Redfield of the US Center for Disease Control has presided over the most scandalous incompetence in a plague season rife with scandalous incompetence.

From The Atlantic, Alexis C. Madrigal and Robinson Meyer report:

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Is Fauci Pushing a Fraud?

 

“Doctor” Fauci, and I use that term loosely, is a serial fraudster. He is now a center-left establishment political hack wrapped in a lab coat. He must be confronted with his conspicuous silences, contrasted with his emphatic pronouncements. He owns the deaths of thousands, possibly tens of thousands by now. He owns permanent harm to millions of Americans already. So far, only Senator Rand Paul has called him and his Coronavirus cabal on a piece of their perfidy. . . not that I have any strong feelings on the matter.

Even Republican governors have collaborated in the latest chapter of the long scam. They were all silent on the danger of mass “protests.” Yet, they were all over churches and businesses. Their latest pronunciations entirely ignore or obscure the likely role of leftist mass gatherings in the name of “social justice.” Instead, these cowards point the finger at young adults freely associating in bars and on the water. Never mind that everybody knows the other health risks from the bar/party scene are significantly higher, but that never drove bar bans before.

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Allison Schrager joins Brian Anderson to discuss economic trends in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, how the stock market has performed during the crisis, and why expensive infrastructure projects are a risky strategy for reviving the economy.

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