Oh! I nearly forgot!
1. This day in war ethics: The Allies completed the fire-bombing of Tokyo in 1945. Over 100,000, mostly civilians, were killed. The attack is less well remembered than the two nuclear bombs and the firebombing of Dresden, Germany, but more people died on March 9 -10 in Tokyo than in any other single air attack of World War II.
2. Coronavirus freakouts. Stipulated: the news media and desperate Democrats want the public to panic over the virus, and to blame the President, obviously.
- Two media doctors, “Dr. Oz” and Drew Pinsky, have been performing a public service of sorts by trying to inject some perspective into the escalating hysteria, and by pointing their fingers at a primary suspect for it, the news media. Pinsky, in an interview with LA’s CBS afiifilate: “A bad flu season is 80,000 dead, we have about 18,000 dead from influenza this year and 100 from corona. Which should you be worried about, influenza or corona. 100 vs. 18,000, it’s not a trick question. Everything going on with everyone using Clorox wipes and get your flu shot, which should be the other message… that’s good. I have no problems with the behaviors. What I have a problem with is the panic and that businesses are getting destroyed and people’s lives are getting upended. Not by the virus, but by the panic.”
Dr. Oz (Real name: Mehmet Oz), who was routinely featured on network news during the Ebola scare, was attacked yesterday as a “quack” by the left-leaning Daily Beast, which has a stake in promoting the panic. In fact, Oz is something of a quack, but he’s a popular one, and using his influence to stop people from being crazy is an ethical use of it.
- “You know…morons!” A United Airlines flight from Eagle County, Colorado, to Newark International Airport had to be diverted to Denver over the weekend after a group of passengers freaked out when another passenger started coughing and sneezing. He was suffering from allergies. In Denver, the three hysterical morons were taken off the plane, while the innocent passenger continued on the flight.
Sneezing is not a symptom of Coronavirus. I guess I was on a smart flight from Atlanta to DC four days ago: I coughed a few times and sneezed twice, also due to allergies. Nobody paid any attention.
- Now THIS is a freakout..Crew members aboard a Thai Airways plane tackled a female Chinese passenger who started deliberately coughing on a flight attendant because she became frustrated over a long a delay for a Coronavirus check. (The plane was held for about 10 hours. I would have become a bit cranky myself. )The woman apparently snapped and demanded to be let out, and when she was refused, she coughed on a crew member. Another crew member quickly put her in a headlock and shouted, “Come here! Help me put her down!” Six crew members finally subdued her.
The New York Post article about the incident described Covid-19 as “the deadly virus.” Are flus routinely called “deadly viruses”?
- Here’s an amusing, and deserved, rant about the people who are hoarding toilet paper:
Who is doing this? You know who you are, and you’re the absolute worst people on earth. How could you take away your neighbor’s toilet paper and leave them with this sandpaper alternative, Scott tissue? What, in the name of God’s green earth, is wrong with you? Were you dropped on your head as a baby? Did you eat paint chips? Were you locked away from humanity in a closet where you developed darkness in place of a soul? What did anyone ever do to you that would make you subject them to one-ply toilet paper that chafes? …The coronavirus is not a diarrhea disease. There’s no reason why anyone needs enough toilet paper to fill up the basement, and yet every store in town is out. I didn’t get the memo that this was a thing, so now that I need to buy one package of toilet paper for my family’s regular use, I can’t—because YOU PEOPLE ARE EVIL AND STUPID.
…and it’s all President Trump’s fault anyway.
3. Now let’s take a break from a real virus to the human variety, the execrable Howard Dean (former governor of the state that gave us Bernie Sanders), one of the truly vile denizens of the political scene and a habitual ethics corrupter. Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who was among the more effective and articulate of President Trump’s defenders when the House was engaged in its single-party impeachment, found a note on her car that read, “Rot in hell fascist pig.” In response, the one-time DNC chair tweeted,
“I don’t condone this, but ‘as ye sow, so shall ye reap’. There is no excuse for the note writer or for you. You are a shame to your district and to a democratic United States.”
Because opposing a contrived effort to misuse impeachment to undo an election is so undemocratic…
4. Fake news, misleading headline division, from USA Today. The headline: “Midwest farmers face a crisis. Hundreds are dying by suicide.” The sentence in the story that supposedly justifies that scare title: “More than 450 farmers killed themselves across nine Midwestern states from 2014 to 2018, according to data collected by the USA TODAY Network and the Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting.”
By what English language convention does “are dying” mean “died two to four years ago?” Answer: when the objective is to advance the resistance Big Lie #5, “Everything is terrible.”
It is true that farmers are still suffering, and there is little doubt that suicide rates are still high. The article doesn’t show that, though.
5. Here’s one of those things that the US doesn’t do like all those other civilized countries (Bernie Sanders just hates that!): This thing is “undermines freedom of speech.” In Great Britain, supposedly the nation most similar in its values and traditions to the U.S., London mayor Sadiq Khan issued a call for misogyny to regarded as a hate crime. He’s running for re-election and was talking to a women’s organization, so naturally it was pandering time. “I want all women to feel safe in London, whether they are going to work or enjoying the culture and entertainment that London has to offer,” he said. “It is time for every Londoner to call out sexist and misogynistic attitudes wherever they encounter them – in the workplace, at school, on the streets or on public transport. I am proud to support calls to recognize misogyny as a hate crime.”
This would be great for Elizabeth Warren, whose supporters tell us that the only reason she’s no longer a Presidential contender is prejudice against women.
6. Related: Remember when, in one of his tweets about the biased news media and fake news, President Trump floated the idea of a government-funded news organization? Do you remember the overwhelming negative response, as the idea was attacked as another piece of evidence that the President is Hitler?
After Senator Sanders freaked out at MSNBC and other media organs for being unfair to his campaign, he suggested his own version of state sponsored media as a remedy, or in his terms, a media revolution. He wants to break up big media and tech conglomerates, increase funding for public media and empower journalist unions. One idea Sanders is “open to” is the federal government provide a $200 “citizenship news voucher” to all Americans, who would then use the voucher to support public media outlets of their choosing, some of which would explain current events from a “populist” perspective. Despite the creepy echo of Soviet-style journalism in these proposals, New York Times media critic, far from expressing alarm, opined that they have “merit.”
Nah, there’s no mainstream media bias!