Update: I decided we needed a less pokey version, so now we have Leonard Bernstein’s, and the whole thing. THAT should cheer you up…
Boy, am I sick of everyone telling me how depressed they are.
1. Translation: “I’m an idiot.” Now Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is saying that the city will close the so-called “Capitol Hill Autonomous Zone.” It turned out to be exactly what anyone with any sense predicted it would be, with three shootings so far and a rape, along with a leader ( war lord?) who had the gall to complain when the Seattle EMTs didn’t immediately respond when shots rang out. The mayor had said that the anarchist outpost would lead to a “summer of love,” marking her as a Sixties-romanticizing dolt, but now she says she was obviously joking-–yes, the Joke Excuse. She never said it was “in jest” before the completely predictable violence broke out.
I apologize for not highlighting her as an Incompetent Elected Official of the Month, but she was competing with Bill De Blasio.
2. Fearmongering. It should be apparent by now that the news media does not want the country to re-open, does not want the economy to begin recovering before the election, and is pushing its anti-reopening goal through fearmongering, in part by focusing on isolated cases of individuals getting hit by the Wuhan virus particularly hard.
This morning HLN kept repeating a long feature about a thirtyish Broadway star who has been disabled by the virus for 80 days, and another man not in a high-risk group who has been suffering for 100 days. The Times and the Washington Post are full of apocalyptic reports about the number of cases rising. Another news outlet said, “The U.S. reported more than 33,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday – the highest total since May 1 – while the surge of infections in several states is outpacing growth in coronavirus testing.” ARRRGH! We;re DOOOMED!
One commentator called this “needless” frightening the public. Wrong. It is needed because it is a part of the ongoing effort to defeat President Trump.
The Centers for Disease Control predicted that cases would increase as the country reopened, not that it has much credibility at this point. Remember? The lock down was never intended to stop the spread of the disease, but to slow it down, flatten the curve, stock up on supplies, fix the CDC’s testing botch, and find treatments. That was mostly accomplished. The nation cannot continue to let the economy deteriorate: depressions kill people too.
Meanwhile, the death rate is declining even as the number of cases spike, and there’s a reason for that. In all outbreaks, a disease claims the most vulnerable first. This is known as Farr’s Law, named after William Farr, a British epidemiologist and early statistician who recognized the importance of death statistics and identifying causation. Not only has the current epidemic claimed many of the most vulnerable in the U.S., thanks in great part to the catastrophic decision of states like New York to send infected seniors to nursing homes, millions of Americans have antibodies.
The combination means that even if there are lots of new cases going forward, the death toll is likely to be far less severe than it has been. Do not hold your breath waiting for the media to explain this.
Just for fun, check and see how many news organizations have mentioned Farr’s Law.
3. From the conflict of interest files: Fulton Country District Attorney Paul Howard charged Officer Garrett Rolfe with felony murder in the fatal shooting of Rayshard Brooks by the McDonald’s even before the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) had finished its investigation. Other than its timing, taking place in the middle of the George Floyd protests, it is doubtful whether the officer would have been charged in the past. I’m not even certain he deserved to be fired. A fleeing man resisting arrest stole the officer’s weapon and turned to fire it at him.
But A.G. Howard, an African American, is facing re-election in November. This is almost certainly grandstanding.
4. GEICO, making Americans more ignorant…GEICO is again running its silly TV ad showing a puzzled Marco Polo in a swimming pool with a bunch of kids who are playing “Marco Polo.” Behind him, outside the pool, we see a llama (or an alpaca…it’s hard to tell). Marco Polo was a 13th Century Italian explorer and writer who traveled through Asia. Alpacas and llamas are South American animals. The commercial misleads viewers about both the beast and the historical figure, and there’s no reason for it.
And if you write back that geckos don’t talk, either, I might just spam the comment.
5. The intimidation continues and speech suppression continues. MIT’s chaplain, Daniel Moloney, sent June 7th email to the university’s Catholic students, denouncing the killing of George Floyd and “systemic racism.” He also referred to Floyd’s criminal record and the drugs in his system at the time of the arrest. The chaplain wrote, “We do not kill such people. He committed sins, but we root for sinners to change their lives and convert to the Gospel.” Moloney also observed that we still do not know if the killing was based on racism or whether racism is a “major problem in police forces. I don’t think we know that.”
Suzy Nelson,MIT’s Dean for Student Life, declared that Moloney’s message “contradicted the Institute’s values …by devaluing and disparaging George Floyd’s character.” Moloney apologized but was ordered to resign as chaplain anyway. The Archdiocese of Boston declared that Moloney’s comments “were wrong and by his resignation he accepts the hurt they have caused.”
- People have to start standing up to this. Lots of people. Quickly.
- Gee, he was forced to resign for writing what I have here, more than once….
- What was wrong about what he wrote? There is a false narrative being pushed to misrepresent Floyd’s background in order to inflame the public and Africa-Americans particularly. In addition, the message being communicated is that Floyd’s death is more outrageous because he was such a great guy. That’s nonsense, and not because he wasn’t such a great guy. It makes no difference whether George Floyd was a good man or not, and that’s what the Chaplain was saying. It needs to be said. The chaplain was also correct that we do not know that racism was involved in his killing.
- Moloney should not have apologized, because he did nothing wrong….and he should know by now that groveling does no good. It just encourages more suppression of thought and speech.
- Writing about the case, Professor Turley says, “I do not agree with the email and I can see why many found it upsetting.” What doesn’t the professor agree with? It was factually correct, and the facts in the email are being deliberately distorted or ignored. Yeah, I can see why many “found it upsetting” too: right now, facts don’t matter. The intention is to demonize the police and sanctify Floyd in order to trigger as much civil unrest as possible.