As the novel coronavirus has burned its way across America, it has highlighted the searing inequality that has lurked just below the surface of the economic boom of the past generation. It has revealed that self-serving politicians are indifferent to the lives of their constituents, that racial disp…
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“It points to what we didn’t know at the time,” she said. “If we had had the information that is available now, the information that has become available after Winter Party as this pandemic has played out, we would have made a different decision.”
Rea Carey, executive director of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force
The Costly Toll of Not Shutting Down Spring Break Earlier
People got sick — and some died — after attending crowded parties and theme parks in Florida as the coronavirus spread.
As we chafe and grumble at the restrictions of self-isolation to prevent contageon of COVID-19, it’s important to remember that this virus is stealthy. None of the people who were partying in Florida suspected they were ill. They thought the virus was yet to arrive.
Now it’s evident that they contributed to its spread with lethal consequences. This stealthy contagion will continue after the coming peak of the epidemic and we’ll all need to be cautious until there are treatments and vaccines. What you don’t know can kill.
You probably saw the news that air pollution increases the risk of fatal outcomes with COVID-19. We have all experienced the surprising improvement in air quality with the shutdown of industrial operations and the reduced automobile traffic. In china it was dramatic.
It’s a wakup call. Fossil energy needs to be phased out and fracking’s cheap fuels are the economic enemy of renewables because they kill the market for innovative technology. Despite the adverse market effects both wind and solar have become competitive.
I’m pleased that journalists are picking up on the obvious.
Opinion | Coronavirus May Kill Our Fracking Fever Dream
America’s energy independence was an illusion created by cheap debt. All that’s left to tally is the damage.
Living in these areas of the US raises your risk of death from coronavirus, study says
CNN’s Jake Tapper reports.
Pollution made COVID-19 worse. Now, lockdowns are clearing the air.
Even before the coronavirus, air pollution killed seven million people a year. Will today’s cleaner air inspire us to do better?
Walter Isaacson is a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian and presidential biographer. In this video he compares how past presidents handled major national threats with the current actions of our 45th president in meeting the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the following analysis the Washington Post reviews the first 70 days of the COVID-19 pandemic with attention to the consequences of the president’s decisions and actions.
Blood on His Hands [Boston Globe]
“[I]t took 70 days from that initial notification [January 3, 2020] for Trump to treat the coronavirus not as a distant threat or harmless flu strain well under control, but as a lethal force that had outflanked America’s defenses and was poised to kill tens of thousands of citizens. That more-than-two-month stretch now stands as critical time that was squandered.” [Washington Post]
Click to read the article.
in 2015 and 1016, nearly every editorial board in the US foresaw that Donald Trump was grossly unqualified and deeply unsuited to the responsibilities of the Presidency. Now all but the most partisan sycophants see COVID-19 events that prove they were right.
I’ve recently published two new books. Escape is a collection of short fiction in the crime and humor genres. Credible? explores how readers in the 21st century can know what’s real and true in media. Both may be purchased at a discount from the list price by visiting Lulu.com.
This book, Credible?, asserts that anyone can tell what’s authentic simply by close inspection of the content and knowing the source. These pages are chock full of practical insights and tools to sharpen your ability to sniff out media that distorts reality. These ideas are neither obscure or difficult to master, and none require research or fact-checking.
When it comes to discerning truth, our credulity is a factor. To be truly street-wise about media, a person must also be aware of their internalized values, beliefs, and personality traits. Drawing upon the insights of Jung and general psychology, the authors point the way to self-awareness that reveals hidden biases and our human tendency to be less skeptical about information that bolsters what we believe. These same insights also reveal how we unintentionally tune out information that might change our attitudes and opinions.
There is far too much media attention on personality at the expense of the urgent issues facing America. Moreover, those who fear to discuss issues always seek to create a meme or trope so the rest of us won’t pay attention to the issue talkers.
This week the president dismissed a question he didn’t like from a reporter and called for questions on the economy. Too bad Robert Reich wasn’t there …
Or maybe he’d like to respond to this?
I’ll give him this, the last GOP President crashed the economy–he hasn’t (yet). Although many of the flaws in the regulatory safeguards have not been fixed and there is no GOP support for good oversight to be seen.
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