Saturday, May 23, 2020

The Red Pill: It Is What It Is

California is one state that is managing the epidemic relatively well. They have a plan, they have a governor who is taking active leadership, they have kept the numbers down, especially in the Northern part of the state. The people worked together, followed the protocols; looking good.

Elon Musk had to shut down his California Tesla factory for the epidemic though, and he hated that. He called the shutdown "fascist" and reopened the factory against county orders, putting more than 10,000 people back to work in one plant. He did not feel he should have to wait for local leaders to follow the careful steps of their successful strategy, he should not have to wait for the reopening criteria to be met -- he was losing money and he wanted to get his workers jammed into a factory so they could risk their lives making billions more for him.

This week Musk sent out a tweet that said "Take the Red Pill." The Red Pill, in The Matrix, is the one that reveals the hard-to-take truth and breaks you out of the illusion of the computer simulation you are living in. He got a reply from another serious seeker of truth, Ivanka Trump: "Done."

The Red Pill is not just a trope in a nineties movie, it has become a banner for certain especially-nutty rightwing types. The Red Pill subreddit is one of the ugliest, most antisocial stains on the Internet. The Red Pill is a codeword for men who believe that feminism has ruined their lives, and that it is foolish to try to treat women fairly. As one Republican state legislator wrote there, "I treat women like they're subordinate creatures, and suddenly they respect me." They believe this is the natural order of things, and the insight that we have been brainwashed by liberals is, to them, like taking the Red Pill in the Matrix and facing the uncomfortable, eye-opening Truth. Basically, the red pill tells guys that it's feminism's fault they can't get laid. It's not that they themselves are deplorable and have no social skills; the problem is that women are bitches. See how easy that is?

Religions, ideologies, peer-group norms often lead individuals into a kind of blindness, and the idea of an exercise or technique to let us see through the delusions, to Truth, has popped up many times over the millennia. Maybe it would be a mystical conversion of some sort, or a spiritual practice -- there are those who believe that LSD and other psychedelic substances can do this, can tear away the illusion and reveal truth. Accepting Christ into your heart, same thing, opening your crown chakra, whatever. People have often talked about transformational moments in their lives. Usually these are moments that make them a better person, more caring, more understanding. Somehow rightwing politics works the opposite way. For every Enlightenment in America you get an equal and opposite Great Awakening.

The Red Pill is a simplification of the concept that we can choose to remove the veil of illusion and see the world for what it is.

But it is not ordinary truth that is revealed by the Red Pill. This is a special, obvious kind of truth that says "It is what it is." Your feelings are right. Liberals will tell you otherwise, they'll label you and try to shame you, but the Red Pill gives you Truth. You can put all kinds of restrictions and rules on it but the impulse to grab women and kiss them, for instance, is Truth, it is obvious, and nature obviously intends for us to obey those kinds of impulses. If some people seem weird to you it is because they are weird. Blue-pill libtards can philosophize about it all day but it is obvious to those who see the truth directly that there's something disgusting there, and the right thing to do is to mock and bully weird people. This is the Truth you see once you take the Red Pill and your blinders are removed. It is what it is. And what it is, is obvious.

The Red Pill Truth is that human beings are self-centered animals. Therefore your own self-centered ignorance is perfectly justified. It is what it is. Easy peasy.

Red-Pill capital-t Truth rejects the liberal idea that other people's needs are equal to your own. The Truth is that other people are often obstacles to your ability to get what you want. They could be serving you, praising you, pleasing you, rather than pursuing some irrelevant and misguided Blue-Pill goals of their own.

The Red Pill offers a kind of Truth without empathy.

Looking at it from outside the bubble, the rightwing Red Pill is a shortcut that lets you get by without actually thinking about things, because you see Truth directly. It is that unexamined life that Plato talked about. You don't have to learn anything new, because it is what it is, which anybody can see, once their eyes have been opened. Conveniently, Truth is always the belief that makes your own group look better, always the belief that supports their own impulses in the first place. Red-Pill Truth never provokes self-doubt or makes one question one's assumptions; the Red Pill awakens you to the fact that your assumptions are True already.

The Red Pill offers a kind of truth without facts. It is nothing more than a justification for ignorance.

34 Comments:

Anonymous do some real math said...

Well, this is plan and simple ignorance from the blog dedicated to ignorance.

Those who have swallowed the blue pill have quite a bit of problem believing the truth.

Look at this guy:

"Liberal churches seem to have no issues with managing both worship and the current plague. It’s only the fundamentalists of every stripe that do."

Truth is, virtually all churches in America have complied with governmental guidelines and went to virtual services.

They will re-open in a safe manner.

As for "liberal" churches, the Lutheran and Catholic churches in Minnesota have announced that, beginning Tuesday, they will ignore that governor's order to stay closed.

TTF says that they reject that anything metaphysical can represent truth. But the TRUTH is that they have simply CHOSEN different unseen values.

Empiricism is not the only avenue to discovering truth. Life is not possible with such an outlook. Those who say they believe it, are lying.

May 23, 2020 12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I found the problem here - you think the Catholic church is "liberal!"

BAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAAH!!!

When you're far-right enough to think the Catholic church is liberal, you lost touch with reality decades ago.

Better take some hydroxychloroquine.

May 23, 2020 12:43 PM  
Anonymous that last guy has a mind like a sieve said...

"I think I found the problem here - you think the Catholic church is "liberal!"

BAHAHAHAAHAAHAHAAH!!!"

actually, the Roman church is very liberal

but your lack of knowledge isn't THE problem, it's not even much of a problem at all, considering your insignificance

"When you're far-right enough to think the Catholic church is liberal, you lost touch with reality decades ago."

since you've got such a crystal view of reality, gives us some examples of how conservative Roman Catholics are

that don't assume that the world centers around homosexuality

when you're finished tripping

May 23, 2020 8:19 PM  
Anonymous Have some hydroxychloroquine - what have you got to lose? LOL! said...

Dude, this is a political blog... when someone talks about something or someone being liberal vs. conservative, it is in the political sense.

If this was a religious blog, then you maybe you could have a discourse on liberal Christianity, its influences from the Enlightenment period, its growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries, how it affects Protestant and Catholic churches today, and how they differ from the conservative "fundamentalist" Christians.

But that's not the kind of topic we cover here. Usually it's just conservatives desperately bashing gay people with every excuse they can possibly muster, mentioning God every once in a while, but fastidiously avoiding mentioning him too much to try and pretend that there is a more secular (and larger, more popular) motivation for your rampant, obsessive-compulsive gay bashing.

But you're not fooling anyone.

May 23, 2020 10:58 PM  
Anonymous Obama abused the IRS to win the election in 2012, and tried to use the FBI in 2016 to attack an opponent - sleaziest Prez ever said...

"Have some hydroxychloroquine - what have you got to lose? LOL!"

you say that to all the malaria victims?

"Dude, this is a political blog... when someone talks about something or someone being liberal vs. conservative, it is in the political sense."

well, in that sense, the Roman Catholic church is politically liberal

they love big government and encourage wealth redistribution through taxation and entitlement programs

"If this was a religious blog, then you maybe you could have a discourse on liberal Christianity, its influences from the Enlightenment period, its growth in the 19th and early 20th centuries, how it affects Protestant and Catholic churches today, and how they differ from the conservative "fundamentalist" Christians."

I never intended that, although didn't Jim bring the Enlightenment up?

and didn't some other TTFer bring up liberal v fundamentalist religion?

"But that's not the kind of topic we cover here. Usually it's just conservatives desperately bashing gay people with every excuse they can possibly muster, mentioning God every once in a while, but fastidiously avoiding mentioning him too much to try and pretend that there is a more secular (and larger, more popular) motivation for your rampant, obsessive-compulsive gay bashing.

But you're not fooling anyone."

maybe you could provide some examples of all this "gay-bashing"

my view of this blog is that it's a discussion of the proper role for science in public policy decisions

if you want a rational, civil conversation, let's discuss that

May 24, 2020 1:56 AM  
Anonymous You could certainly TRY a rational, civil conversation, what have you got to lose? said...

"you say that to all the malaria victims?"

Of course not. Just to obsequious devotees of the pathological liar and sexual predator in the Whitehouse.

"they love big government and encourage wealth redistribution through taxation and entitlement programs"

You forgot to include free health care - you know, like Jesus kept giving to all the poorest and most maligned people that came to him.

"I never intended that, although didn't Jim bring the Enlightenment up?"

Maybe he did, he's been doing this blog for a number of years. It's certainly possible.

"and didn't some other TTFer bring up liberal v fundamentalist religion?"

That's certainly possible too. Someone might have brought up progressive religion as well, or perhaps even Satanism, just to mix things up a bit.

"maybe you could provide some examples of all this "gay-bashing"

Of course I COULD. But I'm not about to duplicate your obnoxious drivel for you. You repeat yourself quite often and anyone reading this blog for more than a day can regenerate the "wheel of gay insults" you like to spin through.

"if you want a rational, civil conversation, let's discuss that"

You're welcome to start any time. You've been given plenty of opportunities.

May 24, 2020 9:30 AM  
Anonymous Merrick, Goresuch & Kavanaugh....LOL!!!!!! said...

"Of course not. Just to obsequious devotees of the pathological liar and sexual predator in the Whitehouse."

thanks for confirming you have no problem with someone who is ill taking a drug that may have side effects

this is one has been in use for decades, but it is only Trump Derangement Syndrome that has made that any problem

of course, if Trump takes it, it's a personal choice, affecting no one else

"You forgot to include free health care"

actually, I mentioned entitlements

"- you know, like Jesus kept giving to all the poorest and most maligned people that came to him."

Jesus advocated individuals taking care of the poor. He never suggested that his followers do this by confiscating the assets of some and redistributing it to others

"Maybe he did, he's been doing this blog for a number of years. It's certainly possible."

actually, it's not only possible, it's factual. he did in this very post so your assertion that I could discuss that if this were a religious blog, is a kind of inane thing to say

"That's certainly possible too. Someone might have brought up progressive religion as well, or perhaps even Satanism, just to mix things up a bit."

actually, it's not only possible, it's factual. one of your friends here, or perhaps you, made the false claim that only "fundamentalist" churches had a problem with bans on live worship services. I made you aware of the fact that the Lutheran and Roman Catholic churches have announced that they will not comply with the orders of the governor of Minnesota. Neither is considered a fundamentalist church by anyone. They rightly point out that the church is being judged by the government there as non-essential while the Mall of America is being allowed to open. That's an unconsitutional judgement for any government in America to make.

"Of course I COULD."

actually, you couldn't

because I haven't

the problem is that you, and your friends here, consider it "gay-bashing" to not agree with the gay agenda

to say that gay "marriage" is not real marriage because marriage is for the kind of arrangement that produces life is not "gay-bashing"

neither is the idea that it is not government's place to use anti-discrimination laws to artificially intervene in interpersonal relationship and arrangements in order to enhance the social standing of homosexuals

neither is the idea that government has no place advocating the status of normality for homosexuality

"But I'm not about to duplicate your obnoxious drivel for you."

yes, we understand you can't defend you irrational position

"You're welcome to start any time. You've been given plenty of opportunities."

you passed up one right now

May 25, 2020 6:43 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality is inherently sado-masochistic said...

We've heard repeatedly over the last couple of weeks that if the shutdown had been started a week earlier, so many lives -it varies in various press echoes- would have been saved. The truth is, the toll in America would have been halved if NEW YORK had imposed a shutdown a week earlier. Another third could have been avoided is every governor in America had taken the same actions Gov DeSantis in Florida took to protect the elderly. Blue state government has utterly failed in this crisis, the Dem Party will pay the price in November.

"Andrew Cuomo may be the most popular politician in the country. His approval ratings have hit all-time highs thanks to his Covid-19 response. Some Democrats have discussed him as a possible replacement for Joe Biden, due to Biden’s perceived weakness as a nominee. And there have even been some unfortunate tributes to Cuomo’s alleged sex appeal.

All of which is bizarre, because Cuomo should be one of the most loathed officials in America right now. ProPublica recently released a report outlining catastrophic missteps by Cuomo and the New York City mayor, Bill de Blasio, which probably resulted in many thousands of needless coronavirus cases. ProPublica offers some appalling numbers contrasting what happened in New York with the outbreak in California. By mid-May, New York City alone had almost 20,000 deaths, while in San Francisco there had been only 35, and New York state as a whole suffered 10 times as many deaths as California.

Federal failures played a role, of course, but this tragedy was absolutely due, in part, to decisions by the governor. Cuomo initially “reacted to De Blasio’s idea for closing down New York City with derision”, saying it “was dangerous” and “served only to scare people”. He said the “seasonal flu was a graver worry”. A spokesperson for Cuomo “refused to say if the governor had ever read the state’s pandemic plan”. Later, Cuomo would blame the press, including the New York Times for failing to say “Be careful, there’s a virus in China that may be in the United States?” even though the Times wrote nearly 500 stories on the virus before the state acted. Experts told ProPublica that “had New York imposed its extreme social distancing measures a week or two earlier, the death toll might have been cut by half or more”."

read a detailed analysis of the failure and incompetence of Andrew Cuomo's management of this crisis here:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/may/20/andrew-cuomo-new-york-coronavirus-catastrophe

May 25, 2020 6:56 AM  
Anonymous Hydroxychloroquine isn't the problem, it's Dr. Bonespurs giving medical advice that's the problem. said...

"this is one has been in use for decades, but it is only Trump Derangement Syndrome that has made that any problem

of course, if Trump takes it, it's a personal choice, affecting no one else"

It's funny how conservatives like to dismiss everyone who disagrees with the incompetent draft dodger, one time America's biggest loser (in terms of corporate losses), serial company bankrupter, and self-admitted and proud pussy grabber as having "Trump Derangement Syndrome."

The Derangement Syndrome belongs to those who thought he'd make a good president - and especially those who still defend him. Many Americans voted for this xenophobic misogynist because they wanted to say "FU" to this country's political establishment - they have watched it funneling more and more of the country's wealth to the richest and left them behind. They didn't care if came apart and went down in flames.

This is what that looks like.

"actually, it's not only possible, it's factual. he did in this very post so your assertion that I could discuss that if this were a religious blog, is a kind of inane thing to say"

I had to go up and search for it, but indeed he did. It is not a line that stood out for me when I read it. But once again you have misread what I stated. I was only pointing out that the historical details of various religious movements were not typically the topics in a blog like this, especially one that has been targeted by conservative trolls for gay bashing and quite liberal, liberal bashing.

"the problem is that you, and your friends here, consider it "gay-bashing" to not agree with the gay agenda"

No, I consider all of your ant-gay propaganda, constant demeaning of LGBTQ people, and collective slander of LGBTQ people to be gay-bashing.

May 25, 2020 8:14 AM  
Anonymous Hydroxychloroquine isn't the problem, it's Dr. Bonespurs giving medical advice that's the problem. said...

"to say that gay "marriage" is not real marriage because marriage is for the kind of arrangement that produces life is not "gay-bashing"

There are plenty of straight marriages that's don't produce life as well. There are now gay parents that take care of the discarded children of straight couples who could't be bothered, or simply couldn't handle the responsibilities of child rearing.

Some of those straight couples performed their duties so terribly that the government had to step in and and take the children away from their heterosexual parents for their own safety. The 13 Turpin children and their abusive, heterosexual parents using religion and chains to control their children being just one of the more recent and most heinous examples.

Fertility has never been a requirement for getting a marriage in the US; not all straight couples can produce children, and not all of those who can even want children. In fact when some of them have children by "mistake," they decide to abort them.

Everyone knows that gay couples aren't going to produce children on their own. There is no reason to demean them or their marriage for basic biological facts. I don't see you harassing straight couples who can't or don't want to produce life. Your unsolicited and persistent denigration of gay marriages however does amount to gay bashing, no matter how you like to rationalize it.

You complain about abortion all the time, yet I have never heard one negative word from you about the heterosexual marriage that could have come from. It seems to me, if you're really adamant about marriages producing life, any heterosexual couple that aborts their child should have their marriage license revoked.

At least then you'd be consistent about the importance of creating life within marriages.

But we've never heard a peep about something like this from you. You never pass up a chance to denigrate gay marriages though, even though there has never been one to abort a child.

According to the USDA, there are more than 11 million children in the US that live in "food insecure homes" - the euphemism for kids going hungry. With the coronavirus, it has been estimated that number may increase to 18 million.

Their are happily married gay couples who are happy to step in and help those needy children.

You should be thanking them, not denigrating them.

May 25, 2020 8:15 AM  
Anonymous Hydroxychloroquine isn't the problem, it's Dr. Bonespurs giving medical advice that's the problem. said...

"neither is the idea that it is not government's place to use anti-discrimination laws to artificially intervene in interpersonal relationship and arrangements in order to enhance the social standing of homosexuals"

This country was founded, and a war was started on the principle that "all men men are created equal." It has never been perfect in that regard, but over the years it has come a long way to making that become more true, by freeing slaves, giving women the right to vote, acknowledging its historically unfair treatment of minorities and trying to rectify that.

It is NOT the government's place however to enshrine in law the "moral" code of religious groups that want to keep LGBTQ people and their relationships in a permanent second- or third-class status. LGBTQ people pay taxes (i.e. have their wealth confiscated by the government) the same way that straight people do. They deserve the same rights and privileges everyone else enjoys.

The government is NOT here to force your religious beliefs about how society should be structured onto everyone else.

May 25, 2020 8:33 AM  
Anonymous Nothing like a conspiracy theory to keep the base distracted said...

The US will hit about 100,000 dead people today thanks in large part to Rump's ineptitude.

So what is Capt. Clorox doing to help fix the situation?

An Illinois Republican congressman warned President Donald Trump Sunday to “just stop” with his outrageous insinuations that MSNBC commentator Joe Scarborough is a murderer.

“Completely unfounded conspiracy. Just stop,” a frustrated Rep. Adam Kinzinger tweeted, lashing Trump’s attack on Scarborough, a frequent critic of the president. “Stop spreading it, stop creating paranoia. It will destroy us,” he added, apparently referring to Republicans and future elections — or possibly America.

Too late Adam, too late.

Thoughts and prayers for you bud, thoughts and prayers.

We'd be better off if Rump lost his phone in a water hazard and he spent the rest of his failed administration golfing.

May 25, 2020 9:14 AM  
Anonymous heterosexuality is life-affirming and deserves preferential treatment said...

"The US will hit about 100,000 dead people today thanks in large part to Rump's ineptitude."

the number would have been less than half of that, except for mistakes made by Andrew Cuomo, possibly much less

aside from the fact that the number of cases in the NYC area make up more than a third of US cases, the disease was seeded across America by New Yorkers escaping Cuomo's land of horrors

even with that, most red state governors kept the toll to a fraction of the NYC area totals

locking people up in dark apartment was not helpful

letting people leave their houses and encouraging more activity in the open air and sunshine appears to work better

remember the Spring Breakers in Clearwater?

if everybody had an ocean

across the USA

then, everyone would be safe now

like Falori-D-A!

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump kicked off his Memorial Day weekend by visiting his club in Virginia, marking the president's first time back at one of his private golf courses in 75 days, the longest stretch of his administration without spending time at one.

He was seen leaving the White House on Saturday morning wearing a white hat, white shirt and no mask as his motorcade made its way to the Trump National Golf Club in Sterling, Virginia.

Trump last visited his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida the weekend of March 6 where he hosted several Brazilian officials, one of whom tested positive for the coronavirus shortly after the trip.

May 25, 2020 9:31 AM  
Anonymous Hydroxychloroquine isn't the problem, it's Dr. Bonespurs giving medical advice that's the problem. said...

"locking people up in dark apartment was not helpful"

Funny, just the other day you were ranting it was because they didn't clean the subway system.

People who are locked up at home in the dark don't use the subway system.

If you're going to throw all that blame around, at least TRY to be logically consistent. Maybe some of it will stick then.

"letting people leave their houses and encouraging more activity in the open air and sunshine appears to work better"

There is a recent (reported on May 7th) study:

https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2020/05/200507121353.htm

That indicates Vitamin D may play an important role in CV mortality rates. It has not been replicated yet (as far as I know) but certainly lights up a way for more potentially helpful research and possibly treatments. It may even explain why northern cities suffered far worse that southern cities, as skin exposure to sunlight facilitates vitamin D production in humans.

Unfortunately this information comes far too late to inform decision makers back in Jan - Mar when it could have been particularly helpful.

Of course, if Trump had told governors about the intelligence reports he was getting in January about China down-playing the CV-19 risks, while publicly praising China's handling of the situation, governors all across the country could have taken steps to prepare for the looming catastrophe. There mistake was in believing what was coming out of his mouth.

They should have known better - the truth is more likely to be exactly the opposite of what he says.

May 25, 2020 11:32 AM  
Anonymous homosexuality never produces life, two of 'em ain't ever a marriage said...

"Funny, just the other day you were ranting it was because they didn't clean the subway system.

People who are locked up at home in the dark don't use the subway system."

actually, they do

you're ignorance is evident

again

"If you're going to throw all that blame around, at least TRY to be logically consistent. Maybe some of it will stick then."

let's see

you said "The US will hit about 100,000 dead people today thanks in large part to Rump's ineptitude."

and you say I'm playing the "blame game"?

"That indicates Vitamin D may play an important role in CV mortality rates. It has not been replicated yet (as far as I know) but certainly lights up a way for more potentially helpful research and possibly treatments. It may even explain why northern cities suffered far worse that southern cities, as skin exposure to sunlight facilitates vitamin D production in humans.

Unfortunately this information comes far too late to inform decision makers back in Jan - Mar when it could have been particularly helpful."

open air, sunshine, and warm weather have always inhibited respiratory viruses

there were reports this was so with the Wuhan Flu, back in early March

the history should have alerted experts there was enough to try it

there is no evidence lockdowns work

"Of course, if Trump had told governors about the intelligence reports he was getting in January about China down-playing the CV-19 risks, while publicly praising China's handling of the situation, governors all across the country could have taken steps to prepare for the looming catastrophe. There mistake was in believing what was coming out of his mouth."

amusing rewrite of history

May 25, 2020 6:14 PM  
Anonymous History is out there for all to read said...

Jan. 24, Twitter:

“China has been working very hard to contain the Coronavirus. The United States greatly appreciates their efforts and transparency. It will all work out well. In particular, on behalf of the American People, I want to thank President Xi!”

Feb. 7, Remarks at North Carolina Opportunity Now Summit in Charlotte, N.C.:

"I just spoke to President Xi last night, and, you know, we're working on the — the problem, the virus. It's a — it's a very tough situation. But I think he's going to handle it. I think he's handled it really well. We're helping wherever we can."

Feb. 7, Twitter:

“Just had a long and very good conversation by phone with President Xi of China. He is strong, sharp and powerfully focused on leading the counterattack on the Coronavirus. He feels they are doing very well, even building hospitals in a matter of only days … Great discipline is taking place in China, as President Xi strongly leads what will be a very successful operation. We are working closely with China to help!

Feb. 7, Remarks before Marine One departure:

"Late last night, I had a very good talk with President Xi, and we talked about — mostly about the coronavirus. They're working really hard, and I think they are doing a very professional job. They're in touch with World — the World — World Organization. CDC also. We're working together. But World Health is working with them. CDC is working with them. I had a great conversation last night with President Xi. It's a tough situation. I think they're doing a very good job.”

Feb. 10, Fox Business interview:

"I think China is very, you know, professionally run in the sense that they have everything under control," Trump said. "I really believe they are going to have it under control fairly soon. You know in April, supposedly, it dies with the hotter weather. And that's a beautiful date to look forward to. But China I can tell you is working very hard."

Feb. 10, campaign rally in Manchester, N.H.:

“I spoke with President Xi, and they’re working very, very hard. And I think it’s all going to work out fine.”

Feb. 18, remarks before Air Force One departure:

“I think President Xi is working very hard. As you know, I spoke with him recently. He’s working really hard. It’s a tough problem. I think he’s going to do — look, I’ve seen them build hospitals in a short period of time. I really believe he wants to get that done, and he wants to get it done fast. Yes, I think he’s doing it very professionally.”

Feb. 26, remarks at a business roundtable in New Delhi, India:

“China is working very, very hard. I have spoken to President Xi, and they’re working very hard. And if you know anything about him, I think he’ll be in pretty good shape. They’re — they’ve had a rough patch, and I think right now they have it — it looks like they’re getting it under control more and more. They’re getting it more and more under control.”

Feb. 27, Coronavirus Task Force press conference:

“I spoke with President Xi. We had a great talk. He’s working very hard, I have to say. He’s working very, very hard. And if you can count on the reports coming out of China, that spread has gone down quite a bit. The infection seems to have gone down over the last two days. As opposed to getting larger, it’s actually gotten smaller.”

Feb. 29, Coronavirus Task Force press conference:

“China seems to be making tremendous progress. Their numbers are way down. … I think our relationship with China is very good. We just did a big trade deal. We’re starting on another trade deal with China — a very big one. And we’ve been working very closely. They’ve been talking to our people, we’ve been talking to their people, having to do with the virus.”

May 25, 2020 6:59 PM  
Anonymous Have some hydroxychloroquine - what have you got to lose? LOL! said...

"there were reports this was so with the Wuhan Flu, back in early March"

This is a Coronavirus, not a Flu virus - they are completely different strains of virus.

"there is no evidence lockdowns work"

Right... nearly all of the planet went on lockdown because... they wanted to stick it to China? Everyone thought it would be a great time for a stay-cation?

Lockdowns are S.O.P. for contagious diseases, and have been for decades. Don't they teach that in homeschool? Or were you expecting "thoughts and prayers" to make this go away?

Oh, I forgot, you were waiting for Captain Clorox's miracle!:

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear”

On February 28, Trump said that coronavirus will “disappear” like a “miracle” while speaking at a press conference for his coronavirus task force. On Tuesday, he told reporters on Capitol Hill that coronavirus “will go away.” In late February, he speculated that warm weather would kill the virus and stop its spread. None of these statements are backed by science or infectious disease experts within his own administration. (Though some diseases — like the seasonal flu — do diminish in warmer seasons, there is currently no evidence the novel coronavirus will behave this way.)

May 25, 2020 7:07 PM  
Anonymous do the math AND use your brain said...

"This is a Coronavirus, not a Flu virus - they are completely different strains of virus."

what's fascinating is the importance you place on the irrelevant

"Right... nearly all of the planet went on lockdown because... they wanted to stick it to China? Everyone thought it would be a great time for a stay-cation?"

That's your response to the FACT that there is no evidence that lockdowns work? Not exactly a Mensa candidate, are you?

There have been a number of responses around the world and the result has been the same regardless of the approach, except for the US, which had more cases than any other place, despite a near total lockdown. On a more local level, the few states that didn't lockdown did better than those that did. Arkansas never shutdown anything and, in deaths per million, they come in 46th among he states.

"Lockdowns are S.O.P. for contagious diseases, and have been for decades."

Actually, that's not true. Lockdowns were concocted in 2004 when George W Bush asked some experts to devise a plan for a pandemic. But that plan was supposed to be for a highly fatal contagion. The Wuhan flu has a very low mortality rate. You probably weren't born yet but, in 1969-1970, there was a global pandemic that also began in Wuhan. Society didn't shut down. Thousands gathered in Florida to watch a Saturn rocket blast off on a manned mission to the moon. The President was with them. A half a million people under thirty crammed into a farm in upstate NY to camp out and watch music for three days. Social distancing was not practiced. Your statement is ignorant.

"Don't they teach that in homeschool?"

Homeschoolers, of whom I am not one, score higher on standardized tests than those in public school. They tend to learn facts, so your delusions would not be taught to them, no.

“It’s going to disappear. One day, it’s like a miracle, it will disappear”

yes, it will

that's been happening around the world

in Britain, they aren't sure they will be able to complete work on a vaccine because there are so few cases to test

as the portion of the population that have immunity, already close to 35%, grows, the virus will have a harder time spreading

and, yes, when people are outside more, the virus will continue to decline

May 25, 2020 11:17 PM  
Anonymous blue state governors are not the solution to our problems, blue state governors are the problem said...

"Lockdowns are S.O.P. for contagious diseases, and have been for decades."

Wowee!!

We have a true imbecile commenting now.

Here's a history lesson for the guy that appears to not know much about history, not know about biology...

"Our governmental COVID-19 mitigation policy of broad societal lockdown focuses on containing the spread of the disease at all costs, instead of “flattening the curve” and preventing hospital overcrowding. Although well-intentioned, the lockdown was imposed without consideration of its consequences beyond those directly from the pandemic.

The policies have created the greatest global economic disruption in history, with trillions of dollars of lost economic output. These financial losses have been falsely portrayed as purely economic. To the contrary, using numerous National Institutes of Health Public Access publications, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Bureau of Labor Statistics data, and various actuarial tables, we calculate that these policies will cause devastating non-economic consequences that will total millions of accumulated years of life lost in the United States, far beyond what the virus itself has caused.

Pandemics have afflicted humankind throughout history. They devastated the Roman and Byzantine empires, Medieval Europe, China and India, and they continue to the present day despite medical progress.

The past century has witnessed three pandemics with at least 100,000 U.S. fatalities: The "Spanish Flu," 1918-1919, with between 20 million and 50 million fatalities worldwide, including 675,000 in the U.S.; the "Asian Flu," 1957-1958, with about 1.1 million deaths worldwide, 116,000 of those in the U.S.; and the "Hong Kong Flu," 1968-1972, with about 1 million people worldwide, including 100,000 in the U.S. So far, the current pandemic has produced almost 100,000 U.S. deaths, but the reaction of a near-complete economic shutdown is unprecedented."

the rest can be read here:

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/499394-the-covid-19-shutdown-will-cost-americans-millions-of-years-of-life

May 25, 2020 11:32 PM  
Anonymous maybe Jill Biden should make a mask for Tara Reade, just to show there are no hard feelings said...

Rep. Ilhan Omar became the most prominent Democrat to say she believes Tara Reade’s sex-assault accusations against presumed Democratic presidential nominee Joseph R. Biden.

The Minnesota Democrat made the remarks in an interview on Sunday.

“I do believe Reade,” Ms. Omar said. “Justice can be delayed but should never be denied.”

Joe Biden has said if anyone believes Reade, they shouldn't vote for him.

May 26, 2020 9:36 AM  
Anonymous til the landskide brings the Dems down... said...

President Trump has won the lockdown wars as coronavirus-related restrictions on businesses are eased across the country, so far with few signs of dire health consequences for the population.

Just weeks ago, the question was whether to reopen, with the first states to press ahead accused of engaging in human sacrifice and killing their residents to appease the “Trump death cult.” New York Times columnist Paul Krugman asked, “How many will die for the Dow?” as recently as Thursday.

Now, the debate is primarily over how quickly and to what extent reopening should take place, with the stragglers mainly blue states. Anthony Fauci, considered by many the public face of stay-at-home policies, now says the country can't stay locked down forever. When Trump’s Easter target date was deemed unrealistic, Memorial Day weekend was floated as another possibility — and the grand opening is beginning.

Whether Trump wins reelection now depends substantially on how the reopening is perceived. Voters are still nervous about returning to normal too quickly, including key Trump demographics such as senior citizens, who have been trending Democratic during the pandemic, and religious voters, among whom there has been some slippage in favorability for Trump. But a Harvard/Politico poll found that 60% of Republicans now want nonessential businesses to open up in their states, following the president’s lead. Trump is betting heavily that reopening will lead to an economic rebound without deepening the public health crisis.

Trump economic adviser Kevin Hassett predicted “a very strong second half of the year” on Friday. “We expect ... the third quarter will be the highest growth quarter in U.S. history,” Hassett told reporters at the White House. “We expect that output is going to recover relatively quickly ... Employment lags that a little bit.” This tracks with Trump, who has repeatedly said the third quarter will be a “transition” to a robust end to the year’s growth.

“This is a country that’s meant to be open, not closed,” Trump said at a Ford plant in Ypsilanti, Michigan. He defended the decision to engage in the initial lockdowns to avoid overwhelming the healthcare system but said the time had come to end them, adding of the COVID-19 outbreak, “And if there’s a fire, an ember, a flame someplace, we put it out.”

May 26, 2020 11:51 AM  
Anonymous til the landslide brings the Dems down... said...


In addition to the virus fears and over 90,000 deaths nationwide, nearly 40 million people in the United States are out of work. This has combined to put Trump in a hole in recent polling against presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, with the president trailing 48%-40%, according to Fox News, 47%-42%, according to the Economist/YouGov, and 50%-39%, according to Quinnipiac. The RealClearPolitics polling averages show Trump trailing in three of four major battleground states, except for North Carolina, where he is up by 1.
The question is how much the economy and public morale will need to improve, without any deterioration in coronavirus containment, to lift Trump’s standing. It could require a combination of better numbers and shifting expectations.

“Once the resistance crumbles, every voter will know that the president was pushing to reopen the economy, while the Democrats were pushing to keep everything, especially schools, closed,” said Republican strategist John Feehery. “Joe Biden’s basement bravado is both comical and tragic. The American people prefer strong leadership in a crisis, not whatever Joe is offering.”

Trump is also pressing states to reopen churches and other houses of worship, frequently still prevented from offering regular services due to social distancing requirements. “Some governors have deemed liquor stores and abortion clinics as essential but have left out churches and other houses of worship,” he said at the White House on Friday. “It’s not right. So, I’m correcting this injustice and calling houses of worship 'essential.'” It’s not clear what authority he would invoke, although the Justice Department has indicated it will intervene when it sees religious liberty violations.

The president’s supporters are confident he will be rewarded by a public that is increasingly chafing at the restrictions as summer approaches, even if the pol
ling continues to reflect high levels of popular anxiety about the coronavirus.

“Democrats forgot that polls were a snapshot of a specific moment. They went all-in on endless lockdowns because they believed it would be a political winner,” said conservative strategist Chris Barron. “Early on, when Americans were crippled with fear, Democrats looked smart."

“Now, every single opinion poll shows the momentum turning against them,” he continued. “President Trump smartly listened to the medical experts but balanced that with an understanding of the economic realities for working Americans. Come November, if Democrats allow this to be a referendum on endless lockdowns, Trump will win in a landslide.”

May 26, 2020 11:51 AM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

St. Louis Post-Dispatch Editorial Exposes Trump's 'Colossal' Lie About Obama

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blamed former President Barack Obama for his own administration’s mishandling of the coronavirus pandemic.

“The last administration left us nothing,” Trump said last month.

But the St. Louis Post-Dispatch found that Trump’s own budget documents show the opposite ― exposing what it called “a lie of colossal Trumpian proportions.”

The newspaper’s editorial board said the Trump administration told Congress that the Obama administration left it with everything needed for a pandemic ― and sought big budget cuts from the programs as a result.

Trump’s 2020 budget asked Congress to cut the pandemic preparedness budget by $102.9 million, part of $595.5 million in requested cuts to public health preparedness and response outlay.

“Obama left office with an unblemished record of building up the nation’s pandemic preparedness,” the newspaper said. “Trump systematically sought to dismantle it.”

Trump has since blamed his predecessor for lack of personal protective equipment and testing supplies, saying “our cupboards were bare. We had very little in our stockpile.”

But the newspaper said a chart provided by the Trump administration with the budget shows that by 2016 ― Obama’s final year in office ― the nation’s public health emergency preparedness was at least 98% on every key measure.

“That’s by the Trump administration’s own assessment,” the Post-Dispatch said. “If the cupboard was bare, it’s because Trump swept it clean.”

May 26, 2020 12:57 PM  
Blogger Priya Lynn said...

Wyatt/Regina/bad anonymous claim they aren't trolls, but look at them still advocating for people to use hydoxychloroquine when they know several studies show it does nothing to help with Covid-19 and it increases the rate of death of patients with Covid-19 who use it.

Obviously only trolls would do this.

May 26, 2020 12:59 PM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...


We’ve listened intently as mainstream media outlets, both print and broadcast, have lectured us and the rest of America on the lifesaving virtues of the Wuhan virus lockdown. While it may well be true that it saved lives from the virus, what about the lives lost to the lockdown?

The economic devastation from the lockdown has had brutal consequences, in particular for small businesses, their owners and their often low-wage employees. With 38.6 million suddenly unemployed and applying for benefits, jobless rates shooting toward 20%, and bankruptcies crushing major industries, such as retailing, the near-term outlook is grim if the lockdowns continue.

Contrary to the now-trite progressive chant of “we’re all in this together,” those at the struggling bottom rungs of our once-thriving economy bear the brunt of the lockdown — not the privileged minority with secure government jobs or stable stay-at-home telecommuting gigs impervious to such things as shutdowns.

No, we’re not “all in this together.” And doctors, economists and others are concluding that the costs in lives lost may actually exceed the benefits, a classic case of the cure being worse than the disease.

A group of 600 doctors recently signed a letter sent to the president seeking an end to the lockdown. These doctors braved the opprobrium and possible political harassment from some of their fellow citizens to warn us all that the number of suicides from the lockdown’s crushing economic and psychological effects appears to be soaring.

“We are alarmed at what appears to be the lack of consideration for the future health of our patients. The downstream health effects of deteriorating a level are being massively under-estimated and under-reported. This is an order of magnitude error,” the letter said.

“The millions of casualties of a continued shutdown will be hiding in plain sight, but they will be called alcoholism, homelessness, suicide, heart attack, stroke, or kidney failure,” the letter continues. “In youths it will be called financial instability, unemployment, despair, drug addiction, unplanned pregnancies, poverty, and abuse.”

May 26, 2020 3:02 PM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...


As Dr. Mike deBoisblanc, head of trauma at John Muir Medical Center in the San Francisco Bay Area, recently told a local ABC affiliate: “We’ve never seen numbers like this, in such a short period of time. I mean, we’ve seen a year’s worth of suicide attempts in the last four weeks.”

Worse, badly needed medical procedures have been put off due to shutdowns.

A recent news story predicted “thousands” of cancer deaths due to postponed cancer surgeries in England. Expect nothing different here. Many Americas with life-threatening ailments also have had treatments “postponed” so that we could flatten the curve.

Those arguing loudest for a continued shutdown of our cities and towns and the enormous economy they represent are among the first to scream “science!” when anyone questions their bad ideas, including the lockdown.

Well, doctors are on the cutting edge of health science. So why don’t lockdown supporters heed their words?

In fact, we may be on the verge of a far more serious long-term plague than COVID-19: a wave of what social scientists and doctors now call “deaths of despair.“

How serious is it?

An early May study by the Well-Being Trust and the Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care predicted 75,000 added deaths from COVID-19 lockdown-related stress and depression. But, if the economic recovery is slow and unemployment remains high, the number of deaths, the study warned, could shoot as high as 154,037.

For the record, that latter death toll is well more than the Wuhan virus is likely to kill.

“The collective impact of COVID-19 could be devastating,” according to the report, which blames lockdown-related factors such as “economic failure with massive unemployment, mandated social isolation for months and possible residual isolation for years, and uncertainty caused by the sudden emergence of a novel, previously unknown microbe.

“The economics of COVID-19 have already caused a massive jump in unemployment: job loss leading to personal and professional economic loss across all business sectors. Hourly workers as well as salaried professionals have been laid off and furloughed indefinitely.”

It's now obvious, the predictions of disaster in states reopening have been wrong. Georgia, Florida and Texas so far are doing fine, and their economies are starting to perk up. Las Vegas, taking their lead, plans to reopen casinos in early June.

New data from the Centers for Disease Control show that coronavirus infection fatality rates (IFR) are basically only slightly worse than for a bad flu season. The current IFR rate of 0.26%, based on CDC data, is way below the 3.4% (and higher) rates that the World Health Organization and others used to scare us and shut down much of the global economy.

May 26, 2020 3:05 PM  
Anonymous trangenderism is sexist and anti-woman: a gangrene on society said...


The lockdown may turn out to be one of the worst policy mistakes in American economic history. If so, it prompts the question: Did we really need to shutter our powerful economic machine to control the virus?

It sure doesn’t look that way. Not only will we be saddled with lower incomes, lost revenues and trillion-dollar deficits for years to come as a result of the lockdown and uncontrolled government spending, but working Americans who had made such nice economic gains in recent years will start slipping down the income ladder.

That will lead to a tragic, but sadly predictable, uptick in depression, drug use, alcohol abuse and suicide, among other outcomes, as we recently wrote. It may well be those, and not COVID-19 deaths, will be the lasting, tragic legacy of the Wuhan virus.

To repeat: It’s time we ended this insane national lockdown, if only to restore some sense of normalcy to America. And maybe save tens of thousands of lives while we’re at it.

May 26, 2020 3:05 PM  
Anonymous is there a country whose constitution TTF likes? said...

America is starting to reopen for business across the country -- except for a handful of states where lockdown orders are expected to remain in place for weeks to come. With very few exceptions, the cities and states that have ordered their businesses to remain comatose and their millions of workers to go without paychecks are blue, blue, blue. This list includes New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Illinois, California and Oregon. They all have Democratic governors.

Once great and mighty cities like Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and Manhattan are ghost towns. They all have Democratic mayors.

These governors and mayors say they are relying on "science" and the advice by public health officials. But there is no "scientific" consensus on this terrible virus, and what was thought to be "scientific" fact three weeks ago is now in great question.

For example, last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told us that the disease could be spread on metal surfaces. Now they say never mind, we were wrong. They said masks should be worn, and then they said they aren't helpful, and now they are pivoting back to masks. Well, which is it?

It turns out the politicians hear what they want to hear -- whatever confirms their preexisting bias. The bias of liberal Democrats is to shutter -- to put government ahead of business and to put the nanny state ahead of the rights of individual workers.

In Washington, Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., bulldozed through the House a massive $3 trillion pork-barrel spending bill to combat the negative effects of the lockdown they fervently support. Pelosi's bill would offer blue states and cities locked down hundreds of billions of dollars of aid from red states. So, the states that are working with Republican governors have to now subsidize the Democratic states that aren't working. This is called "enabling," and President Donald Trump and the Senate would be foolish to appropriate these taxpayer dollars.

With or without this aid package from Washington, come September and October, there is going to be a massive amount of human misery and suffering resulting from what mostly blue state politicians have done to their citizens. Americans are likely to observe an economy that is getting better in the red states than in the blue states. They will see chaos and economic ruin in cities like Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. These cities may start to look like Caracas, Venezuela, in the weeks ahead

Meanwhile, red states like Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas will be doing much better in jobs and business conditions.

Democrats have foolishly defined themselves as the lockdown party. With many Americans, this is popular -- for now.

But it is a downer ideology. Modern liberalism is a "can't do" movement, while the free market conservative movement is a "can do" crusade.

For the last 20 years, red states in the South and Sun Belt and Mountain States have been growing at about twice the pace of blue states with high taxes and heavy regulation. My prediction is that blue states are now facing a change or die choice, and no amount of free money from Washington will change that cold reality.

May 26, 2020 3:43 PM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...

Usually, it’s necessary to wait until after a presidential election is over before it becomes possible to identify the point at which the dynamics of the contest began to favor the eventual winner.

Occasionally, however, the turning point is blindingly obvious.

President Reagan’s 1984 reelection, for example, was all but assured when Walter Mondale included a promise to raise taxes in his speech accepting the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination.

Likewise, former Vice President Joe Biden almost certainly handed the 2020 election to President Trump last Friday when he told an African-American interviewer, “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.”

That blunder not only unmasked Biden’s condescending attitude toward a bloc of voters without whose support he cannot hope to win, it also revealed that his campaign is worried about poll numbers they’re seeing for those very voters. A new Quinnipiac poll shows that 81 percent of African-Americans support Biden. If that seems high, remember that Clinton won 88 percent of the black vote in 2016 and lost the election. African-American turnout was also down in 2016. In other words, Biden must turn out more black voters than did Hillary and win a larger percentage of their votes. Biden can’t win with 81 percent of a tepid African-American turnout, and his campaign knows it.

May 26, 2020 3:48 PM  
Anonymous for millennia, society has known that two genders are necessary to make a marriage said...


This is why the candidate condescended to be interviewed by Charlamagne tha God on “The Breakfast Club.” Biden’s campaign recently rebooted his outreach to the black community, and the interview was part of that effort. Charlamagne has real influence in the African-American community. “The Breakfast Club” is among the most-listened-to morning radio shows in America, reaching millions of listeners every week, and Charlamagne boasts 2.1 million Twitter followers. Biden’s remark, for a lot of his listeners, reinforced the view that the Democratic Party takes the black vote for granted. Sunday morning, Charlamagne was asked on MSNBC if he believed that this was the Democratic attitude:

I know that’s the attitude. That’s why I don’t even care about the words and the lip service.… It has to come to the point where we stop putting the burden on black voters to show up for Democrats and start putting the burden on Democrats to show up for black voters.… They have to worry about voter depression, people staying home on Election Day because they just aren’t enthused by the candidate.… You can’t act like this is the most important election ever but run a campaign from your basement, not make some real policy commitments to the black community, and not listen to some of the demands that the black community is making.

Friday, Biden’s campaign first attempted to clean up the mess by claiming that the remark was a joke. This was the line taken by Symone Sanders, a senior adviser to the Biden campaign who tweeted, “The comments made at the end of the Breakfast Club interview were in jest, but let’s be clear about what the VP was saying: he was making the distinction that he would put his record with the African American community up against Trump’s any day.” This balderdash quite literally fails the laugh test. President Trump’s pre-pandemic job creation initiatives and criminal justice reform have done more for blacks in three years than Joe Biden accomplished in half a century backstroking around the swamp.

After it became clear that the “just kidding” strategy wasn’t selling, Sanders simply refused to answer further questions. When NBC’s Chuck Todd, not exactly a purveyor of GOP talking points, tried to ask her a question about the issue she interrupted him thus: “Chuck, I’m not going to do this. Chuck, I’m not going to do this.” Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) was less reticent: “Joe Biden’s comments are the most arrogant and condescending thing I’ve heard in a very long time. I am offended but not surprised.” Nor was Michigan GOP Senate candidate John James who, like Sen. Scott, is black. Indeed, the latter was moved to explain what really motivates the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee:

The Democratic Party has taken the black vote for granted for decades, but on Friday former Vice President Joe Biden took this view to a new and very hurtful level.… Biden has shown clearly that he thinks he knows better than black people what is best for us, and that if we don’t support him we are denying our own racial identity and heritage. Worse, I don’t see Biden’s Democratic colleagues holding him accountable for his comments. Instead, I hear silence.… Biden’s views have been exposed and stand in stark contrast to President Trump, who visited Michigan Thursday and actually listened to the needs of black people from black people.

Oddly enough, there is a certain symmetry to this. Biden wants to lead the party of slavery, Jim Crow, and segregation. President Trump leads the party that ended the “peculiar institution,” granted citizenship to former slaves, and recognized their right to vote. The Republicans did these things, as well as passing the 19th Amendment, despite the frequently violent objections of the Democrats. The best-kept secret in American politics is that, for these reasons, 95 percent of African-Americans voted Republican from the end of the Civil War until the 1930s. By that time, however, the GOP had come to take the black vote for granted. Sound familiar? If not, go back and read that quote from Charlamagne tha God.

May 26, 2020 3:50 PM  
Anonymous Hi, it's Joe Biden again. You think I can still get away with it, right? said...

Michael Chertoff, former secretary of the US Department of Homeland Security, went on Face the Nation this past weekend where he opined that K-12 schools should not reopen until there is a vaccine for the Wuhan virus. His opinions on this topic should carry no more weight than mine or yours.

The reality is that it is time for the evidence and common sense to determine what states do in the fall in terms of reopening our public schools. Virtually all of the evidence on the Wuhan virus indicates it has little impact on the five-year-old to 18-year-old school age population. Most states have had few, if any, deaths of school-aged citizens. For example, according to the Ohio Department of Health Coronavirus Dashboard, of the nearly 1,800 deaths in Ohio, not one person under 19-years-old has died.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted that ‘relatively few children with COVID-19 are hospitalized, and fewer children than adults experience fever, cough, or shortness of breath.’ The CDC reports that nationwide, of the more than 93,000 deaths, 0.0 percent occurred in the 0-14 age range and 0.1 percent occurred among those 15-years-old to 24-years-old. Based on this evidence, it is safe to say that our kids are simply not at much risk of harm from the pandemic. At worst, they face less risk than they have faced for decades from the seasonal flu, which has killed 174 kids this flu season.

As Purdue University President Mitch Daniels stated when he reported that Purdue would be fully open in the Fall, the focus for the university is on protecting the professors and workers with risk factors such as obesity, diabetes, and respiratory conditions. Most of those adults working at Purdue, like America’s K-12 teachers and staff, are under the age of 65. For those between 24-years-old and 64-years-old, the percentage of deaths nationally is just 20 percent of the total. Most of those dying from the pandemic are retired senior citizens, with 59 percent of all deaths occurring in those 75-years-old or older.

Instead of stunting the education of millions of kids with a distance learning system, school districts should identify which teachers and staff are at higher risk from the virus and replace those teachers with lower risk teachers. After all, many teachers can maintain social distance away from a full classroom of masked students by simply using the educational space wisely. To facilitate this process, the high-risk teachers should be kept whole financially and assigned to assist the replacement teachers with their duties from outside of the classroom. State legislatures should reform the regulatory requirements to allow subject matter experts without teaching degrees to serve as fully compensated replacement teachers during the pandemic.

May 26, 2020 4:15 PM  
Anonymous hi, it's Stacey Abrams. If Joe Biden doesn't pick me, he ain't a Democrat! said...


And, no one should kid themselves that distance learning is anywhere close to the quality of learning that occurs in the classroom. While I’m sure the teachers did the best they could, most kids didn’t learn much new material in the two months of the lockdown. Most of elementary school work consisted of very basic assignments that take less than an hour to do, thereby depriving kids of roughly five-plus hours of teacher-aided learning each day. High schoolers have more to do each day, but learning complex new mathematical and scientific material just wasn’t possible.

Anyone can see the negative impact kids being separated from their friends have had on their mental health. One must wonder if we are doing more harm by keeping children in a bubble than we do by getting back to normal. This same rationale applies to restarting kid sports in the fall. Protect the referees, but let the kids play.

Keep in mind, I write from the perspective of a suburban parent whose kids attend a very good school district and who already make the mark in terms of proficiency and achievement. Consider less fortunate kids already behind the learning curve. It is clear those kids will fall even farther behind, thereby likely leading to even greater inequality post-high school.

Even more problematic, many kids have parents who, unlike me, can’t work from home. Many of those families already struggle to make ends meet. Adding new childcare costs to their plate simply isn’t realistic.

The reality is that we can make changes to protect teachers, keep our kids in school full time, and avoid both the deficiencies of distance learning and the financial burden such learning would have on millions of families across America. Based on the science and common sense, opening schools in the Fall should be an easy call.

May 26, 2020 4:17 PM  
Anonymous Rump is the biggest baddest war-time prez in the past 60 years. Rumpettes must be so proud! said...

Sometime in the next few days, the official coronavirus death count will likely exceed 100,000. The true count is even higher — probably closer to 130,000. This larger number includes people who had the virus but weren’t diagnosed, as well as those who died for indirect reasons, such as delaying medical treatment for other illnesses.

Either way, the toll is greater than the combined death count from every war that the U.S. has fought in the past 60 years: Vietnam, Iraq, Iraq again, Afghanistan and elsewhere.

May 26, 2020 7:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rump's too much of a pussy (grabber) to wear a mask in public.

In this way he's leading those who support him to death.

May 26, 2020 7:08 PM  

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