a post from Brilliant at Breakfast Rebooted

Hey, you HAVE to read this blog post from over at Brilliant at Breakfast Rebooted.  Tell me that Jill isn’t right on the money with this one:

link here ~~~~> https://bbrebooted.blogspot.com/2020/04/trump-pivots-and-i-imagine-inevitable.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+BrilliantAtBreakfastRebooted+%28Brilliant+at+Breakfast+Rebooted%29

A Fuster of Clucks

“We may well be the first nation in history to die of impatience…An instant-gratification culture that gratified itself to instant death.” Absolutely brilliant.

his vorpal sword

When it comes to “intelligence,” the Oval Office and the eponymous community stand at antipodes:

 Washington Post:

President’s intelligence briefing book repeatedly cited virus threat  —  U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat …

Surprised? Me neither.

56,000 dead
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Today, at some point, by some counts using some different authorities, the US death count from COVID-19 will surpass the US death count in the 1964-1975 Vietnam War.

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Misunderstanding Flattening the Curve

A very good read

Mike the Mad Biologist

Over the weekend, I saw a spate of tweets and other commentary along the lines of ‘we should end lockdown because we’re all going to get COVID-19 anyway, so why destroy the economy too.’ A slightly more sophisticated version argues that most of our hospitals aren’t overwhelmed (yet…), so we can reopen things. While I’ve seen these arguments more from the right, there is a wing of the left that’s also embracing these arguments. Unfortunately, these arguments ignore the goals–note the plural–of what social distancing and ‘lockdowns‘ are designed to do.

One reason for this is that the public communications, messaging, or whatever else you want to call it have been nearly uniformly horrible, in no small part, because the executive branch of the U.S. had a message of ‘there is no problem.’ (PROTECT TEH STONKS!) The one success appears to be handwashing (and it took a global…

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