Wednesday, March 18, 2020

This Situation Sucks: Shutting Down, Upending, and Badly Damaging Society Because of a Bad Flu Strain -- All For the Sake of CNN (UPDATED and On a New Edge)

**Updated 4:38 p.m. 3/18/2020: See bottom of entry.**

Maybe I'll regret writing this post, but it is how I have felt for the past three days ...

This whole thing sucks.

I guess part of me just thinks that this whole COVID-19 situation is so obscenely hysterical overwrought -- all of society shut down, stock market crash, supply chain disruptions, shutting borders and travel -- and a mass exercise in media control.

All for a somewhat more serious variation of the flu.

Assuming the mass casualties including all those deaths fail to materialize in the next few weeks I don't see how even the ultra-WOKE, ultra-PC scolds, thought police, and all-around control freaks in the goddamn commercial media/entertainment complex continue to enforce their shutdown of society -- a shutdown that will lead to its unraveling and civil unrest if supply chains start to break down.

CNN, the Washington Post, and the rest are desperate to have a complete imprisonment of all Americans in their homes. That's what they want. I mean, freaking out because people are outside jogging. Fuck you.

To be clear, far, the "exponential growth rate" of vast numbers of people in the U.S. getting badly ill hardly seems to be happening -- it's going up by a few thousand a day -- and only the elderly have a genuine issue. I mean, ALL of this upheaval because a miniscule portion of the population has a bad strain of the flu -- 7,600+ so far with about 120 dead, primarily elderly and already sick people -- in a country of 329 million people.

Meanwhile, Congress is working at warp speed on a $1 trillion fiscal stimulus and response bill -- and since everyone's interests are more or less aligned in this crisis, the highly divisive "tribal" issues are a bit on the back burner, with a few exceptions. The bill is supposed to include

Anyway, I'm sure as hell not staying a prisoner in my apartment all day -- and I'm heading into the office, although nearly EVERYONE is teleworking and, what's more, my own office situation down there at L'Enfant Plaza is a bit unusual since I'm not directly onsite with the federal client

As an update, I walked home from work last night and stopped at the Whole Foods in Foggy Bottom where I got some additional supplies. I got home by quarter to nine, and in addition to watching all those old TV shows that I watch for the next six hours (on Cozi TV, MeTV, and Antenna TV), I did laundry including bedding.

It is a sunny, cool early afternoon with temps around 55F. We are forecasted to enter a rainy period in the coming days, which is good because it has been too dry and spring dry spells and, worse, droughts, just suck.

OK, that's all for now.

For future entries, I want to start to write about other things. I can't keep writing about this garbage -- especially if this is going to last an unspecified number of months.


Updated 4:38 p.m. 3/18/2020

OK, I feel compelled to post an update to this entry, by which I really mean a "coda," since I think the original content could get me in trouble … Or rather, it would get me in trouble, except I'm such a nobody unknown by anybody -- reflected in the fact that nobody actually reads this blog -- but which, upon reflection, is just as well.

I want to post a link to this Josh Barro piece (link embedded): Part of the Coronavirus Conventional Wisdom Has Become Too Pessimistic.

Barro explains why the nature of the current massive disruptions do not have to (will not) remain constant over time over the coming months.

Key paragraph:

But the nature of the disruption does not have to stay constant.

It is necessary now to close schools and businesses, and tell people to drastically reduce social contacts in a way that's economically devastating to many businesses and workers.

But there is a trade-off: The better we get at interventions to identify and isolate specific people with the virus, the less we should need to rely on interventions that isolate the entire population.

That’s a reason the ramp-up of widely available testing remains such an important goal for the U.S.:

More testing should, in time, allow for more normal living.

As it is, the world is still falling apart this afternoon with another stock market crash.

Second update item: My Edge browser updated itself on my personal laptop with a new version that is more like Chrome -- and is resulting in differences in the word spacing and hence the format and layout of elements such as the entry titles and right side text running along left-justified images. Honestly, there is nothing I can do about that since I format based upon the browser that I use. New browser, new format.

That browser has been the "original" Edge for years -- hence the layout.

I can see the issue now, though, with the updated Edge since I still have the old Edge at the office.

End of Update and of Entry.


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