The Pacific is bluer than usual this morning. People are out and about; no one seems to be panicking. I saw a lady with a cane who must have been in her 80s walking along the Esplanade. I broke my ten-day-long restaurant fast today and had breakfast at a small place by the beach. I know the owner and most of his staff. He’s taking a bit of a hit but has his chin up.
During the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918-19, the US stock market barely noticed. This pandemic was global in extent, had a case fatality ratio of 2 to 3% (the same numbers bandied about for COVID-19), and killed anywhere between 10 and 100 million people globally at a time the Earth’s population was about one quarter of today’s. In the US, 28% of the population was infected, about half a million of whom died. Scaling to today’s population, that would be 1.5 million deaths.
I was looking around on YouTube for a version of Thomas Campion’s I Care Not for These Ladies, a slightly bawdy sixteenth century lute song. Instead, I came across the channel for an English country dance group in Omaha. Their purpose is to provide “… family friendly social events for our community.” You can’t help but notice how much fun they’re having. Just watching them dancing to the Scottish country dance Gypsy Girl’s Headscarf made me a little happier. They’re clearly having fun.
Bo Winegard, an academic in the field of psychology including human biodiversity (hbd), was recently fired from his tenure-track post at a small college in Ohio. He’s quite junior: only two years out of school. This article is the kind of thing that got him fired, though the proximate cause was probably a talk he gave at the University of Alabama that resulted in complaints and generally poor student behavior.
This clip from one of the alphabet networks is going viral. An MSNBC talking head, a bunch of MSNBC production staff, and a member of the NYT editorial board all think that Bloomie could give every man, woman, child, and intersex individual in the US a million dollars out of his personal wealth. This was based on an idea floated by some rando on Twitter.
The traditional Irish band The Chieftains are on a “Goodbye Tour” that’s not really a goodbye tour because I don’t think they’re going to retire. They put together a terrific show tonight. Besides the band itself, there were traditional Irish dancers, a Scots pipe and drum band, and a children’s chorus. Astronaut Catherine Coleman took Matt Malloy’s flute up to the ISS in 2010. They showed a short video of her playing a tune while on her mission.
The Chieftains will be touring the US through the month of March, including New York, Pittsburg, Philly, and Chicago. If you enjoy their music, you’ll not be disappointed by their performance. They played for two hours straight. It was great fun.
Lesbos Island (Greece) (AFP) – Greek riot police on Tuesday fired tear gas to disperse angry locals on the islands of Lesbos and Chios protesting against the planned construction of controversial new migrant camps.
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Europeans have rediscovered borders within the Schengen Area. Austrian authorities temporarily stopped trains on the Italian side of the Brenner Pass to check passengers for COVID19 infection. It may all be one big happy Europe but they’re all still suspicious of one another. Brexit is looking better every day.
The spread of disease serves to remind people that borders exist for a reason and might be useful after all. Coupled with the continuing migrant crisis, the virus will persuade the public to reconsider their open-borders inclinations.
The current state of affairs in the US, and in the West generally, is bringing me down. The last stanza of Paul Simon’s American Tune is especially poignant:
We come on the ship they call the Mayflower
We come on the ship that sailed the moon
We come in the age’s most uncertain hours
and sing an American tune
Oh, and it’s alright, it’s alright, it’s alright
You can’t be forever blessed
Still, tomorrow’s going to be another working day
And I’m trying to get some rest
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Bernie has won in Nevada. His nomination is looking likely. The future is becoming clear.
Here’s how it’s going to go. Bernie will have to be allowed to win the nomination even though the DNC is desperate to prevent it. He’ll be “persuaded” to pick Hillary as his running mate to balance the ticket. Bernie wins in November. A few weeks after the inauguration, Bernie has a major heart attack and resigns for health reasons. Either that or he dies mysteriously in the night, à la Epstein. Hillary is anointed the First Woman President.... [Read More]
For those who imagined that miscreants like Andrew McCabe and his ilk were going to be marched out of their homes in handcuffs, preferably during a pre-dawn raid, imagine harder. McCabe is free as a bird and Strzok’s erstwhile gf is celebrating with a tall one (and I don’t mean Strzok). Cheers, Lisa.