Coronavirus – March 20th, 2020

Ten items in total…

I have tried to select items illustrating a number of aspects of this situation.

“Covid-19 is the new 9/11, the new ‘Transformative Event,’ the new watershed event in American history. It could involve loss of life and property unprecedented in peacetime and undermine America’s fundamental sense of security…Like Pearl Harbor, this event would divide our past and future into a before and an after.” – Kevin Barrett, “9/11 truth, coronavirus truth: Zionist hysteria, MSM lockdown” – Unz Review, March 18th, 2020. (You can read this highly informative article here.)

“Due to the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, the family of the late (xxx) have postponed the funeral arrangements…” – From a recent obituary.

“It is with very heavy hearts that our family has made the difficult decision to hold a private funeral with our immediate family, to honor of our dear mother… This decision was made due to the evolving status of COVID-19.” – From a recent obituary.

“But this is Canada. On the vast majority of issues, Liberals and Conservatives disagree only on the margins. Bold new ideas are very rare birds. Nowadays the Liberals are more than anything else a tribe for people who hate Stephen Harper, and the Conservatives are more than anything else a tribe for people who hate Justin Trudeau.” – Chris Selley, “Put the Conservative leadership race out of its misery before coronavirus does” – National Post, March 18th, 2020.

“In a separate story, The Daily Beast’s Barbie Latza Nadeau tells us what it’s like to live, and die, in locked-down Rome. Yesterday, Jamie Ross wrote about the phenomenally dangerous gamble of the Brexit British government, which has been encouraging the spread of the virus on the quasi-scientific hunch that such a policy will build up ‘herd immunity,’ even as it kills off the old and infirm.” – Florian Elabdi, Itxu Díaz, and Christopher Dickey, “The coronavirus crisis tears Europe apart at the seams” – The Daily Beast, March 16th, 2020.

“The United States’ top infectious disease expert says he would favor a national lockdown to stop further spread of the coronavirus – the same kind of drastic step some hard-hit countries have taken… Chief of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, told CNN Sunday he would like to see a ‘dramatic diminution of the personal interaction that we see’ in such places as restaurants and bars, encouraging people to stay home.” – VOA News, “Top US disease expert backs nationwide lockdown” – March 15th, 2020.

“With the Covid-19 illness, the fact America has been turned into a skeleton has been laid bare. In order for hospitals to have key supplies, they are coming from stockpiles on military bases, and even then it will not be enough. Because we have no domestic manufacturing capacity for these items. Domestic manufacture is limited to only the most expensive and specialized of items. Anything that doesn’t net windfall profits is made on the other side of an ocean.” – John Young, “Globalism is the disease” – Western Voices World News, March 19th, 2020.

“Think of this, too: even as the global supply chain for goods from China and elsewhere inevitably is going to be disrupted due to the decrease in commerce, production, and travel worldwide, U.S. businesses may find opportunity. We, like other economically advanced societies, have allowed too much of our manufacturing, especially in areas like medical supplies and pharmaceuticals, to be outsourced to places like China. It is time to bring that manufacturing back home again. Once again, the Trump administration’s quick steps to partner government agencies with private industry will help enable exactly that outcome.” – Clare M. Lopez, “Deep breath, everyone” – Loomered, March 15th, 2020.

“It (coronavirus) is wreaking havoc on an already brittle and unequal European economy while highlighting the downsides to globalization, like the accelerated transmission of disease. This will further embolden nationalist parties, especially as leaders grasp for national, rather than European, solutions… The coronavirus may also accelerate a shift in the global political economy. In decades past, the U.S. acted as the importer of last resort, absorbing huge European surpluses. Over time, this has created a European dependency on exports to America. Now, Europe is equally addicted to China. If the coronavirus substantially slows global markets or leads to a Sino-American standoff, the export economies of Europe (especially, Germany) will be hit hard.” – Peter Rough, “The coronavirus and Europe” – Hudson Institute, March 16th, 2020.

“Quite simply, putting American lives first while shrugging off political correctness saved many lives, the number of which we will never truly know… Even the ridiculous controversy over the name of the illness is an ode to political correctness. It is important to identify this illness with its Chinese origins for the already clear reason that it makes it that much harder for Chinese, Russian, and Iranian propaganda blaming the United States to take hold… When justifying endless funding for nonsense programs, liberals are quick to claim that if their favored program saves just a single life, it justifies the cost. But political correctness killing thousands, or even millions? That’s just fine… This is one of many examples where political correctness produces a lethal outcome.” – Fletch Daniels, “Wuhan flu reminder: Political correctness kills” – American Thinker, March 17th, 2020.