I don’t need a lesson on how much so-called Reality TV sucks! We have a stunning example hiding in the basement of the White House. What we need – somehow – is to get through to the fools who believe we’re dealing with some tidy menu of “pick an item from column A” and “pick another from column B” and you’ll get dessert thrown in for free at the end of the meal.
What we’re facing is what appears to be an inevitable Second Wave of infection which will likely increase to 3000 new cases of COVID-19 per day by August and an undiminished death rate ready to march into Trump’s graveyard subdivision.
President Donald Trump and many governors are heralding a reopening of the American economy — even though a majority of states ending their coronavirus shutdowns this week have not met the White House’s most basic thresholds for testing, tracing and a prolonged drop in new cases…
“There’s this mindset that it’s like running a show and you’ve got to keep people tuned in, you’ve got to keep them interested and at some point you’ve got to move on and move on quickly,” said a former senior official at the Health and Human Services Department. “Viewers will get tired of another season of coronavirus.”…
Dr. Michael Mina, an epidemiologist at Harvard’s School of Public Health, warned of repeating an earlier cycle of the outbreak by opening up too quickly while the disease continues spreading through thousands of transmission chains. “As each of those communities begin to open up, we won’t have sufficient herd immunity for anything different to happen from what we saw in January or February,“ Mina said.
“What that means is as things open up, any one of those transmission chains or thousands of them could potentially ignite new outbreaks,” Mina said. “That’s how a second wave can potentially be more disruptive, more damaging and larger than the initial phase of the epidemic.”
Medical professionals, women and men whose life’s career is dedicated to building a healthy American nation confront shitheel politicians like Trump on a daily basis. Not all of their efforts ever make it into the eyes of the American public. And not all of that public is bright enough to differentiate between knowledge and science on one hand – and glad-handing phonies, political hustlers, on the other.
I admit that I’m continuing to defend my family’s life against the premise that STUPID will continue to rule this nation until at least the next Inauguration Day. Sadly, perhaps longer.
The 2001 downturn turned telecom and cable giants into the Internet’s gatekeepers. Microsoft emerged victorious with its Internet Explorer. During the 2008 financial crisis, when cash was king, the big banks — JP Morgan Chase, for example — became more prominent and more pervasive. In a similar fashion, the present pandemic is making big tech bigger. And it is not just that their coffers are overflowing. They suddenly have a much larger and more receptive audience…
Over the past few months, we have experienced the mainstreaming of technology-enabled behavior previously thought of as being on the fringe. Shopping for groceries online and having them delivered, for example, was something of coastal luxury. Now, it has been experienced and used by millions across the country. Instacart has boasted of hiring another 250,000 shoppers. Amazon is hiring an additional 175,000 delivery people. Food-on-demand services are going through a boom like none other — Doordash saw its revenues jump over 20% in March. Uber Eats is saving Uber’s bacon. There is no reason to expect these new behaviors to change.
In a conversation this week, Wired editor Nicholas Thompson marveled at the growth in telemedicine and online education, two technologies (for lack of a better term) that have been around for so long that we often overlook them. Khan Academy has seen 20 times as many registrations. The Silicon Valley investors who viewed remote work and the distributed company as a net negative, and penalized companies that didn’t have a physical presence in their backyard, are now “work from home” gurus…
Together with data, cloud, and automation — companies are going to be looking at a more resilient future, one that sits on top of a network. It is not as if they had a choice. COVID-19 has exposed one harsh truth: digital channels are more flexible and faster to adapt to change than physical channels. And now, the world is almost entirely running on the network. This affirms my long-held beliefs. It is a testament to the inevitability of the Internet, which I wrote about in 2008 — and again in 2013.
And as the thoughtful and farsighted Om Malik said at the end of this article, “Now, the inevitable has happened.”