4 thoughts on “America leads the world

  1. Update says:

    The U.S. has the largest coronavirus outbreak in the world by far. There are almost 86,000 deaths and 1.4 million confirmed cases, according to the Johns Hopkins University data dashboard. https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued long-awaited guidance on how businesses, schools and other establishments should go about reopening safely to prevent the spread of the coronavirus as states lift stay-at-home orders.
    The six one-page documents, though, are much shorter and less detailed than others that the CDC developed and Trump administration tried to conceal, media reports say. https://www.aol.com/article/news/2020/05/14/officials-release-edited-coronavirus-reopening-guidance/24306722/
    In an editorial addressing our “inconsistent and incoherent national response to the COVID-19 crisis” and ‘the strained relationship between the CDC and the federal government’, The British medical journal The Lancet calls for a president to take office in 2021 who “will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.” https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)31140-5/fulltext

  2. CHRIZZART says:

    During remarks on Thursday at the Owens & Minor distribution center in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Trump tried to downplay the severity of the US’s coronavirus outbreak by arguing the country wouldn’t be leading the world in cases if it weren’t for the fact that so much testing is being done here — as if coronavirus cases simply wouldn’t exist if we didn’t test to find them.
    “Don’t forget, we have more cases than anybody in the world. But why? Because we do more testing,” Trump said. “When you test, you have a case. When you test, you find something is wrong with people. If we didn’t do any testing, we would have very few cases. They [the media] don’t want to write that.” https://www.vox.com/2020/5/15/21259888/trump-coronavirus-testing-very-few-cases

    “… sometimes even in the habitual course of life, the reality of this world disappears all at once, and we feel ourselves in the middle of its interests as we should at a ball, where we did not hear the music; the dancing that we saw there would appear insane.”
    Germaine de Staël (“On the Moravian Mode of Worship”, The Universal Magazine, April 1814) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Germaine_de_Sta%C3%ABl

    • IGNORANCE IS STRENGTH says:

      In a famous scene in George Orwell’s 1984, Inner Party member O’Brien questions protagonist Winston Smith http://www.george-orwell.org/1984/18.html

      “O’Brien held up his left hand, its back towards Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended.
      “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?’
      “Four.”
      “And if the Party says that it is not four but five – then how many?”
      “Four.”
      The word ended in a gasp of pain. The needle of the dial had shot up to fifty-five. The sweat had sprung out all over Winston’s body. The air tore into his lungs and issued again in deep groans which even by clenching his teeth he could not stop. O’Brien watched him, the four fingers still extended. He drew back the lever.

      …’You are a slow learner, Winston,’ said O’Brien gently.
      ‘How can I help it?’ he blubbered. ‘How can I help seeing what is in front of my eyes? Two and two are four.’
      ‘Sometimes, Winston. Sometimes they are five. Sometimes they are three. Sometimes they are all of them at once. You must try harder. It is not easy to become sane.’ ”

      “1984” (1:15) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cAKtpCo8fPE

      • eideard says:

        Sometimes, what you hear also helps. Watching first match of proper football returning, right now – continuation of the current Bundesliga season – Dortmund v. Schalke ’04. Playing with no supporters in the stadium; but, the PA system is blaring crowd noise, even varying amplitude depending on attack, exciting play.

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