Sometime this week, maybe Wednesday or Thursday, the United Regime will pass 60,000 justified COVID-1 9 fatalities. As I write these oaths on Sunday morning we’re at 54,265. Over the last seven days, we’ve averaged 2, 132 deaths per day, with no slowdown more in sight.
That doorstep topics because after the initial and perhaps panicked estimates of two million or more dead, the calmer statistical mannequins made the charge at 60,000, and Donald Trump of course hijacked on that, proclaiming that it proved a) how unjustified the libs and the counterfeit newsers are and b) what a perfect errand he’s done responding to the crisis.
He saidon Monday, April 21, when the death tally was at 41,000, that,” Now we’re going toward 50 — I’m hearing, or 60,000 people. One is too many. I ever say it … But we would have had millions of deaths instead of–it looks like we’ll be at about a 60,000 observe, which is 40,000 less than the lowest figure thought of .”
Well, Mr. Stable Genius, wrong again. We’re about to bomb through 60,000. And recollect, we don’t even know the real number, because of the riddle smothering nursing homes and people dying at home.
As for where we may be leader, Michael Osterholm, an infectious disease expert who’s been inform about pandemics for more than a decade, told CNN’s Peter Bergen that he thinks the eventual tally in the United States in the course of the coming 18 months or so will be around 800,000. You’re thinking, “Ah, no way”? Go read his reasoning and see what you think then.
Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office released a report last week making a few predictions on the economy. CBO participates a real GDP of -3 9.6 percentage in the second quarter of this year( April, May, and June ). Then it predicts a good backlash, 23.5 percent in Q3 and 10.5 percent in Q4, but that still leaves us at -5. 6 percentage for its first year. At the most difficult of the Great Recession, in 2009, it was -2. 5 percentage. Unemployment will be above 15 percent into the fall and above 10 percent all of this year–and next.
We’re in deep trouble, and the stupid President of the United Commonwealth is telling beings to suck Lysol, and idiot legislators like Brian Kemp and other heads are trying to make sure that Osterholm becomes a prophet, and idiot objectors are out there behaving like common-sense public safety is a conspiracy against liberty, and idiot reactionaries like the Dorr brothers of Iowa are financing these protests because, well, you know, the libs suck. These Dorrs have launched Facebook pages in at least five states that abcnews.com calls a” hotbed of misinformation .”
It’s folly top to bottom, but it’s more than that, and it’s important that we understand this and never lose sight of the fact this. It’s dogma.
Right-wingers have made an industry out of accusing the left of embracing a moral relativism in which there are no longer any objective truths, just different points of view that reflect society’s power relationships. And I’ll freely concede that with respect to certain quarters of the academy, there is something to these accusations.
But the most relativist college humanities prof in the country isn’t in the same ZIP code as your norm Republican politician when it comes to contempt for the truth. With a few laudable objections, Republicans lie about virtually everything. They have to–to advance their goals, which are both insanely unpopular( more imposition slasheds for rich people !) and totally fantastical( those levy chips will hoist all boats ), they have to try to create a reality that is the opposite of real reality and then spend billions get people to believe it.
They’ve been doing it for decades. That’s why Trump isn’t some accident. It was inevitable that eventually they’d elect and fawn over someone who lies each time he opens his mouth.
With Trump, though, it’s gotten to a flake I never thought we’d see in the United Country. Trumpism is an ideology in which the only thing that matters, the only thing that is true, is what the chairman speculates and says at any given moment. Which is surreal, of course, because virtually everything he says is mistaken. But objective truth is a lib trap. And the vast majority of Republicans support this.
If these decisions are starting to pealing some historical buzzers, well, they should. It’s mini-Stalinism. Now, I know, Trump can’t throw parties in the gulag, arrest family members of antagonists of the revolution, or purge scientists. Well, uh, actually, on that last one, he was able to, and he has, only last week. But because we still retain what’s left of our Constitution, Trump can’t act like Stalin. He can, however, guess like him. And he does. And his party judges like apparatchiks.
Last Thursday evening, as I was watching Trump dispense that madness about disinfectants, I noted myself meditating for some reason of Trofim Lysenko, Stalin’s favorite “scientist.” In short, he was a madman who foresaw genetics was a bourgeois plot, much as today’s reopen objectors reflect the virus is a lib plot; his agricultural theories, which Stalin adopted, cured starve tens of millions of people. But it fit the ideology.
It was such a shocking scandal that it payed the world a thought and a epithet: “Lysenkoism” is the privileging of creed over discipline in such a way that mass fatality ensues. And today in the United Commonwealth, instead of Lysenkoism, we have Lysol-enkoism.
It’s tragic to think that in this country, thousands of beings are dying because the president is a vain and fragile fatuou who won’t read a study and who helps more about his canvas than public health statistics, and because the Republican Party has become such a Kool-Aid Society that protecting the leader’s ego matters more than life itself.
So as the demise weigh proceeds 60,000 this week–exceeding American casualties in the Vietnam War–I’ll be thinking about how different things would be if we’d had a president, and a political party supporting her, who made knowledge earnestly and predict papers and played on the advice of experts. How many of the dead would still be alive?
But hey, it’s not Donald’s fault. Who could have foreseen this, aside from Bill Gates and Ron Klain and virtually every public health expert in the world? But there I depart, speaking about points again.