Wednesday, May 06, 2020

Corona killers: Transit, bureaucrats, censorship.

USA Today accidentally printed the truth again.

Coronavirus lessons on density, mass transit, bureaucracy and censorship: They kill.

But there are some things that are becoming reasonably clear. Following are a few coronavirus lessons, useful now and in preparing for future events.

►Density kills. The coronavirus has been much more deadly in places like New York City or Boston than in rural settings.

►Mass Transit kills. Kotkin mentions mass transit, and an MIT study found that NYC subways were a "major disseminator" of the coronavirus in New York.

Those two are pretty obvious. More people equals more and faster infections. Jamming people together in un-washed train cars equals perfect petri dish for any disease.

This next one though, this is the thing I've been screaming about for probably 30 years now.

►Bureaucracy kills. Much of the fight against the coronavirus has also involved a fight against bureaucrats dead set on making things worse. Early on, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention declared COVID-19 a public health emergency, which raised the bar for testing requirements. As a result, hospitals and universities faced significant barriers to getting alternative tests approved by the Food and Drug Administration. Worse yet, the CDC tests turned out to be defective. As James R. Copland writes, this wasn't political interference, but the work of professional bureaucrats"The botched regulatory response in the United States owed little to the choices of political actors. The individuals running the FDA and CDC are experts in their field, not hacks." Even distilleries that wanted to switch to making hand sanitizer, to alleviate deadly shortages in health care facilities and other institutions, were slowed by the FDA. Fixing things has required a lot of regulations to be overturned or suspended; hopefully we'll think long and hard before reinstating them after the crisis is over.

Yes. Finally. And irony of all ironies, it is printed in USA Today, the paper of Big Government Socialism.

►Censorship kills. The Chinese government censored reports of the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, punished doctors who talked about it and lied to the world for weeks — while allowing flights from the infected area to carry people from Wuhan all over the world.

That's the final missing piece I see nobody talking about. This is all down to the government and bureaucrats of Communist China covering their asses and saving face at the expense of letting a PLAGUE loose on the rest of the world.

So what are social media and TV/radio/newspapers filled with? Demands for more censorship.

Because the ruling class believes, with all their hearts, that people are stupid. They have to be controlled. They will lie to you and kill you to keep you under control. They're doing it right now. We can see them doing it.


Joe in PNG said...

Well, it is the column of noted Puppy Blender Glenn Reynolds, so...

OvergrownHobbit said...

I'll try to share this with Six His Central. Believe orbit not, they're not all wanna be tin pot dictators, they just worship an evil god.

OvergrownHobbit said...

Soc Jus Central.

Believe it or not.

Why do touch screens do this, and why is it so hard to spot and edit in com-boxes?

It is an exercise in humility for insufferable grammar know-it-alls

OvergrownHobbit said...

By the way, googling you is a list cause.

The only reason I can find you is my WP follow function.

OvergrownHobbit said...


I rest my case.

The Phantom said...

Greetings dewds. ~:D

The spectacle of Glen Reynolds having this column in USA Today was so beautiful I had to share. Mr. Reynolds is clearly on my wavelength, I just nod and agree with most of his stuff.

Hobbit, SocJusCentral (aka vile666) already posted this (probably poached it from here) and none of the vile SJWs had any comment about a teenaged girl getting tackled and handcuffed over an -obvious- plastic toy. In the video you can -hear- that it is plastic when it hits the ground. You can see it bounce. There's no excuse.

If you want to google this blog you have to search The Phantom Soapbox. I might be shadowbanned in the pop-up suggestions, I am a bit unrestrained in my opinions some times.