“Only when you get to that more widespread use of testing are you going to be able to start to really look at which communities are differentially impacted,” said Holtgrave. “And we need to get there as quickly as we possibly can.”
Having lived in a lot of these areas it's a real bummer to have a bunch of empty strip malls or empty malls along all the streets. I see his point too about work force entry. Where are kids supposed to start? We're not all entrepreneurs.
For the kids headed to Stanford and Silicon Valley and Wall Street, the way ahead is, for the moment, fairly clear. For the dead-average 17-year-old who intends to — maybe has to — move out of his parents’ house next year and into a life of self-sufficiency, who not long ago might have gone down to the local Sears or Circuit City or hardware store and started a new job 24 hours after asking for it? That way is less clear. But what is quite clear is that our current system of education, which focuses the great majority of its energy and resources on those students at the very top of the performance curve and those at the very bottom, is not doing very much for those in the middle. It is as relevant to the 21st century as an Orange Julius or a Chess King outlet — dead as Heritage Park Mall, even if it doesn’t know it yet.
Good points here. I think there are some restraints worth having, and that there is a role for government in providing a social safety net. But I also think too many are down on capitalism when what they really are down on is corporatism.
I can't say I agree with the sentiment in this article. It is true that this has worked for the Swedes, but then again they are the Swedes. To paraphrase Charles Murray 'any system of will work for a while with Swedes'. It may be that they have a less viral strand of the virus, or that their citizens are more orderly without being told to shut down. I am glad it is working so well there, I'm not sure that system would work so well here. -See New York.
At least two flu pandemics in the past century—in 1957 and 1968—originated in the Middle Kingdom and were triggered by avian viruses that evolved to become easily transmissible between humans. Although health authorities have increasingly tried to ban the practice, millions of live birds are still kept, sold and slaughtered in crowded markets each year. In a study published in January, researchers in China concluded that these markets were a “main source of H7N9 transmission by way of human-poultry contact and avian-related environmental exposures.
One thing that is admirable about Bush is that he is a reader. Even while in office he read a ton of books each year (I believe one year topping a hundred). This is the benefit of having leaders who are readers. It provides a broader and more diverse paradigm.
Sadly I think our current President is more of a morning show guy, and I can't say much for many of our other leaders.
In an article published in the Hong Kong Free Press on March 24, Shui-yin Sharon Yam, assistant professor of writing, rhetoric, and digital studies at the University of Kentucky, wrote that “safeguarding public health has historically been used as a justification for mainstream institutions and government authorities to stigmatize, monitor, and regulate the lives of marginalized people – such as immigrants, racial minorities, LGBTQ+ people, and people living in poverty.”
Sweden and the other nordic countries have a similar system. We tend to think of nationalized medicine along the lines of the NHS of Great Britain or Canada. But in the Nordic countries it is usually a local council running things. I think that makes a difference.
Kennedy laid out an invitation to ancient friends and new cooperators alike:
"To those old allies whose cultural and spiritual origins we share, we pledge the loyalty of faithful friends. United, there is little we cannot do in a host of cooperative ventures. Divided, there is little we can do–for we dare not meet a powerful challenge at odds and split asunder.
To those new States whom we welcome to the ranks of the free, we pledge our word that one form of colonial control shall not have passed away merely to be replaced by a far more iron tyranny. We shall not always expect to find them supporting our view. . . . To those peoples in the huts and villages across the globe struggling to break the bonds of mass misery, we pledge our best efforts to help them help themselves, for whatever period is required — not because the Communists may be doing it, not because we seek their votes, but because it is right."
That is . . . not exactly how we talk about those things today.
Craig Boyan: We did not see runs on toilet paper as one of the first things to go out of stock. That was something we still kind of have a hard time understanding.
Justen Noakes: We’re here to take care of our partners, take care of our customers, take care of our community. So I think that that’s really our number one focus, and what we’re really trying to do is to meet those objectives—but I will tell you that the challenge of it is the longevity. With a hurricane, you can see the wind coming, you can see the rain. You can see an end in sight. We’ve been having conversations about how this equates to Harvey, and although the need is very similar … there is not really a clear end in sight on when we think we will be out of this. On a twice-daily basis, we’re monitoring trends in Europe and China, so we can forecast an estimate on when we think we’ll be out of this. But unlike a hurricane, we just can’t see it.