For more than 150 years, first Negroes, then Blacks, then African Americans have been told the same thing: just wait, it will get better. The Massachusetts 54th, the first African American regiment, fought not just to end slavery, but also for the promise of a better life. Freed slaves were promised "40 acres and a … Continue reading I Will Not Turn the Other Cheek
I've been to protests where that was the chant: "The whole world is watching". But this time? That's not right. The whole world is joining. Paris. London. Cape Town. Hong Kong. Kolkata. Jerusalem. Berlin. Athens. Last night, in Bristol England, protestors tore down a statue of a slave trader and threw it in the river. … Continue reading The Whole World is Watching?
I posted the words below as an update on Facebook. As a preface, if I believed that any of you would be offended, well, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be a subscriber! I live in Melrose, MA. Friday I stood out with a sign that said "I Can't Breathe #BLM". Today I held "Racism is … Continue reading An Update re: David
Today I listened to the President explain that all was good with the "reopening", that, of course, he was right. His evidence? That the number of reported new cases of COVID-19 is trending down. Except.... Economists look at statistics in one of three ways, leading, coincident, or trailing. Leading statistics tell us what is going … Continue reading Let the Gaslighting Begin
"May you live in interesting times" - Attributed as a Chinese Proverb Some also see it as a curse. Earlier today I was thinking that I'm looking forward to a day, hopefully in the near future, where the lead headlines in the newspapers and on news programs are not about COVID19. Then I realized that … Continue reading A Proverb? A Curse?
The link below is to the best overview of COVID19 that I've seen. It covers what it is, how it spreads, why soap works, how testing is done, and why social distancing matters so much. It's from the Yale School of Medicine. Watching it may be the most important 8 minutes you'll spend today. Thank … Continue reading COVID19: Real Facts
That is the enduring question in this time of the COVID19 pandemic. When will this end? As I've said in prior writings, I am not an epidemiologist, I am only someone who follows the data and extrapolates from the facts. As Dr. Fauci has replied, and I agree, the answer is "it depends". The part … Continue reading When Will This End?
Some conservative commentators have offered that we should do nothing about COVID19 because, after all, people die every year in automobile accidents (or from cancer or otherwise, the list goes on). So what's the big deal? People die. Dr. Fauci dismissed this as a "false equivalency". He's right. There is no comparison between the two … Continue reading False Equivalencies
To be clear, I'm not an epidemiologist. What I am is someone who can see patterns in data, who can analyze structures and relationships. And what I see is to beat COVID19, the two things that matter most, are early detection and aggressive treatment. Nancy Pelosi said the following: "His denial at the beginning was … Continue reading Early Detection and Aggressive Treatment
I just heard this on the BBC: There is a crack, a crack in everything. That's how the light gets in. - Leonard Cohen #restoredignity