India’s Covid Catastrophe

This horrifying second wave is a catastrophe not only for India but for the world. Allowing the virus to circulate unchecked increases the risk that dangerous new strains will emerge. One worrying variant first detected in India, called “the double mutant”, has already been found in several other countries, including America and Britain. Even as scientists labour to understand how big a threat it poses, more variants are appearing.

The Economist, Leaders, 24 April 2021

The Border

Whenever there is talk about “the border”, it is always the southern border, never the one we share with Canada.

The Economist’s take:

  • In the short term, Mr. Biden cannot change the dire circumstances that are propelling Central Americans, Mexicans and others from trying to set foot on American soil, but he can easily alter the signals he sends. His administration has at times sounded like a shy host who is too polite to kick out hungry gate-crashers. “We are not saying ‘Don’t come.’ We are saying ‘Don’t come now,’ was the excessively mild recent message to potential migrants from the secretary of homeland security, Alejandro Mayorkas. On March 16th, Mr. Biden sought to dispel any ambiguity: “I can say quite clearly: don’t come over,” he told ABC News. He needs to do more to impose clarity and control. — 20 March 2021

After Parkland

WILL WE EVER LEARN?

March for Our Lives, March 2108: Courthouse Square, Redwood City, California:

This generation of kids has been through the wringer. How many of them, self wonders, had to start college on zoom?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day: The Economist, 20 Feb. 2021

The fact that only seven of them mustered the courage to join the entire Democratic caucus in voting against Mr. Trump suggests that the impeachment power is now in effect defunct.

— from “Marred but at largio: Donald Trump lives to fight and incite another day,” p. 22, The Economist (20 February 2021)

Headline of the Day: Wall Street Journal

p. B4, Thursday, 28 January 2021

SAMSUNG PROFIT GETS LIFT FROM PANDEMIC

Challenges include imprisonment of leader . . .

Beyond the pandemic, the company is contending with its de facto leader Lee Jae-yong back behind bars.

“Imprisonment of leader” is really a big challenge. I mean, it’s probably the biggest.

In smaller type on the same page:

FACEBOOK REVENUE HITS RECORD.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

1st Full Week Under 46

How’s it been going?

Excellent!

Joe signed ever so many Executive Orders. The White House dogs have their own official Twitter account. Jill Biden posed with her dogs in a gorgeous white dress with pinafore sleeves. Janet Yellen was confirmed as Secretary of the Treasury. A guy named A. Blinken is US Secretary of State. 45 GOP Senators are cowards. Despite last night’s storm, self’s garbage cans were all present and accounted for. And she is still finding her current read, High as the Waters Rise, by first-time novelist Anja Kampmann, engrossing.

The MC’s finally managed to get off that blasted oil rig in the middle of the Atlantic, but he’s suffering from full-on melancholy because he had an unorthodox relationship — friends with benefits? — with a co-worker who got swept off the rig in a storm.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day: NO RULES RULES, p. 136

Wow, TV is just killing self, right now. She’s on CNN (standard stuff) and Twitter (Trump’s Diet Coke ordering button! That’s almost — sweet! It is better that the red button ordered Diet Coke, it could have been ordering a nuclear strike!)

In the meantime, she is still reading No Rules Rules: Netflix and the Culture of Reinvention.

p. 136: Our big threat in the long run is not making a mistake, it’s lack of innovation.

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day: TO START A WAR

The first plane, the one that plowed into floors 93 through 99 of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, was an astonishing spectacle.

To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq, by Robert Draper, Chapter One, p. 4

Self was up, watching CNN before getting son his breakfast and taking him to school. She saw the first plane, and her jaw dropped. She saw the second plane, and she woke up the rest of her family and told them, “Something’s happening.”

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

It Was Close: Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, 13 January 2021

With rioters ransacking the Capitol, Rep. Jim Himes hunkered in the visitors’ gallery overlooking the House chamber. He watched colleagues below rush to exit the floor, heard the reverberation of a single shot from somewhere close and waited his turn to evacuate.

A trio of Capitol police officers with guns drawn then led Mr. Himes and about two dozen colleagues — the last lawmakers in the chamber — across the long gallery, maneuvering through narrow rows of seats and over brass handrails. The officers were agitated and shouting at one another, he said, because they didn’t know which of the doors leading to the hallway to pick.

“They had no idea which door didn’t have a mob behind it,” he said.

— written by Ted Mann, Dustin Volz, Lindsay Wise and Chad Day, Wall Street Journal, Wednesday, 13 January 2021, p. A4

Despite this, 197 GOP House members voted against impeachment. Unbelievable.

So sick of the WordPress Block System, what a huge waste of time, not everyone wants to fiddle with layout, some people just want to type. Self had to write this entire post twice because those damn blocks kept floating to places on her screen where she didn’t want them to be, and dealing with blocks so unstable is worse than — trying to walk on the surface of the moon?

Stay safe, dear blog readers. Stay safe.

Sentence of the Day, 2nd Wednesday of 2021

Silicon Valley’s moves to eject President Trump from social media represent a display of power the companies have avoided making for nearly four years.

— “Big Tech Firms Flex Muscle With Bans” by Sarah E. Needleman and Georgia Wells, Wall Street Journal, 11 January 2021

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