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Japan has been weathering the storm fairly well, but the rest of the world …

One question is whether the rest of the Olympic schedule stays the same: e.g., Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028. Or does it become Paris 2025, Los Angeles 2029? (When the every-two-years Ryder Cup international golf tournament scheduled for September 2001 was postponed for a year, it permanently altered the schedule.)

What about the 2022 Winter Olympics, which are offset by 2 years from the Summer Olympics? Especially because people are going to be gun-shy about winter sports for awhile …

Both the International Olympic Committee and Japan were extremely averse to postponing the Summer Olympics, which were scheduled to begin on July 24, 2020. Postponing for a year will be a huge snarl of twine to disentangle who pays for what, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

 
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  1. Enochian says:

    Is any country in the world doing random sampling of the population to find out how many are really infected? It seems like such a no-brainer, yet everywhere I look the tests are restricted. To fight this thing with population level actions like lockdowns, we need population level data.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @Anon
    , @danand
  2. Japan, along with Hong Kong, has been hit harder by the second wave than it was by the first wave.

    They are terrified of a third wave. Having the Olympics could easily bring in a huge third wave.

  3. BenKenobi says:

    Set in a dystopian 2020, Corona tells the story of Shōtarō Kaneda, a leader of a biker gang whose childhood friend, Tetsuo Shima, acquires incredible telekinetic abilities after a ski trip, eventually threatening an entire military complex amidst chaos and rebellion in the sprawling futuristic metropolis of Neo-Tokyo.”

  4. @Enochian

    Iceland is heading for random sampling.

    • Replies: @Mr McKenna
    , @Enochian
  5. This is good for Matt Boling.

  6. Daniel H says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    Maybe it’s the photo lens, but that kid does not look well. Apparently she is one of these vegans? This vegan nonsense is not healthy for youngsters.

  7. Anon[300] • Disclaimer says:

    There were two waves. You did not see the gap between them, because t was hidden behind the well-developed US president. It was there, right next to Fauci.

  8. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:

    I was kind of looking forward to the confrontation of women v. transwomen athletes in Olympic sports…not that I wish either group ill, but I did think the spectacle of a muscular, balding man with boobs beating all the lady weightlifters might finally force a return to sanity.

    Well, there is always 2024.

    • Agree: Dan Hayes
  9. @Steve Sailer

    How do they establish and enforce a truly random sample, or anything close even?

    I’ve noticed a lot of hot air in the MSM about ‘terrifying’ increases in the number of ‘cases’ in places like Germany and the USA, when it seems obvious that such figures are bound to be artifacts of testing. Likewise even with the ‘death rates’ when ‘cases’ are the denominator.

    So it would seem that the raw number of deaths would be the likeliest metric to have meaning, but even then: should it be expressed as a function of overall population, or some other figure?

    Of course, someone will look at that chart and insist that it proves lockdowns cause astronomical increases in deaths.

    • Replies: @Sean
  10. Example of a ‘nonsense’ graph. Cases! To state the obvious (sometimes it’s required) America is a much larger country with (finally) much more testing.

  11. Lot says:
    @Daniel H

    She has fetal alcohol syndrome face.

    • LOL: Mr McKenna
    • Troll: Corvinus
  12. Corvinus says:

    Hey, everyone, don’t worry about the Olympics being canceled. With Trump announcing that he plans to open up the U.S. in three weeks over the objections of the CDC and other top medical professionals, do not be surprised that he tries to make a deal with having the Games here in August/September. After all, he knows what is best for the financial health of our nation. Just think of the tremendous spike in deaths, I mean, in our economy.

    No doubt that Trump drew inspiration from Texas Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, who is the mouthpiece of Baby Boomers (that wretched generation).

    “No one reached out to me and said, ‘As a senior citizen, are you willing to take a chance on your survival in exchange for keeping the America that all America loves for your children and grandchildren?’ And if that is the exchange, I’m all in,” Patrick told Fox News. He added, “My messages is that let’s get back to work, let’s get back to living. Let’s be smart about it and those of us who are 70+, we’ll take care of ourselves. But don’t sacrifice the country.”

    #DieForTheDow

  13. Enochian says:
    @Steve Sailer

    Failures in testing, safety gear and preparation on this are so widespread in the western world that a conspiracy theorist would claim there must be a conspiracy to sabotage our response. But surely there must be some boring explanation, like health departments across the world all following the same dumb ‘best practices’ or bureaucracy all making them fail in the same direction or something.

  14. @anonymous

    I did think the spectacle of a muscular, balding man with boobs beating all the lady weightlifters might finally force a return to sanity.

    A return to sanity is unlikely as long as the Good Doggie type White guys keep supporting Fashionable Opinion.

    Oh they grumble in private but like most Really Smart types, they submit. And quietly accept their White sons’ future being destroyed.

  15. @anonymous

    Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women. Transwomen are women.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  16. @Corvinus

    Enough deaths in NYC might put the Empire State in play for Trump. The blues love of high population density …

  17. Alfa158 says:
    @Lot

    Might be marginal case of Down’s? Some people with Down’s Syndrome can be relatively high functioning.

    • Replies: @Enochian
  18. @JohnnyWalker123

    Very strategic move for Greta, very on brand.

  19. Enochian says:
    @Alfa158

    How do you get ‘marginal’ down syndrome? It’s caused by an extra chromosome. You either have it or you don’t.

  20. @Lot

    Greta’s parents knew Coronavirus was bad when someone looked at the huge mural of Greta in San Francisco and said, “who’s that?”

  21. Dano says:

    Steve, You have no bigger fan than me, but I find it a bit odd that you are not leaning more toward the Julie Kelly/Mollie Hemingway view than the Established Media view. They are all pathological liars in the clinical sense. Even Tucker Carlson, whom I also admire, went off the deep end into the PANIC!! NOW!! PANIC TRUMP! PANIC!! World. Not good. I rely on you daily for sound analysis and humor, and I went to high school with Ronald Mann, so there’s that…Really, I hope and wish you will devote some energy into HAMMERING these people when this is all over.

  22. anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @Corvinus

    Tiny Crow
    do not be surprised that he tries to make a deal with having the Games here in August/September.

    Lol @ retardation.

    #DieForTheDow

  23. newrouter says:
    @Corvinus

    >to open up the U.S. in three weeks over the objections of the CDC <

    The CDC that screwed up the chinky flu test?

  24. @Corvinus

    Trump’s point, and it’s a good one, is that there are tradeoffs in play. You lock down society and keep people sheltered in place and their finances go to shit. They argue more with their spouses because money’s tight and they’re together 24 hours a day. Depression, domestic violence and suicides go up. Someone in a year or two will look back at this time and run all of the numbers about family breakdown and I bet the data will prove Trump right. You and that dumb hashtag…sheesh.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  25. @Lot

    Being called a troll by Corvinus is like being called ugly by Jimmy Carter.

    • Replies: @res
  26. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    Interesting development. Milwaukee says the majority of it Covid-19 cases are middle-aged black men.

    https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/03/24/milwaukee-coronavirus-cases-majority-middle-aged-african-american-men/2904634001/

    “The men who died had underlying conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, diabetes, hypertension (high blood pressure) or heart problems.”

    Blacks get hypertension and diabetes at higher rates than whites.

  27. Sean says:
    @Mr McKenna

    I’ve noticed a lot of hot air in the MSM about ‘terrifying’ increases in the number of ‘cases’ in places like Germany and the USA, when it seems obvious that such figures are bound to be artifacts of testing

    I once heard a interviewer ask a random older German in the street how much he owed on his credit card. He replied ‘ I do not owe any money on my credit card because I do not have a credit card’ . Live now, pay later is not the German way. And when their natural caution is activated by experience and a staid culture …

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-03-24/coronavirus-less-deadly-in-germany-because-of-youthful-patients

    Just 2.7% of confirmed infections in Germany are in people over the age of 80, the Koch Institute said on Monday. That compares with 18% of cases in Italy.

    Old Germans (remember what they saw in their childhood) were by experience, culture and instinct very chary of a dread risk. Old Italians were living life to the full. Many more Italians live in multigenerational households complete with grandparents or live close enough to visit regularly. It must say something that there has been a big jump in gun ownership in the US since the epidemic started.

    • Replies: @Charon
    , @Anon87
  28. JimDandy says:

    Thomas Friedman’s NTY column is getting a lot of attention:

    “A surgical-vertical approach would focus on protecting and sequestering those among us most likely to be killed or suffer long-term damage by exposure to coronavirus infection — that is, the elderly, people with chronic diseases and the immunologically compromised — while basically treating the rest of society the way we have always dealt with familiar threats like the flu. That means we would tell them to be respectful of others when coughing or sneezing, wash their hands regularly and if they feel sick to stay home and get over it — or to seek medical attention if they are not recuperating as expected.”

    What a great idea. Why didn’t any of us think of that?

  29. The last presidential election without an Olympics preceding it was 1944, right? If you go by US participation, 1980.

    Here’s something praiseworthy about Joe Biden, albeit almost 30 years old:

    Joe Biden “voted against the first Gulf War. He opposed the surge. He wanted to partition Iraq.”

    Anyone else vote against the “first” Gulf War and for the “second”? That’s weird.

  30. @JohnnyWalker123

    Please folks, no more pictures of this bug.

  31. This is a no-brainer.

    If you’ve got your situation under control–and Japan will eventually, because they are Japanese–why the hell would you want a bunch of foreigners tramping through your nation?

    There’s no point in having the Olympics until there’s a decent vaccine.

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  32. @anonymous

    I was kind of looking forward to the confrontation of women v. transwomen athletes in Olympic sports…not that I wish either group ill, but I did think the spectacle of a muscular, balding man with boobs beating all the lady weightlifters might finally force a return to sanity.

    You’d think. But it doesn’t seem to work that way.

    Young white women are so pozzed by the minoritarian mind virus, that they seem unwilling to stand up to even this utter nonsense. Even the athletes having opportunity stolen from them. Their parents–especially their dads–may be pissed. But their mentality seems to be “refugees welcome”.

    Minoritarianism is worse than cancer. It’s a nasty highly infectious viral plague.

    • Agree: HammerJack
  33. Mr. Anon says:

    OT: Governments around the country are issuing “Safer at Home” orders:

    https://www.wisn.com/article/coronavirus-wisconsins-safer-at-home-order-in-effect-for-next-30-days/31907169#

    This seems to be our new national motto: Safer at Home

    When all this is over, and after the American people have become familiar with the idea, why can’t the nation adopt it more generally?

    We are safer at home. Not in Syria.

    We are safer at home. Not in Afghanistan.

    We are safer at home. Not in Iraq.

    We are safer at home. Etc., etc., etc.

    • Agree: Enochian
    • Replies: @Enochian
    , @Joe Stalin
  34. Charon says:
    @Sean

    Very good points. And I saw someone (maybe here) saying isn’t it ironic that the two major Axis powers are managing this better than just about any place.

    It’s no secret that the quality of life has been superior in those two countries for decades. And one of them has even had the sense to avoid being swamped with third world migrants.

  35. Mr. Anon says:
    @Daniel H

    There are increasing numbers of news stories about young people without the risk-factor of pre-existing medical conditions contracting the virus and getting hit hard by it. I wonder how many of those are vegans?

  36. Mr. Anon says:
    @AnotherDad

    There’s no point in having the Olympics until there’s a decent vaccine.

    There’s no point in having the Olympics, period. It’s a hassle for the people who actually live there.

  37. @JohnnyWalker123

    Greta Thunberg says it’s ‘extremely likely’ she has coronavirus

    Attention whore.

  38. Anon87 says:
    @Sean

    Strange too since Northern Italy is more Germanic/Swiss than your mental image of southern Italian stereo-typahs.

  39. @Paleo Liberal

    A big majority of the cases in Hong Kong’s ‘second wave’ are people (including many many students) coming back to HK from overseas already infected with the virus. There’s a second, smaller cluster of people who’ve caught it in an expat-friendly bar-n-party zone called Lan Kwai Fong.

    As you can imagine, this is fueling a bit of resentment here against people wealthy enough to send their kids overseas to university, and against expats, some of whom have been flouting the masking and social distancing conventions the vast majority of the local population have been following.

    I was on the MTR the other day, and was on a reasonably-full car. Everybody, including me, was masked and trying to spread out and minimize contact. Then at one stop an expat woman and her two small kids got on: no masks, and the kids were running around the car, swinging from the handrails, etc. They seemed oblivious to the Looks O’ Doom they were getting from the other passengers.

    Most expats here are reasonably willing to fit in with the local mores at a time like this, but there is always a subset who — often for complicated reasons having to do with culture shock and their felt need to assert their identities — refuse to follow recommendations that they might very well comply with if issued their own countries.

    ______________________

    And, just like that, I left this comment unfinished for a couple of hours, and in that time the SCMP, the local English-language newspaper, publishes this story:

    Coronavirus exposes cultural divide in Hong Kong as expats shun masks, shirk self-isolation

    This is the kind of situation that can turn ugly pretty quickly, so I hope the new imported case numbers start to drop here soon.

    • Replies: @Charon
  40. Anon[272] • Disclaimer says:
    @Enochian

    You cannot do random (in the mathematical/statistical sense) sampling without compelling cooperation to a certain extent. Iceland is culturally homogeneous enough that it might be possible to solicit near random cooperation. Japan might be another example. No way could you approach randomness in the United States. The U.S. cannot even get cooperation with a census, which doesn’t involve some stranger poking a stick into your nose. Which you kind of want to be done by a medically trained person. How many of those would you need for a random sampling of 5 or 10 thousand (for a U.S.-sized country, for a p-value of 0.05 or less)? But shouldn’t those kind of medically trained people be treating Covid-19 patients rather than collecting data for epidemic sabermetricians?

    —–

    When all of this settles down, someone should do a timeline of how the New York Times, New York Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic went from lamentating about how this epidemic will be used by ActualHitler to impose authoritarianism on the country, to screeching about why the F haven’t the feds imposed a hyper-lock-down on New York City yet, “We’re all dying, no hospitals or ventilators, the City is being destroyed,” etc. De Blasio is the guy who’d need to do the lock-down anyway. I wonder if the feds have the power to do inter- and intrastate quarantines, for instance, prohibiting movement in and out of New York City? That sounds “national injunctiony” to me.

    —–

    Question: ActualHitler now wants to open up businesses by Easter. When exactly did he close busineses? I missed that. Why is he being criticized for thinking about reversing an action that he never took? The feds have freed up resources via an emergency declaration, pumped money into the economy via the Fed in various ways, set the National Guard free to cooperate under state and local direction and undertaken the cost for three states, blocked air and other traffic to a number of countries, and “geared up for” but not yet used a program to nationalize and compel corporate cooparation. But any lockdowns have been done by local authorities. What, with all the time New York Times reporters have to spend writing “Chinese Virus” pieces, they haven’t had time to keep up with the news and are ascribing actions to Trump that he never took.

    • Replies: @Enochian
  41. Anon[272] • Disclaimer says:
    @Lot

    Funny!

    But Greta is quite smart, polite, and pleasant in normal life. I recommend the two YouTube videos posted by the catamaran sailboat owners who transported her back to Europe after her U.S. trip. It’s a rare view of Greta in everyday life, when she’s turned off her public persona and is just being herself. She was brought up very well I think. I question the autism spectrum diagnoses, because she is very aware of and attentive to kindnesses paid to her and immediately expresses appreciation and thanks.

    Yes, she drives me crazy in her public pronouncements.

    • Replies: @Steve Sailer
    , @EdwardM
  42. Anonymous[357] • Disclaimer says:

    “Oxiris Barbot” sounds kind of like a name of a Kurt Vonnegut character, doesn’t it? And yet this person not only exists but is a senior official for New York City. “May you live in interesting times,” as that old New Yorkish curse goes

  43. @Reg Cæsar

    Greta’s just over nine months away from her country’s draft. Will this get her out of it?

    Not necessary – she could get an exemption for mental illness. no problem.

    I’ve noticed a lot of celebs desperately trying to stay in our faces during this thing. As normal, it’s all about them, always.

  44. Anon[231] • Disclaimer says:

    This one’s big. The Democratic governor of Nevada (NOT a doctor) has legally banned the use of chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine in the treatment of Covid-19.

    “Sisolak signed an emergency order earlier Tuesday barring the use of anti-malaria drugs for someone who has the coronavirus. The order restricting chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine came after President Donald Trump touted the medication as a treatment and falsely stated that the Food and Drug Administration had just approved the use of chloroquine to treat patients infected with coronavirus. Sisolak said in a statement that there’s no consensus among experts or Nevada doctors that the drugs can treat people with COVID-19.”

    It’s well down on this page:

    https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/nevada/articles/2020-03-24/nevada-governor-bars-malaria-drugs-for-coronavirus-patients

    It’s none of his business what doctors give their patients. Sisolak is not a doctor and he cannot go around butting into the doctor-patient relationship. He cannot declare that he knows how to treat patients better than doctors do. Secondly, there have already been studies published that patients with Covid-19 do well on quinine products. Sisolak is dead wrong.

    • Replies: @The Wild Geese Howard
  45. They could end the Olympics forever, starting yesterday, as far as I care.

    • Agree: Jim Don Bob
  46. Charon says:
    @The Last Real Calvinist

    there is always a subset who — often for complicated reasons having to do with culture shock and their felt need to assert their identities — refuse to follow recommendations that they might very well comply with if issued their own countries.

    Something very similar in my country, the USA. Except they’re not expats, they’re migrants. And they and their extended families stay forever, and do whatever they want at all times.

    And rather than warning about potential repercussions, our media insist that we worship them.

    You are lucky in Hong Kong.

  47. res says:
    @Reg Cæsar

    Corvinus has been rather free with the Troll button lately. Over the last 8 days (first page of comments) Corvinus has used it 20 times while only having others use it on him 4 times. Seems rather backwards to me.

    • Replies: @anon
  48. @JohnnyWalker123

    She probably wants to get it. Like bug chasers, it would strengthen her identity.

    Imagine how much more annoyingly self-righteous she would become.

  49. @Anon

    She is descended from actors and opera divas, with one Nobel chemist somewhere in her family tree, but I’m not sure if he’s a direct ancestor.

  50. Roger says:

    I suspect that the real problem is not the actual Olympics in Tokyo. It is that countries like the USA cannot hold the necessary Olympic trials 2-3 months in advance.

    • Agree: danand
    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
  51. anon[269] • Disclaimer says:
    @res

    Seems rather backwards to me.

    Projection. He does that a lot.

    • Agree: res
  52. @Anon

    Check Sisolak’s ties to Big Pharma.

    Big Pharma owns the FDA, and they will use them to slow roll any treatment that doesn’t make them enormous money.

  53. Enochian says:
    @Mr. Anon

    How about ‘Globalism kills. Borders save lives.’

    • Replies: @Mr. Anon
  54. @JimDandy

    Thomas Friedman’s [NYT] column is getting a lot of attention:

    “A surgical-vertical approach would focus on protecting and sequestering those among us most likely to be killed or suffer long-term damage by exposure to coronavirus infection …

    He’s been listening to his Israeli pal’s “keep grandma alive” speech.

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  55. @Bragadocious

    Trump’s point, and it’s a good one, is that there are tradeoffs in play.

    Don’t tell the libcuck hivemind at Reddit about your goddamn tradeoffs.

    They are having infinite orgasms that:

    – We are headed for martial law
    – CA Gov AmPsycho is threating to cut the power and water to businesses he deems, ‘non-essential’
    – The LA County Sheriff is threating to close down gun stores
    – NY State is going to be looking for expired registrations and inspections, even though the DMV is closed, preventing certain transactions that must be done in-person
    – NY Gov Cuomo is raging that we have to flush the US economy down the toilet so insensate 85 and 90 year olds can spend another week staring at the ceiling of their assisted living pod

    They are whining about:

    – Their workplace being declared essential
    – Having to work at their essential workplace, thus continuing to earn a paycheck

    • Replies: @Corn
  56. JimDandy says:
    @PiltdownMan

    Well, he’s right, but he needs to make another video directed at the grandparents, saying, basically, “Look, grandpa, we don’t care if you’re not afraid to die, boychik. You go out into society, like you’re Mr. Tuff Guy, you get the virus and end up in the ICU, you clog up the system, and while you’re occupying a bed, a baby comes in with a simple earache, and gets rejected and dies in the streets. Oy! Don’t be a baby killer, grandpa. Stay home.”

    Or else he can just tell Bibi to put everyone over 70 under house arrest.

  57. Mr. Anon says:
    @Enochian

    How about ‘Globalism kills. Borders save lives.’

    I like it.

    • Agree: Foreign Expert
  58. The Olympics should have gone on as scheduled, but without any live stadium audiences — just the athletes and their coaches, a support staff, and a skeleton media crew to do the telecast. By summertime, safety and health protocols ought to be well-understood enough to prevent serious risk to such a small gathering. The world can watch at home on TV, that is what TV is for.

    The Olympiad is now internationally, the same ultimately spiritual practice as it once was among the Hellenes of old: a special time of communal gathering, a reaffirmation of values, a statement about humanity, made by humans to all fellow humans. Such a grand mission ought not be shunted aside over logistics, if it can be shown that in the absence of mass crowds, the athletes were not going on a suicide mission.

    Courage, nobility, and human excellence are not things to be put aside when danger approaches, that is exactly when we need them most. Are we going to cancel the Nobels too, to protect the Academy?

    • Replies: @Pericles
  59. Enochian says:
    @Anon

    Can the president actually start compelling people with an executive order? Can an act of congress?

    I’ve a question that doesn’t seem to occur to people as much as it should – the east asian countries have all sorts of advantages in fighting the pandemic that we don’t: authoritarianism, mass surveillance, a relatively intelligent and conscientious population, they manufacture pharmaceuticals, and of course masks. What advantages do we have over them? I can’t think of one. We had one – time, but we’ve thrown that away now. Even with all that, in Wuhan they ended up confining everyone to their homes and delivering food to them. If we can’t do any better, the rational thing is to move to that style of lockdown NOW.

    • Replies: @PiltdownMan
  60. @Enochian

    … the east asian countries have all sorts of advantages in fighting the pandemic that we don’t …

  61. danand says:
    @Enochian

    “Is any country in the world doing random sampling of the population to find out how many are really infected?”

    Enochain, in California 3 geographically separated counties were random tested. This is a regurgitation of a post made Saturday:

    In his press conference Friday, California Governor Newsom told us random SARS-CoV-2 testing has been conducted in 3 California counties. This means of course, we now roughly know the percentage of asymptomatic persons among us. Unfortunately Newsom did not divulge the results of these random sample tests, and I have not been able to uncover them online.

    The video should start at the point Newsom addresses the tests, but if it doesn’t, skip to the 22 minute mark for the pertinent comments:

    • Thanks: Enochian
  62. @Jack Armstrong

    Trump voters are probably more vulnerable to dying, if not to infection

    • Replies: @Jack Armstrong
  63. @Roger

    Lots of truth to that.

    Countries are having trouble preparing for the Olympics.

    But we have no idea what the landscape will be by mid summer. There could be third world countries with absolutely no testing wanting to send untested athletes to the games.

  64. One question is whether the rest of the Olympic schedule stays the same: e.g., Paris 2024, Los Angeles 2028. Or does it become Paris 2025, Los Angeles 2029?

    How about never? Does “never” work for you?

    • Agree: BenKenobi
    • Troll: ScarletNumber
  65. anonymous[204] • Disclaimer says:
    @Jack Armstrong

    Oh, you’ve convinced me.

  66. Corn says:
    @The Wild Geese Howard

    Reddit is a hive of scum and villainy.

  67. @JohnnyWalker123

    She’s nothing more than an Aspergerish latest-issue train hopper. Her only redemption would be to be packed off to a convent where she could learn to change bedpans for the infirm till the end of her days.

    • Replies: @gate666
  68. @Reg Cæsar

    Greta will be drafted and will become a Sargent in no time.

  69. FYI the 2022 Winter Olympics are slated for … Beijing!

  70. @Mr. Anon

    “We are safer at home. Etc., etc., etc.”

  71. @Steve Sailer

    In the four boroughs (excluding SI)? It’s a game of inches.

  72. @Reg Cæsar

    How is wanting to partition Iraq praiseworthy? The divide and conquer strategy of smashing up countries with the potential to oppose Israel into ever smaller statelets is Neocon 101.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  73. Pericles says:
    @The Germ Theory of Disease

    Are we going to cancel the Nobels too, to protect the Academy?

    Lol, that just happened you know. (Literature 2018) And for distinctly grubbier reasons.

  74. Muggles says:
    @JohnnyWalker123

    >>Greta Thunberg says it’s ‘extremely likely’ she has coronavirus https://trib.al/fhdVmBf<&lt;

    So, I guess there is a God.

  75. Olympics postponed but CT’s governor announces fishing season can open two weeks early — one time I really do salute a liberal for showing some sense.

  76. I think they should just have a 2021 Games and then resume with 2022 Winter and 2024 Summer. I don’t think the difference between 4- and 3- year gaps is going to be important for those young enough to compete in both, and postponing games will keep some people from being able to qualify. They should qualifying performances from 2020 or 2021 for 2021 Gamrs,then get back on schedule.

  77. @Jack Armstrong

    Headline: US Navy hospital ship re-assigned to Florida…

  78. SafeNow says:

    When I was on the swim team in college, in New England, occasionally snowstorms required that the swim meet be conducted by telephone. For each event, the swimmers would swim in their own pool, and the coaches would compare the times by telephone. For the Olympics, there would be problems, such as different temperatures. But statistical adjustments could be made. You can’t have a wrestling match by Skype, but for everything else it would work.

  79. @Menschmaschine

    How is wanting to partition Iraq praiseworthy?

    Because it’s simple common sense. Different peoples, different countries. Brexit, Eire, Unionsoppløsningen, Rozdelenie Česko-Slovenska

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_active_separatist_movements_in_Asia#Iraq

  80. @Daniel H

    She looks like the Alien who came down the ramp and took Richard Dreyfus onboard the flying saucer at the end of Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

  81. bla says:

    “One question is whether the rest of the Olympic schedule stays the same”
    Yes. Even the official name of the Tokyo Games stays 2020 afaik.

  82. When the every-two-years Ryder Cup international golf tournament scheduled for September 2001 was postponed for a year, it permanently altered the schedule

    Yes, but that was because the Presidents Cup is played in the off-year. If you didn’t make the change permanent, you would have had the Ryder Cup in 2002 and 2003, and the Presidents Cup would have had a gap between 2000 and 2004.

    I don’t see a permanent change to the Olympic schedule.

  83. @Reg Cæsar

    I wonder if the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics cost Carter the election.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
  84. @ScarletNumber

    I wonder if the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics cost Carter the election.

    No, but it probably piled on. Or ran up the score.

    Remember, it was only eight years after Colorado voters rejected the Games awarded to Denver. The bloom was already coming off the Olympic rose. Plus, with the Winter Games a few months earlier in Lake Placid, and the ’76 Summer Games next door in Montreal, Americans had already had their Olympic fix, and didn’t care if a misbehaving Moscow was humiliated.

    The closest races in states that went for Reagan were in Massachusetts, Tennessee, Arkansas, and Delaware. Maybe a few thousand Olympic nuts (David Wallechinskys?) flipped those states. Just as a few thousand rape victims could have given a state or two to Trump.

    But Carter lost worse than Hoover did in ’32, and it took more than an ambiguous sporting issue to do that.

  85. gate666 says:
    @MikeatMikedotMike

    and you are a global warming denier who worship a jewish god.

    • Replies: @anonymous
  86. @JimDandy

    Problem is all the 30 something mothers of kids who staff these nursing homes. Those kids are going to be super spreaders. A guy at work with 3 kids who constantly played with their cousins and other neighborhood kids during a resource pool childcare scheme was always getting every single cold that came around. My well to do sister in Bethesda has kids and they are just as sick as the lower classes. Then these 30 something mothers are going to bring it back into the old folks homes.

    I noticed the young people are still “hanging out.” A bunch were at my neighbors upstairs the other night. Then there are the endless potheads who pass joints and bongs around the room. This isn’t a “long spring break” the crackdown isn’t what actually needs to be done, your only contact with those you are living with already, not hanging out with your social circle like every day is Friday Night. I’m a loner so this thing doesn’t affect me, but the social butterflies seem to be going bonkers. (I.E. the sight of Generation Bastard out at the Chicago Bars for St. Patricks Day and down at Miami Beach on Spring Break.)

    • Replies: @JimDandy
  87. JimDandy says:
    @Sebastian Hawks

    Gotta take extreme wartime measures with our Segregate the Old and Sick campaign–house an emergency army of care workers at the old people homes, hospitals, etc. That’s nowhere near as extreme as the indefinite total lockdown of America.

    “Generation Bastard”–I like that. Yeah, it was bizarre watching them go through their nihilistic, devil-may-care phase with all of this. “I ain’t afraid of a little cold! I wanna party!” It was shocking, considering how fascistic they are about “social justice” and “microaggresions” and imaginary racismsexismhomotransphobia and the environment, etc. But this irony gradually dawned on the social media mobs and they got back to their mission of being shrill young scolds. #stayhome , etc. Now they’re posting photos shaming people for taking walks.

  88. guest007 says:

    Steve,

    Another article that made me think of you. Large events not only spread the disease to those that attend but also to many others after the attendees return home. I wonder if President Trump will hold a huge in person rally the day after Easter to prove he thinks the cure is worse than the disease.

    https://chicago.suntimes.com/soccer/2020/3/25/21194015/coronavirus-covid-19-champions-league-italy-atalanta-valencia

  89. EdwardM says:
    @Anon

    No chance these videos were contrived, staged, edited — part of her marketing apparatus?

  90. anonymous[255] • Disclaimer says:
    @gate666

    Mr. 666, is that meant to be a criticism?

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