Fox News, that bastion of conservative conservatism, is at the top of the prime time news ratings with 2.3 million viewers. This means that 0.00007 percent of Americans are watching Fox News primetime. (Audience figures from Fox, US population data from the the US Census Bureau–census.gov),
Fox uberstar Sean Hannity’s show almost triples that with an audience of 6.5 million, which represents 0.0002 percent of the American population.
In comparison, The Simpsons cartoon, in its 31st year on the air (Fox) still draws about 4.08 million viewers, down from its peak of over 14 million in the early 21st century.
However, inside this wonderfully encouraging conservative silver lining, there’s s dark cloud. This is caused by the novel corona virus, COVID-19.
Fox and Hannity viewers have a median age of 65 (down from 66) the median age for susceptibility to COVID-19.
Fox and Hannity viewers, by virtue of age, have a variety of pre-existing medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, asthma, allergies, diabetes, etc. that may make them more susceptible to acquiring the disease and more difficult to recover.
Older people with underlying medical issues are more likely to experience opportunistic infections such as pneumonia, and possibly tuberculosis. Antivaxxers might be at higher risk.
Fox and Hannity viewers often live in rural communities in which sophisticated medical care is less readily available and at a greater distance.
What happens if the current administration’s base, believing that the Corona Virus is a fake, intended to discredit the president, succumb to the COVID-19 at a disproportionate rate?
Thirty-one year-old actress-singer Vanessa Hudgens made some inappropriate comments about the coronavirus and is desperately attempting to correct the indiscretion.
If the opinions were presented by a 31 year-old physician, epidemiologist, or other scientist, I’d agree that it was a serious matter. However, actors and singers are not good sources for medical advice. They are skilled at emoting. Much of the time, they are presenting words and actions written into a script or a song that are not their own.
So why do we put so much stock into what celebrities say and do? I’ll explain that in a forthcoming diatribe. For now, please, consider the source. Don’t expect scientists to sing. Don’t expect physicists to win Oscars. Don’t seek medical advice from actors or singers.
With regard to COVID 19–Laurence J. Peter, a professor at the University of Southern California, proposed that cream rises until it sours. The Peter Principle states that in a hierarchy, an employee advances until they reach incompetency, after which time they neither advance nor decline. A good grocery clerk might be advanced to department manager and continue to do a great job. However, when promoted to assistant store manage, if they perform poorly, they remain an assistant store manager.
In emergent situations, this process accelerates; today’s idiot is tomorrow’s idiot-in-charge.
It was an idiot-in-charge who decided that celebrities should have front of the line privileges for the COVID-19 test.
Idiots-in-charge are the ones deciding that meetings, religious services, etc. should include hundreds of people in an enclosed space.
Idiots-in-charge also engage in independent operations by boarding aircraft when they know or suspect that they have the virus.
Beware of these idiots! They are not difficult to spot–you know what to look for.
When asked if eliminating the Office of Pandemic Research had slowed the response to the coronavirus, President Trump called it “a nasty question” before adding: “When you say ‘me,’ I didn’t do it.We have a group of people [in the administration]. But I could perhaps ask Tony about that, because I don’t know anything about it.” (“Tony” is Dr. Anthony Fauci, the head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.)
When asked later if he, as President, should take more responsibility, Trump replied in a tweet, “When you say the President should take responsibility, you don’t mean me. I had nothing to do with the last election. It was the voters and that awful, awful Hillary Clinton. They’re the ones who should be held responsible–not me! It’s terrible! Terrible! Fake news! Witch hunt! Sad.”
CORRECTION: It has been reported that it was NOT a wax figure of Mike Pence, but Mike Pence himself. Given that we can’t tell the difference, we’ll leave the decision up to you.
Surgeons seem to believe that problems can be fixed by surgery. Human Resource people tend to believe that training is the answer for any ill. Physicists believe that everything is logical while simultaneously believing in the inextricable illogic of quantum physics.
Elites tend to believe that any problem can be fixed by throwing money at it.
So far, economic measures haven’t worked with the coronavirus. We just might have to (gasp!) turn to science for a solution.
Over the past millennia–I’ve seen the good, the bad, and the ugly with regard to the actions of world leaders.
It’s hard to get my attention, much less make me sit up and take notice. Your president’s desire to prevent a cruise ship to dock and discharge its passengers for quarantine or medical care was so ho-hum. Considering ytour president’s track record, no big deal.
However, the US military and US intelligence agencies tend to pay attention as to how information is classified. Yes, there is a tendency to overclassify. This is due, in part, to the fact that while an individual item does not qualify for classification, the amalgem of several unclassified items can provide classified information. However, there is at least some effort to separate the information that should be disclosed from information that, for the good of the American people, should be kept secret.
The Trump Thespian Society is known for famous actors. These include Mick Mulvaney with acting credits for both the Office of Management and Budget Director and Chief of Staff, as well as such well known stars as Jim Mattis, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, etc., etc., etc.
Ladies and gentlemen, tonight the role of Chief of Staff will be played by Mark Meadows.
. . . and several butchers’ aprons. And now, something completely different.
In order to save the American people from the coronavirus, President Trump has sprained both his thumbs as he attempts to twitter* away the disease.
* If one who runs is a runner and one who bakes is a baker, is one who uses twitter a twit?
There’s sad news today. Sources (as in “many people” and “I’m told”) reported that Mike “The Elf on the Shelf” Pence may no longer be with us.
Earlier today the President pontificated from the Oval Office about his hunch that deaths from COVID 19 were exaggerated. The President then exhibited a Sharpie signed executive order demanding that those who claim to be dead immediately cease and desist.
As usual, Vice President Pence sat quietly behind President Trump as the President spoke. Hours later, when a cleaning crew arrived, they found the Vice President still sitting in his chair, not moving. When informed of the situation, President Trump ran the 30 feet back to the Oval Office, and after 35 minutes to catch his breath, loudly berated Pence for ignoring his executive order. When asked about it later, the president replied, “I don’t know him. I might have met him, but I meet lots of people. I definitely wasn’t close to him. I’m not sure I’ve even heard of him.”
As the White House physician examined Pence, several members of Pence’s staff arrived.
“Don’t worry, he does that sometimes,” his chief of staff explained while aides, standing on each side of Pence pulled him to his feet. The Vice President then silently walked out of the office with them.
Frank Darabont, the genius behind the hit television series The Walking Dead, has announced his interest in developing a spinoff series based on Vice President Pence.