My Blog Week: April 19 to April 25

Posted by ractrose on 26 Apr 2020 in The Latest

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Cartoon of the Week: Bringing the House Down





A Word on the Week


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A brief word, because it’s been a difficult week to get things done.

Global death rates from COVID-19, according to the Reuters daily chart, are running at 7%. Which makes the disease a true plague. Maybe better statistics will change the proportion of infected/recovered/died. They may also reveal new numbers of hidden deaths. American deaths are above 54,000 as of today. Can we be rid of the amateur show, and do what would be useful in restoring confidence to the economy: convene a panel of medical professionals, disaster responders, logistics specialists; create and publish a plan, going step-by-step through the wrong choices of this year’s pandemic, recommending fixes for each problem, and giving an overview of next year’s counterattack, when Coronus comes back. You would think no government would care about, would resist, the “admitting of mistakes”. 

The disinfectant story, maybe the biggest of the week, offers an interesting sidelight, that I haven’t seen addressed. Follow the link to the video, and you’ll see a point in Trump’s remarks where, throwing all his comments at Dr. Birx, he talks about the studying of disinfectant matters, and says “medical doctors”. Emphasis on medical. Is he trying to exclude Dr. Birx from that designation? Could he think government officers are somehow not practitioners? Does he actually believe, as he’s indicated, that anyone with a good brain, who understands these things, is the equal of a medical doctor, merely an alternative doctor, so that either type of opinion is just as valid to consult? 




On Monday, Cartoon Stories: “Encounters”, toons featuring two characters, talking. Tuesday, the third German Spy episode from The Folly, and the misery of a disposable agent. Wednesday, a new Totem-Maker, with the character’s plans carried astray; Thursday, Frédéric Boutet’s “The Balance”, complete, a marital contest of wills. Friday, “The Blue Bird” (part two), with Gitana engaged by a mystery. Saturday, no post, due to headachey stuff.
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My Blog Week: April 19 to April 25


Cartoon Stories: Encounters
April 20


The Watchman: Third German Spy
April 21

Poetry Foundation: Daniel Breazeale, “The Radar Watcher”


The Totem-Maker: The Recalcitrant One (part nine)
April 22


Frédéric Boutet: The Balance (complete)
April 23


Short Story: The Blue Bird (part two)
April 24