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Article By Lance Welton on 04/02/2020

We are getting perilously close to being allowed to discuss race and ethnic differences in susceptibility to Covid-19—ironically, in part because leading Democrats are sniffing for “racism.” Jon Entine, who first became prominent 20 years ago with his book on race and sport Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It, has broken cover in a co-authored article on the website of his Genetic Literacy Project [What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine, By Jon Entine & Patrick Whittle, Genetic Literacy Project, March 31, 2020]. Perhaps this will do for the race-disease nexus what his book did for the race-sport nexus; that is, compel the Mains Stream Media finally to talk about it.

Back in 2001, Entine actually wrote about Taboo’s findings for VDARE.com, his article having been originally commissioned by the Boston Herald before being pulled for the usual cowardly reasons. But twenty years of Politically Correctness has clearly taken its toll on Entine: he does a fair amount of grovelling in this new article.

Thus, after asking the perfectly sensible question “Do diseases discriminate on the basis of race?” Entine feels compelled to write:

this may seem like an inflammatory question, bringing together the loaded term “discriminate” and the contentious and the historically problematic concept of ”race”—all set against the xenophobic backdrop of the current Covid-19 pandemic…

Post By Washington Watcher II on 04/02/2020
Jeff Sessions’s Senate candidate benefited by the postponement of the Alabama Republican run-off to July. His chances looked grim with the original date of March 31st and Donald Trump’s endorsement of his opponent, Tommy Tuberville, fresh in voters’ minds. The extra time gives Sessions the chance to negate the setback of Trump’s betrayal and convince Alabamians he’s the real Trumpist in the race. T...
Article By Patrick J. Buchanan on 04/02/2020

"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," said Samuel Johnson.

And as it is with men, so it is with nations.

Monday, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, projected some 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths from the pandemic, "if we do things almost perfectly." She agreed with Dr. Anthony Fauci's estimate that, if we do "nothing," the American dead could reach 2.2 million.

That 2 million figure would be twice as many dead as have perished in all our wars from the American Revolution to the Civil War, World War I and II, and Korea and Vietnam.

This does indeed concentrate the mind wonderfully.

Now add to this slaughter of our countrymen a market plunge steeper than the 1929 Crash and a 1930s-style Depression. Wall Street analysts are talking of a wipeout of 30% of our GDP and unemployment reaching 35%.

What a difference a month can make.

Post By Federale on 04/02/2020
The pandemic panic has again struck at immigration enforcement. Another kritarch has ordered the release of two illegal aliens based on a claim that if a minor is released from custody, that minor’s parent must also be released. The kritarch in this case is not named, but previously a judge had denied the demand from the Treason Bar that both be released, while the government was offering to releas...
Post By John Derbyshire on 04/02/2020
For some reason—a lot of people with time on their hands to read random bloggings, I guess—my March Diary brought in an unusually large quantity of email. Many thanks to all, and apologies for not being able to answer everyone individually. The biggest subset concerned my Math Corner. I did indeed bugger up my algebra, at an embarrassingly elementary level. I had proceeded by brute enumeration, jus...
Post By Wayne Allensworth on 04/02/2020
Watching the world go by while sheltering in place can be quite informative.  Your humble servant has  worked at home in splendid self-isolation for nearly nineteen years, so the new reality of hunkering down during the COVID-19 scare hasn’t changed my daily routine much.  Over that nearly twenty year span, the internet has exploded, along with social media. What used to be an information cycle is ...
Post By Allan Wall on 04/02/2020
See, earlier, by James Fulford: The Needs Of America's Farmers The Trump administration should be using this COVID-19 crisis to eliminate immigration. Instead, Trump still wants cheap farm labor. Typically we hear that if foreigners can't work on American farms, the crops will rot in the fields. But President Trump has taken it a step farther. According to Trump, without foreign farm labor, we won'...
Post By Steve Sailer on 04/02/2020
From the Daily Telegraph (UK): Why is the number ‘one’ so important as Covid-19 sweeps Britain?The reproductive value describes the average number of people an infected individual can expect to pass the coronavirus onto By Sarah Newey,GLOBAL HEALTH SECURITY CORRESPONDENT1 April 2020 • 9:41am There are a lot of figures involved in understanding the coronavirus pandemic, be it around cases, death...
Post By Steve Sailer on 04/02/2020
I’ve matched up, as best I can, the L.A. Times’ April 1, 2020 count of coronavirus cases in huge Los Angeles County vs. the Times’ estimates of population. Some of these are municipalities (e.g., West Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Compton), others are the Times‘ definition of a neighborhood within Los Angeles city (e.g., Hancock Park, Century City, Bel-Air). (About a decade ago the L.A. Times invited p...
Post By Steve Sailer on 04/02/2020
The NYT is running obituaries of celebrities who have died of coronavirus, with 28 so far. The average age thus far has been 66, which seems somewhat younger than the average age of NYT obituaries for other other causes. For comparison, I took the average of the first 28 obituaries I found for March 2019 and they averaged 82, or 16 years longer. Obviously, these are small sample sizes so far, and t...
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By Lance Welton on 04/02/2020

We are getting perilously close to being allowed to discuss race and ethnic differences in susceptibility to Covid-19—ironically, in part because leading Democrats are sniffing for “racism.” Jon Entine, who first became prominent 20 years ago with his book on race and sport Taboo: Why Black Athletes Dominate Sports and Why We’re Afraid to Talk About It, has broken cover in a co-authored article on the website of his Genetic Literacy Project [What’s ‘race’ got to do with it? Most of sub-Saharan Africa emerges as coronavirus ‘cold spot’, which may offer clues to finding COVID-19 vaccine, By Jon Entine & Patrick Whittle, Genetic Literacy Project, March 31, 2020]. Perhaps this will do for the race-disease nexus what his book did for the race-sport nexus; that is, compel the Mains Stream Media finally to talk about it.

Back in 2001, Entine actually wrote about Taboo’s findings for VDARE.com, his article having been originally commissioned by the Boston Herald before being pulled for the usual cowardly reasons. But twenty years of Politically Correctness has clearly taken its toll on Entine: he does a fair amount of grovelling in this new article.

Thus, after asking the perfectly sensible question “Do diseases discriminate on the basis of race?” Entine feels compelled to write:

this may seem like an inflammatory question, bringing together the loaded term “discriminate” and the contentious and the historically problematic concept of ”race”—all set against the xenophobic backdrop of the current Covid-19 pandemic…

By Patrick J. Buchanan on 04/02/2020

"Depend upon it, sir, when a man knows he is to be hanged in a fortnight, it concentrates his mind wonderfully," said Samuel Johnson.

And as it is with men, so it is with nations.

Monday, Dr. Deborah Birx, White House coronavirus response coordinator, projected some 100,000 to 200,000 U.S. deaths from the pandemic, "if we do things almost perfectly." She agreed with Dr. Anthony Fauci's estimate that, if we do "nothing," the American dead could reach 2.2 million.

That 2 million figure would be twice as many dead as have perished in all our wars from the American Revolution to the Civil War, World War I and II, and Korea and Vietnam.

This does indeed concentrate the mind wonderfully.

Now add to this slaughter of our countrymen a market plunge steeper than the 1929 Crash and a 1930s-style Depression. Wall Street analysts are talking of a wipeout of 30% of our GDP and unemployment reaching 35%.

What a difference a month can make.

By Ann Coulter on 04/01/2020

When the after-action report on the current pandemic is being prepared, I’m going to ask the guy with the notepad to write down: “China” and “globalists.”

Those words won’t be on Trump’s list. He can’t stop gushing about how much he respects China and the American companies that have outsourced jobs there. Even as China withholds vital medical supplies, he refuses to end our suicidal dependence on them.

His one slight annoyance with China is that it lied about the Wuhan virus, allowing the disease to explode across the globe.

I have a longer list of complaints, beginning with the fact that they eat bats. The resulting pandemic now raging through our country would be bad enough, but our new crisis is a shortage of medical equipment.

Too bad we shipped all our manufacturing to China! Not to worry, surely China wouldn’t disrupt the sacred “global supply chain.”

Oops. China is stockpiling masks and ventilators.

And there’s more good news! China makes more than 90% of our antibiotics, vitamin C, ibuprofen and hydrocortisone, 70% of acetaminophen, and 40% to 45% of heparin, according to The New York Times. The last American penicillin plant closed more than 15 years ago.

In early March, the Chinese government ominously warned that if China stopped exporting drugs, “the United States would sink into the hell of a novel coronavirus epidemic.”

By John Derbyshire on 04/01/2020

What, me worry?     I'm not as bothered by this coronavirus outbreak as, according to the public-service announcements, I ought to be.

I belong to two high-risk categories: over seventy and with a compromised immune system. I live in one of the worst-affected states. Shouldn't I be cowering in a basement room compulsively checking my temperature and lung function in between having my meals delivered in sterilized containers through a hatch in the wall?

Perhaps I should, but it all seems like too much trouble. My life history is all against it, anyway. I'm a 1940s English baby. The background wallpaper to my childhood was the Blitz (well, by close hearsay), poliodiphtheria, and the Bomb. We took in fatalism with our daily dose of cod liver oil, supplied free to kiddies by the then shiny-new National Health Service. Worry? Eh, if it's got your number on it …

There's sheer good luck in my circumstances, too. I live in a spacious outer suburb. There's nowhere I have to go, no-one I have to meet. My wife and son are at home; but her work and his studies have all been put online, so they are as self-quarantining as I am.

So here we huddle, mumbling repetitively at each other like characters in a Harold Pinter play, hoping the lockdown will be eased before we go stir-crazy.

We need to go shopping, of course; but we wear masks and gloves, carry hand sanitizers, and stay away from touch-screen services. I walk the dog, waving cheerily at neighbors across ten or fifteen feet of social distancing.

At this point I should be casting nervous glances over my shoulder in fear of having attracted the attention of those demons who punish mortals boasting of good luck. Nope: I've paid a price for my vacation. I've been ill.

 

By Michelle Malkin on 03/31/2020
A little less than two months ago, the U.S. State Department made a curious announcement that suggests President Trump's "America First" administration put "China First" at a critical moment during the burgeoning Wuhan pandemic. I asked the State Department about the controversy this week—and the vague and nonresponsive responses I received on background from a Foggy Bottom spokesperson raise more ...
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