The previous thread is getting long. Here’s a new one.
They say he’s going to declare a state of emergency due to coronavirus. That would free up money for the states. Let’s see if he can read the teleprompter.
A little bit of future good news:
— Loren Adler (@LorenAdler) March 13, 2020
CMS has released standard Medicare rates for COVID19 screening tests. Depending on the test type and area of the country, Medicare will pay between $35 to just under $52 per test. Assuming the House relief bill is signed quickly, states will be able to pay for testing for uninsured individuals at either the Medicare rate or at a 100% federal match via the Medicaid program. Either pathway means that there will be no cost barriers to testing once the kits become widely available.
There are still many direct medical and indirect or non-medical cost barriers that need to be vaulted over, but the first one that will allow our public health experts to accurately assess the scale of the problem looks to be coming down fairly quickly.
So, Trump is holding another press conference today (maybe sell now?), and also the spreading virus is foreigners’ fault and Trump appointee Jay Powell is to blame for the economy:
Trump will find many people to blame this afternoon, and President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer will likely get name-checked. But Trump-adjacent entertainers and elected officials have been debuting other possible scapegoats this week:
On Fox & Friends, Jerry Falwell Jr claims people are "overreacting" to coronavirus, the national response is "their next attempt to get Trump," and the virus itself is a North Korean bioweapon. pic.twitter.com/2JPuNBW7C3
— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) March 13, 2020
There’s no internal logic there since a bioweapon is by definition a big fucking deal. But that’ll sail right over the Fox News audience’s heads. Sparkling pool enthusiast Falwell Jr. and the network’s sofa squatting assholes’ reckless blather is probably going to get more than just the stupid people killed.
The Bobble-Throated Slap-Dick from Arkansas* is also pushing the bioweapon conspiracy theory:
I don’t think Trump has endorsed the conspiracy theory yet, but that could change this afternoon. Sure would put a crimp in trade negotiations! But these people don’t think long term. They don’t think at all.
The animating principle of the Trump administration is to pin the blame on someone else for the consequences of Trump’s towering incompetence. That applies to every result of each of the many incidences of Trump’s bungling. It’s just that the scale of this incident is so massive that it might take World War III to obscure it.
[H/T: Charles P. Pierce]
This is our first Guest Post related to the impact of school and university closings that are catapulting schools into distance teaching on the fly!
This one is from a lurker, and we’ll be seeing guest posts from others in the coming week.
And now, The Lurker: (Thanks, Lurker!)
So I attended a workshop to try to get us very quickly prepared to teach at a distance until the end of the month. There are a few things I’ve learned that I think are important to share:
- Be kind to yourself and your students. Everyone is stressed, even if they’re playing cool. That includes faculty. And that’s okay.
- Many universities have a considerable number of pedagogical experts that, quite frankly, I have only been dimly aware of until yesterday. Be kind to these people. They are suddenly very slammed.
- There are a much larger number of faculty on university campuses that desperately need to retool. We have faculty who do not know how to use even the course management software that we’ve been on since I’ve been here (12 years). It is moments like this when that disparity becomes really fraught. It is also unacceptable.
- You will not recreate your classroom, and you cannot hold yourself to that standard. Moving a class to a distance learning model in a day’s time excludes the possibility of excellence. Give yourself a break.
- Prioritize. What do students REALLY NEED TO KNOW for two weeks. This one is hard for me. But we have to strip it all the way down–in my campaigns class, that means I need them to post infographics on their research and now post narrative context and slides. But I’m going to punt on presentations because we just don’t have time. Which sucks. But these are not normal circumstances.
- If you’re making videos, student viewership drops off precipitously at 5 minutes. Make them capsule videos if you make them. And UPLOAD to YOUTUBE because it TRANSCRIBES for you. Do not assume your audio is good enough or that students can understand without transcription. This is like using a microphone at meetings–I don’t care if you don’t need it, someone else does and they don’t want to ask.
- Make assignments lower or no stakes if you’re using a new platform. Get students used to just using the platform. Then you can do something higher stakes. Do not ask students to do a high stakes exam or assignment on a new platform.
- Stay in contact with students, and stay transparent. Talk to them about WHY you’re prioritizing certain things or asking them to read or do certain things. I’ve moved to doing that in all of my face-to-face teaching anyway, and it improves student buy-in because they know content and delivery are purposeful.
- Do not read on best practices for distance learning. That’s not the situation we’re in. We’re in triage. Distance learning, when planned, can be really excellent. That’s not what this is. Do what you absolutely have to and ditch what you can. Thinking you can manage best practices in a day or a week will lead to feeling like you’ve failed.
- Be particularly kind to your graduating seniors. They’re already panicking, and this isn’t going to help. If you teach a class where they need to have completed something for certification, to apply to grad school, or whatever, figure out plan B. But talk to them. Radio silence, even if you’re working, is not okay.
(h/t Mary G)
Lots of science-y folks are posting this graph. But if there is one thing I have learned from being on the internet, it is this:
Data/graphs: Not compelling to many.
Kitties: Compelling to many.
— Anne Marie Darling (@amdar1ing) March 11, 2020
We've experienced parts of this before, just never all at once.
As others noted, it's like the Spanish flu of 1918 and the stock market crash of 1929 at the same time, but overseen by Harding's total incompetence plus Nixon's pettiness and paranoia.
It's like Disaster Voltron. https://t.co/tc6GHpF6Yk
— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) March 13, 2020
Thoughtful advice from Anne Helen Peterson, at Buzzfeed:
… I say this as much to myself as to all of you — we can change our behavior to lessen the risk we pose to other people. Limit your travel; work from home if you can. Making sure you don’t pass the virus on to someone who might be more severely impacted by it is the most important way you can help. But we can also channel some of our anxious energy away from reading articles on the internet and toward thinking about who in our lives and in our communities will certainly need help or assistance.
Who can you talk to now to make a plan to help them later? (With supplies, with groceries, with caring for their pets or children or parents.) Can you start a group text now with your neighbors to keep up on one another’s health and needs? If you’re able, can you donate to your local food bank, which will be supplying families whose income is curtailed, or donate additional supplies to the homeless shelter? Can you buy things from local businesses, restaurants, and artists now (or buy a gift card!) so that things might be less lean for them in the months to come?
If you’re someone who’s at high risk, how can you be honest with yourself and others about it? If you’re able to work from home and still pull your normal salary, can you commit to still paying someone who provides you with a service (a housecleaner, a hairdresser, a babysitter, a yoga teacher, a manicurist) even if they have to stay home? If you know someone who might lose their job or see their hours cut back, can you ask them how to help?
Can you understand how making the next few months better for as many people as possible will also, by extension, make it better for you?
Earlier today, I was talking with a friend who lives in the Mountain West, in one of the most rural places in the United States. She spent yesterday in a meeting with other county officials about their plan for when the coronavirus reaches their community. Some of it was straightforward public health education — telling farmers that “quarantine” doesn’t mean they “can’t go feed the cows” — but a lot of it had to do with preventative planning (what to do if someone gets sick at the county courthouse, which is physically connected to the county’s nursing home and the health center’s emergency room).
But the ~1,200 members of the community have been through a significant natural disaster before, and they know how to take care of one another. They know who would need regular check-ins, who would need to have prescriptions picked up for them hundreds of miles away, who would need support if their income was cut off by quarantine. Their community is small enough that every death, every tragedy, and every joy reverberates through it. And they are planning now — even though the virus has yet to hit anywhere in their state — with each of those people in mind.
“We think that anything we can do to prepare to protect our vulnerable residents is worth it,” my friend told me. “Because we could absolutely never forgive ourselves if we didn’t take the time to plan.”…
And a warning: There’s a fake ‘Stanford tips for diagnosing coronavirus’ story going around; someone actually posted a (now deleted) version of it on a previous thread here. Don’t want to spread it further, so here’s an update, per Mother Jones:
There's a Facebook coronavirus post going viral claiming to be from Stanford. Don't believe it. https://t.co/2whHexXO3M
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) March 11, 2020
It’s a small world after all… Here’s the President of Brazil’s press secretary, handing off a special gift, and also a hat:
The guy standing to Trump’s left just tested positive for coronavirus, according to Brazilian media. Fabio Wajngarten posted this photo, taken during meetings at Mar-a-Lago, five days ago. pic.twitter.com/qioU4qIlxl
— Gabriel Stargardter (@gabstargardter) March 12, 2020
Ministry of (Dis)Info: UNPERSON WAJNGARTEN DOES NOT EXIST!
There is a photo of both men with the person who is infected. In the photo, the president is holding a hat that someone handed him. https://t.co/CkNTwQaD26
— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) March 12, 2020
Bolsonaro’s son, lawmaker Eduardo, said he is going to get tested. Here he is in Mar-a-Lago with Trump and Ivanka. Photo posted four days ago. pic.twitter.com/hIG4zFPO2t
— Gabriel Stargardter (@gabstargardter) March 12, 2020
Of course every thread is a coronavirus thread right now, but I’m gonna use this to share some notes that might otherwise be missed in the flood of new information… and so that commentors on the other side of the world have a place to check in. Our thoughts are with you, now more than ever!
South Korea's social distancing is voluntary – but it's still taking a big toll. The mass testing is vital, but so is the price being paid by everyone to protect the vulnerable.https://t.co/o8ClWZxItp
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) March 12, 2020
4. New immigration procedures that monitor arrivals for 2 weeks
5. Twice daily media briefings
6. Mobile phone text alerts to people in neighborhoods with community transmissionhttps://t.co/Ap9h7MhcWZ
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) March 12, 2020
Amazing! What South Korea is doing is really bending their #Covid19 epidemic curve. Only 131 new cases today, versus 909 on Feb. 29.
It's not just China. This clearly can be done. https://t.co/sueAO9XLF7 pic.twitter.com/Bw7WX1s9nM
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) March 10, 2020
The United States is currently testing the smallest percentage of its population of any developed nation pic.twitter.com/WpAJhyxL0y
— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) March 12, 2020
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong, permanent residents aged 18+ will each receive a cash handout of HK$10,000 (US$1,200) in a HK$120 billion (US$15 billion) relief deal rolled out by the government to ease the burden on individuals and companies, while saving jobs. https://t.co/SI18KKeBZa
— Dr. Seema Yasmin (@DoctorYasmin) March 13, 2020
The World Health Organization has announced that dogs cannot contract Covid-19. Dogs previously held in quarantine can now be released. To be clear, WHO let the dogs out.
— Liam Hackett (@DiageoLiam) March 12, 2020
If you are feeling helpless re COVID-19 you know what you can do to help the medical system? GIVE BLOOD https://t.co/mLZoiN1Oag
— Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) March 12, 2020
For those in alcoholism recovery and sobriety, I’m currently looking into hosting secure online meetings w/ video conferencing in case we are unable to get to the rooms for regular meetings.
If anyone is already doing this please reach out.
— Travis Akers ???? (@travisakers) March 12, 2020
It is really time to get serious about #FlattenTheCurve. Time to plan seriously for life in a period of social distancing, avoiding crowds, movement restrictions. Plan.
And help out the people who are going to be hurt by it, please. https://t.co/0cRGaTP15p
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) March 11, 2020
If you want further reading…
— Pamela P. Martinez (@PamelaPMartinez) March 12, 2020
The Atlantic is putting their COVID19 stories outside the paywall now. https://t.co/aTr7ByAghn
— Rebecca7 | #BTSinSeattle (@mamajite) March 11, 2020
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 11, 2020
We need to get a battle rhythm. We will. All disasters seem like a cluster. We need to pace. Exhale. And hunker down. 3/
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 11, 2020
I say this not as a therapist but look at this chart, our collective mission. I call it the “extend the runway” goal. We need to ensure our needs don’t overwhelm our capacity. 4/ pic.twitter.com/jTtWL7SYHZ
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 11, 2020
And of course we could have done better, done more with the time we had (kits! Where are the testing kits!), and had a national leader capable of leading. We have the president we have, not the one we need. Dont dwell. Move forward. 7/
— Juliette Kayyem (@juliettekayyem) March 11, 2020
A mantra / private consolation for us Cynics:
If – and it's a big if – we get this right, the measures will feel like an overreaction afterward. Not very bright people will say 'I don't know why we made all that fuss, when only a few thousand people died in the end.'
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) March 12, 2020
US social media now feel like China on Jan.20. It will get worse and we really need to brace ourselves. https://t.co/k3Y04mb5TH
— Tony Lin ??? (@tony_zy) March 12, 2020
— ?????????? ?? ???? ??? b?????*? ?? (@romanticskeptc) March 12, 2020
First: I know I’ve been a pretty useless poster for the last long while. I won’t make promises, but I have some reason to hope I’ll be a bit more present going forward.
You have been warned.
Second: this is a pretty weak way to reenter the posting world, but I think/hope some of you might be interested in a short essay I wrote for The Atlantic that went up yesterday.
Basically when I heard that GOP assholes were, in a seemingly/likely coordinated way trying to rebrand COVID-19 as “the Wuhan virus” or “the Chinese virus,” I lost my shit. Not just because of the transparent attempt to evade responsibility for the colossal GOP fuck-up that will/has already cost lives, but because of the deep and long history of the use of disease as a racist and anti-immigrant trope, being repurposed to do yet more harm.
Here’s a taste:
Its [the plague’s] journey didn’t take long. The first documented victim, a Chinese laborer named Wong Chut King, died in San Francisco’s Chinatown on March 6, 1900. The outbreak that followed lasted until 1904, killing more than one hundred people, most of them Chinese. The established racial mythology of the day—that the Chinese were alien threats, vectors of social contagion—molded the city’s response. On March 7, the day after Wong died, a rope barrier appeared around Chinatown, and police forced every ethnic Chinese person to remain confined in the area—while allowing white people to leave. (For my account of these events I’ve relied on Gunther Risse’s Plague, Fear, and Politics in San Francisco’s Chinatown; Nayan Shah’s Contagious Divides: Epidemics and Race in San Francisco’s Chinatown; and David K. Randall’s Black Death at the Golden Gate.
The quarantine didn’t hold—but in its place came proposals for a much more radical solution. If the packed and impenetrable Chinese neighborhood was the source of a dread disease, why not simply eradicate it, to achieve by design what Honolulu’s firebrands had accomplished by accident? As the historian Gunther Risse reports, a newspaper said the quiet part out loud: Chinatown was a “foul spot” and “the only way to get rid of that menace is to eradicate Chinatown from the city … and give the debris to the flames.” Burn it down, start again (not coincidentally, on a patch of prime real estate), and as for those who lived there? A member of the San Francisco Board of Health knew what to do: “Every Chinese in Chinatown ought to be removed to a detention camp somewhere in the hills.”
There’s the whole megillah at the link. It’s an ugly story–and a more intricate one than I had space to develop. I wrote it on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning–as in before the Shitgibbon vomited his “alien plague” monstrousness. But it came as no surprise, not after the chorus of GOP voices spreading the old and murderous lie.
We should learn. We don’t. Or rather, there is no end to the willingness of morally bankrupt humans–the Republican Party, all of it, in its modern form–to weaponize hate. And the joke (hah!) is that when they do so, more people die.
With that: have a great evening. Talk about this, or, perhaps better, anything else, something that reminds us that this community, like so many others, doesn’t do or countenance the crap some around us fling.
Image: E.M. Ward, A woman seated on the ground, torchbearer to left, below heads of plague victims, 1848.
All over the country, schools and universities are suddenly moving to distance teaching, at least for the short term, with little or no preparation because of the pandemic. If you are working in education in any teaching capacity, and this image captures how you are feeling, this may be the series for you.
More than one Jackal has stepped forward and has offered to share what they know about distance teaching. Mr. Robert’s mom always said “Look for the helpers.” Well, we have a lot of those on Balloon Juice, and we’re gonna see if we can harness some of that expertise.
This will be an informal ad-hoc series where folks can chime in with their expertise, their recommendations, opinions and tricks of the trade. “This is what we’re doing.” “This is what worked for me.” “Brainstorming.” “I ran a distance teaching program.” “I’m supposed to start teaching remotely on Monday, and I have no idea what I’m doing”.
Some of the posts will be formal, some informal. Nothing has to be perfect, or perfectly written. (Though you won’t be penalized if your guest post is.)
The first post, that I will put up in a little while, is from a lurker who contacted me. Imm contacted a few of us, and Cheryl will be putting up his guest post within a day or two. Martin, if you would be willing to do a guest post and you haven’t already contacted a front pager, come on down! Anyone else with experience or expertise, please let us know in the comments, or contact the front pager of your choice.
We have a new category just for this, and a link under Featuring, so the posts will be easy to find. If you guys have resources you would like to share, we can collect all of those in one place and add a link for that.
In the meantime, we’ll likely make the post titles consistent so they are recognizable as part of the series
Distance Teaching (Surprise!) and COVID-19: Person’s name.
As I’m trying to dig out the problems with SARS-CoV-2 testing the United States, it’s become necessary for me to learn a bit about how the test works. I am not an expert in RNA analysis, but this is chemistry, which I do understand. I asked Stephen N. Floor, Assistant Professor in the Department of Cell and Tissue Biology at the University of California, San Francisco, some questions and to check my work. All errors and political content in this post are mine.
From the point of view of the person being tested, samples are taken from their respiratory tract, which means having the interior of one’s mouth and nose swabbed and perhaps washed out. They might be asked to hack up some sputum.
The laboratory procedures are demanding, but standard for RNA and DNA work.
RNA is extracted from the patient’s samples. It appears to be the extractant for this step that is currently in short supply. The extractant may be TRIzol, a solution of phenol and guanidinium isothiocyanate, neither of which should be hard to supply.
A primer and standard are added to the prepared sample, which is then run through a PCR machine.
PCR stands for polymerase chain reaction, which is a method to make many copies of DNA. Because this virus is an RNA virus, its complementary DNA is produced, a dye is added that binds to the DNA, and the primer amplifies the SARS-CoV-2 selectively. Neither the virus RNA nor DNA is infectious, because they lack the rest of the virus.
The dye fluoresces, and the amount of fluorescence indicates how much DNA is produced. A control is added to give a known result, against which the SARS-CoV-2 result can be evaluated.
A test like this must be reliable – not too many false positive or negative results. False negatives are the more dangerous in this case, because they may result in an infected person moving about the community or a delay in treatment for a sick person. I haven’t been able to find statistics on false positive and negative rates for this test. The New York fact sheet has a short discussion of their effects.
If the sample from the patient is run through the procedure immediately, results can be available within several hours.
Despite administration promises, test kits continue to be in very limited supply, and the number of qualified laboratories and total tests small. (But numbers are all over the map, and the government doesn’t seem to be collecting them.) The reasons for this remain murky. It looks to me like a bad decision, possibly a number of bad decisions, were made early on, including not using the WHO kit and developing a kit to detect multiple coronaviruses rather than just SARS-CoV-2. This could be an organizational problem – I worked for an organization that felt it had to develop all its own computer codes, including payroll. That did not go well. Or it could be that Trump’s strong desire to deny the epidemic affected the judgement of people like Robert Redfield, CDC director.
People need to know if they’re infected so that they can observe quarantine or go about their business; doctors need to know so they can isolate patients and give them appropriate treatment; and we all need to know to understand the patterns of infection in society and take appropriate distancing measures. Right now, with so few tests, we have people self-quarantining, possibly without need, and people who don’t know they’re infected.
Also with PCR, the full genome of the virus can be sequenced, and that has been done in some cases. Trevor Bedford has an extremely informative Twitter account (@trvrb), where he explains what can be deduced about the spread of the virus from its genome.
The media need to ask better questions on the lack of tests, particularly of Redfield and Mike Pence:
- Who made the decisions on which test to use? Why did they make those decisions?
- The question on the decisions is the central one, but you might be able to get there by asking about the alleged shortages of materials. Why? Who are the suppliers? Why are they not in short supply in the countries that are testing?
My suspicion is that the shortages are a cover for protecting Trump’s delicate ego. That priority has to be dumped in favor of the health of Americans.
Update: And it looks like my suspicion is right. From NPR Fresh Air interview of Dan Diamond, a reporter for Politico:
But at the same time, Secretary Azar has not always given the president the worst-case scenario of what could happen. My understanding is he did not push to do aggressive additional testing in recent weeks, and that’s partly because more testing might have led to more cases being discovered of coronavirus outbreak, and the president had made clear – the lower the numbers on coronavirus, the better for the president, the better for his potential reelection this fall.
Bolding mine. There’s more in the interview, but this is the most direct indictment of the president.
Cross-posted at Nuclear Diner
Starting any minute — they’re doing mic checks:
Open thread. Also, visit DougJ’s thread below and help give a Democratic president a Democratic senate if you can afford to donate. Please and thank you!
— Michelle Wu ?? (@wutrain) March 12, 2020
More choices from the available plethora:
— Neera Tanden (@neeratanden) March 12, 2020
— Kai Kupferschmidt (@kakape) March 11, 2020
I’m trying not to chew on the side with the temporary crown, waiting for the permanent version that’s due to be installed at the end of the month. So this is pertinent to my interests:
Same question. Any #DDS here to answer about advisability of routine in office dental cleaning and exam at this time? Especially for those over age 60 with comorbidities? Our dental health is important, but so is avoiding #COVID-19.
— Hopeful Pessimist ?? (@Nowbay1) March 11, 2020
Everyone should be guaranteed concrete, actionable answers to the fundamental question about the coronavirus: Where should I go, and what should I do, if I start to feel sick? @jameshamblin has them: https://t.co/8VcdVQXTPj
— ??? ? ??????, ??? ?????????? (@MackayIM) March 12, 2020
There are no antiviral drugs proven to be effective against #Covid19. None. May turn out to be ones that work but that isn’t known yet.
— Helen Branswell (@HelenBranswell) March 12, 2020
“Two or three weeks ago, we were still hoping for containment … We’re really past that," says @aetiology.
— Vox (@voxdotcom) March 12, 2020
Rupert Murdoch could save lives by forcing Fox News to tell the truth about coronavirus — right now. https://t.co/lzGYlFKa0R
— Margaret Sullivan (@Sulliview) March 11, 2020
Healthy working age adults who are not clinically trained have a critical public health role to play in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our mission is to create massive externalities that can be used to break infection chains. We do this by social distancing. Many universities and colleges are closing or severely limiting operations in order to minimize immediate disease spread. Non-critical, non-clinical personnel are being sent home. I’m working from home for the foreseeable future. I’m lucky, 98% of my work can be done almost anywhere in normal times and since no one else is in the office, I am not needed to move heavy things under the direction of people who are half my body mass.
Staying home and socially distancing is unlikely to produce readily internalizable mortality gains for myself or my immediate family. We’re very low risk. Instead, we are trying to break the infection chains that could lead up to a 73 year old cancer survivor getting or not getting infected. We don’t know who that person that we protect from our actions. But that is the job of healthy, working age adults right now.
And that is a damn difficult job to do if critical aspects of one’s life is dependent on public policy work requirements.
.@SecretarySonny says SNAP time limits for able-bodied adults will tighten as scheduled on April 1 despite concern about economic impact of COVID-19. Tougher application of the 90-day limit on benefits is expected to end SNAP for 700,000 people. https://t.co/vo5Vtq9It4 @FERNnews
— Charles Abbott (@chuckabbott1) March 11, 2020
Those 700,000 folks will be facing a decision to go to work to eat OR engage in social distancing that gneerates highly needed externalities.
A lot of people will go to work as food is an immediate need while acting in a way that may or may not save someone’s faceless grandparent is much further along the hierarchy of needs.
The same logic applies to work requirements in TANF and Medicaid.
We as a society need to make it really easy for people to generate highly valuable externalities in a public health crisis.
Right now, we’re not.
And boy, do I hate it! https://t.co/mfZCxOuEit
— Console cowboy in cyber space (@Coolranch4lyfe) March 12, 2020
Mitch McConnell made a deal with the devil for judges and tax cuts. He assured the world that Trump would be fine, that a manifestly incompetent executive was manageable because he would be able to contain Trump’s worst failings. This is as much his legacy as it is Trump’s.
— Adam Jentleson ?? (@AJentleson) March 12, 2020
— Matea Gold (@mateagold) March 11, 2020
Every state that hasn't adopted universal voting by mail should do so immediately to ensure the coronavirus doesn't disrupt election operations. This map shows which states use VBM & which ones require an excuse to vote absentee https://t.co/ANgtjjczS8 https://t.co/jHQiXmYXe7 pic.twitter.com/F4FVTsHnZV
— Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) March 11, 2020
So happy we aren't about to have any socialism. https://t.co/UAKvvewSCX
— Slava Malamud (@SlavaMalamud) March 11, 2020
I have no faith in this president, who has endangered so many of us, but boy do I believe in my fellow Americans. We will dig deep and take care of one another. We will answer the call.
— Connie Schultz (@ConnieSchultz) March 12, 2020
Foreign Policy editor in Beijing:
an idiot dynast sits on the throne. plague ravages the cities. a once-globalized world falters. the scribbling literati bemoan the status given to merchants
Canadians, judging by late Ming history, now is absolutely the time to send your mounted cavalry over the border
— James Palmer (@BeijingPalmer) March 12, 2020