Half-truth from USA today

Researchers are hard at work trying to come up with an answer and there’s no clear consensus, but one telling fact stands out: The number of deaths the U.S. endured in April is larger than the combined total during the entirety of the pandemic for the next two countries on the list, Italy and Great Britain (54,738).

Source: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/01/coronavirus-us-may-hit-10000-deaths-record-cases-may/3062216001/

Populations (per https://www.statista.com/statistics/1104709/coronavirus-deaths-worldwide-per-million-inhabitants/)

Italy = 60.43 million

Great Britain = 66.49 million

USA = 327.17 million

Summary: USA has 2.57 times the combined population of Italy and Great Britain.

I also note the editorializing ” . . . telling fact . . .”.  What makes this ‘fact’ telling?

I find USAToday useful for learning latest DNC talking points, less useful for learning latest news.

Belated Apologies to Gov. Raimondo (RI)

Within 24 hours she expanded her order to allow state police to stop ANY car entering RI, not just cars with NY license plates.  Since last week other governors are acting to restrict entry (TX and FL).  However, police still started going door-to-door. The Rhode Island National Guard started going door to door on Saturday in coastal areas to inform any New Yorkers who may have come to the state that they must self-quarantine for 14 days while Gov. Gina Raimondo expanded the mandatory self-quarantine to anyone visiting the state.

Gov. G. Raimondo (D) channels her inner tyrant

Rhode Island Police to Hunt Down New Yorkers Seeking Refuge

That is Bloomberg’s headline, not my characterization, but I added the bolding.

Lead paragraph: “Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.”  [my emphasis].

  1.  I am so old that I can remember when electing women to office would result in a kinder, gentler country.   Good times, good times.
  2.  The work-around is easy.  If stopped in your car, or being held face down on the floor at gunpoint, tell them you are an illegal immigrant.  You will be released and maybe even get a voucher for 1 free year at a RI college.
  3.  Old CW: we are in this together.  RI CW: we hate you and fear you.

I hope the RI TV stations include coverage of the house-to-house searches, including knocking on door, search perimeters, and control points.

Panic Jim Tedesco

Showing his inner tyrant.  Topic in the link: https://dailyvoice.com/new-jersey/mahwah/news/covid-19-campgaw-darlington-ramapo-reservation-closed/785674/

Naturally he refused responsibility: ‘Tedesco said he was forced into the executive order “in a further effort to slow the spread of the pandemic.”‘

Wimpy passive voice found here in executive order: “Despite instructions from federal, state, and local officials to make every attempt to stay at home and avoid crowds, some Bergen County parks have noted that people continue to visit parks in large numbers, gather in parking lots, bathrooms, and popular spots despite guidelines to maintain a social distance from other people. ” [my emphases].

  1.  “Make every attempt”: well, maybe people did, or a lot of them did.  Making an attempt is making an attempt.
  2.  “Some . . .  parks have noted”: tell me more about these apparent self-reporting, non-human reporting systems.


The closed parks are

a. Ramapo Valley County Reservation Ramapo Valley Road (Route 202), Mahwah.

b. Campgaw Mountain Reservation, 200 Campgaw Rd, Mahwah.

c. Darlington County Park, 600 Darlington Avenue, Mahwah.

The Incurious NJ.COM

Gov. Murphy of NJ is unhappy.

Gov. Phil Murphy said he’s “really damned unhappy” to hear stories he’s hearing about New Jersey residents not abiding by his stay-at-home order to combat the coronavirus outbreak and warned Sunday to expected a law enforcement crackdown.

“There’s too many people not paying attention to this. We’ve about had it. We’re not happy,” Murphy said during a conference call to update the state on the latest cases.

What stories?  How many people?  How can he tell how many people are out for permitted tasks (like grocery shopping) and how many are out for non-essential reasons?  How does the governor decide there are ‘too many’?  No NJ.com questions or queries.  If the governor says it, it much be true.

USA Today Supports Gov. Cuomo


As it stands now, the competitive market is producing inflationary pressures on supplies, driving up the price of masks, for instance, from 85 cents apiece to $7. Cuomo said the federal government is the only authority that can bring order to what has developed into a chaotic marketplace.

No chaos, only supply and demand.  Note later quote from the governor.

“It will be hard, but it will be OK”, he said. “There’s not going to be chaos. There’s not going to be anarchy.” [my emphasis]

My opinion remains unchanged: Governor Cuomo is not nearly as smart as he thinks he is.

Dumb Mayoral Idea

Garwood Mayor Sara Todisco had the bright idea to limit grocery shoppers to alternate days based on last name (A through M on even-numbered days, N through Z on odd-numbered days).  This would worsen panic buying.   Shoppers would not delay shopping until the next eligible day, but would move shopping forward in time.  More stocking at home (can’t get groceries for next day) leads to emptier shelves.


Fortunately NJ Attorney General Gurbir Grewal intervened and Mayor Todisco’s dumb idea is on hold.  Perhaps AG Grewal’s concern was unauthorized declarations, not panics,  but stopping the alternate-day plan is a good thing.  Congrats to AG Grewal.

James Tedesco III panics

Mr. Tedesco is executive for Bergen County, NJ.

His executive order, now delayed until March 21, orders closures of  malls, shopping centers, offices, construction and business activity    pending limited exceptions. Also, “No groups of more than four people, other than family members, shall assemble at any time within  [Bergen county] until further notice.” (found here ).  My emphasis.

How do we know it is panic?  “If you want to put money over somebody’s life, then shame on you”, he says.  That is fallacy of the limited choice.  Also “Citing his ‘moral authority’ to take the executive action” (found here)   is a wonderful example of junior tyranny.