A European country consisting of a peninsula delimited by the Alps and surrounded by several islands in South Central Europe. Due to its geographic location, it is home to many people and culture. Its government is unitary parliamentary republic.
With the coronavirus crisis, Italy has been the worst hit with over 13,915 deaths in 115,242 confirmed cases (as of April 3, 2020 data). In the same data, death rate is currently at 11% since February 15, 2020, where data gathering was started.
Cases and deaths were slowing down as of the moment, however, not yet bending down the curve. Italy has currently the strictest lockdown measures in the world due to the coronavirus cases. It has been effective so far, hence the slow down in cases and deaths. But, it is still uncertain what the future holds for this country.
Despite my criticisms, I have generally felt that our public health officials have done a reasonable job. I’d give them something in the C+ to B range. This grade does not include the colossal testing failure, which I suspect was thanks to bureaucrats who we may discover are not public health people at all. But there is another major test that has been failed, and this one is squarely in the laps of our ‘expert’ health officials.
This failure concerns masks.
We have known for a very, very, very long time that masks have great potential to curb the spread … continue reading...
About a week ago, I drilled into the incessant, breathless panic-mongering that led to our entire nation’s response being pegged to the ‘possibility’ that we would end up like Italy–all the while ignoring the fact that there were other possibilities, too. Why might we not end up like Germany? Or South Korea?
Don’t people know that we had our first confirmed case of coronavirus before Italy? Instead of asserting that “WE WILL BE LIKE ITALY! AAAAAAAAAAAAH!” why not ask “Why is Italy so different than the US?” Clearly, its not the evidence which is forcing us to choose Italy as … continue reading...
Watching this coronavirus thing unfold reminded me of this clip in Men In Black where the question is whether or not to tell people something since “they are smart.” The retort is that a person is smart. People on the other hand are stupid, panicky, etc. If you ever doubted this, I set before you the coronavirus.
From everything we know so far, the coronavirus is not that big of a deal. Or, I should say, COVID-19, because in fact there are many other varieties of the coronavirus; so, strictly speaking, its a coronavirus, not the coronavirus. But that nuance … continue reading...
It Happened in Italy: Untold Stories of How the People of Italy Defied the Horrors of the Holocaust by Elizabeth Bettina. Buy on Amazon
Readers of this blog know that I have an interest in the Holocaust and its causes and ramifications. For example, I have already reviewed Joe Keysor’s Hitler, the Holocaust, and the Bible. I consider myself a student of 20th century history with all of its death and destruction and ideological battles. Mrs. Bettina’s book was a breath of fresh air for me as it accomplished several things at once:
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I have three books sent to me due for reading and reviewing. It is going to be a week or possibly longer to get to one or all of them so I wanted to throw up a little blurb to each in the meantime.
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If you are aware of Dan Barker’s ‘Easter Challenge’ you will enjoy this concerted effort to answer it. Pastor Stephen Kingsley’s The Easter Answer: What happened during the forty days between Easter and the Ascension is … continue reading...