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Day 19

Today my partner Jane and I had the "mask" conversation, as in, "Should we be wearing them if we have to go out?"

Day 18

I wasted 30 minutes of my life listening to Senator Thom Tillis say nothing meaningful on his morning COVID19 phone call. He took a bunch of softball questions from people, imparted no specific knowledge of value, and otherwise blew smoke to cover the criminal incompetence of the Orange Menace. Almost every sentence he spoke began with the words "we're trying." Too bad Tillis doesn't remember the lesson from Yoda in Star Wars. "No! Try not. Do or do not. There is no try."

Meanwhile, this blockbuster report from the New York Times:

The Trump administration ignored a pandemic warning from White House economists who published a study estimating possible effects of a pandemic in September. The White House study reportedly cautioned that a pandemic, like the coronavirus outbreak the world is now facing, could cause the deaths of a half-million Americans and cost the economy as much as $3.8 trillion. The study contradicts what administration officials have repeatedly said about the coronavirus coming out of nowhere and causing unforeseen devastation to the U.S. economy.

Open thread

Thom Tillis knows he's vulnerable. He knows he has a big "trust" problem with North Carolina voters. Just like Richard Burr.

The two of them have done nothing but watch out for their own asses for years. And now they're pretending to care?

Day 17

When your outgoing, optimistic partner starts gets bummed, you know you're in for it. Isolation doesn't suit everyone.

Day 16

One measure of decency I most admire is a person's willingness to apologize. Not with excuses or finger-pointing, but with a sincere desire to seek forgiveness. I apologize often for my transgressions and resolve to do better. That resolve doesn't always pan out, but I know I'll have more chances to improve. Rinse and repeat.

Day 15

I got an email from an Annapolis classmate who's living in France. It was sobering.

Just to reinforce how serious this pandemic is (as if anyone really needs it), I just received an update from a friend in Germany. He is healthy, walks every day but is over 80. He just told me: "There are other problems, people over 80 will not be treated for the virus, and it seems that quite some people are dying,” I hear on the US news that there are shortages of equipment and that doctors may be faced with decisions on who to save and who not. Looks like the German authorities are taking some of those decisions on themselves.

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