Category Archives: Corona Virus/Pandemic

Gwynne Dyer: China & Covid


GWYNNE DYER: Xi must play his hand carefully to avoid political disaster with China’s zero-COVID trap

‘He is caught in a trap, but he built it himself’

Saltwire News, Canada
Gwynne Dyer · Columnist | Dec. 2, 2022

“Our COVID-19 policy is the most scientifically effective, the most economical and yields the best result,” insisted the People’s Daily newspaper in China after mass public protests against the government’s zero COVID policy last weekend.

If President Xi Jinping believes that, he is in for a lot more trouble. Continue reading Gwynne Dyer: China & Covid

Cartoons: “It’s Been A[n Un]Quiet Week in Lake [Trouble] Wo[n’t] Begone . . .”

An epidemic of the eloquent unsaid . . .







A “Werewolf” will hopefully soon head home . . .

Which one will the wee lad get busted for??

Unthinkable, but Undeniable . . .

Congratulations, and ”Meow” . . …


O.M.G. – What Goes Around Really DOES . . .

More Republicans Died Than Democrats after COVID-19 Vaccines Came Out


The sharp divergence in excess death rates that emerged in the post-vaccine period “is pretty striking… and the magnitudes are quite large.”

A new study looks at excess deaths by partisan affiliation in two states during the pandemic. Continue reading O.M.G. – What Goes Around Really DOES . . .

Quote of the Week: The Pandemic Is not — repeat NOT — over

In the past month, two near family members were sick with COVID,  despite shots, boosters & masks.

Both are recovering, but one — a working single mother ineligible for sick leave — lost two weeks pay as well. Other relatives suffered mild cases and bounced back; yet another relative had it last winter, and is still struggling with debilitating “long COVID” effects.

I seem to have dodged it so far, had the third booster shot this week, and came up negative on two COVID tests. But I am still nervous. So, while I’m overall very grateful that Joe Biden is in the White House, his gaffe about the end of the pandemic was not trivial. Past the peak, it seems, yes; but . . . .

Reporter Ed Yong, whose writing on the pandemic won a Pulitzer prize, memorably summed up my outlook:

Recently, after a week in which 2,789 Americans died of COVID-19, President Joe Biden proclaimed that “the pandemic is over.”

Anthony Fauci described the controversy around the proclamation as a matter of “semantics,” but the facts we are living with can speak for themselves.

COVID still kills roughly as many Americans every week as died on 9/11. It is on track to kill at least 100,000 a year—triple the typical toll of the flu. Despite gross undercounting, more than 50,000 infections are being recorded every day. The CDC estimates that 19 million adults have long COVID. Continue reading Quote of the Week: The Pandemic Is not — repeat NOT — over

Quotes to Start the Week, On Election Integrity & Consequences

In Otero County, New Mexico, there was a local primary election on June 7. Republicans were elected to every office on the ballot but two.

One exception was a Democrat for one of the three County Commissioner seats. For a second commissioner seat, a near tie of 801 votes to 790, may go to a recount — but both those candidates are Republicans too.

New Mexico. Otero county is in purple in the bottom tier.

Not much excitement, or news here, initially. But then the incumbent commissioners made headlines last week, by refusing to certify the results.

There were no charges of any irregularities, but the county had used Dominion voting machines, which MAGA Republicans falsely assert are actively wired for fraud, and that was enough: the Commission voted unanimously not to certify.

Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin

New Mexico’s Secretary of State went to the state supreme court, which ordered the Otero commissioners, lacking any evidence of fraud, to certify the vote by week’s end. On Friday, two of the members met. But the third, Couy Griffin, was absent. Continue reading Quotes to Start the Week, On Election Integrity & Consequences