‘How Biden Can Beat Covid-19.’ It obviously won’t be easy

first_imgTHREE OTHER ARTICLES WORTH READINGHow to Vaccinate a Planet by Danielle Groen. What it will take to build the fastest inoculation program in history and defeat COVID-19.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Abolish the Senate, by Thomas Geoghegan. Only the House is the house of our dreams […] our first order of business will be to learn all over again how to govern ourselves.“It is an old truism that knowledge is power. The inverse—that power is often ignorance—is rarely discussed. The powerful swathe themselves in obliviousness in order to avoid the pain of others and their own relationship to that pain. There’s a large category of acts hidden from people with standing: the more you are, the less you are. In my neighborhood in San Francisco, for example, white women like me don’t need to know that blue is a gang coor, but if a young of color does not know this, he my be in danger. Similarly, knowing the strategies that women use to be safe around men is, for men, optional, if they ever think about the issue in the first place. Every subordinate has a strategy for survival, which relies, in part, on secrecy; every unequal system preserves that secrecy and protects the powerful; better the sergeant not know how the privates tolerate him, the master not know that the staff have lives beyond servitude.” ~~Rebecca Solnit, “Nobody Knows” (2018)TWEET OF THE DAYx “The difficult thing for the Biden administration is that they will take office after the worst of SARS-CoV-2 has already torn through our communities,” Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine and public health at Brown University, told me. “The next two months are going to be a defining moment for our country…. His administration will be unable to influence our course until January 20 at the earliest.”“It starts, first of all, with having a coherent, organized incident command structure.”The good news is that Biden already has momentum, with a team of experts poised to put already-developed strategies in place during the transition. Assembling that team was the most important first step, Dr. Georges Benjamin, executive director of the American Public Health Association, told me. “Initially, it’s all about leadership and organization. That’s extremely important here,” he said. “It starts, first of all, with having a coherent, organized incident command structure” that “defines who’s in charge.” […] – Advertisement – BLAST FROM THE PASTAt Daily Kos on this date in 2016—Win or lose, white nationalist groups see a bright future after Election Day:Even if Donald J. HateFluffer goes down in defeat tonight, America’s various extremist and racist groups are feeling pretty good about this election. It’s the start of something big, they say.“Trump has shown that our message is healthy, normal and organic — and millions of Americans agree with us,” said Matthew M. Heimbach, a co-founder of the Traditionalist Youth Network, a white nationalist group that claims to support the interests of working-class whites. It also advocates the separation of the races. […]“What you can’t say is that we’re just a bunch of marginal loons,” [Robert Spencer] said. “The truth is that we have a deeper connection with the Trumpian forces and Trumpian populism than the mainstream conservatives do. They’re going to have to deal with us.”Another reminder here: Donald Trump didn’t do that. House Speaker Paul Ryan did that, by backing Trump as his party’s candidate despite his racist rhetoric. Mitch McConnell did that, by tucking himself into his shell and refusing to come out rather than condemning Trump’s statements against Latinos, black Americans, Muslims, and other targets of the “alt-right.” Trump chose to make his campaign a xenophobic cesspool of “alt-right” conspiracy theories and White Grievance, and while many Republicans whose careers in the party are over (e.g. Mitt Romney) condemned Trump’s paranoid bile wholeheartedly, actual sitting Republican lawmakers did not.last_img read more

Samoa’s golden girls go for glory at home

first_imgOf the team that won gold last year, ten players return to this year’s squad for the tournament in Apia.This includes captain Regina Lili’I and current Samoa Cricket development manager and vice-captain, Perelini Mulitalo, who will play in her fifth regional women’s qualifier.The team will also feature several new faces including Faamitai Anitoni, Velder Levaula and Filimaua Malo while Letelesa Autagavia returns to the team for the first time since 2012.Several players from the squad joined New Zealand club teams last season, providing them with excellent preparation in the lead up to the tournament.Two players, Matile Uliao and Lagi Otila Tele’a, also played in the East Asia-Pacific women’s team who won the inaugural Australian Country Cricket Championships in early 2016. Uliao made headlines at the tournament after she took a hat-trick in the EAP’s match against Northern Territory and will be a key bowler again for the Samoan team this tournament.Captain Lili’I knows that all these opportunities will be invaluable for the team this time around. She believes that “every opportunity we get to play cricket, either individually or as a team, helps us to improve and play better quality cricket”.And the expectations from Lili’I of her team are high: “Obviously winning the gold medal was an amazing effort from the girls last year. But now we need to back that up with even better cricket at this tournament because there’s a World Cup Qualifier position at stake.”Samoa will also have a new coach after Ian West stepped down from coaching the team. Sunshine Coast-based coach Brad Murphy has been brought in to fill the role with Taitoe Kaisala as his assistant coach.The 2016 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier – East Asia-Pacific begins in Apia, Samoa, on July 15 and will feature teams from Samoa, Papua New Guinea and Japan. The tournament is a double round robin with the team who finishes on top of the table progressing to the Global Qualifier for the 2017 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup.last_img read more

A Peek Ahead Points to Issues of 11

first_img“When a thing is done, it’s done. Don’t look back. Look forward to your next objective.” — Gen. George C. MarshallMarshall commanded the U.S. Army to victory in World War II, then engineered the plan to rebuild Europe in the war’s aftermath. Before all that, he was the commanding officer at Vancouver Barracks.So we’ll take his advice.We can’t actually predict the future (the power of the press isn’t what it used to be), but it doesn’t take a crystal ball to see a few issues that are likely to generate headlines in 2011.In no particular order:CasinoPublic debate over a tribal casino proposed near La Center had quieted considerably in 2010.Then, on Dec. 23, the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs granted the Cowlitz Indian Tribe’s application to establish a 152-acre reservation near Interstate 5 and build a casino on it.Expect major reverberations in 2011.Opponents have already threatened lawsuits challenging the BIA’s decision. The tribe’s Connecticut-based business partner, Mohegan Tribal Gaming, is straining under $2.1 billion in debt. And the news was unpopular in La Center, where taxes on the city’s four nontribal cardrooms account for about 75 percent of the city’s $4 million in general-fund revenue.Yet the prospect of 4,400 construction jobs over two years may prompt some area politicians to reconsider their previous opposition to a $510 million casino-hotel complex — especially with Clark County’s state-high unemployment rate stuck at 13 percent.last_img read more