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  #203 New March 21st, 2020 02:44 AM
I have a somewhat jaundiced view of the media coverage of the Chinese Flu or whatever you wish to call it epidemic. Yesterday, the local newspaper announced that my county had 22 cases of it. The last census estimate of the county was a population of in excess of 500,000. Put that in to perspective. Less than one case per 10,000 inhabitants. I assume that the total will imcrease with additional testing, although that depends on a less than 100 per cent accurate test. So there might be less than 22 actual cases allowing for false positive tests, or more than 22 cases, allowing for false negative tests. Those most at risk to happen to be in roughly my age bracket, so I can understand some precautions being taken. Shutting down the state of Illinois for 3 weeks I do have doubts about. Our fearless governor did not really spell out what is an essential job or service, which I suspect is going to cause no end of confusion. Then there are those people who really cannot go without a paycheck for 3 weeks, who are not going to be happy at all. The shutting down of the state of New York for 90 days is, I think, unconscionable. Does the governor not understand that the average person does not have 4 months of wages in savings, and that there is this thing called "eating" that needs to be done on a daily basis. My guess is that he is going to have to admit being a bit too extreme and back off. Against that, getting a politician to admit a mistake is nearly impossible. We will just have to see what happens.

As it is, I am spending part of my time reading a two volume history of the Reformation downloaded from Project Gutenberg, along with a history of the Dark Ages. The one on the Reformation is quite interesting, as the details of how bac the Catholic Church had gotten are a bit incredible to read, and clearly the printing press was vital in helping the Reformation to succeed, where prior efforts at reform had failed. Then there are the accounts of what the early Reformed believers suffered for their beliefs. Beheading, burning, and hanging for the men, while drowning seemed to be the preferred way of putting women believers to death. I wonder how many know about the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacres in France, where an estimated 20.000 French Hugenots were killed. Probably not many. Reading about those days puts the problem of the Chinese Flu into perspective.

Edit Note: I had a lot of corrections with this one. I will try to be more accurate in the future.
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