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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Remembering the Iron Lady
Friends, this week's Newsmaker Show focuses on a number of hot stories in the headlines, including: New York's contentious ventilator shortage, Gov. Cuomo's political future, and speculation that Southern Tier Congressman Tom Reed could run for Governor in 2022. Brian and I also talk about the depressing trend that has normalized the exploitation of tragedies like the current pandemic. Apparently, shame is obsolete!
Historically, Brian and I discuss the fruitful alliance (and close friendship) between President Reagan and Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. We'll not see the likes of them in positions of leadership again, I'd guess! We also talk about the secret to the Red Army's success on the Eastern Front, and the historic victory of the Army of the Republic of (South) Vietnam over the NVA and Viet Cong in 1972. That victory proves, as nothing else could, that success was within our grasp in Vietnam...but unfortunately President Ford and Congress dropped the ball in 1975. And that's a very nice way to put it! A sports analogy frankly underrates the horrific consequences of our betrayal of the South Vietnamese people, not to mention the 60,000 Americans who died in Southeast Asia for what was, in my humble opinion, a just cause.
Tune in, if you please:
And here's some more pandemic context for you:
And this is the closest thing that I have seen to an analysis of the excess mortality caused by COVID-19. The balance of the evidence is that the death rate is indeed being negatively impacted by the disease, and to a considerable extent in Italy. Since this data is a bit out-of-date, one can assume that the effect is increasing...although statistically in many countries the overall effect on mortality could still be described as modest, at the end of the day (less modest if you happen to be the one dying):