Today about 2,400 years ago the Thebans defeated the Spartans to break the myth of Spartan invincibility. 1,500 years later the only King of Lithuania was crowned. It is the 113th birthday of Frida Kahlo. Not aware of history in Martinez, CA two white folk vandalized a Black Lives Matter mural an hour after it was painted. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/05/us/White-couple-paints-Black-lives-matter-sign.html?surface=most-popular&fellback=false&req_id=287219059&algo=top_conversion&imp_id=275284606&action=click&module=Most%20Popular&pgtype=Homepage
The anti-racist and anti-government protests have definitely increased the spread of the epidemic. It raises some fascinating moral questions. As Professor Mark Lurie of Brown university noted: “We undid some very hard work, and I don’t see how actions like that can help in battling this epidemic, honestly.” On the other hand public health is guided by twin imperatives: To comfort the afflicted and to speak truth about risks to public health, no matter how unpleasant. Not a simple situation. Both economic collapse and opposing evil of racism are corollaries to the pandemic. Rather like an evil three legged stool. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/us/Epidemiologists-coronavirus-protests-quarantine.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage
Having re-opened without a decline in hospitalizations the bill has come due. On Sunday over 8,000 were hospitalized. And we have yet to see the Fourth spike. But the Texas Workforce Commission sent 46,000 jobless workers an invoice for an excessive unemployment benefit. Serves them right for losing their job.