Coronavirus containment? Nature bats last

I wish people would understand a basic fact of evolutionary theory: The bigger the population infected, the more replications of a pathogen; the more replications, the more mutations. Quite aside from “flattening the curve” to save hospitals and health care workers from overload, the carelessness about spread of the disease virtually guarantees the emergence of unexpected variations.
Moreover, if we only vaccinate a small proportion of the world, there will be selection pressure that will result in strains that are resistant.
Since we have a concurrent pandemic of chaos and stupidity around the world, conditions are in place for a long struggle. Nature bats last.

Check out John Barry’s column about the implications of emerging variants of the coronavirus here

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A new post on Amor Vincat: Climate change and the Lamb’s War 4: Proclaim warning, instruction, and joy

See it here

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A new post on Amor Vincat

A new post on Amor Vincat: “The two great commenments and care for the earth: a meditation. Find if here.

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A new post on Amor Vincat: Climate change and the Lamb’s War 3: Suffering and folly

A new post on Amor Vincat: Climate change and the Lamb’s War 3: Suffering and folly. Check it out here.

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Check out this post on Democrats, propaganda, and the value of rhetoric

Abe Drayton writes, here, from a pretty strong Left position, about why progressives need to think constructively about the rhetoric of Democrats and similar, even when espoused priniciples are far from reality. I think he puts well the kind of thinking that will need to be part of the mic if progressives want to make progress in these strange times.

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A new post on Amor Vincat: Climate Change and the Lamb’s War, 3: Prompt obedience


See it here.

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Climate Change and the Lamb’s War, 2: Watchfulness
here.

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Erasmus birthday 2020: Thinking about death

Here.

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New post on Amor Vincat

Climate Change as a Spiritual opportunity, Part C: The Lamb’s War 1.
https://amorvincat.wordpress.com/2020/10/06/climate-change-as-a-spiritual-opportunity-part-c-the-lambs-war-1/

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Republicans committed to choosing death whenever possible?

I know, this is a strong claim, but the evidence is piling up, don’t you think?    Here’s a little list, just to get started, with an X marking Republican positions.  In some cases, the policy has not yet been fully implemented, but this is a matter of logistics, not of principle.  “By their fruits shall ye know them.”  Suggest your own favorite additions, there are many possibilities not in this chart!  I should mention that a few minutes with your favorite search engine will bring you to good reporting on these and many other outrages

Decision to makeLife-affrming choice Death-affirming choice 
Nuclear weapons treatiesRrepari or revise Walk away, possibly with vague promises to replace with something better. Intensify weapons developmentX
Climate changeRecognize the reality of the situation Deny the issue, and heap scorn on the scientistsX
 Take urgent steps to end fossil fuel use Encourag fossil fuel use, and heal scorn on the scientific and economic evidence in favor of leaving oil in the groundX
Regulate chlorpyrifos and other nerve-damaging agentsBan use of nerve-damaging agents in agriculture and manufacturing Allow their use, and heap scorn on the scientistsX
Biodiversity declineRecognize scale of the problem and strengthen regulatory and statutory responses Deregulate as much as possible, always favoring destruction for development’s sake.  Heap scorn on scientific and economic evidence against their policy positions. X
Build up of coal-ask and other toxix byproducts of miningRegulate the storage and treatment, invest in technical imrpovements – and phase out coal Deregulate.  Allow pollution of watercourses, soil, and aquifers.  Protect companies from liability for violation of commonsX
Need for democratic debate on questions of public interestDefend and exercise the constitutional rights to public dehate and discussion Stifle debate whenever possible.  Persecute whistleblowers despite laws protecting them;  refuse accountability, conceal or falsify data, and heap scorn on the idea of opposition or disagreementX
Uphold social coherence by maintaining fair and impartial justiceHold accountable those who violate others’ safety or rights Hold poor people and brown people accountable, privilege sanctity of property over human life, exempt wealthy, white, white-collar, and corporate “individuals” from liabilityX
Manage national forests and monumentsStaff Forest Service and take other measures to protect and maintain wilderness  and cultural monuments and reserves, and respect Native sacred lands Defund the Forest Service and national parks, reduce or eliminate protections, open for commercial exploitation, and refuse to countenance Native cultural sites. E.g. pen sites like Tongass to logging, drilling, and other exploitation. Heap scorn on scientific  and humane arguments for protection, and override Native exercise of religion. X

 

 

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