Saturday, February 05, 2022

Since I'm still on this mortal coil

and, barring something sudden, seem likely to be for a while, I really need to clear some more stuff out.  There may be some duplication of older ones, 'cause I've been lousy about cleaning out ones I used

                                                            This one is labeled 'Oops'

And there will be more as I can

Our media is run by 'We love communist tyrannies' assholes,

there's not really a polite way to put it.*
Just as the opening ceremonies were getting underway in Beijing, for example, the New York Times published an article that praises China's authoritarian response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The government's "zero Covid" policy, comprised of strict lockdowns and other acts of state coercion, has been a major success, the Times reports.

How do they know it's been successful? Because China has one of the lowest COVID-19 death rates in the entire world, according to the Chinese government. The Times concedes that the Chinese data "can be suspect" but insists that China has "almost certainly" done a great job handling the pandemic, even if the official numbers are "artificially low." (China has reported just 3 deaths per million from COVID, compared with almost 2,700 in the United States.)
NBC's coverage of the opening ceremonies was marked by a "both sides" approach to China's systematic repression of Uyghur Muslims, which was repeatedly described as merely an allegation leveled by Western countries against the communist regime. "It has to be said that the Chinese government emphatically denies all of this," NBC commentators remarked. "They say that accusations of genocide are the lie of the century."

Etc.  "The Communist tyrants told us it's true, so it must be!"  Holy crap.  These people suck so bad.

*Not that I'm going to bother to find right now

Friday, February 04, 2022

What with being at home on this sixth night, I almost forgot

about the data.  Caught in the nick of time, as it were.

By the way ever notice that when you're supposed to/have to not do things, just sitting gets damned hard?