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Here's a data point I found fascinating, but that will not show up for a while, if at all: information like this, from NPR: Other countries can learn important lessons from Italy, says Dr. Giuseppe Remuzzi, co-author of a recent paper in The Lancet about the country's dire situation. The takeaways include how to swiftly convert a general hospital into a coronavirus care unit with specially trained doctors and nurses. "We had dermatologists, eye doctors, pathologists, learning how to assist a person with a ventilator," Remuzzi says. Some question why Italy was caught off guard when the virus outbreak was revealed on Feb. 21. Remuzzi says he is now hearing information about it from general practitioners. "They remember having seen very strange pneumonia, very severe, particularly in old people in December and even November," he says. "This means that the virus was circulating, at least in [the northern region of] Lombardy and before we were aware of this outbreak occurring in China." He says it was impossible to combat something you didn't know existed. It complements our still-unexplained 'vaping deaths.'
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2020 on Google COVID19 monitor at Sic Semper Tyrannis
Great summary! Many thanks for assembling and publishing it..
A wondrously Western, individualistic interpretation of Confucian teachings. Two of your points deserve comment: "what I have learned from contemporary Chinese politics is that the CCP tried very hard to destroy Confucianism, and the philosophy and way of life survived largely because it was cultivated in politically freer contexts outside of the PRC". This would surprise most Chinese, I think. Confucianism was in no danger from the CCP and is thriving today–much as the Amazon ignores children's miniature dams on its shores. Mao's criticisms were directed at the ways Confucianism has been corrupted by generations of officials and landlords. He himself always aspired to be seen as a Confucian gentleman and, for a head of state, made a pretty good fist of it, judging by his calligraphy and poetry. As to your assertion, "Perhaps apologists for PRC authoritarianism might want to argue that all that terrible Great Leap Famine and Cultural Revolution stuff are things of the past", I might. For Mao, the most discouraging aspect of the GLF three year famine was the attitude of the starving peasants towards the local Party officials who were misreporting crop yields. The peasants simply starved to death rather than speak up or overthrow the officials. That was the germ of the Cultural Revolution, Mao's attempt to democratize the Chinese people where it mattered: face to face with little local tyrants. It was a real revolution, 'not a dinner party, or writing an essay, or painting a picture, or doing embroidery; it cannot be so refined, so leisurely and gentle, so temperate, kind, courteous, restrained and magnanimous. An insurrection, an act of violence by which one class overthrows another'. It upset a billion people for 10 years and, though it was the least violent revolution in history, it achieved its goal: today the Chinese people criticize their government more enthusiastically than we do. And thanks to Xi (who lived at both ends of the revolutionary spectrum) they can safely denounce the little vampires who suck the blood of local communities. While all still being true Confucians, of course.
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