Monday, Monday. Can’t Trust That Day

In the fifty years that I have been getting up and going to work, we have been through some strange times. Street demonstrations, blizzards, hurricanes, 911, transit strikes, blackouts, etc. This is by far the strangest Monday I can remember. Yesterday I served what will be the last Mass in our parish for the foreseeable future. All schools are closed, and the streets look more like early Sunday morning than early Monday morning. 

As I type this, I am sitting in my favorite bagel shop where each morning I make several entries to my blog. As of tomorrow, I will not be able to do this because all eat-in restaurants will be closed. They may be open, but it will be for takeout only. I am a creature of habit and routine, so this is a bigger deal for me that I would have thought not so long ago.

Like many companies, my place of employment is struggling to decide how to handle this crisis. There is a meeting today to determine where we stand going forward and if we are going to shut down for any period of time. Also what, if any, accommodation made for employees who will be out of work for an indefinite period. I have never had a week start with more uncertainty than how this one is beginning. I am not looking forward to this week at all. all we can do now is pray for hot weather, the natural decline in cases that will occur with it, and an end to the panic.

China hints at denying Americans life-saving coronavirus drugs | Fox News

When this is over, we need to begin loosening China’s ever-tightening grip on crucial sectors of our economy, security, and economic health. We can start by offering irresistible incentives for businesses to start moving their production facilities out of China. By even hinting at what is mentioned in this story, China has shown itself as unworthy of further investment in its economy as long as their Communist dictatorship remains in power.

The disturbing threats made during a global pandemic as well as the scary consequences if that threat becomes real highlight just how tight China’s grip is on the global supply chain. Already, the Food and Drug Administration has announced the first drug shortage related to the coronavirus. Though it did not disclose which drug was in short supply, the FDA did say it could not access enough raw components needed because they are made in China. That doesn’t come as a surprise to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla, who told Fox News on Thursday that America is “dangerously reliant” on China for the production of critical goods, including parts for technologies needed to fight COVID-19. Though the United States is a global leader in drug discovery, much of the manufacturing has moved overseas. The last American manufacturing plant to make a key component in penicillin shuttered in 2004. Since then, Chinese pharmaceuticals companies have taken over, supplying between 80 percent and 90 percent of U.S. antibiotics, 70 percent of acetaminophen and about 40 percent of heparin, according to Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations.

China hints at denying Americans life-saving coronavirus drugs | Fox News

Asian man allegedly attacked in London by racist angry about coronavirus

This is what unreasoning panic and hysteria driven by an irresponsible press and politicians results in. Expect more stories like this as racists and other thugs take any opportunity to justify their hatred.

An Asian man was left with multiple fractures to his face after a racist assault in London by a man shouting, “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country!” Jonathan Mok, 23, was beaten on Oxford Streets, one of the city’s busiest thoroughfares, the Independent reported. Mok is a student from Singapore, and posted about the Feb. 24 assault on Facebook.

Asian man allegedly attacked in London by racist angry about coronavirus

Adviser to Iran’s Supreme leader dies from coronavirus, as other top officials infected | Fox News

The scariest thing about this is that this lunatic regime will allow millions of their own people to die rather than accept help from the west.

An adviser to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has died from the new coronavirus, as other top officials in the country are confirmed to be infected, according to multiple reports on Monday. The Iranian Health Ministry recorded 523 new cases in the past 24 hours, bringing the country’s known total to 1,501. They mark a 53 percent increase since the day before. Mohammad Mirmohammadi, 71, was an Expediency Council member who advised Khamenei and settled disputes between him and parliament. COVID-19 has already infected Iran’s vice president and deputy health minister. His death comes after the government on Monday rejected help from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who announced last week the U.S. was concerned Iran may have covered up details on the spread of the virus.

Adviser to Iran’s Supreme leader dies from coronavirus, as other top officials infected | Fox News