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SpankyMcFarland last won the day on April 7

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  1. Being better than JT is kind of a low bar to set yourself here. When did we last recall our ambassador from China? If conservatives wish to be taken seriously on this topic, they would be looking critically at decades of Canadian policy. For example, Harper started with tough talk on human rights but he had some wobbles subsequently. I presume ye’d want a more vigorous course correction than that. I think we can China-proof our country a bit but we can have little or no influence on PRC policy on our own. Only as part of an inter-continental trade bloc can we move them in a more positive direction and such co-operation does not look likely at the moment, except perhaps on preventing another pandemic. The least effective tactic is to lecture them publicly without backing it up.
  2. I know nothing of this topic so I try to avoid being too dogmatic. What I can say is that if they gave me HCQ and I ended up needing a guide dog afterwards, I’d be none too impressed to hear that it was all just an ‘orrible mistake.
  3. I see Germany and South Korea have higher rates now, still low but well over 1%, from the NYT: So best-case scenario, a long way north of flu.
  4. I like Ed Yong’s articles on COVID-19:
  5. The South Koreans were recording something like that a while ago because they were doing a decent level of testing. Germany is even lower? That’s still a lot higher than regular flu though. This virus is not closely related to the viruses that cause flu and probably should not be lumped in with them.
  6. Did any half-sensible person expect him to be frugal and cut spending in order to save for a rainy day? I preferred the policies of the inter-Trudeau years on that score but we are where we are. Indeed many developed countries have worse federal debt as a proportion of GDP than we do heading into this crisis but, of course, there’s provincial, municipal, corporate and personal debt to be considered too. Interesting times.
  7. As far back as February, some brave politicians in Iran were expresssing deep scepticism about the government's COVID figures:
  8. As a serial immigrant myself I can hardly condemn the practice entirely, but numbers do matter and the communities most affected by it should have a disproportionate say in how much is tolerable which is certainly not the case at the moment.
  9. This being local politics we are discussing here, I would pick John Haggie at the moment, NL's Minister of Health, a brilliant surgeon by profession who is now giving excellent briefings each day.
  10. Hydroxychloroquine has some unpleasant side effects. You’d want to be taking it for good reason. The evidence for HCQ in COVID is patchy at the moment. That French trial by Gautret which created such a stir was tiny and six patients involved were lost to follow-up, which further complicates the findings: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0924857920300996
  11. I was surprised the Internet didn’t trigger such a trend. Instead we’ve seen young people flock to the major cities. Perhaps working from home will get a big boost now?
  12. A seven year old composes an isolation waltz:
  13. From a position of almost total ignorance on the subject, I have a hard time believing that there could be enough work done on contact tracing in Canada, given how complex and important it is - one of the few weapons we have at the moment, which Singapore et al have used well so far. Better too much than just enough IMO.
  14. An Iranian official briefly expresses scepticism of the Chinese figures:
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