Striking while the irony is hot

The name of the firm that acquired Newport Medical Instruments--a company under contract with the U.S. to manufacture low-cost, easy-to-operate ventilators--and then killed the contract:


The U.S. tried to build a fleet of ventilators.  The mission failed.  
New York Times   31 March 2020

American folly: 8 November 2016
Coda to four destructive years (2017-2021)

As with any fool, Trump should be ignored and forgotten.  The Trump administration, however, should not.

"Like a hand grasping": Trump appointees describe the crushing of the C.D.C.
New York Times   16 December 2020

How the pandemic defeated America
The Atlantic   September 2020
"Coronating" a president: A tale of two pathogens

America first

Credit where credit is due (20 November 2020): the administration's persistent negligence has surely led to the current increase in the number of cases.  In turn, vaccine trials have reached threshold numbers of infections much more quickly than they would have otherwise.  Is this what 'warp speed' means?

Here's a challenge: Try to think of someone less capable of managing the CoVID crisis than the current president.  After the critical phase, we must not forget the administration's negligence and incompetence at the crucial early stage.

On 3 November 2020, the body politic activated its innate immune response that will soon eradicate the pathogenic presence in the White House.  Now, an adaptive memory is necessary in order to sterilize society against further attacks of this sort.

The fruit of liberty: coronavirus infections in Florida (Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center)

The Trump Cult by Nick Anderson

Two decades of pandemic war games failed to account for Donald Trump
Scientific Amercican   6 August 2020

An alternative to strong distancing measures: FREQUENT RAPID TESTING

The unique U.S. failure to control the coronavirus
New York Times   6 August 2020

Inside Trump's failure: The rush to abandon leadership role on the virus
New York Times   18 July 2020

The virus: What went wrong?
PBS Frontline   16 June 2020

When it went wrong: 8 November 2016

With Trump leading the way, America's coronavirus failures exposed by record surge in new infections
Washington Post   27 June 2020

Don't leave the WHO.  Strengthen it.
New York Times   15 June 2020

This editorial assumes that the WHO pullout has something to do with how the organization functions rather than what it plainly is: an act of impure politics that attempts to deflect attention from the administration's negligence and ineptness.  The public health responses of South Korea, New Zealand, Taiwan, Singapore, and Germany belie that narrative

Could Trump turn a vaccine into a campaign stunt?
Ezekiel Emanuel & Paul Offit
New York Times   8 June 2020

A more likely event is that Trumpsters will hold out the promise of a vaccine by 2021.  The timing of the election (November) and "warp speed" vaccine development (December) doesn't require the actual existence of a safe and effective product.

Pandemic brings Trump's war on science to the boil
The Guardian   3 May 2020

Trump's 100 days of deadly coronavirus denial
Mother Jones   29 April 2020

Trump's response to virus reflects a long disregard for science
New York Times   28 April 2020

How Trump let the U.S. fall behind the curve on the coronavirus threat
Los Angeles Times   19 April 2020

The 'Red Dawn' emails: 8 key exchanges on the faltering response to the coronavirus
New York Times  11 April 2020

He could have seen what was coming: Behind Trump's failure on the virus
New York Times   11 April 2020

Trump administration ended pandemic early-warning program to detect coronaviruses
Los Angeles Times   2 April 2020

Michael Lewis warns of an administrative debacle if the Trump-led government faces a crisis.
Talking Politics (podcast)   18 December 2019 (rebroadcast with commentary, 5 April 2020)

11 to 100,000: What went wrong with coronavirus testing in the U.S.
Washington Post   30 March 2020

The lost month: how a failure to test blinded the U.S. to Covid-19
New York Times   28 March 2020

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life
The Guardian   28 March 2020

Before virus outbreak, a cascade of warnings went unheeded
New York Times   19 March 2020

A complete list of Trump's attempts to play down the coronavirus
New York Times   15 March 2020

The Trump administration has made the U.S. less ready for infectious disease outbreaks like coronavirus
The Conversation   3 February 2020
'Selling off the future': Trump allows fishing in marine monument   The Guardian   6 June 2020  
The Trump administration vs. children   Scientific American   14 February 2020
Trump ‘turns back the clock’ by luring drilling companies to pristine lands   The Guardian   12 February 2020
Donald Trump is using Stalinist tactics to discredit climate science   The Guardian   20 March 2019
President Ozymandias  Ben Santer   Scientific American   22 October 2018
Fools on the Hill:  Embattled Republicans Are Defending Popular Obamacare Provisions They Tried to Kill  Mother Jones   11 October 2018
Fools on the Hill:  EPA head says gobal warming may help 'humans flourish'   The Guardian   8 Feb 2018
Trump's war on science   NY Times   10 September 2017
Paris Interruptus: pay no attention to the man in front of the curtain     we are still in
EPA chief doubts consensus view of climate change    NY Times   9 March 2017
The power behind the drone

Robert Mercer: The big data billionaire waging war on the mainstream media
The Observer   26 February 2017

Trump questionnaire recalls dark history of ideology-driven science
The Conversation   14 December 2016