JUGGLING: Remember when Ronald Reagan and Tip O’Neill could laugh together at the end of the day? This is not the Flying Karamazov Brothers, but gives them a good run for their rubles.
INSANITY: Set your DVR to record The Definition of Insanity tonight on PBS. Or start — right now — with this one-minute story of a Harvard guy running naked through the streets . . . and how it sparked Miami’s Jail Diversion and Criminal Mental Health programs that are becoming models for the nation.
ISRAEL: Two minutes on their response to the virus:
And two minutes more on their tele-medicine. (Thanks, Alan!)
CHINA: I attended CovidCon yesterday, a virtual two-afternoon conference organized by the Oslo Freedom Forum, focused on the interplay of the virus and authoritarianism.
Particularly enlightening, I thought — and yours free for the watching — were Session 1 Censorship In China: The Pandemic Spark (starts nine-and-a-half minutes in) and Session 3, Communist Party: Savior Or Culprit?
Near the end of that one, presented by a Chinese dissident, his screen went blank (he later rejoined via cell phone) as, apparently, the authorities disabled his computer.
Session 2, was really good, also, as was Session 6: What the Pandemic Has Revealed about Chinese Economic Dominance. (Spoiler alert: they ain’t won the game just yet.)
The final session, about the potential for purposely designing a virus far more lethal than COVID-19 — though a little off topic — destroyed any chance of my ever sleeping peacefully again.
I don’t know what’s on store for today, but you can watch free starting at noon East Coast time.
Wash your hands.
Quote of the Day
We've forgotten all the sacrifices that the people who've gone before us made to give us this wonderful life that we have. We accept it; we take it for granted; we think it's our birthright. The facts are, it's precious, it's fragile -- it can disappear.~Ross Perot, 1988
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