The public health logic of the political donut shop

From the City of Atwater website:

Are there any reported cases in Merced County?

As of 3-13-20, there are no known reported cases in the County, so there is no cause for undue alarm. However, we still are taking all precautions to ensure plans and contingencies are in place to help protect the public, should they be necessary. – Atwater City Council, March 14, 2020; https://www.atwater.org/2020/02/27/coronavirus

Merced County still virus free -- it's a miracle!


To: Badlands

From: Geezers Anonymous of Merced County/Viejitos anonimos del Condado de Merced

Although every county that touches on Merced County has reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, miraculously, Merced County has escaped. At least it not reported any confirmed cases. And what does "confirmation" mean? How long does it take to get confirmation in Merced County? We count the days as Mercy Hospital constructs yellow tents to handle the overflow of unreported cases of COVID-19.

Who gets the COVID-19 test in Merced County?

In an effort to wring from the Merced Sun-Star’s Thursday, March 20th story, ”Coronavirus response efforts increase in Merced County,” what useful news its 37 column inches might contain, we came up with this assertion in the 25th graph by Interem County Health Officer Dr. Kenneth Bird.

Public Health labs remain the only facilities available to test for the virus, but the county has ample coronavirus test kits at this time.

But the story begins:

Protesting border horrors


The Guardian

'This is our feminist spring': millions of Mexican women prepare to strike over


As the country grapples with a worsening crisis, the revolt among a new generation of feminists is picking up steam: ‘It’s our last resort’

by Tom Phillips in Tijuana

Considering how to appear to do something about the pandemic, VP Pence ...

...drafted a memo to himself.

Obey my President.

Question: Are we going to call this the Jovirus or the Bernivirus?

Answer: Wait for SuperTuesday.

Obey my President.

Do not distribute test kits: no testing, no detecting, and no counting.

Memo to Barr: Research possibility of outlawing all voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives. It might draw crowds in public places that might infect Republicans.

Obey my President.


Will developers indemnify Merced this time?

We caught this graph in a story in the Merced Sun-Star three weeks ago.


He (Ron Sissem, consultant) also discussed the possibility of using out of boundary service agreements, which operate through a contract between the city and developers. City infrastructure and services are extended to the property while keeping it on county land. This type of system is used by UC Merced. – Abbie Lauten-Scrivner, Merced Sun-Star, Feb. 2, 2020

Trump does California water: What could possibly go wrong?

“Millions and millions of gallons are just being wasted and poured into the ocean,” he (Trump)  said. “You deserve water and you have the water. There are communities that don’t have the water. You have water. This is an easy one.”


“This president has worked greatly using science, not based on politics but on science, to allow to have more of that water stay with the Californians and America to make sure we’re secure in our food supply as we move forward," he said.


McClatchy bankrupt


It’s a lot of money guys making all this happen, not a lot of news people, and the aim for all of them is cutting costs enough to squeeze out cash flow, do enough M&A to maximize efficiencies in the back shop, and…well, enjoy the profits until they stop. -- Belton, Niemanlab, web. 13, 2020


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