Literally… Unprecedented: For The Very First Time, In 175 Years — Scientific American Magazine…

This immensely sensible (perhaps. . . dowdy, even) journal — one that was likely on your father’s and mother’s night-stand or coffee table — just felt compelled to endorse a US Presidential candidate. In fairness, the august periodical did so primarily to repudiate Trump’s lethal unwillingness / inability to. . . science, even when it would save registered voters’ lives.

Below, and at right are testaments to that idea. But Mr. Biden will allow science to guide his governing. Of that much we may be certain. So, it is. . . that one cannot be for Trump, and for real science (do go read it all!) — the two are obviously. . . in opposition:

. . . .Trump repeatedly lied to the public about the deadly threat of the disease, saying it was not a serious concern and “this is like a flu​” when he knew it was more lethal and highly transmissible, according to his taped statements to journalist Bob Woodward. His lies encouraged people to engage in risky behavior, spreading the virus further, and have driven wedges between Americans who take the threat seriously and those who believe Trump’s falsehoods. The White House even produced a memo attacking the expertise of the nation’s leading infectious disease physician, Anthony Fauci, in a despicable attempt to sow further distrust.

Trump’s reaction to America’s worst public health crisis in a century has been to say “I don’t take responsibility at all.” Instead he blamed other countries and his White House predecessor, who left office three years before the pandemic began. . . .

[On the other hand,] Mr. Biden is getting advice on these public health issues from a group that includes David Kessler, epidemiologist, pediatrician and former U.S. Food and Drug Administration chief; Rebecca Katz, immunologist and global health security specialist at Georgetown University; and Ezekiel Emanuel, bioethicist at the University of Pennsylvania. It does not include physicians who believe in aliens and debunked virus therapies, one of whom Trump has called “very respected” and “spectacular.”

Biden has a family and caregiving initiative, recognizing this as key to a sustained public health and economic recovery. His plans include increased salaries for child care workers and construction of new facilities for children because the inability to afford quality care keeps workers out of the economy and places enormous strains on families. . . .

These. Are. Truly. Unprecedented. Times. And they are (hopefully never to repeat again, in our 240 year history) on nearly every relevant dimension. Do go vote. Vote early. Safe travels to my finely-grown and brilliant youngest (and partner), now putting in 19 hours by car — to meet my eldest, in the land of the saguaro cacti — and thus get out of the burn zones, in Oregon. . . with their handsome pooch in tow, too. . . smile. This too. . . shall pass.

नमस्ते

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