BREAKING: Donald Trump points to millions of masks!

TUESDAY, MARCH 24, 2020

The gong-show of large numbers:
Donald J. Trump, the commander in chief, was larger than life and completely in charge.

Late yesterday afternoon, he spoke for almost two hours to a room of socially distanced reporters. Early in his prepared remarks, he provided a critical update:
TRUMP (3/23/20): Let me provide you with an update on critical supplies. FEMA is distributing 8 million N95 respirator masks and 13.3 million surgical masks across the country right now, focusing on the areas with the greatest need. We have shipped 73 pallets of personal protective equipment to New York City and 36 pallets to the state of Washington.

In the past 96 hours, FEMA has also received donations of approximately 6.5 million masks. We’re having millions and millions of masks made as we speak, and other personal protective equipment which we will be distributing to medical hot spots.

We’re focused on some of the hot spots across the nation. We’re seeing an outpouring of creativity and innovative ideas widely shared between the federal health leaders, governors and mayors, the scientific community and members of the private sector really working together. Everybody’s working together.
Across the nation, grateful citizens emitted sighs of relief, though always into their arms. Based upon quick mental arithmetic, the commander reported the imminent receipt of something on the order of 28 million masks—some "respirator," some "surgical."

(He was also shipping 109 pallets of personal protective equipment. He announced this fact to a grateful nation, none of whom had any idea how much equipment a "pallet" contains or how much such equipment is needed.)

Back to those 28 million masks! Under the commander's leadership, it seemed that the question of critical supplies was being wrestled to the ground. Unless you read today's New York Times, where a report in the Business section cites a larger number:
BRADSHER AND SWANSON (3/24/20): The Trump administration is signaling it isn’t too proud to buy Chinese masks, gowns, goggles and other equipment. At the same time, said Peter Navarro, a senior Trump administration trade official, it will object to any Chinese effort to turn deliveries into fodder for propaganda that would bolster China’s image at home and abroad.

“My job at the White House right now is to help find whatever the American people need and buy it from wherever we can, and if we need to send a plane to go get it, we’ll get that done using the full force of government and private enterprise,” Mr. Navarro said in an interview.

[...]

American officials have estimated that the country would need 3.5 billion masks to cope with a yearlong pandemic. Local health officials in the United States say nurses, doctors and other responders face hazards to their own health as infections mount.
Say what? The commander had alleged the impending receipt of 28 million masks, of two different (unexplained) kinds. But according to the Times report, the country will need 3.5 billion masks over the course of a year!

So it goes when we succumb to the gong-show of large numbers. Should they materialize, the commander's 28 million masks would apparently be a drop in the bucket as compared to long-term needs.

That said, 28 million sounds like a very large number of masks! And in the course of a press event which lasted almost two hours, no one asked the commander, or anyone else, to speak to the (very large) difference between millions and billions of masks.

As the commander continued, he shared more good news. He spoke about the apparent large quantities of chloroquine the federal government, under his direction, was "working to help obtain:"
TRUMP (continuing directly): I’m pleased to report that clinical trials in New York will begin existing for existing drugs that may prove effective against the virus. At my direction, the federal government is working to help obtain large quantities of chlororoquine, and you can look from any standpoint tomorrow in New York, we think tomorrow pretty early. The hydroxychloroquine and the Z-Pak, I think as a combination, probably is looking very, very good and it’s going to be distributed. We have 10,000 units going, and it’ll be distributed tomorrow. It’ll be available, and it is now. They already have it. They’re going to distribute it tomorrow morning to a lot of people in New York City and New York. We’re studying it very closely, watching it very closely.
They were going to distribute 10,000 units of a certain combination of drugs "to a lot of people." The commander thought the combination "probably is looking very, very good" and "may [even] prove effective."

Very few people watching him speak had any idea what this meant. Is 10,000 units a lot of units, or is it just a little? Beyond that, did the commander have any idea what he was talking about?

As the Q-and-A proceeded, the commander wasn't asked about the 28 million masks. He wasn't asked about the 10,000 units.

His presentation sounded good, and that's precisely where the information flow stopped. Are there rolling fact-checks in today's papers? We aren't sure where they are.

This is all part of the anthropology of our species at this point in time. This is part of what looks like "information flow" within our floundering culture.

At this particular point in time, information flow within our culture works under these constraints:

Donald J. Trump has an other-worldly capacity to continue "selling the car" in any and all circumstances. And at our current state of evolution, the rest of us haven't developed ways to deal with behavior of this type.

Where he went from there: As he continued, Commander Trump went anecdotal:
TRUMP (continuing directly): You probably saw a couple of articles today came out where a gentleman, they thought he was not going to make it, he said goodbye to his family, they had given him the drug just a little while before, but he thought it was over. His family thought he was going to die, and a number of hours later he woke up, felt good. Then he woke up again and he felt really good, and he’s in good shape, and he’s very happy for this particular drug that we got approved in record-setting time.

There’s never been anything even close to it,
and I want to thank the FDA, which has been incredible, and Dr. Hahn, Stephen Hahn, a highly respected man, but they’re doing everything possible to increase production and available supply of these drugs, not only this drug but also others that are coming.
The commander, in record-setting time, had brought Lazarus back from the grave. There has never been anything like it. Lazarus is very happy with the way the whole thing turned out.

This is an anthropological snapshot. At present, this is part of the way our (allegedly rational) species works.

33 comments:

  1. "Across the nation, grateful citizens emitted sighs of relief, though always into their arms. "

    This just sounds callous to me, not funny.

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    2. I thought it was funny as hell. I laughed out loud at it, and nearly put my head back in my arms.

      Corby, perfessor, whatever you are, you really need to get a life that doesn't revolve around the sun of your hatred for Bob.

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    5. Leroy, thank you very much for your fitting reply to Corby above. For those of us who have been reading this blog for a long time, and I actually think you’ve likely been reading it considerably longer than I have, it’s no surprise that a constant stream of people like Corby pop up from God knows where and for some period of time define themselves by finding flaming fault with Bob’s writing. When Corby finally disappears, someone like him will take his place, and that particularly weird piece of behavior will likely roll on as long as Bob’s site exists. It’s as much a part of this blog as the ads of the spellcasters by now.

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  2. "Donald J. Trump has an other-worldly capacity to continue "selling the car" in any and all circumstances. And at our current state of evolution, the rest of us haven't developed ways to deal with behavior of this type."

    Of course we recognize and avoid this type. The majority of the country didn't vote for Trump and he is not popular now. The people who support him are not responding to his "charms" but are voting their perceived self-interest. Just as Trump is only and always promoting his own interests and not those of the American people.

    No one is being conned. It is just that some people think that by ingratiating themselves to the chief con, they will get some of the filthy lucre that falls through his stubby fingers.

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  3. “Are there rolling fact-checks in today's papers? We aren't sure where they are.”

    Much of MSNBC prime time is devoted to fact-checking Trump’s flaming shitshows. They have guests who are medical experts. You know, liberals probably.

    The problem with the press conferences is that Trump lies so frequently, and is ad-libbing lies on the spot, which makes it difficult for the few reporters there to do instant fact checking. He will likely be asked about his newest lies of today at tomorrow’s press conference.

    Plus, even if the Times and others are doing fact-checking (which they are doing, since Somerby was able to find some to point out Trump’s lies, er, misstatements), Trump’s voters by and large don’t read these, so the people who would be helped the most by the fact-checks aren’t receiving them, at least as long as they restrict themselves to Trump Propaganda Network Fox.

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  4. Challenging Trump to his face on his claims is futile. He will just answer the challenge with more claims, most of them made up and/or false, and/or he will call the reporter “nasty” and refuse to answer.

    The mountain of nonsense is part of the reason why some of the networks are refusing to air the entire thing anymore, as it may be more detrimental to the country to give Trump such a huge platform from which to lie and bullshit.

    I would suggest that the press simply not show up to the press conferences.

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  5. Yesterday, Somerby complained about “our badly disordered public discourse.” He finds a lack of rational thinking to be a problem.

    He has often admonished liberals for blanket statements about conservatives, such as “conservatives are all a bunch of racists.” Ok, point taken.

    But then he turns around and says “liberals are dumb, lazy, and exude a moral squalor and only care about identity politics”, another blanket statement.

    Neither statement is true, and blanket statements like these inhibit, rather than enhance, rational discourse, which Somerby claims to value.

    But it is also a blanket statement to imply that “the media” are all doing a bad job. There are good reporters still trying to uncover the truth, there are not-so-good ones, and there are opinion writers, who run the spectrum from conservative to liberal and everything in-between, including pundits devoted to bothsiderism. And yes, this wide array produces a “disordered public discourse.” Attacking the truly bad reporting and punditry makes sense, but not the entire media, and it’s not clear how or why you would want to enforce an “ordered” discourse, if that means reining in disparate voices.

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  6. Culture, television in particular, destroyed us.

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  7. Trump is a liar and a thief.

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    1. Like Biden and Clinton and George Bush.

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    2. Which of these things is not like the others? Which of these things just doesn't belong?

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  8. The commander had alleged the impending receipt of 28 million masks, of two different (unexplained) kinds. But according to the Times report, the country will need 3.5 billion masks over the course of a year!

    1. The figure of 3.5 billion is the output of a model, and probably a worst case.

    2. We can't expect to have a year's worth of masks on hand as of now. The required number will have to be produced over the course of a year.

    3. How many masks do we have now? How many do we need now? Is 28 million a significant portion of the number needed today?

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  9. Orange Man Bad, eh, Bob?

    That's right, dear Bob, perform your sacred zombie duty, spew some midless dembottery. It's so very useful in time of pandemic.

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  10. Cuomo has a disaster on his hands because he refused to buy tens of thousands of ventilators, instead agreeing with his death panels that health care and ventilators would be rationed if NYC was ever hit with a pandemic.

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  11. " But according to the Times report, the country will need 3.5 billion masks over the course of a year!"

    Or far fewer when sterilization protocols replace current practices. Too complex for the NY times.

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  12. Orange Man Good, eh, Mao?

    That's right, dear Mao, perform your sacred propaganda duty, spew some mindless propaganda. It's so useful in time of pandemic.

    It's all "a Hoax".

    I repeat: Trump is a liar and a thief.

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    1. Plus he is as dumb a board.

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    2. Not Putin's Bitch anymore? Jesus I'm glad you finally realized the whole Russia thing was a totally stupid farce perpetrated by totally stupid liberal media retards for totally stupid liberal retard sheep like yourself. And you bought it hook line and sinker because you believe what you are told and are too stupid and lazy to do basic research. But at least we've reached the point it's too embarrassing to call him Putin's Bitch anymore - which was a dumbass premise from the start. You're getting better! You're doing really good!!!

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    3. Why is Putin laughing?

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    4. Why is Putin laughing?

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    5. Keep in mind that Putin has video of Russian whores pissing on Trump.

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    6. 4:52,
      The Russia hoax was pushed by the corporate-owned media to distract from the fact that the USA has a white supremacy fetish.
      BTW, what the fuck is a "liberal" media?

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  14. I agree with TDH. Saying large numbers without much context is a rhetorical strategy, you could call it a gimmick. It relies entirely on people trusting your expertise.

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    1. And small numbers, without context.
      See $15/ hour for minimum wage, as but one example.

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