Asian giant hornets in the USA

Just as we’re seeing the light at the end of the tunnel of the coronavirus pandemic, another scourge has arrived from the Far East: the Asian giant hornet. 

This invader shouldn’t be as disruptive as the viral one. But this is bad news, however you slice it. I saw a few of these when I was in Japan. They’re nothing you’d want to find in your back yard in Ohio. 

California, the shutdown, and empty hospitals

Governor Gavin Newsom is facing protests over his lockdown measures in California. Meanwhile, hospitals in the Golden State have become ghost towns. They are laying off nurses, and—in some cases—going bankrupt because of low occupancy rates. 

Such ironies aren’t limited to California. The mass layoffs of medical staff have become a byproduct of the illy conceived shutdown throughout the country. Medical personnel, after all, cannot work from home in most cases. 

Nor are protests limited to liberal states like California. In my state of Ohio, Republican Governor Mike DeWine has once again backtracked on his strict shutdown orders, in the face of changing data, widespread layoffs and bankruptcies, and mounting protests. Continue reading “California, the shutdown, and empty hospitals”