Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, May 23, 2020

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but Atlanta is not burning. Bodies are not piled up in the streets. Hospitals in Georgia are not being overwhelmed; in fact, they are virtually empty. There is no mad rush for ventilators (remember those?). Instead, men, women, and children in the Peach State are returning to some semblance of normal life.

Oh, my apologies, you were waiting for bad news? Sorry, I forgot, we were actually not supposed to be rooting for the virus. Despite the apparent relish behind headlines like "Georgia's Experiment in Human Sacrifice," one assumes that most Americans, even the ones most committed to omnidirectional prophecies of doom, were actually hoping this would happen.

While it really is a shame that we do not get to gloat about the cravenness and stupidity of yet another GOP politician, I think on balance most of us will be glad to hear that Gov. Brian Kemp was not badly wrong here.


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What is happening instead of the widely predicted bloodbath? Confirmed cases of the virus are obviously increasing (though the actual rolling weekly average of new ones have been headed down for nearly a month) while deaths remain more or less flat. In fact, data both from states like Georgia and from abroad suggests that the lifting of lockdowns is positively correlated with a decrease in rates of infection.

This is not to say that things in the Peach State cannot possibly take a turn for the worse, especially if appropriate measures are not taken in nursing homes. Two much narrower claims are being made. The first is that those who insisted that Georgia would be transformed into a post-apocalyptic wasteland within days or even weeks of reopening were wrong, and predictably so.

The second is that this is something about which we should be happy.


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On a purely human level we all should hope that good news continues to come out of Georgia and Florida.

#1 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-05-23 02:26 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

On a purely human level we all should hope that good news continues to come out of Georgia and Florida.

What the ---- is that supposed to mean?

#2 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 02:32 PM | Reply

#1 FNW. Numerous posters are nowhere near being purely human. I hope the good news continues as well.

#3 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2020-05-23 02:36 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

You righties are remarkably self-unaware.

Without your strawman positions you assign to the left you'd have no way to judge your own values.
But what you miss by doing that is that you're judging yourself against a fantasy - a concoction that's made from your own fears and hatred.
And as such, you end up judging yourselves against yourselves.

It is a self-indictment.

#4 | Posted by YAV at 2020-05-23 02:48 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

I hope the good news continues as well.

What a brave and thing to say, and something that really sets you apart from so many people here, in hoping for positive outcomes!

Thought and prayers,
Nothing can be done,
(Except hope for good news.)

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 04:31 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

RoCs article is a smarmy attempt to justify ending social isolation with falsehoods and misleading statements.

Georgia has repeated misrepresented data to justify reopening, but still shows increasing infections.

Deaths trail infections by a week or two, so death will rise.

The median age of covid deaths is NOT greater than the life expectancy of people the same age, so covid definitely shortens life expectancy.

Declining infections is correlated with the end of social isolation, because lowered infections leads to openings, not the reverse.

While covid easily spreads in families and in hospitals, it is interfamilia spread that is the reason for and main risk of the pandemic.

Social isolation is the only effective control measure once community spread gas established and testing and tracing is inadequate.

Best to watch a difficult to corrupt measure, difference in death counts compared to historical trends, as Georgia 's testing and confirmed covid death counts are suspect.

#6 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-23 04:42 PM | Reply

Georgia COVID-19 cases, deaths tick up over last week

But here's why this is important today. Look at the most recent data in orange.
We've now seen four above-average days in the past week. It's not cause for alarm ... yet. But we want see those new cases going down, not up.

The 4th highest reported total to date was this week.

We all want the numbers to fall and for this to be over. But wishful/hopeful thinking is only that.

What we actually need to do towards that end is to let the CDC take the lead, ramp up testing and contact tracing as countries who've successfully nipped this in the bud, stop muzzling our public health experts and cooking the numbers, like Georgia did by changing the order of reported cases to make it look like case numbers have been falling.

#7 | Posted by americanunity at 2020-05-23 04:46 PM | Reply

(The report about Georgia's rising cases was published yesterday)

#8 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2020-05-23 04:47 PM | Reply

Atlanta's Mayor ordered a city lockdown prior to the Governor's statewide lockdown.

Anyone want to give her some credit?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 08:23 PM | Reply

Anyone want to give her some credit?

*quick Google*

Atlanta mayor is a Democrat, so no, not on this thread.

#10 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-23 08:29 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

Oops... apparently she's a potential VP pick for Biden so Gracie will have an attack thread up soon.

#11 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-23 08:39 PM | Reply

Atlanta mayor is a Democrat, so no, not on this thread.

Nor is she mentioned in the article, saying how great Atlanta is doing.
It's like black people don't exist to them.

#12 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-05-23 08:48 PM | Reply

It's like black people don't exist to them.

What do you mean? They have an actual brain surgeon in charge of housing.

#13 | Posted by REDIAL at 2020-05-23 09:05 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"RoCs article"

I'm pretty sure Righto was banned unless he has been let back onto the Retort.

#14 | Posted by leftcoastlawyer at 2020-05-23 09:50 PM | Reply

Total death counts are harder for the GOP to lie about, so that is the number I would watch.

#15 | Posted by bored at 2020-05-23 09:55 PM | Reply

Jobs aren't returning to Georgia either despite the re-opening.

#16 | Posted by Sycophant at 2020-05-25 02:18 PM | Reply

The evil liberal wishing death upon america is a pretty sick gop construct. Does your doctor want you to die when she tells you to exercise and eat right? Wear a helmet when cycling?

#17 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-05-25 05:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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