When there is a massive explosion in the middle of a city of more than 2 million people, you might expect people around the world to be interested. Certainly that was true in 1917 when, despite World War I going on, people were interested in the Halifax Explosion (see “City rebuilding costs from the Halifax explosion” for some excerpts from a good book on the subject).
Some graphics from the NYT, taking a rare break from Trump hatred:
Let’s consider my Facebook feed as a good proxy for what the coastal righteous care about. None of my friends care about this explosion! Here is a list of topics from the past few hours:
- Covid-19 will permanently damage everyone whom it infects, even if it doesn’t kill everyone
- Trump appointed an anti-abortion person to something
- whether flight instructors should work in the age of Covid-19 (posted by a Shutdown Karen CFI)
- Trump struggles to say ‘Yosemite’ at White House speech
- various articles about whether America’s unionized public school teachers can be forced to work and whether America’s non-unionized private school teachers can be forced to not work
- exhortations to wear masks more and “more better” (covering the nose, for example!)
- 2015 Tianjin explosions (loosely related!)
- “So far 2020 is like looking both ways before crossing the street and then getting hit by an airplane” (a meme that could apply to Beirut!)
- a post about how Republican leadership is bad for the U.S. economy
- stuff about what will happen when Trump refuses to leave office in January 2021 (with opinions by “experts” on the subject of something that has never happened, i.e., a U.S. president refusing to hang over the reins)
Is it fair to say that Covid-19 primarily affects the mind? Americans (nearly all of my Facebook friends are American) no longer think about anything but their personal welfare with respect to Covid-19 (the Trump-related stuff counts because these people believe that the Great Father in Washington can determine whether or not they are infected).