March 20, 2020

Posted by orrinj at 3:33 PM

THERE'S NO CONFUSION:

Not Even the Head of a National Asian American GOP Group Is Okay With Trump Saying "Chinese Virus" (Dan Friedman, 3/20/20, MoJo)

A better question might be whether any Asian-Americans support Trump's use of the phrase. I asked Cliff Li, a Chinese American businessman who heads the National Committee of Asian American Republicans, what he thinks. The group, which supported Trump in 2016 and is likely, Li said, to do so again this year, boasts 10 chapters around the country and has helped the campaigns of GOP candidates, in particular in Florida. [....]

[E]ven Li would not say he agrees with Trump's words. "I wish he didn't say that, because it could cause some racists in the country to misread it," Li said, echoing the concern raised by Alcindor. "I disagree with that if [that is] the result."

Li said he is bothered by some Americans tendency to confuse "Chinese-American" with "Chinese" and is concerned that Trump's words won't help.

Posted by orrinj at 3:29 PM

SEEMS A BAD TIME FOR THE lEFT TO BE HATING INNOVATIVE ECONOMICS:

The company that found a cure for Ebola is working on a treatment for coronavirus (DRIA ROLAND, March 20, 2020, Fortune)

At its best, business can solve very big problems. Arguably the biggest problem today, worldwide, is the onset and rapid spread of COVID-19. Some executives see an opportunity for innovation to lead the way amid these precarious times. 

George Yancopoulos, president and chief scientific officer of biotech company Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, is one such leader. His company announced this week it has developed a promising drug to fight coronavirus, and will begin human trials by early summer. Regeneron has an excellent track record: It created a treatment that drastically reduced the mortality rate in the Ebola virus outbreak that scared the world just a few short years ago. [...]

At around the 22-minute mark Yancopoulos speaks passionately about the collective need across business, industry, health care, and politics to work together for a cure: "We need to encourage the brightest minds to devote their greatest efforts to innovate and invent the solutions to the existential threats facing humanity. ... We are fighting for our very survival. Innovation has saved us before, and that's what we've got to focus on again."

Posted by orrinj at 2:50 PM

NO ONE HATES JUST MEXICANS:


Posted by orrinj at 9:14 AM

THANKS, MARTIN:

Why the world's happiest countries are up north (KATI POHJANPALO AND BLOOMBERG, March 20, 2020)

Finland was once again crowned as the world's happiest country, extending its lead over Denmark and Switzerland, according to a United Nations-affiliated research network.

Finnish contentment stems from high levels of trust, which also underpins solid rankings across the rest of the Nordic region, the Sustainable Development Solutions Network said in the World Happiness Report on Friday.

Reliable and extensive welfare benefits, low corruption, and well-functioning democracy and state institutions are also key, as are a high sense of autonomy and freedom reported by their citizens.

Posted by orrinj at 8:56 AM

YOUR NEXT CAR WILL BE A VOLT:

The 2021 Hyundai Elantra is here with sharp new looks and a hybrid option for the first time ever (Tim Levin, 3/20/20, Business Insider)

As an increasing number of carmakers cut sedan offerings in favor of market-dominating trucks and SUVs, some, like Hyundai, aren't just keeping sedans around -- they're fully making them over. 

Hyundai debuted the 2021 Elantra on Tuesday, along with a first-ever hybrid option and new looks that are far edgier than its price point. They're in line with those of the new Sonata, which debuted last year with styling so unlike most of the cars in its class, it almost looked strange sporting a Hyundai badge.

The abundance of tech features is similar, too: Just like in the new Sonata, forward-collision avoidance, lane-keep assist, high-beam assist, and driver-attention warnings all come standard. 

Posted by orrinj at 8:43 AM

WHAT THEY MEAN BY "CHINESE VIRUS":


Posted by orrinj at 12:00 AM

THE TRUMP BRAND: