O.K., it’s time to panic! (Not really)

We’re Waltzing Matilda

We had always wanted to write that headline but now I don’t. The Dow Jones Industrial average dropped 2,997 points today — the biggest one-day point drop in history. President Trump — TRUMP! — is advising:

  • People should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10;
  • People should stay away from bars, restaurants, and food courts, and
  • No travel, if possible.

On the BeachThe white lab coats at the Policy Werkes (now all on unpaid furlough) have been predicting recession since last Thursday. There’s something in all of this about Fred Astaire using up all the petrol in the movie version of On the Beach. We heard nothing Sunday night (03-15-2020) from the Democrat(ic) presidential candidates that they predicted or advocated for earlier or more decisive action.

A friend’s long-awaited organ transplant has been postponed due to COVID-19, aka the coronavirus, WWWoo. Parking lots are empty.

A submarine is looking for signs of life in San Francisco. The Stately Manor is prepared to take in laundry.

Dow Jones

Today’s stock market carnage

Vicki only

Our Ms. Vicki’s microphone on 1310 AM

St. Louis, Philly

Tale of two cities, Spanish flu 1918

Blaska’s Bottom LineWe asked when would state government shut down. It will soon. When this is all over — and it will be — the economy will come roaring back and we’ll beat this thing.


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3 Responses to O.K., it’s time to panic! (Not really)

  1. George's Son says:

    THIS GRAPH CHARTS PREVIOUS “pandemics”:Tho we cannot extrapolate the future, it may change in weeks. Or months….


    Off topic, per se, but I do wish CNN et al could refer to the right name. There have been a few “corona viruses” out there B4 (SARS. for example). Further, “Pandemic” historical definition says Covid-19 is not one (yet).

    I anticipate getting beaten badly about the head here, but anxiously await any other perspectives. Currently? Let’s ALL err on the side of caution.


  2. White Hills says:

    Hey, at least gas is under $2.00 again!


    • Gary L. Kriewald says:

      And panic grocery buying seems to have subsided, for now at least. Last Thursday, it was in full swing at Woodman’s on Milwaukee St. Today (Tuesday) things were back to normal.


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