I’ll admit I’m not the biggest fan of the TV saga Game of Thrones. It’s a little too stark and gory for me. Much like shopping at Walmart these days. I digress.
Anyway, one of the themes that resonated throughout the mystical lands of Westernos and Essos was the notion that Winter Is Coming. And when the series reached that point, we all knew that shit was going to hit the fan.
Since POTUS is a big TV fan, perhaps he can place the Winter Is Coming warning into the context of the current virus crisis.
After all, that was kind of the message that Rick Bright gave to Congress this week. Bright, until being ousted from his position, was charged with developing measures to fight infectious diseases.
Here’s from CNN:
Rick Bright, the ousted director of a crucial federal office charged with developing countermeasures to infectious diseases, testified before Congress on Thursday that the US will face an even worse crisis without additional preparations to curb the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our window of opportunity is closing,” Bright said. “Without better planning, 2020 could be the darkest winter in modern history.”
The “darkest winter in modern history.” Say what?
POTUS, are you listening?
Bright criticized the Trump administration for failing to implement a “standard, centralized, coordinated plan” to combat the virus and questioned its timeline for a vaccine. His testimony came a week after filing a whistleblower complaint alleging he was fired from his job leading the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority for opposing the use of a drug frequently touted by President Donald Trump as a potential coronavirus treatment.
About an hour before Bright’s hearing, Trump tweeted that he had “never met” or “even heard of” Bright, but considers the NIH senior adviser a “disgruntled employee, not liked or respected by people I spoke to and who, with his attitude, should no longer be working for our government!”
Bright claimed that the administration missed “early warning signals” to prevent the spread of the virus. He said that he would “never forget” an email from Mike Bowen, the hearing’s other witness and the vice president of the medical supply company Prestige Ameritech, indicating that the US supply of N95, the respirator masks used by health care professionals, was at a perilous level.
“He said, ‘We’re in deep shit,'” testified Bright. “‘The world is.'”
Hmm. “We’re in deep shit.”
Hard to argue with that assessment.
And it’s certainly enough to send a chill up and down the spine of this citizen journalist.
So it appears that Winter Is Coming.
Wonder if POTUS can require Jon Snow, Lord Commander of the Knight’s Watch, to wear a face mask?