Central Park Karen Back in the News

Sort of. Woman Criminally Charged For 911 Call Claiming Black Man Was Threatening Her.

Manhattan, NY – The white woman who called police in hysterics claiming that an “African American man” threatened her in Central Park in May has been charged for allegedly filing a false police report.

I have little sympathy for someone who tried to sick the cops on a black man, because he asked her to obey the law.

No One Is Responsible

That is Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s position, anyway. And Atlanta’s mayor is still calling the riots “mostly largely peaceful.” Gun violence kills 160 as holiday weekend exposes tale of ‘two Americas’.

This article doesn’t just deal with Chicago, but I will start there.

But Chicago saw the worst violence in one of the bloodiest holiday weekends in recent memory, ending with 17 people fatally shot including a seven-year-old girl and a 14-year-old boy and 63 more wounded, an increase of five shootings on the high figures that had marred the holiday weekend the previous year.

Despite an effort that included an additional 1,200 officers on the streets and pleas from the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, for residents not to reverse limited progress that had been made against the epidemic of gun violence, Lightfoot lamented the children whose “hopes and dreams were ended by the barrel of a gun”.

That’s right, the fault lies in an inanimate object, not in the person who pulled the trigger, not in that person who killed 7-year-old Natalia Wallace in front of her grandmother’s house, but in an inanimate object.

The shooting death of an eight-year-old girl, Secoriea Turner, in Atlanta, prompted the mayor, Keisha Lance Bottoms, to call for justice while noting the shadow such street violence casts over the huge and largely peaceful Black Lives Matter protests against racism and police brutality.

Largely peaceful? She must not have been watching the same news footage I was.

There is more. Escalating carnage in New York City. More of the same in Philadelphia. And platitudes, but very little in the way of a plan.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – Black-on-Black Crime Explodes in the Wake of #BlackLivesMatter Protests, which he calls “entirely predictable.”

Democrats can’t blame white racist cops for this, so they don’t care.

Crime In NYC and LA

I pick on Chicago too much, but they make it so damn easy. So let’s look farther afield.

First up, New York. Murders continue to surge in NYC with 38 killings in the last four weeks.

It isn’t just murders that are up.

Burglaries have climbed citywide by 47% for the year so far, with 6,595 incidents versus 4,480 in the same period in 2019.

Auto thefts continued a year-long trend of increases with more than 60% over the same period in 2019.

And LA. LAPD: Homicides Up 250% In First Week Of June.

A tweet from the LAPD says between May 31 and June 6, homicides were up 250% compared to the previous week. The number of victims who had been shot jumped 56% in the same week.

Maybe some of that is due to relaxing the COVID-19 lockdown. They don’t cite figures from prior years.

Hat tip to Bloviating Zeppelin and You want no cops? You just may get it.

America: you’re about to get the kind of law enforcement you deserve. And demand. You’re demanding it now.


He has details about stuff in Atlanta, Denver, and Seattle.

New York Descends Into Chaos

And no one seems to care. 11 people shot across NYC in less than 12 hours as shootings spike.

Bill de Blazio is busy signalling how much he hates Trump. But we’ll get to that.

11 shootings in 12 hours is a lot. Especially by the standards of NYC for the past decade or so.

The spree of gunfire brought the number of shootings since Monday to 59, with a total 81 people shot, including six murders.

By comparison, there were nine murders but just 26 shootings for the entire week during the same time last year, sources said.

What is de Blazio doing about it? Not much. De Blasio’s performance grows worse by the day, making NYC unlivable: Goodwin.

New York faced 9/11 and came back strong. They turned Times Square from a den of iniquity to a tourist destination for families. They kept their economy thriving, until now.

New York has had its share of corrupt and incompetent mayors, but never has it had one who is both of those and also a lazy bum.

With restaurants wanting to know the rules for reopening, de Blasio diddled until the last minute. Their survival was at stake, but he couldn’t be bothered.

What’s the plan for schools in the fall? Good question, but don’t ask the mayor. He hasn’t gotten around to that yet.

Besides, the issue only involves a million students, their families, teachers, coaches, principals and administrators. They must wait for the chief political popinjay to bestir himself.

He is painting “Black Lives Matter” on streets including in front of Trump Tower, because why not. Actually running the city isn’t fun.

Crime is soaring — murder is up 25 percent — and de Blasio responds by vowing to cut the police budget.

The aim is not to do more with less. It is to get the cops to do less. This is a death wish.

For weeks, illegal fireworks have exploded through the night, and a 3-year-old Bronx boy is among the injured innocents. Thousands of complaints pour in, to which the mayor shrugs and says cops and firefighters “have many other things” to do.

Police are quitting in droves, and nobody should blame them. Would you risk your life to enforce the law under this mayor?

And they are retiring. 272 uniformed NYPD cops file for retirement after George Floyd death. A 49 percent increase over the same period a year ago.

Sadly, the people of this city will soon experience what New York City was like in the 1980s.

History. Ignorance. Rinse. Repeat.

But there is a difference. In the 1980s, Wall Street traders were still on the street. Open Outcry Auctions were a 19th Century information processing system that mostly worked, and are mostly not needed today. Crowding into the city made some kind of sense in the 1980s. As the whole COVID-19 work-remotely effort has shown, you don’t need to crowd into Manhattan every day, and the COVID-19 rates seem to show that you don’t want to anyway. Small shops have been going out of business for sometime, because Amazon will deliver it to you later today. Or whatever. And now the restaurants are following them, because of social distancing.

I never liked NYC, but then I haven’t been there in decades. I see no reason to go now.

If you do want to live there, you can buy a 4 bedroom house in Queens for less than $900,000 but you will probably have to tear it down due to the mold. NYC house selling for $828K has the scariest listing photos ever.

When the Right Party is in Power, They Get a Pass

NYC’s mayor is a Democrat, so no one cares about the crime numbers. Murder is rising — but New York doesn’t seem to care.

This isn’t an aberration coming off a good spring. For the year, murder is up 25 percent. If these rates hold, New York would end 2020 with an increase in murders twice as high as we’ve seen since 1990.

And no, it mostly isn’t domestic violence, involving people cooped up. Over the past month, we have seen 13 classic street murders in a few blocks around Brownsville: drive-by shootings, stabbing fights. Over the weekend, 19-year-old Tyanna Johnson died in a Bronx park, likely the innocent victim of a drive-by.

So all the extra dead New Yorkers just don’t matter as much as supporting CHAZ, and applauding The Cuomo Brothers Comedy Routine. Which de Blazio does.

New York’s Recipe For More Crime

The video is infuriating. Elderly victim shoved by brute ‘fearful to walk the streets alone’.

A 31-year-old creep punches a 91-year-old lady in the head for no reason. Violent criminals don’t need a reason to be violent criminals.

Geraldine hit her head on a fire hydrant and started bleeding, she said. A passerby saw the assault, called 911 and an ambulance rushed her to nearby Beth Israel Hospital, she said.

The former teacher said her physical wounds were relatively minor and have since healed — but the mental toll has been much more severe.

As for the guy in question.

Brimmage was busted by cops Tuesday and charged with assault after investigators recognized him from video footage of the attack, authorities said.

The frequent offender has now been arrested 103 times since 2005 for petty crimes and sex offenses, sources said.

The creep was convicted of sexual misconduct in 2012, then arrested for two sex offenses in 2014, police sources said.

And with all of that he is walking down the street free to punch an old lady in the head. Click thru and see the video. I’m sure he thought he was a bad-ass striking a blow for some worthy cause. Click thru and watch video; it is only a few seconds. If she hit her head just a bit harder on the fire hydrant, he might be facing murder charges. As it is, his punishment won’t be enough.

Hat tip to The Other McCain who notes, We Found Another Joe Biden Voter.

What Happens When You Turn Criminals Loose?

You get more crime. Shock: Here’s What’s Happened After NYC Released Hundreds of Inmates from Rikers.

I can’t even work up an, “I’m shocked – Shocked!…” response, because absolutely no one is shocked. Except perhaps Mayor de Blasio.

Hundreds of inmates were released from Riker’s Island in New York City to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in the prison. Officials knew the risks. And those fears have been realized, hundreds of times. New reporting from Melissa Russo reveals that at least 250 prisoners out of the 2,500 who were released early have gone on to commit at least 450 more crimes.

But hey. New Yorkers are soooo much smarter than you. Just ask them. (Hat tip to Daley Gator.)

Another Lawyer Making Terrorist Threats

Hey, he probably thought he was safe behind his bandana. ‘Protester’ Who Made Terroristic Threats on Live TV Is a Brooklyn Lawyer.

Gateway Pundit broke the news today that Israel Adam “Ace” Burns is a Brooklyn attorney, who graduated from Rutgers Law School and appears to have many influential friends:

Because the news didn’t see fit to identify his profession. BLM protester threatens to burn down NYC Diamond District during Fox News interview, is arrested for terror threats.

Burns’ attorney Ken Belkin hopes the Brooklyn district attorney declines to prosecute the case, arguing his client didn’t actually mean any harm.

“This is a peaceful man. I don’t believe he intended to make any threats or really intended to make good on that threat.

Because “peaceful people” always make threats to burn down largely Jewish neighborhoods. At least the peaceful people in NYC apparently do. Or so this attorney seems to imply.

Two Brooklyn Lawyers Turn to Terror

Because that is what passes for “protest” in the 21st Century. Pair of Brooklyn lawyers including Ivy League corporate attorney charged in Molotov cocktail attack on NYPD cruiser.

Two Brooklyn lawyers, including an Ivy League graduate corporate attorney, are facing federal charges over accusations they tossed a Molotov cocktail into an NYPD vehicle early Saturday morning during a protest over the police killing of George Floyd.

A law degree should tell you what is legal and what is not, but I guess it doesn’t cover right and wrong.

The Daily News seems to think it is a big deal Colinford Mattis attended an Ivy League school.

Mattis, who lives in East New York, graduated from Princeton University and New York University law school, according to his LinkedIn page.

They have less information on Urooj Rahman.

Rahman’s Facebook page showed her celebrating her graduation from Fordham but a neighbor said she struggled with financial problems after losing her job.

While innocent before being proved guilty, there is apparently video evidence. I usually write that cops haven’t figured out that there are always video cameras in a place like New York. Apparently the lawyers haven’t figured that out either.

Hat tip to The Other McCain – Ivy League Terrorist. Who also takes note of the Ivy League.

The annual cost of attending Princeton is $69,020, including room and board.

Though there is usually a lot of financial aid available to bring that number down, it is still a lot when you multiply by 4.

And it just points out that, as I have said before, the future is stupid. (Actually I pretty certain that I read that somewhere, but I’m not sure where.)

Central Park Karen Is a Liberal

But then that was to be expected. Central-park-near address, rescue dog (the only approved kind!) are the requirements for limousine liberal, or maybe just liberal without the limo. From The IndependentIt looks like [Central Park Karen], the white woman in the viral Central Park video, is a liberal. That’s important.

She also had that smug sense of “I’m always right, even when I’m wrong” that I find radiates from liberals.

In response to the video, many on social media began to speculate and insist that [Karen] was a Trump supporter and a member of the “MAGA” movement.

However, campaign contribution information — with donations to Democrats such as Barack Obama, Pete Buttigieg, and John Kerry — leaked online earlier today appeared to suggest that [Karen] actually identifies as a liberal.

Yes liberals can be racist. Actually the liberals are the people usually painting with a broad brush, and discounting the actions, decisions and responsibilities of the individual. They are convinced that the only important feature you have is your membership in a victim-class, whether based on race, or sexual-orientation, or whatever. (Thinking for yourself is not allowed!) What is extreme is the way Central Park Karen uses her assumptions about how cops will respond to a white-woman “in danger” from an African American man, and yet she seems fine with the fact that this could have lethal consequences for a man who only asked her to obey the law.

I don’t really like that article linked at the top, but then I don’t like any of the articles that deal with her politics. That is because they all boil down to “We knew Republicans were racist, but we had no idea that Democrats could be too!” And actually in the comments there are a lot of people who don’t believe it. For my position, see my statement on individual responsibility above.

In another article, from Public Seminar, [Central Park Karen]: The Paradox of the Shameless White Liberal, by Musa al-Gharbi, the Paul F. Lazarsfeld Fellow in Sociology at Columbia University, we get the following…

In other words, [Karen]’s assumption that the cops would respond in a forceful manner against a black man without asking too many questions, strictly in virtue of his race as compared to hers — this is the kind of belief that liberals tend to hold about cops.

That’s what she expected, and she was apparently OK with it. In fact she seemed to be counting on it, or at least that Mr. Cooper would be afraid of that outcome.

Now Musa al-Gharbi is a Sociology Fellow at Columbia University (he has masters degrees in both Sociology and Philosophy) so there is a lot of liberal bias baked into his writing, but he does still give the liberals the business. How they are convinced they are so much better than everyone, and how their in-group virtue-signalling reinforces that belief, even when the reality isn’t so clear cut.

Owning a rescue dog, and donating money to the correct political candidates – Central Park Karen donated to Obama, Kerry, and Buttigieg (according the Independent’s article, though Open Secrets only show donations to the first two) – doesn’t ensure that you’re a good person. Only that you are virtue-signalling your membership in the Left.

You can look her up at Open Secrets, or you can find a link in the comments section on that article at the top, if you doubt that a card-carrying liberal could act this way. A lot of folks on the Left refuse to believe it. Everyone on the Left is good, and “We have the rescue-dogs to prove it!”

And, yes, I have edited out her name. She’s lost her dog, and her job over this; I see no reason to pile on. She will probably lose a whole lot more before people forget. The guy who was the target of Karen’s wrath has forgiven her or at least accepted her apology, so that’s good enough for me. Can I say it? I don’t have a dog in that particular fight.

Oh My God, Karen!

At this point, I have trouble feeling sorry for whatever happens to her. Cooped up: A shameful Central Park encounter demands all New Yorkers be better people.

Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper (no relation) had a disagreement about her dog.

The fallout has been typical. Despite apologizing, she’s since been fired. Her dog’s been taken into protective custody. (I’m not joking). Those are pretty high prices to pay.

She played the reverse-race card and lost. She called 911 and complained about an “African American.” There are enough stories, just on this blog, about what that can lead to, to know that she is willing to see this man dead. Because he asked her to obey the law. A law she didn’t want to obey.

No. If more Karens paid more prices, then there would be fewer people (why are most of them women?) who want to Speak to the Manger. And calling 911, and being all “I’m threatened by a Black Man” is about as “speak to the manager” as it gets.

Here’s a clue. If you’re threatened. Defend yourself. If your not threatened. Grow the fuck up.

NYPD Cop Charged with Murder

Could it be that he thought he was somehow above the law? NYPD rookie cop, 26, charged with murder ‘after he shot his best friend dead’

Nassau Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder said Allen pulled out a gun and shot Curro, a friend since childhood, twice in the head and twice in the neck as they engaged in a struggle.

There is some disagreement about why the shooting. Over a woman? To protect someone? So whether or not this turns out to be justified in the long-run, at least they are trying to present an appearance of even-handedness. (Do you think they would have waited 10 days to make an arrest if the shooter had not been a cop?)

New York City Responsible for the Mess of COVID-19 in the US

Well, not as responsible as China. Travel From New York City Seeded Wave of U.S. Outbreaks.

The research indicates that a wave of infections swept from New York City through much of the country before the city began setting social distancing limits to stop the growth. That helped to fuel outbreaks in Louisiana, Texas, Arizona and as far away as the West Coast.

Granted, it is probably fairly difficult for NYC to achieve much in the way of social distancing. With more than 72,000 people per square mile, Manhattan probably can’t do much about it. But I’m not sure they even tried. Subway cars were jammed. Subway cars were not cleaned everyday. The politicos, eager to prove how much they hated Trump, encouraged all kinds of insanity. Later it would all be Trump’s fault, but that would come later.

He Needs to Sort Out His Priorities

You think funding should go to the most important stuff first? That’s just crazy talk. NYC leaders slam de Blasio plan to cut frontline workers, suggest slashing ThriveNYC instead.

City leaders slammed Mayor Bill de Blasio Wednesday for his willingness to sacrifice the jobs of city cops, doctors and teachers before cutting the fat from his $89.3 billion spending plan — including the embattled $1 billion mental health program headed by his wife.

I think that is taking the whole “Happy wife; happy life” thing too far.

Geniuses run NYC.

And as for the title to this post, it comes with apologies to J.K. Rowling.

How Was Cleaning Subway Trains Not a Thing?

The grocery stores near me close early everyday for cleaning, and there are fewer people (infected or not) in this part of the world. New York City to halt 24/7 subway service for daily coronavirus cleanings.

They were being cleaned every 72 hours. So it isn’t completely gross. More on that later.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today, alongside Mayor Bill de Blasio, that the state and city will coordinate on an effort to halt subway service between 1 and 5 a.m. each night in an effort to disinfect every train every 24 hours. The unprecedented service change, which will shutter all 472 subway stations for four hours every night, will begin on May 6.

May 6th? What were they thinking on April 6th? That the whole transit system was not an incredible Petri dish of germs helping to spread the infection? Maybe that old saying about fish not being able to see the water is true, though I doubt it, since the transit workers have been screaming about the conditions for sometime. No this is a combination of “We’ve always done it that way,” and insanity, with a dash of hubris. Are we surprised that the situation in NYC got so out of control? I’m sure they are. And they have to wait until the 6th because of Cinco de Mayo? They don’t have access to soap?

Geniuses. They are Geniuses running NYC and New York State.

Here is where I jump off the rails and go on a rant. Just sayin’ …

A quick check of the Wiki reveals that, aside from having different numbers for the same thing in different places, they show Manhattan has a population density of 72,033 people per square mile (2018 estimate of population). The county I live in has a population density of a little less than 600 people per square mile. And I don’t live in the most densely populated part of the county.

This is why I am always disturbed by people who think that the rules for this country should be set at the national level. Sorry, but that is an insane idea. If NYC needs to be on a lockdown, fine. They can decide that. What they do shouldn’t do is have any impact on what Buffalo, NY does, let alone what happens in Cincinnati, and certainly not what happens in my corner of the world.

I was reading an article the other day about people “escaping from New York” and heading for the burbs. (If you get the movie reference, more is after the break.) They were willing to spend $8,000 per month to rent a place. Which as far as I can see, is insane.

But that insanity spills over into everything else they are sure we are doing wrong. From minimum wage, to public transit, to all the things they are sure we are doing wrong, and that they are in love with, in their rat-infested, disease ridden city. But you, who are riding in your underground Petri-dish-trains, avoiding the rodents and bad guys, you are soooo much smarter than those of us who live where the air is clear, we don’t trade germs with 70,000 people every-time we step out the front door, and we don’t have to pay $8,000 to rent a temporary home. Yeah, right.

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I Guess This Means The Lockdown Will Never End

Because public transit wasn’t “safe” even before COVID-19, and it isn’t getting better. Making public transit safe next hurdle in easing lockdowns.

Before I get into the AP article linked above, take a look at these photos, from Twitter.

Now I don’t know how recent some of those photos are, but one is clearly from after the start of the pandemic. And there are plenty of stories about how the trains are “filthier than ever” if you look. ‘They Are Transporting This Virus’: MTA Subway Conductors Say Trains Are Filthier Than Ever Amid Coronavirus Pandemic – CBS New York.

So keep that in mind as we now turn to the original article at the top…

There are some things that can be done, but they are not without a cost.

The Dutch national railway began bringing longer trains back into service to make it easier for passengers to stay apart.

Cars need to be cleaned. More cars mean more hours to clean. Equipment needs maintenance and repair. More use leads to more repair.

The capacity of Milan’s metro system will be slashed to just 350,000 passengers a day, compared with 1.3 million on normal workdays.

So what will the other 900,000 riders do? If they get in their cars to drive to work (those that can/do have cars) the Green Police will scream. The solution proposed by Milan, doesn’t quite amount to more government control of the lives of people in the city. Not quite. And that is in Milan, where the vestiges of Western Civilization haven’t completely vanished. Look again a the photos in that Tweet above.

Now let’s look at that 2nd article from CBS.

The MTA has been urging that only essential workers who rely on mass transit ride the subway during the pandemic, and service has been cut to about 75%.

But one conductor, who asked to remain anonymous, says that’s only making the trains less sanitary.

“Because we have less trains to work with, the homeless in the system congregate on fewer trains, so it’s way more evident now than it’s ever been,” the conductor told CBS2’s Ali Bauman. “It’s causing a hazard to MTA employees and the people that we have to transport during this time.”

Trash piled everywhere. People urinating on the trains. Feces. In other words, you can see the complete breakdown of civilization.

NYPD admits that things are out of control. Even through the spin, that much comes through. And de Blasio is deflecting, or trying to.

And lest there be any doubt, the bleeding hearts, who care more about the homeless and their “plight” than the hardworking people of NYC who need to get work are already saying any enforcement by the NYPD is a bad thing. (And the NYPD is trying, but it is a losing battle.)

NYC Ignored This Virus for a Long Time

Because it wasn’t politically correct to take it seriously. Trump Was Getting Things Done as NY Leaders Stood By and an ‘Exponential Surge of Infections’ Exploded On Subways.

At the time Mayor Bill de Blasio was encouraging New Yorkers to go to the movies and get out and mingle, MIT economics professor/physician Jeffrey Harris believes people cramming into the NYC subway launched a “gathering storm” of a “rapid, exponential surge of infections” of coronavirus.

De Blasio wrote on March 2nd, “Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs. 3/5 go see ‘The Traitor.’ If ‘The Wire’ was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”

There were 5 million riders per day on the subways during that period. So of course the virus exploded.

There is a nice graphic that plots turnstile entries versus newly reported cases of COVID-19. Click thru for that and more details. (Hat tip to The Other McCain.)

COVID-19: The Urban Disease

Pandemic strikes US. Democrats most impacted. COVID-19: The Democrat Disease.

Blacks are disproportionately impacted by the disease, and the Left’s explanation is “more underlying conditions,” which do contribute. But the thing that the Left and the media (but I repeat myself) ignore is population density. Mostly because their world-view doesn’t allow them to see population density as anything but a good thing.

What goes unmentioned in such explanations is that black people are also disproportionately likely to live in high-density urban areas and to use public transportation. Why do you think New York City became such a death trap in this pandemic? Millions of people ride the subway there every day, and the city’s population density is the highest in America. Because urban life is also highly correlated with voting Democrat, the Chinese virus also has a partisan bias. Republican voters tend to live in suburbs, small towns and rural areas, regions where the COVID-19 infection rate is lower. A “stay-at-home” order will help reduce the spread of a contagious disease far more effectively if you live in a single-family home than if you live in a crowded apartment complex, and so the residential patterns of Democrats are part of the risk patterns that have political consequences.

I haven’t looked recently, but sometime after the stay-at-home/social-distancing measures started, there was still video from both New York City and Chicago of crowded trains, and people generally not keeping “social distance.” So how do you protect people from themselves, or the place they live? You can’t. People who love NYC can’t be talked into understanding the problems that it brings on them.

NYC – A Shortage of EMTs and an Increase in 911 Calls

The results are not shocking. New Yorkers are dying as ambulance response times surge amid coronavirus.

The statistics are a bit surprising though.

Understaffed and overwhelmed with coronavirus cases, EMS response times have doubled in the Bronx — to an excruciating 24 minutes and 55 seconds in March from the month before.

That’s for all responses, not just the most life-threatening. But even so… What’s the point of living in a hellhole like NYC if you can’t even get spectacular 911 response times?

All the stats are at the link above.

As for the EMS shortage, that article above links to one from January of 2019. NYC’s emergency worker shortage has become a crisis.

As some 900 FDNY paramedics and EMTs have left to become firefighters in the last year, the city’s ability to respond to medical emergencies has reached a crisis point, union leaders warn.

Over the last 12 months, official data show, the average time to reach people in cardiac arrest or choking rose by 24 seconds — an increase that can mean life or death.

The geniuses that run New York City have structured things so that EMTs cannot get ahead, and so those 900 left EMS to become firefighters, because their pay can increase substantially as firefighters.

So you have that situation as a baseline, and add in the COVID-19 insanity, and you get a completely predictable outcome.

A Lesson in Scarcity of Resources

Or what happens when hospitals are overwhelmed? NYC Response Times Lag Because Ambulances Wait in Line at the ER.

New York City ambulances are taking almost three minutes longer than usual to respond to the most critical distress calls, mainly because of administrative bottlenecks in overwhelmed emergency rooms.

So all those kids who said they wouldn’t be impacted by COVID-19, had better hope they don’t get in a car accident, or get shot or stabbed, or get badly burned in a fire, or …