For John, BLUF: Yes, it is Zero Hedge, and Tyler Durden, but it is also real. Nothing to see here; just move along.
From Zero Hedge, by Mr Tyler Durden, 21 March 2020.
Here is the lede plus four:
After thousands of Baltimorians violated a curfew imposed by Gov. Hogan as states around the country crack down on the outbreak.This issue of folks not congregating was emphasized again this morning by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The fact is, this is a real pandemic and a serious problem for many of our fellow citizens. I hate to see us go all China here, but some enforcement of the emergency rules are needed. After all, these aren't illegal immigrants. Law enforcement can be applied.
Meanwhile, the second coronavirus death in Baltimore County (part of the suburbs north, east and west of the city) was confirmed about an hour ago, according to local media reports.
As states crack down around the country, with increasing legal penalties for people who put the public welfare at risk by venturing outdoors for no reason, or not taking the proper precautions, Baltimore appears to be readying for a crackdown as some residents steadfastly refuse to follow curfews.
"As the number of positive cases in Maryland continues to dramatically rise, we need everyone to take this seriously. This is a public health crisis like nothing we have ever faced before - we are all in this together, and we will get through this together," Hogan said in a statement.
Rumors reported on social media and elsewhere have hinted at the possibility of more restrictive measures, and, in some cases, something closely approximating martial law, with the national guard deployed in the streets. Though, to be fair, that's already the reality in New York, Maryland and nearly two dozen other states.
What I would like to know, after the Maryland National Guard has returned to its barracks, or homes, what was the impact on crime rate.
Regards — Cliff