A Swiss hotel company is offering a new vacation package targeted to wealthy clientèle seeking to isolate themselves from the global Chinese coronavirus in luxury and comfort.
Le Bijou is offering what they’re terming the Covid-19 Service. The package includes a stay at one of the company’s luxury hotels in Basel, Geneva, Zurich, under the supervision of doctors and nurses.
Coronavirus tests will be available for $500. Twice-daily nurse check-ins will be available for $1,200, with full round-the-clock medical supervision for $4,800.
An article on the luxury quarantine isolation package by the Seattle Times seems to ignore the question of potential poor taste of the luxury quarantine package, which ensures that the global elite can isolate themselves from the global epidemic in lavish surroundings. Le Bijou targeted their services to a crowd of Davos elites before the global epidemic disrupted the travel industry, being frequented by Saudi royals, Apple executives, and other powerful individuals.
A pitch for the package on Le Bijou’s website promises a luxury hotel experience “without the other hotel guests.”
Some global elites have taken a desire to segregate themselves from the broader public to even greater levels. A California construction company that specializes in building luxury isolation survival bunkers has reported a great increase in business as major sectors of the economy shut down, offering construction of the state-of-the-art doomsday bunkers at a hefty price tag of $8.25 million.
The bunkers are said to include movie theaters, shooting ranges, and swimming pools. They’re entirely out of the price range of 99% of Americans, who will be forced to fend for themselves should the pandemic prove to destabilize the rule of law and governing structures.
Conservatives should recognize that millions of dollars are being wasted on such vain luxury consumption in an era of mass pandemic. There’s a compelling case that such resources should be marshaled for the collective benefit of the people, instead of being wasted on gaudy survival bunkers and luxury hotel quarantine packages.
Baghdad Bombings Could Give Biden Administration Excuse to Increase US Presence in Iraq
The first major Baghdad bombings in three years happen on Joe Biden’s first full day as president.
Two suicide bombings rocked a marketplace in the Iraqi capital of Baghdad on Thursday, killing at least 32 people and wounding over 100. As of now no one has claimed responsibility, although Iraqi military leaders suspect the Islamic State, the paramilitary group often referred to as “ISIS” in years past.
Major General Tahsin al-Khafaji said that the first suicide bomber shouted in the marketplace that he was not feeling well, and when a group of people drew near him, he detonated an explosive belt he was wearing. Not long after that, a second suicide bomber then detonated his own belt several feet away.
This was Baghdad’s first major bombing in three years, and interestingly enough it came on the first full day of Joe Biden’s presidency. Even the Associated Press pointed out that “many questioned the timing of the attack.”
“The US-led coalition recently ceased combat activities and is gradually drawing down its troop presence in Iraq,” the article reads.
The Jerusalem Post also writes that the bombings provide Biden with “an early opportunity to show US support for Iraq.”
“Biden has said that the US is ‘back’ and the world can expect the US to care again about foreign policy and work multilaterally to solve problems,” said the Post.
All this leads many to believe that the Biden administration will once again increase the US presence in Iraq, thereby dragging us deeper into a situation that the Trump administration had been eager to get out of.
This is not the first time that a Middle Eastern tragedy has coincided with a change of power. In March of 2017, two months after Donald Trump’s inauguration, the Assad government in Syria allegedly used chemical weapons against its own people, leading to international outcry and the Trump administration’s unilateral decision to launch an April 7 missile strike on the Syrian government’s Shayrat Airbase.
Bombings and attacks have also been known to happen shortly after the US announces commitments to scale back military operations.
Perhaps groups like the Islamic State feel emboldened by such announcements and power changes. In any case, the military-industrial complex often uses such attacks to justify never-ending involvement in the Middle East. As of now, however, it still remains to be seen what they will do as a result of Thursday’s bombings, if anything. Fingers crossed that it’s not much.
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