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Saturday, March 21. 2020
Dalrymple on clothing:
First impressions matter
WSJ: ‘The Consequences of Structural Whiteness are Fatal’. A famous medical journal succumbs to radical politics.
Crazy thing is, it's legal for them
Open Borders Dems Threaten U.S. Health Care System
Mike Bloomberg pumped nearly $1B into failed presidential bid
Biden’s memory isn’t the only problem; It’s his lies
District tells Philadelphia teachers not to teach online due to ‘equity’ concerns; quickly backtracks
FBI Finds New Clinton Emails, Including Discussion about Benghazi and Additional Classified Material
Trump Says He Doesn't Want Corporations Spending "Millions Of Dollars" On Buybacks While Workers Suffer
National Guard Deploys In Baltimore As City Enforces Restrictive Curfew
Taiwan Says It Warned WHO About Coronavirus In December, But Its Warnings Were Ignored
Schumer Asks Trump To Invoke Act For Emergency Medical Equipment; Trump Immediately Orders It Done
Walmart hiring 150,000 to meet demand from coronavirus, giving bonuses to current employees
Fox News's Hume rips Alexander over 'gotcha' question to Trump
Stanford Professor: Data Indicates We’re Severely Overreacting To Coronavirus
New York Deems Liquor Stores ‘Essential,’ Says They Can Stay Open During Coronavirus Shutdown
Marijuana dispensaries are deemed 'essential' in LA, allowed to stay open during coronavirus order
As Hospitals Prepare for COVID-19, Life-Saving Trans Surgeries Are Delayed. Though medical facilities may soon become overtaxed for everyone, the coronavirus pandemic has shed light on how transgender people's care can be treated as "non-essential."
Hospitals in Mass. told to limit ‘nonessential surgeries’ due to COVID-19, but abortions still a go
'Endless wars' and political warfare
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Mike Bloomberg pumped nearly $1B into failed presidential bid
Might have been a good deal for him in the long run. It enabled him to launder an $18 million dollar down pay.. contribution to the DNC past campaign finance restrictions.
So that means he could have given $2 Million to every American.........
On clothing: I don't disagree. I grew up in poverty, not like todays poverty where you get $500 in food stamps each month, a free apartment and cell phone and all kinds of free stuff. Real poverty that was not uncommon in my neighborhood in the 40's. Today I am a self made millionaire. No big deal really a million is not hard to accumulate today. But I dress like a poor to middle class person might. Cheap Walmart jeans, polo shirts that are older than my grandkids and cheap sneakers. I dress for comfort and to fit in. I also dress to give the impression that I don't have a pocket full of money. I do have a new car and truck but I never miss the opportunity to complain about the payments even though I paid cash for them. This effort keeps relatives, friends and even strangers from asking for money.
"Public school teachers in Philadelphia were ordered not to offer “remote” instruction during the coronavirus shutdown — because doing so would not be “equitable.”
...and there it is: The lowest-common-denominator theory that underpins all Socialist thinking. Everybody must have, equally - and it must be the least amount possible, sometimes including 'nothing'.
Old Soviet-era joke:
Capitalism, Socialism and Communism are sitting around a table in a tavern having a beer.
Capitalism proclaims: "I just ate a big plate of sausages. They were delicious!"
Socialism replies: "I had a few small sausages, but I shared them with some other people. They were good."
Communism asks: "OK, you guys, just what are these sausages you both keep talking about?"
What we're seeing now is government panic. When people panic, they tend to do the same useless things over and over again with increased zeal.
Restrictions in movement provided some potential stabilization, but it's gotten crazy to the point where actions that were unthinkable 3 days ago are normal now. NO ONE in government is thinking long term. It's just one panicked reaction after another. . We are way past the point of diminishing returns. The epidemic is here, it will be here. Gutting the country and setting up the population a decade or more of poverty does not justify doubling down on policies that can provide little practical difference in the overall outcome.
We're in sort of a 'cytokine storm'. The response to the disease is more toxic in the long run than the disease itself.
replying to my own comment
I somehow mis pasted some of my thoughts above here goes:
We have a country where the government, from the President on down is in total freakin panic. And like a panicked person, they are just doubling down on ritual tightening which will do nothing except destroy the country. Locking people tighter inside, destroying business, inducing shortages WILL NOT stop the epidemic.
It's like a cytokine storm where the body's own defense mechanism destroys it while fighting an invader, the country is being gutted from the inside, the fiscal and moral strength to rebuild is being destroyed in a pointless display of 'action' Epidemics happen, and they should be 'helped' to burn themselves out. They CANNOT be completely stopped.
The government should be spending on research, facilities, drugs. The government needs to have our economy strong to get out of this mess. Despite the magical thinking of the President and others that our economy is 'ready to rebound'...that does not happen. The aftermath of this is a role as a has been power, both economically and militarily.
[Keep in mind that in the country probably affected worst by this, China, the death from this disease was less than one in a thousand deaths]
China is lying. They have told their doctors and their city leaders that if they report any illnesses or deaths that they will send them off to the gulag. We have no idea how many died in China. Does anyone really think that china cases and deaths stopped overnight and they are telling us the truth on this?
The politicians are in panic. They understand this is about more than a few thousands deaths. Our entire medical community is at risk from this disease. Not just that doctors and nurses may get it but that for months hospitals may be a death sentence even for people uninfected by covid19.
Those secret meetings on covid19 were secret for a reason. After the meeting some senators came out and sold off their stock portfolio. Others have been agreeing to shutting down places where people might congregate because this virus is going to kill a million Americans before it's done. For the rest of us who don't know what was said in those meeting we are all mad that we can't go get a drink or that we have to make our own meals. Jeezzz!! Wake up!! Make your own dinner and stay home and stay safe.
The fact that people are dumping stocks is immaterial to death counts.... the economy is being destroyed by poor management.
Disease will spread, no matter how much you try to lock down society..especially since most cases are already out there in wild. But when you gut the country's resources, out chance of coming out this is much worse. Especially when the additional steps are likely to change the overall picture at all.
We will need major resources, monetary promises from a bankrupt government won't help.
"... [our] chance of coming out this is much worse. Especially when the additional steps are [un]likely to change the overall picture at all.
Agreed--if we're going to throw money out of helicopters, I want it to be on creating surge capacity in the medical system.
And from now on I'm going to be more focused than I ever was on getting rid of "certificates of need."
Here are two short videos from Italy. Really worth watching.
This is why it is so important to bend the curve.
We can see some stuff, but the fact is the censorship that is being imposed by western governments is worse than in China. In China you could see lots of videos on the ground about what was happening. Here almost everything has been blocked so we have no idea how bad this is getting. For U.S. you can get nothing but MSM talking heads, nothing on actual situation.
There is a thing called a "Walking Trust". It's an investment vehicle which automatically changes the name of the trust, if anyone asks about it. You can't refer to a thing which doesn't exist.
This Is Not a Recession. It’s an Ice Age.
No one alive has experienced an economic plunge this sudden.
What is happening is a shock to the American economy more sudden and severe than anyone alive has ever experienced. The unemployment rate climbed to its apex of 9.9 percent 23 months after the formal start of the Great Recession. Just a few weeks into the domestic coronavirus pandemic, and just days into the imposition of emergency measures to arrest it, nearly 20 percent of workers report that they have lost hours or lost their job. One payroll and scheduling processor suggests that 22 percent of work hours have evaporated for hourly employees, with three in 10 people who would normally show up for work not going as of Tuesday. Absent a strong governmental response, the unemployment rate seems certain to reach heights not seen since the Great Depression or even the miserable late 1800s. A 20 percent rate is not impossible.
State jobless filings are growing geometrically, a signal of how the national numbers will change when we have them. Last Monday, Colorado had 400 people apply for unemployment insurance. This Tuesday: 6,800. California has seen its daily filings jump from 2,000 to 80,000. Oregon went from 800 to 18,000. In Connecticut, nearly 2 percent of the state’s workers declared that they were newly jobless on a single day. Many other states are reporting the same kinds of figures.
These numbers are subject to sharp changes; things like large plant closures lead them to jump and fall and jump and fall. But for them to rise so precipitously, across all of the states? To stay high? That is new. The economy is not tipping into a jobs crisis. It is exploding into one.
Evidence over hysteria — COVID-19
“If you have a COVID-19 patient in your household, your risk of developing the infection is about 10%….If you were casually exposed to the virus in the workplace (e.g., you were not locked up in conference room for six hours with someone who was infected [like a hospital]), your chance of infection is about 0.5%”
On pocket-lining by our Elected Elite: Quite a few countries have adopted the requirement of transparency declarations on personal wealth/holdings of their elected elites. It's never an easy adoption. I wonder if the US could ever get around to that (I'm highly doubtful).
As to the legality of Senators etc. being exempted from insider trading, well.....we get what we elect. Write your Congressmen! But I wonder if the best solution, most easily implemented, would be to take the so-called 'Blind Trust' arrangement and stipulate that these temporary public servants have their assets placed in a Blind Trust that is limited to government bonds. This seems to me to be a way to ensure that they neither lose nor substantially gain during their tenure.
“Crazy thing is, it’s legal for them.”
Congress finally got a law passed against it in 2012.
..and then they reversed most of it the next year.
Bloomberg - I liked it better in the old days when rich guys spent their money trying to improve their alma mater's football teams.
Weed dispensaries are “essential” here in Illinois too, but they are limiting their sales to their medical customers,
Marijuana dispensaries are “essential” here in Illinois too, but they are limiting their sales to their medical customers.
This virus is very dangerous to the already very ill and poorly trained/ill equipped health care workers, dangerous to the elderly and a PITA to just about everyone else. Focus should be on training and equipping the front lines and protecting the ill and old. Sweeping economy and life destroying measures are being taken on precious little data. The Chineses numbers are suspect at best and the Italian and Spanish numbers include an elderly cohort that the US just does not see. In addition the Italian health system has the worst record in Europe dealing with the annual flu epidemic much less an out of the blue virus.
Do you find this more credible?
The Closing of 21 Million Cell Phone Accounts in China May Suggest a High CCP Virus Death Toll
21M is a....lot....of bodies. Like visible from space body disposal problem. Burying 21 Seattle Metro areas would not go unnoticed.
There are many ways to attack this number and say that it's not all deaths. But the important takeaway is...a lot of that has to be deaths.