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Thursday, April 2. 2020
Answering the coronavirus: exponential American innovation
Developing Covid-19 Vaccines at Pandemic Speed
"This is the Beginning of the End of the Pandemic" - Dr. Stephen Smith Announces Hydroxy-Choloroquine Study that is "Game Changer" in Battle Against Coronavirus
If that holds up, great
Coronavirus Death Rate Is Lower Than Previously Reported, Study Says
Very likely. The stats are dubious
Powerline: "Regular readers will not be surprised to know that I am one of the 32% who are Very Concerned." (about shutdown and economy)
If The Virus Hadn’t Caused The Crash, Something Else Would Have
Hmmm. Maybe a correction, but not this
The mysterious case of the people who ate fish tank cleaner
Trump Destroys Connecticut Governor's Claim the Strategic National Stockpile Has Been Emptied
Someone ought to tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi about the coronavirus outbreak, because her laser focus on pushing her political agenda suggests she’s unaware of it.
MSNBC saw the virus coming before anyone else. But didn't mention it
Trump isn't 'finally' relying on experts. He often does
He's skeptical of experts, as we all should be. But he is persuadable.
DEEP ROT AT THE FBI (AND THE TIMES)
Jim Jordan and Lindsey Graham seek DOJ watchdog testimony on new FISA abuse report
Milestone: 600+ Title IX/Due Process Lawsuits in Behalf of Accused Students
General Milley Drops Hammer On Mexican Cartels: ‘We Will Defend Our Country Regardless Of The Cost’
Why Winning the War In Afghanistan Meant Losing to the Taliban. The Taliban will seek to run Afghanistan in line with their values and. America will have to stand back and watch.
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"MSNBC saw the virus coming before anyone else. But didn't mention it"
That reminds me of a quote attributed to no less than General Robert E. Lee. Here's an excerpt:
"When [the battle] was all over, I found by reading a newspaper that these best editor generals saw all the defects plainly from the start. Unfortunately, they did not communicate their knowledge to me until it was too late."
I feel a morbid curiosity about that Harvard fellow's attempt to explain the President's popularity, but both the Hot Air and the NYT articles are beyond paywalls I don't plan to hop. They both irritate me, though HotAir less so, obviously.
Hydoxychloroquine as a game changer. I, for one, hope it is true, but a word of caution. There is anecdotal information that it works and anecdotal information that it doesn't work. If you have seen any randomized, controlled studies, please post. I've only seen the one that showed a modest statistical improvement over using standard NPIs, but it was small and from Wuhan. Note that the Chinese have put out contradictory information on the effectiveness on HCQ. Be aware that the cov2 virus downregulates the innate immune system, the first line of defense composed of generalist immune cells.(from Medcram).
Could it be that the successful anecdotal studies are spontaneous recoveries occurring when the adaptive immune system kicks in? I'm just asking, I dont know. I also realize that whether or not, it is successful could be down to timing.
I have the sense that this one is going to turn out to be like the facemask farce: 'You don't need them and they won't help anyway' was the message, when the truth was they do help, quite a bit, but the bigger more important consideration was that the medical profession needed them desperately and they didn't want the competition of a general-public run on the face mask market.
So: They lie to you - with altruistic motives for the 'greater good' maybe, but they lie to you, and to your personal detriment. I can accept this, and even endorse the conclusion, but I would endorse it much more readily if they weren't thinking I'm too unintelligent to not recognize an obvious lie. It squanders 85% of their credibility when they do this. The country is already jumping through its ass to help the efforts.
With the Quinine-Zpack-Zinc cure, I have the sense from the literature that this is the most beneficial if the patient is medicated starting in early days of the infection. But right now, the supply is still ramping up, and severely constrained. So: "Ve must await ze clinical trials" (heel click). And meanwhile the limited supply will go toward the 'more important consideration'. Tom Hanks, Boris Johnson, our elected officials, you get the idea.
Welcome to the proletariat world of indirect rationing, nothing personal. That sounds negative, so I would balance it by saying that it appears like the nation is pretty well equipped to handle the crisis, with the probable exception of NYC.
It may be true that when the healthcare market is driven by money, the rich get better healthcare. But it is also true that when the healthcare market is driven by politics, it's the politically connected that get the best care. And guess who the most politically connected are? The rich.
And if there is any lesson that can be learned from the international responses, it is that the countries with highly centralized healthcare establishments reacted no better, an in some cases far worse, than did the United States.
Re Pelosi... sigh.
Politicians gotta politic - they don't actually care one way or another whether the REST of the country burns, as long as they get their little piece of the action.
Deep rot at the FBI (and the Times): Yep! Mr. Trump needs to put on his Hercules suit and run the Potomac River thru the FBI's building.
There were 1150 deaths in the U.S from the covid-19 virus. Where are all those people who claimed this was no big deal and no worse than the yearly flu? That number is going to double within a few days. Oh wait! There are still people out there who are trying to use statistics to show that the "death rate" is lower than past predictions. That is so comforting.
The bottom line is that this "shut down" is indeed necessary and saving lives. It sucks but it is the only choice we have. April is going to be a tough month as the president has already said but May and June may be no better. This virus is going to pick off each of our big cities one or two at a time and then start in on the medium and smaller cities. This process will take months to run it's course. I am worried about what it will do to our economy but that is already baked in the cake and it's gonna be what it's gonna be. 2020 will go down in our history books but not in a good way.
That should read: "There were 1150 deaths in the U.S from the covid-19 virus yesterday.
Your numbers are way off. We hit 5000 deaths yesterday in this country.
Yeah I sure stumbled on how I was trying to state this. Let me try again:
As of right now there are 5780 deaths. 1049 yesterday and 678 today that is 1727 since yesterday or including yesterday. My numbers weren't wrong my English was wrong. So my fault. But the numbers are correct. At the time I posted there were 1150 deaths since yesterday (or as I meant including yesterday and today at that point in time) Statistically as I write this the number has now gone up by two. That is the problem with stating the numbers AND with criticizing the numbers stated.
I await your correction of my numbers because by the time you read it the numbers will be different. But again I could have worded it better. Sorry I tend to write stream of consciousness and sometimes it needs both spell check and grammer check. (See; grammer vs grammar. Kind of caught myself on the fly.
Wow! Scary. I was right. Just checked the stats and now the number is 681 deaths so far today.
Let's just all commit suicide then. After it takes out all the big cities, the little towns, etc. the last man in America, Brownie Hoboturd who as sleeping in a lead lined cardboard box will crawl out and go in a broken windowed convenience store and find a crushed package of Oreos and live to write the tale of the 340, 000,000 dead Americans
Time to go watch On the Beach
You have no way of knowing what will happen in the future. But if it makes you feel better running around with your hair on fire, so be it.
Don't expect the rest of us to do the same.
The experts are indeed running around with their hair on fire. Why? If it's no big deal why are those who have all the facts so terrified of this virus? You may have heard that if China had been more honest with us that we could have taken steps to reduce the morbidity of this virus. But they did not, they choose your method instead and it got worse. Good luck with that.
That’s Not A Sword . . . THIS Is A Sword: Robber Pulls Sword So Store Clerk Pulls Bigger Sword
Take a few minutes to read this very fine explanation of what has happened to the last 3 generations of Americans--
Dear Bird Dog:
On American Digest there is a phone video someone posted on twitter. A Chinese woman is going through an electronic store touching everything without any real interest in what she is touching--only to touch it. It was recorded by someone with a cell phone and it would be great if you could post it here.
"Maybe a correction, but not this"
We may have a silver lining here. Instead of a cyclical correction around Labor Day that sends the innumerate sheep into the voting booth to render suicidal protest votes that could imperil this national recovery we began four years ago, this virus may completely obviate such a correction and allow growth to resume without that predictable illusion.
WASHINGTON — In late November 2018, just over a year before the first coronavirus case was identified in Wuhan, China, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents at Detroit Metro Airport stopped a Chinese biologist with three vials labeled “Antibodies” in his luggage.
The biologist told the agents that a colleague in China had asked him to deliver the vials to a researcher at a U.S. institute. After examining the vials, however, customs agents came to an alarming conclusion.
“Inspection of the writing on the vials and the stated recipient led inspection personnel to believe the materials contained within the vials may be viable Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) materials,” says an unclassified FBI tactical intelligence report obtained by Yahoo News.
The report, written by the Chemical and Biological Intelligence Unit of the FBI’s Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate (WMDD), does not give the name of the Chinese scientist carrying the suspected SARS and MERS samples, or the intended recipient in the U.S. But the FBI concluded that the incident, and two other cases cited in the report, were part of an alarming pattern.
Ask yourself how many Chinese "agents" are in our country. How easy it would be to smuggle in and distribute any disease including the Wuhan virus. Why wouldn't they?
Harris Co Tx still at 2 fatalities. Montgomery at 2.
What did they do that NY/evirons did not?
Texans don't lick toilet seats...or pack into subway cars.
We have the dreaded sprawl. Hardly any sardine-packing. People drive in their own cars and live in single-family residences.
For you guys interested in WWII, this is a must read:
Special prisoner: 75 years after he was shot down over Japan, Fiske Hanley reveals how he survived