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Tuesday, April 14. 2020
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A 64-year-old man accidentally ejected himself from a fighter jet at 2,500 feet
Pope Francis Calls for 'Structural' Change Activists to Take Advantage of Coronavirus Crisis
How Italy’s family unity is its biggest weakness against coronavirus - An asymptomatic child could very easily pass the disease to a vulnerable grandparent
What went wrong with the media’s coronavirus coverage? And can we do better?
Dr. Fauci: The US Got “Misinformation” From China On Coronavirus… Dems scramble to defend China in 3… 2… 1…
Anthony Fauci Wrong About A Whole Lot
Wuhan Coronavirus Shutdowns Hitting America’s Farms
'Elbow to elbow:' North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobs
Mnuchin flexes muscles on airline coronavirus aid — a taste of what other companies may face
No free $
Enough is enough! This is not 'the big one'
New Study Finds 28 Million Americans Likely Infected by Coronavirus — Puts US Mortality Rate at 0.1% Just Like the Seasonal Flu
Eight Reasons To End The Lockdowns Now
Here's What The Reopening Of The US Economy Could Look Like
Here’s Biden’s Plan To ‘Safely Reopen America’
Hmm. It's Trump's plan
Nancy Pelosi Snaps On Trump, Says His Handling Of Coronavirus Is ‘Almost Sinful’
Never says what she would do
Reporters have become trolls, not information-gatherers
Brutal Trump-de-Force at the Coronavirus Hearing Leaves Media Screaming 'Pull the Plug!'
Whatever decisions the Trump admin makes are too soon or too late, excessive or not enough, too fast or too slow.
The Democratic Party’s Socialist Makeover Is Only Delayed
Italy gave China PPE to help with coronavirus — then China made them buy it back. Reports of Beijing’s diplomacy go from bad to worse
NY TIMES CHANGED BIDEN SEXUAL ASSAULT STORY AT REQUEST OF CAMPAIGN
It looks like Putin conned the FBI into the ‘Russiagate’ probe
The 13 revelations showing the FBI never really had a Russia collusion case to begin with
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As an aside, Harris County and Houston, TX had more fatalities from gunshots yesterday (4) than COVID (1)...
How about banning murders?"
What a novel (!) idea...
PS - how are you doing these days?
Pretty good, thanks. But this sort of life is not much fun.
But I understand that all four had underlying health issues so they were going to die anyway. Also one of them hit his head when he fell and the death certificate should say he died from a fall.
You've been wrong about everything so far. Do you really think snark is going to make that go away?
I can't tell if you are joking or ignorant. Total deaths in the U.S. from Covid-19 right now 25.924. 10 days ago I said:
"Please! Mark this on your calendar. Write down 6927 deaths as of right this minute from Covid-19. Check it again in three days and compare it with today's number. Do the same in 6-7 days and again in two weeks. If you can still comfortably say that this is no big deal than "bless your heart"."
Sometime tomorrow the deaths in the U.S. will have doubled twice since I said that (that's times four for the math ignorant). So as you can see I was right and I am right. The number will continue to increase relentlessly until this virus has finally infected most people in the world. The shutdown/quarantine has slowed that process and for that we can all be thankful but it cannot be stopped and it will run it's course. To think otherwise is wishful thinking or willful ignorance.
"Pretty good, thanks. But this sort of life is not much fun."
Good to hear. And agreed.
Everyone is mad about PPE including masks – Mad as in angry, and perhaps mad as in another sense, i.e.: unable to act/think in a rational way.
It's understandable, as PPE are really important in a life-or-death way for those working in hospitals and elsewhere, and those who were responsible for maintaining hospital and state emergency-supplies will wish to deflect blame for their own (personal or institutional) lack of preparation onto others.
State and hospital officials are claiming that the feds have diverted their orders of PPE from ports into FEMA stock to distribute to others, when it is quite clear once dust settles that the seizure was because they'd been shipped fake stuff that was unsafe.
Can't believe I'm about to quote Josh Marshall of TPM, but he actually said something sensible buried in the middle of one of his series of articles on the subject of PPE supply-chain challenges:
We are definitely in the pandemic equivalent of the fog of war. People don’t know what’s happening; large institutions are directly accessing global markets for the first time; there’s confusion. I don’t think any reports can be taken at face value.
Putin "conned" the FBI just like Bill Burkett "conned" CBS into airing his claims that Bush had been grounded, wanted to be excused from drill, etc. Framing the perpetrators of an information op as dupes is an insult to both good confidence artists and poor dupes everywhere but I'm not at all surprised to see Lowry parroting the Bureau's latest set of talking points. As Ace would say, cucks gonna cuck.
Also wondering - what's the followup plan?
I personally know 3 tested/confirmed (1 Mont Cty, 2 Harris). The youngest (Harris) was in dire straits until recently, now home, but the other two never went to a hospital or clinic, were never under a specific Dr's care in any way, and now both tests are over 10 days old...
so, are they "recovered"? Still "ill"? Neither location has any mandatory "retesting", so what is their status?
That article about 28M Americans 'may' be infected is a load of hogwash. It's wishful thinking. There have been many people that are assuming that 'bad cough' they had in November was the coronaviurs. Come on, we don't know that. And to assume it was before we've done antibody testing is just irresponsible. All you have to do is look at Italy, Spain, the UK, etc. to see this is not like the flu in anyway. And to say so without empirical evidence to prove it is WRONG.
CNN: ‘People Are Dying’ Because Trump ‘Acting a Fool’
For the last week or so, Chinese virus deaths have been trending down in the United States. Which suggest ot me, at least, that Trump is correct in considering letting up the current restrictions - if not in all areas.
The apparent peak in the USA seems to coincide with the peak in NY, which incidentally compares as a state with the worst of the European countries in its daily mortalities.
I think Trump is right to start opening things up, and I'm eager to hear what Gov. Abbott of Texas has to say later this week - aside from the DFW and Houston metroplexes (which are only moderately affected compared to NYC), Texas is fairing pretty well - but our peak hospital load is predicted at the end of April, and it keeps sliding further out. We need to begin opening things up in consideration of the food chain, if shortages are to be avoided.
The Hair-On-Fire crowd will now start in with the 'Second-wave' disaster scripts, trying to hang future potential deaths around Trumps neck, but in another couple of weeks we should start hearing about the various treatment protocols that are being trialed now.
"What went wrong with the media's coronavirus coverage?"......Now, there's an interesting use of the past tense when present tense would do just fine.
People are unable to get their heads around something new, and so try to fit C19 into previous categories, which they may or may not understand very well. This is why they keep reverting to comparing it to the seasonal flu, which the article at Gateway seems unable to refrain from doing also. No matter how much information is put out that this is something different, people keep defaulting to "oh, but we have more deaths from the flu than we do from C19 to date," which is irrelevant, but I sort of understand it. It's a disease, so it's at least conceptually closer than car accidents, gun deaths, heart attacks, or suicides.
The low death totals are also taken as evidence that we didn't need to take all these preventative measures, which is similar to saying that you bought an umbrella and didn't get wet in the rain, so obviously you wasted that money.
Thirdly, there is a growing focus because provisional "models" were not fully accurate or were even quite inaccurate, as if this somehow invalidates all actions by everyone who took a look at them. Trump didn't need a "model" to forbid flights from China, and then elsewhere, other than in a very general sense that it would discourage spread of infection. We encourage handwashing, masks, and distance because we know all those things reduce the spread of infection, though we don't know how much each. Waiting until there is a "model" that commenters on Maggie's all agree is valid is absurd. We go forward with the best we have and adjust as we go.
I acknowledge that some model, however vague, is implied when people make decisions. But to claim that it's "all just made up" is just a freshman's argument , and these days used only to insist that the economic restrictions were unnecessary and yelling at everyone else for not listening. Which is also, BTW, based on an implied model, just not an acknowledged one.
'Elbow to elbow:' North America meat plant workers fall ill, walk off jobs: I read elsewhere Smithfield is owned by China.
"Nancy Pelosi Snaps On Trump, Says His Handling Of Coronavirus Is ‘Almost Sinful’
Never says what she would do": PISS and MOAN, is my guess.
"NY TIMES CHANGED BIDEN SEXUAL ASSAULT STORY AT REQUEST OF CAMPAIGN": Is anyone surprised?
"New Study Finds 28 Million Americans Likely Infected by Coronavirus — Puts US Mortality Rate at 0.1% Just Like the Seasonal Flu"
Made up "Study" is nonsense and bears no relationship to reality.
Worldwide mortality rate as of today is 5.9%.
That is in line with the Wuhan mortality rate of 5.8%.
Mortality rate in New York City as of 4/14 is 7.1% (rate is declining from its high).
Italy has been the highest, the mortality rate reached 13% at one point.
How do you know the mortality rate? What are you using in your denominator?
There can't be a mortality rate without an accurate measure of how many people have had the Wuflu and we don't have a clue what that number is. The only people being tested are those that already had symptoms so that tells us nothing except that 2,000,000 felt bad. If the other article claiming 28,000,000 people have had it that would make the death rate .02 percent.
In fact, the pool of people being tested is smaller than that. Of all the people who have symptoms only the people who go to the doctor are tested. I've never gone to the doctor for flu-like symptoms. What's the point? Even under these unusual circumstances many people probably just ride it out.
Well I now have my first family member who has died from COVID-19. We got notice my wife's aunt died today in New York City. Not sure what is being done with the body, it apparently is being held in storage.
"Reporters have become trolls, not information-gatherers"
They are not Reporters, they are Journalists! The main difference being that Reporters report, i.e. they are information-gatherers. The modern press actively rejected that role when they changed their moniker to Journalist.