MEANWHILE, AT THE PJMEDIA MOTHERSHIP: Just Who Exactly Was ‘Fiddling’ as People Died, Madame Speaker?

That’s from Tyler O’Neil, and I just published this piece for our VIP members: Biden Campaign Stuck in Neutral While Two More Scandals Erupt. “I am the Captain America of reporting the bad news about Joe Biden: I can do this all day.”

I hope you’ll use that VODKAPUNDIT discount code if you’ve been thinking of becoming a supporter.

CALL FOR PROPOSALS FOR FIRE’S FALL CONFERENCE: Are you a faculty member, of any discipline, with an idea for a paper on academic freedom in your area or elsewhere? Then please submit a proposal for FIRE’s conference at the University of Chicago this fall. Academic freedom needs your support! (Plus, there’s an honorarium.)

REMEMBERING CORONAVIRUS VICTIM JOE DIFFIE: My favorite Joe Diffie song is John Deere Green.  I sing it in car.  Yes, I am one of those drivers …

 

LESLIE EASTMAN: A Review of Dr. Anthony Fauci’s Past Projections on the Wuhan Coronavirus.

PROFILES OF THE FUTURE:

● Shot: “In terms of the happy talk we’ve had on this front from the federal government, there is no sign that the Navy hospital ships that the president made such a big deal of, the Comfort and the Mercy, there’s no sign that they`ll be anywhere on-site helping out anywhere in the country for weeks yet. The president said when he announced that those ships would be put into action against the COVID-19 epidemic. He said one of those ships would be operational in New York harbor by next week. That`s nonsense. It will not be there next week.”

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, March 20th.

● Chaser: “The Mercy arrived in L.A. on Friday, March 27, just one week after Maddow said the ship will take weeks to arrive. The USNS Comfort arrived in New York City’s harbor on Monday, March 30.”

—“Rachel Maddow Calls The Timely Arrival Of Navy Hospital Ships ‘Nonsense,’” the Federalist today.

 

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You can also get it for $1.99 on Nook.

CHANGE: CDC launches online COVID-19 symptom checker.

It’s here.

NOT SO LONG AS IT WOULD INCONVENIENCE THE WRONG PEOPLE: Will we ever know what was on Anthony Weiner’s laptop?

SNAKE PLISSKEN, CALL YOUR OFFICE: Rhode Island’s Governor Sends the National Guard Out in a Door-to-Door Search for New Yorkers.

21ST CENTURY HEADLINES: Planetary defenders validate asteroid deflection code.

HE ISN’T WRONG: Trump calls Pelosi a ‘sick puppy’ over coronavirus criticism.

JIM TREACHER: Let’s Remember the Real Victims of the Coronavirus: Mildly Inconvenienced Journalists. “That reporter is taking heavy fire. Step aside, Ernie Pyle!… I can’t even imagine what poor Yamiche Alcindor from the PBS NewsHour is going through right now. It really puts my own petty concerns into perspective.”

JAMES LILEKS ON FANTASIA AND GOOGIE* GAS STATION ARCHITECTURE:

Always loved that movie. They re-released the soundtrack coincident with its reappearance, and I remember reading the liner notes about how it was doomed by the evaporation of European markets. It came out in 1939. That year had a great fascination – the World’s Fair, Fantasia, everything seemingly modern and striving, recognizable but back in the Hat and Skirts era, everyone going about their business unaware of the edge of the abyss.

I don’t think this is the same, but there are years in which bright lines are drawn, and the lines flame and burn in a way that makes people want to avert their eyes from what came before. The events that concerned people in 2019 will be of little consequence going forward, and while this is all an expected development in the spasmodic, reactive way cultures adapt and then form a narrative later that attempts to make a continuous story, I have the feeling that much of what made up the landscape of the past will be forgotten with impatience amid stern new modes of thought.

That was a gas station, and there’s a reason it looked like that.

Uh huh. Who cares?

Well, it’s important.

Why?

I suppose it isn’t. But it was.

Read the whole thing.

And speaking of “events that concerned people in 2019 [that] will be of little consequence going forward,” here’s Kevin Williamson writing, “Goodbye, Green New Deal:”

If Americans are this resistant to paying a large economic price to enable measures meant to prevent a public-health catastrophe in the here and now — one that threatens the lives of people they know and love — then how much less likely are they to bear not weeks or months but decades of disruption and economic dislocation and a permanently diminished standard of living in order to prevent possibly severe consequences to people in Bangladesh or Indonesia 80 or 100 years from now?

Also well worth a read in its entirety.

* Googie: Architecture of the Space Age.

IRANIANS DYING IN DROVES FROM COVID-19 BUT AYATOLLAH PROSPERS: What’s wrong with this picture?

 

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HMM: The COVID-19 Virus May Have Been in Humans For Years, Study Suggests. Note, however, that what this headline actually means is that a less-deadly predecessor may have been circulating among humans before a mutation that made it more deadly. Would infection with the predecessor produce some degree of immunity to the current virus? Who knows?

SPACE TO DESTROY: Baltimore’s population drops to levels not seen since the Great Depression.

Earlier: Baltimore Mayor Begs Residents To Stop Shooting Each Other So Hospital Beds Can Be Used For Coronavirus Patients.

Baltimore’s last Republican mayor left office over 50 years ago.

(Classical reference in headline.)

WOW: Lab-in-a-box test can detect COVID-19 in 5 minutes. “The FDA has cleared the device for use during the pandemic.”

PROGRESS: EPA relaxes enforcement, DHS delays REAL ID due to coronavirus.

USNS COMFORT ARRIVES IN NEW YORK CITY.

ONE MORE CLOWN? Democratic Presidential Clown Car Update for March 30, 2020. “The no campaigning campaign continues, Biden gets #MeTooed, a rare Bernie victory, and A New Challenger Appears!”

SO LOOKING AT TENNESSEE CORONAVIRUS NUMBERS, the cohort with the greatest number of cases is age 21-30. That’s interesting. People over 60 are surprisingly few in comparison. Maybe older people started self-isolating sooner?

AND JUST TRY GETTING TOILET PAPER AT WALMART BACK THEN!

File this one away with the Toronto Star asking in 2011, “Genghis Khan: environmentalist?”

BUREAUCRACY KILLS: Trump in the time of COVID-19: slashing red tape again like he was 39. “Easing rules on everything from telemedicine to interstate trucking, the president and his coronavirus team spur creative repurposing and emergency adaptation to fight pandemic. If the president’s popular approval ratings are reaching new highs, it may be due in part to the Trump the public is seeing on display at the daily briefings of his Coronavirus Task Force. This Trump represents in many ways a return to form for the president, a rebirth of the hard-driving, can-do developer who famously slashed through red tape to restore New York’s iconic Wollman Skating Rink under budget and ahead of schedule 34 years ago.”

WE SHOULD BE PLANNING SOMETHING SIMILAR HERE, AS THE ANTIBODY TESTS ROLL OUT OVER THE NEXT FEW WEEKS: Germany will issue coronavirus antibody certificates to allow quarantined to re-enter society: Researchers to test thousands for immunity as Berlin plans exit strategy for pandemic lock down.

NICE FOR THE NATIONAL SHUTDOWN, BUT DUBIOUS LEGALITY — I WONDER HOW LONG IT WILL LAST: Internet Archive offers 1.4 million copyrighted books for free online.

FIGHTING THE CORONAVIRUS ALSO SEEMS TO INVOLVE A LOT OF FIGHTING THE FDA:

The Trump administration has approved the first system for sterilizing specialized face masks worn by front-line health workers battling the coronavirus, potentially easing the severe shortage of the protective gear.

The FDA also reversed course on a daily cap for the decontamination system, less than 24 hours after Ohio’s Republican governor criticized the FDA on Sunday morning for the limit.

As of Sunday night, the agency will let the machines be deployed to sites around the country and there won’t be a limit on the number of masks they’re allowed to clean each day.

At issue was the FDA’s decision to allow emergency use of a Battelle system that decontaminates specialized N95 face masks, allowing doctors and nurses to safely reuse them. On Saturday, the FDA approved Battelle’s Columbus headquarters to sterilize 10,000 masks per day, even though the company says its machines have the capacity to decontaminate 80,000.

“The FDA’s decision to severely limit the use of this life-saving technology is nothing short of reckless,” Gov. Mike DeWine, whose state is home to the company that makes the technology, said in a statement Sunday morning.

DeWine said he appealed directly to President Donald Trump to allow broader adoption of the system, and Ohio’s attorney general threatened to sue if FDA didn’t act quickly to authorize more extensive use.

The thing is, Trump can intervene in these things, but there’s still delay, and there’s only so much a President can do to chivvy along the bureaucracy. I think he should announce that he’ll have a team of managers from outside government evaluate the performance of the FDA, CDC, NIH when this is over, with those found to have under-performed to be sacked.

STAR TREK PICARD’S SEASON FINALE CRASHES UPON DESCENT.

If you’d like a change of pace from the nonstop grim news, my season finale wrap-up is online at Ed Driscoll.com. Note however, that it’s filled with spoilers. If you’ve just started watching the series because CBS All Access made it free to stream this past week, read my review of its first episode instead.

(Bumped.)

HERE’S MORE FROM THAT MCLAUGHLIN POLL I MENTIONED EARLIER:

What’s more, the White House war on the virus and Trump’s effort to reform and update how the bureaucracy is responding has fed support for changing Washington. Said the analysis:

“The current coronavirus national emergency is renewing support for President Trump’s message to change Washington. The number of voters who want the president to continue to fight to change Washington has increased to 56% saying yes vs. only 32% who say no. Republicans give the president near unanimous support for changing Washington 90%-5%. Independents want change 50%-32%, and 28% of the Democrats support change. Among Hispanic voters 43% want change and among African American voters 35% want the president to change Washington.”

Well, it’s become obvious that the bureaucracy can kill people, and that our government is poorly set up to do the things that actually matter.

MAYBE HE BELIEVES IN SCIENCE:

I HOPE NOT: Dr. Fauci Says Virus Death Toll in U.S. Could be 100,000.

A couple weeks ago I applied China’s death-rate-by-age-cohort to the US population, and came up with an absolute, unlikely-top-end, worst case of around 650,000 dead. So 100,000 isn’t impossible, but hopefully social distancing combined new treatments and mass-produced ventilators will keep the death toll far below that.

NO MAN IS A RHODE ISLAND: RI expands screening order, no longer targeting New Yorkers.

REALCLEARINVESTIGATIONS: Unpacking China’s Viral Propaganda War. It’s amazing how much assistance the Chinese are getting in this project from the New York Times, the Washington Post, and other US media.

THIS IS JUST ONE OF MANY WAYS THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS BEEN A PANTLOAD OF FAIL IN THIS CRISIS: Why Taiwan has become a problem for WHO. “Taiwan is seen as one of the few places in the world which has successfully stemmed the spread of the coronavirus without resorting to draconian measures. But despite its efforts, it is still effectively locked out of membership in the World Health Organization (WHO) due to its complex relationship with China.”

It’s not Taiwan’s relationship with China that’s the problem. Here and elsewhere, the problem is WHO’s relationship to China, which is basically a captive one.

ROGER SIMON: Nancy Pelosi and the Politics Pandemic.

A BILL WHITTLE PODCAST: The Cold War: What We Saw | Cloaks and Daggers – Episode 9.

HMM: Poll: 15% of Sanders supporters will vote for Trump if Biden is nominee; 80% would back Biden.

This might just play out, given the strong anti-globalists sentiment among many Sanders supporters and Biden’s vote for NAFTA.

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Bloated Bureaucracy Is Going to Have a Coronavirus Body Count. “Trump is basically in the position of an NFL quarterback who’s being blamed for two decades of management and franchise failures that preceded him.”

CHANGE: As shoppers stock up for a potential Armageddon, an Oregon gun store has sold out of ARs and .308 rifles, many of which went to first-time liberal buyers. A friend on Facebook comments: “Two months ago, these same people thought using the wrong pronoun was a genuine emergency. Real crises bring some perspective.”

EXPLAINING THINGS ABSOLUTELY NO ONE WONDERS ABOUT: How Donald Trump Could Steal the Election.

The Atlantic has been on a real fever-dream streak lately, and it continues with this piece by Jeffrey Davis, a professor of political science at the University of Maryland.

The danger begins with the fact that, regardless of what people believe, the Constitution does not give Americans the right to vote for their president. Rather, the Constitution says that a college of electors votes for the president, and Article II of the Constitution gives states nearly unlimited power to decide how these electors are chosen. In the early years of the American republic, many state legislatures decided which presidential candidate the state’s electors would support. South Carolina used this method until 1868. Today, all 50 states grant their residents the right to vote for president, and the people’s vote determines which electors from each state will select the next president. However, any state could change its law and instead allow its legislature to decide which electors will choose the next president.

In other words, states have a lot of power in deciding how the election will run. Today, Republicans control 30 state legislatures and Democrats only 19, with one state divided. (Nebraska technically has nonpartisan legislators, but it is a reliably red state, so I include it with the Republican states.) These red-state legislatures control 305 electoral votes, and only 270 are needed to secure the presidency. Presumably, most red states, if not all, would appoint electors who would elect Trump for another four years. Of those 30 states, 22 also have Republican governors, which means in those states there would be no Democratic governor to veto Republican legislation taking away the people’s opportunity to vote for president. Those 22 states represent 219 electoral-college votes—perilously close to the 270 required for Trump to be reelected.

I wonder if Davis would accept a small wager. If Trump wins, I pay him $10 for every electoral college vote for Trump delivered in this fashion, if he’ll agree to pay me $10 for each one that isn’t.

REMEMBERING SENATOR TOM COBURN:  Not your average politician.

OOPS: China Created a Fail-Safe System to Track Contagions. It Failed. “After SARS, Chinese health officials built an infectious disease reporting system to evade political meddling. But when the coronavirus emerged, so did fears of upsetting Beijing.”

After doctors in Wuhan began treating clusters of patients stricken with a mysterious pneumonia in December, the reporting was supposed to have been automatic. Instead, hospitals deferred to local health officials who, over a political aversion to sharing bad news, withheld information about cases from the national reporting system — keeping Beijing in the dark and delaying the response.

The central health authorities first learned about the outbreak not from the reporting system but after unknown whistle-blowers leaked two internal documents online.

Even after Beijing got involved, local officials set narrow criteria for confirming cases, leaving out information that could have provided clues that the virus was spreading among humans.

Resistance to sending bad news up the chain is typical of any authoritarian regime.

I ALREADY BOUGHT MY COPY:  Excerpts from John Ellis’s “The Breakdown of Higher Education.”

WELL, GOOD: Trump tells Prince Harry, Meghan Markle ‘they must pay’ for security amid reported move to US.

This is the next best thing to a government-ordered media blackout on the couple which would be unconstitutional.

RIP: Monsey, NY Hanukkah Stabbing Victim Josef Neumann, 72, Dies.

AMERICA: More than 9,000 responded to the Army’s call for medical personnel.

THE NEW YORK TIMES SPINS THIS AS SOME SORT OF FAILURE OF CAPITALISM, BUT IT SEEMS TO ME TO BE EVIDENCE THAT THE CDC BUREAUCRATS CAN’T MANAGE A CONTRACT: The U.S. Tried to Build a New Fleet of Ventilators. The Mission Failed.

IT DOESN’T JUST KILL JOBS, IT KILLS PEOPLE: How red tape has crippled America’s coronavirus response.

As Americans watch governors and city officials plead with the private sector to produce ventilators and personal protective equipment for frontline medical workers, they must be wondering: Why don’t our hospitals have what they need to confront the coronavirus crisis?

Most of the country was woefully unprepared for a pandemic — and pre-crisis federal regulations have slowed responses now to a painful crawl.

Plenty of companies would love to retool factories idled or slowed by the crisis to manufacture goods that are now desperately needed, and so keep their employees working and money coming in. But they need regulators’ OK to produce this stuff — and that normally takes months.

Under heavy White House pressure, agencies are lifting barriers. But it was only late Thursday, for example, that the Food and Drug Administration waived some restrictions on the production and sale of surgical masks — more than two months after the first coronavirus case in the United States was confirmed, in Washington state on Jan. 20.

It’s the latest example of red tape gone awry that could prove deadly. It took weeks for the feds to waive regs even on coronavirus testing kits. For more than a month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only allowed the use of its test — which proved to be inaccurate much of the time — even as companies were champing at the bit to produce better and faster kits.

South Korea kept the spread of the virus under better control than most countries because of its widespread testing, something that took the United States months to match.

N95 respirator masks are produced for medical use and construction-industry use. But manufacturers of those made for the former have to jump through a ton of extra hoops — special tests of flammability and strength, for example — because they’re classified as medical devices.
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NYC’s ICU-bed capacity ranks in bottom quarter nationally

Why didn’t the feds immediately waive those non-essential requirements when it became clear it was crunch time?

Why, indeed?

SAN FRANCISCO VIRUS: Pelosi Blames Trump for Coronavirus Deaths.

MATTHEW CONTINETTI: Corona Conservatism: The coronavirus accelerates a generational and ideological transition on the right. “In so far as ‘Trumpism,’ to the degree that it exists, describes a political tendency that is suspicious of overseas commitments, international trade, and unchecked immigration, and more worried about the rise of China than the revanchism of Russia, this pandemic does not spell the ‘end.’ It may even serve as vindication. . . . On Capitol Hill, then, the virus has elevated the senators and staffers who have spent the last few years calling for a ‘realignment’ of Republican politics away from the prerogatives and priorities of corporate America and toward those of middle- and working-class families without college degrees. The China hawks, economic nationalists, and advocates of industrial policy have found themselves playing the role of Cassandra, who saw the cost of war firsthand after her warnings were dismissed.”

REPLACE EUROPE WITH GLOBALISM:  Europe Wasn’t Ready for Coronavirus. It May Never Fully Recover.

Let me put this into small bite-size ideas: Globalism, of the sort that assumes there are no real differences between cultures and that totalitarian regimes are as trustworthy as non-dictatorial regimes, is a luxury. It is the luxury of those so wealthy and pampered they can afford to ignore reality and live in make-believe. In centuries past it was the luxury of the very few and very wealthy.  Briefly, for a shining moment in history, all of the West could afford to be that stupid.

No more. Perhaps never again.

SO FREDO’S BROTHER….  Andrew Cuomo Blows His Top. So What Else is New?

YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING THIS BLOG:  COVID19 update, March 29, 2020: two brief items+new French hydroxychloroquine study.

And for those following at home, the stress response is why we’re not saving lives: we’re trading lives.  Being locked in the house in unlawful house arrest (quarantine is when the sick are isolated. Locking up the healthy is tyranny and unlawful house arrest) and the subsequent chronic stress will cause everything from auto-immune issues (Hi. Yes, I suffer from them. No. You don’t want to see my hands right now. They’re mostly raw flesh. In my case the stress originating in what we’re doing to the economy and what that will do to our kids’ lives.) to cancer.

That in addition to the problems caused by poverty and deprivation, which we’re aggressively courting.  Things like not having the resources to treat the sick, look after the young, or keep away the various issues of the human condition.  Sure these deprivations were normal/still are for most of humanity. But we didn’t have to endure them.  So, why are we bringing them on ourselves again? What justifies this?

To misquote from A Man For All Seasons: It profits a man nothing to give his soul up the future for the whole world … but for Wales?

Or in other words, you can give up your own prosperity to save “just one life.”  But how many lives will you five up to save that one life? Does it matter if you lack the imagination to see the destruction that s in the future or not right before your eyes?  And will you look back on the work of these months and wonder what possessed the world? And if perhaps that wording is literal?

In every trade it is very important to know what you’re paying for the supposed benefit. It’s even more important to understand There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE PAY ANY ATTENTION TO THE MEDIA. WHAT PART OF “ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE” WAS OPAQUE TO YOU?  The Wuhan Virus Has Exposed Modern Americans’ Disconnect from Reality.

THE PRESIDENT MIGHT HAVE BLINKED BUT I WANT ROGER TO KNOW HE’S NOT ALONE:  It’s Not a Choice Between Lives or the Economy.

Yes, I do remember Heinlein’s dictum that when everyone is rubbing blue mud on their stomach, you should do it just as solemnly, but if the mud is poisonous, one should perhaps be more careful.

LIES, DAMN LIES AND COMPUTER MODELING:  The Kung Flu Hockey Stick.

And yes, I know computer models CAN be accurate and a lot are. But when the results are “doom” and the prescription is some form of central government control we should learn to examine the data that went into them. Garbage In, Garbage Out.

I THINK THE VERY CONCEPT OF THE EU, LIKE A LOT OF OTHER LEFTIST IDEAS, DIED OF COVID-19. WHICH CONSIDERING TAKING CHINA AT ITS WORD AND NOT CLOSING BORDERS WHEN TRUMP DID WAS ALSO A LEFTIST IDEAS….  IT’S STARTING TO LOOK THAT — UNLIKE EPSTEIN — LEFTISTS HANGED THEMSELVES:  Globalism gone bust: Italians burn EU flag, vow to leave EU over EU’s lousy coronavirus response.

SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SHOCKED, SO SHOCKED. MUCH SURPRISE. WOW, WOW, WOW:   France Issues Rallying Calls to ‘Buy French’ as Coronavirus Erodes EU Single Market.

TO BE FAIR IF COLORADO HAD IMPLEMENTED A STAY IN CALIFORNIA PROGRAM SOMEWHERE IN THE EARLY OUGHTS, WE WOULDN’T BE IN THIS FIX. SO ANY EXCUSE WILL DO: Rhode Island does not welcome you.

ALL OF WHICH MAKES OUR CONTINUED DETERMINATION TO PROLONG THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR ECONOMY PUZZLING. EPSTEIN MIGHT NOT HAVE KILLED HIMSELF, BUT WE SURE ARE KILLING OURSELVES:  President Trump Extends Social Distancing Guidelines Through April 30th.

Yes, I know that the Dems want to destroy the economy, but must the president cooperate? Can’t he at least blink SOS in Morse code?

AND ONE MORE FOR THE ROAD:   How Fast is Corona Spreading and How Many Undetected Cases Are There?

SOME PEOPLE GET UPSET WHILE UNDER QUARANTINE HOUSE ARREST AND GET INTO CREATING INVOLVED PIE CHARTS!   Useful MAPS and Data about COVID-19 Risks.

Me? Well, I accomplished something today too.  I put on makeup to go to Walmart. Head>desk.

THIS IS MY SHOCKED FACE:  NYC is the U.S. Epicenter of the Coronavirus. What a Coincidence!

March 29, 2020

NOBODY KNOWS MUCH: Infectious Disease Experts Don’t Know How Bad The Coronavirus Is Going To Get, Either.

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Plus, deals in Health and Household.

I SAW EARLIER THAT THE SURVIVAL RATE FOR NHS PATIENTS ON VENTILATORS WAS SURPRISINGLY HIGH, BUT MAYBE IT’S NOT SO SURPRISING IN LIGHT OF THIS: Intensive care for coronavirus patients now limited to those ‘reasonably certain’ to survive, NHS London Trust concedes. “A department head at Imperial College Healthcare revealed on Sunday that fewer and fewer marginal patients are being selected for ventilator treatment because so many serious cases require a fortnight on the machines.”

GEORGE CREEL IS ALIVE AND WELL IN TODAY’S MEDIA: Never heard of Creel? James Carville has and he loves Woodrow Wilson’s fascistic Committee on Public Information, which progressive journalist Creel ran. Nothing good can come of this.

IF THE PRESS DOESN’T WANT TO BE THOUGHT OF AS GARBAGE, MAYBE IT SHOULD STOP BEING GARBAGE: The Washington Post’s Gleeful Hot Take on the Crashing Economy Gets the Thrashing It Deserves.

Related:

OPEN THREAD: Make this one yours.

UGH. NEWS FROM TENNESSEE: 59 additional residents, 33 staff members of Gallatin Center for Rehabilitation test positive for COVID-19. Gallatin is just outside Nashville, which for some reason seems to have the vast bulk of cases in the state.

HE’D SLEEP WITH THE FISHES IF HE DID: Why Joe Biden doesn’t dare tap Andrew Cuomo for veep.

PROGRESS: FDA issues emergency authorization of anti-malaria drug for coronavirus care.

Politico says there’s “scant evidence,” but that’s ignoring multiple French studies. It’s journalistic malpractice — which is to say, journalism as usual in the age of Trump — to pretend that there’s “scant evidence.” Politico’s Dan Diamond doesn’t even mention the French studies.

Related: Italy and France are now prescribing hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine as treatments for coronavirus patients. Politico’s Dan Diamond doesn’t mention this either, preferring to treat it as purely a hare-brained Trump scheme.

I thought the press usually wanted us to be more like Europe.

UPDATE: “Scant evidence.” Novartis CEO says Malaria drug is biggest hope against coronavirus.

Novartis Chief Executive Vas Narasimhan said his Sandoz generics unit’s malaria, lupus and arthritis drug hydroxychloroquine is the company’s biggest hope against the coronavirus, Swiss newspaper SonntagsZeitung reported on Sunday.

Novartis has pledged to donate 130 million doses and is supporting clinical trials needed before the medicine, which U.S. President Donald Trump also has been promoting, can be approved for use against the coronavirus.

Other companies including Bayer and Teva have also agreed to donate hydroxychloroquine or similar drugs, while Gilead Sciences is testing its experimental drug remdesivir against coronavirus.

“Pre-clinical studies in animals as well as the first data from clinical studies show that hydroxychloroquine kills the coronavirus,” Narasimhan told the newspaper.

I mean, you might disagree, or say it’s early days yet, but “scant evidence?” This is why people think the press is garbage. Because it keeps being garbage.

CHANGE: Checkpoints set up along Florida-Alabama border to keep COVID-19 from spreading in the sunshine state. “Florida law enforcement agencies set up checkpoints at the Alabama-Florida border. On Friday, Governor Ron Desantis issued an executive order to keep people travelling from areas known to have a lot of COVID-19 cases out of the state.”

COMRADE DEBLASIO TEARS UP FIRST AMENDMENT IN NYC: Religious congregations are warned that failing to heed his orders could result in their buildings being permanently shuttered:

WELL, OF COURSE: US Department Of Homeland Security Declares That Firearms Related Workers Are “Essential.”

But this wouldn’t have happened in a Hillary administration.

INDEED:

Anyway, it’s a strange matter to compare Trump and Biden on coronavirus. Trump is actively engaged in solving the problem, and we’ve got to be hoping he’ll be effective, though I suspect there are some Americans who care more about installing the Democratic Party into power for the next 4 years than they care about getting us out of this jam. But the idea of Biden stepping in… that’s not even something that can happen for 10 months. Who can think about Biden somehow doing better than Trump 10 months from now?!

Noboy with a brain.

A MYSTERIOUS GAS IS ESCAPING URANUS.

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