April 5, 2020

INSTEAD, THE WORLD SHOULD ISOLATE CHINA: China Wants to Use the Coronavirus to Take Over the World. “The cases have been multiplying where the medical equipment provided by Chinese companies and even the Chinese state turned out to be faulty, provoking justified ire in, for example, Spain, the Netherlands, and Turkey.”

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HARSH, BUT KINDA FAIR:

He’s done his job for decades, but he’s never faced a crisis like this, and at 79 he’s not super mentally flexible. Double-blind experiments are the norm, but this isn’t a normal time. Happily, he’s not managing to roadblock this, thanks largely I believe to Peter Navarro’s task force.

GET WELL SOON, BORIS: U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson Admitted to Hospital with ‘Persistent’ Coronavirus Symptoms.

HARSH, BUT FAIR: Nope: Oliver Darcy Tells Trump CNN Has ‘Accurately Reported’ on the Wuhan Virus, but Receipts Tell Different Story.

Like the Chinese government, CNN is trying to rewrite history to obscure its own culpability.

Just for fun:

OPEN THREAD: How was your weekend?

IN SOCIALIST VENEZUELA, BISMARCK SINKS YOU! Video has emerged of the Venezuelan patrol ship that sunk itself after ramming a German cruise ship (not a typo). Plus do not miss what former Navy man Jon Gabriel dubs “Thread of the year,” also at the same link.

Exit quote: “At this point it’s worth reviewing both ships’ armaments. Seen here posing moodily in the manner of a teenager that has just discovered My Chemical Romance, Naiguatá had a 76mm main gun, a air/missile defence gun, two smaller machine guns and presumably also some small arms. Resolute, on the other hand, is armed with nothing more deadly than a well-stocked library, Finnish sauna, and ‘a superb international wine list’. Some of its passengers are believed to have had binoculars.”

ZIPPING HARMLESSLY BY IS HOW WE LIKE IT: Huge asteroid 1998 OR2 will zip harmlessly by Earth April 29. See the latest telescope photos.

COBOL NEVER DIES: COVID-19 Response: New Jersey Urgently Needs COBOL Programmers (Yes, You Read That Correctly).

DISPATCHES FROM THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS: ABC Asks Biden to Blame Virus Deaths on Trump, Ignores Sexual Assault Claim.

WASH YOUR HANDS … AND DON’T GIVE DR. LISTER ANY LIP ABOUT IT: On this day in 1827, Joseph Lister, the father of modern antiseptic surgery, was born. Lister had the idea that surgeons could prevent infecting their patients by washing and disinfecting their hands with carbolic acid before surgery. This idea earned him ridicule—until people started noticing that it did indeed help.

IN A WORD, D.C. A super-popular weekend spot in the nation’s capital was super dangerous Saturday, when crowds of people swarmed into a relatively tight space, squarely violating social distancing rules. “Notice the sign, warning people to stay 6 feet apart. Some are wearing masks … but most aren’t. It’s actually pretty incredible because at this point you have to be living under a rock not to understand the need to keep your distance.”

Hardest hit: Michael Barbaro.

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FOR ALL YOU SECOND-GUESSERS AND BLAME-SEEKERS:

“This is not a major threat to the people of the United States.”

— Dr. Anthony Fauci, Jan. 21, 2020

RAND SIMBERG: Are we using ventilators wrong?

BRYAN PRESTON: Communist China Was Always One Lab Accident Away From Becoming a Supervillain.

HOW LONG BEFORE TWITTER BANS JAMES WOODS AGAIN?

IF THE CHINESE WANT TO SPY ON MY CON-LAW OR DISTILLED-SPIRITS LAW CLASSES THEY’RE WELCOME TO, BUT THIS “MISTAKE” IS TROUBLING: Zoom Admits Some Calls Were ‘Mistakenly’ Routed Through China. I wouldn’t use Zoom for anything even vaguely sensitive, at this point. And at this point, if I’d been smart enough to buy Zoom stock two or three months ago, I’d be thinking about selling it as more and more bad news keeps coming out.

AUSSIE BEATDOWN: Tim Blair Delivers An Old-Fashioned Fisking to the Chinese Propaganda Apparat, And It’s Brutal.

Excerpt:

The Daily Telegraph this week received a letter from the Australian Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China, who took gentle issue with our excellent coverage of the coronavirus crisis.

Following is a point-by-point response to the Consulate General and China’s communist dictatorship:

Recently the Daily Telegraph has published a number of reports and opinions about China’s response to COVID-19 that are full of ignorance, prejudice and arrogance.

If a state-owned newspaper in China received this kind of complaint, subsequent days would involve journalists waking up in prison with their organs harvested.

Tracing the origin of the virus is a scientific issue that requires professional, science-based assessment.

Sure it does. How professional and science-based was the claim published on March 12 by China’s foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian that “it might be US Army who brought the epidemic to Wuhan”?

The origin of the virus is still undetermined, and the World Health Organization has named the novel coronavirus “COVID-19”.

The World Health Organisation also appointed Zimbabwean murderer Robert Mugabe as its Goodwill Ambassador and declared on March 2 that the “stigma” of the coronavirus “is more dangerous than the virus itself”.

The World Health Organisation does a lot of stupid stuff.

So what is the real motive behind your attempt to repeatedly link the virus to China and even stating that the novel coronavirus was “made in China”?

Our motive is accuracy. That’s why we don’t link the virus to Bognor Regis or state that it was “made in Panama”.

The people of Wuhan made a huge effort and personal sacrifice to stop the spread of the epidemic.

Wuhan’s Dr Li Wenliang indeed made a huge effort to warn people about the coronavirus outbreak. Then, as the New York Times reported: “In early January, he was called in by both medical officials and the police, and forced to sign a statement denouncing his warning as an unfounded and illegal rumor.”

And now he’s dead, so that’s “personal sacrifice” covered as well.

Nevertheless, in order to capture attention and gain more internet hits, you called Wuhan the “Zombieland” and Wuhan seafood market the “bat market”. How low can you go?

In the civilised world, “Bradman bats and bats and bats” is a famous newspaper banner:

In Wuhan, it’s the name of a restaurant.

The effectiveness of China’s epidemic prevention and control has fully underlined the people-centred philosophy of the Communist Party of China and the strong advantages of the Chinese system.

In 2018, Amnesty International reported that China executed more citizens than the rest of the world combined.

Please tell us more about your “people-centred philosophy” and how many bullets it requires.

More at the link. Plus: “It was published on a double-page 6-7 spread in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph.”

The Chinese lied about the disease to keep from losing face. They’re about to find out that they chose poorly.

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WELL, THINGS USUALLY DON’T. THAT’S WHY IT’S CALLED A “WORST CASE.” Bill Gates Says Virus Death Toll May Not Reach Experts’ Worst Case.

HMMMM: Wuhan Flu: “This is a completely new disease.”

HOT TAKE ALERT: Americans are driving less because of the coronavirus. That’s hurting red-light camera revenue.

Which dovetails well with the media meme on the wonderful benefits of the Wuhan pandemic: Coronavirus pandemic could lead to biggest carbon emissions drop since World War II.

John Kerry and Claire McCaskill, call your office!

FALSE MEDIA NARRATIVE OF RED STATE NEGLIGENCE IN WUHAN VIRUS RESPONSE: The hardest hit states so far are blue states. So why is the media spending disproportionate amounts of time attacking red states?

Just think of the media as Democratic Party operatives with bylines, and it all makes sense.

Earlier: Experts Give Wyoming an ‘F’ for Social Distancing, Which Is All You Need to Know About Experts.

PERSONALLY, I THINK THE PEOPLE CRITICIZING HIM ARE JUST RACISTS, STRAIGHT UP. Coronavirus: Surgeon General admits he shouldn’t have compared virus to the flu and says ‘let’s focus on the next 30 days not the last 30.’

WUHAN CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: Queen Elizabeth speaks. She’s seen some stuff.

MORE. THE ANSWER IS ALWAYS MORE. How many magazines should you have?

CHINA MUST BE ISOLATED FROM THE WORLD COMMUNITY UNTIL IT BECOMES CIVILIZED: Blame the Chinese Communist Party for the coronavirus crisis.

MY FORTHCOMING USA TODAY COLUMN LOOKS AT HOW TO RESPOND TO CHINA’S AWFUL BEHAVIOR: China should be sued for $6.5 trillion for coronavirus damages says top UK think tank.

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76: Joe Biden is racking up Pinocchios briskly during the pandemic. Biden has “collected a total of eleven Pinocchios from the Washington Post in just the past few weeks. When it wasn’t Biden himself ‘misspeaking’ it was one of his aides. And these were all completely avoidable errors on the part of Biden’s team.”

STRANGE NEW RESPECT — HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS DECIDES BUSH IS NO LONGER HITLER: George W. Bush in 2005: ‘If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare.’

In the coming years, it will be fascinating to see Trump’s media rehabilitation to bash the next Republican president.

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UPDATE (FROM GLENN): I honestly didn’t think the NeverTrumpers could get any more disconnected from reality. But they have. It’s truly pathetic.

CURIOUSLY, GANGS NOT SHELTERING IN PLACE: One Shot Dead, 9 Wounded During 10 Hours in Gun-Controlled Chicago.

THAT PREHISTORIC HAIR-DYE MUST REALLY WORK: Fossil suggests Homo erectus is 200,000 years older than thought.

NEW SOCIALIST “IT GIRL” CONTINUES TO PAY DIVIDENDS: Rep. Ocasio-Cortez Wants ‘Reparations’ for Minority Coronavirus Victims.

DISPATCHES FROM THE HOUSE OF STEPHANOPOULOS: ‘When you talk to God’: ABC anchor uses Pence’s faith to question federal response to coronavirus.

UPDATE (FROM GLENN): You know he’d never mock a Muslim’s faith that way. You just know it.

NEW ORLEANS HAS HIGHEST CORONAVIRUS DEATH RATE OF ALL HARD-HIT AREAS IN US, DATA SHOWS.

Anita Lee of the New Orleans Sun Herald, the author of the above piece tweets, “This story is getting traction today, although I’ve had angry emails about poverty and #COVID19 severity in #NOLA being unrelated. It’s Mardi Gras, they say.”

Earlier: New Orleans is an epicenter of coronavirus. Mardi Gras could be to blame, doctors say.

UPDATE: Coronavirus death rate for New Orleans is double that of New York City.

(Updated and bumped.)

SUPER GAFFE-O-MATIC ’76! Joe Biden: Virus Relief Checks Are Being Held Up Because Trump Wants To Sign Each One (Video).

SOME IN DC MEASURE THEIR SUCCESS WITH RED TAPE: Hans Bader: Red tape and bureaucratic mistakes thwart fight against coronavirus

LESLIE EASTMAN: Wuhan Virus Watch: China Sending 1000 Ventilators to New York.

But: “If the Chinese government had not lied and covered up in the first place, New York would not have needed them.”

Related:

Here’s the article from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists.

DON’T GET TOO EXCITED, THIS IS IN VITRO NOT IN HUMANS YET: Coronavirus Can be Stopped in 48 Hours Using a Simple Anti-Parasitic Drug: Monash University. But it’s promising because Ivermectin is a common and well-tolerated drug. So stay tuned.

A SERIOUS PERSON WOULDN’T LIMIT HIMSELF TO A FRACTION OF THE PLAUSIBLE CANDIDATES: Evaluating the Biden Veepstakes: “Before the coronavirus threat, Biden’s biggest decision was between a moderate choice who would shore up the party’s weaknesses in the Midwest or excite the base, or a more historic, progressive pick. Now his only consideration should be finding someone who is prepared to be president and is capable of demonstrating competence at a time of crisis.” Biden should revoke his stupid promise to choose a woman. With Biden an obviously-declining 77 and a major public health crisis afoot, there is no good reason beyond insipid identity politics to limit oneself to the small pool of women who have the experience to competently take over the presidency on Day 1. Our complicit media has consistently praised Biden for doing so, instead of questioning why an elderly presidential candidate should be dismissing eighty percent or so of the plausible candidates out-of-hand. And if I were Biden, you know who would be looking intriguing to me right now? Bill Gates.

FOR PUBLIC HEALTH MEASURES TO SUCCEED THERE MUST BE TRUST. FOR THERE TO BE TRUST THERE MUST BE TRANSPARENCY. Colorado: State refuses to let public see local virus spread model.

I’M NOT AN EPIDEMIOLOGIST, BUT: Following up on yesterday’s post on the low level of Covid-19 infections in Australia… Hawaii, population 1.5 million, has only 351 confirmed Covid-19 cases, and three deaths, despite Honolulu being a densely-packed urban area and tons of tourist traffic from Asia in December and January. Puerto Rico, population 3.2 million, has only 452 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 18 deaths, despite a huge amount of traffic between the New York area and the island, and San Juan being a densely-packed city. Like I said, I’m not an epidemiologist, but I’d love to know if someone who is has provided an explanation for these statistics beyond sunshine, humidity, and hot weather. (Note: New Orleans has been consistently hot since March 10, and if that doesn’t slow the spread of the virus, it would definitely throw a monkey wrench into the weather theory, though not necessarily into the “protective nature of Vitamin D” theory, as I suspect residents of San Juan and Honolulu get a lot more sun in the Winter than do residents of New Orleans. P.S. I’m aware that Mardis Gras was likely a “super spreader event,” but if hot weather is protective, the rate of spread in March and April should be slower than in colder climates).

UPDATE: Yes, I know that Guayaquil, Ecuador, right on the equator, has been hard-hit. But conditions in a Third-World country (per capita GPD $6,000) are quite different than the U.S. and Australia, and it’s doubtful in any event that we can get useful data out of their public health system.

QUESTIONING CORONAVIRUS ORIGINS IS NOT A CONSPIRACY: “It’s not a good look for media outlets to again fall in line with the narrative coming out of China, a country whose officials have also accused the US Army of engineering the virus and releasing it into Wuhan. Twitter refused to ban those officials, and there was no mass snark tweeting or fact checking done by the same journalists who called Cotton a crackpot. ​Maybe that’s because it’s easier for members of the American media to attack a senator from a party that most of them ideologically oppose on a personal level. Or maybe it is something much more nefarious — that the media companies who sign the paychecks are much more invested in China and therefore willing to cede editorial standards in their coverage to the CCP. Maybe that’s also worth looking into.”

ESSENTIAL READING ON DEMOCRATS’ ANTI-TRUMP CORONAVIRUS CHRONOLOGY: Attorney Par Excellence Cleta Mitchell lays it out, excruciating (for Pelosi, et. al.) gaps and all:

“If Pelosi believes the president should have done something at the beginning, when exactly does she think was the ‘beginning’? Was it during the impeachment proceedings that Pelosi instigated? Should Pelosi bear some responsibility for what she perceives as the president’s failure to focus on the coronavirus back in January?

“The single most important step taken by President Trump was his closing of U.S. travel with China, which happened on Jan. 31, something the president reminds us at every briefing.

“He’s right, but what he doesn’t say is he made that decision at a time the CDC was assuring us the risk to America was low, the WHO was covering for China, Democrats were trying to impeach the president, and Biden was attacking the decision as xenophobic.”

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: UCLA student drops ‘indoctrinating’ class after prof’s instruction to advocate for illegal immigrants.

THERE ARE NO POINTS AWARDED FOR BEING RIGHT TOO EARLY: The Media Owe Senator Tom Cotton an Apology. “One of the biggest issues people have with the mainstream press these days is that some of its members are so insulated that they end up buying into and promoting false narratives without actually checking these narratives’ veracity. That seems to be exactly what happened in mid February, when major outlets overwhelmingly smeared Senator Tom Cotton (R., Ark.) as a conspiracy theorist for asking legitimate questions about the origins of the current COVID-19 pandemic.”

The process is this: A Republican said it, and it’s not like what all my friends are saying in unison, so it must be crazy.

UPDATE: Did coronavirus leak from a research lab in Wuhan? Startling new theory is ‘no longer being discounted’ amid claims staff ‘got infected after being sprayed with blood.’

Senior sources in the British government say that while ‘the balance of scientific advice’ is still that the deadly virus was first transmitted to humans from a live animal market in Wuhan, a leak from a laboratory in the Chinese city is ‘no longer being discounted’.

One member of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s emergency committee said last night that while the latest intelligence did not dispute the virus was ‘zoonotic’ – originating in animals – it did not rule out that the virus first spread to humans after leaking from a Wuhan laboratory.

The member of the ‘Cobra’ comittee, which receives detailed classified briefings from the security services, said: ‘There is a credible alternative view [to the zoonotic theory] based on the nature of the virus. Perhaps it is no coincidence that there is that laboratory in Wuhan. It is not discounted.’

Well, I very much doubt that the Chinese will come clean on this, but it’s another reason to isolate China from the world community, both as punishment and precaution.

DISPATCHES FROM THE MINISTRY OF TRUTH: Boom: Greg Gutfeld Busts Media Matters Again With What They Were Saying About Fox and Virus In January. “I’d like to thank Media Matters for verifying that Fox news’ The Five was very early in warning about the serious threat of COVID19,” YouTuber Tim Pool adds.

IF YOU SHUT DOWN TOO LATE, YOU REOPEN EVEN LATER: Italy’s Virus Shutdown Came Too Late. What Happens Now? “Italy underestimated the outbreak, then became one of the first countries to order a national lockdown to contain it. A month later, officials warn it is still too soon to reopen.”

IT’S ALMOST AS IF THEY’RE HYSTERICAL AND DISCONNECTED FROM REALITY:


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ECUADOR: Bodies left in streets as COVID-19 overwhelms Ecuador.

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EMPTY SHELVES AND TOILET PAPER SHORTAGES: POLL: Most people unimpressed with their 30-day free trial of Communism.

THE VIEW OF THE WORLD FROM SLATE AVENUE: Slate’s Dahlia Lithwick writes: From 9/11 to COVID-19. The last time New York was the center of a catastrophe, America rallied behind it. The nation’s reaction to its coronavirus outbreak is a different story.

It was always a fairy tale, but it was surely a nice one. Columbine’s tragedy was America’s tragedy. Las Vegas happened to all of us. Parkland, Florida, was everyone’s worst national nightmare. Regional differences were downplayed so we could grieve together. But Donald Trump came along to remind us that Puerto Rico is not really America, and Detroit is not really America, and California is definitively not America. It was an easy myth to puncture, and he has deftly and rapidly ensured that no city or state will ever be America’s battered sweetheart again. We are all on our own.

New York almost makes it too easy. The city has long been associated with unbounded greed and wealth, cultural elitism, and ethnic diversity. That encompasses Ted Cruz’s sneering dog whistle about “New York values” in 2016, and Trump’s newfound loathing of the city he called home for his entire life—a city he was maligning long before the coronavirus came along. Despite the country’s love affair with New York in the wake of 9/11 or even Hurricane Sandy in 2012, it’s also always been the case that the city coexists uncomfortably with the fantasy of rugged cowboys, wide-open spaces, and manly white men dominating nature, an American story Trump and his acolytes seem to love above all things.

Nobody can blame the coronavirus itself on this president, though we must keep track of how his failure to take action will cost untold American lives. But even as we sit here, waiting, it is worth remembering that Trump has led a three-year project in which leadership consists of laying blame, constantly and relentlessly, on everyone and anyone, and the more inchoate that group is, the better. Victims are to be further victimized, always. We have been so carefully trained in this response that even without Trump’s insistence that the media, Barack Obama, Andrew Cuomo, and thieving New York doctors are to blame for the rampant spread of the virus, we could fall easily into the habit of doing it ourselves. We haven’t had to do that; the president has still happily led the charge. The strangest thing is simply that New York is the same greedy, insomniac, starving, pushy, wisecracking, bighearted place it was in the days after 9/11. Americans need to hate her today because everyone needs to hate everything and everyone now. Just when we needed to rally together in a fight against death, we are realizing we’ve been primed to fight one another to the death instead. Even if the myriad historical acts of pulling together after national tragedies were planted in fantasy more than fact, the alternative—a vicious and slashing vilification of the other—will not keep any of us safe or free.

That last sentence is a classic case of projection. Isn’t she aware that the rest of the nation is also dealing with the same pandemic? And is a massively diverse group of people who don’t think in lockstep? I could be mistaken, but I don’t believe that Saul Steinberg drew his classic “View of the World from 9th Avenue” cover as a how-to guide to life for insular Manhattanites.

There’s also more than a hint of Pauline Kaelism in Lithwick’s writing:

“Kael famously commented, after the 1972 Presidential election, ‘I live in a rather special world. I only know one person who voted for Nixon. Where they are I don’t know. They’re outside my ken. But sometimes when I’m in a theater I can feel them.’”

Flashback to the Kavanaugh hearings last year: Trump takes another bite out of Dahlia Lithwick’s brain: “The demoralizing reality of life….Every day is the same, but still awful.”  It’s the same end of the world, lashing out tone as the above passage; I too look forward to writing again about the day to day trench warfare of partisan politics as opposed to what actually is the demoralizing reality of mid-2020.

And to the very early days of Instapundit in the fall of 2001, when Glenn warned that Lithwick was heading into “Maureen Dowd territory.” Advantage: Instapundit!

NEW FROM KEN LIZZI:  Captain: Falchion’s Company Book Two.

Running a mercenary company may be a bloody business, but it’s still a business. Falchion, now captain of his own outfit, faces not only opposing mercenary companies just as deadly as his own, and the magical threats posed by psychotic wizards, but also stingy, second-guessing employers. When his employers realize their allies in a three-party war are using them as a cat’s-paw and will likely turn on them, Falchion finds himself taking on two opposing armies, twin-sorceresses driven by religious fanaticism, and a mercenary commander holding a personal grudge.

THIS IS HOW THE PEOPLE MAKING THESE DECISIONS VIEW YOU. AND WHAT THEY’RE OVERLOOKING: Assume a Spherical Cow of Uniform Density in a Frictionless Vacuum.

NEVER LET A CRISIS GO TO WASTE: Clyburn Defends Calling Coronavirus an Opportunity to ‘Restructure Government.’

I agree. Lay off the “non-essential” employees, and make all the regulation-suspensions permanent.

Related (From Ed): Dem Supercut: Virus Is Opportunity to Reshape How We Do Business and Get Things We Want.

TALES OF COLLATERAL DAMAGE:

NYC real estate broker losing $250,000 because of coronavirus pandemic.

‘I lost not one but three jobs because of the coronavirus’.

Airbnb host went from making $3,800 a month to $0 amid coronavirus.

Staten Island car dealer still has to pay $500K in interest while lot closed.

Caterer spent $20,000 on expanding business — then coronavirus hit.

Dog walker asks clients to pay him half-salary during coronavirus.

Important correction, though: these losses are NOT due to coronavirus. They’re due to the decision to place a country of 320 million under house arrest, instead of merely trying to protect those at highest risk.
Also note these people are in NYC and so, due to population density/way of living at higher risk than people in the rest of the country who don’t ride subways and don’t live in apartment buildings.

And yet, these losses are all over. Why? Because our “betters” think we’re all Manhattan. Or because they just like power. Your choice.

 

MAKES COMPLETE SENSE:  What Everyone’s Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage.

FURTHER EXPLORATION OF THE DEEP THOUGHTS OF WANDA FISH-TANK CLEANER:  Don’t Bogart that chloroquine.

SO, WAIT…. THE BILL OF RIGHTS DOES HAVE A CLAUSE SAYING “INVALID IN CASE OF PANDEMIC?” BECAUSE THAT IS NOT IN MY COPY OF IT. HOWEVER, THE FIRST IS GONE AND NOW THAT UNREASONABLE SEIZURE THING IS OUT THE WINDOW AND…   NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo orders National Guard to seize ventilators from upstate hospitals (#UpstateLivesMatter.)

PUSH BACK. PUSH BACK. PUSH BACK.  NANCY GREY GOOSE PELOSI THINKS THIS IS A GREAT TIME TO INSTITUTIONALIZE VOTE BY FRAUD MAIL. WE’VE SEEN THIS BEFORE. ANY STATE THEY MANAGE TO PULL THIS OFF IN, REPUBLICANS NEVER WIN AGAIN:  Pelosi, Trump Clash Over Democrat Push For Mail-in Voting.

Perhaps someone should whisper in Cheating Nancy’s ear: Remember, if you take away the ballot box, you only leave us one box.

I DON’T KNOW. I’M GETTING READY TO DOWNPLAY CORONAVIRUS. WHEN COMPARED TO THE ECONOMIC BLOOD BATH, IT’S A PAPER WINNNIE THE FLU:  Trump is accused of downplaying the coronavirus risk by the very media who mocked government and ‘right-wing’ concerns.

LET MY PEOPLE GO!  President Trump needs to set the country free now.

I’VE SEEN THIS MOVIE BEFORE. IT DOESN’T END WELL:  In What Sense Do You Think We Are Free?

OF COURSE. THEY ALL DO. THEY REPLACED THE USSR WITH CHINA IN THEIR HEARTS. SURE SOME OF THEM ARE TAKING PAY FROM CHINA, BUT MOST OF THEM ARE SLUTS. THEY DO IT FOR THE LOVE:  Andrew Cuomo Licks China’s Hand. Xi Jinping Smiles.

GO READ IT:  No one here gets out alive.

GO AND READ IT. AND GEE THOSE SYMPTOMS ARE FAMILIAR FOR WHAT WE HAD JAN/FEB. ONLY IT LASTED ME SIX WEEKS WITH TWO MORE WEEKS TO RECOVER. BUT THEN I HAVE OTHER ISSUES:  A View From the Sideline.

April 4, 2020

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I’M NOT DRINKING ANYMORE, BUT I’M NOT DRINKING ANY LESS, EITHER: Americans are drinking a crazy amount of alcohol during coronavirus lockdown.

Though as a friend points out, buying more booze isn’t necessarily drinking more, any more than buying more toilet paper means pooping more.

THE TOUGHEST WEEK:

“The next two weeks are extraordinarily important,” said Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator. “This is the moment to not be going to the grocery store, not going to the pharmacy, but doing everything you can to keep your family and your friends safe and that means everybody doing the six-feet distancing, washing their hands.”

Dr. Birx also said that Detroit, New York and Louisiana — the current hot spots — will likely reach a peak in the next six to seven days, citing the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation’s predictions.

The IHME models seem to have overpredicted problems so far.

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SORRY, EARTH IS CLOSED. MOOSE OUT FRONT SHOULD’VE TOLD YA. ‘Going back to a different planet’: Astronauts will return to Earth soon amid the coronavirus pandemic.

I AGREE, HE SHOULD QUIT, CNN’S DOING A FINE JOB ON ITS OWN:

I FEEL LIKE THIS STORY SHOULD HAVE NAMED SOME NAMES: The Doctor Came to Save Lives. The Co-op Board Told Him to Get Lost. All of NYC is lousy with coronavirus, and they’re worried about one doctor?

UPDATE: From the comments: “If the doctor were Chinese, the board’s action would be a hate crime.” That’s different because shut up.

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RELAX, PROBABLY NO MORE THAN A FEW THOUSAND OF THEM WERE INFECTIOUS: Disaster in motion: 3.4 million travelers poured into US as coronavirus pandemic erupted.

ME LOVE YOU LONG TIME: Scientists Discover Two Mating Flies Trapped in Amber 40 Million Years Ago.

HOPEFUL NEWS FROM AUSTRALIA?: According to the Australian government Department of Health site, as yet there is not “widespread community transmission” of Covid-19, and, importantly, “The majority of Australian confirmed cases acquired their infection overseas, including on board cruise ships or associated with recent travel to Europe or the Americas.” Also, only thirty Australians have died from Covid-19 thus far. There is still widespread debate among scientists about how weather/seasonality will affect the spread of Covid-19. But given all the traffic between China and Australia, and the fact that Australia didn’t cut off travel to China until February 1 (and even then initially had many loopholes), one can be hopeful that the relatively mild outbreak of Covid-19 in their Summer reflects a strong seasonal component to the virus.

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