February 18, 2020

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THE CORBYNIZATION OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY CONTINUES APACE: Antisemite Amer Zahr Officially Named as Surrogate for Bernie Sanders. “Zahr is the piece of work who wiped Israel off the map in Rashida Tlaib’s congressional office.”

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NEWS YOU CAN USE: Primer marks, explained.

ONE LAW FOR THE RICH, LITERALLY: Any middle-class would-be investor knows it’s hard to find somewhere to let your money grow these days. The SEC could be just about to make it even harder. As John Berlau explains at the Washington Times:

If it goes into effect, the regulation would cripple investors’ ability to buy dozens of funds they can now purchase on American stock exchanges for zero-dollar commissions from discount brokerages and investing apps such as Robinhood. Under the regulation, investors could not purchase these funds unless they can answer an extensive questionnaire of highly personal questions about their investing knowledge and household assets to the SEC’s satisfaction. SEC Republican Commissioners Hester Peirce and Elad Roisman have blasted the regulation as a “blunt overly paternalistic approach to investor protection.”

While the Trump administration is still deregulating, independent agencies like the SEC can head in the other direction.

YOU’RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BLOG: The Bloomberg Oppo List.

PLEASE CLAP: On Presidents Day, Jeb Bush urges return to civility in politics.

HMM: Seeding oceans with iron may not impact climate change. Overall, I’d score this as a relief. I forget which scientist it was who said “give me a freighter full of iron filings and I’ll give you an ice age,” but I don’t want it to be that easy to trigger an ice age.

FINALLY: Michigan trainer brings mini service horse on his first flight. “Calls on DOT to consider mini horses as viable service animals.”

FASTER, PLEASE: A Common Cough Syrup Drug Just Passed Another Trial as Parkinson’s Treatment.

ABOUT TIME: USS Gerald R. Ford’s EMALS cleared for all aircraft.

The US Navy’s (USN) newest aircraft carrier, the USS Gerald R Ford, has been cleared as operationally safe for launching and recovering all naval aircraft types using its Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS) and Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG).

The aircraft carrier, known also as CVN 78, completed at-sea compatibility testing with EMALS and AAG, demonstrating launch and recovery with the Boeing F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, E-2D Advanced Hawkeye, Northrop Grumman C-2A Greyhound, Boeing EA-18G Growler, and McDonnell Douglas T-45 Goshawk on 31 January.

Modifications will have to be made before the Ford can handle F-35C launches and recoveries.

ANNALS OF LEFTIST AUTOPHAGY: Gays Who Hate Pete Buttigieg.

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DELICIOUS MEDICINE: Cocoa may improve leg blood flow, walking in peripheral artery disease.

AND THE HITS JUST KEEP ON COMING: Bloomberg in 2011: Black, Latino Males ‘Don’t Know How to Behave in the Workplace.’

Related: Bloomberg Qualifies for Las Vegas Debate Thanks to Last Minute Poll.

“Much like Lori Laughlin’s daughter qualified for USC,” Iowahawk quips in response.

DECOUPLING: Europe braces for coronavirus-induced drug shortages.

While Europe is one of the world’s top manufacturers of drugs, the raw ingredients often come from China or India. This dependence on Asia was already a source of alarm at the EU’s highest political levels, with shortages and impurities prompting calls for action in both Brussels and national capitals.

Now the coronavirus, which is shutting down factories in China and preventing authorities from making sure plants are up to snuff, is on track to exacerbate existing shortages.

“We have seen there might be a possibility [of the] risk of shortages of supplies due to the coronavirus,” said German Health Minister Jens Spahn at an emergency meeting with his EU counterparts in Brussels Thursday. “We know many active ingredients are made in China, particularly in Hubei province.”

Hugh Hewitt tweeted: “So, there’s great risk in relying on PRC manufacturing, great risk in regulatory complexity and inflexibility, and great risk in prioritizing lowest cost in health care. In short, EU countries are in a bad place re drug supply.”

SPACE: SpaceX launch grows Starlink constellation to more than 300 satellites.

AB5: An Open Letter to CA Government Democrats – WHAT WERE YOU THINKING?

Congratulations, California Democrats! You’ve successfully scared the holy bejeezus out of all California companies. Now, let’s talk.

In Marvel Universe terms, you’re Tony Stark. You tried to do something to protect everyone, but you created Ultron. Now, it’s time for a Vision.

It’s been 6 weeks since AB5 was signed and put into effect. We’ve now had 6 weeks to see some actual results. So, as a CPA with clients in the Independent Contractor world, and as a lifelong Democrat whose Assemblyperson and Governor actually voted for this shitshow that is AB5, I need to ask: What were you thinking?

H.L. Mencken smiles.

TO BE FAIR, HE SHARES IT WITH MUCH OF OUR RULING CLASS AND MANY OF OUR UNIVERSITIES: Bloomberg’s China Conflict of Interest.

In a September 2019 interview with PBS’s Firing Line Bloomberg said: “The Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public.” Further, “Xi Jinping is not a dictator. He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.”

Bloomberg failed to mention that in 2013 Bloomberg News was caught in a scandal when it killed news stories revealing corruption related to Xi Jinping’s family members, prompting various reporters and editors to resign. It turned out that Bloomberg News leadership told the editors that stories about the families of politburo members were off limits.

When challenged by host Margaret Hoover of PBS on whether he really believes Xi is “responsive” to the democratic will of the people, Bloomberg doubled down. “The Chinese Communist Party looks at Russia and they look for where the Communist Party is and they don’t find it anymore. And they don’t want that to happen. So, they really are responsive.”

These absurd statements fly in the face of the what is happening in Xinjiang province with the forced imprisonment of nearly 2 million Uighur Muslims in “re-education” camps. The continuing government crackdown on the citizens of Hong Kong as well as the closing of innumerable Christian churches, jailing pastors and even rewriting Scripture. (Additionally, nearly 500,000 individuals are currently detained in “Black Jails” and mental health institutions without trial, charges or access to legal aid. Most recently, video has surfaced of the government’s reaction to the coronavirus by physically dragging victims or potential victims of the virus kicking and screaming into expansive state pens. . . .

As Josh Rogin of the Washington Post points out, among the ways Michael Bloomberg and his company Bloomberg LP make a considerable amount of money in China is not only through the extraordinarily profitable licensing of its financial software but via its massive Bloomberg Barclays Global Aggregate Bond Index. Bloomberg LP is helping finance Chinese companies by sending billions of U.S. investor dollars into the Chinese bond market.

Follow the money.

WELL, FATAL COMPLACENCY IS KIND OF THEIR THING: The EU is fatally complacent about the crisis that is about to engulf it.

A BILL WHITTLE PODCAST: The Cold War: What We Saw | The Thing Begins – Episode 3.

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ANALYSIS: TRUE. Political Pundits Have No Idea What They’re Talking About.

Warren’s collapse reveals the sorry state of today’s political media. From the perspective of voters who watch cable news and take seriously the so-called analysis and punditry they hear from so-called political experts in the media, Warren’s downfall is a shocking development. But it’s only the latest of many examples of said “experts” having absolutely no idea what they’re talking about and showing why no one should take them seriously.

Warren’s campaign, oddly enough, made this very point in a memo it sent to supporters (and the New York Times) ahead of the New Hampshire primary—in which Warren finished a distant fourth and failed to win any delegates. “People who are predicting what will happen a week from now are the same people who a year ago predicted that Beto O’Rourke was a frontrunner for the nomination,” wrote campaign manager Roger Lau.

Lau makes a legitimate point, but it applies to his own candidate as well. Warren, who made history as the “first woman of color” employed by Harvard Law School, was once widely touted by political pundits as the candidate to beat.

Not that their analysis was based on anything other than conventional wisdom. For most of 2019, betting markets viewed Warren as the second most likely candidate to win the nomination, behind former vice president Joe Biden. After New Hampshire, betting markets rank Biden fourth, at 9.2 percent. Warren is sixth, at 2.2 percent, behind Hillary Clinton.

To be fair, being behind Hillary Clinton is a lot safer than having her behind you.

OCEANIA HAS NEVER BEEN AT WAR WITH EAST ASIA: Why the media wants you to forget about Michael Avenatti.

WHEN DID HE EVER? Trump Doesn’t Mince Words After Obama Takes Credit for Booming Economy.

DEATH BY SOCIALISM: Sanders Takes Huge Lead Over Rivals. “The Bernie Bros look poised to take over the Democratic Party in nearly the exact same way Delta House took over the Faber College homecoming parade: With rampant chaos and destruction.”

CONCUSSION CONFUSION: StrategyPage’s editor, James F. Dunnigan, looks at the January 8, 2020 Iranian ballistic missile strike on three American bases in Iraq and the subsequent concussion injury controversy.

Scroll down for this:

By 2011 the U.S. military felt they had new concussion damage detection tools that military doctors could state how badly a concussion victim was hurt. This was still not an exact science but it was much more precise than in the past. With this new information, the military established guidelines for which concussion victims were eligible for a Purple Heart and which were not. In reality, most combat troops had long since adopted their own criteria and many would refuse Purple Hearts for light wounds or combat injuries. That said, even combat veterans recognized that some concussion injuries could be as debilitating as losing a limb, eyesight or the disfigurement of severe burns.

The post includes a long discussion of PTSD (and its prior names, like shock and combat fatigue), what the U.S. Army and Marines have learned about PTSD since 2001, and what the military and medical community are doing about it.

UPDATE: Date corrected. Thanks.

WELL, YES: Xi’s early involvement in virus outbreak raises questions.

The disclosure of his speech indicates top leaders knew about the outbreak’s potential severity at least two weeks before such dangers were made known to the public. It was not until late January that officials said the virus can spread between humans and public alarm began to rise.

Zhang Lifan, a commentator in Beijing, said it’s not clear why the speech was published now. One message could be that local authorities should take responsibility for failing to take effective measures after Xi gave instructions in early January. Alternatively, it may mean that Xi, as the top leader, is willing to take responsibility because he was aware of the situation, Zhang said.

Trust in the government’s approach to outbreaks remains fractured after the SARS epidemic of 2002 and 2003, which was covered up for months.

Authorities in Hubei and Wuhan faced public fury over their initial handling of the epidemic. In apparent response, the Communist Party’s top officials in Hubei and Wuhan were dismissed and replaced last week.

Hubei announced Sunday that all vehicle traffic will be banned across the province, expanding on an existing ban in Wuhan, in another step to try to stop the spread of the virus. Exceptions will be made for vehicles involved in epidemic prevention and transporting daily necessities.

Weird, but Tom Friedman had assured me that China’s authoritarian regime allowed them to get things done.

HIGHER EDUCATION BUBBLE UPDATE: Harvard Law silent on why Scalia professorship remains unfilled years later.

ANOTHER WOMAN OF COLOR OVERSHADOWED BY WEALTHY WHITE MEN: Elizabeth Warren’s Allies Claim ‘Erasure’ as They Seek to Reignite Campaign.

TOM NICHOLS: Sanders was ridiculously naive about the Soviet Union. The Trump ads write themselves.

Oh, please. Sanders wasn’t (and isn’t) naive, Tom: He’s a committed socialist on the road to True Communism.

HIGHER EDUCATION AS ADVERSARY CULTURE: Profs promote Antifa-esque video encouraging followers to ‘f**k *sh*t up.’

KRUISER’S MORNING BRIEF: Idiot King Obama Tries to Take Credit for Trump’s Economy. “Obama’s tweet on Monday was extraordinarily arrogant, even for a guy whose entire career has been based on undeserved smugness. The only thing out of character was the fact that it may have been the first self-congratulatory picture that he’s ever shared on social media that didn’t have his face in it.”

Hey, Barack — you didn’t build that.

COLD WEATHER OPS: A USAF crew chief prepares a C-17 for a flight in a snow storm. Here’s a photo of a C-17 in better weather, as well as aircraft data. The C-17, unfortunately, is no longer in production. It’s quite a plane.

ANGELO CODEVILLA: Abolish CIA and FISA. Both have failed at their purported missions, while interfering unforgivably in domestic politics.

CORONAVIRUS: Israel bans foreigners coming from East Asian countries over virus fears. “On Sunday, the Health Ministry instructed Israelis returning from Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Macau to self-quarantine for two weeks, amid concerns over the spread of the disease. Previously, only travelers coming from China were subject to such a self-quarantine.”

CONGRESS NEEDS TO INVESTIGATE: CBO: Graduate And Professional School Students Account For 81% Of Loan Forgiveness.

ANOTHER HUNTER BIDEN SCANDAL UNCOVERED: The former vice-president’s son was on the board of an industry coalition that lobbied the Obama administration on trade issues in 2014, according to The Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross.

Lobbying disclosure forms examined by Ross show Hunter Biden’s firm was significantly smaller by comparison to others represented on the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC) board, but what the the Biden operation “lacked in terms of assets and name recognition it made up for in access to key figures in the Obama administration, with Joe Biden being at the top of the list,” Ross writes.

I wonder why we’re only now reading about this and not in the New York Times or Washington Post or any other MSM media outlet?

I’VE CALLED HIM NANNY BLOOMBERG MYSELF, BUT THIS IS RIDICULOUS: Mike Bloomberg as Mary Poppins is a Train Wreck We Can’t Stop Watching.

NONE DARE CALL IT RATIONING: Bloomberg Said U.S. Should Deny Treatment To Old People With Chronic Disease.

I THOUGHT IT WAS AGAINST THE LAW TO INVESTIGATE ANYONE RELATED TO A DEMOCRAT RUNNING FOR OFFICE: FBI Raids James Biden-Tied Business.

IT ALL MAKES SENSE WHEN YOU REMEMBER THAT THE WASHINGTON POST HAS TAKEN MONEY FROM THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT TO PROMOTE ITS VIEWS: Tom Cotton Raises a Question the Washington Post Fails to Debunk. “Not a single one of the people who supposedly ‘debunk’ Cotton’s claim actually debunked it, including China’s ambassador. In fact, it is striking that China’s ambassador not only did not unequivocally deny it but pivoted immediately to xenophobia.”

WELL, I’M CERTAINLY HOPING FOR A POLITICAL SLAUGHTER AT THE POLLS IN NOVEMBER: Lawmaker warns of ‘mass murder’ after Virginia gun ban fails.

CHANGE: Boy Scouts of America files bankruptcy in wake of abuse lawsuits.

I OBJECT TO THERE ONLY BEING 750ML OF BOOZE IN A 750ML BOTTLE, BUT WHAT ARE YOU GONNA DO? Pelosi Objects to CNN Anchor’s Claim That Trump Was Acquitted in Impeachment Trial

WHY ARE BERNIE BROS SO VIOLENTLY RACIST AND INTOLERANT? Brawl breaks out at Bernie Sanders rally over ‘Black Guns Matter’ shirt.

A brawl broke out at a Bernie Sanders rally in Colorado on Sunday when a supporter of the Vermont senator confronted another man for wearing a T-shirt that read “Black Guns Matter,” a report said.

The man sporting the shirt, who is black, told CBS Denver that he was recording the presidential hopeful at the Colorado Convention Center when another rally attendee called him “racist” because of his shirt.

“He had a problem with the shirt I was wearing,” the man, who was not identified, told the news station.

“I was recording the event, he walks up and calls me a racist. But I thought, ‘What’s he know about black lives, about discrimination, or, for that matter, the representation of the shirt.’”

Not much, but he has the violent and intolerant instincts of today’s Democratic Party down pat.

UM: No To Hunting; Yes To Culling Of Deer Herds. “By hiring that means instead of hunters paying for the chance to hunt and kill a deer . . . East Lansing has to pay the $6,000 it will cost for this round of culling. When the cull happens the city manager would partner with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Wildlife Services to bring in those taxpayer-paid sharpshooters who will kill the deer in specialized hunts in the city parks.”

This may sound nonsensical, but when you realize that opposition to hunting stems more from hatred of hunters than from love of deer, it all makes sense.

ANOTHER DEFEAT FOR PLUTOCRAT POLITICS: Bloomberg’s AR-15 Ban Rejected in Virginia. “It was supposed to be the best state government money could buy, bought and paid for by Mike Bloomberg’s Everytown for Gun Safety for the purpose of overturning the Second Amendment’s right to keep and bear arms in Patrick Henry’s Virginia. Bloomberg overwhelmed the NRA in spending during the Virginia state election campaign. Yet despite early success in Bloomberg’s Virginia House, the Virginia Senate stood fast for the Second Amendment as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-5 to reject House Bill 961 on February 17th. The bill is dead for this legislative session. As the Washington Times noted, it was a huge defeat for Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam.” Bloomberg had money. The NRA only had supporters.

FALLOUT: Apple Scraps Q2 Revenue Guidance; Says Coronavirus Will Hit iPhone Supplies, China Demand.

As an operations guy, maybe now Tim Cook sees the need for decoupling.

DISPATCHES FROM THE INTERSECTION OF THE EDUCATION APOCALYPSE AND THE RETURN OF THE PRIMITIVE: Latest Extinction Rebellion stunt? Digging up lawns.

PREDICTION: HARDLY ANYONE ON THE LEFT WILL MIND SO LONG AS THEY SEE HIM AS THEIR AUTHORITARIAN. Michael Bloomberg’s Polite Authoritarianism: He never hid his callous indifference to civil liberties; too many people just didn’t care.

SHOT: Why boosting turnout in November may be tougher than Democrats hope.

CHASER: Trump drives massive turnout in primaries despite token opposition.

Winning begets more winning.

Still not tired of it though.

THE DEMOCRATS’ ENTIRE FAILED-CAPITALISM NARRATIVE FLIES IN THE FACE OF SCIENCE: New Study Reveals that U.S. Poverty Has Plunged.

EXPERTS ARE BAFFLED: Immigration to America is down. Wages are up. Are the two related? “IN BOTH 2018 and 2019 nominal wages rose by more than 3%, the fastest growth since before the recession a decade ago. Americans at the bottom of the labour market are doing especially well. In the past year the wages of those without a high-school diploma have risen by nearly 10%. Intriguingly, this has come as America has turned considerably less friendly to immigrants, who are assumed by many to steal jobs from natives and lower the wages of less-educated folk.”

EVERYTHING, IF YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT AMERICA OR AMERICANS: What Exactly Is Wrong with a President Putting America First?

AN AMICUS BRIEF FROM DAVE KOPEL: What Arms Are “Common” for Purposes of the Second Amendment?

AMERICA’S PAPER OF RECORD (THE BABYLON BEE) COVERS THE DEMOCRATIC PRIMARY (IN GLORY. OKAY, NOT REALLY, IN “SNORT-GIGGLE”):

Bloomberg Stops By Daytona 500 To Hand Out Speeding Tickets.

Sanders Fired From Sanders Campaign For Refusing To Work.

Biden’s Female Staff Warned To Wear Backward Wigs So He Doesn’t Sneak Up On Them.

BECAUSE IN REAL LIFE, THEY DO:  Choices MUST Have Consequences.

WE MIGHT HAVE TO REVISE OUR CONCEPT OF “SPECIES”:  ‘Ghost’ DNA In West Africans Complicates Story Of Human Origins.

OH, DON’T WORRY. WITH COMMUNISTS AND SOCIALISTS RUNNING FOR THE PRESIDENCY OF THE US, CONSUMPTION OF WINE WILL PICK UP. I’M BUDGETING FOR MY OWN. HECK, IF BERNIE IS ELECTED I’LL START MAKING BATHTUB GIN BY THE BATHTUB FULL:  Less demand for wine is reducing its cost.

BUT WHATEVER IT IS, IT HAPPENED ABOUT THE TIME COLOMBUS DIED:  Nobody knows what’s going on with the colossal nearby star Betelgeuse.

SURE. WHO COULD AFFORD BABIES UNDER OBAMA?  Is the American baby boom of the ’20s on the way?

OH DEAR LORD. SHOULD WE ALSO GET RID OF FLUORIDE IN WATER? WHAT ABOUT THE FELL SECRET HAND OF THE ILLUMINATI?  Getting rid of airplane contrails could help save the planet.

#BELIEVEALLWOMEN:  Yankees battling obsessed fan claiming to be Brett Gardner’s ‘future wife’.

 

FOR THE SAME REASON OUR CORPORATIONS BOW TO THEM. RELIGIOUS FANATICS OF AN UNFORGIVING RELIGION ARE SCARY:  Delingpole: Why Is Boris Johnson Allowing Eco-Fascists to Run Riot in Britain?

ALSO SEE:  The Left Is Awash In Money.

WELL, CRUISESHIPS ARE KNOWN TO BE INCUBATORS OF ALL THINGS NASTY:  Wuhan Virus Watch: 14 American passengers evacuated from cruise ship test positive for coronavirus.

AND, OH, YEAH, YOU KNOW…. THE PEOPLE WHO KEEP SCREAMING ABOUT TRUMP’S TWEETING, ARE THEY GOING TO BE BOUGHT BY BLOOMBUG?  ‘Black And Latino Males Don’t Know How To Behave In The Workplace’: Bloomberg Flashback.

OH, YOU THINK THAT’S BAD?  Mike Bloomberg as Mary Poppins is a Train Wreck We Can’t Stop Watching.

THIS IS OUTRIGHT FISHYNo, really fish. [video. Also, you’ll need brain bleach. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.]

SURE, BUT IS THERE A DARK PSYCHIC CLOUD?  “Mini Mike” Bloomberg complains about Bernie Bros negative energy.

OH, YEAH, WE REALLY NEED THE DIZINFORMAZIA!  Jane Fonda to Speak at 50th Memorial of Kent State Shooting.

HONESTLY YOU CAN PUT A PERIOD AFTER TRUMP:  Media Freak Out Over Trump At Daytona 500.

IT’S OKAY, MIDGET MIKE IS NOT SMART ENOUGH TO RUN FOR OFFICE OUTSIDE NYC:  Mike Bloomberg Says Farmers Aren’t Smart Enough To Code.

February 17, 2020

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DON SURBER: Obama Turned Democrats Into Losers. “This is not about getting the Latino vote. This is about importing socialists from other countries because even with the schools and the media promoting socialism, it is a No Sale in America.”

MUCH LIKE THE DEMOCRATS THEMSELVES: Democrats’ proposals becoming more alien, unrecognizable as American.

LAWS ARE FOR THE LITTLE PEOPLE: California Police Have Been Illegally Sharing License Plate Reader Data.

SEEN ON FACEBOOK: “Donald Trump (R-Queens) vs. Mike Bloomberg (D-Davos).”

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CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: ‘Danger of getting coronavirus now is just minusculely low.’ “If China can contain their outbreak much better than they are and prevent wide distribution, we could avoid a global pandemic. If they don’t, we’re gonna have a global pandemic. We’re teetering right on the line of what’s going to happen.” Plus: “Another thing that we don’t know is why, with a respiratory-borne illness, are there virtually no children getting infected. I mean, there are no cases of kids less than 15 years old. Does that mean for some strange reason they’re not getting infected, or the illness is so mild in children that we’re not noticing it? It’s very clear the median age is 56 or 59.”

Apple Will Miss Revenue Target Because of Coronavirus.

Boston Marathon Officials Carefully Monitoring Coronavirus.

Runners Devastated After Coronavirus Curtails Tokyo Marathon.

Cathay Pacific Airways Sees “Crisis” As Coronavirus Reduces Traffic.

Chinese health report says tens of thousands of new coronavirus cases have been mild.

Coronavirus among medics more widespread than reported, research Shows.

China reports 1,886 new virus cases, death toll up by 98.

All Our Drugs to Treat the Coronavirus Depend on Chinese Suppliers.

UPDATE: First link was wrong before. Fixed now. Sorry!

WELL, THAT JUST MEANS THEY’RE CLOAKED, OBVIOUSLY: SETI search of interstellar Comet Borisov finds no sign of alien ‘technosignatures.’

WELL, THERE GOES THE ROLLING STONES’ NEXT TOUR OF CHINA:  Cocaine does not kill Coronavirus, despite viral imagery to the contrary.

Related: All Our Drugs to Treat the Coronavirus Depend on Chinese Suppliers.

More: Apple expects coronavirus to impact March quarter revenues. “The statement released Monday is likely to trigger dips in stock prices when the market reopens Tuesday after being idle for Presidents Day.”

WHAT COULD GO WRONG? Without Britain, the European Union Lurches Towards Its Own Army.

Meanwhile, in a reconsideration that would mark a significant shift, senior German officials are questioning whether Berlin should not give itself nuclear capacity. A senior member of Angela Merkel’s CDU party made a case for the EU to create its own nuclear deterrence capability, while other media contributors argued for Germany to have its own arsenal.

The next “European Civil War” will be quite a barnburner.

THAT’S OKAY, IT’S NOT LIKE OLD PEOPLE ARE BIG VOTERS: Bloomberg Caught On Tape Saying the Elderly Should Be Denied Medical Care Because of Cost Overruns.

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