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13 hours ago, jakeem said:


UPDATE: The Trump administration had planned to end federal support for community-based coronavirus testing sites around the U.S. on Friday. After complaints from local officials, HHS says it will continue providing help to sites that want it.
7:32 PM · Apr 9, 2020·SocialFlow

Vice President Joe Biden was one of the chief critics who demanded that trump continue to support the community- based testing.

It's unbelievable that trump is pushing to open up the economy,

Actually for his own political and personal business welfare,

while at the same time he wants to stop supporting the community-based testing with our death toll now Rising past 18,000!

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10 hours ago, jakeem said:


Sadly, trump tried to silence Dr Fauci by demanding the doctor not be allowed to appear on CNN--

if CNN would not carry  daily press briefings completely and live.

You believe stuff Like that?

That's interfering with the First Amendment, not to mention how important it is for the public to hear from the nation's top medical expert on the pandemic.

But that was just another example of trump's MO-- quid pro quo.

No sooner had Pence been forced to put out this edict than an onslaught of criticism forced him to tightrope walk it back.

That was Thursday and this is Friday and Dr Fauci is back on CNN informing the public.

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:


Trump says the U.S. has enough tests and PPE like masks.
(Some health care workers and governors might disagree.)
3:58 PM · Apr 10, 2020·Twitter Web App


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43 minutes ago, Bogie56 said:

Better ask trump that question at the next White House Press briefing on the pandemic.

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WHO warns against easing restrictions as deaths top 100,000

UN agency warns rolling back coronavirus measures could lead to a 'deadly resurgence' as global death toll surges.

4 hours ago
......."There is a real risk of resurgence of cases for two reasons: the prevalence of asymptomatic people who might spread the disease without knowing they are sick, and the threat from imported cases," ........
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2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

yeah.........so HOWS ABOUT all those folks TRAPPED in nursing homes, jails, immigration camps & ships at sea??



49 minutes ago, Princess of Tap said:

We've got a bad situation at the Lansing Correctional Facility in Kansas.

After several people there tested positive for covid-19 oh, some inmates took over a cell block and went ballistic yesterday.

The state has regained control of the prison now oh, but you really can't blame inmates for not wanting to get a death sentence just because they're incarcerated.

The Covid 19 pandemic is going to strike at every level of our society.

And as it strikes, we need to have a cohesive national response.

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23 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Thursday, April 9th 2020

16,697--Coronavirus deaths in the United States

468,887-- Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the United States

Friday, April 10th 2020

18,747-- Coronavirus deaths in the United States

502,876-- Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the United States


Source, Worldometer

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12 hours ago, jakeem said:


Sen. Lindsey Graham and others say state unemployment systems are failing, and that federal government has to step in or there could be "civil unrest" and 20% or more unemployment. He says he's called DOL Secretary Gene Scalia without much result.
1:33 PM · Apr 10, 2020·Twitter Web App

More than 17 million Americans left unemployed in a matter of weeks by the coronavirus pandemic.

Congress acted, the president signed the bill and now a nepotism appointment is holding up  unemployment compensation for millions of Americans who need to pay their rent, mortgages utilities and buy groceries.

When will this nepotism in the trump Administration end?

The secretary of Labor has the credentials of being the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Scalia.

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The coming battle for the COVID-19 narrative

Samuel Bowles, Wendy Carlin 10 April 2020

Like the Great Depression and WWII, the COVID-19 pandemic (along with climate change) will alter how we think about the economy and public policy, not only in seminars and policy think tanks, but also in the everyday vernacular by which people talk about their livelihoods and futures. It will likely prompt a leftward shift on the government-versus-markets continuum of policy alternatives. But more important, it may overturn that anachronistic one-dimensional menu by including approaches drawing on social values going beyond compliance and material gain. 

The COVID-19 pandemic is a blow to self-interest as a value orientation and laissez-faire as a policy paradigm, both already reeling amid mounting public concerns about climate change.  Will the pandemic change our economic narrative, expressing new everyday understandings of how the economy works and how it should work?  

We think so. But it will not be simply a lurch to the left on the now anachronistic one-dimensional markets-versus-government continuum shown in Figure 1. A position along the blue line represents a mix of public policies – nationalisation of the railways, for example, towards the left; deregulation of labour markets, for example, towards the right. 

Figure 1 The government–market continuum for policy and economic discourse 


COVID-19, for better or worse, brings into focus a third pole in the debate: call it community or civil society. In the absence of this third pole, the conventional language of economics and public policy misses the contribution of social norms and of institutions that are neither governments nor markets – like families, relationships within firms, and community organisations.

There are precedents for the scale of changes that we anticipate. The Great Depression and WWII changed the way we talked about the economy: left to its own devices it would wreak havoc on people’s lives (massive unemployment), “heedless self-interest [is] bad economics” (FDR),1 and governments can effectively pursue the public good (defeat fascism, provide economic security). As the memories of that era faded along with the social solidarity and confidence in collective action that it had fostered, another vernacular took over: “there is no such thing as society” (Thatcher)2 – you get what you pay for, government is just another special interest group.

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Coronavirus research done too fast is testing publishing safeguards, bad science is getting through


It has been barely a few weeks since the coronavirus was declared a pandemic. The pace at which the SARS-CoV-2 virus has spread across the globe is jolting, but equally impressive is the speed at which scientists and clinicians have been fighting back.

I am a pharmacotherapy specialist and have consulted on infectious disease treatments for decades. I am both exhilarated and worried as I watch the unprecedented pace and implementation of medical research currently being done. Speed is, of course, important when a crisis such as COVID-19 is at hand. But speed – in research, the interpretation and the implementation of science – is a risky endeavor.

The faster science is published and implemented, the greater the chances it is unsound. Mix in the panic and stress of the current pandemic and it becomes harder to make sure the right information is communicated and adopted correctly. Finally, governing bodies such as the World Health Organization, politicians and the media act as sources of trustworthy messaging and policy making. Each step – research, interpretation, policy – has safeguards in place to make sure the right information is acquired, interpreted and implemented. But pace and panic are testing these safety measures like never before.

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Trump's medical suggestion was not even peer-reviewed and accepted-

On March 17, French investigators posted a prepublication clinical paper online touting the successful use of hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 patients. Despite the media and government attention, the study was described by director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci as “anecdotal” due to the poor study design.

On April 3, the International Society of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy, the sponsoring organization of the very journal posting this prepublished article, agreed and stated “….the article does not meet the Society’s expected standard,” and “Although ISAC recognises it is important to help the scientific community by publishing new data fast, this cannot be at the cost of reducing scientific scrutiny and best practices.” The debate over the usefulness of hydroxychloroquine will likely continue until well-designed trials are completed.

The deliberate steps of scientific investigation, followed by editorial scrutiny, are guardrails. When these are disrupted there is a real risk that policy organizations may make consequential mistakes in spite of good intent.

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1 hour ago, jakeem said:


“Governors must grovel to the president. Governor Newsom [of California], Governor Andrew Cuomo [of New York] have understood that, and they’re doing it. Governor [Gretchen] Whitmer has largely refused, and Michigan is going through hell as a result.”
6:13 AM · Apr 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone


1 hour ago, jakeem said:


Gavin Newsom: "Every single direct request that [Trump] was capable of meeting, he has met.
10:05 AM · Apr 11, 2020·TweetDeck

 Catering to Trump is something that Democratic Governors are  forced to do to receive Medical equipment and supplies --

which already belong to all Americans because it has been paid for by all Americans.

 But this is trump's MO:

quid pro quo.

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2 hours ago, jakeem said:


.@jmeacham: "The golden rule is do unto others as you would have them do unto you ... That's the kind of spirit that FDR represented, particularly in the Great Depression."
"We need a president who is going to be empathetic and put himself in our shoes."
10:05 AM · Apr 11, 2020·SocialFlow

Empathy is something a sociopath does not have.

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17 minutes ago, jakeem said:


The New York Times has documents that show Trump’s COVID-19 response was even worse than anyone knew
2:04 PM · Apr 11, 2020·TweetDeck

In early January the National Security Council advised trump about the probable severity of the coronavirus pandemic. It was then that they suggested a complete Countrywide shutdown to avoid inevitable Contagion.

trump's personal advisors started to warn him about the inevitable pandemic Coming to America in the last days of January.

The Arrival of the pandemic in the United States was inevitable--

The severity of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States was avoidable and entirely man-made.

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More Coronavirus stories in the news today-


French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle The Register (Chuck L). OMFG….

Excited Rhino Runs “Like A Puppy” On Seeing His Zookeeper. Watch NDTV (furzy)

Ancient teeth from Peru hint now-extinct monkeys crossed Atlantic from Africa PhysOrg (Kevin W)

New, larger wave of locusts threatens millions in Africa Associated Press (resilc)

Giant Viruses Carry Genetic Code That May Control The Metabolism of Living Things Science Alert (David L). I see a horror movie plot….


U.S. Cases Over 500,000; Argentina, L.A. Lockdowns: Virus Update Bloomberg

Global Coronavirus Deaths Cross 100,000 New York Times

Coronavirus: Over 2,000 deaths in 24 hours in US DW. Subhead: “No other country has had such a high daily death toll. Global confirmed cases stand at almost 1.7 million, with more than 100,000 deaths.”

Coronavirus: ‘Deadly resurgence’ if curbs lifted too early, WHO warns BBC

Revealed: 6,000 passengers on cruise ships despite coronavirus crisis Guardian (Kevin W)

Cooped-Up Veteran Uses Chainsaw to Build Complete Gym (Bench Press, Treadmill, Leg Press, Deadlift Station, More) Out of Logs Core77


The Staggeringly Complicated Ethics of Ventilating Coronavirus Patients New Republic

Doctors are asking states to use their lethal-injection drugs to treat patients with COVID-19, instead Business Insider

NIH Begins Clinical Trial To Test Hydroxychloroquine To Treat COVID-19 The Hill. The latest theory I have heard is you need to take it with zinc and azithrothromycin…

Two-Thirds of Severe Covid-19 Cases Improved on Gilead Drug Bloomberg. N=53. And don’t 3/4 of the people with severe cases survive? The results on the ventilator patients might be promising, but I’m not sure about the less dire severe cases in this sample. Can any readers closer to this sort of data weigh in?

Covid-19: How to prevent a second wave Asia Times. Resilc: “Just in time for 2020 election is the way I bet.”


UK will have to live with restrictions until coronavirus vaccine is available, say officials, as new survey reveals that nine out of 10 Britons are observing ‘stay home’ advice after 980 deaths in a day Daily Mail

The EU’s Covid-19 crisis – How science got political RTE (PlutoniumKun)

Mafia distributes food to Italy’s struggling residents Guardian (resilc)

Working ventilators from Holby City set donated to NHS Nightingale Guardian


Indonesia in ‘worst’ position as coronavirus attacks ASEAN bloc Nikkei


Some churches confront virus restrictions on Easter services Associated Press

Coronavirus: New York using mass graves amid outbreak BBC (furzy)

Trump Gives Bizarre Response on Lifting Coronavirus Lockdown Daily Beast

Florida Gov. DeSantis mulls reopening schools: Coronavirus ‘doesn’t seem to threaten’ kids The Hill. UserFriendly: “‘Cause it’s not like those kids ever need to interact with adults or anything.”

Pence won’t let public health officials appear on CNN unless Trump’s disinfo briefings run in full Boing Boing

Trump Suggests He May ‘Hold’ $500 Million Meant for WHO Bloomberg

Serfs Revolt

People are luring Instacart shoppers with big tips — and then changing them to zero CNN (BC, UserFriendly)

Immigrant Meatpackers Fightback Against Intimidation & Death Traps Mike Elk

Hundreds of U.S. Meat Workers Have Now Tested Positive for Virus Bloomberg (Kevin W)

Amazon developing in-house Covid-19 testing lab Financial Times

Guillotine Watch

Burning Man’ Festival in Nevada Cancelled This Year, Will Move Online SFGate

Coronavirus Panic Buying: Puppies Wall Street Journal (J-LS)


IBM Rallies COBOL Engineers To Save Overloaded Unemployment Systems OneZero

Postal Service Warns of $22 Billion Hole From Coronavirus Wall Street Journal

Big Brother is Watching You Watch

Snowden Warns Governments Are Using Coronavirus To Build ‘The Architecture of Oppression’ Vice

Google and Apple launching coronavirus contact-tracing system for iOS and Android The Verge (BC)

Drones Take Italians’ Temperature and Issue Fines SecurityWeek

Imperial Collapse Watch

Coronavirus is hurting America’s place as a world leader while China appears to rise abc.net.au (Dr. Kevin)

The Ideas That Won’t Survive the Coronavirus New York Times. Resilc: “If one has traveled the last 30 years it should not be a surprise.”

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10 hours ago, jakeem said:


The number of people saying the “worst is yet to come” is off its peak of 80% from a week ago, but still most Americans remain pessimistic about the pandemic. Today, 68% say worst is yet to come versus 15% who say worst is over.
7:33 AM · Apr 11, 2020·Twitter for iPhone


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6 hours ago, jakeem said:


Father James Martin, S. J. on how faith communities are grappling with coronavirus as it disrupts many traditional Holy Week events:
“Panic and despair and terror are really not coming from God. What’s coming from God is hope and calm and peace.”
8:04 PM · Apr 10, 2020·SocialFlow


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10 hours ago, jakeem said:


Nearly a third of American renters did not pay their rent this month, according to data from the National Multifamily Housing Council, a trade association for the apartment industry.
9:51 AM · Apr 11, 2020·SocialFlow

One third of Americans cannot afford to pay their rent this month.

 More than 17 million Americans have filed for unemployment in the last 3 weeks.

America is in the throes of an economic crisis brought on by Federal mismanagement of a pandemic health crisis.

This kind of unemployment has not been seen in modern times since The Great Depression of 1929.

Obviously, the United States is in a deep recession right now.....

It depends upon the ability and quality of national leadership to see whether this whole thing is going to end up being dumped into a bottomless pit of an economic depression, lasting several years.

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23 hours ago, Princess of Tap said:

Friday, April 10th 2020

18,747-- Coronavirus deaths in the United States

502,876-- Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the United States


Source, Worldometer

Saturday, April 11th 2020

20,577-- Coronavirus deaths in the United States

532,879-- Confirmed Coronavirus cases in the United States

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