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Crisis In Leadership

by Oui Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 09:35:30 AM EST

I must admit, during my lifetime I've seen far more failures in leadership than succes.

In a democracy, the public is easily manipulated by PR and a non-critical media. Therefore, the popularity curve of leaders are far behind as a crisis develops. As new data is confronting the man in the street, the popularity polls catches up.

Interesting comparison I found was president Johnson's Vietnam War and George Bush in the Iraq War.

More below the fold ...


The Iraq-Vietnam Comparison | Gallup - June 2004 |

As the pandemic hasn't hit close to home one sees an inexplicable rise in popularity. We witness this in the US, UK and The Netherlands. In most western countries the preparation for a world-wide pandemic. Many alarming signals were missed and start of making CDC test kits flawed. Time lost is translated in unnecessary lives lost of loved ones.

The PR machine of politics is operating 24/7 to deceive the public for the "common good" of a unified response to battle the coronavirus.

During the Vietnam war, every American was proud of our boys going over there to fight the Communists. As the press statements continued to praise the advances of battles with the Viet Cong, true military succes remained elusive. In 1967, the number of deaths became an issue as friends, family or former high school buddies died on foreign soil. The TET offensive in February 1968 struck a cord with the American public.

As the coronavirus is still in an early phase in the States, large groups are defiant and not following essential instructions from the CDC or state governors. As the number of deaths each double, triple or quadruple, only than the pandemic will hit home.

Only today after measures were taken by the Dutch government, I noticed a remarkable change of attitude and universal social distancing is adhered to.

Because the Dutch government has a CoV-2 policy in place for limited testing, the true number of infected persons is mist like near 20,000 ... the increase in deaths the coming days will bear this out ... the elderly will have been offered on the altar of the economic option.

Invincible - the Titanic after striking an iceberg

"Indeed, oerusing the testimony, one is struck as to how invincible the passengers and crew thought the ship was -- until fairly late in the proceedings."

More data to follow ...

Leadership Failures In Organization

When negative unintended consequences occur as the result of mistakes, errors, ignorance, lack of expertise, flawed communication, and inability to lead. The unintended consequences can have a minor or major impact on the organization being led, the public being served, and the surrounding internal and external environment. In some situations, the failures can lead to death and have a long-term catastrophic impact.

Introduction

Richards and Engle (1986) offer the following definition of leadership “Leadership is about articulating visions, embodying values, and creating the environment within which things can be accomplished” (p. 206). This definition is useful for examining failures because failure is frequently associated with leaders who have not mastered communication skills, especially in conveying mission, vision, and goals, incongruent or conflicting values between leader and followers, and turbulence and conflict in ...

Political Leadership in the Time of Crises: Primum non Nocere

Long before the 2014 Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the United States was already experiencing a failure of confidence between politicians and scientists, primarily focused on differences of opinion on climate extremes. This ongoing clash has culminated in an environment where politicians most often no longer listen to scientists. Importation of Ebola virus to the United States prompted an immediate political fervor over travel bans, sealing off borders and disputes over the reliability of both quarantine and treatment protocol. This demonstrated that evidenced- based scientific discourse risks taking a back seat to political hyperbole and fear.

The role of public health and medical expertise should be to ensure that cogent response strategies, based upon good science and accumulated knowledge and experience, are put in place to help inform the development of sound public policy. But in times of crisis, such reasoned expertise and experience are too often overlooked in favor of the partisan press “sound bite”, where fear and insecurity have proved to be severely counterproductive.

While scientists recognize that science cannot be entirely apolitical, the lessons from the impact of Ebola on political discourse shows that there is need for stronger engagement of the scientific community in crafting messages required for response to such events. This includes the creation of moral and ethical standards for the press, politicians and scientists, a partnership of confidence between the three that does not now exist and an “elected officials” toolbox that helps to translate scientific evidence and experience into readily acceptable policy and public communication.

    “…the scary thing is that I want a leader who consults experts and thinks about all of the different sides to an issue before making statements and policies that are unfounded in science.”

    — Kaci Hickox, RN a quarantined nurse, February 2015

A failure in the timing and content of the expression of risk, both immediate and long term, has always proved a critical misstep in communicating to the public. As the medical crisis appears to be coming to a tenuous closure in West Africa it is time to reflect on the response to Ebola in the United States which unfortunately resulted in a manufactured social and political crisis. It shouldn’t be this way, yet an exploration of numerous critical events over the past quarter century demonstrate that time and time again, politics trumps science.

Pandemic Response Team of the National Security Council – < Press Delete >

In the Battle Against Coronavirus, Humanity Lacks Leadership | TIME - Yudal Harari |

any people blame the coronavirus epidemic on globalization, and say that the only way to prevent more such outbreaks is to de-globalize the world. Build walls, restrict travel, reduce trade. However, while short-term quarantine is essential to stop epidemics, long-term isolationism will lead to economic collapse without offering any real protection against infectious diseases. Just the opposite. The real antidote to epidemic is not segregation, but rather cooperation.


In 1918 a particularly virulent strain of flu managed to spread within a few months to the remotest corners of the world. It infected half a billion people – more than a quarter of the human species. It is estimated that the flu killed 5% of the population of India. On the island of Tahiti 14% died. On Samoa 20%. Altogether the pandemic killed tens of millions of people – and perhaps as high as 100 million – in less than a year. More than the First World War killed in four years of brutal fighting.

In the century that passed since 1918, humankind became ever more vulnerable to epidemics, due to a combination of growing populations and better transport. A modern metropolis such as Tokyo or Mexico City offers pathogens far richer hunting grounds than medieval Florence, and the global transport network is today far faster than in 1918. A virus can make its way from Paris to Tokyo and Mexico City in less than 24 hours. We should therefore have expected to live in an infectious hell, with one deadly plague after another.

However, both the incidence and impact of epidemics have actually gone down dramatically. Despite horrendous outbreaks such as AIDS and Ebola, in the twenty-first century epidemics kill a far smaller proportion of humans than in any previous time since the Stone Age. This is because the best defense humans have against pathogens is not isolation – it is information. Humanity has been winning the war against epidemics because in the arms race between pathogens and doctors, pathogens rely on blind mutations while doctors rely on the scientific analysis of information.

My daughter became infected in 2003 when living in a rented house where later asylum seekers shared the facilities. She caught the Yersin bacil and never since recovered full health.

Alexandre Yersin: Discoverer of the Plague Bacillus | Mayo Clinic |

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Geez ... that pandemic snug up on me!

Leadership is especially about setting priorities ... now a virus from Wuhan determines the fate of survival across the globe, losing time to tackle fossil fuel monopoly and invest in Green Energy. Breaking the status quo and unify nations. What is the future of multilateralism and globalization? In coming years, western nations will take a new look at essential production such as medicine and medical supplies. I wonder how many large private corporations can survive such as the airline industry. Look for new opportunities, there is always hope.

Primary concern: stay healthy. 😊🍀🙏🏼

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 01:40:17 PM EST
by Cat on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 02:41:19 PM EST
Netherlands is split in two nations: Calvin Dutch Reformed above the Rhine River and to the East and North ... and below the rivers Catholicism and closer to the lifestyle of the Belgians and the French (thanking Napoleon). History of religion

In the past few days, the hospitals below the rivers bore the brunt of the epidemic ... especial the Philips City of Eindhoven and surroundings - thinking carnival last month.

Incidence of cases in The Hague on the coast was 4 per 100k ... near Eindhoven it was 180 per 100k. The hospitals in the South have been overwhelmed ... I understand the request to move IC patients to other hospitals .... was REFUSED!

Facebook group in Eindhoven with a request for volunteers to help out with delivery of groceries and medicines for the elderly or handicapped, got within a week 5,000 volunteers willing to participate!

Doing good makes you happy!

PS Maasstad is above the rivers ☹

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 03:31:36 PM EST
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"Maasstad is above the rivers".
Some people going to learn the hard way.
by Cat on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 05:24:40 PM EST
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Maasstad Hospital is ready to receive corona patients - Feb. 29

Maasstad Hospital has shut down its IC department due to treatment of a corona patient - March 2/3

Number of IC beds expanded to receive a large number of corona infected patients ...

Hospitals in red zone near Eindhoven are overwhelmed, seek to evacuate  hundreds of patients to hospitals in the North!!

500 to 700 corona patients need to be moved to hospitals outside if the province of Brabant | BD.nl |

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 08:50:04 PM EST
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Missed this link of expanded facilities ...



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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 08:53:07 PM EST
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Unfortunately due to limited supply of test kits and policy to test on a broader scale, the number of cases is quite elusive for the status of the CoV-2 Outbreak in each country. For the Netherlands, my calculation is > 20,000 cases all total. The number of deaths attributed is a better gauge. China, SE Asia and Iran have seen the peak of the outbreak. For Iran there is still great uncertainty.


Country      Deaths      Recovered
Italy         4,032        5,129
Spain         1,326        2,125
France          450        1,587
USA             276          147
UK              177           65
Netherlands     136            2
Germany          73          209
Belgium          67          263
Switzerland      58           15

China         3,255       71,740
Iran          1,556        7,635
S. Korea        102        2,612

NL Times: Coronavirus cases surge to 3,631 as 30 more Dutch patients die
Belgium CoV-2 pandemic cases, deaths nearly doubled to 67 in one day

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 02:55:43 PM EST


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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 05:52:52 PM EST
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WARNING to Dutch, British and American nurses: your government are sending you into the coronavirus battle without sufficient funding. clinical tests, face masks and protective clothing.

Coronavirus, la strage dei medici. Almeno 14 morti dall'inizio dell'epidemia

Gli ultimi cinque nomi aggiunti nell'elenco della Federazione nazionale degli Ordini. Il presidente Anelli: «Mandati a combattere a mani nude contro il virus»

Giuseppe Finzi, 62 anni, era medico ospedaliero a Parma. Luigi Frusciante, 71, andato in pensione l'anno scorso, era di Como, la stessa città dello pneumologo Giuseppe Lanati, 73 anni. E poi Antonino Buttafuoco, 66 anni, medico di base di Bergamo, deceduto mercoledì, e Luigi Ablondi, anche lui 66enne, ex direttore generale dell'Ospedale di Crema, poi direttore della clinica delle Ancelle di Cremona, che si è spento il giorno prima. Cinque nomi, cinque vittime che la Fnomceo (la Federazione nazionale dell'Ordine dei medici chirurghi e degli odontoiatri) ha aggiunto giovedì all'elenco «dei medici caduti», la triste contabilità che aggiorna quotidianamente sul suo sito.  

Record di morti e contagi. Rimpatriati 9 mila italiani da 15 Paesi

Same old ... see soldiers send into Iraq war without sufficient armor.

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 06:06:54 PM EST
by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 06:27:01 PM EST
Lockdowns multiply globally as virus strains health systems | Economic Times |

Major streets and highways were deserted in many parts of the world on Saturday as curfews and lockdowns multiplied in the face of a rapidly advancing virus that is severely straining many health systems.

Three American states with a combined population of 70 million are moving to restrict residents to their homes. California started Friday and New York and Illinois were to follow this weekend. Connecticut and Oregon were preparing to do the same.

Once bustling outdoor plazas fell quiet in Bavaria after it became the first German state to tell people to stay home, except to go to work, buy food, visit the doctor or exercise.

With hospitals already under pressure, officials in many countries are desperate to prevent _ or at least limit _ a repeat of what has happened in China and southern Europe. The coronavirus outbreak overwhelmed medical services in the central Chinese city of Wuhan earlier this year and now is pushing them to the limit in Italy and Spain. Britain has asked 65,000 retired nurses and doctors to return to work.

NYC: Only test those that are hospitalized as protective equipment 'extremely limited' | NBC News |

New York City's hospitals are sounding the alarm about a critical lack of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE, and are limiting tests of COVID-19 to those that are hospitalized in the "epicenter" of the coronavirus outbreak and to stop testing outpatients, documents obtained by NBC News show.

NBC News has reviewed a letter from NYU Medical Langone Hospital which says that the capacity to test for COVID-19 at labs in the region remains "critically limited."The letter says that as of Friday NYU has told staff that the testing of COVID-19 was to be restricted to hospitalized patients only. In part, the letter says, because supplies of test swabs and other necessary testing components remains low.

NYU's directives come on the heals of a sweeping memorandum from the New York City Department of Health. The directive says, "there is a national shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), collection swabs, and viral transport media supplies and it is critical that laboratory testing be prioritized for hospitalized patients."



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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 06:57:33 PM EST


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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 06:58:06 PM EST
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Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health-Care Workers | The New Yorker |

As the city was locked down and cut off from outside visitors, health-care workers seeing at-risk patients were housed away from their families. They wore full-body protective gear, including goggles, complete head coverings, N95 particle-filtering masks, and hazmat-style suits. Could we do that here? Not a chance. Health-care facilities don't remotely have the supplies that would allow staff members to see every patient with all that gear on. In Massachusetts, where I practice surgery, the virus is circulating in at least eleven of our fourteen counties, and cases are climbing rapidly. So what happens if you are exposed to a coronavirus patient and you don't have the ability to go full Wuhan? My hospital system, Partners HealthCare, has already sent more than a hundred staff members home for fourteen days of self-quarantine because they were exposed to the coronavirus without complete protection. If we had to quarantine every health-care worker who might have come into contact with a COVID-19 patient, we'd soon have no health-care workers left.

Yet there are lessons to be learned from two places that saw the new coronavirus before we did and that have had success in controlling its spread. Hong Kong and Singapore--both the size of my state--detected their first cases in late January, and the number of cases escalated rapidly. Officials banned large gatherings, directed people to work from home, and encouraged social distancing. Testing was ramped up as quickly as possible. But even these measures were never going to be enough if the virus kept propagating among health-care workers and facilities. Primary-care clinics and hospitals in the two countries, like in the U.S., didn't have enough gowns and N95 masks, and, at first, tests weren't widely available. After six weeks, though, they had a handle on the outbreak. Hospitals weren't overrun with patients. By now, businesses and government offices have even begun reopening, and focus has shifted to controlling the cases coming into the country.



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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 07:17:10 PM EST
More than half of American jobs are at risk because of coronavirus | CNN News |

Nearly 80 million jobs in the US economy are at high or moderate risk today, according to analysis in the last week from Moody's Analytics. That's more than half of the 153 million jobs in the economy overall.

That doesn't mean that all those jobs will be lost. But it's probable that as many as 10 million of those workers could see some impact to their paychecks -- either layoffs, furloughs, fewer hours or wage cuts, said Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody's Analytics.

Labor Department asked states to delay releasing increased unemployment numbers: report | The Hill |

Goldman Sachs predicts brutal second quarter as unemployment spikes above 2 million

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 09:36:39 PM EST

Some positive news ... 😊

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by Oui on Sat Mar 21st, 2020 at 10:36:12 PM EST
Britons flock to seaside towns in defiance of orders to stay at home.

Incredibly, people across multiple countries are still ignoring warnings to stay home.

We've seen the pictures of Australia's Bondi Beach, and we heard earlier from a UK dentist in Skegness, in Lincolnshire, warning of a "disaster waiting to happen" as thousands of people flocked to his seaside town in spite of official guidance to stay at home.

"I view these actions as massively, massively socially irresponsible. I personally think that those involved should be ashamed of themselves," said Dr Mitchell Clark.

Clark joined the local police and crime commissioner in urging for local businesses to shutter their shops and for caravan parks to be closed.

Concerns over big crowds on Largs seafront amid Covid-19 pandemic issue | Largs & Millport Weekly |

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by Oui on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 02:49:59 AM EST
'Disaster waiting to happen': visitors flock to Skegness | The Guardian |



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by Oui on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 03:02:21 AM EST
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because SUPERPOWERS, bro, FTW!
by Cat on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 08:14:56 PM EST
The world community of social democrats will learn the iconic expression:

"Mr. Trompachov, BRING DOWN THAT WALL!"

((youtube qYVsKoQXATY}}

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by Oui on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 08:19:44 PM EST

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by Oui on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 08:22:49 PM EST
Fauci fu
"I have publicly had to say something different with what he states. It's a risky business. But that's my style. I say it the way it is, and if he's gonna get pissed off, he's gonna get pissed off. And he gets that. He's a smart guy. He's not a dummy. So he doesn't take it -- certainly up to now -- he doesn't take it in a way that I'm confronting him in any way. He takes it in a good way."

Commenting on Trump's recent statement about an anti-malaria drug that could be used to treat coronavirus, Fauci said there's no definite proof that it would work.

by Cat on Sun Mar 22nd, 2020 at 10:46:36 PM EST


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by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 05:45:17 PM EST
A WhatsApp group undermined  the credibility of accusers

Alex Salmond trial: Former First Minister not guilty | The Scotsman |

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by Oui on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 06:06:30 PM EST
"Acquitted"? The verdict on one of the charges was "not proven".
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 06:27:51 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 09:22:17 PM EST
The other evening I got an earful of Kitchen Table Coronavirus Conspiracy Gibberish. In this edition a couple presumed that because remdesivir had been introduced to treat malaria-like epidemic(s) around the world, that US feds intend to kill US citizens by withholding FDA approval of this miracle drug to cure coronavirus.

Coronavirus Patients in Limbo as Gilead Suspends Emergency Drug Access

The drug, remdesivir, is being studied in several large-scale clinical trials around the world, including a huge trial announced last week by the World Health Organization. But the results have not been reported yet, and it is still unclear whether the drug works against the coronavirus. It was [twice] studied to treat Ebola, but did not work well enough against that virus.
[...]
As the virus spread to Europe and the United States, Gilead said emergency requests had "flooded an emergency treatment access system that was set up for very limited access to investigational [sic] medicines and never intended for use in response to a pandemic."
m'k.

Can't wait until KTCCG couple learns, remdesivir is on its last leg in a clinical trial run by CORRUPT CHINESE PEOPLE which ends sometime in April. I know, if CORRUPT CHINESE PEOPLE don't endorse remdesivir, erryone will admit that THOSE PEOPLE are stealing worthless USAMRIID intellectual property.
Gilead Struggles to Recruit Patients for Coronavirus Drug Trial in China, 18 Feb
Expanded Access Remdesivir (RDV; GS-5734TM), 10 Mar

by Cat on Mon Mar 23rd, 2020 at 11:56:06 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 01:45:14 AM EST
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Coronavirus outbreak: Drug used to treat first US patient enters human trials in Wuhan

According to reports, the company will be testing remdesivir -- an Ebola virus drug. This unapproved drug has worked against related viruses, MERS and SARS -- both coronaviruses that are structurally similar to 2019-nCoV -- but only in tests conducted in labs and on animals. Gilead is working with health authorities in China to establish a human trial to determine whether remdesivir can safely and effectively be used to treat 2019-nCoV, reads a statement from the company.

Update On The Company's Ongoing Response To COVID-19

Dutch authority RIVM on the availability of test drug Remdesivir ...

* Condensed Compassionate use statement NL_23032020 *

[...]

. We are currently focusing on processing previously approved applications. We hope that the access programs will be operational within a similar timeframe as that in which any new requests for emergency medication requests would have been processed. An exception is made for pregnant women and children under the age of 18 with confirmed COVID-19 infection and serious symptoms; emergency medication requests can still be made for them.

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by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 07:36:48 AM EST
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Fauci-in-exile has a "side-hustle", as the youngster say, paying social media house calls.
#SCASKSFAUCI
by Cat on Thu Mar 26th, 2020 at 02:42:59 AM EST
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Stephen Curry's coronavirus interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci is most significant move of his career
"Fauci expressed optimism that medical experts could develop a vaccine in time to handle a potential return of COVID-19 next winter."
by Cat on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 03:55:36 AM EST
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oops
by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 12:23:57 AM EST
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wait. there's more.
by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 05:41:32 PM EST
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Some of the [White House] messaging is pretty confusing.

It's not "confusing" you dick-brained Republican scum.  It's purposeful mis-information because Donald is a narcissistic POS  


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 07:22:48 PM EST
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Bipartisan resolution condemns China's handling of coronavirus outbreak
The bipartisan resolution, on which Moulton is currently the only Democratic [D-MA] signatory, accuses regional health and security authorities in China's Wuhan province and elsewhere in the country of tamping down on efforts by scientists to study the disease early on and publish information publicly about its effects.
<wipes tears>

Fauci: "Pelosi praises Fauci as a 'truth-teller,' says he's crucial to coronavirus fight"
by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 06:26:31 PM EST
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That's hilarious considering the US spent TWO FUCKING MONTHS in denial AFTER the Chinese made public announcements and WHILE the Chinese was working with WHO and other international health organizations.

 

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 07:25:35 PM EST
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An unsung hero of the coronavirus crisis: The Federal Reserve
"Its actions aren't always easy to comprehend"

'I'd love to have it open by Easter': Trump says he wants to restart economy by mid-April
"end of the administration's '15 Days to Slow the Spread' initiative"

by Cat on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 10:52:57 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 02:42:24 AM EST
Both the US and UK put a known bullshit artist in charge of the country and are now complaining there is a bullshit artist in charge of the country.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Mar 24th, 2020 at 07:27:00 PM EST
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US Casualties Compared

Fighting them over there: Vietnam War -- 58,000

Homeland Security

Invaders from Asia, fighting them here ... when will president Trump see US Casualties surpass the number from the 1960s.  Spending US tax dollars wisely ... leave it up to politicians living in the Bubble.

Coronavirus Deaths by U.S. State and Country Over Time: Daily Tracking | NY Times |

Key words | Conservative Pandemic | Failure | Unprepared |

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by Oui on Wed Mar 25th, 2020 at 07:04:11 PM EST


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by Oui on Fri Mar 27th, 2020 at 07:52:03 AM EST
Coronavirus exposes the problems and pitfalls of modelling | The Guardian |

The modelling from Imperial College that underpinned the government's belief that the nation could ride out the epidemic by letting the infection sweep through, creating "herd immunity" on the way, was more troubling.

The model, based on 13-year-old code for a long-feared influenza pandemic, assumed that the demand for intensive care units would be the same for both infections. Data from China soon showed this to be dangerously wrong, but the model was only updated when more data poured out of Italy, where intensive care was swiftly overwhelmed and deaths shot up.

Nor was that the only shortcoming of the Imperial model. It did not consider the impact of widespread rapid testing, contact tracing and isolation, which can be used in the early stages of an epidemic or in lockdown conditions to keep infections down to such an extent that when restrictions are lifted the virus should not rebound.

The UK government's woeful response to the coronavirus outbreak

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by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 08:22:46 AM EST


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by Oui on Sat Mar 28th, 2020 at 08:41:06 AM EST
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The poorest of timing when Corbyn folded and agreed to early elections last fall. With a heavy heart, Labour watched the Tories setting out Labour policies due to the coronavirus outbreak.



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by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 11:57:31 AM EST

Exit Jeremy Corbyn - just as Corbynism has never been more relevant

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by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 03:51:09 PM EST
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Famous passage in Winston Churchill's excellent book The Second World War where he refers to the impending fall of Singapore:

    "It was necessary above all to warn the House and the country of the misfortunes which impended upon us. There is no worse mistake in public leadership than to hold out false hopes soon to be swept away. The British people can face peril or misfortune with fortitude and buoyancy, but they bitterly resent being deceived or finding that those responsible for their affairs are themselves living in a fool's paradise."


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by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 02:41:23 PM EST
Guess what ... Hollywood's Apprentice acting as U.S. President 😖



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by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 02:42:53 PM EST
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Hoover vs FDR in 1932

Franklin D. Roosevelt: Campaigns and Elections

FDR then broke with tradition and flew to Chicago by airplane to accept the nomination in person, promising delegates "a new deal for the American people." FDR's decision to go to Chicago was politically necessary: he needed to demonstrate to the country that even though his body had been ravaged by polio, he was robust, strong, and energetic.

Roosevelt's campaign for president was necessarily cautious. His opponent, President Herbert Hoover, was so unpopular that FDR's main strategy was not to commit any gaffes that might take the public's attention away from Hoover's inadequacies and the nation's troubles. FDR traveled around the country attacking Hoover and promising better days ahead, but often without referring to any specific programs or policies. Roosevelt was so genial--and his prescriptions for the country so bland--that some commentators questioned his capabilities and his grasp of the serious challenges confronting the United States.



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by Oui on Sat Apr 4th, 2020 at 05:40:04 PM EST

Scotland's chief medical officer quits over second home row | The Guardian |

Scotland's chief medical officer, Catherine Calderwood, has quit after facing intense criticism for breaking her own rules to twice visit her second home during the coronavirus outbreak.

In a statement issued on Sunday night, more than seven hours after insisting she would carry on, Calderwood said she had again discussed the controversy with Scottish first minister Nicola Sturgeon and concluded her position was untenable.

She said she realised it was impossible for the public to have confidence in official advice to avoid all essential travel if she remained in post: "People across Scotland know what they need to do to reduce the spread of this virus and that means they must have complete trust in those who give them advice. It is with a heavy heart that I resign as chief medical officer."

Broke the tradition as the Queen addressed the Empire ...

The Queen has retreated to her second home @WindsorCastle

UK's trust in Her Majesty, only on four occasions will she speak her mind ...

Sept. 5, 1997: Queen Elizabeth II addresses Princess Diana's death | ABC News |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Sun Apr 5th, 2020 at 11:35:56 PM EST
Jews react with sadness to Bernie Sanders dropping out of the presidential race | The Forward |



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 04:38:39 PM EST

What a very sick fuc$ing person he is ... by now all mirrors in the White House must have shattered. 🤡😡

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed Apr 8th, 2020 at 04:55:02 PM EST
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Bernie and Biden Team Up | Facebook |

Bernie Sanders endorses Joe Biden  

    "Today, I am asking all Americans, I'm asking every Democrat, I'm asking every Independent, I'm asking a lot of Republicans, to come together in this campaign to support your candidacy, which I endorse -- to make certain that we defeat somebody who I believe -- and I'm speaking just for myself now -- is the most dangerous president in the modern history of this country."


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Apr 13th, 2020 at 07:26:18 PM EST


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Sun Apr 19th, 2020 at 04:30:00 PM EST


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