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Eye On Trade As Invisible China Virus Attacked

by Oui Thu Apr 23rd, 2020 at 09:55:28 PM EST

Preoccupied by Ukraine Quid-pro-Quo, Giuliani and cohorts, Impeachment trial, finishing trade talks phase One with China in January and the PR stunt to antagonize the global community at Davos.

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>> Zelensky who won the last fictional election for presidency in the Ukraine, found the door shut to the White House. The spring doldrums of Trump's lawyer Giuliani brought plenty of entertainment in U.S. Congress. The Democrats were easily defeated by a united front of red-hot Republicans. As the Impeachment Act ended in the Senate in January 2020, the invaders from China were well established across many states. As Trump so colorfully stated, he was caught off guard by this invisible enemy sent from Wuhan.

Sometimes God's creation moves in mysterious ways human kind just don't grasp. Although prophesized by virologists over a decade ago, science has no entry in the Republican led White House.

Well, one can put a virus to work to one's advantage of course. The virus spreads like wildfire in dense populations. Lo and behold, the large metropolitan areas in the US are in a majority BLUE states. So, who cares? Can't let blue lives of the elderly harm the New York Stock Exchange now, by far the BIGGEST financial center of Planet Earth. Please don't use that term or next you will be speaking about Green Energy, renewables - Koch Bros. are coughing up blood - and care for our planet to prevent further deterioration of air, water and soil.

The pandemic has used the fallacies of men to attack the most vulnerable of human species. Too late for any president of any colour to prevent the outbreak of a very contagious virus.

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Oh well, the trade deal didn't last long ... never mind, after the pandemic there isn't much trade to be divided.

As Trump Urges Doctors to Lie on Live TV, Federal Official Says He Was Fired for Limiting Hydroxychloroquine Use | The Intercept |

Will Trump Allow the Coronavirus to Ravage Blue America? | NY Mag - 1 day ago |

The single richest theme in the long history of American populism -- left-wing as well as right-wing -- has been the wickedness of urban areas, where rich cosmopolitans exploit virtuous small-town and country folk and the polyglot helots of the cities themselves, whom they command politically as well as economically.

God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked cities of the plain. ( Photo: John Martin/Wikipedia)

As multiple studies have shown, the stark divisions exposed by the Trump-Clinton contest of 2016 broke as much on proximity to urban cores as any other variable. The urban-nonurban breakdown overlapped with a variety of other economic and cultural dividers, of course, most notably race, religious observance, and age. But a lot of the savagery of political rhetoric in this era is attributable to this ancient hostility between city mice and country mice, and the domination of urban cores and rural areas by one of the two major parties.

In the tense atmosphere created by the coronavirus pandemic, we saw a predictably polarized response to the initial spread of infections, as Ron Brownstein noted a month ago:

    If the virus never becomes pervasive beyond big cities, that could reinforce the sense among many Republican voters and office-holders that the threat has been overstated. It could also fuel the kind of xenophobia that Trump and other GOP leaders, such as Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, have encouraged by labeling the disease the "Chinese virus" or the "Wuhan virus."
[Trump] is pushing a cultural and geographical grievance central to his 2016 victory, as Thomas Edsall observes:

    The calculation underlying Trump's "liberate" crusade was revealed in a comment on the Facebook page of Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine:

      The eastern border, Philly, and the western border Pittsburgh, is what is causing the state to stay shut down. What about the rest of us??

    In other words, Trump and his followers want to place the onus for the social and economic restraints that are still in effect in much of the country on cities, many of them heavily black, where the coronavirus has been most destructive.

As the ball dropped on New Year's Eve at New York Times Square ...

The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago | NY Times |

On New Year's Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science and medical news website Stat, was finishing an article about the development of an elusive Ebola vaccine when she got an inkling of her next big story.

"Hopefully this is nothing out of the ordinary," she wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a report of an "unexplained pneumonia" in central China.

Two days later, she tweeted a South China Morning Post article about the outbreak and wrote, "Not liking the look of this."

Stat published Ms. Branswell's first article on the "growing cluster of unexplained pneumonia cases" on Jan. 4. There was some indication, she reported, of "a new virus, and perhaps even a new coronavirus."

World Health Organisation in touch with Beijing after mystery viral pneumonia outbreak | SCMP - Jan. 1, 2020 |

Pompeo @State busy with sanctions across the globe ... diplomacy? Trump threw the book out a long time ago!

Spanish Flu: a warning from history

rocket surgery

EU27 ppl may not appreciate the significance of this vignette. But try to imagine how M.D. specialization (maximize fees) dulled comprehensive, clinical experience of two generations.

by Cat on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 12:56:41 AM EST
FDA commissioner weighs in on Trump's disinfectant claim | CNN News |

Frontrunner to lead FDA, dogged by controversies, has developed knack for confronting them

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 05:36:12 AM EST
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by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 10:24:37 AM EST
Money flow determines Trump's health policy ...

Dick and Liz Uihlein couple from Wisconsin behind coronavirus protests ...

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 10:25:47 AM EST
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Fifty Thousand Americans Dead from the Coronavirus, and a President Who Refuses to Mourn Them | The New Yorker - April 22, 2020 |

In just the past few days, President Trump has blamed immigrants, China, the "fake news" and, of course, "the invisible enemy" of the coronavirus for America's present troubles. He has opined extemporaneously about his plans to hold a grand Fourth of July celebration on the National Mall and has announced that he planted a tree on the White House lawn in honor of Earth Day. He has offered his opinion on matters small and large, bragged about himself as "the king of ventilators," and spent much time lamenting the pandemic-inflicted passing of what he invariably (and inaccurately) calls "the greatest economy in the history of the world."

Despite the flood of words, though, what has struck me the most this week is what Trump does not talk about: the mounting toll of those who have died in this crisis. So voluble that he regularly talks well past dinnertime at his nightly briefings, the President somehow never seems to find time to pay tribute to those who have been lost, aside from reading an occasional scripted line or two at the start of his lengthy press conferences, or a brief mention of a friend in New York who died of the disease soon after calling him at the White House.

But the numbers are the numbers, and, notwithstanding Trump's relentless happy talk, the coronavirus epidemic has, as of this week, already produced some fifty thousand American dead. This is not, needless to say, a best-case scenario, or anything close to it. Just a few weeks ago, a survey of scientific experts predicted forty-seven thousand U.S. dead by the beginning of May, according to the Web site FiveThirtyEight. Instead, forty-seven thousand deaths were recorded by this Wednesday, April 22nd, well before the experts had anticipated.

On April 8th, a leading model at the University of Washington had revised its projections downward to forecast a total of sixty thousand American deaths by the beginning of August. But the nation now looks to hit that number by May 1st, meaning that, just a few days from now, more Americans will have died from COVID-19 than the entire toll from the Vietnam War.

Honoring the dead has long been one of the tests of American Presidential leadership. Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address was, after all, not just another political speech but a remembrance of those who were killed in the bloodiest single battle of the Civil War, in which some fifty thousand Americans became casualties and about eight thousand died.

    Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.

    Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

Twenty-five years ago this week, Bill Clinton's lip-bitingly empathetic response to the Oklahoma City bombing, in which a white supremacist blew up a federal building and killed a hundred and sixty-eight people, was seen as a key moment of his tenure. He was dubbed the "mourner-in-chief," at a time when he was languishing politically. That speech is often said to have saved his Presidency.

[Links and photo's added are mine - Oui]

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 05:11:08 PM EST
Human cost of war ... we don't count the dead.

Pentagon lifts media ban on coffin photo's | NBC News |

Families of America's war dead will be allowed to decide if news organizations can photograph the homecomings of their loved ones, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said.

Gates said he decided to allow media photos of flag-draped caskets at Dover Air Force Base, Del., if the families agree. A working group will come up with details and logistics.

The new policy reverses a ban put in place in 1991 by then President George H.W. Bush. Some critics contended the government was trying to hide the human cost of war.

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 05:22:02 PM EST
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Letter of endorsement

Diane Lob is not the right choice to lead the Conference of Presidents | Arutz Sheva |

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 06:03:34 PM EST
67% of the Jewish vote is quite low for recent elections.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 06:10:54 PM EST
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Federal Judge Orders Florida Company to Stop Peddling Bleach-Based COVID-19 'Cure' | US News |

A federal judge has ordered a Florida-based company to stop selling a product that it says cures COVID-19 but prosecutors allege contains a powerful bleach that could make people sick when it is ingested, the Justice Department said on Friday.

The April 16 injunction unsealed on Friday against Genesis II Church of Health and Healing and its executives came after prosecutors filed a civil complaint in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida.

In the complaint, prosecutors say the company improperly marketed its "Miracle Mineral Solution" as a treatment for COVID-19 making claims that were "unsupported by any well-controlled clinical studies or other credible scientific substantiation."

The company is secular despite having the name "church" in its title and the fact its executives - Mark Grenon, Joseph Grenon, Jordan Grenon and Jonathan Grenon - hold titles of "bishop" or "archbishop," according to the civil complaint.

In the archives ...

Shameless: The High Priests of Snake Oil Offer Miracle Cures | ABC News - Oct. 28, 2016 |

Its "health ministers" pay $450 to become ordained. And medical experts say its "miracle cure" for virtually every disease is little more than a kind of industrial bleach.

Our President ...

G2Voice Broadcast #188 - Letter to President Trump and Response to FDA/FTC about their attack on our Sacraments! 4-19-20

by Oui on Fri Apr 24th, 2020 at 07:08:09 PM EST

Mink found infected with COVID-19 at two Dutch fir farms; areas now closed to public | NL Times |

by Oui on Mon Apr 27th, 2020 at 05:58:43 AM EST

Meanwhile, the innerboob's world population meter is still ticking up from 7.780* billion. Today, 0.04% represents total confirmed SARS-CoV-2 cases of "humanity." Here is another portfolio of Big Data visualizations seeking share of OECD subscribers.

Current occupancy value of the "field hospital", assembled one month ago by Maryland National Guard for 250 COVID-19 convalescents, is not published. WBALT local news broadcast file photo (26 April 2020); Baltimore coronavirus incidence data, updated daily

Contributors to Monthly Review (Mar 2020) annotate without irony Nassim Taleb's "black swan" critique of imperial plagues upon westworld governments:

The failures were actually programmed decades ago as the shared commons of public health were simultaneously neglected and monetized.12 A country captured by a regimen of individualized, just-in-time epidemiology--an utter contradiction--with barely enough hospital beds and equipment for normal operations, is by definition unable to marshal the resources necessary to pursue a China brand of suppression.

Following up the Taleb team's point about model strategies in more explicitly political terms, disease ecologist Luis Fernando Chaves, another coauthor of this article, references dialectical [!] biologists Richard Levins and Richard Lewontin to concur that "letting the numbers speak" only masks all the assumptions folded in beforehand.13 Models such as the Imperial study explicitly limit the scope of analysis to narrowly tailored questions framed within the dominant social order. By design, they fail to capture the broader market forces driving outbreaks and the political decisions underlying interventions.

Rein in the four horsemen of irreproducibility
by Cat on Mon Apr 27th, 2020 at 10:22:03 AM EST
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