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Trump Hoax: We'll Sue China for MEGA Debt

by Oui Tue May 12th, 2020 at 11:43:59 AM EST


Putting some facts on the table and a timeline of events in the Sino-American relations in 2020 …

Trump wishes to be forgiven for all past mistakes made and betting on the wrong horse of a laissez-faire approach to the “endemic flu-like virus” that had reached the mainland in Washington State, or at least the West Coast of America.

As previously noted, Trump abolished the DHS department for global pandemic watch and axed a crucial NSC member. Cornered, not knowing what a smart move is, the first chance he gets Trump cuts the WHO funding. Next he puts all blame on China for doing what it had to do: a complete lockdown to seal all travel from and to Wuhan and Hubei province.

Once he realizes he is all alone, he slams anyone and all who dare voice criticism. A small majority of Americans and the whole of the Global Community sees what a mess he has made of it, lies and propaganda and dithering along the way failing to set a coherent exit strategy. Building his castle on quicksand, just like a sudden sinkhole when one has not done basic research and gets caught by a backlash of nature and Planet Earth.

Failure In Leadership and Wishful Thinking

POTUS, his National Security Council and CDC head Redfield knew the status as soon as the "flu" epidemic was recognized and spreading in Wuhan, China in January.

Before Trump’s inauguration, a warning: ‘The worst influenza pandemic since 1918’ | Politico |

Former President Obama Slams Trump's COVID-19 Response as an 'Absolute Chaotic Disaster' in Call With Supporters | TIME |

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Interesting comparison ... traveling from Taiwan into San Francisco and US domestic flights. Just found an article of an American mother of two girls returning from the US and traveling home to Shanghai. Trump and the US wholly unprepared for what the WHO communicated to the world community: SARS CoV-2 spreads form human-to-human and has been defined as a PANDEMIC by the end of January.

China coronavirus: World Health Organisation again considers declaring global emergency after 'deeply concerning' cases | SCMP - Jan. 30, 2020 |

A WHO decision on whether the outbreak now constitutes a global public health emergency is expected to be announced on Thursday evening in Geneva, following the emergency committee's meetings.

Tedros apologised on Wednesday for a WHO situational report published over the weekend that said the global risk from the Wuhan coronavirus was "moderate". The wording, later amended to "high", was due to "human error in preparing the report", he said in a thread on Twitter.

The WHO has also come under fire for its officials' full-throated praise of the Chinese government's transparency in its response to the outbreak, contrasting with rising criticism that the government and its official media organs have downplayed the severity of the virus.

WHO director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (left) said the evidence of human-to-human transmission outside China was "deeply concerning". (Photo: AP)

"I strongly advocated on air for [WHO] to declare a global health emergency today," Eric Feigl Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist at Harvard University's Chan School of Public Health, said in a Twitter post on Monday.

"The facts are pretty clear this #coronoavirus #nCoV2019 epidemic is no longer localized to China and has higher pandemic risk than SARS."

WHO Has Admitted an Error in Its Assessment of Wuhan Coronavirus Risk | Science Alert - Jab. 28, 2020 |

"WHO's risk assessment is that the outbreak is a very high risk in China, and a high risk regionally and globally."

WHO said the categorisation was "a global evaluation of risk, covering severity, spread and capacity to cope".

The agency added that the mistake made in three of its situation reports had been an "error in the wording".

Asked about the correction, Antoine Flahault, co-director of the Swiss School of Public Health, told AFP: "It's a mistake. It's definitely a sizeable one... but I really think it's a mistake that has now been corrected".

Cautious approach

WHO's cautious approach to the outbreak, which has been challenged by some critics, can be seen in the context of past criticism over its slow or too hasty use of the term, first used for the deadly 2009 H1N1 swine flu pandemic.

During that outbreak, the UN health agency was criticised for sparking panic-buying of vaccines with its announcement that year that the outbreak had reached pandemic proportions, and then anger when it turned out the virus was not nearly as dangerous as first thought.

But in 2014, the WHO met harsh criticism for dragging its feet and downplaying the severity of the Ebola epidemic that ravaged three West Africa countries, claiming more than 11,300 lives by the time it ended in 2016.

China took the most severe measures on Jan. 22/23 to put tens of millions into lockdown. Is there something Trump and right-wing Republican advisors didn't understand ... SCIENCE is not prevalent, any risks will be termed an HOAX until further notice from the Chief in the Oval Office. Trump knew in December an impeachment would never pass HIS SENATE, so where was his focus? Trump doesn't accept ANY criticism.

WHO says not declaring China virus a global emergency | TRT World - Jan. 23, 2020 |

Beijing locks down some 20 million people in several cities to contain the disease, preventing planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move that health experts say is "new to science."

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that the new coronavirus that has emerged in China and spread to several other countries does not yet constitute an international emergency but it was tracking its evolution "every minute".

WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the announcement after its Emergency Committee of 16 independent experts reviewed the latest evidence and made its recommendations, which he accepted.

"Make no mistake, though, this is an emergency in China," Tedros told a news conference at WHO headquarters in Geneva. "But it has not yet become a global health emergency. It may yet become one."

WHO's evaluation came as China locked down some 20 million people at the epicentre of a deadly virus outbreak on Thursday, banning planes and trains from leaving in an unprecedented move aimed at containing the disease which has already spread to other countries.

Streets and shopping centres in Wuhan were eerily quiet after authorities told residents not to leave the major city of 11 million people, where most of the cases have been identified.

Trains and planes out of Wuhan were indefinitely suspended and tollways on roads out the city were closed, leading to fear and panic for those who were trapped.

"We are feeling as though it is the end of the world," said one Wuhan resident on China's Twitter-like Weibo platform, voicing concerns about shortages of food and disinfectant.

Another described being on the "verge of tears" when the de facto quarantine was announced, with the misery compounded by the news coming on the eve of the Lunar New Year holiday.

Hours later, authorities in neighbouring Huanggang announced public transport and train services would be suspended at midnight, while people were told to not leave the city of 7.5 million.

All of Huanggang's cinemas, internet cafes, and the central market will close.

A third city, Ezhou, with a 1.1 million population, announced the train station had been closed earlier in the day.


    “From day one, my Administration has
     fought tirelessly to achieve a level
     playing field for the American worker.”
    President Donald J. Trump

Today, President Trump is signing a new, fully-enforceable Phase One Trade Agreement with China.

  • President Trump is making good on his promise to fix the failed policies of the past and deliver fairer trade for the United States.
  • This historic agreement will begin to rebalance our vital trade partnership with China and benefit both of our countries.
  • The signing of this agreement will be an incredible boost for American businesses, farmers, manufacturers, and innovators.
  • I want to thank President Xi, who is watching as we speak — and I’ll be going over to China in the not-too-distant future to reciprocate — but I want to thank President Xi, a very, very good friend of mine. We’ve — we’re representing different countries. He’s representing China. I’m representing the U.S. But we’ve developed an incredible relationship. But I want to thank him for his cooperation and partnership throughout this very complex process. Our negotiations were tough, honest, open, and respectful — leading us to this really incredible breakthrough. Most people thought this could never happen. It should have happened 25 years ago, by the way. But that’s okay.


h/t gmoke @EuroTrib ...

    My friends and former co-workers, Marc and Sally, love to travel the world and this year spent some of February and March in Taiwan. This is their account of the response of Taiwan to COVID-19, the letter they sent to friends after they arrived back home on March 19, 2020:

Coronavirus chronicles: From Taipei to Boston | Berkshire Edge | by Marc Rudnick on April 6, 2020  

Americans Marc Rudnick and Sally Wetzler wearing their stylin' art masks in a Taipei high-rise.

As the Grateful Dead so eloquently sang, "What a long, strange trip it's been!"

We are ensconced pond-side, bleary from poor sleep jet-lag wise, but home at last. So begins our at-least 14-day self-quarantine -- we've been through enough bad places in the past two days that it would be crazy to do anything else.

A sudden spike of CV in Taiwan (something like 25 new cases) brought instant response -- the borders are largely closed to foreigners now, and the government is busy tracking down the vectors of the newly infected. In Taiwan surgical masks are universally available. Just before leaving Taipei, we bought a big box of disposable gloves and two large bottles of hand sanitizer, both easily available in shops within a block of our hotel. We wore our masks and gloves throughout the airport experiences and for the first 20 minutes on the planes (allowing the HEPA systems to cleanse the cabin air a few hundred times before removing them). We washed down all the surfaces around us with sanitizer and washed our phones after handling them with gloves. Wore gloves to the bathroom and disposed of them after each visit.

Our Taiwan to San Francisco flight was a bit crowded, but we were still relatively isolated, plus everyone was coming from the clean island like us. Also, almost everyone wore surgical masks throughout the trip - it's what they do in Taiwan all the time anyway, and so did all the flight attendants.

All it took was a day back in America to see how hopeless avoiding an outbreak is here, given the money-making ethos of every business, the lax response by the government at every level (despite lots of talk) and the general idiocy of some of the people who live here.

Arriving at San Francisco airport, we breezed through re-entry, though standing in a lineup of returnees with no distancing whatsoever. The Immigration officer greeted us outside of the glass booth they usually sit in, with his mask dangling under his chin -- a 2-foot distance from hundreds of people every hour. No disinfection, no baggage check, no dogs, no customs inspection: we might as well have been carrying 50 pounds of crack and a nuclear device.

Shuttle driver to the hotel handled our bags, and everyone else's, without gloves (which we wore until we were inside our room.) No sanitizer in the hotel lobby.

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Why an American mother rushed her daughters back to Shanghai during the Covid-19 outbreak | SCMP - May 3, 2020 |

In March 15, I flew home to the United States to bring my daughters back to Shanghai. The sharp contrast between the way China has sought to prevent the spread of Covid-19 and the way the US has handled the pandemic has been alarming.

My family has been navigating the shifting geography of Covid-19 for months, as the virus first emerged in China, our country of residence, and then moved onto our native home, the US. We are Americans with a home in Virginia, but a couple years ago I took a job in Shanghai, and we moved there, with my husband commuting to his job in Washington.

When the coronavirus began to shut down China over the Lunar New Year holiday in January, we were on holiday in Japan. Once Shanghai schools began announcing closures, we decided the girls - aged 13 and 10 - should fly back to the US unaccompanied to stay with my husband while I returned to work in Shanghai. The subsequent Chinese lockdown would separate us for two months.

By mid-March, we had reached a turning point. The girls had just enrolled in their old schools when those incyystitutions announced a shutdown. Meanwhile, their Shanghai school was sending out upbeat notices about reopening in the near future. And with US cases on the rise and China tightening its borders, I figured it was now or never.

An image posted on Twitter in March shows crowds at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. (Photo: Twitter)

I was on the ground in the US for less than 36 hours, but saw enough to be alarmed. If I hadn't forcefully volunteered that I had just come from living in China, I don't think anyone would have checked me for fever before entering the US.

Once I declared myself, I was escorted to a "CDC line" for a cursory temperature check (with a large group of Mormon missionaries returning from Europe), given a Centres for Disease Control and Prevention flier about Covid-19 symptoms and asked to stay home and minimise my trips outside for 14 days.

While on the ground, I did not leave my house except to ride with my husband to pick up some takeaway; I was stunned at how full my hometown restaurants were.

The girls and I landed back in China on March 19, and our arrival there was the opposite of my entry to the US. Our flight from Tokyo landed at 11.45am, but we sat on Shanghai's Pudong International Airport tarmac for two hours before immigration officials let us disembark.

During those hours we filled out health forms that asked, among other questions, whether we had sore throats, runny noses, or fevers, and whether we had taken any medication to reduce fevers. I debated whether to report a stuffy nose that I was sure was caused by allergies.


A security worker at Shanghai airport on March 18. (Photo: AFP)

Finally, after we promised not to leave our flat, our passports were returned to us, and at 4.03am, some 16 hours after landing, we were home. That morning, a young woman in a hazmat suit knocked on our door and took our temperatures at 10am. She returned at 3pm to take our temperatures again.

This routine was repeated for 14 days before we would be permitted to circulate in the general Shanghai population.

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Mike Pence 'not up to task’ of leading US coronavirus response, say experts | The Guardian - Feb. 27, 2020 |

The “China virus” knows no borders, race, wealth or White House entry checks. It’s invaded the premises on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue uninvited and is carried into the Oval Office by hosts, the workplace of the most powerful leader on Planet Earth. The bluff and bruhaha of Trump in spite, the virus is sitting close by near his desk where the sign “the buck stops here” has been replaced by a photo of himself.

Dr. Fauci Backed Controversial Wuhan Lab with U.S. Dollars for Risky Coronavirus Research | Newsweek - Apr. 28, 2020 |

In 2019, with the backing of NIAID, the National Institutes of Health committed $3.7 million over six years for research that included some gain-of-function work. The program followed another $3.7 million, 5-year project for collecting and studying bat coronaviruses, which ended in 2019, bringing the total to $7.4 million.

Many scientists have criticized gain of function research, which involves manipulating viruses in the lab to explore their potential for infecting humans, because it creates a risk of starting a pandemic from accidental release.

The Newsweek article is poorly researched, so I won't spend more time to read it.

Antoine Flahault

The World Community knows the Trump Administration was quite busy with daily petty quarrels with the media at press briefings, the hours Trump spends on Fox News, right-wing talk radio, complot and conspiracy theories ... so Trump has been completely swamped in Washington. The President has no grasp of the facts as the US Consumer is treated on complete bullsh*t from the Oval Offices and Washington DC environs. As the US economy needs to open up - be LIBERATED - the White House goes into isolation and near LOCKDOWN. What a great show ... leadership my a$$.

Under Trump, American exceptionalism means poverty, misery and death | Opinion by RobertReich |

China’s purchases of US goods will fall way short of ‘phase one’ trade deal due to the coronavirus, says think tank | CNBC – May 11, 2020 |

Furthermore, there were a number of leaders who proclaimed early on: "We'll ride this flu-like epidemic out and won't shut down our GREAT ECONOMY. As I have written from early in March, the herd immunity advocates were Donald Trump, Boris Johnson and in The Netherlands close Anglo-Saxon ally Mark Rutte. All three countries are hiding the full reports of it's citizens killed by SARS CoV-2 due to not being prepared, refuse to do the necessary testing, not capable to protect frontline doctors, nurses and medical workers with professional PPE.

BoJo Explains Rising Death Toll and Herd Immunity

Herd Immunity WHO Ryan


The Show-Me State Is Out for Answers: Missouri Sues China, Chinese Communist Party Over COVID-19

President Trump is such a devisive person by nature and personality, not capable of empathy and bringing parties together in Washington DC, in collaboration with Governors across America in Red and Blue States, and has played politics of quid-pro-quo on relations with other nations. It's not just about trade and MAGA, it's a foreign policy of bullying other nations into submission.

The pandemics of SARS CoV-2 and the approach chosen by the White House has one where backing Taiwan and opposing the Communist Party of China has played a major role. SHAME! This policy has cost tens of thousands of American lives.

WHO says it cannot invite Taiwan to upcoming global health meeting | The Hill |

Two WHO members propose to discuss Taiwan WHA participation: WHO

The "China virus" knows no borders, race, wealth or White House entry checks. It's invaded the premises on 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue uninvited and is carried into the Oval Office by hosts, the workplace of the most powerful leader on Planet Earth. The bluff and bruhaha of Trump in spite, the virus is sitting close by near his desk where the sign "the buck stops here" has been replaced by a photo of himself.

CDC director self-quarantining after exposure to person at the White House who tested positive for Covid-19 | CNN News |

White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere declined to confirm the report that Redfield will self-quarantine, but he said the physician to the President and White House operations officials "continue to work closely to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the President, First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy."

"The President's physician and White House Operations continue to work closely to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the President, First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy at all times. In addition to social distancing, daily temperature checks and symptom histories, hand sanitizer, and regular deep cleaning of all work spaces, every staff member in close proximity to the president and vice president is being tested daily for COVID-19 as well as any guests," Deere said in a statement.

Dr. Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, also began to self-quarantine Friday after being exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive.

Coronavirus in the US: Top White House officials buried CDC report for coronavirus reopening

Testing by itself, even 100% testing is not enough, if you don't do social distancing and wear protective face masks in close quarters. Simple guidelines people! :-)

Related reading ...

Trump falsely declares kids safe from coronavirus: AP Fact Check
3 NY Deaths Linked to Rare COVID-Related Inflammatory Illness, At Least 73 Children Sick | NBC New York |

Posted earlier in my diary - Mutant SARS CoV-2 Ravages EU and East Coast.

by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 01:45:54 PM EST
LMAO then crying.
Please, God, if you exist, rake this fool and let him suffer horribly before the end!
by StillInTheWilderness on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 04:49:16 PM EST
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The WHO has to follow diplomatic conventions of not expressing criticism of countries whose help they need. For a much worse example, they never criticized Obama who risked endangering the entire polio eradication program, while knowing exactly what he was doing. If polio does return outside Pakistan/Afghanistan, I hope the victims can sue the US.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 01:48:55 PM EST
Not the US! Obama!
by StillInTheWilderness on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 04:53:30 PM EST
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I'm not sure how the title of this diary relates to its contents?

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 03:21:04 PM EST
😉 almost reached the finish line ... put up the timeline first, it was my home "Show Me" state Missouri was the first with an announcement ... followed by Trump saying he would sue China for the amount of outstanding US debt. What the heck ... trade or no trade ... deal or no deal ... I hate people with whom you can't negotiate on real terms ... narcists with a BIG ego and no idea how the outside world functions. Wrong person to be bestowed with so much might ... and blessings from false gods of the evangelicals who want to convert the poor souls if the Jewish State. Still some work in progress ... 🇺🇸🦂
by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 03:37:19 PM EST
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I think New Hampshire ("Live free and die") is starting to reopen.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 03:44:34 PM EST
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Done 🌵 ⛔️ 🛃 🈯️
by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 05:37:41 PM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 06:11:10 PM EST
by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 09:58:21 PM EST
by Oui on Tue May 12th, 2020 at 10:08:50 PM EST
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by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 08:10:00 AM EST
Covid-19: isolated and alone, Britain has become the sick man of Europe | The Guardian  - Opinion |

Lethal mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic is not the sole reason for this un-splendid isolation. The disease's sudden onslaught is the third national disaster in almost as many years. The first was the decision to walk away from Europe. The second was the advent of Donald Trump and his anarchic America First agenda.

However the virus's death toll is calculated, the perception is taking hold, abroad as at home, that the Johnson government's performance is one of the world's worst, second possibly only to the US. Sympathy for Britain's plight has not forestalled scathing international criticism.

On the climate crisis, on Iran, on Nato, on Israel-Palestine, on the UN and boycotted agencies such as the Human Rights Council, on multilateralism in general, on the primacy of international law, on relations with Vladimir Putin's Russia, and on limiting new nuclear weapons, Trump has mostly ignored Britain's views.

To this sorry list of spats, splits and schisms may be added Trump's support for big cuts in foreign aid, crude Islamophobia, the militarisation of space, commercial exploitation of the Arctic and his worrying contempt for democracy, honesty and accountability, as revealed by the Mueller inquiry and his Senate impeachment.

What Johnson and Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, dare not admit, for it would wholly explode their Brexit fantasies, is that Trump's America has become an unreliable, problematic and in some respects, hostile entity, with a tendency to belittle Britain, not build it up. His re-election would extend and intensify the nightmare.

Trump, the greatest of all coronavirus failures, is dangerous to know. And yet still they hug him close, risking infection, petitioning for a deal at almost any cost, mimicking his anti-Europe, populist posturing, rejecting pandemic cooperation with the EU and insisting, even now, that Brexit will be sewn up by December. A stitch-up is more likely. It will end in tears.

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 09:20:57 AM EST
by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 09:46:27 AM EST

Coronavirus in the U.S.: Latest Map and Case Count | NY Times |

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 11:45:03 AM EST
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Sudden rise of coronvirus cases hitting rural states | Mercury News |

In a 7 May report, obtained by NBC News, the list of top 10 surge areas included Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; Racine, Wisconsin; Garden City, Kansas, and Central City, Kentucky - a predominantly white town of 6,000 people which saw a 650% week-on-week increase.

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 04:56:17 PM EST
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Worldometer puts UK at 482 deaths per 1M pop. ... in true numbers Britain would clear Belgium with worst performance in policy and health services.

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 10:53:06 AM EST
Karola Sikora

Currently Medical Director of Proton Partners International and dean of the University of Buckingham's medical school; the only private medical school in the UK. He is an unpaid member of the Meat Advisory Panel.

Appeared in a Republican attack ad to oppose president Obama's Healthcare plans...

US health lobby: reform could make us as bad as the NHS | The Guardian - May 2009 |

Watched Sikora on TV interview, most likely Sky News ... a Brexiteer bullsh*tter pur sang. Darn.

Same old ... whenever the USA launches a war with the Brits, former generals and "diplomats" come out of the woodwork to profess their support. Glorifying conservative policy hedged to economic welfare of the few ... keeping austerity in place, tax relief for the corporations and cutting net income for the workers.

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 03:59:53 PM EST
by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 05:53:53 PM EST
by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 05:56:11 PM EST
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Dr. Rick Bright, the ousted director of a key federal office charged with developing medical countermeasures, will testify before Congress on Thursday.

"Our window of opportunity is closing. If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities. Without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be darkest winter in modern history."

Bright is set to testify before the House Committee on Energy and Commerce's health subcommittee after he filed a whistleblower complaint last week alleging he was removed from his post in retaliation for opposing the broad use of a drug frequently touted by President Donald Trump as a coronavirus treatment.

CNN has obtained his prepared testimony.

by Oui on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 06:08:59 PM EST
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by Cat on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 09:25:24 PM EST
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darkest winter in modern history.

But still not as dark as the winter of 1709, at least in the U.K.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed May 13th, 2020 at 09:38:43 PM EST
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Wisconsin county officials decide whether to extend safer-at-home rules after Supreme Court allows bars, businesses to reopen

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has come out with a Guidance Memo for taverns, restaurants and supper clubs for reopening.

Wisconsin Supreme Court strikes down Wisconsin's stay-at-home order that closed businesses to limit spread of coronavirus | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel |

by Oui on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 08:49:27 AM EST
Police vow to break up planned anti-lockdown protests in UK cities | The Guardian |

On Thursday Jayda Fransen, a former deputy leader of the extremist anti-Muslim group Britain First, highlighted a month old YouTube channel called the British Freedom Movement on her Telegram feed. She is also the sole director of a company created at the end of last month called Freedom Movement Ltd.

Although she did not claim to be behind the weekend flyers, Fransen is one of a number of far-right figures who are trying to win support by opposing the lockdown.

One of the YouTube videos from Fransen's organisation announces that she is launching a "free advocacy service" aimed at "my people" and anyone subjected to "tyrannical and unlawful policing" during the lockdown.

Unlike in the US, anti-lockdown protests have so far been minimal in the UK. Police broke up a protest by around 50 people in Westminster on Saturday carrying banners and messages ranging from "no consent" to 5G conspiracy theories.

Hope Not Hate, an anti-extremism campaign group, said that while it did not believe the latest planned protests were organised by the far right, it did say there was a big risk of cross-pollination, partly because of the narratives being promoted around the groups.

by Oui on Thu May 14th, 2020 at 08:05:08 PM EST
by Oui on Fri May 15th, 2020 at 06:04:24 AM EST
So US and EU began repatriating from Hubei 30 Jan.
Does anyone in US or EU remember how many charter flights carrying how many people? Lengths of passengers' quarrantine?
by Cat on Fri May 15th, 2020 at 02:07:30 PM EST
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Not sure for the other European countries, but the French government organized three chartered flights in total in January-February.

The first two in January were transporting about 300 people each, mostly French nationals, but also people from other EU countries like Belgium. Landed at Istres AFB and passengers were quarantined for 14 days in a resort center in Carry-Le-Rouet on the coast (they misses the urchin festival) and a training center near Aix-en-Provance.

A third flight arrived on February 20 near Paris and the passengers were quarantined in a vacation resort in Branvile in Normandy, for 14 days too.

by Bernard on Sat May 16th, 2020 at 09:30:15 AM EST
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Coronavirus: EU Civil Protection Mechanism activated for the repatriation of EU citizens, 28 Jan
Le Pen spreads ["]fake news["] over EU role on coronavirus, 29 Feb

under the radar, passengers counted
Coronavirus: New round of repatriations of EU citizens via Civil Protection Mechanism , 23 Mar

The EU Civil Protection Mechanism has so far facilitated the repatriation of 1,381 EU citizens to Europe from Wuhan (China), Japan, Oakland (USA), Morocco, and Tunisia since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. Both High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell and Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarcic, with the European External Action Service and the Emergency Response Coordination Centre, are working to support swift return of EU citizens from third countries

full table, 31 Jan-25 Mar
google crypt of non sequiturs at large
by Cat on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:05:38 PM EST
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UK brings home 1,000 Britons on EU-funded flights but leaves 65,000 in limbo during pandemic , 16 Apr
On Thursday the German embassy confirmed it had repatriated 60,000 citizens - up from 42,000 two weeks ago - on 240 charter flights, compared to "more than 2,800" British citizens cited by the UK foreign minister James Cleverly on a recent Twitter update.
14-day quarantines, so you say
by Cat on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:10:36 PM EST
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by Oui on Fri May 15th, 2020 at 12:34:53 PM EST
I don't think he'll be able to litigate China into the ground the way he has litigated all his creditors into the ground on all his craptastically fraudulent "business successes."
by rifek on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 05:53:21 PM EST
by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 08:48:38 PM EST

Head of World Trade Organization Quitting Early

by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 09:00:45 PM EST
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