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PPE Scandal In the Trump Swamp @DC

by Oui Sun May 17th, 2020 at 07:11:01 AM EST

Mike Bowen: "I'm a lifelong Republican ... and I'm embarrassed. If we don't act, more lives are going to be lost."

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Trump's Revolving Door and Pandemic Response

Timeline of the Coronavirus Pandemic and U.S. Response

Friday, Jan. 13, 2017: The joint Obama-Trump transition teams run an exercise for pandemic preparedness.  

The outgoing Obama team runs the Trump transition team through a series of pandemic-scenarios. The transition documents, obtained by POLITICO, show that the purpose of the exercise is to familiarize the incoming team with "domestic incident management policy and practices" in the face of major crises.

Key takeaways from the exercise include: (1) a collective understanding of the science and the disease must drive response decisions; (2) days and even hours are paramount in order to build as much lead time as possible; (3) a coordinated and unified national response and message is necessary; and (4) "medical countermeasure strategy is key for success," including social distancing and addressing shortages in ventilators and personal protective equipment.

Trump administration attendees include: Steven Mnuchin, Rep. Mike Pompeo, Wilbur Ross, Betsy DeVos, Dr. Ben Carson, Elaine Chao, Stephen Miller, Marc Short, Reince Priebus (resigned), Rex Tillerson (fired), Gen. James Mattis (fired), Rep. Ryan Zinke (resigned), Sen. Jeff Sessions (resigned), Sen. Dan Coats (fired), Andrew Puzder (not confirmed), Dr. Tom Price (resigned), Gov. Rick Perry (resigned), Dr. David Shulkin (fired), Gen. John Kelly (resigned), Rep. Mick Mulvaney, Linda McMahon (resigned), Sean Spicer (fired), Joe Hagin (resigned), Joshua Pitcock (resigned), Tom Bossert (fired), KT McFarland (resigned), Gen. Michael Flynn (awaiting criminal sentencing), Gary Cohn (resigned), Katie Walsh (resigned), and Rick Dearborn (resigned).

Evangelicals, God, Protection and the China Virus

Two-Thirds Of Religious Americans Believe Coronavirus Is A Message From God | Forbes |

While the vast majority of respondents chalked up the situation to either foreign governments or the U.S. government (43% and 37%, respectively), about one in 10 directly attribute the pandemic to human sinfulness.

More than half of those surveyed said they felt God would protect them from infection, though 9% say God has abandoned humanity.

Jupiter man skeptical of coronavirus gets infected, changes opinion | WPTV |

A Jupiter man, who admits he was sceptical that the coronavirus was a real threat, has a new outlook after contracting the virus. Around this time last month, Jupiter rideshare driver Brian Hitchens was a self-proclaimed COVID-19 sceptic.

"I thought it was maybe the government trying something, and it was kind of like they threw it out there to kinda distract us," said Hitchens.

He made Facebook posts downplaying the seriousness and sticking to his faith, saying God is bigger than this virus will ever be.

"I'd get up in the morning and pray and trust in God for his protection, and I'd just leave it at that. There were all these masks and gloves. I thought it looks like a hysteria," Hitchens explained.

Fast forward to this week and Hitchens has a whole new outlook from his hospital bed at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center as a coronavirus-positive patient.

This hits even closer to home for Hitchens after his wife was admitted to the same hospital at the same time for coronavirus.

"My wife's on a ventilator. It's been like that for three weeks, and it's tough. It's sad," said Hitchens.

Brian Hitchens and his wife are both hospitalized at Palm Beach Gardens Medical Center battling the coronavirus.

Local TV, warning of a possible pandemic on Jan. 30, 2020 ...

Palm Beach Gardens: Dr. Elysha Hussein is interviewed on WPTV NewsChannel 5 on Coronavirus

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UChicagoNews: The Science of Conspiracy Theories and Political Polarization with Eric Oliver

Press Release: “Shadowland”: A New Project From The Atlantic on the Power and Danger of Conspiracy

Machine learning and behavioral economics for personalized choice architecture

Behavioral economics changed the way we think about market participants and revolutionized policy-making by introducing the concept of choice architecture. However, even though effective on the level of a population, interventions from behavioral economics, nudges, are often characterized by weak generalisation as they struggle on the level of individuals. Recent developments in data science, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) have shown ability to alleviate some of the problems of weak generalisation by providing tools and methods that result in models with stronger predictive power. This paper aims to describe how ML and AI can work with behavioral economics to support and augment decision-making and inform policy decisions by designing personalized interventions, assuming that enough personalized traits and psychological variables can be sampled.

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$$.

SARS Hero Dr. Zhong Nanshan returns to China on Jan. 19, 2020 to take on the SARS CoV-2 endemic in Wuhan

… and the leadership of the Communist Party listens! In CNN Interview he provides an insider view of the facts. Most all conspiracies of the Trump administration about China, it’s response and data are rebutted.

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Lack of immunity means all nations are vulnerable to another wave of coronavirus, top adviser warns | CNN News |

China still faces the "big challenge" of a potential second wave of Covid-19 infections, the country's top respiratory authority has warned, with the lack of immunity among the community a serious concern as the race to develop a vaccine continues.

Dr. Zhong Nanshan, the Chinese government's senior medical adviser and the public face of the country's fight against Covid-19, also confirmed in an exclusive interview with CNN on Saturday that local authorities in Wuhan, the city where the novel coronavirus was first reported in December, had suppressed key details about the magnitude of the initial outbreak.

China has reported more than 82,000 coronavirus cases, with at least 4,633 deaths, according to data from the country's National Health Commission (NHC).

Local authorities hid the truth of the coronavirus outbreak

Zhong is known as the "SARS hero" in China for combating the severe acute respiratory syndrome epidemic in 2003. This time around, he has led the country's coronavirus response -- especially in the critical early stages of the outbreak.

On January 20, it was Zhong who confirmed on state broadcaster CCTV that the coronavirus can be transmitted between people, after Wuhan health authorities had maintained for weeks that there was no clear evidence for human-to-human transmission, and that the outbreak was "preventable and controllable."

Heading a team of experts dispatched by the NHC to investigate the initial outbreak, Zhong visited Wuhan on January 18. He said that upon his arrival, he received many calls from doctors and former students, warning him that the situation was much worse than the official reports had claimed.

In Beijing two days later, on January 20, he was told the total number of cases in Wuhan was now 198, with three people killed and 13 medical workers infected.

In a meeting with central government officials, including Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, that same day, he proposed to lock Wuhan down to contain the virus' spread.

The move was unprecedented. The central government placed Wuhan under lockdown on January 23, canceling all flights, trains and buses in and out of the city, and blocking major highway entrances.

The Wuhan lockdown was eventually lifted 76 days later.

In an interview with CCTV on January 27, Wuhan mayor Zhou Xianwang admitted that his government did not disclose information on the coronavirus to the public "in a timely fashion," saying, "as a local government, we can only disclose information after being authorized."

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Zhong also rejected the theory pushed by Trump and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that the virus originated in a Wuhan laboratory.

He said he had repeatedly asked Shi Zhengli, the lead virologist from the Wuhan Institute of Virology at the center of the Trump administration's accusations, about claims that the virus was created in her lab and accidentally leaked.

Zhong said that in early February, China's disease control authorities spent two weeks investigating Shi's lab for wrongdoing. They didn't find anything, he added.

Institut Pasteur of Shanghai, CAS

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by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:10:16 AM EST
by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:10:50 AM EST
Obama blasts US coronavirus response in rare public rebuke | SCMP |

Former US president Barack Obama on Saturday took aim at officials dealing with the coronavirus pandemic in a rare public rebuke of the current administration.

"More than anything, this pandemic has fully, finally torn back the curtain on the idea that so many of the folks in charge know what they're doing," the former Democratic president said in a pre-recorded commencement address to college graduates without naming his successor Donald Trump or specific US officials.

"A lot them aren't even pretending to be in charge," Obama said during the speech, which capped a two-hour event for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) broadcast on social media.

by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 09:20:33 AM EST
Election year?
by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 11:00:13 AM EST
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by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 08:50:55 PM EST
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The novel coronavirus 2019: A naturally occurring disaster or a biological weapon against humanity: A critical review of tracing the origin of novel coronavirus 2019

Introduction

Corona viruses were first discovered in the 1930s when an acute respiratory infection of domesticated chickens was shown to be caused by infectious bronchitis virus (IBV). Human corona viruses were discovered in the 1960s.The earliest ones studied were from human  patients  with  the common cold, which were later named human coronavirus 229E and human coronavirus OC43. They were first imaged by Scottish virologist June Almeida at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Other human coronaviruses have since been identified,  including SARS-CoV in 2003, HCoV NL63 in  2004, HKU1 in  2005, MERS-CoV in 2012, and SARS-CoV-2 in 2019. Most of these have involved serious respiratory tract infections. Coming to its nomenclature, the name `coronavirus' is derived from Latin word `corona' meaning crown or wreath. The name was first used in 1968 by an informal group of virologists in the journal Nature to designate the new family of viruses. This name is given due to  the  characteristic appearance of virions (the infective form of the virus) in electron microscopy, which have a fringe of large, bulbous surface projections creating an image reminiscent of a crown or of a solar corona. This morphology is created by the  viral spike peplomers, which are proteins on the surface of the virus.

Almeida [née Hart], June Dalziel (1930-2007), virologist, was born on 5 October 1930 in Glasgow

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After their marriage June Almeida and her husband emigrated to Canada, where she was appointed an electronmicroscopy technician in the Ontario Cancer Institute in Toronto. On the other side of the Atlantic there was less emphasis on formal training requirements and the necessity of having to overcome academic hurdles. Within a short time her skills and enthusiasm became apparent, her name being included on numerous scientific publications, particularly relating to viral structure. Fortuitously, in 1964 A. P. Waterson, recently appointed to the chair of microbiology at St Thomas's Hospital medical school, visited Toronto, was impressed by her work, and persuaded her to join him at St Thomas's. She moved with him to the Postgraduate Medical School of London three years later. These years were the start of a particularly fruitful period in June Almeida's career; her numerous high-quality publications were rewarded with the degree of DSc, and by the time of her death most virology review articles and chapters in textbooks contained her photoelectronmicroscopy of viruses.

by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 04:44:33 PM EST
The first paper you cite is clearly by non-experts. Who else would include Merriam-Webster (definition of Coronavirus) in the references?.....
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 05:10:08 PM EST
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Not my task, is it?

Biotechnology: June Almeida

On putting the samples under the microscope, Almeida quickly noticed that the B814 virus had an almost similar shape to that of influenza viral particles. They also bore some resemblance to some other viral particles she had seen in connection with mouse hepatitis liver inflammation and infectious bronchitis of chickens. Based on this she concluded that what they were seeing was a new family of viruses. What made them distinctive was their viral particles displayed short spikey projections on their outer surfaces. This gave them the appearance of a solar corona, which led Almeida, Tyrrell and Waterson to call the new group 'coronaviruses', derived from the Latin word 'corona' meaning 'crown' or 'halo' (24, 25).

Initially, the collaborators struggled to find a journal that would accept the new finding. This was because reviewers judged Almeida's micrographs of the B814 virus to be just poor images of influenza viral particles. Eventually Almeida and Tyrrell managed to get their work published in 1967. A year later the journal Nature reported that an informal group of virologists had recognised the name 'coronaviruses' for a new group of viruses (26).

References
(24) Tyrrell, DA, Fielder, M (2002) Cold Wars: The Fight against the Common Cold.
(25) Almeida, JD, Tyrrell, DAJ (1967), 'The morphology of three previously uncharacterised human respiratory viruses that grow in organ culture', Journal General Virology, 1, 175-78.
(26) Anon (16 Nov 1968), Nature, 220, 650.  

by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 05:27:52 PM EST
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That's the second paper you quoted. I have no problems with that one.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 05:34:39 PM EST
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by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 06:17:58 PM EST
A powerful silent protest ... the modern State with the worst performance to combat the SARS CoV-2 pandemic.

Coronavirus: medics turn backs on Belgium's prime minister in silent protest - video | The Guardian |

by Oui on Sun May 17th, 2020 at 06:32:23 PM EST
... and in another French speaking country:
by Bernard on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 11:39:41 AM EST
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by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 01:18:00 PM EST
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This is a mostly symbolic event: thanks to his Modem (F.Bayrou) allies, Macron still has an absolute majority at the Assembly. No serious danger for him on this front.

The real danger may be well that people are increasingly noticing his incredible arrogance and state of denial. The near-constant shortage of face masks and other PPE, even for healthcare workers, who were supposed to be on a priority list, has been at the forefront for the past two months and a half. Even for a smooth talker like him, it is going to be an uphill battle...

by Bernard on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 06:16:48 PM EST
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As the Wuhan virus was spreading, Trump reaping the success of his policy of isolation and bullying on the global market of pure capitalism ...

Trump blasts 'prophets of doom' in attack on climate activism | The Guardian - Jan. 21, 2020 |

The US president and Thunberg did not meet face to face at the WEF, but Trump left few in doubt about who he was referring to as he defended his record since entering the White House three years ago.

"This is not a time for pessimism," he said. "This is a time for optimism. To embrace the possibilities of tomorrow, we must reject the perennial prophets of doom and their predictions of the apocalypse. They are the heirs of yesterday's foolish fortune tellers.

"They want to see us do badly, but we don't let that happen. They predicted an overpopulation crisis in the 1960s, mass starvation in the 70s, and an end of oil in the 1990s. These alarmists always demand the same thing: absolute power to dominate, transform and control every aspect of our lives. We will never let radical socialists destroy our economy, wreck our country or eradicate our liberty."

He said he was "a big believer in the environment" in a speech that ensured he was absent from Washington as impeachment hearings took place on Capitol Hill.

The main hall in Davos, together with an overspill room, were packed to hear the president, although there were some titters as he ran through a litany of boasts.

"I hold up the American model as an example to the world," Trump said, contrasting his record with that of his predecessor, Obama.

The US was "thriving, flourishing and winning" unprecedentedly, he added, citing trade deals signed last week with China and Mexico-Canada as models for the 21st century.

"I am looking forward to a tremendous new trade deal with the UK," Trump said, noting that Britain had a "wonderful new prime minister" in Boris Johnson, who was keen on a deal.

Remarks by President Trump at the World Economic Forum | Davos, Switzerland

Every decision we make -- on taxes, trade, regulation, energy, immigration, education, and more -- is focused on improving the lives of everyday Americans.  We are determined to create the highest standard of living that anyone can imagine, and right now, that's what we're doing for our workers.  The highest in the world.  And we're determined to ensure that the working and middle class reap the largest gains.

A nation's highest duty is to its own citizens. Honoring this truth is the only way to build faith and confidence in the market system.  Only when governments put their own citizens first will people be fully invested in their national futures. In the United States, we are building an economy that works for everyone, restoring the bonds of love and loyalty that unite citizens and powers nations.

Today, I hold up the American model as an example to the world of a working system of free enterprise that will produce the most benefits for the most people in the 21st century and beyond.

PM Rutte's love for Conservative policy in US and in the UK ... boundless optimism as the seeds of destruction - inequality - is seen by many.

Dutch PM: Trump is an opportunity for change | WEF Interview - CNBC |

by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 08:12:22 AM EST
For Mark Rutte ... simply succumbs to MAGA

US ambassador confirms pressure to refuse ASML export license for China | Dutch News - Jan. 17, 2020 |

Yi Zou, Senior Director of Engineering, ASML Silicon Valley | Unite.AI - Interview Series |

by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 08:38:46 AM EST
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Melinda Gates says US coronavirus response is 'chaos,' gives Trump administration a D-minus grade | CNBC |

by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 11:35:33 AM EST
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by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 12:36:42 PM EST
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Ron Johnson 'not crying' over Trump's firing of State Department watchdog | Politico |

Senators to Obama: Fill the Inspector General Vacancies - June 2015

"When IG positions remain unfilled, their offices are run by acting IGs who, no matter how qualified or well-intentioned, are not granted the same protections afforded to Senate-confirmed IGs," said Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis. "They are not truly independent, as they can be removed by the agency at any time; they are only temporary and do not drive office policy; and they are at greater risk of compromising their work to appease the agency or the president."

by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 12:55:15 PM EST
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by Oui on Mon May 18th, 2020 at 07:21:54 PM EST
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BBC Hardtalk - Anders Tegnell - Sweden's chief epidemiologist

Common ground: don't do the testing while the caretakers and new patients in nursinghomes are hosts to SARS CoV-2. Indeed, culling the elderly!

Coronavirus: Nearly 10,000 deaths in care homes in England and Wales

Willful neglect 🥵

Don't start the investigation by recessed Lower House while we're in the midst of a war to battle the virus.

Trump threatens to pull out of WHO over 'failed response' to pandemic - 30-day ultimatum

by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 12:52:33 PM EST
by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 09:14:04 PM EST
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The SARS outbreak was reported on blogs on the first two days in January as I have posted earlier.

Chinese ambassador tied in knots by virtual World Health Organisation meeting | SCMP |

by Oui on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 01:02:36 PM EST

Truth Teller

by Cat on Tue May 19th, 2020 at 05:14:32 PM EST
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Trump says US topping world virus cases is 'badge of honour' | BBC News |

by Oui on Wed May 20th, 2020 at 02:42:36 PM EST
Jupiter man

Jupiter is a county in Florida, right?

by Bernard on Wed May 20th, 2020 at 05:13:42 PM EST
Indeed West Palm Beach ... it could have been any Red State  🇺🇸 🇺🇸

Coronavirus conspiracy theories are frustrating ER doctors | NBC News |

"I left work and I felt so deflated," one doctor said about an effort to counter misinformation he saw on Facebook. "I let it get to me."

by Oui on Wed May 20th, 2020 at 05:23:31 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu May 21st, 2020 at 08:27:04 PM EST
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It was sadly predictable. After hitting the blue states first, the coronavirus is now hitting the red states. Hard.
by Bernard on Thu May 21st, 2020 at 08:58:26 PM EST
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    As the national death toll from COVID-19 approaches the stunning 100,000 milestone, The New York Times is devoting its entire Sunday May 24 front page to a list - a partial list - of the dead.

New York Times Publishes Names of People Who Died of COVID-19 on Entire Front Page | Newsweek |

Close relationship how people and capitalism treat planet Earth.

Every year, dirty air still brings more than 100,000 American lives to a premature death. Depleting resources.

Choked: The Age of Air Pollution and the Fight for a Cleaner Future

by Oui on Sun May 24th, 2020 at 06:28:50 AM EST
Coronavirus: Sweden admits it would have done more to lock down `if we knew what we know today' | The Independent |

The architect of Sweden's controversial lighter lockdown policy for dealing with coronavirus has for the first time conceded the Scandinavian country should have imposed more restrictions to avoid having such a high death toll.

Anders Tegnell, Sweden's state epidemiologist, agreed with the interviewer on Sveriges Radio that too many people had died in the country.

Italian ambassador criticises Tegnell for saying Sweden 'should have done better' than Italy | The Local SE |

Sweden's silent approach to prioritize economic well-being under mask of herd-immunity policy ... Swede's big farce!!

Why Sweden's Approach To Coronavirus May Not Be What You Think | Forbes |

Are care homes the dark side of Sweden's coronavirus strategy?

Barbro Westerholm (L): Fel att neka hemtjänst till äldre som befinner sig i sina fritidshus

Barbro Westerholm (L): Failure to deny home care to elderly people who are in their holiday homes
Thursday, May 28, 2020

Today, the Social Committee has amended an announcement on the temporary amendment of the law on the right to home service for residents in a municipality other than the home municipality.

by Oui on Wed Jun 3rd, 2020 at 02:39:56 PM EST
Scientist produces own Florida Covid-19 count after being fired by state | The Guardian |

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