19 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-2-20

  1. Good news.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/quick-finger-prick-blood-test-205900647.html

    “A quick finger-prick blood test can determine whether you’ve ever had the coronavirus. It could be widely available within weeks.”

    “Experts are racing to develop tests that can identify who has recovered from COVID-19 and may be immune. These serological tests search for coronavirus antibodies in the blood.

    Such tests provide quicker results and are easier to produce than the diagnostic tests that help doctors identify positive cases.

    A serological test that provides results within 15 minutes after a finger prick will be available within weeks in the US. It could help get immune Americans back to work and school.

    Blood from recovered people could also be used to treat critically ill coronavirus patients.

    Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

    It’s easy to wonder whether the illness you had a few weeks ago was the coronavirus, though you might not have realized it at the time.

    A new serological test could provide some clarity.

    The test uses a few drops of your blood to determine whether you have antibodies for the coronavirus. If so, that means you got the virus and recovered from it (even if you never received a positive diagnosis).”

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  2. Just another reminder…..

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/03/31/as-long-as-communist-china-controls-the-world-health-organization-its-completely-unreliable/

    “As Long As Communist China Controls The World Health Organization, It’s Completely Unreliable

    While the WHO gives China its imprimatur, evidence continues to mount of China’s malign role in every aspect of this pandemic.”

    “With each passing day, it becomes clear that the world’s most prominent global health institution, the United Nations’ World Health Organization (WHO), has been captured by communist China. This is particularly disastrous because in matters of life and limb, politicization of any kind can kill.

    The WHO’s peddling of narratives from the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as the pandemic mushroomed — including denying human-to-human transmission and calling it racist to focus on the Chinese origin of the virus — undoubtedly contributed to the spread of the virus. It’s been mimicked by health officials, the media, and politicians.Yet this toxic relationship continues unabated.

    WHO China Mission Leader Kowtows to the CCP

    For the latest indicator of WHO fealty to the CCP, look no further than this breathtaking clip from an interview between Radio Television Hong Kong journalist Yvonne Tong and Dr. Bruce Aylward, leader of the WHO’s February 2020 joint international mission to China regarding coronavirus:”

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  3. A stake thru the heart is a good start. Now shoot it, burn it, and bury it deep.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-has-driven-a-stake-through-globalisms-heart/

    “Coronavirus Has Driven A Stake Through Globalism’s Heart

    In 2020, it is even more evident that global institutions are not to be trusted. During times of actual crisis, they are not just incompetent, but also downright indifferent to tragedy.”

    “People across Italy are burning the European Union flag while playing the Italian anthem loudly. Remember all the debates about being on the “right side of History” during Brexit? Log on to Twitter and check the hashtag #CiSalviamoDaSoli—“we save ourselves.” The slogan “Stop the CCP Virus” was trending alongside.

    Meanwhile, a World Health Organization (WHO) director for Covid-19 response rudely cut off an interview when asked about Taiwan’s membership in WHO, which has been denied due to Chinese bullying, as China considers Taiwan its territory. Taiwan warned WHO about Chinese coronavirus in late December, only to be ignored. WHO’s corrupt head argued that WHO’s reputation was soiled by online Taiwanese mobs.

    Yet Taiwan has been extraordinarily successful in stopping the virus, and is helping the United States with masks, compared to China profiteering by selling masks and test kits to Europe, which Spain, Czech Republic, and Netherlands have rejected for being faulty and fake. The European Union watched, helplessly.

    There are many lessons to be drawn when this is all over, including the lack of nationalism among the ruling elite and corporate media, the failure of centralized healthcare in Italy and Spain, the supply chain issue of future strategic medical reserves, the hideously partisan rhetoric by a section of liberal Twitter activists and media-persons against Drs. Deborah Birx and Seema Verma for the sin of being non-partisan.

    But the biggest lesson to be drawn from this is that the days of transnational institutional diktats are over. This crisis drove a stake through the hearts of liberal institutions and so-called global governance. The calls will only grow, with more arguments of disbanding and defunding institutions like WHO.

    A Flawed Theory that Has Run Its Course

    Internationalist liberal institutionalism is an idea opposed to the natural state of affairs between great powers, nation-states, and empires balancing each other. It has been the backbone of international politics for decades now. One needn’t go back to Woodrow Wilson to see the push for a Kantian Perpetual Peace among liberals. The means to achieve that global dream was through global institutions.

    The logic was simple and twofold. One, institutions are egalitarian by definition. Theoretically, Gambia or Guatemala has an equal voice to Great Britain; Uganda and the United States have equal votes, regardless of their difference in aggregate power, soft power, culture, military, and gross domestic product. Liberal institutionalism is very similar to Marxist internationalism in this particular way: it strives to make the world an equal place, not by uplifting small powers or countries, but by effectively neutering the great powers though legalese, rules, and chains.

    The second idea is related to the first, that greater trade and an evangelical promotion of democracy facilitates more peace. Again, this is a secondary issue. The primary issue is and remains the neutering of great powers and nation-states by supplanting the national elite with transnational bureaucratic institutions.

    From the United Nations to WHO, to the International Court of Justice, to the EU, the logic remained the same. The reality was always the same as well. These institutions disproportionately and unnaturally gave too much power to small states, some of which were either bought off or had their corruption exploited by authoritarian powers, who never cared much for rules.

    Conservatives and realists therefore opposed global institutions, not only because they alter the natural state of affairs, but that they are prone to corruption and exploitation, as well as perpetual war in search of the elusive perpetual peace.”

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  4. Idiot.

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    https://abc7.com/officials-engineer-tried-to-smash-train-into-usns-mercy/6069395/

    “An engineer deliberately ran a train off the tracks at high speed near the Port of Los Angeles in an attempt to crash into the USNS Mercy hospital ship, prosecutors say.

    The Pacific Harbor Line train derailed Tuesday, running through the end of the track and crashing through barriers, finally coming to rest about 250 yards from the docked naval ship.

    Federal prosecutors allege train engineer Eduardo Moreno, 44, of San Pedro intended to hit the ship, saying he thought it was “suspicious” and did not believe “the ship is what they say it’s for.'”

    The train crashed into a concrete barrier at the end of the track, smashed through a steel barrier and a chain-link fence, slid through one parking lot and then a second lot filled with gravel and hit a second chain-link fence. It came to rest after passing under a ramp leading to the Vincent Thomas Bridge. The train remained in that position Wednesday.”

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  5. Revisionist history and a lying press.

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  6. Lying liars.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/04/01/joe-scarborough-unlike-trump-everybody-saw-coming-early-january/

    “This is a delusion that it appears many on the left now have. As they rant and rave about President Trump dithering they simultaneously believe they were exceptions. They saw this coming months earlier. They knew how serious it was immediately. If only we had listened to them. But in Joe Scarborough’s case, it’s possible to actually look at his record. For instance, how many times did Joe tweet about the virus in January? Glenn Greenwald tallied the numbers:”

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    “People forget that in mid-January, China and the WHO were still denying the virus could spread from person to person. This is from January 14:

    So it was actually impossible to be appropriately concerned about the virus in early January because China was lying to the world at that point. To take another example, on January 24, Vox published a piece titled “The coronavirus outbreak is not yet a global health emergency, WHO says.” It wasn’t until January 30 that Vox published a follow up: “The coronavirus outbreak is now a global health emergency, WHO says.” Had the alarm finally been sounded? Here’s a sample of that piece:

    Just because the emergence of the new coronavirus is now officially a global health emergency doesn’t mean it’ll become a pandemic. It’s important to note the outbreak is still heavily centered on mainland China…

    It’s possible that as we learn more, 2019-nCoV will look more like the common cold than like SARS. That’s because infectious diseases typically look more severe when they’re first discovered, since the people showing up in hospitals tend to be the sickest. Once more of these mild or asymptomatic cases are discovered, this virus could wind up looking a lot less scary.”

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  7. Poor Jake, not the response his hack butt was looking for with his obviously leading question.

    He’s trash.

    https://legalinsurrection.com/2020/04/that-look-on-jake-tappers-face-when-ca-gov-gavin-newsom-insists-trumps-been-responsive-to-our-needs/

    “That look on Jake Tapper’s face when CA Gov. Gavin Newsom insists Trump’s been “responsive to our needs”

    Trump’s “been responsive to our needs. He has. And so, as a question, as a sort of an offer of objectivity, I have to acknowledge that publicly. And the fact is every time I’ve called the president, he’s quickly gotten on the line.”

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  8. Let’s hope this is successful.

    “An Antibody “Cure” For COVID-19? Scientist Thinks His Team May Have One”

    https://hotair.com/archives/allahpundit/2020/04/01/anitbody-cure-covid-19-doctor-thinks-team-may-one/

    “As I understand it, there are three potential pharmaceutical defenses to COVID-19 (or any other virus). One is a vaccine, the holy grail, which durably prevents infection. The second is antiviral medication, to treat those who’ve already been infected. The third is antibody therapy, which can be used either to prevent infection or to treat those who are sick. The bad news with antibody therapy is that it’s not durable like a vaccine; the antibodies degrade after a period of weeks or months. The good news is that it’s the easiest of the three defenses to develop. Because antibodies are produced by human beings, there’s less risk of side effects in treating people with them. They can be brought to market sooner.

    Jacob Glanville is a biologist who specializes in the immune system. He was featured in timely new Netflix documentary “Pandemic” for his work on flu vaccines. I’m wary of promoting scientists touting miracle cures for coronavirus ever since Tucker Carlson gave some airtime to that French study on hydroxychloroquine which turned out to be not so solid methodologically. But based on his bio, Glanville seems legit. What he describes in the interview below is exactly the sort of thing Scott Gottlieb’s been calling for as the first big step in turning the tide on COVID-19. Right now we’re stuck with mass social distancing to fight the virus because we lack any pharmaceutical weapons against it. Antibody/serological treatments will probably be that first weapon unless we luck out with hydroxychloroquine after all.

    Lots of people are working on antibody treatments. There’s a report today in Reuters, in fact, that Chinese scientists have isolated more than 200 different antibodies from the plasma of people who’ve recovered from coronavirus that appear to show a “strong” ability to bind with the virus’s proteins. Among the first 20 antibodies tested, they’ve already found two that are “exceedingly good” at blocking the virus’s ability to enter cells. Glanville’s approach was different. Instead of isolating COVID-19 antibodies, he and his team studied antibodies that repelled SARS, which they already had on the shelf. That was logical: SARS and the new coronavirus are related genetically, so they figured that tweaking the SARS antibodies via mutations might quickly produce antibodies that are effective against COVID-19.

    And they were right, if you believe Glanville:”

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  9. This is not a real commercial. But is the essence of one that constantly appears on TV.

    “The dollar is doomed!
    Smart people are stocking up on gold.
    WE have lots of gold.
    Buy your gold from us.
    we take dollars.”

    No Kidding

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  10. Interesting. One of the first things my husband said when things started shutting down was “why aren’t they using antibodies from survivors to treat sick patients. It’s 4th grade science.”

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  11. My husband’s company makes a part of that testing tool. (Think Dr. McCoy’s handheld device from Star Trek).

    At least 12,000 handheld machines currently are deployed in the US. His plant opened up for about a dozen employees last week to continue making and shipping their piece of that instrument.

    He’s spent the last week preparing to reopen the rest of the plant on Monday. The big issue for his company is putting into place the health protocols necessary to safeguard the employees.

    Among the information he has been using and sharing with his bosses and coworkers is a slide show put together by our EMT–which is used to educate the EMS personnel in LA.

    Forgive me for being very proud of those two.

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  12. In all fairness to WHO, Alyward is in a tough spot and it was a bit of a gotcha question. Hong Kong journalism has a reputation for being free but heavily used by Beijing for their own purposes. The question could have been a set-up. All international organizations ignore questions about Taiwan as matter of policy and the journalist should have seen it coming. Is China bullying here — of course. When it comes to Taiwan, they always have. Interestingly, a link/article AJ posts later, states that we need to move away from liberal internationalism which treats nations equally. If we do that, China could be even more of a bully.

    No one believes the Chinese data. And no one believed the Chinese in January. People rarely believe the Chinese gov’t on the best of days. However, news organizations will ignore events not deemed of “local” interest (whatever local is considered — for cable news it would be the target demographic in the US). The Chinese denial is mostly for the domestic audience not foreign agencies. Political unrest in China is always an issue and foremost on Xi’s mind. Not only are their problems with Uighurs and Tibet but also other Muslim groups, the south, Hong Kong and Macau, the Korean border region and inner Mongolia. To admit you failed to keep the people safe is to lose the main rationale of government. The Chinese will continue to lie in order to cover this failure.

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  13. The current gambit blames Pelosi for distracting Trump with impeachment. Trump said he wasn’t worried impeachment, held more than half a dozen rallies and went golfing several times. I think thats a non-issue. The timeline indicates Trump was fairly blase about the impeding danger and wasn’t adequately absorbing the lessons of Italy. I think when this is all over a legitimate question is would a different leader have done things better. I’m not sure if Clinton or Biden would’ve been better. However, the US has some of the best institutions in the world eg the CDC so it is surprising that the response has been this poor.

    Closing down travel from China was actually a good move. Other countries were too slow on this move. However, it was a full ban — business travel was permitted and citizens could return without any time social isolation or quarantine to follow. By the time, he instituted harsher travel restrictions on China and Europe, it was too late.

    The lack of tests and the slow recognition of the need for social isolation are a legitimate issue for the Trump admin. The lack of role modelling especially — crowded podiums, Rand Paul socializing despite waiting for test results, handshaking, etc. According to some news sources, the delay in testing may be connected to desire for profiting making in the admin –not Trump but the Kushner family.

    Profit making seems to be an issue in Washington for both parties. Hearing about the severity of an epidemic and its economic implications in cmttee, the first reaction for many in the cmtte was to deny the epidemic and then sell stock. The focus should be combating the epidemic, inquiries need to be made on the profit making.

    Many here may not like it but the lack of universal health care in the US may have been a bigger problem than any politician. If people are reluctant to go to the hospital or doctor for what they perceive as minor flu symptoms, the spread of the virus to more at risk individual is far more likelier to occur.

    In the end, the variables are wide ranging — political incompetence, travel, health care, — its difficult to point an exact finger, perhaps many fingers should be used.

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  14. Or we could say that pandemics are huge and varied and each country and each state in that country is going to have unique issues. And instead of worrying about whose fault it is, we might consider how we can help our neighbor.

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  15. Antibodies from survivors: seems like a good deal but we have a requirement and an expectation for testing. If it turned out not to work, not only would a lot of people get sued, they would fell tremendous guilt for putting it out to soon. As it is, if successful, they will feel a lot of guilt about waiting so long. Let it go. Do the best you can. We are all in this together. Always have been, actually.

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  16. You are, of course, correct mumsee. Usually if I post something its in response/rebuttal to something AJ posted. My posts today are in response to the last few days of posts and are an honest assessment, I think, of how we got here. The important think now is to cooperate and work together — social isolation, role modelling, health care without questions of payment, etc.

    On a non-political note; I’ve been off work since March 13. Although the next week was our usual March Break. School’s been cancelled until at least May 4. In the meantime, I’m expected to use an online platform to provide work — I’m using Google Classroom.

    Sasha, my German Shepherd, is taking me on hour long walks. It reminds me of the Sundays of my youth (70s to early 80s) — everything closed, less traffic, family walks, and quiet. One of the worse “social” decisions of previous gov’ts has been to cancel our “blue” or Sabbath laws. A guaranteed day off for almost everyone sacrificed for modern capitalism (I think — others will blame multiculturalism, secularism, greed etc). Hopefully everyone here is staying safe and if you can enjoy the quiet and spring weather.

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  17. Doing the right thing.

    https://nypost.com/2020/04/01/adelson-im-paying-all-my-workers-for-2-months-so-should-any-business-that-can/

    “Adelson: I’m paying all my workers for 2 months, so should any business that can”

    “Although the resort hotels of my company, Las Vegas Sands, are shuttered, I’m paying every one of our nearly 10,000 employees as though they were still working. We’re even working to make up for lost tips. I hope to do that right up until the time that we can reopen our businesses.

    It’s not only the right thing to do — it’s good business.

    I’ve often said the story of my career would be a true rags-to-riches account, except for the fact that my parents couldn’t even ­afford the rags. As the son of hard-working, low-income, immigrant parents, I grew up with the same anxiety people across the nation are feeling right now.

    Where is the next meal coming from? How can I pay the rent and electricity bill? Families are desperate to know when they can go back to work.

    I recall one of the most important lessons I learned from my father. He would come home from work — when he could find work, that is — and put loose change in the family pushke (charity box). When I asked why he would give to others when we had so little, he would say, “There is always someone whose need is greater than ours.”

    There are certainly great stories of corporate America doing all it can to support employees’ needs during a time when so many of our fellow Americans have been asked to stand down from their work.

    But we employers, especially larger ones, can do more. We should do more.

    To my fellow corporate executives who are looking at spreadsheets and trying to ­determine the impact this crisis will have on sales and share prices, let me say: Our job as business leaders is now as simple as it is challenging. It is to maximize the number of employees and their families that we can help — and help them for as long as possible.

    America’s corporations and small- and medium-sized businesses are making excruciating decisions. Many will result in people being out of work; millions have already been added to the jobless rolls as a result of the pandemic. Those difficult decisions, especially for small- and medium-sized businesses, could determine whether they are able to reopen when this crisis is resolved.

    That is why protecting the ability of small and medium-sized businesses to recover is where government must again be responsive. Yes, more than $2 trillion in government rescue aid is coming. However, the longer this crisis continues, the greater the risk to the livelihood of many more Americans.”

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