15 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-3-20

  1. Restaffing with those who recovered from Covid 19.

    “Screening for Previous Virus Infection Could Unlock Work Force”


    “Tests that could reveal whether people have already withstood Covid-19 and gained immunity will soon be widely available in the U.S., in what could be a key step in getting workers back to their jobs and restarting the economy.

    New blood tests from Henry Schein Inc. and Becton Dickinson Co. look for antibodies produced in the middle to late stages of infection with Covid-19, the respiratory illness caused by the new coronavirus. Determining whether people have been infected could allow them to return to work without fear of passing along the disease or contracting it.

    The test from Melville, New York-based Henry Schein produces results within about 15 minutes using only a blood sample drawn from a pinprick, according to a news release last week. The test from Becton Dickinson and BioMedomics produces similarly fast results and should be available within two weeks, Troy Hopps, a top executive in the company’s point-of-care unit, said in a Tuesday interview.

    It’s unknown whether having had a Covid-19 infection will protect someone from contracting the disease again. However, exposure to a pathogen is generally thought to confer at least a degree of immunity. Covid-19 sufferers will likely have immunity for some time, though experts aren’t sure exactly how long.

    As such, antibody testing could make it easier to determine whether workers, especially health-care professionals, can return. It could also help public-health officials plot strategy for a second wave of infections.

    The tests, which don’t require special laboratory equipment and may even not require a medical professional, will alleviate Covid-19 testing shortfalls in the U.S., said Hopps, the executive from Franklin Lakes, New Jersey-based Becton Dickinson.”

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  2. Here we go. Just what America needs now.

    Witch Hunt 2.0

    Because the oversight written into the law won’t allow Dems to politicize it. This will, by design. Another farce, and again, when we have bigger issues that need attention, like 1000’s of dying Americans. This is a joke. All to advance their agenda. They’ve already admitted so. These people are grossly disgusting. Revolting. The scum of the earth.


    “Pelosi Taps Clyburn to Lead House Select Committee, After He Admitted Dems Can Use Relief Package to Further Agenda”

    “Chairing the committee is House Majority Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), who recently affirmed Democrats’ intent to use the COVID-19 pandemic to further their ideological agenda:

    “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision,” Rep. Clyburn said.

    GOP Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) questioned Speaker Pelosi’s move, which undermines the House Oversight Committee:

    @GOPLeader McCarthy says he has concerns with Pelosi’s new select oversight panel on coronavirus.

    He thinks it could be redundant because they already included oversight mechanisms in the rescue bill.

    “Does the speaker not trust the Oversight Committee?”

    — Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) April 2, 2020″


    It’s so bi-partisan that the minority leader wasn’t even informed until they announced it publicly.

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  3. ————-

    Trump is getting the full attention of the press. These attention whores can’t have that.


  4. “Hydroxychloroquine rated ‘most effective therapy’ by doctors for coronavirus: Global survey

    Drug known for treating malaria used by U.S. doctors mostly for high-risk COVID-19 patients”


    “An international poll of more than 6,000 doctors released Thursday found that the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine was the most highly rated treatment for the novel coronavirus.

    The survey conducted by Sermo, a global health care polling company, of 6,227 physicians in 30 countries found that 37% of those treating COVID-19 patients rated hydroxychloroquine as the “most effective therapy” from a list of 15 options.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration gave chloroquine and its next-generation derivative, hydroxychloroquine, emergency-use authorization Monday for treating the novel coronavirus, although the drug was already being used off-label by some doctors and hospitals for COVID-19 patients.

    The survey also found that the most commonly prescribed treatments are analgesics (56%), azithromycin (41%) and hydroxychloroquine (33%).

    Azithromycin, known by the brand name Zithromax or Z-Pak, was rated the second-most effective therapy at 32%, followed by “nothing,” analgesics (including acetaminophen), anti-HIV drugs and cough medicine.”


  5. Full immunity is not achieved until 6 weeks after the infection. Those who become reinfected prior to that time often have fatal outcomes.

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  6. Imagine……

    If the press were trustworthy……


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  7. Ouch.

    And dead on the mark.

    Read the letter, brutal and true.

    As Bob Dole wisely observed, the most dangerous place on earth, is between Chuck Schumer and the TV cameras.


  8. Some good news?


    “Doctors and researchers at UPMC in Pittsburgh said Thursday they have created a vaccine to protect against COVID-19 and are seeking federal permission to begin testing it for safety.

    They said they began working on it Jan. 21 and found mice had developed antibodies against COVID-19 about two weeks after receiving the vaccine. They said they based the vaccine on work previously done at UPMC that sought to create vaccines to protect against SARS and MERS, which they said are similar to the new coronavirus.

    National experts have been saying it will take 12-18 months until a vaccine to fight COVID-19 is available. The UPMC researchers said their timetable will depend on approvals and feedback from the federal government, and they don’t know how long it will take. However, they hope the need for the vaccine will lead to an “expedited” approval process.

    They said they are ready to begin trials as soon as they receive government approval.”

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  9. What a petty letter written by a petty man. “merely a back up of the state government” — a nice washing of the hands. Its time to use the back up and then some. And, of course, a reference to his poll numbers. And a reference to his critic’s failings. Sometimes I wonder if he’s a high school council president or a national president.

    Interestingly he may or may not have been right with his four points but the rest of the letter is a diatribe of petty man upset over an iota of criticism. This does not help the people affected by this pandemic.


  10. You want petty?

    Read the Schumer letter that led to the President’s response.

    The President is correct, and it’s way past time someone said so.


  11. Petty?

    Petty is starting yet another baseless and useless witch hunt while we’re in the middle of a national disaster.


  12. More……


    “Clyburn Defends Calling Coronavirus an Opportunity to ‘Restructure Government’”

    “House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D., S.C.) on Friday defended his previous claim that coronavirus is a “tremendous opportunity” to advance Democratic policy goals.

    “I find it kind of interesting that one of my colleagues said he has a problem with me because I’m a ‘restructure government’ person,” Clyburn told Roll Call. “Yes, Jim Clyburn is a restructuring government guy and everybody with any common sense, and looking at where we are today, needs to be a restructuring government person.”

    Clyburn has taken a prominent role in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) coronavirus response. The speaker tapped the South Carolina Democrat on Thursday to lead her select oversight committee on coronavirus relief, which will monitor the billions in federal dollars spent fighting the pandemic. Top Republicans criticized the decision, pointing to Clyburn’s March comments calling the coronavirus “a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

    “What’s most telling here is who [Pelosi] appointed. She didn’t go with the oversight committee chair, her own, she appointed Clyburn,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R., Calif.) said during a Fox News appearance Friday. “And remember what Clyburn said—her majority whip. He said this is a time to restructure into their vision, government. This isn’t about oversight, [it] sounds like pure politics.”

    Clyburn defended his comments in a Friday Roll Call interview, with the South Carolina Democrat comparing America’s coronavirus response to World War II.”


    “Though Clyburn defended his portrayal of coronavirus as a political opportunity, Pelosi on Friday indicated that she would back away from adding unrelated Democratic policy goals to the next coronavirus relief bill. The speaker faced criticism for delaying the now-signed $2 trillion stimulus bill in favor of her own legislation, which increased collective bargaining power for unions and raised fuel emissions standards for airlines. She previously indicated that the next relief bill could include “bold action to renew America’s infrastructure.”

    “While I’m very much in favor of doing some things we need to do to meet the needs—clean water, more broadband, the rest of that—that may have to be for a bill beyond that right now,” Pelosi said during a Friday CNBC appearance.

    Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R., Ky.) welcomed Pelosi’s reversal in a Friday tweet.

    “I’m glad Speaker Pelosi is again standing down from efforts to use this crisis to push unrelated left-wing priorities,” he said. “The latest proposal had been a massive tax-code giveaway for wealthy people in blue states that was instantly panned by economists across the spectrum.””


  13. When faced with a great crisis, governments sometimes have to restructure. Trump fancies himself a war time president — FDR restructured not just the gov’t but the entire society. Nixon did it when he took the US out of Bretton Woods monetary agreement in response to a currency crisis. Reagan and the the Republicans used the hyperinflation era to restructure gov’t….. Its not petty, its what you do when faced with a crisis the current political and economic structure can’t handle-you make changes. The present crisis demonstrates the need for central gov’t, universal medicare, basic income, etc. It demonstrates the value of minimal wage workers — and thus we should reward them with a living wage. This is a lesson learned from a crisis and thus we restructure.

    Watching US politics has become like supervising kindergarten. “He did it first” “He called me names first” etc. As leader, he should have ignored initial criticism and got to work. He also needed to take a step back from his usual rhetorical excess, demands for appreciation and attacking the press. All justified according to Trump because they “started it”. Maybe Schumer started — who cares. Trump’s the president. He needs to ignore and lead.

    I can’t tolerate my premier. He’s a right populist very similar to Trump — born rich, entitled, inherited wealth, failed businessman, rude, obnoxious etc. Prior to the new year, he was at his usual bombastic best –using personal insults, calling a city that didn’t vote him a “socialist disaster”, pulling funding from non-conservative areas, etc. The opposition leader is the exact opposite — a true socialist, immigrant kid, single mom and grew up in one of poorest and roughest neighborhoods of the country. However, he’s put away the rhetorical excess, defers to the experts, funds according to needs and is working with the opposition leader. I’m sure both are having an extremely difficult time being polite and can’t wait to criticize each other’s every move but they are putting it aside to deal with a problem which faces everyone — conservative, liberal and socialist. I still won’t vote for him but I can give him credit.


  14. An example of real world pettiness;

    Today, Trump announced he wanted 3M to stop exporting masks. On the surface level, this may appeal to the “take care of our own” crowd, but thinking it through there’s real problems. Philosophically, one could ask what do we mean by “our own” but being more pragmatic, you just annoyed some of your closest trading partners. Is it wise to play the nativist card in the middle of a crisis? Canada produces most of the world’s isotopes used for xrays should we hog it? Over a thousand medical personnel work in the Detroit area but live in Windsor Ontario. Right now GM Canada is retooling to make ventilators should we keep them all an and not share with our friends? Should Canada return the pettiness with its own pettiness or is this a good time for Trump to discuss with Trudeau how to use the border to limit the spread of the virus and how to share resources? I should hope its the latter.

    This attitude of hoarding supplies for your own is only one step removed from the kindergarten child who hoards all the toys in case he needs them later.


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