28 thoughts on “News/Politics 4-15-20

  1. Some good news.

    https://hotair.com/archives/karen-townsend/2020/04/14/fast-tracked-first-coronavirus-saliva-test-approved-fda/

    “Fast-Tracked: First Coronavirus Saliva Test Approved By FDA”

    “An emergency use authorization was granted by federal health authorities for the first coronavirus test that relies on saliva samples. It’s a breakthrough in coronavirus testing. The test was developed by Rutgers’ RUCDR Infinite Biologics and its collaborators, Spectrum Solutions and Accurate Diagnostic Labs.

    Rutgers University announced Monday that the FDA quickly authorized the tests which can expand testing options. A key bonus is that the test also reduces risks of infection for health care workers.

    The current approach to screening for COVID-19 requires health care workers to take a swab from a patient’s nose or throat. To lessen infection risks, many hospitals and clinics instruct staff to discard gloves and masks after close contact with anyone who may have the virus. And many institutions are struggling with shortages of basic medical supplies, including gloves, masks and swabs.

    With the new saliva-based test, patients are given a plastic tube into which they spit several times. They then hand the tube back to the health care worker for laboratory processing.

    “This prevents health care professionals from having to actually be in the face of somebody that is symptomatic,” said Andrew Brooks, who directs the Rutgers lab that developed the test.”

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  2. More questionable actions by the WHO.

    https://hotair.com/archives/ed-morrissey/2020/04/14/left-guidance-mers-specialist-says-suspected-community-spread-december/

    “WHO Left The Guidance Out? MERS Specialist Says She Suspected Community Spread In December, Said So; Update: GOP Senators Demand Explanation From WHO”

    “If Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove suspected MERS-like transmission of the emerging COVID-19 outbreak in China, then why did the World Health Organization explicitly cast doubt on the risk of human-to-human transmission two weeks later? In a WHO briefing yesterday, a reporter asked WHO’s representatives to answer criticism from the White House that WHO was “late to the game” on the coronavirus’ pandemic potential. Van Kerkhove carefully explains that she knew full well that a respiratory illness like COVID-19 could spread through droplets and human contact, and explicitly advised WHO of that danger.

    And yet … watch from the 22-minute mark to see the contradiction in this defense (via Leah Barkoukis at Townhall):”

    “Q: I go back to the criticisms from the White House last week, especially in regards to the early actions by WHO. President Trump and others, by the way, said that WHO was late to the game, so to speak, especially on the declaration of human to human transmission. I’m wondering if you could address that criticism and, very quickly, if you could also — what would be the financial gut-punch, if you will, if funding from the biggest donor [in the] world were withdrawn. I think the world needs to know how badly this would affect the organization at this crucial time. Thank you very much.

    A: So thank you for that question. I will start and perhaps Dr. Tedros and Mike want to supplement with this. So with regards to the human-to-human transmission question, so right from the start, from the first notification that we received on the 31st of December, given that this was a cluster of pneumonia. I’m a MERS specialist, so my background is in coronaviruses and in influenza, so [I] immediately thought, given that it’s a respiratory pathogen, that of course there may be human to human transmission.

    So initially when we started to put together our technical guidance for our member states, we put guidance that focused on how this virus could be transmitted. And what we focused on was droplet and contact transmission, which is how respiratory pathogens are spread. We also within our infection prevention and control guidance put out a special provision for healthcare workers who are focused on conducting aerosol generating procedures, in which we put in place recommendations for airborne transmission. That guidance is still in effect. The guidance that we put up was on the 10th of January. It was the 10th and the 11th of January because there were five or six technical guidance materials that were actually put up on the web, which were open to everyone.

    That timing becomes verrrrry interesting, because it was just three days later that WHO officially advised the world that they had no evidence at all of a risk of community spread. They announced this based on China’s data rather than Kerkhove’s own work and analysis, for some reason:”

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  3. Which makes this an even better idea. As the #1 funding country of the WHO, it makes sense to stop funding until we get some answers.

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  4. The NYT has become a parody publication, much like the Babylon Bee, but not nearly as funny.

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    For the same reason as always, Orange Man Bad.

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  5. And in other news……

    Obama has finally endorsed Biden. 🙂

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    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2020/04/14/obama-to-finally-endorse-biden-n2566883

    “We’re nearing the eleventh hour of the 2020 presidential election, and former President Barack Obama has finally endorsed his old VP Joe Biden. He had no choice really, now that Biden is the presumptive Democratic nominee.”

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  6. Trump picked up one of his own.

    Let the cries of “Uncle Tom” begin……

    Because we all know how Democrats treat minorities who think for themselves.

    https://www.ajc.com/blog/politics/georgia-democratic-lawmaker-endorses-trump-presidential-bid/dpqTbn2pBPIivHNgPdNSdN/

    “State Democrats quickly disown Vernon Jones”

    “State Rep. Vernon Jones bucked his party Tuesday and endorsed President Donald Trump, making him the first state elected Democratic official in Georgia to back the Republican’s bid for a second term.

    The lawmaker drew a backlash from Democrats who accused him of betrayal at a time when state and national figures were rallying around former Vice President Joe Biden. Top House Democrats responded by endorsing Jones’ primary challenger, while others cast him as a narcissist. Long a polarizing figure in Georgia politics, Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that he views Trump as a transformative president whose policies have helped African American voters, military veterans and farmers.

    “It’s very simple to me. President Trump’s handling of the economy, his support for historically black colleges and his criminal justice initiatives drew me to endorse his campaign,” said Jones, who added that he had no immediate plans to switch parties. “There are a lot of African Americans who clearly see and appreciate he’s doing something that’s never been done before,” Jones said. “When you look at the unemployment rates among black Americans before the pandemic, they were at historic lows. That’s just a fact.””

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    If Dems are nothing else, they’re predictable.

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  7. So if Trump does it, it’s “almost sinful,” yet the state she lives in and “represents” (using that term in the loosest way) is planning on jumping out ahead, as other at least 9 other Dem Govs.

    No condemnation for them Nancy? Or is it “God’s work” when they do it, because they’re pure at heart.

    She’s a flaming hypocrite of the highest order.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/14/is-pelosi-also-claiming-cuomo-and-nine-other-governors-are-sinful-for-reopening/

    “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told fellow Democrats on Monday that it was “almost sinful” the way the Trump administration has handled the epidemic over the novel Wuhan coronavirus, citing the federal government’s failure to provide adequate testing along with personal protective equipment for states caught shorthanded.

    “The more misrepresentations he puts out there, the more it obscures the truth,” Pelosi said of President Donald Trump’s actions regarding the virus in a private phone call with members of her caucus, according to Politico. “We have to insist upon the truth — what they’re saying is not knowledge, is not facts, is not real.”

    Pelosi slammed Trump’s efforts to restart the economy by the first of May in particular, calling it impossible for the administration to promise a safe reopening without testing capacity ramped up to meet the needs for millions of Americans.

    If Trump’s plan to get the nation working again is “sinful,” however, then so are the plans of at least 10 state governors who have announced their intentions to reopen businesses in their shut-down states, including Democratic Govs. Andrew Cuomo of New York and Gavin Newsom of California. In fact, nine Democratic governors have publicly discussed their plans for a reopening of their states.”

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  8. The double standards are bad enough. Pathetic attempts to justify them just makes it worse.

    https://hotair.com/archives/john-s-2/2020/04/14/double-standards-continue-ny-times/

    “The Double Standards Continue At The NY Times”

    “Not just a double standard but a justification of double standards. That’s what we heard yesterday from executive editor Dean Baquet and it’s what we’re seeing today from columnist Michelle Goldberg. Robby Soave at Reason points out how her tune on sexual assault allegations has changed in the past two years, from an absolute heroic narrative built around Christine Blasey Ford, to irritation that some on the right expect the same standard should apply to Tara Reade:

    In the midst of the Kavanaugh cycle, Times columnist Michelle Goldberg thanked Ford for her heroism. Here was how Goldberg described Ford’s retelling of the incident with Kavanaugh: “Her soft voice cracked as she spoke. She smiled a lot; her attempts to make everyone see how agreeable and reasonable she is were heart-rending. But she was also poised and precise, occasionally speaking as an expert—she’s a psychology professor—as well as a victim. Watching her push through her evident terror was profoundly inspiring.” The column was titled “Christine Blasey Ford’s Sacrifice.”

    Goldberg has now weighed in on Reade’s allegation. The words “hero” and “sacrifice” do not appear in this column, which is titled “What To Do With Tara Reade’s Allegation Against Joe Biden?” The tone makes clear that Goldberg views Reade as an inconvenience who must be dealt with. And the villain of this story is not Biden but “those using this strange, sad story to hector feminists into pretending to a certainty they have no reason to feel.”

    Let’s take a closer look at what Goldberg wrote:”

    “Since Reade made her latest accusation, people on both the left and the right have been demanding, with a mix of genuine outrage and gotcha glee, that the Democratic Party live up to its #MeToo commitments and #BelieveTaraReade. “For Elite Democrats, Joe Biden’s Candidacy Means Ditching #MeToo,” said a headline in the socialist magazine Jacobin. “Joe Biden, Brett Kavanaugh and the #MeToo hypocrites,” said one in The New York Post.

    How dare anyone expect feminists who’ve been literally shouting “Believe All Women!” should be expected to believe all women. But this next part is what really gets me.

    Reade seems almost engineered in a lab to inspire skepticism in mainstream Democrats, both because her story keeps changing and because of her bizarre public worship of President Vladimir Putin of Russia. “President Putin has an alluring combination of strength with gentleness,” she wrote in a since-deleted 2018 Medium post. “His sensuous image projects his love for life, the embodiment of grace while facing adversity.” (Reade has since said her comments about Russia stemmed from a novel she was writing, though the Medium article is written as an op-ed essay.)”

    Apparently, Goldberg has forgotten what a weird crank Christine Blasey Ford appeared to be when she first appeared on the scene. Remember the story about her house having two doors so she would never feel trapped? Remember the claim that she was unwilling to fly because being trapped in an airplane brought back memories of her abuse? It turned out neither story was true as told. Her house did have two doors but only because she was renting the front of it out to a business. As for her inability to fly, it hadn’t prevented her from taking several vacations around the world.”

    But the point is that these claims about Dr. Ford’s odd behavior were all embraced as a kind of tragic proof that her story was true (even if they didn’t seem to be very consistently applied in her actual life). By contrast, Tara Reade is just a weirdo to whom no special sympathy or understanding are due. Goldberg even admits that it could be possible to view oddities in Reade’s story as based upon her past experiences, though Goldberg clearly doesn’t seem to find this view very compelling in Reade’s case.”

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  9. Head. Desk.

    And she’s a college grad folks.

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  10. Interesting.

    https://townhall.com/columnists/marinamedvin/2020/04/15/israeli-professor-shows-virus-follows-fixed-pattern-n2566915

    “Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel of Tel Aviv University, who also serves on the research and development advisory board for Teva Pharmaceutical Industries, plotted the rates of new coronavirus infections of the U.S., U.K., Sweden, Italy, Israel, Switzerland, France, Germany, and Spain. The numbers told a shocking story: irrespective of whether the country quarantined like Israel, or went about business as usual like Sweden, coronavirus peaked and subsided in the exact same way. In the exact, same, way. His graphs show that all countries experienced seemingly identical coronavirus infection patterns, with the number of infected peaking in the sixth week and rapidly subsiding by the eighth week.

    The Wuhan Virus follows its own pattern, he told Mako, an Israeli news agency. It is a fixed pattern that is not dependent on freedom or quarantine. “There is a decline in the number of infections even [in countries] without closures, and it is similar to the countries with closures,” he wrote in his paper.

    “Is the coronavirus expansion exponential? The answer by the numbers is simple: no. Expansion begins exponentially but fades quickly after about eight weeks,” Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel concluded. The reason why coronavirus follows a fixed pattern is yet unknown. “I have no explanation,” he told Mako, “There are is kinds of speculation: maybe it’s climate-related, maybe the virus has its own life cycle.”

    But what about Italy and their staggering 12% mortality rate? “The health system in Italy has its own problems. It has nothing to do with coronavirus. In 2017 it also collapsed because of the flu,” Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel told the news agency. Indeed, Italy’s exceptionally high coronavirus mortality rate is eerily reminiscent of their unusually high flu mortality rates. Supportive of this theory, Germany, has low flu infection and mortality rates and similarly low coronavirus rates.

    Professor Yitzhak Ben Israel concludes in his analysis summary paper that the data from the past 50 days indicates that the closure policies of the quarantine countries can be replaced by more moderate social distancing policies. The numbers simply do not support quarantine or economic closure.

    On the reasonableness of Israel’s unprecedented quarantine and closure, he commented to the news agency, “I think it’s mass hysteria. I have no other way to describe it. 4,500 people die each year from the flu in Israel because of complications, so close the country because of that? No. I don’t see a reason to do it because of a lower-risk epidemic.” ”

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    Yeaaaaaah…. I’m just gonna stay quarantined for now, thanks….

    At least until more is known.

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  11. Another dishonest smear from The WaPo.

    https://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2020/04/another-dishonest-smear-by-the-washington-post.php

    “Yesterday’s Washington Post carried an attack on South Dakota and its governor, Kristi Noem, under the headline South Dakota’s Governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots. The Post’s article is popular on Twitter, as liberal “blue checks” use it to express their hope that lots of South Dakotans die as punishment for their temerity in electing a Republican governor.

    As governors across the country fell into line in recent weeks, South Dakota’s top elected leader stood firm: There would be no statewide order to stay home.

    Such edicts to combat the spread of the novel coronavirus, Gov. Kristi L. Noem said disparagingly, reflected a “herd mentality.” It was up to individuals — not government — to decide whether “to exercise their right to work, to worship and to play. Or to even stay at home.”

    And besides, the first-term Republican told reporters at a briefing this month, “South Dakota is not New York City.”

    I wrote about that press conference here.

    But now South Dakota is home to one of the largest single coronavirus clusters anywhere in the United States, with more than 300 workers at a giant ­pork-processing plant falling ill. With the case numbers continuing to spike, the company was forced to announce the indefinite closure of the facility Sunday, threatening the U.S. food supply.

    The entire point of the article is that the Smithfield experience proves Governor Noem was wrong not to order a mass closure of businesses.

    But wait! It is obvious even to a casual reader that the Post’s attack makes no sense. The article acknowledges that the Smithfield plant had already “been deemed essential by the federal government,” so no order Noem might have issued would have applied to it in any case. The Smithfield experience had nothing to do with Noem’s policy.

    One is tempted to stop there. The Post’s attempted smear obviously missed its mark. But let’s continue.

    The point of the Post story is to convey the impression that Governor Noem’s reliance on voluntary measures, education, persuasion, and close cooperation with federal agencies, other governors, and the private sector is a failure. Strikingly absent from the Post’s hit job, however, is the bottom line: how many South Dakotans have actually succumbed to COVID-19? The answer: 6, and none have been reported within the last week. South Dakota has one of the best coronavirus records of any state, but the Post didn’t tell its readers that. It would have ruined the narrative.”

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  12. So Planned Parenthood and the media lied again. What a shock!…. said no one.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/15/new-unsealed-documents-show-planned-parenthood-profited-from-aborted-baby-body-parts/

    “New Unsealed Documents Show Planned Parenthood Profited From Aborted Baby Body Parts”

    “When senior Planned Parenthood officials were caught on tape in 2015 by the Center for Medical Progress (CMP) discussing the illegal trafficking of aborted baby body parts, Planned Parenthood denied the allegations, claiming they were only reimbursed for the “cost to transport tissue.” Now, newly unsealed invoices confirm Planned Parenthood Mar Monte charged the tissue procurement company StemExpress $55 per “usable” organ — not for transport fees.

    Over the course of three months, Planned Parenthood billed StemExpress $24,940. Three Planned Parenthood Mar Monte invoices from 2012, originally produced as part of a federal lawsuit against CMP founder David Daleiden, show the abortion giant charged StemExpress $55 per “POC,” which stands for product of conception, and $10 per maternal blood sample.

    In a contract between the two companies, StemExpress agreed to pay Planned Parenthood only for fetal organs “determined in the clinic to be usable.” The contract lays out that that Planned Parenthood is to invoice StemExpress for the number of fetal organs and blood samples each month, that for the price of every “usable” organ, Planned Parenthood will provide their services and clinics to remove, process, and transport fetal organs.

    In an attempt to tamp down the news of their organ sales in 2015, Planned Parenthood acknowledged that they were being paid by a tissue procurement company when they announced they would immediately stop accepting “reimbursements.” Then-Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards said the decision, “removes beyond the shadow of a doubt the ludicrous idea that Planned Parenthood has any financial interest in fetal tissue donation – and shows the real agenda behind these attacks.”

    The invoices and the contract now confirm that their charges were not reimbursements because Planned Parenthood only received payment if the tissue was “usable.” Not only is the word “reimbursement” not found in the contract, but the invoices did not bill reimbursements for any other supplies or services that may have been used to procure tissue deemed unusable.

    “Planned Parenthood’s contracts and invoices are proof positive that their payments were tied solely to the marketability of aborted baby body parts,” Daleiden said in response to the unredacted invoices being unsealed.

    The September invoices were published as part of the House committee’s investigation in 2016, but the name and addresses of StemExpress and Planned Parenthood Mar Monte were all redacted. The invoices were ordered to be unsealed without redactions by Judge William Orrick, who is presiding over Planned Parenthood’s lawsuit against Daleiden in California.

    A StemExpress brochure distributed to Planned Parenthood clinics advertised “financial profits” and their “fiscally” rewarding services to clinics who participated in providing tissue for research.”

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  13. The farce continues to be exposed, as do the frauds and traitors who orchestrated it.

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/04/15/newly-declassified-papadopoulos-transcript-exposes-crossfire-hurricane-corruption/

    “Newly Declassified Papadopoulos Transcript Exposes Crossfire Hurricane Corruption

    A newly declassified transcript calls into question the entire Crossfire Hurricane investigation: Why was it started, and why did it continue?”

    “Attorney General William Barr said last week that “the evidence shows that we’re not dealing with just mistakes or sloppiness” in the Crossfire Hurricane investigation. Rather, “there is something far more troubling here.”

    “Without any basis,” Barr added in his sit-down interview with Fox News’ Laura Ingraham, “they started this investigation of [Trump’s] campaign, and even more concerning actually is what happened after the campaign, a whole pattern of events while he was president to sabotage his presidency — or at least have the effect of sabotaging the presidency.”

    While Barr did not elaborate on the evidence he’s seen, a declassified transcript made public earlier in the week of a wired conservation between former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and a Crossfire Hurricane confidential human source (CHS), when read in tandem with Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report on Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) abuse, substantiates Barr’s view that it wasn’t “just mistakes.”

    When the transcript of the CHS’s secretly recorded conversation with Papadopoulos was released last week, the media highlighted his adamant denial of any Trump-campaign involvement into the hacking of the Democratic National Committee’s emails. The coverage also focused on Papadopoulos’s denials being withheld from the FISA court.

    But we already knew that: The IG’s report identified the failure to inform the FISA court of Papadopoulos’s denials as two of the 17 “significant inaccuracies and omissions.” Specifically, the IG report noted the initial FISA application “[o]mitted Papadopoulos’s consensually monitored statements to an FBI CHS in September 2016 denying that anyone associated with the Trump campaign was collaborating with Russia or with outside groups like Wikileaks in the release of emails.”

    The report explained that error was repeated in the three subsequent FISA renewal applications, adding that those applications also “[o]mitted Papadopoulos’s statements to an FBI CHS in late October 2016 denying that the Trump campaign was involved in the circumstances of the DNC email hack.”

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  14. I don’t remember where I read it, but there are a couple countries – and I think Sweden was one – who did not push social distancing, but became overwhelmed with the number of cases in their hospitals, and then belatedly instituted it.

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  15. Huh. So it looks like what some called a “conspiracy theory” may have some validity after all. The piece I posted last Sat. didn’t say it was an escaped bio-weapon or man-made. They just said it escaped the lab, or was brought out by an infected worker.

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/us-military-and-spy-agencies-investigating-wuhan-lab-contamination-coronavirus-theory

    “The U.S. military and intelligence community are investigating the theory that the novel coronavirus may have originated from an accidental contamination from a laboratory in Wuhan, China, rather than from a wet market, as has been widely speculated.

    Gen. Mark Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that military intelligence was looking into it.

    “On the lab piece … it should be no surprise to you that we’ve taken a keen interest in that, and we’ve had a lot of intelligence take a hard look at that,” Milley said. “And I would just say at this point that it’s inconclusive — although the weight of evidence seems to indicate natural. But we don’t know for certain.”

    Josh Rogin, a columnist for the Washington Post, tweeted in response that “many senior officials disagree with Milley and believe the lab origin is much more likely than the seafood market story.”

    “There’s a gap in the intel,” Rogin said. “That’s largely because the Chinese government has censored and suppressed all evidence related to the lab.”

    The World Health Organization concluded that the COVID-19 virus first appeared in Wuhan, the capital of China’s Hubei province, at the end of 2019, and an investigative report in February found “early cases identified in Wuhan are believed to have acquired infection from a zoonotic source” in the Huanan Seafood Wholesale Market.

    A Washington Post piece this week reported that U.S. Embassy officials in China warned about biosecurity and management problems at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s first biosafety level 4 lab, which researches infectious diseases — including coronaviruses from bats.

    One “sensitive but unclassified” State Department cable warned in January 2018 about problems at the Wuhan lab, located just miles from the Wuhan wet market, to which most but not all of the earliest COVID-19 cases were traced.

    “During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” the cable stated. “Most importantly, the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases.”

    “The cable was a warning shot,” one U.S. official said, adding that “they were begging people to pay attention to what was going on.”

    “The idea that it was just a totally natural occurrence is circumstantial. The evidence it leaked from the lab is circumstantial,” another senior Trump administration official said. “Right now, the ledger on the side of it leaking from the lab is packed with bullet points, and there’s almost nothing on the other side.”

    Concerns have also been raised about the Wuhan Center for Disease Control and Prevention, a biosafety level 2 lab that is also in close proximity to the Wuhan wet market.”

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    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/us-officials-sounded-alarm-about-wuhan-lab-years-before-coronavirus-outbreak

    “U.S. Embassy officials warned about safety risks at a Chinese laboratory in Wuhan researching infectious diseases, including coronaviruses from bats, sending warning cables back to the United States two years prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    One of the two “Sensitive but Unclassified” State Department cables, obtained by the Washington Post, warned in January 2018 about biosecurity and management problems at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, China’s first level 4 biosafety lab, located just miles from the Wuhan wet market to which most, but not all, of the earliest COVID-19 cases were traced. The warnings followed repeated visits by U.S. science diplomats sent by the U.S. Embassy in Beijing.

    The cable was authored by two U.S. Embassy officials after their visit to the WIV lab, and it noted the potential threat posed by coronaviruses in bats.

    “During interactions with scientists at the WIV laboratory, they noted the new lab has a serious shortage of appropriately trained technicians and investigators needed to safely operate this high-containment laboratory,” the cable stated. “Most importantly, the researchers also showed that various SARS-like coronaviruses can interact with ACE2, the human receptor identified for SARS-coronavirus. This finding strongly suggests that SARS-like coronaviruses from bats can be transmitted to humans to cause SARS-like diseases. From a public health perspective, this makes the continued surveillance of SARS-like coronaviruses in bats and study of the animal-human interface critical to future emerging coronavirus outbreak prediction and prevention.”

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    “Richard Ebright, a professor of chemical biology at Rutgers University, told the Washington Examiner that “bat coronaviruses are present in nature in multiple parts of China — including Hubei province,” and so, “the first human infection could have occurred as a natural accident, with a virus passing from bat to human, possibly through another animal.”

    The professor also said, “Bat coronaviruses are collected and studied by laboratories in multiple parts of China — including Wuhan Municipal CDC and Wuhan Institute of Virology,” and “the first human infection also could have occurred as a laboratory accident, with a virus accidentally infecting a laboratory worker.”

    Ebright further noted: “There also is clear precedent for this: The second, third, fourth, and fifth entries of the SARS virus into human populations occurred as a laboratory accident in Singapore in 2003, a laboratory accident in Taipei in 2003, and two separate laboratory accidents in Beijing in 2004.”

    The Washington Post reported the Chinese government is still stonewalling on basic questions about the coronavirus’s origins, while blocking efforts to determine any potential breaches at the Wuhan labs. The report also noted Beijing still has not given U.S. medical experts samples of the coronavirus collected from the early cases.

    The New York Times reported Matthew Pottinger, the deputy national security adviser, suspects the coronavirus may have originated in one of the Wuhan laboratories, but the intelligence community has reportedly not reached a conclusion in this matter.”

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  16. Anybody shocked?

    The CBS reporter who rudely tangled with Trump at his presser and then refused to leave a Covid 19 survivors presser is married to a lobbyist for the Chinese.

    That explains a lot. She’s just another useful idiot running interference for China, like most of the media.

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  18. Dr. Fauci has some explaining to do.

    “And now we know that US officials took several trips to Wuhan and the NIH under Dr. Fauci gave the China Wuhan lab a nearly $4 million grant.”

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  19. To me, saying that the virus escaped the lab somehow is not a conspiracy theory. What is a conspiracy theory is the one that it is a man-made virus that was purposely leaked. That theory, or at least one version of it, claims that China had an antidote ready and that China is doing fine. Russia and North Korea, friends of China, supposedly had no cases of COVID-19.

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  20. Russia has cases. But they’re probably under-reporting as are the other communist regimes, like China, and NK, who insists they have no cases.

    Confirmed Recovered Deaths
    Russia 24,490 1,986 198

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  21. And SK insists NK is being affected by Covid 19.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2020_coronavirus_pandemic_in_North_Korea

    “There are no officially confirmed cases of COVID-19 in North Korea, although South Korean sources state that the pandemic is steadily affecting the country. The virus is more likely to have come into North Korea from China, where the virus originated, than from South Korea. The Chinese-North Korean border restrictions are more relaxed than the heavily militarized border between North and South Korea. However, suspected COVID-19 cases in the two Chinese provinces (Liaoning and Jilin) bordering North Korea have been low”

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  22. Nice to see Pelosi and Democrats have their priorities in order.

    They worry about tax money for illegals, but not for a program helping businesses stay open and Americans keep their job.

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  23. Trump is cutting the funding of WHO because he needs a scapegoat. He along with every other leader knew WHO has political considerations to make and Trump had access to intelligence that suggested WHO was minimizing the pandemic. Blaming WHO is one of many ways Trump is trying to avoid responsibility.

    The NYT is not becoming a parody. Its completely possible that one part of the US is short of medical staff and in another part of the country they are laying off staff. And its entirely possible that the laid off staff are not the right type of medical professional needed in the an other portion of the US (or they just don’t want to move). Not everything has to be a gotcha moment.

    I’m quite confused by some of the news outlets you cite that equate Trump’s plan to open with the governors’ plans to open as similar. However, they are entirely different — the governors’ are working together because they want to avoid an early opening unlike Trump, something Pelosi can easily support while criticizing Trump.

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  24. The Israeli link is a bit strange. He needs to compare Sweden to the other Nordic countries. Sweden decided to develop herd immunity by isolating those who were vulnerable while healthy citizens continued to live normal lives. They were forced to tighten up regulations as problems developed. Other Nordic countries implemented strict social distancing measures and have performed better. Social isolation works. There are some groups, mainly on the right, who wish to discredit it because of its effect on the economy. However, a tighter shutdown will actually shorten the infection period and the economy can be restarted. Besides 4 weeks or so isn’t even as long as a European holiday. If modern capitalism can’t handle a few weeks off its a fragile system and we might want to change it.

    Speaking of social isolation, the protests against these measures will only prolong these rules. The Michigan protests could be considered a danger to public health as some protesters actually interfered with medical professionals. Bizarre. I’m all for free speech but this is getting close to the yelling fire in a crowded theatre.
    https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/lock-her-anti-whitmer-coronavirus-lockdown-protestors-swarm-michigan-capitol-n1184426?
    fbclid=IwAR0sMvCUbX_KIt7k21p6kcACcwRAZhh-CTZBvAyS9_rzigj20xjjB9tDs40

    South Dakota does demonstrate a failure of the do nothing approach. Similar to Sweden you need to compare it to its neighbors and use a per capita measurement. All the states surrounding it have a lower case per capita than South Dakota. In terms of deaths, South Dakota is lower but that may soon change as these cases are in their early stages. Social isolation is needed and, unfortunately, some people are selfish and/or not listening and/or not careful and therefore a threat to public and the gov’t needs to step in. I wish people had commons sense but after 50 years I have little faith in that and therefore I have no problem with some gov’t mandated social distancing.

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  25. We have to quit drawing conspiracy theories bases on six degrees of separation. A female journalist does her job and asks tough questions. However, we question her integrity because of her husband’s work. There are plenty of Chinese lobbyists, some are even former Republican politicians or businessmen. Its quite possible that people are just simply doing their job — not being influence by their spouse. Just ask Kellyanne Conway and her husband; its possible.

    Similarly, for health scientist to have connections to China is not unusual. Many if not most viruses originate there and for anyone study public health, viruses, etc. Fauci doesn’t have any explaining to do. Fauci appears to have problems with the Trump and conspiracy stories begin. People need to stop playing politics with science and just listen.

    Like Kizzie, I’m not buying the entire conspiracy theory. However, I can see a natural virus escaping a lab. No worker in a totalitarian regime will ever admit this and since its a naturally occurring virus, the nearby wet market is a plausible story to substitute.

    As for the other totalitarian states — North Korea has to be lying, the illegal traffic between China and North Korea is quite significant and has not controls. Moscow claims very few Covid deaths but coincidental has a higher than average case load of pneumonia.

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  26. She didn’t do her job. She rudely badgered the President, and wouldn’t shut up, not to mention most of what she spouted was nonsense. Then she acted like an ass at the Covid 19 survivors presser too.

    As for her work product, she’s just another media hack spouting Chinese propaganda. And like the Biden’s, she has a family financial interest in doing so.

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    Also, Trump is cutting the funding for the WHO because they dropped the ball, flat out lied about Taiwan and the info Taiwan gave them, ran interference for, and pushed falsehoods from the Chinese since day one.

    And besides, it’s a review. If they can show they’re worthy of the half a billion a year we give them, it will be restored.

    But I’m thinking some penalties are in order at a minimum.

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    “Like Kizzie, I’m not buying the entire conspiracy theory. However, I can see a natural virus escaping a lab.”

    Which is what I and the news stories I’ve posted on the matter said too. The point is it’s not a conspiracy theory, that it could have escaped a lab where scientists were playing around with it, and someone got infected or carried it out on them.

    It was never a bio-weapon. (although some floated that early on) But it never came from a wet market either. Like you said, a convenient excuse.

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