17 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-17-20

  1. The ultimate NIMBYs……… Riots for thee, but not for me…..

    The rich and famous support the rioters. As long as they stay away from their stuff.

    “Panic In Beverly Hills: Emergency Order Bans Protests In Residential Areas”


    “File this one under karma, baby. The rich and famous are all about protesting and declaring themselves down with the struggle until protesters forget their place and invade residential areas of Beverly Hills. Then the masks drop.

    It’s the ultimate Not In My Back Yard (NIMBY) – the City of Beverly Hills issued an emergency order Saturday night that bans public gatherings of more than 10 people in residential areas between 9 PM and 8 AM. What brought this on? Well, it seems a group calling themselves “Occupy” disrupted the beauty sleep of locals in their posh neighborhood on June 12 between the hours of 10 PM until 1 AM. The group used bullhorns and “amplified music”. The residents want their tranquility back. The emergency order remains in effect until further notice.

    Silent gatherings are allowed, but anything other than a candlelight vigil or a private event can result in arrests.

    This follows other protests in the Los Angeles area and the looting that often broke out, including on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills on May 30. At that time the City of Beverly Hills had enacted an earlier curfew than the rest of Los Angeles. The hypocrisy is par for the course these days. Take, for example, pop star Ariana Grande. She posted on social media about protesting on May 31 in L.A. and in Beverly Hills and voiced her disappointment that the press wasn’t covering the story enough for her virtue-signaling ego.”


  2. Good news?


    “Major study finds common steroid reduces deaths among patients with severe Covid-19”

    “A cheap, readily available steroid drug reduced deaths by a third in patients hospitalized with Covid-19 in a large study, the first time a therapy has been shown to possibly improve the odds of survival with the condition in the sickest patients.

    Full data from the study have not been published or subjected to scientific scrutiny. But outside experts on Tuesday immediately embraced the top-line results. The drug, dexamethasone, is widely available and is used to treat conditions including rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, and some cancers.

    In a statement, Patrick Vallance, the U.K. government’s chief scientific adviser, called the result “tremendous news” and “a ground-breaking development in our fight against the disease.” Scott Gottlieb, a former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, called it “a very positive finding” in an interview on CNBC. “I think it needs to be validated, but it certainly suggests that this could be beneficial in this setting.”

    Atul Gawande, the surgeon, writer and public health researcher, urged caution, tweeting, “after all the retractions and walk backs, it is unacceptable to tout study results by press release without releasing the paper.”

    The study randomly assigned 2,104 patients to receive six milligrams of dexamethasone once a day, by mouth or intravenous injection. These were compared to 4,321 patients assigned to receive usual care alone.

    In patients who needed to be on a ventilator, dexamethasone reduced the death rate by 35%, meaning that doctors would prevent one death by treating eight ventilated patients. In those who needed oxygen but were not ventilated, the death rate was reduced 20%, meaning doctors would need to treat 25 patients to save one life. Both results were statistically significant.

    There was no benefit in patients who didn’t require any oxygen. The researchers running the study, called RECOVERY, decided to stop enrolling patients on dexamethasone on June 8 because they believed they had enough data to get a clear result.”


  3. The astounding failures that are Bill DeBlasio and Gov. Cuomo…..


    “Let’s begin with a devastating Wall Street Journal story from late last week, which laid bare the astounding failures of New York’s coronavirus response in excruciating detail. You already know about the nursing homes debacle, the subway mess, and the brutal, costly delays caused by the derelict and chaotic leadership of Mayor de Blasio and Governor Cuomo. But the Journal digs deeper, painting a damning portrait of dysfunction, incompetence and denial at the top rungs of government in the Empire State — which became both the country’s hottest hotspot and its top exporter of the Wuhan virus. A small sample of the findings:

    • Improper patient transfers. Some patients were too sick to have been transferred between hospitals. Squabbling between the Cuomo and de Blasio administrations contributed to an uncoordinated effort.

    • Insufficient isolation protocols. Hospitals often mixed infected patients with the uninfected early on, and the virus spread to non-Covid-19 units.

    • Inadequate staff planning. Hospitals added hundreds of intensive-care beds but not always enough trained staff, leading to improper treatments and overlooked patients dying alone.

    • Mixed messages. State, city government and hospital officials kept shifting guidelines about when exposed and ill front-line workers should return to work.

    • Over-reliance on government sources for key equipment. Hospitals turned to the state and federal government for hundreds of ventilators, but many were faulty or inadequate.

    • Procurement-planning gaps. While leaders focused attention on procuring ventilators, hospitals didn’t always provide for adequate supplies of critical resources including oxygen, vital-signs monitors and dialysis machines.

    • Incomplete staff-protection policies. Many hospitals provided staff with insufficient protective equipment and testing.

    Gov. Cuomo’s deification by much of the news media, especially when compared to the misplaced vilification of other governors, is almost entirely unjustifiable at this point. He shares most journalists’ general worldview and generally struck an authoritative and responsive tone. But outcomes matter most, and New York’s outcomes — driven by policies and decisions — have been terrible. Another thought is that perhaps Cuomo continues to look relatively good because he’s so frequently judged side-by-side with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, who is a dumpster fire of an elected official. The mayor regularly places preening wokeness over responsible governance, the latest example of which is this farcical nonsense:

    The hundreds of contact tracing workers hired by the city under de Blasio’s new “test and trace” campaign have been instructed not to ask anyone who’s tested positive for COVID-19 whether they recently attended a demonstration, City Hall confirmed to THE CITY. “No person will be asked proactively if they attended a protest,” Avery Cohen, a spokesperson for de Blasio, wrote in an emailed response to questions by THE CITY… There’s no direct effort to resolve a question both de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have asked repeatedly since the demonstrations against police brutality erupted following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police: Are the protests helping spread the virus? “That’s the one variable in this equation that we’re not sure of: We don’t know what the effect of those protests are,” Cuomo said last week.

    These politicians admit the issue about protest-caused outbreaks remains unresolved, and now the de Blasio administration is mandating that it remain as unresolved as possible. Allahpundit writes, “if I were a cynic, I’d suspect that the city doesn’t want evidence that transmissions are happening at anti-racist protests because they fear it’s true. If contact tracers don’t bother gathering information about the protests then any rise in cases in NYC in the coming weeks can (and will) be blamed on businesses reopening. If they do gather evidence proving that the protests were responsible, the protests — and potentially their cause — might draw a backlash. Forced to choose between good science and political orthodoxy, the city has made its choice. Come to think of it, I am a cynic.” It’s hard not to be a cynic these days:”


  4. Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.

    He was justified in shooting at his attackers..



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  5. She changed her mind when it was her ox being gored. They were “peaceful protesters” until they vandalized her house. Now they’re “domestic terrorists.”

    Welcome aboard Mayor.


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  6. The same thing is happening with law enforcement.
    Regardless of the news/commotion, it ain’t broke.
    And if someone wants to create a new town in downtown Portsmouth, let them
    Let them pay for their won electricity, water, etc.


  7. Thank a politician.


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  8. So the study concluded the best thing to do was the opposite of what DeBlasio, Cuomo, Woolf, and pretty much every other Dem Gov, except Cali. Instead of protecting the most vulnerable, they sent the sick back to infect more people.



    “The Data Are In: It’s Time for Major Reopening

    Four new analyses of actual results show how the initial projections overestimated the value of lockdowns.”

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  9. What’s wrong with NY?

    Seriously, arrested 100 times, but still walking the streets and assaulting a 92 year old woman.


    “The assault took place in Manhattan last Friday. A man walking down the sidewalk put his arm out and pushed over a 92-year-old woman who was walking in the other direction. When she fell, she hit her head on a fire hydrant. Early Tuesday morning, the NYPD put out video of the assault and asked for tips to identify the suspect.”

    “A few hours later police announced they had apprehended the suspect. But it turns out they probably could have identified him just by looking at their own files. The suspect, identified as 31-year-old Rashid Brimmage of the Bronx, has been arrested 100 previous times. In fact, he has been arrested three times since February for unprovoked assault. Each time he has been released because of bail reform.

    A senior law enforcement official tells News 4 Brimmage is a recidivist with 100 prior arrests who has gotten a desk appearance ticket for his most recent ones because of bail reform. He is an NYPD co-response client, which means police have responded with social workers when dealing with him. Brimmage has an extensive history of being emotionally disturbed in police encounters as well.

    He’s been arrested three times since February for alleged assaults. On March 9, he allegedly punched a 29-year-old man in an unprovoked attack at a pizza shop in Manhattan. A few weeks before that, Brimmage allegedly punched a 39-year-old female at a Dunkin’ Donuts in the Bronx. On Feb. 4 he allegedly punched a 39-year-old man in the face at that same Dunkin’ Donuts. In the latter two cases, he received desk appearance tickets.

    Brimmage is also believe to be involved in a grand larceny back in February when he stole $120 from a woman’s purse. And ABC7 New York reports Brimmage “became a level 2 sex offender with a July 23, 2014 arrest for persistent sexual abuse.””


    Bail reform is a bad joke that isn’t working, unless you’re one of the criminals benefitting from this horrible policy.

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  10. I see some BLM demonstration had a violent fringe thus the media is covering it again. They missed all the peaceful demonstrations — I guess they only lead when they bleed.

    Can’t read the WSJ the tweet links to but have to question the premise. Sweden the only Nordic country not to lockdown in response to the cornavirus has been affected far worse than its neighbors. The UK, late to a lockdown, continues to have a large number of new cases despite the decline on the continent. In the US, states that resisted lock downs or opened early are now at the top of the list of new cases — Florida, Arizona, Texas and Georgia — three weeks after they open up for the Memorial Day long weekend. You have to question the motives of the WSJ, corporations and their political allies for wanting to re-open so soon. By next weekend, we’ll see if the BLM protests have a similar effect.

    LTC facilities suffered the worst in Ontario as well. Its the only segment of our health care system that is for profit with little oversight ( during a Conservative gov’t). I’m sure there’s some government incompetence but the for profit motive means less skilled staff, over worked staff, part time staff, less PPE used, etc. Remove the profit motive from LTCs and the death toll would be far lower. In Ontario the non-profit and government run homes had a far lower death toll than the private for profit facilities. Yes the NY politicians made mistakes but the deaths came from a system of LTCs that valued profit over lives.


  11. Bail reform was necessary. Poor people who couldn’t afford bail were often stuck in jail and despite not actually committing the crime would confess just to get out on time served. In many cases, if you refused to confess you would stay in pre-trial custody longer than the actual sentence would have been, thus for many poor people a false confession and a sentence of time served was more convenient. Using high bail as a coercion tool is not only bad police work but class discrimination. The impetus for reform was the suicide of one young man who spent more than a year in solitary refusing to confess.


  12. For those who like to blame “antifa”, it appears the opposing idea that right wing militia groups are trying to start the violence has more credibility.

    Also, at least 4 young black men have been found hanging from a tree in a public place. In all instances it qas ruled a suicide…..black men have a very low suicide rate and hanging from a tree is probably the last way a black man would kill himself.


  13. People who have been desiring a race war may be getting it. That’s unfortunate, but predictable. Protesting by throwing bottles or rocks, or standing in a policemen’s face and screaming really is not peaceful protest—no matter who does it. It takes patience to wait for the criminal justice system to work. We need patience.

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