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Dealing with China

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An excellent essay by the Instapundit himself - Glen Reynolds at USA Today:

Time to put China on lockdown for its dishonesty amid coronavirus crisis
There are many lessons to be learned from the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic. But one is already clear: China needs to be isolated from the civilized world until its behavior improves. We are in the current situation, with deaths and economic devastation worldwide, because China handled this outbreak with its trademark mixture of dishonesty, incompetence and thuggery. Were China a more civilized nation, this outbreak would have been stopped early, and with far less harm, inside and outside of China.

As Marion Smith wrote in these pages on Sunday, China’s first response was to clamp down on reports of the then-new disease that had appeared in Wuhan. The brave doctor, Li Wenliang, who first reported the disease to fellow physicians was silenced by police. Chinese media reports of the disease were censored by the government. So were ordinary citizens reporting on social media.

Beijing tried to kick the can down the road and then they tried to safe face. Bad moves both. They could have come clean and offered to help - that would have won them worldwide acclaim but old communist party habits die hard and they could not admit that their form of government produced a failure. Glen's prescription is hard but just:

The response needs to be harsh enough to teach the Chinese government a lesson, which means pretty harsh, as they appear to still think they can brazen this out. Among other things, the United States — and ideally the world community at large — need to sharply reduce economic relations with China. In particular, no one should be relying on them for medicines, medical equipment and other vital goods. (China’s state news service threatened to plunge America into a “mighty sea” of coronavirus by withholding critical medications.) Chinese scientists should no longer have easy access to Western laboratories or universities. Chinese political leaders should no longer find it easy to travel the world.

Congress should pass legislation stripping the Chinese government of sovereign immunity to lawsuits for COVID-19 damage in the United States. China should be stripped of its leadership roles in international organizations. And finally, Taiwan — a nation that has handled the outbreak better than almost any other nation, but has been excluded from the World Health Organization because its membership would offend the Chinese government — deserves membership in WHO, and full diplomatic recognition from the United States, and the rest of the world.

Taiwan is going to make them fume - they have always considered Taiwan to be a wayward state that needs to return to Mother China. Taiwan is successful economically and China needs the hard currency. Still, China messed up big-time and this retribution is pretty even handed. They need to pay.

New York City and ventilators

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Turns out they had them and de Blasio's administration auctioned them off to get more money. From The Hill:

New York City auctioned off extra ventilators due to cost of maintenance
New York City auctioned off hundreds of city-owned ventilators at least five years ago under Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration, according to an investigation by ProPublica.

The city acquired the ventilators in 2006 under former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, when a new strain of the flu was circulating in Asia, according to a report from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene obtained by the news outlet.

The city began to acquire ventilators and "stockpile a supply of facemasks," which were later auctioned off because the machines broke down and the health department "couldn't afford to maintain them," according to ProPublica.

We can always go whining to the feds and they will bail us out. Earth to NYC - that is NOT the feds job. Each state is supposed to be self-reliant. Read your Constitution - it is actually pretty explicit.

An observation from Mitch Berg at Shot In The Dark:

Blue Fragility
Like all plagues, Covid19 is a problem everywhere, for everyone.

But like most plagues, you need hosts for a plague to spread – and cities are to viruses what a Super Walmart is to humans; vast collections of everything they need to survive.

Plagues don’t care about their victims’ politics – but cities are stuffed full of people for whom politics matters an awful lot. And so most cities are simultaneously a) blue, and b) suffering disproportionally from the Covid plague.

And it’s hard to escape the fact – as, indeed, not a few blue-city dwellers are realizing – that high density and a transit-centered lifestyle make cities susceptible to epidemics.

But you just can’t tell the “evidence based, science-centered” crowd the utterly obvious without expecting a political retort.

Mitch then cites some examples of how the blue people react to this disparity. Clown car. Mitch is the author of a number of laws. The seventh is a classic example:

Berg’s Seventh Law of Liberal Projection
When a Liberal issues a group defamation or assault on conservatives’ ethics, character, humanity or respect for liberty or the truth, they are at best projecting, and at worst drawing attention away from their own misdeeds.

This is the big kahuna of them all – the one that at face value explains all “progressive” behavior; not so much a strategy as a nationwide inability to engage dissent from their narrative with anything but projection and gaslighting.

Proven true so many times it is almost cliché.

Governor Cuomo - tax and spend

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He might be a decent leader if he was not so addicted to spending other people's money. New York State is suffering a major medical crisis as they were not prepared for the pandemic. Now, Gov. Cuomo wants to make it even more expensive for Hospitals to build new facilities there. From the New York Post:

Cuomo proposes 3 percent tax on new medical facilities
Many health care firms looking to erect new medical facilities face a fat tax hike under Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s $178-billion budget plan.

The proposal will slap health care providers with a new 3 percent surcharge — on top of the current .55 percent fee — to win Albany’s OK to construct new hospital facilities, nursing homes, diagnostic treatment centers, ambulatory surgery centers and other clinics

Cuomo is trying to close a projected $6 billion shortfall in his spending plan, and the proposal is an effort to generate $70 million in revenue.

Gee - if the Governor is looking to close a spending shortfall, why doesn't he do what the rest of us do and not spend as much. Common sense.

From Boston, MA station WKRN:

3 million masks ordered by Massachusetts were seized at Port of NY in March
Governor Charlie Baker reached out to the New England Patriots when he found himself in need of assistance to bring protective gear for healthcare workers in his state as they fight the coronavirus pandemic.

On Thursday, the Patriots team plane “AirKraft” brought approximately 1.2 million N95 masks from China to Boston. Massachusetts National Guardsmen met the plane at Boston’s Logan Airport and offloaded the masks onto trucks to be distributed to hospitals in Massachusetts and New York.

According to the Associated Press, Gov. Baker had secured the masks from Chinese manufacturers but had no way of getting them to the U.S. That was when he reached out to Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who allowed the team’s plane to be used to bring the critically needed masks.

The thing to understand is that this was NOT Massachusetts' first order - some more:

Gov. Baker said to the media on Thursday, the state had ordered 3 million masks through BJ’s Wholesale in early March but they were confiscated at the Port in New York, State House News Service reported. The governor did not say which agency or organization confiscated the masks. It is also unclear where the 3 million masks went. 

The Massachusetts governor had ordered masks before but when they arrived at the Port of New York, they were confiscated. It will be interesting to see more information about this. New York City is rotten to the core. deBlasio is not fit to lead - all he cares about is himself and pandering to his base.

When the liberals turn against a liberal, things are really bad. From The Atlantic:

The Mayor Who Can’t Rise to the Occasion
Bill de Blasio has long been spoiling for a fight, just not the one now before him and his city. When he became the 109th mayor of New York, on a colorless winter day in 2014, he promised to lead a struggle against “injustice and inequality.” Although he has had some genuine successes, he has failed to turn the city into a Copenhagen-on-the-Hudson. He hasn’t turned it into Caracas, either. New York is pretty much the same global metropolis it was when he took over.

Aware that his progressive ambitions have been frustrated, de Blasio has complained that legions of enemies—conservatives, capitalists, newspaper headline writers—are arrayed against his vision for the city.

However determined these forces have been to undo him, they are not responsible for what New York magazine called, on March 26, “his worst week as mayor.” Worse than the week in 2014 when two police officers were shot and killed, degrading his relationship with the department. Worse than the many weeks in 2016 of overlapping ethics investigations, which threatened to ensnare the mayor and his top aides.

The enemy, this time around, is very small, in contrast to de Blasio, who is not only tall but somehow enlarged by his own ungainliness (he can perform the impressive feat of filling a room without commanding it). In that enemy’s arsenal is a glycoprotein that protrudes from its surface like the quills of a porcupine. In 1965, researchers decided the glycoproteins made the viral particle they were scrutinizing look like a crown. Resorting to Latin as doctors do, they called it a corona.

And it gets better and better. Wonderful writing.

A tale of two Democrats

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Both from Michigan - from Don Surber:

Democrat says Trump saved her life
Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan threatened doctors if they dared use antimalarial drugs to treat COVID-19.

Those drugs just saved Democrat state Representative Karen Whitsett of Detroit.

Last month, Red State reported, "Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs sent a threatening letter to the state’s Doctors and Pharmacists on March 24th. It told them in no uncertain terms not to prescribe or fill any prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. And the medical community is advised to report any ‘unauthorized’ prescribing of it."

And fortunately:

Thankfully, public reaction and the reality that thousands of Michiganders dying forced Whitmer to back down. Now she is begging President Trump (whom she had mocked) for these drugs.

And then, there is this Michigan Democrat:

The Detroit Free Press reported, "A Democratic state representative from Detroit is crediting hydroxychloroquine — and Republican President Donald Trump who touted the drug — for saving her in her battle with the corona virus.

"State Rep. Karen Whitsett, who learned Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19, said she started taking hydroxychloroquine on March 31, prescribed by her doctor, after both she and her husband sought treatment for a range of symptoms on March 18.

"'It was less than two hours' before she started to feel relief, said Whitsett, who had experienced shortness of breath, swollen lymph nodes, and what felt like a sinus infection. She is still experiencing headaches, she said."

The stuff is cheap, has minimal adverse side effects and it just plain works. What's not to love. Time for Gov. Half-Whitmer to start buffing up her resume because, if there is any justice in this universe, she will be out of work after the next election.

From the United States Department of Justice - dated January 28th, 2020

Harvard University Professor and Two Chinese Nationals Charged in Three Separate China Related Cases
The Department of Justice announced today that the Chair of Harvard University’s Chemistry and Chemical Biology Department and two Chinese nationals have been charged in connection with aiding the People’s Republic of China.  

Dr. Charles Lieber, 60, Chair of the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University, was arrested this morning and charged by criminal complaint with one count of making a materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statement.  Lieber will appear this afternoon before Magistrate Judge Marianne B. Bowler in federal court in Boston, Massachusetts.

Yanqing Ye, 29, a Chinese national, was charged in an indictment today with one count each of visa fraud, making false statements, acting as an agent of a foreign government and conspiracy. Ye is currently in China. 

Zaosong Zheng, 30, a Chinese national, was arrested on Dec. 10, 2019, at Boston’s Logan International Airport and charged by criminal complaint with attempting to smuggle 21 vials of biological research to China.  On Jan. 21, 2020, Zheng was indicted on one count of smuggling goods from the United States and one count of making false, fictitious or fraudulent statements.  He has been detained since Dec. 30, 2019.

Dr. Charles Lieber
According to court documents, since 2008, Dr. Lieber who has served as the Principal Investigator of the Lieber Research Group at Harvard University, which specialized in the area of nanoscience, has received more than $15,000,000 in grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Department of Defense (DOD).  These grants require the disclosure of significant foreign financial conflicts of interest, including financial support from foreign governments or foreign entities. Unbeknownst to Harvard University beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China and was a contractual participant in China’s Thousand Talents Plan from in or about 2012 to 2017.  China’s Thousand Talents Plan is one of the most prominent Chinese Talent recruit plans that are designed to attract, recruit, and cultivate high-level scientific talent in furtherance of China’s scientific development, economic prosperity and national security.  These talent programs seek to lure Chinese overseas talent and foreign experts to bring their knowledge and experience to China and reward individuals for stealing proprietary information.  Under the terms of Lieber’s three-year Thousand Talents contract, WUT paid Lieber $50,000 USD per month, living expenses of up to 1,000,000 Chinese Yuan (approximately $158,000 USD at the time) and awarded him more than $1.5 million to establish a research lab at WUT.  In return, Lieber was obligated to work for WUT “not less than nine months a year” by “declaring international cooperation projects, cultivating young teachers and Ph.D. students, organizing international conference[s], applying for patents and publishing articles in the name of” WUT.

Emphasis mine - again, Unbeknownst to Harvard University beginning in 2011, Lieber became a “Strategic Scientist” at Wuhan University of Technology (WUT) in China

The other two mokes arrested are also of interest:

Yanqing Ye
According to the indictment, Ye is a Lieutenant of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of the People’s Republic of China and member of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). On her J-1 visa application, Ye falsely identified herself as a “student” and lied about her ongoing military service at the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT), a top military academy directed by the CCP.

And:

Zaosong Zheng
In August 2018, Zheng entered the United States on a J-1 visa and conducted cancer-cell research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston from Sept. 4, 2018, to Dec. 9, 2019. It is alleged that on Dec. 9, 2019, Zheng stole 21 vials of biological research and attempted to smuggle them out of the United States aboard a flight destined for China. Federal officers at Logan Airport discovered the vials hidden in a sock inside one of Zheng’s bags, and not properly packaged. It is alleged that initially, Zheng lied to officers about the contents of his luggage, but later admitted he had stolen the vials from a lab at Beth Israel. Zheng stated that he intended to bring the vials to China to use them to conduct research in his own laboratory and publish the results under his own name.

Interesting that the media is not covering this 24/7.

Some people...

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Talk about non-essential - some headlines:

The second one is especially egregious. Brzezinski is supposed to be a journalist - after all, she is the co-host of an MS/NBC television news program. The issue here is that Chloroquine has been a medicine for 45 years. As with any new medicine, the "money making" happened within the first couple of years of issue. Now? It sells for pennies a dose. A non-issue. For Brzezinski to bring this up as a concern only serves to show her stupidity and vacuousness.

These people do nothing to enrich our lives and the sooner we start ignoring them, the sooner they will go away.

Great news actually - they know they are being defeated and are raging. From Vox Day:

A ferocity and intensity
This crisis is not primarily one of disease. There is a very good reason why the spiritually sensitive around the world have been reporting an increase in demonic activity worldwide:

“A great heaviness has entered into my priesthood. This time has been the biggest test of my priesthood, and I guess of my life,” said the priest, known for his cheerfulness, work ethic and devotion to Our Lady. “I do think the Evil One is hitting the priests hardest now. His number one tool is his spirit of discouragement. His M.O. is to make it seem like we’re accomplishing nothing as a priest. Why pray? Why sit by the window [for outdoor confessions] when no one comes. Why make another [senseless] video on the need for prayer during COVID-19 when no one watches? It’s like his voice says, ‘You’re worthless now as a priest - you’re detached from your people, and they aren’t praying or paying attention anyway’....

I phoned an exorcist in Washington D.C. I asked if demonic activity had increased since the Eucharist had been held back and many church doors had been locked.

“Exorcists and those gifted individuals with insights into the spiritual realm have seen more intense demonic activity now. There has been a definite uptick,” he said, “Satan’s taken advantage of this crisis to meet his own ends, It seems demons have been given a free hand now.”

I called a layperson active in the deliverance ministry, who wished to remain anonymous.

“The intensity of the suffering has increased. It’s the spirit and voice of condescension that speaks loudly now,” the individual said. “At the same time, the call to prayer is like a tsunami now. I feel like I don’t need to sleep. I just want to pray throughout the night - this seems to be the same experience of the priests I’ve been working with. There is a ferocity and intensity about what they are seeing now in the spiritual realm.”

But there is no need for despair. Is it not conflict that confirms our purpose? The more the face of evil is revealed, the more it underlines the reality, indeed, the absolute necessity, for our faith in Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

It is not those who are devoted to the Good, the Beautiful, and the True who are breaking down and crying on air. It is not those who worship at the Cross who are cracking under the strain. The demons are raging because they, their master, and his human slaves are all being defeated.

Everything has a counterbalance - the deep state has its daemons fueling their depravity. District of Columbia is a cess-pit. The sunlight is starting to shine and we are seeing all sorts of things crawling in the muck. The Chi-Com Flu is only hastening this cleansing.

The IHME is the group that has been predicting catastrophic sickness and death from the Chinese Flu - sickness and death which have yet to materialize.
I linked to this on April 3rd: The IHME model is garbage - COVID-19

Turns out the IHME is interesting - from Derek Hunter at Town Hall:

Is What We’re Being Told About The Coronavirus Pandemic Wrong?
Predicting the future is a tough racket. If people were any good at it, we’d all be multiple lottery winners. Since we aren’t, that’s a pretty good indication that we have the ability to guess what will happen, but possess no clairvoyance. That brings us to today, when the country and the world are shut down over what is expected to happen with the coronavirus. Like everything else, the predictions aren’t panning out. Were this just $2 wasted on a lottery ticket it wouldn’t matter. But are we hurting millions of people and spending trillions of dollars on nothing more than a hunch based on computer models that are wildly inaccurate?

There’s no question the coronavirus is deadly and dangerous, but is it going to kill hundreds of thousands in the US and millions around the world? We have no idea. All we have are guesses. But if you’re going to destroy the economy and severely restrict people’s lives, you’d better have some damn good information backing up your actions. There are questions about the computer models being used to impose just that.

One prominent model in the shutdown is from the University of Washington, from their Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME), funded by Bill and Melinda Gates. How closely does what they predicted track with reality so far? Turns out, not so well.

Much more at the site - there is a larger than usual error in the reporting of data because so many people have not been tested but still, to have your model be off by ten or more times and not issue a correction is absurd. And it is always off in the same direction - overstating the predicted number of hospitalizations and deaths. It never understates.

The article also links to this little bit from the CDC (the last paragraph):

Should “COVID-19” be reported on the death certificate only with a confirmed test?
COVID-19 should be reported on the death certificate for all decedents where the disease caused or is assumed to have caused or contributed to death. Certifiers should include as much detail as possible based on their knowledge of the case, medical records, laboratory testing, etc. If the decedent had other chronic conditions such as COPD or asthma that may have also contributed, these conditions can be reported in Part II. (See attached Guidance for Certifying COVID-19 Deaths)

The emphasis is theirs, not mine. The cause of death will be shown as COVID-19 even if the patient died of caridac arrest or a stroke or cancer or... The other "cause of death" will be listed on Part II of the reporting form - who reads Part II of anything if they are looking to gin up a flashy news story.

This plague is 90% political and 10% medical.

Schadenfreude - from USA Today:

Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?
As the novel coronavirus pandemic strains  health care systems, questions around the U.S. government's response have circulated in the media and online.

On March 26, The Daily Wire published an article centering on the Obama administration’s role in using and allegedly failing to replenish the federal stockpile of N95 masks.

“The Obama administration significantly depleted the federal stockpile of N95 respirator masks to deal with the H1N1 influenza outbreak in 2009 and never rebuilt the stockpile despite calls to do so,” the piece begins.

And their verdict:

Our rating: True
We rate this claim TRUE because it is supported by our research. There is no indication that the Obama administration took significant steps to replenish the supply of N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile after it was depleted from repeated crises. Calls for action came from experts at the time concerned for the country’s ability to respond to future serious pandemics. Such recommendations were, for whatever reason, not heeded.

Our fact-check sources:

Yep - the lightbringer really screwed the pooch on this and many other issues. Deal with it - fine. Replenish and reset?
Oh look - a squirrel. The one thing he did really well? Kick the can down the road.

He has major investments in the Chinese Biotech company - from Gateway Pundit:

REVEALED: Soros Invested Heavily in Chinese Biotech Research Company with Facility in Wuhan that Researches Respiratory Models and Infectious Disease
Documents from the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2011 show Soros Fund Management LLC invested heavily into WUXI Pharmatech Caymen, Inc.

WuXi AppTec, as it is now called, has a facility in Wuhan, China. The company provides validated research including in vitro (HTS, SAR screening support) and in vivo disease models in cardiovascular, respiratory, metabolic and infectious diseases.

The document was filed with the US government in August 2012.

The guy has been a sociopath since his teenage years when he (a Hungarian Jew) was masquerading as a Christian and working with the Nazis turning in his friends and neighbors.

Of course, the Gateway Pundit has links to corroborating documentation as well as screen-caps of the relevant papers. No fake news here - conservatives do not do fake news.

The IHME model is garbage - COVID-19

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Garbage in, garbage out. From Sean Davis' twitter account: (IHME = Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation)

Go and read through his twitter account - he tweets the numbers for each state and every single one of them is much lower than the forecast IHME model prediction for today. Some of them are two or three times lower. Some of them are more than ten times lower. The IHME model is garbage but we are still relying on it to set policy.

There is hope from The White House - from PJ Media:

White House Officials Privately Questioning Virus Death Toll Numbers
Some officials in the Trump White House are questioning the death toll numbers publicized by the coronavirus task force projecting 100,000 to 240,000 dead Americans.

In fact, one of the researchers whose data was used by the White House to project the death toll is also wondering how the coronavirus task force arrived at its conclusions.

The Hill:

According to the Post, several White House staffers have doubted the accuracy of the figures. One source said  Anthony Fauci, an immunologist who is coordinating the coronavirus task force, told others there were too many factors at play to come up with an accurate estimate.

“I’ve looked at all the models. I’ve spent a lot of time on the models. They don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models,” he said to members of the task force, according to the Post.

Except when it comes to global warming, then the models are proof enough to suck $30 trillion out of the economy in the next 20 years.

So true - the models are only as accurate as the people who make them. You can tweak a model to show anything you want. See the last 40 years of "climate change" for a good example.

Things get weird in Venezuela

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From The Jerusalem Post:

Venezuelan warship shoots, rams into German cruise vessel before sinking
A Venezuelan navy ship fired shots at a German-owned cruise ship on March 30 and rammed into the passenger vessel, leading to the sinking of the warship in the Caribbean.

The Iranian regime-allied Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro accused the captain of the RCGS RESOLUTE cruise ship of “terrorism and piracy" and sought to force the ship into a new direction on the high seas. The cruise ship, which had no passengers on board and was flying under a Portuguese flag, has a reinforced hull that enables it to sail through ice water.

Columbia Cruise Services, the Hamburg-based company that owns the RCGS RESOLUTE, issued a statement on Wednesday: “In the early morning hours of the 30th of March 2020 (local time), the cruise vessel RCGS RESOLUTE has been subject to an act of aggression by the Venezuelan Navy in international waters, around 13.3 nautical miles from Isla de Tortuga with 32 crew member and no passengers on board.”

The ship was idling with one engine shut down for routine maintenance. What the Venezuelans did not know is that this was a tourist ship that had been purpose-built for cruising through the polar ice. It's hull was especially reinforced:

According to the statement, “While the Master was in contact with the head office, gun shots were fired and, shortly thereafter, the navy vessel approached the starboard side at speed with an angle of 135° and purposely collided with the RCGS RESOLUTE. The navy vessel continued to ram the starboard bow in an apparent attempt to turn the ship’s head towards Venezuelan territorial waters.”

The cruise company said the RCGS RESOLUTE sustained minor damages, not affecting vessel’s seaworthiness, it occurs that the navy vessel suffered severe damages while making contact with the ice-strengthened bulbous bow of the ice-class expedition cruise vessel RCGS RESOLUTE and started to take water.”

Heh - war ships are not cheap and Venezuela has no hard currency and no line of credit to buy another. Sucks to be them. The Captian is probably dead by now. Execution if not suicide.

Much as I do not like saying it, they came up with the perfect solution. From America's Newspaper of Record:

New York To Raise Taxes On Coronavirus Causing It To Flee State
New York state has announced a new plan to raise taxes on the novel coronavirus. The 15% income tax on all COVID-19 viruses, coupled with an 8% luxury disease tax, is expected to generate significant revenue and stop the virus in its tracks.

The plan is designed to cause the virus to flee the state to a lower-tax, more virus-friendly area.

"We thought about all the different ways to solve problems that we know of, and we just returned to the tried-and-true method: taxing something until it runs away," said Governor Andrew Cuomo. "This new legislation will cause the virus to run away and go to those dumb, backward Southern states not smart enough to have a special coronavirus tax."

"This oughtta do it."

Brilliant - WA State should have thought of it earlier.

From CNN:

Hundreds of journalists are being laid off, right when the public needs them the most

Geee... If these people actually Did Their Fscking Job instead of pandering to the Democratic narrative, people might be more interested in what they had to say.

Christ on a Corn Dog... Yes, I know that today is April first but this byline is dated March 27th and this is being presented as a straight story.

Great news from The Daily Wire:

BREAKING: Trump Launches Massive All Out Military Offensive On Drug Cartels
President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the administration was launching an all out assault on Mexican drug cartels using the U.S. Military.

“As governments and nations focus on the Coronavirus, there is a growing threat that cartels, criminals, terrorists, and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation for their own gain and we must not let that happen,” Trump said. “We will never let that happen. Today the United States is launching enhanced counter narcotics operations in the western hemisphere to protect the American people from the deadly scourge of illegal narcotics.”

“We must not let the drug cartels exploit the pandemic to threaten American lives,” Trump continued. “In cooperation with the 22 partner nations, the U.S. Southern Command will increase surveillance, disruption, and seizures of drug shipments, and provide additional support for eradication efforts that are going on right now at a record pace.”

“We are deploying additional Navy destroyers, combat ships, aircraft and helicopters, Coast Guard cutters and Air Force surveillance aircraft, doubling the capabilities in the region,” Trump continued. “Very importantly, our forces are fully equipped with personnel protective equipment, and we have taken additional safety measures to ensure that our troops remain healthy.”

Heh - as our President is winding down all of Obama's overseas military actions (not wars mind you...), all the troops and ordnance is being redeployed a bit closer to home. Good - drive them out of business. Crush them and salt the earth. Their raw materials are being sold to them by China and now China will be under the microscope.

Two months ago - February 4th

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That evening, President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address. Nancy Pelosi tore it up. From The Daily Wire:

Trump Spoke Of Coronavirus In SOTU. Pelosi Tore It Up, Called It ‘Manifesto Of Mistruths’
On February 4, President Trump delivered his State of the Union Address, during which he addressed the threat to America from the coronavirus, asserting, “Protecting Americans’ health also means fighting infectious diseases. We are coordinating with the Chinese government and working closely together on the coronavirus outbreak in China. My administration will take all necessary steps to safeguard our citizens from this threat.”

While Trump was addressing problems facing the nation, House Speaker was fuming; as soon as Trump finished speaking she tore the printed copy of the speech up. Later, when she was asked why she did so, considering she had admonished Democrats to act with dignity, she snapped, “I tore up a manifesto of mistruths.” Gesturing to reporters, she continued, “It’s very hard for us to get you to talk about the issues that we are working on … it was necessary to get the attention of the American people to say. ‘This is not true.’ … I don’t need any lessons from anybody, especially the President of the United States, about dignity.”

She is really a toxic and corrupt individual. The sooner she leaves "public service", the better.

Not surprised - the Kennedy Center

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They got $25,000,000 of our taxpayer dollars as part of the COVID-19 relief bill. Thanks Nancy. They then turned around and laid off their performers and staff.

And then, things get interesting - from the New York Post:

Kennedy Center boss tells staff $25M coronavirus handout won’t save them
Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts executives lobbied lawmakers for a $25 million handout in the massive coronavirus stimulus package signed into law by President Trump last week but were planning to lay-off staff regardless, leaked audio of an internal conference call reveals.

In the March 26 call, KCPA President Deborah Rutter told more than 200 employees at the Washington, D.C. cultural institution to brace for lay-offs, pay cuts and furloughs despite receiving a large carve-out in the $2 trillion emergency economic bailout for Americans and businesses financially devastated by the outbreak, which made headlines last week.

Rutter revealed how the organization deployed a lobbyist to push Capitol Hill lawmakers to include them but said it would not help with staff retention because they were already running out of cash, according to the audio first reported by One America News’ Jack Posobiec.

“We are really grateful for this $25 million, but I will tell you that it does not keep us whole,” Rutter said, acknowledging the bailout had made them “the target for a lot of unhappy people who believe we are taking the money away from sick people.”

They need to make a budget and stick to it. Poor management. They get an additional $25,000,000 of our tax dollars and still have to lay off staff. I am sure that this new infusion will be spend wisely. If you believe that, I have a bridge to sell you.

I am not surprised - Seattle

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The underlying problem behind homelessness is drug addiction and mental illness. These people are not known for personal responsibility. From Seattle station KTTH:

Seattle-area homeless squatters vandalized coronavirus quarantine motel
Homeless people vandalized and squatted in the Kent coronavirus quarantine motel meant to house people who test positive for COVID-19.

These alarming incidents come just two weeks after a homeless patient left the quarantine motel, allegedly stole from the 7-Eleven across the street, then hopped on a bus. Luckily, his test came back negative, though he caused not just a panic but forced officials to re-sanitize the affected areas.

And who pays for the cleaning and the repairs? Taxpayers? We need to reopen the county and state asylums. The worked great until the progressives got their hands on them in the 1980's.

He was preparing for something that simply does not exist. From City Journal:

Preparing for the Wrong Emergency
New York City is facing a major public-health crisis. The spread of Covid-19 threatens to overwhelm the city’s hospitals, as significant numbers of those infected become severely ill, and sustaining their lives depends on access to a limited number of respiratory ventilators. But the city is short of even more basic medical supplies, including such mundane items as protective facemasks. Nurses are reportedly being advised to rinse their masks in order to reuse them, and police officers reportedly lack access to personal protective equipment. Sanitation workers and other vulnerable city employees are also being asked to work unprotected.

These shortages have led Mayor Bill de Blasio to call for help. On March 16, he asked the United States military to rescue New York, saying “we need ventilators, we need masks, face guards, right on down to more mundane things like hand sanitizer.” The next day, on CNN, he said, “The federal government—I’ve used the word mobilization, nationalization . . . has to ensure that the industries that create those vital supplies are at maximum production and then they’re distributed where they’re needed most as we do in wartime.” At a later press conference, de Blasio made a direct appeal to the public. “If you have even a single ventilator that you can get to New York City or if you have a supply . . . If you have surgical masks, if you have N95 masks, if you have face shields, gloves, gowns, anything that could help us, we need it,” he implored.

And DeBlasio's legacy in a nutshell:

Plans aren’t everything, of course. But awareness certainly existed that a Covid-19-like pandemic was possible. Why didn’t the city at least stock up on masks and hand sanitizer, which are cheap—or were cheap, before global demand created a shortage? It isn’t as though Mayor de Blasio is unconcerned about emergencies—he talks obsessively about climate change and its “existential” threat to the city. He has initiated major lawsuits against energy companies, attempted to prohibit glass buildings, banned plastic bags, and plans to extend the shoreline of Manhattan into the East River in order to protect New York City against the possibility of rising ocean levels over the next century.

Yet at the same time, de Blasio—and New York’s governorsclosed hospitals and care centers, turning their sites over to well-connected developers, without replacing capacity or building-in redundancy. He signed six bulging budgets that increased spending by tens of billions of dollars, and he lavished money on anything that advanced his political agenda or benefitted his allies. But he clearly didn’t allocate enough money to buy the necessary staples of emergency preparedness. Now that disaster has arrived at the city’s door, the mayor is blaming everyone but himself.

No surprises there - Democratic politics at it's finest. Climate change is "sexy" - it supports the narrative. A pandemic is not.

Some interesting reading

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Been waxing philosophical this evening. Ran into this incredible essay by John C. Wright - from March 26, 2014:

The Unified Field Theory of Madness
Do not be deceived: Leftism is an enigma. We need a theorem that explains not one or two aspects of Leftism, but all their traits.

The theory must explain, first, the honest decency of the modern liberals combined with their astonishing indifference, nay, hostility to facts, common sense, and evidence; second, it must explain their high self-esteem (or, to be blunt, their pathological narcissism) combined not merely with an utter lack of accomplishment, but with their utter devotion to destructiveness, a yearning to ruin everything they touch; third, it must explain their sanctimoniousness combined with their applause, praise, support, and tireless efforts to spread all perversions (especially sexual), moral decay, vulgarity, and every form of desecration; fourth, their pretense of intellectual superiority combined with their notorious mental fecklessness; fifth, it must explain both their violence and their pacifism; sixth, the theory must explain why they hate the very things they should love most; seventh, the theory must explain why they are incapable of comprehending an honest disagreement or any honorable foe.

And, while we are at it, if we could also explain why the Rich, who are routinely vilified by the Left number among its most ardent supporters, or the secular Jews, our theory would be very potent in its explanatory power.

There is such an explanation. I make no claim to have discovered this theory. It was discovered by Alan Bloom, back in the 1980’s, in his book THE CLOSING OF THE AMERICAN MIND, which he wrote to explain why the generation of the 1970’s was suddenly and remarkably stupider than any previous decade of his students.

The theory was popularized recently by Evan Sayet in his book KINDER GARDEN OF EDEN. Roots of this theory go back further yet: you will find an early articulation by C.S. Lewis in his seminal THE ABOLITION OF MAN, written a generation prior. And no doubt he learned his ideas from G.K. Chesterton in his ORTHODOXY, who wrote a generation prior again, and first diagnosed the error involved in Freethinkers (as they were called then) doubting one’s own ability to think.

Let us examine each one in order.

Just wow. You are going to be there for a long time - a good 30 minute read and then another couple hours thinking and re-reading.

Eight paradoxes dissected before your eyes. You will never be able to listen to a liberal and hold a straight face ever again.

New York State? Seriously?

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California's governor releasing convicted murderers from prison to the general public was downright stupid. Now we see Democrat darling and Presidential-wannabe Cuomo doing the same thing (almost). From Pamela Geller:

NY Governor Cuomo RELEASES Eight Sex Offenders (Three Who Raped Children)
Three of these sex offenders were convicted for raping children. What happens if these criminals re-victimize children, Governor Cuomo? And the MSM exalts this idiot.

And it gets "better"

This weekend, the Monroe County, New York, jail freed more than 50 inmates from their custody as part of the state’s Department of Corrections and Community Services jailbreak effort in the midst of the coronavirus, according to WIVB 4.

Among those 50 inmates released were eight sex offenders, three of which were convicted for raping a child. Even as the New York state courts have deemed the sex offenders likely to re-victimize children, they were released.

Patrick Phelan, the chief of police in Greece, New York, told WIVB 4 that his office was not notified by state officials of the sex offenders’ release, though the state has placed them in a local Holiday Inn Express.

“We weren’t told by anyone. I think good practice would be if you’re going to release convicted felons,” Phelan said. “Some of them very violent some of those level 3 sex offenders, You might want to give law enforcement the heads up.”

No email to the Chief of Police? Stunning lack of forethought. I bet that New York State has essentially zero accountability and that the idiots in charge were political appointees and did not go through a traditional hiring process.

Some tweets

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Great thread at Twitchy (a Twitter aggregator) - I have cut and pasted the tweets into a continuous narrative (and added her to my follow list):

The media's histrionics are about 2 things:

1. They are terrified of the public seeing that private industry is far more effective and efficient than govt.

2. They are terrified that Trump will preside over the successful containment of the first real pandemic to hit the US.

They need private industry to fail because they need to show that only government can protect you.

They need this pandemic to be deadly and uncontained because otherwise Trump will be able to claim the win.

Everything to date has shown the massive inefficiencies of a large, centralized government.

CV has shown that bottom up leadership is most effective. It's proven Federalism right insomuch as when local leaders are competent, they're unequivocally best to react to emergencies.

And when they are not competent *cough* de Blasio *cough* Whitmer *cough* the leaders above them hold their incompetent little hands and help them do their duty.

In addition, this has highlighted regulatory hurdles that are unneccessary.
Government bureaucracy is built on regulations. And coronavirus is placing a glaring light on how much bureaucracy gets in the way of progress. Real progress.

So they're angry.
Angry that their worldview is being proven wrong.
Angry that they're no longer the gatekeepers.
Angry that we can fact check their lying asses in real time.
Angry that every belief they ever held dear is crumbling into a heap of regret and disillusionment.

Fact check? 100% correct on everything.

The media dinosaur knows that it's spinal column has been severed and that it is dying alone but it is in denial and still trying to call itself relevent in today's connected world.

They could have adapted and changed with the times but they did not. Too bad. So sad.

Those warrants that allowed Obama's FBI to wiretap Trump's people during the runup to the 2016 election?
From The Gateway Pundit:

'Lack of Confidence in FBI's Procedures' - DOJ IG Audit of 29 FISA Warrants Finds Errors with All of Them
The DOJ’s Office of Inspector General on Tuesday said in a report it still has a “lack of confidence” in the FBI’s FISA procedures.

Horowitz’s office found errors in all of the 29 FISA applications it reviewed during an audit as follow-up to an investigation of the bureau’s illegal spying of Carter Page.

Horowitz previously admonished the FBI for making “17 significant errors and inaccuracies” when it sought and obtained a total of four FISA warrants on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page.

The OIG released a report on Tuesday revealing the FBI’s FISA abuse is still a widespread ongoing problem.

The 15 page report is here: Office of the Inspector General - short and to the point. Damning. The Obama administration was about as crooked as you can be.

California? Seriously?

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From Breitbart:

California Gov. Gavin Newsom Commutes Sentences for 14 Convicted Killers
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is responding to the Chinese coronavirus crisis by commuting the sentences of 14 felons convicted of murder or being involved in a murder.

Newsom made the decision to more quickly commute felons’ sentences in the midst of the coronavirus, providing early release through parole to about 19 felons — some of whom killed children and one convict who murdered a pregnant woman.

Two of the felons are immigrants to the U.S., and Newsom’s purpose for commuting their sentences is to have them avoid deportation.

What is wrong with these people.

They were using video from an Italian emergency room and labelling it as video from a New York City hospital. From The Gateway Pundit:

CBS News Caught Using Footage from an Italian Hospital to Describe Conditions in New York City (VIDEO)

Video clips at the site - this is really damning. Time for the FCC to pull their broadcast license.

Italy failed to implement social distancing and they now have one death for every 5,789 citizens. In the United States, this number is one death for every 157,499 citizens. This is 27 times lower. It is no wonder that the Italian hospitals are a madhouse.

A difficult decision but a good one in light of the numbers - from FOX News:

Trump says coronavirus to peak ‘around Easter,’ slams Pelosi criticism in ‘Fox & Friends’ interview
President Trump, in an extensive interview Monday with “Fox & Friends,” predicted coronavirus cases in the U.S. will likely peak “around Easter” as he defended his administration’s decision to extend strict social distancing guidelines through the end of April – suggesting millions of lives could be saved by the measures.

The president also slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in response to her charge on Sunday that people are dying as he "fiddles."

"She’s a sick puppy, in my opinion," Trump said.

She is - she is seriously out of touch with reality and has been for the last 5-10 years.

This time, it's the coronavirus. The Kung Flu. The Wuhan disease. From Daniel Greenfield writing at Sultan Knish:

Who's Funding the Coronavirus Political Trolls?
Everyone gave something.

Steven Spielberg and his wife gave $100,000. His former partner, Jeffrey Katzenberg, gave another $100,000. The producers of Lost gave over $50,000. Jett actress Carla Gugino also chipped in.

Not to relief efforts dealing with the coronavirus, but to a hate campaign against Trump.

Everyone has their own brand of patriotism, and for some Hollywood celebrities, that meant giving big to Pacronym: a sleazy money machine targeting President Trump run by Tara McGowan. McGowan, a former 60 Minutes vet reporter turned Obama hack, was supposed to brilliantly transform Dem campaigning with innovative tactics like seeding fake news through fake local papers under Courier Newsroom, and Shadow Inc: the mysterious company behind the Iowa caucus disaster.

But McGowan has never found a sewer she couldn’t crawl out of and is relaunching her reputation by using the coronavirus crisis to run digital ads attacking President Trump. And donors to Pacronym, a PAC affiliate of McGowan’s Acronym, a non-profit, which somehow ties in with for-profits and a PAC, include Hollywood celebrities, writers, CEOs and financial whiz kids, helping divide America during a crisis.

Sleezy people. Just because you can act a decent character on screen does not make you smart. It does not mean that you have a better handle on reality than us normals out here. Stick to what you are good at and leave the rest of us alone - thank you.

Much more at the site - Daniel does a good job of following the money. Kurt  Schlichter has this wonderful rant at Town Hall:

The People Our Loser Elite Look Down Upon Are Saving Our Bacon
Here are some people who are useless, especially now: Performance artists, diversity consultants, magic crystal healers, sociology TAs, members of the mainstream media, and gender-unspecified entities who brew kale kombucha.

Here are some people who matter, especially now: Soldiers, nurses, truckers, cops, the guy who stocks the shelves at Ralphs, farmers, and that dude rebuilding your roof.

A bit more:

Our elite is full of self-important morons who contribute nothing but more dumb in a time when the only thing we have a surplus of is dumb. The real hero is the guy who trucks in a load of whole wheat bread, ribeyes, and low-priced cabernet to the Trader Joe’s, not the Prius-piloting sissy with a Maddow fetish who shops there. The people our elite laughed at, scoffed at, poked at, are the very people who are going to rescue us from the mess that same elite helped make.

True words - more at the site.

Let's see:

  • Steele Dossier? FAIL
  • Russian Collusion? FAIL
  • Meuller Report? FAIL
  • Impeachment? FAIL

What are these idiots going to try next? I am reminded of that wonderful quote from Robert Anson Heinlein:

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”

I have done most of these and do not consider myself to be exceptional - this is stuff that people just do when needed. I have not planned any invasions, I have not butchered a hog but I have done many chickens and ducks and a deer or two (as a teenager with help). Not poetically inclined so the sonnet is out. Not set a bone but I am trained in first aid and could. Not planning to die anytime soon but when I go, I hope it is gallantly. Everything else I have done. I would like to see the track record for our cultural elites. They are wearing clothing from the emperor's tailors.

From the Eugene, OR Register-Guard:

FAQ: Oregonians can pump own gas, fire marshal temporarily allows for self-service
Oregonians now may pump their own gas in Oregon through April 11, as the state fire marshal has temporarily lifted restrictions on self-service at gas stations.

“During this unprecedented time of state emergency, we need to ensure that critical supply lines for fuels and other basic services remain uninterrupted,” state Fire Marshal Jim Walker said in a Saturday news release.

Can I pump my own gas now in Oregon?
Yes, under this provision, you may pump your own gas through April 11, 2020.

Where in the state can I pump my own gas under this provision?
Anywhere. It is effective 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Do I have to have an attendant do anything?
Under this provision, no.

How will I know how to pump my own gas?
There should be instructions posted on the dispensing equipment. In addition, the state has produced a flier that operators may post at dispensers. The flier provides safety instructions for the dispensing of gasoline, general operating instructions, and measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Pumping gas in Oregon was outlawed in the 1950's and boils down to big money. Stations that didn't have attendents could charge less for gasoline. Big gas companies did not like that. Stories here, here and here. For the canonical video: here

A reminder - January 2020

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In January, there were warnings about an infectious virus from China. What happened?

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We got our free government handout now so screw you little guys. From The Washington Free Beacon:

Kennedy Center Tells Musicians It Will Stop Paying Them Hours After $25 Million Bailout Is Signed
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts informed members of the National Symphony Orchestra that they would no longer be paid just hours after President Trump signed a $25 million taxpayer bailout for the cultural center, according to an email obtained by the Washington Free Beacon.

Nearly 100 musicians will no longer receive paychecks after April 3, according to an email from the orchestra's Covid-19 Advisory Committee.

"The Covid-19 Advisory Committee was broadsided today during our conversation with [Kennedy Center President] Deborah Rutter," the email says. "Ms. Rutter abruptly informed us today that the last paycheck for all musicians and librarians will be April 3 and that we will not be paid again until the Center reopens."

The email went out to members on Friday evening, shortly after President Trump signed the $2 trillion CARES Act, a stimulus package intended to provide relief to people left unemployed by the coronavirus pandemic. Congress included $25 million in taxpayer funding for the Kennedy Center, a provision that raised eyebrows from both Democrats and Republicans, but ultimately won support from President Trump. The bailout was designed to "cover operating expenses required to ensure the continuity of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and its affiliates, including for employee compensation and benefits, grants, contracts, payments for rent or utilities, fees for artists or performers," according to the law's text. The arts organization decided that the relief did not extend to members of the National Symphony Orchestra, its house orchestra.

"Everyone should proceed as if their last paycheck will be April 3," the email says. "We understand this will come [as a] shock to all of you, as it did to us."

And of course - those immortal words:

The Kennedy Center did not return request for comment.

A bunch of putzes - they need to have their funding cut by 30%. If they are doing such great work, let them run at a profit. Keep my hard-earned taxpayer dollars out of their grubby little hands.

Interesting article from the Los Angeles Times:

California once had mobile hospitals and a ventilator stockpile. But it dismantled them
They were ready to roll whenever disaster struck California: three 200-bed mobile hospitals that could be deployed to the scene of a crisis on flatbed trucks and provide advanced medical care to the injured and sick within 72 hours.

Each hospital would be the size of a football field, with a surgery ward, intensive care unit and X-ray equipment. Medical response teams would also have access to a massive stockpile of emergency supplies: 50 million N95 respirators, 2,400 portable ventilators and kits to set up 21,000 additional patient beds wherever they were needed.

And when was these halcyon days? Under the Governator:

In 2006, citing the threat of avian flu, then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the state would invest hundreds of millions of dollars in a powerful set of medical weapons to deploy in the case of large-scale emergencies and natural disasters such as earthquakes, fires and pandemics.

“In light of the pandemic flu risk, it is absolutely a critical investment,” he told a news conference. “I’m not willing to gamble with the people’s safety.”

And then, in 2011, Jerry Brown gets elected Governor and it all falls apart:

And so, that year, the state cut off the money to store and maintain the stockpile of supplies and the mobile hospitals. The hospitals were defunded before they’d ever been used.

Much of the medical equipment — including the ventilators, critical life-saving tools that are in short supply in the current pandemic — was given to local hospitals and health agencies, former health officials said. But the equipment was donated without any funding to maintain them. The respirators were allowed to expire without being replaced.

Together, these two programs would have positioned California to more rapidly respond as its COVID-19 cases exploded. The annual savings for eliminating both programs? No more than $5.8 million per year, according to state budget records, a tiny fraction of the 2011 budget, which totaled $129 billion.

But they saved $5.8 million dollars - yeah which was 0.0044% of the total overall budget for the state. A pittance and now it is coming back to bite them. All the money wasted on solar scams, wasted on high-speed rail, on tax subsidies for green crap. All wasted. Sure felt good to spend it and it looked good to the low-information voter but it did not add anything to the quality of life or the benefit of the state or its citizenry.

Let us hope that this will foster a grand awakening for people to come to their senses. Liberal spending plans do not work and liberal governments have zero accountability for monies spent.

When bureaucracies ruled the world

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Another perfect example of what happens when a bureaucracy is not managed correctly - from John Solomon at Just The News:

NIH failed to test coronavirus drugs, studied drunk monkeys, soap operas, and tailgating instead
On a steamy summer day inside the lecture auditorium of the storied National Institutes of Health headquarters, Dr. Michael Bracken delivered a stark message to an audience that dedicated its life, and owed its living, to medical research.

As much as 87.5% of biomedical research is wasted or inefficient, the respected Yale University epidemiologist declared in a sobering assessment for a federal research agency that spends about $40 billion a year on medical studies.

He backed his staggering statistic with these additional stats: 50 out of every 100 medical studies fail to produce published findings, and half of those that do publish have serious design flaws. And those that aren’t flawed and manage to publish are often needlessly redundant.

This was four years ago. Nothing has happened since:

“Waste is more than just a waste of money and resources,” Bracken preached to the audience back in July 2016, according to the NIH’s official account of the speech. “It can actually be harmful to people’s health.”

Nearly four years later, Bracken’s sweeping indictment about the financial management, organization and conduct of federal medical research looms large over a series of “what if” questions about the deadly and ever-spreading COVID-19 pandemic:

    • What if the research community hadn’t bet all its marbles on the next pandemic coming from a flu instead of a version of the coronavirus?
    • What if NIH or other agencies had funded research into the efficacy of drugs like chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, remdesivir, and HIV cocktails that had shown promise against coronavirus dating back to 2003?
    • What if more pressure had been applied by the medical governance world to develop vaccines aimed at coronavirus?
    • What if the medical community had simply adjusted its outdated modeling that predicted coronavirus would spread slowly and could be contained to account for the massive growth in global air travel the last decade that transported this virus from China to the West in treacherously fast time?

I do hope that heads will roll - this level of incompetence is stunning. This is what happens when you kick the can down the road. John has compiled a lit of what the NIH HAS been doing with our money (taxpayer dollars remember?)

Unreal. Much more at the site - it gets better (actually, not).

Bill DeBlasio needs to clean house. From Politico:

With opaque budget and elusive metrics, $850M ThriveNYC program attempts a reset
Since its inception in 2015, ThriveNYC — the city's sprawling $850 million initiative to address a variety of mental health issues — has operated without much scrutiny or accountability.

With few public metrics by which to measure its success so far, and the broad strokes used by city officials to describe its operations, the city has offered little insight into how it has assessed Thrive's efficacy since it began.

And because Thrive encompasses a variety of initiatives — some new, some already in existence — across more than a dozen agencies, it is difficult to establish a central, line-item budget delineating how the city is spending taxpayer dollars on the program.

POLITICO spoke to more than 16 people, including elected officials, advocates, representatives of community organizations, researchers and consultants who said that although it is crucial for the city to invest in mental health resources, they did not know whether Thrive was successful and said the city has an obligation to publicize its numbers and how it compares to the goals it set out to accomplish. Some requested anonymity for fear of retaliation while others were more vocal in their critiques.

And the next sentence sums everything up perfectly and ties a pretty bow on the top of its pointy little head:

Run by the mayor’s wife and closest adviser, Chirlane McCray

And a bit more:

POLITICO filed a records request for the program's line-item budget in October 2018, but the city has twice requested an extension. Two budget breakdowns acquired by POLITICO — one from City Hall and one from the Independent Budget Office — show significant differences in spending.

If this was a real business, they would be able to walk over to a computer and generate a P&L statement with a few keystrokes. Printing out the complete COA would be a bit more involved but nothing that would require an extension. Who is in charge of oversight and who do they report to? The director's husband? Much more at the site - well worth reading.

One simply does not screw around with the supply lines. They are not "glamorous" but they keep the thin veneer of civilization functioning. Every singly thing in a large city was brought there on a truck and I do mean everything. The light bulbs, the furniture, the groceries and even the cement and the steel that make up every single skyscraper. All brought there on a truck.

From MSN/Bloomberg:

Truckers Wary of New York Deliveries Create Headache for Grocers
Delivering food to New York City’s supermarkets isn’t easy even in normal times. Now, it’s become a supply chain conundrum that’s testing the nerves of grocers, truckers and manufacturers alike.

Some truckers are refusing to carry orders into the city and surrounding suburbs like New Rochelle that have been hard hit by the coronavirus, even as demand for groceries is double or triple normal levels as shoppers stockpile soup and other everyday goods.

There is no evidence that food is growing scarce in the city. But one index, which measures loads of all types of goods destined for Brooklyn that were rejected by shippers, has tripled compared with the same time last year, reflecting carriers’ inability or unwillingness to haul loads into the epicenter of the outbreak.

This pandemic might be just the thing we needed to wake people up. The deep state is not our friend.

Wise words

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"You will never understand bureaucracies until you understand that for bureaucrats procedure is everything and outcomes are nothing."
--Thomas Sowell

Dr. Deborah Birx debunked the major media talking points on the Wuhan Flu epidemic and the media does not like it. They control the narrative and do not like anyone else having access to it. She could confuse the deplorables and dilute the Democrat message. From BizPac Review:

Explosion of leftist hate aimed at Dr Birx after she demolishes media’s panic narrative
Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the response coordinator for the White House Coronavirus Task Force, has proven to be a voice of reason in a time of crisis — much to the angst of the hostile, anti-Trump media.

The hair-on-fire media is pushing a panic-inducing worst-case narrative in the face of the COVID-19 outbreak, focusing on predictions of alarming increases in those who contract the Chinese virus while reporting on dwindling hospital supplies and do-not-resuscitate orders allegedly being discussed to free up more beds.

(Reports out of New York claim hospitals are being overrun with patients.)

Yet, Birx stands calmly before the American people at the nightly press briefings and reminds agenda-driven journalists of a little thing called facts, beseeching them to be more responsible in their reporting.

“There is no situation in the United States right now that warrants that kind of discussion,” she implored. “You can be thinking about it in a hospital… but to say to the American people, to make the implication that when they need a hospital bed it’s not going to be there, or when they need that ventilator it’s not going to be there, we don’t have evidence of that right now.”

Much more at the site - Tom compiled some of the more egregious tweets and comments from the media. None of these media responses cite facts, it is all hype and narrative. Must preserve the narrative... Disgusting.

From the London Daily Mail:

De Blasio says New Yorkers should be 'ready' for the city to stay closed until the end of MAY and predicts 'more than half' of the 8.6million population will become infected with coronavirus
Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday that people 'need to be ready' for New York staying in lockdown until the end of May as he gave the grave prediction that at least half of the city would become infected by coronavirus.

Speaking on Good Morning America as the US topped the world's COVID-19 hotspots with 86,000 infections, de Blasio was asked if the city would stay shuttered 'through May'.

He answered: 'I think we need to be ready for that,' then went on to slam President Trump's Easter deadline to reopen the country as something that gave 'false hope' to the nation.

Of course he is spreading FUD - you cannot control the proles when they are comfortable and happy. I hope the people of New York City wake up and realize that he is not good for them. He is only out for his elite buddies.

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