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  1. Here's a great one, Chinese propaganda calling out US society. The West’s ‘three arrogances’ are obstacles to solidarity By Jin Canrong The continuous spread of the COVID-19 has posed a huge threat to humanity. More and more people are comparing it to the 1918 flu. Some in the field of international relations believe that this is "World War III," or more precisely, the first world war of non-traditional security. It is hard to tell whether the battle against COVID-19 has reached the scale of a world war, but it is indeed the largest "black swan event" in recent years. The COVID-19 is a big test of the governance capacity of all countries. When the coronavirus first hit Wuhan three months ago, people didn't know it was so contagious. China has adjusted its mitigation and control measures in a timely manner and has given full play to the advantages of the Chinese system. Overall, China has been doing a good job. As China has basically curbed the spread of the virus, even as it continues to rage around the world. The COVID-19 has become a global challenge, and the international community needs to abandon ideological disputes and cooperate in the fight against the pandemic. As China is consolidating its domestic situation, it is also providing personnel and material assistance for other countries. Neither the US nor Europe has seized the window of opportunity created by China. The US has wasted time on cynicism and even allowed wearing a face mask to become politicized. It is ridiculous that common sense has been kidnapped by ideology. There are three kinds of arrogance behind the West's errors. First, racial arrogance. Some Western people believe they are more physically fit than people from Asia. Second, cultural arrogance. The origin of the COVID-19 may be related to wildlife. Some Chinese people even used to demonize other Chinese people for eating wild animals, which has also deepened Westerners' prejudice against Chinese cuisine. But this is not entirely fair. There is a long tradition in the West, dating from the era of Westerner nobles, of hunting all sorts of wild game. There are examples of people eating exotic, wild animals in many parts of the world. The third arrogance has to do with the West's system of governance. Western countries emphasized that the actions of their governments are "transparent," allowing people to better manage themselves because they take responsibility for themselves. This has been proven to be blind confidence. Because of these arrogances, the early reactions to the virus by the US and Europe were terrible. Considering China's early experience, it is somewhat unforgivable that they made such serious mistakes. As the epidemic intensifies, the US and Europe are gradually adopting stricter prevention and control measures. But there have always been several problems in the process. First, the governing parties have spent too much effort considering the interests of minorities and small groups. This is obvious in the US. Washington continues to put short-term political interests above people's lives and social rights are a problem in the Western democratic system. Second, they give capital to high a priority. When facing the COVID-19 fight, some politicians worry more about the epidemic affecting the economy, especially the stock markets. This is different from China's people-oriented concept, showing that Western countries are indeed capitalist societies. Third, the US and Europe have implemented social Darwinism in their policies. Since the spread of the COVID-19, some high-rank officials in the US and European countries have proposed "herd immunity." Some even said elderly people, if diagnosed as COVID-19 patients, should sacrifice their lives to protect the overall situation. Cooperation should be the priority to overcome the epidemic. But the situation is not optimistic in the US and Europe. Local governments in the US have passed the buck to each other, and many EU countries have intercepted medical supplies and blocked borders. Some countries are now willing to accept China's assistance but then turn around to blame China. This is not conductive to the international cooperation in the COVID-19 fight. In the past, the West gave people the impression of being developed and powerful in all aspects. But the COVID-19 pandemic has made people realize this is not exactly the case. Western countries are weak in the application of internet, big data and transportation networks. Their industrial production and technological capabilities are not as strong as one might expect. They have exposed many problems in their medical systems and government leadership. China has shown strong leadership, industrial and technological capabilities and the entire society's cultural cohesion and optimism in the fight against COVID-19. China is willing to contribute to the global fight against the pandemic, and Western countries need to change their previous wrong ideas as soon as possible.
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  3. In better news on the opposite side of China. Tracking site suggests White House model is overestimating coronavirus hospitalizations: True numbers of Americans hospitalized with coronavirus appear to be tens of thousands lower than model's projections. A web site that tracks actual hospital beds in use suggests the model used by top White House health officials to project the trajectory of the coronavirus has so far overestimated the number of Americans hospitalized by the disease by tens of thousands. Those projections, popularly known as the "Murray" model after the model's lead author, University of Washington professor Christopher Murray, were explicitly cited by Dr. Deborah Birx, the response coordinator for the White House's Coronavirus Task Force, at a press conference in the last week. Birx told reporters that Murray's model, which predicts a shortage of tens of thousands of hospital beds throughout the country by the middle of April, underscored the task force's "concern that we had with the growing number of potential fatalities" based on the model's projections. Yet a comparison of actual hospitalized patients by state and nationally suggests the model has so far overestimated the number of beds needed to treat pandemic patients. The forecast predicted, for example, that the United States would need around 164,750 hospital beds for COVID-19 patients on Saturday. Yet the COVID Tracking Project, a team of journalists and data analysts who collect and tabulate coronavirus data from state tallies around the country, reported only around 22,158 currently hospitalized coronavirus patients nationwide on Saturday. The discrepancies are also stark when looked at on a state-by-state basis. The model estimated that 65,434 patients would need hospital beds in New York State on Friday. In reality, there were 15,905 hospitalizations in that state by Sunday morning, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Notably, the model touts its predictions as occurring under "full social distancing" through May of this year, meaning the projected hospitalizations are meant to occur even with significant quarantine measures. It is unclear why the model's numbers are so significantly higher than the actual numbers observed in hospitals across the country. Officials have offered explanations for various model fluctuations ranging from data assumptions to the impact of stay-at-home orders. White House officials did not respond to requests for comment from Just the News. But at a White House press conference on Saturday, Birx said that coronavirus modelers are "re-evaluating all of their models in light of the level of the impact of the mitigation." "Just to be clear, we won't know how valid the models are until we move all the way through the epidemic," she said. Dr. Anthony Fauci, meanwhile, reportedly said during a recent meeting that disease models "don’t tell you anything. You can’t really rely upon models." Fauci has elsewhere indicated a preference for overestimating the possible effect of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, telling reporters in March: "I think we should be overly aggressive and get criticized for overreacting."
  4. The funny thing was a radio host I listen mentioned that he was in the media during the H1N1 and SARS outbreaks and was told not to mention it on air because people might panic. Now they've shifted to 24/7 coverage of it so... wait for it... people panic.
  5. You might be losing the gallbladder. I had mine removed 5 years ago with what I thought was indigestion pains and actually wound up being clogged with stones. If you get it done the surgery is not bad. Mine was an emergency since once they found out what it was the thing was festering and oozing infection all over.
  6. Jordan - thanks for your service in Buffalo, I wish you the best luck, now shut up and enjoy your money. The big season you had was mainly due to the culture, scheme, and playing less downs which gave you less downs to take plays off. “A lot of people think it was some miracle or I was playing for a contract, etcetera, but I had more of an opportunity,” Phillips said, via the team’s website. “It was the first time in my career being on the third down group. . . . Buffalo did a really good job utilizing my talents, and they reaped the benefits of it.”
  7. Top disease official: Risk of coronavirus in USA is 'minuscule'; skip mask and wash hands Published February 17th, 2020 and updated February 19th, 2020 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will be testing for the coronavirus in people in five major cities who show up at clinics with flu-like symptoms but who test negative for the seasonal varieties. If that testing shows the virus has slipped into the country in places federal officials don't know about, "we've got a problem," Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told USA TODAY's Editorial Board Monday. Short of that, Fauci says skip the masks unless you are contagious, don't worry about catching anything from Chinese products and certainly don't avoid Chinese people or restaurants. "Whenever you have the threat of a transmissible infection, there are varying degrees from understandable to outlandish extrapolations of fear," Fauci said. Government agencies, including Fauci's own at the National Institutes of Health, are being inundated with calls and emails from nervous people, just as they were during the Ebola and SARS scares. Fauci recalled how a nurse who was infected with Ebola took a flight to Ohio because she was asymptomatic and not at risk of infecting anyone. People everywhere suddenly thought all planes were unsafe. "I was getting calls from people in Sacramento saying, 'Can I get on an airplane to go to Seattle?'" Fauci said. "Like, what? What does that got to do with anything?" Other advice from Fauci and Dr. Stephen Hahn, Food and Drug Administration commissioner, includes: •Chinese products. Coronavirus is predominantly spread in the air from humans to humans. "Inanimate things" that are placed in a container in China and sent to the U.S. don't carry any risk of transmitting the virus, Fauci said. Neither do medications made in China. Imported shipments of FDA-regulated products, including from China, are reviewed by the FDA and have to meet the same standards as domestic products, Hahn said in a statement late Friday. •Masks. The only people who need masks are those who are already infected to keep from exposing others. The masks sold at drugstores aren't even good enough to truly protect anyone, Fauci said. "If you look at the masks that you buy in a drug store, the leakage around that doesn't really do much to protect you," he said. "People start saying, 'Should I start wearing a mask?' Now, in the United States, there is absolutely no reason whatsoever to wear a mask." Fauci also doesn't want people to worry, but many are. Fauci doesn't want people to worry about coronavirus, the danger of which is "just minuscule." But he does want them to take precautions against the "influenza outbreak, which is having its second wave." "We have more kids dying of flu this year at this time than in the last decade or more," he said. "At the same time people are worrying about going to a Chinese restaurant. The threat is (we have) a pretty bad influenza season, particularly dangerous for our children." Fauci offered advice for people who want to protect against the "real and present danger" of seasonal flu, which also would protect against the hypothetical danger of coronavirus. "Wash your hands as frequently as you can. Stay away from crowded places where people are coughing and sneezing. If in fact you are coughing and sneezing, cover your mouth," he says. "You know, all the things that we say each year."
  8. Trump right again. ‘Made in America’ will become post-coronavirus ‘rallying cry’ as consumers demand independence from ChiCom supply chain After decades of seeing American corporations move their operations to China and successive U.S. administrations kowtow to the Communist leaders in Beijing, President Donald Trump came along and sought to undo at least some of that damage. The real purpose behind the president’s aggressive trade strategy with China was never to ‘punish’ the ChiComs per se, but rather to get a better deal for America and Americans while decoupling our supply chain from a country we may someday have to fight. Before coronavirus, the president had actually made substantial progress along those lines. And now, after COVID-19 has led to the sickening and death of tens of thousands of Americans, national security strategist and expert Buck Sexton believes Trump will be able to use “Made in America” as a “rallying cry” to finish the trade-and-supply-chain strategy he started after taking office. “You’re going to get a lot of people who lived through this who are going to say, ‘Yeah, I’ll pay a little more to know this is made here.’” Sexton said on his Friday radio program. His website notes further: The U.S. appears to be hardly alone in the turn inward. Relationships between countries in the European Union have seen similar political shifts since the outbreak. The BBC ran a headline on Friday, titled, “Coronavirus Outbreak Eats Into EU Unity.” The article is about the instinct for countries to protect their own in a time of crisis. “Right now, every European government is struggling to protect their populations – their jobs, their health and their economy,” the article read. “But rich, europhile countries like Germany are not yet digging deeper into their pockets to help out poorer Italy and Spain. There’s little sense of the responsibility West Germany felt towards the East after the fall of the Berlin Wall.” Already, U.S. lawmakers are crafting legislation that would further the president’s decoupling trade agenda while moving us away from over-dependence on the Chinese. Sens. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) have drafted a bill that would encourage U.S. pharmaceutical makers to bring their manufacturing operations back to America. Sexton pointed to recent comments made by Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, who touched on the issue in a Thursday press briefing. “Never again should we rely on the rest of the world for our essential medicines and countermeasures,” he said. He continued, “One of the things that this crisis has taught us is that we are dangerously over-dependent on a global supply chain for our medicines like penicillin, our medical supplies, masks, and our medical equipment like ventilators.” Navarro noted further that in addition to overreliance on foreign medical suppliers, countries that make vitally needed medical products have also imposed export restrictions in order to keep those supplies in their own nations during a time of need. “No one thought this was a problem until now,” Sexton said. “The lack of foresight with all of this has been stunning. And it’s more than just lack of foresight. There are people who, all along, have refused to make what are the decisions that are the best interests of America and the American people.” Who will use this new “Made in America” rallying cry to his advantage and in a convincing manner? The president who introduced us to “Make America Great Again” and “Keep America Great,” of course.
  9. He's going to make it people. God bless. Boris Johnson is 'breathing unassisted' and does NOT have pneumonia: Downing Street say PM is 'stable' and in 'good spirits' in intensive care Boris Johnson is 'breathing without assistance' in intensive care and does not have pneumonia, Downing Street said today. The PM's spokesman said he was 'stable overnight and remains in good spirits', having received 'standard oxygen treatment'. Mr Johnson has also not needed a mechanical ventilator despite mounting concerns over his health. The more positive news came after Michael Gove said the premier's plight is 'truly frightening' and ministers are 'praying' for his swift recovery. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been 'deputised' to take charge while he is out of action.. But there are growing concerns about the effectiveness of the government machine while the incumbent of No10 is unable to lead the crisis response. Mr Johnson was moved to ICU at St Thomas' Hospital in central London and given oxygen last night after his health deteriorated sharply over just two hours, leaving doctors fearing he will end up needing a ventilator. But the 55-year-old's spokesman said today: ‘The Prime Minister has been stable overnight and remains in good spirits. 'He is receiving standard oxygen treatment and breathing without any other assistance. He has not required mechanical ventilation or non-invasive respiratory support.’
  10. “To me, the crazy thing was after he said it, ‘Get Up!’ posted it on Twitter, ESPN retweeted it on Twitter,” Jason McCourty said, via WEEI.com. “Everybody was all-in on this ‘turd’ comment. I guess, at the same time, it’s all about entertainment — how can we get more viewers, how can we get people to click this, click that? But at what point in the game can you call somebody a turd? Whether he’s a good player or not a good player, it was just bad ball all around.”
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