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  1. AP FACT CHECK: Democrats distort coronavirus readiness THE FACTS: They’re both wrong to say the agencies have seen their money cut. Bloomberg is repeating the false allegation in a new ad that states the U.S. is unprepared for the virus because of “reckless cuts” to the CDC. Trump’s budgets have proposed cuts to public health, only to be overruled by Congress, where there’s strong bipartisan support for agencies such as the CDC and NIH. Instead, financing has increased. Indeed, the money that government disease detectives first tapped to fight the latest outbreak was a congressional fund created for health emergencies. Some public health experts say a bigger concern than White House budgets is the steady erosion of a CDC grant program for state and local public health emergency preparedness — the front lines in detecting and battling new disease. But that decline was set in motion by a congressional budget measure that predates Trump. The broader point about there being “nobody here” to coordinate the response sells short what’s in place to handle an outbreak. The public health system has a playbook to follow for pandemic preparation — regardless of who’s president or whether specific instructions are coming from the White House. Those plans were put into place in anticipation of another flu pandemic, but are designed to work for any respiratory-borne disease. Among the health authorities overseeing the work are Dr. Anne Schuchat, CDC’s principal deputy director and a veteran of previous outbreaks, and Dr. Anthony Fauci, NIH’s infectious disease chief who has advised six presidents. “The CDC’s response has been excellent, as it has been in the past,” said John Auerbach, president of the nonpartisan Trust for America’s Health, which works with government at all levels to improve the nation’s response to high-risk health crises. Some Democrats have charged that Trump decimated the nation’s public health leadership, but Auerbach said CDC’s top scientific ranks have remained stable during the past three years. Cambridge-based Moderna sends possible coronavirus vaccine for testing A Cambridge company has submitted a potential coronavirus vaccine for federal testing just two months after an outbreak of the infectious virus that started in China, killing 2,500 people while spreading rapidly through Asia into Europe and the United States. Cambridge-based Moderna’s scientists began collaborating with the National Institutes of Health a month ago to develop a vaccine for the highly contagious virus, with funding received from the International Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations. Moderna announced Monday it has sent the vaccine to the NIH. “I want to thank the entire Moderna team for their extraordinary effort in responding to this global health emergency with record speed,” Juan Andres, Chief Technical Operations and Quality Officer at Moderna, said in a statement. “The collaboration across Moderna, with NIAID, and with CEPI has allowed us to deliver a clinical batch in 42 days from sequence identification.” The vaccine, which Moderna calls mRNA-1273, was shipped to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases to be used in their planned study in the U.S., the company said. FACT CHECK: DID TRUMP CALL THE CORONAVIRUS A ‘HOAX’ AT HIS SOUTH CAROLINA RALLY? Verdict: False Trump referred to the alleged “politicizing” of the coronavirus by Democrats as “their new hoax.” He did not refer to the coronavirus itself as a hoax. Throughout the speech, Trump reiterates his administration is taking the threat of the coronavirus seriously.
  2. I'm not saying a good celebration isn't nice, but bear in mind NYC is supposedlty the epicenter of world CV problems supposedly, with 5,489 DEAD at the time(and 138,000+ confirmed cases) . The hospital is Ron O Perelman Emergency Services. I'm not sure if this video narrator is a "gatekeeper" due to his many subscribers, but he generally seems solid. Just two roughly 1 minute clips are all you need to see(each clip should start at the right spot...addionally, the comments reminded me there's a mother with her toddler at the 9:45 min mark, hanging out on the sidewalk, not terribly far from the entrance...seems a bit odd with all the potential germs). I started the video at 7:54. Mostly some good analysis of "what's wrong with this picture"...(there's more raging if you want to skip back maybe a bit earlier...selfies, laughing....looks like a PARTY! Burt I skipped most of it). Stop around the 9:00 minute mark when he starts talking about the camera guy asking questions later. The 2nd clip starts at about 11:35 and has 2 short bits where workers are questioned. If you can't understand the Australian accent, he's asking them "Are you guys getting overworked" The narrator said he's making no assertions(youtube has a strict new demonetizing policy for covid), and I'm not making any either. I'm curious to read what YOU think: (The 1st couple of minutes is a CBS story from 2017 about mysterious MTA towers going up near tunnels and bridges, if youre interested)
  3. Death, misery and tears Calculated waves of fear Drawn up by think tanks There's a darkness in the West Oil swilling Guzzling corporate Central banking Mind-fucking omnipotence I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus I am the furnace Where resentment glows I am the bias I am the virus I am the virus False flags and Black Ops Tavistock manufactured shocks Something's gone horribly wrong Hot flushes for the Neo-con A population In deep denial Contagion released From a Phial I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus I am the furnace Where resentment glows I am the bias I am the virus I am the virus I am the Hydra-headed beast I am the worm you can never delete I am the dangers that never sleeps I am the virus I am the virus I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus No one believes In nine-eleven Steel frame buildings Don't fall in seconds Murderers in black robes Decapitate innocents The public banks stare Did you sleep OK last night, Mr. Blair? I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus I am the furnace Where resentment glows I am the bias I am the virus I am the virus I am the Hydra-headed beast I am the worm you can never delete I am the dangers that never sleeps I am the virus I am the virus I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus I am the fury The spirit of outrage I am the fire I am the virus I am the virus I am the furnace Where resentment glows I am the bias I am the virus I am the virus
  4. 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."
  5. I think just about everyone in the world already suspected the Chinese government was lying all along about their number of dead. Estimates Show Wuhan Death Toll Far Higher Than Official Figure As authorities lifted a two-month coronavirus lockdown in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, residents said they were growing increasingly skeptical that the figure of some 2,500 deaths in the city to date was accurate. Since the start of the week, seven large funeral homes in Wuhan have been handing out the cremated remains of around 500 people to their families every day, suggesting that far more people died than ever made the official statistics. "It can't be right ... because the incinerators have been working round the clock, so how can so few people have died?" an Wuhan resident surnamed Zhang told RFA on Friday. "They started distributing ashes and starting interment ceremonies on Monday," he said. Seven funeral homes currently serve Wuhan -- a huge conurbation of three cities: Hankou, Wuchang and Hanyang. Social media users have been doing some basic math to figure out their daily capacity, while the news website Caixin.com reported that 5,000 urns had been delivered by a supplier to the Hankou Funeral Home in one day alone -- double the official number of deaths. Some social media posts have estimated that all seven funeral homes in Wuhan are handing out 3,500 urns every day in total. Funeral homes have informed families that they will try to complete cremations before the traditional grave-tending festival of Qing Ming on April 5, which would indicate a 12-day process beginning on March 23. Such an estimate would mean that 42,000 urns would be given out during that time. Various calculations Another popular estimate is based on the cremation capacity of the funeral homes, which run a total of 84 furnaces with a capacity over 24 hours of 1,560 urns city-wide, assuming that one cremation takes one hour. This calculation results in an estimated 46,800 deaths. A resident of Hubei province, of which Wuhan is the capital, said most people there now believe that more than 40,000 people died in the city before and during the lockdown. "Maybe the authorities are gradually releasing the real figures, intentionally or unintentionally, so that people will gradually come to accept the reality," the resident, who gave only his surname Mao, said. A source close to the provincial civil affairs bureau said many people had died at home, without being diagnosed with, or treated for, COVID-19. The source said any talk of the true number of deaths in Wuhan was very sensitive, but that the authorities do likely know the real figure. "Every funeral home reports data on cremations directly to the authorities twice daily," the source said. "This means that each funeral home only knows how many cremations it has conducted, but not the situation at the other funeral homes." The source said Wuhan saw 28,000 cremations in the space of a single month, suggesting that the online estimates over a two-and-a-half month period weren't excessive. Wuhan resident Sun Linan said relatives of those who died are now forming long lines outside funeral homes to collect their loved ones' ashes. "It has already begun," Sun said on Thursday. "There were people lining up in Biandanshan Cemetery yesterday, and a lot of people forming lines today at Hankou Funeral Home." Hush money Wuhan resident Chen Yaohui told RFA that city officials have been handing out 3,000 yuan in "funeral allowances" to the families of the dead in exchange for their silence. "There have been a lot of funerals in the past few days, and the authorities are handing out 3,000 yuan in hush money to families who get their loved ones' remains laid to rest ahead of Qing Ming," he said, in a reference to the traditional grave tending festival on April 5. "It's to stop them keening [a traditional expression of grief]; nobody's allowed to keen after Qing Ming has passed," Chen said. The son of deceased COVID-10 patient Hu Aizhen said he had been told to collect his mother's ashes by the local neighborhood committee. "The local committee told me they are now handling funerals, but I don't want to do it right now," the man, surnamed Ding, told RFA. "There are too many people doing it right now." Chen said nobody in the city believes the official death toll. "The official number of deaths was 2,500 people ... but before the epidemic began, the city's crematoriums typically cremated around 220 people a day," he said. "But during the epidemic, they transferred cremation workers from around China to Wuhan keep cremate bodies around the clock," he said. A resident surnamed Gao said the city's seven crematoriums should have a capacity of around 2,000 bodies a day if they worked around the clock. "Anyone looking at that figure will realize, anyone with any ability to think," Gao said. "What are they talking about [2,535] people?" "Seven crematoriums could get through more than that [in a single day]." https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/wuhan-deaths-03272020182846.html
  6. UK Prime Minister’s coronavirus symptoms have put him in the hospital. This isn’t a conspiracy folks. World leaders could potentially die.
  7. Mind you, I was aware of this virus(and the severity it would be billed as) long before most on here, but didn't mention it...just like the US media ignored it a long time. Some will remember there was a thread where folks were strongly in denial, and in a moment's time I "turned" the whole thread by simply dropping a link to a story from the usual suspects(Reuters). Funny thing? The article that immediately changed everyone raging against the media's mind in that thread was written 3 weeks earlier!! :) I had my own reasons for not wanting to share it, but I'll let you figure out why the US media stayed quiet about it so long(it's covered in the video below). -Eventually I'll get to the cure for almost any virus that the US military defunded Tesla-style(the real Tesla, not the clown Musk), likely after they had the data they needed from him to do it themselves. This virus would not even be an issue now. They left the scientist to try to finish it by "crowdfunding" it....and he couldn't get the $100,000 or whatever he needed, despite their gigantic budget. -I may even post some research for some do it yourself stuff(which seems to be lacking on here, unlike posts about cults of personality) at some point, of course after the more important matters. Off the top of my head I recall that while Echinacea is helpful against other flus, it would actually aid this one. (Start this video at 9:30 and you'll see why experts in multiple countries are calling out the lies about the ORIGIN of this viral weapon....LIT, can you tweak the board to embed Bitchute and other sites?) https://www.bitchute.com/video/uH4hnuJX9gk/ (While the author is humble and not calling it "proof" just yet, it's obvious we are being lied to...and now you'll know the official story will officially crumble, and likely soon. Those who want to stick to TDS can stay in that thread, those who want to learn what's relevant and what the play is, can join the discussion here) Here is the article the video was based on, complete with footnotes. We get that it's easy to accuse China of whatever you want, but there are plenty of other countries who have scientists who are speaking out vs the "official" conspiracy theory which is even less physically possible than the official conspiracy theory for 9/11(which NYC firement have drafted an official resolution to demand an actual investigation on.....maybe some of you hate the firemen too?) I made the last paragraph a little bigger as my own emphasis as a great summary, for the really lazy who only want to spare a few seconds. COVID-19: Targeting Italy and South Korea? “The Chain of Transmission of Infection” By Larry Romanoff Global Research, March 21, 2020 A high-level Italian virologist, Giuseppe Remuzzi, has published papers in the Lancet and other articles in which he states facts not hitherto known. (1) The doctor stated that Italian physicians now recall having seen: . . Chinese medical authorities have determined the same underlying phenomenon, that the virus had been circulating among the population for perhaps two months before it finally broke out into the open. . Further, according to the Italian National Health Service (ISS): . . The above statement is of crucial importance since it supports in itself the assertion of several simultaneous infection clusters and several ‘patients zero’. There are cases in Lombardy that could not be placed in an infection chain, and this must also be true for other areas. (see below) Given that the virus broke out separately in disparate regions of Italy, we can expect the identification of independent infectious clusters in those regions as well. That would mean Italy was hit by at least several individual ‘seedings’ of the virus. . China’s outbreak of consequence was primarily in the city of Wuhan but with multiple sources in the city and multiple patients zero, with a minor outbreak in Guangdong that was easily contained. China had multiple clusters in Wuhan. There was no single source, and no patient zero has been identified which is similar to those of Italy. . The mystery of Italy’s “Patient No. 4” Was the Italian outbreak caused by infections from China? Yes, and no. . Before February 20, 2020, there were only three cases of coronavirus infection in Italy, two tourists from Wuhan, China, confirmed on January 30th, and an Italian man who returned to Rome from Wuhan on February 6th. These were clearly imported cases with Italy experiencing no new infections during the next two weeks. Then suddenly there appeared new infections that were unrelated to China. On February 19, the Lombardy Health Region issued a statement that a 38-year-old Italian man was diagnosed with the new coronavirus, becoming the fourth confirmed case in Italy. The man had never traveled to China and had no contact with the confirmed Chinese patients. Immediately after this patient was diagnosed, Italy experienced a major outbreak. In one day, the number of confirmed cases increased to 20 and, after little more than three weeks, Italy had 17,660 confirmed cases. The Italians were not idle in searching for their patient zero. They renamed the “patient 4” “Italian No. 1”, and attempted to learn how he became infected. The search was apparently fruitless, the article stating that “America’s pandemic of the century has become the subject of suspicion by Italians“.(4) The mystery of South Korea’s “Patient No. 31” South Korea’s experience was eerily similar to that of Italy, and also to that of China. The country had experienced 30 imported cases which began on January 20, I believe all of which were traceable to contact with Hubei and/or Wuhan. But then South Korea discovered a “Patient No. 31”, a 61 year-old South Korean woman diagnosed with the new coronavirus on February 18. This ‘local’ patient had no ties to China, had had no contact with any Chinese, and no contact whatever with any of the infected South Koreans. Her infection was a South Korean source. More than Just a Virus Just as with Italy, the outbreak in South Korea exploded rapidly after the discovery of Patient 31. By the next day, February 19 (Italy was February 21, for comparison), there were 58 confirmed cases in South Korea, reaching 1,000 in less than a week. After little more than three weeks, South Korea had 8,086 confirmed cases. It would now seem likely (yet to corroborated) that South Korea and Italy could have been ‘seeded’ at approximately the same time. Like the Italians, South Korea performed a massive hunt for the source of the infection of their “Korean No. 1”, combing the country for evidence, but without success. They discovered the confirmed cases in South Korea were mainly concentrated in two separate clusters in Daegu and Gyeongsang North Road, most of which – but not all – could be related to “Patient 31”. As with Italy, multiple clusters and multiple simultaneous infections spreading like wildfire – and without the assistance of a seafood market selling bats and pangolins. For both Italy and South Korea, I could also add that there is no supposed “bio-weapons lab” anywhere within reach (as was claimed for China), but that wouldn’t be accurate. There are indeed bio-weapons labs easily within reach of the stricken areas in both Italy and South Korea – but they belong to the US Military. Korea is particularly notable in this regard because it was proven likely that MERS resulted from a leak at the American military base at Osan. The official Western narrative for the MERS outbreak in South Korea was that a Korean businessman became infected in the Middle East then returned to his home in Gyeonggi Province and spread the infection. But there was never any documentation or evidence to support that claim, and to my best knowledge it was never verified by the South Korean Government. Pertinent to this story is that according to the Korean Yonhap News Service, at the onset of the outbreak about 100 South Korean military personnel were suddenly quarantined at the USAF Osan Air Base. The Osan base is home to the JUPITR ATD military biological program that is closely related to the lab at Fort Detrick, MD, both being US military bio-weapons research labs. . There is also a (very secretive) WHO-sponsored International Vaccine Institute nearby, which is (or at least was) managed by US military biological weapons personnel. At the time, and given the quarantine mentioned above, the event sequence accepted as most likely was that of a leak from a JUPITR biowarfare project. (5) (6) . The Korean path is similar with that of Italy. If we look at a map of the virus-stricken areas of Italy, there is a US military base within almost a stone’s throw of all of them. This is of course merely a case of circumstance arousing suspicion, and by no means constitutes proof of anything at all. However, there is a major point here which cannot be overlooked, namely the fact of simultaneous eruptions of a new virus in three different countries, and in all three cases no clear epidemiology, and an inability to identify either the original source or a patient zero Multiple experts on biological weapons are in unanimous agreement that eruptions in a human population of a new and unusual pathogen in multiple locations simultaneously, with no clear idea of source and cases with no proven links, is virtually prima facie evidence of a pathogen deliberately released, since natural outbreaks can almost always be resolved to one location and one patient zero. The possibility of a deliberate leak is as strong in Italy and South Korea as in China, all three nations apparently sharing the same suspicions. Larry Romanoff is a retired management consultant and businessman. He has held senior executive positions in international consulting firms, and owned an international import-export business. He has been a visiting professor at Shanghai’s Fudan University, presenting case studies in international affairs to senior EMBA classes. Mr. Romanoff lives in Shanghai and is currently writing a series of ten books generally related to China and the West. He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on Globalization (CRG). He can be contacted at: 2186604556@qq.com Notes (A) This is an aside, but Italy has experienced a fatality rate nearly twice that of Wuhan, but there may be an external contributing factor. Observations were made that, in most cases especially among the elderly in Italy, ibuprophen was widely used as a painkiller. The Lancet published an article demonstrating that the use of ibuprophen can markedly facilitate the ability of the virus to infect and therefore to increase the risk of serious and fatal infection. (YY) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanres/article/PIIS2213-2600(20)30116-8/fulltext (B) “The mean age of those who died in Italy was 81 years and more than two-thirds of these patients had . . . underlying health conditions, but it is also worth noting that they had acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) caused by . . . SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia, needed respiratory support, and “would not have died otherwise.” https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30627-9/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email#seccestitle10 (1) https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(20)30627-9/fulltext?dgcid=raven_jbs_etoc_email#seccestitle10 (2) https://www.npr.org/2020/03/19/817974987/every-single-individual-must-stay-home-italy-s-coronavirus-deaths-pass-china-s (3) https://www.iss.it/web/guest/primo-piano/-/asset_publisher/o4oGR9qmvUz9/content/id/5293226 (4) http://dy.163.com/v2/article/detail/F7N756430514G9GF.html (5) https://www.21cir.com/2015/06/south-korea-mers-emerged-out-of-the-pentagons-biowarfare-labs-2/ (6) https://www.businessinsider.com/almost-200-north-korean-soldiers-died-coronavirus-2020-3 The original source of this article is Global Research Copyright © Larry Romanoff, Global Research, 2020 https://www.globalresearch.ca/covid-usa-targeting-italy-and-south-korea/5707042
  8. at least give it the first few minutes. I think youll stay interested. ive only just started as well. maybe you cant see it on facebook if you dont have account? you should though
  9. Sure. Why not? Isn't this just the sort of thing that corrupt autocratic-minded leaders do in banana republics? ' Trump Fires Intelligence Chief Involved in Impeachment Democrats accuse the president of trying to settle scores by firing senior official Michael Atkinson US President Donald Trump has fired a senior official who first alerted Congress to a whistleblower complaint that led to his impeachment trial. Mr Trump said he no longer had confidence in Michael Atkinson, the inspector general of the intelligence community. Democrats said the president was settling scores during a national emergency caused by the coronavirus. They also accused him of trying to undermine the intelligence community. Last year, Mr Atkinson informed Congress of the complaint that President Trump had allegedly abused his office by pressuring Ukraine to open an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son. In letters to Congress, Mr Atkinson described the complaint as "urgent" and "credible". The Democratic-majority House of Representatives voted to impeach the president, but a trial in the Republican-led Senate later acquitted him of all charges. On Friday, Mr Trump notified Congress that Mr Atkinson would be removed from his post within 30 days. Sources told the Associated Press the official had been placed on administrative leave and would not serve out his 30 days. "It is vital that I have the fullest confidence in the appointees serving as inspectors general," Mr Trump wrote. "This is no longer the case with regard to this inspector general." He said he would name a successor "at a later date". Officials quoted by Reuters said Thomas Monheim, a career intelligence professional, would serve as acting inspector general in the meantime. Democrats reacted angrily to the move. "In the midst of a national emergency, it is unconscionable that the president is once again attempting to undermine the integrity of the intelligence community by firing yet another intelligence official simply for doing his job," said Senator Mark Warner, the most senior Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. Congressman Adam Schiff, who chaired the House impeachment hearings, said "the president's dead of night decision puts our country and national security at even greater risk." "President Trump's decision to fire intelligence community inspector General Michael Atkinson is yet another blatant attempt by the president to gut the independence of the intelligence community and retaliate against those who dare to expose presidential wrongdoing," he said. Last month President Trump replaced his acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, who was perceived to have implicated the president in the impeachment inquiry with an off-the-cuff remark at the White House podium. Mr Trump has recently come under fire for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak in the US which has so far claimed more than 7,000 lives. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52164706 Generalissimo Donald says: "That's a real nice country you've got there. Be a shame if anything happened to it."
  10. (I originally put this in the "illegal" thread, but figured some might not be reading something that is a re-hash[and might look like a troll thread title to some], and this deserves to be seen by Trump opponents and supporters alike, as well as the rest of us who just care about our nation and Constitution. However I cut and pasted it midstream, so you may notice that, beginning with my opening. Jungle, Hip, are you paying attention? Maybe you can stop your false accusations, just because I'm not obsessed over trivial tweets which are distractions and counterproductive. Anyhow, here was my post) Again, I repeat "illegal" is just a word. Sack, you may start to dislike me even more now(and I sure as sh*t am not doing this to gain favor with your haters, or anyone for the matter...the truth often is not popular....On the other hand, I am not trying to be like TWD or Old Lit[tm] and purposefully trying to be a bad guy wrestler, either). but I am simply reporting the truth. Heck, even from a MSM source(and a globalist, leftist one at that) to please the crack addicts who can't have it any other way. I am VERY interested to see if the flaming element on here knocks Trump rightly, or will praise him for yet again furthering their agenda(which they'd do more of if they actually paid attention to results instead of tweets...I can't imagine how some of you pay attention to sporting events yet miss much of the scoring on important issues...Frawk of all people occasionally notices, per his "Captain Caveman" posts...but sadly, it does not look like a CAVE was even a necessary part of the act here). Yes, as I've been saying, I try to give credit where it is due....and this is in no way trying to make either "side" of the pro-wrestling infotainment addicts look smarter or dumber here. I predict they will do the cognitively lazy/cowardly thing and not comment at all. If so, I think I just might give this it's own thread. Screw it, I think I am about to cut and paste it now, and maybe Meathead or Lit can add it back to this("illegal") thread later. This is sad, very sad: The president has angered his base by soliciting temporary foreign workers in an effort to stabilize the economy. By ANITA KUMAR 04/02/2020 08:32 PM EDT The Trump administration is still soliciting immigrants for specific jobs despite droves of Americans filing for unemployment. It is urging medical professionals to contact a U.S. embassy to move their application process along, cognizant of the coronavirus pandemic sweeping America. It is easing requirements for immigrants to get jobs as farm workers, landscapers and crab pickers, aware that industries, including those that fill grocery store shelves, could be hurt if they couldn’t hire foreign employees. And until facing criticism this week, it had been moving ahead with a 35,000-person increase in the number of seasonal workers in part for expected job openings at resorts and golf courses after the pandemic releases its grip on the economy. Activists are irate that Trump hasn’t backed down more. But business leaders say it’s needed to stabilize a cratering economy. Indeed, Trump faces immense pressure to prop up the economy — both during and after the coronavirus outbreak. And he’s adopting an approach the business community has long pushed: Recruit workers for perennially empty jobs, even if they’re not American workers. Business leaders say that even during the coronavirus crisis, foreign workers are critical to companies that might be unable to find enough unemployed Americans willing to take certain jobs, especially if those people can collect more money via jobless benefits. “There’s still a need for these types of workers,” said one business industry representative in touch with the administration. But the move poses political risks for the president, with hard-line immigration activists baffled that Trump would choose a moment of financial peril — with unemployment skyrocketing and a reelection campaign around the corner — to turn to foreign workers. “It’s reprehensible,” said Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, which advocates more immigration restrictions. “Specifically importing workers into jobs unemployed Americans would be doing is absurd.” A Department of Homeland Security official said the administration’s moves were surprising given the “soaring unemployment rate.” A record-shattering 6.6 million people filed for their first unemployment benefits last week, as scores of industries have fully shuttered during the pandemic. In response to pressure from opponents, the Trump administration did backtrack on some of its plans, pausing the approval of 35,000 more seasonal worker visas, pending further review. But the other moves remain in place for now. Trump made cracking down on immigration the centerpiece of his 2016 campaign, promising to build a wall on the southern border with Mexico and deport millions of migrants who arrived in the country illegally. In his inaugural address, he promised to rebuild the country with American labor. “We will follow two simple rules: buy American and hire American,” he said. Since the pandemic began, the administration has restricted foreign visitors from China, Europe, Canada and Mexico, and postponed hearings for immigrants wanting to remain in the U.S. More broadly, it paused visa processing for those that aren’t being granted exemptions. But it has also begun easing the process for companies looking to hire foreign workers, altering some paperwork requirements, including allowing electronic signatures and waiving the physical inspection of documents. The administration even talked about boosting the number of visas offered to wealthy immigrants who invest money in the U.S., though interest in that has cooled on Capitol Hill, according to the business leader. DHS is expected to extend visas that are expiring but can’t be renewed because federal offices are closed, according to the business group representative. Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf confirmed this week that he is considering that, among other changes. “We're looking at a … variety of different options that I think we will have soon, and it will be very beneficial,” he said. The White House and DHS did not respond to requests for comment. MORE https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/02/trump-immigrant-workers-coronavirus-162177
  11. ..who is a Trump Supporter, btw. We just agreed we'd NEVER talk about politics and so far, so good. She just texted me: Her: "Are you killing Nazis?" Me: "Not yet, I'm abusing Trump supporters first: Her: "Oh good God" Me: "You could call me and save them. It would be the chivalrous thing to do." Her: "They got themselves in to it, they can get themselves out," THAT is a fucking keeper!!
  12. Wearing even a hat that parodies the Trump hat is cause to get beaten now? Published 20 hours ago on Feb 13, 2020 By Jose Nino A man’s birthday day turned violent at a Broadway bar. On February 11, 2020, Daniel Sprague was at The Stage bar on Broadway wearing a gift his wife gave him for his 50th birthday celebration. The gift was a hat that says “Make 50 Great Again.” The hat has a style similar to the “Make America Great Again” hat that President Donald Trump supporters usually don. “People were just coming up to me and, you know, just loving the little word play on the hat and taking pictures and wishing me happy birthday,” Sprague told News4. However, for one woman at the bar, wearing this hat was an offensive gesture. take our poll - story continues below Should Mitt Romney be EXPELLED from the U.S. Senate by the GOP for his vote to convict President Trump? “At one point,” Sprague claimed, “A female came up from behind me, spun me around, and punched me in the face and then grabbed my hat off my head and was just yelling, ‘How dare you.'” The punch ended up leaving a cut on Sprague’s face. “People have different views, but we’re not supposed to take it out on each other,” Sprague said. Sprague is a retired law enforcement officer from New York. He filed a police report after the woman attacked him. Sprague commented on the situation: ‘Happy birthday’ would be nice, and not a punch in the face. In today’s polarized political environment, incidents like these will be the norm. The Left can’t handle the results of the 2016, and with the growing radicalization they’re experiencing, they’ll look to take out their anger on anyone who stands in their way. Even law-abiding citizens having a good time are fair game in this case. https://bigleaguepolitics.com/crazy-lady-punches-former-police-officer-at-a-bar-for-wearing-maga-style-birthday-hat/
  13. For the MAGATs that think pres. brain worms is doing a good job with C19 April 8, 2017 The Trump administration is ill-prepared for a global pandemic By Lena H. Sun April 8, 2017 at 6:11 p.m. EDT The Trump administration has failed to fill crucial public health positions across the government, leaving the nation ill-prepared to face one of its greatest potential threats: a pandemic outbreak of a deadly infectious disease, according to experts in health and national security. No one knows where or when the next outbreak will occur, but health security experts say it is inevitable. Every president since Ronald Reagan has faced threats from infectious diseases, and the number of outbreaks is on the rise.
  14. https://nypost.com/2020/04/01/coronavirus-aoc-slams-cuomos-decision-to-suspend-mortgage-payments/
  15. NOT! HAHAHA, I’m not an idiot! April Fools Fuckers! I took a much-needed break from here. Dealing with some of you people and reading your posts can be really draining. Plus, I had shit do around the house. Most importantly fixing up my man cave and setting up the pool table. I’ll start off by saying I’m very happy with what McBeane have done so far. I think they did a great job of filling holes with comparable players at relatively good prices and low risk. The Diggs trade may have been steep, but he is exactly the type of receiver that Allen needs. He is a great route runner and he can get open in the intermediate part of the field. He has good hands and will fight for 50/50 balls. IMO this is the make or break year for Allen. We’ll see if the “Allen needs a true #1” crowd is right. But if Allen continues to miss guys by 5 yards and takes bad sacks, it wont matter. I anticipate in the draft we will be looking for a back to pair with singletary, depth at outside CB, WR, Oline, Edge, and it looks like they want to find a player to take over that Buffalo Nickel spot still. I think we are set to take the BPA at those positions of need however the draft falls. Now for the juicy parts! Let’s start with the democratic primary. My boy Bernie is taking a beating so far, but it’s not over yet. One of my biggest complaints with the Bernie campaign is that he has yet to ever go after Biden’s jugular. (Clearly Biden’s jugular is not delivering enough oxygen to his brain, but I’ll get o that). After the Nevada primary, Bernie should have come out saying that he is the front runner, the most electable, and utterly ripped apart Biden on his record and the establishment. I mean, he should have gone not only hamburgers and hotdogs on the establishment, but he should have went full fucking barbeque. He should have come out and said, if the democrats want power, make me the democratic candidate, or none of my supporters will support a brain-dead establishment candidate. Instead of neoliberals always pulling the party further and further to the right, Bernie should have held the party hostage until the party moved back to the center. (what Bernie-like candidates are in just about every other developed country) I am also in favor of anyone with an essential job to start a general strike. You want Medicare for all, $15 an hour, paid sick leave, public college/childcare? Well if you want it, go get it. If you strike now, it will bring the economy to its knees. Then show up at the white house. That’s how shit gets done. It’s not politicians, it’s the people that get things done. On to Joe Biden. Wow, he finally got the hint when the interwebs started asking where is Joe Hidin’? Now everyone is starting to see how bad he actually is. He can barely stay on topic or formulate coherent sentences. Trump is going to eat him alive, and he basically showed us what he was going to say about him. (I think it was on a fox news townhall) I hope everyone who voted for Biden has realized what they have done. The establishment media is to blame for letting Biden hide and not call out his clear decline. There is almost no way that Biden can beat Trump, unless things get worse. (But I’ll get there.) If he did win, it would be such a bait and switch that Americans should be outraged. If he won and then stepped down within a year or so, just to let his VP take over, that would be a complete subversion of the democratic process its fucking sickening. Fuck Joe Biden and the current democratic establishment. The Republican party is fucking terrible. They fucking over Americans (even their own voters) while circling the drain to authoritarianism as they bend over to the corporate elites. But holy shit, the Democratic party is WORSE. They pretend that they are not just as shitty as the Republicans. That is unforgivable. COVID-19, man who could have seen that coming? Holy shit. If you are still a Trump supporter after this, WOW. He straight up fucked us. There is no denying that he was not prepared, did not take this seriously, tried to down play it, absolved himself of blame, and is now using his power to hold states hostage with receiving aid. This dude is a grade A scumbag, and if you don’t see it at this point, you never will. It is possible that hundreds of thousands of people may die. Think about that. Tens of times more than 9/11 or the afghan wars. All because trump doesn’t give a fuck about anyone or anything more than enriching himself. This could be the shoe in the door that gets Biden a presidential nomination if Trump continues to fuck this up. Anyway.. There should be a two week national lockdown, especially in dense population areas. Yea, yea, muh rights! I get it. You don’t want to let the government infringe on your rights. This is a national security risk. What, you don’t trust a government led by your boy Donnie? That’s interesting. Just because I like to rile you boys up, here is one for my Christians pals: Romans 13:1-2 New International Version (NIV) Submission to Governing Authorities 13 Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. LoLz. The stimulus bill was a huge handout to corporations and the 1%. The rest of us got crumbs. This should have been to separate bills and the people should have been bailed out first. If you haven’t figured it out yet, neither of the parties give a shit about you. I’m also PISSED that Bernie didn’t vote against this bill. (you see that? I can be critical of the people that I support) I understand that progressives wanted to get money out there to the people that need it, but holy fucking shit. I get that he has a campaign to run and the optics may be bad, but this may go down as one of the worst things that has happened to Americans. The transfer of wealth back to the 1% will be devastating. Bernie, AOC, and other progressives should have done more than grand standing. They should have voted NO, because history will not be kind to those votes. Again, Fuck the democratic party, especially Nancy and Chuck. If you haven’t watched The Tiger King on Netflix yet, I highly recommend it. It’s really entertaining. I reminds me of sack and blowflex as they attack Hip. So I’m back, just going to be lurking more and posting less until draft day. (I know I did a lot of these… but I promise, I’m not StraightJ) TL;DR: -I’m happy with the Bills off-season so far. -Bernie doesn’t have the balls to run the campaign he needs to win -Biden sucks and he may be brain dead -The democratic party is worse than the Republicans because they pretend they don’t suck -General strike -COVID-19 was made worse by trump who also still sucks just like his supporters -trolling the Christians -stimulus bill fucked us all thanks to Dems and GOP -The tiger King was hilarious
  16. https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/politics/us-service-member-dies-from-coronavirus/index.html
  17. “In the midst of an economic crisis brought on by a global pandemic, Albany rejected calls to do no harm. Instead, lawmakers rushed through a budget filled with policies that will impede New York's economic recovery. New prevailing wage mandates on private construction work will increase project costs and reduce employment opportunities - especially in Upstate New York. This is a stunning example of Albany rewarding special interests at the expense of workers, taxpayers and job creators. This budget also hurts struggling small businesses and restaurants at the worst possible time. New employer mandates, costly product bans and the elimination of a small business tax cuts are devastating blows for businesses, manufacturers, restaurant owners and workers when they can least afford it. Now more than ever, we needed our leaders in Albany to protect jobs and support businesses. Unfortunately, this budget does more harm than good for the state's ailing economy and overburdened taxpayers.” What’s included? Expansion of Prevailing Wage on to Private Construction Projects The state budget included newly expanded prevailing wage mandates on certain private construction projects. Projects over $5 million dollars which receive at least 30% in certain public funding will now be required to pay prevailing wage and benefits. This was always bad economic policy but advancing this now will hurt our ability to rebuild New York’s ailing economy. Paid Sick Leave Mandates This budget creates a permanent new sick leave mandate for New York employers based on the following employee levels: Employers with 4 or fewer employees must provide 40 hours of unpaid sick leave If a business with 4 or fewer employees has net income over $1 mil, they must provide 40 hours of paid sick leave Employers with 5-99 employees must provide 40 hours of paid sick leave Employers with 100 or more employees must provide 56 hours of paid sick leave Campaign Finance Reform Consistent with the recommendation of the Campaign Finance Commission that were recently thrown out in court, the enacted NYS budget creates a publicly financed political campaign program. This section also includes language restricting the state’s minor parties. Scaled Back Voting Paid Time Off The enacted state budget rolled back the expansion of paid time off for voting included in the FY2020 state budget. The PTO is restored to 2 hours, only if the employee demonstrates insufficient time to vote before or after his or her shift (4 hours between poll closure). The employee must demonstrate the insufficient time and notify their employer between 10-2 days prior to any election. New York State Buy American Law Though the New York State Buy American Law was made permanent, no new products or materials were added to the law. Given Upstate New York’s unique economic relationship with Canada, this was a significant budget victory. Ban on Polystyrene (Styrofoam) Products The ban on polystyrene products is set to begin on January 1, 2022. Once in effect, food service providers will be prohibited from selling or distributing disposable polystyrene products, except in rare instances. The law also bans the sale of loose fill polystyrene packaging material known as packaging peanuts. Expanded Definition of Immediately Family Member in Farm Labor Statute The budget expanded the definition of “immediately family member’ as it relates to the recently enacted Farm Labor Bill. This expansion expands family exemptions to include first-cousins working in an agriculture business What didn’t make it? Small Business Tax Cuts Despite being included in the Executive Budget proposal, tax cuts for small businesses were not included the final budget deal. No doubt the fiscal challenges brough on by the COVID-19 outbreak made even the more modest tax cut proposal untenable. Despite this setback, tax cuts for New York’s small employers should continue to be a focus of our advocacy efforts and considered as a possible aide to businesses going forward, once we’ve moved pass this current crisis. Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act Efforts to legalize adult use recreational marijuana against failed to advance in this budget. Net Neutrality The Adopted Budget omits the Executive’s proposal to establish net neutrality principles, enforcement, and compliance provisions and to incorporate net neutrality into the state’s procurement process. Small Wireless Facilities Deployment The Budget did not include the Executive’s proposal to facilitate small cell wireless deployment.
  18. HBO does it again, anther amazing doc. This is on the cost of fake news because of people like Alex Jones and Donald Trump promoting fake news like pizzagate.
  19. Saying Trump has ‘blood on his hands’ is media hype, New York is Covid-19 hell because government at EVERY level is broken In times of crisis, people look to the president for leadership. But the media’s criticism of Donald Trump misses the point: New York is sick not because of POTUS, but because of an endemic rot at every level of government. New York is sick. The Empire State accounts for more than a third of the US’ Covid-19 cases, and in New York City, more than 30,000 people are infected and nearly 700 dead. With the situation worsening by the day, Democrats and the media have pointed the finger squarely at President Trump. Trump “will not lift a finger to help his hometown,” NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio told NBC News last Sunday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused the president on Sunday of delaying the transport of vital equipment to cities like New York. “As the president fiddles, people are dying,” she told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “Do you think there’s blood on the president’s hands?” NBC’s Chuck Todd asked Democratic candidate Joe Biden on Sunday morning. A bold statement indeed. However, Trump’s response to the virus has been about as thorough as possible, despite his initial hesitation to take the outbreak seriously. His administration has called up military reservists, streamlined federal funding for National Guard deployments, paused evictions and student loan repayments, ordered private companies to manufacture medical equipment, and passed a $2.2 trillion stimulus bill. That’s not to be confused for sycophancy. Trump could have rolled out mass testing earlier, could have ordered businesses closed earlier, and could have pressed Congress harder for a stimulus bill less packed with cash for Republican corporate bailouts and Democrat funding for arts and refugees. But the power of the federal government has limits, and hammering Trump for his response neglects the role played by state and local officials In New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo has portrayed the shortage of ventilators there as a struggle between his administration and Trump’s. “FEMA sent us 400 ventilators. We need 30,000,” Cuomo said at the beginning of the week. However, Cuomo has himself admitted that his figure is a worst-case estimate, and that the state has not yet had to dig into its own stockpile of the devices. Cuomo, to his credit, is scrambling to secure ventilators for his state – even if it means publicly badgering Trump for more of the US’ limited national stockpile. But New York has been short on the lifesaving devices for years. In a 2015 report, the New York State Department of Health noted that in the event of a pandemic on the scale of the 1918 Spanish Flu, the city would experience a shortage of 15,000 ventilators. Though the paper did not outright recommend that Cuomo’s administration buy more, its publication did not rouse him into action. Likewise, Mayor de Blasio has pleaded with Trump to deploy the federal military to New York. Last Friday he told the president to “get the hell out of the way and let the military do its job.” Since then, Trump has called up reservists and veterans, sent a hospital ship to New York, and activated the Defense Production Act, while the Army has begun setting up field hospitals in the city. De Blasio accused Trump on March 15 of “playing catch-up” with the virus. However, two days earlier he told New Yorkers to “go about your lives” as normal. That same week he told a radio host that asymptomatic carriers can’t transmit the disease, refused to cancel the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade until convinced to, and personally told a woman returning from Italy not to self-isolate. So exhaustive is the list of his missteps that New York Magazine described the week as “the worst stretch of the mayor’s six-year tenure.” “It has been just a constant struggle to get the mayor to take action,” one City Council member told the magazine. With a record as patchy as his own, it’s no wonder de Blasio has seized the opportunity to attack Trump on cable TV. Better to swing wildly than absorb punches at home. Squandered opportunities and clueless leadership can be found at all levels of government. Hours before de Blasio finally ordered public schools closed on March 15, the management at one school in the Bronx warned staff that they could be fired for telling students to stay at home, even after a member of staff tested positive for the deadly virus, the New York Post reported on Saturday. The New York City Department of Education is currently under investigation for forcing several schools in the city to remain open, including one in Brooklyn where five teachers tested positive. The failures go beyond New York too. After pressing Trump for weeks to declare a national disaster and send aid to her state, and sparring with the president on Twitter, a FEMA spokesman said on Wednesday that Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer had not formally requested a major disaster declaration. Only when news of this delay broke did Whitmer send the request to the federal government, which was approved a day later. Similar stories have surely played out in other states, and at other levels of government. When the pandemic eventually abates, Trump will be judged endlessly on his reaction to it. His future in the White House may depend on it. However, the president sits at the top of a massive bureaucratic machine, and his successes and failures shouldn’t overshadow those of the governors, mayors and administrators below. Defeating Covid-19 depends on a decisive response from every elected official in America, not just the most visible one.
  20. The mainstream doesn't work for you, and are more interested in disinformation rather than real information. I know a lot of you already understand this, but the mainstream is nothing but theatre. If you're going elsewhere for information, how about sharing where you go and the kind of info you are listening to. Might be interesting. I know I'm interested.
  21. Wouldn't everyone like to read another inflammatory article that makes Donald look like the incompetent, clueless little excrement-covered, excrement-throwing monkey that he is? I know I would. I started to highlight in red the parts that make Donald look particularly inept and POS-ish, until I realized just about everything was going to end up in red. Remaining Donald fans, what are your favorite parts? Coronavirus: What This Crisis Reveals About the US -- and Its President There are no fresh flowers at the 9/11 Memorial any more. An American altar usually decorated with roses, carnations and postcard-sized Stars and Stripes is sequestered behind a makeshift plastic railing. Broadway, the "Great White Way", is dark. The subway system is a ghost train. Staten Island ferries keep cutting through the choppy waters of New York harbour, passing Lady Liberty on the way in and out of Lower Manhattan, but hardly any passengers are on board. Times Square, normally such a roiling mass, is almost devoid of people. In the midst of this planetary pandemic, nobody wants to meet any more at the "Crossroads of the World". A city known for its infectious energy, a city that likes to boast it never even has to sleep, has been forced into hibernation. With more cases than any other American conurbation, this city is once again Ground Zero, a term no New Yorker ever wanted applied here again. With manic suddenness, our world has been turned upside down, just as it was on September 11th. Nations, like individuals, reveal themselves at times of crisis. In emergencies of this immense magnitude, it soon becomes evident whether a sitting president is equal to the moment. So what have we learnt about the United States as it confronts this national and global catastrophe? Will lawmakers on Capitol Hill, who have been in a form of legislative lockdown for years now, a paralysis borne of partisanship, rise to the challenge? And what of the man who now sits behind the Resolute Desk in the Oval Office, who has cloaked himself in the mantle of "wartime president"? Of the three questions, the last one is the least interesting, largely because Donald Trump's response has been so predictable. He has not changed. He has not grown. He has not admitted errors. He has shown little humility. Instead, all the hallmarks of his presidency have been on agitated display. The ridiculous boasts -- he has awarded himself a 10 out of 10 for his handling of the crisis. The politicisation of what should be the apolitical -- he toured the Centers for Disease Control wearing a campaign cap emblazoned with the slogan "Keep America Great". The mind-bending truth-twisting -- he now claims to have fully appreciated the scale of the pandemic early on, despite dismissing and downplaying the threat for weeks. The attacks on the "fake news" media, including a particularly vicious assault on a White House reporter who asked what was his message to frightened Americans: "I tell them you are a terrible reporter." His pettiness and peevishness -- mocking Senator Mitt Romney, the only Republican who voted at the end of the impeachment trial for his removal from office, for going into isolation. "Every one of these doctors said: 'How do you know so much about this?'" His continued attacks on government institutions in the forefront of confronting the crisis -- "the Deep State Department" is how he described the State Department from his presidential podium the morning after it issued its most extreme travel advisory urging Americans to refrain from all international travel. His obsession with ratings, or in this instance, confirmed case numbers -- he stopped a cruise ship docking on the West Coast, noting: "I like the numbers where they are. I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault." His compulsion for hype -- declaring the combination of hydroxycholoroquine and azithromycin "one of the biggest game-changers in the history of medicine," even as medical officials warn against offering false hope. His lack of empathy. Rather than soothing words for relatives of those who have died, or words of encouragement and appreciation for those in the medical trenches, Trump's daily White House briefings commonly start with a shower of self-congratulation. After Trump has spoken, Mike Pence, his loyal deputy, usually delivers a paean of praise to the president in that Pyongyang-on-the-Potomac style he has perfected over the past three years. Trump's narcissistic hunger for adoration seems impossible to sate. Instead of a wartime president, he has sounded at times like a sun king. Then there is the xenophobia that has always been the sine qua non of his political business model -- repeatedly he describes the disease as the "Chinese virus". Just as he scapegoated China and Mexican immigrants for decimating America's industrial heartland ahead of the 2016 presidential election, he is blaming Beijing for the coronavirus outbreak in an attempt to win re-election. is attempt at economic stewardship has been more convincing than his mastery of public health. A lesson from financial shocks of the past, most notably the meltdown in 2008, is to "go big" early on. That he has tried to do. But here, as well, there are shades of his showman self. He seems to have rounded on the initial figure of a trillion dollars for the stimulus package because it sounds like such a gargantuan number - a fiscal eighth wonder of the world. Trump, in common with all populists and demagogues, favours simple solutions to complex problems. He closed America's border to those who had travelled to China, a sensible move in hindsight. However, the coronavirus outbreak has required the kind of multi-pronged approach and long-term thinking that seems beyond him. This has always been a presidency of the here and now. It is not well equipped to deal with a public health and economic emergency that will dominate the rest of his presidency, whether he only gets to spend the next 10 months in the White House or another five years. The Trump presidency has so often been about creating favourable optics even in the absence of real progress - his nuclear summitry with the North Korean despot Kim Jong-un offers a case in point. But the tricks of an illusionist, or the marketing skills of the sloganeer, do not work here. This is a national emergency, as countless others have pointed out, that can't be tweeted, nicknamed or hyped away. The facts are inescapable: the soaring numbers of the dead. What have we learnt of the United States? First of all, we have seen the enduring goodness of this country. As with 9/11, we have marvelled at the selflessness and bravery of its first responders -- the nurses, doctors, medical support staff and ambulance drivers who have turned up to the work with the same sense of public spiritedness shown by the firefighters who rushed towards the flaming Twin Towers. We've witnessed the ingenuity and creativity of schools that have transitioned to remote, online teaching without missing a beat. We've seen a can-do spirit that has kept stores open, shelves stocked and food being delivered. In other words, most Americans have shown precisely the same virtues we have seen in every country brought to a halt by the virus. As for the American exceptionalism on display, much of it has been of the negative kind that makes it hard not to put head in hands. The lines outside gun stores. The spike in online sales of firearms -- Ammo.com has seen a 70% increase in sales. The panic buying of AR-15s. Some Christian fundamentalists have rejected the epidemiology of this pandemic. To prove there was no virus, a pastor in Arkansas boasted his parishioners were prepared to lick the floor of his church. Once again, those who live in developed nations have been left to ponder why the world's richest country does not have a system of universal healthcare. Ten years after the passage of Obamacare, more than 26 million Americans do not have health insurance. Rather than a coming together, the crisis has demonstrated how for decades Americans have conducted a political version of social distancing: the herd-like clustering of conservatives and liberals into like-minded communities caused by the allergic reaction to compatriots holding opposing political views. Once again, we have seen the familiar two Americas divide, the usual knee-jerk tribalism. Republicans have been twice as likely as Democrats to view coronavirus coverage as exaggerated. Three-quarters of Republicans say they trust the information coming from the president, whereas the figure among Democrats is just 8%. As the Reverend Josh King told the Washington Post despairingly: "In your more politically conservative regions, closing is not interpreted as caring for you. It's interpreted as liberalism." Even on 13 March, when the CDC projected that up to 214 millions could be infected, Sean Davis, the co-founder of the right-wing website, The Federalist, tweeted: "Corporate political media hate you, they hate the country, and they will stop at nothing to reclaim power to rule over you. If that means destroying the economy via a panic they helped incite, all while running interference for the communist country that started it, so be it." The latest Gallup polling shows the split: 94% of Republicans approve of his handling of the crisis, compared with 27% of Democrats. But overall, six out of ten Americans approve, pushing his approval rating up again to 49%, matching the highest score of his presidency. As with previous crises, such as 9/11, Americans tend to rally around the presidency, although Donald Trump remains a deeply polarising figure. After the attacks of September 11th, George W Bush's approval rating was over 90. The political geography of America, with its red and blue state separatism, has even affected how voters are being physically exposed to the virus. Democrats tend to congregate in the cities, whose dense populations have made them hotspots. Republicans tend to live in more sparsely populated rural areas, which so far have not been so badly hit. Thus, the polarisation continues amidst the pandemic. Rather than to the Trump White House, much of "Blue America" has looked for leadership to its state capitals: Democratic governors such as Andrew Cuomo in New York (who Trump tweeted should "do more"), Gavin Newsom in California (whom Trump has praised) and Jay Inslee in Washington state (whom the president called a "snake" during his visit to the CDC). For American liberals, Dr Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has become the subversive hero of the hour. Offering an antidote to this post-truth presidency, Fauci sticks to scientific facts. After repeatedly contradicting Donald Trump over the seriousness of the outbreak, he is on his way to being viewed with the same affection and reverence as the liberal Supreme Court jurist Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Fauci has become a phenomenon on social media Surely the coronavirus outbreak will eventually lead to an end momentarily to the gridlock on Capitol Hill. Legislators have no other choice but to legislate given the enormity of the economic crisis and the spectre of a 21st Century Great Depression. However, the first two attempts to pass a stimulus package failed amidst the usual partisan acrimony and brinksmanship. Republicans and Democrats are arguing over whether to include expansions of paid leave and unemployment benefits, and what the Democrats are calling a slush fund for corporate America that could be open to abuse. Once again, Capitol Hill's dysfunction has been shown to be both systemic and endemic. Given the scale of the public health and economic crisis, the hope would be of a return to the patriotic bipartisanship that prevailed during much of the Fifties and early Sixties, which produced some of the major post-war reforms such as the construction of the interstate highway system and the landmark civil rights acts. History, after all, shows that US politicians co-operate most effectively in the face of a common enemy, whether it was the Soviet Union during the Cold War or al-Qaeda in the initial months after 9/11. But the early response of lawmakers on Capitol Hill is far from encouraging. And if there is cross-party co-operation - as there will surely be in the end - it will not be the product of patriotic bipartisanship but rather freak-out bipartisanship, the legislative equivalent of panic buying. The paradox here, as lawmakers face-off, is that crises erase philosophical lines. As in 2008, ideological conservatives have overnight become operational liberals. Those who ordinarily detest government have come in this emergency to depend on it. Corporate America, which is generally phobic towards federal intervention, is now desperate for government bailouts. Trickle-down supply siders have become Keynesian big spenders, such is their desire for government stimulus spending funded by the taxpayer. Even universal basic income, a fringe idea popularised by the Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, has gone mainstream. The US government intends to give $1,200 payments to every American. In this call to national action, we have been reminded of how the federal government has been run down over the past 40 years partly because of an anti-government onslaught that started with Ronald Reagan. In 2018, the team responsible for pandemic response on the National Security Council at the White House was disbanded. The failure to carry out adequate testing, the key to containing outbreaks early on, is linked to a funding shortfall at the Department of Health and Human Services. As with the attacks of 11 September 2001, warnings within government were repeatedly ignored. In recent years, there have been numerous exercises to test the country's preparedness for a pandemic - one of which involved a respiratory virus originating from China - that identified exactly the areas of vulnerability now being exposed. As with Hurricane Katrina, the Federal Emergency Management Agency has struggled. As ever, there are tensions between federal agencies and the states. The institutional decline of government that led so many Americans to pin their faith in an individual, Donald Trump, is again plain to see, whether in the shortage of masks and protective gowns or the dearth of early testing. Consequently, America's claim to global pre-eminence looks less convincing by the day. While in previous crises, the world's most powerful superpower might have mobilised a global response, nobody expects that of the United States anymore. The neo-isolationism of three years of America Firstism has created a geopolitical form of social distancing, and this crisis has reminded us of the oceanic divide that has opened up even with Washington's closest allies. Take the European travel ban, which Trump announced during his Oval Office address to the nation without warning the countries affected. The European Union complained, in an unusually robust public statement, the decision was "taken unilaterally and without consultation". Nor has the United States offered a model for how to deal with this crisis. South Korea, with its massive testing programme, and Japan have been exemplars. China, too, has shown the advantages of its authoritarianism system in enforcing a strict lockdown, which is especially worrying when the western liberal order looks so wobbly. Hopefully, nobody will forget how officials in China tried to cover up the virus for weeks and silenced whistleblowers, showing the country's ugly autocratic side even as the outbreak was spreading. But whereas Beijing managed to build a new hospital in just 10 days, the Pentagon will take weeks to move a naval hospital ship from its port in Virginia to New York harbour. Politically, there will be so many ramifications. It is worth remembering, for example, that the Tea Party was as much a reaction to what was called the "big government conservatism" of George W Bush in response to the financial crisis as it was to the pigmentation of Barack Obama. The official history of the Tea Party movement states it came into existence on 3 October, 2008, when Bush signed into law TARP, the Troubled Asset Relief Programme which saved the failing banks. Tea-Partiers viewed that as an unacceptable encroachment of government power. Likewise, it is worth bearing in mind that the two major convulsions of the 21st Century, the destruction of the Twin Towers and the collapse of Lehman Brothers, both ended up having a polarising effect on US politics. The fragile bipartisan 9/11 consensus was shattered by the Bush administration's decision to invade Iraq. The financial crisis fuelled the rise of the Tea Party and further radicalised the Republican Party. What will be the impact on the presidential election? Judging by the Lazarus-like revival of Joe Biden, the signs are that Democrats are voting for normal. Clearly, a significant majority is not in the mood for the political revolution promised by Bernie Sanders. A 78-year-old whose candidacy was almost derailed in its early stages because he was so tactile looks again like a strong candidate in these socially distant times. The view from Lincoln Memorial across the National Mall in Washington, DC Many Americans are yearning for precisely the kind of empathy and personal warmth that Biden offers. Even before the coronavirus took hold, he had made recovery his theme, a narrative in accord with his life story. Many also want a presidency they could have on in the background. A less histrionic figure in the Oval Office. Soft jazz rather than heavy metal. A return to some kind of normalcy. But who would make any predictions? Only a few weeks ago, when the chaos of the Iowa caucuses seemed like a major story, we were prophesying Biden's political demise. Besides, normalcy is not something we can expect to see for months, maybe even for years. Rather, the coronavirus could dramatically reshape American politics, much like the other massive historical convulsions of the past 100 years. The Great Depression led to the New Deal, and its massive extension of federal power, through welfare programmes such as Social Security. It also made the Democrats, the champions of government, politically dominant. From 1932 onwards, the party won five consecutive presidential elections. World War II, among other social changes, gave impetus to the struggle for black equality, as African-American infantrymen who fought fascism on the same battlefields as white GIs demanded the same menu of civil rights on their return home. The attacks of 11 September made many Americans more wary of mass immigration and religious pluralism. The Great Recession undermined faith in the American Dream. A migrant worker in California in 1937 How America changes as a result of coronavirus will be determined by how America responds. Liberals may be hoping the outbreak will highlight the need for universal healthcare, a New Deal-style revival of government, the return of a more fact-based polity and a stronger response to global warming, another planetary crisis which has the potential to paralyse and overwhelm so much of the world. Conservatives may conclude the private sector rather than government is better equipped to deal with crises, amplifying their anti-government rhetoric, that gun controls should be further relaxed so that Americans can better protect themselves, and that individual liberties should not be constrained by nanny states. Every day on my way to work, I pass the 9/11 memorial where the Twin Towers once stood, and watch people laying their flowers and muttering their quiet prayers. Many is the time I have wondered whether I would ever cover a more world-altering event. As I look out of my window on a quiet and eerie city that feels more like Gotham than New York, I fear we may be confronting it now. https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-52012049
  22. https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/03/could-a-draft-cuomo-movement-be-in-the-democrats-future/
  23. "Earlier Wednesday, the Senate defeated amendments to the House legislation that were offered by Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., Ron Johnson, R-Wis., and a third by Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. Now, all eyes have been on the third round of stimulus that's expected to top $1 trillion, which would infuse Americans' bank accounts with two rounds of direct cash payments." https://www.foxnews.com/politics/senate-passes-houses-coronavirus-response-bill-sends-to-trump
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