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NPC “Georgetown-Marines game” 1923


US Confirms Its Eighth Case Of Coronavirus (R.)
Uber Suspends 240 Accounts In Mexico To Prevent Coronavirus Spreading (R.)
US Senator Shreds China’s Official Virus Story, Warns Of “Super Laboratory” (ZH)
Pelosi Questions Why The President’s Lawyers Are Not Disbarred (Turley)
CNN’s Blatant And Bizarre Tulsi Gabbard Snub (Hill)
Is Hillary Clinton Angling To Become Vice President? (Hill)
DNC Members Planning Move To Block Bernie Sanders . . . Again (Turley)
NPR Demands Cassandra Fairbanks’s Conversations with Julian Assange (CC)
Fukushima Radioactive Water Should Be Released Into Ocean – Japan Experts (G.)
Kremlin Warns Chemical Provocation Coming Near Aleppo (ZH)



Are we truly leveling off? There are a few voices out there who like the idea. But perhaps it’s a bit early to say. First today’s numbers:

• Confirmed cases: 14,562 in China, 140 abroad (from 11,945, up 2617) yesterday up 2124

• Deaths: 305 (up 46, yesterday also 46)
(deaths over past 9 days: 15, 15, 25, 25, 26, 38, 43, 46, 46)

• Recovered: 328

• First death outside China (Philippines, patient from Wuhan)

• 8 cases in US



What gives me pause still in the leveling off ‘debate’ is the January 31 2020 report by Gabriel Leung and his team at HKU which states: “In our baseline scenario, we estimated 75,185 infections as of Jan 25.” On Jan 25 there were 1,200-1,300 confirmed cases. Today there are 14,500. Would their infection estimate also have risen tenfold?

Also, this updated BBC graph brings home once again the speed at which the infections have increased: less than two weeks ago, there were less than 300 vs today’s 14,550. Let’s hope the worst is over, but let’s not jump to conclusions. It’s one thing to look at numbers day-to-day, it’s another to look at longer term developments.



And this one doesn’t make me feel much better either for some reason:




Looks doable for now.

US Confirms Its Eighth Case Of Coronavirus (R.)

U.S. health officials on Saturday confirmed an eighth case of the fast-spreading new coronavirus in the United States and the Pentagon said it would provide housing for people arriving from overseas who might need to be quarantined. The latest U.S. patient, who is in Massachusetts, recently returned from Hubei province in central China, the epicenter of the outbreak, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said in an emailed statement. The person was not identified and no other details were provided. The flu-like coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in a market that traded illegally in wildlife in Hubei’s provincial capital Wuhan, has so far resulted in 304 deaths in China, state broadcaster CCTV said early on Sunday in China.

Confirmed cases of the virus have been reported in 27 other nations, according to the CDC. All but one of the patients in the United States was believed to have contracted the disease while they were traveling in the Wuhan area. U.S. officials this week reported the first human-to-human transmission of the disease in the United States in Illinois. Concerns about the virus spurred the Trump administration to declare a public health emergency and bar entry to the United States for foreign nationals who have recently visited China. In addition, U.S. citizens who have traveled within the past two weeks to Hubei will be subject to a mandatory quarantine of 14 days, believed to be the incubation period of the virus, officials said.

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I include this because I don’t understand it. 2 drivers “may” have transported one user, and that suspends 240 accounts?

Uber Suspends 240 Accounts In Mexico To Prevent Coronavirus Spreading (R.)

U.S. ride-hailing application Uber Technologies Inc. said on Saturday that it suspended 240 accounts of users in Mexico who may recently have come in contact with someone possibly infected with the new coronavirus. The newly identified coronavirus, which is believed to have originated late last year from illegally traded wildlife at an animal market in Wuhan, China, has created alarm because it spreads quickly and there are still important unknowns surrounding it. There are no confirmed cases in Mexico and all nine suspected cases were later declared negative.

Uber said in a statement posted on its Twitter account that two drivers may have transported a user who is possibly infected with the new coronavirus. It added the suspended users should contact health authorities if they develop symptoms. [..] Mexican state news agency Notimex reported on Saturday that 18 of the 52 Mexican students who are studying in China had returned. Notimex did not specify whether the students are in quarantine.

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Time for China to come clean about the lab?! Yeah, right. Reminds me of the novichok affair, that also had a bioweapon lab nearby. And gee, were the UK eager to open up about it.

US Senator Shreds China’s Official Virus Story, Warns Of “Super Laboratory” (ZH)

Cotton referenced a Lancet study which showed that many of the first cases of the novel coronavirus, including patient zero, had no connection to the wet market — devastatingly undermining China’s claim. “As one epidemiologist said: ‘That virus went into the seafood market before it came out of the seafood market.’ We still don’t know where it originated,” Cotton said. “I would note that Wuhan also has China’s only bio-safety level four super laboratory that works with the world’s most deadly pathogens to include, yes, coronavirus.” [..] Cotton appears to be referring to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the country’s foremost virus research facility.

The Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, which is part of the institute, is located only 20 miles from the Wuhan wet market, the “official” source of the outbreak according to China. Snakes, bats and other animals were identified as possible originators for the coronavirus in early investigations. The rapid spread of the virus, which makes previous contagions like SARS and swine flu look benign by comparison, seems to lend weight to the theory that the novel coronavirus is a tailored bioweapon. Ten days ago, China reported less than 300 had the virus. The country’s latest update now numbers the infected at over 11,000. An additional 15,000 in China are suspected of having the virus, but a reported lack of test kits prevents the government from giving an accurate number.

When the number of infected was still low, China instituted a wide-reaching quarantine, sealing over 40 million inside cities. Now, the world appears to be sealing China in. Russia, Nepal, Mongolia and North Korea have all closed their borders with China. Even more countries are refusing Chinese nationals, including an unprecedented announcement from the administration of President Donald Trump barring entry into America for foreign nationals who have traveled to China. While the virus has been found in several countries around the world including America, all eyes are now on China as the outbreak there shows no signs of slowing.

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“Pelosi added that Trump “will not be acquitted” even if he is acquitted..”

Pelosi Questions Why The President’s Lawyers Are Not Disbarred (Turley)

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Cal.) made an extraordinary statement yesterday that suggests that lawyers representing President Donald Trump should be disbarred: “I don’t know how they can retain their lawyer status, in the comments that they’re making.” Just as I have been highly critical of President Donald Trump’s attacks on Adam Schiff and others, this is a truly outrageous suggestion. These lawyers are performing a key function in our constitutional system in not just representing an accused person but fulfilling a vital role in an impeachment trial. Because Pelosi disagrees with their legal arguments, she insinuates that they should not be licensed attorneys. It is precisely the type of ad hominem attack that Democrats criticize with the President.

Pelosi added that Trump “will not be acquitted” even if he is acquitted — entirely decoupling the Democratic position from either constitutional or ethical norms. She is not the only person engaging in such low-grade, personal attacks. Harvard Law Professor Larry Tribe denounced Alan Dershowitz as a “charlatan” for his views. Dershowitz denounced another Harvard professor as a “coward” for his criticism. These are good-faith disagreements over the scope and meaning of the constitutional standard. Moreover, the White House counsel has done an able job in responding to the House, including landing a couple of haymakers on the record. Both sides have had brilliant and not-so-brilliant moments. However, they have all conducted themselves will professionalism and civility for the most part.

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The DNC does the exact same thing again that lost them the 2016 election. It’s like a comedy act.

CNN’s Blatant And Bizarre Tulsi Gabbard Snub (Hill)

CNN has held more town hall events than any of the three cable news networks over the past few years and continues that programming strategy as we head into the meat of the 2020 campaign. For the most part, the network has made an effort to provide every candidate on the Democratic side during the primary season with an hour-long stage to answer questions from moderators and voters alike. And that’s what makes CNN’s decision to snub Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) from a series of town halls just days before the New Hampshire primary not only odd, but optically nonsensical. Note: Gabbard is currently polling at 4.8 percent in the RealClearPolitics index of polls in New Hampshire. That puts her ahead of tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang (4.0 percent), businessman Tom Steyer (1.8 percent) and former Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick (no polling available).

So what do these low-polling candidates all have in common? They all received invites to the CNN New Hampshire town hall. The most recent poll from America Research Group released out of the state even has Gabbard ahead of Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), with the Hawaii congresswoman clocking in at 8 percent to Klobuchar’s 7 percent. And if we’re just talking CNN/UNH polling, Gabbard is at 5 percent, which places her 3 points higher than Steyer and 5 points higher than Patrick, who clocks in a 0.0 percent. “We have reached out, I think, more than once, and we received no explanation,” Gabbard told Fox News on Tuesday regarding the non-invite. “I don’t even think we’ve gotten a response to date about why they’re excluding the first female combat veteran ever to run for president, the only woman of color in the race,” she added.

[..] The last time Gabbard appeared on CNN during one of its special events was at a Democratic debate in Ohio last October. It was then that the Iraq War veteran addressed allegations made by the New York Times and a CNN commentator that she was an asset of the Russian government, an allegation launched (and unchallenged) by 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. “Just two days ago The New York Times put out an article saying that I’m a Russian asset and an [Syrian President Bashar] al-Assad apologist and all these different smears,” she said. “This morning a CNN commentator [Bakari Sellers] said on national television that I’m an asset of Russia. Completely despicable.”

Sellers actually called Gabbard a “puppet for the Russian government” without presenting any evidence to back up the claim. “There is no question, there is no question that Tulsi Gabbard, of all the 12, is a puppet for the Russian government,” alleged Sellers, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives. “There is a chance that Tulsi is not just working for the United States,” he added. “That’s not just an allegation.”

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The impechment trial defeat seemed like a good time to reorganize the party. Instead, it’s doubling down.

Is Hillary Clinton Angling To Become Vice President? (Hill)

A number of people in politics, the media and elsewhere are openly speculating that if Democrats wind up with a “brokered convention,” with no strong or viable nominee evident, Hillary Clinton might enter the arena as the “savior” who could unite the delegates and go on to defeat President Donald Trump. Clinton herself seemed to throw shade at that theory during an interview with Variety at the Sundance Film Festival. When asked about the “urge” to beat Trump, the former Democratic nominee said, “Yeah. I certainly feel the urge because I feel the 2016 election was a really odd time and an odd outcome. And the more we learn, the more that seems to be the case. But I’m going to support the people who are running now and do everything I can to help elect the Democratic nominee.”

Several politically savvy Democrats have told me that “everything” may be a much more plausible and powerful scenario. That is, Clinton and/or her team could be negotiating with former Vice President Joe Biden, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg or the last candidate standing to join the ticket as vice president. She would add the gravitas, delegates and, eventually, millions of votes needed to get them over the finish line on Nov. 5. I am assured that Clinton is on every shortlist for that position. If I were in Trump’s world, this scenario would send chills down my spine. There is no doubt that the former first lady, New York senator and secretary of State once again is raising her profile and stepping back into the spotlight to reengage in political discussions.

One such spotlight was provided by the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. There, aside from commenting on her presidential “urge,” Clinton not only promoted the incredibly flattering four-part Hulu documentary about her, titled “Hillary” — which premiered, coincidently, just 10 days before the Iowa caucus — but she also attended the debut of a documentary about the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The first event was tailor-made to allow her to shine. The other gave her a timely platform to bash President Trump on a number of topics.

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They don’t want to win.

DNC Members Planning Move To Block Bernie Sanders . . . Again (Turley)

In 2016, many of us objected to the concerted effect of the Democratic establishment and the Democratic National Committee to rig the primary for Hillary Clinton. Later it was revealed that the Clinton has largely taken over the DNC by taking over its debt and the DNC openly harassed and hampered Sanders at every stage. Despite this effort, Sanders came close to beating Clinton, who has never forgiven him for contesting a primary that she literally bought and paid for with the DNC. The simmering rage was still evident recently in Clinton’s attack on Sanders and suggestion that she might not support him if he were the nominee (a suggestion that she later took back). She continued her attacks this week and it has served to remind voters, particularly younger voters, of the DNC interference with the primary election.

After the scandal, the DNC pledged to reform itself and reduce the power of establishment figures and superdelegates at the convention. Now, however, Politico is reporting that DNC members are again discussing changing the rules to stop Sanders. This follows the selection of Clinton allies to control the convention and a shocking level of anti-Sanders bias shown by CNN at the last debate. In the meantime, the DNC has been criticized for clearing the way for Michael Bloomberg by changing its rules to help him make the debates. Reportedly, a group of Democratic National Committee members are discussing ways to undermine Sanders and allow for a convention stop on his candidacy. The plan centers around the superdelegates to reverse reforms and allow them to vote on the first ballot. In other words, the supers would be brought back in to keep Sanders out.

[..] The fear is that Sanders could win Iowa and come to the convention with the most votes. It would challenge the view that Biden is the unassailable nominee — just as he challenged the same view with Clinton. These moves are likely to only strengthen the resolve of the surging Sanders supporters. Sanders is receiving the most support among young voters — an extraordinary accomplishment given his age and mainstream opposition. The Democratic Party is clearly not willing to move beyond the control and fealty extended to the Clintons. That could easily force a final reckoning at the convention over who controls the Democratic party.

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Not sure what she’s talking about. Post the subpoena perhaps?

Yves Smith says: “NPR cannot subpoena you. Only an attorney acting on behalf of a court or admin law judge can. If an NPR lawyer has anything to do with this, you should file a bar complaint v. him.”

NPR Demands Cassandra Fairbanks’s Conversations with Julian Assange (CC)

In 2018, National Public Radio (NPR), the publicly funded radio organization, was forced to retract a false claim that Donald Trump Jr. lied to the Senate about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, Now, NPR is now demanding journalist Cassandra Fairbanks give them records of her conversations with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. NPR has published salacious allegations that WikiLeaks is “a mouthpiece of the Russian government.”


In a subpoena, NPR also demanded Fairbanks’s conversations with dozens of people, including deceased DNC staffer Seth Rich, long-rumored to be the leaker who passed Democrat emails to Assange. Fairbanks is well known supporter of Assange, and is already declaring she will not hand over her conversations with Assange. “NPR lawyers are on 90 different drugs if they think I would ever give up a single sentence of a convo I’ve had with him,” wrote Fairbanks.


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Calling Greta!

Fukushima Radioactive Water Should Be Released Into Ocean – Japan Experts (G.)

A panel of experts advising Japan’s government on a disposal method for radioactive water from the destroyed Fukushima nuclear plant has recommended releasing it into the ocean, a move likely to alarm neighbouring countries. The panel, under the industry ministry, came to the conclusion after narrowing the choice to either releasing the contaminated water into the Pacific Ocean or letting it evaporate – and opted for the former. Based on past practice, it is likely the government will accept the recommendation. The build-up of contaminated water at Fukushima has been a sticking point in the clean-up, which is likely to last decades, especially as the Olympics are due to be held in Tokyo this year with some events less than 60km (35 miles) from the wrecked plant.

Neighbouring South Korea has retained a ban on imports of seafood from Japan’s Fukushima region imposed after the nuclear disaster and summoned a senior Japanese embassy official last year to explain how the Fukushima water would be dealt with. Its athletes are planning to bring their own radiation detectors and food to the Games. In 2018, Tokyo Electric apologised after admitting its filtration systems had not removed all dangerous material from the water, and the site is running out of room for storage tanks. But it plans to remove all radioactive particles from the water except tritium, an isotope of hydrogen that is hard to separate and is considered to be relatively harmless. “Compared to evaporation, ocean release can be done more securely,” the committee said, pointing to common practice around the world where normally operating nuclear stations release water that contains tritium into the sea.

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More repetition. Call Bellingcat and the OPCW!

Kremlin Warns Chemical Provocation Coming Near Aleppo (ZH)

Amid the ongoing Russian-Syrian military offensive to liberate Idlib province from the al-Qaeda linked Hayat Tahrir al-Sham, suburbs near Aleppo have been scene of intense fighting in recent days, despite government forces liberating the major northern city in December 2016, which marked a turning point in the war. Turkish-backed Syrian rebels have in recent days and weeks mounted new insurgent attacks on the outskirts of the provincial capital city at a moment the Syrian Army has made huge gains into neighboring Idlib. A key reason Damascus has vowed to retake every inch of Idlib is that for years al-Qaeda has launched terrorist attacks on suburbs of Aleppo from there as civilians and the government attempt to rebuild the largely destroyed urban center.

This latest renewed fighting in Aleppo appears a concerted effort by Turkey to use its proxy forces to repel and distract the brunt of the Syrian Army offensive on Idlib, considering on Friday President Erdogan warned he’s ready to use military force if Assad doesn’t halt Idlib operations. “Syrian insurgents carried out at least three car bomb attacks against government forces west of Aleppo on Saturday and opened a new front northeast of the city, an attempted fight back after territorial advances by Damascus.” — Jerusalem Post “We will not allow the regime’s cruelty towards its own people, with attacks and causing bloodshed,” Erdogan said. Ankara has been alarmed that hundreds of thousands of civilians are now trying to flee the embattled province toward the Turkish border.

“Turkey with complete sincerity wants Syria’s stability and security, and to this end, we will not shy away from doing whatever is necessary, including using military force.” Erdogan has also accused Russia of violating key agreements for a reduction in fighting in Idlib, while Moscow has cited ongoing attacks against its nearby Hmeimim airbase launched by HTS insurgents based in Idlib. Over the past years HTS and affiliate jihadist groups have also attacked civilian areas of western Aleppo. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov responded to Erdogan’s charge by pointing out Idlib is a haven for terrorists who launch attacks on civilians as well as Russian and Syrian forces. Erdogan has also recently threatened to “open the gates” of millions of refugees on Europe if it doesn’t received political support. Needless to say, we are headed toward the final Syrian war showdown over Idlib.

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    NPC “Georgetown-Marines game” 1923   • US Confirms Its Eighth Case Of Coronavirus (R.) • Uber Suspends 240 Accounts In Mexico To Prevent Coronavi
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle February 2 2020]

    V. Arnold

    • Is Hillary Clinton Angling To Become Vice President? (Hill)

    Sure. Then she can knock off the Pres & bingo; she’s president??????????

    Thanks for fixing my Corvid video; did you watch it?

    The alleged slow down of the corona spread? I have my doubts; too many known unknowns; how many cases are there really?????????????


    “The DNC does the exact same thing again that lost them the 2016 election. It’s like a comedy act.”

    Seems to me that their job is to distract people from doing something politically meaningful, whatever that might be. I used to think I had some idea on that. Now I just depart, looking warily over my shoulder. Voting is bad for your mental health, and a nasty way of spreading infectious disease, come to think of it.

    Regarding coronavirus and the seafood market: whatever vector agent(s) first spread the thing in a noticeable way could certainly have been infected by someone who’d gotten the virus from the seafood market but been uncommonly resistant to its symptoms, and never knew they had it. The whole world is in love with false dichotomies.

    Yes, China has a bioweapons lab there. The problem is the existence of biowepaons labs in the first place. Not only are that bad, period, bad things for bad purposes, but it only takes one successful transgression to breach security in a calamitous way.

    Wife and I borth have a fairly nasty head cold after spending time in the hospital for my surgery last Thursday. Fever, body aches, moderate sinus pressure (for her; for me, it doubles down on the pressure from having my sinuses cooked). Hospitals are natural disease vectors. Eventually, we’ll go through a period where travel is viewed with suspicion and people wear clothing modeled on the habib or at least go about with scarves wrapped around their face.

    The problem is not the nature of the coronavirus so much as the dependence of daily modern life on consuming goods from everywhere, and people traveling everywhere, often in pressurized cabins whose air is very dry as it circulates around a very crowded passenger compartment. One of my post-op instruction is no flying for two weeks. Not just the dry air, but the shifting pressure that can cause sinuses to expand and contract considerably, which is a great way to pump pathogens through the defensive mucus layer and into the skin where it can take deep hold.

    Too little too soon, too much too late: by the time everyone is wearing masks or quarantined, countless vectors are running loose without masks or beyond the quarantine zone.

    Dr. D

    Finally, real football. Before “safety” equipment ruined the game and caused permanent impairment. How? TBIs, which occur BECAUSE the pads allow you hit harder. Just like boxing. Say what? Yes, ironically, bare-knuckle boxing is SAFER because you can’t only hit so hard, AND they other guy goes down ‘faster’. With gloves you can slosh his thinker around his brain pan for hours, causing permanent damage no one intended.

    …Okay, now expand the principle to finance, bailouts, seat belts, drugs, airbags, free speech, fireworks, gun rights…

    Schmarty-peoples. Who can think them? Bring back the leather helmet!

    When liberals start rallying around John Bolton, you know something is off…

    Donald Trump’s far-right administration is one of the most dangerous in US history, which makes the disappointment over the imminent failure of his impeachment case understandable. But the impeachment proceedings never challenged what actually makes the Trump White House so fraught. In adopting hawkish Cold War chauvinism toward Russia, Democratic House impeachment managers embraced rather than opposed a perilous right-wing agenda. They did this while presenting a weak, overblown, and hypocritical case that posed no threat to Trump.”

    Thank you. Can I get a real Democrat, a real Liberal in here? You, one that doesn’t love John Bolton, and protect the CIA? Crickey what does it take?


    Social Media Networks Vow to Censor “Misinformation” About Coronavirus”

    You know, like that it appeared in mid-December, not January. Oops! That’s now true and official. Like that it’s an escaped bioweapon. Oops! Credible labs have now done testing and have evidence suggesting this. Save me Daddy Government! Save me Corporate Fascism! Save me from myself.

    And right behind them, Twitter saving me from election news, from ZeroHedge publishing public information, and from wrongthink authors who have opinions, however dumb. Because like the Slavs, I am but a wee child with a tiny mind and must be cared for and told by my benevolent betters what to do. Or else.

    The Supers Are Back: DNC Members Planning Move to Block Sanders… Again”

    Apparently they are trying a Biden-Clinton ticket. To keep them both out of jail for another month. Please, PLEASE run. The ensuing catastrophe will be one for the ages, and after bailing banks, starting 15 new wars, an open-slave market, and losing to the worst man they could imagine, possibly FINALLY enough to reform the DNC back into the people’s party.

    …But probably not. They’ll say “we won the argument” and RussiaRussiaRussia and try a civil war. Luckily this will probably be like Antifa’s attack yesterday. Yes, they took over Grand Central, spray painted the walls and glued all the ticket-readers for the NY Subway protesting public transit. …Because it’s ALREADY public and state-owned. And ALREADY as close to free as possible. And ALREADY broke and collapsing like all gov’t projects are. So like in U.K. environmentalists are protesting construction of trains? They don’t LIKE public transit? State-owned enterprises? In any case, the repairs are going to cost, AND they didn’t make their point. But if that’s any sign of the Revolution, I think we’ll survive it. It’s like Jr High sit-in the Cafeteria for student council.

    “that suspends 240 accounts?”

    Yes, like the airlines, they don’t give a s—t, but there are legal lawsuits that their god Mammon DOES care about. So the pencil-pushers say, snap to. P.S. so imagine a world without cars that is at the sole discretion of Uber, as planned.

    ““I don’t know how they can retain their lawyer status, in the comments that they’re making.”

    Let’s see, the one side says there’s a vast conspiracy, run by Putin, and Trump is a traitor, and you’re worried about what THEY said? Thankfully we have elections to sort this out.

    “Pelosi added that Trump “will not be acquitted”

    Yes, we know. You’ve told us. He will be immediately impeached again for new things that you can’t find evidence for, again, over and over forever until the people stop you. Why? Because you’ve gotten literally NOTHING DONE for that unemployed black guy in Milwaukee with no health care. Congratulations. And that guy’s been telling you since the 90s.

    The DNC does the exact same thing again that lost them the 2016 election. It’s like a comedy act.

    Speechless. Since roughly speaking I’m on the other side, I don’t mind, but I hate seeing the game played badly and have said over and over for years how easy it is to win. Look: worst opponent ever. All you have to do is not be crazy, as Bill Maher said. But in #Oppositeland, we do the OPPOSITE of #Logic. It’s a religion, a way of life.

    The article on Tulsi says, the only candidate who could probably win in the only candidate CNN and the DNC (but I repeat myself) won’t allow. They like Trump better, I guess.

    “Calling Greta!”

    Nah, it’s in Asia. Don’t you know only white people are bad? You know that by their skin color.

    Kremlin Warns Chemical Provocation Coming Near Aleppo (ZH)”

    So predictable. No one cares. Have an opinion or say a naughty word in America though, and Hammer Time!


    The msm and the Clinton machine hate her — all the more reason to support her. The idea that we should not be supporting a religious state by spending trillions and trillions of our USA dollars and killing our USA youth not to mention all the innocent middle eastern people. The money that is being made on death for the elite will make sure Tulsi never really sees the light of day.. I really dont have much hope left for the empire anymore.

    Maybe Bernie will figure out that the independent voters like her and pick her as a running mate.

    John Day

    Oh, it’s not letting me copy and paste and submit stuff this morning, but I really did study up on Wuhan coronavirus last night and this morning.What about the homology with HIV. Read it here, folks “both sides” of it. http://www.johndayblog.com/2020/02/first-bad-news.html

    John Day

    I was able to access the pre-print Coronavirus-HIV-homology paper this morning..

    John Day

    Here’s an analysis saying “I don’t think it’s military”, but explaining what’s going on.
    ​ ​The new paper’s authors took 28 sequences of the 2019-nCoV genome isolated from 28 different patient samples, and aligned them with the bat coronavirus genome which is 2019-nCoV’s closest known relative. Although the two viral genomes are 96% identical, this leaves about 1200 DNA bases, and a smaller number of protein residues, where they differ.
    ​ ​Among the differences, the Indian team identifies four insertions, where the 2019-nCoV genome contains a small extra sequence corresponding to a few additional amino acids in an otherwise similar protein. These insertions are as short as 6 residues.
    ​ ​All four insertions were located in the “spike protein” of 2019-nCoV, the projecting protein on the virus’s round envelope which recognizes the ACE2 receptor and enables the virus to penetrate mucous membrane cells, and also gives the coronavirus its name. The variable sequences of these recognition regions enable viruses to penetrate different types of cells in the human body.
    ​ ​The authors took the 2019-nCoV version of the spike protein sequence, and performed homology modeling to generate a likely 3D structure of the spike protein, using known 3D structure of the spike protein from the SARS virus as a starting point. They found that although the four sequences are distant in the 1D chain of the protein, the folding of the spike protein brings three of them together in 3D space, and that they are on the “tip” of the spike, at the ACE2 recognition site…
    The virus has a close 96% sequence overlap to a naturally occurring bat coronavirus, and coronaviruses have been known to jump from bats to humans by way of intermediates before, like the SARS coronavirus. The differences between the genome sequences, including the ones identified by the Indian study, are in variable regions of the genome that we’d expect to differ, and the 4% difference in the genomes is hard to call as “high” or “low,” given that we don’t know exactly which bats the 2019-nCoV strain came from or when it diverged from its closest known ancestor.

    No, the 2019-nCoV genome doesn’t really seem engineered from HIV



    The fish market does seem to be the source. If it has been weaponised then it would be a deliberate release. How many countries have biowarfare labs specialising in weaponising diseases who may feel ill will towards China?

    It would explain the problem with the bat soup theory as viruses die at 65C so should not survive.

    The Senator should realise that having a lab in the area does not mean it is the source : there were US Biowarfare labs in all the countries where ebola appeared and by his logic they must have been responsible!


    “…Okay, now expand the principle to finance, bailouts, seat belts, drugs, airbags, free speech, fireworks, gun rights…”

    There’s no way to make safe a society based on money, an especially dangerously powerful form of language.

    There’s no way to make guns safe without turning them into not-guns.

    There’s no way to make cars safe.

    There’s no way to make fireworks safe.

    That leaves free speech, and we don’t want to begin a discussion on the risks of large-scale communication of countless abstract ideas, few of which are about feeding, sheltering, or nurturing us… because that would require free speech, something whose value rests on honesty and integrity, the absence of which forms a core basis of our culture: how to get along while lying and deceiving as de facto enshrined principles of discourse?

    Easy Street


    “Hammer Time!”

    Lol. That image made my day. It would be lovely to have M.C. Hammer disrupt the DNC candidate debates with a flashy dance every time a candidate lied or interrupted another. I might even watch them iof they provided that. If our election system stays intact long enough, say, 2028 (a miracle, methinks), they will have become better entertainment than the Oscars, which will in turn have become some kind of forum for superficially serious discussion of morality and whatnot. Both shows’ ratings would improve.

    I can’t stop smiling. Ellen Degeneres is pissed.


    I win the prediction. (Go check my comment history)
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    In 1905 there were 19 deaths from high school and collegiate football and another 137 were seriously injured.

    “The Chicago Tribune had the tally of the dead and injured in 1905: Of those slaughtered eleven were high school players and ten of the killed were immature boys of 17 and under. Three hardened, seasoned and presumably physically fit college men were slain. The others were amateurs. Body blows, producing internal injuries, were responsible for four deaths, concussion of the brain claimed six victims, injuries to the spine resulted fatally in three cases, blood poisoning carried off two gridiron warriors, and other injuries caused four deaths. Among the injuries that have not resulted fatally are: broken collar bones and shoulders, nineteen; broken legs, thirty-one; broken arms, nine; fractures to some portion of the head, nineteen; broken ribs, three; spinal injuries, three; concussion of the brain, three.” National athletic associations were formed the very next year due to the outcry.

    According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts have saved nearly 300,000 lives in the US since 1975.

    “Can I get a real Democrat, a real Liberal in here?” You mean one that can differentiate between John Bolton’s policies and whether or not he’s capable of being a professional and telling the truth when he sees corruption taking place. (Though to me personally he falls into the Chicken Hawk variety of Republican given his lack of courage at actually testifying in front of the House.} You mean one that can recognize the fact that nearly every country that was a satellite of the USSR was clamoring to get into the EU. You mean one that knows an invasion when they see one instead of “reunification.” Ala Crimea and Ukraine, and yes Iraq and Afghanistan as well. Not to mention Viet Nam. That liberal Democrat? Yes we realize the division and dualism with the the Democratic Party. Republicans on the other hand revel in their monolithic duplicity and lack of moral courage.

    I would love to go on but given the current state of TAE it’s a lot like pissing into the wind. Relieving but not very satisfying. Long live Nicole Foss.

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