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Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing (Atl.)
US Airport Screeners, Health Workers Plagued By Fear And Anger (R.)
One Tests Positive After Conference Also Attended By Trump, Pence, Pompeo (X.)
Nebraska Woman Rushed To Bio-Containment Unit In Specialized Isolation Pod (DM)
Italy To Quarantine Whole Of Lombardy Due To Coronavirus (O.)
Quarter Of Italy’s Population Put In Quarantine (O.)
Head Of Italy Players’ Union Calls For Soccer To Stop (R.)
Lebanon To Default On Foreign Debt Payments For First Time (BBC)
IMF Deal Would Spark ‘Popular Revolution’ In Lebanon – Hezbollah (R.)
US Blocks UN Statement Backing Syria Ceasefire (Ditz)
Top Saudi Royals ‘Arrested For Plotting With Americans Against King’ (RT)
Saudi Arabia Starts All-Out Oil War (ZH)

 

 

 

Cases 106,487 (+ 3,943 from yesterday’s 102,544)

Deaths 3,600 (+ 99 from yesterday’s 3,501)

 

Lovely. North America moves its clock 3 full weeks ahead of Europe. I lose an hour every morning.

Meanwhile, the virus continues its march unabated. In virus time.

 

 

 

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South Korea has tested 200,000+ people, it says. The Atlantic could only confirm 1,895 tests in the US.

Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing (Atl.)

It’s one of the most urgent questions in the United States right now: How many people have actually been tested for the coronavirus? This number would give a sense of how widespread the disease is, and how forceful a response to it the United States is mustering. But for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has refused to publish such a count, despite public anxiety and criticism from Congress. On Monday, Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, estimated that “by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed” in the United States. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised that “roughly 1.5 million tests” would be available this week.

But the number of tests performed across the country has fallen far short of those projections, despite extraordinarily high demand, The Atlantic has found. “The CDC got this right with H1N1 and Zika, and produced huge quantities of test kits that went around the country,” Thomas Frieden, the director of the CDC from 2009 to 2017, told us. “I don’t know what went wrong this time.” Through interviews with dozens of public-health officials and a survey of local data from across the country, The Atlantic could only verify that 1,895 people have been tested for the coronavirus in the United States, about 10 percent of whom have tested positive. And while the American capacity to test for the coronavirus has ramped up significantly over the past few days, local officials can still test only several thousand people a day, not the tens or hundreds of thousands indicated by the White House’s promises.


To arrive at our estimate, we contacted the public-health departments of all 50 states and the District of Columbia. We gathered data on websites, and we corresponded with dozens of state officials. All 50 states and D.C. have made some information available, though the quality and timeliness of the data varied widely. Some states have only committed to releasing their numbers once or three times a week. Most are focused on the number of confirmed cases; only a few have publicized the number of people they are capable of testing. The Atlantic’s numbers reflect the best available portrait of the country’s testing capacity as of early this morning. These numbers provide an accurate baseline, but they are incomplete. Scattered on state websites, the data available are not useful to citizens or political leaders. State-based tallies lack the reliability of the CDC’s traditional—but now abandoned—method of reporting.

[..] Our reporting found that the capacity to test for the coronavirus varies dramatically—and sometimes dangerously—from state to state. California claims the highest testing capacity of any state, and has tested the most individuals so far. As of yesterday afternoon, it had tested 516 people, with 53 positive cases, a spokesperson for the Department of Health told us. The department now has the capacity to test 6,000 people every day, and it expects that capacity to expand to 7,400 people a day starting today, the spokesperson said. Washington State, the site of the country’s largest outbreak thus far, can test roughly 1,000 people a day. The state health department’s laboratory can test 100 people a day; the rest of the testing is being done at the University of Washington’s Virology Lab.


Officials have found 70 positive cases in Washington so far, though a genetic study has estimated that there may be hundreds of untested people who have COVID-19 in the greater Seattle area. Oregon, situated between the California and Washington hot spots, can test only about 40 people a day. Texas has 16 positive cases, according to media reports, but the health department’s website still lists only three cases. The Texas Tribune has reported that the state can test approximately 30 people a day.

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Everyone up and down the food chain of command should tell their superiors they’ll do it, but only if he/she will be standing there next to them doing the same job, with the same gear and the same protection.

US Airport Screeners, Health Workers Plagued By Fear And Anger (R.)

As coronavirus cases exploded across the world, federal medical workers tasked with screening incoming passengers at U.S. airports grew alarmed: Many were working without the most effective masks to protect them from getting sick themselves. Screeners with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention asked their supervisors this week to change official protocols and require stronger masks, according to an internal document reviewed by Reuters. On Friday evening, they learned their worst fears were realized: Two screeners, both working at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), had tested positive for the virus. “Sad news,” a senior quarantine official at the CDC wrote in an email Friday evening to colleagues about the two workers.

The email, reviewed by Reuters and not previously reported, said the two screeners will be quarantined until March 17. “Let us keep our colleagues at LAX in our thoughts.” The news was not surprising to some CDC screeners. “It was bound to happen,” said a veteran CDC medical official involved with screening who spoke on condition of anonymity. “They are assuring us we are safe. If we were safe, screeners would not be getting sick.” The struggles within the CDC, an agency that advises the country’s health systems about how to protect people against the virus, underscore the difficulties confronting health workers across the nation and illustrate a challenge for the Trump administration, which has faced criticism over its response to the outbreak.

[..] The CDC recommends that so-called “secondary” screeners, who meet with passengers who have traveled to certain countries, such as China, wear a surgical mask, gloves and eye protection, Nordlund said. Secondary screeners are advised to stand six feet away from passengers they observe and do not wear the sturdier N95 masks, also known as respirators, because they aren’t exposed to symptomatic travelers, she said. N95 masks are designed to protect screeners from the smaller pathogens such as coronavirus which can penetrate deeper into the lungs. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, surgical masks are not designed to block very small particles, such as those transmitted by coughs and sneezes, and do not provide complete protection because of the loose fit.


Nordlund said that CDC’s guidance calls for screeners who meet with people exhibiting obvious signs of illness to wear N95 respirators and other protective gear. But people infected with the coronavirus do not necessarily exhibit obvious signs of illness. “Surgical masks won’t protect us from getting the virus – they just protect us from infecting someone else,” the CDC medical official involved in screening said. “We want to know why we can’t wear N-95 masks. It’s crazy.” “You might as well have a tissue over your face for all the good it will do,” the official added.

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Getting close.

One Tests Positive After Conference Also Attended By Trump, Pence, Pompeo (X.)

An attendee at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which U.S. President Donald Trump also attended, has tested positive for COVID-19, the American Conservative Union (ACU) said on Saturday. The exposure occurred prior to the conference held in National Harbor, U.S. state of Maryland, just south of Washington D.C., said the ACU, a conservative grassroots organization, in a statement. A New Jersey hospital tested the person, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed the positive result, said the statement. “The individual is under the care of medical professionals in the state of New Jersey, and has been quarantined,” it said. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at the gathering, which took place from Feb. 26 to Feb. 29.


Also present at the event were a number of administration and cabinet officials, including Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar, and newly-appointed White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said in a statement Saturday that the White House is aware of the attendee testing positive for the virus. “At this time there is no indication that either President Trump or Vice President Pence met with or were in close proximity to the attendee,” Grisham said in a statement. “The president’s physician and United States Secret Service have been working closely with White House Staff and various agencies to ensure every precaution is taken to keep the First Family and the entire White House Complex safe and healthy.”

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Yeah, sure, going for the cheap effect. But this woman is just 36 years old, not 86. Maybe the photo can bring this home.

Nebraska Woman Rushed To Bio-Containment Unit In Specialized Isolation Pod (DM)

In Nebraska, there were dramatic scenes as a woman who tested positive for the virus was rushed from a community hospital to the nation’s leading biocontainment unit at he University of Nebraska Medical Center Omaha. The 36-year-old Nebraska resident was photographed being transported to the facility in a hi-tech isolation pod late Friday. The woman, who is the first person in Nebraska to test positive to coronavirus, is ‘very seriously ill’, according to doctors who spoke with Omaha.com Saturday. A chest CT scan conducted yesterday showed the coronavirus is evolving into acute respiratory distress syndrome (ADRS). The syndrome, which is characterized by a rapid onset of widespread inflammation in the lungs, is often fatal. People with ARDS suffer severe shortness of breath and often are unable to breathe on their own without support from a ventilator.


The woman reportedly traveled to England with her father February 18 to February 27. She began to feel ill on February 25, two days before she flew back to the United States. Doctors say they are still trying to piece together where she went and who she had contact with in the 10 days since she arrived back from overseas. According to doctors, her symptoms were quite mild until this Thursday, when she arrived at a local emergency room. As her condition took a turn for the worse Friday, a decision was made to move her from Omaha’s Methodist Hospital to the to the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit. [..] the woman was place in an isolation pod, made of heavy duty plastic and complete with a dozen ports for ventilators and other tubes. Medics donned plastic face shields, rubber gloves and rain boots as they moved her from the ambulance in a stretcher.


A woman who tested positive with the coronavirus is brought to the University of Nebraska Medical Center on Friday. She was transferred from Omaha’s Methodist Hospital in an isolation pod inside an ambulance ©AP

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Things move fast: mere hours after the closure of Lombardy is reported, a new report says a “Quarter Of Italy’s Population Put In Quarantine” in 11-14 provinces.

Italy To Quarantine Whole Of Lombardy Due To Coronavirus (O.)

The Italian government is to lockdown the northern region of Lombardy, as it battles to contain the spread of the coronavirus. A draft decree would extend the quarantined areas, so-called “red-zones”, ordering people not to enter or leave the region. The country is grappling to contain Europe’s worst outbreak of Covid-19, which has claimed 233 lives and infected a total of 5,883 people. Italian authorities announced that a new decree containing draconian measures would be approved later on Saturday. It will include the power to impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving Lombardy, the worst-affected region, until 3 April. People may be allowed in and out for serious reasons. The decree provides for banning all public events, closing cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs. Religious ceremonies such as funerals and weddings will also be banned.


Rome is also considering prolonging the closure of schools across the country until 3 April, while major sporting events, such as Serie A football games, will be played behind closed doors. The number of coronavirus cases in Italy leapt by more than 1,200 in a 24-hour period, the civil protection agency said on Saturday. It is the biggest daily rise since the outbreak began two weeks ago. The number of cases in the country rose to 5,883 on Saturday from 4,636 announced on Friday, with the spread showing little sign of slowing. In total there are now 5,061 cases, not including those who have died or recovered. The northern regions of Lombardy, Emilia-Romagna and Veneto are the hardest hit, representing 85% of cases and 92% of recorded deaths. “We will win this battle if our citizens adopt a responsible attitude and change their way of living,” the head of Italy’s civil protection agency, Angelo Borrelli, told a press conference.

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Ben Hunt: “Italy is a time machine that shows us our future.”

Quarter Of Italy’s Population Put In Quarantine (O.)

Italy has formally locked down more than a quarter of its population in a bid to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus, as the outbreak reached Washington DC and a political convention attended by Donald Trump and Mike Pence. More than 5,800 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in Italy, after an alarming increase of more than 1,200 in a single 24-hour period. Two hundred and thirty-three people have died. Almost 100 countries are now responding to outbreaks. In the early hours of Sunday, Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte signed a decree enacting forced quarantine for the region of Lombardy – home to more than 10 million people and the financial capital, Milan – and multiple other provinces, totalling around 16 million residents.

Affected provinces include Venice, Modena, Parma, Piacenza, Reggio Emilia, Rimini, Pesaro and Urbino, Alessandria, Asti, Novara, Verbano Cusio Ossola, Vercelli, Padua, and Treviso. The lockdown decree includes the power to impose fines on anyone caught entering or leaving Lombardy, the worst-affected region, until 3 April. It provides for the banning of all public events, closing cinemas, theatres, gyms, discos and pubs. Religious ceremonies such as funerals and weddings will also be prohibited, and leave for healthcare workers has been cancelled. Rome is also prolonging the closure of schools across the country until at least 3 April, while major sporting events, such as Serie A football games, will be played behind closed doors.

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And forget about soccer Eurocup, Olympics etc.

Head Of Italy Players’ Union Calls For Soccer To Stop (R.)

The President of Italy’s players’ union (AIC) has called for soccer to be stopped in the country amid reports that the entire region of Lombardy will be locked down as part of efforts to tackle the coronavirus outbreak. The Italian government has ordered all sporting competitions to be played behind closed doors until April 3 in a bid to control the spread of the disease, which has killed around 200 people in the country. And tough new measures are expected to be approved on Saturday that will tell people not to enter or leave Lombardy, home to around 10 million people, as well as 11 provinces in four other regions.


Damiano Tommasi, head of the players’ union, responded to the news on Twitter by posting a link to the story and issuing a plea to stop games from going ahead. He wrote: “Let’s stop the league!! Do we need anything else? Stop football!!” Tommasi also issued a statement on the AIC website earlier in the day outlining his concerns for players’ welfare. “There is a risk for players and we must take all precautions for the security of those who play: on the pitch you certainly can’t stay at a distance of one meter away. “But every measure must be taken to guarantee the safety of everyone at the stadium, including staff and personnel, to reduce the risks.

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A long time coming.

Lebanon To Default On Foreign Debt Payments For First Time (BBC)

Lebanon is to default on a foreign debt payment for the first time in its history as the country struggles with a major financial crisis. Prime Minister Hassan Diab said Lebanon would not be making a bond payment of $1.2bn due on Monday. “The debt has become bigger than Lebanon can bear, and bigger than the ability of the Lebanese to meet interest payments,” Mr Diab said. Lebanon has been struggling since the value of its currency plummeted. The Lebanese pound has been losing value against the dollar for months, in part because the country’s banks have been reluctant to convert local pounds to dollars – leading to an increase in demand for the latter.


This issue with foreign exchange has led to importers having difficulty accessing goods, which have become more expensive. Those with savings have also been affected by the drop in value of the local currency. In a live televised address on Saturday, Mr Diab said that negotiations to restructure the country’s debt, which stands at more than $30bn, would continue “with all creditors… in a manner consistent with the national interest”. Mr Diab added that more than 40% of the population could soon be in poverty as Lebanon tackles its worst economic crisis in decades.

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From a few days ago, before the default was announced. France is heavily involved. And the IMF deal should be there any moment now.

IMF Deal Would Spark ‘Popular Revolution’ In Lebanon – Hezbollah (R.)

Hezbollah believes that terms required by any IMF bailout package for Lebanon would spark “a popular revolution”, a senior official said on Tuesday, rejecting such a step and calling instead for a “national solution” to a deep economic crisis. Lebanon is in the throes of an unprecedented economic crisis, the result of long-entrenched corruption and bad governance that have landed the state with one of the world’s heaviest public debt burdens. Hezbollah, a heavily armed Shi’ite group which is backed by Iran and designated a terrorist organization by Washington, is one of the main backers of a new government that has sought technical but not financial aid from the International Monetary Fund.


Long-standing financial backer France said last week it was looking at options to support Lebanon, including through an IMF program if Beirut sought one. Hezbollah MP Hassan Fadlallah told Reuters the group was against the type of terms typically imposed by the IMF as part of a bailout such as taxes, privatization, reducing the size of the public sector and halting subsidies. “The position is not toward the Fund as an international financial institution but on the terms offered to Lebanon, because they will lead to a popular revolution,” he said. “Our position is against this type of program and not against the Fund as an organization.”

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Most notable: Erdogan keeps the peace for now.

US Blocks UN Statement Backing Syria Ceasefire (Ditz)

The ceasefire in Syria’s Idlib Province took effect on Friday, and has been holding so far. With every other nation on board, the US blocked a joint UN statement backing the ceasefire, saying it was “premature” to do so. The ceasefire was brokered by Turkey and Russia, and that’s almost certainly the problem from the US perspective. The US broadly refuses to back any Syria agreements Russia is involved in. US officials had also been loudly backing Turkey’s military offensive in Idlib, and probably aren’t happy that Turkey has made a deal not to go to war. US officials weren’t super on board with directly participating in a Turkey-instigated war, but were only too happy to give lip-service to it. Having the UN back a ceasefire, even if it is one not expected to necessarily survive, is usually the norm, though the US may find, in seeking backing for its Afghan deal, they may face similar resistance.

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RT adds a “nice” twist. There are rumors that King Salman has either already died or is about to, and MbS is consolidating his power before his death leads to a revolt.

Top Saudi Royals ‘Arrested For Plotting With Americans Against King’ (RT)

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has had his relatives arrested for plotting a coup against him and King Salman with the help of “foreign powers, including the Americans,” Western media claim. RT asked Middle East analysts to weigh in. Three senior members of the Saudi Royal family were arrested on Friday, several Western media outlets have reported, citing sources. The list of detainees includes prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the younger brother of King Salman, Mohammed bin Nayef, the king’s nephew and former crown prince, and Nawaf bin Nayef, the younger half-brother of Prince Nayef, as reported by the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has allegedly accused them of treason, namely “conducting contacts with foreign powers, including the Americans and others, to carry out a coup d’etat” against King Salman and his son, Reuters, which has also picked up the news, added, citing own sources. While Western media is not above publishing unverified rumors about the ‘regimes’ they dislike, some of which have turned out to be utterly fake, there is no easy way to verify reports on the secretive world of Saudi court affairs. One has to bear in mind the possibility someone in Riyadh has purposefully fed the news to the media. While the reports of the high-profile arrests have yet to be confirmed by Saudi Arabia, they wouldn’t be unprecedented.


The allegations of foreign involvement may be meant for domestic consumption in Saudi Arabia and nothing to do with international politics, believes Sergey Balmasov from the Moscow-based Institute for the Near East. “What other foreign meddler could they have named? Accusing, for example Iran would have not been credible,” he explained. The US has great influence in the Saudi military and intelligence services, thanks to decades of training their members, Balmasov added. So if the US as a nation were actually determined to effect a regime change in Saudi Arabia, “a different person would have now been in the palace.” If the US really needed this, a bloodless coup would have happened already, and I’m sure many Americans wouldn’t have even noticed.

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Sorry, but no. Putin started this by refusing OPEC+ production cuts. Saudi merely reacted to that.

Saudi Arabia Starts All-Out Oil War (ZH)

With the commodity world still smarting from the Nov 2014 Saudi decision to (temporarily) break apart OPEC, and flood the market with oil in (failed) hopes of crushing US shale producers (who survived thanks to generous banks extending loan terms and even more generous buyers of junk bonds), which nonetheless resulted in a painful manufacturing recession as the price of Brent cratered as low as the mid-$20’s in late 2015/early 2016, on Saturday, Saudi Arabia launched its second scorched earth, or rather scorched oil campaign in 6 years. And this time there will be blood.

Following Friday’s shocking collapse of OPEC+, when Russia and Riyadh were unable to reach an agreement during the OPEC+ summit in Vienna which was seeking up to 1.5 million b/d in further oil production cuts, on Saturday Saudi Arabia kick started what Bloomberg called an all-out oil war, slashing official pricing for its crude and making the deepest cuts in at least 20 years on its main grades, in an effort to push as many barrels into the market as possible. In the first major marketing decision since the meeting, the Saudi state producer Aramco, which successfully IPOed just before the price of oil cratered launched unprecedented discounts and cut its April pricing for crude sales to Asia by $4-$6 a barrel and to the U.S. by a whopping $7 a barrel in attempts to steal market share from 3rd party sources, according to a copy of the announcement seen by Bloomberg.


In the most significant move, Aramco widened the discount for its flagship Arab Light crude to refiners in north-west Europe by a hefty $8 a barrel, offering it at $10.25 a barrel under the Brent benchmark. In contrast, Urals, the Russian flagship crude blend, trades at a discount of about $2 a barrel under Brent. Traders said the Saudi move was a direct attack at the ability of Russian companies to sell crude in Europe. Confirming the obvious, Iman Nasseri, managing director for the Middle East at oil consultant FGE said “Saudi Arabia is now really going into a full price war.”

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    Unknown Daniels-Wells Pontiac, 3055 Broadway, Oakland CA 1938   • Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing (Atl.) • US
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle March 8 2020]

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    Just after publishing, Iran adds 743 more cases, 49 more deaths.

    #54966

    V. Arnold
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    Just after publishing, Iran adds 743 more cases, 49 more deaths.

    Major bummer; what is the reason Iran is getting hit so bloody hard?
    So many questions; no genuine answers…
    If in fact, this was bio-engineered (which I do not believe); somebody really, really fucked up…

    In any event; buckle up; this may well prove to be one hell of a ride to……………………

    We’re holding at around 50, and counting…
    Life here is pretty much normal…so far…

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    Dr. D
    Participant

    Article: “All Hospital Beds in the US Will Be Filled with Patients ‘By about May 8th’ Due to Coronavirus: Analysis”

    All hospital beds are filled now: what do you suppose they mean? It means they’re experts: they didn’t think.

    “65% of those beds are already occupied.” If anyone besides the Dr. is here, they can vouch occupied beds near 100%. We don’t keep two hospitals running but one empty. That’s not capitalism: we never have, never would. Other than that, it seems she’s trying to make a mathematical point about compounding, which is fair.

    I’m an engineer. …I run calculations to estimate impacts.” This is the problem. Unlike engineering, in the real world everyone is LYING to you, so your Inputs are all false. In ways you can’t predict. You can’t build a bridge this way, but they don’t give you a toolbox to identify all the lies the field surveyors have salted. Sadly, they now SHOULD do this for bridges as we saw in Florida: the sand guys are going to cheat, the concrete guys are going to cheat, the rebar guys are going to cheat, the contractors are going to cheat, and with each guy dropping the strength 30% thinking the other guy ISN’T cheating, and adds up to deadly failures. This is worse, because you can’t estimate the lies. You think you’re building a bridge when turns out to be a swimming pool, and they didn’t give you concrete, it’s space epoxy. Good luck planning.

    In politics and news, you have to assume everybody’s lying, everybody has an angle. Double for doctors, who strangely do doubt their patients (so many ARE lying) but NOT with science and pharmaceutical companies, no matter how many times they’re caught and discredited. I think they just don’t have the time, but I wish they would stop them before the next Vioxx kills the next 10,000 people (and nobody cared).

    Rabbit vs hare clock: Corona = 3,600, Flu = 108,333 (650k wiki, 2mo time)

    “Strongest Evidence Yet that America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing (Atl.)”

    Yet another day every failure the government makes is one big “accident” and they’re not up to something. What history, news story, personal account, history, logic, fiction, or theory have these guys ever read that make that plausible? But I am a coincidence theorist, and everything that happens everywhere – especially in government, involving trillions of dollars – is completely random and accidental. No one ever has any plans. No one ever walks away with more money or power at your expense. Because that would be a “conspiracy” you see, and we know criminals never work together in robberies, never have in the past, never will in the future. It’s just plain impossible for robberies and crimes to ever occur. Asking the question or suggesting it is dangerous treason.

    “An attendee at last week’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which U.S. President Donald Trump also attended, has tested positive for COVID-19”

    This was hilarious. Couldn’t happen to nicer guys. Okay, now look at how they react to it. How did the DNC react? How are they planning their big convention? Do they believe their own stories or what?

    “Quarter of Italy’s Population Put in Quarantine (O.)”

    This will be interesting, with a +40 day incubation and no symptomology. Also how do they plan to supply? Reminds you that this has been happening for 1,000 years, and usually far worse. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Decameron

    “IMF Deal Would Spark ‘Popular Revolution’ in Lebanon – Hezbollah (R.)“

    Attacking them again, as usual, probably at Israel’s request. The IMF is the most famous arm. Since they gave the last catastrophic nit-wit who lost $100B a big promotion, will they make the new IMF head that failed again here the Pope? I can fail twice as hard for half the money. Just give me a chance. I’ll even avoid being a convicted felon! Maybe that’s the problem.

    “Top Saudi Royals ‘Arrested for Plotting with Americans against King’ (RT)”

    Some guys have to make hay while everyone’s distracted. We do know that the Brennan/CIA-wing of the Royals seem to be different from the MbS wing, and may have been something to do with that Vegas affair. So no surprise. Russia ups the heat by supporting the OPEC flood. I don’t mind if gas prices drop. Sounds great. They can put a war on shale, but shale is highly diminished and unless they take the keys, money has no meaning and we can still print $20T/yr and hand it to Morgan, Fargo, Harley, Toyota, foreign, domestic, legal, illegal, insider payoff, anyone at all without batting an eye. See if we won’t. I never thought it could get here but they all love and condone corruption just that much. Did you see Mnuchin destroy the shorts on the Chicago VIX Friday? Pinky finger. Click: mouse. Click: mouse. And everyone loves it all, not the slightest impulse to honesty and sound money.

    Ah, seems like only yesterday having a single box of pasta and even one roll of toilet paper made you a dangerous unscientific unhinged Armageddon moron. Still does, I wager, so I’m not sure how the Costco crowd is selling it to themselves. Probably: “When I do it, it’s super far thinking and smart, but when YOU do it, it’s dumb, careless, and greedy ‘cause you took mine.” “All for me and none for thee” it’s the new religion to the new Prince, the Light of the World, the Morningstar.

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    Dr. D
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    I’m sure their new extortion in Lebanon will kill 3,600 people.

    No one will care.

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    sumac.carol
    Participant

    Hi V Arnold
    I just came across this coronavirus protocol that uses intravenous Vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine. Not something you could administer yourself but interesting to know.
    Vitamin C – an update

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    oxymoron
    Participant

    Interesting Dr.D re the Italians locking down to ride out ye olde black plague way back when- that again originated in the East or Far East – China. Why do so many the nasty virusy thingies come from China? (Although it may have come from somewhere else). Some of the best bacterially dominated soils on earth with crap loads of humans and wide variety of dietary habits?
    I dunno but it is weird. And those poor Italians – I didn’t know Florence took so damn long to recover – economically and socially (well socially they have really hung on to dark horror movies so……).
    Still not a lot of people dying yet so I am backing your horse in this race.
    We have some mud slinging going on here in Australia between politicians (protecting the people on the front line) and rich doctors (desperate to keep the good name of their practice clean now that one has gotten all Corona).

    Everyone is doing the funky chicken over this virus. I am glad TAE is covering the show.

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    oxymoron
    Participant

    Speaking of not caring. Wars are so boring when it’s just other people with our guns.
    Outbreak. Virus. Pandemic. Lockdown. Pathogen. Vaccine.
    I mean they just read well – hashtag trending

    The Media can’t help themselves.
    No toilet paper on the shelves.
    It’s getting a reaction
    Damn Covid-19’s got traction.

    Sorry…… I should be at the piano but this crazy dumb-shit world!

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    Charles Alban
    Participant

    i wish we could get away from this horrible Americanism “lockdown”. it seems as contagious as the virus. what’s wrong with “quarantine”?

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    anticlimactic
    Participant

    SYRIA – CAN WE WRAP THIS UP PLEASE!

    Realistically Assad/Putin have won. Can everyone just accept that!

    Everyone should work to ending the war and stabilising Syria.

    The EU can stop all sanctions against Syria and pull out any forces in the area. Also stop any weapons supplies to the terrorists. The EU is being destabilised by the refugees and so it is their own interest to at least have the possibility of them returning to their homeland. If they don’t then the EU deserves all the refugees Erdogan sends.

    Turkey should stop assisting the terrorists and actually try and restore Idlib to Syrian control. Erdogan complains about hosting millions of refugees but has been instrumental in creating them. By stabilising Syria it should be possible for them to eventually return home.

    The US is a lost cause but if they are completely surrounded at least it should be possible to stop any oil leaving and so make their presence pointless.

    No-one is benefitting from the war in Syria so the sooner it is brought to a close the better.

    #54979

    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Dr. D,
    perfect description of the healthcare Con Game. I’m curious though as you always leave out Nursing’s role in the Game since unbeknownst to most patients and quite a few hospital administrators they, the Nurses, play the bully role in hospital bed scarcity. Oops, I meant bed availability determines decisions to “close” hospitals for new admissions. The last time the “Senior Nurse Executive or SNE” closed the medical center to new admissions occurred during that one-in-5-trillion series of events that fortuitously fell in my lap. Of course, the lay public doesn’t know that none of the medical problems in the occupied beds are prioritized against severity of patients in the queue waiting to be seen, treated, admitted. In other words, triage is thrown out the window and first come first served rules decisionmaking.
    Btw, that SNE made $550,000 per annum in 2017. Its publicly available data.

    #54980

    zerosum
    Participant

    The USA social/economic system is a profit motivated scamming operation system.
    Proof

    • Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing (Atl.)
    • US Airport Screeners, Health Workers Plagued By Fear And Anger (R.)

    #54981

    lasttwo
    Participant

    I wonder if Iran is getting hit harder or they are just telling the truth. Remember that most of the long term numbers are coming from China. Many may have gone to the crematoriums prior to the start of counting. The USA is in trouble. To be expected when you cut CDC funding and the head of health and human services is an attorney — “On January 28, 2020, Azar said the Trump administration had no plan to declare a public health emergency as the COVID-19 virus spread in China. He said the risk to Americans is minimal,” Maybe should have had a plan

    this feels like a culling.

    #54983

    lasttwo
    Participant

    I cannot think of a worse administration to deal with the covid 19

    The Trump Administration’s Sunday Morning Coronavirus Messaging Was a Disaster

    excerpt
    Pressed by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Carson said Trump had met with the CEOs of major cruise ship companies yesterday, and that they would be coming up with a plan “within 72 hours.”
    “The ship’s docking tomorrow,” Stephanopoulos said.

    #54984

    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    Where the lawyers and MBAs don’t fail, leave it to the At Will work statutes to cull the herd.
    We’re all gonna die!
    Or not….

    #54987

    lasttwo
    Participant

    Interesting article the 1% should take heed. The part about FDR is interesting if one is unaware of that portion of history.

    https://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/03/02/class-little-word-elites-want-you-forget

    #54991

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Hi V Arnold
    I just came across this coronavirus protocol that uses intravenous Vitamin C with hydrocortisone and thiamine. Not something you could administer yourself but interesting to know.
    sumac.carol

    Thanks for the information, very interesting, if not pretty extreme.
    In my experience with V-C (1,000mg tabs) I have found it has an antihisatmine effect. It drys up a runny nose and chest congestion. While not curing the cold, it certainly improves/mitigates its effects.
    My regimen is generally 4 grams (4,000mg) spaced throughout the day. I have taken as much as 1 gram per hour for a whole day; this was for a really nasty cold, and I had to go to work. It did the job spendidly.
    I am now taking 4 grams per day (or slightly more) as a prophylactic against the corona virus and to keep my self as strong as possible. Neither my wife, nor I, have any underlying health issues and want to keep it that way.

    #54993

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    Addendum to the above: Linus Pauling was a pioneer in vitamin C research.
    His work is worth a read IMO…

    #54995

    WES
    Participant

    V. Arnold:. Re-Iran. The reason the people of Iran are getting hit so hard by the coronavirus is simply because of the attitude of their religious leaders.

    Iran will be a country where the majority of the people will get infected. Sad.

    #54996

    WES
    Participant

    V. Arnold:. Do you have any concerns about taking so much vitamin C that it might affect your kidneys or liver?

    #54997

    V. Arnold
    Participant

    V. Arnold:. Do you have any concerns about taking so much vitamin C that it might affect your kidneys or liver?

    None what-so-ever; I’ve been doing this for 30 years. Read Linus Pauling.
    In the link that sumac.carol supplied, the treatment described (IV vita c, thiamine, and Hydrocortisone), speciffically stop kidney damage from sepsis of the blood (redundant?).
    I also naturally drink a lot of water; always have done…

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