Articles Regarding the Wuhan Virus (UPDATED 4-2-2020)

I will add to these periodically, “NEW” – or the date – does not relate to when it was written, but to when I added it to my reading regimen:

ARTICLES

  • NEW: BLUE COLLAR LOGIC: Mixed Messages From The Experts (YOUTUBE)
  • NEW: BLUE COLLAR LOGIC: Trump’s Guilty Of Having Hope! (YOUTUBE)
  • NEW: Is the World Health Organization Putting the World’s Health First? (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • NEW: Kansas Dept of Health Using Cell Phone GPS Tracking to Monitor Coronavirus Compliance… (CONSERVATIVE TREEHOUSE)
  • NEW: How Government Is Standing in the Way of Lifesaving American Innovation (AMERICAN GREATNESS)
  • NEW: Boston Globe Editorial Board Claims Trump Has ‘Blood on His Hands’ (PJ-MEDIA)
  • NEW: Are People Catching On? (POWERLINE)
  • NEW: The Wuhan Virus: Where We Are Now (POWERLINE)
  • NEW: The Wuhan Virus: Six Notes & Queries (POWERLINE)
  • NEW: Wuhan Virus Watch: Nevada and Michigan Governors Reverse Decision Banning Chloroquine Treatments (LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • NEW: Prosecutors: Engineer deliberately ran train off tracks in attempt to smash the USNS Mercy (WEASEL ZIPPERS)
  • NEW: FLASHBACK: Nancy Pelosi Zones Out During State Of Union While President Trump Addresses Coronavirus (YOUTUBE)
  • NEW: Chinese Journalists Keep Disappearing, This Congressman Wants Answers (WEASEL ZIPPERS)
  • NEW: TUCKER CARLSON Covers Chinese Scientific Report Claiming Coronavirus Pandemic ‘Originated From A Laboratory In Wuhan’ (YOUTUBE VIDEO | LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • NEW: TUCKER CARLSON: A Chinese Research Paper Suggests The Coronavirus May Have Been Released Accidentally From A Lab (YOUTUBE VIDEO | HOTAIR)
  • NEW: REMINDER: Bernie Sanders Was Asked If He Would Close The Borders If He “Had To” To Stop The Spread Of Coronavirus (TWITTER VIDEO)
  • NEW: Right On Cue! Gov. Newsom Explains Why Pandemic Presents Opportunity To Usher In New ‘Progressive Era’ — And People Have Thoughts (TWITCHY)
  • NEW: CA Gov. Gavin Newsom: We Will Use Coronavirus to ‘Reimagine a Progressive Era’ (WEASEL ZIPPERS)
  • NEW: Laurence Tribe, Who Has Repeatedly Called Trump A ‘Dictator-Wannabe,’ Slams The President For Not Seizing Control Of Supply And Distribution Chain (TWITCHY) [Editor’s note: this is a good example of the degradation of language by Leftists. Words and ideas have certain meaning… except if you are a Democrat. rape, tolerance, aggression, racism, bigotry, etc… all have wild meanings to Democrats.]
  • NEW: Cooper Fails to Correct Carl Bernstein’s Error on Trump Denouncing Virus as a ‘Hoax’ (NEWSBUSTERS)
  • NEW: Infectious Disease Specialist Tells Fox News: ‘This is the Beginning of the End of the Pandemic’ (YOUTUBE VIDEO | RED STATE)
  • NEW: Welcome to the PC (Post Coronavirus) Era (FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE)
  • NEW: DAMN SON: Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Blasts China And WHO For Lying About COVID-19 And Endangering Millions (TWITCHY)
  • NEW: Watch: Irate Japanese Official Suggests a New Name for WHO (TOWNHALL)
  • NEW: Here’s An Irony For You: Tobacco May Save The World (AMERICAN THINKER)
  • NEW: Inside The Dark Money Dem Group Using An Umbrella Network To Flay Trump Over His Virus Response (DAILY CALLER)
  • NEW: Mitch McConnell Heads Off Talk Of Fourth Coronavirus Stimulus, Infrastructure Spending (DAILY WIRE)
  • NEW: Trump Spoke Of Coronavirus In SOTU. Pelosi Tore It Up, Called It ‘Manifesto Of Mistruths’ (DAILY WIRE)
  • NEW: Another Study Points to Lower COVID-19 Death Rate Than Previous Estimates; Trump Predicted as Much (CNS NEWS)
  • NEW: Dr. Oz Tells Cuomo To Lift Ban On Anti-Malaria Drug Used To Combat Coronavirus (HANNITY VIDEO | DAILY CALLER)
  • NEW: ‘Battlefield Medicine’: NY, NJ Doctors and Patients See Anecdotal Evidence of Hydroxychloroquine Benefits in Fighting Coronavirus (BREITBART)
  • NEW: NYC Health Department: Overwhelming Majority of Coronavirus Deaths Involve Underlying Conditions (BREITBART)
  • NEW: Report: Israel Team Days Away From Creating Active Component Of Coronavirus Vaccine (DAILY WIRE)
  • NEW: Shocking List of What’s Killed the Most People in 2020 (RUSH LIMBAUGH)
  • NEW: Preparing for the Wrong Emergency: Focused on climate change, Mayor Bill de Blasio failed to equip New York for the coronavirus crisis (CITY JOURNAL)
  • NEW: Identity Politics Lied. New Yorkers Died: How identity politics pseudoscience left New York exposed to the Coronavirus (FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE)
  • JOE ROGAN: It’s ‘Exhausting’ When Reporters Use Every Story As A ‘Chance To Shit On Trump’ (WASHINGTON TIMES | YOUTUBE VIDEO)
  • God and Coronavirus (AMERICAN SPECTATOR)
  • While Dems Lie About Trump’s CDC Budget, Turns Out Obama Requested Millions in Cuts (WESTERN JOURNAL)
  • The Truth about the National Security Council’s Pandemic Team (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • Armchair Quarterbacks Try to Rewrite History on Coronavirus (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • How Will Coronavirus Change the Health-Care Industry? (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • Coronavirus Tally In Israel: 21 Fatalities, 5,591 Confirmed, 97 Serious (DEBKA FILE)
  • NY Times Finally Admits Issues With China’s COVID-19 Statistics (ACCURACY IN MEDIA)
  • If It Bleeds, It Leads: Media Omits Us Fatality Rates In Reports (ACCURACY IN MEDIA)
  • President Trump: “I want to give people hope”… This Is The Side Of President Trump That The Media Doesn’t Want Anyone To See (YOUTUBE)
  • North Korea Privately Asking for COVID-19 Aid While Reporting Zero Cases (AMERICAN GREATNESS)
  • Time to Cancel the World Health Organization (AMERICAN GREATNESS)
  • Hockey Sticks, Changing Goal Posts, and Hysteria (AMERICAN GREATNESS)
  • ‘Medicare For All’ Wouldn’t Have Better Prepared Us For The Coronavirus (WASHINGTON EXAMINER)
  • Ending Covid: It Will Take Some Time, But Rest Assured: A Coronavirus Vaccine Is Coming, And It Will Work (CITY JOURNAL)
  • Mike Lindell, Not Yamiche Alcindor, Is the Hero (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • COVID Confirms It: Dems Don’t Understand Economics (ISSUES & INSIGHTS)
  • Trump Versus Biden? Maybe. Trump Versus The Media? Absolutely (THE AMERICAN CONSERVATIVE)
  • Beware China’s Masked Diplomacy (SPECTATOR USA)
  • The Coronavirus Is Washing Over The U.S. These Factors Will Determine How Bad It Gets In Each Community (STAT)
  • Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index: Rich Sheltered, Poor Shafted Amid Virus (AXIOS)
  • Hero-Worshipped Andrew Cuomo Is The Reason The Coronavirus Is So Widespread In New York (NOQ REPORT)
  • US Provides Nearly 15% Of Who’S Budget, China Just .2%. Now, A Gop Senator Is Calling For An Investigation (THE BLAZE)
  • Dr. Fauci Shuts Down CNN’s Acosta For Suggesting Trump Didn’t Act Early To Stop Coronavirus (DAILY WIRE)
  • Pence Task Force Freezes Coronavirus Aid Amid Backlash (POLITICO)
  • The Senator Who Saw the Coronavirus Coming (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • Baltimore Pastor Vows To Continue Services Despite Police Threat, Another Pastor’s Arrest (DAILY WIRE)
  • TEXAS: Dozens Of Spring Breakers Infected With COVID-19 After Mexico Trip (DAILY WIRE)
  • Are Covid-19 Models A Sound Basis For Public Policy? [With Comment By Paul] (POWERLINE)
  • Barack Obama Falsely Accuses Trump of ‘Ignoring Warnings of a Pandemic’ (PJ-MEDIA)
  • Trump Destroys Connecticut Governor’s Claim the Strategic National Stockpile Has Been Emptied (PJ-MEDIA)
  • Did COVID-19 Originate in a Chinese Lab? And Why Is It Crazy to Ask? (PJ-MEDIA)
  • SUICIDE vs. CORONAVIRUS DEATHS: Study Finds Coming Economic Crisis Could Lead to 831,600 Suicides! — That is Four Times the Number of Estimated Coronavirus Deaths (GATEWAY PUNDIT)
  • As Long As Communist China Controls The World Health Organization, It’s Completely Unreliable (THE FEDERALIST)
  • The Coronavirus Is Making (State) Borders Great Again (THE FEDERALIST)
  • Coronavirus Has Driven A Stake Through Globalism’s Heart (THE FEDERALIST)
  • We’re Following A One-Size-Fits-All Coronavirus Strategy Right Into A Great Depression (THE FEDERALIST)
  • LGBT Bigots Denounce Christians Helping Coronavirus Patients (MOONBATTERY)
  • Joe Scarborough Says Everyone But Trump ‘Saw This Coming In Early January’ — Forgets His Show Didn’t Mention It Until The 24th (WEASEL ZIPPERS)
  • EXCLUSIVE: Spain Is One Of The Countries Hit Hardest By Coronavirus — Spanish Reporter Explains What’s Different About US Response (DAILY CALLER)
  • THE FIVE: Gutfeld On The Media And The Virus (YOUTUBE)
  • New O’Keefe Video: N.Y. National Guardsmen Say “It’s Just The Flu” (HOTAIR)
  • It Took 27 Days For CNN To Say What They Previously Accused Trump Of Lying About (HOTAIR)
  • China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says (BLOOMBERG)
  • ‘Impeachment 2: Resistance Boogaloo’! Dems Reportedly Exploring Commission To Scrutinize Trump Admin’s COVID19 Response (TWITCHY)
  • SUPERCUT! Dems Give Really Terrible Coronavirus Advice (TWITTER video)
  • Gov. Gretchen Whitmer Asks Trump Administration for Chloroquine After Reversing Ban (BREITBART)
  • HUD Secretary Carson: Quickly Evolving Coronavirus Treatments Could Change Landscape ‘In the Next Week or Two’ (BREITBART)
  • House Democrats Already Planning 9/11-Style Commission To Investigate Trump’s Coronavirus Response… (RIGHT SCOOP)
  • Michigan Governor Who Banned Anti-Coronavirus Drug Touted by Trump Now Asking for Shipments of It (RED STATE)
  • Report: Intelligence Officials Confirm China Hid the Extent of the Viral Outbreak (RED STATE)
  • Don Lemon Lies: Blame Trump Because He Called the Virus, a ‘Hoax’ (NEWSBUSTERS – See my post as well: “Larry Elder Debunks Media’s Latest Lies“)
  •  GOP Reminds Pelosi Her Impeachment Obsession Distracted From Wuhan Coronavirus Efforts (LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • Wuhan Virus Watch: Drs. Fauci and Birx Dispute Claim U.S. Didn’t Act Quickly (LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • LAURA INGRAHAM: Americans Want To Stay Safe And Free (YOUTUBE)
  • TUCKER CARLSON: ‘Wet markets’ reopening across China: Report (YOUTUBE)
  • If You Claim That Calling It ‘Wuhan Coronavirus’ Is Racist, You Are Part Of The Cover-Up (LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • Christian Round-Ups Continue: 7 Arrested for Praying Near Greensboro Abortion Clinic During Stay-at Home Order (PJ-MEDIA)
  • Coronavirus Reveals the Recklessness of Drug Pricing Reform (TOWNHALL)
  • Even on COVID-19, Left and Right Are Divided (TOWNHALL – Dennis Prager)
  • Will Coronavirus Kill the European Union? (CITY JOURNAL)
  • Why COVID-19 Rates Are Difficult To Compute (UNCOMMON DESCENT)
  • Trump Was Right: Cuomo Admits New York Has ‘Stockpile’ of Ventilators (WESTERN JOURNAL)
  • CBS Used Fake COVID Video: ‘NY Hospital’ Footage Was From Italy’s Hardest-Hit City (WESTERN JOURNAL)
  • A Disaster Foretold: Shortages Of Ventilators And Other Medical Supplies Have Long Been Warned About (NEW YORK TIMES)
  • US Gov’t Partners with Johnson & Johnson To Prep for 1 Billion Coronavirus Vaccine Doses (WESTERN JOURNAL)
  • Distillers’ Attempt To Fill Sanitizer Void Threatened By FDA Red Tape (WASHINGTON TIMES)
  • Chinese Markets Again Selling Bats — Likely Source Of Deadly Pandemic — Reporters Say (WASHINGTON TIMES)
  • Chinese Researchers Isolated Deadly Bat Coronaviruses Near Wuhan Animal Market (WASHINGTON TIMES)
  • China Caught Smuggling SARS/MERS Into US (FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE)
  • Shut Down Churches for Coronavirus, “Yes”, Shut Down Abortion Clinics, “No” (FRONT PAGE MAGAZINE)
  • Trump Cites Report Cuomo Passed On Chance To Buy 16,000 Ventilators In 2015 (FOX NEWS)
  • The Game Changer: President Trump Was Right: Regarding CHLOROQUINE, The Science Is On His Side, Not The New York Times’ (AMERICAN SPECTATOR)
  • The $20 Solution to Coronavirus: ‘Anecdotal Evidence’ Is a Life-Saver [HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE] (AMERICAN SPECTATOR)
  • Border Patrol Stopped a Chinese Biologist Carrying Viable SARS, MERS Viruses at Detroit Airport in 2018 (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • Wet Markets That Produced Chinese Virus Back Up and Running (MOONBATTERY)
  • Complicated Mathematical Models Are Not Substitutes for Common Sense (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • No, America’s Response to Coronavirus Isn’t the Worst in the World (NATIONAL REVIEW)
  • WashPost ‘Fact Checker’ Throws Misdirected ‘Four Pinocchios’ at Dr. Fauci (NEWSBUSTERS)
  • Twitter Removes Tweet Reporting ‘HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE’ As Treatment For Wuhan Virus (THE FEDERALIST)
  • Soros and the Coronavirus Pandemic (AMERICAN THINKER)
  • BLUE COLLAR LOGIC: Some Things You Might Not Know… We Are Not China Or Italy (YOUTUBE)
  • France Officially Sanctions Drug [CHLOROQUINE] After 78 Of 80 Patients Recover From COVID-19 Within Five Days (DAILY WIRE)
  • FDA Issues Emergency Authorization Of 2 Anti-Malaria Drugs For Coronavirus Treatment (CHANNEL 4 SAN FRANCISCO)
  • (RPT Recomends) Numerators and Denominators in the Coronavirus Saga (AMERICAN THINKER)
  • Once Again, Trump Was Right And The Media Were Wrong (AMERICAN THINKER)
  • Michigan’s Governor Is Fighting A Losing Battle With President Trump (AMERICAN THINKER)
  • BLUE COLLAR LOGIC: Sunset on New York. Is The City ITSELF A Casualty? (YOUTUBE)
  • LOUDER WITH CROWDER: Why Trump is Right on CHLOROQUINE! (YOUTUBE)
  • FDA Gives Emergency Authorization of HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE Use (BREITBART)
  • New York Orders Huge Amount Of CHLOROQUINE, Begins Trials; Trump Calls Out Media’s Double Standard (DAILY WIRE)
  • Coronavirus Patients Taken Off Ventilators After Getting Experimental HIV DRUG (NEW YORK POST)
  • More Evidence Of The Efficacy Of HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE And Azithromycin (POWERLINE)
  • Inaccurate Virus Models Are Panicking Officials Into Ill-Advised Lockdowns (THE FEDERALIST)
  • The Top 10 Lies About President Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus (PJ-MEDIA)
  • Cuomo Admits Trump’s Right: Coronavirus Shortages Are Fake News (PJ-MEDIA)
  • Coronavirus Modeling Had Faulty Assumptions, the Real Data Gives Us Hope (PJ-MEDIA)
  • French Expert Says Second Study Shows Malaria Drug Helps Fight Coronavirus [HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE] (YAHOO NEWS)
  • Governor Hit For HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE Crackdown As Political Debate Escalates (WASHINGTON TIMES)
  • TUCKER CARLSON: It’s Not Clear Why People Are Lying About The Effectivity Of HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE (YOUTUBE)
  • How Government Regulations Are Exacerbating The Corona Crisis (CHHAY LIN LIM)
  • WSJ Op-Ed: Two Physicians Weigh in on HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE, ‘We Don’t Have the Luxury of Time’ (RED STATE)
  • New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that a combo of HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE and Azithromycin (Z-Pak) cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment (TECH STARTUPS)
  • GOOD NEWS: Actor Daniel Dae Kim Credits ‘Drug Cocktail’ Which Included HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE And Z-Pak For His Recovery (TWITCHY)
  • These Drugs Are Helping Our Coronavirus Patients [HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE] (WALL STREET JOURNAL [paywall] | DISCUSSIONIST [non-paywall])
  • “There Is Hope”: Two Drugs That Could Help Coronavirus Patients Fight Back [HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE] (CBS)
  • California Once Had Mobile Hospitals And A Ventilator Stockpile. But It Dismantled Them (MSN)
  • Dr. Vladimir Zelenko has now treated 699 coronavirus patients with 100% success using HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE Sulfate, Zinc and Z-Pak [UPDATES] (TECH STARTUPS)
  • Media Peddle Bogus Wuhan Virus Stats To Bash America (THE FEDERALIST)
  • SEIU Healthcare Union Suddenly Finds 39 Million N95 Masks (BREITBART)
  • Michigan Attorney General Urges Residents to Call Cops on Neighbors Violating Stay-at-Home Order (BREITBART)
  • Cuomo Deserves No Plaudits for His Handling of Crisis (AMERICAN GREATNESS)
  • 5 Major Paradigm Shifts The Wuhan Flu Crisis Has Revealed Americans Need (THE FEDERALIST)
  • Cuomo Wonders If Coronavirus Quarantine May Have Backfired In Some Cases (NEW YORK POST)
  • Cuomo: Two Pieces Of Good News Out Of NY: Hospitalization Rate Drops, PPE (personal protective equipment) Need Filled (DAILY WIRE)
  • Israeli Firm Donates to U.S. Ten Million Pills (HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE sulfate) Touted by Trump for Coronavirus Treatment (BREITBART)
  • Trial Drug For Pneumonia In Cancer Patients Seeks FDA Approval For COVID-19 Clinical Trials (LEGAL INSURRECTION)
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Coronavirus Is Likely Seasonal. What Does That Mean? (DAILY CALLER)
  • Horowitz: Man who spooked the world with coronavirus model walks back his prediction (CONSERVATIVE REVIEW)
  • LAURA INGRAHAM: Is first Reporter to Out False WHO COVID-19 Mortality Rate that Led to Global Panic (YOUTUBE)
  • Stanford Medical Professors: Covid-19 Death Toll Estimates May Be ‘Orders Of Magnitude’ Too High (THE BLAZE)
  • Covid-19 Fatality Rate May Be Too High By Orders Of Magnitude (WALL STREET JOURNAL via RPT)
  • Wondered Why It’s Been So Hard To Ramp Up Production Of Surgical Masks And Respirators? Why Haven’t Private Companies Flooded Into The Market To Meet Peak Demand? (TWITTER account of Paul Matzco)
  • While Most Of Europe Is In Lockdown, Sweden Is Going Its Own Way (THE LOCAL)
  • The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions (THE FEDERALIST)
  • Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Downgrades Projection (DAILY WIRE)
  • Good News: Scientists Say Coronavirus Does Not Undergo Significant Number Of Mutations (DAILY WIRE)
  • Masks, Masks, Where Are the Masks? (FRONTPAGE MAGAZINE)
  • Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped Sharply In South Korea. What’S The Secret To Its Success? (SCIENCE MAGAZINE)
  • Horowitz: The Key Bad Assumption in The Bipartisan Panic Pander Bill (CONSERVATIVE REVIEW)
  • Prevention Expert: Data Shows Our Fight Against Coronavirus May Be Worse Than The Disease (DAILY WIRE)
  • A Fiasco in The Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data (STAT NEWS)
  • Truckers Appeal To US To Keep Rest Stops, Gas Stations Open (MERCURY NEWS)
  • Taiwan Says It Warned WHO About Coronavirus In December, But Its Warnings Were Ignored (DAILY CALLER)
  • Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease (DENNIS PRAGER)
  • Some Coronavirus Humility (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • The Great Coronavirus War Is Upon Us (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • Compared to What? (HEATHER MAC)
  • We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria (DENNIS PRAGER)
  • What We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus Is What Scares Us (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • Coronavirus Comes for Europe (GATESTONE)
  • China’s Real Disease: Not Coronavirus (GATESTONE)
  • Israeli Virologist Urges World Leaders To Calm Public, Slams ‘Unnecessary Panic’ (ISRAEL TIMES)
  • 99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says (BLOOMBERG)
  • Obama’s Bad Stimulus Example (WALL STREET JOURNAL via RPT)
  • MIRACLE DRUG? Dr William Grace Says CHLOROQUINE Is Already Being Used In US, Explains CDC Coronavirus Test Delay (YOUTUBE)
  • DR. FAUCI Interviewed by WMAL (YOUTUBE)

MY YOUTBE

A Pandemic Caused By Red Tape (Government IS the Problem)

Regulations have delayed test kits, “telehealth”, and hospital innovation, making the coronavirus pandemic worse. They set America back months in responding.

Before the excellent PPE story from Front Page, On Wednesday-March 25th, New York’s PPE shortage was filled:

On Wednesday, Cuomo announced via Twitter that the state received a donation of 1.4 million masks, clearly helping to fill the PPE gap.

“NEW: [Soft Bank] donated 1.4 million critically needed N-95 masks to us. New York State thanks you,” the Democrat said. “We are so grateful for this PPE that protects our healthcare workers.”

(DAILY WIRE)

Supporting the above info from John Stossel comes this excellent FRONT-PAGE MAGAZINE:

But why aren’t there any masks?

Surgical masks, like anything in the medical field, are tightly regulated. You can’t just make a mask. Some masks have to be certified by the FDA and others by the CDC. Some are certified by both the FDA and the CDC.

Until recently, the public had no problem buying N95 respirators for use in construction. These masks are certified by the CDC. Why is the CDC in the business of certifying industrial masks, you may wonder? Because, as discussed previously, the CDC does every possible thing except what people think it does. The component of the CDC that does this is the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.

NIOSH is not to be confused with OSHA, even though they were created at the same time, through the same law, and serve a very similar function: making this another skein in the infinitely tangled web of the federal bureaucracy.

The Open PPE Project launched an effort to quickly create N95 masks only to be told by NIOSH that approving a new mask production facility would take between 45 and 90 days.

Meanwhile there are reports of large stockpiles of masks sitting around waiting for an FDA inspector.

The United States government has a stockpile of 12 million NIOSH approved masks and 5 million that are expired, and are therefore not approved by NIOSH. Except it may approve some conditionally for use.

The FDA and CDC bureaucracy are not up to speed with the current crisis. There aren’t enough inspectors and the Wuhan Virus won’t wait on inspectors from the FDA or NIOSH to do their job.

Instead of streamlining its approvals and inspection process, the CDC lowered its mask protection recommendation for health care workers on the front lines.  

The CDC is willing to tell health care professionals to use scarves, rather than accelerate approvals.

Meanwhile N95 mask manufacturers feared being sued if masks meant for industry were used in surgical settings, which meant that they wouldn’t sell those masks to health care providers. At least not until a law protecting them against lawsuits was passed. All this, of course, took even more time.

Smaller manufacturers have tried to get in the game, only to discover the regulatory challenges of it. Fashion businesses that tried to jump in have settled for trying to make surgical masks that they hope will be FDA certified. Meanwhile the big manufacturers were making masks in the People’s Republic of China. And those masks are not leaving ChiCom territory except by the express will of its government.

Worse still, as the crisis grew, the People’s Republic of China bought up **THE WORLD’S SUPPLY OF MASKS, at one point importing 20 million masks in 24 hours. American companies even eagerly donated masks.

**The U.S. mask gap stands in stark contrast to what other nations have on hand: the U.S. has one mask for every three Americans (masks are not supposed to be shared), while Australia has 2.5 masks per resident and Great Britain boasts six. “With the recent outbreak of the novel H1N1 influenza virus,” warned Representative Kay Granger, a Texas Republican, “it has become clear that we need to purchase more medical supplies and replenish the Strategic National Stockpile.” (Read “How to Prepare for a Pandemic.”)

Maskmakers are worried too, especially since ramping up production in the midst of a pandemic won’t be easy. Most maskmaking operations have moved outside the U.S., and 90% of masks sold in the U.S. now come from Mexico or China. But if the U.S. suddenly put in orders for millions of masks, Mexico and China would be unlikely to export their supplies before making sure their own populations were fully protected. “HHS knows the problem exists and yet they won’t tell the health-care industry,” says Mike Bowen of Texas-based Prestige Ameritech, the largest and one of the last remaining American mask manufacturers. “If they would only admit the problem exists, American hospitals would buy American masks and the manufacturing infrastructure would return.” (Read “Battling Swine Flu: The Lessons from SARS.”) (TIME)

But why was the United States so unprepared for a run on masks before the pandemic arrived?

After Katrina, the Bush administration had set a goal of billions of masks in case of a major disaster. But that goal was never met. When the H1N1 swine flu outbreak arrived, we were badly unprepared.

The last run on masks took place during the H1N1 swine flu outbreak under Obama. Hospitals and health care providers began running low on masks and the Strategic National Stockpile released 85 million N95 masks. The stockpile was never replenished and today there are only 12 million N95s.

There were warnings back then that “maskmaking operations have moved outside the U.S., and 90% of masks sold in the U.S. now come from Mexico or China” and that “Mexico and China would be unlikely to export their supplies before making sure their own populations were fully protected.”

While the Obama administration threw billions at assorted solar and wind boondoggles, it failed to invest the money that would have set up reliable mask production in the United States of America. All the experts who claimed that “science” predicted the imminent demise of the planet had been too busy trying to control the weather through higher taxes to spend money on anything as crude as masks.

The secret warehouses where the strategic mask reserve was supposed to be kept are a mess and millions of the masks are expired. New York City asked for millions of masks and got 78,000 expired masks. Oklahoma got 500,000 expired masks. This is the situation, not just at the federal level, but state mask stockpiles, where they exist, also often consisted of storehouses of expired N95 masks.

Had the Bush administration’s National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza been followed, there would be no mask shortage. And had the Obama administration at replaced the masks that it withdrew from the Strategic National Stockpile, we might have had 100 million or so masks in the stockpile.

And had we brought mask manufacturing back to America, we would have a pipeline for making more.

Instead the Wuhan Virus brought a perfect storm, cutting us off from our manufacturing sources in the People’s Republic of China, after the Obama administration had depleted our mask reserve, while regulatory barriers make it difficult for companies quickly get in the game and produce more masks.

President Trump has done his best to cope with a sudden disaster that was decades in the making….

Armstrong and Getty read a letter from a listener discussing the “red-tape” of government stalling and interfering with supplies and innovation this pandemic needs.

George Gilder said something during an interview that stuck with me over the years:

  • “A fundamental principle of information theory is that you can’t guarantee outcomes… in order for an experiment to yield knowledge, it has to be able to fail. If you have guaranteed experiments, you have zero knowledge”

And that is the heart of the issue these guys tackled. During the above excerpt, Armstrong and Getty mentioned their extended podcast with Lanhee Chen:

  • An extended (and off-air) conversation with Lanhee Chen about “Bureaucracy Disease” and how our bloated government agencies can steered in the right direction. (LISTEN)

Larry Elder discussed a FOX NEWS article…

…to which I use the NEW YORK TIMES to make the point that the attack on Trump (as if this is his fault) is unwarranted:

….“So much that was predicted has come to pass,” said Marcia Crosse, former head of the healthcare section of the Government Accountability Office. Since the early 2000s, the GAO, the federal government’s leading internal watchdog, has issued a steady stream of reports about poor pandemic planning.

[….]

That is only the most recent warning. As early as 2003, the GAO cautioned that many urban hospitals lacked enough ventilators to treat a large number of patients suffering from respiratory problems that would be expected in an anthrax or botulism outbreak.

“Ventilators have long been recognized as a weak link,” said Crosse, who spent 35 years at GAO before retiring in 2018.

[….]

Federal policymakers concentrated heavily on pandemic preparedness in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and anthrax scare in 2001, which both exposed gaps in the nation’s emergency response system.

In 2005, the administration of President George W. Bush published a landmark “National Strategy for Pandemic Influenza.” The document, among other things, highlighted the need for plans to distribute necessary medical supplies from the nation’s Strategic National Stockpile and to support state and local efforts to “surge” medical personnel and facilities to handle an outbreak.

Medical equipment such as masks and protective clothing in particular were given high priority as planners recognized that doctors, nurses and other medical staff were most vulnerable.

After the swine flu epidemic in 2009, a safety-equipment industry association and a federally sponsored task force both recommended that depleted supplies of N95 respirator masks, which filter out airborne particles, be replenished by the stockpile, which is maintained by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

That didn’t happen, according to Charles Johnson, president of the International Safety Equipment Assn.

The stockpile drew down about 100 million masks during the 2009 epidemic, Johnson said…..

Covid-19 Numbers Compared To FLU Numbers (March 30th, 2020)

REAL CLEAR POLITICS has a “Counter” of Sorts

JUMP to updated numbers: March 30th

CLINICAL LABORATORIES via the CDC from Sept 2019 to March 2020 (“specimens” is people. Flu season is almost over for 2019-2020):

Article Relating To Estimates and Percentages

(Same info from that CDC page is incorporated below) Estimates for Covid-19 come from (I will include other articles related to rate of infections):

  • There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed. (Dr. Makary BIO | YAHOO)
  • that 86% of infections went undocumented (SCIENCE | NEW YORK POST)
  • WHO Official: 80% of people who are infected with coronavirus will have a mild disease (FOX)
  • Marc Lipsitch from Harvard University, who cautions that 40-70% of the world’s population will become infected (CBS)
  • Dr. Anthony Fauci Says Coronavirus Is Likely Seasonal. What Does That Mean? (DAILY CALLER)
  • Horowitz: Man who spooked the world with coronavirus model walks back his prediction (CONSERVATIVE REVIEW)
  • The Scientist Whose Doomsday Pandemic Model Predicted Armageddon Just Walked Back The Apocalyptic Predictions (THE FEDERALIST)
  • Epidemiologist Behind Highly-Cited Coronavirus Model Drastically Downgrades Projection (DAILY WIRE)
  • A Fiasco in The Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data (STAT NEWS)
  • Good News: Scientists Say Coronavirus Does Not Undergo Significant Number Of Mutations (DAILY WIRE)
  • While Most Of Europe Is In Lockdown, Sweden Is Going Its Own Way (THE LOCAL)

MARCH 27TH, 8:30am


IMPROMPTU “EXCEL” (CLICK TO ENLARGE)

BTW, I made this graphic because I am not proficient in Excel, so this is the next best way for me to express the info in a similar way.



LATEST NUMBERS

(March 30th – 7:30am)


KNOWN

WORLD WIDE CORONA NUMBERS (KNOWN)

  • 35,236 (known deaths) | 740,743 (known cases) = 4.75%

UNITED STATES CORONA NUMBERS (KNOWN)

  • 2,597 (known deaths) |  144,280 (known cases)  = 1.79%

UNITED STATES FLU NUMBERS (KNOWN)

24,000 (best est. known deaths) | 242,330 (known infections) = 9.90% (CDC has the number at 7.3% – I do not know the criteria for them dropping the number?)

ESTIMATED

WORLD WIDE CORONA NUMBERS (ESTIMATED)

(There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed. [Dr. Makary BIO | YAHOO])

  • LOW # 18,561,550‬ (0.19% death rate with known deaths);
  • HIGH # 37,123,100 (0.09% death rate with known deaths).

(That 86% of infections went undocumented [SCIENCE | NEW YORK POST])

  • 5,303,300 (0.66% death rate with known deaths).

UNITED STATES CORONA NUMBERS (ESTIMATED)

(There are probably 25 to 50 people who have the virus for every one person who is confirmed. [Dr. Makary BIO | YAHOO])

  • LOW # 3,607,000 (0.07% death rate with known deaths);
  • HIGH # 7,214,000 (0.03% death rate with known deaths).

(That 86% of infections went undocumented [SCIENCE | NEW YORK POST])

  • 1,030,571 (0.25% death rate with known deaths).

UNITED STATES FLU NUMBERS (ESTIMATED)

  • 56,000 (estimated high death rate) | 38,000,000 (estimated infections) = 0.14%

Covid-19 Fatality Rate May Be Too High By Orders Of Magnitude

Here is another “behind a ‘pay-wall'” article I heard discussed this morning by the WALL STREET JOURNAL.

PECKFORD 42 has the article from which I will grab portions of:

…Current estimates about the Covid-19 fatality rate may be too high by orders of magnitude….

The best (albeit very weak) evidence in the U.S. comes from the National Basketball Association. Between March 11 and 19, a substantial number of NBA players and teams received testing. By March 19, 10 out of 450 rostered players were positive. Since not everyone was tested, that represents a lower bound on the prevalence of 2.2%. The NBA isn’t a representative population, and contact among players might have facilitated transmission. But if we extend that lower-bound assumption to cities with NBA teams (population 45 million), we get at least 990,000 infections in the U.S. The number of cases reported on March 19 in the U.S. was 13,677, more than 72-fold lower. These numbers imply a fatality rate from Covid-19 orders of magnitude smaller than it appears.

How can we reconcile these estimates with the epidemiological models? First, the test used to identify cases doesn’t catch people who were infected and recovered. Second, testing rates were woefully low for a long time and typically reserved for the severely ill. Together, these facts imply that the confirmed cases are likely orders of magnitude less than the true number of infections. Epidemiological modelers haven’t adequately adapted their estimates to account for these factors.

The epidemic started in China sometime in November or December. The first confirmed U.S. cases included a person who traveled from Wuhan on Jan. 15, and it is likely that the virus entered before that: Tens of thousands of people traveled from Wuhan to the U.S. in December. Existing evidence suggests that the virus is highly transmissible and that the number of infections doubles roughly every three days. An epidemic seed on Jan. 1 implies that by March 9 about six million people in the U.S. would have been infected. As of March 23, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were 499 Covid-19 deaths in the U.S. If our surmise of six million cases is accurate, that’s a mortality rate of 0.01%, assuming a two week lag between infection and death. This is one-tenth of the flu mortality rate of 0.1%. Such a low death rate would be cause for optimism.

This does not make Covid-19 a nonissue. The daily reports from Italy and across the U.S. show real struggles and overwhelmed health systems. But a 20,000- or 40,000-death epidemic is a far less severe problem than one that kills two million. Given the enormous consequences of decisions around Covid-19 response, getting clear data to guide decisions now is critical. We don’t know the true infection rate in the U.S. Antibody testing of representative samples to measure disease prevalence (including the recovered) is crucial. Nearly every day a new lab gets approval for antibody testing, so population testing using this technology is now feasible.

If we’re right about the limited scale of the epidemic, then measures focused on older populations and hospitals are sensible. Elective procedures will need to be rescheduled. Hospital resources will need to be reallocated to care for critically ill patients. Triage will need to improve. And policy makers will need to focus on reducing risks for older adults and people with underlying medical conditions.

A universal quarantine may not be worth the costs it imposes on the economy, community and individual mental and physical health. We should undertake immediate steps to evaluate the empirical basis of the current lockdowns.

Dr. Bendavid and Dr. Bhattacharya are professors of medicine at Stanford. Neeraj Sood contributed to this article.

Dr. Fauci on “Life, Liberty, and Levin” (PLUS: Morbidity Rate)

Dr. Fauci reacts to claims Trump is not following the science on COVID-19

Dr. Fauci calls coordinated response to COVID-19 ‘impressive’

This is where Dr. Fauci is wrong however, the morbidity rate.

Dr. Fauci on why it’s important for everyone to take precautions on COVID-19

The entire Hugh Hewitt interview with Dr. Fauci can be found HERE. The entire Mark Levin interview can be found here.


THE NUMBERS


I will note this graph that started a large conversation about stats (and medicines that are helping right now, at the end). I will only excerpt a small portion of the debate to make the point people are using logically guessed at total numbers versus KNOWN CASES. The “guesstaments” of total infections for the flu — is used against known cases based on parts of the world that in no-way reflect the healthcare system of the numbers we are experiencing. We could have, however, even kept those lower if we followed the South Korean model, who got it under control without carpet bombing their economy.

Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped Sharply In South Korea. What’s The Secret To Its Success? (SCIENCE MAGAZINE)

Europe is now the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Case counts and deaths are soaring in Italy, Spain, France, and Germany, and many countries have imposed lockdowns and closed borders. Meanwhile, the United States, hampered by a fiasco with delayed and faulty test kits, is just guessing at its COVID-19 burden, though experts believe it is on the same trajectory as countries in Europe.

Amid these dire trends, South Korea has emerged as a sign of hope and a model to emulate. The country of 50 million appears to have greatly slowed its epidemic; it reported only 74 new cases today, down from 909 at its peak on 29 February. And it has done so without locking down entire cities or taking some of the other authoritarian measures that helped China bring its epidemic under control. “South Korea is a democratic republic, we feel a lockdown is not a reasonable choice,” says Kim Woo-Joo, an infectious disease specialist at Korea University. South Korea’s success may hold lessons for other countries—and also a warning: Even after driving case numbers down, the country is braced for a resurgence….

And in Italy we find the following helpful information:

  • More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority. (BLOOMBERG)
  • In Italy, a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, a March 4 analysis by the national health institute found that of the 105 patients who died from the virus, the average age was 81. This put a 20-year gap between the average age of people who tested positive for the virus and the deceased, the institute said. On Friday, an ICU physician in Lombardy — the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak — told JAMA there have been only two deaths of people under the age of 50. (VOX)

See more at STAT NEWS for numbers projected.

(The full interview is here) Victor Davis Hanson drives the point home that Italy is a special case nothing like America. Wuhan China is not something to model a shutdown of the the American Economy over as well. See more here: “Shutting Down America – Is It Worth It?

So in the course of discussing some of the issue noted above, persons continually tell me (like Dr. Fuaci just did) the following. This next graphic was posted tin response to me by CHRIS L. as a response to my saying so far the flu has been, and will most likely be more deadly. Throughout the argument he was using ESTIMATED numbers of those with the flu by the CDC for United States totals… mathematically figured out to the actual deaths KNOWN to be from the flu. He then compares the world’s KNOWN cases (not ESTIMATED) of the Wuhan Virus (Covid-19) to KNOWN cases of deaths from Wuhan. In the discussion he keeps making this mistake, and even in what he thought was graphic to help me understand.

The flu row is all ESTIMATIONS. All. The Covid-19 row is mainly from KNOWN cases. While CHRIS L. thought he was making a strong point, he ended up proving mine. Here is an example that took place this morning during the composure of this post. BUT first, ROSS T. is responding to my posting this initial graphic (updating my previous 2019-2020 numbers of KNOWN flu infections compared to KNOWN death rates):

I snipped that from the CDC’s website. This is a bad flu season… as of late February CNN said the death of children because of the flu was a record breaking 105. The CDC a couple of days ago notes the number is 150. As of two days ago, the KNOWN morbidity to KNOWN flu patients (influenza a. and b.) was 7.1% — ROSS T. was not getting what I was saying so I posted some of these to make the point (these are as of March 22nd) — I use various counters as they all dial in a bit differently:

1.31% Morbidity
1.03% Morbidity
1.30% Morbidity
1.27% Morbidity

Here how the discussion took place thereafter (BTW, I do not attribute to (or claim to know Dr. Fauci’s motivation. People think “scientists” are more moral than a plumber, florist, attorney, DMV worker, etc. They are not. NOR are agendas in such people less than a politicians. While I respect JOHN H.’s opinion, and there have recent revelations to a “love” of Hillary Clinton and her agenda… so it is in the realm of possibility he is assisting in the torpedoing of Trump’s economy which the Democrats would love before 2020… but in actuality, I have no insight into the Dr.’s motivation. I do know however he has been proven wrong on almost every “national emergency since the heterosexual AIDS scare: “Heterosexual AIDS, Ebola repeatedly, the H1N1 swine flu that was actually vastly milder than the regular flu and, especially, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003” — Dr. Fauci has been on the wrong side of the issue regarding his concern and estimated alarm.

…CONVO with ROSS T….

Take note I mention to ROSS T. three times that the stats for the flu come from the CDC before he asks where I got the stats:

Do you — the reader — get it now? Numbers are being switched… you are being baited-n-switched to get an emotional (not factual, non-statistical) outcome. AGAIN, I have a myriad of must read articles (linked) in a post for ease of access. They deal with a myriad of issues: “Some Must Read Article Regarding the Wuhan Virus

I wish only to add some conversation regarding the “false positive” aspect of this issue. First, CHRISTY MAC makes a good point:

  • It’s hard to know how accurate these numbers are. Bc I know we aren’t testing everyone. In fact most ppl aren’t even allowed to be tested

Here is the portion I wish to note… my input was useless, but I include it anyways:

Here are some numbers via the CDC regarding similar testing… these high numbers are alarming!


ONE LAST EXAMPLE

via CHRIS L.


CHRIS L. said wryly the following to make an emotional point:

I guess the little thinking guys makes his point stronger. So I respond with an equally emotive way (again, to make a point that he probably does not get):

Here are the stories:

Mysterious Flu Strain Nearly Wipes Out Family As Two Siblings Die Taking Care Of Sickened Mother… And The Third Sibling Remains Deathly Ill (DAILY MAIL)

A mysterious flu strain nearly wiped out a family, killing an 81-year-old woman and two of her children who were taking care of her. A third sibling remains deathly ill. 

Lou Ruth Blake took sick with a respiratory infection February 23 and her son and two daughters rushed to her home in rural Lusby, Maryland.

Five days later, her children all came down with similar symptoms, likely tied to a particularly virulent bout of the flu.

But there were further complications. When Ms Blake’s three children went to the hospital, they were coughing up blood and showed signs of a staph bacterial infections, as well, the Washington Post reported. 

Ms Blake died March 1 at MedStar Washington Hospital Center after being treated for Influenza A and underlying medical conditions.

Her son Lowell, 58, and her daughter Vanessa, 56, died Monday — five days after their mother — after they were hospitalized with the same virulent flu strain, as well.

Ms Blake’s second daughter, age 51, is currently in critical condition with the same collection of symptoms — a deadly respiratory infection caused by Influenza A and a staph infection.

On Tuesday, officials from the Maryland Department of Health and the federal Centers for Disease Control wearing full containment suits — complete with air tanks so they wouldn’t breathe the air — searched the house for clues about what might have made the flu so potent….

Why the Flu Kills Young, Otherwise Healthy People (GIZMODO)

As one of the worst flu seasons in years continues to sicken people across the U.S., one of its most striking aspects are the untimely deaths it’s caused: A 21-year-old bodybuilder; a 12-year-old boy; a 40-year-old marathoner. Infants, the elderly, and immunocompromised people are always at higher risk of dying from the flu, but how exactly does the flu kill an otherwise healthy person?

“The truth is, there’s still quite a bit of science that isn’t clear, but in general, when we talk about deaths related to influenza, there’s a couple of main mechanisms,” Dr. Daniel Eiras, an infectious disease and immunology expert at New York University, told me.

When doctors like Eiras talk about “flu-related deaths,” they’re lumping in more than one kind of cause. Broadly, there are deaths caused by the flu itself, and deaths caused or aided by the bacteria that take advantage of the opening in the immune system’s defenses created by the flu.

When the flu virus successfully sets up shop in our body, usually infecting our nose and throat cells, the body tries to fight back with a whole array of weapons, such as causing inflammation and launching T-cells and macrophages that turn the foreign invaders into goo. The flu’s symptoms—phlegmy cough, body aches, sore throat, and a fever—are the external result of this defense. It’s annoying for us, yes, but it generally works to eventually flush the virus out.

However, when the flu turns deadly, it’s often because the virus, the bacteria that proliferated in its wake, or both have found their way to the air sacs of our lungs, causing an infection we call pneumonia. There, the microscopic battle can overwhelm our body. The lungs become inflamed, while our air sacs become flooded with fluid and pus. That makes it hard for us to get enough oxygen, and without and sometimes even despite supportive care, we essentially drown to death…..

 

 

Mark Levin Covers The Hysteria Over the Kung-Flu (UPDATED)

This is the general public (and many on FACEBOOK) believing these headline makers lock-stock-and-barrel (ROLL CAMERA PLEASE):

REMEMBER THIS?

(If this does not play, WATCH IT ON YOUTUBE)

OR THESE?

Mark Levin asks just how much our economy can take… why aren’t we attacking this thing like South Korea did? Tactfully.

Mark Levin reads from or touches on at least four articles linked below:

  • Horowitz: The Key Bad Assumption in The Bipartisan Panic Pander Bill (CONSERVATIVE REVIEW)
  • Prevention Expert: Data Shows Our Fight Against Coronavirus May Be Worse Than The Disease (DAILY WIRE)
  • A Fiasco in The Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data (STAT NEWS)
  • Truckers Appeal To US To Keep Rest Stops, Gas Stations Open (MERCURY NEWS)

America should have followed the South Korea model, per, SCIENCE MAGAZINE:

Amid these dire trends, South Korea has emerged as a sign of hope and a model to emulate. The country of 50 million appears to have greatly slowed its epidemic; it reported only 74 new cases today, down from 909 at its peak on 29 February. And it has done so without locking down entire cities or taking some of the other authoritarian measures that helped China bring its epidemic under control. “South Korea is a democratic republic, we feel a lockdown is not a reasonable choice,” says Kim Woo-Joo, an infectious disease specialist at Korea University. South Korea’s success may hold lessons for other countries—and also a warning: Even after driving case numbers down, the country is braced for a resurgence….


EXTRA CREDIT


ARTICLES

  • NEW: Coronavirus Cases Have Dropped Sharply In South Korea. What’S The Secret To Its Success? (SCIENCE MAGAZINE)
  • Horowitz: The Key Bad Assumption in The Bipartisan Panic Pander Bill (CONSERVATIVE REVIEW)
  • Prevention Expert: Data Shows Our Fight Against Coronavirus May Be Worse Than The Disease (DAILY WIRE)
  • A Fiasco in The Making? As the Coronavirus Pandemic Takes Hold, We Are Making Decisions Without Reliable Data (STAT NEWS)
  • Truckers Appeal To US To Keep Rest Stops, Gas Stations Open (MERCURY NEWS)
  • Taiwan Says It Warned WHO About Coronavirus In December, But Its Warnings Were Ignored (DAILY CALLER)
  • Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease (DENNIS PRAGER)
  • Some Coronavirus Humility (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • The Great Coronavirus War Is Upon Us (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • Compared to What? (HEATHER MAC)
  • We Go From Hysteria to Hysteria (DENNIS PRAGER)
  • What We Don’t Know About the Coronavirus Is What Scares Us (VICTOR DAVIS HANSON)
  • Coronavirus Comes for Europe (GATESTONE)
  • China’s Real Disease: Not Coronavirus (GATESTONE)
  • Israeli Virologist Urges World Leaders To Calm Public, Slams ‘Unnecessary Panic’ (ISRAEL TIMES)
  • 99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says (BLOOMBERG)
  • NEW: Obama’s Bad Stimulus Example (WALL STREET JOURNAL via RPT)

MEDIA

  • MIRACLE DRUG? Dr William Grace Says Chloroquine Is Already Being Used In US, Explains CDC Coronavirus Test Delay (YOUTUBE)

MY YOUTBE

Trump Stepping Into Obama’s Bailout Failure

(EPOCH TIMES article linked in pic above)

I grabbed this from my phone, because it is behind a WALL STREET JOURNAL paywall otherwise (for whatever reason my phone got the text?). Enjoy Art Laffer and Stephen Moore:

  • Obama’s Bad Stimulus Example: Democrats want to repeat the 2009 strategy of paying Americans not to work.

President Trump is negotiating with Congress over a massive stimulus plan to combat the severe economic and financial fallout from the coronavirus. One idea that seems to be catching on is a check of up to $1,200 to be mailed to every American, while Democrats in Congress want paid-leave policies and expanded welfare benefits. These may provide some needed temporary relief for families but are unlikely to help lift the economy. Keynesian stimulus almost always fails, and often makes the downturn worse and the eventual recovery weaker.

Mr. Trump would be wise to learn the lessons from Barack Obama’s $830 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. In the wake of the housing meltdown and financial crisis, Congress passed the largest stimulus-spending package in American history. The economic spark and job creation were supposed to appear almost immediately, as money flowed into “shovel ready” construction projects. Vice President Joe Biden barnstormed around the country in 2010 promising a “Summer of Recovery” that never came.

One problem apparent from the start was that only about 15% of the money was used for roads, bridges and other infrastructure projects. More than twice as much went to income-redistribution programs such as Medicaid, food stamps and extended unemployment insurance, or to green-energy projects. Remember the federally subsidized “cash for clunkers” auto trade-in program? That sop to the auto industry did little to shore up employment—or even the auto industry. University of Chicago economist Casey Mulligan calls the postcrisis downturn the “redistribution recession.”

The left is now trumpeting the redistributive stimulus as a wondrous success. Mr. Obama even tweeted earlier this year that his stimulus plan laid the groundwork for “more than a decade of economic growth.” But the facts point in the opposite direction. When his stimulus plan passed, Mr. Obama’s economic team predicted above 4% growth each year from 2011 through 2013.

Fortune tellers with tarot cards and Ouija boards might have gotten closer to the mark. On average, growth from 2009 to 2012 was a mere 2%. Two years after the stimulus the unemployment rate was still 9%, and it would have been much higher if not for the millions of Americans who dropped out of the labor force because jobs were so scarce. The plan was designed to help the middle class, but median household income fell through 2011.

In 2015 the Joint Economic Committee of Congress compared the Obama recovery with the previous eight recessions and found that per capita income growth after 2009 was thousands of dollars below the average. The JEC’s conclusion summarizes the legacy of the Obama stimulus: “On economic growth the Obama recovery ranks dead last.”

To paint a rosy picture, Democrats have had to argue that the economy would have been even worse, bordering on a second Great Depression, without all of the spending. Yet their outlook before passing the stimulus exposes that argument as a mere shifting of goal posts. Actual job growth after 2009 was lower than what Mr. Obama’s economic team predicted it would have been without the hundreds of billions in spending. That’s some “investment.”

Then as now, Nancy Pelosi was speaker of the House. Her strategy was, as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff put it, not to let a crisis “go to waste.” The 2009 stimulus morphed into a giant welfare bill—by design. Mrs. Pelosi said back then that spending money on food stamps and unemployment insurance was “fast acting” and “fiscally possible,” and that these programs could deliver a surplus of economic activity for every dollar spent. Magically, paying people not to work was supposed to get more people to work.

Now she is peddling the same economic non sequiturs, hoping to salvage employment while passing two weeks of paid leave for employers with fewer than 500 workers, beefed-up unemployment insurance, and other redistribution programs at a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars. Democrats even tried to make the paid-leave provision permanent. All this spending will decrease the number of Americans who return quickly to work after the crisis.

Given the current public-health strategy of social distancing, providing cash and in-kind benefits to tens of millions of stranded workers may be a prudent and compassionate approach. But no one should pretend these programs will stimulate recovery. They are likelier to prolong a slump, as the Obama strategy did. President Trump should beware: Another redistribution recession might even ensure that Joe Biden takes his job in November.

A much simpler and more effective stimulus would be a pro-growth tax cut, such as a suspension of the payroll tax. In addition to boosting take-home pay, it would give 27 million small businesses an incentive to hire rather than fire.

Mr. Laffer is chairman of Laffer Associates. Mr. Moore is a senior fellow at the Heritage Foundation. They are authors of “Trumponomics: Inside the America First Plan to Revive Our Economy.”

 

Shutting Down America – Is It Worth It?

This is an excerpt of the longer interview below… but this is the money quote[s]… also, I was under  the impression Italy had more hospital rooms for their population… this is not the case!

  • More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority. (BLOOMBERG)
  • In Italy, a country with one of the world’s oldest populations, a March 4 analysis by the national health institute found that of the 105 patients who died from the virus, the average age was 81. This put a 20-year gap between the average age of people who tested positive for the virus and the deceased, the institute said. On Friday, an ICU physician in Lombardy — the epicenter of Italy’s outbreak — told JAMA there have been only two deaths of people under the age of 50. (VOX)

CRITICAL CARE BEDS PER-CAPITA (USA #1)

In order to show where that pressure could be highest, the following infographic pulls together data from three different sources to show the number of critical care beds per 100,000 inhabitants in different countries. According to a paper published in the Intensive Care Medicine journal utilizing 2012 data, Italy had 12.5 ICU beds per 100,000 of its population that year while Germany had 29.2 ICU beds per 100,000 inhabitants. A different paper published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in 2015 states that capacity in the United States is even higher at 34.2 ICU beds per 100,000 people.

In South Korea where a major testing push has led to a reduction in the rate of daily new infections, ICU bed capacity stood at 10.6 beds per 100,000 of the population in 2017. That’s according to an analysis published in the Critical Care Medicine journal in January of this year. It also found that the situation is worse in China and India where the number of critical care beds per 100,000 people stands at just 3.6 and 2.3 respectively….

(FORBES)

Dennis Prager interviewed Victor Davis Hanson regarding his article[s] discussing the nations response to the Coronavirus. [Editor’s note: I swear, we are a nation of pussies!] Below are some articles that I think are must reads, Hanson’s articles included:

I think these are must read articles:

Dennis Prager discusses his article entitled “Why the Remedy May Be Worse Than the Disease” (https://tinyurl.com/v3u542j). In the process he merely asks some thought provoking questions, discusses the inability of people to allow for opinions that differ with theirs in discussion.

Wuhan Virus Hysteria

I was asked the following question on Facebook by a friend of the family (my oldest son’s friend to be exact,). She asked:

  • Alright Sean, what do you think of this whole virus deal? I’m personally not really worried about it, pretty sure I already had the dang thing, just curious!

The short answer is “I am not worried.” Democrats are twice as likely to freak-out about this than are Republicans. (I assume #NeverTrumpers are in the same “Democrat boat.”) HOWEVER, I will say this is the best argument for what the nation is doing writ large (even if I still disagree with it somewhat) — from my Facebook:

Okay. So the best argument I’ve heard so far came from Ben Shapiro for the course of action that we are taking as a country towards the Coronavirus (the Wuhan Virus). And it’s simple, unlike past flues you could have this for a few days and not realize you have it before the symptoms kick in. During this time you are highly contagious. Brand new studies show that it can be in the air from you breathing for up to 3 hours in a confined space (say, a room or elevator etc); and it can stay on surfaces for up to 3 days. Now, Italy has more beds per thousand people in hospitals and healthcare systems than does America. Since our Baby Boomer population can be more prone for serious complications in reaction to this, we stand a chance at burdening our emergency rooms/hospitals to well past it’s limits (Italy is at 200% plus capacity and are sending people home essentially to die). So all these precautions are not to “stop” Coronavirus, but to “slow” it’s spread to help alleviate the impact on our health care network. And by slowing it we are allowing a chance for a vaccine to hit the shelves in time to mitigate this flu as it gets worse.

I will answer with the following links (many to my own posts) and updates — I will try and keep it brief, but you know me. First, I am a fan of MICHAEL FUMENTO. I read his book, “The Myth of Heterosexual AIDS: How a Tragedy Has Been Distorted by the Media and Partisan Politics.” And ever since he has been the harbinger to media miscalculations and hysteria. AMERICAN THINKER noted Fumento from an earlier article, quoting:

It’s called “drama,” which is badly needed, because there appears to be nothing very special about this outbreak of the 2019-nCoV or Wuhan ­virus. It should actually be called the DvV, or Déjà vu Virus, because we have been through these hysterias before. Over and over. Heterosexual AIDS, Ebola repeatedly, the H1N1 swine flu that was actually vastly milder than the regular flu and, especially, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003.

[snip]

Wuhan is repeatedly labeled “deadly” — but so is every other ­virus most people know about.

Mr. Fumento’s most recent article deals with the virus in an updated fashion: “Coronavirus Going To Hit Its Peak And Start Falling Sooner Than You Think” — In it he notes the following “Law”

(UPDATE… this article was published the 8th of March, and probably uses information from March 4th)

China is the origin of the virus and still accounts for over 80 percent of cases and deaths. But its cases peaked and began ­declining more than a month ago, according to data presented by the Canadian epidemiologist who spearheaded the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mission to China. Fewer than 200 new cases are reported daily, down from a peak of 4,000.

Subsequent countries will follow this same pattern, in what’s called Farr’s Law. First formulated in 1840 and ignored in ­every epidemic hysteria since, the law states that epidemics tend to rise and fall in a roughly symmetrical pattern or bell-shaped curve. AIDS, SARS, Ebola — they all followed that pattern. So does seasonal flu each year.

Clearly, flu is vastly more contagious than the new coronavirus, as the WHO has noted. Consider that the first known coronavirus cases date back to early December, and since then, the virus has ­afflicted fewer people in total than flu does in a few days. Oh, and why are there no flu quarantines? Because it’s so contagious, it would be impossible.

As for death rates, as I first noted in these pages on Jan. 24, you can’t employ simple math — as everyone is doing — and look at deaths versus cases because those are ­reported cases. With both flu and assuredly with coronavirus, the great majority of those infected have symptoms so mild — if any — that they don’t seek medical attention and don’t get counted in the caseload.

Furthermore, those calculating rates ­ignore the importance of good health care. Given that the vast majority of cases have occurred in a country with poor health care, that’s going to dramatically exaggerate the death rate….

(His articles for the NYP can be found HERE)

BEFORE posting audio of Michael Medved and Dennis Prager discussing the above article with Michael Fumento… I wish to post the latest audio by Dr. Drew Pinsky discussing the issue. (See two previous posted videos from Doc Drew, HERE.) . And he says listen to Dr. Anthony Fauci, whereas Michael Fumento notes in the Medved audio that Fauci has been wrong on every case since the heterosexual AIDS scare. Even with this note, Doc Drew is waay better in his reporting than the Washington Post or CNN:

Celebrity doctor Dr. Drew slams the media for “reprehensible” coverage of the coronavirus spread in the US and tells Americans to “stop listening to journalists” and instead focus only on information provided by the CDC and other health entities.

Okay, here are the two partial audio interviews with Michael Fumento:

  • Michael Medved interviews Michael Fumento (March 12th) regarding his NEW YORK POST article entitled, “Coronavirus going to hit its peak and start falling sooner than you think“. I include this article because Medved adeptly notes Dr. Anthony Fauci’s assessment to get Fumento’s reaction. And these two have been “locking horns” since the “heterosexual AIDS” scare Fumento being the hands down winner since the 80’s.

I think much of this is hysteria. I think also Trump knowing the media well and how Democrats would weaponize this issue, got a jump on this disease/flu season, and against his cabinet’s advice — withing three weeks after this strain was identified… put into action the most aggressive controls yet. (See my post on this HERE.) All while the media and Democrats called him racist for his actions:

Could you imagine the reaction if Trump had just blown this off? HoooBoy!


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