Friday, March 13, 2020

FROM "DEMOCRATIC HOAX" TO NATIONAL EMERGENCY ... OR "WHEN IGNORANCE MEETS REALITY"

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- Mark

TRUMP DECLARES THE PANDEMIC OVER ... UHH, "UNDER CONTROL" ... CHECK THAT, "GOING AWAY" ... OK, LET'S TRY "ABOUT TO DISAPPEAR"

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A partial list of Trump's misstatements regarding the Coronavirus, going back to January ...

January 22: “We have it totally under control. It’s one person coming in from China. It’s going to be just fine.”
February 2: “We pretty much shut it down coming in from China.”
February 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA… Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”
February 25: “CDC and my Administration are doing a GREAT job of handling Coronavirus.”
February 25: “I think that's a problem that’s going to go away… They have studied it. They know very much. In fact, we’re very close to a vaccine.”
February 26: “The 15 (cases in the US) within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero.”
February 26: “We're going very substantially down, not up.”
February 27: “One day it’s like a miracle, it will disappear.”
February 28: “We're ordering a lot of supplies. We're ordering a lot of, uh, elements that frankly we wouldn't be ordering unless it was something like this. But we're ordering a lot of different elements of medical.”
March 2: “You take a solid flu vaccine, you don't think that could have an impact, or much of an impact, on corona?”
March 2: “A lot of things are happening, a lot of very exciting things are happening and they’re happening very rapidly.”
March 4: “If we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work — some of them go to work, but they get better.”
March 5: “I NEVER said people that are feeling sick should go to work.”
March 5: “The United States… has, as of now, only 129 cases… and 11 deaths. We are working very hard to keep these numbers as low as possible!”
March 6: “I think we’re doing a really good job in this country at keeping it down… a tremendous job at keeping it down.”
March 6: “Anybody right now, and yesterday, anybody that needs a test gets a test. They’re there. And the tests are beautiful…. the tests are all perfect like the letter was perfect. The transcription was perfect. Right? This was not as perfect as that but pretty good.”
March 6: “I like this stuff. I really get it. People are surprised that I understand it… Every one of these doctors said, ‘How do you know so much about this?’ Maybe I have a natural ability. Maybe I should have done that instead of running for president.”
March 6: “I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault.”
March 8: “We have a perfectly coordinated and fine-tuned plan at the White House for our attack on CoronaVirus.”
March 9: “This blindsided the world.”
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- Mark

THE APOCALYPSE WASN'T SUPPOSED TO END LIKE THIS ...

- Mark

TRUMP'S LIES ON THE CORONAVIRUS


Below is just one example, from TWO WEEKS AGO, where Donald Trump illustrated once again that he not only has no idea what he's talking about, but that he just makes crap up to cover the fact that he's clueless ... 
February 26: Trump baselessly predicts the number of US cases is "going very substantially down" to "close to zero"Trump said: "I think every aspect of our society should be prepared. I don't think it's going to come to that, especially with the fact that we're going down, not up. We're going very substantially down, not up." And he said: "And again, when you have 15 people, and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that's a pretty good job we've done."
Click here to read the 26 ways Trump and his administration have lied and misled America and the world about the Coronavirus outbreak in the United States.

- Mark

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

THIS IS HOW YOU INFECT A NATION, AND THE WORLD

This is a reminder of how we got infected passengers sent back to the United States, with the blessing of the Trump administration ...

On Feb. 12, U.S. officials briefed members of Congress in a closed-door hearing. Rep. Phil Roe (R-Tenn.), a doctor, had also heard from a friend and fellow doctor, Arnold Hopland, of Elizabethton, Tenn., who was on the ship with his wife, Jeanie. Hopland told Roe about the deteriorating conditions.“That tipped the balance,” said the senior administration official.
By Friday afternoon in Washington, there was agreement among all the agencies in the U.S. coronavirus task force to evacuate the Americans.
You can read about America's path towards a viral clusterf*%&#  (to be sure, the article's actually titled, "Coronavirus-infected Americans flown home against Center for Disease Control's (CDC) advice") by clicking here.

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But wait, this ugly turn of events gets better (or is that worse?). In 2019 Donald Trump began closing the federal program that investigates diseases and animal viruses that might infect humans because - and this is the fun part - President Obama supported it.


The program - known as "Predict" and run by USAID - not only found over 1,000 new viruses but learned that "a new animal disease that can also infect humans is discovered every four months."

The Predict program also sponsored epidemiological modeling to predict where outbreaks are likely to erupt, and fought to curb hunting and breeding practices that encouraged viral eruptions.

Over 10 years the program, which was supported by both the Bush and Obama administrations, cost $207 million, which equals .000129% of the $1.6 trillion tax cut that Trump and the GOP gave to America's richest groups two years ago (for the sake of comparison, the U.S. spent $5 billion combating Ebola in West Africa). So, yeah, cutting the program had little to do with financial costs, and more to do with incompetency and political point scoring.

You can access the NY Times article explaining the entire mess by clicking here.

- Mark