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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Oregon police ask people to stop calling 911 because they ran out of toilet paper
Nervous Americans start panic buying GUNS as sales rocket across the country and long lines form outside hunting shops amid coronavirus fears
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6472 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In other news, there's a run on bidets.
Posted by: KBK || 03/17/2020 0:09 Comments || Top||

#2  there's a run on bidets.

Portable
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 2:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Romans used sponges
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/17/2020 7:21 Comments || Top||

#4  At least the ChiComs know enough to go into the toilet beard know
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:29 Comments || Top||

#5  Translation of the Chingrish in #4 (from the comments):

1. Each toilet cubicle has a limited occupancy of 1 person only. (Don’t try to save space by sharing a toilet with your friend at the same time.)
2. Only release your excrement into the toilet bowl. If you release it anywhere else, the dissatisfied foot of the management will kick you.
3. You must take good care of the toilet facilities. It is strictly forbidden to remove the toilet from the cubicle and take it out of the toilet room.
4. Place your excrement in the excrement bucket provided. If you release it into the toilet bowl, it could block the toilet causing it to leak (overflow).
5. To avoid scaring other toilet users, don’t scream inside the toilet, even if you’re very constipated.
6. Don’t interfere with other people while they are enjoying the toilet. Allow them to release their excrement in peace.
7. Don’t boil food in the toilet. Eat in the cafeteria instead.
8. No idea!
9. No graffiti writing.
10. Don’t release excrement in the urinals.
11. No unlawful carrying-on in the toilet and no hard parts of the anatomy.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:31 Comments || Top||

#6  If you run out, take a shower after.

Stop panicking and being assholes!
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/17/2020 9:38 Comments || Top||

#7  ...but aholes need TP. XD
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/17/2020 9:53 Comments || Top||

#8  Alla you, cease!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 10:15 Comments || Top||

#9  Geoducks.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#10  #9 I like!
Posted by: 746 || 03/17/2020 13:37 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
A doc's comment on Covid-19
[Facebook] Over the past 20 years, several coronaviruses have crossed the species barrier into humans, causing outbreaks of severe, and often fatal, respiratory illness. Since SARS-CoV was first identified in animal markets, global viromics projects have discovered thousands of coronavirus RNA sequences in diverse animals and geographic regions. Unfortunately, there are few tools available to functionally test these viruses for their ability to infect humans, which has severely hampered efforts to predict the next zoonotic viral outbreak. The virus that causes COVID-19 is designated severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). This virus information is up to date as it can be. Most case patients were 30 to 79 years of age (87%), 1% were aged 9 years or younger, 1% were aged 10 to 19 years, and 3% were age 80 years or older. I am pointing out what may be helpful. Interestingly a lot of studies were in progress on this type of virus right when the pandemic started. They were able to demonstrate how SARS-Cov2 or Covid 19 viruses can gain entry into human cells, and confirm that human Angiotensin converting enzyme 2 or ACE2 is the receptor for the recently emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus. This is not that important to most but those on DPP-4 inhibitors and high blood pressure drugs that block this receptor. Studies are ongoing to see if these drugs help or hurt when we are taking them while infected. If this hypothesis were to be confirmed, it could lead to a conflict regarding treatment because ACE2 that is being blocked reduces lung inflammation and has been suggested as a potential new therapy for inflammatory lung diseases, cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. A further aspect that should be investigated is the genetic predisposition for an increased risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection, which might be due to ACE2 polymorphisms that have been linked to diabetes mellitus, cerebral stroke, and hypertension, specifically in Asian populations. Summarizing this information, the sensitivity of an individual might result from a combination of both therapy and ACE2 polymorphism. Keep aware of this issue if it pertains to you.

Research has shown this viral cell-human cell fusion can only take place in the presence of trypsin or proteases (enzymes that cut the spike of the virus to help it bind to the ACE2 receptor and enter the cell). The human respiratory tract of individuals with normal lung function maintains a fine-tuned balance, being asymptomatically colonized by the normal microbiota in the upper airways and sterile in the lower tract. This equilibrium may be disrupted by the exposure to insults such as cigarette smoke, car fumes, irritants and prior viral infection. Be aware your stress affects the microbiome and thus bacteria in a bad way and in the human gastro-intestinal tract commensal bacteria studies we find stress can lead to inflammation which pours these chemicals out. These proteins are called Siropins, which efficiently inhibited two human proteases reported to be associated with inflammatory bowel diseases and viral entry.

Pregnant women — Minimal information is available regarding COVID-19 during pregnancy. Intrauterine or perinatal transmission has not been identified. In two reports including a total of 18 pregnant women with suspected or confirmed COVID-19 pneumonia, there was no laboratory evidence of transmission of the virus to the neonate. However, two neonatal cases of infection have been documented from contact with family. Wash hands before and every 10 minutes when handling an infant.

SYMPTOMS
Pneumonia appears to be the most frequent serious manifestation of infection, characterized primarily by fever, cough, dyspnea, and bilateral infiltrates on chest imaging. There are no specific clinical features that can yet reliably distinguish COVID-19 from other viral respiratory infections. One comment suggested inability to breath hold for 10 seconds.

In a study describing 138 patients with COVID-19 pneumonia in Wuhan, the most common clinical features at the onset of illness were:

●Fever in 99 percent
●Fatigue in 70 percent
●Dry cough in 59 percent
●Anorexia in 40 percent
●Myalgias in 35 percent
●Dyspnea in 31 percent
●Sputum production in 27 percent

The dyspnea (shortness of breath) developed after a median of five days of illness. Acute respiratory distress syndrome developed in 20 percent, and mechanical ventilation was implemented in 12.3 percent.

TREATMENT
Home care — Home management is appropriate for patients with mild infection who can be adequately isolated in the outpatient setting. We treat like a flu or severe cold and observe for complications. Number two in the management of such patients should focus on prevention of transmission to others. A patient with COVID-19 should stay at home and try to separate themselves from other people and animals in the household. They should wear a facemask when in the same room (or vehicle) as other people and when presenting to health care settings. The animals cannot transmit directly but the virus can be on their fur and mouths.

Learn from China - The timing of the COVID-19 outbreak, prior to China’s annual Lunar New Year holiday, was an important factor as China considered how to respond to the outbreak. Culturally, this is the largest and most important holiday of the year. It is the expectation that people return to their family homes, which is the cause for the several billion person-trips made by residents and visitors during this time, mostly on crowded planes, trains, and buses. Knowing this meant each infected person could have numerous close contacts over a protracted time and across long distances, the government needed to quickly act. However, it was not only the speed of the government’s response, but also the magnitude of that response that were influenced by the impending holiday travel time. Knowing that specific treatment and prevention options, such as targeted antiviral drugs and vaccines, were not yet available for COVID-19, China focused on traditional public health outbreak response tactics—isolation, quarantine, social distancing, and community containment.

Identified case patients with COVID-19 were immediately isolated in designated wards in existing hospitals, and 2 new hospitals were rapidly built to isolate and care for the increasing numbers of cases in Wuhan and Hubei. People who had been in contact with COVID-19 cases were asked to quarantine themselves at home or were taken to special quarantine facilities, where they could be monitored for onset of symptoms. Enormous numbers of large gatherings were canceled, including all Lunar New Year celebrations, and traffic in Wuhan and in cities across Hubei was restricted and closely monitored. Virtually all transportation was subsequently restricted at a national level. All of these measures were instituted to achieve social distancing. In addition, an estimated 40 million to 60 million residents of Wuhan and 15 other surrounding cities within Hubei Province were subjected to community containment measures. Although these types of traditional outbreak response actions have been successfully used in the past, they have never been executed on such a large scale.

Emerging Treatments – In recent studies mercaptopurine and melatonin showed strong effect against this virus. This identified mercaptopurine as a selective inhibitor of both SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV by targeting papain-like protease. Melatonin was reported in potential antiviral infection via its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Melatonin indirectly regulates ACE2 expression, a key entry receptor involved in viral infection of 2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2. Specifically, melatonin was reported to inhibit calmodulin and calmodulin interacts with ACE2 by inhibiting shedding of its ectodomain, a key infectious process of SARS-CoV. In summary, combination of mercaptopurine and melatonin may offer a potential combination therapy for 2019-nCoV/SARS-CoV-2 by synergistically targeting papain-like protease, ACE2, c-Jun signaling, and anti-inflammatory pathways. Several other possible drugs that are already in production are being tested at present. A SERM drug, an aldosterone receptor blocker, 6MP chemo drug, even Paxil (paroxetine) which is an antidepressant all have some theoretical effectiveness.

Greg E. Sharon MD
Posted by: 3dc || 03/17/2020 11:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  But some news sites (Guardian?) still claim a runny nose is a symptom. CDC says fever, cough, and shortness of breath.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/17/2020 12:38 Comments || Top||


Suid-Afrika maatreëls (measures) - Pick n Pay Grocery offers 'elderly only' hour to shoppers older than 65 due to coronavirus
[Bus Insider SA] Pick n Pay says it wants to open all its supermarkets and hypermarkets an hour earlier every Wednesday for customers over 65 to shop safer, amid Koronavirus fears.

From 18 March 2020, stores will be open exclusively for customers over the age of 65 years from 07:00 to 08:00.

Customers will be carded at the entrance, and will need to bring a valid ID to enter the store during this time.

"A special shopping hour for pensioners was a great suggestion by our online community and we very quickly worked with our stores to make this a reality," said John Bradshaw, retail executive: marketing at Pick n Pay.

This is part of their effort to curb exposure for South Africans who fall into this demographic and are at a high risk of catching Covid-19. The elderly, as well as travellers; individuals with co-morbidities; and healthcare workers are also at a higher risk of morbidity and mortality associated with the novel coronavirus, says the National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD).

"All our actions are focused on supporting the well-being of our customers. We know that the Coronavirus is more of a threat to older people, and it is thus especially important that our older customers limit the number of times they are in busy spaces as much as possible. This dedicated shopping hour for our elderly customers will give them exclusive use of the store."

Every Wednesday, all Smart Shoppers over the age of 60 will also earn double points in-store.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 09:51 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6494 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Thanks, B, It's nice to see stories of sane people from time to time.
Posted by: magpie || 03/17/2020 10:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Think I heard Dollar General is doing something similar, as shopping has replaced the NHL post-season.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 10:53 Comments || Top||

#3  Our grocery store is out of sugar, flour, rice, beans, milk, eggs, potatoes, onions, carrots, ground beef, ramen today, in addition to the expected toilet paper etc. But they have beer & wine, so it's ok.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Same south of ATL, the hoarders holiday has nearly come to an end. Airplane noise has been substantially reduced.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Mrs Fool went to Costo yesterday. There was a line _outside_ the doors as they were only allowing a certain (relativly few) people in the store at a time. To keep down on the crowds and, we believe, avoid being closed down by the King Governor Inslee (Wa) who closed down resturants and bars last week.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/17/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

#6  Our store's online order pick up service is full until at least Friday (if they have stuff to sell you.)
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 15:37 Comments || Top||

#7  I have plenty of food, will just have to get creative in cooking. Lack of onions is going to hamper me. Low stock of beans, rice and potatoes will to, to a lesser degree. If I run out of protein I can go shoot a pig (or a copperhead...)
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 15:39 Comments || Top||

#8  Herbs, spices, and sauces everyone. Moral is important too.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 16:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Herbs, spices, and sauces everyone. Moral is important too.

The local weed store just announced delivery service, so we got the herb covered.

If I run out of protein I can go shoot a pig (or a copperhead...)

Protein is protein, but it sounds like there are still some hard feelings left over from the War Between the States.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/17/2020 17:45 Comments || Top||

#10  Hah, as well as The Herb covered.

I had heard the potpriators get getting ran on as well. Joked with the wife, "Watch them spend a goodly chunk of their money on buzz, and forget to have food for the munchies."
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#11  Taters. Best bang for the buck.
Saved the European working class from starvation again and again.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 22:33 Comments || Top||


China says Trump's 'Chinese virus' tweet smears China
BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s foreign ministry said on Tuesday that U.S. President Donald Trump’s tweet calling the coronavirus a "Chinese virus" smears China and said Beijing strongly opposes Trump’s usage of the words.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters during a daily briefing that the U.S. should first take care of its own matters.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 04:29 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6502 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Designed in a Wuhan BioWar Lab..
Somebody is sounding a bit guilty.
Posted by: 3dc || 03/17/2020 5:44 Comments || Top||

#2  "We stole it fair and square from round-eyed barbarians!"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 5:49 Comments || Top||

#3  Don't worry, Chinese Communist Party - there are plenty of leftist knobs in the U.S. media who will dutifully carry that water for you, and half of them sincerely agree with you.
Posted by: Raj || 03/17/2020 6:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Keep on a-diggin'.

Our mad embrace of China is over. China delenda est.

No one in his right mind - I know, I know; hold your snark for now - nobody in the West can claim now with any credibility that we should make our economy and our national security vulnerable to such a shitty nation.

It is obvious to even the most diehard Trump haters now that that Trump is right. China's leaders wish us only ill and will do anything - including deny an epidemic and brutalize or even kill those of their own citizens who try to do nothing more than tell the truth about that epidemic - if they think it necessary to preserve their spectacularly corrupt rule.

Their lies and barbarism have killed thousands of innocent people around the world and incited panic that is literally bringing global economic and social activity to a halt.

These vicious and stupid individuals - the whole stinking ChiCom apparatus - these criminals are happy to destroy everything we hold dear, our property our loved ones, he'll, our very lives, in order to keep lying and maintain their corrupt and brutal reign.

The ChiComs and no one else caused this global mess.

China-based globalization is in ruins. There is no going back to that foolish policy. China delenda est.

A new era has begun.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 7:55 Comments || Top||

#5  calling the coronavirus a "Chinese virus" smears China

Sorry the Democrat party said that first.


Lex, I'm afraid that you are way to optimistic about the abilities of diehard Trump haters of any kind.
Posted by: AlanC || 03/17/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#6  China is going to learn nobody cares what they think anymore.
Posted by: ruprecht || 03/17/2020 8:18 Comments || Top||

#7  The Chinese are buying up a lot of depressed stocks right now, almost as if by design.

I wouldn't put it past the Middle Kingdom to kill off a million people to keep their economy intact.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/17/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Oh and they're buying up gold, too.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/17/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#9  Disagree.

Thanks to this madness no one will succeed now in convincing Americans that we should not end our deiendence in China for active pharmaceutical ingredients. Or anything else for that matter.

No one, not Chuckie Bananas or Cruella DeBotox or Boynie or Fauxcahontas or Schifferbrains or Kerry or Pierre Delecto or the Squat.

The pro-China argument is dead. Tango Umbrella. Bat soup.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:22 Comments || Top||

#10  ^Don't put your faith in X People - for any value of X, Lex.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 8:27 Comments || Top||

#11  I'm sorry but I can't see anyone in the public sphere seriously arguing we should not end our dependence on China. It would be like someone saying on December 8, 1941, that we should side with the Japanese against, say, limey imperialists in Asia.

That bat argument won't fly anymore.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#12  I got a call from the local police reminding me that my teaching contract does not end until the end of June, so I should not leave the country. I believe they are acknowledging a huge foreign brain drain is just around the corner. Life basically sucks here now.
Posted by: Beau || 03/17/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#13  ^I would never ever encourage somebody to break the law.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 9:14 Comments || Top||

#14  China is smearing China quite well actually. Orange man needs to do little to add to it.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/17/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#15  Well, Darth, in their defense - this stuff is, mostly, intended for internal use.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#16  And a big shout-out to Tom Friedman, whose views on China have not aged well:

"One-party autocracy certainly has its drawbacks. But when it is led by a reasonably enlightened group of people, as China is today, it can also have great advantages. That one party can just impose the politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward in the 21st century."
Posted by: Matt || 03/17/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#17  ^ agree, whichever Infinity stone he got is working very well. All he has to do is keep breathing, and Magic happens.
Posted by: Beau || 03/17/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#18  Tom Friedman = Shitshow Shill & Carny Barker.
Does his wife's father have big real estate interests in China?

Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 9:29 Comments || Top||

#19  Mine was ^14
Posted by: Beau || 03/17/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#20  Yes #14: China is smearing China quite well actually. Orange man needs to do little to add to it. Posted by DarthVader

As I recall from my youth, the pig squeals loudest as the procedure begins.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 9:42 Comments || Top||

#21  If they're getting their noses out of joint about this, just wait until, as due and just consideration, Mr. Trump cancels all U.S. debt owed to China.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/17/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||

#22  What about Xinnie the Flu, that cool?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 19:46 Comments || Top||

#23  Mr. Trump cancels all U.S. debt owed to China.

I was about to post this yesterday, with the difference: ALL countries cancel their debt to China.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/17/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||


Smote: Rain of eggplant in Iran
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Update from The Times of Israel at 7:45 a.m. EDT:
Iran arrests five over prank eggplant-rain video
Police official says culprits claimed clip accidentally released online; Iranian who lives in Canada but was visiting country believed to have created footage

“They claimed they were conducting research in special effects when one of these clips was accidentally posted on social media,” Tehran police official Ali Zolghadr said.

The five had “emphasized that they belong to no specific group or movement,” he added.

IRNA did not specify what offense the arrested men were accused of perpetrating.

Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "emphasized that they belong to no specific group or movement"

Sure, sure ... a likely story. Holy egghead, Batman! Where's Vincent Price?

Rumors of my egg-stinction are greatly egg-zaggerated! EGG-zactly so! Authorities have EGG on their faces!
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

#2 
"We seen little aubergine men!"
"Some green and some purple!"
"And then?"
"A helluva whoosh!"
"Smelled like baba ganoush!"
"Cuz a missile done hit it!"
"And then?"
Posted by: Unomotch Thud5295 || 03/17/2020 12:56 Comments || Top||


Coronavirus Roundup: Why We don't have enough Covid test kits Yet
Popular Mechanics
There's a massive shortage of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) test kits in the U.S....

But it didn't have to be this way. Back in January and February‐when cases of the deadly disease began aggressively circulating outside of China‐diagnostics already existed in places like Wuhan, where the pandemic began. Those tests followed World Health Organization (WHO) test guidelines, which the U.S. decided to eschew.

Instead, the CDC created its own in-depth diagnostics that could identify not only COVID-19, but a host of SARS-like coronaviruses.
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
[like requiring a fighter jet to coordinate Command and Control, do recon and carry 1000 lb bombs]
Then, disaster struck: When the CDC sent tests to labs during the first week of February, those labs discovered that while the kits did detect COVID-19, they also produced false positives when checking for other viruses. As the CDC went back to the drawing board to develop yet more tests, precious time ticked away.

"I think that we should have had testing more widely available about a month earlier," Dr. Carl Fichtenbaum, professor of clinical medicine at the University of Cincinnati's School of Medicine, tells Popular Mechanics. "That would have been more appropriate so that we could have identified people earlier on and used some of the mitigating strategies that we're using now."

As the spread of Coronavirus continues to escalate in the U.S., private institutions like academic research hospitals are scrambling in a mad dash to come up with more test kits. And there is hope: the first human clinical trials for a possible vaccine have begun today.

[PUBLISH.TWITTER]


Thousands of MSC Meraviglia cruise passengers are allowed to disembark in Miami without medical screening
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news] .. despite a previous guest testing positive for coronavirus days earlier

Millions of bar and restaurant workers face joblessness and poverty as well-wishers try to raise funds for them after shutdown in four states, NYC and LA

American Airlines flight from Dallas to Nashville is delayed by EIGHT HOURS after a passenger was arrested for joking about having coronavirus - with spooked crew members then refusing to fly

In France, more than half of coronavirus patients in intensive care are under 60, suggesting it's not just the elderly at risk

Ohio to order polls closed over coronavirus 'emergency,' governor says
[FoxNews] Gov. Mike DeWine on Monday night announced his state's health director will order Ohio's polls to be closed Tuesday "as a health emergency" over the spread of the coronavirus, a dramatic move just hours before the state's scheduled primaries.

DeWine had recommended that the primaries be postponed, but a county judge had denied the request Monday evening.

"During this time when we face an unprecedented public health crisis, to conduct an election tomorrow would force poll workers and voters to place themselves at an unacceptable health risk of contracting coronavirus. As such, Health Director Dr. Amy Acton will order the polls closed as a health emergency. While the polls will be closed tomorrow, Secretary of State Frank LaRose will seek a remedy through the courts to extend voting options so that every voter who wants to vote will be granted that opportunity," DeWine said in a statement.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Excuse me but my office has been testing Wuhan virus for over a week now. Maybe because I own my own practice and not waiting for a hospital to set up a profit center? TG for 4 commercial Labs that are hand delivering test kits to me! Now about some damn masks!?!
Posted by: Chish Barnsmell4127 || 03/17/2020 23:52 Comments || Top||


Africa Subsaharan
DemocraticRepublic of Congo: 15 die in canoe #accident
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:


Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Russia begins work on a second 500-bed, speed-build coronavirus hospital as Moscow limits gatherings and closes schools
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 01:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6467 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Only 93 official reported infection in Russia as of yesterday
Posted by: Lord garth || 03/17/2020 8:30 Comments || Top||


Russian court rules president can run past 2-terms
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6466 views] Top|| File under:


China-Japan-Koreas
China's richest man Jack Ma donates one million face masks and 500,000 coronavirus test kits to the US as Beijing and Washington accuse each other of being the origin of the disease
[MAIL] China's richest man is donating one million face masks and 500,000 coronavirus test kits to the United States to help the world's largest economy fight the outbreak, which has killed at least 5,000 people worldwide.

The tycoon's aid comes as Beijing and Washington spar over the origin of the deadly disease, known as COVID-19.

Jack Ma, worth £31.6billion, announced the decision on Friday through his account on Twitter-like Weibo.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 01:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6468 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I love the asinine equivalence of that tabloid headline: "accuse each other... ."

Does the Daily Mail have Chinese ownership?

Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Virtue signaling at the global level.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Exactly what I want right now, a made in china face mask.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 11:37 Comments || Top||

#4  I suppose, but they do seem to have to controlled at 81,000 cases.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/17/2020 12:39 Comments || Top||

#5  I would trust the SoKo and Japanese numbers FAR more than CCP's
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

#6  3dc just shared a tweet: China is expelling all American "Journalists"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2020 14:02 Comments || Top||


Cyber
Cyber-Terrorism: HHS Network Attacked by Hackers Hoping to Slow Coronavirus Response
[PJMedia] In what was apparently a Distributed Denial of Service attack (DDoS), Health and Human Services Department computers were hit by unknown cyber-assailants on Sunday night in an attempt to impede the department's response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Business Insider reports:

An HHS spokesperson confirmed in a statement to Business Insider that it is investigating a "significant increase in activity" on its cyber infrastructure Sunday night, adding that its systems have remained fully operational.

"HHS has an IT infrastructure with risk-based security controls continuously monitored in order to detect and address cybersecurity threats and vulnerabilities," HHS spokesperson Caitlin Oakley told Business Insider. "Early on while preparing and responding to COVID-19, HHS put extra protections in place. We are coordinating with federal law enforcement and remain vigilant and focused on ensuring the integrity of our IT infrastructure."

According to Bloomberg, although the attack was unsuccessful, it is being treated as a national security matter:

“We are aware of a cyber incident related to the Health and Human Services computer networks, and the federal government is investigating this incident thoroughly,” John Ullyot, a spokesman for the National Security Council, said in a statement. “HHS and federal government cybersecurity professionals are continuously monitoring and taking appropriate actions to secure our federal networks.”

He said “HHS and federal networks are functioning normally at this time.”

Not yet known, or at least not yet made public, is the identity of the attacker. Bloomberg also reports that "while a foreign state is suspected in the attack, the administration hasn’t yet confirmed who it was." If it was a state actor like China or Russia (just to name two out of many possibilities), an attack like last night's might be rightly considered an act of war.

On the disinformation front, it might have been the same hackers spreading fake news via text message concerning a national quarantine. There is no national quarantine.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/17/2020 00:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6465 views] Top|| File under:

#1  In the race to find a COVID-19 cure, who might have the most to lose, or gain ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 4:55 Comments || Top||

#2  If state actor, then an act of war.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/17/2020 7:01 Comments || Top||


Nvidia calls on PC gamers to lend their graphical processing power to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak
Microsoft launches an interactive map that tracks the global spread of the coronavirus pandemic in real-time to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6480 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Question - any of you in on this? I'm giving it some thought but just a tad concerned about some backdoor getting installed; I wouldn't put it past anybody.
Posted by: Raj || 03/17/2020 6:37 Comments || Top||

#2  Can't do it. I live so far out in the boonies that even the country station doesn't reach. Means my ISP options are limited and have to settle for a metered connection.
Maybe when Starlink is up and running?
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/17/2020 6:59 Comments || Top||

#3  No eff'n way.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 10:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Ran SETI@home for years and years. Whenever I upgrade a machine, the old one got loaded up and we went looking for ALIENS! No problems.

More recently I moved to Linux and run these things in a sandboxed VM that I can easily shutdown, scrub and recover.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#5  Skid what flavor of Linux are you running?
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/17/2020 17:23 Comments || Top||

#6  I was tempted for a moment, but I don't trust anybody. So, no.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/17/2020 18:39 Comments || Top||

#7  They just shut down seti@home, which I have run for years in the winter. During the winter in my state the electricity rates are very low, so heating the house with the electric furnace or my GPU is the same.

I'll try this out and let you know how it goes. I doubt my 660ti will add much to the compute power, but if hackers wack this old computer there is not much harm done.
Posted by: rammer || 03/17/2020 19:52 Comments || Top||


Economy
Coronavirus causes historic market drop, global scramble to contain 'invisible enemy'
(Reuters) - Coronavirus fears led to a historic drop in U.S. stocks, shut borders and disrupted daily life around the world, as governments took increasingly drastic measures to try to reduce the severity of the global outbreak.

Financial markets had their worst day in 30 years despite emergency action by global central banks to try to prevent a recession, with U.S. stock markets falling 12% to 13%, wiping out trillions of dollars in market value.

Just a month ago, financial markets were hitting record highs on the assumption the outbreak would largely be contained in China and not cause disruptions beyond what was seen with earlier viral outbreaks of Ebola, SARS and MERS. There have now been more cases and more deaths outside mainland China than inside, with 180,000 cases worldwide and over 7,000 deaths. Tracking the spread here
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 03:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6479 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Invisible enemy?" A nearly invisible weapon possibly. A weapon that has been studied extensively for several years. Here is an article from 2015 that discusses the so-called 'super- spreaders.' Be sure to note the authors.

MERS, SARS, and Ebola: The Role of Super-Spreaders in Infectious Disease

In other news: The pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong appears to be on hold. The threat of a migration to the mainland has apparently subsided.

Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 4:24 Comments || Top||

#2  Let's see what happens once the West recovers and drops all products from China it doesn't need.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/17/2020 4:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Working with Bill & Melinda, good-to-go. Working with the Orange Man, not so much. Significant progress can be made unless concern for politics, credit, and profit override the major issue. Or is there something I am not seeing?

Reuters - Germany tries to halt U.S. interest in firm working on coronavirus vaccine
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 4:36 Comments || Top||

#4  Listen for the screams if Israel's efforts to develop a vaccine for the Corona Virus succeeds .
Posted by: Thaith Elmeresing6163 || 03/17/2020 6:27 Comments || Top||

#5  From the article

Welt am Sonntag quoted an unidentified German government source as saying Trump was trying to secure the scientists’ work exclusively, and would do anything to get a vaccine for the United States, “but only for the United States.”

I don't know if that story is true. But Welt is actually a U.S. friendly paper.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/17/2020 6:28 Comments || Top||

#6  ...“but only for the United States.” Interesting.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 6:35 Comments || Top||

#7  That's why I said, I'm skeptical about that part.
But let's not be hypocritical. If things were the other way round, the U.S. would not let it happen either.
The important thing is: Whoever succeeds in making the vaccine, should make it available to everyone. At affordable prices.
Posted by: European Conservative || 03/17/2020 6:46 Comments || Top||

#8  Steady there, 'Erb.

Keep your eyes on the target. CHINA delenda est. Ni Europa.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 9:07 Comments || Top||

#9  #9 EUrope is the origin of the bad ideas that are destroying our civilization, Lex. China, a completely different civilization, just takes advantage - can you blame them?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

#10  Folks, those bad ideas originated here, in the good ol' USA.

It was out of the desperation of the 1970s American economy that globalism arose. US economists, management experts, Harvard B-School professors and policy makers decided that the best way to deal with the apocalyptic threat at the time - Japanese manufacturing - was to keep our markets open and force our manufacturing firms in industry after industry to get "lean and mean" or go bust. Never did they consider closing our markets to the Japanese. No: the solution, US neoliberals argued, was more imports, more openness, more offshoring and outsourcing and - an atrocious neologism of their coining - more "downsizing" of US manufacturing.

Again, these ideas originated in the US in the 1970s and 1980s. They were touted by liberal and conservative economists alike, both the Chicago School and Chamber of Comnerce crowd and - look this up - liberals such as Robert Reich and Paul Krugman. This mentality gave birth to the "neoliberal" i.e. pro-trade middle of the road movement in the Democratic Party out of which Bill Clinton and Al Gore emerged.

Their signature achievement in the 1990s, remember, was the North American Free Trade Agreement. A Democratic president's idea and a Democratic Party policy.

In parallel, these AMERICAN policy-makers and management theorists and economists got the bright idea that not just Japan and Mexico, but also China, could be a "partner" of ours who would destroy US jobs, sure, but "make the toys under the Christmas tree cheaper" for the families oflaud-off American workers.

And so began the mass outsourcing of the US supply chain to a shitty Communist-burdened nation paying its workers $1 a day to make shiny consumer junk that could be marked up to unheard-of levels by companies such as Apple.

Profits galore. Soaring revenues in Asia. And yet more stagnation and ruin and despair across America outside a few coastal boomtowns.

Sorry guys but the truth is that we Americans did this to ourselves.

Chicago Boys. Cambridge MA boys. Washington DC and Wall Street and Silicon Valley boys. 100% Made in the USA.

Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 9:49 Comments || Top||

#11  ^The idea of listening to economists - instead of using them for target practice, came from Europe.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 10:14 Comments || Top||

#12  Regarding the lies & fake news of a mythical "US only" requirement for the German company's vaccine, here too our own American (also U.K.) journalists bear much of the blame for spreading this hoax.

Even now, no acknowledgement that they smeared the president and did an enormous disservice to the public with this ridiculous hoax.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 10:19 Comments || Top||

#13  Regarding the lies & fake news of a mythical "US only" requirement for the German company's vaccine, here too our own American (also U.K.) journalists bear much of the blame for spreading this hoax.

Yeah, wife was watching some garbage show selling Wuhan Flu tickets and the bubblehead said that line, and it was so obvious she herself didn't believe it I instinctively yelled Bullshit in front of the kids and pets and everyone.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#14  We really need to update our libel laws.

The NYT stringer who reported this also shared this nonsense in Twitter - and his lie has been re-tweeted over 11,000 times.

Another one of the lying assholes shared the lie with his 653,000 followers.

These people are disgraceful. This parallel epidemic of lies and slander and character assassination must stop.
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 10:49 Comments || Top||

#15  Use restaurants to prepare meals for lockdowns! Pay them cooks cook staff packages and helps load in vehicles! They all have income jobs etc bill goes to federal government and all eat real food!
Posted by: Thosing Munster4050 || 03/17/2020 15:11 Comments || Top||


Gas Price Has Decreased about 20 cents in past month
from AAA
Eleven States Have Gas Price Average of $2/Gallon or Less

As crude oil prices trend close to $30/bbl, Americans are seeing pump prices plummet across the country. On the week, gas price averages in 35 states decreased by double-digits, pushing the national average to $2.25, the cheapest price point of the year.

"The national gas price average is 13 cents cheaper on the week and nearly 20 cents less than the beginning of the month. These are significant decreases in just 7 and 16 days," said Jeanette Casselano, AAA spokesperson. "AAA expects gas prices to continue trending cheaper, with the high likelihood of the national average hitting $2/gallon before the end of March."
Posted by: lord garth || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  ..$1.63/gal here today. On the other hand, nowhere to go, and Columbia Across The River just imposed a 2300 - 0600 curfew. And so it goes.

Mike
Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/17/2020 19:25 Comments || Top||


The Grand Turk
Turkish Medical Association (TTB) has warned that the real number of coronavirus cases in Turkey higher than officially reported
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6474 views] Top|| File under:

#1  official report as of yesterday was 5 (yes 5 and all in Istanbul)
Posted by: lord garth || 03/17/2020 9:59 Comments || Top||

#2  The real number of coronavirus cases is everywhere higher than reported. That’s the nature of symptom-free spread.

But I am very willing to believe that the Turks are concealing what they know.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/17/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||

#3  up to 47 official cases as of last night in Turkey
Posted by: lord garth || 03/17/2020 16:42 Comments || Top||

#4  "Gulenists don't count"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2020 16:59 Comments || Top||


India-Pakistan
Fake doctor selling 'vaccine' for coronavirus in Karachi's DHA arrested
[DAWN] Police on Monday claimed to have arrested a person who posed as a doctor and was selling vaccine for the treatment of coronavirus
...the twenty first century equivalent of bubonic plague, only instead of killing off a third of the population of Europe it kills 3.4 percent of those who notice they have it. It seems to be fond of the elderly, especially Iranian politicians and holy men...
in Bloody Karachi
...formerly the capital of Pakistain, now merely its most important port and financial center. It is among the largest cities in the world, with a population of 18 million, most of whom hate each other and many of whom are armed and dangerous...
's Defence Housing Authority neighbourhood.

"Defence police has arrested one fake doctor, Syed Didar Ali, who was malignantly and fraudulently selling fake vaccine for COVID-19 at West Point Clinic, DHA Phase 2 Extension," said Clifton Superintendent of Police Imran Mirza.

Police have registered a first information report against the suspect under Sections 419 (cheating by impersonation) and 420 (cheating or dishonestly inducing delivery of property) of the Pakistain Penal Code (PPC).

No vaccine for COVID-19, which emerged late last year in China, has so far been developed, though nearly 35 companies and academic institutions are racing to create one, according to The Guardian. Even then, experts say the earliest a vaccine can be developed and deployed will be in a year to a year and a half.

Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6464 views] Top|| File under:


Iraq
Iraq's Ministry health reported new 6 cases with #coronavirus (3 #Baghdad, 2 #Najaf, 1 #Diwaniyia) making the total 133
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]

Police officer was collapsed due to #coronavirus near #Baquba town in #Diyala, #Iraq, bordering #Iran's #Kermanshah Province
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/17/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iraq


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Tel Aviv man in coronavirus quarantine seeks women to keep him company
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 12:11 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6473 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Anything positive yet g(r)om, now that you've gone viral ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/17/2020 13:29 Comments || Top||

#2  Moenie die hoender ruk nie.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 14:03 Comments || Top||

#3  "Don't overdo it."
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 15:41 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Plastics Had Been Falling Out of Favor. Then Came the Virus
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 13:17 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6475 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Interesting correlation between Wuhan flu rate and single-use grocery bag restriction. Hmmmm.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 15:40 Comments || Top||

#2  Plastic straw ban.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/17/2020 15:57 Comments || Top||


An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)
h/t Instapundit
Recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that chloroquine is an effective antiviral therapeutic treatment against Coronavirus Disease 2019. Use of chloroquine (tablets) is showing favorable outcomes in humans infected with Coronavirus including faster time to recovery and shorter hospital stay. US CDC research shows that chloroquine also has strong potential as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against coronavirus in the lab, while we wait for a vaccine to be developed. Chloroquine is an inexpensive, globally available drug that has been in widespread human use since 1945 against malaria, autoimmune and various other conditions.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 07:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6488 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Prepare for a run on tonic water
Posted by: Lord garth || 03/17/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#2  thanks LG
brb
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 8:55 Comments || Top||

#3  It might even be real.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/17/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  Vodker 'n' tonic ... sounds good. Where have I heard that before?

[Verse 1 - Goobye Yellow Brick Global Grift Road]
When are you Globalists gonna come down?
When are you going to land?
You should have stayed on the farm
Should have listened to OrangeMan

You know you can't hold it forever
We didn't sign up with you
It's not a present for your friends to open
This country's too young to be singing the blues

[Chorus]
So goodbye yer Global Grift Road
Where the dogs of the Davos-scum howl
You can't plant us in your shithouse
We're going back to our plough

Back to the virtues of Made in US
To hell with your bat soup & toad
Oh, we've finally decided our future lies
Beyond the Global Grift Road

[Chorus]

What do you think you'll do then?
I bet that'll shoot down your plane
It'll take you a couple of vodker and tonics
To set you on your feet again


Maybe you'll get a replacement
There's plenty of them to be found
Mongrels who ain't got a penny
Sniffing for tit-bits like you on the ground

[Chorus]
So goodbye yer Global Grift Road
Where the dogs of the Davos-scum howl
You can't plant us in your shithouse
We're going back to our plough

Back to the virtues of Made in US
To hell with your bat soup & toad
Oh, we've finally decided our future lies
Beyond the Global Grift Road
Posted by: Lex || 03/17/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#5  Picked some up back in January, thank you very much.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/17/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#6  I gather it isn't much use against most malaria strains anymore.
FWIW, a couple people I knew got a little high from it. Not me.
Posted by: James || 03/17/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||

#7  FWIW, a couple people I knew got a little high from it. Not me.

That's why I dilute mine with copious amounts of Tito's Vodka, ice, and a splash of lime. Kills the scurvy, too
Posted by: Frank G || 03/17/2020 12:58 Comments || Top||

#8  Doesn't it cause a long term ringing in the ears
Posted by: 3dc || 03/17/2020 13:08 Comments || Top||

#9  Gin, tonic (real tonic) & lime seems to help my muscle cramps when I work outside in NE Texas in the summer. If there are negative effects I have not noticed them (that may be the effect of the gin...)
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 15:50 Comments || Top||


Syria-Lebanon-Iran
Iran warns virus could kill 'millions' in Islamic Republic
Iran issued its most dire warning yet Tuesday about the new coronavirus ravaging the country, suggesting "millions" could die in the Islamic Republic if people keep traveling and ignore health guidance.

A state TV journalist who also is a medical doctor gave the warning only hours after hard-line Shiite faithful on Monday night pushed their way into the courtyards of two major shrines that were finally closed due to the virus. Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei issued a religious ruling prohibiting "unnecessary" travel.

Roughly 9 out of 10 of the over 18,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the Middle East come from Iran, where authorities denied for days the risk the outbreak posed. Officials have implemented new checks for people trying to leave major cities ahead of Nowruz, the Persian New Year, on Friday, but have hesitated to quarantine the areas.
I'd say Allan is unhappy.
Posted by: Spot || 03/17/2020 16:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6485 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Iran's population is about 84 million.

Say 40% get infected. That's 33.6 million sick. Now depending on whose numbers you like better, that ranges from 336,000 (1%), 1,011,000 (3.4%) and 2,352,000 (7%) dead.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/17/2020 17:04 Comments || Top||

#2  C'mon people, lick those door knobs, show Allan you have faith.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/17/2020 21:00 Comments || Top||


Science
Monkeys CAN'T be reinfected with coronavirus in a sign 'herd immunity' WILL kick in as scientists dismiss fears patients could 'relapse' after recovery from the initial infection
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/17/2020 01:49 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [6469 views] Top|| File under:



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