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-Short Attention Span Theater-
Cat owners embrace bizarre craze for shaving spikes down their pets' backs to make them look like dragons and dinosaurs - and even dye them GREEN
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 12:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Never owned a cat - had several living with me over the years. None of them would put up with something like this.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

#2  And people wonder why cats keep tripping humans at the top of the stairs.

They ARE trying to kill you.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 13:21 Comments || Top||

Head of Army Corps of Engineers reveals 'immense' operation to build 341 field hospitals across America to battle coronavirus - and US Open Queens Stadium will be among them
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 11:56 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I said it's like WWII!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 13:02 Comments || Top||

#2  OK, as long as one of them is named for Smedley Butler.
Posted by: Matt || 03/31/2020 13:14 Comments || Top||

#3  Heh
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 13:18 Comments || Top||

#4  For inquiring minds, with lazy mice:

Smedley Butler
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 14:29 Comments || Top||

#5  God's waiting room tents.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 14:31 Comments || Top||

#6  His father was a lawyer, a judge and was later to become for 31 years, a congressman and chairman of the House Naval Affairs Committee during the Harding and Coolidge administrations. Smedley's Marine Corps career successes occurred while his father held that politically influential Congressional seat controlling the Marine Corps manpower and budget.

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||

#7  This is why we have the Guard and Reserve. Anyone want to talk military budget cuts right now? Thought not.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:08 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Days After a Funeral in a Georgia Town, Coronavirus ‘Hit Like a Bomb'
Forget the wings and key lime cake. Stay at home and live !
[NYT] It was an old-fashioned Southern funeral.

There was a repast table crammed with casseroles, Brunswick stew, fried chicken and key lime cake. Andrew Jerome Mitchell, a retired janitor, was one of 10 siblings. They told stories, debated for the umpteenth time how he got the nickname Doorface.

People wiped tears away, and embraced, and blew their noses, and belted out hymns. They laughed, remembering. It was a big gathering, with upward of 200 mourners overflowing the memorial chapel, so people had to stand outside.

Dorothy Johnson has gone over the scene in her mind over the last month, asking herself who it was who brought the virus to her brother’s funeral.

"We don’t know who the person was," she said. "It would help me to know."

During the weeks that followed, illnesses linked to the coronavirus have torn through her hometown, Albany, Ga., with about two dozen relatives falling ill, including six of her siblings. Ms. Johnson herself was released from an isolation ward to the news that her daughter, Tonya, was in grave condition, her heart rate dropping.

Like the Biogen conference in Boston and a 40th birthday party in Westport, Conn., the funeral of Andrew Jerome Mitchell on Feb. 29 will be recorded as what epidemiologists call a "super-spreading event," in which a small number of people propagate a huge number of infections.

This rural county in southwest Georgia, 40 miles from the nearest interstate, now has one of the most intense clusters of the coronavirus in the country.

With a population of only 90,000, Dougherty County has registered 24 deaths, far more than any other county in the state, with six more possible coronavirus deaths under investigation, according to Michael L. Fowler, the local coroner. Ninety percent of the people who died were African-American, he said.

The region’s hospitals are overloaded with sick and dying patients, having registered nearly 600 positive cases. Last week, Gov. Brian Kemp dispatched the National Guard to help stage additional intensive care beds and relieve exhausted doctors and nurses.

Ms. Johnson said that she assumed one of the guests had brought the virus to her brother’s funeral, where "you hug and you kiss and you embrace." But she had no more information than that.

"Really, there is no face to what is going on in Albany," she said.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 14:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336071 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Stupid meter removed and held in abeyance.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 14:45 Comments || Top||

#2  It’s the lusty singing of hymns that does the spreading. Very high efficiency.
Posted by: KBK || 03/31/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||

#3  "We, country folk, don't have to worry about things like this - only people in big cities have to worry."?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 15:40 Comments || Top||

#4  Prolly the potato salad left out too long
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 15:42 Comments || Top||

#5  With the record heat down here recently the potato salad doesn't have a chance.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 17:02 Comments || Top||

#6  on the day of the funeral, there had only been one death in the US and only about a dozen total cases

and all these were located far away from southern GA
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 23:00 Comments || Top||

#7  ...and many, many more.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:23 Comments || Top||

CNN's Chris Cuomo Tests Positive for the Coronavirus
[AmGreatness] CNN anchor Chris Cuomo announced Tuesday that he has been diagnosed with the coronavirus and is quarantined in the basement of his home. Cuomo is the third CNN to have tested positive for COVID-19.

"I have been exposed to people in recent days who have subsequently tested positive, and I’ve had fevers, chills and shortness of breath," Cuomo wrote in a post online, adding that he hoped he hadn’t spread the virus to his wife Cristina and his kids.

The anchor said he will continue to anchor his 9 p.m. program "Cuomo Prime Time" from his basement.

"We will all beat this thing by being strong, tough, and united!" the anchor added, sounding almost Trumpian.

Cuomo was at CNN’s offices in New York City last Friday, according to CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter.

On Monday, he anchored his show from his home where he interviewed his brother, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.During the interview, Cuomo asked the governor if he was thinking about replacing Joe Biden on the Democrat ticket.

"Let me ask you something. With all of this adulation that you’re getting for doing your job, are you thinking about running for President? Tell the audience," Chris Cuomo asked.

"No. No," the governor replied.When Chris Cuomo pressed his brother further about a presidential bid, Andrew Cuomo continued to flatly say no, he hadn’t even thought about it.For the time being, Cuomo is "feeling fine," according to Stelter.
Posted by: 746 || 03/31/2020 13:48 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I see I'm only the 38th 'view' for this article. Does no one give a hoot for this guy?

Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 18:57 Comments || Top||

#2  No.

I don't wish anyone ill. But I don't really pay attention this guy and his fellow media hucksters these days. We need less noise, more signal. His ilk are mass producers of noise, lies and hysteria.
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 19:02 Comments || Top||

#3  As Ace says: "I sure hope that the more deadly version of coronavirus isn't triggered by the presence of steroids."
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 19:04 Comments || Top||

#4  With the airport captive eyes limited, CNN's ratings must be in the shitter
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 19:05 Comments || Top||

#5  CNN will give us at least a daily health progress report for Chris.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 19:13 Comments || Top||

#6  Today he lost his taste and smell.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#7  "He had no taste, and he stunk!"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 19:14 Comments || Top||

#8  #4 With the airport captive eyes limited, CNN's ratings must be in the shitter

Plus hotel captives gone, and barber shops, and... Now will learn how many people actually, willingly watch that dreck
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 19:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Related: Seattle country radio is doing th shows from the hosts' homes; all linkedup back to the station. Actually kind of cool. and safe.
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/31/2020 19:48 Comments || Top||

#10  Fredo is going out on the lake fishing...
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/31/2020 20:38 Comments || Top||

#11  Oh noes! I love Lake Tahoe!
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 20:43 Comments || Top||

#12  Which station is that USN?

As for Fredo, Well my give-a-shit-for-lying-shits valve is broken.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/31/2020 20:53 Comments || Top||

#13  Related: Seattle country radio is doing th shows from the hosts' homes; all linkedup back to the station. Actually kind of cool. and safe.

and a bandwidth hog, M.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:24 Comments || Top||

#14  "I don't want anything to happen to him while my mother's alive."
Posted by: JHH || 03/31/2020 23:46 Comments || Top||

Comet FIVE times the size of Jupiter is set to light up the night skies in April - and it could be brighter than Venus
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 12:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It isn't 5 times the size of Jupiter you wastes of oxygen.

It will appear near five times brighter/bigger to the naked eye.

If it was 5x the size of Jupiter, it would pull the inner planets out of their current orbit.

Goddamn ass clowns.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 13:47 Comments || Top||

#2  Just hope it doesn't hit Uranus.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 14:26 Comments || Top||

#3  That's some World Class jernoolism from the Daily Smail.

Still, the appearance of a massive Comet Of Doom helps fill in the missing parts of the "alarming portents and signs in the heavens" of the apocalypse.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:13 Comments || Top||

#4  Comet Atlas? Will it shrug?
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:15 Comments || Top||

#5  It has it's own atmosphere? Heaven's Gate 2.0 - the only thing stopping the rush on jogging suits, Nike shoes is the quarantine. Well played, Mr. Trump
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 17:34 Comments || Top||

#6  Well, the "writer" didn't manage to work the word exponential in..
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 18:38 Comments || Top||

#7  Journalists exist because McDonald's doesn't hire everyday.
Posted by: AlmostAnonymous5839 || 03/31/2020 20:29 Comments || Top||

#8  Journalists exist because even McDonald's has ethical standards.
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/31/2020 20:50 Comments || Top||

#9  Well it could appear 5 times the size of Jupiter without being 5 times the mass.

The gas surrounding the comet is very diffuse. Jupiter's atmosphere is for the most part greatly compressed. Very greatly compressed.
Posted by: Hellfish || 03/31/2020 21:27 Comments || Top||

#10  Wait until it gets a whiff of Uranus.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:26 Comments || Top||

Number of health care workers with coronavirus soars to 342 at Boston hospitals
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 09:12 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  This is where it all turns to kak.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#2  The Brigham said in a statement that a “small percentage” of employee cases are linked to workplace exposure.

“Health care workers are among the groups prioritized for COVID-19 testing at the Brigham. As a result, we would expect a higher number of identified cases among our employee population. The percent of health care workers tested who are positive for COVID-19 at the Brigham is 50% less than the positivity rate of the general population that has been tested,” the statement said.

So it's not the zombie apocalypse, yet?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 10:04 Comments || Top||

#3  So it's not the zombie apocalypse, yet?

I got my machete slingshot ready just in case.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 10:41 Comments || Top||

#5  Suspected SARS virus and flu samples found in luggage: FBI report describes China's 'biosecurity risk'

If I was conspiracy theorist, I'd guess the gene-engineered coronavirus wasn't supposed to escape the lab in Wuhan, but was supposed to be released in USA in time to affect the 2020 elections.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#6  ^ Tsarnaev brothers handler to the brown courtesy phone...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:17 Comments || Top||

#7  "We get these viarrs on plane to Amellica!" Chang said as he coughed violently before stoppering the last vial...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#8  What's Prof. Charles Lieber up to these days?
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 11:52 Comments || Top||

#9  It would be hilarious if Dr. Steven Hatfill came up with the vaccine.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||

#10  /\ That would indeed be hilarious.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

Home Quarantine Repeats China's Mistake, Doctors Say
[Bloomberg] "Due to lockdown, most of the transmission that's actually happening in many countries now is happening in the household at family level," Mike Ryan, head of health emergencies at the World Health Organization, said in a briefing on Monday. "Now we need to go and look in families and find those people that may be sick and remove them and isolate them in a safe and dignified manner."

Wuhan began quarantining all mild cases in makeshift hospitals converted from offices, stadiums and gymnasiums in early February, a move that helped dramatically slow the spread of the virus. The city where the virus first emerged last December has successfully contained the outbreak, according to official figures that show few new infections
...does WHO really believe official Chinese figures after all that has happened?
even as the pandemic accelerates in other countries.

Liang said his team advised Italy to follow China's lead to forcibly isolate patients with mild symptoms from their families. In China, a study of one province showed that 80% of cluster infections originated from people told to rest at home, according to Xiao Ning, a researcher from the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention who was part of the team.
Want to know what happened in China? Ask some Chinese in Italy.

This wouldn't work as well as lockdown, because of asymptomatic spreaders.
Posted by: KBK || 03/31/2020 08:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Oops, please move to non-WOT!
Posted by: KBK || 03/31/2020 8:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Somebody ought to take a cluebat & beat the idea of "perfect is an enemy of good" into Dr Ryan and his friends. Some fatalities should be authorized in advance.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Said "removed infected" will contaminate the mode of transportation, their new place of isolation After contaminating their original home compounding the problem. It works for a few infected, but for thousands the logistics are impossible. Idiot...
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#4  isolate them in a safe and dignified manner

Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 14:35 Comments || Top||

Fearing Gaza virus spread, Hamas preps for mass quarantines
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) ‐ When Nima Amraa returned to the Gaza Strip from neighboring Egypt earlier this month, she was surprised to learn she was being placed in a makeshift quarantine center set up by the ruling Hamas group.

But her initial jitters turned to fear when two fellow travelers in another facility tested positive for the coronavirus ‐ the first cases to be confirmed in Gaza.

"Once there were cases of the virus spreading, we started to feel afraid and disappointed," Amraa, a 30-year-old journalist, said by phone from quarantine, where she has spent a week and a half sleeping in a room with five other women and sharing a bathroom.

The virus found a way into Gaza, even though the Mediterranean enclave has been largely cut off from the world by an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas militants seized it 13 years ago.

On Monday, the Health Ministry said a new case was confirmed among the quarantined, bringing the total to 10. It added all of them were in good condition and receiving care at a special field hospital.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 03:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Fire rockets from your own backyard?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 4:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Finally! A use for the tunnels besides man-goat orgies...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#3  Only use ECO-Limos for the funerals.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:28 Comments || Top||

Gov. McMaster orders closure of public accesses to all South Carolina beaches
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WMBF) ‐ South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday that closes all public access points to the state’s beaches.

The executive order also closes all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.

"As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and to close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways,"McMaster said. "This is unfortunate for those who chose to responsibly follow the instructions of our public health officials, but it is a necessary action to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus."

According to the S.C. Beach Access and Water Quality Guide, there are more than 360 public beach access points in Horry County alone.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 02:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  2020 Myrtle Beach Bike Week Spring Rally will begin on Friday, May 8, and ends on Sunday, May 17. (If not cancelled due to common sense and good judgement)

Gov. McMaster taking precautions for an upcoming annual event? A significant number of MB residents schedule their vacation and leave town during bike week. Might not be an option this year.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 3:04 Comments || Top||

#2  ...MB - the Redneck Rivera it may be, but it's one of my favorite places on the planet - has ordered all hotels/timeshares/whatever else people stay in to be closed and empty by Sunday the 27th. The bikers may be faced with very determined SCHP and MBPD at checkpoints telling them to turn around. (Have also heard that within a week or so, MB will officially announce that Bike Week has been cancelled, but the city's staying mum on that.)

Posted by: Mike Kozlowski || 03/31/2020 6:15 Comments || Top||

#3  Gov. McMaster any relation to the general?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 11:15 Comments || Top||

#4  I'm told the beaches and walking paths have been closed in the Florida Palm Coast region--I don't know about other parts of Florida or if it is a statewide edict.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 13:53 Comments || Top||

Nov 2019 - 7th International Military Sports Council Military World Games Wuhan, China
[US Department of Defense] Top U.S. military athletes are in Wuhan, China, participating in the 2019 Military World Games, which promote peace by uniting service members from nations around the globe through sports.

Same link has nifty COVID-19 update. Evidently asking the obvious question never entered anyone's mind at DoD.

Related: Xinhua Headlines: Wuhan Military World Games set to leave a rich legacy

Related: CISM International Sports Council - The 7th CISM World Games 2019 are launched
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 01:46 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Yes, the very same Wuhan, China. I have to wonder if anyone in DoD has done a Health and Welfare update on our US service members who made this trip ?

Would I be going out on a limb to assume DoD will not be participating in future Wuhan, China events ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 1:53 Comments || Top||

#2  Not to worry, traditional solution to the problem is in the works.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 2:45 Comments || Top||

#3  Win if can, lose if must, but always cheat...
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 03/31/2020 6:18 Comments || Top||

#4  /\ Link to Billy's Chinese Cheating URL.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks Mr. B - still can't figure out the link thingy...
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 03/31/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#6  Anytime, and be safe. You see this from last week ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#7  Thanks - did my last jump with 82nd. Nightime mass tac drop - full battalion.

Still slugging it out here in Hong Kong. Tough environment to say the least. Just about every week is something - rarely good. Entries, HS, dangles - full court press. Glad I play defense.
Posted by: Bangkok Billy || 03/31/2020 9:24 Comments || Top||

#8  Rope jumper here. Did a static-line square from 5k feet down at Quantico once. Lopo's at the end, knees went bad, pay jumper only. Pretty cool video. You may know the guy who jumped the Horse Sojur flag. Again, be safe and take lots of happy snaps.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 9:29 Comments || Top||

#9  All contestants teleoperate robots dressed in their country's colors from their home country!
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 10:25 Comments || Top||

#10  New event: Triathlon in MOPP-4 gear.
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||

Coronaplague Roundup: FDA Says Hydroxychloroquine And Chloroquine Can Be Used To Treat Coronavirus
[NEWSWEEK] The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of two anti-malaria drugs to treat patients infected by the new coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...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...
On Sunday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said in a statement that chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could be prescribed to teens and adults with COVID-19 "as appropriate, when a clinical trial is not available or feasible," after the FDA issued an Emergency Use Authorization. (EUA) That marked the first EUA for a drug related to COVID-19 in the U.S., according to the statement.

According to Johns Hopkins University, over 720,000 cases have been confirmed, more than 34,000 people have died, and over 152,000 have recovered since the pandemic started in China late last year.

Both chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine are used to treat diseases including malaria, and have "shown activity in laboratory studies against coronaviruses, including SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19)," the HHS stated.

"Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients. Clinical trials are needed to provide scientific evidence that these treatments are effective."

Under the EUA, health care providers and patients must be given fact sheets outlining the known risks and drug interactions of the medications.

The HSS said it accepted 30 million doses of hydroxychloroquine sulfate from an arm of the pharmaceutical company Novartis, and one million of chloroquine phosphate from Bayer Pharmaceuticals to be used for treating hospitalized COVID-19 patients or in clinical trials.

Study raises hope that blood plasma can treat coronavirus patients
[BIZPACREVIEW] A preliminary study released Friday found that blood serum from people who recovered from coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...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...
was effective at treating critically ill patients, raising hope that the technique will curtail a pandemic that has already killed more than 30,000 people around the globe.

The study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, looked at only five patients, and the authors of the report acknowledged the need for more extensive research. But it showed promising results, and health officials have already expressed optimism that blood transfers can be used to fight the new coronavirus strain.

"That’s one of our top priorities," Dr. Anthony Fauci, the U.S. government’s top expert on infectious disease, said in a March 20 interview regarding clinical trials for convalescent serum.

Fauci expressed confidence in the technique because it has proved effective during other pandemics, including the Spanish flu outbreak in 1918 and the SARS outbreak in 2003.

All five patients in the study, conducted in Shenzhen, China, have dramatically improved since receiving injections of blood plasma from recovered patients.

The patients, who ranged in age from 36 to 65, were all on ventilators suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) when the were provided plasma treatments.

Body temperatures normalized within three days for four out of the five patients following plasma transfusions, according to the study. ARDS in four of the patients cleared up within 12 days of the transfusion.

Three of the patients were taken off of ventilators within two weeks of the treatment. Viral loads also decreased in the patients, and their scores on a test that gauges potential organ failure showed improvements.

USNS Comfort arrives in NYC
[NYPOST] The USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York Harbor on Monday morning to aid in the coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...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...

Dispatched Saturday by President Trump from Naval Station Norfolk in Virginia, the craft arrived at Manhattan’s Pier 90 at 10:42 a.m., as helicopters hovered above and a few dozen onlookers braved social-distancing regulations to catch a glimpse.

The vessel has a capacity of 1,000 beds, sorely needed as the contagion continues to strain the capacities of brick-and-mortar facilities.

NYC sees a coronavirus death every 2.9 minutes
[NYPOST] The coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)
...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...
corpse count in New York City surged to 914 on Monday afternoon, accelerated by six hellish hours that saw the tally spike by 124 ‐ or one death every 2.9 minutes.

As of a 10:30 a.m. update from City Hall, the five boroughs had seen 36,221 confirmed cases of the contagion, with 790 confirmed fatalities.

But by 4:30 p.m., the number of cases had ticked up to 38,087 ‐ while the deaths went kaboom! to 914, according to City Hall.

Of the more than 38,000 cases, 7,741 patients, or about 20 percent, are hospitalized, the statistics show.

Queens remains the hardest hit borough by a sizable margin, with 12,756 cases, or just over a third.

Brooklyn (with 10,171 cases; 27-percent) comes in second, followed by The Bronx (6,925; 18-percent), Manhattan (6,060; 16-percent) and Staten Island (2,140; six-percent).

Monday’s horrifying leap followed a similar period on Sunday in which 98 deaths were logged.

During a press briefing earlier Monday, Gov. Andrew Sonny Cuomo reported that the Empire State as a whole had been hit by 66,497 diagnoses, with 1,218 deaths.

Texas governor mandates 14-day coronavirus quarantine for travelers from 7 more states, cities

DHS guidelines advise states to let gun stores stay open amid coronavirus pandemic

J&J, Moderna sign deals with U.S. to produce possible coronavirus vaccines
(Reuters) - The U.S. government has cut deals with Johnson & Johnson (JNJ.N) and Moderna Inc (MRNA.O) and said it is in talks with at least two other companies to expand manufacturing capacity within the United States for vaccines to prevent the new coronavirus even before safe and effective ones become available.

Gov. McMaster orders closure of public accesses to all South Carolina beaches
[WMBFNews] ‐ South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster issued an executive order on Monday that closes all public access points to the state’s beaches.

The executive order also closes all public boat ramps, landings and other access points on the state’s lakes, rivers and waterways.

"As a result of behavior observed this past weekend by the Department of Natural Resources and SLED, it has become necessary to close public access to our state’s beaches, and to close boat ramps and landings on our state’s lakes, rivers and waterways,"McMaster said. "This is unfortunate for those who chose to responsibly follow the instructions of our public health officials, but it is a necessary action to prevent the spread of this dangerous virus."

Tokyo Olympics rescheduled for July 23, 2021
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the use of two anti-malaria drugs to treat patients infected by the new coronavirus (aka COVID19 or Chinese Plague)

So afraid to do their job that they wait for Trump to tell them what to do.
Posted by: gorb || 03/31/2020 0:36 Comments || Top||

#2  but HCQ and CQ are not approved as a prophylactic.

Probably we don't have enough of the drug to do that.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 0:54 Comments || Top||

#3  /\ The greatest sin for any bureaucrat is to do anything "Original". By following hallowed procedure the bureaucrat can avoid any risk to their job while actually never having to do anything productive.
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 0:55 Comments || Top||

#4  And now we'll see if the miracle reports had any truth in them.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 3:28 Comments || Top||

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 3:30 Comments || Top||

#6  magpie
The problem for bureaucrats is there's little to none up-side for doing a good job...

P.S. I am not a bureaucrat.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/31/2020 4:12 Comments || Top||

#7  I've not seen where Nevada or Michigan governors have lifted the 'arrest orders' for doctors using these drugs yet.

Maybe that news was lost in the haze.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/31/2020 7:56 Comments || Top||

#8  First person who dies in spite of getting the drug will be "Trump's fault." Class action lawyers looking at nailing Trump for failure of leeches on George Washington's deathbed...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#9  Henry Ford Hospital (Detroit) has issued treatment guidance that includes both HCQ as well as remdesivir
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#10  Assuming chloroquine is even partially effective, it will save thousands of lives, and because the media has tied it to Trump he'll get the credit. Total backfire.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/31/2020 11:41 Comments || Top||

#11  ^ media/DNC Backfire #47
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 11:54 Comments || Top||

#12  Tocilizumab, which is marketed as Actemra is now being tested in Italy for Covid19.

It is, like HCQ, already approved to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 13:26 Comments || Top||

#13  I should have added that Tocilizumad is, I think, more costly than hcq and you would need to take more anti biotic with it than you would with hcq
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 13:59 Comments || Top||

#14  Re: bureaucrats, they all realize that if you don't do anything at all, you will never do anything wrong--and therefore can't be criticized in the annual reviews.
Posted by: Tom || 03/31/2020 14:50 Comments || Top||

#15  A bit of perspective, from the CDC. For the period ending March 21, the U.S. CDC reports -

CDC estimates that so far this season there have been at least 39 million flu illnesses, 400,000 hospitalizations and 24,000 deaths from flu.

That's the regular, old fashioned seasonal flu, kiddies, not the Chinese Plague (AKA COVID-19).
And -

Nationally, the percent of laboratory specimens testing positive for influenza at clinical laboratories continued to decrease while ILI [influenza like illnesses] activity continued to increase. More people are seeking care for respiratory illness due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Indicating the usual spring decline of the flu.  However, because of the pandemic, more folks who might have stayed home with the drugstore medications are now calling the doctor, fearing they have COVID-19)
Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report  [see Key Points]
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 16:00 Comments || Top||

#16  Low dose hydroxychloroquine (Plaquenil), in combination with azithromycin (Z-pak) may just be working. 3 sources I have found:

Research virologist in France followed his initial small test with a better documented one and showed similar success with 60 patients, only 1 death, 86yo who was "highly advance" before treatment, all the others have recovered.


Also Dr. William Grace Lennox Hospital NYC (100+ cases treated): ‘Thanks to hydroxychloroquine, we have not had a death in our hospital.’

And then there is Dr. Vladimir Zelenko. Amazing if true, but a bit skeptical until data published. He is a board certified MD family medicine long in practice in the Haisidic community. He defines success as “Not to die.” He has directly diagnosed/tested and treated 699 patient, zero patients died, zero patients intubated, and four hospitalizations.

Its hydroxychloroquine, in combination with azithromycin (Z-Pak), an antibiotic to treat secondary infections, and zinc sulfate, over a period of 5 days for routine cases. Cost is about $20. Apparently the doses are low enough to control for prolonged QT risk.

Of course this method doesn't get any researchers glory or grants, doesn't enrich drug companies since these are easily and quickly and cheaply manufactured generic drugs 50+ years old, and since it can be used now, off label, it doesn't reinforce the power of the FDA bureaucrats in DC.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:00 Comments || Top||

#17  Thanks for this, Marilyn. There's hope.
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 17:22 Comments || Top||

#18  Yes, thanks for your analysis and comments MT.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||

#19  Yes, indeed. It is so hard to find a glimmer of light in Mordor.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 19:00 Comments || Top||

#20  "If you find yourself going through hell, keep going."
- Winnie the Flu Churchill
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 19:04 Comments || Top||

#21  Lots of good news on all fronts except where idiots are concerned.

First person who dies in spite of getting the drug will be "Trump's fault."

They tried that already, but a) it turned out to be fish tank cleaner, and b) the surviving wife turns out to be a serious Democratic party donor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 19:29 Comments || Top||

#22  gov of Michigan who wrote letter threatening docs who use hcq now says it was misunderstood and she now asks the US gov to supply MI with hcq
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 19:51 Comments || Top||

#23  Of course, if in 25 years, someone who took hydroxychloroquine for the Wuhan flu and survived comes down with cancer or something, lawyers will be all over them trying to sue.
And blaming Trump, of course.
Posted by: Rambler in Virginia || 03/31/2020 20:41 Comments || Top||

#24  ^Posted for tomorrow :-)
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 20:41 Comments || Top||

#25  For #22
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 20:44 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Morale Booster (apropos of zilch): Jimmy Cagney, Extraordinary Talent, "Yankee Doodle Dandy" (1942)
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Stars and Stripes Forever
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 1:21 Comments || Top||

#2  "Yankee Doodle came to London just to ride the ponies, I am that Yakee Doodle boy."
Posted by: b || 03/31/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#3  There is a great YouTube video of Bob Hope and Jimmy Cagney dancing together that is a real show. Cagney was an excellent dancer and Bob wasn’t bad himself
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/31/2020 21:47 Comments || Top||

#4  Here you go:

Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:01 Comments || Top||

#5  Thank you TW posting those things on here is still terra incognito for me.
Posted by: Sock Puppet of Doom || 03/31/2020 22:09 Comments || Top||

#6  You are very welcome, Procopius2k. I recently discovered that on the YouTube page there is an arrow thingy that says Share. If you click on it, it offers, among other options, Embed. Click on that, highlight the code string that pops up, then click on COPY at the bottom of that screen to copy it to your clipboard... and from thence to paste it into the Rantburg comment box.

So you aren’t actually much behind me on the learning curve. There is even a Start At option, but I’m not yet ready to go as far as Herb McCoy in these things.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:35 Comments || Top||

Prince Charles is now out of the quarantine
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What a pity. Is there some island they could ship him off to instead?
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 0:56 Comments || Top||

#2  ...and free to continue spreading his asinine ideas....
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/31/2020 5:01 Comments || Top||

#3  Can't they just continue to quarantine him for other reasons?
Posted by: Thing From Snowy Mountain || 03/31/2020 9:17 Comments || Top||

#4  "Prince Charles tests positive after eating old bat"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ Ha ha ha ha ha ha hee hee hee

[in splits]
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/31/2020 9:22 Comments || Top||

#6  It's game over, man - Frank G for Snark O' The Day!
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#7  ..and free to continue spreading his asinine ideas....

He may not be infected, but he is still toxic.

"... old bat."
That's one for the ages. Well played, sir!. Snark of the Day, most def.

Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 11:38 Comments || Top||

Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuela’s Simón Bolívar satellite stops working
[janes.com] The Venezuelan government has announced that its Simón Bolívar (VeneSat-1) satellite is no longer operational, without citing specific causes. The platform was an important component of the country’s defence and telecommunications sector.

In 2018, then-head of Venezuela's National Anti-Drug Office (Oficina Nacional Antidrogas: ONA), General Juan Grillo stated that, “thanks to Simón Bolívar, we have connected our radars, which allows us to identify whether an aircraft is carrying out illicit activities or not.”

“Due to a fault, the satellite will no longer carry out its telecommunication operations,” a brief 25 March communique by the Venezuelan Ministry of Science and Technology explained.

Posted by: John Frum || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Is there anything socialism can't kill?
Posted by: gorb || 03/31/2020 0:38 Comments || Top||

#2  ^ stupidity
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 0:44 Comments || Top||

#3  When radio waves don't want to work you have pretty much dis-incentivised everything.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 0:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Cheap Chinese junk.
Posted by: Hupaiting Ulelet8252 || 03/31/2020 0:57 Comments || Top||

#5  ...maybe it was turned off...
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/31/2020 1:08 Comments || Top||

#6  Maybe we're about to attack them.
Posted by: gorb || 03/31/2020 2:59 Comments || Top||

#7  This has the smell of NSA hacking all over it.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/31/2020 4:49 Comments || Top||

#8  ... an invisible carbon dioxide laser, fired from the Grassy Knoll in Dallas...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 7:33 Comments || Top||

#9  Actually, there were two intersecting carbon dioxide lasers fired from the knoll.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 8:00 Comments || Top||

#10  Did they try reinstalling Windows XP?
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#11  If you actually read about what's going on with the satellite, it's out of its intended orbit and tumbling. Could be the result of a systems failure, or impact with space junk, or, yes, intentional meddling. I don't think the X-37B is moving in the same altitude band though, and it wouldn't make sense to risk it to go after such a meaningless target.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 10:40 Comments || Top||

#12  it wouldn't make sense to risk it to go after such a meaningless target.

Other than to demonstrate we can.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 11:14 Comments || Top||

#13  Maybe also to jog Bolivarians' memories of Nifty Package...
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#14  If you were going to takee a chance on losing an X-37 (and that's always a risk when you manoeuver a remotely piloted craft near an unpiloted satellite moving many thousands on miles per hour) you'd pick something strategic that would make waves.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:47 Comments || Top||

#15  Made in China. Prematurely failed. Any surprise here?
Posted by: John Frum || 03/31/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#16  All the fuses and circuits blew out from Bolivarian Rage.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/31/2020 12:52 Comments || Top||

#17  What’s the big deal? Just launch another one.
Posted by: KBK || 03/31/2020 15:40 Comments || Top||

Caucasus/Russia/Central Asia
Azerbaijani forces attempted to infiltrate Armenian Army’s positions
[ALMASDARNEWS] The Azerbaijani military attempted to infiltrate the Armenian Army’s positions in the Noyemberyan area of the Tavush Province, the Armenian Ministry of Defense reported this evening.

"At 7 p.m. today #Azerbaijan launched a subversive incursion attempt on the #Armenia’n positions of Noyemberyan, Tavush. Armenian Army thwarted the attack, two soldiers were lightly injured," the Armenian Ministry of Defense tweeted this evening.

According to the ministry, the Azerbaijani forces also targeted the villages of Baghanis and Voskevan, which resulted in a child being maimed.

"Armenian forces will respond appropriately against the Azerbaijani aggression during the #COVID pandemic. The full responsibility of the consequences falls on #Azerbaijani side," the ministry added.

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North Korea said on Monday that it had lost all appetite for dialogue with the United States
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  China just told Pudge to knock it off with the fraternization.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 0:44 Comments || Top||

#2  I thought losing taste and smell was one of the first signs.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 0:50 Comments || Top||

#3  Dangle a ribeye in front of them. Watch them do tricks.
Posted by: Hupaiting Ulelet8252 || 03/31/2020 0:52 Comments || Top||

#4  Doesn’t anyone here sleep?
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/31/2020 1:17 Comments || Top||

#5  A restaurant in a Pittsburgh suburb back when I lived there had their sign reading "Cajun blackened pit bull" until the Boro council made them take it down.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 1:37 Comments || Top||

#6  It's back!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 2:41 Comments || Top||

#7  Herb sort of ignores two thousand years of history between the Middle Kingdom and Korea.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 7:18 Comments || Top||

#8  So, I'm curious: can anyone actually make a case for China controlling North Korea?

Like I posted Herb, go read up on 2 thousand years of Chinese - Korean history. China has a long memory. What once was theirs belongs to them as far as they're concerned. Quit avoiding having to do the hard reading so you can just wave your hand and dismiss any counter argument as ad hominem.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 8:09 Comments || Top||

#9  Herb's a fool or tool. Your pick. Why not both?
If China shut Nork off they would be dead, juche or no-juche
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#10  If China shut Nork off they would be dead, juche or no-juche

But they'll take South Korea with them - was it 27000 artillery pieces pointed at Seoul?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#11  IMO, the PRC relationship w NKor is somewhat like the relationship between an adult gangster
and a drug dependent child.

The 'puppet' analogy doesn't work well but neither does the 'independent actor' analogy.

Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 9:05 Comments || Top||

#12  Ref #12. ....27000 artillery pieces pointed at Seoul?

Takes a big cannon to hurl a projectile more than 25 miles. I doubt few of he 27000 have the capability.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#13  #14 (a) Koksan, (b) KPAGF artillery.
In 1987, several M-1978s were supplied to Iran, and used during the Iran–Iraq War. When using rocket-assisted projectiles, a range of almost 60 kilometres (37 mi) could be achieved
If they had 60 km in 1987...
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 9:30 Comments || Top||

#14  Considering that when they targeted the ROK island a while back, a good chunk missed and those that hit were 25% duds, the sea of fire for Seoul may only be a mild forest fire.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 9:32 Comments || Top||

#15  #17 So because things happened thousands of years ago it means it can't change today?

Says the guy who prays at the shrine of General Smedley Butler
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 10:05 Comments || Top||

#16  Still waiting for citations and arguments to prove that today's North Korea is a Chinese lackey.

So let me get this straight - you make a statement / assertion, P2k (and others) advise you to read some history, and now you're asking them to provide you with evidence that they're right? I'm pretty sure it's not gonna work that way.
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 10:21 Comments || Top||

#17  In other words, Herb - shouldn't it be on you to prove you're right?

I don't like or dislike you (although g(r)om sucks - he's an asshole), so don't take my posts as such.
Posted by: Raj || 03/31/2020 10:24 Comments || Top||

#18  1. North Korea has consistently refused to follow China's model. The one that China introduced to Burma and the Burmese are going gangbusters with.

2. Kim Jong-Un purged all of his father's pro-China advisers. He wouldn't have done that if he was going to follow China's advice.

"Norks are a Chinese puppet" hasn't been true for decades. If they were, they would have opened up and become fantastically rich by now.

Prove me wrong. Cite sources. Present evidence. You know, argue.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/31/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#19  #6 But the Norks would have none of it

In this case history and other countries do not apply. Because Herb? NK is a dictatorship, has been for decades.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/31/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#20  #22 It's not a dictatorship, it has a hereditary God-King.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#21  IMO, the PRC relationship w NKor is somewhat like the relationship between an adult gangster
and a drug dependent child.

That's a most succinct description of this particular geopolitical situation.

Says the guy who prays at the shrine of General Smedley Butler

And that's a Snark of the Day.

I bet if we sent newly-appointed Ambassador Dennis Rodman to NKor with cognac, the aforementioned ribeyes and some "groupies", we could nudge Pudge a little further away from the Chicoms. Worth doing for the entertainment value alone.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#22  Communism is toxic. I encourage all who believe in "communism lite" to immediately begin taking 10% arsenic in their food and water to prove their point.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#23  Kim Jong-Un is a dictator? Really? I thought the consensus was that he is way, way, way too young to be leader and that he's more of a face man for the real power in North Korea.

A couple of blogs people might enjoy reading: https://www.38north.org/ and https://www.libertyinnorthkorea.org/blog/. Or not. I mean, people seem to despise learning new things and are sticking to their North Korea knowledge back when they served near the DMZ back in the 1970s.
Posted by: Herb McCoy || 03/31/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#24  And on schedule, out comes the chinese bellringer.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/31/2020 13:20 Comments || Top||

#25  Doesn’t anyone here sleep?

Like Chuck Norris, Rantburg does not sleep. It waits.
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:05 Comments || Top||

#26  38 North is all over Rantburg’s North Korea section, Herb. North Korea was Dr. Steve’s beat when he was a moderator.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:39 Comments || Top||

#27  I mean, people seem to despise learning new things and are sticking to their North Korea knowledge back when they served near the DMZ back in the 1970s.

Yeah...go to a party Erb.
How many will your Mom's basement hold?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:32 Comments || Top||

North Korea says it used 'super-large multiple rocket launcher' in new test
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Ah .. bad choice of words.... Super Large is only those monster ones Musk is building at the Boca-Chica Texas beach.
Yesterday, he moved the lower part of a second stage to the launch platform. It is 9 meters across and about 40 or 50 high. That's a Super Large Rocket - serial number SN3
Posted by: 3dc || 03/31/2020 10:51 Comments || Top||

#2  Prob aiming for erb.
Pretty small target.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:33 Comments || Top||

Trump Expected to Roll Back Fuel-Efficiency Standards on March 31
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 10:53 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336068 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Roll Tide Trump
Posted by: Marilyn Tojo7566 || 03/31/2020 17:07 Comments || Top||

#2  Oh, my heavens! But our filthy air! The children will get asthma.

Of the 500 most-polluted cities in the world, the U.S. doesn't even make the list. China and India crowd almost everyone else out. Wikipedia
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 17:25 Comments || Top||

#3  Maybe we can buy a car that won't be totalled after hitting a shopping cart in the store parking lot.
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 19:51 Comments || Top||

#4  Dammit, if you'd just stop burning bodies!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:27 Comments || Top||

Austria to make basic face masks compulsory in supermarkets
VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria will require shoppers to wear basic face masks in supermarkets in a bid to slow the still too-rapid spread of the coronavirus, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Monday.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Smart.
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/31/2020 13:19 Comments || Top||

#2  I don't know why we are not doing this. I realize the WHO/CDC/NIS said a surgical mask will not protect *you* from the virus, but it will keep you from spreading it to others. Imagine a hospital operating room. Everyone is wearing a surgical mask so they don't spread their germs to the patient.

I'll wager the reason our Top Men said masks don't work is because no one thought to stockpile a bunch for the citizenry. A pity since they are cheap, non-perishable and don't need a lot of storage space. Same with latex gloves.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 18:45 Comments || Top||

#3  supply. I would wear one if I had it and it's required. I have bandanas, but would like to not be shot
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 18:59 Comments || Top||

#4  I have bandanas, but would like to not be shot

I hear ya! I was thinking about a bandana for this week's shopping trip but I'm not sure how to signify the difference between Bold Fashion Statement and Robbery-In-Progress.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 19:57 Comments || Top||

#5  ^ knot the bandanna on top of your head?
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 20:12 Comments || Top||

#6  Apparently New York City, at least, would have a plentiful supply of face masks and such if China had not nationalized the American factory over there and confiscated NYC’s order as it was about to ship. Adding insult to injury, they subsequently sold the entire thing to Spain. Whether this was the shipment that mostly had to be rejected for not meeting standards is unclear to me.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:44 Comments || Top||

#7  Portland Considers Anti-Face Mask Law Responding To Antifa Violence
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:39 Comments || Top||

COVID-19 carrying dog-handler volunteers to train dog to diagnose, test coronavirus
[Arutz 7] - Israel Dog Unit (IDU) dog-handler Bram Settenbrino, who is presently quarantined with the coronavirus, volunteered to pilot test and train his personal weapons-sniffing service canine to detect the scent of the coronavirus.

Bram, who joins dozens of others quarantined with coronavirus in the Tel Aviv Dan Panorama Hotel that was recently converted into a quarantine facility by the Israeli defense establishment, said, "I'm in a rare position as I'm still diagnosed with coronavirus together with many others who have tested positive. It's a godsend that I happen to be a volunteer dog-handler of a service dog that is a trained cadaver and weapons-sniffing detection dog. That's what we do. And if I can make a small contribution to save many lives, I am happy to do that."

Settenbrino continued: "Additionally, even after I G-d willing recover, I'm less likely to contract coronavirus and am thus in a unique position to test and train with many coronavirus patients. I asked the head of the IDU as well as the staff at the Hotel to permit me to have my service dog ‐ Dana admitted to join me here so that we can commence immediate training under the auspices of expert trainers who will guide me. I know that the chances are slim, but what have we to lose?"

Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 15:43 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336069 views] Top|| File under:

#1  [smiles] Wow. Not Bee?
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 16:02 Comments || Top||

#2  Obviously, the guy just wants his dog with him. But, it could work.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#3  Works for everything from cancer to bombs to dental decay.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:21 Comments || Top||

Israel retools missile production line to mass produce ventilators
[YNet] - Israel has converted a missile production facility to mass produce ventilators and offset a shortage of the life-saving machines as the coronavirus continues to spread, the Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.

...The Israeli initiative is a collaboration between the defense ministry, state-owned Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) and medical device maker Inovytec.

...Some 30 ventilators have been delivered to Israel's health ministry, the statement said. It did not indicate how many machines it planned to produce daily or whether they were being made available for export as well as local use.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 15:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Methinks they should have diverted the automobile lines, not missiles.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:22 Comments || Top||

Israel's first serious coronavirus patient recovers, released from hospital
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336066 views] Top|| File under:

Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:29 Comments || Top||

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Pope Francis Warns of ‘Viral Genocide’ from Coronavirus
[BREITBART] Pope Francis
...Argentine liberation theologist, born Jorge Mario Bergoglio. He was elected pope in 2013. Rather than setting up shop in Avignon, where he belongs, the first Jesuit Pope chose to reside in the Domus Sanctae Marthae guesthouse instead of the papal apartments. He is big on climate change, against consumerism, and in favor of throwing a blanket over homosexual activity within the clergy. He's not real sure about the Resurrection, about Christ's divinity, and a few other things that would have gotten him burned at the stake a few hundred years ago, but he's hot for a certain South American Earth Mother Goddess...
has warned of a possible "viral genocide" if governments prioritize the economy over the people, insisting that the state’s first task is to "defend the population."
Preventing starvation is defending the population.
"I am edified by the reaction of so many people ‐ doctors, nurses, nurses, volunteers, religious, priests ‐ who risk their lives to care for and defend healthy people from contagion," the pope said in a handwritten letter sent Saturday to Buenos Aires judge Roberto Andrés Gallardo and made public in part by the state-run Télam news agency.

In his letter, Francis highlighted that "some governments have taken exemplary measures with well-marked priorities to defend the population."

"Governments that face the crisis in this way show the priority of their decisions: people first. And this is important because we all know that defending the people is an economic disaster," the pope wrote.
Posted by: Fred || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336065 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Man I wish this guy would just fall over and go away.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  "... this is important because we all know that defending the people is an economic disaster,"

WTF? You mean protecting against an economic disaster is not also a good way to save lives?

Long last time the Church allowed priests to marry and gain the benefits of being rooted in a family. That would change their opinions right quick.
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 0:43 Comments || Top||

#3  I'm surprised he didn't opine on the right of the fuckin' virus to exist.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/31/2020 9:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe time to head to the Vatican vaults and unlimber the Holy Hypodermic...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 9:39 Comments || Top||

#5  ...and pass the collection plate.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 11:11 Comments || Top||

#6  Fearing it might target peophiles.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/31/2020 19:54 Comments || Top||

#7  I know it was a late typo, put I love you man.
Peophiles, classic.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:34 Comments || Top||

Florida megachurch pastor arrested for holding crowded services Sunday
[FoxNews] Rodney Howard-Browne, the pastor of The River at Tampa Bay Church, argued his congregation was essential, on par with Walmart. However, law enforcement officials, who said they tried to reason with him, disagreed, charging him with "unlawful assembly" and "violation of public health emergency order," Fox 29 reported.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336072 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Matthew 6:6
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 7:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Think of it as evangelical snake handling, but with little teensy nanometer-scale snakes.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 12:57 Comments || Top||

#3  ^ Nice
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 13:00 Comments || Top||

#4  Is there going to be a Constitutional crisis over the 1st Amendment's the right of assembly?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 13:48 Comments || Top||

#5  I'm really of two minds about this. On the one hand, I think the whole reaction is a great overreaction and that services should go on as usual WITH HIGH RISK GROUPS TAKING PRECAUTIONS.

On the other hand, my church did vote to go virtual only for the foreseeable future, and it does seem to be working out tolerably well. Though it does seem weird to sit in my living room and sing along with the piano just hearing my wife and me sing.
Posted by: Tom || 03/31/2020 14:57 Comments || Top||

#6  As long as they are not prevented during this emergency from holding virtual services that are readily available, and can go back to business as usual afterward, I don’t see that there is a legal issue. After all, teh Democratic Party and the Lions Club are equally prevented from congregating in large numbers during this time.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/31/2020 22:57 Comments || Top||

All participants will be measured for full body condoms after the service.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:36 Comments || Top||

Rome cardinal tests positive for coronavirus, Vatican announces
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Light unto the nations
[ArutzSheva] Italy directs request to Israel's Health Ministry. Health Ministry in Italy asks to use Israeli Health Ministry's publicity video describing coronavirus infection chain.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 13:22 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336067 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More 'wash your hands' bandwidth.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 23:25 Comments || Top||

Israel tests coronavirus vaccine prototype on rodents at defense lab
[YNet] - Israel has begun testing a COVID-19 vaccine prototype on rodents at its bio-chemical defense laboratory, a source said on Tuesday.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the Israel Institute for Biological Research (IIBR), in rural Ness Ziona, to join the fight against the coronavirus pandemic on Feb. 1, prompting an easing of its secrecy as it cooperates with civilian scientists and private firms.

A source familiar with IIBR activities said that trials were already under way on rodents but declined to identify the kind of rodent.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 13:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

Man, 58, was believed to die of coronavirus. He didn't.
[Arutz 7] - ... "A man who was publicized as having died yesterday from coronavirus in Assaf Harofeh did not die of coronavirus," Kan Bet reported.

A test conducted in the hospital showed that the man, who suffered a pre-existing condition, had been suspected of being ill with coronavirus, but his test came out negative.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 02:52 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  There are no international, no national for that matter criteria for mortality. Interestingly enough.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/31/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Media collectively groans "what a drag..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

One in three tests in Orthodox Bnei Brak positive for coronavirus
[YNet] - Testing in the ultra-Orthodox city of Bnei Brak show one in three are positive for coronavirus.

The city has a 34% rate of infection compared to neighboring Tel Aviv with 6% and Jerusalem with 10% of tests showing contamination.

Overall the rate of infection in Israel shows some decline while the number of confirmed cases in the ultra-Orthodox community is on the rise.
Why am I thinking "Iran"?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336063 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I'm thinking WHY?
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/31/2020 6:05 Comments || Top||

#2  Why is simple, they ignore quarantine rules.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 6:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Health Minister proposes Bnei Brak on lockdown due to spread of coronavirus

Note: Health Minister Yaakov Litzman is orthodox himself.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 6:25 Comments || Top||

Hospitals turn to snorkel masks to ease respirator overload
BRUSSELS: As hospitals face an overload of COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe, innovative medical staff are turning to snorkelling masks from sports stores to stop their lungs collapsing.

The idea started in Italy, the European country worst-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, with hospitals in other nations taking note and adding their own specific medical parts to make it work.

One such is the Erasme Hospital on the outskirts of Belgium's capital Brussels. It is attached to the city's ULB university - and through it to a private spin-off, Endo Tools Therapeutics, whose knowhow in 3D printing for medical use has proved invaluable.

"They are to be used for patients with severe respiratory problems. The aim is to avoid having to intubate the trachea of the patient and put them on a respirator," said Frederic Bonnier, a respiratory physiotherapist at the hospital who also teaches at the university.

He spearheaded the design of a custom-made valve that fits to the top of full-face masks, where the snorkel is meant to go, allowing them to connect to standard BiPAP machines that feed pressurised air into masks.

This helps prevent the collapse of alveoli, lung air sacs needed for the intake of oxygen into our bodies and the exhalation of carbon dioxide. Pneumonia brought on by COVID-19 inflames the lung membrane and fills those sacs with liquid.

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Italy also turned some patients on ventilators over on their bellies and their blood oxygen increased/improved...
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/31/2020 1:05 Comments || Top||

#2  We're starting to do that in Hospitals here, crazy.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 03/31/2020 8:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 13:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Fire fighting, mining respirators?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/31/2020 18:50 Comments || Top||

Pandemic telecommuting proves difficult – or impossible – for millions in 'digital divide'
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336062 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That 'digital divide' most likely doesn't include a giant big screen TV.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/31/2020 7:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Cause, I mean, you know, it's damn near impossible to virtually mop a floor over a dial up connection.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 7:43 Comments || Top||

#3  Taxpayer subsidies for the internet companies

Rural people need a highway to their doorstep. No hard working family should suffer from slow road speeds.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/31/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#4  A load failing aging infostructure cannot support an exponential expansion of laptop work-from-homers.

Through web-based training, OPM covers the essentials of telework to ensure that all Federal employees have access to the training they need to be motivated and effective teleworkers.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 11:20 Comments || Top||

#5  Tired of hearing the word 'exponential' bandied about during this shit show. Probably 10% of a given company's employees can telecommute unless it's an IT service company or similar.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:55 Comments || Top||

#6  As for school kids and college, oh, come on. We are not talking about heavy traffic.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:56 Comments || Top||

#7  Ah...innocents and deniers.

We are not talking about heavy traffic

Consider live video and audio from every student laptop as they chat with their friends, instructors or colleagues. ALL Wifi cellphones. Homebound movie streamers, broadcast TV accessed from the net, Pandora radio and tune sharing...perhaps geometric is a better term. Each household that had a single casual user now has 5 constant (2+2.5) with multiple simultaneous streams @5=50mbps.

10 pounds of feed in a 1 pound bag.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/31/2020 14:52 Comments || Top||

#8  /\ And every user demands 4K Ultra-High-Definition video and lossless Audio or they are going to stamp their feet and scream.

...Remember the Dial-Up modem days when downloading files meant you went to bed because it would take hours?
Posted by: magpie || 03/31/2020 19:48 Comments || Top||

Home Front: Culture Wars
CBS uses Italian hospital footage to describe COVID-19 condition in New York
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/31/2020 03:15 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336064 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Are they going to stick a sparkler up some nurse's ass like NBC did with their faked pickup truck explosions?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 7:30 Comments || Top||

#2  Ah yes, the NBC pickup truck expose'. A nice reminder that the media have been lying bastards for quite some time now. There is nothing new under the sun.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 11:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Just remind them they mistook a good time at the gun range as war footage.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/31/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

Woman Who Ingested Fish Tank Cleaner Is Prolific Donor to Democratic Causes
[FreeBeacon] The Arizona woman who said that she and her 68-year-old husband ingested a substance used to clean fish tanks after hearing President Donald Trump tout chloroquine as a cure for the coronavirus has given thousands of dollars to Democratic groups and candidates over the last two years.

The woman's most recent donations, in late February, were to a Democratic PAC, the 314 Action Fund, that bills itself as the "pro-science resistance" and has vocally criticized the Trump administration's response to the coronavirus pandemic and held up her case to slam the White House.

Although local and national media outlets withheld the couple's names, the Washington Free Beacon established their identities through descriptions in local news reports, where the pair were identified by their first names and ages: Gary, 68, and Wanda, 61. The Free Beacon is withholding their identities at Wanda's request.

Federal Election Commission records show that Wanda has donated thousands of dollars to Democratic electoral groups and candidates over the past two years, including Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and EMILY's List, a group that aims to elect pro-choice female candidates.

Wanda told the Free Beacon that she and her husband were both Democrats, not Trump supporters. They heard about the potential benefits of chloroquine, an antimalarial drug, in news reports. She decided at the "spur of the moment" to try taking it, but reached for a fish tank cleaner in her pantry that contains chloroquine phosphate, a different and deadly form of the chemical. The Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency authorization for the use of chloroquine to treat coronavirus on Sunday.
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Odds of hubby's death being murder...?
Posted by: Iblis || 03/31/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [336081 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Tout pour La Revolution, dit Madame Lafarge
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 0:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Apparently, a fish didn't like Wanda.
Posted by: gorb || 03/31/2020 0:40 Comments || Top||

#3  Odds of hubby's death being murder...?

I'll go with "up past the sky" for $1500
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 0:41 Comments || Top||

#4  but reached for a fish tank cleaner in her pantry

A mistake, then? 'Cuz everybody keeps their hydroxychloroquine prescription medication in their pantry!
Posted by: Bobby || 03/31/2020 1:05 Comments || Top||

#5  She keeps the Quaker Oats under the sink right next to the Drano.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 1:32 Comments || Top||

#6  My shocked face broke
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/31/2020 9:10 Comments || Top||

#7  They took 2 grams (2000mg!). It wasn't the same chemical and if you overdose on anything it can kill you, even water. Ima thinkrn Murder
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 9:16 Comments || Top||

#8  Simply no way the original packaging on that product did not say "DO NOT INGEST."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:02 Comments || Top||

#9  "Well, it's Nevada, Jake. Murder is a dicey thing there.... "
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:04 Comments || Top||

#10  Inspector Occam sides with Murder hypothesis
Posted by: Lex || 03/31/2020 11:34 Comments || Top||

#11  A member of the DNC and the Darin society. How nice
Posted by: 49 Pan || 03/31/2020 11:40 Comments || Top||

#12  Charles Darwin. Bobby Darin. Only one of them has been to Nevada...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#13  Columbo: "I have just one last question - you bought this with a prescription and you don't own an aquarium?"
Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 11:54 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ Ding! Ding! DING! We have a winnah!
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/31/2020 11:58 Comments || Top||

#15  Man, Frank is on fire today.

And yes, this story stinks like a tankful of dead tropical fish.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/31/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#16  Even more info: Remember the Woman Who Fed Her Husband Fish Tank Cleaner and He Died? There’s More to the Story

Mental problems, health problems, familiar with Meds, sought to divorce her husband all the way back to 2012?
Posted by: Frank G || 03/31/2020 13:16 Comments || Top||

#17  Wanda and Gary donated to the Hildabeest and ingested fish tank cleaner? Were they competing for the Darwin Award?
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/31/2020 13:51 Comments || Top||

#18  ^Sacrificing themselves on the Alter of Orange Man Bad for the good of the movement.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/31/2020 18:48 Comments || Top||

#19  Maricopa County is not investigating this as a criminal matter
Posted by: lord garth || 03/31/2020 20:48 Comments || Top||

#20  "Nothin' to see here, folks! LALALALALA, I can't HEAR your suspicions!"
Posted by: charger || 03/31/2020 21:49 Comments || Top||

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