[Aljazeera] Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam - Amid the rapid spread of the coronavirus outbreak around the world, Vietnam has announced that all 16 infected patients in the country were discharged from hospital and declared cured.
As of Wednesday, all 16 patients, including the oldest who is 73, had been cured and discharged from the hospital.
For the past 15 days, including on Friday, the government also detected no new cases of infections, the last one having been reported on February 13, even as a village north of Hanoi remains under a 20-day lockdown.
"If fighting COVID-19 has been a war, then we have won the first round but not the entire war because the situation can be very unpredictable," Vietnam's Ministry of Health quoted Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam as saying, referring to the illness caused by the coronavirus, during an online conference with city and provincial officials on Tuesday.
Worldwide, the outbreak has already killed almost 3,000 and infected more than 83,000 as of Saturday.
It is a different story, however, in Vietnam. World Health Organization (WHO) officials and health experts said the government's swift response to the emergency was crucial in containing the crisis at the early stage.
[Townhall] Amid the partisanship, fear-mongering, and political jousting, what do Americans really need to know about Coronavirus -- which appears to be spreading significantly beyond its initial containment inside the United States? There are relatively few active steps people can take in preparation, though basic steps like frequent hand-washing are sensible. Here's your first piece of good news on this front, via the Wall Street Journal:
Public health experts advise staying calm and following the same precautions recommended for preventing flu or any other respiratory virus. Stick with the basics: Wash your hands, cover your coughs and sneezes, and stay at home from work or school when you’re sick...Public health experts say the threat of a coronavirus outbreak shouldn’t feel like a death sentence. Though it poses a serious risk for some‐namely older individuals and those with underlying health conditions‐for the majority it will likely be a relatively mild illness.
Nobody should downplay a pandemic with a death rate in the two percent range. It is very serious, and would cause a lot of deaths if the disease continues its rapid spread. However, beyond the epicenter of Wuhan -- and especially in advanced countries -- its fatality rate is much lower, and for most people who are infected, they'll experience a fairly mild illness. In more good news, Israel scientists believe they are well on their way to developing a cure:
[MAIL] Retired Navy SEAL Eddie Gallagher who was acquitted of murdering an ISIS prisoner has admitted that he believes posing for a photo with the dead body was wrong.
Gallagher was charged in 2018 with war crimes, including murder, in the stabbing death of an ISIS militant captive in his care during a deployment to Iraq.
The Special Operations Chief and his fellow SEAL members posed for a now-infamous photo with the corpse of the Iraqi prisoner. He was pictured smiling in the middle of his platoon members as he held a knife to the dead captive's throat.
Following a high-profile trial that attracted the attention of President Trump, Gallagher ended up being acquitted of all charges except for one: Posing in photos with the dead captive.
In an interview with 60 Minutes that will air on Sunday, Gallagher spoke out about that photo and how he was wrong to pose with the captive's body.
If you make humiliating skells a crime, killing skells will become the default outcome.
Posted by: M. Murcek ||
02/29/2020 9:33 Comments ||
To take photos that increase the enemy's will to fight? And that pour gasoline on the fire of domestic enemies?
I take issue that the primary recruitment strategy is rap videos. I assert it is the war without end being made on Islamic lands that is the primary recruitment tool for Islamic extremists. Who started it is immaterial by now (it started with the US occupation of Saudi Arabia in the 90s, but this is beside the point) but putting an end to the violence is the correct answer.
Withdrawal followed by a border wall and enthusiastic vetting to prevent tragedies like the Saudi flight student in Florida will do more to protect America than another trillion dollars spent on war.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 11:36 Comments ||
it started with the US occupation of Saudi Arabia in the 90s, but this is beside the point
Posted by: Frank G ||
02/29/2020 12:03 Comments ||
it started with the US occupation of Saudi Arabia in the 90s, but this is beside the point
Someone should tell him about the Crusades.
I'm not gonna tell him about the Crusades. *You* tell him about the Crusades.
Hey, what about the Barbary pirates?
Enough! Let's just get a beer.
No, let's go to Montezuma. They have the best margaritas.
Someone should ask what Vlad the Impaler saw during the years he and his younger brother were hostages at the court of the Ottoman sultan that led him to fight so desperately against the Turkish army when he inherited the throne.
[Imprimis - Hillsdale College] American society today is divided by party and by ideology in a way it has perhaps not been since the Civil War. I have just published a book that, among other things, suggests why this is. It is called The Age of Entitlement: America Since the Sixties. It runs from the assassination of John F. Kennedy to the election of Donald J. Trump. You can get a good idea of the drift of the narrative from its chapter titles: 1963, Race, Sex, War, Debt, Diversity, Winners, and Losers.
I can end part of the suspense right now‐Democrats are the winners. Their party won the 1960s‐they gained money, power, and prestige. The GOP is the party of the people who lost those things.
One of the strands of this story involves the Vietnam War. The antiquated way the Army was mustered in the 1960s wound up creating a class system. What I’m referring to here is the so-called student deferment. In the old days, university-level education was rare. At the start of the First World War, only one in 30 American men was in a college or university, so student deferments were not culturally significant. By the time of Vietnam, almost half of American men were in a college or university, and student deferment remained in effect until well into the war. So if you were rich enough to study art history, you went to Woodstock and made love. If you worked in a garage, you went to Da Nang and made war. This produced a class division that many of the college-educated mistook for a moral division, particularly once we lost the war. The rich saw themselves as having avoided service in Vietnam not because they were more privileged or‐heaven forbid‐less brave, but because they were more decent.
Another strand of the story involves women. Today, there are two cultures of American womanhood‐the culture of married women and the culture of single women. If you poll them on political issues, they tend to differ diametrically. It was feminism that produced this rupture. For women during the Kennedy administration, by contrast, there was one culture of femininity, and it united women from cradle to grave: Ninety percent of married women and 87 percent of unmarried women believed there was such a thing as "women’s intuition." Only 16 percent of married women and only 15 percent of unmarried women thought it was excusable in some circumstances to have an extramarital affair. Ninety-nine percent of women, when asked the ideal age for marriage, said it was sometime before age 27. None answered "never."
But it is a third strand of the story, running all the way down to our day, that is most important for explaining our partisan polarization. It concerns how the civil rights laws of the 1960s, and particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964, divided the country. They did so by giving birth to what was, in effect, a second constitution, which would eventually cause Americans to peel off into two different and incompatible constitutional cultures. This became obvious only over time. It happened so slowly that many people did not notice.
Because conventional wisdom today holds that the Civil Rights Act brought the country together, my book’s suggestion that it pulled the country apart has been met with outrage. The outrage has been especially pronounced among those who have not read the book. So for their benefit I should make crystal clear that my book is not a defense of segregation or Jim Crow, and that when I criticize the long-term effects of the civil rights laws of the 1960s, I do not criticize the principle of equality in general, or the movement for black equality in particular.
The birth of entitlement, identity politics, and anarchy:
But it is a third strand of the story, running all the way down to our day, that is most important for explaining our partisan polarization. It concerns how the civil rights laws of the 1960s, and particularly the Civil Rights Act of 1964, divided the country. They did so by giving birth to what was, in effect, a second constitution
Outstanding essay. I shared everywhere I could. Including on Rantburg, as I had clicked through and not realized it came from here originally.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 12:41 Comments ||
I do not criticize the principle of equality in general, or the movement for black equality in particular.
I suppose that's prudent, but it means that you've accepted some core assumptions (both explicit and implicit) of the left.
For example, in practice,"the movement for black equality" is actually about revenge, reparations, and primacy if not supremacy.
Once you accept their premises, then you're just debating the details of the subjugation and punishment of the majority population and culture.
The Civil Rights Act (and just as importantly, the Voting Rights Act of 1965) are the policy expressions of those assumptions.
So while addressing the legislation is important, it won't achieve much if we don't have a real debate about what "social justice" and "equality" mean in light of actual history (how many whites are actually descended from slaveowners, for example?).
And can we take the sacrifices that have already been made into account (the dead and maimed of the Civil War, all the social spending of generations, the costs of black and other minority crime, the costs of affirmative action, the decline of social trust in the face of diversity)?
To say nothing of the explicit "Whitey's gotta die" rhetoric that has become increasingly acceptable.
[Babylon Bee] U.S.‐In a televised interview, Bernie Sanders has praised slave owners for their free housing program offered to all slaves working the plantations.
"Of course, the slavery was bad, but the slaves were housed, for free I might add, for their entire employment," Sanders said in an interview with 60 Minutes. "So it's unfair to criticize the whole thing. Also, the slaveowners were pretty impressive guys. The plantations were very clean, very nice buildings. I actually honeymooned at one in Virginia back in 1845, and it was an eye-opener for me as to how much propaganda has been used to malign slaveowners and their healthcare, housing, and literacy programs."
At publishing time, sources had also confirmed that Bernie Sanders had defended hell itself, saying the place of eternal torment has "gotten a bad rap" and "isn't such a bad place."
[PJ] Republican Leader in the House Rep. Kevin McCarthy is almost giddy over Republican prospects to retake the House of Representatives in November. With Bernie Sanders leading the ticket, McCarthy predicts a Republican sweep.
He says the Democrats have "surrendered to socialists."
In an interview with Fox News on the sidelines of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) outside Washington, McCarthy weighed in on the warnings from within the Democratic Party that a Sanders nomination could endanger their hold on the House under Nancy Pelosi. McCarthy would be in line for the speakership should the chamber flip ‐ and he eagerly played up those internal party tensions.
"The Democrats have surrendered to the socialists," McCarthy told Fox News. "There is a reason why Bernie Sanders is going to become their nominee and that’s because this is no longer the Democratic Party ‐ this is a socialist Democratic Party."
"With AOC, [Rep. Rashida] Tlaib, [Ilan] Omar ‐ they don’t call themselves Democrats," he continued. "They call themselves socialist Democrats."
True enough. But many lo- information voters might not have a clue what voting for Sanders and the Democrats really means. If the CPAC conference is a preview of November, you'd have to be living under a rock to be unaware of the danger to the republic if Sanders were to win the presidency.
Don't get cocky, people. It's going to take a ton of hard work to re-elect Trump. The Dems are going to play dirty every step of the way. Voter fraud, illegal alien voting, all of it. They consider the stakes too high for ordinary democratic norms to apply.
Posted by: Herb McCoy ||
02/29/2020 10:17 Comments ||
That is why the well is so poisoned now that neither side will accept the outcome in November. The commies didn't 4 years ago and won't again even if it is a landslide. The right understands all the cheating and undermining to get power at any price by the commies and won't accept the 'irregularities'.
[American Thinker] For people who are neither leftists nor caught in the grip of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Vice President Mike Pence is an intelligent, principled, competent man. When President Trump announced on Wednesday that he was putting Pence in charge of coordinating the federal government's response to the coronavirus, it seemed like an eminently sensible decision. For Democrats, though, Pence is the man who caused an HIV outbreak in Indiana. This is a lie.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a woman so desperate to drive Trump from the White House that she seemed unconcerned that Mike Pence would become president, summed up the Democrats' concerns by tweeting that Pence does not "believe" in science.
Pence probably doesn't believe in fairies, either, but his history proves that he is receptive to the scientific process and to scientific data. So why does Ocasio-Cortez make this silly statement? The giveaway is her claim that Pence's "past decisions" have already "cost people their lives." She's referring to events in Indiana in 2015.
Here's the story the New York Times told more than a year and a half after the events occurred: beginning in November 2014, five HIV drug‐users in Scott County, Indiana, tested positive for HIV. By the middle of January, eight more tested positive. The problem was shared needle use, so there was a movement to override Indiana's law forbidding distributing clean needles to junkies.
Rod Rosenstein's sister's comments last week from the CDC are likely one the reasons the Orange Man placed his VP in a Corona Virus 'over-watch and public affairs' position. More people have died from archery accidents in the US over the last 30 days than from the virus, yet the stock market has virtually plummeted.
Anything that can be done to wreck the economy will help Biden or Sanders and the other communists. The democrats will never 'let a crisis go to waste.'
[Breitbart] Network political commentator Angela Rye said Wednesday on CNN’s "Tonight," that African-American supporters of President Donald Trump should be ashamed.
When asked about the Trump campaign’s outreach to Black voters, Tara Setmayer said, "Well, I think it’s smart of them to do this. They think ‐ it’s true, he only needs a couple of percentage points. He over-performed last time with black voters that people didn’t see coming. He had better numbers than McCain did or Romney. It’s a smart play for them politically. They have the money to do it. How much impact it actually has remains to be seen. You know, how you do this, the way you message things makes a huge difference. The president does have criminal justice reform, at least as something tangible that he can go into these communities with. But that’s about it. Although the black unemployment, which we hear constantly over and over again, but I don’t know that Black America’s looking at this saying, ’yeah, we want four more years of this guy’ when all the other transgressions, racial transgressions that come out of his mouth and this White House are just too much."
Rye said, "I think Donald Trump does not have a strong record to stand on as it relates to black unemployment. He has Barack Obama’s record to stand on with that, and I think that at some point, black folks have got to look themselves in the mirror and say, hey, do I want to follow Mark Burns? Do I want to follow Katrina Pierson? Do I want to follow Diamond and Silk? Who the hell are these people, right?"
Christopher F. Rufo
[NEWS.YAHOO] Democratic socialists are in the middle of a hostile takeover of the Democratic Party. Led by the Bernie Sanders ...The only first openly Socialist member of the U.S. Senate. Sanders was Representative-for-Life from Vermont until moving to the Senate for the rest of his life in 2006, assuming the seat vacated by Jim Jeffords. He ran for the 2016 nomination for president, to be cheated out of it by Hillary Clinton, then went back to being a socialist, waiting for 2020 to roll around... presidential campaign and the "squad" of newly elected congresswomen, the hard-left coalition has laid out an ambitious agenda to transform the United States into a democratic socialist nation. While many commentators have dismissed the rhetoric around the Green New Deal, Housing for All, and End Cash Bail as pie-in-the-sky abstraction, in Seattle, the socialist coalition is quickly translating this agenda into a political reality.
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I moved to Seattle in 1988. Back then, it was said it was so law-abiding that it was the only city in the US where people would wait for the green light to cross the street even at 3 in the morning... O tempora. O mores!
A multi-volume chronology and reference guide set detailing three years of the Mexican Drug War between 2010 and 2012.
Rantburg.com and borderlandbeat.com correspondent and author Chris Covert presents his first non-fiction work detailing
the drug and gang related violence in Mexico.
Chris gives us Mexican press dispatches of drug and gang war violence
over three years, presented in a multi volume set intended to chronicle the death, violence and mayhem which has
dominated Mexico for six years.