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-Lurid Crime Tales-
Looters are targeting restaurants and small businesses left idle across the United States
as the lockdown enters its third week for most parts of the country - as NYC sees a 75 percent rise in burglaries and one-fifth of the NYPD is out sick
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Been taking the Sig P227 and a couple extra mags to the bedroom every night.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 10:16 Comments || Top||

#2  Excellent sleep therapy.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#3  My original off duty 2inch S&W Model 10 with Plus P hollow points on the bedside table for the last 20+years. The 1911 and clips are in the kitchen drawer. Wife has trouble racking the slide these days so the bedroom gun has to be a revolver.
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 04/09/2020 11:30 Comments || Top||

#4  Let it be known that shooters are being shot and this will end in most areas.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/09/2020 12:08 Comments || Top||

#5  Need tobacco store Virginians.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 12:11 Comments || Top||

#6  WARNING! ALL looters SHOT on SIGHT!
Posted by: ranture || 04/09/2020 14:34 Comments || Top||

Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 14:56 Comments || Top||

#8  Is the game warden making sure no one goes over the bag limit?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/09/2020 14:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Had to give my dad an S&W Model 19 when the Luger toggle started giving him trouble.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 15:20 Comments || Top||

Linda Tripp, the Clinton sex scandal whistleblower who secretly recorded private phone calls with Monica Lewinksy, dies at age 70 'after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer less than a week ago'
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [107 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Our heartfelt condolences to Dieter Rausch and family.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 4:58 Comments || Top||

#2  Exactly how I want to go with such a diagnosis. Quickly.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 8:28 Comments || Top||

-Short Attention Span Theater-
Herr Volker Pannes' Bird Song Opera - Genießen Sie bitte (please enjoy)
ShakeUp Music recomposed Mozart’s Magic Flute ‚Papageno/Papagena Duet’ into an audiovisual bird song aria.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 09:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under:

Car company designs ventilator using windshield wiper motor for COVID-19 treatment
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 08:10 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [60 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's a simple mechanism. You superglue the wiper arm to the patient's chest and turn it on.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 9:29 Comments || Top||

#2  It had intermittent, low and high speed modes.
Posted by: gorb || 04/09/2020 10:13 Comments || Top||

#3  The key is the rubber chicken on the end.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 14:56 Comments || Top||

#4  The key is the rubber chicken on the end.

I was thinking a stun gun.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 14:58 Comments || Top||

#5  Re-fibbulator...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||

-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Strategic National Stockpile nearly out of coronavirus N95 masks, other protective equipment, HHS says
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [123 views] Top|| File under:

#3  U.S. to seize exports of masks and gloves amid coronavirus crisis
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 10:03 Comments || Top||

#4  All those Chinese lawn chairs don't look like such a good deal now. And I still won't vote for Haley.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 10:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Thanks Comrade Barack! From >100 million to 12 million masks during his administration.
Posted by: Cholutch Shereper2174 || 04/09/2020 10:29 Comments || Top||

#6  Federal contracting records show HHS made a $4.8 million order of N95 masks on March 12, followed by a $173 million order on March 21, but those contracts don’t require the manufacturer to start making deliveries to the national stockpile until the end of April, after the White House has projected the pandemic will reach its peak.

Because the money-grubbing contractors should have been forced to produce them in a week. Besides, the deadly pandemic was forecast to run well into the summer at the time of the order. At worst, they'll restock the national stockpile.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/09/2020 10:52 Comments || Top||

#7  It's a given there will be an oversupply od masks and toilet paper in August.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 12:20 Comments || Top||

#8  It's a given there will be an oversupply od masks and toilet paper in August.

Because there will be fewer people.
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 14:47 Comments || Top||

'Inside Russia's £92 million new emergency coronavirus clinic built from scratch in less than a month as Putin warns the worst is yet to come
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:32 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [44 views] Top|| File under:

#1  All they have to do is get to it.
Posted by: gorb || 04/09/2020 10:10 Comments || Top||

Zim Author Karsten Noko Sez Medical colonialism in Africa is not new
[Aljazeera] Remarks about testing coronavirus drugs on Africans part of pattern where some bodies are dehumanised, others protected.
Your Erectile Disfunction will only worsen with age. Only I can read them as they are tossed, you would not understand. The bones, they do not lie.
Last Wednesday, a French doctor caused controversy when he proposed that vaccines for the COVID-19 pandemic be tried on Africans because they lack masks and other personal protective equipment.

By Friday, after widespread accusations of racism, he was forced to apologise for what he then called his "clumsily expressed" remarks.

But the type of thinking exposed by his words is nothing new. Neither is it exceptional to this doctor. It is part of a trend that for generations has seen the dehumanising of some people because of the superiority complex of others.

In early March 2020, as coronavirus cases began an exponential growth curve, some people asked why African countries were not recording higher numbers of COVID-19 cases.

The tone of these queries had the impact of questioning if Africans were somehow genetically immune to the new virus. But why would this question even be raised if we know the biological set-up of all humans is similar?

The dehumanisation of people from the Global South was one of the driving forces behind the slave trade and colonialism. It is inconceivable that anyone could fathom the thought of trading in human beings unless they regarded that person as inferior.

Joseph Conrad, in his book Heart of Darkness writing in 1899, grappled with the question of whether the people he had met in Africa were really human. He opines: "No they were not inhuman. Well, you know, that was the worst of it - this suspicion of their not being inhuman."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 08:01 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [115 views] Top|| File under:

#1  And there you have it, the disproportionate racial numbers lamented by White House COVID-19 task force Dr. Anthony Fauci, finally run to ground.

That didn't take long.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 8:12 Comments || Top||

#2  What, not enough "subjects" who reside in Republique Francaise?
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 8:57 Comments || Top||

#3  If it's a problem they can always try to go it alone.
Posted by: gorb || 04/09/2020 10:14 Comments || Top||

#4  I could be wrong but the clumsy remarks were probably intended to suggest that once the virus really gets loose in Africa it's gonna be bad because they don't wear masks. So a vaccine would help prevent that.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/09/2020 10:31 Comments || Top||

#5  In other words more Mother Teresa and less Josef Mengele in intent.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/09/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#6  Ref #4: Easy to 'over think' the problem. I'll just stick with... we hate whites.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/09/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#7  Know who gives excellent farming advice? Steinbeck, that's who.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 10:43 Comments || Top||

#8  Let the Chinese do it. They are practically running the show in Africa anyway.
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 10:46 Comments || Top||

#9  When researching History and Practical Application of Commercial Fishing, I reach for Hemingway.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 14:59 Comments || Top||

Coronaplague Roundup

New York's Coronavirus Death Toll is Almost Certainly Far Higher Than Reported
[PJMedia] Before the pandemic struck New York City, 20-25 people a day were dying at home according to the city medical examiner's office. Now, that number is more than 200, raising questions about how many of those who die in their own beds actually died of coronavirus.

As of Monday afternoon, the official death toll in New York was 2,378. But that only includes people who tested positive for the virus. It doesn't include those who aren't tested and die of COVID-19 symptoms. And the city's medical examiner doesn't test dead bodies for the virus.

Cuomo: Use of antimalarial drug in New York hospitals 'anecdotally' positive
[THEHILL] New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Monday that early responses to the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine “anecdotally” suggest its use in the coronavirus fight has been “effective,” but that official data was still forthcoming.

Asked about the progress of the trials at his daily press briefing, Cuomo noted that state officials have allowed use of the drug in combination with the antibiotic Zithromax in hospitals “at their discretion.” He said the federal government would increase supplies to New York pharmacies, but that New York has imposed a 14-day limit to protect the supplies for people who rely on it to treat other medical conditions.

“The tests in the hospital, they’re too short a period of time to get a scientific report,” Cuomo said. “Hospital administrators, doctors want to have a significant data set before they give a formal opinion. Anecdotally, you’ll get suggestions that it has been effective. But we don’t have any official data yet from a hospital or a quote-unquote study, which will take weeks if not months.”

Dutch coronavirus cases rise by 969 to 20,549, 147 new deaths
[THEBAGHDADPOST] The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the Netherlands rose by 969 to 20,549 as of Wednesday, health authorities said, with 147 new deaths. The country’s total death toll from the disease is now 2,248, the Netherlands’ National Institute for Health (RIVM) said in a daily update.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [95 views] Top|| File under:

#1  From worldometers site
Netherlands Coronavirus Cases: 20,549. Deaths: 2,248. Recovered: 250

Germany Coronavirus Cases: 113,296. Deaths: 2,349. Recovered: 46,300

Sweden Coronavirus Cases: 8,419. Deaths: 687. Recovered: 205.

One of the three is not like the other two.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 3:36 Comments || Top||

#2  Germany has more nurses?
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 10:08 Comments || Top||

#3  The blood hemoglobin infection idea has been bothering me. Before 911 the military was working on artificial blood for the battlefield that was similar to Freon but carried oxygen and was not living at all. This would have nothing for a virus to infect. I wonder if anyone has thought of trying the artificial blood.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/09/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

#4  NY total not high enough, doesn't count folks who died at home. Minnesota directed how to count coronavirus deaths: If they died of coronavirus-like symptoms (like pneumonia or ARDS, etc.) and may have been exposed, then it's a coronavirus death. We don't need no stinking tests!
Posted by: Bobby || 04/09/2020 11:07 Comments || Top||

#5  I wasn't clear enough. The comment was meant for the end stage problem on ventilators where 4 out of 5 on the ventilators die. One theory goes as follows:
It seems corona attaches to the hemoglobin and prevents the release of oxygen to the cells so the bodies organs slowly die of asphyxiation. If you didn't use blood for these patients but used artificial blood that is like freon there is nothing a virus could do to stop the oxygen to the organs.

So in that case artificial blood that can't be infected could be a win win.
Posted by: 3dc || 04/09/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

-Land of the Free
Gates & Fauci Conspiracy
[from Martin Armstrong at armstrongeconomics.com]

The conspiracy between Bill Gates and Anthony Fauci is in the open. We now have Fauci saying the same thing as Gates – the country will NEVER return to normal until everyone is vaccinated against this pretend virus. Fauci has suggested that until a vaccine is developed, we will NEVER be allowed to do anything in public.

This is the overthrow of the United States. It is a conspiracy blended with the Climate Change agenda from day one.

President Trump must appoint a Special Prosecutor to investigate all the connections. I have DIRECT knowledge of calls made to elite people who were told to sell everything because of this "virus" and Bill Gates resigned from the boards of Microsoft and Berkshire Hatheway just before Warren Buffet lost up to $80 billion on March 23rd.

This is a matter of NATIONAL SECURITY and everyone should be writing to the White House now! They have weakened the US economy and thrown the world into a serious state where war now becomes the traditional response. I have always stated, my research has shown that war NEVER takes place when everyone is fat & happy. Turn the economy down, and war becomes inevitable.
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 09:08 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The party of Science™
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 10:36 Comments || Top||

#2  The German landkreis (county) of Heinsberg (pop. 100,000) had the earliest uncontrolled breakout of the virus in February.

The renowned German virologist Hendrik Streeck conducted a very thorough research in the most hit community of Gangelt where the outbreak started during a carnival session. For the first time a representative sample of people were tested including those without any symptoms.

A conservative estimate says that 15% of the population (other calculation methods say 20%) contracted the virus, most without any symptoms.

This would bring the death rate (Germany currently 1.8%) down to 0.37%. An the overwhelming majority of deaths are old people with preconditions (obesity, diabetes, heart and lung problems, smokers).

It's therefore quite possible that Spain, Italy, France and Germany (and most likely the U.S.) have millions of infected already, and most people either feel nothing or just think they have a common cold.

Poor hospital situations may be to blame for the "high death rates" in Italy, Spain and France. But if millions are already infected, they aren't that high.

This may just turn out to be like a season with a severe flu wave. Covid-19 is not the flu, but most people will be affected like they'd be in a flu wave.

If that's true, most measures taken in order to "flatten the curve" are extremely exaggerated. Numbers skyrocketed, because everyone started testing like crazy. For the same reason the curve is flattening now.

We probably don't need a shut down. All we need is:

1) 2 m (6ft) distance, period.
2) Thorough and frequent hand hygiene
3) Extensive testing
4) Protecting the elderly

We don't need to shut down the economy and lose trillions. We need social distancing until a vaccine is developed. This can be done without ruining the economy.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/09/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

#3  I recently saw a ZDF video with Dr. Streeck, and I believe he even debunked the idea that things like a Türklinke (door "knob") carry the virus and can infect people.

Interesting how many of the videos I've seen from the non-hysteria point of view have been mostly from Germany with maybe France pitching in. We could use more of them!
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 15:06 Comments || Top||

#4  Yes it seems the socalled "smear infection" is overrated.
To contract a living virus, an infected person would need to cough directly at the door knob, another person has to touch it within minutes and the touch his nose or mouth with the same hand soon.

The most common way to get the virus is standing close to an infected coughing person or shaking the hand of an infected person who coughed in his hand.

This can be avoided quite easily.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/09/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#5  The virus can - under lab condition - survive a while on door knobs but it's ar more likely that you touch a dead virus and/or simply not enough of the buggers.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/09/2020 15:18 Comments || Top||

Andarabi: All Kabul Roads Will be Blocked Because of Coronavirus
[ToloNews] The Afghan acting minister of interior warned on Tuesday that Kabul city will be locked down completely starting from tomorrow morning (Wednesday) to prevent the outbreak of COVID-19.

Massoud Andarabi, the acting minister, said that he has tasked 1,600 police and 400 vehicles to prevent movement in Kabul.

"The virus is fatal and dangerous... we will block all roads of Kabul city," said Andarabi.

Based on the Ministry of Interior's warning, health workers, bakers, media workers, telecommunication workers and food sellers will be allowed to move in the city.

Despite this, most of the stores and offices in Kabul city have been locked down, and some workers say that they have had nothing to eat in the past 11 days, as movement was restricted by the government.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [34 views] Top|| File under:

Dupe headline: 'China imposes Wuhan-style lockdown in a city bordering Russia after recording 127 new 'imported cases'
  • China has closed 2,670 mile border with Russia after the number of cases spiked

  • Suifenhe, a city of 70,000 people, went into full lockdown at 6am yesterday

  • Officials also ordered an emergency makeshift hospital to be built in six days

  • Video shows hazmat-clad medics stand with police officers guarding the entry

  • Comes as the former epicentre Wuhan lifts its 76-day restrictions on Wednesday
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [37 views] Top|| File under:

Here's A List Of Countries That Received Faulty Coronavirus Medical Supplies From China
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 04:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [127 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Did you know of the underwear that Chinese businesses re-fashioned into masks to send to some countries ? Pakistain for example. It was on their own news. Even that fly you have in some briefs for peeing, was visible on the mask !

They took down the video but I'll find it.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/09/2020 5:00 Comments || Top||

#2  I read somewhere that the Chinese made these countries (or some) to pay up front before shipping.
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 7:51 Comments || Top||

#3  Sue the bastards.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Here's A List Of Countries That Received Faulty Coronavirus Medical Supplies From China

Everyone Else
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 14:59 Comments || Top||

#5  ^They fuck other Chinese too.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

Down Under
Wonders Down Under: New Zealand Prime Minister declares the country is beating coronavirus and prepares to lift strict lockdown in a week as Australian measures squash curve as well
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [47 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Severe gun grabber, used up her goodwill curtailing gun rights, doesn't have a lot of leeway now.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 15:32 Comments || Top||

How Australia IGNORED the World Health Organisation and stayed one step ahead on COVID-19 - after the WHO argued against closing the border, refused to call the virus a 'pandemic' and heaped praise on China
Posted by: Skidmark || 04/09/2020 09:38 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [85 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "When Beijing shut down travel from Hubei to the rest of China on January 23 - but strangely not from Hubei to the rest of the world - why didn't the WHO act decisively then?"

Wow. Don't think I saw that in the news anywhere.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/09/2020 10:42 Comments || Top||

#2  WHO...act decisively? Any UN entity?
Who's on first?
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 12:23 Comments || Top||

#3  WHO did act decisively.

The decisions were all meant to support their masters in Beijing.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/09/2020 15:00 Comments || Top||

Economic Fallout
[Fox Business] That brings the number of applications for the last three weeks to more than 16 million, a stunning sign of the colossal economic damage inflicted by the outbreak, compared to a total of 11.5 million filed from the beginning of the year through March 14. With a labor force that totals about 162 million people, that means an estimated one in 10 workers have lost their jobs.

During a call with House Democrats this week, former Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen, one of the nation's top economists, said the unemployment rate is now at least 13 percent. Yellen she expects a 30 percent contraction of GDP this year, but has seen models as high as 50 percent.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/09/2020 12:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Models again.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/09/2020 13:12 Comments || Top||

#2  That's why there are continuous pursuit of better models, P2k.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 14:56 Comments || Top||

#3  Federal Reserve Chair.
House Democrats.
Because Models.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 15:01 Comments || Top||

CDC Relaxing Some Virus Restrictions, Letting Some Essential Workers Return to Work
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 05:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [74 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If they were 'essential', wouldn't they already be working? Or do you have to be 'essential-essential'?
Posted by: Raj || 04/09/2020 9:52 Comments || Top||

#2  The proposed guidance would follow recommendations made by the CDC that eased self-isolation requirements for front-line medical workers who were exposed to the virus. Under CDC guidance, medical workers who have been exposed to the virus without protective equipment but who have no symptoms can return to work with a mask and temperature checks after 14 days.

Well, I'm glad they got that cleared up! Bureaucratic babble.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/09/2020 10:48 Comments || Top||

Adm. Giroir: Trump Admin Expects To Roll Out ‘Millions' Of Antibody Tests to Help Reopen Country
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 05:24 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [50 views] Top|| File under:

India-US Ties : HCQ Export to America (And Brazil)
India-US Ties Stronger Than Ever, Tweets PM Modi, Says India Shall do Everything Possible to Fight COVID-19

New Delhi: Testing times like the one the entire world is experiencing now bring friends closer, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday tweeted this asserting that the ties between the United States and India are stronger than ever. "India shall do everything possible to help humanity's fight against COVID-19. We shall win this together," the PM added.

Thanking India for allowing the export of the anti-malaria drug Hydroxychloroquine to the United States, US President Donald Trump on Wednesday lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi's leadership "in helping not just India, but humanity, in this fight!"

India's role will not be forgotten, the US President commended, as he wrote, "Extraordinary times require even closer cooperation between friends. Thank you, India and the Indian people for the decision on HCQ. Will not be forgotten!"

Hydroxychloroquine has been identified by the US Food and Drug Administration as a possible line of treatment for the COVID-19 and it is being tested on more than 1,500 coronavirus patients in New York. Anticipating that it will work, given initial positive results, Trump has bought more than 29 million doses of Hydroxychloroquine for the potential treatment of the COVID-19 patients.
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#1  But, but, but, I thought Trumpf promotes HCQ because he owns shares in a French Pharmaceutical Company that makes it?!
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 4:39 Comments || Top||

#2  Hmphf... the NYT are such idiots.

India makes 70% of the world's HCQ. The volume was 40 tonnes per month, when malaria was still prevalent in rural areas. They scaled it up because a rheumatoid arthritis drug also came to use it. The intermediate chems, called APIs earlier came from China (them again). The US FDA itself had restricted import from Indian manufacturers. French Sanofi have their own API pipeline, not from China. Naturally, the Americans would first try there.

Currently, three major Indian firms produce superior APIs, and Indian manufacturers can output at least 2 million doses per month. Right now, all that matters is, their must be no shortage of doses in any hospitals.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/09/2020 5:25 Comments || Top||

‘If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever.'
[rediff.com] Shoaib Akhtar proposes Indo-Pak series to raise funds.

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar proposed a made-for-television three-match ODI series against arch-rivals India to raise funds for the fight against the coronavirus pandemic in both the countries.

The two nations have not played a full-series since 2007 due to the terrorist attacks on India by Pakistan-based outfits and the resultant diplomatic tension. They only play each other in ICC events and Asia Cup.
Well...there was that
"In this time of crisis, I want to propose a three match series in which for the first time, the people of neither country would be upset at the outcome of the games," Akhtar said from Islamabad on Wednesday.

"If Virat (Kohli) scores a hundred, we will be happy, if Babar Azam scores a hundred, you will be happy. Both teams will be winners irrespective of whatever happens on the field," he said.

Akhtar said the matches could be a closed-door affair considering the current coronavirus outbreak in both countries.

"It can be a TV only affair. Since everyone will be watching at home, you are bound to get massive viewership for the games. For the first time, both countries will play for each other. And whatever funds are generated through this can be donated equally to the government of India and Pakistan to fight this pandemic," added the 44-year-old.

With both countries in a lockdown amid the fast-spreading pandemic, the games can only be organised when things improve. However, Akhtar feels the sooner they are held, the better it would be but could not tell how the logistics of such an initiative would be worked out.

"Everyone is sitting at home at the moment, so there will be a massive following for the games. May be not now, when things start improving, the games could be organised at a neutral location like Dubai. Chartered flights could be arranged and the matches could he held.

"It could even lead to resumption of bilateral cricketing ties and relations of both countries improve diplomatically. You never know," said the 'Rawalpindi Express'.

"The whole world will tune into it, so much money can be raised to deal with this crisis. In difficult times, the character of the nation comes forward."

In these extraordinary times, Akhtar believes both countries should help each other.

"If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever. But we can only propose the matches. The rest is up to the authorities (to decide)."

India cricketers Yuvraj Singh and Harbhajan Singh were recently trolled for asking their social media followers to donate to Shahid Afridi's charity foundation which is doing its bit in Pakistan's fight against the deadly virus.

"It was inhuman to criticise them. It is not about countries or religion at the moment, it is about humanity," he opined.

Akhtar has spent a lot of time in India as a commentator. He fondly recalled his days in Mumbai during the World T20 in 2016, the last time he came to India for work.

"I am forever grateful about the love I have received from the people of India. For the first time I am revealing this, whatever I used to earn from India, I made a significant amount there, thirty percent of it, I used to distribute among the low income staff who used to work with me in the TV," he remembered.

Akhtar used to visit Mumbai's slum areas with his face covered to hand out financial help to elder women there.

"From drivers, runners to my security guys. I took care of a lot of people. I was like if am earning from this country, I have to help my colleagues also.

"I also remember visiting slums of Dharavi and Sion in the wee hours to meet people I worked with," added Akhtar.
Posted by: John Frum || 04/09/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [167 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Pakistan

#1  ‘If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever.'

In the usual twisted way, I assume?
Posted by: gorb || 04/09/2020 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  Eternal gratitude. For about a week.
Posted by: SteveS || 04/09/2020 0:37 Comments || Top||

#3  Nope. If India gave them one half of a ventilator, the government here would never win an election in this country again.

Even China sent them masks made from underwear.

Ex-cricketer Shoaib Akhtar is Tablighi Jamaát, by the way.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 04/09/2020 4:11 Comments || Top||

#4  It would be interpreted as jizya and proof of the superiority of Pak muslims. Yeah, they would remember it.
Posted by: Cholutch Shereper2174 || 04/09/2020 6:31 Comments || Top||

#5  like pakistain would do hat for India.
Posted by: Chris || 04/09/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#6  ‘If India can make 10,000 ventilators for us, Pakistan will remember this gesture forever.'

And demand 20,000 + 10,000 virgins next time?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 9:19 Comments || Top||

#7  If my neighbor gave me his lawn mower, I would think of him every time I mowed my yard but not his.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 04/09/2020 10:23 Comments || Top||

#8  What if those ventilators only work when lubricated with pig grease?
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/09/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||

#9  That would be in fine print further down the label, rj.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/09/2020 14:12 Comments || Top||

Sky News: World Health Organisation's 'China centric' leader launches bizarre attack on Taiwan
[SkyNews] When in doubt, play the race card. He's China's Bitch
The leader of the World Health Organisation has gone on a bizarre rant attacking Taiwan while claiming to be the victim of racist comments and death threats.

WHO general manager Tedros Adhanom was responding to calls he should resign for failing to condemn China's role in covering up the coronavirus crisis which has since killed more than 87,000 people.

"This (racial) attack came from Taiwan," he said.

"We need to be honest. I will be straight today. From Taiwan.

"And Taiwan, the Foreign Ministry also, they know the campaign. They didn't disassociate themselves. They even started criticizing me in the middle of all that insult and slur, but I didn't care."

Sky News Australia revealed yesterday Mr Adhanon was blocking the release of the names of doctors who voted against declaring a global health emergency in late January, resulting in tens of thousands of deaths.

Two days prior to that decision Mr Adhanom was photographed happily smiling with Chinese dictator Xi Jinping.
China was at that stage lobbying the world, Including Australia, not to implement economically devastating travel bans.

US President Donald Trump has also threatened to withdraw funding from the WHO and formally investigate the body he described as being "China centric".

Mr Adhanom and the WHO drew global criticism two weeks ago when one of its senior doctors awkwardly dodged questions about Taiwan, an independent country China regards as a rebel region which must be reunited with the mainland.

The exchange has been condemned as evidence the WHO is heavily influenced by China.

Mr Adhanom did not respond directly to criticisms he mishandled the crisis and instead when on a tirade about racism.

"I can tell you personal attacks that have been going on for more than two, three months. Abuses, or racist comments, giving me names, black or Negro," he said in Geneva.

"I’m proud of being black, proud of being Negro.

"I don't care, to be honest ... even death threats. I don't give a damn."
Posted by: Frank G || 04/09/2020 04:40 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [81 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Sorry, but we've developed herd immunity against BS claims of racism.
Posted by: Matt || 04/09/2020 8:17 Comments || Top||

Science & Technology
Online education platforms could scale high-quality STEM education for universities
h/t Instapundit
[phys.org news] - A team of researchers from the University of California at Berkeley, HSE University Moscow in Russia, Stanford University, and Cornell University used a multi-site, randomized controlled study at three Russian universities to compare performance and satisfaction for students in two engineering courses. The students were randomly divided into the three cohorts and received identical lessons and assignments via one of three delivery modalities: 1) in-person lectures and discussion sections 2) a blend of online and in-person instruction, and 3) fully online instruction. The online and blended instruction utilized OpenEdu, a platform developed by a non-profit organization in Russia to make online university courses available to the public.

At the conclusion of the courses, researchers measured final exam scores, performance on course assignments, and student satisfaction. Students in all three modalities had similar scores on final exams. Students in fully online modality scored higher on course assignments but reported slightly lower satisfaction than students in the in-person modality. Furthermore, the online and blended modes of instruction cost significantly less per-student than traditional, in- person instruction. Blended instruction lowered the cost of per-student instruction by 15-19% depending on the course; online instruction lowered the cost of per-student instruction by 79- 81% depending on the course.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 15:05 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [22 views] Top|| File under:

#1  If it's bad for feminism and affirmative action it will be stomped out.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 15:13 Comments || Top||

Most New York Coronavirus Cases Came From Europe, Genomes Show
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/09/2020 12:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [73 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Somehow not behind the NYT paywall.

New research indicates that the coronavirus began to circulate in the New York area by mid-February, weeks before the first confirmed case, and that travelers brought in the virus mainly from Europe, not Asia.

I stopped reading when the article shifted to OrangeManBad. But maybe this data can be used to further refine the models.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/09/2020 12:45 Comments || Top||

#2  And where did Europe get it?

From China. Never forget the origin of this mess, all they did to hide it, and all they didn't do to contain it.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/09/2020 15:02 Comments || Top||

#3  Send us your sneezy, your wheezy, your infected...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 15:17 Comments || Top||

Google! Concerned Over Privacy
To Bee or not to Bee?

Google has banned its employees from downloading and using Zoom on their work computers over the videoconferencing service’s recent security and privacy woes.
Posted by: Mercutio || 04/09/2020 01:37 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [105 views] Top|| File under: Tin Hat Dictators, Presidents for Life, & Kleptocrats

#1  Giggle!
Posted by: Lex || 04/09/2020 7:46 Comments || Top||

#2  LOL, now that's calling the kettle black.
Posted by: Clem || 04/09/2020 7:52 Comments || Top||

#3  "You know, you are an energetic kid. A go getter. You got a great future, maybe. But I think you are a smart kid too, and you understand we can't be having you messing with Our Thing. Capice?"
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/09/2020 9:09 Comments || Top||

#4  Doesn't Google have their own chat software? Hangouts?

Maybe it isn't ready for businesses yet.
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/09/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#5  Theirs, not yours.
Posted by: charger || 04/09/2020 14:50 Comments || Top||

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