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Turkish military attacks Syrian Army, YPG
in northern Aleppo
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-Lurid Crime Tales-
New Jersey Man Charged after Throwing ‘Coronavirus Party' With 47 People in Attendance
[Gateway Pundit] A man from Ewing, New Jersey, was charged after throwing a "coronavirus party" with 47 people in his apartment on Friday night.

Wade E. Jackson, 47, was issued summonses for "obstructing the administration of law or other governmental function" and violating the "Emergency and Temporary Acts."

The police were tipped off by an anonymous call about the party.

In a statement about the party on Facebook, the Ewing Police Department reminded the public that under Democrat Governor Phil Murphy’s executive order "gatherings of individuals, such as parties, celebrations, or other social events, are cancelled, unless otherwise authorized by any part of this Order. The State Director of Emergency Management, who is the Superintendent of the State Police, shall have the discretion to make clarifications and issue orders related to this provision."
Google and media unable to provide photographs of 'host' or party goers.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 10:21 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [178 views] Top|| File under:

#1 
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Desperate extrovert acts to scratch his socializing itch?
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2020 18:03 Comments || Top||

#3 
Posted by: Thromogum the Grim3612 || 03/30/2020 21:35 Comments || Top||

#4  Springtime for Bernie, or, I gut nuthin'

"Five dollars for wine and havarti?"
"No fish?" "That's the theme of the party."
"Do fish taste mo betta,
Yo, when ya go meta?"
"You 'bout to find out, fam." "Ma smarty!"
Posted by: Thromogum the Grim3612 || 03/30/2020 21:41 Comments || Top||

#5  And speaking of rent party cards... Langston Hughes's collection. Holy mackerel! Look like we got us some competition there, Andy.
Posted by: Thromogum the Grim3612 || 03/30/2020 22:51 Comments || Top||

#6  Feets don't fail me now!
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 23:04 Comments || Top||


Rhode Island Public School Teacher Offers to Pay for Someone With Coronavirus to Cough on President Trump
[GatewayPundit] A Rhode Island public school teacher with a history of harassing school choice supporters has posted an offer on social media to pay for someone with COVID-19 to cough on President Donald Trump.

Amy Bednarz is a 6th grade teacher at Villa Nova Middle School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

When Bednarz is not teaching English as a Second Language
Surprised? Yeah, me neither.
to middle schoolers, or offering to hire people to kill the president with biological warfare, she can often be found threatening Keri Rodriguez, the president of the National Parents Union.
She needs an "interview."

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [305 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Amy Bednarz is a 6th grade teacher at Villa Nova Middle School in Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

Imagine the joy for her students' parents.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 1:35 Comments || Top||

#2  Woonsocket, Rhode Island.

...which has a Democratic mayor.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2020 2:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Interview? She needs to have a stay at the grey bar hotel.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 3:37 Comments || Top||

#4  Why is she walking free? Oh yeah, Barr.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/30/2020 6:54 Comments || Top||

#5  She needs to be locked up someplace where the sharpest thing she can get is a crayon.

That lady is fucking nuts.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  That lady is fucking nuts.

Locked up with 6th graders every day.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 11:31 Comments || Top||

#7  What a loon. I wouldn't want this woman teaching any of my kids.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/30/2020 15:25 Comments || Top||


Armed hero stops possible mass shooting
[WASHINGTONEXAMINER] How can you tell whether or not the liberal media will pick up an incident of gun violence and turn it into a national story? It’s simple: If the shooting is successful, they will give it wall-to-wall coverage for a week. If it is stopped by an armed citizen, however, the liberal media will almost always pretend it never happened or glance over the story with only brief mention or coverage.

This oversight is perhaps a bit more understandable at the moment, given the national 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...
crisis consuming the country and dominating media coverage. But it’s still absolutely worth highlighting the heroic story of a man who on Friday shot and stopped an armed shooter who opened fire on shoppers at a shopping center in Oklahoma.

"A man with a concealed carry permit reportedly told arriving officers that he shot the woman after she started shooting at customers outside the shopping center," the Tulsa World reports. "Video reportedly showed the woman was involved in an earlier altercation in the parking lot. The woman left the shopping center and returned about three minutes later, when she whipped out a rod and opened fire, according to the news release."

Ultimately, the hero, who likely saved numerous lives, was questioned and released by the police.

Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [168 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So when the guy dies from being exposed in the holding cell, can his family sue for 'unlawful detainment'?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:15 Comments || Top||

#2  Reading the comments, friends and cousin of her's, "urban". Very willing to bet she didn't have a permit
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/30/2020 7:03 Comments || Top||


-Obits-
Former French Industry Minister Patrick Devedjian dies from coronavirus
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [136 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So all of the seized black market meds didn't help.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:07 Comments || Top||

#2  he was aged 75...
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 5:28 Comments || Top||

#3  Ah...so he didn't GET any of the seized meds.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 9:50 Comments || Top||


CBS News veteran Maria Mercader dies from coronavirus in New York
[NYPOST] Award-winning CBS News veteran Maria Mercader died of COVID-19 in a New York hospital on Sunday, the network announced.

She was 54.

The Manhattan native, who covered breaking news for CBS since joining the network in 1987, had been on medical leave for an unrelated matter when she was infected, the network said while confirming her death Sunday.

Dan Fake but Accurate Rather
...the man who put the BS in CBS News. In 2004 he put on a news story that highlighted dissatisfaction with Lt. George W. Bush in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam war. This was almost casually--but gleefully--debunked by the Blogosphere at large. Rather's face was rubbed in journalistic mud, four of his staff were fired, and within a short time his 43-year (about the same length as Muammar Qadaffi's) career had settled to the bottom, from whence he periodically emits a bubble, which proves he's not dead yet...
called the loss a "hard hit to the heart."

"A paragon of grit and grace, she embodied the best of the @CBSNews mission. Millions of Americans learned of the world through her efforts. Now our world is less with her loss," he tweeted.

CBS News president Susan Zirinsky called Mercader ‐ who had battled cancer for more than 20 years ‐ a "warrior" and a "gift we cherished."
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [239 views] Top|| File under:

#1  who had battled cancer for more than 20 years
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 1:59 Comments || Top||

#2  Yeah...I'd call that an underlying condition.
Posted by: Warthog || 03/30/2020 9:45 Comments || Top||

#3  When will these people stop exaggerating and lying?
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 11:24 Comments || Top||

#4  At most, she died with COVID-19, not from COVID-19
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#5  Important distinction.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 11:26 Comments || Top||

#6  Important distinction.

Like 'driving with an open container' vs. 'under the influence'.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 11:35 Comments || Top||

#7  Retired U.K. pathology professor John Lee notes (The Spectator, March 27 article) the distortion of our understanding due to inconsistent death certification practices.

He says we have flipped from under-recording flu as a cause of death in past years to over-recording COVID-19 as the single cause of death.

This inconsistency in the way we record deaths screws up our understanding of just how lethal this infection actually is.

And it's very likely that different nations today are applying different methods in the way they record deaths where COVID-19 antibodies were present. This could be a large part of the explanation for the extraordinary disparities in the recorded death rates between near neighbor nations in Europe, for example.

Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#8  Shouldn't this be under "Heartwarming Stories"?
Posted by: charger || 03/30/2020 15:24 Comments || Top||


-Short Attention Span Theater-
House Dems call for release of 'as many prisoners as possible' due to coronavirus pandemic
"We need their votes"
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 14:02 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under:

#1  How about they all be considered to be in solitary. Stay in your cell for the duration. the prison version of house arrest.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 16:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Drop them all off at the Dems home and enforce shelter in place laws.
Posted by: Airandee || 03/30/2020 17:32 Comments || Top||

#3  Bullets are cheap and effective. No prisoners means no worries.
Posted by: Silentbrick || 03/30/2020 17:33 Comments || Top||

#4  Posturing for the rubes. The Republican-controlled Senate would never pass it, and if they did, President Trump would veto.
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2020 18:01 Comments || Top||

#5  We will release all non-violent, white-collar criminals. How's that?
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/30/2020 18:52 Comments || Top||

#6  The most shocking moment of anyone's lives will come when Democrats show more concern for the law-abiding than for criminals.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/30/2020 18:55 Comments || Top||

#7  Confirming my suspicion that crime is a tool of control. Democrats LIKE crime.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/30/2020 18:59 Comments || Top||

#8  Confirming my suspicion that crime is a tool of control. Democrats LIKE crime.

Very interesting observation there.
Posted by: Raj || 03/30/2020 19:37 Comments || Top||


President Trump Tells Prince Harry and Meghan Markle US Will Not Pay for Their Full-Time Security After Move to LA
[GatewayPundit] Prince Harry and Meghan Markle decided this past week to relocate to Los Angeles. According to reports the move was made amid the coronavirus pandemic to avoid paying taxes in two countries. The former royals were also hoping the US would pay for their security costs.

That won’t be happening.

President Trump tweeted out to the couple on Sunday that the US will not pay for their security.

And for the record, Meghan Markle told reporters in January that the couple would not move to California until President Trump left office.

That didn’t last long.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [456 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Global parasites
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 5:29 Comments || Top||

#2  They can dial 911 and wait 20 minutes like everyone else.
Posted by: Airandee || 03/30/2020 7:08 Comments || Top||

#3  They will be fellated by the Ellay press.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/30/2020 8:16 Comments || Top||

#4  Sod off, Swampy!
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/30/2020 8:19 Comments || Top||

#5  Why would we pay for YOUR security?

Goddamn spoiled little shits.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#6  I'm not sure they calculated their own security into their budgets when they pissed everyone off leaving England.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 10:35 Comments || Top||

#7  i thought the border was closed to non-essential travel? why do we even think we need those attention -whores here?
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/30/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#8  One of them gets #meflu within the next 7 days.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 10:59 Comments || Top||

#9  Meghan is still an American so she can bring her husband with her.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 11:03 Comments || Top||

#10  As someone else said, we haven't supported British royalty since 1776.
Posted by: Tom || 03/30/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#11  I suppose if they decided to live in the embassy...
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 11:33 Comments || Top||

#12  Not gonna pay for their security but happily will except their taxes. Renounced the royalty job you renounced any tax-benefits you might have gotten for being an Ambassador or whatever.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 12:06 Comments || Top||

#13  Birds and bees be damned, are we sure he's not Fergie's kid?
Posted by: Thromogum the Grim3612 || 03/30/2020 13:43 Comments || Top||

#14  Babylon Bee, right? Right?
Posted by: magpie || 03/30/2020 14:03 Comments || Top||

#15  As someone else said, we haven't supported British royalty since 1776.

Especially when their ties to the royal family are somewhat dubious.
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/30/2020 14:10 Comments || Top||

#16  Birds and bees be damned, are we sure he's not Fergie's kid?

Are we sure he's Charlie's kid?
Posted by: Abu Uluque || 03/30/2020 14:11 Comments || Top||

#17  I just hope he sticks to it.

Donnie has a propensity for making bold announcements with, shall we say, spotty follow-through.

He also needs to make sure some Deep State tool doesn't ignore his orders in order to pwn the Prez..
Posted by: charger || 03/30/2020 14:52 Comments || Top||

#18  #2 They can dial 911 and wait 20 minutes all day like everyone else.


Fixed.
Posted by: charger || 03/30/2020 14:53 Comments || Top||


Everybody Say M-A-G-A (short video)
Bonus video: 'Get'n crazzy around here.'
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [141 views] Top|| File under:


Billionaire David Geffen assures the public that he is safe in the Caribbean on his $590 million superyacht and we really care
  • [Daily Mail, Where America Gets Its News] David Geffen drew backlash for the post on Instagram on Saturday morning

  • Informed the public that he is 'Isolated in the Grenadines avoiding the virus'

  • Shared snaps of his $590 million yacht floating in the Caribbean
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [251 views] Top|| File under:

#1  for $590M you really ought to have a longer boat with more decks
Posted by: lord garth || 03/30/2020 0:21 Comments || Top||

#2  There is never a U-boat commander when you really need one.
Posted by: Hupaiting Ulelet8252 || 03/30/2020 0:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Geffen's boat bumps into a lot of buoys.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 3:17 Comments || Top||

#4  Lord Garth: in your comment, I believed you mis-spelled’ ‘dicks.’
Posted by: USN, Ret. || 03/30/2020 10:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Remember those semi-submersibles the narco-terrorists are building? Under Siege(1992) remake...?
Posted by: magpie || 03/30/2020 14:02 Comments || Top||

#6  #3 - ISWYDT.

LOL
Posted by: Frank G || 03/30/2020 14:05 Comments || Top||

#7  I wonder if the $1.2k coming to me could buy one of these?:

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/30/2020 18:05 Comments || Top||


-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
Fewer people died from alcohol poisoning in Russia after warm winter saw drinkers ditch vodka for wine
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 10:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [122 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Eh?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 14:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Heh ! By fewer I'm sure they mean zero. Earlier it was probably 2 or 3. This is Motherrr Roosia for Gawd's sake ! Drinking is one thing they do well.
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/30/2020 15:38 Comments || Top||


Gambling with their lives: Las Vegas homeless are corralled into an empty parking lot and made to sleep on the bare concrete in boxed-off areas less than six feet apart after shelters were shut down when a resident became infected
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 10:19 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [173 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Someone needs to build a dozen rooms with beds and ventilators and such into shipping containers. Then you could fly them in, plug the power in, and have ready to go emergency expansion.

Same thing with room & board. Same thing without the ventilators. Quickly house refugees and each one is small enough to semi-isolate in the case of infection.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||

#2  Containing the threat. Sounds like a plan.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 10:33 Comments || Top||


#4  How long does it take sunlight to disinfect surfaces contaminated with coronavirus? Las Vegas-style weather, specifically.
Posted by: James || 03/30/2020 17:28 Comments || Top||


Horrifying moment dead bodies are loaded into a refrigerated truck with a forklift outside a Brooklyn hospital as nurse shares picture of coronavirus victims lined up inside another
[Daily Mail, where America gets its news]
  • Dead bodies are loaded into refrigerated trucks outside New York hospitals after 98 people died in seven HOURS - bringing city's death toll to 790 and cases to 36,221 - as Mayor de Blasio warns people may be fined $500 for not staying home

  • The video shows medical staff loading a pallet of bodies into a truck at Brooklyn Hospital in Fort Greene

  • A nurse in Manhattan also shared a photograph of bodies in a refrigerated truck at a different hospital

  • 36,221 people in New York City have tested positive and 790 people have died

  • It is the epicenter of the virus in America; there are 142,000 cases across the country and 2,500 have died

  • City officials said this is the biggest deployment of makeshift morgues since the September 11, 2001, attacks

  • There are also field hospitals popping up in Central Park and in luxury hotels like the Plaza and St Regis

  • The USNS Comfort, a Navy hospital ship, will dock at New York Harbor on Monday bringing 1,000 beds

  • Trump said on Sunday that if 200,000 or fewer died from the virus, he would have done a 'good job'

  • He has extended social distancing guidelines until the end of April after consulting disease experts
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 10:18 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [245 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Horrifying? Yes people are dying.

Those pictures show organized and under control.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 11:25 Comments || Top||

#2  Horrifying because they didn't have to die.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 12:24 Comments || Top||

#3  Bring them over here via H1B's by the hundreds of thousands. Push them into crowded urban environments, then wonder what could possibly go wrong.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||

#4  Yup, toppled with the Orange Man Racist Go Hug A Chinese bullcrap.

The real dolts are the Spring Breakers who said, Nah it'll be alright and went anyways. They had enough time to consider that move to earn a rattan massage.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 12:59 Comments || Top||

#5  'I never had the patience to sit with somebody I'd just met until they took their last breath. But I really liked this lady's cardigan and pajamas so I decided to stay and get to know her a little,' he said.

bizarre statement - so is he the new owner of said cardigan and pajamas?
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 03/30/2020 17:53 Comments || Top||


Illegals demand U.S. taxpayer-funded coronavirus stimulus checks
[World Tribune] Open borders proponents are demanding that illegal immigrants receive coronavirus stimulus checks.

The coronavirus relief package passed by the House and Senate and signed by President Donald Trump on Friday includes $1,200 federal checks for most American citizens and those considered "resident aliens," such as permanent lawful residents in the U.S. on green cards.

The George Soros-funded United We Dream, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the National Immigration Law Center ‐ which represent the roughly 11 to 22 million illegals living in the United States ‐ "are pleading with the federal government to cut federal checks" to illegals who have Individual Tax Identification Number (ITINs), Breitbart News reported on March 27.

United We Dream tweeted: "The Corona stimulus package fails immigrant communities. It fails to include ALL people when it comes to financial and health care access. Regardless of status, we are all trying to get through the pandemic."

"Everyone, regardless of immigration status, must have access to testing, medical care & financial relief. Congress must ensure that all Americans can focus on keeping their families & communities safe & healthy," the National Immigrant Justice Center said in a tweet.

On online petition demanding the checks go to illegals proclaims: "Cash payments must go to all taxpayers, including immigrants who pay using an ITIN ... coronavirus testing and care must be free and accessible to all: Amend Emergency Medicaid to cover Covid-19 costs, so patients get care regardless of immigration status."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 02:59 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [385 views] Top|| File under:

#1  More subsidy = more money for billionaires, more costs for taxpayers.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 3:50 Comments || Top||

#2  You demand nothing. No one asked you to BE here.

Ingrates
Posted by: newc || 03/30/2020 6:02 Comments || Top||

#3  No! Go home.
Posted by: Albemarle Bourbon4037 || 03/30/2020 6:26 Comments || Top||

#4  Someone will give you a free flight to somewhere cheaper to live!
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 8:37 Comments || Top||

#5  Does chinga tu madre work for you?
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/30/2020 8:40 Comments || Top||

#6  Notice how they drop the 'illegal' part but include the 'immigrant' part (which does *not* apply to illegal aliens)?
All immigrants *are* receiving it. Its just Illegal Aliens do not qualify (not being immigrants).
Posted by: CrazyFool || 03/30/2020 8:51 Comments || Top||

#7  I would be for making it a one way ticket home.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 9:48 Comments || Top||

#8  ^ seconded. All expenses paid, no possibility of return. A bargain.
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#9  Set up the Ma Deuce and start dispensing.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 12:25 Comments || Top||

#10  "Here's your check. You can go cash it in that trailer over there. No waiting!"
Posted by: SteveS || 03/30/2020 12:30 Comments || Top||

#11  Return to your country of origin and drop us a line. We'll see what we can do. Perhaps 179 day installments. How your copy, over ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 12:36 Comments || Top||

#12  The George Soros-funded United We Dream

I got an idea - how about having your fucking boss paying for this shit instead of us? Get bent, assholes.
Posted by: Raj || 03/30/2020 13:10 Comments || Top||

#13  Words fail me! In person with one of these people I doubt I could resist opening a very very serious can of whoop-ass!
Posted by: NoMoreBS || 03/30/2020 16:04 Comments || Top||

#14  To be clear, it's the Soros groups demanding it, not the illegals.
Posted by: ruprecht || 03/30/2020 19:39 Comments || Top||

#15  #14 how right you are...(I remember the Eisenhower "operation wetback" days thru out the southwest)...
Posted by: crazyhorse || 03/30/2020 19:52 Comments || Top||


Gov. Greg Abbott Issues Mandatory 14-Day Quarantine For Travelers Crossing Louisiana-Texas Border
[Federalist] Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) issued an executive order Sunday, requiring anyone traveling into Texas from Louisiana and other states to be self-quarantined for 14 days in an effort to combat the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.

Texas state troopers will stop motorists traveling from Louisiana into Texas, requiring them to provide a designated quarantine location within the state. If travelers exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus, state troopers will escort them to their designated quarantine location.

"DPS Special Agents will conduct unannounced visits to designated quarantine locations to verify compliance by confirming the physical presence of covered persons," the executive order reads.

However, commercial activity, emergency response, and critical infrastructure responsibilities between states are exempt and will function as normal.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 02:39 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [159 views] Top|| File under:

#1  GREAT for probable cause searches!
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:01 Comments || Top||

#2  I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit blow the bridges over the Sabine river...it's the only way to be sure.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/30/2020 9:18 Comments || Top||

#3  I've already been here more than two weeks - but have Louisiana tags on my truck; will they pull me over and send me to quarantine?
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/30/2020 10:18 Comments || Top||

#4  ^
Texas state troopers will stop motorists traveling from Louisiana into Texas, requiring them to provide a designated quarantine location within the state. If travelers exhibit any symptoms of coronavirus, state troopers will escort them to their designated quarantine location.

Reads like they will just send you home.

I think you should try it. Ah'l hold your beer.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||


Armed vigilantes chop down tree, block driveway of 'out of state' neighbor in quarantine
[New York Post] A group of armed vigilantes cut down a tree and dragged it across a man’s driveway in Maine to force him to quarantine in his home amid fears he could be infected with the coronavirus, officials said.

A man residing on Cripple Creek Road in Vinalhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, called authorities around 3:35 p.m. Friday to report a group of people with guns had cut down a large tree and dragged it in front of his driveway, blocking access to the main road.

The man said he left his house to check his property when he noticed the cable went out. The unidentified man said he retreated to his home and hailed the Coast Guard for help using a VHF radio after a neighbor began yelling at him to get indoors and remain quarantined.

The armed group had dispersed before authorities arrived. Deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Maine Marine Patrol and a Coast Guard boarding party, responded to the scene. The incident remains under investigation.

"Deputies have learned that there is a general belief by some island residents that the Cripple Creek Residents are supposed to be quarantined because they came here from another state and could have COVID-19," the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in Maine said in a Facebook post.

"Whether someone is a Maine resident or not, they have the right to free movement and anyone who infringes upon that free movement is potentially violating the law," the post said.

The man and his two roommates have been living in Vinalhaven for about 30 days since coming from out-of-state, authorities said. Several towns in Maine have asked seasonal residents and outside visitors to self-quarantine to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Portland Press Herald reported.

"If you are concerned about someone potentially being infected or not following the emergency rules or recommendations, please contact us," the sheriff’s office continued in its post. "We want everyone to be informed about COVID-19 and the rules around it. We also want everyone to be safe and not overreact in this time of uncertainty as it could end poorly."
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 02:35 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [369 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Funny, I just thought about that today (yesterday?) on my dirt access road, to cut the 'passer-by' traffic.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:05 Comments || Top||

#2  The old social order beginning to break down?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Yeesh. Break out the banjos.
Posted by: gorb || 03/30/2020 7:20 Comments || Top||

#4  Ah, the downeast island life. There has always been an uneasy tension between year round island residents and the people "from away."
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 03/30/2020 8:11 Comments || Top||

#5  ^I resemble that remark.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/30/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#6  I meant gorb's comment.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/30/2020 8:18 Comments || Top||

#7  "Whether someone is a Maine resident or not, they have the right to free movement and anyone who infringes upon that free movement is potentially violating the law,"

I'll take a jury trial.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/30/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Couple bucks says N'Yorker is a jerk, and has built this for years. Seriously, hailed the Coast Guard before police or sheriff?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 10:17 Comments || Top||

#9  Armed. Armed with what? For a rich New Yorker, I suppose that is anything scarier than garden shears.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:23 Comments || Top||

#10 
"Hey, where're you goin' with that ? Give us a hand here, bub !"

Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/30/2020 15:33 Comments || Top||

#11  Mainers can go out armed with anything they can afford and carry, open or concealed (no permit needed either). Which I normally approve of, but the guy shopping w/ a slung AR-15 was an idiot.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 03/30/2020 20:07 Comments || Top||

#12  ..yeah, cause in close quarters you really want a shotgun.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/30/2020 21:07 Comments || Top||

#13  I know this area well. Year round residents (all very liberal / progressive) believe they have the right to discriminate against seasonals, even if seasonal owns the property. Demons in action. The hypocrisy is chocking thick.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/30/2020 21:15 Comments || Top||

#14  Chokingly
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 03/30/2020 21:16 Comments || Top||


Did the Wu Virus Curve Really Bend in the USA on 29 March?
That is what Worldometers says. From about 500 deaths on 28 March down to about 300 on 29 March.

The WHO situation report has different numbers and the Johns Hopkins site has become unworkable.
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#1  Looks to me like it may have started bending back around March 19.
Posted by: Glenmore || 03/30/2020 1:23 Comments || Top||

#2  I would recommend waiting for at least a week of the curve "bending down" before drawing any conclusions; otherwise, you're likely just responding to data noise. One day does not a trend make.
Posted by: Dave D. || 03/30/2020 17:32 Comments || Top||


Coronaplague roundup: 4 in 10 people worldwide confined due to pandemic
Donald Trump Extends Coronavirus Guidelines to April 30
[BREITBART] President Donald Trump
...Perhaps no man has ever had as much fun being president of the US...
on Sunday said that guidelines for Americans fighting 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...
will be extended to April 30.

"Nothing would be worse than declaring victory before the victory is won, that would be the greatest loss of all," Trump said, acknowledging that his hopeful Easter deadline for loosening restrictions was shattered.

The president said he thought about differentiating restrictions between different areas in the country, depending on the threat posed by the virus, but was strongly advised against it by the experts.

Trump urged Americans to continue following the "Slow the Spread" guidelines set by the Centers for Disease Control and the federal government.

"The better you do the faster this whole nightmare will end, therefore we will extend our guidelines to April 30 to slow the spread," he said.

Trump said that on Tuesday his task force will share additional updates and data to demonstrate why the sustained guidelines were necessary.

He reminded Americans that they were still making a difference, but warned them that deaths and infections would continue rising for two weeks.

"The peak will likely hit in two weeks," Trump said.

Trump predicted that by June 1, the United States would successfully be getting back to normal.


Trump Authorizes Defense Secretary Mark Esper to Order National Guard and Reservists to Active Duty
[BREITBART] President Donald Trump has authorized Defense Secretary Mark Esper to order units and individual members in the National Guard and Reserves, as well as certain Individual Ready Reserve members, to active duty to augment forces in the coronavirus response, according to the chief Pentagon spokesperson.





Israeli doctor in Italy says new, innovative treatments ‘flattening the curve’
[IsraelTimes] Dr. Carmi Sheffer describes connecting patients to ventilators via scuba gear, placing them on stomachs, using autoimmune medicine Tocilizumab and antiviral drug Remdesivir in battle with unpredictable virus which ‘spreads like wildfire’ among elderly.

Italy’s virus cases showing signs of narrowing
[IsraelTimes] The number of coronavirus cases in Italy shows signs of narrowing again, with officials expressing cautious optimism that the most severe shutdown in the industrialized west is showing results. Italy’s civil protection agency says 5,217 cases were recorded in the last 24 hours — the lowest number in four days and an increase of just 5.6% — bringing the total number to 97,689. In that period, another 756 people with the virus died, bringing Italy’s total deaths in the crisis to 10,779.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis Expands Quarantine to Louisiana Travelers
[BREITBART] Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is requiring travelers from Louisiana to self-isolate for 14 days and said the Florida Highway Patrol will install checkpoints on major roads to screen travelers from that area, he announced on Friday.

DeSantis is imposing restrictions on travelers fleeing to Florida from Louisiana ‐ particularly New Orleans, which is emerging as one of the hotspots of 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...
outbreak.

"New Orleans is having a lot of problems ‐ they may not be quite as widespread as New York City. There was a concern from the Panhandle that this could impact them," DeSantis said during a presser on Friday.

"They are working hard to keep their rates low and we don’t want to add any problems to them," he added.

The Florida Highway Patrol will install checkpoints on the major roads along the Alabama-Florida state line and screen drivers from Louisiana, with the exception of those driving commercial vehicles.

"There’ll probably be a diversion for folks with certain license plates," DeSantis said.

Others will be required to tell authorities where they are staying in Florida and told to self-isolate for 14 days. A violation of that order could result in criminal penalties.

"All we’re trying to do is keep our residents here safe," DeSantis said. "If they’re telling you to shelter in place, then do that. But don’t come here, because we’re trying to protect our folks."





Spain's Princess Maria Teresa becomes first royal to die from coronavirus
[FOXNEWS]Spain's Princess Maria Teresa of Bourbon-Parma has become the first royal to die from the novel coronavirus.

The 86-year-old was a cousin of Spain’s King Felipe VI. She died after contracting COVID-19, her brother, Prince Sixto Enrique de Borbon, the Duke of Aranjuez, announced on Facebook.

“On this afternoon… our sister Maria Teresa de Borbon Parma and Borbon Busset, victim of the coronavirus COVID-19, died in Paris at the age of eighty-six,” the post reads.




Coronavirus deaths top 2,000 in US — just days after reaching 1,000 mark
[FOXNEWS] The number of U.S. deaths 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...
topped 2,000 on Saturday ‐ just days after reaching the 1,000 mark.

The rising number signaled the rapid spread of the virus, also known as COVID-19, despite extraordinary public health measures in place across the nation that have closed businesses ‐ grinding the economy to a near-halt -- and confined millions to their homes.

Confirmed infections also climbed by nearly 17,000 on Saturday, to a total of more than 121,000 nationwide.
2000÷121000=.0165. A one and a half percent death rate implies we're doing something right, regardless of how badly New York and New Orleans are doing.

New York state nears 1,000 coronavirus deaths
[IsraelTimes] New York state’s coronavirus death toll is nearing 1,000.

The state accounts for more than 40 percent of coronavirus deaths in the US.

The number of disease-related deaths in the state jumped Sunday to 965 from 728 the day before, Gov. Andrew Cuomo says. The vast majority have been in New York City. Figures released Sunday morning show 678 coronavirus deaths in the city, which continues to be the epicenter of the pandemic in the US.

Meanwhile, new data is showing which parts of the city are being hit the hardest by disease and that nearly a quarter of the people who have died of coronavirus in the state were nursing home residents.



At least 8 strains of the coronavirus are spreading across the globe
[NYPOST] Scientists have identified at least eight strains of 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...
as the bug wreaks havoc spreading across the globe.

More than 2,000 genetic sequences of the virus have been submitted from labs to the open database NextStain, which shows it mutating on maps in realtime, according to the site.

Researchers said the data, which includes samples every continent except Antarctica, revealed the virus is mutating on average every 15 days, National Geographic reported.

But Nextstrain cofounder Trevor Bedford said the mutations are so small that there is no strain of the virus that is more harmful.

"These mutations are completely benign and useful as a puzzle piece to uncover how the virus is spreading," Bedford told the outlet.

He said the various strains allow researchers to see whether community transmission is widespread throughout a region, which can inform whether lockdown measures have been effective.

"We’ll be able to tell how much less transmission we’re seeing and answer the question, ’Can we take our foot off the gas?’" Bedford said.

Charles Chiu, a professor of medicine and infectious disease at the University of Caliphornia, an impregnable bastion of the Democratic Party,, the Socialist paradise of San Francisco
...where God struck dead Anton LaVey, home of the Sydney Ducks, ruled by Vigilance Committee from 1859 through 1867, reliably and volubly Democrat since 1964...
School of Medicine, said that the database also provides insight into how the virus is moving throughout the US, according to USA Today.






Mexican Health Officials Beg People to Stay Indoors After 848 Coronavirus Cases Confirmed
[BREITBART] Health officials in Mexico begged for people to stay indoors claiming it is their last chance at keeping its 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...
cases from exploding in an exponential manner. Mexico currently has 848 confirmed COVID-19 cases, up from 717 one day prior.

"This is our last chance, stay home, stay home, stay home," said Mexico’s Undersecretary of Health Hugo López-Gatell Ramírez during a streamed news conference where they provided updated information on the pandemic’s effects in Mexico. Lopez Gatell asked the public to stay indoors for at least a month to slow the spread of the virus.








Sudan confirms sixth case of infection with coronavirus
[Sudan Tribune] Sudan has confirmed a sixth case of infection 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...
from the UAE, the Sudanese health minister said on Sunday.

Akram Eltom (SUNA photo)"The sixth case is of a patient in the sixties who arrived in the country from the United Arab Emirates," said Akram Eltom.

All the patients have been infected with respiratory disease outside the country. Four of the six have been in the UAE.

Sudan, which declared a health emergency last week, had recorded one death from the virus.

The government, according to its front man Faisal Mohammed Saleh, has decided that the curfew will begin at 06.00 pm instead of 08.00 pm.

To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the country the government imposed a curfew as of 24 March from 08.00 pm to 06.00 am.

Also, it decided to close international and domestic airports until 23 April, except for the humanitarian and cargo shipments.

Political and social events or gathering have been banned and schools, universities, and higher institutes have been closed for one month, starting from 14 March.

Israeli emergency service to collect plasma from those who recovered from COVID-19
[IsraelTimes] The Health Ministry has instructed the Mada emergency service to begin collecting plasma from Israelis who have recovered from COVID-19, for experimental antibody treatments for those sick with the virus, the service says in a tweet.

“The FDA has approved a similar procedure in the US this week and the use of plasma from those who recovered in the war against the coronavirus is already being carried out in China,” says Prof. Eilat Shinar, who oversees Israel’s blood banks.

Israeli TV: Almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are ultra-Orthodox
[IsraelTimes] Channel 12, citing unofficial sources, say nearly half of those hospitalized in intensive care for COVID-19 are members of the ultra-Orthodox community (though the community accounts for only some 10 percent of Israelis).

4 in 10 people worldwide confined due to pandemic
[IsraelTimes] More than 3.38 billion people worldwide have been asked or ordered to follow confinement measures in the fight against COVID-19, according to an AFP database Sunday. That represents around 43 percent of the total world population, which is 7.79 billion people according to a United Nations count in 2020.

Coronavirus: Netherlands recalls 'defective' masks bought from China
[DW] Hundreds of thousands of masks sent to Dutch hospitals have been recalled after tests showed they failed to protect the face or had defective filters. The Netherlands recently bought 1.3 million masks from China. The masks were delivered to the Netherlands by a Chinese manufacturer on March 21. The Health Ministry said it would conduct extra testing on any future shipments.

China is sending millions of masks and medical supplies to countries across the world to combat the COVID-19 outbreak. Countries that are receiving China's supplies include Serbia, Liberia, France, Philippines, Czech Republic
Posted by: trailing wife || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [199 views] Top|| File under:

#1  So, 60% are going to get it before the cure is ready?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:10 Comments || Top||

#2  But Nextstrain cofounder Trevor Bedford said the mutations are so small that there is no strain of the virus that is more harmful.

A random mutation should not lead to improvement in pathogenicity. To get this you need work in a lab.
If anything, cycles of variation/selection should lead to a less violent pathogen (according to DWEMs)
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Israeli TV: Almost half of those hospitalized with COVID-19 are ultra-Orthodox

G*d helps only these who help themselves.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:32 Comments || Top||

#4  Africa will be interesting.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/30/2020 6:49 Comments || Top||

#5  Africa will be interesting.

But so seldom in a welcoming, wholesome sort of way.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 8:34 Comments || Top||

#6  I think Bedford meant that none of the strains was significantly worse than the others. This, even though some countries have much higher fatalities as a percent of cases (which can have many other causes than the strength of the virus)

what he didn't say was whether the therapies currently in use (the quinine based compounds, the Gilead drug, the various other anti virals) work about the same on each of the strains; I think this is probably so but the data is very messy and will take a long time to determine.
Posted by: lord garth || 03/30/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||


#8  ^Call MCB.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 12:34 Comments || Top||



Caribbean-Latin America
Venezuelan President vows to unleash 'Bolivarian rage' if US kills any officials
[PUBLISH.TWITTER] Maybe a Volcano of Bolivarian Rage!
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [282 views] Top|| File under: Commies

#1  Did he stamp his tiny feet and shake his mustache?
Why haven't the FBI taken him down?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:06 Comments || Top||

#2  FBI is busy investigating Russia collusion.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:23 Comments || Top||

#3  FBI is busy not investigating itself, Wray, Barr, Comey, Clapper, Clintons, Bidens, Omar, Barry and so on.

Useless and corrupt 7th floor.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/30/2020 6:46 Comments || Top||

#4  The Venezuelan Ralph Cramden without the sage counsel of Ed Norton to guide him.
Posted by: Cesare || 03/30/2020 7:41 Comments || Top||

#5  'Bolivarian rage' - let's see, is that local name for the creeping crud or the mongolian guff-guff?
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/30/2020 8:43 Comments || Top||

#6  I hope we have enough TP to deal with a bad case of Bolivarian Rage
Snark O'The Day
Posted by: Frank G || 03/30/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#7  ^^ Strong snark 'O the day candidate.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 10:00 Comments || Top||

#8  Hey, say what you want about the Maduros, they didn't go out and buy a bunch of TP after the Wuhan Flu.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 10:57 Comments || Top||

#9  Beware Bolivarian rage!
'Tis a difficult ill to assuage,
But at least, as you wait
For the state to abate,
You'll have plenty to read... [tears a page]

Posted by: Thromogum the Grim3612 || 03/30/2020 14:32 Comments || Top||

#10  ^ classic! One for the ages. You've outdone yourself, Thromogum.
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 21:58 Comments || Top||


China-Japan-Koreas
Xi Jinping: China to Expand Pharmaceutical Monopoly, Keep ‘Unfettered Flow of Trade’
Who would buy pharmaceuticals from China now, when it’s been demonstrated they consider it a weapon at the throat of the purchaser?
[BREITBART] Chinese dictator Xi Jinping told fellow G20 leaders in a teleconferenced speech on Thursday that China intends to increase its manufacturing of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies to “keep global financial markets stable.”

Xi demanded that the rest of the world help keep the world’s markets — currently monopolized by the Chinese Communist Party — “stable” amid growing demands that countries reconsider having nearly all their necessary goods sourced from the communist regime. Extensive reporting out of Wuhan, the origin city of the current pandemic, has conclusively determined that communist censorship and repression of individuals seeking to share basic health tips to prevent spreading a contagious disease significantly amplified the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus.
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#1  Great, that should drive the prices down.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:12 Comments || Top||

#2  Except, we don't trust your products anymore.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:33 Comments || Top||

#3  Put high tariffs on it for testing costs.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 03/30/2020 5:54 Comments || Top||

#4  China to Expand Pharmaceutical Monopoly, Keep ‘Unfettered Flow of Trade’

Until they don't.
Posted by: gorb || 03/30/2020 6:45 Comments || Top||

#5  Kaidai.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/30/2020 8:46 Comments || Top||

#6  So the money to NASA is to study Thisanus leaking gas.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||


Economy
Disney closes theme parks indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic
[NYPOST] Disney is keeping the doors to its US resorts firmly shut amid 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...
outbreak.

The Mouse House said Friday that it will keep the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., and Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., closed until "further notice."

"While there is still much uncertainty with respect to the impacts of COVID-19, the safety and well-being of our guests and employees remains The Walt Disney Company’s top priority," the company said in a statement.

The company, which announced the closure of both parks on March 12, said it has been paying its cast members ever since then. In light of the extension of the closures, Disney said it will extend paying hourly parks and resort cast members through April 18.

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#1  Oh no, hope they don't close the Blockbusters store next.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 11:28 Comments || Top||

#2  I know, don't poo poo business closings, that's my distaste for Disney. Huge ripple effect.

On the bright side, family is no longer banging the drum for this visit. I'm going to point that out next time I'm out of throwing distance.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:22 Comments || Top||

#3  Dan and Bubba Kathy have it nailed. Two lane drive-up with cone stand-off at the window. Two young people hustling chow out to pulled ahead, waiting motorists.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 13:31 Comments || Top||

#4  The line looks like that any any Chick-Fil-A in my neighborhood at 11:30 am.

Those restaurants that had a drive-up window in place will last longer than those adapting.
Posted by: Bobby || 03/30/2020 14:42 Comments || Top||


Europe
Merkel thanks compliant #Germans, shutdown to continue until at least April 20
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
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German state financial minister kills himself over coronavirus ‘despair’
[NYPOST] A German state finance minister took his own life after expressing "despair" over how to handle the economic fallout 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...
, an official said.

Thomas Schaefer, who was the finance minister of Germany’s Hesse region, was found dead by suicide Saturday on railway tracks at Hochheim, which is near Frankfurt.
"I have clear evidence of crimes committed by Hillary Clinton..."
State governor Volker Bouffier said Sunday that the 54-year-old had become consumed with how to handle the coronavirus crisis sending the global markets into freefall.

He said Schaefer was particularly concerned about "whether it would be possible to succeed in fulfilling the population’s huge expectations, particularly of financial help."

"I have to assume that these worries overwhelmed him," Bouffier said. "He apparently couldn’t find a way out. He was in despair and left us."

Authorities investigating Schaefer’s death said questioning witnesses led them to conclude that he died by suicide.

Schaefer was a member of Chancellor Angela Merkel
...chancellor of Germany and the impetus behind Germany's remarkably ill-starred immigration program. Merkel used to be referred to by Germans as Mom. Now they make faces at her for inundating the country with Moslem colonists...
’s Christian Democratic Union and had held his position for a decade.

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#1  Authorities investigating Schaefer’s death said questioning witnesses led them to conclude that he died by suicide.

Just like Epstein?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 5:01 Comments || Top||

#2  Alas, "He was Epsteined" doesn't appear to have the 'ring' to it to make it a colloquialism.
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/30/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#3  His wife was permitted to keep his pension, and Iron Cross. A state funeral will take place at a yet to be announced future date.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 9:04 Comments || Top||

#4  A state funeral will take place at a yet to be announced future date.

When they find a urn.

RE-USING JARS FROM STORE-BOUGHT PRODUCTS
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 14:23 Comments || Top||

#5  Oh, I know exactly why he killed himself. the past half-decade had how many young-men fake their way into the country from the ME? He must have realized what was going to happen when the spice stops flowing...
Posted by: Charles || 03/30/2020 18:31 Comments || Top||


Home Front: Politix
Why black Americans are moving to Africa
[NYPOST] Monique John wasn’t sure what to expect when she stepped off the plane in her new home: the West African nation of Liberia.

"It was very rundown looking," the Brooklyn-born 28-year-old recalled of her first glimpse of the capital, Monrovia, nearly three years ago. "But my feeling as I was walking along the city’s main streets was a sense of excitement . . . it felt almost like an out-of-body experience to finally be in Africa."

John is one of a number of African-Americans moving to the Motherland, some inspired by the recent "Year of Return" movement initiated by Ghana, 400 years after the first Africans were brought in chains to Jamestown, Va. Last year, Ghana gave citizenship to 126 people of African descent, many of them Americans.

Born in Brooklyn, Monique John moved to Liberia three years ago to work as a journalist.

Meanwhile,
...back at the pie fight, Bella went down under the weight of the custard...
rapper Ludacris obtained Gabonese citizenship, as did actor Samuel L. Jackson after tracing his heritage back to that nation’s Bantu Tribe. (Neither has moved there full time.)

New Jersey couple Chrystol and Jason Warde hope to make their move this year.

"We wanted to be in a place where we can bring our experiences to people who are going to appreciate it to help develop [businesses]," said Chrystol, 33, the owner of two women’s clothing stores. Her 34-year-old husband, who emigrated from Guyana at 19, is a CPA.

The couple, who have one child, plan to visit Tanzania and Kenya in April, travel restrictions permitting, to decide which country suits them best.

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#1  Wish them all the luck in the world.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 1:11 Comments || Top||

#2  Good for them.
But those countries won't turn around until their own talented and well-trained elites stop ditching the home country for the US and Europe and start fixing their own countries.

Paul Theroux nails it here
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 1:29 Comments || Top||

#3  Once they are discovered to be wealthy Americans (of mixed blood and no tribal connection), it may not go well for them. The Liberian experiment might be a good example.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#4  The "Back to Africa" movement was a movement founded by Marcus Garvey in the early 20th century which aimed to help all African-Americans move back to Africa. Garvey originally founded the movement in Jamaica, but eventually moved to New York to direct it.
Posted by: b || 03/30/2020 9:56 Comments || Top||

#5  Wish the best for them, but knowing Africa the whole experience for many will go pear shaped.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 10:01 Comments || Top||

#6  Besoeker, what they need is all returnees to go to a single African nation, when there are enough they can form their own, wealthy, well-connected, tribe.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 03/30/2020 10:50 Comments || Top||

#7  /\ Estwatini, formerly Swaziland. Appears to be working.
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 10:54 Comments || Top||

#8  “There is a comfort that comes with being around people who look like you, and seeing [people like you] on billboards and in government positions,”

Easier to move to Detroit. You get all that PLUS some great prices on housing and land.
Posted by: SteveS || 03/30/2020 12:29 Comments || Top||

#9  Why black Americans are moving to Africa

To discover that they are African-Americans?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 12:40 Comments || Top||

#10  *snort*
Wait till they find out they'll be the white folk.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:04 Comments || Top||

#11  Why black Americans are moving to Africa

The "Wakanda Is Real" e-mail scam worked?
Posted by: charger || 03/30/2020 15:16 Comments || Top||

#12  Africans: "It's all the American MAN keeping us down"
Posted by: Frank G || 03/30/2020 15:19 Comments || Top||

#13  Better prospects than the 'Wakanda Project'. Africa shall need a good movie industry too. Racists like Jordan Peele and white apologists of hollywood can maybe follow ?
Posted by: Dron66046 || 03/30/2020 15:46 Comments || Top||

#14  If earlier efforts along this line are any indication, Besoeker nailed it. They will be from the wrong tribe.

It is perhaps the flip side of the strong family ties you find there (and which no doubt forms part of the attraction)--low interest in non-family.
Posted by: James || 03/30/2020 17:54 Comments || Top||

#15  Well, since they don't like it here, they're certainly free to leave.

I suspect they won't like it there, either. First coup, they're going to miss American elections.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 03/30/2020 19:01 Comments || Top||

#16  \ Estwatini, formerly Swaziland. Appears to be working.

Don't knock it - double India's/Pakistan's per capita income. :-) It's probably no different from the per capita income of South Central, once you knock out the welfare state bennies.
Posted by: Zhang Fei || 03/30/2020 19:49 Comments || Top||


Israel-Palestine-Jordan
Netanyahu's adviser tests positive for COVID-19
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 01:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [118 views] Top|| File under:



Science & Technology
Germany will issue coronavirus antibody certificates to allow quarantined to re-enter society
h/t Instapundit
[The Telegraph] - German researchers plan to introduce coronavirus ’immunity certificates’ to facilitate a proper transition into post-lockdown life, as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s handling of the crisis has led to a boost in the polls.

The antibodies will indicate that the test participants have had the virus, have healed and are thereby ready to re-enter society and the workforce. The researchers plan to test 100,000 members of the public at a time, issuing documentation to those who have overcome the virus.

The researchers will use the information to determine how to properly end the county’s lockdown, including re-opening schools and allowing mass gatherings.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 12:41 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [194 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I really like this idea.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/30/2020 12:54 Comments || Top||

#2  #1 Prepare for frenzied howls of "discrimination" when the evil Trumpf suggests it in USA.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 13:03 Comments || Top||

#3  Let us pray that reason is above jealousy.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:44 Comments || Top||

#4  Up to 10 percent of recovered coronavirus patients test positive again, report says

As I recall reading there are 8(?) strains (mutations), equally virulent.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 14:09 Comments || Top||

#5  Google "false-positive"
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 14:17 Comments || Top||


#7  #5 Why do you think most people who test positive are asymptomatic?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 14:19 Comments || Top||

#8  8 Strains?!?!

That's it. I'm heading to the bunker and not coming out again.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 14:37 Comments || Top||


Uranus has Started Leaking Gas
[HappyMag] Highly detailed and scientific NASA research can confirm that something massive is coming out of Uranus.

Buried data reveals that when the spacecraft flew past the gas giant in 1986, it passed through something called a plasmoid that escaped and stole a big old cloud of the planet’s atmosphere along with it.
I couldn't resist the headline.
NASA have learnt from Voyager 2’s gassy expedition that the plasmoid itself was about 127,000 miles long and twice as wide. The data, first published in August in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, will be able to give NASA a much more detailed understanding of Uranus’ atmospheric composition, however won’t be able to tell them everything.
Posted by: Deacon Blues || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [339 views] Top|| File under:

#1  That's a lot of beans Pluto!

Very interesting phenomena.
Posted by: Woodrow || 03/30/2020 6:52 Comments || Top||

#2  Some headlines cry out to be written.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/30/2020 8:45 Comments || Top||

#3  US readying a Falcon Heavy rocket with massive payload of "Poo-Pourri"

Posted by: Warthog || 03/30/2020 9:40 Comments || Top||

#4  It was the dog...bad Pluto, bad...
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/30/2020 11:32 Comments || Top||

#5  My wife could have told you that decades ago.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 15:57 Comments || Top||

#6  So not only is there a ring around Uranus, but it's passing gas too?

The gas cloud being 127,000 miles long and twice as wide, let's pray some prankster doesn't light it...
Posted by: Dave D. || 03/30/2020 17:40 Comments || Top||

#7  The wormhole is repositioning.
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 17:42 Comments || Top||

#8  What knocked Uranus sideways?

Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 03/30/2020 19:59 Comments || Top||


Southeast Asia
Eight passengers have been killed after aircraft bound for Tokyo, Japan has crashed near Ninoy Aquino International Airport
[PUBLISH.TWITTER]
Posted by: Fred || 03/30/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [196 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Failed their pilot health check protocol?
Posted by: Skidmark || 03/30/2020 3:09 Comments || Top||

#2  Nips are rigorous in imposing their quarantine?
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 3:24 Comments || Top||

#3  What do you call two Philippine aviators? Pair of pliars
Posted by: Frank G || 03/30/2020 8:56 Comments || Top||

#4  Frank gowdammitall that's a keeper.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 10:56 Comments || Top||


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Iranian prisoners riot, smash cameras as country's coronavirus death toll rises
Some of the 50,000 prisoners still incarcerated in Iran amid the coronavirus outbreak started a riot Monday, breaking cameras and causing other damage in two buildings that house violent criminals, state media reported.

The chaos at the Adel Abad Prison in Shiraz is the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances across the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East.

Iran has temporarily released around 100,000 prisoners as part of measures taken to contain the pandemic, leaving behind bars violent offenders and so-called "security cases" ‐ often dual nationals and others with Western ties.
Posted by: Spot || 03/30/2020 12:13 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [75 views] Top|| File under: Govt of Iran


Home Front: Culture Wars
FDA issues emergency authorization of 2 anti-malaria drugs for coronavirus treatment
(CNN) ‐ The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an emergency use authorization for chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine to treat patients hospitalized with COVID-19.
Governor Half-Witmer of MI? STFU
The drugs ‐ which are used to treat malaria and other conditions ‐ have been called game changers by President Donald Trump.

But thus far, there is little scientific evidence that chloroquine, or its closely-related analogue hydroxychloroquine, are effective in treating Covid-19.

What happened? The authorization came in a letter dated Saturday, but the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) acknowledged the FDA's action in a Sunday news release. The FDA limited the scope of its authorization to drugs supplied from the Strategic National Stockpile. The HHS announced that two pharmaceutical companies ‐ Bayer and a division of Novartis ‐ had donated the drugs to the stockpile.
Do the drugs work? In its statement, HHS said:

"Anecdotal reports suggest that these drugs may offer some benefit in the treatment of hospitalized COVID-19 patients.
"The safety profile of these drugs has only been studied for FDA approved indications, not COVID-19."

While there's limited evidence on the efficacy of chloroquine, or hydroxychloroquine, the FDA said the drugs' benefits outweighed their risk. In its letter, the FDA encouraged randomized clinical trials that could assess the effectiveness of the drugs. It also noted that the known and potential benefits outweigh the risks.

Who can the drugs be used to treat? The authorization is limited to patients who are currently hospitalized and weigh at least 50kg, or about 110 pounds. Under the emergency use authorization, health care providers must contact their local or state health department to access the drugs.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/30/2020 11:26 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [126 views] Top|| File under:

#1  I thought these drugs were already being used in various places? There ought to be some clinical data at this point to give some indication of their efficacy. There ought to be other data that could give some indication of their positive effects. For example, in approved prescribed uses of the drugs for lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, Sjogren's disease and malaria, how many of these people get COVID-19? If the figure is very low, or nil, then one might be able to assume the drugs are preventive or curative for CV-19 without controlled clinical trials.
Posted by: JohnQC || 03/30/2020 15:22 Comments || Top||

#2  It was being used off label (potential liability issues) and under compassionate use exception, which means you had to wait until the patient was at death's door. Now doctors can prescribe it with a positive test for COVID-19 when it's most effective.

French have concluded 2 studies, both showing high safety and efficacy. But studies take time, and it's never enough. People will argue n, p values, need for follow up, etc for years. That's fine, but maybe not the ideal way to respond to a crisis.
Posted by: Iblis || 03/30/2020 15:50 Comments || Top||


Rhode Island National Guard Searches House-to-House for New Yorkers Fleeing the Wuhan Virus, Can Hunting Them for Sport Be Far Behind?
[Red State] - A little earlier this year, there was a huge kerfuffle over a Hollywood picture called "The Hunt" in which rich, effete liberals tried to acquire a patina of heroic virtue by hunting down human quarry who were thinly disguised Trump supporters. Now this scenario is beginning to play out for real.

This is from Bloomberg, so it may or may not be true, but because it is coverage of a Democrat politician in a Democrat stronghold, I’m assuming the story on-the -ground is worse than this:

    Rhode Island police began stopping cars with New York plates Friday. On Saturday, the National Guard will help them conduct house-to-house searches to find people who traveled from New York and demand 14 days of self-quarantine.

    ...

    Many New Yorkers have summer houses in Rhode Island, especially in tony Newport, and the governor said the authorities would be checking there.

    "Yesterday I announced and today I reiterated: Anyone coming to Rhode Island in any way from New York must be quarantined," the governor said. "By order. Will be enforced. Enforceable by law."
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 03/30/2020 03:42 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [449 views] Top|| File under:

#1  "Your papers, please..."
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/30/2020 6:36 Comments || Top||

#2  This is from Bloomberg, so it may or may not be true

The cherry on the dystopian sundae: we have reached the point where formerly respectable, bland journalists and media outlets are so full of lies, hysteria and flat-out disinformation that simple daily reportage can't be trusted.
Posted by: Lex || 03/30/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#3  Dunno. Long-standing tradition of hating summer folk newyawkers when I was growing up in the Berkshires and VT.
Posted by: Mercutio || 03/30/2020 8:39 Comments || Top||

#4  It's built in. We want the tourists' money, we just wish they would mail it to us and stay home. Probably the same in ancient times.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/30/2020 8:44 Comments || Top||

#5  easy solution: 'Me No Speakie Ingles'

even with the WuFlu, sanctuary cities are still a thing right
Posted by: Bob Grorong1136 || 03/30/2020 8:54 Comments || Top||

#6  But, but, but I thought New York was a sanctuary city ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 8:59 Comments || Top||

#7  Escape from New York was a prophecy.
Posted by: DarthVader || 03/30/2020 9:13 Comments || Top||

#8  Lefties care so much about their rights. Yours, not so much.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/30/2020 9:36 Comments || Top||

#9  Declaration of war, right?
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 10:09 Comments || Top||

#10  Escape from New York was a prophecy.

I thought you were dead, Snake...
Posted by: Raj || 03/30/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#11  When you cheer about a movie about hunting down deplorables, but the real life version isn't what you expected.
Posted by: swksvolFF || 03/30/2020 13:41 Comments || Top||

#12  Florida Highway Patrol stopping NY plated cars on I-95/I-10 right now
Posted by: TZSenator || 03/30/2020 14:55 Comments || Top||

#13  I can't see interstate travel continuing much longer. How can the damn thing be isolated with everyone on the move ?
Posted by: Besoeker || 03/30/2020 15:20 Comments || Top||

#14  If I was a dirt bag, I'd be at a rest stop somewhere in Georgia or Alabama approaching people in NY and LA plated cars with some nice fake FL plates.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 03/30/2020 16:24 Comments || Top||

#15  #13 That's what the democrats of New York are counting on. And why they'll sue to make other states take their disease vectors people.
Posted by: The peanut gallery || 03/30/2020 19:53 Comments || Top||

#16  The get plague cases in CO but unlike NM docs, they don't get the diagnosis till its too late, but not too late to ship to NM for treatment. Guess who get the 'dead by plague' count?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 03/30/2020 21:06 Comments || Top||



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