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-Signs, Portents, and the Weather-
What You Need to Know About the Military's New Face Covering Policy
[MIL.com] On the heels of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advocating the use of face masks while in public, the Pentagon has released its own updated policy ordering all personnel under its purview to cover their faces.

As case numbers continue to climb amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, Defense Secretary Mark Esper appeared Sunday on ABC's "This Week," saying a military directive was coming regarding face masks.

Hours later, the Pentagon released its policy directing cloth face coverings for all personnel, including troops, civilians, family members, contractors and all others on Defense Department property in certain situations. The order sidestepped concerns around the nationwide shortage of N95 and surgical masks, telling personnel they will not be issued these in order to leave them available for medical professionals.

Instead, troops and other DoD-affiliated individuals are encouraged to make simple coverings out of clean T-shirts and other household materials, the Pentagon memo says.

"The Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness will issue updated force health protection guidance on DoD implementation," it states. "The Military Departments will issue guidance on wear for Service members."

It's not clear when the military services will issue their specific guidance in light of the new directive.

Related: Fired Navy Carrier Captain Has Tested Positive for COVID-19: Report

Face coverings will be mandatory whenever people cannot maintain six feet of social distance in public areas or places of work, the policy, signed by Esper, states. They're encouraged to wear the coverings in all public situations, it adds.

The guidance caveats that the directive must be observed "to the extent practical" and notes that face coverings may need to be pulled down at security checkpoints to verify identification.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 09:27 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [57 views] Top|| File under:

#1  It's the ass-covering and face-saving policies that are wrecking the US military...
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/06/2020 10:34 Comments || Top||

#2  Setting a good example and keeping the troops healthy — a very good idea.

Instead, troops and other DoD-affiliated individuals are encouraged to make simple coverings out of clean T-shirts and other household materials, the Pentagon memo says.

Presumably the sergeants’ wives will pull together sewing groups (each at home with her own machine) to make a bunch of the things for everyone in the unit from donated spare clothing until the DOD issues formal face masks in the appropriate camouflage to match the appropriate uniform.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2020 12:33 Comments || Top||


Did globalists Bill & Melinda purchase the Center for Disease Control (CDC) ?
[Armstrong] Dr. Anthony Fauci has a $100 million conflict of interest which is why he was opposing Trump. He is in league with Bill Gates who has pledged $100 million for Fauci to play with. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease (NIAID, a division of National Institutes of Health, NIH) director Dr. Anthony Fauci, who was against using chloroquine, said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, "There’s no magic drug for coronavirus right now," and lectured, "Let me put it into perspective for the viewers .. there has been anecdotal non-proven data that it [chloroquine] works... but when you have an uncontrolled trial you can never definitely say that it works."

I have warned that the CDC takes private money through its foundation. Gates even gave Fauci’s Foundation $13.5 million. I do not believe we can trust Fauci in the least. The CDC should NEVER be allowed to be bought in this way. It is Gates who wants to inject us all with microchips. I seriously do not understand if all his money has simply gone to his head.

Trump should fire Fauci first, and secondly shut down all private donations from anyone, especially Bill Gates.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 09:03 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [79 views] Top|| File under:

#1  An illustration of why academics and administrators stay bought and politicians never do.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/06/2020 10:55 Comments || Top||


#3  ^ startup mentality. The companies that have been making vaccines forever have to gamble against money thrown against the wall to see what sticks. I'm not in that business, but I'm willing to bet that people who couldn't get hired at Big Pharma are lining up. And while "the next Jonas Salk" may be among them, he or she is in line with 1 million snake oil salesmen.
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/06/2020 12:12 Comments || Top||


World Health Coronavirus Disinformation WHO's bows to Beijing have harmed the global response to the pandemic.
[WSJ] The coronavirus pandemic will offer many lessons in what to do better to save more lives and do less economic harm the next time. But there's already one way to ensure future pandemics are less deadly: Reform or defund the World Health Organization (WHO).

Last week Florida Senator Rick Scott called for a Congressional investigation into the United Nations agency's "role in helping Communist China cover up information regarding the threat of the Coronavirus." The rot at WHO goes beyond canoodling with Beijing, but that's a good place to start.

The coronavirus outbreak began in Wuhan, China, sometime in the autumn, perhaps as early as November. It accelerated in December. Caixin Global reported that Chinese labs had sequenced the coronavirus genome by the end of December but were ordered by Chinese officials to destroy samples and not publish their findings. On Dec. 30 Dr. Li Wenliang warned Chinese doctors about the virus, and several days later local authorities accused him of lies that "severely disturbed the social order."
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Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 08:47 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [38 views] Top|| File under:


AP globalist writer pronounces requiem - America is DOOMED he tells us.
[AP] As the coronavirus spread across the world and began its reach into the United States, an assortment of Americans from the president on down summoned one notion as they framed the emerging cataclysm.

"The Chinese virus," they called it ‐ or, in a few particularly racist cases, the "kung flu." No matter the terminology of choice, the message was clear: Whatever the ravages of COVID-19 are causing, it’s somewhere else’s fault.

Not someone. Somewhere.

A thick thread of the American experience has always been to hold the rest of the world at arm’s length, whether in economics, technology or cultural exchange. The truth is, this nation has always been a bit of an island, a place where multilingualism, or even holding a passport, is less common than in many other lands.

Now, the notion of a virus that came from a distant "elsewhere" stands to carve deeper grooves into that landscape.

"It’s a continuation of the same kinds of fears that we have had," says Jennifer Sciubba, an international studies professor at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. "We’ve seen this conversation before."

As the outbreak worsens by the day, the United States, like other nations, is drawing quite literally inward. With little ability to plan and increasing numbers of Americans out of work, that’s a natural reaction. "The coronavirus is killing globalization as we know it," one foreign-affairs journal said.

It’s unlikely that much of the globalization that touches Americans daily ‐ the parts in their iPhones, the cheap consumer goods, the out-of-season fruit in their produce aisles, the ability to communicate around the world virtually ‐ is going anywhere, at least for good.

But a protracted period of coronavirus anxiety and impact will almost certainly redraw ‐ and in many cases reinforce ‐ opinions about the wider world’s role in American lives.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 08:33 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [77 views] Top|| File under:

#1  The most lamentable thing about the author is that they probably didnt require any bribes or twisting to taper out that article.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/06/2020 9:44 Comments || Top||

#2  And the wider world should have a role in our lives for exactly what reason?
Posted by: Cesare || 04/06/2020 10:06 Comments || Top||

#3  See my forthcoming book: "America: Doomed Since 1775", published by The Guardian Press.
Posted by: Matt || 04/06/2020 11:21 Comments || Top||

#4  "Thecoronavirus is killing globalization as we know it,"

At last! A 'silver lining' to the 'cloud'.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/06/2020 11:42 Comments || Top||

#5  The usual accusations. What the erudite journalist misses is that in much of Europe a twenty minute drive will take one into a new country — the reason so many more Europeans have passports — and about 20% of Americans speak a second language at home instead of reciting “ Je m’appelle Peter” in school, with another tranche (hey — lookit that: I used a furrin French word in everyday speech!) picking up the riper bits of vocabulary on the street. Ah well, AP has never prided itself on original thinking or deep insight.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2020 13:04 Comments || Top||


AP-NORC poll: Pandemic impact varies by age, income level
WASHINGTON (AP) ‐ Americans are increasingly taking preventative measures, including staying away from large crowds and avoiding touching their hands to their faces, to confront the coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The survey found that 94% of Americans say they are staying away from large groups, up from 68% in mid-March, while 86% say they are avoiding other people as much as possible.

Among other findings in the survey, conducted March 26-29 among American adults:

‐ Americans’ worries about infection with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, have increased dramatically in the past six weeks ‐ including across age groups, race and ethnicity and by political affiliation. But Democrats remain more likely than Republicans to say they are strongly worried, 65% to 31%. Americans under age 45 are more likely than those older to say they are very worried, 54% to 46%. And Latinos are especially likely to express deep concerns, compared with white and black Americans, 64% vs. 47% and 45%, respectively.

‐ Efforts to reduce the risk of infection are pervasive among Americans of all ages, races and ethnicity, educational backgrounds and income levels. Still, some are more likely to have taken drastic actions than others. While Americans across age groups say they are staying away from large groups, older adults are more likely than younger adults to say they are avoiding other people as much as possible, with 92% of those over 60 doing so compared with 78% of those under 30.

‐ Compared with college-educated Americans, those without a degree are somewhat less likely to say they are avoiding other people as much as possible, 90% vs. 83%, and avoiding touching their face, 78% vs. 66%. And Americans in households earning less than $50,000 annually are slightly less likely than those in higher income households to say they are stocking up on food, 57% to 47%.
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 08:28 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [40 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Like most diseases, COV-19 seems to affect older citizens more than younger people who have healthier immunes systems. However, one can find cases where relatively younger people succumb to the disease or older people surviving the disease.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/06/2020 10:44 Comments || Top||


They won't make money on affordable hydroxychloroquine, but they will make money on a vaccine.
[Bernard B. Karik 40th Police Commissioner of the New York City Police Department, and NY Times bestselling author] "Fauci is the only guy in the whole fucking world that doesn’t think this stuff works! At what point do we question his motives? It’s against all logic and common sense."
Posted by: Besoeker || 04/06/2020 02:54 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [197 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Lupus treatment that is in very short supply at this time as a result of all this interest. A lady who said she is prescribed this. So short she can't get it.
Posted by: Dale || 04/06/2020 4:19 Comments || Top||

#2  Stupid. A vaccine ends this, completely. The various chloroquine treatments are only used after you get it; right now there's little evidence of a protective effect.
Posted by: Rob Crawford || 04/06/2020 4:28 Comments || Top||

#3  ^Hear, hear.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru PB || 04/06/2020 5:31 Comments || Top||

#4  Fauci DEFINITELY ISN'T the only guy.
Posted by: European Conservative || 04/06/2020 5:53 Comments || Top||

#5  If we could find out what biopharmaceutical stock Pelosi's and Feinstein's hubbies are buying....
Posted by: Clem || 04/06/2020 7:02 Comments || Top||

#6  I wouldn't bet the farm on it working, but I wouldn't bet against it either. Too much anecdotal evidence in its favor. If I were in charge, I'd ramp up production as much as I could, but also make sure that those who were already using it for Lupus or whatever wouldn't have to worry about getting more.
Posted by: gorb || 04/06/2020 7:37 Comments || Top||

#7  Okay, if anecdotal evidence seems to be that it mostly works is there conflicting anecdotal evidence that it doesn't work and/or makes the patient worse?

Way too much red-tape bureaucratic BS in the discussion. How many tests are being run that will answer all these "concerns"?

Who's running the tests, what are they and when will their be a report of results?

We really can't wait for years to get back to work.
Posted by: AlanC || 04/06/2020 8:21 Comments || Top||

#8  Chloroquine apparently can have some nasty side effects, AlanC, but it doesn't kill you.

The Wuhan Coronavirus on the other hand...
Posted by: Mullah Richard || 04/06/2020 8:32 Comments || Top||

#9  Side effects are alleged to be a risk of a slowed heart beat which should be monitored while on a high dose.
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/06/2020 9:08 Comments || Top||

#10  Shouldn't drug companies worry about what will happen to their profits if a lot of old people - a major part of their market - die off while they rub their hands together and scheme about profits?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/06/2020 9:36 Comments || Top||

#11  But the theraputic dose I've seen (400 mg/day) is not a high does. It's what I've taken for 13 years.

I'm just one anecdote, of course.
Posted by: Bobby || 04/06/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||


#13  #12 As many as 4,000 seriously ill coronavirus patients in New York are being treated with the antimalarial drug hydroxychloroquine, state health officials say.

Once you seriously ill = have ARDS, too late for hydroxychloroquine.
Posted by: g(r)omgoru || 04/06/2020 11:45 Comments || Top||

#14  ^ People who are dying will put anything in their mouth if they think it will prevent that. If the stuff is in such short supply, who's deciding it will be wasted?
Posted by: M. Murcek || 04/06/2020 12:09 Comments || Top||


-Land of the Free
A paper at the US Naval Institute on Privateers now!
Go there and read it!
No short summary
Posted by: 3dc || 04/06/2020 10:34 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [55 views] Top|| File under:

#1  Of course it is an April 1 article...
Posted by: 3dc || 04/06/2020 10:39 Comments || Top||

#2  With mercenaries on the rise already maybe its less April 1 and more a trial balloon.
Posted by: rjschwarz || 04/06/2020 12:01 Comments || Top||


Economy
If you imagine that a local business making surgical face masks is working 24/7, guess again
[DallasNews] An owner at the North Texas plant is frustrated that his dire warnings went unheeded.

When the history 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...
epoch is written, The Watchdog hopes historians don’t neglect to mention Prestige Ameritech and its owner, Mike Bowen. The North Richland Hills company is America’s No. 1 maker of hospital surgical masks.

During this crisis, you’d think the company would be pushing forward on all cylinders, working 24/7 to manufacture the one commodity that Americans and the rest of the world want so badly.

You’d be wrong.

The company is only operating weekday shifts. You drive by nights and weekends and the employee parking lot is empty.

"People are curious why there aren’t any cars in the parking lot," North Richland Hills Mayor Oscar Trevino told me.

And why is that, Mr. Mayor?

"The system got him," the mayor said about Bowen, who is executive vice president of the company. "And he’s unhappy about it."

The story of Bowen’s unhappiness is a cautionary tale about what can happen if Americans searching for cheaper prices send entire industries offshore to countries like Mexico and China.

Everything Bowen has warned about has come true. He warned that allowing another country to serve as our main supplier of personal protection equipment has the potential to become a national security nightmare.

Bowen declined to talk to The Watchdog for this story. He’s busy.

"There is 200 times more demand than there is supply," he told former presidential adviser Steve Bannon on Bannon’s podcast. "My phone is ringing every two minutes. Every one minute I am getting an email."

An examination of his warnings going back more than a dozen years tells the story.

The common theme is that during an outbreak like this, everybody wants to be his customer. But as soon as an outbreak subsides, his customers dump him and run back to China. The reason? His masks may cost a dime each, but a made-in-China mask might go for two cents.

"Last time he geared up and went three shifts a day working his tail off," the mayor recalled. "As soon as the issue died, he didn’t have any sales. He had to pay unemployment for all these people, and he had to gear down."

As Bowen explained to Bannon, "I’ve been preaching this American-made story since 2007. Nobody listened. The whole mass market was only interested in price. I’ve been everywhere trying to get people to listen. I’ve talked to congressmen. I’ve talked to generals. I’ve written the president. I wrote President Obama five or six letters, and he sent me a presidential proclamation suitable for framing."

Bowen wants a guaranteed contract, not a proclamation. It’s tough to win a bid to supply U.S. hospitals through their group purchase agreements that seek the cheapest price when your competitor pays low wages, ignores environmental concerns and is subsidized by a Communist government.
If we want to ensure we have domestic suppliers for critical items, we may need a federal law requiring hospitals to purchase one domestically made item for each cheap foreign made one. Even now, many of those highly touted donations are the result of purchases from China — the rest being boxes found forgotten in supply closets.
Last month, he got another proclamation but no contract to go with it. U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio
...The diminutive 13-year-old Republican U.S. Senator from Florida...
, R-Florida, named Prestige Ameritech the "Senate Small Business of the Week." The citation notes that the company "has ramped up their daily production to 600,000 masks."

The company could do so much more.
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [138 views] Top|| File under:

#1  WHY should they? Then be kicked in the nads later?
Posted by: ranture || 04/06/2020 8:13 Comments || Top||

#2  "the rest being boxes found forgotten in supply closets." Amazing how many of those have turned up.
Posted by: ruprecht || 04/06/2020 9:05 Comments || Top||

#3  Sorta like Dem votes
Posted by: KBK || 04/06/2020 11:23 Comments || Top||

#4  Maybe the concept of strategic industry worthy of protection with tariffs might be reconsidered and reclassified?
Posted by: Procopius2k || 04/06/2020 12:02 Comments || Top||


Science & Technology
Cleaning virus particles from the air.
By 3dc

For this think adding sticky particulates in the air:

Waiting for a friend from Chevron to post his analysis of aerosols of virus like this one. It's wild.... BTW best thing NYNY could do is park smoky diesel buses on the street filling the air with diesel particulates . Pollen is also good. Inside candles burning is good.

The airborne virus particles have too much surface tension to vaporize and are too small to be stopped by HEPA filters. The clue was stewardesses getting the virus on long distance air trips. The air on planes is too dust free and clean so the virus makes it through the filters.

BTW he is one of the top industry experts on filters and aerosols. Works at the big Chevron plant in Houston. Aerosols and filters including masks are among his specialties.

In order of help least to best:
1) dust
2) burning candles
3) pollen
4) Diesel exhaust without CO.

Then add HEPA filters and facemasks.

Somebody asked what about hospitals - Perhaps they should intake outside air before their filters. The interior air should be mixed with diesel exhaust and purged from the building.

As to store cashiers: If tobacco smoke is sticky - Maybe the checkout people at stores should be smoking cigars?


Posted by: 3dc || 04/06/2020 00:00 || Comments || Link || E-Mail|| [153 views] Top|| File under:

#1  What about ionic air filters for trapping the floating virus particles? Cleaning might take some precautions, though...
Posted by: magpie || 04/06/2020 1:10 Comments || Top||

#2  Maybe UV light?
Posted by: gorb || 04/06/2020 7:27 Comments || Top||

#3  I wondered about U-V light too. There seems to be some uncertainty as to whether COV-19 is airborne/windborne. There also seems to be uncertainty about the "viral shedding" mechanism of COV-19.
Posted by: JohnQC || 04/06/2020 10:38 Comments || Top||

#4  Shortwave UV, the stuff that kills the virus, is dangerous to eyes.

Installing 'em just downstream from HVAC economizers may be an effective prophylaxis, however.
Posted by: Anomalous Sources || 04/06/2020 10:47 Comments || Top||

#5 

Daikin photocatalytic Air purifier
dust mesh
HEPA
UV
Photocatalyst (for smells).
Posted by: Bright Pebbles || 04/06/2020 11:50 Comments || Top||

#6  I use an ozone generator. I rotate it between rooms. You CAN NOT be in the room when it runs. But ozone kills everything. It is a gas (obviously) and penetrates / disperses like a gas. Besides the upside of killing everything in the air or on exposed surfaces, or even into the mattress of a made bed you don't have to worry about getting all the air in a room through it like you do a filter. Plus it self quenches. Just don't let it be you that is the quencher.
Posted by: Whiskey Mike || 04/06/2020 12:16 Comments || Top||

#7  Just in case it should ever become relevant, Whiskey Mike, does ozone kill bedbugs, too?
Posted by: trailing wife || 04/06/2020 12:22 Comments || Top||

#8  You grandmother or great grandmother would put a pot of water on the stove and set it to simmer. Add cup of vinegar white or apple. When you smell it, it kills it.
Posted by: Dale || 04/06/2020 12:29 Comments || Top||



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