The Virus Blame Game

Closing Thought–08Apr20

Donald the Orange keeps doing what he does best…..avoid responsibility and blame others for his lack of action…..the Covid-19 is the perfect illustration……

Trump has blamed many for the rise of the virus…the media, governors, Dems and now he is blaming the World Health Organization (WHO)…..he has threatened to withhold funding……

President Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze US funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic. Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic, saying he had not seen them at the time. But he turned his anger on the WHO, first declaring that he would cut off US funding for the organization, then backtracking and saying he would “strongly consider” such a move, the AP reports. Trump said the international group had “called it wrong” on the virus and that the organization was “very China-centric” in its approach, suggesting that the WHO had gone along with Beijing’s efforts months ago to minimize the severity of the outbreak.

The WHO has praised China for its transparency on the virus, even though there has been reason to believe that more people died of COVID-19 than the country’s official tally. “They should have known and they probably did know,” Trump said of WHO officials. Throughout his presidency, Trump has voiced skepticism toward many international organizations and has repeatedly heaped scorn on the WHO. As for the memos from Peter Navarro, Trump said he was not aware of them back in January but that he unilaterally followed some of their recommendations, including taking steps to curtail travel from China. But he said he wouldn’t have wanted to act prematurely when it was not clear how dire the situation would become. “I don’t want to create havoc and shock and everything else. I’m not going to go out and start screaming, ’This could happen, this could happen,'” Trump said. “I’m a cheerleader for this country.”

This person is a pathetic shell of a human.

Trump is out of his depths…..not able to form concrete plans and spends his pressers blame whoever has been in the news of the day….and he spends his days making shit up and lying his ass off….

Defending his administration’s response to the coronavirus, Donald Trump falsely asserted that travelers at U.S. airports are being routinely tested for COVID-19, made groundless accusations against a government watchdog, and wrongly claimed the Obama administration did nothing during a flu pandemic.

Meanwhile, with many businesses shuttered during the outbreak, Trump claimed his daughter Ivanka created over 15 million jobs for the U.S. That’s a complete illusion.

A look at some of his claims:

https://americanindependent.com/donald-trump-coronavirus-fact-check-ivanka-trump-15-million-jobs-covid-19/

This lack of a concrete plan has killed…..and will continue to kill.

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2020 Dem Candidates–This Is The End!

The last challenge to the centrists has decided thanks to the pandemic that it would be better to just let it all go.

Bernie has suspended his campaign for the 2020 Dem nomination…..leave us stuck with a bumbling centrist…..Biden.

Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment swiftly lined up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday. It’s an acknowledgment that after wins in places like South Carolina, Michigan, and Florida, the former vice president is too far ahead for Sanders to have any reasonable hope of catching up, reports the AP. The Vermont senator’s announcement makes Biden the presumptive Democratic nominee to challenge President Trump in November. Axios acknowledges the damage done by fellow Democratic hopefuls who dropped out and subsequently endorsed Biden, but it adds that the coronavirus “has been smothering” what was a very challenging comeback attempt.

“The Bernie movement” was fueled by huge rallies and canvassing efforts, relics of a pre-COVID-19 time. He also struggled to find space on TV and social media, which have been focusing largely on the epidemic. In its campaign post-mortem, the New York Times hails Sanders as a candidate whose “quest for the White House … began five years ago in relative obscurity but ultimately elevated him as a champion of the working class, a standard-bearer of American liberalism, and the leader of a self-styled political revolution.” But it, like many other outlets, points out that the lack of black support he encountered in his 2016 run was repeated the second time around. The Times adds that his exit is distinct from that in 2016, “when he stayed in an increasingly acrimonious race against Hillary Clinton even after it became clear she would be the eventual nominee.”

This was the last chance for progressive politics to carry the day….we are left with business as usual…..crappy health care, shitty politics that benefit the wealthy and the Middle Class continues to disappear.

I cannot support Biden so now the hunt will be for an alternate candidate that best reflects my principles and desires for our nation.

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Hydroxychloroquine

Now that is damn mouth full, right?

But what the Hell is it?

This is that drug that our president keeps promoting……but what is it used for?  I would like to add that it is untested as a weapon against Covid-19 and yet our president keeps throwing it out into the discussion…..why?

But first……

Hydroxychloroquine is in a class of drugs called antimalarials. It is used to prevent and treat acute attacks of malaria. It is also used to treat discoid or systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis in patients whose symptoms have not improved with other treatments.

Hydroxychloroquine comes as a tablet to take by mouth. For prevention of malaria in adults, two tablets are usually taken once a week on exactly the same day of each week. The first dose is taken 1 to 2 weeks before traveling to an area where malaria is common, and then doses are continued for 8 weeks after exposure. For treatment of acute attacks of malaria in adults, four tablets are usually taken right away, followed by two tablets 6 to 8 hours later and then two tablets on each of the next 2 days.

For prevention or treatment of malaria in infants and children, the amount of hydroxychloroquine is based on the child’s weight. Your doctor will calculate this amount and tell you how much hydroxychloroquine your child should receive.

CDC has made a decision on the labeling….

What Reuters calls “highly unusual guidance” on two drugs President Trump has been pushing to treat the coronavirus has been removed from the CDC site almost as quickly as it went up. The original guidance on hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, which showed up over the weekend under “Therapeutic Options,” read: “Although optimal dosing and duration of hydroxychloroquine for treatment of COVID-19 are unknown, some US clinicians have reported anecdotally” on ways to prescribe it. Now, after a Tuesday update, the section starts: “There are no drugs or other therapeutics approved by the [FDA] to prevent or treat COVID-19.” Medical experts were surprised at the original wording. “No references, no nothing,” Dr. Lynn Goldman, dean of the Milken Institute School of Public Health, told Reuters over the weekend. “Why would CDC be publishing anecdotes? That doesn’t make sense. This is very unusual.”

A CDC statement says the original guidance had been requested by doctors and the White House virus task force to be reviewed and posted “as quickly as possible.” However, the Hill notes Dr. Anthony Fauci, part of that task force, recently warned against using the drug for the virus without more study. Jeffrey Flier, a former dean at Harvard Medical School, agrees. “We are in an emergency and we need to rely on our government to ensure that all these potential therapies are tested in the most effective and objective way,” he told Reuters. “The president is short-circuiting the process with his gut feelings.” A White House statement denies any “pressure campaign” and claims Trump is simply seeking “an unprecedented collaboration to expedite vaccine development.” Politico and the Atlantic look more into hydroxychloroquine and how it has made its way into the public eye

Is there a reason that untested and untried drug is high on the president’s lips?

Maybe it is because he has a financial stake?

President Trump made a rare appearance in the Situation Room on Sunday as his pandemic task force was meeting, determined to talk about the anti-malaria medicine that he has aggressively promoted lately as a treatment for the coronavirus.

Once again, according to a person briefed on the session, the experts warned against overselling a drug yet to be proved a safe remedy, particularly for heart patients. “Yes, the heart stuff,” Mr. Trump acknowledged. Then he headed out to the cameras to promote it anyway. “So what do I know?” he conceded to reporters at his daily briefing. “I’m not a doctor. But I have common sense.”

Or maybe it is something else……

The Job Creators Network was founded in 2011 by billionaire Home Depot co-founder Bernard Marcus, a major GOP donor who spent more than $7 million through outside groups to help elect Trump in 2016. Marcus has said that he plans to spend part of his fortune to help re-elect Trump in 2020.

Job Creators Network has been funded by Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), a drug industry trade that counts among its members leading hydroxychloroquine makers Novartis, Teva Pharmaceuticals, and Bayer. According to tax documents, PhRMA donated $500,000 to Job Creators Network in 2017. 

Pharma-Funded Group Tied to a Top Trump Donor Is Promoting Malaria Drug to the President

I think these explain much about the president’s desire to push a possibly worthless drug on society.

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The Funny Thing About Socialism

It is the election season and Bernie is running for the Dem nomination and as usual there are all those people yelling about socialism or communism or Marxism…….inciting fear in any change that we could hope for….but that is somehow alright because we have a pandemic now and the GOP has become infected with the concept of socialism……you read that right…..according to the GOP socialism is good only when it helps the wealthy…..

Ted Rall, cartoon

A further reading:

The Socialist Specter in Present-Day US Politics

The Bailout package is nothing but socialism for the wealthy……they throw some bones in the bill to make it more palatable to the masses…..but in reality it is nothing more than a robbery in progress….

“It’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility.”

As details of the Senate’s coronavirus stimulus plan slowly trickled in Wednesday, progressive critics characterized the sprawling legislative package as a brazen attempt by both political parties to use trillions of dollars in taxpayer money to bail out and further enrich large corporations while tossing mere crumbs to the most vulnerable.

“This is a robbery in progress,” wrote David Dayen, executive editor at The American Prospect. “And it’s not a bailout for the coronavirus. It’s a bailout for twelve years of corporate irresponsibility that made these companies so fragile that a few weeks of disruption would destroy them.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/03/25/senate-corporate-bailout-package-robbery-progress-warn-critics

The markets have rebound and rebound well….the promise of free cash has them dancing a jig…..the so-called “bear market” is over is the prediction……

A historic surge in jobless claims didn’t keep the stock market down on Thursday. Quite the opposite, in fact, as the Dow rose more than 1,300 points, or 6.3%, and the S&P surged by a similar percentage. The Dow has risen three days in a row and is up more than 20% in that span—which CNBC notes is the best three-day surge since 1931. The percentage increase means the market just went from a bear back to a bull, marking the shortest bear market in history, reports the Wall Street Journal. Whether it remains that way in extreme volatility is the big question. For the day, the Dow rose 1,351 to 22,552, the S&P rose 154 to 2,630, and the Nasdaq rose 413 to 7,797.

The increase comes as the House prepares to pass the massive stimulus bill approved by the Senate, seen as all the more pressing because of the millions of Americans who have lost their jobs. “Investors believe data like today will make it more likely that the House will pass the stimulus bill,” Jeffrey Kleintop of Charles Schwab tells the Journal. “The deeper and the worse the numbers are in the near term, the more possibility there is for a [fiscal] response, which powers the rebound on the other side.”

Need we say more about how corrupt the system is?

This news explains everything you need to know about the economy of the United States…..3+ million people without jobs means nothing to the markets…..free money however drives the rise…..

Plus people struggling will also get free cash….not as much as the markets but free any way……should make Trump more popular for Americans loyalty can be bought.

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The US/Saudi Love Fest

For decades we have massaged the genitals of the Saudi royal family and after all the BS it is time for the US to break up with its bromance partner.

They have killed more by beheading than ISIS….they have crapped on women for centuries….they are the embodiment of the beliefs that AQ holds dear…..and the have killed American citizens with NO recourse.

Again time to throw these heathens under the bus.

Our worship the the royals is what is wrong with our foreign policy…..

The U.S.-Saudi relationship is one of the chief examples of what is wrong with our foreign policy today. Not only are they an increasingly repressive authoritarian state and one of the worst governments in the world, but they don’t even provide the U.S. with any meaningful strategic advantages. The distorting influence of the lobbyists that they pay for has allowed them to escape most of the consequences of their reckless foreign policy over the last decade, but the next administration needs to make clear that the time for impunity and indulgence is over. Maintaining this relationship is not worth the increasing costs to the U.S., and trying to cater to Riyadh has kept the U.S. involved in a monstrous and indefensible war in Yemen for the last five years. The U.S. owes Saudi Arabia nothing, and the Saudi government has never been our ally. Whatever value the relationship with the Saudis may have had forty or fifty years ago has greatly diminished, and at this point they are a liability to U.S. interests and an obstacle to reorienting our foreign policy away from the Middle East. If we want to extricate U.S. forces from the region and disentangle ourselves from the region’s conflicts, the relationship with Saudi Arabia as it exists today will have to go.

The Time to End the Noxious Saudi Relationship Is Now

The Saudis recently dumped oil onto the markets…..it illustrates that the time for the US to kick these barbarians to the curb…..

It was only a short time ago when Mohammed Bin Salman, Saudi Arabia’s young crown prince, was assembling world leaders at conferences in the Saudi desert and impressing global investors with grandiose plans of economic and social modernization. Next month will mark the third anniversary of MBS’s PR tour around Hollywood, Washington, D.C., and New York, pressing the flesh with titans of industry like Amazon’s Jeff Bezos and Disney’s Bob Iger—and convincing lawmakers on Capitol Hill that Saudi Arabia under his tutelage was a country brimming with opportunity.

Much has changed in a few years. The Saudi crown prince is no longer categorized as a widely-hailed reformer of the Middle East, but as a thick-headed, rash, and impatient young autocrat whose tenure is filled to the brim with an endless list of poor decisions. MBS’s latest gamble, which involved dumping more Saudi crude into the global market to coerce Russia into returning to the negotiating table on pricing and output quotas, has caused significant strain for American shale oil companies

https://www.defenseone.com/ideas/2020/03/its-time-us-and-saudi-arabia-break/164034/

Time to dumped these drags on our society….and we need to do it NOW!

While the broader American economy grapples with the coronavirus pandemic, the energy sector is in freefall. Oil prices have plummeted nearly 60 percent in just a month. Benchmark prices now hover at just $22 per barrel, a level at which American energy companies will hemorrhage cash. But the virus alone is not responsible for the carnage in the energy markets. Much of the blame lies at the feet of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, who recently launched a price war that may cripple one of America’s most innovative industries.

For the last several years, Saudi Arabia and Russia have cooperated to hold down oil production and bolster global crude prices. Earlier this month, with demand softening as a result of the coronavirus, the Russians hesitated to agree to further cuts.

https://www.realclearworld.com/articles/2020/03/30/after_oil_crisis_lets_re-evaluate_ties_to_saudi_arabia_487885.html

As the reader can see that I am NOT alone when I call for the US to rid itself of the Saudi anchor around the neck of our foreign policy……they, the Saudis, are almost as bad for our foreign policy as the Israel relationship…..

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