VE Day

Closing Thought–08May20

Today is a day to celebrate…..not some crap about opening the country up….but rather the defeat of the Nazis by the combined forces of the Allies….

Seventy-five years ago today, the Second World War came to an end in Europe. In the early hours of 7 May, Colonel General Albert Jodl signed the unconditional capitulation of the Wehrmacht in Rhimes, France. In the face of the advancing Red Army, Adolf Hitler had committed suicide one week earlier in the Führer bunker in Berlin. All combat came to an end at midnight on 8 May 1945.

The Second World War was the most brutal and bloody conflict in human history. The crimes and cruelties that were perpetrated surpassed anything that humanity could have imagined in its worst nightmares.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/08/pers-m08.html

World War Two:  Summary And Synopsis…….

World War II spanned six long years from 1939 to 1945. The Allied powers, principally The United States, Great Britain, and the Soviet Union, defeated the Axis powers, led by Nazi Germany, Imperial Japan, and Fascist Italy. The scope of World War II was truly global, and its cost was tremendous.

World War II Summary and Synopsis

75 years ago the Allies accepted the total surrender of the Nazi forces in Europe….thus ending what was called World War 2……

The eighth of May spelled the day when German troops throughout Europe finally laid down their arms: In Prague, Germans surrendered to their Soviet antagonists, after the latter had lost more than 8,000 soldiers, and the Germans considerably more; in Copenhagen and Oslo; at Karlshorst, near Berlin; in northern Latvia; on the Channel Island of Sark—the German surrender was realized in a final cease-fire. More surrender documents were signed in Berlin and in eastern Germany.

The main concern of many German soldiers was to elude the grasp of Soviet forces, to keep from being taken prisoner. About 1 million Germans attempted a mass exodus to the West when the fighting in Czechoslovakia ended, but were stopped by the Russians and taken captive. The Russians took approximately 2 million prisoners in the period just before and after the German surrender.

Meanwhile, more than 13,000 British POWs were released and sent back to Great Britain.

Pockets of German-Soviet confrontation would continue into the next day. On May 9, the Soviets would lose 600 more soldiers in Silesia before the Germans finally surrendered. Consequently, V-E Day was not celebrated until the ninth in Moscow, with a radio broadcast salute from Stalin himself: “The age-long struggle of the Slav nations… has ended in victory. Your courage has defeated the Nazis. The war is over.”

https://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/victory-in-europe

I salute those remaining members of the US forces for their dedication and loyalty….they were truly the “Greatest Generation”…..and something we may never see again.

Please take a few minutes and offer a silent thank you to those who fought to save the world from tyranny.

Thank you!

“lego ergo scribo”

Remember That Drug, Remdesivir?

No?

It is the newest miracle drug to fight the Covid-19 virus….

Still nothing?

Here is my initial post on the drug……https://lobotero.com/2020/05/05/remdesivir/

There is more to the story than some “miracle” drug…..(the miracle is just how average Americans will pay for the treatment)

Looks like eventually when we have the tests…they will be free to every American….which is great….but what if you test positive and they treat you with Remdesivir…..but at what price?

Now that the FDA has approved the drug remdesivir for the treatment of COVID-19, a big question looms: How much will it cost? The drug’s manufacturer, Gilead Sciences, is donating its current stock, enough to treat about 140,000 patients, reports Barron’s, but its pricing decision after that will be under scrutiny. Much will depend on data still to come in on the drug’s effectiveness, but this “will set the bar for how all coronavirus treatments that come after remdesivir will be priced,” writes Bob Herman at Axios.

  • $4,500: A report issued Friday by the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, a research group that offers guidance on pricing, said Gilead could charge about $4,500 per treatment course if further testing proves that it saves lives. It figures a treatment course of 10 days.
  • $390: The group says the price could be $390 per course if the drug has a lesser effect: that is, it doesn’t save lives, but it speeds up recovery by a few days, per Axios.
  • $10: The report also provides a low range of $10, which it says would allow Gilead to recover the cost of making the drug but forgo any profits. How Reuters frames the issue in a headline: “Will Gilead price its coronavirus drug for public good or company profit?” The advocacy group Public Citizen is all for this $1-per-day model, arguing that “Gilead initially developed remdesivir as one of several candidate treatments for hepatitis C and has made tens of billions off its successful hepatitis C drugs.”
  • Big money: If Gilead goes with the upper range of $4,500, that could generate $2 billion in revenue for the company, reports Bloomberg. If the drug does indeed save lives, this price is “really reasonable,” in the view of one analyst.
  • Old controversy: Gilead ran into much controversy in 2013 when it priced a new drug for hepatitis C, Sovaldi, at $1,000 per pill, notes Reuters. That led to a huge backlash against Big Pharma in general. “This is a tremendous opportunity for drug manufacturers” to help the industry’s image, says a pricing expert at firm ZS Associates. “There has been an overwhelmingly negative focus on drug prices.”
  • Lawmakers’ letter: After the FDA move, Democratic Reps. Lloyd Doggett of Texas and Rosa DeLauro of Connecticut wrote a letter to Health and Human Services chief Alex Azar to demand an “appropriate accounting” of how much taxpayer help Gilead received in developing the drug in the form of grants and such, reports the San Francisco Business Times. The outlet sees this as “one of the first salvoes” in the Gilead pricing debate. An “unaffordable drug is completely ineffective,” the lawmakers wrote.

Did you read that?  One analyst thinks $4500 is reasonable…..I’ll bet he thinks that 500 dollars for insulin is reasonable as well.

You can bet that Pharma will milk every cent out of this windfall…..for profit health care is the American Dream…..and our dynamite health care system will let the rape of the consumer continue.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Open The Country Up!

Caution be damned!

Damn the virus…full speed ahead……

Donald needs the country up and running…his political life depends on it.

But is this the best way to get votes? 

Most Americans do not agree with the Rabid Orange Man……

In the past couple weeks, many states have announced plans to gradually lift the stay-at-home orders put in place to stem the tide of the coronavirus. However, polls show that most Americans believe it is too soon to reopen.

In their latest poll (conducted May 3-5), The Economist/YouGov found that only 11 percent of adults believed it was safe to end social distancing and reopen businesses right now. Six percent said it would be safe in about two weeks, and another 19 percent said it would be in a month or so. A plurality (29 percent) thought it would take several months, and 15 percent even said a year or longer. A Morning Consult survey taken April 29-30 found that just 20 percent of registered voters thought the economy should reopen in April (i.e., immediately) or May, 37 percent said June or July, 16 percent said August or September, and 12 percent said October or later. And a May 5 poll from Global Strategy Group and GBAO for left-leaning firm Navigator Research found that 60 percent of Americans opposed reopening the country in the next few weeks, versus 36 percent who supported it. Finally, a May 2-5 poll by Civiqs for Daily Kos asked respondents flat out whether they supported having a stay-at-home order in place in their state: Sixty-five percent said yes, and 29 percent said no.

Most Americans Think It’s Too Soon To Return To What Life Was Like Pre-Pandemic

Slowly but slowly the president and the oligarchs are forcing the country to re-open no matter how dangerous it could become…..and in doing so has decided that some deaths are necessary for them to keep their profits flowing….

It is becoming increasingly obvious that the Trump administration has embraced an approach to the pandemic that will—and that it knows will—result in the deaths of tens of thousands of people in the coming weeks and months.

On Sunday night, Trump nonchalantly stated that he now expects 100,000 people to die from COVID-19 in the United States, up from his previous estimates of approximately 60,000.

Referring to death numbers like he was negotiating a real estate deal, Trump stated, “I used to say 65 thousand, and now I’m saying 80 or 90. And it goes up and it goes up rapidly. But it’s still going to be, no matter how you look at it, at the very lower end of the plane.” He added separately, “And look, we’re going to lose anywhere from 75, 80 to 100 thousand people.”

That is, an additional 40,000 people, by Trump’s own count, will die—40,000 people with children, spouses, families and loved ones, who would not have died if appropriate measures were taken to contain the virus.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/05/pers-m05.html

Donald the Orange has decided that some of us are worth sacrificing as long as the corporations retain their profitability…..

Amidst the expanding coronavirus pandemic in the United States, the Trump administration is implementing a reckless and socially criminal “open up the economy” policy that will result in hundreds of thousands of deaths that could, with correct policies, be prevented.

Trump, in an interview with ABC News aired on Tuesday night, exuded indifference to the consequences of the policies his administration is carrying out. “There’ll be more death,” Trump said, “the virus will pass, with or without a vaccine. And I think we’re doing very well on the vaccines but, with or without a vaccine, it’s going to pass, and we’re going to be back to normal.”

On Monday, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, a close advisor to Trump, bluntly told CNN that it was necessary for the American people to “sacrifice” their lives by going back to work. “The American people have gone through significant death before [in World War I and II] … and we’ve survived it. We sacrificed those lives.” The “sacrifice,” he added, was necessary to “stand up for the American way of life.”

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/06/pers-m06.html

Donald would like nothing better than some of us crap out…..

Friday, May 1 marked a new stage in the social crime being perpetrated against the American people, as President Trump allowed federal guidelines recommending “sheltering in place” during the coronavirus pandemic to expire. Dozens of state governments, with Washington’s blessing, have lifted lockdown orders, allowing stores, restaurants and even movie theaters to reopen, and ordering workers to go back to their jobs on pain of having their unemployment benefits cut off.

The loosening of restrictions is being justified with claims that the COVID-19 pandemic is waning and people can now begin to work, shop, dine out, travel and go to church as they once did, without undue risk. But that is not actually the expectation of the Trump administration. On the contrary, press inquiries have found that the federal government expects an enormous spike in the death toll and is making preparations accordingly.

https://www.wsws.org/en/articles/2020/05/02/pers-m02.html

You notice the people that will be sacrificed are the poor…….and if that does nit work then I am sure that Congress will find it in their hearts to float another stim package that will aid no one but the rich.

Don’t worry…..even if Donald loses in November 2021 will be little difference….the poor will pay the ultimate rice for this pandemic.

Lear Stuff!

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

You Have A Friend At DOJ

Soon to be a song recorded by pedophile Ted Nugent……(snark)

If you are in the pocket of Donald the Orange then you have a free ticket to act and do as he sees fit….with that traitor Barr at DOJ Trump sycophants can literally get away with murder on 5th Avenue (I heard that somewhere before)…..

Another criminal is about to get away with his crimes simply because he is a Trump worshiper…..this d/bag has pleaded guilty but he has the Orange dolt on his side…..

Who?

A big win for President Trump: The Justice Department said Thursday it is dropping the criminal case against Michael Flynn, per the AP. The case involving Trump’s first national security adviser had become a rallying cry for the president and his supporters in attacking the FBI’s Russia investigation. The move is a stunning reversal for one of the signature cases brought by special counsel Robert Mueller. It comes even though prosecutors for the last three years had maintained that Flynn had lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador in a January 2017 interview. Flynn himself admitted as much, and became a key cooperator for Mueller as he investigated ties between Russia and the 2016 Trump campaign.

In court documents being filed Thursday, the Justice Department said it is dropping the case “after a considered review of all the facts and circumstances of this case, including newly discovered and disclosed information.” The Justice Department said it had concluded that Flynn’s interview by the FBI was “untethered to, and unjustified by, the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into Mr. Flynn” and that the interview on January 24, 2017, was “conducted without any legitimate investigative basis.” The US attorney reviewing the Flynn case, Jeff Jensen, recommended the move to Attorney General William Barr last week and formalized the recommendation in a document this week. The decision is certain to be embraced by Trump, but it will likely add to Democratic concerns that Attorney General William Barr is excessively loyal to the president.

This illustrates that if you kneel before the god of idiocy enough you can get away with any crime you choose.

Don’t try this at your next court appearance….this is a one off for Trump’s “piss boys” (you need to watch “History of the World Part One” to understand that)……

I Read, I Write, You KNow

“lego ergo scribo”

That Covid-19 News

We Americans are bombarded every day with all sorts of news about this pandemic….antics of Donald of Orange, what the official count is, those mental midgets that want to infect the entire nation for their lack of concern….and then there are some stories that just do not make it to the news consumer……and there is where IST comes in…..

First I have seen where 45% of the American people think Donald the Orange is doing a good job managing this virus…..HUH?

Do these people see and hear the same stuff that I do?  If so how can anyone see the good job this man is doing?  But then most of them look like they should be in a mental institution.

Some  more troubling stats on the deaths….

Roughly 1,750 Americans are dying every day from COVID-19. But new federal estimates project that figure will nearly double over the next month, reports the New York Times. The projections from the CDC and FEMA see the US hitting about 3,000 deaths per day on June 1. The forecast also sees 200,000 newly diagnosed cases a day by that date, up from 25,000 a day now. The Times published the internal document here. On Sunday, President Trump increased his own estimate for the US death toll to 100,000, but the Times notes that figure will be surpassed in short order if these projections are correct. The US currently has about 68,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.

The new projections illustrate the risk of relaxing restrictions around the country, per the Hill. “There remains a large number of counties whose burden continues to grow,” warns the CDC in the report. After the Times published the information, the White House cautioned against reading too much into it. “This is not a White House document nor has it been presented to the Coronavirus Task Force or gone through interagency vetting,” said spokesman Judd Deere. “This data is not reflective of any of the modeling done by the task force or data that the task force has analyzed.” On Sunday, task force member Dr. Deborah Birx reiterated that White House projections on deaths remained between 100,000 and 240,000, “and that’s with full mitigation.”

The White House predictions on deaths is not encouraging….

An internal Trump administration document predicted that the US’s daily coronavirus death toll would nearly double over the next month, even as the president has encouraged states to return to business as usual, The New York Times first reported on Monday.

Daily deaths are expected to grow to about 3,000 by June 1 from about 1,750 now, according to the document, copies of which were obtained by The Times and The Washington Post.

The draft models also predicted that the number of new infections per day would jump to 200,000 from 25,000 — an eightfold increase — by June 1.

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-administration-predicts-daily-virus-deaths-will-double-by-june-2020-5

I recently wrote about a Russian doctor the “fell” out a window….and now there seems to be a trend developing…..

Three frontline health care workers have mysteriously fallen out of hospital windows in Russia over the past two weeks, heightening public attention to the working conditions for doctors and medical professionals amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Two of those health care workers are dead, and one remains hospitalized.
All three incidents, which are being investigated by Russian law enforcement authorities, have prompted intense discussion in the Russian press and on social media.
Alexander Shulepov, an ambulance doctor in Voronezh, a city about 320 miles south of Moscow, is in serious condition after falling from a hospital window on Saturday. Local state television, citing regional health officials, said he fell out of second-floor window of the Novousmanskaya hospital, where he worked and was receiving treatment after testing positive for coronavirus.
 
One is a coincidence….three is a trend and suspicious….
 
Could smoking actually be good for you?

A preliminary study by French researchers left the medical community baffled when it found that smokers may be 80 percent less likely to catch COVID-19 than non-smokers of the same age and sex.

Analyzing public health data, the scientists concluded that out of the 482 patients who visited Pitié-Salpêtrière hospital in Paris between February 28th and April 9th, merely 5 percent were daily smokers, according to a report in The Economist.

The results come as a surprise and contradict multiple other studies and expert warnings which have cautioned against tobacco use and smoking, as FIT had earlier reported. The study researchers have also acknowledged the danger smoking poses to health, making further inquiry into the findings extremely necessary.

https://fit.thequint.com/coronavirus/preliminary-study-finds-smokers-less-likely-to-suffer-from-coronavirus-doctors-express-caution

I will not get rid of my nicotine patches just yet.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”

Bring The Mercs Home

Recently there was a failed kidnap attempt by some American ex-SF troops……and as usual I had something to say about this botched action…..https://lobotero.com/2020/05/04/venezuela-trumps-bay-of-pigs/

This is what the rest of the world woke up to in the news……

Venezuela’s government has said it foiled a marine incursion by “terrorist mercenaries” who attempted to enter the country on speedboats from neighbouring Colombia, adding security forces killed eight of the fighters.

The group landed early on Sunday on a beach in the port city of La Guaira, about 20 miles (32km) from the capital Caracas, Interior Minister Nestor Reverol said in a televised address.

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/05/venezuela-killed-foiled-invasion-sea-200503162349161.html

And as normal the SecState is distancing himself from this situation…declaring that it was not a US plan….

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday distanced the Trump administration from what Venezuela has characterized as a coup attempt reportedly orchestrated by a former Green Beret, and he called into question Nicolas Maduro’s claim to have two Americans in custody.

“There was no U.S. government direct involvement in this operation,” Pompeo told reporters Wednesday morning at the State Department. “If we had been involved, it would have gone differently.”

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/secretary-of-state-mike-pompeo-distances-us-from-botched-venezuela-raid/ar-BB13H4xB

But yet Pompeo has stated that he will do everything to get these men back…..why make such a deal out of it if they were not under the direction of the US?

US officials continue to try to distance themselves from the failed incursion into Venezuela, which led to the arrests of several people, including two Americans. Venezuela has blamed the US, while President Trump denied any knowledge of it.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is certainly adding to speculation that this is a US plot, saying that the US will “use every tool” to get the Americans back. He says this is a responsibility, but it only seems to be so if this was a foiled American plot.

Pompeo went on to add further to this speculation, saying that he will not share further information about who financed and drove the plot at this time. Further, the State Department accused Venezuela’s President Maduro of using this to deflect from trouble at home.

With those involved portraying this as a US-driven coup plot, the administration seems to be acting exactly how one would expect them to act if that was the case. The US has repeatedly tried to impose regime change in Venezuela, and this seems to be just the latest failed bid.

(antiwar.com)

A failed coup/kidnapping…..just what I would expect from an incompetent admin is an incompetent situation….probably tried to succeed with bargain basement mercs.

I Read, I Write, You Know

“lego ergo scribo”