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What starspawn0 posted in their latest feed: 

 

Dr. Anthony Fauci Receives Security Detail After 'Uncomfortable' Encounters, Threats

 

BY MICHAEL BALSAMO / AP APRIL 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

 

Time Magazine - https://time.com/581...reats-admirers/

 

 

(WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he’s received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration to assign him a security detail.

 

 

I think it would be best if the United States no longer led the rest of the world in anything. Every other day is like a national embarrassment to live here. To threaten our top experts who are literally putting their lives on the line is asinine. Who the fuck do you rely on then if not for doctors and experts? The local medicinal shaman? Jesus? 



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What starspawn0 posted in their latest feed: 
 
Dr. Anthony Fauci Receives Security Detail After 'Uncomfortable' Encounters, Threats
 
BY MICHAEL BALSAMO / AP APRIL 2, 2020 12:18 PM EDT
 
Time Magazine - https://time.com/581...reats-admirers/
 

 
(WASHINGTON) — Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease official, said Thursday he feels safe despite reports he’s received online threats and has had uncomfortable personal encounters with admirers that prompted the Trump administration to assign him a security detail.

 
 
I think it would be best if the United States no longer led the rest of the world in anything. Every other day is like a national embarrassment to live here. To threaten our top experts who are literally putting their lives on the line is asinine. Who the fuck do you rely on then if not for doctors and experts? The local medicinal shaman? Jesus?

Im sure China would be a much better fit for the role. They are such a caring group of people

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U.S. Wasted Months as the Pandemic Spread

 

https://www.courthou...andemic-spread/

 

Introduction:

WASHINGTON (AP) — After the first alarms sounded in early January that an outbreak of a novel coronavirus in China might ignite a global pandemic, the Trump administration squandered nearly two months that could have been used to bolster the federal stockpile of critically needed medical supplies and equipment.

 

A review of federal purchasing contracts by The Associated Press shows federal agencies largely waited until mid-March to begin placing bulk orders of N95 respirator masks, mechanical ventilators and other equipment needed by front-line health care workers.

 

By that time, hospitals in several states were treating thousands of infected patients without adequate equipment and were pleading for shipments from the Strategic National Stockpile. That federal cache of supplies was created more than 20 years ago to help bridge gaps in the medical and pharmaceutical supply chains during a national emergency.

 

Now, three months into the crisis, that stockpile is nearly drained just as the numbers of patients needing critical care is surging. Some state and local officials report receiving broken ventilators and decade-old dry-rotted masks.

 

“We basically wasted two months,” Kathleen Sebelius, health and human services secretary during the Obama administration, told AP.

 


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Im sure China would be a much better fit for the role. They are such a caring group of people

 

While the United States constantly does stupid shit like undermining its own "allies" by literally committing modern acts of piracy, China has taken up the reigns in the current crisis as leader. Yes, it's partly propaganda and the pandemic's severity was indeed due to their own incompetence, but will people whose relatives are dying really care? Or will they care more for whomever's trying to help them survive? New allegiances are being forged, as the world order will restructure itself.

 

It's the classic imperialist game, and China is winning the board. America had a chance to elect sensible government and keep leading the world as a first among equals, but it has now undoubtedly abdicated that role. America First, America Only, America Alone. The harsh truth is this: We CAN'T lead the world anymore, when we cannot even solve our own internal problems. This isn't even the first time China has taken an issue where it should be highly criticized on, and then flipped the narrative on its head.

 

None stays at the top forever. China's rule will hopefully see it liberalize (democratize) in some elements as time goes on, but I have my doubts. This may just be a new chapter where State Capitalism like China's becomes a norm. Not like all State Capitalist systems have to be the same, just like how current neoliberal systems vary in degree & social rights. 



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U.S. Wasted Months as the Pandemic Spread

 

 

we cannot even solve our own internal problems.

 

Ironic, that a "leader" who took as a slogan Make America Great Again has done so much to destroy this country.  While many of the problems caused by the Coronavirus would have been great no matter who was president, it is clear that Trump's leadership, or rather his lack of leadership, did much to worsen the situation.  On the overall subject of this country's lack of preparedness and mistakes in dealing with the crisis is this article in The Atlantic:

 

How the Coronavirus Became an American Catastrophe

 

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/03/how-many-americans-are-sick-lost-february/608521/

 

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(The Atlantic) How many people are sick with the coronavirus in the United States, and when did they get sick?

 

These are crucial questions to answer, but they have never been answered well. Archived data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—illustrated in the chart below (see article linked above quote box)—reveal that the government dramatically misunderstood what was happening in America as the outbreak began.


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I suppose there will be some who will argue that the following stokes the flames of identity politics in an inappropriate manner.  Need less to say, I would not agree with such a negative appraisal.

 

Preliminary Mortality Data Show COVID Hits Black Americans the Hardest

 

https://nonprofitqua...ns-the-hardest/

 

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(Nonprofit Quarterly) Health disparities by race did not start with the coronavirus pandemic. “In Milwaukee, simply being Black means your life expectancy is 14 years shorter, on average, than someone white,” note Akilah Johnson and Talia Buford of ProPublica. But while the novel coronavirus has hit people of all ethnic and racial groups, preliminary data make it increasingly clear that Blacks have been hit the hardest. For example, as of April 3rd, Black patients made up nearly half of Milwaukee County’s 945 cases and 81 percent of its 27 deaths in a county whose population is 26 percent Black.

 

Milwaukee, note Johnson and Buford, “is one of the few places in the United States that is tracking the racial breakdown of people who have been infected by the novel coronavirus, offering a glimpse at the disproportionate destruction it is inflicting on black communities nationwide.”

 

Milwaukee is not the only community tracking mortality by race, however. In nearly Michigan, where Blacks are 14 percent of residents, Black patients made up 35 percent of confirmed cases and 40 percent of deaths, again as of April 3rd. Illinois and North Carolina data also find a similar pattern. National data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has not yet been released, however.

 

“Experts,” write Johnson and Buford, “say that the nation’s unwillingness to publicly track the virus by race could obscure a crucial underlying reality: It’s quite likely that a disproportionate number of those who die of coronavirus will be Black.”

 

The reasons for the disparate impact are similar as to why Blacks have disproportionately high rates of maternal death and higher rates of asthma, notes Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones, a visiting fellow at Harvard University. “COVID is just unmasking the deep disinvestment in our communities, the historical injustices and the impact of residential segregation,” says Jones, who spent 13 years at the CDC, where she worked on identifying, measuring, and addressing racial bias within the medical system.


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What Wall Street Doesn’t Want You to Know About Hospital Emergency Rooms

 

https://ourfuture.or...emergency-rooms

 

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(Our Future) Doctor Ming Lin is the first emergency room doctor to be fired for going public with his concerns about poor hospital emergency room safety practices and shortages of medical supplies and protective gear for health workers. He won’t be the last.

 

Like many hospitals in the U.S., PeaceHealth St. Joseph Medical Center in Bellingham Washington, where Ming Lin worked for the past 17 years as an emergency room doctor, has outsourced the management and staffing of its emergency room. So, Min works on-site at the hospital’s ER, but he is employed by a physician staffing firm that runs the ER. These staffing firms are often behind the surprise medical bills for ER services that patients receive after their insurance company has paid the hospital and doctors, but not the excessive out-of-network charges billed by these outside staffing firms.

 

About a third of hospital emergency rooms are staffed by doctors on the payrolls of two physician staffing companies—TeamHealth and Envision Health—owned by Wall Street investment firms. Envision Healthcare employs 69,000 healthcare workers nationwide while TeamHealth employs 20,000. Private equity firm Blackstone Group owns TeamHealth, Kravis Kohlberg Roberts (KKR) owns Envision.

 

Care of the sick is not the mission of these companies; their mission is to make outsized profits for the private equity firms and its investors. Overcharging patients and insurance companies for providing urgent and desperately needed emergency medical care is bad enough. But it is unconscionable to muzzle doctors who speak out to advocate for the health of their patients and co-workers during the global pandemic that is rapidly spreading across the U.S.

 

Yet, that is what Blackstone-owned TeamHealth just did. Why would an experienced ER doctor be fired in the middle of a pandemic? One clue may be that Blackstone’s CEO, Stephen A. Schwarzman, is part of President Trump’s inner circle. He may not want to risk that relationship by allowing TeamHealth’s doctors to inform the public about Washington’s mishandling of the allocation of supplies and protective gear. The President might conclude that TeamHealth doctors didn’t appreciate him enough, and where would that leave Schwartzman?


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A Nurse Bought Protective Supplies for Her Colleagues Using GoFundMe. The Hospital Suspended Her.

 

https://www.propubli...l-suspended-her

 

Introduction:

 

(ProPublica) Olga Matievskaya and her fellow intensive care nurses at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey were so desperate for gowns and masks to protect themselves from the coronavirus that they turned to the online fundraising site GoFundMe to raise money.

 

The donations flowed in — more than $12,000 — and Matievskaya used some of them to buy about 500 masks, 4,000 shoe covers and 150 jumpsuits. She and her colleagues at the hospital celebrated protecting themselves and their patients from the spread of the virus.

 

But rather than thanking the staff, hospital administrators on Saturday suspended Matievskaya for distributing “unauthorized” protective gear.

 

Across the country, front-line medical providers and hospital administrators are butting heads about precautions against the coronavirus pandemic. Clinicians are being told to reuse or go without necessary supplies even when treating patients infected with COVID-19. That goes against the way they’ve been trained. Some doctors and nurses now say they are being instructed not to speak to journalists and disciplined for doing so or taking action to protect themselves.


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Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending

https://www.washingt...3288_story.html

By Ellen Nakashima
April 7, 2020 at 12:42 p.m. EDT



President Trump has removed the chairman of the federal panel Congress created to oversee his administration’s management of the $2 trillion stimulus package.

Glenn Fine, who had been the acting Pentagon inspector general, was informed Monday that he was being replaced by Sean W. O’Donnell, currently the acting inspector general at the Environmental Protection Agency.

Fine is a career official who had served as acting Pentagon inspector general for four years and three months. Before that he was inspector general at the Department of Justice for 11 years.

The move, which was first reported by Politico, will be seen by some as another instance of the president chafing at independent oversight. On Friday, he notified Congress that he was removing Michael Atkinson as the inspector general of the intelligence community — a decision that was criticized as a response to Atkinson’s having alerted lawmakers to the existence of a whistleblower complaint about the president’s dealings with Ukraine. The matter ultimately led to the president’s impeachment.

 



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a brief history lesson:
 
After the Netherlands became independent, the Dutch Republic soon emerged from being a feudal possession of the Spanish to becoming a flourishing wealthy empire. Free from the system of monarchy which burdened the rest of the countries in Europe, the country soon became an oligarchy run by wealthy merchants who also ran the government, and went to work building a mighty fleet that they used to enable their imperialist expansion to every continent and all corners of the world, ruthlessly exploiting every resource they came across for the sake of accumulating wealth. Not only did they invent the stock market and the concept of the corporation, but they also seamlessly integrated corporate and government interests into a single ruthless machine, and also established a global trade network which arguably played a massive part in establishing the basis for the current world order of international capitalist trade. In doing so, they rapidly accumulated unfathomable amounts of wealth, and the profits of the East India Company alone dwarf all modern ones when adjusted for inflation, and made it the most profitable company in the history of the world:
 
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And that's just ignoring the West India Company and all of the other business which played a role in the economy. For a number of decades in the 17th century the Dutch Republic was by any measure the wealthiest nation on earth, and much of this money was invested into the armed forces and military technology, resulting in one of the most formidable armies and navies on earth, which was then used to build an exploitative global empire that drained the earth of its natural resources in the name of capital, and led to deaths of hundreds of thousands of people who stood in the way of this process. There was a period where the Dutch were pretty much the only global superpower, and not only dominated the world financially and militarily, but also created lots of scientific developments and beautiful artwork. So what happened? Why don't the Dutch still rule the world?
 
Well, all of this wheeling and dealing inevitably led to the Dutch becoming embroiled in numerous conflicts around the world with all of the other major powers of the day, and those decades of war (both cold and hot) drained a lot of resources and created a lot of enemies on the world stage. These wars were not only a financial burden on the nation, but also helped emphasize social divides which were already present, and generated a lot of problems in society. All of this came to a head in a single year which is now known as the 'Rampjaar' or "Disaster Year," when just about everything that could possibly go wrong went wrong. After years of conflict, the other major powers all grew to despise the Dutch Republic, and in 1672 the country was simultaneously attacked on all sides by an Alliance of the English, French, and Germans. At the same time there was a bitter civil war in the country between monarchists and Republicans which culminated in the head of state, who had ruled for almost 2 decades, and his brother who was the head of the navy (perhaps the most formidable military force on earth at that time) being dragged out into the streets, where they were lynched by a mob who ripped off their skin and ate their livers and other organs raw.
 
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This mighty empire descended almost overnight into unimaginable chaos, with every element of society being ripped apart along its weakest seams. There is a phrase from this time which describes the state of the nation - "radeloos, redeloos, reddeloos," which translates into something like "without leadership, without reason, and without possibility of salvation." Though they were able to fight off the armies which threatened to wipe them off the map, the economy was hopelessly devastated and would remain so for centuries. A leadership crisis emerged, and for the next hundred years the country was ruled by the nephews and cousins of previous rulers, who had grown up fat and wealthy and had  no idea how to govern what remained of the country. While the average citizen became horribly poor and hopeless, the ineffective leaders continued to live in mansions and eat off of silver plates, and they turned to increasingly nefarious tactics to prop up their economy. They magnified the slave trade a thousand fold, and started using increasingly brutal tactics to retain control over their colonies, which were taken away from them by their enemies one by one. They invested in pet projects and other tremendous wastes of money which did little to help the country or its economy. For instance, the remaining few Dutch of this period who still had some wealth spent a lot of it financing the rebels in America in the late 1700's, largely out of spite against their ancient enemies, the British. But it didn't help, of course. They were invaded by the French and Germans (and English and even Russian armies at some point), and the nation continued along its disastrous trajectory, leading to revolution, invasion, poverty, and death. Lots of death. Many such horrors. The reason why so many Dutch cities have charming 17th century buildings which attract tourists today is that they never recovered economically from the Disaster Year until relatively recently, and for hundreds of years there was little money around for new building projects, and everyone just had to continue living in the houses which were built way back when during "the Golden Age."
 
So what's the point of this story? There was once a global superpower which was wealthier than any other in history, with a massive and powerful army which it used to terrorize the world, as well as form much of the global capitalist economic system which surrounds us today. But then one day disaster struck and the chickens came home to roost, and it all fell apart overnight. Poof. That's all it takes. And there's a good chance that anyone who is reading this post didn't know any of this. That entire empire so thoroughly destroyed and forgotten (and good riddance), that now, 350 years later very few people in the world know that it ever happened.
 
The moral of the story is that no matter how wealthy, how powerful the empire which you inhabit is, it is ultimately nothing within the grand scheme of history. Your entire world can just collapse one day, and then a few hundred years later barely anyone alive will know anything about it. Everything which surrounds you and all that you know is ultimately just an insignificant blip on the radar of human progress that can and will be forgotten. All it takes is one strong shock which tears everything apart. And that's what we are witnessing happening in much of the Western world right now. So good luck to everyone with all of that.

And remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future.


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GOP Senator Bought Stock In PPE Company Same Day As Senate Coronavirus Briefing

07/04/2020 15:34 BST

Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) purchased as much as $65,000 in shares of stock in a company that produces personal protective equipment, the same day the Senate held a private briefing about the COVID-19 pandemic, according to new financial disclosures reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Monday.

One of several senators whose recent stock activity has raised red flags, Perdue bought shares in DuPont de Nemours, commonly known as the chemical giant DuPont, which manufactures personal protective equipment, or PPE, like gowns, masks and gloves. PPE has become scarce as health care workers protect themselves against COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

He made the transaction on Jan. 24, when senators had a classified briefing on the growing threat of the virus. A spokesperson for Perdue told HuffPost Tuesday that the senator did not attend.

Over the next month, Perdue, a former corporate executive whose net worth is an estimated $15.8 million, continued to buy more shares of DuPont stock, investing as much as $185,000.

The shares are listed on a new financial form filed Sunday, which, compared to Perdue’s previous financial forms, contained much more stock activity, the AJC reported.

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Seriously?

 

 

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 If Medicare for All is allowed to proceed, treatments won’t be for all, but only the few that the government determines have potential value, as they see it. This crisis must not become political cover for those pushing government-run health care on the nation. Our lives truly are at stake. 

 

Isn't this the way it already fucking works under private health insurance? Only, the private insurance companies determine who has potential value (ie who can pay) as they see it....

 

You'd think if it were so scary, every other damned modern country aside from this so called one wouldn't have adopted it. That's why this country is so fucked.



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Liberty University police issue arrest warrants for NYT, ProPublica reporters

Source: The Hill



Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. on Wednesday said that arrest warrants had been issued for reporters from The New York Times and ProPublica after both publications wrote stories criticizing his decision last month to partially reopen his Virginia-based.

Photos of the arrest warrants for New York Times freelance photographer Julia Rendleman and ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis, were published on the website of conservative radio host Todd Starnes. The warrant alleges each committed misdemeanor trespassing on campus while gathering information for their respective stories.

Falwell Jr.'s decision on March 24 to reopen the private evangelical Christian university campus as all other universities in the state remained closed amid the coronavirus crisis occurred came nearly two weeks after Gov. Ralph Northam (D) issued a state of emergency, prompting widespread criticism. The move sparked widespread criticism. Five days after the campus reopened, The New York Times reported that, according to the school's director of student health services, nearly a dozen students had reported symptoms similar to those experienced in positive coronavirus cases.

The university said that the reporters committed “trespassing on posted property.”
"The arrest warrants are issued by a magistrate based on information derived from an investigation conducted by Liberty University Police Department, the police agency with primary jurisdiction, based on reports of criminal trespassing on posted property made by Liberty University," the University told The Hill in an email.

 


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Senate at stalemate over more COVID-19 aid after Republicans and Democrats block competing proposals

Source: CNN

By Clare Foran, Lauren Fox and Manu Raju, CNN

Updated 11:33 AM ET, Thu April 9, 2020


Washington (CNN)The Senate is at an impasse over approving additional COVID-19 aid after Republicans and Democrats blocked competing proposals on Thursday, creating uncertainty over whether and when there will be bipartisan agreement to approve further relief measures amid the ongoing crisis.

Democrats blocked an effort by Senate Republicans to approve by unanimous consent an increase in funding for a small business loan program set up to deliver relief amid the coronavirus crisis, citing demands for additional funding for hospitals and state and local governments. And Republicans blocked an alternative proposal put forward by Democrats, arguing that it is urgent to approve the increase in funding for the program immediately and that other issues can be addressed later.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who offered up the GOP proposal, said on the Senate floor, "we need more funding and we need it fast," adding, "I want to add more money to the only part of our bipartisan bill that could run out of money."
"My colleagues must not treat working Americans like political hostages," McConnell said, "We must not fail them."

 


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...and the profits of the East India Company alone dwarf all modern ones when adjusted for inflation, and made it the most profitable company in the history of the world:

 

Just a note (I remember this topic was already discussed few years ago, but I'll try again): East India Company wasn't worth 7,9 trillion USD "adjusted for inflation". Such amounth of wealth was completely unrealistic for XVII century. Instead, the East India Company accounted for the share of the total world's wealth equal to imaginary modern company with capitalisation of 7,9 trillion.

 

As for XVII century Holland and XXI century USA, there are similarities, but there are also important differences. Holland was a small country surrounded by potentially much stronger countries, and no any amount of wealth or naval power could overweight this fundamental weakness. Other words, Holland was strong as long as its neighbors were weak, but no longer.

 

USA, on contrary, is a huge country surrounded by just two knowingly weaker neighbors. The threat of foreign invasion is completely absent and there will be unlikely the one single "year when everything went wrong". Instead, IMHO, there will be the long decline and a chain of social, economic, cultural crises, revealing the inability to play the role of world hegemon. With erosion of its "soft power", the aging empire will more and more rely on "hard power" trying to intimidate both enemies and "allies" (this process has already begun). For a while this will work, but eventually...



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IRS plan: 50 million Americans to receive first stimulus payout today


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The much-awaited stimulus payouts will begin flooding into millions of bank accounts starting today, according to an internal plan circulated by IRS Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

The first payout is estimated to cover at least 50 million Americans.

The first wave of payments will be issued to people who have already given their bank account information to the IRS and Social Security beneficiaries who filed a federal tax return with direct deposit information.

The next wave of money will be paid no later than the week of April 20. The third and final round is dedicated to payments being made through check. Those will be mailed at an undetermined date.

Groups of checks would be then mailed over the next several weeks. It could take until May or August for recipients to see the money.

 



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Senator Mitch McConnell just blocked a bill that provides money for small businesses, hospitals, testing, and more.

Instead of working with House and Senate Democrats, he pulled a political stunt.

 
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