5/23/2020

Who is the real Dr. Fauci, he now worries that stay-home orders could cause ‘irreparable damage’

Just 10 days after warning the Senate that he was worried about stay-at-home orders being lifted too quickly, Fauci had a very different message.
Stay-home orders that extend too long could cause the U.S. “irreparable damage,” Dr. Anthony Fauci warned Friday.Strict crackdowns on large gatherings and other orders, such as for home quarantines, were needed when the coronavirus first hit the nation, but those rules can now begin to be lifted in many parts of the country, Fauci said during an interview on CNBC.
“I don’t want people to think that any of us feel that staying locked down for a prolonged period of time is the way to go,” the member of the White House coronavirus task force said.
“But now is the time, depending upon where you are and what your situation is, to begin to seriously look at reopening the economy, reopening the country to try to get back to some degree of normal.”
This is regarding Fauci's Senate testimony on May 12th.
Fauci warned that prematurely lifting coronavirus restrictions closing schools and businesses and limiting travel would lead to "suffering and death" and "turn the clock back instead of going forward." 

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NAACP slams Joe Biden over Biden claim that the NAACP has endorsed him “every time I’ve run”

While Biden claims the NAACP has endorsed him “every time I’ve run,” the NAACP has a different take on that:
“Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement,” the statement by Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP,  said. “We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.”

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5/22/2020

CDC mixes up Coronavirus data: They mistakenly mixed together the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's disease totals

This is a very big mistake, making it looking like the problems with the disease are much bigger than they actually are.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) acknowledged Thursday that it is combining the results from viral and antibody COVID-19 tests when reporting the country's testing totals, despite marked differences between the tests. . . . 
"The viral testing is to understand how many people are getting infected, while antibody testing is like looking in the rearview mirror. The two tests are totally different signals," Jha told The Atlantic. 
In a statement, CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told The Hill that when the agency began to track coronavirus testing, viral tests were far more commonly used nationwide than serology testing." 
"Now that serology testing is more widely available, CDC is working to differentiate those tests from the viral tests and will report this information, differentiated by test type, publicly on our COVID Data Tracker website in the coming weeks," she said. . . .

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5/16/2020

Scientists say: "The sun has entered a ‘lockdown’ period, which could cause freezing weather, famine"

From the New York Post:
Our sun has gone into lockdown, which could cause freezing weather, earthquakes and famine, scientists say.
The sun is currently in a period of “solar minimum,” meaning activity on its surface has fallen dramatically.
Experts believe we are about to enter the deepest period of sunshine “recession” ever recorded as sunspots have virtually disappeared.
Astronomer Dr. Tony Phillips said: “Solar Minimum is underway and it’s a deep one.” . . .
NASA scientists fear it could be a repeat of the Dalton Minimum, which happened between 1790 and 1830 — leading to periods of brutal cold, crop loss, famine and powerful volcanic eruptions.
Temperatures plummeted by up to 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) over 20 years, devastating the world’s food production. . . .

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5/08/2020

ABC News from 2016: "Biden Says He Wishes He Could Take Trump 'Behind the Gym' Over Groping Comments"

This is pretty astounding from ABC News in October 2016:
Vice President Joe Biden took GOP candidate Donald Trump to task over comments he made bragging about his ability to grope women, saying he wished he were in high school so "I could take him behind the gym." 
During a campaign stop in Pennsylvania Friday, Biden sounded outraged as he talked about Trump’s sexually explicit comments and the allegations from women that Trump assaulted them. Trump has vehemently denied the sex assault allegations. 
“Press always ask me, ‘Don’t I wish I were debating him?’” Biden said talking about Trump. “No, I wish we were in high school and I could take him behind the gym.” 
Biden has been a leading advocate for legislation aimed at helping sexual assault victims throughout his career and Friday he credited his father and his family values for serving as inspiration for that work. Biden has been known for passionate and fiery rhetoric and at several points during his speech, which focused primarily on rebuking Trump, the vice president was yelling.
Meanwhile, new court documents from 1966 have this about Tara Reade.


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5/02/2020

Wow!: Leaked ‘Five Eyes’ dossier on alleged Chinese coronavirus coverup consistent with US findings

So it looks like Western intelligence is united on the view that China 
The 15-page document from the intelligence agencies of the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Australia and New Zealand, . . . . aligns with U.S. intelligence that China knew the spread between humans earlier than it said, that it knew it was a novel coronavirus earlier than it said and that it was spread wider than they reported to the international community in the first weeks of the outbreak. But there are some exceptions. In particular, Australia believes the virus originated in a wet market, as the Chinese have claimed. However,  the U.S. intelligence community has not yet determined this and is still leaning away from that theory.”
Looks like this will be the lead item in a lawsuit against China.

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4/30/2020

Putting the 52 people who worked or voted in Wisconsin election and have COVID-19 in perspective

The media is making a big deal that 52 people who worked or voted in Wisconsin election have COVID-19. 
— First, as ABC News notes: “It remains unclear how many — if any — of those people contracted the virus at the polls and health officials are still collecting testing and tracing information.”
— Second, the New York Times reports that “the incubation period, on average nearly six days.” And given that a full 22 days had passed since the vote by the evening of April 29th, it is quite possible that a lot these 22 people were infected long after the voting.
But the real question not being asked: even if all 52 were infected because of the vote, what is the rate of infection? There are a few numbers that we need to put together to figure that out.
Number of votes in Presidential Primary: 1,551,712. This is a slight underestimate of the total number of votes because not everyone who voted participated in the presidential vote.
Mail-in ballots: 1,003,422. However, some of these people who sent in mail-in ballots also showed up and voted in person, so this is an overestimate.
For both of these reasons, the total number of people who voted in person is greater than the difference between 1,551,712 and 1,003,422. But even taking just the difference between these two numbers shows a gap fo 548,290 voters. 
Next, there were 4,050 polling places in Wisconsin on April 7th. In Milwaukee, “there were 80 to 100 poll workers at each site, and about 30 National Guard members at each location. Workers were taking safety precautions.” So there were someplace between 110 and 130 people working at each location. But there were only five polling sites open in Milwaukee and it isn’t clear how the staffing of polling places in Milwaukee corresponds to staffing at polling places in the rest of the state. It is a guess, but suppose conservatively that the average polling site in Wisconsin had 50 people working at it — that is another 202,500 people who risked exposure. 
Conservatively, say the total number of people involved in in-person voting was 750,790.
Even assuming that none of those 52 people could have gotten the virus any other way, the infection rate was then at the very most 0.0069 percent. To put it differently, 6.9 out of every 1,000 people who participated got ill.

4/29/2020

Democrats accusing a Democrat is different than Democrats accusing a Republican

One big similarity between the Biden & Kavanaugh cases: the accusers were all Democrats. And the witnesses who support Tara Reade's account are all Democrats  Are u more likely to believe Ds who accuse a Democrat or Democrats who accuse a Republican? The big difference Biden's accuser talked to others when it happened.

Note that while the witnesses supporter Reade's contemporaneous statements are all Democrats  the people saying that she didn't make those statements are also all Democrats who worked for Biden and who presumably hope to work in a Biden presidency.

One person confirming contemporaneous comments by Reade: "I personally am a Democrat, a very strong Democrat," LaCasse said. "I'm for Biden, regardless. But still, I have to come out and say this."

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4/20/2020

Timeline of actions taken by the Trump administration to combat the Coronavirus

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4/13/2020

Joe Biden to Bernie Sanders : "I’m going to need you – not just to win the campaign – but to govern."

Biden has moved even further to the left and will continue to move even further. When Sanders suspended his campaign, he didn't endorse Biden. Sanders said he would stay in until the convention to influence the platform. So Biden essentially guaranteed Sanders a role in writing the platform so Sanders would endorse him. Biden completely caved on the issues.
"The independent who was making his second straight White House run announced that the two campaigns were teaming up for six working groups to tackle the key issues of the economy, education, climate change, criminal justice reform, immigration reform, and health care." 
"The day after Sanders ended his White House bid, Biden showcased new proposals to lower the Medicare eligibility to age 60 and forgive student loan debt for low-income and middle-class families."

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4/08/2020

Italy's National Institute of Health found that 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 had at least one pre-existing condition, comparisons to US pre-existing illness rates

Italy's National Institute of Health found that 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 had at least one preexisting condition.
76.1% of patients who died from COVID-19 had hypertension, or high blood pressure. 
One-third of COVID-19 patients who died in Italy had heart disease. 
About one-quarter of people who died from the coronavirus in Italy had atrial fibrillation. 
Diabetes was the second most common condition among COVID-19 patients who died: 35.5% had the illness. 
Of those who died in Italy, 20.3% had active cancer in the past five years. 
The study found that 18% of people who died had chronic kidney disease. 
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease — or lung diseases such as chronic emphysema and bronchitis — was present in 13.2% of the people who died. 
People who previously had a stroke made up 9.6% of COVID-19 patients who died in Italy. 
In Italy, 6.8% of COVID-19 patients who died had dementia. 
Chronic liver disease was the 10th most common underlying condition among COVID-19 patients who died.
Compare to rate of these pre-existing conditions for Americans.

In the United States, about 77.9 million (1 out of every 3) adults have high blood pressure. Among adults age 20 and older in the United States, the following have high blood pressure: - For non-Hispanic whites, 33.4 percent of men and 30.7 percent of women.



An estimated 83.6 million American adults (>1 in 3) have 1 or more types of CVD. Of these, 42.2 million are estimated to be ≥60 years of age. For the 60–79-year-old agegroup, the following have CVD: 70.2% of men; 70.9% of women. For the 80+ year-old age group, the following have CVD: 83.0% of men; 87.1% of women.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) , approximately 2 percent of people younger than 65 years old have AFib, while about 9 percent of people ages 65 and older have it.


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97% of Coronavirus deaths in Louisiana had pre-existing conditions

As of Thursday, April 2nd, 97% of the 310 Coronavirus deaths in Louisiana had pre-existing conditions.
Some 97% of those killed by COVID-19 in Louisiana had a pre-existing condition, according to the state health department. Diabetes was seen in 40% of the deaths, obesity in 25%, chronic kidney disease in 23% and cardiac problems in 21%.  
Orleans Parish, which encompasses the city, reported 125 confirmed coronavirus deaths as of Thursday, the equivalent of 32 coronavirus deaths per 100,000 people. That rate for New York City was at 15.9 on Thursday. 
As of Monday, April 6th,
As of Monday, 512 people have died in Louisiana from the new coronavirus. The most common pre-existing conditions in those patients were:
- Hypertension (66.4%)
- Diabetes (43.5%)
- Chronic kidney disease (25.1%)
- Obesity (24.7%)
More info on Louisiana available here and here.

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In New York, 86% of Coronavirus deaths were for people with pre-existing illnesses

From USA Today:

86% of deaths involved people with pre-existing illnesses.
And 4,089 of those who died had at least one other chronic disease, the records showed:
  • The leading underlying illness was hypertension, which showed up in 55% of the deaths.
  • Next was diabetes, which was diagnosed in 1,755 deaths, or about 37% of the cases.
  • Other top illnesses found in those who died from coronavirus were hyperlipidemiacoronary artery diseaserenal disease and dementia.
Additional info:
Of the 4,758 deaths in New York since the first on March 14, 61% were men and 39% were women, the state Department of Health reportedon its new data portal. 
In addition, 63% of the deaths were among those age 70 and older, while 7% of the cases were those 49 and younger.

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4/07/2020

96.6% of people in Chicago who died from Coronavirus had pre-existing conditions


The UK Daily Mail has some interesting detailed data for Chicago's deaths from the Coronavirus.

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4/04/2020

When people complain about Trump changing positions on the danger from the Coronavirus note what the experts were saying



“This is not a major threat for the people in United States, and this is not something the citizens of the United States right now should be worried about” - Dr. Fauci to @gregkellyusa, Jan 21, 2020

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