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.


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.


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.



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.



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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OSHA regulations prevent truck driver from having hand sanitizer in his truck


With government health care, the government makes decisions on who lives and dies: Italians over 80 'will be left to die' as country overwhelmed by coronavirus

Battlefield triage in Italy. From the UK Telegraph:
Coronavirus victims in Italy will be denied access to intensive care if they are aged 80 or more or in poor health should pressure on beds increase, a document prepared by a crisis management unit in Turin proposes. 
Some patients denied intensive care will in effect be left to die, doctors fear.The unit has drawn up a protocol, seen by The Telegraph, that will determine which patients receive treatment in intensive care and which do not if there are insufficient spaces. Intensive care capacity is running short in Italy as the coronavirus continues to spread. 
The document, produced by the civil protection deparment of the Piedmont region, one of those hardest hit, says: "The criteria for access to intensive therapy in cases of emergency must include age of less than 80 or a score on the Charlson comorbidity Index [which indicates how many other medical conditions the patient has] of less than 5." 
The ability of the patient to recover from resuscitation will also be considered.One doctor said: "[Who lives and who dies] is decided by age and by the [patient's] health conditions. This is how it is in a war."

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Given how Biden calls Trump racist for "China virus" retweet, remember when Biden used terms Ebola or Zika?

Even as recently as this week, Trump has been attacked by the media and former Vice President and leading Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden as “racist” for retweeting a reference to COVID-19 as the “China virus.” But what about Biden referring to the Ebola virus by that name? Ebola was named after a river in Arica.
"This has all led to a number of immediate crises that demand our attention from ISIL to Ebola to Ukraine–just to name a few that are on our front door–as someone said to me earlier this week, the wolves closest to the door," Biden said.
Or how about him using the term Zika? The Zika virus name came from a forest in Africa.
“Give us an up-or-down vote, straight, on Zika,” Biden said at an event on Capitol Hill with fellow Democrats from the Senate and House of Representatives. 

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Trump campaign responding to Biden's comments on solving the Coronavirus problem

From Townhall.com
“In the past, Joe Biden has shown terrible judgment and incompetence in the face of public health issues," Murtaugh said. "The Obama White House had to publicly apologize for and clean up after Biden when his irresponsible remarks caused panic during the swine flu outbreak in 2009. Just weeks ago, he was openly critical of President Trump’s early move to restrict travel from China to the United States in response to the coronavirus – a decision which medical experts agree helped impede the spread of the virus to this country. Yesterday his campaign actually raised the vile conspiracy theory that the President purposely allowed the coronavirus to spread.  In times like this, America needs leadership and Biden has shown none. President Trump acted early and decisively and has put the United States on stronger footing than other nations. His every move has been aimed at keeping Americans safe, while Joe Biden has sought to capitalize politically and stoke citizens’ fears.”

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Just keeping track of COVID-19 predictions

Some pretty amazing predictions about the death total from the Coronavirus. I am willing to bet that these estimates are massively too high.

From the New York Times:
Between 160 million and 214 million people in the United States could be infected over the course of the epidemic, according to one projection. That could last months or even over a year, with infections concentrated in shorter periods, staggered across time in different communities, experts said. As many as 200,000 to 1.7 million people could die. . . .
From Bernie Sanders:
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., warned on Thursday that the potential deaths and economic impacts of the coronavirus were "on a scale of a major war." 
"Nobody knows what the number of fatalities may end up being or the number of people who may get ill, and we all hope that that number will be as low as possible," Sanders, a 2020 presidential candidate, said during a speech from Vermont. 
"But we also have to face the truth and that is that the number of casualties may actually be even higher than what the armed forces experienced in World War II. In other words, we have a major, major crisis and we must act accordingly." . . . 
The U.S. military saw more than 400,000 deaths and nearly 700,000 wounded as a result of World War II. . . .
Slavitt is the former Medicare, Medicaid & ACA head for Obama.

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In The Wall Street Journal: Campaign-Finance Laws Created Candidate Bloomberg: They Don’t Level The Field; They Tilt It To The Advantage Of Billionaires, Especially If They Own Media Firms

Brad Smith and I have an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal on the harm created by campaign finance laws. Since campaign finance laws carry criminal penalties, they are something that interests the Crime Prevention Research Center. The laws create a very uneven playing field, with a very wealthy person such as Michael Bloomberg particularly advantaged. But Bloomberg is also benefited and able to influence the election in other ways because he owns a large media company.
Here is their article:
In the entire 2016 campaign cycle, corporations spent less than $300 million on federal races, less than 5% of total spending. Meanwhile, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has already spent more than $360 million on cable, broadcast and radio advertisements since declaring his candidacy in mid-November. That doesn’t include Mr. Bloomberg’s spending on staff, office space, logistics and internet advertising. Overturning Citizens United wouldn’t touch that money.
“It’s a shame Mike Bloomberg can buy his way into the debate,” tweeted Sen. Elizabeth Warren. The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent typifies liberal angst with the claim that Mr. Bloomberg’s spending “threatens to constitute a moral and political disaster.”
Whether Mr. Bloomberg’s ad barrage translates to more than a brief blip in the polls remains to be seen—he was savaged by his rivals in his first debate.
But Mr. Bloomberg’s ad campaign is likely to help the eventual Democratic nominee, whether it is Mr. Bloomberg or someone else. Many of his ads directly attack President Trump. Since Mr. Bloomberg is a candidate, federal law mandates that he get the lowest unit ad rate. If Mr. Bloomberg used the same money to fund a super PAC, it would have to pay market rates. Thus being a candidate wins Mr. Bloomberg an advantage in softening up Mr. Trump for the Democratic nominee. At the same time, super PACs backing other candidates have to pay far more for their ads than Mr. Bloomberg does, while their campaigns are subject to strict limits on the size of contributions they can receive. The former mayor doesn’t need contributions.
But all this misses an even bigger elephant in the room: Bloomberg Media, which Mr. Bloomberg owns. Federal law exempts the institutional press from campaign finance restrictions, allowing media corporations to coordinate their spending with campaigns—which is illegal for other corporations—and to avoid burdensome reporting requirements, all the while spending what they want to elect their favored candidates. Favorable media coverage—or hostile coverage of an opponent—is invaluable.
A media corporation owned or controlled by a candidate is excluded from the exemption unless its coverage is part of “a general pattern of campaign-related news” that gives “reasonably equal coverage to all opposing candidates.” But unless and until they are formally nominated, Mr. Bloomberg and President Trump are not, under the law, considered “opposing candidates.” The law holds that until then, Mr. Bloomberg is competing only with other Democrats for the nomination. So for now, Bloomberg News is free to trash the president and his policies all it wants.
Thus, attacking the president and sparing his Democratic rivals is the official policy of Bloomberg News and its 2,700 reporters. Bloomberg’s editor in chief has written, “We will continue our tradition of not investigating Mike . . . and we will extend the same policy to his [Democratic] rivals.” But it “will continue to investigate the Trump administration.”
Even if Mr. Bloomberg becomes the Democratic nominee, there is no way to prevent Bloomberg News from shaping its coverage of the economy and current events to help its owner’s candidacy or harm the president’s. For example, despite the strong economy, on a recent weekend Bloomberg News headlines included: “In Hot U.S. Jobs Market, Half of College Grads Are Missing Out,” “All the Ways Stock Market Bulls Have Gone Off the Rails. Again,” and “China Trade War Walloped More Than Half of U.S. States in 2019.”
Wage growth has been strong, and those with lower incomes have seen the largest percentage increases. But this decline in income inequality is no reason to celebrate at Bloomberg News, which frets, “In recent years, while high-school graduates have seen a sharp pickup in earnings, the lower-earning half of college graduates haven’t—and the gap between them is now the smallest in 15 years.” 
Bloomberg News also runs regular over-the-top opinion pieces criticizing Mr. Trump, with headlines such as: “An Unrestrained Trump May End Up Trapping Himself,” “Trump Is Already Making Stuff Up About Voter Fraud,” and “Trump’s Tariffs Haven’t Rescued American Steel.” Again, all from a single weekend.
The value of these stories to Democrats in general, and to Mr. Bloomberg in particular, almost certainly exceeds Mr. Bloomberg’s advertising expenditures. But there is no way that the government could or should police Bloomberg News’s content for political bias.
Further, Bloomberg News’s headlines and stories are not substantially different from those one finds in the Washington Post (owned by the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos), the New York Times(which is controlled by the Sulzberger family and for several years counted Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim as its largest shareholder), or most other traditional news outlets. Meanwhile, candidates operate under strict limits on contributions, making it difficult to counteract the influence of magnates with newspapers.
The whole saga illustrates the impossibility of putting government in control of campaign speech, and the unfairness that results from trying. Campaign finance laws don’t equalize political influence—they give an advantage to some of the richest and most powerful men in America. 
Congressional Democrats have busied themselves with proposing constitutional amendments to overturn Citizens United. That’s small beer. If Democrats want to make campaigns “equal,” they’ll have to repeal the First Amendment’s guarantee of press freedom. I doubt they want to go that far. 
Mr. Smith served as chairman of the Federal Election Commission, 2001-05, and is chairman of the Institute for Free Speech. Mr. Lott is president of the Crime Prevention Research Center.


Just call him Mayor Ban, Michael Bloomberg's list of bans while he was mayor

CNS News has put together a list of 32 bans imposed by Michael Bloomberg when he was mayor.

  1. Smoking in commercial establishments like bars and restaurants (2003)
  2. Smoking in public spaces (2011)
  3. Cigarette sales to those under 21 (2013)
  4. Sales of "flavored" tobacco products (2009)
  5. Smoking e-cigarettes in public spaces (2013) ***
  6. Cigarette in-store displays (2013)
  7. Cars in Times Square (2009)
  8. Cars from driving in newly created bike lanes (2007-2013)
  9. Cars causing congestion below 60th Street in Manhattan (2007)*
  10. Speeding on residential "slow zones" (2013)
  11. Illegal guns (2006-2013) **
  12. Sodium levels in processed foods (2010) **
  13. Trans-fats in restaurants (2006)
  14. Loud headphones (2013) **
  15. Styrofoam packaging in single-service food items(2013)
  16. Sodas larger than 16 ounces (2012) *
  17. Collection of yard waste and grass clippings during certain times of year (2003-2013)
  18. Organic food waste from landfills (2013) **
  19. Commercial music over 45 decibels (2013)
  20. Chain restaurant menus without calorie counts(2008)
  21. The posting of signs in "city-owned grassy areas"(2013)
  22. Non-fuel-efficient cabs (2007)
  23. New cabs that aren't Nissan NV200s (2013) *
  24. Greenhouse gas emissions (2007)
  25. Government buildings that aren't LEED-certified(2005)
  26. Non-hurricane-proof buildings in coastal areas(2013)
  27. Black roofs (2009) **
  28. Construction cranes over 25 years old (2013)
  29. No. 6 and No. 4 "heavy" heating oils (2011)
  30. Less than a 2-1 ratio of female and male restrooms in new public buildings (2005)
  31. Cell phones in schools (2006)
  32. Two-term limits for city elected officials (2008) *
* Overruled/appealed ban
** Suggested/voluntary ban
*** Proposed/pending ban



Some cases of violence against Republicans

We will add more cases as we have time to find them. With comments such as this by Debbie Wasserman Schultz last October, it isn't too surprising that there is violence against Republicans.
WASSERMAN SCHULTZ to KEN CUCCINELLI: "you want to block all immigration and made life harder for immigrants and you have demonstrated that you will pursue this heinous white supremacist ideology at all costs even if it means making critically ill children your collateral damage in the process."

1) Chicago Tribune, February 21, 2020: "Hobart couple accused of driving boys off the road for having Trump flags on their bikes: court documents"

A Hobart couple has been charged with intimidation and criminal recklessness after being accused of driving a set of twins off the road in July for having pro-Trump flags on their bikes.   
Kyren G. Perry-Jones, 23, and Cailyn M. Smith, 18, have each been charged with two counts of intimidation and criminal recklessness, both felony charges, as well as one count each of misdemeanor theft and criminal mischief in the July 22 incident, according to a probable cause affidavit. Charges were filed Feb. 20 because detectives were waiting information from Snapchat, a social media platform.
2) Union Leader (NH), February 21, 2020 
A man has been arrested in Windham, New Hampshire, after slapping a 15-year-old boy across the face and attacking two others on the day of the state primary for supporting our president, leaving one victim with a fractured jaw. The disgusting man did so, shouting “F- — you,” as he passed their pro-Trump tent outside a local polling place. According to the boy’s mother, he remains traumatized by the attack. . . .
3) WSMV News Channel 4 Nashville, February 11, 2020: Woman punches man in Broadway bar over MAGA-style birthday hat
. . . Daniel Sprague was at The Stage bar on Broadway sporting a gift his wife gave him for his 50th birthday bash—a hat that says "Make 50 Great Again." The hat is styled to look like a "Make America Great Again" hat that supporters of President Donald Trump wear.  "People were just coming up to me and, you know, just loving the little word play on the hat and taking pictures and wishing me happy birthday," Sprague told News4.  However, one woman at the bar was not as amused.  "At one point," Sprague said, "A female came up from behind me, spun me around, and punched me in the face and then grabbed my hat off my head and was just yelling, 'How dare you.'" . . .
4) News 4 Jacksonville, Florida, February 8, 2020: Man accused of driving through Republican voter registration tent arrested
Hours after a van plowed through a Republican Party tent where volunteers were registering voters, Jacksonville police arrested a 27-year-old man on two counts of aggravated assault on a person over 65 years old, criminal mischief and driving without a license.  The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office identified Gregory William Loel Timm as the person behind the wheel of the van that struck the tent set up the parking lot of a Walmart Superstore at the corner of Atlantic and Kernan boulevards about 3:50 p.m. Saturday.
5) AP, October 15, 2018: Suspicious envelope causes ricin scare at Sen. Collins’ home
A hazardous materials team was dispatched to the home of Republican Sen. Susan Collins on Monday after her husband received a letter with a note saying the envelope contained ricin.  The FBI said preliminary tests on the letter and its contents indicated that there was no threat to the public, and the senator and her husband were allowed to stay in the home Monday night.  It was unclear who sent the letter and why. But critics have hurled threats at Collins and her staff over her vote to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court.
6) KMSP, October 16, 2018: Two Minnesota GOP candidates say they were attacked, punched
In a sign of how heated the fall campaign has become, two Minnesota Republicans say they were attacked and punched in separate incidents over the weekend.  State Representative Sarah Anderson of Plymouth said she had confronted a man for kicking her campaign sign when he charged at her. First-time candidate Shane Mekeland of Becker said he suffered a concussion after a man punched him in the face at a Benton County restaurant.  

7) Wyoming Tribune Eagle, October 25, 2018: Man charged with Republican headquarters fire in Laramie

LARAMIE – A man was charged by federal prosecutors Tuesday for the apparent act of arson at Laramie’s downtown Republican headquarters in September.  Keller Sorber was charge after an investigation that hinged on DNA testing and an undercover operation. . . .
8) Of course, there are uncomfortable cases against Sarah Sanders and Ted Cruz.

Other cases available here.

There are other cases of people threatening violence.

February 2020: Here is a case from Arizona State University of a student who threatened to "slash Republican throats."



Payola gone mad with Michael Bloomberg, Should those endorsing candidates hide that they have been paid by them?

From the Wall Street Journal:
Michael Bloomberg’s presidential campaign is hiring hundreds of workers in California to post regularly on their personal social-media accounts in support of the candidate and send text messages to their friends about him. . . . 
To staff the effort, the campaign is hiring more than 500 “deputy digital organizers” to work 20 to 30 hours a week and receive $2,500 a month, the documents show. Those workers are expected to promote Mr. Bloomberg weekly to everyone in their phones’ contacts by text message and make daily social-media posts supporting him, the documents show. . . .
The whole Payola scandal was that radio stations played songs without letting people know that they were being paid to run those songs. The irony is that the Democrats who pushed for banning Payola and yet they haven't attacked Bloomberg.


Michael Bloomberg is flip-flopping on lots of issues.

While people are focusing on Michael Bloomberg's changing positions on "Stop & Frisk," there are actually a lot of other issues and as I have time, I will add to this list.

Marijuana -- 

Then: "Three-term New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg harped on the importance of vocational education and blasted Colorado’s decision to legalize marijuana as stupid Friday evening before a sold-out crowd at the Aspen Institute.When an audience member asked the 72-year-old Bloomberg about Colorado marijuana, he responded that it was a terrible idea, one that is hurting the developing minds of children. Though he admitted to smoking a joint in the 1960s, he said the drug is more accessible and more damaging today." 
Now: “Mike believes that further scientific study is required to assess the health effects of marijuana. In the meantime, he believes that no one should go to jail for smoking or possessing it,” the Bloomberg campaign said in a 13-page policy brief.
Minimum wage -- 
Then: "I, for example, am not in favor, have never been in favor of raising the minimum wage." 
Now: "If you work full-time, you should earn enough to live on a living wage. There is dignity in every job and there should be dignity in every paycheck as well," he said at a news conference.Bloomberg released new proposals to create economic opportunity for all Americans. Among the ideas: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025."To fight poverty, we need to do something even more basic, and that is raise incomes. And we should start with the most straightforward change: raising the minimum wage," Bloomberg said.
Financial Transaction Tax --
Then: "When Washington attacked Wall Street, Bloomberg “stood up for the financial-services industry,” without any prodding from the business community" 
Now: "Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Tuesday proposed a financial transaction tax (FTT) as part of a wide-ranging financial reform plan the billionaire former New York City mayor unveiled ahead of Wednesday's debate.Bloomberg is proposing to work with Congress to implement a 0.1 percent tax on transactions for stocks, bonds and derivatives. He is calling for the tax to be phased in over time, starting at 0.02 percent, to limit any unintended consequences, according to a document from his campaign.
Marijuana legalization
Then in 2019: legalizing marijuana “perhaps the stupidest thing anybody has ever done.” 
Now: wants to decriminalize the possession of “small amounts” of marijuana and commute the sentences of certain convictions.

Social Security --
Bloomberg is now advocating for small targeted increases in Social Security benefits after repeatedly calling for cutting benefits over the past eight years. As recently as 2015, he compared AARP’s opposition to Social Security cuts to the National Rifle Association’s opposition to gun control, . .  .
“So does the AARP. Somebody suggested we change the age when Social Security kicks in in the year 2050. They went crazy, it would hurt their members. How many members of the AARP are going to be around in 2050? Come on.” . . .

Any additional examples are appreciated.



Bloomberg really is clueless: his latest comments on farming

Bloomberg's quote on Farming
"I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer. It's a process. You dig a hole, you put a seed in, you put dirt on top, add water, up comes the corn. You could learn that. Then we had 300 years of the industrial society. You put the piece of metal on the lathe, you turn the crank in the direction of the arrow and you can have a job. And we created a lot of jobs. At one point, 98 percent of the world worked in agriculture, now it's 2 percent in the United States. Now comes the information economy and the information economy is fundamentally different because it's built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter."
My write up at Fox News:
The problem is that the rest of Bloomberg’s comments don’t help him. Take his comparison to the information economy.
“Now comes the information economy and the information economy is fundamentally different because it’s built around replacing people with technology and the skill sets that you have to learn are how to think and analyze, and that is a whole degree level different. You have to have a different skill set, you have to have a lot more gray matter.”
Despite what Bloomberg might think, the notion of replacing people with technology is not unique to the information economy. It has been true with farming from the beginning. When someone learned to harness animals to help plow the field that was a technological advance that made it so you didn’t need as many people to plant the crops. Bloomberg cavalierly says, “you dig a hole,” but there is technology behind that. In 1566 in Italy, Camillo Torello patented the first seed drill for planting seeds. Jethro Tull refined it in 1701 in England.
There are also other issues in harvesting a crop. In 1793, Eli Whitney had the invention of the cotton gin, which allowed one to remove the seeds from the cotton fibers, and it dramatically revolutionized cotton farming. No longer did you have to employ armies of people to remove the seeds from the cotton fiber by hand.
When Cyrus Hall McCormick invented the mechanical reaper in 1831, he revolutionized harvesting grain, which became much faster and easier. Even for these inventions, it wasn’t like there was just a one-time change as people were constantly figuring out ways of improving on them. People went from using sickles to reapers to harvesters, which is a machine that heads, threshes, and cleans grains all while continuously moving across the field.
Despite what Bloomberg might think, all these inventions replaced people with technology.
Bloomberg might believe that his business is unique in requiring “you have to learn how to think and analyze,” but, whether one is talking about farming today or a hundred years ago, farmers need many skills, and a great deal of analysis is involved. To say you just “add water” sounds more straightforward than it is. The process may involve irrigation, which in turn requires engineering skills. Figuring out how to fertilize crops, guard against disease, and pests all involved creativity. Farmers had to be able to fix their machinery, take care of their animals, manage books, and run a business.
Sheekey also attacked Sanders because he needed to recognize that Bloomberg was talking about an “agrarian society.” Today’s farmers might have to have many different skills than those from a couple of hundred years ago, but that doesn’t make the problem any different. So today’s farmers might have a greater knowledge of chemistry and biology, but that doesn’t mean that the same challenges didn’t previously exist and that even if a farmer couldn’t tell you the exact chemical content of a fertilizer back then, he would still have to figure out what worked best for his soil and how to change things over time as certain nutrients were used from the soil over time.
Indeed, in many ways, technology has made being a farmer much easier today than it used to be.
But there is a simple response to Bloomberg’s claim. If Bloomberg were somehow transported back to living on a farm in 1700 or 1800, without any help, could he have successfully known how to grow crops and handle livestock? Unless he secretly took classes at Johns Hopkins on animal husbandry, it is doubtful. I certainly wouldn’t know what fertilizers to use and how to rotate crops or take properly take care of the horse that pulled my plow. And I doubt that Bloomberg would understand that either.
“I could teach anybody, even people in this room, no offense intended, to be a farmer…you could learn that,” Bloomberg claims. But, ironically, despite his boasting, if Bloomberg got transported back to run a farm a few hundred years ago, he would likely fail. He would end up working for someone else on their farm.



"Survivors of Church Shootings Run as Gun-Rights Candidates: Three men in Texas are seeking public office in March’s Republican primaries"

Stephen Willeford who stopped the 2017 church shooting in Sutherland Springs Church shooting.
Pastor Frank Pomeroy, who lost his teenage daughter, in the Sutherland Springs Church shooting.
Jack Wilson who stopped the West Freeway Church of Christ shooting near Fort Worth.

All three are Republicans. They are following in the footsteps of Suzanna Hupp, who served in the Texas state House.
In Colorado, the state House minority leader, Patrick Neville, was a student at the Columbine High School attack.

Here is a Wall Street Journal article on the top three and a long list of Democrats who have run for public office after these types of attacks.