Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Eighteen

Surviving C-19 Day Eighteen
April 18 2020 6:30 AM
90 Days since first US infection.

Global Infected           2,167,955                   `               2,258,926         
Increase Infected       91,940                                     90,971

Global Dead                146,055                                      154,686
Increase Dead             8,047                                      8,631

US Infected                  671,948                                     706,779
Increase Infected        32,284                                    35,131   

US Dead                       33,286                                        37079
Increase Dead             2,301                                      3,793

US Tested                    3,420,394                                 3,574,392
US Population            328,200,000                             328,200,000

Increase Tested          158,783                                 153,998

This morning I again find myself stunned; unable to determine which is worse, the rhetoric from the POTUS, the white nationalism which spawned that, the reaction of the white nationalists online to the POTUS’s tweets or the lack of reaction by the rest of us.

“The tweet was one of three sent from the president’s account, along with “LIBERATE MICHIGAN!” and “LIBERATE VIRGINIA, and save your great 2nd Amendment. It is under siege!”—NBC

“Trump’s tweets, however, pushed many online extremist communities to speculate whether the president was advocating for armed conflict, an event they’ve termed “the boogaloo,” for which many far-right activists have been gearing up and advocating since last year.  There were sharp increases on Twitter in terms associated with conspiracies such as QAnon and the “boogaloo” term immediately following the president’s tweets, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute, an independent nonprofit group of scientists and engineers that tracks and reports on misinformation and hate speech across social media. Posts about the “boogaloo” on Twitter skyrocketed in the hours after the president’s tweets, with more than 1,000 tweets featuring the term, some of which received hundreds of retweets.”–NBC

“We the people should open up America with civil disobedience and lots of BOOGALOO. Who’s with me?” one QAnon conspiracy theorist on Twitter with over 50,000 followers asked.  “Boogaloo” is a term used by extremists to refer to armed insurrection, a shortened version of “Civil War 2: Electric Boogaloo,” which was coined on the extremist message board 4chan.”—NBC

“Gov. Jay Inslee of Washington condemned Trump’s tweets in his own Twitter thread in which he warned the president about encouraging violence. “The president is fomenting domestic rebellion and spreading lies – even while his own administration says the virus is real, it is deadly and we have a long way to go before restrictions can be lifted,” Inslee wrote.”—NBC

The president’s tweets came just minutes after Fox News aired a segment featuring coverage of a Facebook event called “Liberate Minnesota.” Although only a few hundred people expressed interest in the event on Facebook, local news sites and conservative blogs drove attention to the event Thursday, one day before the president’s tweets.

“Minnesota citizens now is the time to demand Governor Walz and our state legislators end this lock down!” the event’s Facebook page reads. “Thousands of lives are being destroyed right now. It is not the governor’s place to restrict free movement of Minnesota citizens!  Gov. Walz you work for the citizens of this state!”

A few hundred protesters had gathered outside Gov. Tim Walz’s residence in St. Paul, Minnesota, by Friday afternoon, packed in tight crowds along the sidewalk. They chanted “USA” and carried signs with pro-Trump, anti-Walz messaging.

One sign read, “If ballots don’t free us bullets will.”

ALERT! ALERT! ALERT!

Screams my brain.  WARNING! This is a textbook example of divide and conquer, our POTUS is setting one side of America against the other during a pandemic.  Think about that, why would any POTUS warn a part of America that their 2nd Amendment rights were at risk because of a virus which does not affect the 2nd amendment at all?  Medical protocols dictate we distance ourselves, that very distancing is what shifted the model numbers from 2.2 Million or more dead all the way down to 60,000, that is one hell of a drop. 

Now you want to disregard the medical advice and encourage the radical right to go to arms to force governors to follow your idea?  Do you value the economy more than the people, or the people more than the economy?  Do you understand you cannot have any economy without healthy people?  How does any of this impact anyone’s 2nd amendment rights?  Is that warning a call to arms as the radical right thinks?  Is that the POTUS threatening the Governor personally, with war and insurrection in his state?  Is it a dog whistle to the radical right?

Why does this seem ignored?

 Liberate 1. Set (someone) free from a situation, especially imprisonment or slavery, in which their liberty is severely restricted.

A Stay at home order does not equate to imprisonment or slavery, nor are your liberties restricted.  They are temporarily suspended to halt the spread of a deadly virus.  You liberate others from oppression, no American is being oppressed by coronavirus measures; we are much inconvenienced.

Liberation: 1. the act of setting someone free from imprisonment, slavery, or oppression. 

None of our states need liberation Mr. President.

Thus our POTUS is encouraging his base to revolt against their governor, that is a divide and conquer technique, again, in the midst of a national health crisis and global pandemic. Donald Trump wants everything to be all over, for the worst to be past and life to become normal again, NOW!  All his life he has used money and bullishness to get what he wants, but you cannot bully cancer, and you cannot bully C-19.  While our POTUS is egging the radical right on we are having the equivalent one 9-11 event every day in America.

C-19 does not care what you think of it, it will strive to live and breed in us forever just like we strive to live and breathe on Earth ourselves.  Trump seems to me to again be in another denial loop, this time about re-opening and being over the hump.  I fear he sees the new model of 60,000 as set in stone.  I doubt he understands that this new model is based on strict social distancing with stay at home orders nationwide until June.  If you lift restrictions as he desires, you throw that model out the window, nor would we revert to the old model of 2.2 million (100-200 thousands with mitigations), but we would need a new model based upon the new blooms which will erupt.

I much prefer my Governor.

On Friday Maine Gov. Janet Mills issued a response to the President’s guidelines:

“We all want life to return to normal as soon as it is safe to do so. Our hearts break to see closed storefronts and people struggling to make ends meet because of this crisis. At the same time, we all know that reopening too soon and too aggressively will likely cause a secondary surge in COVID 19 cases, jeopardizing the lives of Maine people and further destabilizing the economy. None of us want that. I have been speaking with a number of economic leaders, including the President of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Their message is clear: the most important thing we can do to turn the economy around is to defeat the virus.”  Although I do admit to the shiver of dread my mind had when contemplating how our previous Governor, LePage, would have handled this, very glad he is out.

Morning Legacy Headlines
North Korea defies sanctions with China’s help, UN panel says
Racial toll of virus grows even starker as more data emerges
Businesses Reopen in Tehran After Slowdown in Coronavirus Outbreak
Ecuador’s death rate soars as fears grow over scale of coronavirus crisis
Antibody research indicates coronavirus may be far more widespread than known
Nigerian president’s chief of staff dies from coronavirus
Number of coronavirus deaths in care homes could be as high as 7,500
Coronavirus: ‘Church’ ordered to stop selling bleach-based COVID-19 cure
Brazil court bans missionaries from heading to Amazonian valley to ‘convert’ tribes
Walmart to hire 50,000 more workers in coronavirus-driven hiring spree
New wave of infections threatens to collapse Japan hospitals
No need to wipe down food packaging during coronavirus pandemic, FDA says
Trump says ‘strange things’ afoot surrounding coronavirus origins
Chernobyl wildfire blankets Kyiv in thick smog
Trump announces $19B program to help agriculture sector
US crude to 18-year low as supply overwhelms demand
Global deaths pass 150,000 as countries look towards relaxing restrictions
WHO says there’s ‘no evidence’ coronavirus antibody tests can show immunity
IMF, World Bank urge action to cover $44 billion gap in Africa’s pandemic needs
Italy declares victory over Covid-19 in poorer south
Dow closes 700 points higher on hopes for virus treatment
Trump calls to ‘liberate’ states where protesters have demanded easing coronavirus lockdowns
San Diego Comic-Con Cancels 2020 Event, Sets 2021 Return
New York governor attacks Trump for ‘passing buck’ on pandemic response
‘Heartbreaking’ report shows virus ravaging NY nursing homes
Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll rises, new cases broadly stable
SpaceX Crew Dragon to launch historic NASA astronaut mission on May 27
Eleven Philippine troops killed in clash with Muslim militants
Coronavirus: UK on track to have ‘highest death rate in Europe’ expert warns
Coronavirus: UK hospital deaths reach 14,000 after 847 more patients die
US coronavirus deaths hits record one-day total of 4,591
At least 300,000 Africans expected to die in pandemic: U.N. agency
El Chapo’s daughter, Mexican cartels hand out coronavirus aid
Ultra-Orthodox Jews Clash With Police in Jerusalem Over Coronavirus Lockdown
Coronavirus: Is there any evidence for lab release theory?

Look at this, “US crude to 18-year low as supply overwhelms demand”, that means we (the non-oil stock holders) can keep the gas cheap by simply driving a lot less, supply then overwhelms demand and the price comes back down.  Interesting economics eh, but do you think our population will decide it’s worth it or say “CHEAP GAS!  ROAD TRIP!”?

I am sure that today Trump will say he is not encouraging insurrection, but what other meaning can he have for bringing up the 2nd amendment other than to instigate and terrorize that state, or that states governor?  Time to go do the afternoon round up of headlines. 

Afternoon Legacy Headlines
Final deal on next relief package is delayed
Thousands wait in line at San Antonio food bank
On the frontlines at a NY hospital full of critically ill COVID-19 patients
New York hospital staff form bonds, mourn loss of their own
In Memoriam: Some of those lost to COVID-19 this week
Investigating the origin of the COVID-19 outbreak
Tracking Trump’s COVID-19 promises
China coming back to life
25 years since the Oklahoma City bombing
Celebrities in quarantine: How they pass the time
India: Covid-19 and the scapegoating of Muslim minority
Lockdown rules: “We still don’t know what Americans will tolerate”
10 years after BP spill, companies drill deeper
Pence: Testing sufficient for Phase 1 Reopening
Trump defends protesters, says orders ‘too tough’
Pence: US facing tough time in fighting pandemic
Idaho residents protest stay-at-home order
Trump shifts blame to states under new virus plan
In north St. Louis, calls for racial health equity
Inside India: The World’s Largest Lockdown
Georgia Gov. Kemp tours temporary virus hospital
WNBA execs prepare virtual war rooms for draft
Doctors study possible virus treatment touted by Trump
Trump tweets support for protestors against stay-at-home orders
Trump unveils new coronavirus guidelines to reopen America
More than 22 million unemployment claims filed in last 4 weeks during pandemic
Informal workers in Brazil depend on food donations
Cuomo says nursing homes are “feeding frenzy” for coronavirus outbreaks
New Jersey governor: If you think coronavirus is “just the flu,” you’re “wrong”
Trump: “The governors are responsible for testing”
World’s largest pork producer closes three U.S. plants
College Board cancels SATs amid coronavirus pandemic
U.S. intelligence community still investigating coronavirus origin theories
California Governor Newsom announces task force to reopen economy
Smerconish: Can patchwork approach to virus work?
Could Trump make it as a talk radio host?
SE Cupp: No excuse for Trump’s pandemic response
Trump tweets about ‘liberating’ some states
Trump criticizes China for their coronavirus response. Here’s what we know
Dr. Fauci corrects Laura Ingraham on false Covid-19 comparison
Rep. Dan Crenshaw: China lied about coronavirus and Americans should sue
I would not trust anything China says: Retired Army brigadier general
Rudy Giuliani on re-opening America: We have to get something started
Rep. Gottheimer joins bipartisan task force to reopen economy
Reopening America has to be done on a state-by-state basis: Rep. Mike Johson
Texas Lt. Gov. Patrick calls on Congress to take a paycut amid coronavirus
Bret Baier shares updates on explosive report about coronavirus origins
Roger Stone says order to report to jail is ‘essentially a death sentence’
Trump, Coronavirus Task Force hold White House briefing
Trump responds to criticism over his ‘liberation’ tweets
The Five’ breaks down Trump’s plan to reopen the US
Florida Reopens Beaches, Protesters Rally In Several States, U.S. Fatalities Surpass 37,000 |
Cuomo: There Is ‘No Time For Politics’ While Working On Coronavirus Relief
Trump Again Takes Credit For Coronavirus Successes While Shifting Blame For His Failures
States Move For Transparency On COVID-19 Deaths In Long-Term Care Facilities
NYC Hospitals, At Capacity, See Signs Of A Plateau In COVID-19 Cases
Shelters See Record Dog Adoptions During Coronavirus Quarantine
FOX News Defends Trump’s COVID-19 Response And Pushes For U.S. To Reopen
Trump’s Strategy To Reopen States Is About Taking Credit And Dodging Blame
Trump Tells Three States To ‘LIBERATE’ As U.S. Death Toll Tops 36,000
Rep. Joaquin Castro: U.S. Must Protect Agricultural Workers
Former GOP Governor: Trump ‘Plays Politics With Every Single Issue’
Experts Say U.S. Testing Must Double Or Triple To Reopen Safely
Illinois Marshaling Resources In Anticipation Of Coronavirus Peak
Trump’s Coronavirus Briefing Slammed By Pelosi: I Don’t Watch, He Contradicts Himself
How coronavirus is affecting one of the nation’s most vulnerable populations
A warning from a young patient who wound up in the ICU
As coronavirus cases surged in N.Y., a doctor reflected on the tragedy
A volunteer ambulance crew in NYC answers the call during covid-19 crisis
America needs more ventilators to fight coronavirus. Can U.S. automakers re-tool in time?

A wee bit o math on infections as Trump yesterday said we are doing the best, better than all the euopean nations. That is Bullshit.

1st place USA                 732,197

2nd Place Spain             191,726

3rd place Italy                175,925 +191,726=367,651

4th place France           149,149 +367,651=516,800

5th place Germany      143,342 +516,800=660,142

6th place UK                 115,314 +660,142=775,456

So the USA, so far, is roughly equal to the next five nations in total.  Let’s adjust for population, because we are bigger right?

Spain 47 Million

Italy 60.32 Million

France 67,02 million

Germany 83.15 Million

UK 67.55 Million

Total population = 325.04 Million, compared to our 328 million, we are more or less the same via population. No one is doing any better than anyone else and this is still ongoing, like calling the leader in a race, they might be leading today, but this race is likely 3 years long, and there is no guarantee the leader will remain leader.

Maine infected           827                 847
Increase Infected       31                  20

Maine Dead                29                  32
Increase Dead            2                     3

While the POTUS lied and turned American against American, C-19 kill 3 more Mainers.

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