Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) Day Nineteen

Surviving C-19 Day 19
91 Days since first US infection.

Global Infected           2,258,926                   2,341,066                            
Increase Infected       90,971                        82,140

Global Dead               154,686                         161,324
Increase Dead            8,631                            3,638

US Infected               706,779                          735,287                
Increase Infected    35,131                           28,508   

US Dead                   37,079                               39,090
Increase Dead        3,793               2011

US Tested                    3,574,392                    3,723,634
US Population            328,200,000               328,200,000

Increase Tested         153,998                     149,242

Thousands less tested today than yesterday, not the way we need to move.  A 9-11 a day, more or less, for weeks now, but Trump thinks the worst is past while we are still ignorant of the virus to a great extent.

AM Legacy Headlines

Daily coronavirus deaths in Spain fall to 410, the lowest figure seen in a month
10 African Countries Have No Ventilators. That’s Only Part of the Problem.
Ten years after huge BP oil spill, fears of US offshore drilling persist
Singapore had a model coronavirus response, then cases spiked. What happened?
Being overweight can lead to more serious coronavirus hospital admissions, UK research shows
UK not thinking of easing virus lockdown measures yet: minister
Don’t bet on vaccine to protect us from Covid-19, says world health expert
Coronavirus: Fears of beer shortage as carbon dioxide supplies fizzle out
US conservatives lead protests against coronavirus lockdown
Coronavirus: Restaurant finds long-lost wedding ring during lockdown renovations
Celine Dion, Lady Gaga offer hope at ‘One World: Together At Home’
Trump: Some states to begin lifting coronavirus restrictions in coming days
Europe coronavirus death toll tops 100,000
China reports 16 new coronavirus cases, lowest since March 17
Trump warns China could face consequences for virus outbreak
In nod to normalcy, Pence celebrates Air Force Academy grads
Hydroxychloroquine could have side-effects, suggests new study by ICMR
Hundreds of parishioners attend Orthodox Easter Vigil in Georgia
Jacksonville beach packed as Florida coronavirus cases hit record
Coronavirus: Could Donald Trump delay the presidential election?
U.S. sent millions of face masks to China early this year, ignoring pandemic warning signs
Imprisoned Iranian Instagram celebrity has coronavirus, her lawyer says
Under fire, Lesotho PM deploys army on streets to ‘restore order’
New N.Y. virus deaths under 550 for first time since April 1
USADA tries ‘virtual’ testing amid COVID-19 pandemic
Pentagon extends travel restrictions through June 30
Italy’s daily coronavirus death toll lowest since April 12
Coronavirus: Trainer gets entire street involved in lockdown fitness sessions
Trudeau: Canada, U.S. strike deal to extend border restrictions by 30 days
Hong Kong: High-profile democracy activists arrested
Climate change: ‘Bath sponge’ breakthrough could boost cleaner cars
Dr. Oz, Dr. Phil, and Dr. Drew: Fox News keeps inviting TV doctors on air who say crazy things
Another 888 dead as UK’s coronavirus death toll passes 15,000
Coronavirus: More than 20,000 people with COVID-19 in Spain have now died
Racial toll of virus grows even starker as more data emerges
North Korea defies sanctions with China’s help, UN panel says

Trump still does not get it and neither do his supporters, and we all will pay the price.  NY seems to be at the plateau but we do not know how long it will last, it should be a gradual decline over weeks from 550 a day deceased to only a few dozen, then we could open.  I do not know how long they will wait as there are real fiscal repercussions for all; it’s not much use to beat C-19 if you starve is it?

My future is exactly the same as I envisioned, I can live in isolation for the next three years and hope for a vaccine.

WOW, I just read the guidelines, the gateway for opening up.  Trump completely passes the buck, laying all responsibility on the states as if the states do not compose the nation.  Offering no help and denying responsibility for a national crisis.  Once again a divide and conquer technique.  Great in a conquest, advantageous politically, but in crisis management, it is passing the buck while thousands of Americans die every day.

A lot of GOP spokespersons are arguing to blame and punish China.  I find that stupid in the extreme.  China and Korea, North and South have every reason to blame the US , history; and we have reason to blame China, previous epidemics.  Poking China and Korea with a stick of blame right now is liable to instigate a lot more problems geopolitically even if it helps the GOP in national politics.  We could never prove it was a bio-weapon if it was, at best research would indicate it might be, or says ‘we can’t rule that out” which is not ruling it in. Current research shows shift from bats, to pangolin, to humans.

Viral strain research also argues against China being responsible and for the US being responsible.  C-19 evolves fast like all virus.  It has about 1200 evolutionary cycles and in those developed into three strains A, B, and C.  A is always ‘ancestral’, to originating virus, b evolved from A and C evolved from B.  China has strain B, Africa strain C, but strain A is all over America and Europe.

A little bit of history on Korea and China, for perspective, Sun Tzu, ‘know your enemy’.

“While American society has forgotten what their government did during the Korean War, the North Koreans have not. Kim Jong-un may be a dictator and a tyrant, but the North Korean (and in fact the South Korean and Chinese) people have every reason to hold a grudge. . . The Korean War began in 1950 when communist North Korea invaded the undemocratic, anticommunist South Korea. North Korea was part of the Soviet zone, while the South was aligned with the United States.

The Truman administration persuaded the United Nations Security Council to allow the use of force. General Douglas MacArthur launched an attack that pushed the invading North Korean forces back. Truman then wanted to unite Korea under a U.S.-friendly government; however, as UN forces neared the Chinese border, they were intervened by thousands of Chinese troops.  MacArthur actually wanted to invade China after this, and even suggested the U.S. nuke them. According to historian, Eric Foner, “MacArthur did not fully accept the principle of civilian control of the military.”

Eventually the war settled into a stalemate near the original boundaries of the two Koreas. An armistice was agreed to that essentially restored the Koreas to their original separated states. But a peace treaty ending the Korean War was never created.  What often isn’t reported on or written in history books, are the war crimes committed by the United States government. While more than 33,000 Americans died in the Korean War, the Asian death toll is estimated to be as high as 3 million.

1 million of these were soldiers, the other 2 million were civilians. Most North Korean civilians died of starvation after the U.S. purposefully bombed irrigation systems essential to rice cultivation. That was a war crime.  U.S. Korean War veterans testified to corrupt military leadership during the war. Soldiers were commanded to kill crowds of civilians, from infants to the elderly. This included South Koreans, who the U.S. was supposed to defend, and refugees from North Korea who believed they were fleeing to safety. This was also a war crime.

American soldiers who attempted to refuse commands, were threatened to be shot themselves. They of course complied, and for many who returned home, the emotional and psychological scars were worse than the physical ones.  We now have evidence of yet another war crime committed by the U.S. during the Korean War; the deployment of biological weapons. General MacArthur wanted to use nuclear weapons against China after their intervention. While Truman refused, it appears the military decided instead to use biological warfare. Both North Korea and China were targets.

Undeniable evidence of the U.S.’s war crimes have come to light over the decades. Grudgingly, the U.S. government has been forced to acknowledge this evidence. Both the mainstream media and White House remain silent with the release of this recent report, and considering current relations with North Korea, no forthcoming statements are expected.”– ANONHQ–Anonymous

The BBC documentary, “Kill ‘Em All: American War Crimes in Korea.”, documents this and has interviews with US vetrans of Korea.

“Allegations that the United States military used biological weapons in the Korean War (June 1950 – July 1953) were raised by the governments of People’s Republic of China, the Soviet Union, and North Korea. The claims were first raised in 1951. The story was covered by the worldwide press and led to a highly publicized international investigation in 1952. US Secretary of State Dean Acheson and other US and allied government officials denounced the allegations as a hoax.

Australian historian Gavan McCormack argued that the claim of US biological warfare use was “far from inherently implausible”, pointing out that one of the POWs who confessed, Walker Mahurin, was in fact associated with Fort Detrick. He also pointed out that, as the deployment of nuclear and chemical weapons was considered, there is no reason to believe that ethical principles would have overruled the resort to biological warfare.  He also suggested that the outbreak in 1951 of viral hemorrhagic fever, which had previously been unknown in Korea, was linked to biological warfare.

In a 1988 book Korea: The Unknown War, historians Jon Halliday and Bruce Cumings also suggested the claims might be true. They questioned whether the North Koreans and the Chinese could have “mounted a spectacular piece of fraudulent theater, involving the mobilization of thousands”, getting scores of Chinese doctors, scientists, and senior officials “to fake evidence, lie and invent medical fraud”, allocating much of their already stretched logistical resource to defend against biological warfare, all for a propaganda campaign against US.

In 1989, a British study of Unit 731 strongly supported the theory of United States–Japanese biological warfare culpability in Korea.—WIKI

“While atrocities conducted both by North and South Korean forces have already been documented, recently a much darker side to the US involvement in the Korean War has begun to emerge. It casts a shadow over the conduct of US forces during the conflict, particularly of officers and generals in command. Declassified military documents recently found in the US National Archives show clearly how US commanders repeatedly, and without ambiguity, ordered forces under their control to target and kill Korean refugees caught on the battlefield. More disturbing still have been the published testimonies of Korean survivors who recall such killings, and the frank accounts of those American veterans brave enough to admit involvement.

Things began to go wrong almost immediately for the American troops. Those who were rushed to the front line straight from occupation duty in Tokyo in July 1950 were undertrained and underprepared. They were also badly led and quickly defeated by superior North Korean forces. US commanders were outmaneuvered by North Korean units using guerrilla methods to target US lines from the rear.

But there was another problem. The surprise attack from the North had generated a very real refugee crisis. Just weeks after the conflict had begun, up to two million refugees were streaming across the battlefield; they clogged the roads and the UN lines.  Under pressure and fearing North Korean infiltration, the US leadership panicked. Soon command saw all civilians as the enemy regardless. On 26 July the US 8th Army, the highest level of command in Korea, issued orders to stop all Korean civilians. ‘No, repeat, no refugees will be permitted to cross battle lines at any time. Movement of all Koreans in group will cease immediately.’ On the very same day the first major disaster involving civilians struck.

The stone bridge near the village of No Gun Ri spans a small stream. It is similar to a great many others that cross the landscape of South Korea, except that the walls of this bridge were, until very recently, pockmarked by hundreds of bullet holes. On the very day that the US 8th Army delivered its stop refugee order in July 1950, up to 400 South Korean civilians gathered by the bridge were killed by US forces from the 7th Cavalry Regiment. Some were shot above the bridge, on the railroad tracks. Others were strafed by US planes. More were killed under the arches in an ordeal that local survivors say lasted for three days.

Since the original AP report, more documents detailing refugee ‘kill’ orders have been unearthed at the US national archives. They point to the widespread targeting of refugees by commanders well after No Gun Ri. In August 1950 there were orders detailing that refugees crossing the Naktong River be shot. Later in the same month, General Gay, commander of the 1st Cavalry Division (of which the 7th Cavalry Regiment involved at No Gun Ri was part), actually ordered artillery units to target civilians on the battlefield. And as late as January 1951, the US 8th Army was detailing all units in Korea that refugees be attacked with all available fire including bombing.

New allegations have also emerged of the indiscriminate killing of civilians in Korea. In August 1950, 80 civilians are reported to have been killed while seeking sanctuary in a shrine by the village of Kokaan-Ri, near Masan in South Korea. Other survivors recall 400 civilians killed by US naval artillery on the beaches near the port of Pohang in September 1950, and dozens of villages across southern South Korea report the repeated low-level strafing by US planes of ‘people in white’ during July and August 1950. A total of 61 separate incidents involving the killing of civilians by US forces are now logged with the South Korean authorities.

More documents were discovered that showed that the Air Force was strafing civilians at the request of the Army. Air Force Colonel Turner Rogers wrote a memo the day before events at No Gun Ri. ‘The Army has requested we strafe all civilian refugee parties that are noted approaching our positions,’ the memo read. It went on to confirm the instructions had been acted upon. ‘To date, we have complied with the army request in this respect.’”–BBC

“And Donald Trump in particular, I’ve known him a long time and I consider him to be a friend but I’ve been watching these daily briefings with mounting horror frankly, because this is not what the president should be doing, and he won’t want me saying this, but I’m going to say it anyway, the president of the United States right now is an incredibly important person in the world, and not least to Americans who are dying in their tens of thousands from a disease we don’t know much about yet; and all that is required of the president in those moments, and any world leader frankly; is they’ve got to be calm, they’ve got to show authority, they’ve got to be honest, they have to be accurate and entirely factual with what they’re telling the people and have the ability to show empathy;  and on almost every level of that Donald Trump is failing the American people.” –Piers Morgan

PM Legacy Headlines

US should produce 5M COVID-19 tests day before opening economy: Harvard professor
Trump’s tweets ‘encouraging illegal activity’ amid coronavirus: Gov. Jay Inslee
Inslee: Trump’s ‘fomenting domestic rebellion’
Administration working to ‘double the number of (COVID-19) tests … available’: Birx
Pelosi says Dems ‘very close to agreement’ with GOP on new coronavirus bill
At least 7,300 deaths confirmed at nursing homes around the nation
Europe dealing with 2nd wave of coronavirus cases
Coronavirus testing demands increase across the nation
Ebola drugs shows promise against COVID-19
Results from 3,300 antibody tests in a community
Protest in favour of easing lockdown in US
One Good Thing: Reflecting on 35 days of kindness
Trump: Virus sweeping across US reaches peak
Mike Pence celebrates Air Force Academy graduation
Coronavirus: US protests against and for lockdown restrictions
Coronavirus: Some countries in Europe to ease restrictions
Trump: Some states ‘to begin a safe, gradual and phased opening’
Coronavirus: some NHS staff may refuse to work as govt admits lack of protective clothing
Minnesota attorney general discusses pressure on state officials to reopen
Pres. Trump, governors feud over COVID-19 testing
Pres. Trump says he hopes to have campaign rallies before November
Trump notes “very positive trends” at coronavirus briefing and bashes media
Mnuchin: Economy will recover in months, not years
Fareed’s Take: Blaming China fixes nothing
Piers Morgan’s stunning advice for his friend Donald Trump
John King breaks down which states are bending the Covid-19 curve
Charles Barkley: I made a conscious effort to change my lifestyle
Pence on the federal roadmap to restart the economy
Bannon: The world must hold the Chinese government accountable
Nunes slams Pelosi over gourmet ice cream, says people can’t mow their lawn
NY Gov. Cuomo holds a press conference on coronavirus efforts
Navarro: China went from net exporter of protective equipment to net importer
China covered up the virus and that’s the true crime against humanity
Gutfeld: Trump’s critics pan his plan to reopen economy, offer no practical alternatives
Judge Jeanine: You can’t keep Americans down
Kayleigh McEnany: Not a single American has died from lack of a ventilator thanks to President Trump
Jim Jordan: Democrats never miss an opportunity to go after President Trump and advance their left-wing ideology
Larry Kudlow on plan to re-open America for business
Gowdy slams WHO: US paid billions to get the ‘exact wrong information’
Top Democrats, Mnuchin Close To Next Round Of Small Business Loan Funding
Cuomo Shuts Down Coronavirus Hoax Theories: ‘Facts Are facts’
Elizabeth Goitein: Trump ‘Doesn’t Quite Understand’ COVID-19 Pandemic Is Not A War
With Much Of The World Under Coronavirus Lockdown, Sweden Tries A Different Approach
Anti-shutdown protests erupt across the U.S., as states remain closed for coronavirus
Mother With Coronavirus Meets Newborn 2 Weeks After Emergency C-Section
Nursing Home Staff Help Family Wish Their ‘Poppy’ A Happy 99th Birthday
Lessons Learned During The Coronavirus Pandemic: A Harry Smith Essay
WSJ: 58% Worried About Opening Too Quickly
Trump Lurches Between Declaring Power And Denying Responsibility
WSJ Poll: Nearly 60% Of Americans Support Keeping Stay-At-Home Restrictions
‘We’re Still In The Depths Of This Crisis’

Maine infected           847                               867
Increase Infected       20                               20

Maine Dead               32                                 34
Increase Dead           3                                  2

While I wrote in isolation two more of my fellow Mainers died.

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