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Opening Up America Again

President Donald J. Trump announced his plan to reopen the American economy.  Its a 3-Phase plan that first starts with a Gateway.  Once a state, or a county, demonstrates that it meets the gateway criteria, that community may begin to reopen with Phase 1.  The gateway criteria depends heavily on trends.  Once a state or county shows that it has two weeks of continuous declining numbers of new cases, deaths and hospitalizations, and has adequate testing for several key groups of citizens, Phase 1 may begin.  Phase 1 is basically what we have now in terms of social distancing and hygiene guidelines.  It does allow businesses to reopen provided they continue current mitigation practices, such as keeping interpersonal contacts down to 10 people or less.  This includes sit-down dining at restaurants and other businesses currently considered 'non-essential'.

 

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Wuhan Lab Patient Zero

There is a growing body of evidence, real facts, pointing towards the Coronavirus outbreak starting at the Wuhan Institute of Virology.  Two years ago, State Department officials were warning of the sloppy conditions at this research facility.  Several recent reports are providing more details on how the COVID-19 pandemic started.  If true, then it appears a female intern became infected while mishandling the contagion.  This strain of Coronavirus occurs naturally in the horseshoe bat.  The intern apparently infected her boyfriend, who then, in turn, infected other humans at a Wuhan wet market several miles away from the lab.  But the contagion didn't stop there.  A report from the British medical journal, "The Lancet", on January 24 described how about a third of COVID-19 cases in Wuhan had no connection to any wet market, where fresh meats were sold.  Other reports claim that while some varieties of bats were sold at the markets, none sold the horseshoe bat.  The nearest, wild colony of which lives more than 600 miles away.

 

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Michigan Governor Faces Protests

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer faces protests today.  Operation Gridlock will hit the state capitol, Lansing, as people rebel against tyrannical Coronavirus restrictions.  Also known as 'Governor Dimwit', she recently expanded restrictions, declaring stores like nurseries, selling gardening items, as non-essential.  Earlier, Whitmer threatened to legally attack doctors who prescribed hydroxychloroquine therapy to combat COVID-19.  State Representative Karen Whitsett, a fellow Democrat in Michigan, was sick with the Coronavirus, but she thanked President Donald Trump for making her aware of the potential benefits of the malaria drug.  As it turns out, Whitsett has taken the drug before when stricken with Lyme disease.  Due to Whitmer's confusing restrictions, Whitsett had trouble getting a COVID-19 test, as well as hydroxychloroquine, until she used her muscle as state legislator.

 

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Fire Fauci Fake News

Does President Trump want to fire Dr. Anthony Fauci?  Did Trump disregard expert, medical advice early on to shut the nation down?  If you watch CNN, or read the New York Times, or other members of the Fake News Media, the answer to these questions are, "YES!"  But, as usual, they are WRONG!  During today's White House daily briefing on the Coronavirus pandemic, much of the first hour dealt with the misreporting by so-called journalists.  Even Dr. Fauci declared that he was taken out of context from a very hypothetical question he was asked Sunday morning on CNN.  Trump then showed a quick video directed at the NY Times article claiming that he delayed in implementing advice from medical experts.  Naturally, reporters at the briefing fought back, but to no avail.  The Truth defeated their fake news!

 

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Media Mistrusts New Covid Models

Our news media hates any good news about the Coronavirus pandemic.  Over at MSNBC, host Chris Hayes is now questioning the latest COVID-19 models from the IHME.  A research group from the University of Washington, funded by the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.  The first IHME computer model predicted a death toll of between 100,000 to 240,000 dead in America by August 4th.  However, that was based on the assumption that only about 50% of the nation would practice social distancing and good hygiene.  The actual number is closer to 93% compliance.  The real life data began a series of revisions to the IHME Covid Model.  First the death toll was reduced to about 93,000, then 86,000.  Two days ago, it was down to about 60,000.  Chris Hayes believes that the Trump administration is playing with the numbers in order to take credit for saving lives.  

 

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Trump vs WHO

President Donald Trump is engaged in a war of words with the World Health Organization.  Specifically with WHO Director, Dr. Tedros Adhamon Ghebreyes.  Trump says that the WHO has been too, "China centric" in their defense of the lack of honesty and openness by China on the early days of the Coronavirus outbreak.  On January 20, the Chinese were still saying officially that COVID-19 was not transmitted between humans.  On January 21, WHO repeated this position on human transmission.  Even though it turned out that Taiwan warned the WHO back on December 31, 2019 that there was indeed human transmission.  Later, Dr. Tedros and WHO were critics of Trump's decision in late January to ban travel from China to the United States.  A move that even Joe Biden now admits was the correct call to make.

 

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3D Printers vs Coronavirus

3D printers are quickly becoming the hero machines in the fight against the Coronavirus.  Not only are they being employed to make masks, face shields and even swabs for testing, but 3D printers are now producing ventilators.  Several companies and individual inventors and engineers are accomplishing this in nations like the United States, UK, Germany and Poland.  Known as 'Open Source Ventilators', these are simplified devices, often referred to as, "ventilators of last resort".  They may not have fancy LCD displays and other trimmings, but they are capable of keeping victims of COVID-19 alive.  Being open source designs, anybody with a 3D printer can download the data from the Internet and produce working models.

 

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Gov Coumo Taking, Not Stealing

New York Governor Andrew Coumo doesn't think taking is stealing.  He explained during his daily press conference yesterday that borrowing private property without permission is not stealing.  Coumo said that if he borrows your drill, without your permission, he will use it.  Maybe he'll give it back later.  Maybe he'll give it back when you need your own drill.  If he doesn't give it back, maybe he'll pay for it later at some point.  Maybe he'll buy you a replacement at some point in the future.  Maybe.  Such is his logic for taking ventilators and other medical equipment from private hospitals and companies.

 

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Schumer Ignorance

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has been sleeping on the job.  During an interview yesterday morning, he called for the Trump administration to put a "military" leader in charge of the logistic fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.  Schumer claims that federal resources, like ventilators, are not being produced fast enough nor being distributed wisely.  Governor Andrew Coumo of New York State has been complaining about a lack of ventilators.  He has demanded that all 20,000 ventilators from federal stockpiles be sent to his state.  Even though there are other 'hot spots', like New Jersey, Michigan and Louisiana also in need of additional equipment and supplies.  But Schumer has been too distracted by trying to politicize the Coronavirus pandemic.  About two weeks ago, President Trump assigned Rear Admiral John Polowczyk, logistics expert for the Joint Chiefs of Staff at the Pentagon, to the White House Coronavirus Response Task Force.  

 

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Very Tough Two Weeks Ahead

President Trump and Doctors Fauci and Birx are warning that the next two weeks may be "very tough".  During yesterday's daily White House briefing, Trump and his key Coronavirus Response Task Force members explained why the nationwide social distancing guidelines were extended till April 30.  Using graphs and charts, America was given the grim numbers as to what may happen shortly.  Some computer models show a potential death rate from the COVID-19 pandemic may cost our nation 100,000 to 240,000 dead.  States like Michigan, Louisiana and Illinois are expected to have sharp peaks in cases and deaths by April 10.  Pennsylvania and other states will peak by April 16.  Alabama and others may peak around April 20.  

 

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Trump Extends Isolation Till April 30

President Donald Trump extended the White House Coronavirus mitigation guidelines until April 30.  On Saturday, Trump went to Norfolk to send off the USNS Comfort hospital ship to assist New York City.  The USNS Mercy arrived in Los Angeles on Friday.  Both ships are well equipped with 1,000 beds to accept non-Coronavirus medical cases, relieving local hospitals to deal with the pandemic.  On Sunday, Trump and his Coronavirus Response Task Force held a press conference in the White House Rose Garden.  The big news was that the protocols to slow down the spread of the pandemic have been extended until April 30.  These were originally scheduled to end today, Day 15, of the mitigation plan.  However, the virus is showing no sign of subsiding.

 

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Coronavirus Study Wrong

The Coronavirus study which became the basis of the Imperial College of London computer model was wrong.  VERY WRONG!  Drafted by an epidemiologist Neil Ferguson, (NOT historian Nial Ferguson), the study predicted dire infection and death rates for the UK and the United States.  The subsequent computer model predicted some 500,000 deaths in the UK and over 4 Million deaths in America.  The model assumed that at least 20 percent of the populations of both countries would become infected.  But, reality paints a different story.  Based on data from China, South Korea and now Italy, the potential infection rates are now much lower, so much so that new predictions are that the UK may only have some 20,000 deaths due to the Coronavirus.  Not much more than a typical flu season.

 

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Senate Agrees To Stimulus Plan

Early this morning at about 1:30am, the U.S. Senate reached an agreement on a $2 Trillion dollar stimulus plan.  The Coronavirus relief bill should be voted on later today, then move to the House of Representatives.  The $2 Trillion dollar package includes some $250 Billion for direct payments to most American adults of $1,200 each for those earning $75,000 or less.  Those earning up to $99,000 per year will get less.  A family of four should get about $3,400 in early April.  The bill stalled over the weekend when Senate Democrats tried to add other items into the package, such as $35 Million dollars for the Kennedy Center, tax rebates for wind and solar power, and other typical Liberal agenda stuff.  Nancy Pelosi then warned that she will put together an even worse bill in the House.  But public reaction to this nonsense seems to have had an affect.  

 

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NY Gov Coumo Greed, Stupidity

New York Governor Andrew Coumo is getting greedy for ventilators.  He wants the federal government to send all 20,000 from our national stockpile to his state immediately.  Forget the rest of the states whose governors are also begging for more of everything.  Coumo seems to think that only New York deserves to live and survive the Coronavirus pandemic.  FEMA has already tapped some 3,000 HHS ventilators from the emergency stockpile and shipped them to several states.  New York City, alone, got 400 of those, with 1,600 to the rest of the state.  An additional 2,000 will be going to NY today.  The Army Corps of Engineers has already deployed to New York State to repurpose four large buildings into make-shift hospitals.  The US Navy is also preparing to send one of its two hospital ships to NYC.  Some 600 military doctors, nurses and medical technicians are also deployed to NY state.  But Coumo is greedy for more.

 

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Pandemic Economics

The Senate failed to pass a Coronavirus relief bill last night.  Senate Democrats and Republicans are squabbling over details.  Somehow, the proposed $1.8 Trillion dollar plan has less economic relief than the $1.3 Trillion dollar package proposed by the Trump White House.  Over in the House, Nancy Pelosi vows to put forward her own version, further complicating and delaying assistance to the American People.  Some of the points being bickered over are the amount of direct payments to citizens to help them through the pandemic crisis.  Also, details like whether or not there will be one or two such payments, as well as whether support to corporations will allow to be used for stock buy-backs.  While this goes on, there is now much chatter about whether or not the Coronavirus response is doing more harm than good.  That the potential harm to our nation's economy is worse than the potential of 2 to 4 million dead Americans should restrictions on social gatherings be lifted.

 

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California Lockdown For Coronavirus

A California lockdown has been ordered by Governor Gavin Newsom.  Illinois and New York State have also ordered all non-essential employees to stay home effective Sunday at midnight.  These decisions come after the latest Coronavirus update news from Italy.  Over 600 people died in just the past 24 hours.  Spain and France are also showing dramatic increases in the numbers of infected and dead from the COVID-19 virus. Italy, which has about a tenth of the population of the United States, has now surpassed China, as far as we are told, in the number of deaths.  I put that caveat there because it is hard to say what has really happened in China.  What they have admitted to is pretty scary as it is!

 

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Donald Trump Wartime President

Donald Trump described himself as a "wartime president" as he announced invoking the Defense Production Act.  This will enable him to command private industry to manufacture strategic goods needed in the fight against them Coronavirus. As the nation's automakers close down automobile production, they are now looking into retooling to produce ventilators and other vital medical equipment and supplies.  The Act also gives Trump other powers to wave red tape and statutes to speed such production.  Trump has also directed the U.S. Navy to ready its two, large hospital ships, the Mercy and the Comfort.  Both vessels are 1,000 bed hospitals with full labs, operating rooms, etc.  There are also plans to convert cruise liners into medical facilities if necessary down the road.

 

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America Hunkers Down

As Monday, March 16 dawns, America is hunkering down.  Thousands of school districts, colleges and businesses are closing for the next few weeks.  Many will be closed for the next 2-4 weeks, others are already telling folks not to show up for 8 weeks.  A wave of panic buying has emptied store shelves, much like what happens when hurricanes approach a coastline.  During a press conference yesterday, President Trump informed the nation that he has been assured by the major retail stores and primary food supply chain companies, like Conagra and General Mills, that they will continue to provide products during this national emergency.  That there is no need to over-buy.  Later, principle department heads announced that high, through-put testing will in full swing this week across the country.  Some 2,000 private medical testing labs will be able to process coronavirus tests.

 

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Trump Declares National Emergency

President Donald Trump declared a national emergency this afternoon in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic.  Invoking the Stafford Act of 1988, the President is mobilizing a nationwide emergency, releasing at least $50 Billion dollars in FEMA funds to states and local governments.  The Trump administration is temporarily waving numerous federal regulations and guidelines, freeing hospitals to take whatever necessary steps to deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.  Trump has also ordered all state governments to activate emergency command centers and for hospitals to also activate existing emergency plans.  The White House is also coordinating with many private corporations to expedite testing equipment and methods.  Walmart, Walgreens, CVS and Target will allow for many of their locations to serve as 'drive-thru' testing sites.  Google is setting up a website for online screening to advise citizens if they need to be tested and where to go.  

 

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China Blames US For Coronavirus

A Chinese government official, Lijian Zhoa, of the Information Ministry, is blaming the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak on the United States.  On Thursday, Zhoa, the ministry's deputy director-general, is publicly claiming that the coronavirus outbreak was started by the U.S. Army as part of a germ warfare attack.  If this was not so serious, it would be laughable.  Meanwhile, our own Democrat politicians and their allies in the Fake News Media are having a  hissy-fit if anyone, particularly President Trump, refers to COVID-19 as the "Wuhan Virus" or a "foreign virus".  Apparently, doing so is racist and or xenophobic according to the white-knuckle crowd.  I suppose they never heard why Ebola, Zika or Rocky Mountain Fever are called what they are.  Diseases are often named after where they originated geographically.

 

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