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Warnings Ignored: A Timeline of Trump's COVID-19 Response

https://thebulwark.com/warnings-ignored-a-timeline-of-trumps-covid-19-response/

February 2018: The Washington Post headline is “CDC to cut by 80 percent efforts to prevent global disease outbreak.” And the meat of the story is that “Countries where the CDC is planning to scale back include some of the world’s hot spots for emerging infectious disease, such as China, Pakistan, Haiti, Rwanda and Congo.”

May 2018:

At an event marking the 100 year anniversary of the 1918 pandemic, Borio says “pandemic flu” is the “number 1 health security issue” and that the U.S. is not ready to respond.
One day later her boss, Rear Adm. Timothy Ziemer is pushed out of the administration and the global health security team is disbanded.
Rep. Ami Bera warns that “Admiral Ziemer’s departure is deeply alarming, especially when the administration is actively working to cut funds that addressed past pandemics like Ebola.”


much much more at link

As the Coronavirus Approaches, Mexico Looks the Other Way

https://nyti.ms/2WD7myi

It's on the front page of https://nytimes.com

A doctor in the video says Mexico will suffer as much as Italy or worse.

Fellow Floridians, how are you holding up ?

For myself, I'm doing all the suggested things but it's still a tad nerve-wracking going to Publix. My son
stopped work only 6 days ago, but he shows no symptoms so far.

How are you holding up ?

34 year old NYC paramedic struggles for her life after being infected

https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1242638648761126913

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-fdny-paramedic-young-virus-20200324-74tadm2skjb7zeuwb2xhwvtfoi-story.html

How terribly sad

My husband purchased a world map, gave me a dart and said "throw this and wherever it lands I'm....

My husband purchased a world map.... gave me a dart and said "throw this and wherever it lands I'm taking you for a holiday when this pandemic is over". Turns out we're spending two weeks behind the fridge.

https://twitter.com/feistyoneme/status/1242552008369995781

I got a chuckle out of that. I hope you get a smile. Best wishes to all DU'ers and your friends and families!


eta: https://twitter.com/matthewbritten/status/1242725516785967105

https://twitter.com/RobertLambrou/status/1242791335603494912

'Dumbest s---': DeSantis takes heat as he goes his own way on coronavirus

https://www.politico.com/states/florida/story/2020/03/24/dumbest-s-desantis-takes-heat-as-he-goes-his-own-way-on-coronavirus-1268818

While New York, California and other states shutter their economies to keep the coronavirus at bay, Gov. Ron DeSantis is refusing to follow the herd.

His cure-can’t-be-worse-than-the-disease approach has put the Republican governor under a glaring spotlight locally and nationally as cases of the virus in Florida surge past 1,400. It’s a philosophy that aligns DeSantis with other conservatives, including President Donald Trump and Florida House Speaker Jose Oliva, a Republican with a strong libertarian bent.

On Tuesday, state Senate Democrats began papering the governor’s office with letters urging him to issue a shelter-in-place order.

“That is the dumbest s--- I have heard in a long time,” said state Sen. Oscar Braynon (D-Miami Gardens). “This is a day-by-day crisis. Italy damn near saw 1,000 people die in one day, and there are people proclaiming we got this and have it solved in 15 days?”

The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump's psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our....

The coronavirus pandemic has made Trump's psychiatric issues clear. We should remove him for our own safety

https://www.independent.co.uk/voices/trump-coronavirus-reaction-psychiatric-issues-pandemic-impeach-a9421441.html

“Donald Trump may not have been expecting this, but a lot of other people in the government were—they just couldn’t get him to do anything about it,” an intelligence official recently said about the lack of mobilization around the now deadly coronavirus pandemic.


His behavior is exactly of what we expect of someone who is dangerously lacking in mental capacity. Just when surveillance was needed, he was more preoccupied with “keeping the numbers low” than testing and containment. And when behavioral change would decide the scale of the eventual calamity, he defiantly appeared in crowds, shaking hands and touching surfaces all the more.


As his rallies were canceled, he used daily press conferences for his emotional compulsion to create a desired, alternative reality, through delusional-level distortion and misinformation, rather than working to save lives. The pandemic makes stark the deadliness of his symptoms, and if we believe those around him will be able to contain or go around them, we are mistaken.


Here we enter the realm of pathology. What is truly dangerous is not the overt symptoms — even a psychotic patient wearing a tinfoil hat is not very dangerous — but the denial and the extent to which one would go to cover up symptoms. And this also goes for the president's handlers, by extension. We call this “loss of insight.” It is the loss of ability to take care of oneself or to see that one has a problem, which diminishes all the more in those who need intervention the most.


25th Amendment ? How impaired does he have to get before we use it ?

we = the Cabinet
"use it" = invoking it per the language of the 25th Amendment

Amendment XXV
Section 1.
In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.

Section 2.
Whenever there is a vacancy in the office of the Vice President, the President shall nominate a Vice President who shall take office upon confirmation by a majority vote of both Houses of Congress.

Section 3.
Whenever the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that he is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, and until he transmits to them a written declaration to the contrary, such powers and duties shall be discharged by the Vice President as Acting President.

Section 4.
Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.

Thereafter, when the President transmits to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives his written declaration that no inability exists, he shall resume the powers and duties of his office unless the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive department or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit within four days to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office. Thereupon Congress shall decide the issue, assembling within forty-eight hours for that purpose if not in session. If the Congress, within twenty-one days after receipt of the latter written declaration, or, if Congress is not in session, within twenty-one days after Congress is required to assemble, determines by two-thirds vote of both Houses that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall continue to discharge the same as Acting President; otherwise, the President shall resume the powers and duties of his office.


https://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/amendmentxxv

Trump on Fox right now blaming Cuomo for not ordering ventilators in 2015....

Trump on Fox right now blaming Cuomo for not ordering ventilators in 2015, citing a piece by Betsy McCaughey - former GOP LtGov of NY.

Whoever called "he's prepping to blame Cuomo," collect your winnings


https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1242503329932083201

What a liar and sociopath Trump is. Cuomo would be a trillion times better as President.

As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself

As Fox News Played Down the Coronavirus, Its Chief Protected Himself

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/23/business/media/fox-news-coronavirus-rupert-murdoch.html

If you were watching some of the commentators on Fox News and Fox Business in the first 10 days of March, you wouldn’t have been too worried about the coronavirus — it would be no worse than the flu, and the real story was the “coronavirus impeachment scam.”

Many of the networks’ elderly, pro-Trump viewers responded to the coverage and the president’s public statements by taking the virus less seriously than, a week later, everyone else had. Public health experts have said that some of them may die as a result, as I reported this week.

But one elderly Fox News viewer, a crucial supporter of President Trump, took the threat seriously: The channel’s chairman, Rupert Murdoch, who was to celebrate his 89th birthday on March 11.

On March 8, as the virus was spreading, the Murdoch family called off a planned party out of concern for the patriarch’s health, according to a person familiar with the cancellation. There were about 20 people on the guest list.

Liz Cheney speaks sense(!): "There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals...."

There will be no normally functioning economy if our hospitals are overwhelmed and thousands of Americans of all ages, including our doctors and nurses, lay dying because we have failed to do what’s necessary to stop the virus.


https://twitter.com/Liz_Cheney/status/1242458832183361543
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