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This! A must read. A long list from Seth Abramson posted by LymphocyteLover

Never, ever forget: Trump's corrupt relationship with China (and Russia, and Turkey, and Saudi Arabia and the Ukraine)

CONCLUSION/ A significant percentage of the U.S. COVID-19 outbreak is attributable to a federal response hobbled by Trump's secret side communications with China. That changed only in March—after it was too late.


https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213407967

Good Morning from Franklin County, OH (Columbus)

Franklin County
As of Fri, May 8, 2020, 6:33 AM EDT

CONFIRMED CASES
3,377


DEATHS
107

NY Times: In Japan, the 'Murder Hornet' Is Both a Lethal Threat and a Tasty Treat

In Japan, the ‘Murder Hornet’ Is Both a Lethal Threat and a Tasty Treat
Long before the insects found their way to American shores, some Japanese prized them for their numbing crunch and the venomous buzz they add to liquor.


But in the central Chubu region, these insects — sometimes called “murder hornets” — are known for more than their aggression and excruciating sting. They are seen as a pleasant snack and an invigorating ingredient in drinks.

The giant hornet, along with other varieties of wasps, has traditionally been considered a delicacy in this rugged part of the country. The grubs are often preserved in jars, pan-fried or steamed with rice to make a savory dish called hebo-gohan. The adults, which can be two inches long, are fried on skewers, stinger and all, until the carapace becomes light and crunchy. They leave a warming, tingling sensation when eaten.

The hornets can also give liquor an extra kick. Live specimens are drowned in shochu, a clear distilled beverage. In their death throes, the insects release their venom into the liquid, and it is stored until it turns a dark shade of amber.


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He does not eat the bugs himself. “Even when I tell people, they’re going to sting you, they still eat them. They say it makes them potent,” he said.

With the US having just 4.25% of the world's population but we now have 32% of the known cases in..

.. in the world. So come on Fox News, Trump, and the Republican governors let's open it all back up. Because 50% of
the total # of the cases in the world is very doable.


On the C-19 outbreak: Now China made mistakes and was less then honest but they:

1) Isolated the virus and sequenced the C-19's genome in late November of early December.

2) They turned that information over to the W.H.O. and the W.H.O. passed that information
onto German scientists who used it to make a very good test for the disease. Trump refused
to use that test and now we and much of the world are dealing with a killer pandemic. That
very same test from the W.H.O./Germany was used to great success in Germany, Finland,
New Zealand, and Australia to help contain the disease.

Both Trump and Kushner knew of C-19 in November of 2019 and what did they do to help
get the country ready for the coming Pandemic? They invested in Hydroxycholorquine and
their own C-!9 test kits so they could make money from the disease.

Trump and Kushner also sent 18 tons of PPE to China in Feb. and that PPE equipment would
have protected doctors, nurses, and 1st responders form getting sick and in some cases dying
from C-19.

Trump is trying to blame China for his screw up.

Mike Pence's Wife Claims He Didn't Know About Hospital Mask Policy, Contradicting Mayo Clinic

Second lady Karen Pence asserted on Thursday morning that her husband, Vice President Mike Pence, was unaware of the Mayo Clinic’s face mask policy until after his visit with staff and a patient. Earlier this week, the veep drew outrage for flouting the clinic’s rules, prompting the facility’s Twitter account to note in a since-deleted tweet that it “had informed @VP of the masking policy prior to his arrival today.”

Asked on Fox & Friends why the vice president didn’t wear a mask, Mrs. Pence replied: “It was actually after he left Mayo Clinic that he found out that they had a policy of asking everyone to wear a mask.” Outside of the facility’s tweet contradicting this claim, CNN reported that the VP’s office was briefed days in advance of the clinic’s requirement on masks to guard against coronavirus transmission.


https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-pences-wife-claims-he-didnt-know-about-hospital-mask-policy-contradicting-mayo-clinic?ref=home

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OK either Mike is an idiot because everybody was wearing a mask in the hospital and or he doesn't give a
shit about the rules.

******

Edit DUer Demmiblue already has posted this ... sorry.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213369671

On Remdesivir ... in 1,090 test cases it dropped the mortality rate from 11.6% to 8.0%

Results from the preliminary trial show remdesivir improved recovery time for coronavirus patients from 15 to 11 days. That's similar to the effect that the influenza drug Tamiflu has on flu. Tamiflu also doesn't cure patients quickly, but can reduce how long they are sick.
"Although a 31% improvement doesn't seem like a knockout 100%, it is very important proof of concept," Fauci said of remdesivir.

"What it has proven is that a drug can block this virus."

Remdesivir also may reduce the likelihood that patients will die.

"Results also suggested a survival benefit, with a mortality rate of 8.0% for the group receiving remdesivir versus 11.6% for the placebo group," the NIAID said.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/29/health/gilead-sciences-remdesivir-covid-19-treatment/index.html

May 2nd World Naked Gardening Day.

World Naked Gardening Day (WNGD) is an annual international event generally celebrated on the first Saturday of May
by gardeners and non-gardeners alike.


According to NBC's Today News, WNGD "has become an annual tradition that celebrates weeding, planting flowers and trimming hedges in the buff. While it's linked to a movement of nudists who promote wholesome and unashamed acceptance of the human body, the day is meant to be funny, lighthearted and non-political, founders say."

Organizers assert that "besides being liberating, nude gardening is second only to swimming as an activity that people are most ready to consider doing nude".

Beyond body positivity, Corky Stanton of Clothes Free International, an organization that promotes nude recreation, has asserted that the event offers the "fringe benefits of bare, unabashed recreation: the satisfaction of exercising in the great outdoors; the attractiveness of an all-over tan; more Vitamin D on your whole body; the unbeatable experience of skinny-dipping if the naturist event involves a beach or a lake.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Naked_Gardening_Day

Team Trump received pandemic warning - in January 2017

Trump recently said that one can "never really think" something like COVID-19 might happen, but his team was warned about something extremely similar.


https://www.msnbc.com/rachel-maddow-show/team-trump-received-pandemic-warning-january-2017-n1161811

Donald Trump's presidential transition period was an unusually chaotic period. To be sure, the crash-course process is difficult for even the most prepared and well-organized operations, but the Republican's team struggled more than most. As Inauguration Day approached, the incoming administration simply wasn't prepared to govern.

That was not for lack of effort on the part of the outgoing Obama administration. The week before Trump took the oath of office, Obama's team prepared an exercise in which the incoming team was presented with a series of hypothetical scenarios -- including one in which the world faced a deadly viral outbreak -- and how the U.S. federal government would have to respond.

Politico reported today on those exercises, and the fact that several attendees described the atmosphere as "'weird' at best, chilly at worst."

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In theory, the session should've helped prepare the Trump administration for the crisis that's currently unfolding. In practice, it didn't quite work out that way.

Tammy Duckworth for V.P.?

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