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Post-Soviet strongmen prescribe vodka, hockey and folk medicine against coronavirus

Repost from Editorials & Other Articles

https://www.democraticunderground.com/1016250902

For those who've looked at Trump's coronavirus response and wondered: "Could this *be* a bigger shitshow?"

Wonder no longer- because it is, in certain places...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/europe/soviet-strongmen-coronavirus-intl/index.html


..."It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, rinkside in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television. "This is a fridge, this is healthy, there is nothing better than sport, especially ice which is the real anti-viral medicine."

Belarus has officially reported 94 cases of coronavirus -- and no deaths -- but Lukashenko's critics have cast doubt on those statistics, warning that authorities there could be downplaying the numbers as the country gears up for a presidential election later this year.

Lukashenko has made his own recommendations to combat the virus, suggesting that Belarusians should drink vodka to "poison the virus," or attend a banya...


And of course, our Alex is a Trump fan:

..."I liked his recent statements very much," Lukashenko said of Trump, during a visit to a plaster plant last week, according to an official transcript. "He said, 'If we do not immediately return to enterprises and start working, then much more Americans will die from unemployment than from coronavirus.' Now you understand why I didn't close the factories."...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 30, 2020, 06:46 PM (3 replies)

Post-Soviet strongmen prescribe vodka, hockey and folk medicine against coronavirus

For those who've looked at Trump's coronavirus response and wondered: "Could this *be* a bigger shitshow?"

Wonder no longer- because it is, in certain places...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/30/europe/soviet-strongmen-coronavirus-intl/index.html


..."It's better to die standing than to live on your knees," he said, rinkside in full hockey gear, in an interview with state television. "This is a fridge, this is healthy, there is nothing better than sport, especially ice which is the real anti-viral medicine."

Belarus has officially reported 94 cases of coronavirus -- and no deaths -- but Lukashenko's critics have cast doubt on those statistics, warning that authorities there could be downplaying the numbers as the country gears up for a presidential election later this year.

Lukashenko has made his own recommendations to combat the virus, suggesting that Belarusians should drink vodka to "poison the virus," or attend a banya...


And of course, our Alex is a Trump fan:

..."I liked his recent statements very much," Lukashenko said of Trump, during a visit to a plaster plant last week, according to an official transcript. "He said, 'If we do not immediately return to enterprises and start working, then much more Americans will die from unemployment than from coronavirus.' Now you understand why I didn't close the factories."...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 30, 2020, 06:29 PM (4 replies)

I figured out what Trump's junto is most like in history: China's Late Qing Dynasty

Incompetent, corrupt, out of touch, harmful to the populace, pushed around by outside forces, centered in an
architectural masterpiece- and in the very end, crumbling to ruins in plain sight of all.

(yeah, I'm a history nerd...)

Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:49 PM (3 replies)

Hey, Roy? Remember when Jesus said: "Thou shalt not put the Lord thy God to the test" ?

Clear as day, in the book of Matthew chapter 4, verse 7

You and the people that listen to you may be getting the 'test results' a lot sooner than you wanted, and they
probably won't be good.

For a guy that loudly and often purports to be doing His bidding, Roy Moore sure seems to 'forget' a lot of what He
actually said...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:40 PM (0 replies)

From here on, I'm going to call what we're all in now World War V (for virus)

Anyone with me?
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 07:54 PM (3 replies)

Trump *needs* a posse around him at all times because he's insecure

Hence the virus-fest press conferences...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 11:34 AM (2 replies)

Trump is the Neville Chamberlain of our time

Played by smarter opponents, and then sat around with his thumb up his ass until the cataclysm
struck.
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Fri Mar 20, 2020, 10:43 AM (9 replies)

The Federal Government's COVID-19 Response Plan draft that Trump hasn't read

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/3/18/1928567/-The-Federal-Government-s-COVID-19-Response-Plan-draft-that-Trump-hasn-t-read


PDF link to the actual plan:

https://int.nyt.com/data/documenthelper/6819-covid-19-response-plan/d367f758bec47cad361f/optimized/full.pdf#page=1
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 19, 2020, 12:21 AM (3 replies)

Coronavirus dark humor thread- 'cause we need it...

Inspired by DUer Soph0571's instant classic:

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213075141

Now this is some funny shit: Which Pathogen Wore It Better?




First off from me- Max Colchester retweeting some vintage English snark:

Max Colchester
@MaximColch

On days like today you have but to open an old copy of Private Eye.



https://twitter.com/MaximColch/status/1238024266303647744
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Thu Mar 12, 2020, 01:21 PM (0 replies)

Fearful of a Coronavirus Backlash, Some Asian-Americans Are Stocking Up on Guns

https://www.thetrace.org/2020/03/coronavirus-gun-sales-washington-california-asian-americans/


As the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to multiply, many Americans are emptying store shelves of hand sanitizer, bleach, and canned goods. But there’s an acute fear among Asian-Americans that the virus’s origins in China will spark a violent xenophobic backlash. Along the West Coast, where the worst outbreaks of coronavirus in the United States have occurred, those fears seem to be spurring a surge in gun sales.

“People are panicking because they don’t feel secure,” said David Liu, who is Chinese-American and owns Arcadia Firearm and Safety, just east of Los Angeles. “They worry about a riot or maybe that people will start to target the Chinese.”...

...As The Los Angeles Times has reported, since the first novel coronavirus outbreaks in the United States, Asian-Americans have experienced intensifying venom, including bullying, racist comments, and harassment. And, on February 24, a man of East Asian descent was assaulted in central London. One of the assailants reportedly said, “I don’t want your coronavirus in my country.”

“The main thing I’m hearing is that they don’t want to get jumped because of their race,” said Cole Gaughran, the internet sales manager at Wade’s Eastside Guns in Bellevue, Washington. Gaughran said his store has seen a sixfold increase in sales in the same two weeks. His new customers, most of them first-time gun owners, were almost entirely of Asian descent, he said. Bellevue is just a 15 minute drive from Kirkland, where 11 people have died from the virus...



I urge these new gun owners to obtain competent instruction, practice regularly, and securely store their firearms
as necessary.

As for violent racists, I'd say this to them:

If you play stupid games, you might just win some prizes you really don't want...
Posted by friendly_iconoclast | Mon Mar 9, 2020, 01:13 PM (6 replies)
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