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Taxpayers Paid Millions to Design a Low-Cost Ventilator for a Pandemic. Instead,

the Company Is Selling Versions of It Overseas.

Capitalism -- nothing personal, just business. Sometimes a bloody business.

But hey, what capitalists ever said they give a fuck about you?


Five years ago, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services tried to plug a crucial hole in its preparations for a global pandemic, signing a $13.8 million contract with a Pennsylvania manufacturer to create a low-cost, portable, easy-to-use ventilator that could be stockpiled for emergencies.

This past September, with the design of the new Trilogy Evo Universal finally cleared by the Food and Drug Administration, HHS ordered 10,000 of the ventilators for the Strategic National Stockpile at a cost of $3,280 each.

But as the pandemic continues to spread across the globe, there is still not a single Trilogy Evo Universal in the stockpile.


There isn’t a single one of Trilogy Evo Universal’s ventilators in the US stockpile.

Last Friday, President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to compel General Motors to begin mass-producing another company’s ventilator under a federal contract. But neither Trump nor other senior officials made any mention of the Trilogy Evo Universal. Nor did HHS officials explain why they did not force Philips to accelerate delivery of these ventilators earlier this year, when it became clear that the virus was overwhelming medical facilities around the world.

An HHS spokeswoman told ProPublica that Philips had agreed to make the Trilogy Evo Universal ventilator “as soon as possible.” However, a Philips spokesman said the company has no plan to even begin production anytime this year.

Another "fuck you got mine" American corporation. Add their name to the list.

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/taxpayers-paid-millions-to-design-a-low-cost-ventilator-for-a-pandemic-instead-the-company-is-selling-versions-of-it-overseas/?fbclid=IwAR0zxhkrrFW3YDFJ7mMnBB-s7UYITt4RsljGjTMUojN1IdQllYOQ_aKuohA


Early Midday Music for Millennials -- WhatevWednesday





one love




Ludovico Einaudi. "Piano Works”




Fatboy Slim. “Lockdown Mixtape”




D'Angelo and The Vanguard. "Back To the Future" part 1

Watching "Contagion" Helps This Guy Think About The Road Ahead



Just finished a national disaster novel recently -- a kind of fiction I'd never even wanted to think about, nevermind read -- and can understand what this narrator says about disaster fiction's positives.

I've checked the Folding Ideas channel, it looks like one I'd like to explore more. But watch Contagion? dunno

Testimonial From A Hospitalized COVID-19 Patient, Now Recovered -- Watch and Learn

There are a lot of videos of this survivor, but this particular one, with the worst DU optics, explains how he thinks our work to not aspirate while sick can beat the virus.

Maybe in spite of doctors.

This patient's rule: Lying down feels good, but you die. Staying upright, coughing like crazy, might spread the virus in the air, but it allows your immune system to strengthen. And he believes that that's how he survived.

The earlier DU post by the doctor with COVID, who said "Don't aspirate!" has some connection to this patient's method of kicking the liquid out of his lungs. Lying horizontally, one drowns.

Being older and more high risk, I'll take his word for it.

Steel yourself in the second half of his talk.


https://video.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t42.9040-2/90729117_144432860227279_4352332365264060416_n.mp4?_nc_cat=107&_nc_sid=985c63&efg=eyJ2ZW5jb2RlX3RhZyI6InN2ZV9zZCJ9&_nc_ohc=phBbTAPIoj4AX8smzgJ&_nc_ht=video.ftpa1-1.fna&oh=ba45da8c9c8a9876c70bcfc708c95a16&oe=5E842477

TRUMP: "Have you seen my ratings?"

COVID-19: "Hold my beer."

Chris Cuomo: Trump tries to play Gov. Cuomo against Joe Biden. Gov Cuomo: NO...

CNN makes this interview hard to get to, but it's worth it.

https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/03/31/governor-andrew-cuomo-run-for-president-cpt-vpx.cnn/video/playlists/this-week-in-politics/

Andrew Cuomo, America's Explainer

MMM -- Terrible Tuesday

One love.



Unknown Artist. Unknown Work.



Bob Dylan. “A Hard Rain’s A Gonna Fall”


Oh, where have you been, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, where have you been, my darling young one?
I've stumbled on the side of twelve misty mountains
I've walked and I've crawled on six crooked highways
I've stepped in the middle of seven sad forests
I've been out in front of a dozen dead oceans
I've been ten thousand miles in the mouth of a graveyard
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, and it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh, what did you see, my blue-eyed son?
Oh, what did you see, my darling young one?
I saw a newborn baby with wild wolves all around it
I saw a highway of diamonds with nobody on it
I saw a black branch with blood that kept drippin'
I saw a room full of men with their hammers a-bleedin'
I saw a white ladder all covered with water
I saw ten thousand talkers whose tongues were all broken
I saw guns and sharp swords in the hands of young children
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

And what did you hear, my blue-eyed son?
And what did you hear, my darling young one?
I heard the sound of a thunder, it roared out a warnin'
Heard the roar of a wave that could drown the whole world
I heard one hundred drummers whose hands were a-blazin'
I heard ten thousand whisperin' and nobody listenin'
Heard one person starve, I heard many people laughin'
Heard the song of a poet who died in the gutter
Heard the sound of a clown who cried in the alley
And it's a hard, and it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
And it's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

Oh, who did you meet, my blue-eyed son?
Who did you meet, my darling young one?
I met a young child beside a dead pony
I met a white man who walked a black dog
I met a young woman whose body was burning
I met a young girl, she gave me a rainbow
I met one man who was wounded in love
I met another man who was wounded in hatred
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall

And what'll you do now, my blue-eyed son?
And what'll you do now, my darling young one?
I'm a-goin' back out 'fore the rain starts a-fallin'
I'll head for the depths of the deepest black forest
Where the people are many and their hands are all empty
Where the pellets of poison are flooding their waters
And the home in the valley meets the damp dirty prison
And the executioner's face is always well-hidden
And the hunger is ugly, where souls are forgotten
Where black is the color and none is the number
And I'll tell it and think it and speak it and breathe it
And reflect from the mountain so all souls can see it
Then I'll stand on the ocean until I start sinkin'
But I'll know my song well before I start singin'
And it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard, it's a hard
It's a hard rain's a-gonna fall


John Prine. “Illegal Smile”


(lyrics)

When I woke up this morning, things were lookin’ bad
Seem like total silence was the only friend I had
Bowl of oatmeal tried to stare me down... and won
And it was twelve o'clock before I realized
That I was havin' no fun

But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

Last time I checked my bankroll,
It was gettin' thin
Sometimes it seems like the bottom
Is the only place I've been
I Chased a rainbow down a one-way street dead end
And all my friends turned out to be insurance salesmen

But fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun

Well, I sat down in my closet with all my overalls
Tryin' to get away
From all the ears inside my walls
I dreamed the police heard
Everything I thought... what then?
Well I went to court
And the judge's name was Hoffman

Ah but fortunately I have the key to escape reality
And you may see me tonight with an illegal smile...
It don't cost very much, but it lasts a long while
Won't you please tell the man I didn't kill anyone
No I'm just tryin' to have me some fun
Well done, hot dog bun, my sister's a nun

"No, it's not my responsibility."

Mar 31 2020, 12:30 am
U.S. dead: 3,167


Speaker Pelosi's Facebook Page Swarms With Parscale's Paid Trolls.

I've been at this for at least two years, and Democratic poster support is lessening under Democratic leaders' threads, particularly on Pelosi's page. You're welcome to speculate why, but that's beside the point, imo. I'm just tired of seeing 9 out of every 10 posts as trolls, harassers and dumbass meme insults in recent months.

If we feel as if there's not a lot we can do while staying home, I say this is one good standup thing we can do.

I'm calling on any Facebook account holders here to help Speaker Pelosi out.

Please.

Don't post negativity about helping her here.
Don't tell everyone here that you're not on Facebook or are too whatever to be on Facebook. Don't bother posting about freedom of speech.

The point of this post is to help Speaker Pelosi.

Here's what troll farms look like in the U.S. Any other info about them is most welcome.

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

Here's a sample from Pelosi's FB page full of paid hater trolls:

https://www.facebook.com/NancyPelosi/videos/149001446456378/

If you go to her page, do not engage trolls' content. It is no content. It's a swarm of unlinked lies, dumbass memes, soundbites right out of Parscale’s playbook.

There are a few things you can do.

One is to call them out. Sample:

Look at all the Brad Parscale paid trolls here, swarming with unlinked lies, dumbass memes, soundbites right out of Parscale’s playbook.

They’re nothing but fakeass photos on walls.

Hey, troll-y doods!

While you thread shit for Brad, Jacob, Jerry, Juice, Alexander, Kamaruzaman and Simon Z BOT, do you kiss Parscale’s and Trump’s ass much? Rantic much?

McClatchy, New York Times, Forbes, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook all report posters like you, who are violators of their sites' terms of service.

So you come to where Republican troll swarms are welcome to abuse other political leaders’ accounts and threads — Zuckerberg’s honeypot.

Decent Facebook people report these fakeass account trolls anyway.


Here are other ways to stop anti-Democrat posters under any Democratic leader's posts:

When you click on a poster's comment name and find a blank thumbnail ...
-- open a second FB tab, type their name in the FB search box -- if it shows diacritical marks to pronounce their name, they're fake; so right click on their cover photo and Report them.
OR
-- look up their walls to check out if they're real. The same names as 'friends' will often show up together on targeted threads.
-- If their wall never shows political posts, they're paid trolls.
-- So, Right click the cover photo's Message box, then click Report. Follow cues to label them a "Fake Account." Or "Spam." Or "Harassment." If you click "Hate Speech" nothing will be done by FB monitors.

-- If their FB walls show nothing, or posts about bullshit that have nothing to do with the thread you're on,
-- Right click the cover photo's Message box, then click Report. Follow cues to label them a "Fake Account." Or "Spam." Or "Harassment." Click "Hate Speech" and nothing will be done by FB monitors.

FB is paying attention, this election year. So should we.

We know that ...

Daily, every single Democratic candidate gets hit by paid trolls and bots.
Daily, every single legal organization is getting hit by them, and
so are sponsored posts on every single Big Issue in America like race, homosexuality, abortion, you. name. it.

Google something about it. 3 billion posts of this bullshit energy-wasting activity were deleted by Facebook in the first quarter of 2019 alone.

I've seen that Biden's page is better handled by his campaign people, but it doesn't hurt to check anyway.

I'm not concerned about who here does or doesn't respond. It's just that, right now, any help Pelosi gets for her social media accounts is good, whether DU'ers say they help or not. If you see the merit of helping her on social media and want to try these things, I'm definitely grateful.

This is not about helping Facebook.

This is about helping our great Democrat in the People’s House.


We can't let the poisoner haters take over Democratic threads in social media if we can help it.

And we CAN help it.

Yes, we can.



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