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    Daily Digest 3/16 – Putin Unleashes Strategic Hell on the U.S.; Stay Home, No Matter What Politicians Say

    by Daily Digest

    Monday, March 16, 2020, 6:17 AM


Hospitals Push Off Surgeries to Make Room for Coronavirus Patients (Sparky1)

“The less people we have to bring or move around our community, the better,” said Ann Prestipino, an executive and incident commander for Massachusetts General Hospital, which Monday will begin switching all outpatient visits to virtual care, where possible, and will postpone surgery that can be delayed, at the discretion of each service area. The hospital and its clinics typically handle one million outpatient visits annually, she said.

Why the homeless, ‘surviving the best way they can,’ are vulnerable to coronavirus (TS)

“People experiencing homelessness not only have a set of challenges that make it really hard to do what we ask – stay home when you are sick, wash your hands frequently, talk to your medical provider if you are feeling ill – but they are in worse health than many other people,” Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles County’s director of public health, told reporters.

Health care and consumer industry groups concerned about supply shortages during coronavirus pandemic (Sparky1)

“All of the executives are working hand-in-hand with the Federal Government, as well as State and local leaders, to ensure food and essentials are constantly available,” Deere said.

But Consumer Brands is particularly concerned about countries restricting chemicals, ingredients and products from getting to the US. For instance, India, a major drug ingredient supplier, has already limited exports of medications like acetaminophen, a common painkiller used for flu-like symptoms, and Germany has banned the export of protective equipment like masks, gloves and suits used by health care professionals.

‘I don’t take responsibility at all’: Trump deflects blame for coronavirus testing fumble (TS)

The remarks from the president came in response to questions at a Friday press conference about the lack of widespread access to testing, an aspect of his administration’s coronavirus response that has been the subject of widespread, steady criticism. Administration officials told lawmakers yesterday that the U.S. tested about 11,000 people during the first seven weeks of the outbreak — roughly as many as South Korea is testing each day.

Honest Government Ad | Coronavirus: Flatten The Curve (Gary W.)

The Government has made an ad about the Coronavirus and its surprisingly honest and informative.

Nunes Encourages People to Dine Out as Experts Urge Them to Stay Home (jdargis)

Gov. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma, a Republican, also encouraged people to support local businesses. On Twitter on Saturday, he shared a photo of his family at a packed food hall called the Collective OKC in the heart of Oklahoma City.

In the Twitter post, which has been since deleted, he wrote: “Eating with my kids and all my fellow Oklahomans at the @CollectiveOKC. It’s packed tonight! #supportlocal #OklaProud.”

No Matter What Some Public Officials Say, the Message You Need to Hear Is “Stay Home” (tmn)

The discordant messages underscore the immense challenges conveying common messages during a public health crisis, one that has happened time and again as the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 has swept across the country.

“The most important thing is for people to change their daily routines and really reduce their social interactions,” said Dr. Joshua Sharfstein, a former federal and state health official who is now vice dean for public health practice and community engagement for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University.

Fed, not waiting until meeting, slashes rates to zero and restarts QE (TS)

The Fed’s job is to make sure financial markets are not dysfunctional and credit is flowing, he said.

Powell said the economy would be weak in the April-June quarter, with a likely decline in output. What happens after that depends on developments with the pandemic, he said.

Putin Unleashes Strategic Hell on the U.S. (westcoastjan)

And I do believe this move to break OPEC+ and then watch Mohammed bin Salman break OPEC was Putin’s big judo-style reversal move. And by doing so in less than a week he has completely shut down the U.S. financial system.

On Friday March 6th, Russia told OPEC no. By Wednesday the 11th The Federal Reserve had already doubled its daily interventions into the repo markets to keep bank liquidity high.

‘Do Not Touch the Flowers!’ One Family’s Eco-Adventure in the American Southwest (tmn)

A park of almost 1,000 square miles, which is empty even when it’s “crowded,” seems like one of the last good places to spend a few days in the midst of coronavirus fears. In fact, as travel plans slow to a near halt around the country and around the world, camping seems more and more attractive, even to the camping-averse.

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  • Mon, Mar 16, 2020 - 10:59am



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    Coming face to face with the Corona bug

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    Jim Quinn: Corona and the Fourth Turning

    In the past week, politicians, bureaucrats and bankers of all stripes have used this coronavirus crisis, to increase their control and power over our daily lives. They passed another “stimulus package” that was 300 pages and no one in Congress read before voting it through. It’s filled with pork and corporate goodies. Manuchin, another Goldman vampire squid, is doing all he can to keep the net worth of his banker and corporate buddies headed north during this crisis.

    Bailouts for airlines, cruise lines, frackers, hotels, and any other favored industry is in the offing. The fact these fake capitalists borrowed at near zero rates and bought back hundreds of billions of their stock in order to boost their stock price and reward themselves with hundreds of millions in bonuses, is water under the bridge in our crony capitalist paradise. It is truly despicable and traitorous to bailout these scumbags after their ten year orgy on the nation’s wealth.

    Trump and his minions are following the exact playbook used in 2008/2009. Socialism for the corporate titans when they blow up the financial system, while average Americans lose their jobs and have their 401ks wiped out for the 3rdtime in the last two decades. Every action being taken by politicians today is to save Wall Street and the mega-corporations who buy and sell them.

    Main Street will be fucked over once again. ZIRP throws senior citizens under the bus. The spreading of irrational fear about this virus by the propaganda media is designed to convince the ignorant masses to beg their government keepers to save their lives. What critical thinking Americans should conclude is how corrupt, incompetent and evil their elected and unelected leaders have proven to be.

    This Fourth Turning is really heating up. We have entered the phase where body counts will accelerate. No one knows whether the coronavirus will result in thousands of deaths or millions of deaths. Anyone telling you they know what is going to happen is a liar. If you think your Constitutional rights have been trashed through the mass surveillance being conducted by our government, you haven’t seen anything yet.

    Wait until they declare this coronavirus out of control requiring a countrywide quarantine enforced by the U.S. military. When military vehicles are patrolling your streets with the threat of arrest or death if you leave your home, you’ll know the Constitution has been tossed into the trash bin. After decades of government school indoctrination and mass media propaganda, the sheep will passively be led to slaughter.

    Our Himalayan mountain of debt is about to come tumbling down. The Federal Reserve has proven to be nothing but a whore for the Wall Street pimps. They have destroyed any semblance of credibility and independence they once had. The economic impact of this global pandemic will drive the entire world into recession. The likely outcome is a global depression as fear replaces greed and debts can’t be repaid. Fiscal stimulus when the national debt is already $23 trillion is like injecting adrenaline into a cancer patient. Small businesses are going to fail and unemployment is going to rise. This farce of a debt ponzi scheme is over.

    Once economies across the world implode, with central bankers having failed epically, and citizens angry about how their political leaders have failed them, feckless politicians will do what they always do. They will create a foreign bogeyman enemy to redirect the ire of their citizens. Again, our leaders will exaggerate threats to induce fear into the masses. Will it be China or Russia or both? Some false flag will be utilized to launch another Fourth Turning war.

    Millions will be sent to their deaths by foolish egomaniacal leaders. These crisis periods follow the same dynamic, only the specific events and triggers change. The existing social order will be swept away. Fourth Turnings always separate the wheat from the chaff. 2020 is destined to go down in history as the year where decades of lies, corruption, thievery and corporate fascism came crashing down. Who picks up the pieces after the crash will determine our future.

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    “With the civic ethos now capable of producing civic deeds, a new dynamic of threat and response takes hold. 

    Instead of downplaying problems, leaders start exaggerating them. 

    Instead of deferring solutions, they accelerate them. 

    Instead of tolerating diversity, they demand consensus. 

    Instead of coaxing people with promises of minimal sacrifice, they summon them with warnings of maximal sacrifice. 

    A new resolve about urgent public goals crowds out qualms about questionable public means.” Strauss & Howe – The Fourth Turning

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    Two American emergency dept doctors in ICU with corona

    SEATTLE — Two emergency medicine doctors, in New Jersey and Washington State, are in critical condition as a result of coronavirus, reinforcing concerns that the nation’s front-line medical workers are becoming especially vulnerable to the virus, the American College of Emergency Physicians said.

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    Americans hitting bars and bragging about NOT social distancing

    But, though some folks are social distancing, many still clearly aren’t. Some are even actively bragging about not doing it. This weekend, journalists and others reported that bars across the nation were packed in Boston, Chicago, Nashville, and New York City.

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    I had a good laugh after reading this part of a recent ZH article.  ROTFLMAO watching one politician, that should be (should have been more) prepared, blame another politician for not doing enough.

    In response to Trump’s alleged ‘request’, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who has taken steps to maximize camera time since the outbreak began, holding multiple daily press conferences and appearing on CNN and other news channels, took a swipe at the president, demanding that he ‘do something’.

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