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#12 - I got to the second one and said this is ridiculous. Let's just take that one and break it down. Here's the direct quote:

March 5, 2020: CBS News posted a story falsely claiming President Trump told sick people to go to work. If you read the actual quote, he is talking about healthy people going about their business not knowing that they have the virus: "So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better."

Charge: CBS said Trump told sick people to go to work.
First: The author posted a link to the story, and then paraphrased incorrectly what CBS reported. The actual CBS statement is:
"President Trump said people with coronavirus "go to work"." CBS did NOT, as the author said, say Trump "told sick people to go to work."

Second: Did Trump say people that have coronavirus go to work? (which is what the actual CBS quote stated), that may be found in the actual quote from Trump:
So if, you know, we have thousands or hundreds of thousands of people that get better, just by, you know, sitting around and even going to work, some of them go to work, but they get better."
Trump's statement clearly is talking about people that are sick and are going to work, or they couldn't get better by, you know, "even going to work... but they get better."

Third: The author is lying when she states that trump's is talking about healthy people going about their business not knowing that they have the virus. They may know, they may not. They may suspect, and go anyway. Pence stated new guidelines would be released "allowing some people who have been exposed to the coronavirus to resume working outside their homes if they wear masks."

So I didn't get past #2, and I glossed over #1 because we covered that in a LOT of detail on the DR already.

The above was too dishonest to bother with reading any more.

Was South Korea also distracted by an baseless impeachment process?

They weren't so distracted they couldn't ship 17 tons of our PPE reserves to China on February 7.


They weren't so distracted that they couldn't decline Alex Azar's February 5 request for $2B to buy PPE, and then cut it by 75% in the coming weeks.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/health-science/desperate-for-medical-equipment-states- encounter-a-beleaguered-national-stockpile/2020/03/28/1f4f9a0a-6f82-11ea-aa80- c2470c6b2034_story.html#click=https://t.co/pDLoYVI74d

And now our healthcare providers have to wash their N95 masks, and are dying of Coronavirus.

Seems like the military is a centralized system that generally works pretty well. If you didn't have one plan for a battle then you'd have different units attacking at different times with different goals in mind so no coordination and an easy loss. The same is true here. The feds, CDC, FEMA, Army Corps of Engineers, etc. give the best possible info, buy supplies and equipment, direct industry as to what is needed for production, stand up temporary hospitals, etc. The states then implement the plan with the support of the feds. That way states aren't bidding against each other for needed supplies and the right amount of supplies are ordered and delivered where needed. At least that's the way things have traditionally gone with the federal government prior to Hair Furor.

Good example was the Obama Administration H1N1 response offered by some Cult45 moron here a few weeks ago as a massive failure, oh if only Fat Nixon had failed like that. With H1N1, a test was approved for mass distribution about a week after the first case was diagnosed in the US. The Obama administration along with CDC went on a massive testing and exposure tracking effort that nipped it in the bud before it became our current Dotard fueled COVID-45 pandemic. Lessons learned from H1N1 became the Pandemic Response Unit, CDC scientists embedded with the Chinese government's version of CDC, the pandemic response playbook that the Obama Administration left behind and finally the table top exercises they did with Dotard's people when the government changed hands. Dotard and Cult45 can't say they weren't warned, they were just too stupid to pay attention.

I could post Prine songs endlessly:


One of the greatest American musicians ever and his peers absolutely love performing with him.

"We definitely saw the problem," said Dr. Thomas R. Frieden, who ran the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2009 to 2017. "We innovated to try and get a solution. We made really good progress, but it doesn't appear to have resulted in the volume that we needed."

The project " code-named Aura " came in the wake of a parade of near-miss pandemics: SARS, MERS, bird flu and swine flu.

The ventilators were to cost less than $3,000 each. The lower the price, the more machines the government would be able to buy. Companies submitted bids for the Project Aura job. The research agency opted not to go with a large, established device maker. Instead it chose Newport Medical Instruments, a small outfit in Costa Mesa, Calif.

Newport, which was owned by a Japanese medical device company, only made ventilators. Being a small, nimble company, Newport executives said, would help it efficiently fulfill the government's needs. In May 2012, Covidien, a large medical device manufacturer, agreed to buy Newport for just over $100 million.

Newport executives and government officials working on the ventilator contract said they immediately noticed a change when Covidien took over. Developing inexpensive portable ventilators no longer seemed like a top priority.

Government officials and executives at rival ventilator companies said they suspected that Covidien had acquired Newport to prevent it from building a cheaper product that would undermine Covidien's profits from its existing ventilator business.

Some Newport executives who worked on the project were reassigned to other roles. Others decided to leave the company. In 2014, with no ventilators having been delivered to the government, Covidien executives told officials at the biomedical research agency that they wanted to get out of the contract, according to three former federal officials. The executives complained that it was not sufficiently profitable for the company.

The government agreed to cancel the contract.

Want to understand why a for-profit healthcare delivery system isn't in the public's best interests, especially in times of nationwide health crises? This story can stand as a prima facie example until a better one comes along.

Capitalism exists to put profits above all else including lives. When all this is over, Americans will find themselves having very hard conversations about how our society best proceed moving forward. And maybe the needs of the living will finally take precedence over the profits of the capitalists.

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