Tuesday, March 31, 2020

The shutdowns of schools, workplaces and public institutions in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic is exacerbating the problems of the millions of people in the U.S. who can't easily get online

“Suspended in the air for hours” means wear a mask & something covering your eyes. Then take that shit & your shoes off b4 you go inside. Then sanitize your hands b4 you touch your doorknob. Then go straight bathroom & put your clothes in bag 4 wash. Shower (hair). And... relax.

Time for prayers. Really.

How much flatter would the curve be if some people hadn’t listened to Hannity

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday said he had no plans to issue a statewide stay-at-home order. Why? He says he hasn’t been told to do so by the White House task force

500 EMTs and paramedics have arrived in New York City from around the country to help fight this pandemic. These are the heroes of our time.

The Pentagon says it still hasn't sent ventilators because HHS hasn't told them where they'd go

But those who listened and then got sick will remember what he said. They will remember what @FoxNews said. And if they die, their loved ones will know exactly who they were listening to. “Mass death is clarifying as fuck.”

Trump officials have decided against reopening Obamacare enrollment to uninsured Americans during the coronavirus pandemic, defying calls from health insurers and Dems to create a special sign-up window amid the health crisis

Sick people on board the Zaandam and Rotterdam cruise ships fear they're dying as they steam toward South Florida. But Broward County and Carnival Corporation have yet to agree on a plan that will allow them on shore once they arrive

On top of everything else, there was a 6.5 magnitude earthquake near our house in Idaho today, and smaller quakes continue across the Yellowstone/upper mountain west area.

In addition to the ventilators HHS hasn't told them to send anywhere, DOD also has more than a dozen labs that could process COVID-19 tests. They offered the labs to HHS for civilian use **more than two weeks ago**. HHS never bothered to put them to use

Wow. This is as damning a statement about a US president as has ever been written: “The reach of the virus here is not attributable to an act of God or a foreign invasion, but a colossal failure of leadership. The president has blood on his hands.”

Invoking the Defense Production Act is hardly a rare occurrence. The Penatgon estimates that it has used the law's powers 300,000 times a year. Yet Trump has for weeks treated it like a "break the glass" last resort, to be invoked only when all else fails.

CNN's Jim Acosta: "Should Americans be prepared for the likelihood that there will be 100,000 Americans who die from this virus?" Dr. Fauci: "The answer is yes."


Trump just tied his impeachment to the FBI's use of FISA warrants? Somebody's tellin' on themselves, ain't they? Impeachment was purely over extortin' Ukraine to commit election fraud.

Boston Globe editorial board: "The months the administration wasted with prevarication about the threat and its subsequent missteps will amount to exponentially more COVID19 cases than were necessary. In other words, the president has blood on his hands."

Breaking: The administration has placed a moratorium on USAID’s overseas shipments of personal protective gear. Move comes after US asked Thailand for help last week only to be told that a US shipment of the same supplies was already on its way to Bangkok.

Ivanka Trump's Chinese trademarks on coffins

Trump just said “we inherited obsolete testing” What?

Trump: "We have some hospitals in some states that think they need ventilators and we don't think they do."

Today, we're taking further steps to ensure the Commonwealth continues the social distancing needed to slow the spread of COVID-19: ➡️We are extending the closure of non-essential businesses until May 4 ➡️@MassDPH's Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect#

Americans who had to cancel flights or are stranded abroad due to #COVID19 deserve full cash refunds. Not vouchers. Cash. The airlines got a $25 billion bailout, so now @SenBlumenthal, @SenWarren, and I are demanding they help struggling Americans get the cash they need.

More excuses from the Senate majority leader about why he didn't take this threat seriously and move to mitigate this pandemic. Leadership 101 means taking responsibility for what has happened on your watch. Period.

Tomorrow, I will be deploying to the National Guard to do my small part to assist in the response to the coronavirus on Staten Island. Wanted you to hear from me what this means. We will get through this—together.

Dr. Bourouiba, an expert in the dynamics of coughs and sneezes: "A 2020 report from #China demonstrated that #SARSCoV2 virus particles could be found **in the ventilation systems** in hospital rooms of patients with #COVID19."

@MIT's Dr. Lydia Bourouiba warns: “pathogen-bearing droplets of ALL sizes can travel 23-27 feet.” She also warns: “droplets that settle along the trajectory can contaminate surfaces”—and “residues or droplet nuclei” may “stay suspended in the air for HOURS.”

Trump definitely sent all that PPE to China in Feb to create a shortage he and Kushner could profit from when we need it most. That makes Pompeo complicit as well.

Cuomo: "The situation that I just explained with purchasing. Did you really have to learn that 50 states shouldn't compete against 50 states? And then FEMA shouldn't come in late and compete with 50 states? It's not like you had to go to the Harvard Kennedy School to learn this."

People rush to raise backyard chickens amid egg shortages, coronavirus concerns

Pregnant women listen up: File for the stimulus for your fetus, and you either get paid, or Republicans will have to admit a fetus isn’t a child.

Thread: Gee favored plaintiffs due to "severity of the harm to which...exposed and the public’s interest in preventing outbreaks of COVID-19 among families and children in ICE or ORR custody that will infect ICE and ORR staff, spread to others...and likely overwhelm local healthcare

The European Union is warning that there’s no evidence yet to show that the anti-malaria drug hyped by Trump is effective in treating the novel coronavirus

That dog won’t hunt. Mitch, please

NYC morning update. We've crossed 40,000 cases in the City. 932 deaths as of this morning

So many Americans right now are stepping up to help their communities. Zohaib Begg, a 7-year-old from VA, is one of them. This inspiring kid has been gathering supplies from hotels to donate to the medical professionals at his local hospital.

Donald Trump tombstone mysteriously appears in Central Park

SCOOP: The Massachusetts Democratic Party will vote to cancel its May 30 convention on Saturday due to the coronavirus outbreak. It's agreed Sen. Ed Markey will be considered the winner of the convention & endorsed by the party, according to someone familiar w/ the plans. #mapoli

My god this is damning.

BREAKING: A Justice Department audit has found widespread problems with the FBI's use of secret surveillance warrants

We have to place a temporary ban on evictions nationwide. No one should be forced out of their home in the middle of a pandemic.

People will die because Trump fiddled while America burned.

Trump actually seems to believe that by lying he can change reality. The virus won’t go away by Easter even if he lies really good and really hard. He’s not just trying to trick us, he’s delusional.

Quarantine, Russian-style

Republicans are a hazard to our health.

Right now our campaign has 9,692 to donors — just 308 shy of our goal of 10,000 donors by the end of the month! Please contribute any amount to help us hit our goal and defeat Matt Gaetz in November. Chip in here:

"It is very unusual for a ship captain — someone who is typically on a career track to become an admiral — to write such a letter. It shows that this is a person who is putting the welfare of his sailors ahead of his career.”

A Hong Kong nursing student in the U.S. says she is afraid of overstaying her visa, but vows to keep fighting during the coronavirus pandemic

f we use our best communicators to speak with audiences that already know the coronavirus danger, it will be like shouting down a well and expecting anything other than snakes to hear us, writes @JamesCarville . It’s time for a scorched-earth change:

Here are answers to some common questions we have received about the personal relief checks in the federal aid package passed by Congress (thread)

Trump was acquitted on February 5th. The government was already aware enough of the problem they made a show of sending emergency medical supplies to China. The state lock downs didn’t start happening until nearly six weeks after Trump’s acquittal. This excuse is ridiculous

Neo-Confederate Group Moves Ahead with Conference Amid Covid-19 Outbreak

Video of Putin sharing an elevator ride 6 days ago w the chief doctor of Kommunarka hospital Denis Potsenko who tested positives for #coronavirus

Think sometimes of what my grandchildren will remember and tell their children about our clovid 19 pandemic. Hope they include how we almost didn’t survive our horrible President

My latest: "Trench warfare is a dirty, dangerous business, and there’s no practical way to implement social distancing, or to maintain scrupulous hygiene, while sheltering from daily Russian missile and mortar attacks."

"Your honor, my client would never have crashed his car into the daycare center killing all those kids if the police had not chased him after the bank robbery."

I've never seen anything like this. Captain of Theodore Roosevelt pens a four-page letter pleading for resources, says the situation is rapidly spinning out of control as nearly 200 sailors test positive:

The Defense Department quite possibly has a new, largest outbreak of the coronavirus on its hands, with the infection of dozens of people at the Marine Corps boot camp at Parris Island.

"This virus is going to be with us," the CDC director said. "I'm hopeful that we'll get through this first wave and, and have some time to prepare for the second wave."

Dear Americans: the GOP led government has failed us

Millions of N95 masks are sold overseas while we have a desperate need here at home. Why is the Trump admin not restricting these sales? Why are they not sold to the fed, states, cities or hospitals? Please read this Forbes article and pass it on

Around the corner

More than 500 Americans died from coronavirus on Monday -- the most of any day yet. Trump is praying for Nancy Pelosi to praise him more.

We owe it to all the lives we have already lost from Coronavirus that Trump is not allowed to finish out his term.

Mitch McConnell just blamed Trump’s COVID-19 failures on impeachment. That’s wrong—dead wrong. In fact, the opposite is true: impeachment warned McConnell & other Americans about exactly how Trump would screw this up.

Trump Stops Saying ‘Wuhan Virus’ After Xi Strokes His Ego

Donald Trump’s mental illness is killing people.

This is unconscionable. Americans are already afraid of the impact the deadly COVID-19 pandemic is having on their lives — they don't need the added stress of losing their health insurance. Drop the lawsuit.

Twitter, stepping up its enforcement of misleading and harmful coronavirus-related claims, required Fox News host Laura Ingraham to delete a tweet from 10 days ago that misrepresented details of an unproven treatment for coronavirus

The Administration’s outrageous decision to disestablish ancestral land is without precedent, and enacting this policy in the middle of a global pandemic is cruel.

Hobby Lobby's CEO has a net worth of $6,300,000,000

Instacart Striker--"We are not just walking off to protect ourselves, we are walking off to protect our customers. Workers are touching every single thing that a customer receives in their order. If we get sick, that means they are going to get sick too”

Who insures Fox and Fox celebrities with liability insurance? Inquiring minds want to know.

Sending this out for all of those getting their Orban defense articles ready: don't forget to explain how a takeover of all independent media is justified by the virus

Never forget what these maniacs did to us all

You might want to ask Trump to comment on why his live daily pressers are being seen as campaign rallying @Acosta

Speak dumbly and carry a big ship

Sanders acknowledges "narrow path" but says he could still be Democratic nominee

His only hope is if Biden dies.

Trump suggests US should treat Germany as an enemy because of World War II

Coronavirus deniers take aim at hospitals as pandemic grows

IRS Gives Stimulus Check Distribution Details, Says Payments To Begin Within Three Weeks

When asked if Covid-19 will spur unionization, I first said no—how can you unionize when there's social distancing & u can't even meet But now I realize so many workers are angry about how their companies handled Covid19, it's spurring lots of organizing

My nightly COVID-19 update: federal funds are coming to Connecticut and insurers answered my call to provide coverage for coronavirus treatment at no cost.

How is building a giant monument to racism an “essential activity?”

Bayer Settles a Roundup Case for $40 Million

Five Years in Russian Prison for Spreading False News on Coronavirus

im Acosta triggers the President after using his own statements downplaying the virus against him

LIVE: #NancyPelosi: we need the Defense Production Act to get #PPE personal protective equipment for our workers and equipment to save the lives of our patients.”

Trump's self-congratulatory presence marks stark contrast with death

Where are the 27 million test kits?

Commander of the US Northern Command Terrence J. O’Shaughnessy talks about the military’s monumental effort to be a part of the solution to coronavirus.

HANNITY, March 9: "This scaring the living hell out of people -- I see it, again, as like, let's bludgeon Trump with this new hoax." Mar 18: "By the way, this program has always taken the coronavirus seriously. We've never called the virus a hoax."

Frontline health workers are the backbone of our health care system. As they work grueling shifts to save lives from the #Coronavirus, the least we owe them is the proper protective equipment that ensure their safety. If they fall, we fall. — Nancy Pelosi

Rick Wilson: Trump voters are about to pay a terrible price for cheering on his early coronavirus denialism

Did Deutsche Bank launder Russian oligarchs’ BLOOD MONEY and prop up Trump when no other banks would? A Supreme Court hearing was scheduled for today that could help answer that before we vote again. It was postponed because of the virus. Will justice delayed be justice denied?

WATCH - Compassionate New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern, says she would not tolerate tens of thousands of New Zealanders dying from COVID-19 for the nation to obtain herd immunity before a vaccine is found - Boris Johnson, "Meh"

Totally Trump's plan

Twitter only allows 4 pictures per tweet. There are hundreds of screenshots of the criminal negligence of @FoxNews blaming Democrats or the Chinese for hysteria over the Coronavirus Pandemic.

Simmer down, Miss Lindsey-You’re the whipee, not the whipper.

Testing stats remain abysmal in Trump’s own Palm Beach County. -1.4 million citizens -Only 2,721 tests given -330,000 calling begging for tests “Anyone who wants a test can get a test” remains one of the deadliest lie of this pandemic.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva is abandoning his push to shut down gun shops during the coronavirus pandemic

Here's @wired story on how Trump Caught Google Off Guard With a Bogus Coronavirus Site Announcement - Google's not making a nationwide coronavirus testing website. And the company had no idea the president would say it was.

“They’re plotting to rig the legislative maps that determine which voters will vote for which politicians, enabling a stranglehold on the laws that get passed over the next decade’s worth of elections.”

“I don’t want to be the person who died for fragrant oils.” — Amazon worker who is not just helping ship necessary groceries but is risking leave the house every day in the middle of a pandemic to ship all our unnecessary online orders as well

Trump announced two new judicial nominees today. We're investigating Mitch McConnell's effort to pressure judges to retire so Trump can nominate even more

Here’s what’s abundantly clear: In Jan., someone (Jared? Voices in his head?) told donald that if he “rode out” #coronavirususa, folks wouldn’t notice. To make sure, just don’t test. They’ll think it was the flu. So, he did jackshit. Plus, Putin wants us dead. The end.

Tinker, Tailor, Mobster, Trump What happens when a Confidential Informant becomes President?


“The difference is that I have unfair power at my fingertips,” Epstein said. “I hired a former MMA champion who is out there in the hallway, and I have access to all of the resources in the world. You don’t even know who all of my friends are.”

In a private conversation with Trump during the rapid acceleration of the coronavirus pandemic, China’s leader Xi Jinping went out of his way to deploy one of the most effective diplomatic maneuvers of the current American era: aggressive flattery

If I may, I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of this.

“The gaming industry wasn’t left out either: Casinos will be able to tap government loans for disaster assistance, a payback after casinos were blocked from receiving tax breaks extended to other businesses after Hurricane Katrina in 2005.”

“The nation's top government watchdogs on Monday appointed Glenn Fine, the acting inspector general for the Pentagon, to lead the newly created committee that oversees implementation of the $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill...”

THREAD: In my 7 days on one of our (now 12!) non ICU #COVID19 units, I admitted 58 patients for COVID rule out, of whom 50 tested positive. Two died (DNR), 2 went to hospice, and 5 went to the ICU. That is… not my typical gen med service week. Following, some clinical observations.

.@Franklin_Graham Sir, now is the moment to show unity and kindness. From atheist all the way to Muslims, Jewish, or Christians, Jesus would want us all to unite and help fight this virus. Black or white, gay or straight....JESUS loves us all equally! Thanks for the hospital!

Please take a moment to reflect on the amazing life of Sister Pauline Quinn who passed last friday. She started the prison dog program

Is the recommended 6 feet enough for social distancing? No! An MIT researcher says droplets carrying the coronavirus can travel up to 27 feet.

One dead, dozens sick after Illinois church revival service, many confirmed with coronavirus

Belarus president believes vodka and saunas will cure coronavirus

Sean Hannity, who recently suggested the coronavirus pandemic was a "deep state" plot to hurt the economy, wonders how anyone can trust the "outright conspiracy theorists" in the media

This grocery store in Toluca, Mexico, is employing makeshift screens to separate customers from staff during the coronavirus pandemic

drove into the city yesterday... naked cowboy one of the only people in times square

The @EmpireStateBldg reminding us that the city is in the middle of an emergency.

China is willing to work with the United States in the fight against coronavirus, the country's health minister Ma Xiaowei said during a phone conversation with US Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar on Monday

Gov. Cuomo: ‘Nothing unique about New York’ in coronavirus crisis

Gov. Cuomo: ‘All you need is one’ person to cause massive spread of the coronavirus

There is a powerful argument that the White House press conferences are simply Trump campaign rallies for the coronavirus era but there is a big difference: Reporters don’t get to ask questions at the rallies. So the reporters and their questions are crucial.

WHOA — NY sports radio legend Mike Francesa breaks with Trump to go in on the government’s covid-19 response & today’s presser: “Don’t give me the MyPillow guy doing a song and dance... when people are dying in Queens.”

Mark Meadows, President Trump’s longtime ally and acting chief of staff, resigned from Congress to become the fourth person to serve as the president’s top aide

Well done. Hope they do this every day, it’s terrific. Call his bluff. Stop his BS and big man happy talk while even his supporters are dying because of his lack of leadership. It is only a PR matter for him, for he can’t feel anyone’s pain. He only pretends to do so.

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This isn't only about propaganda. Trump's own advisers told him not to trust that Xi Jingping was giving him an honest picture of the virus in China, at a critical moment when the U.S. could have been mobilizing defenses more quickly.

BREAKING: Good news! #PhysicalDistancing appears to be slowing #coronavirus infections. Hi-tech thermometer firm @kinsa says daily fever readings show that fevers declined with #StayHome measures. Fevers tend to come BEFORE new #COVID19 cases

President Trump said during a news briefing that he could foresee a scenario where all Americans are recommended to wear masks in public to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

“A number of east Asian societies, where mask use is widespread — such as South Korea, Hong Kong and Singapore — have reported lower levels of infection than the U.S. has, despite being closer to the source of the outbreak in Wuhan, China.“