Woeful Wednesday Reads: “Doctor” Evil tRump

Hello from Georgia, where our Covid-19 numbers jumped over 1,000 testing positive in less than 24 hours to bringing the total number up to 4117 cases…as of last night at 7pm.

And still, our Governor Kemp persists in following tRumpian plan for battle against the Corona virus. You know the plan I’m talking about, “…the mayor of shark city. ”

Exactly. The toupee sporting villain is tRump…and he wants to keep the “beaches” open no matter who or how many die.


And just a little reminder…

Call it a warning, or possibly a foreshadowing of things to come.

This shit is devastating… please take care of yourself and stay home if at all possible.

Now some tweets and updates:

Florida’s governor actually is proving how the “shark city” plan of non-attack works in his state.

And that was just a small section of beach in Ft. Lauderdale.

Here is a map showing the pattern of travel out of New York City:

Look, all personal intrusion aside…this is definitely a tool the scientist can use to predict the spread of the virus. You can see with visual clarity the overwhelming potential for massive spread of Covid -19 without a stay at home order.

Meanwhile, in India:

And lastly:

This is an open thread…

30 Comments on “Woeful Wednesday Reads: “Doctor” Evil tRump”

  1. bostonboomer says:

    Trump has decided to force old people and disabled people to file tax returns in order to get the $1200 payment. It’s ridiculous, because all they have to do is sent it out through Social Security or get the info from SS. Also, kids 17 and older get nothing.

    • quixote says:

      This whole Dump of an Administration. Who *are* these people?

      Cartoons of hell always have the devils constantly running around, making sure everyone is miserable. You’d think they need a rest now and again, you’d think it would all start to look a lot like work after a while.

      Watching Dump & Co. operate, I’m starting to get it. They really never tire of making everything hellish. They really and truly absolutely love it. They never miss one single solitary opportunity.

      I’m starting to see why they’re in hell. What I still don’t see is why they get to drag the rest of us in there with them.

      • palhart says:

        I’ve gotten Trump’s scheme to blame the governors by his not helping them obtain needed medical supplies and ventilators, but, in addition, he enjoys their bidding war so much that he sent FEMA in to bid against them and up the price. Trump: “I love everyone being upset and hollering so much that, in pressers, I can move in and do my trashy-and-nasty routine. My followers love my taking down these fake news reporters and recalling the “failed” impeachment trial and Comey.”

        Indeed, the minority status in a democracy led by a band of devils

      • bostonboomer says:

        Not only that, if you read the article you’ll see that there is currently no way for us to file. They haven’t set up the website or designed the form yet!

        • NW Luna says:

          Oh for fuck’s sake! Trumpian “you can’t get there from here.”

          At least there’s a deferred date by which taxes have to be filed or paid.

  2. MsMass says:

    About India- looking at these pictures, I predict India will be devastated.

    Those fleeing the cities are probably bringing the virus with them.

  3. MsMass says:

    Anyone want to weigh in on this? I thought I had a mild case of covid Feb.13 and again last week.

    • bostonboomer says:

      I’m convinced that I had it in Feb. It wasn’t mild either. I had all the symptoms except the chest pain and shortness of breath. I was very sick for about 3 weeks. Dakinikat had something very similar to what I had.

    • bostonboomer says:

      That article is scary.

    • NW Luna says:

      Many covid-19 cases are described to have an intermittent presentation, with symptom appearance, remission, and then reappearance. However, these are also the months for the regular upper respiratory illnesses and influenza, so symptoms of those aren’t unexpected and are confounding. People could have both at the same time, potentially.

      I wouldn’t be surprised that the virus would mutate into a less virulent form. Pathogens that kill off their hosts too early don’t have a good survival rate! Or, the patient could have an individual variance, an outlier from the normal curve.

      Good to know that transfused plasma from a covid-19 recovered patient helped in this case.

      I tried to access the original pre-peer review article referred to, but although the database is listed, there is no author or journal list or even an article title given.

      Since we already know that up to 50% of cases are asymptomatic or mild, I don’t think this article really gives us new cause for worry.

      • MsMass says:

        Every thing you say sounds true. Does that mean that the more moderate variation is not a
        positive thing- which admittedly, is just that it doesn’t kill you. Would that kind of mutation shed virus capable of more or less lethality? If moderate, wouldn’t that be some sort of “immunity”?

        • quixote says:

          No, eventually more moderate means really moderate. Contact with the sailors on the first ships killed masses of Hawaiians. They caught colds from them. Colds are lethal to people who, unlike non-isolated groups, haven’t evolved to handle them. (That’s evolution on the part of the human host. I realize people are talking about evolution of the virus. But either way, both tend toward creating moderate versions.)

          Since the lethality depends in part on the host’s cell surface proteins, it’s hard to say whether what was “moderate” in one person will necessarily be moderate in another. With colds we can be pretty sure because we have a lot of experience with them. Covid19 is new.

          It doesn’t have anything to do with immunity in the technical sense. You do survive more likely, which is what people actually care about.

          • MsMass says:

            Thanks for your answer. I never thought about the evolution of the host- it seemed so long in terms of humans reproducing vs the quicker mutations of a virus. Do humans “mutate” within themselves,i.e. in our own lifetimes?
            So the differences in surface proteins can translate into differences in response to the virus?
            Not that the mutated virus is more moderate, but some people are luckier in their proteins?
            Sorry if I’m trying to simplify a complex field but I got a lot of time on my hands.

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  7. bostonboomer says:

    Latest numbers from The Boston Globe:

    April 1, 2020
    What you need to know today

    Current total of worldwide confirmed cases, per Johns Hopkins University: 921,924 (up 75,768 from Tuesday*)

    Current number of worldwide deaths, per Johns Hopkins University: 46,252 (up 4,758 from Tuesday*)

    Current number of recoveries worldwide, per Johns Hopkins University: 192,964 (up 16,793 from Tuesday*)

    Total countries/regions affected thus far, per Johns Hopkins University: 180
    The Italian government has extended the country’s national lockdown to mid-April.

    Massachusetts total cases:
    122 deaths (up 33 from Tuesday*)
    7,738 confirmed cases (up 1,118 from Tuesday*)
    The latest coronavirus numbers
    Total tests completed in Massachusetts: 51,738 (4,803 newly reported tests since Tuesday*)

    *Increases each day are calculated from the time this newsletter was sent the previous day.

  8. NW Luna says:

    Gun store owner doesn’t think the law applies to her. Then there’s the Asian-Americans feeling threatened. It all will result in yet more guns out there.

    Some Washington gun dealers keeping stores open, defying Inslee’s order amid coronavirus outbreak

    “We don’t have anything in writing that says we need to stay closed,” Teasdale [a gunstore owner] said. “And I don’t know anything about what the governor has said.”

    “We went from 25 guns being a good days for sales, to 150 guns on average,” she said.

    Many recent customers have been first-time gun buyers, and many of those are of Asian descent, Teasdale said, and are worried about possible harm to them from backlash by those who blame China for the virus.

  9. NW Luna says:

    IOW, as soon as this policy was leaked to the news, admin changed their minds.

    Last Tuesday, an instruction sheet given to nurses performing screenings at Virginia Mason Hospital read: “We are NOT giving masks to anyone. If a person is symptomatic, give them a napkin.”

    Masks were not available to employees performing screenings, either, said a registered nurse at Virginia Mason, who wanted to remain anonymous over fear of reprisal.

    The hospital is now providing masks for symptomatic patients and the directive was “a temporary memo to the nursing staff while we assessed our supply of masks,” said Gale Robinette, a spokesperson for the Virginia Mason system, adding that “the memo was rescinded in a few hours.”

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  13. roofingbird says:

    JJ, are you going to get mortgage deferral?