Plague Times

We’re not even 90 days into 2020, and this is already the longest year in history.

This is no longer the boomer plague.
In LA 80% of symptomatic patients were 18-65. The US has crossed 50k coronavirus cases. The WHO says the US may be the next epicenter. It is important also to note this number is vastly underreported as most states outside NY are conducting limited testing. The myth that Covid-19 kills old people and that people under 60 need worry only about spreading it is just wrong. People under 60 are dying, and people who don’t die still often experience it as a really bad and unpleasant sickness. Here’s an Olympic gold medalist aged 31.

These are the thoughts of one of the foremost epidemiologists in the world alive today. Believe it or don’t – don’t bother me,  I’m busy living life.
The doctor who helped defeat smallpox explains what’s coming. We can beat the novel coronavirus—but first, we need lots more testing.
https://arstechnica.com/science/2020/03/the-doctor-who-helped-defeat-smallpox-explains-whats-coming/

Testing Testing Testing Testing Testing Testing Testing Testing

Illuminating piece on how the world may have misinterpreted what helped turn the tide in Wuhan, by @JNBPage
Lockdowns aren’t enough — you need systematic testing and mass quarantines WSJ

“You don’t win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by getting the other poor bastard to die for his.” – George S. Patton

“It was found that a 50% compliance in donning the device resulted in a significant reduction in risk…
An 80% compliance rate essentially eliminated the influenza outbreak.” So that’s why the Japanese and Korean economies aren’t in a self-induced coma. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30229968/

Coronavirus tests are hard to get — unless you have money, fame and the right doctor. It seems to me that this crisis has forced us to rethink our social hierarchy in radical ways. The people treated as invisible, as doing unimportant work, are now the most essential workers in America. Our life lines are the grocery clerks, food delivery drivers, mail carriers.

911: what’s your emer-

Caller: I’M SICK

911: COVID-19 symptoms?

Caller: I’M SICK OF THE STOCK MARKET GOING DOWN

911: so no fever, just rich?

Caller: SO RICH

911: I’ll rush a test to you just in case

K12 Remote Learning isn’t about recreating the classroom.
Here is How.
Think #STEAM focus on the K12 activity and how it can be described as learning something about science, technology, engineering, art and math. Think about Proof of Work use the K12cyberplayground.com #RemoteLearning #K12RemoteLearning

Jeff Bezos sold $3.4 billion in Amazon shares in the first week of February, shortly before the stock market peaked. He avoided paper losses of roughly $317 million if he had held the stock through March 20. Top executives at U.S.-traded companies sold a total of roughly $9.2 billion in shares of their own companies between the start of February and the end of last week, a Wall Street Journal analysis shows. The selling saved the executives—including many in the financial industry – potential losses totalling 1.9 billion.

Incredible. Amazon warehouse workers in Chicago have been organizing to secure paid time off and just got the company to agree to it for ALL Amazon workers nationwide. In the middle of a pandemic, we won PTO for ourselves and ALL Amazon workers. This is *how* we did it and how you can join us. Hopefully it serves as an example of how ya’ll can get started too! Medium

Fed’s “infinite amount of cash” is the biggest argument for Bitcoin yet. The United States Federal Reserve has suggested it could print unlimited money. Here’s what that means for Bitcoin. If the global economy doesn’t totally collapse as a function of printing infinite money then Bitcoiners were just wrong all this time. What will maximalists do and say?

China Launches National Blockchain Network in 100 Cities
Proponents say it will reduce the cost of doing blockchain-based business by 80 percent.

Bryce Weiner “Any system of economics which does not incentivize the deaths of other human beings for profit is morally superior to the existing system.
There’s only one thing human beings – that life – produce in the universe unique unto itself, which no other chemical or physical reaction or interaction can create: emotional content.
People don’t understand. It’s not their income taxes that is being borrowed against, it’s their potential productive capacity. We were all turned into collateral (debt-slaves) back in 1933.
A government isn’t bound by rules of artificial scarcity as much as commoditization of the monetary supply is a function of government. The government must purchase equities and securities and collect taxes (as “processed commodities”).
This allows a national currency under MMT to become a true derivative of GDP, instead of malleable numbers on a page as it has been for the last 50 years. The collection of taxes represents the value each citizen adds to the overall value of the national currency.
This new value is communicated via annualized reporting of collections: or the amount of labor value returned to the ecosystem. In such a system there is no value in re-education of the public as to its operation.
Quite the opposite, archaic economic theory reinforces the effectiveness of MMT via markets of non-competitive ideologies: you cannot alter the MMT system w/ bad data. MMT works in times of crisis by allowing the government infinite reserves.
Those dollars aren’t created out of nowhere. Those dollars represent the value of the work you currently aren’t doing. It’s not a loan, it’s an index of damages.”

AND THE GRIFTERS

DeSantis is the Grim Reaper #RonDeSatanist
Every state with at least 1,000 COVID-19 cases has statewide shelter-in-place, except one – Florida. This is reprehensible.
Florida ranks 7th in total COVID-19 cases. So Ron deSatanist just ordered anybody traveling to Florida from New York must be put in a two week quarantine.
Well you stupid bastard, how about anyone coming *from* Florida to anywhere be put in quarantine because kept you kept beaches open turning them into a biohazard lab.

Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren.
Pro life republicans who want to kill grandmas for the economy. The terrifying thing about this is that Dan Patrick is expressing the sort of euphoria that comes when people surrender to a cult leader’s thought-command.
Video“My heart is lifted tonight by what I heard the president say” @DanPatrick demonstrates all the hallmarks of a cult member, praising the cult leader and expressing his desire to lay down his own life in the service of the cult leader. Just like Jim Jones followers who drank poison and had their children drink it too.

Shareholder suit accuses thief Sen. Richard Burr of securities fraud. Alan Jacobson, a shareholder in Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, sued Burr in federal court on Monday, alleging that the senator used private information to motivate a mass liquidation of his assets. It is illegal for senators to use nonpublic information in conducting securities exchanges. The lawsuit alleges Burr had confidential information about the effects of coronavirus when he sold up to $1.7 million in stocks.
https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/23/richard-burr-lawsuit-coronavirus-145564

TRUMP WANTS EVERYONE IN CHURCH FOR EASTER

There’s ALWAYS a grift angle, even in a deadly pandemic.
Remdesivir is the most promising treatment for COVID-19. Trump FDA just gave it ‘orphan drug’ status meaning there will be no low-cost generic version available for at least 7 years. $79 million taxpayer dollars paid for its discovery. Unconscionable.
@GileadSciences gets exclusive “orphan drug” status for an antiviral, which will keep its price up and off the generic market. Its former lobbyist sits on Trump’s #coronavirus task force.
https://theintercept.com/2020/03/23/gilead-sciences-coronavirus-treatment-orphan-drug-status/

Evangelicals have a death wish.

The last time some genius urged this kind of premature public gathering, an estimated 13,000 people died of the Spanish Flu after attending a Rally the Troops WW1 parade in Philadelphia in September 1918.

Tx Lt Gov Dan Patrick says grandparents would be willing to die to save the economy for their grandchildren.
Pro life republicans who want to kill grandmas for the economy. The truly scary thing about this is that Dan Patrick is expressing the sort of euphoria that comes when people surrender to a cult leader’s thought-command.
“My heart is lifted tonight by what I heard the president say” @DanPatrick demonstrates all the hallmarks of a cult member, praising the cult leader and expressing his desire to lay down his own life in the service of the cult leader. Just like Jim Jones followers who drank poison and had their children drink it too. Video

Jim Jones: “My religious cult killed hundreds.”
Liberty University Of Religious Zealotry.
Do not deny these science-deniers the chance to learn what natural selection means with some hands on experience.

Liberty University will reopen this week, Jerry Falwell inviting students to return and ordering faculty to come back to work. Jerry should stand at the main entrance to the school and shake every student’s hand and welcome them all back. And maybe he could chant “sickness be gone’ at the same time. There’s one ICU hospital in Lynchburg, in case anybody’s curious about the city’s ability to handle a flood of coronavirus patients. Liberty University is a front for massive real estate deals for Jerry Falwell.
I wonder if that means he is also over leveraged with mortgages and needs the students at the school spending money or his house of cards will go bankrupt.

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