New Map Shows Hundreds of Counties in the COVID-19 Endgame — and Thousands on the Uptick

Hugely helpful list of COVID-19 assistance programs for things like Credit Cards, Mortgages, Auto Insurance, Student Loans, etc. author

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The most powerful marketing tactic is the power of social norm.  The best message to convince people to wash their hands was moral – we put up signs saying: ‘Is the person next to you washing their hands?'”



IT IS OK to shout at strangers who aren’t social distancing.


Obama warned of pandemic threat in 2014, but GOP blocked funding



Trump cabinet Bible Teacher Blames Coronavirus Pandemic On God’s Wrath”
Somehow It Involves China, Gay People, And Environmentalists


America’s underclass is becoming more visible in the coronavirus crisis.
Elizabeth Warren says: Coronavirus has exposed the conditions under which too many Americans work every day. We need stronger unions. We need to raise the wage. We need safer work conditions. We need health care for all. We need paid leave. Not just during this crisis—always.

Shoppers need to leave their reusable bags at home,  only new plastic and paper bags to help stop the spread of the coronavirus.

List N: Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV-2

7 coronavirus cleaning questions, answered by an expert
What you can and can’t use bleach for, and more.

About Hand Sanitizer: it will do in a pinch when you can’t wash with soap and water. Washing your hands is BETTER.
Bakersfield, California, is a large city about 100 miles north of Los Angeles.
Where, in 1966, a student nurse named Lupe Hernandez first dreamed up the idea of hand sanitizer.  Hernandez realized alcohol delivered through a gel could clean hands in a situation where there was no access to soap and warm water. Recognizing the commercial potential of her idea, she duly called an inventions hotline she had heard about on television and set about registering the patent.
MAKE YOUR OWN – Rubbing Alcohol  and Organic Aloe
Ratio is 2 to 1  —  combine 70% alcohol and 30% Aloe together in your squeeze bottle. Add a drop or lavender or lemon scent if you like.

Folktales and Lies vs SCIENCE

Trump Won the Internet. Democrats Are Scrambling to Take It Back.
In the era of big data, memes and disinformation, the Democrats are trying to regain their digital edge as the president and his loyalists dictate the term of the debate”:
Bottom line? There’s a war between the DNC/old guard <#BOOMERS> and the technologists, between those who want to stay in the past and those whose feet are firmly planted in the digital world.

Internet Ignorance Quote is from Biden:
< FOLKS. . .  > “‘I’m still getting used to this virtual world we’re campaigning in…”
You’re either digitally native, or you’re in the rearview mirror.
“(Biden is) A party mainstay who rose in politics when the platforms to master were ‘The Wilmington Evening Journal,’ WPVI-TV and the U.S. Postal Service.” Old Boomers still pay attention to these outlets. Today in 2020 the needle is moved online, that today’s digital citizen sees news as coming from a free-flowing pipe, not once a day, when it’s already dated.

Just say  “Folks” one more time

The Great Depression spurred Americans to celebrate “real folks,” although, as the cultural historian Sonnet Retman has written, that could mean black Southerners, Dust Bowl migrants, industrial workers—or the rural, white “real Americans” mythologized within a nativist tradition that descends from Father Coughlin to Sarah Palin which was the set up to a Donald Trump getting elected.

Disparity in the era of coronavirus: The disposables divide.
The rich can afford “best practices” wherever they are, and they also are more likely to access quality healthcare. “My radiation doc told me today that his high school daughter and friends call COVID19 the  ‘#boomer remover’”~  Gen-X!


The Values—and Dangers—of Folklore during a Global Pandemic

Examples of COVID-19 folklore

Trump The Corona Virus War President


– U.S. axed CDC expert job in China months before virus outbreak

– Coronavirus didn’t come from a lab in China

Charles Koch network pushed $1 billion cut to CDC, now attacks shelter-in-place policies for harming business’

The proximal origin of SARS-CoV-2

We reported that the government’s secret ventilator stockpile has a supply of only 16,600.

“We should never be reliant on a foreign country for the means of our own survival,” Trump said at a White House briefing on Tuesday evening. “America will never be a supplicant nation.
Trump Privately appeals to Asia and Europe for medical help to fight coronavirus.  Despite president’s rhetoric that the US would not rely on foreign nations for help, the administration has approached European and Asian partners.
Trump spoke by phone with the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, asking if his country could supply medical equipment. The official White House account made no mention of the request, but according to the South Korean presidency, the Blue House, the call was made at Trump’s “urgent request”.  Moon told Trump that he would support South Korean exports of critical supplies to the US “if there is a domestic surplus”. On 15 March, German officials said they had fended off a Trump administration offer to buy exclusive access to a potential vaccine being developed by a German company, CureVac.
On March 18, the Defense One military news site reported that the US air force had quietly flown half a million nasal swabs from Italy to Memphis, where they were distributed around the country. The US is turning its allies at a time when it has strained relations with many of them. Trump has been demanding South Korea pay much more, reportedly up to $5 bn a year, to cover the costs of US troops based on its soil and the US military has threatened to lay off thousands of Korean employees if Seoul does not agree to a deal.
“It’s almost like we shouldn’t have used alliances as protection rackets, shaking down a close and highly-capable partner for $5 billion, imagining there would be no consequences for transactional unilateralism,” Mira Rapp-Hooper, senior fellow for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.
The US is by far the largest buyer of pharmaceuticals and medical supplies from China, and is seeking to import Chinese face masks and protective gear, but negotiations have been complicated by growing acrimony between the two countries, over what Trump has insisted until very recently on calling the China virus”.

How China’s “Bat Woman” Hunted Down Viruses from SARS to the New Coronavirus

Illegal wildlife trade goes online in China
Online shift increases pressure on China’s tech giants over trade thrust into spotlight by coronavirus outbreak. Conservation groups are calling on China to fully overhaul the way it governs the country’s lucrative business in order to give firms more clarity over what to target when they discover any potentially illegal activity. This is a billion dollar industry that involves 60 million Chinese people. Zhou is also pressing authorities in Beijing to implement a corporate social credit system to reward or punish e-commerce companies for their part in combating the illegal wildlife trade and hopes that by pressuring the leading companies they will be able to set the example for other smaller players. Similar systems are being used to evaluate companies across China, including by the Ministry of Ecology and Environment to discourage breaches of environmental regulations.

China uses Academics and Students as Spies in the US


When people don’t listen and self isolate the police will harass you.

Lawfare today posted “Security, Privacy and the Coronavirus: Lessons from 9/11
A few days after Sept. 11, 2001, I entered the Mott House on Maryland Avenue, not far from the Senate. The national D.C. office of the ACLU was hosting a somber meeting of privacy and civil liberties experts from across the political spectrum. We all recognized that everything on our agenda had changed drastically. We were in a new era, where security was paramount, and privacy a policy afterthought at best.

Surveillance that might save your life:
The Israel Ministry of Health has a released a new iOS and Android app called “The Shield” that warns if you have been potentially exposed to the Coronavirus. When interviewing new Coronavirus patients, the MoH will ask what locations they visited throughout the day. If given permission, this information is converted into GPS coordinates that is then compiled into a JSON file. The Shield app will track your GPS coordinates and SSID usage throughout the day and compare it to the JSON file downloaded from the Ministry of Health. This is all done locally and no data is uploaded from the mobile device. If there a location match, the app will warn the user that they have been potentially exposed. They then request that the user report this exposure to the Ministry of Health and enter self-quarantine. The app also tells users if they have not been exposed to ease their minds.
The app can be downloaded from  iOS
There is also ShieldApps Software $

or Slack, Zoom, Google Hangouts: Are Your Remote Work Apps Spying on You?

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets behind NYT paywall
Tracking entire populations to combat the pandemic now could open the doors to more invasive forms of government snooping later.
By Natasha Singer and Choe Sang-Hun Mar 23 2020

Apple updates Safari’s anti-tracking tech with full third-party cookie blocking Beating Google by two years to the privacy featurE


Senators Loeffler and Burr demonstrate that we are STILL in the golden age of white collar crime. “An entrenched, unfettered class of superpredators is wreaking havoc on American society. And in the process, they’ve broken the only systems capable of stopping them.” The GOP is rotten to the core.

Michael Arrington Founder of TechCrunch, CrunchBase and Arrington XRP Capital gets preferential treatment. Got the email today that a lot of Silicon Valley insiders received. That we can have access to private testing immediately. My feeling is tests should be allocated based on need, not connections. The email Silicon Valley execs got offering them private Covid-19 testing was from venture fund DCVC.

Trump’s  Six Most Profitable Clubs Closed and now wants to get eveyone out and working putting us all at risk.

This Is a Massive Scandal’: Trump FDA Grants Drug Company Exclusive Claim on Promising Coronavirus Drug

Public Citizen and 54 other groups, denounced Gilead Sciences, insisting that it  renounce its claim to a lucrative orphan drug designation for remdesivir – one of a few medicines being explored as a possible treatment for the coronavirus. Gilead was able to  justify  its orphan drug claim only by rushing to get it on file before there were 200,000 KNOWN cases of the disease in the United States. ~ Paul Alan Levy,  Public Citizen Litigation Group

SCOTUS rules states are immune from copyright law.
The Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The high court held that federalism trumps copyright law, effectively giving states a free pass.
North Carolina can’t be sued for pirating photos of a famous pirate ship. ~Timothy B. Lee – 3/24/2020, 4:37 PM
A state government that infringes someone’s copyright doesn’t have to worry about getting sued, the Supreme Court ruled on Monday. The high court held that federalism trumps copyright law, effectively giving states a free pass. The case pitted a North Carolina videographer, Frederick Allen, against the state of North Carolina. The state was the legal owner of a famous shipwreck, the Queen Anne’s Revenge. It was the flagship of legendary pirate Blackbeard until it ran aground off the coast of North Carolina in 1718. A company discovered the wreck in 1996 and got a contract from the state to do recovery work. The company hired Allen to document those efforts with photos and videos. Allen spent more than a decade documenting the recovery operation, and he retained copyright protection for his work. But North Carolina published some of his photos on its website without permission. Eventually, the state agreed to pay Allen $15,000 in compensation. But then North Carolina published his work online a second time without permission, and Allen sued. The Tar Heel state argued that Allen’s lawsuit should be dismissed under the principle of sovereign immunity. Since the 1990s, a series of Supreme Court rulings has severely limited the ability of individuals to sue state governments.

If Robots Steal So Many Jobs, Why Aren’t They Saving Us Now?
We’ve been led to believe that robots and AI are replacing humans en masse. But this economic catastrophe is blowing up that myth. Yet our economy still craters without human workers, because the machines are far, far away from matching our intelligence and dexterity. You’re more likely to have a machine automate part of your job, not destroy your job entirely.

‘The US of Amazon’: how the coronavirus has created a governance vacuum the tech giant is quickly filling

Czech researchers develop top-grade respirator for 3D printing

Lots of people are about to learn that currencies fail when 3 main things happen:
1. It has no peg ….and
2. Gov spending exceeds tax income….and
3. The debt being issued has no yield

Modern Monetary Theory has eaten the world. Many people ask for the first time: “Why pay taxes when they can just print the money?” I think it’s an important question and maybe the Fed or government should address it sooner rather than later. Why certain economic models are used don’t make sense for most people.

There’s a book from Mises It’s boring af but actually explains how the Fed works. It’s even free. Read it before hitting that tweet button.

Lee Buchheit, the grand doyen of sovereign debt restructuring lawyers, and Sean Hagan, the former general counsel of the IMF, are worried about new debt crisis, and have some ideas on how to ameliorate the dangers.





Where the Rich Get their Tests
Inside a ‘private emergency room’ where people pay $5,000 a year

The rich confront the virus: ‘Do I quarantine in the Hamptons?

Coronavirus: in Philippines, leak shows politicians and relatives received ‘VIP’ testing
Leaked official data showing Philippine authorities tested at least two dozen politicians and public officials, as well as their relatives, even when they had no coronavirus symptoms has fuelled public anger in the country.