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Sunday, March 22, 2020

In any just and lawful setting, actors who recklessly pursue hazardous activities would be held accountable for foreseeable harm caused to others.

In the winter of 2002"2003, the deadly SARS coronavirus exploded out of China's wet-blood' wildlife markets. SARS infected over 8,000 people worldwide and killed almost 800. Yet post-crisis, China laxly enforced bans on the offending markets, only to permit them to flourish soon thereafter. Today's COVID-19 is the deadly and avoidable legacy of China's recklessness...

Today the world strains to curtail COVID-19, mourn losses, and salvage livelihoods. Tomorrow it must prevent a like recurrence and account for damage done. Tomorrow's tasks regrettably require forthrightly identifying and addressing Beijing's wrongful, unnecessary, and repeated misdeeds

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Despite a vast treasury and a world-leading economy, the Chinese Communist leadership has neglected necessary reforms, spending lavishly instead to further hegemonic ambitions in Asia and beyond, as well as its hold on China.

To expand her geo-political reach, China's Belt and Road Initiative throws money at infrastructure projects from South Asia to the North Atlantic and from the South China Sea to Palau. National Bureau of Asian Research currently estimates BRI to cost around $1-1.3 trillion (USD). Over the past decades, China's defense spending increased on average roughly 10 percent per year, a rate vastly exceeding any competitor. For a pittance of such expenditures, China could have avoided today's pandemic and helped prevent future ones.

Internally, the CCP has spent millions viciously repressing multi-child families, Internet use, Muslim Uighurs, Hong Kong democrats, and the Dalai Lama's Tibet, to name a few. Food stalls would be child play.

Who suffers from CCP leaders prioritizing international hegemony and party supremacy? The world.

Sadly, after COVID-19 began to spread, China exacerbated its wrongful conduct: first covering it up; then hindering others' abilities to understand, halt, and mitigate the disease; and finally blaming its victims.


If China isn't forced to face a reckoning for what it's done this will happen again. This is about looking forward. China must be held accountable.

#1 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 01:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The stranglehold on our medical supplies should be enough.

Belt and Road Initiative

And people complain about the IMF.

Who suffers from CCP leaders prioritizing international hegemony and party supremacy

WHO said China said the virus wasn't HumanToHuman transmittable.

Jan 14th

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan, #China.
twitter.com

#2 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 01:11 PM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 2

The dedication of some posters towards protecting Trump at all costs emphasizes the dire psychological aspects of Trumpism.

#3 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:31 PM | Reply

FFS Zed. This thread has nothing to do with Trump. Does a moment pass throughout the day that you don't think about him?

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 01:33 PM | Reply

I am informed Gov. Abbott may lock down Texas at 3:00 PM CST.

So much for the leadership of Donald Trump. States are ignoring him, as is wise.

#5 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:33 PM | Reply

FFS Zed. This thread has nothing to do with Trump.

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 20

Nonsense.

#6 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:34 PM | Reply

Does a moment pass throughout the day that you don't think about him (Trump)?

#4 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 01:33 PM | Reply | Flag:

I think about him every time I look outside and see no one.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:35 PM | Reply

There is plenty of time for the blame game when all the facts are in. China has suffered more than any nation, and "making them pay" is a joke at this point.

Of course, the rwing "think" tank Hudson Inst and the NatReview aren't waiting.

#8 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 01:47 PM | Reply

Zed loves him some dictator.

Zed, it is time for Americans to recognize and acknowledge that the Chinese president is not our friend.

I think about him every time I look outside and see no one.

Strange I see plenty of people, walking their dogs, couples with young children; Kids having fun on bikes.

I suspect this shelter in place, while discomforting now, will lead to resurgence of American values, shaming people not washing their hands, and getting the homeless off the streets to avoid contagion.

Point us in the right direction that Trump was advocating, Making America Great Again!

I stated before CA tolerance of homelessness was the worst case scenario for this virus ... well here it is ...

California governor says 60,000 homeless could be infected.
www.pbs.org

God Bless Trump!

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 01:49 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Zed, it is time for Americans to recognize and acknowledge that the Chinese president is not our friend.

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 01:49

Who the F ever thought he was?

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:51 PM | Reply

Strange I see plenty of people

#10 | Posted by Zed a

Denying the validity of eye-witness truth is an aspect of Trumpism.

#11 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:52 PM | Reply

Who the F ever thought he was?

#10 | POSTED BY ZED

Unfortunately, Joe Biden.

For as much as you hate Trump with a passion beyond all belief he has been calling out China for years over their currency devaluation, one-sided trade practices and technological theft. Now, he has something else to call them out for and once we get through this he, and the rest of the world leaders, need to hold China accountable.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

- 10

You mean who besides Trump? Good question.

"Trump praises Chinese leader, not Hong Kong protesters seeking democratic reforms"

www.latimes.com

Mattress remains our most deluded Trump Pet.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 01:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Zed loves him some dictator.

#9 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 01:49 PM | Rep

Donald Trump wants to suspend habeas corpus.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:54 PM | Reply

China has suffered more than any nation

Really? Please elaborate.

#15 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-22 01:55 PM | Reply

Point us in the right direction that Trump was advocating, Making America Great Again!

You're a sick f#$&.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2020-03-22 01:56 PM | Reply

For as much as you hate Trump with a passion beyond all belief

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at

For as much as you excuse Trump with an unctuousness beyond belief.

#17 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:56 PM | Reply

once we get through this he, and the rest of the world leaders, need to hold China accountable.

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 202

Tell you what. Don't bring China up again until we are through this. Right now you just wipe Trump's ass.

#18 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 01:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

.China
Coronavirus Cases:
81,054
Deaths:
3,261

www.worldometers.info

#19 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 01:58 PM | Reply

Italy: 5476 deaths

China isn't even close...and this is their bat-snack baby.

#20 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-22 02:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How many "blame China" threads can Jeff post in one day and when will he ever hold Trump responsible for the lack of response and absolute failure in leadership?

Jeff. You should personally go to China and deal with your frustrations at their government's failure.

Meanwhile, the rest of us will deal with our frustrations at our government's ineptitude.

#21 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-22 02:02 PM | Reply

I'll bring up China early and often. Their unconscionable actions are the reason this thing is a global pandemic.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 02:02 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Their unconscionable actions are the reason this thing is a global pandemic.

#22 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 02:02

Whose unconscionable actions prevent American medical workers from having face masks?

#23 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 02:05 PM | Reply

Cry me a River, Clown. There are 20 threads going at any point in time ripping Trump to shreds. China caused this. Period. You wanna rip Trump? You have 20 other threads on which you can do so.

Quit carrying water for the CCP.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 02:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Quit carrying water for the CCP.

#24 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22

What BS.

Trumpite demagoguing.

#25 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 02:07 PM | Reply

No matter what the topic Zed will always circle back to Trump, even on the cooking threads.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 02:07 PM | Reply

For as much as you hate Trump

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2

You know what I hate JEFF? I hate that I am among millions and millions who told you that Trump would dig a grave for us and was ignored by people like you.

#27 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 02:09 PM | Reply

Getting rid of Donald through impeachment would have likely saved lives.

#28 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 02:10 PM | Reply

For as much as you hate Trump

#12 | Posted by JeffJ at 2

All I've lost so far is money. If someone I love dies because of Donald's ego-driven ignorance, then you may see some hate. And you'll see it early and often.

#29 | Posted by Zed at 2020-03-22 02:15 PM | Reply

Cry me a River, Clown.

Pointing out you're a fffking (Re)tarded Trump sycophant, isn't me crying. It's me expressing my disgust for you.

There are 20 threads going at any point in time ripping Trump to shreds.

Deservedly so.

Perhaps if you weren't such a shill you'd open your eyes to the truth of how awful Trump is for America.

China caused this. Period.

Are you sure? You fffking idiot.

You might as well post threads saying we should be blaming the virus. It would be just as productive.

You wanna rip Trump? You have 20 other threads on which you can do so.

You wanna blow Trump and sit around with your thumb up your arse, blaming China? There's a dozen right wing websites where your fellow (R)Tards can cheer you on

Quit carrying water for the CCP.
#24 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

You're fffking (Re)tarded.

How excited are you to vote for Trump again in November?

#30 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-22 02:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Published in 2007:

"The marked increase in the understanding of the virus and the disease within such a short time has allowed the development of diagnostic tests, animal models, antivirals, vaccines, and epidemiological and infection control measures, which could prove to be useful in randomized control trials if SARS should return. The findings that horseshoe bats are the natural reservoir for SARS-CoV-like virus and that civets are the amplification host highlight the importance of wildlife and biosecurity in farms and wet markets, which can serve as the source and amplification centers for emerging infections.

www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov

They were warned...they knew...they ignored the threat.

#31 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-22 03:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

From the paper:

Coronaviruses are well known to undergo genetic recombination (375), which may lead to new genotypes and outbreaks. The presence of a large reservoir of SARS-CoV-like viruses in horseshoe bats, together with the culture of eating exotic mammals in southern China, is a time bomb. The possibility of the reemergence of SARS and other novel viruses from animals or laboratories and therefore the need for preparedness should not be ignored.

#32 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-22 03:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Clown,

If you give me a PO address I'll ship you a case of tissue.

#33 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 03:23 PM | Reply

They were warned...they knew...they ignored the threat.
#31 | POSTED BY MUSTANG GT

Yep. This time it really will cost them. It's not just the US that is re-thinking it's economic relationship with China. Other than the China lovers in the MSM and on the DR their standing in the world is awfully low right now and deservedly so.

#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 03:24 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

nd on the DR their standing in the world is awfully low right now and deservedly so.
#34 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 03:24 PM

And so is yours Gunga Dimwit

#35 | Posted by truthhurts at 2020-03-22 03:25 PM | Reply

Troofy,

I can send you some tissue too. Being a nice guy is how I roll.

#36 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 03:32 PM | Reply

I can send you some tissue too. Being a nice guy is how I roll.

#36 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

What?

No paper towels??

You obviously care even less than Trumpy!

#37 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-03-22 03:55 PM | Reply

I can render some bacon too. Being a fat sss with bigger ttts than my wife that's how I roll.

#36 | POSTED BY JEFFJ AT

Fixt

Can anyone else imagine how funny it would be if Jeff's mancrush saw those man ----- and tried to grab him by the psssy?

#38 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-03-22 04:31 PM | Reply

Gotta protect Trump ehhhhhh Jeff?? That's so sweet. Do you bring him the morning milk and cookies too?

#40 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2020-03-22 04:48 PM | Reply

Clown,
If you give me a PO address I'll ship you a case of tissue.
#33 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Hold on to those. In a few weeks, Ray will trade you all his gold for a few sheets.

#41 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-03-22 04:58 PM | Reply

Bwa ha ha ha ha ha. There is nobody on earth who thinks less of America than a conservative. How sad.

#42 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2020-03-22 05:06 PM | Reply

Gotta protect Trump ehhhhhh Jeff?? That's so sweet. Do you bring him the morning milk and cookies too?

#40 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR

Nope. Only at nightie night and only if he was a good boy all day.

#43 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 05:06 PM | Reply

There is nobody on earth who thinks less of America than a conservative. How sad.

#42 | POSTED BY BRUCEBANNER

???????

#44 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 05:07 PM | Reply

#20

A pettifogged distinction without a difference to the point... which is, "China has suffered ... and "making them pay" is a joke at this point".

Playing the blame game is not helpful now; it only plays into conspiracy theories about how this was intentional. There's plenty of time to sort things out after the emergency part is past.

#45 | Posted by Corky at 2020-03-22 05:08 PM | Reply

it only plays into conspiracy theories about how this was intentional

Other than moronic basement-dwellers is anybody even remotely credible throwing out this type of conspiracy theory?

Playing the blame game is not helpful now

Then I guess you should be admonishing all of the DR lefties who are blaming Trump for everything under the sun. That's a decent point you make but if you are going to apply it to China it should also be applied to Trump.

#46 | Posted by JeffJ at 2020-03-22 05:29 PM | Reply

To protect the future we need to have a better global pandemic response.
The next pandemic could originate anywhere. Humans in close proximity to animals is a risk. Veganism is safer, but who will mandate that globally?

We can start by have a global pandemic response capacity with international cooperation like Obama setup and Trump dismantled.

Blaming China does nothing to help covid and ignores ways to mitigate risks.

It does offer cover for the most incompetent administration in history, so it has that going for it.

#47 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 05:46 PM | Reply

Playing the blame game is not helpful now; it only plays into conspiracy theories about how this was intentional. There's plenty of time to sort things out after the emergency part is past.

I agree, and I am sure you are making that same post on the 20+ blame Trump threads on the rest of the DR.

Oh, your are not? Well let me help you...

#48 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 06:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

I got your back on about a dozen threads Dorkus...you can do the rest.

You're welcome.

#49 | Posted by Rightocenter at 2020-03-22 06:23 PM | Reply

Trump is being criticized for not responding, minimizing, lying, blame shifting instead of listening to experts and organizing a science based response.
China screwed up in a similar way, but whistle blowers criticized China's reponse and they corrected their behavior, and implemented a response that may have worked.

Finally, after weeks of Trump's incompetent response, expert criticism of his response has put the US on a better path.
Many Americans will owe their lives to dems and health experts that called out Trump's disastrous response to Covid.

#50 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-22 06:33 PM | Reply

Trump is being criticized for not responding, minimizing, lying, blame shifting instead of listening to experts and organizing a science based response.

Responded in the same timeframe as Obama.

Just like Obama minimized by not calling a NationalEmergency?

blame shifting instead of listening to experts

The experts said don't restrict air travel, which is INSANE....

I listen to risk assessment experts, who said the risk is too high, lock everything down now.

organizing a science based response

Much of the science requires data ... we have very little data, the best you can do is minimize risk & panic until you have data.

#51 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 06:51 PM | Reply

Many Americans will owe their lives to dems and health experts that called out Trump's disastrous response to Covid.

Many Americans owe Trump their lives because he shut down air travel in Jan all the while dealing with the impeachment farce.

#52 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2020-03-22 06:52 PM | Reply

Anyone still reading the posts and/or replies from deaf, blind, and rttarded?

I'm not sure which is which.

Neither is anyone else.

They all fall right in there, don't they?

Any of them catch this shht and die yet?

#53 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2020-03-22 10:48 PM | Reply

A pettifogged distinction without a difference to the point

You claimed nobody has suffered more from the Wuhan coronavirus than China, and it was the foundation of your post. I pointed out your statement was full of crap. Not a pettifog....and a difference easily substantiated by statistics...not a distinction.

#54 | Posted by MUSTANG at 2020-03-22 10:53 PM | Reply

"You claimed nobody has suffered more from the Wuhan coronavirus than China"

Maybe he was including the withering attacks from all the right-wingers calling it the Chinese Virus.

#55 | Posted by snoofy at 2020-03-22 10:56 PM | Reply

To Protect the Future choke back on sinophobia and show some respect for a culture at least 10 times older than your own.

#56 | Posted by grumpy_too at 2020-03-23 12:55 AM | Reply

#51 H1N1 wasn't as deadly as the flu and he declared a public health emergency in weeks.

Shutting down flights from China wasn't warranted until asymptomatic infection occurred. Shutting down flights from China doesn't appear to have made a difference. Covid was spreading in the US before Trump acted and his failed response did nothing to slow the spread.
Now many more will die.

Obama did a better job and left Trump with the capacity to mount a better defense. But then Trump slashed it leaving the US almost helpless.

#57 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 01:00 AM | Reply

Trump is lying, people are dying.

#58 | Posted by bored at 2020-03-23 01:02 AM | Reply

How about we begin by obliterating the wealth gap among all nations.

The ridiculously wealthy need to be held to account. Rockets, mansions and yachts seem likeblatantly tone-deaf and ridiculous purchase choices, very similar to forcing your employees to work through a pandemic. We shouldn't just plan on eating the rich, their legacy has eradicated opportunities at education housing the most basic fundamental aspects of existence they don't deserve a say at the table, imo.

#59 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2020-03-23 11:45 PM | Reply

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