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Saturday, March 21, 2020

Kenny Rogers, the country musician behind such hits as "The Gambler" and "Lady" over a six-decade career, has died at the age of 81, his family announced early Saturday. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family," a statement from SKH Music said. Rogers' family plans a small private service due to the coronavirus outbreak, the statement said. read more


Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Two reports have made their way into the public eye showing the real advice that national leaders in both the U.S. and U.K. are getting behind the scenes. And even for people who have seen stadiums idled, schools closed, and an unsettling unpredictability at the grocery store, what these reports have to say is worse than unsettling. These are definitely reports to be read while sitting down. read more


Tuesday, March 03, 2020

At least eight people were killed, others were injured, and 50,000 households and businesses were left without power when a tornado struck parts of Nashville and central Tennessee early Tuesday. read more


Monday, March 02, 2020

John Oliver's entertaining segment on the coronavirus. read more


Thursday, February 27, 2020

Amid warnings from public health officials that a 2020 outbreak of a new coronavirus could soon become a pandemic involving the U.S., alarmed readers asked Snopes to verify a rumor that U.S. President Donald Trump had "fired the entire pandemic response team two years ago and then didn't replace them." read more


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Trump regularly fires up his base by telling them he is looking out for them. He presents himself as their guardian, standing between them and every threat.

He will build a wall to keep out the immigrants.

He will bring back jobs in coal mines and manufacturing factories.

Well, four years later there is no wall. Coal mines and manufacturing remain in decline. Household debt and the national deficit continue to balloon.

He blames his failures on the "Fake News" media and the Democrats. He blames Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell. He blames President Obama.

The reality is that Trump's failure to protect Americans from the virus is very hard to spin.

A week after the first American was diagnosed with the virus in January Trump said, "We have it totally under control."

On February 24 he sent the same message, tweeting: "The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA."

Trump's spin, echoed by his choir in right-wing media, continued to downplay the public health crisis and dismissed the need to declare a national emergency.

He predicted on February 26 that the number of infections is "going very substantially down, not up" and in "a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero."

Incredibly, on February 28 he put more spin on the message by saying: "It's going to disappear ... like a miracle " it will disappear."

When it did not disappear and passengers got sick on a cruise ship off the California coast, Trump put political appearances first by saying he did not favor allowing sick people off the boat for treatment.

"I like the numbers being where they are," he said of the total number of people counted as suffering with the virus in the U.S.

"I don't need to have the numbers double because of one ship that wasn't our fault."

Trump's biggest failure is his administration's inability to provide testing kits to detect the virus.

Seven weeks after the first case of Coronavirus in the U.S. was made public, the problem with inadequate supply of tests is there for everyone, including Trump's supporters, to see.

And without proper testing, medical authorities have no idea about the size of the population already infected and spreading the disease.

That is just one part of the failure.

thehill.com

The U.S. didn't use COVID-19 diagnostic tests produced by the World Health Organization (WHO) in favor of producing its own. They were available, tried, tested, and working. No one thought to ask for them the past several weeks when he had a miniscule number and still need millions of them. Think about that.

At a time when the Trump administration is facing intense criticism for its failure to make coronavirus tests available to millions of nervous Americans, remarks by a federal health official on Tuesday appeared to suggest that the World Health Organization's diagnostic tests were wildly inaccurate ...

In a somewhat rambling answer to a question related to W.H.O. tests, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, said: "It doesn't help to put out a test where 50 percent or 47 percent were false positives. Imagine what that would mean to the American people. Imagine what that would mean to tell someone they were positive when they weren't."

It was not clear where Dr. Birx got those figures, but obviously such an inaccurate test would be worthless. Late on Tuesday night, Dr. Birx confirmed that although she was responding to a question about the W.H.O. test, she was referring to a study of an early diagnostic test used in China.

But there have been no suggestions that the W.H.O. test, distributed worldwide, has such significant accuracy problems. On Tuesday night, Dr. Birx said she has not looked into the W.H.O. test, "but I assume it is functional."

This is the same woman who encouraged the press to write what a great job Trump was doing during the press conference yesterday. She never even though to ASK?!!

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