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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 Wants to Reopen America.' Here's What Happens if We Do. INTERACTIVE

The above article has interactive graphs created by scientists and an epidemiologist.

- 128 MILLION infections and 2 MILLION DEATHS if we only 'stay at home' for 14 days.

Even 31 days (until Easter) would be 72 MILLION infections and 1.1 MILLION deaths.

And that's not counting the number of people who will die from heart attacks and other emergencies because they couldn't get an ICU bed.

Job Vacancies and Inexperience Mar Federal Response to Coronavirus

Is the problem with the Trump administration that it's staffed by incompetents, bootlickers, and industry lobbyists with no experience at disaster response, or is the problem with the Trump administration that it's barely staffed at all? Both, actually.

The New York Times runs through some of the key vacancies and numbers: 20 of the top 75 jobs at the Department of Homeland Security are vacant or "acting." At the Defense Department, it's 21 of 60 top civilian positions. The Department of Veterans Affairs doesn't have a second in command or a head of emergency preparedness. The Internal Revenue Service is seriously understaffed as the federal government launches an effort to get stimulus payments to people using the IRS taxpayer database. But as troubling as the numbers are, some of the details reported by The Times are worse.

Thanks to an egregious lack of planning, our government is relying on buying medical supplies on Amazon, where they are largely not available due to everyone else buying them.

Also, in 2017, they hid the numbers a pandemic might affect in the U.S. This was before they disbanded the NSC Pandemic Response Unit.

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