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Reopening States Aren't Faring So Well. Neither Are the Ones Staying Closed.

Plus: Court rules against Kentucky's ban on drive-in church services, FDA authorizes remdesivir for COVID-19 treatment, and more...

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States experiment with varying levels of lifting lockdown orders, amid aggression, civil disobedience, and social unrest. It seems no matter which way governors and mayors are taking their jurisdictions, backlash keeps mounting and COVID-19 cases keep on rising.

In Texas, which started reopening on May 1, the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb, reaching more than 1,000 new cases per day for each of the past three days. "Texas reported 1,293 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the third consecutive day that metric topped 1,000—a level not seen in three weeks," notes The Daily Beast. "In the same three-day period, at least 115 coronavirus-related deaths were reported."

Texas is one of many areas where many residents are rejecting rules meant to protect workers at reopened businesses and ignoring social-distancing guidelines in outdoor areas.

"A Texas park ranger was pushed into a lake while trying to enforcing social distancing regulations in Austin," reports the New York Post:

The plunge was caught on camera at Lake Austin on Thursday, with the clip beginning as the ranger seemingly politely asks a group of parkgoers to disperse and keep six feet apart to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. But then a shirtless man, identified by police as Brandon Hicks, 25, can be seen running up and shoving the ranger, sending both into the water.

In the Oklahoma city of Stillwater, an order requiring people wear face masks while shopping was rescinded by Mayor Will Joyce after too many store employees were threatened.

A statement from Stillwater City Manager Norman McNickle said "in the short time beginning on May 1, 2020, that face coverings have been required for entry into stores/restaurants, store employees have been threatened with physical violence and showered with verbal abuse. In addition, there has been one threat of violence using a firearm. This has occurred in three short hours."

In New York—where stay-at-home restrictions have not been lifted—cops were called to a New Rochelle Costco on Saturday after what one employee described as "chaos" broke out when the store was late to open.

New York and many other states saw weekend protests over business shutdown and stay-at-home orders. From Augusta, Maine, to Denver, Colorado, from Wichita, Kansas, to Wilmington, Delaware, in state capitals and small towns across the country, citizens gathered with signs demanding businesses be reopened and blasting local leaders for delays.

In California, "hundreds of people—likely more than 1,000—crowded around the California State Capitol on Friday to protest Gov. Gavin Newsom's social distancing orders amid a pandemic that has now killed more than 2,000 Californians," reports the Los Angeles Times.

In Salem, Oregon, "more than a thousand people gathered for the 'Reopen Oregon' rally," according to Fox 12.

"See the power of peaceful persuasion is all they ever had, they did not have the right to suspend our right to peaceful assembly," Ted Neil, one of a few hundred protesters in Carson City, Nevada, told KOLO-TV. "I have a right to hang out with people I want, get as close to them as I want and if they want to be close to me. It's called freedom, it's a very groovy thing."

Some anti-lockdown events featured physically distanced protesters wearing personal protective gear. Others…not so much:

Along with these protests, we're seeing arrests.

In Hawaii, three people were arrested at a rally at the statehouse last Friday. Four people were arrested at a Reopen North Carolina rally last week. And "dozens of people were cited and at least one person was jailed Friday afternoon after hundreds of demonstrators stormed California's Capitol to protest the state's stay-at-home orders," reports California's ABC 10. (Jails, it should be noted, have been hotspots for spreading the virus.)

In some states, local governments are joining the resistance.

"Three counties in California have announced they're reopening segments of their economy in defiance of Gov. Gavin Newsom's statewide restrictions on nonessential business," reports Vox's Zeeshan Aleem. "The announcements, which came as anti-lockdown protests sprang up across the state this week, raise questions of how much Newsom can expect voluntary compliance with social distancing restrictions as unemployment skyrockets, cabin fever sets in for people stuck at home, and quarantine measures become increasingly politicized."

Today and in the upcoming week, a slew of new reopening plans take effect, with different ways of phasing things in. In Missouri, for instance, all "businesses and social events will be allowed to reopen Monday as long as residents and business owners continue to practice proper social distancing requirements," according to KYTV.

In Florida, restaurants and retail businesses in many parts of the state can open at 25 percent indoor capacity starting today, but bars, gyms, and salon businesses must stay closed. In Kansas, elective medical procedures are allowed again this week and many retail businesses may open, but beauty salons, spas, gyms, and tattoo parlors are still closed until at least May 18.

"Starting Monday, Arkansas will allow gyms to reopen but all staff and patrons must be screened for COVID-19. Masks must be worn as much as possible and people must maintain a 12-foot distance while working out," reports WREG. "On Wednesday, close-contact personal services like hair salons will be allowed to reopen but only 10 people can be inside the business and clients should wait outside until it is their turn. Arkansas restaurants will not be allowed to open until next Monday."

As of Friday, in-person shopping is permitted in Colorado and barbershops, salons, personal trainers, and tattoo parlors are allowed back in business, so long as social-distancing guidelines are followed. Today, "offices will be allowed to reopen with up to 50 percent of their workforces," notes NBC News.

"Restaurants, salons, spas, tattoo parlors, shopping malls and gyms will all be open to residents of Yuba and Sutter Counties in Northern California," points out CNN, which has a database of where each state is on lockdown orders. "Groups of up to 25 people can once again gather in Indiana, and Kansas is lifting its stay at home order—and beginning the first phase of reopening."


FREE MINDS

A federal court has ruled against Kentucky's ban on drive-in church services. In the case (Maryville Baptist Church v. Beshear), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit held that "allowance for drive-in services this Sunday mitigates some harm to the congregants and the Church." And while judges would not weigh in on in-person church services, they wrote that "the breadth of the ban on religious services, together with a haven for numerous secular exceptions, should give pause to anyone who prizes religious freedom. But it's not always easy to decide what is Caesar's and what is God's—and that's assuredly true in the context of a pandemic." More on the case from The Volokh Conspiracy here and here.


FREE MARKETS

A drug with the potential to fight COVID-19 has received emergency authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The drug—remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences—has been shown to have a "clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery" in patients with severe cases of COVID-19, White House disease expert Anthony Fauci said last week.

Meanwhile…


QUICK HITS

  • Justin Amash's Libertarian presidential candidacy "could make a big difference," reports The Guardian. "The parlour game of the week for Washington pundits, therefore, involved trying to weigh whether Amash's candidacy would hurt Biden or Trump more."
  • An update on the Libertarian Party nominating convention.
  • In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore seemed like it had the virus under control and was heralded around the world as a model of coronavirus containment. But now, NPR reports, cases have surpassed 17,000 and "not only is all of Singapore now under a strict lockdown, but it has the most coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia."

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  1. https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2020/04/13/shutdown_could_kill_more_americans_than_covid-19_142934.html

    No model or guesswork is required to foresee the deadly impact. Job losses cause extreme suffering. Every 1% hike in the unemployment rate will likely produce a 3.3% increase in drug overdose deaths and a 0.99% increase in suicides according to data provided by the National Bureau of Economic Research and the medical journal Lancet. These are facts based on experience, not models. If unemployment hits 32%, some 77,000 Americans are likely to die from suicide and drug overdoses as a result of layoffs. Scientists call these fatalities deaths of despair.

    Then add the predictable deaths from alcohol abuse caused by unemployment. Health economist Michael French from the University of Miami and a co-author found a “significant association between job loss” and binge drinking and alcoholism.

    The impact of layoffs goes beyond suicide, drug overdosing and drinking. Overall, the death rate for an unemployed person is 63% higher than for someone with a job, according to findings in Social Science & Medicine.

    Layoff-related deaths are likely to far outnumber the 60,400 coronavirus deaths predicted through August.

    1. https://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2020/04/28/us/28reuters-health-coronavirus-usa-screenings-exclusive.html
      Exclusive: U.S. Medical Testing, Cancer Screenings Plunge During Coronavirus Outbreak-Data Firm Analysis

      Diagnostic panels and cancer screenings typically performed during annual physician visits fell by as much as 68% nationally, and by even more in coronavirus hotspots.

      Cervical cancer screenings were down 68%, cholesterol panels fell by 67% and the blood sugar test to detect diabetes were off 65% nationally. This could all prove very costly down the road.

      1. https://twitter.com/billmaher/status/1256425181960003585

        I worry that the past two months of quarantine have given people the idea that the way for humans to win our million-year war with microbes is to avoid them completely, and I’m here to tell you: you can’t.

      2. Thousands of surgeries cancelled despite empty Ontario hospital beds: FAO

        https://torontosun.com/news/provincial/thousands-of-surgeries-cancelled-despite-empty-ontario-hospital-beds-fao

        An estimated 35 people in Ontario have died due to delayed cardiac surgeries during the pandemic, Health Minister Christine Elliott says.

        1. We’ve had the follow-up appointment for our youngest’ ear surgery cancelled twice now. The surgery was at the end of February, and her re-scheduled appointment was supposed to be at the beginning of June, so I’m starting to wonder if there’s a point to scheduling one at all at this point.

          She’s also supposed to have her well child check next month, and if that can’t get scheduled, I’m planning to give them hell over denying her the immunizations she needs for more serious illnesses than the coof.

          1. Man it sucks when you get off cycle. We moved right around our kids’ birthdays, causing us to put off their Well Child visit. That means you can’t schedule the next appointment until a full year after the first. This causes you to slip each appointment. A week one year, two weeks the next year. We are now getting our kids vaccinated after the school year has already started.

        2. Our rulers did not take into account the deaths that would occur under their mandates.

          1. Are you sure about that?

          2. The only deaths they care about are COVID-19 deaths. But since they’re counting everyone that dies a COVID-19 death we’ve beat the flu and heart attacks! Glory Hallelujah!

        3. https://twitter.com/JoeSilverman7/status/1257284584787578885

          While true, the number of cases is extremely small. Vaccine preventable illnesses are going to be much more devastating if parents keep avoiding bringing their infants in for well visits. Right now only 20% of four month olds are immunized. That will lead to immense tragedy.

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    2. If true, then we are exchanging lives of retired and sick old folks for the lives of younger and productive folks. An ethical dilemma.
      Isn’t there some way to maybe quarantine old folks (who agree to quarantine) and let the younger folks go about their business?

      1. https://chicago.suntimes.com/coronavirus/2020/5/1/21244898/coronavirus-deaths-cases-illinois-nursing-homes-covid-19

        Coronavirus deaths double in one week at Illinois nursing homes; have surged past 1,000, data show
        Elderly care facilities have accounted for 44% of the state’s coronavirus deaths and nearly one in seven confirmed cases, according to a Sun-Times count.

      2. Isn’t there some way to maybe quarantine old folks (who agree to quarantine) and let the younger folks go about their business?

        Yes, if there were only a historical example of caging a certain group of people while letting everyone else go about their business…

        1. Most of us “old people” can quarantine at home like we’re doing now. No biggie if it’s our decision.

      3. The corona virus: nature’s way of improving Social Security solvency.

        Too soon?

      4. Now why didn’t our rulers think of that?

      5. “Isn’t there some way to maybe quarantine old folks (who agree to quarantine) and let the younger folks go about their business?”

        Well, you could just not issue unconstitutional edicts eliminating freedom.

      6. I just learned that’s what they did in Greece. Just isolate the sick and vulnerable. Like olden ancient times.

        Us? We tried to reinvent the wheel.

        Then we get Tweets from Patton Oswalt.

        So smart. So brave.

        1. He BelievesAllWomen. Until the 2nd Revised Edition of Sexual Harassment Principles came out.

    3. interestingly enough, I saw an article where South Korea is reporting that you can’t catch COVID-19 twice, and that cases where people were believed to have picked it up again were false positives. If that’s true, then I’d say it’s one more argument to herd immunization.

      1. I’m almost certain that’s the only real choice now.

        Because this shit? It’s retarded. They’re trying to prevent people catching a virus.

        Do we do that with the flu? Of course not. Because that would be retarded.

        1. Until we had the respective vaccines, we used to deliberately expose kids to “childhood diseases” at the ages when their effects would be least serious.

    4. Hello.

      I guess we have a new order now eh Fist?

      1. Prefab comments are an art in their own class.

    5. As I write, we are two days from 70K deaths. The prediction (60,400) was very wrong.

      1. You can’t trust the death totals though. Not for a disease that primarily thumps old people, and given that, especially after Medicare decided to bump the reimbursement rate by, IIRC, 25 percent vs a non-Covid case. It’s a gigantic financial incentive to overstate the hell out of cases and deaths.

        We’re going to end up with record low MI, stroke, diabetes, and pneumonia deaths, with all of those morts getting classified instead as Covid-related deaths.

        1. The 2nd seasonal peak for flu deaths has all but disappeared. There has been a bimodal seasonal curve for flu for what seems like forever, but not this year.

      2. They started cooking the books last month. CDC has a confirmed tally at about 35k. Those are deaths where the person was actually tested. The states have told medical examiners to mark covid for any death that has even a hint of a symptom. The numbers are bullshit.

          1. I’ve linked to it many times.

            Project veritas just released a video from a NYC mortuary. There was the github dump from NYC hospitals a few months ago. There is the 2nd CDC count.

            If you were intellectually curious you would have searched out what I posted instead of a “citation please” comment.

            Even ABC news talks about the lack of testing on patients causing confusion, although they are hyping undercounts.

            https://abcnews.go.com/Health/accurate-us-coronavirus-death-count-experts-off-tens/story?id=70385359

            The thing about the internet is that this information is out there and they even give you a search engine to find it if you wanted. I know it isnt as easy as Twitter…

          2. I mean it isnt like the CDC even admits it under their guidelines.

            “In cases where a definite diagnosis of COVID cannot be made but is suspected or likely (e.g. the circumstances are compelling with a reasonable degree of certainty) it is acceptable to report COVID-19 on a death certificate as ‘probable’ or ‘presumed.'”

          3. And the whole interview with the two doctors saying they were pressured to mark deaths as covid. I would link the video but YouTube removed it.

            But keep up the ignorance, I hear it is bliss.

      3. As I write, we are two days from 70K deaths. The prediction (60,400) (2,000,000] was very wrong

    6. And you don’t think that has anything to do with making people destitute instead of providing a strong social safety net?

      1. The way to not be destitute is to be employed.

        Also, you can’t provide a strong social safety net if the economy isn’t working. Money is worthless if it doesn’t represent actual production of goods and services in some way. Wealth is goods and services, not dollars.

        As was learned by Germany in the early 20th century, or venezuela today, having even millions in currency doesn’t make you wealthy if that currency won’t buy what you want.

        1. Could the economy be reoriented to provide jobs that are socially acceptable under current conditions? But not make-work, so they produce actual useful goods or services?

          1. It will do so automatically if allowed to work. Generous unemployment benefits aren’t helping by making it more lucrative to not work than to work. (Obviously collecting unemployment doesn’t produce anything, so it doesn’t create wealth).

            1. Edit: but at the end of the day, most goods are still physical, so some people need to work out of the home so there are supply lines. Not even computers and the internet will function indefinitely with current materials – we need processors, cable, etc… made by someone. And of course we all need to eat.

  2. A federal court has ruled against Kentucky’s ban on drive-in church services.

    The feds wants the religious to die.

    1. That judge should be thrown off the bench.
      He apparently is unfamiliar with the First Amendment.

      1. Huh? That would be the Gov

      2. Yeah, I think you read that backwards.

  3. Justin Amash’s Libertarian presidential candidacy “could make a big difference,” reports The Guardian.

    Spoiler alert.

    1. Yeah. And any person “could” win the lottery. But the odds are better for the lottery.

    2. Justin Amash. He fell into the same trap these big Ls make… he is now pandering to the woke left. Amash actually said he would reinterpret legal wording of already passed laws to give special protections to them.

      Amash, who defected from the Republican Party before voting for President Trump’s impeachment, said he believes the definition of “sex” can be expanded beyond what it originally meant in codified law. “Sometimes, we have to catch up to the law. In other words, the law is written, and the law will be fairly broad, and the public and the courts are not actually caught up to what is actually in the text,” Amash said.

      https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/justin-amash-says-hell-protect-transgender-americans-as-president

      Very libertarian. Special protections and legal updates by redefinition.

      Why do the big Ls always think they will bleed off Ds by pretending to be woke?

    3. The only big difference I can see is if he ends up playing spoiler against the Dem candidate in Michigan, by siphoning off a bunch of Arab-American or Palestinian-American votes. Michigan is a close enough race that doing that alone might tip it to Trump.

      If Hillary had bothered bringing the Green Party to heel in MI, WI, and PA, we’d be watching her run for re-election. Or in the middle of an insurgency.

  4. An update on the Libertarian Party nominating convention.

    Amash is the nominee.

  5. But Orange Man Bad:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/technology-once-used-to-combat-isis-propaganda-is-enlisted-by-democratic-group-to-counter-trumps-coronavirus-messaging/2020/05/01/6bed5f70-8a5b-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

    A new Democratic-aligned political action committee advised by retired Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the former head of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, is planning to deploy technology originally developed to counter Islamic State propaganda in service of a domestic political goal — to combat online efforts to promote President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

    The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president’s claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country — in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president.

    The initiative is run by Curtis Hougland, who received initial funding for the technology from DARPA, the Pentagon’s research arm, as part of an effort to combat extremism overseas. He insists Democrats are ill-prepared for the looming battle over information and attention, which is bound to play an outsize role in November.

    1. Wait, isn’t this massively illegal? I’m 99% certain that its illegal to run psyops on the US population, and using a tool developed for psyops by the US government on US citizens seems like it would count.

      1. That’s only if “they” do it.

      2. I mean, we have CNN and the rest of the MSM calling for Chinese-style authoritarian rule, and Facebook, Youtube, and google helping them do it by purging users and material that doesn’t fall within their guidelines, even when those guidelines are extremely questionable (such as Youtube saying that any info that deviates from the WHO will be taken down, despite the WHO being wrong about stuff multiple times).

        At this point, they are openly supporting hostile powers and have been engaged in a coup since Trump came into office, do you think they care whether psyops are breaking the law?

        1. Yeah, I know the people doing it don’t care. I guess I just had some little bit of faith that somewhere someone would still be enforcing laws like this.

          1. With the whole Michael Flynn thing, it’s appearing that the FBI leadership was supporting this shit. They’d be the ones who are supposed to crack down on this during normal times. Also, if Trump cracks down as hard as is warranted, then all the CNN propaganda of him being “literal hitler” would start looking a lot more realistic, and could start something. It’s why I’m not holding out too much hope for the Barr investigation.

      3. “Illegal”. Ha ha.

      4. So they are using the same technology that everyone in marketing uses these days, but got some media outlets to write these fluff pieces making it sound like a big deal.

        1. Ah, so this is a case of headlines are misleading. Not actually someone trying an end run around Psyops laws.

    2. The group, Defeat Disinfo, will use artificial intelligence and network analysis to map discussion of the president’s claims on social media. It will seek to intervene by identifying the most popular counter-narratives and boosting them through a network of more than 3.4 million influencers across the country — in some cases paying users with large followings to take sides against the president.

      The good news is, it won’t work.

  6. Nurses and doctors aren’t the only hospital workers facing elevated risks from COVID-19.

    Let’s give it up for the ambulance chasers.

    1. It is interesting how store clerks don’t appear to be suffering to badly…

      1. That one fact sort of throws a damper on all the panic porn, doesn’t it?

  7. Some of the latest climate models provide unrealistically high projections of future warming
    https://phys.org/news/2020-04-latest-climate-unrealistically-high-future.html

    But the CESM2 model projected Early Eocene land temperatures exceeding 55 degrees Celsius (131 F) in the tropics, which is much higher than the temperature tolerance of plant photosynthesis—conflicting with the fossil evidence.

    1. Prehistoric plants didn’t know any better.

    2. Some of the models? They all run exponentially hot over time, it is why they are constantly readjusted. There is a reason climate scientists stopped using increase in temperature and instead report number of “abnormal” days instead. The models suck.

  8. The drug—remdesivir, made by Gilead Sciences—has been shown to have a “clear-cut, significant, positive effect in diminishing the time to recovery” in patients with severe cases of COVID-19…

    I’m finding the first chemical I can with a similar name and downing it all right now!

    1. “Johnnie Walker” sounds awfully similar. Ready. Set. GO!

    2. Remdesivir the Drug patented by China after releasing Covid 19 interesting coincidence. that said if it works people will need to take it but conspiracies will abound

  9. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/05/bidens-tara-reade-answer/610954/

    Biden cannot go on the attack against Reade without seeming like a hypocrite. He needs the media—especially an outlet with the kind of credibility and authority that the Times has—to do the work of exonerating him if he’s going to have any hope of leaving these allegations behind.

    1. NY Times response, just believe whatever the DNC says:

      https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/01/opinion/biden-tara-reade.html?referringSource=articleShare

      As is so often the case in such situations, it is all but impossible to be certain of the truth. But the stakes are too high to let the matter fester — or leave it to be investigated by and adjudicated in the media. Mr. Biden is seeking the nation’s highest office.

      In 2018, this board advocated strongly for a vigorous inquiry into accusations of sexual misconduct raised against Brett Kavanaugh when he was nominated to a seat on the Supreme Court. Mr. Biden’s pursuit of the presidency requires no less. His campaign, and his party, have a duty to assure the public that the accusations are being taken seriously. The Democratic National Committee should move to investigate the matter swiftly and thoroughly, with the full cooperation of the Biden campaign.

      Any inventory should be strictly limited to information about Ms. Reade and conducted by an unbiased, apolitical panel, put together by the D.N.C. and chosen to foster as much trust in its findings as possible.

        1. https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/1256707039704895488

          On the left: a Biden delegate demanding the FBI investigate journalists who reported on or even discussed Reade’s accusations.

          On the right: a Biden delegate arguing that the position of the vagina means Reade could not have been penetrated involuntarily & just wants attention:

          1. So there is no way to grab them by the pussy?

          2. On the right:

            That should be – ‘on the other left’. There are no rights when these bozos are involvled.

            1. I don’t know who either of the tweeters are, so I can’t judge.

      1. conducted by an unbiased, apolitical panel, put together by the D.N.C.

        Yes, I’m sure this would be conducted with the utmost objectivity.

        1. Fun fact:
          If the dems get whoever elected president, and can keep the house and get the senate, they can designate the DNC as the agency to determine presidential competency under the 25th amendment.

          “Section 4. Whenever the Vice President and a majority of either the principal officers of the executive departments or of such other body as Congress may by law provide, transmit to the President pro tempore of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives their written declaration that the President is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office, the Vice President shall immediately assume the powers and duties of the office as Acting President.”

          The key part:
          ” . . . or of such other body as Congress may by law provide . . . “

          1. For appearances sake, they will appoint a ‘nonpolitical’ board of medical ‘experts’ to decide that.

            Or just bring back the old “give that power to ex-presidents”, knowing that Clinton, Carter, and Obama have a supermajority now over Bush, who will go along, and the Dems can make the Presidency into a self-selecting College of Cardinals.

  10. …cases have surpassed 17,000 and “not only is all of Singapore now under a strict lockdown, but it has the most coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia.”

    Singapore saw all that sweet, sweet coronavirus money to be had.

    1. So much more profitable than a broken window.

  11. the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb, reaching more than 1,000 new cases per day for each of the past three days

    STOP REPORTING THIS NOISE

    FFS. Over and over again this comes out of the media. And over and over again it’s attributed to increases in testing. Numbers always should be reported in relative terms. And in this case, it’s increase in cases relative to increase in testing.

    It’s been so embarrassing watching the media stumble over themselves with their inability to report useful figures, and yet then decry everyone who poo-poos them as being “anti-science”.

    1. Yes. The closest thing they should be tracking would be new hospitalizations. Since theoretically, we were only tracking hospitalizations before.

      1. Where I live they are tracking infection numbers. They are not reporting how many of these have been sent to recover at home nor are they tracking how many have recovered. As a result the number just keeps going up.

        By the way what is the lag time on test results? Last time I heard it was almost a week. If that is the case, then the infections being reported now happened before the states started re-opening.

        1. Most have a 4 day lag, and infection to symptoms is typically 4 days, sometimes longer (I think like 95% of cases are 2-7 days) meaning you could easily be seeing 11 day old data.

          Fatalities lag an additional 18 days as I understand it, so when you see the death numbers, they relate (reporting inconsistencies aside) to what happened about a month ago.

          We KNOW that opening up will lead to an acceleration of cases, it’s unclear if it will lead to an increase in cases/fatalities. We then have to weigh that against the cost of shutting humanity down. That’s the utilitarian argument.

          I think regardless, in places where the infection rates make sense, that people should do the voluntary things to make themselves and their neighbors safer. The big distinction to me is voluntary vs compelled.

          1. And if we don’t open up, everyone will become immortal!

      2. I have been tracking Texas hospitalizations, you can see the chart here: https://imgur.com/uckB9PO

        Today (5/4) there are 42 more people hospitalized across all Texas than there were on 4/9. About 1500 people in the hospital, across ALL Texas, with about 20k empty beds waiting. You could increase the covid patients by 10x and still have empty beds.

        1. Where is the Texas hospitalization data coming from? I’ve had a hard time finding a good source.

          1. https://covidtracking.com/data/state/texas

            This site takes a screenshot of the official Texas numbers every day, and I plotted that onto the chart. I have similar charts for Virginia, Washington, Delaware, and Florida.

      3. Even new hospitalizations are bullshit. They arent even testing all the patients. If you come in with the flu or sniffles you get marked as covid. The recordings from mortuaries in NY stated this. Entire nursing homes are reporting every death as covid without tests.

    2. STOP REPORTING THIS NOISE

      LOL! Like the reporting of 115 deaths in 3 days in a state with 29 million. I hope the fearmongers are wearing brown pants to go with their brown shirts.

      1. Not to mention the juxtaposition of the death number with the new cases number. Even if we believe the infections are since the economy reopened (which they aren’t – there’s ~4 days before it becomes detectable), the deaths certainly aren’t because of infections that happened since the economy reopened. It takes an average of ~18 days since *first symptom* (which is an average of 5 days after infection) to die from covid-19, iirc. So those covid-19 deaths got infected over 3 weeks ago.

    3. The total number of “cases” is irrelevant. Most of us will all get infected eventually. The lockdowns were supposed to just be to slow the rate of infection. Only a moron would think they would eliminate it. What matters is how many cases include debilitating effects, something more than a mild headache or a runny nose.

  12. A Texas park ranger was pushed into a lake while trying to enforcing social distancing regulations in Austin…

    The water got drenched in Chuck Norris.

    1. And the water knew better than to get his clothes wet.

    2. LOL. Park Ranger, not Texas Ranger. Not even a Game Warden, who are licensed law enforcement officers, unlike the park ranger. Park rangers are basically tour guides in olive green and khaki, and this one learned a valuable lesson in handling crowds. Or getting handled by them.

      Genius who pushed him is a frequent flyer with LE. I think meth possession was his last prior. Not exactly ruining his chances of a college scholarship or high paying job with this arrest.

      It’s really interesting watching people in Texas react to the story. Lots of shrugs and “Oh Well.” Also a lot of ignoring things like Harris County’s mask order and business occupancy restrictions. People are getting ready for this shit to be over.

      1. I’m in Harris County and I see a large majority in masks, but I think it is a volunteer thing but not because of the order. I am in one of the suburbs a large number of cases. I have already been out to eat twice since Friday and have reservations again tonight.

        1. I was just surprised this last weekend to people w/o masks blithely walking past the sign saying ‘Masks required’ at the Farmers Market and at HEB. More than one too. No one seemed to care. Which wasn’t the case the week before. Shrug. The Villages took down their one-way arrow signs for the sidewalks too.

          Looking forward to going out soon myself.

  13. Study claiming new coronavirus can be transmitted by people without symptoms was flawed
    https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/02/paper-non-symptomatic-patient-transmitting-coronavirus-wrong

    1. The virus is losing some of its magic properties.

      1. But can we all agree its power still Hulks out if somebody’s toes touch beach sand?

    2. all this fear of asymptomatic transfer based on the study of one person and that one study was wrong. One person how F —ing stupid is it that we shut down everything over this. Our government experts are no better than monkeys.

  14. https://twitter.com/cruadin/status/1256923514239627265

    OMG, we’ve reached the level of demented historical re-writes where the NY Times pretends they, and presumably the rest of the MSM, were fans of how GWB handled Katrina.

    This is, wow … Orwell was a starry-eyed optimist.

  15. “In Texas, which started reopening on May 1, the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb, reaching more than 1,000 new cases per day for each of the past three days. “Texas reported 1,293 new coronavirus cases on Saturday, the third consecutive day that metric topped 1,000—a level not seen in three weeks,” notes The Daily Beast. “In the same three-day period, at least 115 coronavirus-related deaths were reported.”

    Good! Over 3000 reported in 3 days which is more like 30,000 actual. 115 deaths reported covid deaths which is more like 50 actual.

    The sooner this fucker burns through the better.

    This could all be over in 2 months if we let it.

    1. I predict it will be over on Wednesday, November 4th.

      1. “Before the St. Mary’s crisis, no one would have predicted the outcome of the elections. No one. But after the election, lo and behold, a miracle.” -V for Vendetta

        1. Time to start production of the George Washington masks

    2. Exactly. “Flattening the curve” was never about reducing total infections. It was about reducing peak hospital loads. Now that we’re past that concern, “flattening the curve” isn’t saving lives. It’s merely dragging this thing out in time.

  16. Venezuela’s sending its gold reserves to Iran: This is where socialism leads
    https://nypost.com/2020/05/03/venezuelas-sending-its-gold-reserves-to-iran-where-socialism-leads/

    1. So what’s the gold really for? “Petrochemical technical assistance” from Iran doesn’t pass the giggle test. And why make the transfer public?

  17. Instead of how many test positive for Da Rona, how about showing how many were tested, and what percentage of them were infected. It would seem logical that, as more tests are available and administered daily, that the number of detected infections would go up.

    1. It’s still the case that most of those tested positive are the ones showing up with serious symptoms.

      The vast majority of people are untested, which means vast numbers of mild to asymptomatic people who are infected are not counted.

      1. And the good news is that they’re going to end up having antibodies when the next wave hits, so they’ll be more likely to make it through with few, if any issues.

        Meanwhile, the Pants-Shitters and their unadapted immune systems are going to get cornholed. Natural selection at work!

      2. Also risk factor, there’s something of a balancing act, the higher risk factors you have the easier to get a test. My wife? no test but a diagnosis. Had a shitty month of recovery, but never needed hospitalization or similar.

        There’s a strange fixation on fevers though. You can be coughing bad, have a lot of symptoms but no fever: no test.

  18. “I have a right to hang out with people I want, get as close to them as I want and if they want to be close to me. It’s called freedom, it’s a very groovy thing.”

    Goddamn hippies.

    1. You have been reading that damn constitution again, haven’t you?

      1. They missed the hidden Article where you can find the all-important ‘virus exemption’ clause of the constitution.

  19. Why US outsourced bat virus research to Wuhan
    https://asiatimes.com/2020/04/why-us-outsourced-bat-virus-research-to-wuhan/

    In the face of a moratorium in the US, Dr Anthony Fauci – the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and currently the leading doctor in the US Coronavirus Task Force – outsourced in 2015 the GOF research to China’s Wuhan lab and licensed the lab to continue receiving US government funding.

    The Wuhan lab is now at the center of scrutiny for possibly releasing the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and causing the global Covid-19 pandemic.

    It is understandable that the Chinese lab likely struggled with safety issues given the fact US labs share similar problems, and indeed in January 2018 the US Embassy in Beijing sent cables warning about the safety of the Wuhan lab and asked for help.

    1. https://www.redstate.com/jenvanlaar/2020/05/03/pompeo-says-theres-significant-evidence-coronavirus-came-from-wuhan-lab/

      Host Martha Raddatz referenced a DNI report released this week and played the clip of Trump making the “high degree of confidence” clip before asking Sec. Pompeo if he’d seen anything that gave him a high degree of confidence that the virus originated in that lab. His response:

      “Martha, there’s enormous evidence that that’s where this began. We’ve said from the beginning that this was a virus that originated in Wuhan, China. We took a lot of grief for that from the outset, but I think the whole world can see now. Remember, China has a history of infecting the world, and they have a history of running substandard laboratories. These are not the first times that we’ve had a world exposed to virus as a result of failures in a Chinese lab.

  20. It seems no matter which way governors and mayors are taking their jurisdictions, backlash keeps mounting and COVID-19 cases keep on rising.

    It’s almost like they’re individuals and not chess pieces.

    1. Except for people who identify as black queens you racist trans-ludophobe.

  21. https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1256973137285132289

    Wow. Community spread of coronavirus in France in late December. #Covid has been around much longer than officially recognized – which, say it with me, means it is less dangerous than Team Apocalypse admits. (Translated screenshot on attached tweet.)

  22. Meanwhile, if you’re wondering why you haven’t seen more balanced local news coverage, this producer offers a partial answer. The groupthink (I won’t call it censorship) is not confined to New York and DC.
    https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1256777336722202624

    1. And an even more concerning story of outright top-down censorship:
      https://twitter.com/AlexBerenson/status/1256786849072402433

  23. Justin Amash’s Libertarian presidential candidacy “could make a big difference,” reports The Guardian. “The parlour game of the week for Washington pundits, therefore, involved trying to weigh whether Amash’s candidacy would hurt Biden or Trump more.”

    https://twitter.com/JesseKellyDC/status/1255479756126130179
    There’s something very 2020 about someone running for office as a Libertarian who vocally backed the findings of a FISA warrant on a private citizen that was illegally obtained by the federal law enforcement arm.

    1. But that was okay because it was the civil liberties of an orange person and his buddies.

  24. The northern third of California, from Mendocino County east to Nevada County, has an area about the size of Virginia with 1.2 million people. Four of the 17 counties have never had a case of coronavirus. There have been 9 deaths in the region attributed to the virus, but I know two of them had at most a few months anyway.
    The death rate is 0.0008%.
    Modoc County is about the size of LA county, but with 9,000 people. Force barbers or the few restaurants to go out of business and there will be none of those services in the county for years to come.
    And there have been no cases. Ever.
    We do not all live in the United States of New York. Or even LA.

    1. It’s for your own good.

      1. Well, it may not be good for you, but its good for The System.

    2. What part of “we’re all in this together” dont you understand?

  25. Is it really surprising that–if you assume lockdowns work at all–the number of positives would increase on reopening? But what other choice is there? It’s not like if you kept the lockdown going for another 2 weeks the virus would vanish. It just kicks the can down the road, all the while causing all sorts of societal devastation.

    1. Except you can’t even get tested for the virus within 3 days of infection. It takes ~ 5 days for symptoms to show up, and about that long for covid-19 to even be detectable by the test. Even if you had a magic test that returned the result the very day you got tested, those infections predate opening the economy. (Why the article doesn’t point out facts like this is beyond me – it’s lying to you by obfuscation).

      And the reality is that it takes *days* to get test results back most places, so push that timeline back even farther.

  26. The economy will only improve when we open the borders. Any competent Koch-funded economist will tell you that when millions of Americans become unemployed in the span of a few weeks, that’s the perfect time for unlimited, unrestricted immigration.

    #OpenBorders
    #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

  27. NYT SHOCKED to find that a private actor can do a better job than the government:

    “Marc Benioff’s $25 Million Blitz to Buy Protective Gear From China”
    […]
    “…The relative ease with which Salesforce acquired so much protective gear stands in sharp contrast to the often chaotic government efforts…”
    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/business/coronavirus-marc-benioff-salesforce.html

  28. Some important news that you would think would be worth mentioning but the so-called “libertarians” of Reason never will: several of the western European countries they and their fellow liberals love so much begin re-opening major parts of their society and economy today, like school.

    It’s pretty sad that Germany, Denmark etc are now more free than America. Free America now, you leftie totalitarian scumbags!

    1. Reopening schools means less freedom, not more.

  29. “A drive-in rave just happened in Germany”

    Yea I guess by 2020 millennial/ gen z standards thats somehow that’s considered a rave and not sitting in traffic.

    1. Well, it is Germany. They are all into straight lines and shit.

  30. Gavin Newsom’s orders against reopening the beaches to surfers in Orange County has provoked a tremendous backlash.

    HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif.—Surfers walked right by law-enforcement officials telling them the beach was closed this weekend. Cyclists zipped across bike paths that were supposed to be off limits. Protesters shouted at police and passersby, denouncing Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to close the beaches in Orange County, the wealthy coastal enclave south of Los Angeles.

    https://www.wsj.com/articles/surfs-upand-so-are-tensionsafter-california-closes-beaches-11588539203?

    The beachy people of southern California have always been unruly–if depending on the government to enforce rules or submitting to the authority of the police is what you mean by “ruly”. From enforcing litter policies to “helping” tourists keep bottles off the sand, we haven’t needed the government for anything since forever.

    From North County San Diego heading north through Orange County all the way up to just south of Long Beach used to be the most predominantly Republican area of the United States. This was the land of Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. These people were always in direct contrast to the leftist enclave that persisted all the way from Ventura County, north of LA, and heading north all the way to San Francisco. There are, at least, two Californias.

    The Republicanism in SoCal fell off when Republicans, nationally, became more about kicking southern California’s house cleaners and maids out of the country, the war on drugs, and opposing homosexuality and became less about cutting all kinds of taxes. And it’s been hard to get southern Californians south of LA too upset about much of anything for a long time–right up until Gavin Newsom tried to cut us off from the beaches that practically define our culture.

    We’re seeing signs that read “Gavin Newsom Can’t Surf”, which is about the nastiest thing you can say about somebody, making him out to be “Dick” Nixon–shutting down everybody’s fun because he doesn’t understand it. They’re making him look like Mitt Romney, who famously bought a house against a public access street along the beach and, yet, cried foul when the cops wouldn’t bust the locals for smoking weed on the beach at sunset every night–like they have every night for decades.

    Gavin Newsom doesn’t understand the beach culture of southern California, at best. In fact, if he hated the beach culture of southern California like Mitt Romney did, he’d do the same thing–try to shut it down using the police. Even worse for California’s Democrats than the “Newsom Can’t Surf” signs are the ones we’re seeing pop everywhere reading “Trump 2020”.

    No, President Trump isn’t about to take California in 2020, but the politics of Newsom’s lockdowns have changed the political dynamics that made the Land of Nixon and Reagan turn into the silent minority when it came to voting Republican. Four years from now, however, California may be a legitimate two-party state again, and if that happens, we might point to Newsom’s state lockdown as the reason why and his refusal to open the beaches of southern California last weekend as the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    1. I agree with the end result while partially disagreeing with the reasoning. I do think that Cali will be in play soon, potentially this year if the Democrats keep doubling down on the stupid, but more likely (as you said) next election. That being said, I don’t think its just Newsom, although his actions during this crisis are contributing. But you also had the atrocious bill destroying the ability for independent contractors to work, you have the DNC’s support for Biden in direct hypocrisy of their own stated beliefs, beliefs that for better or worse a good chunk of the Democrat base do believe. You have media and Democrat leaders mocking anyone who has an issue with the lockdown as “being selfish” and “far right” which is ridiculous considering half of LA isn’t getting a paycheck right now. Many people in Cali were already in a bad place and this is putting the final nail in the coffin for them, meanwhile the homeless get room and board in fancy hotels on their tax dollars. Add into this CNN and MSNBC being so open with lies and position switching that even people like Rose Mcgowan are noticing, and a number of high profile democrats such as Mcgowan & Rep. Vernon Jones in Georgia walking away from the party, saying it’s left them behind, and getting pelted with racist shit (in Vernon’s case), it’s not a good look. I’m not saying these people are gonna vote Trump, but they have even less reason to vote Biden right now. It’s a number of things, not just Newsom.

      1. I understand where you’re coming from, but California is not going to be in play. That state provided the entire margin of the popular vote delta for Hillary in 2016 all by itself and then some; the fruit loops on the coast aren’t going to vote Republican no matter how tight Newsom turns the screws.

        Short of the Big One swallowing the SF-SD corridor into the ocean or Mexicans filling out their ballots incorrectly, California’s not going to be voting Republican for a long, looooong time.

        1. Again, you’re conflating SoCal and NorCal, and they’re simply not the same.

          They would have broken apart as two separate states a long time ago if they could have figured out how to share water.

          In short, NorCal is politically more like Oregon, and SoCal is politically more like Arizona.

          Los Angeles is a hub of liberal politics in southern California, but then Arizona has Tucson.

          1. Nothing you wrote here refutes what I’ve said. The relative pockets of Republican voters that are left in SoCal continue to shrink; most of the state’s R voters are in the eastern and extreme northern parts of the state that are more rural.

            1. As what it means to be a Republican has continued to change to being more like what it meant when Reagan was in the White House, the number of Republicans will start increasing again.

              Last Gallup survey I saw of people’s attitudes toward the news media had 77% of independents disapproving–presumably because of their coverage of President Trump. That’s your pool of people who could vote either way right there, and their opinion of the news media covers a Republican president more closely tracks registered Republicans. I think those are like the independents of southern California.

              These things have the turning radius of a cruise ship, but things are turning. Political affiliation isn’t like racial identification or religious affiliation–it changes at a faster pace. If the dividing line between Democrats and Republicans is the right to go to work and go to the beach, there will be more Republicans as a result of that, and that’s the way things appear to be divided.

              Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that the lockdown orders were fascist. I think that’s pretty typical of the southern Californians I’m talking about.

              1. Which raises the question…. how in the world could 23% of independents approve of the news media?

      2. I’m not saying it’s just the lockdown and the beach closures, but I think that’s what’s ultimately driving the realignment I’m seeing.

        When the primary issue is the economy, the Republicans do better in southern California.

        Tip O’Neal said that, “All politics is local”, and that may have been true in Massachusetts. In California, it’s, “Think globally, act locally”. They send Democrats to Sacramento because some Republican elsewhere in the country said something stupid about “legitimate rape”–and that’s just one example.

        Newsom is hurting the economy, and he’s out of his element on opening things up again. Newsom thought he’d be a presidential contender. I think he’s headed the same way as Gray Davis.

        1. I remember Mr. Legitimate rape. Guy was shit and deserved to be mocked. Of course, now we have democrats saying essentially the same thing this cycle, soooo let see if they get anywhere near the same coverage.

        2. Newsom is hurting the economy, and he’s out of his element on opening things up again. Newsom thought he’d be a presidential contender. I think he’s headed the same way as Gray Davis.

          He fucked up by extending the lockdowns past April 19th.

          Extending it to April 19th was bad enough (although it could have been justified had it been limited to the Bay Area and the coastal counties between the Mexican border and the Santa Barbara-Ventura county line. )

          During the first two weeks, he even prasied President Trump for his role in handling the pandemic. while his belief was sincere, I deduce that he was in part motivated by wanting to show independents that he can praise the “other side” when “warranted”.

          But now, closing down beaches, when the risk of outdoor transmission is much lower than indoor transmissions, was just asinine, along with making the stay-at-home order indefinite.

    2. Went to see the bio-luminessance in Manhatten Beach last night. (It was awsome.) The cops were patrolling up and down the beach, while the ones on the street were asking people to leave and go home, because the have to go to a report of a burglar in the area. Every single person immediately called bs on them and said then leave none of us are breaking the law. The left 5 minds later.

  31. long live Don Shula.

    1. A class act. The Dolphins were never the same after him and the Robbies left. Neither honestly was Marino.

  32. “(Bloomberg) — Macy’s Inc. plans to reopen dozens of its U.S. stores on Monday as the first wave of retailers prepares to get back to business after a mass shutdown of American shopping.

    The department store chain will resume operations at 68 locations in states that have loosened lockdown measures put in place during the coronavirus pandemic, Macy’s confirmed on Thursday. The retailer has more than 750 stores across the U.S. that have all been closed since mid-March, though e-commerce remained open

    . . . .

    The first batch of stores to open will be in Texas, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Oklahoma.”

    “Macy’s to Reopen Dozens of Stores, Sets Timeline for Full Return”

    —-Bloomberg

    https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-30/macy-s-to-reopen-dozens-of-stores-sets-timeline-for-full-return

    No one should be forced to go shopping against their will.

  33. If an infected individual takes up to 3 weeks to start showing symptoms, then you can’t correlate the increase in positive cases with states relaxing their restrictions until more time has elapsed.

    1. Exactly right.

  34. “…It seems no matter which way governors and mayors are taking their jurisdictions, backlash keeps mounting and COVID-19 cases keep on rising…”

    If they are getting backlash from the cowardly lefties who would keep the rest of us locked up, tell ’em to go climb in a hole someplace if it makes ’em feel safer.

  35. In Defense of Naked Joe Biden
    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2014/08/in-defense-of-naked-joe-biden/375507/

    If ever there was a revelation about a senior government official that has no civic value, it’s that Biden swims naked in his own pool. Yet the article never even considers that the scandal is a Secret Service agent violating Biden’s sphere of personal privacy, not that multiple female agents purportedly find this offensive

    1. it’s funny how the media is still trying to act like there’s only Tara Reid’s allegation, when in fact there’s like 7 or 8 different women all saying he’s done stuff. The guy has a long documented history, yet for some reason, the DNC is still pushing him.

      1. Remember when Biden was the punch-line to the joke that the Ds didn’t have a candidate?
        Well, the joke’s on the Ds.

    2. There have gotta be some Bernie/Warren/SJW journalists out there simmering just under the radar.

      They’d love to tear him to pieces for not being black, Latino, female, or gay and just for being “white”, but they can’t–at least, not until he loses.

      So they usually content themselves with bashing President Trump, but then they start suspecting he might be a sexual harasser from way back, and so the story about him being naked slips out.

      Biden doesn’t want voters knowing about him swimming naked. He doesn’t want that image in their minds. It’s sort of like that woman asking candidate Clinton if he preferred boxers or briefs, except women found Clinton attractive, so picturing him in either wasn’t necessary a bad thing. The more of Biden you see, the more physically unappealing he is–even in your mind’s eye. Joe Biden swimming naked in a pool just isn’t a pretty picture.

      1. that’s the thing, the MSM is trying to play this off as Republicans attacking Biden, but it’s the far left that won’t let this lie. The republicans are being consistent, they didn’t think it was cool when it happened to Kavanaugh, and while they’re willing to hold Democrats to their own standard, there still is the idea that 30 year allegations are unreasonable. The far left, on the other hand, ARE willing to dig into this, and discover that CNN and MSNBC have been hiding this for about a year, trying to claim they “couldn’t verify it” when we have people jumping out of the woodwork to verify it. Which makes it even more tone-deaf for the DNC because they’re trying to blame anyone speaking up about it as far right. They aren’t getting the Bernie Bros this election, no matter what at this point.

        1. http://ace.mu.nu/archives/387056.php#387056

          [California lawyer Lisa Bloom], a well-known women’s rights lawyer, sought to arrange compensation from donors and tabloid media outlets for women who made or considered making sexual misconduct allegations against Donald Trump during the final months of the 2016 presidential race, according to documents and interviews.

          Her efforts included offering to sell alleged victims’ stories to TV outlets in return for a commission for herself, arranging a donor to pay off one Trump accuser’s mortgage and attempting to secure a six-figure payment for another woman who ultimately declined to come forward after being offered as much as $750,000, the clients told The Hill.

          I believe you, Tara Reade.
          You have people who remember you told them about this decades ago.
          We know he is “handsy.”
          You’re not asking for $.
          You’ve obviously struggled mightily with this.
          I still have to fight Trump, so I will still support Joe.
          But I believe you. And I’m sorry

          — Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) May 1, 2020

        2. “They aren’t getting the Bernie Bros this election, no matter what at this point.”

          Sure they can. Try this.

          Biden gets nominated. They pick some socially acceptable VP: I’ve pointed out others like Rep. Val Demings of Orlando, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Sen. Maria Cantwell. There’s more than Harris or that arrogant idiot who lost the Governor’s race in Georgia, who are women, of color, and haven’t been eviscerated by the voters or Trump yet..

          Fast forward a few weeks. Biden has a medical episode. He falls, has a stroke—if the DNC is obscenely lucky, some autist in a MAGA hat will take a shot at him—but he has some medical condition that makes it obvious he can’t continue. He drops out. The VP goes to the top of the ticket, and the DNC picks Bernie for the new VP. Think he won’t go for it? Not like the VP actually does anything.

          Now they have Duckworth/Sanders or something like that. The Bernie Bros show up, and Trump maybe has a harder time than he might have thought in November 2019.

          1. The Democrats haven’t won a national election without a southerner on the ticket since half of forever–with the only exception being Barack Obama, who benefited greatly by virtue of being the first African-American nominee.

            Biden needs a southerner (or someone who appeals to southern-like sensibilities) on the ticket. At the very least it needs to be someone who will make, say, women in Pittsburgh vote for him–a specific group in a specific state that Trump can’t win without.

            I might have seen the governor of Michigan as an ideal candidate for him if she can deliver Michigan (a state Trump needs to win), but she’s tarnished her image nationally so badly over recent weeks, she might be more of a drag on the ticket than a help.

            1. Fair, but Abrams isn’t at Hillary-hated levels only because most of America isn’t familiar with her. That’ll rapidly change with a debate or two. Imagine Michelle Obama without the looks or charm.

              There’s a dearth of Southern Dems they can use. Demings is about the only one I can think of that hasn’t stepped on her crank recently, Impeachment proceedings aside. Andrew Gillum hilariously flamed out with that hotel room escapade.

      2. There is nothing wrong about swimming naked.

        1. I’m not saying it’s wrong. I’m saying it’s ugly.

          In Virginia Postrel terms, it has a glamour problem.

          https://www.ted.com/talks/virginia_postrel_on_glamour?language=en

        2. Until the Candiru fish swims up your dick.

      3. Biden is the pawn in this election and he either doesn’t care or more likely doesn’t understand like the retarded kid who is given the football in unimportant game to get a touch down. fortunately for the Democrats don’t realize playing this pawn will also hurt their image and for those who back them they are just fools

  36. The Apple Watch actually contains hardware to measure blood-oxygen level, but under current FDA regulation, the function is disabled. https://t.co/c1BRffQGs1 via @JamesRCopland

    It’ll be a great day in US history when the FDA is dismantled

    1. Prior to the FDA, the medical product market was a complete mess, with many fake, quack, fraudulent, and dangerous products competing with legitimate ones. Companies would slap a label on anything and sell claiming it cured whatever they wanted to claim it does. You see that now with the supplement market, but there is clear indication that they are not medicines. It is far better now that a consumer can have confidence that there is scientific backing and vetting for all medicines and products. The Apple Watch is not a medical device, is not tested to be one, and consumes should not have confidence in it’s measurements, thus it can not be one, and thus the blood-oxygen sensor is disabled.

      1. Only the government can tell us what is good and bad.

        1. The government is only the mediator, it is science that tells us what is safe and effective.

          1. Stop conflating science and religion.

          2. and stop believing government is the arbiter of what is and isn’t good science

            1. I never said “arbiter” I said “mediator”.

              1. Well, then, stop believing government is god.

        1. God it always makes me sick reading/hearing someone defend the FDA like this. Barf

  37. Lockdown measures don’t immediately move the numbers because hospitalizations lag after infections. Lifting the lockdown is the same way. If cases in Texas are still climbing 3 days after ‘opening’, that has nothing at all to do with the opening. You’ll have to wait roughly 14 days to see any movement in the numbers, but if the reverse is any guide, there will be no statistically significant difference between saying please stay home and making it illegal to go to work.

    1. good point, and one that I’m sure the media is going to ignore, just like how they ignored the actual statistics when they tried to bash S Dakota for never locking down and kept trying to say it was the “next hot spot”. Which it was, if you didn’t look at its rate of hospitalization or count the 30 or so states in front of it.

  38. The US will have a longer pandemic, higher death rate, and worse economic recovery, all because there is a minority of the population that is to selfish and ignorant to take the small precautions needed to stomp this virus out. The key is social distancing, PPE, cleaning, testing, and contact tracing. Do those and we can open up safety, don’t do those and we will have illness and death. We should all be ashamed of our country.

    1. Social distancing was never going to reduce the death rate. Go back to march and listen to what Fauci and the other doctors were saying. Flattening the curve was simply about spacing out the hospitalizations and deaths, not reducing them. It was never going to reduce them, and was never intended to reduce them.

      1. Why would we want to space out the hospitalizations? To prevent them from getting overloaded like in Italy, and an over loaded hospital will cause an increase death rate. The effect may be indirect and not huge, but it is still there.

        1. except that our hospitals were never overloaded and possibly never would have been due to cultural difference between the U.S. and Italy. Even the hardest hit N.Y. wasn’t overloaded

          1. NYC came close, and there are many rural hospitals that have far less capacity. Had we not taken the steps we did it would have been quite a mess.

    2. You assholes already fucked the economy with your lockdown bullshit.

      You don’t deserve a virus-free life. You can either get exposed and build up antibodies now, or watch your unadapted immune system get driven into the ground when the next wave hits.

      1. Research from the 1918 pandemic showed that the cities that locked down better had a better recovery then those who did not and did better long term.

        1. And research from the 1918 pandemic also showed that the people who were exposed in the first wave weathered the second and third waves better than the ones who stayed inside.

        2. Research from the 1918 pandemic showed that it took place in 101 years and countless advances in technology before COVID-19. Oh, and it was discovered that it took place during the recovery from a world war and a revolution in Eastern Europe and Asia that eventually killed tens of millions.

          By the way, my appeal to authority makes much more sense than yours, you imbecile.

    3. there is no “virus exemption” in the constitution. Sorry.

    4. “The US will have a longer pandemic, higher death rate, and worse economic recovery, all because there is a minority of the population that is to selfish and ignorant to take the small precautions needed to stomp this virus out.”

      I’m not sure any of those assertions are true.

      The purpose of social distancing is to increase the duration of the pandemic. When we flatten the curve, the same number of people are under both curves–and it increases the duration of the pandemic. The reason to flatten the curve was to make it so fewer people required ventilators and ICU beds at the same time by spreading them out over a longer period of time. By what strange logic can you then claim that social distancing decreases the duration of the pandemic?

      The higher death rate by getting rid of the lock down might make more sense, but claiming that the economic recovery will be worse if we don’t lock the economy down for longer doesn’t make much sense. There may be a zero sum game happening between the infection rate and the economic recovery in that we can lower the infection rate by helping the economic recovery and visa versa, but I don’t see why opening up the economy would hurt the economic recovery. That doesn’t make sense.

      Regarding a minority of the population wanting the lockdown to end, by what standard are you judging that? I’ve seen surveys that say a majority of Americans are concerned that opening the economy too soon could result in an upsurge in the infection rate, but then a majority of American drivers are presumably concerned about being struck by a drunk driver. Because Americans are concerned about being struck by a drunk driver doesn’t mean a majority of Americans want the government to ban driving, and if a majority of Americans are concerned about being infected, that doesn’t necessarily mean they want the economy locked down either.

      The rest of your post seems to be mostly about name calling. You don’t seem to be thinking about anything you’ve written here. You appear to just be telling us about your feelings. Only one of your assumptions seems to stand up to any kind of basic scrutiny, and the idea that the rest of us should have to suffer economically just to assuage your feelings is absurd. Meanwhile, even after the economy is open, you’ll still be free to isolate yourself if you wish.

  39. Tell me again how we must trade with them.

    https://jamestown.org/program/examining-chinas-organ-transplantation-system-the-nexus-of-security-medicine-and-predation-part-1-the-growth-of-chinas-transplantation-system-since-2000/
    In this article, the first part of a planned three-part series in China Brief, Mr. Robertson details the development and expansion of China’s policy architecture and medical infrastructure for organ transplants over the past two decades. The second part, to appear in our next issue, will examine the available evidence as to whether prisoners of conscience and targeted ethnic minorities in the PRC have been made subject to extrajudicial killing as part of this system of organ harvesting and transplantation. The third and final part, to appear in a near-future issue, will examine the ways that PRC authorities have sought to leverage influence over international medical organizations in order to suppress broader exposure of this issue.

    The second finding, as mentioned above, is that transplants began being performed on-demand. This is evident in the country’s own liver registry annual reports, which were removed from the internet after researchers found the information. The 2005 and 2006 versions of these reports show that, respectively, 29% and 26.6% of all liver transplants (where the timing of surgery was noted) were performed on an emergency, rather than elective basis (2005 CLTR, February 12, 2006; 2006 CLTR, December 31, 2006). This means that after the patient presented at hospital with liver failure, a new liver—healthy and with a compatible blood type—was procured within one to three days. The removal of a liver attends the death of the donor. In the absence of a voluntary donation system, this can only plausibly be explained by the pre-screening of prisoners who are executed on demand.

    1. They’re just an evil government. Even the Soviets didn’t take apart dissidents for spare parts. Mainly because they lacked the tech to, but still.

  40. “In Texas, which started reopening on May 1, the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb, reaching more than 1,000 new cases per day for each of the past three days.”

    I never cease to be impressed at the logic and critical thinking skills of all the Sciencey-Sciencers Who Follow Science at Reason.

    Since the Wuhan flu has an incubation period of up to 14 days, it’s certain that almost all of those new cases reported over the past three days were infected before Texas relaxed their restrictions on May 1st.

    The actual effect of loosened restrictions won’t be fully known until mid-May at the earliest.

    But what is clear is that the new Narrative has gone out to all the Beltway Media: Republican governors are killing grandma.

    1. At this point, we’re basically here to correct the article. What the hell is going on?

    2. Not tying the report of case numbers to a reasonable description of incubation time and *testing time* (they’re not instantaneous), and trying to associate these impossibly with Texas reopening, is lying by obfuscation, and Reason should be ashamed of themselves.

      1. If I may offer a weak defense of ENB, she merely reposted information form The Daily Beast, a site which excels in lying-by-obfuscation.

        Still, Reason has a journalistic duty to check the accuracy of its sources. I suspect that didn’t happen here because the factoid made Republicans look bad.

        1. It’s not just accuracy. I have no reason to doubt those number of new cases. But journalists have an obligation to provide *context*, and ignoring incubation times and testing realities is a complete failure to provide context.

    3. Don’t let silly details like facts and logic get in the way of a good narrative, Bearded Spock.

      That being said, I think it is safe to assume that the rate of new infections should rise as more and more people come into contact with each other when the lockdowns are lifted, and it appears to be the case that the American people aren’t willing to stay locked down much longer–regardless of whether the rate of infection increases as the lockdowns are lifted.

      1. The staff at Reason rarely seem to go radical enough to embrace freedom–despite the downsides.

        They might oppose lockdowns because lifting them means a higher rate of transmission, and they might support lifting the lockdowns on the basis that they deny the rate of transmission will necessarily increase just because of the lockdowns. When, however, have we seen Reason staff advocate something like lifting the lockdowns despite it increasing the rate of transmission?

        I support the Second Amendment even if it means more mass shootings.

        I support the Fourth Amendment even if it means more terrorist attacks.

        I support the Fifth Amendment even if it means more people getting away with murder.

        I appreciate that freedom often comes with more upside and less downside, but why should libertarians be reluctant to voice our qualitative preference for freedom despite the downsides?

        1. I am with you, Ken.

          I support the First Amendment even if it means more people die from socially transmitted diseases.

        2. I’ve never seen an argument in Reason based on anything other than utilitarianism, sometimes dressed up with postmodernist morals

        3. Amen, brother.

      2. It’s almost certain relaxing restrictions will result in higher infection rates in some locations.

        But when one considers that nearly 4 in 10 cases of Chinese Communist Virus in the US have been reported in the New York City metropolitan area, that suggests there may be unique factors affecting transmission which do not apply in the rest of the country.

        Its not axiomatic, as the Media appear to assume, that letting suburbanites enjoy a picnic the park will significantly change the transmission rates.

      3. I think it is safe to assume that the rate of new infections should rise as more and more people come into contact with each other when the lockdowns are lifted

        Well of course the new infections will spike back up as more people are let out of solitary and back into the general population, silly! That’s what the goal of “flattening the curve” is all about – it was never about keeping people from getting the coronavirus, it was merely to keep everybody from getting the coronavirus all at the same time. If everybody gets sick at the same time our healthcare system gets overwhelmed and spreading out the contagion over a suitable period of time keeps the healthcare system busy, but not too busy. I don’t know where you got the idea that the goal of keeping people locked up was to keep them from getting the coronavirus at all, setting that sort of goal would require some sort of moving the goalposts or something and I would be shocked – shocked! – to find anybody engaging in that sort of shit-baggery.

  41. “Reopening States Aren’t Faring So Well”

    What is the basis for this statement?

    1. Clickbait basis.

    2. I know right? Sounds like some Commie propaganda, but whatever.

    3. There is no basis for it whatsoever. In most states this virus is a total non-issue. Unless you want to be one of these leftie jackasses pretending that even a single death constitutes a crisis.

      Of course this is ENB we’re talking about, so yeah.

  42. https://twitter.com/nypost/status/1255275490866315268
    German, French healthcare workers pose nude to protest PPE shortages

    1. Not something y’all should go out of your way to see.. They’re a loooonnnng way from FEMEN.

      It’s always the ones you don’t want to see naked…

      1. I respect and appreciate FEMEN.
        Not sure what their point is or what they advocate for, but I respect them

        1. Well, as I understand it, there’s this desert planet named Arrakis where this stuff called melange, or “spice”, is mined. The spice is some sort of drug and one of the most sought-after substances in the universe and the FEMEN are the tribal inhabitants of this planet. If you’ve seen the movie, these are the sand people who have captured R2D2 and C3PIO and, since they have the secret plans to the fortress where the hobbits have to go to get the Ring, Captain Kirk has to team up with Wolverine to go into the Matrix and rescue them. I think. I have to admit I only read a few thousand pages of the first book before I decided I didn’t give a shit any more.

          1. “Use the Force, Harry!”, screamed Gandalf. Patrick Stewart had never been prouder of one of his lines…

  43. https://twitter.com/ChuckGrassley/status/1255888794206822400
    Senator Grassley asks, “New DOJ/Flynn docs are stamped w SCO as in Special Counsels Office.
    Did Mueller have these docs? Why did his team sit on them? What else is Mueller team that cost taxpayers $30+ million hiding?”

    Sean Davis comments,”Mueller wasn’t appointed to get to the bottom of the Russian collusion conspiracy theory. After Comey was fired, Mueller was appointed to help FBI and DOJ cover up the evidence of their coup and all the crimes they committed running it.”

    This is 100% true.

  44. I live in Texas and went out to eat at a little restaurant. It became about 80% full while we were there. I was like, fuck yeah!

    And ENB’s fretting about new cases has nothing at all to do with the lockdown

  45. It seems that the lockdowns are not serving their advertised purpose…

    1. There is no data that I can see, from anywhere at all, that shows a significant statistical difference between “Please stay home” and “It’s illegal to go to work”. Thus, we should ALSO see no significant difference going the other way.

  46. Dear Ms. Grimes,

    Re: Elon Musk.

    Do you really want to bear a child whose father is such an obvious asshole? Isn’t he planning on doing him and the rest of us a favor and launching himself to Mars someday?

  47. In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, Singapore seemed like it had the virus under control and was heralded around the world as a model of coronavirus containment. But now, NPR reports, cases have surpassed 17,000 and “not only is all of Singapore now under a strict lockdown, but it has the most coronavirus cases in Southeast Asia.”

    Singapore’s coronavirus death rate (3 per million) is still pretty good.

  48. It sure is good to see that Missouri, Arkansas, Florida, Colorado and parts of California are once again going to allow their citizens to exercise their god-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Master is good to Dobbie.

    But I would quibble that rights, by definition, cannot be allowed or forbidden, and you need to push back on this nonsense that you’re being “allowed” your liberty. Once you accept the premise, you’re accepting that your liberty is indeed something that can be granted or withheld by government. Government hasn’t allowed anything, they just decided to get the hell out of the way.

  49. unreason is pushing the slaver Narrative.

    There are 68,000 American deaths, which is not shit compared to how many American normally die each month. Its been two months of KungFlu hysteria.

    I cant wait for even more Americans to realize that Democrats and the main Stream Media are anti-America and actually want to do anything they can to destroy America as we know it.

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