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Staying At Home And Looking for Some Sunshine by The Elephant's Child

Our “stay at home” order here in Washington State has been extended to May 4.  We have increased the number of tests (2,656) since yesterday by +175. There have been 11 more deaths since yesterday.

The Boston Globe Editorial Board Claims that Trump Has “Blood on His Hands.” They relied on a combination of Left-wing talking points and Chinese propaganda in the Boston Globe, as Matt Margolis reported  at PJ Media. The Globe claimed that the number of confirmed cases surpassed that of any other nation, without mentioning that the United States is a larger country with a larger population.

The number of known deaths from the virus, so far the only reliable data, says that a fatality rate of 7 – 8 is one of the lowest in the world among larger nations.

It’s pretty clear that China is not accurately reporting the number of cases, nor the number of deaths, according to the U.S. intelligence community. The number of urns being delivered to Chinese funeral homes is far, far larger than the number of deaths reported. Communist governments are disinclined to report statistics that do not reflect favorably on the government, so we just don’t know how many deaths they have had, nor the extent of their testing, nor much of anything else.

Democrats are disinclined to report anything favorable to the Trump administration, but really! On CNN on Sunday, Pelosi charged that President Trump’s management of the coronavirus pandemic is costing American lives, and talking up an eventual congressional probe.

You surely will not be surprised to learn that Adam Shiff is eager to turn his Intelligence Committee to investigating President Trump’s response to the coronavirus. Of course he will.

And Nancy Pelosi compared Trump to Nero, the corrupt first century emperor who allowed Rome to burn – if he didn’t actually instigate the fire – then blamed Christians: “As the president fiddles, people are dying,” she charged.

So, shortly after orchestrating a failed, entirely partisan attempt to remove this president from office, Washington’s highest-ranking Democrat is once again speaking the language of impeachment. Except for dyed-in-the-wool grassroots party loyalists and, to their left, full-on Trump haters, this is sure to be received as the crassest brand of political opportunism.

Nice going, Nancy. While you are playing partisan politics, a lot of Americans are dying, or huddled down at home, fearful of running out of food. People are noticing. The New York Post plaintively asked in a headline “Does Nancy Pelosi know about the coronavirus outbreak?” and added “someone ought to tell House Speaker Nancy Pelosi…because her laser focus on pushing her political agenda suggests she’s unaware of it. The latest evidence: She wants to “retroactively” roll back Congress’ 2017 cap on tax deductions for state and local taxes (SALT), the New York Times reports. ”

She claims lifting the cap would address the economic fallout of COVID-19. She wants her “fix” to be part of Congress’ next rescue plan.

But her idea has nothing to do with boosting the economy and everything to do with helping Dems in blue states, like California, New York, New Jersey and Illinois. More than half the benefits of a repeal would go to folks making more than $1 million. Don’t Dems oppose tax breaks for the rich?

No, here’s Pelosi’s real problem: Heavily liberal states, with Democratic leaders, generally impose the highest local levies. The SALT deduction let high-income taxpayers recoup part of those high costs by paying less federal tax.

President Trump is doing a remarkable job in the face of all the unknowns and unknowables. A cruise ship stuck off the coast of Florida for 12 days with a number of critically ill Coronavirus patients with no ports willing to let it dock, has pulled into Fort Lauderdale to the cheers of port workers. Four people had died onboard as the ship had been turned away from 11 countries. President Trump indicated in his press conference that the Canadian and British people on board would be evacuated to their home countries immediately, and that we really had to help the people on board. A little intervention got things moving.

Doctors at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center say they have developed a vaccine against developing COVID-19 and they want federal permission for human trials. They based the vaccine on work previously done at UPMC that  sought to create vaccines against SARS and MERS, which they said are similar to the new coronavirus. They also say the vaccine is easily deliverable in large quantities.

Some bright rays of sunshine in a long dreary spell of rain.



COVID-19: What We Know and What We Don’t Know by The Elephant's Child

Thursday March 26th: King County, Washington State, which includes Seattle, and an assortment of suburban communities. The population is 2.23 million. It is of particular interest because we got the first round of coronavirus or COVID-19. 31,712 people were tested, 92% negative, 2,530 or 7% were positive.

Washington state is the 13th largest state with a population of 7,797,095 (last Census). The total number of cases is 2,580 with 122 deaths.  Here is the Public Health Report for Seattle and King County for March 26, Thursday.   Lots of interesting data there, and a map that shows how it is spread. The blue in the middle of the orange map is Lake Washington, the surrounding light blue is Puget Sound. While we started it out in the country with the Kirkland nursing home, and way too many deaths, New York, bigger and denser is rapidly catching up.

The United States currently has the most cases of any country in the world. New York is rapidly surpassing Seattle in active cases, which is understandable as the city is so dense. There is so much that we just don’t know yet. Can you get the disease more than once, or do you develop an immunity? Are young people immune? Apparently not, but that information comes from only a very few cases. We will learn all these things in time, but we want it now.

What is even more interesting and positive is the way Americans are stepping up to contribute. Dyson, a company that makes vacuum cleaners and that sort of stuff, has designed new ventilators and will produce 15,000. Apple is turning out 10 million masks.  Bodman Industries does 3D computer printing. Their 60 printers will be printing 3,000 masks a day, and they are working with their suppliers to get others involved.

China announced this month of nearly a week of no new infections in Wuhan, the city where the pandemic originated, but nobody knows whether it can be believed or not. Chinese scientists have been transparent about what they have discovered so far, shared information on the genetics and sequences of the virus and details of autopsies, clinical care and outcomes and even shared fatality rates among different age groups. On the other hand, Chinese propaganda insists that the virus originated with the American military, which is absurd, but is filled with the Communist Party’s long history of propaganda and the necessity to bury the cover-up in a happy story of triumph over the virus. Communist governments do not like news that reflects badly on the Communist government. They included a photo of empty beds in a Wuhan hospital. A Taiwan network reported that one hospital as under pressure from the central government not to admit patients so it could report no new cases. So there you go.



Nancy Pelosi’s Big Ideas Turned Out to Be a Big Flop! by The Elephant's Child

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The Democrats had a big idea. Big coronavirus crisis, Nation in a state of crisis, good time to get some of our ideas that we haven’t been able to get done passed. Republicans can’t turn us down because they need the coronavirus money. So they just stuffed all their ideas right into a modest 1,400 page bill. Headlines were not complimentary: “Politicians Standing in the Way of Emergency Relief”,”Cynical Power Play on Coronavirus Bill Shows Dems’ Far-Left Stripes,” “Tom Cotton Slams Democrats”, “Nancy Pelosi Coronavirus Bill Creates MultiBillion Slush Fund for Elite Liberal Causes.” “Pelosi Coronavirus Bill Creates Multibillion Slush Fund for Elite Liberal Causes,” Pelosi’s Bill  Contains Return of Obama Phones”, “Pelosi’s Bill Imposes Nationwide Ballot Harvesting,”

The list goes on and on, Diversity forced on Corporate Boards, or just read Tom Cotton’ s MUST READ  thread on what she has included in the bill. Wasn’t such a good idea, the outrage was prompt in arriving. Now and then the Democrats reveal just how far left they are, and the American people aren’t. The American people are justifiably frightened by this virus, we don’t know how deadly it will be. The reports from other countries like Iran and Italy are devastating, We don’t know how many Chinese have died from the Wuhan virus, nor do we know if what the Chinese claim can be trusted. Communist governments are not usually forthcoming with anything that reflects badly on them.

Even President Trump’s advisors don’t know how long the virus will last, how many people it is likely to infect, whether it will die off as warm weather comes on, it’s all guesswork. We have had corona viruses before, but each has its own schedule and invasive qualities. Many states have been only very lightly affected. People compare it to the national deaths from the flu, from traffic accidents, but that doesn’t mean much of anything. I’ll bet when the pharmacies start telling us next year to get our flu shots, more of us will pay attention.

President Trump said in his press conference today that he hopes they can relax the control of groups and meetings by Easter so people can go to church on Easter Sunday, but we don’t know. The media, of course, wanted to excoriate him for even suggesting that it would be over by Easter, but if he hadn’t they would be excoriating him for not, or for something else. The Democrat Media has exhibited an irresponsibility that is rather startling in its extent. They don’t like President Trump, and make that clear at every opportunity. No wonder he calls them Fake News.

Since we in the Seattle Area were the first ones hit in this country, perhaps our results will be the first to show when and if it is tapering off. We’ll see. In the meantime, try being a good neighbor. Help out if you can. Give blood. Try not to “stock up” to such a extent that you are leaving your neighbors without. And take care of yourselves.



If You Are Keeping Track… by The Elephant's Child
March 24, 2020, 7:23 pm
Filed under: Corona Virus, King County Washington State, March 24, Politics, Seattle WA

Seattle, Washington

King County update:
Confirmed cases: (1,277 an increase of +107, which represents more testing)
deaths 94 total, up by 9 since yesterday

 

 



A Disgraceful Display of Democrat Partisanship vs. Saving Lives. by The Elephant's Child

Well, the Democrats demonstrated, once again, just who they are. The Bill to fund the needs of  slowing and controlling the Coronavirus epic, is not nearly as important as the Democrats winning their political games. Like little kids having a temper tantrum. they want control back and they want it now.

They want unprecedented benefits for Unions, a way of voting that would favor Democrats like voting by mail, and how about this one, they want to force more diversity on Corporate Boards of Directors as if that is any business of politicians of any stripe.

They want to stick all sorts of Green New Deal ideas into a bill to provide the necessary funds to fight the expansion of coronavirus. Pity that none of them could study up the little bit necessary to learn that windmills don’t work. They do not and cannot produce the energy needed by a modern society.

There’s the return of “Obama Phones”, same day voter registration (no time to learn whether they are even citizens), pay off $10,000 in student debt per student, allocate $35 million for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, automatic extension of non immigrant visas, mandate that airlines reduce their carbon emissions by 50 percent (if they had bothered to do any studying up, they would learn that top scientists say that we don’t have enough carbon in the atmosphere).

This is astonishing. This is money desperately needed to save lives and try to keep the virus controlled even as more people are infected each day. Here in Seattle, on Friday we had 793 confirmed cases, 75 deaths, on Monday it was 1,170 confirmed cases with 87 deaths. A disgraceful exhibit of partisan politics in the face of desperate Americans dying because of their neglect.



And About the American Media: by The Elephant's Child

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter during a coronavirus task force briefing at the White House.

from Michael Goodwin at the New York Post:

The coronavirus epidemic is shaking humanity and turning the world upside down. Quick, somebody alert the media.

The Washington press corps is covering one of the largest, continuing stories in recent history the same way it has covered the Trump administration since Day One.

The formula is simple: Whatever the president does is not just wrong, it’s borderline evil. Details at 11.

In the real world, events are unfolding at a pace and scale impossible to comprehend. But at too many news outlets, the aim is not to inform. It’s to render the harshest possible judgment on the man journalists love to hate.

Hollywood celebrities used to have to hire press agents to get their names and faces in the news (for after all, that is how they become and remain “celebrities.)” Now they just have to say something nasty about the president publicly, or to a reporter.  Interesting to see how many “journalists” have become simply press agents for the Hollywood people that nobody wants to hear from anyway.

Americans are stepping up and doing what they can to help, whether it’s giving blood, sewing masks, turning their skills to producing what is needed, or just helping out their neighbors. Pity about the press.

ADDENDUM: Matt Margolis has an excellent column at PJMedia entitled “The Top 10 Lies About President Trump’s Response to the Coronavirus” Extremely useful in the current media climate.



Makes You Wonder What the Plague Really Was by The Elephant's Child

Burning Firewoods

They used to burn the women who were thought to be the witches responsible for the plague at the stake. Not exactly neighbor helping neighbor. Here in King County, WA, we had, as of Saturday 934 confirmed cases. This means that a lot of testing is going on. We have had 74 deaths, the largest number from the Kirkland nursing home. We remain ground zero for COVID-19 in the U.S. though New York is coming up fast. An Israeli doctor in Italy says “We no longer help those over 60.”

We are hunkered down and trying to find groceries. We put in an order at Safeway, but they could not deliver or even fill it. Put in an order at QFC, and got hung up in delivery or pick up at the store, and by that time, they could not fill the order anyway. Out of everything. People are “stocking up” just in case, which can be impolitely called “hoarding.” Grocery stores have no problem at all with everyone in the region doing their weekly shopping, so there is clearly some “unusual” shopping going on.

There is reportedly no shortage of toilet paper, but there are reports in the news of people breaking into cars to get the toilet paper in the back seat. Factories that make needed stuff are working overtime. Restaurants, especially small ones, are having to lay off workers. Amazon is hiring delivery workers, and delivery is cdc.govneeded everywhere as more governors are ordering people to stay at home.

We have an internet service called “Nextdoor” that serves our community, It’s a nationwide organization, (members have to sign up), that is invaluable for community news. At the moment, the top post is pictures of 6 policemen each holding a sign that says “Stay Home For Us.” Locally we can just log in with “nextdoor.com.” I’m not sure what is involved in getting it started in your area, but you might inquire if it sounds valuable. We’ve used it in a fight against City Hall wanting to cut down trees for a new sports facility, and people who are still mobile today are offering to help in picking up prescriptions or needed groceries in some cases. Reports on where you can find the things  you can’t find. Lots of things for sale from neighbors. And a good way to get to know your neighbors.

ADDENDUM: Distillers and Perfumers have turned their factories and facilities over to making hand sanitizer, so more will be coming rapidly. Automobile companies and other companies who work may make ventilators. A hospital in Italy had a needed machine stop working because of a broken valve, a local who had a 3D printer arrived with his machine and computer printed the needed valve.

Clean surfaces first, then you can use a solution of 5Tbs. bleach (1/3 cup) to one gallon of water to disinfect, or 4 tsp. of bleach to 1 quart of water. This is from the CDC website—  (cdc.gov).




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