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Wednesday Overnight Open Thread (3/18/20) | Main | Mid-Morning Art Thread
March 19, 2020

The Morning Report - 3/19/20

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Good morning, kids. Thursday and for me as each day passes, the more the pain and suffering from the societal, economic and governmental reaction to the "Shy Knees (SWIDT?) Boo-Boo Oopsie" eclipses the actual physical pain, suffering and death by the virus itself, the more I am convinced that this entire thing is a completely manufactured crisis. Whether or not the Chinese government intentionally unleashed what is tantamount to biological warfare on the US and the West, or conveniently benefitted by forces equally opposed to the President's wildly successful anti-globalist/pro-American trade policy who took advantage of the panic to torpedo the American and western economies is an issue that should be dealt with. The fact of the matter is that China and its willing stooges are the beneficiaries of this.

Again, I'm neither a doctor nor epidemiologist but looking at as many articles as I can from the experts with regards to the infection rate and morbidity rates weighed against all the factors in the particular hotspots, this disease is certainly more dangerous than the common cold or flu, BUT as with the latter mostly with the elderly and those who have compromised respiratory function. In other words, just like the common cold or flu. This isn't a medical blog and I think it gets into the weeds to engage in a discussion of the biology of this in this venue. That said, the latest news on potential vaccines and the halting of the spread/infections is important and should be discussed.

A number of the links near the top of the list I hope will be of comfort to those of you who have crammed every last space in your home with a Charmin 6-pack. Beyond any potential vaccines, which even at the earliest could take months before being ready, many in the medical and epidemiological field think that we have been wildly overreacting to this particular outbreak. Per James Barrett at Daily Wire:

In an analysis published Tuesday, Stanford's John P.A. Ioannidis - co-director of the university's Meta-Research Innovation Center and professor of medicine, biomedical data science, statistics, and epidemiology and population health - suggests that the response to the coronavirus pandemic may be "a fiasco in the making" because we are making seismic decisions based on "utterly unreliable" data. The data we do have, Ioannidis explains, indicates that we are likely severely overreacting.

"The current coronavirus disease, Covid-19, has been called a once-in-a-century pandemic. But it may also be a once-in-a-century evidence fiasco,"Ioannidis writes in an opinion piece published by STAT on Tuesday.

"Draconian countermeasures have been adopted in many countries. If the pandemic dissipates - either on its own or because of these measures - short-term extreme social distancing and lockdowns may be bearable," the statistician writes. "How long, though, should measures like these be continued if the pandemic churns across the globe unabated? How can policymakers tell if they are doing more good than harm?"...

Well I guess if they are able to shakedown the treasury, destroy a wildly popular president's chances at a sure re-election by destroying the economy and shred whatever is left of our Constitutionally-protected freedoms to make it easier for the Left to hijack the country either now or in the near future on some other flimsy pretext ("to save the planet!") then the policymakers would have been successful. But I digress. Or maybe not.

Circling back to the Chi-Coms, whether or not this was an intentional act, their actions and reactions to it and us make it plain as day that the regime in Beijing is the greatest threat to our peace and security. And not 30 years from now but right here and right now. Considering that their own economy was flat-lining even before President Trump's new trade and tariff deal kicked in, and that there was massive open civil unrest in Hong Kong and equal, yet better concealed, unrest in Xinjiang and other cities on the mainland along with outrage over Muslim Uighur concentration camps, the Wuhan Woo-Woo outbreak could not have come at a worse time for them. Or a better time, depending on how you look at it.

For America, this is one of those wake-up call moments, like Pearl Harbor or 9/11/01. With the former, we did what we had to do and came out the better for it. With the latter, we did... something, and wound up with Bro-Fo Omar/Nur elected to Congress. With all this talk of stimulus checks and pump-priming the markets, the one thing that must be done is, pardon the expression, fundamentally transforming our economy in a way that immediately repatriates our manufacturing and heavy industrial sector back to our shores while marginalizing if not outright killing off the bureaucratic regulatory beast that helped move it offshore in the first place. That situation is in doubt due to the fact that said bureaucracy is both entrenched and virtually 100% Democrat-Leftist, while the greedy corporatists who stabbed the American worker in the back to make a fast buck are the ones who tried and continue to try and destroy this President and we who voted for him.

But if ever we had a shot at this, we have it now, both because of the obvious in-your-face threat of an enemy who we made powerful that makes all the goods we consume including well over 90% of our pharmaceuticals, and because of the man we have in the Oval Office. If this is not a war nor the moral equivalent of a war (and I believe it is) at a minimum we are at a crossroads in the life of then nation and are facing an existential crisis. I hope and pray he and we make the right decisions.

NOTE: The opinions expressed in some links may or may not reflect my own. I include them because of their relevance to the discussion of a particular issue.

ALSO: The Morning Report is cross-posted at CutJibNewsletter.com if you want to continue the conversation all day.

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