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« on: March 20, 2020, 03:56:46 pm »


from The New York Times…

3 Rules for the Trump Pandemic

One: Don't trust the president.

By PAUL KRUGMAN | 4:58PM EDT — Thursday, March 19, 2020

President Donald J. Trump at the coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday. — Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times.
President Donald J. Trump at the coronavirus briefing at the White House on Thursday.
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SO Donald Trump is now calling Covid-19 the “Chinese virus.” Of course he is: Racism and blaming other people for his own failures are the defining features of his presidency. But if we're going to give it a nickname, much better to refer to it as the “Trump pandemic.”

True, the virus didn't originate here. But the U.S. response to the threat has been catastrophically slow and inadequate, and the buck stops with Trump, who minimized the threat and discouraged action until just a few days ago.

Compare, for example, America's handling of the coronavirus with that of South Korea. Both countries reported their first case on January 20. But Korea moved quickly to implement widespread testing; it has used the data from that testing to guide social distancing and other containment measures; and the disease appears to be on the wane there.

In the U.S., by contrast, testing has barely begun — we've tested only 60,000 people compared with South Korea's 290,000, even though we have six times its population, and the number of cases here appears to be skyrocketing.

The details of our failure are complex, but they all flow ultimately from Trump's minimization of the threat: He was asserting that Covid-19 was no worse than the flu just last week (although true to form, he's now claiming to have known all along that a pandemic was coming).

Why did Trump and his team deny and delay? All the evidence suggests that he didn't want to do or say anything that might drive down stock prices, which he seems to regard as the key measure of his success. That's presumably why as late as February 25 Larry Kudlow, the administration's chief economist, declared that the U.S. had “contained” the coronavirus, and that the economy was “holding up nicely.”

Well, that was a bad bet. Since then, the stock market has more or less given up all its gains under the Trump presidency. More important, the economy is clearly in free-fall. So what should we do now?

I'll leave health policy to the experts. On economic policy, I'd suggest three principles:

• First, focus on hardship, not G.D.P.

• Second, stop worrying about incentives to work.

• Third, don't trust Trump.

On the first point: Many of the job losses we'll experience over the next few months will be not just unavoidable but actually desirable. We want workers who are or might be sick to stay home, to “flatten the curve” of the virus's spread. We want to partly or wholly close large business establishments, like auto plants, that could act as human petri dishes. We want to close restaurants, bars and non-essential retail establishments.

Now, there will surely be additional, unnecessary job losses caused by a plunge in consumer and business spending, which is why we should be engaged in substantial overall stimulus. But policy can't and shouldn't prevent widespread temporary job loss.

What policy can do is reduce the hardship facing those who are temporarily out of work. That means that we need to spend much more on programs like paid sick leave, unemployment benefits, food stamps and Medicaid that aid Americans in distress, who need far more help than they'll get from an across-the-board cash drop. This spending would also provide stimulus, but that's a secondary concern.

Which brings me to my second point. The usual suspects are already objecting that helping Americans in need reduces their incentive to work. That's a lousy argument even in good times, but it's absurd in the face of a pandemic. And state governments that have been trying, with encouragement from the Trump administration, to reduce public assistance by imposing work requirements should suspend all such requirements, immediately.

Finally, about Trump: Over the past few days state TV, I mean Fox News, and right-wing pundits have abruptly pivoted from dismissing Covid-19 as a liberal hoax to demanding an end to all criticism of the president in a time of national emergency. This should come as no surprise.

But this is where the history of the Trump pandemic — all those wasted weeks when we did nothing because Donald Trump didn't want to hear anything that might hurt him politically — becomes relevant. It shows that even when American lives are at risk, this administration's policy is all about Trump, about what he thinks will make him look good, never mind the national interest.

What this means is that as Congress allocates money to reduce the economic pain from Covid-19, it shouldn't give Trump any discretion over how the money is spent. For example, while it may be necessary to provide funds for some business bailouts, Congress must specify the rules for who gets those funds and under what conditions. Otherwise you know what will happen: Trump will abuse any discretion to reward his friends and punish his enemies. That's just who he is.

Dealing with the coronavirus would be hard in the best of circumstances. It will be especially hard when we know that we can't trust either the judgment or the motives of the man who should be leading the response. But you go into a pandemic with the president you have, not the president you wish you had.


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Paul Krugman joined The New York Times in 1999 as an Op-Ed columnist. He is distinguished professor in the Graduate Center Economics Ph.D. program and distinguished scholar at the Luxembourg Income Study Center at the City University of New York. In addition, he is professor emeritus of Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. In 2008, Mr. Krugman was the sole recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his work on international trade theory. Mr. Krugman received his B.A. from Yale University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from M.I.T. in 1977. He has taught at Yale, M.I.T. and Stanford. At M.I.T. he became the Ford International Professor of Economics. Mr. Krugman is the author or editor of 27 books and more than 200 papers in professional journals and edited volumes. His professional reputation rests largely on work in international trade and finance; he is one of the founders of the “new trade theory,” a major rethinking of the theory of international trade. In recognition of that work, in 1991 the American Economic Association awarded him its John Bates Clark medal. Mr. Krugman's current academic research is focused on economic and currency crises. At the same time, Mr. Krugman has written extensively for a broader public audience. Some of his articles on economic issues, originally published in Foreign Affairs, Harvard Business Review, Scientific American and other journals, are reprinted in Pop Internationalism and The Accidental Theorist. His column appears every Tuesday and Friday. Read his blog, The Conscience of a Liberal, and follow him on Twitter.

• A version of this article appears in The New York Times on Friday, March 20, 2020, on page A29 of the New York print edition with the headline: “3 Rules for The Trump Pandemic”.

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« Reply #1 on: March 21, 2020, 10:40:32 am »


“Fake President” Donald J. Trump's own words turned against him…










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« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2020, 01:50:04 pm »


from 9News…

Most Australian coronavirus cases coming from USA
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« Reply #3 on: March 21, 2020, 07:14:17 pm »

funny shit

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« Reply #4 on: March 21, 2020, 09:01:05 pm »


The biggest threat to Australilans is the United States of America.

'cause that's where most of the CONVID-19 cases have come from which have infected Australia.

Who needs enemies when you've got Trump's America as an ally, eh?

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« Reply #5 on: March 22, 2020, 11:48:45 am »

do you mean the Chinese Wuhan virus was not made in china? Yeah Right

Xi Jinping was aware of the deadly coronavirus much earlier than believed, a new speech reveals
A speech Xi Jinping made earlier this month has just been published – and it reveals something crucial about the rampant spread of the deadly coronavirus
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Xi Jinping was aware of the deadly coronavirus much earlier than originally thought, according to a transcript of a private speech he made.

The Chinese leader issued orders on fighting the coronavirus on January 7, during a meeting of the country’s Politburo Standing Committee, almost two weeks before his first public comments on the deadly disease.

It wasn’t until January 23 that Chinese authorities banned travel in and out of Wuhan, the epicentre of the outbreak. By this point, thousands of people had already travelled in and out of the city, around the mainland and overseas.

In a speech delivered on February 3, Mr Xi outlined a contingency plan to respond to the crisis, which he said could jeopardise China’s economic and social stability.

State media published the speech, essentially revealing that top leaders were aware of the outbreak’s potential severity well before such dangers were made known to the public.

“I issued demands during a Politburo Standing Committee meeting on January 7 for work to contain the outbreak. On January 20, I gave special instructions about the work to prevent and control the outbreak and I have said we have to pay high attention to it,” Mr Xi said.



Xi Jinping was aware of the deadly coronavirus much earlier than originally thought, according to a transcript of a private speech he made. Picture: Liu Bin/Xinhua via APSource:AP

He also revealed he had personally ordered the lockdown of the virus epicentre.

“On January 22, in light of the epidemic’s rapid spread and the challenges of prevention and control, I made a clear request that Hubei province implement comprehensive and stringent controls over the outflow of people,” Mr Xi said.

The next day, Wuhan imposed an unprecedented halt on outbound transportation.

Mr Xi’s decision to release the speech suggests his priority is now assuring the Chinese public that the upper helm of the Chinese Communist Party has long been fighting against the virus outbreak.

But by confirming he knew about the virus for weeks and continued to suppress knowledge of it, he now runs the risk of a further backlash.

It comes as the virus infection toll continues to rise, with almost 70,000 confirmed cases and 1669 deaths.

Of the total coronavirus faces, 68,500 are in mainland China, with 338 in Japan, 72 in Singapore and 15 in Australia.

Today also saw the first coronavirus-related death in Europe, with an 80-year-old man from mainland China dying in France after contracting the virus.

CHINESE OFFICIALS SLAMMED OVER VIRUS RESPONSE

The Chinese government is firing officials in Hubei province as Beijing faces increasing criticism over its handling of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.

Senior Communist Party officials have been removed and replaced by figures from other provinces, echoing what happened in China during the SARS outbreak.

“Hubei province and Wuhan must further strengthen management and control over exits from the areas … to put a stop of the spread,” state broadcaster CCTV said.



Since the outbreak gained public attention last month, China’s social media pages have been flooded with angry netizens criticising officials for failing to contain the initial outbreak in the locked-down city.

Much of the anger was because authorities initially suppressed information of the outbreak.

At the beginning of January, eight doctors were detained by police for spreading information about the outbreak, which Chinese authorities called “rumours”.

One of them was Doctor Li Wenliang, who sounded the alarm on the virus and later died after he contracted it.

Wuhan’s mayor, Zhou Xianwang, has since explained that he was unable to disclose the severity of the outbreak without receiving approval from Beijing.

“I hope everyone can understand why there wasn’t timely disclosure,” he said. “After I received information, I needed authorisation before making it public.”

It was a sign of the rare struggle between local government and Beijing, as Mr Xi continues to face the biggest challenge of his presidency.

CHINA’S ‘RUTHLESS SYSTEM’ SET STAGE FOR CRISIS

Javier Hernandez, the Beijing correspondent for The New York Times, said China’s authoritarian culture had allowed the crisis to take hold in the first place.

“China’s authoritarian culture in many ways set the stage for this crisis,” he said on The Daily podcast earlier this month. “For decades, China has built this ruthless system in which if you are an official in the Communist Party you are expected to be almost perfect. If anything goes bad you are the one who is going to take responsibility and fall.”

As a result of this, local Chinese authorities worry about attracting the ire of Beijing, and so their instinct is to cover up anything negative in the hopes Mr Xi and his inner circle won’t hear about it.

“This has created an incentive system where local officials fear saying anything about bad news,” Hernandez said. “They worry that if they are found to have done something wrong they will lose their power, so in a situation like this the incentive is to cover up, conceal, delay, and try to get a handle on these problems on your own, hoping that perhaps no one will ever hear about it.”



For months and months, Chinese local officials wanted to keep the health crisis from being reported up the chain.

“Instead they tried to cover it up, see if they could deal with it secretly and maybe no one would find out about it. Maybe Beijing wouldn’t find out about it. But eventually it broke.

China said it would make a lot of changes to its system after SARS. It said it would expand its disease-reporting system … they promised to be more transparent in the release of data and other things.”

But according to Hernandez, even the SARS outbreak couldn’t stem China’s authoritarian culture, which has only worsened under Mr Xi’s reign and made people more fearful of being associated with bad news.

“He’s made himself out to be the most powerful leader since Mao. He’s someone who’s always speaking about this great ascendant moment for China, in which China’s going to be this superpower, and anything that goes against Xi’s vision of this harmonious resurge in China will be seen as a problem and the people creating that problem will pay the consequences,” he said.

“When I was there in Wuhan I could sense the fear just ripping across all parts of society. There were people like the ambulance doctors afraid of challenging officials’ statistics. “Hospitals didn’t want to test patients for fears of knowing the results. They didn’t want to be seen as speaking out or bringing the truth of this unsavoury story into public view. They’re fearful of being seen as responsible for this crisis. They don’t want to stand out.”

https://www.news.com.au/world/asia/xi-jinping-was-aware-of-the-deadly-coronavirus-much-earlier-than-believed-a-new-speech-reveals/news-story/ed27370709c906b77bb7ae00e2b38ed8
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« Reply #6 on: March 22, 2020, 12:56:07 pm »


China has already got on top of the virus.

While America's nightmare is just beginning, thanks to their stupid “fake president”.

Which means China can now take advantage of the situation and offer medical aid to the rest of the world, something they are already.

The sort of aid America used to offer before they elected a dumb, inward-looking “fake president”.

By the time America recovers, China will have gained influence all around the world and will be laughing at America, the declining superpower.

If China has any sense, they'll ban exporting rare earth metals to America. China has 98% of the world's production of rare earth metals, so that would completely fuck up America.
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« Reply #7 on: March 22, 2020, 04:08:52 pm »

China has free toilet paper



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« Reply #8 on: March 22, 2020, 08:28:57 pm »


Fuck, you're a stupid, rightie, Trump-supporting maggot.
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« Reply #9 on: March 23, 2020, 12:31:38 am »

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« Reply #10 on: March 23, 2020, 06:59:52 am »


Donald J. Trump is responsible for the McTrump Virus being out of control in America.

That's who.
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« Reply #11 on: March 23, 2020, 01:07:02 pm »

you suck Chinese balls there is a long queue outside your house
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« Reply #12 on: March 23, 2020, 08:38:46 pm »


from Jennifer Rubin…

Don't torture yourself with the clown show



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« Reply #13 on: March 25, 2020, 03:22:12 pm »

all the test will soon find out is most people have it or already had it nothing to see here just a lot of smoke and mirrors
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« Reply #15 on: March 27, 2020, 12:51:34 pm »

all the test will soon find out is most people have it or already had it nothing to see here just a lot of smoke and mirrors


More than 1,100 dead Americans now.

And hundreds more are dying every day from the virus, but the number is increasing by a huge amount every day compared to the day before.

Excellent news that all those Americans are dying, eh? In spite of their “fake president” tweeting last month that it was all a hoax.
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« Reply #16 on: March 27, 2020, 10:24:51 pm »

1000 out of 320 million is nothing 80,000 died from the common flue in 2019
you just having another one of your socialist wet dreams go back to sleep
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« Reply #17 on: March 27, 2020, 11:28:20 pm »


America now has more cases of CONVIG-19 than China. More cases than Italy.

America is now the disease shithole of the world.

That is what Trump is presiding over.

Haw haw haw!!!
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