And they come with no warning,
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Continual crisis!

Friday, March 27, 2020

Linkee-poo Friday

Curly Neal, and so it goes.

We're number 1! "The United States now has the highest number of known cases of coronavirus in the world with more than 82,000, according to CNN's tally of cases reported by health officials."

"New coronavirus hot spots are emerging in the Chicago, Detroit and New Orleans areas -- and health officials there are pleading for medical resources to meet the surges." Also a bit on how we're reusing PPEs.

"There were over 74,000 cases of coronavirus in the United States as of Thursday midday. About half were in New York -- almost 10 times more than any other state… Why has the outbreak hit New York so much harder than other places?" Easy answers only, please.

"At least one New York hospital has begun putting two patients on a single ventilator machine, an experimental crisis-mode protocol some doctors worry is too risky but others deemed necessary as the coronavirus outbreak strains medical resources."

"As coronavirus infections rise across the United States, public health experts widely agree it's time for a drastic step: Every state in the nation should now issue the kind of stay-at-home orders first adopted by the hardest hit places. And while most states will probably not need to keep the rules in place for months upon months, many health specialists say the lockdowns will need to be kept up for several weeks." Several weeks. Also note how severely behind we are with our ability to test people. Also a little on the pros and cons of the lockdowns and how long it might take.

"Congress is expected to pass a $2 trillion stimulus bill this week to help individuals and businesses deal with the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Included in the bill is a provision for many Americans to receive a one-time check from the federal government to help in a time when millions are losing their jobs." Don't count your chickens before they're hatched. And yes, I've already heard people complain about how little they're getting, and why aren't they getting more. Also a warning about scams already in action regarding this money.

So what will it look like on the backend of this? "China is closing its border to most foreigners amid fears of imported novel coronavirus cases causing a second outbreak in the country where the infection was first detected." Like that, until we have a vaccine or the virus burns through the population.

"The country is also limiting Chinese and foreign airlines to one flight per week, and flights must not be more than 75% full."

"Brazil’s governors pressed President Jair Bolsonaro on Thursday for more federal support in the coronavirus battle after he blasted them as job-killers and undermined their orders with a decree keeping churches open at evangelical preachers’ request."

"From March 30 through April 24, Clarion West is offering a series of free online classes and writing sprints with an incredible line-up of instructors. Registration begins Friday, March 27 at 12pm PST. Classes are open for everyone 18 and over and offered first come, first served." There's also a teen writer's version. Would love to do this, but won't have the free time in a few weeks. (Grokked from Tobias Buckell)

"A friend was asking the other day for books in which no bad things happen…" (Grokked from Tania)

"After an issue with ground support equipment, United Launch Alliance got its Atlas V rocket off the ground a little more than an hour after its launch window opened on Thursday." US Space Force goes to space.

"After three inconclusive elections, the right wing Netanyahu and his centrist rival Benny Gantz are reportedly close to a deal to rotate as prime minister, with Netanyahu taking the first turn." I'm sure that will work out fine.

"New York officials say one man was killed and more than a dozen people were injured when a fire broke out on a subway train early Friday… A New York police department spokesman who described the situation at the Harlem station as “fluid” confirmed that a man in his 30s was pronounced dead and eight other adults were hospitalized."

"Virulent anti-Semite, bigot, and conspiracy theorist Rick Wiles used his 'TruNews' program last night to warn Israel that it was seeing outbreaks of the COVID-19 coronavirus in connection with synagogues because God was sending a plague on the Jews for opposing Jesus Christ." Checks watch, well that come a little earlier than I thought it would. You'd think he'd mention marking your door with lamb's blood, but apparently, like many evangelicals, he doesn't really know his Bible. (Grokked from Jim Wright)

"Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her leadership team are determined to clear a $2 trillion coronavirus relief package on Friday, making contingency plans in case a lawmaker on either side tries to delay the vote… But the move has infuriated many rank-and-file lawmakers, who spent Thursday afternoon and evening scrambling to try to find flights to Washington so they could be present for a potential roll call vote."

"President Donald Trump on Friday called for ousting from the Republican Party a GOP congressman who has signaled that he could hold up an impending House vote on the Senate's $2 trillion coronavirus emergency relief package." Remember when it was everybody going to be upset with AOC? Ah, the good old days. It kinda sucks when people forget that the playbook is only for when they're trying to stall the opposition and decide to be dicks without leadership approval.

"America’s state governors have found themselves under an intense national spotlight in response to the coronavirus pandemic… The additional scrutiny has also highlighted an evolving dynamic between these chief executives who operate the country’s states and a White House run by a mercurial president whose public statements and policy turns are often impossible to predict." So you're saying the president is the problem? Who woulda thunk it?

"The National Enquirer and its former publisher American Media Inc. (AMI) buried around 60 damaging stories about Donald Trump in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election, Ronan Farrow has claimed… In April, AMI sold the National Enquirer in the wake of scandals involving Trump and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos." He just saw a list of the stories, many of which have since been destroyed, although any NDAs would still be in force. (Grokked from Xopher Halftongue)

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