Why a Trauma Kit is essential and what it should contain

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Tiny SquirrelGun shows are great places to meet kindred spirits and at the last one I went to I met David Dietrich who is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He was selling a fantastic range of Trauma items (although I admit he got my attention with a small pack on his stall labeled “Vasectomy Kit.”) Anyway, I asked him to come up with something that would really be of use to you guys and he produced a doozy. Check this list out. Thanks David, this is really useful. 

Most people likely think about equipment for trained specialists in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when they hear “Trauma Kit.”  Other terms used are “Blow-Out Kit,” and “Individual First Aid Kit” (IFAK).  However, they would be wrong.  Such kits are instead designed to be used by the first responder, whether he is a police officer, infantryman, or just a Good Samaritan.

A Trauma Kit is a far cry from a typical First Aid Kit.  While the latter is designed to support minor injuries and medical issues, the former is essential for saving someone’s life in the next ten minutes.  That means such kits are focused on major bleeding from gunshots, stabbings, and amputations.  In addition, they address breathing obstructions from anaphylaxis or massive tissue damage.

For the purposes of post-disaster preparedness, a Trauma Kit provides coverage where there will likely be no medical services for some time.  That means we will be on our own.  We ourselves may be not only the first responder, but also the last.  So, acquiring and learning to use the components of such a kit is a critical capability.  This is one reason why so many military combatants have survived serious wounds in our recent wars.

One axiom is indisputable – all bleeding stops.  The question becomes, how it will stop?  Do you want to let it stop on its own, after the casualty has bled out, or do you want to play an active role, stopping the bleeding yourself in sufficient time for the casualty to become an asset once again?  The Trauma Kit provides a means to that end, through various included devices.

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Image: Pictured are the JBC Corporation Medical Assault Kit, costing over $200, and the GetReady! Field Trauma Kit, listing at $99.95.

So, what does a Trauma Kit look like?  First of all, it is relatively small, easily carried on a belt, armor plate, or in a backpack.  Secondly, it does not usually contain the items we expect to see in First Aid Kits.  Rather, they include tourniquets, pressure bandages, blood clotting agent, occlusive dressing, tension pneumothorax needle, and nasopharyngeal airway. There may be a few other odds and ends as well, but those are the basics.

 

Let’s take a look at components of a trauma kit, to better understand why they are used:

 

tourniquets
Image: Pictured are rubber tubing, RATS, SWAT-T, and CAT-T.  Others to consider are are SOF-TT, and TK-4.  They range in price from approximately $6 to $32 each.

Tourniquet.  There are many designs and brand available, from simple rubber tubing to complex windlass or ratcheting designs.  But, they all have one purpose – to constrict or eliminate blood flow to the bleeding extremity.  While these used to be a tool of last resort, military experience has proven their worth in saving lives as the tool of first choice.  If properly applied and combined with other devices, they can be safely removed later.

 

compression-bandages
Pictured are the H&H Medical H-Bandage and the ubiquitous “Israeli Bandage.”  They range in price from approximately $6 to $15 each.

Compression (Pressure) Bandage.  There are several commercial brands out there, typically based on the original Israeli Bandage.  As the tried and true method for staunching blood flow is pressure and elevation, their purpose is to maintain pressure at the injury site, as well as provide a clotting medium.  This is accomplished through an integrated dressing and pressure device.  The hands are then left free to perform other functions. Here are some examples of commercially available Pressure Bandages:

 

Pictured are the Celox Hemostatic Granules,  QuikClot Combat Gauze, and QuikClot Clotting Sponge.  They range in price from approximately $13 to $42 each.
Pictured are the Celox Hemostatic Granules,  QuikClot Combat Gauze, and QuikClot Clotting Sponge.  They range in price from approximately $13 to $42 each.

Hemostatic (Clotting) Agent.  There are mainly two commercial brands out there, found in three forms.  These are QuikClot and Celox, using sponges, gauze wraps, or poured granules.  The key component is either a clay mineral (kaolin), used in QuikClot, or a crustacean derivative (chitosan), used in Celox.  Both types interact with blood plasma to rapidly form clots.  They work independently of blood platelets or thinning drugs.

 

 

Pictured are the H&H Medical Wound Seal Kit and Compact Wound Seal.  Other companies also produce simple and valved options.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $30 each.
Pictured are the H&H Medical Wound Seal Kit and Compact Wound Seal.  Other companies also produce simple and valved options.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $30 each.

Occlusive Dressing (aka Chest Seal).  Several brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are designed to block inhalation through the thoracic cavity, rather than normally, into the lungs.  If such a condition, known as a “sucking chest wound,” is allowed to continue, the lung on that side will likely collapse, putting pressure on the aorta and heart, resulting in painful breathing and associated circulatory problems.

 

 

 

Pictured are the BD Angiocath and the H&H Medical Tension Pneumothorax Needle.  Enhanced versions are also available.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $43 each.
Pictured are the BD Angiocath and the H&H Medical Tension Pneumothorax Needle.  Enhanced versions are also available.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $43 each.

Tension Pneumothorax Needle (TPN).  Several brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are designed to release air and/or fluid pressure in the external thoracic cavity that may lead to the same conditions described under Occlusive Dressing above.  So, this device is for closed, versus open chest wounds.  The TPN is probably the most difficult of all the Trauma Kit devices to apply, and should by studied and practiced.

 

Naso-Pharyngeal Airway (NPA)

Pictured is the Rusch Robertazzi Nasopharyngeal Airway.  Packaged with water-soluble lubricant, they range in price from approximately $5 to $15 each.
Pictured is the Rusch Robertazzi Nasopharyngeal Airway.  Packaged with water-soluble lubricant, they range in price from approximately $5 to $15 each.

Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are used to maintain breathing in the event of an airway blockage due to anaphylaxis or tissue damage.  They are basically comprised of a stiffened rubber tube, beveled on one end and enlarged into a bell shape on the other.  Assisted by accompanying water-based lubricant, they are fully inserted into a nostril up to the bell.

compressed-gauzeCompressed Gauze.  Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are used primarily to absorb and aid in the clotting of blood.  Almost always comprised of cotton, they are the most versatile Trauma Kit component.  And it cannot be overstated that you can never have enough gauze.  Additional uses include absorbing other bodily fluids, covering burns and lacerations, wrapping dressings, and securing splints.

 

Trauma Shears

Pictured are 3.5” and 5.5” light duty Trauma Sheers from Rescue Essentials and Ronson.  Other, more robust sheers are available.  They range in price from approximately $3 to $50 each.
Pictured are 3.5” and 5.5” light duty Trauma Sheers from Rescue Essentials and Ronson.  Other, more robust sheers are available.  They range in price from approximately $3 to $50 each.

Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies.  They are used primarily to cut away clothing and other accessories (eg bra underwire) to quickly access the point of injury.  Their unique design provides a safe and easy method to cut through almost anything, including coins!  The major take-away regarding arterial bleeding is that saving clothing comes in a distant second to saving a life.

 

 

 

 Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Medical (Duct) Tape.  This ubiquitous resource really comes into its own in a medical kit.  Not only can it be used to secure bandages and dressings, but it also has applications for foot care (eg prevention and treatment of blisters), wrapping splints, making snow goggles, and repairing medical gear and other items.  Mini rolls, primarily for storage purposes, are the best configuration.  Don’t leave home without them!

 

 

Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.
Pictured are rolls from eGear and H&H Medical.  Also found among survival gear, they range in price from approximately $1 to $4 each.

Medical Gloves.  These are included in Trauma Kits primarily to protect the responder, not the patient.  Bodily fluids can carry many dangerous diseases, and having additional barriers during treatment may keep the responder from becoming a casualty.  In addition, they may preclude the need for further cleansing following treatment.  Simple glove removal and disposal may be sufficient action under tactical conditions.

Marking Pen

Pictured are mini Sharpies.  Full-sized versions can also be used.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $3 each.
Pictured are mini Sharpies.  Full-sized versions can also be used.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $3 each.

This is important not only for recording information on a Casualty Card, but also for marking other information, such as the date and time of a tourniquet application.  Such marking can be on the device itself, or even on the forehead of the patient.  There are other uses for such pens, such as taking notes on environmental conditions, and descriptions of agents (eg animals, plants, suspects) involved.

 

Pictured are the H&H Medical standard and Marine Combat Casualty Care Cards.  They range in price from approximately $2 to $4 each.
Pictured are the H&H Medical standard and Marine Combat Casualty Care Cards.  They range in price from approximately $2 to $4 each.

Casualty Response Documentation Tool (CRDT).

This is an event recording card, containing information describing patient and injury, treatment (including drugs) administered, mental state, circulation, respiration, mechanisms of injury (MOIs), medical conditions, and overall patient medical status, from routine to critical.  It’s always good to keep track of what’s happening in such cases, for reference prior to future treatment.

 

 Pictured are medical pouches from Eagle Industries and Maxpedition.  Another common brand is Rothco.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $45 each.

Pictured are medical pouches from Eagle Industries and Maxpedition.  Another common brand is Rothco.  They range in price from approximately $15 to $45 each.

Pouch.  Typical military kit dimensions are 8 inches long by 6 inches wide by four inches deep when full.  It uses the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) to fasten to Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) configured backpacks.  Made of rugged Cordura nylon, this Pouch can be used under adverse environmental and tactical conditions.  It should be readily accessible for immediate use.

 

Other Components.  A number of other items may be included in a Trauma Kit for various reasons.  For example, if the owner would like to access the kit for minor injuries, and not dip into important trauma components, then adhesive bandages may be included.  In addition, medications (eg aspirin) should be considered.  Sterile wipes and water for cleaning wounds, flashlight for nighttime, and CPR shield round out the list.

 Pictured are a CPR Shield, regular strength Aspirin, Moist Towelettes, Sterile Water, Penlight, Adhesive Bandages, and Gauze Pads.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $5 each.

Pictured are a CPR Shield, regular strength Aspirin, Moist Towelettes, Sterile Water, Penlight, Adhesive Bandages, and Gauze Pads.  They range in price from approximately $1 to $5 each.

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David Dietrich is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He has been preparing for uncertainty since he was a youth, recognizing that backpacking is about smaller, lighter, and multi-capability.  His experiences in the Boy Scouts and military have given him an appreciation for the real meaning of the Scout Motto – “Be Prepared.”  Today, David runs a disaster preparedness business that is focused on the creed – helping you help yourself.  It is about delivering resources, training, education, and consulting in preparation for a failure of civility.  Prepared people are survivors.

 

 

 

 

What you didn’t learn in Conceal Carry Training. And how this information could change your life.

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Image: Target shooting, Kelly McCarthy. Now’s the time to think about the consequences of pulling the trigger in a defensive situation

Pulling that trigger is something you need to have thought about BEFORE you ever have to do it. Could you shoot a kid? No? Could you shoot a kid with a gun aimed at your wife? Maybe? Could you shoot a pregnant woman? Never? Could you shoot a pregnant woman with a gun to your kid’s head. Would you shoot a gunman threatening a clerk in a convenience store if you’re safely hiding at the back and in no immediate danger? Could you shoot your wife? Are you going to risk your life for a stranger? Are you willing to endure the court case? The massive hit to your finances? To even, possibly, have to move town because people won’t believe that what you did was necessary. So many ifs, right?

Here are the steps that COULD follow a defensive shooting:

  • Shots Fired
  • 911 Call
  • First Responders
  • Local law enforcement supervisors
  • Detectives – In some places the ADA will be dispatched
  • Investigation/Questioning
  • Prosecutor Determination
  • Trial Phase
  • Sentencing
  • Appeal Process
  • Civil Trial

See what I mean. Being the hero can get you in a whole world of trouble? That’s why I am probably only going to draw and shoot if I’m saving someone with the same last name as me.

Reporting a defensive shooting

So you pulled the trigger. You need to prepare for how you would report a defensive shooting. Rule No. 1. Don’t incriminate yourself. The 911 operator is not your friend but is trained to keep asking questions which are being recorded. Keep it simple.

  • Dial 911
  • Report there’s been a shooting.
  • Give them your name and the address you’re at
  • Tell them who is in the house/building. (Maybe send the kids next door if they are present.)
  • Describe any injuries and whether you need EMS
  • Describe yourself, your clothes. Put your weapon on the floor or in clear sight. (Unless you are using it to subdue a criminal.)
  • If you are insured with an organization that provides an attorney, call them. If you have an attorney call them.
  • Tell the police the bare minimum. Be cooperative but spare the details. Say only:
    • Officer, I was in fear of my life/my family member was threatened and at risk of losing their life. (You would not pull the trigger to save property. The fallout is NOT worth it for something insured or inanimate.)
    • I will sign the complaint.
    • Be helpful and show them what the assailant used to attack you.
    • Introduce any witnesses.
    • Tell them you are invoking the Fifth Amendment until you have had time to talk to your attorney and calm yourself down. You should say you’ll be back within 24 hours to talk to them. Be prepared to be arrested. And be prepared to spend a long time being questioned.
    • Remember to say: “If he/she survives I want to press charges.” Remind everyone that you’re not the aggressor here. 

How Many Americans Could Die From COVID-19? What the Latest Data, Projections Show

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When President Donald Trump announced the “15 Days to Slow the Spread” initiative, it was premised on the idea that 15 days would give the country enough time to collect data and consult models to determine next steps for the country.

Now that we have more data, what do we know? 

There have been several models used to inform public policy, including grim, worst-case projections, and newer models based on empiric observations from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation

When the Trump administration decided to extend the 15-day social distancing guidelines until the end of April, officials were using a projection that resulted in nearly the same numbers as the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation model.

That model projects that by June, COVID-19 will cause the deaths of 81,114 Americans. While this is an astronomical figure, it is much smaller than the Imperial College London study’s maximum projected deaths of 2.2 million Americans by October. 

To put this number in context, the worst flu that gripped America in four decades was in 2017-2018. During that winter, 80,000 Americans died. The average number of deaths due to the influenza virus between 2014 and 2018, which includes that particularly virulent flu, is about 43,000.

Soberingly, 43,000 deaths is still quite small compared to what the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation model is projecting.

So what does this model use for its forecast? Well, it uses data from local, national, and international sources for disease behavior. It also uses state and local government declarations to account for the timing of different localities implementing stay-at-home orders or other mitigation or suppression strategies.

The model takes all of the data and applies it to a mathematical function to estimate a range of possibilities. While the average of the outcomes was about 81,000 deaths, the model projected a broad range of between 39,174 and 141,995 deaths due to COVID-19. 

This isn’t a final projection: The data is updated on a daily basis so the projections may change over time, depending on how well different state and local strategies work and how well Americans adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The model projects a peak strain on resources to occur on Apr. 15, a few days after Easter. Earlier this month, Trump said he hoped that Easter would be the day life would return at least somewhat to normal.

But right now, it doesn’t look like life will be normal on April 15. In fact, the trend is going in a troubling direction.  

On that day, the model projects that the country will need 224,321 hospital beds but will be short by 61,509 beds. Of those necessary beds, 33,440 are for critical care patients. Yet there won’t be enough beds for them: The country will be short by 15,103 intensive care unit beds. 

Among critical care patients, 26,753 of them will need ventilator support. While there are many ventilators in the country, we will need as many as possible to ensure that they are available in hospitals when a patient needs one rather than stored in a central distributor.

As with all projections, they are only as good as the data and assumptions going in, and they can never adequately predict human behavior. But they are the only objective way to plan for pandemic response and past data is the only insight into the future that we have. 

But there is a cause for hope. Horrified by predictions such as this one, Americans are stepping up to the plate. We are seeing American industry spool up to meet these potential demands, including fashion houses producing personal protective equipment, such as masks, and auto manufacturers producing respirators and ventilators.

The armed forces are also working to increase hospital capacity by building field hospitals so that regular hospitals can devote more resources to COVID-19 patients. The Navy has deployed both its hospital ships to give New York City and Los Angeles an additional 1,000-bed capacity each.

Unfortunately, there have been no signs that this virus may be slowing down. In fact, there have been new outbreaks in Michigan and Louisiana which have helped push rates of new cases close to 20,000 per day.

Less and less can we blame increased rates of testing for the rapidly increasing rates of new cases. The U.S. is now capable of conducting up to 70,000 tests per day, so it is unlikely that we’re still missing a significant number of COVID-19 cases. Furthermore, a COVID-19-related death is much harder to conceal and the rate of new deaths has also only increased in the past few days. 

It’s impossible to say whether any projection will bear out in the future, but based on the continuing rise in new cases and deaths, it certainly seems that the peak disease burden is yet to come in the next few weeks. This is why it is absolutely prudent for the president to extend the initial guidelines out to the end of April.

The peak of the pandemic may be coming soon, and by the beginning of August, 81,000 Americans may be dead from COVID-19. Dr. Deborah Birx, a top health official of the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, believes that number may rise to 200,000 by the end of the pandemic. 

Americans are right to be concerned about these dire projections. But we must also remember that projections predict, not determine, the future. If we practice social distancing and if our industries increase the supply of crucial medical supplies, the eventual outcome may not be as horrible as the projections show.

Right now, we have time. Let’s use it wisely.

Kevin Pham, a medical doctor, is a contributor to The Daily Signal and a former graduate fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation. Reproduced with permission; original here.

Let’s give THIS back to Puerto Rico and guarantee health safety for the rest of America. WIN.WIN.WIN.

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Big Pharma gets sloppy when it comes to taxes and cheap manufacturing. They like to offshore their money to avoid tax and to offshore manufacturing to get mass-produced drugs and equipment dirt cheap.

Because of the huge $$$ numbers involved politicians and lobbyists are always involved. Votes for friendly legislation go to the biggest donors.

Enter the Chinese. They have inserted themselves deep into our political process and are buying their way into the heart of our economy. But now, in the wake of the Chinese Flu we’re all realizing we’re too dependent on China for pharmaceutical ingredients that go into generic medicines like penicillin, Advil, and Tylenol – and for any medical equipment that requires sterile production and high quality manufacturing.

Why Puerto Rico?

Let’s back up and look at why Puerto Rico is important here. We all know the territory wants statehood. But right now it enjoys an interesting relationship with the Union and it’s one that could be adapted to rebuild its shattered economy without going on USA welfare.

Back in 1976, the Democratic Congress passed—and President Ford signed—the Tax Reform Act of 1976, which made corporate income generated in U.S. territories, like Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands tax free. Puerto Rico’s already had a generous offshore tax law, (it was popular with island nations during the 1970s-80s) which meant that corporate subsidiaries based in Puerto Rico paid zero tax, so long as they distributed their profits as dividends.

American pharmaceutical companies dashed to avail themselves of the tax-free opportunity. Because of the American connection, they could still have some say over quality control. America got good medicine – the pharmaceutical companies made more money, much of which went into R&D.

A 1993 report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office estimated that pharmaceutical companies represented, by far, the largest beneficiaries of the Puerto Rican corporate tax system, benefiting to the tune of $86 million in 1985.

(Forbes)

Naturally, the US government wanted that money back and started to shut down the tax breaks. Bill Clinton put the nail in the coffin in 1996.

Pharma immediately sent manufacturing overseas to tax-friendly jurisdictions – the good stuff that needed patent protection was made in Ireland; the cheapest, generic medicines were outsourced to India and China. And we now know what their standards are like!

All the businesses relying on the tax breaks fled the island for more welcoming shores. Puerto Rico’s economy collapsed and it has been exploited by corrupt leftists ever since.

So, here’s my plan. Reinstate the Puerto Rico tax breaks. Mandate FDA standards. Tell the Puerto Rico government we’ll reconsider statehood when they’re solvent. Win. Win. Win.

It’s Always a Mistake to Give an Inch to Democrats

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Robert Ringer: President Trump made back-to-back mistakes when he went along with the pork-stuffed $2 trillion stimulus bill, then viciously attacked Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) for having the courage to question the efficacy of passing a bill filled with Democratic largess.

Trump is a dealmaker, so he often gives the other side a few crumbs in order to get a deal done.  I understand that strategy, and I generally agree with it.  It’s not a good strategy, however, when pork bellies are substituted for crumbs.

In the case of the $2 trillion stimulus package, the nature and size of the pork bellies are embarrassing — e.g., $25 million for the Kennedy Center and $75 million each for National Public Radio, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.  Trump apparently believed he had no choice but to give the bill his blessing or face the prospect of Democrats yelling and screaming about how he was willing to let working people suffer unless he got his way.

The opposite, of course, is true.  With his bully pulpit, Trump could have gone on the offensive and explained to the public that it was the Democrats who were trying to stuff their progressive wish list into the stimulus legislation without regard for the plight of suffering Americans.  The backlash would have been loud and swift, and the Dirty Dems would have had no choice but to back down and pass the bill, sans pork.

If all this sounds familiar, it’s because it’s an exact rerun of the argument politicians make for repeatedly raising the debt ceiling.  It’s a bipartisan issue, because to cut spending is unthinkable to both Democrats and Republicans.  It’s so much easier to borrow and print more money than to tell people that Big Brother is going to cut back on their goodies.

I often feel like a voice in the wilderness, because for decades I have been saying that the national debt would never be repaid.  And since Bush, Obama, and now Trump took the debt from a mere $5.6 trillion at the end of Bill Clinton’s presidency to more than $23 trillion today, it’s not that it won’t be repaid.  Elementary math makes it clear that it can’t be repaid.  That option was off the table long ago.

Since it would be impossible to raise taxes enough to start paying off the national debt (think pitchforks and blazing torches), somewhere down the road the result is almost certain to be a massive deflationary depression brought on by defaulting on the national debt or a runaway inflation brought on by runaway printing presses.

So, yes, Rep. Massie is right, not only by questioning the efficacy of adding trillions to the national debt, but by pointing out the cowardice of both Democrats and Republicans for refusing to force every member of Congress to cast a vote on the record.  It once again underscored the fact that the swamp is alive and well in Washington, and that nothing short of economic reality asserting itself will put an end to the crimes and cowardice of the swamp creatures.

ROBERT RINGER is a New York Times #1 bestselling author who has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows, including The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, The Charlie Rose Show, as well as Fox News and Fox Business. To sign up for a free subscription to his mind-expanding daily insights, visit www.robertringer.com. Copyright © 2020 Robert Ringer Reproduced with permission. Original article can be read here.

Buck vs Raccoons

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Such a great video from Kansas. Watch Coon Dog, the buck, assert his dominance over some pesky raccoons!

So, that tree bark we were talking about. Turns out it’s the real deal.

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Two weeks ago we wrote about a tree bark derivative that can be used in the treatment of COVID-19. The medication is a combo of Hydroxychloroquine (HCQ, an anti-malaria medication) and Azithromycin (an antibiotic used to suppress effects of this virus.)

We had been following the news from China and South Korea which both reported that these anti-malarial drugs were being used to treat coronavirus with some success.

Then Donald Trump got in on the story. A press that had been all for exploring this new (and very cheap) medical option dissed the president as an idiot for making this Tweet. When some idiots in Texas drank fish-tank cleaner containing HCQ and labelled POISON, they blamed him for that, too!

But someone was listening, Jim Santilli is CEO of the Transportation Improvement Association and he became infected. He remembered what the President had said.

Meanwhile in France a Prof. Didier Raoult and his medical research team published results of a new study trial of 80 COVID-19 patients. The objective of the study was to find an effective treatment to cure COVID-19 patients and to decrease the virus duration.

In 80 in-patients receiving a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin, the team found a clinical improvement in all but one 86 year-old patient who died, and one 74-year old patient still in intensive care unit. The team also found that, by administering hydroxychloroquine combined with azithromycin, they were able to observe an improvement in all cases, except in one patient who arrived with an advanced form, who was over the age of 86, and in whom the evolution was irreversible!

Good work Mr. President. Now why isn’t it being tested and dispensed here?

If you want to dig into a good, global conspiracy theory go here where all of France’s stocks have been pillaged and disappeared.

For conspiracies nearer home we have the “Bill Gates has the vaccine he won’t release until after the November elections” story, and that his vaccine contains a tracking device. Check ’em out here!

Who can we trust these days? Not these guys but those guys!

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LET’S TRUST AMERICANS!

Ford is using stock car parts to upgrade the design of ventilators and respirators
Part of the initiative involves rethinking the design of 3M’s Powered Air-Purifying Respirators, a protective device responders use when attending to a sick patient.
“All this has inspired us to get scrappy,” says Jim Baumbick, Ford’s vice president of enterprise product line management. “How do we get creative and think about the basic design of the powered air-purifying respirator…in its ideal state and looking at the set of building materials and components that we already have?” The upgraded respirators will be produced by trained auto manufacturers in a Ford facility in Michigan.
One of the most pressing shortages facing hospitals during the Covid-19 emergency is a lack of ventilators. These machines can keep patients breathing when they no longer can on their own, and they can cost around $30,000 each.
Now, a rapidly assembled volunteer team of engineers, physicians, computer scientists, and others, centered at MIT, is working to implement a safe, inexpensive alternative for emergency use, which could be built quickly around the world.
MIT Will Post Free Open Source Plans Online Soon for an Emergency Ventilator
That Can Be Built for $100


Smoking gun: Coronavirus is Bioweapon.

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Thanks to daily reader SupremeLaw for sharing this video. It follows our video yesterday from Chanel Rion on the link between the University of North Carolina and Wuhan. This is scary. And means it’s much more than flu. If the professor is correct, COVID-19 is potentially a bioweapon stolen from the USA, merged with an Australian virus, with some HIV thrown in and let loose on the public.

Francis Boyle is a professor of international law at the University of Illinois College of Law. He drafted the U.S. domestic implementing legislation for the Biological Weapons Convention, known as the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act of 1989, that was approved unanimously by both Houses of the U.S. Congress and signed into law by President George H.W. Bush.

In an exclusive interview given to Geopolitics and Empire, Dr. Boyle discusses the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, China and the Biosafety Level 4 laboratory (BSL-4) from which he believes the infectious disease escaped. He believes the virus is potentially lethal and an offensive biological warfare weapon or dual-use biowarfare weapons agent genetically modified with gain of function properties, which is why the Chinese government originally tried to cover it up and is now taking drastic measures to contain it.

The Wuhan BSL-4 lab is also a specially designated World Health Organization (WHO) research lab and Dr. Boyle contends that the WHO knows full well what is occurring.

I have been looking at the WHO (~Kelly)

In 2019, the coronavirus caught everyone by surprise. No one was sure whether it had spread from a “wet” or live animal market in Wuhan, China where the locals are known to consume raw vermin and bats, or whether it had somehow leaked out from nearby biowarfare laboratories as the professor suggests above. The Chinese Communist Party, totalitarian rulers of China, went to great lengths to obfuscate the details, silencing internal sources and failing to reveal essential data about Patient Zero. 

The situation was so bad that Senator Josh Hawley (R., Mo.) and Representative Elise Stefanik (R., N.Y.) introduced a bicameral resolution to condemn the Chinese Communist Party for its initial handling of the coronavirus outbreak, and called for an international investigation to determine how the coverup hastened the emergence of a global pandemic.

“Since day one, the Chinese Communist Party intentionally lied to the world about the origin of this pandemic. The CCP was aware of the reality of the virus as early as December but ordered laboratories to destroy samples and forced doctors to keep silent,” Hawley said in a press release. 

“There is no doubt that China’s unconscionable decision to orchestrate an elaborate coverup of the wide-ranging and deadly implications of coronavirus led to the death of thousands of people, including hundreds of Americans and climbing,” Stefanik added along with a demand for restitution. “This Resolution calls for China to provide compensation for the harm, loss, and destruction their arrogance brought upon the rest of the world. Simply put China must, and will, be held accountable.”

Indeed, the World Health Organization may also be complicit in the cover up. On January 14th 2020 they tweeted: 

Preliminary investigations conducted by the Chinese authorities have found no clear evidence of human-to-human transmission of the novel #coronavirus (2019-nCoV) identified in #Wuhan#China.

Questions have been asked about Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, (photo above) or Dr. Tedros, as he likes to be called (he has a Ph.D. in community health), the head of the World Health Organization. He is in charge because the Chinese, under Margaret Chan, the previous DG, manipulated his election in 2017. She is infamous for her handling of the 1997 H5N1 avian influenza outbreak and the 2003 SARS outbreak in Hong Kong. After the first death from H5N1, Chan tried to reassure Hong Kong residents with her infamous statements like, “I ate chicken last night”or “I eat chicken every day, don’t panic, everyone.”

Ghebreyesus is a leader of Ethiopia’s brutal minority party, the Tigray People’s Liberation Front, a wing of the ruling Marxist-rooted Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front. He served the violently repressive regime as minister of foreign affairs from 2012 to 2016, after a stint as health minister. He has consistently praised China for the way it handled coronavirus-related affairs. This isn’t his only faux pas. He has garnered international condemnation by appointing psycho Zimbabwean dictator Robert Mugabe as a goodwill ambassador, ignoring hiring protocols regarding gender and racial diversity, and worst of all  by appointing a little-known Russian official to run the WHO’s tuberculosis program, using a fast-track process, just one month after meeting with President Vladimir Putin at a convention on the subject in Moscow.

This Tweet lists the massive failure of leadership from the WHO, something we reported on months ago when they failed to declare the Wuhan cluster as a potential problem. The World Heath Organization is now run by and for the Communist government in China. We should get out of it – and the entire socialist One-World Government United Nations immediately. Let COVID-19 be a sign to us.

As with many other aspects of public health concern, the US government is well behind the eight ball in terms of preparedness for a national disaster that is predicted to lead to the death of thousands of U.S. citizens, and a complete collapse of the US economy. It’s time we listened to the voices of reason – not the media-driven hysterics – who know how to balance any risk to compromised groups with the government’s responsibility to the greater well-being of the population – not least of which is a functioning economy.


Link to original interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5snzK…

Academic Papers Mentioned: 1. The spike glycoprotein of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV contains a furin-like cleavage site absent in CoV of the same clade https://www.sciencedirect.com/science 2. SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronavirus pose threat for human emergence https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc 3. Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) proteins of different bat species confer variable susceptibility to SARS-CoV entry https://www.youtube.com/redirect?q=ht…

Balcony singing in Italy – And New York LOL

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This is how a community rallies together for morale.

This is what happens in New York!

Watch the hilarious moment a person singing out of his window was told to stop by one his neighbors. “Shut the f— up!” the annoyed man shouted in this funny video filmed near East 93rd Street.

Urgh! This is interesting and vile.

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I’m sorry – but I can’t find the video for this. This Twitter version is all I have. But it’s a great report from Chanel Rion at OANN speculating on the origins of COVID-19.

I’m burying this video here. It’s gross. And I suspect it makes a link between animal and human infection?

Bill Gates makes a prediction about when coronavirus cases will peak. How often is he right?

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Bill Gates, co-founder of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, weighs in on the coronavirus pandemic, saying the number of US cases has not yet peaked and the country won’t likely be able to return to normal life by April. How I hope he is utterly mistaken!

But he has a history of predicting things and a few years ago he predicted this:

In the next 15 years, 33 million people could be wiped out in less than a year by a pathogen.

At the Munich Security conference, in 2017 Gates warned that “epidemiologists say a fast-moving airborne pathogen could kill more than 30 million people in less than a year.” This could be due to mutation, accident, or terrorist intent. While this may seem outlandish, similar events have occurred before: the most obvious example is the Black Death, which killed almost a third of Europe, but more recently, in 1918, the Spanish Flu wiped out between 50 and 100 million people.

And if we go back to 1999 he predicted all these things! — It’s scary how accurate he was

In 1999, Bill Gates wrote a book titled “Business @ the Speed of Thought.”

In the book, Gates made 14 predictions. Think back to 1999 and remember most of us didn’t have a computer, much less a cell phone. Of course, he was designing most of the world’s software so he did have the inside track! Read more about these predictions here.

Price comparison sites – Check

Mobile devices – Duh

Instant payments and financing online, better healthcare through the web – Check

Personal assistants and the Internet of Things – Hey Siri! Alexa

Online home-monitoring – ADT and that Nest thingy

Social media – do you call anyone anymore?

Automated promotional offers – those ads know what I want before I do!

Live sports discussion sites – Twitter wins here

Links to sites during live TV – think sports again

Online discussion boards – Live discussions have moved from chatrooms to the front of the internet with Facebook Live, Twitter, Instagram etc.

Interest-based online sites – Australian Cattle Dogs for eva!

Project-management software – workflow software makes teams more efficient

Online recruiting – everyone does this now.

Business community software to bid on jobs – Check

Face masks #FordProud

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When the nation asks there are always good people prepared to step up and help. Right now there’s a shortage of face shields. Medical staff wear them over face masks while treating patients to protect against flying respiratory droplets that can transmit coronavirus into eyes or on the face where they can be rubbed into a mouth.

According to Wired:

Lennon Rodgers, director of the Engineering Design Innovation Lab at University of Wisconsin-Madison, got an urgent email from the university’s hospital. Could his lab make 1,000 face shields to protect staff testing and treating Covid-19 patients?

He responded with a prototype – subsequently vetoed by his wife, an anesthesiologist, for being too heavy and not suitable for infection-control protocols in a working hospital. Along with Jesse Darley, a mechanical engineer, and Brian Ellison, a business development manager they came up with a lighter, hospital-friendly version.

The hospital approved the prototype. Rodgers posted the design online for others to use and the ad hoc collective began to ramp up production. They have since sent more than than 1,000 face shields to the UW Hospital. Ford has picked up the open source design.

Now they’re in production. Ford has adjusted the design for mass production and anticipates making 100,000 a week . Ford’s vehicle productions been suspended and its only manufacturing is for emergency supplies, such as these face shields, and working with 3M and GE to produce respirators and ventilators.

The battle to reopen America will be difficult while coronavirus fears remain

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By Rick Manning

Benjamin Franklin is often quoted as saying, “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety,” and this sentiment is particularly pertinent to these times of state lockdowns and social distancing as our nation seeks to stop our medical systems from being overrun by the Chinese virus.

And while short-term prudence is wise and even necessary, the battle to reopen the country is going to be difficult, as those who are using fear to shut down our economy are not going to allow capitalism to be restored easily.

President Trump’s simple mention of April 12, Easter Sunday, as a date that he is aiming at for life to return to normal for most of the United States was met by collective howls from those who apparently want to be certain that there is no risk from the Chinese virus or apparently any other disease before we can resume life.

Let me be clear.  It is immoral to deny Americans life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. At some point, in the near future, the mass production of masks by companies like 3M and Haines will ensure that they are not only plentiful in the hospitals but on store shelves, and the human trials on the dosage and efficacy of the Chloroquine and other already approved drugs on the virus will yield effective treatments and production will roll forward here in America. Ford and General Motors will have ramped up the production of sufficient numbers of ventilators that every hospital will have what they need, and as hot spots crop up, those increased needs will be met.

This is not a dream, but the reality of what is occurring right now due to the aggressive mobilization of our private sector to defeat the virus.  And this reality is taking hold very rapidly.

The $2.2 trillion Senate and soon to be House passed bill is designed as a safety net for both the American people and the businesses shuttered and damaged by the health emergency and the need for social distancing.

The ideal scenario is for most of that money to not be needed because we have returned to work. As much of the enormous spending spree is for items like food stamps, unemployment and low-interest, forgivable loans to keep small business afloat, the sooner we can get much of our economy back to work, the fewer of those dollars will need to be spent.

Unfortunately, Senate Republicans and the Trump administration’s lead negotiator, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin made one critical mistake in the legislation and then refused to amend it last night.  That mistake was to make unemployment more profitable than actual work for employees who make less than $12 an hour.  The abiding principle of our unemployment and welfare systems is that it should never be profitable to not work, but in one fell swoop, the Senate bill eviscerates that guiding idea.

In spite of allowing the left to incentivize government dependency, in states where governors move ahead to turn the economic spigot back on, the demand for labor will be strong as the pent up energy and quite honestly, much of the additional wealth accumulated by a vast majority of employees who remained on payrolls while working from home or maintaining their work schedule will be spent as small business reopens, providing a consumer driven stimulus to nearly starving businesses.

But what about those businesses?  Americans for Limited Government has around 62 video testimonies from small business leaders begging for the economy to be reopened. Many flatly state that they cannot meet payrolls in two weeks, and that they will go under if the economy is not immediately reopened.

Losing these homebuilders, car detailers, community health clinics and tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of small businesses throughout our nation will create a massive hole in our economy, ensuring that double digit unemployment returns for the foreseeable future.  It also sets the precedent that the federal and state governments can destroy our free market system when a crisis warrants it and few will object.

Don’t think the Green New Deal socialists aren’t watching this health emergency trial run and licking their chops.  After all, they believe that the entire fate of the world depends upon shutting down industrialized America, and the example being set today will be used as their precedent for the future, as they seek to institutionalize the primacy of government over the means of production.

America needs to get back to work. The President has set Easter as a target date, and let’s hope that our nation’s small businesses can survive until then so we don’t have a Chinese virus hole in our nation’s economy for the decade to come.

Rick Manning is the President of Americans for Limited Government. Reproduced with kind permission. Original here.

Keep stocking up! This won’t fix for a while. Here’s why.

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Image: Walmart Corporate

The supply chain is at breaking point. Not only are the fresh food chains at risk, so are the non-perishable chains.

Fortunately, the USA is a massive food producer but we import a great deal as well. In the UK and Europe soft early fruits are spoiling because of lockdowns and border closures preventing laborers getting to the fields. These early problems will escalate as we roll into Western hemisphere growing seasons. Foods from foreign nations: like imported pastas and wines from Italy, meat from Spain, cheeses from France may also be impacted. China supplies grains like quinoa – as well as much of the packaging used in the USA. Not a big deal if you’re not picky.

But, if you know what you like, get it NOW. While we probably won’t starve, our choices will be reduced. Special diets may be trickier to accommodate. Get your non-perishables while you can.

There may be good news for farmers who have suffered with saturated markets – literally in the floods and figuratively through a worldwide glut of agricultural products – as countries will not be running surpluses and exporting. In addition, there seems to be a BUY AMERICAN movement underway which could get the wind under it wings in the next few months.

I have advised my friends and family to start buying frozen and canned foods. Toilet paper will be the least of our worries if the whole thing breaks down. Illness within the Amazon and Instacart delivery centers is increasing. Already the Amazon fulfillment center in Queens, NY has been closed because of an infection as well as centers in Michigan, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Oklahoma, Connecticut and Kentucky, 

In addition, the truckers are exhausted. Often they are unable to get a shower or hot food on the road because the governors have closed rest areas. There is now an increased risk of highjacking for high-value loads. (See story below).

The good news for truckers? They don’t have as many traffic congestion issues. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration says truckers of essential goods such as health care supplies and food supplies no longer are prohibited from working more than 70 hours in an eight-day period. Nor must they take a 30-minute break every eight hours.


A group of small business truckers has sent an email to the Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao. The email asks that, as part of the national emergency involving the Chinese virus, the federal government declare the Second Amendment overrides state law and federal regulation forbidding truckers from exercising their Second Amendment rights.

From transportationnation.com:

The 15,000-member SBTC is calling on federal authorities to preempt state and local laws regarding the right to carry a firearm.

Therefore, in accordance with the Second Amendment to the United States Constitution, we hereby request the U.S. Department of Transportation please issue a preemption order nullifying any and all state and local laws that restrict truck drivers from carrying firearms across state lines throughout America in order to enable them to protect themselves and their cargo as they engage in interstate commerce.

As this is now a matter of life and death, please issue same forthwith.

“The SBTC through its TRUCKER LIVES MATTER campaign has sought the unfettered ability of drivers to carry firearms for self protection nationwide since its inception in 2014,” Lamb tells Transportation Nation Network (TNN).  “We have pointed to Department of Labor statistics that show the unusually high rates of murders on the road for workers in interstate transportation.”

Should President Trump issue the Buy American executive order to end China’s control of our medicines?

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By Bill Wilson

With all we are facing today, with all the fear and outright transformation of our entire society, it might seem odd that a group of medical organizations would sign a letter opposing American independence in the production of medicines and medical equipment.  You would think that in the crisis these groups would want to see America move toward a strong, independent position.  But you would be wrong.

The Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM)*, a trade association for large pharmaceutical manufacturers is pushing a letter opposing an executive order proposed by President Donald Trump that would reduce or eliminate regulations that have raised the cost of manufacturing medical compounds and equipment in the United States.  His goal is to end American dependence on China for the medicines we need.

The big international corporations, of course, say the order will make it difficult for them to supply antibiotics and equipment needed now to fight the Chinese coronavirus.  Their stated reason for opposing the President is that they want to “do their part” in fighting the scourge.  But there is likely a far more sinister reason for this action.

The Chinese Communists will do just about anything to keep their stranglehold on the supply of medicines, the components to make medicines and medical equipment. This is about power — the power of the Chinese Communists to dictate terms to America and Europe.  And they are delivering this message through the serpentine voices of major corporations.

So far, the letter being circulated by the pharmaceutical giants has 40 signatures, mostly from associations funded by the pharmaceutical firms themselves   In all fairness, most of these groups need the funding from the corporations so it is no surprise that they are doing as they are told.  And, as would be expected, there are a handful of so-called “conservative” groups reciting their “free trade” mantra.  They, sadly, are so blinded by their failed religion of globalism that they cannot see the threat to America their position holds.

In this small example at a time of national crisis, we can see two facts of life that we all must recognize and address.  First, Lenin was right, the capitalist will sell the rope with which they will be hung.  China barks and the largest drug companies in the world back down and crawl in their service.  The lust for profits even at the price of severe damage to the United States and the American people is the hallmark of major international corporations.

Secondly, the orthodoxy of open borders, open trade and global supply chains has shown itself to be toxic.  Millions of working families knew this and have suffered from the actions of both political parties for decades.  Tens of thousands of small communities and towns have known the lethal impact of this globalist religion for a long time, as their communities wither and die.  But now everyone can see the impact.  95 percent of the components of the most widely used antibiotics are made in China.  Medical equipment is now made in China.  And, when we need them, we have to depend on the good will of a society that kills its own people, operates slave labor camps and practices genocide on a world class level.

The move by President Trump to begin to bring the production of medicine and medical equipment back to the United States is the only honorable and right thing that could be done.  For those corporations now under the golden thumb of China to oppose this basic movement toward American sovereignty is tantamount to a renunciation of their U.S. citizenship.  They now side with the rulers of a foreign, hostile regime over that of the people of the United States.  Going forward, they should be treated as foreign agents, because that is what they are.

And for the groups who call themselves conservative and toe the globalist line, the sad truth is that none of them have had any impact for a very long time.  They are the epitome of Conservative, Inc., existing merely to exist, not to achieve any goal that might conserve the best of America.

What we are viewing is a continuation of a war inside the Republican Party that is now 125 years old.  In the election of 1896, William McKinley ran on the platform that had rebuilt America after the Civil War and turned the nation into the industrial powerhouse it was to be up to this day.  The platform was simple: Sound Money and Protection.

The formula is exactly what we need today, protection of American industry, jobs and communities.  Protection that is not the overblown caricature of the globalists but rather a protection that seeks to have the full costs to outsourcing realized and taken into account.  As for sound money, that is long overdue.  The fiat regime of the central bank zealots is coming to a crushing end.  There is no amount of printing that can save us from the wrath of true economics.

We can expect more pushback to efforts by President Trump and the growing legion of elected officials that see the damage done by the globalist agenda.  But understanding that these pathetic attacks are simply the end result of dictates from Beijing renders them inert.  They have no meaning or bearing.  The march to restore America, to return basic industries to our shores, to rebuild tens of thousands of communities will continue.  The tide of history cannot be ordered to not come in.

Bill Wilson is the President of the Market Research Foundation and a former board member and former President of Americans for Limited Government. 


*Association for Accessible Medicines (AAM) is a trade association representing the manufacturers and distributors of generic prescription drugs, manufacturers and distributors of bulk pharmaceutical chemicals, and suppliers of other goods and services to the U.S. generic drug industry. 
Generic manufacturers supply more than 80 percent of the prescription medicine sold in the U.S.

China produces and exports a large amount of pharmaceuticals to the U.S., including 97 percent of all antibiotics and 80 percent of the active ingredients used to make drugs here. Penicillin, ibuprofen, and aspirin largely come from China. Unfortunately, standards are not as high as in the West, presumably a factor that keeps them cheap. In Spain, 80% of Coronavirus test kits were flawed and need to be returned. Infected gowns and non-FDA standard medicines are also quite common.

A Civilized Society Does Not Kill Its Senior Citizens

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As the coronavirus ramps up fear around the world, discussion of medical-care rationing (“death panels”) is back in the news.  The concept of death panels is an old favorite of authoritarian governments, particularly those on the Radical Left.  To most people, the idea of human beings deciding whether someone should live or die is repugnant, but to the Radical Left it’s a simple way to eliminate those it deems to be undesirable.

Democrat elites target the most vulnerable among us, those who have no means of defending themselves.  For at least a hundred years, dating back to eugenicist Margaret Sanger, the low-hanging fruit for bloodthirsty Democrats has been babies in the womb and the elderly.  Euphemisms like “reproductive health” and “a woman’s right to choose” are used to make the murder of unborn babies seem humane and reasonable.

As to the elderly, a civilized society does not kill its senior citizens.  It cherishes them for their wisdom and for lending their shoulders to future generations.  Every elderly person should be given everything he/she needs to be comfortable and to extend his/her life before a single dollar is spent on someone who is not a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.

It’s not a matter of having anything against people from other countries.  Rather, it’s a matter of allocating scarce resources.  The Radical Left believes those resources should go to those whom it believes have their most productive years ahead of them, while civilized, compassionate people of goodwill believe those resources should go first to those who have already contributed their most productive years to society.

It is yet another example of why it’s not possible to heal the divide between true right and true left.  Republicans who rush to compromise with the Radical Left are not true to the conservative principles they claim to believe in, thus the moniker RINOs.  When they insist that the only way to get anything done in Washington is to compromise with the enemy, they are exposing their lack of principle.

Plain and simple, to try to compromise between good and evil is, in itself, evil.  There is no compromise when it comes to protecting the lives of the elderly.

+Robert Ringer is an American icon whose unique insights into life have helped millions of readers worldwide. He is also the author of two New York Times #1 bestselling books, both of which have been listed by The New York Times among the 15 best-selling motivational books of all time.

Coronavirus and Big Government

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Five days ago, I wrote “Coronavirus and Big Government” to highlight how sloth-like bureaucracy and stifling red tape deserve much of the blame for America’s slow response to the crisis.

And I started that column by sharing four points from a previous column on “Government, Coronavirus, and Libertarianism.” I’ll start today’s column by repeating the final observation.

4. The federal government has hindered an effective response to the coronavirus.

Here’s a video from John Stossel documenting the federal government’s clumsy incompetence.

And here are a bunch of stories and tweets that provide additional elaboration.

Feel free to click on the underlying stories if you want to get even angrier about the deadly impact of big government.

The silver lining to all the bad news is that politicians and bureaucrats have been relaxing regulatory barriers.

But will they learn the right lesson and permanently repeal government-created barriers that hinder the provision of health care?

Is it true, as Robert Tracinski wrote for the Bulwark, that “We’re All Libertarians now”?

This talking point has since been taken up by others in a more technically accurate form: there are no libertarians in a pandemic. The idea is that when a crisis hits, everyone suddenly realizes how much they need Big Government. This is a bizarre argument to make about a virus that got a foothold partly because of the corrupt and tyrannical policies of a communist government in China. The outbreak is currently at its worst in Italy, where socialized medicine has not turned out to be a panacea. And it was allowed to get out of control in America because the feds imposed an incompetent government monopoly on COVID-19 testing, blocking the use of better and faster tests developed by private companies. …There has been a surge of emergency deregulation to lift artificial barriers that prevent people from solving problems. …the loosening of federal controls on the private development of diagnostic testing, after the disastrous attempt to centralize it all at the CDC. We’re also seeing the suspension of restrictive licensing requirements on doctors and nurses to allow them to work across state lines, so they can go where the shortages are worst. There has also been a whole series of waivers on restrictions on the transportation and serving of food and beverages in order to help restaurants stay in business and feed their customers by offering curb-side service.

Needless to say, I hope Tracinski is right.

But I worry that the net result of this crisis is that we’ll have more red tape and the CDC and FDA will have bigger budgets.

If you think I’m being too pessimistic, just remember that the Department of Veterans Affairs was rewarded with more money after letting veterans die on secret waiting lists, the IRS was rewarded with more money after persecuting Tea Party groups to help Obama’s political prospects, and the education monopoly endlessly gets rewarded with more money even though student outcomes stagnate or deteriorate.

All as predicted by the First Theorem of Government.

by Dan Mitchell
Daniel J. Mitchell is a public policy economist in Washington. He’s been a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee, and a Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Washington Times. Mitchell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Original article can be viewed here.

Get Paid $1,200 to Watch the 12 Best Prepper Movies as You Self-Quarantine to Avoid COVID-19

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Get Paid $1,200 to Watch the 12 Best Prepper Movies as You Self-Quarantine to Avoid COVID-19

Maybe you’ve got the “Wuhan Coronavirus.” Maybe you’re just afraid of getting it. Either way, staying at home and self-quarantining doesn’t mean you can’t have a good time – or make money. 

Something we believe about gun-owning Americans: They tend to have a lot more imagination than the average bear. I mean, why else are you prepping? Because you can visualize a future where it might be necessary to have enough food, water, weapons, and ammo (we’ve seen a huge increase in the sales of 40 cal2237.62x39mm and even 12 gauge shotgun shells since the outbreak) to sit things out for the long haul. So it probably won’t take a lot of convincing to get you to watch these apocalyptic movies that will remind you why you prep while you shelter in place. 

We like these movies as much as the next guy. So we’d love to hear your take on the common thread that runs through all of them, which are better than others and why and how they impact your view of prepping in the 21st Century.

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Who We’re Looking For

Someone passionate about both prepping and disaster movies who has time on their hands to watch some of our favorite prepper films. 

The job role is simple: Watch 10 movies, one miniseries, and one television show episode within 30 days, and answer a few question along the way. You’ll receive a small worksheet to complete.

The ideal applicant: 

  • Is passionate about prepping.
  • Would watch all of these movies for free. 
  • Pays close attention to everything they watch and read. 
  • Can binge-watch all 12 of these in a short period of time (30 days). 

To apply, you must be over 18, a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and in agreement with our Terms & Conditions. It’s also helpful for you to be a gun owner (though not required!) so that you can potentially spend your winnings on bulk ammo here at Ammo.com.

Here are the movies and series you’ll be watching:

The Road

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Based on the gripping Cormack McCarthy novel, The Road picks at the scab that is every parent’s worst fear: Having to confront the end of the world with a child in tow. The actual catastrophe takes a backseat to what becomes of humanity after TEOTWAWKI. There’s no real word for this film other than “grim,” so have someone you care about nearby when you’re viewing this one. (1 hour, 51 minutes) 

Where to watch it: Amazon Prime, Netflix

10 Cloverfield Lane

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What if the person who saves you is actually the bad guy? This is the central question of 10 Cloverfield Lane, one to which we never get a satisfying answer. The result is something that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire length of the film. This spiritual sequel to Cloverfield is less about the end of the world than it is about the interactions between a small group of people who are left. (1 hour, 43 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, iTunes, Vudu

Chernobyl

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The Chernobyl disaster was a real-life catastrophe taking place during recent human memory. Chernobyl is a frighteningly accurate portrayal of events in the small Belarussian town on the day of the world’s biggest nuclear power disaster. Russian Culture Minister Vladimir Medinsky, whose father was a Chernobyl liquidator, called the HBO miniseries “masterfully made.” There is likely not a more realistic depiction of apocalypse than this. (5 hours, 30 minutes)

Where to watch it: Hulu, HBO Now, YouTube, Amazon Prime, Vudu, Google Play

Captain Fantastic

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Most of these are all pretty grim, so if you’re looking to lighten things up in the middle of your binge-watching, check out Captain Fantastic. The film depicts a family of left-wing anarchists who leave society for something more primitive and self-reliant, being forced back into society by circumstances outside their control. (1 hour, 58 minutes) 

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu

Mad Max (1979)

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This was the film that first introduced Mel Gibson to American audiences. Unlike many of the other films on our list, this is a society in the middle of decay, not one at the very end of the world. Gibson doesn’t talk much in this movie, but even when staring silently into the distance, he makes his point. Think of this film as less of a science fiction picture and more of a western transported into a dying Australia. (1 hour, 28 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu

A Quiet Place

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A Quiet Place does more in 90 minutes than most movies today can do in two hours. This is a quiet, but well-paced post-apocalyptic thriller that will make the parents uncomfortable – think about having a pregnancy in a world where sound brings death. This film definitely broke John Krasinski from his defining role on The Office. (1 hour, 30 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu

Black Mirror: “Metalhead”

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Black Mirror has been hit or miss since moving over to Netflix for first-run episodes, but there is nothing missing in this taut, creepy and unnerving episode about a world where humans are hunted by unstoppable robotic dogs. The episode cuts to the heart of what it means to retain one’s humanity in a world where it is constantly under attack and reminds us that “man does not live by bread alone.” (41 minutes)

Where to watch it: Netflix

Children of Men

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Children of Men flips the premise of some of the other films on our list on their heads: What if the problem is not that you’re making your way through an apocalyptic hellscape with a child, but that the apocalyptic hellscape is that there are no more children at all? While it lacks the nuance of the original P.D. James novel, Children of Men is a worthwhile watch, particularly thanks to Michael Caine. (1 hour, 49 minutes)

here to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu

28 Days Later

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28 Days Later sparked a resurgence in the zombie film subgenre, as well as introduced mainstream American audiences to both Danny Boyle and Cilian Murphy. Contrary to popular belief, it was not the first appearance of “fast zombies” – that distinction goes to Return of the Living Dead. More to the point, an entire generation of preppers has jokingly referred to their gear as their “zombie survival kit” at least once. (1 hour, 53 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, Hulu

The Book of Eli

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Given their similarities, one would think that there would be more attempts at combining apocalyptic fiction with the classic American Western. The Book of Eli was the only one that we could think of (other than the great, but a little too weird for this list, Six String Samurai). This film, about a quest to preserve the last copy of the Bible, was an unusual turn for Denzel Washington that we have little doubt our readers will enjoy. (1 hour, 58 minutes) 

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu

Into the Wild

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Back here in the real world, Into the Wild is something that actually happened. Chris McCandless was an American hiker who moved into the Alaskan outback without proper preparation. The film is an excellent cautionary tale about the necessity of knowing what you’re doing long before you go off grid. (2 hours, 28 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu 

Contagion

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This medical thriller is perhaps the most relevant on our list. Inspired by the SARS outbreak in the early 2000s, it depicts exactly how a pandemic event plays out. The screenwriter notably consulted with the WHO, the CDC, and medical experts to ensure the accuracy of how a virus can rapidly spread across the globe. The result is a terrifying look at the loss of social order during a pandemic that was praised by both critics and scientists. (1 hour, 46 minutes)

Where to watch it: YouTube, Amazon Prime, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu 

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Virtue Signaling of Plastic Bag Ban Ends Quickly in a Pandemic

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Mindless virtue signaling doesn’t fare well in a real crisis.

As the nation and the world confronts a deadly pandemic, and citizens, businesses, and governments do all they can to tamp down the spread of the coronavirus, some useless measures instituted in less turbulent times will go by the wayside.

One of these useless measures is plastic bag bans, which have been proliferating in recent years with the aid of environmentalist activists.

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu issued an order Saturday telling all grocery and retail stores to move away from reusable bags and transition to disposable plastic and paper bags.

“Our grocery store workers are on the front lines of #COVID19, working around the clock to keep NH families fed,” Sununu, a Republican, said on Twitter. “With identified community transmission, it is important that shoppers keep their reusable bags at home given the potential risk to baggers, grocers, and customers.”

This comes just over two months after the New Hampshire House of Representatives passed legislation to ban plastic bags in the state. The legislation remains in committee in the state Senate.

New Hampshire is not alone.

New York state has put its recently passed ban on plastic bags on hold for now.

In fact, states and cities around the country have been suspending their plastic bag bans too. And there is a growing call for places that still have the bans in place to bring them to an end during the outbreak.

These actions reveal the fact that not only are the bans marginal or even detrimental in their environmental impact—more on that later—but they are also a public health hazard.

Reusable plastic tote bags are a good carrier for bacteria and viruses, the coronavirus included. As John Tierney wrote for City Journal, numerous studies have provided evidence that reusable bags are unsanitary.

In one study that Tierney highlighted, published in the Journal of Environmental Health in 2018, researchers planted a surrogate virus on the bags of three shoppers who went into grocery stores. After they bought their groceries and checked out, researchers found the virus “on the hands of the shoppers and checkout clerks, as well as on many surfaces touched by the shoppers, including packaged food, unpackaged produce, shopping carts, checkout counters, and the touch screens used to pay for groceries.”

This is a scary prospect as countless Americans have their only contact with the general public when they go to grocery stores, making the efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 much more difficult.

Of course, some climate activists aren’t going to be dissuaded, even at this time.

Larissa Copello de Souza, a campaigner at Zero Waste Europe, said, according to The Wall Street Journal: “We cannot forget and disregard the other big current challenges we are also currently facing.”

By this she means climate change and plastic buildup.

“Promoting the use of reusables is certainly one of the greatest practices we can have to address those issues,” Souza said.

The problem with this mentality, beside perhaps misplaced priorities, is that the plastic bag bans are ineffectual even if the primary concern is the environment.

A study in Australia by University of Sydney economist Rebecca Taylor demonstrated that bans on plastic shopping bags do not significantly cut down on waste; more people buy thick garbage bags to line their trash cans after the bans are put in place.

The bottom line is, the current crisis has revealed the misguided nature of plastic bag bans, and now cities and states must move quickly to prevent these bans from exacerbating the coronavirus pandemic.

In the coming days, Americans will have to take many actions and adjust their lives to stop the spread of COVID-19. Serious times and serious matters will force us to abandon virtue signaling and restore common sense.

Suspending bans on plastic bags is a good sign that’s happening already.

Jarrett Stepman is a contributor to The Daily Signal and co-host of The Right Side of Historypodcast. Send an email to Jarrett. He is also the author of the new book, “The War on History: The Conspiracy to Rewrite America’s Past.” Reproduced with permission. Original can be seen here.

Thinking the unthinkable ~ A Democrat-controlled Congress

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America’s Greatest Long-term Threat 

The coronavirus has once again reminded us of the fragility of the human condition.  It’s a fragility that has been repeatedly exposed over the centuries not only by pandemics, but hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, and other natural disasters, not to mention manmade disasters like 9/11.

These catastrophic events should prompt politicians to think about what would happen to the United States in the event of an EMP, solar flare (which experts tell us is likely to hit the earth in the next hundred years), or nuclear attack — or even an asteroid collision from one of the thousands of suspected nearby-but-hidden asteroids that scientists tell us they have not yet been able to identify.

The most obvious problem the United States would face when such an event occurs is the loss of its power grid, and the fallout from that would make the upheaval we’re experiencing from the coronavirus look like a minor inconvenience.  A long-term loss of electricity would mean no less than a complete shutdown of modern civilization — e.g., no heat, no air conditioning, no refrigeration, no banking, no computers, no cellphones, and very little food or drinking water.  For obvious reasons, guns and ammo would be at a premium.

Keeping all this in mind, once the coronavirus is brought under control, the government, working hand in hand with private industry, should make the building of an impenetrable, state-of-the-art power grid that can withstand both natural and manmade disasters its number-one priority.  But don’t hold your breath.  There’s virtually no chance it will happen, because politicians are too busy focusing on such urgent matters as racial and gender diversity, non-existent manmade climate change, and improving the lives of felons, illegal immigrants, and transgenders.

As Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) said yesterday, “This country was founded by geniuses, but is being run by a bunch of idiots.”  All too true, but still an understatement.

Thinking the Unthinkable: A Democrat Controlled Government

If you’re the kind who likes roller coasters and gory movies, you might enjoy thinking about what would happen to the United States in the age of COVID-19 if Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders, or Horrible Hillary occupied the White House and Democrats controlled the House and Senate.  To borrow one of Nancy Pelosi’s favorite hyperbolic lines, it would be the end of civilization as we know it.  Literally.

Aside from their general incompetence, virtually every decision Democrats make is based on how well it will serve them politically.  Concern about the safety of everyday Americans is not even a blip on their radar screen.  Evil Nancy once again underscored that reality when she tried to use the coronavirus stimulus bill as a vehicle for implementing the Radical Left agenda that Democrats know a majority of Americans do not want.

If Democrats controlled the White House and both branches of Congress during a crisis like the coronavirus, rest assured they would nationalize entire industries and implement as many of their socialist policies as possible.  As House Majority Whip James Clyburn reportedly said on a conference call with Democrats last week, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

In these perilous times, imagine Democrats exponentially compounding the country’s problems by throwing open our borders to millions of low-skilled, uneducated people, providing them and their families with free healthcare, banning fossil fuels and fracking and throwing hundreds of thousands of workers out of jobs in the process, spending trillions of dollars on fighting non-existent “manmade climate change,” taking away private citizens’ means of self-protection, and conducting endless impeachment investigations … to name but a few items on their socialist wish list.

Hopefully, this thought has occurred to enough so-called independents to ensure that the Democrats will be overwhelmed at the polls come this November.  If not, people will get the government they deserve.  The problem is, you and I will get it too.

ROBERT RINGER is a New York Times #1 bestselling author who has appeared on numerous national radio and television shows, including The Tonight Show, Today, The Dennis Miller Show, Good Morning America, ABC Nightline, The Charlie Rose Show, as well as Fox News and Fox Business. To sign up for a free subscription to his mind-expanding daily insights, visit www.robertringer.com. Copyright © 2020 Robert Ringer Reproduced with permission. Original article can be read here.

The Wisdom of Trump’s 15 Days to Slow Spread of COVID-19

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On March 16, President Donald Trump announced a new initiative, “15 Days to Slow the Spread,” to halt or hinder the rapid spread of COVID-19. 

Earlier this week, he tweeted the following

In remarks on Wednesday, Trump further clarified his expectations:

But our decision will be based on hard facts and data as to the opening.  I’m also hopeful to have Americans working again by that Easter—that beautiful Easter day.  But rest assured, every decision we make is grounded solely on the health, safety, and well-being of our citizens.

On Day Nine of 15, are we near an end to the widespread lockdown orders in place in almost all 50 states?

The president’s promise is narrow: that his administration will reevaluate the situation and make an informed decision based on the available evidence. Unfortunately, the current available data does not suggest that global ordeal is near an end for Americans. 

According to Worldometer, in the past 24 hours, the United States added 9,909 new confirmed cases and 130 patients to the virus. The rate of new cases is increasing at an extreme rate, but this could be confounded by the vast expansion of testing capacity in America over the past two weeks. 

A less confounded but more morbid metric is the number of daily deaths, which have also increased in rate over the past three days. There was a slight respite between Mar. 19 and Mar. 21 when the number of new deaths decreased from 56 to 46, but by Mar. 22, the number jumped up to 113. On Mar. 24, we lost 225 patients to the virus. 

This is just as the U.S. surgeon general, Dr. Jerome Adams, predicted: “Things are going to get worse before they get better.”

Still, this does not mean that progress isn’t being made. 

According to a study from Johns Hopkins University, the median incubation period for COVID-19 is 5.1 days, which means half of people who develop symptoms of COVID-19 will do so in about five days. 

The same study found that 97.5% of people who develop symptoms will develop symptoms in 11.5 days after being exposed. Because of this relatively long incubation period, improvements in the metrics will lag public health efforts by one to two weeks.

That means that if everything has gone perfectly since Trump asked Americans to help slow the spread, there are still two and a half more days for most people who were exposed to the virus to develop symptoms. If all has gone to plan, the numbers will start to look better after that and no sooner. 

We know that nothing goes exactly to plan, and Americans have not necessarily been in compliance with social distancing, so it remains to be seen if we will see any real improvements. 

That said, most governors have implemented strict rules affecting the majority of Americans in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

If most of us have been practicing proper social distancing and quarantining as needed, there is a good chance that in several days, we will see an improvement in the trajectory of some of the numbers. 

Thus, the 15 days that Trump has asked for is an entirely appropriate interval to gauge the American response to COVID-19. 

The president and his team are likely to be paying close attention to the rate of growth in cases. 

At the current rate, the number of confirmed cases doubles every three days. Right now, that is obviously too high a number to relax viral mitigation and suppression strategies. 

If the growth rate in cases begins to level off, we may consider relaxing certain measures, but life will likely not start returning to normal until numbers of active cases start decreasing. 

The next few days will give us a tremendous amount of data to help determine next steps for the country. There may be good news soon if the president’s 15 days proved effective, but Americans should be prepared to hunker down a little longer if the virus’ rampage has not been checked.

By Kevin Pham, a medical doctor, a contributor to The Daily Signal and a former graduate fellow in health policy at The Heritage Foundation. Reproduced with permission. Original here.

New UK study suggests 50% population already infected

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When Boris Johnson first set out to control coronavirus he did not recommend a shutdown of the UK. But then a model predicting the progression of the novel coronavirus pandemic produced by researchers at Imperial College London changed his mind, suggesting that hundreds of thousands of people would be infected and require hospital attention. He them declared policy of social isolation and distancing.

Today, however, a new model from Oxford University is challenging its accuracy, the Financial Times reports.

The Oxford study suggests the pandemic is in a later stage than previously thought and estimates the virus has already infected at least millions of people worldwide. In the United Kingdom, which the study focuses on, half the population would have already been infected. If accurate, that would mean transmission began around mid-January and the vast majority of cases presented mild or no symptoms, says Yahoo.

Now this is interesting because it suggests this bug is not the killer we believed. Otherwise many thousands of Brits would be dead.

Is President Trump looking at these findings. Why else would he suggest that we start to get back to normal by Easter? Is he planning to ease social distancing and the other shutdown restrictions? Of course the Never Trumpers will complain that their gran died as a result of Trump lifting restrictions, but the rest of the world will welcome a return to work and trade.

The head of the study, professor Sunetra Gupta, an Oxford theoretical epidemiologist, dissed the work of the Imperial College team. “I am surprised that there has been such unqualified acceptance of the Imperial model,” she said.

If her work is accurate, that would likely mean a large part of the population has built up resistance to the virus. Which puts “herd immunity” back in the mix. This means if a large portion of the community is already immune there are fewer ways to transmit the disease.

Theoretically, then, social restrictions could ease sooner than anticipated in the UK. What needs to be done now, Gupta said, is a whole lot of antibody testing to figure out who may have contracted the virus.

This is a global virus. If the Oxford findings are true there – they’re true here. Let’s do some testing and find out.

All that whining about how unprepared we were! BS!

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Guess where we are in global rankings? Well, The GHS Index is the first comprehensive assessment of global health security capabilities in 195 countries and it measures us as outstandingly well prepared.

Although they were generally very worried about global response, the USA and the UK did quite well. These were their general conclusions.

  1. National health security is fundamentally weak around the world. No country is fully prepared for epidemics or pandemics, and every country has important gaps to address.
  2. Countries are not prepared for a globally catastrophic biological event.
  3. There is little evidence that most countries have tested important health security capacities or shown that they would be functional in a crisis.
  4. Most countries have not allocated funding from national budgets to fill identified preparedness gaps.
  5. More than half of countries face major political and security risks that could undermine national capability to counter biological threats.
  6. Most countries lack foundational health systems capacities vital for epidemic and pandemic response.
  7. Coordination and training are inadequate among veterinary, wildlife, and public health professionals and policymakers.
  8. Improving country compliance with international health and security norms is essential.

However, in the Health category, we did show that we are well out ahead of the rest of the world.

4) SUFFICIENT & ROBUST HEALTH SECTOR TO TREAT THE SICK & PROTECT HEALTH WORKERS
4.1) Health capacity in clinics, hospitals and community care centres
4.2) Medical countermeasures and personnel deployment
4.3) Healthcare access
4.4) Communications with healthcare workers during a public health emergency
4.5) Infection control practices and availability of equipment
4.6) Capacity to test and approve new medical countermeasures

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A Reader writes: What’s really going on?

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Image: ER check-in at lunchtime. Is this before the storm or is it all being over-hyped for some reason we don’t understand yet?

I just got back from a visit to our local hospital.  I’m not COVID sick, just a knee issue that I needed an ortho doc for.  He’s based in the hospital a few miles from here (in Virginia) and I was referred there by the emergency room doctor I saw last week.

I have some questions about what we’re being told.  It’s different than what I discovered.  Bear with  me as I tell you what I found…

This was last week:

The ER around lunchtime on Thursday was pretty much empty.  I’ve been to an ER before.  I know what they look like in a busy time.  What was weird is that there were no kids. Maybe that’s a side effect of cancelling all sports and school? There were two clerks checking in and I walked — well, was wheeled — up to one as soon as I got there.  The attendant from the ER was out to fetch me before we even finished the paperwork.  I saw the doctor, the nurse, the ultrasound tech and got an x-ray in under an hour.  No waiting.  I waited longer to get my annual physical than I did at any point in the ER visit.

I know we’re supposed to be in a health emergency.  I sure didn’t see it other than hand sanitizer everywhere in the ER.  If emergency rooms are overwhelmed with COVID patients, I sure don’t see it in this one.

 But today’s visit was even more enlightening:

Again, longer to fill out paperwork than I had to wait.  The doctor was knocking at the door before I was done telling the paperwork gods that I had never been pregnant.

Quick exam.  No major problems.  Then we got to chatting…

Turns out that there are two closed wards in this hospital.  The after effect from insurance companies demanding that everything less invasive than open heart surgery be done outpatient.  Now there are hospital beds sitting empty. The leg doc couldn’t believe that they weren’t being readied for the coming deluge of COVID patients, or that they hadn’t called in medical students to train them to work pulmonary equipment. In fact, he was surprised that there hadn’t been any training going on there at all.  What gives?

I don’t mind that, but I’m looking at the likes of Andrew Cuomo and Bill DeBlasio telling me the world is ending and we’ll all die if they don’t get more money — and if we don’t stay home.  We will overwhelm the hospitals.  Not enough beds.  Not enough equipment.  

Near as I can tell, it’s all nonsense.

I’m not a conspiracy theorist, but my observations have got to make me stop and think about it.  All the hysteria is based on models (just like “global warming”) and not actual facts.  Worldwide there are just over 17,000 deaths so far from COVID.  That’s fewer than the average number of deaths in the U.S. alone from regular old seasonal flu.  And there are around 600 deaths from COVID in the U.S.  How do they figure that tanking our economy, spending Trillions of dollars we’re borrowing or printing, and imposing martial-law like rules on us is going to save us.  This just doesn’t make sense to me.  

Yes, some people will get sick.  Some will die.  But I find it hard to believe that a massive explosion of government spending is the answer.  Especially if Nancy Pelosi and her ilk get their way and most of that explosion goes to nutty social programs.

Is there another agenda in Washington?  Is this just the most recent push by the Deep State and the Washington Establishment to vastly expand our government and keep us under their thumb?  

Just my two cents.  What do you think? ~ Mac

Did you know about the 100,000 Wuhan workers in Northern Italy?

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This is not a new story, here is a photo montage from Reuters, chronicling the conditions of Chinese workers from Wuhan, forced to work in Italy so their cheaply made leather goods could legitimately carry a “Made in Italy” tag.

History of violent outbreaks between the Chinese and the Italian locals pop up in stories from the past ten years hot on the heels of these Chinese people arriving. Even fashion mags noticed that “Made in Italy” no longer reflected dedicated artisans and craftsmen but Chinese automation. (Weird! After I copied the internet address this page was removed! Here’s what the link tease said before it was removed “‘Made in Italy‘ no longer means what it used to, thanks to an increasing number of Chinese-run clothing factories opening up in a Tuscan town. Italy’s textile industry has always been the best of …”)

Watch this graphic and see how the sweet spot for the virus after it departs China is Italy. (Reassuring now few red dots there are.) As of March 24, 2020, the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) had spread to six continents, and approximately 16,565 people had died after contracting the respiratory virus. Around 6,077 of these deaths occurred in Italy. (For comparison, the WHO estimates that 250,000 to 500,000 people die of seasonal flu annually.)

Now watch this propaganda video from the Chinese Communist Party and ask why Italy is so infected?

Dem spending plans include $350 million for the Arts! We’re going to kill Chinese Flu with a Mehmet play?

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My personal favorite pork item is this one for the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. God forbid the Congress should be deprived of opera and plays! Read the Dems wish list that the President has already indicated he won’t sign even if it should pass.

Carlos went through the entire Bill and highlighted the “Santa in March” list that Schumer and Pelosi are ransoming the Administration with. There’s everything in here. As an older person approaching retirement ending dividends on shares scared me! Below this Tweet is the entire thread copied out for you. Read and weep. And don’t forget this come November when we are asked to vote.

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Here’s what’s in Nancy Pelosi’s financial rescue bill, the Take Responsibility for Workers and Families Act.

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$45 million for agricultural marketing services.

$33 million for child nutrition programs.

$15 million for minority business development.

$32 million to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to fight climate change. $100 million for programs to prevent violence against women.

$25 million for women’s shelters.

$100 million for assisting victims of sexual assault.

$25 million for rural domestic violence programs. $100 million for research grants in the National Science Foundation.

$100 million for the Legal Services Corporation.

$200 million for the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund Program Account. Homeland Security must suspend compliance with immigration laws if it creates “hardships” for the person in question.

The Administrative Procedure Act is suspended.

Immigrants’ work visas are automatically extended by one year. $7 million for “wildland fire management.”

$78,000 to the Institute of American Indian and Alaskan Native Culture.

$300 million for grants at the National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities.$120 million for community service employment for older Americans.

(Okay. I’m going to scroll down and see when I find money actually going to the private sector and not the government.) The first 700 pages of the 1400-page bill is money to government bodies.

Page 710 is the first mention of the private sector.

The bill creates the COVID-19 Aid Oversight Panel for the private sector. The panel will hold hearings. The Oversight Panel is granted unfettered access to the information held by any US government agency.

(Now we have billions going to Africa.) Okay.

Conditions for getting aid.

No bonuses to executives.
Golden parachutes are abolished.
No stock buybacks.
Dividends to investors are abolished.
Federal lobbying is abolished. “Accelerated filing” is available on the following PERMANENT conditions.

One third of the board or directors must be chosen by the workers.
Environmental and “social” reports must be submitted each quarter. Reports on workplace racial and gender demographics must be filed each quarter.
Reports on workforce culture and empowerment programs must be filed each quarter.
Reports on fostering a sense of purpose in the workforce must be filed each quarter. Permanent requirements for ALL corporations receiving aid.

Minimum wage of $15 an hour.
The CEO cannot be paid more than a ratio of 50 to 1 in relationship to the median worker wage.
Workforce and benefits must be immediately returned to what they were before COVID-19. The company may not alter any collective-bargaining agreements made before COVID-19.

Yeah, okay. I’m done. 

This thing is DOA, as Trump said at his press conference. He spoke of it in the past tense. All it did was make all sane Americans hate the Democrats even more. As Trump said, the economy will roar back, so this little gambit was suicidal on every possible level.

Good.

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Senate Dems hold economy hostage after demanding everything close to slow down Chinese coronavirus

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UPDATE 3/23/20 14.30 EST: It’s getting heated.

LAST NIGHT

Senate Democrats are holding the U.S. economy hostage after blocking legislation to protect small businesses, guarantee payroll and expand unemployment relief to tens of millions of workers.

The vote failed 47 to 47, with 60 needed to advance the bill.

The fate of 30 million small businesses and critical industries, indeed, the U.S. economy hangs in the balance after the federal and state governments have practically closed everything except for essential services.

The government has put the economy into an induced coma, and now it has a responsibility not to lose the patient.

By forcing almost the entire population to stay home for all intents and purposes, the government must ensure the American people have an economy to go back to. That’s where small business relief comes in.

Small businesses employ 60 million workers nationwide and are the backbone of our economy, but right now they are in serious danger of disappearing. Without immediate relief by way of forgivable loans to meet payroll, there may be nothing left on the balance sheets when this is over except debt.

Many of those businesses will never come back—unless Congress acts right now to protect them.

Here is the truth.

People are going to start running out of money very soon as cash reserves are depleted. Without revenues, every aspect of the economy will seize up. Soon, it will become a vast financial crisis as people become rapidly unable to pay their debts. Then, banks.

Already, the Federal Reserve is intervening by purchasing commercial mortgage backed securities and has opened a new $300 billion lending window to businesses and larger employers. Interest rates are back down to zero. And quantitative easing has begun anew.

The Senate bill would provide $300 billion to cover payroll for small businesses and another $200 billion for critical industries. By covering everyone’s payroll, everyone will be able to continue paying their mortgages and utilities. Businesses will be able to cover building and maintenance expenses.

Debt markets won’t seize up. The financial and digital portions of our economy will continue functioning. Vast uncertainty about the coronavirus outbreak will be alleviated.

These closures in response to a public health emergency are now themselves a financial emergency that must be addressed by Congress before it is too late.

We also need to salvage as much of the economy and businesses can be after the virus passes. After this is all over, we’re going to need them to rebuild America in the aftermath.

The Senate and House must take responsibility for everything being closed and to stop putting politics above all of our lives. There is too much at stake.

The only way to safely contain the virus is for Congress to incentivize the American people to stay home. What Congress does affects the health emergency directly. It has to safely house every American for the next several weeks or months.

Or else people and businesses will begin breaking the national lockdown out of desperation.

Robert Romano is the Vice President of Public Policy at Americans for Limited Government. Reproduced with permission.

Meanwhile, Joe Biden is showing his age and deteriorating condition.

Coronavirus and the Seventh Theorem of Government

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wrote yesterday how cumbersome bureaucracies and foolish regulations have hindered an effective response to the coronavirus.

This isn’t because governments are run by bad people. Some of them probably are that way, of course, but the real problem is that politicians and bureaucrats are dealing with a perverse incentive system.

They’re largely motivated by power, money, publicity, staffing, and votes.

And that leads to some very unfortunate outcomes, as Betsy McCaughey explained in her syndicated column.

Landing in the hospital on a ventilator is bad. But worse is being told you can’t have one. …learning that the state’s stockpile of medical equipment had 16,000 fewer ventilators than New Yorkers would need in a severe pandemic, Gov. Andrew Cuomo came to a fork in the road in 2015. He could have chosen to buy more ventilators. Instead, he asked his health commissioner, Howard Zucker to assemble a task force and draft rules for rationing the ventilators they already had. …Cuomo could have purchased the additional 16,000 needed ventilators for $36,000 apiece or a total of $576 million in 2015. It’s a lot of money but less than the $750 million he threw away on a boondoggle “Buffalo Billion” solar panel factory.

For what it’s worth, I’m not blaming Governor Cuomo for a failure to buy more ventilators.

In the same situation, I also may have decided that it wasn’t wise to spend $576 million for an event that most people thought was very unlikely.

But I am blaming him for supporting ever-bigger government in New York and getting ever-more involved in things that aren’t legitimate functions of a state government.

That applies to the solar factory mentioned in the article, and it also applies to other vote-buying schemes such as mass transit boondogglesexpanded rent control, and anti-gun snitch lines.

And when he expands the size and scope of state government, he increases the likelihood that there won’t be the energy, expertise, or resources to address problems where government should play a role.

Such as dealing with a pandemic.

Which motivates me to unveil a Seventh Theorem of Government.

In addition to the example of Cuomo and ventilators, there’s also a story from Belgiumthat underscores how bloated governments are less capable.

But I’ll close by noting the Seventh Theorem is not driven by anecdotes. There’s plenty of academic evidence showing that smaller governments are more competent.

P.S. As suggested by proponents of “state capacity libertarianism,” there is a possible exception to the Seventh Theorem.

Some of the world’s poorest nations have small public sectors – at least according to official measurements. It’s certainly possible, at least in theory, that such countries would benefit if they had larger governments that were capable of providing core public goods.

Indeed, international bureaucracies commonly argue that these countries should increase their tax burdens to provide “financing for development.”

However, the real problem in such nations is rampant corruption, low societal capital, and inadequate rule of law. Which is why it’s not a good idea to generate more money for politicians in those countries.

P.P.S. Here are my other theorems of government.

  • The “First Theorem” explains how Washington really operates.
  • The “Second Theorem” explains why it is so important to block the creation of new programs.
  • The “Third Theorem” explains why centralized programs inevitably waste money.
  • The “Fourth Theorem” explains that good policy can be good politics.
  • The “Fifth Theorem” explains how good ideas on paper become bad ideas in reality.
  • The “Sixth Theorem” explains an under-appreciated benefit of a flat tax.

by Dan Mitchell
Daniel J. Mitchell is a public policy economist in Washington. He’s been a Senior Fellow at the Cato Institute, a Senior Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, an economist for Senator Bob Packwood and the Senate Finance Committee, and a Director of Tax and Budget Policy at Citizens for a Sound Economy. His articles can be found in such publications as the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Investor’s Business Daily, and Washington Times. Mitchell holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. in economics from George Mason University. Original article can be viewed here.

American media catches up: Alarming study shows how bad this will get

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As reported by us last week! Click here to see how we reported this.

Millions of Americans dead, thousands more waiting to die for want of medical equipment in short supply, and all because a few blithe revelers wanted to go to the bar. 

A recent study by Imperial College London paints a truly frightening picture of what could be.

But is this even possible? 

In short, not likely, although we may come close if we’re not careful. 

An Axios-Harris poll found that somewhere between 1 in 3 Americans and 1 in 4 Americans fear death from contracting COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. 

The good news for them is that high-end estimates for mortality is 4%, and a random individual almost certainly will not die from this disease. However, this is little comfort to the families of those who do die.

The figure most often cited is the 2.2 million Americans who may die as a result of 81% of the population being infected if no control measures are put in place. 

As we have seen, measures to suppress and mitigate the spread of COVID-19 have been implemented throughout the U.S. It is unlikely that we will realize the 2.2 million deaths that the study projects, but that doesn’t mean that we can rest easy.

With mitigation efforts, policies designed to slow the spread of infection rather than fully prevent infection, the study projects half the number of deaths due to the infection. That would be tremendous progress, except that it means that 1.1 million Americans would die. 

This would occur because even with mitigation efforts, the study projects the number of infected Americans who need to be hospitalized still would exceed the capacity of intensive care unit beds by a factor of eight. 

With regards to COVID-19, critically ill patients are unable to adequately breathe on their own and require a ventilator. Any of these critically ill patients who do not receive a ventilator assuredly will die.

This is the unfortunate situation already facing Italy as that nation’s number of critically ill patients has exceeded their critical care capacity. 

Doctors in Italy have been forced to have to choose to reserve ventilators for younger, relatively healthier patients who stand a better chance of living. As a result, the death toll in Italy has surpassed that of China, where this global pandemic began.

As of this writing, New York state leads the country in confirmed COVID-19 infections, with over 5,000 cases. The state maintains a stockpile of 2,000 ventilators, so if the number of cases grows much more, officials may find themselves in a similar situation similar to Italy’s.

The study shows that the best hope for maintaining disease levels below America’s critical care capacity is to follow a suppression strategy. 

Suppression seeks not to slow the spread of disease but to reduce the current number of cases. Strategies to suppress infection are more comprehensive, with the aim of eliminating human-to-human contact to make transmitting the virus nearly impossible. 

But how accurate is this study? 

Like all projections and models, it is only as good as the assumptions and data that goes into it. Imperial College London built a good model. It is based on models built for pandemic influenza and simulates the activity and infectiousness of hundreds of millions of individuals. 

The model takes into account age, household size, population distribution, and even the average school class size and staff-student ratio in each community.

The Imperial College researchers then simulated the spread of COVID-19 through normal interactions at home, at work or school, and in the community, based on observed rates of transmission for the disease. 

Researchers simulated strain on health care system based on observed rates of hospitalizations and average durations of those hospitalizations. By now, we have an unfortunately large amount of data available for COVID-19, so the Imperial College model is very good. 

That said, it mainly paints the worst-case scenario. Researchers derived the 2.2 million deaths from the highest transmission rate along with a complete lack of mitigation or suppressive efforts. 

That is, the coronavirus at its most virulent combined with Americans at our most blasé will result in up to 2.2 million dead. Obviously, neither of those conditions is true. 

Also, the researchers determined that 30% of hospitalized patients would require an ICU bed. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the proportion of hospitalized patients who would require critical care ranges between 20% and 30%. Since the study was meant to inform public policy, researchers used the high-end estimate—the actual rate likely will be lower. 

Finally, one weakness of all models is the research subject.

Human beings are notoriously unreliable creatures and nearly impossible to model accurately. Researchers simulated transmission of the coronavirus by counting opportunities for contact within a setting (home, school or work, in the community); each mitigation strategy eliminated one or several potential settings for contact. 

The model can’t account for those working actively against the spread of the disease. For instance, a simulated individual who potentially was exposed to the virus but washed his hands before being able to inoculate himself with the virus would be spared from contracting the disease. 

Even within a household, families may prevent transmitting the virus with physical distance and by vigilantly disinfecting surfaces. 

Imperial College developed a sophisticated model informed by a tremendous amount of data. It paints a grim picture if policymakers don’t implement aggressive public health efforts similar to California’s statewide lockdown

In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided simple and effective guidance for all to follow. 

President Donald Trump is asking us all to help buy the country time to get ahead of the virus:

This afternoon, we’re announcing new guidelines for every American to follow over the next 15 days as we combat the virus.  Each and every one of us has a critical role to play in stopping the spread and transmission of the virus.

For younger Americans who are less likely to develop a life-threatening disease, Trump had this to say:

It’s important for the young and healthy people to understand that while they may experience milder symptoms, they can easily spread this virus. And they will spread it indeed, putting countless others in harm’s way.  We especially worry about our senior citizens.

Americans can defy the projections by taking responsible actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Italy is ahead of us in contagion. Check this out.

Meanwhile is stricken Italy, mayors are going crazy trying to keep people indoors.

Italy isn’t at social distancing stage. It is lockdown: no one allowed outside except for basic necessities and only one person/day per family. No one can leave their town. Outdoor exercise within 200m from your house. All non-essential businesses have been shut down.

Vietnam helicopter pilots describe the war from the cockpit

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It seems amazing to me now that Americans were reluctant to welcome these warriors back from the war. It’s time we heard them out and offered them the thanks and respect they deserve.

Just listen to these stories. Unbelievable.

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