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The Umbrella
Author: Raine    Date: 04/09/2020 12:48:51

At this point, as one of my twitter friends put it, America is an umbrella.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 04/09/2020 14:17:25 by BobR)

Every Day
Author: BobR    Date: 04/08/2020 13:03:23

Every day brings more news on the Coronavirus and little else. I could write about the increasing number of cases (about 30K per day in the U.S.), the increasing number of deaths, the declining number of available hospital beds, or the dwindling supplies of equipment for healthcare workers.

I could write about the bad behaviors, particularly pResident tRump holding his ego-feeding daily briefings, and railing at reporters who ask him real questions. I could write about people who ignore medical advice, and get together in groups with strangers. I could write about the shoppers who won't keep their distance and hoard supplies that are needed by others. I could write about that small percentage of scientists who provide contrary advice, like the epidemiologist who suggests we end lockdowns and self-distancing (trigger-warning - this link is from WND).
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 04/08/2020 17:11:46 by TriSec)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/07/2020 11:08:33

Good Morning.

'tis true; we've all been living under a rock for the last few weeks. But unless your internet is down, you're aware of the controversy swirling around the USS Theodore Roosevelt.
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2020 20:19:47 by TriSec)

Taking the risk
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/05/2020 22:39:44

Your Loyal TriSec has reached a cataclysmic decision.
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6 comments (Latest Comment: 04/07/2020 17:23:04 by shelaghc)

The Makeshift Hospital
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/04/2020 19:45:48

IF you called 911 right now, what hospital would you go to?

LIke many of us here in the densely-populated Northeast Megalopolis, you've no doubt got multiple choices within a ten-minute drive or so.
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Brutal
Author: TriSec    Date: 04/03/2020 11:18:10

THERE ARE strange things done 'neath the midnight sun by those men who moil for gold.

Even stranger things done by your Loyal Trisec after three hours of fitful sleep.
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4 comments (Latest Comment: 04/03/2020 16:23:36 by livingonli)

Two Words
Author: Raine    Date: 04/02/2020 12:55:45

From WaPo:
Schiff, a California Democrat, told me in an interview Monday that his staff has already started working on a discussion draft modeled after the 9/11 Commission, and that he would be talking about the possibility with others in Congress. And he said the House Intelligence Committee, which he chairs, has begun reviewing the committee’s intelligence materials on the pandemic.

“We will need to delay the work of the commission until the crisis has abated to ensure that it does not interfere with the agencies that are leading the response,” Schiff explained in an email. “But that should not prevent us from beginning to identify where we got it wrong and how we can be prepared for the next pandemic.”

A review of the Trump administration’s performance would find many negatives but also some pluses. President Trump’s public statements appeared to minimize the virus and its impact until recently. But the National Security Council staff, led by deputy Matthew Pottinger, a Chinese-speaking former Wall Street Journal correspondent in Beijing, was aggressive. The first interagency meeting on the Wuhan outbreak took place Jan. 14, and the first NSC deputies committee meeting on Jan. 27, according to a senior administration official.

What accounts for the failure to translate this concern into action? One explosive issue in any inquiry would be whether Trump discounted intelligence warnings because of concerns about the impact of the virus on his reelection campaign. Indeed, the question implicates a broader set of concerns among Schiff and other critics about what they see as the politicization of intelligence, in particular Trump’s firing in February of Joseph Maguire and Andrew P. Hallman, the acting director of national intelligence and his deputy, respectively, and then the replacement of the top two officials at the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC).
Wait, there is more.
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17 comments (Latest Comment: 04/02/2020 19:46:10 by Will in Chicago)

The Truth - another COVID-19 Casualty
Author: BobR    Date: 04/01/2020 12:26:47

The saying goes that "the first casualty of war is the truth". This was true during WWI when it was first coined, and is true now in the battle against this deadly coronavirus. With social media democratizing access to "the press", anyone with an internet-accessible device and a keyboard can create or pass along information that seems "truthy", but is in fact incorrect.

One of the early ones was that ibuprofen was unsafe to use, as it could make one more susceptible to infection. It was all based on assumptions and misinterpretations of a study about ACE-inhibiters and ACE2 cells. The link is a good case study on how taking a small bit of info from a larger set can create a false narrative.
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15 comments (Latest Comment: 04/01/2020 15:13:45 by BobR)

Ask a Vet
Author: TriSec    Date: 03/31/2020 11:50:28

Good Morning.

Wouldn't it be nice to crawl into a deep hole, pull a blanket over the top, and pretend nothing unusual was happening?
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9 comments (Latest Comment: 03/31/2020 20:02:21 by Will in Chicago)

Grieving Freedom
Author: Raine    Date: 03/30/2020 12:56:42

I had a day mostly distracted, purposefully, from the sociopathological insane entity that is leading this country into a literal death-spiral.
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26 comments (Latest Comment: 03/30/2020 22:24:58 by TriSec)

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