Happy Easter!

On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not with the burial cloths but rolled up in a separate place.
Then the other disciple also went in,
the one who had arrived at the tomb first,
and he saw and believed.
For they did not yet understand the Scripture
that he had to rise from the dead. John 20:1-9

40 thoughts on “Happy Easter!

  1. Retired Spook April 12, 2020 / 8:26 am

    After a 30+ year hiatus from attending regular church services, my wife and I found a quaint little rural Missionary Church on Easter Sunday two years ago, and have been attending there ever since. Great people, wonderful pastor — everything just clicked.

    We both grew up in the Methodist Church, and I was always fond of traditional hymns. Our new church sings an eclectic variety of hymns, including more than a few contemporary ones. One of my new favorites is this one, which is a perfect way to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior:

  2. Cluster April 12, 2020 / 10:50 am

    Happy Easter everyone. Here’s some light reading on the flu


    We can let the today go without debate and just enjoy the season but it appears to me that the traditional flu season has been politically weaponized. Here’s an excerpt from the article to consider.

    The overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 68.2 per 100,000 population, which is higher than all recent seasons at this time of year except for the 2017-18 season

    There were more hospitalizations in 2017.

    Enjoy the day and all your loved ones.

    • Amazona April 12, 2020 / 11:08 am

      “….higher than all recent seasons ….”

      How much higher?

      • Cluster April 12, 2020 / 11:25 am

        Look at the graph under the heading Influenza-Associated Hospitalizations and you will see that it’s not by much. Close to the levels of the 2014-2015 season

  3. Cluster April 12, 2020 / 2:27 pm

    Couldn’t resist. The most recent from AOC

    “We should have universal systems where every person can see the doctor free of charge when they need to see it so that they can get the care that they need,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “That is what it means to live in an advanced and modern and humane society, and so long as we don’t do that, we have not earned the right to call ourselves one.”

    Doctors should work free of charge. And so should congresswomen. Why are we paying her for advice like this?

  4. jdge1 April 12, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    Happy Easter to all.

    If reports are correct that phlebotomists are finding a significant number of people who have the COVID-19 (CV) antibodies, this would seem to suggest the virus has been around far longer than December 2019, likely for several months or more prior to that. While I’m sure we can all appreciate REASONABLE caution with regards to ANY transmittable disease, this lockdown is taken far beyond normal restraint. The trap for President Trump is; A. If he encourages loosening the restricts any time soon so we can get our economy back on its feet, he’ll be torched by the left, given us a whole slew of garbage as to why he is the worst president ever (like they do at every opportunity). B. If he doesn’t move soon on this, the damage to individual and business livelihoods will take a significant toll. I opt for plan B. We all know there’s no satisfying the left, period, even if Trump were not in office. They will argue against whatever side Trump moves. They’re just too filled with hate and anger. We cannot be so filled with fear that we’re afraid to move forward, even knowing there will be some ramifications for doing so. Too often people discount or underestimate the consequences for not moving forward.

    We need to bring us back to a more normal reality, a world that still exists with diseases, all kinds of threats, and political idiots, without shutting down our economy and diverting all our resources to a single direction. Not in months or weeks, but yesterday. Those who continue to toot their “sky is falling” horn, are largely seeking media adoration. These are NOT the people who have responsibility for the health of our country. Let’s say the death rate ends up being in the 5, 6 or 7% range, something I strongly dispute at this point. What do we really accomplish with the lockdown? It’s not like waiting out a storm. The hardships people have incurred and continue to deal with can be every bit as significant and as people getting sick and hospitalized. This police state mentality is not solving anything, only potentially postponing what will come. The incentive to overinflate the death rate is becoming more obvious. I simply don’t give much weight to half of what’s being said.

    • Retired Spook April 12, 2020 / 6:35 pm

      I’m beginning to agree with you. The numbers are all over the place. In some areas of the country 10-20% of those tested test positive. In NYC it’s 50%. The death rate in Indiana by county ranges from 0% to around 33%. 60% of the cases and deaths in Indiana are in 9 of the 92 counties — Marion County (Indianapolis) and the 8 counties surrounding it.

  5. jdge1 April 13, 2020 / 1:58 am

    This virus thing has gotten waaaay out of hand. Lives are being destroyed and I’m not talking about the deaths assigned to the virus, much of which is a farce anyway. Peoples livelihood are being devastated, something they often worked hard developing for years, decades or even generations. As for the percentages used to signify the number of people who’ve died from this virus, it’s a TOTTALY made up, fictitious number. We know neither the numerator or denominator to define the true level of deaths. The denominator is an unknow number that is far in excess of people who’ve tested positive for the virus. How do we know this? It becomes evident when we find high percentages of people being tested for the virus who already have the associated antibodies. As for the numerator, that number is exaggerated so bad, it’s a crime. The CDC and WHO define what’s known as ICD codes, something that every medical profession uses to get paid and assign conditions. The 2 codes used to define COVID are so generic that they could be assigned to a wide spectrum of symptoms, many not even remotely related to the virus. Why? In part because there’s significant financial incentive in doing so. Also, there’s a huge push underway to use this virus as a vehicle to mandate vaccination for ALL people.

    The cure has nothing to do with vaccinations. Big pharma knows this but is continuously searching for the next big payday. The medical community is almost totally leveraged by the pharmaceutical companies so that’s what they learn in medical school and that’s how they practice – drugs & surgeries. Even health insurance companies are made to reinforce this through ICD codes which are indirectly controlled by pharmaceutical companies. They know almost nothing about nutrition and even if they did, doctors are mandated to toe a line that dictates they use drugs and surgery as the solution to most all aliments.

    Our bodies are made up of a vast community of bacteria and viruses that outnumber our own bodily cells by an exponential factor. For society as a whole, our nutritional needs are rarely being met and therefor we have compromised immune systems. This is why all viruses are able to proliferate and cause great illness or death. When we have the medical community, especially dermatologists tell us we must stay out of the sun to avoid skin cancer, we become devoid of vitamin D. When some of the medical profession and so-called nutritionist tell us to avoid meat in our diet, we become devoid of the many of the vitamin B complexes. The crap that is sold at most supermarkets label “vitamins” are almost always so bad as to be worse than taking nothing. When society is being pushed to indulge a vegan lifestyle, all we end up doing is dramatically increasing the amount of carbs we consume thereby increasing the cases of diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Do people realize we consume over 10 times the amount of sugar in our diets than our ancestors of only 100 years ago did? Any wonder why our immune systems are in such poor shape? Add to that the sedentary lifestyle we’ve settled into and you have a recipe for major disaster.

    A good number of people who’ve been hospitalization due to the virus, have beaten it using high dose vitamin supplementation, mostly intravenous vitamin C along vitamin D and zinc. Other supplements are also being used with success. Of course, those successes are often downplayed, ignored or even demonized because it interfere with big pharma’s desire to provide a solution the brings them big bucks.

    Unfortunately, it appears Trump is taking much of his que from doctors largely entrenched into the pharmaceutical enterprises. Fortunately, he understands how the financial world works. Hopefully he moves quickly in putting us back to work. Yes, I understand people will continue to die from the virus. Some may ask; “You may be will to take the personal risk, but should you be allowed to put others at risk due to your actions?” My answer to that is, when I drive my car I assume the personal risk. At the same time there’s the chance I put others at risk too. Does that mean I should stop driving? That mentality would put us in a fear lock that we’d never escape and would quickly destroy what made us the great nation we are today. People die everyday thru disease, accidents, murder, etc… Do we stop or avoid everything associated with those? If someone is murdered with a gun, do we ban all guns? If someone is killed in a construction accident do we stop building? An intelligent society would take prudent measures to avoid things with dire consequences. The measures taken as it relates to this virus are far from prudent.

    We are now largely being restricted from building, attending funerals, having marriage ceremonies & celebrations, and a list that goes on and would fill pages. Even my wife who has a toothache can’t get the cavity filled because dentists are restricted from anything not deemed emergency and toothaches do not count. She’s being told to either take some antibiotics and “hope” it doesn’t get worse or have the tooth pulled. Such a bizarre world we live in. Are we really so ill prepared to handle things like this that we’ll allow our country to be destroyed? Perhaps that’s what it will take to get Trump out of office, or make it so his being in office carries little meaning.

    • Cluster April 13, 2020 / 8:42 am

      You’re singing to the choir and please sing on. You are 100% correct

      We cannot be so filled with fear that we’re afraid to move forward, even knowing there will be some ramifications for doing so. Too often people discount or underestimate the consequences for not moving forward.

      Not moving forward will have far worse ramifications BUT that is what the globalists, the left, and much of our media desperately hope for. They want to shut down this economy as long as possible and will shame anyone who speaks otherwise so it is incumbent upon patriots to defy the authority and risk the shaming to keep this country moving forward.

      Life is full of risks As you said, people have a better chance of dying in a car accident then dying from this virus yet people take to the roads everyday. I have had several bouts of skin cancer over the years living in AZ and those are the risks of living here but I take the necessary precautions and I still go outside.

      I predict 40,000 to 60,000 deaths from this virus. In other words, a typical flu season.

  6. Cluster April 13, 2020 / 8:44 am

    I also am concerned about the stimulus money and the grift that will take place and no I am not talking about lower income people. I am talking about the mega rich, big pharma, big education, and the globalists. How much of that taxpayer money will end up in their pockets?

  7. Cluster April 13, 2020 / 8:49 am

    Just an anecdotal story but I am convinced my son has already had it, particularly if the virus has been here since late last year. My son came down with a terrible flu right around the Super Bowl and he was down for a good four days. High fever, chills, aches but no throwing up. He works with me so I was in the office with him the days leading up to it and the morning I finally told him to go home he was in rough shape. I never did get anything.

    • Retired Spook April 13, 2020 / 9:02 am

      There are many things about this virus that don’t make any sense. Case in point: in Indiana there are 11 counties out of 92 that have 3 or fewer cases. If this virus is so contagious, how is that possible? I’ve tracked both the nation and the state of Indiana for a month or so on what I thought were reliable websites. Until yesterday the Indiana Coronavirus website showed a map along with the number of those tested, the number of infections and the number of deaths. It said it was updated every day at 10AM, but it never was. Sometime it went for at least 36 hours without being updated. On April 6th the number of dead was listed at 139. Today it shows 343, but the last update was at 11:59PM Saturday night. Then it shows that the number of additional dead between 3/24 and 4/11 is 13. Must be the “new” math. I agree with JDGE — they’re just making it up as they go along.

      • Cluster April 13, 2020 / 9:28 am

        Yup and they are ramping up the fear to distract from the facts because the numbers just aren’t there. How long now have the authorities been warning us of a catastrophe?

        What so many people don’t understand is just how many people die everyday from a lot of things. Check out the link below and scroll down and look under Health.


        There have been 137,000 people die worldwide from the seasonal flu since January 1, 2020. 707,000 people have died from alcohol abuse since the first of the year and yet liquor stores are still open and considered essential.

        This is a f***ing joke.

      • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 10:02 am

        This is a pretty huge scam, if scam it is. I keep coming back to “why”? I keep coming back to the Latin phrase cui bono?

        http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cui bono
        Cui bono definition is – a principle that probable responsibility for an act or event lies with one having something to gain.

        So…who is gaining anything by this? In the United States only the Left might benefit, if they can figure out how to use this to hurt Trump. In the US and internationally the Left might benefit if it introduces new, higher, levels of government control that continues after the virus is gone or controlled. But aside from those uncertain possible benefits I can’t think of any reason to engage in what you seem to think is a worldwide deception.

        Going back to another phrase, Occam’s Razor, it seems more likely that either (1) these people know something we don’t and are trying to control it or mitigate its harm without telling us more, or (2) they are just acting like Chicken Little and fretting about the sky falling.

      • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 10:14 am

        Re: observation on the Left trying to use this to harm Trump: A NYT headline today.

        A sailor died amid hundreds of viral infections on a ship. The crisis encapsulates the hollowing out of Navy leadership under President Trump.

        One sailor died among hundreds infected, all of whom are in a community forcing close contact and highly conducive to the spread of any disease vector, and the howling Left claims that this is due to some action by the president, because he allegedly “hollowed out Navy leadership”? What kind of “navy leadership” would have brought this virus to heel? And if there IS some kind of “Navy leadership” that would have/could have controlled the infection rate or death rate of this virus, we should find it (even if the big old meanie president has run it off ) and put it to work in the civilian population.

        These people are insane.

      • Cluster April 13, 2020 / 10:57 am

        … the Left might benefit, if they can figure out how to use this to hurt Trump. In the US and internationally the Left might benefit if it introduces new, higher, levels of government control

        That’s exactly what they are after … more government control. Also look at the uprisings around the globe that are now quiet as well, Hong Kong, France and Iran just to name a few. China was the big winner here … the US economy tanked, Hong Kong is compliant, and the WHO is covering for them. The media wins because they control the narrative as they try and make themselves out to be those who “speak truth to power” when in fact they spread more misinformation then anyone. They are all propagandists at this point.

        And here is the thing with possibly firing Fauci. When did we start believing that someone is indispensable? There are over 300 million people in this country and I can almost guarantee that for every position held in this country there are probably a minimum 10 other people that can do the job better. And that’s for every job in this country so yes there is most likely someone else who can step up and do a better job than Fauci.

      • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 12:07 pm

        (1) I don’t think Fauci is doing a bad job, or is part of some international cabal to shift control to the Left. I think he is very serious about his job and that includes the responsibility to not encourage behavior that might lead to death. He is a living example of GIGO and when the incoming is G the outgoing is also G. None of us has ever had to make a decision that affects millions of lives. We can see the political considerations behind something like Pelosi’s blatant effort to prove Trump wrong by telling people it was perfectly safe to mingle in crowds—her statement taking place in Chinatown was a crude and clumsy swipe at Trump’s allegedly xenophobic travel ban. I don’t see any political motivations for anything Fauci has said or done. I think he is doing the best he can given the overwhelming combination of bad incoming information and constant barrage of Leftist lies contradicting him and trying to destroy him.

        (2) Who is “they”? Is President Trump one of the “they” trying to get more government control?

        We are still in the war between the Left and the Right, and the Left is illustrating the adage “the enemy of my enemy is my friend”. So they have adopted the COVID-19 virus as an ally in their war on the Right. That means the Right is fighting on two fronts—the disease front and the political front. I think this means a delicate balancing act of giving the Left as little ammunition as possible while protecting the public as much as possible while trying to judge when and how to pull back to let the engine of the economy restart. Factor in my belief that the administration has been using this crisis as testing mechanism for how the nation would respond to a serious biological attack and how the government would/could/should respond.

        I think that testing period is over now—-I don’t know what else they can learn. So what is at stake right now, if the wrong decisions are made?

        Yes, at stake are, possibly, more lives. I agree with you, Cluster, that this is highly likely to be about the same danger level as that of the flu, when it comes to seeing those deaths as human tragedy. But when we see those deaths as political fodder, we have to look beyond those numbers, and that means every death that can possibly be blamed on a bad decision by Trump can be used to defeat him in November. And I suggest that this is the biggest threat to this nation we have ever faced.

        I have a sense that while a President Hillary would have continued and in many cases expanded the disastrous policies of Obama it would have been rather low-key. But a Dem victory in November would, I believe, lead to an administration even more radically Leftist with the addition of vicious retaliation against all who sided against them in the Trump term. I believe it would lead to even more weaponization of federal agencies, even more surveillance and punishment for wrongthink, and not a shift to the Left but a violent lurch to the Left.

        So I am far more tolerant of the delicacy with which the administration is looking at how and when to start unwinding the restrictions imposed in the name of public health and safety.

      • Cluster April 13, 2020 / 12:33 pm

        I agree that Fauci is not part of some cabal but when he criticizes Trump for not doing more sooner, when he is in fact on record in February saying that there was no reason to be panicked, then yes I think we have a problem with him.

        (2) Who is “they”? Is President Trump one of the “they” trying to get more government control?

        Trump is buying into much of their rhetoric now but then again he doesn’t have much choice at the moment however no, Trump is not one of “them”. I am speaking of the George Soros foundation, the WHO, the United Nations, the NIH, and most other large multi national institutions filled with “experts” who desire to control populations and they are having the time of their life right now.

      • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 1:12 pm

        In other words, you are agreeing with me that Trump is trying to fight two wars at the same time, caught between his duty to the American public and its safety and the knowledge that anything that can be labeled as a misstep will be used against him by the International Left.

        Trump is still the speed bump, slowing the efforts of the Left to take over. I have the feeling that on the Trump side everything is pretty well choreographed, possibly even the mild rebukes from Fauci.

        And, being the Word Nazi of the blog, I note the use of the word “panicked” and think it prudent and even necessary to tell people there is no reason to PANIC. Be concerned, yes. Be careful, yes. Be vigilant, yes. But panic is counterproductive and I will give the benefit of the doubt to anyone who discourages panic even if that statement is later redefined to mean “don’t worry”.

    • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 12:15 pm

      Great and timely article, and a warning about the future of this nation if the Left wins the national election in November. They are now not only energized but vengeful, and a Dem victory would make things like the university punishment for wrongthink as outlined in this article a criminal matter, as it has been in every tyrannical Leftist government in the past.

  8. Cluster April 13, 2020 / 1:02 pm

    I can guarantee one way of getting rid of all this bullshit virus. Have Trump cancel the 2020 election. Normal life would resume quickly and the media would be off to another “bombshell”

    • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 1:46 pm

      Great idea, if by “normal life” you mean civil war and the guaranteed loss of the White House and Congress when an election is finally held.

      No, the Election War now getting ramped up by the Left is about protecting the integrity of the election process and not letting the Left hijack it with the proven unreliability and vulnerability to fraud represented by mail-in ballots.

      Which takes me back to Fauci, who needs to smarten up and stop getting sucked into word traps. No, he can’t GUARANTEE that it will be safe to vote in person in November. He would be stupid to try to make such a guarantee. He should just say that the prudent procedures being followed now by citizens should provide the same protections at the ballot box they do at the supermarket, and STFU.

      Just off the top of my head: We have time to initiate a new voting system which would have the added benefit of being harder to cheat on. That is, a paper ballot capable of transferring the mark on the top paper to the bottom layer, to be retained by the voter. So you go in to vote and are given two copies of a sticker with a number on it. You affix one to the ballot you cast and one to the part you keep. You mark your vote on a paper ballot that says, at the top in huge all-caps IF YOU DO NOT MARK YOUR BALLOT IN A WAY THAT MAKES IT ABSOLUTELY CLEAR WHAT YOU INTEND, IT WILL BE DISCARDED–no more interpretations of “intent”, a la Florida 2000.

      Have any of you ever played Bingo? They make these daubers, pen-like things with a spring-loaded sponge kind of tip. When you press down on it, the tip comes down and makes a mark. When it goes back up into the cylinder it is inked for the next time. We could manufacture tons of these, to be used to mark the ballots—even use metallic ink so they could be counted by machine. Or invent a kind of spring-loaded paper punch that would, with minimal pressure, poke a hole in both layers of ballot. It’s not rocket surgery. 😉

      You step into a curtained area and mark your ballot and keep the copy. This is so if there is a challenge you can determine whether or not your vote is counted. This would be difficult, but might deter cheaters, and in an emergency those vouchers could be used for a second count. The curtained areas are wiped down after every voter. No mail in ballots except, like in the old days, with a legitimate excuse for not being able to vote in person.

      This could all be done without person to person contact. The government-issued ID could be run through a scanner, and read by the person behind a screen. The ballots would be sealed until opened by the voter. The completed ballots could be sanitized with an ozone generator or UV light or some such sanitizer that would not affect the ink or markings. While each ballot could be linked to a voter, this would only be possible if the voter produced his identifying number and the copy of his ballot.

      I would give two days to vote and not allow leaking of results until all were counted, so it could be days before we find out the winner. Or mobile voting booths could be sent to high-density locations—-if every ballot has to have the ability to be linked to a specific voter, if the voter chooses to do so, this would reduce fraud. If every precinct is issued a specific range of numbers, these could be cross-matched to the number of registered voters and the number of actual voters to determine if more investigation is warranted.

      As for Voter ID, I have wondered why we, the supposed adults in the room, haven’t made a big deal out of a challenge to the Left: “If you are so concerned about the claim that so many legitimate voters don’t have government IDs, then put your money where your mouths are and find these people and do something productive for a change—help them GET IDs so they can become part of mainstream America. Because without a government issued ID they can’t get government benefits (or shouldn’t be able to anyway) and can’t open bank accounts or cash checks. If you are really concerned about these people, do something to HELP them instead of trying to manipulate the system to accommodate them.”

      The Left has made way too much progress in enabling voter fraud, from Motor Voter to same-day voter registration to mail in ballots for anyone to ballot harvesting in places like nursing homes where there is no control over who marks ballots for others. The Left is using this pandemic to implement its own agendas—-we should be doing the same.

      • Cluster April 13, 2020 / 4:47 pm

        The Left is using this pandemic to implement its own agendas—-we should be doing the same.

        Of course they are and “we” just aren’t that devious. Fortunately, or unfortunately, conservatives are good people who want to play by the rules and have honorable intent. Everything the left is not. It’s not brain science lol but we should be taking every opportunity to strengthen the integrity of our systems and our traditional norms.

      • Amazona April 13, 2020 / 4:55 pm

        Not all good strategy is unethical. For example, we should be using this pandemic—or, rather, the Left’s actions relevant to it—to illustrate the lack of decency on the Left. We should be making quite a big deal out of them holding the suffering American public hostage as they tried to ram their agendas through Congress by tacking them onto the relief bill. We should be pointing out their efforts to weaken the electoral process, using the pandemic as an excuse, And so on. That’s not devious, it’s just smart.

        The old saying “You have to play the cards you’re dealt” applies here. If we are dealt some cards that would help us if played skillfully and we leave them on the table we have no one to blame but ourselves.

  9. Amazona April 13, 2020 / 4:50 pm

    Who knew that Kevin Brock, former assistant director of intelligence for theFBI, also has mad skills as a writer? Some gems from his article:

    “James Comey’s planet is getting noticeably warmer. Attorney General William Barr’s emissions are the suspected cause,” Brock wrote in the Tuesday piece.

    He then quipped that “the fired former FBI director apparently has decided that photos of him on Twitter standing amid tall trees and in the middle of empty country roads, acting all metaphysical, is no longer a sufficient strategy.”

    “In the op-ed, Comey trotted out his now-familiar St. James schtick, freely pronouncing on the morality of others. He sees himself as a kind of Pontiff-of-the-Potomac working his beads, but comes across more like an unraveling Captain Queeg working his ball bearings,” Brock wrote.”

    “James Comey is right to be apprehensive. He himself ate away at the soul of the FBI, not in small bites but in dangerously large ones,” Brock wrote. “It was a dinner for one, though: His actions are not indicative of the real FBI. The attorney general’s comprehensive examination is welcome and, if done honestly and dispassionately, it will protect future presidential candidates of both parties and redeem the valuable soul of the FBI.”


  10. Amazona April 13, 2020 / 5:13 pm

    It’s about time!

    Former Vice President Joe Biden was denied communion at a Catholic Church in South Carolina Sunday because of his staunch position in favor of abortion.

    “Sadly, this past Sunday, I had to refuse Holy Communion to former Vice President Joe Biden,” Morey told the Florence Morning News on Monday. “Holy Communion signifies we are one with God, each other and the Church. Our actions should reflect that.”

    “Any public figure who advocates for abortion places himself or herself outside of Church teaching,” Morey told the Morning News. “I will keep Mr. Biden in my prayers.”

    To this I would add “ANY person who advocates for abortion…”

    Maybe a copy of this should be sent to Pope Francis, who not only granted Nancy Pelosi, another Cafeteria Catholic, a private audience but then posed with her for publicity photos.


    • jdge1 April 13, 2020 / 9:48 pm


    • Cluster April 14, 2020 / 8:50 am

      The Church grows a spine

  11. Amazona April 13, 2020 / 7:50 pm

    Hmmm. So, while the media et al were howling over the need for ventilators, apparently no one asked a couple of basic questions: Do we have enough trained people to use them, and/or enough monitoring equipment to make them useful?

    One man answers both questions with a resounding NO, and raises issues I have not yet seen addressed.

    That’s what this pandemic has exposed: we do not have enough skilled clinicians who deliver respiratory patient care at the bedside or enough monitoring equipment to assist them. There is a woefully insufficient number of trained respiratory therapists out there to manage patient ventilators. Even if there were enough trained and experienced respiratory therapists to handle this pandemic, there is insufficient monitoring equipment available to support patient monitoring prior to and after intubation and ventilation.


  12. Cluster April 14, 2020 / 9:10 am

    Not sure how many of you saw the task force press conference yesterday but it was an ugly display. One of the first questions from the snot nosed propagandists was directed towards Dr. Fauci when he was asked if he was acting independently and not at the direction of the President. And it went downhill from there.


    Today the media is whining that Trump is acting like a dictator in declaring he is in charge of when the country reopens while at the same time they criticize him for not being enough of dictator in shutting the country down earlier. And no they don’t see the irony.

    • Amazona April 14, 2020 / 10:17 am

      No one who can see contradictions can be a Leftist. Leftism demands a steadfast commitment to basing all decisions on emotion while wearing blinders to block out reality, and logical continuity of thought is an alien concept. Every thought is in its own little cell, which is isolated from all other cells and stands alone. So yes, a Leftist can complain that Trump has not been authoritarian enough and then in the next thought cell whine that he is too authoritarian.

      People who are not Leftists tend to be more linear in their thinking, with ideas relating to each other.

  13. Cluster April 14, 2020 / 9:40 am

    Look at this headline:

    Trump ignores 22,129 coronavirus deaths to launch furious revenge strike on media for story criticizing him and shows highlights reel of governors PRAISING him – as Fauci walks back criticism in ‘voluntary’ statement

    This is from the DailyMail. I can not believe whoever wrote this actually gets paid. This headline violates every journalistic standard but this is sadly the current state of our media. This is nothing but PURE PROPAGANDA and we as consumers should demand better.

    • Amazona April 14, 2020 / 10:08 am

      The Daily Mail is very left-leaning, as are most UK newspapers. And face it—-if you are part of the Leftist Agenda Media, Trump’s takedown of your fellow travelers is going to sting, and you are going to present it in the worst light possible.

      The dishonesty lies in the claim that Fauci “walked back” criticism of Trump, and in the catty use of quotation marks.

      But it’s just Agenda Media, UK-style.

  14. Amazona April 14, 2020 / 10:04 am

    Interesting, and hopeful:

    ….Germany recently bucked yet another convention in the fight against the virus when it announced that a study it had conducted in one of its hardest hit towns may indicate that COVID-19 is possibly not as deadly as suspected and not spreading through casual contact but rather close, sustained contact over a period of time.

    They think if people avoid getting big doses of the virus—which can happen in hospitals or via close contact with someone infected—fewer people will become severely ill, “while at the same time developing immunity” that can help finally end the outbreak.


    I haven’t previously heard the theory that exposure to a small amount of the virus could lead to a mild infection, but one that conveys the same immunity as a serious illness. If that hypothesis is supported, then we should all be out there hoping for a slight exposure.

  15. Cluster April 14, 2020 / 11:13 am

    9 out of 10 people who contract the virus have mild conditions and the 10th person has just a 5.6% chance of dying. Also, many deaths are now being reevaluated and recoded to not have been Covid-19.

    At some point, the nation will have to acknowledge and admit that the media weaponized the flu season.

  16. Cluster April 14, 2020 / 11:24 am

    Here’s a good example of just how monumentally stupid people are. There’s a 93 year old woman who apparently went to social media to say she was out of beer and needed more and to her surprise many people dropped off cases of Coors Light for her and everyone laughed and celebrated, including many in the media.

    Alcohol abuse kills 10x more people than Covid-19. Over 700,000 people around the world have died just since the first of the year from alcohol abuse.

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