Saturday, March 28, 2020
Friday, March 27, 2020
ANS -- Behind Trump’s Decisions, Unfathomable to the Left, Lies a Deep Reserve of Tribute on the Right
Behind Trump's Decisions, Unfathomable to the Left, Lies a Deep Reserve of Tribute on the Right
Three days ago, March 23, President Trump signaled his intent to relax guidelines on self-quarantining, saying "the cure can't be worse than the disease." Health authorities and citizens all over the country (including me) reacted with profound dismay at such a precipitous and apparently dangerous decision.
But across a separate civic and political landscape — call it The Great Divide — the president's decision to open the economy and tilt away from public safety is evidence of why Trump is revered. His public opinion poll numbers on performance are inching up and Gallup this week said that 60 percent of Americans they polled give him high marks for managing the crisis.
I spent several days this week trying to understand that surprising finding by studying reporting and commentary across the Trump-supporting on-line media community. I wanted to develop a deeper understanding of why the president was so confident about the March 23 announcement.
I occasionally read and view popular arch-conservative media, and have a working knowledge of its message and rancor. But following what looks to be the most consequential presidential decision of our lifetimes, I wanted to know more about what led to it.
Some of this may be familiar to you in the abstract. A good bit was new to me. My conclusion is that even if the virus really gets out of hand and kills thousands more Americans, Trump could win the 2020 election. His supporters are mobilized and energized to vote in droves. The lapses and insults and erratic behavior that make Trump a loathed figure on the left are precisely the personality traits that solidify his popularity on the right. Democrats are going to need to get 'way down in the muck and fight as never before to inspire and motivate their supporters to turn out in record numbers to beat him.
One reason, according to billions of words written and hours of video broadcast by Trump-supporting media, is that in their eyes, and through their eyes to the hearts and minds of their faithful audiences, Donald Trump can do no wrong. The president's supporters, roughly half of voting age Americans, adore him. Not only is he seen as a once-in-a-generation leader, he is superbly adept at commanding the moment just the way they think it ought to be dominated. His supporters see Trump as prepared and capable of not only making the right decisions, but also doing so with joyful acid attacks on people and institutions they loathe – Nancy Pelosi, Chuck Schumer, the New York Times and Washington Post, CNN, Democrats, liberals, and most especially Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.Drive through Covid-19 testing. (Photo: National Guard)
A second reason for Trump's staying power is that his supporters see an attack on him as an insult to them, a hostile misguided rocket strike on their principles and values. Criticism of Trump produces measures of angry, stinging bitterness I've never before encountered when reporting on political figures.
"These globalist vultures hate the American worker more than anyone," Wayne Dupree, a columnist widely distributed on Trump-supporting blogs and web sites, wrote on March 23. "That's why these ghouls want open borders, migrants, illegal aliens, and things like NAFTA—all of the things that have put us in this vulnerable place with the coronavirus. Globalism kills, and Pelosi and Schumer are the faces of it."
Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, added this the same day: "One of the responses he shut down is another deep state attempted coup, coordinated with their international puppet partners to attack the economy in grand scale of illusion, counting on The People not to look at comparative statistics (tested negative, positive, recovered, dead, total population)."
Like Trump, his supporters identify and close on events and ideas they view as left-leaning abuses. During the debate over the new stimulus proposal, wind and solar industries and their allies among Democratic and Republican lawmakers, wanted to extend tax credits for solar and wind development. The clean energy industry, they argued, was getting hammered by the virus as much as any other sector.President Trump with Vice President Pence and Treasury Secretary Mnuchin (White House photo)
Conservative Trump-favoring media, which supported assistance to Boeing, airlines, and big oil, ridiculed the idea, which they blamed for delaying Congressional voting. "The evil anti-American globalist Democrats have overplayed their hand," wrote Political Insider, a well-read website. "They have decided to make this virus pandemic political and, in the process, they are stomping on the backs of the American workers who are scared, unsure, and struggling, all so Democrats can try and weasel out some 'solar tax credits'. My God, these people are monsters."
When the pandemic is over, Congress is sure to hold hearings and the government is likely to convene a Covid-19 Commission, much like the Warren Commission (Kennedy Assassination) and the 9/11 Commission, to investigate what happened. From my perspective, Trump dithered and obfuscated and deflected and lied about the risks of the fast-developing epidemic…until he abruptly and wisely declared a national emergency. He and his governmental departments, rife with empty seats and "acting supervisors" in critical agency leadership positions, have been dangerously slow and clumsy in managing this crisis.
The millions of Americans in Trump's army, though, see only clear, decisive, effective management, and lies by his opponents that are meant to help beat him in November. "The open borders crowd would NEVER have done what Trump did immediately to control the spread," wrote No Bull Cause, a Facebook page. "As soon as he limited travel, all they did was complain that he was "xenophobic"! Now they want you to believe they would have been MORE decisive. Come on! They have no credibility left. They'd rather scare the country into hating Trump.
"That's always been their only goal. Get rid of Trump…at ANY cost. Behind the scenes, they consider the danger to your health and to the economy to be just their latest opportunity for political gain. The consequences for the nation are simply collateral damage in their war on Donald Trump."
Trump and his supporters do not recognize the evidence of delayed, then precipitous and malignant decision-making that his opponents condemn. Trump and his supporters apparently have no concept of the potential for much more widespread disease and mortality. Science and safety be damned.
His base is powerful and mobilized to vote. Will Democrats be as inspired and more mobilized to beat him?
I live in Trump country. I know and see the pride people take in displaying MAGA hats and bumper stickers. I also know that Incumbents are hard to beat.
Out of 11 presidents in my lifetime only three were beaten for a second term — Ford, Carter, and Bush. I'm not as confident as I want to be that Trump is a one-termer. So many of his supporters back the president and delight in his tirades against the 'libtards', snowflakes, mainstream media, and the educated, whom they think of as elitists.
Will losing a child or a grandparent in this pandemic change that? Likely not. Trump is turning to his very big base for support in making stupendously important and premature decisions about withdrawing freedom of movement restrictions. It's a perilous turning point for those of us making informed decisions. But for Trump's admirers it's a courageous move to Make America Great Again.
2 Replies to "Behind Trump's Decisions, Unfathomable to the Left, Lies a Deep Reserve of Tribute on the Right"
Good but frightening analysis. He borders on a veritable modern day Jim Jones in his utter disregard for the lives of his disciples and his deep-seated fear of intellect. He is, unfortunately, a textbook case of many mental and emotional conditions.
This was accurate five years ago and it is, unfortunately, still valid.
October 7, 2015—Results from the continuing survey conducted via the website fedupwithdonaldtrump.com (www.fedupwithdonaldtrump.com) are beginning to verify the weakness of the "polling" numbers for Donald Trump, who is running as a brand and not a candidate for the Republican presidential nomination.
This according to Gary Tobin (www.garytobin.com), who established the site "Our polling is rigorous and not influenced by any candidate, party or political pundit," said Tobin. "You can trust me on this."
Tobin said that the results of his first survey press release in September received more than 20,000 hits, citing results from Business Wire (over which the release was distributed) as well as "votes" directed to the site from the Internet, Facebook, Linked and Twitter. Business Wire is owned by Warren Buffet's Berkshire Hathaway. "You can't do better than that," said Tobin.
To invoke statistical verification techniques championed by Trump, Tobin said, "Our results are the most scientific and accurate anywhere in the world."
Tobin said there was a marked increase in the number of voters who claimed to be "billionaires" and "who noted the attendance of Hillary Clinton" at their wedding. "Who am I to doubt these claims," said Tobin. "If you trust Don's claims about his wealth despite evidence to the contrary, you have to believe my numbers."
People continue to be most troubled his proclivity for personal insult and his stand on immigration issues. They also find him "bombastic" and "egotistical."
Tobin said he continued to keep personal tabs on the results. "I am taking my cues from Donnie regarding the provision of substance to support claims."
The site has added a comment section and several new categories for responses. "We are providing our constituency with an alternative place to express their opinions and to voice their concerns," he said.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
ANS -- Persistence of coronaviruses on inanimate surfaces and their inactivation with biocidal agents
The analysis of 22 studies reveals that human coronaviruses such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) coronavirus, Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) coronavirus or endemic human coronaviruses (HCoV) can persist on inanimate surfaces like metal, glass or plastic for up to 9 days, but can be efficiently inactivated by surface disinfection procedures with 62–71% ethanol, 0.5% hydrogen peroxide or 0.1% sodium hypochlorite within 1 minute. Other biocidal agents such as 0.05–0.2% benzalkonium chloride or 0.02% chlorhexidine digluconate are less effective.
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Date: Mon, Mar 23, 2020 at 11:36 PM
Subject: Re: Fwd: Excellent Explanation
To: Kim Cooper <email@example.com>
You should pass this along to whoever you sent the original to.
On 3/23/20 3:35 PM, Michael Eager wrote:
> There are a few problems with this "explanation".
> First, there are not different kinds of DNA/RNA, with one kind
> recognized by humans and the other kind by other animals. There is only
> one kind. Coronaviruses (an RNA virus) infect many animals, including
> humans. Viruses encode proteins which attach to receptors on cell
> walls. Different animals have different receptors. A mutation
> (possibly in a snake or bat) resulted in a coronavirus which could
> attach to receptors on certain human cells, where previously it could not.
> Second, there are no "all human viruses" like seasonal flu. Seasonal
> flu infects birds (often ducks) and pigs. There are many variants and
> flu mutates frequently. Some versions infect humans, some don't.
> Occasionally, one variant, like H1N1 or H5N1 (also called bird flu) is
> transmitted to humans. Some can only be transmitted from animal to
> human, some have the ability to be transmitted between humans.
> Third, like other viruses, the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 which causes
> Covid-19 is continually mutating. A study in Wuhan claims to have
> identified two strains, S and L types. Epidemiologists say that the
> very slight mutations would not have a major impact on the virus, since
> it does not change the virus' proteins. Further, minor mutations (or
> even some major mutations) may have no affect on developing a vaccine,
> since these are based on getting the immune system to recognize foreign
> Fourth, there is no evidence that the SARS-CoV-2 initially could only be
> transmitted from animals to humans and later mutated to be able to
> transmit between humans. Determining whether community transmission was
> possible was the major issue in the early days of the outbreak.
> I cannot imagine an immunologist at Johns Hopkins saying that a mutating
> virus is scary. Or that it is slippery. No scientist would engage in
> fear-mongering or dissemination of mis-information like this.
> On 3/23/20 2:20 PM, Kim Cooper wrote:
>> Dear ANS group -- this was sent to me from one of our readers. He
>> mentions that it will mutate again -- I believe it has mutated to
>> attack younger people, which it is now doing a lot more than it did in
>> the beginning.
>> Keep safe,
>> ---------- Forwarded message ---------
>> Date: Wed, Mar 18, 2020 at 2:03 PM
>> Subject: Fwd: Excellent Explanation
>> To: Joyce Patterson-Rogers <firstname.lastname@example.org
>>> Begin forwarded message:
>>> This a very, very excellent explanation. I'm passing this along.
>>> Take care and be well.
>>> Here is a little more information on the virus that may help explain
>>> a few things that people don't understand. This is from an
>>> immunologist at Johns Hopkins University.
>>> Feeling confused as to why Coronavirus is a bigger deal than Seasonal
>>> flu? Here it is in a nutshell. I hope this helps. Feel free to share
>>> this to others who don't understand...
>>> It has to do with RNA sequencing.... I.e. genetics.
>>> Seasonal flu is an "all human virus". The DNA/RNA chains that make up
>>> the virus are recognized by the human immune system. This means that
>>> your body has some immunity to it before it comes around each year...
>>> you get immunity two ways...through exposure to a virus, or by
>>> getting a flu shot.
>>> Novel viruses, come from animals.... the WHO tracks novel viruses in
>>> animals, (sometimes for years watching for mutations). Usually these
>>> viruses only transfer from animal to animal (pigs in the case of
>>> H1N1) (birds in the case of the Spanish flu). But once, one of these
>>> animal viruses mutates, and starts to transfer from animals to
>>> humans... then it's a problem, Why? Because we have no natural or
>>> acquired immunity.. the RNA sequencing of the genes inside the virus
>>> isn't human, and the human immune system doesn't recognize it so, we
>>> can't fight it off.
>>> Now.... sometimes, the mutation only allows transfer from animal to
>>> human, for years it's only transmission is from an infected animal to
>>> a human before it finally mutates so that it can now transfer human
>>> to human... once that happens..we have a new contagion phase. And
>>> depending on the fashion of this new mutation, thats what decides how
>>> contagious, or how deadly it's gonna be..
>>> H1N1 was deadly....but it did not mutate in a way that was as deadly
>>> as the Spanish flu. It's RNA was slower to mutate and it attacked its
>>> host differently, too.
>>> Fast forward.
>>> Now, here comes this Coronavirus... it existed in animals only, for
>>> nobody knows how long...but one day, at an animal market, in Wuhan
>>> China, in December 2019, it mutated and made the jump from animal to
>>> people. At first, only animals could give it to a person... But here
>>> is the scary part.... in just TWO WEEKS it mutated again and gained
>>> the ability to jump from human to human. Scientists call this quick
>>> ability, "slippery"
>>> This Coronavirus, not being in any form a "human" virus (whereas we
>>> would all have some natural or acquired immunity). Took off like a
>>> rocket. And this was because, Humans have no known immunity...doctors
>>> have no known medicines for it.
>>> And it just so happens that this particular mutated animal virus,
>>> changed itself in such a way the way that it causes great damage to
>>> human lungs..
>>> That's why Coronavirus is different from seasonal flu, or H1N1 or any
>>> other type of influenza.... this one is slippery AF. And it's a lung
>>> eater...And, it's already mutated AGAIN, so that we now have two
>>> strains to deal with, strain s, and strain L....which makes it twice
>>> as hard to develop a vaccine.
>>> We really have no tools in our shed, with this. History has shown
>>> that fast and immediate closings of public places has helped in the
>>> past pandemics. Philadelphia and Baltimore were reluctant to close
>>> events in 1918 and they were the hardest hit in the US during the
>>> Spanish Flu.
>>> Factoid: Henry VIII stayed in his room and allowed no one near him,
>>> till the Black Plague passed...(honestly...I understand him so much
>>> better now). Just like us, he had no tools in his shed, except social
>>> And let me end by saying....right now it's hitting older folks
>>> harder... but this genome is so slippery...if it mutates again (and
>>> it will). Who is to say, what it will do next.
>>> Be smart folks... acting like you're unafraid is so not sexy right now.
>>> Stay home folks... and share this to those that just are not catching
>>> on. 🤓
Michael Eager email@example.com
1960 Park Blvd., Palo Alto, CA 94306
Monday, March 23, 2020
Bernie Sanders made the claim in the 1980s that the reason the Cuban people didn't help overthrow Castro's government was that he educated the people, and gave them other socialized concessions, like healthcare. Rubio fired back, stating that the real reason they didn't help overthrow Fidel's government was that he "jailed, murdered or exiled dissidents."
This statement is something a historical revisionist might tell you. The question here isn't about whether or not the Cuban government jailed or executed dissidents, it's about whether or not that sort of governing would work to maintain power, in the instance of Cuba.
Before Fidel Castro, Cuba was ruled by a pro-U.S, pro-capitalist dictator by the name of Fulgencio Batista. During his first term, he was a more moderate president, with backings from labour unions, and even the very small at the time communist party. After his term ended, he moved to the U.S, only to return about half a decade later to run again. With his electorate chances very slim, he decided to jump the gun and seize power through military force.
Batista had a secret police organization. It went by the name of "Bureau for the Repression of Communist Activities" or BRAC. This was an organization that, with both intelligence and financial support from the United States, brutalized anti-Batista dissidents. There was tight media censorship, public executions, arrests, and torture, and other forms of thuggish government control.
Despite Batista jailing, exiling, and executing dissidents, Fidel Castro still managed to overthrow his government. The argument that repression is all it takes to maintain power is an unsubstantiated notion. This paints a picture that the Communist government of Cuba is unpopular, and maintains power simply through repression. Castro managed to overthrow a U.S backed dictator with less than 500 people.
There isn't something magical about Fidel Castro's repression that makes it impossible for an unpopular government to be overthrown. If we compare Castro's government to Batista's, and U.S support to Soviet support, there's no reason that Castro couldn't be overthrown just the same as Batista. Except for one stark difference; Fidel Castro was immensely popular and beloved by his people. The Communist party remains popular as well. This popularity is why it was possible for Batista to be ousted, but not Castro. It's not too often that a "dictatorship" goes through three head of state changes within the same ruling party, with an allegedly unpopular government, without some event causing the state to crumble. That is a sign of a stable country.
If the conditions people like Marco Rubio described actually existed in Cuba, there would be widespread civil unrest, and possibly a civil war. The proof of the stability of Cuba lies in its status as a somewhat popular tourist destination. Even the U.S travel advisory only rates Cuba a 2, whereas a country like Syria, which has widespread civil unrest is rated a 4, the highest rating, urging against travel. And Cuba's 2 rating is mostly related to medical reasons, not political ones.
Now things have changed a lot since Castro was in power, but the argument isn't that Cuba stopped being a brutal dictatorship after Castro, the argument is that it is still one. But, dictatorship or not, the Communist party has had widespread support from the people of Cuba since Batista began attempts to repress it. And if it didn't have that, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the failed attempt at Cuban exiles overthrowing Castro, might have gone very differently.
I urge Marco Rubio, and others, to hear some opinions from people outside of the U.S, rather than projecting their beliefs onto entire populaces. Rubio has made it very clear he doesn't like the Cuban government. These feelings he has have made it very difficult for him to comprehend that not everyone feels the same way he does. Listening to more Cubans in Havana, instead of just the ones in Miami, will help create a more holistic picture of how Cubans feel regarding the legacy of Fidel Castro.