2 thoughts on “You still here?

  1. Hey, Rube! says:

    President Trump’s trade adviser, Peter Navarro, wrote a memo in late January warning of the potential for “a full-blown pandemic” caused by the new coronavirus, “imperiling the lives of millions of Americans,” The New York Times reports. The memo, dated Jan. 29, went around the West Wing at a time when the president was downplaying the risks of the virus publicly, though a day after it was sent Trump approved limits on travelers entering the United States from China. A second memo in February, published by Axios, predicted a possible “loss of life of as many as 1-2 million souls” in the U.S. from COVID-19. Navarro also detailed expected needs for personal protective equipment in the second memo, writing: “We can expect to need at least a billion face masks, 200,000 Tyvek suits, and 11,000 ventilator circuits, and 25,000 PAPRs (powered air-purifying respirators.)”
    The Times also reports the president’s family trusts all have investments in a mutual fund whose largest holding is Sanofi, the manufacturer of Plaquenil, the brand-name version of hydroxychloroquine. Associates of the president, including Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, have also run funds that hold investments in the pharmaceutical firm.
    NYT: Trump’s Aggressive Advocacy of Malaria Drug for Treating Coronavirus Divides Medical Community https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/06/us/politics/coronavirus-trump-malaria-drug.html
    Axios: Navarro memos warning of mass coronavirus death circulated in January https://www.axios.com/exclusive-navarro-deaths-coronavirus-memos-january-da3f08fb-dce1-4f69-89b5-ea048f8382a9.html

  2. So much winning! says:

    “Trump administration pulls funding for drive-through COVID-19 testing : Loss of testing comes as states expect to see peak hospitalizations in next two weeks.” https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2020/04/trump-admin-pulls-funding-for-drive-through-covid-19-testing/

    “Generally speaking, genocide does not necessarily mean the immediate destruction of a nation, except when accomplished by mass killings of all members of a nation. It is intended rather to signify a coordinated plan of different actions aiming at the destruction of essential foundations of the life of national groups, with the aim of annihilating the groups themselves. The objectives of such a plan would be the disintegration of the political and social institutions, of culture, language, national feelings, religion, and the economic existence of national groups, and the destruction of the personal security, liberty, health, dignity, and even the lives of the individuals belonging to such groups.” Raphael Lemkin, “Axis Rule in Occupied Europe” (1944).

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