Quarantine Diaries: Day 248

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Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

As COVID-19 cases in Minnesota rise, hospitals fill:
Twin Cities hospitals are now declining transfers from North Dakota and Iowa.

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Dr. Scott Gottlieb warns of ‘staggering’ Covid death totals in U.S. as infection rates increase

Trump’s legacy will be defined largely by his attempt to look away from the coronavirus pandemic

By the time the ball drops over an empty Times Square on Dec. 31, 2020, will have been the deadliest year in the history of the United States. Part of that is a function of population growth; more people are going to die in a more populous country. But it’s primarily a function of the coronavirus pandemic, which has already taken at least 242,000 American lives. That’s one death for every 12 that occurred in the United States in 2018 overall, the most recent year for which data are available.
Over the past week, one out of every 355 Americans has contracted the virus. The average number of new cases has increased 40 percent over that same period. Since the beginning of July there’s been a consistent relationship between new cases and deaths, with the daily death toll representing about 1.8 percent of the number of cases two weeks prior. That suggests that the number of deaths nationally will continue to surge in parallel with the number of new cases.

COVID-19 intensifies challenges faced by Iowa's cattle farmers

”A deflated and low energy President Trump sought on Friday to relive the glory days of his presidency, trying to use Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine as a bludgeon to get people to be nice to him.”

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, and Debt:

Money to Keep Small Businesses Alive: Legislative Watch

Private Equity Firms Seek Novel Exits From Oil Investments

Legendary Investor Stan Druckenmiller Turns Bitcoin Bull

Politics:

Is This a Coup, or Just Another Trump Con?

Here in Minsk-on-the-Potomac, Trump has been perpetrating the Big Lie, claiming the election was stolen from him and apparently persuading millions of Americans to go along with this evidence-free fantasy. Biden, so far, has urged calm. It’s an “embarrassment,” he told reporters Tuesday in Wilmington, Delaware, where he continued to plan his transition, took congratulatory phone calls from world leaders, and appointed a White House chief of staff. The official line from Biden has been clear and simple: concession or no concession, Trump will have to leave office at noon on January 20th, and that is that.
But is it? That we are reduced to even asking this question is a defeat for the United States and a win not only for Trump but for all the Trumpists to come, who will forever have the example of a President of the United States flouting the most basic principle of American democracy: accepting the election results and the consequences that come with them.

As Soon as Trump Leaves Office, He Faces Greater Risk of Prosecution: The president is more vulnerable than ever to an investigation into his business practices and taxes.

DHS boss Chad Wolf defies Trump order to fire cyber chief Chris Krebs

‘Dead’ Georgia Voters Are Actually Alive

The GOP’s Future Leaders Are Endorsing Trump’s Election Fraud Lie

President Trump’s claims that he actually won the 2020 election and will somehow prevail upon the courts to overturn the results stand zero chance of proving true. Not unlikely. Not remote. Zero.

The Final Gasp of Donald Trump’s Presidency

He’s afraid. He’s the most insecure, afraid person ever. He’s too afraid to be president. He’s afraid to exercise power. He’s afraid to do the job. It’s why he’s overbearing and crazy — he sabotages himself constantly because he hates himself and wants out. He’s always trying to hurt himself. That guy commits more self-harm than anyone I’ve ever encountered.

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The political response to COVID-19 has been an absolute trainwreck, but the blame is always placed on the dissenters no matter what, and the people who failed for 8 months to prepare following our 2-week program to "flatten the curve" pat themselves on the back. Disgusting, isn't it?

That’s one death for every 12 that occurred in the United States

AKA a very small amount.
Even 1 to 1 ratio would not be a big deal from a statistics standpoint.

I was told it was a lot, so it's scary!

Yet the numbers are right there... A real pandemic that actually warrants this panic needs to kill at least 5% of the population. Here we are at less than 0.1%

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It’s killed about 0.1% of Americans so far.

Our population is about three times higher than it was during the “Spanish” flu.

The first wave of the that flu in early 1918 killed about 75,000 Americans, this time around about 250,000 have been killed during our first wave. So, approximately comparable when adjusted for population.

But the second wave of the 1918 flu killed about 292,000 more Americans. We of course have no idea how many will die in our second wave. Maybe it won’t be as severe as 1918. Maybe evil Great Reset vaccines will keep the numbers in check.

I taking bets on whether Trump pardons himself or not.. I think he will leave the WH uneventfully