Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Call Jake Tapper

For a man in the news business he is one ignorant twat.   His exchange with Dr. Sanjay Gupta regarding people walking, running and how dare they, holding hands on the Embarcadero in San Francisco mid lockdown was histrionics at best, paranoia at worst.

Let's examine some of the bullshit being spouted by old Jakey boy:

Tapper was the first to react to the images from San Francisco, visibly unsettled by the waterfront’s level of activity. Meanwhile, Gupta chuckled wryly and shook his head in apparent disbelief.
“First of all, we see a whole bunch of people here who are not distancing,” Tapper said. “They’re holding hands and walking down the street. Normally I’d say bravo, but this is actually kind of enraging.
“My dad is turning 80 this month, you know?” Tapper said. “People out there who are millennials or younger and thinking, ‘Well, if you’re 80 years old, it only affects people who are in their 70s and 80s,’ which isn’t true, although obviously the people in their 60s, 70s and 80s are most vulnerable to it. What are you saying? That my 80-year-old dad, therefore, is fair game?
“Who the hell are you to be walking around just giving this to old people and you just flippantly dismiss it?” the anchor later asked.

Now for the record Jake does not know these people or their relationships or health status nor does he or to my knowledge his father live in San Francisco.  And again while this draconian measure may be overkill there was no lockdown of the city with regards to the shelter in place and if you are healthy should you not exercise in which to maintain said health and holding hands with one's partner, with consent of course, is exactly your business how?  No one should be having sex right now too right Jake?  Of course in lockdown what else is there to do.  The porn industry is going to clean house, metaphorically, in this situation. And what old people are these people giving their non diagnosed case of Corvid too.  If they are sick why are they out at all?

And exactly how does this affect Jake's father?  Are any of these people living with him, catering him and why isn't Jake doing it?  Jake lives in NYC and well then step it up and practice what you preach and never leave your house either, we will be better for it.

And given that Jake is a "journalist" and Dr. Gupta is a Doctor then how come this story from Al Jazeera is not making the rounds.  Oh that is right we can't panic the population if we do.

In China, life returning to normal as coronavirus outbreak slows

Draconian measures, which appear to have quelled the outbreak in China, are gradually being relaxed.

by Shawn Yuan
Al Jazerra
March 17 2020

Chongqing, China - "Look! What a big fish!" Ding Shijiu exclaimed in joy after catching a carp from the lake where he normally goes fishing.

Sitting under a tree full of spring blossoms on a warm day, Ding is finally able to catch up with old friends over a few fishing sessions - something he has been unable to do since the coronavirus pandemic started to sweep across China in January, prompting a major lockdown of cities and provinces across the country.

"The last two months felt surreal and, trust me, I'm almost 70 years old, and I've seen a lot of things," Yang said while pointing at his friends, unable to contain his excitement of seeing them again.

"But we're all still alive, and I'm just so happy that the worst has passed.

"This is the first time I came back fishing at this lake since Lunar New Year - I'm very happy," Yang said with a smile, before trying to reel in another fish.

Like many people in China, Yang has spent nearly all of the last two months at home as the central government imposed unprecedented quarantine measures across the country in a drastic bid to contain COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus. The central province of Hubei and its capital Wuhan, where the virus was thought to have originated, were completely sealed off.

As the number of COVID-19 cases confirmed overseas daily have surpassed those within China, the draconian measures that appear to have quelled the outbreak domestically - particularly outside Hubei - are gradually being relaxed.

Chongqing, Yang's hometown bordering Hubei, has had more than 500 confirmed cases since the disease started to spill into the municipality. But now, there have been no cases in the city for several days.

The slowdown is not only in Chongqing. Across the country, 13 out of 34 provinces in China have cleared their remaining cases, and approximately 69,000 of 81,000 confirmed cases have been discharged.

Pressure easing

Even in Hubei, where some 10,000 cases remain, the pressure on front-line medical workers has eased. On March 17, the first batch of nearly 4,000 medical workers who were parachuted into Wuhan to help control the outbreak were able to leave.

With so many provinces having downgraded their emergency response levels, China is slowly - and cautiously - returning to normal life.

Classes are gradually resuming after most students spent the last month or so at home and studying online. In provinces classified as "low risk of infection," including Guizhou, Qinghai, Tibet and Xinjiang, local governments have allowed educational institutions to resume classes this month.

"I couldn't really focus while taking courses online, and I can't afford to waste any more time because the college entrance examination is in a few months," said Ouyang Yanjiang, a student in Guiyang, referring to the highly competitive national exam that determines which college students can attend. "I'm glad that we are going back to school."

Meanwhile, factories that were ordered to suspend operations are also starting to pick up their assembly lines after what many small business owners who spoke to Al Jazeera described as something akin to a "near-death experience" for their companies.

According to the latest report released by China's National Bureau of Statistics, in January and February, the peak of the outbreak in the country, the industrial output of the world's second-largest economy plummeted to the lowest point since 1998, and the unemployment rate soared to more than 6 percent, the highest on record.

The suspension has pushed many businesses to near-bankruptcy, but as the quarantine measures have been loosened, many are preparing for a rebound in production.

Cities that have a high density of manufacturing industry, including Guangzhou and Shenzhen in the south, are organising their employees' return to work and pushing for the resumption of long-suspended business.

For example, the production line of Woniu, a Guangzhou-based kitchenware factory, came to a halt on January 20 - the day the government confirmed human transmission of the virus.

The head of the factory told Al Jazeera that, with their income near zero for the last two months, they had been on the brink of closing down the facility for good. But on March 9, their proposal to reopen was accepted by the government, and they are now back in business.

"It's still high pressure to just break even, but at least we are now back to work," Liu Lufei told Al Jazeera over a chat session on Taobao, the online shopping site under Alibaba. "Dear God, that was a difficult time."

The harsh toll the outbreak took on people's lives also appears to be easing.

Chengdu, famous for its hotpots and foodie culture, now has only a dozen cases remaining and the provincial government has said no new ones have been detected over the past three weeks.

That has allowed a gradual reopening of restaurants, although people remain cautious.

In videos shared online, restaurant patrons line up in front of the city's many hotpot restaurants - wearing masks and keeping a safe distance from each other.

During the peak of the coronavirus outbreak, residents of Chengdu told Al Jazeera that the first thing they planned to do when the emergency ended was to go to a restaurant, "eating hotpots with friends and family".

For a city whose soul is "hotpot flavoured", as some playfully describe it, the reopening of Chengdu's hotpot restaurants gives residents an almost unparalleled reassurance that the worst of the outbreak has indeed passed.

"We are only allowed to accept 50 percent of our restaurant's maximum capacity for dine-in guests, and that's the rule for all restaurants in Sichuan (the surrounding province)," Xiao Ma, a waiter at Shudaxia, a famous hotpot restaurant in Chengdu, said. "But in the last few days, we have been hitting that line almost non-stop."

"People's taste buds have been pent up for too long," Ma jokingly said.
Travel gradually being allowed

Apart from dining out, people are also gradually regaining their ability to travel. Many provinces and cities have steadily resumed their public transportation, including inter-provincial long-distance buses that were suspended across the country days after Wuhan was sealed off on January 23.

Even in Hubei, the provincial epidemic prevention and control command has allowed "low and middle risk" areas, such as Xianning and Yichang, to begin operating public transport again

News coverage of the outbreak has also eased. In late January and February, it was difficult to turn on a television or use a mobile phone without constantly being exposed to news about the coronavirus - but with the epicentre shifting to Europe, many entertainment shows are reappearing on Chinese TV.

"Now I'm able to watch something on TV that is not about coronavirus, and that was unimaginable last month," Zeng Yunru, a Wuhan resident, said. "It's funny that all of us seemed to have forgotten what our life was like before the virus."

Barbershops reopening, parks welcoming tourists again, migrant workers making their way back to their jobs - the calamity that disrupted China's society so completely seems to be receding steadily.

As life begins to return to normalcy, however, experts worry that there is still an underlying risk. There are worries that as soon as the expansive quarantine measures are lifted, China will be a hit by a second wave of infection, especially as the coronavirus is now a global pandemic and imported cases outnumber local ones.

China reported only one new domestic coronavirus case on Monday, in Hubei. Twenty other cases were of travellers arriving from overseas.

"I don't think anyone is saying the outbreak is over - only the worst seems to be over," Zeng said when asked about her concerns. "What we can do is still exercising social distancing and slowly driving our lives back to normal."

There is the reality, curtailing travel, following a protocol and yes that means getting tested, early and getting isolated from others, and still following said protocol for the next few months as we ease back into a level of "control."

Today I went to Home Depot where they were only allowing 50 customers at a time, the same for BJ's Wholesale and the panic buying there demonstrated a great deal of largely poor and faces of color stocking up on water, toilet paper and cleaning items.  There is no logic or sense in all of this. I bought my foaming bleach bath cleaner and some other minor hardware and went to Bed Bath and Beyond to get bags for my Miele and in turn saw shelves in utter disarray and more evidence of panic shopping.  Really this is not helping anyone and what is the point?  Are we shutting down the pipeline of transportation?

And here is where a rational head and strong leader would emerge but again watch CNN and the Cuomo brothers debate who Mother loved best, Jake Tapper become histrionic and hysterical scolds and listen to fear mongers as they do little to actually establish calm and reassurance that this is all going to be controlled as long as we have some cooperation and compliance with restrictions that include unnecessary travel, large gatherings, staying home if sick and getting medical care asap and that testing will soon be available on a large scale. But nope. Crickets or as I call that Ethan.  (I name idiotic behaviors after people I know as a private joke)

We again have a disparate cohort of Governors and Mayors jockeying for the biggest dick and in turn coming up with one shitty idea after another that ensures more panic, builds fear and creates the hoarding mentality including buying guns.  Again I have said that this will not end well.

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