Usher's News & Analysis for May 11, 2020

Nearly every location that has reduced or lifted restrictions has seen an uptick in cases and deaths.

Wuhan, China, the original hotspot of the Covid-19 pandemic, has reported five new indigenous cases as the number of infections across mainland China has grown slightly.

Dreaded comeback? Wuhan reports 5 new coronavirus cases, its highest surge in 2 MONTHS

The following is entirely one-sided. Should you check what the opposition says about it or just accept it because it's from an Obama person?

US gov't under fire over COVID-19 response

Be careful not to fall for false propaganda. Even "fact checkers" need to be fact checked, so I'm not saying the degree to which the following is correct. I'm simply offering it up here because it's better to hear both sides or even all sides if possible.

“CDC did not have to cut back its work from 49 to 10 countries,” said Maureen Bartee, CDC’s associate director for Global Health Security, in a statement to “In the FY18-FY20 annual appropriations, CDC received base appropriations for global health security from Congress. This was used to continue the essential public health capacity development in the four core areas that was started in 2014 with the one-time supplemental funds.”

Those four core areas, Bartee said, are surveillance, laboratory systems, workforce development and emergency management and response. “Focusing on potential weak links in these core areas ensures that partner countries are better prepared to respond to disease threats, wherever they might begin,” she explained.

CDC operating budget plans show that its funding for global public health protection — which includes global disease detection and emergency response and global public health capacity — increased from $58 million in fiscal year 2017 to around $108 million in fiscal years 2018 and 2019. (And that does not include any remaining supplemental funds available for use.) The increases included nearly $50 million more each year for CDC’s global health security initiatives.

Those amounts went up again in fiscal year 2020, when the CDC was awarded $183 million for global public health protection, overall, and $125 million specifically for its global health security efforts. For fiscal year 2021, President Donald Trump has requested that CDC funding for global disease detection and other programs be increased further — to $225 million total, with $175 million going directly to global health security.

False Claim About CDC's Global Anti-Pandemic Work

Here's another one. It cites other secondary sources.

Obama admin repeatedly sought millions in CDC funding cuts, despite Biden's attacks on Trump preparedness

I already posted this one, but here it is again simply because I'm on the subject.

We rate this claim TRUE because it is supported by our research. There is no indication that the Obama administration took significant steps to replenish the supply of N95 masks in the Strategic National Stockpile after it was depleted from repeated crises. Calls for action came from experts at the time concerned for the country’s ability to respond to future serious pandemics. Such recommendations were, for whatever reason, not heeded.

Fact check: Did the Obama administration deplete the federal stockpile of N95 masks?

Of course, this doesn't mean Trump shouldn't have replenished them. The elastic bands don't last forever whether used or not.

Which side is telling the truth?

The Jan. 21 conversation between Jinping and WHO leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was reported in Der Spiegel, which cited intelligence from Germany’s federal intelligence service, known as the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND).

The report published over the weekend said Xi urged the WHO chief to “delay a global warning” about the pandemic and hold back information on human-to-human transmission of the virus.

The WHO and China deny it. So, what's the BND's evidence? Let's see it. Maybe they've been echoing lies fed to them. It happens. Maybe they don't care. That happens too.

China pressured WHO to delay global coronavirus warning: report

The truth is, nobody knows whether Trump's guess is right or wrong. Everyone is guessing or reserving judgment. I'm reserving judgment.

Public health expert pushes back against Trump's coronavirus optimism: 'This virus isn’t going to go away'

The U.S. tends to rank below average on measures of social support among the 37 countries of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation, whose members are mostly developed democracies. The U.S. ranked last [worst] in people living in relative poverty, meaning living on half the median income or less, with 17.8%. Countries such as Iceland, Denmark, the Czech Republic and Finland have less than 6%.

Here’s a look at how the social safety nets of the U.S. and Europe compare: ...

Pandemic shows contrasts between U.S. and European safety nets

I hate "news" playing mind games with the people. Whoever made the cut and went along with it should be fired.

NBC admits Chuck Todd's 'Meet the Press' deceptively edited Barr remarks on Flynn

It's very sad that people still tout the Mueller investigation and report. That investigation had no more business being started than the FBI had in questioning Flynn. Also, the report was very shoddy, misleading, and based upon the "findings" of the same cabal, headed up by John Brennan, in the so-called intelligence community that started the whole "Russia, Russia, Russia" nonsense. There remains zero proof the Russian government interfered with the US election. The supposed evidence served up was totally farcical it was so bad.

Trump is missing the ball by not forcing US intelligence to revisit the John Brennan report that was used to start the attack on Russia. There was, and remains, zero real evidence Russia hacked the US, the DNC, Podesta, etc.

Trump has a chance to set the record straight and to literally do a reset with Russia, which the US needs (what with the totally anti-democratic actions of Xi). Putin needs the help to drop the totalitarian dictator. Putin won't do that if he can't trust the USA.

Putin has had great reason to mistrust the USA. Your sanctions against Russia aren't helping at all, Mr. President Trump. Make the most important and intelligent foreign-policy move in your lifetime. Your anti-Russia advisors are bad for America. They don't make America great. They make it weak.

Don't lose sight of the fact that then President Obama was in meetings with Brennan where they discussed Russiagate. Obama never lifted a finger to require real evidence. At the very least, Obama knowingly allowed his administration to be used to ruin your opportunity as the duly elected President of the United States. It all constitutes a conspiracy to illegally undermine, to the point of overthrowing, the government of the USA. They tried it with their failed impeachment effort.

Also remember that Obama lied about his administration spying directly on the American people communicating domestically and that when James Clapper admitted openly that Clapper too had lied about it, Obama did not fire Clapper.

An example of anti-Russia twisting: Trump charges Obama with 'biggest political crime in American history'

I can understand why she says Obama was in on it. Will hard proof come out?

Michael Flynn's Attorney slams FBI, Obama: This was 'orchestrated'

The following is nothing but politics. It is not focused on helping the people who are dependent upon the states.

We've been very clear that we are not going to do things just to bailout states that were poorly managed ....

Steven Mnuchin says actual unemployment rate could be closer to 25% - not the 14.7% reported by the Labor Department - and match jobless peak of the 1933 Great Depression

The states aren't creating their own money the way the federal government does. I think the states should rethink that. If I were the governor of California, I would move to create the Californian, which would be issued without the state borrowing a dime and would be accepted by the state for paying state taxes. The Californian would be issued by the California Central Bank, which would be a public bank, not controlled by the commercial-banking industry.

It's not my first choice, not even close. I'd much rather the US simply issue the money without borrowing and to fund everyone everywhere based upon the direct democratic choices of the people deciding after totally transparent and complete deliberations: economic democracy.

Apartment fire near Dulles Airport caused by discarded fireplace ashes

Man seriously injured in fire at residential building near Lake Union

The program targets people who need case management and who are also at risk of ending up in jail without intervention—people like those who were living at the Ballard Commons, where the city removed a large encampment two weeks ago. Participants get temporary hotel rooms, access to gift cards for basic needs, help with housing searches, and physical and behavioral health care through an in-house provider.

Hotel-Based Intervention Program Will Expand to Serve Seattle’s Homeless Population

Just because there are those within the US who want war with China does not mean anti-war progressives should side with China. The principled position is to oppose a war with China and oppose China's anti-democratic totalitarian dictatorship.

Dengue Vaccine Led to Criminal Prosecution

According to Kennedy, the same thing happened in 2014 with the [gone] dengue vaccine DENVax, which Fauci owns the patent on. “They knew from the clinical trials that there was a problem with paradoxical immune response,” Kennedy says, but they gave it to several hundred thousand Filipino kids anyway.

They got a great immune response from the vaccine, but those exposed to wild dengue got horribly sick and 600 of the children died. “Today, the Philippine government is prosecuting criminally a bunch of the people locally who were involved in that decision,” Kennedy says.

[gone] The Well-Known Hazards of Coronavirus Vaccines

The data tallies with the fact that the US and the UK, which have the first and third highest air travel globally, have also suffered the most COVID-19 deaths with 74,600 and 30,615, respectively so far.

Please also note that both nations have been, and remain, too high on Anglo-Saxon economics, which translates into laissez-faire (anarcho) capitalism.

Scientific Research Finds That Closing Borders Is Most Effective Way Of Combatting Coronavirus

Worth it? No.

... even if the current pace of the COVID-19 pandemic continues in the United States – with over 25,000 confirmed cases a day – it will be well into 2021 before we reach herd immunity. If current daily death rates continue, over half a million Americans would be dead from COVID-19 by that time.

Early Herd Immunity against COVID-19: A Dangerous Misconception

German towns BRING BACK lockdown measures after seeing rise in coronavirus infections within days of lifting them