China Lied, and People are Dying in Great Numbers

Many greater than the Chinese Communist Party is admitting to.  I urge all of my followers to follow the link below to an excellent story, promoted to the Ricochet Main Feed by the Editors.  Many thanks to the Post Author, James Gawron.  Also, many of the commenters provided their own links to other stories, which only add to the sordid data. God Bless Everyone in America.  And may the Almighty God Curse the Chinese Communists unto the tenth generation.

China Falsifying Health Statistics

 

Welcome to Seattle, where police respond to name-calling…

But not to burglary or assaults in progress.  Thanks to Todd Herman of Radio Station KTTH for bringing this story to our attention.  This link takes you to the story on MyNorthwest.com, where you can listen to the 911 calls, and read about the new initiative on the part of  a local media figure, and the (Black, Female) Police Chief, to stop Hate in Seattle.

The Police in Seattle are already seriously understaffed, and have basically stopped responding to most property crimes.  Officers know that the city government basically thinks of them as Pigs, city government being run by 1960s radicals.  No wonder that the city can’t keep police, and more resign than are hired.

I feel sorry for the citizens of Seattle, who are basically on their own in protecting themselves.  The last gun shop left the city last year, when the government imposed onerous taxes on their businesses and their merchandise.  Sad, really sad.

How Seattle businesses prepare for the 2-week “Stay at Home” edict-Updated with Yep!

Remember Seattle?  The city on the Left Coast with the huge homeless population living in tents and under tarps on its streets?  The city where street people are allowed to remain on the streets if they don’t want to “accept help”?

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The city has announced plans to clear away a homeless encampment under the south end of the Ballard Bridge. About six people are still living at the camp. (Genna Martin, seattlepi.com)

This article in today’s news just made me laugh (and vow, once again, to stay the hell out of Seattle, which won’t be difficult since the entire state is under the order to stay home unless involved in essential activities).

So people don’t break in and drink our alcohol”: Stores board up for stay-at-home order.

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Look away for a few minutes, and your livelihood is trashed.  Except for the fact that these businesses were already in danger of going under, due to the order that all bars and restaurants close, to slow the spread of the Wuhan Coronavirus.  In this case, the cure may be worse than the disease for small businesses.

Update 3-27 And here it is-the article describing exactly what those business owners feared would happen:

Seattle restaurants hit by thieves, vandals, during coronavirus closures.

Right on time.  Welcome to lawless Seattle.

Looking for a refuge from the Wuhan Coronavirus?

Looking for a refuge from the Wuhan Coronavirus?

…and all its attendant ills, both physical and psychological?  Are you looking for a place to go to relax, where the pesky virus will not intrude on your mellow?

Well, I have just the place for you.

Hie yourself on over to WizardingWorld.com, and dive right into the Harry Potter Universe!  The site is the former Pottermore, with all the features you have come to love. The elves behind Wizarding World will entertain you with quizzes, features, and news from the world of Harry Potter.  Eventually they intend to bring back the “explore the story” feature that those of us who really got into the old Pottermore came to love and lose ourselves in.  Personally, that’s the part I miss the most about the former site.

Now, though, the additional Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them franchise adds new and fun areas to the site.  For anyone who has never checked out Wizarding World should go over there right now!  Even now, you can register, get sorted into your House at both Hogwarts, and Ilvermorny (the US school of magic); find out your Wand and your Patronus, and get ready to have fun!

You will not find ANY mention of that Muggle virus at Wizarding World, so you can just relax and explore.  You can also go to the Apple App Store and download the app, and do quizzes and read about features on your phone!

So, do it today!  You will not regret it for one minute.

It’s The Culture, Stupid! How we got the Wuhan Coronavirus

It’s The Culture, Stupid! How we got the Wuhan Coronavirus

With Novel Coronavirus spreading like wildfire everywhere in the world now, perhaps you are wondering how it all started, where this virus came from in the first place.  You might wish to know how it was that, last fall in China, someone in the medical establishment there noticed some cases of a particularly nasty pneumonia cropping up around Hubei Province in central China; the capital city of Wuhan in particular.

Let’s start, then, at the beginning.  Chinese culture is very old, going back many centuries, and many of the culinary characteristics of today’s China are throwbacks to a much more primitive time.  In the long past, like in most countries, the Chinese people lived closer to the forests.  In those forests lived many species of animals, and the people killed and ate those animals.  When the Chinese people became more civilized, and moved into villages and then into cities, they brought many of their culinary tastes with them.  Chinese people today still have a taste for unusual foods like pangolin, bats, and sharks-fins.  It is well-known that Chinese will pay good money for some very unusual foods, and that has led to their encouraging of poaching of some endangered species.

Cultures in Africa also have a taste for some exotic wildlife, and many tribes today still live in or near jungles and forests, where they hunt and eat wild animals, sometimes including primates.  Here is a picture of a market stall in Africa, where they are selling exotic wildlife for food.

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In Africa, this is called “bushmeat”, and you can see the face of a primate among the specimens in this market.  It is well-known that some diseases can be spread by the consumption of exotic animals, and that eating the flesh of primates may carry what is known in humans as Creutzfeld-Jakob disease.  This is a particularly gruesome, incurable condition that causes the brain to deteriorate.

Getting back to the beginning, scientists for decades have known that many exotic species of forest and jungle wildlife carry their own kinds of viruses and bacteria.  In these species, the pathogens often do not cause any kind of adverse effects or illnesses.  In fact, we humans also carry many harmless, and sometimes beneficial, viruses and bacteria (bacteria are what actually allows us to digest our food).  It is only when humans consume, or live among, these exotic species that their viruses and bacteria can “jump” to humans, and then they can cause very harmful diseases.  This process is called “zoonosis”.

In the early 20th Century, it has been determined, the virus that causes AIDS first jumped from African primates to humans.  It remained localized for a long time, but eventually made its way into civilization, and they was spread very rapidly by homosexual humans and their multiple sex partners (the original “spreader” was a flight attendant who boasted of over 2,500 partners).  The Ebola virus, whose name is a river in Africa, was spread by Africans and their penchant for eating bushmeat, and it remains a stubborn low-level epidemic in multiple parts of Africa.  Eastern Equine Encephalitis is a virus found in horses that can spread to humans, and African Swine Fever has recently decimated the pigs of China (it is similar to Ebola in humans).  Scientists and wildlife experts have been trying for decades to get Africans to stop eating bushmeat, but their efforts have been in vain.  Culture is just too powerful.

Well, the same kind of situation holds in modern China.  The Wuhan Wet Market is an institution in the large capital city of Hubei Province, where citizens can buy all manner of wild animals for food.  Investigators have determined that the virus that is now propagating everywhere in the world originated in bats sold in the market.  And the Chinese people have proven similarly resistant to giving up their cultural taste for exotic food.  The Communist Party has closed the market for now, but the culture does not change that quickly.  Here’s a new interesting article.

China has been a Communist country since 1949, and the Party has added another layer of culture over the original Chinese culture.  Their culture of secrecy and arrogance contributed in large part to the spread of this new disease.  However, their very-Chinese concentration on “saving face” also helped in a big way to keep this world-wide pandemic going.  The Communist Party’s prime directive is tranquillity-they will do anything to avoid unrest in the population.  So they did things like suppress news of the disease outbreak, and put the doctor who originally told his medical colleagues about it under isolation, making him sign a confession to “spreading rumors”, and condemning him to death from the virus.

Communism is Evil, and it can lead to situations like we are seeing now.  People all over the world are succumbing to this previously-unknown virus, and their deaths can be attributed in part to Chinese and Communist Culture.

…Only Tradeoffs…Healthcare workers spread death..Updated to add link to article

…Only Tradeoffs…Healthcare workers spread death..Updated to add link to article

Yes, that’s exactly what has happened here in the “Hot Zone” of the Seattle area.  The epicenter of the novel coronavirus epidemic in the US is a long-term-care facility in Kirkland, Washington, with the ironic-seeming name of Life Care Center of Kirkland.  It is thought that a patient had a family visitor early this year (exact date unknown), who had been to the Wuhan area of China recently.  That visitor left, and returned to the East Coast, possible seeding that area with the virus also.  That visitor infected a staff member at the center.

Not knowing that she was infected, the staff member went about her duties at the center, coming into contact with multiple patients, and when she became ill, continued to work at the center instead of staying home and taking care of herself.  The Federal investigators who were called in to sleuth out the reason for all the patients who became ill, found out that the highly-contagious respiratory illness was basically spread all over the Life Care Center by ill employees.

And then, those same ill employees left for their second jobs at other area LTC facilities, taking the disease with them.  Nursing-home aides are some of the lowest-paid healthcare workers, and many of them need multiple jobs in order to pay the bills.  And, in order not to lose pay and benefits, they go to work sick.  Here’s where the tradeoffs happen.  Nursing-home aides usually have very little education or training-a course can take as little as three months.  Nursing-home owners have incentive to pay their employees as little as possible, as most patients’ bills are paid by Medicare or Medicaid, which have fairly low reimbursement rates.

The average nursing-home resident is aged, frail, infirm, and vulnerable.  They are very susceptible to any kind of bug that happens to be around as a general rule.  With not enough available staff to meet everyone’s 24/7 needs, patients are sometimes neglected; infection-control rules honored mostly in the breach, and this can lead to the spread of disease within the institutional population.  Then, when underpaid nurses and other staff move among multiple nursing homes, disaster can follow.  Edit on 3-22: RushBabe links to this story, to back up my information above.

That is what is happening now in Washington State.  Deaths are over 70, and the majority of those deaths are occurring in nursing-home residents.  Tradeoffs…  If you pay your staff more, enabling them to give up that second job, you can train them better in infection-control techniques (which start with simple hand-washing), and you will have healthier residents, decreasing the need for medications.  But…your costs increase commensurately, and you have to raise your rates to whatever private-pay patients you have, since Medicare and Medicaid pay fixed rates.  The nursing-home owner is now caught in the cost-trap.

More tradeoffs…  If you are a low-paid healthcare worker, you are trained to take care of yourself, so you can take care of your patients.  You are taught infection-control and avoidance, but hand-washing and disinfecting take time, and your patient is moaning for you.  Your salary is too low to pay all your bills, so you take a second job.  And when you get up in the morning feeling under the weather, with the sniffles, you realize that, if you do the right thing and call in sick, you lose a day’s pay, putting your finances in peril.  So you go to work anyway, and put your patients in peril.  What to do?

Indeed, what to do?  I don’t have any answers.  Better training all around would help keep nursing-home residents healthier.  Nursing homes have been known forever to be substandard when it comes to cleanliness, staffing, and medication-handling.  Perhaps more use of volunteer cleaners could enable staff to concentrate more on residents.  In any case, this coronavirus epidemic has shone a big spotlight on the long-term-care industry, and perhaps new answers will be found.

See, I told you so

See, I told you so

I have mentioned many times on my blog how I refuse to give up my single-person, fully-owned automobile, in the face of environmentalist wackos trying to get us out of our cars.  My car is my Liberty.  Any time I want to go somewhere, as long as my car is working well (99.99% of the time), and has gas in the tank (100% of the time), I can just hop in the car and go.

Now, what about all those good little sheeple, city-dwellers who, in the name of “saving the planet”, gave up their cars, and take the bus, or the train, or walked, to work and everywhere else they needed to go?  What do they now do, when public transit is shut down in the face of a rampant viral disease epidemic? How do they now get around, when their only modes of transportation are not available?  Do they call Mommy and ask for a ride?  Do they impose on their friends who might have a car?

I guess there might just be disadvantages to giving up your personally-owned transportation.  When you have to depend on the government to take you where you need to go, you’d better have a backup plan, because government is sometimes unreliable.  Unlike your own car, which is always available for your use.