No, no, this can't be right. China actually messed this all up?
The Chinese government, plus its apologists at the WHO, are ultimately responsible for the incompetence and secrecy surrounding the mishandling of this outbreak and the failure to warn the world about it.
That's why, when I read about Trump cutting all funding of the WHO, I said "good!"
The U.S. will now save at least $400 million a year that can be better spent on other things, like coronavirus treatments and medical supplies and so on.
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Black SabbathToday 11:14 am JST
And the difference between Cuomo and Trump is Cuomo righted course.
And Trump is still peddling lies, while he brags about his "viewing" numbers.
Trump is not "peddling" anything. Had he not taken the action he did early on, specifically with regard to the China travel ban, the situation would be much worse.
And that travel ban was one that people in your ideological camp were blasting as "racist" and "xenophobic" and all that.
Which makes me all the more grateful that people in your ideological camp are not in charge of this thing.
It's almost as if people in your ideological camp (at least some of them) actually WANT Trump's efforts to fail. They seethe at and loathe Trump so much, they would rather see him fail -- even if it means the virus killing hundreds of thousands of people.
These people hate Trump so much more than they care about America or its people. And it's been that way ever since he was elected.
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All of the above quotes from New York officials, by the way, came well after Trump issued the China travel ban.
So, please, let's immediately cease and desist with all this talk about how Trump didn't do anything, how he didn't take it seriously, and how what's happening in New York is all his fault.
By the way, I could easily post similar quotes from city officials in New Orleans, and from Nancy Pelosi herself with regard to the outbreak in California.
So ... stop. Blaming. Trump.
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"There is no reason for undue anxiety—the general risk remains low in NY. We are diligently managing this situation &will provide info as it becomes available."
- New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, March 2 (on Twitter)
"New Yorkers remain at low risk for contracting #COVID19. As we confront this emerging outbreak, we need to separate facts from fear, and guard against stigma and panic."
- ****New York City Health Commissioner Oxiris Barbot, March 2 (on Twitter)
“Since I’m encouraging New Yorkers to go on with your lives + get out on the town despite Coronavirus, I thought I would offer some suggestions. Here’s the first: thru Thurs 3/5 go see “The Traitor” @FilmLinc. If “The Wire” was a true story + set in Italy, it would be this film.”
- New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, March 2 (on Twitter)
“Life is going on pretty normally right now, and we want to encourage that ... If you’re under 50 & you’re healthy, which is most New Yorkers, there’s very little threat here. This disease, even if you were to get it, basically acts like a common cold or flu. And transmission is not that easy."
- De Blasio, March 10 (TV interview)
"We know that there’s currently no indication that it’s easy to transmit by casual contact ... We want New Yorkers to go about their daily lives, ride the subway, take the bus, go see your neighbors."
- Barbot, March 2 (press briefing)
"We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life. If it (the coronavirus) were likely to be transmitted casually, we'd be seeing a lot more cases."
- Barbot, Feb. 7 (TV interview)
"The risk to New Yorkers for coronavirus is low, and that our preparedness as a city is very high. There is no reason not to take the subway, not to take the bus, not to go out to your favorite restaurant, and certainly not to miss the (Chinese New Year) parade next Sunday."
- Barbot, Feb. 2 (speech in Chinatown ahead of Chinese New Year Parade)
“There's no need to panic and to avoid activities that we always do as New Yorkers. We are hardy people. As an Asian-American, I’ve been disturbed if not outright appalled by some of the comments or gestures that I have seen."
- New York State Senator John Liu, Feb. 2 (speech at same locale)
So, please tell me more about the situation in New York is all Trump's fault.
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I wonder which movers' company they hired. Art Hikkoshi? Sakai?
March is a busy moving season in Japan. If they waited a month or two, they could have saved the taxpayers some money!
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arrestpaulToday 12:15 pm JST
Feb. 2: “Well, we pretty much shut it down coming in from China. … We can’t have thousands of people coming in who may have this problem, the coronavirus. So we’re gonna see what happens, but we did shut it down, yes.”
This was done at the same time elected Democrats, and the CNN-types were loudly claiming that it was racist to prevent Chinese from entering the U.S.A.. Looks like Trump was right, and the Democrats, and CNN-types, were wrong. Again. Of course, politics-as-usual demands that Democrats, and CNN-types, continue to blame anything, and everything, on the President who beat Hillary.
Paul, I could not agree more and it's so nice to actually see a voice of reason amid all the anti-Trump hysteria and hyperventilating out there, especially that which "graces" this website's comments section every day.
As I wrote about in my post above, we can only shake our heads when we compare the media hysteria over the coronavirus during Trump's watch, with the soft treatment the H1N1 virus got while Obama was in the chair.
And the H1N1 killed thousands of Americans, including 1,000 in one month alone before Obama got around to finally declaring a state of emergency.
But, of course, it wasn't an election year that year, and the media's Golden Boy was in office.
The anti-Trump force's politicization of this coronavirus situation was entirely predictable. But that doesn't make it any less disgusting.
These people don't give a damn about the coronavirus or about anyone who gets sick from it. All they see in it is an opportunity to unseat Trump. Makes me nauseous.
But within a few months, we won't even be talking about the coronavirus anymore. And Trump will be re-elected in November.
He should be, because he has performed well over the past three years and he deserves to keep his job.
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Back in October 2009, the H1N1 killed 1,000 people in the United States -- including almost 100 children -- before President Obama later declared a national emergency for the virus.
At the time, the media hysteria was not as high as it is today.
That was 1,000 Americans in ONE MONTH. The coronavirus has killed 41 people TOTAL as of this writing.
The media's double-standard treatment of the H1N1 under Obama, and the coronavirus under Trump, is unbelievable.
Actually, it's not unbelievable. It's entirely predictable. It's entirely predictable that the Trump-hating media would blow this up in a way that it certainly did not with the H1N1 while their Golden Boy was in office.
Could Trump have handled this better at the beginning? Of course, but the same is true for every other country and world leader.
And his country, with over 320 million people, has had 41 deaths -- a great number of them in one state, Washington, and a pretty good percentage of them in one nursing home.
It's a good thing that under Trump, America has had tighter borders and a solid economy for the past three years. Otherwise, this coronavirus situation would be a LOT worse.
Stay the course, Mr. President, and make proper course corrections as more is learned about this virus.
And while this will no doubt be disappointing to many of your political opponents, Mr. President, your country WILL defeat this thing. And in time, everything will be back to normal.
Under the circumstances, you're doing a fine job.
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Russia banned all inbound travel from China back in January, very soon after the outbreak.
Russia has had 28 coronavirus cases (most have now recovered) and 0 deaths as of yesterday.
No deaths and fewer than 30 cases in a country with 145 million people.
Because that country almost immediately closed the door to anyone coming in from the outbreak's source country.
Next time, world, please, be like Russia.
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Travel bans don't prevent it? That's delirious.
Almost immediately after the outbreak occurred in China, Russia imposed an inbound travel ban on people entering from there.
And Russia has had a grand total of 28 coronavirus cases as of yesterday.
So I don't think anyone should believe this nonsense that "travel bans don't work."
Mongolia, Singapore, and a few other countries also took action similar to that of Russia. They have not had a major coronavirus problem either.
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Thank goodness that the economy has boomed under Trump during the last three years.
It can only help America withstand this current crisis and come through it well.
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"'... Joe Biden is going to be the Democratic nominee,' Priorities USA Chairman Guy Cecil said on Twitter..."
Joe Biden is going to be the loser to Trump in the election in November.
There. Fixed it.
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Why does no one seem to be talking about punishing the Chinese government for the ChinaVirus?
China has destabilized the world economy because of its lies, deceit, and unsanitary conditions.
China should be made to pay a very steep price for what it has done to the rest of the world.
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*The department said it served a fresh warrant on Tateyama in February for allegedly hiding around 240 kg of the drugs, with the help of an unidentified co-conspirator, in a container on a ship in Vancouver. The drugs were shipped on Dec 30 in 240 zipped plastic bags packed in 20 boxes of frozen shrimp, the department said.*
I think the word they were looking for was "snitch"! It also makes you wonder what lead the snitch to rat out this guy?
Who cares? Drug dealers and smugglers are among the lowest of the low. They profit off of the death and misery that their "product" inflicts on so many people. They literally destroy people's lives for money.
And no, this is not a "nonviolent crime." It's very violent. These people get their "customers" addicted to their "product," and the death and misery that results is indeed very much a form of violence.
So, who cares why the "snitch" turned him in? Let's just be glad that he's behind bars.
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He said "I did not do anything wrong in Japan". Which, of course makes me wonder if he did anything wrong outside of Japan.
Even if he did, it would be none of the Japanese justice system's business.
Besides, that doesn't automatically mean that he did something wrong outside of Japan.
If I as a foreigner were arrested in Japan for a crime that I didn't commit, I would tell the cops, "I haven't broken any laws here."
That would not mean I was saying that I'd broken laws somewhere else.
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U.N. declines to declare pandemic
That's because the coronavirus isn't one. Only something like 0.001% of the world's population has it. And of those, the vast majority are recovering after experiencing only relatively mild symptoms.
Like seemingly so many other things these days, this is mostly a media-fueled panic attack.
I'm not saying that we shouldn't take it seriously. But just take normal precautions. Wash your hands. Stay home and/or go to a doctor/hospital if you have symptoms. Get plenty of rest. Exercise. Eat a well-balanced diet.
And otherwise, just go about your business. You're more likely to die getting hit by a car or something.
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Tom Denk Today 09:00 pm JST
I call this Fake-news, a bit fear mongering so Abe can point with fingers to gets his "Emergency Plan" ( more power for those who are in charge but failed so far )
Well, the city did have a press conference about it, so the story looks to be true.
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Federal officials have been working with California authorities and "we have developed a plan to bring the ship to a non-commercial port," Pence said. "All passengers and crew will be tested for the virus. Those that will need to be quarantined will be quarantined. Those who will require medical help will receive it."
Good that they're taking action like this.
Oh but wait ... I thought (based on all the expert commentary posted here by JT's keyboard warriors) that Trump wasn't doing anything about this issue.
And no, he didn't call the coronavirus a "hoax." He was clearly referring to something else, but the media deliberately and dishonestly sliced and diced the tape.
Google it if you don't believe me.
And if you're one of those folks still thinking that he called it a hoax, then all I can suggest is that you stop being such gullible sheep who automatically believe anything that conveniently fits your political ideology.
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Toasted Heretic Today 04:58 pm JST
Time for a matriarchy.
If a picture on the wall is slightly crooked to the right, you don't fix it by making it crooked to the left.
You fix it by making it even.
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The Japan Red Cross has a pre-donation questionnaire that must be filled out.
It's only in Japanese, and it says that only people who can understand the Japanese questionnaire are allowed to donate.
They have an entire website in English, so why can't they make an English version of the pre-donation questionnaire as well?
Seems like it's their way of preventing foreigners from donating, figuring that most foreigners can't read Japanese.
They can't engage in out-and-out discrimination, so it seems "oh, they can't understand the forms, so, sorry" is their way of worming around it.
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In a normal country surely the case would be thrown out if the police took a forced urine test.
Not if it was court ordered. From this article however we cannot tell if that is a requirement in Japan, and whether it happened. So it's (logically) not possible to condemn the police for their actions until we have this information.
The article says the police "forcibly took a urine sample after Everson refused a voluntary urinalysis."
If the cops had a court order, they would have had no need to ask him to give a sample voluntarily. They would have just said, "Give it to us; you have to, because we have a court order."
So that leads me to believe that they didn't have a court order.
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Domestic violence is probably actually happening less often than before ... because in years past, it was probably rarely if ever reported.
In fact, it may not have even been seen as a crime in past years -- or even as a violent act.
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He needs to warm up to that whole "treat others as you'd want to be treated" thing.
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In Japan, one must not stray from the list of approved intoxicants. If you intend to intoxicate yourself, currently only alcohol is permitted.
Implied in that comment is the idea that when it comes to cocaine and alcohol, one isn't any more dangerous than the other.
Come on. I think you know full well that's not true.
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The police forcibly took a urine sample
Oh dear. I don't even want to think about how they did that.
after Everson refused a voluntary urinalysis
Isn't a court order needed for that? Oh, sorry, I forgot. This isn't a country with a 21st-century legal system. It's Japan.
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The coronavirus is a health issue about which we should all be concerned and take precautions -- but what I see is a lot of hysteria and overreactions out there.
Unless there is clearly a massive spike in the number of new cases and deaths -- which there hasn't been! -- I say let the Games go on as scheduled, when scheduled.
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So, one California resident -- an elderly person who'd already had serious ongoing health issues -- dies from the coronavirus, and this is grounds for declaring a state of emergency?
California cities have rampant cases of homeless people defecating on sidewalks and tossing needles everywhere after using illegal intravenous drugs. That would seem to be a far larger health concern.
I certainly see the need to take precautions over the coronavirus, but this seems to be an overreaction.
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In Japan, drugs used to be seen as exclusively a "foreigner" problem. Hopefully not anymore.
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Theodor W. Today 08:29 pm JST
This is the same guy who called the Coronavirus a hoax some days ago?
An examination of the video and transcript show Trump actually described Democratic complaints about his handling of the virus threat as “their new hoax.”
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Theodor W.Today 08:29 pm JST
This is the same guy who called the Coronavirus a hoax some days ago?
No, it's not. He didn't call it a hoax. The networks deliberately sliced and diced the videotape to make it sound like that.
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