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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

@bassss4fA minority? Uhhh....not really.

I'm aware the alt right use terms like minority and 'vast' majority differently, but this is what your Gallup link reports.

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Thirty percent of U.S. adults say they personally own a gun, while a larger percentage, 43%, report living in a gun household.

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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

@bass4fThey don’t trust the government because liberals for years and years have been talking about either amending the 2nd amendment or confiscating firearms

That's one gun owner's gun owner-centric perspective. Gun owners are a minority of the US population. I think the non-gun owning majority of the country probably could list a range of reasons they might not trust the government. One would be hearing government 'leaders' blatantly lying - repeatedly. Examples would be 'mission accomplished' said re Iraq, and 'it's not a pandemic'/'I said all along it was a pandemic', among so many others.

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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

Friends and family in three different US states have talked about how scary it is seeing more and more people open-carrying guns into crowded stores. People in the US are tense and OVERarmed. Some are even threatening Dr. Fauci. The guns industries are getting special treatment from the government. (Is that national socialism?) Gun owners are putting innocent lives, especially the majority of Americans who do NOT own guns, at risk. Time for gun owners to give back. And the guns industry arming schools is not an example of giving; it's being done for the benefit of the guns industries. The most selfish and self-serving of all US industries.

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Posted in: Trump casts doubt on Chinese coronavirus figures See in context

"How do we know" if they are accurate, Trump asked

Says the male who personally saw thousands of Muslims dancing in celebration of the 911 attacks, who counted the largest crowd in inauguration history, who said this wasn't a pandemic/is a pandemic ad infinitum. Too late to trust what Trump personally claims. Stick to the scripts given by the medical experts and be a leader. Or go to one of your resorts and play golf.

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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

No, the healthcare could be the best on the planet, it wouldn’t change the public’s distrust of the government. Gun sales would still spike in a situation like this.

Point missed. My point was gun companies profiting from the effects of this virus, especially those getting government permission to stay open when other businesses are shut, should be willing to return some of their profits to those suffering. Many gun owners and companies claim to be 'patriots': let them show they care about their nation's people. As more than just people to profit from.

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Posted in: Girl under one year old in serious condition after virus infection See in context

Triage time. Separate haves from have-nots. Countries that delayed too long in acknowledging how nasty this virus is are now putting the lives of the general populations at risk. While those countries' leaders can rest assured they, their families and their fellow 'elite' will continue to see the best healthcare. Economic/political class separations are more obvious now than ever.

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Posted in: New York call for volunteers brings 82,000 health care workers See in context

But an army of health care workers heeded New York’s call for help reinforcing hospitals overwhelmed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Hats off and thank you to each of the volunteers risking their own health to serve in this crisis.

Time for governments at all levels to learn from this that public health is cornerstone to economic health, and that all government entities need to implement measures to ensure that when/if an event like this happens again the public can be somewhat assured programs are in place to deal with it.

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Posted in: Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus See in context

I'd like to see journalists actually do their jobs 

which would require global co-operation, require nations to agree to a standard of how those deaths are tallied, and for nations to be honest in tallying. Free, for-profit press after all. Journalists are doing their jobs. Nations aren't. To some partisan extremists, especially those believing in a political messiah, 'the media' have become a substitute for the devil, a single source to blame the evils of the world on.

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Posted in: Gun background checks smash records amid coronavirus fears See in context

If gun makers and sellers are seeing increased profits as a result of the spread of the virus, spread faster because of inadequacies in US healthcare and politicians unwilling to take a position until it had become a pandemic, I'm sure they'll show their appreciation to their fellow citizens by donating most of their recent profits to programs aimed at (so to speak) improving public health and safety.

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Posted in: Russian plane with coronavirus medical gear lands in U.S. See in context

Extending a hand, curious to see if Liberals in the US are mature enough to accept it.

Taunt acknowledged. I'd respond, but know doing so risks being 'political' or 'offensive to user'.

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Posted in: Deaths pass 1,900 in New York; Cuomo calls those who won't stay at home 'selfish' See in context

he strain facing some of the world's best health care systems has been aggravated by hospital budget cuts over the past decade in Italy, Spain, France and Britain. 

That quality health care for the general public is critical to maintaining a strong economy is one that the powers that are - everywhere - need to understand. And do something about.

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Posted in: Mass testing, empty ICUs: Germany scores early against virus See in context

“We are well prepared today, tomorrow and the day after tomorrow," said Dr. Uwe Janssens,

Hats off to Germany, showing a country can care about its economy and general public health at the same time.

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Posted in: Trump says 'life and death' at stake in following guidelines See in context

"I want every American to be prepared for the hard days that lie ahead,” Trump said.

I'm happy he's finally stating how serious this runaway monster is. More straight talk!

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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

@bass4fWhy liberals think the ACA was flawless

I have yet to hear or read anyone of any political leaning say that.

they want as usual a blank check for everything regardless if it’s a waste or ripe for abuse 

II have yet to hear or read anyone of any political leaning say that.

Yes, but let’s punish the job creators,

No one is saying that. Myself, I'm questioning why a CEO of one of the big defense corporations, for example, that gets most of its revenue from government contracts gets multimillion dollar 'bonuses' for doing so. And how his company's profits can be seen as coming from 'free market capitalism'.

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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

What I would like to see is how much big corporations get and especially how much the corporate execs skim off the top for themselves.

@bass4ffIn other words, we should just let the energy sector go to crap..

What we've got here. Is failure to communicate. I was talking about corporate execs skimming off the top for themselves. ALL corporate execs. Now more than any time I can think of those with the most should be willing to see the needs of the nation's people, which include many of their own employees, are more important than buying another Maybach. Especially if that Maybach is paid for by taxpayers.

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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

 Their proposals include money for extended unemployment benefits, state and local governments, hospitals and a job-creating infrastructure program, plus expanded job protections and benefits for workers.Their proposals include money for extended unemployment benefits, state and local governments, hospitals and a job-creating infrastructure program, plus expanded job protections and benefits for workers.

If the D's are to be believed, this seems to be an attempt to look out for workers, the majority of Americans. What I would like to see is how much big corporations get and especially how much the corporate execs skim off the top for themselves. I'd also like to see how much the big corporations will invest in even greater automation now they've seen what happens when humans get sick. If the Trump brand of predatory capitalism prevails after this is over, I foresee times being even tougher for the working and middle classes.

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Posted in: Early divisions as Congress weighs next help for economy See in context

Once again the Republicans (and Trump) are looking out first and foremost for their corporate sponsors, showing their decades long belief that the masses below them just need crusts of bread and a bit of trickle down. The likelihood of the economy coming back to where it was is slim. Time to rethink the economy's base. No more subsidies for big oil, no more wars for oil, no more subsidies for big defense corporations. Public health must become a higher priority.

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Posted in: Russia sending medical supplies to help U.S. fight coronavirus See in context

That's great to see global co-operation. The question remains and has to be asked: why was the US so ill-prepared for this virus when medical experts had said for years one was highly likely, some even said inevitable, and when US intelligence agencies had warned months ago this particular virus monster had been released. Rot starts at the top.

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Posted in: U.S. death toll eclipses China's as reinforcements head to New York See in context

while the U.S. had over 180,000 infections, with more dead than China's official toll of about 3,300.

Shameful figures. There's no question the US was too late in getting to the fight. It would be nice to think when (if?) this monster can be brought under control that the US 'establishment', its ruling 'elite', will allow a thorough analysis of what all was done to deal with it as well as what all had NOT been done to prepare for it. It's worrying that people like Kelly Anne Conway, shock jocks like Rush Limbaugh and other far rightists in media plus the telescamgelists are already spinning things to make Trump believers think he 'wasn't responsible for that'. Way beyond time for full truth. Something sorely missing during the post-truth, Trump era.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

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.

Thank you for sharing your anger. Now back to reality.

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Posted in: U.S. coronavirus death toll rises past 3,000 on deadliest day; New York governor begs for help See in context

What else do you want from him?

At a minimum to be honest and not make this all about himself. But leopards and spots; in his 75 years on the planet he's shown he's genomically incapable of being honest and not making everything all about him.

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Posted in: Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues See in context

@bassf4 stands at 50% it seems the vast majority of Americans trust this President soundly

50%? Vast majority? Maybe using Trump's standards, i.e. 'TV ratings' he's 'trusted', but not using those poll numbers. I'm trying to recall which poster says don't trust polls.

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Posted in: Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues See in context

No, he's doing a great job.

Time will tell. Because of the cuts in medical service done by his admin, because he refused to listen to the warnings from US intelligence agencies and medical experts Trump's forced the country to have to play catchup to a fast moving monster. Which is resulting in who knows how many deaths and illnesses while devastating the country's economy. Next to the asterisk denoting he was impeached will be 'Trump failed to act when he needed to'. But of course he'll say 'not responsible for that' which his followers will parrot.

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Posted in: Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues See in context

No, he's speaking to the whole country.

The whole country? Doubtful the 65% (estimate) of Americans who believe in science listen to a word Trump says and instead listen to medical medical experts. Now is a time when Americans need an articulate, honest leader. Trump's neither. People who listen to him on TV do so because of the office Trump holds, not him.

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Posted in: Trump defends extending virus guidelines as spread continues See in context

“Challenging times are ahead for the next 30 days,” Trump said

Say challenging times ahead. Full stop. STOP with the dates! As Dr Fauci said, humans don't make the timeline, the virus does. False hope is worse for most than no hope. At this point Trump's only speaking to his base; the rest of the country is tuning him out. What a pathetic legacy he's leaving.

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Posted in: Italy to extend coronavirus lockdown until Easter as new cases fall See in context

They pushed alt facts and partial truths used to push agendas.

Correction: They used alt facts and partial truths to push their agendas'. And media at all levels allowed them to do so. Another example of the plusses and in this case the minuses of a free, for-profit press.

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Posted in: Fear on front lines as hospital staff face threats, stigma over coronavirus See in context

"They remain unfazed by the discrimination that healthcare workers now face."

Crazy times. Scary times. Hats off and thank you to all health workers and security personnel, each person working the frontlines of this battle. The gap between those at the top and those working directly with the ill remains to wide.

What about all the truckers, delivery, employee cashiers at grocery stores etc.

Hats off and thank you to each of them. They, too, have been having problems getting the protective equipment needed, once again pointing out how ill-prepared the country has been to face this monster. Maybe now some among the the masters of the economy will come to realize public health is vital to maintaining economic health.

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Posted in: Italy to extend coronavirus lockdown until Easter as new cases fall See in context

This confirms international suspicions

Suspicions pushed by organizations like the Internet Research Agency? And to think some were dismissing this virus, saying it's just another flu or cold. They pushed alt facts and partial truths used to push agendas.

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Posted in: Koike calls for fewer outings; says state of emergency up to PM See in context

but said it was up to Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to declare a state of emergency to tackle it.

Sounds like another pol saying 'I'm not responsible for that'. Backatcha, PM.

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Posted in: Trump brags about high TV ratings for his coronavirus briefings See in context

Trump administration sent protective medical gear to China while he minimized the virus threat to US

@bassf4 As well as others...

Is the 'other' in the article you referenced Dr Robert Redfield, a Trump appointee? He's like other Trump appointees: loyal to Trump first, nation somewhere down the line.

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