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Idaho's Worst Embarrassment: COVID quarantine order "like Nazi Germany"


SANDPOINT — Outspoken state Rep. Heather Scott is drawing criticism for comparing Idaho’s stay-at-home order to the Holocaust and referring to Gov. Brad Little as “Little Hitler.”

Scott, a Republican from Blanchard, made the remarks on a Zoom interview with Jess Fields, a podcaster from Huston.

Scott said state determinations of which business are essential and can remain open and which are nonessential and must stay closed was akin to the tyranny exhibited by Germany during World War II.

“That’s no different than Nazi Germany where you had government telling people, ‘You are an essential worker or a nonessential worker and the nonessential workers got put on a train.”

For extra entertainment, this hideous wretch claimed the death toll wasn't so bad because abortion is worse.

Needless to say, her county's Human Rights Task Force is not amused by her actions.

North Idaho about to have a spike in coronavirus cases

Yup, we had one of those damned rallies.


Derek Lowe's latest blog post: "More small molecule clinical data against Covid-19"



1. Gilead Sciences was preparing to do two remdesivir trials in China. Both have been suspended. The trials look like they would have been legit (randomized, double-blinded and placebo-controlled) but the inclusion criteria was steep: patients had to have no previous therapy with any other experimental agent to enroll. Which means there's no one left in China to enroll.

2. There was a multicenter hydroxychloroquine study in China. This one had a control group, but the study was open-label (meaning everyone knew who was getting what). 75 patients received standard-of-care, and 75 received standard-of-care plus HCQ. The trial's endpoints were negative test results; the two groups had "statistically indistinguishable" numbers of negative tests.

3. There's a retrospective HCQ study from France that Didier Raoult was not involved with. (Just so you know, Raoult gives everyone HCQ then brags about how well it works.) Once again, the HCQ and control groups were recovering at the same rate.

4. Another retrospective study from Guangzhou and Hong Kong. This one tested three antivirals and chloroquine against standard-of-care. No differences were seen between groups.

All this seems to point to the only proper treatment for Covid-19: forget about the coronavirus infection, treat the diseases it brings in with it, and spend your time working on vaccines.

Governor extends stay-home order to April 30 (Idaho)

Source: Coeur d'Alene Press

Gov. Brad Little extended his stay-home order to April 30 during a press conference this morning.

“We’ll continue to fight the coronavirus together and I appreciate your widespread support of your neighbors and your communities,” he said.

Little said efforts to flatten the curve on the virus’s impact on the state’s health care systems are working, but that more needs to be done.

Read more: https://cdapress.com/news/2020/apr/15/governor-extends-stay-home-order-to-april-30-5/

He has made one big change to the original order: retail businesses considered nonessential, but who can provide curbside service or delivery, and that doesn't violate the law or ignore social distancing and hygiene mandates, can reopen immediately.

He also announced that most out-of-state visitors will be required to self-quarantine for two weeks after arrival. People who live in Idaho and work in another state, or live in another state but work in Idaho, will not be required to self-quarantine.

Check in with the gas prices in your area

Coeur d'Alene, ID: Regular $1.69; Diesel $1.99.

Does the NBA read DU?

On March 22, DUer Zonkers suggested an NBA HORSE tournament. https://www.democraticunderground.com/10181334871

The "NBA HORSE Challenge Presented By State Farm" opened today. https://www.multichannel.com/news/espn-to-air-nba-h-o-r-s-e-tournament

You will absolutely believe this: Trump considering pardon for "Joe Exotic"

"Attempted murder? It's not like he killed somebody."

"Joe Exotic" is apparently one of the "stars" of the new reality show "Tiger King," which another DUer has described as "Duck Dynasty on meth."

This individual, whose real name is Joseph Maldonado-Passage, is currently doing 22 years in federal prison for seven gross violations of the Endangered Species Act, a slew of other animal law violations, and attempting to hire a contract killer to murder one of his enemies. Four of his ESA violations are for shooting tigers dead, so...well, even if he hadn't tried to have someone whacked he's not what most of us would call a clean-cut all-American boy.

Apparently Our Great President believes 22 years is just too long to rot in prison for shooting four tigers and trying to have someone whacked, so he's thinking about pardoning this scumbag.


Derek Lowe has a list of HCQ trial results on his blog

Lowe’s Blog:

In his Chloroquine Update for April 6, he describes several trials that all have one of two common results: chloroquine therapy gives no advantage over the control group, or chloroquine therapy makes things worse.

He’s got one trial up where the control group was using Traditional Chinese Medicine, and even the roots and berries used in that protocol did better than chloroquine.

I’d almost be willing to say the folk-medicine remedies Granny Clampett made on The Beverly Hillbillies would have worked better than chloroquine, but skunkwort and retchweed are in short supply.

I have a strange question about the US exporting masks to China

They make masks in China - probably a lot more than we make in the US. Why did Trump feel the need to export the ones we have here?

Proof it's a disaster in NYC: Sarge's Deli is temporarily closing

Sarge's is my favorite Manhattan restaurant. Its motto is "We Never Close." It was started by a retired NYPD officer who hated the fact that he couldn't get a decent meal when he was working nights, so he decided to start one of the first New York restaurants to operate 24/7.

Well...imagine my shock to find this in my inbox this morning:

We're taking a temporary break...
This is a tough message to write just as it was a tough (but necessary) decision to make.

Starting this Monday (April 6th) we'll be closing our doors for a little while to ensure the safety of our employees and our community.

If You're Nearby Our Deli On Monday...
We'll be donating what food we cannot keep. If you're on the front-lines, especially in the medical profession, first-responders, etc. please drop by our Deli on 3rd Avenue. Give Steve a ring on Monday prior to coming so everything can be prepped.

We will of course let you know when we plan to be back. Until then, please stay safe, sane, & healthy NYC.

We love this city and cannot wait to serve you our delicious food soon,
The Sarge's Deli Family
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