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1918 World Governments Lied & Censored Coverage of Flu Virus -Eventually 56 million people died.

In 1918, governments worldwide lied about the flu, and censored coverage of it to avoid depressing morale, just like Trump is doing. Eventually 56 million people died.

The first wave wasn’t that bad. In the spring of 1918, a new strain of influenza hit military camps in Europe on both sides of World War I. Soldiers were affected, but not nearly as severely as they would be later.

Even so, Britain, France, Germany and other European governments kept it secret. They didn’t want to hand the other side a potential advantage.

Spain, on the other hand, was a neutral country in the war. When the disease hit there, the government and newspapers reported it accurately. Even the king got sick.

So months later, when a bigger, deadlier wave swept across the globe, it seemed like it had started in Spain, even though it hadn’t. Simply because the Spanish told the truth, the virus was dubbed the “Spanish flu.”


Send them to the White House....To recover from their hoax.


Republicans put TWO wars on the US credit card. A massive IOU for generations to pay off.

Pence Attacks Coronavirus

Ocasio Cortez Scorches Ted Cruz: 'You don't even believe in evolution'

“Sen. Cruz, while I understand you judge people’s intelligence by the lowest income they’ve had, I hold awards from MIT Lincoln Lab &others for accomplishments in microbiology,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “Secondly, I’m surprised you’re asking about chromosomes given that you don’t even believe in evolution.”


VP Pence wiped his nose with his hands then proceeded to shake everyone's hands


"The Pence Treatment"

KRUGMAN: When a Pandemic Meets a Personality Cult-The Trump team confirms all of our worst fears.


The story of the Trump pandemic response actually began several years ago. Almost as soon as he took office, Trump began cutting funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leading in turn to an 80 percent cut in the resources the agency devotes to global disease outbreaks. Trump also shut down the entire global-health-security unit of the National Security Council.

Experts warned that these moves were exposing America to severe risks. “We’ll leave the field open to microbes,” declared Tom Frieden, a much-admired former head of the C.D.C., more than two years ago. But the Trump administration has a preconceived notion about where national security threats come from — basically, scary brown people — and is hostile to science in general. So we entered the current crisis in an already weakened condition.


the Trumpian response to crisis is completely self-centered, entirely focused on making Trump look good rather than protecting America. If the facts don’t make Trump look good, he and his allies attack the messengers, blaming the news media and the Democrats — while trying to prevent scientists from keeping us informed. And in choosing people to deal with a real crisis, Trump prizes loyalty rather than competence.

Maybe Trump — and America — will be lucky, and this won’t be as bad as it might be. But anyone feeling confident right now isn’t paying attention.



Meanwhile, at the White House, Trump met today with Kristy Swanson (Buffy) and Dean Cain (Superman) to discuss their play FBI Lovebirds based on the Lisa Page and Peter Strzok text messages (https://mailchi.mp/annandphelim/live-now-fbi-lovebirds-336361…)


Obama left Trump a perfectly good pandemic response team. Trump got rid of it. And here we are.

Trump, however, eliminated the pandemic response team, including the top-level NSC member, just as he has reversed Obama policies throughout the government.

A senior administration official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that while the NSC position had been eliminated, its duties had been absorbed into other positions on the council. “Similar responsibilities still exist at the National Security Council but under different titles,” the official said, adding that the council “is staffed by officials with extensive experience and expertise including in virology, infectious disease epidemiology, global health security, public health, and emergency response.”

.....elimination of the NSC position reporting directly to the national security adviser makes a rapid response on global health issues more difficult.

He said the Trump administration’s response to the current crisis has seemed fixated on the notion that the virus could be kept from ever making it to this country, rather than coming up with a plan to deal with it once it does.

“The ball has been dropped,” Konyndyk said. “They’ve lost a month where they could have been doing that.”

At Wednesday’s press conference, Trump took questions for some 45 minutes, giving unusually calm advice that Americans should treat the virus like the seasonal flu by washing their hands and staying home if they felt ill. He did, however, at times veer off into campaign mode, claiming he would beat any of his potential Democratic opponents, blaming some of the recent 2,000-point stock market decline on Tuesday’s Democratic debate, and insulting Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

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