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Gov. Whitmer: "We are not one another's enemies. The enemy is the virus.

Gov. Whitmer: "We are not one another's enemies. The enemy is the virus. And it is spreading. And it is taking American lives. And that's precisely why we governors are banding together where we can to try to make sure ... we're protecting the people."


Illinois governor says he's taking over testing after 'millions of tests' never arrived from WH

“Right now, all of the experts point to 10,000 tests to the standard that we need to achieve,” he said in prepared remarks on Sunday afternoon.

“Again, I want to be frank with you,” he continued. “Where we are now is not where I want to be. Every day we aren’t hitting 10,000 tests or more is a day we are not able to get answers to get past this current crisis. And to be clear, the loss of essentially the entire month of February in the effort to scale up robust testing and the exponential spread that followed was a profound failure of the federal government.”

He explained that since then, state leaders had done everything they can to try and make up for the failure at the federal level. When comparing the U.S. to other countries, he said that those countries are, per capita, far more ahead of the United States.

“But the most frustrating part of this gap is that it’s not just in the past,” he said. “The White House has promised millions of tests for weeks now, and they’re just not here. To be clear, I also welcome the testing capacity when it actually arrives. But I’m not going to wait on promises from the federal government that may never be fulfilled. We need this testing capacity now. So, we’re building it ourselves in Illinois.


30 days hath September,

April, June and November
All the rest have 31
excepting February alone,
which has 28 days clear
and 29 in each Leap Year
And January, which was 986 days long, and March which has lasted for 4 bloody bastard years so far.


The Times They Are a-Changin': Boris Johnson's anti-shout out to Margaret Thatcher

Interesting little note in this Johnson video. Probably Brits will catch more than people in the US. Toward very end he does a sort of anti-shout out to Margaret Thatcher saying the the populations Coronavirus has "already proved, is that there really is such a thing as society."


Multiple Students Are Sick At Reopened Liberty Campus

Killing Your Studens To Own The Libs

Liberty officials accuse outsiders of playing politics. Within the school, there are signs of panic. “I’m not allowed to talk to you because I’m an employee here,” one student living on campus wrote in an email. But, he pleaded, “we need help to go home."

The New York Times reports:

Mr. Falwell — a staunch ally of President Trump and an influential voice in the evangelical world — reopened the university last week, igniting a firestorm, epidemiologically and otherwise.

As of Friday, Liberty’s student health services Dr. Edward Eppes said, nearly a dozen Liberty students were sick with symptoms that suggest Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus. Three were referred to local hospital centers for testing. Another eight were told to self-isolate.

“Liberty will be notifying the community as deemed appropriate and required by law,” Mr. Falwell said in an interview on Sunday when confronted with the numbers. He added that any student returning now to campus would be required to self-quarantine for 14 days.


Sobbing Out Loud: Paramedic's entire street came out to applaud her before her shift began


Gov. Cuomo: Trump's reckless quarantine remarks 'panicked' people into leaving New York City

Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) revealed on Sunday that “panicked” New Yorkers told him that they are planning to leave the state after President Donald Trump threatened to “quarantine” surrounding areas.

Cuomo made the remarks a day after Trump said that he was considering a quarantine before backing off the threat.

“You want to do it in a way that doesn’t create more fear,” Cuomo explained. “You’re fighting the virus and you’re fighting the fear. I can’t tell you how many people called all night long about the mandatory quarantine comment that the president made as he was getting into a helicopter.”

“People are so on edge, I mean it really panicked people,” he continued. “They were going to leave the city last night. Really. You need to manage that fear and the panic. And you also need to deal with the virus.”


But Her E-Mails!!!



A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future


A letter to the UK from Italy: this is what we know about your future

An author in Rome describes what to expect based on her experiences of lockdown

Francesca MelandriLast modified on Sun 29 Mar 2020

‘We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time.’

The acclaimed Italian novelist Francesca Melandri, who has been under lockdown in Rome for almost three weeks due to the Covid-19 outbreak, has written a letter to fellow Europeans “from your future”, laying out the range of emotions people are likely to go through over the coming weeks.

I am writing to you from Italy, which means I am writing from your future. We are now where you will be in a few days. The epidemic’s charts show us all entwined in a parallel dance.

We are but a few steps ahead of you in the path of time, just like Wuhan was a few weeks ahead of us. We watch you as you behave just as we did. You hold the same arguments we did until a short time ago, between those who still say “it’s only a flu, why all the fuss?” and those who have already understood.

As we watch you from here, from your future, we know that many of you, as you were told to lock yourselves up into your homes, quoted Orwell, some even Hobbes. But soon you’ll be too busy for that.

First of all, you’ll eat. Not just because it will be one of the few last things that you can still do.

You’ll find dozens of social networking groups with tutorials on how to spend your free time in fruitful ways. You will join them all, then ignore them completely after a few days.

You’ll pull apocalyptic literature out of your bookshelves, but will soon find you don’t really feel like reading any of it.

You’ll eat again. You will not sleep well. You will ask yourselves what is happening to democracy.

You’ll have an unstoppable online social life – on Messenger, WhatsApp, Skype, Zoom…

You will miss your adult children like you never have before; the realisation that you have no idea when you will ever see them again will hit you like a punch in the chest.

Old resentments and falling-outs will seem irrelevant. You will call people you had sworn never to talk to ever again, so as to ask them: “How are you doing?” Many women will be beaten in their homes.

You will wonder what is happening to all those who can’t stay home because they don’t have one. You will feel vulnerable when going out shopping in the deserted streets, especially if you are a woman. You will ask yourselves if this is how societies collapse. Does it really happen so fast? You’ll block out these thoughts and when you get back home you’ll eat again.

You will put on weight. You’ll look for online fitness training.

You’ll laugh. You’ll laugh a lot. You’ll flaunt a gallows humour you never had before. Even people who’ve always taken everything dead seriously will contemplate the absurdity of life, of the universe and of it all.

You will make appointments in the supermarket queues with your friends and lovers, so as to briefly see them in person, all the while abiding by the social distancing rules.

You will count all the things you do not need.

The true nature of the people around you will be revealed with total clarity. You will have confirmations and surprises.

Literati who had been omnipresent in the news will disappear, their opinions suddenly irrelevant; some will take refuge in rationalisations which will be so totally lacking in empathy that people will stop listening to them. People whom you had overlooked, instead, will turn out to be reassuring, generous, reliable, pragmatic and clairvoyant.

Those who invite you to see all this mess as an opportunity for planetary renewal will help you to put things in a larger perspective. You will also find them terribly annoying: nice, the planet is breathing better because of the halved CO2 emissions, but how will you pay your bills next month?

You will not understand if witnessing the birth of a new world is more a grandiose or a miserable affair.

You will play music from your windows and lawns. When you saw us singing opera from our balconies, you thought “ah, those Italians”. But we know you will sing uplifting songs to each other too. And when you blast I Will Survive from your windows, we’ll watch you and nod just like the people of Wuhan, who sung from their windows in February, nodded while watching us.

Many of you will fall asleep vowing that the very first thing you’ll do as soon as lockdown is over is file for divorce.

Many children will be conceived.

Your children will be schooled online. They’ll be horrible nuisances; they’ll give you joy.

Elderly people will disobey you like rowdy teenagers: you’ll have to fight with them in order to forbid them from going out, to get infected and die.

You will try not to think about the lonely deaths inside the ICU.

You’ll want to cover with rose petals all medical workers’ steps.

You will be told that society is united in a communal effort, that you are all in the same boat. It will be true. This experience will change for good how you perceive yourself as an individual part of a larger whole.

Class, however, will make all the difference. Being locked up in a house with a pretty garden or in an overcrowded housing project will not be the same. Nor is being able to keep on working from home or seeing your job disappear. That boat in which you’ll be sailing in order to defeat the epidemic will not look the same to everyone nor is it actually the same for everyone: it never was.

At some point, you will realise it’s tough. You will be afraid. You will share your fear with your dear ones, or you will keep it to yourselves so as not to burden them with it too.

You will eat again.

We’re in Italy, and this is what we know about your future. But it’s just small-scale fortune-telling. We are very low-key seers.

If we turn our gaze to the more distant future, the future which is unknown both to you and to us too, we can only tell you this: when all of this is over, the world won’t be the same.

© Francesca Melandri 2020
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