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Kinks Corona Lola parody.

Something really stinks here (duh)

Business Insider article;

The Trump administration paid a bankrupt company with zero employees $55 million for N95 masks, which it's never manufactured

The Trump administration has awarded a $55 million contract for N95 masks to a bankrupt company with no experience in producing medical supplies.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency told Insider that the company, Panthera, is scheduled to deliver the masks on April 23.

Former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told the Washington Post something is "amiss" regarding this order.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-trump-administration-paid-a-bankrupt-company-with-zero-employees-2455-million-for-n95-masks-which-its-never-manufactured/ar-BB12JwUk

There is a link in the BI/MSN article to Panthera's website.

>>OUR MISSION

Panthera Training provides elite, scenario-based tactical, aviation and intelligence training and instruction for Defense Department, State Department, Federal Agency and Law Enforcement teams who operate in sensitive environments worldwide, to enable those teams to meet their mission goals and requirements.<<

The firm appears to be a security / mercenary training company, nothing about medical.

http://www.pantheratraining.com/

Did an internet search to find out more and this is what I found.

https://www.pantheramedical.com/

>>PANTHERA MEDICAL SANAYI.TR
Driven by Success

Panthera Medical researches, develops, designs and produces high quality medical disposable supplies. With 27+ years of experience, Panthera Medical offers innovative, complementary and economic solutions to the market.

Our founder began to improve infrastructure for the disposable medical supplies production in 1992, it was founded as a family company, with 25 employees, company pioneered in disposable medical products production of any material which has not manufactured in Turkey before. They had managed to be the first manufacturer of disposable medical supplies such as surgical drape, Microscope Drape and Camera Drape in Turkey and one of the few manufacturers in the world. After turned to a LIMITED organization in 2018, because of the other partners not being industrial origin, then increase in disposable medical supplies market was observed and with the thought of infection control will come to the fore, strategies have been created to re-enter the market.

Panthera Medical with 350 m2 closed area, 50 workers and 27 years of experience, had a small but fast entrance into sector. With the rapid increase of domestic sales, exports beginning in 2012 and ongoing increase, the need was felt to increase capacity.

Our human resources, our experience, our perfectionism and our entrepreneurial spirit are the most important assets we have.<<

So Panthera Medical is a company in Turkey that does manufacture medical supplies such as facemasks. There are no names or other specifics at the site.

Back in the GWB years there were pretty stinky business relations between GOP pols and enablers and Turkey.

What Happens When Coronavirus Invades a War Zone NYT News

Our intervention in Libya was evil. Here is what Libyans are dealing with in the time of CV19.

What Happens When Coronavirus Invades a War Zone | NYT News

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Here is what wikipedia says about Bezos.

Jeffrey Preston Bezos (/ˈbeɪzoʊs/;[a][2] n Jorgensen; born January 12, 1964) is an American businessman, media proprietor, and investor. He is best known as the founder, CEO, and president of the online retail company Amazon. The first centi-billionaire on the Forbes wealth index, Bezos has been the world's richest person since 2017 and was named the "richest man in modern history" after his net worth increased to $150 billion in July 2018.[3] In September 2018, Forbes described him as "far richer than anyone else on the planet" as he added $1.8 billion to his net worth when Amazon became the second company in history to reach a market cap of $1 trillion.

Born in Albuquerque and raised in Houston and later Miami, Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science. He worked on Wall Street in a variety of related fields from 1986 to early 1994. He founded Amazon in late 1994 on a cross-country road trip from New York City to Seattle. The company began as an online bookstore and has since expanded to a wide variety of other e-commerce products and services, including video and audio streaming, cloud computing, and AI. It is currently the world's largest online sales company, the largest Internet company by revenue, and the world's largest provider of virtual assistants[4] and cloud infrastructure services through its Amazon Web Services branch.

Bezos founded the aerospace manufacturer and sub-orbital spaceflight services company Blue Origin in 2000. A Blue Origin test flight successfully first reached space in 2015, and the company has upcoming plans to begin commercial suborbital human spaceflight.[5] He also purchased the major American newspaper The Washington Post in 2013 for $250 million in cash, and manages many other investments through his Bezos Expeditions venture capital firm.

Wikipedia at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Bezos

Who was Jeff Bezos before Amazon?

Before I look it up on the internet going to assume that

pellucidly is defined as smells like dead fish at peak of foul odor.

Oops pellucidly means easily understood.

Well it is easily understood that Trump at least metaphorically has an odor that wreaks of dead fish.

Happen to have this video handy.

Matt Taibbi has left Rolling Stone and gone independent.

Taibbi has ebbed as a favorite at DU. IMO Taibbi is one of the few investigative journalists.

Announcement to Readers: I'm Moving

Substack is now my full-time job.


From now on, my online writing will be published on Substack. This is my full-time job now.

I first started writing for Rolling Stone in 2003 and will continue a relationship with my good friends there, contributing print features and also maintaining the Useful Idiots podcast with Katie Halper. I love Rolling Stone and have been proud to represent the magazine over the years. If anyone cares to know, I wasnt asked to leave.

Ive been thinking about this for some time. Having had experience with Substack Ive serialized two books here in the last few years, including Hate Inc. I believe the path for independent journalists is in a subscriber-based model.

more at: https://taibbi.substack.com/p/announcement-to-readers-im-moving

New Bob Dylan release - Murder Most Foul

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There was another earthquake today off the coast of Humboldt county

Today's earthquake was 4.8 after last weeks earthquake of 5.2 (that occurred the same day as the recent Utah earthquake that caused the angel Moroni to lose his trumpet. I did not think the events were linked but maybe wrong?

http://kymkemp.com/2020/03/22/4-8-earthquake-near-ferndale-and-petrolia/

Seems likely that there will be some fundamental changes in how the USA operates post

the corona virus given the stark inadequacies we now face.

One can reasonably predict that the USA will reach a deflection point only comparable to:

1) Declaration of Independence and Revolutionary War

2) Civil War and end of slavery

3) Great Depression and WWII

There is great risk at hand. No doubt some elite "utopians" are looking at the pandemic as thinning the herd and opportunities for disaster capitalism. The situation could even degrade into hot war(s)

What do you predict for the political economy of the USA once "healed" from the corona virus pandemic?
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