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  1. The Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis refuses to accept them. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/as-cruise-ship-carrying-sick-and-dead-passengers-moves-toward-florida-governor-says-state-can-t-take-them/ar-BB11USCd?ocid=primentp (Full article and video at above link) FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A Holland America cruise ship, carrying four bodies and scores of patients with coronavirus-like symptoms, has been given permission to cross the Panama Canal, allowing them to continue their journey toward Florida, the cruise line’s president said Sunday. The Zandaam and Rotterdam, where some passengers were transferred, may be heading to Fort Lauderdale or Miami. But Gov. Ron DeSantis appeared on Fox News on Monday morning — and he wasn’t happy. “We cannot afford to have people who are not even Floridians dumped into South Florida using up those valuable resources,” he said, adding he is in touch with the White House over the fate of these ships. “We view this as a big, big problem and we don’t want to see people dumped in southern Florida right now.” Both ships had crossed the canal by Monday morning. “We recently received confirmation from the Panamanian government that both ships have been allowed access to Panama Canal to make our way east toward Florida,” Holland America president Orlando Ashford said in a video shown to passengers and crew on Sunday night. Valerie Myntti and her husband remained locked in their rooms Sunday, unable to leave the Zandaam because her husband reported that he had a cough. “This is a humanitarian disaster and we need immediate attention,” said Mynitti, a Minnesota resident who owns a house in Boca Raton. “Who are we (America) in times of an incredible crisis if we don’t reach out in incredible generosity? In a crisis you can see how the men are divided from the boys.” The wait staff is from the Philippines, Thailand and Indonesia, many of whom are sick and need medical help, she said. “This was a grand adventure that turned deeply tragic,” she said. “These are innocent people caught up in a nightmare. They are on 24-hour lockdown in their cabins. Have you ever been locked in one room for more than a week?” she said. “Seems like jail to me. My poor aunt is in the same stateroom she was sharing with her husband whom she watched expire on the floor despite the crew’s efforts at revival. And she has to sit there, 24 hours a day, until some country will let the ships dock.” The cruise ship, on a South American journey, was first denied entry into Chile. Since then, four people died, two just tested positive for the new coronavirus, and the number of passengers and crew with flu-like symptoms has ballooned to 138. Several Broward County commissioners were alarmed at the idea of the Zaandam docking at Port Everglades. “You cannot tell the ship to stay at sea forever, but also do it in a thoughtful and transparent way that helps to protect the lives of people in South Florida,” Deutch said. “That needs to be the goal.” “We are coming home!” a passenger yelled.
  2. Trump is funny. I can't wait for the political cartoons for this. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-calls-pelosi-a-sick-puppy-over-coronavirus-criticism/ar-BB11UxbC?ocid=primedhp (Full article at above link) President Trump on Monday lashed out at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for criticizing his response to the coronavirus pandemic, calling her a "sick puppy." "It's a sad thing," Trump said during a call-in interview on "Fox & Friends" Monday morning after he was asked to respond to Pelosi's criticism a day prior. "She's a sick puppy in my opinion. She's got a lot of problems." Pelosi on Sunday accused Trump of downplaying the public health crisis in a way that cost American lives, saying that "his denial at the beginning was deadly" on CNN's "State of the Union." "When he made the other day when he was signing the bill, he said just think 20 days ago everything was great. No, everything wasn't great," Pelosi said, referring to the $2 trillion bipartisan relief bill the president signed on Friday. "We had nearly 500 cases and 17 deaths already. And in that 20 days because we weren't prepared, we now have 2,000 deaths and 100,000 cases," Pelosi said. Trump on Monday accused Pelosi of ignoring his initial decision to restrict air travel from China in January, saying not doing so would have resulted in deaths "like no one has ever seen." Trump also accused Pelosi of wasting her time on his impeachment; the House voted to impeach Trump in December, before the coronavirus reached the United States. "I think it's a disgrace to her country, her family," Trump said of Pelosi's critical remarks. "What a horrible statement to make." "All she did was focus on impeachment. She didn't focus on anything having to do with pandemics," Trump said later. "And she lost and she looked like a fool." Trump downplayed the threat of the coronavirus at the start of the outbreak in the U.S., doubting that the virus would inevitably spread domestically and predicting that cases would soon be down "close to zero" in late February. But Trump has notably shifted his tone in recent weeks as his administration has sought to slow the spread of the virus, recommending Americans countrywide limit public outings and travel and avoid public spaces like bars and restaurants. Trump on Sunday extended those guidelines until the end of April as public health officials predicted the U.S. could experience millions of COVID-19 cases and 100,000 or more deaths from the virus. Trump's criticism of Pelosi came after his administration successfully negotiated with Congress to shepherd through legislative packages addressing the effects of the coronavirus, including the $2 trillion package signed by Trump on Friday.
  3. 'Technical difficulties' LOL. Yeah right. I've seen the video on YouTube. That hoe was drunk as a skunk. If she can't go to work in the morning and is stuck with herself all day, of course she is going to get drunk. Anybody would that is a despicable pos like her. It beats looking in the mirror. https://www.msn.com/en-us/tv/news/jeanine-pirro-fox-news-blame-erratic-at-home-show-on-technical-difficulties-—-while-gretchen-carlson-criticizes-tv-host/ar-BB11SvP6?ocid=primentp (Full article at above link) Fox News and Jeanine Pirro are speaking out after an erratic broadcast Saturday night prompted speculation that the Justice with Judge Jeanine host was under the influence. The 68-year-old former prosecutor and New York State judge was broadcasting from home due to the coronavirus pandemic. She appeared out of sorts, her hair tousled. At one point she cracked to guest Lisa Boothe, appearing via satellite from her parents’ home, “I’ll just tell you, I can’t see you, so everything looks different to me. We should just call each other.” The clips — which also saw music playing over Boothe’s final remarks — raised eyebrows online, with commenters floating the theory that Pirro was intoxicated. The TV personality waded in to set the record straight after one commenter said she had “drunk girl hair.” Fox News also issued a statement blaming the issues on “several technical difficulties.” Saturday Night Live had some fun with it.
  4. The National Guard should be brought in to shut and secure the school. If Falwell cries about Freedom of Religion, bust his head open with a PR-24. Then he should be tased him until he begs for mercy. And then he should tased some more. He is putting innocent young people at risk.
  5. Au contraire, just in the nick of time.
  6. An infertility virus is not the same thing as a virus that kills people, dimwit. It is one that prevents birth. DUH
  7. As I have stated before, I would prefer that mankind collectively act more responsibly towards our environment. That means deliberately slowing the birth rate. I'm not a death merchant. But if man doesn't right itself, nature will. Ruthlessly.
  8. And in a related article: Any community that would allow this grotesque abomination of an arch stand in their town is a town I have little sympathy for. Get ready for your new neighbors. The coronavirus may hit rural America later — and harder https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-coronavirus-may-hit-rural-america-later-and-harder/ar-BB11QB7R (Full article at above link) FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Early this week, Kodiak Island, part of an archipelago in southwest Alaska, issued a “hunker down” proclamation, asking residents to stay at home as much as possible. In the Covid-19 pandemic, the remote island, known for its brown bear population, might seem well-positioned — travel on or off the island is limited to the water or air. But Elise Pletnikoff, a family physician and the medical director of the Kodiak Area Native Association, says the same physical remoteness which may help protect rural communities from infection will become a liability if — and, more likely, when — the novel coronavirus arrives. “Our capacity will be the limiting factor,” she says, “meaning not just equipment, but also staff.” Her organization provides care for 5,000 patients on Kodiak; while there is a hospital on the island, it has limited resources for critical care and usually flies patients needing that kind of medical attention to Anchorage. Many small communities around the United States rely on community health aides, a physician who visits a few days out of the month, and either commercial or medevac flights to larger urban centers during emergencies. Already because of the outbreak, health workers are forced to disrupt this limited care even further, transitioning to telemedicine when possible. “We’ve stopped traveling to remote villages to reduce exposure,” Pletnikoff says, and staff currently in each village are staying, “until … we don’t know when.” Even though small towns like these may be thousands of miles from Covid-19 hotspots like New York City and New Orleans, there’s good reason for the 60 million Americans in rural areas to worry. They are getting new neighbors on a daily basis. Alaska only has 1,500 general hospital beds. And even if as few as five percent of Covid-19 patients become critically ill that’s a minimum of 14,750 people needing ICU beds. Estimates are that Alaska has only has around 200. If that many people get sick over the next one to three months, only one in 25 people who need intensive care will be able to get it. Even if you halved the number of Alaskans infected with Covid-19 to 20 percent, the system will still be over capacity — by thousands of people. It’s these kinds of equations that make epidemiologists particularly concerned about rural America. “If we believe that the way seasonal flu spreads through the country is likely similar to Covid-19, the rural eruptions tend to be later and briefer, but more impactful than in big urban areas.”
  9. Kiss it all goodbye. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/the-great-american-migration-of-2020-on-the-move-to-escape-the-coronavirus/ar-BB11QAma?ocid=spartandhp (Full article at above link) Back home in Oakland, Calif., Lisa Pezzino and Kit Center built a life that revolved around music and the people who make it — the musicians who recorded on Pezzino’s small label and performed in places where Center rigged the lights and sound equipment. Where they are now, deep in the redwood forest near Big Sur, 140 miles south along the California coast, there is mostly the towering silence of isolation. A tiny cabin, an outdoor kitchen. There would be no concerts, no musicians wandering by to plan a recording session. Pezzino, a civil engineer who can work remotely, and Center, whose rigging work definitely cannot be done from home, decided to stay put in the woods, indefinitely. They joined the impromptu Great American Migration of 2020. Millions have been on the move, a mass migration that looks urgent and temporary but might contain the seeds of a wholesale shift in where and how Americans live. But virus fugitives often are running into fierce opposition on their routes, including Florida’s effort to block New Yorkers from joining their relatives in the Sunshine State, a police checkpoint keeping outsiders from entering the Florida Keys, and several coastal islands closing bridges to try to keep the coronavirus at bay. “They’re bringing in extended family to get away from the virus, and we’re asking them to maintain a 14-day quarantine,” a local politiician said. “There’s no legal way we can force them, but we’re asking, really imploring.” Amid the chaos and spreading disease in many big cities, getting away still remains attractive to those who can find a way out.
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