Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Dr. John Gartner Warns That Donald Trump is Using the Pandemic as a Biological Weapon Against the American People

The podcast is 18 minutes long. The interview begins at the 14-minute mark. 

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"Dr. John Gartner is a psychologist, psychoanalyst, and former professor at the Johns Hopkins University Medical School. He is also the founder of the Duty to Warn PAC, an organization working to raise awareness about the danger to the United States and the world posed by Donald Trump. He is a contributor to the 2017 bestseller 'The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 27 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President.' Dr. Gartner is also featured in the upcoming documentary 'Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump.'

"Dr. Gartner warns that Donald Trump is actively using the pandemic as a type of biological weapon against the American people..." 

"Millions of People Who Depended on Employer-Based Health Insurance Are Screwed" -Fred Klonsky

“Medicare for All was a central issue of debate during the Democratic presidential primaries. Bernie supported it. Nearly all the others opposed it. Joe Biden promised to veto it even in the unlikely event it passed a Democratic Party Congress.
“National union leaders like the AFL CIO’s Richard Trumka and the American Federation of Teachers’ Randi Weingarten also opposed national health care on the basis that the health insurance bargained by their affiliated unions was superior to any government system.
“With millions of workers in states that ban collective bargaining, it was always a foolish argument. Even in states with collective bargaining rights, only a small percentage of workers are covered by a union contract that includes quality health insurance. And now the shit has hit the fan.
“The numbers of people who have lost employer-provided health insurance since the start of the pandemic is not exactly clear. It is millions. That we know.Because of job losses between February and May of this year, 5.4 million laid-off workers became uninsured. These recent increases in the number of uninsured adults are 39% higher than any annual increase ever recorded. The highest previous increase took place over the one-year period from 2008 to 2009, when 3.9 million nonelderly adults became uninsured.
“Others estimate the number is much, much larger. Biden’s solution is to expand the Affordable Care Act. Trump has gone to the Supreme Court to overturn ACA entirely. Even if Biden is elected, any Congressional action would be months into 2021. Those without coverage and get infected by COVID19 are facing financial and a life-threatening health emergency now” (Fred Klonsky’s Blog).

HHS confirms coronavirus hospital data will now be sent to DC instead of CDC

Updated 7:59 AM EDT July 15, 2020, Washington
Hospital data on coronavirus patients will now be rerouted to the Trump administration instead of first being sent to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.

Michael Caputo, the assistant secretary for public affairs at the department, confirmed the change first reported by The New York Times earlier in the day, saying in a statement that the ‘new faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus and the CDC, an operating division of HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response. They will simply no longer control it.’

“‘The CDC's old hospital data gathering operation once worked well monitoring hospital information across the country, but it's an inadequate system today,’ Caputo said in the statement. 

“The Times said hospitals are to begin reporting the data to HHS on Wednesday, noting also that the ‘database that will receive new information is not open to the public, which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers and health officials who rely on C.D.C. data to make projections and crucial decisions.’ 

“The change comes as the Trump administration continues to grapple with the coronavirus pandemic -- which has already claimed the lives of more than 136,000 Americans -- in moves that are increasingly being seen as political. Earlier Tuesdayfour former CDC directors blasted the administration's efforts to disregard and politicize guidelines from the agency in a scathing Washington Post op-ed.

“The four former CDC officials warned against what they called a ‘tragic indictment’ of the CDC's efforts as President Donald Trump and top coronavirus task force officials seek to reopen the nation's schools. 

“Trump has said he will ‘pressure’ governors to reopen schools, despite internal documents from the CDC separately obtained by the Times warning that reopening K-12 schools and universities would be the ‘highest risk’ for the spread of the deadly virus.

“‘Unfortunately, their sound science is being challenged with partisan potshots, sowing confusion and mistrust at a time when the American people need leadership, expertise and clarity. These efforts have even fueled a backlash against public health officials across the country: Public servants have been harassed, threatened and forced to resign when we need them most. This is unconscionable and dangerous,’ the former CDC officials wrote. Public health experts, they said: ‘Face two opponents: covid-19, but also political leaders and others attempting to undermine’ the CDC” (CNN).

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

The American Academy of Pediatrics Disagrees with the Trump Administration about Reopening Schools

“After the Trump administration used the American Academy of Pediatrics’ statement pushing for ‘having students physically’ in classrooms to justify its campaign to fully reopen schools—and possibly withhold funding from those that remain closed—the AAP openly disagreed with the administration Friday in a new statement that argues schools ‘must pursue reopening in a way that is safe for all students, teachers and staff.’

“President Donald Trump and his administration have pushed for all schools to physically reopen in the fall despite surging cases of Covid-19, with the president threatening to withhold federal funding from those that don’t and saying Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines that outline how to reopen more safely are ‘impractical.’

“To justify their insistence on reopening schools at all cost amid mounting push back, the Trump administration has specifically highlighted AAP guidance that says ‘all policy considerations for the coming school year should start with a goal of having students physically present in school.’

“In a new statement released with the American Federation of Teachers, National Education Association and AASA, The School Superintendents Association, the AAP says that while ‘returning to school is important for the healthy development and well-being of children,’ plans should be made safely and in conjunction with public health experts.

“‘Schools in areas with high levels of COVID-19 community spread should not be compelled to reopen against the judgment of local experts,’ the organizations said, arguing a ‘one-size-fits-all approach is not appropriate’ for the reopening plans.

“The statement also specifically refutes the president’s suggestion that funding should be withheld from schools that don’t reopen full-time, saying that would be a ‘misguided approach’ that puts ‘already financially strapped schools in an impossible position that would threaten the health of students and teachers.’

“‘Science should drive decision-making on safely reopening schools. Public health agencies must make recommendations based on evidence, not politics,’ the statement notes. ‘We should leave it to health experts to tell us when the time is best to open up school buildings, and listen to educators and administrators to shape how we do it.’…” (Forbes).

"Mary Trump's Book Deserves Your Close Attention" -David Cay Johnston

Mary Trump’s book deserves your close attention because the president’s niece has two advantages that the small band of us who have studied Trump closely over the years do not. First, she’s family. No one knows you like your family. Your family knows how you behaved at crucial moments when life changing events occur — births, deaths, divorces, medical emergencies and weddings — as well as mundane events like Saturday breakfast.  

“The 55-year-old daughter of Donald Trump’s older brother is the first Trump family insider to go public about his behavior since he announced his run for the presidency more than five years ago. Her most chilling anecdote is about how as first son Fred Trump Jr. was rushed to a hospital where he diedDonald and his sister Elizabeth went to the movies and the parents stayed home.

“Second, she’s a clinical psychologist with a doctorate degree. Her insights are informed by her deep education into how psyches develop and, in the case of her uncle, how personalities cold, cruel, and brutally demanding parenting warps personalities. Donald was so desperate to avoid his father’s wrath, which destroyed his older brother who died of an alcoholism induced heart attack, that he never developed a conscience, only a feral instinct for self-preservation.

“There’s also good reason to trust what Dr. Mary Trump  writes because the anecdotes and observations in published excerpts are all consistent with my decades of reporting on Trump, as well as the penetrating works of my former New York Times colleagues Timothy O’Brien and Harry Hurt III and my good friend the late Wayne Barrett, the first journalist to expose Trump’s con games.

“The new book, officially being published July 14,  is also consistent with Gwenda Blair’s richly detailed 2001 book ‘The Trumps.’ Blair showed how the Trumps have been schemers all the way back to 1885 when Friedrich Drumpf fled the German draft, came to America, changed his name, got rich running bordellos and lied to get his American citizenship.

“Friedrich died during the pandemic a century ago from influenza that killed 50 million people worldwide. That his grandson has no understanding of the science of pandemics, is itself a revealing insight into the utter lack of traditional family values in the self-proclaimed ‘very stable genius’ who now resides in the White House.
“The Trump White House, in a statement, attacked the book a work motivated by ‘financial gain.’ That is a most curious charge to be leveled by Donald Trump’s minions given his lifelong indulgence and avarice and his endless false boasts that he is a multi-billionaire.
“Mary Trump, by any standard rich, is a very rich woman according to none other than Donald Trump. Back two decades ago, when he cut off healthcare to a newborn grandnephew, the son of Mary’s brother, he did so to leverage a settlement that would entitle him to more money from his father Fred’s estate at the expense of Mary and her brother.
“He declared back then that the two children of his late older brother Fred Jr. lived luxurious lives thanks to his father, Fred Trump. Mary’s book says Trump often sees people only in monetary terms, something I observed in many conversations with him.
“But that Trump would dictate to his personal publicists, who are paid by taxpayers as White House press staff, to denounce making money from a book is a reminder that Donald Trump lives in the moment and assumes no one remembers the past or checks the record.
Trump, I have often explained, lies as easily as the rest of us breathe. Mary writes that for her uncle ‘cheating is a way of life.’ She says he even hired a pal named Joe Shapiro to take his SAT tests, something hard to accomplish today but easily done in the 1960's when proctors did not check photo IDs.

“She writes of her joy – something Trump has never known – in collecting 19 boxes of Trump family financial documents and turning them over to three New York Times reporters. Those family business records furnished the basis of the newspaper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 2018 expose establishing that Trump and his surviving siblings are, like their father Fred, major league serial tax cheats.

“She also quotes Trump’s elder sister Maryanne, who did his homework for him, calling Donald ‘a clown’ in 2015 after he announced his campaign for president.  Maryanne spent years as a federal judge, but resigned to stop the judicial ethics investigation into her role in the years of Trump family tax cheating. The family has known all this for decades. The small band of journalists who have studied him closely have also known this for decades and reported it.

“Like my 2016 biography The Making of Donald Trump, his niece’s book is a work of reliable information that he desperately hopes you won’t read because nothing is more dangerous to Donald than accuracy and truth. Now at long last, one brave Trump family member has stood up to tell the truths Donald Trump has kept quiet with bribes, litigation and payoffs. Pay attention, please” (David Cay Johnston).   This essay is from AlterNet. 

Monday, July 13, 2020

"...Why is our entire economy resting on schools as childcare centers?..."

Part 1: Here’s How College Campuses Are Trying to Stop Coronavirus Outbreaks This Fall by Dan Vergano, BuzzFeed News

“Frat parties, football teams, and college bars were all petri dishes for fresh COVID-19 outbreaks this summer, and public health experts are warning that we’ll see even more as campuses around the country reopen this fall. And there will be a whole new hot spot thrown into the mix: dorms.

“The college campus has emerged as the latest setting for the confusion, fear, and politics of the US coronavirus outbreak. Filled with close living in dorms, young people who enjoy partying, and older at-risk staff, colleges pose a risk comparable to past disease outbreaks on cruise ships and in prisons

“As college administrators nationwide have this month announced reopening plans, their chief guidance has been a CDC ‘considerations’ document updated on June 30. It calls for ‘promoting behaviors that reduce spreadmaintaining healthy environmentsmaintaining healthy operations, and preparing for when someone gets sick,’ all within the confines of a regular schedule of on-campus virus tests to nip outbreaks in the bud.

“Still, ‘it’s not going to be 100% safe, even if all the mitigation steps are taken,’ Crystal Watson of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, a coauthor of a June guide to reopening for college administrators, told BuzzFeed News. The simple reality is that the pandemic will still be raging in the fall, and that COVID-19 is an infectious respiratory disease most commonly spread by indoor exposure to infected people for lengths of time shorter than most college lectures — a disease that most of humanity has no immunity to. ‘You obviously have to have a plan in place to get infections down, or you are going to see exponential growth in cases,’ University of Washington epidemiologist Carl Bergstrom told BuzzFeed News, ‘which could get ugly fast. If colleges don’t have a plan, they have no business reopening.’

“Colleges and universities across the country have a plethora of plans, almost all moving either heavily or completely online. Harvard’s decision to go fully online highlighted a curious paradox — one of the nation’s perceived highest-status universities embracing the operating plan of traditionally online schools like the University of Phoenix.

“Still, the nation's 50 largest college and university groups — which serve more than 2.7 million of the nation’s more than 6.3 million college students — are offering some form of live instruction, including the massive Lone Star College System in Texas and big state schools like Arizona State, the University of Texas, and Michigan State. About 44% of those 2.7 million students are being offered ‘hybrid’ classes with a mixture of virtual and in-person instruction. Another 21% of those students are attending schools that are continuing face-to-face education.

“Hybrid arrangements vary across institutions. Many involve reduced-occupancy classrooms driven by the need for individual 6-foot spacing, streaming or prerecorded classes, and less crowded dorm rooms, with triple rooms becoming doubles and doubles becoming singles. Labs and other hands-on classes continue. Most require masks and 6-foot-spacing rules, a requirement highlighted by the University System of Georgia backing down from making masks optional rather than required in classrooms.

“‘I don’t feel this plan is safe,’ University of Illinois archaeology professor Lisa Lucero told BuzzFeed News, as she prepares for hybrid classes on a campus of more than 50,000 students. ‘Staggering classes, extending times classes, teaching on Saturdays, etcetera, are great ideas, but it will still be crowded parts of the time,’ said Lucero. ‘The only reasonable, safe thing is to plan for online teaching for the fall semester, period. The issue would then be tuition and fee reductions — which is a conversation I think universities’ administrators don’t want?’ ‘I am torn,’ she added. ‘I really feel for students, especially first-year undergraduates and graduate students. But we are living in crazy times.’

“In a wider survey of more than 1,100 schools, but which doesn’t account for enrollment numbers, the Chronicle of Higher Education has found about 58% of them will have students return to campus. Compared against the top 50 enrollment schools, where only around 21% emphasize in-person classes, that suggests a lot of smaller schools are aiming to keep instruction in the classroom, a place seen as a key virus transmission point of concern in most plans. What is certain is that the pandemic, now responsible for more than 3 million confirmed cases and over 135,000 deaths in the US, takes hallmarks of college life and turns them into outbreak risks… (BuzzFeed News).