“Two Very Big Words”

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This evening.

Via Wikipedia:

A national emergency is a situation in which a government is empowered to perform actions not normally permitted. The 1976 National Emergencies Act implemented various legal requirements regarding emergencies declared by the President of the United States.

More as we get it.

Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus (BBC)

33 thoughts on ““Two Very Big Words”

  1. James T Russell

    drumpf is doing this in a bid to grab more power for himself if ever the time was to rise up and remove him from office it would be now before it’s too late

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      1. Tighe’s Cylon

        Sorry but I do believe you’re wrong there. Obama’s revised criteria centered around validation. Not much point producing a kit that allows for an excessive amount of false positives. Trump has reversed this decision in favour of commercial expedience.

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          1. Nigel

            Easy to keep the numbers low when they’re not testing. I’d take Varadkar in charge of our response any day over that walking fart.

  2. some old queen

    He must because there is no real public health care system in the US. In a country where people cannot afford an ambulance let alone hospital bills- this is an absolute game changer.

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      1. Slightly Bemused

        The cynic in me agrees, but only because they then stop making payments to big business, who then make lower profits. Their lives are not important, only their bank balances.

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        1. some old queen

          Some are of the opinion that there is already a vaccine for this virus which is why the UK are not taking the same level of precautions- a certain foot and mouth lab has already been pointed towards.

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          1. some old queen

            It is estimated that only 3000 people in Ireland are infected so why would it be too late to vaccinate?

          2. Cian

            Have you any idea how long it takes to certify a vaccine as safe for humans?
            And once certified how long it woild.take to manufacture enough doses?
            And once manufactured how long it would take to actually vaccinate the while country?

          3. some old queen

            Well rumour has it that it is already patented. Would they not have the testing done before that? I do recall a story some time back about a group of volunteers in Britain who were to be injected with the virus, I am not sure if that is connected.

            But yes, the SARS one was rushed too and it definitely caused some people harm and none of them are 100% safe of course- Bug Pharma has paid out billions in compensation already.

          4. V

            Rumour. Same’Oh (◔‿◔)

            Well if that’s the theme
            Here’s one

            Schools out till September

            and I didn’t get it off the internet

          1. Nigel

            Going bankrupt because of global financial shenanigans is, at least, a question of economics. Going bankrupt because of an ER visit? Cruel and tyrannical.

      1. Nigel

        Varadkar managed to co-ordinate and put in effect the shut-down of the country from the other side of the Atlantic. Trump made an 11 minute prepared speech where he got three things about his own response wrong, and one of them cause a stock-market plunge. You’re an idiot.

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  3. f_lawless

    In times of severe human crises, which types of society are more resilient ? Ones built on individualism and private wealth accumulation or ones that still maintain strong socialist values?

    https://peoplesworld.org/article/coronavirus-epidemic-responses-reveal-differences-in-capitalist-and-socialist-values/

    “The combination of mass social distancing and centralized quarantine for confirmed patients has effectively snuffed out the epidemic in the place that was hardest hit. The measures China took bought precious weeks for the rest of the world to prepare for the inevitable spread of a highly contagious virus. Tragically, quite a few countries ignored the warning and instead spent that time criticizing China for what they branded an “authoritarian” or “draconian” response. Commentators salivated at the prospect of the country’s economy collapsing instead of asking what could be learned from its experience containing the virus. But that’s to be expected. In the capitalist imagination, cutthroat competition takes priority over cooperation and solidarity.”

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    1. some old queen

      Infectious disease control is by its very nature a socialist or state driven system, it must be. The inequalities in the US health system are going to see a very fast spread of this thing- probably the highest numbers per million seen yet.

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