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Germany – the former lead-footed tortoise that perfoms very well in Corona Crisis

Germany’s devolved logic is helping it win the coronavirus race | World news | The Guardian

Some private labs started offering tests for the Covid-19 virus long before statutory health insurers were offering to pay for the tests, giving Germany a head start. Now around 250 laboratories are carrying out between 300,000 and 500,000 tests for Covid-19 every week. Not bad for a lead-footed tortoise.

How about the “Ischgl”-Virus?

Saufspiele und Speicheltausch – Wie Ischgl zur Corona-Drehscheibe wurde – Coronavirus — VOL.AT

Interessant sind auch die Schilderungen des Engländers Daren Bland aus East Sussex. Er könnte laut britschen Medien Patient null in Großbritannien gewesen sein. Besonders pikant ist, dass der 50-Jährige sich bereits Mitte Jänner in Ischgl angesteckt haben könnte, lange bevor die ersten Corona-Fälle in Österreich offiziell bekannt wurden. Auch Bland war Gast in der Bar „Kitzloch“ .

Trumps handling of Corona will have killed thousands.

The missing six weeks: how Trump failed the biggest test of his life | US news | The Guardian

In the absence of sufficient test kits, the US Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) initially kept a tight rein on testing, creating a bottleneck. “I believe the CDC was caught flat-footed,” was how the governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, put it on 7 March. “They’re slowing down the state.” The CDC’s botched rollout of testing was the first indication that the Trump administration was faltering as the health emergency gathered pace. Behind the scenes, deep flaws in the way federal agencies had come to operate under Trump were being exposed. In 2018 the pandemic unit in the national security council – which was tasked to prepare for health emergencies precisely like the current one – was disbanded. “Eliminating the office has contributed to the federal government’s sluggish domestic response,” Beth Cameron, senior director of the office at the time it was broken up, wrote in the Washington Post.

The Lost Month: How a Failure to Test Blinded the U.S. to COVID-19 |

The result was a lost month, when the world’s richest country — armed with some of the most highly trained scientists and infectious disease specialists — squandered its best chance of containing the virus’ spread. Instead, Americans were left largely blind to the scale of a looming public health catastrophe. The absence of robust screening until it was “far too late” revealed failures across government, said Dr. Thomas Frieden, a former CDC director. Jennifer Nuzzo, an epidemiologist at Johns Hopkins, said the Trump administration had “incredibly limited” views of the pathogen’s potential impact. Dr. Margaret Hamburg, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said the lapse enabled “exponential growth of cases.” And Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, a top government scientist involved in the fight against the virus, told members of Congress that the early inability to test was “a failing” of the administration’s response to a deadly, global pandemic. “Why,” he asked later in a magazine interview, “were we not able to mobilize on a broader scale?”

Bob Dylan neuer Song: “Murder Most Foul”

Bob Dylan erinnert an JFK: Von Kennedy zu Corona – Kultur – Tagesspiegel

“Der Poet und Sänger wird in ein paar Wochen 79 Jahre alt, und sein Land wird von einem notorischen Lügner und Leugner ruiniert, dessen Zustimmungswerte mit der wachsenden Zahl von Infizierten und Toten steigen. Aber ist das noch ein Song? Ist es nicht ein Langgedicht im Sprechgesang, in der Tradition des Hymnikers Walt Whitman, der die Demokratie feierte, das unermessliche weite Land, das amerikanische Ego? 17 Minuten lang trägt Dylan, klar und verständlich, mit weiser, wunder Stimme seine Fackel durch eine sich verdunkelnde Welt.”

Germany and its healthcare system… the probably best method against COV-19

Coronavirus: Why Germany death rate lower than Spain or Italy – Business Insider

“A sturdy healthcare system

Germany is in good shape to fight its outbreak because it has a well-developed and comprehensive healthcare system, with both public and private options.

Germany spends $4,714.26 per person each year on healthcare, according to World Bank data from 2016. The figure is higher than most other nations.

Germany has the second-most critical care beds per capita in Europe, according to data from European Health for All. The beds are essential when trying to battle severe cases of the coronavirus.

Germany has 621 beds per 100,000 people. Italy has 275, and Spain 293.”

Bullshit is a strategy – BS in politics and ads (german)

Reality update: Interview: Schluss mit der Lügerei | ZEIT ONLINE … :

ZEIT: Ist Bullshit das Gegenteil von Wahrheit?

Frankfurt: Bullshit ist eine Technik, die Wahrheit zu verbergen. Es geht dabei gar nicht so sehr darum, ob jemand lügt oder nicht. Es geht vielmehr darum, dass jemandem, der im System des Bullshit denkt und lebt, irgendwann das Gefühl dafür abhanden kommt, dass er womöglich auch mal die Wahrheit sagen könnte. Insofern ist Bullshit schlimmer als die Lüge – weil dabei die Vorstellung von Wahrheit ganz verschwindet.

The Don made #Assange an offer that he shouldn’t have resisted…

Donald Trump ‘offered Julian Assange a pardon if he denied Russia link to hack’ | Media | The Guardian

A statement from Assange’s lawyer Jennifer Robinson shows “Mr Rohrabacher going to see Mr Assange and saying, on instructions from the president, he was offering a pardon or some other way out, if Mr Assange … said Russia had nothing to do with the DNC [Democratic National Committee] leaks”, Fitzgerald told Westminster magistrates court.