What chill pills were invented for

But let’s come back to the main shocking statement: “I said to my people, slow the testing down please.” It is hard to overstate the sheer evil of it. The only way to stop a widespread pandemic is through mass, universal testing, aggressive contact tracing and isolation measures. To slow down testing for any reason virtually guarantees the deaths of thousands, to say nothing of broader damage to the social fabric and to the economy. To slow down testing for political reasons is particularly abominable.

It constitutes a criminal, negligent abuse of power so unspeakable and so unthinkable that there isn’t even a law, federal or international, to adequately cover the case. It is the sort of high crime that impeachment was explicitly designed for, because the potential for abuses of power by a chief executive potentate is so vast and variegated that it would be impossible to write laws for all the potential scenarios. But to explicitly slow walk testing in a once-in-a-century pandemic, just to reduce the number of publicized cases for purely political purposes, allowing the virus to spread unchecked just to keep the economy humming along a little longer and to make his own response appear somewhat less incompetent, is the essence of a high crime. Because the consequences are so deadly–potentially killing literally hundreds of thousands of his own fellow citizens and endangering the entire interconnected world–it constitutes nothing less than a national and global crime against humanity.

Ya don’t think this kid could be reaching for a new way to say Orange Man Bad, do ya?

And yes: it is a crime against humanity. It is no joke. The resulting death toll could number in the hundreds of thousands domestically alone. And it constitutes one of the greatest criminal abuses of power in all of American history by a sitting president.

Mebbe?

24 thoughts on “What chill pills were invented for”

  1. The Meissen Bison

    a new way to say Orange Man Bad

    No, not entirely because

    a chief executive potentate is so vast and variegated

    so, at best, blotchy.

  2. Hysterical virus-freak pan-dumbdick horseshit. This Atkins needs to be beaten til he begs and then beaten some more for begging.

  3. The lockdown is certainly a crime against humanity. Certainly, absolutely certainly, continuing it in its current form now that we know what we know, is a crime against humanity. But testing or not, when there isn’t a lot of action you can take based on the result? Not sure I’d want to convict on that basis.

  4. Philip Scott Thomas

    There was an article in The Atlantic in early 2017, when the Dems and the Never-Trumpers were still asking themselves what the hell had just happened, that explained the chief difference between Trump’s supporters and his critics. His critics, it said, take him literally but not seriously, while his supporters take him seriously but not literally.

    Clearly nothing has changed in the intervening years. Trump’s saying the testing should be slowed down to improve his numbers was so obviously a joke. That his opponents cannot or will not see that tells us more about them that it tells us about Trump.

  5. The only way to stop a widespread pandemic is through mass, universal testing, aggressive contact tracing and isolation measures.

    That won’t stop a novel virus. It may (if applied sufficiently strenuously) slow down or temporarily halt the spread, but it won’t stop until a sufficient proportion of the population gain immunity.

    Slowing down the spread has benefits: it reduces the impact on health services; allows time for a vaccine or a cure to be developed; and viruses tend to become less lethal over time (but there are no guarantees). Whether this can outweigh the enormous and obvious cost – in both money and lives – arising from a stringent, lengthy lockdown is (to say the least) debatable.

  6. Dennis, Mental Health Amateur

    The scariest thing about people with Trump Derangement Syndrome is that they think they’re the sane ones.

  7. I bet this throbber was heartily in favour of thousands of BLM wankers wedged together in streets all over America.

  8. ‘The only way to stop a widespread pandemic is through mass, universal testing, aggressive contact tracing and isolation measures.’

    Huh? How does any of this ‘stop a widespread pandemic?’

    Is testing a treatment/cure?

    ‘Aggressive contact tracing’ makes people immune?

    After mass, universal testing, what happens the next day? Test everybody again?

    ‘Isolation measures’ is where government returns elderly Covid patients to their care homes, infecting many more.

  9. if not doing testing is a crime against humanity, does that mean we get to hang the top dogs at Public Health England and the NHS?

  10. @ dearieme
    No, only right-wingers can be blamed, otherwise someone might blame China for the virus that has killed well over half-a-million people.

  11. “U.S. cases going up. U.S. deaths going down. Probably an artifact of more testing”

    Indeed – the idiot media are fixating now on ‘cases’ as deaths has become a non-story.

  12. @BiG June 22, 2020 at 2:50 pm
    @Philip Scott Thomas June 22, 2020 at 2:51 pm
    @Chris,, Dennis….
    +1

    It was joke, satire, sarcasm – ‘taking the piss’
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJz3mUGdNak

    Same as
    Trump Tweets ‘Carpedonktum’ Satire Video “Terrified toddler” mocking CNN – Left didn’t watch, but believe he meant it as a real video and attack
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjPfirrQgSw

    @john77 June 22, 2020 at 7:05 pm

    No, only right-wingers can be blamed, otherwise someone might blame China for the virus that has killed well over half-a-million people

    468,257 deaths is “well over half-a-million”? Not good with numbers?

    Since 31 December 2019 and as of 22 June 2020, 8,926,399 cases of COVID-19 (in accordance with the applied case definitions and testing strategies in the affected countries) have been reported, including 468,257 deaths
    https://www.ecdc.europa.eu/en/geographical-distribution-2019-ncov-cases

    Bad “Flu”, not epidemic or pandemic

  13. It seems to me that the main aim of testing is providing interesting data for epidemilogists to play with. As I understand it, the Swiss only tested when hospitalisation was necessary, which seems the sane way to me.

  14. ‘Wide spread pandemic’… tautology. Pandemic means wide spread.

    ‘Testing’ is not a cure, and unless you are going to quarantine every positive test – that means in secure, sealed accommodation, with staff also quarantined with them – then it will have no effect. It will still spread. Anyway it’s not spreading.

    50% are asymptomatic, nearly all the rest get mild symptoms. The at risk group, elderly with serious health conditions, have already mostly been slaughtered by Government (not Trump) incompetence. Few left. What purpose does testing serve, except to stoke the panic about surges and second waves?

    The curve clearly shows the virus has returned to background noise. Deaths peaked in early April.

    Oh, and… the PCR test commonly used – developed for research not to detect disease – has a false positive rate of 93%.

    From Norway’s Institute of Public Health on May 25th:-

    “Given today’s contagion situation in Norway, health professionals must test around 12,000 random people to find one positive case of COVID-19. In such a selection, there will be about 15 positive test responses, but 14 of these will be false positives.”

    Once again Trump gets it right… and yanks the chains of the Orangemanbad dog-pack.

  15. Oh, and… the PCR test commonly used… has a false positive rate of 93%

    Really?!? I can’t imagine anyone describing that as “a test.” For anything.

  16. In such a selection, there will be about 15 positive test responses, but 14 of these will be false positives.

    How do they know? Do they run those 15 through a different, reliable, test?

  17. That’s not how you calculate a false positive rate. In the Norwegian case it’s 14/12,000 or 0.12%. But because Covid is (currently) very rare (0.008%) that’s resulting in 14 false positives for every true positive.

  18. “It will still spread.”

    That’s my understanding, John B. This shit is ubiquitous. Sooner or later, most everybody will be exposed. A possible mitigating factor would be it is seasonal. But we are in summer, and cases keep piling up. So summer doesn’t look like an interruptor.

  19. @Gamecock

    Testing up = cases up. Cases is not hospitalised or dead – although msm pretends it is

    Most are asymptomatic or mild and latest reports suggest few asymptomatic cases can spread C-19, same as children don’t

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