Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Saturday, November 28, 2020
That makes three 19th ward pols that have Covid 19. Who's next?
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
BY BRIAN MAHER
A Six-week Lockdown?
Horror succeeds horror… the virus is once again amok.
The United States reported over 145,000 fresh cases Wednesday — a record. We are told daily fatalities near 2,000.
A vaccine is not yet ready. What, then, is to be done?
A four-to-six week national “lockdown” — with little room for escape?
If the man from Delaware seizes the White House… as expected… you may have one.
Saturday, November 14, 2020
CHICAGO - Chicago-based Wirepoints.com points to stats and says COVID fatalities are down dramatically as positivity rates mount once again.
Lost in the attention given to Illinois’ massive spike in COVID-19 cases is the collapse in the virus’ case fatality rate, or CFR. At the height of the crisis in June, almost 5 percent of Illinois’ recordedCOVID cases resulted in deaths. But as recorded cases have risen significantly over the past three months and deaths have not, the fatality rate from August through today has dropped to just 0.9 percent.
The latest COVID data is quickly revealing how less fatal the coronavirus really is, and that has major implications for lockdown policies and, in particular, for school shutdowns.
That drop in the case fatality rate reflects a dramatic increase in the number of COVID tests being performed, a significant increase in rates of infection among younger Illinoisans and reportedly better overall treatment of the virus.
Illinois’ CFR is gradually dropping toward what the Center for Disease Control estimates is the virus’ true infection fatality rate(IFR), about 0.65 percent. In contrast to the case fatality rate, the IFR includes estimates of all infections, including asymptomatic cases, not just reported cases.
It’s important to note that the 0.9 percent case fatality rate reported above is an average across all age groups and it’s still heavily influenced upward by the high death rate for those 80 and older. The actual CFR for the younger age brackets is dramatically lower. We break out those numbers in a following section.
More on the topic HERE
Monday, November 9, 2020
The shots made by Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech are among 10 possible vaccine candidates in late-stage testing around the world.
By Associated Press Nov 9, 2020, 6:29am CST
Linda A Johnson and Lauran Neergaard
Pfizer is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with U.S. regulators. AP file
Pfizer says an early peek at its vaccine data suggests the shots may be 90% effective at preventing COVID-19, indicating the company is on track later this month to file an emergency use application with
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Thursday, October 29, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - Restaurants across the state are being forced to shut down despite the lack of data showing that they are the culprit for the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, says a group of Illinois suburban legislators, who also say the Governor has completely disregarded his original mitigation strategy, which would have allowed restaurants to remain open under reduced capacity.
Although requested many times by legislators, the Governor’s Administration and the Illinois Department of Public Health have failed to provide the “data and science” they claim is behind their recent resurgence mitigation rules that lumps bars and restaurants in the same category forcing both to close indoor service completely.
“Participating in a sit down dinner with your family versus drinking at a bar, mingling around, and standing shoulder to shoulder with strangers are vastly different activities with vastly different health risks,” said State Senator Don DeWitte (R-St. Charles). “So to place these activities in the same category with the same mitigation rules is simply unfair, especially to do so without providing contact tracing data that suggests these two activities result in the same outcomes.”
Wednesday, October 21, 2020
I wonder what is really the motive in shutting things down Republican counties just before election day, suppress the vote?
IT'S FOR YOUR OWN GOOD
FROM SECOND CITY COPPERS
COVID Spreading; Economy Cratering
The Near West Side offices of the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 7 have been closed because of the coronavirus.
“Due to COVID-19 related issues, the FOP offices will be closed until further notice,” read a Monday message on the website of FOP Lodge 7, which represents more than 8,000 rank-and-file Chicago police officers.
Coincidentally, the "positivity rate" is going up in Illinois and is being used by Fatass to further stifle the economy:
Roughly a third of Illinois’ 102 counties and a quarter of its residents soon will be living under stricter rules aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus as the state attempts to rein in a resurgent pandemic.
Starting Friday, indoor service at bars and restaurants will be prohibited in DuPage, Kane, Will and Kankakee counties, an area that’s home to more than 1 in 6 Illinois residents, Gov. J.B. Pritzker said Tuesday.
While the governor lamented that the rollback was needed, restaurant owners worried the latest wave of restrictions would make it even more difficult to stay in business as winter looms and outdoor dining becomes less of an option.
We seem to recall this being predicted here by many readers, right around Election Day in fact. Imagine that. Anyone want to try to explain why a "positivity rate" necessitates shutdowns? Has the death rate gone up? Hospitals being overrun? People dying in the streets?
Here's an tidbit that will send HQ into a tizzy:
- one of us had it, here, at SCC
You know what? We were miserable. For three days. And after that, we felt better, resumed a normal routine, and returned to work after a couple weeks off. That's it.
But there's Groot and Fatass attempting to drive the economy into the ground once and for all:
Chicago’s convention industry, one of the city’s major sources of tax revenue, might not return in any significant fashion until 2022, dealing a prolonged financial blow to the city as it struggles to make up a $1.2 billion budget shortfall.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is scheduled to present her plan to close the city’s budget deficit Wednesday, which might include increases to property and gas taxes, as well as city worker layoffs.
With COVID-19 cases on the rise again and business and international air travel depressed, trade show organizers continue to examine plans for next year. Already, eight shows scheduled at McCormick Place through April have been canceled, and one has been rescheduled for later in 2021.
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
The changes, taking effect Thursday, also increase the size of exercises classes and after-school programs to 15, up from 10. And salon services that require removing a mask, such as facials and shaves, will be allowed.
By Adam Mahoney Sep 28, 2020, 1:00pm CDT
Restaurants will be able to serve more customers indoors, and people can once again go drinking inside bars, under relaxed rules announced by the city on Monday.
Indoor seating at Chicago restaurants had been limited to 25% of capacity. When the new rules take effect
Tuesday, August 18, 2020
The Biggest Crime Against Humanity in Two Centuries
Friday, August 7, 2020
Tuesday, August 4, 2020
The world is entering a transformative era. Prepare for more chaos and instability.
Walter Russell MeadAug. 3, 2020
Antigovernment protesters in Beirut, July 7.PHOTO: NABIL MOUNZER/SHUTTERSTOCK
Eight months after the novel coronavirus burst out of Wuhan, China, it has created unprecedented economic and social disruption, with economies cratering across the globe and more destruction to come. Tens of millions have lost their jobs, and millions more have seen their life savings disappear as governments forced restaurants, bars and other small businesses to shut their doors.
Wealthy societies are able, for now, to print and pump money in hope of limiting the social and
Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Japanese professor of physiology or medicine, Professor Dr Tasuku Honjo, caused a sensation today in the media by saying that the corona virus is not natural. if it is natural, it will not have affected the whole world like that. Because, depending on the nature, the temperature is different in different countries. if it were natural, it would only have affected countries with the same temperature as China. instead, it spreads to a country like Switzerland, the same way it spreads to desert areas. whereas if it were natural, it would have spread in cold places, but would have died in hot places. I have done 40
Thursday, June 11, 2020
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says US ‘can’t shut down the economy again’ if coronavirus has another spike
TREASURY Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday the US should not shut down the economy again if there is another wave of the coronavirus outbreak.
Mnuchin said Americans have "learned that if you shut down the economy, you’re going to create more damage."
3Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said on Thursday the US can't shut down again, even if there's another wave of coronavirus casesCredit: Getty Images - Getty
He said on CNBC: “Not just economic damage, but there are other areas and we’ve talked about this: medical problems and everything else that get put on hold."
“We can’t shut down the economy again."
Mnuchin said he thinks President Donald Trump made the right call when he urged state governors to ease coronavirus restrictions.
"I think it was very prudent what the president did, but I think we’ve learned a lot.”
3Wine store employees in New York City are seen here with a new shipment of alcohol last monthCredit: Getty Images - Getty
The treasury secretary said that, even if the US sees more coronavirus cases, it won't be necessary to impose tough restrictions now that testing and contact tracing programs are now in place.
A Reuters analysis released this week showed 21 states have seen spikes in coronavirus cases as businesses have started reopening.
On Monday, a committee with the National Bureau of Economic Research determined the US economy entered a recession in February as the coronavirus pandemic hit the country.
The economists said that employment, income, and spending peaked in February and then dropped sharply afterward as the viral outbreak shut down businesses across the country.
3Businesses across the US have been reopening despite the virusCredit: AP:Associated Press
It marked the start of the downturn after nearly 11 full years of economic growth.
“The unprecedented magnitude of the decline in employment and production, and its broad reach across the entire economy, warrants the designation of this episode as a recession, even if it turns out to be briefer than earlier contractions,” the panel said.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
May 26, 2020
WASHINGTON - The World Health Organization on Tuesday warned of hungry rats roaming the streets of cities throughout the western world, due to so many eating establishments being closed, and urged citizens to make some effort to feed a rat. "Just half a sandwich, every day, dropped on a sidewalk or in an alley, will help a rat family get through the Covid-19 crisis". WHO officials also pointed out
Monday, May 18, 2020
On March 24, President Donald Trump said he wanted the country and the economy "opened up and just raring to go by Easter."
Easter came and went. And Trump was mocked for being aspirational and unrealistic. Yet, with
Despite the grim figures, a vocal contingent of demonstrators rallied again outside the Thompson Center in the Loop and the State Capitol Building in Springfield demanding Pritzker reopen the state immediately.
With a roster of conservative speakers including radio host Erich “Mancow” Muller, people in the crowd chanted “Right to go to church” and toted signs declaring “Jesus is my vaccine,” a day before a handful of churches planned to hold services in defiance of Pritzker’s stay-at-home order, which bars gatherings of more than 10 people.
Other signs declared “Freedom is essential” and suggested Pritzker’s extended stay-at-home order is part of a political scheme to subvert President Donald Trump’s reelection effort.
A group of people pose for a photograph with someone dressed as a parody of Gov. J.B. Pritzker outside the Thompson Center Saturday, Tyler LaRiviere/Sun-Times
“They said this was all about flattening the curve. I think we flattened the curve,” Illinois Republican Party Chairman Tim Schneider said. “These are the snarky things he says: ‘This is all about science... and the peak isn’t going to hit until the middle of June.’ Why did they take down all the beds in McCormick Place already then?
“You know what this is all about. This is about taking down President Trump in November,” Schneider said.
A concurrent protest was held outside the State Capitol in Springfield.
Connie Unger, one of the several protesters at the downstate rally who carried a “Fire Pritzker” sign, said the Democratic governor has “overstepped his boundaries” with his stay-at-home orders.
“He is against our state, he has another motive and I don’t believe that he is a true patriot,” Unger said. “His motive is to be the most liberal governor so that he can run for a higher office.”Pritzker has said most Illinoisans have been following his guidelines, and has framed the protesters as “outliers.”
“Today, as millions of Illinoisans followed the public health guidance in place to keep everyone safe, a loud minority gathered in an attempt to get headlines for their hateful, ignorant, anti-Semitic protest against science,” Pritzker spokeswoman Jordan Abudayyeh said in an email. “We know the majority of Illinoisans who remain vigilant in this fight against COVID-19 are the reason we’re flattening the curve and those gathering in defiance of the medical experts have them to thank for their health and safety.”
Contributing: Neal Earley