April Really Is The Cruelest Month

Shutdown continuing till April 30.
This means ruin, as far as I can see. Private wealth, any not  destroyed by the market collapses, will be confiscated to pay for this.  We will end our days as pensioners.

Let’s carpetbomb all major Chinese cities.

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51 thoughts on “April Really Is The Cruelest Month”

  1. Hypatia:
    Shutdown continuing till April 30.
    This means ruin, as far as I can see. Private wealth, any not  destroyed by the market collapses, will be confiscated to pay for this.  We will end our days as pensioners.

    Let’s carpetbomb all major Chinese cities.

    I’m all for that. better yet let’s stop buying from the commies.

    My fear is what are the democrats gonna pad the next pay-out bill with?

    Maybe they feel that we should pay the chinks now because we are not buying from them?

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  2. Hyp, I am very concerned over the economics too. However, there was no practical way politically for Trump not to make this call. This call can always be revised. In the next two weeks we will have better data on how bad things really are.
    If Trump rescinded the guidelines and the virus situation went from bad to worse Trumps credibility would be lost. He is riding high at 60% support on handling this virus. If he screws the pooch on this it will cost him the Presidency.
    Even if the economy tanks, we still need the Don for another term.

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  3. My BMD and I do not like Dr. Fauci.  He’s a Clinton-Obama shill; he was all just “ go about your lives!” During theSwine Flu.   After the conferences he goes on CNN  and undermines  Trump.  I just wish Trump coulda gotten someone else.
    The ChiComs and their useful-idiot Dem allies have won.  They’ve destroyed the greatest economy the world has ever seen.  In, like, 3 weeks.   I’m just pissed, as I’m sure all Rattys are.  Nightly-night.

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  4. Trump ended his Presidency today. As the unemployment numbers explode far faster than this overhyped virus ever will, as the number of businesses permanently closing increases with each week, as the number of suicides and social unrest increase, Trump has no one but himself to blame for listening to jackasses like Fauci who have been spouting wildly improbable numbers since day one.

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  5. I prefer to look on the sunny side.  I think there will be some qualified relaxing of the sequestrations announced before the end of April.

    I do not think President Trump has lost his re-election bid.

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  6. MJBubba:
    I prefer to look on the sunny side.  I think there will be some qualified relaxing of the sequestrations announced before the end of April.

    I do not think President Trump has lost his re-election bid.

    When unemployment numbers are approaching 30%, it will be laid squarely at Trump’s feet, and rightly so. Yes, governors closed businesses, but Trump gave them the political cover to do so by listening to people following garbage models whose own authors no longer defend.

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  7. The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    I prefer to look on the sunny side.  I think there will be some qualified relaxing of the sequestrations announced before the end of April.

    I do not think President Trump has lost his re-election bid.

    When unemployment numbers are approaching 30%, it will be laid squarely at Trump’s feet, and rightly so. Yes, governors closed businesses, but Trump gave them the political cover to do so by listening to people following garbage models whose own authors no longer defend.

    When the coronavirus pandemic can be rightly called a great success story, President Trump will find plenty of support at the ballot box.

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  8. Voters won’t blame trump for the Kung Flu . Just like they didn’t blame Bush for 911.  Most people are scared and don’t have enough sense to fear the economic damage more. If Trump stays on top of this and rides the wave of the majorities feelings (he has a knack for knowing where the people are). They will not want to switch horses when it comes time to ride the economic slip and slide.

    I think he is splitting  the uprights at this time. No edicts, just recommendations and letting the states decide their fate.

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  9. Hypatia:
    Does anybody seriously think we can recover, in the foreseeable future, from a six week total economic shutdown?

    Absolutely.  Look, as much as I am in favor of bombing China (see here), I view this whole thing as more disruptive than destructive.  Unless we come unglued, this is the worst part right now.  Now, we may very well come unglued and run out of supplies just as the poop really hits the fan, but that’s not how I think this plays out.

    I think that hiding behind all the stuff that’s going wrong is an amazing much larger story of creativity, perseverance, and plain hard work.  Nobody beats the US at rapid adaptation and brute force productivity.  Even China, MF GD China with their slave labor and their central planning can of course not hold a candle to us when we;re on fire.

    And we done been lit the heck up.  We’ll be fine.  This may very well wind up as a fairly well controlled experiment in USA vs China systems of government.  We’re just gonna crush these buttwipes as long as we are motivated to work hard and kick butt.  The problem is that usually we are motivated to outsource.  Well things are changing now.

    Key quote from that linked blog post of mine from 2011:

    Think of the environmental benefits as well. If you really want to clean up the planet, there is no faster way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions than to bomb factories in China. Every morning, noon, and night. Let a thousand craters bloom! Every bombed-out factory in China will displace production to a cleaner, more humane factory with more worker protections and far less harmful emissions than the Communists run in their sprawling continental prison. Prices will rise moderately, which will moderately depress consumption, or allow substitutes to flow. Much the same can be said for production in India, but we like them most of the time, so we will give them a pass and instead remind them that one day we will ask them to do us a favor. Hint: it will involve Pakistan.

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  10. MJBubba:

    The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    I prefer to look on the sunny side.  I think there will be some qualified relaxing of the sequestrations announced before the end of April.

    I do not think President Trump has lost his re-election bid.

    When unemployment numbers are approaching 30%, it will be laid squarely at Trump’s feet, and rightly so. Yes, governors closed businesses, but Trump gave them the political cover to do so by listening to people following garbage models whose own authors no longer defend.

    When the coronavirus pandemic can be rightly called a great success story, President Trump will find plenty of support at the ballot box.

    Destroying the economy for a generation to save 2 million fantasy deaths that were never going to happen is not a great success story.

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  11. Kevin Schulte:
    Voters won’t blame trump for the Kung Flu . Just like they didn’t blame Bush for 911.  Most people are scared and don’t have enough sense to fear the economic damage more. If Trump stays on top of this and rides the wave of the majorities feelings (he has a knack for knowing where the people are). They will not want to switch horses when it comes time to ride the economic slip and slide.

    I think he is splitting  the uprights at this time. No edicts, just recommendations and letting the states decide their fate.

    Katrina says hello. That failure was squarely on the New Orleans municipal government and the Louisiana state government. W got blamed and never recovered. Don’t think for a minute the same thing can’t happen to Trump.

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  12. I’m wondering what’s going to happen this week with people in the “underground economy”, illegals and others being paid off the books, so they can’t officially be “unemployed”.   With illegals, ordinarily they’da left like 2008; they always do during a downturn.  But now they’re trapped here.  They can’t even get outta the city, let alone the country! Plus there are a lot of other people working cash-only.    Are they gonna take to the streets, breaking the plate glass on 5th Avenue?   Looting the apartments on Sutton Place? My God, the cities are gonna be like those post-apocalyptic gladiator movies….

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    The Sinistral Bassist:

    Kevin Schulte:
    Voters won’t blame trump for the Kung Flu . Just like they didn’t blame Bush for 911.  Most people are scared and don’t have enough sense to fear the economic damage more. If Trump stays on top of this and rides the wave of the majorities feelings (he has a knack for knowing where the people are). They will not want to switch horses when it comes time to ride the economic slip and slide.

    I think he is splitting  the uprights at this time. No edicts, just recommendations and letting the states decide their fate.

    Katrina says hello. That failure was squarely on the New Orleans municipal government and the Louisiana state government. W got blamed and never recovered. Don’t think for a minute the same thing can’t happen to Trump.

    Well, piddle myself.

    Bush was a punk that got punk’d . So far that’s not playing out this way, and I expect Trump to play the shit hand he’s been handed to it’s optimum.

    Trumps no punk.

    Normally I am melancholy on this stuff. Years of getting sand kicked in my face by the progs will do that to you.

    Not so, with me, on this.    

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  14. The Sinistral Bassist:

    MJBubba:
    I prefer to look on the sunny side.  I think there will be some qualified relaxing of the sequestrations announced before the end of April.

    I do not think President Trump has lost his re-election bid.

    When unemployment numbers are approaching 30%, it will be laid squarely at Trump’s feet, and rightly so. Yes, governors closed businesses, but Trump gave them the political cover to do so by listening to people following garbage models whose own authors no longer defend.

    I’m afraid you’re right.  Trump is no doctor, he HAD to get a medical team involved.  This isn’t his area of expertise.  I just think he got the wrong people.
    Sweden is still open for business, and is doing no worse (if no better) than other countries.
    It’s hard to see what Trump could have done right.  If he weren’t at the daily briefings, he’d be accused of being uninvolved.  Because he IS there, he’s accused of politicking. Today Pelosi cast him as Nero!  My hatred of these Progs knows no bounds.

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  15. The best thing we can do is get better information ON CHINA, not FROM China.  We need to use whatever tools are at our disposal (Google Earth? AI? GPS? Anything?) to find out what really happened in China and exactly what is happening today.  We need better analysis of what data we already have about where the virus started and what it is doing today.  Is there an infectious disease expert who is NOT in government who can take over the CDC today?  Find that person and get him/her on board and Fauci retired with full pension.  Cut out the double-blinded trials and start testing potential vaccines today, on as many volunteers as will sign up.  I am in an age-related high-risk group, and I would sign up today to test a vaccine.

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  16. Hypatia:
    Let’s carpetbomb all major Chinese cities.

     

    Gerard:
    Maybe they feel that we should pay the chinks now because we are not buying from them?

    Just going on record…

    • I approve of free speech.
    • One of the reasons I approve of free speech is that garbage people are free to out themselves.
    • People that talk this way are garbage people.
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  17. I look to history and have seen countries go through some terrible things and bounce back. This crisis is not done but I would rather go through this than an earth crushing earthquake or tsunami. Or to have to deal with the rubble that Germany, England, France, Russian, Japan, etc had to deal with at the end of War World II. I am not saying it is good but to take some historic perspective.

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  18. As I have written before, I understand frustration and people need to express themselves. I always thought it was a pain when that was not understood at another place on the web. I usually switch those post to Extra Hot.

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  19. Damocles:

    Hypatia:
    Let’s carpetbomb all major Chinese cities.

     

    Gerard:
    Maybe they feel that we should pay the chinks now because we are not buying from them?

    Just going on record…

    • I approve of free speech.
    • One of the reasons I approve of free speech is that garbage people are free to out themselves.
    • People that talk this way are garbage people.

    Yep and people who quote out of context are as well…

    I posted:

    I’m all for that. better yet let’s stop buying from the commies.

    My fear is what are the democrats gonna pad the next pay-out bill with?

    Maybe they feel that we should pay the chinks now because we are not buying from them?

    My reasoning is the liberal democrats will tack on more unnecessary crap to the next pay-out and thoroughly bankrupt the government..

    If you’re gonna call someone out “Damocles”, at least don’t do it with your version of fake news.

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  20. Gerard:
    If you’re gonna call someone out “Damocles”, at least don’t do it with your version of fake news.

    Calling Chinese people “chinks” is a sign of garbage people.  Don’t be garbage people!

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  21. Damocles:

    Gerard:
    If you’re gonna call someone out “Damocles”, at least don’t do it with your version of fake news.

    Calling Chinese people “chinks” is a sign of garbage people.  Don’t be garbage people!

    Calm down.  My dad solved this 60 years ago. “Ching-Chong Chinaman, sittin’ on a fence, tryin’ ta make a dollah outta fifteen cents.”

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  22. Trinity Waters:

    Damocles:

    Gerard:
    If you’re gonna call someone out “Damocles”, at least don’t do it with your version of fake news.

    Calling Chinese people “chinks” is a sign of garbage people.  Don’t be garbage people!

    Calm down.  My dad solved this 60 years ago. “Ching-Chong Chinaman, sittin’ on a fence, tryin’ ta make a dollah outta fifteen cents.”

    60 years ago your dad was probably ignorant along with a lot of other people about this, so he gets a pass.

    If he still talks that way, of course advise him not to talk like a baby [Admin10: Bleep] garbage person!

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