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Is Dr. Fauci correct that it’s just ‘inconvenient’ to allow depression-level unemployment to deter COVID?



Is Dr. Fauci correct that it's just 'inconvenient' to allow depression-level unemployment to deter COVID?

In an interview with NBC’s “Today” show Thursday, Dr. Anthony Fauci appeared to argue that Americans should be willing to follow existing locking and social distancing trends before the COVID-19 vaccine is safe.

In comparison, the good doctor characterized the ongoing deterioration of the American economy as clearly “inconvenient.” “I know it’s tough, but we’re going to have a lot of suffering — a lot of death. This is uncomfortable from an economic and a personal point of view, but we just have to do it, “said Fauci to NBC’s Savannah Guthrie.

The head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases added that he claims that the Americans who remain at home are “our biggest tool against this epidemic right now. We don’t have a vaccine that can be delivered. “This is difficult from an economic and a personal point of view, but we just have to do it. (National Stay-at-Home Order) is our biggest tool against this virus right now. We don’t have a vaccine that can be delivered. This is the only thing we’ve got .”- Dr. Anthony Fauci—TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 2, 2020 The problem with Fauci’s argument is that the vaccination seems to be at least a year away — and with People questioning where their health may come from in the months ahead, that is much more than “inconvenient.” ABC News confirmed that the vaccination might not be effective until some time in 2022, for another vaccine.

It’s an unnecessary amount of time to expect people to risk their jobs, their homes, their businesses and even their lives in some situations.

Do you think the White House will try to come up with a way to bring America back to work?

By what point is the new coronavirus cure of lock-up of whole populations going to affect the nation rather than the disease itself?

Are Americans going to be forced to hide from the sun forever like all they’ve worked hard to get out of the window?

President Donald Trump said it was possible on March 23, when he assured reporters that there was a way to protect both life and the economy.

“The solution can not be worse than the problem,” he said, according to the White House transcript of his remarks.

“We need to open up our society because it creates issues that, in my view, may be much more serious,” Trump said.

Although the President has refused to heed the recommendations of the country’s leading health professionals as a natural leader, he is well aware of the implications of a continued economic shutdown.

At the end of March, more than 10 million people have now applied for unemployment insurance. Such figures are not supposed to fall, although some analysts forecast that the nation may lose tens of millions more jobs, Politico said.

While most Americans are trying their best to stay home and restrict their contacts with others — if not totally removed from the outside world — how long can this activity be practical?

Not to disprove Dr. Fauci’s experience on infectious diseases, but his proposed approach to the epidemic appears to be to plunge the United States into economic ruin on a par with the Great Depression.

In some way, it was encouraging to see Americans change their routines — if not their whole lifestyle — to pursue recommendations from health professionals on how to save as many lives as possible.

But the actual figures come in show the economic harm done by national shutdowns, and it goes way past “inconvenient.” At some stage, we have to wonder where the line is, and how many people’s lives will be lost until our solution ends up being worse than the epidemic.

Trump has been exasperated in the media for claiming that economic hardship would lead to high death rates from other problems, such as suicide.

“People are going to have massive anxiety and stress, and you’re going to get deaths over stuff like this because you have poor economies. You’ve got death. Possibly and — I say, definitely — would be in a far bigger amount than the figures we’re talking about with respect to the virus, “Trump said.

The Associated Press ‘”reality check” quickly criticized the President’s comments, saying, “There is no indication that suicides would increase significantly if national social-distance rules have closed several businesses and are supposed to cause a spike in unemployment remains in place.” But the AP is mistaken, according to several reports connecting unemployment levels to suicide.

The US suicide rate rose significantly in the first year of the Great Depression.

In addition, researchers at Oxford University found more than 10,000 “personal suicides” correlated with the Great Recession in the United States, Canada and Europe between 2008 and 2010, Forbes wrote.

Only the far-left Washington Post claimed in 2015 that “suicide rates are rising and dropping with the economy.” While the country is actually planning to commit economic suicide under intense social distancing rules, there are also mental health and drug abuse problems to address.

CNN estimated that 17 percent of unemployed Americans self-reported being addicted to illegal drugs and alcohol in 2015.

Like so many other Americans, I’ve been working to be a decent person. A week before my state closed schools, I kept my children home. I stay home with them, and I’ve grown very acquainted with the squirrels that live outside my house.

My only question: for how long is this sustainable? What about the people who count on their jobs and go to work to make the ends meet?

Like other Americans, the coronavirus potential fills me with confusion. It hurts my heart to see more of our beloved people succumb every day to this alien virus. But Americans are not, nor have we ever been, citizens motivated by terror.

A man in Los Angeles was arrested this week for paddleboarding — on his own — according to the Los Angeles Times.

A pastor in Florida was arrested on Monday for keeping church services after going the extra mile to keep his congregation safe.

It’s the United States of America. We have always been able to compromise, if necessary. Yet, our patience with scientific professionals and their ever-changing data structures can not be forever.

We have to consider if we are ready to become a citizens who cause our civil liberties to be violated forever.

The solution to our dilemma should not have to be linear, however difficult it might be for Dr. Fauci.

We should give our politicians in Washington the benefit of the doubt by pursuing these prolonged lock-down steps into April, but at some stage we need to find the middle ground, and we’d better find it soon.

At some point, our economies will come back to boom before we all risk being the victims of another major crisis.

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Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack



Pearl Harbor survivors gather on 80th anniversary of attack

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii — A few dozen survivors of Pearl Harbor and other veterans gathered Tuesday at the site of the bombing 80 years ago to remember those killed in the attack by Japan that launched the U.S. into World War II.

The USS Chung-Hoon, a guided missile destroyer, passed in front of the pier with its sailors “manning the rails,” or lining the ship’s edge, to honor the World War II veterans present.

David Russell, a 101-year-old from Albany, Oregon, who survived the attack while on the USS Oklahoma, stood to salute to the destroyer on behalf of the veterans.

Herb Elfring, 99, said he was glad to return to Pearl Harbor considering he almost didn’t live through the aerial assault.

“It was just plain good to get back and be able to participate in the remembrance of the day,” Elfring told reporters over the weekend.

Elfring was in the Army, assigned to the 251st Coast Artillery, part of the California National Guard on Dec. 7, 1941. He recalled Japanese planes flying overhead and bullets strafing his Army base at Camp Malakole, a few miles down the coast from Pearl Harbor.

Elfring, who lives in Jackson, Michigan, said he has returned to Hawaii about 10 times to attend the annual memorial ceremony hosted by the Navy and the National Park Service.

About 30 survivors and about 100 other veterans of the war joined him this year. Veterans stayed home last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and watched a livestream of the event instead. Most attendees this year wore masks.

They observed a moment of silence at 7:55 a.m., the same minute the attack began decades ago.

Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro recounted in his keynote address how Petty Officer 1st Class Joe George tossed a line to the USS Arizona that six men trapped by fire in the battleship’s control tower used to cross to his ship, the USS Vestal. Five of the six survived. Among them was Donald Stratton of Red Cloud, Nebraska, who died last year. Del Toro said he recently met with Stratton’s family.

“We sometimes talk about our victory in World War II as though it was inevitable. Only a matter of time. But there was nothing inevitable about one sailor’s decision to toss that line,” Del Toro said.

He said it took millions of individual acts of valor and courage at home and overseas to get the nation through the war.

The bombing killed more than 2,300 U.S. troops. Nearly half — or 1,177 — were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona.

David Dilks, 95, traveled to Hawaii from Hatfield, Pennsylvania, with his son-in-law. Dilks enlisted out of high school in 1944, going from playing basketball one day to serving in the Navy the next.

Dilks said his battleship, the USS Massachusetts, bombarded targets like Iwo Jima, Okinawa and the Philippines during the war.

He recalls one day in March 1945 when he and his shipmates were watching the movie “Stage Door Canteen” on the ship’s fantail when a loud noise interrupted the film. They then saw a Japanese kamikaze plane crash into the USS Randolph aircraft carrier next to them.

“We never had a movie up topside after that,” he said.

Sitting at Pearl Harbor on the 80th anniversary of the attack, he said he’s thinking in particular about those that died.

“All of the sailors and soldiers who fought here — you should be proud of them. But more proud of those who didn’t make it,” he said.

Several women who helped the war effort by working in factories have come to Hawaii to participate in the remembrance this year.

Mae Krier, who built B-17s and B-29s at a Boeing plant in Seattle, said it took the world a while to credit women for their work.

“And we fought together as far as I’m concerned. But it took so long to honor what us women did. And so of course, I’ve been fighting hard for that, to get our recognition,” said Krier, who is now 95. “But it was so nice they finally started to honor us.”

This year’s ceremony took place as a strong storm with extremely heavy rains hit Hawaii, flooding roads and downing power lines. The ceremony was conducted under a pier with a metal roof. Skies were overcast but it was not raining during the ceremony.

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Denver weather: Will it finally snow this week? Here’s what to expect.



Denver weather: Pleasant Saturday, windy Sunday, chance for snow Tuesday

It’s been a long time coming but Denver may finally get its first snow of the season. Although it’s very late and we’ve waited nearly a record number of days in between accumulating snows, the streak could come to an end this week.

The weather this season has been concerning. The overall lack of snow and precipitation, in general, is enough to have sent Denver back into severe drought. While the upcoming storm isn’t going to be a blockbuster, it is at least something and any kind of moisture is very much needed.

Denver as of Tuesday has gone 231 days without seeing measurable snow. The only year with a longer span between measurable snows in Denver was all the way back in 1887 when the city went 235 days without accumulating snow. With the way this forecast may pan out, it’s possible we could get a tenth of an inch of snow Thursday, which would snap the streak at 233 days. It is more likely Denver will receive measurable snow Friday, meaning we will fall one day shy of the all-time record. Regardless of when snow officially happens, it has been a very long time since Denver has seen snow.

The record latest date of the first snow in Denver has come and gone and is almost a distant memory at this point.

Latest first snow dates in Denver

1) 2021 — TBD
2) 1934 — Nov. 21
3) 1931 — Nov. 19
4) 2016 — Nov. 17
5) 1894 — Nov. 16


A cold front associated with this system will push across the region late Thursday night into Friday morning. Above-average temperatures are expected Thursday before the cold front moves in, so we have nice weather expected until then.

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Avalanche leads NHL in scoring but ranks 27th in defense. “We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net”



Avalanche leads NHL in scoring but ranks 27th in defense. “We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net”

NEW YORK — Jared Bednar’s demeanor after Monday’s 7-5 victory at Philadelphia bordered on somber. The Avalanche had just improved to 2-1-1 on its five-game road trip, but its head coach wasn’t too thrilled for the third time in four games.

Sure, the high-scoring Avs can score goals. They lead the NHL at 4.14 goals per game and have reached seven goals a league-high four times. But they rank 27th in goals-allowed (3.45) and they’ve given up more goals (20) than they’ve scored (19) on the trip, which concludes Wednesday against the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden.

“I know what we’re selling in the locker room,” Bednar said of defensive structure. “I think our team has a real good idea on what we have to do to have success long-term, but it just doesn’t seem like we’re following through on it for 60 minutes.”

The structure appears off, with the Avs allowing far too many opportunities on their send of the ice so far this season. Colorado had a league-low 25.4 shots against average last season. Currently, it is allowing 30.3, tied for ninth.

Goaltending could also be part of the problem, although Bednar didn’t acknowledge that. Throughout the trip, Colorado has used two guys who were pegged to begin the season in the minors (Jonas Johansson and rookie Justus Annunen) while Darcy Kuemper recovers from an upper-body injury and Pavel Francouz completes his minor-league conditioning assignment.

Johansson has a .884 save percentage in eight appearances and Annunen is at .892 in two. Kuemper (.903) isn’t much better and Francouz has yet to play in the NHL this season after suffering a lower-body injury in the preseason.

“We got to be better defensively. Doesn’t matter who’s in net,” Bednar said.

Avs players realize the problem — particularly the two defensemen who spoke at the post-game news conference in Philly.

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