It’s a bad record. So far, Cuomo has gotten a lot of mileage out of an engaging TV manner and the ability to give good televised briefings. (It doesn’t hurt that his brother Chris is a big deal at CNN.) But as people start looking at the results, they’ll be asking more and more questions. And the answers are likely to be bad for Andrew Cuomo’s political career.
Breed [San Fran mayor], it turns out, had sent de Blasio a copy of her detailed shelter-in-place order. She thought New York might benefit from it.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, however, reacted to de Blasio’s idea for closing down New York City with derision. It was dangerous, he said, and served only to scare people. Language mattered, Cuomo said, and “shelter-in-place” sounded like it was a response to a nuclear apocalypse.
Moreover, Cuomo said, he alone had the power to order such a measure.
For years, Cuomo and de Blasio, each of whom has harbored national political ambitions, had engaged in a kind of intrastate cold war, a rivalry that to many often felt childish and counterproductive. When de Blasio finally decided to close the city’s schools, it was Cuomo who rushed to make the public announcement, claiming it as his decision.
“No city in the state can quarantine itself without state approval,” Cuomo said of de Blasio’s call for a shelter-in-place order. “I have no plan whatsoever to quarantine any city.”
Cuomo’s conviction didn’t last. On March 22, he, too, shuttered his state. The action came six days after San Francisco had shut down, five days after de Blasio suggested doing similarly and three days after all of California had been closed by Newsom. By then, New York faced a raging epidemic, with the number of confirmed cases at 15,000 doubling every three or four days.
Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said he's "heartbroken and furious" after a fire this week at a church that has challenged coronavirus restrictions. The fire is being investigated as arson.
The fire Wednesday in Holly Springs destroyed the First Pentecostal Church, and investigators found graffiti in the church parking lot that reads, “Bet you stay home now you hypokrits," NBC affiliate WMC of Memphis reported.
That's just swell. Now people will take the restrictions more seriously and stop complaining...
The end result has been a public told for two months not to wear masks, not because they don’t work but because those masks were needed for health care workers. For a public saturated with this “don’t wear” messaging from news outlets and fact checkers, it is not surprising that there has been resistance to current mandatory mask orders. The episode reinforces the critical need for officials to consider the impact of contradictory public health messaging, and reminds us of the limitations of fact-checking sites during a crisis when so much is unknown and guidance changes often.
Yeah, the WHO's "masks don't work!" bullshit messaging at the beginning was incompetent, to say the least. As well as tantamount to straight up lying to the public. And, of course, the media not only ran with it but often did it in a condescending "tut tut" kind of a tone. Then, when it started to come out that it WAS bullshit, only then did they decide to tell the truth which was, "these things are temporarily in short supply and we need them so that front line workers have them."
Had they simply been truthful from the beginning, I doubt the backlash and current transgressive refusal to wear (by some) would've been so severe.
People are still pointing to the Rebekah Jones firing as "proof" that Florida is hiding vast numbers of cases/deaths. And I don't mean nameless twitter goons, I mean actual thinking people whom I've known for ages, people with college degrees. And I can't even mildly correct them without getting immediately flamed by their "Orange man bad" friends.
DailyMail.com can reveal that she was fired in 2017 from Florida State University when she was a PhD student and instructor for having an affair with her student
Jones was charged with three counts of cyberstalking her student Garrett Sweeterman, then 21, who filed a restraining order against her
She allegedly created a 'revenge porn' website called SurvivingGarrett and sent the link to online boards focusing on women's issues and the #metoo movement
Jones posted at least 60 pages of a 342-page manifesto with a narrative of the affair with Sweeterman, including screen grabs of sexts between the two
People who make revenge porn and write manifestos shouldn't be trusted, as a matter of course imo.
And check out what Jones' lawyer said:
Robert A. Morris, Jones' lawyer in the revenge porn case, emailed a statement highlighting her 'sound' academic history.
'It is unfortunate that Ms. Jones has been thrust into this spotlight,' he wrote. 'I am certain that appropriate investigation and inquiry from oversight committees and other investigative agencies will reveal what has happened and why it has happened.
'Ms. Jones has a sound academic history. Her prior personal history and challenges should not be mixed with the present circumstance. Ms. Jones is working hard to resolve personal and private legal issues that are completely unrelated to her awkward thrust into the national media through no choice of her own.'
LOL at the "through no choice of her own." This is all a consequence of her choice, her decision to tell the media that she was fired because she wouldn't manipulate data, in order to get the attention she so obviously craved.
But like we're finding out with Tara Reade, awful, dishonest people who seek the national spotlight better be sure their skeletons are well-hidden.
It is unbelievable just how stupid people in the media can be. They're doing a live report to criticize people who are not wearing masks, yet don't have the good sense to make sure their crew is all wearing masks. They should know people are going to record this kind of stupidity, these days.
The data official behind Florida's Covid-19 dashboard says she has launched her own dashboard after being removed from the state's project.
Rebekah Jones was removed from the state's scrutinized dashboard project after she questioned other officials' commitment to accessibility and transparency, according to Florida Today.
Last month, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis contested Jones' claims. The Florida Department of Health (DOH) said she had "exhibited a repeated course of insubordination" during her tenure there.
Jones's website floridacovidaction.com "is paid for entirely by donations," the fundraising portion of the site says. "Florida deserves a community based dashboard that doesn't hide or fudge numbers," the page says.
So, she's using the same service to create the dashboard--NOT creating it from scratch--and she's not any sort of medical scientist. What's the big attraction here? I've actually got a few FB friends pimping her page (which makes me sad). The big difference in the dashboards appears to be the "positive people" figure, which she arrives at by using total cases + total positive antibody cases. Wow.
After all the posts defending Florida's response to COVID, it's interesting that I haven't seen any posts mentioning how it's quickly becoming a hotspot for new COVID cases and hospitalizations in the country since mostly reopening its economy.
I'm treated to daily updates on my FB feed from a couple of friends--in Florida--who consistently share the stories from the Miami Herald and the Sun-Sentinel trumpeting the latest numbers. I say "trumpeting" because all of them--friends and media--seem kinda giddy from being able to share bad news.
Florida's COVID-19 hospitalization rate remained steady throughout much of the pandemic before a dip into early June. The 14-day moving average has since been on the increase but remains lower than levels seen in mid to late April.
The critical metric of deaths per capita hasn't spiked yet, however. It may, or it may not. But either way, I thought the goal always was to "flatten the curve" to prevent the healthcare system from getting overwhelmed (along with minimizing deaths, of course).
Of course, there's a wrench in all of this now: the protests. Who can say what the impact was of people "taking to the streets"?
It's definitely something to keep an eye on. In my home state of TN, the governor ordered the reopening of the economy, against the wishes of several mayors of major cities, and one of the cities with the lowest rates quickly rose to the top 5 in the nation.
Also, I just read that multiple staffers at Trump's stupid pep rally today tested positive for COVID-19, the one where they told people not to wear masks and made them sign a non-liability waiver just to get in.