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I clicked onto Fox News website this morning to get a quick news update. The column on the right had an ad called The COVID Tracking Project. It says it is run by volunteers. The ad on right column showed a United States map and a box below it giving me the Florida statistics. I […]

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Как дела Мистер Пу?: The Politics of Coronavirus in Russia

 

This should be a weekend of parades and celebrations all over Russia, especially in Moscow and the former Leningrad, as citizens rush to celebrate their nation’s part in the Великая Отечественная война (the generally used Russian term for WWII, which marks the dates 1941-45, and is usually translated into English as The Great Patriotic War, although The Great War for the Fatherland is an equally valid interpretation, closer to the meaning of the adjective). It should especially be a time of celebration for one Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, who for the last 20 years has never missed a chance to parade the streets of Petersburg with a framed photo of his veteran father, along with tens of thousands of other Russians. There will be no ceremonies this weekend, and Mr. Putin has fewer and fewer causes to celebrate. 

The situation in Russia has received relatively shallow coverage in the West. Vladimir Putin is a man who built his claim to legitimate authority on his strength, on reasserting the power of Russia in the world as the eyes of most security analysts and Western leaders, which had for the past half-century been focused so heavily on Russia, turned towards the Middle East and Asia as the main centers of coming conflict and rising greatness. Putin, by symbolically rooting out the corruption that has plagued post-Soviet politics (and replacing it with cronies of his own) and making advances into ‘rightfully’ Russian territory in places like Crimea, has attempted to recapture the pride of the Great Patriotic War, which remains one of the few largely uncontroversial focuses of Russian patriotism in the 21st century. But a global pandemic does not have recognizable border divides or command tanks and ground forces, and in a state which has thrown the bulk of its resources behind military expenditure and industry, Vladimir Putin is beginning to struggle. 

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This site has added a metro statistical area option: https://covid-19.tacc.utexas.edu/dash/mortality-rates-dash/ Go to a state and the second menu gives you an option to see the MSAs inside it More

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Chloroquine has been mentioned widely as a treatment for COVID-19 and President Trump recently mentioned it favorably. There is some in vitro science and mechanistic support for this use (it exhibits antiviral properties against both SARS and COVID-19 coronaviruses), demonstrated clinical utility in SARS, and shows promise in use against COVID-19.

Like many human drugs, it also has veterinary use, and one example of this has hit the headlines. Not only have the usual MSM sources done their usual sterling job of reportorial misfeasance and malfeasance, (combined with Blame Trump, of course) the conservative snarkitariate has been spreading the fake news, demonstrating the wisdom of the old advice to engage brain before putting mouth in gear.

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Not All Is Manageable, But All Must Be Managed: A Lenten Rant

 

Rod Dreher said a friend texted him the following about Covid-19:

When you have lived for several generations in a powerful and wealthy country untouched by deep tragedy and awash in the deep-seated belief that you are both the Chosen Land and Master of Nature, the belief that everything is manageable becomes the biggest article of faith. And the biggest blind spot.

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One of our Resistance Library readers reached out to us recently and shared a BBC article that they found interesting. They said it reminded them of our piece Prescription For Violence: The Corresponding Rise of Antidepressants, SSRIs & Mass Shootings and thought it supported some of the connections made there.   They’ve been linked to road rage, pathological gambling, and […]

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China Suddenly Increases Death Toll By Over 60% As Virus Jumps To Europe The emerging corona virus infection in China is now spreading overseas, and 46 million Chinese in 16 cities are now under some form of quarantine. Reports indicate that every diagnosed case is potentially responsible for infecting another 15 individuals. If true this […]

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James Madison, founding father and president, once stated in a letter: “With respect to the words “General welfare” I have always regarded them as qualified by the detail of powers connected with them. To take them in a literal and unlimited sense, would be a metamorphosis of the Constitution into a character, which there is […]

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Over the last few weeks, I’ve given y’all humorous accounts of my travails with one Inept Government Agency (IGA) after another. From the comments after each post, a lot of you have had similar experiences. There is one very important group of people who cannot say the same: The moral paragons who want to control […]

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Elon Musk announced his Neuralink project this week. As this video explains, the goal of enabling communication and control through thought alone is arguably given some credibility by medical solutions already in use. More

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President Trump was both lucky and smart this week in his approach to the thorny issue prescription drug pricing. Lucky, because a district court threw out on First Amendment grounds his executive order that drug companies supply list prices for all the drugs that they produce. Smart, because at the eleventh hour he decided against issuing an executive order that would have required pharmaceutical companies to offer a system of “most-favored-nation” pricing, which would cap the prices that drug companies could charge in the United States to the lowest price charged for that drug in any country outside the United States. Eliminating poor price signals is a modest benefit. But the implementation of the executive order would have slashed revenues, putting pharmaceutical companies at serious financial risk and perhaps ruin.

The basic flaw behind both proposals is that they assume that there is a unique “price” at which pharmaceutical drugs sell. That assumption often works in competitive markets in which the costs of development are low relative to the marginal (i.e. additional) cost of production for each unit. But so-called marginal cost pricing does not work for new pharmaceutical drugs whose development costs are already high and getting ever higher. Companies are constantly researching and trying to develop new drugs with strong therapeutic properties and tolerable side effects. They also face huge costs in shepherding promising drugs through three stages of clinical trials, each one more complicated than the last. Many promising new drugs wash out in these clinical trials, which means that a pharmaceutical company can remain solvent only if its blockbuster drugs yield enough revenue to offset the costs of its duds. And finally, companies incur huge financing costs as they bring drugs to market. Development and clinical trials take years to complete, and drug companies have to find ways to finance expenditures made in year one with revenues that will only start, typically, some eight to 10 years later.

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A group of regulators from Germany published in the British Medical Journal a recommendation on how drug companies should design clinical trials. These “recommendations” curiously align with Germany’s unwillingness to pay for efficacious drugs.

There are two regulatory bodies in Germany that check whether a new drug is better than an old treatment and pay accordingly, IQWiG and the G-BA. Not surprisingly when the Germans decided to check most new drugs they found that a majority of them (56%) showed “no added benefit.” Notwithstanding the obvious conflict of interest with the German government both approving and paying for new drugs, there are two major problems with Germany’s approval process. The unnecessary cost they are asking the drug companies to absorb and the capricious way they judge whether a drug is efficacious.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. Did The First Debate Prove Russia’s Already Hacked The Election?

 

You mean to tell me that the Democratic candidates are going to campaign on kitchen table issues like forced busing, reparations, open borders and banning private health insurance and that Putin has nothing to do with it?

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Bill Whittle and company are delighted by Georgia’s recent move to enable direct transactions between doctors and patients. More

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I just logged onto our computer system at work to see what our patient list is looking like and if there have been any emergency surgeries this weekend. I noticed something peculiar about the bed assignment of one of our young patients. I opened a nurse’s note to discover that just two days after we operated to repair one of the heart valves that had been damaged by this patient’s IV drug use, the patient was discovered using IV drugs while in the bathroom.

Of course, they deny any wrongdoing but the evidence is overwhelming. I have no idea how this young person’s life will turn out after the follow-up visits are done, but I can say the chances are they will end up like so many of our other patients that require open heart surgery because of their drug use — dead.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America think President Trump did alright in his speech and agree that his presentation was better than the stiff stares of Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi. They also shake their heads in wonder as more Democrats embrace huge tax increases and government-run health care and Jim breaks down the truly radical ideas contained in Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s Green New Deal. And speaking of the new congresswoman, Jim unleashes a fantastic rant after Ocasio-Cortez suggests on national television that the people trying to enter the U.S. illegally are more American than people who want a border wall.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America embark on the second half of their six-episode saga known as the 2018 Three Martini Lunch Awards. Today, Jim and Greg offer up their selections for the best political idea, worst political idea, and boldest political tactics for 2018.

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. 93% of Republican Women Support Trump

 

According to Daniel Henninger, the deputy editor of the opinion page of the Wall Street Journal, 93 percent of Republican women support Trump. His information came from a recent Fox News Poll that also reported the women were even more supportive than their male counterparts who support Trump to the tune of 85 percent. The poll is extensive, so make sure you scroll down for the section where party identification begins.

Lest you believe these women are off in blind la la land, Henninger says, “Which brings us to what may be the greatest Republican political blunder of this generation — failing to fix ObamaCare. The percentage of GOP women who express concern about health care is 77%.”

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In the latest Urbane Cowboys podcast, we talk with Avik Roy of the Foundation for Research on Equal Opportunity about healthcare policy, equal opportunity, and social capital. https://soundcloud.com/…/ep-9-a-spoon-full-of-sugar-with-av… More

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According to the Fraser Institute, the average annual cost of Canada’s public healthcare regime is about $4,640 per taxpayer. For most people, that does not include prescription drugs, dentistry, optometry, psychiatry, medical devices (wheelchairs, home oxygen, etc.), or any other medical goods and services delivered outside of a hospital or a GP’s office. It also […]

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