web analytics

Bullet Train Wreck

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 pm, March 25th, 2020 - 23 comments
Categories: covid-19, Donald Trump, leadership, us politics - Tags:

New York Governor Cuomo was told CoVid-19 was like an approaching freight train. More like a bullet train was his response. Watching the White House daily briefing with Trump dominant it looks like a massive train wreck is on the way in the US.

With confirmed cases exploding, particularly out of New York, Trump’s oft-stated desire to have the US back to work by Easter so the “beautiful churches” can be filled is delusional. The figures are here, based on Johns Hopkins University data.

Medical and epidemiological advice is being side-lined in favour of trying to stem the economic fallout and save Trump’s re-election. Massive injections of money to the same corporations who profited from the 2008 crash will not make up for real economic activity. The World Health Organisation says the US is likely to become the next epicenter of the virus.

Governor Cuomo is honest and direct. Joe Biden is AWOL in more than one sense.

The contrast with our government’s swift and decisive action could not be greater. We may have to protect our borders for longer than we think.

 

23 comments on “Bullet Train Wreck ”

  1. Peter 1

    Cuomo was direct? Here's someone else who's a tad direct too:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzYbIaKBMQc

  2. lprent 2

    I've been picking for a while that either Iran (the reporting there seems to be more framed for PR than reality) or the US will prove to be the worst epicentres in the near future. In the US really doesn't look like the federal authorities nor many of the state authorities are looking to see the scale of the problem.

    Of course it may that the massive African megacities as a whole might wind up being the medically unconstrained test rather than the US.

  3. Incognito 3

    They dropped an A-bomb above the US and now we’re witnessing the fallout.

  4. Andre 4

    As an example of what the mandarin manutang isn't doing, but could be: there's the Defense Production Act. This empowers the government to instruct companies what to make and who to sell them to, and mandates the selling price to be cost plus a reasonable profit margin.

    It's been used as recently as 2001, by Shrub, to deal with electricity issues in California. Governors are begging for it to be used, to increase production of medical supplies and manage their distribution.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-defense-production-act-trump_n_5e7a1847c5b63c3b6497a050

  5. Ad 5

    Cuomo is rising like his dad did.

    But polls are showing that Trump is rising faster.

    There's a pretty good chance that Trump's emotionally accurate impulses to rebuke the disease, rise over it, deny its effects, and magnify the larger than life swagger he has on behalf of all Americans who feel the same way , will all play very well here.

    Also, the more state leaders like Cuomo rise like lighthouses around fatal cliffs and take their authoritative place commanding-and-controlling in their states, the more Trump gets to offload blame onto all of them as the ice rinks fill up with the dead.

    Trump has a very good chance of rising triumphant using Covid19 as his oxy-accelerant tank.

    • AB 5.1

      If he can win by feeding the delusion that American exceptionalism extends even to biology, he'll give it a go.

  6. Ad 6

    It will be particularly weird if New Zealand has the same or higher PROPORTIONAL number of infections as the US does.

    • Andre 6.1

      Right now the US is at about 200 cases per million population, just under 3 deaths per million, and 1 per million recovered. We're at under 50 cases per million, zero deaths and about 4 per million recovered.

      Given the vast differences in testing, it's hard to guess whether those numbers actually mean anything.

      https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/#countries

      • Ad 6.1.1

        The comparisons will be odious but they will be inevitable, and as each country recovers at its own rate such comparisons will be arriving thick and fast as they already are.

        For example we are already seeing articles about Why Japan Was Fine, and Why Spain and Italy Were So Bad Despite Good Preparation …

        The United States rates of infection are just gold sparkly propaganda to China who are doing all the diplomatic and social media groundwork to offload primary global culpability onto the United States.

        And then there's little old New Zealand … where once again distance looks our way and we can bathe in the warm bath of Prime Ministerial virtue … without the results to back it up.

        So there's a lot to be made of such comparative COVID-19 statistical state performances.

        What is at stake is the coming post-Virus debate about whether liberal democracies are now so bad at dealing with crises that heavy-state hyper-nationalism is revealed as superior to them …and used as an excuse to further degrade the remaining strong democracies.

        • mickysavage 6.1.1.1

          Our recovery rate may be because it is quite warm right now. Winter could be rough …

          • Carolyn_Nth 6.1.1.1.1

            Also, most of those infected are under 70 years old, probably because most of the Covid-19 positives so far are travellers returning from overseas, or close contacts to them.

            If/when there is more widespread community contamination, more of the older vulnerable people could be effected – hence the strong advice for self-isolation, and to stay at home for those over 70 yrs or those who have underlying health issues.

          • Andre 6.1.1.1.2

            Singapore's experience suggests temperature might not be a big factor.

          • Sabine 6.1.1.1.3

            it might be warm in the north, but here in middle north island its 'fresh'. And further south the first frosts have already come.

          • Gabby 6.1.1.1.4

            Winter will help keep people inside.

        • Phil 6.1.1.2

          post-Virus debate about whether liberal democracies are now so bad at dealing with crises that heavy-state hyper-nationalism is revealed as superior to them

          There are a myriad of factors at play here. Analysis based on broad national political structures is overly simplistic and banal. Local and provincial government competency and preparedness, for one, appears far more critical to successful containment of the virus in large countries. Age demographics play a huge part in death toll. Proximity to major travel hubs, etc.

    • Sabine 6.2

      Why?

      Because we are now in lock down? The diseases had several weeks to go around and it will. What will count is how our health system will be overloaded. Not how many people will have it, as quite a few of us are already carriers and we are now just waiting to show symptoms.

      AS for the US, they are holding Convid-19 Parties, cause fuckwits is them.

  7. A 7

    Cuomo is likely being positioned to take over from Biden when he steps down due to "health issues", so expect news saturation of his heroic effort to save NYC.

    Brother works for CNN, multi-generational political family…and I hear a bit of a tyrant.
    NYC could have handled this crisis on it's own but the blame is being put on Federal government for stuff like ventilators.

    If it's Trump vs Cuomo it could turn into another situation like Bush/Gore where the counts were so close nobody knew who had won for quite some time. God help the US.

  8. Carolyn_Nth 8

    Report from a doctor working at the epicenter of Covid-19 in NY.

    Bloody scary stuff – people on ventilators and life support; people vomiting and having difficulty breathing. Tiring work for the medical people, and all the patients they see are Covid-19 positive. It's bad now but he expects it to get worse.

    Doctor who survived Ebola details a harrowing day in the ER. Coronavirus scares him

    The numbers will undoubtedly skyrocket overnight, as they have every night the past few days. More will come to the ER. More will be stat notifications. More will be put on a ventilator," he wrote.

    Spencer wrote that it's too late to stop the virus, but its spread can be slowed because "the virus can't infect those it never meets."

    “Social distancing is the only thing that will save us now,” he wrote. “I don’t care as much about the economic impact as I do about our ability to save lives.”

  9. China ,as usual, is playing this disaster for all its geopolitical worth. Putin will be smiling..

  10. joe90 10

    More biblical than bullet.

Recent Comments

Recent Posts

  • New Zealand Sign Language Week a chance to recognise national taonga
    This week (10 – 16 May 2021) is New Zealand Sign Language Week (NZSL), a nationwide celebration of NZSL as an official language of New Zealand. “We’re recognised as a world leader for our commitment to maintaining and furthering the use of our sign language,” says Minister for Disability Issues ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 hour ago
  • Economic resilience provides more options in Budget 2021
    Securing the recovery and investing in the wellbeing of New Zealanders is the focus of Budget 2021, Grant Robertson told his audience at a pre-budget speech in Auckland this morning. "The economy has proven resilient in response to COVID-19, due to people having confidence in the Government’s health response to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Pre-Budget speech to BNZ-Deloitte Auckland Breakfast Event
    Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today, and to share with you some of the Government’s thinking leading into this year’s budget. This will be my fourth time delivering the annual Budget for the Government, though the events of the past year have thrown out that calculation. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 hours ago
  • Rotuman Language week affirms language as the key to Pacific wellbeing
    The first Pacific Language Week this year  makes it clear that  language is the key to the wellbeing for all Pacific people said Minister for Pacific Peoples, Aupito William Sio. “This round of language  weeks begin with Rotuman. As I have always  said language is one of the pillars of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    19 hours ago
  • Budget delivers improved cervical and breast cancer screening
    Budget 2021 funds a more effective cervical screening test to help reduce cervical cancer rates A new breast screening system that can proactively identify and enrol eligible women to reach 271,000 more people who aren’t currently in the programme. Budget 2021 delivers a better cervical screening test and a major ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    23 hours ago
  • NZ-France to co-chair Christchurch Call Leaders’ Summit
    New Zealand and France will jointly convene the Christchurch Call Community for a leaders’ summit, to take stock of progress and develop a new shared priority work plan. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and President Emmanuel Macron will co-chair the leaders’ meeting on the 2nd anniversary of the Call, on 14 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New South Wales travel pause to be lifted tomorrow
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins says the current travel pause with New South Wales will lift tomorrow – subject to no further significant developments in NSW. “New Zealand health officials met today to conduct a further assessment of the public health risk from the recently identified COVID-19 community cases in Sydney. It has been determined that the risk to public ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • March 15 Collective Impact Board appointed
    The voices of those affected by the March 15 mosque attacks will be heard more effectively with the establishment of a new collective impact board, Associate Minister for Social Development and Employment Priyanca Radhakrishnan announced today. Seven members of the Christchurch Muslim community have been appointed to the newly established Board, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • More young Kiwis supported with mental health and addiction services
    Nearly quarter of a million more young New Zealanders will have access to mental health and addiction support in their communities as the Government’s youth mental health programme gathers pace. New contracts to expand youth-specific services across the Northland, Waitematā and Auckland District Health Board areas have been confirmed, providing ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New hospital facilities mean fewer trips to Auckland for Northlanders
    Northlanders will no longer automatically have to go to Auckland for lifesaving heart procedures like angiograms, angioplasty and the insertion of pacemakers, thanks to new operating theatres and a cardiac catheter laboratory opened at Whangārei Hospital by Health Minister Andrew Little today. The two projects – along with a new ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Fair Pay Agreements to improve pay and conditions for essential workers
    The Government is delivering on its pre-election commitment to implement Fair Pay Agreements which will improve wages and conditions, as well as help support our economic recovery, Workplace Relations and Safety Minister Michael Wood announced today. Fair Pay Agreements will set minimum standards for all employees and employers in an ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Establishment of the new Māori Health Authority takes first big step
    Sir Mason Durie will lead a Steering Group to provide advice to the Transition Unit on governance arrangements and initial appointments to an interim board to oversee the establishment of the Māori Health Authority. This Group will ensure that Māori shape a vital element of our future health system, Minister ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Cycle trails move up a gear in Central
    Work on new and upgraded cycle trails in Queenstown, Arrowtown and Central Otago is moving up a gear as two significant projects pass further milestones today. Tourism Minister Stuart Nash has announced new funding for the Queenstown Trails Project, and will also formally open the Lake Dunstan Trail at Bannockburn ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Picton ferry terminal upgrade consent fast-tracked
    The planned upgrade of the Waitohi Picton Ferry terminal has been approved under the fast-track consenting process.  Environment Minister David Parker today welcomed the decision by the expert consenting panel to approve the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment Project.    The project will provide a significant upgrade to the ferry facilities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Quarantine Free Travel with New South Wales paused
    COVID-19 Response Minister Chris Hipkins has announced his intention to pause Quarantine Free Travel from New South Wales to New Zealand while the source of infection of the two cases announced in Sydney in the last two days is investigated.  Whole genome sequencing has linked the case yesterday to a recent ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Covid-19 immigration powers to be extended
    The passing of a bill to extend temporary COVID-19 immigration powers means continued flexibility to support migrants, manage the border, and help industries facing labour shortages, Immigration Minister Kris Faafoi said. “Over the past year, we’ve made rapid decisions to extend visas, vary visa conditions and waive some application requirements ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • “Supporting a Trade-Led Economic Recovery”
    Trade Policy Road Show SpeechManukau, Auckland   Kia ora koutou – nau mai, haere mai ki Manukau, ki Tāmaki.   Good morning everyone, and thank you for this opportunity to discuss with you current global challenges, opportunities and the Government’s strategy in support of a trade-led recovery from the economic ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Building consent numbers at an all-time high
    A record 41,028 new homes have been consented in the year ended March 2021 March 2021 consent numbers the highest since the 1940s Record number of new homes consented in Auckland The number of new homes consented is at an all-time high, showing a strong and increasing pipeline of demand ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Whānau-centred support for parents and tamariki
    Up to 60 whānau in Counties Manukau will be supported through the first three years of their parenthood by a new whānau-centred model of care, said Associate Health Minister, Hon Aupito William Sio. “Providing this support to young parents is something we have to get right. It’s a priority both ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ backs moves to improve global access to COVID vaccines
    New Zealand welcomes and strongly supports the announcement made by the United States Trade Representative to work for a waiver of IP protections on COVID-19 vaccines at the WTO, Trade Minister Damien O’Connor said. “New Zealand supports equitable access to COVID vaccines for all. No one is safe from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Tourism communities: support, recovery and re-set plan
    TIHEI MAURI ORA Tuia te whakapono Tuia te tumanako Tuia te aroha Tuia te hunga ora Ki te hunga ora Tihei Mauri ora Ka nui te mihi ki a koutou Tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa. Thank you, Hilary and thank you, Chris, and everyone at TIA for this ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Support, recovery and re-set plan for tourism communities
    Five South Island tourist communities targeted for specialist support Pressure on Māori tourism operators and Conservation facilities recognised Domestic and international-facing tourism agencies put on more secure footing Long-term plan to re-set tourism with a focus on sustainability, industry standards and regional economic diversification A plan to ensure the immediate ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Speech on NZ Rail Plan
    Check against delivery E ngā mana, e ngā reo, e ngā karanga maha o te wa, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā tātou katoa. Ki ngā mana whenua o Taranaki Whānui anō nei aku mihi ki a koutou. Nōku te hōnore kia haere mai ki te whakanuia tēnei huihuinga whakahirahira. Nō ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Government hits massive milestone in Violence Prevention & Elimination
    Minister for Family and Sexual Violence Marama Davidson announced a major milestone at a hui in South Auckland today, with the launch of the national engagement process on the prevention and elimination of family and sexual violence. “There is no room for violence in our lives – there is no ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Fee waiver extended for conservation tourism businesses
    Tourism businesses operating on public conservation land will have another six months of fees waived to help them adjust to the downturn in international visitors in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Acting Minister of Conservation Dr Ayesha Verrall has announced. "We acknowledge it has been a difficult year for ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • ‘Lua Wave’ to future-proof Pasifika Festivals in Aotearoa
    Pasifika festival organisers will receive additional support to adapt to the COVID-19 environment thanks to the Government’s newly launched ‘Lua Wave’ component of the Pasifika Festivals Initiative, Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “This initiative has not only been to support festival organisers to recover from ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Crown accounts show confidence in Govt economic plan
    The Government’s financial accounts continue to reflect the resilience of the economy and confidence in the Government’s economic recovery plan. The Crown accounts for the nine months to the end of March 2021 show both OBEGAL and the operating balance remain better than forecast in the Half Year Economic and ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Energy Trusts of NZ Autumn Conference
    It’s a pleasure to be here today. Thank you Karen [Sherry] for the introduction and thanks to the Energy Trusts Executive for inviting me to speak at tonight’s event. It is an exciting time to come to speak to trustees of distribution companies. For many decades the electricity industry was ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • New partnership to grow Māori success in STEM
    A new partnership with the Pūhoro STEM Academy will support thousands more rangatahi Māori to participate and succeed in the fields of science, technology, and innovation, Associate Education Minister Kelvin Davis announced today. Since 2016, Pūhoro has worked with Māori students to build their capability and create pathways to employment ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • Rail builds platform for economic recovery
    Transport Minister Michael Wood and State-Owned Enterprises Minister Dr David Clark today released the Government’s long term vision for a sustainable rail network that supports our economic recovery. New Zealand Rail Plan lays out how the Government is building a resilient, reliable and safe network, as well as the indicative ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    4 days ago
  • NZ and UK agree to lift the pace of free trade talks
    New Zealand and the United Kingdom have agreed to rapidly lift the tempo of talks, as the two countries enter a new phase in free trade negotiations, Trade and Export Growth Minister Damien O’Connor announced today. “UK Secretary of State for International Trade, Liz Truss, and I spoke today about ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill passes first reading
    The Counter-Terrorism Legislation Bill has passed its first reading and will now be considered by Parliament’s Justice select committee. “The Bill updates and improves New Zealand’s counter-terrorism legislation and ensures that the right legislative tools are available to intervene early and prevent harm,” Minister of Justice Kris Faafoi said. “The ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Statement on The Speaker and Annual Review Debate
    “The serious issue of alleged sexual assault and harassment at Parliament was poorly managed and inappropriately politicised last night. The tone of the debate did not reflect well on Parliament as a whole,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Any investigation of claims of sexual assault should be in a manner ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Govt motoring towards zero-carbon buses and protecting drivers’ conditions
    Transport Minister Michael Wood is seeking feedback on options for the next phase of the Public Transport Operating Model (PTOM) review to better protect bus drivers’ pay conditions, and also achieving the Government’s target of fully decarbonising the public transport bus fleet by 2035. Michael Wood said investing in our ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Drop in unemployment shows Govt economic plan is working
    The Government’s economic recovery plan continues to be reflected in the labour market, with more people in work and unemployment falling. Stats NZ figures show employment rose by 15,000 in the March quarter, with 14,000 more women in work. The unemployment rate fell from 4.9 percent to 4.7 percent. This ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Government sets pay and workforce expectations for the Public Sector
    The Government’s Workforce Policy Statement issued today sets out its expectations for pay and employment relations in the Public Sector, the Minister of Finance and Minister for the Public Service say. “New Zealand has had an exceptionally successful health and economic response to COVID-19. This has been supported by the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    5 days ago
  • Author Ben Brown is New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador
    Lyttleton writer Ben Brown (Ngāti Mahuta, Ngāti Koroki, Ngāti Paoa) will be New Zealand’s first Te Awhi Rito Reading Ambassador, promoting the value of reading for children and young people, Internal Affairs Minister Jan Tinetti announced today. A poet and award-winning author, Ben Brown writes books, non-fiction and short stories ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Celebrating New Zealand’s firefighters this International Firefighters’ day
    With two fire stations already complete, and building underway on 16 fire stations around the country, today we celebrate International Firefighters’ Day for the important role firefighters have in keeping communities across the country safe, says Minister of Internal Affairs, Jan Tinetti. The work is progressing due to Government funding ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Ron Brierley knighthood to go
    Ron Brierley has written to the Clerk of the Executive Council to tender his resignation as a Knight Bachelor. The Queen has been informed. The forfeiture follows the Prime Minister initiating the process to remove his Knighthood. The Clerk of the Executive Council wrote to him on 6 April 2021 ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago
  • Employment boost for rural communities
    The Government is continuing to create opportunities for at-risk rangatahi overcome barriers to employment, education or training with the next tranche of He Poutama Rangatahi programmes, Minister for Social Development and Employment Carmel Sepuloni announced today. “We’re focused on supporting rangatahi to get what they need to progress in the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    6 days ago