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Mr. Scorpio

Mr. Scorpio's Journal
Mr. Scorpio's Journal
March 30, 2020

Out here on the perimeter there are are no stars. Out here we is stoned immaculate.

Slew plenty of zombies, raided the cubby holes of the weak, defeated my enemies and basked in the lamentations of their women.

Our coffers are full to the brim with everything we needed, That is, until the next time we choose venture out into the hinterlands.

Victory is ours!

March 30, 2020

Fact Check: Trump didn't "eliminate" the Pandemic Office, he downsized it into dysfunctionality

Was the White House office for global pandemics eliminated?

Glenn Kessler and
Meg Kelly
March 20, 2020 at 3:00 a.m. EDT

“The Obama-Biden Administration set up the White House National Security Council Directorate for Global Health Security and Biodefense to prepare for future pandemics like covid-19. Donald Trump eliminated it — and now we’re paying the price.”

—Former vice president Joe Biden, in a tweet, March 19

Several readers have written The Fact Checker, saying they were confused by dueling opinion articles that appeared in The Washington Post concerning the National Security Council office highlighted in Biden’s tweet.

On March 13, The Post published an article by Beth Cameron, a former Obama administration official, titled “I ran the White House pandemic office. Trump closed it.” She argued that “eliminating the office,” which she headed from September 2016 to March 2017, “has contributed to the federal government’s sluggish domestic response” to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three days later, The Post published an article by Tim Morrison, a former Trump administration official, titled “No, the White House didn’t ‘dissolve’ its pandemic response office. I was there.” He countered that office, which he oversaw for about a year starting in July 2018, was folded into another one to streamline a bloated organization and “the combined directorate was stronger because related expertise could be commingled.”

Rearranging organizational charts and bureaucratic intrigue is part of the lifeblood of official Washington, but it can have meaningful consequences for Americans. The government works effectively when the right people are in the right place to make decisions — and the Trump administration’s stumbling response to the coronavirus suggests the government is not working as effectively as it could.
Asked at a congressional hearing on March 11 whether it was a mistake to eliminate the office, Anthony S. Fauci, who runs the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, diplomatically said: “I wouldn’t necessarily characterize it as a mistake. I would say we worked very well with that office. It would be nice if the office was still there.”

Can one office really make a difference? At a news conference on March 13, President Trump dismissed this as a “nasty” question. Let’s explore.

The rest: https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/03/20/was-white-house-office-global-pandemics-eliminated/

March 28, 2020

"Quarantine," my eye.

March 17, 2020

Fanny - Blind Alley

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