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Twitler tweets support for House bill on Covid-19. Takes credit for free testing



I fully support H.R. 6201: Families First CoronaVirus Response Act, which will be voted on in the House this evening. This Bill will follow my direction for free CoronaVirus tests, and paid sick leave for our impacted American workers. I have directed....

YOUR direction?

It was @katieporteroc who did that!#ResignNow #TraitorTrump#WhereAreTheTests

Trish Regan show on Faux is now on hiatus after her idiotic Coronavirus comment

Trish Regan's Fox Business show is "on hiatus until further notice," network tells me, citing a shift in staff resources to "critical market hours."

Regan was widely criticized earlier this week for a monologue calling the coronavirus "another attempt to impeach the president.”

Ah ha ha ha ha ha

"Instead of bashing trump, post what you like about the Democratic Party"

So, came across a meme on FB that read:

Instead of bashing trump, why don’t you post what you love about the Democratic Party? I’ll wait....

My reply:

Doesn’t continually push tax cuts for the rich and corporations

Wants to protect and expand Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid

Wants to end corporate welfare

Wants to engage more in diplomacy instead of war

Wants health coverage for everyone with no pre-existing conditions restrictions

Wants to bolster education

Wants to help provide meals for the disabled, homeless school children, etc

Wants to protect the Constitution from grifters

Wants to rescind Citizens United (money is NOT speech)

Wants voting rights unhindered. And wants equal access to voting equipment in ALL precincts

Wants equal protection for all people regardless of race, sex, beliefs, etc

Wants regulation to be effective to protect consumers

Wants to protect the environment so we have clean and safe water to drink, air to breathe, food to eat

Is against white supremacy and nationalism

Is against mocking the disabled

Is against racial discrimination

Is against bribing/extorting foreign nations

Is against spilling top-level secrets directly to hostile nations like Russia

Is against sexual abuse and domestic abuse

That’s off the top of my head.

How To Disinfect Furniture (fabric)

We all know wipes are good on hard surfaces. What about fabric?



Conference has turned into a CEO fluff session for twitler's ego

they all have a 1-2 sentence plug of vagueness.

Jared Kushner reportedly looked to a Facebook group to crowdsource ideas to stop the coronavirus

As the White House clamors to combat the spread of COVID-19, the illness caused by the new coronavirus, Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior aide, has reportedly turned to a nontraditional resource: advice crowdsourced from Facebook.

Kurt Kloss, a doctor and the father-in-law of Jared Kushner's brother, Josh, on Wednesday posted in a Facebook group for physicians called EM Docs, asking for its nearly 22,000 members to brainstorm measures to stop the coronavirus outbreak, The Spectator first reported on Thursday. Politico later independently published a report on Kloss' posts.

"I have direct channel to person now in charge at White House," Kloss reportedly wrote, adding: "If you were in charge of Federal response to the Pandemic what would your recommendation be. Please only serious responses."


Kloss reportedly wrote that he sent 12 recommendations to Kushner on Thursday morning.

"Jared is reading now," he said.

O M F G !!

Policy via internet comment section!!

We've surpassed Idiocracy!

Dems vow Friday vote on coronavirus stimulus

House Democratic leaders are pushing forward with a plan to vote Friday on sweeping legislation to provide financial help to victims of the fast-moving coronavirus.

Emerging from a leadership meeting in the office of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), Democrats said they haven't yet clinched a deal with GOP leaders, but the outstanding disagreements are so few that they're promising a vote on the package later in the day.

"It is largely done," said House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.). "We intend to move ahead today."

Pelosi has been leading the talks for the Democrats, negotiating furiously with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin for much of the week in search of a bipartisan compromise that can clear both chambers and be signed into law.

The pair spoke most recently Friday morning by phone, according to aides and lawmakers, and Pelosi said the sides are "close" to an agreement.

About the STAFFORD ACT (since twitler will apparently decare a national emergency over Covid-19)


The Robert T. Stafford Disaster Relief and Emergency Assistance Act of 1988 (Stafford Act) governs how the United States government responds to disasters. While the Stafford Act provides an important and necessary foundation for coordinated national response to disasters, a number of shortcomings and deficiencies have been identified over the years. By understanding the Act’s pitfalls and gaps, donors can make strategic decisions in allocating private dollars toward disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

Broken into seven titles, the Stafford Act establishes a federal process for declaring disasters, determining the appropriate level of response and dividing up the costs among federal, state and local governments. In addition to providing federal assistance programs to deal with economic losses resulting from disasters, the Act articulates the need for state and local governments to create comprehensive disaster preparedness plans and mechanisms to prepare for intergovernmental coordination during times of crisis.

Hurricane Katrina exposed organizational deficiencies of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and, as a result, the agency was widely criticized for a slow and inadequate response. Understanding the Act’s limitations is key to improvements for future disasters. As the Louisiana Family Recovery Corps stated in the wake of Katrina, “the rigidity of the Act and its voluminous amendments has certainly served to handcuff those federal agents, officers and agencies working under its oversight.”

A more recent criticism after Hurricane Harvey in 2017 was that the Act only allows FEMA to provide “temporary housing,” which elevates short-term fixes instead of long-term solutions.

The Disaster Recovery Reform Act (DRRA) aims to improve the Stafford Act and reduce disaster risk including amending the Act to create a pre-disaster mitigation program that would not be subject to annual appropriations from Congress.

Another DRRA proposal would allow temporary FEMA personnel to become permanent employees after serving continuously for three years. This would allow the agency to grow the pool of qualified potential employees.

Other DRRA plans would alter how FEMA interacts with state and local governments. One such change would allow the agency, in coordination with the U.S. Department of Transportation, to produce guidance for state and local governments to identify evacuation routes. Another amendment would allow state and local governments to administer temporary and permanent housing construction, with those who implement cost-effective solutions eligible for reimbursement.

The DRRA also calls for expanding the eligibility of grant funding for things like wildfire activities, water resources development projects and assistance for building code and floodplain management, among others.

Key Facts
There are two types of incident levels: emergencies and major disasters. Emergencies are usually smaller events in which a limited federal role is sufficient, while major disasters are usually larger scale events, such as a powerful hurricane or earthquake. Only the president can declare an event an emergency or a major disaster.

The governor of the state in which a major event has occurred determines whether or not the state has the resources to handle the disaster. If that governor decides the state does not have the ability to handle the response, he or she must then ask the president for help and inform the president of the resources the state is able to commit. The president then decides whether to declare a major disaster and directs the assistance. A similar process takes place for emergencies. This top-down approach often does not include the perspective of people living in the disaster-affected area.

In the wake of a federally-declared disaster, the federal government provides assistance to state and local governments. Assistance includes food, shelter, financial assistance and the repair of physical damage resulting from a disaster. For major disasters, long-term recovery loans to individual small businesses are capped at $2 million. FEMA will pay up to 90 percent to state and local governments for debris removal, emergency protective measures, roads and bridges, water control facilities, buildings and equipment and utilities.

The president instructs federal agencies to provide states disaster preparedness and mitigation assistance. Federal agencies provide technical assistance to states to help them prepare for disasters and administer grants for the purpose of creating or updating emergency plans. However, state and local governments often lack the capacity and planning resources necessary for effective mitigation.

How You Can Help
The Stafford Act does not adequately address long-term recovery needs following a disaster. This is where private dollars become critically important. Donors can employ the following strategies to complement existing federal assistance programs:

Support recovery. In order to increase the effectiveness of long-term recovery, the shortcomings of the Stafford Act must be addressed. Philanthropists can use their convening power to organize donor consortiums to advocate for legislative reform of the Stafford Act and to ensure FEMA delivers a long-term recovery framework.

Help affected individuals and households receive case management and mental health services. Current federal funding for case management programs is insufficient and does not meet the needs of disaster victims. Donors can fill this gap and support long-term recovery by funding humanitarian organizations providing case management and mental health services to disaster survivors and workers.

Provide small businesses with expedited loans and grants. Small businesses are critical in a community’s recovery process. The current $2 million cap on loans for recovery is not enough and provision of loans is often too slow. In order to rapidly and effectively stimulate recovery, donors can provide recovery grants and microloans to offset immediate costs for small businesses.

Advocate for Stafford Act reform. In the years to come, the U.S. will certainly confront the devastation of additional natural disasters and may well have to respond to man-made catastrophes like the 9/11 attacks. The donor community can play a vital role in disaster response not only by filling funding gaps, but also by advocating for Stafford Act reform which will put in place the remedies and safeguards required to confront the disasters of the future.

We welcome republication of our content. Please credit the Center for Disaster Philanthropy.

What is the Stafford Act; the National Emergencies Act?

FDA shakeup in team that manages distributing tests

The F.D.A. also made drastic changes to the team overseeing the distribution of tests, installing an assistant secretary, Adm. Brett P. Giroir, to oversee the efforts. The move was another indication of tension among top health officials.

On Thursday, under persistent questioning about exactly who was in charge of seeing that people who needed tests got them, top health officials were unable to provide a name. One of them, Dr. Anthony S. Fauci, finally responded: “The system does not, is not really geared to what we need right now, what you are asking for. That is a failing. It is a failing, let’s admit it.”

“The idea of anybody getting it, easily, the way people in other countries are doing it, we are not set up for that,” Dr. Fauci added. “Do I think we should be? Yes. But we are not.”

BREAKING: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for the coronavirus

BREAKING: Miami Mayor Francis Suarez has tested positive for the coronavirus, he told the Miami Herald on Friday, days after attending an event with a top Brazilian government aide who also has the novel coronavirus. Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro’s communications secretary appeared in a photograph with President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence at Mar-a Lago. Bolsonaro announced on Facebook that he tested negative.
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