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2020

Look Not to Sweden: A Pandemic Failure

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From the mid 1930´s though to the early 1990´s, most Western nations planned to be self-sufficient in case of closed borders and wars.

Probably the worst, and most naïve, example is the Kingdom of Sweden.

During the Cold War, Sweden could manufacture its own medicine, food, shale oil, clothes and shoes. Add to this war planes, radars, missiles, armored vehicles, buses and cars. Basically, capable of surviving a global closure of all borders for years.

Sweden could mobilize one million soldiers, and had uniforms, weapons and ammunition stored for all of them. Mandatory draft military service meant that all males (and later, females) were trained and ready to serve.

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Virtually all apartment buildings had a secure bomb shelter in the basement, and most larger cities had deep community bomb shelters for tens of thousands of citizens, capable to survive a nuclear bomb hit. All military command centers were deep inside the mountains, and at the largest nuclear proof naval base (“Musko”) you could drive full size navy cruisers and submarines into the mountain and close the doors.

Then came the fall of the Berlin Wall and the disintegration of the Soviet Union in the early 90´s.

Many Western countries started to reduce their armed forces and naively believed that the threat of war was now over forever. Many military analysts and officers tried to say that we should wait and see what the Russians were up to, but the politicians did not want to wait and/or listen.

The Swedish government decided to reduce its peacetime military forces from over 100,000 men down to less than 10,000 men, a reduction in excess of 10:1.

Sweden gave away 1/3 of its entire army to Estonia, and abolished mandatory draft military service.

Sweden had 50 complete and modern field hospitals, 35 Army and 15 navy, but gave them away, too, since “we didn’t need them anymore”, not even for civilian disasters (like pandemics or terrorist attacks).

Sweden had very large strategic reserves of medicine, spare parts and oil. Since these reserves were no longer needed either, they discarded over a $100M worth of medicine and spare parts and sold the strategic oil reserves.

In early 2020, Sweden woke up and discovered that all the 50 field hospitals were gone, as were all the strategic reserves such as medicine, masks, gloves etc. And since the govt had tried to save money in the national health service for years, there were not even enough hospital and ER beds available without the pandemic, nor enough trained medical personnel to support all the regular patients.

Then Coronavirus pandemic arrived.

A colleague in Stockholm has been updating me on the actions of the Swedish government.  The initial policy was to do nothing. The head of infectious diseases went on the government TV channels and assured the citizens that the Coronavirus would be gone in a week. That is was “not necessary” to close Sweden´s borders or schools, restaurants, public transport etc.

This left Sweden wide open for the Coronavirus to spread for over three weeks, until the EU and neighboring countries badgered the Swedish government to follow the rest of the World. Sweden has already more Coronavirus fatalities than its neighboring countries. Considering that Sweden appears to be lagging about three weeks behind Central European countries such as Germany and France, the next couple of weeks might become very bad for Sweden, as many international researchers have already pointed out.

It is interesting to speculate why a few “experts” within the Swedish left-wing Socialist (The “Social-Democrats and the Green Part”) are prepared to risk thousands of Swedish lives in the belief that they “know better” than the World Health Organization (WHO), the U.S. CDC, the European Union (EU)  and some 200 other countries around the World. Add to this that after 70+ years of socialist governments, Swedes have been “educated” to believe in anything the Swedish State says. No other citizens in the Western World believe so completely and without reservation in their own government. The very opposite of independent free spirits like the French or the British.

As of April 3rd, Swedish elementary schools, stores and offices are still open as usual, as are restaurants, football games and public

Shopping in Stockholm: 3 April, 2020 {Sky News)

transport. “No need to limit the freedom of the citizens” according to government “experts,” so the Coronavirus will continue to spread. Since Sweden only tests patients admitted to hospital Emergency Rooms (ERs), the official number of infected is most probably very low. Some doctors estimate that over half of the country’s population (some 5+ million) might already have been infected due to the “flat footed” Swedish socialist government.

 

 

And there is a very serious lack of medical supplies, respirators, masks, gloves, beds and more.

 What must be learned from Sweden’s failure is that is the political duty of each country to have a strategic reserve of civilian supplies lasting for a minimum of one years, including medicine, medical equipment, masks, gloves, food, oil and field hospitals –  to educate and train medical doctors and nurses and to sign to them up in a civilian emergency corp., to be able to go operational within 48 hours.  Perhaps the United States should elevate the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR), now a division of Health and Human Services, and operate it along the lines of the erstwhile Civil Defense program.

No longer can we afford to outsource production (and knowledge) of vital supplies and services to the convenience of low-cost countries like China. The very concepts of population migration and globalization are enablers of pandemic catastrophes.

Sweden is proof that ignorance, political correctness and underestimation are, themselves, national disasters.

 

 

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2020

Whining Never-Trump Losers Now Want a ‘Counter-Convention’ to Attack Trump

A cadre of the loudest former conservative Never-Trump whiners are gathering to hold a “counter-convention” to attack Trump.

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A cadre of the loudest former conservative Never-Trump whiners are gathering to hold a “counter-convention” to attack Trump ahead of the 2020 election cycle.

Losers led by Edward McMuffin… I mean Evan McMullin… are desperately trying to organize a stunt event that they hope will detract from the Republican National Convention coming up in August.

Continuing their four-year temper tantrum, McMullin and his loser cohorts have announced plans to steal the GOP convention’s headlines with their own little soirée.

But the silly attempt to detract from the real event that will re-nominate Donald Trump as the Republican candidate for president is already looking like the joke that it will be. Why? because it is not really an event at all, but just a online trolling of the Republican Party.

The stunt is being called the “Convention on Founding Principles,” and apparently it will just be a little seen, livestreaming program that will air on the Internet during the GOP convention.

McMuffin and crew are hoping that enough people sign up on the event’s webpage to make it worth doing, but how much you want to bet this thing never comes off at all because of lack of interest?

McMuffin suffered a very embarrassing defeat in 2016 when certain members of the intelligentsia in Washington’s purported conservative media clique (like anti-Trump loon Jonah Goldberg, and failed magazine publisher Bill Kristol) tried to float him as the big answer to Donald Trump.

But McMuffin’s candidacy was met with a yawn in voting booths all across the nation. Indeed, the only state he got any real notice in was his home state of Utah, where he came in third on Election Day. It should be remembered that Utah sent traitor Mitt Romney to the Senate.

This ragtag group of court jesters have also pledged to work against Republicans all across the nation. Not that anyone will notice.

Trump campaign spokeswoman Erin Perrine had just the right words for them. When asked about McMuffin’s little “convention,” Perrin characterized McMuffin’s gang as a bunch of “irrelevant losers.”

Yeah. That about covers it.

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2020

Democrats Toss Aside ‘Small Donor’ Loyalty to Court Big Biz as Biden Bombs

The event truly serves only one purpose, however:  Telegraphing the utter desperation of the Democratic Party in 2020. 

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We’ve all known for months now that Joe Biden is in some serious trouble as a 2020 candidate.

The former Vice President’s first Democratic sin was being someone other than Bernie Sanders.  You see, Sanders’ faithful followers are a rather large contingent within the Democratic Party itself, and when the Party stepped away from him, so did many of his followers.

Biden has also been a complete and utter mess out on the campaign trail.  His propensity for embarrassing gaffes isn’t anything new, but some of the things that have come out of his mouth in recent weeks are on an entirely new level of mental instability than we’ve ever witnessed in presidential politics.

Then, to top it all off, the former Vice President has been credibly accused of sexual assault by a former staffer, forcing many within the Democratic establishment to openly admit that they don’t actually care about the allegations, just so long as he can beat Donald Trump in November.

And that brings us to today, as it was revealed that Senator and former 2020 candidate Elizabeth Warren is simply giving up on her earlier vow to court only small donors in 2020, and workin on a large, corporate fundraiser meant to keep Biden competitive.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren – who during her White House bid repeatedly forswore top-dollar fundraisers with wealthy donors – will host such a gathering for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden next month.

The move comes as the progressive senator from Massachusetts is considered one of the contenders to be the former vice president’s running mate.

The virtual fundraising event, which is scheduled to be held June 15 and was first reported by The New York Times, was confirmed by Fox News.

The event truly serves only one purpose, however:  Telegraphing the utter desperation of the Democratic Party in 2020.

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2020

Liberal Congresswoman Suggests Biden is Guilty of Sexual Assault, But That It Doesn’t Matter

This sickening hypocrisy is yet another reason why America is in the throes of a conservative awakening.

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As Donald Trump worked his way toward the White House back in 2016, there were an inordinate amount of claims being made against him – not the least of which was that he was a sexist who despised women.

This fervor was only accelerated by a bit of “locker room talk” that came to light between Trump and Billy Bush during a hot mic moment on the Access Hollywood bus, and that became the talk of the political ecosystem for years.  There are still Democratic operatives who like to pepper in talk of this incident today, nearly half a decade later.

But when it comes to Joe Biden being credibly accused of sexual assault, the left side of the aisle has been nearly silent.  When they do speak out about the allegations made by Tara Reade, they often do so in a dismissive tone.

Now, as if to up the ante on hypocrisy itself, freshman Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has stated that she believes that Biden is guilty of sexual assault, but that she doesn’t think this is a disqualifying issue.

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) on Monday said she will vote for former Vice President Joe Biden in the upcoming presidential election while insisting that she believes his former Senate staffer Tara Reade’s allegations of sexual assault.

“Believing survivors is consistent with my values,” Omar wrote on social media. “Yes, I endorsed against Biden and I didn’t pick him as our nominee. With that said, in this interview I did on May 6th, we talked about that and quotes aren’t always in context. I will vote for him and help him defeat Trump.”

With nowhere left for the Democrats to turn in terms of a candidate, one would imagine that a great many more Democrats will soon be attempting to walk this very same tightrope.

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2020

As Biden Continues to Stumble, Trump Unloads on His Mental Capacity

POTUS just unloaded on the former veep, as the Democrats continue to hesitate on replacing Biden on the 2020 ticket.

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We are invariably headed toward one of the wildest presidential elections in decades, as a Washington outsider prepares to electorally eviscerate one of the Washington swamp’s most notable elders.

For the Democrats, their plan is falling apart.  They saw Joe Biden as a hypothetical return to normalcy for the nation after 4 years of the bombastic, Beltway wrecking ball that Donald Trump represents.  The left believed that Trump was a flash in the pan, and that the nation would want to revert back to the status quo after his first term.

Spoiler alert:  They Don’t.  And, even if they did, the constant verbal stumbling of Joe Biden doesn’t inspire any sort of confidence.  If you take even a cursory look at Twitter these days, there are no shortage of tried and true Democrats calling for the former VP to be replaced on the 2020 ticket on account of his crumbling mental acuity.

President Trump is no longer beating around the bush, either.

When asked during a Sunday interview with WJLA what Biden’s strongest feature was as a political opponent, Trump noted that he could have said experience but explained why he did not think it was appropriate.

“Well, I would have said experience, but he doesn’t really have experience because I don’t think he remembers what he did yesterday,” Trump said. “So how is that experience? He’s been there a long time. He was never known as a smart person.”

The Commander in Chief then went for the jugular.

The president then started by saying that Biden is “not mentally sharp enough to be president.” He then went on to say that the former vice president has problems with China and Russia, but then jumped back to attacking Biden’s intellect.

“Biden doesn’t know, I mean, he doesn’t know he’s alive,” Trump continued. “I’m against somebody. Think of it. I’m against somebody that can’t answer simple questions. I’ve never seen anything like it, but here’s what I am against. I’m against a very powerful party, the Democrats, and they can take this glass of water and say that’s your candidate.”

The statement comes just days after Biden told a popular African American radio host that “you ain’t black” if you’re considering voting for Donald Trump – a gaffe that has sent shockwaves throughout the Americans political punditry.

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2020

Joe Biden Claimed Amazon Does Not Pay Enough Taxes, They Hilariously TORCH Him in Reply

Joe Biden claimed that online retail giant Amazon does not pay enough taxes. But the company struck back in a reply torching Biden for his idiocy.

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On Friday “Slow Joe” Biden claimed that online retail giant Amazon does not pay enough taxes. But the company struck back in a reply torching Biden for his idiocy.

Biden took a swipe at Amazon in a Tweet on Friday, claiming that the company does not pay “its fair share.”

“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: No company pulling in billions of dollars in profits should pay a lower tax rate than firefighters and teachers,” Biden tweeted. “It’s time for Amazon to pay its fair share.”

In his tweet, Biden linked to a CNBC story that reported his remarks given on Friday morning during an interview.

“I don’t think any company, I don’t give a damn how big they are, the Lord almighty, should absolutely be in a position where they pay no tax and make billions and billions and billions of dollars, No. 1,” Biden said in the interview. “The whole notion of this is: Are you playing the game fairly? What’s the capitalist system all about? The capitalist system is about everyone dealing fairly and dealing straight up with the American people and with their employees.”

This is a perfect example of Biden pandering to the anti-capitalist left.

But Amazon — run by huge Democrat donor Jeff Bezos — did not sit quietly by and let Joe get away with his attack on the company.

Amazon responded to Biden’s remarks saying: “Joe Biden, we pay every cent owed. You spent 3 decades in the Senate & know that Congress wrote these tax laws to encourage companies to invest in the US economy. We have. 500k jobs w/ a min wage of $15/hr across 40 states. Assume your complaint is w/ the tax code, not Amazon.”

Well, the company is 100 percent right on that one.

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2020

Joe Biden Unveils New Quest to Find Way to ‘Transport Wind’ Across America

If the Democrats continue with the nomination of Joe Biden, they deserve whatever they get in November.

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You can’t even make this stuff up anymore.

Joe Biden is losing it.  Even the most staunch Democrats are beginning to wonder if now is the time to pull the plug on his 2020 candidacy, as his nonstop stream of utter gibberish turns from funny to tragic right before our very eyes.

A few weeks ago, Biden told a female town hall attendee that she was a “lying, dog-faced pony soldier”.

If you thought that it couldn’t get any worse than that, Biden this week told a popular African American radio host that, if he was considering voting for Donald Trump, ‘you ain’t black’.

Now, as if things couldn’t get any weirder, the former veep is now yapping about how we need a system that can transport energy across the nation. 

Former Vice President and presumptive 2020 Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box on Friday that as president he would move away from domestic fossil fuel production and then went on to call for a nationwide system to distribute coal.

“I would gradually move out of the position of relying on oil and gas, excuse me, on coal,” Biden said. “No one is going to build another coal fired plant. Period. No matter what the law is.”

This sounds like a typical talking point of the eco-minded left.

Then, just a few moments later, Biden not only contradicted himself but also seemed to have forgotten about the nation’s railroads and the fact that wind occurs everywhere.

When host Joe Kernen asked Biden how he would preserve the high-paying jobs in the oil and gas industry, Biden did not directly answer the question. He said:

“We should become the net exporter of the new technology by investing the $40 billion in — the $400 billion I’m proposing in research and development for new ways to absorb carbon. New ways, you know, [to] make sure that we have a system nationwide that can transmit coal and wind across the country.

“But we’re not investing in those things Joe. We’re not investing in any of it. They all create jobs.

“And by the way, they don’t wind does not cause cancer. Windmills.”

If the Democrats continue with the nomination of Joe Biden, they deserve whatever they get in November.

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2020

GOP Senator Tim Scott Blasts Joe Biden for Outrageously Saying You Can’t Be Black Unless You Vote for Biden

South Carolina Senator Tim Scott slammed Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden for his proclamation about blacks.

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South Carolina Senator Tim Scott slammed Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden for his proclamation that you can’t be black unless you vote for Biden in coming election.

Scott, who is black, called Biden “arrogant” for his whitesplaning on who is allowed to be black and who is not.

Scott was incensed he heard Biden’s comments. The former vice president made the comments on Friday on the Breakfast Club radio broadcast co-hosted by rapper Charlamagne tha God.

“If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black,” Biden told Charlamagne after the radio host said: “It’s a long way until November, we’ve got more questions.”

Scott was shocked by the comments.

“That is the most condescending, arrogant comment I’ve heard for a very long time. And that’s saying something,” the lawmaker told Fox Business host Stuart Varney, pointing out Biden’s history.

“The man who sponsored and led the charge on the 1990’s crime bill that locked up more African-American males than any other piece of legislation,” he said.

“And President Trump comes along, and through his criminal justice reform, corrects the absolute mistakes made by Joe Biden, for him to make such an arrogant, ridiculous comment,” he added.

“If you think about the numbers, 1.3 million African-Americans voted for Trump. He’s saying to 1.3 million African-Americans that you’re not black?” Scott asked. “Who in the heck does he think he is? That is the most arrogant, outrageous comment that I’ve heard in a very long time and I take offense to that.”

Later, in a tweet, Scott said it was “par for the course for Democrats to take the black community for granted.”

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