We have a short 20 minute podcast update because there is SO MUCH NEWS that we thought some people might enjoy this. It’s just me and Typhoid Nary, there’s no Matt yet again because he’s out throwing all the chloroquine supplies in New Orleans to the masses. WOW! Fun! Listen now.
A Czech news site on Monday (March 23) revealed that 80 percent of the much-touted traunch of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) rapid test kits “donated” from China are faulty, forcing healthcare workers to rely on conventional laboratory tests.
On March 18, as is the case with many of its other quasi charitable acts, Chinese state-run mouthpieces used the verbs “supplied” and “delivered” to give the impression that the communist regime was donating 150,000 portable, rapid COVID-19 test kits to the Czech Republic. In fact, the central European nation’s Health Ministry paid some 14 million crowns (US$546,000) for 100,000 test kits, while the country’s Interior Ministry footed the bill for another 50,000, reported Expats.cz.
However, Czech news site iROZHLAS on Monday revealed that local healthcare workers have discovered that up to 80 percent of the Chinese kits give false results. During a crisis staff meeting held for the Moravian-Silesian Region by regional hygienist Pavla Svrcinova, the error rate for the test kits was found to be 80 percent, prompting officials to suggest they only be used for those persons who are nearing the end of their quarantine and never previously tested positive.
According to Svrcinova, the Moravian-Silesian Region will continue to rely on conventional laboratory testing instead. Currently, only 900 such tests can be processed each day.
Now, most of the time, I say don’t look for conspiracy theories when simple incompetence can explain the behavior seeing. This is true most of the time. But in this case, when the offender has a PATTERN of lying, and covering up, and a PATTERN of conspiring against the west, well, I don’t think it’s a conspiracy theory, it’s a very plausible conspiracy that needs to be investigated. [hat tip to Jess and Matt from the sooperpodcast]
THIS WEEK we only have one vinyl vixen, it’s our own Typhoid Nary, OsteoperoJess!! We bring you all the great news and horrible news about our horrifical global affliction!! Then we talk about coronavirus too. We get into a bizarre wormhole about nary and Fauci, then we have a wildlife distancing update and a vitamin distancing update and a choking update! SO much news! Then el Sooper talks about the lying liars of the communist Chinese government and why we shouldn’t trust anything those liars lie. Also he defends celebrities against those horrible people on Twitter, then we talk some tank fish additives, also the google is making us all stooped. WOW! Go listen now!!
THIS WEEK the three vinyl vixens go at it over coronavirus, three vixens enter, only one leaves!! We also get Jess stories about wildlife distancing and vitamin distancing! Also el Sooper gives an update on his iPhone distancing! WOW! AND OsteroPeroJess gets a new nickname! Also the zoomers are terrible. And el Sooper angers the Italian community. THEN JESS slaps up the media over where the coronavirus came from! Wow. I give this podcast 10 scantily-clad shrine-licking Shakiras out of ten! WOW!
Crying at Winn Dixie. The woman in jeans stepped up and paid for the groceries of the young man in front of her whose card was declined. He was on the phone frantically trying to figure out how to get $$ to pay. “We all have times like this,” she said. People can be amazing pic.twitter.com/luZjaSvJI1
Apple is converting factories to make standard surgical masks. Later this spring, look for the new, larger and improved iMask10, retailing for only $995.00, followed by the even better iMask11, followed by the iMask12, followed by….
My father, a professional pianist who just celebrated his 84th birthday, is supposed to be at a music conference in Quebec, but instead is playing in front of his retirement community in Boulder for the residents who are under lockdown pic.twitter.com/riVqSUvgkw
A terminally ill woman living with her elderly sister posted on NextDoor begging neighbors to shop for her. She offered money and posted a list of bare essentials like toilet paper and soap. Within hours, neighbors gave her everything on her list for free, plus groceries
Despite @GovSisolak ‘s order to shut down non-essential businesses, Little Darlings strip club is still open. They say strippers are “practicing social distancing” and are offering “drive through lap dances with coronavirus-free dancers” and “nude hand sanitizer wrestling” pic.twitter.com/k48xhyhSzr
I dislike these two intensely, but… this is very funny:
This video of brothers Andrew and Chris Cuomo fighting ON AIR about their mom’s favorite child, calling their parents, and breaking curfew growing up is better than anything Shakespeare ever wrote pic.twitter.com/h7KF6pOdun
THIS WEEK we have both vinyl vixens on the sooperpodcast, and we talk about all sorts of stuff! We have a surprising choking update from MATT and also we talk about CNN sucking up to communism! Then el Sooper goes into distress about the math story that obliterated his little brown brain this week! WOW! Also Matt continues denying coronavirus exists, and we discuss all the drama around the Bernie OK Boomer girl! WOW! You have to listen now!
ANYWAY, please inform yourselves on AB5 because Democrats want to apply it nationally, and it will hurts MILLIONS of workers just as it is hurting tens of thousands in California right now, and possibly many more.
Here’s some more on AB5, the freelance-killing law:
THIS WEEK we have BOTH co-hosts again with RheuMATTitis and OsteperoJESS! We talk about SOOPER Tuesday, which is every day for me, and then Matt talks about the blessings of the Spanish Flu in the 1900s! Wow more history! Then we go in-depth into the licking of Iranian shrines and scantily clad shakiras! JessiBiden gets a new nickname, and why the US of A gets hit hard in the stats! Also Chris Matthews retires and Steve Kornacki cries! We name his new show, and then we sing the no-no square song, and it’s pretty amazing. ALSO el Sooper names his conspiracy theory and he accidentally says his real name during a story. WOW! ENjoy the podcast you lucky people!
This morning on Fareed Zakaria’s show, he really dismantled Bernie Sanders on his irrational mantra about how socialism is wonderful in Europe and we need to be more like them. It’s really really good, and worth watching and sharing:
I’m gonna document some of the numbers because I think he did an absolutely great job of showing why Bernie is completely wrong because he’s hopelessly out of date on his socialist propaganda.
Zakaria points out that Bernie says that billionaires shouldn’t exist at all. Well, there are more billionaires in Sweden and Norway as a function of the population than in the U.S.:
So, they’re pretty terrible right? Then why does he want us to be more like them?
Next, he shows that Sweden tried out Bernie’s model in the seventies. Between 1962 and 1982, they dramatically increased the share of the GDP, the gross domestic product, that they spend on government spending, beginning at below 25 percent to above 50 percent:
Economists point out that in the period where the government spent a lot more, they didn’t add a SINGLE JOB to the economy:
Now look, there’s plenty of economic arguments to be had here, but Bernie pretends that the economy would be fine if the government started spending a crapload more on the social safety net, and pointing to Europe to prove it just doesn’t hold up.
Next, he shows that although they have a generous social safety net, a ton of the taxes that pay for it fall on the middle class and the poor:
SO, if we instituted what Denmark has done in taxes in order to pay for the welfare state, every income over $65,000 would be taxed at an incredible 55.9% rate. Now, the average family income is about $60,000 a year. So you’re not talking about just the wealthy, you’re talking about most of the middle class being hit really hard by taxes.
The second graph shows that in ADDITION to that, the nordic countries have a VAT tax, which some politicians have called for in the U.S. too! The problem with VAT is that it does not differentiate between the wealthy and the poor, so it hits every single product the poor spend money on. Sales tax works the same way, and it’s already regressive. So you’d have to go from about a 6% regressive sales tax all the way to a nearly 25% regressive VAT tax.
Zakaria finishes up with a last graph showing just how progressive the U.S. tax structure is compared to that of Denmark and Sweden – it’s way worse in the U.S. already, even though morons like Bernie and AOC would have you think otherwise:
SO, Zakaria concludes that IF Bernie actually wants something like what the nordic countries have, he’d have to be open to greater labor mobility, more free markets, more access to global markets, while taxing the middle class and the poor way more than we do now. Now, if that’s what he wants, he should be honest about it. But he’s not.
We have a social safety net here, and it’s mostly paid for by the wealthy. If we want to change that, it’s absolutely insane to act as if you can do it by simply raising taxes on the wealthy. It just can’t happen.