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Sure, Go to Office, the Bar, the Movies… Kill 300,000 Americans

Wave your Trump flags at home, idiots. Conservative estimates from federal health officials say that prematurely ending our sensible social distancing will cause 300,000 additional deaths from coronavirus:

A table accompanying the older planning document shows that based on HHS experts’ “best guess” calculations in early April, roughly a third of Americans could be infected and show symptoms and more than 300,000 could die over the duration of the pandemic if social distancing and other mitigation measures were to stop immediately. That is far below earlier estimates of 2.2 million deaths predicted by the influential Imperial College model and the 1.5 million to 2.2 million predicted by the White House had the virus gone unchecked [Liz Essley White, “What Happens If U.S. Reopens Too Fast? Documents Show Federal Coronavirus Projections,” NPR: Shots, 2020.04.21].

Other models in the HHS documents analayzed by NPR and the Center for Public Integrity put the range of unnecessary deaths caused by hasty dequarantining between 94,000 and 1.8 million. I have yet to hear any calculus from Trump and the knuckleheads he incites that tells us exactly how many human lives are worth wasting for the sake of exactly how many million jobs or percentage points of GDP.

The sacrifices most of us Americans are making are saving hundreds of thousands of lives. The morons protesting to “Liberate Minnesota” are like traitors selling intel to the Nazis while we plant Victory Gardens.

Don’t betray your fellow Americans. Do your part. Stay home.


  1. Justin 2020-04-22 09:09

    “I have yet to hear any calculus…”
    It’s rarely spoken outright, but if you listen carefully to the things that are spoken, it’s possible to work out this calculus. I think it goes something like this, “If you have achieved the socioeconomic status necessary to stay home and protect yourself, then your life is worth saving. If not, then not. Certain events like wars, famines, and pandemics are necessary to keep the excess population down anyway. Why expend valuable state resources to lift those closest to the culling out of this doom that will quickly be replaced by another?”
    It’s a lot like my dear old dad always used to tell me, “I don’t have to outrun the bear, I just have to outrun you.”

  2. Loren 2020-04-22 10:51

    This morning’s Washington Post has an article about the connections of “conservative” groups to the supposed spontaneous protests. Instead of grass roots, it appears more astroturf, or possibly crab grass. :-(

  3. jerry 2020-04-22 11:50

    Tea Party part deuce. Same old fakey crap that the media just sees as eye candy. Each one of those fakes should be outed just to see that they’re only employment is a paid stooge for Betsy and her clan. Same stuff, will we fall for it though?

  4. Chris S. 2020-04-22 12:18

    The Economy demands human sacrifices!

    Imagine: We used to think cultures practicing human sacrifice were cruel and appalling. Silly us.

  5. Cory Allen Heidelberger Post author | 2020-04-22 12:41

    I’m imagining the ads now, Chris: Trump and other fat old white man in tribal regalia, carrying bound and gagged victims to the volcano and throwing them in.

    Or maybe bring a CGI Charlton Heston running from a “GDP Green” factory screaming, “It’s people! People!”

  6. mike from iowa 2020-04-22 13:07

    and the body count beat goes on…

    Last updated: April 22, 2020, 17:15 GMT
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  7. mike from iowa 2020-04-22 17:24

    Thanks DaveFromNowhere, Now I am going to have to bleach my hearing aid. What a load of bulloney.

  8. Robin Friday 2020-04-22 17:25

    Dr. Redfield on now trying to clarify his remarks from yesterday about the difference between “mitigation” and “containment”. Trump very nervous, can’t stand still. Evidently containment doesn’t include stay at home. To me, it means stay somewhere out of the public. The Lady of the Scarves (not making fun, her scarves are beautiful) is on now with the same don’t touch your face stuff. Gawd. Trump talking over her, in case she says something wrong, unlikely as that is.

    If it wasn’t so sad, it’d be hilarious.

  9. Robin Friday 2020-04-22 17:37

    He wants the word to be “containment”. “Mitigation” was Fauci’s word. Fauci gone. I’m guessing containment means more death, in the thousands, but I can’t get my head around a number

  10. mike from iowa 2020-04-22 18:38

    Let’s travel back in time to yesteryear- 2014- for some sage advice from that old orange faced sage who knows all and sees all.

    Donald J. Trump

    All the governors are already backing off of the Ebola quarantines. Bad decision that will lead to more mayhem.

    9:52 AM – Oct 28, 2014

    Ebola pandemic was so massive that untold ones died from it, including 2 Americans and 9 others brought to America.

  11. T 2020-04-22 20:19

    And Sturgis can continue as planned.
    Here comes increase in 2nd wave this summer …..right when harvest starts or sometimes in the middle of it. We have to haul Combines and trucks thru there every year, no other way around it.
    How will west river handle the sickness then? They can’t even handle the biker gangs all at once, one gang goes to rapid other shipped off to Sioux Falls if there was an injurious disagreement.
    Could get very interesting this year….

  12. jerry 2020-04-22 20:24

    Now, the leader of the pack will be a Labradoodle breeder. What a team.

    “WASHINGTON (Reuters) – On January 21, the day the first U.S. case of coronavirus was reported, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services appeared on Fox News to report the latest on the disease as it ravaged China. Alex Azar, a 52-year-old lawyer and former drug industry executive, assured Americans the U.S. government was prepared.

    “We developed a diagnostic test at the CDC, so we can confirm if somebody has this,” Azar said. “We will be spreading that diagnostic around the country so that we are able to do rapid testing on site.”

    While coronavirus in Wuhan, China, was “potentially serious,” Azar assured viewers in America, it “was one for which we have a playbook.”

    So, we’ve gone from this wackadoodle Azar to this wackadoodle labradoodle guy. Feeling safer already, right.

  13. Debbo 2020-04-22 22:06

    I was on the astroturf nature of those fake protesters 2 days ago. The major media are finally covering it today. Just saying.

    I heard about the labradoodle guy. Must be Fetid Flabby’s version of Heckuva job Brownie, GWB’s race horse guy at FEMA.

  14. Debbo 2020-04-22 22:59

    Minnesota has 2721 confirmed cases and 179 deaths. My county has crept up to 7 confirmed cases, but our congregate settings are still clear. That’s the big one.

  15. Debbo 2020-04-22 23:47

    “This virus will not rest until at least 60-70% of our population has either been infected, and then hopefully develop immunity, or we have a vaccine.” Dr. Michael Osterholm–regents professor and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota

  16. Debbo 2020-04-23 00:59

    “Only 12% of Americans say the measures where they live go too far. About twice as many people, 26%, believe the limits don’t go far enough. The majority of Americans — 61% — feel the steps taken by government officials to prevent infections of COVID-19 in their area are about right.

    “About 8 in 10 Americans say they support measures that include requiring Americans to stay in their homes and limiting gatherings to 10 people or fewer — numbers that have largely held steady over the past few weeks.”
    The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research

  17. mike from iowa 2020-04-23 07:36

    drumpf body count to start the new day….

    Last updated: April 23, 2020, 12:32 GMT
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    Another ten days tops and we will have more casualties in 2 months as we lost for all the wasted years flailing around in Viet Nam.

  18. mike from iowa 2020-04-23 08:03

    This might be just as scary…

    Official Debt
    * As of April 16, 2020, the U.S. Treasury’s official figure for the debt of the United States government is $24.5 trillion—or more precisely—$24,465,291,180,713.

    National Debt – Just › nationaldebt

    I am positive there are several trillions in stimulus funds not accounted for, yet.

  19. Eve Fisher 2020-04-23 10:09

    I am still in awe of how quickly the GOP went from “Every sperm is sacred” to “We have to sacrifice the old and the unfit for our economy.” Of course, in the 1930s it was perfectly possible to hold both ideas simultaneously… in certain countries…

  20. jerry 2020-04-23 11:54

    The world pity’s us the US as we are leaderless and more petty each and every day of republican malfeasance. I wish I were kidding.

    “BERLIN — As images of America’s overwhelmed hospital wards and snaking jobless lines have flickered across the world, people on the European side of the Atlantic are looking at the richest and most powerful nation in the world with disbelief.

    “When people see these pictures of New York City they say, ‘How can this happen? How is this possible?’” said Henrik Enderlein, president of the Berlin-based Hertie School, a university focused on public policy. “We are all stunned. Look at the jobless lines. Twenty-two million,” he added.

    “I feel a desperate sadness,” said Timothy Garton Ash, a professor of European history at Oxford University and a lifelong and ardent Atlanticist.”

    I guess, this democracy thingy isn’t working out so good for many. And now, Moscow Mitch is talking about the deficit, WTF is that all about? Will we say deficit when farmers and ranchers need another bailout? Or main street?

  21. mike from iowa 2020-04-23 12:16

    Obrien co just picked up the 4th and 5th covid positive cases. We are not locked down as farmers are busy in the fields, but many stay at home as often as possible. iowa recorded its 90th death from covid-19.

  22. Debbo 2020-04-23 12:42

    Moscow Mitch has 2 things in his evil mind as he begins to talk about deficits.
    1. He knows the GOP will get its a$$ kicked in Nov so he’s laying the groundwork to complain about “Democratic deficits.”
    2. The other time deficits matter to Moscow Mitch is when the $ is not going to him and his even richer owners.

  23. mike from iowa 2020-04-23 16:41

    Update to drumpf body count…. How many must we sacrifice for the economy?

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  24. mike from iowa 2020-04-23 20:24

    Last updated: April 24, 2020, 01:13 GMT
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    The clock is ticking.

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