Coronavirus ravaged Florida, as Ron DeSantis sidelined scientists and followed Trump

As Florida became a global epicenter of the coronavirus, Gov. Ron DeSantis held one meeting this month with his top public health official, Scott Rivkees, according to the governor’s schedule. His health department has sidelined scientists, halting briefings last month with disease specialists and telling the experts there was not sufficient personnel from the state to continue participating.

“I never received information about what happened with my ideas or results,” said Thomas Hladish, a University of Florida research scientist whose regular calls with the health department ended June 29. “But I did hear the governor say the models were wrong about everything.”


DeSantis (R) this month traveled to Miami to hold a roundtable with South Florida mayors, whose region was struggling as a novel coronavirus hot spot. But the Republican mayor of Hialeah was shut out, weeks after saying the governor “hasn’t done much” for a city disproportionately affected by the virus.


As the virus spread out of control in Florida, decision-making became increasingly shaped by politics and divorced from scientific evidenceaccording to interviews with 64 current and former state and administration officials, health administrators, epidemiologists, political operatives and hospital executives. The crisis in Florida, these observers say, has revealed the shortcomings of a response built on shifting metrics, influenced by a small group of advisers and tethered at every stage to the Trump administration, which has no unified plan for addressing the national health emergency but has pushed for states to reopen.

DeSantis relies primarily on the advice of his wife, Casey, a former television reporter and host, and his chief of staff, Shane Strum, a former hospital executive, according to Republican political operatives, including a former member of his administration.

“It’s a universe of three — Shane and Casey,” said one Republican consultant close to DeSantis’s team who spoke on the condition of anonymity to offer a candid assessment.

The response — which DeSantis boasted weeks ago was among the best in the nation — has quickly sunk Florida into a deadly morass. Nearly 5,800 Floridians have now died of covid-19, the disease caused by the virus — more deaths than were suffered in combat by Americans in Afghanistan or Iraq after 2001. One out of every 52 Floridians has been infected with the virus. The state’s intensive care units are being pushed to the brink, with some over capacity. Florida’s unemployment system is overwhelmed, and its tourism industry is a shambles.

During the same period, DeSantis spoke regularly to members of the Trump administration. He appeared twice on Fox News and called in to Rush Limbaugh’s radio show.

“Ron DeSantis is doing a great job and will go down in history as a great governor of Florida,” the president told The Post through a spokeswoman.

There is more at the link above.   However it is very clear that governor Desantis completely sidelined doctors and scientist in favor of family and political considerations.   There seems a total disregard for the health and life of the people in the state and everything the governor is doing is to help him and his people only.  As a Floridian I can tell you it is really bad here, and it seems the state leaders are far more interested in pleasing the orange bulk tRump than saving a single Floridian life.    Hugs

Qasem Soleimani is a ‘revered’ figure in Iran — and his death will force the country to respond: Fareed Zakaria

IMO this is going to get worse, much worse before this is over.  Iran will target our people, military, political, and civilian.   We now all have targets on us thanks to tRump and those demanding the US over throw the Iranian government.   I suspect it is mostly due to it being an Islamic country and Christians don’t like that.   Plus there is all that oil wealth US corporations want access to.    Plus Israel has been caught lying about Iranian actions to push other countries into harming Iran for them.   Remember when Netanyahu gave a totally fake intelligence briefing designed to convince tRump that Iran had violated the nuclear treaty.   Hugs

“Soleimani is — it’s difficult to convey how revered he is in Iran,” said Zakaria. “Imagine the French foreign legion, at the height of the French empire. This guy is regarded in Iran as a completely heroic figure, personally very brave.”

“Put it this way. Other than the Supreme Leader Khamenei and maybe the president, he looms larger in Iran than almost any other figure,” said Zakaria. “He is regarded as personally incredibly brave. The troops love him, and he has been the kind of mastermind of Iran’s policies in Syria, in Iraq. So when General Petraeus was fighting the Iraq war, the surge, I remember him telling me that Soleimani was his principle antagonist. That’s the guy the American generals were bumping up against. Stan McChrystal had to decide at one point whether or not to attack a convoy that had him in it. It was a big decision because potentially eliminating Soleimani would have huge blowback. So if in fact this has happened, I think the Iranians will have to respond, and will respond in some way.”

Video at the link above.    Hugs



This hurts to report, so I will post the links and and the titles.

*** triggering****   this is about a child being physically abused in a public school by a large adult.  

NC Deputy Fired For Body-Slamming Child [VIDEO]

NC Deputy Fired For Body-Slamming Child [VIDEO]


‘No justification:’ North Carolina sheriff’s deputy fired after caught on video body-slamming child

A sheriff’s deputy caught on security video twice body-slamming a child under the age of 12 at a North Carolina middle school was fired on Monday morning and state investigators are deciding whether to file criminal charges against him, officials said.

In the school surveillance video, the deputy, a school resource officer, is seen walking with the child down a hallway when suddenly he lunges at the boy, lifts him off the ground and slams him to the floor on his back. Without checking the child for injuries, the deputy picks the student up again and throws him to the floor a second time and drags him down the hall and out of the view of the camera, according to the footage.

Sorry I was not going to post this, I simply did not want to see it nor deal with it.  But having seen it , I can not forget or get it out of my mind.  The vortex is howling at my right ear, I have chills up my back , my muscles are clenched, I am struggling.   I once was that child thrown around by a bigger adult I had no chance of protecting my self from.  He could lash out at any moment and how does a 50 pound kid take on a 250 pound brawler.  I need to go.  Hugs

We have serious problem in the US

US Army Prepared To Move Vindman And His Family To Military Base To Protect Them From Violent Cultists

This is fascism when thugs belonging to a political party and urged on by the political party in control of the White House, the administration, and one house of congress are such a threat to anyone speaking out against their Dear Leader that the military has to take steps to protect them.  We have recently seen attempts by tRump cultist to send bombs to people tRump claims are his enemy, repeated death threats to kill and harm members of the Democratic party tRump has singled out for his abuse, and groups that are the equivalent to the brown shirts of Nazi Germany such as the Proud Boys .  So seriously has the US become a wealthy banana republic with rule of thugs and crime by politicians instead of the rule of law?   Hugs

US Army Prepared To Move Vindman And His Family To Military Base To Protect Them From Violent Cultists

The Wall Street Journal reports:

The U.S. Army is prepared to move Col. Vindman and his family onto a military base in the area to ensure their security if it is determined that they are in physical danger, according to U.S. officials. Army security officials in recent weeks conducted a security assessment at Col. Vindman’s request, reviewing both his and his family’s physical security and their online security, according to U.S. officials.