Morning Greatness: New Models Predict Skyrocketing Death Tolls

Good Tuesday morning.

Here is what’s on the president’s agenda today:

  • The president arrives at Honeywell International Inc. in Phoenix, Arizona.
  • President Trump participates in a Roundtable Discussion on Supporting Native Americans
  • The president delivers remarks at Honeywell International Inc. Mask Production Facility

New models suggest massive death toll to follow relaxing of Chinese virus restrictions

Where have I heard this song before? The crackpots over at the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington’s School of Medicine, who I might add are responsible for the models predicting millions Chinese virus deaths barely one month ago, are now “projecting 134,000 coronavirus-related fatalities, up from a previous prediction of 72,000. Factoring in the scientists’ margin of error, the new prediction ranges from 95,000 to 243,000.”

Charlatan Dr. Christopher Murray told the media who still listen to him the increase is because of “premature relaxation of social distancing.”

But the outlook is even worse if we slide on over to the Johns Hopkins folks who are predicting 3,000 deaths a day by June. BY JUNE! Murray said the JH model is likely inaccurate. “Our numbers are nowhere near that level,” he said, noting that IHME is forecasting 890 deaths per day by June 1. “This relates very much to whether the models think there is going to be a large, New York-style epidemic in some states. We don’t see that because we’re building into the modeling the rising temperatures and rising testing and contact tracing. That will put the brakes on transmission enough that we won’t see 3,000 deaths a day by June 1.” Maybe you should have done that with your initial models, eh?

Johns Hopkins provided their model to the brain trust over at FEMA and explained, “the information illustrates that there are some scenarios, including the premature relaxation of social distancing, that are likely to cause significant increases in the number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the United States.”

We still have no idea how many people contracted the virus, we only know how many people were tested and sought out healthcare. Some of the initial efforts of antibody testing suggest almost 20% of the population already have been exposed. It might be higher, we don’t know. What we do know is that there are loud and powerful voices that do not want to re-open the country and I doubt they are doing that for altruistic reasons. Remember, the goal was always to reduce the burden on our healthcare system, not to keep people from getting exposed to the virus.

Secretary of the Senate will not release Biden harassment documents

The Secretary of the Senate has refused to release any documents related to the alleged sexual harassment claim of Tara Reade against Joe Biden. Now here’s the deal: they can’t release the documents and Biden knows this and that’s why he asked. His people made a big show of asking so he could appear like he is transparent.  He’s not.

Secretary of the Senate Julie Adams said the chamber has “no discretion to disclose any such information,” citing confidentiality requirements under the law.

The Biden campaign followed up by asking if the secretary could disclose whether the records exist; if there is anyone else, such as Reade, who could request the related documents; and if the Senate could release any procedures used by the office that would have overseen such a complaint on Capitol Hill in the 1990s.

Do you think someone might leak them, a whisteblower perhaps? No, because that only happens when the target is a Republican. But why not release ALL THE RECORDS of every single elected official who has settled or been accused of sexually harassing their staffers? The public should know. Where are the voices to exposed the perverts and predators that are sucking off the taxpayer teat?

“The Secretary’s Office was advised by Senate Legal Counsel that disclosing the existence of such specific records would amount to a prohibited disclosure under the Government Employee Rights Act of 1991,” Senate secretary spokeswoman Sydney Butler said in a statement.

Here’s a fun montage of all the Democrats, including Joe Biden, quacking about how Brett Kavanaugh did not deserve the presumption of innocence because you know, it’s a job interview and not trial.

Elizabeth Warren says Biden’s response to Tara Reade claims were ‘credible and convincing’
Brit Hume mocks NY Times’ call for ‘unbiased’ DNC panel to investigate Biden: ‘Beyond parody’

Coronavirus news:
Of course. WHO calls claims that coronavirus originated in Chinese lab ‘speculative’
California governor says some business may reopen this week
Pro-Gun Senators Urge Regulators To Protect Firearm Businesses From Discrimination
USC, Emory Creating Coronavirus Surveillance System Similar to China’s Social Credit Scoring
LOL. CNN demands Trump campaign stop using ‘distorted’ clip from network in ad
I wonder why? Trump steps up effort to blame China for coronavirus
U.S. Senate returns to Washington amid concerns about coronavirus risk
Fears overnight closure of New York subway will push homeless ‘into the shadows’
Without in-person classes, many students have essentially gone missing, teachers say
What to know about US legislation aimed at punishing China for human rights abuses
Rep. Jackie Speier calls for ban on sleeping in Capitol offices, citing coronavirus
Cotton calls for US to break away from WHO unless UN agency commits to ‘transparency and accountability’
Here we go! Schumer renews call for Fauci to testify on coronavirus outbreak
Even after respiratory symptoms fade, coronavirus victims face danger
Come on man. Three family members charged in shooting death of security guard who told a customer to put on a face mask
See how a mask affects how a cough travels
$1 million anonymous donation gives bonuses to hospital employees fighting the coronavirus
Pelosi responds to Trump’s payroll tax cut demand: No way
Rep. Jim Banks to Introduce Bill to Stop China’s ‘Predatory’ Acquisitions of American Companies
FBI gun background checks remained high in April during coronavirus pandemic
Men Accused of Raping Children Among 830 Inmates Freed in Massachusetts

Other morsels:
Pulitzer Prize awards include reporting on climate change, Putin
Lead Writer Of NYT ‘1619 Project’ Wins Pulitzer Prize In Commentary
“Controversial” Graham to hold confirmation hearing this week for controversial Trump court pick
After nearly 2 years, Grassley lifts hold on counterintel chief nominee
85,000 voters could be removed from Florida rolls
Inside Joe Biden’s flawed response to 2009 swine flu pandemic: report
Costco to temporarily limit meat purchases to 3 items per person
Flynn bombshells cast doubt on Mueller prosecutor Brandon Van Grack’s compliance with court order
Of course. Pelosi responds to Trump’s payroll tax cut demand: No way
Louisiana police search for ‘aggressive chicken’
CIA Watchdog Sitting on Secret House Report Allegedly Critical of Brennan’s Role in Russian Meddling Assessment

And that’s all I’ve got, now go beat back the angry mob!

About Liz Sheld

Liz Sheld is the senior news editor at American Greatness. She is a veteran political strategist and pollster who has worked on campaigns and public interest affairs. Liz has written at Breitbart and The Federalist, as well as at PJ Media, where she wrote "The Morning Briefing." In her spare time, she shoots sporting clays and watches documentaries.

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