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In The News for Thursday, March 19, 2020
Posted Mar 19 2020 7:38AM

·        Some good advice from Credit Suisse. Buy the S&P 500 Dividend Aristocrats as markets trade wildly. These are companies that have increased dividends every year for the past 25 years. Here is a good link if you’re interested in looking into this group.

·        Unless you are totally invested in the worst case scenario mindset, I encourage you to read what Michael Levitt, the 2013 winner of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry has to say about what he thinks is unfolding. He accurately predicted the slowing down of the spread of the virus in Wuhan in February. He believes it will disappear from China by the end of March.

·      If you’re tempted to buy into the bulls#*t argument that calling COVID-19 the Wuhan Virus is racist, you need to remember a few things. Some of the best daily updates I’m seeing on Powerline.

We are in the midst of a pandemic lockdown today because the Chinese Communist regime cared more about suppressing information than suppressing a virus. Doctors in Wuhan knew in December that the coronavirus was capable of human-to-human transmission because medical workers were getting sick. But as late as Jan. 15, the head of China’s Center for Disease Control and Prevention declared on state television that “the risk of human-to-human transmission is low.” On Jan. 18, weeks after President Xi Jinping had taken charge of the response, authorities allowed a Lunar New Year banquet to go forward in Wuhan where tens of thousands of families shared food — and then let millions travel out of Wuhan, allowing the disease to spread across the world. It was not until Jan. 23 that the Chinese government enacted a quarantine in Wuhan.

 If the regime had taken action as soon as human-to-human transmission was detected, it might have contained the virus and prevented a global pandemic. Instead, Chinese officials punished doctors for trying to warn the public and suppressed information that might have saved lives. According to the Times of London, Chinese doctors who had identified the pathogen in early December received a gag order from China’s National Health Commission with instructions to stop tests, destroy samples and suppress the news.

Don’t forget what WHO said in January.

·        A reader shared this article from The American Interest. The Wuhan Virus and the Imperative of Hard Decoupling. While the impact of this pandemic on our economy will likely be limited to one or two quarters, its effect on the Chinese economy could be much more long-lasting as U.S. companies re-think their supply chain outsourcing and bring all they can back to domestic manufacturers. It could result in a renaissance for American manufacturing.

·        When you need your hourly Wuhan Virus update…look no further. A friend sent me this link.

·        It was bad enough when they postponed the Masters at Augusta, but now this…the 19th annual Deerfield, Michigan Testicle Festival has been postponed until May 9. In case Michigan is a little too far to go, Texas has theirs in January in Fredericksburg. I think I alerted you back then, but you might want to put it on your calendar for 2021.

·        A sign the world is ending? CNN has praise for President Trump. Unfortunately, due to the fact that airports are barren wastelands right now, virtually no one probably saw it.

·        Another shibboleth of the left bites the dust. The rich really do not pay lower taxes than you. Your move Bernie.

·        One guy thinks the President should actually Tweet more than he does already. Now, I believe that he should tweet more, and find even more ways to subvert the press to get his message out, and to do so with all the passion and bombasticy he has ever shown.

·        Former prosecutor and MSNBC “analyst” demonstrates just how badly the DOJ needs to be swept with a clean broom. Glenn Kirschner, who served as a prosecutor for 30 years, plans to prosecute President Trump for negligent homicide over his handling of the Wuhan Virus. What a truly despicable human being.

·        If you want to seal your reputation as the king of tailgaters, I have just the thing for you.

·        An Indiegogo project that looks pretty interesting. Real-Time Vehicle Monitoring. Estimated to ship in May.

·        This man died in 1890. His epitaph has stood the test of time.

·        I take this as a sign that there is hope for our youth. As Winston Churchill said, to paraphrase, if you have a heart you tend to be liberal in your youth. If you have a brain you tend to be a conservative when you mature.

·        Now that Hillary has been ordered to testify under oath, she is scrambling to avoid it. You can rest assured that if forced to testify she will feign acute amnesia. This could get interesting.

·        Interesting. A Harvard poll showed that 80% of those polled would be in favor of halting immigration as long as the question avoided mentioning President Trump.