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Wuhan Virus Watch: Tesla prepared to move out of California amid fight over lockdown

Wuhan Virus Watch: Tesla prepared to move out of California amid fight over lockdown

Elon Musk Musk clashes with regulators over local shelter-in-place orders.

Today’s update will start with an intriguing development related to California’s continuing pandemic work restrictions.

Unhappy with the shuttering of his plant, Tesla CEO Elon Musk indicates that the company is preparing to file a lawsuit against Alameda County and will move its headquarters and future operations out of California.

On Friday, Alameda County’s interim public health officer, Dr. Erica Pan, said that health orders to contain a Covid-19 outbreak in the region are still in place, and that Tesla does not have a “green light,” to resume vehicle production at its main U.S. car plant in Fremont, California, yet. She also noted, “We have been working with them, looking at some of their safety plans, and have had some recommendations.”

Tesla had wanted to start production again on Friday afternoon. The plant is where the company makes vehicles for Europe and North America. The company’s headquarters are in Palo Alto, not part of Alameda County.

Unlike other automakers, Tesla’s employees are not part of a union, so it would be easier for the company to significantly alter its operations.

Insulting Pan personally, Musk wrote on Twitter:

“Tesla is filing a lawsuit against Alameda County immediately. The unelected & ignorant ‘Interim Health Officer’ of Alameda is acting contrary to the Governor, the President, our Constitutional freedoms & just plain common sense!”

He also claimed that: “Tesla knows far more about what needs to be done to be safe through our Tesla China factory experience than an (unelected) interim junior official in Alameda County.”

I suspect Tesla is not the only firm contemplating relocation to another state.

COVID doctors challenge CDC’s rules on cause of death, concerned about inflated numbers

While Musk fights to reopen his plant, doctors reveal they are being pressured to classify deaths as caused by the coronavirus….which will help regulators justify the continuing lockdown. The doctors have also developed an independent reporting tool in responsereporting tool in response.

Frontline COVID-19 doctors this week have gone public saying they feel pressured to show COVID-19 as cause-of-death on certificates of patients suspected of having the virus when they also have had underlying medical conditions.

Dr. Jonathan Fishbein, a clinical researcher, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Disease and the World Health Organization have issued “vague if not misguided recommendations that unfortunately have been adopted by national, state and local leaders.”

“It is absolutely critical that we have accurate data to support decision-makers,” he also told Just the News. “If the data in our assessments included patients who have not definitively tested positive for COVID-19, that provides misleading information to policy-makers.

…Fishbein and his colleagues have in response created an independent survey to collect evidence to evaluate risk factors and treatments for COVID-19, with the expectation of more accurately recording causes of death.

The reporting tool was developed by Veracuity and the survey is being conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Clinical Research Excellence and Safety (ACRES).

Excess Cancer Deaths Predicted as Care Disrupted by COVID-19

There are so many reasons that doctors are clamoring to end the pandemic-mania.

The majority of patients who have cancer or are suspected of having cancer are not accessing healthcare services in the United Kingdom or the United States because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first report of its kind estimates.

As a result, there will be an excess of deaths among patients who have cancer and multiple comorbidities in both countries during the current coronavirus emergency, the report warns.

The authors calculate that there will be 6270 excess deaths among cancer patients 1 year from now in England and 33,890 excess deaths among cancer patients in the United States. (In the United States, the estimated excess number of deaths applies only to patients older than 40 years, they note.)

“The recorded underlying cause of these excess deaths may be cancer, COVID-19 or comorbidity (such as myocardial infarction),” Alvina Lai, PhD, University College London, United Kingdom, and colleagues observe.

“Our data have highlighted how cancer patients with multimorbidity are a particularly at-risk group during the current pandemic,” they emphasize.

FDA approves first at-home saliva test for COVID-19

The pandemic is inspiring a great deal of medical testing innovation.

The first COVID-19 test using saliva samples that patients collect at home has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The emergency use authorization was issued to Rutgers Clinical Genomics Laboratory for the diagnostic test using home-collected samples. Patients return their sample to the New Jersey-based lab in a sealed package for analysis.

The screening is the only authorized test that uses saliva samples to check for the new coronavirus that causes COVID-19. It is available only with a prescription.

Last month, the FDA gave emergency authorization for the first at-home COVID-19 test using a sample taken from the patient’s nose with a nasal swab and saline.

Fauci to begin ‘modified quarantine’ after exposure to infected person

Looks like Fauci won’t be appearing at President Trump’s side for awhileTrump’s side for awhile.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, tells CNN he will begin a “modified quarantine” after making a “low risk” contact with the White House staffer who tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The “low risk” assessment means he was not in close proximity to the person who tested positive during the time when that person was known to be positive for the virus.

He is not doing a full quarantine like Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration. Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will self-quarantine for two weeks after he was exposed to a person at the White House who tested positive for Covid-19, a CDC spokesperson confirmed to CNN.


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notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital | May 10, 2020 at 12:07 pm

Fauci, banned from media?

That’s a good start……..

Starman’s Tesla superlaser is locked-on target to Sacramento. What are you waiting for, Elon?

Did a lower level White House staffer take one for the team? Knowingly and willingly allowed themselves to be infected, stood next to Dr. Fauci and coughed, knowing that Fauci would have to self quarantine after all of his hand waving while first telling us no masks were needed, self distancing and self isolation would be sufficient? President Trump should award the Medal of Freedom to that staffer for his/her contribution to the mental health of the nation.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to rangered. | May 10, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    They’ll catch him breaking quarantine to go and make love to Hillary.

      Don’t know if I shoud up vote that or down vote that. Wanted to make be barf. Got a text from a friend that side Clinton’s took out another. Had to laugh at this, it is classic.

      The Clinton body count continues to grow. Clinton Foundation investigator and prosecutor Kenneth McCormick was found dead today in the driveway of his home

      According to reliable sources in the Department of Justice, Mr. McCormick was in the final phase of his investigation into criminal activity by both Bill and Hillary Clinton and was about to indict the former president and first lady on federal crimes.

      Clinton Foundation Investigator Kenneth McCormick Found Dead

      The Clinton body count continues to grow. Clinton Foundation investigator and prosecutor Kenneth McCormick was found dead today in the driveway

      I did not think about it until I checked in on the whole

      According to reliable sources in the Department of Justice, Mr. McCormick was in the final phase of his investigation into criminal activity by both Bill and Hillary Clinton and was about to indict the former president and first lady on federal crimes.

      According to South Park police, McCormick was found by his next-door neighbors, Stan Marsh and Eric Cartman, laying decapitated in a pool of blood after having apparently committed suicide with a pair of cordless hedge clippers. Munching on a bag of Cheesy Poofs, Eric Cartman lamented the untimely demise of his neighbor and best friend:

So the Democrat politicians in CA are already telling him adios. Much like NY and Gov. Paterson celebrated a spate of millionaires and manufacturing concerns leaving the State. Committed liberals do not think like normal people. That is why they close businesses down and put millions on unemployment. First it never effects themselves, secondly it gives them revenge against capitalism.Individual outcomes, pain, bankruptcy or death are irrelevant to liberals. It is the government that is foremost.
Newsome clearly enjoys his unbridled power and so does his political party and the media.

John Galt,

The producers will no longer work under threat of coercion.

The producers are motivated by positive values — life, happiness, achievement. Their exploiters are motivated by negatives — death, misery, destruction.

Opposed to the Morality of Life is the Morality of Death, which demands that man atone for the guilt of being human by sacrificing his mind, values, and happiness.


Sounds like today, n’est pas?

Galt’s speech can be found in part III, chapter VII of Atlas Shrugged (“This is John Galt Speaking”). It was also reproduced in Ayn Rand ‘s For the New Intellectual.

    Milhouse in reply to fscarn. | May 10, 2020 at 2:03 pm

    Is Musk a producer? Doesn’t his business model require government subsidies?

      pfg in reply to Milhouse. | May 10, 2020 at 2:18 pm

      You make a fair point. I can almost hear Granny Warren screeching, “You didn’t build that.”

      That aside, the point being made is that of the productive trying to find shelter from the relentless attacks of the Gimme Politicians. The left simply will not leave people alone.

      “It is the common fate of the indolent [*] to see their rights become a prey to the active [**]. The condition upon which God hath given liberty to man is eternal vigilance; which condition if he break, servitude [***] is at once the consequence of his crime and the punishment of his guilt.”

      John Curran Philpot (1750- 1817)

      * The indolent – those who may complain but yet won’t take action even when informed that only counter-punching will work

      ** The active – experience has taught that the left has a never-ending list of stupid, freedom-depriving ideas; the left will NEVER leave us alone. Green New Deal; elimination of 1st Am., 2d Am., mail-in voting, shut-down orders, and on and on

      *** Servitude – comes in a variety of forms, from detention (jail, stay-at-home orders) to economic deprivation via regulations (which always result in bigger government, higher prices for goods/services and greater unemployment) to increased taxation

Elon Musk makes me think of PT Barnum for some reason. He makes a lot of promises and, granted, some come to be. But others are just promises and possibly even boondoggles. Most recently I recall reading he promised ventilators and delivered CPAP machines. Elon Musk, like Steve Jobs, has a cult following. Let him go – he won’t and this is just posturing to get even more breaks and subsidies.

If Musk wants to flee California and come to Alabama, we’ll welcome him. Alabama, you say? Certainly yes. We have a high tech hub at Huntsville and Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz assembly plants and a major Toyota engine plant in the state. Labor costs are lower than most places in the country and we have a willing, trainable work force.

Come on down, Elon. We’ll teach you how to say “y’all” and do it right.

    UserP in reply to DSHornet. | May 10, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    And teach California how to say, “Y’all come back now, ya hear!”

      Tiki in reply to UserP. | May 10, 2020 at 4:01 pm

      California Tesla assembly workers and middle managers will follow The Elon.

      The devil is in the details!

    txvet2 in reply to DSHornet. | May 10, 2020 at 7:53 pm

    You’re welcome to him. We have enough Californians in Texas.

      PODKen in reply to txvet2. | May 10, 2020 at 8:08 pm

      As a Texan living in CA I can tell ya that not all Californian’s are as you seem to think … people are leaving this living hell because they hate the place.

        txvet2 in reply to PODKen. | May 11, 2020 at 11:34 am

        And they’re bringing their leftist politics with them. No thanks.

          Arminius in reply to txvet2. | May 11, 2020 at 7:03 pm

          Don’t paint with such a broad brush. I was born and raised in California. I’m sometimes called to the right of Attila the Hun. Or Vlad the Impaler, except while I’m a fan of capital punishment I’m not much of a fan of impaling as a method. If you’re going to off someone just put a bullet into them and get it over with. Impaling can take days.

          The weirdness of Kali is pretty much confined to a coastal strip from just north of San Francisco to just south of L.A. You get out of that enclave and California really is no different from the rest of the west. The problem of course is that enclave is where most of the population lives. And they dictate to the rest of the state what the policy is going to be. To the horror of the rest of the population.

          I give you the Delta Smelt. Nobody has actually been able to convince me the Delta Smelt, a tiny fish, is a different species than any other Smelt. Having grown up around environazis I’m well aware that they’re what we call “splitters” (as opposed to “lumpers”). On the thinnest of reasons they’ll claim that species that can interbreed with other species, hence they aren’t really different species, are in danger of going extinct. Therefore we must spare no effort to save their sorry @$$es.

          So that means Kali stopped diverting water from the San Francisco Bay estuaries because the loss of the freshwater is supposed to be one of the major threats to the supposed species’ survival. Which means farmers and ranchers in the central valley are s*** out of luck. This has been lucky for ranchers here in Texas as they can buy whole herds at bargain prices. But some of those farms and ranches have been in families since the 19th century or perhaps even longer.

          I’m a city boy. But I’ve been a hunter since I was 11. That’s nearly 50 years ago now. It used to be that you could trade labor for the privilege of hunting on these people’s property. I’ve done my share of farm labor. It breaks my heart that these people are on the verge of losing everything their families built up over generations because of a four inch fish.

          I didn’t bring any left wing voting habits with me when I moved from Kali (after a long detour in the Navy) to Texas. I never had any left wing voting habits. Here’s my political philosophy. F*** the delta smelt. I’m with the farmers and ranchers.

    JimWoo in reply to DSHornet. | May 10, 2020 at 8:10 pm

    Does AL have legal weed? That might be a issue.

Close The Fed | May 10, 2020 at 3:08 pm

Thanks for posting the Link to the Additional Reporting site:

I’ve read it, and for cardiac conditions, as I understand the terms, even heart valve problems count for an underlying condition:

Congestive heart failure – exertional or paroxysmal nocturnal dyspnea and has responded to digitalis, diuretics, or afterload reducing agents;
Myocardial infarction – history of definite or probable MI (EKG changes and/or enzyme changes);
Peripheral vascular disease – intermittent claudication or past bypass for chronic arterial insufficiency, history of gangrene or acute arterial insufficiency, or untreated thoracic or abdominal aneurysm (≥6 cm);
Valvular heart hisease [sic].

It doesn’t state when they might post any information received.

Close The Fed | May 10, 2020 at 3:11 pm

As for Musk, compared to all the players in the field, he’s very small for a car company. He doesn’t want to go under.

Good for him. Maybe he’ll abandon California and his fellow SV friends. Would only be an improvement.

I would love to buy a Tesla, because I assume it’s quieter than an internal combustion auto, but having to replace batteries after 7 years? I usually drive 20 year old cars, so that’s not a thang.

Apparently the do nothing and know nothing state assembly people are staring to believe that they are equal to or better than those who have actually built and accomplished a lot. I guess that AOC has encouraged the lot of them to express their inner retard in these matters. It would not surprise me if California sees a further exodus of these companies. I know that Portland has been using environmental attacks to go after a number of businesses, including Precision Castparts.

clayusmcret | May 11, 2020 at 1:05 pm

Musk is a loyal democrat. Until he actually does it, he’s only posturing to get pressure off his factory.

He is only moving his headquarters now and threatening to move the plant. *it is just a game he is playing called chicken.