NRA Members Meeting Aftermath

From NRA’s Twitter:

New NRA president Charles Cotton: “The proceedings in Charlotte were an amazing celebration of NRA fellowship and freedom. Under the direction of Wayne LaPierre, the NRA is strong and secure – well-positioned to chart its course for the future.” An. Amazing. Celebration. of. NRA. Fellowship. A whole 126 people were able to attend, thanks to NRA leadership having taken care to keep everyone away! And a third of the board stayed away — at an annual meeting session! Neither has occurred in NRA’s recent history.

Here’s that “amazing celebration,” and look at all the empty chairs, despite the reservations webpage telling members that every seat had been taken:

If that weren’t enough, the tweet goes on to guote LaPierre saying “The NRA is focused and energized” — when the roof of headquarters is failing, membership is down by over a million, and NRA recently filed for bankruptcy, and lost, and that “I am honored by the trust placed in me by the NRA board of directors.” Yes, no dinner for me.

The board vote was 44-2 to re-elect LaPierre, and the vote was by secret ballot. I can only explain it as a mass delusion. Those do occur, particularly within tight groups where ostracism is a painful penalty. They believe, in mass, in something because they want to believe it. The punishment for not believing is too painful, so they convince themselves. We are winning, the accusations are all lies, NRA is doing well, we will prevail against the New York AG. Don’t look at the data, just believe and you’ll be happier.

Update: The New York AG will of course use this in her lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, as even more proof that the board cannot be expected to deal with the corruption, it has endorsed it, and the members cannot save NRA because the board and leadership have found ways to strip the members of power. She just issued a statement: “”The NRA’s decision to re-elect Wayne LaPierre and other top leaders yesterday despite the detailed evidence of repeated fraud and self-dealing we have laid out in our lawsuit and during the bankruptcy trial underscores that board governance is broken and that the rot runs deep at the NRA.”

Some good new, though. Frank Tait is running for the board, by petition. He needs 477 signatures, by voting members, to get on the ballot. Here is his posting, with a link to a printable petition.

It’d amazing how being born in Russia and seeing the Leninist revolution can shape your world view.

Quote of Ayn Rand.


Defiance, not obedience, is the American’s answer to overbearing authority.

The majority of those who are loosely identified by the term ‘liberals’ are afraid to let themselves discover that what they advocate is statism. They want to keep all the advantages and effects of capitalism, while destroying the cause, and they want to establish statism without its necessary effects. They do not want to know or to admit that they are the champions of dictatorship and slavery.

Socialism is the doctrine that man has no right to exist for his own sake, that his life and his work do not belong to him, but belong to society, that the only justification of his existence is his service to society, and that society may dispose of him in any way it pleases for the sake of whatever it deems to be its own tribal, collective good.

The man who speaks to you of sacrifice, speaks of slaves and masters. And intends to be the master.

Economic power is exercised by means of a positive, by offering men a reward, an incentive, a payment, a value; political power is exercised by means of a negative, by the threat of punishment, injury, imprisonment, destruction. The businessman’s tool is values; the bureaucrat’s tool is fear.

Whoever claims the right to redistribute the wealth produced by others is claiming the right to treat human beings as chattel.

If you surrender everything to the government and give it total power to plan the whole economy, this will not guarantee your economic security, but it will guarantee the descent of the entire nation to a level of miserable poverty–as the practical results of every totalitarian economy, communist or fascist, have demonstrated.

There can be no compromise on basic principles. There can be no compromise on moral issues. There can be no compromise on matters of knowledge, of truth, of rational conviction.

The freedom of speech of private individuals includes the right to not agree, not to listen, and not to finance one’s own antagonists.

Individual rights are not subject to a public vote; a majority has no right to vote away the rights of a minority; the political function of rights is precisely to protect minorities from oppression by majorities, and the smallest minority on earth is the individual.

The source of the government’s authority is “the consent of the governed.” This means that the government is not the ruler, but the servant or agent of the citizens; it means that the government as such has no rights except the rights delegated to it by the citizens for a specific purpose.

We are fast approaching the stage of the ultimate inversion: the stage where the government is free to do anything it pleases, while the citizens may act only by permission; which is the stage of the darkest periods of human history, the stage of rule by brute force.

Since there is no such entity as ‘the public,’ since the public is merely a number of individuals, the idea that ‘the public interest’ supersedes private interests and rights can have but one meaning: that the interests and rights of some individuals take precedence over the interests and rights of others.

The government was set to protect man from criminals-and the constitution was written to protect man from the government. The Bill of Rights was not directed at private citizens, but against the government-as an explicit declaration that individual rights supersede any public or social power.

America’s founding ideal was the principle of individual rights. Nothing more-and nothing less. The rest-everything that America achieved, everything she became, everything ‘noble and just,’ and heroic, and great, and unprecedented in human history-was the logical consequence of fidelity to that one principle.

There can be no compromise between freedom and government controls; to accept ‘just a few controls’ is to surrender the principle of inalienable individual rights and to substitute for it the principle of the government’s unlimited, arbitrary power, thus delivering oneself into gradual enslavement. As an example of this process, observe the present domestic policy of the United States.

Capitalism has been called a system of greed—yet it is the system that raised the standard of living of its poorest citizens to heights no collectivist system has ever begun to equal, and no tribal gang can conceive of.

The difference between [socialism and fascism] is superficial and purely formal, but it is significant psychologically: it brings the authoritarian nature of a planned economy crudely into the open. The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal.

America’s abundance was created not by public sacrifices to the common good, but by the productive genius of free men who pursued their own personal interests and the making of their own private fortunes. They did not starve the people to pay for America’s industrialization. They gave the people better jobs, higher wages, and cheaper goods with every new machine they invented, with every scientific discovery or technological advance- and thus the whole country was moving forward and profiting, not suffering, every step of the way.

Every movement that seeks to enslave a country, every dictatorship or potential dictatorship, needs some minority group as a scapegoat which it can blame for the nation’s troubles and use as a justification of its own demands for dictatorial powers. In Soviet Russia, the scapegoat was the bourgeoisie; in Nazi Germany, it was the Jewish people; in America, it is the businessmen.

The necessary consequence of man’s right to life is his right to self-defense. In a civilized society, force may be used only in retaliation and only against those who initiate its use. All the reasons which make the initiation of physical force an evil, make the retaliatory use of physical force a moral imperative. If some “pacifist” society renounced the retaliatory use of force, it would be left helplessly at the mercy of the first thug who decided to be immoral. Such a society would achieve the opposite of its intention: instead of abolishing evil, it would encourage and reward it.

There are only two means by which men can deal with one another: guns or logic. Force or persuasion. Those who know that they cannot win by means of logic, have always resorted to guns.

If a society is to be free, its government has to be controlled.

When it is established that government by right can take wealth from some and give it to others. When a society establishes criminals-by-right and looters-by-law, men will use force to seize the wealth of disarmed victims. Such looters believe it safe to rob defenseless men, once they have passed a law to disarm them. But their loot becomes the magnet for other looters, who get it from them as they got it. Then the race goes, not to the ablest at production, but to those most ruthless at brutality. When force is the standard, the murderer wins over the pickpocket.

Biden’s Weakness Will Result In Aggression. Here Are 4 Likely Foreign Policy Scenarios
Weakness invites aggression, so we should prepare for a tumultuous fall on the world stage. Here’s what to watch for.

Even prior to the stunning display of American failure in Afghanistan, President Biden appeared slow-witted and spineless on crucial U.S. national security matters.

For example, Biden handed Russia’s Vladimir Putin gift after gift: extending the START Treaty, lifting Nord Stream 2 pipeline sanctions despite bipartisan legislation and essentially surrendering Ukraine to Russia. During the Biden-Putin summit in Geneva, Biden was tougher with an American journalist than with Putin. After Biden’s advisers and the first lady told the press how extensively he prepared for the meeting, he cut it short.

Biden also responded to the several major cyberattacks traced to Russia—including the meat processor JBS and the Colonial pipeline—by handing Putin a list of critical infrastructure that was “off limits.” Biden claimed Putin would change his behavior if his standing was diminished in the world, showing a fundamental lack of understanding Putin’s motivations.

Rejoining the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran has been Biden’s top priority since taking office, and he was willing to offer Tehran almost anything for it. Tehran refused to negotiate with the United States directly, and operates with impunity in the Middle East.

In July, Iranian intelligence attempted to kidnap Masih Alinejad, an Iranian journalist, from American soil. In August, an Iranian drone attacked an Israeli merchant ship, killing two crew members. Iranian proxies targeted Americas in Syria and Iraq, and Hezbollah increased rocket attacks on Israel. It also appears Tehran attempted to close the Strait of Hormuz using sea mines.

In June, Biden proclaimed “America is back” with “renewed commitment to our allies and partners.” But North Atlantic Treaty Organization allies with troops on the ground in Afghanistan disagree as they scramble to get out their people out due to America’s hasty withdrawal. British paratroopers, prepared for face-to-face combat, have descended on Kabul to rescue British citizens.

Weakness invites aggression, so we should prepare for a tumultuous fall on the world stage. Here’s what to watch for.

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I had read elsewhere about this, but this is the best explanation of it I’ve seen.


You-Gotta-Be Kidding-Me Mailbag: Revelation 18:23. “for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy pharmaceuticals were all nations deceived…” edition

Wow. I MEAN. It’s almost like the Holy Bible in modern English is inadequate or something….

The “thy” is “the world’s”, not God’s. Hence the lower-case.


Ann,

Something I’ve known for awhile but never understood how that it would happen: Enter the rona scam and death jab. Sorcery. Look it up in Rev: chapter 18 v 23. Sorcery from the Greek is literally where we get the word for pharmacy. Medicine. Also used as magic.

That verse also speaks of the “great men of the earth” being “merchants”. The super rich elites. Gates, Soros, Fraudci, etc.

Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

Greek: φαρμακεία

Transliteration: pharmakeia

Pronunciation: far-mak-i’-ah

Definition: From [ Strong’s Greek Lexicon . ed]  G5332; medication (pharmacy) that is (by extension) magic (literal or figurative): – sorcery witchcraft.

KJV Usage: sorcery (2x), witchcraft (1x).

Occurrences in Bible: 3

Occurrences in verses: 3

Yes I know it’s a King James Version I’m using but it’s all I know at the moment. God keep you around with us for LONG time please.

C


St. Jerome’s Latin Vulgate translated in the Douay-Rheims:

And the light of the lamp shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth, for all nations have been deceived by thy enchantments.

et lux lucernae non lucebit in te amplius : et vox sponsi et sponsae non audietur adhuc in te : quia mercatores tui erant principes terrae, quia in veneficiis tuis erraverunt omnes gentes.

D’oh!!!!

 

“…for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy pharmaceuticals were all nations deceived.”

With the U.N. logo….

Deadlier than the disease


The Panic Pandemic
Fearmongering from journalists, scientists, and politicians did more harm than the virus.

The United States suffered through two lethal waves of contagion in the past year and a half. The first was a viral pandemic that killed about one in 500 Americans—typically, a person over 75 suffering from other serious conditions. The second, and far more catastrophic, was a moral panic that swept the nation’s guiding institutions.

Instead of keeping calm and carrying on, the American elite flouted the norms of governance, journalism, academic freedom—and, worst of all, science. They misled the public about the origins of the virus and the true risk that it posed. Ignoring their own carefully prepared plans for a pandemic, they claimed unprecedented powers to impose untested strategies, with terrible collateral damage. As evidence of their mistakes mounted, they stifled debate by vilifying dissenters, censoring criticism, and suppressing scientific research.

If, as seems increasingly plausible, the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 leaked out of a laboratory in Wuhan, it is the costliest blunder ever committed by scientists. Whatever the pandemic’s origin, the response to it is the worst mistake in the history of the public-health profession. We still have no convincing evidence that the lockdowns saved lives, but lots of evidence that they have already cost lives and will prove deadlier in the long run than the virus itself.

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Ohhh, this will play well with the econutz.
And just to put a fine point to it;
If the U.S. is going to stop using coal and natural gas to produce power, nuclear has to be used as there is no way that all other methods combined can produce what’s needed, that is, unless the plan is to move back to a pre 1880s life.


Biden Climate Advisor Says Nuclear Energy Is “Essential”

The environmental battle has always been a game of political ping pong. Republicans take office and open up the energy sector. Democrats take office and restrict it. Back and forth, election after election. The battle has always been painted as “socialist hippies” versus “greedy capitalist pigs” and even though the subject is much more nuanced, our media knows nothing of nuance these days.

The fact is that some companies will take advantage of weak pollution regulation. The fact is that solar and wind energy are ridiculously expensive and ineffective and harmful to the environment. There seems to be some ground in between to be found but our politicians won’t let us find it because actually solving a problem would mean no one can run on that problem anymore.

The truth is that the best compromise for meeting our energy and environmental needs is nuclear energy. It is clean, efficient, and extraordinarily safe in its most modern iterations. France has learned the value of nuclear energy and leads the way in clean energy production. It seems unthinkable that America is still arguing about solar panels when we have access to an energy source that could meet the demands of both those dirty hippies and capitalist pigs.

Unfortunately, the Democrat party has traditionally taken up a position against nuclear, most likely because wind and solar lobbies pour a lot of money into the party; and because media tends to glamorize wind and solar, making it difficult to sell alternative clean energy sources like nuclear to the general public. Public disasters like the failure at the Fukushima power plant in Japan after a devastating earthquake dried up private funding sources for nuclear over fears related to the incident.

However, in an unusual break from the party line, one of Biden’s climate advisors has gone public in saying that nuclear energy should be an important leg of Biden’s green energy plan.

White House climate adviser Gina McCarthy was attending a virtual event at the Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy when she told attendees that in order to meet the lofty climate goals of the current administration, more support for nuclear power would be necessary.

“In many areas continuation of the existing nuclear, as long as it’s environmentally sound and it’s permitted, is going to be absolutely essential” because it will provide time to develop renewable energy into a bigger part of the energy mix, McCarthy said at a Columbia University Center on Global Energy Policy virtual event.

The White House signaled privately to lawmakers and stakeholders recently that it supports taxpayer subsidies to keep aging nuclear facilities from closing as shutdowns make it harder to meet U.S. climate goals.

The United States currently has the most power plants in the world, but no new plants have been constructed since 2012, even as the population and energy needs increase. In 2005, President George Bush signed the “Nuclear Power 2010” initiative which was meant to ease regulations enough to make the construction of new plants more viable. Unfortunately a lot of fear still surrounds nuclear energy and construction hopes were never met.

Nuclear power has zero carbon emission and a low environmental footprint. A nuclear reactor takes up 13 acres per megawatt. To put into perspective just how incredible that is – a wind farm takes up 77 acres per megawatt and a solar farm takes up 44 acres per megawatt. A hydroelectric plant takes up a whopping 315 acres of land per megawatt.

The benefits of nuclear energy are becoming more clear every day. It creates a rare point of cooperation among groups who are typically opposed to one another’s solutions. If even Joe Biden’s climate expert is touting nuclear, maybe we need to start thinking more seriously about clearing the way for nuclear and leaving behind environmentally damaging projects like wind and solar farms.

Just so it’s not lost in the shuffle:
The full name of the shooter is.
Ahmad Al Aliwi Al Issa

BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4) — The suspect in the mass shooting at a grocery store in Boulder on Monday has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al-Issa from Arvada. Ten people, including one police officer, were killed at the King Soopers store at Table Mesa Drive and South Broadway.

Al-Issa was shot in the leg by a Boulder police officer and was taken into custody. He is in the hospital and officials said his condition is stable.

 

The Kyle Rittenhouse story is looking more and more like a rerun of George Zimmerman

Kyle Rittenhouse, like George Zimmerman before him, is turning out to be every bit as dreadful as his insta-critics assumed.

Rittenhouse is the teen from far north suburban Antioch, who in the course of allegedly taking the law into his own hands shot three men, two fatally, during street protests in Kenosha in August.

Zimmerman is the then 28-year-old neighborhood watch volunteer from Sanford, Florida, who in the course of taking the law into his own hands, shot and killed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin in February 2012.

Both quickly became nationally known and both were thoroughly reviled, particularly by the political left, as irresponsible vigilantes who had no business being where they were. Both were hit with serious charges — Rittenhouse quickly, for first-degree intentional homicide, Zimmerman after an intense national pressure campaign, for second-degree murder. Both claimed they’d acted in self-defense when they discharged their weapons, and both were championed by gun rights activists.

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John Roberts Is a Freaking Coward, and It’s Time to Stop Pretending Otherwise

A few days ago, I wrote on the 5-4 decision by the Supreme Court to strike down Andrew Cuomo’s clearly unconstitutional COVID regulations. They were clearly unconstitutional because they specifically and unfairly targeted religious institutions. Cuomo didn’t even really attempt to make a salient case, as one simply doesn’t exist. His rules have been arbitrary and discriminatory, worrying more about Jewish kids going to school than mass protests in the street.

Neil Gorsuch eviscerated Cuomo in response (see Neil Gorsuch Murders Andrew Cuomo, Twitter Murders John Roberts)

Of course, this shouldn’t have been a 5-4 decision. A ruling so fundamental to individual rights should have been 9-0, but the liberal justices are going to do what they do. Yet, it was Chief Justice John Roberts, a Bush appointee, who truly showed his colors. Listen to his reasoning and try to come away with any other impression than he’s just a political coward.

Roberts essentially admits that what Cuomo is doing is unconstitutional. Instead of simply ruling that given that was the question at hand in the case, he decides it’s best to vote in favor of Cuomo. Does that make sense to anyone? His excuse is that Cuomo was no longer enforcing the guidelines, yet as Gorsuch explains, without striking them down, they could be reinstated at any time. Roberts knows this, but he’s such a coward that he can’t even be on record supporting the most basic of individual rights, i.e. the First Amendment.

None of this is surprising though. There’s a reason the Supreme Court has thus far refused to hear any difficult Second Amendment cases. Roberts does not want to have to make a tough decision. That’s why he rewrote Obamacare instead of rightly ruling it unconstitutional. It’s why he ruled for COVID restrictions back in January that were targeting churches while allowing other forms of gatherings to go on. Roberts is not a protector of the law. He’s a political actor trying to keep the back-slaps flowing on the D.C. cocktail circuit.

George W. Bush made a lot of mistakes. The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the extent they were justified, were ultimately waged inefficiently and without the will to win. Bush delivered essentially nothing for conservatism, instead embracing a Medicare expansion and the further federalizing of education. Yet, John Roberts may be his worst, most inexcusable fumble. He had a chance to place someone as Chief Justice who could be a conservative bulwark against tyranny for generations. Instead, he put Roberts in that position and the country has been paying the price ever since.

Powder keg: 61% say United States ‘on verge of civil war,’ 52% already preparing

A majority of Americans are bracing for the possibility of a politically-fired civil war, and more than half are already stockpiling food and other essential items to survive and fight back, according to a new survey shared with Secrets.

In the survey, 61% said that the United States is nearing a second civil war, including a shocking 41% who “strongly agree” with that assessment.

And 52% are so convinced that it is just around the corner, or after Election Day, that they are putting away food and other essentials, an historic expansion of the prepper movement that has been brewing for years, now driven by fear and coronavirus-induced shortages.

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“This is the single most frightening poll result I’ve ever been associated with,” said Rich Thau, president of Engagious, one of the three firms, along with the Sports and Leisure Research Group and ROKK Solutions, that conducted the “Back-to-Normal Barometer” survey. Continue reading “”

Joe Biden, a Moral Colossus

Norman Mailer used to say, when he was upright, that Americans tend to admire their politicians, if for nothing else, for getting older. That, I think, explains the nomination for president of the United States of former Vice President Joe Biden. He did not only get older; he got ancient. He is almost an antique.

If he is elected president this autumn, he will be the oldest man to ever be elected. He will come into the White House even older than Ronald Reagan was when Reagan left office. The American people watched Reagan struggle with colon cancer, skin cancer, a prostate operation and an intermittent hobbling in his right leg, to say nothing of an assassin’s bullet. I called the old cowboy one tough hombre. His Democratic opponents called him a boob. So did the mainstream media. Through Reagan’s economic revival of the country and victory in the Cold War, the Democrats still called him a boob. So did the media. Reagan’s enemies call the winner of the Cold War and the reviver of the American economy a boob. What do they call Joe Biden?

Well, the Democrats could call him a plagiarist. He has been caught plagiarizing many times. Most famously, he plagiarized from a speech given by the British politician Neil Kinnock. That instance of thievery forced him to pull out of the 1988 race for the White House. He also plagiarized from the work of Robert Kennedy and John Kennedy. More recently, Joe plagiarized, we are told by Reagan speechwriter Ken Khachigian, from a speech given by Reagan years ago. Joe has also been called gaff-prone. He is the most gaffe-prone politician in modern times. Finally, he has been called a cheat. Starting with his law schoolwork back the 1960s, and going right up to recent years in his dealings with the Russians, he has been called a cheat. Joe, a proven plagiarist and a cheat, is now running for president as a moral paragon. How is the thing possible?

Last week, the Democrats, in convention assembled — or should we say, in convention disassembled — nominated him to lead their ticket in the contest for the highest office in the land. As Norman used to say, the American people admire their politicians, if for nothing else, for getting older. Given his age alone, Joe might well be the most admired politician in America.

Yet I think he is going to lose. The country is wracked by protests. They are occurring, as President Donald Trump reminds us, mostly in blue-state municipalities: in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Portland, Portland, night after night, Portland. The scenes we are seeing are of looting; the “protesters” bring rental trucks right up to the gutted stores. This has never been witnessed in America before. The “protestors” loot giant department stores, and they loot stores owned by the little fellows. This is presumably called looting for social justice. They burn churches. They topple statues — Frederick Douglass, George Washington, even the man who beat the Confederacy, Ulysses S. Grant.

One of their rallying calls is, “Defund the police.” The cities are overrun by rampant crime — looting, murder and violence — and their mayors claim that they will pacify the cities by cutting back on police forces. There is a whiff of 1920s Weimar, Germany, to this.

Yet, at the Democratic convention last week, not one word about the chaos in the streets was uttered. No word about the statues being destroyed. No word about the rioting in the streets. Nothing about the poor people who have lost their stores and, in some instances, their lives. This is amazing. I thought the Democrats were the party of compassion and caring. The Democrats opened their hearts to George Floyd. Why did they not also open their hearts to David Dorn, the retired police officer who was guarding a friend’s pawn shop from looters when he was shot dead, or any of the other victims of criminal violence?

Now the Democrats expect to elect the gaff-prone Joe Biden — a proven plagiarist, a cheat and, this comes with his profile, a liar — to the highest office in the land. I think not. Joe will be defeated Nov. 3. I expressed similar sentiments about Hillary Clinton in 2016. Was I wrong?

My only question is, Who will the Democrats blame their defeat on this time? They might as well blame the protesters in the street.

bumped…..just because I didn’t want anyone to miss it.


What do you do when the political opposition writes your campaign ads for you?
And it looks like 80 year old SanFranNan has gone to her dermatologist for a new Botox treatment …………or embalming.


No, an incipient economic collapse will determine when.
If people don’t start getting back to work, and soon, the definition of ‘safely reopen’ won’t be what some doctors think it means.
The cure must not be worse than the bug.


Dr. Fauci: ‘Virus Is Going To Determine’ When U.S. Can Safely Reopen

OAN Newsroom- According to Dr. Anthony Fauci of the coronavirus task force, the virus is ultimately going to determine when the nation can safely reopen.

In an interview Tuesday, he suggested the capability to efficiently carry out contact tracing and get people who are infected out of circulation has to be in place when the country reopens.

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director also said assuming all infection curves are going to be down in two weeks from now is “overly optimistic.” The health official emphasized controlling the spread of the virus will be key to restarting the economy in communities like New York City.

“I think how you reopen, if you want to use that word, the economy in those communities is going to depend a lot on the ability to contain what we know will happen,” he stated. “I’ll guarantee you, once you start pulling back, there will be infections…it’s how you deal with the infection that’s gonna count.”