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(The Hill)   CDC admits it made a wee "oopsie" and has been combining the results from viral and antibody testing in its covid testing tracker which just HAPPENS to artificially lower the positive test percentage, a key metric in whether states can "re-open"   (thehill.com) divider line
    More: Fail, Serology, antibodyCOVID-19 tests, Antibody, Polymerase chain reaction, Viral tests, country's testing totals, PCR tests, Immune system  
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2020-05-22 8:28:22 AM  
18 votes:
Is there anybody in this administration, or at the CDC, who knows what the fark they're doing?

I mean, I know an organization rots from the top down, but I had hoped that would be contained to Washington.  Now, even the farking CDC can't get their shiat together?  Fark!
 
2020-05-22 8:41:02 AM  
15 votes:
"...Pennsylvania, Georgia, Texas and Florida..."


Well, that says all I need to hear.
 
d23 [BareFark] [OhFark]
2020-05-22 9:22:07 AM  
11 votes:

CommonName2: It seems like the decision to re-open wasn't science-based, but necessity. It was kind of at the point where they either filled the jails with protestors or approved more overtime for frontline staff.


Interesting use of the word "necessity" here.  Necessity to whom and for what reasons.  People crowing about the "need" to reopen everything are talking from the economics standpoint.  The arguments coming from that corner seem to be coming from a point of view that is intentionally limited.  First, the economy should be serving the people, not the people serving the economy.  Most people in the USA believe the former because we are conditioned that it is "common sense" or some other such nonsense.  And every other first world nation is working to take care of its people while the world goes through this. We are just letting the government make token efforts.  Again.. conditioning of our people.  We are being taught that harsh capitalism is "common sense" while every other western democracy proves that it isn't wrong.  As with most of the last 40 years most people are seeing the world through a very narrow lens and just dismiss what the rest of the world is doing to help ease the problems of extreme capitalism.
 
2020-05-22 9:13:13 AM  
11 votes:

OldRod: Is there anybody in this administration, or at the CDC, who knows what the fark they're doing?

I mean, I know an organization rots from the top down, but I had hoped that would be contained to Washington.  Now, even the farking CDC can't get their shiat together?  Fark!


They have economists making epidemiological assessments. ECONOMISTS, of all farking things.

If I wanted to use a RNG with a non-reproducable seed, I'd just ask fifteen different economists to assess the cost of milk.
 
2020-05-22 8:50:49 AM  
10 votes:
The CDC, much like the country, is suffering at the hand of utterly incompetent leadership.
 
d23 [BareFark] [OhFark]
2020-05-22 9:15:08 AM  
8 votes:

Marcus Aurelius: The CDC, much like the country, is suffering at the hand of utterly incompetent leadership.


When Trump was elected political leaders flooded into all the non-political groups in the federal government and screwed them up.  It went beyond just being Republicans... these were heavily ideological pro-corporate cronies.

The book "The Fifth Risk" by Michael Lewis does a great job at documenting this.  It especially focuses on NOAA, but the takeover happened in many areas:

https://www.amazon.com/Fifth-Risk-Mic​h​ael-Lewis/dp/1324002646

Given what we have seen with the CDC there are still big fights between the people who want ideologically driven science and the long time non-political staff.
 
2020-05-22 10:26:17 AM  
7 votes:
Next time I play the board game Pandemic I'm putting the starting research center in Geneva instead of Atlanta.  This is what you've done with the CDC Mr. President.
 
2020-05-22 8:17:57 AM  
7 votes:
Oops?  Riiiiight.
 
2020-05-22 9:33:32 AM  
6 votes:
I believe the numbers coming out of China and the USSR more than those from the US.
 
2020-05-22 9:20:06 AM  
6 votes:

CommonName2: It seems like the decision to re-open wasn't science-based, but necessity. It was kind of at the point where they either filled the jails with protestors or approved more overtime for frontline staff.


Trump's press goblin said the other day that his science experts have to be in lockstep with everything the president says.  So they're chosen for their sycophancy, not their expertise in science.  Nothing ever done by this administration was science-based.
 
2020-05-22 8:44:59 AM  
6 votes:

OldRod: Is there anybody in this administration, or at the CDC, who knows what the fark they're doing?

I mean, I know an organization rots from the top down, but I had hoped that would be contained to Washington.  Now, even the farking CDC can't get their shiat together?  Fark!


There are plenty. Tony Fauci, for one. But, like a football team run by Denny Green or Romeo Crennell or Marty Schottenheimer, you need leadership.

Tom Brady wouldn't have fifteen rings if Andy Reid was running the Patriots' clock, and Springtime for Hitler would have been forgotten if not for the visionary plan of Bialystock & Bloom.

// not like baseball, where a spreadsheet could make most of your managerial decisions
 
2020-05-22 8:35:39 AM  
6 votes:
Lying, cheating, or incompetent? In Typhoid Trump's world, they all blend together.
 
2020-05-22 10:41:20 AM  
5 votes:

fireside68: Make you not trust the institutions we spent money building.


THAT'S THE POINT


Republicans believe that government doesn't work.  So when people elect them they prove it by intentionally harming the reliability of government institutions
 
2020-05-22 9:11:21 AM  
4 votes:

born_yesterday: Man, people will sell themselves out so cheaply to that fat orange fark.


Not really. The most likely outcome is that reported infection rates are actually lower.

Also:

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2020-05-22 10:26:57 AM  
3 votes:
I trusted the CDC completely at the beginning but Trump and cronies have succeeded in polluting the waters there so now I'm not sure. So again, Trump and cronies' focus on destroying trust in government have succeeded, this time with me.
 
2020-05-22 10:20:43 AM  
3 votes:
They're killing people on purpose at this point.
 
2020-05-22 9:06:35 AM  
3 votes:
Man, people will sell themselves out so cheaply to that fat orange fark.
 
2020-05-22 12:10:50 PM  
2 votes:

OldRod: Is there anybody in this administration, or at the CDC, who knows what the fark they're doing?


Some people know exactly what they are doing -- unfortunately their instructions are "make the numbers look better by whatever means necessary, or the president will have our heads!"

/"Don't attribute to malice that which can adequately be explained by incompetence" doesn't always apply under republican leadership.
//¿Por qué no los dos?
 
2020-05-22 11:49:06 AM  
2 votes:

swahnhennessy: This clown show infects every venue it touches.


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2020-05-22 11:15:24 AM  
2 votes:
Trump administration blaming other parts of the administration while simultaneously claiming to have done a great job.

Everything is going super and it is not our fault.  It is our fault but not my fault.  Everything is going super.  Don't look at me - it is those f$ckers who work for me that f$cked up.  Also, Ghina who convinced me they were telling the truth.  Those f$ckers.  Also, Obama did not warn us strong enough and stopped helping when I took over.
 
2020-05-22 9:56:43 AM  
2 votes:

whatshisname: I believe the numbers coming out of China and the USSR more than those from the US.


I'm pretty sure the USSR is not reporting any cases within its borders.
 
2020-05-22 9:50:28 AM  
2 votes:

BafflerMeal: born_yesterday: Man, people will sell themselves out so cheaply to that fat orange fark.

Not really. The most likely outcome is that reported infection rates are actually lower.

Also:

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No.
If you mean that combining the test means they are reporting a higher infection rate than the actual, that would only be true if the infection rate is decreasing.
Then you'll pick up more positives that aren't active, making it seem worse than it is.

But...

If the infection rate is sharply increasing, the you may not see it at first, because people who just got infected take a few weeks before they are positive in the serology test. So you pick up too few positives, making it seem better than it is.

So the kind of error depends on where you are in the epidemic infection curve. Itsjust really stupid of CDC to do that.

Science can be complicated.
 
2020-05-22 2:56:24 PM  
1 vote:

OldRod: Aquapope: Gina has it under control and they lied to us, but they did a great job, and now we're containing it and it will go away, but those Democratic governors are farking up and it's spread everywhere.  I wouldn't do anything different and I take no responsibility.

I think Trump hacked your Fark account...


He couldn't hack a stapler.  He'd have Barron do it, then bill the White House $30,000 for IT support, keep $25K for his administrative efforts, and put $5K in a college account for Barron that he'll loot late next January before he "moves" to Riyadh.  Riyadh has better golf than Moscow.
 
2020-05-22 1:11:12 PM  
1 vote:

Aquapope: Gina has it under control and they lied to us, but they did a great job, and now we're containing it and it will go away, but those Democratic governors are farking up and it's spread everywhere.  I wouldn't do anything different and I take no responsibility.


I think Trump hacked your Fark account...
 
2020-05-22 11:46:32 AM  
1 vote:
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I'm just going to leave this here....
 
2020-05-22 11:41:49 AM  
1 vote:

mrshowrules: Trump administration blaming other parts of the administration while simultaneously claiming to have done a great job.

Everything is going super and it is not our fault.  It is our fault but not my fault.  Everything is going super.  Don't look at me - it is those f$ckers who work for me that f$cked up.  Also, Ghina who convinced me they were telling the truth.  Those f$ckers.  Also, Obama did not warn us strong enough and stopped helping when I took over.


Gina has it under control and they lied to us, but they did a great job, and now we're containing it and it will go away, but those Democratic governors are farking up and it's spread everywhere.  I wouldn't do anything different and I take no responsibility.
 
2020-05-22 11:36:26 AM  
1 vote:
This clown show infects every venue it touches.
 
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