The Evening Campaign Update
This video capturing police separating a peacefully protesting mother from her child is from Sydney, Australia, but it could just as easily be from Portland, Oregon or Lansing, Michigan. Warning: it is graphic and heart-wrenching:
#BREAKING: Mother ARRESTED and her child ripped from her arms in Sydney today.
For breaching lockdown laws.
That she was protesting. pic.twitter.com/lBgaRplHAn
— Avi Yemini 🇦🇺🇮🇱 (@OzraeliAvi) May 9, 2020
I missed this on Friday amid all of the other huge news of the day, but NPR had a report about the decommissioning of the 17 big field hospitals that were constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers during March in record time.
MAXIMUM BEDS UNDER CONTRACT*
|SUNY Stony Brook||Stony Brook, N.Y.||Turner Construction Co.||$155,500,000||1,038||0|
|SUNY Old Westbury||Old Westbury, N.Y.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$118,504,737||1,022||0|
|McCormick Place||Chicago||Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority||$65,526,533||3,000||37|
|Westchester County Center||White Plains, N.Y.||Haugland Energy Group LLC||$46,971,895||100||0|
|Colorado Convention Center||Denver||ECC Environmental LLC||$34,609,792||2,000||0|
|Walter Washington Convention Center||Washington, D.C.||Hensel Phelps Construction Co.||$31,793,893||443||Not yet complete|
|Commercial Appeal Building||Memphis, Tenn.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$26,134,527||40||Not yet complete|
|Miami Beach Convention Center||Miami Beach, Fla.||The Robins & Morton Group||$25,925,692||450||0|
|Sherman Hospital||Elgin, Ill.||Turner Construction Co.||$18,255,251||283||0|
|Westlake Hospital||Melrose Park, Ill.||Bulley & Andrews||$16,391,366||314||0|
|MetroSouth Medical Center||Blue Island, Ill.||Clark Construction Group LLC||$14,989,955||350||0|
|Wisconsin State Fair Expo Center||West Allis, Wis.||Gilbane Inc.||$14,912,326||530||0|
|The Ranch Events Complex||Loveland, Colo.||AECOM Technical Services Inc.||$13,331,415||1,007||Not yet complete|
|Suburban Collection Showplace||Novi, Mich.||Gilbane Federal||$11,754,262||1,100||6|
|Javits Center||New York City||New York Convention Center Operating Corporation||$11,364,953||1,900||1,095|
|East Orange General Hospital||East Orange, N.J.||Cutting Edge Group LLC||$10,993,404||250||Not yet complete|
|TCF Center||Detroit||Gilbane Inc.||$9,452,813||1,000||39|
*Plans for several facilities have been scaled back, including at McCormick Place in Chicago, which was cut back to 1,000 beds before being closed.
The lack of need for and usage of these expensive endeavors is exemplary of exactly how absurdly our society has overreacted to the Wuhan Virus.
Of those 17 hospitals with a total of 15,127 beds, only 4 actually treated a grand total of 1,177 patients – the other 13 sat completely unused. 1,095 of those patients were treated at a single field hospital at New York City’s Javits Center. Most of those patients were not COVID-19 sufferers.
That equates to a per-bed, single-time usage rate of .0778. But the real measure of their utility would be to calculate the per-bed, per-day usage rate, which would be based on data we unfortunately do not possess at this time.
But let’s conservatively estimate that each field hospital was in operation for 30 days – most were in operation for more than that, a few for less. Given that assumption, the per-bed, per-day usage rate would be 1/30th of .0778, or .0026. For all the social justice warriors out there, that can be otherwise stated as 26/100ths of 1 percent.
Cost to the taxpayers for all this very predictable overkill? $660 million.
God bless the Army Corps for their phenomenal engineering skills and remarkable ability to respond in a crisis situation. And God bless all the thousands of doctors and nurses who ended up wasting their time staffing these hospitals, hundreds of whom are now going to be getting tax bills in the mail courtesy of New York State and Governor Andrew Cuomo for their troubles.
But damn, what an embarrassing waste. Perhaps we should balance this incredible waste with a $660 million budget cut to the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which has been Dr. Anthony Fauci’s incredibly ineffective playground since 1984.
That is all.
Today’s news moves at a faster pace than ever. Whatfinger.com is my go-to source for keeping up with all the latest events in real time.