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Today's News (2020/5/25): Almost too on-point, don't you think? edition

Always fun when armed protesters favourably invoke President Lincoln's assassin, isn't it?

  1. Trump is quote tweeting Seth Rich conspiracy theorist Matt Couch to accuse Joe Scarborough of murder.
  2. President Trump threatens to pull RNC from NC, says Gov. Roy Cooper 'in shutdown mood'
  3. Armed white men lynching Kentucky’s governor in effigy outside his home while children watch and Lee Greenwood blares in the background is peak 2020 America. [EDITOR: This is the one that invoked Lincoln's assassin]
  4. A deadly ‘checkerboard’: Covid-19’s new surge across rural America
  5. Fired scientist defends her COVID-19 data role, portrays Florida Dept. of Health as corrupt
  6. Trump Economic Adviser Kevin Hassett: 'Our Human Capital Stock Is Ready To Get Back To Work'
  7. On weekend dedicated to war dead, Trump tweets insults, promotes baseless claims and plays golf
  8. Covid-19 isn't just "you get better" or "you die".
  9. Nobody seems to pay attention when trans folks point out how a lot of "gender critical" organisations and activists are affiliated with anti-abortion groups, but it's pretty god damn blatant

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Today's News (2020/5/23)

I was sure I saw an article about the Justice Department jumping in on the GOP side of a lawsuit against some state's stay at home order, but now I can't find it. Watch for that.

ETA: thanks to [personal profile] dewline for providing a link to the NPR story. Added.

I'm also seeing all the photos going around of large, not-remotely-social-distanced parties and resorts. Since it's all anecdotal and I don't have time to investigate every photo I see on Twitter, I'm not going to include them here. But be aware of that, as well.

  1. Trump declares houses of worship ‘essential,’ pressuring governors to let them reopen
  2. The government has spent decades studying what a life is worth. It hasn’t made a difference in the COVID-19 crisis.
  3. Israeli study says that the *average* R of a bit over 2 is actually composed of a small number of superspread events where over 80% of secondary infections stem from 1-10% of the population.
  4. Coronavirus is spiking disproportionately in counties that voted for Trump in 2016
  5. NEW Research—No evidence of benefit for #chloroquine and #hydroxychloroquine in #COVID19 patients
  6. Trump administration discussed conducting first U.S. nuclear test in decades
  7. Justice Department Backs Challenge To Illinois Stay-At-Home Order

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Today's News (2020/5/21): Vice Signalling edition

Trump said last time he'd only accept the election results if he won, so I have no idea why anyone would think he'd be different this time. If he loses the election, he'll reject the loss and then who even knows what happens. Prepare for that now.

  1. As Bethany Mandel's 'grandma killer' tweet proves, vice-signaling is the right's newest and most toxic trend [EDITOR: It's not new, but it has risen to the highest levels]
  2. It’s Trump’s party now — and will be even after he’s gone
  3. Trump threatens funding for Michigan, Nevada over absentee, mail-in voting plans
  4. Trump just said the corrupt part out loud
  5. We need to prepare for the possibility of Trump rejecting election results
  6. Supreme Court Temporarily Blocks House Request For Mueller Grand Jury Evidence
  7. Pompeo Declined Interview Request From Inspector General About Saudi Arms Sales

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Today's News (2020/5/21): So Many, Many Bots Edition (feat. COVID-19)

A mix of science and sabotage. I also have a story that's about vote-by-mail and Donkeyballs Donald's attempt to extort Michigan and Nevada to stop it, but I'll have that in the corruption update, next.

  1. Sweden becomes country with highest coronavirus death rate per capita
  2. In Iowa, No Stay-at-Home Order May Have Increased Cases of COVID-19
  3. Trump says US topping world virus cases is 'badge of honour'
  4. China’s new outbreak shows signs the virus could be changing
  5. 'We've been muzzled': CDC sources say White House putting politics ahead of science
  6. Nearly Half Of The Twitter Accounts Discussing ‘Reopening America’ May Be Bots
  7. Social distancing a week earlier could have saved 36,000 American lives, study says
  8. Scientists in China believe new drug can stop pandemic 'without vaccine'
  9. We Can Prevent a Great Depression. It’ll Take $10 Trillion.
  10. False claim: Video shows 5G telecoms equipment stamped with ‘COV-19’ ready to be installed into a mast

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After going to post

This happened.

Link is to Trump's official Instagram. It's one of his favourite photos and is captioned "HOPE YOU ENJOYED INVESTIGATING ME / NOW IT'S MY TURN." It's widely being interpreted by QAnon and rightists generically as the beginning of at very least a round-up of Democratic Party leaders, most particularly from the Obama administration, who are, of course, responsible for everything bad, including COVID-19, and who are all guilty of treason. The attempt to investigate the Russian interference is a "soft coup." Dinesh D'Souza is one of the better-known neofascists calling for Obama's immediate arrest.

You're also seeing a revival of all the conspiracy theories during the Obama administration, including that he's secretly gay/Michelle is secretly a man, that he was never an American and not eligible for office, that everything about the Obama presidency will be undone full stop, and so on.

Really, it's the Flynn travesty at the Justice Department - which to them "proves" that Russian interference was a hoax and that it was being run by Obama personally - primed them for this. QAnon in particular is flipping out, saying "it's really happening!!!" as they have many times before.

Christ, this absolute idiocy is depressing. Moreso when you realise how much they mean it.

Cascadia Now.

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Today's News (2020/5/10): Donkeyballs Incompetence (and other news) Edition

I'm pretty much thinking that the Obama commentary in this update - commentary not intended for public consumption, but it came out anyway - is what led to this weekend's "OBAMAGATE" tweet by Donkeyballs Donald and the resulting twitterstorm by bots, conspiracy theorists, fascists, and all the other usual Republican crowd. If you can get through all the bot tweets just repeating the hashtag, it's kind of an important look inside, to see how there's just nothing in it news-wise? But lots of calls for mass arrests of Obama administration officials, along with lots and lots of quoting Plandemic and QAnon and OAN and all of that delusional nonsense.

I mean, obviously, they always have that shit queued up. But I think the Obama commentary is what made Donkeyballs pull this particular trigger.

And, as always, Cascadia Now.

  1. Scoop: Trump officials' dysfunction harms delivery of coronavirus drug
  2. In the early days of the pandemic, the U.S. government turned down an offer to manufacture millions of N95 masks in America
  3. 'It makes no sense': Feds consider relaxing infection control in US nursing homes [EDITOR: This is not included in the sabotage edition because it was queued up a a rules change before the pandemic.]
  4. White House adviser Hassett: 'It's scary to go to work'
  5. The four men responsible for America's COVID-19 test disaster
  6. Obama says end to Michael Flynn case puts rule of law at risk, calls covid-19 response a ‘disaster’
  7. Small businesses band together to sue insurers over coronavirus damage
  8. GOP Senate Candidate Wants To Ban Chinese Students From American Universities
  9. Doctors keep discovering new ways coronavirus attacks body

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Today's News (2020/5/10): Republican Sabotage Edition

UPDATED: If you see fewer than 13 stories, refresh this page.

This section of the update is only about Republican and other fascist efforts to sabotage and/or discredit efforts to contain COVID-19, as I outlined back on April 21st.

I am assuming you have already heard about the anti-vax propaganda video Plandemic, which says all this is intentional, COVID-19 isn't real, vaccines in general and against it in particular are bad, and so on and so forth. That pseudo-documentary is being leveraged heavily by Trump and Trump-aligned groups to attack attempts to control the viral outbreak. One America News (OAN) has leaned particularly in with a 'story' amalgamating 30-60 years of conspiracy theories into one big "Only Trump can Save Us from the Communist Chinese Democrats Population Control Dictatorshop" propaganda exhibition, and it is really out to lunch. But Donkeyballs Donald continues to promote the network, of course, because it's supporting him and his re-election.

Also of interest are how the Washington State and Oregon Republican parties, having briefly flirted with sanity, are jerking hard to the Trumpist mainstream. The GOP are opening more lawsuits to try to shut down disease control efforts, and their paramilitaries - the Three Percenters in particular - are threatening violence against people reporting businesses not complying with health measures.

It's only going to keep getting this year, kids. The Conservative Movement is a death cult, and there is no United States government, only a Republican government, by and for them - and, mostly, their donors. Cascadia Now.

  1. Churches sue Gov. Brown over Oregon coronavirus restrictions
  2. At a Republican candidate forum for Washington governor, the coronavirus barely exists
  3. Reports: Deep State, China use COVID-19 for population control
  4. Timeline: Tracking Trump's rising coronavirus death toll estimates
  5. Sioux tribe rejects South Dakota governor request to remove Covid-19 checkpoints
  6. Column: America’s tolerance for mass murder is the coronavirus’ best friend
  7. Washington residents threatened after naming open businesses, as protesters gather at Capitol to assail coronavirus closures
  8. Selah mayor: City won't enforce Gov. Inslee's stay-at-home order
  9. Federal judge halts Kentucky temporary ban on church mass gatherings
  10. They Are Giving You Death and Calling It Liberty
  11. In Yakima County, tensions grow as some want life back to normal while agricultural workers want more protection amid coronavirus
  12. Trump wants America to ‘normalize’ coronavirus deaths. It’s the media’s job not to play along.
  13. Multiple White House Staffers Diagnosed With COVID-19 as Trump, Pence Hold Photo-Ops With the Elderly

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some pandemic work log

Yesterday’s project was re-lighting the garage, taking most lighting off the ceiling bare-bulb fixtures and onto LED shop lights in order to both improve the lighting and pull almost a full amp off the overloaded ground floor primary circuit. Hopefully that'll help keep the breaker from tripping. (Paul's upgraded gaming PC draws enough additional power that this became more of an issue. :/ )

The basement now has three separate light groups. set 1 is workshop (four shop lights), 2 is bikes (two shop lights), 3 is stairs and vehicle entry (the original sockets, rebulbed with all the splitters removed).

Half of set 1 is on the same circuit as the garage doors, the other half is on the new (and rather underutilised) server room circuit. Set 2 is on the garage door circuit, which has acres of room. Set 3 is (necessarily) still on the overused ground floor primary circuit, but draws about 84 watts less power than it once did when in use, and since it no longer has to be used for light, 109 watts less when "workshop" and/or "bikes" groups are used instead.

Today's projects were cutting a proper drywall doorway for the attic access I made earlier, a pair of test cuts for some of the trim that needs to be replaced on the ground floor, and most of a new bedroom special-purpose electrical circuit.

Which is where the frustration in the mood comes in because I thought I had just enough wire left on the larger spool to do the whole thing in one length, but no. I was about a metre short. Less even.

frustrate

I have more wire on another leftover spool, but to make the connections I'm going to need a junction box that I don't have. Hopefully I can pick one up tomorrow at the local hardware store. (And a cover for it and also another outlet plate since the one I had got broken.)

It's all fine and it's not very much more money, it's just I was all "I can finish this entire project in an afternoon" until sad horn noise lol no I can't. ¯\(º_o)/¯

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In electrical news

"That's what we like to see" is what like to hear from electrical inspectors. Work approved, final inspection managed, permits down, server rack is on the new circuit, everything is delightful and working.

Now I open a second permit for the part of the circuit I wasn't able to finish because reasons. (It'll be a separate circuit now.)

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