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Today's News (2020/5/7): Sabotage, Conspiracy, Racism edition

Same as every other edition lately, really. The attacks on health workers are starting to pick up a bit as the conspiracy loons merge with the neo-fascist consensus on calling for just massive exposure to coronavirus and death.

On the plus side, Walla Walla County has retracted their statement from yesterday about Coronavirus parties. So that's something, at least. Here, anyway.

  1. She Said Anthony Fauci Sexually Assaulted Her. Now She Says Jacob Wohl and Jack Burkman Paid Her to Lie.
  2. The world came together for a virtual vaccine summit. The U.S. was conspicuously absent.
  3. AP Exclusive: US shelves detailed guide to reopening country
  4. Trump says doing too much coronavirus testing makes the US 'look bad' as he pushes for the country to reopen
  5. Republicans praise Trump's pandemic response with Senate majority at risk
  6. As Trump presides over an epic disaster, Senate Republicans see little to criticize
  7. GOP Gov. Brian Kemp warns of new outbreak in heavily Latino area after he reopens Georgia businesses
  8. Azar faulted workers' 'home and social' conditions for meatpacking outbreaks
  9. Washington [State] seems to be avoiding the dramatic nationwide spike in deaths during coronavirus pandemic
  10. [THIS IS A RETRACTION] Walla Walla County retracts claim about ‘coronavirus parties,’ says they never occurred
  11. Mask or no mask? New social tension splits Seattle-area residents in coronavirus era
  12. The Public Is Astonishingly United
  13. ‘Salute to Nurses’ parade crashed by gun-waving SUV driver who leads Pa. cops on chase
  14. 'What are we doing this for?': Doctors are fed up with conspiracies ravaging ERs
  15. One of Trump's personal valets has tested positive for coronavirus

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Today's News (2020/5/7): Consolidation of Power and Corruption of Justice edition

Consolidating power and corruption of justice edition, no COVID-19 here.

Dropping a case against a man who has already pled guilty is a real "fuck you" in the face of everyone not part of the cabal, and straight-up pissing in the face of Lady Justice.

Also, the Adam Schiff article and statement are long and important, as are the materials linked to within the story. They colluded. Trump said he'd do it again. They tried it again, in Ukraine. He'll try it yet again, only this time, without even the pretence of a Department of Justice, and knowing that the Republican Party will back him to and past the limit.

Barring a COVID-19 death, this only get worse, kids. Sorry.

COVID-19 edition is next.

  1. Trump Taps Point Man to Remove Pentagon Officials Seen as Disloyal
  2. Justice Department Is Dropping Flynn's Trump-Russia Case
  3. William Barr’s DOJ Is Now Covering Up Crimes for Trump in Broad Daylight
  4. "a preview of what kind of abuses of power we’ll see as the election heats up this fall"
  5. Retailers launch ad blitz opposing Trump's demand for higher Postal Service delivery rates
  6. READ IT: Adam Schiff releases all declassified transcripts related to investigation into Trump’s Russia scandal
  7. History is Written by the Winners

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Today's News (2020/5/6): Minimise and Hide Edition

It's a big list today, yep. While it's not ordered very well, a lot of it deals with Republican efforts to hide COVID-19 deaths, downplay the epidemic, and generally push "reopening the economy" while letting larger and larger numbers of people die.

  1. Texas Gov. Admits Dangers of Reopening State on Private Call With Lawmakers
  2. Wait, we had an even worse epidemic 100 years ago. Why didn't it wreck the economy?
  3. Ohio House Republicans move to limit Health Director Amy Acton’s authority [EDITOR: The governor there is one of the few Republicans not on the 'herd immunity' plan at this point, so the Republicans in the state legislature are moving against him.]
  4. Trump will urge Supreme Court to strike down Obamacare
  5. Trump touted reopening. Privately, his team sounded alarms.
  6. This might be the lowest point in the 74 year history of the Council of Economic Advisers.
  7. ‘We were at a COVID party’: People hold coronavirus gatherings in Walla Walla area
  8. DeVos issues rules for sexual misconduct investigations in schools, bolstering protections for the accused [EDITOR: Also shielding schools.]
  9. Trump: You have to be warriors; some may die; get over it.
  10. The VA signed a $34.5 million deal for N95 masks with a company that advertised “block chain” solutions and had only existed for 2 years. I ended up on a private jet, following one of the most bizarre stories of my career.
  11. Yeah, the "cubic model" was just Excel.
  12. On the Murder of Ahmaud Arbery, a Modern Day Lynching
  13. Uncontrolled infection seems to be the preferred approach of the right
  14. [Arizona] State health department tells university COVID-19 modelling team to stop work, limits data access [EDITOR: The university's group was saying that extending lockdown to end of May was the only way _not_ to go straight back to exponential. The GOP governor is ignoring that, and shutting them down so they can't generate more forecasts.]
  15. Top Republican fundraiser and Trump ally named postmaster general, giving president new influence over Postal Service
  16. Trump order to paint border wall black could drive up cost $500 million or more
  17. Trump and some top aides question accuracy of virus death toll

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Today's News (2020/5/5): Intentionally Getting COVID-19 Is becoming a new Trumpian litmus test

I ran some errands today - a stop at the hardware store, dropped off some mail, dropped off some non-picked-up recycling.

Almost all women were wearing masks. Not all. But the vast majority.

Other than store workers required to, almost no men were. The only two who did were quite old. And that's here.

Meanwhile, over on the dry side - places like Walla Walla - they're having COVID-19 parties. Get everybody exposed. Get herd immunity no matter how many people it kills. In deep Trump territory, they're doing it in public, using children - see the news item 15 in the list. This will work well - particularly in conjunction with their ramping up of mask wearing as a "culture war" issue - as part of the strategy to destroy and de-legitimise containment efforts as part of the re-election campaign, as per my April 21st statement.

Not that anyone listens to me.

Cascadia Now. Maybe we can contain it here.

  1. Chris Christie Says U.S. Needs to Reopen and Accept More Deaths
  2. Today I got the idea to put together a thread of every public official, elected or appointed, who is advocating for or trying to normalize mass die-offs as a right and just sacrifice to make for the sake of The Economy (tm).
  3. White House coronavirus task force to be wound down around Memorial Day
  4. Pence, Fauci contradict each other on Federal winddown
  5. Donkeyballs Donald goes full extortionist on Federal aid
  6. Republicans on the Wisconsin Supreme Court are going to strike down Gov. Evers' stay-at-home order
  7. Whistleblower Alleges Trump Administration Ignored Dire COVID-19 Warnings
  8. During the 1918 influenza pandemic, officials had to design new public-health messages specifically targeted at men who thought a lot of the anti-flu measures were too feminine. [CONTEXT: Reporters in Arizona being harassed for wearing masks.]
  9. BrieAnna J. Frank - myself + other journalists here are being harassed for wearing masks.
  10. British Scientist Who Spearheaded National Lockdown Quits After Meeting With Married Lover
  11. Officials in Walla Walla are receiving reports of #COVID19 “parties” occurring in their community
  12. Noted shoplifter raises money to help Lewis County parents sue Washington state over school closure order
  13. Four Republican lawmakers sue Inslee over coronavirus stay-home order, contending ‘the emergency has been contained’
  14. Masks become a flashpoint in the virus culture wars
  15. Ohio group "Playground Patriots" works to defy COVID-19 containment, spread virus
  16. Trump IS leading by example, and journalists STILL don't get it

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Today's News (2020/5/5): The Herd Immunity And Who's Going To Stop Me? edition

Today's news includes part of the GOP push to undermine and discredit COVID-19 containment efforts, particularly in the last article, by a website called the California Globe. It's run by an OAN-friendly journalist. She's a Trumpist Conservative who has written for various right-leaning and rightist newspapers including the Sacramento Bee and the Washington Examiner.

And she's calling the Western States Pact illegal, while promoting the "herd immunity" line, which is to say, let it kill everybody it's can until we get to 70%. In California, at current death rates, that would be somewhere around 70% of 39.5 million people, and since the hospitals would be overwhelmed we'd be looking at a heightened death rate.

What that means is a good question. If it's 5%, since that's easy math and in line with where that has already happened, it means kill 1.3 million Californians.

If things go extremely well, then it's more like 2%, and it's 550,000 Californians.

Or if exceedingly - really, impossibly - well, that's 1%, and 275,000 Californians.

This year.

Put in context with the other stories in the order presented, and you can watch the plan proceed apace.

Also, I don't know that the speculation below about this so-called "cubic" model the White House is using that shows new cases going to zero by May 15th? But the speculation looks all too likely.

  1. BUSTED: Records reveal the Trump campaign has not returned illegal donation from foreign national
  2. Three Russian Doctors Treating The Coronavirus Have Fallen Out Of Windows In Just Over A Week
  3. AWS engineer Tim Bray resigns from Amazon following worker firings
  4. Australian intelligence officials tell Sydney Morning Herald that U.S. briefings on Wuhan lab theory are mostly write-ups of news reports and "contained no material from intelligence gathering."
  5. Australian intelligence knocks back US government's Wuhan lab virus claim
  6. Draft report predicts covid-19 cases will reach 200,000 a day by June 1
  7. If you put the last 30 days’ worth of death data into Excel and then use the “add trendline” function, specify a third-order polynomial, and project forward 30 days into the future you get a sharp decline in deaths starting around May 15.
  8. Pressure mounts on governors to ease restrictions
  9. Chris Christie pushes to reopen country despite dire Covid-19 projections: 'There are going to be deaths'
  10. Gov. Newsom’s 5 Western State Pact Looks More Like Collusion Than Cooperation [EDITOR: I'm including this because it highlights a part of the GOP effort to undermine and discredit COVID-19 containment. This is a rightist California website, run by someone with experience in actual newspapers, including the Sacramento Bee. She's friendly towards One America News, as well.]

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Today's News (2020/5/4): May the 3,000 Deaths Per Day be With You edition

Daily 9/11s is apparently a perfectly good price to pay for nail salons and tattoo parlours, I guess.

  1. [Ohio] GOP State Rep. Nino Vitale on why he won’t wear a face mask
  2. The Daily 202: Sitting in Lincoln’s shadow, Trump casts himself as a victim amid coronavirus crisis
  3. "Mr. President, are you serious? Lincoln was assassinated."
  4. It’s safe to reopen states, Trump says as governors grapple with loosening restrictions
  5. Protesters at the Michigan Capitol can't just play politics with a pandemic or we'll all lose
  6. Pres. Trump can't even seem to tell the truth when he's helping.
  7. No, there is no evidence pointing to President Obama running the counterintelligence investigation into links between the Trump campaign and Russia.
  8. NY, NJ, CT, PA, DE, RI and MA are launching a regional purchasing consortium to jointly procure PPE, tests, ventilators and other medical equipment.
  9. Excess U.S. deaths hit estimated 37,100 in pandemic’s early days, far more than previously known
  10. Trump administration projecting 3K daily coronavirus deaths by June

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Today's News (2020/5/3): Toxic masculinity will kill us all edition

The GOP's natural efforts are to turn anything into yet another macho bullshit dickwaving competition, and it's starting to show up in polling numbers, and I hate everything. Meanwhile, Donkeyballs Donald continues to extend his grip on power and support fascists.

  1. Trump’s purge of Inspectors General continues
  2. CDC confirms six new coronavirus symptoms that are showing up in patients over and over
  3. Fauci warns states rushing to reopen: ‘You’re making a really significant risk’
  4. A ‘feminine’ crisis? Something unique about the coronavirus may be widening the political gender gap
  5. Sweden records deadliest week of century after resisting lockdowns
  6. Trump calls protesters who carried guns into the Michigan Capitol 'very good people' and says the governor should 'make a deal' with them
  7. House panel: White House blocks Fauci testimony on coronavirus
  8. Pritzker, who is being called Hitler with a swastika next to his name, is Jewish.
  9. Alex Jones has decided he will eat his neighbors if it comes to that.

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weird

GFCI/AFCI combo breakers are weird. Not in like a bad way, just... weird. Pigtails coming out of breakers are weird. Neutrals attaching to breakers are weird.

I mean it works and the circuit is now active and it's just all, you know, kind of nice and a little amazing to have this actually done after all this time but...

...weird.

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Today's News (2020/5/1): White House Press Secretary Pledges No Lies, Lies Moments Later edition

I mean, who can be surprised. Anybody?

  1. Minutes after pledging to not lie, the new White House press secretary lied a whole bunch
  2. While Trump minimizes the toll, government orders 100,000 new body bags
  3. Trump says he won’t extend social distancing guidelines
  4. Poll: 67 percent of voters support voting exclusively by mail in 2020
  5. Fact check: Trump makes a bunch of false claims after event about protecting seniors
  6. The Memo: The surprising popularity of the Great Lockdown
  7. Trump said he’s seen intel that the virus outbreak originated at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. State Department disagrees.
  8. NRA board member encouraged people to attend protest against social distancing: “They can’t arrest all of us”
  9. Michigan House OKs lawsuit to limit Whitmer's powers
  10. Armed protesters demonstrate inside Michigan state capitol
  11. On aid to states, Trump seems to have an extortion plan in mind
  12. Mitch McConnell's new coronavirus plan: Make sure you can't sue a company that gets you sick
  13. 'A phantom plague': America's Bible Belt played down the pandemic and even cashed in. Now dozens of pastors are dead
  14. Laura Ingraham suggests masks aren’t essential and seems to say masks are a part of a media conspiracy to keep people scared
  15. Maryland guarding PPE with national guard, secrecy, to keep it from Federal seizure
  16. Trump forcing West Point graduates to risk coronavirus for his ego disrespects their work
  17. U.S. officials craft retaliatory actions against China
  18. Fact check: Hilton CEO shatters Trump's testing conspiracy theory while sitting beside him
  19. Eyman pays Washington $278,137.93 for long-running contempt citations

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Maddow has figured some of it out. (I don't know how long these MSNBC links last, though)

Rachel Maddow has figured out at least some of the GOP plan I described back on April 21st.

She's seeing the donor networks and GOP apparatus ramping up to fight state efforts to control COVID-19. But she isn't yet there on the intent to discredit pandemic control efforts through sabotage, so the GOP can/will say, "See? It never worked anyway, and the entire shutdown was INTENTIONAL DEMOCRAT SABOTAGE OF THE ECONOMY to DEFEAT DONALD TRUMP."

Or, at least, she's not willing to say it yet.

Push is going to come to shove when these GOP donor/party networks start getting cases to Trumpist judges, with Barr/Justice Department support. If they start getting "wins" regardless of precedent or law, states that don't want 5-6% death rates are going to have to say "okay, you made the ruling; let's see you enforce it."

And that's when the shit will really hit the fan, because at that point, either you have a completely failed Federal state, or you have a Federal government that'll send in the army or something, and then you also have a failed Federal state, but in a very different way.

2020's just getting started, kids.

Sorry.

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