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Biggest lie of all?

Mar 18th, 2020 9:10 am | By

Lying scumbag.

That’s a lot of lies in a small space.

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Changes in opinion

Mar 18th, 2020 8:41 am | By

Interesting. As the virus numbers go up, the taking it seriously numbers go down.

In the face of the coronavirus worsening across the U.S. and reordering the daily life of millions of Americans, fewer people view the pandemic as a real threat, according to a new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll.

Just about 56% of Americans consider the coronavirus a “real threat,” representing a drop of 10 percentage points from last month. At the same time, a growing number of Americans think the coronavirus is being “blown out of proportion.”

The differences between political parties are stark, with a majority of Republicans saying it is overblown and the vast majority of Democrats considering it a legitimate threat.

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500 million infected, 50 million dead

Mar 17th, 2020 3:18 pm | By

About that 1918 flu pandemic…the CDC has some basics.

The 1918 influenza pandemic was the most severe pandemic in recent history. It was caused by an H1N1 virus with genes of avian origin. Although there is not universal consensus regarding where the virus originated, it spread worldwide during 1918-1919.  In the United States, it was first identified in military personnel in spring 1918.

It is estimated that about 500 million people or one-third of the world’s population became infected with this virus. The number of deaths was estimated to be at least 50 million worldwide with about 675,000 occurring in the United States. Mortality was high in people younger than 5 years old, 20-40 years old, and 65

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Ooh mommy advice

Mar 17th, 2020 3:07 pm | By

Qu’ils mangent de la brioche.

I thought she had a “job” in the White House.

Also – okay you drape some sheets to make a tent; then what?

Games with tents and playing camp and stuff are fun with other kids or alone, not with Barbie Mommy in her makeup and earrings.

Plus it’s Princess Ivanka. Don’t nobody want to play with no Princess Ivanka.

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Cat out of bag

Mar 17th, 2020 11:10 am | By

It turns out he didn’t take the COVID-19 test after all.

Here he is saying it.

It’s a swab. That’s all, just a swab. Even whiny Trump wouldn’t whine about that. … Read the rest


Mar 17th, 2020 10:06 am | By

He said that? Really?

Updating to add: yes he really said it.

Question: Was there a shift in tone?

Answer: I didn’t think, I

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Up past midnight

Mar 17th, 2020 8:48 am | By

David Frum is on a tear.

The author in question is Anne Applebaum.

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On the bottom

Mar 17th, 2020 8:20 am | By

Anne Applebaum points out that however good US technology may be, its political system is backward and primitive and thus renders the technology far less useful than it could be.

[N]o officials from the Chinese Communist Party instructed anyone in the United States not to carry out testing. Nobody prevented American public officials from ordering the immediate production of a massive number of tests. Nevertheless, they did not. We don’t know all the details yet, but one element of the situation cannot be denied: The president himself did not want the disease talked of too widely, did not want knowledge of it to spread, and, above all, did not want the numbers of those infected to appear too high. He

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Certainty in a changing world

Mar 17th, 2020 7:01 am | By

Of course he did. Pandemics and cratering economies and millions thrown out of work are one thing, and sticking to a habit of racist name-calling is another.

Fifteen hours ago. No one has deleted it so far.

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No hoarding Shakespeare

Mar 16th, 2020 4:57 pm | By

The Guardian reports:

The Royal Shakespeare Company’s three theatres will close, in line with government advice. The Royal Shakespeare Theatre, the Swan Theatre and the Studio Theatre at The Other Place will all shut for an “undetermined period of time”, the company has said.

Shakespeare was used to that. Playing companies often had to hit the road to tour when plague in London closed the theaters.… Read the rest

Guest post: Chipotle isn’t the exception

Mar 16th, 2020 3:48 pm | By

Originally a comment by Bruce Gorton on Benefits and their absence.

Just a point here, this is not just a problem with Covid-19.

Look at how many of those people work with food.

Now go look at the CDC:

Sick food workers have been implicated in foodborne illness outbreaks caused by at least 14 different germs. Many of these outbreaks could be prevented simply by making sure that food workers don’t work while they are sick.

Now Covid-19 isn’t transmitted through food so far as anybody knows, but its quite startling when you read:

20% of food workers say they worked at least one shift with vomiting or diarrhea in the past year.

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Of course you would

Mar 16th, 2020 3:35 pm | By

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Tremendous control not

Mar 16th, 2020 12:26 pm | By

Trump insists on continuing to tell us he’s got this whole thing under control. He has nothing under control.

America’s top infectious diseases expert is warning that hundreds of thousands of Americans could die unless every citizen joins an effort to blunt the coronavirus pandemic — only to be contradicted by President Donald Trump, who insists the virus is under “tremendous” control.

Fauci knows what he’s talking about, and Trump knows how to flap his lips.

Amid calls for a stronger federal response, Trump urged the nation’s governors late Monday morning to try to secure additional medical equipment on their own without waiting for the federal government to intervene, though he did say they would try to help.

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The will of God

Mar 16th, 2020 11:13 am | By

Another one of these “we’re safe because we’re on Team God” fools:

Asif Ashraf Jilali is failing to take into account that God could very well want people to do the right thing, pay attention to medical advice, have a care for other people, and the like. The Koran is full of a whole lot of instructions for how people are to act, right? So the God in question seems to pay attention to what people do, and to judge them for it. Isn’t it blasphemous to think God wants people to be so stubborn and reckless that they insist on gathering in crowds to talk about God instead … Read the rest

Benefits and their absence

Mar 16th, 2020 11:05 am | By

One issue:

Another issue: prisons.… Read the rest

Untold consequences

Mar 16th, 2020 8:09 am | By

Why Trump’s lies matter:

It’s bad enough that President Trump has relentlessly minimized the coronavirus threat for nakedly political reasons, disastrously hampering the federal government response to the crisis, with untold consequences that we can only guess at.

Determined not to be outdone by his own malice and depravity, Trump is taking new steps that threaten to make all of it worse. He’s telling millions of Americans to entirely shut out any and all correctives to his falsehoods. He’s insisting they must plug their ears to any criticism designed to hold his government accountable for the failures we’re seeing, even though such criticism could nudge the response in a more constructive direction.

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The safest place

Mar 15th, 2020 6:03 pm | By

Jesus won’t let you get the COVID-19 because you’re not pansies.

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This is not normal, or safe

Mar 15th, 2020 4:13 pm | By

Oh look, now Chase Strangio is just plain grooming kids.

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Mar 15th, 2020 2:39 pm | By

The quarantined people of Italy are singing to each other from balconies or windows.

Tenor Maurizio Marchini did just this, taking to his balcony to serenade the rooftops of his hometown, Florence.

Marchini sings Puccini’s impassioned aria from his opera Turandot, ‘Nessun Dorma’, or ‘None shall sleep’. After the aria’s climax with a high B, Maurizio picks up his son and repeats the line Vincerò!, or ‘I will be victorious.’

At full from-the-rooftops volume, which makes the little guy try to cover his ears, but it’s great for the rest of us.

Nessun Dorma a Gavinana #iorestoacasa #forzaitalia #quarantena #coronavirus Maurizio Marchini

Posted by Chiara Bagnoli on Friday, March 13, 2020

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Hold your breath while you sing

Mar 15th, 2020 11:41 am | By

Pandemic? What pandemic?

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