Thursday, October 29, 2020

As US Sets Third (Or Fourth) Single-Day Record For New Cases In One Week (91,330), Trump Keeps Lying: "We Are Absolutely Rounding The Corner ... We're Turning The Corner ... We're Rounding The Curve ... We're Rounding The Corner ... We're Making That Turn"

October 23: 81,424 new cases and 902 new deaths
A new record for the most single-day new cases for any country on Earth and the first day with 80,000+ new cases
October 24: 80,249 new cases and 787 new deaths
Our World In Data reports 85,329 new cases (which would be a new single-day record)
October 25: 63,514 new cases and 442 new deaths
"After the virus hit, we recovered faster than any major nation in the world. . . . [T]here's no nation in the world that's recovered like we've recovered."
October 26: 69,848 new cases and 529 new deaths
"We're doing a great job. We are absolutely rounding the corner. Other than the fake news wants to scare everybody, we are absolutely rounding the corner."
October 27: 75,980 new cases and 1,055 new deaths
"You turn on [the TV] . . . COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID, COVID. . . . And you know why we have so many cases? Because we test more . . . I mean, it's a very simple thing . . . But they use it to make us look bad, but here's the story. It's COVID, COVID, COVID. . . . And the vaccines are coming right around the corner. And if I weren't here, it would have taken two, three, four years before you had this stuff. It's happening now . . ."
"And I say, we're turning the corner. We're turning the corner. We're rounding, like this racetrack. Look at this, it's perfect. We're rounding the curve. We will vanquish the virus. And by the way, we're going to have the vaccine. . . . We have the vaccine. We're going to have it very soon. Very soon. We're going to deliver it. But without it, also, we're rounding the curve, we're rounding the corner. It's happening."
"We're making that final turn. They don't want to hear it. We're making that turn. You know that right? We're going to have the vaccine, anyway with or without it, we're making the turn. Normal life will fully resume. That's all we want. We want normal life, normal life, go back seven months, we'll take normal life, greatest economy we ever had. We want normal life and next year will be the greatest economic year in the history of our country. That's where we're heading. Super V."
". . . a great vaccine. And that's all set. . . . Our military is going to deliver it. It'll be done very quickly. . . . We will get rid of this virus. It'll be very – you watch, it's going to happen very quickly . . . This was a terrible, terrible thing that happened, terrible thing that happened. Terrible thing that happened."
October 28: 81,585 new cases and 1,030 new deaths
A new record for the most single-day new cases for any country on Earth.
". . . a safe vaccine is coming very quickly. You're going to have it momentarily . . . we're rounding the turn regardless. You know that. We've got the vaccine. I say, regardless, they'll say, "Well, maybe you don't." We have it. . . . We pioneered groundbreaking therapies and I'm telling you we're down 85%. Think of that. Think of that. Down 85%. Nobody has any idea what that means . . ."
October 29: 91,330 new cases and 1,047 new deaths
A new record for the most single-day new cases for any country on Earth and the first day with 90,000+ new cases. First instance of three consecutive days with 1,000+ new deaths in almost two months.
"All Biden does is talks about COVID. Right? He doesn't call it the China virus. You know why? Because China has him paid off. He can't use that term."
"My plan for America will deliver a safe vaccine. You're going to have it in a few weeks. It's coming very quickly. . . . Our vaccine will eradicate the virus, and by the way, we have it. But whether we have it or not, it's rounding the turn. It's rounding the turn."
Back in late June, Dr. Anthony Fauci told the US Senate he "would not be surprised" if new virus cases eventually topped 100,000 per day. With cases increasing from coast to coast and more than 91,000 new cases on Thursday, it looks like the US will be hitting six figures very soon. 41 of the 50 states have at least 10% more new cases this week as compared to last week. 

About fourteen weeks ago (July 22), the US death toll was roughly 145,000. At that time, projected "219,864 deaths by November 1, 2020". The US passed that number approximately three weeks ago. The number of deaths is about 235,000.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that the true US death toll attributable to the pandemic is about 300,000, through early October. This number included "not only deaths known to have been directly caused by the coronavirus, but also roughly 100,000 fatalities that are indirectly related and would not have occurred if not for the virus".

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Vermont Demands Justice Rapey McFratboy Correct The Lies In His Recent Opinion

Wednesday, October 28, 2020

Trump Lists "Ending The COVID-19 Pandemic" As A First-Term Accomplishment;
Also This Week: The US's 7-Day Average Of New Cases Reached An All-Time High

Caroline Kelly, CNN, October 28, 2020:

The White House included ending the coronavirus pandemic on a list of the Trump administration's science and technology accomplishments, despite nearly half a million Americans tested positive for Covid-19 in just the last week.

A White House Office of Science and Technology Policy news release made the claim in announcing a document highlighting the administration's science and technology achievements over the past four years.

"Highlights include: ENDING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC," the news release sent to reporters read. "From the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Administration has taken decisive actions to engage scientists and health professionals in academia, industry, and government to understand, treat, and defeat the disease."

When asked for comment on including ending the pandemic among the administration's first term accomplishments . . . White House communications director Alyssa Farah said the release was "poorly worded."

"The intent was to say that it is our goal to end the virus. But what I would say is this: because of the President's leadership, we are rounding the corner on the virus," she added.

The news release comes as the country reports the largest number of daily cases seen to date. The seven-day average of daily new cases reached an all-time high of 68,767 on Sunday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. . . .

The abysmal week was marked by the two worst days of daily new cases reported since the pandemic began. More than 83,000 new cases were reported both Friday and Saturday, and the seven-day average of new Covid-19 cases has soared 23% in the past week, according to Johns Hopkins data on Monday. The seven-day average of new tests performed, meanwhile, has risen only 2.87% over the past week, according to the Covid Tracking Project. . . .

New cases are also being seen within the administration itself. At least five aides to Vice President Mike Pence, including his bodyman and his chief of staff, Marc Short, tested positive for coronavirus in recent days . . . 

Tucker Carlson Invents An Extremely Convoluted Conspiracy To Explain Why No Damning Hunter Biden Documents Actually Exist (But To Believe It, You Have To Forget You Know About Printers, Copiers, Scanners, PDF Files, Hard Drives, Storage Discs, GoogleDrive, DropBox, Etc., Etc., Etc.)

Even in the 1400s, they had scribes manually make copies of important documents!

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Trump Believes It's 2016

COVID Or Hypothermia, Trump Doesn't Care How He Kills People

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What is he, the virus's PR guy, trying to get his client more positive coverage?

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Gorsuch: Courts Must Not Succumb To The "Temptation" To Protect the Right To Vote

Trump said on Tuesday that counting all the ballots cast in an election is (or should be) illegal. He wants all votes received after Election Day (no matter what the reason for the delay) to not be counted.

The Supreme Court appears to agree with him. Even though many of the ignored ballots would have been cast for Trump and there has never been an election in the United States in which all ballots were counted on Election Day. Never. Not one.

But Trump et al. don't care if all the votes for him are counted. The vote totals in any particular state (and the US, in general) are irrelevant. The goal is creating widespread chaos and having the Supreme Court award him a phony victory. Trump has gone a long way towards achieving that goal by installing a justice that many Republicans are publicly bragging is wholly partisan.

Meanwhile, Trump played the same set list at today's Superspreader event. He:

admitted he hates testing for the coronavirus "in many ways"

said testing causes cases (hey, he hasn't claimed testing causes deaths (yet))

said it was a matter of opinion whether a militia plot to abduct and murder Michigan governor Whitmer was a problem ("maybe it wasn't")

claimed to have won the "Michigan Man of the Year" (an award that has never existed)

thinks all women are housewives and don't have jobs

bragged that he punched the virus and beat it up

expressed jealousy over how much attention the virus has been getting (acknowledging reality is now an attack on Trump)

boasted that many dictators, who are also his friends, praise him for the awesome job he's done with [destroying] the American economy

confessed to war crimes 

A Reminder Donald Trump Has Never Been Able To Discuss
The Specifics of Anything (Even When His Mind Was Functioning
Fairly Normally); To Say Trump Is As Dumb As Dirt Is An Insult To Soil

For The 11 People In The US Who Don't Already Know This

Monday, October 26, 2020

Trump: "We Want To Be A 'Developing Nation', Too."

Paul Krugman, New York Times, October 26, 2020:
Trump Tells Coronavirus, 'I Surrender'

As we head into the final stretch of the election, Covid-19 is on a roll.

Coronavirus cases keep hitting records — among other things, five aides to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive. Hospitalizations, which lag behind cases, are soaring. And deaths, which lag even further behind, are starting to rise, too. Put it this way: Just between now and Election Day, we're likely to lose almost twice as many Americans to Covid-19 as died on 9/11.

So how is the Trump administration responding? Actually doing anything about the pandemic is apparently off the table. What we're getting instead is a multilevel public relations strategy: We're doing a great job. Anyway, there's nothing anyone can do. And besides, doctors are faking the numbers so they can make more money. . . .

[Trump's plan is a] combination of denial, declared helplessness and conspiracy theorizing . . .
(my emphasis)

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Sunday, October 25, 2020

After Two Record-Setting Days Of New Virus Cases, Trump Administration Admits
It Will Never Have A Plan & Has Abandoned All Attempts To Contain The Pandemic

Five aides to Vice President Mike Pence have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. The positive tests have come "in the past few days", according to the New York Times. Pence, the head of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, did not wear a mask at a rally last night in Tallahassee, Florida, one of several violations of CDC guidelines. 

The Trump administration tried to keep the news of the positive tests a secret, just as they tried to hide the fact of the previous outbreak about three weeks ago. Mark Meadows, the White House chief of staff, dismissed the news, but did not deny its accuracy. 

During his incoherent interview with CNN's Jake Tapper this morning, Meadows told people to follow CDC guidelines but also implied masks are ineffective. 

Despite his close proximity to several people infected with the virus, Pence is refusing to quarantine and will continue with his campaign schedule.
Mr. Meadows was also pressed by the "State of the Union" host, Jake Tapper, on why Mr. Pence, who had been in close contact with his chief of staff, Marc Short, was continuing to appear at campaign events. Mr. Meadows said that the vice president was performing "essential" duties that exempted him from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines calling for people to quarantine for 14 days after exposure to the virus.

The C.D.C. guidelines allow "critical infrastructure workers" to continue working after a coronavirus exposure as long as they are asymptomatic. Campaigning, however, is not essential work. The guidelines also state clearly that a critical worker who has been exposed to the virus should "wear a face mask at all times," among other precautions. . . .

Mr. Trump and his aides have repeatedly laid out a false choice, implying that the only two options are to flout public health guidelines as he has, or to "lock everybody down" and "quarantine all of America," as Mr. Meadows put it on Sunday.
Meadows also admitted on national television that the Trump administration has abandoned all attempts at reducing the surge of new infections across the country.
"We're not going to control the pandemic."
"It is what it is."
The past two days have been the highest for new cases since the pandemic began: 85,000+ on Friday and 78,000+ on Saturday. The Times noted that "case numbers on weekends are often lower because some states and counties do not report new data, so the high numbers on Saturday gave reason for alarm".

The coronavirus is raging out of control throughout the United States, even as Trump lies about "turning the corner". Of course, this is the same guy who said, more than six months ago, on April 15, that new cases had "passed the peak" and the virus was dying out. Since then, there have been more than eight million new cases in the US and more than 200,000 deaths.

Six states – Alaska, Ohio, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico and Illinois – reported their highest-ever infection totals on Saturday. The worst outbreaks are currently in rural areas.

The Times:
[P]ublic health officials warn that Americans are heading into a dangerous phase, as cooler weather forces people indoors, where the virus spreads easily. It could make for a grueling winter that tests the discipline of the many people who have grown weary of masks and of turning down invitations to see family and friends.

Sure, The Melania Body Double Theory Sounds Nutty, But . . .

Saturday, October 24, 2020

The Atlantic: "Donald Trump Is The Worst President This Country Has Seen . . . Perhaps Ever . . . Through His Avarice And Ignorance And Negligence And Titanic Incompetence . . . His Countless Sins And Defects Are Rooted In Mental Instability, Pathological Narcissism, And Profound Moral And Cognitive Impairment."

The Atlantic magazine has endorsed a presidential candidate only four times in 163 years.

Two of those four endorsements were made explicitly against Donald Trump, to whom the editors referred, in 2016, as possibly "the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency".

The editors now realize, four years later, they severely understated their case.

Editors of The Atlantic, November 2016:

[W]e are mainly concerned with the Republican Party's nominee, Donald J. Trump, who might be the most ostentatiously unqualified major-party candidate in the 227-year history of the American presidency.

These concerns compel us, for the third time since the magazine's founding, to endorse a candidate for president. . . . 

Donald Trump . . . has no record of public service and no qualifications for public office. His affect is that of an infomercial huckster; he traffics in conspiracy theories and racist invective; he is appallingly sexist; he is erratic, secretive, and xenophobic; he expresses admiration for authoritarian rulers, and evinces authoritarian tendencies himself. He is easily goaded, a poor quality for someone seeking control of America's nuclear arsenal. He is an enemy of fact-based discourse; he is ignorant of, and indifferent to, the Constitution; he appears not to read.

This judgment is not limited to the editors of The Atlantic. A large number—in fact, a number unparalleled since Goldwater's 1964 campaign—of prominent policy makers and officeholders from the candidate's own party have publicly renounced him. Trump disqualified himself from public service long before he declared his presidential candidacy. In one of the more sordid episodes in modern American politics, Trump made himself the face of the so-called birther movement, which had as its immediate goal the demonization of the country's first African American president. Trump's larger goal, it seemed, was to stoke fear among white Americans of dark-skinned foreigners. He succeeded wildly in this; the fear he has aroused has brought him one step away from the presidency. . . .

Trump is not a man of ideas. He is a demagogue, a xenophobe, a sexist, a know-nothing, and a liar. He is spectacularly unfit for office, and voters—the statesmen and thinkers of the ballot box—should act in defense of American democracy and elect his opponent.

Editors of The AtlanticOctober 22, 2020:

In 1973, a United States Air Force officer, Major Harold Hering, asked a question that the Air Force did not want asked. Hering, a decorated Vietnam War veteran, was then in training to become a Minuteman-missile crewman. The question he asked one of his instructors was this: "How can I know that an order I receive to launch my missiles came from a sane president?" . . .

Hering's question was taboo [the Air Force refused to provide an answer, saying he did not "need to know"] because the national defense strategy of the United States is built on the unstated assumption that the American people will not allow a lunatic to become president. . . .[F]or this he was driven from the Air Force. . . .

[In 2016,] Donald Trump had not yet served in public office, so concerns about his ability to protect the United States from harm were hypothetical, though grounded in his long and terrible record as a human being. . . .

What we have learned since we published that editorial is that we understated our case. Donald Trump is the worst president this country has seen since Andrew Johnson, or perhaps James Buchanan, or perhaps ever. Trump has brought our country low; he has divided our people; he has pitted race against race; he has corrupted our democracy; he has shown contempt for American ideals; he has made cruelty a sacrament; he has provided comfort to propagators of hate; he has abandoned America's allies; he has aligned himself with dictators; he has encouraged terrorism and mob violence; he has undermined the agencies and departments of government; he has despoiled the environment; he has opposed free speech; he has lied frenetically and evangelized for conspiracism; he has stolen children from their parents; he has made himself an advocate of a hostile foreign power; and he has failed to protect America from a ravaging virus. Trump is not responsible for all of the 220,000 COVID-19-related deaths in America. But through his avarice and ignorance and negligence and titanic incompetence, he has allowed tens of thousands of Americans to suffer and die, many alone, all needlessly. With each passing day, his presidency reaps more death. . . .

Donald Trump has been credibly accused of rape. Compelling evidence suggests that his countless sins and defects are rooted in mental instability, pathological narcissism, and profound moral and cognitive impairment. . . .

[He] is a clear and continuing danger to the United States, and it does not seem likely that our country would be able to emerge whole from four more years of his misrule. Two men are running for president. One is a terrible man; the other is a decent man. Vote for the decent man.

11 Days Before Election, Trump Has An Uplifting Message For All Americans:
"Things Are So Fantastic. Stop Being Such A Whiny Pussy."

Donald Trump's message to Americans — less than two weeks before an election, as an average of 60,000 Americans are being infected every day with a potentially fatal virus with no cure, roughly 1,000 Americans are dying each day (and a quarter of a million have died since spring) as hospitals across the country are filling up, there are 10 million more Americans in poverty, more than 50 million are first-time filers for unemployment benefits, and the president is publicly admitting he's rushing an unqualified partisan toady onto the Supreme Court so he can continue to loot the Treasury, abolish healthcare, and steal the election —is this:
Things are fantastic. Stop being such a whiny pussy.

Q: How Would Fox Cover The Story Of Biden Ignorantly Referring To
Toothbrushes Instead of Missiles Dozens Of Times Over Many Months?

A Closer Look At A Lie Trump Has Told More Than 150 Times: Claiming Credit For Obama's 2014 "Veterans Choice"

The New York Times Trying (And Failing) To Correct Itself After Getting Caught Pushing More Pro-Trump Propaganda