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"Let's Talk About A Message To America" (Beau of the Fifth Column)


Cats and Dominoes


Help "Flatten The Curve" Go #Cattenthecurve !!

If you don't have a cat at home to help you through this COVID-19 crisis, this is the next best thing.







Science Magazine: Do US a favor (an open letter to Trump)

H. Holden Thorp - Editor-in-chief of Science magazine


(boldface emphasis is mine - DMH)

“Do me a favor, speed it up, speed it up.” This is what U.S. President Donald Trump told the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference, recounting what he said to pharmaceutical executives about the progress toward a vaccine for severe acute respiratory syndrome–coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the virus that causes coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)
. . .although the steps required to produce a vaccine could possibly be made more efficient, many of them depend on biological and chemical processes that are essential. So the president might just as well have said, “Do me a favor, hurry up that warp drive.”
A vaccine has to have a fundamental scientific basis. It has to be manufacturable. It has to be safe. This could take a year and a half—or much longer. Pharmaceutical executives have every incentive to get there quickly—they will be selling the vaccine after all—but thankfully, they also know that you can't break the laws of nature to get there.

Maybe we should be happy. Three years ago, the president declared his skepticism of vaccines and tried to launch an antivaccine task force. Now he suddenly loves vaccines.

But do us a favor, Mr. President. If you want something, start treating science and its principles with respect.



Thurs 1pm EDT: Biden to speak to us on Coronavirus

(cross-posted from DailyKos)

Joe Biden to deliver address on the virus
On Thursday afternoon, at 1pm ET, Joe Biden is scheduled to deliver an address on the coronavirus in Wilmington, Delaware. As WaPo's Matt Viser pointed out, "Expect it, in many ways, to be different from the address just given from the Oval Office."


More, from NBC News:

WASHINGTON — What transpired Wednesday night in the two hours after President Trump’s remarks to the nation on the coronavirus was some of the most disruptive and unsettling news we can remember — at least in a 120-minute span.

The NBA season suspended. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson test positive for the coronavirus. Dow futures dropped. A staffer in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s, D-Wash., D.C. office tested positive.

The disease, the disruption and the fear are spreading fast.

And at 1:00 p.m. ET, Democrat Joe Biden gets a contrast moment with President Trump, when he delivers remarks on the coronavirus from Delaware.



This week, Mister Market, Mother Nature and Lady Karma. . .

. . .are giving Trump and the GOP the finger and a vote of no confidence.

Daily Trump Temperament Advisory System

Biden: Trump, Release Your Tax Returns Or SHUT UP.


Did Pence just wipe his nose with his hand at the press conference?

. . .or did he just smell a fart?


Jumping Cats. . .an oldie but goodie. . .

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