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December 27, 2020

One out of every 1,000 Americans has died of Covid.

From what IHME projects, we can look forward to 2 out of every 1,000 Americans dead from this disease.
More if we don't get our shit together.

One last number .. We are well and truly fucked.
"More than 84.5 million Americans are planning on traveling during the Christmas season as COVID-19 continues to spread across the country. The forthcoming holiday season will likely eclipse Thanksgiving travel, during which more than 50 million holiday travelers passed through TSA checkpoints, despite warnings from the CDC.
Those warnings still apply.
“Travel may increase your chance of spreading and getting COVID-19," the CDC’s updated statement said on Wednesday. “CDC continues to recommend postponing travel and staying home, as this is the best way to protect yourself and others this year.”

December 3, 2020

Hospitals are already turning patients away....

... the hospitals are already turning away sick people they never would’ve before, because of so few beds remaining.

"....bar for hospitalizing anyone is rising
And likely means more people are suffering, getting worse, or even dying at home
All because our hospitals are really full..."

Read this doc's whole thread...

December 2, 2020

Secret Executive Orders...PEADs

Everybody NEEDS to read this article. No skimming.
The Presidents - since FDR - have issued secret executive orders that enable them to do just about anything.
They've all used them. trump knows about them... and that scares the shit out of me. It should do the same with you. He still has 50 or so days...

"A few hours before the inauguration ceremony, the prospective president receives an elaborate and highly classified briefing on the means and procedures for blowing up the world with a nuclear attack, a rite of passage that a former official described as “a sobering moment.” Secret though it may be, we are at least aware that this introduction to apocalypse takes place. At some point in the first term, however, experts surmise that an even more secret briefing occurs, one that has never been publicly acknowledged. In it, the new president learns how to blow up the Constitution.

The session introduces “presidential emergency action documents,” or PEADs, orders that authorize a broad range of mortal assaults on our civil liberties. In the words of a rare declassified official description, the documents outline how to “implement extraordinary presidential authority in response to extraordinary situations”—by imposing martial law, suspending habeas corpus, seizing control of the internet, imposing censorship, and incarcerating so-called subversives, among other repressive measures. “We know about the nuclear briefcase that carries the launch codes,” Joel McCleary, a White House official in the Carter Administration, told me. “But over at the Office of Legal Counsel at the Justice Department there’s a list of all the so-called enemies of the state who would be rounded up in an emergency. I’ve heard it called the ‘enemies briefcase.’ ”


November 20, 2020

Fun facts about turkeys...

A DUer posted a like to a story "Fun facts about turkeys", but the link was dead.
I found another link to that VITAL story.
(I know this isn't the lounge... but... c'mon... we can't focus on the Malignant Mango all the time or we'd go nuts.)


November 9, 2020

WTF....I mean.... white women....WTAF!!

55% of white women voters voted for trump this election.
That's more than the 52% of white women voters who voted for trump in 2016.
WTF... just WTF!?

I - foolishly - expected that white women would see trump's misogyny, his hatred of ANYthing that women seem to value, and his boorishness, and reject him soundly.
Am I such an idealist and feminist supporter that I don't recognize that white women can vote against their own interests... even when it's so blatant?


November 4, 2020

Headline from the New Yorker...

"Biden May Win, But Trump Remains the President of Red America"

FUCK Red America!

Those states are a social and economic drag on the rest of the states. How about they get their shit together? Then we can talk.
"Twelve of the bottom 13 are states Trump carried...
former states of the Confederacy, particularly the more conservative of them, don’t do well in these rankings: Mississippi, Alabama, and Louisiana are at the very bottom, while Arkansas (45th) and South Carolina (42nd) also do poorly. It’s an interesting commentary on the ancient reactionary idea that a low-tax, low-regulation, anti-union environment guarantees growth. If that were true, Alabama and Mississippi should be dynamos with high living standards. They really, really aren’t. But the myth endures that the good life is found where government is weak and job creators walk tall, particularly from the safe distance of conservative think tanks far away."


My state...WA... ranks first, but you should hear the Neanderthals from the Repub areas in rural Eastern Washington scream about being pushed around by the Western - educated, prosperous, progressive - part of the state. The counties over there are welfare queens and money-sucks... one and all. Without them, we'd be better off.

November 4, 2020

I'm thinking ahead....

... and I'm not thinking kind thoughts. Do NOT try to talk me down.

Kentucky and Tennessee and those other states...?

I hope the Powers That Be in the Dem hierarchy are keeping track of them.
I sure as hell am.

In the past, I'd have said the the Dems need to reach across the aisle and bring them into the fold. More flies with honey, and all that happy shit.

Now... I want the Dems to remind those states that elections have consequences, and when the Dems get control of the Senate - and keep the House - those states need to be reminded that those consequences can be ugly. No slack... no rhythm.
Those defense contracts? Elsewhere. Highway and infrastructure funds? Elsewhere. Those USDA grants - like the $200,000 grant to the Florida clam company? Elsewhere.

Fuck 'em. The red states are money-suckers anyway, so let them have their "free-dumb".

November 2, 2020

I was just cleaning up some old files on my computer...

.. thumb drives, actually...
and I ran into some really old memes about Dubya.
You know... stupid...criminal.... war criminal...
All irrelevant now. He's gone. He may not be dead, but he's dead to history... and us.
I was deleting them, and suddenly it hit me.
In about 10 years... or five.... we'll be deleting the trump memes.
Totally irrelevant. Dead to history, too. And to us.

Problem is... like Dubya's fuck-ups... we'll be living with trump's fuck-ups for decades after he's gone.
I look forward to deleting all the trump memes.
"Delete" .... has a nice sound, doesn't it?

October 27, 2020

trumper brandished a gun young women protesters....

..in Woodinville, WA - pop. 13,000.

Just curious... if a "good guy with a gun" was there and lit him up, worried that the trumper was gonna open fire, what would the charges be against the "good guy with a gun"?

Edit to ad citation...
No arrest... no citation. Safe to say, if he'd been black, this would have turned out different. Even in Woodinville.


October 23, 2020

trump is saying Joe did nothing about several different things.

JOE... BUDDY... tell him the goddam Republicans blocked everything.

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