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"Trump threatened to pull US Security Umbrella from Saudi if it didn't raise Oil Prices to Help US Frackers"
Wow! Is there any industry on the face of the Earth that's less deserving of government assistance than the fossil fuel industry? Let them all go under!

So the question for Jared Kushner is, if the last few months have been a success,

...the U.S. death toll reached 60,000, the total number of U.S. infections topped 1 million, economic growth retreated to levels unseen since the peak of the Great Recession, and 30 million Americans filed for unemployment.

what would failure look like?

There is no scarcity of food. There's plenty of food. What US producers and consumers lack is leadership. We need to have the Department of Agriculture buy food from farmers and to move it to those who need it.

"China Says We're a Joke. And, Alas, We Are.
China uses LEGO figures to make case.
Couple of odd accusations, but generally an accurate picture of US paranoia and irrationality and blame-shifting.

Deep dive on Tara Reade allegations against Joe Biden. Very serious questions about Reade's veracity and motivations. Major problem is the motivations of the very few people and groups that are supporting her.


"GOP senator issues stark warning that both Georgia Senate seats are in play"
Lot of good schadenfreude here!

A space rock 1.5 miles wide came within 21 light-seconds of Earth (3.9 million miles away). Perspective: The Moon is about 1.3 light-seconds away or 237,674 miles.

Stacey Abrams defends Biden against his accuser. And yes, we must recognize that Abrams would really like to be Biden's Vice-Presidential running mate. Ehh, we'll see what happens.

"Car Crashes Plummet As The US Sees What It's Like To Shut Down"
An unexpected bit of good news.

This is why we consider Chuck Todd to be a complete, blithering idiot! You'll notice in his talk he mentions three disasters: "...whether it's on WMD's, the great recession, or this (COVID-19)." Notice anything about these disasters? That's right! Democrats had nothing to do with any of them! At worst, one can say that Democrats played an extremely minor role by not warning us or by voting for the AUMF. The problem is far more specific than just "politicians."

Can COVID-19 be contained? Yes, Vietnam has done so quite successfully.

The blogger looks at Jared Kushner's boast: "“We have achieved all the different milestones..." and wonder what the hell he's talking about!

"Trump Walks Back Huge Goal For Tests After His Own Testing Chief Said It Was Impossible"
See, here's the problem. The President wants to brief the nation as to what's going on with the pandemic. It kinda, y'know, helps if he knows what's going on himself! His habit has been to not attend the task force meetings, and to then go to the podium after two or three minutes of reading a summary of what the task force discussed. That means that he has questions himself or just plain doesn't know the answer to a question that he's asked. And then he wonders why he gets criticized.

So Jared Kushner says his father-in-law has been conducting a successful effort? (I trust Italy's figures more than I trust China's)
Italy's population last year was 60.36 million, the US was 328.2 million.
Italy's COVID-19 deaths have been 27,682, US have been 59,692.
Italy's deaths have been 0.046% of their population, US deaths have been 0.18% of the population.
Italy's new cases have been declining since late March. US new cases have been up and down but are essentially level (30k give or take 5k) as of the beginning of April.
Sorry, but Jared's either smoking some mighty powerful wacky weed or he's lying.

BTW, No states have met the guidelines for safe re-opening!

"Trump's press secretary won't stop lying about pandemic — so New York Times toasts her with puff piece"
The NY Times does a puff piece about the new Press Secretary. How can they do that? Well, it requires lots of selective reporting, a lot of overlooking of lots of scandalous behavior, quoting only friendly sources (no critics and/or Democrats are quoted) and generously applying lots of friendly adjectives in describing her.

I had some people strongly advocating the widespread use of chloroquine /hydroxychloroquine to treat COVID-19. The piece here says Bayer has donated a large number of tablets so that testing can begin. The people said various foreign countries had achieved good results. Reminds me of when I joined the Navy. "Yes, your doctor may think you're in great shape. We don't care. We want our doctors to make sure you really are in good shape!"

Yep. Just can't imagine why calls to poison control centers are climbing. Such a mystery! A real puzzle. Hint: President suggested about a month that drinking disinfectant might an effective cure for the coronavirus.

NY Times wrote piece that provoked Fox News host Sean Hannity to threaten to sue them. NY Times refused to apologize.

We've collectively made a wrenching change from physical travel (air travel is down 95%) to electricity used for things like tele-meetings (up 775%). Is this the beginnig of the end for oil?

Again, forcing imigrant and non-union labor to produce meat for consumers is not what the Defense Production Act is for!

What exactly does Hope Hicks do in the White House these days??? The blogger suggests Hicks is "Trump's emotional support human." Great snark in this post!

The Vietnam War U.S. Military Fatal Casualty Statistics counts 58,220 U.S. military fatal casualties of the Vietnam War. That's from 1956 to 2006.
US deaths from coronavirus is, as of 28 April, now 59,266. The site starts counting cases from February 15th. The site also makes it clear that this is a 50-state problem. The number of cases is not levelling off.

"Pence Visited Mayo Clinic Without Mask, Violating Policy"
"Aw, c'mon libruls! Don'cha know rules are for little people?"

Update: Pence claims he wanted to look people in the eye. Erm the masks in question cover the mouth and nose, not the eyes! Also:

Sen. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) added yesterday, 'When you don't wear a mask, especially inside the Mayo Clinic, you are not being brave. You are showing that you think the rules don't apply to you. And you are setting a dangerous example by ignoring experts.

"Karen Pence Claims Mike Was 'Unaware' Of Mayo Clinic's Mask Policy"
The Second Lady is clearly under the impression that the viewers of Fox News are brainless morons. Y'know, I tend to think of myself as fairly oblivious to social signals, but if I was in a room with about 20 people and I was the only one not wearing a mask, I would think I'd notice that.

"Trump to Order U.S. Meat Plants to Stay Open Amid Pandemic"
I really don't think the Defense Production Act was meant to be used in this manner.

"Who Makes Life-Or-Death Supply Decisions For Your State? Jared Kushner?"
The President has been informed about the COVID-19 pandemic by our intelligence agencies since at least January. Mid-March, he declared it to be a national emergency. Who's in charge of getting supplies to front-line health care people? After all this time, that's still a complete black box. No one outside the Trump Administration knows. The piece has several action suggestions.

This is very good news! The main lesson here is that the Supreme Court is not going to do the dirty work for the Republican Party. If they want to kill off the ACA/Obamacare, there's going to have to do that themselves.

More expendable Fox News hosts get tossed overboard. "Diamond" and "Silk" are now unemployed for speading conspiracy theories.

AG Barr wants to make sure there's no "overreach" by state authorities, but as these lockdowns SAVE LIVES, it's far from clear what exactly constitutes overreach.

If the US wants to re-open safely, we are well short of the testing that would be necessary to do that. One of the problems is that people can be aymptomatic carriers of the coronavirus. With testing, we can find out who can come back to work and who should stay at home. .

"Mike Pence Suggests America Is Too Dumb To See What A Great Job Trump Has Done On Testing"
VP Pence is really good at slingin' the ol' BS around, but if the American people misunderstood, then that's the fault of the Trump Administration. That's a major PR failure on a massive scale. Was the system broken or inadequate in any way? Highly doubtful, but if it was, it was their responsibility to use what was there and to then work to improve it, y'know, to "walk and chew bubble gum" simultaneously.

So what has Jared Kushner been doing these past two months? Very few people actually know, but he seems to be getting a lot of his buddies employed, duplicating a lot of work the government was already doing, to zero good effect. His grifting operation is going full speed ahead of course, so we can be sure he and his buddies are raking in lots of money.

President appears to have a very rich fantasy life as far as the pandemic is concerned and his own performance as president.

Why the small business bail-out was, and remains, so urgent.

Now is not the time to build up the national stockpile, now is the time to use it!!! If that medical equipment is being saved for a rainy day, guess what? It's raining!!!

Trump called it the "Noble" Prize when he obviously meant "Nobel." After all of the mockery and disdain about that, the President tries desperately to bluff his way out. He asks in the last sentence of his tweet if sarcasm ever works.
No, Mr. President. Not for you.

In the President's rant on the "Noble" Prize, he claims he was innocent on  "Russia, Russia, Russia." Not quite. It was shown that the President kept enormous amounts of material evidence out of the hands of investigators. He was cleared but not exonerated.

"Astroturf Group FreedomWorks Applies For $300,000 In COVID-19 Small Business Loans"
FreedomWorks is a group that was behind much of the Tea Party protests during the early Obama Administration. In no possible, conceivable way, shape or form do they constitute a business, let alone a "small" business.

FEMA is doing vastly more harm than good by interfering with supplies. The cost is measured in the lives of veterans. Again, ensuring adequate supplies for our front line health care workers is by far THE most important priority the President has!

Brutal piece from the NY Times. Kinda reminds me of another national leader who spent a lot of time in a bunker. A quote from the piece:

But the president’s primary focus, advisers said, is assessing how his performance on the virus is measured in the news media, and the extent to which history will blame him.…

But obviously, he's very highly selective as to the channels he watches. Trump clearly takes care never to expose himself to too much negativity. And hey, if that means he gets useless and delusional advice, hey well...

Dr. Anthony Fauci was asked who he'd like to have play him. His choice was Brad Pitt. Pitt tthought that was a great idea and played Dr. Fauci on Saturday Night Live!

Alicia Keys sings for the heroes of the pandemic. Grocery store clerks and others had no intention of being heroes, so she sings for them anyway.

Historical perspective on plagues and how some towns handled their outbreaks better than the US is doing today.

If the "wonder drug" hydroxychloroquine wasn't dead before, it certainly is now. FDA rejects it.

Unfortuately, this was an entirely predictable result:

Well, it’s started. Instead of being asked about how we improve our #COVID19 response in the coming months, doctors are being asked to comment on why people shouldn’t drink things like bleach or isopropyl alcohol. This has to stop. This is the problem. This has to stop.

"Celebrate Hubble’s 30th Birthday by Gazing Into This Shimmering Stellar Expanse"
30 years ago, the Hubble Space Telescope was a huge technological advance.

CNN is not buying the President's BS about his "joking." I agree with the blogger. Good for them!
Also, a really amazing conversation that Governor Cuomo has with a constituent.

Good piece on the bill that spends roughly another $500 billion on the coronavirus. Total spending is about $3 trillion now.

Tweet from the NY Times:

At a White House briefing, President Trump theorized-dangerously, in the view of some experts-about the power of sunlight, ultraviolet light and household disinfectants to kill the coronavirus

What we have here is "The exception that proves the rule." The NY Times struggled for 12 hours to get out the truth that following the President's advice is a really bad idea. This is a one-sided issue that isn't open for debate. That's why the Times is floundering and uncertain. They're far more comfortable dealing in shades of grey, where both sides have a point.

So of course, the Press Secretary says the press corps is taking the President out of context running the entire press event in full, and then showing clips depicting the whole sequence of Trump’s proposal to treat the inside of the human body like a kitchen counter top.

Why does the Presient say such crazy things as to suggest using Lysol in the body? Well essentially, the reason the President gives briefings where he doesn't seem to know what he's talking about is that he doesn't attend the task force meetings. He spends that time watching TV. He gets the sheets that summarize what the task force has discussed minutes before going on the air.

As the whole hydrochloroquine idea seems to be pretty clearly dead, our carnival-barker-in-chief had to come up with something new! Why are networks covering his press conferences?!?!?!
"Trump goes Peak Batshit Crazy, Urging UV Irradiation and Chlorine Injections, and Cable TV Greedily Broadcasts it"

What he said:

President Trump is asking whether there can be some sort of disinfectant injection, "almost a cleaning," in people's bodies to fight the coronavirus. "It would be interesting to check that," he said. He added, "The whole concept of the light. That's pretty powerful."

This was posted in response:

PLEASE do not inject anything into your body or ingest anything at all to kill the coronavirus. There is NO SUBSTANCE that will disinfect your body of the coronavirus from the inside. Don’t inject or drink bleach, soap, don’t do isopropyl alcohol, lysol, or ANYTHING WHATSOEVER.

President talks about how the US has done more coronavirus tests than everyone else in the world combined, ending with "You people aren't satisfied." Erm, the US has performed about a million tests, the rest of the world combined has performed over 19 million.

The Lieutenant Governor of Texas made such a bat$%#@ crazy comment, he got his own entry on Snopes, saying essentially "OMG! Did he really say that?!?!?!"

TX Lt Gov Dan Patrick: "There are more important things than living ... I dont want to die, nobody wants to die but man we've got to take some risks"
His idea is to sacrifice in order to open the economy back up.

"Gov. Andrew Cuomo Bulldozes Mitch McConnell For 'Dumb,' 'Vicious' State Bankruptcy Idea"
Really excellent speech by Cuomo. Last few minutes are very good as he compares New York's contribution to federal taxes with Kentucky's.

President makes prediction about the recurrence of the coronavirus after it's been defeated and the economy re-opened.

First, the whole idea of reflecting on whether or not the deadly virus is going to "come back" is ridiculous when it's still here. Thousands of Americans are still dying from the virus every day.
Emphases in original.

Again, this is the problem with "crony capitalism," a capitalism that's based on personal relationships rather than objective criteria. Crony capitalism simply can't handle a 50-state pandemic. HHS Secretary Alex Azar appointed a buddy instead of someone who could do the job.

Meat plants are vulnerable to the pandemic as meat workers typically work very close to each other. This gives pseudo-meat vendors an opening.

Laura Ingraham of Fox News pushes back on reports that Fox has been pressing for a drug that's actually more deadly than it is helpful. My own takeaway is that Fox News and their chief fan, the President, need to not talk up a potential cure until it's been thoroughly tested.

Joe Biden's got a problem. The youth vote is not locked in. Young Democrats may hold their noses and vote for him, but it would be far better if they were enthusiastic about voting for him.

Good, lengthy piece on how the President's son-in-law approaches his job of being kind of a "shadow minister." Kushner is very good at handling problems via "crony capitalism," a system based more on personal relationships than it is on objective criteria. The thing is, the pandemic is a 50-state problem. It's wildly unrealistic for 50 governors and hundreds of mayors to all develop close, personal relationships with someone they never even heard of until a just a few years ago.

One of the real problems with the coronavirus is that it's a "sneaky" disease. It's contagious long before people are aware that they have it. "More than 4 in 10 coronavirus cases are spread by those not obviously sick, a study suggests."

Our planet is around 4.543 billion years old. Plate tectonics has now been dated to have started around 3.2 billion years ago.

Facts vs wishful thinking. Mayor of Las Vegas refuses to believe COVID-19 is more contagious than a list of other diseases.

The Governor of Nevada responds quite reasonably to the Las Vegas Mayor's nutty idea of offering up her city's citizens as a "control group."

"Obama administration asked for funding to tackle future pandemics but Republicans refused"
I recognize the partisan aspect to this. Republicans wanted to sneak away funds that would be needed in a pandemic and then blame Obama for a bad response, But this is also the vital distinction between big and small government. Big government is willing to make investments that don't have an immediate payoff. Small government isn't. Small government saves wealthy people money, but is unable to handle any significant event, such as a pandemic.
Texas doesn't have cities that were built with central planners. Great, but when Houston was hit with massive rainstorms, they found out that, oops!, excess water has nowhere to go as the city never set aside any ares to act as drainage.

Found this piece from exactly a month ago concerning how the Trump Administration had come up with this “great” new method of supplying our front line health care workers. A month later, here we are! The US supply of necessary equipment is in poor shape. The New England Journal of Medicine says the DPA can be very useful, but the supply chain has to be really mobilized.

Nurses protesting the complete mess that is the US supply system for front line health care workers.

Truly insane to see this weeks after the US declared the pandemic to be a national emergency:  "EXCLUSIVE: The Long Strange Trip Of One Shipment Of Millions Of KN95 Masks"

"New study shows drug Trump promoted as 'game changer' in COVID-19 is a bust"
Oops! Turns out hydroxychloroquine isn't the magic, wonderful cure-all that the President promised it was. To quote the President: "What have you got to lose?" Turns out, your life.

Mainstream media, being lazy and irresponsible as usual. The anti-social distancing people are Tea Party II. As with Tea Party I, the media confuses them with a real and meaningful social movement.

"White House's case against World Health Organization crumbles"
Not that anyone really believed the case to begin with

A survivor of COVID-19, a news host, describes what it was like.

President is very upset that governors are buying tests from South Korea and elsewhere. I sorta suspect it isn't the governors who are misinformed about the availability of tests.

Eight days ago, the President was bragging about a "great deal" he had made with Saudi Arabia and Russia on oil prices. Oops! Crude oil is now less than a dollar a barrel!

Because people are driving so much less, there's a huge over-supply of gasoline. Nah, that doesn't mean we'll get free gas!

Long past time to switch over to renewables! Oil is now -$37.63 a barrel.

Since it costs at least $30 a barrel to produce oil in the US, and some fracked fields cost more like $40 or $50 a barrel, we could see a raft of bankruptcies among smaller producers that lack deep pockets or have already taken on a lot of debt.

Saw a short clip of the President's reacting to the reporters question. I give Trump points for a fast reaction. The piece here makes it very clear, however, that he was not celebrating anybody other than himself.
Has the President "re-written the rules" for dealing with a national crisis? He has set a supremely bad example that people will be studying decades from now as a perfect example of what not to do.

See, the problem for the President is that when you've established a cult, you can't retreat into the background. You have to keep the cult members excited with constant harangues. The good news is that everybody who's not in the cult is turned off by the language of the cult.

"Illinois Gov. Pritzker is buying medical supplies in secret so Team Trump won't seize them"
This reminds me of reading about South Vietnam after North Vietnamese troops started their final offensive. Subordinates of the Ambassador to South Vietnam had to act behind the Ambassador's back because he refused to believe all was lost. There was a tree in the courtyard where a helicopter could land, if only the tree wasn't in the way. People snuck out at night to saw away at the tree trunk in a way that the cut could not be seen from the Ambassador's office window. As soon as the reality sunk in, the subordinates quickly finished cutting the tree down.
Governors today have to act as those subordinates did. They need to sneak around behind the back of the federal government to fulfil their mission of serving their states.

So after Chris Wallace asks VP Pence about the President's seditious-sounding calls to "liberate" various states, the Vice-President first describes a completely fictional character, a President Trump who is sincere, hard-working and dedicated. Challenged still further by Wallace, the VP simply filibusters the rest of the time away.

Governors push back against President's call to "liberate" various states.

"The Rich wanted to Strangle a Tiny Gov't in a Bathtub to avoid Taxes; Now it Turns out We need a Competent State"
Those governments where "the heavy hand of the deep state" rules have light casualties from the current pandemic. Those with more "freedom" (see Florida and beaches) have a heavy and growing casualty rate. Conservative theories on how much state we need are clearly in need of being tossed into the rubbish bin of history.

Florida's Governor acts to silence Florida's Surgeon General, thereby endangering the lives of Floridians.

Definitely Tea Party II. An astroturf group, funded by right-wing "sugar daddies," representing the interests of wealthy people, is pressing state governments to re-open .

The good news is that the prospects for a vaccine are very good. Bad news is that the US needs to be testing at three times our current rate in order to reopen and

"America accounts for 24% of worldwide deaths.
"We make up 4% of the world's population."

Seems to me the FBI and DHS should have better things to do than to track shipments of medical equipment coming into the US. Yeah, I suppose it could be trans-shipped to other countries, but if our President had gotten off his butt back in January, that wouldn't be a problem.

Global Citizen had a sort of shut-in Live Aid concert. Good stuff!

Ugh! The stupid! It burns!
Stephen Moore: “It’s interesting to me that the right has become more the Rosa Parks of the world than the left is.”
Either that, or the left is not as full of morons and idiots as, apparently, the right is. I'm mildly surprised right-wingers aren't condemning "that thar book-learnin'."
No, there are no groups that are being privileged here. Liberals believe that certain groups are a bit less vulnerable to COVID-19 than others, but that no groups are safe to go out without masks or social distancing.

From a press conference:

Asked about Stephen Moore’s quote about protesters defying social distancing measures and likening them to “modern-day Rosa Parks,” Trump says “there is a lot of injustice.”

North Korean propagandists have nothing on the new Press Secretary.

McEnany: "Under President [Donald Trump's] leadership we have quickly developed the most expansive and accurate testing system in the world."

WaPo: There is no "system" at all, "...but rather a patchwork of programs administered by states with limited federal guidance."

Pandemic cases might have peaked in New York Tri-state region. That does not mean they've peaked nationwide!

Interesting tweets on how different countries prioritize different things.

Excellent point! This is why I've never been worried about having a right-wing vs left-wing civil war.

Thing about Trump’s call for insurrection: the kinds of people who showed up in Lansing—a lot of old people who wouldn’t get out of their cars—are far from a Freikorps or Bolshevik vanguard.

"Pence briefed Democratic senators on COVID-19. It did not go well."
I was amused to catch a few minutes of the President's daily brief (President wasn't there) that occurred right after the events described here and to see members of the group very nervously tap-dancing around the complete failure of testing. Apparently, VP Pence got quite an earful about the administration's dereliction of duty.

Sorry, but the President has a long enough track record. Any city that hosts a Trump rally without getting full payment up front is run by suckers and losers who deserve to get ripped off. There are currently 14 cities that are awaiting payment for police coverage. Zero sympathy for them.

"Why it matters that Kellyanne Conway flubbed a basic COVID-19 detail"
Classic case of "Ready, fire, aim!" When Team Trump is trying to blame China for the pandemic, it kinda helps if they're aware of basic details like why COVID-19 is named the way it is (Hint: the "19" stands for the year, not the version number).

How the small business loan program is working. In short, overwhelmed.

Why exactly is COVID-19 such a nasty and vicious disease? Good explainer in a little over eight minutes.

So the Trump Administration is getting N95 masks from a start-up company that had zero employees and zero manufacturing experience at a cost per mask of $5.50 as opposed to the industry's usual cost of $0.63 per mask. There's no reason to think the produced masks will be of inferior quality, but this looks an awful lot like "crony capitalism," where contracts are made based on relationships with back-slapping, poker-playing good buddies instead of "Who can produce these items quickly and efficiently?" Is that overly suspicious? Perhaps, but as an NBC report says, the supply chain, where Jared Kushner just happens to have a lot of influence,

...has favored some of the nation's largest corporations and ignored smaller producers of goods and services with long track records of meeting emergency needs....

"GOP Politician: If We Don’t Blame China For Virus, Voters ‘Will Blame Trump’"
Ha! Ha! Too late! I already blame the President!
Seriously, yes I blame China for allowing it to get out of control, but the President is responsible for being derelict in his duty to protect American citizens by getting the Defense Production Act activated and working at full speed to produce tests, ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE). That failure is far more important than how the coronavirus got started.

Wall Street executives were given only 12 hours to fit the President's conference call into their schedules. As they're getting earnings reports now, many of them couldn't make it. Trump was apparently very disappointed because the executives insisted on widespread testing when he was clearly expecting nothing more than praise for his work so far. Widespread testing is something his administration has been promising for many months.

By mapping garbage pick-ups in New York City, we learn a great deal about how different groups have responded to the pandemic.

If we're looking for a "field marshal" or a "czar" to take charge of the American pandemic response, I'd recommend this woman for the job. Devi Sridhar writes the tweet at the to of this post.

*Sigh!* Typical Trump Administration cluster#$@%. Website to get stimulus check to people who don't aleady have direct deposit crashes and burns on first day.

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