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- Vaccines– game plans for now
- Guns, Racism and Greed……the Downfall of America
- Trump and The Russians
- Actions Have Consequences…….Iran
- 1,000 Dying Daily…..And Trump? gone GOLFING
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Category Archives: current events
“I’m not involved in giving tactical commands like that,” Barr told the Associated Press. “I was frustrated and I was also worried that as the crowd grew, it was going to be harder and harder to do. So my attitude was get it done, but I didn’t say, ‘Go do it.’ ”
“The Washington Post reported Tuesday that Barr personally ordered the crowd of protesters be pushed back as part of a plan hatched far earlier in the day. According to a Justice Department official, law enforcement authorities, including Barr, had decided to extend the security perimeter outside the White House after earlier demonstrations over the death of George Floyd at police hands in Minneapolis turned violent. When Barr came to the scene Monday afternoon, the official said, he was “surprised” to see that hadn’t been done.”
Medicynical Note: It would be novel if someone took responsibility in this administration. It was an immaculate intervention–no one was responsible.
“The WHO failed to adequately obtain, vet and share information in a timely and transparent fashion.”
“This has become a regular theme of Mr Trump’s criticism of the WHO, and in his letter to its head Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on 18 May, he renewed this attack saying the WHO “consistently ignored credible reports of the virus spreading in Wuhan in early December 2019 or even earlier”.”
“Mr Trump specifically highlighted reporting by the Lancet medical journal.”
“The editor of the Lancet, Richard Horton, has written a letter in response, saying: “The Lancet did not publish any report in early December 2019 about a virus spreading in Wuhan. The first reports we published were from Chinese scientists on Jan 24, 2020.””
Read the rest of the article……
Medicynical note: The article exposes Trump’s unwillingness to accept facts and disarms his accusations against the W.H.O. Trump denied the seriousness of the epidemic all the way into March. He blew off intelligence briefings in December; reports of cases and spread in January; and the possibility of a pandemic into March. As late as February 24 he fired a prominent CDC expert for raising the alarm about covid-19 disease spread.
And when he did his only “early” intervention, the stoppage of flights from China, he did not stop the entry of 40,000 or so U.S. travelers from China. They received no serious screening on return and were forced to mingle in huge crowds at U.S. customs and immigration. Trump also did little to nothing to stop the travel of infected citizens from Europe. And as the W.H.O. predicted this type intervention is not particularly effective…..to whit we have the worst epidemic in the world in the U.S.
His vendetta against W.H.O. reminds me a little of the Korean era when the Russians dropped out of active participation in the U.N. and in doing so allowed the U.S. to put together an international force to oppose North Korea in the Korean conflict. They couldn’t veto an action when they weren’t present.
Abdication means loss of influence, not only in the W.H.O. but in all international multinational bodies. If loss of influence around the world was Trump’s goal. He’s succeeded. Thanks to him, we, the U.S., are perceived as a declining power run by an ignoramus. Congrats to us.
“You don’t want to go to war with a president,” he said. “But you got to walk the fine balance of making sure you continue to tell the truth.”
Medicynical Note: What’s going on here? Think there might be a conflict between the scientists and the politican? Trump has called global warming a hoax and recently called the Coronavirus worldwide epidemic bordering on pandemic a hoax as well. Think he has your best interests in mind?
We’ve been dealing with a sociopath as president who is most times delusionary and incomprehensible. The problem appears to have spread to the Supreme Court. At the impeachment hearings John Roberts reveals that he has been asleep at the wheel for the last three year or more years. The Senate isn’t what it used to be. Quite unbelievably in 2020, this week, he actually stated:
“I think it is appropriate for me to admonish both the House managers and the President’s counsel in equal terms to remember that they are addressing the world’s greatest deliberative body,”
Medicynical Note: With such feckless chutzpah I can only believe that the Chief Justice does not recognize his role in the decline of the Senate, which today is anything but the worlds greatest anything, much less, a deliberative body.
“Ten years to the day before Trump’s impeachment trial began, the Supreme Court released its Citizens United decision, plunging the country into the era of super PACs and unlimited, unregulated, secret campaign money from billionaires and foreign interests. Citizens United, and the resulting rise of the super PAC, led directly to this impeachment. The two Rudy Giuliani associates engaged in key abuses — the ouster of the U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, the attempts to force Ukraine’s president to announce investigations into Trump’s political opponents — gained access to Trump by funneling money from a Ukrainian oligarch to the president’s super PAC.”
“The Roberts Court’s decisions led to this moment in indirect ways, as well. The court’s 2013 ruling in Shelby County gutted the Voting Rights Act and spurred a new wave of voter suppression. The decision in 2014′s McCutcheon further surrendered campaign finance to the wealthiest. The 2018 Janus decision hobbled the ability of labor unions to counter wealthy donors, while the 2019 Rucho ruling blessed partisan gerrymandering, expanding anti-democratic tendencies.”
I’m doubtful that the country will recover from these insults and develop real insight anytime soon.
FYI Trump was just 70 when elected. Warren would be 71 if elected. The oldest prior to them was Reagan who was 69 on his election. From our experience elderly presidents’ health and mental status is a real and challenging problem.
Medicynical note: Anybody but Trump.
The attention span of a gnat. No core values–literally anything for a vote. Clueless about root causes.
“Immediately after the carnage in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, Trump said “there is a great appetite” for tightening background checks on people who buy firearms. But in recent days, Trump has focused in public remarks on the need to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill while emphasizing that the nation already has “very strong background checks right now” — positions that hew more closely to the views of the National Rifle Association.”
Medicynical note: Sadly it will happen again and again. Vote this incompetent out of office.
“For decades now, Republican politicians and their patrons in the fossil fuel industry have used thinktanks, front groups and public relations operatives to promote faulty science and perpetuate the myth that the climate crisis is a hoax. This campaign of climate deception, which is elegantly documented in books like Merchants of Doubt, has exacted a huge toll on the planet and its people – it has sabotaged domestic and international efforts to combat greenhouse gas pollution and exacerbated a crisis that is acidifying oceans, melting polar ice caps, supercharging storms and making the Earth less hospitable to human and animal life. We have a name for the purveyors of this deceitful campaign: we call them “climate deniers”.”
“Now, it appears, prominent Republican officials and their industry benefactors are using the same bankrupt strategy to sow doubt about the wildlife extinction crisis that threatens the continued existence of as many as one million species across the globe. The Republican elites are not just climate deniers – they are extinction deniers too.”
Medicynical note: Ultimately it’s all about short term monetary gain. Everything.
No children had died in federal immigration custody for a decade—until the Trump administration.
Medicynical note: What else would you call them…….without using a euphemism?