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Trumpocalypse Now
(03-25-2020, 03:21 PM)gatorboy Wrote: https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1242533718620876800

On Governors asking for help, Trump says, "It's a two way street they have to treat us well too."

This is a thinly veiled demand that New York drop its criminal investigations if they want respirators, right?  I'm not the only one who sees this?
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You're giving Pumpkins too much credit.

It never got beyond, "Fuck Youuuuuuuu!" in his head.

Also, between the toilet paper hoarding and the Dildo's approval rating ticking upwards, I really do think a huge chunk of people are still Walking Dead fans.

"Did we get our two weeks of food and seven months of TP? Good, we're set for the APOCALYPSE! Wait, the world didn't end for the tenth straight day? Wow, the President must be doing a great job!"

I was going to ask how dumb you have to be to watch Pumpkins speak and think -better- of him, then I remembered the couple that poisoned themselves eating fish tank cleaner because Fat Bastard said it would cure the Corneavirus, which they didn't have.
Gamertag: Tweakee
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I wonder of there's a ton of methamphetamine missing in the telling of that story.
If I could change to liquid, I'd fill the cracks and bend the rocks.
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Is big boy trying to bring Dem state secession talk back into the mix? That's one strategy, I guess!
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At the request of the Trump administration, Ohio is going to stop daily reports of unemployment claims:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200324/o...sfeed=true

Quote:Ohio will no longer release its growing unemployment claim numbers on a daily basis as the economy slumps through the COVID-19 outbreak after the Trump administration told states to hold the statistics for weekly reports.

Last week, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services reported that claims for unemployment filed between Sunday and Thursday had reached nearly 140,000, up from fewer than 5,000 during the same period a week earlier.

The state had been providing daily updates, but that stopped when the U.S. Department of Labor advised states that they should speak in generalities about unemployment claims until the weekly release of national statistics on Thursday mornings.

“The data from these reports is monitored closely by policy makers and financial markets to determine appropriate actions in light of fast-changing economic conditions,” the department wrote in a memo. “As such, the data must remain embargoed until the national claims report is released the following Thursday at 8:30 a.m.”

That memo arrived over the weekend, said Bret Crow, spokesman for the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said Monday that the state would comply.

But Husted said Tuesday that he was “troubled” the federal government blocked the release of daily numbers, and, “I believe that we should have this on a daily basis.”

Other states, including South Carolina, also are not providing daily updates.

The embargo of state weekly claims data for every Thursday first started in 1993, according to a Department of Labor spokesperson.
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That's certainly a headline: The Coronavirus Is the Worst Intelligence Failure in U.S. History

https://foreignpolicy.com/2020/03/25/cor...-covid-19/
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Well, the second worst. The first is still sitting in the Oval Office.
Originally Posted by ImmortanNick 

Saw Batman v Superman.
Now I know what it's like to see Nickelback in concert.

That's my review.
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The Trump campaign just released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations immediately pull this ad from Priorities USA:

https://twitter.com/prioritiesUSA/status...4553865216

Here's a link to the cease and desist:

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/12...0757204992
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https://twitter.com/Uncle_Muscle/status/...9769495558
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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Cool, cool:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/24...rus-146884

Quote:The Department of Homeland Security stopped updating its annual models of the havoc that pandemics would wreak on America’s critical infrastructure in 2017, according to current and former DHS officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

From at least 2005 to 2017, an office inside DHS, in tandem with analysts and supercomputers at several national laboratories, produced detailed analyses of what would happen to everything from transportation systems to hospitals if a pandemic hit the United States.

But the work abruptly stopped in 2017 amid a bureaucratic dispute over its value, two of the former officials said, leaving the department flat-footed as it seeks to stay ahead of the impact the COVID-19 outbreak is having on vast swaths of the U.S. economy. Officials at other agencies have requested some of the reports from the pandemic modeling unit at DHS in recent days, only to find the information they needed scattered or hard to find quickly.


And while department leaders dispute that, others say the confusion is just the latest example of the Trump administration’s struggle to respond to an outbreak that has sickened more than 50,000 Americans and threatens to overwhelm hospitals and other health care providers. Officials are now scrambling to secure enough masks, respirators and ventilators to meet the rapidly exploding need. Doctors and nurses are reusing their protective gear as supplies dwindle; governors are begging the administration for federal help that has been slow to arrive.
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https://twitter.com/sandibachom/status/1...3299507202

Quote:@realDonaldTrump you will never see this, I'm just a 75 year old journalist in NYC. There were 13 deaths in Elmhurst Queens Hospital today. ALL New York Hospitals will be FULL Friday and I have a fever. Please help us. We know you hate us but, be a mensch for once in your life.
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The CDC fumbled its communication with public health officials and underestimated the threat of the coronavirus even as it gained a foothold in the United States, according to hundreds of pages of documents ProPublica obtained.

https://www.propublica.org/article/inter...eet#180508

Quote:On Feb. 13, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent out an email with what the author described as an “URGENT” call for help.

The agency was struggling with one of its most important duties: keeping track of Americans suspected of having the novel coronavirus. It had “an ongoing issue” with organizing — and sometimes flat-out losing — forms sent by local agencies about people thought to be infected. The email listed job postings for people who could track or retrieve this paperwork.

“Help needed urgently,” the CDC wrote.

This email is among hundreds of pages of correspondence between federal and state public health officials obtained by ProPublica through a records request in Nevada.

During the period in which the correspondence was written, from January to early March, health officials were trying to stay ahead of the coronavirus outbreak underway in China. By mid-February, when the CDC job postings email went out, the virus had a toehold in the United States, where there were already 15 confirmed cases. In another two weeks, the first case of community transmission would be reported in California, followed shortly by cases in Washington.

The documents — mostly emails — provide a behind-the-scenes peek into the messy early stages of the U.S. response to the coronavirus, revealing an antiquated public health system trying to adapt on the fly. What comes through clearly is confusion, as the CDC underestimated the threat from the virus and stumbled in communicating to local public health officials what should be done.

The same week the CDC sent out the email about the job openings, the agency sent Nevada officials alerts about 80 potential coronavirus patients to monitor, documents show. Four were not Nevada residents.

A state epidemiologist, in each instance, corrected the agency, informing the CDC that the person was from New York, not Nevada. (The CDC then redirected each report to New York, the documents show.)

The confusion sometimes went both ways. On March 4, a program manager in the Nevada Health Department reached out to the CDC to ask about congressional funding for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

“There seems to be a communications blackout on this end,” the program manager wrote, wondering if funds would be distributed based on the number of cases in each state or by population.

“Unfortunately, there is no clear answer to your questions,” responded a CDC staffer, apologizing for the lack of information. “We are hearing all of the rumor mills as well.”

“Thank you,” the Nevada program manager replied. “It’s good to be confused together.”
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(03-25-2020, 08:44 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: The Trump campaign just released a cease and desist letter demanding that TV stations immediately pull this ad from Priorities USA:

https://twitter.com/prioritiesUSA/status...4553865216

Here's a link to the cease and desist:

https://twitter.com/sahilkapur/status/12...0757204992

Trump has a long history of threatening to sue and then doing nothing.  This won't be any different.
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A very fair point. It's all optics with him.
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G-7 failed to agree on a joint statement after the Trump administration insisted on calling coronavirus the "Wuhan virus."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-...story.html

Quote:Foreign ministers representing seven major industrialized nations failed to agree on a joint statement Wednesday after the Trump administration insisted on referring to the coronavirus outbreak as the “Wuhan virus,” three officials from G-7 countries told The Washington Post.

Other nations in the group of world powers rejected the term because they viewed it as needlessly divisive at a time when international cooperation is required to slow the global pandemic and deal with the scarcity of medical supplies, officials said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has brushed off criticism of his use of the term, saying it’s important to point out that the virus came from the Chinese city of Wuhan and that China’s government had a special responsibility to warn the world about its dangers.

When asked about a report that his insistence on including the term caused a rift at the Group of Seven meeting, Pompeo did not deny the charge but said that any disagreements among the group were tactical and not sweeping in nature.

“Make no mistake about it, everyone in that meeting this morning was very focused on making sure that we not only solve the health crisis associated with the Wuhan virus but also the economic challenges that face the globe as we confront it as well,” Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have discouraged referring to the novel coronavirus by a geographical denomination amid concerns such terms are correlated with a rise in discrimination and targeted violence against Asian Americans.
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(03-26-2020, 01:12 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: A very fair point.  It's all optics with him.

The optics of this are he's a pussy and he's ashamed of his performance, so I don't know how this helps him.
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I don't think, in good conscience, I could assign "shame" as something of which he's capable.

It can't think twice, can't reason, can't change it's prime directive. It's like a chainsaw set on frappé.
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Embarrassment then. He understands losing face.
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(03-26-2020, 03:32 PM)schwartz Wrote: Embarrassment then.  He understands losing face.

He understands the concept that someone else can make him look bad.  Big difference.
Superlaser speaks for me from now on.

-Bart
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Pharmacists in Ohio are filling questionable prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine after Trump mentioned them in a briefing last week:

https://www.dispatch.com/news/20200325/c...pharmacies

Quote:Jennifer Tackett walked into her Meijer pharmacy in Hilliard on Monday to refill the same prescription of hydroxychloroquine she’s received since 2012 to relieve the crushing arthritis in her hands, only to be told the pharmacy had none.

Just days before, an Ohio veterinarian filed a prescription order of the drug for a dog. And an emergency room doctor near Akron requested 1,000 pills for himself.

Pharmacists across Ohio this week provided details to The Dispatch of questionable prescriptions for hydroxychloroquine, or chloroquine, that have poured in from doctors in the past week. The prescriptions were filed as soon as an hour after President Donald Trump promoted them last Thursday as a possible treatment for coronavirus.

Pharmacists from Columbus, Cleveland, Akron and Cincinnati to smaller cities of Marysville, Zanesville and Elyria saw them. It’s unknown how many questionable prescriptions have been filed by doctors in the past week. Ohio has about 2,000 pharmacies.

The Dispatch interviewed 12 pharmacists from across the state who work in major hospitals, chain stores and independent stores. Each said in the past week that they had received six to eight questionable prescriptions from dermatologists, OB/GYNs, dentists and allergists.

The state has now moved to restrict prescribing so only patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 can receive the drug.
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(03-26-2020, 04:26 PM)superlaser Wrote: He understands the concept that someone else can make him look bad.  Big difference.

Even this is kind of a stretch because he doesn't really care about looking bad to the majority of the country. For the chunk of the country he DOES care about, he's out there doing the George Costanza thing: Its not a lie if you believe it.

And as long as he's surrounded by his boosters and is continuously propped up by Fox News, Trump can stand in front of cameras and say "Nobody has done a better job than we have!" and, at least to him and those in his immediate orbit, its true. It becomes the objective truth because he believes its true, because Lou Dobbs and Sean Hannity tell him its true; reality seemingly bends just enough for everybody caught in his gravitational pull. Its like an event horizon for facts.
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I'd like to get comments from the Trump family on this part of the Senate bill:

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/03/26...ing-150282

Quote:The Senate was about to approve the largest recovery bill in U.S. history on Wednesday night when when Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer hit pause, realizing something was missing — tighter language limiting the money President Donald Trump and his family would get from the stimulus.

Democrats and Republicans had already agreed to revise a clause that would bar money from going to Trump family-owned businesses during the novel-coronavirus outbreak, but that update was not in the final printed legislation, according to two people familiar with the situation.

For two hours, Schumer held up passage of the bill as the stricter language was inserted, the people said. The Senate passed the bill just before midnight.

“We told Republicans it was unacceptable to omit strict prohibitions on Trump businesses having access to the Treasury lending, as well as critical transparency measures, and that we would hold up the bill until they included them in the final text,” Schumer told POLITICO. “They relented and these important accountability provisions were successfully added to the final bill.”

The updated language was meant to address a loophole in the original clause, which barred the bill's loans from going to businesses that were at least 20 percent owned by presidents or their children, spouses and in-laws.

But that wording would have still allowed the money to go to businesses that family members collectively — but not individually — owned at least a 20 percent stake of. That's the case with some of Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner's financial holdings, and lawmakers didn't want it to seem like Kushner's family was getting a carve-out.

So the two sides agreed to tweak the language to address the collective ownership issue.

Yet the tweak was somehow missing from the final bill. A Republican source familiar with the situation said it was an oversight and that both sides were fine with the updated language.

“To suggest it is anything other than a clerical error is wrong,” the person said.

The bill also was missing a second provision that Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) had pushed, indicating that the Treasury Department had to publish the companies receiving the loans every seven days.

"Without this language, this information could have been kept secret from public," said a Democratic aide.
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I suspect losing face must be a pretty traumatic thing to this one, how else to explain the absence from those glitzy correspondents dinners after the epic Obama/Seth Meyers roast of 2011?
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An epidemiological model suggests that opening the country up at Easter, as President Trump wants to, rather than two weeks later would kill an additional 450,000 Americans:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020...erica.html

   
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(03-26-2020, 06:18 PM)Iron Maiden Wrote: An epidemiological model suggests that opening the country up at Easter, as President Trump wants to, rather than two weeks later would kill an additional 450,000 Americans:

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020...erica.html

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Hands are too big!
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https://mobile.twitter.com/kaitlancollin...9364874241

"Hannity asks how Trump's 9 p.m. call with Chinese President Xi Jinping went. Trump says he pushed it until 10:30 to come on his show."
Not so much tooth!
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Total alpha move!
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The fact that Mick Mulvaney's already been tested twice when most people can't get one is rather annoying.
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Trump is feuding with more state governors than I can name off the top of my head now. And Boris Johnson has Captain Trips. And the wealthy EU countries' crops are rotting in the ground because immigrant labor from Romania and the Czech Republic can't cross the borders. All of this has dropped while my first pot of coffee was brewing. I have the feeling it's going to be a news dump Friday the likes of which I don't have enough wine in the house for.
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Rep. Greg Stanton of Arizona:

https://www.azcentral.com/story/news/loc...923097001/

Quote:Arizona still has so few coronavirus test kits that state officials are warning that screening could end, Rep. Greg Stanton said in a Thursday letter to Vice President Mike Pence. 

Stanton, a freshman Democrat from Arizona, continued to take the Trump administration to task, saying it continued to "grossly mismanage" the crisis and had "crippled" doctors and nurses with a lack of needed supplies.

"The lack of test kits continues to have real consequences across the country, including in Arizona," Stanton wrote. "Just yesterday, the Arizona Department of Health Services Director informed doctors across the state that they are discouraged from testing individuals for COVID-19 because there are ‘not enough available supplies to meet testing demand.’ This is a direct result of this Administration’s failures." 

State officials said testing "may be slowed or even halted due to the uncertainty that supplies would be replenished," Stanton continued.

A Pence spokeswoman referred The Arizona Republic's inquiries to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA could not be immediately reached for comment.
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Jared Kushner’s shadow coronavirus task force appears to be violating multiple laws by using private email accounts with no assurance their communications are being preserved and by meeting in secret:

https://www.citizensforethics.org/press-...iple-laws/

Quote:Jared Kushner’s shadow coronavirus task force appears to be violating both the Presidential Records Act (PRA) and Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) by using private email accounts with no assurance their communications are being preserved and by meeting in secret, according to a letter sent today by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The failure of the White House to comply with any of the PRA and FACA requirements leaves the public in the dark about the work the shadow task force has done and the influence of private industries on the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kushner’s task force, composed of a team of allies from within the government and representatives from private industries, has operated adjacent to the official government task force spearheaded by Vice President Pence. With confusion over the shadow task force’s role and who its members are, and reports that the members of the shadow task force communicate using private email accounts, CREW has reason to believe the White House is not creating and maintaining accurate and complete records of the shadow task force’s activities as required by the PRA.

“If there was ever a time we need records and transparency, this is it. As the seriousness of this pandemic continues to grow, the public needs to understand who in the White House is making policy decisions, who from private industry is influencing those decisions, and how decisions to address this pandemic are being made,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder. “After this crisis has passed, we will need to be able to look back at how this administration responded to the situation and have the full picture of what was going on behind closed doors in order to understand what we could do better in the future.”
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https://mobile.twitter.com/jbouie/status...8891251712

   
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https://mobile.twitter.com/bschapiroMD/s...8420165641

   
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