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(David Bythewood) #833

Yes, “Nothing can stop what’s coming,” is of course popular phrase linked to the far-right online conspiracy theory QAnon. All of the madness comes full circle with neo-Nero.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/03/09/trump-coronavirus-nero-qanon/


(David Bythewood) #834




(David Bythewood) #835

So the man responsible for trickle down economics, which caused the current wealth gap that has so many Americans unable to make a living, loves the Payroll Tax Cut?

Well hell, that’s the best endorsement I ever heard to NOT adopt it!
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#836

Not surprising…

Infowars founder and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones was arrested in Texas on a charge of driving while intoxicated, the Travis County Sheriff’s Office said.

The deputy who stopped him early Tuesday was responding to a family disturbance call, according to an affidavit. The caller had said there was a “disturbance between her and her husband,” and that he had driven off and was possibly drinking.

When the deputy stopped the car driven by Jones, 46, and with the plate number given by the caller, he “detected a strong odor of alcohol,” according to the affidavit.

Jones told the deputy he had consumed a bottle of Sake wine while having dinner with his wife at a sushi restaurant at about 8 p.m. Monday, the affidavit said. After getting into an argument with his wife, Jones said he walked home, about three miles away, the document said. When the argument continued at home, he left to go to another of his residences “to get away from his wife.”

Jones was booked into Travis County Jail at 12:37 a.m. local time, and his bail was set at $3,000, according to Kristen Dark, senior public information officer at the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.


(David Bythewood) #837

Remember when Putin dissolved and re-constituted the Russian government? This is why:

Putin Backs Proposal Paving Way for New Presidential Term

Russian parliament adopts a proposal that would reset Putin’s presidential term count


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#839

:pleading_face:


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(David Bythewood) #841

‘Time is fast running out’: World Meteorological Organization warns climate efforts are falling short

“Climate change is the defining challenge of our time,” United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement.


(David Bythewood) #842

Doot-de-do, don’t mind us, just wasting your money…








The Dow Jones Bull died yesterday after a brief battle with Covid-19, otherwise known as the coronavirus. He was eleven years old.” @ JimCramer has a eulogy for the bull market:


(David Bythewood) #843

“We’re going to fill it right to the top,” Trump said Friday, promising the Energy Dept. would buy crude oil for the nation’s strategic petroleum reserve.

“How does that help the Coronavirus Pandemic,” we all wondered? As it turns out, it doesn’t.

208 oil bankruptcies have piled over the last 5 years, and the recent oil war Saudi Arabia initiated against Russia promised to make the next 5 even more brutal for these giant corporations.

Oil Bankruptcies Are Piling Up

So Trump did what Trump’s been doing for rich farmers, for cruise line companies, and for any other major corporation going through tough times: he offered the oil industry a bailout.

Too bad the American people aren’t America Inc. We might get the same attention.


#844

This reminds us of other potential disruptions, as if Coronavirus was not enough.

There is India and Pakistan for instance…

Worth a read.

How a small nuclear war would transform the entire planet

https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-020-00794-y


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#846

I don’t care what you and Susan are doing…#PowerPlayPompeo


(David Bythewood) #847

That moment when Trump went sleazy car salesman, insisting he knows more than all of the auto companies while sneering at them and that rolling back emissions and pollution guidelines will somehow be GOOD for the environment.

WTF.
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(M A Croft) #848

OMG!


(David Bythewood) #849



https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/04/tiger-coronavirus-covid19-positive-test-bronx-zoo/

Several dogs and cats have tested positive to COVID-19 virus following close contact with infected humans. Such cases appear rare, and companion animals do NOT appear to be a vector for its spread, but more info can be found here:

https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/


(David Bythewood) #850

A followup to the news above:

Several dogs and cats have tested positive to COVID-19 virus following close contact with infected humans. Such cases appear rare, and companion animals do NOT appear to be a vector for its spread, but more info can be found here:

https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/


(David Bythewood) #851

Acting Navy secretary blasts ousted aircraft carrier captain as ‘stupid’ in address to ship’s crew

The Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly blasted the now ousted commander of the USS Theodore Roosevelt as “stupid” in an address to the ship’s crew Monday morning, in remarks obtained by CNN.

Modly told the crew that their former commander, Capt. Brett Crozier, was either “too naive or too stupid” to be in command or that he intentionally leaked to the media a memo in which he warned about coronavirus spreading aboard the aircraft carrier and urged action to save his sailors.

The acting secretary accused Crozier of committing a “betrayal” and creating a “big controversy” in Washington by disseminating the warning so widely.

“It was a betrayal. And I can tell you one other thing: because he did that he put it in the public’s forum and it is now a big controversy in Washington, DC,” Modly said, according to a transcript of remarks Modly made to the crew, copies of which have been provided to CNN by multiple Navy officials.

‘Too naive or too stupid’

In remarks that were piped over the vessel’s PA system, Modly suggested Crozier leaked the memo on purpose or was “too naive or too stupid” to be in command if he didn’t think that sending it to over 20 people would not result in it getting out to the public.

“If he didn’t think, in my opinion, that this information wasn’t going to get out to the public, in this day and information age that we live in, then he was either A, too naïve or too stupid to be a commanding officer of a ship like this,” Modly said. “The alternative is that he did this on purpose.”

Modly went on to say it was a “betrayal of trust, with me, with his chain of command.”

Crozier had written to Navy leadership to alert them to the challenges of trying to contain the disease aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt and to urgently request sailors be allowed to quarantine off the ship.

“We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset: our Sailors,” Crozier wrote in a memo that three US defense officials confirmed to CNN.

When asked if Modly’s personal attack on Crozier was appropriate, a senior defense official said Monday, “I don’t know what to say.”

Modly’s use of the word “betrayal” is a loaded because saying an officer has betrayed the Navy is a court martial offense.

A defense official familiar with Modly’s remarks offered his opinion of Modly’s address, saying the acting secretary “should be fired. I don’t know how he survives this day.”

As of Monday, 173 of the ship’s crew have now tested positive for coronavirus and 61% of the crew have been tested, according to a Navy official. Approximately 2,000 have been evacuated from the ship and moved ashore.

The Navy had set a goal of moving 2,700 sailors ashore in Guam by Friday evening and has fallen several days behind schedule.

Several senior military officials, including the Chief of Naval Operations, Adm. Mike Gilday, recommended against Modly’s decision to fire Crozier before an investigation into the matter was complete and in the midst of an evacuation, two US officials tell CNN.

Crozier’s popularity with the ship’s crew was on display in videos showing sailors giving him a warm and loud send off, clapping and chanting his name as he left the ship for the final time. Modly acknowledged Crozier’s popularity with the crew in his remarks to the sailors. “I cannot control or attempt to change whatever anger you have with me for relieving your beloved CO,” Modly said, using the slang for commanding officer. “I understand you may be angry with me for the rest of your lives.”


(M A Croft) #852

Excuse my kiwi vocab…
But I should bloody well think so…