Part 1

Crime Section…For years here in our Part 1’s, we’ve exposed the criminally-corrupt conduct of a crooked con man who is clearly a completely contemptible human being.  But in recent months & for the foreseeable future, the tragic pandemic & economic shutdown keep dominating the headlines, so most of the news is now posted in our Part 3’s.  We do keep including these brief Part 1’s as a reminder.  From years of Trump presiding over his criminal enterprise, he has repeatedly proven his true nature, so more reports detailing his illegal behavior will someday once again fill up Part 1.  We do have one article posted in this section on the Trump lies & cover-up over this virus, which by rights should be considered a crime based on the huge number of deaths that resulted.  It just fits the pattern of corruption & incompetence, much like Trump’s cover-ups of the Russian & Ukrainian scandals.  And there are a few links to Roger Stone’s high jinks with Wikileaks, plus will Bolton’s book finally land in the summer?:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/how-trump-and-his-team-covered-up-the-coronavirus-in-five-days/ar-BB13j8i8

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fbi-documents-communication-between-roger-stone-julian-assange_n_5ea975bec5b6fb98a2b5ceb6

https://www.businessinsider.com/fbi-reveals-roger-stone-was-directly-communicating-with-julian-assange-2020-4

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/roger-stone-search-warrants-assange-219908

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/john-bolton-book-delay-222164

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495383-bolton-book-release-delayed-again-amid-government-review

 

Part 2

Not Our Father’s GOP…In this Wednesday night post, our commentary will be kept relatively short compared to what was offered up in our Sunday night post: https://www.thevoracs.com/tough-times-that-might-get-even-worse/.  I will say this about myself as a long-time GOP-supporting, Fox-watching moderate conservative who has closely followed national politics for the better part of a half-century, it has become abundantly clear to me how the GOP in recent years has dramatically changed for the worse.  They don’t even closely resemble the party of a few decades ago I once backed: https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/29/cult-trump-vs-call-public-service/.

Between the growing echo-media becoming increasingly extreme, dishonest & pushed farther & farther to the far-right, plus the advent of the tea party movement (now reemerging as liberate protesters), the formerly rational/pragmatic conservative party is no longer even a figment of its former self.  So once a constructive force for America, the party has badly lost their way.  Republicans have now fallen for divisive nihilism, incompassionate conservatism, deceitful propaganda & conspiracies, & a destructive attitude that is putting severe strain on our democratic institutions, balance of power, rule of law & the Constitution.  Plus they’ve empowered a narcissistic demagogue like Donald Trump who’d gladly set up a fascist state if we let him.  As always in Part 2, here are more links warning of our president’s unstable mentality & dictatorial bent:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/the-implications-of-trump-derangement-syndrome/ar-BB13gh15

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/authoritarian-governments-crack-down-on-press-freedoms-amid-covid-19-pandemic-report/ar-BB13jqdc?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.thedailybeast.com/america-needs-a-leader-what-it-has-is-the-worlds-neediest-rageaholic?ref=wrap

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/chuck-grassley-donald-trump-federal-watchdogs-215504

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/full-appeals-court-weighs-whether-mcgahn-can-testify-214759

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/opinion/republicans-trump-bleach.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-tests-his-most-promising-coronavirus-antidote-lies/2020/04/28/9cfd03e6-899c-11ea-9dfd-990f9dcc71fc_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/trumps-words-during-coronavirus-crisis-have-been-monument-his-mediocrity/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trumps-bizarre-ranting-isnt-good-for-the-country–or-for-him/2020/04/27/64597260-88b9-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/magazine/jeff-flake-on-trumpism-i-dont-know-anyone-who-thinks-that-this-is-the-future-of-the-party/2020/04/24/60424846-622b-11ea-b3fc-7841686c5c57_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/media/trump-has-played-the-media-like-a-puppet-were-getting-better–but-history-will-not-judge-us-kindly/2020/04/28/e709b1cc-88c6-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/were-state-global-emergency-trumps-foreign-policy-is-missing-action/

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-28/trump-isn-t-the-coronavirus-leader-the-world-needs?srnd=politics-vp

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-28/coronavirus-pandemic-if-trump-won-t-lead-the-world-others-must?srnd=opinion

https://www.lawfareblog.com/proliferated-nuclear-ethics

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/04/trump-iran-nuclear-deal-snapback-clause-pompeo.html

https://thebulwark.com/federalism-vs-trumpism/

https://thebulwark.com/is-donald-trump-manly/

https://thebulwark.com/a-democratic-renaissance/

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/27/trump-is-a-danger-to-the-american-people-but-the-republicans-refuse-to-stop-him

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/27/trump-covid-19-global-response-ilhan-omar

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/28/donald-trump-judges-create-new-conservative-america-republicans

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/28/trump-judges-giant-step-backward-america

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/29/trump-seizing-courts-democratic-win-november-could-stop-him

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32292942/attorney-general-william-barr-local-governments-covid-19/

https://lawandcrime.com/supreme-court/legal-experts-say-supreme-courts-order-in-tax-return-controversy-signals-bad-news-for-trump/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/nbc-news-chief-andy-lack-calls-out-attacks-on-media-from-trump-and-coronavirus-in-blistering-op-ed/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/top-house-dem-fears-trumps-influence-on-pentagon-he-values-willingness-to-kiss-the-presidents-a-above-all-else/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/29/the-republican-dilemma-they-could-have-dumped-trump-but-now-theyre-stuck-with-him/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/27/american-vandal-trump-reveals-our-staggering-incompetence-before-the-whole-world/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/27/barr-orders-justice-department-to-take-legal-action-against-overbearing-coronavirus-restrictions_partner/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/how-trump-is-exploiting-the-coronavirus-chaos-to-hoard-power-and-benefit-personally/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/cognitive-neuroscientist-explains-what-chimpanzees-teach-us-about-trumps-leadership/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/republicans-made-a-deal-with-the-devil-and-the-bill-is-coming-due/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/how-trump-it-ratcheting-up-his-dangerous-war-on-the-first-amendment/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/media-critic-breaks-down-the-cheap-intimidation-tactics-used-by-trumps-white-house-to-control-the-press-briefing-room/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/bill-barrs-justice-department-has-been-discussing-strategy-with-conservative-groups/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/wapo-issues-scathing-video-evidence-of-trumps-white-house-intimidation-tactics-against-journalists/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/the-monster-lie-that-paved-trumps-way-to-the-presidency/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trumps-narcissism-incompetence-and-ideology-has-been-a-deadly-combination-for-the-us-former-ebola-czar/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/america-is-in-the-grips-of-a-madman-as-trump-drifts-deeper-into-a-state-of-delusion/

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/what-happened-to-us/28063/

 

Echo Has Long Been Delusional, But Now They’ve Become Deadly

Fox & the rest of the echo grifters are willingly deceiving the conservative base since it’s become a profitable media industry, but their greed is coming at a huge cost.  For years they’ve been tearing at the fabric of America by convincing their audiences that facts are lies & vice versa, but here in 2020 their constant downplaying of the virus was complicit in the virus spreading, resulting in deadly consequences.  And by giving cover to the protesters, it could lead to who knows how many more deaths.  Make no mistake, reopening before the states can meet their 14-day declining infections standards will kill a lot more Americans!  In all our Part 2’s, we always post links to articles exposing the lies & dangers of the Foxian echo, which more of those are seen below.  Since for years we’ve presented valid reports showing these media hosts to be lying deceptive morons, what does that make their audiences who stay hooked on this stuff?: https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/to-the-46-percent-who-approve-trump-what-are-you-thinking/.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/the-misleading-rhetoric-on-blue-states-needing-to-be-bailed-out-by-the-federal-government/ar-BB13hcPr?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/how-the-pro-trump-message-machine-is-seizing-on-anti-lockdown-fever/ar-BB13mq7S?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.yahoo.com/news/coronavirus-conspiracy-theories-make-fauci-the-villain-because-someone-has-to-be-140013416.html

https://www.thedailybeast.com/donald-trump-encouraged-sean-hannity-to-go-after-the-new-york-times-for-its-coronavirus-coverage

https://www.thedailybeast.com/fox-loving-parents-are-driving-coronavirus-paranoid-kids-insane?ref=home

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/chris-hayes-tucker-carlson-fox-news-coronavirus_n_5ea92ca5c5b6106b8ecf9031

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/sean-hannity-new-york-times-legal-threat_n_5ea8e6d4c5b6106b8ecf3005

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/28/who-thinks-trump-is-honest-trustworthy-fox-news-fans-very-few-others/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/sean-hannitys-self-own/

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/tucker-carlson-lockdowns-tony-fauci-coronavirus.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/nyts-response-to-hannitys-demand-for-apology-no.html

http://www.newshounds.us/ny_times_responds_hannity_demand_retraction_apology_no_042820

http://www.newshounds.us/kayleigh_mcenany_trump_too_busy_working_tv_covid_19_pandemic_042820

http://www.newshounds.us/diamond_silk_get_heave_ho_from_fox_covid_19_conspiracy_theories_042720

https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/right-wing-media-suggested-covid-19-fatalities-were-overcounted-new-data

https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/fox-friends-co-host-likens-protests-against-coronavirus-protections-american

https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/fox-dismisses-health-experts-declares-america-ready-reopen-0

https://www.mediamatters.org/tucker-carlson/tucker-carlson-says-coronaviorus-death-rate-not-devastating

https://www.mediamatters.org/coronavirus-covid-19/oan-host-coronavirus-stay-home-orders-are-conspiracy-democrats-akin-japanese

https://www.mediaite.com/news/trump-encouraged-hannity-to-go-after-nyt-per-new-report-hannity-calls-it-complete-lie/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/29/tucker-carlson-exposed-as-coronavirus-truther-how-the-fox-news-host-masks-conspiracies-in-populism/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/28/quit-telling-your-maga-parents-to-take-the-coronavirus-seriously–theyll-never-listen/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/sad-truth-about-americas-plague-of-fox-news-addicted-trump-supporters/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/fox-news-isnt-just-downplaying-covid-19-theyre-creating-a-whole-new-alternative-reality-daily-beast-reporter/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/doesnt-seem-christian-like-bystander-baffled-after-stumbling-upon-church-protest-against-coronavirus-restrictions/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/unhinged-grifters-internet-reacts-to-diamond-and-silk-being-booted-off-fox-news/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/the-fcc-can-punish-outlets-for-broadcasting-hoaxes-but-can-it-tackle-right-wing-misinformation/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/the-far-right-wants-to-make-its-shared-fantasy-of-violent-civil-war-a-reality/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/a-phantom-plague-evangelical-fundamentalists-who-openly-defied-social-distancing-guidelines-are-dying-of-coronavirus-in-frightening-numbers/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/these-conservatives-talking-points-about-coronavirus-deaths-are-actually-totally-backwards/

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/tucker-carlson-goes-completely-off-the-deep-end/28066/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941082/–Our-answer-is-no-New-York-Times-shuts-down-Sean-Hannity-s-request-for-retraction-apology?utm_campaign=trending

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941250/-Republicans-are-creating-a-fake-movement-designed-to-kill-workers-and-enrich-corporations-Again

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941286/-MSNBC-host-allows-Trump-cultist-to-display-her-ignorance?utm_campaign=trending

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/29/fox-news-trump-democratic-talking-points

https://thebulwark.com/the-stories-dan-crenshaw-tells-himself/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/dennis-prager-coronavirus-lockdown-statement-backlash_n_5ea95002c5b6123a1764e528

https://www.newsweek.com/trumps-liberate-protesters-want-right-feel-safe-americans-want-right-safe-opinion-1500782

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/27/protesters-target-republican-governors-closures-212674

 

Part 3

The Economy…Rather than longer commentaries from me like we normally have, here in Part 3 we’ve posted insightful sections from a few of the articles taken from the newsfeeds early this week.  The sections posted here are seen inside https://www.yahoo.com/huffpost/coronavirus-reveals-everything-thats-wrong-with-work-in-america-094500265.html, as the first two paragraphs describe the economic disparities found within our system, while the last two paragraphs question the viability of our system of employer-based healthcare coverage:

‘This System Never Worked In The First Place’…While those of us currently toiling in the Sweatpants Sector can grasp at the future promise of a more human, more sustainable workplace, an overwhelming number of Americans are barely hanging on in the here and now. Tens of millions of people, including those in the service industry and people with uncertain or precarious jobs, find themselves adrift in a system that never worked in the first place, with their livelihoods at risk on the one hand and their lives at risk on the other. “The pandemic is the great revealer of the pain points, the tender bits, the parts that are absolutely not working within our society, within our government, within business, within how we as individual people have been living our lives daily,” Orkin said. “It reveals just how many of us as Americans are living on the edge and how there’s not enough support underneath us.”

About 26 million people have lost their jobs since mid-March. But even before COVID-19 hit, a quarter of Americans were scraping by, living paycheck to paycheck. An estimated 44% worked low-wage jobs, earning a median income of less than $18,000 a year. More than a third didn’t have $400 in the bank for an emergency. “People are living so close to the edge of financial ruin,” Sisodia said. “These were booming times, and yet ordinary, average people were really struggling. Our system really wasn’t working. At some companies, HR will give people the forms to apply for government assistance because they pay them so little.” Now, as unemployment hits record levels, many are being pushed off that edge into financial free fall. People are lining up for food banks by the thousands, and perhaps millions won’t be able to pay rent on May 1.                                 

Of course, no discussion of the perversities of employment in America would be complete without mentioning the enduring quagmire of employer-sponsored health insurance. It was failing people before coronavirus — by one estimate, each year more than 130 million Americans struggle to pay their medical bills, including those with health insurance — and it isn’t getting better now. “Our employer delivery system of benefits is just not workable in a situation where you’ve got 22 million people unemployed,” Kalleberg said. We have come to think of employer-sponsored health care as normal. It’s not. Kallenberg described America’s employer-driven benefits system as “a historical anomaly.” It dates back to World War II, when employers, faced with a labor shortage as men and women joined the military, offered health insurance benefits to compete for a thinning workforce. “Other countries do it,” he explained, but not to the extent we do here. “The United States and Turkey are the only countries in the world that have health insurance tied so much to the employer. It’s very unusual.” 

The U.S. is the only industrialized country that doesn’t guarantee universal health coverage, and adults in the United States are “far more likely than those in other countries to go without needed care because of costs,” according to the Commonwealth Fund. Health care spending is higher here than in other countries, too. “Today if you went into a room and talked to CEOs and asked them, ‘Do you really want to cover health care costs?’ they don’t even want it. They don’t want to deal with the paperwork. It’s annoying for them. But it does give them leverage,” Schawbel said. “It can be used as a weapon against employees: If you lay me off, I don’t just lose my job, I lose my health care.” So we put up with bad bosses and toxic work environments to keep ourselves and our families covered. And then the unthinkable (but likely inevitable) happens: We’re hit with a global health crisis that crushes the economy, stripping people of jobs and the health insurance that comes with them, just when it’s needed most.

The rest of the recent (dire) economic news we found most relevant is found here:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/millions-of-americans-can-t-afford-food-and-rent-report-finds/ar-BB13k85V?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/the-pandemic-will-change-american-retail-forever/ar-BB13ggS5?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.yahoo.com/news/economists-agree-no-quick-rebound-230900850.html

https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/extremely-disappointing-entirely-predictable-slowdowns-lockouts-plague-second-round-ppp-n1193421

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/27/coronavirus-crisis-small-business-loan-program-facing-more-delays/3035401001/

https://www.marketwatch.com/story/the-great-repression-is-here-and-it-will-make-past-downturns-look-tame-economist-says-2020-04-27?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

https://www.businessinsider.com/details-about-inequality-in-america-revealed-by-the-coronavirus-crisis-2020-4#3-healthcare-matters-3

https://www.businessinsider.com/mitch-mcconnell-kentucky-federal-government-funds-balance-bailout-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/republicans-risk-amplifying-economic-pain-states-not-given-aid-bailouts-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/insider-poll-just-51-of-americans-say-they-got-their-stimulus-money-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/stimulus-checks-signed-trump-letters-cares-coronavirus-impact-payments-praise-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/mnuchin-federal-lending-program-fed-corporations-oversight-coronavirus-economy-large-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/who-is-monty-bennett-hotel-mogul-who-received-ppp-loans-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/warren-buffett-wealth-gap-inequality-solutions-2020-4

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/washington-groups-fight-for-bailout-employee-health-insurance-215981

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/workers-court-states-safety-protection-trump-217372

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/unemployment-coronavirus-safety-223216

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/trump-coronavirus-business-219443

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/trump-reopening-coronavirus-213535

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/27/21239163/trump-coronavirus-briefing-national-deficit-lie-debunked

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/29/21241162/balanced-budget-amendment-state-bankrupt-mitch-mcconell-cares-act

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/28/21239903/trump-coronavirus-aid-leverage-states-sanctuary-cities

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/29/21227886/coronavirus-america-failed-state-george-packer

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/29/21241027/q1-gdp-report-coronavirus-recession

https://www.axios.com/paycheck-protection-program-small-business-loans-dbcc1cca-03c5-4665-b6fc-47cde0537814.html

https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-small-business-aid-8b1faa3c-8da0-43fe-a6ea-3849cd66189a.html

https://www.axios.com/dan-barber-farmers-coronavirus-664d6c95-240c-43f1-a860-8c7f0acea308.html

https://www.axios.com/coronavirus-sharing-economy-d4bdf47d-69fe-4838-b5e7-a6b3805fc560.html

https://www.axios.com/axios-ipsos-coronavirus-index-poll-week-7-a4c299b6-307c-4103-8d72-b5cc2b5a37e5.html

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/494976-poll-almost-9-in-10-concerned-about-economic-collapse

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/495254-huffpost-reporter-jobs-that-have-been-lost-may-not-come-back

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/495123-replenished-small-business-program-could-be-exhausted-by-next-week

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/495076-schumer-ramps-up-offensive-on-lack-of-gop-oversight-of-trumps-coronavirus

https://thehill.com/policy/finance/495068-overwhelming-majority-faced-delays-in-receiving-march-unemployment-benefits

https://thehill.com/news-by-subject/labor/494898-labor-unions-accuse-administration-of-not-implementing-protections-for

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/494844-americas-big-banks-should-be-ashamed-of-themselves

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/opinion/coronavirus-amazon-wildcat-strikes.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/opinion/states-coronavirus-federalism.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/opinion/coronavirus-trump-us.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/business/economy/coronavirus-economic-inequality.html?action=click&module=Spotlight&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-country-is-paying-a-lot-for-the-gops-obamacare-sabotage/2020/04/27/d8b6b716-88ab-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/29/coronavirus-changes-terms-political-debate/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/realism-pandemic-era/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/how-much-will-coronavirus-change-permanently/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-class-war-against-front-line-workers/2020/04/29/be4c636e-8a57-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/republicans-great-depression-20/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/29/is-mcconnell-trying-lose-majority/

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-28/the-us-reopening-is-coming-but-normal-is-still-a-ways-off

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trumps-latest-salvo-on-workers-could-be-deadly.html

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-28/v-shaped-economic-recovery-from-coronavirus-is-not-happening?srnd=opinion

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2020-04-28/trump-says-he-s-issuing-order-for-tyson-s-unique-liability?srnd=politics-vp

https://slate.com/news-and-politics/2020/04/state-budgets-are-toast.html

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/how-pandemic-will-change-face-retail/610738/

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/04/29/bipartisan-group-of-lawmakers-seeks-covid-19-mental-health-funds/

https://www.rollcall.com/2020/04/29/coronavirus-hammered-state-budgets-worse-off-than-feared-report/

https://www.newsweek.com/robert-reich-coronavirus-creating-new-class-divide-that-threatens-us-all-opinion-1500506

https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-pandemic-forces-many-small-businesses-close-good-1500748

https://www.newsweek.com/us-gdp-recession-economy-coronavirus-pandemic-1500890

https://time.com/5828700/coronavirus-safety-net-poverty/

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/the-americans-who-suffered-when-the-economy-shut-down-are-also-in-more-danger-as-it-reopens/

https://www.theweek.com/articles/910498/coronavirus-danger-essential-workers–but-also-opportunity

https://www.theweek.com/articles/911137/coronavirus-bring-economics-back-down-reality

https://www.theweek.com/articles/911058/american-optimism-becoming-problem

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/29/world-stock-markets-coronavirus-treatment-remdesivir-drug-trial

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/29/curse-poverty-coronavirus

https://www.theguardian.com/business/2020/apr/29/ten-reasons-why-greater-depression-for-the-2020s-is-inevitable-covid

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/28/coronavirus-covid-19-shops-business-economy

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/27/missouri-odessa-coronavirus-economy-business

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/coronavirus-trump-us-economy-cases-a9491321.html

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32306045/meat-processing-plants-corporate-liability-coronavirus-republicans/

https://www.gq.com/story/rich-people-getting-richer-coronavirus-pandemic

https://ourfuture.org/20200429/organizing-amidst-the-covid-19-crisis

https://thebulwark.com/congress-needs-to-solve-the-covid-19-liability-problem/

https://thebulwark.com/the-fault-in-ourselves/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/27/covid-19-is-more-than-a-public-health-crisis–its-a-political-crisis-fueled-by-the-ruling-class/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/28/pulitzer-winner-chris-hedges-these-are-the-good-times–compared-to-whats-coming-next/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/28/big-companies-that-gave-executives-huge-bonuses-paid-massive-fines-cash-in-on-small-business-aid/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/no-were-not-all-in-this-together-the-super-rich-are-cheating-america/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/lining-up-at-the-trough-federal-reserve-to-offer-corporations-500-billion-no-strings-attached-bailout-loophole/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/gop-senators-beg-trump-to-stop-obstructing-oversight-of-coronavirus-stimulus/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/united-states-economy-will-be-worse-than-the-great-depression-economist/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941278/-What-happens-when-you-hand-an-incompetent-crook-2-2-trillion-in-a-crisis-Larceny-and-chaos

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941068/-Almost-50-of-U-S-workers-stand-to-make-more-on-COVID-19-unemployment-than-they-did-at-their-job

 

Pandemic & the Huge Price of Pathetic Leadership

It’s going to be awhile before effective treatments for the virus are discovered (although progress might be coming along: https://www.newsweek.com/coronavirus-remdisivr-gilead-statement-trial-improvements-hospital-release-early-treatment-1500983) & even awhile longer for a safe/effective vaccine to become available (or maybe not so long as we thought?: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/oxford-scientists-say-they-may-have-a-vaccine-ready-by-september/ar-BB13kVE9?ocid=msedgdhp).  Only time will tell. 

As far as immediate progress to fully open up the economy soon (& safely), the key to declining infection rates & preventable deaths which can get/keep the economy up & running, is in having a nationwide initiative for widespread mass testing.  It’s the very least any responsible president would have achieved early on.  And with the barrage of Trump’s false promises all throughout, we can’t possibly believe his claim we’ll soon be up to millions of tests per day, when up til now we’ve only done a total of a few million tests this whole time the virus has been with us.  Now we’re prematurely rushing to reopen the economy in many states without the benefit of the needed amount of testing (https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/americans-are-not-going-wait-sufficient-testing/610807/) or seeing the infection numbers declining as they should before things open up again: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/articles/2020-04-29/half-of-states-not-ready-to-reopen-amid-pandemic-analysis-shows.

Testing on a per capita basis still lags far behind other hard-hit countries.  Our president for months pooh-poohed the idea of a big testing program.  EVEN JUST TODAY TRUMP AGAIN QUESTIONED THE NEED FOR TESTING!!!  Our prez with his outrageous contradictions & proclamations make him look like the leader of a death cult!: https://www.cnn.com/2020/04/29/politics/donald-trump-coronavirus-messaging/index.html.  It’s as though he thinks he could wish this virus away without ramping up testing or taking other needed precautions: https://www.vox.com/2020/4/29/21241120/trump-us-coronavirus-testing-problem.  Does any of this make any sense?  How rudderless could any leader possibly be?  Without presidential leadership, the governors & even a mayor are forced to take the lead on testing: https://thehill.com/homenews/state-watch/495389-los-angeles-mayor-promises-free-coronavirus-testing-to-all-residents

As our nation has suffered by far the most infections & deaths, a major coordinated testing program orchestrated from the top held the key for holding down deaths & keeping our economy operating.  That Trump dropped the ball illustrates total irresponsibility & abject ignorance.  It’s beyond disturbing that in just a couple months, the death toll has already surpassed the count from the entire Vietnam War: https://thebulwark.com/covid-19-is-this-generations-vietnam/ & also see https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/more-americans-have-died-of-the-coronavirus-than-in-the-vietnam-war/.  And what in the world is Kushner talking about here?  Is he becoming an outrageous liar like his father-in-law?  What part of 60,000 deaths has been a great success story?:

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/jared-kushner-mocked-great-success-story_n_5ea9b26ac5b61c645b83bcd5

https://www.axios.com/kushner-trump-administration-coronavirus-response-ae277165-a525-4c50-8417-37576902f21c.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/29/kushner-coronavirus-response-us-a-great-success-story/3052217001/

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/jared-kushner-declares-58000-dead-americans-great-success-story-coronavirus

https://www.thedailybeast.com/jared-kushner-calls-coronavirus-response-a-great-success-story-as-death-toll-nears-60000

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/kushner-coronavirus-great-success/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/ex-republican-blasts-elitist-punk-jared-kushner-for-calling-trumps-covid-19-response-a-success/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941416/-COVID-19-news-U-S-tops-60-000-deaths-Kushner-calls-Trump-team-s-response-a-great-success-story

Despite our prez trying to blame everyone else but the man on the moon for our nation’s failures at this pivotal moment, the evidence points conclusively towards the reality only one person is most to blame: https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-timeline/.  We now know Trump was getting regular intelligence briefings starting back in January that the virus was coming & could hit us hard.  And what did the President do with that information?  Ignored, dismissed & denied!  For two months he did virtually nothing as the virus got away from us, which it was finally the middle of March before he even seemed to start paying attention despite all the dire warnings from intelligence & health experts: https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/how-many-warnings-did-trump-ignore/610846/.  Still today he’s not doing nearly enough! 

Yes indeed, all we got from our prez was delusional happy talk & no actions despite the many intelligence warnings.  See a passage taken from https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/presidents-intelligence-briefing-book-repeatedly-cited-virus-threat/2020/04/27/ca66949a-8885-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html (same article found inside https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/president-s-intelligence-briefing-book-repeatedly-cited-virus-threat/ar-BB13hFnC?ocid=msedgdhp) about Trump’s initial inattentiveness & denials, which Americans are increasingly paying the tragic costs:

U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. The repeated warnings were conveyed in issues of the President’s Daily Brief, a sensitive report that is produced before dawn each day and designed to call the president’s attention to the most significant global developments and security threats. For weeks, the PDB — as the report is known — traced the virus’s spread around the globe, made clear that China was suppressing information about the contagion’s transmissibility and lethal toll, and raised the prospect of dire political and economic consequences. But the alarms appear to have failed to register with the president, who routinely skips reading the PDB and has at times shown little patience for even the oral summary he takes two or three times per week, according to the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified material.

As has been the case since the pandemic emergency hit us, there is a whole lot of news to report on the virus & our nation’s handling of it, which even perusing these link titles can help bring you up-to-date: 

https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/guidelines-call-14-day-drop-cases-reopen-no-state-has-n1194191

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-declares-testing-won-t-be-a-problem-at-all-health-experts-disagree/ar-BB13kpLf?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/can-antibody-tests-help-end-the-coronavirus-pandemic/ar-BB13eB35?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/trump-vows-more-coronavirus-testing-but-less-than-what-may-be-needed/ar-BB13i5sv?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.yahoo.com/news/white-house-unveils-blueprint-expand-173617500.html

https://www.barrons.com/articles/open-the-economy-slowly-or-the-second-coronavirus-wave-will-come-too-soon-51587761701?siteid=yhoof2&yptr=yahoo

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/29/gilead-coronavirus-remdesivir-220484

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2020/04/28/coronavirus-trump-letter-stimulus-check-recipients-causes-stir/3040031001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/todaysdebate/2020/04/26/coronavirus-lessons-taiwan-south-korea-iceland-germany-editorials-debates/3010341001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/29/in-coronavirus-pandemic-trump-fires-an-expert-we-desperately-need-column/3032580001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/28/coronavirus-trump-flouts-science-core-american-value-column/3033941001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/27/coronavirus-bleach-misinformation-threaten-lives-health-column/3029786001/

https://www.usatoday.com/videos/news/nation/2020/04/27/epidemiologist-reopening-could-reignite-epidemic/648858000/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/04/28/coronavirus-states-reopening-carries-risks-akin-russian-roulette/3041298001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/health/2020/04/29/coronavirus-covid-19-caused-strokes-young-patients-nyc-doctors/3046447001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/investigations/2020/04/29/far-greater-u-s-covid-19-death-toll-indicated-cdc-data/3048381001/

https://www.businessinsider.com/nobel-prize-winner-says-test-everyone-us-cost-100-billion-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-harnessing-coronavirus-pushing-its-foreign-agenda-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-briefings-disinfectant-clorox-trump-twitter-meltdowns-lesser-two-evils-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-classified-briefings-warned-about-covid-19-threat-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-very-good-experts-said-coronavirus-would-never-affect-us-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/trumps-coronavirus-briefings-feature-self-praise-over-empathy-analysis-2020-4

https://www.businessinsider.com/trump-has-spoken-60-percent-time-white-house-coronavirus-briefings-2020-4

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-coronavirus-somebody_n_5ea79df9c5b6a30004e75945

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/ex-bush-aide-donald-trump-coronavirus-strategy_n_5ea9393ec5b6123a176494a1

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-deaths-60000-trump-prediction_n_5ea30db6c5b6d376358ed86a

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/trump-white-house-coronavirus-guidelines_n_5ea7ad2fc5b6dd3f9089f9d9

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/coronavirus-next-wave-of-states-prepare-to-reopen_n_5ea6db09c5b6dd3f9087f6c5

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/larry-hogan-trump-coronavirus_n_5ea67718c5b6dd3f908702df

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/28/21239663/coronavirus-presidential-daily-intelligence-briefing

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/3/13/21178289/confirmed-coronavirus-cases-us-countries-italy-iran-singapore-hong-kong

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/27/21238141/trump-sarcasm-noble-prizes-hamberger-twitter-meltdown

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21239729/coronavirus-testing-trump-plan-white-house

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21239661/mike-pence-coronavirus-testing-promises

https://www.vox.com/science-and-health/2020/4/28/21237922/antibody-test-covid-19-immunity

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21240381/coronavirus-sweden-death-rate-cases-new-york

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21240226/meat-shortage-plant-trump-coronavirus

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/29/21231906/coronavirus-pandemic-summer-weather-heat-humidity-uv-light

https://www.vox.com/2020/3/3/21161724/coronavirus-symptoms-covid-19-sars-cough-fever

https://www.vox.com/coronavirus-covid19/2020/4/29/21240393/voxcare-us-coronavirus-covid-19-deaths-how-many-yale

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/29/21241069/polls-social-distancing-policies-financial-devastation

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21240245/mike-pence-mayo-clinic-visit-mask

https://www.vox.com/2020/4/28/21239172/coronavirus-us-confirmed-cases-update-1-million

https://www.thedailybeast.com/ending-coronavirus-lockdowns-in-mississippi-georgia-and-florida-could-doom-thousands

https://www.thedailybeast.com/georgia-gov-brian-kemp-risks-lives-to-reopen-his-state-amid-the-pandemic-just-not-his-familys?ref=home

https://www.thedailybeast.com/us-coronavirus-deaths-surpass-vietnam-war-toll-of-58220

https://www.thedailybeast.com/mike-pence-lied-about-coronavirus-testing-americans-are-dying-and-trump-is-sneering-at-reporters

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-white-houses-coronavirus-testing-plan-would-take-four-years-to-implement?ref=home

https://www.thedailybeast.com/pfizer-says-coronavirus-vaccine-could-be-ready-by-fall?ref=home

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495343-white-house-risks-backlash-with-coronavirus-optimism

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/495219-placing-opportunism-above-the-public-good

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495367-trump-says-coronavirus-will-be-eradicated

https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/495283-missing-from-americas-fight-against-covid-19-vision-and-boldness

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/495287-until-theres-a-cure-social-distancing-will-have-to-continue

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/495186-poll-3-in-4-favor-continued-social-distancing

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495270-insiders-describe-kushner-as-de-facto-president-who-played-key-role

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/495172-five-things-to-know-about-where-the-us-stands-on-covid-19-tests

https://thehill.com/opinion/white-house/495126-covid-19-going-forward-a-us-perspective

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495175-trump-uses-defense-production-act-to-order-meat-processing-plants-to

https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/494936-race-for-coronavirus-vaccine-faces-early-challenges

https://thehill.com/opinion/finance/494816-time-to-act-on-the-founding-fathers-vision-for-managing-the-pandemic

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/26/us/politics/trump-disinfectant-coronavirus.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/opinion/coronavirus-trump-coverup.html?action=click&module=Opinion&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/us/politics/trump-kushner-coronavirus-revisionist-history.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/us/politics/mike-dewine-ohio-coronavirus.html

https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2020/04/26/us/politics/trump-coronavirus-briefings-analyzed.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/opinion/coronavirus-testing.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/covid-19-cases-top-1-million-in-the-united-states-about-a-third-of-known-cases-worldwide/2020/04/28/e5fafd4e-8944-11ea-9dfd-990f9dcc71fc_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/beware-studies-claiming-covid-19-death-rates-are-smaller-than-expected/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/28/trump-continues-refuse-accept-deadlines-coronavirus-pandemic/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/27/trumps-coronavirus-briefings-were-political-groundhog-day/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-missed-an-opportunity-to-prove-himself-governors-show-it/2020/04/28/b1c5999e-8958-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/trump-is-somebody-who-could-have-stopped-covid-19/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-tests-his-most-promising-coronavirus-antidote-lies/2020/04/28/9cfd03e6-899c-11ea-9dfd-990f9dcc71fc_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/we-dont-need-guessing-games-we-need-trump-be-transparent-about-ordering-tests/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/27/white-houses-confusing-message-how-much-testing-is-needed/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/lysol/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/trump-is-very-subtle-comic-genius/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/27/how-did-we-get-president-who-advocates-injecting-disinfectant-mrs-america-offers-an-answer/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/28/trumps-allergy-intelligence-details-come-into-full-focus-coronavirus-response/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/04/24/strokes-coronavirus-young-patients/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/for-antibody-tests-to-be-effective-officials-must-weed-out-the-shoddy-and-inaccurate-ones/2020/04/28/18683d6c-83f2-11ea-878a-86477a724bdb_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/antibody-tests-support-whats-been-obvious-covid-19-is-much-more-lethal-than-flu/2020/04/28/2fc215d8-87f7-11ea-ac8a-fe9b8088e101_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2020/04/29/even-where-coronavirus-is-past-its-peak-its-often-plateau/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/paloma/the-health-202/2020/04/29/the-health-202-millions-of-americans-were-infected-with-coronavirus-and-had-no-symptoms/5ea86d1288e0fa3dea9c4e94/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/trump-wont-use-the-defense-production-act-for-medical-supplies-but-hell-use-it-for-meat/2020/04/29/2ed2b170-8a4d-11ea-8ac1-bfb250876b7a_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2020/04/28/irs-stimulus-payment-recipients-lash-out-against-trumps-vanity-letter/

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/these-lawyers-say-donald-j-trumps-name-should-not-be-on-stimulus-checks/2020/04/29/086ac1bc-88cc-11ea-9759-6d20ba0f2c0e_story.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/coronavirus-has-killed-more-americans-than-the-vietnam-war.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/why-talk-of-a-fall-coronavirus-vaccine-is-irresponsible.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/could-remdesivir-be-first-approved-coronavirus-treatment.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-test-lie-5-million.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-cases-will-go-down-to-zero-ultimately.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-received-many-coronavirus-briefings-in-january-report.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-again-cuts-funding-that-could-prevent-future-pandemics.html

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-28/us-coronavirus-cases-top-1-million

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-29/gilead-sciences-says-potential-coronavirus-treatment-remdesivir-shows-promise-in-study

https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2020-04-29/company-says-drug-proved-effective-against-virus-in-us-study

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/pence-explains-the-failure-to-meet-testing-goals-in-a-supremely-unhelpful-way/

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-campfire-embers-phew/

https://www.motherjones.com/coronavirus-updates/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-testing-media-king-ventilators/

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/stop-waiting-miracle/610795/

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2020/04/antibody-tests-herd-immunity/610762/

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/04/end-trumps-coronavirus-briefing/610771/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/coronavirus-especially-deadly-nursing-homes/610855/

https://www.newsweek.com/79-percent-voters-think-there-will-second-coronavirus-wave-next-year-1501019

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-28/on-virus-testing-trump-may-have-finally-learned-his-lesson?srnd=opinion

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-29/coronavirus-drug-we-ve-lost-time-in-the-race-to-find-cure?srnd=opinion

https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2020-04-29/what-covid-19-s-second-wave-could-look-like?srnd=opinion

https://time.com/5828843/trump-coronavirus-testing-giroir/

https://time.com/5827156/squashing-squash-curve-coronavirus-covid19/

https://time.com/5828743/mayo-clinic-pence-mask/

https://time.com/5829434/trump-federal-social-distancing/

https://time.com/5827156/squashing-squash-curve-coronavirus-covid19/

https://time.com/5828325/coronavirus-covid19-seasonal-asymptomatic-carriers/

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/donald-trump-jared-kushners-two-months-of-magical-thinking

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/trump-coronavirus-funding-cuts

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/hope-hicks-behind-donald-trump-coronavirus-briefings#intcid=recommendations_default-popular_840fcf4f-6840-400d-877f-d07b04223871_popular4-1

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/trump-in-talks-to-sideline-fauci-brix-during-coronavirus-briefings#intcid=recommendations_default-popular_840fcf4f-6840-400d-877f-d07b04223871_popular4-1

https://www.theweek.com/5things/911359/report-trump-received-numerous-coronavirus-warnings-classified-briefings

https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/ryanhatesthis/coronavirus-never-agree-second-wave

https://www.theweek.com/articles/911373/theres-another-way-fight-coronavirus

https://ourfuture.org/20200428/the-essential-message-trump-is-harmful-to-your-health

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/28/trump-is-unravelling-even-his-supporters-cant-ignore-it-now

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/29/trump-coronavirus-america-richard-wolffe

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/28/donald-trump-coronavirus-us-economy-testing

https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2020/apr/29/stephen-colbert-trump-coronavirus-late-night

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/coronavirus-us-update-trump-white-house-china-latest-a9490471.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/coronavirus-treatment-remdesivir-fda-dr-fauci-ebola-antiviral-a9491166.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/jared-kushner-coronavirus-testing-reopen-white-house-task-force-donald-trump-a9491066.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-latest-coronavirus-tests-us-how-many-update-a9491011.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/donald-trump-coronavirus-us-intelligence-warned-china-a9488401.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/donald-trump-latest-coronavirus-update-today-warnings-intelligence-briefings-a9488756.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/trump-coronavirus-stimulus-check-cheque-letter-a9486876.html

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32317004/mike-pence-no-mask-mayo-clinic-look-people-in-the-eye/

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32287224/trump-coronavirus-briefings-self-congratulations/

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32304732/republican-senators-defend-trump-coronavirus-response-china/

https://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a32303536/trump-coronavirus-briefings-ignore/

https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-reportedly-received-more-than-a-dozen-classified-coronavirus-briefings-in-jan-and-feb/

https://www.mediaite.com/trump/piers-morgan-pens-open-letter-to-trump-blasting-his-dangerous-covid-response-if-our-friendship-is-over/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/cnns-acosta-questions-trump-on-covid-19-case-numbers-how-did-we-get-from-your-prediction-of-zero-to-one-million/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/cnns-gloria-borger-suggests-fauci-others-on-task-force-sick-of-answering-for-trump-the-doctors-are-struggling/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/dr-anthony-fauci-praises-remdesivir-success-in-treating-coronavirus/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/coronavirus-vaccine-could-be-ready-by-september-researchers-say-with-significant-ifs-and-buts/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/fox-business-varney-calls-out-pence-for-not-wearing-mask-at-mayo-clinic-doesnt-help-when-officials-ignore-their-own-rules/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/gov-cuomo-shreds-mcconnell-fl-sen-rick-scott-for-opposing-bailout-we-bail-them-out-every-year-how-dare-they/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/27/gaslighting-on-lysol-gate-now-trump-is-denying-he-said-what-we-heard-him-say/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/28/mcconnell-suggests-americans-are-more-interested-in-hearing-medical-professionals-talk-than-trump/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/27/jared-kushner-is-mia-from-white-house-coronavirus-response-after-stepping-into-lead-role-officials/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/29/jared-kushners-princely-arrogance-set-back-the-coronavirus-response-by-weeks-report/

https://www.salon.com/2020/04/29/trump-wants-to-reopen-schools-before-summer-a-worse-idea-than-bleach/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/he-believed-every-lie-charmed-actress-blames-president-for-covid-19-death-of-trump-voting-grandfather/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/trump-desperately-tries-to-gaslight-america-as-he-faces-humiliation-from-lysol-gate/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/trump-was-given-more-than-a-dozen-secret-briefings-on-the-coronavirus-threat-early-on-report/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/trump-didnt-just-botch-his-response-to-the-coronavirus-his-team-tried-to-cover-it-up-op-ed/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/mad-dysfunctional-kingship-historian-jon-meacham-explains-how-trumps-adolescent-response-on-coronavirus-cost-lives/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trump-obsessed-with-settling-scores-even-as-coronavirus-kills-thousands-of-americans-every-day-report/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trump-lies-about-dire-intel-he-received-on-virus-and-says-most-people-thought-it-would-blow-over/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trumps-covid-19-testing-failures-shaping-up-as-2020-issue-its-abysmal/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/i-didnt-say-it-trump-goes-on-wild-rant-denying-he-said-us-would-have-5-million-tests-a-day-very-soon/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/irresponsible-incompetent-disgraceful-al-gore-slams-trump-for-putting-ego-before-public-health/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/he-just-cant-be-bothered-trump-slammed-for-his-lack-of-outreach-to-coronavirus-victims-families/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/studies-touted-by-right-wingers-claiming-lower-coronavirus-deaths-are-unreliable-researchers/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/conservative-columnist-lambasts-trump-for-his-narcissistic-whining-about-covid-19-deaths-after-trying-to-ignore-the-pandemic/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/msnbcs-nicolle-wallace-hammers-the-white-house-for-getting-really-good-at-shifting-blame/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/almost-60000-dead-americans-is-not-the-great-success-trump-claims-it-is-op-ed/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trump-whines-about-media-not-giving-him-enough-credit-after-56000-americans-die-in-six-weeks/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/experts-from-around-the-world-explain-7-things-america-needs-to-do-before-it-can-restart-the-economy/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941169/-COVID-19-news-States-see-infection-rates-rise-White-House-continues-to-push-for-rapid-reopening

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941351/-We-ve-already-logged-more-deaths-than-Trump-was-predicting-all-year-so-now-what

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941318/-Deaths-from-COVID-19-are-being-highly-underreported-and-in-some-cases-that-appears-to-be-deliberate

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941172/-I-m-done-being-polite?utm_campaign=trending

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941003/-They-didn-t-just-ignore-COVID-19-they-engaged-in-a-cover-up-NYTimes-Op-Ed

 

An Election is Coming

Yes, it’s disturbing regarding these accusations: https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/why-now-in-an-exclusive-interview-tara-reade-s-former-neighbor-explains-her-decision-to-come-forward-and-why-she-s-still-voting-for-joe-biden/ar-BB13gRhj?ocid=msedgdhp & also see https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/will-democrats-nudge-joe-biden-to-confront-sexual-assault-claim & also see https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/29/joe-biden-sexual-assault-allegation-tara-reade-column/3046962001/.  At another time in our nation’s history, it might even give us pause in voting for Uncle Joe. 

But with our binary choice for president where only the nominees of the two major parties have any chance of winning, along with the number of sexual abuse/assault charges against Trump being around 20 times higher, there’s really no other choice for us but to not reelect the lying, corrupt demagogue who’s driving our country into the ground: https://thehill.com/opinion/brent-budowsky/495153-budowsky-if-joe-biden-were-president-today.  And GOP politicians are fretting the prez is running their party into the ground, as seen in this opening to https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/opinion/republicans-new-fear-trump-will-drag-them-down-with-him/ar-BB13jKdb:

While we sometimes ascribe nearly magical powers to certain political actors, as though they can hypnotize the public into believing that reality is not what it is, even the most adept spin has limits. President Trump’s party might be starting to realize that his spin, whatever it might have accomplished before, is collapsing under the weight of reality. And it could bring them down with it. There are some things you can’t explain away, like 56,000 Americans dead (so far) from the coronavirus, an administration response that has been chaotic and incompetent, and a president whose communication about the pandemic has been so uninformed and embarrassing that his own aides are trying to figure out how to keep his mouth shut. Consider what it says that we read this paragraph not on Feb. 27, not on March 27, but on April 27, after the pandemic has progressed so far: Pressure mounted Monday on the White House and Congress to develop a national strategy to test Americans for exposure to the novel coronavirus, as health and economic experts said the current patchwork of testing efforts is insufficient to allow the economy to reopen safely. A national testing strategy might indeed be helpful! Perhaps the Trump administration will get around to it one of these days.

See these newsfeed articles from the past few days with updates on pertinent election news, especially showing Trump’s declining poll numbers:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/americans-losing-faith-in-what-trump-says-about-the-coronavirus-reuters-ipsos-poll/ar-BB13kVIK?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/polls-had-trump-stewing-and-lashing-out-at-his-own-campaign/ar-BB13onMY?ocid=msedgdhp

https://www.yahoo.com/news/trump-backed-protests-unpopular-ohio-145308166.html

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/elections/2020/04/27/biden-leads-trump-2020-amid-coronavirus-concerns/3029325001/

https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2020/04/27/coronavirus-pain-trump-failures-2020-campaign-biden-column/3029345001/

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/the-lincoln-project-video-trump-dystopian-spin_n_5ea96d79c5b6106b8ed03db7

https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-gop-bet-it-all-on-trump-now-theyre-paying-the-price?ref=home

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-critics-pan-rep-justin-amashs-newly-announced-2020-presidential-run-absolute-bullshit?ref=home

https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-reportedly-threatened-to-sue-his-own-campaign-manager-brad-parscale

https://www.axios.com/trump-2020-polling-brad-parscale-89c441a5-0cbf-43fe-a82e-5316e705c867.html

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/494963-coronavirus-warnings-appeared-in-more-than-a-dozen-classified

https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/494910-poll-voters-trust-fauci-biden-sanders-cuomo-pence-more-than

https://thehill.com/hilltv/rising/494862-sanders-aide-biden-stronger-with-white-working-class-men-than-clinton

https://thehill.com/homenews/senate/495154-gop-faces-pressure-to-get-tougher-with-trump

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/495177-approval-rating-of-trumps-handling-of-coronavirus-drops-10-points

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/494778-poll-support-rising-for-mail-in-voting-amid-coronavirus-crisis

https://thehill.com/hilltv/what-americas-thinking/495129-poll-67-percent-of-voters-support-voting-by-mail-only-in-2020

https://thehill.com/opinion/campaign/494189-lets-put-the-vote-by-mail-fraud-myth-to-rest

https://thehill.com/homenews/campaign/494995-trump-made-america-first-in-coronavirus-deaths-charges-democratic-super-pac

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/29/opinion/trump-hasnt-given-up-on-divide-and-conquer.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/27/us/politics/joe-biden-donald-trump.html

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/04/28/opinion/joe-biden-campaign.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-presented-with-grim-internal-polling-showing-him-losing-to-biden/2020/04/29/33544208-8a4e-11ea-9759-6d20ba0f2c0e_story.html

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/voting-by-mail-gets-boost/

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/04/2020-election-vote-by-mail-ranked-choice-caucuses/610780/

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/trump-campaign-smacks-down-republicans-over-coronavirus-memo

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/04/joe-biden-democrats-arent-convinced-donald-trump-will-leave-office-quietly#intcid=recommendations_default-popular_840fcf4f-6840-400d-877f-d07b04223871_popular4-1

https://nypost.com/2020/04/29/bodies-stored-in-trucks-at-brooklyn-funeral-home-sources/

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/congress-should-act-now-if-it-wants-voting-by-mail-to-happen.html

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/04/trump-threatened-to-sue-his-campaign-manager-over-low-polls.html

https://www.newsweek.com/approval-trumps-handling-coronavirus-outbreak-sinks-record-low-1500651

https://time.com/5826469/2020-false-equivalence-election/

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewsolender/2020/04/28/polls-show-trump-losing-ground-to-biden/#50fd08975b92

https://thebulwark.com/newsletter-issue/are-we-still-doing-keep-america-great/

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/could-the-coronavirus-and-economic-crash-make-republicans-abandon-trump/

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/apr/28/us-election-2020-fair-accurate-survey-democrats-republicans

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/can-donald-trump-move-2020-election-november-change-date-joe-biden-a9488531.html

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/biden-trump-poll-opinion-us-election-suffolk-university-usa-today-a9487676.html

https://www.mediaite.com/trump/trump-retweets-claim-the-media-is-inflating-coronavirus-mortality-rates-to-steal-the-election/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/joe-biden-crushes-trump-by-15-points-on-handling-of-coronavirus-in-new-poll/

https://www.mediaite.com/news/public-trust-in-trump-on-coronavirus-craters-in-new-poll-98-of-americans-reject-injecting-disinfectant-into-covid-19-patients/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/trump-berated-campaign-manager-out-of-frustration-over-sliding-poll-numbers-cnn/

https://www.mediaite.com/tv/jon-karl-shades-trump-win-on-fox-news-black-swan-event-national-polls-were-quite-accurate/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/election-managers-know-what-makes-voting-by-mail-work-but-conservative-political-leaders-arent-listening/

https://www.alternet.org/2020/04/the-gops-electoral-fortunes-are-dim-and-cracks-of-dissension-are-emerging-from-the-partys-ranks/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/trump-allies-fear-voters-will-never-forgive-president-for-coronavirus-deaths/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/total-deaths-and-job-losses-are-the-two-numbers-trumps-2020-campaign-cant-spin-away/

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/04/embattled-republicans-are-stuck-in-a-serious-dilemma-as-trumps-approval-rating-goes-into-free-fall/

https://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/cant-win-donald-trump/28050/

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941307/-The-evidence-you-need-to-see-regarding-Reade-and-Biden?utm_campaign=trending

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941404/-Trump-Threatens-to-Sue-His-Own-Campaign-Manager-Over-Bad-Poll-Numbers?utm_campaign=trending

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/27/1940871/-Trump-s-so-indefensible-Senate-Republicans-turn-to-scapegoating-China-to-save-their-majority

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1941160/-As-Senate-Democrats-see-their-prospects-rising-Senate-Republicans-stare-into-the-abyss

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/27/1940734/-Signing-relief-checks-wasn-t-enough-Trump-s-sending-letters-too-to-declare-his-magnanimity

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/27/1940799/-Even-Republicans-are-realizing-that-dead-people-are-both-bad-governance-and-bad-politics

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/29/1941407/-Trump-is-repelling-the-very-same-older-white-voters-who-propelled-him-to-victory-in-2016

https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/4/28/1940977/-The-Michael-Cohen-book-is-coming-out-before-election-day-and-Trump-is-scared-shiftless?utm_campaign=trending

 

The Die is Cast

I believe Trump’s legacy is already sealed in stone.  He will go down as the worst president of all time & his competition isn’t even close: https://www.usnews.com/news/special-reports/the-worst-presidents/articles/where-would-donald-trump-land-on-a-list-of-worst-presidents.  The first 3 years of his presidency were defined by conflict, bullying, lying, chaos, corruption & scandal.  Then his bungled response & dismissive denials since the beginning of this virus crisis are painful displays of his inability to lead, while highlighting the tragic consequences of putting a clueless president in charge who is clearly in way over his head.  He just needs replaced before he does any more damage, but he still has that loyal cult backing who are mesmerisingly irrational, so we’ve got to fight to save our country.  Most of the Jennifer Rubin op-ed from https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2020/04/28/trump-is-somebody-who-could-have-stopped-covid-19/ is posted here:

“There has been so much unnecessary death in this country. It could have been stopped and it could have been stopped short, but somebody a long time ago, it seems, decided not to do it that way. And the whole world is suffering because of it.” President Trump uttered these words at a White House coronavirus response briefing on Monday, once more playing the role of spectator in his own presidency. It is not difficult to locate the person capable of stopping or at the very least minimizing the pandemic.

The Post reports: U.S. intelligence agencies issued warnings about the novel coronavirus in more than a dozen classified briefings prepared for President Trump in January and February, months during which he continued to play down the threat, according to current and former U.S. officials. The repeated warnings were conveyed in issues of the President’s Daily Brief, a sensitive report that is produced before dawn each day and designed to call the president’s attention to the most significant global developments and security threats.

This report adds one more indisputable layer that Trump was not tricked by the World Health Organization or China but rather chose to ignore advice of his own aides — some of which originated as far back as November. Trump reportedly chooses not get briefings every day (the notion that he works hard is belied by his schedule and TV watching habits) but, in this case, it is hard to imagine he was not repeatedly informed of the danger. The frequency with which the novel coronavirus was mentioned “reflected a level of attention comparable to periods when analysts have been tracking active terrorism threats, overseas conflicts or other rapidly developing security issues.” This is indicative of Trump’s entire presidency — a mixture of laziness, denial, arrogance (he knows more than anyone), inattention and willful blindness. He plays president but he does not do the job.

In Trump’s narcissistic brain, he is never to blame for any error no matter how egregious or obvious. He declared on Monday that he bears no responsibility for the uptick in poisonings after he suggested disinfectant injected into the body might be a coronavirus cure. Asked whether he should be reelected as the number of covid-19 deaths approaches the number of Americans killed during the entire Vietnam War, Trump insisted he and his team had done a great job since some estimates had a projected death toll as high as 2 million. He congratulated himself (prematurely) for keeping the figure to 60,000 to 70,000 (he used to brag about a projection of 50-60,000) — a number we may blow past in the coming weeks (and which may not have captured all of the coronavirus-related deaths).

Are Americans going to applaud Trump for not allowing even more people to die? It seems unlikely. Telling tens of thousands of families that they are fortunate because even more people could have died is cruel. Telling workers even more economic pain could have descended is, at the very least, unsatisfying and, worse, perverse. Deaths have occurred that could have been avoided with an attentive and competent president. There is no one but Trump to blame for that. Trump’s refusal to accept blame for one of the worst blunders in U.S. presidential history appears to be just another psychological device to create his own reality. He, in fact, is the “somebody” who could have stopped or considerably slowed the pandemic (as leaders in Singapore, South Korea and other countries did with immediate and widespread testing, tracing and isolation). Voters living in the coronavirus nightmare should not be expected to accept Trump’s fantasy.

Disease

There’s so much we don’t know about the virus (https://www.newyorker.com/science/medical-dispatch/what-we-dont-know-about-covid-19 & also see https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/04/pandemic-confusing-uncertainty/610819/), like will it keep ravaging us or can we find a way to contain it.  Amidst all the uncertainly, the great unknowns are how many lives will be lost & when can we as a society return to a sense of normalcy again.  These are a couple songs titled Disease which just seem appropriate for these disturbing times: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5zttEPcCuQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=14CSbjtQQ0s