the world has passed 20 million cases

offering the following from the Worldometers site: # Country, Other Total Cases New Cases Total Deaths World 20,005,383 +208,434 733,284 The reporting for today is not yet complete, but certain things are clear. First, there are places around the world that do not YET have the outbreak under control. This is particularly true in a…

Another betrayal: Republicans sabotage COVID talks so Trump can sign meaningless executive order

The Senate has adjourned for the weekend, after refusing to negotiate with Democrats for a desperately-needed COVID-19 relief bill. Democrats had compromised, agreeing to come down yet again to $2 trillion spent to help the country through the worst health and economic crisis in our nation's history. It’s just too expensive, Republicans say. For context, the GOP Tax Scam—a 2017 giveaway to the…

Seattle Times endorses Biden

in an editorial titled  Editorial: The Times editorial board recommends Joe Biden for president (warning — if you have an ad blocker you might have to unblock at least this page in order to read). Several quick comments, before getting to the editorial. First, the Seattle Times was traditionally the more CONSERVATIVE of the then…

A short note on face masks [UPDATED]

I watched Mike Pence’s joint appearance today with TX Gov. Greg Abbott, and wanted to point out the latest, harmful and obfuscating dodge when it comes to wearing face masks.  There are many other examples of this with Pence, but I will use this latest appearance as the example.  Multiple times Pence said as to…

WTF is wrong with the White House press corps?

On the one hand, this is a bizarre, inexplicable story.  On the other hand, it is probably the most revealing story about the failure and obsequiousness of the White House press. In short, looking to fuel their fantasy propaganda that the Covid pandemic is over, White House aides at Trump’s Rose Garden appearance today moved the…