Thu Apr 23rd, 2020 at 09:55:28 PM EST
Preoccupied by Ukraine Quid-pro-Quo, Giuliani and cohorts, Impeachment trial, finishing trade talks phase One with China in January and the PR stunt to antagonize the global community at Davos.
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>> Zelensky who won the last fictional election for presidency in the Ukraine, found the door shut to the White House. The spring doldrums of Trump's lawyer Giuliani brought plenty of entertainment in U.S. Congress. The Democrats were easily defeated by a united front of red-hot Republicans. As the Impeachment Act ended in the Senate in January 2020, the invaders from China were well established across many states. As Trump so colorfully stated, he was caught off guard by this invisible enemy sent from Wuhan.
Sometimes God's creation moves in mysterious ways human kind just don't grasp. Although prophesized by virologists over a decade ago, science has no entry in the Republican led White House.
Well, one can put a virus to work to one's advantage of course. The virus spreads like wildfire in dense populations. Lo and behold, the large metropolitan areas in the US are in a majority BLUE states. So, who cares? Can't let blue lives of the elderly harm the New York Stock Exchange now, by far the BIGGEST financial center of Planet Earth. Please don't use that term or next you will be speaking about Green Energy, renewables - Koch Bros. are coughing up blood - and care for our planet to prevent further deterioration of air, water and soil.
The pandemic has used the fallacies of men to attack the most vulnerable of human species. Too late for any president of any colour to prevent the outbreak of a very contagious virus.
More below the fold ...
Oh well, the trade deal didn't last long ... never mind, after the pandemic there isn't much trade to be divided.
○ As Trump Urges Doctors to Lie on Live TV, Federal Official Says He Was Fired for Limiting Hydroxychloroquine Use | The Intercept |
Will Trump Allow the Coronavirus to Ravage Blue America? | NY Mag - 1 day ago |
The single richest theme in the long history of American populism -- left-wing as well as right-wing -- has been the wickedness of urban areas, where rich cosmopolitans exploit virtuous small-town and country folk and the polyglot helots of the cities themselves, whom they command politically as well as economically.
God destroys Sodom and Gomorrah, the wicked cities of the plain. ( Photo: John Martin/Wikipedia)
As multiple studies have shown, the stark divisions exposed by the Trump-Clinton contest of 2016 broke as much on proximity to urban cores as any other variable. The urban-nonurban breakdown overlapped with a variety of other economic and cultural dividers, of course, most notably race, religious observance, and age. But a lot of the savagery of political rhetoric in this era is attributable to this ancient hostility between city mice and country mice, and the domination of urban cores and rural areas by one of the two major parties.
In the tense atmosphere created by the coronavirus pandemic, we saw a predictably polarized response to the initial spread of infections, as Ron Brownstein noted a month ago:
If the virus never becomes pervasive beyond big cities, that could reinforce the sense among many Republican voters and office-holders that the threat has been overstated. It could also fuel the kind of xenophobia that Trump and other GOP leaders, such as Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas, have encouraged by labeling the disease the "Chinese virus" or the "Wuhan virus." ...
[Trump] is pushing a cultural and geographical grievance central to his 2016 victory, as Thomas Edsall observes:
The calculation underlying Trump's "liberate" crusade was revealed in a comment on the Facebook page of Pennsylvanians Against Excessive Quarantine:
The eastern border, Philly, and the western border Pittsburgh, is what is causing the state to stay shut down. What about the rest of us??
In other words, Trump and his followers want to place the onus for the social and economic restraints that are still in effect in much of the country on cities, many of them heavily black, where the coronavirus has been most destructive.
As the ball dropped on New Year's Eve at New York Times Square ...
The Medical News Site That Saw the Coronavirus Coming Months Ago | NY Times |
On New Year's Eve, Helen Branswell, a reporter at the science and medical news website Stat, was finishing an article about the development of an elusive Ebola vaccine when she got an inkling of her next big story.
"Hopefully this is nothing out of the ordinary," she wrote on Twitter, adding a link to a report of an "unexplained pneumonia" in central China.
Two days later, she tweeted a South China Morning Post article about the outbreak and wrote, "Not liking the look of this."
Stat published Ms. Branswell's first article on the "growing cluster of unexplained pneumonia cases" on Jan. 4. There was some indication, she reported, of "a new virus, and perhaps even a new coronavirus."
○ World Health Organisation in touch with Beijing after mystery viral pneumonia outbreak | SCMP - Jan. 1, 2020 |
Pompeo @State busy with sanctions across the globe ... diplomacy? Trump threw the book out a long time ago!
Spanish Flu: a warning from history