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Monday Evening Open Thread: Neighborhood Watch

Balloon Juice - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 17:14

(I’m meh about the Big Lebowski, but Walter Sobchat is a great name for a big burly bicolor cat!)

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Trump's economic adviser says U.S. should 'bet on President Trump's intuition' over science

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 17:13

Trump’s economic adviser, Peter Navarro, has been doing the media rounds to discuss the merits of science and medicine because there are very few scientists and medical experts willing to toe the Trump administration’s anti-science line when it comes to their novel coronavirus response. Navarro is the perfect mouthpiece for this administration in a time of crisis because he’s the kind of snake oil salesman that other snake oil salesmen try to avoid. As always, Fox News is a safe space for such bamboozlement. 

On Monday, Navarro’s assignment is to promote the idea that the country’s leading infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is wrong about asserting that there is not enough data for the global scientific and medical communities to definitively call hydroxychloroquine a cure for COVID-19. Navarro and Trump have been promoting the idea that because doctors are administering this drug during crisis, that somehow this means that it works. This is not true. Hydroxychloroquine may be revealed to indeed help some people, and it may also be revealed to have no statistical bearing on patients’ recoveries. We do not know yet. Doctors and scientists are doing everything they can to save lives, and they are doing it in the face of a federal government response that has been negligent at best, and more likely criminal in nature.

Going on Fox News, Navarro gave his final pitch on why we should trust unscrupulous businessmen and their frontmen over scientists and medical professionals—when it comes to medicine.

PETER NAVARRO: If it saves lives, that’s a beautiful thing. But I think history will judge who is right on this debate but I bet on Trump’s intuition.

Earlier today Navarro explained how his PhD in the social sciences qualified him to give a second opinion on the scientific data available on hydroxychloroquine. I guess he also thinks it gives him a history degree as well?


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Louisiana pastor, already charged for violating ban, held church services during pandemic yet again

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 17:04

Last week, Pastor Tony Spell, head of the Life Tabernacle Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, was arrested and charged with six misdemeanor counts of defying a governor’s executive order after holding church services in spite of state orders from Gov. John Bel Edwards to limit crowds. Each count was for one religious service Spell held after Edwards banned groups of more than 50 people, as reported by The Daily Beast. As reported by Reuters, Spell was back at it on Sunday and held services again, this time reportedly drawing more than1,200 people in spite of the stay-at-home order and ongoing pandemic.

Police charged the pastor when he was arrested on Tuesday, March 31. This shouldn’t have come as a huge shock, given that, as Daily Kos previously covered, he defied the ban by holding services for hundreds of people who were brought in using dozens of buses. According to CBS News, Spell claims his church is cleaned on a daily basis, and that attendees did practice social distancing by standing six feet apart. They did not, however, wear masks.

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To keep coronavirus from spreading, we must reduce the jail population, report says

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:32

A new report released last week from The Justice Collaborative and Data for Progress taps into the concerns that have been arising over the past month about the impact that COVID-19 will have on U.S. correctional institutions. The report, “Local officials should quickly reduce jail populations to slow the spread of coronavirus,  highlights the role jails will play in spreading COVID-19 while offering up suggestions on what local leaders can do to mitigate that spread.

Public health officials have warned that correctional facilities are tinderboxes for COVID-19 because many of those incarcerated have chronic health conditions or are elderly, and the facilities themselves do not allow for social distancing or maintaining good hygiene. While many of these concerns are present across the board, from long-term prisons to local jails, the report hones in on how jails in particular are “powerful vectors of disease.” The report notes the rapid spread of the novel coronavirus within American jails in just a few weeks, especially those in New York state. Rikers Island, for example—a jail complex that houses over 5,000 people—currently has the highest rate of COVID-19 infection of any community in the world.

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U.S. internment camp survivors urge release of families from migrant jail in Pennsylvania

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:09

Japanese Americans who were imprisoned in U.S. internment camps as children were among the activists and elected leaders who last week called for the release of kids and parents jailed at the notorious Berks County Residential Center in Pennsylvania, and who condemned the migrant family jail as “problematic at all levels, and that was before the pandemic,” Reading Eagle reports.

Reading Eagle reports that while Shut Down Berks Coalition members and others cited the novel coronavirus crisis and the facility’s chronically poor conditions in their calls for families’ releases, Japanese American activists pointed to a painful past they’re seeing mirrored at Berks. “When I think of the children today that are being held, I think of them 50 to 70 years from now," said psychotherapist Dr. Satsuki Ina, who was born in an internment camp in California. "I feel very distraught.” 

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Trump's daily stream of coronavirus lies are all about to hit a wall

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:09

I take no joy whatsoever in writing this particularly grim post, but Donald Trump's relentless string of lies about the coronavirus going away, being just like the flu, being a media hoax, and being a problem that governors and governors alone should handle are all about to hit a wall as the death toll mounts across the country. 

Americans of all stripes will have the opportunity to see with their own eyes the deadly results of a president who was too incoherent, too incompetent, and too inhumane to worry about leading an unprepared nation into an ambush blindfolded. And no region will be spared, not even those that rabidly support Trump.

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Devin Nunes calls homeless in California a 'zombie apocalypse,' says they are safer 'outside'

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 16:07

Republican Rep. Devin Nunes has an addiction problem: He can’t stop himself from licking the boots of his overlords. However, Nunes doesn’t believe he needs treatment for his bootlicking obsessions in jail—that’s for people with substance abuse problems and the unhoused. Appearing on Fox News with three other dunderheads, Nunes was asked about the COVID-19 response in California, a state that has long dealt with a large unhoused population. The unhoused problem in the United States has been exacerbated over the past decade due to increased housing costs, stagnant wages, budget cuts to assistance programs, and the ever-increasing income inequality gap.

Rep. Nunes—who is a perennial fountain of misinformation about everything in the world, much less public health issues—explained that these homeless people are all kinds of things, but none of those things are “human.”

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Horrific Twitter thread by New York City health committee chair raises concerns on COVID-19 deaths

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:59

As the death toll resulting from the novel coronavirus continues to rise, some New York cemeteries are facing difficulties despite the ability to operate 24 hours a day. New York City has begun to store bodies in freezer trucks to accommodate the number of victims the pandemic has claimed. In a series of viral tweets Monday, Mark Levine, the chair of the New York City Council Committee on Health, claimed that officials are considering temporarily burying people who die from COVID-19 in local parks due to the number of increasing dead bodies and lack of space in freezers at Office of Chief Medical Examiner (OCME) facilities in the state. “A typical hospital morgue might hold 15 bodies. Those are now all full. So OCME has sent out 80 refrigerated trailers to hospitals around the city. Each trailer can hold 100 bodies. These are now mostly full too. Some hospitals have had to add a 2nd or even a 3rd trailer,” he wrote.

The thread spoke about the difficulty grieving families are having in burying loved ones as funerals and cemeteries are unable to accommodate the increasing number of deaths following the coronavirus pandemic. “NYC’s healthcare system is being pushed to the limit. And sadly, now so is the city’s system for managing our dead. And it, too, needs more resources. This has big implications for grieving families,” Levine wrote. While he emphasized that the burials would be temporary and “tough for NYers to take,” he noted the goal was “to avoid scenes like those in Italy,” in which military officials have had to collect bodies from the street and churches. “Soon we'll start ‘temporary interment,’” Levine wrote. “This likely will be done by using a NYC park for burials (yes you read that right). Trenches will be dug for 10 caskets in a line.”

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Trump's Briefings May Be Backfiring As MAGA Notices Real-Time Incompetence

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:52

So with all of us sheltering-in-place, it seems Manny Peeple are watching the daily COVID-19 / MAGA rallies (nothing better to watch?) and you know what? It seems that Americans are finally catching on that Lord Damp Nut is an incompetent loon and a danger to our health

Support for President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic has diminished over the past two weeks, according to a new survey, with a majority of Americans now disapproving of his response to the public health crisis.

An ABC News/Ipsos poll released Friday reports that 52 percent of respondents disapprove of his management of the deadly outbreak, while only 47 percent approve.

The president’s latest rating in the survey shows Trump’s support backsliding from the levels he achieved in mid-March, when more than half of Americans, 55 percent, approved of his response and 43 percent disapproved.

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CNN Doctor Shreds Peter Navarro: 'This Is Not A 'Can't-Hurt-Might-Help-Why-Not' Situation!'

Crooks and Liars - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:52

The hubris and defensiveness of Peter Navarro pushed even John Berman to the limit on Monday. And CNN presenting "both sides" between Peter "social scientist" Navarro and a medical doctor Sanjay Gupta is absurd. At least they gave Dr. Gupta the last word, this time.

JOHN BERMAN: We all want the same thing, which is people to get better.

NAVARRO: I'm not sure we do sometimes.

BERMAN: What are you talking about? Hang on.

NAVARRO: You're really, you're setting this up kind of as a false dichotomy between, you know this doctor over here.

BERMAN: I respect you, don't you dare for a second suggest I don't want people to get better from this. I got two friends --

NAVARRO: No, no, that's not what I said, John. Don't put those words in my mouth. When you say that when we come on here and we say we all want the same thing, there's this political overtone, this battle between you know, you're trying to set up a dichotomy.

BERMAN: We want people to get better. No false dichotomy. We want people to get better and I appreciate your efforts to do so. Don't suggest my questions are anything other than trying to figure out what science is behind this, and the efficacy.

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Susan Collins has nothing to say about lessons in latest post-impeachment retaliation from Trump

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:46

Sen. Susan Collins didn't even manage to work herself up to "concerned" in reacting to impeached president Donald Trump's firing of Michael Atkinson from his post as Intelligence Community inspector general. "I have long been a strong advocate for the Inspectors General," the senator, a member of the Senate Select Committee Intelligence wrote.

Then she fluffed herself a bit. "In 2008, I coauthored with former Senators Claire McCaskill and Joe Lieberman The Inspector General Reform Act (P.L. 110-40), which among other provisions requires the President to notify the Congress 30 days prior to the removal of an Inspector General along with the reasons for the removal. In notifying Congress yesterday, the President followed the procedures in that law," and here's where we finally get to her reaction. "I did not find his rationale for removing Inspector General Atkinson to be persuasive."

Let's make sure her time is up. Please give $1 to help Democrats in each of these crucial Senate races, but especially the one in Maine!

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One day after hospitalization, British prime minister moved to intensive care unit for coronavirus

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:41

On Sunday, representatives for U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson had been hospitalized due to COVID-19. He started having symptoms ten days ago. 

Less than a day later, representatives say his condition is deteriorating and he has been moved to an intensive care unit.

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Lunchtime Photo

Kevin Drum - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:30

Spring has sprung, and even the coronavirus can’t keep our garden from bursting out in a patchwork of vivid color. Here’s a picture of our bearded iris taken on Wednesday, right at its peak. Within two days it was withering away, and today it’s completely gone. You have to catch ’em quick.

April 1, 2020 — Irvine, California
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Breaking News: Boris Johnson Has Been Moved Into Intensive Care To Treat His Covid-19 Infection

Balloon Juice - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:30

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been taken into intensive care in hospital with coronavirus.

He has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise for him, a No 10 spokesman said.

This breaking news story is being updated and more details will be published shortly. Please refresh the page for the fullest version.

Dominic Raab, the Foreign Secretary, is a Brexit hyper-supporter who has a history of offensive comments and actions. The reason that Raab has been selected as the “designated survivor” is because there is no formal chain of succession in case of emergency established in law for the British government. Largely because successive prime ministers have been unwilling to see a formal chain of succession in case of emergency established in law.

10 Downing Street’s real lord and master has issued a statement:

Update at 3:35 PM EST

Here’s the update from The BBC:

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has been moved to intensive care in hospital after his coronavirus symptoms “worsened”, Downing Street has said.

Mr Johnson has asked Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab to deputise “where necessary”, a spokesman added.

The prime minister, 55, was admitted to St Thomas’ Hospital in London with “persistent symptoms” on Sunday.

The spokesman said he was moved on the advice of his medical team and is receiving “excellent care”.

A statement read: “Since Sunday evening, the prime minister has been under the care of doctors at St Thomas’ Hospital, in London, after being admitted with persistent symptoms of coronavirus.

“Over the course of this afternoon, the condition of the prime minister has worsened and, on the advice of his medical team, he has been moved to the intensive care unit at the hospital.”

It continued: “The PM is receiving excellent care, and thanks all NHS staff for their hard work and dedication.”

Open thread!

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Categories: Politics

New York Is Pretty Near To Its Peak

Kevin Drum - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:27

How is New York doing? Here’s a quick look:

My horseback guess is that they are within a few days of their peak and will start declining by the end of this week.

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Postal workers are risking their lives on the job, and Congress is risking the future of the USPS

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 15:09

A second postal worker has died of COVID-19, and the United States Postal Service itself remains in danger from the pandemic. Anthony Smith, a Detroit mail handler who had spent 30 years at the postal service and 12 years in the Army, became the first mail handler and second USPS worker known to have been killed by the virus, after New York City letter carrier Rakkhon Kim. 

While postal workers are on the job every day as essential workers, Congress has still not acted to ensure the future of the USPS, which has warned that it could run out of money to operate by June due to mail volume falling dramatically. 

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Trump's economic adviser says he's qualified to give 'second opinion' on coronavirus medicine

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 14:50

Trump’s team of mediocre financial advisers continues to stand in front of microphones and offer up their expertise-free definitive opinions on science and medicine and COVID-19. On Monday, economic adviser Peter Navarro went on to CNN to discuss the continuing unhelpful and unhealthy war within the administration between health and medical experts and … people like Peter Navarro. Specifically, a report came out detailing a huge behind-the-scenes fight between Navarro and the country’s top infectious disease specialist, Dr. Anthony Fauci, over how to talk about hydroxychloroquine. At issue is the administration’s persistence in pretending that hydroxychloroquine is a miracle drug that will fix the rising mortality numbers associated with the novel coronavirus.

As you might imagine, Navarro and Trump are on the side of ensuring our stock market doesn’t panic, while Dr. Fauci is on the side of talking about science and medicine. Dr. Fauci has said, as has every medical professional in the world, that there is nowhere near the amount of data needed to say conclusively that hydroxychloroquine has any meaningful affect on COVID-19. Right now, because we are in a crisis, doctors on the front lines of this pandemic are trying everything they can to treat the patients they are seeing, and that means they are administering the drug in many cases, hoping that it might help.

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Biden, Trump and COVID-19: 'I'll always tell you the truth' vs. 'I don't take responsibility at all'

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 14:14

Donald Trump’s epic string of lies about coronavirus is impressive enough on its own, but it looks even worse when you compare it with former Vice President Joe Biden’s public statements on the same topic. Greg Sargent did just that, with a devastating timeline.

Bear in mind that Biden doesn’t command the airwaves every time he decides to clear his throat. He doesn’t get daily press briefings to stroke his own ego. He has to make what he says count—like writing a USA Today op-ed on January 27 warning that the outbreak “will get worse before it gets better” and that “I am concerned that the Trump administration’s shortsighted policies have left us unprepared for a dangerous epidemic that will come sooner or later.”

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John Oliver Takes a Good Look at Whacked Out Far Right Propaganda Network OAN [VIDEO]

Little Green Footballs - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 14:10

One America News, or OAN, is a far-right news network being embraced by President Trump at his coronavirus press briefings. John Oliver takes a look at who they are, how they report, and why they could be a big problem during the pandemic.

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Wisconsin governor orders delay in Tuesday's Supreme Court election, but GOP will fight it in court

Daily Kos - Mon, 04/06/2020 - 14:10

On Monday, Democratic Gov. Tony Evers of Wisconsin issued an executive order cancelling in-person voting and postponing Election Day from April 7 to June 9 in Wisconsin's presidential primary and competitive state Supreme Court general election, citing the dangers of the coronavirus pandemic making it impossible to safely hold the election in a manner consistent with voters' rights. Republicans had already asked the U.S. Supreme Court to prevent the extension of absentee mail voting, and they swiftly vowed to fight Evers' latest order at the state Supreme Court, leaving the election in chaos thanks to judicial uncertainty.

Despite a stay-at-home order and Evers' calls to expand mail voting as the safest way to protect voters and poll workers, Republican legislators have adamantly refused to take any actions that would have made it easier to vote and have actively fought litigation to do so, which led to a federal court refusing to postpone the election. Republicans adjourned a special session without taking action over the weekend just as soon as Evers had ordered one to be convened, leaving Evers no other option than to assert executive authority to delay the election.

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