Friday Morning Open Thread: The Media Has ‘Discovered’ Elizabeth Warren

Balloon Juice - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 06:32

She gave an absolutely bravura performance, and she’s earned all the media she’s getting. But I swear, some of the Media Village Idiots’ new improved attitude is just that they needed a new “star”. Crazy Bernie didn’t do anything he hasn’t been doing since forever, Uncle Joe was low-energy, they can’t bear to waste their highly-compensated talents on ‘no-hopers’ like Buttigieg and Klobuchar if the best those two deliver is a vinegary version of Midwestern ‘Nice’.

And I suspect, in their heart of hearts, they resent Mike Bloomberg’s Here’s a check, make it rain, peasants attitude. Sure, he lays out a nice buffet at his press avails… and there’s always the chance of winning some of those sweet Bloomberg bucks… but they can tell he doesn’t actually respect them. He won’t even pretend he loves them, and it’s not like he didn’t get his chances up there. Making Bernie wag his finger and yell is too easy to be ‘news’!

Speaking of prominent people whose feelings are very, very hurt… the Oval Office Occupant must’ve not-loved this:

LFG — you go, Liz!

It’s called ‘letting them know whose side you’re on’

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COVID-19 Update – Thursday / Friday

Balloon Juice - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 04:51

Thanks to commentor (and nursing student) Goku for the following link. (The tweets I’d seen over the previous day or two were all alarmist / sketchily sourced, presumably because the Iranian government has a fairly effective Twitter clampdown… and there’s a parlimentary election today.) From Univ-Minnesota’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy:

Following a report yesterday of its first two cases, both fatal, Iran’s health ministry today reported three more. Two are in Qom, the same city where the first two cases were confirmed, and one is in Arak, located about 92 miles southwest of that city.

All three patients are Iranian citizens, and the ministry’s machine-translated statement said the patient in Arak is a doctor. It said health officials have proposed limiting visits to Qom’s holy shrine and other pilgrimage sites. Among other measures, the health ministry has also advised canceling seminars and conferences in Qom.

A health official was quoted in Iran’s state news agency as saying the patients whose illnesses and deaths were announced yesterday had not had any contact with foreigners or people who had traveled to China, Al Jazeera reported today. It added that an advisor to Iran’s health ministry said testing is under way on suspected cases in several other cities, and that the state news agency reported that two people with suspected infections have been quarantined in Babol, located in northern Iran…

Dr. Rasmussen also has a long twitter thread, starting here, about the misleading term “asymptomatic”.

Also reassuring (for anyone who needs it), thread from a specialist on why COVID-19 is not a ‘bioweapon‘:

Could be worse…

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Late Night Horrorshow Open Thread: Another Benefit to Last Night’s Debate…

Balloon Juice - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 02:01

It pretty well drowned out ‘news’ of the Oval Office Squatter’s latest round of California gold-digging. Himself is very upset about this slight! The never-very-secure hinges, they are slipping!

Trump — and worse, Trump Jr. — video clips below the fold. Can’t say you weren’t warned…

Also, I’m afraid Junior — d/b/a as ‘the Heir Apparent’ (according to his Fox-News-trained side piece) — is back on the sauce.

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Will America Elect a Socialist President?

Kevin Drum - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:13

Pretty much everyone agrees that Mike Bloomberg did a terrible job last night. However, there was a one-minute segment where he went after Bernie Sanders:

This is what I’m afraid of in the general election. Sanders doesn’t get a lot of pushback from his fellow liberals for being a socialist, but Republicans will have no qualms about thrashing him to pieces over it. If Sanders wins, I suspect this attack from Bloomberg is just a tiny little taste of what he’ll get in the fall when the campaign gets going. What’s more, I think it will be more effective than we lefties are willing to admit to ourselves.

Maybe I’m wrong. We’ll see.

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The Bob Cesca Podcast: The Full Babadook

Little Green Footballs - Fri, 02/21/2020 - 00:02


Today's program from our podcasting affiliate, The Bob Cesca Show, powered by Van Cleave Law:

The Full Babadook -- NSFW! TRex David Ferguson and Jody Hamilton are here today; The Nevada Democratic debate; Warren's big night; Bloomberg's implosion; The Office Space Printer; Bernie's medical records, and reforming the presidency; Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months; The inevitable Trump pardon; Trump is the judge and jury for all of his fanboys now; Trump tried to sell a pardon to Julian Assange; Rohrabacher confesses; The demystification of the presidency; With music by Well-Known Strangers, and Alex Wong and Jesse Terry; and more!

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Future GOP Books

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:30

Open Thread below...

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C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Tame Impala

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:01

The Slow Rush is the title of latest album from the Kevin Parker headed project Tame Impala. It's been about five years since the last album, Currents, was released.

The world has changed quite a bit since then and, to an extent, so has the project's sound. While the psych thing the previous records had is still intact, there's a bit more of a velvety dance groove going on with quite a few tracks on this new one.

What are you listening to tonight.

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Thursday night owls: Excerpts from the March edition of the Harper's Index

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 23:00

Night Owls, a themed open thread, appears at Daily Kos seven days a week

From the Harper’s Index:

Number of European nations whose leader is 45 years old or younger: 15

Average percentage of their fortunes that the twenty richest Americans gave to charity in 2018: 0.8

Percentage of U.S. manufacturing jobs that required a bachelor’s degree in 1983: 14

That required one in 2018: 31

Percentage of the world’s cities with populations over 500,000 that experience periodic water shortages: 47

Number of people injured in a volcanic eruption in New Zealand in December: 13

Amount of human skin, in square footage, subsequently ordered by New Zealand from the United States: 516

Percentage of U.S. school districts in which the portion of Latino teachers equals or exceeds that of Latino students: 0.1

Year in which the NFL first required teams to interview candidates of color for every available head coaching job: 2003

Number of head coaches of color employed by the NFL at the time: 3

Number who are today: 4

Percentage of Americans who think that the Chinese government is sometimes or very often a source of disinformation: 36

Who think that CNN is: 36

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Far-Right Terrorist Murders Ten People in Germany

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:47

Maybe it was just bad timing — too much domestic news here. Suspect committed suicide, after killing his mother:

Authorities Thursday confirmed the suspect behind two shootings in the central German city of Hanau, which left nine people dead and six more injured, showed signs of a “deeply racist mentality.”

Germany’s attorney general, Peter Frank, said a video and manifesto posted on the suspect’s website expressed “not only crazy thoughts and convoluted conspiracy theories, but also a deeply racist mentality.” He cited this as the reason for the attorney general’s office to take over the investigation.

Prosecutors must now “find out, if there were any other supporters or accomplices in the Hanau attacks.” Frank said prosecutors would look into the suspect’s environment and known connections, both in Germany and in other countries.

A 43-year-old German man is the prime suspect in the attacks, which took place Wednesday night at two hookah bars. His body and that of his mother were found by police in his home, bringing the total death toll to 11. A weapon was found beside the two. Police encoutered the suspect’s father uninjured, the attorney general’s office said in a statement.

Federal prosecutors soon took over the investigation due to the severity of the case, as this prosecutorial level primarily handles cases of crimes against the state…

In talking with eyewitnesses on the ground in Hanau, DW’s Rebecca Staudenmaier said the hookah bar where the first shooting took place was focal points for a local tight-knit Kurdish community, as well as a popular hangout for young people of all backgrounds.

Police have revealed few details about the victims. However, Yanki Pürsün, a lawmaker in the Hesse state parliament, told DW’s Turkish service that three of the victims were of Turkish descent and five had a North African background…

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Elizabeth Warren for President

Little Green Footballs - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:08

I don't usually do endorsements, but I am tonight.

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She’s Baaack

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 22:00

Crooks and Liars, a progressive blog, remains neutral during the primary season. Guest posts do not reflect the endorsement of Crooks and Liars or its editors.

Elizabeth Warren’s law school classes at Harvard were once described as “the Socratic Method administered by a machine gun”. Those who survived her tough approach came to be her most loyal acolytes and allies. I hope that is about to become true in the Democratic Party.

Elizabeth first got a following in the progressive movement by her searing questioning of Obama Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner: people figured that if she was willing to challenge the Democratic Party’s leadership, she would be willing to fight for them on the issues that mattered the most. And when she got to the Senate and was named to the Banking Committee, in her first hearing as Senator, her questioning of a witness was so devastating that the video became the first Banking Committee hearing ever to get over a million views on YouTube. She knows how to be tough.

Well, that Elizabeth Warren is back, folks. Maybe with her running from behind and being written off by the pundits, she felt freed up to go back into Socrates with a machine gun mode. I hope she stays there, and that she stays in this race over the long haul. We need that toughness.

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Twitter Disinfo Open Thread: “We’re WORKING On It, Okay?”

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:10

Chorus from users: But STILL no edit button, Jack…

Twitter confirmed that the leaked demo, which was accessible on a publicly available site, is one possible iteration of a new policy to target misinformation. The company does not currently have a date for a rollout of any new misinformation features.

In this version, disinformation or misleading information posted by public figures will be corrected directly beneath the tweet by fact-checkers and journalists who are verified on the platform, and possibly other users who will participate in a new “community reports” feature, which the demo claims is “like Wikipedia.”…

The leaked demo also shows an example of medical misinformation, including an example about the coronavirus by a verified Twitter account.

The impending policy rollout comes as the 2020 election season is ramping up, with Twitter playing a central role in some of the daily give-and-take between the candidates. On Thursday, former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s campaign posted an edited video that made it seem as if there had been a long pause when he asked during Wednesday’s Democratic debate if the other candidates had ever started a business…

Some other websites have successfully used community moderation to regulate their platforms. Information on Wikipedia has been moderated by anonymous users since its inception in 2001. It is frequently vandalized in breaking news situations by political actors, which can sometimes lead more powerful moderators to temporarily lock down pages…

CORRECTION (Feb. 20, 2020, 5:16 p.m. ET): A previous version of this article misstated when Twitter will release new features to counter misinformation. There is currently no timeline; it is not scheduled to roll out on March 5.

Useful, probably unintentional, subtext: A vocal percentage of Twitter users either won’t read linked info, or choose to misunderstand it:

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Judge In Roger Stone Case Needles Trump Admin For Reducing Sentencing Guidelines

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 21:00

Judge Amy Berman Jackson seemed to take a swipe at Attorney General William Barr’s Justice Department over the sentencing recommendations for Roger Stone.

At a court hearing on Thursday, Jackson addressed the fact that prosecutors had asked for a more lenient sentence for Stone. The judge noted that it was unusual for the government to take the side of the defendant in criminal cases.

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Intel Official Says Russia Is Trying to Re-Elect Trump

Kevin Drum - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 20:09

Last week an intelligence official named Shelby Pierson gave a classified briefing to the House Intelligence Committee. Russia, she said, was already interfering in the 2020 election to try to get Donald Trump re-elected. Shortly thereafter, Trump met in the Oval Office with the acting Director of National Intelligence, Joseph Maguire, and went ballistic on him. A few days later Trump announced that he was replacing Maguire with Richard Grenell, a loyalist who has no intelligence experience.

White House officials insisted that the timing was just a coincidence.

You betcha. The New York Times reports that Trump was angry because he was afraid Democrats would use this information against him. And I suppose he’s right. Another alternative, of course, would be for Trump to do something about Russian interference, which would neuter any possible Democratic complaints. Apparently, though, that’s out of the question. Don’t you know there’s an election coming up?

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E. Jean Carroll Fired By Elle Magazine, And She Blames Trump

Crooks and Liars - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 20:00

Women's rights advocates came to the defense of longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll Wednesday after she revealed she was fired from Elle magazine months after coming forward with sexual assault allegations against President Donald Trump.

Carroll claimed her dismissal from her job as an advice columnist for the magazine, where she worked for more than two decades, came as the result of Trump's attacks on her following the accusation.

"Because Trump ridiculed my reputation, laughed at my looks, and dragged me through the mud, after 26 years, Elle fired me," Carroll tweeted after her firing was reported by news outlets. "I don't blame Elle... I blame Donald Trump."

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The Limitations of a Never Trumper

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 19:14

I think Jennifer Rubin has been right about a lot of things in the Trump era, but she’s pretty wrong on this one. Her post-debate column barely mentions Warren, naming Biden (!?!) and Buttigieg (!?!) as the winners. Were she and I watching the same debate?

As we go forward, a bunch of never-Trumpers who have DC sinecures are going to lecture Democrats on who can win, why they can win, how they can win and so forth. We would be stupid to listen to them. Even if their advice is given sincerely (and I think in Rubin’s case, it is), their feelers are tuned to feel what an ever-shrinking group of moderate Republicans feel. In the real world, a lot of those moderate Republicans are already going to pull the lever for Trump because they can’t stomach voting for a Democrat. Some of them are going to vote for whichever Democrat makes the ticket (James Joyner at OTB is a good example). The rest of them may or may not vote. Rubin, Rick Wilson, David Frum and others like them just don’t represent a big enough constituency to be bothered about what they say. They’re great at criticizing Trump, but not so good on helping Democrats pick a candidate to beat him.

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And Now, Ze Frank's True Facts About the Mating Dance of the Peacock Spider (Feat. Quinta Brunson)

Little Green Footballs - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:29

Mmmmm. Happy Time.
Join the Madness: https://www.patreon.com/truefacts
Look at This Butt : https://zefrank.bandcamp.com/track/look-at-this-butt
Special thanks to Quinta Brunson
Footage by Jurgen Otto, courtesy of Brave Bison
Check out Jurgen's videos. He is the best of the best when it comes to Peacock Spider footage....

I apologize for the mistake in labelling the spiders. The second one is Maratus Pardus. Of course I missed something that obvious in the edit.

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Election Year Open Thread: ICYMI

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 18:22

Bloomberg wasn’t the only elderly white guy had a bad night, last night…

(A $600K ‘summer camp’, incidentally — we’re not talking outhouse & oil lamp level, people.)

Look! Over there! A new poll!

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Russia is interfering on Trump's behalf again, and he's enraged that Congress now knows it

Daily Kos - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 17:18

There's a bit more clarity now to the story of the briefing to the House Intelligence Committee that may or may not have contributed to acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire's departure from the Trump administration. According to The New York Times, the mysterious briefing that Republicans and impeached president Donald Trump so objected to was about Russia interfering in this election, the 2020 one.

Five people familiar with the matter told the Times that the Feb. 13 briefing included a warning to lawmakers that Russia was interfering to get Trump reelected, a "disclosure that angered Mr. Trump, who complained that Democrats would use it against him," as opposed to using it to try to secure the election and prevent Russia from mucking about in it again. The Times reports that the next day, Trump "berated Joseph Maguire, the outgoing acting director of national intelligence, for allowing it to take place" and the fact that Rep. Adam Schiff, the committee chairman, was present to hear it was "a particular irritant."

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Respite Open Thread: Penelope In A Pretty Scarf

Balloon Juice - Thu, 02/20/2020 - 16:36

You guys do like to spoil my critters! MomSense sent me three beautiful scarves, colored especially for each duck. I may have video of putting them on, I haven’t looked at it yet, it may be just a blur of feather, wings and yarn.

 Penelope In A Pretty Scarf 1

They removed them very quickly :

 Penelope In A Pretty ScarfMabel removing her scarf

When I have a bit more time, I’ll do one scarf/one duck and take photos. It kind of stresses them out, but I bribed them with romaine lettuce and they have mostly forgiven me.

Okay here is the big reveal, Penelope Pearl in her pretty red scarf:

Pretty duck in pretty scarf

Thanks so much MomSense! With luck, there will be more pictures.

RESPITE open thread.

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