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(6 comments) SHARE Friday, May 22, 2020
Infectious Disease Science and D.J. Trump, Part 2 This is the 2nd part of a two-part series on Trump and the corona virus focusing on the completely unscientific TrumpResponse. It reviews the epidemiology of the disease (epidemiology being the study of the distribution of disease in populations). And it also discusses how Trump's ignorance/ignoring of the basic facts of what I call the Trumpidemic2020(C) has led to the increasingly horrible outcomes we are experiencing.
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Infectious Disease Science and D.J. Trump, Part 1 The COVID-19 pandemic is a complicated problem, although the solution to controlling its spread is fairly straightforward, as has been demonstrated by a number of countries that have been reasonably effective in controlling it. That number does not include the U.S., for two reasons. First, the nature of the disease. Second is a massive road-block to doing so named Donald J. Trump. This column discusses that relationship.
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Tara Reade and the Sexual Assault Charge Against former Vice-President Biden: A Commentary Ms. Tara Reade has lodged a charge of sexual assault against former V-P Biden. 1st, it should be fully investigated. 2nd, the V-P has attempted to initiate that investigation in the Senate files. Guess what? McConnell said "no way." 3rd, the Repubs. are screaming "Kavanaugh-Ford." Dr. Ford testified under oath. Ms. Reade has said she will. But the real comparable is Trump. If the V-P is to be investigated, so must Trump be.
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Nikki Haley, Trump, Let the Govs. do It, and the Constitution, Part 2 This is Part 2 of a series on Gov./Amb/Pres. Nominee Wanna/be Nikki Haley. that considers her support for Pres. Trump's "let the Governors do it" for both testing and materials supply. In fact, the Constituion's Statement of Purpose, the Preamble, simply does not support this approach. A Postscript considers Trump's visit to a mask-making plant in Arizona during which he described the U.S. as "warriors" going into battle.
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Trump's Magical Thinking Pt. 3: 'There Shall be No National Testing Program --- and the Virus Will Magically Go Away' This is the 3rd column on Trump's Magical Thinking. Beginning in childhood, it has propelled this ignorant, unintelligent, and poorly educated man to where he now sits. Trump has lived a life of enemies. They have always been people. The Magic Tricks he used to defeat them and move forward has been the subject of the previous columns. This one focuses on a new trick, designed to make the pandemic go away (in his mind).
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Donald Trump, the Trumpidemic2020©, and His Magical Thinking, Part 2 This is the second in a three-part series on Trump and his Magic Show. It explains each of the six elements of his Box of Magic Tricks to be used against humans in some detail. They are: The Protectors; "Always attack; Never Defend;" When all else fails, sue; Never be responsible to anyone; All adversaries are enemies: don't negotiate, just crush them with; You are History's Greatest Con Man. But uh oh this time it's a virus
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Trump, Testing, and His Magical Thinking Trump has gotten through life using a box of magic tricks: his father's money, "Always Attack; Never Defend; "Just sue, as needed;" never be responsible to anybody; being surrounded by enemies, don't negotiate, just crush them; as History's Greatest Con Man, just use that bag of tricks. But, his enemies have always been people. This time it's a virus. The old magic doesn't work. So he has come up with something new.
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Nikki Haley, Trump, and Let the Govs. Do It, Part 1 About a week and-a-half ago, former Gov./former UN Ambass./future Repub.-Pres.-Nominee-Wannabe, about the pandemic and who should be in charge, said "Let the Governors do it." And I published the original col. on what is now a two-part series on buzzflash.com. Then Trump said no, "I'm in charge." Then he changed his mind again. And so things really got confused. And so that column became two columns, the first of which is here
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The US Ruling Class and Trump's Personality and Politics: A Fatal Attraction On April 10, 2020 Former Amb./Gov./future Repub. Presidential-Candidate-Wanna-Be Nikki Haley published a New York Times Op-Ed in which she set forth her arguments as to why the pandemic response should almost entirely belpmg to the Governors. Elsewhere I published a riposte to that, based on the Preamble to the Constitution. Trump has taken two different positions on the matter.This is the first of a two-parter dealing with it
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One-and-a-Half Months in the Life of Trump; 10 Days in the Life (and death) of New York City As is well known, starting in January and running into March, President Trump continually down-played the any potential danger facing the United States from the outbreak of what has come to be known as the COVID-19 pandemic (or the Trumpidemic2020[C]). This column juxtaposes a series of Trump statements made during that time-period, with a series of events that took place around New York City in the latter part of March, 2020.
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The Deconstruction of the Administrative State and the Trumpidemic2020© A major factor in creating the reality of the Trumpidemic2020(C) in the United States, above and beyond the appearance of COVID-19 virus in China, is how the Federal government, crippled by Steve Bannon's Doctrine of the Deconstruction of the Administrative State, was able to respond to it. The deficit of professionalism was of course compounded by a variety of "Trump being himself" factors. This column considers these issues
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An Ounce of Prevention --- and Trump Could Have Been on a Glide-path the Re-election If Trump had been able to recognize the impending COVID-19 epidemic for what it might become, and had then been able to order the early initiation of the public health/prevention program that could have been put in place to alleviate its predictable severity, in terms of the health of the nation and the economy, he would have become a public health hero,on a glide path to re-election. Obviously that didn't happen. Here's why.
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The COVID-19 Epidemic and the Disastrous Federal Government Response: It Ain't Just Trump Trump has been characterizing the oncoming COVID-19 epidemic as some combination of Obama's fault, a Democratic hoax and/or re-run of impeachment, and etc. In particular there has been a major gap in testing. Some speculate that that relates to Trump's concerns about his re-election chances. But there has also been traditional modern Repub. resistance to "big government." This column explores the relationship.
SHARE Thursday, March 5, 2020
Is the UK Tabloid Racist Hounding of Meghan Markle Just a Murdoch Diversion to Allow the Tories to Seize More Power? There has been a long battle over the UK remaining in the EU: "Brexit." The right-wing British tabloids have been roaring for Brexit. After a recent Parliamentary election produced a large Right-Wing "Tory" majority "Leave" is done. They are now using their majority to make major changes in the UK Constitution. The tabloids have been roaring even more loudly about Meghan and Harry, driving them out of the country: it's a cover
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Advice to Bernie: Always Attack, Never Defend This column contains some advice for Bernie, both for the primaries and for the general election. I doubt that it will ever get to his campaign staff, and if it does, the chances that it will be read are low. But I have had fun putting it together anyway.
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Trumpite Fascism: A view from 2016 Since McConnell and the Trumpublicans in the Senate refused to try Trump on the impeachment charges carefully assembled by the House, Trump has been unleashed. The nation is a step or two closer to the imposition of outright fascism. This column takes a look at what I and others were saying about Trumpite fascism before the 2016 election, put into the current context. To put it all into the vernacular, it's scary, folks.
SHARE Thursday, February 13, 2020
What Might a Second Trump Term Look Like? It Will Not be Fun, Folks This column is about what a second Trump Administration might very well look like. Given what he and Barr have already done to the Justice Department, making it into the "Justice Department," unfortunately this view is probably not too far off overall, if not in every detail.
SHARE Thursday, February 6, 2020
Two New Constitutional Rules: Of Dershowitz and of McConnell Dershowitz, McConnell, and the Trumpublican majority in the Senate have amended the Constituion without bothering to go through the Amendment process. This column discusses the new "Dershowitz" and "McConnell" rules.
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Impeachment Thoughts: As the Defense (seems to) Rest The "Defense" was fascinating, because it wasn't a defense in the conventional sense. It was rather, for the most part, classic Trumpian "Always attack, never defend." This column, for the most part, is a set of examples of that strategy/tactic.
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How Trump Thinks (and he does), as in: "I have done nothing wrong" Trump does think. He does think differently than most of us do, but he does. This column is about what his own way of thinking is, and how it got to be that way.