Pentagon warned Trump about shortages of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds in 2017

– TRUMP DID NOTHING.

Despite President Trump’s repeated assertions that the Covid-19 epidemic was “unforeseen” and “came out of nowhere,” the Pentagon was not just well aware of the threat of a novel influenza but even anticipated the consequent scarcity of ventilators, face masks, and hospital beds, according to a 2017 Pentagon plan obtained by The Nation.

“The most likely and significant threat is a novel respiratory disease, particularly a novel influenza disease,” the military plan states. Covid-19 is a respiratory disease caused by the novel (meaning new to humans) coronavirus. The document specifically refers to coronaviruses on several occasions, in one instance saying, “Coronavirus infections [are] common around the world.”…

Titled “USNORTHCOM Branch Plan 3560: Pandemic Influenza and Infectious Disease Response,” the draft plan is marked for official use only and dated January 6, 2017. The plan was provided to The Nation by a Pentagon official who requested anonymity to avoid professional reprisal.

Golly, gee, Skipper. I thought we heard Fearless Leader say he knew nothing of the threat from coronavirus plague. No one in US Intelligence had ever suggested such a concern.

Hmmm?

Trump/Kushner want Palestinians to meet “standards” never enforced on any Arab nation


Newsweek

President Donald Trump’s senior adviser Jared Kushner told CNN that if Palestinians can’t meet certain conditions under the administration’s Middle East plan, then he doesn’t believe Israel should take “the risk to recognize them as a state.”…

Fareed Zakaria pointed out that “no Arab country” currently meets the criteria Palestinians are being asked to achieve in the next four years — including ensuring free press, free elections, guarantees of religious freedom and an independent judiciary and financial institutions that are as transparent as they are in the West.

“Isn’t this just a way of telling the Palestinians you’re never actually going to get a state,” Zakaria asked, “because … if no Arab countries today in a position that you are demanding of the Palestinians before they can be made a state, effectively, it’s a killer amendment.”

Anyone surprised at this crappola from Trump and Kushner? RTFA for beaucoup depth and analysis.

AT&T’s first 5G speed tests suck

While 5G has massive potential, the only major effect it has achieved so far in the US is confusing the general public. That’s due in large part to ill-advised marketing strategies and questionable 5G “launches” by the four major wireless carriers. In the latest addition to this frustrating saga, we’re finally seeing speed tests of AT&T’s fledgling 5G network, and the results are far from impressive.

The results were posted to Reddit and reported on by PCMag’s Sascha Segan…not a bad result, per se, but it’s also roughly the same as the gigabit LTE speeds we’ve been seeing these days…a 4G test from that same area…came back with a very similar result. How could this be?…

…The 5G hype machine has promised a whole lot more than marginally better performance, higher floors, and slightly lower latencies, so it’s fair to be somewhat perturbed by these early results which, it’s worth pointing out, are the only reports we’ve seen so far, due to AT&T’s refusal to hand out review units…

Most independent communications geeks agree that what American consumers will have available after another year or two of disinformation and crap outright lies — will be roughly 20% increase in overall capability compared to other nations who are actually installing the real deal.

My only hope is that we’re not forced to buy the “upgrade”.

Read it and weep 2…even crocodile tears count

” The stunningly consequential accusation spelled out in the Democrats’ impeachment report represents the most sweeping effort yet to capture the span of President Donald Trump’s alleged offense and to boil it into a crisp indictment.

In effect, the 300-page House Intelligence Committee summary of witness testimony, timelines and phone records accused Trump of perpetrating one of the most serious political crimes in the history of the United States.

The report is a roadmap toward formal articles of impeachment — an argument to a nation split in two on Trump’s political fate that there is no alternative but to remove him from office 11 months before the next general election over his pressure on Ukraine for political favors.

Good riddance to this rubbish fake president!

The World has lost confidence in American Leadership Since Trump was made president

❝ Ever since President Donald Trump was voted into office, global confidence in U.S. leadership has plummeted. That’s according to this year’s Global Peace Index.

❝ The 2019 Global Peace Index…showed that while global approval of leadership in Germany, China and Russia has been steadily on the rise since 2016, approval of U.S. leadership has seen a dramatic decline.

In 2016, confidence in U.S. leadership was at 45 percent, but fell below 35 percent by 2017. Since then, Steve Killelea (founder of the institute…which produces the Global Peace Index) said, approval has started to plateau, seeing a subtle uptick. However, confidence levels in U.S. leadership still sit below approval of leadership in both China and Germany.

RTFA for a bit more detail, chronology. There’s also a link to the report itself.

Barr’s Playbook on honesty, memos, press conferences


“I’ve summarized the principal conclusions”

❝ On Friday the thirteenth October 1989…news leaked of a legal memo authored by William Barr. He was then serving as head of the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC). It is highly uncommon for any OLC memo to make headlines. This one did because it was issued in “unusual secrecy” and concluded that the FBI could forcibly abduct people in other countries without the consent of the foreign state. The…implication of the legal opinion at that moment in time…appeared to pave the way for abducting Panama’s leader, Gen. Manuel Noriega.

❝ Members of Congress asked to see the full legal opinion. Barr refused, but said he would provide an account that “summarizes the principal conclusions.” Sound familiar?…

Barr withheld the full OLC opinion in 1989 and said to trust his summary of the principal conclusions…When the OLC opinion was finally made public long after Barr left office, it was clear that Barr’s summary had failed to fully disclose the opinion’s principal conclusions. It is better to think of Barr’s summary as a redacted version of the full OLC opinion. That’s because the “summary” took the form of 13 pages of written testimony…this 13-page version omitted some of the most consequential and incendiary conclusions from the actual opinion. And there was evidently no justifiable reason for having withheld those parts from Congress or the public.

He’s certainly had beaucoup practice prior to everything he’s done so far as Attorney General to protect the scumbag playing at Fake President in the White House.

I’ll be going about my usual day…the highest priority being fitness and sound nutrition. Even old leftwing geezers need to keep the physical plant in shape if the engine is going to offer useful products over a long period of time. 🙂

Over the day, I’ll catch up with the news. I doubt we’ll get to see the report as constructed by those entrusted with the research, analysis and conclusions until some time after this fake president and his obedient pimps are long gone. Yes, I’m cynical as ever about the American electorate as currently constituted and manipulated by thugs slightly sharper than the average mid-level drug dealer. If circumstances aid the cause and course of honesty in the months before the next election, that may come about sooner.

I ain’t holding my breath.