Covid-19 infection rate growing

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In early June, the infection rate of Covid-19 testing had fallen way below 5%. Thanks to the combination of social distancing, sheltering in place, mask usage, and contact tracing we had lowered the number of daily new cases to their lowest level since early in the pandemic. Looks like June 10 was the low, with a 7-day moving average of 17,123 new positive tests out of 419,896 administered tests.

As you can see, that average is turning up. What has changed has been the move out of our self-quarantines. We lost focus, got lazy, politically weaponized Covid. We ignored Fauci, dammit! Protesters were greeted with tear gas — a great way to spread infectious respiratory diseases. And we have re-opened states that have not been following CDC guidelines.

The data reveals this simple fact: The increase in Covid-19 cases in the USA is NOT caused by an increase in testing…

Guidelines from WHO suggests countries with extensive testing for COVID-19, should remain at 5% or lower for at least 14 days. Looks like we are coming up on that date. Don’t be surprised when the E.U. Bars American Travelers as It Reopens Borders, Citing Failures on Virus – because we suck at this.

Barry doesn’t mince words. Although I would add to his commentary on practices in general – Don’t forget our government is providing shit-for-brains leadership. It’s what can happen when you let anachronistic regulations take precedence over democracy in elections.

Trump’s tweets = usual senseless blather

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) panned President Trump’s decision to withdraw the U.S. from the World Health Organization (WHO), calling the move “senseless.”…

“This senseless action will have significant, harmful repercussions now and far beyond this perilous moment, particularly as the WHO is leading worldwide vaccine development and drug trials to combat the pandemic,” The American Medical Association said in a statement.

COVID-19 affects us all and does not respect borders; defeating it requires the entire world working together,” the statement said.

Trump’s incompetence, continually followed by foaming at the mouth while he tries to blame someone, anyone, else for his stupidity, should be the most obvious reason for any honest voter to reject his re-election this coming autumn.

Trump’s policy on rallies is likely to end up killing off some of his support(ers)

President Donald Trump says he intends to continue holding large campaign rallies regardless of the threat posed by the growing coronavirus outbreak.

We will have tremendous rallies and we’re doing very well and we’ve done a fantastic job with respect to that subject on the virus,” Trump said before dinner Saturday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

Trump’s rallies, which draw thousands of rapturous supporters, were a signature of his 2016 campaign and remain the beating heart of his re-election bid. He held his most recent rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, on March 2, drawing a capacity crowd to the 9,600-seat Bojangles’ Coliseum.

Al long as the dumbass-in-chief keeps on holding rallies his obedient followers will keep on showing up. Driving beaucoup miles to bear witness to their favorite superstar. Intelligence, education, even common sense has nothing to do with it.

The back-asswards election games Americans play are often undemocratic and don’t come any closer to choosing a capable, representative “winner” than the typical TV game show. Sometimes, you get what you deserve.

Embassy bureaucrats refused to test staff exposed to coronavirus

The Daily Beast has learned that the (US embassy in Tokyo) exposed at least five employees to fully virulent coronavirus sufferers from the cruise ship Diamond Princess last month, and when they all asked to be tested, the U.S Embassy Tokyo Deputy Consul General Timothy G. Smith not only refused to do so unless they exhibited symptoms, he strongly discouraged them from getting outside testing.

Given mounting evidence that the disease can be transmitted by people with few or no symptoms, that would seem to be the height of folly. But in the mire of bureaucratic and political stubbornness, great plagues can grow.

…Questions about this issue, when put to the embassy, were kicked to the State Department in Washington, which gave this response on Monday:

“Throughout this crisis, we have continuously worked hard to ensure the safety of our staff, including through training and the provision of appropriate personal protective equipment by U.S. Government medical professionals. All health and safety protocols have been strictly followed.”…

From such vague responses to specific questions it‘s clear that, as our reporting shows, actual testing for infection is not part of the program–unless there are symptoms…

Is it a coverup, a fuckup, a compromise or just the way things are? Hard to say, but the Tokyo embassy scandal raises questions the entire United States and its public servants will be facing soon…

RTFA for details and more. I’d suggest you query your elected officials, maybe even try getting straight answers from the Trumplets in Washington, DC.. If we don’t raise a stink out here – the smell from the government is only going to get worse.

Republican officials stop attempt to name any of Route 66 after Trump

❝ A Republican lawmaker has abandoned his effort to rename a stretch of old Route 66 in northeastern Oklahoma after President Donald Trump…

State Sen. Nathan Dahm…may find another spot to rename Donald Trump Highway, but it won’t be associated with the Mother Road…

❝ Republican Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, who oversees Oklahoma’s marketing and branding, swiftly rejected the idea of naming sections of Route 66 after Trump or any other political figure.

“I don’t care if you want to call it Mother Teresa Highway or Donald Trump Highway; there is only one thing to call it, and that’s Historic Route 66,” Pinnell said…

Pasting the Fake President’s name on anything other than the back of his prison uniform is a waste of advertising space.

Dumb, dumber…and then dumb enough to work for the Fake President

❝ As the White House scrambled to mount a defense for President Donald Trump on Wednesday morning amid an escalating impeachment inquiry and a released transcript of his call with Ukraine’s leader, it emailed the wrong people with its talking points: the Democrats.

Washington reporters for Politico and the Huffington Post cited sources saying the White House emailed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other Congressional Democrats the talking points, then followed up with a “recall” message trying to take the emails back.

Jennifer Bendery of Huffington Post tweeted that Pelosi’s office confirmed receiving the email, then posted a screenshot of the recall message.

Aside from being a liar, a cheat and a crook, the Fake President obviously thinks he needs to be surrounded with lackeys as stupid as he is.