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The World Moves on as Trump Keeps Fighting


The World Moves on as Trump Keeps Fighting
November 21, 2020 at 7:36 am EST By Taegan Goddard

New York Times: “It is as if the vast machinery of diplomacy, business and lobbying has suddenly been recalibrated for the Biden era. Mr. Trump, by far the dominant world figure for the past four years, is increasingly treated as irrelevant.”

“Bank trade groups have begun meeting with Biden aides in anticipation of new fights over regulation. Foreign diplomats assuming a sharp turn in American foreign policy are retooling their agendas. Corporate executives, who are usually allergic to political statements, are saying out loud what most of Mr. Trump’s supporters have so far refused to acknowledge.”
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Nov 21, 2020, 07:43 AM (0 replies)

President-elect Joe Biden's transition team is one of the most diverse ever

President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team is one of the most diverse ever
Biden wants his administration to “look like America.” His transition team is a start.
By Li Zhouli@vox.com Nov 20, 2020, 2:40pm EST

President-elect Joe Biden is now in the process of staffing his administration and he’s highlighted a key priority: Building a team that “looks like America.”

According to data he’s shared, Biden’s transition team is one of the most diverse ever — representation that advocates hope they’ll continue to see as the administration works on broader White House staffing and Cabinet picks.

Thus far, 46 percent of Biden’s transition staff are people of color and 41 percent of senior staff are people of color. More than half of the transition staff — 52 percent — are women, and 53 percent of senior staff are women.

When it comes to the Agency Review Teams (ART) — individuals who are focused on the transfer of power at individual agencies — a majority of the roughly 500 people on them are also women, and about 40 percent are members of groups underrepresented in the federal government, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ community, and people with disabilities. As the Associated Press reported, Black men and women are leading over a quarter of the ART teams.

Biden and his team have repeatedly emphasized that diversity is a major priority for them as they prepare for the change in administration.
And America supports this move: According to a Vox/Data for Progress poll, 49 percent of all likely voters and 72 percent of Democrats believe his Cabinet should reflect the gender and racial diversity of the country.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 03:13 PM (3 replies)

Pelosi Calls Trump a 'Psychopathic Nut'


Pelosi Calls Trump a ‘Psychopathic Nut’
November 20, 2020 at 1:04 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said on a House Democratic leadership call Thursday night that President Trump is a “psychopathic nut,” Politico reports.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 03:08 PM (56 replies)

Ben Carson Used Unproven COVID Treatment Recommended By The MyPillow Guy


11/19/20 10:00am
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Ben Carson Used Unproven COVID Treatment Recommended By The MyPillow Guy
“Anybody who has ever gotten covid and taken it, they are fine in five hours, and the next day are running around playing floor hockey in the hallway,” said Mike Lindell.
By Ed Scarce

Lindell recommended oleander extract from a company he just happened to have a financial interest in. Within hours Ben Carson's symptoms are said to have magically disappeared. It's unclear if Ben Carson also now has a financial interest or not. Back in August, both of them were promoting the dietary supplement as "a cure" to Trump.

Snake oil salesmen, all of them.

Source: Washington Post

When Ben Carson, Trump’s secretary of housing and urban development, came down with covid-19 last week, the former surgeon wasn’t worried. He had a Guy for that.

“I heard about the oleander extract from Mike,” Carson said in an interview.

“Mike” is Mike Lindell, the pillow magnate who served as a Trump campaign chairman in Minnesota; oleander extract is an unproven therapeutic remedy for the coronavirus that Lindell has been pushing.

Carson said he took the extract, which has not been approved for such purposes by the FDA and which experts say may be dangerous, and within hours his symptoms disappeared — to the delight of Lindell, who has a financial stake in the company that makes the extract.

“Anybody who has ever gotten covid and taken it, they are fine in five hours, and the next day are running around playing floor hockey in the hallway,” said Lindell, who has pitched the Trump administration on its effectiveness (which, again, has not been proved).

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 12:54 PM (9 replies)

The Rude Pundit: Rudy Giuliani Is Sweating His Hair Color Off for America


The Rude Pundit
Proudly lowering the level of political discourse
Rudy Giuliani Is Sweating His Hair Color Off for America


Giuliani sputtered and yelped and gesticulated and performed, like a coked-out old porn actor who can't get a hard-on no matter how much Viagra or dick injections he takes. He insisted, "We cannot allow these crooks, because that’s what they are, to steal an election from the American people. They elected Donald Trump. They didn’t elect Joe Biden. Joe Biden is in the lead because of the fraudulent ballots, the illegal ballots, that were produced and that were allowed to be used, after the election was over."

Powell insisted, "President Trump won by a landslide. We are going to prove it, and we are going to reclaim the United States of America for the people who vote for freedom." That would be a conspiracy to commit election fraud so huge, involving so many people, that it would be easier just to organize a military coup.

And Ellis insisted, "We want to make sure to protect election integrity and your President, President Trump, we are so proud that he is in this fight, because he understands that when he swore his oath of office, he swore an oath to uphold and defend the United States Constitution."

That shit is laughable. The president who has wiped his sweaty nutsack with the Constitution isn't worth defending. But this isn't even about defending Trump. It's about ensuring that his hordes of morons stay inside the reality that Trump has constructed for them. To acknowledge Biden's victory, to legitimize the election in any way is to pierce through the orange viscous goo that surrounds Trump voters and all the lackeys and enablers around him. It would break the sucking hose that goes from the pockets and bank accounts of the rubes and right into the accounts of Trump's neverending campaign and his bullshit PAC, the same money that is funding these clownish charlatans, losing worthless case after worthless case, who are luxuriating in the pain of a nation.

And all these bastards, from Trump on down, need to be charged with sedition and tossed behind bars.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 09:12 AM (7 replies)

Tucker Carlson Calls UFOs More Credible Than Trump's Election Fraud Claims


Posted on Thu, Nov 19th, 2020 by Sean Colarossi
Tucker Carlson Calls UFOs More Credible Than Trump’s Election Fraud Claims

Fox News host Tucker Carlson – one of Donald Trump’s most reliable supporters on cable news – called out the president’s campaign lawyers for pushing baseless conspiracy theories about the election.



When you lose Tucker Carlson, it’s time to pack your bags

Over the past several weeks, as Donald Trump throws tantrums and pushes conspiracy theories about the election, most Republicans have either humored the president or stayed silent.

It’s a bad sign for Trump that Tucker Carlson is beginning to pull away from him by calling his fraud claims baseless and outlandish.

For the last four years, Donald Trump has been able to survive politically because right-wing media outlets like Fox News created an alternate reality in which he and his MAGA supporters could live.

It allowed him to get away with one scandal after another that no previous president would have been able to survive.

On Thursday night, that alternate reality cracked ever so slightly, signaling that the house of cards could be about to topple on Trump.

As a Republican president, when you start to lose Tucker Carlson, you know the end is near.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 09:06 AM (11 replies)

Ivanka Trump calls legal inquiries into Trump business political 'harassment'

womp womp I don't care, do you?

Ivanka Trump calls legal inquiries into Trump business political ‘harassment’
The president’s daughter was responding to a New York Times report saying investigations now include tax write-offs that appear to involve her.
11/19/2020 10:40 PM EST

Ivanka Trump on Thursday called New York state investigations into her father’s business dealings “harassment,” seeming to confirm that the probes now include tax write-offs that appear to involve her.

“This is harassment pure and simple,” she wrote on Twitter, linking to a New York Times report of recent subpoenas on the Trump Organization. “This ‘inquiry’ by NYC democrats is 100% motivated by politics, publicity and rage. They know very well that there’s nothing here and that there was no tax benefit whatsoever. These politicians are simply ruthless.”

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave the White House, the tweet by his daughter, a White House adviser, could signal the family’s coming defense against mounting inquiries by state authorities.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 08:59 AM (14 replies)

Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon

Your Old Radiator Is a Pandemic-Fighting Weapon
Turn-of-the-century faith in ventilation to combat disease pushed engineers to design steam heating systems that still overheat apartments today.
Patrick Sisson
August 5, 2020, 4:28 PM EDT
Age and inexpert maintenance have given century-old radiators a bad reputation. But when first installed, steam heating systems represented a powerful tool to fight infectious disease.

Photographer: Orlando/Hulton Archive via Getty Images

The coronavirus pandemic has revived interest in the role design has played fighting infectious diseases. Most famously, the trailblazing modern architecture of the early 20th century — open to nature and filled with light and air, as practiced by designers such as Alvar Aalto and Richard Neutra — reflected au courant ideas about health and wellness, especially in combating the scourge of tuberculosis (which also influenced bathroom design).

The battle against pathogens reshaped the inner working of buildings, too. Take that familiar annoyance for New Yorkers: the clanky radiator that overheats apartments even on the coldest days of the year. It turns out that the prodigious output of steam-heated buildings is the direct result of theories of infection control that were enlisted in the battle against the great global pandemic of 1918 and 1919.

The Spanish Influenza, which caused just over 20,000 deaths in New York City alone, “changed heating once and for all.” That’s according to Dan Holohan, a retired writer, consultant, and researcher with extensive knowledge of heating systems and steam heating. (Among his many tomes on the topic: The Lost Art of Steam Heating, from 1992.) Most radiator systems appeared in major American cities like New York City in the first third of the 20th century. This golden age of steam heat didn’t merely coincide with that pandemic: Beliefs about how to fight airborne illness influenced the design of heating systems, and created a persistent pain point for those who’ve cohabitated with a cranky old radiator.

Health officials thought (correctly) that fresh air would ward off airborne diseases; then as now, cities rushed to move activities outdoors, from schools to courtrooms. When winter came, the need for fresh air didn’t abate. According to Holohan’s research, the Board of Health in New York City ordered that windows should remain open to provide ventilation, even in cold weather. In response, engineers began devising heating systems with this extreme use case in mind. Steam heating and radiators were designed to heat buildings on the coldest day of the year with all the windows open. Anybody who’s thrown their windows open in January, when their apartment is stifling, is, in an odd way, replicating what engineers hoped would happen a century ago.

Leeds claimed that the “spent breath” of the occupants of poorly ventilated homes contributed to 40% of the deaths in the country.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 20, 2020, 08:11 AM (12 replies)

The GOP's Murder-Suicide Pact


The GOP’s Murder-Suicide Pact
November 19, 2020 at 1:00 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Ron Brownstein: “Congressional Republicans may be engaged in the political equivalent of a murder-suicide by abetting Donald Trump’s claims that the election was stolen from him.”

“By reinforcing Trump’s baseless narrative that he actually won the vote, Republicans could be suffocating President-elect Joe Biden’s already-slim chances of attracting any meaningful support from rank-and-file Republican voters, which will make it much tougher for him to build bipartisan coalitions in Congress. But by supporting Trump’s claims—either overtly or through their silence—Republicans are simultaneously cementing his position as the dominant figure in the GOP, snuffing out their chances of reconsidering the course he has set for their party.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 19, 2020, 07:32 PM (2 replies)

Atlanta Mayor Says Trump Would Eat His Kids


Atlanta Mayor Says Trump Would Eat His Kids
November 19, 2020 at 5:58 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) told CNN that President Trump would “eat his own children” if it benefited him.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 19, 2020, 07:28 PM (25 replies)
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