1. #73681
    Tuesday's report:

    13,542 new cases; about 10k fewer than two weeks ago.

    Top 5:

    Fuck Florida.
    Texas: 1,843 new cases; 37 deaths
    California: 1,088 new cases; 23 deaths
    Washington: 769 new cases; 18 deaths
    Missouri: 705 new cases; no deaths reported

    We've gone quite a while now with only a couple (of the more populated) states having over 1k new cases (unless you include Florida which is probably still over 2k from time to time, who knows) so that's a pretty good stint. As far as why Missouri is on the list today, well, they're having some problems. More below in Related. As for the rest, cases continue to drop nationally as Biden's vaccination effort continues, though there are problematic pockets that will keep me on edge for a while yet. As the nation slowly creeps towards 70% vaccinated it's important to realize the race against time we're in against variants.

    401 deaths is over 250 fewer than two weeks ago and brings the total to 613,052. Florida probably makes up a good chunk of that difference--unless they want to prove otherwise. Michigan, Georgia and Texas were at the top today otherwise.

    Related news:

    Local hospitals reporting more COVID-19 hospitalizations as transmission rates spike in northern Missouri--Had to go a bit local with this one because I was curious as to why they were so high up the list today.

    According to the Missouri Hospital Association, Putnam, Livingston and Linn counties in north-central Missouri hold the first, second and fourth highest rates of new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the entire country. On average, there were 5.3 new cases per 100,000 residents in the U.S. last week, while in Putnam County the rate was 127.8. This is more than 24 times the national average.

    MHA attributed the rise in case partially to the Delta variant found in the area and celebrations like Mother's Day and Graduations. Spokesman Dave Dillon said a big part of the spike in cases to vaccine hesitancy in more rural areas of the state.

    "If you look at the counties that are experiencing this spike, they have extremely low vaccination rates," Dillon said. "So, there is a very easy way to avoid this challenge, and/or another peak in the state."
    Pretty straightforward. The Delta variant isn't fucking around and people need to get their jabs.

    Florida, Alabama No Longer Reporting Daily Coronavirus Data--Unsurprising. Facts haven't found much purchase in either state for a long time. By the way, cases were actually going back up again in Alabama recently, from 200's a couple weeks ago to 300's this week. Expect certain other states to suddenly stop reporting as well without the vaccination numbers to back it up. Alabama, incidentally, has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the country at around 36%.

    Stay safe, folks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    Tuesday's report:

    13,542 new cases; about 10k fewer than two weeks ago.

    Top 5:

    Fuck Florida.
    Texas: 1,843 new cases; 37 deaths
    California: 1,088 new cases; 23 deaths
    Washington: 769 new cases; 18 deaths
    Missouri: 705 new cases; no deaths reported

    We've gone quite a while now with only a couple (of the more populated) states having over 1k new cases (unless you include Florida which is probably still over 2k from time to time, who knows) so that's a pretty good stint. As far as why Missouri is on the list today, well, they're having some problems. More below in Related. As for the rest, cases continue to drop nationally as Biden's vaccination effort continues, though there are problematic pockets that will keep me on edge for a while yet. As the nation slowly creeps towards 70% vaccinated it's important to realize the race against time we're in against variants.

    401 deaths is over 250 fewer than two weeks ago and brings the total to 613,052. Florida probably makes up a good chunk of that difference--unless they want to prove otherwise. Michigan, Georgia and Texas were at the top today otherwise.

    Related news:

    Local hospitals reporting more COVID-19 hospitalizations as transmission rates spike in northern Missouri--Had to go a bit local with this one because I was curious as to why they were so high up the list today.



    Pretty straightforward. The Delta variant isn't fucking around and people need to get their jabs.

    Florida, Alabama No Longer Reporting Daily Coronavirus Data--Unsurprising. Facts haven't found much purchase in either state for a long time. By the way, cases were actually going back up again in Alabama recently, from 200's a couple weeks ago to 300's this week. Expect certain other states to suddenly stop reporting as well without the vaccination numbers to back it up. Alabama, incidentally, has the second-lowest vaccination rate in the country at around 36%.

    Stay safe, folks.
    Yup they're saying Delta variant is gonna be dominant one here, more transmissible which already makes it more deadly + actually more deadly but to those not jabbed. So, yeah, don't be a hesitant idiot and got your shot as soon as you can, which I know in some parts of the world isn't soon enough. This man I'm quoting gives good advice.

  3. #73683
    ORBITS: Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) asks whether the Forest Service or the BLM can alter the orbit of the moon or the Earth in order to fight climate change during a House Natural Resources hearing https://t.co/yYiOyi2cMZ
    https://twitter.com/Forbes/status/14...420741633?s=19

    Remember, the Republicans always project on AOC's intelligence.

    Gohmert is by far the dumbest mother effer in Congress.
    “There is a cult of ignorance in the United States…. [It is] nurtured by the false notion that democracy means that ‘my ignorance is just as good as your knowledge.’”

    -Isaac Asimov

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    https://twitter.com/Forbes/status/14...420741633?s=19

    Remember, the Republicans always project on AOC's intelligence.

    Gohmert is by far the dumbest mother effer in Congress.
    Truest words. Many can argue about the mental capacity of so many of these idiots, but Ghomert is S+ tier when it comes to idiocy.

  5. #73685
    If global warming is such a problem, why can't we just drop a few ice cubes into the sun? I mean, the sun isn't that big. When I stare at it during an eclipse while it's up there orbiting the Earth, it's barely wider than the distance between two of my fingers.

  6. #73686
    https://thehill.com/policy/national-...imony-on-trump

    McGahn on the Trump campaign colluding with Russian officials -

    “Well, you know, he certainly entertained the idea. Certainly seemed to ask a number of people about it. Certainly had a number of conversations with me about something along those lines,” McGahn told lawmakers.

    “So, you know, it was disappointing that he’d come out and say, oh, it was never on the table when, certainly, at least the conflict of interest issue and whether that would preclude Mueller from being special counsel, certainly was discussed,” he added.
    On Mueller -

    He wanted me to call [former Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein and inform Rod that he had conflicts. And, in the President's view, Mueller shouldn't be able to serve as special counsel because of these conflicts,” he said.
    On Trump pressuring McGahn to clear him publicly -

    The transcript also shows McGahn’s own fears of being implicated in the investigation, as Trump was pressuring him to release a statement saying Trump had not sought to pressure Rosenstein to remove Mueller.

    McGahn said that statement “would not have been accurate” and that given Mueller’s track record for going after those who had made false statements, “I would have probably been next.
    Plenty more, those are just the tidbits from The Hill so far.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Edge- View Post
    Plenty more, those are just the tidbits from The Hill so far.
    I don't know how many of us said "there will be XXX people leaving the Trump WH and claiming to be the only sane, honest, competent person there". But it was probably a high number.

    I think, looking back at breaking news the Keystone Pipeline has been canceled.

    A statement from TC Energy said that after "a comprehensive review of its options, and in consultation with its partner, the Government of Alberta, it has terminated the Keystone XL Pipeline Project."

    "We value the strong relationships we’ve built through the development of this Project and the experience we’ve gained," François Poirier, the company's president and CEO, said in a statement.
    Naturally the GOP is saying "But what about the jobs!" and here's Breccia the Asshole saying "Politifact bitches."

    Our Ruling

    A Facebook post says that Biden’s executive order revoking the Keystone XL pipeline "is destroying 11,000 jobs."

    That number is an estimate, and the claim lacks context about the longevity of Keystone jobs.

    TC Energy said more than 1,000 people are out of work because of Biden’s executive order. In October, the company said it expected to employ more than 11,000 Americans in 2021 and generate more than $1.6 billion in gross wages.

    But both TC Energy and the State Department have said the majority of those jobs would be temporary. A 2014 report found that the company would need only 50 employees to maintain the Keystone XL pipeline once it’s finished, 35 of them permanent.

    Temporary jobs are still jobs. But this post could leave the wrong impression without full context. We rate it Half True.
    I'm going to hit the important part again.

    35 of them permanent
    One of Trump's most crowed-about achievements is nowhere near as long as he said, leaked, and nobody wants it sticking into them. What better metaphor for Trump could there possibly be?

    House Republicans blame Democrats for higher Chipotle burrito prices

    ...okay, that's a close second.

  8. #73688
    Feel like this has to be posted here due to the content of what the Pennsylvanian State Representative said. He was being booed for stating the obvious about the GQP in the Pennsylvania state house and it was a pretty perfect line in response to the boos.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pennsylva...234357103.html
    House Majority Leader Bryan Cutler, a Republican, then cut Sims' microphone. "That's enough," he said amid booing from other GOP lawmakers.

    Sims was unrepentant.

    "Your boos mean nothing to me," he said. "I've seen what you cheer for."
    A absolutely perfect response to any Republican in any level of the U.S. government.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathora44 View Post
    Feel like this has to be posted here due to the content of what the Pennsylvanian State Representative said. He was being booed for stating the obvious about the GQP in the Pennsylvania state house and it was a pretty perfect line in response to the boos.

    https://www.yahoo.com/news/pennsylva...234357103.html


    A absolutely perfect response to any Republican in any level of the U.S. government.
    "How dare you correctly point out facts, they hurt my feelings!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by pathora44 View Post
    "Your boos mean nothing to me," he said. "I've seen what you cheer for."
    Huh. That's a Rick and Morty line.

  11. #73691
    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    https://twitter.com/Forbes/status/14...420741633?s=19

    Remember, the Republicans always project on AOC's intelligence.

    Gohmert is by far the dumbest mother effer in Congress.
    Maybe the forest service can also rake all the moon forests, so they won't catch fire. Space force with their brand new space cruisers can handle the back and forth transport.

    Although.... I swear couple years back North Korea said they're building statue of great leaders hand that will hold the moon they bring home from the sky. Trusting their honesty; the moon might be in North Korea these days and not orbiting our fair planet.
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    True, I was just bored and tired but you are correct.

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    millennials were the kids of the 9/11 survivors.

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    Trump says Biden should fire the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    "For what?"

    I mean, does it matter? He's a sick fat unemployed senile old man. His opinion is worthless.

    "But must have had some reason."

    Well if you must pry, they said climate change was a serious threat, along with China and Rusia.

    "So...Trump is closer to what @Azadina said sarcastically about moon forest rakings, than admitting climate change is real?"

    Yes.

    "Doesn't he literally live at sea level? I mean, even Florida knows there's a problem. They published this in 2010. There's a section about increased flooding."

    Technically, Mar-a-Lago is three feet above sea level. As per that paper's findings, it'll be 2.5 in 15 years. Maybe 2.0 because of the added Trump bulk. Yes, he should be very concerned that the building he lives in is under increasing threat. It would not surprise me even a little if, during the next tropical storm, hurricane or Taco Bell-inspired toilet backup, for Trump to yell "WHY DIDN'T ANYONE WARN US!" at passing clouds.

  13. #73693
    Wednesday's report:

    14,201 new cases; roughly 9.5k fewer than two weeks ago (not counting Florida).

    Top 5:

    Fuck Florida.
    Texas: 1,598 new cases; 38 deaths
    California: 1,034 new cases; 28 deaths
    Colorado: 697 new cases; 20 deaths
    New York: 660 new cases; 8 deaths

    The drop in cases remains pretty precipitous through most of the nation and in the larger states like California and New York in particular. For California to be nearly under 1k is pretty astonishing given the population--and those jackasses in Orange County. Texas' total today is actually higher than two weeks ago as Abbott continues shouting "all is well!" and Texas has been moved from "Medium" risk to "High" risk, joining Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Washington.

    452 deaths is about 200 fewer than two weeks ago and brings the total to 613,494. After Florida at the top spot came Texas, New Jersey and Pennsylvania, all under 50. The 7-day average remains at about 400 thanks largely to corrections after the holiday weekend last week.

    Related news:

    Slavitt steps down as White House coronavirus response coordinator--This was a departure that was planned at the start so not exactly on the same level of the Trump administration's revolving-door.

    Fauci blasts 'preposterous' Covid conspiracies, accuses his critics of 'attacks on science'--The article itself is a bit repetitive, but it's essentially quoting Fauci couching "these people are fucking morons" in the nicest terms possible. And he's right. To wit:

    Fauci also flatly dismissed a conspiracy theory about him and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that has been pushed by Republican Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee.

    Zuckerberg emailed Fauci early on in the pandemic, inviting him to a Q&A video on the platform and outlining some ideas where the social media giant could work with the U.S. government on the Covid response. Blackburn claimed the emails between the two men showed that Fauci was trying to create a narrative "so that you would only know what they wanted you to know."
    Several of these elected officials ought to be removed from their seats for being just too fucking stupid, although I guess they do represent their constituents...

    Stay safe, folks.
    Last edited by Benggaul; 2021-06-10 at 05:49 PM.

  14. #73694
    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    Several of these elected officials ought to be removed from their seats for being just too fucking stupid, although I guess they do represent their constituents...
    The irony of Blackburn accusing Fauci of the literal strategy for the Republican party. Fuck man, I loathe how anti-science the party has become, and how a hard working and fundamentally decent guy like Fauci is on the receiving end of an avalanche of hate and harassment, including from god-damned elected officials.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    452 deaths
    Also known as "late March 2020 levels". The rolling averages didn't hit 450 until the first week of April.

    The country is on the right path, but there's still a long way to go.

    Quote Originally Posted by Benggaul View Post
    'attacks on science'... And he's right.
    He is. To date, not a single conspiracy theory has had any backup. I especially like the ones about microchips that, somehow, weren't found even once by accident in hundreds of millions of doses. You would have to be rabid fanbase level of willfully ill-informed to believe those. Seriously, not one person had a microchip reaction? None causes an aneurysm, nobody had allergies, none were fried in an X-ray which, pretty sure, is how EMP was discovered?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Breccia View Post
    I would argue that it being a line from the Hiestcon episode only makes it more apt.

  17. #73697
    https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uks...ir-2021-06-10/

    Biden a "Breath of fresh air" for BoJo? Man, he's gonna get left on read next time he wants something from The Donald.

    Friendship with BoJo is over. Trump has no best friends now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paranoid Android View Post
    https://twitter.com/Forbes/status/14...420741633?s=19

    Remember, the Republicans always project on AOC's intelligence.

    Gohmert is by far the dumbest mother effer in Congress.
    There ought to be some intelligence tests that are taken yearly to make sure our representatives are...not dumb as dirt.

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    Someone summon @Breccia and probably @cubby
    We got some freshly dug up Trump shenanigans

    Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

    and before you say "paywall" they added some gift share thing, so anyone can see that article for the next 14 days, and it wont count against your feebies

    As the Justice Department investigated who was behind leaks of classified information early in the Trump administration, it took a highly unusual step: Prosecutors subpoenaed Apple for data from the accounts of at least two Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee, aides and family members. One was a minor.

    All told, the records of at least a dozen people tied to the committee were seized in 2017 and early 2018, including those of Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, then the panel’s top Democrat and now its chairman, according to committee officials and two other people briefed on the inquiry.

    Prosecutors, under the beleaguered attorney general, Jeff Sessions, were hunting for the sources behind news media reports about contacts between Trump associates and Russia. Ultimately, the data and other evidence did not tie the committee to the leaks, and investigators debated whether they had hit a dead end and some even discussed closing the inquiry.

    But William P. Barr revived languishing leak investigations after he became attorney general a year later. He moved a trusted prosecutor from New Jersey with little relevant experience to the main Justice Department to work on the Schiff-related case and about a half-dozen others, according to three people with knowledge of his work who did not want to be identified discussing federal investigations.
    "Law and Order", lots of places have had that, Russia, North Korea, Saddam's Iraq.
    Laws can be made to enforce order of cruelty and brutality.
    Equality and Justice, that is how you have peace and a society that benefits all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Luniz View Post
    Someone summon @Breccia and probably @cubby
    We got some freshly dug up Trump shenanigans

    Hunting Leaks, Trump Officials Focused on Democrats in Congress

    and before you say "paywall" they added some gift share thing, so anyone can see that article for the next 14 days, and it wont count against your feebies
    I believe in conservative circles this would be celebrated as "draining the swamp". Though if the tables were turned I'm sure they'd call it communist intimidation and big-government overreach.

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