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jcitybone

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/10/06/trump-coronavirus-mask-doctors/?utm_source=reddit.com

Shortly after being discharged from the hospital treating him for the novel coronavirus, President Trump on Monday climbed onto a White House balcony — and then peeled off his mask to salute Marine One as it flew away. After waving, Trump turned to go inside, still maskless.

Following a weekend of mounting horror among medical professionals and commentators fretting over Trump’s handling of his own infection, his actions Monday — particularly removing his mask and walking into a room frequented by White House staff — left them worried and frustrated yet again.

“What White House staffer would still wanna goto work tomorrow???” Eric Feigl-Ding, an epidemiologist and health economist with the Federation of American Scientists, said in a tweet Monday night. “Epidemiologists just wanna vomit.”

Many medical professionals and commentators echoed Feigl-Ding’s concerns, slamming the president for posing and then reentering the White House without a mask even though he still has symptoms of covid-19.

Some medical experts were not just concerned for White House staff, but for the president himself.

Ilan Schwartz, an assistant professor at the University of Alberta’s division of infectious diseases, said the president appeared to be struggling to breathe in a brief clip that showed him standing outside the White House.

“This is a textbook example of increased work of breathing,” Schwartz tweeted.

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/10/05/opinion/trump-coronavirus-white-house.html

What’s alarming, rather, is that each new diagnosis in the White House demonstrates how thoroughly this administration has been infected by its own disinformation. The refusal to take basic precautions against the pandemic is the starkest evidence yet of how our government has morphed into a personality cult. The out-of-control spread of the coronavirus in the White House is a microcosm of its out-of-control spread in the country, where on Friday new cases hit the highest point since mid-August.

What matters now is whether the Covid-19 cluster at the pinnacle of Republican politics acts how the Chernobyl disaster did in the Soviet Union, further exposing a regime rotten with mendacity. That’s far from guaranteed.

In the hospital, Trump and his enablers worked to minimize the perception that he was really sick. His doctor misled the public about the president’s condition. Trump staged photo shoots of faux work sessions and risked the health of Secret Service agents to drive by a gathering of fans.

If a critical mass of people continue to trust Trump, the way he’s spinning his ordeal might lead them to take the coronavirus even less seriously. Announcing his discharge on Monday, Trump tweeted that he felt better than he had in 20 years, saying: “Don’t be afraid of Covid. Don’t let it dominate your life.”

But Americans should fear Covid. And if coronavirus dominates our lives, it’s because an administration charged with protecting us is so subservient to the president’s lies that it can’t even protect itself.

orlbucfan

Folks died a very nasty death from radiation poisoning. The Soviets could not hide that fact for long. This CV is a different beast. The faster the orange maggot dies, the better, but don’t bet on it.

jcitybone

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/oct/06/white-house-likened-to-ghost-town-as-anxiety-over-coronavirus-cluster-grows

The growing coronavirus cluster linked to Donald Trump is sending ripples of intense anxiety among staff, journalists and officials who spend much of their time in the White House and into the wider city of Washington DC itself.

The West Wing has reportedly turned into a “ghost town” amid complaints that the White House has failed to trace potential contacts of Trump and his infected aides, with many now working from home even as the president exhorted Americans “not to be afraid of Covid”.

That has left behind a skeleton staff of about 100 butlers, ushers, cleaners, custodians and maintenance workers, who are often older and drawn from groups at higher risk of developing severe symptoms of the virus, including a butler’s corp that has historically almost exclusively been black.

Members of the Secret Service, who protect the president, have also been thrown into the spotlight with some present and former members complaining anonymously they felt Trump had put service members at risk when they accompanied him on a controversial “drive-by” stunt outside the Walter Reed hospital.

A still contagious Trump returned to the White House on Monday and defiantly took off his mask on entering the building as complaints grew inside over the lack of precautions taken by the president and his entourage.

Journalists exposed to staffers who tested positive, and even residents in apartment blocks where infected staff members have gone to isolate, have also complained about a lack of information.

Many staff say privately they only learned about positive tests from media reports and several were exposed, without their knowledge, to people the White House already knew could be contagious. It took until late Sunday night, nearly three full days after Trump’s diagnosis, for the White House management office to send a staff-wide note to say those with symptoms should “please stay home and do not come to work”.

Reports from within the White House paint a picture of workers spooked by a lack of information over when and how certain officials became infected, with many blaming the White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, for the information vacuum.

Others have pointed to the fact that Trump and his medical team have refused to disclose when the president received his last negative test, making it impossible for many to know if they had contact with him in a period when he was potentially contagious.

Kate Andersen Brower, who wrote the The Residence: Inside the Private World of the White House, said she recently spoke with three former employees who had expressed concern about the health of current workers, but had been too afraid to speak publicly.

polarbear4
polarbear4

If you are a former employee, why would you be afraid to speak publicly? To save peoples lives.

jcitybone

wi62

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wi62

I guess this is the only way after trumpcorp ended stimulus talks later today, what a total asshole, People need help.

jcitybone

Paul ADK

No symptoms? Right, and I bet he never has to use the golden crapper, either.

jcitybone

https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-election/bernie-sanders-joe-biden-rally-trump-supporter-flag-b819936.html?utm_source=reddit.com

While speaking at a rally for Joe Biden on Monday, Senator Bernie Sanders had to pause his speech after being interrupted by a Trump supporter in the crowd.

The “car rally” — held outside of Macomb Community College in Warren, Michigan — was attended by hundreds of people who listened to the evening’s speakers from their vehicles. But as Mr Sanders spoke at the podium, a woman waving a flag emblazoned with “Trump 2020” stood right in front of the stage, obscuring the senator from view on the TV broadcast.

Mr Sanders’ microphone was promptly shut off as a Macomb County police officer confronted the maskless woman and appeared to ask her to leave. Photographers circled the scene as the woman held her ground and continued to hold up her flag. Eventually, she retreated and sat on the ground as a photographer snatched the flag out of her hand.

After the almost two-minute altercation, Mr Sanders’ microphone was turned back on.

A Biden supporter attempts to grab Genevieve Peters, a member of Women for Trump, Trump flag near the front of the stage as Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks at a car rally campaign event for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020, in Warren, Mich. (Nicole Hester/Ann Arbor News via AP)(AP)

“OK, I think we got the mic back,” he said, before continuing to speak about Mr Biden’s support for increasing the federal minimum wage. At the time his speech was interrupted, Mr Sanders was saying, “The American people need a wage increase… and that is what Joe Biden is proposing.”

According to local outlets MLive and The Detroit News, about a dozen of President Donald Trump’s supporters protested at Monday’s rally. The outlets identified the woman with the flag as Genevieve Peters, a member of Women for Trump.

polarbear4
polarbear4

Hope she doesn’t have the Rona

orlbucfan

Hope she croaks.

jcitybone

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-early-vote-idUSKBN26R1LR?utm_source=reddit.com

Americans are rushing to cast ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election at an unprecedented pace, early voting numbers show, indicating a possible record turnout for the showdown between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden.

With four weeks to go before Election Day, more than 4 million Americans already have voted, more than 50 times the 75,000 at this time in 2016, according to the United States Elections Project, which compiles early voting data.

The shift has been driven by an expansion of early and mail-in voting in many states as a safe way to cast a ballot during the coronavirus pandemic and an eagerness to weigh in on the political future of Trump, said Michael McDonald of the University of Florida, who administers the project.

“We’ve never seen this many people voting so far ahead of an election,” McDonald said. “People cast their ballots when they make up their minds, and we know that many people made up their minds long ago and already have a judgment about Trump.”

The early surge has led McDonald to predict a record turnout of about 150 million, representing 65% of eligible voters, the highest rate since 1908.

polarbear4
polarbear4

They aren’t rushing out there for Trump.

NYCVG

agree. I cannot wait until the polls in NY open on October 24.

Paul ADK

Voted today absentee. It felt wonderful.

orlbucfan

Voted by mail Saturday. Hubster’s and my ballot already received. 🙂

polarbear4

🎏🎉🐻❣️🐬

polarbear4

👍🤜🤛✊❤️

jcitybone

https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/04/business/unemployed-workers-permanent-job-losses/index.html

The number of unemployed who have lost a permanent job, or had a temporary job has come to an end, has soared in the past seven months, from 1.9 million in February, to 4.5 million in September.

That means the percentage rise over a six-month period has been the fastest on record going back more than 50 years. The doubling of those permanent job losses in such a short time frame has never happened before, not even during the Great Recession.

And permanent job losses are poised to keep climbing.

polarbear4
polarbear4

real journalists would chronicle where the $$$ has gone and what is has been spent on. we’d be horrified.

NYCVG

The Regal movie theater chain, second largest in the USA after AMC, has closed.

40,000 American jobs gone plus more overseas.

humphrey

The article is behind a paywall but you get the message.

humphrey

OzoneTom
OzoneTom

Probably a more mediagenic, respectable and corporate one than Donald Trump.

phatkhat
phatkhat

The assholes on Twitter just keep slamming Bernie. I’m on the fence right now. One state poll has Trump +2 in Arkansas. The big polls have him up +26. If it’s really close, I’d vote Biden, but who knows? I’d really rather vote Green again. And all the viciousness of the vote-shamers and centrist dems just make me so mad I swear I will vote Green.

orlbucfan

As you know, I’m in FL. I voted Green at the last minute. Why? Cos they are so crooked in voter suppression here that voters better know the fine print. I didn’t dare leave that choice unmarked. One of our amendments was to approve open primaries. You bet I voted for it.

phatkhat
phatkhat

We have open primaries, and no party registration here. I like it that way. On off years, the primary IS the election, because no dems ever run – or maybe one DINO, so I vote the GOP primary, trying to choose the lesser extremists. Of course, if there is a Dem race, like Bernie, I vote in that one.

humphrey

Paul ADK

Surely there’s a registry for crazy, wannabe cops. If not there should be.

phatkhat
phatkhat

Personally, I’m not against tattoos in general, though not a fan, but when you have lots of “death” images on large portions of your body, I am suspect about your motives. This guy looks like one of Trumpie’s militia types, and I’d really like to see the whole lot of his ink up close. I’ll bet there is some unsavory stuff in there.

I think cops should only be recruited from people who score low on authoritarian questionnaires.

polarbear4

and high on deescalation classes.