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The United States logged 14 million Covid-19 cases Wednesday just hours after setting three grim records, including the highest number of daily deaths, new infections and hospitalizations since the pandemic began.

The U.S. reported 2,777 coronavirus-related deaths on Wednesday alone, according to an NBC News tally. The country registered nearly 205,000 new cases of Covid-19 on the same day, a figure that comes just a month after the U.S. single-day record topped 100,000 cases for the first time.

Meanwhile, more people than ever are hospitalized. The Covid Tracking Project reported that 100,000 people were hospitalized across the country.

The country has tallied 14,007,908 cases and 274,311 deaths since the pandemic began, according to an NBC News tally.

Much of the United States has seen a rise in cases over the last month. In the last two weeks that surge has been most acute In New Mexico, Arizona and California, where the percentage of new cases has risen by 109 percent, 90 percent and 75 percent, respectively, according to NBC News data.

“Cases are rising, hospitalizations are increasing, deaths are increasing. We need to try to bend the curve, stop this exponential increase,” Dr. Henry Walke, the CDC’s Covid-19 incident manager, said during a briefing.


Even without the upcoming Thanksgiving caused surge.


The U.S. saw its highest single-day coronavirus death toll to date on Wednesday with 3,157.

The number was 20 percent higher than the previous single-day high of 2,603 on April 15, and brings the total U.S. death toll to 273,799, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The record high came the same day new hospitalizations exceeded 100,000 for the first time ever and newly reported infections hit 200,000 for only the second time, according to the COVID Tracking Project. Of those hospitalized, 19,396 were intensive care patients, another new high.

These numbers likely do not reflect the number of new infections spurred by Thanksgiving gatherings, The Wall Street Journal noted, since hospitalizations typically come within weeks of the corresponding infections.

Meanwhile, numerous states that seemingly flattened their infection curves over the summer have seen surges in recent weeks, including Massachusetts, New Jersey and New York. California, another early epicenter of the virus, saw a single-day record of new infections Wednesday with 19,140.


More than 9/11 in a single day.


We’ve had a decades long “War on Terror” because of 9/11, and an even longer “War on Drugs”, both of which drain the coffers of money better spent, but we won’t launch a “War on Covid”.


i wrote before i saw your replies on 9/11. that’s what i was thinking, too.


why no solemn remembrances. no outrage at the perpetrators who made this so much worse. no demand, DEMAND, for sustenance as a given. we are not a civilized country. we are a barbaric country with a polite veneer, most of the time.

on the one hand, i want to be kind. on the other, i want to be like the diety Kali and wield my sword to slice away the lies and illusions that keep us in chains. maybe my path is to find a way to merge the two.

or just get deeper into helping people heal their specific traumas so they can wield their own swords. idk yet. thanks for listening. :O) really.


Meanwhile, the grim reaper’s pal in Florida is at work.


While coronavirus cases surge nationwide and more and more governors give in to stricter public health measures, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) is doubling down on his long-held strategy: No mask mandates, few closures and a focus on the economy.

And he’s not the only one.

DeSantis, along with South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem (R), both staunch Trump allies, are maintaining an approach that mirrors the example set by the Trump administration. That’s left strategists wondering whether they are betting that sticking with President Trump will propel them to reelection or perhaps even to higher office.

Florida on Tuesday became the third state to hit 1 million coronavirus cases. But unlike Texas and California, which have also hit the milestone, the state has shown no signs of ramping up restrictions. In fact, DeSantis is doing the exact opposite.

DeSantis extended an executive order last week that prohibits Florida cities from fining people for not following local mask mandates. Additionally, the order blocked cities and counties from ordering restaurants to shut their doors without showing economic or public health data to justify the move.

“I’m opposed to mandates period. I don’t think they work,” DeSantis said at his first press conference in a month on Monday. “People in Florida wear [masks] when they go out. They don’t have to be strung up by a bayonet to do it.”


Hubster and I have been on our own with this mess. We educated ourselves. All our friends (some in other states) are doing the same. Even the religious nuts I know are showing caution. DeathSantis, Sick Rott, and Robbing Rubio are all salivating over running for POTUS. Pretty 🤮huh?


Can’t someone let Godzilla loose at Mar-a-Largo this holiday season?


Maybe he has a few friends he can bring along as their a lot to feast on there


We wish.🤮


Wow. The saurians are still with us!


for Orl especially


And in Republican Staten Island


I should read a book on the history of the borough politics in NYC. I’ve not understood why Staten Island is so different from the rest of NY.


The numbers are staggering.

The news about as approaching vaccine would be more reassuring if we knew that the immunity they provide is for more than 2 months after we are vaccinated.

That’s what “Operation Warp Speed” as Trump calls it is unable to provide.

The vaccine on its way has been proven to keep recipients safe for 2 months.

What happens at the 3 month mark?


We can hope for the best, which would be long term immunity from the 2 shot vaccines 21 days apart.

But hoping isn’t quite the same thing as knowing.


I wonder, too. Since people who have had Covid apparently lose the antibodies after some time, why would the vaccine last longer than an actual case of the disease? IF it is proved safe and reliable – and lasting – I will certainly get vaccinated. Otherwise? Why bother? Mask up, stay home, and keep washing my hands, like I do now.


I, too, am in a very high risk group. That said, I have educated myself about taking common sense precautions in avoiding contracting the CV viruses. I follow them strictly to the letter. Sure has worked so far.😊👍 I will stay very skeptical about the vaccine until it passes full muster. Remember, there is no vaccine for the common cold.


Even though I’ve been through it, im still taking all precautions as Phat mentioned


T and R, LD!! 🎄☮️😊👍



A weakening labor market is raising fears of a double-dip recession heading into the winter with no relief in sight from Congress.

New figures on Wednesday showed job growth in the private sector last month fell to its slowest pace since July as coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths hit record highs.

The Labor Department’s release of the November jobs report on Friday will provide the broadest view of just how much the U.S. workforce has weakened eight months into the pandemic. While U.S. employers are expected to have added roughly 400,000 jobs last month, economists fear that the progress made since April could slip into reverse without more help from the White House and lawmakers.


There is always a seasonal bump in employment in October/November. Those jobs are temporary, and many are part time. In January, they go away. Before the workers qualify for unemployment, of course. Makes employment AND unemployment numbers look better.

Before I was full time at Home Depot, I had max part time hours most weeks in fall and Christmas season. In January, I was seeing 8-12 hours a week, hardly enough to pay for my gas to get to work.


Good article—much more at the link

Right now the rumors are that it will be Fetterman against Lamb in the Dem primary for Senate in 2022 to replace the departing Toomey. I know who I will be supporting.


Neither moderate nor progressive candidates generally ran on socialism or defunding the police. Republican candidates, though, commonly ran attack ads declaring that all Democrats from Biden to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez were far-left socialists seeking to defund the police. But instead of uniting with progressives to attack Republican misinformation after the election, some moderate Democrats attacked progressives, thereby spreading Republican misinformation.

“The far left is the Republicans’ finest asset. A.O.C. and the squad are the ‘cool kids’ but their vision in no way represents half of America,” Strother told the Times. Representative Conor Lamb of Pennsylvania told the Times’ Astead Herndon, “I’m giving you an honest account of what I’m hearing from my own constituents, which is that they are extremely frustrated by the message of defunding the police and banning fracking. And I, as a Democrat, am just as frustrated. Because those things aren’t just unpopular, they’re completely unrealistic, and they aren’t going to happen.”

If the main line of Republican misinformation right now is voter fraud, then the main line of Democratic misinformation is that progressive policies are unpopular. Just as Donald Trump’s claims of fraud have proved to be a self-soothing delusion, moderates’ attacks on progressives are untethered from the reality of increasing support for progressive policies.

Progressive policies succeeded in swing states and red states during this election cycle. Florida voters passed a $15 minimum wage. Voters in Arizona, South Dakota, and Montana legalized recreational marijuana. Arizona raised taxes on the rich to fund public schools. Colorado voters instituted 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave.

When Herndon pointed out to Lamb that polls show progressive policies to be rather popular, Lamb did not correct himself. “At the end of the day, it’s individual candidates that have to win races, and then work with their fellow officeholders to pass bills into law and change people’s lives,” he said. “So you can tell me all the polling you want, but you have to win elections.”

But candidates in swing districts supporting progressive policies did win. “Every single swing-seat House Democrat who endorsed #MedicareForAll won re-election or is on track to win re-election,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. In the House, California’s Katie Porter, Josh Harder, and Mike Levin; Pennsylvania’s Matt Cartwright and Susan Wild; Oregon’s Peter DeFazio; and Arizona’s Ann Kirkpatrick all supported Medicare for All in swing districts and prevailed.* None of the Democrats who lost their reelection bids for the House supported Medicare for All. Among the 93 co-sponsors of the Green New Deal in the House, only one lost reelection. Four co-sponsors who represent swing districts ranging from very slightly Democrat to moderately Republican won reelection.

Moderate Democratic House candidates in swing districts who did not support progressive policies also won elections. Lucy McBath (Georgia), Jared Golden (Maine), Kim Schrier (Washington), Haley Stevens (Michigan), Andy Kim (New Jersey), and Colin Allred (Texas) all won despite being falsely accused of siding with “extreme liberals who want to defund the police” in Golden’s case, or supporting a “plan for socialized medicine” that “would eliminate 100,000 doctors and nurses” in Stevens’s case, or being a “deranged socialist Democrat” in Schrier’s case. None of these moderate Democrats expressed support for defunding the police, and the majority came out against doing so. Perhaps Democrats should be asking why some moderates won and others lost when they all weathered a similar avalanche of Republican misinformation.

No one knows for sure what effect Republican misinformation really had at this point, but neither Republican misinformation nor progressive policies were universally fatal for Democrats. If it continues, though, Democratic misinformation will be fatal for Democrats.

I expected GOP misinformation to portray moderate and progressive Democrats as anti-American extremists—which GOP operatives are doing now to the Democrats running for the U.S. Senate in Georgia. I didn’t expect moderate Democrats to first decry GOP misinformation and then turn around and misinform Americans about progressives. I didn’t expect moderate Democrats to contribute valiantly to the remarkable campaign to eject Trump from the White House, then follow that up with a postelection misinformation campaign that could cause a recurrence of Trumpism in the House in 2023, and of Trump himself in 2025.


The Dem establishment is nothing but Republican lite, and they hate the left far more than they hate the right. After all, their own money and power depend on crushing the left.


Title of that op-ed is “Stop Scapegoating Progressives” and it was penned by Ibram X. Kendi.


How has Fetterman done in office? I’ve kind of fallen off on keeping up with him.


Some of my liberal friends are starting to notice Fetterman, and in a good way.


That would be beyond terrific if Fetterman wins. Can you see him, tats and all, shaking up the storied halls of Congress? I love it!👍



The public often doesn’t connect policy preferences with politicians. Which party consistently champions a higher minimum wage? Mr. Biden’s. Which works against it and even has some members who have called for the current minimum to be abolished altogether? The other guys.

Mr. Biden also promised paid family leave and higher taxes on the rich to fund benefits for everyone else, positions that have become core Democratic Party planks in recent years. And yet Florida shows that Americans can favor these policies but not necessarily the candidates who promise to act on them.

The disconnect is partly the result of a lack of bold, clear action. Some voters may deliberately favor divided government; others may balk at the idea that Republicans could really oppose something like paid leave. But many more want better pay and benefits, yet don’t believe that Democrats will really deliver them.

Mr. Biden faces myriad devastating problems when he takes office, first among them an uncontrolled pandemic. But he would be smart to prioritize the things voters have just approved for some of his earliest actions. A higher minimum wage, paid family leave and taxing the wealthy to support early education are bread-and-butter policies that address the very real economic problems Americans have long faced and that are even more acute now.

Mr. Biden can get a jump start without Congress by requiring higher wages and paid family leave at federal contractors, increasing living standards for hundreds of thousands of Americans. But the rest of it will require cooperation from Congress. Should Democrats prevail in Georgia and control the Senate, these should be among the first items on their list, and even if they don’t, they shouldn’t just be dropped in a spasm of premature pessimism.

The president-elect can’t just act, however. He has to tell the public that this is what the Democratic Party stands for. Mr. Biden’s former boss recently made a point he should heed. “In my first couple of years in office, I think I had an unwarranted faith that if we did the right thing and implemented good policies, then people would know,” Barack Obama told NPR’s Michel Martin. “We didn’t sell it hard enough.”

Mr. Biden needs to go bold, especially on Americans’ very real material needs, and he needs to brag about it when he does.


But many more want better pay and benefits, yet don’t believe that Democrats will really deliver them.

Maybe because since LBJ they haven’t?

Mr. Biden needs to go bold, especially on Americans’ very real material needs, and he needs to brag about it when he does.

I can’t picture Biden being bold about anything except throwing progressives under the bus and appointing right wingers/lobbyists/warhawks, as he has been doing.


the nyt actively fought the one man who would have done what they now are so for.


Sigh. It’s all theater. They are not really for it – or not the owners/upper management. All they are for is throwing us enough crumbs to prevent an outright revolt.


Phat you’re on a roll the past couple days and saving me some typing as you’re reading my mind at times keep it going 🙂




I was about to go in hard on this article, but then saw it was a guest op-ed writer. Not bad, but spare us any further Obama mythology. He didn’t fight for the right thing, and implemented little worth selling.


Good segment from Mike F.


And a scathing essay on CounterPunch:

Reading between the lines of the Goldberg-Obama dialogue last week, I was struck not for the first or the last time by the great irony of Obama’s ex-presidency: his high-popularity has been driven largely by the awfulness of Trump, who Obama helped create and usher into power, Weimar-like. With all due respect for the dismal awfulness of Hillary Clinton’s campaign, sexism, and the James Comey intervention, Obama’s depressingly conservative and neoliberal presidency (more on this below) was no small part of how and why the Democrats were unable to turn out their party’s progressive base in sufficient numbers to block Trump’s terrible ascendency. Obama helped render transparently inauthentic the Democrats’ progressive pretense, feeding a mass alienation and demobilization Trump was able to exploit in disastrous ways.

How perverse Obama’s image is burnished by the monster he did a lot to hatch.

It’s working for him. Along with the undeserved acclaim, Obama has climbed high into the nation’s obscenely opulent oligarchy – delayed reward for his eight years of presidential service to the rich and powerful. A Promised Land is no small part of the big Obama cash-in. The book contracts for his and his wife’s White House memoir the Obamas $65 million.


Just finished the Counterpunch read. Whew! I never cared for Raygun fan P(BO-pu) though I voted for him twice. Only cos of history. I have quit the Fake Democrats for good. The writer despises Obama, and holds nothing back. Fascinating essay.


This author thinks Biden will be even more pro Israel than Obama.


Right-wing Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has nothing to worry about as the man who will directly handle America’s foreign policy in the Middle East is a loyal friend of Israel. Crisis averted.

President-elect, Joe Biden’s appointment of Antony J. Blinken as his Secretary of State was a master stroke, according to the Biden Administration. Blinken is a State Department veteran, a strong believer in a US-led Western alliance and a true friend of Israel.

While it is true that Biden will unlikely borrow any of Trump’s divisive terminology, he will, most certainly, keep the spirit of the ‘Deal of the Century’ alive.

The immediate message that Biden wished to communicate through this particular appointment—and also the appointment of Jake Sullivan as the US’ new National Security Adviser—is that the United States will edge back to its default position as a global leader, and away from Donald Trump’s “America First” foreign policy agenda.

While the Europeans are excited to have their American benefactors back, Blinken’s appointment was geared mostly to appease Israel.

The defeat of Trump in the November elections led to much anxiety in Washington and Tel Aviv. The Israelis were nervous that Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’, which was essentially American acquiescence to all of Israel’s demands, would come to a halt. The Biden Administration, on the other hand, remains wary of the contentious relationship that Netanyahu had with the last Democratic administration under Barack Obama.

The selection of Blinken to fill the role of America’s top diplomat must have been considered within several political contexts: one, that Israel needed an immediate American reassurance that Biden will carry on with Trump’s legacy; two, that the new Secretary of State needed to match the love of Israel expressed by departing Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and three, that the Iran nuclear program file has to be handled with the utmost sensitivity.

Not only did Biden succeed in making the most opportune selection, but the Israelis are also absolutely delighted. Comments made by Israeli leaders from all main political parties have welcomed Biden’s gesture, declaring unanimously that Blinken is ‘good for Israel’.

Pro-Netanyahu politicians are particularly happy and eager to engage with a Blinken-led US foreign policy. Dore Gold, a close Netanyahu associate who also served as Israel’s Foreign Ministry director-general, told the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, that he was “impressed” with Blinken and “found him to be very professional and a good listener”.

Unlike the “simply difficult” attitudes of other officials in the Obama Administration, Gold found Blinken to be “very open”, without any “any kind of anti-Israel undertone”.

This conclusion should not completely dismiss the possibility of a future clash between Tel Aviv and Washington. If a disagreement does take place, it will not be over Israel’s illegal actions in Palestine but over the likelihood that the US will restart talks with Iran regarding its nuclear program.

Regarding Iran, Netanyahu’s message to Biden is decisive and undiplomatic. “There can be no going back to the previous nuclear agreement,” the Israeli Prime Minister warned on November 22. That warning in mind, Blinken will find it extremely difficult to quell Israeli fears that, by diplomatically engaging Iran, the US will not be abandoning Israel. The American assurances to Israel are likely to come at the expense of Palestinians: a free Israeli hand in expanding illegal settlements, yet more cutting edge American weapons and unconditional US support at the United Nations.


Is Netanyaboob still on trial in Israel? Man, am I sick of them. A big fat parasitic tick on our country sucking $$$blood$$$ for too many years.


Yes, they are. I have nothing bad to say about the Jewish people (although I regard the Ultra-Orthodox in the same way I regard fundy Xtians), but the Israeli government is a monster, and has been for many, many years. Many of the Jewish people regard it the same way. (Jewish Voice for Peace, for one. The State of Israel will not give a visa to members of JVP, so it’s good I made my once in a lifetime trip there in 1979.)




Trial was postponed to February from its January start date.

Bibi will never let go.


He and Trump are peas in a pod.


The Israeli people are a bunch of political idiots, too. Netanyahoo was booted out of the PM job years ago cos of what he’s been indicted for, yet again. Well, the crook ran for office a second time, and the rest is a blot on world history.🤮🤮


Well, when I refer to Jewish people, I don’t just mean Israelis. I expect the Israelis are probably divided, just as we are, over politics.

When I was in Israel in 1979, there were right and left people who were fairly outspoken. The righties were rude and didn’t like foreigners. (Don’t get me started on the IDF who did customs or boarded buses with us to keep us from photographing the “refugee camps”. Abusing the Palestinians isn’t new.) The lefties were much nicer and were friendly with the Palestinians – who were, overall, really nice people.


Realistic setting of expectations by Baroud, who I generally find to be good. Question is, is the left ready to hold Democrats accountable for being generally about as awful as Republicans on the Zionist question?