Quarantine Diaries: Day 245

in coronavirus •  2 months ago 

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Um, the typical scam is to try to get folks to vote the day after Election Day. But a week after?

Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

The U.S. has absolutely no control over the coronavirus. China is on top of the tiniest risks.

Covid Superspreader Risk Is Linked to Restaurants, Gyms, Hotels

Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine promising, but many questions remain: Pfizer's vaccine is a new type of technology that’s never been used in mass human vaccination.

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, and Debt:

Coronavirus vaccine hope dampens prospects for corporate stay-at-home darlings

MicroStrategy CEO Explains Why Bitcoin Is ‘a Million Times Better’ Than ‘Antiquated’ Gold

Bayern Munich joins the blockchain-based fantasy soccer trend

Donations to Trump's Baseless Election Challenge Also Go Toward Paying Off His Campaign Debt: “60% to DJTP for deposit in DJTP’s 2020 General Election Account for the retirement of general election debt,” the fine print in one case reads.

Politics and Other Stuff:

Election Officials Nationwide Find No Evidence of Fraud

Election officials in dozens of states representing both political parties said that there was no evidence that fraud or other irregularities played a role in the outcome of the presidential race, amounting to a forceful rebuke of President Trump’s portrait of a fraudulent election.

Postal worker recanted allegations of ballot tampering.

A Pennsylvania postal worker whose claims have been cited by top Republicans as potential evidence of widespread voting irregularities admitted to U.S. Postal Service investigators that he fabricated the allegations, according to three officials briefed on the investigation and a statement from a House congressional committee.

Pennsylvania Republicans plan 'extraordinary measures' to delay election results

But Keefer admitted that she and the Pennsylvania GOP do not have anything more than questions. There is no evidence of anything resembling coordinated cheating in the election.
Of course, the only circumstances that would lead any voter to believe there might have been cheating has been the evidence-free complaints from President Trump that such cheating did occur…

Nearly 80% of Americans say Biden won White House, ignoring Trump's refusal to concede. In related news, a bit more than 20% of Americans are delusional.

I know it’s a crazy idea but maybe, just maybe, it doesn’t make a strong case for “widespread fraud” if you’re reduced to offering a $1 million reward for evidence of such fraud.

Trump Burrows Loyalists Inside Government

Sacha Baron Cohen targets Mark Zuckerberg after Trump defeat: “One down, one to go”

Charles Darwin’s hunch about early life was probably right

Charles Darwin had some rather good ideas. His most famous is the theory of evolution by natural selection, which explains much of what we know about life on Earth. But he also pondered many other questions. In a hasty letter to a friend, he put forward an idea about how the first life might have formed. Some 150 years later, that letter looks remarkably prescient – maybe even prophetic.

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Do you think Trump's firing of key Pentagon, NSA and CIA officials is just him acting out or part of a plan to hang onto power even when/if the courts throw out his lawsuits as meritless?

Yes, and Biden would be well-advised to move fast to rehire at least some of those fired and get rid of all of the Trump toadies. Trump also appears to be trying to take over the Republican National Committee. If he succeeds there (where Biden would have no influence), Republicans will have nobody to blame but themselves.

Rehire when? Biden is president-elect pending the last of the lawsuits to be thrown out. The scenario I had in mind was that when the lawsuits are finally thrown out, Trump could still try and hang on to power as in trying to pull a coup. That he is trying to take over the Republican National Committee points to trying to remove every single potential obstacle between him and the second and possibly more terms.

Trump is authoritarian scum. He's also a malignant narcissist of the worst kind. It appears that he may be in the early stages of dementia, which is probably a good thing in this situation.

What troubles me is that so many Americans seem to be lapping up what Trump is spewing. It is truly concerning given America's influence in the world.

There are many libertarian-minded people deeply skeptical of any type of centralized government on Hive. The popular opinion here is that the government is utterly corrupt and that democracy, rule of law and the division of powers are nothing but empty words in today's USA. This utterly cynical view is, in my view, completely delusional. Most Americans have zero clue as to what it is like to live in an actual dictatorship.

Once again, American libertarians end up mere helpers of the Republican party and without independent influence. There is nothing inherently wrong with the Republican party. But right now, the party is controlled by an influence deeply hostile to the values which your republic was founded upon.

The conspiracy nonsense that fills my feed, which I'm going to have to start pruning before long, isn't as harmless in all its brainlessness as people make it out to be. Conspiracy theories are a tool to demonize groups of people. A lot of the popular writers on Hive who write about politics have zero grasp of the actual realities of politics.

That shit has potential to lead to some really nasty outcomes.

Trump is authoritarian scum. He's also a malignant narcissist of the worst kind.

You’ll get no argument from me on that.

The scenario I had in mind was that when the lawsuits are finally thrown out, Trump could still try and hang on to power as in trying to pull a coup.

I have no doubt that he’d love to try but once Biden has his hand on a Bible looking John Roberts in the eye, Trump is no longer President. As Biden and others have said, the Secret Service has no problem removing trespassers from the White House. Senior military leaders have made it clear that they’re not going to get involved and Trump has so pissed them off that, if they did, it wouldn’t be in his favor.

Senior military leaders have made it clear that they’re not going to get involved and Trump has so pissed them off that, if they did, it wouldn’t be in his favor.

How many of them does Trump have the authority to replace before Jan 21 2021?

I suppose he could try that. But suddenly firing a bunch of four-star generals would likely not go over well among the cadre of three-star generals.

Probably not. But what could they do?

It's a duty of members of our military to not follow illegal orders. We're not a banana republic. Yet.

Because of my line of business, I know a lot of Canadian gym and restaurant owners. Pinning the spreading on them is a little draconian when, up here in Canadia, there is no numerical existence they are leading to the increase in cases. I feel much of it is because we are letting down our guard and being less careful. I personally am overly careful but find myself slipping and not even washing my hands as much.

That big pharma thing is gonna blow up in so many ways. The anti vaxxers and the anti establishment agenda is going to go nuts and we will have to try and decipher truth from tinfoil even more. Plus, phizer is capitalistic, government colluding evil...how can that go wrong?

It is so tough to sift through all of the news, fake news, biased news and rhetoric to get to the facts. Your hours of scraping and sharing is much appreciated.

It's great that Trump lost the election, but the US has major problems that will not go away just because Biden is president. It's actually very surprising that only around 20% of the country thinks Trump won even though he obviously did not.

Americans are as ignorant as they are divided. This is true on both sides of the political aisle, though it's more true about the right.

the US has major problems that will not go away just because Biden is president.

Debt being the 800-pound gorilla. And as much as Biden will want to go the stimulus route, the Republican Senate (which was fine with adding 7+ trillion of debt on Trump’s watch) will suddenly re-embrace the religion of austerity.

They haven't mentioned debt or deficit in nearly 4 years, but yeah... I expect them to start that all over again.

Our problems have deep roots and there is no simple fix. In fact, there may be no fix at all.

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