Quarantine Diaries: Day 262

in coronavirus •  2 months ago 

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Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

Kenyans arrested at airport with 'fake' Covid certificates

CDC predicts US COVID-19 death toll could pass 300K by mid-December

Face masks, handwashing, and vaccination do not weaken the immune system, and are effective measures to reduce the spread of infectious diseases

North Korea Executed Coronavirus Rule-Breaker, Says South Korean Intelligence

COVID Management Protocols for Prophylaxis and Persons with Mild Symptoms

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

Our worst pre-existing condition: Big Pharma

Tax aversion and using public funds for private profits are part and parcel to the pharmaceutical industry.

Black Friday is the latest victim of Covid-19

China slaps up to 200% tariffs on Australian wine

The destruction of the world economy by the Central Banks

Politics:

Hold Me Closer, Tiny Table

Third Circuit Unanimously Rejects Trump Emergency Appeal in Pennsylvania Case

Judge Bibas, a Trump appointee, begins the opinion: “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here.”
This is an utter repudiation of the Trump campaign’s ridiculous lawsuit by three Republican-appointed judges. … The Trump campaign can try to take this to the Supreme Court—if it is indeed true as reported in the NY Times that Giuliani is being paid $20,000 a day for his work, why wouldn’t he?–but it will get no better reception there. As divided as the Supreme Court is ideologically, this kind of absurd and dangerous litigation will not get a friendly reception there.

Trump administration moves ahead on gutting bird protections

Trump implies he won't leave the White House unless Biden 'can prove' he won 80 million votes. I hate to break it to you Donald, but that’s not how it works.

It’s hard to know whether President Trump really believes his own lies.

“He’s the only person I’ve ever met who can gaslight himself,” Mary Trump, a clinical psychologist and critic of her uncle, told VICE News in an interview on Monday. “I don’t think he’s ever accepted the truth of the loss. I don't think he’s psychologically or emotionally capable of that.”
Michael Cohen, Trump’s estranged former personal attorney who spent 15 years at Trump’s elbow, takes the same view. “It’s the difference between a bullshit artist and a sociopath,” Cohen told VICE News. “Donald Trump is a sociopath, because he does believe his own bullshit.”

Trump’s conspiracies have MAGA world talking Georgia boycott: It's hard to tell if the online chatter reflects wider voter sentiment, but some Republicans have expressed concern.

When he leaves office, can ex-President Trump be trusted with America's national security secrets?

Macron 'shocked' at beating of black man by Paris police officers

GOP Moves to Brand Biden as President of the Elite

President-elect Joe Biden, a state-college graduate who was once the poorest man in the U.S. Senate, is facing accusations of elitism from Republicans after defeating a billionaire incumbent with an Ivy League degree — a sign of how the politics of populism have been upended and redefined by President Trump.

Trump’s Election Attack Ends December 14—Whether He Knows It or Not

"The fact that nearly every lawsuit the Trump campaign has brought dies under the light of the sun should have the effect of disproving their ridiculous claims," says Larry Norden, deputy director of the Brennan Center's Democracy Program at New York University School of Law. "Election officials know what they're doing."

Serendipity:

Fugging hell: Tired of mockery, Austrian village changes name

The World’s 25 Largest Lakes, Side by Side

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