From With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America
I probably should have mentioned this before, but Paiâ€™s leaving is a good occasion. Bullet lists are administrative faves because they appear to make factual claims.
Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th presidentâ€™s approach and, rather than give an overview of actions to show a coherent drive and philosophy, has created the longest list possible. Bigger is better.
They leave out anything unwanted. Leave no room for counterpoint. Appear complete when partial. Appear cohesive when scattered.
Close relation: Take Aways.
From Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote – The Washington Post
Michigan election audit doesnâ€™t seem to be possible until after certification. Audits arenâ€™t designed to smoke out fraud.
â€œNot sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 168.31a) audits can only be conducted after the State Canvassers certify the election,â€ Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote. â€œThis is [because] election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to complete audits until the certification.â€
In more detail:
â€œThroughout my tenure as Michigan Secretary of State, and indeed long before, I have spoken repeatedly on the importance of post-election audits to ensure Michiganders can trust the outcome of our elections as an accurate reflection of the will of the people,â€ she said in the statement. â€œNotably, audits are neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of â€˜irregularitiesâ€™ that have no basis in fact.â€
According to Michigan election law, the secretary of state â€œauthorize the release of all ballots, ballot boxes, voting machines, and equipment after 30 days following certification of an election by the board of state canvassersâ€ in the event that a recount petition has been filed or a court has issued an order â€œrestraining interferenceâ€ with these materials.
From Donald Trump’s failure to work with Joe Biden is becoming more urgent as Covid spreads – CNNPolitics
Itâ€™s all occuring on trumpâ€™s watch – both vaccine and continuing crisis.
The increasingly urgent pleas are coming from inside his administration, the President-elect’s team and independent public health experts as Covid-19 cases rage out of control countrywide, claiming more than 1,000 US lives a day. More than 246,000 Americans have now died from the disease, and a bitter winter lies ahead even amid encouraging news such as Monday’s announcement that a vaccine developed by Moderna is demonstrating a high success rate in early clinical trials, the second such positive vaccine news in about a week.
But instead of listening or mobilizing to tackle what some medical experts warn is becoming a “humanitarian” crisis, Trump spent the weekend during which the US passed 11 million infections amplifying lies and misinformation about his election loss. At one point, he appeared to acknowledge Sunday in a tweet that Biden won, before backtracking with a stream of defiance on Twitter.
From Health officials rated celebrities on Trump loyalty while planning ad campaign
Itâ€™s a sad day for the despot when he canâ€™t get B-list celebs to sponsor his propeganda.
Despite the hefty funding, the campaign has been stymied by internal disorganization and indifference from celebrities. Of the ten deemed worthy of the PSAs, only three sat down for interviews. As of October 1, all three had withdrawn their consent to use the footage and refused to participate further. The campaignâ€™s future was further imperiled by Caputoâ€™s decision last month to take a leave of absence from the department.
From gdp report factcheck
> It’s true that third-quarter growth was the fastest on record in data going back to 1947. (See the full data set here.) But celebrating that number is like telling only half the story.
It’s impossible to ignore what happened immediately leading up to those gains: The US economy declined at a 31.4% annual rate â€” the deepest downturn on record.
A big reason the US posted record GDP this quarter is because there was a record decline in the prior quarter.
When you step back and look at that broader context, the US economy is still operating well below its pre-pandemic peak. Gross domestic product is still $670 billion lower than where it was at the end of 2019. The chart below tells that story more clearly than any words can. (See the full data here.)
From The WHO considers the WHâ€™s decision not to control Covid-19
As a counter-point to the WHâ€™s false claim that it has ended the pandemic, sits the WHOâ€™s latest consideration of the circumstances of the pandemic.
Ars, quoting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, reports that the WH has given up:
â€œI mean, when we look at this, weâ€™re going to defeat the virus. Weâ€™re not going to control it. We will try to contain it as best we can,â€ he told reporters outside the White House yesterday. He again emphasized the need for therapeutics and vaccines.
But here is WHOâ€™s consideration of the implications of trumpâ€™s non-action:
[WHO Executive Director Michael Ryan] also offered a grim caution of what can happen when countries and governments do not try to control the virus. He noted that in April and March many places in the world, including some in the US, used â€œmitigationâ€â€”he used air quotes for this wordâ€”as their strategy and â€œemergency rooms were overwhelmed and we were rolling freezer trucks up to the back of hospitals,â€ he said. â€œThatâ€™s the reality of mitigating a disease in the face of a tsunami of cases. You run out of capacity to cope and that is the fear right now.â€
These are not two different perspectives clashing; the WHO is drawing out implications that the WH refuses to consider.
From Brett Kavanaugh foreshadows how Supreme Court could disrupt vote counting – CNNPolitics
Itâ€™s a puzzle that the other justices are going along with Kavanaugh’s facile and faulty line of reasoning.
Kavanaugh’s language overall mirrors President Donald Trump’s rhetoric about calling a winner on election night.
States that require mail-in ballots to be returned by the Election Day, Kavanaugh wrote in his concurring opinion, “want to avoid the chaos and suspicions of impropriety that can ensue if thousands of absentee ballots flow in after Election Day and potentially flip the results of an election.”
But those announcements are in no way official: They are projections made by national broadcast networks and wire services, based on how partial results compare to historical outcomes — not by the states themselves, which typically take weeks before certifying elections.
From 9 COVID-19 cases linked to Minnesota Trump rally last month, with 2 hospitalized – ABC News
Puts an edge on our local politics.
The Minnesota Department of Health has identified nine coronavirus cases in people who reported attending President Donald Trump’s rally in Bemidji, Minnesota, last month, with one patient currently in the intensive care unit.
While the health department cautioned it is uncertain whether those individuals contracted the virus at the rally or somewhere else, spokesperson Scott Smith told ABC News that “based on case characteristics” in Beltrami County, where Bemidji is located, the Trump rally on Sept. 18, along with a wedding that took place on Sept. 19, appears to be “likely drivers of increases in COVID-19 cases” in the county.
“We cannot definitively say for those cases who did not report either attending a political rally and/or attending a wedding where they were exposed to SARS-CoV-2,” Smith said. “However, these events appear, based on case characteristics, to be likely drivers of increases in COVID-19 cases in Beltrami County.”
Earlier this week, the Federal Emergency Management Agency listed Bemidji as one of the rapid risers in terms of the coronavirus spread.
From COVID-hit Trump back in hospital after drive to greet supporters | US & Canada | Al Jazeera
Political theatre that shows trump still doesnâ€™t get it.
Dr James Phillips, an assistant professor of emergency medicine at George Washington University, was among those criticising the drive-by, which he called â€œpolitical theaterâ€.
â€œEvery single person in the vehicle during that completely unnecessary Presidential drive-by has to be quarantined for 14 days,â€ Phillips wrote on Twitter. â€œThey might get sick. They may die.â€
People with COVID-19 are generally required to quarantine for 14 days to avoid infecting others and the virus spreads more easily in indoor, confined environments.
â€œBeyond the ethical, clinical, epidemiological and health implications of this drive by, it shows a dire obsession with showing the public heâ€™s still in control, creating a false sense of normalcy and trying to normalize a highly transmissible virus,â€ Dr Syra Madad, senior director of Special Pathogens at NYC Health + Hospitals, wrote on Twitter.
From tax avoidance as an exploit | www.theguardian.com
> The billionaires donâ€™t just exploit the loopholes. They also make them through pushing for ever-expanding exemptions from the tax burden they would otherwise pay. In Trumpâ€™s case, it is true in the most literal sense that he made the rules he benefits from. Trumpâ€™s major legislative initiative was a whole new tax cut tilted toward giving wealthy people like himself even more favorable treatment. Itâ€™s one thing to pay only your legal minimum but understand that the system is unfair. Itâ€™s quite another to be actively trying to make that system more grotesquely unequal.