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Reading: Trump and Kushner on the Coronavirus: … Revisionist History

From Trump and Kushner on the Coronavirus: … Revisionist History

A little background: When the American deaths in Vietnam were going up and up – as counted nightly by Cronkite – I got thrown out of high school for protesting escalation. A lot of us did. We’re still here to tell you that “One dead on your watch is too many, Jarod.” Step down.

At the same time, the reported death toll from the virus in the United States topped 60,000 — more killed in eight weeks than the 58,000 American troops killed in eight years of major combat in Vietnam. The death toll has already reached where it was expected to be in August, more than three months from now, according to projections accepted by the White House. The University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation now estimates that 73,000 will die by August.

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Reading: US edits National Stockpile website after Kushner claims it’s not for states

From US edits National Stockpile website after Kushner claims it’s not for states

Ars Technica reports on business as usual:

The Trump administration changed the Strategic National Stockpile website’s description of the program yesterday after White House adviser Jared Kushner falsely claimed that the medical-supply stockpile is not meant to be used to help states. The description was changed to minimize the stockpile’s role in helping states through crises like the current pandemic, but other portions of the official website still make it clear that Kushner was wrong.

I doubt that the website declares the actual policy – that would be in official government docs – so the change in the site is an attempt at covering Kushner’s tracks. But it’s not the action of responsible leaders.

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Reading: Trump Officials Scared To Tell the Truth About Coronavirus

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Trump can claim transparency because no one in his circuit will call him.

Trump’s incentive, as always, is absolutely transparent, like watching a simple machine encased in glass. He is perfectly amoral and projects his amorality onto others. Under the Obama administration, he wildly and recklessly hyped the Ebola threat to discredit the administration for political gain, and has assumed his own opponents will naturally do the same to him. He has therefore focused on minimizing the coronavirus threat and demanded his administration do the same.

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Reading: Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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The .org game of shoots and ladders goes on. A shell game looking for a sucker.

ICANN has received confidential information from Ethos/PIR about the various companies but notes in its new letter: “ICANN requested certain information regarding the directors and officers of the post-transaction entities (and Affiliates). PIR has provided information with respect to four individuals who will serve on the Board of Managers of Purpose Domains Investments LLC. There are five seats on that Board of Managers. Please identify the fifth director.”

And if you think all of that sounds suspicious, you’re not the only one. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has approached the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) asking it to “review the leveraged buyout” and asked ICANN to publish the information it does have.

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Reading: Serving at Cross’s Purposes. UW system rewards the suck ups.

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As in U Wisconsin Systerm, so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.

Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regents–for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.

Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.

Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.

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What I’m reading 25 Apr 2017 through 8 May 2017