From Insurrectionistsâ€™ social media presence gives feds an easy way to ID them
Itâ€™s all about bragging rights.
Back on December 22, The Washington Post reported that organizers planning to rally on January 6 were openly discussing the potential for violence on that day on multiple social media platforms, including Parler, Gab, and Telegram. Reporter Marissa Lang continued in several subsequent stories to explain the high potential for violence at yesterday’s events. Several other outlets, including Bloomberg and BuzzFeed, have also reported that the extremists who stormed the Capitol had been planning well in advance not only on fringe or explicitly right-wing sites but also in Facebook groups.
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 Four Seasons Total Landscaping Is a Perfect Trump Backdrop
via Daring Fireball. I love the scent of irony in the morning.
The photos that emerged from the event had the tawdriness of Americaâ€™s worst cityscapes and the richness of an allegorical painting. The sound systemâ€™s snarl of cables lay sloppily piled on the asphalt, the emblem of every garbled message. A Sunoco sign presided over the end of an administration desperately addicted to fossil fuels. Windows covered in blackout shades and bars recalled ICE detention centers. A rusting steel scaffold appeared to be propping up the whole derelict structure. And at the center of it all, a small man behind a cheap lectern trying to persuade a tired nation that this gimcrack spectacle must never shut down.
From Elation and Anger: Catharsis in the streets
> For many, Nov. 7 at 11:25 a.m., became a moment of such historic magnitude that they say they will forever remember what they were doing, even those engaged in the most mundane weekend activities.
From Opinion | His spell is breaking. – The Washington Post
> While suggesting that Democrats â€œcan try to steal the election from usâ€ and that â€œour numbers started miraculously getting whittled away in secret,â€ the president sounded bored rather than enraged.
Appearing in person ought to have put more visceral force behind Trumpâ€™s charges; his in-person statement did the opposite. His delivery lacked the all-caps, exclamation-marked energy of his Twitter broadsides. The effect was to undercut the incendiary allegations Trump was making. He was a man checking a box, not one fighting for his political life.
And while Trump was speaking, something rather extraordinary happened: Three major broadcast networks stopped airing the presidentâ€™s address live.
From Why Joe Biden is Going to Win – Kendallâ€™s Newsletter
Via John Gruber. Kendall Kautâ€™s 31 Oct analysis is not only sane and measured but (!!) invoked a sane and measure discussion afterwards. Restores faith in people.
Weâ€™ll start with Bidenâ€™s lead in pollingâ€”both state, national and why fewer undecideds than 2020 mattersâ€”and why you should trust the numbers. Then weâ€™ll look at how Bidenâ€™s been a much better candidate/how Trumpâ€™s failed to define Biden negatively. Finally, weâ€™ll close with how Biden hasnâ€™t faced a â€œComey Letterâ€ and the Hunter Biden news hasnâ€™t resonated.
Then weâ€™ll turn to the arguments for Trump. Weâ€™ll dispense with the â€œShy Trumpâ€ theory. And weâ€™ll discuss the Trafalgar poll, and why itâ€™s not anywhere close to what Trumpâ€™s supporters believe. Then weâ€™ll look at why the â€œWho you think will win?â€ question doesnâ€™t have much predictive power. After that weâ€™ll deal with â€œThe GOP has registered more voters in certain statesâ€ being irrelevant when Bidenâ€™s winning more Trump voters than Trumpâ€™s winning Clinton voters. Then weâ€™ll look at why Trumpâ€™s gains with non-white voters arenâ€™t enough because there are more white voters that Biden has flipped. Iâ€™ll also address why Trump canâ€™t rely on getting even more white non-college folks than last time because polling doesnâ€™t show it. Iâ€™ll also address why the â€œTrump/the Supreme Court/the GOP steals the electionâ€ doesnâ€™t work with Bidenâ€™s lead.
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.