Closing Thought–30Apr20–#2

This day means something to me as a veteran of the Vietnam War….

Flashback: The Fall of Saigon

(photo from NBC News)

On this day in 1975 Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese…..

The day after the North Vietnamese took Saigon, the city was woken by triumphal song. During the night the engineers of the victorious army had rigged up loudspeakers, and from about 5am the same tinny liberation melodies were incessantly played. It was 30 April 1975, and sharp early sunlight illuminated Saigon’s largely empty streets, at a time when the city’s frenetic traffic would normally have already begun to buzz. But hardly anybody knew what to do – whether to go to work or not, whether there would be anything to buy in the market, whether there would be petrol, or whether new fighting might break out. It was, of course, not just Saigon’s daily routine that had been utterly disrupted. Its established role as the capital of non-communist Vietnam had vanished overnight, its soldiers had disappeared, and many of its generals, politicians and civil servants were at that moment bobbing up and down on the decks of warships in the South China Sea, with US Navy blankets pulled round their shoulders.

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2015/apr/21/40-years-on-from-fall-of-saigon-witnessing-end-of-vietnam-war

CBS offers up photos of the day Saigon fell to the Advancing North Vietnamese…..https://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/fall-of-saigon-vietnam-anniversary/

This is how the North viewed this day….

Forty years ago, on April 30, 1975, Nguyen Dang Phat experienced the happiest day of his life.

That morning, as communist troops swept into the South Vietnamese capital of Saigon and forced the U.S.-backed government to surrender, the North Vietnamese Army soldier marked the end of the war along with a crowd of people in Hanoi. The city was about to become the capital of a unified Vietnam. “All the roads were flooded by people holding flags,” Nguyen, now 65, told me recently. “There were no bombs or airplane sounds or screaming. The happy moment was indescribable.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2015/04/the-vietnam-war-as-seen-by-the-north-vietnamese/390627/

This happened 4 years after I returned to the US…I was working as a warehouse manager working nights.

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Closing Thought–30Apr20

It appears that the people in South Mississippi have something in common with the people of the African country of Nigeria….they think they are immune to Covid-19…..

First of all, Nigeria where 3 in ten people think they are immune to this virus…..

Despite the daily rise in the number of infected persons, nearly three in every ten Nigerians believe they have some form of immunity to the coronavirus, a recent poll reveals.

The latest survey from NOIPolls Limited, a country-specific polling service, shows that poor knowledge and perception of the virus is still rife, even as fact-checkers and health officials work furiously to provide accurate information and save lives.

Nigeria has 442 infections as of Thursday night with 13 deaths but about 6 per cent of Nigerians in the survey consider the COVID-19 outbreak in the country to be fake.

They believe the outbreak “is real in other countries but not in Nigeria.” Some said it is propaganda and a means for the government to embezzle funds. Others said they have not seen anybody infected by the virus in their states, hence their disbelief.

https://allafrica.com/stories/202004170279.html

Then there are those countries that are saying they have NO cases…..

Most of the world’s countries and territories have reported coronavirus cases—and 166 of them have reported deaths—but a few dozen locations are still virus-free, or claim to be. According to Reuters, all but 33 of the 247 countries and territories recognized by the United Nations have reported COVID-19 cases as of last week, though the list of 33 includes three secretive and authoritarian countries in Asia. North Korea’s claim not to have had a single case is widely considered about as believable as Kim Jong Il’s claim to have shot 11 holes in one on his first-ever round of golf, while authorities in Turkmenistan have reportedly been arresting people for even talking about the virus.

In Tajikistan, which also claims to have had no coronavirus cases, there has been a steep rise in reports of fatal pneumonia cases; some people are not being allowed to see the bodies of deceased relatives, Radio Free Europe reports. Apart from Lesotho in southern Africa, the other countries and territories with no reported cases are islands, most of them small, isolated ones in the Pacific. Only eight of the 29 countries and territories in Oceania have reported cases. Others, including Nauru, Niue, and Palau, have declared national emergencies and banned visitors. “Their best bet without a doubt is to keep the bloody thing out,” Colin Tukuitonga, a doctor from Niue living in New Zealand, tells the BBC . “Because if it gets in then you’re stuffed, really.”

Now for the statement I just made about the people in South Mississippi……

When we go out to the market these days less than half the people are wearing masks and good percentage are unaware of the 6 foot rule until I remind them to back the f*ck up.

A group came around the neighborhood looking for tree trimming jobs and out of the 5 man team not one was wearing a mask and going door to door asking for work…..

Apparently the people in South Mississippi are listening to the bullshit the president is spreading as news…..and think they are immune…all this bad news is for others they do not need to adhere to it.

If anyone comes to the door without a mask I let my MoMo greet them with snarls, teeth and barking.

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2020–Amash For President

Our presidential future for the last couple of months have been Trump or Biden…..we now have a new candidate to give us voters an alternate to dumb or dumber…..

His name is Justin Amash…..

Justin Amash, an independent congressman from Michigan, announced Tuesday that he is forming an exploratory committee for president as a Libertarian Party candidate.

Amash’s prospects, though dim, could nevertheless be significant in a close election between President Donald Trump and Joe Biden. Third-party candidates who gain even a fraction of the vote in swing states can affect the outcome in a close race.

https://www.politico.com/news/2020/04/28/amash-announces-exploratory-committee-for-president-219357

As with everything our president, Donald the Orange, has something to say about an Amash candidacy…..

Rep. Justin Amash on Tuesday took a step toward launching his own third-party bid for the presidency—and President Trump essentially told him to go for it on Wednesday. In what the Hill terms a “mocking” tweet, Trump wrote, “I think Amash would make a wonderful candidate, especially since he is way behind in his district and has no chance of maintaining his Congressional seat.” Politico frames Trump as “egging on” the Michigan independent in a tweet that concluded with, “He almost always votes for the Do Nothing Dems anyway. I like him even more than Jill Stein!”

The latter was a reference to the 2016 Green Party nominee. Politico notes that some people claimed Stein siphoned votes from Hillary Clinton, helping to hand Trump the White House. Trump’s tweet was paired with a Washington Post op-ed by former Illinois Rep. Joe Walsh, who argued that should Amash secure the Libertarian nomination, the same thing could play out this election cycle. But a CNN analysis by Harry Enten argues that the limited polling data on Amash doesn’t place his meager support with any one demographic. Enten believes any impact Amash might have would be nominal, though he does acknowledge that it’s possible Amash could have a greater impact in Michigan, where Biden currently leads Trump by 8 points.

That should people something to think about when they try to decide which person to give their vote to in November.

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Covid-19 And Unemployment

We all know that this country is in the grips of a devastating disease and it is causing all sorts of problems…..but the biggest is that people are losing their jobs and having to try for that embarrassing unemployment check.

So far about 30 million Americans are out of work and that does not include those that gave up looking for work…..30 million looking for that weekly check to help them try and make ends meet…..and yet it is not easy to get the help one needs….

Appears that the elected officials are making life miserable for the very people that put them in office…..is this how it is suppose to work?

26 million Americans have filed for unemployment benefits as of April 23 as a result of the economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. And many of them are discovering what plenty of people already knew: our system is dysfunctional.

Although unemployment programs are run by the states, which means the quality varies from place to place, across the country, the broader social welfare system in this country is generally hard to access: riddled with red tape, and plagued by pointless burdens.

In Florida, for example, the previous Republican governor, Rick Scott, created a congested unemployment system that was nearly impossible to use so that the unemployment numbers would remain artificially low. Other states try to run an efficient system but simply lack the capacity to do so.

https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2020/4/24/21225254/coronavirus-unemployment-benefits-pamela-herd

It just does not need to be this difficult…..maybe now the voters will start to pay attention to the spineless fools they elect to represent them…..I did say “maybe”……

The post pandemic economy will look different than it did…..

We have a lot of economist type people telling us how awful the economy will be once we get through our near-term shutdown period. At the risk of being accused of unwarranted optimism, I am not sure I buy the pessimists’ story.

Before saying anything about the economy, we have to outline where we think our containment efforts are headed. I will throw out my story, which people here who know what they are talking about can correct.

Let’s assume that after two months we have the coronavirus reasonably well-contained. People are still getting sick, but the numbers are much more manageable so that our hospitals are no longer overflowing and health care personal are no longer being worked to exhaustion and beyond.

The Post-Pandemic Economy

The indicators are there…..the change that so many have been looking for for so long is within grasp….all we Americans need to do is reach out and embrace the change that is needed…..not some spineless reform but actual change.

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Covid News #5

Just a short round-up of news stories that are popping up around the pandemic we all are fighting……some in the news and others not so much…..just a little FYI for my readers.

The number of confirmed cases in the US has gone over 1 million…..and just a note from the “Can’t Fix Stupid” file……

An administrator for an anti-quarantine Facebook group in North Carolina, a local woman named Audrey Whitlock, confirmed that she tested positive for COVID-19, local news station ABC11 reports.

Whitlock, fortunately, says that she self-quarantined for the recommended 14 days after the positive test results.

https://futurism.com/neoscope/organizer-anti-quarantine-protests-catches-coronavirus

Would that be “karma”?

Now  we go to Russia…the pandemic expert….has accidentally fallen out a 5 story window (??????)…..

A senior doctor in Russia plunged 50 ft from her office window during a conference call when she was told her hospital would be forced to take in coronavirus patients, say reports.

Dr Yelena Nepomnyashchaya, 47, a mother of two, had objected to the move because of an ‘acute shortage’ of personal protection equipment for doctors and nurses, it is claimed.

She is now fighting for her life in intensive care after the fifth floor fall but medics are ‘refusing to talk’ about her chances of survival, according to TVK Krasnoyarsk.

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8258591/Top-Russian-doctor-falls-5th-floor-window-conference-lack-PPE-medics.html

FEMA that organization that we depend on in cases of emergency……they stole 5 million PPE……earmarked for veterans…..

Five million face masks ordered by the Veterans Health Administration to protect staff at the department’s hospitals and clinics were taken by the Federal Emergency Management Agency for the Strategic National Stockpile, a top official told The Washington Post.

“I had 5 million masks incoming that disappeared,” said Dr. Richard Stone, the executive in charge of managing the nation’s largest health care system with 1,255 facilities that serve more than 9 million veterans. He told the Post that FEMA instructed vendors with protective equipment ordered by the Veterans Administration to send the shipments instead to the stockpile.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/fema-hijacks-masks-for-veterans-hospitals_n_5ea4c72dc5b6805f9ece2bc3

Tyson Foods has stated that a major disruption in our food supply…..

Smithfield Foods and JBS have closed meat-processing sites, while Tyson Foods shut down pork plants in Iowa and Indiana last week after they were found to be hot spots for coronavirus outbreaks. Now Tyson is issuing a dire warning on the state of the industry as a result of the pandemic. It made its proclamation via a full-page ads Sunday in the Washington Post, New York Times, and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, with John Tyson, the chair of the company’s board, delivering the news. “The food supply chain is breaking,” he said in the public notice, per Time. “As pork, beef, and chicken plants are being forced to close, even for short periods of time, millions of pounds of meat will disappear from the supply chain.” This, in turn, will lead to a ripple effect of farmers having too much livestock on their hands, he added: “Millions of animals—chickens, pigs and cattle—will be depopulated.”

Some of these closed-down plants had been criticized for not setting up safety measures and offering adequate protective gear. “I want my job, but I want a safe job,” an employee at Tyson’s shuttered plant in Waterloo, Iowa, tells CNN. “I got family and grandkids that I love, and I’m not going to risk their lives to cut some damn hogs up.” In the Sunday ad, John Tyson said the company now will mandate face masks, take workers’ temps, and implement other measures to protect workers at its sites, per CNN Business. Meanwhile, Politico reports the USDA has been “woefully slow” in addressing the virus and its effect on farmers, claiming the agency has “let millions of pounds of food rot.” A USDA rep, however, insists all is under control, noting in a statement to Time it will work with the Food and Drug Administration and the CDC to “ensure the food supply chain remains safe and secure.”

Not to worry….Donald the Orange has  a plan for this coming crisis…..

President Donald Trump invoked the Defense Production Act to order meatpacking plants to remain open, classifying the plants as critical infrastructure as a way to combat the strain coronavirus is placing on the food supply chain.

The executive order, released Tuesday evening, said the closure of just one large beef-processing plant could result in 10 million fewer individual servings of beef in a day.

“Such closures threaten the continued functioning of the national meat and poultry supply chain, undermining critical infrastructure during the national emergency,” the order said.

https://www.cnbc.com/2020/04/28/trump-says-will-sign-order-on-virus-related-liability-problems.html

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/28/catastrophic-harm-feared-trump-uses-emergency-powers-keep-meat-packing-plants-open

Good idea!  Keep them open with NO product to pack.  Good Idea!

Our AG has made it hard for governors and mayors to do what is needed to protect the people they govern…..

Attorney General William Barr has instructed federal prosecutors to pursue cases against governors and local officials who infringe liberties with unlawful pandemic restrictions.

Barr on Monday sent out a memo to all U.S. attorneys instructing them to “be on the lookout for state and local directives that could be violating the constitutional rights and civil liberties of individual citizens.”

https://justthenews.com/government/courts-law/barr-orders-prosecutors-pursue-states-cities-infringe-liberties-during

Those officials that will not kiss Donald the Orange’s ass…..that is…..

The sad news is that a Nobel prize winning economist has said that we are looking at an approaching depression because of the pandemic…..

Stiglitz, a professor at Columbia University, said America’s existing inequities and fragmented social safety net made it far more difficult for the nation to respond quickly and effectively to the coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 800,000 people in the U.S.

“The inequality in the U.S. is so large,” said Stiglitz. “This disease has targeted those with the poorest health. In the advanced world, the U.S. is one of the countries with the poorest health overall and the greatest health inequality… The safety net is not adequate and is propagating the disease.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/22/nobel-economist-joseph-stiglitz-warns-us-barreling-toward-second-great-depression

Finally the upbeat news…..New Zealand looks like it has effectively beaten Covid-19…..

Five weeks after launching an aggressive nationwide lockdown to combat the coronavirus pandemic—coupled with one of the most robust economic relief packages of any country—New Zealand’s government on Monday announced that the new coronavirus is currently “eliminated” in the nation.

The country’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Monday that while cases are not at zero, new cases have been in the single digits for the past several days—an “incredible” statistic, said Ardern, as other countries face thousands of new cases per day. 

“We have done what very few countries have been able to do,” Ardern said last week as the country was preparing to move from a Level 4 restrictions to Level 3, allowing some businesses to reopen. “We have stopped a wave of devastation.”

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/27/coronavirus-effectively-eliminated-new-zealand-following-comprehensive-approach

That is my short news round-up……stories that may not be important to the MSM while Donald the Orange beats his gums and they listen….

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More on Afghanistan……

I admit it I have not always been kind to Trump….I have agreed with him on occasion but I am really looking forward to seeing if he makes good on the troop withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Afghan veterans have said that they want ALL American troops out of Afghanistan…..

Nearly three-quarters of veterans surveyed and almost 70 percent of troops’ family members support a full withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan, according to a new poll from a conservative activist group

The results are an increase from identical questions in last year’s poll by Concerned Veterans for America, which has close ties to the conservative Koch network and the Trump administration. For much of the last year, the group has been leading public efforts to convince lawmakers and the White House to severely curtail overseas military operations.

“I think this shows the fatigue of almost two decades of war,” said Nate Anderson, executive director of the group. “And I think there is increased awareness among the American public about how long we have been fighting.”

The nationwide survey, conducted April 7 to 10, includes responses from about 700 military veterans and about 800 military family members. All were chosen randomly.

https://www.militarytimes.com/news/pentagon-congress/2020/04/22/support-for-full-withdrawal-from-afghanistan-grows-poll/

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/our-veterans-want-us-to-stop-making-more-afghanistan-veterans

As an antiwar person I totally agree with the proposal to get all troops (American) out of Afghanistan after 19 years of war…..even as I have stated also wants Americans out of the country…..

With a peace deal in place in Afghanistan, at some point US troops would be expected to leave the country. Amid concerns of a coronavirus buildup, President Trump is thinking it is best to get those troops out of the country sooner, rather than later.

Officials say Trump complains about the troops not being out of Afghanistan yet almost daily, but that his advisers continue to stall and try to talk him out of it, arguing that if the virus is a reason to leave, US troops should also withdraw from Italy.

That argument seems a continuation of the strategy for getting out of Trump’s calls for drawdowns, which is to confuse the question and hope that Trump gets fixated on something else before they have to actually do anything.

Afghan officials have been emphasizing the risk of a pandemic, and how widespread it could be. While the US already has plenty of opportunity to leave Afghanistan now, this is just another opportunity on top of that, but whether Trump’s impulse to leave will actually pan out this time depends heavily on how he reacts to the ever-present resistance of officials

(antiwar.com)

He has my support on this proposal……he needs to work on getting my attention on other proposals….

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Always Controversial

Closing Thought–29Apr20

Filmmaker Michael Moore seems to always be in the middle of some controversy or another……usually from the Right….but his new film has Green Power activists upset…..the Left is upset….WTF?

Michael Moore is used to taking all kinds of criticism over his films. His new one, however, offers a twist on that. Many environmentalists and other usual Moore supporters on the left are outraged over the documentary Planet of the Humans, while conservative sites, including Breitbart, are singing its praises. Coverage:

  • The film: You can watch it on YouTube. Moore is an executive producer, while Jeff Gibbs, who has collaborated with Moore frequently, is the director and narrator.
  • The premise: The film aims to call out hypocrisy in the green movement, particularly in regard to solar energy, electric cars, and big environmental groups such as the Sierra Club, per Gizmodo. It casts “renewables as no better than fossil fuels and environmental groups as sleek corporate outfits in bed with billionaires helping kill the planet,” writes Brian Kahn. The film argues that population control is perhaps the best answer to the planet’s problems, though Kahn complains that interviews conducted to buttress this point have “more than a whiff of eugenics and ecofascism.”
  • The criticism: Fellow documentary maker Josh Fox (Gasland) is leading the charge against the movie with a petition that is gaining steam. His letter calls the film “shockingly misleading” and says it “touts blatantly untrue fossil fuel industry talking points,” reports the Guardian.
  • Briefly pulled: One of the movie’s distributors, Films for Action, took down the film temporarily after declaring it was “full of misinformation.” However, the company later rescinded the move, saying it didn’t want claims of censorship to give the movie “more power and mystique than it deserves.”
  • Detailed critique: At Vox, UC Santa Barbara assistant professor Leah C. Stokes provides a detailed takedown of the movie. Among other things, she says it uses old data on electric cars and wind and solar energy, adding that “the largest share of the movie’s scorn goes to biomass—generally, burning wood—which supplied less than 2% of the US electricity mix last year.” The filmmakers, though, “obscure that fact, showing graphs that imply biomass is leading to forest destruction across the US.” The movie inexplicably goes after green groups instead of fossil fuel companies or utilities, she writes, and her essay’s headline calls the film a “gift to big oil.”
  • Al Gore a target: The film goes after green heavyweights, including Bill McKibben, co-founder of 350.org, who has fired back with a defense. It also lays into Al Gore, suggesting that his famous An Inconvenient Truth documentary might have been timed to help Gore’s green investments.
  • Moore’s take: Promo material for the film calls attention to the coronavirus pandemic. “This film is the wake-up call to the reality we are afraid to face: that in the midst of a human-caused extinction event, the environmental movement’s answer is to push for techno-fixes and band-aids,” reads a promo cited by Real Clear Politics. “It’s too little, too late.” The promo adds that “getting a grip on our out-of-control human presence and consumption” is “the only thing that MIGHT save us.”

Has Moore gone over to the Radical Right?

Moore gets raked over the coals…..https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/04/28/demoralizing-new-michael-moore-film-attacks-climate-movement-time-when-solutions

All this PR can only be good for the profits of the film….I know I am a cynic….but questions need answers.

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The 2020 Vote

NOTE:  This is an old draft but the thoughts are still valid.

There are a few things we need to look at before the big day when we Americans decide who will lead the country in the next 4 years.

First let’s look at the last couple elections…..and the candidates…..

Al Gore (centrist) – lost, John Kerry (centrist) – lost,  Hillary Clinton (centrist) – lost…… While also a centrist, Barack Obama campaigned as a progressive and won handily in 2008….then reverted back to the centrist he truly was.

Just a thought

There are issues that have never made the debate stage and I feel that they should be discussed so the voter knows where these people stand.

Remember several years ago, I know that is hard in the trials and tribulations of a Trump presidency, the main thing we all were writing about was the discovery of the NSA’s spying on us mere mortals.

National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden said Tuesday that 2020 White House candidates should publicly declare their stance on the U.S. government’s “unconstitutional mass surveillance program.”

Snowden made the comments following a New York Times report showing the agency’s sprawling photo data collection effort was hugely expensive and largely useless.

Charlie Savage’s reporting on the program under the USA Freedom Act of 2015, which is set to expire March 15, showed the suspended call records program “cost $100 million from 2015 to 2019” and produced “a single significant investigation.” The Times report cited a declassified, partly censored version of a report from the congressionally-created Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board.

The NSA shut down the program—initially exposed by Snowden in 2013 and then modified in 2015—last year.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/02/26/presidential-candidates-should-declare-their-stance-costly-failure-nsas

There are only a couple of candidates left…..so they should go on the record about the NSA programs.

Just one of those situations that the next president needs to handle….I am not all that confident that this one will do anything but throw words at it.

I realize that the normal American has the attention span of a goldfish so this needs to refresh their meager minds on the violations of our right to privacy.

But the elections have become high entertainment….Voters need to take voting seriously…..instead of a hobby they delve into every few years…..

Has politics become a form of entertainment? With debates every week, opinion polls every day, the insatiable appetite of 24/7 cable news for fresh “content,” heated arguments online around the clock, and the clickbait casting of heroes and villains, politics may indeed be America’s new national pastime. 

We know the names of all the players. We know the odds, the delegate counts, and the morning line.

That’s what this week’s WhoWhatWhy podcast guest, professor Eitan Hersh, calls “political hobbyism” — another shallow, home-based, and technology-driven activity that takes us out of our community and away from personal engagement. In his view, it runs counter to the very idea of what politics should be.

Political Hobbyism Is Not Politics

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Good Enough For Donald Then Why Not Joe?

Never let it be said that I am not a fair and balanced bitcher…..

Remember the sh*t storm the media made out of the women who claim to have been sexual assaulted by Trump?

Or maybe the accusations by women on the assault by supreme court dullard Kavanaugh?

The MSM spent weeks if not months on these accusations….they analyzed the situations from every conceivable angle….

And now we have the Dem presumptive candidate for 2020 Joe Biden….and a woman has come forward, Tara Reade, and accused the VP of sexual assault…..

Two more people have come forward to say Tara Reade, the woman who says Joe Biden sexually assaulted her when she was his aide in 1993, talked to them about the alleged incident at the time. “This happened, and I know it did because I remember talking about it,” a former neighbor of Reade’s tells Business Insider. And a former colleague of Reade’s, who worked with her after she worked for Biden, says she remembers Reade talking about her former boss in Washington, DC, sexually harassing her. She says Reade complained that she was fired after raising concerns about the treatment. Biden’s camp has denied Reade’s allegations. Two others, including Reade’s brother, have previously come forward to corroborate her story, while other former coworkers of Reade’s have cast doubt on the claims.

The former neighbor says an emotional Reade told her the story while crying. “I remember her saying, here was this person that she was working for and she idolized him. And he kind of put her up against a wall. And he put his hand up her skirt and he put his fingers inside her. She felt like she was assaulted, and she really didn’t feel there was anything she could do.” Last week, the Intercept unearthed an anonymous caller to Larry King’s show in 1993 that Tara Reade says was her mother. During a show about the culture in DC, the unnamed woman discussed the problems her daughter was having with a senator. “My daughter has just left there, after working for a prominent senator, and could not get through with her problems at all, and the only thing she could have done was go to the press, and she chose not to do it out of respect for him,” the caller says.

So there is collaboration of what the woman has claimed and yet the MSM has stayed away from this as best they can.

I realize that the virus sucks all the oxygen out of most stories….but this one is about the presumptive Dem candidate….they should work as hard as they did for Trump and Kavanaugh.

If Trump’s sexual accusations were news then….and Kavanaugh’s as well….then Biden should be just as imperative.

Biden was unequivocal in his demand that Americans must believe women as a matter of unwavering reflex. “For a woman to come forward in the glaring lights of focus, nationally,” Biden argued, “you’ve got to start off with the presumption that at least the essence of what she’s talking about is real, whether or not she forgets facts, whether or not it’s been made worse or better over time.”

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/the-hypocrisy-on-tara-reade-is-a-national-disgrace/

By basically ignoring this situation the MSM is just adding fuel to the fire of “fake news” accusations by Trump and the ilk that worship him…..and creating a mess for Dems…..

The Tara Reade allegations against Joe Biden—that he sexually assaulted her in the 1990s—seem to be gaining credibility by the day, writes Rebecca Traister at the Cut. As a result, Democrats now have a “grievous mess” on their hands. The growing corroboration of the Reade allegations “should surely imperil Biden’s position at the top of the ticket, though it remains to be seen whether—in the midst of the COVID crisis and with all the other candidates out of contention—there is any chance that they will,” writes Traister. In the meantime, consider the impossible predicament Biden’s running mate will be in. He has promised to pick a woman; whomever he picks will not only have to answer for Biden’s treatment of women but will likely be diminished for her association to him. The latter is especially true if he picks a strong progressive.

This should prove interesting as the VP search begins….

Let me say here…this does NOT mean I am defending Trump in any way…..I still think he is a danger to our society…..I just want the MSM to do what they should be doing….reporting the news (do not get me started on the bias reporting out of Israel)…..

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Pandemic Profiteers

There are some of the lowest of the low in society those people that profit off of war….and now we can add another to the list of worthless slugs of society…pandemic profiteers.

Think about this for a moment…..26 million Americans lose their jobs, the billionaire class has added $308bn to its wealth…..

Never let a good crisis go to waste: as the coronavirus pandemic sweeps the world, America’s 1% have taken profitable advantage of the old saying.

Some of the richest people in the US have been at the front of the queue as the government has handed out trillions of dollars to prop up an economy it shuttered amid the coronavirus pandemic. At the same time, the billionaire class has added $308bn to its wealth in four weeks – even as a record 26 million people lost their jobs.

According to a new report from the Institute for Policy Studies, a progressive thinktank, between 18 March and 22 April the wealth of America’s plutocrats grew 10.5%. After the last recession, it took over two years for total billionaire wealth to get back to the levels they enjoyed in 2007.

Eight of those billionaires have seen their net worth surge by over $1bn each, including the Amazon boss, Jeff Bezos, and his ex-wife MacKenzie Bezos; Eric Yuan, founder of Zoom; the former Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer; and Elon Musk, the Tesla and SpaceX technocrat

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/26/heads-we-win-tails-you-lose-how-americas-rich-have-turned-pandemic-into-profit

Yes a number of billionaires have used the pandemic to their advantage……(a reiteration)……

A number of American billionaires have used the coronavirus pandemic to grow even wealthier than they were before.

In fact, billionaires in the U.S. have increased their wealth by a combined $282 billion, Fast Company reports. That’s a ten percent increase over where the billionaire class stood at the beginning of March — illustrating how the global crisis has furthered global inequality.

https://futurism.com/the-byte/billionaires-making-killing-off-pandemic

Time for Americans to wake up and see what is being done to them and their country….it is not pretty and it is a crime in my eyes…..it must STOP!

Stop the Pandemic Profiteers

We Americans have the power to make this stop and to reverse the growing inequality….but the question is….do we want this to stop or just go away for awhile?

Me?

I want these fuckers in prison for treason and profiteering…..and I want change and I have been working for that change my whole life and not many were listening……maybe now the deafness has passed.

We will see!

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