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from around 800 the last couple of days to nearly 1,600 today.

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29 minutes ago, LD0506 said:

Trump cartoon

 

They should have elaborated more in the fine print 🙂

 

DO NOT CONSULT ‘YOUR’ PHYSICIAN. HERE IS A LINK TO A LIST OF TRUMP-APPROVED DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA.

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31 minutes ago, Die Hard said:

 

They should have elaborated more in the fine print 🙂

 

DO NOT CONSULT ‘YOUR’ PHYSICIAN. HERE IS A LINK TO GIVE US YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS AND PHONE NUMBER, AND WE WILL SEND YOU A LIST OF TRUMP-APPROVED DOCTORS IN YOUR AREA.

 

Improved that for you.  

 

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DOH: 822 additional COVID-19 cases reported across PA; 87 new deaths

 

The Pennsylvania Department of Health confirmed an additional 822 coronavirus cases in the state Monday bringing the statewide total to 63,056 throughout all 67 counties.

 

The Department of Health reported 87 more confirmed coronavirus-related deaths bringing the statewide total to 4,505.

 

“As counties move from red to yellow, we need all Pennsylvanians to continue to follow the social distancing and mitigation efforts in place,” Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine said. “We must continue to protect our most vulnerable Pennsylvanians, which includes our seniors, those with underlying health issues, our healthcare workers and our first responders. I am proud of the work that Pennsylvanians have done so far, but we cannot stop now, we must continue to take the necessary steps to protect ourselves from COVID-19.”

 

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50 minutes ago, Larry said:

 

Improved that for you.  

 


Of course. I can see the game, I just don’t play it.

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The Bungling Superpower: COVID-19 Has Recast America as a Global Chump

 

Over the past two decades, America’s image around the world shifted in a significant and unexpected way. With the rise of Silicon Valley, our brand morphed from the bellicose and muscle-bound superpower (see the invasion of Iraq) to the land of innovation and technological competence. In the global mental map of America, Apple, Google, and Facebook replaced McDonald’s, Boeing, and General Motors as symbols of the USA. We were no longer the knuckle-dragging hegemon—we were nimble and creative. To billions of people around the world, America had unlocked the secret of the 21st-century economy and everyone else wanted a part of it.

 

When I was under secretary of state for public diplomacy during the Barack Obama administration—the job that is essentially the chief marketing officer for the American brand around the world—I found that the most common request I got from international diplomats and leaders was, could I help them get in touch with the Silicon Valley tech companies? Would I introduce them to someone at Google, Apple, and Facebook? Our brand differentiator was no longer drones, Tomahawks, and foreign assistance—though all of them still mattered—it was search, likes, and Twitter. No, we weren’t as generous and deep-pocketed as we once had been, nor could we build bridges and highways like China was doing, but we were seen as the land of the future, and people wanted to know how we did it. It was a welcome change.

 

But the election of Donald Trump and our inept response to the coronavirus has reversed much of that. Even when we were the arrogant and galumphing superpower—a continuation of the Ugly American stereotype from the 1950s—we were always seen as competent. Yes, we were headstrong and naive, but we got things done. Now, thanks to the combination of Trump’s much-mocked America First doctrine and his administration’s chaotic and chuckleheaded response to the coronavirus, the Trump administration has recast our brand in a new way: the bungling superpower. The country that created the iPhone could not figure out how to manufacture enough cotton swabs. While Germany is led by a woman with a doctorate in quantum chemistry, the U.S. president was suggesting that people inject disinfectant to cure the virus.

 

Last week, in a rare move in its nearly 200-year history, the distinguished British medical journal The Lancet published an editorial saying that the U.S. had fallen from what it once was, the gold standard in disease detection and control, and must not reelect a president who prized partisanship above science. A poll in France earlier this month found that Angela Merkel, and not the American president, was overwhelmingly regarded as the leader of the free world. Only 2% of those polled said Trump was heading in the right direction. A Bosnian TV journalist proclaimed that the White House was dysfunctional and America was beginning to resemble the Balkans. The Balkans.

 

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This isn't the right place for a long post, but I reject that America's fall is do to Covid and Trump. That's far to easy as an excuse for all the self-inflicted wounds we have over the years in the name of tax cuts, corporate greed and false claims of religious persecution. 

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29 minutes ago, Hersh said:

This isn't the right place for a long post, but I reject that America's fall is do to Covid and Trump. That's far to easy as an excuse for all the self-inflicted wounds we have over the years in the name of tax cuts, corporate greed and false claims of religious persecution. 

 

In other words, the Republican playbook.

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Mainly yes, but we've missed opportunities as Dems too. Particularly at the local level. Back to Covid here. 

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55 minutes ago, Hersh said:

This isn't the right place for a long post, but I reject that America's fall is do to Covid and Trump. That's far to easy as an excuse for all the self-inflicted wounds we have over the years in the name of tax cuts, corporate greed and false claims of religious persecution. 

 

Trump's inept and incompetent handling of the pandemic illustrates it 1,000 times better than the things you mentioned, though...

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1 hour ago, Califan007 said:

 

Trump's inept and incompetent handling of the pandemic illustrates it 1,000 times better than the things you mentioned, though...

 

Certainly for some but there are a lot that haven't been blind to what's been happening in this country. 

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22 hours ago, Cooked Crack said:

I bet he tries to act like he forgot his mask.

 

Maybe he'll use a Sharpie to draw one...

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3 hours ago, LadySkinsFan said:

 

In other words, the Republican playbook.

 

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U.S. roadways more lethal during pandemic, safety group says

 

U.S. highways have been emptier during the coronavirus pandemic, but they have also been more deadly, according to statistics released Wednesday.

 

The National Safety Council said preliminary data show that in March, when most Americans began to drive less because of pandemic-related stay-at-home orders, the fatality rate per mile driven went up by 14 percent compared with March 2019.

 

The traffic fatality data, compiled from all 50 states and the District of Columbia, confirm the alarming reports across the country that speeding and reckless driving during the health crisis are leading to a disproportionate number of crashes and fatalities.

 

“The risk on our roads has actually increased,” said Ken Kolosh, the council’s manager of statistics, who ran the data analysis. “Although an 8 percent decrease in deaths from one March to the next March is great news, that decrease should have been even greater if the risk on our roads had stayed the same. We should have seen closer to an 18 percent decrease in deaths.”

 

The overall number of fatalities went down by 8 percent, according to the report, a decline that is attributed to shelter-in-place orders and other restrictions across the country.

 

The number of miles driven dropped 18.6 percent in March compared with the same month last year, according to the council. But the death rate per 100 million vehicle miles driven was 1.22 in March, up from 1.07 in March 2019, the organization said.

 

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WHO reports most coronavirus cases in a day as cases approach five million

 

GENEVA (Reuters) - The World Health Organization expressed concern on Wednesday about the rising number of new coronavirus cases in poor countries, even as many rich nations have begun emerging from lockdown.

 

The global health body said 106,000 new cases of infections of the novel coronavirus had been recorded in the past 24 hours, the most in a single day since the outbreak began.

 

“We still have a long way to go in this pandemic,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference. “We are very concerned about rising cases in low and middle income countries.”

 

Dr. Mike Ryan, head of WHO’s emergencies programme, said: “We will soon reach the tragic milestone of 5 million cases.”

 

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Wait...what?

 

 

I don't think that's how it's supposed to work.....

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