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Saturday, March 28, 2020

According to the Wall Street Journal, President Trump is pushing for his signature on the $1,200 checks that many individual Americans will soon receive now that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act has been signed into law. Don Hammond, a former official at the Treasury Department, told the Wall Street Journal that a disbursing officer's signature would ordinarily be on the checks. read more


Confirmed U.S. coronavirus-related deaths doubled in two days, hitting 2,000 on Saturday evening, based on reporting from state health departments. It took about a month from the first confirmed death for the United States to record 1,000, but the toll has risen rapidly, and officials say the worst is yet to come. The earliest death was announced in Washington state on Feb. 29. read more


To be frank, I believe Trump's inability to tell the truth is already costing American lives. I know from personal experience that military leaders are trained - from their first to their last day of service - to understand that without proper planning based on facts and trust in experts, mission execution will end in failure. For America, at this moment, mission failure is not an option because mission failure will cost lives. read more


While funeral workers enter the story of a coronavirus victim's life later than doctors and nurses, they similarly face the risk of falling ill themselves. Per the Centers for Disease Control, "scientists and researchers have not determined how long the virus remains virulent in the body after death." Research does suggest, though, that it can live up to three hours after being aerosolized (sprayed in the air) and up to two to three days on some surfaces, including plastic and stainless steel. read more


Friday, March 27, 2020

A senior scientist at a government biomedical research laboratory has been thwarted in his efforts to conduct experiments on possible treatments for the new coronavirus because of the Trump administration's restrictions on research with human fetal tissue. read more


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We know that the mission at hand is not about the individual, but the greater good of our country. Our self-proclaimed "wartime" president displays a daily misunderstanding of the mission, facts and the way in which his administration should execute this mission to save as many American lives as possible during this unprecedented war on the pandemic.

The presidency is the most solemn office that can be held in our nation and we must be able to trust the president's word, policies and process. When President Trump goes on television in front of every American citizen and contradicts his own team of scientists and doctors, he is neither following the principles I laid out above, nor is he displaying "courage, candor, integrity or competence" during this battle to save lives.

As a "wartime president," Trump could gain my respect and most importantly save American lives by following the example of our military leadership. I believe it's every citizen's responsibility during this dangerous health crisis to demand that our president be tactically proficient and set an example of courage and frankness and honesty as Americans fight for their families' health and safety.

It is my hope that, moving forward, our commander-in-chief will clearly communicate the tasks required to accomplish the mission to win our battle against the coronavirus while at the same time limiting loss of American lives as much as humanly possible.

The fact that posters here continue to ignore or deflect away from Trump's personal failings to this nation only underscores the cancerous nature of his cult of personality along with his incessant scapegoating of the media, competent US governors, and anyone daring to say that this emperor indeed has no clothes.

The fact that Trump's personal deficiencies would one day become a threat to this nation's security was almost as easy to predict as knowing the sun will rise from the east tomorrow morning. Blissfully ignoring the incompetence and narcissism of this insecure, ignorant manchild once was a seemingly harmless parlor game for the oblivious. Now it will be the epitaph for many who should have been protected.

More traditional, but if you've never seen this confluence of talent, it's amazing:

Beyonce, Ed Sheeran, Gary Clark in a tribute to Stevie Wonder - Higher Ground Medley

Bonus points: See if you can identify all the music giants in the audience and especially notice Stevie's joy in listening to it.

Summer in New York - Michael Franks

Nothing like summer in the city.

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