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Shelter in Place with Shane Smith & Edward Snowden (Full Episode)


Snowden is awesome


Capitalism And The American Pandemic Response

The current system is untenable and the Coronavirus pandemic has laid bare how truly ill-prepared the country is to protect its citizens.


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"Only fifteen cases, and soon will be zero"
"Gone by spring, like magic"
"Democrats new hoax"
"If someone wants a test they get a test"

Donald J. Trump


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This Is How Religion Is Adapting To COVID-19


BREAKING: Donald Trump has DIED #RIPDonaldTrump


The Donald Trump Center for Folks Who Can't Breathe Good

In these uncertain times (as they say), there's a famous scene from the movie Zoolander that feels especially relevant. It's the one where Derek Zoolander is presented with a to-scale architectural model for an educational center for underprivileged children. He bends down to inspect the model - and then he picks it up and hurls it onto the floor.

"What is this?!" he screams. "A center for ants? How are we expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?!"

The great thing about this scene isn't just that it's funny (although it is that, too). It's that it so fully captures the absurd spectacle of a very stupid person trying to look powerful, even as it's obvious to everyone else that he's hopelessly out of his depth.

That spectacle has been a familiar one, albeit much less entertaining, in the years since Donald Trump was elected to the presidency. Less entertaining to some of us, that is: Trump's oafish anti-intellectual flexing is one of the things his loyalists love about him. Watching him peacock around up there, flouting both political norms and basic politeness, offers a certain subversive, almost adolescent thrill - like a class prankster sneaking into the principal's office, turning on the PA system, and farting into the microphone. That he lacks any embarrassment about it, when just witnessing it is enough to make many people cringe, is part of the appeal.

But the first three years of the presidency were nothing compared to Cringe in the Time of COVID. The coronavirus pandemic, and the president's daily news conferences to address it, have catapulted us into a whole new world of death-by-secondhand-embarrassment. As godawful as Trump's self-aggrandizing and uninformed bluster was before, this is so much worse: a grotesque clown show, a flaming trainwreck, one that we endure only because of the possibility that one of the medical experts onstage might say something useful in one of those rare moments when the president isn't bragging, bloviating, or sneering at the press.

And then came April 23…


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Irish Times
April 25, 2020
By Fintan O'Toole


Over more than two centuries, the United States has stirred a very wide range of feelings in the rest of the world: love and hatred, fear and hope, envy and contempt, awe and anger. But there is one emotion that has never been directed towards the US until now: pity.
However bad things are for most other rich democracies, it is hard not to feel sorry for Americans. Most of them did not vote for Donald Trump in 2016. Yet they are locked down with a malignant narcissist who, instead of protecting his people from Covid-19, has amplified its lethality. The country Trump promised to make great again has never in its history seemed so pitiful.

Will American prestige ever recover from this shameful episode? The US went into the coronavirus crisis with immense advantages: precious weeks of warning about what was coming, the world's best concentration of medical and scientific expertise, effectively limitless financial resources, a military complex with stunning logistical capacity and most of the world's leading technology corporations. Yet it managed to make itself the global epicentre of the pandemic.

As the American writer George Packer puts it in the current edition of the Atlantic, "The United States reacted … like Pakistan or Belarus - like a country with shoddy infrastructure and a dysfunctional government whose leaders were too corrupt or stupid to head off mass suffering."

It is one thing to be powerless in the face of a natural disaster, quite another to watch vast power being squandered in real time - wilfully, malevolently, vindictively. It is one thing for governments to fail (as, in one degree or another, most governments did), quite another to watch a ruler and his supporters actively spread a deadly virus. Trump, his party and Rupert Murdoch's Fox News became vectors of the pestilence.

The grotesque spectacle of the president openly inciting people (some of them armed) to take to the streets to oppose the restrictions that save lives is the manifestation of a political death wish. What are supposed to be daily briefings on the crisis, demonstrative of national unity in the face of a shared challenge, have been used by Trump merely to sow confusion and division. They provide a recurrinPost too long. Click here to view the full text.

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Social distancing

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>Shocking moment New Jersey teacher tells teenagers to ‘die a long, painful death’ from coronavirus after they ignored stay-at-home orders to play football outside
>Math teacher told teenagers to 'die a long, painful death' from coronavirus last week
>The Trentonian identified her as Nicole Griggs, a staffer at Steinert High School in Hamilton, New Jersey
>Griggs reportedly became upset that a group of teenagers were playing football despite stay-at-home orders
>Footage showed Griggs yelling at the teenagers behind a fence
>'I’m just trying to save your a** and save your life. But die, OK. I hope both of you get the coronavirus,' she told the teenagers
>New Jersey is under stay-at-home orders until further notice


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Food supply breaking

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If the US healthcare system is so great and the best in the world then home come a country with a population of 320 million has over 1/4 of global coronavirus deaths in a world with a population of nearly 8 billion people?

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The madness has to stop

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