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July 27, 2020

Hal Brown Blog

 Website speeds up if you click here  This is a blog with my opinion on news stories that pique my interest. My Bio here.

July 28, 2020: Portland TV websites: KOIN and KGW for a local perspective on the protests

Speculation over Trump’s health after ‘dragging’ right leg video: ‘What is wrong with him?’ Watch video:

What may happen to Trump if he get's Covid-19? Two words: dire consequences. Watch CNN video.
CNN medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner said that the president should be worried that the virus keeps getting closer and closer to him as more aides and allies come down with the disease.

Watch Biden's appeal to senior voters

Bob Cesca has the lead story on Salon. Since he began his campaign and then escalated his xenophobic rhetoric, and soon after acted on it with his cruel immigration policy we heard the warning about Trump's authoritarianism and how he could lead the country into become a fascist state. Now he is sending a private SS army to use (so far) less than lethal violent means to breakup mostly peaceful protests.

Cesca writes:

The age of American fascism has arrived. The dangers are immeasurable. 

As soon as Trump chose to unleash federal stormtroopers in reaction to protesters, deploying an army of faceless thugs into American cities armed with allegedly non-lethal weapons, the Rubicon was crossed. There's no going back until, at the very least, Trump is ousted from power and held accountable for the unconstitutional horror show he's manifested. We'll circle back to this.

Fascism, derived from Benito Mussolini's political stranglehold on Italy, generally possesses the characteristics of hyper-nationalism, opposition to socialism and communism, suppression of dissent, an ideology of racial supremacy and the vilification of "the other" — foreigners, minorities and other groups, often rounded up and virtually disappeared into government internment camps.  

Trump Inspired To Mild Action Against COVID-19 When He Heard Red State White People Might Die - Wonkette

EXCERPT: Yes, it's a question for the ages: Why won't Trump try harder ... or at all ... to manage this crisis? Like Poe's "Purloined Letter," the answer's right there in plain sight: Trump's malignant narcissism and sociopathic personality make it impossible for him to respond appropriately to a crisis on the scale of COVID-19. 

In fairness, Trump is also lazy, and managing a pandemic is hard. He can't bully it with mean nicknames like “Low Energy." He's tried racial slurs, but that also has no medicinal value. It's even less effective than a bleach cocktail. However, he's demonstrated at least three common sociopathic traits throughout the outbreak: Inability to make long term plans (no national testing strategy), no consideration for his own safety or others (his resistance to wearing masks and promoting social distancing), and lack of guilt or remorse (he literally said he doesn't "take responsibility at all" for COVID-19 while instructing his minions to blame China).

Trump's supporters thought it was neat to elect a sociopath and unleash him on people they don't like. The cruelty was the point, to quote Adam Serwer, and it worked like gangbusters for the past three years. Trump's administration, staffed with ghouls like Stephen Miller, actively worked to harm marginalized groups, from attempted Muslim bans and the dehumanization of transgender Americans. There were kids in goddamn cages! 

However, nothing demonstrates how much of a shared community we actually are than a highly infectious disease. Trump still boasts about closing the border to China, because that's his reflexive response to any perceived threat. But no WALL can keep his supporters safe from COVID-19, not now.

Mary Trump grew up gay in a family that hates difference

Sometimes that's exactly what sets you free

HERE are some of the tweets mocking Donald Junior.

Best selling baseball card, story above

Donald J. Trump: ‘Inside the mind’ of a man-child who hates, fears and abuses women

Dr. Mary Trump’s new book, Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man, made publishing history in the same way as has The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump: 37 Psychiatrists and Mental Health Experts Assess a President, edited by DCReport contributor Bandy X. Lee, a Yale forensic psychiatrist.  Both mark historic events: never has a family member with professional training come forth about the mental unfitness of a president, as never have thousands of mental health professionals come forth with their concerns about any president of any party, in U.S. history. 
This week, Dr. Lee interviewed Dr. Ellyn Kaschak, one of the founders of the field of feminist psychology, a faculty member of San Jose State University in California, and editor of the Journal of Women and Therapy for over 20 years.  She wrote a chapter on women’s suffering under the current presidency for The Dangerous Case of Donald Trump. 

Americans load up on millions of guns as federal government fails the COVID challenge - SALON

In the William Barr testimony before the House ranking member Jim Jordan just showed a long video of the most violent protesters engaging police in a display that could prompt ordinary citizens even in living in bucolic rural areas and on the tree lined streets of the suburbs to arm themselves. HB

From VOX: Concentration camps and forced labor: China’s repression of the Uighurs, explained

There is more and more evidence of China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang


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It is the largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority group since World War II.

The concentration camps are the most extreme example of China’s inhumane policies against the Uighurs, but even those outside the camps are subject to repressive policies. China has used mass surveillance to turn Xinjiang into a high-tech police state.

Uighurs inside and outside the camps are exploited for cheap labor, forced to manufacture clothing and other products for sale both at home and abroad. Recently, the New York Times revealed that some Chinese-made face masks being sold in the United States and other countries were produced in factories that relied on Uighur labor. 

Another recent investigation found evidence that Chinese authorities subjected Uighur women to mass sterilization, forcing them to take birth control or have abortions and putting them in camps if they resist. Some have argued this attempt to control the Uighur population meets the United Nations’ definition of genocide.
In October 2019, Radio Free Asia, a US-government-backed news agency, also reported that Han Chinese men were being sent to check in on and sometimes sleep with Uighur women, including those whose husbands were detained in the camps. The “Pair Up and Become Family” program, as it is called, is designed to “promote ethnic unity,” one local official explained.

Chinese officials have justified these policies as necessary to counter religious radicalization and extremism, but critics say they are meant to curtail Islamic traditions and practices. 

The Chinese government is “trying to expunge ethnonational characteristics from the people,” James Millward, a professor at Georgetown University, told me in 2018. “They’re not trying to drive them out of the country; they’re trying to hold them in.” 

“The ultimate goal, the ultimate issue that the Chinese state is targeting, [is] the cultural practices and beliefs of Muslim groups,” he added.

Among the worst  four movies these stars have to be embarrassed: Antonio BanderasLucy LiuEddie Murphy, Kerry Washington, Edward Burns and John Travolta. 

Yesterday's story about China and the vaccine has been updated.

Hal Brown blog

 Website speeds up if you click here  This is a blog with my opinion on news stories that pique my interest. My Bio here.

July 27, 2020 - 

 中國/中国, and Tèlǎngpǔ (特朗普) and Chuānpǔ (川普).

Covid News: What if you get it?

From Jennifer Rubin's Washington Post OpEd about how Trump's team still does not get it (Paywall).

She begins:
The admiral in his dress
 uniform by Hal Brown
Judging from their TV appearances, President Trump’s advisers are unwilling to admit error and adjust their handling of the coronavirus pandemic accordingly. They still insist they are doing everything perfectly, and still blithely point to about a third of the United States as merely some “hot spots.”

On CNN’s “State of the Union,” Adm. Brett Giroir, who heads the widely panned federal testing operation, would not admit that much of anything was wrong, only conceding he wouldn’t be “satisfied” until the virus is eradicated. Giroir hedged when asked if everyone could get a test, saying everyone who “needs” one can get it. (This would not include all asymptomatic people.) Presented with a Harvard University analysis that says we should be doing between 3 million and 3.5 million tests a day, Giroir raised a straw man that 300 million tests was unrealistic. He insisted that, despite long wait times for test results, that the Defense Production Act did not need to be invoked to increase the supplies necessary to collect and process test specimens.
She concludes:
Cutting unemployment benefits while giving employers immunity is a peculiar way to win votes in an election year, but a good way to pander to donors and right-wing ideologues.
Whatever the Republicans present and whatever the final package will be, their attitude helps explain why they are losing coast to coast, be it in presidential and Senate races or the congressional generic poll for House races. Their denial of the degree to which they have botched the pandemic response and their blindness to the experience of ordinary Americans have not changed. Their suspicion that Americans are somehow goofing off, that parents are irrational for not wanting to send their kids to in-person school and that we should not be concerned about 60,000 or more new cases a day does not suggest they have learned much of anything after 143,000 deaths.
I figured that since I created this image I might as well use it in a tweet. Whether Giroir, the pediatrician and four star general, chooses to wear a military uniform or would rather dress in a suit is unknown. I suspect Trump has told him  to wear a uniform even though doing so is, to say the least, deceptive. He isn't a soldier. It really is ridiculous as there are so many of the things Trump does to make him appear to be a powerful leader.

Sometimes Trump prefers that his generals and admirals wear their prom outfits:

His Surgeon General who holds the rank of vice admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service, Jerome Adams, also wears a uniform.Here he is in his dress uniform: 

The United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, also referred to as the Commissioned Corps of the United States Public Health Service, is the federal uniformed service of the U.S. Public Health Service, and is one of the eight uniformed services of the United States. 

Along with the NOAA Commissioned Officer Corps, the Public Health Service Commissioned Corps is one of two uniformed services that consist only of commissioned officers and has no enlisted or warrant officer ranks, although warrant officers have been authorized for use within the service.[12] Officers of the commissioned corps are classified as noncombatants, unless directed to serve as part of the military by the President or detailed to a service branch of the military.[13] Members of the commissioned corps wear the same uniforms as the United States Navy, or the United States Coast Guard (when assigned to the Coast Guard), with special PHS Commissioned Corps insignia, and hold naval ranks equivalent to officers of the U.S. Navy and U.S. Coast Guard. Commissioned corps officers typically receive their commissions through the commissioned corps's direct commissioning programWikipedia

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"It’s worth remembering that the next time you hear Mr. Biden praised for running a cautious, inoffensive and largely mistake-free campaign. Given Mr. Trump’s epic blunders, inoffensiveness may be enough to propel the former vice president to the White House. But it’s a lot easier to be inoffensive when you’re a man."
The evidence that Mr. Trump’s electoral woes stem as much from the gender of his opponent as from his own failures begins with his net approval rating: the percent of Americans who view him favorably minus the percent who view him unfavorably. Right now, that figure stands at -15 points. That makes Mr. Trump less popular than he was this spring. But he’s still more popular than he was throughout the 2016 campaign. Yet he won.

What has changed radically over the past four years isn’t Americans’ perception of Mr. Trump. It’s their perception of his opponent. According to Real Clear Politics’s polling average, Joe Biden’s net approval rating is about -1 point. At this point in the 2016 campaign, Hillary Clinton’s net approval rating was -17 points. For much of the 2016 general election, Mr. Trump faced a Democratic nominee who was also deeply unpopular. Today, he enjoys no such luck.


Eisen, who signed up as a House Judiciary Committee attorney in early 2019 with an eye toward impeachment, also describes the hail of early “f--- you’s” he delivered to House Intelligence Committee aide Daniel Goldman, who he said had accused him of treading on the panel's turf. (They would later get past the initial tension, Eisen says). He describes how internal Democratic politics led him to shave a planned 10 articles of impeachment — encompassing a sweeping range of allegations such as “collusion” and “hush money payments” down to three, and then two, after vulnerable Democrats rejected charging Trump with obstruction of justice.

Eisen reveals the sometimes painful conflicts between House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) — in Eisen’s eyes, the unsung hero of impeachment — and House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) and Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who often resisted Nadler’s lead-foot on the impeachment accelerator. Nadler drew Pelosi’s ire throughout the process by leaning into calls for impeachment faster than the rest of the House was ready for, and Eisen said Nadler had accepted that it would take time to restore his “former level personal warmth” with the speaker.

Drugmakers refuse to attend White House meeting after Trump issues executive orders on costs A White House meeting with top pharmaceutical executives that President Donald Trump promised for Tuesday is off, five industry sources familiar with discussions told POLITICO. Three said the drug-pricing discussion was canceled because the major drug lobbies, reeling from Friday’s cluster of executive orders on the topic, refused to send any members.