Friday, July 3, 2020

Covid has mutated

And is now the predominant form infecting people according to the latest.

"Many uncertainties remain about the mutated form of the new coronavirus that has been under study as it quickly spreads. But one question about G614 has been resolved, researchers said Thursday. 'This is now the virus,' said Erica Ollmann Saphire, who worked on a study published in Cell, reports CNN. 'It is now the dominant form infecting people,' she said, having supplanted D614, which first went through Europe and the US. Some earlier impressions of the mutation are unchanged: Genetic sequence work and experiments conducted by an international team, which reported partial findings earlier in the year, support the indications that G614 is more likely to infect people but isn't necessarily more dangerous to them. 'We do know that the new virus is fitter,' said Saphire, of the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. 'It doesn't look at first glance as if it is worse.'"

Lindsey Stirling - Between Twilight

She and Derek Hough dance together to her beautiful new song.

Rocky Mt. Mike - Karen-12

Take off on the cop show Adam 12 with snowflake white girl antics.

Are you a psychopath?

To mask or not?

Basic science

Who would've guessed? Anyone with a functioning brain is who.



Twit supporter changes his mind

See his long post about why he voted for the Twit and why he regrets it. I'll just post the bullet points below about his change of heart followed by his conclusion. There were some well-meaning conservatives that were fooled by him but after 4 years have awakened to the reality. Let's hope there are enough of this kind to boot the Twit.

1. The wall has not been built.
2. Jobs are not coming back.
3. Didn't cut middle class taxes
4. Didn't repeal and replace Obamacare.
5. Our infrastructure is still crumbling.
6. Didn't pull out of Afghanistan.
7. Didn't ban lobbying and overflowed the swamp.
8. Broke promise to break up big companies.
9. Didn't legalize medical marijuana.
10. Increased spending.

How Twitler could lose the election and stay in power

Newsweek lays out the process here. I'd criticize them for giving Twit ideas but apparently Barr is already well aware of this and may be planning the coup. This is frightening but given the increasing fascism of the Twits a real possibility. Then what do we do? Quote:

  1. Biden wins the popular vote, and carries the key swing states of Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania by decent but not overwhelming margins.
  2. Trump immediately declares that the voting was rigged, that there was mail-in ballot fraud and that the Chinese were behind a plan to provide fraudulent mail-in ballots and other "election hacking" throughout the four key swing states that gave Biden his victory.
  3. Having railed against the Chinese throughout the campaign, calling Biden "soft on China," Trump delivers his narrative claiming the Chinese have interfered in the U.S. election.
  4. Trump indicates this is a major national security issue, and he invokes emergency powers, directing the Justice Department to investigate the alleged activity in the swing states. The legal justification for the presidential powers he invokes has already been developed and issued by Barr.
  5. The investigation is intended to tick down the clock toward December 14, the deadline when each state's Electoral College electors must be appointed. This is the very issue that the Supreme Court harped on in Bush v. Gore in ruling that the election process had to be brought to a close, thus forbidding the further counting of Florida ballots.
  6. All four swing states have Republican control of both their upper and lower houses of their state legislatures. Those state legislatures refuse to allow any Electoral College slate to be certified until the "national security" investigation is complete.
  7. The Democrats will have begun a legal action to certify the results in those four states, and the appointment of the Biden slate of electors, arguing that Trump has manufactured a national security emergency in order to create the ensuing chaos.
  8. The issue goes up to the Supreme Court, which unlike the 2000 election does not decide the election in favor of the Republicans. However, it indicates again that the December 14 Electoral College deadline must be met; that the president's national security powers legally authorize him to investigate potential foreign country intrusion into the national election; and if no Electoral College slate can be certified by any state by December 14, the Electoral College must meet anyway and cast its votes.
  9. The Electoral College meets, and without the electors from those four states being represented, neither Biden nor Trump has sufficient votes to get an Electoral College majority.
  10. The election is thrown into the House of Representatives, pursuant to the Constitution. Under the relevant constitutional process, the vote in the House is by state delegation, where each delegation casts one vote, which is determined by the majority of the representatives in that state.
  11. Currently, there are 26 states that have a majority Republican House delegation. 23 states have a majority Democratic delegation. There is one state, Pennsylvania, that has an evenly split delegation. Even if the Democrats were to pick up seats in Pennsylvania and hold all their 2018 House gains, the Republicans would have a 26 to 24 delegation majority.
  12. This vote would enable Trump to retain the presidency.

Thursday, July 2, 2020

New Republican PAC for Biden

Called 43 Alumni for Biden, will consist of "hundreds of former Bush officials" supporting Biden because of "the urgent need to restore the soul of this nation." They are ashamed that their Party has "morphed into a cult of personality that little resembles the Party of Lincoln and Reagan." They further "believe that a Biden administration will adhere to the rule of law, ensure equal protection for all Americans and restore dignity and integrity to the White House." While other Republican orgs like The Lincoln Project and Republican Voters Against Trump emphasize negative ads, 43 Alumni will focus on the positives of a Biden Presidency, like supporting a "gentleman who actually acts like a leader and, again, restores dignity.”

VoteVets ad against Twitler

And here is their home page. We patriotic veterans don't appreciate our Commander in Chief being a traitor to our service and our country.

Remove that racist monument: The Electoral College

Good idea, as that is the origin of this racist monument.

"Commentators today tend to downplay the extent to which race and slavery contributed to the Framers’ creation of the Electoral College, in effect whitewashing history: Of the considerations that factored into the Framers’ calculus, race and slavery were perhaps the foremost."