Dr. Amy Acton, the Ohio health director who advised the state to close early and helped Ohioans avoid thousands of deaths, has resigned over the backlash she received, including being harassed at her home.
Sigh...this is big news: BLS says it is working to fix a "misclassification error" and after fixing it the unemployment rate would have been about 3 points higher than reported, meaning 16.3%, not 13.3% as Trump was gloating about. washingtonpost.com/business/2020/…
“BLS and the Census Bureau are investigating why this misclassification error continues to occur and are taking additional steps to address the issue."
Help me out here Wall Street folks and economists - I can't remember a "miscalculation error" causing an unemployment number to be 3 percentage points off. I don't remember anything like this from my 2 decades on Wall Street. Anyone else?
"Across US and foreign elections, natural disasters, and other politicized events, the level of bot involvement is normally between 10 and 20%...
But in a new study, the researchers have found that bots may account for between 45 and 60% of Twitter accounts discussing covid-19."
"The global nature of the pandemic means a larger swath of actors are motivated to capitalize on the crisis as a way to meet their political agendas. Disinformation is also now more coordinated in general, with more firms available for hire to create such influence campaigns."
Immunologist Dr. Rick Bright warns:
America faces the “darkest winter in modern history” unless leaders act decisively to prevent a rebound of the coronavirus.
He will testify tomorrow before the House. apnews.com/53759c83e90e8b…
“Our window of opportunity is closing,” Bright says in his prepared testimony. “If we fail to develop a national coordinated response, based in science, I fear the pandemic will get far worse and be prolonged, causing unprecedented illness and fatalities.”
“The undeniable fact is there will be a resurgence of (COVID-19) this fall, greatly compounding the challenges of seasonal influenza and putting an unprecedented strain on our health care system.”
"Reynolds and Pence were in each other’s company for extended periods during his Iowa trip, practicing social distancing. Neither official, though, wore a mask at the meetings with faith leaders and food industry executives." thegazette.com/subject/news/g…
But Reynolds is forcing workers back to infected plants, else saying they will be considered a "quit" and not eligible for unemployment.
This is incredible:
Iowa Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst were also aboard Air Force Two with Pence on Friday to Iowa. They have been advised by the VP's medical staff that they didn't need to self-quarantine.
The Office of Special Counsel has found “reasonable grounds” to investigate whether Dr. Rick Bright was ousted in retaliation for questioning Trump regime actions, and says he should be reinstated. nytimes.com/2020/05/08/us/…
"If Mr. Azar refuses, Dr. Bright’s complaint would ordinarily be sent to the Merit Systems Protection Board...But the Senate has not confirmed Trump’s nominees to the board, leaving it with no members. A “FAQ” document about the lack of members has been removed from its website."
Wow! Dr. Rick Bright has filed a whistleblower complaint, saying HHS knew early and was slow to react, ignored red flags on lack of testing materials and PPE, and pushed contracts "based on political connections." 🔥 nbcnews.com/politics/white…
Bright filed a 89-page whistleblower complaint saying he was transferred out of BARDA "without warning or explanation" over his refusal to embrace hydroxychloroquine.
Bright says he “repeatedly clashed with Dr. Kadlec and other HHS leaders about the outsized role played by John Clerici, an industry consultant to pharmaceutical companies with a longstanding connection to Dr. Kadlec, in the award of government contracts.”
NYT has internal Trump documents, and they project more than 3,000 Americans will die EACH DAY starting June 1 if states reopen. Trump knows this, and yet is lying and encouraging reopening because he thinks it will help with re-election. Unforgivable! nytimes.com/2020/05/04/us/…
We needed a national lockdown in March - and now reopening will lead to tens, perhaps hundreds of thousands of unnecessary deaths. Leadership comes from the top. The American people will sacrifice if they are told to and supported. Damn malice tweeting to LIBERATE!
“The projections, based on government modeling pulled together in chart form by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, forecast about 200,000 new cases each day by the end of the month, up from about 25,000 cases now.”
I feel like I am reliving the nightmare of 2016, where the Democratic candidate is held to some impossible standard by our media and our base that the GOP candidate -Trump - is not. Please folks: our democracy and the soul of our country is on the ballot in 2020. Cut this out!
Pro tip: your choice is Biden or Trump. That is the choice. We ran a primary and the voters decided.
I assume @BernieSanders cares about his legacy, and will not want to be helping in ANY way to re-elect Trump, by having his supporters be the tip of the spear against Biden. He should speak out.
If you’re providing ammunition for Trump and the MAGA crowd, you’re doing it wrong.
"Breen, 49, did not have a history of mental illness...he said that when he last spoke with her, she seemed detached, and he could tell something was wrong. She describe an onslaught of patients who were dying before they could even be taken out of ambulances.
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"Trump arrives in the Oval Office these days as late as noon, when he is usually in a sour mood after his morning marathon of television."
Nearly 50,000 Americans are dead in 5 weeks. Pull this shit-show already! nytimes.com/2020/04/23/us/…
“The briefing’s critics, including Mr. Cuomo, have pointed out the obvious: With two hours of the president’s day dedicated to hosting what is still referred to as a prime-time news briefing, who is going to actually fix the pandemic?”
“Trump rarely attends the task force meetings that precede the briefings...He is often seeing the final version of the day’s main talking points that aides have prepared for him for the first time although aides said he makes tweaks with a Sharpie just before he reads them live.”