33 thoughts on “News/Politics 8-4-20

  1. It’s almost like they do it so you can’t criticize them…..

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  2. Sure, let’s do that. I mean it’s not like we aren’t already surrounded by the history illiterate masses rioting all across America because of not teaching history. What else could possibly go wrong?

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  5. The Maryland Gov has stepped in, an update to a story from yesterday.

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  6. And just a reminder……

    School officials continue to claim sending kids back would be the worst thing ever, despite very few child deaths from Covid 19. These hacks in Wisconsin are acting like kids are dying left and right despite the fact that their state has exactly 0, zero, nada, none deaths in the age group in school.

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  7. The man Oregon claimed was their youngest Covid 19 victim, and his test was negative, so……

    Yet another meme goes down in flames.

    And yet another state with 0, zero, nada child deaths. None. Not one.

    https://katu.com/news/local/youngest-oregonian-reported-to-die-from-covid-19-tested-negative-for-virus

    “A 26-year-old Yamhill County man has died and health officials say he is the youngest person to die from COVID-19 in Oregon.

    KATU News spoke to his family who say he was healthy just days before he died.

    Earlier this week, health officials reported several coronavirus-related deaths. The youngest was Matthew Irvin, a father of three kids. His mother, Kim Irvin, says he was an active person.

    Kim says Matthew started to experience symptoms four days before his death.

    “I thought maybe it was just the flu, but he did seem pretty sick, but not that I thought it was going to take his life,” Kim said.

    Matthew was tested for COVID-19, but she says the results came back negative.

    Health officials said COVID-19 is listed as the cause of death or a significant contribution to his death.”

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    But yet again, it wasn’t.

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  8. If Congress can’t get it’s head out of it’s posterior, then use the “I have a pen and a phone” method.

    https://www.yahoo.com/gma/trump-considering-unilateral-action-stalemate-over-coronavirus-relief-195205588.html

    “Trump considering unilateral action as stalemate over coronavirus relief continues”

    “As Congress continues to flounder on a path forward for the next phase of coronavirus relief, President Donald Trump said Monday that he was considering executive action if Congress fails to act.

    “They’re not interested in the people, they’re not interested in unemployment. They’re not interested in evictions — which is a big deal. The evictions — they want to evict a lot of people,” Trump said. “They’re going to be evicted. But I’m going to stop it, because I’ll do it myself if I have to. I have a lot of powers with respect to executive orders and we are looking at that very seriously right now.”

    It is not clear at this time what sort of unilateral steps the administration is considering taking without the input of Congress, though throughout negotiations on Capitol Hill, members of the administration have consistently stated that the president is keenly focused on unemployment benefits and protections for homeowners and renters.

    “Unilateral action is certainly an option if the Democrats continue to find a plethora of ways to say no to reasonable options,” a senior administration official told ABC News.”

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    But suddenly, now that we have an R as president, the WaPo thinks it’s the worst idea ever. A real “norm” smasher…..

    Poor Norm. 🙂

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/us-policy/2020/08/03/congress-stimulus-coronavirus-trump/

    “The Trump administration is looking at options for unilateral actions it can take to try to address some of the economic fallout caused by the novel coronavirus pandemic if no relief deal is reached with Congress, according to two people with knowledge of the deliberations.

    The discussions are a reflection of officials’ increasingly pessimistic outlook for the talks on Capitol Hill. The White House remains in close contact with Democratic leaders, but a wide gulf remains and deadlines have already been missed.

    It’s not clear what steps the administration could take without the help of Congress on issues such as lapsed enhanced unemployment benefits or the expired moratorium on evictions — the two matters President Trump has recently identified as his highest priorities in the ongoing talks. Both of those programs were authorized by Congress earlier this year but were designed to be temporary.

    Throughout his presidency, Trump has pushed the boundaries on executive power, with steps such as declaring a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border that he said allowed him to redirect Pentagon money to build a wall. His administration also has been aggressive in attempting to “reprogram” money by trying to move it from one account to another without congressional approval.”

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    Yawn…..

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  9. They fear Andy because they don’t control him. They fear his videos because they clearly show the violence, mayhem, rioting, looting, and criminal activity that the rest of the press keeps insisting isn’t happening. They fear him because he speaks truth to power.

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  10. Believe the science and DATA!

    Because it shows who the haters really are.

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  11. Never mind. The WaPo is back to thinking “norm” smashing is OK, but only when done by Democrats.

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  12. a very political statement, Michelle. Let’s see how long it stays there.

    Another subject: It makes lots of sense. If you were a female Democrat, would you risk your career by tying up with J. Biden?

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  13. Almost every political group uses disingenuous or false marketing party labels. Antifa is an interesting choice because it implies they would not exist if fascism didn’t exist.

    Schools have opened around the world to varying results — in most cases the more precautions the better the results. Precautions cost money and planning and I don’t see that evident in my province at all. And if American schools hold true to form I can understand why teachers are nervous. Gwinnet County in Georgia shut down schools after two PA days as over 250 staff tested positive.

    In places where the health care system is overwhelmed, batch testing is done instead of individual tests. You take 10 or more samples and test them at once. If they’re all negative things are good. However, if it tests positive you set it aside and test them individually. If you are overwhelmed you may put it aside for later and tell the 10 people to self isolate for 14 days and get retested if symptoms don’t disappear. Now do you reported 10 positive cases, do you wait til each are tested separately or do you report 1 positive case? If the person tests again in 14 days, do you count this as two tests? Do you readjust your stats as the backlog gets cleared? So yeah data is difficult to assess. However, the solution is not throw in the towel and go golfing. If the system is so overwhelmed that testing and reliable data are difficult, shutting things down until it catches up is the solution not opening schools.

    The Maryland governor made a strange comment. The private schools were closed by the county board of health. The governor wants to overrule the board of health saying politics should not determine school closures — but he’s the politician and the board of health are not elected.

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  14. I believe the gentlemen in Illinois are asking that the current history being taught be replaced by something that accurately affects the experience of all Americans.

    History as an academic discipline didn’t exist until the 19th century. Previously each discipline taught a history of (insert subject here). Most history was essentially folk culture and celebrated local traditions. The idea of a grand narrative started in Germany — where thinkers as diverse as Nietzsche and Hegel warned about the dangers of history. History can be both an oppressive and a subversive discipline; it is more than a collection of facts. Constructing a grand narrative can oppress people or it can liberate. And a change in the history curriculum is seen by many as a means to changing the grand narrative.

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  15. Its strange that Trump is being celebrated by some for breaking norms — most of his supporters see themselves as conservatives. Conservatives don’t break norms — its like burning the village to save it.

    From what the left side tells me, the House has passed legislation to extend aid to people and prevent evictions. The bill along with hundreds of others is sitting on McConnell’s desk and the Senate went home. Trump might want to blow the dust of McConnell’s desk and get him back to work.

    I found the clips you shared from Andy Ngo to be too short and without context. But I would ignore him not give him free PR on twitter

    Polls like the twitter thread you linked are only as good as the honesty of the respondent. Its why Trump voters are undercounted — people don’t want to admit to voting for him nor do they want to admit to wishing bad things happen to politicians they don’t like.

    I refuse to watch anymore Floyd videos — its like rubber necking on the freeway. However, the still shots featured on the tweet tell me that some people don’t study history. A close up of a black face with teeth showing, bug eyed etc — every traditional black caricature is there. In the end the cop still has his hands on his pocket while killing the man.

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  16. I find people have respect for Billy Graham Sr but not Jr. Again, I don’t understand the fascination with statutes. Not sure why a removed statue needs to be replaced. Perhaps knock them all down and replace it with a reading room full of books.

    I think any female democratic politician would jump at the VP nominee, unless they don’t want the scrutiny. Hence, why Klobucher withdrew and Harris probably should. Lady in waiting is a good term — I wonder how much Pence is the gentleman in waiting and what type of influence he has or will have. Its a strange relationship.

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  17. No, he wants some nonsense revisionist history version taught, like the bogus NYTimes 1619 Project, or none at all. No thanks.

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  18. revisionist history is quite common. In fact in British history, neo-conservative history is considered revisionist in the way they describe the English Revolution. Revising history usually creates a clearer picture, offer more views, and include more voices — there’s nothing wrong with that. The NYT 1619 was an ambitious project in “popular” (ie non academic) history and looked back to the roots of some American problems today and to why America is unique esp compared to other western nations. It unleashes a new perspective and helps some American groups better understand their current place in American society. More knowledge is usually better.

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  19. This could be interesting but I didn’t have the stomach to watch a 40 min Trump interview; its like rubber necking on the freeway. I’ve already watched Idiocracy. The following gives you the entire HBO interview and breaks it down into segments.

    https://www.axios.com/full-axios-hbo-interview-donald-trump-cd5a67e1-6ba1-46c8-bb3d-8717ab9f3cc5.html

    And before you say at least Trump is talking, remember Biden doesn’t have to. Trump is running from behind and needs to justify his record. Neither applies to Biden. All Biden has to do right now is organize — ensure Detroit (and Philadelphia) can and will vote. Blanket Florida and Texas creating voting lists so you know which NY retirees to wheel to the polling booth and which Hispanics to register and preferably vote early. The longer Texas remains tied in polling the more Trump will have to talk and the more his organization is busy in Texas not the Upper Midwest.

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  20. Idiot educators and those who enable them.

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  25. I see post-modernism and deconstruction has made it to the math department; finally. I suppose its the final frontier for its adherents. Its been around since the 1950s starting in the philosophy, linguistics and sociology departments and slowly worked its way through the social sciences and humanities. Math is a part of the humanities — its a human invention, that is retained for its utility.

    Most academic fields withstood the barrage of post modernism and then incorporate some of the useful ideas. History in the English speaking world, one of the more conservative departments, incorporate some of the ideas in social history, narrative structure, linguistic history, etc. It did a lot to force history away from a focus on “great man”, military and political history. History is the better for the it.

    Math as a human invention can be challenged and changed. Newton and Liebnez invented calculus separately, India gave us the zero, Arabs brought base 10 to Europe, etc. Physicists have invented new mathematical methods to solve problems in quantum mechanics. There is a time and place to introduce the fluidity of math to students. My grade 12 math teacher introduced it by showing 1 does not equal 1. When I took formal logic courses, math students demonstrated inherent contradictions of some mathematical ideas when translated into logic formula. Obviously these ideas shouldn’t be in a grade school curriculum but can be introduced to grade 12/AP students to make them think (there’s a reason 1 does not equal 1 in some cases) and obviously universities should introduced the human fallacies inherent in math.

    However, trying to work a political statement into deconstructed math is too easy. A simple historical or “genealogical approach” (to use the post modern term) will demonstrate white supremacy and/or western imperialism is not involved in math — other than perhaps imperial plagiarism by appropriate the ideas of other cultures to dominate world history from the 16th century onward.

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