Daily Archives: November 21, 2021

Shocks At The Pump

Is there nothing that isn’t politicized these days?

Drivers in red states are paying much more for gas because they go longer distances to commerce and their F-150s get about 2 miles to the gallon. Don’t get me wrong-some people need a pickup to get by-but a good chunk of truck owners don’t need them.

This is only going to make these idiots angrier at Joe Biden when the price they pay is simply connected to the lifestyle they lead. Heaven help us.

Closer

The Us and China are still squabbling about the origin of COVID, but a US study has identified a Wuhan market vendor who gets us closer to Patient Zero and rules out the lab leak theory:

The first known Covid-19 case was a market vendor in the Chinese city of Wuhan, not an accountant who appeared to have no link to the market but whose case contributed to speculation the virus could have leaked from a lab, according to a U.S. study.

A joint study by China and the World Health Organization (WHO) this year all but ruled out the theory that Covid-19 originated in a laboratory, saying that the most likely hypothesis was that it infected humans naturally, probably via the wildlife trade.

The accountant, who was widely thought to be the first person with COVID-19, reported that his first symptoms appeared on Dec. 16, several days later than initially known, Michael Worobey, head of ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Arizona, said in the study published in the journal Science on Thursday.

The confusion was caused by a dental problem he had on Dec. 8.

“His symptom onset came after multiple cases in workers at Huanan Market, making a female seafood vendor there the earliest known case, with illness onset 11 December,” the study said.

You wouldn’t believe the social media fight this article has caused. Some real wackadoos are coming out of the woodwork. Take care out there.

Can Trump Win Again?

That’s the 64 million dollar question, innit?

Perhaps I shouldn’t comment, because I was dead wrong about 2016. But now we’ve seen 2020, and what we learned is that a plurality of Americans don’t want Donald Trump to be president. And I think that would happen again. The danger for Republicans is that he’s free to run and the party has no mechanism to stop his ascendance. If he runs, there’s no doubt that he gets the nom-but I don’t think he can drag his Big Mac-gobbling ass over the finish line.

So now what we are seeing is efforts to put some distance between Trump and the GOP proper. Trump’s not acting like a statesman in waiting-hell, he never acted like a statesman in the first place, but the point is that he’s still out there daily whining about his loss. Me, me, me. And it’s a tiresome spectacle- I can’t imagine who would be hanging on these infantile “statements” he makes in lieu of tweets. Maybe now people are starting to see that the emperor never had any clothes. Nah, scads of people will still vote for him, who am I kidding.

Rupert Murdoch and Chris Christie are certainly sounding the alarm bell that Trump might not be an asset:

It was startling when Murdoch, addressing his company at the annual shareholder meeting on Wednesday, said that the United States faces a number of major political decisions that conservatives will fail to shape unless Trump moves on. “The current American political debate is profound,” he said, citing education, welfare and economic opportunity. “It is crucial that conservatives play an active, forceful role in that debate,” he added, “but that will not happen if President Trump stays focused on the past.”

Consider the title of Christie’s book — which effectively labels Trump a threat to the GOP: “Republican Rescue: Saving the Party from Truth Deniers, Conspiracy Theorists, and the Dangerous Policies of Joe Biden.” Notice that Trump fits two of the three reasons the party needs saving (by Christie, presumably).

Republicans have a lot to be nervous about in 2024-they have to figure out how to win with and without Trump. If they have to go with Trump, they’re probably going to lose-and if they go without, there’s really no bench that the GOP can draw from. No one gives a fat shit about Mike Pence or Ron DeSantis or even Chris Christie. It remains to been seen what kinds of games they can play with the public to make it seem like Joe Biden is burning the country to the ground that would tip a close election to the Republicans, but incumbency has its benefits.

There’s still a lot of time until the next election. Maybe it’s way too early to be asking questions as to whether or not Trump can win or whether he’ll run in the first place. He may not want to risk another ego-destroying drubbing.

Cannibalism In The Morning

Everyone knows that Fox News has been pumping raw right wing sewage into the public for decades. But amazingly it’s still not raw enough for some folks.

I don’t know what to do with this Mike Lindell guy. He’s obviously got a screw loose. He’s in major hot water litigation-wise and he still thinks he can potentiate the return of Donald Trump and the removal of Joe Biden. He’s a clearinghouse for stolen election information. He’s wasting money on some third-rate Twitter platform. All of it says he’s on the path to self destruction.

Clearly he needs attention, because he’s now sowing mistrust of Fox:

According to a report from the Daily Beast’s Zachary Petrizzo, on Friday night MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell announced plans for a protest outside the New York City headquarters of Fox News, claiming the conservative network is “a big part of our country being taken from us.”

Lindell has been at war with Fox after they banned him as a guest for pushing 2020 presidential election conspiracies, including one accusing Dominion Voting Systems of allowing their voting machines to be hacked which then led to a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against him in February.

After pulling his ubiquitous ads from the network for a brief period, they have since returned, but Lindell’s war with the network is still ongoing.

This is not good, because I’ve seen the Fox-plus networks and the disinformation and propaganda they are purveying can be shocking. And people are into it. The alternate reality of the right wing is deepening.

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