And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Linkee-poo there's a man with a gun over there, telling me I've got to beware

"The House of Representatives approved one article of impeachment Wednesday against President Trump for 'incitement of insurrection,' with 10 Republicans joining all Democrats in a 232-197 vote. The article now heads to the Senate, which is not expected to reconvene until next week."

"The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach President Trump on charges of 'incitement of insurrection' for his role in the Jan. 6 siege of the Capitol building by his supporters that left five people dead… Before Wednesday, no U.S. president had ever been impeached twice."

"President Donald Trump, irritated at being impeached for a second time, has told people to stop paying Rudy Giuliani's legal fees, a person familiar with the matter tells CNN, though aides were not clear if the President was serious about his instructions given he's lashing out at nearly everyone after the day's events." Eventually everyone is on the outside.

"SpaceX secured contracts Jan. 13 for the launches of a commercial lunar lander mission backed by NASA as well as a privately funded satellite to track methane emissions."

The last mile problem… "AT&T, the incumbent phone company, finally offered DSL to Mauch about five years ago, he said. However, AT&T's advertised plans for his neighborhood topped out at a measly 1.5Mbps—a good speed in 2002, not in 2020. AT&T stopped offering basic DSL to new customers in October and hasn't upgraded many rural areas to modern replacements, leaving users like Mauch without any great options." If I had the capital, I would be doing the same thing he is.

"Public health officials and infectious disease experts have said there is a high likelihood that Covid-19 will become an endemic disease, meaning it will be present at all times, though likely at lower levels than it is now." Whispers, it already is.

"A Texas trauma surgeon says it's rare that X-rays from any of her COVID-19 patients come back without dense scarring. Dr. Brittany Bankhead-Kendall tweeted that, 'Post-COVID lungs look worse than any type of terrible smoker's lung we've ever seen. And they collapse. And they clot off. And the shortness of breath lingers on... & on... & on.'" Jazz hands. Just for reference, that x-ray on the far right, that's what lungs look like in the middle of the COVID pneumonia, and they really look different that other pneumonias (especially in CT imaging). But we're also seeing those lungs look exactly like that for recovered patients, and all that milkiness is scaring.

"Prosecutors are seeking to modify the bond agreement of Kyle Rittenhouse — the 17-year-old charged with killing two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer — after they said he flashed white power signs and was 'loudly serenaded' the Proud Boys’ anthem at a bar." So tack on underage consumption to the list of this asshole. Revoke his bail (which means he loses the money and is thrown back ion jail).

"The apparent participation of off-duty officers in the rally that morphed into a siege on the U.S. Capitol building Jan. 6 has revived fears about white supremacists within police departments… These concerns are not new. White supremacy, the belief that white people are superior to other races, has long tainted elements within law enforcement. As I testified before Congress just months before this assault, there is a long history of racism in U.S. policing – and this legacy may have contributed to the violence in the Capitol in Washington, D.C."

"Former Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is being charged with two counts of willful neglect of duty stemming from the Flint water crisis, according to online court documents. The crisis, which began in 2014, left the city of Flint's drinking water contaminated with lead and some have blamed it for a 2016 outbreak of Legionnaires' disease that killed at least 12 people." Well it's the least of charges they could have brought.

"First-time claims for unemployment insurance jumped to 965,000 last week amid signs of a slowdown in hiring due to pandemic restrictions, the Labor Department reported Thursday… The total was worse than Wall Street estimates of 800,000 and above the previous week’s total of 784,000."

"Italy is embroiled in fresh political uncertainty at a time when it’s still struggling with the coronavirus pandemic and the impact on its highly-indebted economy… Critics have slammed what they call an 'irresponsible' attitude by some political figures, who they believe are acting in their own personal interest."

About that "more unstable" comment of the VP… "When Donald Trump on Wednesday became the first president ever impeached twice, he did so as a leader increasingly isolated, sullen and vengeful… With less than seven days remaining in his presidency, Trump’s inner circle is shrinking, offices in his White House are emptying, and the president is lashing out at some of those who remain. He is angry that his allies have not mounted a more forceful defense of his incitement of the mob that stormed the Capitol last week, advisers and associates said." So, just how unstable of a president are you will to expose us to, Mikey?

"The finale of Mike Pompeo’s reign at the state department has been as controversial and clamorous as the rest of his 32-month tenure, but it is unclear what traces will remain after he has gone… The last days of Pompeo have been played out in a blizzard of self-congratulatory tweets, at the rate of two dozen a day, as he seeks to write his own first draft of history." Just keep nodding as you show him the door.

"Former President Barack Obama had six cabinet members confirmed by the Senate before his Inauguration Day in 2009. President Trump had two. But when President-elect Joe Biden takes office next week, it's unclear whether he'll have any cabinet members in place." McConnell should be cited for dereliction of duty.

"Black Lives Matter protests, 2020: Overwhelming force from law enforcement in dozens of cities. Chemical dispersants. Rubber bullets and hand-to-hand combat with largely peaceful crowds and some unruly vandals and looters. More than 14,000 arrests… The U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6, 2021: Barely more than a few dozen arrests. Several weapons seized, improvised explosive devices found. Members of a wilding mob escorted from the premises, some not even in handcuffs."

"After several disruptive incidents and confrontations on flights to and from Washington, D.C., last week, federal authorities are now cracking down on unruly airline passengers… The head of the Federal Aviation Administration signed an order Wednesday to enforce a "zero-tolerance" policy against passengers who engage in threatening or disruptive behavior on commercial airline flights."

"Starting this weekend, Delta Air Lines CEO Ed Bastian said the airline will ban passengers traveling to Washington, D.C., from checking firearms as part of increased security measures ahead of the inauguration."

"And yet, for last week's deadly attack on the Capitol, an event the president himself had promised would be 'wild,' no formal report was ever released." SO many omlets could be made from the egg on everyone's face we could probably feed NJ.

"A Proud Boys supporter who threatened to deploy 'three cars full of armed patriots' to Washington last week was charged Wednesday with stockpiling military-style combat knives and more than 1,000 rifle rounds in his New York home, federal authorities said." He's a convicted felon, so naughty naughty.

"Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, says an investigation is underway looking at 'potentially members of Congress' who gave tours to pro-Trump rioters prior to the insurrection last week on the U.S. Capitol… 'All of that is being reviewed, both people on the campus who were here and behavior before and after, a lot of videos floating around out there,' Ryan told NPR's Michel Martin during NPR's special coverage of the House impeachment vote."

Of course Bullshit Mountain goes on to discredit this claim by saying Sherrill didn't offer them much evidence or name names… "Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-N.J., said Tuesday that she witnessed some lawmakers leading people through the Capitol the day before the riot in what looked like a 'reconnaissance' tour, and said members will be held accountable."

"Members of the insurrectionist mob that attacked the U.S. Capitol last week face what the federal prosecutor in charge calls a 'mind-blowing' range of potential charges, from destruction of federal property, trespass and mail theft to possession of destructive devices and felony murder… For some of the most serious charges, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., Michael Sherwin, says his office has set up a 'strike force' to press federal charges that come with fines and up to 20 years in prison." While most people that have been arrested so far have faced what seems are minor crimes (unlawful presence, etc), that doesn't mean they can't have charges added later.

"Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner have only been landowners in Miami’s exclusive 'Billionaire’s Bunker' enclave since December, but it seems the couple is already having some issues with their new neighbors." Looks like cheese and baloney sandwiches for the couple (not really, but they'll play it up that way).

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