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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 12:44 pm 
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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


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Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2020 1:31 pm 
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piquant wrote:
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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.


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Masterji wrote:
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Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.


It's a bit conspiracy theory, but I always get the feeling that the big money/power that gets the president in place, is always going to be happier with a less intelligent president that more likely to believe what he's told and not ask questions.


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Raggs wrote:
Masterji wrote:
piquant wrote:
Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.


It's a bit conspiracy theory, but I always get the feeling that the big money/power that gets the president in place, is always going to be happier with a less intelligent president that more likely to believe what he's told and not ask questions.



There was plenty of money behind both Bill and Barrack, and whatever failings they might have they're both highly intelligent and highly inquisitive. Gore, Kerry and Hillary would be the same, which sees Biden as the variant coming as he does with some more typical Republican values in a leader, which is to say the appearance of some senility


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bless 'em..


Shut up Seneca. :roll:


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Masterji wrote:
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Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.

Look at brazil.

they'll overtake the US in contamination and death if the local duce gets his way.


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Laurent wrote:
Masterji wrote:
piquant wrote:
Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.

Look at brazil.

they'll overtake the US in contamination and death if the local duce gets his way.


Brazil is terrifying. They're currently getting a positive result for every 2 tests run.


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Raggs wrote:
Laurent wrote:
Masterji wrote:
piquant wrote:
Masterji wrote:
The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long you kept him away from dodgy food.


This. And it is weird because there's no shortage of intelligent people who speak well in public with a conservative bent who also are prepared to work hard and have a sense of ethics.


That really worries me. What horrors await us if an articulate Conservative/fascist takes the levers.

Look at brazil.

they'll overtake the US in contamination and death if the local duce gets his way.


Brazil is terrifying. They're currently getting a positive result for every 2 tests run.


idiots......do less testing....helllooooo ?

Bolsanaro is really trying to outTrump the orange shitgibbon ; I was listening to a reporter from Brazil talking about Bolsanaro and they interviewer starting comparing him to Trump, at one point they were getting confused (as was I) as to which fcukwit they were talking about


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The below analysis makes me sad.

Its writers are insightful, there are serious questions to be figured out and not all decisions were the best ones. E.g. the New York oriented media has been completely shrill and has not taken into account the fact that most of America is not New England. Every time I read an article about how crazy people are for not locking down, I check their location and it's always New York. So I understand where they are coming from, but North Dakota ain't New York!

But instead of using that insight to actually move the discussion forward ultimately the article only covers half the story, leaves out facts that might go against the aspirational headline and concludes in a party political broadcast that is complete whataboutery. They even have the balls to say they also stated that the death rate would be much higher but it is everyone else's fault.
American journalism is so shit :(

Tucker Carlson: There's no evidence coronavirus lockdowns saved lives. Mass quarantines may have killed people
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Published May 22, 2020

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It has now been 63 days -- we're keeping track -- since California became the first American state to issue a so-called shelter-in-place order for all citizens.

Governor Gavin Newsom's order was the beginning of an unprecedented coronavirus mass quarantine that has changed this country forever. In many ways, the United States is hard to recognize compared to just two months ago. Two months from now, it will be more different still.

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In fact, it may be years before we fully understand the effects of what our leaders have done in response to the Wuhan coronavirus. There are certain to be battles over how to interpret this moment many years from now. It's possible your children will hear only one version of the story. Uncomfortable facts by that point may have been scrubbed from social media platforms as disinformation.

So, while we can, we'd like to get on tape, for the record, some of what actually happened here.

The first thing to remember is that our leaders didn't simply revoke the country's constitutional rights one day from a cold start. They laid the groundwork first. They softened opposition by sowing fear.

On March 14, to name one among countless possible examples, a former Obama administration health official called Andy Slavitt predicted that just nine days from now, America's largest cities and hospitals would be "overrun with cases."

Now, Slavitt is not an epidemiologist. In fact, he is a former McKinsey consultant. But countless other self-described experts on television backed him up. A huge number of Americans, they told us, would get infected with the coronavirus, and a huge number would die and die in the ugliest most desperate way -- gasping for breath with tubes shoved down their throats.

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Now at the time, the World Health Organization suggested that a million Americans would die this way. The WHO estimated a case fatality rate of 3.4 percent. It's horrifying. It scared the hell out of the country. It scared the hell out of us. I think we repeated those numbers to you on this show.

But they were totally wrong. We now know, thanks to widespread blood testing, that the virus isn't that deadly. An enormous percentage of coronavirus infections produce mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. They're asymptomatic. The death toll is a tiny fraction of what we were told it would be.

Cuomo's lockdown, like most in this country was modeled on the <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/category/world/world-regions/china" target="_blank">Chinese government</a>'s quarantine, their response to the Wuhan coronavirus -- which is odd if you think about it. Who decided that following the example of the country responsible for unleashing the pandemic was somehow good public health?

One study in Scotland estimated the real death rate could be 0.04 percent. Another in Miami Dade, Florida suggested 0.18 percent. The one in Los Angeles 0.06 percent. In fact, the highest figure we've been able to find from a credible blood test study comes from Spain, and it produced a death rate of just over 1 percent, and that's still far below what they told us it would be.

At the time, ambitious politicians understood instinctively that Americans were really scared, and some did their best to heighten that fear. Here's New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo telling his daily television audience that tens of thousands of Americans would die unless the Trump administration sent more ventilators.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: FEMA says we're sending 400 ventilators. Really? What am I going to -- what am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.

This is why it pays to use a little restraint in your public statements because, as it turned out, New York had more than enough ventilators. Too many ventilators, really; some were never even used. But Cuomo didn't dwell on that. He blew right past it and spent most of the subsequent weeks discussing the vital importance of obeying his quarantine.

Cuomo's lockdown, like most in this country was modeled on the Chinese government's quarantine, their response to the Wuhan coronavirus -- which is odd if you think about it. Who decided that following the example of the country responsible for unleashing the pandemic was somehow good public health?

Well, they all thought that. Virtually, all of our leaders agreed the Chinese course was the only course. Dr. Anthony Fauci came on Fox Business to explain that actually, the Chinese government could be trusted.

David Asman, Fox Business' "Bulls & Bears" host: China has been known to fiddle with their stats before. Do you trust what they are telling us about this illness?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: From what I can see right now, they really are being much, much more transparent than what happened with SARS, where they really kept back information for a while. It was embarrassing to them.

They're really transparent now. They've put the sequence of the virus up on the public database right away. So, in that respect, they've been transparent.

Yes, because when you think of the Chinese Communist Party, transparent is the first word that comes to mind.

Even then, when Fauci said that, there were some informed and independent- minded Americans who had real questions about the wisdom of following the Chinese model. But over time, their views began to disappear from Twitter and YouTube and Facebook.

In their place, the media presented hardened political activists, people like Zeke Emanuel, and allowed them to pose as experts on virus mitigation.

Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania: Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications. Is all of that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is, we have no choice.

"The truth is, we have no choice." Get a pen and write down that sentence for future reference. The next time you hear someone say it, run. "The truth is, we have no choice." When you hear that, you know, things are about to get much worse.

In fact, we always have a choice. A handful of political leaders made that choice. They decided to try a different approach, and then immediately -- and in unison -- they were denounced as enemies of the state.

When Georgia began to reopen some of its businesses in late April, The Atlantic magazine described that plan as "Georgia's experiment in human sacrifice." In the words of The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos's personal newspaper, "Georgia leads the race to become America's number one death destination." As if Jack Kevorkian had become the governor of Georgia.

And that was just in print. On television, the geniuses decided that relaxing the lockdowns would be far worse for Georgia than Sherman's March to the Sea.

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate: This makes no sense and it doesn't improve our economy. It simply puts more Georgians at risk.

Chris Hayes, MSNBC host: If that sounds insane to you, you're not alone.

Mayors in Georgia are describing the governor's decision as reckless, dangerous and illogical.

Chris Cuomo, CNN anchor: Georgia may be doing too much too soon.

Don Lemon, CNN anchor: No matter what anybody tells you, no matter how many hopeful signs there may be, it's far too early to let down our guard. It's far too early to go back to the lives that we were living just last month.

And if that shocks you, it should.

Someday, unfortunately, that tape will be scrubbed off the internet. That's a shame.

Georgia is fine as it turns out. That was Don Lemon telling you Georgia is an incredibly dangerous place, and it had an effect.

"The truth is, we have no choice." Get a pen and write down that sentence for future reference. The next time you hear someone say it, run.

Imagine if you saw Don Lemon say that while being forced to watch CNN while waiting for a flight at an airport. Maybe you're headed to Atlanta. You'd be rattled by that -- of course, you would be. And rattling you was exactly the point of saying it. Stop thinking, obey. That was the message and was amplified day after day after day by outlets like CNN.

Watch this CNN anchor a month ago remind his audience that staying locked indoors was their moral duty.

Chris Cuomo: The only thing that has checked this contagion is our collective conscience to stay home together as ever, as one.

We know that is our true power. The question is, when will it really be put to this problem?

The one thing you never saw from these people -- these journalists -- was a straightforward discussion about whether or not lockdowns actually work. You'd think that would be the first thing they would talk about, but they didn't want to.

Hundreds of millions of people ordered to stay home, only go outside for essential reasons. Does forcing people to live like that really contain a virus? There are a lot of reasons actually to believe that it does not contain a virus. For example, forcing people into close quarters all day obviously increases the odds of infecting family members. The biggest studies on that have shown it.

Did you hear that? Ending the lockdowns slowed the spread of the virus or was associated with a slower spread. Amazing. For some reason, that study has not received a lot of attention. Maybe you shouldn't be surprised by that.

Closing every business except grocery stores forces a lot of people into a small space. Is that a good idea? There are a lot of potential problems. We don't know all of the answers; someday we'll have a better understanding of the science behind quarantines. We should have had it before we imposed them.

But for now, here's what you need to know and what they're not going to tell you. There is, as of now, precisely no evidence that the lockdowns in America saved lives anywhere. In fact, it's possible that mass quarantines killed people.

Researchers at JPMorgan compared the coronavirus infection rates of all 50 U.S. states and many European countries before and after the mass quarantines. Overall, ending the lockdowns was associated with a slower spread of the virus.

Did you hear that? Ending the lockdowns slowed the spread of the virus or was associated with a slower spread. Amazing. For some reason, that study has not received a lot of attention. Maybe you shouldn't be surprised by that.

More than any other governor maybe in the country, Kristi Noem from South Dakota refused to lock her state down. She refused to use the coronavirus pandemic to enhance her personal powers. For that, she was vilified in the national press. Some outlets treated her like a mass murderer.

On April 13, The Washington Post wrote this: "South Dakota's Governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation's largest coronavirus hotspots."

Meanwhile, the obedient states --states that imprisoned their entire population -- got a round of applause from the entire American media the very next day. The New York Times lauded California, by contrast, this way: "California set the tone on coronavirus shutdowns. What's its next move?"

And the message of all of this, of course, is unmistakable. You saw it at the time. California was saving its people. Rightwing, old South Dakota was plunging its state into calamity.

So, that was more than five weeks ago. How did things turn out in the end? Have you seen a follow-up story on it? Probably not.

Here the facts. As of now, about 5 per 100,000 people in South Dakota have died of the coronavirus. In California, the death toll is 8.4 per hundred thousand. That's 64 percent higher. That doesn't prove lockdowns kill people. It does suggest it doesn't work very well.

And yet even now, millions of Americans are living, suffocating under continued lockdown. California's economy has been crushed, particularly for middle-class people. They're barred from going to work. They can't go on the dry sand in Los Angeles per their lunatic mayor.

Now, you can laugh about this because it's stupid. But for millions of healthy people at virtually no risk from dying of this virus, the lockdowns have been a life-changing disaster.

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Early in the pandemic, the president of the United States made that point. Any intemperate response to this pandemic, even if it mitigates the virus itself, could wind up killing a lot of people.

President Donald Trump: People get tremendous anxiety and depression and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies, you have death.

In other words, bad economies don't just make people poor, they kill people. That's obviously true. And yet The Associated Press, the most trusted, branded news raced in with a correction. "President Donald Trump is making a baseless claim of surging suicides if the U.S. economy remains mostly shut through the spread of the coronavirus, " The AP wrote.

Then they added this: "Historically, in a crisis, suicides tend to diminish as society pulls together in a common purpose."

As if the government locking you in your own home for two months, taking away your job, depriving you of human contact was comparable to fighting the Second World War, a common purpose. That's the opposite of what it was. The people who made these orders went to their weekend houses in Aspen. They ignored the terms of their own orders. They got their hair done.

A month later, The Washington Post wrote this: "The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis." Well of course, it is. Calls to the Federal Emotional Distress Hotline have gone up 1,000 percent.

Across American counties -- the heart of the opioid epidemic -- report a surge in overdoses compared to last year. By the way, in the State of New Jersey, for example, the governor stopped AA Meetings. You were not allowed to go to your AA group, but he kept liquor stores open.

Okay, how do you think that worked out? Not well. But don't worry, The AP reassures us, President Trump was making a baseless claim that this might affect people's mental health.

And there's more, we could go on for days. But just this: In March, the CDC warned that coronavirus might survive for a prolonged period on exposed services. Remember that? Gloves in the elevator?

Millions of Americans were panicked by this. Why wouldn't they be? They wiped down everything they touched. They refused to order takeout food. They put their groceries in mail-in days' long quarantine before opening them -- maybe you did that. We're not mocking you for it. They told you to.

Now, the CDC has new guidance. Coronavirus " does not spread easily on surfaces." Okay.

So, where are we now? What's the result of this? Well, it's not totally clear. But here's what we know.

For 50 years, America has steadily shipped its manufacturing jobs abroad. Now, those jobs which provided middle-class stability to millions were the core of the middle class were replaced often by low wage, no benefit jobs. People serving an ever-shrinking number of very rich people in finance, a lot of them getting checks from the government -- that's the new economy.

That new economy has been destroyed by these lockdowns. In the age of coronavirus, tens of millions of service jobs have gone away. Many will not return.

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So only manufacturing is left, but here's the catch: The manufacturers are all in China now. In other words, China won.

So, no matter what they tell you in coming years, that's what happened. That's what actually happened. Remember it.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on May 21, 2020


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Oh, by the way, on the subject of open corruption and abuse of power, did we do this yet?

Trump is threatening to block federal funding to Michigan if election officials there do not retreat from measures meant to facilitate mail-in voting. Basically a quid-pro-quo like Ukraine - withholding funds in order to secure a personal benefit. He's clearly learned his lesson.



It's a new one to me, and it sure reads like a clear cut case of corruption



Oh, on the corruption bit did we remember to cover the fact that Trump has fired the Department of Transportation's watchdog and Inspector General in the middle of an investigation of Elaine Chao, the wife of Mitch McConnell? The replacement is - of course - a Trump appointee who owes his current position to Mitch McConnell.


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Biden's also the one who's dodgy with women right? Was he the creepy one? It's hard to keep track.


Biden is definitely creepy - the hair smelling thing is weird as hell. Against a normal candidate it would really hurt him...against Trump he's still got a lot of sexual assaulting to do to get close to his tally, and hair sniffing isn't going to cut it.


Ultimately, whatever criticisms Republicans and pro-Trump voters can throw at Biden, their main problem is that he's not a far-right, racist authoritarian. Because for all their other bluster, that's basically what they want. Everything is excusable, but only as long as it's their fascist doing it.


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I only caught the end of it and might be suffering from TDS but did the very stable genius just classify places of worship as ‘essential’ facilities in order to facilitate their reopening amidst the Covid19 crisis?

If so, his sign off that the US needs more prayer not less is ironically on point.


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Researchers at JPMorgan compared the coronavirus infection rates of all 50 U.S. states and many European countries before and after the mass quarantines. Overall, ending the lockdowns was associated with a slower spread of the virus.

Did you hear that? Ending the lockdowns slowed the spread of the virus or was associated with a slower spread. Amazing. For some reason, that study has not received a lot of attention. Maybe you shouldn't be surprised by that.


I would suggest that lockdowns were eased because infections rates had dropped enough that they could be eased. So it's not really surprising that the rates of infection after easing the lockdown are lower than the rates of infection that led to a lockdown in the first place.


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is bill around or is he still sufferring from his last dettol dettox ?

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanc ... 40-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext

interesting as the master of idiots would say in these parts.

the short of it

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Evidence before this study
We searched MEDLINE (via PubMed) for articles published up to April 21, 2020, using the key words “novel coronavirus”, “2019-nCoV”, “COVID-19”, “SARS-CoV-2”, “therapy”, “hydroxychloroquine”, “chloroquine”, and “macrolide”. Moreover, we screened preprint servers, such as Medrxiv, for relevant articles and consulted the web pages of organisations such as the US National Institutes of Health and WHO. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (used with or without a macrolide) are widely advocated for treatment of COVID-19 based on in-vitro evidence of an antiviral effect against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Their use is based on small uncontrolled studies and in the absence of evidence from randomised controlled trials. Concerns have been raised that these drugs or their combination with macrolides could result in electrical instability and predispose patients to ventricular arrhythmias. Whether these drugs improve outcomes or are associated with harm in COVID-19 remains unknown.
Added value of this study
In the absence of reported randomised trials, there is an urgent need to evaluate real-world evidence related to outcomes with the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine (used with or without macrolides) in COVID-19. Using an international, observational registry across six continents, we assessed 96 032 patients with COVID-19, of whom 14 888 were treated with hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or their combination with a macrolide. After controlling for age, sex, race or ethnicity, underlying comorbidities, and disease severity at baseline, the use of all four regimens was associated with an increased hazard for de-novo ventricular arrythmia and death in hospital. This study provides real-world evidence on the use of these therapeutic regimens by including a large number of patients from across the world. Thus, to our knowledge, these findings provide the most comprehensive evidence of the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (with or without a macrolide) for treatment of COVID-19.
Implications of all the available evidence
We found no evidence of benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine when used either alone or with a macrolide. Previous evidence was derived from either small anecdotal studies or inconclusive small randomised trials. Our study included a large number of patients across multiple geographic regions and provides the most robust real-world evidence to date on the usefulness of these treatment regimens. Although observational studies cannot fully account for unmeasured confounding factors, our findings suggest not only an absence of therapeutic benefit but also potential harm with the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine drug regimens (with or without a macrolide) in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.


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I only caught the end of it and might be suffering from TDS but did the very stable genius just classify places of worship as ‘essential’ facilities in order to facilitate their reopening amidst the Covid19 crisis?

If so, his sign off that the US needs more prayer not less is ironically on point.


They're essential to the many, many, many scumbags who regard christian faith, as just another free market; where you provide a branded service, & ignorant people throw wads of cash at you. John Oliver had a great piece a while ago highlighting some of these scum, telling their congregations how they needed newer, & bigger personal jets.

The charitable status of this scum should be an immediate concern of any future Congress.


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Oh, by the way, on the subject of open corruption and abuse of power, did we do this yet?

Trump is threatening to block federal funding to Michigan if election officials there do not retreat from measures meant to facilitate mail-in voting. Basically a quid-pro-quo like Ukraine - withholding funds in order to secure a personal benefit. He's clearly learned his lesson.



It's a new one to me, and it sure reads like a clear cut case of corruption



Oh, on the corruption bit did we remember to cover the fact that Trump has fired the Department of Transportation's watchdog and Inspector General in the middle of an investigation of Elaine Chao, the wife of Mitch McConnell? The replacement is - of course - a Trump appointee who owes his current position to Mitch McConnell.


I hadn't heard that, but Chao is for sure a poster granny for corruption


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Many Republicans distrust education.

Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education and - more bizarrely - Newt Gingrich ran an ad that attacked his Republican rival Mitt Romney for being able to speak French.

There have long been two types of Republicans fighting for control of the party: those who are smart and wealthy and don't like paying taxes, and those who are basically morons - actively anti-education, anti-science, anti-enlightenment. And the morons have won. The smart ones who are still around are hoping to be able to get as much as possible from the chief moron while they can.


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Many Republicans distrust education.

Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education and - more bizarrely - Newt Gingrich ran an ad that attacked his Republican rival Mitt Romney for being able to speak French.

There have long been two types of Republicans fighting for control of the party: those who are smart and wealthy and don't like paying taxes, and those who are basically morons - actively anti-education, anti-science, anti-enlightenment. And the morons have won. The smart ones who are still around are hoping to be able to get as much as possible from the chief moron while they can.


When you look back someone as decent as John McCain had to pander to these right wing arse holes,and only showed his class when he wasnt a candidate. He wasnt perfect but compared to tossers like Trump, Turtle neck etc, he looked like a guy that would have made a solid President.


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The below analysis makes me sad.

Its writers are insightful, there are serious questions to be figured out and not all decisions were the best ones. E.g. the New York oriented media has been completely shrill and has not taken into account the fact that most of America is not New England. Every time I read an article about how crazy people are for not locking down, I check their location and it's always New York. So I understand where they are coming from, but North Dakota ain't New York!

But instead of using that insight to actually move the discussion forward ultimately the article only covers half the story, leaves out facts that might go against the aspirational headline and concludes in a party political broadcast that is complete whataboutery. They even have the balls to say they also stated that the death rate would be much higher but it is everyone else's fault.
American journalism is so shit :(

Tucker Carlson: There's no evidence coronavirus lockdowns saved lives. Mass quarantines may have killed people
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It has now been 63 days -- we're keeping track -- since California became the first American state to issue a so-called shelter-in-place order for all citizens.

Governor Gavin Newsom's order was the beginning of an unprecedented coronavirus mass quarantine that has changed this country forever. In many ways, the United States is hard to recognize compared to just two months ago. Two months from now, it will be more different still.

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In fact, it may be years before we fully understand the effects of what our leaders have done in response to the Wuhan coronavirus. There are certain to be battles over how to interpret this moment many years from now. It's possible your children will hear only one version of the story. Uncomfortable facts by that point may have been scrubbed from social media platforms as disinformation.

So, while we can, we'd like to get on tape, for the record, some of what actually happened here.

The first thing to remember is that our leaders didn't simply revoke the country's constitutional rights one day from a cold start. They laid the groundwork first. They softened opposition by sowing fear.

On March 14, to name one among countless possible examples, a former Obama administration health official called Andy Slavitt predicted that just nine days from now, America's largest cities and hospitals would be "overrun with cases."

Now, Slavitt is not an epidemiologist. In fact, he is a former McKinsey consultant. But countless other self-described experts on television backed him up. A huge number of Americans, they told us, would get infected with the coronavirus, and a huge number would die and die in the ugliest most desperate way -- gasping for breath with tubes shoved down their throats.

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Now at the time, the World Health Organization suggested that a million Americans would die this way. The WHO estimated a case fatality rate of 3.4 percent. It's horrifying. It scared the hell out of the country. It scared the hell out of us. I think we repeated those numbers to you on this show.

But they were totally wrong. We now know, thanks to widespread blood testing, that the virus isn't that deadly. An enormous percentage of coronavirus infections produce mild symptoms or no symptoms at all. They're asymptomatic. The death toll is a tiny fraction of what we were told it would be.

Cuomo's lockdown, like most in this country was modeled on the <a href="https://www.foxnews.com/category/world/world-regions/china" target="_blank">Chinese government</a>'s quarantine, their response to the Wuhan coronavirus -- which is odd if you think about it. Who decided that following the example of the country responsible for unleashing the pandemic was somehow good public health?

One study in Scotland estimated the real death rate could be 0.04 percent. Another in Miami Dade, Florida suggested 0.18 percent. The one in Los Angeles 0.06 percent. In fact, the highest figure we've been able to find from a credible blood test study comes from Spain, and it produced a death rate of just over 1 percent, and that's still far below what they told us it would be.

At the time, ambitious politicians understood instinctively that Americans were really scared, and some did their best to heighten that fear. Here's New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo telling his daily television audience that tens of thousands of Americans would die unless the Trump administration sent more ventilators.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo: FEMA says we're sending 400 ventilators. Really? What am I going to -- what am I going to do with 400 ventilators when I need 30,000? You pick the 26,000 people who are going to die because you only sent 400 ventilators.

This is why it pays to use a little restraint in your public statements because, as it turned out, New York had more than enough ventilators. Too many ventilators, really; some were never even used. But Cuomo didn't dwell on that. He blew right past it and spent most of the subsequent weeks discussing the vital importance of obeying his quarantine.

Cuomo's lockdown, like most in this country was modeled on the Chinese government's quarantine, their response to the Wuhan coronavirus -- which is odd if you think about it. Who decided that following the example of the country responsible for unleashing the pandemic was somehow good public health?

Well, they all thought that. Virtually, all of our leaders agreed the Chinese course was the only course. Dr. Anthony Fauci came on Fox Business to explain that actually, the Chinese government could be trusted.

David Asman, Fox Business' "Bulls & Bears" host: China has been known to fiddle with their stats before. Do you trust what they are telling us about this illness?

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: From what I can see right now, they really are being much, much more transparent than what happened with SARS, where they really kept back information for a while. It was embarrassing to them.

They're really transparent now. They've put the sequence of the virus up on the public database right away. So, in that respect, they've been transparent.

Yes, because when you think of the Chinese Communist Party, transparent is the first word that comes to mind.

Even then, when Fauci said that, there were some informed and independent- minded Americans who had real questions about the wisdom of following the Chinese model. But over time, their views began to disappear from Twitter and YouTube and Facebook.

In their place, the media presented hardened political activists, people like Zeke Emanuel, and allowed them to pose as experts on virus mitigation.

Zeke Emanuel, Vice Provost for Global Initiatives at the University of Pennsylvania: Realistically, COVID-19 will be here for the next 18 months or more. We will not be able to return to normalcy until we find a vaccine or effective medications. Is all of that economic pain worth trying to stop COVID-19? The truth is, we have no choice.

"The truth is, we have no choice." Get a pen and write down that sentence for future reference. The next time you hear someone say it, run. "The truth is, we have no choice." When you hear that, you know, things are about to get much worse.

In fact, we always have a choice. A handful of political leaders made that choice. They decided to try a different approach, and then immediately -- and in unison -- they were denounced as enemies of the state.

When Georgia began to reopen some of its businesses in late April, The Atlantic magazine described that plan as "Georgia's experiment in human sacrifice." In the words of The Washington Post, Jeff Bezos's personal newspaper, "Georgia leads the race to become America's number one death destination." As if Jack Kevorkian had become the governor of Georgia.

And that was just in print. On television, the geniuses decided that relaxing the lockdowns would be far worse for Georgia than Sherman's March to the Sea.

Stacey Abrams, former Georgia gubernatorial candidate: This makes no sense and it doesn't improve our economy. It simply puts more Georgians at risk.

Chris Hayes, MSNBC host: If that sounds insane to you, you're not alone.

Mayors in Georgia are describing the governor's decision as reckless, dangerous and illogical.

Chris Cuomo, CNN anchor: Georgia may be doing too much too soon.

Don Lemon, CNN anchor: No matter what anybody tells you, no matter how many hopeful signs there may be, it's far too early to let down our guard. It's far too early to go back to the lives that we were living just last month.

And if that shocks you, it should.

Someday, unfortunately, that tape will be scrubbed off the internet. That's a shame.

Georgia is fine as it turns out. That was Don Lemon telling you Georgia is an incredibly dangerous place, and it had an effect.

"The truth is, we have no choice." Get a pen and write down that sentence for future reference. The next time you hear someone say it, run.

Imagine if you saw Don Lemon say that while being forced to watch CNN while waiting for a flight at an airport. Maybe you're headed to Atlanta. You'd be rattled by that -- of course, you would be. And rattling you was exactly the point of saying it. Stop thinking, obey. That was the message and was amplified day after day after day by outlets like CNN.

Watch this CNN anchor a month ago remind his audience that staying locked indoors was their moral duty.

Chris Cuomo: The only thing that has checked this contagion is our collective conscience to stay home together as ever, as one.

We know that is our true power. The question is, when will it really be put to this problem?

The one thing you never saw from these people -- these journalists -- was a straightforward discussion about whether or not lockdowns actually work. You'd think that would be the first thing they would talk about, but they didn't want to.

Hundreds of millions of people ordered to stay home, only go outside for essential reasons. Does forcing people to live like that really contain a virus? There are a lot of reasons actually to believe that it does not contain a virus. For example, forcing people into close quarters all day obviously increases the odds of infecting family members. The biggest studies on that have shown it.

Did you hear that? Ending the lockdowns slowed the spread of the virus or was associated with a slower spread. Amazing. For some reason, that study has not received a lot of attention. Maybe you shouldn't be surprised by that.

Closing every business except grocery stores forces a lot of people into a small space. Is that a good idea? There are a lot of potential problems. We don't know all of the answers; someday we'll have a better understanding of the science behind quarantines. We should have had it before we imposed them.

But for now, here's what you need to know and what they're not going to tell you. There is, as of now, precisely no evidence that the lockdowns in America saved lives anywhere. In fact, it's possible that mass quarantines killed people.

Researchers at JPMorgan compared the coronavirus infection rates of all 50 U.S. states and many European countries before and after the mass quarantines. Overall, ending the lockdowns was associated with a slower spread of the virus.

Did you hear that? Ending the lockdowns slowed the spread of the virus or was associated with a slower spread. Amazing. For some reason, that study has not received a lot of attention. Maybe you shouldn't be surprised by that.

More than any other governor maybe in the country, Kristi Noem from South Dakota refused to lock her state down. She refused to use the coronavirus pandemic to enhance her personal powers. For that, she was vilified in the national press. Some outlets treated her like a mass murderer.

On April 13, The Washington Post wrote this: "South Dakota's Governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation's largest coronavirus hotspots."

Meanwhile, the obedient states --states that imprisoned their entire population -- got a round of applause from the entire American media the very next day. The New York Times lauded California, by contrast, this way: "California set the tone on coronavirus shutdowns. What's its next move?"

And the message of all of this, of course, is unmistakable. You saw it at the time. California was saving its people. Rightwing, old South Dakota was plunging its state into calamity.

So, that was more than five weeks ago. How did things turn out in the end? Have you seen a follow-up story on it? Probably not.

Here the facts. As of now, about 5 per 100,000 people in South Dakota have died of the coronavirus. In California, the death toll is 8.4 per hundred thousand. That's 64 percent higher. That doesn't prove lockdowns kill people. It does suggest it doesn't work very well.

And yet even now, millions of Americans are living, suffocating under continued lockdown. California's economy has been crushed, particularly for middle-class people. They're barred from going to work. They can't go on the dry sand in Los Angeles per their lunatic mayor.

Now, you can laugh about this because it's stupid. But for millions of healthy people at virtually no risk from dying of this virus, the lockdowns have been a life-changing disaster.

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Early in the pandemic, the president of the United States made that point. Any intemperate response to this pandemic, even if it mitigates the virus itself, could wind up killing a lot of people.

President Donald Trump: People get tremendous anxiety and depression and you have suicides over things like this when you have terrible economies, you have death.

In other words, bad economies don't just make people poor, they kill people. That's obviously true. And yet The Associated Press, the most trusted, branded news raced in with a correction. "President Donald Trump is making a baseless claim of surging suicides if the U.S. economy remains mostly shut through the spread of the coronavirus, " The AP wrote.

Then they added this: "Historically, in a crisis, suicides tend to diminish as society pulls together in a common purpose."

As if the government locking you in your own home for two months, taking away your job, depriving you of human contact was comparable to fighting the Second World War, a common purpose. That's the opposite of what it was. The people who made these orders went to their weekend houses in Aspen. They ignored the terms of their own orders. They got their hair done.

A month later, The Washington Post wrote this: "The coronavirus pandemic is pushing America into a mental health crisis." Well of course, it is. Calls to the Federal Emotional Distress Hotline have gone up 1,000 percent.

Across American counties -- the heart of the opioid epidemic -- report a surge in overdoses compared to last year. By the way, in the State of New Jersey, for example, the governor stopped AA Meetings. You were not allowed to go to your AA group, but he kept liquor stores open.

Okay, how do you think that worked out? Not well. But don't worry, The AP reassures us, President Trump was making a baseless claim that this might affect people's mental health.

And there's more, we could go on for days. But just this: In March, the CDC warned that coronavirus might survive for a prolonged period on exposed services. Remember that? Gloves in the elevator?

Millions of Americans were panicked by this. Why wouldn't they be? They wiped down everything they touched. They refused to order takeout food. They put their groceries in mail-in days' long quarantine before opening them -- maybe you did that. We're not mocking you for it. They told you to.

Now, the CDC has new guidance. Coronavirus " does not spread easily on surfaces." Okay.

So, where are we now? What's the result of this? Well, it's not totally clear. But here's what we know.

For 50 years, America has steadily shipped its manufacturing jobs abroad. Now, those jobs which provided middle-class stability to millions were the core of the middle class were replaced often by low wage, no benefit jobs. People serving an ever-shrinking number of very rich people in finance, a lot of them getting checks from the government -- that's the new economy.

That new economy has been destroyed by these lockdowns. In the age of coronavirus, tens of millions of service jobs have gone away. Many will not return.

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So only manufacturing is left, but here's the catch: The manufacturers are all in China now. In other words, China won.

So, no matter what they tell you in coming years, that's what happened. That's what actually happened. Remember it.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson's monologue from "Tucker Carlson Tonight" on May 21, 2020


Hmm, that was hard readings. In fact, I ended up skimming it for any highlights there might be. So this is one of Sneaker 's heroes in action. I wonder is he actually believes his own output.


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is bill around or is he still sufferring from his last dettol dettox ?

https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanc ... 40-6736(20)31180-6/fulltext

interesting as the master of idiots would say in these parts.

the short of it

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Research in context
Evidence before this study
We searched MEDLINE (via PubMed) for articles published up to April 21, 2020, using the key words “novel coronavirus”, “2019-nCoV”, “COVID-19”, “SARS-CoV-2”, “therapy”, “hydroxychloroquine”, “chloroquine”, and “macrolide”. Moreover, we screened preprint servers, such as Medrxiv, for relevant articles and consulted the web pages of organisations such as the US National Institutes of Health and WHO. Hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (used with or without a macrolide) are widely advocated for treatment of COVID-19 based on in-vitro evidence of an antiviral effect against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2. Their use is based on small uncontrolled studies and in the absence of evidence from randomised controlled trials. Concerns have been raised that these drugs or their combination with macrolides could result in electrical instability and predispose patients to ventricular arrhythmias. Whether these drugs improve outcomes or are associated with harm in COVID-19 remains unknown.
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In the absence of reported randomised trials, there is an urgent need to evaluate real-world evidence related to outcomes with the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine (used with or without macrolides) in COVID-19. Using an international, observational registry across six continents, we assessed 96 032 patients with COVID-19, of whom 14 888 were treated with hydroxychloroquine, chloroquine, or their combination with a macrolide. After controlling for age, sex, race or ethnicity, underlying comorbidities, and disease severity at baseline, the use of all four regimens was associated with an increased hazard for de-novo ventricular arrythmia and death in hospital. This study provides real-world evidence on the use of these therapeutic regimens by including a large number of patients from across the world. Thus, to our knowledge, these findings provide the most comprehensive evidence of the use of hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine (with or without a macrolide) for treatment of COVID-19.
Implications of all the available evidence
We found no evidence of benefit of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine when used either alone or with a macrolide. Previous evidence was derived from either small anecdotal studies or inconclusive small randomised trials. Our study included a large number of patients across multiple geographic regions and provides the most robust real-world evidence to date on the usefulness of these treatment regimens. Although observational studies cannot fully account for unmeasured confounding factors, our findings suggest not only an absence of therapeutic benefit but also potential harm with the use of hydroxychloroquine or chloroquine drug regimens (with or without a macrolide) in hospitalised patients with COVID-19.


What do you think, Bill, this appears to be the best we have so far?


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Hmm, that was hard readings. In fact, I ended up skimming it for any highlights there might be. So this is one of Sneaker 's heroes in action. I wonder is he actually believes his own output.


Don't be fucking stupid.

Fox isn't a News organization; & it sure as fuck isn't interested in broadcasting facts.

Fox is only about broadcasting information that will move the markets in the direction the people behind Fox want !


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Agree with all of this, but Bush Jnr comes across as a genuine nice guy, I suspect most look at him as being duped by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the GOP, who needed a muppet to enrich themselves. He is self depreciating and fun ( I did not like him when he was President), he never wilfully lied, nor was he arrogant. Hardly presidential material in the first place, but Republicarnts needs are white and rich.


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Agree with all of this, but Bush Jnr comes across as a genuine nice guy, I suspect most look at him as being duped by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the GOP, who needed a muppet to enrich themselves. He is self depreciating and fun ( I did not like him when he was President), he never wilfully lied, nor was he arrogant. Hardly presidential material in the first place, but Republicarnts needs are white and rich.


He was of the opinion it was the will of god he assume the Presidency, which under some circumstances some might refer to as arrogant, and I do recall the odd lie, the odd accidental pardon of a criminal...


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According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements — a widely debunked conspiracy theory with no basis in fact.

The survey, which was conducted May 20 and 21, found that only 26 percent of Republicans correctly identify the story as false.


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Agree with all of this, but Bush Jnr comes across as a genuine nice guy, I suspect most look at him as being duped by Cheney, Rumsfeld and the GOP, who needed a muppet to enrich themselves. He is self depreciating and fun ( I did not like him when he was President), he never wilfully lied, nor was he arrogant. Hardly presidential material in the first place, but Republicarnts needs are white and rich.


The Manchurian candidate?


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Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education



Quite obviously, every American should not get a college education.


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Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education



Quite obviously, every American should not get a college education.

Normally when someone from a middle class background reaches college age they have the tools to go to college. I can't see why it's a problem to have a goal where every Americans background gives them the same tools.

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Doesn't matter who is POTUS.
The Pentagon Junta will never change their dirty game.
'Murica, fuvk yeah...
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Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education



Quite obviously, every American should not get a college education.

Normally when someone from a middle class background reaches college age they have the tools to go to college. I can't see why it's a problem to have a goal where every Americans background gives them the same tools.

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Sounds like Wallabies backline training.


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Back in 2012 during the Republican primaries, Rick Santorum attacked Obama for saying that he wanted every American to get a college education



Quite obviously, every American should not get a college education.


When I was going to St Ives,
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Seven wives? Don't be silly.
That's more like a simile.

Of course Obama didn't say anything of the sort. He said he wanted college to be more affordable, and within reach of everyone who wanted to go. There's a list here:

https://www.politifact.com/collegespeeches/

My question is, why did Santorum have to lie? If Obama was as bad as conservatives say he was, then surely there'd be plethora of things he actually said that they could attack him with? What is it with modern conservatives and pathological lying? There was a time [Seneca will attest] when conservatives stood for the unvarnished truth.


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According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements — a widely debunked conspiracy theory with no basis in fact.

The survey, which was conducted May 20 and 21, found that only 26 percent of Republicans correctly identify the story as false.


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The handful of remaining Republicans with multiple brain cells to rub together - the ones that are Republican because they are selfish rather than because they are stupid - need to have a bit of a think about the direction that Fox Entertainment News is leading their party.


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This just in...

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According to a new Yahoo News/YouGov poll, 44 percent of Republicans believe that Bill Gates is plotting to use a mass COVID-19 vaccination campaign as a pretext to implant microchips in billions of people and monitor their movements — a widely debunked conspiracy theory with no basis in fact.

The survey, which was conducted May 20 and 21, found that only 26 percent of Republicans correctly identify the story as false.


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The handful of remaining Republicans with multiple brain cells to rub together - the ones that are Republican because they are selfish rather than because they are stupid - need to have a bit of a think about the direction that Fox Entertainment News is leading their party.


The numbers aren't exactly good for the Democrat or Hillary voting tranches


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The majority of Republican Presidents in my lifetime have all been thick and senile. Reagan was a total imbecile, Bush Jnr was plain thick and couldn't string sentence together and Trump has taken it to a new level of stupidity, not only is he thick, he can't string a coherent sentence together which makes sense or isnt full of lies. Only Bush snr was anywhere near what you expect as long as you kept him away from dodgy food.


Reagan a total imbecile? :lol: :lol: You are.

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Over his two terms, the economy saw a reduction of inflation from 12.5% to 4.4% and an average real GDP annual growth of 3.4%.

When Reagan left office in 1989, he held an approval rating of 68%, matching those of Franklin D. Roosevelt, and later Bill Clinton, as the highest ratings for departing presidents in the modern era


On that alone he would rate highly.


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 11:38 am 
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weekend homework for white house press corps.


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weekend homework for white house press corps.

Visual learners :lol:


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weekend homework for white house press corps.

Good god, the replies.
People really think she made some kind of a good point.
Fcuking morons.


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https://twitter.com/PaulBlume_FOX9/stat ... 5482067968

I wonder which candidate they voted for.


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Another one for the orange lovers to digest:

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Trump drug hydroxychloroquine raises death risk in Covid patients, study says
The drug US President Donald Trump said he was taking to ward off Covid-19 actually increases the risk of patients with the disease dying from it, a study in the Lancet has found.

The study said there were no benefits to treating patients with the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine.

Mr Trump said he was taking the drug despite public health officials warning that it could cause heart problems.

The president has repeatedly promoted the drug, against medical advice.

Hydroxychloroquine is safe for malaria, and conditions like lupus or arthritis, but no clinical trials have recommended the use of hydroxychloroquine for coronavirus.


https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-52779309?at_custom4=21DCF6AC-9C76-11EA-A6BB-988296E8478F&at_medium=custom7&at_campaign=64&at_custom3=BBC+News&at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_custom2=facebook_page&fbclid=IwAR03fAg5uE2hE8ERlMDEi3uXlnhpSF-LhvjfQD6Dym9rsGPGjYqJ_d3RgYw


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PostPosted: Sat May 23, 2020 2:10 pm 
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So. Donald Trump should be dead, by now.

Interesting.


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