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Are these tirades staged??

Here’s another woman losing her s#%^ in a grocery store. She actually has a mask but chooses to violently abuse an innocent basket of groceries rather than put it on.

The mess is right near the cash registers, it’s going to take a while to clean it up and her string of obscenities has got to have parents with children rattled.

Yesterday, a witness to the meltdown in Trader Joe’s said the woman walked into the store with a mask on. No surprise there. She probably couldn’t get in without one. But she took it off and prowled around the aisles for awhile until a store employee asked her to put her mask on. The witness said it looked like this person was waiting for it because her hissy fit was planned.

Is it possible this is another planned event? The girl has a mask. She’s not wearing it. And she’s close enough to the exit that she can make a hasty retreat before anyone can stop her.

Who are these people? What is it they’re trying to do?

And who is paying them?

Did he really do that??

I guess he did.

Trump tweeted a video of some of his supporters in The Villages, FL. One of them sped by on a golf cart shouting “White Power!”

His account has deleted the tweet but too late! When you have a lot of followers on Twitter, someone is gonna take a screenshot.

Jake Tapper asked John Bolton about the tweet. Bolton says Trump might have been aware of the entirety of the clip including the white power part or he may have just seen the pro-Trump signs on the golf cart and reflexively tweeted it because he doesn’t pay attention to a lot of things.

Well, that’s a comforting thought.

I think there’s a third option. This tweet is the shiny object that the media will go chasing. It was put out there to distract people from his catastrophic handling of the Covid19 pandemic, the imminent crash of the economy and his inaction regarding Putin offering a bounty on the heads of US soldiers in Afghanistan.

It’s pretty bad when you think a video supporting white nationalism will preserve your image.

Data Data Data

There’s never enough for STEM geeks, amirite?

Even most people in the US understand that putting a barrier between your respiratory system and someone else’s will very significantly reduce your chances of getting sick or getting someone else sick.

But for some ridiculous reason, people who watch Fox News or listen to Rush Limbaugh are getting a different message. WaPo has some disturbing news on this front:

Three serious research efforts have put numerical weight — yes, data-driven evidence — behind what many suspected all along: Americans who relied on Fox News, or similar right-wing sources, were duped as the coronavirus began its deadly spread.

Dangerously duped.

The studies “paint a picture of a media ecosystem that amplifies misinformation, entertains conspiracy theories and discourages audiences from taking concrete steps to protect themselves and others,” wrote my colleague Christopher Ingraham in an analysis last week.

Here’s the reality, now backed by numbers:

Those who relied on mainstream sources — the network evening newscasts or national newspapers that President Trump constantly blasts as “fake news” — got an accurate assessment of the pandemic’s risks. Those were the news consumers who were more likely to respond accordingly, protecting themselves and others against the disease that has now killed more than 123,000 in the United States with no end in sight.

Those who relied on Fox or, say, radio personality Rush Limbaugh, came to believe that vitamin C was a possible remedy, that the Chinese government created the virus in a lab, and that government health agencies were exaggerating the dangers in the hopes of damaging Trump politically, a survey showed.

Of course you only believe the research if you trust the source, right? And who are you going to believe? The Washington Post that has one of the best reputations for journalism in the world or a blonde flanked by two beta males that look like they’re going to do a threesome after the camera is off?

The huge number of papers that say that hydroxychloroquine is quackery and that remedisivir and dexamethasone are the only modestly effective treatments for COVID-19 or an irreverent, obscene and psychopathic radio show host without a life sciences degree who is pushing vitamin C?

I guess that it’s up to each individual to determine but if it were me, I’d be pissed to find out I’ve been “duped”.

Your mileage may vary.

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Two things:

1.) Minority governments no matter how “duly elected” by an electoral college and not by the popular vote are congenitally unstable.

2.) REAL Republican conservatives are not Trump lovers and do not defend him.