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  1. StrangeSox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    We're seeing some substantial racial disparities in deaths from covid Milwaukee is seeing similar disparities, D.C. as well (with limited numbers so far there) And on the ability to access remote learning:
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Turns out the anti Federalists were right all along! I think it's probably bad for the President to be pushing the FDA and CDC on what drugs to research based on Facebook posts his son in law saw, but that's just me.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Seems pretty bad
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Still can't believe the federal government is turning over medical supplies to private distributors who then mark them up and force states and hospitals to bid against each other. Wonder what sort of financial stake some of them have in these companies. Edit: not just turning over their own supply but seizing orders by the states
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Extraordinarily irresponsible
  6. StrangeSox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    It's Obama's fault we didn't have good testing for this virus that came into existence a few months ago. But don't you dare criticize the ongoing failures of this administration and their indifference to Americans dying
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Alabama finally issues a SAH order, Iowa Governor is still refusing. The recent Georgia and Florida statewide orders override any local orders, so e.g. in Georgia it's actually opening beaches back up.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Glad I have a pile of gloves and N95 masks laying around from various house projects. This On The Media segment is from mid-March talking about cultural markings of wearing masks in public and how that's quickly shifting. https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/otm/segments/masks-symbols-on-the-media
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Yeah historically that led to a pretty quick death of Reconstruction and then nearly a century of brutal Jim Crow rule over the South. Pretty good example of where placating and playing nice can lead to much worse outcomes, if anything.
  10. StrangeSox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    In the spirit of "both sides have their share of incompetent idiots," here's NYC mayor: Ron Howard narrator voice: We had known for weeks and months
  11. StrangeSox

    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Criticizing ongoing failures isn't "being shitty." It isn't being a baby to ask the federal government to actually do its job and use the vast resources at its disposal (Trump still hasn't used the DPA to request GE to build ventilators, despite claiming he has). Just stop with this "both sides" nonsense. Democratic governors aren't withholding aide from Republican counties whose leaders don't praise them. They aren't pretending over and over that it's all a hoax. They aren't continually and substantially failing to recognize and address the magnitude of this situation. One party controls the current administration, and they are the ones that continue to fail and continue to doom Americans to needless death and suffering. You know what should really get governors to stop? If the Trump administration actually stepped up and took responsibility, recognized any of their failures in any way instead of insisting that they've been perfect, and actually started marshaling the resources to help states rather than claiming that New York is lying about needing ventilators. Get someone who is actually competent and capable of leading this in charge instead of the failson-in-law Kushner. Don't go out there and lie every single day in press briefings about what's going on and what you've done and will be doing. Once again, Trump's ego is going to kill thousands of Americans. That's it. That's the shitty, baby behavior, not the people that dare to criticize his incompetence. edit: We can't fix the failures of the past if we cannot even recognize them as failures. We can't fix the ongoing failures if pointing them out leads to your state being deprived of resources. You're right, this SHOULDN'T be partisan. The man at the top ensures that it is. edit 2: I guess more fundamentally is that I'm not sure what the various governors pleading with the federal government to do its job are supposed to have done wrong here in the first place. To my knowledge, they are mainly out there asking for supplies and changes they need to be made, like using the DPA to get production ramped up quickly or having the federal government act as a single broker for supplies rather than 50 states + feds competing to buy the resources. If they point these things out, Trump's likely to slam them and kill their citizens through deprivation of aides and supplies.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    They can't put the failures of the federal government and its leadership behind them because the failures are widespread, ongoing, and causing death and suffering in their states right now. Today. I guess this needs to be said again: Trump withholding federal aid and resources from governors who don't praise him is itself a political act. He is trying to cover up his failures, and holding the states hostage to do so. Governors are going along with the game rather than having their citizens die. That's not Trump stepping up.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    If there was a bully on the playground who was taking everyone's lunch money if they didn't praise him as the greatest person ever and my kid finally had enough and popped him in the jaw? I'd be immensely proud. The irony is that Trump hurting anyone who isn't sufficiently praising him is itself a political move. If many governors are out there pointing out the substantial and ongoing federal failures, it damages him politically. If they're all out there praising what a good boy he is (like many of his administration members do in cabinet meetings and these daily briefings, including the medical experts), it makes him look like a strong, competent, capable leader. Let me just say that again, for clarity: President Trump is causing Americans to suffer and die by withholding much-needed aid during a pandemic if their states' governors are critical of him. That is monstrous. edit: caulfield, kids and multiple family members who are hospital nurses. I don't want them to be deprived of much-needed PPE because Pritzker dared to criticize the Trump administration's ongoing failures or their original failure to prepare for this in any way.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I do not think it's actually a good thing that governors need to placate the toddler in charge with kind words or risk him deliberately depriving their state's residents of crucial aid during a pandemic. In fact, I think that is an extremely terrible thing and a core part of why the federal government continues to mismanage this thing so horribly. Let me be blunt: Trump's mishandling is going to cause thousands of unnecessary American deaths. His fragile ego is causing suffering in multiple states across the nation. He and his failed administration deserves every bit of criticism they've gotten for this and more. That some governors correctly recognize that the person at the top of the federal government is so unfit to lead that they need to shower him with praise or risk his wrath is a damning indictment. I understand the tough position that Trump's malfeasance puts people like Newsome in, so I get why they are choosing the placate the toddler so he doesn't block medical supplies. But the problem is still inherently political and it still points to damning failures in one particular direction. This isn't the "golden rule" at play here. It's the head of the federal government very clearly putting American lives at risk if he doesn't get the flattery he wants. Failures in leadership and management, especially those with such dire consequences, should never be immune from criticism.
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