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Strange times with the Covid-19 shutdown and economic turn down like nothing I have experienced in my 69 years ( turn 69 today ) but this following political election campaign observation just adds to this odd and ominous weirdness imo.

We have what ... just 6 weeks until the national election?

I haven't yet seen ONE political party or candidate yard sign, one open space banner or sign, one bumper sticker, one newspaper ad ... nothing!

And we haven't received one political campaign mail brochure as well!

I have always remembered presidential election political signs everywhere in the past.

Obama -McCain, Kerry - Bush, Obama - Romney, even Hillary - Trump!

It was always fun to read funny bumper stickers. Yard and window signs gave color and excitement all over town like Christmas decorations.

They added to the excitement of the election. Same with state, county and local candidates and issues.

I understand almost everything has been put on the internet with T.V. ads as well, but even with TV, there seems to be a huge drop off.

Heck, we received political ad promotion mailers almost daily from the Mike Bloomberg campaign when he ran in the Democratic primary for 2 and 1/2 months.

Since then...nothing!

Why the complete disappearance of these traditional campaign ad items?

Could it be that because we have never been so divided politically with palpable anger towards each other that people are afraid to display yard and window signs and car bumper stickers?

Lest someone take a pot shot at their homes and cars?

If so, what a sad state of national angst we have in the U.S. anymore.

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6 hours ago, Joe Bauer said:

Strange times with the Covid-19 shutdown and economic turn down like nothing I have experienced in my 69 years ( turn 69 today ) but this following political election campaign observation just adds to this odd and ominous weirdness imo.

We have what ... just 6 weeks until the national election?

I haven't yet seen ONE political party or candidate yard sign, one open space banner or sign, one bumper sticker, one newspaper ad ... nothing!

And we haven't received one political campaign mail brochure as well!

I have always remembered presidential election political signs everywhere in the past.

Obama -McCain, Kerry - Bush, Obama - Romney, even Hillary - Trump!

It was always fun to read funny bumper stickers. Yard and window signs gave color and excitement all over town like Christmas decorations.

They added to the excitement of the election. Same with state, county and local candidates and issues.

I understand almost everything has been put on the internet with T.V. ads as well, but even with TV, there seems to be a huge drop off.

Heck, we received political ad promotion mailers almost daily from the Mike Bloomberg campaign when he ran in the Democratic primary for 2 and 1/2 months.

Since then...nothing!

Why the complete disappearance of these traditional campaign ad items?

Could it be that because we have never been so divided politically with palpable anger towards each other that people are afraid to display yard and window signs and car bumper stickers?

Lest someone take a pot shot at their homes and cars?

If so, what a sad state of national angst we have in the U.S. anymore.

Joe,

     I envy you for living in such a blue state.  Colorado is currently "purple," and we've been inundated with the usual pre-election political advertising lately.  

    I don't watch much television, except for occasional sports events, when I have been forced to watch political ads -- e.g., during Denver Bronco games.  Who'd have thunk that the manager of the Koch's Senate slush fund, Senator Cory Gardner, (R-Colorado) is a guy who deplores John Hickenlooper's apparent corruption, and has "reached across the aisle" since 2014 to "break the gridlock" in Washington?  🤥

     With this kind of advertising, who needs Comedy Central?

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I commend Max for his well aimed intentions, but there was quite a bit of naivety in his thought process.

"How did a Kennedy end up in a sensitive role in the Trump Administration? After graduating from Harvard, in 2016, Kennedy did some time at consulting and investment firms; he planned to take the LSAT in March, but the pandemic cancelled it. At loose ends, he responded to a friend’s suggestion that he join a volunteer task force that Jared Kushner was forming, to get vital personal protective equipment, such as masks, to virus hot spots. Kushner, he was told, was looking for young generalists who could work long hours for no pay. “I was torn, to some extent,” Kennedy, a lifelong Democrat, said. “But it was such an unprecedented time. It didn’t seem political—it seemed larger than the Administration.” And he knew people who’d been sick. So in March he volunteered for the White House Covid-19 Supply-Chain Task Force, and drove to Washington."

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59 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

This is a devastating story.  In some ways its as bad as Woodward. And the fact it came from Max Kennedy makes it more ironic.  Please read to see why Kushner is Trump's bonded alter ego.

 

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2020/09/28/a-young-kennedy-in-kushnerland-turned-whistle-blower

I do take Chris's point, that a Kennedy  found every lame excuse, to serve in a Trump administration, and couldn't see what he was getting into is incredibly naive.

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But it's a good article. This is the crux of it all. Take ineffective efforts to show the government failing at combating the corona virus, so as to propagate the idea that the government can't do anything effective anyway, so why even have a government? Let's get back to Koch Libertarian ideal of as little government and regulation as possible, with government baring no responsibility for any kind of safety net, much less a health care system, much less health care for all. And put up for a starting position, whether government even has the right to tax it's citizens at all.

That was also the plan for running the USPS out of existence. To cut their services prior  to an election during a pandemic and blame it on the government.

And of course the ploy that was swallowed by a number of people here, and is propagated by the Trump cult, that the "Deep State " government's only moment of any kind of efficiency is when they are evil and trying to take away the citizen's rights, and trying to run an anti  government, non politician, "leader of the people",  President from office.

 

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It was Trump's idea to make sure it failed so he could say,  "See we can't do anything about this."

And then he throws it back on the states. Without authorizing the defense mobilization act.  

I love this one:

He said that Brad Smith, one of the political appointees who directed the task force, pressured him to create a model fudging the projected number of fatalities; Smith wanted the model to predict a high of a hundred thousand U.S. deaths, claiming that the experts’ models were “too severe.” Kennedy said that he told Smith, “I don’t know the first thing about disease modelling,” and declined the assignment.

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And Jeannie Pirro gets favored status?

The volunteers were also instructed to prioritize requests from the President’s friends and supporters. According to Kennedy, the group paid special attention to Jeanine Pirro, the Fox News personality. Pirro, Kennedy said, was “particularly aggressive,” and demanded that masks be shipped to a hospital she favored. The volunteers were also told to direct millions of dollars’ worth of supplies to only five preselected distributors. Kennedy was asked to draft a justification for this decision, but refused.

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Kennedy was disgusted to see that the political appointees who supervised him were hailing Trump as “a marketing genius,” because, Kennedy said they’d told him, “he personally came up with the strategy of blaming the states.” The response was in line with what Kennedy calls the White House mantra: that government doesn’t work, and “that the worst thing we could do was step on the toes of the private sector.”

The White House mantra:  "that government doesn’t work, and “that the worst thing we could do was step on the toes of the private sector.”

Of course if the government under Trump doesn't work, and doesn't mandate private manufacturing of PPE and other resources. It's doomed to failure.

Watch the government fail by itself, because the government "can't do anything efficiently". This is the mantra of the deep state, you've been looking for. It's a private,corporate "deep state" that has now  largely seized the government under Trump.

Of course Trump will foist the blame on the states, to save his neck. If there weren't other instances in the past of the federal government stepping up to the plate in emergency responses, or initiating programs that are popular such as Social Security and Medicare. He could well get away with it. But  the states have never had the resources to handle such a pandemic. Once the Federal government abdicated it's responsibility, putting it all on the states is also doomed to failure. But that's all the more fodder for the corporate elites. Not only was the federal government unable to do anything, so were the state governments.

Trump can  personally shift the blame on to the State governments and not only his base but the corporate elites will both love it. The goal is that future fighting of pandemics will be much more largely privatized, and even more of a scam.

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To me, this is very, very scary stuff.  None of the scientists or epidemiologists in the government have signed off on any vaccines.

Millions of doses of a vaccine have already been made up

Vaccination may be mandatory

We will be required to sign liability waivers

HHS secretary says all ‘Warp Speed’ vaccines will have ‘liability protection’ from lawsuits

By David Edwards on September 21, 2020

https://www.rawstory.com/2020/09/hhs-secretary-says-all-warp-speed-vaccines-will-have-liability-protection-from-lawsuits/

 

  • “We believe by the end of the year that it’s highly credible that we will have in the tens of millions of doses of FDA gold standard vaccine,” he continued. “We literally have made millions of doses of vaccine already thanks to Warp Speed.”

  • According to Azar, it will be up to states to decide whether vaccines are mandatory.

“Those would be local determinations,” he pointed out.

  • “Under the PREP Act, which is a provision in Congress, any treatment or vaccine for purposes of a national emergency pandemic like this actually comes with liability protection,” Azar explained. “Both the product as well as those who administer it or provide it.”

Steve Thomas

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Speaking of scary stuff, der Fuhrer just praised a crowd of his cheering white fans in Bemidji, Minnesota for their "good genes," while denouncing local refugees from Somalia... 😮

What's next, Trump concentration camps for der untermenschen?

The Coen brothers should incorporate this horror story into their next season of Fargo.

Trump's 'good genes' comment at Bemidji rally draws condemnation

https://www.startribune.com/trump-s-good-genes-comment-at-bemidji-rally-draws-condemnation/572486371/

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On 9/21/2020 at 5:30 AM, Joe Bauer said:

Well said...true reality.

My family situation is so similar to yours. Except I never had even the somewhat benefit providing middle class job like your U.S. Postal Service one. 

Thank you Joe.  If I had not lucked into that USPS job, most of my family worked menial labor jobs and (even though possessing mental acuity) never had much education, etc..  I worked in a textile mill until they were all exported, then worked at local small businesses with low pay and no benefits.  I know and understand working hard and that feeling of accomplishment when you finish the day and look back on the results.  The old fashioned "work ethic" that made America is so lacking and looked down upon by so many who never had to lift themselves up by their bootstraps and do actual manual labor.  I still admire those who "work" for a living and make something with their skilled hands.  It is a shame that they are mostly not paid for their contribution to us all. 

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Thought I'd give any members here who haven't had a Covid-19 nasal swipe test a heads up.

I just had one a few hours ago.

It was required upon my admission to our local hospital. I had to rush there at 8:am this morning for a serious Afib episode as well as three days of Colitis pain.

I had heard this test was painful and or in the least uncomfortable.

Well, I don't know if it is was the skill of the nurse, but my test was hardly painful and only mildly uncomfortable.

Much easier and almost pain free than I had expected.

The nurse inserted a very thin, 8 inch long test poker into a nostril and pushed this very slowly and gently all the way to the back to the throat and kept it there for about 5 to 10 seconds.

I will get the results within a few days I was told. If I had been admitted overnight, they would have gotten the results within 2 hours. I wasn't admitted.

Heart back to sinus rhythm. Sent home.

So, don't worry about this test being very uncomfortable. In my case it was only mildly so. Nothing compared to strep throat where they stick a swab way back on your tongue which makes me gag horribly.

 

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Great to hear you're getting back to normal after the afib.   Your early job sounds like one I would have loved.  I'm pretty satisfied with most jobs as long as I can learn something new pretty consistently, which it sounds like you did.  I enjoy working along side people with a lot of knowledge on just about any subject because I can learn while I work.  I would have loved the old apprentice system (not the Trump style).  I got into gardening at a late age, but I'm not very good at it.  I keep trying to learn and grow in the field (pun intended), but my retention is not what it used to be.  I keep having to relearn and refer to notes to remember when to prune, when and how to fertilize, etc.. Good to hear the COVID test wasn't as bad as reported.  I've heard the same thing here in GA, but haven't had to take one, thank goodness.

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17 hours ago, Ron Bulman said:

As W stated this thread on the Plague, isolating, socially distanced exercise from his home state.  These guy's and gal make bull rider's look sane.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=huck+yeah+matchstick&&view=detail&mid=07109B10FA0360B5C74007109B10FA0360B5C740&rvsmid=E31C2AB815732F9BC4BFE31C2AB815732F9BC4BF&FORM=VDQVAP

Full screen.

Ron,

    These extreme skiers are nuts, and they have a fairly high mortality rate-- worse than COVID.

    Believe it or not, an extreme skier from Slovenia actually climbed and skied down Mount Everest a few years ago.  He survived the descent, but later died while cutting down a tree in his yard. 

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