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Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases by ohnoh18 in politics

[–]thro124 10.2k points10.2k points 3 (0 children)

The Trump Administration is the most successful terrorist attack ever committed in the United States.

Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say by BadlyShapedKnees in politics

[–]FuckingHippies [score hidden]  (0 children)

There are a handful of reasons why journalists are personally offended by the fake news movement. And this the biggest one. To go through the trouble of finding a dozen reliable sources that corroborate your story, only to be lazily brushed off by some morbidly obese fascist with two words, is infuriating.

Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say by BadlyShapedKnees in politics

[–]JKDS87 [score hidden]  (0 children)

I don’t have the link to the original comment, but I had this text saved:

• ⁠Trump knew since Mar 2020 that Russia paid bounties to kill American troops, yet he has done nothing.

• ⁠The Trump admin seized 5 million masks intended for VA hospitals. Kushner distributes these masks to private entities for a fee, who then sells the masks to the government

• ⁠Trump fired the captain of the USS Theodore Roosevelt after he warned superiors that COVID19 was spreading among his crew. The virus subsequently spread amongst the crew.

• ⁠After Iran's retaliatory strike, 109 US troops suffered brain injuries. Trump dismissed these as "headaches"

• ⁠On July 20, 2017, in room 2E924 of the Pentagon, Trump told a room full of Generals, "You’re a bunch of dopes and babies"

• ⁠Pardoned multiple war criminals, which stomped on long standing military values, discipline, and command. Trump has no military experience (May&Nov, 2019)

• ⁠Trump mocked Lt. Col. Vindman for his rank and uniform. He threatened said purple heart officer, resulting in the Army providing him protection

• ⁠Trump’s Chief of Staff worked—in secret—to deny comprehensive health coverage to Vietnam Vets who suffered from Agent Orange.

• ⁠There is a facility in Tijuana for US veterans that Trump deported. Wounded war vet, Sen Duckworth (D) marked Veterans Day 2019 by visiting this facility

• ⁠Russia took control of the main U.S. military facility in Syria abandoned on Trump’s orders. Russia now owns the airstrip we built

• ⁠On Oct 7, 2019, Trump abruptly withdrew support from America's allies in Syria after a phone call with Turkey's president (Erdogan). Turkey subsequently bombed US Special Forces.

• ⁠Trump sent thousands of American troops to defend the oil assets of the country that perpetrated 9/11

• ⁠In Sept 2019, he made an Air Force cargo crew, flying from the U.S. to Kuwait stop in Scotland (where there's no U.S. base) to refuel at a commercial airport (where it costs more), so they could stay overnight at a Trump property (which isn't close to the airport). Trump’s golf courses are losing money, so he's forcing the military to pay for 5-star nights there.

• ⁠In Sept, 2019, Pentagon pulled funds for military schools, military housing funds, and daycare to pay for Trump's border wall.

• ⁠In Aug, 2019, emails revealed that three of Trump's Mar-a-Lago pals, who are now running Veterans Affairs, are rampant with meddling. "They had no experience in veterans affairs (none of them even served in the military) nor underwent any kind of approval process to serve as de facto managers. Yet, with Trump’s approval, they directed actions and criticized operations without any oversight. They wasted valuable staff time in hundreds of pages of communications and meetings, emails show. Emails reveal disdainful attitudes within the department to the trio’s meddling."

• ⁠Veterans graves will be "dug up" for the border wall, after Trump instructed aides to seize private property. Trump told officials he would pardon them if they break the law by illegally seizing property

• ⁠Children of deployed US troops are no longer guaranteed citizenship. This includes US troops posted abroad for years at a time (August 28, 2019)

• ⁠On Aug 2, 2019, Trump requisitioned military retirement funds towards border wall

• ⁠On July 31, 2019, Trump ordered the Navy rescind medals to prosecutors who were prosecuted war criminals

• ⁠Trump denied a U.S. Marine of 6 years entry into the United States for his citizenship interview (Reported July 17, 2019)

• ⁠Trump made the U.S. Navy Blue Angels violate ethics rules by having them fly at his July 4th political campaign event (July 4, 2019)

• ⁠Trump demanded US military chiefs stand next to him at 4th of July parade (reported July 2, 2019)

• ⁠In June, 2019, Trump sent troops to the border to paint the fence for a better "aesthetic appearance"

• ⁠Trump used his D-Day interview at a cemetery commemorating fallen US soldiers to attack a Vietnam veteran (June 6, 2019)

• ⁠Trump started his D-Day commemoration speech by attacking a private citizen (Bette Midler, of all people) (reported on June 4th, 2019)

• ⁠Trump made his 2nd wife, Marla Maples, sign a prenup that would have cut off all child support if Tiffany joined the military (reported June 4th, 2019)

• ⁠On May 27, 2019, Trump turned away US military from his Memorial Day speech because they were from the destroyer USS John S. McCain

• ⁠Trump ordered the USS John McCain out of sight during his visit to Japan (May 15, 2019). The ship's name was subsequently covered. (May 27, 2019)

• ⁠Trump purged 200,000 vets' healthcare applications (due to known administrative errors within VA’s enrollment system) (reported on May 13, 2019)

• ⁠Trump deported a spouse of fallen Army soldier killed in Afghanistan, leaving their daughter parentless (April 16, 2019)

• ⁠On March 20, 2019, Trump complained that a deceased war hero didn't thank him for his funeral

• ⁠Between 12/22/2018, and 1/25/2019, Trump refused to sign his party's funding bill, which shut down the government, forcing the Coast Guard to go without pay, which made service members rely on food pantries. However, his appointees got a $10,000 pay raise

• ⁠He banned service members from serving based on gender identity (1/22/2019)

• ⁠He denied female troops access to birth control to limit sexual activity (on-going. Published Jan 18, 2019)

• ⁠He tried to deport a marine vet who is a U.S.-born citizen (Jan 16, 2019)

• ⁠When a man was caught swindling veterans pensions for high-interest “cash advances," Trump's Consumer Financial Protection Bureau fined him $1 (Jan 26, 2019)

• ⁠He called a retired general a 'dog' with a 'big, dumb mouth' (Jan 1, 2019)

• ⁠He increased privatization of the VA, leading to longer waits and higher taxpayer cost (2018)

• ⁠He finally visited troops 2 years after taking office, but only after 154 vacation days at his properties (Dec 26, 2018)

• ⁠He revealed a covert Seal Team 5 deployment, including names and faces, on Twitter during his visit to Iraq (Dec 26, 2018)

• ⁠Trump lied to deployed troops that he gave them a 10% raise (12/26/2018). He tried giving the military a raise that was lower than the standard living adjustment. Congress told him that idea wasn't going to work. Then after giving them the raise that Congress made him, he lied about it pretending that it was larger than Obama's. It wasn't.

• ⁠He fired service members living with HIV just before the 2018 holidays

• ⁠He tried to slash disability and unemployment benefits for Veterans to $0, and eliminate the unemployability extrascheduler rating (Dec 17, 2018)

• ⁠He called troops on Thanksgiving and told them he's most thankful for himself (Thanksgiving, 2018)

• ⁠He urged Florida to not count deployed military votes (Nov 12, 2018)

• ⁠He canceled an Arlington Cemetery visit on Veterans Day due to light rain (Nov 12, 2018)

• ⁠While in Europe commemorating the end of WWI, he didn't attend the ceremony at a US cemetery due to the rain -- other world leaders went anyway (Nov 10, 2018)

• ⁠He used troops as a political prop by sending them on a phantom mission to the border and made them miss Thanksgiving with their families (Oct-Dec, 2018)

• ⁠He stopped using troops as a political prop immediately after the election. However, the troops remained in muddy camps on the border (Nov 7, 2018)

• ⁠Trump changed the GI Bill through his Forever GI Act, causing the VA to miss veteran benefits, including housing allowances. This caused many vets to run out of food and rent. (reported October 7, 2018)

• ⁠Trump doubled the rejection rate for veterans requesting family deportation protections (July 5, 2018)

• ⁠Trump deported active-duty spouses (11,800 military families face this problem as of April 2018)

• ⁠He forgot a fallen soldier's name (below) during a call to his pregnant widow, then attacked her the next day (Oct 23-24, 2017)

• ⁠He sent commandos into an ambush due to a lack of intel, and sends contractors to pick them up, resulting in a commando being left behind, tortured, and executed. (Trump approved the mission because Bannon told him Obama didn't have the guts to do it) (Oct 4, 2017)

• ⁠He blocked a veteran group on Twitter (June 2017)

• ⁠He ordered the discharge of active-duty immigrant troops with good records (2017-present)

• ⁠He deported veterans (2017-present)

• ⁠He said he knows more about ISIS than American generals (Oct 2016)

• ⁠On Oct 3, 2016, Trump said vets get PTSD because they aren't strong (note: yes, he said it's 'because they aren't strong.' He didn't say it's 'because they're weak.' This distinction is important because of Snopes)

• ⁠Trump accepted a Purple Heart from a fan at one of his rallies and said: “I always wanted to get the Purple Heart. This was much easier.” (Aug 2, 2016)

• ⁠Trump attacks Gold Star families: Myeshia Johnson (gold star widow), Khan family (gold star parents) etc. (2016-present)

• ⁠Trump sent funds raised from a Jan 2016 veterans benefit to the Donald J Trump Foundation instead of veterans charities (the foundation has since been ordered shut because of fraud) (Jan, 2016)

• ⁠Trump said he has "more training militarily than a lot of the guys that go into the military" because he went to a military-style academy (2015 biography)

• ⁠Trump said he doesn't consider POWs heroes because they were caught. He said he prefers people who were not caught (July 18, 2015)

• ⁠Trump said having unprotected sex was his own personal Vietnam (1998)

• ⁠For a decade, Trump sought to kick veterans off of Fifth Avenue because he found them unsightly nuisances outside of Trump Tower. 1991

• ⁠Trump dodged the draft 5 times by having a doctor diagnose him with bone spurs.

• ⁠No Trump in America has ever served in the military; this spans 5 generations, and every branch of the family tree. In fact, the reason his grandfather immigrated to America was to avoid military service

Oglala Sioux President Says Trump “Doesn’t Have Permission” to Visit Mt. Rushmore by NotsoPGCalifornia in politics

[–]Tsar-A-LagoCanada 3510 points3511 points 2 (0 children)

Unfortunately, Trump isn't big on obtaining consent.

Hundreds of Bush officials launch ‘43 Alumni’ group to back Biden over Trump by southwardly in politics

[–]jorgedredd 104 points105 points 2 (0 children)

No they're not.

What the bush administration did is objectively evil, yes, but they never tried to sell our country out to Vladimir Putin, China, or any of the other highest bidders. They didnt court interference in our elections. They didn't encourage the worst behavior from their constituents. They looked out for themselves and self enrichment, and are war criminals, yes.

But objectively speaking, Trump is magnitudes worse not just for America, but the entire world. He's abandoned our position on the world stage. He's leaving Russia and China to take over as many developing countries primary allies and economic benefactors.

Where the united states established itself as the global leader in all things trade, policy, and military prescence in the latter half of the 20th century, Donald Trump has effectively ended that.

We're no longer seen as the leaders of Democracy. We're a laughing stock the world over.

Are they bad? Yes

As bad? No

They functioned within the same system America has always functioned in regards to benefitting from the natural resources of exploited nations and people. The "war on terror" has had a massive human cost, but let's not fool ourselves into thinking that's not how america does business.

Central America, South America, The Caribbean, The Middle East, Asia, all regions with massive human cost to support america throughout the 1900s. Bush looks evil because the war on terror is so fresh in our minds and at a time where political polarization was ratcheted up for entertainment by.cable news, but you'd have to ignore the past century of american intervention and the aftermath of civil wars propped up and supported by america in order to say he's any worse than, Nixon and Johnson for vietnam, or Reagan and Bush senior for the civil wars in Central America.

W.'s administration was as evil as American administrations have always been, in the interest of self enrichment wrapped up in a bundle of national security.

Trump threw away the national security part, has abandoned our allies, strengthened our enemies, and weakened american trust and positions globally.

Trump is magnitudes worse.

Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say by BadlyShapedKnees in politics

[–]LuckySpade13 [score hidden] 4 (0 children)

So it seems you misssd the whole point and decided to deflect with "both sides" bullshit. The thing is that proxies have always been a thing in warfare but the problem is that we have a president who knew and decided that those lives didn't matter and didn't do a thing about it. Instead, he kissed putin's ass, sent them ventilators that he withheld from states in need, and demanded that they be let back into the G7. But please continue with your "both sides" shit because I'm positive you won't find any soviet officials kissing our asses on the international stage and helping us out back when we did it.

Also funny you said obama paid them when all they did was unfreeze their own assests that already belonged to them. Gotta do better than push those dated fox news talking points lol. It seems like you're ok with the republican strategy which is to lay down and take it whenever big daddy vlad says to. so anything is better than that weak minded subjugation

Fla. Governor Continues to be a Goddamn Idiot, Has No Plans to Do Anything as COVID-19 Cases Continue to Rise by hildebrand_raritySouth Carolina in politics

[–]mrtoothpick [score hidden]  (0 children)

Nah, he's got a plan. It just involves allowing the cases to spike and then reducing testing so that it looks like we've gotten over the hump. Despite the fact that Florida's percentage of positive cases continues to climb. And, don't forget, he's been trying to stop tracking how many COVID-19 patients are in ICU beds. Maybe he just doesn't like the fact that Florida's ICU bed capacity is down to 17% as of today, July 1st.

And don't even get me started on DeSantis cutting the online education budget as a large portion of our students are set to partake in distance learning in the fall. So either my kids have to receive a potentially sub-par educational experience for an entire semester or go to school and risk getting infected.

Just keep sweeping everything under the rug and blaming young people, DeSantis, even though you're one of the ones responsible for downplaying the risks to young adults early on.

Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases by ohnoh18 in politics

[–]QubeyeOregon 1725 points1726 points 3 (0 children)

tl;dr - for COVID-19 specifically you want <10% positive test rate.

For anyone who doesn't understand why "percent testing positive" is important:

If I have 1,000 people, and I know many of them are sick while some are asymptomatic (but also carrying the disease), I want to cast a large enough net to capture all or almost-all of those people. I don't know precisely how many people have the disease, though.

So, I test a bunch of people. If I test enough people, I'll get a % positive that gives me a good, specific picture of how many people are sick. If that number is high, it's more likely that I'm missing people (numerically, not proportionally - this is important). If I test 100 randomly, and I get a 50% positive rate, then anywhere from 50 to 500 people might be sick (uh-oh, that's a huge number of people). If I only get 5% back, then I might guess that anywhere from 5 to 50 are sick (less of an uh-oh).

There is a lot of statistics and math that go into it because of many factors. Notably, we often only test sick people and their close contacts (family, friends, interactions, etc), and we are more likely to test people who are actively sick. In this case, if I'd tested 50 people who were actively sick and tested another 50 who weren't, but were contacts, I might get back 75 cases, but if I tested 50 people who were actively sick and way more contacts (say, 150, for a total of 200 tests), I might get 85 people instead of 75. The % positive is lower, but I tested more people and found more cases. This allows me to take better steps to isolate them (NOT quarantine - that's for people I think may be sick, isolation is for people I know are sick).

So, in the latter case, I have a lower percent, but that's because I'm casting a broader net, thereby making sure I catch those extra 10 cases that are walking around spreading the disease.

This is why testing is important and why the US is failing so badly. We need to be testing between 10x to 20x more people, so we 'catch' the people walking around spreading the disease.

Source: I am, quite literally, an epidemiologist and do this stuff for a living (though I'm not explicitly a statistician, I deal more with community education and transmission).

Afghan Contractor Handed Out Russian Cash to Kill Americans, Officials Say by BadlyShapedKnees in politics

[–]throwaway3573573 585 points586 points  (0 children)

The Republicans in the Senate won't remove Trump, no matter how bad it is — they proved that during the first impeachment hearings. It's up to us. Here's what you need to do:

Check your voter registration, and register if needed. You might need to register again if:

  • You haven't voted before
  • You moved
  • You haven't voted in a few years
  • You live in a state where Republicans have purged the voter rolls

Almost all voter outreach is done by volunteers. In past years, that meant going door-to-door, but because of COVID-19, it's mostly phone banking right now. Volunteer here.

The Biden campaign has raised less money than Trump. Donations go to hiring organizers and running ads. If you can afford it, attending an event gives you get a chance to hear what the people around Biden have to say. Or you could just give what fits your budget

Talk with friends and co-workers. Listen to their concerns. Then talk about how Biden's policies fit their views.

There’s also r/JoeBiden where a lot of other Biden supporters chat.

Trump in ‘fragile’ mood and may drop out of 2020 race if poll numbers don’t improve, GOP insiders tell Fox News by erstwhile99 in politics

[–]shwarma_heavenIdaho 14.5k points14.5k points 33& 11 more (0 children)

Ignore the noise. Register. Vote. Donate. Phone bank...

As far as we should be concerned, it's fourth quarter and we are down by 5...

Trump’s ugly new spin on Russia bounties actually incriminates him by hildebrand_raritySouth Carolina in politics

[–]hildebrand_raritySouth Carolina[S] 4237 points4238 points  (0 children)

Trump is now defending himself not just by claiming he wasn’t briefed on that intelligence, or just by contesting the significance of that intelligence. Instead, he’s declaring that the entire story simply doesn’t exist — that is, he’s suggesting no intelligence ever actually indicated anything like this.

Yet this defense is itself deeply self-incriminating. It only underscores what critics are saying — that at minimum, Trump should be taking this intelligence seriously and trying to get to the bottom of what it actually does indicate, even if the worst interpretation proves wrong.

We have gone from he didn't know about it to it wasn't credible to it's a hoax that doesn't exist.

It's so obvious that he's lying and that he's a traitor to his country.

Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases by ohnoh18 in politics

[–]ohnoh18[S] 12.7k points12.7k points 2& 2 more (0 children)

just for clarification: he said this TODAY.

what more do we have to endure to make people realize he is wholly unfit for office.

25th amendment.

edit: I realize that given our current situation, the chances for the 25th being invoked are essentially none. but boy if ever there was a time to use it, it would be now. he clearly has no will or ability to protect the lives of our citizens, including our soldiers. time and time again he has shown his inability to perform his job- take care of the American people.

impeachment has fewer potential roadblocks to removal, but we tried that once and failed.

the most viable and acceptable way of removing him is through the will of the people, however, we will have to wait until January 2021 for an actual change in leadership. how many more deaths do we need to suffer?

that said, the thing we all can do is get the word out and VOTE him, and all his enablers out of office.

Trump dismisses Russian bounty allegations as a 'hoax' by austinexpat_09Texas in politics

[–]LostStormcrow 4909 points4910 points  (0 children)

Do not believe: US Intelligence Services, US Military, Congressional Republicans and Democrats, Staff from the White House.

Do believe: This orange sack of shit, known for lying with each breath he’s ever taken and for slobbering Putin’s knob at every opportunity.

'The president is a danger': Hundreds who served under George W. Bush set to endorse Biden by Balls_of_AdamanthiumAmerica in politics

[–]BlankNothingNoDoer 116 points117 points  (0 children)

I have said this before, but I used to work with lab rats and I found them to be extremely intelligent, kind, empathetic, clean, and fair. They would literally share their food with old members of the colony and "pet" other rats who had just had medical procedures, the way we would comfort a puppy or baby.

I understand why people call Republicans rats, but it makes me sad for the rats. They really don't deserve that. lol

Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases by ohnoh18 in politics

[–]Apaulling8Virginia 3532 points3533 points  (0 children)

The Trump Administration is the most successful terrorist attack ever committed in the United States so far.

Please check and re-check your voter registration status.

Edit: this comment is getting a lot of attention so I'm going to add a link to additional voting and election resources for anyone looking for ways they can do more than just vote to change our country's future on November 3rd.

Check out r/VoteDEM for more information.

GOP senators debate replacing Columbus Day with Juneteenth as a federal holiday by randolphmd in politics

[–]AFRN 3 points4 points  (0 children)

For many people, yeah. I'm a nurse for the federal government, so I'm still working but reap those sweet federal holiday perks.

Edit: thank you for the gold and badge

Trump claims coronavirus is ‘going to just disappear’ as US sees record number of new cases by ohnoh18 in politics

[–]austac06 5 points6 points  (0 children)

65 73.5 million people voted not to have him for a president. He lost by nearly 3 million votes. He has been impeached. People have been protesting to have him removed for months. We are trying to get him out.

The electoral college is the reason he became the president.

The republican controlled senate is the reason he is still the president. They could get us off this ride at any time.

Vote him out in November.

Flip the senate.

Abolish the electoral college.

Reinstate the voting rights act.

Overturn citizen's united.

Enact sweeping legislation to hold people accountable for voter suppression, election interference, and gerrymandering.