WTF: July 1, 2020

He is the most informed person on earth...

This happened.

Despite the bizarro world inhabited by WH Lie Robot, Kayleigh Mendacity, er, McEnany & Wall Street financebros six months into the worst year ever, the rest of the country is more concerned about where we are going as a nation than perhaps Susan Collins has ever genuinely been in her life.

Where we are not going? Europe.

Wall Street Journal: EU to Remain Closed to US as Borders Open Up

A Pew poll out today shows that the US has slipped into a depression -- not financial, yet -- but these numbers are kind of stunning.

Pew Research Center: Public's Mood Turns Grim

Majorities feel anger, fear with state of nation; few feel proud

Bernstein, Carl Bernstein

This Carl Bernstein article on CNN is... something. Wow. You'll remember that name from the movie All the President's Men -- a movie about the two reporters who broke Watergate wide open -- this was of course in the olden days when one didn't shout "Fake News" at people telling us things we didn't want to hear and cared about corruption in government. Ah, the good old days. Journalism is important. And this is an excellent movie recommendation for a rainy day. After you read this whole article. Trust me. Can you even imagine the looks the people listening in were giving each other?

CNN: From pandering to Putin to abusing allies and ignoring his own advisers, Trump's phone calls alarm US officials

The calls caused former top Trump deputies -- including national security advisers H.R. McMaster and John Bolton, Defense Secretary James Mattis, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and White House chief of staff John Kelly, as well as intelligence officials -- to conclude that the President was often "delusional," as two sources put it, in his dealings with foreign leaders. The sources said there was little evidence that the President became more skillful or competent in his telephone conversations with most heads of state over time. Rather, he continued to believe that he could either charm, jawbone or bully almost any foreign leader into capitulating to his will, and often pursued goals more attuned to his own agenda than what many of his senior advisers considered the national interest...

The sources did cite some instances in which they said Trump acted responsibly and in the national interest during telephone discussions with some foreign leaders. CNN reached out to Kelly, McMaster and Tillerson for comment and received no response as of Monday afternoon. Mattis did not comment.

So to recap: The President DOES read and did SOMETIMES act responsibly and in the national interest.

No wonder the mood is grim. Well. And this:

The Sideshow

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Here's another way to visualize today's new nationwide record COVID cases. NY and NJ were the focus of the initial outbreak. Here are those two states separated out from the rest of the country. As you can see, outbreak followed by plateau followed by second larger outbreak.

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Today in megaphone racism...

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At the request of many great Americans who live in the Suburbs, and others, I am studying the AFFH housing regulation that is having a devastating impact on these once thriving Suburban areas. Corrupt Joe Biden wants to make them MUCH WORSE. Not fair to homeowners, I may END!

Where IS Roger Ailes? Well, if there is any justice, he's getting his penis flattened in Hell. (Watch The Good Place, it is a light in this darkness.)

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Even trump has realized that people think he may not know Roger ailes is dead

Try not to think about Mortimer and Randolph Duke cornering the frozen orange juice market even though it's Goldman Sachs and you can totally see those dudes doing it, they are actually saying that it would prevent us from losing that amount in GDP.  But let's be honest, you know they have a Clarence Beeks on this for them. Ugh. Now I will spend the rest of the day thinking about why they put Dan Aykroyd in blackface.

Goldman Sachs: Mask mandate could be worth $1 trillion

Forbes reports on a new analysis from Goldman Sachs: Goldman's analysts found that wearing face coverings has a significant impact on coronavirus outcomes, and they suggest that a federal mask mandate would "meaningfully" increase mask usage across the country, especially in states like Florida and Texas, where masks are not currently required.


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