Thursday, June 04, 2020

United Against Trump

Washington Post: Trump is uniting Americans — against him By Eugene Robinson


Mother Jones: At George Floyd Memorial Service, Al Sharpton Announces March on Washington to End Police Brutality - The march will take place on the 57th anniversary of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” Abigail Weinberg

A Dog

Salon: A German Shepherd in New York is the first American dog confirmed to have the coronavirus - Earlier reports that a pug named Winston had been infected were incorrect

Virus Update Coronavirus COVID-19 Global Cases by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins


AP News: Judge: $750K bail for 3 ex-officers accused in Floyd’s death By STEVE KARNOWSKI

Bunker Boy

Salon: Poor sad #BunkerBoy: Now Trump wants to edit real life, like an episode of "The Apprentice" - While the country melts down, Trump tries to reshoot reality so we won't know he's total chickens**t "Bunker Boy" by Amanda Marcotte

The Onion - Mark Zuckerberg Announces Virtual Roundtable With American Hate Groups To Better Understand How They Work

The Onion: Mark Zuckerberg Announces Virtual Roundtable With American Hate Groups To Better Understand How They Work


HuffPo: The Deep Roots Of Louisville’s Rage Over The Police Killing Of Breonna Taylor - Sixteen years ago, one of America’s most segregated cities almost became “Ferguson before Ferguson.” After police killed a young black woman, it erupted again. By Travis Waldron


Guardian UK: Cleaner air during UK lockdown relieves asthma for millions - People with asthma and other lung conditions report decrease in symptoms, finds survey

Have An Excellent Thursday

work by Damian Elwes

Seth Meyers - Joe Biden Criticizes Trump's Response To Police Violence

Brian Williams - Rebuking Trump, Obama And Mattis Speak In Favor Of Protests

Rachel Maddow - Americans Learn Military Leadership No Bulwark To Trump Abuses

Stephen Colbert - Dictator Fanboy Donald Trump Gets His Wish As Military Vehicles Roll Down The Streets Of Washington

Even The Rock

The Palmer Report: The Rock passionately condemns Donald Trump by Bill Palmer

Two Camps

Guardian UK: Trump’s Bible photo op cleaves white evangelical loyalists into two camps - Ardent supporters saw the photo op as a blow against evil while others saw the gesture as cynical and a ploy


Guardian UK: Ex-defense secretary James Mattis condemns Trump's handling of protests – as it happened - James Mattis accuses Trump of dividing US and ordering military to violate constitutional rights of Americans - James Mattis accuses Trump of dividing US - Meghan, Duchess of Sussex speaks out over George Floyd killing

Trump Who?

Washington Post: Sorry I can’t comment on the president’s actions, I just remembered I’m turning into a bird By Alexandra Petri

Mattis Again

Washington Post: Jim Mattis blasts Trump in message that defends protesters, says president ‘tries to divide us’ By Dan Lamothe


NY Times: Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protesters - Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions. By Eric Schmitt, Helene Cooper, Thomas Gibbons-Neff and Maggie Haberman
...said that active-duty military troops should not be sent to control the wave of protests in American cities...


  Mattis' critique of Trump is appearing across all media. I truly hope the wave of criticism stinging Trump right now continues.

NY Times: ‘He tries to divide us.’ Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis offers sharp critique of President Trump.

The Market On Thursday

  Good morning. At 6:15 a.m. ET DOW futures are -141. The market is poised to open significantly lower.

CNN: Trains, planes and trucks are rebounding. That's a good sign for the US economy By Paul R. La Monica,

Floyd Had Covid-19

Yahoo: George Floyd had coronavirus, autopsy says by Tim Stelloh


HuffPo: Trump Went Full-On Fascist For A Photo-Op. What’s He Willing To Do To Keep Power? Authoritarianism experts worry that Trump could abuse his powers to try to disrupt the November election or delegitimize the result if he loses. By S.V. Date

Wednesday, June 03, 2020

House Of Lies

“This is an awful man, waving a book he hasn’t read, in front of a church he doesn’t attend, invoking laws he doesn’t understand, against fellow Americans he sees as enemies, wielding a military he dodged serving, to protect power he gained via accepting foreign interference, exploiting fear and anger he loves to stoke, after failing to address a pandemic he was warned about, and building it all on a bed of constant lies and childish inanity.” — Robert Hendrickson, Rector at St. Philip’s Episcopal Church


Snapchat Dumps Trump

UPI: Snapchat to stop promoting President Donald Trump's account By Daniel Uria
"We will not amplify voices who incite racial violence and injustice by giving them free promotion on Discover. Racial violence and injustice have no place in our society and we stand together with all who seek peace, love, equality and justice in America."


Mattis Condemns Trump

The Atlantic: James Mattis Denounces President Trump, Describes Him as a Threat to the Constitution - In an extraordinary condemnation, the former defense secretary backs protesters and says the president is trying to turn Americans against one another. by Jeffrey Goldberg
“Donald Trump is the first president in my lifetime who does not try to unite the American people—does not even pretend to try. Instead, he tries to divide us,” Mattis writes. “We are witnessing the consequences of three years of this deliberate effort. We are witnessing the consequences of three years without mature leadership. We can unite without him, drawing on the strengths inherent in our civil society. This will not be easy, as the past few days have shown, but we owe it to our fellow citizens; to past generations that bled to defend our promise; and to our children.”

Three Are Charged!


Axios: Minnesota charges three more former officers in George Floyd case by Jacob Knutson
...charged the three other former officers who were present with aiding and abetting murder...

The Worst

Salon: Many presidents have faced moments of chaos and disorder: None has ever handled it worse - Almost every postwar president has faced domestic crisis. None of them have deliberately inflamed it — until now by Heather Digby Parton

The Onion - Trump Throws Garbage Can Through McDonald’s Window Before Looting $2,000 In Big Macs

The Onion: Trump Throws Garbage Can Through McDonald’s Window Before Looting $2,000 In Big Macs


Get Pocket: What Great Listeners Actually Do - Good listening is much more than being silent while the other person talks. Harvard Business Review

Have An Excellent Wednesday

Tank And The Bangas: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

Brian Williams - Wide Condemnation Of Trump’s Threats About Protests - But Silence From Most Republicans

Stephen Colbert - Trump Sics Military On Peaceful Protesters And Clergy To Make Way For Bible Photo Op

Seth Meyers - Trump Threatens To Deploy Military In Response To Protests

Pick A Side

The Palmer Report: Time to pick a side by Bill Palmer

Fringe Views

Guardian UK: Scientists alarmed as Trump embraces fringe views and extreme theories amid pandemic - Trump has a history of defying scientific findings but his actions during coronavirus have startled even his most vocal critics
The president falsely claimed Covid-19 would evaporate in the April sunshine, expressed bewilderment that a vaccine wasn’t imminent and pondered the merits of injecting disinfectant as a treatment. Trump has also repeatedly touted the benefits of hydroxychloroquine, an anti-malarial drug he says he himself has taken as a precaution despite evidence it can cause heart problems in some patients. The World Health Organization recently halted trials to see if the drug could treat Covid-19, citing safety fears.


Guardian UK: George Floyd killing: US rocked by eighth night of protest and grief – live - Demonstrators defy curfews as protests rage for eighth day - A restaurant owner, a football star: the people killed as protests spread - Experts fear protests and police risk accelerating Covid-19 spread


Washington Post: Trump’s use of the Bible was obscene. He should try reading the words inside it.


Washington Post: ‘We cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism’: Pope Francis calls for ‘reconciliation’ in U.S. protests


NY Times: Here’s What Happened on the 8th Night of George Floyd Protests


NY Times: Live Updates on George Floyd Protests: Impassioned Rallies Continue Across U.S. - The eighth day of protests was largely peaceful, with only sporadic reports of looting overnight. Washington is becoming a heavily armed fortress, and criticism of President Trump’s response is mounting. U.C.L.A. says it won’t allow its Jackie Robinson Stadium to be used as a “field jail” after faculty members expressed dismay.

The Market On Wednesday

  Good morning. At 7:30 a.m. ET DOW futures are +172. The market is poised to open significantly higher.

CNN: America is in turmoil and stocks are booming. Is the market broken? Analysis by Matt Egan