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Trump fundraiser in Dallas June 11th for $580.6k per couple ??


The bottom of the tweet has been cut off, you have to go to twitter.com to see it in its entirety.
I will take a pic of it.

And he wanted to "drain the swamp" ? If this is real, such BS.

am I the only one with this ?

In case you just wandered in here, this is the Mental Health Support group. Insensitive comments are not welcome, to me
or anyone else in this group. FYI.

Ok, now my situation. I know we all cope with relationships, both their joys and stresses. Inevitably, with a husband/wife/partner,
there is a conflict and words are exchanged. Many times the words are a bit harsh. Most of us do not really enjoy this situation,
and cope with it as well as possible.

Very long story short, I really really strongly dislike those situations, to the point of increased anxiety, obsessing, sadness and just
generalized misery. I know, many times, the conflict will blow over and things can be resolved. My "heart", so to speak, is not so confident.

I am undergoing clinical hypnosis (which is safe and effective) to address the relevant issues. If you also are this way, you have my deepest sympathies.

Best wishes to all regulars and lurkers


Voters need to be reminded that Trump once said he might cut Social Security and Medicare

Mr. Trump, however, at various times has said he would be open to cutting safety-net programs, only to have aides walk back those comments after the fact. “At the right time, we will take a look at that,” Mr. Trump said in January of cuts to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security — a stance that Biden campaign officials said they planned to highlight in the coming months.

The Biden team also noted that a second Morning Consult poll released this past week showed that 46 percent of voters said they trusted Mr. Biden to protect Medicare and Social Security, compared with 41 percent for Mr. Trump.


Biden would NEVER say or attempt to do such a thing as cut Medicare, Social Security or Medicaid. This FACT that Trump even SAID such a thing (and would do it if he could) needs to be hammered home, time after time. He will lose the older vote in a landslide and thus the election because of it.

Conservative twitter on fire about this 2017 testimony by Clapper


The MAGAt's and fellow travelers are trying to frame things that this supports the whole "Russia hoax" theory.

Before you scold me, note that this is in the PROPAGANDA DEBUNKING group..... hence it's probably bullshit or out of context.

Thank you.

eta: context maybe ?

Journalist Matt Taibbi recounts in Rolling Stone magazine that Clapper was questioned about evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during a March 2017 appearance on the television program Meet The Press.

Chuck Todd asked: Were there improper contacts between the Trump campaign and Russian officials?

JAMES CLAPPER: We did not include any evidence in our report, and I say, “our,” that's N.S.A., F.B.I. and C.I.A., with my office, the Director of National Intelligence, that had anything, that had any reflection of collusion between members of the Trump campaign and the Russians. There was no evidence of that…
CHUCK TODD: I understand that. But does it exist?
JAMES CLAPPER: Not to my knowledge.
Todd pressed him to elaborate.
CHUCK TODD: If [evidence of collusion] existed, it would have been in this report?
JAMES CLAPPER: This could have unfolded or become available in the time since I left the government.
This is the former Director of National Intelligence telling all of us that as of 12:01 a.m. on January 20th, when he left government, the intelligence agencies had no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and the government of Vladimir Putin's Russia.[96]


Months before Florida leaders had any clue, coronavirus was creeping through the state


It was March 1 when Florida announced its first two cases of the novel coronavirus, a 29-year-old Hillsborough County woman who had traveled to Italy and a 63-year-old Manatee County man. But buried in data recently published by the Florida health department is an intriguing revelation: The spread of COVID-19 in Florida likely began in January, if not earlier.

State health officials have documented at least 170 COVID-19 patients reporting symptoms between Dec. 31, 2019, and February 29, according to a Miami Herald analysis of state health data. Of them, 40 percent had no apparent contact with someone else with the virus. The majority had not traveled.

At least 26 people who contracted COVID-19 started showing symptoms in late December or January — and at least eight of them both had not traveled and did not have contact with another person infected by the virus. The trend continued into February.

“That’s community spread,” said Eric Toner of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security. “It’s invisible, it’s invisible, it’s invisible, until it’s suddenly obvious.”

Ageism and COVID-19

I was watching Rachel Maddow tonight on her show, and she was sincerely dumbfounded why the Iowa Governor is proud of her COVID-19 case numbers. I had a theory.

My understanding is that a very high percentage of COVID-19 deaths happen to people over age 60, especially if one has heart disease, diabetes, lung conditions, or any immunosuppressive condition. The death rate in nursing homes is very high. I am using this site for information: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/coronavirus-age-sex-demographics/

Does anyone think the Republican governors (like Iowa and South Dakota, Ohio governor seems ok) would be so lackadaisical about the COVID-19 death rates if they were mostly occurring to children, especially young children ? Call me cynical but I don't think so. I think the Republican governors would be moving heaven and earth to minimize and eventually eliminate the COVID-19 deaths.

Proposed "moral of the story": if you're over 60, the Republicans don't give a flying f*** about you, especially if you're in a nursing home. How ironic, in that many seniors vote Republican. Maybe this will be a revolutionary revelation to seniors, that DEMOCRATS actually care more about your welfare.

Q&A: Why is Florida's unemployment such a disaster? Because it was meant to be.


How bad is this system?

Think of the Hindenburg ... crashing into the Titanic. In mid-April (a full month into this crisis), Florida had processed only 4% of the claims submitted. If we were grading this, that’d be an F-minus-minus.

But some people say no system could ever handle a giant spike like the coronavirus crisis prompted.

Those people are full of it.

What do you mean?

Sure, there was a giant spike. But other states handled it — better, at least. Early on, smaller states were processing more claims in a week than Florida did in a month. And Nevada has distributed more federal benefits than Florida, even though Nevada is one-seventh our size, the Tampa Bay Times reported this week.

Much more at link

Kushner coronavirus effort said to be hampered by inexperienced volunteers


The coronavirus response being spearheaded by President Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has relied in part on volunteers from consulting and private equity firms with little expertise in the tasks to which they were assigned, exacerbating chronic problems in obtaining supplies for hospitals and other needs, according to numerous government officials and a volunteer involved in the effort.

About two dozen employees from Boston Consulting Group, Insight, McKinsey and other firms have volunteered their time — some on paid vacation leave from their jobs and others without pay — to aid the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to administration officials and others familiar with the arrangement.

Although some of the volunteers have relevant backgrounds and experience, many others were poorly matched with the jobs they were assigned, including those given the task of securing personal protective equipment, or PPE, for hospitals nationwide, according to a complaint filed last month with the House Oversight Committee.

The complaint, obtained by The Washington Post, was submitted by a volunteer who has since left the group and who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution from the administration. Key elements of the complaint were confirmed by six administration officials and one outside adviser to the effort, many of whom spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.

Reopening states will cause 233,000 more people to die from coronavirus, according to Wharton model


New data from the University of Pennsylvania suggests that relaxing lockdowns across U.S. cities and states could have serious consequences for the country’s battle to contain the coronavirus, which has infected over a million people while killing more than 66,000 people.

According to the Penn Wharton Budget Model (PWBM), reopening states will result in an additional 233,000 deaths from the virus — even if states don’t reopen at all and with social distancing rules in place. This means that if the states were to reopen, 350,000 people in total would die from coronavirus by the end of June, the study found.

Kent Smetters, the PWBM’s director, said the decision to reopen states is ultimately a “normative judgement that comes down to the statistical value of life.”

He explained: “That’s not a crude way of saying we put a dollar value on life, but it’s the idea that people will take risks all the time for economic reward.”

Kitten playing bass violin


I'm not saying this photo will solve all your problems.

I'm just saying some days you need a picture of a kitten at the exact moment he realizes that maybe playing bass isn't as easy as it seems.

eta: full image

eta2: oops, corrected subject line, thanks
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