BREAKING: Live and direct from the pet peeve...

MONDAY, MAY 11, 2020

...and information departments:
Personally, we can't really see why a newsperson would say this:
TODD (5/10/20): Richard Haass, given your expertise, I want to ask, I want to look at this from a global perspective here. Because the other part of this is, this is odd. The United States is the infected country. It's the country that others around the world don't want to emulate right now.

We're not the country that's leading the response to the pandemic, or it doesn't feel this way. What does that mean to you going forward? And how concerning is that to you? [Todd's emphasis]
The United States is "the infected country?" In fact, a lot of countries have been "infected." Here are the current death rates, per million population, of the countries tracked by Kevin Drum on a daily basis:
Deaths per million population, to date:
Spain: 566
Italy: 509
United Kingdom: 484
France: 394
Sweden: 323
United States: 242
Switzerland: 216
Canada: 131
Germany: 91
We wouldn't recommend that anyone emulate various aspects of the U.S. approach to this ongoing disaster. Also, there's no perfect way to compare any two countries on a resources/demographics/geography/onset-of-the-pandemic basis.

That said, the death rates in some of those Euro countries are far ahead of our own (to date). It remains to be seen where the numbers will stand when the pandemic is finally over, assuming it ever is.

Our view? Anti-Trumpism really is driving some liberal and mainstream orgs toward snarky, inaccurate coverage and commentary. In a new example, Meet the Press has apologized today for doctored editing of something William Barr recently said.

That particular bit of snarky editing and paraphrase has been widespread within our own liberal tribe. As we started to suggest this morning, it seems to us that coverage of Barr and Flynn has been rather shaky Over Here within the tents of our own infallible tribe.

True belief and its companions aren't exclusively found Over There. It's a virus within our own tribe too.

According to major anthropologists, we humans have always been wired this way. It isn't just The Other Guys. It's our own basic instinct too.

We'll extend these thoughts tomorrow, to the extent our computers permit.

34 comments:

  1. That is true about true belief. But most people hate to be reminded of it.

    Too scary, too cold out there in the vengeful sea of truth. Safe and warm is the tribe.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "The both sides is an illusion, a mcguffin."

      "Too scary, too cold out there in the vengeful sea of truth."

      BWAHAHAHA!

      Delete
    2. PROFESSIONAL SPELL CASTER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH LOVE-SPELL TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK URGENTLY AFTER BREAKUP/DIVORCE EVEN IF YOUR SITUATION SEEMS HOPELESS! CONTACT: INFINITYLOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM IS CERTAINLY THE BEST SPELL CASTER ONLINE AND HIS RESULT IS 100% GUARANTEE..
       
      After 3 Years in a relationship with my Boyfriend, my Boyfriend started going out with other girls and showing me cold love, on several occasions he threatens to broke-up with me if I dare question him about his affair with other girls, I was totally devastated and confused until an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster on the internet DR GREAT who help people with their relationship and marriage problem by the powers of love Spells, At first I doubted If such thing ever exists but decided to give it a try, When I contact him, he told me everything I needed to do and I did and he helped me cast a Love Spell and within 28Hours my boyfriend came back to me and started apologizing, now he has stopped going out with girls and he is with me for good and for real. Contact this Great spell Caster for your relationship or marriage problem. 
      Here's his contact..

      CALL/WHATSAPP: +2348118829899

      EMAIL: infinitylovespell@gmail.com  OR  infinitylovespell@yahoo.com  

      BLOG http://infinitylovespell1.blogspot.com






      PROFESSIONAL SPELL CASTER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH LOVE-SPELL TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK URGENTLY AFTER BREAKUP/DIVORCE EVEN IF YOUR SITUATION SEEMS HOPELESS! CONTACT: INFINITYLOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM IS CERTAINLY THE BEST SPELL CASTER ONLINE AND HIS RESULT IS 100% GUARANTEE..
       
      After 3 Years in a relationship with my Boyfriend, my Boyfriend started going out with other girls and showing me cold love, on several occasions he threatens to broke-up with me if I dare question him about his affair with other girls, I was totally devastated and confused until an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster on the internet DR GREAT who help people with their relationship and marriage problem by the powers of love Spells, At first I doubted If such thing ever exists but decided to give it a try, When I contact him, he told me everything I needed to do and I did and he helped me cast a Love Spell and within 28Hours my boyfriend came back to me and started apologizing, now he has stopped going out with girls and he is with me for good and for real. Contact this Great spell Caster for your relationship or marriage problem. 
      Here's his contact..

      CALL/WHATSAPP: +2348118829899

      EMAIL: infinitylovespell@gmail.com  OR  infinitylovespell@yahoo.com  

      BLOG http://infinitylovespell1.blogspot.com







      PROFESSIONAL SPELL CASTER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH LOVE-SPELL TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK URGENTLY AFTER BREAKUP/DIVORCE EVEN IF YOUR SITUATION SEEMS HOPELESS! CONTACT: INFINITYLOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM IS CERTAINLY THE BEST SPELL CASTER ONLINE AND HIS RESULT IS 100% GUARANTEE..
       
      After 3 Years in a relationship with my Boyfriend, my Boyfriend started going out with other girls and showing me cold love, on several occasions he threatens to broke-up with me if I dare question him about his affair with other girls, I was totally devastated and confused until an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster on the internet DR GREAT who help people with their relationship and marriage problem by the powers of love Spells, At first I doubted If such thing ever exists but decided to give it a try, When I contact him, he told me everything I needed to do and I did and he helped me cast a Love Spell and within 28Hours my boyfriend came back to me and started apologizing, now he has stopped going out with girls and he is with me for good and for real. Contact this Great spell Caster for your relationship or marriage problem. 
      Here's his contact..

      CALL/WHATSAPP: +2348118829899

      EMAIL: infinitylovespell@gmail.com  OR  infinitylovespell@yahoo.com  

      BLOG http://infinitylovespell1.blogspot.com

      Delete
    3. Hello viewers around the Globe, Herbal Penis Enlargement product is 100% guarantee to Enlarge and get a better ERECTION ,the reason why most people are finding it difficult to enlarge Penis is because they believe on medical report, drugs and medical treatment which is not helpful for Penis Enlargement . Natural roots/herbs are the best remedy which can easily Enlarge your Penis permanently Contact Dr Olu via Email : Drolusolutionhome@gmail.com or via Whats App : +2348140654426 for Natural root and herbal remedies put together to help you get Enalarge and Erect healthy. Thank you.  

      Once again God bless you Dr. Olu for what you have done in my life.  























      Hello viewers around the Globe, Herbal Penis Enlargement product is 100% guarantee to Enlarge and get a better ERECTION ,the reason why most people are finding it difficult to enlarge Penis is because they believe on medical report, drugs and medical treatment which is not helpful for Penis Enlargement . Natural roots/herbs are the best remedy which can easily Enlarge your Penis permanently Contact Dr Olu via Email : Drolusolutionhome@gmail.com or via Whats App : +2348140654426 for Natural root and herbal remedies put together to help you get Enalarge and Erect healthy. Thank you.  

      Once again God bless you Dr. Olu for what you have done in my life.  

      Delete
  2. Bob Somerby is dumb and does not operate in good faith.

    Michael Flynn plead guilty because he is guilty of serious crimes.

    Anti-Trumpism is appropriate considering his total failure in all aspects and particularly with Covid-19, as he is responsible for countless deaths. Having said that, Bob Somerby could only come up with one nothing-burger example, hyped with faux concern by The Hill, a hack media company owned and run by a Republican and Trump supporter, James Finkelstein.

    Actually the deaths are counted. Those countries listed by Bob are on a different trend line than the US. Here are the US deaths that eclipse every other country:

    Deaths/Million
    NY: 1381
    New Jersey: 1048
    Connecticut: 844
    Massachusetts: 741
    Louisiana: 496
    DC: 465
    Michigan: 459
    Rhode Island: 406
    Pennsylvania: 300

    The US is indeed leading the world both in Covid-19 cases and in failing to respond.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Exactly. Also the US is one of the worst in testing per capita, we are currently about 39th in the world.

      If you are a progressive, do not trust Krystal Ball on The Hill's "rising" show. She is a pseudo progressive beholden to the Trump supporter that pays her salary.

      Krystal Ball was an accountant that used a photo scandal to springboard her failing political career into a tv career. During her unsuccessful bid for congress, she supported pro corporatist education reform ideas like charter schools and Teach For America. When MSNBC changed their daytime focus, she was fired along with most of her co-hosts (long after her Hillary criticism) amidst low ratings. She then ran a "scam PAC", mostly supporting a candidate who ran as a Democratic, but had voted for Trump. She took an outsized salary from her PAC. Most recently she has been hired by Trump supporter James Finkelstein at The Hill, where her salary is unknown (while at MSNBC she was able to afford moving to the Upper East Side, as she said, to avoid sending her daughter to a local public school). Since being hired by Trump friend and supporter, The Hill owner James Finkelstein, she has posed as a progressive while often repeating Trump talking points, typically on issues related to items that would affect his reelection such as his corruption, his Russian connection, and his Ukraine scandal. Krystal Ball is a hack, an opportunist, a pseudo progressive out to con true progressives while pushing an agenda that ultimately serves Trump and his corporatist friends.

      Delete
    2. @6:30 There are somewhere between 197 and 215 countries in the world, depending on who's counting. At 39th in per capita testing, the US is one of the best, not one of the worst.

      In terms of our current rate of testing, we're even better. We've ramped up our testing to around 300,000 per day. This would put us even higher than 39th in the world.

      Delete
    3. USA!USA! We’re Number 39!!!! Hooray!!!!!!

      Delete
    4. @DinC
      The US is the number one GDP in the world. Why are we only 39th in testing? It is a result of the failure of national leadership (ie Trump).

      Delete
    5. David, no we are not higher than 39th, we are currently 39th. Most of those other countries have lower and declining rates of cases, less testing is needed there, so no we are not one of the best, never have been, and we are indeed one of the worst. This is in part because they tested early, whereas we waited until too late. We still need testing, and at a much higher rate, something more in line with what successful countries did, but we missed the boat on when testing would have helped us the most. A complete failure on Trump's part.

      Delete
    6. mh - the US is #1 in total GDP and #1 in total tests. The US is not #1 in tests per capita, but the US is also not #1 in GDP per capita.

      Delete
    7. David that is not a comparison that makes any sense.

      Total tests without per capita context is incomplete information. If you have done a million tests in a country with 100 million people, not so good.

      GDP with per capita context is also incomplete information. Washington DC is the highest GDP per capita by a huge margin - over 300% over the next highest - but DC GDP is actually very low, not so good.

      Republicans seem to struggle with context.

      Delete
  3. "But Trump doesn’t say what Obamagate is. “You know what the crime is, the crime is very obvious to everybody.”"

    What crime is Trump referring to?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. The "crime" of being competent and popular.

      Delete
    2. Presidenting while black.

      Delete
  4. Barr is a cynical weasel. In this, Chuck Todd is right.

    Barr said this:
    “Well, history is written by the winner. So it largely depends on who’s writing the history. But I think a fair history would say that it was a good decision because it upheld the rule of law.” 

    Barr is issuing a preliminary attack against what he knows will be withering criticism of his purely political decision in the Flynn case. He was saying in advance that any criticism of his decision would be unfair. Only a cynic would feel the need to wonder about the motives of future historians. A person convinced of the rightness of his cause does not hedge his bets in this way.

    And as a matter of fact, history is already being written, with 2,000 former DOJ officials denouncing Barr’s decision:

    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/2000-doj-officials-call-ag-barr-resign-flynn/story?id=70615677

    Somerby made an effort to cite the impressive credentials of Bandy Lee and her fellow psychiatrists to convince his readers that they should be listened to.

    These DOJ officials also have an impressive array of credentials.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Todd said the US is the infected country. And Somerby trots out the death rate.

    Of the 9 countries in his list, only Spain has more cases per million than the US.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is worse than that. Our states that are similar in size and density to those countries have over two times the amount of deaths/million. Our death rates are actually the worst, and by a large margin.

      Delete
  6. I look forward to your next expansion post.

    ReplyDelete
  7. You looked a statement of imperialism and went wow... I better assign it something really vague like tribalism.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You mean "You looked at imperialism and went 'Wow, I better call it something really vague, like tribalism.'"?

      Your Russian-to'English Dragonspeak is really fucked up.

      Delete
  8. God bless Dr. USELU for his marvelous work in my life, I was diagnosed of HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS since 2018 and I was taking my medications, I wasn't satisfied i needed to get the HERPES out of my system, I searched about some possible cure for HERPES i saw a comment about Dr. USELU , how he cured HERPES with his herbal medicine, I contacted him and he guided me. I asked for solutions, he started the remedy for my health, he sent me the medicine within 3 days. I took the medicine as prescribed by him and 2weeks later i was cured from HERPES contact him via email (dr.uselucaregiver@gmail.com) once again thanks to you Dr. USELU cure the flowing virus, contact his email or add him on whatsapp (+2349019328641) cancer cure
    diabetes cure
    ringing ear
    herpes cure
    warts cure
    HPV cure
    HIV cure
    get your ex back
    pregnancy herbal medicine
    Hepatitis  

    ReplyDelete
  9. Kevin Drum's heart bleeds for those manly men who are too masculine to wear masks. He says the NY Times shouldn't allow an opinion columnist to make fun of them.

    That's media criticism!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Rachel Maddow says there is something wrong with Trump. She doesn't call him mentally ill -- but she points out that his current behavior suggests there is something wrong.

    Crickets from Somerby. I guess it doesn't count unless you call him crazy.

    ReplyDelete
  11. This is what "facts" look like on the right: "Trump made the nonsensical claim that more Americans are dying from having to stay in their houses than are dying from the coronavirus."

    ReplyDelete
  12. “Anti-Trumpism really is driving some liberal and mainstream orgs toward snarky, inaccurate coverage and commentary.”

    Hmm.

    16 days and counting with no correction or retraction of this false statement from Somerby:

    “Improvements from the Fake News: On his trip to the CDC, Donald J. Trump said this:

    "Anybody that needs a test can have a test."

    That was a delusional (if somewhat imprecise) claim, but that's what he actually said. But within the Fake News, pundits routinely say that Trump said this:

    "Anyone who wants a test can get a test."

    That isn't what he actually said, but it's better than what he actually said! For that reason, in time-honored fashion, the new improved claim took hold.

    How long did it take for this transcription error to take hold? Go ahead—just click here.

    That headline appeared the very next day. People, we're just saying!”

    http://dailyhowler.blogspot.com/2020/04/thinking-back-to-senior-and-blow.html

    Note to Somerby: what Trump said is on video AND in the official White House transcript.

    ReplyDelete
  13. "Our view? Anti-Trumpism really is driving some liberal and mainstream orgs toward snarky, inaccurate coverage and commentary"

    Whoa. And what else is new, dear Bob? That the sky is blue, the grass is green, and your liberal zombie cult is an orwellian-totalitarian enterprise?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Mao,
      Your love for the Establishment is adorable.
      Do you think they'll ask you to prom?

      Delete
  14. PROFESSIONAL SPELL CASTER WHO CAN HELP YOU WITH LOVE-SPELL TO GET YOUR EX LOVER BACK URGENTLY AFTER BREAKUP/DIVORCE EVEN IF YOUR SITUATION SEEMS HOPELESS! CONTACT: INFINITYLOVESPELL@GMAIL.COM IS CERTAINLY THE BEST SPELL CASTER ONLINE AND HIS RESULT IS 100% GUARANTEE..
     
    After 3 Years in a relationship with my Boyfriend, my Boyfriend started going out with other girls and showing me cold love, on several occasions he threatens to broke-up with me if I dare question him about his affair with other girls, I was totally devastated and confused until an old friend of mine told me about a spell caster on the internet DR GREAT who help people with their relationship and marriage problem by the powers of love Spells, At first I doubted If such thing ever exists but decided to give it a try, When I contact him, he told me everything I needed to do and I did and he helped me cast a Love Spell and within 28Hours my boyfriend came back to me and started apologizing, now he has stopped going out with girls and he is with me for good and for real. Contact this Great spell Caster for your relationship or marriage problem. 
    Here's his contact..

    CALL/WHATSAPP: +2348118829899

    EMAIL: infinitylovespell@gmail.com  OR  infinitylovespell@yahoo.com  

    BLOG http://infinitylovespell1.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Hello everyone i am happy to say that i was cure from HIV/AIDS by Dr Padman with his herbal medications after i tested positive july 2016 and ever since then i have been on medications to extend my living on earth. One faithful day i was searching on line if i could get some tips on how to cure my illness and i saw a comment on how Dr Padman cure HIV with herbs,i was surprise and i contact him on the email they provided on the comment and i explain my problem to him and he also prepare the herbs and send to me which i use for one week as i was instructed by him and after 2weeks i went to hospital for checkup and i tested Negative and i am fully cured from the disease and i am so greatful to Dr Padman.You can also reach Dr Padman on his padmanlovespell@yahoo.com , https://twitter.com/padman_dr. https://padmanspell.com WhatsApp +19492293867

    ReplyDelete
  16. My Name is Dr AZIBA, Herbal Remedy Product is 100% guarantee for Penis Enlargement growth and Thickness you can Contact Me via Email: Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com For Best natural male enhancement Product with 100% guaranteed results. I prepare top Herbal selling male enhancement product with herbal formula and no side-effects And also for other Disease or virus such as HPV,HSV,HERPES,HEPATITIS, DIABETES,CANCER and lots More, Contact Me Via Email :Priestazibasolutioncenter@gmail.com and WhatsApp +2348100368288 Or website https://naturalherbsmedicine.webs.com/ FACEBOOK PAGE: @DOCTOR AZIBA

    ReplyDelete
  17. Lotto results rely upon the likelihood of tickets and a good fortune of the individual. That is my many people purchase the tickets over and over but don’t win anything.
    The reason why most people never win for their entire life it’s because of bad omen but the good news is that my powerful lottery spells can clear that bad luck from you. Working with my spirits for these kinds of spells clears bad luck from you and infuses you with good luck and positive energy. The power of my lottery spells brings luck and wins during your lottery games. Clearing paths with in the universe for money and great luck to reach you. These powerful lottery spell castings will bring wins in your lottery life and change your life.
    Get out of debts and pay your bills with lottery wins using powerful lottery spells. Lottery spells bring you money so that you can enjoy the life of being in higher social status.
    Enjoy more of life and edit your mistakes so that you can accomplish financial freedom. So summon Dr.Nana for his powerful lottery spells and become a winner from the looser you have been because everything is possible once you discover how to do it.

    Here’s his my contact  Nanakwakuspiritualist@gmail.com Call /Whats App me +234 902 990 5501.
    my website https://lotteryspellsthatworkfast.blogspot.com/ 

    ReplyDelete
  18. I want to thank Dr Emu a very powerful spell caster who help me to bring my husband back to me, few month ago i have a serious problem with my husband, to the extend that he left the house, and he started dating another woman and he stayed with the woman, i tried all i can to bring him back, but all my effort was useless until the day my friend came to my house and i told her every thing that had happened between me and my husband, then she told me of a powerful spell caster who help her when she was in the same problem I then contact Dr Emu and told him every thing and he told me not to worry my self again that my husband will come back to me after he has cast a spell on him, i thought it was a joke, after he had finish casting the spell, he told me that he had just finish casting the spell, to my greatest surprise within 48 hours, my husband really came back begging me to forgive him, if you need his help you can contact him with via email: Emutemple@gmail.com or add him up on his whatsapp +2347012841542 is willing to help any body that need his help.
    Website: http://emutemple.website2.me/

    ReplyDelete
  19. Packers And Movers Bangalore Local Household Shifting Service, Get Free Best Price Quotes Local Packers and Movers in Bangalore List, Compare Charges, Save Money
    And Time @ Packers And Movers Bangalore

    ReplyDelete