VT: An introduction to what is an Intel Drop
I began working elections in 1956. We had moved from Bryden Street in Detroit to Redford Township where I lived on a gravel road in a semi-rural area of small homes. It was 1955, I was 6.
By the time Adlai Stevenson ran against pitful mob tool Eisenhower (J. Edgar Hoover ran him), my dad had begun working with the local Democratic Party, part of his work with the UAW. He worked at the Ford transmission plant in Plymouth, Michigan, afternoons.
My job was delivering the Redford Township Democrat to one square mile, 875 homes at that time. Small paper but this would, by today’s standards, be considered the world’s largest paper route. I got $1. This money went into my fund for Christmas presents.
The route took 12 hours and I did it alone. This is how things were then. Today it would be a sign of character, perhaps ‘fake character.’ Then it was a dollar when dollars didn’t exist, not for kids anyway, not where I came from.
My mother, who grew up in a mining camp outside Hazard, Kentucky always said, “movies were only a nickel but nobody had a nickel.”
I keep folks from that time around VT. Mike Chester was a childhood friend, Ralph Eckard was my squad leader in Vietnam, others as well.
There were major socioeconomic differences then as now but not like now. I would like to say I don’t know how we got here, a nation with millions of moronic and rabidly insane assholes but they were always there. Just read Steinbeck.
During the 20s, the Rothschilds, through their stepchildren on Wall Street, funded a resurgence of the Klan, funded a eugenics movement, funded Hitler, funded Stalin and set up gangs of racist thugs and union busters under the American Legion and Black Legion.
50 years before it was the Pinkertons killing union organizers and fighting pitched battles to defend child labor in the steel mills and mines, defend the 7 day work week and 12 hour day.
Not much has changed, the GOP is still the same GOP it was then.
Behind the growth of the GOP/Trump “base,” racism, misogyny and fake class warfare is occultism, Kabbalah, Frankism and worship of Moloch, who I am told is a real god who gives GOP insiders kids to screw and murder.
If only I were making this up. My lessons on this were learned while on an official investigation on behalf of a US president. I add this only because people love this stuff.
If you wondered why people are such destructive assholes and why the GOP has so many mindless idiots in position of power, screwing and killing kids is what it is all about.
No, I am not kidding.
VT folks like Kevin or Mike Harris, even to an extent Jim, grew up with money, parents who owned businesses, kids who grew up with nice homes, private schools. I grew up not quite poor, I always worked and work was a gift.
At times, driving past factories with job signs out front (we have no workers here, they can’t afford to live here for minimum wage pay), I think about how much I would like to have a “real job.”
Last real job I had was 1968, wiring and testing prototype telephone switching systems.
What was important, though, was to hold on to the reality of growing up outside Detroit, watching our ditches overflow when it rained and walking to school. What was also important was understanding politics, being taught, nearly at birth, to identify conmen and hustlers like Trump, Bush, Reagan, Nixon and so many others, each progressively worse than even Ike.
The them was always the same, unions are communism or organized crime, social security is socialism but behind it, the it was samo-samo…
Destroy public education, poison water, air and food, let drug companies kill us all, cigarettes are good for you, and play the Hilteresque game we see with Trump.
When RDS talks about how I should be patient with him, while he “works” Trump’s base of racist toads and morons, I could see the intelligence in it. Of course QAnon is crap, a video game, but the fearful and ignorant are the single greatest power that defines the United States, or is it? We have a very short wait to see.
This is my 4th election at VT. We predicted 9/11, we predicted COVID 19, we warned and warned. Before VT, we warned of Reagan, the founder of the “death of America,” and of the Kosher Nostra mechanism funded by Sheldon Adelson and laundered boatloads of Chinese cash.
In the process, knowing what was happening and predicting correctly disaster after disaster, some of us have thrived off the suffering of others that we worked so hard to prevent.
Is it funny that so many who drank the kool aid of neoconservative gangsterism now live hand to mouth and make the same mistakes? So many that grew up with money now live without but never learn.
Atlantic: Trump’s Pathology Is Now Clear
As the coronavirus spreads uncontrolled across the U.S., the president has gone from downplaying the pandemic to COVID denial.
Democratic Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi says documents reveal that the Trump administration attempted to use $250 million of taxpayer money, meant for Covid-19 education purposes, as a "slush fund" to help President Trump's reelection campaign by trying to rebrand the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/KEBsLRUBc9
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) October 29, 2020
The human brain makes decisions in two basic modes. One is analytic, which involves carefully weighing costs and benefits and choosing the best option. The other mode is intuitive: doing what feels right. Both have their merits.
Intuitive thinking allows us to make split-second decisions. It helps guide our romantic lives and our lunchtime sandwich choices. But it is not the mode that should inform a strategic response to a pandemic.
[ Editor’s Note: Trump has always presented himself as ‘Mr. Intuitive’, the genius that ‘just knows’ what to do. And anyone who disagrees, he deals with them like a mob boss would…JD ]
Russian hackers are now launching cyber attacks against U.S. hospitals at the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, and Trump STILL says nothing. Truly pathetic.
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) October 30, 2020
Even casual observers of President Donald Trump’s mode of thinking long ago abandoned hope that he might embrace analytic reasoning (sometimes referred to simply as “science”). But if there were ever a possibility that he might at least come to terms with the power of the coronavirus, it would have been when it sent him to the hospital.
Barely a month ago, recall, we had cause to speculate that the president might soon be dead. Although details of Trump’s illness remain concealed—including abnormalities in his chest CT scan and the date that he first tested positive for the virus—the known facts of his case indicate that it was not mild.
He received supplemental oxygen to keep his red blood cells saturated, and he was prescribed dexamethasone, which is recommended only in serious cases.
Many patients emerge from illness having had a come-to-Jesus moment that reorients their thinking. Former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, for one, issued a mea culpa last week after he was discharged from a COVID-19 hospitalization that included a week in the intensive-care unit.
“When you get this disease, it hits you how easy it is to prevent,” he wrote under the headline “I Should Have Worn a Mask” in The Wall Street Journal. “We are asked to wear cloth over our mouth and nose, wash our hands and avoid crowds. Seldom has so little been asked for so much benefit.”
On Friday US hit highest number of Covid cases EVER at 99,000! Plus nearly 1,000 Americans died-up 16% from last week. Yet Trump keeps lying we "turned a corner" as he encourages supporters to oppose social distancing measures #VoteBlueToEndTheNightmare https://t.co/4EQ3vsFKzC
— (((DeanObeidallah))) (@DeanObeidallah) October 31, 2020
New @Stanford study estimates that 18 Trump rallies have led to 30,000 COVID cases and 700 deaths
— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) October 31, 2020
A Stanford University study estimates that 18 of Trump’s superspreader rallies from June 20 through September 22 have led to at least 30,000 COVID cases and more than 700 deaths…..MAGA is officially a death cult https://t.co/dO5yMRxXcm#Vote @JoeBiden @KamalaHarris pic.twitter.com/lukgpteT1x
— Icculus The Brave (@FirenzeMike) October 31, 2020
American Medical Association rips Trump's claim that doctors inflating COVID numbers to get more money: “Malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided" https://t.co/ei8FbA98DG pic.twitter.com/wzWrLX7lug
— The Hill (@thehill) October 31, 2020
The American Medical Association hits Trump: "The suggestion that doctors—in the midst of a public health crisis—are overcounting COVID-19 patients or lying to line their pockets is a malicious, outrageous, and completely misguided charge." https://t.co/MQnDhoJUdL
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) October 30, 2020
White House sidestepped FDA to distribute hydroxychloroquine to pharmacies, documents show. Trump touted the pills to treat covid-19. https://t.co/KrHpyjomDg
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) October 31, 2020
As an Iraq war vet and ER doctor, I risk my life every fucking day at work treating patients with COVID. I'm not asking for a thank you, but I am asking that Trump doesn't lie and disrespect us. I've never seen such a weak draft-dodging coward in my life. He is unfit to lead!!
— Cleavon MD (@Cleavon_MD) October 30, 2020
Trump had no such revelation. Instead, in the weeks since his illness, he has escalated from downplaying or neglecting the virus to outright denialism. After returning to the White House and sanctimoniously removing his mask, he has centered his reelection campaign around the notion that the pandemic is over.
“With the fake news, everything is COVID, COVID, COVID,” he said at an Omaha, Nebraska, rally this week. “I had it. Here I am, right?” He cited the illness of his son Barron—who contracted the virus shortly after his father tested positive—as being extremely mild.
He did not mention the first lady, Melania, who described having COVID-19 as “a rollercoaster of symptoms,” the experience of which “gives you a lot of time to reflect” and reminded her of the need for “compassion and humility.” Read more…