Gathering is bad for public health?

5/18/2020

When I first heard that the novel coronavirus was coming to the United States, the only analog from my past I could refer to was hurricane prep or a massive blizzard. The distinction, as I looked forward, was that this shut-down was going to affect the whole country at once. I always believed that the condition, though widespread, would just be temporary. A matter of weeks. As cases and deaths mounted, I could see quickly how wrong I had been. …

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Liberated Wisconsin?

I’m just taking a look at Wednesday’s opinion from the Wisconsin Supreme Court which overturned Governor Tony Evers’ stay-at-home order. It’s surprising that most of the news articles don’t link to the public document, but prefer to highlight the political dynamic, rather than the Court’s reasoning. I was curious to get beneath the headlines a little bit to see how the Court justified a ruling that could cost people their lives….

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The Political Stuff

Hello, Friends:

I’m really excited to announce that I am now working with some very good folks at leftrightpolitics.com , and that is where I’ll be posting the current events rants from now on. You can also check out some video discussions on the associated YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/c/TakeTwoPolitics

I’ll keep putting previews here with a link to the full article, which is still free of course. Thanks so much for reading and I’ll see you in the comments section of leftrightpolitics.com!

Trump Tax Endgame?

The Supreme Court heard argument today in a number of consolidated cases that seek release of Trump’s tax returns. For a man who appears to commit crimes and abuse power in public view ALL THE TIME, the tax returns have proven to be quite a sticking point. Trump demonstrably has no shame whatsoever, yet is fighting tooth and nail to keep the taxes secret. Could this be the smoking gun that finally brings down his presidency?

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Harris clsoing in on Veepstakes win?

The next couple weeks may prove me and several others wrong, but as of today, Biden looks ready to pick Senator Kamala Haris from California as his running mate. This would fulfil Biden’s promise to select a woman and reinforce his demonstrated advantage with African Americans going into the general election. Also, Harris has shown excellent prosecutorial skill during Senate hearings (esp. Barr’s confirmation) and in a primary debate where she put the smackdown on Biden himself.

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Governors governing

What a time to be a governor. I know it’s cynical because of the death and suffering caused by COVID-19, but we should also remember that anyone who has run for any statewide office must have more than a bit of ambition. They are seeking power to do good, but they are still all seeking power. And the pandemic, along with Trump’s anemic response, has left a power vacuum that governors are filling to help save lives (and burnish their public personas). …

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Amazon owns us all

Things are moving fast, which is weird because we are in a major economic slowdown. The consolidation of power, however, has picked up the pace, and we will now see tech platforms leverage the unprecedented power we have handed them over the past decade. We are a long way down the road from “Don’t be evil.” Even though it was Google that coined and then abandoned that powerful maxim, it is the conduct of another tech giant that is of grave and immediate concern.

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Live from the District, it’s SCOTUS

Will live argument change the way we understand justice in the United States, or will greater accessibility to the high court’s inner workings increase our partisan divide?

It’s a big day. For the first time in history, anyone can listen in on Supreme Court oral argument as it happens. Yes, the public could previously go into the hallowed chamber, but only so many were able to obtain such privilege. Starting today, however, anyone with an internet connection can access the audio live. …

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