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I told my daughter the other day that he's finally up against something he can't bluster, browbeat or bullshit. It doesn't care how much money he (says he) has, and doesn't respect the bankruptcy laws. So he can only flail around like a headless chicken (case in point, his comment about churches being packed at Easter, which we're now told was only a hope).

I saw a quote from Fauci that we don't set the timeline, the virus sets the timeline. Not quite true: incompetence can affect the timeline — by extending it — and make the impact measurably worse. And future generations will be able to look back at Trump's response to the current pandemic as a textbook example of this principle.
I don't expect Trump and the GOP to 'get it' until enough of those who are inclined to support him - upper/middle class and working class whites in suburban and rural areas - start getting destroyed by this outbreak. I wish it weren't that way, but that's the cold, hard truth.
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The one-way, exit-only revolving door, amirite?
And Trump will say he knows more about infectious disease than anybody, so who needs Fauci? (Has Trump already said that yet?)
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:21 AM
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I saw a quote from Fauci that we don't set the timeline, the virus sets the timeline. ....
I think that was Fauci's coded message to trump (not that he'll grasp it): "YOU don't set the timeline, you destructive, incompetent, ignorant, narcissistic MOTHERFUCKER! The virus sets the timeline!" or words to that effect. IOW, I think the "we" meant "you."

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You mean people with functioning brains were saying that? I mean, look at your own thread title. Were you even ever expecting that?

(Given what I knew about his likely agenda at the time, I am honestly not sure I was ever even hoping for that.)
The trump presidency, even before all this happened, turned out to be much, much worse than I ever imagined. But putting this life-threatening pandemic on top of the chaos he was already creating... all the while remaining as self-absorbed and clueless as ever...

Don't give me a hard time because I didn't predict how bad it was going to get. I never imagined a worldwide pandemic, easy to transmit, that needed to be taken seriously early in the game, and when it wasn't, would expand exponentially... Many times he has bottomed out on our expectations, but this is a new black hole of damage.

Right now a Garden Variety Clusterfuck looks pretty good.

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Old 03-26-2020, 11:44 AM
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IMany times he has bottomed out on our expectations, but this is a new black hole of damage.
Early on in Trump's presidency, John Oliver had a running bit about hitting rock-bottom. Each week Oliver would say [paraphrased] "Remember last week when we thought we hit rock-bottom? That's now way up there." and he would point to the ceiling.
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So now some clown in the Trump administration thinks that NOW is a great time to have armed troops at the Canada/US border. What are they afraid of? That we might smuggle some socialized medicine down south? Canada does have Covid cases, yes, but fewer per million population than the US does. And the US is increasing at a faster rate.

So are they afraid that healthy Canadians are going to sneak down and steal your food while everyone is dying in the overcrowded hospitals? Or are the armed troops going to shoot the virus down as it flys across the border?

My guess is that someone told Trump that the border does not have troops right now. The longest undefended border in the world. And he went "WHAT? Nobody knew about this! We must send troops there immediately! I am the only one that knows this!" And now they have to pretend to follow the insane Trumpkin orders.

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Maybe they're there to keep the plebs in? Did you think of that?
Can't have all those workers abandoning ship, eh? Capitalism doesn't work so well when there's no masses to exploit.
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So now some clown in the Trump administration thinks that NOW is a great time to have armed troops at the Canada/US border. What are they afraid of? That we might smuggle some socialized medicine down south? Canada does have Covid cases, yes, but fewer per million population than the US does. And the US is increasing at a faster rate.

So are they afraid that healthy Canadians are going to sneak down and steal your food while everyone is dying in the overcrowded hospitals? Or are the armed troops going to shoot the virus down as it flys across the border?

My guess is that someone told Trump that the border does not have troops right now. The longest undefended border in the world. And he went "WHAT? Nobody knew about this! We must send troops there immediately! I am the only one that knows this!" And now they have to pretend to follow the insane Trumpkin orders.
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Maybe they're there to keep the plebs in? Did you think of that?
Can't have all those workers abandoning ship, eh? Capitalism doesn't work so well when there's no masses to exploit.
I thought there were visionary thinkers on the Straight Dope. Bah! Pikers, the lot of ya. Look, it's simple, Trump has being declaring peace in Iraq and Afghanistan and promising to bring the troops home. That was great when the economy was soaring; he was the peace and prosperity president. But now, not so much prosperity and his election is in danger. So, who's always popular at re-election time? A war-time president. But this time, we're not invading a shithole country, oh no. They don't display gratitude effectively enough. No, this time we're going to invade Canada. We're going to save them from socialism and they will be so grateful they will greet us like liberators. Boom! That's how you win re-election during a pandemic depression.
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G-7 countries unable to come up with language discussing how to deal with the current pandemic due to the US insistence on calling it "Wuhan virus".
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/25/p...irus-statement
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But this time, we're not invading a shithole country, oh no. They don't display gratitude effectively enough. No, this time we're going to invade Canada. We're going to save them from socialism and they will be so grateful they will greet us like liberators. Boom! That's how you win re-election during a pandemic depression.
And you know what they say, third time's the charm!

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G-7 countries unable to come up with language discussing how to deal with the current pandemic due to the US insistence on calling it "Wuhan virus".
https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2020/03/25/p...irus-statement
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"There was a lot of discussion today amongst the G7 about the intentional disinformation campaign that China has been and continues to be engaged in," he [Pompeo] said.

China reported a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause to the World Health Organization on December 31, while Chinese officials say they began regular contact with the US about the virus on January 3. The first US case was confirmed January 20.

State Department officials have said that the use of the phrase "Wuhan virus" is meant to counter such disinformation. However, critics say the phrase is inflammatory, particularly as Asians and Asian Americans in the US report heightened incidents of racism and xenophobia.
Ah, yes. The Trump administration--champions of fighting disinformation. Trump's base has to know who to blame for this: not him.

(Although China is not blameless in this)

Interesting Wikipedia page: Misinformation related to the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic

Jim Bakker and Alex Jones were hawking silver-based cures. I thought those were for lycanthropy.
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One of Trumpelthinskin's minions sent lawsuit-threat nastygrams to TV stations that ran a particularly hard-hitting ad highlighting il Doofus' inept handing of the COVID-19 crisis. Apparently, sound bites of Gluttonous Leader dismissing the coronavirus crisis as "a hoax" and declaring that it will just "disappear" against a backdrop of an exponentially-rising curve of cases is somehow unfair and misleading.

Apparently nobody at this White House has ever heard of the Streisand Effect. My favorite example of the phenomenon was provided by Joe Scarborough, who read a news item about the complaints, had the control room play the ad, made a great show of scratching his head trying to figure out what on what grounds Cheetolini was objecting, told the control room to play it again in case he'd missed something, acted even more puzzled, and then had it played a third time.
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Old 03-26-2020, 02:30 PM
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So now some clown in the Trump administration thinks that NOW is a great time to have armed troops at the Canada/US border. What are they afraid of? That we might smuggle some socialized medicine down south? Canada does have Covid cases, yes, but fewer per million population than the US does. And the US is increasing at a faster rate.

So are they afraid that healthy Canadians are going to sneak down and steal your food while everyone is dying in the overcrowded hospitals? Or are the armed troops going to shoot the virus down as it flys across the border?
Perhaps our lack of panic is feared contagious. I've gone shopping a few times in recent weeks and aside from shortages of some very specific items (flour is the one that caught me by surprise - apparently baking becomes a big thing when people are stuck at home), Montreal stores seem very orderly and calm.
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One of Trumpelthinskin's minions sent lawsuit-threat nastygrams to TV stations that ran a particularly hard-hitting ad highlighting il Doofus' inept handing of the COVID-19 crisis. ...
Fuck, that's a good ad. I hope it gets lots of airplay.
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Perhaps our lack of panic is feared contagious. I've gone shopping a few times in recent weeks and aside from shortages of some very specific items (flour is the one that caught me by surprise - apparently baking becomes a big thing when people are stuck at home), Montreal stores seem very orderly and calm.
What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy? I wonder if there has been such a panic hoard elsewhere. Someone (lots of someones) bought all of the fucking toilet paper. And I needed to buy some. Not a hoard thing, I just needed some. What the fuck.
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What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy? I wonder if there has been such a panic hoard elsewhere. Someone (lots of someones) bought all of the fucking toilet paper. And I needed to buy some. Not a hoard thing, I just needed some. What the fuck.
I'm seeing panic buying images from the UK.
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What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy? I wonder if there has been such a panic hoard elsewhere. Someone (lots of someones) bought all of the fucking toilet paper. And I needed to buy some. Not a hoard thing, I just needed some. What the fuck.
At some point, there is going to be a lot of toilet paper available. The local news had a story about a TP plant in Florida(?) that is starting to run extra shifts (I think they're moving from 8 hours a day to 16 and possibly around the clock).

Since the actual amount of TP used in the US presumably hasn't increased by much (if at all), at some point there is going to be a glut.
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At some point, there is going to be a lot of toilet paper available. The local news had a story about a TP plant in Florida(?) that is starting to run extra shifts (I think they're moving from 8 hours a day to 16 and possibly around the clock).

Since the actual amount of TP used in the US presumably hasn't increased by much (if at all), at some point there is going to be a glut.
Yep. I went to CostCo the other day and they had heaps of their usual big 30-roll packages of Charmin. They also had a sign listing toilet paper, along with a half-dozen other items (hand sanitizer, rice, paper towels, others I can't remember), that were not allowed to be returned. Make people pay (literally) for their panic buying.
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What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy? I wonder if there has been such a panic hoard elsewhere. Someone (lots of someones) bought all of the fucking toilet paper. And I needed to buy some. Not a hoard thing, I just needed some. What the fuck.
I saw an article about toilet paper panic buying in Australia so I guess Americans aren’t the only ones.
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What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy? I wonder if there has been such a panic hoard elsewhere. Someone (lots of someones) bought all of the fucking toilet paper. And I needed to buy some. Not a hoard thing, I just needed some. What the fuck.
Definitely in Australia too. I've seen very little in the past weeks - and that was just the large, institutional rolls, just yesterday.
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What about toilet paper? Is that just an American panic buy?
It's all over the place. It was a big deal in Australia, and it's been an issue here in Canada.

I suppose it's not as stupid as the people buying ridiculous amounts of perishable food.
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Koalas will fuck you up. And then give you chlamydia.

(Of course, Kangaroos will also fuck you up, so best to just keep your distance altogether).

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Fuck, that's a good ad. I hope it gets lots of airplay.
I am sooo looking forward to the general election, when all the PACs start running anti-Trump ads highlighting all the lies, greed, mismanagement, and general incompetence of this administration over the last four years. I think this ad is just a tiny taste of what's to come. Trump is going to fucking go nuts.
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At some point, there is going to be a lot of toilet paper available. The local news had a story about a TP plant in Florida(?) that is starting to run extra shifts (I think they're moving from 8 hours a day to 16 and possibly around the clock).

Since the actual amount of TP used in the US presumably hasn't increased by much (if at all), at some point there is going to be a glut.
Waddayoo talking' about? For a week now the whole country is both going to shit and shitting itself!


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Congratulations to Donald Trump for the historically unique accomplishment of being so full of shit he caused even America to run out of toilet paper.
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So now some clown in the Trump administration thinks that NOW is a great time to have armed troops at the Canada/US border. What are they afraid of?
It's yet another attempt to portray this as a "foreign virus" brought in by "foreign people" rather than admit that it is HERE and it's being spread by Americans in American communities. It's not an import. We're now growing our own virus crop. Actually, we've been growing it since February but the Trumpists didn't want to see it then and still don't want to see it.
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Yep. I went to CostCo the other day and they had heaps of their usual big 30-roll packages of Charmin. They also had a sign listing toilet paper, along with a half-dozen other items (hand sanitizer, rice, paper towels, others I can't remember), that were not allowed to be returned. Make people pay (literally) for their panic buying.
hi, I’d like to return this bumwad: it's all covered with crap
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I am sooo looking forward to the general election, when all the PACs start running anti-Trump ads highlighting all the lies, greed, mismanagement, and general incompetence of this administration over the last four years. I think this ad is just a tiny taste of what's to come. Trump is going to fucking go nuts.
I've been producing them in my head for a while now. So much to choose from.

I hope people aren't going to shy away from running "You can grab'm by the p...." over and over again. It came too late last time.
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I've been producing them in my head for a while now. So much to choose from.

I hope people aren't going to shy away from running "You can grab'm by the p...." over and over again. It came too late last time.
How about, "He made the US number one . . . even though China had a head start!"
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I am sooo looking forward to the general election, when all the PACs start running anti-Trump ads highlighting all the lies, greed, mismanagement, and general incompetence of this administration over the last four years. I think this ad is just a tiny taste of what's to come. Trump is going to fucking go nuts.

And look at all the people stuck at home now. A number of them have not only plenty of time to produce this stuff at home, but also the equipment to do so.

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Sadly, that is the truth.

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It's yet another attempt to portray this as a "foreign virus" brought in by "foreign people" rather than admit that it is HERE and it's being spread by Americans in American communities. It's not an import. We're now growing our own virus crop. Actually, we've been growing it since February but the Trumpists didn't want to see it then and still don't want to see it.

And they won't see it.

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I've been producing them in my head for a while now. So much to choose from.

I hope people aren't going to shy away from running "You can grab'm by the p...." over and over again. It came too late last time.

I think there are so many lies, misstatements, and absolutely bonkers nonsense from that clown there will be no end to material to use.


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How about, "He made the US number one . . . even though China had a head start!"

I can't find a decent synonym for diseased, infected, or sick beginning with G. Anyone want to try? "MAGA = Make America Xxxx Again".
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I am sooo looking forward to the general election, when all the PACs start running anti-Trump ads highlighting all the lies, greed, mismanagement, and general incompetence of this administration over the last four years. I think this ad is just a tiny taste of what's to come. Trump is going to fucking go nuts.
I hope this doesn't backfire. Calling trump names and pointing out his incompetence backfired bigtime on Hillary.
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I hope this doesn't backfire. Calling trump names and pointing out his incompetence backfired bigtime on Hillary.

Actually, no, it didn't. The states the yam won had voters in the majority who would have voted for him even if Jesus Christ were running against him as a Democrat. That is what got the yam into office. There simply are not enough people who would have considered not votiing for that clown in those states.
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I can't find a decent synonym for diseased, infected, or sick beginning with G. Anyone want to try? "MAGA = Make America Xxxx Again".
Germ-ridden?
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:40 PM
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Make America Germ Afflicted.
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Old 03-26-2020, 07:52 PM
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I can't find a decent synonym for diseased, infected, or sick beginning with G. Anyone want to try? "MAGA = Make America Xxxx Again".
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Germ-ridden?
Or if an addition is allowed, Make America Never Geriatric Again?
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Make America Gangrenous Again
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Make America Grody Again?
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Old 03-26-2020, 09:41 PM
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At some point, there is going to be a lot of toilet paper available. The local news had a story about a TP plant in Florida(?) that is starting to run extra shifts (I think they're moving from 8 hours a day to 16 and possibly around the clock).

Since the actual amount of TP used in the US presumably hasn't increased by much (if at all), at some point there is going to be a glut.
I believe the technical term for an excess surplus of toilet paper is a "clog".
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