What’s Obvious to Natives

1/4/2021

You think Trump can lie his ass off?

RT is a Russian state owned and operated enterprise which conducts operations in the US and other Western countries. It produces and infuses a mix of propaganda, National Inquirer stories and rattlesnake venom into the Western media-stream for consumption by the credulous – of which there have been a growing number ever since we stopped teaching civics to junior high students.

Originally known as Russia Today, the operation was rebranded “RT” a couple of years before it became acceptable to traipse around Trump Tower wearing Chinese polypropylene gimme-caps stenciled with recycled Reagan campaign slogans. Putin’s internet house-organ has enjoyed an enormous surge in growth and popularity during the Trump era. (e.g.)

RT’s remit is perhaps no more sinister (but certainly no less) than its counterparts like the US Information Service and the State Department. Think of RT as MSNBC (or FOX) operating in the DRPK but with a constrained budget, limited access to talent, and a management composed of CIA operatives.

The following was submitted to RT’s website using the ‘share your comments’ button.

Me? I always have comments.

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Gentlemen and Ladies:

I get the idea about how if you’re able to turn the US into as big of a dumpster fire as Russia that it will facilitate your efforts to continue holding up Mother Russia to your own MAGA class as The Best Dumpster Fire Over All The Rest of The Dumpster Fires. I’ll also admit that it’s not the worst strategy; but let’s face it, that sort of thing didn’t get you guys to the moon first, did it?

Unfortunately, you’re laboring under more than a few misapprehensions about the American character. I’m going to describe the most central one to you. Hacking our computer systems is child’s play when it comes to hacking a MAGA.

Look, the MAGAs are pretty stupid – we all know that – but if you think you’re going to Radio Free Europe them into doing predictably stupid shit you’re in for a rude surprise. Very rude. I’m talking Trotsky spotting that ice axe moments before it sunk into his head. 

You can’t trick people in rural Alabama into doing what you want them to do, every time.  They are as unpredictable as drunk Cossacks. More. To be sure, this time they were with you. But next time, who knows? Figuring these things can be subtle and subtlety is not exactly engrained in the Russian spirit, now is it? My friends, had the hillbillies in South Carolina still been drinking moonshine instead of speed balling oxy and meth – Trump may very well have died on the vine. Did you chess masters consider that when you were putting this whole thing together?

You certainly didn’t give it much thought after you won I imagine. But victory in America is fleeting, gold-precious, and though it occasionally goes to the lucky, usually it goes to the smart. And we have a saying here in the U.S.A. that goes like this:

You were lucky this time.

Fellas, the Manchurian Candidate was a movie script, OK? It’s not going to work more than once. There are too many variables. You boychiks are good at arithmetic, right? Model it out. 

What I’m doing here is warning you that if it feels like you’ve got Billy Bob and Martha Rae figured out, you don’t. If MAGAS could be figured out, we’d have already done it and started making them do what we wanted them to do.

Face it, you lucked out. This is not chess, boys. And you can’t stake your political goals on a bunch of fucking idiots.

Ask Donald Trump.

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2020 Has Demonstrated One Thing

2020 Has Demonstrated One Thing

By Ron Munden — 01/04/2021

COVID-19 has demonstrated one thing — the United States cannot win a war against an adversary — be it a nation or a virus.

This country’s response Covid has been a complete failure.  We have more cases and deaths even though other countries have bigger populations and less resources.

We can say that this is because of poor leadership by President Trump.  While Trump contributed to the failure, he is not the big reason for the failure.

We have met the enemy and it is us — the American people. 

Thank God – World War II was fought by America’s greatest generation.  If my generations and the following generations had been responsible for winning WWII, we would be speaking German today.

COVID demonstrated that today the American people can’t fight their way out of a wet paper bag. 

While the US military is still the best military in the world, that is less than 10% of the country’s population.  Health care workers have done their job  but that is less than 20% of the population.  The rest of us, the majority of the country, have demonstrated we are unfit for duty.

Our COVID failure points out our county’s critical weaknesses:

Lack of Leadership – Trump said he was a war-time president but he did not manage the COVID problem like you would manage a war.  The old saying goes: Lead, follow or get out of the way.  Trump just layed down across the road and went to sleep.

While this was a problem.  A much bigger problem is the attitude of the American people.

To win a war you must be united.  During WWII Americans were united.  Our parents demonstrated character and discipline. There was a spirit of shared sacrifice.  

Today the United States is at war with itself.  Both political parties put party above country. Both parties would rather fight to the death against each other party rather than do something good for the country.

Today rural America is in a war with metropolitan America. 

The hatred of Americans for Americans has never been more intense since the Civil War.

Sadly the pandemic has shown the United States is a nation in decline.  The US is on a trajectory to take it from the World Superpower to the newest banana republic. 

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CORONAVIRUS INFO PROVIDED BY DR. JIM HARRIS – 01/04/2021

1/4/2021

FROM THE NYT THIS AM BY  David Leonhardt:

“…the world may now be at risk of a new Covid-19 surge…

The variants already seem to have spread around much of the world. More than 30 other countries, including the U.S., have diagnosed cases with the variant first detected in Britain, which is known as B.1.1.7. Scientists say that it could soon become the dominant form of the virus…

The B.1.1.7 variant appears to be between 10 percent and 60 percent more transmissible than the original version. One possible reason: It may increase the amount of the virus that infected people carry in their noses and throats, which in turn would raise the likelihood that they infect others through breathing, talking, sneezing, coughing and so on…

 the biggest factor that will determine how many more people die from the virus isn’t likely to be the precise effectiveness of the vaccines or even the speed of their rollout. The biggest factor is instead likely to be how much we reduce the spread of the virus over the next few months, through a combination of mask wearing, social distancing and expanded testing. Those efforts can cut caseloads — and, by extension, deaths — more rapidly than a mass vaccination campaign can.

J. HARRIS: I still have not seen any studies that show the “B 17” Virus is any more virulent (deadly) than the original, but, since more people get sick, more people will die. If any readers find such an article, please bring it to my attention. 

FROM DALLAS TODAY: 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, over 3,864 healthcare workers and first responders have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in Dallas County.

Over the past 30 days, there have been 5,971 COVID-19 cases in school-aged children and staff reported from 756 separate K-12 schools in Dallas County, including 569 staff members. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic, 21 school nurses have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

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