Slog PM: "Landmark" Facebook Settlement, Wuhan Will Test 11 Million Residents, Hello Hurricane Season!



Mitt Romney is the only halfway decent Republican and even that's a bit of a stretch. At least he's not a Nazi.


Thanks, Chase!
There are a lot of great links here


Not surprisingly, the Santa Fe Opera cancelled its 2020 season.


Yeah. But you’re a moron.


This is great stuff. I could make a career out of this David guy! You see how clever his part is? How it doesn't require a shred of proof? Most paranoid delusions are intricate, but this is brilliant!

A fruitless exercise swapping my leftist talking points for right-wing talking points, but here ya go- you maga-hats just keep whistling past that graveyard.
Ask not for whom the bell tolls and all that.


Thanks, kallipugos! It appears Republicans are totally IM-mune

to Facts. Who knew?
From your link:

New US coronavirus hotspots appear in Republican heartlands

Surge in infections in red state towns and rural communities
Rise in cases contradicts Trump assertion of rapid decline
the US.

New coronavirus hotspots are emerging in Republican heartland communities across multiple states, contradicting Donald Trump’s claims that infection rates are declining across the nation.

Fauci says US reopening could trigger outbreak 'you might not be able to control.

At a fraught press briefing on Monday, the president declared: “All throughout the country, the numbers are coming down rapidly.”

Yet county-specific figures show a surge in infection rates in towns and rural communities in red states such as Texas, Tennessee, Alabama, Kentucky and North and South Dakota, according to data tracking by the New York Times.

Trump’s claim is also contradicted by data used by the White House’s own pandemic taskforce to track new and emerging hotspots.

In a 7 May report, obtained by NBC News, the list of top 10 surge areas included Nashville, Tennessee; Des Moines, Iowa; Amarillo, Texas; Racine, Wisconsin; Garden City, Kansas, and Central City, Kentucky – a predominantly white town of 6,000 people which saw a 650% week-on-week increase.

Muhlenberg county, where Central City is located, has voted Republican in every presidential election since 2004, with Trump winning 72% of votes in 2016 – the biggest ever victory for the party.

There are more than 1.3 million cases of coronavirus in the US, including more than 81,000 deaths – by far the highest number in the world. There are only 16 states, plus Puerto Rico and Guam, where the number of new confirmed cases is on the decline.

In Nebraska, while statewide new cases have plateaued but testing remains limited, four counties which have been Republican strongholds for decades are now listed among the country’s worst hotspots.

Dakota county, where about 84% of the 20,000 habitants are white, has an infection rate of 7,147 per 100,000 – the second-highest per-capita rate in the US.

The governor of Nebraska, where Trump won almost 59% of the vote in 2016, is among eight who never issued statewide stay-at-home orders.

Thank Gawd Repubs support Attrition..


@10 -- "Inslee is playing Whack-a-Mole"

Mind your head!


@7 -- David, you are likely correct that the disease is more widespread than is known. Some studies have suggested that 50-80x more people had been infected when testing was extremely limited. "The surprising conclusion from researchers is that between 2.49 and 4.16 percent of Santa Clara County’s nearly 2 million residents had developed antibodies, indicating they were exposed to the virus." (Source below)

That still means that only ~3-5% of the US population have been exposed, and as of today, reported deaths are ~85,000, and that's mostly without an overwhelmed healthcare system. If you remove social distancing and just let the virus burn through the population, well over a million people will die, including a lot of doctors, nurses, etc.

Also, I'm curious about your comment
"...but based on the data we do have, I'm not convinced the shutdown and social distancing have done much of anything to reduce deaths."

...I think the data is overwhelming. I'm not even going to post it because it's at the top of every Google search, newspaper, article... city after city, country after country, all over the world... Every single time distancing or shutdown is implemented, cases drop, daily deaths eventually level out and drop. In every case where no social distancing is in place, cases and deaths continue to rise. What data are you looking at that's contradictory to that? That is a link that I would beg you to post. Please, please attempt to show me" the data we do have" that suggests to you that social distancing does not work to reduce viral transmission and deaths.

Literally, any data. Any source. I'm super curious to know what you read.


If I was Amy's grandmother I'd make sure to cut her out of my will and sleep with one eye open when she visited.


@15 -- too late!
Granny's already been


Yes, they are immune.
Have I been exposed? (to the coronavirus that is, not the guy on the #8 bus). Maybe.
Can I get an antibody test? No.
Will tests be available soon? Probably not.
Is the Stable Genius making tests available?
No, he's yelling at female reporters.


@17 - you can get an antibody test anytime you want. Labcorp & Quest are both offering them to the general public. It's a little over $100 and they'll bill your insurance. It's the PCR testing for the virus itself that is not readily available.


Somebody needs to send Davy the "Mongols at the gates" meme...


@10 &@20: Boy, that must be some enormous bald spot you're trying to cover up under your MAGA cap, Amy. Career 404 idiots like you make playing Whack-a-Troll so easy and fun to play.
@16 kristofarian: LOL Yep. Too many rabid MAGAs are already ingesting their own in the red dumbfuck zombie communities, blindly cheering on Der Gropenfurher. I can't wait for the report on how many more drop like flies while the ones remaining still blame the Democrats. The Deep Fried Southern Butt Crack of the Divided States and equally clueless communities like it will not end well (but maybe well done?). Eastern Washington and elsewhere further east of the Cascades--particularly Idaho, Montana, and Utah, will become a roasted hellhole by what is forecast as the hottest summer in history.
At least, maybe hurricane season will finally usher some idiotic Floridians inside.


@20: FLY! FLY! D-nuh D-nuh D-NUH-nuh....! FLY!! FLY!!


@20: OMG Amy's burning up! Quick! Someone get a bucket of water!


@13 kristofarian for the WIN, baybee!!!


I hope your aunt and relatives in Florida are okay, Chase. Hurricanes, thunderstorms, and tornadoes are no laughing matter in the Southeastern U.S, and Florida is doubly hit on both the Atlantic and Gulf coasts.