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Discussing a range of topics with reporters

Lead.

Look, I’ve never made a secret of the fact that I don’t think Donald Trump is a true leader. No doubt he’s got many devoted followers. So you may feel that in itself proves me wrong, and you may be right.

But anyone I’ve come across in my life who’s impressed me as a true leader is all about building people up. Trump is only about belittling people and tearing them down, then letting his followers revel in his enemies’ demise as their only reward.

Nonetheless, Trump will have a legacy. A lot of it will have to do with cracking down on immigration, legal and illegal. Yet Trump never got any kind of immigration legislation passed, even when Republicans had control of the Senate, the House, and the White House. …


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Trump is repeating his lie about the election over and over again.

Lying is something for which he’s got a special talent. Not because he’s a good liar. He’s not. But what he is good at is repeating his lie over and over and over again.

Until it becomes the only thing you hear. Whether it’s in the context of people believing it’s true, or debunking it, or just saying “can you believe what he just said?” It’s never a good look, especially when he’s making BS up in the interest of supporting only him, even if it destroy Democracy in the process. …


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That’s when all this Trump election lunacy has to stop

Trump won’t stop, we know that. But this country cannot afford those who have abetted him with their silence — especially high ranking members of his party — to be silent anymore. And need to step up and choose Democracy over Dictatorship. After all, they’ve pledged an oath to protect the U.S. Constitution, not Trump.

Why today specifically? Because Trump and his lawyers have now resorted to spewing utter conspiracy theory garbage, of course with no evidence. Giving up all pretense of making sure all votes are properly counted. In fact, this approach succeeds only if legitimate votes are not counted: if Trump wrests control of Republican controlled state legislators in several states, who in turn wrest control of an election process they themselves approved, and cancel their states’ voters out and replace them with a result that results in a win for Trump. …


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The German bank’s most recent economic policy proposal tells you all you need to know…

Deutsche Bank is proposing that people who work from home in the future pay a 5% tax for working from home. That’d be in addition to the income tax they already pay wherever they live. Deutsche Bank says more than half of U.S. workers are currently working at home at least part of the time, and more than half of those say they’d like to continue to, even after the pandemic is over.

Now, it’s true in some big cities like Philadelphia, people who don’t live there pay tax for the privilege of working there. A lot of people don’t know this because it’s just taken out of their paychecks. New York used to have a similar tax; it doesn’t anymore. …


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This illustration is from a report by the biggest TV network in Japan. You don’t need to read Japanese in order to understand it.

That’s because the U.S. isn’t part of the massive international trade pact. But China is.

A new free trade partnership, signed earlier this week, called the “Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership”, is the first ever that includes China, Japan, and South Korea. Australia, New Zealand, and nearly a dozen countries in Southeast Asia are also signed on. It’ll cover about 30% of the world’s population and economic value.

One of the biggest sticking points? Whether India would be part of it. It isn’t. Japan, and some of the other countries involved advocated long and hard for India’s inclusion, as a balance to China’s obvious increase in influence that would result from this deal. India was reluctant because of concerns the deal would hurt its domestic industries, especially since it’s a net importer of goods right now. …


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Rally supporting Trump in Washington this past weekend

I wouldn’t be asking that question if I could answer it. So I asked around.

Preface:

I just read President Obama’s interview in the Atlantic, where he says:

I would not have expected someone who has complete disdain for ordinary people to be able to get attention and then the following from those very same people.”

And I’d written this story a couple of days ago, but I’ve been sitting with it, because I wasn’t quite sure where it fit.

Maybe it fits somewhere in there…

4 years ago, the conventional wisdom was that Trump won because he tapped into a deep vein of people in America who were deeply angry.

So since then, did he make life better for his supporters and help those people in the pursuit of happiness? …


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Another vaccine maker this morning reports encouraging test results. Moderna’s vaccine, like Pfizer’s, is a type that’s never been used before. So what does that mean exactly?

The pharmaceutical company, Moderna, announcing Monday its Coronavirus vaccine appears to be successful enough to move ahead, and will get ready to apply for Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA as soon as safety data is complete, “in the coming weeks.” It says an initial analysis of safety data “did not report any significant safety concerns”. With the most common side effects being fatigue and muscle ache. The company has not yet submitted its results to be peer-reviewed.

Moderna says during its trial of 30,000 participants in the U.S., it identified 95 of them who became infected with COVID-19, 11 severely. Of those infected, only 5 had actually received the vaccine and 90 had received a placebo. All people with “severe” disease had received the placebo. Meaning at least among that limited group, the vaccine appeared to be 94.5% effective. Pfizer reported an initial effectiveness rate of more than 90%. If those numbers bear out, they both exceed the level of effectiveness the FDA had previously suggested it would require in order to approve a vaccine’s emergency distribution.


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The “People’s House”

So how come so many things still seem surprising?

I think the answer is, in short, that no one wants to drink poison. And we all knew Trump was going to make everyone drink poison before this is done. Many millions of his supporters will do so willingly. In fact daily they ask for more and more poison please.

Because they’ve apparently decided the President’s rule breaking is always a show of strength and never a virulent corrosion of civil society. And that their entire life and identify depends on him.

Trump always makes everyone pay for his failures. …


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Now President Elect Joe Biden supporting striking supermarket workers in Massachusetts, just a couple of days before formally announcing his candidacy

The first time. In the primary.

For me, it all came down to something a lady said to me at a party. And it was a decision I truly did not make until I was in the voting booth, which is the first time that’s ever happened. March 3rd was also the last time I was in a voting booth, as COVID-19 changed my voting habits after that.

I’ll get back to what that lady said to me in a minute.

First, I want to give a shout out to Massachusetts, where I’m a resident, and which has been under-acknowledged as the place that really helped Biden pull himself together as a legit candidate. …


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Election night; a week ago now

And back away from me…

Who am I? I’m no one. Just a citizen who gives a damn. And since no one who’s anyone among your cronies seems willing to let you know this, I’m going to have to.

I never once argued that you were not legitimately the President of the United States for the last 4 years. And shame on the Senate Majority Leader for suggesting that I and many others who didn’t, did. …

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Eric J Scholl

Peabody award winning journalist. Streaming media pioneer. Played @ CBGB back in the day. Editor-In-Chief "The Chaos Report" www.thechaosreport.com

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