IDIOCY-19, the novel stupidovirus

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So if we are to believe the WaPo reporting mentioned in Krystal's podcast, Bernie's inner circle is now urging him to drop out. Are we to believe that Bernie's inner circle is composed of this type of idiot? None of those people are going to have any positions in any imaginary Biden government which will never exist, nor will they have any positions in any future government absent some dramatic spread of COVID-19 that wipes out most of Congress. And then there were the pseudo-Presidential candidates, all twenty-plus of which (outside of Marianne Williamson, goddess bless her!) were there to fool the rest of us until around Super Tuesday when they all dropped out as if they were remote-controlled robots, all to endorse Joe Biden, all the way down to Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Warren.

Krystal Ball is right about Bernie, too. If he drops out he's going to get nothing. Which is funny because the Dems are also going to get nothing when Trump wins in November. And let's look at their strategy against Bernie. Their strategy against Bernie is to tell Bernie that everyone in the party is against him, so he needs to follow up upon his promises to support the eventual nominee, which isn't going to be him. Meanwhile the Bernie Sanders fanbase is imploring, imploring

Bernie Sanders should rip up the agreement he signed with the DNC

Meanwhile, let's have a primary during COVID-19 season, as the Navy fires a captain who warned them about their coronavirus problem and as New York participates in bidding wars (basically government-sponsored sacred free market tactics) to see how many lives it can save.

Right now I am envious of the nice people of the UK. Their leader, Boris Johnson, is in the ICU after having denied the seriousness of the coronavirus problem. Lucky Brits! They get their comeuppance served on a platter and probably pretty soon. Here in the US it's impossible to say when peak stupidity will arrive. The leadership strategy is definitely not flattening the curve on the stupidovirus.

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Cassiodorus's picture

For the classical Greeks the "idiot" was a mere private person, one who did not participate in the life of the agora. The idiots we're discussing today are making private decisions -- calculated career advancement decisions, how we deal with Navy captains is a private matter for the Navy, medical equipment is our private property, and so on. Meanwhile the "public good" is, with COVID-19, a life-and-death matter for thousands of people.

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"Advertising? Wow! So, people need help figuring out what to buy and then y-you help them?" -- Rick J19Zeta7

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" In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

Marianne Williamson is not the only one:

And Trump is now trying to walk back his firing of Captain Crozier. (His internal polls on this must have been swift and horrible.)

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@Marie
The headline said that the Naval secretary that fired Crozier had gone to Guam and personally berated the crew for cheering the Captain. The link was to, I think, The New York Times and in a few seconds the paywall covered it, so I don't know if the headline was accurate and since it was the NYT, no assurance that the story was true.

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We are so screwed.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness Played tapes of the acting Navy Secretary berating the sailors.

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" In the beginning, the universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry, and is generally considered to have been a bad move. -- Douglas Adams, The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy "

@boriscleto
rubbing his butt where the Potus booted him. What's the matter, Trump? You forgot how to say "YOU'RE FIRED!!"

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@The Voice In the Wilderness and Trump ordered it.

Whether chain of command breeches are worth firing for or whether the lives of thousands of sailors warrants mitigation is beyond my knowledge of the Military Code of Justice. But, the public humiliation of Capt Crozier was out of line no matter what the mil regs say. Mobly is a tool, a bureaucratic careerist who probably never saw combat.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness (not the NYTimes that locks most articles) to that in an update to my essay. Also added the latest that is an apology from Modly for trashing Crozier. Of course at this point Trump is getting a bit of a free ride even though Modly and other senior naval officers have admitted that Trump ordered the firing against the advice of those senior naval officers. Trump also publicly praised Modly for firing Crozier, but he has now left Modly on the hot seat while Trump comments that maybe a rethink is appropriate.

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@Marie
Read your post after posting mine just above it.
So trump should look in a mirror and yell "YOU'RE FIRED!"

He got big support from the uniformed personnel (who hate Hillary) last time. I'm betting not this time. I'd celebrate, but my stomach turns at the thought of President Biden.
And it looks like Vice-President Harris. But maybe not. even my sister dislikes Harris.
My brother-in-law voted for Amy Klobuchar. I,ailed his absentee ballot and peeked.
IMHO opinion - better than Harris or Killary. What's your thoughts? (Sorry if this train of thought is sickening. My own stomach churns.)

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@The Voice In the Wilderness Not difficult if one can perceive Trump's SOP which for some reason continues to flummox Democratic politicians and writers. Will they now rally to Modly's defense as they did for Sessions and all the others Trump has fired for following his orders?

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@Marie
Your political acumen surpasses my own.

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We are so screwed.

I can't believe that so many people think Joe Biden walks on water.
I also find it hard to believe that 65% of Illinois voted Biden.
But most of the vote was here in Crook County and the Dem establishment was heavily for the Anointed One and heavily anti-Bernie.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness -- the one they all think they're voting for -- lives at the North Pole with Santa Claus and his reindeer or something.

One thing you can say about human beings is that they are capable of great acts of imagination.

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"Advertising? Wow! So, people need help figuring out what to buy and then y-you help them?" -- Rick J19Zeta7

@The Voice In the Wilderness

Of a fraction of voters, and is highly weighted toward people who are more likely to be party purists to begin with.

Also, there is a lot of antisemitism (especially in some other minority communities) and fear of “socialism” in this country.

A “socialist” Jewish person starts off way behind anyone else.

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@The Voice In the Wilderness at the beginning. And I am not a paid troll. I think his support is real.

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@Granma
Sorry that I was unclear.

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IDIOCY-19 is a totally different disease from the biennial and quadrennial political stupid we're all familiar with. Unlike political stupid, this idiocy pandemic is caused by a moronavirus, which is completely unrelated to the stupidovirus that causes ordinary seasonal political stupid.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

@UntimelyRippd @UntimelyRippd
moronavirus is only distantly related to the moranavirus, which for reasons unclear to epidemiologists, seems to be endemic in the southern united states, which serves as a reservoir for the virus to continually reinfect the rest of the nation.

[EDIT: for additional details]
For those unaware, moranavirus causes a weird syndrome in which one projects one's own neurological deficit (specifically, insufficient cortical gray matter) onto individuals whose political opinions are beyond one's comprehension.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

@UntimelyRippd
been circulating for decades, but their symptoms are usually mistaken for the common dolt. the common dolt is caused primarily by rinoviruses and dinoviruses. the medical term is Blue/Rose-is. its most common symptoms involve perceptual difficulties in discerning and describing even dramatic gradations in blue, purple, and red hues, as well as a general redward shift in perception of the political spectrum -- blue becomes invisible, purple appears blue, crimson appears magenta, and, astonishingly, the infrared becomes visible and is perceived as a bright, All-American candy-apple red. political scientists long ago gave up on finding any cure for the common dolt, as there are hundreds of strains of the causative pathogens, and they are continually mutating.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

@UntimelyRippd
After being all authoritative, I went over and doublechecked at nitpikipedia, and it turns out that the "stu" is actually caused by stupenzavirus, NOT stupidovirus.

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The earth is a multibillion-year-old sphere.
The Nazis killed millions of Jews.
On 9/11/01 a Boeing 757 (AA77) flew into the Pentagon.
AGCC is happening.
If you cannot accept these facts, I cannot fake an interest in any of your opinions.

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I condensed your essay into a meme.
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