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Bill Gates is a model for other gazillionaires. Now more than ever.

ill Gates on Trump’s call for quick end to lockdown:

‘There really is no middle ground, and it’s very tough to say to people, “Hey, keep going to restaurants, go buy new houses, [and] ignore that pile of bodies over in the corner.‘

Bill Gates, who has recently focused his money and time on keeping poor people from from dying of disease in third world countries, and who was calling for people like him to pay more taxes before the mess we're currently, and who badgers gazillionaires to commit to giving their entire fortunes away, and who has already donated $100m directly to helping with COVID-19, and who has continued to donate to affiliated causes, like schools.

He's wealthy, he's giving, and he actually knows quite a bit about this world we're now living in. We need leaders right now. He's one of them.

And he doesn't want to be president.

Interview with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. He has been the informed voice at the daily status announcements of the Coronavirus Task Force in the Situation Room, sometimes stepping in to qualify medical statements President Trump has just made about the coronavirus epidemic.

Disaster Voltron
WaPo Brazil correspondent: Trump has been exposed to COVID-19

Iranian authorities began digging a pair of trenches for victims just days after the government disclosed the initial outbreak. Together, their lengths are that of a football field.

"Gobert, the infected player, had made light of the coronavirus outbreak earlier in the week, making a point to touch all of the microphones and recording equipment in the media room during a press conference."

You can be smart and careful and still get it, so you really can't afford to be stupid.

Trump fanboys Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) underwent coronavirus testing in recent days in apparent defiance of federal recommendations reserving those tests for patients exhibiting symptoms of infection — and amid growing concerns about the availability of testing for Americans who are sick.

"The new effort aims to leverage the formidable resources and expertise of the Gates Foundation, known for fighting disease and epidemics around the globe, to assist local health agencies struggling to keep up with a fast-moving outbreak. The Seattle area has emerged as an epicenter of the new disease, with far more cases and deaths than any other U.S. city."

Yeah, but NYC is quickly catching up.

Dallas county election administrator Toni Pippins-Poole, among others, was bribed with airfare, lodging, meals, and show tickets to reject unhackable paper ballots in favor of fundamentally insecure Election Systems and Software voting machines.

"Journalists aren’t paying enough attention to this huge story in front of their eyes. Instead, news organizations are obsessed, as always, with horse-race coverage.

Political reporters scrutinize every public-opinion poll as if it were the I Ching. Cable pundits blather about the potential impact of the candidates’ latest gaffes, despite how notoriously bad they are at such prognostications.

What they are not obsessed with, sadly, is the very core of Election Day: Voting itself."

Welch, a template for the greedy, soulless modern CEO, served shareholders and the GE's extreme short-term well, but screwed employees by default and ultimately destroyed the company's relevance.

What kind of person was Jack Welsh? Does the following remind you of another belligerent, greedy asshole? :

'One month before the 2012 presidential election, Mr. Welch suggested on Twitter that President Barack Obama had manipulated monthly jobs figures to improve his chances of reelection. Former White House economist Austan Goolsbee was among those who fired back via Twitter: “You’ve lost your mind.”'

When a reporter at Fortune dared to criticize Welch's statement, Welch, wrote a column for the magazine, terminated his contract with the company.

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Oh, and after overtly dumping pollutants into the Hudson River, Welch insisted that the company had no responsibility to clean it up. He never said GE didn't do it, as far as I know. He just flipped the bird, then wrote a book about what a brilliant business person he was.

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"The company’s performance soon after Mr. Welch left also showed cracks in the legend. GE nearly cratered during the 2008 financial crisis because its finance unit — which Mr. Welch turned into a juggernaut that by then accounted for about half the company’s profits — had taken on too much risk and required a massive bailout."

Prosecutors in Hennepin County, Minnesota, used jailhouse informants and an unreliable gang expert, and ignored evidence of innocence to send a Black teenager to prison for life.

And Klobuchar's been bragging about it for nearly 20 years.

Unlike the myriad critiques of the military that wash over the institution from outside the Blob, this one is written by a professor with 20 years on the inside. He knows the instructors, the culture, the admissions process, the scandals, the cover-ups, and how its legendary “warrior-scholars” have performed after graduation and on the battlefield.

Bakken’s prognosis: the military as an institution has become so separate, so insulated, so authoritarian, that it can no longer perform effectively. In fact, it’s worse: the very nature of this beast is that it has been able to grow exponentially in size and mission so that it now conducts destructive expeditionary wars overseas with little or no real cohesive strategy or oversight. Its huge budgets are a source of corporate grift, self-justification, and corruption. The military has become too big, yes, but as Bakkan puts it, it’s failing in every way possible.

“Jim Jordan called me crying, groveling… begging me to go against my brother…That’s the kind of cover-up that’s going on there,” he said.

The World Health Organization calls for moves to stop the virus spreading to vulnerable countries.