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Trump declares a national emergency over the coronavirus

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  1. NaraVara
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    They’re really out here talking about how we need to buy oil. The fossil fuel industry is just trying to loot as much of the public treasury as they can on their way out so they can go retire to...

    They’re really out here talking about how we need to buy oil.

    The fossil fuel industry is just trying to loot as much of the public treasury as they can on their way out so they can go retire to their secret volcano lairs or something. There is no other way to see this.

    At this point I have zero qualms about aggressively expropriating their wealth. They've pretty clearly benefited from a corrupt bargain with political insiders to defraud and mug the public over the past 50 years.

    There is also the Russia angle. Putin's whole enterprise is propped up by oil. When the oil dries up his political authority does too. Russia is basically like post-Chavez Venezuela. So of course one of Trump's top priorities is propping up oil prices. All the worst dictators need it to remain in power and all our worst political agents (like the Koch bros) do too.

    14 votes
  2. envy
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    I was listening to CNN at the gym yesterday, and the broadcaster flatly stated "the president lied to the American People." I think it really is that simple. He lied. People will die.

    I was listening to CNN at the gym yesterday, and the broadcaster flatly stated "the president lied to the American People."

    I think it really is that simple.

    He lied.

    People will die.

    12 votes
  3. Deimos
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    Similar to the previous address about coronavirus, it seems like some of the announcements today were basically made up again. Trump and Dr. Birx said that Google had 1700 engineers working on a...

    Similar to the previous address about coronavirus, it seems like some of the announcements today were basically made up again.

    Trump and Dr. Birx said that Google had 1700 engineers working on a website central to their approach, but Google says that it's not really them working on it, the company that is doesn't even have close to 1700 employees total, and the site's barely started and seems to be mostly intended for the Bay Area, not the whole country.

    10 votes
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    skybrian
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    Alternative article if you hit the paywall: Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

    Alternative article if you hit the paywall: Trump declares national emergency over coronavirus

    5 votes
    1. AugustusFerdinand
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      For your sanity, don't listen to the speech. Just read the article.

      For your sanity, don't listen to the speech. Just read the article.

      11 votes
    2. cfabbro
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      Firefox reader mode gets around it too.

      Firefox reader mode gets around it too.

      4 votes
  5. Gaywallet
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    Lets hold a press conference about how this is a national emergency! Quick, book every CEO you can find so we can give them 30 seconds to talk about how they are good companies. This wasn't about...

    Lets hold a press conference about how this is a national emergency! Quick, book every CEO you can find so we can give them 30 seconds to talk about how they are good companies.

    This wasn't about the people at all, it was a national emergency over the stock market. 😒

    5 votes
  6. Deimos
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    Good, thorough article from last year about what declaring a national emergency can enable: The Alarming Scope of the President’s Emergency Powers

    Good, thorough article from last year about what declaring a national emergency can enable: The Alarming Scope of the President’s Emergency Powers

    5 votes