A few things that have been sitting around here for a while.

Below: h/t Daily Mail

A spokesperson for the Justice Department, Kerri Kupec ended up tweeting a side-by-side transcript of the CBS interview compared with the excerpt used by NBC's Meet The Press


Why Does Trump Hate Pangolins?!?

Why does Trump hate pangolins?!?
Why does Trump want epidemics?!?
The despicable media — in this case, the Guardian — blame Trump.
h/t Tami on A♠

Pandemic shines harsh light on Trump’s failure to protect pangolins

For more than five years, wildlife conservationists in the US have been clamoring for the government to provide Endangered Species Act protections to pangolins, a group of imperiled ant-eating mammals that are widely, and often illicitly, trafficked for their scales and meat. The Trump administration, however, has refused to act and that refusal has suddenly taken on grave new implications.

Earlier this year, scientists in China identified pangolins, along with bats, as one of the possible animal hosts involved in the transmission of the deadly coronavirus from wildlife to humans.…

The Trump administration also wants to cut more than $300m from programs run by the state department and USAid that promote habitat conservation and combat wildlife trafficking in Asia, Africa and elsewhere, according to a February report from the US Global Leadership Coalition. In light of threats such as Covid-19 and the climate crisis, the report asserts, the administration’s proposed cuts are “out of touch with America’s interests”.

Covid-19, scientists and advocates argue, has proven that this is not a time to reduce the US’s commitments to protecting and restoring the world’s ailing animal populations.…

Hmmm. Call me cynical, but maybe preserving the animal that carries a bunch of dangerous viruses isn’t the right course?

Coronavirus, Feb 28, 2020

Greetings From Coronavirus Central!

Michela Musolino on Cut, Jib, Newsletter
c/o J.J. Sefton’s Morning Report on A♠

…By Sunday afternoon, we found that we couldn’t go anywhere because not only were all Northern regions cancelling all public activity, Southern regions in Italy were already barring entry to anyone from the Lombardia region. We felt like the ’unclean’ from the times of the Plague.…

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Trump and Disputin

Experts Concerned Pale Russian Mystic Constantly At Trump’s Side May Attempt To Influence 2020 Election

Increasingly troubled about the role the self-proclaimed visionary and healer might play in the presidential race, intelligence experts expressed concerns Friday that Volokov Molchalin, the pale Russian mystic constantly at President Donald Trump’s side, may attempt to influence the 2020 election. …

Good to know the Bee hasn’t put the Onion out of business.
h/t runner on A♠

Melania’s White House Christmas: First Lady stuns

From Daily Mail (UK)

Trump went on: 'The stock market just hit a brand new high. That would be 129 records in really much substantially less than three years'

All the women’s and fashion mags that thought Mike Obama was beautiful in boob belts have utterly ignored the most beautiful and fashionable First Lady ever. Fortunately, AP and the Daily Mail took note.

First Lady Melania Trump made a stunning appearance at the Congressional Ball on Thursday, lighting up the White House Grand Foyer in a white floor-length dress as President Donald Trump avoided talk about his impeachment process moving ahead.

All eyes were on Melania who appeared in a $4,000 crystal-embellished cape-effect silk-crepe gown from Lebanese designer Reem Acra, which is recommended for a wedding ceremony or reception as it pools at the bottom and has a chiffon lining to ensure coverage.

Melania showcased her somewhat modest ensemble from a side angle