U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly | Pew Research Center

In several countries, the share of the public with a favorable view of the U.S. is as low as it has been at any point since the Center began polling on this topic nearly two decades ago.

We’re so f’d.

Source: U.S. Image Plummets Internationally as Most Say Country Has Handled Coronavirus Badly | Pew Research Center

The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election

“I’m not sure you’re going to find an answer for why [the machines being removed] makes sense,” said Iowa Postal Workers Union President Kimberly Karol, “because we haven’t figured that out either.”

This is how a fascist regime operates in the 21st century.

Source: The Post Office Is Deactivating Mail Sorting Machines Ahead of the Election

 

The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price. 

Data from states and cities show that many community outbreaks of the coronavirus this summer have centered on restaurants and bars, often the largest settings to infect Americans.

Source: The Nation Wanted to Eat Out Again. Everyone Has Paid the Price. – The New York Times

A recent evening on Broadway in downtown Nashville, where masks are required by law and signs encourage social distancing. Credit…William DeShazer for The New York Times
Teresa Stonestreet, a bartender at Pinewood Social, one of eight spots in the Strategic Hospitality group. Some of the group’s bars and restaurants have opened indoors while others remain closed. Credit…William DeShazer for The New York Times
Socially distanced tables with sneeze guards separating booths at Pinewood Social. Credit…William DeShazer for The New York Times

How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate 

“I walked in there knowing that’s how they felt,” Volenec told me, referring to the Trump Administration. “The part that was unnerving to me was that he said it to our faces. They’re not trying to hide it anymore. They’re telling us flat out: You’re not important.”

Source: How Suffering Farmers May Determine Trump’s Fate | The New Yorker

The man who said he would make the country great again, he’s brought death, suffering, and economic collapse on truly an epic scale. And let’s be clear. This isn’t happening in every country around the world.”

Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt is an American communications and public affairs strategist who has worked on Republican political campaigns, including those of President George W. Bush, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Arizona Senator John McCain.

Steve Schmidt is a Republican.

Steve Schmidt warned his party early.

They didn’t listen.

This Presidency is Killing Relationships—and We’re All Grieving

… we need to name and reckon with this very specific and metastatic grieving: the accumulating losses of people we love who are still here, the death of our relationships. It is a national tragedy.

Another great read from Mr. Pavlovitz …

Source: This Presidency is Killing Relationships—and We’re All Grieving