The Tale of Two Contagions
USA's darkest day of the COVID pandemic
Data released by Johns Hopkins University on Friday (local time) showed 187,833 infections were reported the day before, exceeding the last daily record by more than 10,000 cases.
Deaths on Thursday spiked at an alarming 2015 in a day, marking the first time since the beginning of May that the number of fatalities surpassed 2000.
Hospitalisations are also at record highs, straining health care systems.
Trump pursues Plan B to flip 'hoax' election
Mr Trump is summoning Republican leaders from key states to the White House in an increasingly desperate bid to switch the outcome amid a failing legal strategy.
According to people familiar with the plan, the Trump team wants to pressure Republican-controlled legislatures in battleground states such as Michigan and Pennsylvania not to certify the election results.
The idea was to press Republican lawmakers to intervene by appointing their own Trump-supporting electors.
Andrew Giuliani attended a press conference on Thursday without a mask, during which his father sweated as dye streaked his face.
While then professor Justin O’Brien was hammering home the need for corporations to build trust and be accountable, behind the scenes he was wreaking havoc, writes Luke Stacey.
Selling himself as a “distinguished scholar of financial regulation”, former professor Justin O’Brien focused on “trust” to attract potential investors to his business initiative ‘The Trust Project’ at Monash Business School.
As Part 1 of this investigation noted, O’Brien was head of the Trust Project before he was forced to resign over allegations he had used his corporate credit card for personal expenses.
MARSHALL BLAMES 'LIE' FOR SA LOCKDOWN. BUT KEEPS IT GOING
Premier Stephen Marshall blames a liar for his own gross over-reaction in locking down his state: "A male who tested positive for Covid-19 had lied to contact tracers over working in a pizza bar where another case had worked.... [He'd] claimed to have only picked up a pizza from the Woodville Pizza Bar." Yet the lockdown stays another day.
Well described Bolt. Is that the first time in 2020 that you haven't twisted a description of what occurred. Bolt seems to prefer that we simply ignore liars and truth tellers and treat them the same. Simply ignore them and get on with life as if any information is irrelevant except if their name is Andrew Bolt. Then attention is of the utmost importance and we and governments must act. If Bolt gets sprung as a liar or a misconceived idiot and he often does, he's to be left to simply walk away as lying in these circumstances isn't punishable as a crime.
NO, KEVIN, I DON'T GET THE MEMO FROM RUPERT MURDOCH
I'm off for a couple of months. Before I go, a word to Kevin Rudd and also to those on the conspiracy Right. No, I don't get the memo from Rupert Murdoch. Check some history: I speak as I find. And so do my colleagues on Sky - Paul, Alan, Peta, Rowan, Chris and the rest. Either that, or they're getting different memos to mine.
Memos aren't needed at News Corp Murdoch makes it perfectly clear what side of the fence he stands when it comes to selling opinion and making out it's news. You'd have to be thick as a brick if you didn't know. Fox News has a department of which Chris Wallace is a part and it's called "news". Not so Sky or the Herald Sun they just seem a gang who bounce off one another sharing what their producers have them read. Andrew Bolt when he's stuck for a topic simply turns to his regulars to fill the gap. Bruce Adam, the ABC, etc and like a tag team the some need to help each other. Strange isn't it how they all group think yet claim to have come up with their own ideas.
ABC BLAMES THE HEADLESS VICTIMS OF ISLAM
Henry Ergas is probably now our most literate public intellectual: "Since the brutal assassination of French schoolteacher Samuel Paty, who was beheaded on the street by an Islamist..., the ABC has distinguished itself by publishing one piece after the other that pins the blame for the French terrorist attacks ... on France." Read on.