The Newsletters Chosen for my Inbox

It seems that every media outlet, company, and person on the internet has a newsletter now. For a while I signed up for so many that I ended up reading none. Now I have paired down what reaches my inbox, and it feels like a perfect balance. Here are the newsletters that I find are must read.

The Daily Book – New York Times

Theatre Update – New York Times

Reliable Sources – CNN

The Morning Brew

Stratechery (Subscription) – Ben Thompson

The Interface – The Verge

The Hypocrisy That Is America

Today, hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Mexico and Central America are doing that work. By the Department of Agriculture’s estimates, about half the country’s field hands — more than a million workers — are undocumented. Growers and labor contractors estimate that the real proportion is closer to 75 percent.

Suddenly, in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, these “illegal” workers have been deemed “essential” by the federal government.

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For decades America’s immigration policy has been a wink and a nod agreement with those that kept America fed. There are many reasons for this, but they are mostly economical. If you keep people undocumented they could not complain that they were being mistreated including being paid under minimum wage. Well in the most American way this just worked. That was until the country elected a racist demagogue. Now the industries that supported the party of the president because they enjoyed paying low wages and low taxes have a problem, and if you eat food so do you.

The Federal Government is Killing People

Nebraska Getting $300,000 in Federal Money for Each Coronavirus Case While NY Gets $12G

States such as Minnesota, Nebraska and Montana, which the pandemic has touched relatively lightly, are getting more than $300,000 per reported COVID-19 case in the $30 billion, according to a Kaiser Health News analysis.

On the other hand, New York, the worst-hit state, would receive only $12,000 per case. Florida is getting $132,000 per case. KHN relied on an analysis by staff on the House Ways and Means Committee along with COVID-19 cases tabulated by The New York Times.

The CARES Act, the emergency law passed last month to address the pandemic, gives HHS wide latitude to administer $100 billion in grants to hospitals and doctors.

The Republican Party has run on destroying government for my entire life. Ronald Reagan famously said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help”. Grover Norquist has a pledge that 99% of GOP candidates around the country sign that states they would never raise taxes. He has said, “I’m not in favor of abolishing the government. I just want to shrink it down to the size where we can drown it in the bathtub”.

The truth is that we now have a government run by a mix of ignorant morons and others who want to find ways to enrich themselves and their friends with whatever tax money they collect.

The Perfect Takedown

The Ballad of Clay Travis – The Bulwark

No, his “daily positivity” is instead an opportunity for him to congratulate himself anytime the pile of bodies outside of hospitals is stacked slightly lower than it had been the day before. Good news everyone, only 636 deaths in Italy today. Great news folks, only 2,000 deaths now anticipated in Texas. Guess what, only 33,460 new cases of the virus in America today and just 1,940 new daily deaths down from 1,971, Roll Tide!

You can replace “Clay Travis” with quite a few personalities who figured out there is money in this type of thing.

The Trump Administration Owns This

Trump ended coronavirus detection pandemic program – Los Angeles Times

Two months before the novel coronavirus is thought to have begun its deadly advance in Wuhan, China, the Trump administration ended a $200-million pandemic early-warning program aimed at training scientists in China and other countries to detect and respond to such a threat

Just in case you think this is something that is only being reported now because of hindsight, here is the New York Times reporting on it from October.

Scientists Were Hunting for the Next Ebola. Now the U.S. Has Cut Off Their Funding.- New York Times

In a move that worries many public health experts, the federal government is quietly shutting down a surveillance program for dangerous animal viruses that someday may infect humans.

Congress, along with the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama, were “enormously supportive,” said Dr. Carroll, who is now a fellow at Texas A&M’s Bush School of Government and Public Service.

The current US government has made what would have been a bad situation a lot worse. They have not learned from the mistakes, but instead they are doubling down on the stupid and thousands are going to die because of their incompetence.

Everyone Needs to Read This Reality

The Real Miami

I was that kid getting those free school lunches you read about on your Twitter timeline. Matter of fact, most of us in my elementary school had lunch cards. We went to school to eat, you know what I’m saying?? Those fish sticks were everything. That little carton of chocolate milk was everything. If you skipped school to f*** around in the streets, you might go hungry that day.

So hell yeah, I want my old life back, too.

But this ain’t about me. It ain’t about you.

This thing is about us.

This virus is going to affect everybody, especially the most vulnerable.

So if you got a nice, stable environment? Keep your ass home.

If you got a roof over your head? Keep your ass home.

If you got a crib with Netflix and a refrigerator full of food? Keep your ass home.