Side Effects

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin conceded today that we're going to need more stimulus to prevent a worse downturn, but he also reiterated the regime's position that we don't need it 'right now.'

One wonders if they're trying to delay another stimulus package until closer to the election.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says China's pledge to donate $2 billion to the World Health Organization is "paltry."

Two billion dollars is a lot more than the zero dollars the Trump regime is sending them.

Finally, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say bots are responsible for nearly half of all tweets about the coronavirus and their messages look designed to divide Americans.

Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans. [...]

Among the misinformation disseminated by bot accounts: tweeted conspiracy theories about hospitals being filled with mannequins or tweets that connected the spread of the coronavirus to 5G wireless towers, a notion that is patently untrue.

Such bogus ideas on the Internet have caused real-world harm. In England, dozens of wireless towers have been set on fire in acts officials believe have been fueled by false conspiracy theories linking the rollout of 5G technology to the coronavirus.

I'm going to be offline tomorrow to take care of some chores and take a mental health break while I'm at it. Have a good weekend.

  • Draxiar

    Rest well, Ashby! I’m also going to be taking time from work next week. It’s been a while and I look forward to working on our garden and some house fixer-upping.

  • Draxiar

    That 5G thing…good lord. Someone tweeted to Verizon asking, “Why do we need 5G anyway?” to which Verizon replied, “So you can download your conspiracy videos faster.” Rumor has it they’re going to use that burn to generate power for a small town.

  • muselet

    • The downturn isn’t because the economy was particularly bad earlier in the year (okay, maybe it was wobbling a bit toward a recession, but nothing earth shattering), it’s because Covid-19 showed up. The economy doesn’t need stimulus, it needs life support until people feel safe to go out and spend again. And yes, the administration (and Rs generally) want stimulus checks to arrive just before the election.

    • Mike Pompeo is just echoing Donald Trump, but that’s still an inappropriate thing for a supposed diplomat to say.

    • I wish I could say I was surprised. And people wonder why I don’t do that social media bollocks.

    • Enjoy your long weekend, Ashby.

    • A guy named Matt Gray bought a soft-serve ice cream machine off eBay (I think it was) and has been experimenting to see what happens when odd things are put through it and posting the results to YouTube. Yes, it’s as weird as you’re imagining. This is his latest:

    Have a safe weekend, all.


    • Draxiar

      That’s a bizarre video, Muselet. Now I want to watch others…

      • muselet

        I did warn you. 😀


  • Aynwrong

    I’m grateful for the stimulus check that I received. (Several weeks late!) I needed it. I’ll be grateful for a second one. I still ain’t voting for these fucking people.

    Mike Pompeo should shut the fuck up and help his mom move.

    Enjoy your downtime Ashby.