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Titanic

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, a group of 20 states led by California have filed a lawsuit against the EPA's rollback of Obama-era regulations on methane gas emissions.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reportedly resurrecting his taxpayer-funded campaign dinners with several of them planned before the election. Taking what he can before the music stops?

Pompeo is probably going to be out of a job soon even if Trump wins.

Finally, it looks like Russia has been covering up their coronavirus death toll.

Tatiana Golikova, the head of Russia’s coronavirus crisis centre, told President Vladimir Putin in late July that Russia’s coronavirus mortality rate was “significantly lower than in a range of other countries”.

But data released by the Rosstat State Statistics Service on Sept. 4 show there were 57,800 excess deaths between May and July, the peak of the outbreak.

The figure was calculated by comparing fatalities over those three months in 2020 with the average number of May-July deaths between 2015 and 2019. The excess total is more than three times greater than the official May-July COVID-19 death toll of 15,955.

I should say we've undercounted our own death toll here in the United States, but not quite by this much.