Get More Smarter on Wednesday (Nov. 10)

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CORONAVIRUS INFO…

*Colorado Coronavirus info:
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*Daily Coronavirus numbers in Colorado:
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*How you can help in Colorado:
COVRN.com

*Locate a COVID-19 testing site in Colorado:
Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment 

 

The Washington Post catches up on the COVID-19 problems spreading in the Mountain West:

At the foot of the Rocky Mountains, Tom Gonzales, director of public health in Colorado’s sixth-largest county, made a decision in mid-October that felt like a dismaying retreat in the battle against the coronavirus. He reinstated an indoor mask mandate.

It was not a popular move, but Gonzales felt he had no choice. In Larimer County, which stretches eastward from the Continental Divide to the high plains and encompasses the city of Fort Collins, hospitals were overwhelmed by a surge of covid-19 patients that began slowly in August, plateaued for a while — and then exploded unexpectedly once the leaves began to turn.

By the end of last week, the number of covid-19 patients in the county’s hospitals matched the peak in December 2020.

“Everyone was like, ‘No, not again, please,’ ” Gonzales said. “There’ve been lots of twists and turns in this pandemic where we’re really surprised — and this is the biggest surprise for me.”

Colorado’s current COVID-19 rates are trending upward even as the rest of the country is slowing down on the rate of infections. As The Denver Post reports, emergency measures are being reactivated in the state:

Colorado health officials reinstated “crisis standards of care” for hospital staffing Tuesday amid a surge in new COVID-19 infections and patients, a day after declaring the entire state at high risk from the virus.

The crisis standards, previously activated from April 2020 to February 2021, give hospitals and other providers a framework for stretching limited personnel, including how and when National Guard troops and even family members and volunteers can be used to free up medical staff.

They also provide legal cover if the care that hospitals can provide under the crisis standards isn’t what usually would be acceptable.

On Monday night, Colorado health officials declared the entire state a high-risk environment for COVID-19, saying all vaccinated adults now qualify for booster shots once enough time has elapsed since their original inoculation.

Vax (or boost) that thang up, people! All Colorado adults now qualify for a COVID-19 booster shot.

 

Colorado Republican candidates either believe the 2020 election was fraudulent or they are too afraid of the GOP base to admit the truth. Either way, refusing to answer perhaps the most important question of 2022 is disqualifying

 

 Colorado Newsline and Colorado Public Radio explain how Colorado could benefit from billions of dollars through the new infrastructure deal.

 

If you’re not sure where your beliefs might place you on the current political spectrum, you can take this Pew Research Study for more insight into yourself.

 

 

 

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Chris Cillizza of CNN tries to use maths to explain why former President Donald Trump still has an iron grip on the Republican party:

I’ve been continually baffled/amazed at how Trump has seemed to tighten his stranglehold over the party despite scads of evidence that make very clear that his presidential term was an unmitigated disaster for his side, electorally speaking. Any other person who presided over this much losing would be cast aside by a party desperate to move on. Instead, Trump is the unquestioned party head and frontrunner for the 2024 nomination.

All of which makes very little obvious sense. Unless, that is, you do a deep dive into the various strains of belief within the Republican Party — at which point it all starts to make some sense.

Which is exactly what Pew did — in its annual political typology survey

…The data splits the Republican Party into four main buckets: “Faith & Flag Conservatives,” “Committed Conservatives,” “Populist Right” and “Ambivalent Right.”Of those groups, two are the largest with 23% of Republicans and Republican leaners each fitting into each bucket: “Faith & Flag Conservatives” and “Populist Right.”

Those two groups then comprise approximately half of all Republican voters. And their numbers dwarf those who Pew identifies as “Committed Conservatives” (18%) and the “Ambivalent Right” (13%).

 

The New York Times has more details on a problem you are probably already familiar with: Rising inflation.

 

► As The Washington Post explains, latest Republican purity test is about opposing EVERYTHING that President Biden supports, regardless of whether it is good for the country or for a particular Member of Congress’s district:

Right-wing House Republicans enthralled by former president Donald Trump want to purge 13 of their GOP colleagues for the crime of voting for President Biden’s bipartisan infrastructure law — and siding with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) in the process.

Alternately, those House Republicans, with Trump raging supportively from the sidelines, are looking to punish colleagues for giving Biden a much-needed policy and political victory. The law is something for Democrats to sell to voters as the country heads into a midterm elections cycle in which — history says — the president’s party can expect a drubbing.

Welcome to the latest Republican purity test of 2021. Once again, House Republican leaders must decide how to balance protecting their members against a desire to wring every political advantage possible from the volatile former president’s profound intraparty popularity.

Trump himself locked on to the question of even limited GOP cooperation with Biden months ago — on July 26, with the first of nine statements through Tuesday night denouncing any Republicans who went along with the president’s $1.2 trillion package.

 

Governor Jared Polis is encouraging Congress to take up Rep. Ed Perlmutter’s legislation on marijuana banking changes. From a press release:

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and Governors of 21 states, Washington, D.C., Guam and the U.S. Virgin Islands sent a bipartisan letter urging Congress to include legislation in the final 2022 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2022 that would allow states with legalized medical or adult-use cannabis to operate safely under the national banking system.

“It’s time for Congress to allow cannabis-related businesses to have better access to the banking system and operate with normal bank accounts,” said Governor Polis. “Thank you to Congressman Ed Perlmutter who has continually pushed for legislation to address this important issue. After years of cannabis being legal in a multitude of states, it is long overdue for cannabis businesses to finally financially operate alongside other businesses in the open national banking system.”

 

As The Associated Press reports, Climate Change mitigation discussions are targeting coal:

Governments are considering calling for pulling the plug on coal power, the single biggest source of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, according to a draft deal under negotiation in U.N. climate talks.

The draft released Wednesday at the talks in Glasgow, Scotland, calls for accelerating “the phasing out of coal and subsidies for fossil fuels,” though it sets no timeline.

The early version of the final document also expresses “alarm and concern” about how much Earth has already warmed and urges countries to cut carbon dioxide emissions by about half by 2030. Pledges so far from governments don’t add up to that frequently stated goal.

“Alarm and concern” is better than “general indifference.”

 

Congressman Ken Buck (R-Greeley) is sponsoring legislation that would require Internet and social media companies to explain their algorithms to you.

 

Governor Jared Polis and Attorney General Phil Weiser are promoting a new program intended to help the formerly-incarcerated find jobs.

 

A new study shows that viewers of Fox News are much more inclined to believe complete bullshit than their peers.

 

As The Denver Post reports, many Denver Metro area school districts are reducing class schedules or moving learning online in order to deal with staffing shortages.

 

 

Say What, Now?

Congressperson Lauren “Q*Bert” Boebert might need to hire some new comedy writers:

 

 

Your Daily Dose Of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ 

 

 As POLITICO reports, the battle over Daylight Saving Time is heating up — with two prominent activists illustrating the deepening rift:

That these two men could be at such bitter odds is both a microcosm of the current bare-knuckled nature of politics and an illustration of how even the debate over switching the time on the clock has become more mainstreamed and polarizing in recent years. Once largely the purview of agriculture and public health officials, the daylight saving vs. standard time argument has since gone from a topic of internet bemusement to the purview of state and federal lawmakers.

Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is sponsoring legislation to make daylight saving time permanent across the country, though there is no indication that the bill is going to see…wait for it…daylight anytime soon.

 

A leading Republican Senate candidate in Pennsylvania says that women once relied on men to protect them from dinosaurs:

 

 

ICYMI

 

Should you make online videos depicting Republicans literally murdering Democrats? This isn’t something we should even have to discuss, but here we are.

 

► The NRA is gross. Here’s more proof:

 

► This week on The Get More Smarter Podcast, hosts Jason Bane and Ian Silverii talk with Erik Maulbetsch of The Colorado Times Recorder and try to understand the new trend of conspiracy-believing Colorado Republican candidates:

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14 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. MichaelBowman says:

    For all of the shorter Coffman’s political defects he’s always been good on marijuana issues as they relate to states rights. Today Aurora has a beautiful, new community center thanks to marijuana taxes.  I look forward to the day we tax alcohol at parity. 
     

    Construction tops out at Aurora's new $41M marijuana-funded rec center

  2. MichaelBowman says:

    Meanwhile, next door…(you know this won’t end well)

    Pete Ricketts, the governor of Nebraska and scion of one of the most powerful megadonor families in the Republican Party, had a pressing request for Donald Trump: Please stay out of my home-state politics.

    Trump, the billionaire family and the bull semen baron who divides them

  3. MichaelBowman says:

    For all of my fellow agrarians paying insane prices for farmland on the belief we’ll never produce enough soy or corn to satisfy China…

    China to make protein for livestock from carbon monoxide

    Chinese researchers say they have found a way to produce an animal feed protein from carbon monoxide in what is being hailed as a breakthrough that could help reduce the country’s reliance on huge volumes of imported soybeans.

    China is by far the world’s top buyer of soybeans, bringing in around 100 million tonnes a year to turn into protein-rich feed for its huge livestock sector.

    A portion of those beans could one day by replaced by synthetically made protein, however.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    And speaking of political money … WAPO [$$Paywall] yesterday told the tale about the maneuvers being used to “wash” corporate donations to Republicans who opposed a transfer of power last January.

    Donors threatened to shun the GOP after Jan. 6. Now, Republicans are outraising Democrats.

    The distinction some companies are drawing — between donating to individual objectors and to the party committees that help fund their reelection campaigns — is meaningless “if the money ends up in the hands of the objectors,” Torres-Spelliscy said. “Having money go through committees and leadership PACs to members of Congress who objected — it’s a classic lack of transparency in money in politics.”

    Those mentioned: Valero Energy; Google, Verizon; Comcast ; lobbying firm Akin Gump, UPS, Citadel, Altria, Delta, Aflac, Lowe’s, Boston Scientific, The Carlyle Group, General Motors, Facebook, FedEx, AT&T, Occidental Petroleum, and Enterprise Holdings;

    And good news from my perspective: the deficit is not too large. “RNC, NRSC and the National Republican Congressional Committee have taken in more than their Democratic counterparts in 2021 — $304 million, compared with $295 million for the Democrats.”

  5. Diogenesdemar says:

    Well, knock me over with a feather . . .

    . . . is there really anyone left out there that doesn't know that the Independence Institute prostitutes aren't getting paid for their, . . . um . . . "independent" thinking?

    Didn't the tobacco companies already demonstrate what a bunch of five-dollar whores these people are?

  6. kwtree says:

    Sean Parnell: ( in video clip) 

    “Used to be, women were attracted to your strength because you could protect them from dinosaurs.”

    pretty sure he believes that to be a true statement. Wonder why Mr. Parnellis single? 🤔

    • NOV GOP meltdown says:

      Parnell is drawing from his years of study at the Sarah Palin School of Archaeological Thought, which instructs us that humans and dinosaurs did walk the earth together 6,000 years ago. IIRC he was also a pledge at Yabba Dabba Doo.

    • MichaelBowman says:

      Hey, that was only 6,000 years ago and you have to admit that Jesus guy on the dinosaurs back must have looked a little sketchy through the eyes of a cave man trying to protect his woman. 

    • Genghis says:

      Sean Parnell: ( in video clip) 

      “Used to be, women were attracted to your strength because you could protect them from dinosaurs.”

      That's some good shit. Maybe he's a Patriot Bible University graduate like Kent Hovind.

      Other endearing material from that vid includes a screed about how that "'happy wife, happy life' nonsense has done nothing but raise one generation of woman tyrants after the next" and "The idea that a woman doesn't need a man to be successful, the idea that a woman could live a happy and fulfilling life without a man, I think it's all nonsense." And, of course, he's a woman beater.

      Dudebro is the Trump-endorsed candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania. If the old incontinent morbidly obese Adderall junkie keeps up the exceptional vetting work, the Dems might have a snowball's chance of keeping the Senate after all.

  7. kwtree says:

    Babyface Kyle Rittenhouse, murderer of protesters:

    "I didn't want to kill anyone."

    Prosecutor:

    "Then why were you shooting at them with an AR15 rifle?"

    – NYT

  8. MichaelBowman says:

    Maybe the little shit could have spared himself all this trauma and PTSD if he hadn’t murdered those folks? Agree with realist, this trial is a shit show. 
     

    A sobbing Kyle Rittenhouse already won — even before his trial is over

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