Quarantine Diaries: Day 317


Coronavirus News, Analysis, and Opinion:

Deadly fire at massive Indian plant cranking out Oxford's COVID vaccine

China builds massive Covid-19 quarantine camp for 4,000 people as outbreak continues

Doubling Up Masks Creates ‘Obstacle Course’ For COVID


Biden Admin Discovers Trump Had Zero Plans For COVID Vaccine Distribution

As they were settling into the White House on Wednesday, Biden administration officials were reportedly stunned to discover that President Joe Biden’s predecessor didn’t have a plan with regards to distributing the COVID-19 vaccine.
A source told CNN on Thursday morning that the new administration will “have to build everything from scratch” thanks to former President Donald Trump’s reported lack of strategy with the vaccine rollout.
“There is nothing for us to rework,” they said.


Fauci debunks CNN reporting, says Biden's vaccine rollout not 'starting from scratch'

The anti-Trump network heavily pushed the now-debunked 'scoop' throughout the day


Fauci Says It’s ‘Liberating’ To Be Free From Refuting Trump’s Unfounded COVID-19 Claims


‘Worse Than We Imagined’: Team Trump Left Biden a COVID Nightmare

Biden Comes Out Swinging With Flood Of Actions Reshaping Fed Role In COVID Response

Cryptocurrency, Investing, Money, Economy, and Debt:

FUD Central: Janet Yellen Clarifies Stance on 'Curtailing' Cryptocurrency Use

ECB Is Capping Bond Yields But Don’t Call It Yield Curve Control

Biden’s free-college proposals could boost economy by $160 billion — critics say it would cost $600 billion


Mick Mulvaney, quoted by the Wall Street Journal, on Donald Trump’s legacy:

My guess is the first thing history will mention is the riots. And rightly so. Tax reform doesn’t offset armed insurrection.

Legal scholars, including at Federalist Society, say Trump can be convicted

The Lincoln Project co-founder says post-Trump he's going after Cruz

We all know Ted Cruz is sort of a political force of nature. He is what he is. You either hate him or you hate him.

QAnon believers struggle with inauguration.

Followers of QAnon, the pro-Trump conspiracy theory, have spent weeks anticipating that Wednesday would be the “Great Awakening” — a day, long foretold in QAnon prophecy, when top Democrats would be arrested for running a global sex trafficking ring and President Trump would seize a second term in office.
But as President Biden took office and Mr. Trump landed in Florida, with no mass arrests in sight, some believers struggled to harmonize the falsehoods with the inauguration on their TVs.

The Proud Boys Now Mock Trump

Biden wants to remove this controversial word from US laws

McCarthy Falsely Denies Voting To Overturn Election Results

Democrats poised to rebuff McConnell's filibuster demands

Biden revokes Trump report promoting ‘patriotic education’

Trump frees former aides from ethics pledge, lobbying ban

Professionalism Returns to the White House


How apartheid racial categories haunt South Africa

Space station detectors found the source of weird ‘blue jet’ lightning


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