LAPD expands community program, names Black female deputy chief – Los Angeles Times

Proponents of CSP say its expansion will transform the culture of the 10,000-officer LAPD, where success has traditionally been measured by arrests and crime statistics. Now, building trust with local residents will be paramount, Chief Michel Moore said.

Source: LAPD expands community program, names Black female deputy chief – Los Angeles Times

Drugmakers refuse to attend White House meeting after Trump issues executive orders on costs – watch how fast WH retreats in next few weeks. All show, no go…

A White House meeting with top pharmaceutical executives that President Donald Trump promised for Tuesday is off, five industry sources familiar with discussions told POLITICO. Three said the drug-pricing discussion was canceled because the major drug lobbies, reeling from Friday’s cluster of executive orders on the topic, refused to send any members.

Source: Drugmakers refuse to attend White House meeting after Trump issues executive orders on costs

Six US mayors urge Congress to block Trump federal deployment – The Jerusalem Post

Six US mayors on Monday called on Congress to halt President Donald Trump’s deployment of federal forces to their cities, saying their presence has escalated tensions at anti-racism protests spreading across the country.
Federal agents dispatched to Portland, Oregon, have drawn national attention for whisking away demonstrators in unnmarked cars, beating a US Navy veteran and tear-gassing activist mothers and the city’s Democratic mayor.

Source: Six US mayors urge Congress to block Trump federal deployment – The Jerusalem Post

Most Dictators Self Destruct. Why?

Treisman notes that in 85 percent of the episodes he studied, democratization was preceded by mass unrest. Sooner or later, people tend to get tired of regimes in which they have little say. Then, it only takes a misstep from the one person at the center of such a regime. Dictators often overestimate the external danger to their power, the plots of foreign or exiled enemies. In the final analysis, they are the biggest threat to themselves.

Source: Most Dictators Self Destruct. Why?

Texas coronavirus deaths jump 12% after state changes how it counts them | The Texas Tribune

After the number of infections in Texas soared to new highs in June and early July, the rate of deaths in Texas has been accelerating. It took 53 days to get from the first death to 1,000 deaths and 39 days to get from 1,000 to 2,000 deaths. On July 10, the state surpassed 3,000 deaths — 24 days after 2,000 deaths were reported. And it took only 10 more days for Texas to reach 4,000 deaths.

Source: Texas coronavirus deaths jump 12% after state changes how it counts them | The Texas Tribune

Opinion | The Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America – The New York Times

I’ve long been struck by the intensity of right-wing anger against relatively trivial regulations, like bans on phosphates in detergent and efficiency standards for light bulbs. It’s the principle of the thing: Many on the right are enraged at any suggestion that their actions should take other people’s welfare into account.

This rage is sometimes portrayed as love of freedom. But people who insist on the right to pollute are notably unbothered by, say, federal agents tear-gassing peaceful protesters. What they call “freedom” is actually absence of responsibility.

Rational policy in a pandemic, however, is all about taking responsibility. The main reason you shouldn’t go to a bar and should wear a mask isn’t self-protection, although that’s part of it; the point is that congregating in noisy, crowded spaces or exhaling droplets into shared air puts others at risk. And that’s the kind of thing America’s right just hates, hates to hear.

Doctors fear ‘unacceptable risk’ on Melbourne coronavirus ward without specialist N95 masks – ABC News – Australia

“Respiratory and infectious disease doctors are having to buy their own supplies and bring them in or steal them from Code Blue trolleys which is a danger in itself, because they won’t be stocked adequately when required,” the doctor said. Source: Doctors fear ‘unacceptable risk’ on Melbourne coronavirus ward without specialist N95 masks – ABC News

Trump’s Suspension of Travel from Europe Sealed America’s Fate For Major Covid 19 Spread

Sealed the fate of Massachusetts and New York. Their outbreaks came from Europe – fool he was and still is.

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

That suspension meant that Americans in Europe needed to return home, and Trump gave them 48 hours to do so, packing them into airports like sardines for hours.

Trump has praised himself for his decision in January to restrict travel from China in order to contain the coronavirus, claiming that his decision saved millions of lives.  His response to travel from Europe however, opened the back door for Covid-19 to enter the U.S.  Many Americans did not want to be stuck in Europe and returned to the U.S. on the same weekend, bringing the virus with them.   Exposed travelers into the U.S. from Europe sealed the nation’s fate for a major spread.

On March 12, 2020, Trump suspended all travel to the United States from Europe for 30 days.  Americans had 48 hour notice to make travel arrangements back to the U.S.

We should never forget that it was Trump’s…

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“A Dangerous Precedent” – GERMAN-FOREIGN-POLICY.com

(Own report) – In individual talks with German and EU companies, the Trump administration is threatening repercussions, if they do not withdraw from the construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. According to reports, up to twelve representatives of three US ministries have held separate video conferences with European companies, to coerce them into withdrawing from the Nord Stream 2 project. The latest US sanctions against the gas pipeline affect 120 enterprises from 12 EU countries. Should the construction of Nord Stream 2 remain unfinished, the direct damage could reach twelve billion euros. German business associations are calling on Berlin and Brussels to take harsh retaliatory measures, otherwise US reprisals could set a “dangerous precedent” that could be repeated at any time. Business representatives draw attention to the fact that the USA had tried to torpedo German-Russian energy relations, beginning already with those between West Germany and the Soviet Union in the 1960s and 1980s, but ultimately had to yield each time.
— Read on www.german-foreign-policy.com/en/news/detail/8348/