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Judge Trump’s Worthiness by Either Past or Future

Originally published at http://www.commondreams.org/views/2020/10/18/judge-trumps-worthiness-either-past-or-future

Holding my nose, I voted for Biden, but, after his January inauguration, if he does NOT add at least four liberal judges to the Supreme Court, and if he continues to recklessly, stupidly support fracking and fossil fuels, he must be opposed and condemned.

The future is at stake, especially with the accelerating Climate Crisis. If he refuses to act on that, what good is he?

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…or by the current state of our pandemic, coursing through a third surge to new national caseload heights within a week or two. Many state outbreaks are scoring new highs every day, some more steeply than others. The ofpeak column below attempts a relative measurement of each state’s current caseload (as measured by CDC’s 7-day average of new cases) against its previous peak (before October). This trajectory slant, essentially, is one factor in the ranking below. The is the positivity column: the percentage of tests coming back positive. This revealing number is courtesy of Johns Hopkins:

~https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/testing/tracker/overview

The idea behind factoring positivity with ofpeak is another attempt at ranking the relative trouble states are heading into with their outbreaks. You can see the top ten are all heartland states, whence USA’s third surge apparently originates:

>                            10/17 avg
>              positivity %   ofpeak %
>  1. Wyoming          19.6      388.0
>  2. Wisconsin        24.6      291.7
>  3. South Dakota     36.7      191.9
>  4. Iowa             49.5       93.7
>  5. Nebraska         18.0      203.2
>  6. Idaho            26.3      118.9
>  7. Utah             16.2      183.4
>  8. Montana          10.4      230.6
>  9. Indiana          11.7      170.3
> 10. Kansas           17.4      117.4
> 11. Nevada           28.7       51.9
> 12. North Dakota      9.7      151.2
> 13. New Mexico        6.3      157.1
> 14. Arkansas          8.9      108.5
> 15. Minnesota         6.1      153.7
> 16. Mississippi      17.7       51.7
> 17. Alabama          16.0       53.2
> 18. Colorado          5.2      158.3
> 19. Kentucky          5.3      149.6
> 20. Pennsylvania      9.0       85.0
> 21. Alaska            4.4      165.8
> 22. Illinois          5.3      133.3
> 23. Oklahoma          8.3       81.9
> 24. Tennessee         8.2       77.6
> 25. Missouri          5.6      112.0
> 26. Ohio              4.7      133.2
> 27. Oregon            5.3      112.8
> 28. North Carolina    6.0       95.2
> 29. West Virginia     4.3      125.1
> 30. Virginia          5.7       88.5
> 31. Michigan          4.4       85.0
> 32. Florida          12.7       28.0
> 33. Texas             6.9       44.0
> 34. South Carolina    5.7       48.3
> 35. Delaware          5.6       44.4
> 36. Georgia           6.2       34.8
> 37. Washington        2.8       68.1
> 38. Arizona           8.4       20.2
> 39. New Hampshire     1.8       76.8
> 40. Maryland          2.5       51.5
> 41. Rhode Island      2.1       51.0
> 42. Louisiana         3.7       27.2
> 43. Hawaii            2.5       37.3
> 44. California        2.5       31.0
> 45. New Jersey        2.6       27.8
> 46. Connecticut       1.6       36.2
> 47. D.C.              1.2       25.9
> 48. Massachusetts     1.1       24.9
> 49. Maine             0.5       65.4
> 50. Vermont           1.1       22.0
> 51. New York          1.1       11.3

If the past 4 years is any reflection of what an additional 4 years under this administration’s rule might look like, the next major war the United States will be engaged in will be right here at home.

Everyone who believes in ethics in government, against the GOP and their rabid supporters.

The question of worthiness is nonexistent.

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Biden adding four more justices to the USSC would assure that we have a conservative corpocracy that will stay in control until our nation disintegrates, and probably would accelerate the process such, so that very few Americans survive a national collapse that would come much sooner and much more violently (most likely before a single Biden term would expire). But, ultimately, that might actually save enough of our species for it to have a better chance of longer term survival. So, in the face of such a situation, I’m of mixed feelings about the potential accelerated loss of our nation and global civilization.