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A Pandemic Guide to Anime: New hits (and a few misses)

Welcome back, happy holidays, and so forth. Still bored and stuck at home? Good, keep doing that. Until there’s enough vaccine for everybody, everybody needs to plant themselves at home as much as possible. Read a book. Play some games. Watch television.

If you’ve gone through everything your television has to offer and come up empty, you’re welcome to join us for our quick tour of the best of anime. (See: Part 1, Part 2.

Biden’s Secret Service detail to include trusted agents as allies express ‘concerns’ about others

The Washington Post is reporting that there are going to be some changes to the Secret Service’s presidential security detail in the Joe Biden administration. This is not unusual in itself, but the Post says the changes come “amid concerns from Biden allies that some current members were politically aligned with President Trump.”

This is an unpleasant story in every direction. It may be unfairly maligning professionals in a deadly dangerous job.

A Pandemic Guide to Anime: The American hits and all-time classics

Welcome back to our pandemic guide to anime, a short series aimed at giving some new opportunities to those who may have already binged every decent thing American television has to offer, are still stuck at home even after all that, and who are now bored to tears. The advice given in our first installment was go watch Studio Ghibli’s films, which could have probably gone unsaid, right? Now we’ll get to actual recommendations.

While pandemic deaths soar, Mike Pence is on an extended ski vacation

The United States is facing still-rising pandemic deaths and both a federal government shutdown and the end of supplemental unemployment checks to those newly out of work, but Donald Trump is, of course, currently on vacation. You may be wondering where the ostensible head of the White House coronavirus “task force” has gotten to, since we haven’t heard much from him either.

Alleged vice president Mike Pence is in Vail, Colorado.

Biden could push IRS to audit rich tax dodgers—but it would be an act of war

In The New York Times, Neil Irwin points out that there’s a straightforward way a new Biden administration could begin clawing back some of the outrageous gains made by the wealthy even if Republicans remain bent on keeping taxes on the wealthy at budget-busting new lows: enforce the existing tax laws. Identify the wealthy tax cheats who, like a certain orange-hued someone, have been abusing tax laws for years and end their cheating.

Dominion lets Rudy Giuliani know it intends to sue him for his campaign of lies

Earlier in the week voting machine manufacturers Smartmatic and Dominion let it be known to conservative conspiracy peddlers Fox News and Newsmax that they would likely be filing lawsuits after the “news” outlets promoted 100% fake, and known fake, claims about the voting machine companies somehow being in cahoots to cheat Donald Trump out of an election win.

House and Senate leaders reach agreement on new $900 billion pandemic relief package

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and Democratic Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced late Sunday that congressional leaders have now reached agreement on an end-of-year pandemic relief package. While the details are still being inked, the agreement will reportedly include $600 per person stimulus checks, extended unemployment benefits of up to $300 per week, and an extension of small business loans aimed at keeping payrolls intact despite pandemic restrictions.

New Warren report calls out ‘corrupt’ accreditation of nation’s prisons

While the rest of the Senate trundles on in various experiments to see how aggressively they can institutionalize futility and vacuousness, Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to weirdly use the resources that come with being a United States senator to uncover corruption, scandal, and government neglect. This has made her very unpopular with her Republican peers, who instead appear to believe that their offices are best used for trading stocks. Go figure.

New Warren report calls out ‘corrupt’ accreditation of nation’s prisons

While the rest of the Senate trundles on in various experiments to see how aggressively they can institutionalize futility and vacuousness, Senator Elizabeth Warren continues to weirdly use the resources that come with being a United States senator to uncover corruption, scandal, and government neglect. This has made her very unpopular with her Republican peers, who instead appear to believe that their offices are best used for trading stocks. Go figure.

Homeland Security, State Department and other agencies hacked in sophisticated Russian breach

In yet another demonstration of Russia’s sophisticated and extensive online espionage efforts, The Washington Post reports that the State Department, Department of Homeland Security, National Institutes of Health, Treasury Department, and Department of Commerce were among the targets in a massive breach of U.S. government networks successfully engineered by Russian state hackers. It seems almost certain that other agencies will still join that list.

Michigan House and Senate offices will close due to ‘credible threat’ as Michigan electors meet

The Detroit Free Press reports that the Michigan House and Senate buildings will be closed both to staffers and the public on Monday as the state’s electors to the Electoral College meet to cast their votes for the state’s presidential winner, Joe Biden. The Capitol was already expected to be closed to the public during the Electoral College meeting; this new, expanded closure also includes the building’s legislative staff.

Rich Trump allies want a new ‘Fox News’ competitor for only one reason: To bleed conservatives dry

The notion of Donald Trump “creating” a new “news network,” as his allies keep vaguely threatening, is a pipe dream. It’s not going to happen. It would require enormous amounts of money he doesn’t have, and it would require work. If the so-called Trump administration has taught us anything, it is that Donald Trump cannot stand doing work. He likes people praising him, and he likes golf.

He may have lost, but Donald Trump does not intend to go quietly

As Donald Trump’s “legal” team loses flimsy lawsuit after flimsy lawsuit and (ahem) that team’s top spokescreatures begin to turn increasingly feral, in front of the television cameras, Donald Trump himself appears to be genuinely pondering what to do with himself after being turned out of office in January.

Fascism: Trump summons Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Joe Biden’s win

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has invited “leaders” of the Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature to meet with him on Friday to discuss the state’s election results. Trump publicly celebrated the resistance of two Republican members of the state’s Wayne County canvassing board who briefly refused to certify the results of the election in their county unless the votes of majority-black Detroit precincts were removed.

Fascism: Trump summons Michigan Republicans in bid to overturn Joe Biden’s win

The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump has invited “leaders” of the Republican-controlled Michigan state legislature to meet with him on Friday to discuss the state’s election results. Trump publicly celebrated the resistance of two Republican members of the state’s Wayne County canvassing board who briefly refused to certify the results of the election in their county unless the votes of majority-black Detroit precincts were removed.

Mike Pence stayed loyal to Trump to the end. Now the joke’s on him

Vice President Mike Pence, who may or may not be the actual Antichrist, has played a long, patient game these last four years. He has embraced Donald Trump’s every white nationalist act. He has slathered Trump with praise at every possible opportunity, and has aggressively declared himself to have never seen any of Trump’s buffooneries, incompetence, or crimes. He protected Trump through impeachable acts.

DOJ Election Crimes head quits after Barr authorizes probes of Trump’s phony fraud claims

On Monday, Trump Attorney General William Barr distributed a memo to federal prosecutors “authorizing” them to pursue any “apparently-credible allegations” of voting fraud in the 2020 elections. There currently are zero credible claims of such fraud, and it seems obvious that Barr was responding to pressure from delusional fascist Donald Trump to provide backup to Trump’s false claims of fraud.

Lara Trump defends Donald’s continued attacks on Michigan governor as ‘having fun’

During a mostly maskless Michigan rally, malevolent blowhard Donald Trump once again attacked Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer over the state’s pandemic restrictions, despite Whitmer recently being revealed as the primary target of a domestic terrorism plot after Trump’s previous tweeted demands that his followers “LIBERATE” the state. This is because Trump is a malignant grotesquery of a man.

Trump toadies craft ‘report’ accusing top Voice of America reporter of not liking Dear Leader enough

Donald Trump’s remaking of the federal government into a fascist personality cult continues apace. Surprising exactly no one, NPR reports that two of Trump’s new political hires have compiled a confidential “report” on Voice of America’s (VoA) White House Bureau Chief Steve Herman, accusing him of being unfair to Donald Dear Leader in his reporting. They presented their report to VoA acting director Elez Biberaj “for action.