The Daily Dose: The Year of Magical Thinking continues in America; Bolsonaro’s Amazon head fake.

In May, amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro put the army in charge of protecting the rainforest. He had faced international demands for action after massive wildfires ravaged the Amazon. Turns out, it was just an elaborate head fake. “Instead, The Associated Press has found, the operation dubbed as ‘Green Brazil 2’ has had the opposite effect. Under military command, Brazil’s once-effective but recently declining investigation and prosecution of rainforest destruction by ranchers, farmers and miners has come to a virtual halt, even as this year’s burning season picks up.” A politician engaging in duplicitous behavior? Get out. https://bit.ly/3hHDLeU

The coronavirus continues its march through Africa. There aren’t any signs that its slowing down. According to Al-Jazeera, “The outbreak of the new coronavirus has reached every nation in Africa, a continent of 1.2 billion people. As of August 28, the confirmed coronavirus death toll on the continent stood at 28,850, with deaths including the former president of the Republic of the Congo, Jacques Joachim Yhombi-Opango, and Somalia’s former Prime Minister Nur Hassan Hussein. There are 1,220,511 confirmed infections and 953,643 recoveries, according to the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.” The fatality rate on the continent has been lower than that seen in Europe and the United States. https://bit.ly/3b2qUl4

If there were any questions about Russian President Vladimir Putin and the COVID-19 vaccine he announced last week, let them be put to rest. The man owns it like a set of Samsonite luggage. Per the Associated Press, “In an interview with the state Rossia 24 TV channel released Thursday, President Vladimir Putin insisted that the world’s first vaccine against coronavirus to receive a government go-ahead was approved “in strict accordance with Russian laws” that are in line with “international practice and regulations.” He’s all in as he should be. https://bit.ly/32yRSN9

The Year of Magical Thinking continues in the United States as the Republican National Convention drew to a close last night. Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, painted a picture of America that ensured the country that it was in safe hands with the president and that the COVID-19 pandemic was safely contained and defeated. According to the Associated Press, “As Trump has tried to push past a pandemic that has tanked the economy and threatened his reelection chances, GOP organizers have worked to stage a convention that puts the virus in the rear view mirror and highlights the nation’s progress, even as it continues to spread. More than 42,000 new cases were reported Wednesday and 2,700 more have died since the week began.” The blatant dereliction of duty by the Trump Administration should be classified as a crime against humanity. That’s right. You can’t call white black. Or as Mr. Trump famously said, “It is what it is.” https://bit.ly/3hy4gDs

Thanks for reading. Let’s be careful out there.

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