The masks of the red death, plus corruption, plus animal news

All from Harper’s Weekly Review:

Bill Montgomery, the 80-year-old cofounder of the conservative youth group Turning Point USA, also died of COVID-19; shortly after his passing, the group’s Twitter account deleted a meme making fun of protective masks that used the hashtag #BigGovSucks.

Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas, who is among a group of House Republicans who have often refused to wear masks on Capitol Hill, blamed his COVID-19 diagnosis on his wearing a mask. “I can’t help but wonder if my keeping a mask on and keeping it in place, that if I might have put some germs or some of the virus onto the mask and breathed it in,” Gohmert said in an interview.

I can’t remember how many years ago I heard from someone who knew his Congressional stuff that Gohmert had a long tenure as the Dumbest Guy in Congress, determined by a popular Congressional vote.

“Now that’s pretty scary, isn’t it,” said a woman who, at a city council meeting in Springfield, Missouri, compared requirements to wear masks in public to the yellow Star of David in Nazi Germany.

No, says me, a New York Jew who wears her a mask everywhere. “It isn’t pretty scary.”

Goldman Sachs CEO David Solomon—who is not among the company’s executives who actively participated in bribery and money laundering for 1MDB—DJ’d at a benefit concert in the Hamptons that “egregiously” violated social-distancing rules.

King Juan Carlos I of Spain, who is under investigation for corruption, announced that he is leaving the country.

Today I saw on Twitter that they’re looking for him. Searched the DR but no King. Of course since that’s Twitter, who knows if it’s real news? I mean, I’m pretty sure the King departed Spain but cannot verify the rest.

Trump said that he would give Microsoft or “a big company, a secure company, a very American company” the opportunity to purchase TikTok instead of banning it immediately, and claimed that the U.S. government should get a cut.

“Get a cut.” I can’t be the only person suspicious that when Trump says the US Government should get a cut, the cut he means is the slit of his pocket.

As many as 6,000 macaques, who store their dead in a movie theater that is also their base of operations, have overrun Lopburi, Thailand. “The monkeys are never hungry, just like children who eat too much KFC,” said a Thai wildlife-conservation official.

A plane bound for Australia crashed shortly after takeoff because it was weighed down with 1,120 pounds of cocaine.

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