- And got the T-shirt
- Supporter in 2019
Local newspaper issued a "proclamation" from the mayor and the mayors of three surrounding towns yesterday, strongly urging residents to wear masks due to the spike in cases. I was out on an errand this morning and saw a grand total of 2 people wearing one.
Going to be a rough summer.
- Supporter in 2019
https://www.thedailybeast.com/stella-immanuel-trumps-new-cov ... ychloroquine
"She has often claimed that gynecological problems like cysts and endometriosis are in fact caused by people having sex in their dreams with demons and witches...She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious."
Trump seems to be grabbing at straws here and his uneducated supporters. As far as I am concerned, the more crap that comes out of his mouth, the worse it's going to get for him as far as re-election; so he can continue to shoot himself in the foot till election day, then we can give him the boot!
We Need to Talk About Ventilation
How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?
https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/07/why-arent ... sion/614737/
Reopening the Office? Here’s How to Stymie Transmission of Covid-19.
How Jared Kushner’s Secret Testing Plan “Went Poof Into Thin Air”
https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/07/how-jared-kushners-s ... nto-thin-air
The article is long and detailed. At least one expert called in to help Kushner's team (working separately from ) felt they were working "with the nation’s best interests in mind."This spring, a team working under the president's son-in-law produced a plan for an aggressive, coordinated national COVID-19 response that could have brought the pandemic under control. So why did the White House spike it in favor of a shambolic 50-state response?
There is no government guidance or support even now. Billions of dollars are needed for testing and contract tracing. The feds will not help. It will kill thousands."By early April, some who worked on the plan were given the strong impression that it would soon be shared with President Trump and announced by the White House. The plan, though imperfect, was a starting point. Simply working together as a nation on it “would have put us in a fundamentally different place,” said the participant.
But the effort ran headlong into shifting sentiment at the White House. Trusting his vaunted political instincts, President Trump had been downplaying concerns about the virus and spreading misinformation about it—efforts that were soon amplified by Republican elected officials and right-wing media figures. Worried about the stock market and his reelection prospects, Trump also feared that more testing would only lead to higher case counts and more bad publicity. Meanwhile, Dr. Deborah Birx, the White House’s coronavirus response coordinator, was reportedly sharing models with senior staff that optimistically—and erroneously, it would turn out—predicted the virus would soon fade away.
Against that background, the prospect of launching a large-scale national plan was losing favor, said one public health expert in frequent contact with the White House’s official coronavirus task force.
Most troubling of all, perhaps, was a sentiment the expert said a member of Kushner’s team expressed: that because the virus had hit blue states hardest, a national plan was unnecessary and would not make sense politically. “The political folks believed that because it was going to be relegated to Democratic states, that they could blame those governors, and that would be an effective political strategy,” said the expert.
That logic may have swayed Kushner. “It was very clear that Jared was ultimately the decision maker as to what [plan] was going to come out,” the expert said."
Much much more in this article. An eye opener.
What Does America’s Coronavirus Response Look Like Abroad? | NYT Opinion
The United States leads the world in Covid-19 deaths, nearing 150,000 lost lives. The unemployment figures brought on by the pandemic are mind-boggling. The Trump administration’s slow and haphazard response has been widely criticized. But what does it look like to young people around the world, whose governments moved quickly and aggressively to contain the coronavirus?
We wanted to know, so we reached out to quite a few and showed them charts, facts, photos and videos illustrating the U.S. response. Spoiler: They were not impressed.
Many advanced economies, from Germany to Singapore, directly supplemented salaries to save jobs. Other nations with fewer resources started mass testing at the first sign of an outbreak. Many countries mandated universal lockdowns — and successfully flattened the curve. In some parts of Europe, you could be fined for straying too far from your home. And Vietnam, a nation of 95 million people, has not seen a single Covid-19 death.
This Opinion video is a follow-up to a popular video we produced last year, which asked young Europeans to respond to American policies such as health care and parental leave. Many comments suggested we produce a sequel. Well, here it is — the Covid-19 edition.
- Supporter in 2019
- Catie Cavy
- Supporter 2011-2020