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The Unemployment Stimulus makes people not want to return to work? GOP members again have no idea of who their constituents are unless they happen to be big money donors. They no matter what they publicly voice, are still dividing the majority of Americans with RACIAL and class  dog whistles. No matter which party you associate yourself with and the subsect therein, it is wise to consider the reality that all legislation affects you and your family somehow. These effects my not be direct but they do affect you. The GOP touts conservative values which means merely that they want to pass legislation to control your tax dollars and  will use those tax dollars against your interests while uplifting their big money donors. This also entails installing “their” judges to lifetime positions that will alter decisions that often go against the interests of most Americans while benefitting their donors and thereby their personal interests. Do not not mistake the Liberal agendas of the  Dems for all good as they have their own pipers to pay with our tax dollars too. If a piece of legislation would mandate the death penalty for spitting on the sidewalk and you were the perpetrator how would you feel? This is of course absurd (or is it?) but many people of color suffered the fate of the rope and worse for walking on the side walk and not getting off of it when someone White comes along. This by the way was just one of the means of “obtaining” the promised “40 acres and a mule” after the civil war which for the most part ended up being another “slave job” for people of color. All of that being said : “suppose it were you?”  Back to the real subject of what we need to do to reclaim the rights of voting and having a voice in government. First and foremost- do not fall into the familiar  trap of political rhetoric that promises everything and delivers nothing! As a voter we all need to “vet” the person who is seeking our support at the ballot box even if they are now in office and seeking to remain there. The process for vetting is: read and view several sources of information and learn to recognize “B.S”. Just remember the truth is always the truth and does not change while lies shift in seconds.

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In this upcoming election it appears that all stops are out. TOTUS, aka Donald J. Trump, “45” and several other sobriquets has failed at the Presidency as he has failed in previous ventures (and marriages). I was listening today to a member of the Evangelical community who sang the praises of the work TOTUS has performed for their cause. It is just another initiative per DJT’s playbook of promising and beginning but not finishing. It is the prerogative of any person, group or sect to want particular issues addressed however many of this factions fail to look at  the effects on others due to their initiatives. Just one example: abortion- this is a personal decision no matter what anyone says. The reasons for this procedure varies but in the end stopping this procedure could result in an unwanted and potentially an abused child or an orphan (who the public pays for). Sanctions on Countries whose beliefs are different causing more stress on their population who then flee to other countries and cause stress on their resources and populations. The changes to border policies using lies and subterfuge which exacerbate  already bad situations. This administration has caused chaos world wide due the ineptitude and ignorance of a consummate liar and conman. TOTUS’s poor judgement and leadership is a direct link to the current Pandemic and economic down turn and he has no ability to turn it around because it may “make him look bad”. TOTUS is and has engaged in rhetoric and unseemly actions that cure no ills but certainly creates the chaos he loves.

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This article from the JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) explains how or why highly touted treatments for COVID-19 are making headlines as a cure without adequate or proper vetting and trials.MA
Michael McAleer, PhD (Econometrics), Queen’s | Asia University, Taiwan
Informed consent by a possibly confused patient of proposed treatments and therapy, including medication and surgery, involves the clear communication, explanation, and dissemination of complex information and knowledge by healthcare providers regarding the risks, benefits, and alternative medical options that might be available.

it is incumbent upon the healthcare provider to ensure that the patient is fully aware of the procedure to be undertaken, the associated risks and benefits, any viable options that might be available, and their associated risks and benefits.

It is in this context that two medical experts provide a comprehensive and illuminating discussion of how to communicate science during a pandemic, such as COVID-19.

Information can be distributed through a variety of outlets, including scientific journals and social media, even though the ever-present “fake news” is always ready to pander to the uninformed and ill-informed, including academics in medical and related disciplines.

This excellent Viewpoint highlights several areas of scientific miscommunication, including communication flaws and failures based on incomplete and inadequate scientific trials and experiments, especially studies involving the highly topical remdesivir, dexamethasone, and hydroxychloroquine, for which safety and efficacy are presently unknown.

Causality between treatment and outcome is difficult to prove, even based on numerous large and systematic clinical trials, so it will be insufficient, misdirected and misleading based on a small number of such trials that appear in news releases rather than being published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals.

It is easy to be cynical when some international research teams announce through news releases that they have “discovered” a novel treatment of COVID-19, possibly in search of research funds, when the purported findings are based on, say, a small number of patients in ICUs and on ventilators who do not represent the typical patient who is infected with COVID-19.

This is made even worse when leading administration officials around the globe announce they are using unproven treatments to guard against possible infection from COVID-19, when caution is needed to protect the unwary, which refers to most individuals, with the possible exception of healthcare workers.

While technically not “fake news”, such announcements do an extreme disservice to scientific communication, which needs to stay well ahead of the (mis-)information curve.

 

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Why are we listening to a ego driven conman when to comes to public health? The nation is in a pandemic that is just barely contained due to the fractured methods of addressing it. This is a situation requiring Federal leadership which we do not have nor can we expect to have until possibly after November 2020. It is troubling to say the least that the person with the biggest platform is so ignorant of the facts and continues to spout whatever nonsense that pops into his head as long as he “believes” it makes him look good. We as a country have surrendered in some cases to the “whims” of a Con artist for it’s entertainment value and we are now paying a high cost for it. The manic emanations from Washington D.C. have taken over the airwaves and undermined the facts that would if left alone could save a lot of lives. There will be no normal until the medical professionals can be allowed to make their case unfettered by the misinformation stream from the uninformed and the accompanying bobble heads.

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Over the years our politics have ebbed and flowed with some regularity. It is as if the wind changes and politics follows. It is unfortunate we as voters have abandoned the art of reading about candidates and what they have done or are currently doing. Mass media has made us mentally lazy and reliant on imagery that belies the truth. Now, in skulks Donald Trump ,a lackluster media figure with dubious business acumen. The United States apparently has (and perhaps still hasn’t) never really gotten over the Civil War (War Between The States) and it’s aftermath. The lack of education for freed people (which was deliberate) allowed for the appropriation of the “40 acres and a mule” afforded to Black Americans, denial of voting rights and living wages. These economic and civil freedoms had been denied before the conflict and continued until even now under the same umbrella of Racism. Too many Americans have been fed the poison of “White Privilege” directly or subliminally to the detriment of us all. The recent protests have been exacerbated by a neer do well Congress and an adept conman with no redeeming qualities. WE as a nation have allowed ourselves to be subverted by the baser elements of humanity.

Our lack of engagement in the political system by “rote” voting has given us long term politicians who have grown accustomed to being re elected based on promises to be broken. The current unrest across the nation over a pandemic that has been and still is in essence “promoted” by the poor leadership of the White House Con machine. In the shadows of this pandemic are the personal agendas of  Cabinet ministers who for the most part are unsuited for the positions they hold. All of this has been tacitly agreed to by us the Voters by ignoring the facts of each elected official’s failures and not bringing them to account. Revolutions take many forms and we need to revolt in the upcoming election. WE ALONE CAN FIX IT!

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Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp sues Atlanta mayor over city’s face mask mandate

Joe Murphy and Corky Siemaszko and Phil Helsel

Georgia’s governor on Thursday sued Atlanta’s mayor over that city’s mask law, a day after the governor banned local governments from requiring the coverings that health experts say help to stop the spread of COVID-19.

“The State of Georgia continues to urge citizens to wear masks. This lawsuit is about the rule of law,” Georgia Attorney General Chris Carr said in a statement.

Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican, sued Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, a Democrat, and members of Atlanta’s City Council.

The lawsuit argues that Bottoms exceeded her authority in issuing coronavirus-related orders that are more restrictive than the state’s orders.

Image: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump in Atlanta (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)
Image: Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp greets President Donald Trump in Atlanta (Jonathan Ernst / Reuters)

Kemp issued his executive order, which banned more than a dozen local governments from mandating that masks be worn in public, on Wednesday. A spokesman for Atlanta’s mayor had said that the mayor’s order remained in effect, that the city would be guided by data and science, and that “masks save lives.”

Bottoms was defiant after Kemp’s lawsuit Thursday, noting that 3,014 Georgians have died and that she and her family are among those who have tested positive.

“A better use of taxpayer money would be to expand testing and contact tracing,” she said. “If being sued by the State is what it takes to save lives in Atlanta, then we will see them in court.”

As of Thursday, 131,275 cases have been confirmed in Georgia with 3,104 deaths, according to the state health department.

In the state, 3,871 new cases were reported Wednesday — the second highest daily total since the start of the pandemic, according to NBC News’ tally. More than 3,400 cases were reported Thursday, according to the state health department’s website.

Carr, the attorney general, said that chief executive power in the state resides with the governor, and “The City of Atlanta cannot continue to knowingly enter orders that are unenforceable and void.”

Kemp spokeswoman Candice Broce had insisted in a tweet the governor was not against wearing masks.

“Previous executive orders — and now this order — state no local action can be more or less restrictive than ours,” Broce wrote. “We have explained that local mask mandates are unenforceable. The Governor continues to strongly encourage Georgians to wear masks in public.”

The lawsuit also seeks a “permanent injunction to restrain Mayor Bottoms from issuing press releases, or making statements to the press, that she has the authority to impose more or less restrictive measures than are ordered by Governor Kemp related to the Public Health Emergency.”

Kemp’s move came as more and more Republicans who had previously been reluctant to wear masks were changing their tune and the numbers of new cases were climbing at a staggering rate, especially among children as Florida officials are now reporting.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, Republican, issued a statewide mask-wearing mandate on Thursday which appears to have some teeth. Repeat violators could be hit with fines ranging from $100 to $500, the Arkansas Democrat Gazette reported.

Even President Donald Trump, a Kemp ally, was seen over the weekend wearing a mask for the first time at a public event.

Most medical experts agree wearing masks, coupled with social distancing, are effective ways to stop the spread of COVID-19, a deadly virus that — as of Thursday night — has claimed 139,026 lives in the U.S., with 3,573,648 cases reported, the latest NBC News figures show.

Forty states have reported coronavirus case spikes in recent weeks.

With those staggering sums in mind, Walmart, the nation’s largest retailer, Kroger, the country’s biggest supermarket chain, and Target, announced Wednesday that they would will require customers to put on a mask or face covering inside stores.

In doing so, these companies joined the ranks of giant retailers like Best Buy, Costco and Apple, which had already been requiring masks.

But enforcing those rules have, at times, led to clashes – some even deadly — with customers claiming their rights are being curtailed and others who just refuse to wear them.

In Utah, which has also seen a rapid rise in new coronavirus cases, parents objecting to a new requirement that kids wear masks packed a Utah County commission meeting Wednesday and flouted social distancing rules by pulling the tape off seats that were not supposed to be used.

Many wore “Trump 2020” hats and almost none wore a mask.

As of Thursday morning, Utah has recorded 30,891 coronavirus cases resulting in 233 deaths since the beginning of the crisis, NBC News figures show. Overnight, 413 new cases were reported.

Meanwhile in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which hosted a Trump rally last month after which some campaign staffers and notable Republican attendees like the state’s governor Kevin Stitt got infected, passed a mandate requiring people to wear masks in public.

In other Covid-19 developments:

  • Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who has received bipartisan praise for his handling of the pandemic, said Trump left states to fend for themselves during the pandemic and accused the president of not listening to medical experts in a piece published by The Washington Post. “While other countries were racing ahead with well-coordinated testing regimes, the Trump administration bungled the effort,” Hogan wrote. “Meanwhile, instead of listening to his own public health experts, the president was talking and tweeting like a man more concerned about boosting the stock market or his reelection plans.” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany dismissed Hogan’s remarks as “revisionist history.”
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., accused the Trump Administration of trying to sweep the extent of the coronavirus crisis “under the rug” by having hospitals report COVID-19 statistics to the Department of Health and Human Services instead of the federal Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. “To have the CDC not be able to distribute publicly, the number of hospitalizations and the number of deaths is going to hurt us in our bid to end this crisis,” Schumer, a Democrat, said. NBC News reported Wednesday that “gravely concerned about whether anyone outside the administration will be able to access the vital information moving forward.”
  • New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the launching of a star-studded “Mask Up America” education and awareness campaign consisting of eight TV commercials that kick of Thursday and feature Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Morgan Freeman, John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez and other Hollywood actors. “New Yorkers suffered gravely when this pandemic hit our state and as we see other states battle the surge of COVID-19, we want to be sure all Americans know what we know here – that it is essential to wear a mask in order to protect one another,” Cuomo said.

Nationwide, most of the victims have until recently been senior citizens. But experts are blaming young people crowding into newly-reopened bars and restaurants — and failing to social distance or wear masks — for the staggering rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.

In Florida, nearly one-third of children tested for the coronavirus have been positive, according to local media reports.

And Dr. Alina Alonso, the director of Palm Beach County’s health department, warned there could be long-term health effects on children who contract the virus now.

“They are seeing there is damage to the lungs in these asymptomatic children,” Alonso told county commissioners. “We don’t know how that is going to manifest a year from now or two years from now. Is that child going to have chronic pulmonary problems or not?”

Alonso’s warning appeared to be at odds with message that Gov. Ron DeSantis has been emphasizing while pushing to have school reopen in September. DeSantis, a father of three young children, has insisted that he would send his kids to school if they were old enough to attend.

Florida, where the Republican convention is scheduled to be held next month, passed a dismal benchmark Wednesday with more than 300,000 cases of COVID-19 reported since the start of the pandemic.

On Thursday, Florida reported 13,965 new cases of the coronavirus and 156 more deaths. So far, a total of 4,677 Florida residents have died from the coronavirus, according to the Florida Department of Health.

Also, Florida hospitals admitted a record 491 patients in a single day, meaning that nearly 20,000 residents have been hospitalized since the pandemic began.The previous largest single-day increase was on Wednesday with 453 hospitalizations.

Numerous hospitals across Florida facing a shortage of ICU beds for infected patients.

“I don’t need Ron DeSantis’ numbers, or anyone’s numbers, to tell me that this is a bad situation,” Miami Gardens Mayor Oliver Gilbert said on MSNBC.

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This program aired on NPR radio’s On Point program and is worth listening to, the writer of the book exposes the criminality of the political system. MA
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman watches a screening of the documentary "Atticus v. The Architect" about his prosecution and imprisonment during the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (David Goldman/AP Photo)
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman watches a screening of the documentary “Atticus v. The Architect” about his prosecution and imprisonment during the Netroots Nation conference in Atlanta, Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017. (David Goldman/AP Photo)

In 2012, Former Democratic Governor of Alabama, Don Siegelman, went to jail for five years. He says his prosecution was driven by a politicized justice system. And he’s now making the case for why American democracy could be at stake without criminal justice reform.

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Don Siegelman, former governor of Alabama. Author of “Stealing Our Democracy.” (@DonSiegelman)

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The administration has made changes in reporting of COVID-19 to CDC, this change has the potential to misrepresent the level of COVID infections and allow for more misinformation on the virus and it’s continuing spread. Be sure to access the link at the end of this piece. MA

 

NHSN COVID-19 Reporting Module Being Retired as of Wednesday, July 15

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced significant changes to the process for hospitals to fulfill the agency’s request for daily data reporting on bed capacity, utilization, personal protective equipment (PPE) and in-house laboratory testing data. The most significant changes are detailed below.

Reporting OptionsThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) COVID-19 module will no longer be an option for daily data reporting as of July 15. Hospitals are asked to use one of the other reporting options to fulfill the data reporting request, including:

  • Reporting data to their state health departments, provided that their states have assumed responsibility for reporting hospital data to HHS. Such states have written authorization from their Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) regional administrator that they are assuming data reporting responsibilities. In turn, states should provide hospitals with written notification they are submitting data to HHS on their behalf.
  • Report to the HHS TeleTracking portal, an existing option for daily reporting. The TeleTracking portal also has been used for special data reporting requests related to high-impact funds distribution, as well as remdesivir distribution. For issues with accessing the TeleTracking portal or questions about the data, contact TeleTracking Technical Support at 1-877-570-6903.

Data Fields. HHS has made significant updates to the data fields it is asking for in daily reporting. For example, HHS is asking for information on both pediatric and adult patients, and is asking hospitals for information about their inventory of remdesivir.

The AHA strongly urges all hospitals to review the announcement and report the data to HHS as requested. HHS stressed in the announcement the importance of reporting the requested data on a daily basis to inform the Administration’s ongoing response to the pandemic, including the allocation of supplies, treatments and other resources. In addition, the agency notes it will no longer ask for one-time requests for data to aid in the distribution of remdesivir or any other treatments or supplies. This means that the daily reporting is the only mechanism used for the distribution calculations

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Over the past 3 years (36 months) TOTUS and his henchmen abetted by a neer do well Congress, has created an administration that has shown how quickly a country can be ruined. The ordinary workings which go on from administration to administration have failed or are hampered to the point of inactivity. All of the progress made over years have been squandered by a vacuous leader with the aid of yes men and women who for some reason have no redeeming moral qualities. The current administration is looked upon with awe by our long time allies who have all but stopped looking at the United (?) States for any leadership. I do not know what the legal fallout will be but once this administration is ousted there has to be a reckoning for all remaining members of the Seat filling Congressional members and the only providers of that reckoning will be the Voters.

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Apparently (and blatantly) it is OK to release criminals into the public so that they can continue their evil ways. We are experiencing an unprecedented abuse of power from a Leader(?) whose sole ability is lying. This exaggerator who cannot approach the truth with an Army in front of him continues to ply his trade in pursuit of his own nihilistic legacy. There is no redemption in this action and we all will pay for it. Our ( the voters) chip in the game is our vote and we need to remove the stain of this administration as quickly as possible. If possible I would back up a semi (or several) to rear door of the White House and outfit it with rows of handcuffs for the members of this administration. There are no other words for the actions of this administration other than criminal and racist.

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