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So…it was OK to steal people from their homeland to work for nothing in another country for 400 years., then relegate their existence to the trash pile of history. This is an elected official who is supposed to represent EVERYONE in his electoral district.MA

07/27/2020 12:23 am ET Updated 6 hours ago

Slavery “was the necessary evil upon which the union was built,” the Arkansas senator said in an interview.

By Mary Papenfuss

Controversial Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) called slavery the nation’s “necessary evil” in a new interview published Sunday.

The senator told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that slavery was the evil ”upon which the union was built.”

He made the stunning comment while discussing how slavery should be taught in schools.

“We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can’t understand our country,” Cotton said. “As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built.”

Cotton also noted that the “union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction.”

Instead of portraying America as “an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country,” the nation should be viewed “as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind,” he added.

Cotton delved into his twisted view of the history of slavery as he discussed his bill — the Saving American History Act of 2020 — that would cut off federal professional development funds from any school district that teaches a curriculum linked to the 1619 Project.

The 1619 Project — which refers to the year slaves were brought from Africa to colonial America — was a series of pieces by writers for the New York Times Magazine that examines the American history of slavery and its critical role in the nation’s founding.

Nikole Hannah-Jones, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Times reporter and director of the 1619 Project, blasted Cotton’s comments justifying slavery, “where it was legal to rape, torture and sell human beings for profit.” It’s “hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end,” she added.

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end.

AR Democrat-Gazette

@ArkansasOnline

Bill by Sen. Tom Cotton targets curriculum on slavery http://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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Cotton shot back in a tweet — retweeted by President Donald Trump — that his comments were not “justifying or endorsing slavery” because he claimed to be merely “describing the views of the Founders.”

 

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

 

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right.

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

If chattel slavery — heritable, generational, permanent, race-based slavery where it was legal to rape, torture, and sell human beings for profit — were a “necessary evil” as @TomCottonAR says, it’s hard to imagine what cannot be justified if it is a means to an end. https://twitter.com/arkansasonline/status/1287405584585809923…

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Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Were the Founders right or wrong, @TomCottonAR, when they called slavery a “necessary evil upon which the Union was built”? Because either you agree with their assessment of slavery as necessary or you admit they were lying and it was just an evil and dishonorable choice. Which?

Tom Cotton

@TomCottonAR

US Senate candidate, AR

 

More lies from the debunked 1619 Project. Describing the *views of the Founders* and how they put the evil institution on a path to extinction, a point frequently made by Lincoln, is not endorsing or justifying slavery. No surprise that the 1619 Project can’t get facts right. https://twitter.com/nhannahjones/status/1287456866239418368…

5:52 PM · Jul 26, 2020

 

Ida Bae Wells

@nhannahjones

 

Replying to @nhannahjones

Actual historian and scholar of slavery. https://twitter.com/rothmanistan/status/1287465958529957890?s=21…

Joshua D. Rothman

@rothmanistan

Contra Sen. Cotton, slavery was neither a “necessary” evil nor destined for “ultimate extinction.” Slavery was a choice defended or accepted by most white Americans for generations, and it expanded dramatically between the Revolution and the Civil War. https://arkansasonline.com/news/2020/jul/26/bill-by-cotton-targets-curriculum-on-slavery/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter_ArkansasOnline…

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In his interview with the Gazette, Cotton criticized the 1619 Project as “left-wing propaganda,” and “factually, historically flawed.”

“Even a penny is too much to go to the 1619 Project in our public schools,” Cotton said. “The New York Times should not be teaching American history to our kids.”

If “local, left-wing school boards want to fill their children’s heads with anti-American rot, that’s their regrettable choice,” said Cotton. “But they ought not to benefit from federal tax dollars to teach America’s children to hate America.”

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Apparently the 1960’s have been roiling in the country for years as this current administration has in essence “released the Kraken”. The culmination of the life experiences of TOTUS has influenced his administration and drawn the baser elements of our society to it. Somehow  the miscreants have coalesced into an administration and Congress ( in part) which mirrors some Dictatorial governments.

Our Direction is clearly stated below:

“Do not get lost in a sea of despair. Be hopeful, be optimistic. Our struggle is not the struggle of a day, a week, a month, or a year, it is the struggle of a lifetime. Never, ever be afraid to make some noise and get in good trouble, necessary trouble.” — John Lewis

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Two Party Opera Comic Strip for July 24, 2020

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Congressional Republicans want to tie future relief to work, despite the fact that unemployment is at a record high.
MATTHEW ROZSA
MAY 20, 2020 11:48PM (UTC)
Congressional Republicans are attempting to stop the passage of another relief package for Americans economically suffering as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, even as an estimated 36 million Americans have lost their jobs.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., told reporters Tuesday that he doesn’t “see the need right now” to pass another relief package, adding that his opinion had not been changed by a meeting earlier in the day with Vice President Mike Pence and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., expressed a similar view, explaining that the Senate will wait a couple weeks before deciding on what to do about a potential fourth stimulus bill.

Last week the House of Representatives, which is controlled by the Democrats, passed an additional relief bill worth $3 trillion. The bill would have spent more money on coronavirus tests, increased funding to state and local governments, and sent Americans another round of direct payments.

Republican leaders made it clear at the time that the bill would not pass in the Senate, which their party controls. It is unclear how this bodes in terms of the fate of the House’s proposed reforms to the Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program (PPP); those reforms include getting rid of the so-called 75/25 rule that requires PPP recipients to use three-fourths of their allotments on payroll costs, and extending the eight-week period to use the money to 24 weeks.

If the House stimulus bill, known as the HEROES Act, had been passed by the Senate and signed into law by President Donald Trump, it would have provided Americans with a second round of direct payments of $1,200 per person, adding up to a maximum of $6,000 per household. It also would have created a $200 billion “Heroes’ fund” to guarantee that essential workers who have risked their lives during the pandemic can receive hazard pay; established a $175 billion fund of housing supports to help owners and renters; required all workplaces to implement infection control plans based on CDC expertise; provided COBRA subsidies and a special enrollment period in Obamacare exchanges to protect health insurance; extended unemployment benefits; and increased food stamps.

Republican congressmen prefer to use the next round of stimulus legislation to push for programs that would incentivize work rather than provide direct financial relief, according to Forbes. (Unemployment hit 14.7 percent last month, the highest number since the Great Depression.) Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., wants to put liability protections into relief legislation so that businesses can avoid lawsuits if workers get sick or die on the job as a result of COVID-19. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, wants to include a payroll tax cut in the next stimulus proposal. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has condemned Republican efforts to stall the House-passed relief package and implement their own more conservative approaches.

“It’s always interesting to me to see how much patience some people have with the pain and suffering of other people,” Pelosi told reporters. “Let’s take a pause? Do you think this virus is taking a pause? Do you think that the rent takes a pause?”

The stimulus programs have aroused controversy in part because many of their intended beneficiaries have struggled to get what they need from them. Earlier this week, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was hiring 3,500 telephone representatives to assist people having difficulties with their Economic Impact Payments. It is believed that the agency has sent about 140 million stimulus checks as of Monday and says it expected to send more than 150 million payments in total.

Part of the problem is that, because the government is not able to send out all of the payments at the same time, it has instead done so in phases, in order from the lowest earners to the highest ones. Money began being distributed on April 10 for individuals who had direct deposit information on file based on their 2018 or 2019 tax returns. Those for whom the government does not have direct deposit information were mailed checks in late April, although because of logistical issues it may take several months before they receive their payments.

As of last week, veterans who are not required to file tax returns, railroad retirees and Social Security beneficiaries also began to receive payments. People who were not required to file tax returns, such as low-income individuals, have been told to put their basic information on the IRS website to make sure that they are not overlooked.

Another complication, as The New York Times’ David Leonhardt recently explained, is that while many governments are temporarily paying their workers’ salaries to avoid millions of layoffs, the United States is implementing a more complex approach.

“It created a complicated mix of different stimulus policies, including loans to businesses and checks for families,” Leonhard explained. “This approach doesn’t appear to be working: The U.S. has had a sharper rise in unemployment than other countries. Many jobless Americans have also lost their health insurance — in the midst of a pandemic.”

 

MATTHEW ROZSA

Matthew Rozsa is a staff writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.


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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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.

Guests

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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