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July 31, 2020

Sadly true.

For those surviving children who are infected but recover, there's no telling how their health may be affected for the rest of their lives. The repercussions to national health and the accompanying financial hit in health care costs will be just another lovely gift that keeps on giving long after trump is gone.

July 31, 2020

Yes, it's political. That's why it's happening.

What concerns me almost as much as the potential loss of young lives or the loss of their parents and other family members is the crushing guilt some children may face as they grow up and come to understand that they were the vector that brought death into their homes. I also can't imagine children having to deal with the deaths of classmates and teachers at such young ages. All of these things will happen on a scale far beyond what would normally be expected, and it's an awful emotional burden they don't deserve.

July 31, 2020

You're right. How many dead has never mattered to them beyond how if affects the poll #s.

We need to face the facts that Trump is insane and have a plan to deal with him if he loses. Perhaps the House should have articles of impeachment ready for a vote the day the election is called with the goal of the shortest transition in the history of the country. If Trump wins, then we will all lose for the foreseeable future.

Pelosi, Schiff and others surely have thought of this as well. Here's hoping they will act when the time comes. Dems have a regrettable habit of hanging back on these things.
July 30, 2020

We've been waiting for what seemed forever for Obama to speak out

and today he did - beautifully expressed, exquisitely timed. It was perfect.

Links to Clinton, Bush, Obama and Pelosi eulogies in their entirety, plus Carter letter

July 30, 2020

Obama's still got it, that power to spellbind and stir an audience. It's amazing.

All the things we've been wanting to hear from him over the weeks and months are pouring out now, gently but powerfully woven together with a stirring tribute to John Lewis. It's wonderful.


July 30, 2020

And everyone knows where that money is really meant to go - right into trumpie's pockets.

This relief bill needs to be about RELIEF - badly needed financial help for the American people during a national crisis that trump has made no real effort to handle. Piss on any of his attempts at last minute grifting. The Biden administration can handle any renovations needed when the time comes.

July 29, 2020

This arrest was so poorly conceived and conducted, the mind boggles.


At a time when unidentified federal jackboots have been plucking people off the streets in Portland, or at any time really, choosing to arrest a woman at a protest by having a gaggle of male cops in plainclothes swarm her and pack her into an unmarked minivan is not the way.

Until the bike cops showed up, it really wasn't clear that it was police making an arrest, and until later reporting filled in some of the details, there was no way to know she had an outstanding warrant.

Bad form. Really, really bad.


If they did something wrong, then law enforcement needs to show up clearly identified as leo's, in identified vehicles, with an arrest warrant, present it, & take into custody. If the average citizen cannot differentiate between an "arrest" & a cartel kidnapping, it's a problem.

Yes, that. 👆
July 28, 2020

SA: Can a pocket laser damage the eye?


Eye damage from a pocket laser is unlikely, but could be possible under certain conditions. Red laser pointers that are "properly labeled" in the 3-5 mW range have not caused eye damage -- no retinal damage has been reported -- but there are very real concerns. One is pointers not manufactured to federal specifications. There are reports that green lasers, improperly imported to the U.S., far exceed safety limits.

Well, that's not good. The lasers I have seen in vids are green. 😕

In FDA-regulated pointers, the laser power limit is set at one-tenth the actual threshold of damage. If a person sees a bright light, they will automatically blink, on the average in less than 0.2 seconds. This is referred to as the blink reflex, and it is considered when the limit is assigned for how much power will cause an eye injury. By the way, you shouldn't force a stare at a laser, just like you shouldn't stare at the sun or any bright light source.

Possible more potentially damaging -- although not to the eye -- is that a regular pointer laser can overwhelm the eye with light, typically called flash blindness. If a person is walking a rocky path, operating machinery, a vehicle or aircraft, this temporary loss of vision could cause injury or disaster. At night, when the pupil is most open, the effects would bemagnified.

Still unclear from this article whether green lasers can cause permanent blindness. It's hard to believe it would when the simple remedy for a laser pointer is to look away or turn around.

Adding one more link:
July 28, 2020

Is this all still about hydroxychloroquine?

Fox apparently has not let this go. I have a SIL who will not stop watching Fox and on a family call last week she was bleating on about hydroxychloroquine and how unfair it is people can't easily get it. I gently asked, "You've heard about how it was killing people, haven't you? People with heart problems were especially susceptible to poor outcomes." Oh, she went off. Not only would she not acknowledge it wasn't necessarily safe or effective, she got angry that I wasn't in line with her way of thinking.

When you stay away from politics, she is a warm, lovely, intelligent person. Fox has warped her thinking - she will parrot the list of talking points louder and louder until you leave off disagreements, not matter how minor or gently phrased. It's so frustrating and sad. That channel warps people's brains. It's killing people.

Now it seems when trump can't get his pet garbage on Fox or Sinclair, he'll send a lackey like Rudy or Jr. to post things over and over online. He spent millions of taxpayer dollars on that drug, hoping to score big. He wants his grift, even if more people have to die for it. I'm glad Twitter called Jr. on the BS, but it would be better for everybody if they just banned the lot of them.

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