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BeyondGeography's Journal
BeyondGeography's Journal
December 1, 2020

GA's Sterling to Trump: 'Stop inspiring people to commit potential acts of violence'

ATLANTA — Gabriel Sterling, the voting implementation manager with the Georgia Secretary of State's office is mad. During an afternoon news conference on Tuesday, he was visibly shaken up about some of the threats some election workers have received.

"It's all gone too far," he said with a raised voice to start the event. "All of it."

It comes after a 20-year-old contractor for Dominion received death threats, Sterling said. He said the worker received threats with a noose on social media -- saying he should be hanged for treason. He said the tech was transporting a report for batches in Gwinnett County.

"He was just trying to do his job," Sterling said. "It's not right."

...Sterling called on everyone, including the President and senators to condemn this type of action.

"Mr. President, you have not condemned these actions or this language. Senators, you have not condemned this language or these actions. This has to stop! We need you to step up and if you're going to take a position of leadership - show some."


November 28, 2020

Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46

Source: AP

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to transform the city’s downtown area, has died. He was 46.

Hsieh was with family when he died Friday, according to a statement from DTP Companies, which he founded. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio said Hsieh passed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported. Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, told news outlets that Hsieh had been injured in a house fire while visiting Connecticut. Additional details weren’t immediately released. An official cause of death wasn’t announced.

...Hsieh recently retired from Zappos after 20 years leading the company. The online shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday. “The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being,” the statement said. “His spirit will forever be a part of Zappos.”

Hsieh was a Harvard University graduate who joined the company — then called ShoeSite.com — in 1999. Zappos was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009, but Hsieh had remained with the company until his retirement. For years, he also worked to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, pledging $350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. The same year he moved Zappos’ headquarters into the former Las Vegas City Hall building.

Read more: https://apnews.com/article/904fbc743e814485d635000369494fda

November 27, 2020

Dr. Mary Fowkes, who Helped Science Understand the Pandemic, Dies Suddenly at 66

Dr. Mary Fowkes, a neuropathologist at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan whose autopsies of Covid-19 victims early in the pandemic discovered serious damage in multiple organs — a finding that led to the successful use of higher doses of blood thinners to treat patients — died on Nov. 15 at her home in Katonah, N.Y., in Westchester County. She was 66. Her daughter, Jackie Treatman, said the cause was a heart attack.

When Dr. Fowkes (rhymes with “pokes”) and her team began their autopsies, little was known about the novel coronavirus, which was believed to be largely a respiratory disease. The first few dozen autopsies revealed that Covid-19 affected the lungs and other vital organs, and that the virus probably traveled through the body in the endothelial cells, which line the interior of blood vessels.

“We saw very small and very microscopic blood clots in the lungs, the heart, the liver — and significant blood clots in the brain,” Dr. Fowkes said in an interview on the CBS News program “60 Minutes” for a segment, broadcast on Nov. 22, on the long-term effects of Covid-19. She had been interviewed by the correspondent Anderson Cooper on Oct. 30, a little more than two weeks before her death. The clots in the brain suggested that there had been strokes, she told Mr. Cooper.

Mr. Cooper asked if she had expected to see the breadth of damage in so many organs. “No, not at all,” Dr. Fowkes said. “Nobody’s seen it like this.”

Dr. Fowkes “had a curious scientific mind and an uncompromising attitude to doing as many autopsies as possible to produce something that was unique,” Dr. Carlos Cordon-Cardo, chairman of the department of pathology, molecular and cell-based medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, said in a phone interview.



November 27, 2020

Alec Baldwin and John Mauceri in Conversation - For the Love of Music

A great conversation between two classical music lovers who come from different places but genuinely respect and enjoy each other’s perspective. If you need a refreshing civilizational time-out you could do much worse than this.

November 24, 2020

A gracious and bi-partisan (no really) Rudy Giuliani concedes to David Dinkins (RIP) in 1989

Ignore the title of this clip, it’s a good speech, delivered to a typically boisterous NYC crowd. The whole thing is a little crazy, right up to the very end. Well worth watching on its own, but especially now that Rudy has descended into total madness and Mayor Dinkins, who governed in the face of the never-ending hostility of this audience, has passed.

November 16, 2020

Howard Stern: "Calm down your f---ing loony hillbilly friends and tell them you lost."

He’s also not too bullish on a new Trump-run network:

Talk radio host Howard Stern mocked the idea of President Trump starting a competitor network to Fox News upon leaving office, saying such a venture would collapse within a year.

"[If] he thinks running the country is hard, wait till he has to run a news network," Stern said on his Monday show, according to the New York Daily News. "That’ll fail inside of a year like all the other businesses. This is just insanity what’s going on."

...Stern, who was a friend of Trump's and frequently had him on as a guest before Trump entered politics, called on the president to concede the election gracefully.

“For once, do something good for the country. Calm down your f---ing loony hillbilly friends and tell them you lost the election and you’re going to help the transition,” Stern said Monday. “These loonies who follow you are all worked up. They think something was taken from them.”


November 16, 2020

Trump campaign jettisons major parts of its legal challenge against Pennsylvania's election results

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump’s campaign on Sunday scrapped a major part of its federal lawsuit challenging the election results in Pennsylvania. Trump's attorneys filed a revised version of the lawsuit, removing allegations that election officials violated the Trump campaign's constitutional rights by limiting the ability of their observers to watch votes being counted.

Trump and Rudy Giuliani, his personal attorney, have said repeatedly that more than 600,000 votes in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh should be invalidated because of this issue.

Trump's pared-down lawsuit now focuses on allegations that Republicans were illegally disadvantaged because some Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail ballots. Counties have said this affected only a small number of votes.

Cliff Levine, an attorney representing the Democratic Party in the case, said on Sunday evening that Trump's move meant his lawsuit could not possibly change the result.

"Now you're only talking about a handful of ballots," said Levine. "They would have absolutely no impact on the total count or on Joe Biden's win over Donald Trump."

More at https://www.inquirer.com/politics/election/trump-election-lawsuit-results-pennsylvania-20201115.html
November 16, 2020

Dumb All Over - Frank Zappa

November 13, 2020

China congratulates Biden and Harris on election

Source: Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Friday congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, who won the Nov. 3 election that President Donald Trump has not conceded, nearly a week after the former vice president clinched enough states for the win.

“We respect the choice of the American people. We extend congratulations to Mr. Biden and Ms. Harris,” foreign ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a regular daily briefing, referring to Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. “We understand the results of the U.S. election will be determined according to U.S. laws and procedures,” he added, repeating Beijing’s earlier stance.

Trump’s refusal to accept defeat has put Beijing in an awkward position, with China loath to do anything to antagonize Trump, who has mounted court challenges to the balloting and remains in office until the Jan 20 inauguration.

Relations between China and the United States are at their worst in decades over disputes ranging from technology and trade to Hong Kong and the coronavirus, and the Trump administration has unleashed a barrage of sanctions against Beijing.

Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-china/china-congratulates-biden-and-harris-on-election-idUSKBN27T0TU?utm_medium=Social&utm_source=twitter

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