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Infectious diseases Dr: "Will continue to work bc I took a f*@king oath to do so."

Josh Barocas, MD @jabarocas

Ok, I'll join in. Infectious diseases physician here. Haven't made any extra money on #COVID19. Working an average of 80-100 hours/week to meet all responsibilities including those to family. No increase in pay. No bonuses. Will continue to work bc I took a f*@king oath to do so.

1:49 PM · Oct 25, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Oct 25, 2020, 04:59 PM (19 replies)

Attempted hijacking of oil tanker reported off Isle of Wight


‘Ongoing incident’ reported to have taken place onboard vessel south of Sandown

Sun 25 Oct 2020 11.08 EDT

Police have confirmed an incident onboard a vessel off the Isle of Wight, following reports of an attempted hijacking of an oil tanker.

The incident is reported to have taken place onboard the Liberian-registered Nave Andromeda crude oil tanker south of Sandown, according to Isle of Wight Radio.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: “We are aware and dealing with an ongoing incident onboard a vessel which is situated south of the Isle of Wight.

“We will provide you with further updates when we are in a position to do so.”


In the English Channel??
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sun Oct 25, 2020, 11:31 AM (8 replies)

AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial Brazil volunteer dies, trial to continue


OCTOBER 21, 2020

By Eduardo Simões, Ricardo Brito

SAO PAULO/BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian health authority Anvisa said on Wednesday that a volunteer in a clinical trial of the COVID-19 vaccine developed by AstraZeneca AZN.L and Oxford University had died but added that the trial would continue.

Oxford confirmed the plan to keep testing, saying in a statement that after careful assessment “there have been no concerns about safety of the clinical trial.” Brazilian newspaper O Globo reported that the volunteer had been given a placebo and not the trial vaccine, citing unnamed sources.

Anvisa provided no further details, citing medical confidentiality of those involved in trials.

AstraZeneca declined immediate comment.


Posted by Dennis Donovan | Wed Oct 21, 2020, 02:16 PM (3 replies)

Herrrrrrrreeeeee's Rudy!


Nope, not enough eye bleach.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Wed Oct 21, 2020, 01:41 PM (56 replies)

Tony Lewis, lead singer / bassist for the 80's band "The Outfield" dead at 62


Tony Lewis, singer for The Outfield, dies 'suddenly and unexpectedly' at 62

Gary Dinges


Oct 20, 2020

Tony Lewis, singer and bassist of English rock band The Outfield, died at age 62.

He died "suddenly and unexpectedly" on Monday near London, according to a statement from publicist Bari Lieberman.

The Outfield formed in 1984 and remained active for about three decades. Their hits included “Your Love,” “All the Love” and “Say It Isn’t So.” “Your Love” peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1986.

Lewis later went solo, dropping album "Out of the Darkness" in 2018. An EP, "Unplugged – The Acoustic Sessions," came out in May.

"Tony’s music touched people around the globe for decades," the statement said. His "legacy will live on forever through his beautiful family and his legendary music."


I wasn't a huge fan of their music back in the mid-80's, but I just listed to "Your Love" on YouTube and it made me nostalgic for the 80's and MTV.

Cross gently, Tony...

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 03:13 PM (3 replies)

Spencer Davis of The Spencer Davis Group has died, aged 81


The founder of The Spencer Davis Group, who had hits with 'Keep On Running' and 'Gimme Some Lovin'', passed away yesterday (October 19)

By Sam Moore

20th October 2020

Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group seated at a table on 24th October 1970. (Picture: Evening Standard/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

Spencer Davis has died at the age of 81.

The multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Spencer Davis Group reportedly passed away yesterday (October 19) following a heart attack at his home in California, according to Birmingham Live.

Davis formed The Spencer Davis Group with Steve Winwood, Muff Winwood and Pete York in 1963, with the band becoming renowned for such 1960s hits as ‘Keep On Running’, ‘Gimme Some Lovin” and ‘I’m A Man’.

Group portrait of The Spencer Davis Group, 1965. L-R Spencer Davis, Steve Winwood, Pete York, Muff Winwood. (Picture: GAB Archive/Redferns)


Cross gently, Spencer.
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 12:01 PM (1 replies)

47 Years Ago Today; The Saturday Night Massacre


Front page of The New York Times, October 21, 1973, announcing the dismissal of Cox and the departure of Richardson and Ruckelshaus

The Saturday Night Massacre is the name popularly applied to the series of events that took place in the United States on the evening of Saturday, October 20, 1973, during the Watergate scandal. U.S. President Richard Nixon ordered Attorney General Elliot Richardson to fire independent special prosecutor Archibald Cox; Richardson refused and resigned effective immediately. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox; Ruckelshaus refused, and also resigned. Nixon then ordered the third-most-senior official at the Justice Department, Solicitor General Robert Bork, to fire Cox. Bork considered resigning, but did as Nixon asked.

The political and public reactions to Nixon's actions were negative and highly damaging to the president. The impeachment process against Richard Nixon began ten days later, on October 30. A new special counsel was appointed on November 1, 1973, and on November 14, 1973, a court ruled that the dismissal had been illegal.

U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson had appointed Cox in May 1973 after promising the House Judiciary Committee that he would appoint a special prosecutor to investigate the events surrounding the break-in of the Democratic National Committee's offices at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, D.C., on June 17, 1972. The appointment was created as a career reserved position in the Justice department, meaning it came under the authority of the attorney general who could only remove the special prosecutor "for cause", e.g., gross improprieties or malfeasance in office. Richardson had, in his confirmation hearings before the U.S. Senate, promised not to use his authority to dismiss the Watergate special prosecutor, unless for cause.

When Cox issued a subpoena to Nixon, asking for copies of taped conversations recorded in the Oval Office, the president refused to comply. On Friday, October 19, 1973, Nixon offered what was later known as the Stennis Compromise – asking the infamously hard-of-hearing Senator John C. Stennis of Mississippi to review and summarize the tapes for the special prosecutor's office. Cox refused the compromise that same evening, and it was believed that there would be a short rest in the legal maneuvering while government offices were closed for the weekend.

Archibald Cox

However, on the following day (Saturday), Nixon ordered Attorney General Richardson to fire Cox. Richardson refused and resigned in protest. Nixon then ordered Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus to fire Cox. Ruckelshaus also refused and resigned.[5]

Nixon then ordered the Solicitor General of the United States, Robert Bork, as acting head of the Justice Department, to fire Cox. Both Richardson and Ruckelshaus had given personal assurances to Congressional oversight committees that they would not interfere, but Bork had not. Although Bork later claimed he believed Nixon's order to be valid and appropriate, he still considered resigning to avoid being "perceived as a man who did the President's bidding to save my job". Nevertheless, having been brought to the White House by limousine and sworn in as acting attorney general, Bork wrote the letter firing Cox – and the Saturday Night Massacre was complete.

Initially, the Nixon White House claimed to have fired Ruckelshaus, but as an article published the next day by The Washington Post pointed out, "The letter from the President to Bork also said Ruckelshaus resigned", catching Nixon lying.

The night he was fired, Cox's deputy prosecutor and press aides held an impassioned news briefing and read the following statement from him, "Whether ours shall continue to be a government of laws and not of men is now for Congress and ultimately the American people."

On November 14, 1973, federal district judge Gerhard Gesell ruled firing Cox was illegal absent a finding of extraordinary impropriety as specified in the regulation establishing the special prosecutor's office. Congress was infuriated by what it saw as a gross abuse of presidential power – as were many Americans, who sent an unusually large number of telegrams to the White House and Congress in protest.

Less than a week after the Saturday Night Massacre, an Oliver Quayle poll for NBC News indicated that, for the first time, a plurality of U.S. citizens supported impeaching Nixon, with 44% in favor, 43% opposed, and 13% undecided, with a sampling error of 2 to 3 per cent. In the days that followed, numerous resolutions of impeachment against the president were introduced in Congress, and the impeachment process against Richard Nixon was underway.

However, the House Judiciary Committee did not approve its first article of impeachment until July 27 the following year – more than nine months after the Saturday Night Massacre – when it charged Nixon with obstruction of justice. Two more articles of impeachment quickly followed.

Within two weeks, Nixon had made the decision to resign; following a televised speech in which he announced his intentions, he did so on August 9, 1974.

How quaint, given what we've been thru since 2017...
Posted by Dennis Donovan | Tue Oct 20, 2020, 10:40 AM (1 replies)

Waiting for JFK Jr. like

Schooley @Rschooley

Would we even recognize a 60 year old JFK Jr. though?

Schooley @Rschooley

Waiting for JFK Jr. like

4:36 PM · Oct 17, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sat Oct 17, 2020, 07:16 PM (3 replies)

GIANT RED WAVE COMING! *To America's prisons (Rep Swalwell)

Rep. Eric Swalwell @RepSwalwell

*To America’s prisons

Donald J. Trump @realDonaldTrump


12:05 PM · Oct 17, 2020

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Sat Oct 17, 2020, 12:09 PM (21 replies)

Bolton Warned His Staff To Stay Away From Russia-Aligned Rudy Giuliani


As early as the spring of 2019, the former New York mayor was seen as a conduit for Russia’s evolving efforts to manipulate the forthcoming election.

Erin Banco
Spencer Ackerman
Asawin Suebsaeng
Updated Oct. 16, 2020 7:54PM ET / Published Oct. 16, 2020 7:56PM ET

Former National Security Adviser John Bolton repeatedly told his staff to actively remove themselves from conversations and meetings with Rudy Giuliani after Bolton received warnings from intelligence officials that the president’s personal lawyer was propagating conspiracy theories that aligned with a Russian operation to undermine the 2020 presidential election.

Bolton even warned his subordinates to avoid meetings in which Giuliani or his agenda might be raised. According to three sources with direct knowledge of the situation, Bolton told his team not to attend an Oval Office meeting May 23, 2019 with President Donald Trump following the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The meeting, over Bolton’s objections, included former European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, former Energy Secretary Rick Perry, deputy national security adviser Charles Kupperman, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and ex-Special Envoy to Ukraine Kurt Volker. In the meeting, Trump told the group to “talk to Rudy,” who did not attend, about setting up a White House visit with Zelensky. Two sources said that the May directive from Bolton followed a series of warnings not to participate in meetings where Giuliani may attend.

The reluctance of Bolton’s NSC team to engage with Giuliani shows that as early as the spring of 2019, the former New York mayor was seen as a conduit for Russia’s evolving efforts to manipulate the forthcoming election. One former senior White House official recalled a series of discussions in the early days of 2019 that Russia was working on a scheme to leak “forged” or “fake” emails through intermediaries in the weeks leading up to the 2020 election. Officials viewed Giuliani as a possible target for such a leak, that person said. Another former official said Russia’s penetration of the servers of Ukranian energy company Burisma—where Hunter Biden once sat on the board—prompted “informed speculation among professionals that this would be the entree to fabricate material connecting Hunter Biden to corruption inside Burisma, and it wouldn’t take more than 10 percent truth.”

The Washington Post reported Thursday that in December 2019 Bolton’s successor Robert O’Brien warned the White House that Giuliani was a target of Russian intelligence operation to feed disinformation to Trump. But according to three individuals familiar with the matter, including two in the intelligence space, the warnings began in January 2019 about Giuliani’s possible links to Ukrainian officials with close ties to Russia and active in the spreading of disinformation.

Posted by Dennis Donovan | Fri Oct 16, 2020, 08:07 PM (3 replies)
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