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Nobel Peace Prize goes to UN World Food Programme

https://twitter.com/bbcbreaking/status/1314491999295279109?s=21

Pink eye often a symptom of COVID- check out Pence's eye

EDNESDAY, April 1, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- Besides causing COVID-19, the new coronavirus can also lead to "pink eye," and Chinese researchers say the virus may be spread by tears.



Of 38 patients with COVID-19, a dozen also had pink eye (conjunctivitis), a new study found. In two patients, the coronavirus was present in both nasal and eye fluids.


https://www.webmd.com/lung/news/20200401/pink-eye-often-a-symptom-of-covid-19

The Villages are ridin' for Biden!

https://twitter.com/TheRealHoarse/status/1313990451049963520?s=20

Negative advertising is resuming!

https://twitter.com/sarahmucha/status/1313954311894790144?s=21

Veep Debate Moderator Page Hosted Party Honoring Pence Protege Verma



In circles of journalism far from my own, particularly within the Beltway, it’s considered appropriate for journalists and the power brokers they cover to see each other socially, particularly if they are perceived as needing each other’s help to climb the slippery slope to fame. That is apparently the rationalization for the otherwise very fishy discovery that the moderator for next month’s vice-presidential candidate debate, veteran journalist (now with USA Today) Susan Page, hosted a party late in 2018 in honor of Mike Pence’s powerful protégé Seema Verma, who runs the Medicare and Medicaid programs for the Trump administration.


The party, dubbed a “girl’s night,” came to light as part of a U.S. House report (made public by Politico) on pretty heavy taxpayer-subsidized spending by organizer and Republican public relations type Pam Stevens as part of an effort to raise Verma’s profile or improve her brand or whatever euphemism for aggrandizement of the already-powerful you prefer. Turns out Page, not John Q. Public, paid the four grand or so for Verma’s party, but perhaps Stevens separately billed the feds for her consulting work on the event. In any event, the controversy isn’t really about who paid for the party, but whether a working journalist at Page’s level who has been hobnobbing with Mike Pence’s best-known associate in the Trump administration ought to be moderating his debate with Kamala Harris. Matt Yglesias thinks the answer is clearly “no.”

The taxpayer-funded party in Verma’s honor was held at the home of @SusanPage, who is scheduled to moderate the VP debate this fall but will hopefully be removed. https://t.co/w0Wi2vrMbj

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 10, 2020

The question isn’t whether Page should have hosted this particular gathering, but whether journalists should be “routinely” hosting social events for the kind of people they are supposed to be covering. Yes, Old Girls Networks like this are more understandable and less ethically objectionable than the Old Boys Networks they emulate, but they still promote the very idea of insular Beltway elites that helped feed the rise of Verma’s and Pence’s mutual boss Donald Trump. Indeed, one of the few Trump accomplishments I truly applaud is his successful effort to sabotage the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner (a.k.a. the Nerd Prom), wherein journalists and Washington officialdom gathered to lightly tease each other in ways that signaled they had more in common than their very different roles might suggest.

https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/09/veep-debate-moderator-hosted-dinner-honoring-pence-protg.html



This article is from Sept. 10th. Just a reminder, since everyday there's new outrages and it's hard to keep track of everything.

Carly Fiorina just endorsed Joe Biden on Fox News

https://twitter.com/RBReich/status/1313867375620485120?s=20

Americans pay more for insulin than any other developed country



https://twitter.com/JesseFFerguson/status/1313805965607743488?s=20




The U.S.pays several times more for insulin than any other developed country, according to a new RAND report.


Note: The chart above is comparing the U.S. to the other most expensive countries. The average OECD price, excluding the U.S., was about 11 times less than what the U.S. paid in 2018.

Why it matters: Insulin is an old drug and has been a poster child for excessive drug pricing for years, and yet nothing has been done that would significantly bring down its price.

Between the lines: This analysis focuses on list prices, not net prices after rebates. But the authors note that U.S. prices would still have been around four times higher than those in other countries even when accounting for rebates





https://www.axios.com/americans-pay-much-more-for-insulin-bd8db6a9-f9d9-48a4-bbad-23ca295dcfb1.html


Think Trump will fire Christopher Wray? Wray put out a new video on election security

https://twitter.com/AynRandPaulRyan/status/1313801419607035908?s=20


FBI Director Christopher Wray put this video out to try to quell fears about the security of the election by foreign and domestic influences.

It's pretty explicit. I'm not sure how he's going to keep his job after this.

John Bolton Seething With Jealousy After Trump Gets To Become Living Biological Weapon

WASHINGTON—Expressing frustration that the president was able to attain what he himself never had, former National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly seething with jealousy Tuesday that President Trump got to become a real-life living, breathing biological weapon. “If only I had stayed in the administration, I could’ve been the one to get infected with a deadly virus capable of defeating all of America’s enemies,” said Bolton, growing increasingly incensed that the president had so easily stumbled into such an efficient method of viral warfare. “It’s particularly galling because Donald Trump is totally wasting this golden opportunity just hanging out in the White House when he could bring Iran to its knees with one indoor face-to-face with Rouhani. The president has a moral imperative to fight for American interests by coughing repeatedly in the face of Kim Jong-un or at the very least wandering through a crowded North Korean market to infect as many civilians as possible.” At press time, a desperate Bolton was reportedly rubbing used hospital scrubs against his face and inhaling deeply while booking a flight to Tehran.

https://politics.theonion.com/john-bolton-seething-with-jealousy-after-trump-gets-to-1845288525

Apex man experiences life-threatening effects of COVID-19 weeks after diagnosis


Newlyweds Chavez and Ashlea Adams contracted coronavirus from a friend.


The Adamses reported mild symptoms, isolating at home as recommended by their doctors. After the isolation period ended and symptoms subsided, they moved on with the rest of their lives. The bounce-back wasn't as simple for Chavez Adams. Three weeks later, he started to lose momentum.


"I do this trail, it's like a five- or six-mile trail. I do it with my dog. I do it all the time and usually, it's like 45 minutes but this time, I had to call Ashley to come pick me up," he said. The two went directly to urgent care where Chavez Adams' temperature was 105. They went to the ER in Cary. "Took his temperature again: super high," Ashlea Adams said. "Did chest X-ray, drew blood, found haze in his lungs."

Chavez Adams was given pain medication and then sent home, he said. The family would make at least four more trips to the ER and hospitals before trying WakeMed in Apex. A nurse there noticed his extremely high heart rate and admitted him immediately. "His blood pressure bottomed out. His organs started to fail. His cardiac output was extremely low. His heart was failing. They put in a heart pump to save his life," Ashlea Adams recounted.

With his wife by his side, Chavez Adams, a lawyer, spent nearly a week in ICU. According to his medical team, the diagnosis wasn't COVID. In fact, he tested negative. Chavez was suffering from myocarditis, a life-threatening after-effect from the novel coronavirus.

https://abc11.com/health/newly-married-apex-couple-battles-life-threatening-covid-19-case/6789737/?utm_campaign=snd-autopilot
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