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About Me

I am 57, retired teacher and illustrator, life-long dem., activist, union member. Also I do not use social media and I'm technologically retarded. I love dogs, rock music and swearing (a lot). My 17 year old "puppy" died on June 2, 2020. She grew up listening to Animals (Pink Floyd). She has kept me sane through the tRump years, not easy, and has given me endless love, companionship, kisses and tail wags.

Journal Archives

NYC cops promote "Trump 2020" on police speaker...

Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) Tweeted:
Shockingly, police would prefer a police state https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/1320429155297755141?s=20

Funniest/scariest thing I have read today, especially if true...

The Daily Edge (@TheDailyEdge) Tweeted:
Aubrey O'Day, ex-mistress of @DonaldJTrumpJr:

“Since trump has now lowered this debate to trashing family.
-don jr HATES his father.
-ivanka is a lesbian on the low.
-eric fucked miss universe on the apprentice board room table while with his now-wife." https://t.co/Pzk3iNx14f https://twitter.com/TheDailyEdge/status/1320095471537442817?s=20

And more, apparently Barron is like the rest of them.


Uber and Lyft must reclassify drivers as employees, appeals court finds


"In a blow to Uber and Lyft, a California appeals court said Thursday that the companies must reclassify their drivers as employees rather than independent contractors, affirming an earlier court decision"

The ruling marks a significant development in a months-long legal fight between the companies and the state of California, which in May sued Uber and Lyft and claimed they were in violation of state law. It also puts greater pressure on the companies to successfully pass their California ballot measure which seeks to exempt them from the law.

If Prop. 22 passes, ride-hail and delivery drivers would continue to be treated as independent contractors. There would be some concessions on benefits, including a minimum earnings guarantee based on "engaged time" when a driver is fulfilling a ride or delivery request, but not the time they spend waiting for a gig.

"This ruling makes it more urgent than ever for voters to stand with drivers and vote yes on Prop. 22," Lyft spokesperson Julie Wood said in a statement to CNN Business on Thursday. Uber also pivoted to the vote on Prop 22 in its statement, saying that if the measure is not passed, "rideshare drivers will be prevented from continuing to work as independent contractors, putting hundreds of thousands of Californians out of work and likely shutting down ridesharing throughout much of the state."

Is this all of what Rudy Giuliani did?

Firm grasp on reality. https://twitter.com/KeithOlbermann/status/1319502725726543872?s=20

What's a "lizard brain"?

John Meacham (MSNBC) just said tRump's white male, voters are lizard brains. I don't understand.

Suicide rates during the pandemic remained unchanged. Here's what we can learn from that.


It turns out that both I and my crosstown colleague were mistaken. Suicide rates in Massachusetts neither rose nor fell last spring. Suicide rates did not change from expected rates at all.

...we performed what researchers call a sensitivity analysis — a fancy way of saying we asked the same question in a number of ways to make sure we were not deluding ourselves. We compared this year’s rates in March, April and May with those from last year and other years.

No matter how we looked, we kept finding the same thing. Suicide rates did not budge during the stay-at-home advisory period (March 23 until a phased reopening began in late May) in Massachusetts, which had one of the longest such periods of any state in the nation.

Studying the effects of stay-at-home advisories is still in its infancy, and what is learned will help inform the decisions of public health officials as they consider measures to address future infectious-disease outbreaks or another covid-19 spike.

There are legitimate questions to be raised about the pandemic’s toll on mental health. Some of the impact may have more to do with the continuing inability to control the virus, and with the ensuing economic fallout, than with Americans’ staying home for weeks and even months in the spring. That said, a rise in suicides or other suffering resulting from temporary stay-home advisories is neither guaranteed nor inevitable.

FDA approves Gilead's remdesivir as coronavirus treatment

Source: CNBC

"The Food and Drug Administration on Thursday approved Gilead Sciences' antiviral drug remdesivir as a treatment for the coronavirus."

The drug will be used for Covid-19 patients at least 12 years old and requiring hospitalization, Gilead said. Remdesivir is now the first and only fully approved treatment in the U.S. for Covid-19, which has infected more than 41.3 million people worldwide and killed more than 1 million, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The drug is administered in a hospital setting via an IV. The company said the medication should only be administered in a hospital or in a health-care setting capable of providing acute care comparable with inpatient hospital care.

The majority of patients treated with remdesivir receive a five-day course using six vials of the drug. The company is also developing an inhaled version of the medication, which it will administer through a nebulizer, a delivery device that can turn liquid medicines into mist. The company has said the drug can't be administered in pill form because its chemical makeup would impact the liver.

Remdesivir, now under the brand name Veklury, costs $2,340 for a five-day treatment course for people covered by government health programs and other countries' health-care systems, and $3,120 for U.S. patients with private health coverage. Shares of Gilead were up more than 5% in after-hours trading.

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/10/22/fda-approves-gileads-remdesivir-as-coronavirus-treatment.html

Worst Person in the World #12. Oct., 22, 2020

Clint Watts, Malcolm Nance and Val Demmings all said "yes"

earlier today on Joy Reid's show. They said not as likely from Russia and more likely from Iran. Russia has been doing different election interference.

I wish I had this young woman's safety moves...

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