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Minneapolis officer/board member: "We accept no responsibility."


Astounding attitude. Dehumanizing the people they are supposed to "protect and serve".

Only 8% of the police even live in the ENTIRE city of Minneapolis. That's a cause of this "us versus them" mentality amongst the police.

Covid-19 Spread Fastest by Teens and Tweens, Korea Study Finds

Source: MSN/Bloomberg

Older children are more likely to spread Covid-19 within a household than younger children and adults, according to a new study of 5,706 coronavirus patients in South Korea.

The researchers traced and tested nearly 60,000 people who had contact with the infected people and found that, on average, 11.8% of household contacts tested positive for Covid-19, according to the early release of a study published on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.

For people who lived with patients between the ages of 10 and 19, 18.6% tested positive for the virus within about 10 days after the initial case was detected -- the highest rate of transmission among the groups studied. Children younger than 10 spread the virus at the lowest rate, though researchers warned that could change when schools reopen.

The study comes on the heels of an intensifying debate about whether, when and how schools should resume classes. Working parents around the world have been struggling to balance their own remote work with the added complication of school closures. There is intense pressure on political leaders. In the U.S., the Trump administration has threatened to withhold federal funds for local school districts that fail to reopen.

At the same time, virus rates have been rising again, even in places that thought they’d extinguished their outbreaks, and many teachers are wary of returning to the classroom. State data suggests the infection rates among children could also be far higher than the 2% reported by the CDC.

The South Korean study suggests that older children may be particularly contagious, although the researchers point out that household contacts could have contracted the virus elsewhere. Still, given the high rates of infection within families, the study called for more research to understand how to limit the spread of the virus at home.

Read more: https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/other/covid-19-spread-fastest-by-teens-and-tweens-korea-study-finds/ar-BB16V7xm

So much for Gov. DeSantis (R) of Florida's claim that children don't get or spread the virus to any significant degree.

But, yeah, let's rush to open unprepared schools where we can't even provide each child with a mask.

I am over 65, the Republicans don't care if I die.

Look at the Republicans' response to the crisis:

Trump's ignoring of the pandemic, his criticism of the CDC, and his failure to have a national mobilization to provide necessary masks and protective equipment.

Red States ignoring CDC guidelines and opening precipitously too soon.

The politicizing of wearing face masks.

Gov. Kemp (R) of Georgia RESCINDING Atlanta's Mayor Keisha Bottoms mask wearing mandate.

Gov. DeSantis (R) of Florida bragged about how quickly the state was able to reopen due to his great response to the pandemic and now Florida is the epicenter of the pandemic in the entire world. And still DeSantis declares that most people are hardly affected by the virus at all and the media is over hyping it for political purposes.

It all paints a clear picture. The Republicans just don't care if older people die.

They don't care that covid-19 hits older people the hardest, they don't care because they consider older Americans to be a surplus, unproductive segment of the population.

How Dickensian of them.

New polls show Joe Biden is winning suburbanites by a historic margin

The new ABC News/Washington Post poll is the latest to show former Vice President Joe Biden on a roll.

He leads President Donald Trump 55% to 40% among registered voters. (It's a slightly tighter 54% to 44% among likely voters). The poll comes on top of other surveys last week from Fox News, NBC News/Wall Street Journal and Quinnipiac University giving Biden anywhere from an 8 to 15 point advantage.

Biden's advantage in the polls is most evident in the suburbs, where he is earning a historic amount of support for a Democrat.

Biden is up by a 52% to 43% margin among suburban voters in the ABC News/Washington Post poll.

Other polls in the last month show Biden in as good or even better position among suburban voters. The latest Fox News poll has Biden with 49% to 38% lead. Quinnipiac University poll puts Biden ahead by a 56% to 34% margin with suburbanites. The NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist Poll has Biden beating Trump 60% to 35% among suburban voters.

Our early June CNN poll had Biden with a 14-point lead in the suburbs.

In the average of all the polls, Biden's ahead by more than 15 points with suburban voters. This is a historic margin, if it holds.
The fact that Biden is doing so well in the suburbs shouldn't be a surprise. The suburbs are a bellwether vote of sorts in our current political environment. That is, the suburban vote mirrors the national vote closer than the urban or rural vote.


Tuesday, November 3rd cannot come soon enough.

Trump lies: "We're signing a health care plan within two weeks"


Of course there is no such bill moving thru the Senate, let alone the House.

People responding to this tweet are correct, Trump get's away with telling FLAT OUT LIES constantly to a degree previously unheard of in American politics.

Tuesday, November 3rd can not come soon enough.

Trump humiliated by Fox's Wallace about Cognitive Test!


This is hysterical!

Wallace: 100... 93...

John Lewis: Do not get lost in a sea of despair


Timeless advice!

We all miss you, John.

A Beautiful John Lewis Moment on the Colbert Show


We all miss you, John.

It's good to celebrate his life.

With coronavirus antibodies fading fast, vaccine hopes fade, too

Disturbing new revelations that permanent immunity to the coronavirus may not be possible have jeopardized vaccine development and reinforced a decision by scientists at UCSF and affiliated laboratories to focus exclusively on treatments.

Several recent studies conducted around the world indicate that the human body does not retain the antibodies that build up during infections, meaning there may be no lasting immunity to COVID-19 after people recover.

Strong antibodies are also crucial in the development of vaccines. So molecular biologists fear the only way left to control the disease may be to treat the symptoms after people are infected to prevent the most debilitating effects, including inflammation, blood clots and death.

“I just don’t see a vaccine coming anytime soon,” said Nevan Krogan, a molecular biologist and director of UCSF’s Quantitative Biosciences Institute, which works in partnership with 100 research laboratories. “People do have antibodies, but the antibodies are waning quickly.” And if antibodies diminish, “then there is a good chance the immunity from a vaccine would wane too.”

The latest bad news came from scientists at King’s College of London, whose study of 90 COVID-19 patients in the United Kingdom found antibody levels peaked three weeks after the onset of symptoms and then dramatically declined. Potent antibodies were found in 60% of the patients, according to the study, but only 17% retained the same potency three months later. In some cases, the antibodies disappeared completely, said the study which was published as a preprint Saturday, meaning it has not yet been peer-reviewed.

The report is the latest in a growing chain of evidence that immunity to COVID-19 is short-lived.

There is still hope that the remaining antibodies will bestow some immunity, but infectious disease specialists around the world were surprised and discouraged by the rapid reduction observed in the studies. If the numbers continue dropping after three months, it could mean people will be susceptible to infection by the coronavirus year after year.


This is not good news.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg announces cancer recurrence, will remain on the Supreme Court

Source: NBC News and CNN


Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said Friday she is undergoing chemotherapy to treat a recurrence of cancer. The treatment is yielding "positive results." The liberal justice, 87, said she remains "fully able" to continue in her post.

Owing to her age and long medical history, Ginsburg's health is the subject of widespread interest given her status as a liberal icon. The prospect that President Donald Trump could name a third justice to the Supreme Court would also be a major election issue.
Earlier this week, Ginsburg was treated at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore after having a fever and chills, and undergoing an "endoscopic procedure to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August," the court said at the time.

Ginsburg said her cancer treatment is unrelated to this week's incident.

The court ended its term last week with a ruling upholding the ability of Congress and a New York prosecutor to attempt to obtain Trump's financial records. But the court this week has also ruled on two death penalty appeals and a Florida voting access case.
Ginsburg was also in the hospital in early May. At that time, she participated in oral arguments from her hospital bed, asking questions in a case concerning Obamacare's so-called contraceptive mandate.

Friday's statement indicates that the pancreatic cancer Ginsburg was treated for in 2009 has returned again, this time in her liver, and that she tried one of the new immunotherapies for cancer, but it failed to shrink the tumors. It is not liver cancer.
Gemcitabine is a standard chemotherapy treatment that is a mainstay for pancreatic cancer that has spread.

Read more: https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/17/politics/ruth-bader-ginsburg-cancer-chemotherapy/index.html

My thoughts and prayers go out to her.

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