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Brains of patients recovering from COVID-19 may age 10 years

Sounds like another good reason to lower SS age, say, to 57

A team of researchers, led by a doctor at Imperial College London, analyzed results from 84,285 people who completed a study called the Great British Intelligence Test. LONDON (Reuters) - People recovering from COVID-19 may suffer significant brain function impacts, with the worst cases of the infection linked to mental decline equivalent to the brain ageing by 10 years, researchers warned on Tuesday.


Thank you Jeff!


Missing From Supreme Court's Election Cases: Reasons for Its Rulings "the shadow docket"

In a series of terse, unsigned orders, the court has been deciding many election disputes on its “shadow docket” without a murmur of explanation.

By Adam Liptak
Oct. 26, 2020

WASHINGTON — At least nine times since April, the Supreme Court has issued rulings in election disputes. Or perhaps “rulings” is too generous a word for those unsigned orders, which addressed matters as consequential as absentee voting during the pandemic in Alabama, South Carolina and Texas, and the potential disenfranchisement of hundreds of thousands of people with felony convictions in Florida.

Most of the orders, issued on what scholars call the court’s “shadow docket,” did not bother to supply even a whisper of reasoning.

“This idea of unexplained, unreasoned court orders seems so contrary to what courts are supposed to be all about,” said Nicholas Stephanopoulos, a law professor at Harvard. “If courts don’t have to defend their decisions, then they’re just acts of will, of power. They’re not even pretending to be legal decisions.”

The orders were responses to emergency applications, and they were issued quickly, without full briefing or oral arguments (hence the “shadow docket”).

Compare the shadow docket with the court’s regular docket, the one with real briefs, arguments and elaborate signed opinions. On that docket — the “merits docket” — the court ordinarily agrees to hear about 1 percent of the petitions asking it to intercede. In its last term, it decided just 53 merits cases.

If the court is going to treat emergency applications with something like equal care, it might consider explaining what it is doing. Explaining, Judge Frank H. Easterbrook wrote in 2000, is what distinguishes judges from politicians.

“The political branches of government claim legitimacy by election, judges by reason,” he wrote. “Any step that withdraws an element of the judicial process from public view makes the ensuing decision look more like fiat, which requires compelling justification.”

Terse rulings on emergency applications are not new. But “the shadow docket has truly exploded in the last few years,” Stephen I. Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, wrote on Scotusblog last week.

The Trump administration has been a major contributor to the trend, Professor Vladeck wrote, having filed 36 emergency applications in its first three and a half years. By contrast, the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama filed just eight such applications over 16 years.

More recently, emergency applications in voting cases have spiked. Lower courts have struggled to make sense of the court’s orders, which are something less than precedents but nonetheless cannot be ignored by responsible judges.

Is it possible to trace some themes in the court’s election orders? Sure.


I'm at a whole level of mad tonight listening to Maddow who is also steaming

Talking about being 7 months into this pandemic & the numbers are worse than any time since the pandemic began while tRump is holding maskless rallies all over the country, red state govs pretending everythings alright. Also, talking about the many dirty tricks desperate tRump and repukes are pulling as they know their time is running out. I can't remember when I've been this mad. Its going to be a long 11 days.

Man arrested in Kannapolis with van full of guns and explosives, researched killing Joe Biden

Source: WBTV

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (WBTV) – A man was arrested in Kannapolis with a van full of guns and explosives with plans to carry out an act of terrorism, including trying to assassinate Joe Biden.

An order filed in federal court earlier this month outlines the plans by a man identified as Alexander Hillel Treisman, who also used the alias Alexander S. Theiss.

In the order, a federal magistrate judge outlined the reasons why Treisman should continue to be held in jail on child pornography charges.

Although, Treisman currently faces pornography charges, the order details a list of factors related to the defendant’s plans for a possible act of terror as grounds he should remain in custody.

According to the order, Treisman was arrested in late May, after employees at a bank in Kannapolis called police to investigate a white van that had been left in the parking lot.

“Through the windows, KPD officers observed an AR-15 style rifle, a box for a Taurus .380 handgun, a cannister of the explosive material Tannerite, and a box of 5.56 caliber ammunition,” the order said, referencing testimony from a FBI agent who investigated the case as part of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Read more: https://www.wbtv.com/2020/10/22/man-arrested-kannapolis-with-van-full-guns-explosives-researched-killing-joe-biden/

Sam Elliott narrates Biden ad premiering during World Series: 'There is only one America'

Exactamundo Wisconsin, mark your calendar! & to tRump, Up your nose with a rubber hose!


Hey good buddy, who all here remembers the chicken band craze of the 1970's?

Long before the internet there was another networking craze called CB radio. It lasted through pretty much the entire 70's. I got my start around 1970ish with a pair of GE Recon Walkie Talkies, later graduating to a 23 channel JC Penny Pinto Base Station xmas of 74. By then everyone and their uncle didn't have a CB so channels were clear and 40-50 mile contacts were common with 4 watts. I waited for my required CB license to show up before I made contacts.

By '76 the full on craze was underway, every home, car had CB's, even my dad had a CB in his car by then which he sometimes used to wake me up early as he headed to work (yep, I kept it on overnight😋. CB's were in the movies, songs, TV shows. As a teen I was still enjoying mine, talking to friends, making new friends but I also got my ham radio license that year and sold my trusty base station, which sold fast as radios were in high demand.

Was flipping through an old 1976 CB Times magazine this morning, one of the many CB mags that sprung up during that time, & wanted to share a bit from a letter to the editor:

"I'm writing this in a diner just off Radar Alley (Interstate 90) and my reffer's sittin outside while I relax over a cuppa hundred mile joe, I'm still chuckling over what a smokey pulled in Pennsylvania a hundred & fifty miles ago. I was on the hammer with a good buddy on my front door giving me an 'all clear' so we were both making time........"

he goes on telling about a cop pretending to be a trucker giving other truckers the ok to speed then pulling them over down the highway, those were the days.

Don't go changing


NYT: A tRump supporting Cleveland printing company is 10 days late sending ballots out

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