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About Me

I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Drumpf's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

Journal Archives

Dem lawmaker goes on epic rant after GOP colleague admits hiding positive coronavirus test

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/dem-lawmaker-goes-epic-rant-after-gop-colleague-admits-hiding-n1216106

“Out of respect for my family, and those who I may have exposed, I chose to keep my positive case private," Pennsylvania state Rep. Andrew Lewis said.

A Pennsylvania Democratic lawmaker joined colleagues on his side of the aisle in lambasting a Republican lawmaker for keeping them in the dark about testing positive for the coronavirus.

Rep. Brian Sims, D-Philadelphia, delivered an epic Facebook Live rant on Wednesday about the exclusion, saying state House Republicans called for in-person committee meetings to argue that business sectors were safe to reopen even as they knew they had been exposed to the virus.

"Every single day of this crisis this State Government Committee in Pennsylvania has met so that their members could line up one after one after one and explain that it was safe to go back to work," he said. "During that time period they were testing positive. They were notifying one another. And they didn’t notify us."

"I never ever, ever knew that the Republican leadership of this state would put so many of us at risk for partisanship to cover up a lie," he said during the nearly 12-minute tirade. "And that lie is that we're all safe from COVID."

Rep. Andrew Lewis, R-Dauphin, said in a Facebook Live address Wednesday night, hours after he publicly announced he had tested positive, that he informed as few people as possible about contracting the coronavirus because he wanted to protect the privacy of those around him and because he was only in close quarters with a handful of house colleagues.


What a douche. Lock him up

What we know about Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, two of the officers caught on tape in the death

What we know about Derek Chauvin and Tou Thao, two of the officers caught on tape in the death of George Floyd

https://www.startribune.com/what-we-know-about-derek-chauvin-and-tou-thao-two-of-the-officers-caught-on-tape-in-the-death-of-george-floyd/570777632/



Video filed by a bystander shows a Minneapolis police officer identified as Derek Chauvin with his knee on the neck of George Floyd. Floyd later died.

The Minneapolis police officer shown on video kneeling on George Floyd’s neck as Floyd pleaded for help, along with another officer who stood by and watched, have both been involved in use-of-force incidents over their careers.

Officer Derek Chauvin has been identified as the officer pinning down Floyd in the now-viral video, which shows Floyd saying he can’t breathe repeatedly before losing consciousness. Floyd later died. Four officers on scene have been fired. They have not yet been officially identified by department officials.

Chauvin, 44, is a 19-year department veteran. Department records and news accounts show that he has been involved in several police-involved shootings over his career.

In 2008, Chauvin shot and wounded Ira Latrell Toles during a domestic assault call. According to a 2011 article from the Pioneer Press, Chauvin and other officers showed up to an apartment in south Minneapolis just before 2 a.m. Toles grabbed for an officer’s gun and Chauvin shot him in the abdomen.

In 2006, Chauvin and five others responded to a stabbing. After Wayne Reyes, 42, allegedly pulled a shotgun on the officers, one of the officers shot and killed Reyes, according to a report titled “Stolen Lives” from Communities United Against Police Brutality, a police watchdog nonprofit based in Minneapolis.


Looks like these two have a history of brutality.

The Asian fellow proves it's not racist. JK, MPLS police do have a history of non-black minority officers killing black people without justification.

A white woman has apologized after calling police on a black man

A white woman has apologized after calling police on a black man and saying 'there's an African American man threatening my life'

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/26/us/central-park-video-dog-video-african-american-trnd/index.html

A white woman has apologized for calling police on a black man in Central Park on Monday, after the two argued about her unleashed dog.

Amy Cooper told CNN she wanted to "publicly apologize to everyone."
"I'm not a racist. I did not mean to harm that man in any way," she said, adding that she also didn't mean any harm to the African American community.

She was walking her dog Monday while Christian Cooper was bird watching at a wooded area of Central Park called the Ramble.
Amy Cooper and Christian Cooper are not related.
They both told CNN the dispute began because Amy Cooper's dog was not on a leash. Dogs are supposed to be leashed at all times in the Ramble, according to the park's website.

The dog has been surrendered to the shelter he was adopted from days earlier while the dispute is addressed, according to a Facebook post from Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniel Rescue, Inc.
"The dog is now in our rescue's care and he is safe and in good health," the post said.


Lots more info at the link to videos and social media posts with updates on the situation.

I'm glad the dog was taken from her and that nothing bad happened to Christian Cooper. There may be a straightjacket and a padded cell for Amy Cooper some day. It's interesting that they are both named Cooper. It's also interesting that she's a Canadian immigrant. Maybe they're not sending their best people.

Spike in D.C. numbers, crowds at Maryland, Virginia beaches and boardwalks renew coronavirus concern

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crowds-at-maryland-virginia-beaches-and-boardwalks-renew-coronavirus-concerns/2020/05/24/3be563c0-9c5f-11ea-ac72-3841fcc9b35f_story.html

As the total number of coronavirus infections in the Washington region topped 90,000 Sunday and fatalities hit 3,880, a one-day spike in the District’s numbers raised questions about whether it can begin reopening as expected on Friday. And social media ­images of a crowded Ocean City boardwalk and an unmasked Virginia governor mingling with beachgoers had many wondering whether safety guidelines meant to contain the disease were being taken seriously enough.

LaQuandra Nesbitt, director of the D.C. health department, said in a call with reporters Sunday that data collected over the weekend shows that the number of cases linked to community spread — calculated by the date of symptom onset and excluding cases at confined facilities such as nursing homes — increased from a low of 68 on day 12 to 118 on day 13. This jump broke a 12-day streak of declines and meant the city had to “reset” to day 11, Nesbitt said.

She declined to say whether that means the city is reconsidering lifting restrictions on Friday, deferring questions to Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), who is expected to announce her decision Tuesday.

The District on Sunday recorded five deaths and 144 new infections, just above the seven-day average of 141.

“We’ll have to let the graph speak for itself,” Nesbitt said.


Lots of people outside this weekend enjoying the nice weather after staying at home the last 2 months. It's nice to be outdoors but I would avoid people as much as possible. That can conflict with supporting businesses in beach communities that depend on visitors but they should find a better way to do it. Here in DC there are more people on the mall and food trucks to serve them snacks, but indoor dining is still closed.

Governor Northam is playing a dangerous game in VA. It feels like it was too soon to be posing for pictures with people without masking or social distancing.

Texas County GOP Chair Claims COVID-19 Is Democratic Hoax

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/progressivesecularhumanist/2020/05/texas-county-gop-chair-claims-covid-19-is-democratic-hoax/

Dangerous Delusion: Speaking at a rally outside the San Antonio City Hall, Bexar County Republican Chair Cynthia Brehm made the outrageous claim that the coronavirus pandemic is a Democratic hoax.

Inquisitor reports:

A viral video from Texas shows a Republican Party leader speaking at local rally calling the coronavirus panic a hoax being perpetrated by Democrats with the goal of hurting Donald Trump, then encouraging people to take off their face masks.

The video showed Bexar County Republican Chairwoman Cynthia Brehm speaking at a political protest against continued restrictions meant to slow the spread of the virus. Brehm said that a requirement to wear face coverings is a violation of people’s constitutional rights and hinted that the coronavirus panic is being manufactured by Democrats in order to hurt Trump.

Brehm, speaking at Friday’s rally, declared:

They asked us to wear masks, and according to Attorney GeneralPaxton, this is unconstitutional. So if we don’t want to wear masks, this is our choice.

This is America, and we shouldn’t have to be forced or mandated to wear a mask.

Brehm continued:

Why is this happening today? And I’ll tell you why: all of this has been promulgated by the Democrats to undo all the good President Trump has done for our country — and they are worried. So, take off your masks, exercise your constitutional rights. Stand up, speak up and vote Republican.

https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/1263937751872868353


This is San Antonio, not some rural county. Republicans make my brain hurt.

A deadly 'checkerboard': Covid-19′s new surge across rural America

https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/24/coronavirus-rural-america-outbreaks/?arc404=true

The novel coronavirus arrived in an Indiana farm town mid-planting season and took root faster than the fields of seed corn, infecting hundreds and killing dozens. It tore though a pork processing plant and spread outward in a desolate stretch of the Oklahoma Panhandle. And in Colorado’s sparsely populated eastern plains, the virus erupted in a nursing home and a pair of factories, burning through the crowded quarters of immigrant workers and a vulnerable elderly population.

As the death toll nears 100,000, the disease caused by the virus has made a fundamental shift in who it touches and where it reaches in America, according to a Washington Post analysis of case data and interviews with public health professionals in several states. The pandemic that first struck in major metropolises is now increasingly finding its front line in the country’s rural areas; counties with acres of farmland, cramped meatpacking plants, out-of-the-way prisons and few hospital beds.



In these areas, where 60 million Americans live, populations are poorer, older and more prone to health problems such as diabetes and obesity than those of urban areas. They include immigrants and the undocumented — the “essential” workers who have kept the country’s sprawling food industry running, but who rarely have the luxury of taking time off for illness.

Many of these communities are isolated and hard to reach. They were largely spared from the disease shutting down their states — until, suddenly, they weren’t. Rural counties now have some of the highest rates of covid-19 cases and deaths in the country, topping even the hardest-hit New York City boroughs and signaling a new phase of the pandemic — one of halting, scattered outbreaks that could devastate still more of America’s most vulnerable towns as states lift stay-at-home orders.



There are good graphs at the link that don't display correctly when copied here. Plenty of photos too.

No masks allowed: stores turn customers away in US culture war

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/may/22/us-stores-against-face-masks

Shops around the US make headlines for denying entry to those wearing masks as protesters argue against preventative measures in the name of freedom

In the last few weeks a spate of American stores have made headlines after putting up signs telling customers who wear masks they will be denied entry. On Thursday, Vice reported on a Kentucky convenience store that put up a sign reading: “NO Face Masks allowed in store. Lower your mask or go somewhere else. Stop listening to [Kentucky governor Andy] Beshear, he’s a dumbass.”

Another sign was posted by a Californian construction store earlier this month encouraging hugs but not masks. In Illinois, a gas station employee who put up a similar sign has since defended herself, arguing that mask-wearing made it hard to differentiate between adults and children when selling booze and cigarettes.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump finally caved and wore a face mask yesterday – something he didn’t want to “give the press the pleasure of seeing”. But while it is gratifying to see the emperor finally forced to wear clothes, you’ve got to wonder to what extent the virus will spread thanks to the actions of citizens insisting on protecting their “freedom” over the right of others not to get sick.

Anti-lockdown protesters have argued that it is anti-American for the government to curtail people’s freedoms in order to reduce deaths as a result of Covid-19. Meanwhile, store owners tell customers what they can and cannot wear before entering, and customers cough in the faces of workers in the name of freedom.

https://twitter.com/AnandWrites/status/1263818537132531714


Back in March I thought living in the downtown of a major city might finally kill me since there are lots of people around. But videos like the above show what will kill us are MAGA COVIDiots, who are mostly in red states and rural areas. These people think slight inconvenience is comparable to real discrimination. They wouldn't know what to do if they experienced what many black, brown, or even gay people have grown up with.

The next death wave from COVID-19 will be the poor, rural, and white

https://www.alternet.org/2020/05/the-next-death-wave-from-covid-19-will-be-the-poor-rural-and-white/



What do you call a crisis that kills a hundred thousand Americans? It all depends on who does the dying.

At first, it seemed like it was mostly white people infected and/or killed by the coronavirus.

As the scale of the coronavirus pandemic dawned on Americans during the month of March, most of the media attention was given to white people like Tom Hanks, while the danger of coronavirus to black people went largely underreported by American media. It was around this time when both the media and the White House decreed it a national emergency.

The early cases that made the news and caught everybody’s attention were mainly wealthy white people who’d traveled to the West Coast from Asia and the East Coast from Europe.

Trump’s official national emergency declaration came on March 11, and most of the country shut down or at least went partway toward that outcome. The economy crashed and millions of Americans were laid off, but saving lives was, after all, the number one consideration.

Trump put medical doctors on TV daily, the media was freaking out about refrigerated trucks carrying bodies away from New York hospitals, and doctors and nurses were our new national heroes.

And then came April 7, 2020.


Cities have been stricter than rural areas. Blue states more than red. Even where a state's governor has chosen to open, city/county governments have put in stricter orders for social distance or masks. And then liberals take this much more seriously than conservatives because of course we do.

Like drug addiction and similar problems, America is not going to take it seriously on the national level until it hits rural areas hard. And small towns have fewer resources to deal with it.

(Mass) State reports 89 resident deaths at Holyoke Soldiers' Home

https://www.westernmassnews.com/news/the-latest-state-reports-88-resident-deaths-at-holyoke-soldiers-home/article_88b3a4d8-791d-11ea-b3b7-f37420fe3e63.html

HOLYOKE, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- There's new information regarding veteran resident deaths at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home.

Officials with the state's Executive Office of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 89 veterans have died. The new death tested negative for the virus.

Of those who died:

77 tested positive for COVID-19
14 tested negative
1 unknown
Meantime, 77 veteran residents have tested positive, while 58 veteran residents have tested negative. There are no pending tests.

In terms of where the residents are located, the Executive Office of Health and Human Services said:

104 residents are onsite
31 residents are offsite
31 residents are at a dedicated skilled nursing unit at Holyoke Medical Center
1 resident is receiving acute care offsite
As it relates to staff, 84 employees have tested positive.

Western Mass News continue to follow this story and will have the latest on-air and online as it becomes available.


At some point, veterans need to say enough is enough and turn against the president who let them die preventable deaths through negligence. How many is it going to take?

The coronavirus slayer! How Kerala's rock star health minister helped save it from Covid-19

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/may/14/the-coronavirus-slayer-how-keralas-rock-star-health-minister-helped-save-it-from-covid-19

KK Shailaja has been hailed as the reason a state of 35 million people has only lost four to the virus. Here’s how the former teacher did it

On 20 January, KK Shailaja phoned one of her medically trained deputies. She had read online about a dangerous new virus spreading in China. “Will it come to us?” she asked. “Definitely, Madam,” he replied. And so the health minister of the Indian state of Kerala began her preparations.

Four months later, Kerala has reported only 524 cases of Covid-19, four deaths and – according to Shailaja – no community transmission. The state has a population of about 35 million and a GDP per capita of only £2,200. By contrast, the UK (double the population, GDP per capita of £33,100) has reported more than 40,000 deaths, while the US (10 times the population, GDP per capita of £51,000) has reported more than 82,000 deaths; both countries have rampant community transmission.

As such, Shailaja Teacher, as the 63-year-old minister is affectionately known, has attracted some new nicknames in recent weeks – Coronavirus Slayer and Rockstar Health Minister among them. The names sit oddly with the merry, bespectacled former secondary school science teacher, but they reflect the widespread admiration she has drawn for demonstrating that effective disease containment is possible not only in a democracy, but in a poor one.

How has this been achieved? Three days after reading about the new virus in China, and before Kerala had its first case of Covid-19, Shailaja held the first meeting of her rapid response team. The next day, 24 January, the team set up a control room and instructed the medical officers in Kerala’s 14 districts to do the same at their level. By the time the first case arrived, on 27 January, via a plane from Wuhan, the state had already adopted the World Health Organization’s protocol of test, trace, isolate and support.


It would be nice to have a government that chooses to protect people during a pandemic. Kerala is a leftist state where the Communist Party of India routinely wins elections and is currently in power, so they are used to socialist measures.

My uncle flew there from the US in March and their contact tracers put everyone on his flight in quarantine because one passenger had tested positive for COVID-19. He was released after 2 weeks and testing negative.
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