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Who is being hospitalized for Covid-19? The unvaccinated

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Who is being hospitalized for Covid-19? The unvaccinated
NBC Universal
Erika Edwards
June 11, 2021, 5:39 PM

There are only three Covid-19 patients at Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital, on Long Island, New York — a far cry from when the hospital, which is part of Northwell Health, had as many as 600 patients during the peak of the pandemic.

All three patients, who are in the intensive care unit, have one thing in common, said Dr. Hugh Cassiere, director of the hospital's critical care services: They're unvaccinated.

The trend appears to be occurring at hospitals nationwide.

"I haven't had anyone that's been fully vaccinated become critically ill," said Dr. Josh Denson, a pulmonary medicine and critical care physician at Tulane University Medical Center in New Orleans.

It's been the same for Dr. Ken Lyn-Kew, a pulmonologist in the critical care department at Denver's National Jewish Health: "None of our ICU patients has been vaccinated."


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 07:01 PM (33 replies)

Alex Jones May Get Trump Locked Up By Claiming White House Coordinated 1/6 Attack With Him


Posted on Sat, Jun 12th, 2021 by Jason Easley
Alex Jones May Get Trump Locked Up By Claiming White House Coordinated 1/6 Attack With Him
Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones says that he was in conversations with the Trump White House, and they coordinated the 1/6 attack on the Capitol.


Jones said, “Then the White House told me three days before, we’re going to have you lead the march. The Secret Service before Trump finishes thirty minutes before. We’ll lead you to a point, take you out of the front row, and lead you to the place where we want you to start the march, and then Trump will tell people go and I will meet you at the Capitol.”

There are two very big ifs here, but if the video is accurate, and Jones is telling the truth, the White House coordinated the 1/6 attack with the insurrectionists.

There are independent reports that appear to support some of Jones’s claim as Trump White House officials were in contact and coordinating with the domestic terrorists who attacked the Capitol before January 6.

If Jones’s story is true, and given his relationship with the former president, there are strong indicators that it could be, Trump and his administration tried to overthrow the government on January 6, 2021.

If substantiated, the story could provide enough evidence to lock up members of the Trump administration, Alex Jones, and Donald Trump.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 06:08 PM (29 replies)

Biden Refuses Joint Press Conference with Putin: White House


Biden Refuses Joint Press Conference with Putin: White House

Nico Hines, World Editor
Updated Jun. 12, 2021 8:33AM ET /
Published Jun. 12, 2021 8:30AM ET

In a crowded field, the low point of Donald Trump’s international diplomacy during four years as president may have come in Helsinki when he nodded along throughout a bizarre joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin. President Joe Biden won’t have the opportunity to side with the Russian autocrat against his own Justice Department and intelligence services at next week’s summit after the White House announced that there would be no twin podium moment. “A solo press conference is the appropriate format to clearly communicate with the free press the topics that were raised in the meeting,” said a White House official on Saturday.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 09:46 AM (80 replies)

The Pathetic New Chapter of the Baby Trumps


The Pathetic New Chapter of the Baby Trumps
Junior, Eric, Ivanka, Lara and the rest of them are out in the cold now that these cold-blooded kids don’t have Dad’s stolen heat to warm their bellies.
Molly Jong-Fast, Editor-At-Large
Updated Jun. 12, 2021 3:27AM ET / Published Jun. 11, 2021 11:41PM ET

The family that held the entire Republican Party in their death grips for the last four years is now doing what all formerly famous people do, signing autographs and being sort of pathetic.

Their father may not have power anymore, but the kids have even less. Remember when Donnie Junior could control a news cycle with a tweet? Remember when Ivanka Trump could command a sea of news stories with a “sources close to” leak about how she was “working hard behind the scenes”? Remember when Mitch McConnell had to take calls from the former president’s completely unqualified son-in-law? Remember when the president’s dimwitted spawns held court at Daddy’s hotel and cast shadows that extended across MAGA Washington?

Well, that time is over. The baby Trumps and their lousy spouses are drifting off into the weird political afterlife of people who used to matter.

Remember when Don Junior posed with a “Don Jr 2024” banner at the Fallon Nevada Livestock Auction? That was in October, or, as I think of it, a lifetime ago. Since then junior has been a busy bee, making apparently false statements in a deposition and maybe being investigated by Manhattan Attorney General Cy Vance's office for his role in the family crimi—oops, real-estate business.


How are the kids going to pay for all their lawyers’ bills if they can’t grift campaign donations like their dad? Never mind, I don’t care.
Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 09:43 AM (10 replies)

Humpback whale gulps and spits out Cape Cod lobsterman

Humpback whale gulps and spits out Cape Cod lobsterman
Published 11 hours ago
Michael Packard: "Oh my God, I'm in a whale's mouth and he's trying to swallow me. This is it, I'm going die"


Humpback whales can grow to as long as 50ft (15m) and weigh about 36 tons. According to the World Wildlife Fund, their global population is about 60,000.

Mr Packard, 56, told the Cape Cod Times he and his crewmate took their boat, the Ja'n J, off Herring Cove on Friday morning where conditions were excellent, with water visibility at about 20ft.

He told WBZ-TV News that after jumping off the vessel in scuba gear into the water, he "felt this huge bump and everything went dark".

'He's trying to swallow me'

He thought he had been attacked by one of the great white sharks that swim in the area, "and then I felt around and I realised there was no teeth".

"And then I realised: 'Oh my God, I'm in a whale's mouth and he's trying to swallow me. This is it, I'm going die'."


Posted by babylonsister | Sat Jun 12, 2021, 08:37 AM (5 replies)

SPECIAL REPORT-Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers

June 11, 20217:04 AM
SPECIAL REPORT-Trump-inspired death threats are terrorizing election workers
By Linda So

June 11 (Reuters) - Late on the night of April 24, the wife of Georgia’s top election official got a chilling text message: “You and your family will be killed very slowly.”

A week earlier, Tricia Raffensperger, wife of Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, had received another anonymous text: “We plan for the death of you and your family every day.”

That followed an April 5 text warning. A family member, the texter told her, was “going to have a very unfortunate incident.”

Those messages, which have not been previously reported, illustrate the continuing barrage of threats and intimidation against election officials and their families months after former U.S. President Donald Trump’s November election defeat. While reports of threats against Georgia officials emerged in the heated weeks after the voting, Reuters interviews with more than a dozen election workers and top officials – and a review of disturbing texts, voicemails and emails that they and their families received – reveal the previously hidden breadth and severity of the menacing tactics.

Trump’s relentless false claims that the vote was “rigged” against him sparked a campaign to terrorize election officials nationwide – from senior officials such as Raffensperger to the lowest-level local election workers. The intimidation has been particularly severe in Georgia, where Raffensperger and other Republican election officials refuted Trump’s stolen-election claims. The ongoing harassment could have far-reaching implications for future elections by making the already difficult task of recruiting staff and poll workers much harder, election officials say.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 11, 2021, 10:10 AM (51 replies)

Eric Boehlert: The gotcha press comes for Kamala Harris


The gotcha press comes for Kamala Harris
Manufactured drama
Eric Boehlert
2 hr ago


CNN’s coverage was relentlessly negative, attacking her “defensive” behavior, questioning her “political agility,” stressing her “political missteps,” mocking her “clumsy” and “tone deaf” media performance; her “shaky handling of the politics” surrounding immigration.


The lack of context was also telling, coming after four years of Trump and his team ransacking the norms. In light of his dangerous tenure, the Harris controversy this week about a single border question and whether she was too casual in her response, seems quaint and rather absurd. The last time Trump’s vice president made news was because he was in danger of being killed in the halls of Congress by a roaming, insurrectionist mob unleashed by his boss. By contrast, Harris got hit with days of bad news coverage for possibly mishandling a policy question during a television interview. (By the way, CNN published a Mike Pence valentine this week.)


This kind of eagerly negative coverage springs from a media yearning for conflict. Frustrated by the No Drama Biden era, which has been completely absent of backstage White House gossip, and the kind of daily and hourly tumult that marked the Trump years, journalists are constantly overreaching trying to create news where none exists.

Consider this bewildering media narrative that’s become commonplace in recent weeks: It’s bad news for Harris that she’s taking on substantive responsibilities as vice president, such as leading the administration’s response to stemming the flow of migration from Central America, and organizing the Democratic fight against a slew of Republican suppression laws being passed nationwide. This bad-news VP meme has been relentless (“Is Kamala Harris Being Set Up to Fail?” Slate asked), and it defies logic. Instead of giving Harris credit for tackling the nation’s tough problems, the press is preemptively dinging her for possible failures. “Harris can’t win,” New York Times columnist Frank Bruni recently announced.


The right wing loves to vilify Harris. The mainstream media fails when it treats those attacks as news.
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jun 11, 2021, 09:47 AM (5 replies)

Dr. Fauci and the rw

Bruce Lindner on FB...

In case you haven’t noticed it, the right has it in for Anthony Fauci. Why? I’ll cut right to the chase:
Because as long as they can keep someone else on the Covid hot seat, it distracts from who is ultimately responsible for 612,000 needless American deaths and 34 million infections.
That’s all this is. Cover for the boss. Never forget that.
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who dismantled Barack Obama’s pandemic preparedness unit.
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who sat on his fat ass for TEN WEEKS before begrudgingly taking action.
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who denied the lethality of the virus in public, but confessed to it to Bob Woodward in private.
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who told his Orcs at one of his hootenannies “It’s their (the Democrats) new hoax.”
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who asked a journalist in the White House press room to take off her mask, and when she balked, told her “I know, you want to wear it because you want to be politically correct.”
It wasn’t Tony Fauci who hosted an event in the White House Rose Garden ignoring the CDC’s distancing and masking guidelines, which resulted in multiple infections amongst the attendees—including the host himself!
Consider this: Until just a few short months ago, America had the worst Covid record of all of the nearly 200 countries on this planet. We constitute around 4% of the population of the world, yet we had 25% of all the Covid cases, largely because of feckless management and nonexistent distribution of the vaccines once they became available.
Six months later, the United States of America has dropped the infection rate to its lowest point in a year. We now have one of the best turnaround records in dealing with Covid. How did we do it? In a word; SCIENCE. In a sentence; Scientists, and a President who has the wisdom to take their advice.
Is Anthony Fauci perfect? Undoubtedly not. No one is. But he has a decades long career protecting us, and he’s earned America’s respect.
Unless of course, you want to politicize the pandemic to protect your brand, and you view Fauci’s reputation as antithetical to your agenda—so you go on the attack. This is a dramatization, but it’s pretty close to how Fox News sets Fauci up for the fall:
Congress: “Dr. Fauci, how much did the Wuhan Lab receive in grants from 2016 to 2021?”
Dr. Fauci: “From 2016 to 2021, about $600,000.”
Fox News: “From 2014 to 2019, the NIH gave the Wuhan Lab $800,000 in grants! Fauci has been caught lying! We can’t trust anything he says!”
Again, that’s not verbatim, but it’s demonstrative of their sick game. If they can pin the Covid tail on the Fauci donkey, the REAL donkey, the one who told over 30,000 lies in four years, can skirt responsibility for his role in the pandemic. And his political party will benefit, and survive to spread their corruption for another day.
The recipe for Fox News / GOP disinformation:
1 cup of outrage
A dozen lies
1 scant pinch of truth
3 pounds bullshit
2 pounds fear

Stir together, spread evenly over social media, distribute throughout Murdoch Empire, Sinclair owned stations, Newsmax, give extra helpings to OANN. Whip up another batch tomorrow. The Orcs are FAMISHED, and their appetite for Chef Rupert’s special sauce is insatiable.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:36 PM (5 replies)

Trump Has Reportedly Been Crashing Mar-a-Lago Memorial Services Because Of Course He Has


Levin Report
Trump Has Reportedly Been Crashing Mar-a-Lago Memorial Services Because Of Course He Has
Not surprisingly, he apparently also overstays his welcome.
By Bess Levin
June 10, 2021

What is Donald Trump up to these days? Oh, not much, just reportedly telling people he’s going to be president again by August, crashing weddings, and according to a new report from Bloomberg BusinessWeek, dropping in on memorial services and having a weirdly good time for an event honoring a dead person:

He’ll show up to anything. In recent weeks, Trump has popped into engagement parties and memorial services. A Mar-a-Lago member who recently attended a club gathering for a deceased friend was surprised when Trump sauntered in to deliver remarks and then hung around, apparently enjoying himself. This insular feedback loop, amplified by the worshipful validation he gets for doing Newsmax or OAN TV hits, doesn’t appear likely to diminish as he settles into his New Jersey golf club for the summer and prepares to resume his trademark rallies. “Donald Trump needs the adulation of the crowd the way you or I need oxygen to breathe,” says Michael Cohen, his estranged former lawyer. By all accounts, Trump’s life after the White House doesn’t resemble that of a typical ex-president so much as a foreign monarch cast into exile—like Napoleon at Elba, but with golf and a bigger buffet.

Yes, it’s strange and morbid and the odds are high he’s offended at least a few people in mourning. (“People loved Jack though they couldn’t have loved his as much as me, your favorite president,” he’s no doubt said as the deceased’s widow sobs. “Heard he was a great guy though I never met him so I can’t say, but people said it. Would have been really broken up about what Democrats did to me I’m sure. Bet he wishes he was here to see me speaking at his funeral. Lot of nice looking ladies here that’s for sure, wonder why I wasn’t invited to any family functions before this, will have to look into that.”) Still, the dead are probably less annoyed by his uninvited presence than, say, a bride whose wedding has been hijacked by the incoherent rambling of a man who thinks it’s normal to commemorate someone’s nuptials with a speech that includes the lines, “Y’know, I just got, I turned off the news, I get all these flash reports, and they’re telling me about the border, they’re telling me about China, they’re telling me about Iran—how’re we doing with Iran, howdya like that. Boy, they were ready to make a deal, they woulda done anything, they woulda done anything, and this guy goes and drops the sanctions and then he says, ‘We’d love to negotiate now,’ [and Iran says], ‘We’re not dealing with the United States at all,’ oh, well, they don’t want to deal with us.” Which, yes, is a thing that actually happened.

On the other hand, whatever keeps his mind off of trying for another coup is arguably a good thing, though when he crashes his first bris and tries to do the mohel’s job, someone should probably say something.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 10, 2021, 09:04 PM (24 replies)

Something's Very Fishy About The Big $$$ Secretly Passing From Trump Fund To RNC


6/10/21 12:19pm
Something’s Very Fishy About The Big $$$ Secretly Passing From Trump Fund To RNC
Are state Republican parties fraudulently covering up for the Trump Victory group and/or RNC’s repeated violations of campaign finance law?
By NewsHound Ellen

Several state Republican parties have suddenly discovered they failed to report large sums received from the Trump Victory group and passed on to the RNC, The Daily Beast has reported.

As The Daily Beast explains, the Trump Victory group could legally skirt campaign finance laws by collecting large sums from donors, then parceling out the money to states’ Republican parties which could, in turn, give the money to the RNC.

But while the RNC reported getting the money from the state parties, an astonishing number “forgot” they gave it. For example, The Daily Beast notes that the Arkansas GOP blamed “clerical errors” when it reported a previously undisclosed $3.5 million in transfers with Trump Victory, a group it has never officially joined. Hawaii said it missed nearly $1.7 million “due to a misunderstanding regarding the reporting requirements.”

When the FEC wanted to know how the RNC reported receiving money from states that had not reported giving it, the RNC blamed the states, The Daily Beast reports.

But wait, there’s more: Some of the state committees didn’t even have bank accounts at the bank used by both Trump Victory and the RNC. Others seem to have recently “found” accounts they initially failed to report.

This tidbit from The Daily Beast suggests that Trump Victory and the RNC repeated what they got away with in 2016:

In 2019, the [FEC] slapped the Wyoming GOP with a major fine for its unreported 2016 transfers. The report cited allegations of suspicious banking activity, pointing to concerns that funds were transferred directly from Trump Victory to the RNC, “rendering all FEC reports concerning those transfers fraudulent.”

The General Counsel recommended a sweeping investigation. The Republican-appointed commissioners, however, voted it down.

Will this get swept under the rug under a Biden presidency?
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jun 10, 2021, 08:45 PM (5 replies)
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