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Most still don't have a clue about the prelude

To the Iraq War, especially wingers. Somehow, in their minds, Saddam Hussein caused 911.

They swallowed all the lies that took half a million lives and cost almost $2 trillion.
And they keep electing liars.

Beautiful! ❤ these foxes.

And I especially love little Eastern Gray tree-climbers. I almost "tamed" one last year and was most flattered when she brought her kits to see me! These Eastern Grays cat-sized cuties are quite smaller than their Red cousins and are really able to climb trees!

Yes, ma'am.

I told you about that, didn't i? '79. That's when I first bummed up my knee, on a bad landing. My contacts popped out ( go figure), bra broke, shoes flew. Yeah, bad landing.

You should see what I've directly tweeted to him.

I expected the black car & suits to be in my driveway. 🤣 But they've not come... yet. I imagine they don't have enough agents to ck out/ intimidate everyone who has insulted him.

Little story...
Back in the 70s I did have the "black car" & 2 suits knocking at my door. It was a hoot. Yes they were SS agents. (And I had 5 MJ plants on my balcony. 🤣 But the visit was about something I had said to a newsman about a visiting Russian physicist, who had been our guest. I did some fast explaining about why the Russian Prof., Krasilnikov had visited us. (Thankgoodness, they didn't see my plants.)

About time!!

What will the churches do?!

Actually, there's the concept of intentionality, the art of directing one's mind. This "art" doesn't come naturally but can be learned.


There are DUers who have family members on the front lines like this, in the ERs working with CoVid patients.

Extending cyber-hugs to them & bless them & their family members.


OhioChick, my thoughts are with you and your sons.

US exported millions in masks, ventilators, other PPE ahead of coronavirus crisis here


American companies sold more than $17.5 million worth of face masks, more than $13.6 million in surgical garments and more than $27.2 million in ventilators to China during the first two months of the year, far exceeding that of any other similar period in the past decade, according to the most recent foreign trade data available from the U.S. Census Bureau.
The White House and congressional intelligence committees were briefed on the scope and threat of the coronavirus in January and February, but President Donald Trump has not stopped exports of key medical equipment – a move taken by at least 54 other countries so far.

The data show how U.S. manufacturers stepped up production and cleared out inventory to supply protective medical equipment to China for weeks, even as the threat of the coronavirus became clear. ....

Read more: https://a.msn.com/r/2/BB125TUq?m=en-us&referrerID=InAppShare

Alternative to the N95 mask the FDA refuses to allow it in

The KN95 mask is a Chinese alternative to the scarce N95 mask, but the FDA refuses to allow it into the country.

By Ken Bensinger

March 29, 2020

As hospitals around the country desperately seek N95 respirator masks to protect health care workers treating COVID-19 patients, the federal government has blocked imports of what might be the world’s most abundant alternative.

That mask is designed to filter out at least 95% of particles that are 0.3 microns or larger in size — the same measure used for the scarce N95 mask. Like the N95, it fits closely around the nose and mouth, creating a seal that decreases the risk of infection. And the Centers for Disease Control has said it’s as effective as N95, which is certified under US testing standards. But this second type of mask, called the KN95, complies with slightly different norms and is made in factories that have not been certified by the US government.

By law, masks, along with most medical devices, can’t be imported or sold in the United States without the Food and Drug Administration’s say-so. Last week, to ease the national shortfall of protective gear, the FDA issued an emergency authorization for non-N95 respirators that had been certified by five foreign countries as well as the European Union. It conspicuously left the KN95 masks out of the emergency authorization.


Even Chinese Airlines protect their staff...

better than U.S. hospitals do!


This reminds me of something I read about military triage

Physiological triage tools identify patients in categories:
(1) those needing immediate lifesaving interventions;
(2) those who need significant intervention that can be delayed;
(3) those who are so severely ill or injured that survival is unlikely despite major interventions.

Such hard, hard decisions.
My husband worked with burn surgeons in Maryland who were sometimes faced with such unbearable life and death decisions as described above. It's heartbreaking.

And speaking of keeping health care folks safe, they could use the equipment that these ChineseAir hostesses have...Wish we could order from them (& not be ripped off).
They can have these on airlines but the U.S. can't secure enough to save doctors' & nurses' lives here!!!!


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