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Mike 03

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That is what a DUer with some medical background said.

I think he/she called it "foot drop".

Foot drop is caused by weakness or paralysis of the muscles involved in lifting the front part of the foot. Causes of foot drop might include:

Nerve injury. The most common cause of foot drop is compression of a nerve in your leg that controls the muscles involved in lifting the foot (peroneal nerve). This nerve can also be injured during hip or knee replacement surgery, which may cause foot drop.

A nerve root injury "pinched nerve" in the spine can also cause foot drop. People who have diabetes are more susceptible to nerve disorders, which are associated with foot drop.

Muscle or nerve disorders. Various forms of muscular dystrophy, an inherited disease that causes progressive muscle weakness, can contribute to foot drop. So can other disorders, such as polio or Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease.

Brain and spinal cord disorders. Disorders that affect the spinal cord or brain such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), multiple sclerosis or stroke may cause foot drop.


But I don't know, and I'm definitely NOT a doctor. Just a curious person.

I would listen to Fauci.

You don't have to be an anti-vaxxer to want to be cautious about anything Trump is rushing into production and stands to profit from. It's no longer the old FDA--it's the FDA under Trump. I'd be more confident in a vaccine coming from Europe. My preference, as I've said before, would be to wait a few months and just make sure it's not another Swine Flu vaccine debacle. Nobody who has a good life and good health wants to end up with Guillain Barre syndrome, or some other potential negative outcome.

As other DUers have noted, Trump is looking increasingly frail. He's under constant

stress (of his own making) and has aged considerably, suffered cognitive decline, and there have been rumors (along with visual circumstantial evidence) he's used and abused various substances, so it's natural to wonder how his immune system would respond to a significant challenge.

Even if he doesn't get COVID-19, given his performance at that Rose Garden campaign event two weeks ago, it's realistic to wonder if he can hold out until November.

All fair points.

There's no question whatsoever, IMO, that Trump is the worst thing to happen to this country in my lifetime. It will leave a scar, too.

I'm not in favor of the wealthy suffering, just pointing out that they suffer less. I think it comes from the attitude my father had. We were economically comfortable and there were times when he said it was right and fair that we felt more economic pain than people who needed more help than we did. My feelings weren't hurt that I didn't get a stimulus check. I don't know. I'm sorry I don't have a stronger negative opinion about high-worth individuals taking a haircut during this emergency.

A little financial pressure on the wealthy might give them second thoughts about voting for Trump.

I'm not arguing with your point, just trying to figure this out.

Some things to keep in mind:

The very high wage earners you're talking about also get huge bonuses, and have a much easier time obtaining loans than medium or low income workers. It's not fair, but such employees have an easier time accessing capital in general.

They are likely to have a high net worth overall, separate from their annual salary.

They are more likely to have equity holdings they can liquidate for cash should the necessity arise.

This is one reason that people earning over a certain amount of money didn't receive stimulus checks. Having more money does make a difference because assuming you're sensible and prudent, you have a cushion.


Although, to be fair, Britain struggled a bit to get engaged in the early stages of WW2. (Of course, it wasn't entirely their fault--there was the fiasco in Belgium). I almost hate to point that out, since they were tremendous heroes at most stages of the war and bore the brunt of many brutal aerial and sea attacks.

The British are our greatest allies.

We could use a Churchill now, or an FDR.

Shockey, you certainly do know your history.

That's how it will go down at the very end. His supporters are already receiving bullying, threatening texts lambasting them for not giving enough money and effort.

When Trumpism is in its death throes, the cult members will be told they are largely to blame for not appreciating Trump enough, for not being tough enough, for not fighting hard enough. And he'll probably say something like, "My supporters deserve to be defeated because they failed me." (Of course, it will also be the Deep State/Dem conspiracy too that is to blame).

Trump's world is a fake Survival of the Fittest, where every loss is rationalized by factors having nothing to do with his own failings as a leader and a human being.

Just remember what unfolded during the last six months of the Third Reich.

Kubrick's screenplay "Napoleon"

Sensational screenplay that features an ironic and detached narrator that echoes Dr. Strangelove and prefigures its more elegant and sophisticated use in Barry Lyndon.


Ahh, what could have been...

Yes. And U.S. Marshals sexually assaulting one of the moms is not a good look:

Portland Mom Says She Was Groped & Assaulted by Feds During Protest Arrest

Portland Mom Arrested, Claims She Was Sexually Assaulted

Great PR for the prestigious US Marshals

How wonderful to hear some Elvis Costello

Hearing "Get Happy" and "Imperial Bedroom" for the first time when I went away to college was like an epiphany of my musical awakening. I had no clue what was out there. Before Elvis Costello, I thought there was only Kiss, Elton John, Pink Floyd, Linda Ronstadt, the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and The Police.

The musical universe opened up after that.
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