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Tactical Peek

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Formerly TacticalPeek here, dropped out when old DU switched over and my pwd got hootchered.

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3 USDA meat inspectors dead, about 145 diagnosed with COVID-19

Source: CBS News

3 USDA meat inspectors dead, about 145 diagnosed with COVID-19

By Josh Carney

May 5, 2020 / 5:24 PM / CBS News

Hundreds of federal meat inspectors have been exposed to COVID-19, as coronavirus outbreaks spread to thousands of workers at processing plants across the country.

About 145 field employees were absent from work as of April 28 due to COVID-19 diagnoses, and another 130 were under self-quarantine due to exposure to the virus, a spokesperson for the United States Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS), the federal agency that inspects the U.S. food supply, told CBS News on Monday.

One FSIS inspector based out of the New York City area, one from the Chicago area and another from Mississippi have died due to the virus, the American Federation of Government Employees (AFGE), a union representing food inspectors, said Tuesday.

Paula Schelling, acting president of AFGE Council 45, which represents 6,500 federal food inspectors nationwide, said she gives the USDA's Food Safety and Inspection Service "an 'F' for protecting their own employees."

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/coronavirus-usda-meat-inspectors-3-dead-covid-19/?ftag=CNM-00-10aab7e&linkId=88005150

No words.

https://www.democraticunderground.com/100213362959 (from April 28)
Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed May 6, 2020, 02:56 AM (29 replies)

Smokers 'four times less likely' to contract Covid-19, prompting nicotine patch trials on patients

Source: The Telegraph

Smokers 'four times less likely' to contract Covid-19, prompting nicotine patch trials on patients

Researchers in France will test nicotine patches on health workers and patients but reiterated smoking could also cause more severe illness

By Henry Samuel 23 April 2020 • 5:04pm

Frontline health workers and patients in France may be given nicotine patches after studies found that four times fewer smokers contracted Covid-19 than non-smokers.

It may sound counterintuitive that people who puff on Gauloises are less likely to catch a virus that can cause deadly attacks on the lungs. However, that was the statistical outcome of an in-depth study conducted by the Pasteur Institute, a leading French research centre into the disease.

The institute tested almost 700 teachers and pupils of a school in Crépy-en-Valois in one of the hardest-hit areas in France, as well as their families. The “highly accurate” tests found that only 7.2 per cent of smokers from among the adults tested were infected while four times as many non-smokers, some 28 per cent, were infected.

Arnaud Fontanet, an epidemiologist at the institute, warned that they were not encouraging people to take up smoking, remarking that those smokers who do catch the virus “risk suffering more complications” than others. Scientists suggested it could be the nicotine in cigarettes that was behind the surprising results regarding infection, although more research is needed.

more at link

Read more: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/04/23/smokers-four-times-less-likely-contract-covid-19-prompting-nicotine/

Posted by Tactical Peek | Thu Apr 23, 2020, 04:47 PM (86 replies)

2020: An Isolation Odyssey, 40 musicians play epic intro from Kubrick classic during UK lockdown

BOLO for the bassoon at 2:03 - 2:05.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Apr 17, 2020, 02:07 AM (1 replies)

State Farm says it might offer insurance refunds by Friday.

Source: Newsy

April 8, 2020

State Farm says it might offer insurance refunds by Friday.

State Farm, the nation's largest auto insurer, tells Newsy it is likely to act this week after its competitors promised to refund billions of dollars to consumers. It is the latest fallout after our Newsy investigation took on the insurance industry for overcharging consumers during the coronavirus pandemic.

Last week State Farm told Newsy it had nothing to say in response to allegations the insurer and others were overcharging drivers who are mostly off the roads now and staying at home. By Monday, Allstate had announced a $600 million refund for drivers. American Family Insurance offered $200 million. By Tuesday, Geico followed suit, promising its customers two billion dollars in refunds. Liberty Mutual threw in 250 million dollars.

Wednesday, USAA announced a 20 percent refund for its policyholders, which it says amounts to $520 million. Shelter Insurance announced a 30 percent refund for its auto customers, the best in the industry so far. Unlike Geico, which will make customers wait until their policy renews to collect, Shelter Insurance said it intends to get its money out the door as soon as possible. All in all, by midweek, insurers had collectively promised more than $4 billion in refunds since Newsy’s report, where the Consumer Federation of America said insurers were acting illegally.

"You were the first big story out there so I give you a lot of credit for what’s happening," Bob Hunter of the Consumer Federation of America said of Newsy's report.

Read more: https://www.newsy.com/stories/auto-policyholders-due-4-billion-in-refunds/

This is a reasonable flow of money.

Bravo to Newsy for the investigative type journamalism.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:25 PM (24 replies)

New Randy Newman song - "Stay Away"


Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 06:47 PM (0 replies)

Bob Dylan - Murder Most Foul (Official Audio) released 3/26/2020


Posted by Tactical Peek | Fri Mar 27, 2020, 12:52 AM (0 replies)

Patient Denied Prescription Refill Due to COVID-19 Thanked for Her 'Sacrifice'

Patient Denied Prescription Refill Due to COVID-19 Thanked for Her 'Sacrifice'

A Los Angeles woman with lupus was denied a refill of her hydroxychloroquine prescription because her health care provider was “preserving” the medication for people “critically ill with COVID-19.” She was then thanked for her “sacrifice” and “understanding.”

. . . BuzzFeed News reported on Wednesday that a 45-year-old woman with lupus, Dale, learned her provider Kaiser Permanente halted her refills of hydroxychloroquine for the time being. The note Dale received, which was obtained by BuzzFeed, added most people who take the medication build up levels of the medication that can last in the body for up to 40 days and she should not ask her doctor for a refill.

“Please do not contact your physician about an exception process to get a refill, as prescriptions will not be filled even if written by your physician,” the note reads, adding:

Hydroxychloroquine does build up a level in the system that stays in the body for an average of 40 days even after the last dose is taken. If you do run out of medication and feel your condition is significantly worsening, please contact your doctor to discuss alternative treatments.

Kaiser Permanente then thanked Dale for her “sacrifice” and “understanding” of the new policy.

“Thank you for the sacrifice you will be making for the sake of those that are critically ill; your sacrifice may actually save lives,” the note told Dale. “We appreciate your understanding, and you will be notified of any changes in the policy as they happen. We all hope this will be a short-term situation.”


To hell with these hoarders and speculators, and the physicians who enable them.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Thu Mar 26, 2020, 10:44 AM (10 replies)

Great new Biden ad going right at Trump.


Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 11:58 PM (8 replies)

"When you go out and see the empty streets, the empty stadiums . . . "


Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt
So @IMPaulWilliams just posted this on his IG and it’s one of the more beautiful things that’s come out of this nightmare. Thank you, Mr. Williams.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:26 AM (3 replies)

In February "CDC data shows government labs processed 352 COVID-19 tests"

Testing blunders crippled US response as coronavirus spread


. . . In the critical month of February, as the virus began taking root in the U.S. population, CDC data shows government labs processed 352 COVID-19 tests — an average of only a dozen per day.

“You cannot fight a fire blindfolded,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organization, said at a recent briefing. “We cannot stop this pandemic if we don’t know who is infected.”


This administration must be replaced as soon as possible by any means imaginable.

Posted by Tactical Peek | Tue Mar 24, 2020, 12:41 AM (2 replies)
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