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Watsonville Nonprofit Owner Says She Was Scammed By Tara Reade

I live about 10 miles from Watsonville, this came up in local news.

Watsonville Nonprofit Owner Says She Was Scammed By Tara Reade

Lynn Hummer, founder and president of the Watsonville-based Pregnant Mare Rescue, remembers a woman named Tara McCabe emailing her in 2014 and asking if she could help out and volunteer with her nonprofit.

Things started out fine, but Hummer says the relationship frayed after two years—once her volunteer had taken more than a combined $2,000 from Hummer herself and from her organization. Hummer grew to believe that the woman was constantly playing the angles or looking to run a scam. “She was always in crisis, always looking for money,” Hummer says.

That woman, Tara McCabe, is better known these days as Tara Reade.

Reade is the former Joe Biden aide who has accused her former boss, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, of sexually assaulting her in 1993. Hummer told her story to Ed Krassenstein, one half of the Krassenstein brothers, who posted a story about Hummer’s experiences to the site Medium. Hummer has since learned that the pro-Biden Krassenstein brothers duo has a less-than-stellar reputation, having been banned from Twitter last year for operating fake accounts. None of that changed how Hummer felt about their finished product—the details in their post, she says, were all correct. “They did a good job,” Hummer says of the Krassensteins. “They got the facts right, and they got the timeline right.”

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Thu May 28, 2020, 09:22 AM (3 replies)

Comparing COVID-19 Deaths to Flu Deaths Is like Comparing Apples to Oranges: Scientific American

Just one more way Trump misleads the people. Don't be misled.
Counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620

Comparing COVID-19 Deaths to Flu Deaths Is like Comparing Apples to Oranges

In late February, when the stock market was beginning to fall over coronavirus fears, President Donald Trump held a briefing at the White House to reassure people that there was little chance of the virus causing significant disruption in the United States.

“I want you to understand something that shocked me when I saw it,” he said. “The flu, in our country, kills from 25,000 people to 69,000 people a year. That was shocking to me.”

His point was to suggest that the coronavirus was no worse than the flu, whose toll of deaths most of us apparently barely noticed.

The 25,000 to 69,000 numbers that Trump cited do not represent counted flu deaths per year; they are estimates that the CDC produces by multiplying the number of flu death counts reported by various coefficients produced through complicated algorithms. These coefficients are based on assumptions of how many cases, hospitalizations, and deaths they believe went unreported. In the last six flu seasons, the CDC’s reported number of actual confirmed flu deaths—that is, counting flu deaths the way we are currently counting deaths from the coronavirus—has ranged from 3,448 to 15,620, which far lower than the numbers commonly repeated by public officials and even public health experts.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue May 26, 2020, 12:49 PM (7 replies)

NY state Wear a Mask Videos competition. I think these are helpful, please share.

I saw this during Governor Cuomo's morning update just now, I think this is a great idea at a time so many people are pushing misinformation. These are short, watch them all!

VOTE HERE: https://forms.ny.gov/s3/New-York-Video-Vote

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sat May 23, 2020, 11:18 AM (0 replies)

Live: Trump. Rolling to Remember rally at the whitehouse with motorcycle groups...

On edit, using veterans and Memorial Day to promote self.

He can't resist self promotion, talking about how much good HE has done for veterans.

Because there's nothing more important to be doing right now.

Fucking asshole.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Fri May 22, 2020, 11:13 AM (8 replies)

The four day work week under consideration in New Zealand. Why not here?

This should be considered for the US workforce to provide employment for more of us while giving everyone an extra day each week to spend with family or on community building, or just relaxing or pursuing what brings us joy.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Wed May 20, 2020, 11:53 PM (26 replies)

Surly and Nasty today, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Briefing

Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany Holds a Briefing

My observations: She's sharp and really knows how to deflect.


• Questions about the president withholding federal funds to Michigan over "mail in voting" need to be directed toward the campaign.
• The presidential tweets represent "transparency".
• Michigan should be more grateful about all the good Trump has done and quit their whining.
• Dismissive to journalists, "I guess you weren't listening the first time I read the hydroxychloroquine report, so I'll just read it again."

Nasty, but effective at distraction and misdirection.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Wed May 20, 2020, 03:23 PM (17 replies)

Mnuchin presents new relief debit cards, shows Trump an example of one with Trumps's name.

I can't tell from the presentation if all the cards will have Trump's name, or if the mocked up a card with Trump named as the cardbearer.

"Mr. President, we now have developed debit cards, so in an effort to expedite money to people in an even quicker safe way, I'm please to show you what a debit card looks like with your name on it, Mr. President."

Look for the comments at the 31:00 minute mark, click on bottom image below.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue May 19, 2020, 03:29 PM (9 replies)

Trump at GOP Luncheon: "Pelosi is a sick woman, she's got a lot of mental problems".

Fuck you, you asstard.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue May 19, 2020, 01:27 PM (19 replies)

Powerful. 2016 Obama: "I Didn't Create Trump"

Prescient. I heard this on my earbuds and thought it might be fresh, like this week, but it's from four years ago.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Tue May 19, 2020, 11:31 AM (2 replies)

Crazy AF Trump Spiritual Advisor Paula White Declares End of Pandemic with her Queen Bee Dance!

I don't know where to even begin.

Posted by Alex4Martinez | Sat May 16, 2020, 11:34 AM (63 replies)
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