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Live chopper video of San Diego Navy ship fire.

Link: https://www.pscp.tv/w/1OwGWLyWwYZJQ

This is presented by ABC News KGTV Channel 10 in San Diego.

It seems so weird to see forest fire water drops being used on a U.S. Navy ship.


Edit 5pm EST: Video will stop periodically as it appears chopper must go home to refuel and/or change crews. Video typically returns in about 1/2 hour.

Check back periodically at the above link for a new round of live videos of this tragedy.

Inferno on San Diego Navy ship rages into second day

Source: San Diego Union Tribune

A fire ravaging the amphibious assault ship Bonhomme Richard continued into its second day Monday as sailors and federal firefighting teams continue attacking the blaze from air, land and sea.

Firefighting teams battled the blaze overnight, bringing in helicopters which dumped water on the ship late Sunday. Fire reached the ship’s island superstructure overnight. Images from the scene appear to show a portion of it — the bridge and forward mast — had collapsed.

The fire began Sunday morning in the ship’s lower cargo hold, Sobeck told reporters at a Sunday news conference. Sobeck said then he was confident the ship will be saved and that no ordnance was onboard. There are 1 million gallons of fuel on the ship, but Sobeck Sunday night it was “well below” any heat source.

Some observers, including former sailors and Naval experts, have questioned on social media whether the Navy will scuttle the ship, but Sobeck said Sunday night he believes the Navy will ultimately repair the ship.

Read more: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/military/story/2020-07-13/inferno-on-san-diego-navy-ship-rages-into-second-day

Rear Adm. Philip Sobeck, commander of Expeditionary Strike Group 3, will address the media Monday at 11:00 a.m. with an update (I assume that's Pacific time)

See: https://www.10news.com/ (CBS TV San Diego)

or: https://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/

Governor's Order regarding face masks, 7/9/2020.

Gov. Beshear: Increasing Cases Requires Kentuckians to Wear Face Coverings
Crystal Staley or Sebastian Kitchen502-564-2611https://governor.ky.gov
Office of the Governor
Frankfort, KY
July 9, 2020

Link: https://kentucky.gov/Pages/Activity-stream.aspx?n=GovernorBeshear&prId=251

Kentucky’s new executive order requires Kentuckians to wear face coverings under several circumstances for the next 30 days. The order will be evaluated during that time to determine any additional steps or extension.

The executive order states that face coverings will be required:

“While inside, or waiting in line to enter, any: retail establishment; grocery store; pharmacy; hair salon/barbershop; nail salon/spa; tattoo parlor; child care facility; restaurant or bar (when not seated and consuming food or beverage); health care setting, or; any other indoor public space in which it is difficult to maintain a physical distance of at least six feet from all individuals who are not members of that person’s household;

“While waiting for or riding on public transportation or paratransit, or while riding in a taxi, private car service, or ride-sharing vehicle, or driving any of the above while customers are present; or “While in outdoor public spaces in which the person cannot maintain a physical distance of six feet from all individuals who are not members of the person’s household and is not otherwise covered by previously issued guidance.”

Gov. Beshear added this statement to help encourage Kentuckians to participate:

According to health experts, wearing face coverings not only protects others, it also lowers the infection risk for those wearing masks by 65%. The Governor also pointed to analysis from Goldman Sachs showing that if everyone in America was required to wear face coverings in public, it could save the U.S. economy from losing 5% of the Gross Domestic Product. Gov. Beshear noted that 5% of Kentucky’s Gross State Product alone is $10.4 billion.

So far, 22 states have implemented some sort of order mandating face coverings, although details vary.


AARP: 8 Major Retailers Mandate Face Masks for Shoppers

8 Major Retailers Mandate Face Masks for Shoppers
Some of the country's biggest chains are requiring customers to cover up

by Andy Markowitz, AARP, Updated July 9, 2020

Read here: https://www.aarp.org/health/healthy-living/info-2020/retailers-require-face-masks-coronavirus.html

With the country reaching record highs in new coronavirus cases, many state, city and county governments are ordering that people wear masks when out and about. That's in line with guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that face coverings help prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Some of America's biggest retail companies have taken the same tack, requiring face masks in stores for shoppers as well as staff, whether or not local rules are in place.

Among the 40 largest retailers in the U.S., as ranked by the National Retail Federation (NRF) on the basis of sales, most require public-facing employees to don masks while on duty, according to an AARP review of their websites’ coronavirus sections.

Eight of those companies have extended the rule to all customers chainwide (as opposed to just in states or communities that have made mask wearing in public mandatory). Another 11 directly request or recommend that patrons cover their faces while shopping. In most cases the store numbers below are from the NRF, as of 2019.

Far too many companies are still using these lines of BS to avoid enforcement of the rules, quote:

.....We'll also be encouraging customers and members to wear face coverings....(Walmart)
.....We encourage all our customers to wear a mask....(Kroger)
.....customers are asked to wear face covers before entering the store....(Walgreens)
.....We strongly encourage customers to wear masks or other face coverings....(Best Buy)

KY........... .......

Better than Pence Coronavirus Briefing 7/8/2020

From: https://www.theguardian.com/world/live/2020/jul/09/coronavirus-live-news-us-cases-rise-by-world-record-60000-as-melbourne-locks-down

Cases worldwide pass 12 million

The number of known coronavirus cases globally passed 12 million on Thursday, according to the Johns Hopkins University tracker, which relies on official government data. There have been 548,799 deaths so far and 12,007,327 cases.

The US, which passed 3m cases on Thursday, accounts for quarter of all cases and just under one in four deaths.

Trump’s Tulsa rally ‘likely contributed’ to city’s surge in cases

US President Donald Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June that drew thousands of participants and large protests “likely contributed” to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.

Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday.

New Zealand police to patrol quarantine hotels after breakouts

Police officers will patrol New Zealand’s quarantine hotels around-the-clock after a number of people – including a man who tested positive for coronavirus – escaped the managed isolation facilities. In two separate incidents in Auckland hotels guests in isolation left their quarantine hotels, with one woman escaping over a hedge, and another man over a small fence.

School tudents in Melbourne to receive daily temperature checks

Following the advice of Victoria’s chief health officer, the Victorian government has today announced that students at government schools in metropolitan Melbourne and Mitchell Shire will receive a temperature check every morning, with thermometers also provided to all non-government schools.

29 Mississippi legislators test positive for Coronavirus

At least 26 legislators and 10 others who work at Mississippi’s Capitol have tested positive for the coronavirus, a public health official said Wednesday, as the governor implored residents to take precautions amid a rapid rise in confirmed cases statewide, AP reports.

The 174-member Legislature ended its annual session 1 July, and many people in the Capitol did not wear masks or maintain distance between themselves and others during the last few weeks. Lieutenant-governor Delbert Hosemann and House Speaker Philip Gunn are among those who publicly acknowledge testing positive for Covid-19. They are now quarantined at home.

Gilead Sciences Inc said on Wednesday it has started an early-stage study of its antiviral Covid-19 treatment remdesivir that can be inhaled, for use outside of hospitals. The company said the trial, which will enrol about 60 healthy Americans aged between 18 and 45, will test the drug particularly in those cases where the disease has not progressed to require hospitalisation.

The drug is currently used intravenously and an inhaled formulation would be given through a nebuliser, which could potentially allow for easier administration outside hospitals. Remdesivir was granted emergency use authorisation in the United States to treat severe cases of COVID-19 in patients who are hospitalised.

Mexico on Wednesday posted a record for new coronavirus cases reported on a single day, with 6,995 cases, bringing its overall tally of infections to 275,003, health ministry data showed.

The country also recorded 782 additional fatalities, bringing its overall death toll to 32,796. Mexico’s previous one-day record was last week on Thursday when 6,741 new cases were registered.

Russia has approved a new antiviral drug, Coronavir, to treat Civud-19 patients, its developer R-Pharm said on Wednesday, as Russia’s tally of infections hit 700,000. It said a clinical trial involving mild or medium-level cases had shown the drug to be highly effective in inhibiting replication of the new coronavirus.

“Coronavir is one of the first drugs in Russia and in the world that does not tackle the complications caused by SARS-CoV-2, but battles the virus itself,” the company’s statement said.

It said a clinical study showed improvement in 55% of outpatient cases on the seventh day of treatment with Coronavir, against 20% of those with standard etiotropic therapy - meaning treatment of cause rather than symptoms. R-Pharm said there was also a significant difference at 14 days. By the fifth day of treatment, the novel coronavirus had been eliminated in 77.5% of patients who took the drug, R-Pharm said.

Nearly 3,000 miners infected in Chile

Unions at Chile’s Codelco, the world’s largest copper producer, said on Wednesday that nearly 3,000 workers had been infected with the coronavirus, prompting renewed calls for more safety measures at the company’s sprawling operations.

Patricio Elgueta, president of the Federation of Copper Workers, an umbrella group for the company’s unions, told Reuters it had tallied 2,843 coronavirus infections among workers as of 5 July. Codelco did not immediately reply to requests for comment on the figure.

Note that these news clips are typically not published as stand-alone articles and are picked up from news service wires by Guardian World News staff and published in a live update blog format.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Wed Jul 8, 2020, 11:11 PM (0 replies)

Links relating to this story.....

Facebook page of gentleman who was attacked where he tells his story:

Link: https://www.facebook.com/vauhxx/posts/10222147157086001

Snips from the end of his story:
Bloomington we’ve had three public incidents involving overtly racists individuals who were then backed by the police within a month. Are we going to wait for a Black person to be lying dead in the gutter before we act? When is enough actually enough?

My enduring gratitude to those who stopped merely being bystanders and acted to aid me, who told the police what they’d seen and heard, and who shared my outrage at DNR’s and our Prosecutor’s office inaction. If you’d like to help do something, please ask that the Monroe County Prosecutor Erika Oliphant swiftly act to bring these individuals to justice.


Yes, you may share, I’d appreciate it. I’m likely going to log off for the day in an attempt to maintain my peace and wellbeing.



Bloomington man says he was threatened with noose during assault at Lake Monroe
The Bloomingtonian
Jeremy Hogan
July 5, 2020

Link: https://bloomingtonian.com/2020/07/05/bloomington-man-threatened-with-noose-during-assault-at-lake-monroe/

A Bloomington resident said he was assaulted, injured and threatened with a noose by a group of men on public property near the shore of Lake Monroe on Saturday the 4th of July.

Saturday just before 7:52 p.m. Vauhxx Booker, a prominent voice for civil rights in Bloomington, and member of the Monroe County Human Rights Commission, said he called 911 after being assaulted, and that the DNR came to the scene, but refused to arrest his attackers. Booker said he was pinned to a tree, and a group of men threatened to break his arms, and made the statement “get a noose,” while telling Booker’s companions to leave the area. Booker said the individuals, who had Confederate flags, and made statements about “white power” claimed he and his companions had trespassed on private property.



Bloomington Mayor and City Clerk Release Statement Regarding Racially Motivated Incidents
July 6, 2020

Link: http://www.wbiw.com/2020/07/06/bloomington-mayor-and-city-clerk-release-statement-regarding-racially-motivated-incidents/

Bloomington Mayor John Hamilton and Bloomington City Clerk Nicole Bolden issue the following statement:

On behalf of the City of Bloomington, we would like to express outrage and grief relating to two apparent racially motivated incidents reported in our community over the July 4 weekend.

A group of individuals physically assaulted and denounced and threatened with racial epithets one Black resident of Bloomington on nearby Indiana state parkland at Lake Monroe.
“I was diagnosed with a minor concussion, some abrasions, bruising, and some ripped out hair patches,” said Booker, who also told the Bloomingtonian he was suffering from pain while moving his head.

Regarding law enforcement actions in this matter:

The Bloomingtonian has reached out to the DNR for comment earlier Sunday via e-mail, and received the following response Monday morning:

“The Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division can confirm our officers responded to this call for service. The incident is under investigation and the final report will be forwarded to the Monroe County Prosecutor’s Officer upon completion.

To complete a public records request, please submit the attached document by mail, fax or e-mail to:

DNR, Public Record Request
Indiana Government Center South
402 W. Washington St., Room W256
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204
(317) 232-4200
(317) 233-6811

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Mon Jul 6, 2020, 11:37 AM (1 replies)

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

Hollowed out public health system faces more cuts amid virus

July 1, 2020 at 5:47 AM CDT - Updated July 1 at 7:00 AM

(AP) - The U.S. public health system has been starved for decades and lacks the resources to confront the worst health crisis in a century.

Read here: https://www.kswo.com/2020/07/01/hollowed-out-public-health-system-faces-more-cuts-amid-virus/


Marshaled against a virus that has sickened at least 2.6 million in the U.S., killed more than 126,000 people and cost tens of millions of jobs and $3 trillion in federal rescue money, state and local government health workers on the ground are sometimes paid so little, they qualify for public aid. They track the coronavirus on paper records shared via fax. Working seven-day weeks for months on end, they fear pay freezes, public backlash and even losing their jobs.

Since 2010, spending for state public health departments has dropped by 16% per capita and spending for local health departments has fallen by 18%, according to a KHN and Associated Press analysis of government spending on public health. At least 38,000 state and local public health jobs have disappeared since the 2008 recession, leaving a skeletal workforce for what was once viewed as one of the world's top public health systems.

So when this outbreak arrived — and when, according to public health experts, the federal government bungled its response — hollowed-out state and local health departments were ill-equipped to step into the breach. Over time, their work had received so little support that they found themselves without direction, disrespected, ignored, even vilified. The desperate struggle against COVID-19 became increasingly politicized and grew more difficult.

States, cities and counties in dire straits have begun laying off and furloughing their limited staff, and even more devastation looms, as states reopen and cases surge. Historically, even when money pours in following crises such as Zika and H1N1, it disappears after the emergency subsides. Officials fear the same thing is happening now.

Excellent article and recommended read. Perhaps others can provide links to other articles expanding on this theme.

Republican tax and budget cutting all over our nation comes with deadly consequences.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jul 5, 2020, 11:27 AM (5 replies)

'Crystal clear' drunk people can't socially distance, say police in England

'Crystal clear' drunk people can't socially distance, say police in England

Police Federation chair says revellers would not adhere to one-metre-plus rules as pubs opened on Saturday

Read it here: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/05/crystal-clear-drunk-people-cant-socially-distance-say-police-in-england

Drunk people are unable to properly socially distance, the chairman of the Police Federation has said as pubs reopened in England for the first time since lockdown. John Apter said it was “crystal clear” revellers would not adhere to the one metre plus rule as restrictions were eased on Saturday.

Prof Chris Whitty said the pandemic “is a long way from gone” and urged the public to follow social-distancing rules as pubs and restaurants reopened.

But images from London’s Soho showed packed streets into the early hours of Sunday. Apter, who was on shift in Southampton where he dealt with “naked men, happy drunks, angry drunks, fights and more angry drunks”.....

No shit, says anyone who has spend some rowdy times in bars in their day. Boris Johnson and U.S. red state governors seem to think they can "advise" and "recommend" us out of a pandemic using rules with no teeth and now the public is paying a horrific price.

Next, the UK's infection curves will start doing an exponential upturn just like in many RED counties in the USA.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sun Jul 5, 2020, 08:32 AM (9 replies)

Face mask exemption cards and other US claims fact-checked

Coronavirus: Face mask exemption cards and other US claims fact-checked
By Jack Goodman
BBC Reality Check

Read more here: https://www.bbc.com/news/53266431?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/world&link_location=live-reporting-story

The cards for sale state that "under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA), I am not required to disclose my condition to you".

One version includes a Justice Department seal and a link to the "Freedom to Breathe Agency". The cards warn that businesses could be reported to this so-called agency. But the cards are not genuine. An official government statement said: "These cards do not carry the force of law. The 'Freedom to Breathe Agency,' or FTBA,' is not a government agency."

According to fact-checkers Snopes, the Freedom to Breathe Agency is a Facebook group calling itself a "movement of proud American citizens who are dedicated to protecting their freedom and liberty".

No evidence masks harm the immune system. Meanwhile, medical misinformation about masks continues to circulate.

One graphic shared thousands of times includes several misleading claims. It's called, What happens when you wear a face mask, and has been marked as containing false information on Instagram.

The article goes on to debunk some other examples of right-wing conspiracy nuttery.

More from BBC Reality Check: https://www.bbc.com/news/reality_check

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Sat Jul 4, 2020, 02:11 AM (0 replies)

Neil Young reacts: Not OK with me!

Neil Young Archives @NeilYoungNYA

I stand in solidarity with the Lakota Sioux & this is NOT ok with me

Quote Tweet
Morgan Matzen @bymorganmatzen

Uh oh, @Neilyoung is playing. Wonder how that happened again.

Maybe Neil will cut a song for Joe.

Posted by KY_EnviroGuy | Fri Jul 3, 2020, 11:58 PM (7 replies)
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