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Trump voter's concept of white privilege......

Yea, they're just that stupid and selfish in some parts.


NEJM: Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome

Childhood Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome — A New Challenge in the Pandemic
Michael Levin, F.Med.Sci., Ph.D.
June 29, 2020
DOI: 10.1056/NEJMe2023158

Link: https://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMe2023158?af=R&rss=currentIssue

The recognition and description of new diseases often resemble the parable of the blind men and the elephant, with each declaring that the part of the beast they have touched fully defines it. As the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic has evolved, case reports have appeared describing children with unusual febrile illnesses that have features of Kawasaki’s disease, toxic shock syndrome, acute abdominal conditions, and encephalopathy, along with other reports of children with fever, elevated inflammatory markers, and multisystem involvement. It is now apparent that these reports were describing different clinical presentations of a new childhood inflammatory disorder.

A case definition for the emerging disorder was published in late April 2020, after U.K. pediatricians alerted the National Health Service to an unusual inflammatory illness, termed “pediatric inflammatory multisystem syndrome temporally associated with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2),” or PIMS-TS. Similar cases were rapidly reported from many other countries.3,4 The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) subsequently published their own differing definitions of the disorder, which they named multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children (MIS-C).
Overall, a consistent clinical picture is emerging. MIS-C occurs 2 to 4 weeks after infection with SARS-CoV-2. The disorder is uncommon (2 in 100,000 persons <21 years of age) as compared with SARS-CoV-2 infection diagnosed in persons younger than 21 years of age over the same period (322 in 100,000). Most patients with MIS-C have antibodies against SARS-CoV-2, and virus is detected in a smaller proportion. A relatively high proportion of cases have occurred among black, Hispanic, or South Asian persons.

Critical illness leading to intensive care develops in some patients, with prominent cardiac involvement and coronary-artery aneurysms in 10 to 20%. Elevated levels of troponin and B-type natriuretic peptide are common in severely affected patients, particularly those with cardiac dysfunction, and most have elevations in levels of C-reactive protein, ferritin, lactate dehydrogenase, and d-dimers, as well as in neutrophil counts. Anemia, lymphopenia, hypoalbuminemia, and abnormal coagulation indexes are also common. Most patients have recovered with intensive care support and after treatment with a range of immunomodulatory agents (including intravenous immune globulin, glucocorticoids, anti–tumor necrosis factor, and interleukin-1 or 6 inhibitors). A small percentage of patients have received extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support, and 2 to 4% have died.

Read more at the link. Good to see solid progress toward a better understanding of this frightening disorder for parents of young kids.

Hopefully some of our DUers with medical knowledge can condense this down for us laymen.


Another great Trump golf course protest sign.....

Trump was visiting Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia on Saturday, after he cancelled a trip to a golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey this weekend. (June 27).


One killed in shooting at Jefferson Square Park in downtown Louisville, LMPD confirms

Source: Louisville Courier-Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —Two people were shot, one fatally, in downtown Louisville Saturday evening. According to police, around 9 p.m., shots were fired in Jefferson Square Park. Personnel from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department performed live-saving measures on a male victim who eventually died.

Shortly thereafter, police received reports of another person shot at the Hall of Justice. That person was taken to University Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said in a statement Saturday evening that he is "deeply saddened by the violence that erupted in Jefferson Square Park tonight, where those who have been voicing their concerns have been gathered." "It is a tragedy that this area of peaceful protest is now a crime scene," Fischer said. "My thanks to the first responders who assisted at the scene. I will have more to say tomorrow, as additional information becomes available."

Jefferson Square Park has been the scene of protests over the police shooting of Breonna Taylor for weeks, and people have raised tents there and have been staying overnight.

Read more: https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/2020/06/27/louisville-protests-least-one-shot-jefferson-square-park/3273339001/

Very sad day for Louisville. We hope police arrest and prosecute this person or persons promptly.


Very telling and appropriate coronavirus photo of the day & BBC article

This photo is worth a thousand words.....

Coronavirus: Florida and Texas reverse reopening as US cases pass 2.5m
BBC World News - 2 hours ago

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53205720

Coronavirus infections across the United States have passed 2.5 million, with record numbers of cases reported in the states of Florida and Texas.

The surge in cases in southern states comes after businesses were allowed to re-open in recent weeks. On Saturday, Florida reported more than 9,500 new cases, up from almost 9,000 on Friday, the previous record. The spike has led state officials to tighten restrictions on business again - as Texas also did on Friday.

The leading US government adviser on coronavirus, Dr Anthony Fauci, said last week that the country had a "serious problem". On Saturday, Johns Hopkins University said the total number of cases in the country had risen to 2,505,593.

While some of the rise was down to more extensive testing, the rate of positive tests in some areas is also increasing. Health officials estimate the true number of cases is likely to be 10 times higher than the confirmed total. The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said up to 20 million Americans may have been infected.

The surge in cases was being driven by young people - those aged between 18 and 34 - testing positive, especially in the south and west of the US, said the head of the CDC, Dr Robert Redfield.

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

Not just US soldiers: Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers (Guardian UK)

Russia offered bounty to kill UK soldiers
Moscow accused of trying to give money to the Taliban as part of its campaign to destabilise America and its allies

The Guardian World News
Jamie Doward
Sat 27 Jun 2020 19.58 BST

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jun/27/russia-offered-bounty-to-kill-uk-soldiers

The Russian intelligence unit behind the attempted murder in Salisbury of the former double agent Sergei Skripal secretly offered to pay Taliban-linked fighters to kill British and American soldiers in Afghanistan, according to US reports.

The revelation piles pressure on the UK to take robust action against the Kremlin amid continuing anger over the government’s delay in publishing a key report on Russian attempts to destabilise the UK.

The bombshell report in the New York Times says there has been a major escalation by Moscow to undermine the White House and its coalition allies, including the UK, as President Trump seeks a peace deal with the Taliban.

According to the paper, Trump was briefed on the activity months ago, but no discernible action has been taken. The UK received the intelligence last week. The 29155 unit of the GRU, an arm of Russia’s military intelligence agency, was responsible for executing the plan, according to the paper. In recent years, it has been linked to assassination attempts aimed at destabilising the West.

Trump again refuses to bite the hand that feeds him. Every Republican Congressperson and Senator should be grilled on this issue by the press until they're unable to speak their own name.


Very appropriate tweet for today's conditions.....

Joe Albanese @AlbaneseJoe
I live in Florida. I am a senior citizen. I want to thank President Trump and Governor DeSantis for not caring whether I live or die. But if I am alive in November I will crawl naked over broken glass smeared with covid virus in order to vote against Trump and every (R) I see.

(chart showing Florida cases skyrocketing to 8,900 case in one day)

11:48 AM · Jun 26, 2020


Tulsa sued in excessive use of force case on young black man.

Family of man who died after police stun gun incident sues city of Tulsa, individual officers
Tulsa World
By Harrison Grimwood

Read here: https://www.tulsaworld.com/news/local/family-of-man-who-died-after-police-stun-gun-incident-sues-city-of-tulsa-individual/article_99257e05-eb84-5228-8a4f-60c8199432b3.html

The family of a man who died after an incident in which police used stun guns on him filed a lawsuit against the city of Tulsa after their previous requests for independent investigations produced no results.

In August 2018, Joshua Harvey died following a violent encounter with Tulsa Police officers in downtown Tulsa. Two officers deployed stun guns on Harvey, 25, delivering multiple short bursts of high-voltage electricity during about a three-minute period.
Harvey reportedly was heading toward the doors of the Arvest Bank at Fifth and Main streets when he saw police vehicles. Officers approached the bank as Harvey was pulling on the handle of a glass door that was magnetically locked, and a forceful pull shattered the glass. As Harvey ran into the building, an officer used a stun gun on Harvey. A second officer followed suit, resulting in what Solomon-Simmons said were 27 deployments between the officers.

The issue was not the officers’ use of force when Harvey entered the bank, Solomon-Simmons said, but the use of excessive force. Officers pushed Harvey’s chest into the ground and held him there for 15 minutes, the attorney said. The responding officers checked on Harvey and rolled him to his side when they noticed he became unresponsive.

The excessive use of force here is horrific and the lack of prompt police accountability and obvious stonewalling is stunning. I hope this family can expose this case into public sunlight for all to see.


Another dangerous tRump stunt: D.C. 4th of July fireworks show....

Metro to Run Extra Trains for White House Fireworks Show
Metro is expecting fewer visitors to the National Mall than last year but warned that social distancing may not be possible at all times

NBC Washington
By Andrea Swalec • Published 5 hours ago (approx. 2pm EST)

Link: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/transportation/metro-to-run-extra-trains-for-white-house-fireworks-show/2345106/

Metro will operate extra trains and keep the system open late on July Fourth as the White House hosts a fireworks show despite concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.

More frequent service on all Metrorail lines will start at 4 p.m. on July 4 to “accommodate the ‘Salute to America’ event on the National Mall,” Metro announced Friday. The system will run trains until all customers have been accommodated.

Metro is expecting fewer visitors to the National Mall than last year but warned that social distancing may not be possible at all times. They urged riders to consider other means of transportation.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will host the event from the White House's South Lawn and the Ellipse. The president will deliver remarks and a ceremony will include music, military demonstrations and flyovers. The evening will culminate with a “spectacular fireworks display over the National Mall,” a statement from the White House said.

However, this from the mayor of D.C:

Celebrate July Fourth at Home, DC Mayor Says as White House Plans Fireworks
The president and first lady will host a “Salute to America” celebration with music, military demonstrations, flyovers and fireworks
By Andrea Swalec and Associated Press • Published June 25, 2020

Link: https://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/celebrate-july-fourth-at-home-dc-mayor-says-as-white-house-plans-fireworks/2343904/

The White House is moving ahead with a fireworks show over the National Mall on July Fourth, but D.C.’s mayor is asking residents to celebrate at home as the coronavirus pandemic continues.

Joining a large gathering of people is still a high-risk activity, Mayor Muriel Bowser said at a news conference Thursday. She urged residents to observe the holiday in place and help prevent any surge in new cases.

“Our strong recommendation is that D.C. residents celebrate at or near their home, in small gatherings,” she said. Bowser said she hopes the usual Independence Day crowds won’t form on the Mall this year.

Trump is doing his best to rapidly infect the whole damn country........

Good read on the status of the Texas oil industry...

Texas oil industry faces prospect of collapse amid Covid-19 losses
Oil and gas producers are trying to reopen after a ‘devastating’ halt, but pessimism about an economic recovery is widespread
Larry Madowo in Dallas @LarryMadowo
The Guardian World News
Fri 26 Jun 2020 09.00 BST

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/jun/26/texas-oil-industry-layoffs-shutdown-economy

The shutdowns have led to apocalyptic headlines proclaiming that the state could lose 1 million jobs, and at least $24bn by the end of the year. Oil and gas companies have paused or curtailed production and halted capital expenditures to conserve cash leading to mass layoffs as the world shut down. In April alone, the industry shed a historic 26,300 jobs in Texas.

New coronavirus cases are increasing to record numbers and the state has paused its reopening plans. But the oil and gas industry cannot afford another shutdown as it smarts from one of its worst years in decades.
“Rig counts, which are potential proxy for oilfield activity, fell starting around January 2019 leading to overcapacity, and lower prices,” says Kunal Patel, a business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. In the second quarter of 2020, business activity in the sector hit its lowest level since the Dallas Fed started its survey four years ago.

“There’s a lot of stress in the industry,” says Patel. “There’s been a major pullback in drilling and completing wells.” The outlook of the 168 energy firms in Texas, northern Louisiana and southern New Mexico collated in the Dallas Fed’s Energy Survey has improved but is still negative. Output has fallen for both oil and natural gas and the employment index is significantly down as firms continue to cut headcount. “We reached the bottom, and now we’re trying to climb up. It will be quite a while to get back up the hole to the pre-Covid level of activity and service pricing,” one insider says in the survey.


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