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Drug reverses age related decline in mice within days of first dose--also may treat ALS/Parkinsons

According to this article this drug could also open up potential breakthrough therapies for diseases like Alzheimer’s, ALS and Parkinson’s.


Flu cases WAY down due to COVID measures

Happily (and not surprisingly) flu is waaaay down due to all the precautions taken for COVID. Though there is an increase in flu shots being given, that's not enough to account for flu being down 98% in the US and only 51 positive cases out of 83,000 tests in Australia, Chile, and South Africa combined.

I've always been a bit frustrated at the over-focus on flu shots over other precautions like hand-washing, etc. Though the CDC would mention hand-washing as being an important part of flu prevention, it was always more of a footnote. SO much focus on the flu shot that it made many believe they were now immune (or, if they did get sick, it wouldn't be as bad of a case). So why bother with hand-washing?


Excerpt from linked article:

"These findings suggest that certain community mitigation measures might be useful adjuncts to influenza vaccination during influenza seasons, particularly for populations at highest risk for developing severe disease or complications."

Gee, ya think??

Wow, how did I miss this performance of Stairway to Heaven? (Ann Wilson at Kennedy Perf Arts)

And the Obamas were in the audience too. Man, I miss normal times ...

Note to media: It's a CON! Stop giving airtime to Trump and associates election claims!

Trump is in his element right now, laughing all the way to the bank. All these outrageous claims made by Trump, Rudy, Jenna Ellis, etc. are outrageous for a reason—to get the media to talk about it!!! Trump knows how to get his idiot supporters to believe anything so why is the media allowing themselves to be his microphone. They might as well include links to Trump’s fundraising PACS.

Everyone asks questions like “Why would an attorney like Jenna Ellis, who used to hate Trump, go down into the gutter with him?” MONEY!!! It’s not that hard to figure out!

Until something that could legitimately throw a wrench into the 2020 election happens the media needs to stop being Trump’s stooge. Actually that is giving the media too much credit, they know exactly what’s going on and are playing along for their own selfish reasons—ratings (which also boils down to money). So sick of it.

Sidney Powell retweets Trump cancel "January 6" Georgia runoff

As maddening as this tweet is, I missed the fact that is listed the wrong date for the Georgia runoff, but 2 sharp eyed twitter users didn’t. I laughed out loud.

Original tweet:


Two replies:



Haha! Great Public Service video from Germany about the importance of staying home during COVID

Funny and a great way to get out the message:

Whatever happened to Alan Dershowitz?

He has disappeared off the face of the earth ever since Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested.

He used to be on Fox News quite a bit but I haven’t heard hide nor hair of him since Maxwell’s arrest.

Let's play a game. Without looking at the author, who do you think wrote this CNN article?

Based solely on the headline I knew right away who the author was, and I was right.

“Why Trump is the clear front runner for the 2024 nomination”

Anyone want to guess who wrote that pile of dung?

Republican Party vs Democratic Party re: holding to Democratic policies vs Authoritarianism

The Washington Post had a fascinating article about a study done by the V-Dem institute (over 600 political scientists around the globe) which track political party trends in relation to Democratic versus illiberalism. It’s a stark and scary analysis of data which puts in black and white what we already know—that the Republican Party is moving rapidly towards authoritarianism. I wish I could post the graphs as they tell the story in the starkest terms, but I can’t figure out how to get around the paywall. Basically there are 3 main categories:

1) Level of party commitment to democracy (Dems at the highest level and unchanged over decades, GOP a steep decline since around the time the Tea Party came on the scene)

2) How often a party demonizes their opponent (Dems at “usually not”, GOP between “usually” and “always”

3) How often Party Leaders incite violence (Dems hold steady at “never”, GOP steep decline to in-between “rarely” and “sometimes”. )

The study only goes up to 2018, the authors state the GOP has gone even further into authoritarianism since then.

So, no, the “both sides do it” is absolutely bogus, as we already knew. But the massive gap between the two parties commitment to democracy was even worse than I had imagined. Very scary stuff.


“Now, according to data released by an international team of political scientists just before the Nov. 3 election, it’s possible to quantify the extent to which the Republican Party no longer adheres to such principles as the commitment to free and fair elections with multiple parties, the respectful treatment of political opponents and the avoidance of violent rhetoric.

“The Republican Party in the U.S. has retreated from upholding democratic norms in recent years,” said Anna Lührmann, a political scientist at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and a former member of the German parliament. “Its rhetoric is closer to authoritarian parties, such as AKP in Turkey and Fidesz in Hungary.” “

Election security needs to be one of Biden's priorities

I don’t feel our elections are secure. Paper ballots don’t ensure integrity unless recounted manually or the vote tabulation machines are not controlled by private entities. Voting tabulation hacks aren’t that hard and Rove has most certainly done it before.


“Late on Election Day, John Kerry showed an insurmountable lead in exit polling, and many considered his victory all but certified. Yet the final vote tallies in thirty states deviated widely from exit polls, with discrepancies favoring George W. Bush in all but nine. The greatest disparities were concentrated in battleground states—particularly Ohio. In one Ohio precinct, exit polls indicated that Kerry should have received 67 percent of the vote, but the certified tally gave him only 38 percent. The odds of such an unexpected outcome occurring only as a result of sampling error are 1 in 867,205,553. To quote Lou Harris, who has long been regarded as the father of modern political polling: “Ohio was as dirty an election as America has ever seen.”

Why was this never looked into?
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