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Deadly Brain-Eating Amoeba Confirmed in Florida


Health officials in Florida have sounded the alarm over the discovery of a rare, brain-eating amoeba in the county that encompasses Tampa and several other cities. The Florida Department of Health announced the news Friday that a person in Hillsborough County had suffered a confirmed infection of naegleria fowleri, a single-celled living amoeba that can lead to a dangerous infection of the brain called primary amebic meningoencephalitis. Such an infection “destroys the brain tissue and is usually fatal,” health officials warned. The amoeba is usually found in lakes, rivers, and ponds, particularly when the water is warm. There have only been 37 confirmed cases of the amoeba since 1962, and health officials say the best way to prevent an infection is by “avoiding nasal contact with the waters, since the amoeba enters through the nasal passages.” Of the 143 documented cases of brain infection caused by naegleria fowleri in the U.S., only four people have survived.

*end of story*


Joe Biden MUST win in November, and today I *partially* did my part....

Caveat: Yes yes, I know I am very lucky to be able to do this. Some can give nothing. The rest of the re-election effort is blood, sweat and tears. Before you start typing to scold me, read my words carefully. Thanks.

Today I gave the legal limit to Joe Biden. It will take me months to pay it off but I'd rather do that than have Dictator-wannabe again. I have NEVER, not even for President Obama, done such a thing, but we MUST MUST MUST win in November. Yes yes yes, it is very important to give non-cash efforts to campaigns also.

It is that dire. That is not hyperbole, that is a FACT.

Do what you can. Blood sweat and tears. Cash. Both. Something. Please.


Steve, lifelong Democrat since 1976

Llama (alpaca?) gets in taxi with others in Cuzco, Peru


"America today feels like 1929 or 1930 Berlin. Things that couldn't be said five years ago in..."


'Burned to the ground': Anti-Trump Republicans set new goal of defeating the GOP Senate


A loose association of current and former Republicans working to sink President Donald Trump’s re-election now see another political feat that’s necessary for them to have a shot at reclaiming their party: flipping the U.S. Senate to the Democrats.

The emerging belief, based on more than a dozen interviews, is that defeating Trump alone is insufficient to spur the reckoning required to salvage a party that will almost undoubtedly confront a crossroads if the president loses to Joe Biden this fall. Many argue that GOP senators must pay a steep price for their unabating fealty to Trump, even if it hands Democrats complete control of the federal government.

“The analogy would be in the same way that fire purifies the forest, it needs to be burned to the ground and fundamentally repudiated,” said Steve Schmidt, a Republican-turned-independent political strategist who now works for The Lincoln Project, one of the most pugnacious of the anti-Trump GOP groups. “Every one of them should be voted out of office, with the exception of Mitt Romney.”

Not every Republican Trump critic agrees with the unsparing approach, contending that many of the GOP senators most vulnerable in 2020 are the sort of lawmakers who least embody Trump’s worldview.

Clever anti-Trump video in Russian from The Lincoln Project


Feedback from Julia Ioffe, who speaks fluent Russian:


Jewish Group: Feedback sought, please, on Trump's new logo

I think most of you know I am a friend to this group. I just wanted your feedback on Trump's new logo:


What do you think and feel about it ?

Trump's new logo looks almost looks familiar. Where else have i seen that eagle style standing on...

Trump's new logo looks almost looks familiar. Where else have i seen that eagle style standing on a circle?


Proof it's really his new logo:


To be fair, further down the thread:


Even if it's just "stock clip art", Trump's people are either 1) tone-deaf or 2) deliberately evoking the Nazi comparison.

"RIGHT NOW: Dozens are marching in Sanford chanting "My body. My choice." They are protesting..."

RIGHT NOW: Dozens are marching in Sanford chanting “My body. My choice.” They are protesting after a mask order went into place in Seminole County today.


I have no words.

Absolutely wonderful video of Vice-President Biden with a young boy, spread around please

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