And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Linkee-poo Tuesday

"From a smaller hospital bailout to stiffing strained Medicaid programs, the GOP’s opening bid revealed stark differences with the plan passed by House Democrats this spring. As Congress tries to resolve thorny issues like unemployment aid and liability protections, health care funding could become another sticking point."

"Democrats, nonwhites and elderly Americans are all significantly more likely to say they wear protective masks every time they leave home, new polling data show, as measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus continue to be polarized and case counts in the U.S. reach new heights." This is my surprised face.

"A winery in Geneva said that its staff, and now property, have been subjected to inappropriate behavior from customers upset over mask orders… South River Winery posted a photo of a hole in the wall of its bathroom to Facebook Sunday, expressing disappointment over 'unacceptable' behavior that it said has been directed at staff and the property."

"A week after appearing to project a more serious tone about the coronavirus, President Donald Trump is back to pushing unproven claims that an anti-malaria drug is an effective treatment and challenging the credibility of the nation’s leading infectious disease expert." The president and his family continue to spread fake news.

"The chief of critical care at a Baltimore hospital who helped treat the 'sickest' patients, including during the pandemic, died Saturday of the coronavirus." One of the untold stories is how many healthcare workers are getting ill now. Coupled with this is the "virus fatigue" they are feeling.

"Fears over a second wave of the outbreak have been raised in Europe following recent spikes seen in Spain, France and Germany. Each nation has reported around a 30 to 90 percent increase in new infections over roughly the past couple of weeks."

"Texas' uninsured rate has been climbing along with its unemployment rate as COVID-19 cases surge in the state. Before the pandemic, Texas already had the highest rate and largest number of people without health insurance in the country. And 20 percent of all uninsured children in the U.S. live in Texas."

"Black community leaders are urging local protesters to shift the focus of demonstrations back to the Black Lives Matter movement and away from what has become a largely 'white spectacle.'"

"A group of Portland protesters is suing the Trump administration alleging that the actions of federal agents in the city violated their constitutional rights, went beyond legal authority and were directed by someone not formally confirmed in their role."

Meanwhile on Bullshit Mountain… "Crowds launch fireworks at brewery, draw guns on drivers as riots spread from Portland to smaller Oregon city."

"Two of the biggest retailers in the U.S. are closing their doors on Thanksgiving this year, sidestepping a recent tradition of keeping the lights on for customers to bargain hunt after their turkey dinners." Note that this is just their "early bird Black Friday" sales. They're still planning Black Friday sales.

"It is the story of how Afghan opium growers have switched to solar power, and significantly increased the world supply of heroin."

"Iran's paramilitary Revolutionary Guard fired a missile from a helicopter targeting a replica aircraft carrier in the strategic Strait of Hormuz, state television reported on Tuesday. The exercise was aimed at threatening the U.S. amid tensions between Tehran and Washington."

"'Ever since I made it clear that I was going to do everything I could to get to the bottom of the grave abuses involved in the bogus "Russiagate" scandal, many of the Democrats on this Committee have attempted to discredit me by conjuring up a narrative that I am simply the President's factotum who disposes of criminal cases according to his instructions. Judging from the letter inviting me to this hearing, that appears to be your agenda today,' Barr says in his written remarks." If the shoe fits…

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