There's battle lines being drawn.
Nobody's right if everybody's wrong.
Young people speaking their minds
getting so much resistance from behind

Wednesday, June 7, 2023

Linkee-poo Late Wednesday Night June7

"Billy Joel is finally moving out of his monthly perch at Madison Square Garden. The singer-songwriter says he will conclude his residency in July 2024 with his 150th lifetime performance at the venue." He is the Entertainer…

"The Warren B. Rudman courthouse is one of several federal facilities around the country participating in the General Services Administration’s Pollinator Initiative, a government program aimed at assessing and promoting the health of bees and other pollinators, which are critical to life on Earth."

"Smoke from Canadian wildfires poured into the U.S. East Coast and Midwest on Wednesday, covering the capitals of both nations in an unhealthy haze, holding up flights at major airports, postponing Major League Baseball games and prompting people to fish out pandemic-era face masks."

"Bystander-initiated CPR may increase those odds to 10%. Survival after CPR for in-hospital cardiac arrest is slightly better, but still only about 17%. The numbers get even worse with age. A study in Sweden found that survival after out-of-hospital CPR dropped from 6.7% for patients in their 70s to just 2.4% for those over 90. Chronic illness matters too. One study found that less than 2% of patients with cancer or heart, lung, or liver disease were resuscitated with CPR and survived for six months." I've been lucky. The 2 people I've done CPR on we got back, at least long enough for me to leave the floor. CPR, while it can be lifesaving, is violent. As I tell the students that come through the hospital, "When you start CPR you'll hear a lot of noise, think of cracking your knuckles but 30 years worth all at one time. That's because that's partly what you're doing to the sternum. The other part is because it's common to break ribs when doing CPR. But know that you can't hurt the patient anymore than they already are. The patient is dead when you start CPR (this is not always or completely true, but close enough), they will not survive unless you do this. So if a doctor or the AED says start compressions, go ahead. You're giving them a chance at life." We then have a discussion of DNR orders, the effects of CPR, the probabilities, and making sure they express their wishes to those who may be in a position to either do CPR, or direct those who may.

"These deaths are often hidden in plain sight. For instance, nearly a thousand deaths a day are linked to diet-related disease — heart disease, complications from Type 2 diabetes and liver disease. And diet now outranks smoking as a leading cause of death around the globe. Chronic stress fueled by poverty and racism also contributes to the toll of preventable deaths… Deaths from chronic disease are not as dramatic, but the tragedy is that despite having the most sophisticated health care system in the world — great doctors, top-notch hospitals, lots of medical breakthroughs — the U.S. as a nation is not getting healthier." That's because those things stated in the first paragraph are considered "moral failings" (or in these later years, "our personal responsibility" to ourselves) and not environmental and political failings.

Yeah, wearing a mask to halt the spread of COVID is "infringing on your liberties." TB steps up and says, "Hold my beer." "A Washington state woman who was diagnosed with tuberculosis has been taken into custody after months of refusing treatment or isolation, officials said on Thursday… The Tacoma woman, who is identified in court documents as V.N., was booked into a room 'specially equipped for isolation, testing and treatment' at the Pierce County Jail, the local health department said, adding that she will still be able to choose whether she gets the 'live-saving treatment she needs.'"

"The latest employment report from the Labor Department showed the country's job market remained red hot, with 339,000 jobs added in May… It was a number that blew past expectations, considering the headwinds facing the economy including higher interest rates. Analysts had forecast around 190,000 jobs would be added."

"Overall, the report painted a mostly encouraging picture of the job market. Yet there were some mixed messages in the May figures. Notably, the unemployment rate rose to 3.7%, from a five-decade low of 3.4% in April. It’s the highest unemployment rate since October. (The government compiles the unemployment data using a different survey than the one used to calculate job gains, and the two surveys sometimes conflict.)"

Why doesn't anyone want to work anymore? "While there's no set rule, many jobs have traditionally required something between two and four interviews. But candidates for many white-collar positions are now up against a growing number of interview rounds — as many as eight, nine, or, in one staggering anecdote, 29 — as recent reporting by Slate and The Wall Street Journal makes clear." Seriously? That's just bad management.I've hired and fired more people than I can remember (okay, firing was about 4 people, I remember those). This is businesses forgetting that part of their job is finding the best person and growing them into the position. They're thinking they'll find someone they don't need to train or mentor. That's complete bullshit and you only find those by luck (not by interviewing technique). You hire the best person you can find, that doesn't take more than 3 interviews (unless the job is a half million or more, I've never been involved in that). If you don't know by then, you don't know how to manage or lead a team (which is the actual problem here).

"'Virtually every strike is based on timing that will hurt the employer,' said Stanford Law School professor William Gould, a former chairman of the National Labor Relations Board, and there was "great concern that the court would rule broadly to limit the rights of strikers. 'But that didn't happen,' he noted in an interview with NPR." Teaching us to be grateful for the crumbs that fall from the table of the rich.

"The bust out tactic wasn't limited to mocking middlebrow family restaurants. For years, the crooks who ran these ops did a brisk trade in blaming the internet. Why did Sears tank? Everyone knows that the 19th century business was an antique, incapable of mounting a challenge in the age of e-commerce. That was a great smokescreen for an old-fashioned bust out that saw corporate looters make off with hundreds of millions, leaving behind empty storefronts and emptier pension accounts for the workers who built the wealth the looters stole…" The pirate economy.

"Customers of Venmo, PayPal and CashApp should not store their money with those apps for the long term because the funds might not be safe during a crisis, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau warned Thursday." They aren't banks, folks. There's no insurance to protect you there.

"While Kyiv is keeping silent about the start of any counteroffensive, fighting is raging in several sections of the front line, signaling that the long-expected campaign could be getting underway."

"Why are Republicans abandoning one of the best tools the government has to catch voter fraud? That simple question is the focus of a new NPR investigation, published Sunday… The tool is the Electronic Registration Information Center, better known as ERIC. It was created almost a decade ago as a way for states to share government data, in an effort to keep their voter rolls up to date. It allows election officials better insight into when their voters move and die and the rare times when they vote twice in different states, which is illegal." Because it was never about voter fraud, it was about keeping the "wrong people" from voting.

"In an SEC filing Friday, the company said that on May 26, 2023, it removed 'certain produced content' from its direct-to-consumer streaming services. As a result, Disney will record a $1.5 billion impairment charge in its fiscal third quarter financial statements 'to adjust the carrying value of these content assets to fair value.'" Losing to win.

"On Friday, a complaint was submitted about the signature scripture of the predominant faith in Utah, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, widely known as the Mormon church. District spokesperson Chris Williams confirmed that someone filed a review request for the Book of Mormon but would not say what reasons were listed. Citing a school board privacy policy, he also would not say whether it was from the same person who complained about the Bible."

"In the year since the Supreme Court struck down the nationwide right to abortion, America’s religious leaders and denominations have responded in strikingly diverse ways — some celebrating the state-level bans that have ensued, others angered that a conservative Christian cause has changed the law of the land in ways they consider oppressive."

"Barry, 54, pleaded with the arresting officer seven times back in November. He alerted the jail nurse and a court judge about his condition too. But in the two days that Barry was held at Duval County Jail in Jacksonville, Fla., no one allowed him access to the medication he desperately asked for… Three days after he was released from jail, Barry died from cardiac arrest that was caused by an acute rejection of the heart, Dr. Jose SuarezHoyos, a Florida pathologist who conducted a private autopsy of Barry on behalf of Barry's family, told NPR."

"A federal judge overseeing the First Amendment lawsuit that Walt Disney Parks filed against Gov. Ron DeSantis and others is disqualifying himself, but not because of bias claims made by the Florida governor… Chief U.S. District Judge Mark Walker said in a court filing Thursday that it was because a relative owns 30 shares of Disney stock. Walker described the person as “a third-degree relative,” which typically means a cousin, a great-aunt or great-uncle, or a great-niece or great-nephew."

"But two and a half years later, the company said it 'will stop removing content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches occurred in the 2020 and other past U.S. Presidential elections' because things have changed. It said the decision was 'carefully deliberated… In the current environment, we find that while removing this content does curb some misinformation, it could also have the unintended effect of curtailing political speech without meaningfully reducing the risk of violence or other real-world harm,' YouTube said." I call bullshit.

"A top Twitter executive responsible for safety and content moderation has left the company, her departure coming soon after owner Elon Musk publicly complained about the platform’s handling of posts about transgender topics."

"At issue is an internal FBI document known as an FD-1023, which agents use to record unverified tips and information they receive from confidential human sources. The FBI says such documents can contain uncorroborated and incomplete information, and that documenting the tip does not validate it."

"Chris Licht came into the top spot at CNN pronouncing he had a clear view of what was wrong with the cable news channel, the vision to fix it, and the corporate backing that would enable him to turn the ship around… Barely more than a year later, with the channel's battered ratings further sagging, the formats for key shows still in doubt, internal strife at crisis levels, and journalists inside CNN still questioning what his vision is, Licht is gone, ousted by the corporate patron who wooed him to the network, Warner Bros. Discovery chief David Zaslav." The keep saying he failed. Nope, he did exactly what was expected of him. He sank CNN.

"More than two years into a conservative push against teaching about Black history, literature and gender identity in public schools, the Southern Poverty Law Center has concluded that a dozen so-called 'parental rights' groups behind the movement are extremist." About time.

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