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  • Gov Irate at Citizens' Insubordination [semi-satire]

    05/31/2020 12:03:49 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 1 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 31 May 2020 | John Semmens
    As the mass hysteria that allowed so many governors to frighten citizens into mindless obedience to inane and oppressive edicts has waned, Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (D) is irate. "I am the ruler of this state," he declared. "It is everyone's obligation—citizen and non-citizen, alike—to do what I tell them to do." A major irritant has been the increasingly widespread refusal of sheriffs and local police to cite, arrest, shutdown, or otherwise harass individuals attempting to enjoy the life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness our representative democracy is meant to secure. "I consequently have ordered the Department of Labor...
  • This Could Be a Clue as to why Minnesota’s COVID-19 model was wrong by at least one, and perhaps two, orders of magnitude

    05/17/2020 8:41:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 30 replies
    Powerline Blog ^ | 05/16/2020 | John Hinderaker
    This Could Be a Clue… …as to why Minnesota’s COVID-19 model was wrong by at least one, and perhaps two, orders of magnitude: Before Friday, March 20, Marina Kirkeide, who graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering in 2019, was a School of Public Health part-time research assistant working on HPV transmission for Kulasingam. On a gap year before starting Medical School at the University in fall 2020, Kirkeide also had a second job as a lab tech at St. Paul’s Regions Hospital. That Friday, Kulasingam called her and two other research assistants and asked if...
  • WHO dismisses herd immunity as strategy to combat Covid-19

    05/13/2020 9:40:10 AM PDT · by avkillick · 47 replies
    Michael Ryan, the World Health Organization’s Executive Director of Health Emergencies, did not mince words when the organization was asked on Monday about the concept of herd immunity. "This idea that, 'well, maybe countries who had lax measures and haven't done anything will all of a sudden magically reach some herd immunity, and so what if we lose a few old people along the way?' This is a really dangerous, dangerous calculation," Ryan said..
  • Hospitals can’t discharge coronavirus patients to nursing homes: Gov. Cuomo

    05/10/2020 12:11:43 PM PDT · by knighthawk · 90 replies
    NY Post ^ | May 10 2020 | Aaron Feis
    Patients in New York hospitals must now test negative for the coronavirus before they can be discharged to nursing homes, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday — partially reversing a policy that forced sickened seniors into facilities housing those most vulnerable. “We’re just not going to send a person who is positive to a nursing home after a hospital visit,” said Cuomo during an Albany press briefing. “Period.” The ruling partially overrides a controversial March 25 order that nursing homes cannot deny admission or readmission on the basis of a positive or suspected COVID-19 case.
  • Andrew Cuomo Blames Nursing Homes’ Greed for Not Rejecting Coronavirus Patients State Made Them Accept

    04/27/2020 1:48:07 PM PDT · by Tench_Coxe · 52 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 04/27/2020 | Joel B. Pollak
    Cuomo has come under increasing criticism for a March 25 directive requiring nursing homes to accept coronavirus patients. The directive read, in part (original emphasis): “No resident shall be denied re-admission or admission to the NH [nursing home] solely based on a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of COVID-19. NHs are prohibited from requiring a hospitalized resident who is determined medically stable to be tested for COVID-19 prior to admission or readmission.” The policy is being scrutinized more closely as some 25% of the state’s fatalities from coronavirus have occurred in nursing homes. Critics argue that the state should not have...
  • De Blasio appoints wife head of coronavirus racial inequality task force

    04/26/2020 12:16:38 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 80 replies ^ | April 26, 2020 | Kevin Sheehan and Lee Brown
    Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Sunday that he has put First Lady Chirlane McCray in charge of a special coronavirus task force — insisting her work with her embattled ThriveNYC initiativemade her perfect for the new job. McCray will work with Deputy Mayor Phil Thompson in leading a task force on racial inclusion and equity to make sure the Big Apple rebounds as a “better and more just society than the one we left behind,” Hizzoner said. The mayor insisted that the First Lady deserved her place at the head of the new initiative because of the ideas she generated  —...
  • ‘Scientific breakdown’ at CDC lab led to coronavirus testing delays, report says

    04/22/2020 7:27:17 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    NYP ^ | April 18, 2020 | Melissa Klein
    A “glaring scientific breakdown” at the CDC’s main laboratory was behind the federal agency’s failure to quickly make a coronavirus test kit... One of the three test components became contaminated because the way the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention laboratory put the kits together violated sound manufacturing practices... cross contamination because the chemical mixtures were put together into testing kits in a lab space that was also dealing with synthetic coronavirus material. The Food and Drug Administration also concluded the CDC violated its own laboratory standards,
  • Illinois spent $17 million on masks from China that are now being recalled in other states

    04/19/2020 3:51:05 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 18 replies
    WGN Television ^ | April 16, 2020 | Ben Bradley
    Millions of masks purchased by the State of Illinois from China may not be useable by those on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic, after multiple states recalled similar equipment Thursday. Illinois Governor JB Pritzker has been scouring the world for gowns, gloves and masks to protect medical workers and first responders across the state from COVID-19. An alert from the Illinois Department of Public Health followed, saying the KN95 masks may not meet performance standards and counterfeit masks are “flooding the marketplace.” “You know things come in shipments of a million – you can’t go through one mask...
  • Coronavirus tests were delayed by contamination at CDC lab, report says

    04/18/2020 8:44:48 PM PDT · by absalom01 · 24 replies
    CNBC ^ | April 18, 2020 | Dan Mangan
    A delay by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in quickly making coronavirus test kits available was the result of “a glaring scientific breakdown” at the CDA central lab, The Washington Post reported. The Post reported that CDC facilities that assembled the testing kits “violated sound manufacturing practices, resulting in contamination of one of the three test components used in the highly sensitive detection process.” James Le Duc, a virologist and former CDC officer who now heads the Galveston National Laboratory in Texas, told The Post that the situation was “really a terrible black mark on the CDC,...
  • Pelosi vows to challenge Trump's 'dangerous, illegal' move to freeze WHO funding

    04/15/2020 9:52:26 AM PDT · by chief lee runamok · 53 replies
    faux ^ | 04/15/2020 | Brooke Singman
    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi blasted President Trump’s decision to freeze funding for the World Health Organization, vowing Wednesday to “swiftly” challenge the action amid the coronavirus crisis. In a statement, Pelosi, D-Calif., said the halt in funding amid the global pandemic “is senseless.”
  • Alabama and Massachusetts Are Handing the Addresses of People With Coronavirus Over to Police

    03/31/2020 9:09:26 PM PDT · by Morgana · 32 replies
    vice ^ | March 31, 2020 | Liz Landers
    Two U.S. states — Alabama and Massachusetts — have begun providing the addresses of those known to have been diagnosed with COVID-19 to police in a bid to contain the spread and protect first responders who might answer a call where a coronavirus sufferer is involved. Alabama began providing the addresses — but not names — to police and other emergency responders starting more than a week ago. The information is being distributed to 85 emergency communications districts in the state, and is then relayed to police officers and other first responders when they go out on calls. “It’s only...
  • Dems Demonstrate Leadership [semi-satire]

    03/28/2020 6:30:34 PM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 29 March 2020 | John Semmens
    In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Bill and Hillary Clinton donated more than 400 pizzas to all of the hospitals in their home county of Westchester, NY. The donation was heralded by a tweet from Hillary “thanking medical workers and everyone else who is working to save lives and keep us all going right now.” Angela Cirilli, an emergency medicine ultrasound director at St John’s Riverside Hospital, tweeted her gratitude saying “Amazing !!! Thank you !!!! We NEED LEADERS LIKE YOU in this tough time.” A spokesperson for the Clintons contrasted “this unprecedented act of generosity with Trump’s failure...
  • Where is homeless funding going?

    02/18/2020 7:13:50 PM PST · by GLH3IL · 24 replies
    The Times-Herald ^ | 02/18/2020 | Marissa Kendall
    Chiu’s bill comes as the state and local governments are ramping up their spending on homelessness, but the number of people on the street continues to rise. Gov. Gavin Newsom recently proposed spending more than $1 billion on homelessness in his 2020-21 budget, including $750 million to build housing for the homeless and help prevent struggling families from ending up on the streets. His last budget also included about $1 billion to fight homelessness — including $650 million for cities and counties. Meanwhile, the crisis keeps getting worse. The homeless population grew by 42% between 2017 and 2019 in San...
  • Turkey suffers first deaths in direct combat with Syria since start of war

    02/03/2020 1:01:39 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 12 replies
    CNN ^ | 02/03/2020 | By Gul Tuysuz,
    Five Turkish soldiers and one civilian personnel were killed in Syria on Sunday, Turkey's first fatalities as a result of direct confrontation between the countries since the start of Syria's civil war in 2011. Nine other troops were also wounded in northwest Syria's Idlib province after they came under heavy artillery fire from the Syrian government Sunday, according to a Turkey defense department statement which added that the troops were reinforcements. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said up to 35 Syrian government soldiers had been killed Monday in response, and pledged further retaliation. Erdogan said up to 40 Syrian targets...

    10/31/2019 8:23:18 AM PDT · by george76 · 29 replies
    Glendale Cherry Creek Chronicle ^ | October 28, 2019 | Charles C. Bonniwell
    Crony Bidding And Gross Incompetence Reign.. At a time when Coloradans are desperately pleading for improved and new roadways the agency in charge of the same, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), is mired in the greatest crisis of its long-storied existence . ... In December 2018, Governor Jared Polis appointed 35-year-old Shoshana Lew as his new Executive Director, a history major .. She replaced Governor Hickenlooper's appointment of 56-year-old Michael Lewis, an engineer with extensive public construction management experience. ... Lew's primary qualification .. was her close relationship to Michelle Obama who called the newly elected governor for a...
  • The Hapless Shakedown Crew That Hacked Trump’s Inauguration

    10/25/2019 4:06:36 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 9 replies
    WSJ ^ | 25 Oct 2019 | Drew Hinshaw
    The 20-something couple with a history of small-time scams had inadvertently hacked the world’s most powerful nation for a five-figure ransom at a time of high anxiety over national security on Inauguration Day. The Romanians had launched hundreds of thousands of emails embedded with ransomware in an attachment disguised as an invoice, authorities said. The list of email addresses they bought included, by chance, the Washington, D.C., police department. A recipient there apparently took the bait, opening the attachment that locked up the street-camera system. Only a payment could produce the key. Ms. Cismaru sent a message to the Journal...
  • Disturbing New Theory Emerges As to Why Lindsey Graham Refuses to Help President Trump

    10/22/2019 7:39:28 AM PDT · by LesbianThespianGymnasticMidget · 64 replies ^ | October 22, 2019 | Missy Crane
    Lindsey Graham is supposedly a new convert to the MAGA movement. Almost immediately after traitor John McCain died, Lindsey Graham appeared to have a change of heart. He began backing Trump on policy matters, and when Justice Kavanaugh was under attack, Lindsey was the point-man for his defense; delivering one of the most impassioned political speeches ever. Lindsey’s speech last year was a “game-changer” and MAGA rallied around the South Carolina senator and embraced him as a new and important figurehead in the movement. Graham even took over Chuck Grassley’s place as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee – a...
  • Scott Israel should be reinstated as Broward sheriff, Florida Senate special master recommends

    09/25/2019 11:00:25 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 34 replies
    Shun Sin-tenel ^ | 9/25/19 | SKYLER SWISHER and ANTHONY MAN
    Suspended Broward Sheriff Scott Israel should get his job back, a special investigator for the Florida Senate recommended, in a a stunning rebuke to Gov. Ron DeSantis. DeSantis failed to prove the charges in his suspension order, special master Dudley Goodlette wrote in a report released Wednesday.
  • Austin's homeless problem could force some downtown businesses to close early

    08/24/2019 1:16:50 PM PDT · by bgill · 65 replies
    austincbs ^ | Aug. 23, 2019 | Bettie Cross
    Some Austin business owners say the homeless problem is now a homeless crisis. One downtown business owner says he may start closing early to keep employees and customers safe...In June, the Austin City Council changed the homeless ordinances to allow sitting, lying and camping in more public spaces, including sidewalks. Staley says that's when one homeless man moved in. “All his belongings are right here up against our patio and we can't do anything about it. We can't. The police can't,” said Staley. The patio on Congress Avenue was designed as a shady spot for tourists and locals to grab...
  • 'I'm Still Sharp As A Tack,' Insists Mueller Moments Before Taking Phone Call On A Banana

    07/25/2019 7:00:40 AM PDT · by budj · 18 replies
    Babylon Bee ^ | 7/25/2019 | staff
    WASHINGTON, D.C.—Robert Mueller was being criticized for seemingly answering questions slowly, not recalling key details of his investigation, and appearing to be confused throughout his testimony Wednesday. After a brief recess, Mueller insisted he was entirely lucid. "I hear a few murmurs out there that I've lost it," he said. "Well, I haven't lost it. I've still got it. In fact, I'm still sharp as a tack." Before testimony could resume, however, Mueller interrupted the proceedings, appearing to reach for his cell phone. "I really have to take this," he said apologetically as he reached into his pocket and pulled...