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Coronavirus and Surfaces: How Long Does COVID-19 Live on Surfaces?
How long does the corona virus survive on surfaces? Estimates based on other coronaviruses:

* Cardboard: 24 hours, e.g. shipping boxes

* Plastics: 2 to 3 days, e.g. packaging like milk containers and detergent bottles, subway and bus seats, backpacks, elevator buttons

* Glass: Up to 5 days, e.g. drinking glasses, measuring cups, mirrors, windows

* Ceramics: 5 days, e.g. dishes, pottery, mugs
Paper: varies, a few hours to to 5 days.

* Metal: 5 days, e.g. doorknobs, jewelry, silverware
-- Stainless steel: 2 to 3 days, e.g. refrigerators, pots and pans, sinks, some water bottles
-- Copper: 4 hours, e.g. pennies, teakettles, cookware
-- Aluminum: 2-8 hours, e.g. soda cans, tinfoil, water bottles

-- Wood 4 days, e.g. furniture, decking

Food: Coronavirus doesn't seem to spread through exposure to food. Still, it's a good idea to wash fruits and vegetables under running water before you eat them. Scrub them with a brush or your hands to remove any germs that might be on their surface. Wash your hands after you visit the supermarket. If you have a weakened immune system, you might want to buy frozen or canned produce.
corona_virus  safety  disinfect  transmission  grade_A  grade_AA 
20 hours ago by Marcellus
‘Middle Class’ Joe Biden has a corruption problem – it makes him a weak candidate | Zephyr Teachout | Opinion | The Guardian
The simplest explanation is the most likely: he did it for his donors. At a fundraiser last year, Biden promised his Wall Street donors that "nothing would fundamentally change" for them if he became president. Now the financial world is raising huge money for his campaign. It clearly thinks he's going to be its friend if elected. Most Americans, who get ripped off by the financial sector on a daily basis, aren't looking for a candidate who has made their life harder.

Second, healthcare. On 25 April, the day he announced his campaign, Biden went straight to a fundraiser co-hosted by the chief executive of a major health insurance corporation. He refuses to sign a pledge to reject money from insurance and pharma execs and continues to raise money from healthcare industry donors. His campaign is being bankrolled by a super Pac run by healthcare lobbyists.

What did all these donors get? A healthcare proposal that preserves the power of the insurance industry and leaves 10 million Americans uninsured.

Third, climate change. Biden signed a pledge not to take money from the fossil fuel industry, then broke his promise. Right after a CNN town hall on climate change, he held a fundraiser hosted by the founder of a fossil fuel conglomerate. He is pushing climate policy that has gotten dismal reviews from several leading environmental groups.

There are plenty of other examples that raise questions, like housing and social security. Big real estate moguls are playing a major role in Biden's campaign. Unlike his rivals, he has no comprehensive housing plan. When he pushed for cuts to Social Security, was he serving donors or his constituents?
JoeBiden  corruption  Robert_Reich  election2020  TheGuardian  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
2 days ago by Marcellus
Joe Biden Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Senate Aide In 1993 | HuffPost
A former aide to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden said this week that he sexually assaulted her in 1993, her most detailed account to date of his alleged inappropriate behavior.

Tara Reade, who was at the time serving as an aide in Biden's senate office, told podcast host Katie Halper that Biden kissed her and penetrated her with his fingers without her consent. Reade said she pushed Biden off of her and he allegedly became annoyed and said: "Come on, man! I heard you liked me."

"It was like everything shattered in that moment," Reade told Halper in the interview, which was posted Wednesday. "He was, like, my father's age. He was this champion of women's rights in my eyes. I couldn't believe it was happening."

Reade alleges that after she pulled away from Biden, he pointed in her face and said, "You're nothing to me."

Last April, Reade was one of eight women to accuse the former vice president of inappropriate touching. Reade told the Intercept's Ryan Grim this week that she only told the media part of her story at the time because she received an onslaught of harassment that instantly quieted her.


Eight women have come forward against Biden making sexual harassment claims & at least one sexual assault. Say their names:
-Lucy Flores
-Amy Lappos
-D.J Hill
-Caitlyn Caruso
-Ally Coll
-Sofie Karasek
-Vail Kohnert-Yount
-Tara Reade
JoeBiden  sexual_harassment  sexual_assault  rape  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  #MeToo  election2020 
3 days ago by Marcellus
How to Disinfect Groceries in Coronavirus Pandemic
easy to start spiraling when thinking about the coronavirus; suddenly the whole world seems covered in dangerous germs. There’s still a lot we’re learning about the virus, but scientists do know that you’re much more likely to be infected by another person than by your groceries — currently, the CDC says person-to-person transmission is the main way the virus is spread. Wash your hands, disinfect frequently used surfaces (like your phone!), keep up the social distancing, and maybe also remember this helpful quote when you feel yourself freaking out: “Everything at the grocery store and restaurant containers and bags could in theory have infectious virus on them,” Dr. Linsey Marr, an expert in the transmission of viruses by aerosol at Virginia Tech, told the New York Times. “We could go crazy discussing these ‘what-ifs’ because everyone is a potential source, so we have to focus on the biggest risks.”
corona_virus  disinfect  cleaning  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  hygiene 
10 days ago by Marcellus
An Effective Treatment for Coronavirus (COVID-19)_
March 13, 2020 - In consultation with Stanford University School of Medicine, UAB School of Medicine and National Academy of Sciences researchers.


Treatment Guidelines from South Korea[7]
Treatment Guidelines from China[8]
Chloroquine as a prophylactic (preventative) measure against COVID-19[11]
The UK has banned the export of Chloroquine[13]
China prioritizes internal use of Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs) including Chloroquine[14]
corona_virus  treatment  cure  healthcare  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
20 days ago by Marcellus
Justice Dept. Moves to Drop Charges Against Russian Firms Filed by Mueller - The New York Times
companies funded Russia’s social media-fueled interference in the 2016 election, prosecutors said. But they tried to weaponize the case instead of fight it.
Russia  Russia_gate  2016  election2016  disinformation  fakenews  Trump  corruption  Putin  grade_A  grade_AA  Mueller 
20 days ago by Marcellus
Hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin as a treatment of COVID-19.pdf - Google Drive
Results - Six patients were asymptomatic, 22 had upper respiratory tract infection symptoms and eight
had lower respiratory tract infection symptoms.

Twenty cases were treated in this study and showed a significant reduction of the viral carriage at D6-post inclusion compared to controls, and much lower average carrying duration than reported of untreated patients in the literature. Azithromycin added to hydroxychloroquine was significantly more efficient for virus elimination.

Despite its small sample size our survey shows that hydroxychloroquine treatment is significantly associated with viral load reduction/disappearance in COVID-19 patients and its effect is reinforced by azithromycin.
corona_virus  treatment  clinical  trial  science  study  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
20 days ago by Marcellus
***** BREAKING: New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment ( | Tech News | Startups News
Note: Hydroxychloroquine (brand name Plaquenil) is an inexpensive

BREAKING: New controlled clinical study conducted by doctors ​in France shows that Hydroxychloroquine cures 100% of coronavirus patients within 6 days of treatment (
TechStartups Team POSTED ON MARCH 18, 2020

Earlier today, we published a story about a new study published by NIH which shows that Hydroxychloroquine has been found to be more effective and potent than chloroquine in vitro treatment of coronavirus. Now, a recent well controlled clinical study conducted by Didier Raoult​ M.D/Ph.D, et. al in France showed that 100% of patients that received a combination of HCQ and Azithromycin tested negative and were virologically cured within 6 days of treatment.

In addition, recent guidelines from South Korea and China report that hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine are effective antiviral therapeutic treatments for novel coronavirus.

A therapeutic agent that prevents infection with novel coronavirus is highly desirable–especially for persons with high-risk exposure (e.g healthcare professionals) as well as persons with comorbidities (heart disease, diabetes, etc) and compromised immune systems. Ground-breaking in vitro studies demonstrate potential efficacy of hydroxychloroquine as a prophylactic for novel coronavirus infection in primate cells.

Note: Hydroxychloroquine (brand name Plaquenil) is an inexpensive, globally available drug (tablet) that was approved for widespread medical use since 1955. It is commonly used today to treat malaria, systemic lupus erythematosus and rheumatoid arthritis.
corona_virus  healthcare  treatment  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  cure 
20 days ago by Marcellus
** Japanese flu drug 'clearly effective' in treating coronavirus, says China | World news | The Guardian
A Japanese drug Favipiravir (aka Avigan) has produced encouraging outcomes in clinical trials in Wuhan and Shenzhen involving 340 patients.
* it's safe
* reduces recovery from an average of 11 days to 4 days
* improves lung conditions in 91% of recovered patients (vs 62% without)
* effective treating mild to moderate symptoms
*** Not effective treating people with severe symptoms.
TheGuardian  corona_virus  healthcare  treatment  cure  Japan  China  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
20 days ago by Marcellus
** Lack of Health Insurance Coverage Leads People to Avoid Seeking Care | Healthiest Communities | US News
Researchers estimate that in 2018, 45 percent of working-age adults, or 87 million people, were either underinsured or had no coverage for at least part of the last year – a share that is essentially unchanged from 2010, despite monumental shifts in health policy during that time.
Bernie_Sanders  MedicareForAll  health_insurance_uninsured  grade_A  grade_AA  fact_check 
20 days ago by Marcellus
Health Insurance Coverage Eight Years After the ACA — 2018 Biennial | Commonwealth Fund
February 7, 2019 - Of the 194 million U.S. adults ages 19 to 64 in 2018, an estimated 87 million, or 45 percent, were inadequately insured (see Tables 1 and 2).
healthcare  MedicareForAll  uninsured  health_insurance  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Bernie_Sanders 
20 days ago by Marcellus
America has no real public health system – coronavirus has a clear run | Robert Reich | Opinion | The Guardian
As a result, the nation's supply of ventilators isn't nearly large enough to care for projected numbers of critically ill coronavirus victims unable to breathe for themselves. Its 45,000 intensive care unit beds fall woefully short of the 2.9 million likely to be needed.

Meanwhile, more than 30 million Americans have no health insurance.

Most jobless Americans don't qualify for unemployment insurance because they haven't worked long enough in a steady job and the ad-hoc deal doesn't alter this. Meanwhile, more than 30 million Americans have no health insurance. Eligibility for Medicaid, food stamps and other public assistance is now linked to having or actively looking for work.

There is no public health system in the US, in short, because the richest nation in the world has no capacity to protect the public as a whole, apart from national defense.
corona_virus  healthcare  MedicareForAll  Robert_Reich  grade_A  grade_AA 
21 days ago by Marcellus
Did an experimental drug help a U.S. coronavirus patient? | Science | AAAS
Remdesivir cripples an enzyme called RNA polymerase that is used by many viruses to copy themselves; it does not specifically target SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. But it worked well in test tube and animal studies of human coronaviruses, cousins of SARS-CoV-2 called severe acute respiratory syndrome and Middle East respiratory syndrome, that cause similar respiratory conditions. (Ebola also is an RNA virus, but a test of remdesivir in the Democratic Republic of the Congo last year showed that it didn't work for that disease.)

George Thompson, an infectious disease specialist at the medical center, was on the team that cared for the California patient and spoke to ScienceInsider about the case. This interview has been edited for clarity and length; additional information added by ScienceInsider is in brackets.

Q: When did the patient start on remdesivir?

A: From diagnosis to therapy, about 36 hours, which is very short for emergency approval of an investigational drug.
healthcare  corona_virus  treatments  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
21 days ago by Marcellus
(1129) Italian doctor on treating COVID-19 patients - YouTube
2:30 says they are using anti-viral medicines like those used to treat HIV, e.g. protease inhibitors and drosy chrolopin (??). Off label, but trials allowing them to assess their benefit.
corona_virus  videos  italy  healthcare  pandemic  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
25 days ago by Marcellus
Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong
***** Finally, Can We All Agree? Everything We Were Told About Bernie Sanders Was Wrong

* Sanders is now the first candidate in the nation's history, of either party, to win the popular vote in the first three races.

* the latest national polling shows Sanders beats Donald Trump by a bigger margin than any of his Democratic rivals.

* In key battleground states, Sanders has a bigger lead over Trump in Michigan and Pennsylvania than all of his Democratic rivals, and does as well in Wisconsin as Biden and Warren.

* His support is broad: in Nevada Sanders won a plurality of self-identified "moderate" or "conservative" Democrats. He prevailed among those with college degrees and those without; in union, and nonunion households; in every age group except over 65… and even narrowly carried moderates and conservatives.

* Sanders is not only the most popular member of the Senate, but he also has the highest net favorables of any presidential candidate with Democratic voters.

* No Democrat can win the election without the enthusiastic support of minorities. Sanders leads with all minorities as a whole (70% Latino vote in Nevada) and now ties with Biden among African-American voters.

* His policies are popular, with a solid majority of Democrats and a majority of Americans overall supporting Medicare For All.
Bernie_Sanders  talking_points  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Mehdi_Hasan  TheIntercept 
6 weeks ago by Marcellus
Bernie: I’m Just a New Deal Liberal in Socialist’s Branding
Universal health care, tuition-free public college, a giant hike in the federal minimum wage, and a guaranteed federal job for anyone who is involuntarily unemployed are all very popular ideas in the United States. The word socialism is not.

Recent polls have found that a majority of American voters support (at least some version of) Medicare for All, free public college, a $15 minimum wage, and a federal jobs guarantee. By contrast, a recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey showed just 18 percent of voters expressing a positive view of “socialism” — even as 55 percent of the same poll’s respondents said the federal government should do more to solve problems and help people. That basic finding has been replicated by other pollsters: While nearly half of younger voters approve of socialism, a large majority of the general public opposes the concept.

For this reason, the American right has worked tirelessly for decades to brand any proposal for expanding positive economic rights — such as the right to Social Security, affordable child care, subsidized health insurance, workplace protections, etc. — as socialist.
Bernie_Sanders  NewDeal  Democrats  democratic_socialism  grade_A  grade_AA  Socialism 
6 weeks ago by Marcellus
Hadrian’s Villa Restored in Animation – Brewminate
15m47s Bernard Frischer of UVA (former UCLA) project to create a Virtual Reality reconstruction of Hadrian's Villa.

Direct youtube link:
videos  ancient  Rome  history  VR  CG  architecture  grade_A  grade_AA  italy  Vacation  odeas 
6 weeks ago by Marcellus
Opinion | Who’s Profiting From Your Outrageous Medical Bills? - The New York Times
So today your hospital and doctor and insurer — all claiming to coordinate care for your health — are often in a three-way competition for your money.

As the battle for revenue has heated up, each side has added new weapons to capture more: Hospitals added facility fees and infusion charges. Insurers levied ever-rising co-payments and deductibles. Most important they limited the networks of providers to those that would accept the rates they were willing to pay.

Surprise bills are the latest tactic: When providers decided that an insurer's contracted payment offerings were too meager, they stopped participating in the insurer's network; either they walked away or the insurer left them out. In some cases, physicians decided not to participate in any networks at all. That way, they could charge whatever they wanted when they got involved in patient care and bill the patient directly. For their part, insurers didn't really care if those practitioners demanding more money left.
MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  healthcare_price_gauging  grade_A  grade_AA  TheNewYorkTimes 
6 weeks ago by Marcellus
Imgur: The magic of the Internet
The Yale/Florida study published in Lancet - Improving the prognosis of health care in the USA.

Here's the breakdown and where most of the savings come from:

If we applied the fees negotiated by Medicare across all services for all individuals, hospital fees would be reduced by 5.54% and clinical service fees by 7.38%, amounting to annual savings of $100 billion.

Administrative overhead costs are 12.4% for insurance companies, while Medicare's admin costs are only 2.2%. If we applied the Medicare overhead rate to the entire system by consolidating all insurance schemes into the Medicare framework, we'd save $219 billion annually.

We would save hundreds of millions by capping excessive insurance company CEO payouts:
Quote Tweet

Health Insurance CEOs with the highest compensation in 2018:

Insurer Salary ($Million)
Centene 26
CVS 22
Cinga 19
UnitedHealth 18
Humana 16.2

Salary for the head of Bernie's single-payer system:


The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the capacity to negotiate prices that align with the therapeutic value of pharmaceutical drugs and could be a potential model for the federal single-payer health-care system.

This bargaining power results in pharmaceutical prices that are 40% lower in the VA system than those under Medicare. Permitting negotiations for pharmaceutical prices with a formulary similar to the VA model would create savings of more than $180 billion per year.

The above findings are where most of the savings come from, but this study also delves into savings that would occur from:

- doctors doing less paperwork which helps avoid burnout, and lets them focus on actual caregiving
- doing preventative care to avoid citizens suffering form more expensive medical issues in the future by investing more in their health early on.
- Through a single-payer system, 4% of health-care expenditure is estimated to be eliminated through fraud detection.
- enhancing workplace productivity. An example being absenteeism, disability, and premature mortality from diabetes which results in annual productivity losses of $74 billion across the US.

I'll end with the study's call to action, which honestly is something you normally wouldn't anticipate coming from Yale.
Yale  healthcare  MedicareForAll  study  grade_A  TheLancet  medical-journal  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Yale Students for Bernie on Twitter: "Yesterday experts from the Yale School of Public Health, University of Florida, and University of Maryland School of Medicine released a study that analyzed Bernie’s Medicare for All Senate Bill. And the findings ar
Here's the breakdown and where most of the savings come from:

If we applied the fees negotiated by Medicare across all services for all individuals, hospital fees would be reduced by 5.54% and clinical service fees by 7.38%, amounting to annual savings of $100 billion.

Administrative overhead costs are 12.4% for insurance companies, while Medicare's admin costs are only 2.2%. If we applied the Medicare overhead rate to the entire system by consolidating all insurance schemes into the Medicare framework, we'd save $219 billion annually.

We would save hundreds of millions by capping excessive insurance company CEO payouts:
Quote Tweet

Health Insurance CEOs with the highest compensation in 2018:

Insurer Salary ($Million)
Centene 26
CVS 22
Cinga 19
UnitedHealth 18
Humana 16.2

Salary for the head of Bernie's single-payer system:


The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the capacity to negotiate prices that align with the therapeutic value of pharmaceutical drugs and could be a potential model for the federal single-payer health-care system.

This bargaining power results in pharmaceutical prices that are 40% lower in the VA system than those under Medicare. Permitting negotiations for pharmaceutical prices with a formulary similar to the VA model would create savings of more than $180 billion per year.

The above findings are where most of the savings come from, but this study also delves into savings that would occur from:

- doctors doing less paperwork which helps avoid burnout, and lets them focus on actual caregiving
- doing preventative care to avoid citizens suffering form more expensive medical issues in the future by investing more in their health early on.
- Through a single-payer system, 4% of health-care expenditure is estimated to be eliminated through fraud detection.
- enhancing workplace productivity. An example being absenteeism, disability, and premature mortality from diabetes which results in annual productivity losses of $74 billion across the US.

I'll end with the study's call to action, which honestly is something you normally wouldn't anticipate coming from Yale.
Twitter  Yale  healthcare  MedicareForAll  study  grade_A  TheLancet  medical-journal  grade_AA 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
The ‘Public Option’ on Health Care Is a Poison Pill | The Nation
***** In sum, a public option insurer that, like traditional Medicare, doesn’t try to dodge unprofitable enrollees would be saddled with more than its share of sick, expensive patients and would become a de facto high-cost, high-risk pool. The CMS’s decades-long efforts to level the playing field have been thwarted by insurers’ upcoding, belying their promises of fair competition. And insurance companies have used their political muscle to sustain and increase their competitive advantage over traditional Medicare. The result: The public plan (and the taxpayers) absorbs the losses while private insurers skim off profits, an imbalance so big that private plans can outcompete a public plan despite squandering vast sums on overhead costs, CEO salaries, and shareholder profits.

This year alone, private insurers will take in $252 billion more than they pay out, equivalent to 12 percent of their premiums. A single-payer system with overhead costs comparable to Medicare's (2 percent) could save about $220 billion of that money. A public option would save far less—possibly zero, if much of the new public coverage is channeled through Medicare Advantage plans, whose overhead, at 13.7 percent, is even higher than the average commercial insurer.

Moreover, a public option would save little or nothing on hospitals' and doctors' sky-high billing and administrative costs. In a single-payer system, hospitals and other health facilities could be funded via global, lump-sum budgets—similar to the way cities pay fire departments—eliminating the need to attribute costs to individual patients and collect payments from them and their insurers. That global budget payment strategy has cut administrative costs at hospitals in Canada and Scotland to half the US level.

The persistence of multiple payers would preclude such administrative streamlining, even if all of the payers are charged the same rates. (Under Maryland's mislabeled global budget system, the state's hospitals charge uniform rates but continue to bill per patient; our research indicates that their administrative costs haven't fallen at all, according to their official cost reports.)
MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  public_option  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  TheNation 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
The Public Option Bait and Switch | The New Republic
For example, Medicare for America promises to automatically enroll the uninsured, but also expects everyone to pay income-based premiums. How sure can you be that these uninsured people will be able to afford their subsidized premium—even if they have high student loan payments, or car payments, or are supporting a family member, or have credit card debt, or live in an expensive city? Are you positive that your Deserving Poor Matrix is generous enough to cover everyone, every eventuality, without anyone ever losing coverage because your math couldn’t capture the vast range of human experience, misery, and misfortune in America? How confident are you in your wonk-work? Confident enough to say no to a system where no one is personally financially liable for ensuring their own care, or not?
MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  public_option  JoeBiden  Pete_Buttigieg  Bernie_Sanders  grade_A  grade_AA  TheNewRepublic 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Why does the “BernieBro” myth persist? Because pundits don't understand how the internet works |
***** "To wit: young women make up more of Sanders' base than men.

"He polls especially high with Hispanic voters, far more so than with white voters; Hispanic voters also donated more money to him than any other Democratic candidate.

"Polls consistently show that nonwhite voters prefer him over the other candidates. Notably, the demographic group that likes Sanders the least is white men.

"Moreover, of all the candidates, Sanders has taken in the most money from women.

"Many of Sanders' female supporters bemoan how they are ignored by the mainstream press. "The 'Bernie Bro' narrative is endlessly galling because it erases the women who make up his base," writer Caitlin PenzeyMoog opined on Twitter. "To paint this picture of sexism is to paint over the millions of women who support Sanders. Do you see how f**ked up that is?"

"And yet. Even with all this demographic data on Bernie Sanders' support base, many intelligent pundits and politicians persist with the myth. How do they justify it? They just know, apparently. But specifically, they feel it on Twitter."
Bernie_Bros  Bernie_Sanders  myth  mudslinging  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Opinion | The Notorious Michael R. Bloomberg - The New York Times
No amount of Democrats’ anti-Trump fear and panic will ever erase what Bloomberg did. Democrats have a field of fascinating candidates. Many have some crime and justice issues of their own, but nothing approaching the scale of Bloomberg’s racist policy.

If Democrats cast aside all of these candidates in favor of Bloomberg and his wealth, I fear they will be making it harder to defeat Trump in November.
Bloomberg  racism  police  police_state  racial_profiling  drugs  drugwar  stop-and-frisk  grade_A  grade_AA  TheNewYorkTimes  NewYork 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Why Is Bloomberg's Long History of Egregious Sexism Getting a Pass? | GQ
*** As a recap, here are some examples: Sekiko Sakai Garrison, a former sales representative at Bloomberg LP, alleged in a 1997 lawsuit (one of four separate lawsuits in a two-year period) that when then-CEO Mike Bloomberg found out she was pregnant, he told her, “Kill it!” and “Great! Number 16!”—an apparent reference to the number of pregnant women or women on maternity leave at his company.
Bloomberg  election2020  sexism  sexual_harassment  feminism  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Documents reveal DNC was 'intimately involved' with Iowa caucus app
An unaffiliated Democratic operative in Iowa provided Yahoo News with a copy of the contract between Shadow and the Iowa Democratic Party. The contract, which was signed on Oct. 14, 2019, and refers to Shadow as the “Consultant,” specified that the company had to work with the DNC and provide the national party with access to its software for testing.  
DNC  corruption  Iowa  election2020  voter_fraud  voter_suppression  grade_A  grade_AA  conspiracy 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Dad in Kansas Jailed Over Medical Debt from Son’s Leukemia Treatments and Wife’s Seizures
Her husband, Tres, was working two jobs in their hometown of Coffeyville, Kansas, where the poverty rate is twice the national average, but it wasn't nearly enough to pay off the debt, which hit $70,000. After he missed a court appearance about his unpaid bills and was unable to get the money for the $500 bail, Tres was sent to jail.

In Coffeyville, attorneys have taken advantage of the growing medical debts in low-income households. One lawyer interviewed by CBS News, Michael Hassenplug, pushed the local judge to establish a law that requires people with unpaid medical bills — even ones as low as $28 — to come to court every three months and say that they are too poor to afford their bills, called a "debtor's exam." And if they miss two of those court appearances, an arrest warrant goes out for contempt of court with a $500 bail.
MedicareForAll  medical  debt  costs  jail  grade_A  grade_AA 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Pete Buttigieg is the embodiment of white privilege – and black voters know it | Benjamin Dixon | Opinion | The Guardian
Third, as a black progressive, I make no apologies for being fiercely opposed to Buttigieg's candidacy. His policies largely protect the status quo, yet he claims that they will lead to the "the most progressive presidency of our lifetime".

How can this be, when his healthcare plan will leave millions exposed to the for-profit predation of insurance executives? When he attacks Medicare for All – a plan that will disproportionately help black Americans, who face life-threatening health disparities?

How can this be, when Buttigieg opposes college for all by arguing that we shouldn't pay tuition for the rich? By his own admission, he defines "rich" as anyone making more than $100,000 a year. College for all is another plan that will disproportionately help black families who are in poverty as well as those stuck in the middle-class crunch. This bad-faith argument reeks of disingenuousness.

Black voters – black women in particular – are the backbone of the Democratic party, and all of us have spoken. We do not support Buttigieg.
TheGuardian  Pete_Buttigieg  white_privilege  racism  AfricanAmerican  voters  grade_A  grade_AA  statistics  demographics 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
Bernie Sanders Leads All Democratic Candidates in Support From Non-White Voters, New Polls Show
Look, all I know is I'm leading everybody combined with black voters," the former vice president said.

But VICE and Ipsos had recently released a poll suggesting otherwise. Their survey found that Biden and Sanders were in a statistical tie, with Sanders slightly ahead. In that poll, 56 percent said they would "consider voting" for Sanders, while just 54 percent said they would "consider voting" for Biden.

The independent senator from Vermont is backed by 28 percent of black, non-white Hispanic and Asian voters, according to the latest polling data from Monmouth University. Biden came in second with support from 20 percent, or 8 points less than Sanders.

A separate by Morning Consult, Sanders has gained 10 points in support among black voters, with 27 percent saying they now back the senator, as opposed to the 17 percent who were before the Iowa caucuses. Meanwhile, Biden's support from the vital demographic has dropped to just 35 percent, which still puts him ahead of Sanders by 8 percent.


Monmouth has Sanders leading Biden by 10 points, or 26 percent compared to Biden's 16 percent. Buttigieg and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tie for third, with 13 percent. Morning Consult's data also shows Sanders in the lead, albeit narrower. The senator has 25 percent compared with Biden's 22 percent. Former New York City Mayor Mike Bloomberg, a billionaire businessman, comes in third with 17 percent.

As voters in New Hampshire cast their votes in the first primary of the 2020 election season on Tuesday, Sanders is in the lead in all the most recent state-level polls, while Buttigieg is about 7 to 8 percent behind. If either Sanders or Buttigieg manages to pull ahead and win the state by a substantial margin, history shows they stand a chance to be the race's early frontrunner.
Bernie_Sanders  minorities  election2020  demographics  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Newsweek 
7 weeks ago by Marcellus
‘Stop Sanders’ Democrats Are Agonizing Over His Momentum - The New York Times
“There’s a growing realization that Sanders could end up winning this thing, or certainly that he stays in so long that he damages the actual winner,” said David Brock, the liberal organizer, who said he has had discussions with other operatives about an anti-Sanders campaign and believes it should commence “sooner rather than later.”
Stop_Sanders  Bernie_Sanders  Pete_Buttigieg  GOP  DNC  mudslinging  David_Brock  TheNewYorkTimes  Nancy_Pelosi  Chuck_Schumer  conspiracy  Never_Sanders  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
Michael Bloomberg Has Used His Fortune to Help Republicans, Too - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — In 2016, Democrats thought they had found the perfect candidate to win a United States Senate seat in Pennsylvania and put them within striking distance of taking back the majority. But Katie McGinty, an environmental policy expert with degrees in chemistry and law, ran into an overwhelming obstacle: Michael R. Bloomberg's fortune.

The former mayor of New York poured in $11.7 million to help re-elect the Republican incumbent, Senator Pat Toomey, who had led an effort, albeit unsuccessful, to expand background checks for gun purchasers, a top priority of Mr. Bloomberg's.

Mr. Toomey won by less than two percentage points, handing a key victory to the Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell: The Republicans held on to control of the chamber by two seats. At the time, it was the most expensive Senate race the country had ever seen, and Mr. Bloomberg's money was one of the largest influxes of outside influence.


Federal records show that political committees funded by Mr. Bloomberg have spent more than $86 million since 2012 — the bulk devoted to promoting Democrats. Yet more than $17 million went to boost Republicans. In addition, Mr. Bloomberg has personally donated another $950,000 to Republican campaigns and political action committees.


A review of Mr. Bloomberg's giving shows that he has not only backed Republicans in competitive and pivotal races like Mr. Toomey's, but that he has also sunk money into Republican primaries on behalf of McConnell allies. They include Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — Mr. Bloomberg helped Mr. Graham in 2014 by giving $250,000 to a PAC supporting him — and the late Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi, who in 2014 fought off a Tea Party insurgent by just a few thousand votes and had $250,000 in support from Mr. Bloomberg.
Bloomberg  GOP  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
The Center Is a Decaying Piece of Real Estate | The Nation
In The New York Times, Ezra Klein argues that "To win power, Democrats don't just need to appeal to the voter in the middle. They need to appeal to voters to the right of the middle." But this vaunted middle ground seems increasingly mythical.

Hillary Clinton described her 2016 strategy against Trump as "occupying from the center-left to the center-right." The fetish for holding the center—and by implication, not troubling oneself unduly with coherent and consistent principles—was perhaps most candidly articulated by Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer when he said, "For every blue-collar Democrat we lose in western Pennsylvania, we will pick up two moderate Republicans in the suburbs in Philadelphia, and you can repeat that in Ohio and Illinois and Wisconsin." This was, of course, a losing strategy.

That "average American" is the ghost in the machine of centrism. The center is meant not to articulate itself. It is the "silent majority" Richard Nixon invoked in 1969: those who did not attend anti-​war demonstrations, whose silence was taken as consent. It cannot be defined on its own terms but only in relation to its surroundings.

Yet the poles of a political system are defined by its outer limits. The assumption that those who are reluctant to take a side have occupied a middle position is a false one. The truth may be that they find themselves outside the system entirely, not seeing themselves represented in it.

After Trump's election, the philosopher Alain Badiou suggested that "the contradiction between Hillary Clinton and Trump was a relative contradiction and not an absolute one; that is, a contradiction in the same parameters, in the same construction of the world." Indeed, their membership in common social circles, captured on camera on many occasions, suggested that even the real differences between them had limits. It was at the margins, Badiou hypothesized, in Sanders's candidacy, that it was possible to glimpse something "beyond the world as it is."
Bernie_Sanders  centrists  Democrats  neoliberalism  grade_A  grade_AA  center 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
Dems Can Abandon the Center Because the Center Doesn’t Exist
When pundits implore Democrats not to abandon the center, they do not typically mean that the party should embrace legal weed, much higher taxes on the rich, and mass deportation. More often, such pundits call on Team Blue to embrace a combination of moderate fiscal conservatism, a cosmopolitan attitude toward globalization, and moderate social liberalism — in short, to become the party of Michael Bloomberg (minus, perhaps, the enthusiasm for nanny-state public-health regulations).

The former New York mayor is routinely referred to as a centrist in the mainstream press, despite the fact that his policy commitments — support for Social Security cuts, Wall Street deregulation, mass immigration, and marriage equality — when taken together, put him at the fringes of American public opinion: In Drutman's study, the percentage of the electorate that held right-of-center views on economic matters — and left-of center ones on "identity" issues — was 3.8 percent.
Democrats  Bloomberg  polling  centrist  neoliberalism  grade_A  grade_AA  infographics 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
Iowa Caucus: Who Different Groups Supported - The New York Times
Sanders has strongest nonwhite support in Iowa - 38% vs 12% Buttigieg, 11% for Warren, 17% for Biden.
POC  Bernie_Sanders  election2020  exit_polls  primary  2020  grade_A  demographics  infographics  TheNewYorkTimes  grade_AA 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
2020 Democratic Primary: Who will win the Texas primary? | FiveThirtyEight
***** Bernie is favored in all remaining states, except Alabama and Delaware. Even Massachusetts.
polling  538  election2020  2020  February  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Bernie_Sanders 
8 weeks ago by Marcellus
(882) 6 Miles: Life and Death - YouTube
*** Sanders Campaign video, 3:40. Sanders in Canada with American families buying insulin at 1/12 the cost.
Bernie_Sanders  insulin  pharmaceuticals  election2016  videos  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
9 weeks ago by Marcellus
Michael Bloomberg's past comments about women and rape will haunt him - Business Insider
One of the women's complaints alleged that an executive at the company said, "I'm not having any pregnant bitches working for me."

This came after several female employees sued Bloomberg LP alleging discrimination or sexual harassment in the 1990s. 

One former Bloomberg employee, Mary Ann Olszewski, sued the company in 1998 alleging that she was raped by a company executive.

At the time, Bloomberg said he wouldn't believe Olszewski's rape claims unless "an unimpeachable third-party witness" could back them up.
Business_Insider  Bloomberg  sexual_harassment  rape  grade_A  grade_AA  election2020 
9 weeks ago by Marcellus
20 Restaurants You Need To Try In Rome In 2020
One of Rome’s best-kept secrets, Chorus Café is a glitzy cocktail bar, lounge and restaurant on the first floor of the Auditorium della Conciliazione, a concert hall inaugurated by Pope Pius XII in 1950. Steps from the Vatican, with opulent marble features, it’s a uniquely Roman haunt that draws out characters you’d see in “La Grande Bellezza” movie: locals gather here for craft cocktails or dinner before the DJ set picks up and the venue turns into a glamorous nightclub.
rome  italy  restaurants  vacations  Vacation  ideas  2020  grade_A  grade_AA  Travel 
9 weeks ago by Marcellus
** 57 scientists write Sanders in support of The Green New Deal
Dear Senator Sanders:
January 28, 2020
The top scientific body on climate change, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), tells us we must act immediately to bring the world together to stop the catastrophic impacts of climate change. The Green New Deal you are proposing is not only possible, but it must be done if we want to save the planet for ourselves, our children, grandchildren, and future generations. Not only does your Green New Deal follow the IPCC’s timeline for action, but the solutions you are proposing to solve our climate crisis are realistic, necessary, and backed by science. We must protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the planet we call home.
climate_change  global_warming  Science  JoeBiden  Bernie_Sanders  GreenNewDeal  grade_A  grade_AA 
9 weeks ago by Marcellus
Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales | Royal Society Open Science
Many fairy tales may be thousands of years old, even pre-dating classical Rome and Greece - some to the Bronze Age, Indo-europeans, etc.
History_of_now  language  Indo-european  classical_world  anthropology  grade_A  grade_AA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
*** Beware the Race Reductionist
A HOSTAGE SITUATION has emerged on the left. And progressive policies like “Medicare for All,” a $15 minimum wage, free public education, a “Green New Deal,” and even net neutrality, are the captives.

The captors? Bad-faith claims of bigotry.

According to an increasingly popular narrative among the center-left, a dispiriting plurality of progressives are “class reductionists” — people who believe that economic equality is a cure-all for societal ills, and who, as a result, would neglect policy prescriptions which seek to remedy identity-based disparities.

Of course, race and class are so interwoven that any political project that aims to resolve one while ignoring the other does a disservice to both. As Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., presumptive leader of the progressive movement, put it this spring when I asked him about the never-ending race versus class debates: “It’s not either-or. It’s never either-or. It’s both.”

The fear that identity-based issues might be “thrown under the bus” in favor of more populist, “universal” policies is legitimate: The Democratic Party has certainly done as much in the recent past for causes less noble than class equality. But the irony is that anxiety over class reductionism has led some to defensively embrace an equally unproductive and regressive ideology: race reductionism.

If you’re #online, like I am, you’re probably already familiar with the main argument. It goes something like this: If a policy doesn’t resolve racism “first,” it’s at worst, racist and at best, not worth pursuing.

According to one popular iteration of this theme, “Medicare for All” is presumptively racist or sexist because it won’t eliminate discriminatory point-of-service care or fully address women’s reproductive needs if it’s not thoughtfully designed. Perhaps you remember Rep. James Clyburn’s claim that a free college and university plan would “destroy” historically black colleges and universities. Maybe you’ve heard that the minimum wage is “racist” because it “Kills Jobs and Doesn’t Help the Poor,” or that it’s an act of privilege to care about Wall Street corruption, because only the wealthy could possibly mind what the banks do with the mortgages and pensions of millions of Americans. Perchance you’ve even been pitched on the incredible notion that rooftop solar panels hurt minority communities.
racism  Bernie_Sanders  mudslinging  election2020  neoliberalism  corporations  corruption  99%  1%  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  race 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
91% of Peer-Reviewed Papers Find Medicare for All Would Save Public Money, Cover Everyone
However, the areas where most progress could be made were in a simplified billing system and lower drug prices due to collective bargaining. The U.S. government is unique in blocking itself from negotiating drug prices, largely on account of the power of the pharmaceutical lobby. As a result, drugs such as insulin have tripled in price in the last decade, to the point where American-made insulin is over ten times as expensive in the U.S. as it is in Canada.

Another example of American price inflation is the HIV medication Truvada. The U.S. public footed the bill for the research and development of the drug, but the patent is owned by Gilead Sciences, who charge Americans around $1,700 a month for it, a gross profit of $28,000. In Australia, where the government negotiates the price, the same medication is sold for $8 per month. The drug effectively stops the transmission of HIV, but, because of the prohibitive cost, fewer than ten percent of the Americans who should be taking it currently are. The U.S. already buys Truvada from Gilead for around $6 per month and gives it to people in Sub-Saharan Africa. But it is banned by its own laws from doing the same for its own citizens. Last month MintPress reported that Gilead is accused of holding back the development of Truvada in order to maximize profits, causing an estimated 16,000 deaths.
MedicareForAll  Medicare  healthcare  healthcare_price_gauging  health_insurance  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Bernie_Sanders 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
*** Giudizio Universale / Flight over Rome 1508
1508. Flight over Rome. Starts at Colosseum, goes to Circus Maximus (still mostly intact).
circus_maximus  ancient  Rome  history  videos  CG  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
Barack Obama Won The White House, But Democrats Lost The Country | FiveThirtyEight
In his eight years in office, Obama oversaw the rapid erosion of the Democratic Party’s political power in state legislatures, congressional districts and governor’s mansions. At the beginning of Obama’s term, Democrats controlled 59 percent of state legislatures, while now they control only 31 percent, the lowest percentage for the party since the turn of the 20th century. They held 29 governor’s offices and now have only 16, the party’s lowest number since 1920.
Nancy_Pelosi  Democrats  DNC  failure  grade_A  grade_AA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
The Democratic Party’s down-ballot collapse, explained - Vox
January 10, 2017: Over the past eight years, the Democratic Party has lost a mind-bogglingly large number of races across the country. Their share of seats in the United States Senate has fallen from 59 to 48. They've lost 62 House seats, 12 governorships, and 958 seats in state legislatures. Paired with Donald Trump's Electoral College victory, that means that the party whose champion won the popular vote — and whose outgoing president delivers his farewell address Tuesday — lies right now as a smoking pile of rubble.
Nancy_Pelosi  Democrats  DNC  failure  grade_A  grade_AA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
Have Democrats lost 900 seats in state legislatures since Obama has been president? | PunditFact
2015: Our analysis shows Democrats have lost 910 seats since Obama took office. (You can see the changes in every state here.)

The bottom line: Republicans now control about 56 percent of the country's 7,383 state legislative seats, up 12 percentage points since 2009.
Nancy_Pelosi  Democrats  DNC  failure  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  fact_check 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
** Democrats have lost nearly 1,000 state legislative seats and can’t agree on how to take them back
Over the past eight years, Democrats have lost about 1,000 state legislative seats nationwide. At Barack Obama's inauguration in 2009, states as conservative as Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana had a majority-Democrat state legislature.

Now, Democrats control only 13 statehouses — down from 27 in 2009. The GOP has outright control of 33 legislatures.
Nancy_Pelosi  Democrats  DNC  failure  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
Democrats’ woes go beyond Nancy Pelosi -
Since 2008, Democrats have lost more than 1,000 legislative seats across the country. Democrats hold 39 fewer seats in the House, three fewer in the Senate, and can claim 12 fewer Democratic governors than they did in 2007, the year Pelosi was elected speaker.
Nancy_Pelosi  Democrats  DNC  failure  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
David Brock’s Army of “Nerd Virgins” Has Hillary’s Back – Mother Jones
Strider recalls picking up a copy in an airport bookstore and devouring it. He passed it along to his then-boss, Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and arranged for Brock to address House Democrats. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton had started passing copies along to friends, opening new doors for Brock among liberal insiders. Having turned his back on his old right-wing patrons, Brock proved skilled at convincing rich liberals to open their wallets by revealing inside details of the conservative propaganda machine.

Brock says he first conceived of Correct the Record last summer. "Having left the State Department," Brock told me, "Clinton didn't have the kind of robust operation that one would have if one was holding public office. That's where I saw the need." He wrote a memo predicting "an uptick in political attacks" against Clinton and proposed a rapid-response group to defend her. As it happened, the very next day America Rising, an opposition research outfit founded by former Mitt Romney and Republican National Committee staff, announced a "Stop Hillary 2016" initiative.
David_Brock  Bill_Clinton  Nancy_Pelosi  Hillary_Clinton  election2016  Bernie_Sanders  Bernie_Bros  grade_A  grade_AA  mudslinging 
12 weeks ago by Marcellus
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