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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 
yesterday 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 
11 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 
11 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 
11 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 
11 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 
11 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 
12 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 
16 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 
4 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:
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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 
5 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 
5 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
6 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 
7 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 
7 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 
10 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 
10 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 
10 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 
10 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 
10 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 
10 weeks ago by Marcellus
Shareblue Is Now Saying That ‘Bernie Bros’ Were Actually Russian Bots. Hold Me Back.
**** [graphics of online supports] Brock led the "vast right conspiracy", whitewater, takedown of Anita Hill. When he became too toxic for the GOP, he had a phony mea culpa and conversion. Nancy Pelosi and Bill Clinton then brought him into the Democratic fold.
David_Brock  grade_A  grade_AA  Nancy_Pelosi  Bill_Clinton  MotherJones  grade_AAA  infographics 
10 weeks ago by Marcellus
Inside the Secret List of Demands Warren Gave Hillary - POLITICO
The speech she actually delivered echoed what she had told Clinton at that December 2014 meeting. “If we have learned nothing else from the past two years of electioneering, we should hear the message loud and clear that the American people want Washington to change,” she said. “It was clear in the Democratic primaries. It was clear in the Republican primaries. It was clear in the campaign and it was clear on Election Day.”
elizabethwarren  Hillary_Clinton  2016  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  progressive  mudslinging  neoliberalism 
10 weeks ago by Marcellus
Inside the Horror Show That Is Congress - Rolling Stone
Sanders is the amendment king of the current House of Representative. Since the Republicans took over Congress in 1995, no other lawmaker – not Tom DeLay, not Nancy Pelosi – has passed more roll-call amendments (amendments that actually went to a vote on the floor) than Bernie Sanders. He accomplishes this on the one hand by being relentlessly active, and on the other by using his status as an Independent to form left-right coalitions.
Rolling_Stone  Bernie_Sanders  election2016  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  matt_taibbi  Congress  legislation  senate  accomplishments  election2020 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
Medicare for All: FAQ
Bernie's #MedicareForAll bill dramatically improves Medicare. It covers: hearing aids, dental, vision, and long-term care.

No more: premiums, deductibles, copays, out-of-pocket*, or medical bills.

* copays for some non-preventive Rx drugs, $200/yr max

Medicare for All would eliminate many of the health insurance costs we pay now. That includes monthly premiums, copayments you make when you go to the doctor's office or hospital, and deductibles, or the amount you pay before insurance coverage kicks in. All Americans would have coverage for comprehensive health care services, including hospital stays; emergency room visits; doctor visits; substance use disorder treatment; dental, vision, and mental health services; long-term care; and reproductive health care. Depending upon income, prescription drug cost sharing would be capped at $200 annually.

Medicare for All would be more generous than the existing Medicare program. Medicare requires people to pay a monthly premium for doctor visits, a deductible for hospital stays, a premium for a separate drug coverage plan, and costs for skilled nursing, such as physical therapy, after 100 days. It doesn't pay for long-term care. In 2016, those out-of-pocket costs, for the year, averaged $5,460 for Medicare beneficiaries, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.
MedicareForAll  healthcare  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
11 weeks ago by Marcellus
Millennium Challenge: The Real Story of a Corrupted Military Exercise and its Legacy
Once U.S. forces were within range, Van Riper’s forces unleashed a barrage of missiles from ground-based launchers, commercial ships, and planes flying low and without radio communications to reduce their radar signature. Simultaneously, swarms of speedboats loaded with explosives launched kamikaze attacks. The carrier battle group’s Aegis radar system — which tracks and attempts to intercept incoming missiles — was quickly overwhelmed, and 19 U.S. ships were sunk, including the carrier, several cruisers, and five amphibious ships. “The whole thing was over in five, maybe ten minutes,” Van Riper said.
US  iraq  Iran  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  War  wargames  USA  Military 
12 weeks ago by Marcellus
The 14 Characteristics of Fascism, by Lawrence Britt, Spring 2003
Fascist regimes almost always are governed by groups of friends and associates who appoint each other to government positions and use governmental power and authority to protect their friends from accountability. It is not uncommon in fascist regimes for national resources and even treasures to be appropriated or even outright stolen by government leaders.
fascism  Politics  corruption  violence  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
december 2019 by Marcellus
Alaska Cod Fishery To Close For 2020 Season Amid Warming Waters : NPR

It's not over-fishing to blame for the die-off, but rather, climate change.
[A marine heat wave that began in 2014 has] caused ocean temperatures to rise 4-5 degrees. Young cod started dying off, scientists said.

Warming ocean temperatures linked to climate change have wreaked havoc on a number of Alaska's fisheries in recent years, decimating stocks and jeopardizing the livelihoods of fishermen and locals alike who rely on the industry.

A stock assessment this fall put Gulf cod populations at a historic low, with "next to no" new eggs...

At their current numbers, cod are below the federal threshold that protects them as a food source for endangered steller sea lions. Once below that line, the total allowable catch goes to zero. In other words, the fishery shuts down.

[Me: Temperature increases from global warming are 3-4 times greater in higher latitudes than lower latitudes]
global_warming  oceans  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
december 2019 by Marcellus
16 Useful Gems in Apple’s New iOS 13 - The New York Times
Silence unknown callers
Voice control -- very robust. See video.
Reminders overhaul
Text editing gestures (copy, paste, undo, redo)
Calendar - attach documents
Siri can play the radio. It instantly begins to play any of 100,000 radio stations; just ask. "Hey Siri: Play WCBS." "Play BBC Radio 1." "Play 98.1 The Breeze."

Battery - new settings to improve life span
Email formatting upgraded

New photos features, editing tools, can also apply to videos
Apple  MacOS  iOS  iphone  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  2019 
december 2019 by Marcellus
*** Is that an OK sign? A white power symbol? Or just a right-wing troll? | Southern Poverty Law Center
Dismissing the spread of the hand signal as a hoax overlooks two hard realities: first, that its increasing use gives open license to actual racist ideologues to operate and recruit under the cover of the "plausible deniability" established by less ideological young trolls; and second, that any kind of wink-and-nudge interaction with the racist right is a direct route to its normalization.

While the people who flash the sign can always readily claim innocence of any racist intent by attesting that they "only meant it ironically" and that their real purpose was to anger liberals, minorities and "social justice warriors (SJWs)," they can't so readily escape ethical culpability for their role in the spread of hateful ideologies and their effects, including a global spike in hate crimes. Nor can they blame members of the minority groups who reasonably find such hand signals potentially threatening for being upset.

Radical fascists have, after all, historically taken advantage of the "marketplace of ideas" as a useful platform for spreading their toxic ideology — the outcome of which always entails the utter destruction of that marketplace and its replacement with authoritarian propaganda. When far-right ideologues retreat to a "free speech" defense amid claims of left-wing persecution — which is what memes like the "OK sign" are designed to do — this is always their long-term goal.
OK  SPLC  racism  Trump  white_nationalism  alt-right  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
december 2019 by Marcellus
*** Understanding The U.S. Economy: Lots Of Rotten Jobs
When U.S. unemployment is at a 50-year low, why do so many people have trouble finding work with decent pay and adequate predictable hours?

*“The problem is that the quality of the stock of jobs on offer has been deteriorating for the last 30 years

* The U.S. manufacturing workforce has declined dramatically in the past three decades from 23% of total US civilian employment in 1970 to just 8% in May 2019. [...] The decline in U.S. job quality over the past three decades is closely associated with the decline in manufacturing jobs.

* Worker participation is low due to aging population and because so many of the jobs are low paying.

* tech sector isn't big enough to compensate. “The sector—with its 7.5 million non-managerial employees (7% of all private sector non-managerial jobs) is simply not large enough to weigh heavily in the national totals and the welfare of the labor force at large.
jobs  unemployment  employment  wealth_inequality  inequality_economic  economy  Economics  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
december 2019 by Marcellus
Federal Tax Cuts in the Bush, Obama, and Trump Years – ITEP
Since 2000, tax cuts have reduced federal revenue by trillions of dollars and disproportionately benefited well-off households. From 2001 through 2018, significant federal tax changes have reduced revenue by $5.1 trillion, with nearly two-thirds of that flowing to the richest fifth of Americans, as illustrated in Figure 1.[1] The cumulative impact on the deficit during this period is $5.9 trillion, including interest payments.

By the end of 2025, the tally of tax cuts will grow to $10.6 trillion. Nearly $2 trillion of this amount will have gone to the richest 1 percent. By then, the total impact on the deficit will be $13.6 trillion, including interest payments.
taxes  taxes_policy  taxes_cuts  tax_capital_gains  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Bush  BushTaxCuts  Obama 
december 2019 by Marcellus
Debunking Canadian health care myths – The Denver Post
Myth: Canadians are paying out of pocket to come to the U.S. for medical care.Most patients who come from Canada to the U.S. for health care are those whose costs are covered by the Canadian governments. If a Canadian goes outside of the country to get services that are deemed medically necessary, not experimental, and are not available at home for whatever reason (e.g., shortage or absence of high tech medical equipment; a longer wait for service than is medically prudent; or lack of physician expertise), the provincial government where you live fully funds your care. Those patients who do come to the U.S. for care and pay out of pocket are those who perceive their care to be more urgent than it likely is.
Canada  healthcare  health_wait_times  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
december 2019 by Marcellus
** Paying for Medicare-for-all: Sanders vs. Warren plans - Vox
But the plans candidates release are illustrative of how they think about things, and this particular case is interesting because it runs somewhat contrary to the stereotype.

Warren has much more of a reputation as the uber-wonk with plans for everything, while Sanders is seen more as a moralist and a populist who cares less about the technical merits of proposals than whether they illustrate underlying points.

In this particular case, however, that dynamic is reversed. It’s Warren whose plan optimizes for easily illustrating the point that almost everyone’s costs will go down, even at the cost of embracing a vision that’s not going to be technically sustainable for very long. She’s then vague about the timing of the transition off her plan, and is going to transition to something that’s probably a worse deal for many people than a more technocratic alternative would be.

Sanders, by contrast, is proposing a big new broad tax, even though big new broad taxes tend to be unpopular. This is how foreign single-payer systems are typically designed, and it’s almost certainly what a team of policy wonks would recommend if they were setting all political considerations aside.
Bernie_Sanders  elizabethwarren  MedicareForAll  health_insurance  funding  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  VOX 
november 2019 by Marcellus
** 'I live on the street now': how Americans fall into medical bankruptcy | US news | The Guardian
Having health insurance is often not enough to save Americans from massive debts when serious illness strikes

According to a study published in February 2019, about 530,000 bankruptcies filed annually are because of debt accrued due to a medical illness. The study found that even the Obama administration’s landmark Affordable Care Act (known as Obamacare) has failed to change the proportion of bankruptcies caused by medical debts, with poor health insurance cited as one of the main culprits.

“A lot of people, a little over 60%, are filing bankruptcy at least in part because of medical bills. Most of them are insured. It’s clear that despite health insurance, there are many, many people incurring costs not being covered by their insurance,” said Himmelstein.

“Medical debt is incredibly common, it’s the main cause of calls from collection agencies, and the vast majority of people with it have insurance,” said Himmelstein, lead author of the study Medical Bankruptcy: Still Common Despite the Affordable Care Act.

One out of every six Americans has an unpaid medical bill on their credit report, amounting to $81bn in debt nationwide, while about one in 12 Americans went without any medical insurance throughout 2018. Even as many Americans struggle to afford health insurance coverage in the first place, those that have it are not insulated from facing massive debt due to medical bills.


In Savannah, Georgia, a 35-year-old man who requested to remain anonymous to avoid being associated with a bankruptcy, recently found himself homeless and jobless due to prolonged hospital stays and hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical debt.

A type 1 diabetic for years, he had to reduce his work hours for a cellular retail store when trouble regulating his blood sugar resulted in a toe amputation in April 2019.

“I had to cut my work hours so bills were harder to pay. But in July 2019 I was admitted to the hospital again and I was fired from my job because I was in the hospital. I lost my insurance. They amputated my leg, which means I still can’t work,” he said.

When he lost his job due to the prolonged hospital stay and leg amputation, his employer offered Cobra, a health insurance program for employees who lose their job or have a reduction in work hours, but he couldn’t afford it. He is currently working on trying to file bankruptcy to release the medical debt he’s accrued from amputations this year and he lost his house in October 2019 as a result.

“I have amassed over $400,000 in medical bills I need to pay, and still have at least six months before I get a disability hearing. So I owe over $400,000 in medical bills, have lost my house and I live on the street now, with no end in sight,” he said.
healthcare  health_insurance  health  bankruptcy  health_insurance_costs  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  TheGuardian 
november 2019 by Marcellus
***** 42% of cancer patients spent entire life savings in 2 years after diagnosis, study finds | Advisory Board Daily Briefing
American Journal of Medicine: 42.4% of patients had spent all of their money during the first two years of treatment. After four years, the researchers found 38.2% of patients had depleted their life's assets.
* cancer patients spend an average of 11% of their total household income on expenses related to their treatment (with some patients spending up to a third of their income).
* A recent study found that financial insolvency is a clear risk factor for mortality—cancer patients who declared bankruptcy had a 79% greater risk of death than those who had not.
* Other research has found that patients experiencing financial distress also report poorer physical health, mental health, and satisfaction with their relationships.

The researchers determined that about 42.4% of patients had spent all of their money during the first two years of treatment. After four years, the researchers found 38.2% of patients had depleted their life's assets. The researchers estimated patients' average net worth fell by $92,098 after two years and by $51,882 after four years.

42% of all cancer patients deplete their life's savings just two years after diagnosis. That an average $92k drop in net worth, plus an additional $52k in four years.

The "uninsured" rate is under 9% in this country. Most of these people going bankrupt from cancer treatments have health insurance, or at least started with it (but lost it after they became too ill to work).

And when you run out of cash, you're much more likely to die: cancer patients who declared bankruptcy had a 79% greater risk of death than those who had not.

The people most likely to avoid bankruptcy are older patients with substantial savings and [drumroll please] Medicare, which caps expenses at ~5k/year, and can't drop them due to inability to pay.
cancer  bankruptcy  MedicareForAll  healthcare  health_insurance  healthcare_price_gauging  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  study 
november 2019 by Marcellus
Reuters/Ipsos poll: 3% support Bloomberg for Democratic nomination - Reuters
Nov 12-19. Sanders tied with Biden at 19%
The result puts the billionaire media mogul well behind Biden and U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont (19% each), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (13%) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg of South Bend, Indiana (6%). U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California also had 3% support in the poll.
Bernie_Sanders  polling  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
november 2019 by Marcellus
* Bernie Sanders has 1 million donors - CBS News
Sept 19, 2019
Bernie Sanders' campaign announced Thursday it has now received contributions from over 1 million individual donors.

"With 1 million contributors, this is the only Democratic campaign that has more supporters than Donald Trump," said campaign manager Faiz Shakir. "Our strength is in numbers, and that is why Bernie Sanders is the only candidate who is able to say his campaign will rely only on grassroots funding in both the primary and against Donald Trump." 
Sanders reached the milestone seven months after he announced his candidacy in February, faster than any candidate ever.
Bernie_Sanders  StrongestCandidate  fundraising  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
november 2019 by Marcellus
*** No, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren aren't too far left to win the presidential election
Voters don't choose the candidate that best represents their ideas about government but adapt their ideas to the candidate they prefer.

One explanation for this growing ideological diversity should reassure Bernie Sanders, the most radical Democratic presidential candidate and the only one who proudly wears the socialist label:

According to some political scientists, voters will often follow the lead of their political figures to greater extremes of political thought. Indeed, researchers have found that American voters shift toward increasingly radical political views, and even entire ideologies, to match those of the candidate they intend to vote for, rather than voting for the candidate whose views are closest to their own.

[V]oters tend to “adopt their preferred party’s or candidate’s position as their own.” In other words, they aren’t choosing the candidate that best represents their ideas about government, but rather adapting their ideas to the candidate.

So those who support the Democratic Party are likely to prefer Bernie to Trump from the get-go, and from that starting point they’ll be inclined to like Bernie’s plans and policies.

And for the all-important independent voters who can swing the election in key states, Trump’s singular unpopularity will give the Democratic nominee a welcome nudge toward being the preferred candidate at the outset of the race. According to Gallup, only 34 percent of independents approve of Trump’s job performance right now, and that will push them toward whomever the Democrats select.

Once that candidate gets their attention and preliminary support, the nominee will then have the opportunity to educate them about his or her policies — starting by choosing the curriculum.
Bernie_Sanders  StrongestCandidate  election2020  polling  issues  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
november 2019 by Marcellus
*** Bernie Sanders Is the Strongest Candidate to Beat Donald Trump
9.4.2019 -- To unseat Donald Trump next November, his opponent will need a volunteer army in places that aren’t necessarily liberal strongholds. The data show that Bernie Sanders has that army.

Electorally speaking, Trump won for two related reasons: in key swing states, a handful of former Obama voters opted for Trump over Clinton, and another handful decided to vote for nobody at all. To unseat Trump, the nominee will have to perform well in those swing areas. Instead of projecting our own fantasies about what voters (and potential voters) are looking for in a candidate, we should look at the supporter data that is already available.

The Daily Beast reports that in the 206 counties that went for Obama in 2008 and 2012 and then went for Donald Trump in 2016, Bernie Sanders is raking in far and away the most individual donations. Sanders has received 81,841 donations from 33,185 donors in flipped counties. That’s roughly three times as much as runner-up Elizabeth Warren, who received 26,298 donations from 13,674 donors. Buttigieg comes in just under Warren, with Biden trailing closely behind.

The candidate most likely to beat Trump is the one with the massive volunteer army, already hard at work all over the country, and especially in swing states and counties. That candidate is Bernie Sanders. No one else comes close.
Bernie_Sanders  election2020  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  polling  Opinion  StrongestCandidate 
november 2019 by Marcellus
***** Rx increased 100,000% (sic) - Mallinckrodt Expected to Pay $15.4M to DOJ Over Acthar Scandal
Two whistleblowers came forward in April to accuse Questcor of trying to boost profits for Acthar, a medication primarily for infants with seizures. Questcor raised the price of the medication by almost 100,000 percent (not a typo) from just $40 in 2000 to $38,892 today, despite the fact that Acthar has been on the market since 1952. Mallinckrodt currently rakes in about $1 billion per year from Acthar, according to CNN.


Correction: This article originally stated that the price of Acthar had gone “from just $40 in 2000 to over $40,000 today.” A spokesperson for Mallinckrodt emailed to request a correction that Acthar actually costs $38,892 today. Gizmodo regrets the error. We also regret that every last one of these guys isn’t in prison yet.
prescription_drugs  healthcare  healthcare_price_gauging  corruption  99%  MedicareForAll  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
november 2019 by Marcellus
Bill Clinton on deregulation: 'The Republicans made me do it!' - Columbia Journalism Review
“In effect, Congress has said let the merger mania begin. There is virtual consensus that the legislation will allow both the big US banks and their foreign rivals in America - British banks among them - to grow much bigger.

In 1999, on signing Gramm-Leach-Bliley into law, Clinton said, “This is a day we can celebrate as an American day” and that ” the Glass-Steagall law is no longer appropriate for the economy in which we live” and “today what we are doing is modernizing the financial services industry, tearing down these antiquated laws and granting banks significant new authority” and “This is a very good day for the United States.”

The bottom line is: Bill Clinton was responsible for more damaging financial deregulation—and thus, for the financial crisis— than any other president
videos  Bill_Clinton  Clinton  Glass-Steagall  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  corruption 
november 2019 by Marcellus
DCCC Warns It Will Cut Off Firms That Challenge Incumbents
THE DEMOCRATIC CONGRESSIONAL Campaign Committee warned political strategists and vendors Thursday night that if they support candidates mounting primary challenges against incumbent House Democrats, the party will cut them off from business.
Pelosi  Nancy_Pelosi  corruption  DNC  DCCC  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  incumbents 
november 2019 by Marcellus
* New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage – Harvard Gazette
September 17, 2009 - more recent?

The study, which analyzed data from national surveys carried out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), assessed death rates after taking into account education, income, and many other factors, including smoking, drinking, and obesity. It estimated that lack of health insurance causes 44,789 excess deaths annually.
MedicareForAll  medicine  healthcare  health_insurance  death  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  health_wait_times  healthcare_price_gauging 
november 2019 by Marcellus
*** Trump’s Russian Laundromat | The New Republic 2019-11-04
2019-11-04 "Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States."

4m video Brian Williams interviews author of New Republic article "Trump's Russian Laundromat":

Since Trump's election, aAbout 70% of the sales of condos in Trump properties have been through shell companies.
Trump  Trump_Impeachment  Russia  Russia_gate  corruption  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  videos 
november 2019 by Marcellus
*** Report: Russian mob money helped build Trump business empire
2019-11-04 4m video Brian Williams interviews author of New Republic article "Trump's Russian Laundromat":

"Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States."
trump  Russia  Russia_gate  mob  mafia  crime  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Trump_impeachment 
november 2019 by Marcellus
Trump’s Russian Laundromat | The New Republic
Whether Trump knew it or not, Russian mobsters and corrupt oligarchs used his properties not only to launder vast sums of money from extortion, drugs, gambling, and racketeering, but even as a base of operations for their criminal activities. In the process, they propped up Trump’s business and enabled him to reinvent his image. Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States.
Trump  corruption  Russia  Russia_gate  mafia  mobsters  crime  Putin  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  Russian_mob 
november 2019 by Marcellus
Millennials expected to outnumber Boomers in 2019 | Pew Research Center
Millennials are on the cusp of surpassing Baby Boomers as the nation’s largest living adult generation, according to population projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. As of July 1, 2016 (the latest date for which population estimates are available), Millennials, whom we define as ages 20 to 35 in 2016, numbered 71 million, and Boomers (ages 52 to 70) numbered 74 million. Millennials are expected to overtake Boomers in population in 2019 as their numbers swell to 73 million and Boomers decline to 72 million. Generation X (ages 36 to 51 in 2016) is projected to pass the Boomers in population by 2028.
millennials  Baby_Boomers  GenX  Pew_research  infographics  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA 
october 2019 by Marcellus
*** UCLA Adult Heart Transplant - overview
Our donor-heart rejection rate is the lowest in the country (just 5 percent of patients, compared to the national average of 25 percent). We have achieved that with pioneering work using newer anti-rejection medications and strategic use of statins.
We don't require biopsy to check for rejection at the one-year mark after transplant. Instead, we use a blood test developed by a UCLA heart transplant physician.
heart  heart_transplants  heart_failure  UCLA  grade_A  grade_AA  grade_AAA  hospitals  personal  healthcare 
october 2019 by Marcellus
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