Tim Burchett is the US congressman from Tennessee's 2nd District. He made it to age 57 without knowing that you can't collect unemployment when you quit your job, yet he can vote on policy pertaining to unemployment benefits.
We don't know for sure why 4.3 million workers quit their jobs, but speculation is that they're feeling unsafe at work, or COVID pay boosts have been scaled back, or they're rethinking work-non-work life balance. Anyone who quit believing they would receive unemployment benefits will be sorely disappointed. Moreover, the extended federal unemployment benefits for those who were involuntarily unemployed during the pandemic ended six weeks ago.
Defund the police is a stupid position to take, but this is right up there. Defunding the police is theoretically possible, even if foolish, but how is defunding the media even possible unless everyone stops consuming media? The person posting this approvingly (based on her other posts) is literally posting it on social media, which is making money off her/our eyeballs and tweets.
Marjorie Taylor Greene just started yelling at Debbie Dingel, who was holding a press conference outside the Capitol. Greene is known for launching verbal tirades at people who've had no interaction with her. Maybe MTG's ranting impresses her supporters, but I think the greater effect is to make the GOP look more unhinged in the eyes of the suburban swing voters.
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare has implemented crisis standards of care, which means care is now being rationed using a complicated system of choices intended to save the greatest number of lives instead of providing the highest level of care to all patients. The rationing is necessary because of the high numbers of unvaccinated hospitalized COVID patients, but all patients are part of the rationing plan regardless of diagnosis. This is one way your personal decision to pass on vaccination is no longer personal.
Idaho has the lowest state rate of fully vaccinated (41%) residents in the entire nation, which is even lower than the global rate of 43.9%.
Jim Souza, chief physician executive of the St. Luke's hospital system in Idaho, described the crisis standards as "an unprecedented even in modern medicine." Buzzfeed:
As the Delta variant of the coronavirus tears through Idaho and the rest of the US, Souza said he and his St. Luke’s colleagues have noticed several important differences from the December 2020 surge. Patients are younger (averaging 58 years old, down from 72), they are sicker and require more mechanical ventilation, they are staying in the ICU longer, and they are dying more frequently (the ICU mortality rate has jumped from 28% to 43%). Some 80 people have died from COVID in St. Luke’s hospitals in just the past three weeks.
“In a really morbid exercise, just in the month of September, if you look at the ages of the people we have lost and you apply to them average lifespans, we have lost more than 1,100 life years,” Souza said. “Can you imagine that? And for the people who say, ‘We all die sometime.’ Yes, we do. But these people didn’t need to die now. They didn’t need to die like this.
"Days before lawyers allied with Donald Trump gave a news conference promoting election conspiracy theories, his campaign had determined that many of those claims were false." Court filings in a Dominion defamation suit reveal an internal Trump campaign memo had already debunked the claims.
Not that this will matter to anyone who believes the conspiracy theories. Once conspiracy theories take hold, evidence to the contrary does not dislodge them. That's what's so insidiously destructive about Donald Trump's compulsive lying to his supporters. Among those who've embraced him as a cult leader, the accumulation of lies is impervious to scrutiny and evidence.
Breitbart is running a piece that says - I am not kidding - that the left is mocking the unvaxed so they'll dig in and never get vaxed and die and shift political power to the left. This is so weird on so many levels that I am tempted to dive in on it, Inception style. https://t.co/DiFZ6ZAbnT
People who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, than those who were fully vaccinated, according to one of three major studies published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlight the continued efficacy of all three vaccines amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant.
A second study showed that the Moderna coronavirus vaccine was more effective in preventing hospitalizations than its counterparts from Pfizer-BioNTech and Johnson & Johnson. That assessment was based on the largest U.S. study to date of the real-world effectiveness of all three vaccines, involving about 32,000 patients seen in hospitals, emergency departments and urgent-care clinics across nine states from June through early August.
The Daily spoke with several Evanston residents about their opinions on the Good Neighbor Racial Equity Fund. Many were pleased with the financial support it will bring, though there were some criticisms.
“It’s about damn time,” resident Denise Barreto said of NU’s decision to give money toward racial equity.
Barreto, a board member of the local artists’ organization Evanston Made, said she was thankful the fund recognizes and financially supports the arts, which she said are an important part of the fight for racial justice.
“We all know that artists got us through the pandemic,” Barreto said. “I 100 percent believe that artists are people who pursue their art and pursue justice through art. It’s a form of resistance to capitalism. It’s a form of resistance to these systems that have been trying to crush us.”
Is she referring to NetFlix and Prime? Seriously, I don't know what she means unless she's referring to streaming entertainment, but this would be a lofty view of corporate movie and TV production.
Me? I had work, books, lots of walks, some streaming and people. Most of all, people.
I (Trump) made early withdraw possible by already pulling much of our billions of dollars and equipment out and, more importantly, reducing our military presence to less than 2,000 troops from the 16,000 level that was there... Getting out of Afghanistan is a wonderful and positive thing to do... I planned to withdraw on May 1st, and we should keep as close to that schedule as possible.
Whether the US should have withdrawn the rest of our troops or whether we should have done so differently is debatable, but to be clear, Biden finished the last part of what Trump began. He just did it three months later than Trump said he would do it.
"We have zero ICU beds left for children. That means if your child’s in a car wreck, if your child has a congenital heart defect or something and needs an ICU bed, or more likely if they have COVID and need an ICU bed, we don’t have one,” said Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins. Your child will wait for another child to die. Your child will just not get on the ventilator, your child will be CareFlighted to Temple or Oklahoma City or wherever we can find them a bed. But they won’t be getting one here unless one clears.”
Meantime, Gov. Greg Abbott is sticking to his guns, still prohibiting counties, cities, towns, and school districts from instituting local mask mandates in response to local conditions.
The parking lot after a school board meeting last night in Franklin, the wealthiest place in Tennessee. Parents harassed medical professionals who had spoken in favor of masks in schools. “We know who you are. You can leave freely, but we will find you.” pic.twitter.com/SzR0uvMeE7
An anti-vaccine right-wing radio host in West Palm Beach, Florida died Wednesday from COVID-19 complications.
Dick Farrel, 65, used his local talk show and social media to rail against Dr. Anthony Fauci, who he called a “power tripping lying freak,” and say that no one should get the coronavirus vaccine. When COVID-19 sent him to the hospital for three weeks, though, he changed his tune, urging friends to get vaccinated, friends told local station WPTV.
Farrel wrote in early July, “Vaccine Bogus Bull Shid!, Two peeps I know, got vaxed, now have Corona, hospitalized critical. Thank you Moderna, FOR NOTHING!” He erroneously told his followers they would not need the vaccine if they had already survived COVID-19. The CDC has advised former coronavirus patients to get vaccinated.
According to friends of Farrell, the late radio host urged them to get vaccinated in the days before his death.
The virus is real. The vaccines work. Two of my family members died of COVID-19, and one has been left with serious lung damage. At least a half dozen patients and friends have lost family members to the virus.
Virtually everyone I know is now vaccinated, and no one has had any issues with the vaccine other than well-tolerated side effects in the 48 hours after vaccination. None of the vaccinated I know have gotten sick.
This isn't about politics. It's about saving your own life and protecting the lives of others. Get vaccinated if you haven't done so already. Will you feel embarrassed if you change your mind? Don't tell anyone. Just get vaccinated. You will not regret it.