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August 2, 2020

Indiana Student Tests Positive On First Day Of Class

Filed under: Children, Economics, Education, Family, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:44

Indiana Student Tests Positive On First Day Of Class

The New York Times reports:

One of the first school districts in the country to reopen its doors during the coronavirus pandemic did not even make it a day before being forced to grapple with the issue facing every system actively trying to get students into classrooms: What happens when someone comes to school infected?

Just hours into the first day of classes on Thursday, a call from the county health department notified Greenfield Central Junior High School in Indiana that a student who had walked the halls and sat in various classrooms had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Administrators began an emergency protocol, isolating the student and ordering everyone who had come into close contact with the person, including other students, to quarantine for 14 days. It is unclear whether the student infected anyone else.

There is more at the link above.   Hugs

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The Senate and House are not working but are getting paid, while the rest of us suffer

Political Cartoon U.S. McConnell senate coronavirus relief

 

School

Tom Toles Comic Strip for August 02, 2020

 

Can we please stop spitting on grocery store workers? | Cartoon

August 1, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump the want-to-be chaos dictator bringing hate and death

Political cartoon

 

(story here) .. (cartoon by David Horsey)

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump economy coronavirus

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

Mean Mr. Mitch

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for August 01, 2020

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump election delay tweet

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump election mail in ballots 

Steve Breen Comic Strip for August 01, 2020

 

 

 

 

 [TIM CAMPBELL  |  Tim Campbell -- Washington Post Writers Group]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Political Cartoon U.S. liberal conservative divide

 

 

State moto

 

Moderately Confused Comic Strip for August 01, 2020

 

Bottom line from @CDCgov: Children of *all* ages are susceptible to #SARSCOV2 & “might play an important role in transmission”

July 31, 2020

Yet Gov Desantis says the state has no problem and is still pushing hard for schools to fully open and no statewide mandatory mask wearing.

Filed under: Children, Death, Economics, Education, Fascism, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 12:30

Concerns about hospital beds in Florida have been building for some time, but the internal Trump administration document suggests that the problem is more severe than had been previously thought. Those concerns have been compounded by allegations that Gov. Ron DeSantis’s administration is manipulating or hiding data about the pandemic.

The state’s dashboard shows that 5,328 people are hospitalized for the coronavirus in Miami-Dade. Until recently, DeSantis refused to make hospitalization data available.

There had been hopes that Florida was past the worst, but those hopes have been tempered in the last two days, with the state reporting consecutive fatality records, with 186 deaths on Tuesday and 217 on Wednesday. DeSantis, a Republican acolyte of President Trump, has come under growing criticism for his handling of the pandemic.

Also on Wednesday, the state’s Agency for Health Care Administration reported that 51 hospitals across the state had no ICU capacity whatsoever.

A spokesperson for the agency said it was in “frequent communication with hospital leadership with regard to the amount of beds that can be converted to allow additional bed availability. Hospitals plan and prepare for surges, although that additional capacity is not reflected on the dashboard. Some hospitals have discontinued elective procedures as a way to increase bed capacity.”

There is more at the link above including Desantis claiming there is no problem and Florida has less hospitalizations and everything is wonder per tRump’s orders, right?   Hugs

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump the chaos president, who foments and thrives on unrest

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Barr Portland unrest

 

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for July 31, 2020

Chris Britt Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

 

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for July 31, 2020

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

Tom Toles Comic Strip for July 31, 2020

 

 

 

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

 

Kevin Siers, The Charlotte Observer, NC

 

 [Andy Marlette -- Pensacola News Journal]

 

 

 

 

July 30, 2020

Every parents dream, sacrificing their children to the economic wealth of the ruling class

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Stop the insanity

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The baseball teams had plenty of funding to keep the players safe, and still couldn’t do it

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Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump is using all levers of government for himself illegally rather than for the people as they were designed to work for

(cartoon by David Horsey)

Matt Davies Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 

 

 

Matt Wuerker Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

Chris Britt Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 

Tom Toles Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

 

Political Cartoon U.S. GOP voter suppression 

 

 

 

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

Joe Heller Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 [Andy Marlette -- Pensacola News Journal]

 

John Deering Comic Strip for July 30, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 29, 2020

Lion in the classroom

The US needs a better social safety net

Filed under: Cartoons, Children, Economics, Education, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 19:22

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Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRumplandia

(cartoon by Monte Wolverton)

 

Tom Toles Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 

 

Editorial Cartoon U.S. distance learning coronavirus divide

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for July 29, 2020

 

 

July 28, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The US is in trouble

Political Cartoon U.S. GOP republican states rights federal agents

Walt Handelsman Comic Strip for July 27, 2020

Matt Davies Comic Strip for July 27, 2020

 

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump golf Yankees first pitch coronavirus

Tom Toles Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for July 27, 2020

 

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

new normal

Phil Hands Comic Strip for July 28, 2020

AOC

 

Let’s talk about what the 2021 school year might be like….

Filed under: Children, Death, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Satire, Science, Videos — Scottie @ 05:02

July 27, 2020

Child hospitalizations from Covid-19 surge 23% in Florida as schools statewide must reopen

I realize to Republicans the average person in the country is a peon to used in the great economic cog creating wealth for the upper levels of society.    However the idea of sacrificing children to please the gods to make things better went out in most places in the world a long time ago.  But it seems the Republicans are willing to bring it back.   Hugs

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/27/health/florida-covid-children-hospitalizations/index.html

Just weeks before schools must open across Florida, the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations due to Covid-19 have surged.

 

On July 16, the state had a total of 23,170 children ages 17 and under who had tested positive since the beginning of the pandemic, according to the Florida Department of Health. By July 24, that number jumped to 31,150.
That’s a 34% increase in new cases among children in eight days.
And more children in Florida are requiring hospitalization. As of July 16, 246 children had been hospitalized with coronavirus. By July 24, that number had jumped to 303.
That’s a 23% increase in child Covid-19 hospitalizations in eight days.
During that same time period, the death toll among children in Florida went from 4 to 5.
On July 18, Kimora “Kimmie” Lynum died from Covid-19 complications, according to state health department records. The 9-year-old girl’s family said Kimmie had no known pre-existing conditions.
The surges in child Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations come amid rampant debate over whether children should return to classrooms this fall, or if they should continue remote learning.
They also directly contradict US Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos’ claims that children are “stoppers of the disease” who “don’t get it and transmit it themselves.”
Researchers in South Korea found that young people between ages 10 and 19 transmit the virus just as easily as adults.
But it’s not just the numbers of new cases and hospitalizations that are rising in Florida. The test positivity rate among children has gone up, too — from 13.4% to 14.4% between July 16 and 24, according to the state health department.
The test positivity rate for children was particularly high in Martin County (25.3%) and Miami-Dade County (19.6%).
But the state has ordered schools to physically open next month. In some districts, that means sending children to school in as soon as two weeks. And that has some parents, educators, and doctors on edge.
More at the link above.    Hugs

Totally Not-Racist Republican Tom Cotton Wants to Punish Schools That Teach About Slavery

Totally Not-Racist Republican Tom Cotton Wants to Punish Schools That Teach About Slavery

Tom Cotton, a Republican U.S. Senator representing Arkansas, has filed a bill that would withhold federal funding to any schools that teach “The 1619 Project,” a Pulitzer-prize winning piece of in-depth journalism from The New York Times published in 2019 that explores the United States’s legacy of slavery.

Cotton’s so-called Saving American History Act of 2020 would punish schools that teach lessons based on “The 1619 Project” by making them ineligible for federal professional development grants.

The New York Times’s 1619 Project is a racially divisive, revisionist account of history that denies the noble principles of freedom and equality on which our nation was founded,” Cotton wrote. “Not a single cent of federal funding should go to indoctrinate young Americans with this left-wing garbage.”

 

Do as I say not as I do, the Republican slogan

July 26, 2020

Donald Trump’s mind-bending logic on school reopenings

https://www.cnn.com/2020/07/25/politics/donald-trump-schools-reopening-coronavirus/index.html

As he tried to rescue his reelection campaign this week, President Donald Trump seemed to be in full retreat on key coronavirus topics — from the efficacy of mask-wearing to the risks of holding the GOP convention in Florida. The one exception was school reopenings, which he has insisted must happen in person this fall.

 

Of all the mind-bending coronavirus decisions that Trump has made, the political risks of his back-to-school gamble are perhaps the greatest. At a time when he is struggling with shrinking support among women, moderates and seniors, he is urging parents to send their children back into the classroom even though much is still unknown about the long-term risks to their health and how rapidly they could spread it to vulnerable adults, including grandparents and teachers.
It was nearly impossible to follow the President’s logic this week when he expressed fresh concern about the safety of convention-goers in Jacksonville, Florida, but in the same briefing argued that parents should not be worried about sending their children back to school or bringing the virus home.
He acknowledged Thursday that schools in some hotspots may need to delay reopening until infection rates come down, and said his administration was asking Congress to provide $105 billion in the next stimulus bill to schools that reopen, while in districts that don’t reopen, he’s requesting the money “go to the parents” so they can decide whether to send their children to private or charter schools.
But his threats to tether funding to school districts’ willingness to reopen is quickly becoming the next political battle of wills between Trump and local officials. Not to mention Senate Republicans — some in tight reelections — who have dismissed Trump’s call to withhold more federal aid from schools that remain shuttered during the coronavirus pandemic.
Trump’s belief that schools must reopen is clearly grounded in his desire to get the economy moving again — which he thinks is the lynchpin of his reelection chances — but once again, he has staked out a position at odds with where the majority of Americans are in this uncertain moment.
Those findings came as Trump inaccurately said during a briefing this week that children don’t transmit the virus easily and don’t bring it home easily, two claims that are still being investigated by the scientific community. (Researchers in a recent South Korea study found that children between 10 and 19 transmit the virus just as easily as adults).
“We would like to see schools open. We want to see the economy open,” Trump said Wednesday. “I would like to see the schools open — open 100%. And we’ll do it safely; we’ll do it carefully.”
But the President doesnot seem to be heeding the warnings raised by his top public health advisers about what is unknown. Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, has repeatedly cautioned that scientists and doctors are still studying how quickly children under the age of 10 can spread the virus, in part because many of them have been at home, away from their peers, during the peak months of the outbreak.
Despite efforts to minimize the risk, certain children have suffered severe consequences from contracting the disease, including death, and those with underlying conditions such as obesity, asthma and lung disease are at far greater risk. Some children were hospitalized in the United States and the United Kingdom with multisystem inflammatory syndrome, which has symptoms that are similar to Kawasaki disease, which causes inflammation in the walls of blood vessels.
Beyond that,more evidence is emerging that some Americans who contract Covid-19 may have long-term health consequences after they have recovered, and the long-term impact of the virus on children is still unknown.
Despite those uncertainties, White House officials without medical or public health credentials have largely echoed the President’s line, stressing the importance of getting children back to the classroom, because of the negative consequences of missing in-person studies.
Speaking to “The Conservative Circus,” Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos made the wildly inaccurate claim that children are “stoppers of the disease” who “don’t get it and transmit it themselves” as part of her argument that “the default” should be getting children back into the classroom.
There is a lot more at the link above.    But it should be clear that opening schools is a horrible idea, it will be very expensive to do, and it will cost lives.  

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