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July 7, 2020

Monopoly Mayhem: Corporations Win, Workers Lose

Ingest and process this truth.

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Ingest and process this truth.

July 2, 2020

Houston Moves COVID-19 Patients to Other Cities: ‘We Don’t Have Capacity’

https://www.newsweek.com/houston-moves-covid-19-patients-other-cities-we-dont-have-capacity-1514600

With novel coronavirus cases in Texas approaching nearly 161,900, hospitals in Houston, the county seat of Harris County, are moving patients to facilities outside the city in a bid to cope with the surge in COVID-19-related cases and lack of beds.

Harris Health System, which operates Houston’s Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital and Ben Taub Hospital, has transferred patients to the University of Texas Medical Branch in the cities of Galveston and Conroe as well as the Woodlands community in a scramble to find beds for patients, Houston’s ABC13 reported.

Charlie McMurray-Horton, the associate administrator for clinical integration and transformation at Harris Health System, told ABC13: “We are actively trying to transfer out ICU [intensive care unit] and surge patients that are COVID positive and under investigation, just because we don’t have the capacity to treat those patients.

“It really has intensified in the last month or so,” McMurray-Horton said.

Dr. Hashibul Hannan, who works at Houston’s SignatureCare Emergency Center, told ABC13 on Saturday, there’s been a massive spike in COVID-19 patients at nine stand-alone emergency rooms in the Houston area.

“We’re having to send patients far away. Like from Houston, we have to send people to Galveston, to Beaumont, to Huntsville,” Hannan told ABC13.

On Tuesday, Texas reported a record 6,975 new cases, the highest daily case count since the outbreak began, according to the latest report Tuesday from the Texas DSHS.

On Monday, doctors in San Antonio reported hospital beds were running out, with nearly two dozen COVID-19 patients reportedly waiting in emergency rooms for beds to be available.

“We’re in a crisis,” Dr. Jair Melo, the director of critical care at San Antonio’s Methodist Healthcare System, said at a press conference held by doctors from the health system, News Channel 4 San Antonio reported.

San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg confirmed a facility has been set up at the Freeman Coliseum sports venue with 250 beds on the floor ready to admit non-COVID-19 patients, including those recovering from surgeries, should hospitals reach full capacity.

Dallas is also looking to open a temporary hospital at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in a bid to cope with the surge in COVID-19 patients.

The Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston last week announced it is admitting adult patients to help create additional bed space for COVID-19 patients.

On Sunday, the Texas Medical Center, Houston’s leading source of intensive care unit (ICU) data, was reported to have deleted all previously published reports of ICU data from its website, amid a statewide spike in hospitalizations related to the novel coronavirus.

More at the link above.   I notice that the Texas governor that refused to let cities mandate masks has now required masks state wide.   The LT gov was on Fox news saying Anthony Fauci has not been right yet and their doctors telling them to go full speed into reopening were.   Well here we are, they are needless repeating what happened in New York so they could please the Dear Leader and pretend wearing masks was against their freedoms, yet now that reality wouldn’t give in to them, they are admitting that yes it is with in the states authority to demand you wear something for health and safety reasons, or just because they are terrified of seeing  boobies out side of their paid for porn.  Hugs

July 1, 2020

Wear the damn mask.

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Wear the damn mask.

June 29, 2020

The US way. Greed of the financial sector, never ending poverty and hopelessness for the poor

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Greed, Lower Incomes / Poor, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 06:02

Working It Out Comic Strip for June 29, 2020

June 18, 2020

Remember standing rock

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June 17, 2020

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL updated for relevance | Don Caron

June 16, 2020

It’s a Pandemic, But Millionaire Trump Adviser Complains $600-Per-Week Boost in Unemployment Benefits Is Too Generous

Not for the millions who lost jobs, many which will never come back, who can not even get on to the unemployment assistance rolls.   All the government assistance basically went to helping wealthy corporations beef up their stock prices keep wealthy people get even more wealthy playing their stock games.   The rest of the country is suffering badly.   I know working people who lost their jobs months ago who can not pay their rents, can not get food assistance, who are in serious jeopardy leaning on friends and family.  They need government help, but instead the government / Republicans uses taxpayer dollars to feed the wealthy and starve the poor.   Hugs

With the U.S. jobless rate still at levels not seen since the Great Depression and coronavirus-induced mass layoffs continuing across the nation, millionaire White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow complained Sunday that the $600-per-week increase in unemployment insurance authorized by the CARES Act is too generous and said the benefits should expire at the end of July.

“I mean, we’re paying people not to work. It’s better than their salaries would get,” Kudlow said in an appearance on CNN, echoing the common Republican complaint that many U.S. workers are earning slightly more on the boosted unemployment insurance than they would at their low-wage jobs. Progressive lawmakers and economists have argued that the solution is to raise wages, not slash benefits.

With the U.S. jobless rate still at levels not seen since the Great Depression and coronavirus-induced mass layoffs continuing across the nation, millionaire White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow complained Sunday that the $600-per-week increase in unemployment insurance authorized by the CARES Act is too generous and said the benefits should expire at the end of July.

“I mean, we’re paying people not to work. It’s better than their salaries would get,” Kudlow said in an appearance on CNN, echoing the common Republican complaint that many U.S. workers are earning slightly more on the boosted unemployment insurance than they would at their low-wage jobs. Progressive lawmakers and economists have argued that the solution is to raise wages, not slash benefits.

As Common Dreams reported, Trump administration officials and Republican members of Congress took something of a victory lap following the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) June 5 jobs report showing that the unemployment rate declined slightly between April and May. The BLS found that the jobless rate remains at a staggering 16%—a fact that did not stop Republican lawmakers from using the report to declare that additional coronavirus relief is no longer needed.

“Even if millions of Americans go back to work, if millions of Americans lose their supercharged benefits and are abruptly unable to pay their bills, the economy will not rebound,” Wyden warned during a conference call with workers and activists. “Things will get worse and I fear that families will find themselves in increasingly dire straits. Congress cannot abandon families in the midst of this ongoing economic crisis.”

June 14, 2020

So much winning

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June 11, 2020

This is voter suppression

June 3, 2020

Trump Threatens to Deploy Military in Response to Protests: A Closer Look

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: With tRump everything.

There a lot of them this morning.   Each tells a story we need to read.  

Political cartoon

(story here) .. (cartoon by Dave Whamond)

 

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Rob Rogers Comic Strip for June 02, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. America flames George Floyd protests tired of winning

Chris Britt Comic Strip for June 01, 2020

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter baby

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump George Floyd church photo op 

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Andy Marlette editorial cartoon

Tom Toles Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Jeff Stahler Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Dave Granlund editorial cartoon

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Mike Thompson editorial cartoon

Clay Jones Comic Strip for June 03, 2020

Andy Marlette editorial cartoon

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for June 01, 2020

 

 

 

 

Don Landgren editorial cartoon

 

May 31, 2020

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump failing at a personal best

(cartoon by David Horsey)

 

John Deering Comic Strip for May 31, 2020

 

 

 

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Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for May 31, 2020

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons Comic Strip for May 30, 2020

 

Editorial Cartoon U.S. coronavirus reopening debt snow white and the seven dwarves

 

 

May 30, 2020

Trump vetoes bipartisan measure against DeVos’ loan rules

The wealthy must not be denied, their profit must not be interfered with.  Devos has finical connections to these scamming schools and to the different fake providers of money to them.   It is such a scam that if any lower income was doing it they would call it a huge crime and stop it.   But it makes a lot of profit for the wealthy, so it is now legal.   Hugs

Democrats condemned the move and promised a House vote to override the veto. Rep. Susie Lee, D-Nevada, who led the the bill in the House, said the fight is “far from over.”

“President Trump sent a message to the American people that he cares more about enriching predatory schools than protecting defrauded students and veterans,” Lee said.

The resolution sought to strike down DeVos’ changes to a policy known as borrower defense to repayment, which erases federal student loans for borrowers whose colleges commit fraud.

The policy dates to the 1990s but was expanded under Obama to forgive loans for thousands of students who went to for-profit college chains that used false claims to get them to enroll.

When DeVos took office, though, she suspended the rules and began writing her own, saying the Obama policy allowed too many students to get their loans erased at the expense of taxpayers.

Her changes were opposed by borrower advocates but embraced by for-profit colleges, who said their industry had unfairly been targeted by the Obama administration.

DeVos’ 2019 update made it harder for students to get their loans discharged by requiring them to prove their colleges knowingly misled them and caused personal financial harm, among other changes.

More at the link above.  Basically the current administration is far more interested in making money / profit for companies / corporations than protecting people from scams.   It is another sign of how they view the lower incomes.   They see us as marks.   Cattle to be used and drained of any assets we have to make them more wealthy.  Get that clear, to the tRump people / administration / wealthy people in general we are marks, we are to be scammed, we are to be exploited, we are to be used and discarded with no other thought.  Hugs

 

Bigotry and partisanship on parade. Really it is also wealth vs lower income. Privilege against no privilege. The haves and feel superior are making the rules. Hugs

RIGHT-WING GROUP SEEKS TO PURGE UP TO 800,000 VOTERS IN PENNSYLVANIA, A KEY BATTLEGROUND STATE

Filed under: Bigotry, Criminal, Fascism, Lower Incomes / Poor, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 11:08

And again they try to suppress voting to steal an election.   No wonder they are always shouting that the elections are rigged and about fraud, they are doing it.   Republicans hate democracy, they do not want people to vote.  They are anti-American dream, anti-democracy.    They love a single party rule like China.    Hugs

Republicans have peddled the myth of rampant voter fraud in an effort to curtail voting rights and suppress votes to their advantage. They have upped the ante in recent weeks as a number of states battle over how to make voting accessible amid the coronavirus pandemic, which has postponed some elections. On May 21, Judicial Watch sued California following Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order to completely shift November elections to vote-by-mail; it would be the first state to do so as a result of the ongoing pandemic. The Republican National Committee, the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the California Republican Party filed suit against the order several days later. “Dirty voting rolls can mean dirty elections,” Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said in an April 28 press release on the Pennsylvania suit.

There is no evidence to bear out that claim. While there have been no recent major incidents of voter fraud, there was a case of electoral fraud committed by Republicans in North Carolina. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., bizarrely referenced that case when warning against potential voter fraud in other states. In that case, a political strategist working for a Republican congressional candidate was indicted on charges of orchestrating a scheme to collect and submit fraudulent absentee ballots in 2018 and 2016, including forging signatures and filling out incomplete ballots, and paying workers to collect them.

In response to increased legal activity surrounding claims of voter fraud, the Brennan Center for Justice released a report Wednesday debunking 10 myths related to the issue. The public policy group warns against using flawed lists of voter data to justify purges, citing cases in Virginia and Texas.

More at the link above.   Hugs

Vote Biden to save what we can of the US

We have no President. We have a grifter and abuser who has gamed the rural Republican rubes

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We have no President. We have a grifter and abuser who has gamed the rural Republican rubes.

How is Trump’s trade war and tariffs working as China takes over Hong Kong?

Two Americas. Two outcomes, same police

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Two Americas. Two outcomes, same police.

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: The clown president

(cartoon Mike Peters)

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

Political cartoon

(cartoon by Jen Sorenson)

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for May 30, 2020

 

 

 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Joe Scarborough twitter Biden campaign 

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter fact check

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Twitter fact check

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump twitter fact check

Steve Breen Comic Strip for May 30, 2020

 

Political cartoon

Editorial Cartoon U.S. coronavirus George Floyd police brutality

Editorial Cartoon U.S. George Floyd Minneapolis justice

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for May 29, 2020

 

 

Kevin Necessary Editorial Cartoons Comic Strip for May 29, 2020

Matt Wuerker Comic Strip for May 29, 2020

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for May 30, 2020

 

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