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March 28, 2020

Considering how many days a year they “work” yes it is part time

Filed under: Bigotry, Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 04:52

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Beautiful friends ship of taxpayer money

March 27, 2020

An update for my leg pain problem

Filed under: Drugs, Health, My Life and Rants, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 15:52

Many people have been pushing me to contact my pain doctor over this really bad pain that has developed in my right leg since my fall.   I had a video call with my provider.   It is a system they hastily set up to work with / diagnose patients with out them having to come into the medical offices.    I like it, once they get the bugs worked out of it.   The call I had was all broken up and choppy video, but it worked well enough for our needs.    She thinks I jared or twisted my spine at the L4.  She is hopeful I did not blow out the disc.   She scheduled me with the doctor who does the shots for Monday morning at 9:30.  I guess from what I could make out there is a new system to handle PTs because of the virus, plus the state of Florida was trying to impose new rules on the pain providers that again are not required of other medical doctors offices.   It is like how Republican states are trying to get rid of abortion by putting all these rules on them that only abortion doctors / clinics have to follow.  

My provider Brenda apologised to me that she couldn’t bring me in right then and asked if I would be OK for the weekend.   I said I would make it.  She reminded me I had this happen before and it was the same problem and the same spot and I had not been able to walk for three weeks when I finally called them.   I remember having the problem but not how long nor what they had done to fix it.   So she is hoping that will do the trick  again.  If not they will increase my pain medications.   They do not increase or refill medications on Friday, I had forgotten that.  Again she apologized that she couldn’t do that for me.  I think it maybe the MD’s don’t work Fridays and she is a well qualified ARNP  with a doctorate degree but the state of Florida doesn’t let her sign for my morphine, which means she couldn’t increase it nor give me break through instant relief morphine.    

So to everyone who wanted me to call earlier yes I might have been able to get my shots earlier or gotten pain medications to help but I will make it through this.  I always do.   Remember that which cannot be changed must be endured.    Thanks again to everyone.   Hugs

EPA suspends enforcement of environmental laws amid coronavirus

Filed under: Earth News, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Nature, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 13:39

https://thehill.com/policy/energy-environment/489753-epa-suspends-enforcement-of-environmental-laws-amid-coronavirus

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a sweeping suspension of its enforcement of environmental laws Thursday, telling companies they would not need to meet environmental standards during the coronavirus outbreak.

The temporary policy, for which the EPA has set no end date, would allow any number of industries to skirt environmental laws, with the agency saying it will not “seek penalties for noncompliance with routine monitoring and reporting obligations.”

“EPA is committed to protecting human health and the environment, but recognizes challenges resulting from efforts to protect workers and the public from COVID-19 may directly impact the ability of regulated facilities to meet all federal regulatory requirements,” EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said in a statement.

“Incredibly, the EPA statement does not even reserve EPA’s right to act in the event of an imminent threat to public health,” Giles said.

“Instead, EPA says it will defer to states, and ‘work with the facility’ to minimize or prevent the threat. EPA should never relinquish its right and its obligation to act immediately and decisively when there is threat to public health, no matter what the reason is. I am not aware of any instance when EPA ever relinquished this fundamental authority as it does in this memo.

The diminished compliance requirements for industry comes at a time when the EPA has refused to budge on deadlines for comments as they proceed with a number of deregulatory actions.

Environmental and public health groups had argued that those with science and health backgrounds who would normally weigh in on such regulations have been pulled into the coronavirus fight, leaving them unable to divert their attention.

“The Environmental Protection Agency has not shown the same concern for the impact the coronavirus has had on the ability of community and public interest groups to respond to various proposals to weaken environmental standards,” Schaeffer wrote in the letter.

But the EPA has argued exceptions were not needed.

More at the link above.   Hugs

Virginia Pastor Who Said COVID-19 Was Anti-Trump “Mass Hysteria” Dies of Virus

Filed under: Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 12:30

Virginia Pastor Who Said COVID-19 Was Anti-Trump “Mass Hysteria” Dies of Virus

Yesterday, one of the first deaths of a Virginia resident from COVID-19 was a Christian musical evangelist who, believing the pandemic response to be anti-Trump “mass hysteria,” took his family to New Orleans to “wash it from its Sin and debauchery.”

 

On his Facebook page, Spradlin had posted many photos and videos of his family, his band, and himself performing and sightseeing in New Orleans beginning on what seems February 21 through March 10. Much of his time appeared to be in crowded Jackson Square, where his band played in what he called his “Jackson Square Ministry.” Other locations included performing in intimate music clubs, dining in restaurants, and walking on Bourbon Street.

On Feb. 28, he posted “We had an awesome Mardi Gras outreach this year. Many were touched by the power and love of Jesus!!”

 

Spradlin was likely already infected when, on March 13, he posted a highly misleading meme comparing COVID-19 and swine flu deaths, suggesting that the current virus response was “mass hysteria” created by the media for no reason other than to hurt Donald Trump:

That image contains information spread by Tiffany Fray, a devoutly Christian Trump supporter. It’s complete misleading to the point that fact-checkers for Facebook marked it as “partly false.” PolitiFact, which said the statement is “mostly false,” explains more here.

That same day he shared a post telling a “true” story of a missionary who cared miraculously for bubonic plague victims without himself succumbing to the illness. That post explained that “As long as I walk in the light of that law [of the Spirit of life], no germ will attach itself to me.”

NPR Station Will No Longer Carry Trump’s Briefings Over “Pattern Of False Information And Exaggeration”

Filed under: Drugs, Education, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 11:58

NPR Station Will No Longer Carry Trump’s Briefings Over “Pattern Of False Information And Exaggeration”

The Washington Post reports:

“After airing the White House briefings live for two weeks, a pattern of false information and exaggeration increasingly had many at KUOW questioning whether these briefings were in the best service of our mission — to create and serve a more informed public,” notes the statement, posted Wednesday afternoon.

“Of even greater concern was the potential impact of false information on the health and safety of our community.” KUOW provided three examples of bogus information stemming from the briefings. All of them — surprise — came from President Trump.

Pompeo pressed G-7 leaders to refer to ‘Wuhan virus’ in statement

Filed under: Bigotry, Fascism, Hate, News, Political, Questions, Race, Reason — Scottie @ 11:40

https://thehill.com/policy/international/489484-pompeo-pressed-g7-leaders-to-refer-to-wuhan-virus-in-statement-report

The G-7 leaders have thus far not been able to agree on a joint statement because of Pompeo’s insistence that the group should refer to the disease as the “Wuhan virus,” which other member states have rejected.

“The Chinese Communist Party poses a substantial threat to our health and way of life, as the Wuhan virus outbreak clearly has demonstrated,” Pompeo added.

President Trump and other GOP lawmakers referred to the novel coronavirus as the “Chinese virus,” despite critics noting that such rhetoric could be correlated with a rise in targeted violence against Asian Americans.

Public health officials, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the World Health Organization have advised against referring to the coronavirus by its city or country of origin.

PENNSYLVANIA: Grocer Forced To Toss $35K In Food After Woman “Intentionally Coughs” On Display Cases

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Criminal, Economics, Food, Health, News, Questions — Scottie @ 11:25

PENNSYLVANIA: Grocer Forced To Toss $35K In Food After Woman “Intentionally Coughs” On Display Cases

The New York Post reports:

A Pennsylvania woman ruined an estimated $35,000 worth of goods by intentionally coughing all over them while the coronavirus plagues nations worldwide, a grocery store alleged on Facebook.

The woman visited a Hanover Township location of the small grocery chain Gerrity’s Supermarket before 2:20 p.m. Wednesday and coughed on fresh produce, a small section of the bakery, meat case and grocery items, the store’s co-owner Joe Fasula wrote.

From the chain’s Facebook page:

Our incredible team did the best they could to get the woman out of the store as fast as possible. The police were contacted immediately and the case has been escalated to the District Attorney’s Office.

More at the link above.   Hugs

I wish more people understood this

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Fascism, Greed, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 08:03

Non Sequitur Comic Strip for March 27, 2020

So when the government gives a taxcut or taxpayer money to corporations  / wealthy people it is your money they are doing that with.  Rather than using your money to have things that help you, that you need, they are giving your money to those who already have more than they need.   It is basically socialism for the wealthy, but capitalism risks for everyone else.   

The government has clearly told everyone how much they value them.   Low income and workers that paid taxes get a one time payment.  Unemployment gets a four month boost which was fought by Republicans as being too generous for the workers.   Hospitals overwhelmed by sick and dying people get under 1.5 billion.  However large business get a 500 BILLION dollar slush fund leveraged 10 X over with very few limitations and requirement.   There is almost no protections under the rules for the workers of these companies.   The requirements that this not be used to make the do stock buybacks or go to CEO enrichment are short term and can be waived.  The layoff protection for workers, which is what this money is for, is only good for six months.   Notice that is one month less than the increased unemployment benefit.    The Secretary of the Treasury has the authority to approve which companies get the money and can waive all requirements on that company for getting the money.   This is a serious addition to the national debt which doesn’t help the workers, doesn’t help the people of the country, but greatly enriches companies and the wealthy with the money the workers / lower incomes have paid to the government.   It also doesn’t require the government get paid back at all.     But be assured that the Republicans will soon worry about the debt and demand a cut in the social safety programs used to help the poor and working poor.  Afterall the government can not waste money helping anyone but the already wealthy.   Hugs

March 26, 2020

Hate Group Pushes Dangerous Lies: “Asymptomatic People Aren’t Contagious” And Malaria Drug “Cures It”

Filed under: Asshole / Jerk, Drugs, News, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 07:52

Hate Group Pushes Dangerous Lies: “Asymptomatic People Aren’t Contagious” And Malaria Drug “Cures It”

“Now people that are asymptomatic — you might have heard this, asymptomatic transmission, people that don’t have the symptoms — they aren’t contagious.

“If people are asymptomatic, they don’t have the cough, they don’t have the respiratory issues, they don’t have a fever, they’re not contagious. And so they don’t need to be tested.

“The good news is that we may have found the silver bullet to stop the coronavirus. It’s a cheap generic antimalarial medication. This thing has been around since 1944. It’s chloroquine phosphate. That’s what it’s called.

“If we can get this into the hands of assisted living facilities, they can inoculate their entire roster of patients with chloroquine. And it’s preventive. It’s prophylactic. It keeps you from getting coronavirus, and if you’ve got it, it cures it.” – AFA radio host Bryan Fischer.

This idiots video is at the link above also information from NPR about how people not showing symptoms can spread the disease.   Hugs

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: White disinformation system

Filed under: Cartoons, Economics, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 07:42

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump White House Coronavirus misinformation chaos democracy

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Coronavirus quarantine childish bored

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Coronavirus Trump University hoarder toilet paper diplomas

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump Easter Coronavirus quarantine reopen bunny

https://www.tampabay.com/resizer/l6vpj5My-lELJEAZuMSWRSpuj2Y=/2280x1282/smart/arc-anglerfish-arc2-prod-tbt.s3.amazonaws.com/public/HXAUJZNKERDXVFIWGKCHFVOPHI.jpg

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

Steve Kelley Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

(th)ink Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

 

 

 

 

(cartoon by Nick Anderson)

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for March 26, 2020

 

 

13 Deaths in a Day: An ‘Apocalyptic’ Coronavirus Surge at an N.Y.C. Hospital

Filed under: Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Science — Scottie @ 06:35

How do I make it any clearer to those who do not want to admit the huge problem we face?   This is going to happen in every community unless we get serious about locking down and staying at home.   Hugs

 

In several hours on Tuesday, Dr. Ashley Bray performed chest compressions at Elmhurst Hospital Center on a woman in her 80s, a man in his 60s and a 38-year-old who reminded the doctor of her fiancé. All had tested positive for the coronavirus and had gone into cardiac arrest. All eventually died.

“It’s apocalyptic,” said Dr. Bray, 27, a general medicine resident at the hospital.

Officials have also discussed converting hotels and arenas into temporary medical facilities.

At least two city hospitals have filled up their morgues, and city officials anticipated the rest would reach capacity by the end of this week, according to the briefing. The city requested 85 refrigerated trailers from FEMA for mortuary services, along with staff, the briefing said.

There is a lot more, a lot more at the link above.  I have 22 unopened tabs of news to get to and most of them are about this virus.  I will stay up as long as I can and then leave the tabs open so if there is something I think you need to know I will post it.  

Personally my fall has made my pain situation much worse.  I am very much disrupted by this.  I told Dennis the other day my pain was under control.  It is not.  I can barely walk with a lot of pain. I have to keep getting up when sitting due to the pain far more frequently than the past.    I will wait until Friday and if it doesn’t seem better I will call my pain doctor for an emergency appointment.  The X-Ray showed more of the expected damage but not anything drastically there from before.  Hugs

 

 

March 25, 2020

OK how is this for serious

I normally get Ron up at 5PM so he can get ready for work and have a bite to eat.   I had his phone with me for updating and such.  At 4:45 PM his phone rang and it was his unit director.  So I answered it.  I have always liked her and she has seemed to like me.  We had a few minutes of pleasantries and then she asked if Ron was up.  I explained to her I did not wake him until 5 but if she wanted I could go get him up now.   She apologized but said it was important.  

Long story short it was important.   This virus is getting more serious by the minute.   She was calling to say that Ron and some others in his age group could chose not come to work with no penalties because they were now moved to extreme high risk.  Ron simply did not have to come to work because it was too dangerous.   

There was a catch though.  Ron could stay out of work but he would have to use his own earned personal time to keep getting paid and the company in figuring the pay  deducted his night time differential pay, and then only paid out 80% of what would have been his then daytime pay rate.   Basically Ron would be paid half his normal hourly pay rate, which is what happens every time he takes any leave.  It should be criminal.  That is why he works nights in the first place.     He earns it at one rate, but to use it they cut it in half and he still has to pay the same taxes and other stuff on it.   We get screwed all the time if he uses his earned time which is why he has so much.   Which right now having a lot maybe a good thing, even if we can not live on it.    

So the point is they are offering people Ron’s age the choice of simply not coming to work.   Not reassignment, not other accommodations, simply not to come to work or come to work.  Come to work and get paid normal rate but be exposed to the virus, don’t come to work and get paid a third rate until your earned time runs out.   The very earned time he will need if he gets sick.  So Ron said thank you but he is going to keep working.  What else can he do.   We are on the lower economic rung, we have very few choices.   Hugs

Mormons Irresponsibly Gathered in Utah Airport to Greet Returning Missionaries

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:56

Mormons Irresponsibly Gathered in Utah Airport to Greet Returning Missionaries

Last night, 1,600 Mormon missionaries returned to Salt Lake City from their posts in South Korea and the Philippines in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.

That’s good. That’s smart. They shouldn’t be there even when there’s not a pandemic but that’s another story. The plan is for those missionaries to self-quarantine for the next two weeks.

And yet when they arrived home, all social distancing warnings went right out the window. Their families greeted them at the airport without any awareness of how that’s precisely what the virus wants.

For what it’s worth, airport officials said they worked with the LDS Church to limit family members to “two per missionary” and they were told to wait in their cars. The Mormons just ignored those rules.

So those missionaries came home due to the outbreak, only to put themselves in more danger. Heavenly Father doesn’t offer immunity to COVID-19.

More at the link above, including tweets from authorities.   Hugs

A KY Church Ignored Social Distancing Advice; Now, a Worshiper Has COVID-19

Filed under: Criminal, Fascism, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:48

A KY Church Ignored Social Distancing Advice; Now, a Worshiper Has COVID-19

Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear — a “clean-cut sex symbol for the coronavirus age,” according to Salon — has been approaching the COVID-19 pandemic with great seriousness from the start.

Since last week, he’s been advising schools, businesses, churches, and other organizations to prevent the spread of sickness by temporarily closing.

University Church of Christ, in the city of Murray, ignored that advice and held services as usual.

Days after the service in question, Senior Minister Charley Bazzell received a phone call from the Calloway County Health Department, advising church leadership that “an out-of-town visitor” to their building had tested positive for the virus. No identifying information about the individual was provided.

But because they’ve been going about their lives in contact with other people for days now, there are limits to what a delayed self-quarantine will do to halt the spread of the virus.

And the example the church has set — dismissing and ignoring medical advice, downplaying the seriousness of the pandemic — isn’t exactly stellar.

Bazzell says that his church chose to hold services because he believed they had taken enough precautions to keep people safe: shortening the service, using gloves to serve communion, and encouraging members to practice social distancing or skip church altogether if they feel uncomfortable.

Bazzell seems to expect to be rewarded for doing the bare minimum — making his congregation aware that they’ve been exposed to a potentially deadly ailment — as if that makes up for the failure to heed medical experts’ advice that endangered his parishioners in the first place.

But he’s not alone: Several Christian leaders and institutions in Kentucky have balked at the precautions Beshear recommended for churches in particular. Pastors deeply invested in a narrative that paints them as victims of an anti-faith culture complained that churches were being singled out for attack.

More at the link above including quotes from the people involved and information about other church gatherings that have led to Covid-19 outbreaks.   Hugs

Right-Wing Activist Opposes COVID-19 Relief Since It Might Help Trans People

Again religion used to bash others.  In this case it is to prevent assistance to people at risk because of church bigotry.  Is this the message their holy book teaches, harm the most vulnerable, hurt the sick, deny help to those who do not worship as you do?   Hugs

Right-Wing Activist Opposes COVID-19 Relief Since It Might Help Trans People

Ed Martin, who runs the Phyllis Schlafly Eagles, a group modeled after the woman who arguably blocked the Equal Rights Amendment decades ago, says we shouldn’t adopt proposed relief efforts during the current pandemic because they may help transgender people.

Spoken like someone who has no conceivable idea of the hardships that trans people face.

And spoken like someone who despises a vulnerable group so much that if they are being helped by a relief program — one that would help everyone rather than singling out some groups over others — then no one should benefit.

By the way, just months ago, Martin spoke out against the proposed Violence Against Women Act because it would include trans women.

The Schlafly cruelty lives on.

More at the link above and quotes from this bigot himself.  Hugs

 

34 People Connected with One Arkansas Church Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

Filed under: Children, Criminal, Family, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 06:25

This did not need to happen.   They new this was a serious health crisis yet so many believe their religion is a prevent the disease card.  It is not!   This is what you get when you deny science.  Now that it is too late he is telling people to follow the medical experts advice and social instructions.  Would have been nice if he had said that before 34 people including children got sick.   Hugs

34 People Connected with One Arkansas Church Have Tested Positive for COVID-19

The First Assemblies of God Church in Greers Ferry, Arkansas says that 34 people connected with the ministry have tested positive for COVID-19.

All of them were in the building during a “recent children’s event,” though it’s not clear how recently that event took place. There is a post online, however, noting a children’s event at the church on March 6.

31 infected people are members or staffers.

Two are visiting evangelists.

One is a child.

Several others are awaiting their own test results.

Pastor Mark Palenske and his wife are among the infected.

Lying Preacher: I Have a “Cure” for COVID-19, So Let Me Touch Homeless People

Filed under: Criminal, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 05:50

Lying Preacher: I Have a “Cure” for COVID-19, So Let Me Touch Homeless People

And here’s Pawlowski the next day, touching as many homeless people as he can — to hell with social distancing — because winning converts matters more to him than their actual lives.

This is dangerous. It’s not just one insane guy, either. He’s propped up by any Christian who believes Jesus can heal anything if you just have faith. That sort of thinking has always been foolish, but right now, it’s flat-out dangerous because some people actually believe it.

How many people have to suffer because some Christians like him can’t see anything beyond his own beliefs?

A Pastor Told His Congregation Numerous Lies About COVID-19 During a Service

Filed under: Criminal, Greed, Health, News, Political, Questions, Reason, Religion — Scottie @ 05:46

A Pastor Told His Congregation Numerous Lies About COVID-19 During a Service

Among his lies to The River church in Tampa Bay, Florida:

  • COVID-19 is a “phantom plague.”
  • It was created by the Chinese government to tank the U.S. economy.
  • The media is run by Communists.
  • There’s a 75% chance the positive test is negative.
  • Any vaccine will just be a Big Pharma scam.
  • The outbreak was “planned” at a 2019 event organized by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • The “deep state” is feeding Donald Trump misinformation.
  • The World Health Organization is conducting “medical tyranny” by telling countries how they ought to respond.
  • Our government has deployed the military for a soon-to-happen war against our national enemies.

How is it possible that, during a pandemic, Howard-Browne was the most dangerous threat to his congregation?

Daily morning cartoon / meme roundup: tRump wont listen to experts

Filed under: Cartoons, Criminal, Economics, Gun Control, Health, Memes, News, Political, Questions, Reason — Scottie @ 05:30

March 24, 2020

(cartoon by Dave Granlund)

Political Cartoon U.S. Uncle Sam needs respirators

Editorial Cartoon U.S. coronavirus does not discriminate press conference

(cartoon by Stuart Carlson)

Political Cartoon U.S. Trump promotes drugs Fauci twitches harms Americans

USA TODAY Network

Political Cartoon U.S. coronavirus GOP lies climate change income inequality

Chris Britt Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. Pandemic supplies Burr Loeffler Inhofe Feinstein insider trading tar feathers

Joe Heller Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Editorial Cartoon U.S. total eclipse coronavirus pandemic

Tom Toles Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Rob Rogers Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Robert Ariail Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Gary Markstein Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Lalo Alcaraz Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Tim Campbell Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Ken Catalino Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Marshall Ramsey Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Clay Bennett Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Steve Benson Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Matt Davies Comic Strip for March 24, 2020

Speed Bump Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Signe Wilkinson Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

Mike Luckovich Comic Strip for March 25, 2020

 

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