The history of American governance is grounded in opportunism, power for the sake of profit, education organized for those who can afford it. Public health in general is ignored. All the advantages of “American exceptionalism” continue to vanish over time. Real power and growth continues to flow and grow in nations with a modern grasp on science and economics.
With COVID infections surging across the U.S. and Thanksgiving celebrations expected to have given the coronavirus more opportunities to spread, experts fear the country will soon experience a record number of deaths from the disease—something equivalent to the 2,977 people killed on 9/11 per day—by Christmas.
In the past week alone, 10,288 people died of COVID in the U.S., with the current death toll of 267,302, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control website that was updated Tuesday. On average in the past week, 1,469 people died of COVID each day…
The CDC, which pools data from a number of models to create what is known as an ensemble forecast, sets its mid-range estimate for COVID deaths per day by December 19 at around 2,200, and its higher range at just over 3,000.
Same as it ever was – when we’re governed by a complete incompetent in the White House and a majority of the toy politicians in Congress too scared of their shadow to stand up to this idjit.
It’s time you understand this. Trump isn’t a one-off in today’s Republican Party. One of the most significant things you should learn from this article – aside from the smarts, courage and principled leadership AOC helps provide in one small part of the Democratic Party – is that, more than ever, the Republican Party is under the thumb of sexist, racist, reactionary bigots.
Her Republican colleagues had, up until then, been civil. But one day in late July, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stood on the steps of the U.S. Capitol while Representative Ted Yoho lost his shit. The Florida Republican, incensed by the New York congresswoman’s recent comments linking crime and poverty, jabbed his finger in her face, calling her “crazy” and “disgusting.” She froze. The situation felt dangerous, with Yoho towering over Ocasio-Cortez, who calls herself “five-five on a good day.” Congressman Roger Williams, a Texas Republican, bumbled next to him like a wind puppet at a used-car dealership. She told Yoho he was being rude and went into the Capitol to vote. As Yoho descended the steps, he called her a “fucking bitch.” A reporter nearby witnessed the exchange, and soon the whole world had heard the epithet.
This part hasn’t been reported: The next day Ocasio-Cortez approached Yoho and told him, “You do that to me again, I won’t be so nice next time.” She felt his actions had violated a boundary, stepping “into the zone of harassment, discrimination.” His mocking response, straight out of Veep: “Oh, boo-hoo.” Publicly, Yoho doubled down, issuing a non-apology on the House floor, citing his wife and daughters as character witnesses…
Forty-eight hours later, Ocasio-Cortez delivered one of the most eloquent dunks in political history, a “thank u, next” for the C-SPAN set, taking on not just Yoho but the patriarchy itself. She took care to enter “fucking bitch” into the Congressional Record. “I want to thank him for showing the world that you can be a powerful man and accost women,” she told the House. “It happens every day in this country.” And the line that spawned headlines, T-shirts, hashtags, and memes: “I am someone’s daughter too.”
RTFA. I thank VANITY FAIR for publishing this. I thank APPLE NEWS for reprinting it online. Otherwise I might not have seen it. Yup, one of the problems of so much good content being available on the Web is sifting through the dross to get to the good stuff.
Nothing in this surprises me…except for the size and extent, the number of fascist-minded bigots who now run the Republican Party. Just out of my teens, I was a founding member of the Young Republicans in my second hometown. Mostly because they clearly were less corrupt than the Dems…in that small New England town.
That only lasted six weeks. Aside from one friend from high school who had asked me to help him organize a chapter of young conservatives, I really couldn’t stand hanging out with even a small group of folks who thought the 18th Century was characterized by more good ideas than any other century.
Please read this. Not just to reinforces or change any of your own political ideas; but, to witness the stink and disgust these creeps engender. See what it’s like for this courageous stand-up young woman to confront what passes for the leading legislative body in this sad nation.
Atlanta’s Democratic Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms on Wednesday ripped President Donald Trump over his willingness to throw fellow Republicans under the bus when they don’t agree 100% with his agenda.
“He will eat his own children, I’m sure, if he found it prudent,” Bottoms told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper…
Bottoms made the quip during a discussion about the upcoming U.S. Senate runoff elections in Georgia on Jan. 5, when GOP Sens. David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler will face off against Democrats Jon Ossoff and Raphael Warnock. Democrats need to win both seats to tie the Senate’s balance of power 50-50, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tiebreaking vote.
No one is surprised by such an appraisal of this self-serving thug…in my neck of the prairie.
Turn clocks back 1 hour, Saturday night
For most of the U.S., the clock goes back one hour on Sunday morning, Nov. 1, the “fall back” for daylight saving time. Many of us appreciate the extra hour of sleep…
Some researchers are concerned about how the twice-a-year switch impacts our body’s physiology. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the largest scientific organization that studies sleep, now wants to replace daylight saving time with a move to a year-round fixed time. That way, our internal circadian clocks would not be misaligned for half the year. And it would eliminate the safety risk from sleep loss when transitioning to daylight saving time.
I am a neurologist at the University of Florida. I’ve studied how a lack of sleep can impair the brain. In the 1940s, most American adults averaged 7.9 hours of sleep a night. Today, it’s only 6.9 hours. To put it another way: In 1942, 84% of us got the recommended seven to nine hours; in 2013, it was 59%…
Please read this article, folks. I thought Daylight Savings Time was dumb when it was introduced. Mostly IMHO to get folks to spend more time shopping. Regardless, it’s a crap procedure which – above all else – has a negative effect on your health.