Loss Of Smell….

Closing Thought–19May20

Earlier in the pandemic there was a hint that the loss of smell could be a symptom of the Covid-19……it seems that they are now fairly certain that the loss of smell and taste are the early signs of the virus….

A loss of smell and taste may be one of the clearest indicators of whether someone has COVID-19, a new study suggests.

Researchers gleaned the information from nearly 2.5 million people in the United Kingdom and about 170,000 people in the United States who entered whether they were feeling well or experiencing symptoms into a smartphone app from March 24 to April 21.

Some of the app users also reported results of PCR diagnostic tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19 (SN: 3/6/20). Nearly 65 percent of roughly 6,400 U.K. residents who tested positive for the virus described a loss of taste and smell as a symptom, researchers report May 11 in Nature Medicine. And just over 67 percent of the 726 U.S. participants with a positive test also reported losing those senses. Only about 20 percent of all people who tested negative had diminished smell and taste.

Loss of smell and taste may actually be one of the clearest signs of COVID-19

Just a little FYI to help you get through these days of confusion and chaos…..

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19 May

On this day in history…..

Anne Boleyn is beheaded 1536…..Mary Queen of Scots is imprisoned in England 1568…..Spanish Armada sets sail 1588….Grant attacks Vicksberg 1863….Last battle of Civil War Spotsylvania, Virginia….Congress curbs immigration into the US 1921……Hanoi is bombed for the first time 1968.

And not one of those has anything to do with this post…..Psyche!

Actually this post is about an organization unknown as May19 or M19…..of which I wrote during Women’s History month…..https://lobotero.com/2020/03/19/womens-history-3-m19/

It was a terror group in the US mainly run by women….something that the history books seem to leave out when the study of the 1960s and 70s and into the 1980s come around……

On the evening of November 7, 1983, a call came into the U.S. Capitol switchboard. “Listen carefully, I’m only going to tell you this one time,” the caller said. “There is a bomb in the Capitol building. It will go off in five minutes. Evacuate the building.” Then the caller hung up.

At 10:58 p.m., a blast went off on the second floor of the structure’s north wing. The explosion blew doors off their hinges, shattered chandeliers and sent a shower of pulverized glass, brick and plaster into the Republican cloakroom. The shock wave from the explosion sounded like a sonic boom. A jogger outside on the Capitol grounds heard the blast: “It was loud enough to make my ears hurt. It kept echoing and echoing—boom, boom.” According to one estimate, the bomb caused $1 million in damage.

Later, National Public Radio received a message from a group calling itself the Armed Resistance Unit: “Tonight we bombed the U.S. Capitol.” Nobody was killed or injured in the attack, but the ARU made clear that it had contemplated lethal action: “We purposely aimed our attack at the institutions of imperialist rule rather than at individual members of the ruling class and government. We did not choose to kill any of them at this time. But their lives are not sacred and their hands are stained with the blood of millions.”

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2020/05/03/us-history-first-women-terrorist-group-191037

But for those visually impaired….a video about the bombing…..

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Is The Economy Rigged?

My answer ….yes….. you bet your sweet bippy it is.

But I am sure that there will be those that do not agree with my assessment…..

Let me point to the stock markets during these trying times….over 30 million Americans are unemployed and yet the stock markets are still going great guns…..

The stock market is doing fine, even though everything else is definitely not.

Earlier in the coronavirus crisis, Wall Street had a meltdown. Stocks plunged amid fears of the disease’s spread and its potential impact on the global economy, sometimes to the point that trading was halted altogether to rein in the chaos. But in recent weeks, the market has been doing okay. It’s not at the record highs it was in mid-February, but it’s not bad — the S&P 500 is hovering around where it was last fall. And given the state of the world — a deadly global pandemic with no end in sight, 30 million Americans recently out of jobs, an economy that’s fallen off of a cliff — a relatively rosy stock market is particularly perplexing.

Sure, the stock market isn’t the economy, but right now, it seems particularly divorced from what’s happening on the ground. “The gap between markets and economic data has never been larger,” wrote Matt King, global head of credit strategy at Citigroup, in a recent note.

https://www.vox.com/covid-19-coronavirus-economy-recession-stock-market/2020/5/6/21248069/stock-market-economy-federal-reserve-jerome-powell

The latest reports on the economy are grim…..

The Dow Jones Industrial Average surged more than 300 points at opening Friday, while the S&P 500 and Nasdaq continued to steadily climb from a low point in late March, when states across the country were imposing economic shutdowns.

The Dow also increased by 250 points right after the Labor Department released its May jobs report Friday, which showed an official unemployment rate of 14.7%, the highest since the Great Depression. Economists estimate that including people who lost their jobs in the last two weeks and people who have not filed for unemployment, the actual unemployment rate is likely higher than 20%.

https://www.commondreams.org/news/2020/05/08/what-rigged-economy-looks-says-sanders-stock-market-enjoys-best-month-33-years

I agree that it is time for the economy to be more reflective of society….granted the markets are NOT the economy…but those thieves need reining in….

Even Trump’s lackeys are not painting a rosy picture for this Summer…..

The US economy is in rough shape, and things are going to get worse. That was the dire prediction from not one but two of the White House’s top economic advisers Sunday, per the Washington Post:

  • “The reported numbers are probably going to get worse before they get better,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on Fox News Sunday. “I think you’re going to have a very, very bad second quarter.” Asked by host Chris Wallace whether the nation’s unemployment rate was “close to 25% at this point, which is Great Depression neighborhood,” Mnuchin replied, “Chris, we could be.”
  • “To get unemployment rates like the ones that we’re about to see … which I think will climb up towards 20% by next month, you have to really go back to the Great Depression to see that,” said White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett on CBS’ Face the Nation. He predicted the rate will be “north of 20%” by next month, and added that “nobody knows” when the jobless will be able to go back to work.
  • But it wasn’t all dire; Mnuchin predicted the job market could start to improve by September. The situation we’re in, he noted, “is no fault of American business, it is no fault of American workers, it is the fault of a virus.” And Vox notes that on ABC’s This Week, Larry Kudlow, director of the Trump administration’s National Economic Council, said that of the latest unemployment numbers, “80% of it was furloughs and temporary layoffs,” which “suggests strongly that the cord between the worker and the business is still intact.”

This economy is driven by greed, pride, gluttony and vanity….we need an economy that benefits everyone not the wealthy few.

To prove that point I point to the recent report that 20.5 million Americans are unemployed…..and that same day there was a market rally…..

The clearest illustration of that came on Friday, when the government reported that 20.5 million people lost their jobs in April. It marked a period of unfathomable pain across the country not seen since the Great Depression. Also on Friday, the stock market rallied.

The S&P 500 is now up 30% from its lows in mid-March and back to where it was last October, when the outlook for 2020 corporate earnings looked sunshiny. Companies have sold record amounts of debt in recent weeks for investment-grade companies. Junk bonds, historically dodgy during an economic swoon, have roared back.

https://www.propublica.org/article/the-bailout-is-working-for-the-rich

Now you tell me who benefits the most from this system?

Count out the workers….and the nation……

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Iran–May 2020

Since the US left the nuke deal with Iran there has been a war of words between Tehran and DC….but yet there was a deal made with the Iranians for Iraq……

Tehran ordered Shia factions to back prime minister in return for Washington ‘looking the other way’ over release of assets targeted by sanctions, Iraqi officials tell MEE

The nomination of Mustafa al-Kadhimi as Iraqi prime minister was the result of a horse trade between the US and Iran in which Tehran agreed to back the former intelligence chief in return for an unfreezing of some of its assets targeted by sanctions, senior Iraqi political sources have told Middle East Eye.

The US policy of exerting “maximum pressure” on Iran will not change, but the US agreed to de-escalate militarily in the Gulf and to “look the other way” if a third-party country in Europe released some of the Iranian money frozen when sanctions were applied, the Iraqi sources said.

https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/revealed-secret-us-iran-deal-installed-kadhimi-baghdad

The US has made opponents on many fronts…..China, Venezuela and Iran….but with all the focus on China the US had a plan to re-enter into a new nuke deal…..

Iran’s foreign minister has dismissed US attempts to reenter the Iranian nuclear deal in order to apply sanctions on Iran. “The plan of the very idiotic claims by US officials are nothing new,” Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters May 14.

He continued, “From those who recommend drinking disinfectant to be clean and not get the coronavirus, it is not unlikely that an agreement that they exited and in a statement wrote that they officially are ending their presence and participation in the JCPOA for them to now say they are members of the JCPOA.” The JCPOA stands for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, otherwise known as the Iranian nuclear deal, which was signed by Iran and five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany in 2015.

https://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2020/05/iran-reject-plans-nuclear-deal-trigger-sanctions-brian-hook.html

After all the harsh words for Iran the Trump team is meeting in secret……

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