Cases…..7.4 million Deaths…..210,000
And the latest person to be infected….Trump and FLOTUS…..and others in DC…..
President Trump’s former adviser Kellyanne Conway said late Friday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after attending a White House event with several others who have since come down with COVID-19. Conway tweeted Friday that she has a “light cough” and is “feeling fine.” “I have begun a quarantine process in consultation with physicians,” she added. Conway attended the Rose Garden announcement Saturday where Trump announced his nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, the AP reports. Among the attendees, Republican Sens. Mike Lee and Thom Tillis, the president of the University of Notre Dame, and Trump himself tested positive Friday.
President Trump’s doctor said Saturday that he’s fever-free, not on oxygen, and doing “very well” at a military hospital where he’s being treated for COVID-19, the AP reports. Navy Commander Dr. Sean Conley added that Trump’s symptoms, like nasal congestion and a cough, “are now resolving and improving.” He also raised the possibility that Trump was diagnosed earlier than publicly known by saying the president is “72 hours into the diagnosis,” per the New York Times. The White House had announced his diagnosis on Friday at about 1am. If he was diagnosed 72 hours ago—around midday Wednesday—that would mean he attended campaign events Wednesday and Thursday with COVID-19.
72 hours prior…….?
First the silliness around the pandemic.
Seems some dead guy wins re-election…..
In the Romanian village of Deveselu, Ion Aliman was a popular mayor—so popular that he was re-elected to a third term Sunday despite having died of COVID-19 complications 10 days earlier. Aliman, who would have turned 57 on election day, received 1,057 out of around 1,600 votes cast on Sunday, the AP reports. After the results came in, dozens of villagers visited Aliman’s graves to light candles. “It is your victory,” one man said, per Reuters. “Know that you will be proud of us. Rest in peace.” Nicolae Dobre, Aliman’s deputy, told reporters that “none of the other contenders got the same trust from the voters.” Officials said that it had been too late to remove Aliman’s name from the ballot and that a new election will be held to choose a living mayor.
I think we all need to wear a mask in public for the time being and that there should be a penalty for not obeying the law……
A woman was tased and arrested at her son’s middle-school football game Wednesday after refusing to wear a face mask, CNN reports. Police say Alecia Kitts—who was sitting in the stands at Logan High School Stadium in Logan, Ohio—refused a school resource officer’s request that she wear a mask, claiming asthma. But Officer Chris Smith persisted, she kept saying no, and he tried putting her hands behind her back. “Get off of me!” she cried in a video of the incident. “You’re not arresting me for nothing. I ain’t doing nothing wrong! What the [expletive] is wrong with you, people?” Eventually Smith stunned her once in the shoulder and took her away in handcuffs. She was charged with criminal trespassing and released.
But tensions only rose after the video appeared online. WBNS-10TV reports that the school district received threats, while the Columbus Dispatch notes that Smith is on restricted duties after getting threats himself. What’s more, Kitts’ attorney said she “apparently” has a broken arm. The Logan Police Department—which calls the arrest “an unfortunate incident for everyone involved”—said she wasn’t arrested for refusing to wear a mask, but for not leaving after she violated school guidelines issued by the governor. Oddly, the Marietta Times reports that Kitts had a mask in her back pocket during the arrest. ABC 6 notes that Kitts has a police record that includes previous charges of marijuana, assault, and disorderly conduct.
Sucks being this broad. Laws are made to be followed and there is a penalty for not obeying the law plus it does not pay to be stupid.
More on the illegalities during the pandemic….even Defense contractors get in on the cash…..
A defense contractor in Hawaii has been charged with bank fraud and money laundering for stealing more than $12.8 million in Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) money.
Martin Kao, CEO of Martin Defense Group LLC, previously known as Navatek LLC, is being arrested on two counts of bank fraud and five counts of money laundering. He is accused of at least two fraudulent PPP loan applications.
Out of the $12.8 million he received, Kao transferred more than $2 million into his own personal accounts, a criminal complaint said.
More looting by the DoD…..
After six months of state-imposed lockdown, the United States faces nationwide mask and COVID test shortages, record high unemployment rates, and over 200,000 COVID-related deaths. Since Congress passed the $2.2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in April, most Americans’ financial situations still haven’t recovered. Now, as Congress debates how many more trillion dollars it’s going to spend trying to mend the government-created financial crisis, one thing should be clear: the Pentagon should not receive another dime of bailout funds.
The Department of Defense (DoD) used taxpayer money meant to address the pandemic to prop up the military-industrial complex, diverting CARES Act funds intended for medical supplies and awarding them to private defense contractors. Instead of manufacturing N95 masks, swabs, and other personal protection equipment (PPE), the funds went to projects unrelated to pandemic relief, such as making jet engine parts, body armor and uniforms, and drone technology. A third of the private companies that received Pentagon assistance already drew from another CARES Act bailout program, the Paycheck Protection Program. Defense contractors double-dipped while hospitals around the country scrounged for PPE.
My wife has Tricare which is the Medicare for veterans……and the new stim plan has stuff in there for the veterans….
The bill, known as the HEROES Act, also would boost the Defense Department’s ability to recoup payments from health insurers who offer supplemental coverage for Tricare, but fail to pay their cost shares. It proposes that the Pentagon be allowed to impose civil monetary penalties on any plan or insurer who does not cover health expenses they are required under contract to pay.
The Pentagon has sought authorization to impose fines on health providers and suppliers who commit fraud and abuse against Tricare, and published an interim rule in the Federal Register in May announcing its plans for recouping some of those losses through civil penalties.
I read an interesting article entitled….”Are bras a thing of the past”? Of course being male I was intrigued….
The Wall Street Journal published a great thought piece on the staying power of bras, and whether they have much time left in today’s society given the work from home situation:
WSJ– WORN A BRA LATELY? Both anecdotal evidence and sagging sales figures suggest that, in the era of WFH and its corollary, a repudiation of any hint of containment, many women are answering “no” to that question.
Some women don’t feel completely dressed without a bra. But for those like Daniela Polimeni, a Brooklyn television producer, the pandemic was the tipping point in an already fraught relationship. When the lockdown began Ms. Polimeni was staying with her boyfriend and his parents at the New Jersey home her boyfriend had recently bought from his mom and dad. “I wasn’t working, but I didn’t feel like I could not wear a bra because it wasn’t just us,” Ms. Polimeni said. When her boyfriend’s parents left, she added, “I felt like, ‘I’m free.’”
This piece sent my brain back in time, conjuring a scene of a suburban home filled with shag carpets, secondhand smoke, and fear:
Covid news that never quite makes it to the headlines…..
Trump’s Covid messaging: JAN: It’s under control
FEB: It’s a hoax
M: Packed churches by Easter
APRIL: It’s going away
MAY: Time to open up
JUNE: Just embers
JULY: Time to open schools
AUG: Other countries are worse
SEPT: Vaccines coming soon!
OCT: *tweeting from the hospital*
Be Well….Be Safe…..
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