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Nova Land
Nova Land

How strange — looks like I’m the first one to comment in this thread this morning!

Well, it’s a very pleasant sunny day here, warm enough that I didn’t need a fire in the wood stove last night and probably won’t need one tonight either. But then it’ll go down cold enough tomorrown night that not only will I need to warm the room but I’ll also need to cover the garden Sunday and Monday nights.

And even colder weather coming a week from now, when forecast has overnight temps dropping into the 20s. So I’m about to head outside to play — rake some leaves for my leaf mulch piles, gather in various branches that are lying around in the wooded areas, cut up some of the branches so that I’m bringing in more wood for the wood supply than I’m burning (at least now during the not-burning-very-much time of the year), and find some other fun things to do outdoors.

Hope all of you are also enjoying a pleasant Saturday morning!

magsview

Great to see you Nova Land. It is pretty mild here in CT, and I’m happy to say that I got to “play” outside a bit too. 🙂

Thanks for the Happy Saturday morning greeting!

jcitybone

Thanks for getting the ball rolling obf! Nice late fall day here in the Catskills.

https://theintercept.com/2020/11/21/biden-unions-workers-wages/

PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE Biden held a virtual meeting on Monday with union leaders and corporate CEOs. Afterward, Biden declared that he’d told the executives “I’m a union guy” and that in his administration “unions are going to have increased power.”

Biden will have many opportunities in 2021 to show his words have meaning — even if one or both Democratic senatorial candidates in Georgia lose the upcoming runoff election, leaving Republicans in control of the Senate. As president, Biden will be able to mandate overtime pay for many more Americans; force businesses to implement protections from Covid-19 for their workers; require government contractors to pay a $15 minimum wage; and much more, no matter what current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., does. These possible changes to American working life would together add up to genuine material improvements in people’s lives.

Biden should be responsive to labor’s goal as a matter of simple politics. Labor unions just spent around $180 million in attempts to elect Democrats up and down the ballot. And with the Democratic Party increasingly focused on suburban professionals rather than its onetime working-class base, unions remain the party’s primary outreach operation to people without college degrees. Tens of thousands of shop stewards across the country worked to convince their often skeptical co-workers that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were the ticket that was best for working people. Corporations demand results from the politicians they support; it only makes sense for unions to do the same.

Bill Fletcher Jr., a former education director of the AFL-CIO, warned before the election that unions could not be complacent, no matter the outcome. “Reform needs to be linked to the economy,” said Fletcher, “as opposed to 2009 where it was a separate standalone issue. Labor needs to show that as worker power has decreased and the ability of companies to walk over workers has increased, what that has meant in terms of living standards for the average worker.”

Most importantly, Fletcher believes, unions need to be unafraid of crossing the Biden administration in order to make much happen. “There can be no idle period for Biden,” Fletcher said. “There cannot be a sitting back. Labor needs to be in his face.”

jcitybone

jcitybone

https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/americas-best-prepared-hospital-nearly-overwhelmed/617156/

Perhaps no hospital in the United States was better prepared for a pandemic than the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha.

After the SARS outbreak of 2003, its staff began specifically preparing for emerging infections. The center has the nation’s only federal quarantine facility and its largest biocontainment unit, which cared for airlifted Ebola patients in 2014. The people on staff had detailed pandemic plans. They ran drills. Ron Klain, who was President Barack Obama’s “Ebola czar” and will be Joe Biden’s chief of staff in the White House, once told me that UNMC is “arguably the best in the country” at handling dangerous and unusual diseases. There’s a reason many of the Americans who were airlifted from the Diamond Princess cruise ship in February were sent to UNMC.

In the past two weeks, the hospital had to convert an entire building into a COVID-19 tower, from the top down. It now has 10 COVID-19 units, each taking up an entire hospital floor. Three of the units provide intensive care to the very sickest people, several of whom die every day. One unit solely provides “comfort care” to COVID-19 patients who are certain to die. “We’ve never had to do anything like this,” Angela Hewlett, the infectious-disease specialist who directs the hospital’s COVID-19 team, told me. “We are on an absolutely catastrophic path.”

jcitybone

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/11/a-wave-of-covid-patients-who-dont-believe-its-real

A Texas nurse had a patient in a COVID ICU tell her the virus is “fake news.” A California nurse was mocked for wearing a mask. As a new wave of COVID-19 sweeps the country, health care workers are grappling with the consequences of the president’s misinformation machine. “This is insane,” says one. “I have never seen anything like it.”

It’s a burden that carries consequences. Gigi Perez, a California–based nurse who’s actively treating COVID-19 patients, told me, “The COVID-19 unit I work in has already lost seven nurses in the last three months due to the burnout from managing these types of patients.” In the last two weeks, Perez said, nine of her fellow health care workers have contracted COVID-19. Workers are “beginning to resent the public for not doing their part to help control the pandemic,” she said.

Perez, who said she recently became symptomatic and is awaiting the results of her own COVID-19 test, told me she was once bullied by a patient for wearing personal protective equipment. “I was taking care of a trauma patient [in the non-COVID-19 area] and I was wearing my N95 mask to protect myself,” she recalled. “He proceeded to verbally mock me and said, ‘Take off your mask. What’s the matter, are you a Democrat or something?’ I explained it was for my protection against COVID-19 and had nothing to do with politics, but he continued to harass me about wearing a mask.” She added, “Every single person I have encountered who was misinformed on COVID-19 referenced the president’s dishonesty on Fox News or social media. For Americans to believe a politician over experts is horrifying to us nurses on the front lines. This is insane. I have never seen anything like it.”

“It’s become apparent that a minority of people in the U.S. either do not believe coronavirus is real, calling it a ‘plandemic,’ or doubt its seriousness,” said Justin Shafa, M.D., a chief radiology resident in New York City who has treated COVID-19 patients. That “likely compounded the issue we are facing and result[ed] in thousands of unnecessary deaths. I look at our country and ask, why did it have to be this bad?”

An infectious disease doctor who asked to remain anonymous told me he had never before experienced politics overshadowing science in the medical field. “Before [Donald] Trump I never spoke politics in the clinic room,” he said. “There is no doubt that COVID splits into fact-free and factful worlds. This is why we have a raging epidemic: it’s the Trump bubble.”

“Viruses don’t care about human truth—they only care about biology,” he added. “We are in a hyperendemic right now. It’s everywhere. It’s exponential. It’s in all parts of the country: the suburbs, the cities, the mountains…it’s everywhere.”

wi62

The trumpcorp cult is so bad that people on their dyeing breath due to covid maintain its not real, so sad to be that delusional

jcitybone

wi62

The difference is how far is their head up Trumpcorps ass or are they doing their job as a Governor

jcitybone

https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/20/world/covid-19-coronavirus

The United States passed 11 million total coronavirus cases on Sunday, and its caseload has now soared past 12 million. New daily cases are approaching 200,000: on Friday, the country recorded more than 198,500, a record.

As the nation reconsiders the usual winter holiday travel and cozy indoor gatherings, new cases are being reported at an unrelenting clip. The seven-day average has exceeded 100,000 cases a day every day for the last two weeks, according to a New York Times database.

Deaths are higher than normal in all 50 states.

The latest virus surge began accelerating across much of the country in mid-October. It took just over two weeks for the nation to go from eight million cases to nine million on Oct. 30; going from nine to 10 million took only 10 days. From 10 million to 11 million took just under seven days.

Despite near-daily records for both new cases and hospitalizations, there remains bipartisan reluctance toward issuing the sort of sweeping stay-at-home orders seen in the earliest days of the pandemic. In their place, officials are instituting 10 p.m. curfews, closing schools and announcing long-resisted mask mandates.

magsview

Scary.

Last weekend I read that it took only 6 days to go from 10 million to 11 million cases and, with the crazy rates of this past week, it seems that we will go from 11 million to 12 million cases even quicker.

And I’m hearing more anecdotal evidence of a higher prevalence. People laying low due to having been exposed to someone who tested positive. People who work with someone who tested positive, whose student tested positive, etc., etc.

wi62

Childrens hospital in Milw is now accepting “children” up to the age of 26. witch is the age you have to go off your parents insurance. Hospital’s filling up fast in WI, Where the Mrs works ICU is full and now doubling up Covid patients in other rooms nest stop is the alternate care facility set up at Stae fair park in Milw

magsview

May Mrs stay well, wi62! And I hope you are feeling stronger.

wi62

Just that nagging cough otherwise almost back to pre covid

polarbear4

ditto what mags said. courageous couple.

humphrey

👀😮

https://people.com/health/over-900-mayo-clinic-staff-midwest-contract-coronavirus/

Over 900 staff members at the Mayo Clinic Health System in the Midwest have tested positive for the novel coronavirus over the past two weeks, multiple outlets reported on Thursday.

Dr. Amy Williams, executive dean of Mayo Clinic Practice, said on Tuesday during a press call that the 905 newly diagnosed employees amount to around 30 percent of the total number who have tested positive since March, according to CBS News.

According to CBS Minnesota, the infected employees were located in Minnesota and Wisconsin. The medical system also has locations in Iowa.

Of the 905 cases, 93 percent of them are due to “community spread”, CNN and NBC News reported.

“It shows how widely spread this is in our communities and how easy it is to get COVID-19 in the communities here in the Midwest,” Williams reportedly said in the press call.

In total, around 1,500 Mayo Clinic Health System staff members are unable to work due to COVID-19 diagnosis or exposure, CBS News reported.

wi62

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wi62

Just for fun

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magsview

😀

polarbear4

t&r, orl!

humphrey

polarbear4

again, the media and the public confusing the word progressive and liberal. liberals are more likely to use Latinx, by far, in my experience.

Benny

So do the never Trumper RINOs

polarbear4

polarbear4

humphrey

I stopped watching the Russia Russia Russia network after Bernie dropped out.

wi62

Once Ed was fired i’ve never been back. He and Bernie did some great interviews back then

polarbear4

one more convert, perhaps! i suggested he buy her roses or cook her dinner. lol

jcitybone

I don’t watch any TV news or listen to any Radio news of any sort.

wi62

Some good news from the shooting in Wi yesterday, looks like everyone will recover. shooter still at large, cause seem to be a disagreement between two people and one idiot decided to reach for his gun. I’m familiar with the area as the Mrs and i go down their a couple times a year. Always felt safe there but sadly is any place safe these days

polarbear4

polarbear4

wi62

Sell to both sides and keep the MIC profit gravy train going and going. They dont care about the human toll just profits galore

humphrey

This doesn’t look very good in the long run.🤔

humphrey

wi62

The DNC better take a strong look at that if they ever want to turn Tx blue, and Miami Dade as well. Do they have the back bone or do some progressives need to run and win in those areas?

jcitybone

Well progressives aren’t going to do so well in Dade right now. Cubans turned away from Biden because “socialism.” Rio Grande Latinos are also actually pretty conservative. Hence voting for Trump.

Dems do need to pay more attention to working class issues along with identity stuff though. That’s what the Squad does so well.

jcitybone

Also Dade Cubans. The NY part of the map doesn’t take into account the heavily Dem absentees that haven’t been counted yet (a lot). It should be all blue like most of the rest of the Northeast.

wi62

Thats where Bernie was at his best retail politics, he would go to those areas and talk to them and explain his policies and why they would benefit them. Thats when that scary word socialism goes away.

polarbear4

humphrey

polarbear4

magsview

And the devastation to orangutans. I do my best to avoid palm oil in products I buy, but it’s even in most shampoos, very hard to avoid. 🙁

wi62

Its basically slavery, I’ve read a few articles about this and the outright abuse of women and the chemicals their exposed to is just horrible and despicable to say the least. Working conditions are in human