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Guys – I put in lots of covid related comments on the last page.

Forgot this one, but it fits well here


Many have pointed out that covid vaccines are a clinical trial of all of us. Well, if the Army goes ahead with full vaccination, they will provide a clinical trial since they keep the data.

Here in the good old USA, we don’t keep good health statistics. Public health is an afterthought, unless someone can make money then it is a priority.

I am posting these things not only because of the political issues, but for your personal and family and friends health.


I remain somewhat sceptical of the vaccines, and agree that we were somewhat used as a live clinical trial, but that claim smells fishy.

No, COVID-19 vaccine deaths do not outnumber virus deaths

CLAIM: Data shows that COVID-19 vaccines are more deadly than the virus itself.

THE FACTS: An article shared widely on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Telegram, misrepresents data from Scotland to falsely conclude that getting the COVID-19 vaccine is more dangerous than getting the virus. In fact, reports of death resulting from COVID-19 vaccination are rare while more than 4 million people worldwide have died from COVID-19. Yet the article claims “more people have died due to the Covid-19 vaccine in 8 months than people who have died of Covid-19 in 18 months.” This bogus claim rests on U.K. data presented without proper context, according to an Associated Press analysis confirmed by medical experts. The article cites data from Scotland’s national public health agency that shows that between Dec. 2020 and June 2021, 5,522 people died within 28 days of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. It compares that number to a report from the National Records of Scotland showing that between March 2020 and July 2021, 704 people who had no pre-existing conditions died of COVID-19 in Scotland. But using those figures alone leaves out key context. Public Health Scotland explains that though 5,522 people did die within 28 days of receiving a vaccine, that number includes “all recorded deaths due to any cause and does not refer to deaths caused by the vaccine itself.” The agency adds that this tally of coincidental post-vaccine deaths is actually lower than the 8,718 deaths that would be expected based on average monthly death rates in Scotland. National Records of Scotland Communications Manager Ewan Mathieson told the AP that out of millions who have received COVID-19 vaccine doses in Scotland, a total of four people there have died from adverse effects of the shot.



yikes! glad you are safe, orl. t&r. ❤️🌈🌝



I’m extremely worried about New Orleans.


This was a bit of good news today. I hope it becomes a global ban.

Single-use plastic plates and cutlery to be banned in England




I was checking out some Houston coverage (due to Ida) but saw this:

Extended unemployment benefits for jobless Texans will end in September, state agency says


Between the rents coming due and unemployment benefits ending.. I can only hope that TPTB are preparing in a positive way.


I thought this was interesting. Am not the biggest fan of ivy league schools in general, but every little chink in religious intransigence seems good to me.

Harvard University’s new chief chaplain is … an atheist

The 44-year-old, who was raised in a Jewish household, has been described as a “godfather to the [humanist] movement”, a secular, values-based philosophy that focuses on people’s relationships with each other instead of with God.

As Harvard University’s new chief chaplain, Epstein will coordinate activities of over 40 chaplains from more than 20 different religious, spiritual and ethical traditions.

“I want to support students and the university community together around the fact that it’s been an extraordinarily trying time and almost anybody could be expected to have lost a little faith in humanity in recent years,” he told the Guardian on Friday.

As many young people increasingly identify as spiritual but not religiously affiliated, Epstein promotes human connection.

“What’s most important to me is human relationships … I want to inspire nonreligious and religious people alike to reach out to one another because we need each other, we really do,” he said.



I hope you’re all doing well!

It’s been a bit long since I’ve dropped in, to the point where I feel a bit like an interloper. Work has been challenging and all-encompassing, engulfing even.

All the Best ❤️🍀❤️




Made my day jcitybone!

Sometimes you don’t realize you’re hurting until someone touchs the tender bits (from being beat up by the new controller, lol-total hardass trying to make her mark).


never an interloper. 🦋🌈🌷🐬🐋🌝🥰🌊🐚🐬💜


Thank you all for your encouragement. It’s hard to be away from the nest so much.

You my peeps!


‘Also: Democrats aim to expand health care in states that rejected a Medicaid expansion, and a climate champion is running for a major office.’


One unvaxed killed 5 (so far). I’m sure happening throughout the South


A COVID-19 outbreak in a Springfield assisted living facility, Gateway Living, has infected 64 people and killed five so far, Lane County Public Health told The Register-Guard Friday afternoon.

After a fairly calm start to summer, Lane County was hit with a surge like never before in August. In the past two weeks, Lane County has seen 2,920 cases of COVID-19 — breaking local records and pushing hospitals to their limits.

The outbreak began with one unvaccinated facility employee who worked while infectious, according to LCPH spokesperson Jason Davis.


it’s bad here. health care professionals quitting. lots of breakthroughs.


Cesar Chavez’s grandson Alejandro Chavez on his grandfather’s legacy and why brown votes matter

If Cesar Chavez were alive today, he’d be fighting for Latino voters but also African Americans and Asian Americans and members of the LGBTQ community — anyone marginalized by efforts to curb voting rights and access to the polls, the labor hero’s grandson says.

“I feel like it’s not a competition,” Alejandro Chavez, 43, told CNN. “There’s plenty of oppression to go around.”

IDs are a great one. My legal name on paper is Alejandro Cesario Reyes Chavez, four solid names. My birth certificate didn’t have room for two middle names so they had to hyphenate it. Well, over the years, I’ve got it finally corrected, but it used to be, “Am I Alejandro Chavez? Am I Alejandro Cesario? Am I Alejandro Cesario Chavez? Which one’s the last name?” and so voting was always a challenge. I’d have to vote provisional and then go to the county. That’s a big thing, I think, happens a lot in Latino communities. We give four names, sometimes five.

Talk about how the labor and voting rights movements are connected today.

They’ve always been connected. Dr. (Martin Luther) King was civil rights leading, and when he passed away, he was organizing garbage workers in Tennessee, and my grandfather started organizing farm workers. Later, he got into, yes, labor, but then got into gay rights, which is now LGBTQ rights. He was huge into animal rights. He was huge into Indigenous rights and co-ops. I think the men saw what they were doing and the other side. Dr. King saw the labor. My grandfather saw the civil (rights), and unfortunately, Dr. King was taken away too soon.

We have people that watched (the Voting Rights Act) signed and over the last 50-plus years have watched it slowly choked to death, suffocated the life out of it. Here we are with literally the last gasp.

We have to thank the Black community for holding where we are right now, probably from the mid ’70s to the 2000s really. Now, we’re trying to join them and protect what we can. If this is not going to bring us together, what’s the point of coming together to fight if we cannot defend our right to vote, which is something labor people believe in — it’s in the very essence of their union, right? — and something that we know our Constitution has promised us.



Capitalism Can’t Fix the Climate Crisis

Of course it cant as its a system based on accumulation of wealth no matter what you have to do to do to get it. Its a long read so just posting the link.



And on the 16th anniversary of Katrina.


Hurricane Ida made landfall in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, Sunday afternoon, with maximum sustained winds of 150 mph, just shy of Category 5 intensity. It’s one of the strongest hurricanes to hit the state in recorded history.

Ida intensified at an astonishing rate early Sunday, leaping from a 105 mph Category 2 storm at 11 p.m. ET Saturday to the cusp of Category 5 intensity as it spun closer to the southeastern coast of Louisiana.

The rapid intensification, which exceeded forecasts, was due to extremely warm ocean waters and ideal conditions in the atmosphere as well.



Ida will be a “Retired” Name when this is over



Lawmakers and activists gathered in Detroit on Saturday advocating for President Joe Biden’s $1 trillion infrastructure plan approved earlier this month.

U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, and Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, held a town hall at the Eastside Community Network and talked about how the plan would improve infrastructure and promote environmental justice in the region.

U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, left, I-Vermont, and U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Detroit, at the town hall event in Detroit on Saturday, August 29, 2021.
Sanders, chair of the “Build Back Better Budget” committee, said some Republicans who are willing to give tax breaks to the rich are also eager to kick 30 million people off of health care by revoking the Affordable Care Act.

“The tie-breaking vote may come down to the Vice President at 5 a.m.,” Sanders said. “Republican friends are saying we can’t because we’re going to raise taxes. They’re right. We are finally going to raise taxes on the rich who are not paying their fair share. Does it go as far as I, Rashida, Debbie and Andy would like? No, but it will be the biggest piece of legislation in our lifetime.”

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, left, D-Detroit, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, and Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn at the town hall event in Detroit on Saturday, August 28, 2021.
Tlaib and Sanders were joined by U.S. Reps. Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, Rep. Andy Levin, D-Bloomfield Township, and local advocates with the Michigan Environmental Justice Coalition, We the People of Detroit and Michigan United.

The town hall comes amid ongoing negotiations and drafting of the infrastructure bill and a $3.5 trillion budget reconciliation bill expected to be unveiled next month.

The bipartisan plan received a 69-30 vote, including Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, and is the cornerstone of Biden’s agenda.

Tlaib said the effort goes beyond improving roads and bridges to focus on the care economy to support families and address climate threats.

“As a former student at Cass Tech, I was telling the senator (Sanders) we have a brand new built school with no clean drinking water,” Tlaib said. “This bill would call for a complete replacement of lead-contaminated pipeline. No child shouldn’t have access to clean water, and next is clean air. Wayne County hasn’t met clean air standards in 15 years.”

Childcare is $15,000 a year on average, but with the new plan, no family in America would pay more than 7% of their income, Sanders said.

Pre-kindergarten public education for 3- and 4-year-olds would be free. An expansion of Medicare would also cover dental, hearing aids, eyeglasses for seniors and lower the age for eligibility. Home health care would also be expanded to pay caregivers a living wage to take care of the elderly and disabled.

“We are finally gonna take on the greed and thievery of the pharmaceutical industry, the highest prices in the world for prescription drugs, Medicare will start negotiating prescription drug prices,” Sanders said. “We are going to build, we are going to invest more in affordable and low-income housing, for the first time in the history of this country.”

Hundreds of billions would be used to transform the energy system away from fossil fuel, Sanders said.

“We put money into communities like Detroit that are already suffering significantly the brunt of climate change especially, what it means in terms of flooding and the lack of electricity,” he said. “This bill will be the largest single investment by far in American history. We are going to deal with climate, deal with housing, deal with child care, deal with home health care and we’re going to put millions of people to work, at good-paying union jobs.”