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‘Lack of teaching in darker skin’ prompts Black medical student to create handbook addressing bias

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:23

As conversations on racial injustice and systemic racism continue globally, medical professionals identifying as POC are highlighting healthcare disparities. Various factors including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, and socioeconomic status contribute to a person’s ability to achieve good health. POC individuals often face further obstacles in seeking healthcare services due to stereotypes and other biases toward their race or identity.

According to a report released by the National Academy of Medicine (NAM), “providers are less likely to deliver effective treatments to people of color when compared to their white counterparts—even after controlling for characteristics like class, health behaviors, comorbidities, and access to health insurance and health care services.” The data found that within POC communities, Black patients, specifically, are less likely than any other POC group to receive the same quality of health care as white patients with the same issues.

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A disaster: Florida, Texas report skyrocketing COVID-19 cases as pandemic spirals out of control

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 16:10

Today, Florida set a new pandemic record for a single-day increase in COVID-19 cases: 15,300 new cases were identified in the state, far above 12,274 single-day increase in New York during what was then the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United States. Death counts are also beginning to rise, both Florida and elsewhere.

In Houston, Texas, refrigerated trailers are now appearing outside local hospitals as their morgues fill, even as the state continues to intentionally hide COVID-19 deaths.

The second wave of the pandemic is now here, and it is entirely self-inflicted. It is based mostly in the Republican-led states that shunned prior social distancing advice and boasted about reopening early. In the southernmost parts of the United States, pandemic infections are spiraling out of control.

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Floriduh, continued

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:41

There was also this, yesterday:

Floriduh, continued

St. Johns County Commissioner Paul Waldron caught the coronavirus and went into septic shock after voting against a motion to mandate masks for county employees last week.

His daughter posted on Facebook on July 9 that Waldron “went into septic shock and has many organs struggling.”

When you are a walking multiple morbidity, you would think it would be in the best interest of you and everyone around you to wear masks during a pandemic.

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Pelosi on Trump's public face mask appearance: an 'admission' it can stop spread of virus

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 15:13

Appearing on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi talked about Donald Trump’s recent public appearance in a face mask. Trump’s non-mask moments have made headlines, and for good reason. As the nation battles against the novel coronavirus pandemic, experts point to a few ways we can work to slow the spread of the virus; wash your hands frequently, practice social distancing, avoid large crowds, oh, and wear a mask or face covering. Trump, famously, has not worn a mask when visiting a PPE factory in Pennsylvania, or recently, when arriving in Miami, in spite of the county’s mask mandate. Vice President Mike Pence has also famously foregone a mask at events; for example, while visiting the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. 

Trump’s first public appearance wearing a mask occurred on Saturday when he visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland. As NPR notes, Trump briefly donned a mask in May when visiting a Ford facility, though as NBC News notes, not in front of cameras. But given how often he appears without them, and his lies about the coronavirus pandemic in general, Democratic leadership is still trying to reach across the aisle and pull some good out of this public-mask-moment.

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South Carolina Man Arrested After Being Seen Pointing Gun At Black Lives Matter Activists

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:20

A South Carolina man is facing charges after being accused of pointing a firearm at people demonstrating for the removal of Confederate-era symbols.

According to WIS, the incident occurred on Friday as demonstrators were marking the five year anniversary of the Confederate flag being removed from South Carolina's State House grounds in Columbia.

Protesters said that the man stopped his vehicle and argued with them. Before driving away, the man was said to have brandished a gun.

In video of the incident, protesters can be heard calling police to the scene.

On Saturday, 64-year-old Walter Peter Matulis was reportedly arrested on charges of pointing a firearm at a person.

Unconfirmed reports suggested that Matulis is a driver for Uber.

Watch video of the incident below.

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300 positive cases of COVID-19 and 4 deaths led to shutdown of LA garment factory

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 14:04

COVID-19 infections continue to surge in the U.S. as experts urge individuals to continue practicing social distancing and wear facial coverings or masks. Businesses across the country are closing down as they become hotspots for the novel coronavirus. Factories, specifically, struggle to deal with stopping the spread of the virus as workers often work closely together and are limited in space making it difficult to social distance.

Reports have been made nationwide in which factory employees have expressed the inability to follow social distancing measures in their work facility. Following an investigation into more than 300 positive COVID-19 cases including four deaths, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has closed down a garment factory in Los Angeles, California. According to CNN, the Los Angeles factory was previously shut down on June 27 after violating county health regulations and failing to cooperate with the health department’s investigation of a reported coronavirus outbreak, health officials said.

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Gaslighting Fox Zealots Try To Erase Trump's 'Mexican Are Rapists' Comments

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:56

We've come to expect the Trump sycophants on Fox to lie for him day in and day out, but this has to be one of the more pathetic attempts from these boot lickers to try to rewrite history when it comes to Dear Leader's blatant racism.

During yet another one of their "cancel culture" segments, this time complaining about calls for boycotts after Goya CEO Robert Unanue angered a huge portion of his customer base with his over-the-top praise of Trump during a meeting in the Rose Garden this Thursday, The Five's Juan Williams dared to remind their audience about the fact that Trump called Mexicans rapists during his presidential announcement speech, and let's just say, that didn't go over too well with his gaslighting cohosts.

As a conversation about so-called cancel culture wound to a close, Jeanine Pirro tried to confront Williams about the Goya boycott that began trending online on Thursday after that company’s CEO publicly praised the president at the White House.

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Ohio Man Dies Of COVID-19 After Saying Masks Were Hype

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:54

Richard Rose, 37, wasn't buying the "hype" about masks in April. and laughed about going to a water park in mid-June. He died from complications from the coronavirus a few weeks later.

Source: Daily Dot

An Ohio man is serving as a cautionary tale after posting on Facebook that he refused to wear a mask — and subsequently dying of COVID-19.

Back in April, Richard Rose of Port Clinton, Ohio, made his thoughts on masks known:

“Let[’s] make this clear,” he wrote. “I’m not buying a f—king mask. I’ve made it this far by not buying into that damn hype.”

Two months later, he posted a photo of a semi-crowded pool party he attended, captioned “It’s not that packed lol.”

Within another two weeks, Rose shared that he was awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test, which ultimately came back positive. He shared in a comment that he believed the pool party was where he contracted the novel coronavirus, though his Facebook suggested he was also spending time at bars and other similarly crowded locations.

Either way, by July 4, Rose was dead.

A collection of Facebook posts by Rose.

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Betsy DeVos Refuses To Say Whether Schools Should Follow CDC Guidelines For Reopening

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:44

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos had a train wreck of an interview on this Sunday's State of the Union on CNN, refused to say that schools should follow CDC guidelines to safely reopen this fall, and offered no national leadership from her department on how to do so.

DeVos was repeatedly pressed by host Dana Bash on how schools should proceed without making the pandemic worse, whether there should be exceptions for areas that have been particularly hard hit by the virus, and on whether the Trump administration plans to continue to threaten funding for schools that refuse to reopen if they don't feel they can do so safely.

DeVos' response was to basically double down on her boss' push for all of them to open up for in-person learning, health consequences or advice from the CDC be damned.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Sunday refused to say whether schools should follow guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on reopening, saying those guidelines are meant to be "flexible."

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Fox News hosts claim Trump never called Mexican immigrants 'rapists' in bizarre defense of Goya CEO

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:38

Far be it from the run-of-the-mill Fox News host to be grounded in truth, but cohosts on the network’s “The Five” talk show stooped to particularly erroneous lows in defending Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue and President Donald Trump on Friday.

There have been frequent calls to boycott the Latin food company after Unanue practically pledged his allegiance to Trump despite the president’s many racist comments and policies harming Mexican immigrants. When “The Five” host Juan Williams cited the well-known fact that Trump called Mexican immigrants "rapists" during his speech to announce his presidential campaign in 2015, Fox News pundits Greg Gutfeld, Jesse Watters, and Jeanine Pirro shook their heads. “No he didn’t,” one of the hosts could be heard saying, and Pirro similarly responded. “He didn’t say that,” she said.

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Surgeon General Defends Mask Attacks: 'Once Upon A Time We Prescribed Cigarettes For Asthmatics'

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:37

Dr. Jerome Adams, the United States Surgeon General joined Face The Nation today and refused to take any responsibility for telling Americans that wearing masks had no effect on either being infected or spreading the coronavirus just a few months ago.

Dr. Adams joined the CBS program wearing a mask and host Margaret Brennan noted how Adams was wearing one this time when he previously didn't wear.

Brennan explained that up until April, the Trump administration refused to promote face coverings as a preventive measure.

"But just the last time you were with us here on FACE THE NATION, March 8th, you said this. Let's listen," Brennan reminded him.

DR. ADAMS: Stay safe by washing your hands, by covering your cough, by staying home if you're sick. Masks do not work for the general public in preventing them from getting coronavirus.

She continued, "And the week before that, you tweeted in all caps, "SERIOUSLY PEOPLE, STOP BUYING MASKS." You said they were not effective. Do you regret saying that?"

The Surgeon General claimed masks didn't work, but wanted Americans to stop buying them so medical professionals could have them. Does that make sense? Nope.

Instead of simply apologizing for the blunder, Adams characterized today's medical community as doctor's using old wives tales to cure our ills in bygone eras.

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Giuliani Tries To Link George Soros To Subpoena For Trump's Tax Returns

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:30

Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, on Sunday attempted to connect liberal billionaire George Soros to a prosecutor's effort to subpoena the president's financial records. The president's lawyer also claimed that "all" of Trump's tax audits had been "settled."

During an interview on Fox News, Giuliani said that a Supreme Court case which found that the president does not have "absolute immunity" against prosecution was "terribly decided."

"They have no reason to believe that there is anything wrong with his tax returns," the president's lawyer insisted. "All of them have been audited and all of them have either been passed on or settled."

Trump has said that he would release his tax returns when they are no longer under audit, although the president has never provided proof that the IRS is auditing his financials.

"There should be some finality in tax returns," Giuliani continued. "In other words, we get audited, we make a deal, we pay the government -- you don't come after me forever for that. And also, this is the president of the United States."

Giuliani warned that up to 4,000 prosecutors can now "come after" Trump's financial records.

"Look at the DAs we have now," he continued. "We have Soros-elected anarchist DAs. They're not there to prosecute the law. They're there to undermined the law. He put them there."

"I mean, why would Soros pay for DAs other than to undermine our government?" Giuliani asked.

"Wow!" Fox News host Maria Bartiromo exclaimed.

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Trump's Anti-DOE Head of the DOE: Who Cares if Your Kids Spread Coronavirus and Die? The Schools Must Open!

Little Green Footballs - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:17

The Trump Horror just continues to spiral into madness. This deranged administration is full of monsters who simply do not care how many people have to get sick and die to get the economy going again and help Donald Trump get re-elected. They don't even care about children. As the pandemic rages out of control, with 137,000 people dead and case numbers rising exponentially, Betsy DeVos says America should ignore the health experts, even though there will be "exceptions to the rule."

She's talking about dead children, folks. That's who she considers "exceptions."

They think the American public will just get used to the death toll. Hey, they can always have more kids, right?

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The Senate is up for grabs, domestic terrorism, and more you might have missed

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 13:00

Welcome to the fourth month of March, everyone! I kid, but haven’t we all been in some collective Groundhog Day situation since the beginning of spring here?

Lots to unpack this week in the news that might have flown under the radar, so let’s get to it! 

Trump wants to scare suburban white women back into his arms. Wanna guess how that's going?

By Kos

The Trump campaign is cratering in the polls, riven by internal division, and trapped both by two generational crisis—the movement for racial justice, and a global mass-death pandemic. And while there is theoretically time for impeached racist Donald Trump to turn things around, he won’t. He can’t. He is utterly incapable of understanding the moment, and the kind of leadership necessary to navigate it.

His core electoral problem? He’s gotten hit among some of his core constituencies, such as seniors and non-college whites. Republicans, in general, suffered from greater participation among core Democratic constituencies in the last three years, chief among them, Black voters, but also youth, Latinos, and other voters of color. But nothing has electorally hurt Republicans than the loss of suburban college-educated white women. They’re the reason Democrat Nancy Pelosi is Speaker of the House, the reason Democrats won governorships in blood-red Kentucky and Louisiana last year, as well as total control of Virginia government. They’re the reason Trump was already hurting in the polls.

And calling “Black Lives Matter” signs a “symbol of hate” and ranting about “chaos” in the streets isn’t bringing back those voters, or anyone else he’s lost.

Hahaha, Trump sucks. That’s my new attitude moving forward. But also, let’s not make the same mistakes we made in 2016 and underestimate him. Yeah, he’s *the worst* but let's stay ever-vigilant until Biden is sworn in. (And even then, to be honest.)

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White House Goes on the Attack Against Anthony Fauci

Kevin Drum - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:28

Whatever happened to Anthony Fauci? We don’t see much of him anymore. It turns out that President Trump got tired of Fauci’s pessimism about COVID-19 and has mostly sidelined him. In fact, it’s worse than that. When a Washington Post reporter asked about Fauci, the White House dumped their oppo file on him:

A White House official released a statement saying that “several White House officials are concerned about the number of times Dr. Fauci has been wrong on things” and included a lengthy list of the scientist’s comments from early in the outbreak. Those included his early doubt that people with no symptoms could play a significant role in spreading the virus — a notion based on earlier outbreaks that the novel coronavirus would turn on its head. They also point to public reassurances Fauci made in late February, around the time of the first U.S. case of community transmission, that “at this moment, there is no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day-by-day basis.”

And there’s this:

Trump is also galled by Fauci’s approval ratings. A recent New York Times/Siena College poll showed that 67 percent of voters trusted Fauci for information on the coronavirus, compared with 26 percent who trusted Trump.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is your president.

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Forget the past, and just say yes

Balloon Juice - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 12:24

Another intriguing Senate race is the one in Iowa. The state went heavily for Trump last time but the Democrats have a great nominee, Theresa Greenfield, who has held a small but consistent lead in the last polls for the last two months. Joni Ernst is a POS. All the Republicans in the Senate are (except maybe Romney) but she’s worse than most. Let’s send her home. Iowa is a state that Democrats usually won until starting about ten years ago. Let’s make it a Democratic state for the next ten.

Here’s a great article about Theresa Greenfield. She was widowed at age 24 when her husband was electrocuted at work.

At age 24, Greenfield was alone with a year-old baby, another on the way, and no income. It was two maligned entities, labor unions and government, that saved her.

On the phone with me, she repeats what she says at every campaign stop: “Social Security helped me put milk in the refrigerator, support my boys, and go back to school. I don’t want Joni Ernst to gut it.”

Let’s raise some money for Theresa Greenfield. This is a great pick-up opportunity.

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'Biden Is Leading': Donald Trump Jr. Forced To Acknowledge Dad's Losing Poll Numbers On Fox News

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:57

Donald Trump Jr. on Sunday reacted to the news that his father is losing to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in polls across the country.

"There are polls that have Biden tied with Trump or actually leading Trump," Fox News host Maria Bartiromo explained to the president's son on Sunday.

After Donald Trump Jr. ignored the thrust of her question, Bartiromo pressed again.

"What does the president need to get these numbers up?" the Fox News host wondered. "Are you buying these polls? It looks like one after the next, it's a real tight race and in many cases Biden is leading the president."

"Well, listen," Trump replied. "When you have the media onslaught, where media has just totally abdicated their position to objectively look at both sides, they're not looking into any of Biden's past, they're not looking into any of his history, they're not looking into his family's graft. They're not looking into how insanely soft he's been on China."

"So, they want to do whatever they can to keep the American people from actually seeing Biden," he added. "The media is trying to make sure that no one gets to define Joe Biden, because once he is, you'll see how terrible this notion could be for America."

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Florida Official Who Voted Against Masks Now In ICU With COVID-19

Crooks and Liars - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:54

It's really hard to muster much sympathy for people like these, people who stubbornly refuse to accept science and common sense and in the end work against the common good. Waldron voted in the majority against a countywide facemask mandate only last week.


In what might be one of the worst cases of cosmic irony, the very Florida county commissioner who voted against needing to wear masks in his county has been admitted into the hospital for testing positive with COVID-19.

According to Newsweek, Paul Waldron—who is the commissioner for St. Johns County just south of Jacksonville, Florida—tested positive for COVID-19 and is currently in the hospital, as of Friday afternoon. The commissioner's daughter made a post to Facebook outlining her father's condition as well.

"The hospital is working hard to keep him comfortable and continuously monitoring him," she wrote in the post. "His blood gas levels have improved today and numbers are holding."

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Trump administration's F-You to Teachers summer tour continues

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:08

President Donald J. Trump has never been a fan of education. Part of it may stem from his botched experience trying to run an institution of higher learning. It was definitely in place by the time he announced he loved the poorly educated. This week, however, Trump’s run against education and educators has been in absolute overdrive. It is easy to focus on a tweet here or there, but the Trump summer F- You tour to education began a few months ago, when Trump’s Secretary of Education continued her war on Title IX.  This morning on Fox News Sunday, Devos laid out the next real goal: ending public education as we know it.

DeVos added on Fox News Sunday that the Trump administration was looking at “all the options” for pulling federal funding from schools that don’t open in the fall. “American investment in education is a promise to students and their families,” she said. “If schools aren’t going to reopen… they shouldn’t get the funds,” she said.

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As coronavirus pandemic rages on, fans don masks for Disney World's reopening

Daily Kos - Sun, 07/12/2020 - 11:03

Disney World closed its Orlando, Florida theme parks and resorts in mid-March when the United States was finally starting to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic in a significant way. In the last four months, as cases have continued to surge across the nation, a number of large-scale events and social gatherings have been canceled or closed, ranging from professional sports games to concerts, to movie theaters, to other theme parks, including Disneyland. Disney World has expressed interest in wanting to reopen in mid-July, however, and now that mid-July is here, the park has, indeed, reopened in part. There are reportedly a number of safety measures in place at the park, but as COVID-19 numbers continue to rise in Florida in particular, the decision to reopen the theme park has a lot of people horrified—and concerned for the long-term.

The Magic Kingdom and the Animal Kingdom reopened on Saturday, July 11. Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios are set to reopen on July 15. And are people actually interested in going? According to local outlet NBC Miami, tickets for July have already sold out.

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