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Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

November 4, 2020

Back-to-School Special: COVID-19

Strained by managing on-line schooling and providing their own daytime childcare during this pandemic, many parents favor in-person schooling for their offspring. After all, the president says it’s safe, right?

The facts say otherwise. Last week, more than 61,000 American children caught the novel coronavirus, the highest weekly increase since the start of the pandemic. So far, 853,000 children in the U.S. have contracted the disease since the outbreak began, and a third of them needed ICU hospitalization. From February though July, at least 121 children have died. Long-term effects of COVID-19 infection in children are suspected.

More:

“More than 61,000 children got Covid-19 last week, a record,” Erika Edwards, NBC News

“Cases of Covid-19 in children on rise, with highest 1-week spike yet,” Sandee LaMotte, CNN

Related:

“I’m Scared to Death’: How Teachers Feel About COVID-19 School Safety,” Healthline

“Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness Among Teachers and Adults Living With School-Aged Children,” Adam W. Gaffney, MD, MPH, David Himmelstein, MD, and Steffie Woolhandler, MD, MPH, Annals of Internal Medicine

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Bagel Day

September 11, 2020

Bagel Day

Tuesday was Bagel Day at the software development center, and I favored Bagels & Baguettes near Stanton Park. There was a line when I got there, around 8:30 AM. The shop was near the Senate office buildings and the Heritage Foundation, so there was a TV tuned to CNN to keep news-obsessed customers occupied.

By the time I got my two dozen hot bagels, the damnedest thing was on that television. An airplane had crashed into a World Trade Center tower in New York, and the building was on fire. It was September 11, 2001.

I went to the office break room and put out the bagels, cream cheese, and smoked salmon. I guess I was making coffee when the second plane hit the other tower. I figured people still had to eat.

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Berlusconi Goes on Vacation, Gets COVID-19

September 4, 2020
Berlusconi Goes on Vacation, Gets COVID-19

Berlusconi in Sardinia

Billionaire octagenarian, former football team ownerBunga-Bunga Party host, one-time cruise ship crooner, Trump-before-Trump, and disgraced 3-time former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi went to Sardinia with all the other oligarchs and contracted Coronavirus.

More:

“Silvio Berlusconi admitted to hospital with coronavirus,” Angela Giuffrida, The Guardian

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DC Statehood

June 30, 2020

DC Statehood

On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives, by a vote of 232-180, approved legislation granting statehood to Washington, D.C. The District’s 700,000 citizens, who pay federal income taxes, do not have voting representation in the U.S. Congress. This bill, if passed by the Senate and signed into law by the chief executive, would rectify that. In our current polarized political climate, those next two steps are unlikely to occur, but an election is looming.

The 51st state would still be known as Washington DC, but DC would stand for “Douglass Commonwealth,” in honor of long time resident Frederick Douglass, crusading abolitionist, orator, and publisher, who himself escaped from bondage. “District of Columbia” would refer to the area of monuments and federal buildings.

Washington DC has more residents than Wyoming and Vermont, and about the same population as North Dakota; each of those has a vote in the U.S. House and two in the Senate, and DC would get the same. The populations of Wyoming and North Dakota are about 90% White and Vermont is even whiter; DC is 46% African American. Perhaps that explains the Senate and White House reluctance to grant DC statehood. Every other excuse is just noise.

More:

“D.C. statehood approved by U.S. House for first time in history,” Jenna Portnoy, Washington Post

“In Historic Vote, House Approves Statehood for the District of Columbia,” Emily Cochrane, New York Times.

“In Historic First, The House Of Representatives Passes D.C. Statehood Bill,” Nathan Diller, DCist

“DC is closer to becoming a state now than it has ever been,” Ian Millhiser, Vox

“Six Colossally Stupid Arguments Against DC Statehood,” Jane Recker, Washingtonian

“Trump Is Exploiting D.C.’s Lack of Statehood,” Quinta Jurecic, The Atlantic

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Chest Fever

April 5, 2020

“Chest Fever,” written by Garth Hudson and Robbie Robertson, recorded by The Band, 1968.

Richard Manuel (piano, lead vocals), Garth Hudson (Lowrey organ, tenor saxophone), Robbie Robertson (electric guitar), Rick Danko (bass, backing vocals, violin), Levon Helm (drums, backing vocals), John Simon (baritone saxophone).

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Scientist: Surfing May Give You the Coronavirus

April 3, 2020

Scientist: Surfing May Give You the Coronavirus

“‘Surfers are saying that they’re safe if they stay 6 feet away from other people, but that’s only true if the air isn’t moving,’ said [Kim] Prather, who works at UCSD’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography. ‘Most of the time, there’s wind or a breeze at the coast. Tiny drops of virus can float in the air and get blown around.’

She said trying to avoid an airborne virus was similar to trying to avoid smoke from a cigarette — particularly if you are downwind.

‘If you don’t care about your own life, that’s one thing. But this can be a matter of life or death to other people. I’m really worried because the coronavirus is so contagious,’ added Prather, who specializes in viruses and bacteria that arise in the surf zone.”

— “UC San Diego virus expert pleads with surfers to stay out of the ocean to avoid coronavirus,” Gary Robbins, San Diego Union Tribune

Bummer, dude.

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Hearts On Fire

March 29, 2020

“Hearts On Fire,” written by Walter Egan and Tom Guidera, recorded by Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, 1973 (alternate take).

Emmylou Harris website

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The Chain

March 29, 2020

“The Chain,” written by Fleetwood Mac, performed by The Highwomen, 2019. Brandi CarlileNatalie HembyMaren Morris, and Amanda Shires, vocalists.

The Highwomen website

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Pony

February 22, 2020

“Pony,” written and recorded by Kasey Chambers, 2004.

Kasey Chambers website

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Vincent Clortho Public School for Wizards

January 16, 2020

HBO explores the tragedy of America’s under-funded inner-city public schools for wizards.

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