Motorcycle Rally Drives Up Upper Midwest Coronavirus Cases

October 21, 2020

Motorcycle Rally Drives Up Upper Midwest Coronavirus Cases
Remember South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally back in August, where 400,000 riders gathered without face masks or social distancing? Back then there was little COVID-19 in the Dakotas or surrounding states, but attendees brought the viral souvenir back to their Upper Midwest homes with them.

“Within weeks of the gathering, the Dakotas, along with Wyoming, Minnesota and Montana, were leading the nation in new coronavirus infections per capita. The surge was especially pronounced in North and South Dakota, where cases and hospitalization rates continued their juggernaut rise into October. Experts say they will never be able to determine how many of those cases originated at the 10-day rally, given the failure of state and local health officials to identify and monitor attendees returning home, or to trace chains of transmission after people got sick.”

“More than 330 coronavirus cases and one death were directly linked to the rally as of mid-September, according to a Washington Post survey of health departments in 23 states that provided information. But experts say that tally represents just the tip of the iceberg, since contact tracing often doesn’t capture the source of an infection, and asymptomatic spread goes unnoticed.”

–“How the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally may have spread coronavirus across the Upper Midwest,” Brittany Shammas and Lena H. Sun, Washington Post

More:

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally was ‘superspreading event’ that cost public health $12.2 billion: analysis,” J. Edward Moreno, The Hill

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The Real Unemployment Rate.

October 21, 2020

The Real Unemployment Rate.

The U.S. Unemployment Rate is measured by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an arm of the U.S. Deparment of Labor, but BLS recognizes several joblessness measures. The one you read in the media is called U3, the percentage of unemployed civilian adults actively seeking fulltime nonfarm employment. Right now, the U3 rate is 7.9%. A broader measure, U6, includes those working part-time because they can’t find full-time jobs and people who want to work and have looked for jobs anytime in the past year. The latest U6 jobless rate is 12.8%.

But those aren’t the only — or most realistic — measures of unemployment. The Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity, founded by Gene Ludwig, former U.S. Comptroller of the Currency, has a yardstick for U.S. functional unemployment, and it’s unnerving:

“A person who is looking for a full-time job that pays a living wage — but who can’t find one — is unemployed. If you accept that definition, the true unemployment rate in the U.S. is a stunning 26.1% ….”

“If you measure the unemployed as anybody over 16 years old who isn’t earning a living wage, the rate rises even further, to 54.6%. For Black Americans, it’s 59.2%.”

“Only 46.1% of white Americans over the age of 16 — and a mere 40.8% of Black Americans — now have a full-time job paying more than $20,000 per year.”

— “America’s true unemployment rate,” Felix Salmon, Axios

More:

Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP) website

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Milk. White Poison or Healthy Drink?

October 20, 2020

Got milk? Maybe it’s essential to bone health; maybe it’s killing you. A video by Kurzgesagt (“In a Nutshell”).

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Trump Spreads Virus. Dr. Atlas Spreads ‘Pixie Dust & Pseudoscience.”

October 19, 2020
Coronavirus? Atlas Shrugs. Scott Atlas, MD.

Trump virus advisor Scott Atlas knows MRIs, not viruses.

Donald Trump found Dr. Scott Atlas on Fox News and put him on the White House Coronavirus Task Force. Dr. Atlas is not an epidemiologist or an infectious disease expert, he’s an expert in Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI). As far as we know, Dr. Atlas has not imaged the presidential noggin.

Scott Atlas is also a fellow at the Hoover Institution, a think tank devoted to the free-market bloviation used by the wealthy to justify an ugly economic Social Darwinism. True to form, Dr. Atlas hates face masks, and contact testing, wants to reopen schools, and bring about “herd immunity.”

Michael Osterholm, an actual infectious-disease expert, said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday that the “herd immunity” theory promoted by Dr. Atlas is “the most amazing combination of pixie dust and pseudo science I’ve ever seen.”

“Herd immunity” strategy failed in Sweden, and experts estimate it would require infection of up to 70% of the U.S. population and the deaths of 2 million Americans to achieve “herd immunity” in the U.S. without a vaccine. Biomedical researcher William A. Haseltine says “Herd immunity is another word for mass murder.”

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I Can’t Stop Lovin’ My Baby

October 18, 2020

“I Can’t Stop Lovin’ My Baby,” recorded by Linda Jones, 1967.

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Can’t Pull The Wool Down

October 18, 2020

“Can’t Pull The Wool Down (Over The Little Lamb’s Eyes),” written and recorded by Maria McKee, 1989.

Maria McKee website

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Soul’s Come Alive

October 18, 2020

“Soul’s Come Alive,” recorded by Deep Street Soul, 2016. May Johnston (vocal), Monique Boggia (keyboards), Mitch Power (guitar), Dorian Broomhall (trumpet), William Cassell (saxes), Warren Hunter (bass), Agostino Soldati (drums).

Deep Street Soul facebook

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Open The Door

October 18, 2020

“Open The Door,” by The Cochran Brothers, 1956. Hank Cochran and Eddie Cochran actully weren’t brothers.

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Don’t Knock

October 18, 2020

“Don’t Knock,” written by Roebuck Staples, and recorded by him with his children as The Staples Singers, 1960. Roebuck “Pops” Staples, Cleotha Staples, Mavis Staples, Pervis Staples, Yvonne Staples.

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Gypsy In My Soul

October 17, 2020

“Gypsy In My Soul,” written and recorded by Van Morrison, 2005.

Van Morrison website

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