Posts Tagged ‘COVID-19’

Sniffing Out COVID-19

June 4, 2021

Sniffer dogs trained using socks worn by people with COVID-19 may soon be used to to pick up the ‘corona odor’ of infected people entering airports and arenas.

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“On the Covid Front Lines, When Not Getting Belly Rubs,” Hannah Beech, New York Times

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Vaccination on Sesame Street

May 27, 2021

Seasame Street wants U to get back together, after U get vaccinated.

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“Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative and CDC Launch New PSAs About COVID-19 Vaccines,” press release

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Coronavirus Rhapsody

February 20, 2021

“Coronavirus Rhapsody,” written by Freddy Mercury, with new 2020 lyrics by Dana Jay Bein, sung by Raúl Irabién. Video post: Daniel Reyes; audio: Armando Olabuenaga.

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K-12 in 2020: Virtual Active-Shooter Drills

December 28, 2020

K-12 in 2020: Virtual Active-Shooter Drills

In the pandemic year of 2020, children’s homes became their classrooms as America’s K-12 education went online. The curriculum included school active-shooter drills, required by law in most states. Lesson objective: in America’s gun culture, even your kitchen table isn’t safe. Will this be on the test?

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“Active-Shooter Drills Look Pretty Weird Over Zoom,” Monica Chin, The Verge

“School Shooting Drills Have Gone Virtual,” Dan Kois, Slate

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Congressional COVID-19 Relief Bill Revives 3-Martini Lunch

December 21, 2020

Congressional COVID-19 Relief Bill Revives 3-Martini Lunch

Lame-duck President and high-ticket eatery owner Donald Trump has called for restoring the 100% federal tax deduction on “3-Martini Lunch” business meals to aid the pandemic-pummeled restaurant industry, an action economists call completely ineffective. Nevertheless, in their eleventh-hour effort to pass another COVID-19 relief bill the ritzy-restaurant-running president will sign, the GOP put the 3-Martini Lunch on the menu, and democrats will just have to hold their noses and choke it down if they want coronavirus relief funding before the Christmas recess.

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“White House secures ‘three martini lunch’ tax deduction in draft of coronavirus relief package,” Jeff Stein, Washington Post

“Restoring The Three Martini Lunch Tax Deduction Won’t Feed The COVID-19 Economy,” Howard Gleckman, Tax Policy Center

“‘It’s unconscionable’: Outrage over the ‘three-martini lunch’ tax deduction in the new coronavirus aid deal,” Nicole Lyn Pesce, MarketWatch

“‘Three martini lunch’ tax break may not save many restaurants, advisors say,” Darla Mercado,. CNBC

“On ‘three-martini-lunch’ policy, Republicans get what they wanted,” Steve Benen, MSNBC

“‘Three-martini lunch’ tax break draws outrage. It also may fall short for restaurants.” Aimee Picchi, CBS News

“When Will Eating the Rich Also Be a Tax Deduction?” Esther Wang, Jezebel

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“Dictionary.com weighs in as #LetThemEatCake trends over relief bill,” Justine Coleman, The Hill

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Russia: Vaccine or Vodka, Your Choice

December 15, 2020

Russia: Vaccine or Vodka, Your Choice

Last month, Russia’s Gamaleya Institute announced that its Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine is 92% effective, and Russia began mass vaccinations early this month. Many Russians have avoided getting innoculated, however. The rapid rollout of the vaccine leaves many Russians skeptical, but there may be another reason they’re staying away. Russia has one of the highest per capita rates of alcohol consumption in Europe, and Russian officials are saying the vaccinated should lay off the vodka for 42 days. A walk-back to 6 days followed, 3 days after each of the two injections, but that still may be too much for many hard-drinking Russians.

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Biden Will Disinfect the White House

December 14, 2020

Biden Will Disinfect the White House

Given Donald Trump‘s penchant for holding super-spreading events in the executive mansion, the White House will be thoroughly disinfected before the Biden administration enters it. Too bad exorcists are not on the GSA procurement schedule.

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“Biden will have White House disinfected after Trump leaves,” Joseph Guzman The Hill

“Biden to Have White House Disinfected After Trump Moves Out,” J. Clara Chan, The Wrap

“As Biden Gets Sworn In, White House Will Get Scrubbed Down,” Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News

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“Misting the White House between administrations won’t kill Covid-19 — and it could be harmful, experts say,” Kate Sheridan, STAT

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The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America

December 8, 2020

The White House Plays Tennis While Disease Ravages America
While nearly 300,000 Americans lie dead from COVID-19, Melania Trump has completed a tennis pavilion at the White House, perhaps as a parting homage to Louis XIV. Maybe tennis will lure her husband back from his private golf course in Virginia during the waning days of his pestilential presidency.

Mrs. Trump dedicated her tennis pavilion yesterday, on Pearl Harbor Day, a date when Americans remember the 2,403 who died in that 1941 attack. About the same number of Americans are now dying each day from coronavirus, due to the Trump administration’s criminal failure of leadership.

Tennis, anyone? Better wear a mask.

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“First Lady Proudly Unveils White House Tennis Pavilion—as U.S. COVID Deaths Near 300K,” Arya Hodjat, Daily Beast

“Melania Trump faces backlash after revealing new White House tennis pavilion,” Kenya Evelyn, The Guardian

“Melania Trump’s Tennis Pavilion Announcement Brings Outrage: ‘How Many ICU Beds Will It Hold?'” Matthew Impelli, Newsweek

“‘Melania Antoinette’: First lady faces backlash after unveiling tennis pavilion at the White House,” The Telegraph via Yahoo News

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“The number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the US nearly every day last week was higher than the death toll for the attack on Pearl Harbor,” Ryan Pickrell, Yahoo News

“The infamy of Japan’s attack at Pearl Harbor pales compared to what’s going on now.” Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun Times

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‘Rona Religion: Supreme Court Upholds Human Sacrifice

November 27, 2020

'Rona Religion: Supreme Court Upholds Human Sacrifice

On the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, in the dark of night, the Supreme Court decided that during the Coronavirus pandemic, which has killed over 260,000 Americans, places of worship are free to pack the house in sabbath superspreading events. The deciding vote was by Trump appointee and cult member Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who must have a fondness for the traditional Requiem Mass. You may recall that the president’s Rose Garden “reveal party” for Mrs. Barrett’s SCOTUS nomination was itself a superspreading event.

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“Supreme Court’s conservatives reject COVID restrictions on New York houses of worship,” David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times

“Justices lift New York’s COVID-related attendance limits on worship services,” Amy Howe, SCOTUS Blog

“Supreme Court backs religious groups on New York coronavirus restrictions,” Rebecca Falconer, Axios

“Major shift at Supreme Court on Covid-19 orders,” Josh Gerstein, Politico

“In Covid-19 regulations case, Sotomayor dissent claps back at Supreme Court majority,” Raul A. Reyes, NBC News

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“Pastor of California Megachurch That Defied Lockdown Order Dies of COVID-19,” Rachel Olding, Daily Beast

“Supreme Court sides with California church protesting coronavirus restrictions,” Robert Barnes, Washington Post

“Brooklyn diocese cheers ruling barring Cuomo’s houses of worship limits,” Lia Eustachewich, New York Post

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Trump Skips World Leaders’ COVID-19 Meeting to Play Golf

November 23, 2020

Trump Skips World Leaders' COVID-19 Meeting to Play Golf

“Donald Trump skipped the G20 summit’s ‘Pandemic Preparedness’ event to visit one of his golf clubs on the same day that a record 195,500 new Covid-19 infections were reported in a 24-hour period in the United States, according to Johns Hopkins.

The summit, attended by world leaders from across the globe, is being held virtually this year because of the Covid-19 pandemic, which has now killed more than 250,000 Americans – by far the largest total in the world.

Trump’s apparent disinterest in the summit started earlier on Saturday when he started tweeting about the election results after the scheduled start time of the summit at 8am ET. The president appeared via video link during the summit’s opening remarks but by 10am, Trump was leaving the White House to go to his golf course outside of Washington DC, according to CNN.”

— “Trump skips G20 pandemic event to visit golf club as virus ravages US,” Lauren Aratani, The Guardian

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“G20 Meets On Coronavirus As Trump Makes 298th Golf Trip Of Presidency,” Andrew Solender, Forbes

“COVID-19: Donald Trump plays golf while world powers discuss pandemic at G20 summit,” Amy Coles, Sky News

“Trump skips G20 coronavirus meeting to play golf and tweet bogus election claims,” Dave Goldiner, NY Daily News

“G20 leaders close Riyadh summit with calls for coordinated response to coronavirus pandemic,” Kareem Fahim, Washington Post

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