about being liberal or conservative anymore y'all. That is a hype offered by the fascist whores who want to confuse the people with lies while they turn this country into an aristocratic police state. Some people will say anything to attain power and money. There is no such thing as the Liberal Media, but the Corporate media is very real.
They never go away. I know my effect is nil, but sometimes I can't help myself.
Troll:They chose leftist ideology long ago and now they are reaping the consequences. California should not get bailed out.
Let california go bankrupt and hopefully the effort to split it up into separate states gets a boost.
ginardo napoli(me):Fuck you. When revenues fall and expenses go up that has nothing to do with "leftist" policies. When you have an economic contraction that devastates tax revenue because of the contraction of overall economic revenue, that has nothing to do with leftist policies.
When you own a business and your revenue drops 50% because of external economic factors, that has nothing to do with the efficiency in which the business (or government) originally operated.
Republicans and non-leftist live here too. Why would you want to dismantle the 7th top economic region in the world? That makes no sense, and is only suggested by morbid plutocrats (or the trolls who work for them) because they want to destroy a functional economic region merely so they can turn California into the banana republics they have already turned some of the States in the Southeast, who have to be subsidized by tax inflows from the Federal government tax dollars in order to remain viable. Meanwhile, California pays out more in Federal Tax revenues than it receives. Which is fine, thats' why this is the "United" states of America, but when you self-righteously push these memes of letting the states go bankrupt, the implication is that we are no longer "united" at all.
What part of "united" do you not understand? This should not become politicized, but that's what people like you do. You hide your real agenda behind some concocted degenerate meme that discounts the reality of history and actual facts, because the plutocrats who own you (whether by choice, or otherwise) need to get rid of democracy and just implant their political theocracy with chosen politicians.
God I miss the Rockefeller and Romney Republicans, because with unfortunately rare exception these days, the modern Republicans have to orchestrate a framed hissy fit in order to gain any traction or leverage against the truth. When confronted with the cold hard truth, all of their hissy fits wither into oblivion, or they splinter into varying degrees of utter hypocrisy.
But in the end, all of them do a version of PDB ... "They Promise everything, Deliver nothing, and Blame everyone else."
Thursday, 14 May 2020 at 15h 43m 22s
Hoy shit part 3
My state of California went from a 21.5 billion dollar surplus with a rainy day fund of 16 billion, into a possible 54 billion dollar deficit in just 3 months.
Here is Governor Gavin Newsome explaining this today.
Wednesday, 13 May 2020 at 8h 54m 24s
Another COVID app
Click here for a colored coded map of the United States COVID cases. You can select from 7 choices of data, and pick a date for counties and states.
The Trump administration has sent hundreds of millions of dollars in pandemic-related bailouts to health care providers with checkered histories, including a Florida-based cancer center that agreed to pay a $100 million criminal penalty as part of a federal antitrust investigation.
At least half of the top 10 recipients, part of a group that received $20 billion in emergency funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, have paid millions in recent years either in criminal penalties or to settle allegations related to improper billing and other practices, a Kaiser Health News review of government records shows....
Dignity Health, one of the largest hospital systems in the West, received $180.3 million in HHS bailout funds, making it the top recipient listed. It has settled civil accusations by DOJ that it submitted false claims to Medicare and TriCare, the military health care program.
[SOURCE:Rachana Pradhan and Fred Schulte | Kaiser Health News | 9 May 2020]
Because that is how you drain the swamp. Regardless of all those feel good commercials you see about having "Dignity", the for-profit health-care network is always about squeezing more money into profits.
Friday, 8 May 2020 at 18h 18m 24s
Even Tom Ridge
Tom Ridge is a Bush Republican. It appears the Bush Republicans are trying to wrest their party from the grips of white nationalist/national socialist and racist elements that Trump has enabled. But truth be told, the Bush Republicans laid the foundation for where we are now under Lee Atwater and the "Southern strategy" they used to capture the innate racism of the South into the Republican party in the years after Nixon demolished the party's integrity.
The murders of Chaney, Goodman, and Schwerner, also known as the Freedom Summer murders, the Mississippi civil rights workers' murders or the Mississippi Burning murders, involved three activists who were abducted and murdered in Neshoba County, Mississippi in June 1964 during the Civil Rights Movement.
It doesn't matter what he said really. It's where he decided to go and say it. He could have gone to Jackson, Mississippi -- the state capitol -- or Biloxi or Natchez or Oxford or Hattiesburg or Tupelo or Meridian. But instead, of all places in Mississippi to choose, he chooses the location most linked with that raw civil rights history. Getting that big government off your back apparently means the locals have the right to mitigate their social decisions with a few well placed bullets every now and then.
Wink, wink. Anyone ever hear of what is called a dog-whistle?
Tom Ridge is an American veteran and former governor who has strong words for the armed protestors opposing lockdown measures across the country. Ridge served in Vietnam and went on to become America’s first Secretary of Homeland Security in the aftermath of 9/11. He speaks with Michel Martin about the need for self-sacrifice and unity in times of crisis.
Friday, 8 May 2020 at 13h 41m 26s
How the Spreading works
Cellphone data shows 300 of the people who had gathered in Lansing for “Operation Gridlock” scattered throughout the state after the protest. The color of the dot represents device activity: yellow is more activity, red is lighter.
Friday, 8 May 2020 at 10h 7m 8s
Holy shit part 2
Click here for a slide show of recent economic trends and unemployment from the perspective of the last 12+ years.
Here's the "official" unemployment rate (it's probably more than 20%) over time compared to all the past recessions starting in 1948.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 18h 33m 11s
The latest reliable information on the disease COVID-19
This comes from autopsy findings of deceased COVID-19 patients.
What Doctors Are Learning From Autopsy Findings of Coronavirus (COVID-19) Patients
Once the SARS-CoV-2 virus is deeply embedded in the body, it begins to cause more severe disease. This is where direct attack on other organs that have ACE2 receptors can occur, including heart muscle, kidneys, blood vessels, liver, and the brain. Early findings, including those from multiple autopsy and biopsy reports, show that viral particles can be found not only in the nasal passages and throat, but also in tears, stool, kidneys, liver, pancreas, and heart. One case report found evidence of viral particles in the CSF, meaning the fluid around the brain. That patient had meningitis.
So the virus is sometimes going to all these different organs by means of attaching to the ACE2 receptors that are there, but that’s not even the whole story.
Because in some cases, by the time the body’s immune system figures out the body is being invaded, its like unleashing the military to stomp out the virus, and in that process, there’s a ton of collateral damage. This, is what we refer to as the cytokine storm. When the virus gets into the alveolar cells, meaning the tiny little air sacs within the lungs, it makes a ton of copies of itself, and goes onto invade more cells. The alveoli’s next door neighbor is guess who, yeah, the tiniest blood vessels in our body, capillaries. And the lining of those capillaries is called endothelium, which also have ACE2 receptors. And once the virus invades the capillaries. It means that it serves as the trigger for the onslaught of inflammation AND clotting. And Early autopsy results are also showing widely scattered clots in multiple organs. In one study from the Netherlands, 1/3rd of hospitalized with COVID-19 got clots despite already being on prophylactic doses of blood thinners. So not only are you getting the inflammation with the cytokine storm, but you’re also forming blood clots, that can travel to other parts of the body, and cause major blockages, effectively damaging those organs.
So wait a minute doc, you’re telling me that this can cause organ damage by
1) Directly attacking organs by their ACE2 receptor? Yup
2) Indirectly attacking organs by way of collateral damage from the cytokine storm? Yup
3) Indirectly cause damage to organs by means of blood clots? yup
4) Indirectly casue damage as a result of low oxygen levels, improper ventilator settings, drug treatments themselves, and/or all of these things combined? Yeah
Endothelial cells are more vulnerable to dying in people with preexisting endothelial dysfunction, which is more often associated with being a male, being a smoker, having high blood pressure, diabetes, and obesity. Blood clots can form and/or travel to other parts of the body. When blood clots travel to the toes, and cause blockages in blood flow there, meaning ischemia or infarction, that can cause gangrene there. And lots of times patients with gangrene require amputation, and “COVID toes”
So is antiphospholipid antibody syndrome (APS), the cause of all these blood clots in patients with severe COVID? Maybe. Some patients with APS have what’s called catastrophic APS, where these patients can have strokes, seizures, heart attacks, kidney failure, ARDS, skin changes like the ones I mentioned. Viral infectious diseases, particularly those of the respiratory tract, have been reported as being the triggers for CAPS. The pathogenesis is complex and may involve the activation of Toll-like receptor 4 (TLR-4), which triggers a cytokine storm, followed by alterations to the endothelium of lung capillaries, which serves as the trigger for inducing the clotting storm.
Various factors increase the risk of developing arterial thrombosis. Classically, the cardiovascular-dependent risk factors implicated in clotting have been hypertension, meaning high blood pressure, high levels of cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, age, chemotherapy, and degree of infection. All of these contribute toward developing arterial thrombosis.
A lot of patients with severe COVID-19 have certain labs that resemble DIC, such as increased PT/INR, increased PTT, decreased levels of platelets. But the reason why these COVID patients who developed clots in the study I mentioned earlier, the reason why they don’t have DIC, is actually 2 reasons, one, they weren’t having extensive bleeding, and two, they did not have low fibrinogen levels. And if its truly DIC, you would have both of those things.
Anyway, you can probably glean from this video why its so hard for doctors to figure out what is going on with this virus. Between the variable ways this disease can present in different patients, and the different ways that organs can suffer damage, yeah, this is really, really really, complicated.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 14h 15m 13s
From Laurie Garrett, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist who wrote "Ebola: story of an outbreak."
As President Trump starts to reopen the country, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer Laurie Garrett predicts the pandemic will last at least 36 months. Meanwhile, a top government vaccine specialist says he was forced from his job after he resisted the administration’s promotion of untested treatments for COVID-19. Garrett predicted the pandemic. In an extended interview, she discusses what’s next.
Wednesday, 6 May 2020 at 9h 56m 16s
A map of COVID cases in SF
Here is the map of where I live, San Francisco. My district is in the 5 to 10 cases per 10,000 residents right now. Notice how every district of the city has cases.