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I was born in Brooklyn, Trump was born in Queens. The only thing that makes people think I'm an H-1b stealing jobs from Americans is that my Grandparents immigrated from India, while Trump's immigrated from Germany. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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As coronavirus fears grow, doctors and nurses face abuse, attacks


It’s hard enough being a doctor in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. But Sanjibani Panigrahi, a psychiatrist at a government hospital in western India, now finds her own neighbors turning against her.

“We are sure you have corona,” one woman recently shrieked at her, she says, — part of a torrent of abuse from residents at her apartment complex. “We will not allow you in the building.”

In some cities, health-care workers are earning standing ovations for the long, life-risking hours they’re putting in to battle the coronavirus. But in others, they’re facing discrimination and even attacks.

In Mexico, Colombia, India, the Philippines, Australia and other countries, people terrified by the highly infectious virus are lashing out at medical professionals — kicking them off buses, evicting them from apartments, even dousing them with water mixed with chlorine.

The culprits are a minority of the population. But Mexican state authorities are so worried that they’ve arranged special buses for nurses. In parts of Australia, hospitals are urging nurses not to wear their uniforms in public, to avoid attacks.

Last week, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte ordered police to protect health workers after reports of assaults — including one in which someone splashed bleach in a hospital employee’s face.

Panicking irrational people are worse than the virus
Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 01:37 PM (3 replies)

Jose Andres Turns D.C.'s Baseball Stadium Into a Community Kitchen


World Central Kitchen will prepare thousands of free meals at Nationals Park

The Washington Nationals have teamed up with chef José Andrés’s global nonprofit to utilize D.C.’s empty professional baseball stadium as a place to cook and distribute thousands of free meals to residents in need during the novel coronavirus crisis.

Under its city-owned lease, Nationals Park is supposed to be used for sports and entertainment only, but the city signed off on a plan led by World Central Kitchen and the team’s newly established charity arm, Nationals Philanthropies (formerly the Dream Foundation).

Two large kitchens at the park will be used to prepare hot meals that will be delivered to communities by Uber Eats drivers. One facility is typically reserved for suites, catering, and concessions. The other, PNC Diamond Club kitchen, normally makes food for big-ticket fans. It’s outfitted with six-burner ranges and all the culinary bells and whistles.

Nationals Philanthropies will work with its community partners to get dinners to public housing in the Navy Yard and Southwest Waterfront neighborhoods as well as the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in Fort Dupont. The recipient list is expected to grow with the help of Southwest Waterfront BID, along with people in underserved Ward 7 and Ward 8, and homeless populations from around the city.

Posted by IronLionZion | Wed Apr 8, 2020, 08:05 AM (2 replies)

Animals Invade Cities As People Quarantine Themselves At Home


As we've seen already, animals seem to be pouring into the city streets as people retreat to their shelters amidst the COVID-19 lockdown. And while at first it was only deer, boars, horses, and sheep taking over the civilized world, now it seems like countless others have joined the cause all around the world. And this time, even dangerous predators like bears, mountain lions, and wild pumas are prowling in the streets.

We reached out to one man who witnessed a gator casually strolling in Myrtle Beach in broad daylight to get a first-hand report of the events. "When I first saw the gator, I didn’t think it was real. I thought somebody was playing a practical joke on me," Clifford Sosis told Bored Panda. "I like to take dangerous hikes in interesting places with my dog Daisy, hikes where I might be bitten by snakes and gators," the man explained and also added that recently, his expeditions have grown fewer and fewer since the birth of his son.

Clifford is a philosophy lecturer at Coastal Carolina University who runs a website featuring autobiographical interviews with philosophers.

"On the day I took the gator video, I went to Barefoot Landing because I was trying to avoid danger! Shortly after I took this video, I was watching the gator, and a security guard, the only other person in Barefoot Landing at the time, didn’t see it and almost ran into it," Sosis revealed. "When I told him to watch his step, he was shocked! He said he thought there were no longer gators in the area." The man also added that some people on the internet have reported seeing gators in the area as well. "I’ve been living in Myrtle Beach for 6 years and I’ve never seen a gator in Barefoot Landing. Definitely not in the parking lot!" Sosis concluded.

People are in the zoo and animals are having fun roaming wild and free for a change. Mother Nature sure has a sense of irony and knows how to turn the tables on us.

More photos and videos at above link

Sneezing is not a common coronavirus symptom -- here's how to differentiate the virus from allergies


Sneezing and runny noses are not common symptoms of COVID-19, the disease the coronavirus causes.
It's a misconception that nasal symptoms are common — instead, the most common symptoms are fever and a dry cough.
The virus has infected more than 417,000 people and killed more than 18,500.

If you see someone coughing or sneezing on the street and are scared they might have the coronavirus, remember: Sneezing is not a common symptom of COVID-19.

Instead, the primary signs of COVID-19 are fever and a dry cough. Other symptoms include fatigue, nausea, body aches, coughing, shortness of breath, and gastrointestinal issues.

Here are the symptoms associated with COVID-19 and how they compare with symptoms of the common cold, the flu, and allergies:

There are DUers still promoting the lie that people who sneeze must be publicly shamed or whatever. I get it, you're paranoid when out in public. That's one of many reasons why allergy sufferers avoid even going to the grocery store these days. But it's extra irritating on a webex meeting or call when I sneeze and some covidiot thinks I have the virus. That's no different from I'm brown so Trumpster MAGAts think I'm an immigrant. Come on DUers, don't be like Trumpsters.

If someone has fever, dry cough, shortness of breath, then you can be concerned.

Zoom Surprise: Some Good News with John Krasinski Ep. 2

The news show dedicated entirely to good news. Hosted by John Krasinski.

New Videos every Sunday night while we are all self isolating at home to stop COVID-19.

Don't underestimate the importance of seeking out good news to balance out COVID and tigers. It can help with anxiety.
Posted by IronLionZion | Mon Apr 6, 2020, 08:26 AM (2 replies)

What Everyone's Getting Wrong About the Toilet Paper Shortage


There’s another, entirely logical explanation for why stores have run out of toilet paper — one that has gone oddly overlooked in the vast majority of media coverage. It has nothing to do with psychology and everything to do with supply chains. It helps to explain why stores are still having trouble keeping it in stock, weeks after they started limiting how many a customer could purchase.

In short, the toilet paper industry is split into two, largely separate markets: commercial and consumer. The pandemic has shifted the lion’s share of demand to the latter. People actually do need to buy significantly more toilet paper during the pandemic — not because they’re making more trips to the bathroom, but because they’re making more of them at home. With some 75% of the U.S. population under stay-at-home orders, Americans are no longer using the restrooms at their workplace, in schools, at restaurants, at hotels, or in airports.

Georgia-Pacific, a leading toilet paper manufacturer based in Atlanta, estimates that the average household will use 40% more toilet paper than usual if all of its members are staying home around the clock. That’s a huge leap in demand for a product whose supply chain is predicated on the assumption that demand is essentially constant. It’s one that won’t fully subside even when people stop hoarding or panic-buying.

If you’re looking for where all the toilet paper went, forget about people’s attics or hall closets. Think instead of all the toilet paper that normally goes to the commercial market — those office buildings, college campuses, Starbucks, and airports that are now either mostly empty or closed. That’s the toilet paper that’s suddenly going unused.

I enjoy reading up on supply chains, economic principles, and how to get stuff where it needs to go. The commercial paper argument definitely makes sense and I'm sure more than a few folks have tried to steal from offices before they disabled badge access for mandatory remote work. There is a ton of hand sanitizer in offices too, for the record. They are the type that goes in the automatic machines that dispense them as well as the giant pumps.

More than a few local restaurants are selling TP and groceries along with takeout. And at least one local nonprofit actually gives out TP in exchange for donations.

I respect that hand sanitizer is being reserved for hospitals and government agencies and anything that makes it to stores is used by the store's employees.

Can't find what you want in the grocery store? Here's why


London (CNN Business)The coronavirus pandemic has delivered a shock to tens of millions of people in rich countries around the world: Suddenly, they can't buy the food they want, when they want.

Food supply chains in developed economies are showing increased signs of strain as nationwide lockdowns designed to curb the spread of the coronavirus heap pressure on systems that had very little slack to begin with. The result is empty store shelves, and panicked buyers.

The transportation links that move food around the globe are being tested in unprecedented ways. Shipowners are struggling to change crews and move goods between ports. Airlines have grounded thousands of planes, slashing air freight capacity.
Travel restrictions also are clogging up road networks and making it difficult for farm workers to get where they are needed. And at the end of food supply chains, supermarkets that have come to rely on just-in-time deliveries have been upset by huge demand and panic buying.

Global stocks of staple commodities such as wheat, corn and rice are at healthy levels, said Maximo Torero Cullen, chief economist at the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization. But logistics bottlenecks need to be identified and resolved quickly to ensure goods can get to where they are needed, and protectionist policies avoided, he added.

This article addresses major disruptions to global supply chains from shipping, air cargo, labor, no slack from just in time delivery, and some protectionist policies.

Things get really frustrating when you find out about incidents like Mike Pence asking a country to send us PPE and they respond that they just received a shipment of PPE from us. Or when Dumbass accuses hospitals of hoarding and he won't give ventilators to states "because they don't need that many". For critical health care products, Navy is flying in cargo every day.

24 Pictures From Inside The Hospital Ships Fighting The Coronavirus Pandemic

Lots more photos at the above link. More info at below link.

Everything you need to know about the USNS Comfort, the giant hospital ship in NYC


At 10AM ET on March 30th, the US Navy’s gigantic floating hospital ship, the USNS Comfort, arrived in New York City where it has been sent to help relieve the pressure on the city’s hospitals that are overwhelmed with coronavirus patients.

The Comfort’s 1,000 beds and 12 operating rooms will largely be used for non-coronavirus patients, freeing up much-needed space at the city’s overtaxed hospitals. The ship is typically used to support military campaigns and humanitarian crises abroad, along with earthquake and hurricane relief. Most recently, it was deployed to Latin America, helping countries with inadequate health care systems. It was last stationed in New York City after the 9/11 terrorist attacks where it helped treat hundreds of first responders.

Semper Fortis

Protecting Your Family From COVID-19 by Dr. David Price

Original Vimeo link (remove spaces) : https:// vimeo.com/ 399733860

Dr. David Price is a critical care pulmonologist caring for COVID-19 patients all day in NYC at Weill Cornell Hospital. He has a lot of great information to share. In the last portion he answers some fantastic questions. It's almost an hour and a cuts out a bit, so be patient and learn from this hero on the front-lines.

Common sense advice that is in line with CDC/NIH/WHO guidance. Like many folks, I've been frustrated by the conflicting guidance and advice people have shared online. I'll admit I have a lot of fear and anxiety about this pandemic. What I like about this video is the intent to assuage the fears of normal people by a qualified doctor who is treating COVID patients all day, not just studying statistical models. This is practical advice that any of us can follow. Might be a little bit easier for introverts like me who washed our hands long before this pandemic. But anyone can follow these simple steps and feel more confident.

India Migrants Hosed Down with Disinfectant

The district where the incident took place - Bareilly in northern Uttar Pradesh state - reported its first coronavirus case on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers are desperate to leave cities where they are stranded without work or money as India shuts down for three weeks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

With all transportation, such as trains and buses, suspended many are making traveling hundreds of kilometers on foot, lugging bags or clutching small bundles.

Trains and buses went out of service on Sunday with almost no notice, giving people little time to leave.

India has recorded more than 1,000 cases of coronavirus and 29 deaths but hopes the lockdown will stave off a bigger outbreak.

Trump appreciates and respects foreign leaders who use authoritarian measures. You know he's looking for an excuse...
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