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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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COVID-19: Seasonal?

Have any scientists ever come out and said whether or not they think COVID-19 is likely to be a seasonal thing or if it could be a year-round thing that we'll have to deal with until we have treatments, vaccine, etc? We know that the flu has specific seasons when it tends to be worse, but this isn't a type of flu. Do we have any prior experiences with Coronoviruses that tend to indicate one way or another whether they can be seasonal or do they just exist until they are eradicated or able to be vaccinated against?
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Thu May 28, 2020, 09:35 PM (4 replies)

Democratic Governors

ARE developing re-opening plans for their states, which are, in most cases, more responsible than what Republicans are proposing. But Republicans are wanting the doors flung wide open and "human capital stock" shipped back to work no matter how bad things still are with the virus, which won't work. Republicans are still mocking and encouraging resistance of basic measures to help prevent more spread of the virus. Plus, there are still lots of individuals whom have immune system issues whom can't just run right back out until we have better treatments or a vaccine. Once again, it's important to remember that we only have limited control over things like viruses. Rahm is entitled to his opinion but it is not particularly helpful here.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Wed May 27, 2020, 07:44 AM (0 replies)

Hard to say

Spewing a bunch of junk on Twitter or trying to drop cases against people swept up by the Trump Russia investigation or pardoning them is one thing but if they're actually going to actually file criminal charges against anybody within the FBI, they're going to have to have damning evidence that 9 impartial jurors and/or a Judge will have to find good enough to convict and failing to do so would backfire tremendously. Even considering what bad shape things are in right now in terms of the judiciary, DOJ still can't just waltz into any old courtroom and conduct show trials. Also, didn't they already decide NOT to indict or try to charge Andrew McCabe (most likely because they couldn't find anything to charge him with)? Their main weapon right now seems to be just trying to splash doubt and discredit what has already been done and the investigators, which doesn't require that they prove anything in a court of law, although I can't imagine that they aren't making a lot of enemies in the FBI and intel agencies with their conduct. I now see that they are going after Christopher Wray at the FBI, who must not be toadying up for Trump as much as he would like if he is now eyeballing him as somebody he might want to get rid of. Outright firing TWO FBI Directors in one term is probably going to prove to be too much for most, however, so Trump and/or Barr are probably working some low-key angles to figure out how to get rid of him.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Sat May 9, 2020, 09:55 PM (1 replies)

The most discouraging thing about the Anti-Quarantine Protests

is that they have nothing to do with how poorly Trump and his maladministration has handled this Pandemic and created the situation that we're all horribly stuck in, but everything to do with attacking and harassing responsible leaders whom are doing everything they can to try to save lives now that we're in this mess.
Posted by Proud Liberal Dem | Mon May 4, 2020, 12:12 PM (13 replies)
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