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Jared And Ivanka Forced To Pull Their Kids Out Of Hebrew School After Parents Complain

GASP! Now whatever will they do with their kids?


11/13/20 3:29am
Jared And Ivanka Forced To Pull Their Kids Out Of Hebrew School After Parents Complain
Ivanka and Jared are on video and in photos on a nearly daily basis in settings conducive to transmission of COVID, and rarely are they (or anyone else) wearing masks.
By Red Painter

Jared and Ivanka's stupid decisions are now negatively affecting their children. Shocker. News broke that they had to pull their kids (aka, were asked to stop sending them) out of their new school, the Melvin Berman Hebrew Academy in recent days. They had JUST transferred to that school a few weeks prior, reportedly on October 19th.

The school did confirm the reporting, saying: “They withdrew from the school."

Their initial reasoning for transferring to Hebrew Academy was because there were in-person classes. Obviously they cannot be bothered with protecting their kids at all, hence their choices to not mask up or stay away from large events where others are unmasked, so it is not shocking that not only would they send their kids to in school settings, but that they would also potentially expose the other kids and their families. Because the only people that matter to Ivanka and Jared are Ivanka and Jared.

Numerous parents report that the withdrawal came after parents "raised concerns" about exposure and risk to other kids at the school. The school itself follows CDC guidelines and expects parents to follow the same guidelines off campus.

The school actually put out a document explaining the policy:

“Students and families are expected to adhere to any and all social distancing guidelines and mask requirements while not on campus to minimize the risk of contracting COVID-19 as well as reducing the risk of exposing employees and/or MILTON’s students to COVID-19. To help reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure at the School, the School asks all families to limit their attendance at large public or private gatherings, events, and other activities to those where social distancing can be maintained and guidance regarding masks is followed. Families and students should avoid hosting or attending large gatherings where proper social distancing measures are not feasible.”


And they thought Jared and Ivanka would comply with that? Seriously?

Apparently the breaking point was the swearing in ceremony for Amy Coney Barrett, which led to at least a dozen infections and one confirmed death.

A mother at the school expressed it pretty bluntly:

“There was concern for the safety of children because it was very clear the Kushner parents were violating public health recommendations."

Oh, and there was another issue where Ivanka and Jared would not tell the school if they had been around Donald Trump in the days leading up to, or during, his COVID infection. That is a HUGE problem. Remember, they did not quarantine afterwards.

The school did attempt to work out a plan with Ivanka and Jared, it was reported. But they refused to agree to any changes or follow the requests outlined, so the decision was made for them: your kids are not welcome because you are selfish a-holes.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Nov 13, 2020, 03:04 PM (5 replies)

The amazing tale of Florida's self-described COVID-19 data analyst

The amazing tale of Florida's self-described COVID-19 data analyst
Given what's become of the GOP and its post-policy posture, Ron DeSantis' new data analyst is proud of his lack of credentials and expertise.
Nov. 12, 2020, 10:43 AM EST
By Steve Benen


With this in mind, perhaps it's not too surprising that when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' (R) administration decided to hire a new data analyst, the governor's team chose "a little-known Ohio sports blogger and Uber driver whose only relevant experience is spreading harmful conspiracy theories about COVID-19 on the Internet." The Miami Herald had this stunning report:

In his own words, Kyle Lamb of Columbus, Ohio, has few qualifications for the job at the state's Office of Policy and Budget, which pays $40,000 per year. "Fact is, I'm not an 'expert.' I'm not a doctor, epidemiologist, virologist or scientist," Lamb wrote on a website for a subscribers-only podcast he hosts about the coronavirus. "I also don't need to be. Experts don't have all the answers, and we've learned that the hard way."

Is this really what we've "learned"? That confused amateurs have the right answers about epidemiology?

The Herald went on to report that Lamb has peddled a series of discredited claims about the pandemic, but he's nevertheless comfortable joining DeSantis' team -- working on, among other things, coronavirus data.

Under normal circumstances, we might expect someone in Lamb's position to insist he has the necessary credentials to take on such a role. But in 2020, given what's become of the Republican Party and its post-policy posture, Lamb seems to take a degree of pride in the fact that he lacks credentials -- as if this were a good thing.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 06:07 PM (2 replies)

Alaska Rep. Don Young, 87, says he's been diagnosed with COVID-19


Alaska Rep. Don Young, 87, says he’s been diagnosed with COVID-19
By Nathaniel Herz, Alaska Public Media - Anchorage -
November 12, 2020

U.S. Rep. Don Young, 87, has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced in a tweet Thursday.

In the tweet, Young said he is “feeling strong,” working from home and “following proper protocols.” His staff did not respond to a question earlier Thursday about when Young tested positive.


At 87, Young is more likely to become severely ill from COVID-19, according to the CDC, which says the risk rises with age and is highest among those 85 and older.

Young made headlines early in the pandemic when he jokingly referred to COVID-19, a type of coronavirus, as the “beer virus.” He later said he didn’t fully grasp the severity of the virus and the associated public health crisis.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 05:18 PM (8 replies)

A Promised Land

I too am looking forward to reading this!


A Promised Land
November 12, 2020 at 9:51 am EST By Taegan Goddard

The New York Times has an amazing review of A Promised Land:

“Barack Obama is as fine a writer as they come. It is not merely that this book avoids being ponderous, as might be expected, even forgiven, of a hefty memoir, but that it is nearly always pleasurable to read, sentence by sentence, the prose gorgeous in places, the detail granular and vivid…”

“Obama’s thoughtfulness is obvious to anyone who has observed his political career, but in this book he lays himself open to self-questioning. And what savage self-questioning.”

I can’t wait to read it.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 10:17 AM (0 replies)

Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks

Biden COVID-19 adviser floats plan to pay for national lockdown lasting up to six weeks
By Dominick Mastrangelo - 11/12/20 08:45 AM EST

A top health adviser to President-elect Joe Biden suggested that the nation is well-positioned financially to withstand a lockdown of more than a month in an effort to get the coronavirus pandemic under control.

"When you look at the personal savings rate in this country, it's now gone from about 8 percent to over 22 percent. We have a big pool of money out there that we could borrow. The historic low interest rates by the federal government, we could pay for a package right now to cover all of the wages, lost wages for individual workers, for our losses to small companies to medium sized companies, for city states, county governments. We could do all of that," said Dr. Michael Osterholm during a live event this week with Yahoo News.

Osterholm, the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, said there are varying ideas in terms of public perception of "what a lockdown is all about."

"If we did that, then we could lock down for four to six weeks," he said. "And if we did that, we could drive the numbers down, like they've done in Asia, like they did in New Zealand and Australia. And then, we could really watch ourselves, cruising into the vaccine availability in the first and second quarter of next year, and bringing back the economy long before that."

Biden, who was projected as the winner of the 2020 presidential election on Saturday, has vowed to end the coronavirus pandemic and promised to "listen to the scientists" to get it under control.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:16 AM (7 replies)

Lawmakers Press Ahead with Trump Era Probes


Lawmakers Press Ahead with Trump Era Probes
November 12, 2020 at 7:13 am EST By Taegan Goddard

“Donald Trump will be a private citizen in January. But Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill are poised to carry on the investigations and legal battles that helped define his presidency. In the House, Democrats are still in court fighting to obtain Trump’s financial records and testimony from his first White House counsel Don McGahn, a key figure in the obstruction of justice case against Trump,” Politico reports.

“In the Senate, where GOP control hinges on two Jan. 5 runoffs in Georgia, Republican lawmakers are plotting ways to expand and intensify their investigations targeting the former Obama administration and President-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter, with Senate Republicans saying they will use the lame duck period to ramp up their probes.”

Posted by babylonsister | Thu Nov 12, 2020, 09:11 AM (1 replies)

Trump May Want to Visit the White House Gift Shop


Trump May Want to Visit the White House Gift Shop
November 11, 2020 at 3:49 pm EST By Taegan Goddard

The White House Gift Shop is selling Joe Biden/Kamala Harris inaugural coins.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 08:09 PM (2 replies)

Pfizer's CEO sold $5.6 million in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news

Pfizer's CEO sold $5.6 million in stock the day he announced promising vaccine news
By Paul R. La Monica, CNN Business
Updated 12:15 PM ET, Wed November 11, 2020

New York (CNN Business)Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla filed to sell millions of dollars of his company's stock Monday -- the day the pharmaceutical giant announced positive data about its coronavirus vaccine.

The company's shares soared after Pfizer and European drug company BioNTech said early data suggests the vaccine could be more than 90% effective.

The transaction was part of a regularly scheduled plan set up by Bourla to periodically sell some of his Pfizer shares.

Bourla sold 132,508 Pfizer (PFE) shares at a price of $41.94, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. That works out to proceeds of nearly $5.6 million.

A Pfizer spokeswoman said in an email to CNN Business that the sale took place because Pfizer shares hit a predetermined price as part of a plan authorized by Bourla on August 19.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 05:35 PM (2 replies)

GOP senator: Biden Cabinet picks will be a 'discussion' with Republican Senate

Screw them and the horse they rode in on, seriously. Another reason to send $ to GA. And people outside of the political mainstream shouldn't be considered? Toomey, where did Ivanka and Jared fall? Delusional and so very hypocritical.

GOP senator: Biden Cabinet picks will be a 'discussion' with Republican Senate
By Jordain Carney - 11/11/20 02:23 PM EST

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) said on Wednesday that he expected the nomination process for President-elect Joe Biden's Cabinet to be an "ongoing discussion" with Senate Republicans, if they hold on to the majority.

Toomey's comments come as Democrats worry that a Republican Senate majority could force Biden to negotiate over his picks for top administration positions and block nominees they view as too progressive.

Toomey said during a Washington Post Live interview that Cabinet picks were a "shared responsibility" between the president and the Senate majority.

"The president should get significant deference ... and I think that is, that is important. Having said that, especially when you have divided government ... we've got to recognize we've got a responsibility: advice and consent," Toomey said.

"So I think people who are well outside of the political mainstream don't belong in really important, senior-level, Cabinet-type posts. And that's why that will be an ongoing discussion, I think, between a Republican Senate and Joe Biden," Toomey added.


Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 03:14 PM (34 replies)

U.S. Deports Women Who Allege Detention Center Doctor Coerced Them Into Unwanted Surgery


U.S. Deports Women Who Allege Detention Center Doctor Coerced Them Into Unwanted Surgery, Says Report
Jamie Ross
Updated Nov. 11, 2020 7:50AM ET /
Published Nov. 11, 2020 5:42AM ET

In September, a whistleblower nurse went public with shocking allegations that a doctor at a Georgia detention center coerced women into undergoing unnecessary gynecological procedures without their consent. Now, according to some of those women’s lawyers, the Trump administration is trying to deport them. The lawyers told the Associated Press that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has already deported six former patients who complained about gynecologist Mahendra Amin’s conduct at the Irwin County Detention Center. At least seven other accusers have been told that they could soon be removed from the country, the lawyers said. Amin has previously denied that he did anything wrong, and the Department of Justice has opened a criminal investigation into the allegations.
Posted by babylonsister | Wed Nov 11, 2020, 08:06 AM (3 replies)
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