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If your mask straps irritate your ears. If your glasses fog up - short video



Beginning at 1:40: If the straps bothers the back of your ears after awhile -- Use 2 rubber bands and a paper clip to extend your mask straps so that the extended strap is around the head rather than attaching behind your ears :

"Tie" a rubber band around each strap (just loop a rubber band around each strap). Then unbend a paperclip so that have a hook on each end (so it's kind of an "S" shape). My variation is to just use a large paperclip as-is (not bent or reshaped), so that the thing doesn't come apart as easily when you aren't wearing it.

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Beginning at 2:15 - fogged up glasses: pull the mask up to near the top of your nose and have your glasses in front of the top of the mask).

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The first part of the video is "macne" or mask acne.

(Minnesota) Daily new Covid cases approaching the late May peak (7 day moving average)



From the July 12 report, MPR
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/07/12/latest-on-covid19-in-mn

Stay safe.

Some resources to look at the Minnesota situation:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/10598933

Can't lay off for next 6 months because of terms of bailout, but then, look out

https://www.cnn.com/2020/05/05/investing/premarket-stocks-trading/index.html
These coronavirus job losses will be permanent, CNN Business, 5/5/20

... The airline (United Air Lines) is precluded from laying off staff for the next six months under terms of a US bailout that will provide it with about $5 billion, but it's preparing to cut staff as soon as October, according to a letter sent to staff in April by CEO Oscar Munoz and President Scott Kirby.


(I don't know if this applies just to United Air Lines, or several air lines, or many companies in many industries, so maybe I'm making too much of this paragraph on second thought. )

This too is interesting: why we may be seeing relatively few bankruptcies so far (heck, I haven't seen that much more than we typically see in normal times. Same too as far as local restaurants -- Twin Cities -- closing permanently, yeah we've had a few, but we're always seeing a few closings in a 3 million population metro area).

Some retailers may be too broke to file for bankruptcy

Some retailers can't afford to file until stores reopen because they need money from liquidation sales, my CNN Business colleague Chris Isidore reports. The "everything must go" blowouts help get products off shelves and fund operations through bankruptcy proceedings.

"We probably would have seen more file by now if stores were open," Reshmi Basu, an expert in retail bankruptcies at Debtwire, told Chris. "We're clearly seeing a lot of companies engage [bankruptcy] advisors. But it's not a great time."


The article goes on to mention some retailers opening -- but I don't think liquidation sales under current condtions -- curbside pickup / delivery only, people still wary of going anywhere they need to go -- will work out well. So they might have to wait a few months, if they can.

(Minn) 3 of 4 border states have much higher per-capita cases than MN, but no stay-at-home orders

Coronavirus In Minnesota: Gov. Walz Says He Is Worried About Lack Of Stay-At-Home Orders In Iowa, North Dakota And South Dakota, WCCO, AP, 4/4/20

Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said he’s worried about neighboring states that have yet to issue stay-at-home orders to try and slow the spread of COVID-19.

“I do worry about that,” Walz said, adding that he has communicated with officials in the three states that border Minnesota to the west and south, the Pioneer Press reported. “It’s probably only a matter of time before they issue those, too.”

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds said at a press conference that the state has “taken significant and incremental steps” to limit the spread of the virus and a stay-at-home order is not needed yet. North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum and South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem echoed those thoughts.

“We’re a low population state and a large low population state. I will use every tool at my disposal as governor to protect the lives and safety of North Dakotans,” Burgum said Friday. “But I’m only going to use those tools if it makes sense and when it makes sense.”

(S.D. Gov) Noem said a statewide order wouldn’t be worth the disruption it would cause even though she predicted that up to 70% of the state’s population might get COVID-19.

More: https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2020/04/04/coronavirus-in-minnesota-gov-walz-says-he-is-worried-about-lack-of-stay-at-home-orders-in-iowa-north-dakota-and-south-dakota/



Reminds me of WWII movies where the captain or lookout of the submarine screams "dive dive dive!"

Except for Kristi "bloodlust" Noem, it's "die die die!".

The following is per viewed 4/4 308a CT: https://coronavirus.1point3acres.com/en

Note: all 3 states have 56% to 69% higher percapita cases than Minnesota:
Cases per million population: MN: 153, SD: 239, ND: 244, Iowa: 259,

Wisconsin, the 4th border state has 365 cases per million and does have a stay-at-home order (thanks to Gov. Evers(D))

A couple of others of interest, also cases per million: NY: 5869, CA: 351

In its 29 months, the Trump economy has created 810,000 FEWER jobs than Obama's last 29 months

and the pace of job creation has markedly slowed in 2019 ...

Summary: Average monthly net new jobs created
221,000    Obama's last 29 months
194,000    Trump's 29 months (February 2017 through June 2019)
172,000    2019 so far (January through June)
144,000    February through June 2019

From G_j: https://www.democraticunderground.com/100212250349

which links to: https://www.forbes.com/sites/chuckjones/2019/07/05/trump-is-falling-almost-1-million-jobs-short-vs-obama

Comparing Trump's 29 months with Obama's last 29 months

Trump entered office on January 20, 2017, and starting with February 2017 he has been President for 29 months. Total job growth during that time has been 5.613 million or 194,000 per month with those results being helped by the tax cut.

Working back from January 2017, Obama’s last month in office, there had been 6.423 million jobs added or 221,000 per month. The difference for the 29 months is 810,000 more jobs or 27,000 more per month than Trump.

Note that back in January this year the total difference was only 194,000, which means over the past five months it has increased by 616,000.


Yes, there's been quite a slowdown so far this year (the 6 months January through June), just 172,000 per month average, compared to 223,000 per month average in all of 2018.

For the 5 months February through June of 2019, it's been only 144,000 per month average.

Job numbers:

https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES0000000001

Monthly changes: https://data.bls.gov/timeseries/CES0000000001?output_view=net_1mth

Edited to add:

And yes yes, the unemployment rate is at about 50 year lows, but note that the prime age (25-54) labor force participation rate is below the pre-Great Recession average, going back to about 1987.
https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=view_post&forum=1002&pid=12256909

Earlier snapshots of the Current Candidate Rankings page from archive.org

in case you think something looks different than the previous time you looked at it, but aren't sure what. Something to get an idea of DU poll movements in between EarlG's excellent reports

The below URL shows a calendar of all the snapshots. Scroll down a little ways to the calendar with the shaded blue dots - these are dates you can click on to see the snapshot on that date.

Unfortunately, DU software breaks the below URL into 2 pieces. You will have to copy the entire line below and paste it into your browser's Address bar:

https://web.archive.org/web/*/https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=candidates

This one is the June 26 snapshot (simply clicking on it works) :

https://web.archive.org/web/20190626102126/https://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=candidates

I did a snapshot of June 26 (10:21 am, before the first debate) and then writing down what I see today, July 1

Below is the June 26 order. The July 1 order is the same except that Buttigieg and Sanders have switched places. Sorry, just doing the first 7. The rest are 1% and less.

6/26 7/1
16    17  Warren
14    13  Biden
10    10  Harris
 8      7  Buttigieg (now 5th place)
 8      8  Sanders (now 4th place)
 2      2  O'Rourke
 2      2  Inslee

Edited to clarify the shapshot URLs

Edited to add a pointer to EarlG's latest report, posted in this Democratic Primaries Forum on June 28:
https://www.democraticunderground.com/1287175749

so as to see the trends back to the beginning and see the 1 percenters too.

Yes, I am worried about that --- here, Latin America

As for here, the great distance we have fallen from the founding principles and ideals to this point with Benedict Donald

As for Latin America -- I keep thinking of what i'm hearing of those seeking asylum, particularly from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras ... reading that in one of these countries, I forget which (probably all three, but I remember reading about one), the gangs are in control of the local and city governments. And total chaos. Anyway, I'm used to these countries being ripped apart during civil wars, but it is horrifying that this seems to be the relative peacetime norm too.

I wonder if Mexico is next -- it's certainly pretty bad with the cartels, but so far not what I'm reading about Central America, but is scary -- WHAT MAKES US NOT NEXT?! given the great distance into shitTrumpistan that we have traveled in 2 1/2 years?

Omar reports more death threats against her since Trump tweet

Source: AP

Rep. Ilhan Omar says she's faced increased death threats since President Trump spread around a video that purports to show her being dismissive of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

"This is endangering lives," the Minnesota Democrat said in a statement Sunday night, accusing Trump of fomenting right-wing extremism. "It has to stop."

Her statement followed an announcement by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that she has taken steps to ensure the safety of Omar, and the speaker's call for Trump to take down the video.

Soon after Pelosi's statement, the video disappeared as a pinned tweet at the top of Trump's Twitter feed, but it was not deleted.


Read more: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2019/04/14/pelosi-trump-tweet-omar-video



"Updated: 10:05 p.m. Posted: 7:45 p.m." (Central Time)

Later in the article, she said "a sharp increase" in threats on her life.

It's an MPRNews link, but the top of the story says it is an Associated Press story.

I'm blanking out, but I've been trying to think all day of the last time some congress person (representative or senator) was ever this much targeted with death threats and hostility. I can't think of anything like this in my 60+ year lifetime, but perhaps there was something like this in the darkest part of the civil right struggle. Before that, probably in the lead-up to the civil war. But like I say, I probably have a blank spot.

I'm leaving aside congress people who were running for president, I'm sure Bobby Kennedy also had a ton of death threats (and assassinated).

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Edited to add: she's my congresswoman. So I've kind of felt under attack too, sort of a siege mentality on my part, watching all this day after day for, what, 3 months now.

Is there an abbreviation for democraticunderground.com ? demu.gr used to work

e.g. a simple

demu.gr/12561674

would take one to Make7's Unofficial DU3 Basic HTML Reference Lookup Table

(Long form: https://www.democraticunderground.com/12561674).

But it seems that demu.gr has been taken over by some Greek company -- anyway, Google Translate says its Greek and translates to:

Discover only active coupons, promotions, discount codes and discounts to save money from your market to the best online stores and promotional sites!


Sigh.

Was nice having a short URL when texting to someone on the phone. I used it quite a lot.

ON EDIT: Here is the admin post about it, from 2012: https://upload.democraticunderground.com/10131784

A Minn. state senator (Scott Newman): "Even if true, teenagers! Frankly, I don't believe her...."

Minnesota senator sparks online outrage with tweet about Kavanaugh accusations, Star Tribune, 9/23/18

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-senator-sparks-online-outrage-with-tweet-about-kavanaugh-accusations/493642311/

State Senator Scott Newman, a Hutchinson Republican, tweeted Monday:

“Even if true, teenagers! Frankly, I don’t believe her. Almost 40yrs and now she self righteously comes forward to save us from a dangerous sex offender. This type of allegation seriously jeopardizes women with a legitimate claim, for who will believe them.”

Newman, in his third term and currently chairman of the Transportation Committee...

Newman was previously an administrative law judge and deputy sheriff, and the GOP nominee for state attorney general in 2014. He was the lead Senate author of an unsuccessful attempt to require people to use bathrooms and changing rooms that match their “biological sex.” During that political row, Newman said the transgender community’s assertive opposition to his bill persuaded him that they are “not the bullied. They are the bullies.”


So soon after learning about another "family values" (R) in the legislature

MN Rep. Jim Knoblach ends campaign ahead of MPR abuse allegations story, MPR, 9/21/18
https://www.mprnews.org/story/2018/09/21/knoblach-ends-campaign-amid-abuse-allegations

The above is the full specific details version.
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