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Arkansas Granny

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Hometown: Arkansas
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Dammit. Red wasps have started a nest just above my front door.

I'll have to dig around and see if I still have any wasp spray. I don't like to use it, but I can't have them at my front door.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat Aug 1, 2020, 02:56 PM (12 replies)

Report: Coronavirus infected scores of children and staff at Georgia sleep-away camp

A new report suggests that children of all ages are susceptible to coronavirus infection and may also spread it to others — a finding likely to intensify an already fraught discussion about the risks of sending children back to school this fall.

The analysis, released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, details an outbreak at a sleep-away camp in Georgia last month in which 260 children and staffers — more than three-quarters of the 344 tested — contracted the virus less than a week after spending time together in close quarters. The children had a median age of 12. The camp had required all 597 campers and staff members to provide documentation that they had tested negative for the virus before coming. Staff were required to wear masks, but children were not.

While similar clusters have occurred around funerals, weddings, teenage parties and adult gatherings throughout the pandemic, few super-spreading events have been documented among children.

The report is likely to add fuel to an already polarizing nationwide discussion about whether sending children back to crowded school buildings is worth the risk, in large part because so little data has been available about children’s vulnerability to the infection and their ability to transmit the virus.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/07/31/georgia-children-covid-outbreak/?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Jul 31, 2020, 06:07 PM (4 replies)

White House condemns Hong Kong election delay after Trump floated postponing US vote

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Friday condemned the decision to delay legislative elections in Hong Kong, one day after President Trump asked if the U.S. should postpone its own November election.

"We condemn the Hong Kong government’s decision to postpone for one year its legislative council elections and to disqualify opposition candidates," McEnany said at a press briefing, reading from a prepared statement. "This action undermines the democratic processes and freedoms that have underpinned Hong Kong's prosperity, and this is only the most recent in a growing list of broken promises by Beijing, which promised autonomy and freedom to the Hong Kong people until 2047 in the Sino-British joint declaration."

The Hong Kong government announced Friday that it would postpone elections scheduled for September due to the coronavirus pandemic, The New York Times reported, citing risks to public health and strains on campaigns and voters caused by social distancing requirements and travel restrictions


Pro-democracy groups viewed the decision as an attempt to thwart opposition candidates challenging thouse supported by Beijing. Anti-establishment protests have roiled Hong Kong for more than a year, and have faced increasingly harsh crackdowns from the Chinese mainland.

https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/509975-white-house-condemns-hong-kong-election-delay-after-trump-floated


Posted by Arkansas Granny | Fri Jul 31, 2020, 12:06 PM (3 replies)

John Lewis. Together, You Can Redeem The Soul of Our Nation

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/30/opinion/john-lewis-civil-rights-america.html?

I hope this link works. Apparently I can share a number of unlocked articles with my subscription. If not, please let me know and I will delete.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Thu Jul 30, 2020, 09:31 AM (0 replies)

GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert Suggests Mask Wearing Gave Him Coronavirus

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) on Wednesday suggested that he contracted coronavirus because he wore a mask more frequently in recent days.

“I can’t help but think that if I hadn’t been wearing a mask so much in the last 10 days or so, I really wonder if I would have gotten it,” Gohmert said in an interview with The American Independent.

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The lawmaker was set to travel with President Donald Trump to Texas Wednesday, but his positive result was caught in the pre-screening process. Gohmert said last month that he would not wear a mask around the Capitol because he was being regularly tested for the virus.

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Gohmert, who was in attendance at Tuesday’s House Judiciary Committee hearing with Attorney General William Barr, is the seventh representative to contract the virus. He was spotted without a mask on Tuesday speaking with Barr within an arm’s length prior to the hearing. Barr will be tested today for coronavirus following Gohmert’s positive result.

Following his positive test result, Gohmert didn’t immediately isolate and self-quarantine, as health experts advise. He reportedly returned to his office, saying he wanted to inform his staffers of the test result in person rather than having them learn from news reports. Several staffers were already in the process of leaving by the time he arrived.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/gop-rep-louie-gohmert-who-refused-to-wear-a-mask-now-has-coronavirus?


I don't know about the rest of you, but where I come from they refer to this a pig ignorant (my apologies to pigs).
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Wed Jul 29, 2020, 02:05 PM (26 replies)

Trump's New Favorite COVID Doctor Believes in Alien DNA, Demon Sperm, and Hydroxychloroquine

A Houston doctor who praises hydroxychloroquine and says that face masks aren’t necessary to stop transmission of the highly contagious coronavirus has become a star on the right-wing internet, garnering tens of millions of views on Facebook on Monday alone. Donald Trump Jr. declared the video of Stella Immanuel a “must watch,” while Donald Trump himself retweeted the video.

Before Trump and his supporters embrace Immanuel’s medical expertise, though, they should consider other medical claims Immanuel has made—including those about alien DNA and the physical effects of having sex with witches and demons in your dreams.

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She alleges alien DNA is currently used in medical treatments, and that scientists are cooking up a vaccine to prevent people from being religious. And, despite appearing in Washington, D.C. to lobby Congress on Monday, she has said that the government is run in part not by humans but by “reptilians” and other aliens.

Immanuel gave her viral speech on the steps of the Supreme Court at the “White Coat Summit,” a gathering of a handful of doctors who call themselves America’s Frontline Doctors and dispute the medical consensus on the novel coronavirus. The event was organized by the right-wing group Tea Party Patriots, which is backed by wealthy Republican donors.

https://www.thedailybeast.com/stella-immanuel-trumps-new-covid-doctor-believes-in-alien-dna-demon-sperm-and-hydroxychloroquine?


This administration will pick up on any crackpot who echoes the message they want to get across. It is truly frightening that Trump and his minions will pay more attention to someone like this that they do their own medical experts.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Tue Jul 28, 2020, 09:36 AM (22 replies)

The Republicans are pulling out all the stops for their speaker line up.

https://twitter.com/MikeSington/status/1287436911179571200?s=20

https://twitter.com/MikeSington/status/1287436911179571200/photo/1?
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Jul 27, 2020, 02:15 PM (11 replies)

PBS Frontline Tuesday July 28. Conspiracy theories and the White House.

How trafficking in conspiracy theories went from the fringes of U.S. politics into the White House. FRONTLINE examines the alliance of conspiracy entrepreneur Alex Jones, Trump advisor Roger Stone, and the president, and their role in the battle over truth and lies.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Mon Jul 27, 2020, 02:10 PM (7 replies)

PBS will air a documentary on John Lewis tomorrow evening. Check your local listing.

Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sun Jul 26, 2020, 09:01 PM (2 replies)

I've spent a lot of time at home by myself this spring/summer and

I'm spending a lot more time watching the birds (and wildlife) in my yard.

I set up a new feeding station this year, so I'm offering a wider variety of food and attracting a lot of birds. They have gotten used to my presence that as long as I stay on the porch, they don't hesitate to come in within 15 feet to feed. I don't even need binoculars.

I've been surprised to see how long the juvenile birds hang out with parents after they leave the nest. The adults feed the young for a while, but after that, even if they beg, the babies have to feed themselves. It's been really interesting to see how they interact.
Posted by Arkansas Granny | Sat Jul 25, 2020, 11:04 AM (7 replies)
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