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Gender: Female
Hometown: Washington state, for half my life
Home country: USA
Current location: SW Alabama. for the rest of my life
Member since: Wed Feb 27, 2008, 02:09 PM
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About Me

Retired Mental Health/Sub. Abuse therapist, happily moldering in "Maycomb", 2 notches from the buckle of the Bible Belt. One cat away from being called crazy.

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Mississippi Churches, Stores Reopen As Governor Overrides Mayors' COVID-19 Orders


Alabama and Miss. Governors share the same denial of virus danger.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has shrugged off the idea of a shelter in place and/or emergency declaration about the virus. Says doesn't want to hurt the economy.

Exact words: ""We are not California. We are not New York. We are not even Louisiana."

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves signed an executive order Tuesday that effectively overruled cities who shuttered non-essential businesses amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Reeves, a Republican, signed an order that labels businesses such as gun stores, department stores and real estate offices as both "essential" and "critical."

He said: "Mississippi's never going to be China," "Mississippi's never going to be North Korea."


Here's how O'Hara airport is giving everyone the virus


Unfuckin' believable....

Oklahoma Guv. posted this and then deleted it after the predictable comments:


The 19th Surgeon General of the United States has grim news.

Yesterday, I spoke with doctors from one of the nation’s leading academic hospitals located in a state where #COVID19 cases are increasing quickly. This is what they told me: They've been seeing *many* patients with symptoms concerning for COVID19 who need testing (1/x)

Rest is here:

The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing

Bottom line is CDC is being politicized.

Updated at 4:07 p.m. E.T. on Friday, March 6, 2020.

It’s one of the most urgent questions in the United States right now: How many people have actually been tested for the coronavirus?

This number would give a sense of how widespread the disease is, and how forceful a response to it the United States is mustering. But for days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has refused to publish such a count, despite public anxiety and criticism from Congress. On Monday, Stephen Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, estimated that “by the end of this week, close to a million tests will be able to be performed” in the United States. On Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence promised that “roughly 1.5 million tests” would be available this week.

But the number of tests performed across the country has fallen far short of those projections, despite extraordinarily high demand, The Atlantic has found.


I have a close family member working in a very large W. Coast hospital.

He has daily access to management meetings.

As of today, patient care staff have been told:

"The current COVID 19 outbreak has placed a significant strain on the availability of PPE products globally. As a result, demand has increased significantly and
suppliers have placed restrictions on ordering these products, thereby limiting the quantity that healthcare providers are able to purchase.

In order to preserve the supply available, conservation measures have been implemented."


One of the conservation measures is to limit each patient room to just 2 staff wearing the masks.
It's also been pointed out that most beard/mustache wearers cannot get a tight enough fit to the masks.

I imagine things are same for other hospitals.

One of the best descriptions of where we are as a country...

Tara Westover, author of the best-selling 2018 memoir, Educated, recently spoke with Jeffrey Goldberg
for this piece in the Atlantic, about cultural separation and mutual misunderstanding in America.
In this interview she coins a few interesting phrases.

Democrats and Republicans increasingly live and work in different places. We have different experiences.
As a general rule, I think we focus far too much on Donald Trump. We act like he’s the problem, but he’s not. He’s just a symptom—a sign of poor political hygiene.

Our political system requires us to have a basic level of respect for each other, of empathy for each other. That loss of empathy is what I call a breaking of charity.
It’s a term that’s associated with the Salem witch trials, and it refers to the moment when two members of a tribe disfellowship each other, and become two tribes. That, I think, is the biggest threat to our country, more than any single issue or politician. It’s the fact that the left and the right, the elite and the non-elite, the urban and the rural—however you want to slice it up—they no longer see themselves reflected in the other person. They no longer interpret each other as having charitable intent.

Democrats and Republicans now have a different experience of life in this country. Broadly speaking, the modern economy works well for cities and badly for the countryside. In recent years, growth has been hyper-concentrated in our cities, which are hubs of technology and finance. Meanwhile, the hinterlands, which rely on agriculture and manufacturing—what you might call the “old economy”—have sunk into a deep decline. There are places in the United States where the recession never ended. For them, it has been 2009 for 10 years. That does something to people, psychologically.

Fascinating food for thought, esp. if you know Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance or the older Rainbow Pie by the late (and very much missed) Joe Bageant.


If you have ever had a smallest doubt of his true insanity, listen to this:

At his rally in Colorado Springs.....
( He's pissed 'cause Greta/Time magazine) and he says..."when the world revolves around us, shouldn't we win it? Every year!"
check out the close caption..he really says this.
This is certifiable. This is the Napoleon posing with hand in jacket crazy.


Just signed in for today, and some of the fonts are neon green (solved, it waa me)

Is it just me or did I miss an announcement of a change???
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