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Name: Steven Maurer
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Hometown: Aloha, Oregon
Home country: United States
Member since: Sat Apr 22, 2017, 02:46 PM
Number of posts: 332

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Lost Sense of Smell May Be Peculiar Clue to Coronavirus Infection

Source: New York Times

Doctor groups are recommending testing and isolation for people who lose their ability to smell and taste, even if they have no other symptoms.
Anosmia, the loss of sense of smell, and ageusia, an accompanying diminished sense of taste, have emerged as peculiar telltale signs of Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus, and possible markers of infection.

On Friday, British ear, nose and throat doctors, citing reports from colleagues around the world, called on adults who lose their senses of smell to isolate themselves for seven days, even if they have no other symptoms, to slow the disease’s spread. The published data is limited, but doctors are concerned enough to raise warnings.
“Almost everybody who is hospitalized has this same story,” said Dr. Marco Metra, chief of the cardiology department at the main hospital in Brescia, where 700 of 1,200 inpatients have the coronavirus. “You ask about the patient’s wife or husband. And the patient says, ‘My wife has just lost her smell and taste but otherwise she is well.’ So she is likely infected, and she is spreading it"

Read more: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/22/health/coronavirus-symptoms-smell-taste.html
Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Mar 25, 2020, 03:25 AM (9 replies)

Can I say what a breath of fresh air the DU has been during the primaries?

Are there differences of opinion? Certainly.
Are there different candidates we each pick as out #1 choice? Of course.
Are there debates about what is the most important strength our nominee should have in the general vs Trump? Absolutely.

But even with the occasional heated rhetoric, this site has a culture of adult conversation that just isn't present in other online communities. Mostly, people here argue to persuade others to their side, rather than indulge in the bullying, alienation, misrepresentation, and at times outright lying to prevalent on twitter, reddit, and other discussion forums.

Even compared to what this same site was four years ago.

It's unique. And dare I say it, refreshing.

It makes me feel much better about all our candidates, even those that aren't my #1 pick.
Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Feb 5, 2020, 08:20 PM (7 replies)

Just a quick FYI about "the base"

Anyone who needs to be "excited" or they'll refuse to vote for the Democratic nominee against Trump?


They have no moral authority over the Democratic party. So do not speak of them as such, or give anyone who threatens people with refusing to oppose Trump in the general any special regard in terms of their primary choices. In fact, do the opposite. Because frankly, these kind of people are more likely to drive away more people in the general election than they attract.

Thank you for your attention.
Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Oct 2, 2019, 02:28 AM (43 replies)

AOC was superb! But couldn't have been so without "centrist" Dems

AOC cut straight to the quick building the case for looking into Trump's tax returns and other proof of his multiple felonies. She was one of the best questioners today.

But without the House going blue, thanks to very moderate Democrats like Conor Lamb winning very Republican leaning districts, Cohen wouldn't have even been brought in to testify. Both the "Our Revolution" and "Justice" Democrats went 0 for 40 in flipping GOP seats. The Blue Wave was all won by the centrist lefties, not the left-left lefties.

In short, the Democrats need both: the pure left to speak truth and provide vision, and the moderates (and even the blue dogs) to bring the public along, along with asking the hard questions about how something will actually work. Neither are dispensable.

We all need to remember that.

// Edit: added comma
Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Feb 27, 2019, 11:17 PM (3 replies)

Please stop using these Republican framing phrases:

It's not "Tax Relief" or "Tax Reform" - It's "tax evasion".

It's not "Lower Taxes" either - It's "borrowing money we don't have to give to billionaires".

It's not "Regulatory relief" or "Less government" - It's "abusing power to get away with crimes".

It's not "Virtue signaling" - It's "calling out racists".

It's not "Political correctness" - It's "not being an asshole to people".

It's not "Strong defense" - It's "war mongering".

It's not "Family values" - It's "legalizing sex predation".

It's not "Pro Life" - It's "forced birth into poverty".

It's not "the Religious right" - It's "attacking everything that Jesus said to do"

There are more of these, and you're welcome to add them.

Note: Even the DU uses Republican phrases like "Tax Relief" in their graphics - which is why I wrote this. LOOK AT THIS: "to provide massive tax relief" ?!?

Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Dec 20, 2017, 03:20 PM (17 replies)

Oh, but Democrats and Republicans are EXACTLY THE SAME, right?

Posted by Steven Maurer | Fri Dec 1, 2017, 06:37 PM (6 replies)

Fellow Hillary supporters - PLEASE don't adopt the behaviors you criticized

It is one thing to criticize someone who is outright attacking the Democratic party, or otherwise putting forth the narrative that Democrats and/or Democratic leaders are somehow "corrupt" or "only working for corporations" and other pap.

It is quite another to bash someone simply because of a tribal identity.

Now here's the thing. I'm not telling you this because I think we should "move forward", ignoring the history of people who, for various reasons good and bad, ended up contributing to Trump being in office. I am certainly not telling you that bygones should be bygones, and we shouldn't care who stabbed who in the back.

Rather, I'm telling you this because you're supposed to be the grownups in this conversation. And you are better than that yourself.

So, unless there is some FRESH NEW ATTACK that needs to be rebutted, please don't go out of your way to attack any Democratic ally. Specifically, this means people who supported Senator Sanders in the primary (which they had absolutely every right to do) but then went on to vote for Hillary, and Senator Sanders himself, who endorsed the Democratic nominee and campaigned for her.

There are still differences, of course. Mostly about political strategy and a huge amount of misunderstanding about how hard it is to get something done when the nation is filled to the brim with racists and sexists. But making it personal, making ethical attacks, is the original sin of the Sanders campaign (since mostly walked back). So don't do that yourself.
Posted by Steven Maurer | Wed Sep 27, 2017, 04:38 PM (84 replies)

Reasonably proud of my first SciFi work

It came out well. Everything I hoped for.

No, this isn't a solicitation. Please just enjoy the pretty picture.
Posted by Steven Maurer | Tue Sep 19, 2017, 02:02 AM (8 replies)

Knock Doors

And you win. Period.

Whether you win or lose a local race has very little to do with your positions. It has everything to do with introducing yourself.

Tell her to go knock doors.

Go to the state party. Get VAN access. Cut turf. Have her go to every Democrat and Independent's house. Wear out a pair of walking shoes.

She should have a little script. Maybe something like this.

<Ding><Dong> "Hi, my name is <mopinko's sister>. I'm running for <local office>, which is an election coming up. Because I want to be your representative on <county commission/state house/local city board>, I thought it would be rather unique if I asked people about what they want to see in the local metro area.

If you had one thing that you really want addressed around here, your #1 issue, what would it be?"

Smile. Have a pleasant chat.

By the way, you can canvass for her, just say you're canvassing on her behalf. List everything she's looking to do. Print up fliers for when people aren't home.

I've helped put three people in our local Legislature doing this through the summer. It works.

Posted by Steven Maurer | Sun Sep 17, 2017, 12:39 AM (2 replies)

Its Time for Hillary Clinton to Gracefully Bow Out of Public Life, Along with All Other Women

You won’t find a bigger supporter of Hillary Clinton than me. Sure, I stumped for Barack Obama in 2008, and for Bernie Sanders during the 2016 primary, but I have always been steadfast in my belief that Hillary Rodham Clinton had the judgment and experience to be Commander-in-Chief of the United States (unless there were some technical way in which Bernie Sanders could still pull it off).

So it is as one of Clinton’s biggest supporters that I say to her now: your work here is done. It is time for Hillary Clinton to disappear from our magazine covers and our television screens, and gracefully retire from public life. Ideally, taking all other women with her.

This is about moving forward, and how are we supposed to do that when we’re hamstrung by symbols of past failures, like Hillary Clinton, or Geraldine from human resources, who makes a federal case out of every bad joke around the water cooler? Let’s save the investigating for private e-mail servers, O.K., Geraldine? There are still a lot of unanswered questions there.


Posted by Steven Maurer | Tue Jul 18, 2017, 03:24 PM (6 replies)
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