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Friday, October 08, 2021

The Palm Beach Police and Fire Foundation is planning a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago this winter that will likely put some quarter-million dollars into Donald Trump's cash registers - despite the former president's incitement of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol that led to the deaths of five police officers and injuries to 140 more. read more

Thursday, October 07, 2021

Damian Williams, an unassuming figure with stellar credentials, is now the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan. "Beyond his extraordinary qualifications, Damian is the right person at this time in history to be the U.S. attorney for Manhattan," said Theodore V. Wells Jr., a Black partner at the law firm Paul, Weiss and one of the nation's most prominent litigators. read more

Twenty years ago, Judy Bolden served 18 months in a Florida prison. She has been free ever since, but she is still barred from voting by the state until she pays all court fines and fees associated with her conviction. [S]he said she had received a letter informing her that her outstanding debt was a few hundred dollars. Then she checked the Volusia County website and learned that she actually owes nearly $53,000. read more

A new study published Thursday in the journal Pediatrics attempts to quantify the vast hole left by these deaths, estimating that roughly 140,000 children under 18 may have lost parents or caregivers from March 2020 to June 2021 due to covid or other causes classified as pandemic-related. read more

Friday, October 01, 2021

In a scene worthy of a comedy sketch, a Turkish man joined a search party for a missing person not realizing the individual being pursued was him. read more


Until you make restitution, you should not get any rights restored.

Did you read the details at all? First, the people's amendment - which affirminately received 2/3rds of the vote - contained no such stipulation. The legislature inserted their own will to blunt what the voters actually passed because they deemed the new law would hurt the Republican Party at the ballot box. This is not a valid reason for passing laws. The law does not serve the Florida people, it only serves the GOP's political objective to limit ballot access to who they perceive as likely voters for other parties.

Second, Florida never had a comprehensive database or systems that kept track of these debts, making it impossible for many former convicts to even find out how much and to whom they owe money. If there are no or incomplete records, what is a person supposed to do?

Third, many of these debts have been turned over to debt collection companies which have tacked on exorbitant fees and interest onto some tabs pushing them into 10s of thousands of dollars. Not to mention that each additional court appearance adds further fees to their totals when ex-convicts try to adjudicate their new legislature-dictated situations.

Fourth, having your freedom taken away IS paying for your crime. If lawmakers are actually interested in restitution then they should create work opportunities for convicts still incarcerated to pay off their debts during their confinement, not actually add the additional sentence of being an indentured servant even after completing prison stints.

This is the way it's been in Florida for a century and a half, ever since the state's Constitution was amended shortly after the Civil War to bar those convicted of a felony from voting. That ban, like similar ones in many other states, was the work of white politicians intent on keeping ballots, and thus political power, out of the hands of millions of Black people who had just been freed from slavery and made full citizens.

Even as other states began reversing their own bans in recent years, Florida remained a holdout - until 2018, when Floridians overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to nearly everyone with a criminal record, upon the completion of their sentence. (Those convicted of murder or a felony sexual offense were excluded.)

Democratic and Republican voters alike approved the measure, which passed with nearly two-thirds support. Immediately, as many as 1.4 million people in the state became eligible to vote. It was the biggest expansion of voting rights in decades, anywhere in the country.

That should have been the end of it. But within a year, Florida's Republican-led Legislature gutted the reform by passing a law defining a criminal sentence as complete only after the person sentenced has paid all legal financial obligations connected to it.

The state adds insult to injury by making it difficult, if not impossible, for many of these people, like Ms. Bolden, to figure out what they owe. There is no central database with those numbers, and counties vary in their record-keeping diligence. Some convictions are so old that there are no records to be located.

This isn't just Kafkaesque. It may well be the deciding factor in Florida elections: Donald Trump carried the state by roughly 370,000 votes in 2020, or about half the number of Floridians who are denied the right to vote because they can't afford to pay their fines and fees.

If Florida Republicans spent a fraction of the time actually trying to improve the lives and safety of their constituents instead of usurping the expressed will of voters and actively disenfranchising as many of those they see as opposition voters, the state would be far better than it currently is.

One day there will be a reckoning for those responsible for so much abhorrent anti-democratic, openly racially-skewed behavior. Here's hoping the countervailing political whirlwinds come as swiftly as Mother Nature's many tropical cyclones do to the state of Florida.

Susan Hillis, a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention researcher and lead author of the study, said she has been lying awake at night worrying about the magnitude of the problem. "It's disturbing to think about how for every four covid deaths, one child is left behind," Hillis said. "This is a crisis."

Mass casualty events in history have been shown to have a domino effect on children. Following World War I, studies showed that children whose soldier fathers died before or after their birth appeared to have decreased life spans. The more than 3,000 children who lost parents in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks still talk about the impact it has had on their lives.

"When a death is sudden and unexpected - which covid is by its nature - there's a lot of uncertainty, and that can put children at risk for many different health consequences," said Komal Sharma-Patel, a clinical psychologist at Children's National Hospital, who has been working with children who have lost parents due to covid.

In Dallas, Aaron Blake Sr., a bishop who has been working with children orphaned by covid, said he broke down in tears when he saw data on parent and caregiver deaths from covid at a recent meeting with other Christian leaders.

You don't have to be personally infected with Covid to have your life affected by it. Seems the party of family values would be more cognizant of the lasting damage being left by anti-vaxxers decimating thousands upon thousands of families when parents die from a virus now immunizable against the vast majority of severe outcomes.

Thoughts and prayers aren't bringing these parents and caregivers back, and the lives of the surviving children are inextricably altered on top of the tragedy of the initial losses themselves.

On Tuesday, Mr. Williams, 41, was confirmed by the Senate to be the next United States attorney for the Southern District of New York -- a position whose occupants have included future judges, senators, cabinet members and a New York City mayor. The appointment would make Mr. Williams the most powerful federal law enforcement official in Manhattan and, significantly, the first Black person to lead the storied 232-year-old office.

The Southern District handles some of the nation's most complex fraud, terrorism and corruption cases, including prosecutions that reached former President Donald J. Trump's inner circle. The office is preparing to try Ghislaine Maxwell, the longtime companion to Jeffrey Epstein, on sex-trafficking charges (she has pleaded not guilty), and it is investigating Rudolph W. Giuliani, the former New York City mayor, Trump lawyer and onetime Southern District U.S. attorney, over his dealings in Ukraine before the 2020 presidential election. He has denied wrongdoing.

Over its long history, Southern District alumni have gone on to serve on the Supreme Court, as U.S. attorney general, secretaries of war and homeland security, F.B.I. director, police commissioner, Manhattan district attorney and New York City mayor (Mr. Giuliani). Yet another, who served in the 1880s, later won the Nobel Peace Prize.

But the office has never been led by a Black person.

"It's not just that Damian is going to be a Black U.S. attorney," said Martin S. Bell, a former Southern District prosecutor who is also Black. "He's also somebody who offers a heightened potential for thoughtfulness and creativity when it comes to bigger questions concerning criminal justice -- and the office's own ability to be credible to a rich, vast and diverse constituency of New Yorkers."

Good luck and godspeed Damian. Protect and defend the Constitution from those trying and willing to subvert it for their own gains.

They are being subjected to more prosecution than those who set buildings on fire and usurped several city blocks.


BS as usual.

Portland man sentenced to 5 years for setting fire during protests

*A Portland man has been sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree arson for starting a dumpster fire near the city's North Precinct during a protest nearly a year ago.

DA Mike Schmidt announces a 60-month prison sentence in civil unrest, arson case

*Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt announced that Gavaughn Streeter-Hillerich received a 60-month prison sentence after pleading guilty to one count of Arson in the First Degree.

The guilty plea means Streeter-Hillerich intentionally damaged property owned by the City of Portland by starting a fire and thereby recklessly placing another person in danger of physical injury.


*Man sentenced to 4 years in prison for role in 2020 Portland riot


*Portland protester guilty of arson sentenced to 48 months in prison

A protester who pleaded guilty to arson and throwing a Molotov cocktail at police during a Sept. 23, 2020, demonstration in downtown Portland was sentenced Monday to 48 months in prison.

Cyan Bass set fire to the Multnomah County Justice Center and used a slingshot to damage some of the building's windows, according to court documents.


I have not seen one single sentence related to the 1/6 insurrectionists as harsh as ANY of the above, and there's plenty more if you Google.

Such a bald-faced lie by a bald-faced liar. Or you're simply a malinformed ignoramus - your choice.

Elizabeth Fiedler was scrolling through Facebook when she came across a post circulating on social media from a Florida police department. The post included a photo of a man who police said stole two boxes of diapers and some wipes from a Walmart.

Fiedler, who is 16 and lives in Johnson County, Kan., said she felt sadness for the man in the photo and decided to leave a comment on Facebook. "Doubt I will get a response, but I will pay for these items as long as you leave this man alone," she wrote that same day. Her comment was soon liked by more than 4,000 people. Fiedler wasn't alone in her outrage.

The post was shared several thousand times, and more than 4,500 people weighed in, saying they were offended and upset by the police notice. Facebook users across the United States, and even other countries, commented that they wanted to help the man and his children.

"I'm very supportive of police in general, but this is just cold and heartless," commented a man from Jacksonville, Fla.

"The man is trying hard to care for his children. Have some compassion," wrote a woman from New York.

"I am so disappointed in this post. I'll pay for his diapers. I'm not saying it was right but seriously. I'm sorry guy for the embarrassment and sorry for the person who felt the need to post this," another wrote.

Marshall Welch, a 34-year-old hotel manager from Auburndale, Fla., said he was disappointed that the Winter Haven police shared the dad's embarrassing situation on social media.

"I don't disagree that he broke the law," Welch said. "What I disagree with was out of all the cases they get from Walmart, why did they choose to blast a father trying to provide for his children after many attempts to pay for the items?"

After the man was identified by someone in the public, Walmart signed a waiver not to prosecute him. And the police let him know there were many people in the public trying to reach out and help him and his family. They also gave him a list of local organizations that are available to provide help.

Merck and partner Ridgeback Biotherapeutics said in a news release they would apply for emergency use authorization for the drug, molnupiravir, in the United States as soon as possible. It would be the first antiviral pill for covid-19.

A simple, easy-to-prescribe pill that prevents mild and moderate cases of covid-19, the illness caused by the coronavirus, from turning into dire episodes has been one of the missing pieces of the medical armamentarium to fight the virus.

Merck has already begun producing molnupiravir. The small brown capsules must be taken twice a day for five days. The company predicts it will make 10 million courses of treatment by the end of the year. The U.S. government made an advance purchase of 1.7 million treatment courses of the drug at a cost of $1.2 billion.

The biggest impact of the drug might be in the rest of the world, where vaccine availability is low and monoclonal antibody treatments may be impractical or unavailable. Merck has licensed its drug to five Indian generic drug manufacturers to speed up availability in low- and middle-income countries, many of which have had limited access to vaccines.

The company said it would use a "tiered pricing approach," pricing the drug to reflect countries' ability to pay for the drug.

A global trial of the pill enrolled 775 people with mild or moderate covid-19. Participants had at least one risk factor for severe covid-19, such as obesity or advanced age. They had to start the drug regimen within five days of symptom onset and be unvaccinated.

Half of study participants received the drug and half received a placebo. No deaths were reported among people receiving the drug, but eight deaths were recorded among those who received a placebo. The rate of hospitalization and death in people who received the drug was 7.3 percent - about half the level for those who received a placebo.

Those results, showing the drug afforded significant protection, led an independent safety board to suggest halting the trial.

Laboratory and animal experiments suggest the pill may be effective against known variants, including delta. Unlike vaccines or antibodies that target specific proteins on the surface of the virus, molnupiravir works by introducing genetic errors that garble the coronavirus's genetic code. That means it may be more resistant to mutation, and may even work on other coronaviruses or RNA viruses.


This is a BFD for real! Having another effective weapon against Covid is a fantastic breakthrough in pharmaceutical science and the fact generic licenses have already been signed bodes well for the lesser income countries and their populations on top of the discovery.

Here's hoping molnupiravir will become a Covid defeater readily available the world over in the coming months.

then the only thing we are discussing was whether or not staff at nursing homes did not wear masks because they were not available or if they did not wear them because the CDC told them that they did not need to - again CLOTH SURGICAL MASKS.

FAQs on Shortages of Surgical Masks and Gowns During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Content current as of: 06/19/2020

Q: Is there a shortage of gowns? Surgical masks?

A: The FDA is aware that as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to expand globally, the supply chain for these devices will continue to be stressed if demand exceeds available supplies. We have received information from healthcare organizations that some distributors may have placed certain types of personal protective equipment (PPE) on allocation, basing the quantity available to the healthcare organization on previous usage, not projected use. Increased use may exceed the available supply of PPE, resulting in shortages at some healthcare organizations.

Health Care Workers Still Face Daunting Shortages of Masks and Other P.P.E.

Frontline medical personnel in hospitals and nursing homes are urging the incoming Biden administration to use the Defense Production Act to increase manufacturing of personal protective equipment.

With the White House largely disengaged from the crisis, medical workers, supply chain specialists and public health experts are urging President-elect Biden to make good on his campaign promises to use the Defense Production Act to boost domestic manufacturing of personal protective equipment, test kits, vaccines and the medical supplies needed to immunize hundreds of millions of Americans. They are also hoping the incoming administration will take over the distribution of scarce goods and put an end to profiteering and the mad scramble for P.P.E. that has pitted states and deep-pocketed hospital chains against nursing homes and small rural hospitals.

Get Us PPE, a volunteer organization that connects health care facilities to available protective gear, says requests for help have more than tripled in the first half of December compared with the same period last month. Nearly 90 percent of the frontline workers the group surveyed across the country say they are repeatedly reusing masks designed for single use.

"In the early days of the pandemic, masks were in short supply, and they were rationed for doctors and nurses.

No, they weren't. That is a lie.

Is it not a lie, it's the truth.

At War With No Ammo': Doctors Say Shortage of Protective Gear Is Dire

March 19, 2020

The Open Cities Community Health Center in St. Paul, Minn., is considering shutting down because it doesn't have enough face masks. Doctors at Barnes Jewish Hospital in St. Louis are performing invasive procedures on coronavirus patients with loose fitting surgical masks rather than the tight respirator masks recommended by health agencies. At a Los Angeles emergency room, doctors were given a box of expired masks, and when they tried to put them on, the elastic bands snapped.

With coronavirus cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other front-line medical workers across the United States are confronting a dire shortage of masks, surgical gowns and eye gear to protect them from the virus.

Earlier this week, administrators informed doctors at Memorial Sloan Kettering in Manhattan that they were down to one-week supply of respirator masks, but working to get more, according to a physician familiar with the situation.

Rebecca Bartles, who heads infection prevention efforts for the Providence St. Joseph hospital chain based in Washington, said it was only a matter of days before some of the system's 51 hospitals and 800 clinics run out of personal protective equipment " a situation that imperils the nation's ability to respond to a pandemic still in its early stages.

"We're on mile one of a marathon," she said, adding, "what does mile 25 look like?"

Why would you so blatantly lie about something that we all just lived through only a year ago?

The only reason to lie is that you are intentionally trying to pass disinformation to unsuspecting readers, iow, trying to get people to believe your lies over the instantly Googlable truth.

My only question after this Russia-based, democracy-destroying, intentional disinformation campaign, is why is RCade allowing posters like this to spread lies and false information that continues to cause blinded Americans to expose themselves and our communities to a deadly virus?

There's no both sides or interpretation of the truth. The US suffered from a PPE shortage during the early days of the Covid epidemic. This was the stated reason the CDC/NIH asked Americans not to sop up any more of the scare PPE supplies needed by our frontline healthcare providers dealing with Covid patients as a part of their jobs. Anyone saying that this did not happen is lying, and knowingly so, full stop.

People familiar with Trump's legal battles also took notice of one element of the allegation: Weisselberg is described as making changes to something called "Donald J. Trump's Detail General Ledger." If true, the allegation would mean that, in addition to Weisselberg and Trump's accountants keeping a set of records detailing the company's finances, there was another ledger, one specifically maintained, the name implies, for Donald J. Trump. "My jaw literally dropped when I saw that," Tristan Snell, a former New York assistant attorney general, who investigated claims of fraud against Trump University that resulted in a twenty-five-million-dollar settlement, said. "If there was a ledger for him, it blows up the notion that Trump didn't know about it - it means there was a set of numbers prepared for Donald Trump." Snell said the public disclosure of the separate ledger's existence is a signal from the prosecutors to the former President: "We have your ledger."

If Weisselberg and Trump's company lose the case, it may be because Trump's desire not to write things down was overtaken by his desire to make certain that he was not paying his longest-serving and most loyal aide any more than they had agreed upon.

For those who keep wrongly claiming that Trump somehow will never be held accountable, read the above paragraphs with clarity. Copious evidence of Donald's direct criminality is already being adjudicated. It's only a matter of time before the walls of Trump's seeming legal invincibility will start crumbling from every direction, one after another.

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