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Reply #60 posted 06/22/20 1:44pm

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Is there a planet to send morons to... rolleyes

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Reply #61 posted 06/22/20 4:05pm

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purplethunder3121 said:

Is there a planet to send morons to... rolleyes


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Reply #62 posted 06/22/20 4:09pm

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DiminutiveRocker said:

purplethunder3121 said:

Is there a planet to send morons to... rolleyes


nod Uranus

eek falloff

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Reply #63 posted 06/22/20 4:12pm

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Or maybe they can rename the planet "Maganus"

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Reply #64 posted 06/22/20 4:15pm

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If the total amount of cases in the world is approx 9 million and the total amount of cases in the US is 2.3 million... that means nearly one out of every 3-4 people who has contracted covid-19 is American. eek


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Reply #65 posted 06/22/20 4:16pm

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DiminutiveRocker said:

purplethunder3121 said:

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Or maybe they can rename the planet "Maganus"

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disbelief evillol

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Reply #66 posted 06/23/20 1:53am

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The "Trump Death Clock" truck moved in to join the camaraderie in Tulsa, Okla., ahead of President Trump's rally there Saturday evening.

The truck displays digital statistics on three different faces of the vehicle, delivering a real-time tracker of alleged needless American deaths due to Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian reported.

The mobilized clock is strategically placed outside the BOK Center, where Trump's rally is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. CT on Saturday...

So this guy says he’ll be driving around a mobile “Trump Death Clock” at the #TulsaTrumpRally all day.

This is not exactly a hit with Trump supporters. First thing I heard someone say was “what’s that, a counter for all the babies Planned Parenthood kills?”

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Reply #67 posted 06/24/20 10:03am

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Opening up early is spreading the virus rapidly and the cost will be American lives.



(CNN)As Florida emerges from its coronavirus shutdown, the state is experiencing a surge of Covid-19 cases, with younger Floridians accounting for a significant number of positive tests.

The Florida Department of Health reported an additional 3,286 cases of coronavirus on Tuesday, bringing the state total to 103,503.
Medical experts and elected officials have attributed the rising numbers to a combination of more testing and more social contact as businesses reopen and, in recent weeks, to people's participation in large protests, although that has not been clearly established.
In Miami-Dade County, the state's most populous with 2.71 million people, data compiled by research...University shows that the number of positive Covid-19 tests has increased by an average of 35 every day during the past two weeks.

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Reply #68 posted 06/24/20 10:37am

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The Trump admin. plans to end federal funding and support for coronavirus testing sites at the end of this month, @NBCNews has learned.

https://twitter.com/i/sta...0448976897

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Reply #69 posted 06/24/20 4:54pm

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The Trump admin. plans to end federal funding and support for coronavirus testing sites at the end of this month, @NBCNews has learned.

https://twitter.com/i/sta...0448976897

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Meanwhile:

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In 11 states, new cases---> more than doubled.









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Reply #70 posted 06/24/20 5:04pm

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DiminutiveRocker said:

benni said:

The Trump admin. plans to end federal funding and support for coronavirus testing sites at the end of this month, @NBCNews has learned.

https://twitter.com/i/sta...0448976897

eek

Meanwhile:

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In 11 states, new cases---> more than doubled.

All states that did not take quarantine seriously, Oklahoma skyrocketed. So many more will die unless we vote orangetrash out and get to testing. We are still on the first wave, the second hasn't even begun.

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Reply #71 posted 06/24/20 5:08pm

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Posted this, this morning on the wrong thread. sad

It's on the rise again. Warm weather is not slowing it down.

Number of cases at the hospital I work at on Monday was 9, Tuesday was 18.

A co-worker that sits 5 feet away from me decided to come into the office last week, not feeling well. She had chills, cough, sneezing, turns out she tested positive for Covid...she didn't want to use her PTO so she wouldn't tell the boss, she got tested on her own and they had to report it to the company. That's the only reason we know about it. sad

The hospital won't test any of us co-workers.


Updated.

Today at the hospital there is another 17 cases on top of the 18 that was already there. These are cases that are serious enough to require hospitalization.


My kids got me a sewing machine for Mother's Day that has finally arrived so I've been making cloth masks like crazy and giving them to my co-workers............until the memo arrived today and we are no longer allowed to wear the cloth masks, only the hospital issued masks....the administration has been begging for masks.......


Anybody here need any masks? I will give them to you. If you are interested, message me.


Another memo came out that stated the hospital is not responsible for any employee who contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask. And that if a co-worker contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask in the office, and the rest of us do, and we still come down with COVID that they aren't responsible.. HUH? WTF?

I am so sick of this place. This is the 3rd time, I've been exposed and they will not do any testing on me, unless I show signs, and then I have to go to my Primary Care Dr. and not employee health.


I just get off of the temperature probabtion where I have to report my temp twice a day to HR and here I am having to do it again, I'm sure HR is just as sick of me as I am of them. mad

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Reply #72 posted 06/24/20 5:13pm

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PennyPurple said:

Posted this, this morning on the wrong thread. sad

It's on the rise again. Warm weather is not slowing it down.

Number of cases at the hospital I work at on Monday was 9, Tuesday was 18.

A co-worker that sits 5 feet away from me decided to come into the office last week, not feeling well. She had chills, cough, sneezing, turns out she tested positive for Covid...she didn't want to use her PTO so she wouldn't tell the boss, she got tested on her own and they had to report it to the company. That's the only reason we know about it. sad

The hospital won't test any of us co-workers.


Updated.

Today at the hospital there is another 17 cases on top of the 18 that was already there. These are cases that are serious enough to require hospitalization.


My kids got me a sewing machine for Mother's Day that has finally arrived so I've been making cloth masks like crazy and giving them to my co-workers............until the memo arrived today and we are no longer allowed to wear the cloth masks, only the hospital issued masks....the administration has been begging for masks.......


Anybody here need any masks? I will give them to you. If you are interested, message me.


Another memo came out that stated the hospital is not responsible for any employee who contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask. And that if a co-worker contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask in the office, and the rest of us do, and we still come down with COVID that they aren't responsible.. HUH? WTF?

I am so sick of this place. This is the 3rd time, I've been exposed and they will not do any testing on me, unless I show signs, and then I have to go to my Primary Care Dr. and not employee health.


I just get off of the temperature probabtion where I have to report my temp twice a day to HR and here I am having to do it again, I'm sure HR is just as sick of me as I am of them. mad



disbelief sorry to hear this Penny, hug they are lucky you all have not up and quit! mad


I was watching a nurse's video last night from Imperial County, CA - east of San Diego. She said they are way over capacity, people are dying and they are running the ICU on a thread of energy. sad She said their small community is inundated with the virus.


WHAT'S WRONG WITH PEOPLE?!?!?! STAY THE F HOME AND WEAR A GODDAMN MASK!







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Reply #73 posted 06/24/20 5:15pm

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poppys said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

eek

Meanwhile:
In 11 states, new cases---> more than doubled.

All states that did not take quarantine seriously, Oklahoma skyrocketed. So many more will die unless we vote orangetrash out and get to testing. We are still on the first wave, the second hasn't even begun.

These states must be attempting herd immunity, right? What's their excuse for allowing this bullshit!?!?!?!?! pissed

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Reply #74 posted 06/24/20 8:14pm

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COVID-19 has climbed to the top of the causes of death in the US.

Last week there were 4,479 deaths from COVID-19. During the same period, extrapolating from 2018 days, heart disease, which is normally the number one killer, would have about 1774 deaths.

Using the same data set, COVID-19 killed more people in the US, than heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lung disease and stroke combined.

The video appears to end about the end of May. The COVID-19 deaths were 2,168 at that time. Twenty-three days later, they have more than doubled.

Time to get our act together!

https://public.flourish.s...n/1830480/
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Reply #75 posted 06/25/20 5:38am

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PennyPurple said:

Posted this, this morning on the wrong thread. sad

It's on the rise again. Warm weather is not slowing it down.

Number of cases at the hospital I work at on Monday was 9, Tuesday was 18.

A co-worker that sits 5 feet away from me decided to come into the office last week, not feeling well. She had chills, cough, sneezing, turns out she tested positive for Covid...she didn't want to use her PTO so she wouldn't tell the boss, she got tested on her own and they had to report it to the company. That's the only reason we know about it. sad

The hospital won't test any of us co-workers.


Updated.

Today at the hospital there is another 17 cases on top of the 18 that was already there. These are cases that are serious enough to require hospitalization.


My kids got me a sewing machine for Mother's Day that has finally arrived so I've been making cloth masks like crazy and giving them to my co-workers............until the memo arrived today and we are no longer allowed to wear the cloth masks, only the hospital issued masks....the administration has been begging for masks.......


Anybody here need any masks? I will give them to you. If you are interested, message me.


Another memo came out that stated the hospital is not responsible for any employee who contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask. And that if a co-worker contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask in the office, and the rest of us do, and we still come down with COVID that they aren't responsible.. HUH? WTF?

I am so sick of this place. This is the 3rd time, I've been exposed and they will not do any testing on me, unless I show signs, and then I have to go to my Primary Care Dr. and not employee health.


I just get off of the temperature probabtion where I have to report my temp twice a day to HR and here I am having to do it again, I'm sure HR is just as sick of me as I am of them. mad

This is awful Penny. As Dimi said, they are lucky you haven't walked.

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Reply #76 posted 06/25/20 6:10am

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PennyPurple said:

Posted this, this morning on the wrong thread. sad

It's on the rise again. Warm weather is not slowing it down.

Number of cases at the hospital I work at on Monday was 9, Tuesday was 18.

A co-worker that sits 5 feet away from me decided to come into the office last week, not feeling well. She had chills, cough, sneezing, turns out she tested positive for Covid...she didn't want to use her PTO so she wouldn't tell the boss, she got tested on her own and they had to report it to the company. That's the only reason we know about it. sad

The hospital won't test any of us co-workers.


Updated.

Today at the hospital there is another 17 cases on top of the 18 that was already there. These are cases that are serious enough to require hospitalization.


My kids got me a sewing machine for Mother's Day that has finally arrived so I've been making cloth masks like crazy and giving them to my co-workers............until the memo arrived today and we are no longer allowed to wear the cloth masks, only the hospital issued masks....the administration has been begging for masks.......


Anybody here need any masks? I will give them to you. If you are interested, message me.


Another memo came out that stated the hospital is not responsible for any employee who contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask. And that if a co-worker contracts COVID and doesn't wear a mask in the office, and the rest of us do, and we still come down with COVID that they aren't responsible.. HUH? WTF?

I am so sick of this place. This is the 3rd time, I've been exposed and they will not do any testing on me, unless I show signs, and then I have to go to my Primary Care Dr. and not employee health.


I just get off of the temperature probabtion where I have to report my temp twice a day to HR and here I am having to do it again, I'm sure HR is just as sick of me as I am of them. mad


This is awful Penny. As Dimi said, they are lucky you haven't walked.


Sucks. Maybe tell them you are going to quit if you don't get thorough testing? And look for a new job, see what's out there. This could go on for a few years, if they don't value you, maybe another employer will.

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Reply #77 posted 06/25/20 6:12am

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DiminutiveRocker said:

COVID-19 has climbed to the top of the causes of death in the US.

Last week there were 4,479 deaths from COVID-19. During the same period, extrapolating from 2018 days, heart disease, which is normally the number one killer, would have about 1774 deaths.

Using the same data set, COVID-19 killed more people in the US, than heart disease, cancer, accidents, chronic lung disease and stroke combined.

The video appears to end about the end of May. The COVID-19 deaths were 2,168 at that time. Twenty-three days later, they have more than doubled.

Time to get our act together!

https://public.flourish.s...n/1830480/

On top of that now anyone traveling into NY/NJ/CT from any of the hotspot states, will be asked to do a 14 day quarantine. I don’t see how that will be done, especially when I read they’re not going to ‘enforce’ it. Guess they have to trust that people will do it. Even if you live in any of those 3 states, and traveling back home here, they are suggesting those residents quarantine as well.

Waiting for updates on how this a going to be handled. It seems we are going to be dealing with this a long time. I can’t even see students returning to school in the fall, if we get a spike in these 3 states before Fall.
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Reply #78 posted 06/25/20 6:21am

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Cali was doing fine for a while, but now they recently had 7000 new cases this week, in a day. Wonder if the Governor will have to do another shutdown soon.

https://www.cnn.com/2020/...index.html


California breaks coronavirus records. Gatherings in homes may fuel spread as more young people get sick

By Christina Maxouris, CNN

Updated 7:00 AM ET, Thu June 25, 2020

“California, the most populous US state and the first to implement a statewide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, is setting daily records this week for new cases as officials urge caution and dangle enforcement threats to try to curb the spikes.

The virus is spreading at private gatherings in homes, and more young people are testing positive, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. Infections at some prisons are raising concerns.”


Counties that don't enforce health orders that aim to halt the spread could see state funding withheld, Newsom said, urging residents to wear face coverings and social distance. The fiscal threat comes amid a surge in cases across several states and highlights tensions between public health guidelines and the push to resume life as it was before the pandemic.“


The state broke a record Tuesday with an increase of more than 7,000 cases in a day, obliterating a record hit a day earlier, when more than 5,000 new cases were recorded, officials reported Wednesday.“
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Reply #79 posted 06/25/20 6:50am

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DiminutiveRocker said:

poppys said:

All states that did not take quarantine seriously, Oklahoma skyrocketed. So many more will die unless we vote orangetrash out and get to testing. We are still on the first wave, the second hasn't even begun.

These states must be attempting herd immunity, right? What's their excuse for allowing this bullshit!?!?!?!?! pissed

Dunno, look at this - an anti-mask rally for Covid-19 using the George Floyd protests.

Arizona councilman sparks backlash after saying 'I can't breathe' at anti-mask rally

A Republican city council member in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday apologized after drawing fierce backlash from across the state for repeatedly saying the words "I can't breathe" during an anti-mask rally.

Guy Phillips (R) made the remarks while speaking at a rally expressing opposition to the Scottsdale mayor's announcement that all residents must wear face coverings as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Video captured at the event showed Phillips taking the microphone while wearing a mask and twice saying, "I can't breathe," words that have become a rallying cry after they were heard being said by George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis police custody last month.

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Reply #80 posted 06/25/20 7:38am

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2elijah said:

Cali was doing fine for a while, but now they recently had 7000 new cases this week, in a day. Wonder if the Governor will have to do another shutdown soon. https://www.cnn.com/2020/...index.html California breaks coronavirus records. Gatherings in homes may fuel spread as more young people get sick By Christina Maxouris, CNN Updated 7:00 AM ET, Thu June 25, 2020 “California, the most populous US state and the first to implement a statewide lockdown to combat the coronavirus outbreak, is setting daily records this week for new cases as officials urge caution and dangle enforcement threats to try to curb the spikes. The virus is spreading at private gatherings in homes, and more young people are testing positive, Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday. Infections at some prisons are raising concerns.” Counties that don't enforce health orders that aim to halt the spread could see state funding withheld, Newsom said, urging residents to wear face coverings and social distance. The fiscal threat comes amid a surge in cases across several states and highlights tensions between public health guidelines and the push to resume life as it was before the pandemic.“ The state broke a record Tuesday with an increase of more than 7,000 cases in a day, obliterating a record hit a day earlier, when more than 5,000 new cases were recorded, officials reported Wednesday.“



Ugh, I know sad Imperial County has been very hard hit (east of San Diego). I'd say in my neighborhood it's about 85% masks on in public streets and 100% in stores (you cannot go in without it). I have noticed that runners and cyclists seem to go mask less more than pedestrians. The only place I go other than the store is for neighborhood walks ans to parks with my dog - I always wear a mask and social distance by at least 20-50 feet but I do see large gatherings clustered together with no masks. Governor points to private gatherings in homes.

Newsom chided residents who are hosting private events at their homes, including family gatherings, children's play dates and birthday parties.

"Many of us understandably developed a little cabin fever. Some of us, I would argue, developed a little amnesia. Others have just frankly taken down their guard," the governor said Wednesday.

"People are mixing and that is increasing the spread of the virus," he added. neutral

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Reply #81 posted 06/25/20 7:43am

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poppys said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

These states must be attempting herd immunity, right? What's their excuse for allowing this bullshit!?!?!?!?! pissed

Dunno, look at this - an anti-mask rally for Covid-19 using the George Floyd protests.

Arizona councilman sparks backlash after saying 'I can't breathe' at anti-mask rally

A Republican city council member in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday apologized after drawing fierce backlash from across the state for repeatedly saying the words "I can't breathe" during an anti-mask rally.

Guy Phillips (R) made the remarks while speaking at a rally expressing opposition to the Scottsdale mayor's announcement that all residents must wear face coverings as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Video captured at the event showed Phillips taking the microphone while wearing a mask and twice saying, "I can't breathe," words that have become a rallying cry after they were heard being said by George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis police custody last month.

Anti-mask rally? hmph! Mocking the protestors is fucked up.... and conversely UNRUE. Idiot.

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Reply #82 posted 06/25/20 8:01am

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DiminutiveRocker said:

poppys said:

Dunno, look at this - an anti-mask rally for Covid-19 using the George Floyd protests.

Arizona councilman sparks backlash after saying 'I can't breathe' at anti-mask rally

A Republican city council member in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday apologized after drawing fierce backlash from across the state for repeatedly saying the words "I can't breathe" during an anti-mask rally.

Guy Phillips (R) made the remarks while speaking at a rally expressing opposition to the Scottsdale mayor's announcement that all residents must wear face coverings as part of an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Video captured at the event showed Phillips taking the microphone while wearing a mask and twice saying, "I can't breathe," words that have become a rallying cry after they were heard being said by George Floyd before his death in Minneapolis police custody last month.

Anti-mask rally? hmph! Mocking the protestors is fucked up.... and conversely UNRUE. Idiot.

Unpacking this, I just don't understand. Scottsdale is a wealthy community, right next to Sun City - one of the biggest concentrations of seniors in the country. We've said this before but they are killing off their constituents.

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poppys said:

DiminutiveRocker said:

Anti-mask rally? hmph! Mocking the protestors is fucked up.... and conversely UNRUE. Idiot.

Unpacking this, I just don't understand. Scottsdale is a wealthy community, right next to Sun City - one of the biggest concentrations of seniors in the country. We've said this before but they are killing off their constituents.

nod AZ is a huge retirement state, NV as well. They are killing their constituents, that's no lie.

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Reply #84 posted 06/25/20 8:44am

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What happens when these people need medical care?

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-wisconsin-music-festival-herd-immunity-confirmed-july-20200625-kmtcvyzkgrer5mf4rqrh3v4txa-story.html

Wisconsin 3-day ‘COVID Herd Immunity’ music festival

A music festival is set to take place in July in Wisconsin, despite health official’s recommendations that “discourages individuals from attending mass gatherings because of the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

Initially promoted as the “COVID Herd Immunity Fest,” the three-day outdoor music festival will bring a number of bands from all over the country to The Q & Z Expo Center in Ringle, a small town in North Central Wisconsin.

The show was originally set to feature 15 groups, but there have been some casualties...

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neutral thanks, Trump

More than $1.4 billion in stimulus checks went to dead people, the Government Accountability Office said.

The Trump administration delivered more than a million stimulus payments worth about $1.4 billion to dead people in a rush to pump money into the economy this year, the Government Accountability Office said on Thursday.

The Treasury Department, working with the Internal Revenue Service, raced to deliver nearly $270 billion in economic impact payments to Americans this spring. But a chunk of the money ended up in the wrong places.

The improper payments reflect some of the wasteful government spending that occurred in the wake of the rapid economic stabilization effort that was undertaken after Congress passed a $2.6 trillion bailout package in March.

“The agencies faced difficulties delivering payments to some individuals, and faced additional risks related to making improper payments to ineligible individuals, such as decedents, and fraud,” the report said.

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Reply #86 posted 06/25/20 8:54am

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poppys said:

What happens when these people need medical care?

https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-wisconsin-music-festival-herd-immunity-confirmed-july-20200625-kmtcvyzkgrer5mf4rqrh3v4txa-story.html

Wisconsin 3-day ‘COVID Herd Immunity’ music festival

A music festival is set to take place in July in Wisconsin, despite health official’s recommendations that “discourages individuals from attending mass gatherings because of the risk of spreading COVID-19.”

Initially promoted as the “COVID Herd Immunity Fest,” the three-day outdoor music festival will bring a number of bands from all over the country to The Q & Z Expo Center in Ringle, a small town in North Central Wisconsin.

The show was originally set to feature 15 groups, but there have been some casualties...




eek :DISBELIEF: Their health workers should go on strike

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124,000 americans dead as of today. and of course with record-shattering days of new cases, theres no way its gonna slow down.

and what does our leader do? ends funding to many states testing places, in an absolutely idiotic attempt to convince people the numbers are dropping.

what a compelte piece of shit our president is.

thanks trump!

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124,000 americans dead as of today. and of course with record-shattering days of new cases, theres no way its gonna slow down.

and what does our leader do? ends funding to many states testing places, in an absolutely idiotic attempt to convince people the numbers are dropping.

what a compelte piece of shit our president is.

thanks trump!



"When we took over, we didn't have ventilators," Trump has repeatedly argued. Even the Trump administration now concedes that was a lie.

"We had a ventilator problem that was caused by the fact that we weren't left ventilators by a previous administration," Donald Trump said in April, referring to his Democratic predecessor. Soon after, the president argued, "When we took over, we didn't have ventilators. Nobody knew what a ventilator was."

For Trump, this line of attack -- repeated over and over again the past couple of months -- serves a handful of purposes. First, it advances his goal of blaming Barack Obama for, well, everything Trump can think of. Second, it reinforces the president's goal of convincing the public that he's overcome insurmountable hurdles that mere mortals couldn't have addressed.

But there's also a broader point the Republican has repeatedly emphasized: Trump believes this is an angle to the coronavirus response that's legitimately worth bragging about. His administration went from having no ventilators in the national stockpile to having so many ventilators that the United States can now export them abroad. It's a success story.

At least, it would be, if the president's version of events were true. As the Washington Post noted, reality tells a different story.

There were nearly 17,000 ventilators available for use that had been left behind by the Obama administration. Trump instinctively wants to blame Obama, but no matter how you do the numbers, 16,660 is far more than zero.

It's worth emphasizing that the 16,660 figure came by way of the Trump administration itself: the Department of Health and Human Services released the information this week to FactCheck.org.



Complicating matters, presidential dishonesty isn't the only relevant angle to the larger story. NBC News reported overnight on Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), the ranking Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, who's pressing the White House for answers on why the administration is sending ventilators abroad without congressional approval, and whether the distribution process has been politicized.

"I write to express concern about the absence of clear guidelines for providing ventilators to foreign countries," the New Jersey Democrat wrote in a letter to Trump. Menendez is also seeking the White House's criteria for deciding which countries should receive ventilators.

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