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Saturday, 4th April 2o2o
Virus Cases Inside Cook County Jail Soar Into Triple Digits
by Lorraine Swanson

(COOK COUNTY, IL) — Virus cases jumped into the triple digits this week at Cook County Jail since the first two cases were announced on March 23rd.

As of Thursday, 167 detainees and 46 employees from the Cook County Sheriff's Office have tested positive for COVID-19.

Eleven inmates are hospitalized.

Judge LeRoy K. Martin Jr. ordered the case-by-case bond reviews of inmates awaiting trial to reduce the jail population to curb the spread of COVID-19.

Over the past week, 400 non-violent, low-level inmates awaiting trial have been released from the county jail.

The behind-the-walls population dipped from 5,306 a week to 4,711, with 2,590 detainees in community corrections, including electronic monitoring.

A 42-year-old Albany Park man released following a bond review after enduring COVID-19 inside the walls, told the Chicago Sun-Times that the atmosphere inside the jail is like a “Disneyland for coronavirus.”

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Books / Re: The 1619 Project
« on: Today at 01:02:52 am »
Saturday, 4th April 2o2o
Georgia prosecutor to expunge King Jr's 1960 Atlanta arrest
by Associated Press

(ATLANTA, Georgia) — A county prosecutor in Georgia said he will expunge Martin Luther King Jr.'s record for his trespassing arrest during a 1960 sit-in protesting the segregated dining rooms at an Atlanta department store.

Fulton County Solicitor General Keith Gammage told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution he is also interested in erasing the records of all other civil rights workers who were arrested in Atlanta.

“I always had in my mind, what effect would it have if we expunged the record for arrests of Martin Luther King Jr and the other civil rights protesters and called those arrests what they were — unconstitutional and biased arrests?” said Gammage, 48, who also serves on the board of trustees at King’s Ebenezer Baptist Church.

“There is a gap between social justice-related protests and activism, and a true criminal offense," Gammage said.

But some civil rights advocates said they wouldn't want their civil disobedience records expunged.

“That is part of my history as a civil rights worker,” Bernard LaFayette, who was arrested 30 times, told the paper.

King biographer Clayborne Carson also was arrested for his work as a civil rights activist.

He told the Journal-Constitution it is a “badge of honor, and it doesn’t change the historical reality that you were arrested.”

Gammage said he's had positive conversations with the King family about his plan and wouldn’t do it without their support.

Gammage's office is responsible for prosecuting misdemeanors and code violations, such as shoplifting and trespassing.

Since 2017, he's cleared the records of more than 3,000 people whose non-violent and low-level charges were keeping them from getting jobs or obtaining housing, the Journal-Constitution reported.

King joined the Atlanta Student Movement 's campaign of boycotts and sit-ins on October 19th, 1960, and was arrested after asking to be served in a whites-only dining room at Rich's Department Store.

The trespassing charges were swiftly dropped and all the protesters were let go except for King.

In neighboring DeKalb County, a judge ruled that King's arrest violated his probation for a misdemeanor traffic citation, and sentenced him to four months hard labor.

He was finally released after John and Robert Kennedy intervened, days before the presidential election.

During his life, King was arrested more than two dozen times.

Gammage's decision will have no effect on King's arrests outside Fulton County, but the solicitor general said he would encourage other jurisdictions to start similar discussions.

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In The News / Re: New Search and Seizure Ruling
« on: Today at 12:40:50 am »
Saturday, 4th April 2o2o
U.S. Supreme Court postpones April arguments because of the virus
by Jessica Gresko

The Supreme Court on Friday announced it is postponing arguments scheduled for April because of the virus, but the court didn’t rule out hearing some arguments within months.

The announcement means a total of 20 arguments scheduled for March and April, including fights over subpoenas for drumphf’s financial records, have now been postponed.

The court said in a statement that it would consider rescheduling some cases before the end of the term “if circumstances permit in light of public health and safety guidance at that time.”

The court typically stops hearing arguments in April but continues to issue opinions in May and June before taking a break for the summer.

The court resumes hearing arguments in October.

The court did not say when a decision would be made about which cases might be rescheduled or exactly when they might be heard.

“The Court will consider a range of scheduling options and other alternatives if arguments cannot be held in the Courtroom before the end of the Term,” the statement said.

That seemed to leave open the possibility the court could hear arguments via audio or video link, the first time that would happen.

The court’s announcement follows drumphf’s decision to extend social distancing guidelines through the end of April, which included the two-week span in which the court was to hear arguments.

The decision to postpone additional arguments does not affect high-profile cases about LGBT rights, protections for young immigrants, abortion and guns that were argued during the fall and winter, and await resolution.

The high court previously announced it would postpone 11 arguments that would have been heard over the past two weeks.

The nine arguments the justices postponed Friday included cases about whether presidential electors must support the popular vote winner in their states or can choose someone else.

In another postponed case, the justices are to decide whether to allow the drumphf administration to enforce rules that let more employers deny insurance coverage for contraceptives to women.

A lower court ruling had blocked the administration from enforcing the rules.

Responding to the virus has meant changes for the usually tradition-bound court.

The court building itself has been closed to the public since mid-March.

The justices have still been meeting for private discussions of cases, including a meeting Friday, though that meeting has been by phone rather than in person.

And for the last two weeks the court has posted new opinions online, but the justices haven’t taken the bench to issue them in a public session, their usual practice.
Six of the nine justices are in the group considered higher risk of getting sick from the virus since they are age 65 and older.

For most people, the new virus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough.

And the vast majority of people recover.

Supreme Court spokeswoman Kathleen Arberg said Friday that all the justices are healthy.

Ginsburg, for her part, has continued to work out at the court.

“At Justice Ginsburg’s request, the Court has set aside the limited private space next to its health facility for Justice Ginsburg to exercise. Her doctors share her view that the training sessions are essential to her well-being,” Arberg said in a statement earlier this week, adding that that the space was being used exclusively by the justice, who works out with her longtime personal trainer.

The court had postponed arguments before this year but not in more than a century.

In 1918, when the court still met inside the Capitol, arguments were postponed for a month because of the flu pandemic.

In the nation’s early years, in August 1793 and August 1798, adjustments were made because of yellow fever outbreaks, the court has said.

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Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: Yesterday at 06:25:18 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Mexican brewery halts production of Corona beer amid virus outbreak
by Ronnie Koenig

Corona beer, which is not in any way related to the virus, may be harder to find soon.

Grupo Modelo, the brewer of Corona and other beer brands including Pacifico and Modelo, will suspend production as breweries have been deemed as nonessential by the Mexican government amidst the ongoing virus pandemic.

“Grupo Modelo announces that this Sunday it will complete the process of suspending its production and marketing operations for beer,” read a press release, which was translated into English, shared by Grupo Modelo on Twitter.

Grupo Modelo's parent company, Anheuser Busch InBev, has already slowed production of its beers (which it exports to 180 countries around the world) in the United States.

This week, the Mexican government declared a national health emergency as cases of virus continued to climb.

As of Thursday, Mexico reported at least 1,510 cases of COVID-19 and 50 deaths.

All nonessential activities, including the production of beer, have been suspended.

However, Grupo Modelo, which operates 11 breweries in Mexico, cited the fact that 15,000 families and 800,000 grocers rely on beer sales for their income, so halting production entirely could have a devastating economic effect.

“If the federal government considers it appropriate to issue some clarification confirming beer as an agro-industrial product, at Grupo Modelo we are ready to execute a plan with more than 75% of our staff working from home and at the same time guaranteeing the supply of beer,” the statement said.

Since agriculture and food production are considered essential activities, an adjustment to the ban would allow the breweries to resume production.

In many U.S. cities, liquor stores have been deemed as essential businesses so they have been permitted to remain open as other food businesses, like restaurants, have closed.

Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: Yesterday at 01:38:00 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Hobby Lobby closing all stores

by Bethany Biron

After quietly reopening stores across the country in defiance of virus-related state lockdown orders, Hobby Lobby is closing all stores nationally and furloughing employees without pay.

In a statement posted on the company website on Friday afternoon, Hobby Lobby announced it will furlough "nearly all store employees" without pay and "is ending emergency leave pay and suspending use of company provided paid time off benefits and vacation."

"As the country continues efforts to manage and mitigate the devastating health and economic impacts of COVID-19 virus, Hobby Lobby will, after careful consideration, close the remainder of its stores, and furlough nearly all store employees and a large portion of corporate and distribution employees, effective Friday, April 3rd, at 8:00 p.m," Hobby Lobby posted on its website.

"The stores will remain closed until further notice."

According to three employees, each speaking on the condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, managers at their stores called teams into a meeting to deliver the news on Friday afternoon.

"The line our manager gave us was, 'The employees got what the employees wanted, the stores were closed,'" a Hobby Lobby employee in Indiana said.

"My question was did God tell them they needed to closed the stores and not pay us?"

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« on: Yesterday at 01:16:18 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Felon claims he has 'the corona' in attempt to avoid arrest after stealing motorcycle
by Cory McCord

A 50-year-old man was arrested about five hours after deputies said he stole a motorcycle from a Porter residence.

Around 4:30 a.m. Thursday, Sammey Nelson was walking to a store to get cigarettes near Louis Lane and FM 1314 when deputies said a motorcycle in a storage facility for a local towing company caught his eye and he "couldn't resist it."

Deputies said he cut the fence to get inside and took the motorcycle back to his house in the 21000 block of Alexander Lane, where he stripped it.

Day shift deputies quickly located Nelson and the motorcycle.

Nelson confessed to stealing the motorcycle, according to deputies.

He was arrested, but during the arrest, according to deputies, he bit the inside of his cheek and spit out blood while claiming her had "the corona."

Also during the investigation, deputies said they found a pistol and methamphetamine at Nelson's house.

Nelson was arrested and charged with theft, possession of a firearm by a felon and possession of a controlled substance.

All are felonies.

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Feel The Funk / Singer Bill Withers Passes Away At 81
« on: Yesterday at 12:13:40 pm »
Friday, 3rd April 2o2o
Singer Bill Withers Passes Away At 81
by Mark Kennedy

Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “ Lean On Me, ” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press.

He was 81.

The three-time Grammy Award winner, who withdrew from making music in the mid-1980s, died on Monday in Los Angeles, the statement said. His death comes as the public has drawn inspiration from his music during the coronavirus pandemic, with health care workers, choirs, artists and more posting their own renditions on “Lean on Me” to help get through the difficult times.

“We are devastated by the loss of our beloved, devoted husband and father. A solitary man with a heart driven to connect to the world at large, with his poetry and music, he spoke honestly to people and connected them to each other,” the family statement read. “As private a life as he lived close to intimate family and friends, his music forever belongs to the world. In this difficult time, we pray his music offers comfort and entertainment as fans hold tight to loved ones.”

Withers’ songs during his brief career have become the soundtracks of countless engagements, weddings and backyard parties. They have powerful melodies and perfect grooves melded with a smooth voice that conveys honesty and complex emotions without vocal acrobatics.

“Lean On Me,” a paean to friendship, was performed at the inaugurations of both Barack Obama and Bill Clinton. “Ain’t No Sunshine” and “Lean on Me” are among Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

“He’s the last African-American Everyman,” musician and band leader Questlove told Rolling Stone in 2015. “Bill Withers is the closest thing black people have to a Bruce Springsteen.”

Withers, who overcame a childhood stutter, was born the last of six children in the coal mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia. After his parents divorced when he was 3, Withers was raised by his mother’s family in nearby Beckley.

He joined the Navy at 17 and spent nine years in the service as an aircraft mechanic installing toilets. After his discharge, he moved to Los Angeles, worked at an aircraft parts factory, bought a guitar at a pawn shop and recorded demos of his tunes in hopes of landing a recording contract.

In 1971, signed to Sussex Records, he put out his first album, “Just As I Am,” with the legendary Booker T. Jones at the helm. It had the hits “Grandma’s Hands” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” which was inspired by the Jack Lemmon film “Days of Wine and Roses.” He was photographed on the cover, smiling and holding his lunch pail.

“Ain’t No Sunshine” was originally released as the B-side of his debut single, “Harlem.” But radio DJs flipped the disc and the song climbed to No. 3 on the Billboard charts and spent a total of 16 weeks in the top 40.

Withers went on to generate more hits a year later with the inspirational “Lean On Me,” the menacing “Who Is He (and What Is He to You)” and the slinky “Use Me” on his second album, “Still Bill.”

Later would come the striking “ Lovely Day,” co-written with Skip Scarborough and featuring Withers holding the word “day” for almost 19 seconds, and “Just The Two Of Us,” co-written with Ralph MacDonald and William Salter. His “Live at Carnegie Hall” in 1973 made Rolling Stone’s 50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time.

“The hardest thing in songwriting is to be simple and yet profound. And Bill seemed to understand, intrinsically and instinctively, how to do that,” Sting said in “Still Bill,” a 2010 documentary of Withers.

But Withers’ career when Sussex Records went bankrupt and he was scooped up by Columbia Records. He no longer had complete control over his music and chaffed when it was suggested he do an Elvis cover. His new executives found Withers difficult.

None of his Columbia albums reached the Top 40 except for 1977’s “Menagerie,” which produced “Lovely Day.” (His hit duet with Grover Washington Jr. “Just the Two of Us” was on Washington’s label). Withers’ last album was 1985′s “Watching You Watching Me.”

Though his songs often dealt with relationships, Withers also wrote ones with social commentary, including “Better Off Dead” about an alcoholic’s suicide, and “I Can’t Write Left-Handed,” about an injured Vietnam War veteran.

He was awarded Grammys as a songwriter for “Ain’t No Sunshine” in 1971 and for “Just The Two Of Us” in 1981. In 1987, Bill received his ninth Grammy nomination and third Grammy as a songwriter for the re-recording of the 1972 hit “ Lean On Me” by Club Nouveau.

He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015 by Stevie Wonder.

Withers thanked his wife as well as the R&B pioneers who helped his career like Ray Jackson, Al Bell and Booker T. Jones. He also got in a few jabs at the record industry, saying A&R stood for “antagonistic and redundant.”

His music has been sampled and covered by such artists as BlackStreet’s “No Diggity,” Will Smith’s version of “ Just The Two Of Us, ” Black Eyed Peas’ “Bridging The Gap” and Twista’s “Sunshine.” The song “Lean on Me” was the title theme of a 1989 movie starring Morgan Freeman.

“I’m not a virtuoso, but I was able to write songs that people could identify with. I don’t think I’ve done bad for a guy from Slab Fork, West Virginia,” Withers told Rolling Stone in 2015.

He is survived by his wife, Marcia, and children, Todd and Kori.

Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: April 02, 2020, 04:23:30 pm »
Thursday, 2nd April 2o2o
U.S. Navy relieves commander of virus-hit aircraft carrier
by Phil Stewart and Idrees Ali

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) — The U.S. Navy announced on Thursday it had relieved the commander of the U.S. aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt, who sent a distress message that leaked to the public asking Navy leadership for stronger measures to control a virus outbreak onboard.

Reuters reported earlier on Thursday that the commander, Captain Brett Crozier, was expected to be relieved.

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Thursday, 2nd March 2o2o
Cuyahoga County Jail warden resigns amid investigations, while self-isolating from virus concerns
by Adam Ferrise

(CLEVELAND, Ohio) — Cuyahoga County Jail Warden Gregory Croucher resigned Thursday amid two investigations into his conduct, and just days after he went into the jail after his return from an overseas vacation without going through the county’s mandated virus screenings.

Croucher was hired as warden in August after the former jail warden, Eric Ivey, was charged and convicted of misconduct during a string of deaths at the jail in 2018.

Croucher cited personal reasons for his resignation, according to Cuyahoga County spokeswoman Mary Louise Madigan.

Madigan said an acting warden has not yet been named.

The Cuyahoga County Sheriff and the county inspector general launched investigations earlier this month into two accusations against Croucher — one that he used excessive force on an inmate and another that he forced an on-duty corrections officer to drive him to the airport.

He was sent home to self-isolate on March 25th after a trip to Costa Rica.

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You guys and gals have been my inspiration and reason to wake up every morning, every day and evening since the last issue of Mr. Hudlin's first crack at Black Panther comicbook; I came in when that issue came and ended.

Been here ever since...

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Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: April 02, 2020, 07:28:52 am »
Thursday, 2nd April 2o2o

An open letter to fox corporation chairman rupert murdock and fox corporation ceo lachlan murdock

Americans consistently rate the fox news channel as one of the must trusted TV channels. 

The average age of fox news viewers is 65.

It is well established that this population incurs the greatest from the COVID-19 pandemic.

In other words, fox news viewers are at a special risk from the virus.

But viewers of fox news, including drumphf, have been regularly subjected to misinformation relayed by the network - false statements downplaying the prevalence of COVID-19 and its harms; misleading recommendations of activities that people undertake to protect themselves and others, including casual recommendations for untested drugs;  false assessments of the value of measures urged upon the public by their elected political leadership and public health authorities.

The misinformation that reaches the fox news audience is a danger to public health.

Indeed, it is not an overstatement to say that your misreporting endangers your own viewers -- and not only them, for in a pandemic, individual behavior affects significant numbers of other people as well.

Yet by commission as well as omission --- direct, uncontested misinformation as well as failure to report the true dimensions of the crisis --- fox news has been derelict in its duty to provide clear and accurate information about COVID-19. 

As the virus spread across the world, fox news hosts and guests minimalized the dangers, accusing Democrats and the media of inflating the dangers (in sean hannity's words) to "bludgeon drumpf with this new hoax." 

Such commentary encouraged drumphf to trivialize the threat and helped obstruct national, state, and local efforts to limit the virus.

The network's delinquency was effective. 

According to a YouGov/Economist poll conducted March 15 - 17, Americans who pay the most attention to fox news are much less likely than others to say they are worried about the virus. 

A Pew Research poll found that 79% of fox news viewers surveyed believed the media had exaggerated the risks of the virus. 

63% of fox viewers said they believed the virus posed a minor threat to the health of the country. 

As recently as Sunday, 22nd March, fox news host steve hilton deplored the accurate views of the pandemic, which he attributed to "our ruling class and their TV mouthpieces --- whipping up fear over the virus."

fox news reporters have done some solid reporting.

And the network has given some screen time to medical and public health professionals. 

But fox news does not clearly distinguish between the authority that should accrue to trained experts, on the one hand, and the authority viewers grant to pundits and politicians for reasons of ideological loyalty.

There is a tendency to accept (or reject) them all indiscriminately, for after all, they are talking heads who appear on fox news, 'a trusted source of news'.

When the statement of knowledgeable experts are surrounded by false claims made by pundits and politicians, including drumphf --- claims that are not rebutted by knowledgeable people in real-time  --- the overall effect is to mislead a vulnerable public about risks and harms. 

Misinformation furthers the reach and the dangers of the pandemic. 

For example, the days after tucker carlson touted a flimsy French study on the use of two drugs to treat COVID-19, drumphf touted  "very, very encouraging early results" from those drugs, and promoted a third as a possible "game changer."

The basic purpose of news organizations is to discover and tell the truth.  This is especially necessary, and obvious, amid a public health crisis. 

Television bears a particular responsibility because even more millions than usual look there for reliable information.

Inexcusably, fox news has violated the elemental canons of journalism. 

In doing so, it has contributed to the spread of a great pandemic. 

Urgently, therefore, in the name of good journalism and public health, we call upon you to help protect the lives of all Americans --- including your elderly viewers  --- by ensuring that the information you deliver is based on scientific facts.


Todd Gitlin, Professor, Chair, Ph. D. Program in Communications, Columbia Journalism School
Mark Feldstein, Eaton Chair of Broadcast Journalism, University of Maryland
Frances FitzGerald, Pulitzer Prize-winning author
Adam Hochschild, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley
Edward Wasserman, Dean, Graduate School of Journalism, UC Berkeley

Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: April 01, 2020, 04:16:17 pm »
Wednesday, 1st April 2o2o

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Technology / Re: GAMERS THREAD
« on: April 01, 2020, 02:46:48 pm »
Wednesday, 1st April 2o2o
Arianne Caoili Passes Away
by Peter Doggers

Arianne Caoili

December 22, 1986 - March 30th, 2020

Born in Manila, Arianne Caoili learned chess at the age of six and was a WIM (Woman International Master).

Arianne Caoili, a former Oceania women's chess champion, Woman International Master, and an incredibly versatile human being, has died due to the consequences of a car crash.

Ms. Caoili, the wife of Armenia's number-one grandmaster Levon Aronian, was 33 years old.

On March 15th, the Armenian state news agency reported that Caoili was in serious condition after a car crash in Yerevan.

Alone in her car, she reportedly lost control and crashed into a concrete barrier under a bridge.

She was brought to the Astghik Medical Center, where doctors initially said her condition was serious, but later they reported positive dynamics in Caoili's condition.

She was kept in an induced coma.

On the evening of Monday, March 30th, Aronian shared the terrible news that Caoili had passed away.

He did so in a moving Tweet which, at the time of writing, has over two thousand replies with condolences.

Caoili was born in Manila, the Philippines, on December 22, 1986, the younger of two sisters born to a Dutch mother and a Filipino father, who was a minister.

The family moved to Australia in 1989.

She was an active chess player in her youth and won her first major title on her 14th birthday when she came first in the Asian girls under-16 championship in Bagac, the Philippines, in 2000.

Her most successful year as a chess player was 2009, when she won both the London Chess Classic Women's Invitational tournament and the Oceania Women's Zonal Championship.

Ms. Caoili changed federations in 2004 and began representing Australia, the country she represented in five Olympiads.

Before that, she had played twice for the Philippines.

She became known to the wider Australian public in 2006 when she participated in the fifth season of 'Dancing with the Stars'.

She did quite well, finishing in second place with her dance partner Carmelo Pizzino.

Ms. Caoili wasn't an active chess player herself anymore, but she was incredibly busy with a wide variety of projects and engagements.

She visited Aronian occasionally at chess events to support him.

"I wouldn't say I'm a great player, but I am good enough to be nervous enough!" she said.

Caoili and Aronian were engaged in 2015 and married in September 2017 in Yerevan, in the presence of the then Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan and his wife.

Ms. Caoili was multi-talented.

By education, she was an economist with a Ph.D. on "Russian foreign policy, especially its economic and business relations with Armenia on a state and individual level."

She spoke several languages fluently and loved mountain climbing, cycling, and cooking.

Her Twitter bio lists many more interests such as the economics of space, foresight, ESG funds +SWFs, music, dance, and boxing, apart from chess.

She owned a jazz club in Yerevan and recorded an EP in Australia.

After working as a consultant at Price Waterhouse Coopers, she became the managing director at the global strategy consulting firm Akron, which is active in public policy and economics.

In this role, she advised international leaders, including the Armenian president.

She also co-founded a newspaper in Armenia.

Ms. Caoili was also involved in several philanthropic initiatives in Armenia.

In 2018, she made a 2,000-km bike tour through Turkey, Iran, and Armenia to raise funds for the Children of Armenia Fund, which, among other activities, builds schools where chess is now taught.

"I'm really proud of that," Caoili said.

"It was a lot of fun, and the central message, besides the historical context and how interesting that was, was to drive home that sport and chess is really important for kids."

Wednesday, 1st April 2o2o

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Health / Re: How Many Caught A Case Of Covid-19?
« on: March 31, 2020, 06:35:47 pm »
Tuesday, 31st March 2o2o

From Twitter, a letter from Democratic Senators & Representatives dated March 2017.

March 2017:
According to Nico Pitney,  @SenWarren, @PattyMurray and 3 House Dems write HHS Secretary Tom Price to raise concerns about the nation’s ability to respond to infectious disease threats. No response received.

An excerpt:

We write regarding a report earlier this month about "a surge in human infections of a deadly bird flu in China [that] is prompting increasing concern among health officials around the world...[and that] poses the greatest risk of a pandemic threat if it evolves to spread readily from human to human."

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) would lead the federal government response to a pandemic flu.

Before leaving the CDC in January 2017, the former Director, Dr. Thomas Frieden, stated his concerns about such a pandemic, noting that the greatest health threat we face is "always for an influenza pandemic,"  and that "If the resistant organisms emerge in one part of the world, they will inevitably come to other parts of the world... [A] pragmatic approach will rely on proven programs that protect Americans."

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