15 thoughts on “News/Politics 6-30-20

  1. Great……

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/worlds-dominant-strain-of-coronavirus-is-10-times-more-infectious-than-the-one-that-jumped-to-humans-in-china-because-it-mutated-so-its-vital-spike-protein-doesnt-snap-as-often-in-the-body-scientists-say/ar-BB167e7l?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

    “World’s dominant strain of coronavirus ‘is 10 TIMES more infectious than the one that jumped to humans in China’ because it mutated so its vital spike protein doesn’t snap as often in the body, scientists say”

    “A mutated version of the coronavirus that has gripped Europe and the West is more infectious because it doesn’t break as often while inside the body, a study has found.
    Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida say the ‘spike protein’ that the virus uses to attach to cells in the airways has adapted since January.

    It used to break off regularly while trying to bind to receptors in people’s airways, which it would use to gain entry to the body, but is now more resilient, they say.

    A genetic mutation which scientists around the world have been picking up on for months appears to have caused this spike to be less likely to snap, and also to force the coronaviruses to produce more of them to make itself more infectious.

    As a result the virus appears to be approximately 10 times more infectious than it was when it first jumped to humans in China at the end of the year, scientists say.

    The mutated version of the virus, dubbed G614 – a change from D614 – is a tiny change in its genetic make-up that scientists weren’t sure what to make of when they found it.

    But by May research had found it had become the dominant strain being found in Covid-19 patients across the UK, US, Canada and Italy.”

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  2. Just what the world needs right now…..

    https://www.bbc.com/news/health-53218704

    “Flu virus with ‘pandemic potential’ found in China”

    “A new strain of flu that has the potential to become a pandemic has been identified in China by scientists.

    It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say.

    The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak.

    While it is not an immediate problem, they say, it has “all the hallmarks” of being highly adapted to infect humans and needs close monitoring.

    As it’s new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus.

    The scientists write in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that measures to control the virus in pigs, and the close monitoring of swine industry workers, should be swiftly implemented.

    Pandemic threat
    A bad new strain of influenza is among the top disease threats that experts are watching for, even as the world attempts to bring to an end the current coronavirus pandemic.

    The last pandemic flu the world encountered – the swine flu outbreak of 2009 – was less deadly than initially feared, largely because many older people had some immunity to it, probably because of its similarity to other flu viruses that had circulated years before.”

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  3. A survivor’s tale…..

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/29/wuhan-diary-documents-anger-despair-and-hope-from-a-city-in-lockdown/

    “‘Wuhan Diary’ Documents Anger, Despair, And Hope From A City In Lockdown

    A Chinese woman’s online diary of the struggle to survive in the epicenter of a global pandemic reveals the horror and dishonesty of communist Chinese authorities.”

    “A writer friend of mine once told me “writing is therapeutic.” As one of the more than 11 million residents locked down in Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak, Chinese writer Fang Fang probably felt the same way when she decided to record her experiences online daily during the lockdown.

    She started posting entries on Jan. 25, two days after the Chinese government quarantined Wuhan and several nearby cities with a total population of 60 million. She entered her last entry on April 8, when the lockdown was formally lifted. These entries have now become a new book, titled Wuhan Diary: Dispatches from a Quarantined City, translated into English by Michael Berry.

    When reading this book, it’s important to keep in mind its original form and purpose. Fang Fang wrote her entries on Wechat, a popular messaging app in China. She usually wrote at the end of the day to summarize her anecdotal experiences, as well as information she learned from others online, in text messaging, and from phone calls.

    Her writing style is very conversational and, as any diary, it was full of quotidian details, such as about the weather, food, and her dog. Because she didn’t plan to write a book initially, many entries give readers a sense of spontaneity: she simply wrote how she felt, whatever came to her mind that she deemed to be worth sharing, as well as things she needed to get off her chest.

    Therefore, you won’t find well-crafted, sophisticated passages in this book. Some parts of the diary almost felt repetitive. At the same time, these shortcomings also made Fang Fang’s story endearing, and her experiences real to readers. When I read the book, I felt like I was in the same room with Fang Fang, who is about the same age as my mother, listening to her chat about her day.

    Anger and Despair
    Wuhan Diary is full of heartfelt emotions on an entire spectrum, from boredom, to isolation, to the yearning for life to return to normal. These are the feelings we can relate to well, as many of us have just experienced lockdown ourselves. However, it was the anger, despair, and hope Fang Fang documented that really stood out.

    Out of the many forms of suffering noted in Wuhan Diary, I want to decipher the feeling of despair first. The number of people infected with coronavirus exploded during the Lunar New Year, “a time of year that is usually filled with joy. Instead, the world froze over.” Since all forms of public transportation were shut down and most residents do not own cars, “they had to walk from one hospital to another in search of a place that might admit them.”

    Once they reached a hospital, they usually had to wait all day – and sometimes all night – in line, only to be told to “go home” because there were no bedsl. Doctors and nurses were often at the point of exhaustion and overwhelmed by their helplessness. Fang Fang notes that too many medical professionals “have tragically sacrificed their lives during this pandemic,” including Dr. Li Wenliang, one of the early whistleblowers warning about the burgeoning pandemic, before succumbing to the virus himself.

    To prevent potential infection, remains of people who died at home were hauled away immediately to the crematorium. Fang Fang wrote about heartbreaking images she saw on the internet, one of which showed a pile of cell phones in the crematorium, left behind by the dead. Another image shows “a daughter trailing behind her mother’s funeral car, screaming through her tears.””

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  4. San Fran Nan’, tool of the Chinese communists.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/pelosi-ignores-gop-congressmen-urging-her-to-stop-china-daily-distribution-to-hill-offices_3402264.html?ref=brief_News&__sta=vhg.uosvpxmmhgqtsm.fbsv%7CTYJ&__stm_medium=email&__stm_source=smartech

    “Pelosi Asked to Stop China Daily Distribution to Hill Offices”

    “Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is keeping silent in response to the urging of an Indiana Republican and four colleagues that she end distribution of China Daily, a Chinese regime propaganda outlet, to congressional offices.

    “I sent letters to Congress’s Chief Administrative Officer and to the Chairperson and Ranking Member of the Committee on House Administration asking for help,” Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) told Pelosi earlier this week in a letter first reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

    “Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any; so, I’m turning to you as Speaker of the House. I ask you: How is Chinese propaganda arriving on my doorstep each morning when the Capitol is closed to the public? And what are you going to do about it?”

    Ashley Etienne, Pelosi’s communications director, didn’t immediately respond to The Epoch Times’ request for comment on Banks’s letter. Also signing the letter to Pelosi were Republican Reps. Greg Steube of Florida, Brian Babin of Texas, Ralph Norman of South Carolina, and Mike Johnson of Louisiana.

    Rep. Chuck Fleishmann (R-Tenn.), a member of the House Appropriations Committee, echoed Banks’s concerns in an email to The Epoch Times.

    “China Daily is a state-run media outlet and registered foreign agent under FARA, they are not even credentialed by the congressional press galleries,” he said. “So why is their propaganda on behalf of the Chinese Communist Party [CCP] distributed to members of Congress? This is something that needs to be looked into.”

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  5. Speaking of tools…..

    https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/columnists/john-roberts-aborts-conservative-jurisprudence-yet-again

    “John Roberts aborts conservative jurisprudence yet again”

    “Chief Justice John Roberts has put another shiv in the ribs of judicial conservatives, again abandoning intellectual consistency while doing the bidding of social liberals.

    By concurring in a ruling that a Louisiana abortion regulation is unconstitutional, Roberts contradicted his own stance from a case just four years earlier.

    In Monday’s case, June Medical Services LLC v. Russo, the four consistently liberal judges ruled that Louisiana may not, as a health precaution, require that abortionists possess “admitting privileges” to a nearly hospital in case something goes wrong with the operation. The four generally conservative justices dissented, saying the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was correct in ruling that the Louisiana law was constitutionally acceptable.

    Roberts, in a separate concurring opinion, broke the tie in the liberals’ favor. He did so not because he agreed with his liberal colleagues on substance, but because he was (he said) upholding the doctrine of “stare decisis,” roughly meaning, “Let it stand as decided.” Under stare decisis, if a new case involves the same legal issue as an old one, courts will ordinarily apply the same standard that prevailed in the earlier case. At the Supreme Court level, this sometimes applies even if a majority of justices now disagree with that ruling.

    In this instance, Roberts said that, because the high court had ruled in the 2016 case of Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt that a nearly identical Texas law was an “undue burden” on abortion rights and thus unconstitutional, therefore, the Louisiana law must be invalid as well.

    There is no denying that stare decisis is important. Society depends on the stable, consistent interpretation of its laws and the Constitution. Yet, there’s also no denying that justices are sometimes correct to ignore stare decisis and overturn precedent when the prior decisions are clearly wrong.

    The great 1954 anti-segregation case, Brown v. Board of Education, involved an explicit rejection of stare decisis because it specifically (and rightly) overturned the vile, segregationist 1896 decision in Plessy v. Ferguson.

    Deciding when and how to ignore stare decisis is, well, a judgment call. Still, some principles apply. One common principle is that the longer a decision has remained in place, the stronger the deference it is owed. Yes, sometimes it takes decades to realize error, but generally speaking, society’s “reliance interests” grow stronger the longer a ruling has stood. It’s easier for the body politic to overturn a new legal understanding than one that has been relied on for decades, with other laws and regulations growing up around it.

    Here’s where Roberts’s intellectual inconsistency is maddening. The Whole Woman’s Health case was decided a mere four years ago. That’s not much time for an entire body of state and federal statutes to grow up around it. If it was an erroneous decision then, as he believed at the time, then surely it should be overturned now, before its tentacles reach further and further into regulations and practices. Right?”

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  6. San Fran Nan’s latest hoax collapsed pretty quickly.

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  7. Well what did you think would happen?

    Democrats built this.

    “Shootings Surge Across The Largest US Cities”

    https://thefederalist.com/2020/06/29/shootings-surge-across-the-largest-us-cities/

    “At least 83 shootings have struck New York City over the last nine days, matching a disturbing trend across the country’s largest cities. The victims included a 7-year-old girl, a man washing his car, and a teenage girl who was killed pushing her friend out of a gunman’s line of fire. This week count was close to triple the number of killings that occurred during the same week last year, but New York’s surge, which has 112 confirmed victims so far, is only the tip of the iceberg.

    Chicago had 70 new shooting victims this weekend alone, and 105 the week before. Some shootings happened in broad daylight. Atlanta shootings have doubled from last year in the last three weeks alone.

    “You ain’t seen nothing yet,” said a local resident about the increase thus far. In the days before, the body of an 18-year-old had been left lying in his neighborhood.

    It remains unknown exactly how much the rate has risen in Los Angeles, with a 250 percent rise in homicides in early June.

    The shootings are occurring as police scale down enforcement under pressure from politicians. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council recently agreed to slash the NYPD’s funding, though this has not stopped activists from calling for even greater action.

    While not directly saying who was to blame, Police Commissioner Dermot Shea this weekend condemned the current state of affairs. He said the city’s entire justice system is “imploding,” as cases are left uninvestigated. “Each one of those represents somebody not being held accountable, and no consequences.”

    Tony Herbert, a Brooklyn community leader, is now calling for stricter sentencing for illegal firearms. “I have not seen anything like this in my entire life living in New York,” he said yesterday.

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  8. More….

    “Why no outrage? Atlanta shootings surge, but it’s not the cops”

    https://www.ajc.com/news/local/opinion-hello-outrage-atlanta-shootings-surge-but-not-the-cops/pUYKjFGY8LcxSVlrHZpb4H/

    “The exchange was surreal, a sign that the wheels may be falling off public safety in Atlanta.

    Fittingly, it happened Monday during the City Council’s Public Safety Committee hearing as council members and interim Police Chief Rodney Bryant were grappling with the unrest plaguing the city.

    Councilman Antonio Brown, who represents the district just west of downtown, was getting ready to speak in the virtual meeting when he told the chief: “I was just notified there was a young man who was just shot and killed at 377 Westchester Boulevard. Can you get a unit out there? He’s been on the ground and there’s no police who have come. He’s dead already, he’s on the ground and the residents have put a sheet over him and the police still haven’t arrived.”

    It sounds like Afghanistan: Can you please come and pick up the body?But there’s more.On June 13, as angry protesters milled around the south Atlanta Wendy’s the day after Rayshard Brooks was shot in the parking lot by a cop — and hours before the restaurant was burned down — there was a wild shootout in the Edgewood neighborhood in east Atlanta. Five people were wounded and two were killed. Residents reported hearing perhaps 40 gunshots.Earlier this month, the owners of a bar in the popular Edgewood Avenue nightlife district posted a photo online of the business’s window smashed by a bullet. They said they felt unsafe and were closing “until the city gets its #@&! together.”What caused this? Eight people were shot nearby in six days.

    Friday in south Atlanta, police found the body of 80-year-old Clarence Knox inside his home. Residents reported at least 20 shots the night before, and cops think he was the unintended victim of a drive-by shooting.And over the weekend there was this headline: “6 injured in 3 overnight drive-by shootings in Atlanta.” One of the victims is a 10-year-old boy.Violence is off the chain in Atlanta.”

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  9. This will not be helpful.

    “De Blasio Announces Proposal To Slash NYPD Budget By $1 Billion, Divert Cash To ‘Young People’”

    https://www.dailywire.com/news/de-blasio-announces-proposal-to-slash-nypd-budget-by-1-billion-divert-cash-to-young-people

    “New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is proposing to slash the city’s police department budget by $1 billion, even as crime is spiking in the Big Apple.

    In a Monday morning press conference at City Hall, the Democrat said the saved money would be diverted to “young people.”

    “My office presented to City Council a plan that would achieve the billion in savings for the NYPD and shift resources to young people, to communities in a way that would help address a lot of the underlying issues that we know are the cause of so many problems in our society,” he said. His plan is in line with the city council leaders, who have also called for a billion-dollar cut to the police department’s budget.”

    —-

    “The mayor’s move comes as scores of officers in the NYPD are retiring. By mid-June, the department saw 233 members file for retirement, nearly double the number over the same time period last year, CBS New York reports.

    Sources told the station there’s been a 19% increase in retirements of uniformed officers since March compared to the same period last year. “What we’re experiencing here in the NYPD is no different than what other jurisdictions are experiencing,” said retired NYPD Lt. Darrin Porcher, who teaches criminal justice at Pace University.

    “The lack of support from political leaders is one component,” he said. “The second component is the cantankerous relationship between police and community in connection with police and community relations. And third, you just have external issues, such as maybe family members that may feel a sense of repulsiveness to you being an officer.”

    Meanwhile, according to New York Police Department statistics, murder, burglary, and grand larceny auto crimes have spiked in New York City since protests began following the death of George Floyd, who perished while in the custody of Minneapolis police.

    There have been more than 40 murders since citywide protests began — twice as many as during the same period last year, according to NYPD stats as of up to June 14. So far this year, there have been 159 murders — a number 25% higher than last year, the statistics show.”

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  10. Clueless in St. Louis.

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    Thankfully, police aren’t buying what the “woke” Circuit Attorney is selling. When you break down a gate and illegally enter, threaten, and harass home owners, you’re the criminal, not the home owner who pointed a gun at you. They’re just exercising their legal right to self defense and the castle doctrine. You’d think a lawyer would be at least somewhat familiar with the law, but you’d be wrong.

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  11. The Missouri couple will be used in memes for years. The left side of the internet has been running caption contests and debating whether to call them Ken and Karen or Chad and Karen. I know next to nothing about guns but the lady isn’t holding it properly and according to some commentators the man is not doing a good job either. A pretty good argument for mandatory gun training prior to gun ownership. The odds of “Karen” hurting someone or herself is 50-50. By the signs, chants, and the protesters who talked to them, they would have known the group was just walking past — they had no reason to fear anything, thus the castle doctrine doesn’t hold.

    A few days ago I noticed you posted an article in which someone decried the retreat of the upper classes to gated communities and leaving the rest to suffer the chaos. I thought this was an appropriate response to that concern — you can’t escape and thus should work for societal interests.

    “fourth degree assault by intimidation” is a pretty obscure minor nuisance charge. Just the police trying to harass the protesters. One could also suggest, the couple could be charged with something similar — you can’t point guns at people walking by your house even with a castle doctrine.

    Speaking of harassment — Aurora, Colorado charged a crowd listening to a violin memorial to a young man killed by police. They claim (no video) they saw people pick up stones and sticks — and thus a minute later showed up in full riot gear. Unlike the police, bystander videos show people simply standing or sitting on blankets listening to an outdoor violin concert. The police have 20- 35 officers to spare to stand around and charge a violin concert — obviously defunding the police is a good idea, there’s 20-35 cops they don’t need. Each time they show up in unnecessarily large numbers, they prove their critics point. Meanwhile in Detroit, a police car drove straight into a crowd (the protest was over and they were returning to the starting point) and in NYC police charged a Pride Parade.

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