In the last ten years, the estimated number of deaths from flu during the worst flu season in the USA was just over 61,000.
It took less than eight months for the total number of deaths in the USA from flu over the last six years to be surpassed by COVID-19.
COVID-19 is not the flu. 😷
There have been at least 13,047,202 cases of coronavirus in the USA, and at least 264,624 people in the USA have died from Covid-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
JHU recorded the first case of coronavirus in the USA on Jan. 21.
98 days later, on April 28, the USA hit 1 million cases.
44 days later, on June 11, the USA hit 2 million cases.
27 days later, on July 8, the USA hit 3 million cases.
15 days later, on July 23, the USA hit 4 million cases.
17 days later, on Aug. 9, the USA hit 5 million cases.
22 days later, on Aug. 31, the USA hit 6 million cases.
25 days later, on Sept. 25, the USA hit 7 million cases.
21 days later, on Oct. 16, the USA hit 8 million cases.
14 days later, on Oct. 30, the USA hit 9 million cases.
9 days later, on Nov. 8, the USA hit 10 million cases.
7 days later, on Nov. 15, the USA hit 11 million cases.
6 days later, on Nov. 21, the USA hit 12 million cases.
6 days later, on Nov. 27, the USA hit 13 million cases.
The story behind #DiaperDon as told by @CaslerNoel who worked at the Apprentice and saw the diapers first hand.
In a normal world, this would not be shared, and #DiaperDon would not be trending on Twitter. Trump has made it a habit, however, to call out every real or perceived flaw in those he doesn't like. #DiaperDon trending isn't retaliation, its letting him live in the world he helped create.
But it was thoughtful to wait until he got voted out to share these stories.
Freeze-frame of Donald Trump at the WWE event mentioned in the video, the outline of a diaper clearly visible in the crease at the top of the left leg of his pants:
Amazon delivery 🚚 ...
“President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency was rushing to complete one of its last regulatory priorities, aiming to obstruct the creation of air- & water-pollution controls far into the future, when a senior career scientist moved to hobble it.
“Thomas Sinks directed the E.P.A.’s science advisory office... Before his retirement in September, he issued a blistering official opinion that the pending rule, which would require the agency to ignore or downgrade any medical research that does not expose its raw data, will compromise public health.
“‘If this rule were to be finalized it would create chaos,’ Dr. Sinks said in an interview. “I thought this was going to lead to a train crash & that I needed to speak up.”
“With 2 months left of the Trump administration, career E.P.A. staff find themselves [again] in a bureaucratic battle w/ the agency’s political leaders. But now, w/ the Biden administration on the horizon, they’re emboldened to stymie Trump’s goals & to do so openly.”
“[There’s] a long tradition of former presidents being consulted about, and granted access to, some of the nation's secrets.
“Former intelligence officials say Joe Biden would be wise not to let that tradition continue in the case of Donald Trump. They argue that he already poses a danger because of secrets he currently possesses, and they say it would be foolish to trust him with more sensitive information. With Trump's real estate empire under financial pressure & his brand suffering, they worry he will see American secrets as a profit center.
“Trump has a history of carelessly revealing classified information. He told the Russian foreign minister & ambassador in 2017 about extremely sensitive terrorism threat information the U.S. had received from an ally. Last year he tweeted what experts said was a secret satellite photo of an Iranian nuclear installation.
“He also may be vulnerable to foreign influence... having personally guaranteed more than $400M of his companies' debt...”
This is an actual tweet. Shared without further comment.
“While the Trump administration’s demands are now moot, they offer a glimpse into both the growing American frustration w/ the W.H.O. & Trump’s personal grievances. And as Biden signals a return to multinational diplomacy, the Trump administration’s demands offer a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the deal-making of a president who favored aggressive, unpredictable moves over more conventional negotiations.
“Diplomats & veteran health officials said the list contained reasonable requests that might have been easily negotiated through normal channels, but it also contained politically sensitive, if not inappropriate demands. ‘It doesn’t seem to reveal a clear strategic vision,’ said Gian Luca Burci, a former counsel to the health organization who reviewed the list for The Times.
“‘It was an enormous backfire & it was bound to be,’ added Lawrence Gostin, a Georgetown University law professor & longtime W.H.O. adviser who also reviewed the list. ‘It wasn’t a negotiation. It was blackmail.’”
“A federal appeals court on Friday rejected President Trump’s request for an emergency injunction to overturn the certification of Pennsylvania’s election results.
“The Third Circuit Court of Appeals said that the Trump campaign’s challenge of a U.S. district court’s decision had ‘no merit.’
“The court’s sharply worded opinion was written by Judge Stephanos Bibas, who was appointed to the court by Trump.
“‘Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations & then proof. We have neither here,’ Bibas wrote.
“Trump’s campaign appealed after a district court last weekend dismissed its federal lawsuit against Pennsylvania election authorities & rejected its request to revise the suit.
“Bibas noted in his decision on Friday that Trump’s campaign ‘never claims fraud or that any votes were cast by illegal voters’ and that granting Trump’s request to throw out the election results would be ‘grossly disproportionate.’”
Trump has an honesty issue. 😎
#trumplost #bidenwon #peace
Iran's top nuclear scientist shot dead near Tehran
Looks like Israel took him out — most likely in cahoots with the USA...
55 days... #runningasajoke
the conspiracy Qnuts are out en force this evening. apparently it's finally dawning in them their DearLeader is finished ---
A Conspiracy to Steal the Election, Aided by 80 Million Voters --
It looks as if Rudy Giuliani was on to something. There is now a growing body of evidence of a vast conspiracy to steal the election from President Trump. Officials at the Department of Homeland Security have confirmed that more than 80 million people conspired to steal the election by voting for Joe Biden.
The letter, from Larry Hohm in Seattle, continues:
“An F.B.I. investigation has determined that planning for the conspiracy began nearly two years ago, and was organized by people at the highest levels inside the Democratic Party, including Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg, Cory Booker, Amy Klobuchar and, of course, Kamala Harris and Joe Biden. The F.B.I. has video footage of large public recruitment events where these shameless leaders openly asked people to vote for them.
“Even worse, these diabolical co-conspirators recruited over 73 million people to vote for President Trump, just to create the appearance of a free and fair election. And then — the coup de grâce — they had the audacity to enlist hundreds of election officials from all over the country, including many unwitting Republicans, to count all of the votes.
“A conspiracy on this scale is unprecedented in the history of our country.”
Michael Flynn: traitor and conservative hero ... 😑 ...
Feels like Pope Francis just wrote a smackdown of 5 extremist Supreme Court justices, cloaking their small-mindedness as religious freedom.
“With some exceptions, governments have made great efforts to put the well-being of their people first, acting decisively to protect health and save lives. The exceptions have shrugged off the painful evidence of mounting deaths, with inevitable, grievous consequences. But most govts acted responsibly, imposing strict measures to contain the outbreak.
“Yet some groups protested, as if measures that govts must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political assault on autonomy or personal freedom! Looking to the common good is much more than the sum of what’s good for individuals; it means having a regard for all citizens & seeking to respond effectively to the needs of the least fortunate. It’s all too easy to take an idea — for example, personal freedom — & turn it into an ideology, creating a prism through which they judge everything.
“If we are to come out of this crisis less selfish than when we went in, we have to let ourselves be touched by others’ pain.”
“Thanks to technology available on Apple and Google phones, you can now get pop-up notifications in some states if you were close to someone who later tested positive for Covid-19. The alerts come via state health department apps that use Bluetooth technology to detect when you (or more precisely, your phone) has been in close contact with an infected person's phone.”
“Trump [today told reporters] he will leave the White House if the electoral college votes for Democratic president-elect Joe Biden [who] won the presidential election with 306 electoral college votes – many more than the 270 required – to Trump’s 232. Biden also leads Trump by more than 6M in the popular vote.
“Trump has so far defied tradition by refusing to concede defeat, instead making baseless claims about alleged ballot fraud & launching legal attempts to challenge the outcome in several states...
“Trump said it would be hard for him to concede under the current circumstances & declined to say whether he would attend Biden’s inauguration.
“‘This election was a fraud,’ Trump insisted, while offering no evidence.
“The electoral college will meet on Dec 14.
“Some Republicans have suggested they could ignore the popular vote & appoint pro-Trump electors to change the outcome in certain states, leading to concerns that Trump might refuse to leave office.” (Good luck with that!)
“Oxford University & AstraZeneca have announced their jab is effective in preventing many people getting ill & it has been shown to work in different age groups, including the elderly. There are early indications it might also help stop the spread of the disease.
“Sarah Gilbert, professor of vaccinology at Oxford University, said: ‘The announcement today takes us another step closer to the time when we can use vaccines to bring an end to the devastation caused by Covid-19.’
“Oxford University said interim analysis from its phase 3 vaccine trial showed that the efficacy of their vaccine is 70%. But that came from combining the results of 2 different dosing regimes, one of which was 90% & the other was 62%. The 90% regime involved a half-dose first & then a full dose of the vaccine later.
“Andrew Pollard, the director of the Oxford Vaccine Group & chief investigator of the Oxford vaccine trial, said: ‘These findings show that we have an effective vaccine that will save many lives.’”
“The Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine will undergo a new global trial as critics questioned the claim that it could protect up to 90% of people against coronavirus.
“On Thursday, Sir John Bell, Oxford’s regius professor of medicine and the UK government’s life sciences adviser, dismissed suggestions that the previous trial had not been properly set up or reported. ‘We weren’t cooking this up as we went along,’ he said, adding that he hoped the full, peer-reviewed data would be published in the Lancet medical journal at the weekend.
“In spite of the public excitement generated by the announcement that a third vaccine had been successful – with particular promise for developing countries as it is relatively cheap and can be stored at fridge temperature – AstraZeneca’s share price dropped.
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Donald Trump Retweets Call to Pardon Himself 😒
“Trump should pardon Michael Flynn, he should pardon the Thanksgiving Turkey, he should pardon everyone from HIMSELF to his administration officials to Joe Exotic if he has too,” said Rep. Matt Gaetz on Fox News.
January 20th can’t come soon enough.
#debasement #corruptpardons #GetThoseGriftersOutOfThere #FumigateThePeoplesHouse