August 7, 2020

to Ron

Immunology Is Where Intuition Goes to Die
(J. Harris: Wonderfull article about immunology and COVID. It’s easy to understand and explains much of what is going on with the disease. If you don’t read anything else this weekend, you might want to read this article).


Effective Reproduction Rate ·

Rt is now 1.10. 

If this rate continues to climb back up, it will be difficult to open schools anytime soon. 
A Mississippi town welcomed students back to school last week. Now 116 are home in quarantine.

From Johns Hopkins1. 

Back-to-School Photo Shows Unmasked Students Crowding Shoulder-to-Shoulder in Georgia(USA Today) Two suburban Atlanta school districts that began in-person classes Monday with mask-optional policies face more questions about COVID-19 safety protocols after on-campus pictures showed students packed shoulder-to-shoulder. 


UT-Austin will test 5,000 people a week for coronavirus and cover out-of-pocket costs for students

COVID-19 spread in the UK: the end of the beginning?
“…..In the UK, lockdown measures were put in place some weeks too late to alleviate the rapid spread of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). For all epidemics, the earlier the measures are put in place to restrict transmission, the smaller the total size of the epidemic and the concomitant morbidity and mortality. By the end of April, 2020, the COVID-19 epidemic in the UK showed signs of suppression as daily reports of cases began to enter a slow decline. The UK Government’s delay in implementing physical distancing measures centred on how long the population would tolerate strict lockdown measures and on an ill-defined and dangerous notion of the creation of herd immunity by natural infection. This delay resulted in the UK having one of the largest epidemics of any country at this stage of the pandemic, when judged both by cases per head of population and mortality per case of infection.”…..The apparent changes in people’s behaviour triggered by a relaxation of the lockdown measures suggest there could be a resurgence in COVID-19 cases sooner than the expected rise later this year.4 The next weeks will be crucial in judging if there will be a second wave in August and September, 2020. In many countries where lockdown measures were relaxed early, such as the USA, parts of Australia, and some countries in western mainland Europe, resurgence of cases has been recorded.

He had a photographic memory but it was never fully developed.

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By George Smith


That is a one-word description that fits President Donald Trump.

His entire life, from his first business dealings back in the early ‘70s, is rift with examples of brazen acts of fraud.

With his father Fred, he fraudulently evicted people of color from family apartment buildings in order to populate the buildings with people of European descent.

Moving on to more recent examples:

— The Trump Foundation was ordered closed, the non-profit was fined and its assets ordered distributed to charitable organizations because of “fraud”, i.e., personal use of foundation funds.

— Trump’s I’ll-make-you-rich business, Trump University, was ordered closed and had to pay $25 million in restitution to former students. The reason? Fraud.

— The New York attorney general just filed financial fraud charges against the president based on a years’-long investigation. The portrait those efforts have painted is consistent: Trump engages in systematic financial fraud,not just aggressive use of tax sheltering, but straight-up criminal fraud, and counts on lax-to-nonexistent enforcement to make his crimes pay.

Last month, ProPublica online news service found huge discrepancies between the figures Trump has cited for the profitability of two Manhattan buildings given to lenders and what he reported to city tax authorities. As you might guess, Trump tells lenders he’s rich and tells the government he’s poor. An accounting professor called it “versions of fraud.”

ProPublica has another report showing Trump has run the same scam for Trump Tower. In 2011 and 2012, Trump told a lender that his rooms were 98.7 percent and 99 percent occupied, but told the city it had just an 83 percent occupancy rate.

Clever? Isn’t that the word one could use for finding a complicated tax shelter, or taking full advantage of what the law allows?  It’s just clever until you get caught, then, it becomes just at criminal fraud.

— Before Trump became president, it was his company’s common business practice to threaten to sue subcontractors after complaining about “sunstandard work” if they didn’t settle for a smaller settlement amount. Time and time again, on projects around the world, subcontractors reported examples of hatchet-job fraud and strong-arm tactics used by Trump.

— To Christians, Trump’s blatant attempt at making himself more appealing to evangelicals by marching to a church near the White House for a Bible-holding photo op should have set off alarm bells as an in-your-face example of religious fraud. Christian values do not exist in this president; he has no empathy, no charity in his heart for others, no forgiveness, he attacks the less fortunate among us and does not exhibit a single characteristic of living a life filled with compassion and love.

—Still on the horizon will be investigations into the president’s tax returns, which, when matched up with subpoenaed bank records, will make for interesting reading.  

Donald Trump is a fraud, in his business dealings, in his administration of his duties as president, in his heart.

The United States of America deserves better.

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