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Top 10 Trump Tragedies

Lest You Forget…

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Thanks, Bill Moyers

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1.Delaying Protection from Pollutants

The EPA proposed delaying for two years an Obama-era rule that would have cracked down on pollutants from drilling operations that contribute to climate change and endanger people’s health.
2. Letting Women and Girls Down

President Trump reportedly plans to let the White House Council on Women and Girls go dark citing budget cuts and redundancies. The office, established to monitor policy changes and collaborate with women’s groups, is untenanted while the administration considers its future status, according to Politico.

The administration also announced this week that they will scrap a rule aimed at preventing pay discrimination.
3. Gutting Teen Pregnancy Prevention Programs

The Trump administration is completely defunding the nationwide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program, cutting $213 million in assistance that supports roughly 1.2 million teenagers across the country.

Also, the administration recently removed a 2014 report on sexual violence from the…

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Let’s get Half Witty?

Really?

OK, let me get this straight,… there’s No Cure for a Virus

that can be killed by wearing a little mask

and by sanitizer and hand soap?

The spread of Covid-19 is based on two factors:

1. How dense the population is and

2. How dense the population is.

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Remember all those times when you wished the weekend would last forever?

Well now, your  wish is granted. Happy now?

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 It may take a village to raise a child,

However, it’s going to take a whole vineyard

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This virus has done what no woman had been able to do…

cancel all sports,

shut down all bars,

and keep men at home!

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Eureka! SINclair is there…yikes

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In the dark of night…Kaef   (aka Cough)

 Rears it’s ugly head  in Eureka, CA

“Sinclair’s probably the most dangerous company most people have never heard of,” said Michael Copps, former chairman of Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the top US broadcast regulator.

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The Federal Communications Commission has fined Sinclair Broadcast Group $48 million — the Largest Financial Penalty in the FCC’s 86-year history —

as part of an agreement to resolve several investigations into the company’s alleged practices.

AND: The Agency levied a $13.4-million fine against Sinclair that year for Failing to Identify Sponsored Content that aired on its TV stations.

 

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#45 Infamous forRelaxing Media Ownership Rules

President Trump’s Federal Communications Commission is clearing the way for a merger between Sinclair Broadcasting and Tribune Media, two television companies that together own hundreds of local news stations. Just months ago the move would have been illegal.

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#45  in 2018 tweeted:   

“Sinclair is far superior to CNN and even more Fake NBC, which is a total joke.”

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And, SINclair are hiring in Eureka

1.) Some previous news producing experience at a commercial TV station is welcome, but not necessary! 

2.) The right entry-level candidate may be considered.

3.) KAEF is a fun, high-paced leadership role, so attention to current events and a solid understanding of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram is     (are)    a must

4.) Proficient with non-linear editing (i.e. Avid) and newsroom systems, such as iNews

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<Kaef  Kaef>

 

Phrase never uttered in FL:Cute as a bug

Cute as a Bug!?

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The perpetually Sunshine State may be all about miles of white sandy beaches, warm aquamarine waters, and stately palm trees but, it also is the

Bug Capital of the Region.

“La Cucaracha” was a song we sang in 8th grade Spanish class. Here, they are your roommates.

Our backyard is a vast tropical expanse.  There are a dozen palm trees of varying sizes and a massive Star Fruit tree that drops bitter yellow blobs at an alarming rate.

Forget about sitting quietly and meditating while gazing upon this lush, green paradise.  Everywhere you look, slithering on every tree, table, chair fencepost -are lizards, geckos and chameleons and the occasional black snake.   They say the snakes are benign and supposedly good luck,  however, that rising up like a Cobra-thing they do before they dart and gobble up lizards is gross.

Early on, the perpetual optimist, I thought I…

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The problem with Twitter- my short love affair

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When I was eight, I published my first newspaper. I sold every copy!

My parents bought all three copies.

I carefully printed pithy stories about my older brothers, our dog and my mean Second grade teacher.

I used a Ticonderoga pencil #2 and a Big Chief Tablet.

I have been writing – often and passionately – ever since.

A star was born

I am famous for grocery lists, newsletters, Letters to the Editor and for my Dating at 50  bit for The New York Times “Modern Love.”

I know my limits

I’ve never met a writing challenge I couldn’t resist: Sonnet of the week, Haiku of the Day, Limericks for St Patrick’s Day, The Month Python Christmas Carols redux…

WordPress serves a challenge over the net  several times day – and I am there. I am all over it.

My love affair with Twitter started a year ago.

A friend suggested…

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No hugs, please

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All in the Family?!?

Please don’t hug me…

Lightly Lifted from Article written by esteemed Epidemologist

Although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics. 

While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it typically increases your contacts with Family Members AND very close friends. 

This small and obvious fact has surprisingly Profound Implications on Disease Transmission dynamics. 

Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a

 little bit of connection between groups 

(i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), 

the epidemic isn’t much different than 

if there was no measure in place. 

The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, 

AND the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit.

You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; 

if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk.

Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming geometric speed

Is 45 loved world wide? Not so much

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A man should have duties outside of himself;

without them, he is a mere balloon,

inflated with thin egotism and drifting nowhere.

Thomas Bailey Aldrich

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BEWARE:Birthday parties / funerals death

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Birthday parties / funerals: Just to see how simple infection-chains can be, this is a real story from Chicago.

The name is fake. Bob was infected but didn’t know. Bob shared a takeout meal, served from common serving dishes, with 2 family members. The dinner lasted 3 hours.

The next day, Bob attended a funeral, hugging family members and others in attendance to express condolences.

Within 4 days, both family members who shared the meal are sick.

A third family member, who hugged Bob at the funeral became sick.

But Bob wasn’t done. Bob attended a birthday party with 9 other people. They hugged and shared food at the 3 hour party. Seven of those people became ill.

Over the next few days Bob became sick, he was hospitalized, ventilated, and died.

But Bob’s legacy lived on. Three of the people Bob infected at the birthday went to church, where they sang, passed the tithing dish etc. Members of that church became sick.

In all, Bob was directly responsible for infecting 16 people between the ages of 5 and 86.      Three of those 16 died.

The spread of the virus within the household and back out into the community through funerals, birthdays, and church gatherings is believed to be responsible for the broader transmission of COVID-19 in Chicago. (ref)

 

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This was lifted from a piece by Erin Bromage

Somber, Sober Sane: read this

Please Read this by Yale Epidemiologist, Jonathan Smith:

As an infectious disease epidemiologist, at this point I feel morally obligated to provide some information on what we are seeing from a transmission dynamic perspective and how they apply to the social distancing measures. Like any good scientist I have noticed two things that are either not being articulated or not present in the “literature” of social media. I have also relied on my much smarter infectious disease epidemiologist friends for peer review of this post; any edits are from that peer review.

Specifically, I want to make two aspects of these measures very clear and unambiguous.

First, we are in the beginning of this epidemic’s trajectory. That means even with these distancing measures we will see cases and deaths continue to rise globally, nationally, and in our own communities in the coming weeks. This may lead some people to think that the social distancing measures are not working. They are. They may feel futile. They aren’t. You will feel discouraged. You should. This is normal in chaos. But this is normal epidemic trajectory. Stay calm. This enemy that we are facing is very good at what it does; we are not failing. We need everyone to hold the line as the epidemic inevitably gets worse.

This is not my opinion; this is the unforgiving math of epidemics for which I and my colleagues have dedicated our lives to understanding with great nuance, and this disease is no exception. 

I want to help the community brace for this impact. Stay strong and with solidarity knowing with absolute certainty that what you are doing is saving lives, even as people begin getting sick and dying. You may feel like giving in. Don’t.

 

All in the Family?!?

Please don’t hug me…

Although social distancing measures have been (at least temporarily) well-received, there is an obvious-but-overlooked phenomenon when considering groups (i.e. families) in transmission dynamics. 

While social distancing decreases contact with members of society, it typically increases your contacts with Family Members AND very close friends. 

This small and obvious fact has surprisingly Profound Implications on Disease Transmission dynamics. 

Study after study demonstrates that even if there is only a little bit of connection between groups 

(i.e. social dinners, playdates/playgrounds, etc.), 

the epidemic isn’t much different than 

if there was no measure in place. 

The same underlying fundamentals of disease transmission apply, 

AND the result is that the community is left with all of the social and economic disruption but very little public health benefit.

You should perceive your entire family to function as a single individual unit; 

if one person puts themselves at risk, everyone in the unit is at risk.

 

Seemingly small social chains get large and complex with alarming geometric speed:

If your son visits his girlfriend, and you later sneak over for coffee with a neighbor, your neighbor is now connected to the infected office worker that your son’s girlfriend’s mother shook hands with.    This sounds silly, it’s not. This is not a joke or a hypothetical. We as epidemiologists see it borne out in the data time and time again and no one listens. Conversely, any break in that chain breaks disease transmission along that whole chain.

In contrast to hand-washing and other personal measures, social distancing measures are not about individuals, they are about societies working in unison. These measures also take a long time to see the results. It is hard (even for me) to conceptualize how on a population level, ‘one quick little get together’ can undermine the entire framework of a public health intervention, but it does. I promise you it does.            I promise. I promise. I promise.

You can’t cheat it. People are already itching to cheat on the social distancing precautions just a “little”- a playdate, a haircut, or picking up a needless item at the store, etc. From a transmission dynamics standpoint, this very quickly recreates a highly connected social network that undermines all of the work the community has done so far.

Until we get a viable vaccine this unprecedented outbreak Will Not be Overcome in one grand, sweeping gesture, rather only by the collection of individual choices our community makes in the coming months. This virus is unforgiving to choices outside the rules.

My goal in writing this is to prevent communities from getting ‘sucker-punched’ by what the epidemiological community knows will happen in the coming weeks.

It will be easy to be drawn to the idea that what we are doing isn’t working and become paralyzed by fear, or to just‘cheat’ a little bit in the coming weeks.

By knowing what to expect, and knowing the importance of maintaining these measures, my hope is to encourage continued community spirit, strategizing, and action to persevere in this time of uncertainty.

Jonathan is a lecturer in Epidemiology of Microbial Diseases and Global Health at Yale University School of Public Health.

 

Beware The ‘Male Mail’ Point of View? 

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In the 1976 movie, Network, actor Peter Finch,  screams an impassioned “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” Ironically that’s the same theme of many e-mails recently filling the Larkin letterbox. A number of single men have written to eloquently state how challenging it is to be a single man in the year 2020.

The consistent message from the Male Mail is: Tell women to lighten up, to be more approachable and encourage men’s attention. 

Men report it is  like a Social Cold War out there with too many cold shoulders and cold stares. The overall request is: to warm up and reciprocate in day-to-day and  the flirting world.

Jimmy in Fremont wrote that men are tired of the chase and the chaste.  

Pablo commented he is a feminist and a confus-ist .He enjoys holding a door open and standing when a lady approaches. He was trained by his parents to be polite. And he is confused when women don’t appreciate that mode of behavior.

Another comment came more as a hypothetical: Alan asked, “What would you do if you saw  three women sitting at a table having tea, and one was very attractive to you. The question being: would you walk away, brush it off, and merely forget about it? Or, would you walk over to the table, politely introduce yourself, apologize for the interruption, and give the attractive woman your card and encourage her to call you? Several men described similar approach or avoidance scenarios and asked what the proper tact would be.

Ladies, what would you suggest?

The most lucid comment came from Anon. who indicated women should be open and friendly, in general. 

Both men and women need to increase the gracious side of treating and being treated with respect and affection. He suggested, if more men and women responded to subtle, and not so subtle, signaling, then more magic and more romance would happen between us. You’ve got my vote.

Ladies, what would you suggest?