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    https://abcnews.go.com/Politics/tru...-19/story?id=72088513&cid=social_twitter_abcn
    Trump in trouble as nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of his handling of COVID-19, protests, Russia

    Nearly two-thirds of Americans disapprove of President Donald Trump's handling of three major challenges facing the country -- the coronavirus pandemic, nationwide unrest over racial inequality and relations with Russia -- in a new ABC News/Ipsos poll, a sign of the obstacles that his reelection bid faces just three months before Election Day.

    With the White House confronting the most significant reckoning on race since the civil rights movement of the 1960s, the worst public health crisis in a century, and a hostile Russia reminiscent of the Cold War, Americans have little confidence in the job Trump is doing in all three of these major areas.

    Trump closes out the month of July the way it began, with his approval on the coronavirus in the low 30s. His approval sits at 34%, right about where it was earlier this month (33%) when it reached a new low since ABC News/Ipsos began surveying on the virus in March.....
     
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    He needs to scream every state he’s going to win.
     
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    TTM note: What these remaining enablers still do not get is that somebody is taking names. Those who have stopped following Trump around have maybe figured that out. That latter group might survive their next election.
     
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...ut-white-nationalists-don-t-want-it-to-remain
    After federal forces leave Portland, peace returns—but white nationalists don't want it to remain
    Mark Sumner

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    Protesters against racial injustice listen to a speaker on Friday night in Portland

    Every night that federal forces were deployed in Portland, the crowds grew larger. And every time those federal forces showed their lack of experience with law enforcement—and willingness to use violence even if that meant shooting peaceful protesters in the face—more people came forward to show that they wouldn’t be intimidated. There was a wall of moms. A wall of dads. A wall of veterans. But mostly there were just a wall of people unwilling to step down and hand over their city to paramilitary forces in camo who came over the express wishes of citizens, city officials, and the state government.

    But on Thursday night protests were peaceful. On Friday that pattern repeated as the number of people around the federal courthouse decreased and the “walls” came down. Protesters who came dressed to face tear gas and billy clubs, instead ended up sitting in the grass together, listening to speakers, sharing songs, and celebrating. The reason: those camo-wearing federal forces packed up and left.
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    Trump’s makeshift mix of ICE, Border Patrol, and Marshall Service forces haven’t completely departed town for the moment, but they are off the streets. They’re no longer randomly firing impact weapons into people’s faces, deploying tear gas in the middle of a hymn, or grabbing people off the street and slamming them into unmarked vans. Instead they’re camped out a few blocks away, waiting to see what happens over the weekend.

    Amazingly, despite the warnings of acting DHS director Chad Wolf, the federal courthouse was not burned overnight, buildings were not looted, and Portland did not descend into anarchy despite the lack of people on hand to point weapons straight into people’s faces. As The Washington Post reports, a few protesters lobbed rocks into empty space, symbolically bashing the place where the armed invaders had been on previous evenings. For now … that’s about it.

    Still, there are reasons for concern. For one thing, the withdrawal of federal forces doesn’t end the racist violence on the part of Portland police that initiated protests in the city following the police murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. It also doesn’t resolve the often heavy-handed response taken by those local police in response to protests.

    Some in the area are also concerned that there actually be violence initiated by agitators who want nothing more than to justify Trump’s invasion of the city. After all, it’s already clear that white nationalists have been engaging in violence and vandalism at cities where protests are taking place with the express purpose of “sowing discord and racial unrest.”

    In Richmond, Virginia this week, police arrested 23 people after weeks of peaceful protests suddenly “turned violent.” Flyers in the area called for attacks on police “in sympathy with protesters in Portland,” and the calls appeared to be met with damage to a local university, burning vehicles, and bricks hurled at local police. “There were white supremacists marching under the banner of Black Lives Matter, attempting to undermine an otherwise overwhelmingly peaceful movement towards social justice,” said Mayor Levar Stoney.

    There are concerns that the same kind of efforts could be organized in Portland. After all, Trump wasn’t just using claims of violence at that location to justify keeping forces on the ground in Portland, he was promising to do the same in a number of other cities. Portland is both the beta test and the flagship. For those who want peace to fail, undermining the piece in Portland could be the best bet to see far more camo wearing troops on American streets.

    “The mission is simple,” said Mayor Stoney. “To undermine the months of peaceful, community-driven protests that this city has seen.” That was certainly true in Richmond.

    What happens next in Portland may be decided in the next two nights.

     
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/1/1965738/-George-Soros-s-son-speaks-out-forcefully
    George Soros's son speaks out forcefully
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    In an op ed piece at NBC titled My father, George Soros, is white supremacists' favorite target. But they won't stop us with the subtitle of “The surge in online smears of my father and me amid the Black Lives Matter movement is simply one more installment in a long, ugly story.”

    Alexander Soros is Deputy Chair of his father’s Open Society Foundations.

    One would either have to be willfully oblivious or in a coma to not realize how much of a boogeyman George Soros has been for the anti-Semitic Rightwing over the past few years. This has intensified in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, with George Soros being blamed for events around the Black Lives Matter movement as he was previously blamed for the “caravan” of which Trump made such an issue in the run-up to the 2018 election. But this is not hew. As Alexander Soros notes

    Blaming Jews for mass civil rights movements is a textbook white supremacy tactic that has been around for longer than anyone reading this article has been alive. The logic is simple: Those who promote these lies want you to believe that Black and brown people are not smart or strategic enough to organize such actions themselves, so Jews must be pulling the strings.

    Further, he ties these groups to the “replacement” theory that we heard all too clearly in the change “Jews will not replace us!” in the horror that was Charlottesville, which is why I used a photo of that obscenity to illustrate this posting. After all, Alexander Soros notes of the vile online antisemitic garbage to which his father has been subjected

    This despicably racist online poison uses ideas and imagery that are directly drawn from the anti-Jewish propaganda of Nazi Germany — although the "replacement" theory remains a distinctly American manifestation of white supremacy. In 2017, American fascists chanted "Jews will not replace us" as they marched by torchlight in Charlottesville, Virginia. In his last online post, Robert Bowers, who shot and killed 11 people at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh in October 2018, accused Jews of "bring[ing] in invaders that kill our people."
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    The author of this strong piece will remind or inform you, depending upon your prior knowledge, of his father’s background, as a Jew who survived the Holocaust in Hungary (most of whose Jews were transported to Auschwitz by Eichmann) and who as a result has been dedicated to the ideal of open and more just societies, as is explained by these words:

    Since the early 1980s, he has given away more than $15 billion to further the ideal of an "open society" in which equality and the protection of one's fundamental individual rights are paramount.

    It is not charity, and his outlook represents more than mere solidarity with others who have endured similar fates. He believes in an open society because Jews and other minorities need rights and equality under the law to prevent another Holocaust.


    There is much more in this worthy piece, which I urge you to read.

    While I do not religiously identify as Jewish, my last name is Bernstein and I lost extended family when the Jewish community of Bialystok Poland was liquidated. My own involvement in Civil Rights flowed precisely from my being of Eastern European Jewish background, which mean that I rejected the notion of discrimination and intolerance on the basis of race or religion, and as I matured also of sexism, homophobia, or national origin, to name just some of the ways some people choose to demean and diminish others.

    Alexander Soros makes clear that neither he nor his father will be intimidated or silenced, whether by allies of Donald Trump in this country or the despots in other countries, people such as Vladi=mir Putin or in his father’s native Hungary Viktor Orban.

    So let me close as Alexander Soros does, with these words, followed by one more observation:

    We will continue to fight to eradicate systemic racism in America. And we will never stop fighting the bigotry of those who sow discord, spread lies and engage in hateful, anti-Semitic rhetoric

    For me, it is hateful rhetoric of any kind, and that includes demonizing political opponents. That’s me. I don’t impose that on others.

    Peace?
     
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    https://thehill.com/homenews/campai...attacks-on-mail-in-vote-will-sabotage-turnout
    GOP fears Trump attacks on mail-in vote will sabotage turnout

    Conservatives are growing worried that President Trump’s attacks on mail-in voting could suppress the GOP vote as Democrats mobilize to take advantage of expanded voting opportunities while suspicious Republicans gamble on in-person turnout during a pandemic.

    Scores of states have moved to expand absentee balloting amid the coronavirus outbreak to cut down on crowds and lines, hastening a recent trend toward mail-in voting, which has grown more common and more popular in recent years.

    Trump has resisted the move, saying Democrats have an advantage in high-turnout elections and making unsubstantiated claims about widespread fraud in mail-in voting, including on Thursday when he raised the idea of delaying the election “until people can properly, securely and safely vote.”

    Polls show that Trump’s attacks have undermined GOP confidence in mail-in voting, which otherwise has overwhelming support among Democrats and independents.

    Some Republicans are urging GOP leaders to abandon the attacks on mail-in voting and to instead embrace it, saying that greater access to absentee ballots is a foregone conclusion this year and warning that the president is effectively sabotaging his own party by refusing to buy into that new reality.

    The impact could be particularly pronounced in Florida, a battleground state where Republicans have traditionally outpaced Democrats among absentee voters. It’s also the preferred method of voting for many seniors, who broke for Trump in 2016.

    “The fact that you have so-called party leaders parroting Trump’s BS on vote by mail is basically putting a knife to their own electoral throats,” said former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele......

     
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/2020/8/1/1965702/-Krugman-Nails-the-GOP-Hide-to-the-Wall
    Krugman Nails the GOP Hide to the Wall
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    I am always impressed by Paul Krugman. But this morning he went beyond impressive, in summing up the cosmic flaw of the Republican party in his op-ed The Cult of Selfishness Is Killing America:

    Many on the right are enraged at any suggestion that their actions should take other people’s welfare into account.

    And of course, wearing a mask makes a statement that the wearer is taking other people’s welfare into account. Can’t have that now, can we? Each against all, y’know.

    This attitude has actually been part of the national mythology for generations: the frontiersman, the lone cowboy, Horatio Alger’s poor lad pulling himself up by his own bootstraps, the self-made man. Donald Trump claiming he started out with “only” a million-dollar loan. Ayn Rand’s The Virtue of Selfishness — if she believed in hell, she should be there now for that book alone.

    But under the modern GOP — the whole modern GOP — this country has taken selfish irresponsibility to a new extreme.

    Indeed, it sometimes seems as if right-wingers actually make a point of behaving irresponsibly. Remember how Senator Rand Paul, who was worried that he might have Covid-19 (he did), wandered around the Senate and even used the gym while waiting for his test results?

    Anger at any suggestion of social responsibility also helps explain the looming fiscal catastrophe. It’s striking how emotional many Republicans get in their opposition to the temporary rise in unemployment benefits; for example, Senator Lindsey Graham declared that these benefits would be extended “over our dead bodies.” Why such hatred?


    Republicans have been attacked the safety net for generations, fighting the idea that being a member of society means accepting certain responsibilities for the society as a whole. I’ve had some on the right tell me there’s no such thing as “society.”

    This explains the Republicans’ — not just Trump’s — refusal to do anything substantive about the coronavirus. (Well, yes, there are other reasons as well.) Admitting that we have to enforce mask wearing for everyone’s protection, that we have to help out the poor and the unemployed so that the country’s economy will recover, all of that means admitting that we have to take other people’s welfare into account.

    Just to be clear, I’m not saying that Republicans are selfish. We’d be doing much better if that were all there were to it. The point, instead, is that they’ve sacralized selfishness, hurting their own political prospects by insisting on the right to act selfishly even when it hurts others.

    What the coronavirus has revealed is the power of America’s cult of selfishness. And this cult is killing us.


    If we win this election, that will be the start of repudiating sacralized selfishness. No wonder Trump and the GOP are trying so hard to steal it.
     
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...nerates-forecasts-of-a-pediatric-COVID-crisis
    Mississippi reopens its first school ... and generates forecasts of a 'pediatric COVID crisis'
    Mark Sumner
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...sts-are-snorting-an-untested-COVID-19-vaccine

    A group of Harvard and MIT scientists are snorting an untested COVID-19 vaccine
    Mark Sumner

    Science, as it is done in in most laboratories around the world, advances by careful steps. Medical science in particular can involve months or years of theoretical models, in-vitro testing, and animal trials before first first pill, procedure, or needle approaches a human being. But there’s another kind of science. The kind practiced by people who maybe empathized a little too closely with Robert Heinlein characters a little too closely in their youth. These people may occasionally produce great things despite being definitive assholes. And even in medical science, there seem to be plenty of people ready to try on the white lab coat of Rick Sanchez and get their mad on.

    That seems to be the case with a group of researchers at MIT and Harvard who have come together around a homebrew COVID-19 vaccine. Forget laboratory models of its action in the body. Forget animal trials. Farewell phases one through whatever. These guys are just putting the concoction in their nose and snorting it.
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    If anyone who represents themselves as a lawyer has a fool for a client, then any scientists who have themselves for a lab rat better be prepared to be a dead lab rat. That’s certainly the case here. And while scientists willing to risk their lives for a medical breakthrough are a storied tradition—in the sense than they exist mostly in stories—these guys are … well … Yeah.

    As MIT Technology Review reports, the group called the Rapid Deployment Vaccine Collective formed back in March, at about the time the government was announcing the first steps in what would become “Operation Warp Speed.”

    Starting with research done on the related coronaviruses SARS and MERS, the group produced a self-published white paper in July that does pretty much let any reader know what they’re getting into. It starts off with a section on informed consent and “self experimentation,” and from there goes on through headers noting that this is not medical advice, doesn’t promise to be effective, is not a clinical trial, is not approved by the FDA, and has the risk of pretty much everything. Where everything can be allergic reaction, unforeseen long-term effects, risk of infection, and a serious risk that even if none of those things occur, it simply will not work to give any protection against COVID-19.

    Those who hang in there past this point get filled in on the background of that SARS / MERS research and the relative efficiency of vaccines vs. therapeutic treatments—all of which is absolutely straightforward and sensible. They also note that in addition to be ineffective, there are a few rare cases where attempts to make a vaccine have actually ended up making subsequent infection by the disease worse. One of these cases is Dengue fever, a disease well known for being relatively mild the first time you catch it, then increasingly awful (it’s nickname is “bone break fever”) every time it recurs. So it’s not surprising that an attempt to develop a Dengue vaccine might make the disease worse rather than blocking infection. What’s less encouraging is that on this list of “they tried to fix it and ended up doubling down on infection” is SARS—COVID-19’s not at all distant cousin.

    The paper then describes how they went out of their way to avoid one of the least-liked things about any vaccine, and a big obstacle to having a vaccine that can be “self administered”: the needle. To obtain a wholly snort-able vaccine while still being effective, they’ve laid this out as an initial huff followed by several booster sucks. They even cite evidence that one potential SARS vaccine elicited rapid antibody response in nasal membranes, providing better immediate protection than an injection. Which seems almost reasonable, until you remember that they have zero—that would be zero—evidence to measure the effectiveness of this I-suppose-we’ll-call-it vaccine. Not so much as an antibody test from a gerbil hit with a inhaler loaded with this stuff. If there’s a really good thing to be found in this paper, it’s that the next step is not “We based this off of live vaccine ...” Instead, the paper makes a lengthy defense of the idea that the polysaccharide Chitosan (found in shrimp shells and so-called nutrition shops) and a series of peptides found in the SARS-CoV-2 virus are sufficient to generate the necessary immune response. Much of this is drawn from the previous SARS research … but again, there is absolutely no evidence that the vaccine works as described, much less that it provides immunity to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

    The availability of the peptides is the biggest obstacle to anyone wanting to whip up a batch of home brew, but RADVAC has been offering the vaccine to an expanding circle. At least 70 people have the materials. An unknown number have taken it. The original group theorizes that because they’re only handing out the white paper, complete with all those caveats, and a few simple supplies, the FDA isn’t going to come after them. It’s quite likely that they’re in for a surprise.

    Does it work? They don’t know. Members of the core group doesn’t seem to have been infected, but then, that only puts them with 90% of the American population that’s in the same boat. The fact that they can’t even be sure about who has taken it means that it’s impossible to tell how effective it might be, if it’s effective at all.

    But if you’re really in the mood to shoot some shrimp up your nose … ask around the nearly deserted campus at MIT. And you might also consider applying to the League.

     
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    • For all the legitimate focus on rising U.S.-Chinese tensions, this summer’s sleeper surprise for the West is more likely to emerge from Vladimir Putin’s Russia.
    • In the past, when matters have seemed sour for Moscow, Putin has turned to adventures abroad to solidify his domestic control.
    • What’s difficult to predict is whether an August surprise — or one at any time ahead of U.S. elections in November — would grow more from Russia’s strength, its weakness, or more likely some combination of the two.
    ....What’s difficult to predict is whether an August surprise — or one at any time ahead of U.S. elections in November — would grow more from Russia’s strength, its weakness, or more likely some combination of the two. It has been times like these in the past when matters had seemed sour for Moscow that Putin has turned to adventures abroad to solidify his domestic control.

    So should one be watching for a surprise of the sort of the Russo-Georgian war of August 2008, the seizure and annexation of the Crimean Peninsula in 2014, the Russian military intervention in the Syrian civil war from 2015 to the present, or more electoral and disinformation activity in Europe and particularly around U.S. elections this November?

    On that front, the first indicator could be Russian response to the Belarus election a week from Sunday on Aug. 9. Janusz Bugajksi of the Center for European Policy Analysis reckons that Putin could use “the pretext of growing unrest in Belarus and the disputed presidential elections” as a chance to act as national liberator with the “looming prospect” of the absorption of Belarus into Russia.....
     
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    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/poli...rnalists-protesters/ar-BB17s2gD?ocid=msedgntp
    Senior DHS official reassigned after office compiled intel reports on journalists, protesters

    The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has reassigned a senior official who led the agency's Intelligence & Analysis Office after reports surfaced that the office had been creating intelligence reports on journalists covering the protests in Portland, Ore., The Washington Post reported Saturday.

    The Post, citing three people familiar with the situation, reported that Brian Murphy, the acting undersecretary of the office, was removed from his post and reassigned to a different, undisclosed position within the department.....
     
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    Key impeachment witness Vindman rebukes Trump on retirement from military

    Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a key witness in the House’s impeachment inquiry, issued a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump and his administration in an op-ed published Saturday.

    “At no point in my career or life have I felt our nation’s values under greater threat and in more peril than at this moment,” Vindman wrote in the Washington Post. “Our national government during the past few years has been more reminiscent of the authoritarian regime my family fled more than 40 years ago than the country I have devoted my life to serving.”

    Vindman’s comments come on the first day of his retirement from the military. The Iraq War veteran and Purple Heart recipient, who until February served as the top Ukraine policy officer on the National Security Council staff, cited a lack of career advancement due to “bullying, intimidation and retaliation” by Trump and his allies as reasons for his decision to retire.

    “The circumstances of my departure might have been more public, yet they are little different from those of dozens of other lifelong public servants who have left this administration with their integrity intact but their careers irreparably harmed,” Vindman said....
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    Reaction to Vindman’s op-ed was swift online, with some of Trump’s ardent supporters, including Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin, coming to the president’s defense.

    “Vindman is no martyr,” Zeldin tweeted. “He lied under oath about not knowing who the whistleblower was. He falsely claims to be a chain of command guy, but didn’t use his chain of command to speak to Tim Morrison.”

    Vindman also chastised Trump’s response to the coronavirus, saying the “mendacious president” downplayed the threat the pandemic posed to the country’s residents.

    “Millions are grieving the loss of loved ones and many more have lost their livelihoods while the president publicly bemoans his approval ratings,” Vindman said.

     
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    https://www.dailykos.com/stories/20...ational-Convention-announces-ban-on-all-press
    An historic first: 2020 Republican National Convention announces ban on all press
    Jessica Sutherland

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    Trump trumping during the RNC in Cleveland, 2016

    The latest modification to the ever-changing Republican National Convention is one that seems to cater to the incumbent seeking re-election, and his endless war on the media: The entire four-day event will be closed to members of the press, according to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

    Conveniently blaming the novel coronavirus, which a near-endless stream of Republicans have continued to minimize, an unnamed Grand Old Party spokesperson attempted to shift responsibility for the decision to the government of North Carolina. "[W]e are planning for all of the Charlotte activities to be closed press: Friday, August 21—Monday, 24th given the health restrictions and limitations in place in the state," the email read, adding that "we are working within the parameters set before us by state and local guidelines regarding the number of people who can attend events."

    Press will also be unwelcome in “the room when the Republican National Committee meets to conduct official party business,” the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports. Unless Republicans change their plans, this rejection of the Fourth Estate from the convention is a pretty big deal. In fact, it’s the first time journalists have been barred from a Republican presidential nominating convention, ever. Donald Trump—also known as the guy getting the Republican nomination—has declared the press to be an “enemy” of the American people, and for months has minimized the dangers of the novel coronavirus. He’s also the guy who hasn’t been drawing huge adoring crowds, long considered more essential to his survival than even Big Macs. Balloons and streamers dropping on an all-but-empty arena—and caught on camera for the world to see, and share, and replay—would likely be more than Trump can take. Even before the ban on reporters, the RNC reduced the amount of delegates welcome to just 336, down from over 2,400 in 2016.
     
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    MN Rodeo has its first CoVID-positive attendee; AG Ellison files suit.
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    The North Star Stampede was held in Effie, Minn., the last weekend of July despite executive orders from Gov. Tim Walz requiring masks and strictly limiting crowd sizes. The foolishness of doing was called out in this diary.

    The event happened on July 24-26 and the person tested positive on the 27th. Since it’s deemed likely by epidemiologists that infected people are contagious prior to showing symptoms, the state health commissioner is urging everyone who attended to self-quarantine and get tested if they show symptoms (good luck with that).

    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison also announced Friday his office had filed a civil enforcement action against the rodeo’s organizers. Ellison is seeking damages as high as $25,000 per violation as well as other legal remedies.

    More on the story here.

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    https://www.wdio.com/coronavirus/north-star-stampede-effie-covid-19/5813174/
    Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison filed a civil lawsuit against the Itasca County ranch that went ahead with a public rodeo last weekend despite warnings about how many people could attend the event.

    The civil complaint filed Friday against North Star Ranch, LLC, accuses the Effie ranch of violating the governor's emergency executive order when it allowed large crowds to attend its annual North Star Stampede without taking required safety precautions against the spread of COVID-19. The event happened July 24 to 26.

    Meanwhile, the Minnesota Department of Health reported Friday that at least one person has tested positive for COVID-19 and was infectious at the time they attended the rodeo. State health officials are urging people who attended the rodeo to watch for symptoms of COVID-19 and to take precautions to limit spread.

    The person developed symptoms July 27 and tested positive the same day for the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 disease. Because people are infectious several days before symptom onset, health officials determined the person was infectious while at the event.

    Ellison says a representatives from his office and the health department spoke with the owner of the ranch before the rodeo to discuss required safety precautions. According to the attorney general's office, during that call, the owner became agitated and hung up the phone.

    The owner subsequently made a post on his Facebook page saying that the rodeo would take place with no spectators, but that people were free to "come and protest against this ridiculous government overreach."

    A civil complaint includes pictures of packed stands at the event with virtually no attendees wearing masks. The complaint alleges that the rodeo accepted “donations” and that attendees observed rodeo events, cheered for rodeo participants, and were entertained by a rodeo clown.

    Ellison said in a news release that his office has been working with businesses and events across Minnesota for months to help them understand the law and the governor's orders. In most cases, he says they have reached agreements that led to voluntary compliance, but his office is charged with enforcing the law when people don't comply.

    “Business owners and event operators need to know that they are not above the law. If they risk the health and safety of our communities, my office will take strong action, as we are doing today," Ellison said in a news release.

    Ellison said this is the first action his office has brought to enforce the executive order. The civil complaint seeks civil penalties of up to $25,000 per violation.
     
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    Just in time for school, two new studies conclude small kids carry and transmit COVID-19 just fine
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    As Donald Trump and his billionaire heiress, non-teaching, Education Secretary, Betsy DeVos continue their relentless push for school reopenings, threatening to cut off federal funds to those schools that hesitate to throw open their doors, exposing millions of public school children, parents and teachers to the potentially lethal effects of COVID-19, one of their loudest talking points has been the supposedly low rate of transmission of the virus by children.

    As CNN reported on July 22, this has been one of Trump’s favorite go-to lines:

    During Wednesday's briefing, Trump continued to advocate for schools opening in the fall. In support of this he claimed that "a lot of people" say children "don't transmit" coronavirus.

    "They don't catch it easily, they don't bring it home easily," Trump added. "And if they do catch it, they get better fast."


    DeVos has gone even further, spewing uninformed nonsense like this:

    “More and more studies show that kids are actually stoppers of the disease and they don’t get it and transmit it themselves, so we should be in a posture of — the default should be getting back to school kids in person, in the classroom.”

    Never mind that millions of stressed, overcredulous parents are generally accustomed to believing what our Education Secretaries say (and are unlikely to be familiar with DeVos virulently anti-public school credentials), the fact is that statements like these are regurgitated over and over by unqualified bloviators in right-wing media until they worm their way into school board meetings across the country, influencing the decisions that will determine the fate of the nation’s schoolchildren.

    Two separate new studies examining the transmission of COVID-19 by younger children now strongly indicate those statements are categorically false. In fact, the exact opposite seems to be the case: small children spread the Covid-19 virus quite efficiently, even more than adults. Although they don’t suffer the same degree of ill effects as adults, children aged 5-17 are actually bastions of contagion to other children, as well as adults such as parents, grandparents, and teachers.

    William A. Haseltine, a healthcare contributor for Forbes, reports:

    Two new studies, though from different parts of the world, have arrived at the same conclusion: that young children not only transmit SARS-CoV-2 efficiently, but may be major drivers of the pandemic as well.
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    The first study, published here in JAMA, is peer-reviewed. As Haseltine states, it examined findings from a pediatric hospital in Chicago, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital:

    The Chicago study examines the concentration of the SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx, or the upper region of the throat that connects to the nasal passages, of children and adults. According to the results, children 5 years and younger who develop mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms have 10 to 100 times as much SARS-CoV-2 in the nasopharynx as older children and adults.

    Whenever these young children cough, sneeze, or shout, they expel virus-laden droplets from the nasopharynx into the air. If they have as much as one hundred times the amount of virus in their throat and nasal passages as adults, it only makes sense that they would spread the virus more efficiently. The study also shows that children from the ages of 5 to 17, also with mild to moderate Covid-19 symptoms, have the same amount of virus in the nasopharynx as adults age 18 and above.


    The Chicago study did not specifically examine the rate of transmission by small children, but rather its efficiency. The fact that a child has 100 times as much of the virus in nasal swab samples strongly points to a very efficient rate of transmission, just like any other cold or virus a child catches and spreads in school or Day Care center care. As reported in the New York Times this week, the lead author of the study was quite clear on this:

    “It definitely shows that kids do have levels of virus similar to and maybe even higher than adults,” Dr. Heald-Sargent said. “It wouldn’t be surprising if they were able to shed” the virus and spread it to others.
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    The second study examines contact tracing findings conducted in Trento, Italy. While that study is in pre-print still awaiting peer review, its results are consistent with those in the Chicago study. As Haseltine reports:

    The researchers found that although young children had a somewhat lower risk of infection than adults and were less likely to become ill, children age 14 and younger transmit the virus more efficiently to other children and adults than adults themselves. Their risk of transmitting Covid-19 was 22.4 percent—more than twice that of adults aged 30 to 49, whose rate of contagiousness was about 11 percent. “Although childhood contacts were less likely to become cases,” they wrote, “children were more likely to infect household members.”

    As Haseltine notes, the Trento study also found the youngest children to be the most efficient transmitters of the disease.
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    Any parent who has ever raised a pre-school or school age child is familiar with the varying and often unpleasant viruses they bring home, particularly when those children are still toddlers. These studies show that it is equally likely even in spite of the most valiant attempts to “socially distance” such children it will be effectively impossible to keep them from efficiently transmitting the disease to their parents or siblings when they come home, to say nothing of the potential transmission to teachers.

    As Haseltine observes, “If children from ages 5 to 17 are as or possibly even more contagious than adults, then opening schools in areas where daily rates of infection remain moderate to high is extremely risky and unwise.”

    With their false narrative pushing schools to reopen regardless of the risks, neither Donald Trump nor Betsy DeVos have displayed the slightest interest in the health and safety of our children, of parents, or teachers. But in truth parents and teachers didn’t need these new studies to understand that. Because the wisest course of action for any parent or teacher when Trump or DeVos pretend to give advice—as several prematurely reopening schools are finding out-- is to do the exact opposite of what they recommend.
     
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