Surviving Coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) July 22, 2020

Surviving C-19
July 22, 2020
1:51 PM
183 Days since first US infection

I have been including the blindspot reports from ground news as a means to show the spin in media, a consistent reality.  I have noticed that there seems to be a tendency for the lefts ‘blindspots’ to be of less, even little or no import to the left.  If you’re in agreement with the overall idea, why would it be surprising news?  Since it is covered by the right and not the left it might be that the right sees it as an issue and the left does not.

For example : Blindspot for the Left: “Scientists from Wuhan virus lab have ‘defected’, reveals Steve Bannon”  “In an exclusive interview, Mr Bannon also urged Boris Johnson to scrap plans to allow the Chinese communications firm Huawei to play a role in the UK’s new 5G network.”

The left does not see anything said by Steve Bannon as worth the effort to read.  Are they blind to it, yes; because they ignore it. By and large they see Mr. Bannon as having no credibility, like Infowars, hence what they say is not newsworthy, their opinion of no merit.  So yes the left is blind to it, they see it as not newsworthy. Did Mr. Bannon actually have evidence that such a thing happened, or did he just say so? It is an interview the left does not care about, of course they are blind to it.

This seems to show, over the weeks, a tendency for the right wing media to carry stories the left either does not care about, or the left would support.  For instance the next story was only covered by 10% of left leaning media, but why would they carry it in a Covid reality when they do not see any problem with what Mr. Soros is doing?

Blindspot for the left: “George Soros’s Foundation Pours $220 Million Into Racial Equality Push” 
“Mr. Soros’s group will invest $150 million in grants for Black-led racial justice groups, and another $70 million toward local grants for criminal justice reform and civic engagement opportunities.”

In this case the reality that it is covered almost strictly by the right shows that the right leaning media is itself racially biased against equality or against Mr. Soros, or both.  Why would helping these groups be seen as a negative unless you’re against equal justice under the law and against equal rights for all people regardless of race?  The right seems to have a problem with Mr. Soros efforts.  Now why would that be?

Blindspots

Blindspot for the Left: Young Indianapolis mother killed after reportedly saying ‘all lives matter’ to BLM supporters

“A young mother in Indianapolis was shot and killed early on Sunday, July 5, after she and others allegedly got into an argument over racially charged language with a group of Black Lives Matter supporters. Jessica Doty Whitaker, 24, reportedly told the BLM supporters that “all lives matter” shortly before she was murdered. Whitaker leaves behind a 3-year-old son.”

Blindspot for the Right: More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

“More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students’ safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing.”

Blindspot for the Left: Scientists from Wuhan virus lab have ‘defected’, reveals Steve Bannon

“In an exclusive interview, Mr Bannon also urged Boris Johnson to scrap plans to allow the Chinese communications firm Huawei to play a role in the UK’s new 5G network.”

Blindspot for the Right: Look out, Mars: Here we come with a fleet of spacecraft

“Mars is about to be invaded by planet Earth — big time. Three countries — the United States, China and the United Arab Emirates — are sending unmanned spacecraft to the red planet in quick succession beginning this week, in the most sweeping effort yet to seek signs of ancient microscopic life while scouting out the place for future astronauts.”

Blindspot for the Left: George Soros’s Foundation Pours $220 Million Into Racial Equality Push

“Mr. Soros’s group will invest $150 million in grants for Black-led racial justice groups, and another $70 million toward local grants for criminal justice reform and civic engagement opportunities.”

Split Reporting: Highlighting discrepancies between the reporting on stories across different news outlets. This week’s story:”President Trump commutes Roger Stone’s sentence”

New York Times: Trump Commutes Sentence of Roger Stone in Case He Long Denounced
BBC: Roger Stone: Trump spares ex-adviser from prison, sparking critics’ anger
Democracy News: Trump Commutes Sentence of Friend and Adviser Roger Stone
Bipartisan Report: Trump Commutes Roger Stone Sentence, Justice Is Dead
American Conservative: Roger Stone’s Deal Is Chickenfeed Compared To Petraeus And Berger
Fox News: Gregg Jarrett: Commutation of Roger Stone sentence was a ‘courageous move,’ he didn’t have a fair trial
Roger Stone on ABC News: “I feel good. I feel great.”

Legacy Media Headlines
Brazil’s Bolsonaro tests positive for the novel coronavirus again
Japan approves dexamethasone as second drug for coronavirus treatment
U.S. to pay Pfizer $1.95 billion to produce millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccine
Scientists report that airborne coronavirus is probably infectious
Mike Pompeo claims China ‘bought’ WHO chief
Trump says coronavirus pandemic will probably “get worse before it gets better”
Moderna, Merck say they will not limit price of coronavirus vaccines to company cost
A Palestinian climbs to the hospital window to say goodbye to his mother, infected with Covid
U.S accuses China of sponsoring criminal hackers targeting covid-19 vaccine research
Trump says pandemic will ‘get worse before it gets better’
Daily COVID-19 death toll surpasses 1,000 for 1st time since May
Sneakers for Soldiers sees huge uptick in donations amid pandemic
Alarming number of infants infected with coronavirus in 1 Texas county
COVID-19 infections estimated 10 times higher than 1st reported: CDC
Trump holds 1st White House coronavirus briefing since April
How chipotle is handling the pandemic and supporting small businesses
More answers to your COVID-19 questions
CDC warns coronavirus infections are much more widespread
Trump changes tone on COVID-19 as U.S. sees more than 1,000 deaths in a single day
Startup fights absenteeism in remote learning
President Trump resumes coronavirus briefings
CDC warns coronavirus infections are much more widespread
Trump brings back coronavirus task force briefings as cases surge
How politics could impact a coronavirus vaccine
Researchers make strides toward coronavirus vaccine
Nurses hold vigil for colleagues, call on Congress to pass HEROES Act
Brazil faces one of the world’s worst coronavirus outbreaks
Urgency grows for lawmakers to pass new coronavirus relief package
School reopening’s will trigger more COVID outbreaks, study finds
Trump blames China for coronavirus outbreak, doesn’t comment on surging cases in the U.S.
Masks for Melbourne as Australia registers record new cases
Israelis protest PM’s coronavirus power grab
Mexico passes 40,000 deaths, but numbers likely higher
Trump concedes US Covid-19 crisis to ‘get worse before it gets better’
Sen. Braun: Dems Relief Bill ‘Financially Irresponsible’
President Trump Gave His First COVID-19 Briefing In Months. Here’s How It Went.
Local Mask Rules To Slow Coronavirus Undercut By GOP Governors
Trump Still Has No Plan As COVID-19 Surges In 41 States
Trump Again Says COVID-19 Will ‘Disappear’ In First Virus Briefing In Months
Beto O’Rourke: Texas GOP Is A ‘Death Cult’ That Wants You To Do The Dying
Trump On Coronavirus: It Will ‘Get Worse Before It Gets Better’
Texas’ Rio Grande Valley Struggles To Survive As Coronavirus Cases Surge
NFL Prepares For A Fall Season Amid The Coronavirus Pandemic
Racing for a Remedy: Silent Stalker
FEMA on Capitol Hill defending virus response
US orders China to close Houston consulate
Some New Yorkers leaving NYC for good after COVID
Colorado moves bars’ last call to 10 to curb virus
The NBA debuts its Disney arenas for restart games
Trump favors rapid virus testing, weighs funding
Trump resumes starring role in virus briefings
GOP considers starting point for next relief bill
Belarus suffering “brutal crackdown” as presidential election approaches
Oxford vaccine “appears safe and triggers immune response”
Coronavirus: Protein treatment trial ‘a breakthrough’
Warning that coronavirus track and trace isn’t working well, as new outbreaks emerge
US adds more than 900k coronavirus infections in just 2 weeks
She went from reporting on coronavirus to fighting it in a hospital for 11 days
US orders abrupt closure of Chinese consulate in Houston
Reporter to Trump: Why don’t you wear masks more often
Trump: Covid-19 crisis will probably get worse before it gets better
Fauci: Safeguarding students and teachers should guide policy
Fauci: I was not invited to Trump’s coronavirus briefing
‘The Five’ praise Trump’s first coronavirus briefing in months
Trump speaks at Coronavirus Task Force briefing
Hannity: Why CNN won’t highlight progress in the fight against COVID
Ingraham: Joe Biden’s fantasy COVID fix
Rep. Gottheimer: I Don’t Understand Why We Wouldn’t Give PPP Transparency To American Public
Trump Has Ratcheted Up Very Dark Rhetoric As He Deploys Federal Troops In U.S.
U.S.-China Relations Deteriorate As China’s Houston Consulate Is Closed
‘We Are In The Process Of Developing A Strategy’
You Don’t Get Credit For Being Wrong any more Than Any President In History Of The U.S
Trump Discards ‘Patriotic’ Mask For Meeting At Trump Hotel

Point of Interest
“I took a closer look at the cognitive test Trump claims to have aced”–The Guardian

“Like any smart, down-to-earth person, Donald Trump has been bragging about “acing” a simple cognitive test he took recently. He’s been doing it for a while now, but it wasn’t until his interview with Fox News’s Chris Wallace on Sunday that he was challenged over it.

As the president started boasting about his results, Wallace laughed. “I took the test too when I heard that you passed it,” the Fox News host told Trump. “It’s not – well it’s not the hardest test. They have a picture and it says ‘what’s that’ and it’s an elephant.’”

This, according to Trump, was “misrepresentation”. “Yes, the first few questions are easy,” he conceded. “But I’ll bet you couldn’t even answer the last five questions. I’ll bet you couldn’t, they get very hard, the last five questions.” He added: “I guarantee you that Joe Biden could not answer those questions.”

So what is the test and are the last five questions, as Trump claims, really so difficult?

The test is called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA), and was created by the neurologist Dr Ziad Nasreddine in 1996. Talking to MarketWatch on Monday, Nasreddine stressed that the test “is supposed to be easy for someone who has no cognitive impairment”, stressing that “this is not an IQ test or the level of how a person is extremely skilled or not. The test is supposed to help physicians detect early signs of Alzheimer’s.”

Trump is right about the start of the test being easy. But when it comes to the last five questions, his claim that they’re “very hard” is unsettling (although not surprising) in what it reveals about his relationship with reality . . .

This is where things get a little concerning.

If you remember, Trump bet Wallace that he “couldn’t even answer the last five questions” of the test. But for a mentally healthy person, the last five questions should be as simple as the rest.

The fifth-to-last question on the test asks you to repeat a sentence out loud, before naming as many words as you can starting with F. In the following “abstraction” section, you have to spot the similarity between different objects such as trains and bicycles (modes of transport), or a watch and a ruler (measuring devices).

Next, you have to recall the random words that were included in the earlier memory section. This may be the part that’s easiest to trip over.

And finally, for the orientation part of the test, you have to … say what the date is.

For Trump to claim these are hard is worrying because for any cognitively healthy person, they shouldn’t be. But before we start any armchair diagnosis, you have to weigh up two probabilities against each other. Is it really likely that he found the last five questions hard? Or is it more likely that he’s misrepresenting about how hard they were, in order to look “smarter” than Joe Biden?”

Point of Interest: “Twitter cracks down on QAnon conspiracy group, including a ban on 7,000 accounts”
“QAnon: Twitter bans accounts linked to conspiracy theory”—BBC
“Twitter has announced sweeping measures aimed at cracking down on the QAnon conspiracy theory, including banning thousands of accounts. The social media giant said it would also stop recommending content linked to QAnon and block URLs associated with it from being shared on the platform. QAnon is a sprawling conspiracy theory whose followers support US President Donald Trump.

Twitter said it hoped the action would help to prevent “offline harm”.  In a statement shared on the platform, Twitter said it would permanently suspend accounts that violate its policies while tweeting about QAnon.  The suspensions will be applied to accounts that are “engaged in violations of our multi-account policy, coordinating abuse around individual victims, or are attempting to evade a previous suspension – something we’ve seen more of in recent weeks,” it said.

The suspensions are expected to affect about 150,000 accounts worldwide. More than 7,000 accounts have been removed in recent weeks for violations, Twitter said.  QAnon supporters have been linked to numerous other false claims that have spread online, including a bizarre conspiracy theory involving a US furniture company and allegations of child trafficking.  The FBI last year issued a warning about “conspiracy theory-driven domestic extremists” and designated QAnon a potential domestic extremist threat.”

Point of Interest: Here is a prime example of a misleading headline for the right.

“Young Indianapolis mother killed after reportedly saying ‘all lives matter’ to BLM supporters”
Here is the story . . . “Jessica Doty Whitaker was killed at around 3am on Sunday, July 5 while walking with her partner Jose Ramirez and two friends in Indianapolis, US.  The 24-year-old and the group had come across four men and a woman when an argument broke out after one of the victim’s party used the n-word.  According to Jose, the groups got into a “racially charged argument” and guns were pulled on both sides”

After the N word was dropped and tensions elevated, then the Young Mother says ‘All Lives Matter” in response to the other group saying “Black Lives Matter”, which is rapidly becoming a sly, underhanded way to disrespect blacks, a new N word incognito, one the speaker can claim is not ‘offensive to Blacks’ when it directly undercuts the base notion of BLM.

July 22nd, 2020

4:00 PM–Numbers time

                                                    Yesterday                 Today

Global Infected 14,774,887 15,033,861
Increase Infected 170,810 258,974

Global Dead 611,599 618,061
Increase Dead 3,179 6,462

USA Infected 3,858,686 3,935,211
USA increase Infected 53,779 76,525

USA C-19 deaths 141,426 142,595
USA C-19 deaths increase 615 1,169

Maine Infected 3,723 3,723
Maine Increase 12 0

Maine deaths 117 118
Increase Maine deaths 0 1

While I worked in isolation on this another 6,462 of my fellow humans succumbed to C-19, of those 1,169 were my fellow Americans and 1 was a Fellow Mainer.

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