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  1. (Birx)  offered a message to those who say they have a right not to wear a mask in public.
    "Out of respect for each other, as Americans that care for each other, we need to be wearing masks in public when we cannot social distance," she said.
    In an interview with ABC, Birx said "there's asymptomatic spread. And that means that people are spreading the virus unknowingly."
    "And this is unusual in the case of respiratory diseases," Birx said. "So you don't know who's infected. And so we really want to be clear all the time that social distancing is absolutely critical. And if you can't social distance and you're outside, you must wear a mask."
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  2. Brazil Is The New Epicenter Of The Global Coronavirus Pandemic

    Far-right President Jair Bolsonaro’s denial and incompetence have led to a predictable surge in cases.
    .....In Brazil, President Jair Bolsonaro’s lax response to the coronavirus made his country’s emergence as the world’s newest coronavirus hot spot tragically inevitable

    “Everyone who’s been watching Brazil, who’s been seeing the numbers increase day after day, week after week, knew that it was headed in this direction,” said Anya Prusa, a senior associate at the Woodrow Wilson Center’s Brazil Institute in Washington. “It’s not a surprise, but it is a real humanitarian tragedy.”

    .......Bolsonaro dismissed the pandemic as a media conspiracy and the disease as a “tiny flu,” fought with governors and state officials over social distancing measures, fired one health minister and drove another to quit, and largely left Brazilians ― especially the poorest and most vulnerable ― to fend for themselves.


    “Brazil went into this with a number of challenges that have been exacerbated by the government response at the very top,” Prusa said. “It is a disaster. And it didn’t need to be a disaster of this size.”..........

    Photos of mass graves in the Amazon region have spread globally as the virus overwhelmed public health systems in poorer and financially strapped states. On Monday, São Paulo Mayor Bruno Covas warned that the public hospitals in his city ― the largest and wealthiest in Brazil ― could reach their capacity by the end of May. ..............



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  3. From Camping To Dining Out:

    Here's How Experts Rate The Risks Of 14 Summer Activities-


    ............"We can think of transmission risk with a simple phrase:

    time, space, people, place," explains Dr. William Miller, an epidemiologist at Ohio State University.


    Here's his rule of thumb: The more time you spend and the closer in space you are to any infected people, the higher your risk. Interacting with more people raises your risk, and indoor places are riskier than outdoors.

    Dr. Emily Landon, hospital epidemiologist and infectious diseases specialist at University of Chicago Medicine, has her own shorthand: "Always choose outdoors over indoor, always choose masking over or not masking, and always choose more space for fewer people over a smaller space."

    Our experts shared their thoughts.........



    As all 50 states begin the process of reopening, here are three articles that offer some lessons from other countries about the tradeoffs and policies involved.
    First, here’s what European nations have done to support workers:
    South Korea has focused on testing to guard against outbreaks: 
    And here’s more on the approach Sweden has taken, which differs from some of its neighbors: 

  5. 20 hours ago, JakeHolman said:


    He thought the coronavirus was 'a fake crisis.' Then he contracted it and changed his mind.

    Brian Hitchens said he thought that the coronavirus "is a fake crisis" that was "blown out of proportion" and "wasn't that serious."

    "This thing is nothing to be messed with please listen to the authorities and heed the advice of the experts," he wrote. "We don't have to fear this and by heeding the advice doesn't mean that you fear it that means you're showing wisdom during this epidemic time."

    The May 12 post, in which he implored people to "use wisdom," has been shared more than 500 times.

    "Looking back I should have wore a mask in the beginning but I didn't and perhaps I'm paying the price for it now," he wrote. If he passed the virus on to his wife, he said, he knows that she and God forgive him.............



  6. Israel's PM Netanyahu, unbeaten in elections, goes on trial

    Netanyahu is charged with fraud, breach of trust, and accepting bribes in a series of cases expected to last years.


    He is accused of accepting expensive gifts, such as cartons of champagne and cigars, from wealthy friends and offering favours to media moguls in exchange for favourable news coverage of him and his family.

    In the most serious case, he is accused of promoting legislation that delivered hundreds of millions of dollars of profits to the owner of a major telecom company, while wielding behind-the-scenes editorial influence over the firm's popular news website.

    Netanyahu has denied the charges, claiming he is the victim of an "attempted coup" by overly aggressive police, biased prosecutors and a hostile media..............



  7. Fox's Chris Wallace debunks Trump: No record of massive or serious fraud from mail-in voting

    ....."I’ve done some deep dive in it, there really is no record of massive fraud or even serious fraud from mail-in voting,” Wallace, who anchors "Fox News Sunday," told "America's Newsroom" on Friday morning.

    “It’s being carried out in Republican states, it’s being carried out in Democratic states, there's no indication that mail-in voting as opposed to in person voting tends to favor one party over another,” Wallace said. .......



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  8. White House, State Dept. fail to turn over documents related to firing of watchdog

    Congressional investigators believe the watchdog's firing was direct retaliation for Steve Linick pursuing an investigation into Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
    ..........“President Trump’s unprecedented removal of Inspector General Linick is only his latest sacking of an inspector general, our government’s key independent watchdogs, from a federal agency. We unalterably oppose the politically-motivated firing of inspectors general and the President’s gutting of these critical positions,” .....
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  9. Nearly half of Twitter accounts pushing to reopen America may be bots

    There has been a huge upswell of Twitter bot activity since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, amplifying medical disinformation and the push to reopen America.

    ........the researchers have found that bots may account for between 45 and 60% of Twitter accounts discussing covid-19.

    Many of those accounts were created in February and have since been spreading and amplifying misinformation, including false medical advice, conspiracy theories about the origin of the virus, and pushes to end stay-at-home orders and reopen America..........


    A number of factors could account for this surge. The global nature of the pandemic means a larger swath of actors are motivated to capitalize on the crisis as a way to meet their political agendas. Disinformation is also now more coordinated in general, with more firms available for hire to create such influence campaigns.

    But it’s not just the volume of accounts that worries Carley, the center’s director. Their patterns of behavior have grown more sophisticated, too. Bots are now often more deeply networked with other accounts, making it easier for them to disseminate their messages widely. They also engage in more strategies to target at-risk groups like immigrants and minorities........

    Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions to this problem. Banning or removing accounts won’t work, as more can be spun up for every one that is deleted. Banning accounts that spread inaccurate facts also won’t solve anything. “A lot of disinformation is done through innuendo or done through illogical statements, and those are hard to discover,”............


  10. 2 hours ago, mr6666 said:

    a rare ANIMATED showing.....



    ".......features several celebrity likenesses. Karloff and Diller's characters are both designed to look like the actors portraying them, while Baron Frankenstein's lackey, Yetch, is a physical and vocal caricature of Peter Lorre. Swift also performs impersonations when voicing his characters, such as James Stewart when voicing Felix, Sydney Greenstreet as the Invisible Man and Charles Laughton as the Freighter Captain. ...."


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