2021-06-17

3 inventive rescues of the ACA

In his dissent, Alito called out the various times the Supreme Court has now ruled on the law and found ways to keep it in place.

"Today's decision is the third installment in our epic Affordable Care Act trilogy, and it follows the same pattern as installments one and two. In all three episodes, with the Affordable Care Act facing a serious threat, the Court has pulled off an improbable rescue," Alito wrote.
"No one can fail to be impressed by the lengths to which this Court has been willing to go to defend the ACA against all threats. A penalty is a tax. The United States is a State. And 18 States who bear costly burdens under the ACA cannot even get a foot in the door to raise a constitutional challenge," the veteran conservative justice added.
"So a tax that does not tax is allowed to stand and support one of the biggest Government programs in our Nation's history. Fans of judicial inventiveness will applaud once again, he added. "But I must respectfully dissent."

St. Louis couple Mark, Patricia McCloskey pay fines, lose guns in guilty plea over encounter with rioters

Mark and Patricia McCloskey, two attorneys in their 60s, were charged in the summer of 2020 after a swarm of Black Lives Matter protesters broke down an iron gate and ignored a "No Trespassing" sign on their private street. The couple said they felt threatened and armed themselves before heading outside to warn off the crowd, which was on its way to the former mayor's home. No one was hurt.

"They dropped all the weapons charges and they charged me with the lowest level of misdemeanor, which is something called assault four, which alleges that I purposely placed at least one other person in apprehension of immediate physical injury," Mark McCloskey told Fox News over the phone after returning from court Thursday. "I said, 'Well, I guess I did. That was all point of the guns.'"

What is the point of legal gun ownership if you can't use them to defend yourself nor your property?

Italian landslide: Huge boulders destroy buildings in South Tyrol

2021-06-08

The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology

I found this very interesting to watch as a piece of history from almost 70 years ago. At 8:10 it talks about how the transistor will affect computers.

Why a Judge Has Georgia Vote Fraud on His Mind: ‘Pristine’ Biden Ballots That Looked Xeroxed

In short, the Biden votes looked like they'd been duplicated by a copying machine.

"All of them were strangely pristine," said Voyles, who said she'd never seen anything like it in her 20 years monitoring elections in Fulton County, which includes much of Atlanta.

2021-06-04

Original Scripps rang analysis for natural origin

Ex-CDC director Redfield says he received death threats after mentioning lab-leak theory

Robert Redfield, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told Vanity Fair he received death threats after an appearance on CNN in March where he said he believed COVID-19 may have escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.

He told the magazine that "death threats flooded his inbox" from "prominent scientists," some of whom were former friends. 

"I was threatened and ostracized because I proposed another hypothesis," he said. "I expected it from politicians. I didn't expect it from science."

The Vanity Fair report said that back in January 2020, Redfield received a troubling message from Dr. George Fu Gao, the head of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gao warned him about sickened individuals in Wuhan. The report said "Redfield immediately offered to send a team of specialists to investigate" because he had suspicions about the Wuhan Institute of Virology. If a team found antibodies in blood samples of workers there, that would be convincing evidence. China refused, he said.

https://www.foxnews.com/health/ex-cdc-director-redfield-says-he-received-death-threats-after-mentioning-lab-leak-theory

2021-06-01

China State Media Says Country Must Prepare for Nuclear War With U.S. After Biden Asks for COVID Probe

I assume that this is bluster.

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From: Larry 



Technically Biden Canceled the State departments Covid probe, that would have been transparent and maybe lead to sanctions and/or penalties.
The Intelligence probe will probably not reveal its' findings and not penalize China.

Dust Is Radioactive

Fwd: Covid Treatments

Much of the illness associated with COVID-19 is due to the intense inflammatory and immune response that can occur with an infection. The most successful treatments so far have targeted this overzealous immune response.

Taken early in the disease, the inhaled corticosteroid budesonide has been shown to reduce the development of more severe disease.

In people hospitalised with COVID-19 requiring oxygen, the oral corticosteroid dexamethasone reduces the likelihood of death.

In the most severe cases — COVID patients admitted to ICU — the anti-inflammatory tocilizumab administered intravenously gives a person a better chance of survival.

But these treatments don't target SARS-CoV-2 itself; just the consequences of infection. Directly targeting the virus has proven to be more difficult

SARS-CoV-2 carries an enzyme, 3C-like protease (3CLpro), which plays a crucial role in the replication process. This protease is almost identical to the protease used by the SARS-CoV-1 (SARS) virus, and similar to the protease used by the Middle Eastern Respiratory Virus (MERS).

So a drug that could effectively target 3CLpro and prevent virus replication could be beneficial against multiple known coronaviruses, and possibly any that emerge in the future.

Pfizer/BioNtech are taking two drugs to clinical trials for COVID-19: PF-07304814, an intravenous injection for use in patients hospitalised with severe COVID-19 and PF-07321332, an oral agent, or pill, that could potentially be used earlier in the disease. Both are formulations of a 3CLpro inhibitor.

Could a simple pill beat COVID-19? Pfizer is giving it a go (theconversation.com)

An Israeli biotechnology company has claimed a 100% success rate in the first 10 patients treated with its drug as part of an early-stage clinical trial at Rambam Health Care Campus in Haifa.

Bonus's MesenCure, which consists of activated Mesenchymal Stromal Cells (MSCs) that are isolated from the adipose tissue of healthy donors, was found to reduce inflammation and alleviate respiratory and other symptoms in patients suffering from life-threatening respiratory distress brought on by COVID-19.

10 serious COVID patients given Israeli drug, leave hospital in one day - The Jerusalem Post (jpost.com)