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United States is Number One in Coronavirus Cases

United States is Number One in Coronavirus Cases

USA! USA! U! S! A!!!!!!!!

That’s right. The United States of America, with one-fourth the population of China, has surpassed China’s number of confirmed coronavirus cases.

President Trump isn’t bothered by that. Here’s what he said yesterday:

I think they [Americans] think we’re doing a really good job in terms of running this whole situation having to do with the virus. I think they feel that myself and the administration are doing a good job. … There was a lot of fear and a lot of good things are happening.”

A lot of good things are happening. The mortality rate is, in my opinion … way, way down. That takes a lot of fear out. It’s one thing to have it. It’s another thing to die. When I first got involved, I was told numbers much higher than the number that seems to be.

Yesterday over 200 Americans died of COVID-19.

Heckuva job, Orangei!

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Coronavirus Stimulus Bill Sabotaged by Republicans

Senate Republicans don’t care about people. They only care about big business, corporate donors, and their extremely wealthy friends. We knew that when a Republican controlled senate passed President Trump’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017. It gave huge tax cuts to corporations and provided a big tax loophole for pass-through income. The bill was advertised as a move that would lower taxes for workers and help businesses expand by providing them with more cash. Most workers saw very small decreases in their taxes and some actually saw their taxes go up a little, but businesses were left with a lot more cash in pocket and they used it to buy back their own stock to line the pockets of their already obscenely rich corporate executives. They did not increase investment any more than they would have otherwise and they did not provide any substantial increases in wages or benefits for workers. Some cities and states saw increases in wages because they mandated higher minimum wages themselves. Republicans in congress refused to increase the minimum wage like they always do.

Trump’s tax-cut was an expensive failure.

So they were fine with their 1.5 Trillion Dollar tax cut for the rich, but they aren’t so fine with a new and much needed coronavirus stimulus bill that will cost somewhere between one to two trillion dollars if most of that money is funneled to the people who really need it – the unemployed workers.

The Democrats focused their efforts on people first, not profits first. They would direct the money to the millions of people in the service industry (restaurants, bars, hotels, ride-share drivers, salon workers, dental hygienists, etc.) who are all out of work. This is a huge sector of our economy. Workers need cash to buy food, pay rent and mortgages, and obtain healthcare – all urgent stuff. The stimulus bill should provide that urgent aid first. A one-time check in the $500 to $1,200 won’t provide the long-term aid they are going to need.

The spending should cover the cost of extending the unemployment insurance for at least a year or two. It should probably force large employers to provide sick pay for as long as is necessary for their workers to recover from COVID-19. The bill should prevent people from losing their jobs because of government-mandated work stoppages. It should make sure that everyone afflicted with the disease gets the healthcare they need regardless of whether or not they have insurance. To put it simply, the stimulus bill can’t be about “creating jobs” right now. It should be all about alleviating hardship and suffering caused by the outbreak, because it can’t help put people back to work until the pandemic is gone, and it looks like that isn’t going to happen for months.

The Republicans’ bill includes $5B for a corporate slush fund. It’s weak on worker retention and has loopholes. It’s treasury lending section is vague. It doesn’t provide provisions to protect people from evictions and foreclosures. It provides zero money for state and local governments. Is that because the states hardest hit are blue states? No additional spending on SNAP when the program will obviously be under extreme pressure. No direct payments for people who did not file tax returns in 2018 or 2019. It offers no help for the uninsured and no help for people with student loans.

What this all adds up to is, as James Martin wrote in The New York Times today, a Moral Evil. That’s suffering caused by the actions of individuals or, in this case, the inaction of individuals. And even worse; the deliberate redirection of resources that should be used to alleviate suffering of the most vulnerable people to the least vulnerable, most wealthy people in our country. That’s right. Who do you think will be the recipients of a slush fund?

Maybe enough Republicans in the Senate will read The Bible tonight and decide to do what Jesus would do (from the James Martin column):

Needless to say, when caring for someone with coronavirus, one should take the necessary precautions in order not to pass on the infection. But for Jesus, the sick or dying person was not the “other,” not one to be blamed, but our brother and sister. When Jesus saw a person in need, the Gospels tell us that his heart was “moved with pity.” He is a model for how we are to care during this crisis: with hearts moved by pity.

I’m not betting on it.

The Internet’s most horrible diseases

The Internet’s most horrible diseases

Yes, you’re dying. We’re all dying. But what, exactly are you dying of? That nagging cough, your marked indifference, what could they mean? Don’t bother running around the internet looking up your symptoms in an attempt at self diagnosis. We all know that, in the end, the internet is going to tell you you’ve got a horrible, incurable, communicable disease.

To that end, here I’ve gathered the internet’s most popular deadly diseases for your edumacation. And face it, chances are you’ll get one of these soon. Thanks to The Worst Case Scenario Internet Diagnosis for all the data.


Kuru

How you get it: Contact with infected human brains, usually as part of the canibalistic funeral ritual of the Fore tribe in New Guinea or as a doctor treating someone with kuru.
Incubation period: 1 to 30 years
Early symptoms: Unsteady gait,slurred speech, marked feelings of indifference
Symptoms at full disease onset: Tremors, total loss of muscular control
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Incapacitation, coma, death within a year of onset

Ebola

How you get it: Contact with infected person or other carrier. Due to the quick and destructive power of ebola, it’s believed that there is a yet undiscovered ebola resistant carrier animal that is responsible for the occasional outbreaks.
Incubation period: 3 weeks
Early symptoms: headache, weakness, and muscle aches
Symptoms at full disease onset: vomiting, abdominal maladies, throat and eye inflammation, bleeding from body openings
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Destruction of internal tissues through rapid viral replication, blood loses the ability to clot and you die from extreme internal hemorrhaging. To the outside world, it looks as though your insides have liquified and are pouring out your various holes.

Rabies

How you get it: Bite of infected animal. Transmitted through saliva.
Incubation period: 21 to 120 days
Early symptoms: Mild depression and anxiety, soreness around bite.
Symptoms at full disease onset: Extreme thirst accompanied by acute fear of water. Constant state of terror and feelings of asphyxiation and claustrophobia.
Final outcome of this horrible disease: You feel as though you’re drowning in the thick, confining air around you. Your thirst is unquenchable, but even if it weren’t, your acute hydrophobia wouldn’t allow you to drink it. Death occurs within a few horrifically bad days due to convulsive seizure accompanied by respiratory failure.

Tetanus

How you get it: Bacteria enters body via puncture wound
Incubation period: 3 to 21 days
Early symptoms: Soreness in neck and jaw, heart rate fluctuations, low grade fever
Symptoms at full disease onset: Lockjaw, muscular spasms, sweating, utter fatigue from muscular contractions
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Severe muscular contractions cause the spinal column to twist and curve, eventually bending and snapping bones in the arms and legs. Death is caused by respiratory failure. Have you had your shots?

Creutzfeldt-Jakob

How you get it: Genetic; variant (Mad Cow) acquired by eating the brain or nervous tissue of an infected animal. Like Kuru, this is a prion disorder.
Incubation period: 1 to 30 years
Early symptoms: Confusion, involuntary muscle jerks, insomnia, impaired judgment, memory, and vision
Symptoms at full disease onset: Loss of muscular coordination, slurred speech, severe mental impairment.
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Systematic loss of brain function over the course of a year within onset of symptoms. Inability to control muscles, blindness, cognitive failure, coma, death.

SARS

How you get it: Contact with highly contagious airborne virus. Lock-down quarantine is common once a case is diagnosed.
Incubation period: 2 to 7 days
Early symptoms: Headache, chills, stiffness
Symptoms at full disease onset: High fever, shortness of breath, dry cough.
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Those early breathing difficulties progress into pneumonia and, in the end, you’ll slip into a coma and die rather abruptly of accute respiratory failure while your grief stricken family watches tearfully from outside your plastic bubble.

West Nile

How you get it: Mosquito bite, organ transplant
Incubation period: 3 to 15 days
Early symptoms: Headache, irritability, fatigue, rash
Symptoms at full disease onset: Confusion, swelling of the brain, tremors and weakness
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Encephalitis and meningitis are the most deadly features of this malady. Brain swelling causes convulsions and cognitive failure. Swelling of other nervous tissues cause muscular degeneration and severe pain. Either way, the outcome is coma and eventual death.

Necrotizing Fasciitis

How you get it: Contact between bacteria and abrasion or laceration in the skin
Incubation period: 24 hours
Early symptoms: Redness around skin abrasion, deep tissue soreness, diarrhea, nausea, fever, confusion, dizziness, weakness, and general malaise
Symptoms at full disease onset: Black blisters form in the skin and spread quickly. Within hours the blisters begin to appear on other parts of the body and eventually burst and ooze black fluid.
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Rapid degeneration of the body under the effects of the toxins released by the bacteria, causing severe nausea, deep tissue pain, unconsciousness, death.

Hantavirus Pulmonary Syndrome

How you get it: Exposure to mice or rat droppings, nest, or contaminated dust, especially while cleaning in areas prone to mouse infestation.
Incubation period: 5-15 days
Early symptoms: Fever, headache, fatigue, general malaise
Symptoms at full disease onset: Coughing, shortness of breath, low blood pressure
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Lungs slowly fill with liquid as breathing becomes more and more labored. Panicked feelings of suffocation and constriction precede respiratory failure, death.

Subacute sclerosing panencephalitis

How you get it: Abnormal immune response to reactivated measles virus, usually within 2 to 10 years of recovery. Immune system turns its attention to healthy nervous tissues.
Incubation period: 2 to 10 years
Early symptoms: behavioral changes, memory loss, irritability
Symptoms at full disease onset: seizures, involuntary movements, and neurological deterioration
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Memory loss and irritability progress into encephalitis induced hallucinatory dementia. convulsions, blindness, and death.

Amoebic Meningoencephalitis

How you get it: Organism enters bloodstream through nasal passages while swimming, especially in stagnant, warm water. This amoeba has been found throughout the world.
Incubation period: 1 to 3 days
Early symptoms: Severe headache, fever
Symptoms at full disease onset: Convulsions, lethargy, cognitive failure
Final outcome of this horrible disease: After entering the bloodstream, this amoeba finds its way into the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal chord. Within a day or two, the brain and spinal fluid are overwhelmed by amoeba, causing meningitis, encephalitis, cognitive failure and convulsions. Coma and brain death follow within 72 hours. There is no treatment.

Cerebral Malaria

How you get it: Parasite passed through mosquito bite, especially frequent in children.
Incubation period: 7 days to 6 months
Early symptoms: generalised body ache, tiredness, headache, sore throat, diarrhea, and fever
Symptoms at full disease onset: Sudden onset of high swinging fever with marked shivering and dramatic perspiration
Final outcome of this horrible disease: In this form, the malaria parasite is able to pass from the bloodstream into the brain. As time passes and the parasite eats away at brain tissue, delirium, coma, and death are a certainty.

Pneumonic Plague

How you get it: Caused by the same bacteria that causes bubonic plaque, but rather than spreading through a flea bit, this form is results from inhalation of bacteria laden saliva. This is particularly horrible due to the growth of “bubos” in the lungs rather than on the skin.
Incubation period: 3 hours to 2 days
Early symptoms: fever, headache, weakness, and a bloody or watery cough
Symptoms at full disease onset: Trouble breathing, fever, chills, heavily flowing, bloody sputum
Final outcome of this horrible disease: Rapid progression from cough to bleeding lungs, usually within a few hours, toxic shock, death.

Bacteremia due to Burkholderia pseudomallei

How you get it: Skin abrasion making contact with contaminated soil, or via bio-terror attack.
Incubation period: 2 days to Many Years
Early symptoms: Fever, muscle aches
Symptoms at full disease onset: Chronic suppurative infections often develop with secondary abscesses in the skin, brain, lungs, myocardium, liver, spleen, bones, lymph nodes, or eyes
Final outcome of this horrible disease: The bacteria can lie dormant in the body for years. Or, if it finds conditions irresistible, it will begin a destructive rampage through your fragile body. After a brief period of general malaise, pus-filled lesions begin to form on the skin, in the joints, and eventually most major organs, including the brain. Septic shock and death soon follow as the lesions burst internally and seep into your bloodstream.

Bubonic Plague

How you get it: Close contact with an infected host. Fleas, cats, rats and squirrels are the most common hosts.
Incubation period: 2 to 6 days
Early symptoms: Fever, Chills, Sore throat, Headache, Weakness, Malaise, Nausea, Diarrhea, Gastrointestinal distress, Cough, Bloody sputum, Shortness of breath, Stiff neck
Symptoms at full disease onset: Gangrene and necrosis of areas such as the digits, penis. Bleeding from body openings, red circular lesions form on skin.
Final outcome of this horrible disease: The rosy lesions. “bubos,” that have gradually formed on the skin begin to necrotize, turning the skin black, especially in the extremities. Internal lesions become infectious pustules that seep into the bloodstream causing blood poisoning, or “septicemia,” and eventually death.


This is for entertainment purposes only, in case you were wondering. If you know of a horrifying disease that’s not covered here, please email tony with a link and a list of symptoms.