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Jim Robbins, KHNAs, the COVID pandemic, is on a showdown with vaccines that are likely to be lost. Many experts in the field of emerging infectious diseases are already focused on preventing the next one. They fear another virus leaps from the animal kingdom into humans that is far more deadly but spreads just as easily as SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus strain that causes COVID-19. Such a virus could change the path of life on the planet, experts say. « What keeps me up at night is that another coronavirus like MERS, which has a much, much higher mortality rate, is becoming just as transmissible as COVID, » said Christian Walzer, executive director of health at the Wildlife Conservation Society. “The logistics and the psychological trauma of it would be unbearable. SARS-CoV-2 has an average death rate of less than 1 percent, while the death rate for Respiratory Syndrome in the Middle East (MERS), which spreads from camels to humans, is 35 percent. Other viruses, such as nipah, which are transmitted by bats, have a death rate of up to 75 percent. « There are a wide variety of viruses in nature, and the possibility exists of having the goldilocks characteristics of pre-symptomatic transmission with a high death rate, » said Raina Plowright, viral researcher at Bozeman Disease Ecology Lab in Montana. (COVID-19 is highly transmissible before symptoms appear, but luckily it is far less fatal than some other known viruses. ) “It would change civilization. That is why the Federal Foreign Office and the Wildlife Conservation Society held a virtual conference called One Planet, One Health, One Future in November to tackle the next pandemic and help world leaders understand that killer viruses like SARS -CoV-2 – and many other less deadly pathogens – are unleashed into the world through the destruction of nature. In light of the global attention being drawn from the spread of the coronavirus, infectious disease experts are stepping up efforts to uncover the robust link between the health of nature, wildlife and humans. It’s a concept known as One Health. Although the idea is widely accepted by health officials, many governments have not included it in politics. The conference was timed to coincide with the meeting of the world’s economic superpowers, the G20, to urge them to recognize the threat that wildlife pandemics pose not only to people but also to the global economy. The Wildlife Conservation Society – America’s oldest conservation organization founded in 1895 – has teamed up with 20 other leading conservation groups to urge government leaders to “prioritize the protection of highly intact forests and other ecosystems, and specifically work to improve commercial trade and the Wildlife markets to end human consumption and all illegal and unsustainable wildlife trade, ”reads a recently published press release. The next coronavirus nightmare is closer than you think Experts predict that implementing these and other measures would cost about $ 700 billion, according to the Wildlife Conservation Society. On the other hand, COVID-19 has cost an estimated $ 26 trillion in economic damage. Additionally, the solution offered by those advocating the One Health Goals would also mitigate the effects of climate change and biodiversity loss. The increasing invasion of natural environments as the world population increases makes another deadly pandemic a question of when and not if, experts say – and it could be far worse than COVID-19. The spread of animal or zoonotic viruses to humans causes around 75 percent of new infectious diseases. But a variety of unknown viruses, some of which may be highly pathogenic, live in wildlife around the world. Infectious disease experts estimate there are 1. 67 million viruses in nature; there were only about 4. 000 identified. SARS-CoV-2 likely originated from horseshoe bats in China and was then transmitted to humans, possibly via an intermediate host such as the pangolin – a scaly animal that is often hunted and eaten. While the source of SARS-CoV-2 is uncertain, the animal-to-human route has been known for other viral epidemics, including Ebola, Nipah, and MERS. Viruses that circulate and mutate in wildlife, especially bats, which are numerous and highly mobile around the world, jump into humans where they find a susceptible immune system and cause a deadly outbreak of infectious diseases. « We went deeper into environmental zones that we hadn’t previously occupied, » said Dennis Carroll, a seasoned emerging infectious disease expert at the U.. . S.. . International Development Agency. He sets up the Global Virome Project to catalog viruses in wildlife to predict what could trigger the next pandemic. “The flagship for this is the raw materials industry – oil and gas and minerals, as well as the expansion of agriculture, especially cattle. This is the greatest predictor of where you will see an overflow. When these things happened a century ago, the person who contracted the disease likely died there. « Now an infected person can be on a plane to Paris or New York before they know they have it, » he said. Meat consumption is also growing, which means that either more farm animals are raised in cleared forests or “bush meat” – wild animals. Both can lead to overflow. The AIDS virus is believed to originate from wild chimpanzees in central Africa that were hunted for food. One case study of how viruses turn from nature to epidemic is the Nipah virus. Nipah is named after the village in Malaysia where it was first identified in the late 1990s. Symptoms include brain swelling, headache, stiff neck, vomiting, dizziness, and coma. It is extremely fatal, with a death rate of up to 75 percent in humans compared to less than 1 percent for SARS-CoV-2. Since the virus never became highly transmittable among humans, it has only killed 300 people in around 60 outbreaks. A critical feature prevented nipah from spreading. « Nipah’s viral load, the amount of virus someone has in their body, increases over time, » and is most contagious at the time of death, said the Plowright from the Bozeman Laboratory, which studied Nipah and Hendra. (They are not coronaviruses, but henipaviruses. ) « With SARS-CoV-2, your viral load peaks before you develop symptoms. So you will be working and interacting with your family before you know you are sick. If an unknown virus, as deadly as Nipah but as transmissible as SARS-CoV-2, jumped from animal to human before an infection was known, the results would be devastating. Plowright has also studied the physiology and immunology of viruses in bats and the causes of spillover. « We are seeing spillover events due to pressures on the bats from habitat loss and climate change, » she said. « Then they are drawn into human realms. In the case of Nipah, fruit bats raised in orchards near pig farms passed the virus on to the pigs and then to humans. « It’s linked to a lack of food, » she said. « If bats could feed in native forests and move nomadically through the countryside to get the food they need, we wouldn’t see an overflow. « . “A growing understanding of ecological changes as the cause of many diseases is behind the campaign to raise awareness for One Health. One Health policy is expanding in places where human pathogens are likely to be found in wildlife or domestic animals. Doctors, veterinarians, anthropologists, wildlife biologists, and others are trained, and others trained, to provide sentinel skills to detect these diseases as they occur. The Downside of Getting Two COVID Vaccines Out So Quickly However, the scale of prevention efforts is far smaller than the threat posed by these pathogens, experts say. They need government support to identify the problem and incorporate the cost of any possible epidemic or pandemic into the development. « A road will make it easier to move goods and people and create economic incentives, » said Walzer of the Wildlife Conservation Society. « But it will also provide an interface through which people interact and are more likely to overflow. « . This type of cost has never been considered in the past. And that has to change. The One Health approach also advocates the comprehensive protection of nature in areas of high biodiversity, where overflow is a risk. Joshua Rosenthal, an expert on global health at Fogarty International Center at the National Institutes of Health, said that while these ideas are conceptually sound, they are an extremely difficult task. « These things are all managed by different agencies and ministries in different countries with different interests, and getting them on the same page is a challenge, » he said. Researchers say the clock is ticking. « We have high population densities, high livestock densities, and high deforestation rates – and these things bring bats and humans in closer contact, » Plowright said. “We roll the dice faster and faster and more and more often. It is really very simple. “KHN (Kaiser Health News) is a non-profit news service that deals with health issues. It is an editorially independent program of the KFF (Kaiser Family Foundation) that is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
In Red Sparrow, Francis Lawrence’s 2018 adaptation of the Jason Matthews novel, Charlotte Ramping’s matron reminds her protégés of the Russian Intelligence Service (SVR) in training, including former ballerina Dominika (Jennifer Lawrence), that it’s cold War is alive and well. It’s a plea that Hollywood films have increasingly taken to heart through the 2010s. In addition to reviving traditional Cold War narratives, film and television were busy initiating a whole series of new storylines about infiltration and cunning, which were characterized by Matthews’ book and Lawrence’s cinematic implementation. This restoration was based on a broader reassessment of the old rivalries between East and West in the 21st. Century, which had emerged from the massive technological expansion of espionage and surveillance that allowed observation to continue well beyond the limits of the previous Cold War. This surveillance and infiltration was alarmingly realized by revelations of Russian interference in the U in 2016. S.. . Presidential elections and the skills of Russian hackers, especially for interfering with broader online systems. And the result of that election spawned the wildly quixotic relationship between the prominent businessman who became President Donald Trump and arguably the most dominant leader in Russia since the days of Leonid Brezhnev, Vladimir Putin. Red Sparrow is a film that draws attention to these contemporary geopolitical entanglements – the book even contains Putin in its plot – not least through a plot that is sometimes deliberately involved. Dominika, a former ballet dancer trained in compromise (compromising or damaging information about a person), is sent on a mission to locate a mole in Russian intelligence and end up as a double agent – in the wages of the CIA agent Nate Nash (Joel Edgerton) – both sides play against each other. If the film’s narrative ideas reflect contemporary Russian and American detente, then its aesthetic representation is better tied into traditional Cold War imagery. Russia remains a typically gray, regulated society full of decaying apartment blocks and regressive everyday clothing, a place where long crane shots follow lonely vehicles as they find their way to rural, secret, Palladian-style training schools. Even the classified material Dominika receives from the Americans while she’s secretly working for them is made up of floppy disks rather than something as nifty as a memory stick. And while the film’s soundtrack eschews the use of Russian composers as diegetic accompaniment to these visual regressions, the takeover of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and supporting music composed by James Newton Howard, which gives Mozart and Stravinsky a nod, connects the tone of the film with an avowed and serious Russian classicism. The film tends towards great nationalist traditions in which the preservation of high culture is woven into the fabric of the national essence. The most anticipated films of 2021: From « Dune » and LeBron’s « Space Jam » to Spielberg’s « West Side Story » Red Sparrow’s Cold War is exactly the opposite between the suspicion of the superpower of the 21st century. Century and visual and acoustic signifiers of the old style. And it is not alone, as this paper argues. From Checkpoint Charlie to Hansa Studios, from Red Square to Gorki-Park, from Friedrichstrasse to Berlin train station, the Cold War aesthetic became part of a historical re-appropriation of time and place in film and television in the 2010s. But this memory exercise is also a cultural outlier that signals the resurgence of Cold War-era Russian-American relations, once devoted to history, which are escalating again into suspicion and accusations. That is at least one reading by Putin-led Russia that had clearly enough antagonisms against the Bush and Obama administrations. One that was linked to a clear scheme at the time until Donald Trump arrived on the U.. S.. . political scene. This essay traces the history of film aesthetics that has developed from Russia’s close relationship with the West. It also explains the way 2010s film culture explained the Cold War resurgence, first through iconic tributes and associative locations, notably through Tomas Alfredson’s update of John le Carré’s classic Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011) and then through one Intricate Abundance in David Leitch’s Atomic Blonde (2017), style and influence were focused on current concerns and relationships. . In a new era of the Cold War when traditional bipolar rules of engagement no longer seem to apply, the aesthetic convergence of a multitude of signifiers in Leitch’s film points to this confusing state of East-West relations, as well as to political culture in general Trump / Putin world where things are not what they seem. Acute aesthetic sensitivity is, of course, nothing new in Cold War thrillers. Visual convergences have been a mainstay of the genre in the US, UK and beyond for over forty years. Some were more attentive than others to the visual dynamics presented by historical locations and events, but recognition of symbols and metaphors came almost immediately at the point where post-1945 Cold War politics and culture came to grips. This influence was evident in the cinematic use of certain Central European locations – Vienna, Budapest – and in London after the war. but its real gravitational force appeared at the midpoint of the Cold War collisions in Berlin and never really left it. Soon after the end of the war, for example, the so-called Berlin rubble films appeared, including documentaries such as Germany, Year Zero and noir glasses such as A Foreign Affair and Berlin Express (all 1948), each of which accented personal grief and national loss, characterized by the abundance of rubble in the ruined city. From The Spy Who Came In From The Cold (1965) to Funeral in Berlin (1966) and from The Man Between (1953) to Torn Curtain (1966) and A Dandy in Aspic (1968), a bipolar mediation of mood and atmosphere – in films that featured the divided city as the fulcrum for such feelings – was sometimes as important as plot and political truthfulness. In Tony Shaw’s words: “Berlin was the outstanding symbol of the Cold War and the divided nature of Europe. This location-related influence in “classic” Cold War cinema cannot be better realized than in Carol Reed’s The Man Between from 1953. As Rob White notes, Reed was one of the « great directors of the urban experience » who was able to locate his protagonists in urban landscapes where they were both hunters and the hunted. The city, which climatically functions as a place of “evidence and surveillance”, is the ultimate hiding place and the loneliest prison, as Reed masterfully shows with his portrayal of post-war Vienna in his Tour de Force, The Third Man (1949). . That White cheerfully reports that nothing came of Oliver Stone’s attempts to update this story to modern Berlin in the 1990s does nothing to dispel the ubiquitous power of the Cold War imagery that Reed so vented. The affinity of Stone and other directors of his generation to the veracity of Reed and cinematographer Robert Krasker’s portrayal of the chiaroscuro of the Cold War was palpable, as Reed’s cinema was shaped by European cities literally divided by power, politics, and ideology. In The Man Between, Susanne Mallinson (Claire Bloom) visits her brother, a military doctor in Berlin who treats war victims and their consequences in the late 1940s. Martin (Geoffrey Toone) is married to a German, Bettina (Hildegard Knef). Her house offers a view over the bombed-out wasteland to the gutted and discolored Brandenburg Gate, which marks the border between the Allied and Russian sectors. Bettina agrees to show Susanne around the city, including a trip east, already littered with propaganda posters from Lenin and Stalin. Here they meet Ivo Kern (James Mason), a shady character who is not recognizable in either the East or the West. Bettina’s relationship with him – they were previously married – only gradually seeps through, while Susanne falls in love with the charming but illusory Ivo, with disastrous consequences if she is mistakenly kidnapped. While their relationship forms the connection that transcends the city’s borders, the (non-) handling of the film with increasingly complex motivations and maneuvers that infected Berlin in the course of the Cold War – the elite of Berlin society as opposed to the disenfranchised and Denied is considered repeatedly but never seen – was an ongoing criticism of a production that was persistently problematic. In addition, the actions of the Western powers on one side of the rift in Berlin, which aim to “save” the people from the increasing oppression of the East, become a simplified cat and mouse hunt against the unleashed communist forces on the other the highlight in the midst of newly built offices and houses. While Kern turns out to be a human trafficker bringing people from the Eastern to the Western sectors like Harry Lime, he is anything but a predictable cipher for the ethics that encircle the city’s legitimate and illegal activities. Regardless of the film’s larger sociopolitical dilemmas, critics agreed on the basic visual language the filming of which helped maintain what the director believed to be the ubiquitous « nervous feel » of the city. “The rubble takes on an aesthetic of its own that would soon dissolve if Berlin continues its reconstruction. Yet Reed’s film seems to capture an enduring persistence of devastation – in winter scenes full of snow, the mounds of dirt and rubble convey an almost brutalist immobility – that is as illusory as the Millennial Empire, but as real as the battle of In the Streets Next An ideological will is going on at the gate, a symbol for a global descent into capitalist and communist divisions. Reeds film was bristling with the magnetic manipulation of people struggling to survive and showed a city leaping into an ideological war it couldn’t stop. Shot in black and white and on a shoestring, the image helped define the real and metaphorically desolate landscape that the Cold War created. So it is instructive that about twelve years later Martin Ritt’s adaptation of the aspiring writer John le Carrés, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, should also be in black and white. Ritt’s direction further reinforced the cancerous dogma of separation that was spreading in Reed’s image and cemented Le Carré’s dictum that the Cold War has now become a « state of human disease. ». « Le Carré’s World, in only this third novel, tends towards Douglas McNaughton’s description of spies and espionage as an everyday matter caught up in bureaucracy, a world where ambivalent morals and even more hesitant motivations abound. Released two years after the book was released, the film uses Richard Burton’s laconic style to create the cynical head of MI6 Berlin Station Alec Leamas. Leamas is a spy lost in the tangled idealistic configuration of the world he is trying to promote or save – he no longer seems to know which. With the start of the action in London, shortly after Leamas was brought in « from the cold », the Berlin into which he is finally pushed back – disguised as a dissatisfied double agent – is marked by the known severe tension and dissonance. His attitude towards this task is offset by his disdain for the entire “circus”, a reference to the control office in London, but also a play on the secret service histrionics characteristic of the Cold War of the early 1960s. When Stephen J. . Whitfield points out that while the East is aesthetically « bleak and monotonous » – an echo of its reactionary social policies – the West, as represented by Leamas, has « a mental hollowness and a nagging conscience » that consumes it. Whitfield identifies this pessimistic equivalence between competing systems as challenging the real political and intelligence establishment of the time, which felt threatened by the popularity of films that undermine the « ideological intensity » of the conflict at hand. Shaw reiterates the point in Hollywood’s Cold War. The story of the American cinema documentary about the Soviet-American clashes of the post-war period tells of a conflict that was often waged in the field of propaganda. Films have been indexed into struggles for supremacy because of their cultural projection of a set of prescribed values and ideals designed to defeat communist enemies and conspiratorial conspiracies. Indeed, Shaw suggests that propaganda passed through the film was traditionally viewed as an adjunct to the more serious planks of Cold War rivalry – politics, economics, military superiority. However, the evidence actually suggests that « propaganda and ideology go hand in hand ». strengthen each other ”in a psychological battle for heart and mind. Along with this belief in the more direct role of culture in the Cold War conflict, however, as artistic production stories have emerged from both the West and the East, is the intrinsic acceptance that cinema was involved in a struggle for that To document “real ones” – that is to say, politically chaotic – Cold War. From a British film perspective, there is no better example of this than The Spy Who Came from the Cold, with its morally ambivalent, controversial characters of dubious conviction – also on the same page – and a refusal to properly tie narrative strands for salvation, good reason. Here history, people, conflicts and events were polished in a cinematic framework to strongly reflect real ideological battlefields and authentic philosophical and psychological deconstructions of capitalist and communist mentalities. In contrast, Shaw emphasizes how a number of paradigmatic films at the same time defined Hollywood’s contribution to the Cold War in a slightly different direction, notably On the Beach (1959) and The Manchurian Candidate (1962). . And through genres such as science fiction and even biblical epics as well as storylines of attackers on the trail of spies or subversives behind the Iron Curtain, American cinematic staging instead privileged the ideological necessities and melodramatic certainties behind communist aggression. However, the iconographic touchstones of the Cold War remained similar on both sides of the Atlantic and were actually pinned down in the 1970s. As in Berlin, « Eastern Europe had a stable cultural identity during the Cold War [at] the time [of the BBC production of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy], » a continuation of the Leamas story of Le Carré, who had since become the master of the opaque spy thriller. The semiotic core of the series, like this genre of fiction, had started to revolve around shorthand optics like checkpoints, watchtowers, Trabant cars, pine forests, and urban wastelands. For McNaughton, “these border lines reflected the border crossings and moral ambiguities of the Cold War. This local discourse could be traced back to the spy who came from the cold and could be described as the culmination of the discursive unconscious of the Iron Curtain. But then the wall fell and the Cold War ended. Excerpt from « Berlin and the Reimagining of Cold War Film Aesthetics » by Ian Scott in the Cold War: Hollywood’s Renewed Obsession with Russia, edited by Tatiana Prorokova-Konrad (University Press of Mississippi, 2020). 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The year ahead could be pretty bleak here on earth as the economy tries to recover from the pandemic and vaccine distribution blows. But in space, 2021 promises to be a banner year. New probes, landers, rovers and instruments penetrate deeper into the solar system and beyond, intensifying human efforts to extract valuable resources, prepare for manned missions and, perhaps most fascinatingly, search for evidence of extraterrestrial life. These are some of the most exciting space stories of 2021. * * * THE MOON * * * It seems like everyone wants to go to the moon these days. There is a lot of important scientific knowledge about the dusty ball and valuable things that we can build with the satellite’s own resources in the moon’s weak gravity. The moon is also a possible launch pad for follow-up missions to Mars. Under Donald Trump, NASA’s Artemis mission aimed to bring astronauts to the lunar surface by 2024. That was never a realistic goal, and President-elect Joe Biden is likely to delay the mission for a few years. China is hot on the heels of America with its own manned mission that could reach the moon in the 2030s. Experts predict that Russia will launch its own moon landing in 2021. In the meantime, more and more robots are moon-bound. Thanks in large part to the rapidly growing private space industry, lunar probes have become so small and cheap that it is difficult to keep track of them all. These days, a refrigerator-sized lander sells for a few hundred million dollars, including startup. In addition to other lunar missions in 2021, Pittsburgh space company Astrobotic plans to launch one of its migrant fishermen in July. This ship is destined for a giant lunar crater called Lacus Mortis, in which up to 28 NASA instruments are shipped. Payloads include equipment that can be used to test new lunar navigation and landing technologies – key systems for future lunar missions. A few months later, in October, Intuitive Machines in Houston plans to take one of its Nova-C landers with five NASA instruments to a shady “dark moonspot” called Oceanus Procellarum. The mission is a kind of dress rehearsal for a later manned mission that could land in a similar location. November should be huge for moon watchers. At this point, NASA is planning the first test launch of its decade-long rocket and Orion capsule Space Launch System, the main vehicles for America’s eventual manned mission to the moon. The U. S.. . The space agency is using the unmanned test mission to transport a couple of “cubesats” the size of a shoe box to the moon. The idea is for the Lunar Flashlight, Lunar Icecube, and LunaH Cubesats to scan and map the moon’s dark south pole in the hopes of locating ice deposits that future explorers could turn into fuel. « The success of the rocket and these missions will be a giant leap and a long time coming, » Matt Siegler, an astronomer at the Planetary Science Institute in Arizona, told The Daily Beast. * * * MARS * * * The years of work by three countries will come to a head within a few days on the red planet in early 2021. Then « Mars will be competitive, » University of Arizona astronomer Chris Impey told The Daily Beast. NASA’s Perseverance rover is slated to land in mid-February and begin a decade-long sampling process that is part of a wider effort to find solid evidence of microbial life on Mars. (To be fair, at least one scientist believes we’ve already found evidence of life on the planet. ) In order not to be outdone, the Chinese space agency has its own Mars probe, Tianwen-1. It should reach the Red Planet just a few days after the persistence. Tianwen-1 is a combination of Orbiter-Lander-Rover, which Siegler described as « cool ». The orbiter scans potential landing sites before dropping the lander, which in turn deploys the rover. « It’s also a great political statement, » added Siegler. “China is on track to truly be a leader in space exploration and it will be a big decision for the U.. S.. . how or if they will keep up. The United Arab Emirates’ first mission to Mars will also arrive over the Red Planet in February. The Hope orbiter contains sensors for analyzing the Martian atmosphere and climate. Bringing a probe to Mars is « a great achievement for a new space nation, » said Siegler. All of this competition on Mars, every mission that feeds a growing body of research brings us closer to what many scientists believe to be an inevitable and profound conclusion – that life evolved on other planets. The Perseverance Rover is at the heart of this possible historic moment. « The big story for early 2021 won’t be that the rover found some tantalizing evidence of beyond Earth biology – we expect it to, » Seth Shostak, astronomer at California’s SETI Institute, told The Daily Beast. “The big story would be not to find any promising websites. ”* * * SPACE TELESCOPE * * * Since 1990 astronomers have relied on a billion-dollar instrument for many of their most important observations of other planets. The Hubble Space Telescope. But Hubble is old, dated, and frankly falling apart. NASA had to send astronauts to the 44-foot telescope to perform repairs five times over the years. As early as 1996, NASA, in collaboration with Northrop Grumman and Bell Aerospace, began developing the new James Webb space telescope to replace Hubble. Ten billion dollars, several design problems, and some delays in launch later, the 66-foot telescope is finally ready to use. The mission is scheduled to start in October, 14 years later than NASA originally hoped. The main job of the James Webb Space Telescope is to examine distant galaxies for clues about the origin of the universe. But there are also tempting options closer to home. « Webb’s big discovery could be to find a relatively nearby exoplanet – perhaps less than a few dozen light-years away – with oxygen or methane in its atmosphere, » said Shostak. “That would be strong evidence that our solar system’s talent for boiling life is not particularly remarkable, and that biology is certainly a cosmic infection rather than a rare and semi-miraculous occurrence. « With likely important developments on the Moon and Mars and the planned deployment of the new space telescope, the coming year could be a big one for humanity as it slowly expands into the cosmos . . . and look for evidence that it’s not alone. « . Read more at The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Submit it to The Daily Beast here. 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SANDY SPRINGS, Georgia – The Republican ticket to the Georgia runoff election slogan that is inevitable on television ads, billboards and campaign buses across the state is short and sweet: « Win Georgia, Save America. « But for a lot of the people who support this ticket, the candidates – the ones who actually save – aren’t that important. Some voters don’t even particularly like them. « I feel fine with them, » said Sens’s Jeremy Hillyard. David Perdue (R-GA) and Kelly Loeffler (R-GA) after casting a ballot for them at an early voting location in the Sandy Springs suburb of Atlanta Wednesday night. « Every page has its flaws, » Hillyard told The Daily Beast. « I vote for the standstill more than anything else. “A fair part of electoral politics is based on fear rather than inspiration. This was certainly the case in the age of Donald Trump, when campaigns for foreboding attacks on the opposition were often defined. In that sense, the runoff elections in Georgia are no different. The die-hard Conservatives who support Perdue and Loeffler have suggested that the candidates themselves fail to get to the point. At a recent rally outside Atlanta organized by conservative group FreedomWorks, Rep. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), the head of the arch-conservative Freedom Caucus, warned that he didn’t mean disrespect to the senators before saying of them, “They are just tools. “We need them,” said Biggs, “to save this land. « . « For both sides, the stake in the runoff elections in Georgia is so monumental that each of the candidates involved looks small in comparison. « . Perdue himself recognized this on the campaign. « It’s bigger than Kelly, it’s bigger than me, it’s even bigger than President Trump, » said the senator during a campaign freeze on Wednesday. « It’s bigger than any of us. Loeffler goes down on the last child’s child abuse allegations against Warnock Democrats saying the same things. Like the Republicans, they focus most of all on gaining control of the U.. S.. . Senate in Jan. . 5 runoff elections and an attempt by President-elect Joe Biden to get his political agenda passed. However, Democrats were more likely to say that their candidates inspire them, stressing the importance of candidates being not only a means of getting a majority, but also people who understand and represent the party’s constituencies. Raphael Warnock, who competes against Loeffler, is the black preacher in the famous Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. Jon Ossoff, who faces Perdue, is 33 years old and has set himself the goal of targeting the youth poll. Democrats need record turnouts from both black and young voters to win both seats in the Georgia Senate. Republicans may be just as excited about the Democratic candidates – just for different reasons. In interviews at early voting venues on Wednesday, more than a dozen GOP voters showed little personal affinity for Loeffler and Perdue, but they were barely able to contain their aversion to Ossoff and Warnock. A win for Loeffler and Perdue can ultimately not depend on how much Georgians like them, but how much they don’t like the other guys. « I honestly don’t care about those on the other side and what they stand for, » said Alan Vincent, who was leaving a polling station in Douglasville, 20 miles west of downtown Atlanta. “Perdue seems like a stand-up guy. I don’t know about Kelly. All I know is that I don’t want Warnock and the other guy there – I just don’t want them there. These views could be a product of the Republican strategy to set the two challengers on fire. Outside the GOP, Super-PACs have dropped over $ 120 million in attack reports on Ossoff and Warnock, portraying them as radical left soldiers who would usher in a dark era of socialism in which progressives like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) would be in charge. The most cited Democrat in these attacks is not one of the candidates – but Chuck Schumer (D-NY), chairman of the Democratic minority in the Senate, who was filmed and said if Democrats « take Georgia » then « let’s change America! » The onslaught clearly got its way to conservative voters, and many have made the ads’ claims to explain why they don’t like Warnock and Ossoff. Karen Gearhart, a 22-year-old student at the University of West Georgia in deep red Carroll County, said she appeared to vote early Wednesday in hopes of keeping Warnock and Ossoff out of the Senate. She cited the Republicans’ claims that they were against the police, even though the Democrats pushed that thought back. « People like Jon Ossoff and Warnock, I don’t like them because they’re treating the police, » Gearhart said. Warnock, who came largely unaffected in the runoff election after Loeffler fought with Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) for a Place in the Race has received the brunt of the GOP’s most intense attacks. Campaign advertising, which is constantly on Georgia’s radio and television waves, describes him as « radical » and Loeffler referred to him no less than a dozen times in December as « radical-liberal Raphael Warnock ». 6 debate. Democrats have labeled these attacks racist and viewed them as part of a GOP strategy to instill fear of a black candidate in the party base. GOP voters had more to say about Warnock than about Ossoff. “Warnock is rather radical. Ossoff, I can’t say that, ”said Richard Sardykowski of Sandy Springs. « I don’t know if I believe him. Warnock scares me, Ossoff doesn’t scare me. But the case of the Democrats against Loeffler and Perdue has also broken through, even among those who voted for the incumbent. The Democrats ‘main line of attack focused on the Senators’ financial deals: both were screened for abnormally timed stock deals at the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, saving both millions of dollars. This story has come closer to Loeffler, who, unlike Perdue, has not yet won an election in Georgia. She was appointed to the Senate in January after a career in business and as the owner of the Atlanta women’s basketball team. Many voters knew little about this background, but some did know about their stock trading – and even if they voted for it, the possibility was at least sketchy. Luke Carlson, a 23-year-old from Carroll County, voted for Loeffler early because of his anti-abortion views. He said he hadn’t heard much about the senator – other than her stock deals. « I just heard a lot of the sketchy stuff when she dumped all of her stocks, » said Carlson. « When it happened, it kind of sucks. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue, Profiting from Pandemic Pain, Are the Ugly Faces of GOP Corruption Vincent, the Douglasville voter, also expressed some concern about Loeffler. « I’ve heard a few things about Kelly that I wouldn’t agree with, » he said. « Some of the ads talk about Kelly and how she handled money – I don’t know. After eight weeks of uninterrupted campaigning, the deluge of television commercials, calls and texts from organizers, and postcards from strangers outside the state, the predominant emotion among many voters was exhaustion. For many, the existential design of the race did not match their own feelings. And others do not want to « save » America, just check Biden. For Jeffrey Dankewich, a Carroll County resident, all four politicians in the race were just that. « I read it, of course, » Dankewich told The Daily Beast as he left a polling station. “As with any of them – none of them are great. Read more at The Daily Beast. 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When the writers of Politico’s Playbook newsletter scored an interview with President Donald Trump, it was a win for the duo who had been looking for a meeting with the president for their book for months. There was only one problem: they forgot to tell one of their colleagues at Politico about their interview. The long-standing incident known to the organization was representative of the relationship Jake Sherman and Anna Palmer had with some at the time of publication over the past four years. Since taking over the newsletter in 2016 after the bitter departure of its founder Mike Allen, the Playbook authors, although they are personally very much appreciated by many newsroom colleagues, have been somewhat polarized in their work leading the signature product: acknowledged by some, save the newsletter; criticized by others for not being a good enough team player. Now, the authors of the widely read newsletter have left the company to start their own publication Punchbowl News, a daily newsletter and events company primarily focused on the convention. Their departure was not a shock, insiders said, as an editorial gap has widened between the high-profile writers and some of their editorial colleagues, including at times some of the publication’s leading figures. And it created the conditions for a possible shock to the D.. C.. . Media landscape together with a retrofit of the product that brought Politico to stratospheric heights. The two sides have tried to keep the split as drama-free as possible and have given positive public and private reasons for the split. Palmer and Sherman stressed that they have been with Politico for years and want a change, telling friends and colleagues privately that there are business benefits to going self-employed. For their part, sources said that Politico senior politicians also wanted to avoid the overt drama and animosity that emerged when former Politico CEO Jim Vandehei left along with Allen, a high profile D. C.. . himself a reporter to found the rival media company Axios. In public statements, the publication praised the work of Sherman and Palmer. Politico kept the duo going even after the departure was announced and did not discourage them from promoting the new organization while they continued to work there. Numerous Politico insiders said, however, that the seeds of the separation had long since grown and that differences on both sides had led to the division. On the NY Times probes threatening a star reporter’s career after Allen’s departure before the 2016 election, Palmer and Sherman have been tapped to take the reins. It was an uncertain moment for its release: since launching in 2007, Playbook Politico has been the most notable editorial offering, a major source of revenue and an even more important symbol for the political news brand. But Allen had been its author from the beginning, and many at the time of publication wondered if it could survive without him. The publication needed someone to maintain its editorial signature product, which according to a well-known source brings in millions of dollars in revenue annually. Sherman and Palmer had a broad mandate to cover what they wanted and therefore had relatively little editorial control. They made the calculated decision to orient the newsletter, initially focusing on Congress, where their sourcing was strongest, and believed they had a competitive advantage and a loyal readership base. Many at Politico believe that the calculation has paid off: According to well-known people, the newsletter tripled its subscribers, doubled sales and gave the newsletter a solid identity under Sherman and Palmer. In recent years, however, a noticeable gap has grown between playbook writers and a few others in the newsroom. Multiple sources said that some editors, including editor-in-chief Matt Kaminski (who took over in 2019), felt that the newsletter was too focused on Congress, especially at a moment when the White House antics are millions of Americans and Americans Consumers were drawn to political news. Some senior news editors felt that while Playbook was nearly unrivaled in its coverage of Congress, the newsletter needed to increase the focus on campaigns and the White House, especially since Politico already had Huddle, a daily congressional newsletter. On other occasions, according to a well-known source, higher-up companies were frustrated that the Playbook duo had devoted part of the newsletter to rounding up coverage of legacy outlets like the New York Times and the Washington Post. The playbook writers felt that they never felt that senior newsrooms were ever dissatisfied with elements of the newsletter. Even so, some other Politico reporters felt burned over incidents like the Trump interview, while some felt Allen was more generous with linking stories via outside beats, which was often a major source of attention that was usually difficult to get got (although the couple was good) especially liked by many of the publication’s congress reporters). And for their part, the playbook duo were frustrated by a clunky internal bureaucracy that slowed their notoriously fast-paced news organization: key decisions about the newsletter or events that the duo now often made right now had to do numerous frameworks, including a product team, a marketing team and several editors. The tensions of the departing Playbook team within the company had apparently occasionally lasted until Politico. According to multiple sources, the outlet’s owner and chairman, Robert Allbritton, felt that Palmer and Sherman’s earlier contract negotiations, which included agents like the duo’s CAA agent Rachel Adler, were unnecessarily strained. Allbritton has also been at odds with the Playbook hosts on a number of other high profile occasions, including when NBC News reported last year, urging Correspondent Tim Alberta to host the December 2019 Democratic presidential debate in lieu of a deliberate plan, and Palmer Top editor Carrie Budoff Brown take on the role. As Palmer and Sherman neared the end of their current contract, which they had jointly negotiated a few years ago, it finally became clear that neither Politico nor the playbook writers were excited about the prospect of a two-year extension. After contract negotiations began, the duo decided they weren’t interested in the offer of the release and decided to go into business for themselves. And after their departure, the senior politicians at Politico decided that now is the time to revamp their signature news product. Top editors hope to expand the newsletter’s focus away from congressional questions and expand the author list to 4-7 lines to expand the scope of expertise, expand reporting, and ease the burden on early morning writers (Allen, Sherman, Palmer, and former writer Daniel Lippman would regularly wake up before sunrise each morning to write the newsletter. ). The organization wants to bring back some old talent to run the newsletter. Former Politico reporter Rachel Bade is expected to join and, as the new playbook writer, could focus largely on congressional issues, while Ryan Lizza, previously the White House outlet chief correspondent, will bring newsletter procurement to the Biden world. As Axios noted, former Politico White House reporter and ABC News correspondent Tara Palmieri is also likely to rejoin the company. And while Eliana Johnson, editor of Washington Free Beacon, has also been mentioned for a possible role and will be guesting the Playbook next month, sources say she’s unlikely to join at the moment, as she recently took on the top editorial role on the Free beacon. While the line-up is not fixed, some members of the group gathered at a recent dinner in the back yard of Liza’s house to discuss possible ideas for the future of Playbook (Cafe Milano borrowed several of its heat lamps for the occasion). . There is growing interest in Palmer and Sherman’s new media ventures in Beltway circles. Ezra Klein Leaves Vox for The New York Times Punchbowl officially launched its website on New Years Day, declaring it will be a « membership-based news community » that will « relentlessly focus on the people in Washington making decisions, the news and Events. « that will move the political markets. The couple has also advertised New York and D.. C.. . Media for interested stakeholders, including some potential competitors. According to one source, Kindred Media, a subsidiary of well-known investment firm LionTree owned by media and technology financier Aryeh Bourkoff, is a supporter. Multiple sources told The Daily Beast that the team even consulted Vandehei, who is close to Sherman and John Bresnahan, the longtime Politico-Congress reporter who is also with Punchbowl. They also sought funding from Albritton – an accomplished businessman – who has also provided informal advice to the couple despite the previous disagreements that preceded their exit. It is known that Vandehei and Allbritton continue to face poor conditions, viewing each other’s ventures as rivals. Whatever shape the punchbowl takes, it won’t be a secret for long: you have told people near you that they plan to post their plans in another store in the coming days. Read more at The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
The coronavirus and an almost disastrous election have shown that Donald Trump is a symptom that is not the cause of problems in US society. If America learns nothing else from these dark ages, seven lessons should be drawn from it by 2020: 1 Workers Keep America Running, No Billionaires American workers have been forced to risk their lives to provide essential services, even when their employers don’t Provided adequate protective equipment, hazard payment or notification of when Covid infected their workplaces. In the meantime, America’s 651 billionaires have moved – their fortunes by more than 1 billion since the beginning of the pandemic. USD has grown – back to their villas, yachts and estates. Amazon’s CEO Jeff Bezos protected himself on his 165th birthday. 5,000 acre ranch in West Texas while Amazon warehouse workers were working nearby, often without proper masks, gloves, or disinfectants. The company offered, but soon scrapped, an hourly wage hike of $ 2 an hour, despite Bezos’ fortune at a whopping $ 70 billion since March. And its estimated net worth at the end of the year was around $ 186 billion. USD lag. 2 Systemic Racism Kills Black and Latin American Americans Black and Latin American Americans are responsible for nearly 40% of coronavirus deaths, despite making up less than a quarter of the population. Having carried the brunt of this pandemic, they had to fight for their humanity in another way: take to the streets to protest decades of unjust police killings only to suffer more police violence. Among the Native American communities, the coronavirus numbers are even more dire. The Navajo nation has a higher per capita infection rate than any other state but cannot properly care for the sick due to years of underfunding and neglect of its health care system. Decades of segregated homes, pollution, lack of access to medical care, and poverty have left color communities vulnerable to the worst of this virus and the worst of America. 3 If we can afford to save businesses and Wall Street, we can damn well afford to help people. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell continues to insist that the nation does not stand up for every American 2. Can afford $ 000 survival checks. But recent relief legislation has allocated more than $ 220 billion to powerful business interests that could have been used to work with working families. Another way of looking at it: the total cost of delivering these checks worth 2. 000 USD (465 billion. US $) would be less than half the amount America’s 651 billionaires contributed to their wealth during the pandemic (US $ 1 billion). USD). . 4 Health care needs to be put right. Even before this crisis hit, an estimated 28 million Americans had no health insurance. Another 15 million lost employer-provided insurance because they lost their jobs. Without insurance, a hospital stay to treat Covid-19 cost up to 73. $ 000. Remember the next time you hear experts say Medicare for All is too radical. 5 Our social safety nets are miserably broken. No other advanced nation was as unprepared for the pandemic as the United States. Our unemployment insurance system is more than 80 years old and designed for a different America. We are one of the few countries in the world that does not offer paid sick leave to all workers. Other industrialized nations kept the unemployment rate low by guaranteeing paychecks. Americans claiming unemployment benefits often received nothing or received it weeks or months late. Under the new legislation, they will only get $ 300 a week in additional benefits to save them. 6 The electoral college must be abolished. Joe Biden won 7 million more votes than Trump. But his profit margin in Arizona, Georgia, and Wisconsin was only 45. 000. Had Trump won these three states, he would have received 37 votes and tied Biden in the electoral college. This would have spurred the election to the House of Representatives, with each state delegation receiving one vote. Although Democrats have a majority in the House, more state delegations have Republican majorities. Trump would have been re-elected. The gap between the people’s and electoral college continues to widen. The electoral college is an increasingly dangerous anachronism. 7 Government Affairs For decades, conservatives have told us that government is the problem and we should let the free market run its course. rubbish. The coronavirus has shown again that the unrestricted free market will not save us. After 40 years of Reaganism, it has never been clearer: government is indeed necessary to protect the public. It is tragic that it took a pandemic, near record-breaking unemployment, millions of people to take to the streets and almost catastrophic elections to understand how broken, racist and backward our system really is. Biggest lesson of all: It needs to be fixed. * Former US Secretary of Labor Robert Reich is Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley and author of Saving Capitalism: For the Many, Not For the Few, and the Common Good. His new book The System: Who Tampered It How We Fix It?. He is a columnist for Guardian US
An emergency doctor at a New York hospital has lost the number of sleeping pills she has tried since the coronavirus took over her life in February. It was temazepam first and then trazodone, though tripling their starting 50 mg dose didn’t help. She was prescribed two different antidepressants and tried medical marijuana. One night, she said, she took seven Benadryls. « And my doctor said, » What happened? « And I said, ‘I haven’t slept, » said the ambulance, who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity because she didn’t want her employer to find out she was seeing a psychiatrist or taking medication. Their latest cocktail: a combination of Ativan, melatonin and drugs for high blood pressure. But there are still days, she said, when she drags herself to work without sleep. « It absolutely has an impact on how I do my job, » said the doctor. Of course, falling asleep isn’t even half the battle. Even if her medication is working and she can drift off, a rush of adrenaline wakes her a few hours later. And then there is night fear. « I was scared of sleeping for a while, » she told The Daily Beast. « I didn’t even want to take my medicine to go to sleep because you only had really bad dreams about your patients dying and not being able to save them. Since the coronavirus shifted from curiosity to pandemic, frontline health workers tasked with caring for the hundreds of thousands of patients who traverse their clinics, emergency rooms and hospitals have been affected by sleep disorders and insomnia. A study of New York health care workers treating COVID patients this spring found that 75 percent of respondents had at least some level of insomnia and slept an average of less than six hours a night. Now that the second wave of the virus hits the United States, experts say the percentage is likely much higher – and that the arrival of a vaccine, while encouraging, offers little time for a break. « It’s a crisis, » said Dr. . Jessi Gold, a psychiatrist at Washington University in St. . Louis, who specializes in the mental health of health workers. « Pretty much nobody sleeps, » she added. “And that makes sense, because if you see sleep as a symptom of acute stress, that job is in many ways an accumulation of trauma. There is a fear, « Am I going to get sick? Am I going to make my partner or my children or someone else sick? » Said Gold. « And then there is just so much death. In the short term, these sleep problems have serious consequences for the job, according to Gold, who likes to work on little sleep, with « drunk driving ». But other doctors say the long-term consequences may be worse. « We will never be like we were before, » said Dr. . Tsion Firew, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Columbia University Medical Center in New York City. In May, Firew, who is also struggling with insomnia but does not take prescription sleeping pills, co-authored a study that found that more than half of healthcare workers suffered from anxiety and depression during COVID. « The best medicine for someone going through mental trauma. They advise the person or patient or find a way to avoid the trauma so that they can begin healing, « she said. « But we’re still there for us. We have our friends, our colleagues, and some of us have lost our family members. So it will be one thing that will haunt us forever. For some healthcare workers, seeing colleagues finally receiving the vaccine was one of the first bright spots since the pandemic began. « This week there happens to be optimism, » said Dr. . Vignesh Doraiswamy, Ohio State University Medical Center hospital physician. Doraiswamy said he sleeps between five and six hours a night but has not yet resorted to prescription medication. However, he and other health workers said the slow adoption of the vaccine and the rising number of new cases and deaths – and the oppressive impact on hospital capacity – far overshadowed hopes for relief. « The next few weeks are going to be even more difficult, » Firew told The Daily Beast, adding, « It is very difficult to figure out what could happen to the holidays and the people who travel and the self-satisfaction of the people. And once you see the number of cases go up, the next thing that happens is the wave of the dead. So it’s just uninterrupted terror, unfortunately. « A Bay Area geriatrician who spoke to The Daily Beast on condition of anonymity because she, too, did not want her employer to know about her sleeping pills, said tracedony had not worked. Neither CBD nor CBD with THC, the antidepressant duloxitin, melatonin, sleepytime tea or « obsessive knitting and watching Star Wars ». The mutant U. . K. . The virus strain is probably already there. The two anti-anxiety drugs she’s now taking sometimes help. But she was still up at 4 a.m. on Friday night. m. and repeated a PCR test she had given a symptomatic patient that afternoon. The patient is confused and keeps taking off the mask. And with the second wave that again restricts the PSA, she’s been using the same N95 mask for a week. She felt exposed and wondered if she had brought the virus home to her partner and his son. « I am concerned about the impact on my general well-being and my longevity at work, » she said. « I thought I would have treated things better when I switched this drug, but when things came back up, it got its ugly head upright. And all the drugs in the world will not change external circumstances. « Sleep disturbances were never uncommon for doctors and nurses in emergency medicine and other specialties with shifts that vary from morning to night, » noted Gold. What is different now, she said, is the sheer volume of health care workers they experience and how resilient these disorders have become to treatment. “Sleep is difficult to deal with. Period. Exclamation mark, ”said Gold. “Sleep is generally difficult to manage. And then when you put in a major stressor like COVID, I tell a lot of people that it’s difficult to get the situation out of them. That doesn’t mean medication can’t help, but it does mean that if the stressor is still there, it’s still there. I do not have the ability to make an eternal sunshine of the flawless mind. “Sometimes I wish I had. « What haunts Doraiswamy most when he lies awake in his bed at night is the conversation. He’s asked people in their twenties if they have a living will or if they’ve thought about what it means to be put on a breathing tube. He’s told countless children that their parents can’t make it through the night. « Older couples always break my heart, » he said. « The number of times I had to tell someone in the eighties that your loved ones are not doing well and we’re doing the best we can, but it’s probably not enough. . . . And I never thought I’d have these conversations over the phone. The New York emergency medical doctor who tried seven Benadryls said she frequently reenacts the deaths of two men who both don’t speak English and who died early in the pandemic. « You tell them it will be fine, it will be fine. But you know it won’t be good, ”she recalled. “I knew I lied to her. And both died in the emergency room, not in a room. There was no dignity in that. “Without an effective sleep regime, she and her colleagues in the hospital have more or less given up sleeping and turned to coffee instead to stay awake. But that also had an unexpected side effect: many of her colleagues now have stomach ulcers. On Sunday, a doctor she works with did a second endoscopy. She also has symptoms of an ulcer, she said, but it was undiagnosed. « No time for an endoscopy, » she wrote in a text message to The Daily Beast. « I’m your typical bad patient doctor. « Hundreds of maskless Trumpkins are packing the Turning Point USA Party in Mar-a-Lago and this suggests a grim irony, » Gold said. Although doctors and nurses know more about medications and treatments, they are often reluctant to seek self-medication, especially when it comes to behavioral health issues like anxiety, depression, and of course, the insomnia that is currently gripping the profession. « There’s a lot of stigma in general about mental health in medicine and that culture of stoicism and the fear that if you look weak it will harm your job, » Gold said. This is a huge problem as the pandemic continues to beat up people charged with mitigating its effects. The same study that showed a high rate of insomnia among healthcare workers in New York this spring found that nearly 60 percent suffered from acute stress, often a precursor to post-traumatic stress disorder. In April, an ambulance and a paramedic who had both worked on the front lines of the New York pandemic died by suicide. “Unfortunately, it is only in the medical field that it sometimes takes courage to seek help. It’s not as easy to talk about as you talk about your high blood pressure or diabetes, « said Firew, a colleague of the late ambulance doctor. That’s why, said the other New York emergency doctor, even when she hasn’t slept at all, she drags herself through the workday instead of calling in sick. And when she decided to see a psychiatrist about her sleep problems, she went to extreme lengths to make sure there were no records and chose a therapist who kept paper rather than electronic files. Despite the fact that they are in more than 300. When the medical school is drowning $ 000 in debt, she also pays for her visits with cash instead of contacting her insurer. « There’s all this HIPAA stuff, but let’s face it, you read your charts and God forbids you to come in with a dislocated elbow and you see that your last visit was to a psychiatrist, » she said. « You don’t want this to be read. « Gold said that while such fears are widespread, they are only partially based on reality. The stigma is real, she said, “but the idea that you will lose your license or you will lose your job is most of it lore. Still, Gold said that finding professional help, even under the table, is a best case scenario. Because of these fears, many doctors will not seek medical intervention or prescribe themselves at all. « Medication may not be ideal, but you need to sleep, » she said. « And I’d rather you ask me for help than prescribe benzos or opioids because that would be a problem. Read more at The Daily Beast. Do you have a tip? Submit it to The Daily Beast here. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
India approved two COVID-19 vaccines on Sunday, paving the way for an extensive vaccination program to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the world’s second largest country. The Indian Medicines Agency issued emergency approval for the vaccines developed by Oxford University and the United States. K. . The India-based drug manufacturer AstraZeneca and another manufacturer developed by the Indian company Bharat Biotech. Drug Controller General Dr. . Venugopal G Somani said both vaccines will be given in two doses.
A mock funeral procession marked the anniversary of the assassination of the Iranian Colonel General and a high-ranking Iraqi militia leader in a U.. . S.. . Drone attack that heightened fears of a military escalation in the region. Thousands of mourners joined the march on the highway that led to Baghdad Airport on Saturday night, where the strike killed Gen. Qassem Soleimani and senior Iraqi militia leader Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis took place. The scene of the bombing was turned into a shrine-like area sealed by red ropes, with a photo of Soleimani and al-Muhandis in the middle as mourners lit candles.
India has approved two Covid-19 vaccines, paving the way for a major vaccination program to contain the coronavirus pandemic in the world’s second largest country. The Indian Medicines Agency on Sunday issued an emergency approval for the vaccines developed by Oxford University and UK drug maker AstraZeneca and another developed by Indian company Bharat Biotech. The overall effectiveness of the AstraZeneca / Oxford vaccine was 70. 42 percent, while Bharat Biotech’s COVAXIN « was safe and has a robust immune response, » said Drugs Controller General of India V. . G. Somani said. The UK-developed AstraZeneca / Oxford shot is made locally by the Serum Institute of India, while Bharat Biotech has teamed up with the government-run Indian Council of Medical Research. « Vaccines against M / s Serum and M / s Bharat Biotech are approved for restricted use in emergency situations, » said a written statement at a press conference. Somani took no questions.
A meme juxtaposes images of current medical workers dancing with a Spanish flu station to indicate that a pandemic is not being taken seriously. That lacks context.
Republicans say they will reject presidential elections from states where the Trump campaign has challenged the results unless the exam is completed. Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, and nine other US Republican Senators or Senators-Elect said Saturday they would oppose presidential elections from states where Donald Trump has denied his loss to Joe Biden « unless and until [a] 10-day emergency assessment « of these results is complete. The move, welcomed by Vice President Mike Pence, is largely symbolic and is unlikely to overturn the presidential election. Still, it adds to a sense of the deepening crisis affecting US democracy. Trump refused to admit, despite Biden winning over 7 million more votes nationally and taking over the electoral college between 306 and 232. Trump called this a landslide when he won it against Hillary Clinton in 2016. The Trump campaign has lost the vast majority of more than 50 lawsuits it has brought in battlefield states for election fraud and in the Supreme Court. On Saturday evening, Trump urged his Twitter followers to « be part of history » and join a protest march in Washington DC against Wednesday’s election results. On Friday, a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit by a House Republican attempting to authorize Pence, who will lead certification of the electoral college on Wednesday, to overturn it. An appeal was denied on Saturday evening. Still, the senators and elected senators who issued a statement on Saturday followed Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri to question the outcome. Objections are also expected from the majority of Republicans. Objections are to be debated and voted on, but with the Democrats in control of the House and the Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and other senior Republicans having voiced opposition, any attempt to disenfranchise a majority of Americans seems doomed. Marc Short, Pence’s chief of staff, said in a statement Saturday that the vice president welcomed the effort to raise objections « to raise objections and provide evidence to Congress and the American people on Aug.. January to be submitted « . . On Saturday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney described the idea that a Congressional exam would restore confidence in the elections as « nonsense ». In a statement, he said: « The tremendous ploy of rejecting voters can increase the political ambition of some, but it dangerously threatens our Democratic Republic . . . President Trump’s lawyers have prevailed in numerous courts; in either case they failed. On Saturday, Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski said she would vote to confirm the results, writing, “The oath I took when I was sworn in was to support and defend the United States Constitution, and that is exactly what I did i will do. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, a state where Trump has sued, said he will « vigorously defend our form of government by opposing these efforts to disenfranchise millions of voters in my state and others. ». . However, Cruz and Johnson were joined by Senators James Lankford (Oklahoma), Steve Daines (Montana), John Kennedy (Louisiana), Marsha Blackburn (Tennessee) and Mike Braun (Indiana). . Elected Senators Cynthia Lummis, Wyoming, Roger Marshall, Kansas, Bill Hagerty, Tennessee, and Tommy Tuberville, Alabama have also signed. “The 2020 election,” they said, “was, like the 2016 election, highly competitive and tightly decided in many swing states. « . However, in the 2020 elections there were unprecedented allegations of electoral fraud, violations and lax enforcement of the electoral law, and other voting irregularities. No concrete evidence has been presented to support such claims. Federal officials including former Attorney General William Barr and Christopher Krebs, a Trump-fired cyber security chief, said the election was safe. Biden’s spokesman Michael Gwin said, “This stunt will not change the fact that President-elect Biden will be on Aug.. January is sworn in. These unsubstantiated claims have already been examined by Trump’s own attorney general, dozens of courts and elections, and dismissed officials from both parties. Regardless, the Senators said, Congress should immediately appoint an electoral commission with full investigative and investigatory powers to conduct a 10-day emergency review of election results in the contested states. When completed, each state would evaluate the Commission’s findings and, if necessary, could convene a special legislative session to confirm a change in their vote. The senators referred to the controversial elections of 1876, which ended with the appointment of such a commission. « We should follow this precedent, » they said. Most well-informed observers would suggest otherwise, as this process ended post-Civil War reconstruction and led to the introduction of racist Jim Crow laws in the formerly slave-owning South. In August Pulitzer Prize winner Eric Foner told the Guardian: “The 1876 election would not have been controversial at all had it not been for massive violence in the South to prevent blacks from voting and suppressing voters, as we do today have done. Now voter suppression is largely legal. Given the unsubstantiated claim that the Democrats were abusing under a pandemic, he anticipated the added: « Today I can for sure see the Trump people question this postal vote: » They are all fraudulent, they shouldn’t be counted. Challenging referendum. Cruz, like Hawley, is one of the Republicans expected to run for president in 2024 and is eager to appeal to Trump’s loyal supporters. On Saturday, Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and member of the Democratic National Committee, referred to the bitter 2016 area code when she tweeted: “Ted Cruz defends Trump’s attacks on democracy with more energy than he defended his own Trump family Attacks on his wife and father. Democratic strategist Max Burns wrote, « The very same Senate GOP that refused to admit a single witness during the impeachment trial of President Trump wants now . . . calling a number of witnesses to « investigate » Joe Biden’s 2020 win. In Congress, Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal described the statement as « pathetic », « un-American » and « an attack on our democracy ». . Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota said Biden will be « on Aug.. Inaugurated January 1st, and no publicity stunt will change that. « . Trump claimed « many more » senators would support his ploy. But there has been some criticism from the right. Joe Walsh, a former Congressman who ran against Trump in 2020, wrote, “You cite ZERO evidence of election fraud … Donald Trump’s greatest legacy is the destruction of the truth. Walsh added, “These Republicans know this is bad for the country. But they don’t care. They believe that it is good for them politically. They put their own interests before the interests of the country. « With unintentional irony – or simply bad faith – the senators and elected senators said that their » allegations will not be believed by a single candidate. Instead, they are widespread. The Reuters / Ipsos poll tragically shows that 39% of Americans believe the election has been rigged. . This belief is held by Republicans (67%), Democrats (17%) and Independents (31%). . “… Believe it or not our elected officials or journalists, this deep distrust of our democratic processes will not magically go away. It should affect us all. And it poses an ongoing threat to the legitimacy of subsequent administrations. Marc Elias, a leading advocate for democratic elections, said of the senators, “History will remember and curse them for their cowardice and betrayal. ”
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