Daily Digest 8/22 – Suicide Rate Spikes In Rural U.S. Amid Nationwide Increase, Long Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19

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CDC: Suicide rate spikes in rural U.S. amid nationwide increase (Sparky1)

“Suicide has remained the 10th leading cause of death in the United States since 2008, with deaths due to firearms, suffocation, and poisoning representing the leading methods of suicide,” the CDC researchers wrote.

Overall, the suicide rate across the country has increased in the last two decades — to approximately 12 deaths per 100,000 people in the general population in 2018, from just over 10 per 100,000 in 2000, the agency said.

Treasury’s Role in the Postal Sabotage (edelinski)

DeJoy’s predecessor, Megan Brennan, announced her retirement last October, well before the pandemic. In normal circumstances, the USPS Board of Governors does the hiring. But there appears to have been interference from Treasury. One reason we know this is that David Williams, vice chair of the Board of Governors, abruptly resigned his position in May. I reported at the time that this was in protest of the Board of Governors caving to Treasury on handing over effective operational control. (Williams will brief the House Progressive Caucus later this week on what he knows.)

Former counterterrorism chief: Trump defeat may prompt right-wing terror attacks (Sparky1)

Travers is not alone in his assessment. An Aug. 17 Department of Homeland Security analysis also warns of possible election-related attacks. “We assess ideologically-motivated violent extremists and other violent actors could quickly mobilize to threaten or engage in violence against election or campaign-related targets in response to perceived partisan and policy-based grievances,” says the document, which was obtained by Yahoo News.

Aleksei Navalny Hospitalized in Russia in Suspected Poisoning (Sparky1)

As alarm that Mr. Navalny might die receded, speculation of foul play escalated, particularly after his personal physician and fellow opposition activist, Anastasia Vasilyeva, arrived at the hospital in Omsk only to be denied access to his medical records and the intensive care ward where he was being treated.

Steve Bannon, key to Trump’s rise, charged with defrauding border-wall supporters (Sparky1)

As a top adviser to Trump’s presidential campaign who later served as White House chief strategist, Bannon helped articulate the “America First” right-wing populism and fierce opposition to immigration that have been hallmarks of Trump’s 3-1/2 years in office. Trump fired Bannon from his White House post in August 2017.

Bannon, 66, was among four people arrested and charged by federal prosecutors in Manhattan with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to commit money laundering. They each face up to 40 years in prison if convicted, but would likely get much shorter sentences.

White House Plants Pro-Trump Conspiracy Theorists Among Reporters in Briefing Room (Sparky1)

On Monday, Trump called on Chanel Rion, a far-right Republican operative and conspiracy theorist now working as a correspondent for One America News, a San Diego cable channel dedicated to spreading lies about Joe Biden and elderly protesters battered by the police.

Rion gave Trump the opportunity to unleash a familiar riff from his pre-pandemic rallies by suggesting to him that Biden might have been considering President Barack Obama’s former national security adviser, Susan Rice, as his running mate because, “she can best cover up a lot of the Obamagate surveillance crimes that have taken place during your campaign.” Trump responded by accusing Obama and Biden of “probably treason.”

COVID vaccine likely to be mandatory in Australia, Scott Morrison says after signing deal with Oxford University (ezlxq1949)

“I would expect it to be as mandatory as you could possibly make it,” he told Melbourne radio station 3AW.

“There are always exemptions for any vaccine on medical grounds, but that should be the only basis.

Coronavirus vaccine lessons learnt from swine flu, as pharmaceutical giants look for COVID-19 solution (ezlxq1949)

“It [swine flu] was actually hitting kids and pregnant women,” Dr Basser said.

“We were worried this was going to be something akin to the Spanish flu. We were racing. We put our full body and soul commitment into getting that vaccine developed.

Long-Haulers Are Redefining COVID-19 (SillyTheEnemy)

Our understanding of COVID-19 has accreted around the idea that it kills a few and is “mild” for the rest. That caricature was sketched before the new coronavirus even had a name; instead of shifting in the light of fresh data, it calcified. It affected the questions scientists sought to ask, the stories journalists sought to tell, and the patients doctors sought to treat. It excluded long-haulers from help and answers. Nichols’s initial symptoms were so unlike the official description of COVID-19 that her first doctor told her she had acid reflux and refused to get her tested. “Even if you did have COVID-19, you’re 32, you’re healthy, and you’re not going to die,” she remembers him saying. (She has since tested positive.)

Covid-19 news: UK cases level off as R number rises slightly (000)

Local coronavirus restrictions in place in parts of northern England will be lifted on Saturday. People from two different households in Wigan in Greater Manchester and Rossendale and Darwen in Lancashire will now be allowed to meet in homes and gardens. But restrictions will remain in place in some other parts of Greater Manchester and Lancashire, as well as in parts of West Yorkshire and in Leicester. Oldham, which had the highest rate of infections in the UK last week at 103.1 cases per 100,000 people, has avoided the introduction of restrictions but will be subjected to “a more targeted intervention”, according to the Department of Health and Social Care.

COVID-19 symptoms are most likely to appear in a specific order, research finds (KathyP)

The US researchers also found a subtle difference in the timing of COVID-19 symptoms when compared to Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS).

The upper gastrointestinal (GI) tract seems to be affected before the lower GI tract in COVID-19 cases which is the opposite to MERS and SARS.

Why are we rushing for a COVID Vaccine? (Jane L.)

Due to the number of claims of adverse effects/ deaths by vaccines, an organization was made to investigate allegations by individuals. – Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

To summarize the data in this study. They only look particularly at events where reasonable scientific evidence exists to conclude that vaccination caused or contributed to deaths.

Michigan to pay $600 million to Flint water crisis victims (Sparky1)

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, who inherited the crisis upon taking office in 2019, acknowledged that the agreement would not solve all of the city’s problems and vowed to keep allocating resources to ensure Flint’s water was safe.

“What happened in Flint should never have happened,” Whitmer said in recorded remarks. “The uncertainty and troubles that the people of Flint have endured is unconscionable. It is time for the state to do what it can.”

California fires turn deadly as evacuees worry about their homes, Covid-19, and excessive heat (Sparky1)

And then there’s the smoke. Several global air quality monitoring websites show that the levels in the Bay Area of California are worse than anywhere else, including locations generally regarded as having the poorest air quality such as India and eastern China.

Exclusive poll: Amid COVID-19, Americans don’t care about climate change anymore (thc0655)

And when the pandemic ends—or at least is suitably controlled—American adults say they’ll behave in ways that would increase their carbon footprint. According to our survey, we’ll drive as much as we did before, take public transportation less, bicycle or walk less, buy more clothes, and have more stuff packaged up and shipped to our homes. And most of us plan to jack up the home AC and heat even more than we already have.

Scientists Can Detect Microplastics in Human Tissues (Sparky1)

This is concerning because it shows what is possible, and microplastics are not something humans should have in their bodies. Microplastics are known to cause inflammation, infertility, and cancer in animals, but little is understood yet about their effect on human health. BPA is a notorious reproductive toxicant that disrupts hormonal and sexual development. It has been removed from many products in recent years, but its common replacement, Bisphenol S (BPS), is considered to be just as harmful.

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