Open thread

Social media is a wild frontier for campaigns, but there are some basic truths: Don't post annoying things, don't whine, and don't lie. Except if you're Trump, in which case annoying, whiny lies are all there is. Looks like Dandy Forest is following the Orangeman's lead. Pretty dumb.

Day 56

This article was published today by WRAL. It's the best piece I've seen for explaining the ins and outs of COVID19 transmission. I recommend reading all of it, and I apologize for not including several of the graphics in the original article, which you can see here.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Think of the children

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Because exposure to coal ash can be devastating to them:

Experimental research has demonstrated that fine and ultrafine particulate matter can pass directly through the nasal olfactory pathway into the circulatory system to the brain.18,19 In addition, research has shown when air pollution is cleared from the lungs it can enter the gut and exit the body via the gastrointestinal tract.20

Chronic exposure to air pollution and particulate matter has been found to cause chronic inflammation and elevated levels of cytokines throughout the body and brain.18,19 In addition, some of the metals in fly ash are neurotoxins,21-24 and exposure to neurotoxic heavy metals during rapid growth in the early stages of life can disrupt developmental processes and result in neurological dysfunction.17,24

Normally I would remove those reference numbers to make the reading easier, but it's good to occasionally give a nod to legitimate research. There's so much industry-funded nonsense out there (a lot of) people can't tell the difference anymore. Prior to the Clean Smokestacks Act of 2002, a heinous amount of the fly ash produced by coal combustion was escaping into the air, literally blanketing the state. But even with the new scrubbers in place these days, particulate matter from coal burning is still polluting our skies. And children are especially vulnerable:

Wednesday News: Star chamber

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SENATE REPUBLICANS HELD COVID MEETINGS IN PRIVATE: Edwards said there weren’t formal meetings of Republicans. Rep. Jim Burgin, R-Harnett, said there were numerous conference calls and then, when the Senate returned to Raleigh, in-person private meetings. The public wasn’t privy to the discussions. And that is what Van Duyn said frustrated her. She said the lack of public input left her constituents without a seat at the table, because she didn’t know who she needed to include in her discussions and they did not know to call her for help. “That is enormously frustrating, not to mention it would be illegal for my county or my city to do business in that way,” Van Duyn said. Sen. Erica Smith, D-Northampton, agreed the public should be involved. “I definitely prefer public input. I prefer transparency and people need to know we’re working hard on their behalf,” she said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article242678306.html

Tuesday News: Pay the piper

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BOARD OF ELECTIONS NEEDS MONEY FOR NOVEMBER ELECTION: Executive Director Karen Brinson Bell has sent three letters to the legislature asking for changes to state voting laws and roughly $2 million in funding to match federal money made available by the CARES Act. Brinson Bell said the $11 million in federal money is needed to help counties pay for what elections officials expect will be a dramatic increase in absentee-by-mail voting and equipment to run in-person voting safely. Despite the urgent need for funding — the 2020 general election is less than six months away — North Carolina lawmakers have yet to substantively address the requests. “We hope that they will address this in a timely fashion,” Brinson Bell said. “By June 15, we’re going to be in a very tight spot to be able to have the supplies and the materials.”
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article242647991.html

Tuesday Twitter roundup

Get in line, pal. We've been begging NC voters to get rid of Burr for years, but they're apparently infatuated with empty suits.

Psychopaths on parade in Raleigh threaten assistant DA's family

The police should have been all over this unhinged racist:

The white, male demonstrator who met up with Thomas and his family in the crosswalk stuck out his right arm with his palm open. Thomas, who is black, interpreted it as a Nazi salute. A Raleigh-based pro-Second Amendment group called Blue Igloo, which live-streamed the demonstration and posted it online, has said that the gesture was not a Nazi salute.

Beth Thomas ducked away from the man and asked that he keep his distance. His response isn’t heard on the video. Deonte Thomas said he heard the following exchange involving his wife: “My wife had told him to back up and he said something to the effect that, well, I can hit you from here. I can get you from here.”

This nonsense has become intolerable. Who does that? I mean, aside from the obvious racist overtones in this confrontation, who threatens a family with small children in strollers? The answer is, somebody whose racism runs so deep he doesn't consider black children as being human. Dude needs to be found and arrested for communicating a threat, and then given an intense mental health evaluation. Because if he's crazy enough to pull that stunt on camera, god knows what he would do if no witnesses were around.

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