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Notes from the Kakistocracy: Miracle cure or deadly toxin?

My Pillow exec is pushing Oleandrin to Trump as a cure:

Mike Lindell, the chief executive of My Pillow and a big donor to President Trump, told Axios that the president was enthusiastic about the drug, called oleandrin, when he heard about it at a White House meeting last month.

“This thing works — it’s the miracle of all time,” Mr. Lindell, who has a financial stake in the company that makes the compound and sits on its board, said in an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Tuesday. When CBS asked Mr. Trump about oleandrin for Covid-19, Mr. Trump said, “We’ll look at it.”

Forget about "snake oil," this stuff is more dangerous than most snake venom. I'll let Dr. Cassandra Quave explain it:

"Greek" virus? NCSU fraternity and sorority houses are infected

That lone wolf will soon infect the Pack:

A North Carolina State University spokesman confirmed on Tuesday afternoon that the university has identified a coronavirus cluster and a number of cases within the Greek life community. A cluster is five or more cases in close proximity or location, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

A spokesman said eight members of N.C. State fraternities and sororities have tested positive for coronavirus. Since the cases are in separate fraternities and sororities but not consolidated in one house, the cases are not considered a cluster.

While you might be familiar with "Rushing," wherein new pledges are chosen for each house after their party skills are observed, "Crush" parties might be even more reckless during a pandemic. That's where a single fraternity invites several sororities (or vice-versa) to their house to determine the maximum hook...romantic relationships that can be derived from an alliance. My point is, it doesn't matter if an individual house rates a "cluster" classification, you might as well view them as one big house for health purposes.

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No matter how miserable our own situations are in this pandemic, we can't forget about these families, who are being punished harshly simply for existing.

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Until Congress gets its shit together, we need to do this. Most Federal grants come with a state or local government buy-in. And when this thing expires, NC needs to make that extra $100 (if not more) a permanent increase. p.s. This is not a complete reversal of my previous opinion, but I've seen several folks say that Governor Cooper should decline to participate, and that would be a mistake.

UNC officials pay lip service to health department concerns

Plunging ahead with in-person instruction during a pandemic:

In the memo, Stewart expressed concern over signs returning students have already contributed to spikes and clusters of infections. She recommended an all-online fall semester or, at a minimum, holding the first five weeks of the semester online-only. She also recommended the school restrict on-campus housing to those who would otherwise have nowhere to live, in order to slow community spread of the disease.

The chancellor described the Orange County Health Department’s recommendations as “another piece of information we have received.” But after consulting with UNC health experts and the UNC System — which will make the final decision on closures — the university decided not to follow the health department recommendations.

When (not if) the outbreaks occur, faculty and students will have to scramble (again) to adapt to online instruction, and the UNC Hospital itself will likely be buried in older Orange County residents unnecessarily infected. And if it is, they need to treat those people for free. I know it's a teaching hospital that also relies (at least partly) on tuition monies, but health issues should be paramount. And these comments will not age well:

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A North Carolina toady, no less. A multi-millionaire trying to stifle the votes of the less fortunate, Louis DeJoy is vintage Trump.

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He's either doing nothing or doing the wrong thing. He's not even a broken clock.

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Two-faced Tillis strikes again...

'It wasn't an insult, I was just showing how much I care!" Idiot.

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COVID 19 infections align with other negative health outcomes suffered by minority families, thanks to a system that was designed to cater to the wealthy. Everything has a price tag, but not everybody can pay those prices.

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