COVID-19: Why Did Japan Fare Better Than The U.S.?

Because they have a cultural awareness around the value of masks in pandemics and environmental pollution. So while they did a lot of other things ‘wrong’, they wore their masks and did far better than the U.S. Is the Secret to Japan’s Virus Success Right in Front of Its Face?…

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Colin Powell Supports Biden Over Trump

This shouldn’t be a big surprise since General Powell didn’t support or vote for Donald Trump in 2016. But it is significant that he is speaking out now in support of the other military advisors around the president who have found fault and are pushing back on the presidents proposal…

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From President Barack Obama:

How to Make this Moment the Turning Point for Real Change. [reprinted here in its entirety] As millions of people across the country take to the streets and raise their voices in response to the killing of George Floyd and the ongoing problem of unequal justice, many people have reached…

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Distance Learning: Why Aren’t We Using Television?

W-a-a-a-a-a-y back in the day, I attended a Catholic parochial elementary school. We had seven teachers for eight classes…the choir director came in to teach music…but we had no art teacher…we had no library. But at that time Milwaukee channel 10, WMVS, (owned and operated by the Milwaukee Vocational School…

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Too Soon Governor Evers!

Yesterday. Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers signed an order relaxing some of the safer at home restrictions that will allow some non-essential businesses to open tomorrow, with rules about limited contact and curbside service only. Customers are not allowed to enter the premises. It was also announced that 34 state parks…

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COVID-19 In The US? Ssssh…it’s a secret:

From Reuters: The White House has ordered federal health officials to treat top-level coronavirus meetings as classified, an unusual step that has restricted information and hampered the U.S. government’s response to the contagion, according to four Trump administration officials. The officials said that dozens of classified discussions about such topics…

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Congress Passes Emergency Coronavirus Funding.

Congress approved a bill for $8.3 billion in funding for coronavirus prevention and vaccine development and the bill now goes to the White House for the president’s approval. On Wednesday March 4, 2020, the House passed the bipartisan bill 415 – 2. The no votes were Rep. Andy Biggs (R…

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Coronavirus: Proof Positive The US Needs Comprehensive Universal Single Payer Health Insurance.

I am not going to get into the finger pointing around cuts to federal staffing against communicable diseases, cuts to budgets at the CDC, or the appointment of Vice President Pence as the lead in containing the coronavirus outbreak. [but I couldn’t resist getting snarky and opening with this!] But…

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It’s Time To Retire The Caucus

And no, this isn’t because of the fiasco in Iowa. That wasn’t because of the caucus. It was because of the Democratic Party of Iowa’s unreasonable trust in technology and an arrogant application developer who went live without sufficient testing and training. And then finally the Iowa party’s mishandling of…

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Well We Aren’t There Yet: LGBTQ candidates:

About a month ago I wondered out loud when we would be able stop saying the first (*) to get elected (*) or the first (*) be become (*)…but I knew at the time that we were a long way from there. So today’s article by Bruce Murphy at Urban…

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