09/02 OT: Wednesday Whatchamacallit
New US virus cases fall as masks gain favor but testing lags https://apnews.com/219af7fe1e6a7393e4ef254cc0b6dfe9
The upshot of the article is that increased mask wearing and other behavior modifications are probably driving a bona fide decline in new cases. By way of example:
Jeffrey Shaman, a public health expert at Columbia University, said he is skeptical enough people are immune to significantly slow the spread. But he agreed that changes in Americans’ behavior could well be making a difference, recalling the impact that people’s actions had in containing Ebola in West Africa several years ago.
“Ebola stopped for reasons we didn’t anticipate at the time. It was so horrifying that people stopped touching each other,” Shaman said. Something similar may be happening with the coronavirus, he said.
The article also points out that:
... insufficient testing is probably concealing the full extent of the crisis, said Dr. Jonathan Quick, who leads the pandemic response for the Rockefeller Foundation, which has recommended the U.S. test 4 million people a day by fall.
Never, ever carry cash, the cops can and will steal it. State, local, feds, all of them can steal cash and other vlauables with impunity. You have no rights against arbitrary seizures of property, no matter what the Fourth Amendment appears to say.
Somewhere every day some LEO is stealing somebody's money or other valuables. This link speaks of a pretty good haul they raked in, but I've read of them stealing just a hundred or two during traffic stops.
Retired railroad engineer Terry Rolin’s life savings were seized by the government, but he hasn’t been charged with any crime. Terry saved up cash and kept it in his Pittsburgh home over many years. But when he moved out of his old house into a new, smaller apartment he didn’t feel safe keeping so much in cash savings. He asked his daughter, Rebecca Brown, to take the money home with her to Boston, deposit it into a new joint bank account, and use the money to replace his teeth and fix his truck, among other needs.
Needless to say, the first moment any cop sees a haul like that, they begin working to steal it for the force or the government, as the case may be. In this case, it was a TSA, a Federale as it were, who called in the state troopers and the DEA who then stole the poor guy's money on behalf of the feds. Neither he nor his daughter was charged with anything, they needn't be in this type of official theft, and almost never are. No evidence of any criminality is needed either, the cash is "evidence" that you have cash and that is all that is required.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Not for decades now, every town, city, and state, as well as the feds have a law permitting cops to simply take cash and other valuables with no real justification or public purpose
Speaking of cops
The Guardian asserted that White supremacists and militias have infiltrated police across US, report says and further that A former FBI agent has documented links between serving officers and racist militant activities in more than a dozen states https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2020/aug/27/white-supremacists-milit...
I have no problem with the sub-heading, I'm sure one can easily find huge numbers of links and other evidence, but I do challenge the use of the word infiltrate. Look back through this country's history ane you'll find that many if nt most police agencies have been full of white supremacists, right wingers, birchers, neo-nazis and stright up nazis, militia lypes like the Minutemen of the late forties and fifties, KKK and more. There was, to some extent, some effort to actively recruit and/or select for such persons to expand the forces or replace lost oficers, but that wasn't really all to necessary. "Should we hire this guy?" was a question generally never assked, those guys were just one of the guys, they were the norm and there was nothing to question.
If you took US History in the US, you really, really need to read this: A people's history of the United States - Howard Zinn https://libcom.org/library/peoples-history-of-united-states-howard-zinn. You can read it online or download it in a couple of different formats free. It is a bit of a slog (OK, it is heavy lifting all the way) and a bit repetitive now and then. But it is the best introduction to real US history (or the real history of the US) that you can get. I say introductin, because it doesn't really get into things like our coast-to-coast genocidal campaign against the Indians, our imperialism and imperialist wars, and a lot more, but you owe it to yourself to read it.
One's Daily Bread
I, we, bake sourdough. We have the household recipe and take turns making it, 2 - 2 pound loaves at a time; freeze one and use one until both gone and the next baker takes over. They are a part whole wheat bread. I also made a white bread, 100% all purpose flour to see if the recipe would work. That recipe is for hand formed loaves on a baking sheet, which I figure can also be used for baguettes, buns, and rolls. All this is by way of saying that I'm not that intrigued by the following article, I'm very happy with our daily bread (and my pizza crust too, thank you), but know that it takes all types and besides, I'm always looking for a better foccacia recipe. At any rate, The Guardian tells us tht there are at least 10 "easy" breads, Forget Sourdough! How to Make 10 of the World’s Easiest Breads https://getpocket.com/explore/item/forget-sourdough-how-to-make-10-of-th... . The actual receipes are accessed via in line links. Enjoy.
Like Birds, or Art?
Audobon's Birds of America art released as free, high-res downloads for printing (sic) The downloads are here: https://www.audubon.org/birds-of-america Enjoy
be well and have a good one.
It's an open thread, so have at it. The floor is yours