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JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Nick Anderson)

In other news, states recorded over 1,200 coronavirus deaths in the last 24 hours; the highest total since August 19th. Over 62,000 new infections were also recorded.

Meanwhile, the Trump regime is reportedly considering labeling some human rights groups as anti-Semitic because Mike Pompeo thinks he's special.

The Trump administration is considering declaring that several prominent international NGOs — including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and Oxfam — are anti-Semitic and that governments should not support them, two people familiar with the issue said. [...]

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is pushing for the declaration, according to a congressional aide with contacts inside the State Department. Pompeo is eyeing a future presidential run and has taken a number of steps to gain favor with pro-Israel and evangelical voters who make up a key part of Trump’s electoral base.

Finally, researchers at Harvard estimate that the coronavirus pandemic has wiped out about 2.5 million years of collective life experience by this point with over 220,000 deaths.

“Think of everything that a person does in a year,” said Stephen Elledge, a geneticist at Harvard. “Who among us would not give anything to have one more year with a parent, a spouse, a son or daughter, a close friend?”

In the new analysis, which has not yet been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal, Dr. Elledge added up those years. He tabulated the ages of Americans known to have died of Covid-19, and tallied the number of years they might have lived had they reached a typical life expectancy.

His calculations show that the coronavirus has claimed more than 2.5 million years of potential life in the United States since the start of 2020. Nearly half of those years were taken from people under the age of 65.

Programming note... I will be offline tomorrow. I have an almost two hour long appointment to get my hair colored for the first time ever. I'm pretty emotional about it. Men get their hair dyed sometimes too, of course, and there's nothing wrong with that, but I think it was an early sign for me that I missed. I daydreamed about having long colorful hair years before I came to understand that I'm transgender. My first dye job isn't going to be neon green, or anything like that, but I might do something more audacious next spring.

Have a good weekend

  • KanaW

    My latest colouring has been shades of red with a few pale blue streaks in it. Last time was full-on rainbow. I hit 60 and decided to just have fun. You’ll love it!

  • Draxiar

    Have a great time!

  • muselet

    • We can’t do anything right, can we?

    • What makes those NGOs “anti-Semitic” is that some dimwits at the State Department believe them to be insufficiently deferential to Benjamin Netanyahu’s policies toward the Palestinians. Not supporting Likud and being anti-Semitic are two very different things.

    • The 2.5 million year calculation sounds plausible. I don’t know that the number actually means anything, but it is sobering to contemplate.

    • Be careful with hair coloring: the daughter of a friend decided a couple of years ago to get (if I remember correctly) lowlights, and as of a year ago was still griping about the texture of the treated hair. (Says the guy with male pattern baldness. 🙄)

    • I can’t say this is my favorite Scott Joplin piece, but it’s in the top ten.

    Have a safe weekend, all.


    • RamOrgan

      “Not supporting Likud and being anti-Semitic are two very different things.”

      Yeah, kind like being unpatriotic and not supporting IMPOTUS.

      • muselet

        Yeah, pretty much.


  • Wildson

    We want photos!!!

    Take care!!!

  • Enjoy it! You’ve earned it.