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    Associate Presiding Civil Judge Daniel Kiley on Tuesday granted Snell & Wilmer’s request to withdraw as counsel of record for the Republican National Committee. The RNC had teamed-up with the Trump campaign and the Arizona Republican Party in the case, which alleges that Maricopa County incorrectly rejected some votes cast on Election Day.

    Snell & Wilmer partners Brett Johnson and Eric Spencer first moved to withdraw on Sunday, a day after the case was filed. Johnson and Spencer did not respond to requests for comment. Snell & Wilmer chairman Matthew Feeney said the firm doesn’t comment on its client work.

    Conversion ‘therapy’ is based on false ideology that a person’s gender or sexual identity can be changed or suppressed through practices ranging from psychiatric treatments such as electro-convulsion therapy to counselling therapies and spiritual intervention.

    However, survivors do not use the term therapy, as what they have endured is not therapeutic.

    They say the term misrepresents the most common, informal conversion practice of structured conversations with religious leaders.

    Victorian Attorney-General Jill Hennessy said the Government had so far consulted with hundreds of members of the public as well as key stakeholders including survivors, as well as LGBTIQ advocacy and religious organisations to determine the best way to implement the ban.

    “We’re banning so-called conversion 'therapy’ and making sure the laws we put in place end this harmful, cruel, and bigoted practice once and for all,” Ms Hennessy said.

    From the age of 15, Patrick McIvor was told he was 'sexually broken’ and as an adult he tried everything he could to be heterosexual.

    But the 33-year-old, who now identifies as gay, believes he was living a lie first pushed on him by a pastor at his former church.

    “He said things to me like 'I know your father and he was absent around key development points in your life. When you were becoming a teenager he was busy with work’,” Mr McIvor said.

    “It was very loving and supportive in the way it was presented. When we met, it was something that I really wanted to take on board … so that I could do the right thing.”

    No one 'villain

    On the advice of this pastor, Mr McIvor contacted an international organisation who ran a gay conversion program, which in turn referred him to a local counsellor in eastern Victoria.

    “In our first session, he pulled out a biscuit tin and inside it was photos of other men who had done the program before me. A lot of them were wedding photos … and I felt incredibly hopeful,” Mr McIvor said.

    “We had this really warm, supportive friendship … and we stayed in contact afterwards.

    "That’s hard for me to reconcile because I’d love to be able to point to someone, anyone in all this and just [call them] a straight up villain. But there is none.

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    In the middle of a pandemic, Trump gives Americans a glimpse of his criminal mind

    crooksandliars

    Early voting starts in a few weeks, and the breakdown doesn’t look good for Trump, as Jonathan Lemire explains.

    “The first state is North Carolina, which is I believe September 3rd. That kicks off the early voting,” he said.

    “North Carolina a key battleground and other states begin on the days and weeks to follow. September 3rd is all of two months before Election Day. So a lot of votes are going to be banked. So the president trailing, and his campaign acknowledges that, are running out of time to change those voters’ minds. But it’s true, those who vote early tend to have their minds made up. They aren’t usually swing voters, they’re absolutely a factor here.

    “We were talking before about the polls, both campaigns agree that there are six battleground states to decide this election, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona, North Carolina, Florida. That’s setting aside somewhere now the president has to play defense and has had to spend resources and had to go the past week to places like Ohio, Texas. Georgia is another one he has to play defense. We don’t see, outside of perhaps New Hampshire, a place where Democrats will have to do the same now that the Trump campaign has ceded Minnesota is a wish that will go unfulfilled.

    Lemire explains Trump’s campaign can only afford to lose one more of the other side.

    "They can lose Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, but they have to win the rest of them, if they lose two the ball game is over, they can’t get 270 electoral votes,” he said.

    reading-writing-revolution

    Do whatever it takes. We cannot have four more years at this and survive. We just cannot.

    trans-parenting

    “The problem is the White House and the task force could never organize themselves to lead a federal response and bring virus transmission down to containment levels. Instead they took a lazy and careless route, claiming schools are important, as we all know, and the teachers and principals need to figure it out. What they did was deliberately set up the teachers, staff, and parents to fail. It’s one of the most careless, incompetent, and heartless actions I’ve ever seen promoted by the executive branch of the federal government.”

    reading-writing-revolution

    It's the same track they took with the entire Corona virus epidemic. They didn't set up any kind of plan or program to address the problem and offer a solution with any kind of real clarity. They took little to no action, and they stood back, shrugged and passed it off to state governors and city mayors and decided to let local people handle it. It's a very simple cop-out, but that needs to be recognized. It's a cop-out. It's surrender. The first major battle that the Trump Administration had to fight, and they surrendered for the even fielded an army.

    Writing in the Washington Post Wednesday Rubin noted that everyone except Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) has been unwilling to stand up to Trump, which could spell disaster for anyone below the president on the GOP ticket.

    Covid-19: immunity may not be an option, either individually or as a herd…

    It is not about politicizing the military at all. Don't tell the smooth talk fool ya. It's about core values and a set of expectations and standards service members set for themselves and others when they sign on the dotted line and swear the oath. It's about working as a team, no matter the origins of your team. It's about pulling together and training together, about depending on one another and giving your all. It's about respecting those who've earned it and earning it for yourself through hard work, training and commitment. It's about being on an equal playing field and working to get ahead all while knowing your team has your back, all while as you work to get ahead, you help prepare and train and develop those around you for their own success and betterment of the team. It's about interdependence and communication and trust and honor, no matter who your team is or where they come from or what they look like.

    Nothing I just pointed out, nothing I just mentioned means anything to Donald Trump or his acolytes. They don't understand it because they can't. Their values are about self and promotion of self. You can find these people in the military, too, but you'll find them alone, away from their teams, focusing on themselves and only themselves. These are the people we in the military wish would go away. We don't need or want them. Just like any squad, these people only hurt the team, limit the team and leave the team the moment it's no longer meeting their needs. That's not teamwork. That's not how a servicemember operates. That's self. That's Trump.

    So, what’s Betsy DeVos been up to?

    Demanding that schools discriminate against trans students or face federal level consequences, stomping on states’ rights in the process of stomping on the LGBTQ+ community. You know, the usual for a Trump appointee.

    The Trump administration’s relentless assault on the existence of transgender people, including transgender youth and children, continues apace. On May 15, the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights concluded an investigation into Connecticut’s inclusion of transgender student athletes in school sports consistent with their gender identity.* The agency determined that the state’s policy violates Title IX’s prohibition on sex discrimination in education and threatened to defund the schools involved unless they exclude trans athletes. But, characteristically, Betsy DeVos’ Department of Education ignored well-established legal authority in its crusade to coerce local schools to discriminate against trans students. Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 does not prohibit inclusion of transgender athletes. Quite the opposite: Title IX actually requires trans inclusion.

    The letter announcing the agency’s conclusion contained almost no legal analysis for its conclusion. And, as the letter itself explains, the resolution of this particular complaint does not itself constitute legal precedent. Instead, the letter perfunctorily dictates that trans females are males and therefore that their participation in sex-segregated athletic competitions, in this case track, amounts to sex discrimination against cisgender female athletes under Title IX. (To be clear, trans females are female irrespective of any medical interventions because one’s gender identity—one’s internal sense of being a particular gender—is the most significant determinant of one’s sex).

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    Other stupid DeVos tricks from recent weeks:

  • Undercutting Title IX in other ways by weakening how it applies to sexual harassment and, according to a suit being pressed by multiple states, putting up procedural roadblocks which make it harder for victims to find justice.
  • A plan to limit debt relief to defrauded students that Trump is so enthusiastically on board with that he vetoed a bipartisan effort to block it. Wonder why the old man went to the mat for that.
  • A class action suit pressed by consumer advocates against DeVos and Steve Mnuchin, alleging that their departments are still seizing student loan borrowers’ tax refunds to pay for defaulted loans in spite of publicly stating they’d stop.
  • Robbing from the poor and giving to the rich by demanding that public schools share their coronavirus relief funds with private schools, taking millions of dollars away from an already cash-strapped educational system that she’s been gunning for since day one.
  • And last but certainly not least, it came out in April that the DeVos family are major donors tothe group that organized the anti-stay-at-home Operation Gridlock protest in Michigan, so please put your hands together for another two members (at least by proxy) of the GOP Death Cult.
  • By Aleem Maqbool of BBC News

    29 April 2020

    At a time when medical professionals are putting their lives at risk, tens of thousands of doctors in the United States are taking large pay cuts.

    And even as some parts of the US are talking of desperate shortages in nursing staff, elsewhere in the country many nurses are being told to stay at home without pay.

    That is because American healthcare companies are looking to cut costs as they struggle to generate revenue during the coronavirus crisis.

    "Nurses are being called heroes," Mariya Buxton says, clearly upset. "But I just really don't feel like a hero right now because I'm not doing my part."

    Ms Buxton is a paediatric nurse in St Paul, Minnesota, but has been asked to stay at home.

    At the unit at which Ms Buxton worked, and at hospitals across most of the country, medical procedures that are not deemed to be urgent have been stopped. That has meant a massive loss of income.

    While she has, until now, retained health insurance benefits through the company she worked for, Ms Buxton is not being paid her salary while she is off work.

    "People would always say to me, being a nurse you'll never have to worry about having a job. And here I am, newly 40 years old and unemployed for the first time since I started working," she says.

    Although she is supportive of the measures taken to curb the spread of the virus, Ms Buxton worries that the longer hospitals cannot perform regular medical procedures, the more nurses that will find themselves in the same position as her.

    And revenue generation for hospitals has not just been affected by bans on elective surgery.

    "I was scheduled to work 120 hours for the month of April. But about halfway through March, I looked at the schedule and all of my hours had been cut," says Dr Shaina Parks.

    "I didn't receive a phone call or an email or anything. They were just gone. It was an extremely uncomfortable feeling," she says.

    Dr Parks is a specialist in emergency medicine based in Michigan, but who works at hospitals in Ohio and Oklahoma.

    The departments she works at are still open, but patients are not coming in.

    "I have been doing some telemedicine this past month to make a little bit of the income that I lost," says Dr Parks.

    "And what I'm hearing from almost every single patient is that they really don't want to go to hospitals because they're afraid of the coronavirus."

    That sentiment has left emergency departments across the country far quieter than normal.

    "If we're not seeing patients, then we're not generating any sort of billable money, and while we're paid hourly, we also earn money by the number of patients that we see per hour."

    Dr Parks says she has been considering filing for unemployment benefits to try to help make student loan repayments.

    While it may seem curious that so many American medical staff are taking pay cuts or have lost work during a pandemic, healthcare managers say the huge financial pressures mean they have had little choice.

    "We have seen our revenues decline by 60%, just about overnight," says Claudio Fort, CEO of a hospital in Vermont that is losing around $8m (£6.4m) a month.

    It is why, he says, they have had to furlough around 150 staff, just under 10% of the hospital workforce.

    "I don't think there is a hospital in the nation that isn't basically looking at how to survive and what difficult things they need to do to try to bring their cost structure down and to preserve cash flow as we navigate through this," says Mr Fort.

    His hospital has received around $5.4m from the federal government during the crisis, but that still leaves a big shortfall and the hospital is not yet sure what further help it might be offered by Washington in the coming months.

    "This is an unprecedented situation," says Mr Fort, fearing the potential for a lasting impact.

    "When this is all over, we do hope to bring everyone back to full employment to help serve the 60,000 people we care for, but we just don't know how many of the things we did just two months ago that we're going to be able to continue to provide for the community," he says.

    But for some, the medical staff layoffs and the fact that tens of thousands of those still working have been made to take pay cuts, has crystalised a feeling that even going back to the way things were just before the pandemic is not enough.

    "It's criminal that that these people are having their hours and their pay slashed at a time when they are risking their lives, when it's the most dangerous time of our careers to be coming in to work every day and when really they should be receiving something like hazard pay," says Dr Jane Jenab.

    Dr Jenab is a physician in emergency medicine in Denver, Colorado. To her, the problem has become clear.

    "One of the biggest issues in US medicine today is that it has become a business. In the past, that was not the case," says Dr Jenab.

    "They tend to run very lean with these hospitals, with these large corporate medical groups because honestly they are much more concerned about profit than their patients," she says, clearly impassioned.

    Dr Jenab says she feels the abrupt loss of income suffered by medical staff is just one systemic problem in US private healthcare that has been thrown into sharp relief by the coronavirus crisis.

    "One of the primary conversations that we're having at the moment [as doctors in the US] is when this is all over, how do we how do we make real and lasting change for our profession?" she says.

    "It's hard not to realise how drastically we need to return the focus of medicine away from business and back to caring for our patients."

    Additional reporting by Eva Artesona

    By Rachel Siegel and Andrew Van Dam

    April 30, 2020

    More than 3.8 million people filed for unemployment benefits last week, according to the Labor Department, as the coronavirus pandemic’s economic toll burrowed deeper into the American workforce.

    The outbreak and subsequent recession have wiped away all jobs created since the 2008 financial crisis. Economists estimate the national unemployment rate sits between 15% and 20%, compared to about 25% at the peak of the Great Depression.

    For comparison, 4.4 million people applied for benefits for the week ending April 18, and 30.3 million have sought benefits in the past six weeks alone. That figure represents roughly 1 in 5 American workers.

    There is no precedent for figures like this in modern American history.

    At first, national attention focused on the unprecedented wave of layoffs tied to restaurant and other non-essential businesses, said Tara Sinclair, an economist at the George Washington University and senior fellow of the Indeed Hiring Lab. But it quickly became clear that many more industries were going to be hit by the downturn. Even in the midst of a global pandemic, Sinclair pointed to recent job losses in the health care industry, as surgeries and other elective procedures are cancelled in large numbers.

    “No job is safe,” Sinclair said.

    During normal times, a few hundred thousand people might seek unemployment benefits on any given week, but millions of Americans have filed claims each week for more than a month. This has overwhelmed state processing centers and expedited the debate in Washington about how to respond to the economic turmoil. Many Americans have stopped paying their rent and other bills, and economists are predicting any recovery will stretch well into 2021, and possibly beyond.

    During normal times, the economy will add a few million jobs each year. It could take many years for the economy to add back the 30 million jobs lost in the past six weeks.

    Thursday’s figures offer the latest snapshot at how badly - and quickly - the economy has suffered from the pandemic as people stay home and avoid travel, dining out, shopping and entertainment. Data released by the Commerce Department on Wednesday showed the U.S. economy shrank 4.8% from January through March, marking the biggest decline since the Great Recession. As global air travel dries up, Boeing said Wednesday it plans a 10% staff reduction — more than 14,000 jobs.

    At the same time, a growing number of states are pushing to reopen malls, factories, restaurants and other businesses, even amid worker and consumer concerns for public health.

    On Tuesday, President Trump signed an executive order giving the federal government broad powers to ensure that meat and poultry processing plants stay open. Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest mall owner, plans to reopen more than four dozen properties in 10 states. Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) joined Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp (R) and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) in rolling back statewide restrictions.

    Sinclair said it’s too soon to tell whether, or how soon, jobs will return to states vying to reopen. Data from the next few weeks could spell out whether businesses are rehiring — or if the virus and declining economy keep weekly unemployment claims in the millions.

    “Do people feel safer going back to work? Are they getting jobs back with their old employers?" Sinclair asked. "That will help evaluate what the economy is going to look like the rest of the year.”

    Chris Hayes just did a segment on this report from the NYT.  Bascially these charts are comparing weekly death rates in 2020 to the weekly death rates in the cities or states over the previous 5 years.  These statistics make it impossible to believe we have an accurate count of the number of people across the country who have died due to COVID-19.  This alone should be enough to convince everyone that Stay At Home, Social Distancing, and wearing masks when we must go out must be followed.  So-called “reopening” is ridiculously and dangerously premature.  

    The Trump administration abruptly cut off funding for a project studying how coronaviruses spread from bats to people after reports linked the work to a lab in Wuhan, China, at the center of conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic’s origins.

    The National Institutes of Health on Friday told EcoHealth Alliance, the study’s sponsor for the past five years, that all future funding was cut. The agency also demanded that the New York-based research nonprofit stop spending the $369,819 remaining from its 2020 grant, according to emails obtained by POLITICO.

    “At this time, NIH does not believe that the current project outcomes align with the program goals and agency priorities,” Michael Lauer, the agency’s deputy director for extramural research, wrote in a letter to EcoHealth Alliance officials.

    The group caught national attention a week ago after reports swirled that millions from its NIH grants had been sent to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a research facility in the city where the coronavirus pandemic originated. In an email last week to NIH officials, EcoHealth Alliance President Pete Daszak denied giving any money this year to the Wuhan lab, although researchers from the facility have collaborated with EcoHealth Alliance scientists on research supported by an earlier grant.

    The Wuhan lab is at the center of conspiracy theories alleging that the coronavirus outbreak began when the virus escaped the facility. U.S. intelligence agencies and scientists have not found any evidence to support the rumors.

    Meanwhile, the NIH’s strategic plan for studying the novel coronavirus, released Thursday, lays out four key priorities — including understanding its origin and transmission, in line with the EcoHealth alliance’s broader investigation of bat coronaviruses. The agency did not respond to a request for comment on its decision to terminate the group’s funding.

    In a statement, the EcoHealth Alliance said it wanted to know more about the NIH’s reasoning. “For the past 20 years our organization has been investigating the sources of emerging diseases such as COVID-19,” the group said. “We work in the United States and in over 25 countries with institutions that have been pre-approved by federal funding agencies to do scientific research critical to preventing pandemics. We are planning to talk with NIH to understand the rationale behind their decision.”

    Suddenly ending a grant early is an unusual move for the NIH, which typically takes such steps only when there is evidence of scientific misconduct or financial improprieties — neither of which it has alleged took place in this case.

    The EcoHealth Alliance has received more than $3.7 million since 2015 for its research on the risks of coronavirus spread through bats and the potential for spillover into humans. The effort has produced at least 20 scientific papers, including several published in prominent journals such as Nature.

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    Scientists in China have discovered more than 30 mutations of the new coronavirus, which they say may partly explain why it has been more deadly in certain parts of the world.

    Researchers from Zhejiang University said they have “direct evidence” that the virus “has acquired mutations capable of substantially changing its pathogenicity”.

    The study was written by a team including Professor Li Lanjuan, one of China’s top scientists who was reportedly the first expert to propose a lockdown in Wuhan - where COVID-19 originated.

    Samples were taken from 11 patients admitted to hospitals in Hangzhou, 470 miles east of Wuhan, between 22 January and 4 February during the early phase of the outbreak.

    Using “ultra-deep sequencing”, researchers identified 33 mutations of the coronavirus - known as SARS-CoV-2 - of which 19 were new.

    The deadliest mutations in the patients in the study had also been found in most patients across Europe, the South China Morning Post reported.

    Meanwhile, the milder strains were the predominant types found in parts of the United States, such as Washington state, the newspaper said.

    One mutation found in five patients involved in the research had previously only been seen in one case in Australia, according to the study.

    The researchers said the findings indicate “the true diversity of the viral strains is still largely underappreciated”.

    They also warned vaccine developers need to consider the impact of these “accumulating mutations… to avoid potential pitfalls”.

    In the study, the researchers assessed the viral load - meaning the amount of the virus - in human cells after one, two, four and eight hours, as well as the following day and 48 hours later.

    The most aggressive strains created up to 270 times as much viral load as the least potent type, the scientists found.

    Prof Li and her colleagues said their findings also indicated that a “higher viral load leads to a higher cell death ratio”.

    Ten of the 11 patients involved in the study - which included eight males and three females aged between four months and 71 years old - had “moderate or worse symptoms” of COVID-19.

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