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    https://www.politico.com/news/2021/1...primary-523772

    Former Sen. David Perdue plans to announce he’ll challenge Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, setting up an epic Republican Party primary clash in one of the nation’s top battleground states.

    Perdue, who was recruited to run against the governor by former President Donald Trump, intends to make his announcement Monday via video and file his paperwork at the same time, according to sources briefed on the plans.

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    Study shows men spread COVID particles more than other populations

    Fort Collins, Colorado – A study focused on tracking the spread of COVID-19 in performing arts settings has also unveiled the population of humans who spread the most COVID-19 particles. Researchers at Colorado State University learned that men more frequently spread the coronavirus particles than women or children.

    The study, which lasted months, was originally developed in an effort to see what those in the performing arts can do to facilitate a safe return to the stage following the pandemic. The performing arts, from the educational level all the way to Broadway performances, were some of the most drastically impacted fields.
    Goble wanted to research the correlation between the spread of COVID-19 and the performing arts. Fortunately, CSU had qualified researchers and resources already on campus to do the study in-house. Goble partnered with John Volckens, a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, to conduct the study.

    More than 75 different people participated in the study which largely took place in a chamber used for testing particles in the air. Participants were of different ages and skillsets. Some were asked to sing songs like "Happy Birthday" repetitively. Others were asked to perform songs on instruments.
    While the study, entitled "Reducing Bioaerosol Emission and Exposures in the Performing Arts: A Scientific Roadmap for a Safe Return from COVID-19," was intended to focus on the spread of coronavirus in performing arts venues, it also unveiled a larger set of information when it comes to the virus as a whole.

    "Adults tend to emit more particles than children," Volckens said. "The reason men tend to emit more particles is because we have bigger lungs."

    Volckens said the virus also spreads more easily among those who speak at louder volumes.
    Does this mean that Republicans spread more COVID than anyone else?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tami View Post
    Study shows men spread COVID particles more than other populations







    Does this mean that Republicans spread more COVID than anyone else?
    Your question reminded me of a discussion my spouse and I had when people started to not take COVID seriously. "I wish COVID caused ED or male infertility ... Then they would take it seriously."
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    Quote Originally Posted by BeastieRunner View Post
    Your question reminded me of a discussion my spouse and I had when people started to not take COVID seriously. "I wish COVID caused ED or male infertility ... Then they would take it seriously."
    Doesn't it? I'm sure I heard that was a possible symptom at some point.

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    A reminder that school board elections have consequences for young people.

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/wh...?ocid=msedgntp

    Decorations signaling inclusion and acceptance are now forbidden. LGBTQ+ signs, rainbow flags, Black Lives Matter posters and "safe space" signs are off-limits because they're political and encourage advocacy, the suburban Milwaukee district told teachers this fall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by worstblogever View Post
    And the head goes deeper into the turf as the statistics that his party is killing himself are shown.

    Because to be a Republican, you also have to have no empathy, and be indifferent towards people dying, even if they're some of your own.

    Pathologically predictable, really. Enjoy the extra elbow room at party meetings, I suppose.
    That would hopefully show him and his fellow Republicans social distancing finds a way.

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    Don't worry, they intend to pay back the difference with interest.
    Was the Puerto Rico disaster response during Trump's administration a sneak preview for the IRL remake of the Forever Purge/The Domestic movies that could be happening inland in our lifetimes?
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    DEMoCRaTs ovErEstiMaTE coVId again

    https://twitter.com/callumjodwyer/st...28123189612546

    Just a reminder that my case of Covid was assessed to be *mild* and now I can’t live independently, can’t work and must rest before and after a shower. Please please please let’s not lose sight of the risks.
    Please, as this guy says, *don't forget the risks*. They're real. Mask up, vaccinate, get your boosters. Yes, there's a good chance you'll be fine and you won't suffer long term consequences that we're aware of right now. A good chance. It's still *just* a good chance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jbenito View Post
    It's interesting because Bill Maher has been saying that, despite being a staunch liberal. However it seems to be about the money for him - he's currently on tour and is annoyed that he's selling less tickets in "blue states and cities" whereas he's selling well in "red states and cities due to less restrictions", at least that's what he's claiming. When it impacts their wallets, I guess people will say anything.
    Oh no, not staunch liberal Bill Maher!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CaptainEurope View Post
    Oh no, not staunch liberal Bill Maher!
    Bill Maher exists, at this point, so that conservatives can point at him and say, "See? Even staunch liberal Bill Maher agrees with us!'

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tendrin View Post
    Bill Maher exists, at this point, so that conservatives can point at him and say, "See? Even staunch liberal Bill Maher agrees with us!'
    They only like Bill Maher when he says bigoted things about Muslims or something transphobic.

    Gave up on Maher years ago.
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    On this date in 2014, "Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day" ran a profile of Cynthia Davis, an ethically-challenged former member of the Missouri House of Representatives who not only wanted creation taught in school classrooms, but tried preventing children from learning about any other kind of sex education that wasn’t abstinence. Her quest to make the lives of Missouri’s children more terrible expanded beyond that, though, as she earned an appearance on the Colbert Report for her opposition to getting poor children free meals during the summer because it would “rob them of their ambition”, and suggested they should work as child labor at McDonald’s to earn themselves a free meal based on her assessment that “hunger can be a positive motivator”. Davis was also a key ally of self-titled Birther Queen Orly Taitz, accompanying her in person at court hearings over the lawsuit she filed about President Obama’s Birth Certificate, and accused the court of bias for ruling against Taitz, claiming they only did so because she had an accent. Wrapping things up, Davis wrote a newsletter in 2009 where she proclaimed that “racism is dead”. Cynthia Davis has been out of office since 2010, when she failed to move on to the Missouri State Senate after facing term limits in the Missouri House. She made a 2012 run to try to win office as Missouri Lieutenant Governor as a member of the somehow even more rabid right wing Constitution Party, but lost and has not turned up on a ballot in the years since.

    On this date in 2015, Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day posted profiles of Chris Corley, a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives who held up a white surrender flag to mock any Republicans who voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the state capitol after a fellow legislator was assassinated at the Charleston AME Emanuel Church by a White Nationalist, Dylann Roof. And, Corley still wasn't over his love for the Stars & Bars, as he sent Christmas cards out to all the legislators who voted for the flag's removal, forgiving them "for all their sins such as betrayal" a few months later. Corley was allowed to run for re-election unopposed, but ended up getting booted from office after being arrested on domestic violence charges over the 2016 holiday season.

    On this date in 2016, "Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day" profiled Steve Hickey, a member of the South Dakota House of Representatives from 2011-2015, which many Democrats in South Dakota found alarming because of his background as a pastor with quite extreme views on abortion and LGBTQ rights. Those concerns were not unfounded. In January of 2014, Hickey turned heads by sponsoring one of the first "religious freedom" brand of bills in the country that were actually just legalizing the discrimination towards the gay community. Bizarrely, Hickey tried justifying it with the ludicrous statement that "gay rights are taking us down the road to Iran", because he's apparently unaware of how Iran punishes homosexuals with flogging or even the death penalty. Go figure. But then again, Hickey also believes that legalized gay marriage would have left him open to lawsuits as a pastor, so we're not talking about someone whose elevator goes all the way up, here. In May of 2014, for whatever reason, Steve Hickey was particularly upset about all the butt stuff happening in these United States, and decided to write an opinion editorial for the local paper, the Argus Leader about it. They found it... inappropriate for publication, and Hickey, outraged that they wouldn't go with his column, got on Facebook to post his vile and crude letter, titled, "A One Way Alley for the Garbage Truck", where he accused the entire medical community of creating a conspiracy to cover up the risks of anal sex. After a wave of criticism from LGBT groups, media outlets, and just sane people, Hickey refused to apologize or back down from his assertion. Steve Hickey was actually one of the first people in South Dakota to question the signatures being submitted by Annette Bosworth in her run for U.S. Senate were done so improperly, which makes it pretty hypocritical that he may have done the exact same thing in 2012 to get on the ballot as a state legislator. Before the walls closed in and he was arrested for forgery, Steve Hickey resigned from the South Dakota House of Representatives in July of 2015, deciding to travel to Aberdeen, Scotland, to try and get a PHD in Christian ethics.

    On this date in 2019, “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Bill Drennan, a candidate for the Virginia State Assembly in the 2019 elections, attempting to flip District 87 for Republicans. Drennan is some old blood in the Virginia GOP, having once served as a military aide in the Reagan administration who claimed to have once been responsible for the nuclear football. His views on women, however, sound like the sort of insanity you would expect from that era. Because during a forum discussion on abortion, Drennan decided to come up with the policy suggestion to give women who get abortions ankle bracelets to track them like common criminals, saying “The number of abortions in Virginia in 2017 was 17,210. The number of gun deaths, the misuse of guns, was 1,041. That’s a ratio of 16.5:1. How about this, contrarian? I’m going to impose commonsense restrictions on the constitutional right to an abortion? How about ankle bracelets? I don’t think very many people would agree with that.” Drennan’s campaign website had plenty of lies to spread about abortion, to try and back up that kind of insanity, including the claim that Virginia Democrats had blocked “legislation that would have eliminated restrictions on third-trimester abortions and legalized infanticide.” (Fact check: Out of 200,000 abortions performed in Virginia since the year 2000, only TWO were third trimester, and those were non-viable pregnancies.) Drennan also opposed background checks on firearm purchases, and evaded giving a clear answer on if he supported the Equal Rights Amendment, calling it “dead legislation”. Bill Drennan los with only 38% of the vote against Democrat Suhas Subramanyam in Virginia’s 2019 election.
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    On this date in both 2017, 2018, as well as 2020, that “Fanatical Republican Extremist of the Day” profiled Iowa State Senator Jason Schultz, who has served in the Iowa state legislature since 2009, spending six years in the lower chambers before moving up to the upper one in the 2014 elections. Back when he was just a member of the Iowa House, Schultz made a name for himself co-sponsoring legislation to try and nullify the Affordable Care Act. What really got our attention about Schultz was his appearance on Mickelson in the Morning back in September of 2015, when he went on a horribly racist rant against Muslim refugees being resettled in the United States from Syria, where he said:

    We already have problems with concentrations of Middle Eastern refugees or migrants coming in and taking over communities. They don’t want to assimilate. They do not want to become Americans. They only want the free stuff from America. They practice a religion that orders them to dominate and they want to live under Sharia law which they will not subordinate under our law while they live here and enjoy our protections and our goodies. It’s an invasion” to spread their own theology by force.”
    While Schultz would like to spread paranoid lies about Syrians fleeing their nation for their lives, he supports Personhood and would do anything to save the lives of zygotes. Because they should have Constitutional rights to vote and have gun (while not having a heartbeat yet), and the refugees think they’re entitled to “free stuff”. His voting record also includes opposition to raising the minimum wage (during the worst period of income inequality in our nation in almost a century), opposition to a ban on gay conversion therapy on minors, and he voted against crimes against individuals based on their gender identity or expression as hate crimes, besides being a big supporter of stricter Voter ID regulations that suppress the vote in the name of preventing statistically non-existent in-person voter fraud. He also sponsored of a bill to try and implement the unconstitutional AND failed conservative policy of drug testing welfare recipients to Iowa. The estimated price tag on implementing such a measure, that always fails to find drug use or any “savings” for the state? $100 million. Well, isn’t that “fiscally conservative” of you, Jason. Way to rack up a nine-figure bill just to shame poor people. Schultz was re-elected 2018 mid-terms, because he was allowed to run unopposed.

    In 2019, Schultz insisted there should be work requirements for people on Medicaid, even though many people on Medicaid are literally physically incapable of doing work. With the threat of the coronavirus looming this year, Jason Schultz responded as you might expect… he sponsored legislation that would require public aid recipients to face constant scrutiny for “potential fraud” and have their benefits taken away. Schultz beamed with pride that his pitch had him compared to “Dr. Evil”, and wanted to spend $1.8 million to create an investigated bureau that would try to justify its existence by “proving” a supposed $12 million in imaginary abuse of government programs. It's the sort of soulless conservative extremism one might expect from someone in a leadership position with the policy group ALEC.

    Hopefully someone emerges to run against Jason Schultz in 2022, because he’s still fantasizing about new ways to create bills that target the most vulnerable people. He needs a better hobby.
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    A story worth sharing, because this is one hell of a cautionary tale:

    https://twitter.com/kurteichenwald/s...33423968108545

    The story from a nurse of a failed attempt to save a 30 year old, otherwise healthy man with COVID. Married, father of two. Died a torturous death. But the most horrifying words are in the last sentence. It is a gut punch. For Gods sake. Get vaccinated.
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    A few days ago, I posted a profile of Congressional candidate Lavern Spicer, running in FL-24, for her Qanon conspiracy theory nonsense and general stupidity.

    Saddle up, Lavern's on Twitter trying to get to the bottom of the CDC using the Greek Alphabet to label variants:

    Yes, clearly the Greeks set up this Covid-19 thing back in the days of Alexander the Great when choosing what to name their letters. Also, watch out, because you can also make Delta Omicron into "CLARINET DOOM".
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    NBC News is reporting that Biden will announce a diplomatic Boycott of the winter Games in China today.
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