Skilled’s Abbreviated Abstract: Nonetheless, the relentless pandemic is now linked with vials of hope


“Studies are being carried out on children to evaluate whether they can also be protected by vaccinations. I’m pretty optimistic, but I have to take it a little slower for that,” pediatrician @PeterHotez told my son in an interview about coronavirus for a school podcast -Project .

– Michael Knigge (@kniggem) December 18, 2020

There is still so much to do …

Cathy Young / ARC uses a piece by Noah Rothman as a stepping stone to learn about whataboutism:

The Republican Mutiny and 2016 Whataboutism

No, the 2020 Republicans are not the 2016 Democrats

Case in point: Noah Rothmans December 14th comment post Office entitled “The last time they tried to steal an election.” … ..

When all is said and done, Rothman’s claim of attempted “election theft” in 2016 comes to ten voters pushing for the electoral college to annul Trump’s victory. one or two senior Democratic officials who express cautious condolences for these efforts; Martin Sheen and several other celebrities making videos urging Trump voters to defeat; Contributions to opinions in prominent publications making the same plea; and an unspecified number of people trying to put pressure on voters, sometimes in ways that transcend the limits of civilized behavior. In a short time, you could also include the Clinton campaign signing up to participate in Wisconsin tell initiated by stone.

This is stacked against:

The President of the United States repeatedly and consistently claimed that he won the election and that his victory was stolen by fraud over 50 lawsuits attempting to cast thousands of votes in multiple battlefield states. Joe Biden won the Texas Republican Attorney General, the one legal action before the Supreme Court to overturn Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania election results as “unlawful and unconstitutional” by attorneys general 17 others Republican-run states that have joined the Texas lawsuit (which the Supreme Court ultimately refused to hear) about half of the House’s Republican Conference – 126 members out of 249 register to briefly support the lawsuit of aggressive efforts by Republican lawmakers in multiple battlefield states to oust voters from their state and appoint pro-Trump voters by fueling unsubstantiated allegations of fraud and threats of fraud Republican civil servants who have accused Trump supporters of complicity in covering up alleged fraud, with at least implied encouragement from the president, some of his lawyers and Republican campaign officials six conditions where Trump unfoundedly denied Biden’s victory and created “alternative” electoral rolls that met and cast their votes for Trump with advancement by Stephen Miller, a White House adviser, on Fox News. (In the Michigan, the fake voters actually showed up at the state capital entrance during certification, with the alleged intention of casting their votes.)

In other words, there is simply no comparison between the Democratic mutiny in 2016 and the Republican mutiny in 2020 – whether in terms of size, intensity, or involvement of key political figures.


Two journalists. Same statistics. One informs by providing context. The other leads astray by uncritically tracing a line from an official with an agenda.

– Radley Balko (@radleybalko) December 18, 2020

Reid Wilson / The Hill:

Legislative poll shows deep GOP divide in elections

Republican lawmakers are torn between choosing that President Trump lost and fought tooth and nail to get him a second term, even if it means asking Congress to reverse the confirmed election results.

The Hill asked every Republican legislature in the country their thoughts on the election, including whether they recognized the elected president Joe Biden as a winner.

About half of the 200 or so Republican lawmakers who responded to The Hill recognized Biden as the winner, while about a quarter said they didn’t believe Trump lost his election or that Biden’s victory was legitimate.

That sounds about right. About a quarter of the country supported Nixon in resigning. Maybe another neighborhood left him because he was caught.


“This is ridiculous”: Congress avoids the shutdown but blocks the stimulation

Legislators will work through the weekend to reach an agreement before the Sunday spending deadline.

Congress bought two more days to negotiate a coronavirus package on Friday night as lawmakers stumbled in their efforts to seal the deal on a $ 900 billion aid deal.

Even so, the day didn’t turn out to be a total disaster as it once seemed. The House overwhelmingly approved the 48-hour emergency bill to avoid a shutdown, and Sens. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) And Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) Surrendered to threats to shut down the government, In order to create greater incentives than the $ 600 checks are considered.

A positive day for the Republican Senate is one when it’s not another debacle.

Stanford has prioritized visiting radiologists over interns and local residents, and no, that shouldn’t surprise you (WaPo):

Stanford apologizes for coronavirus vaccination schedule that left out many frontline doctors

Stanford Health Care apologized Friday for a plan that left almost all young frontline doctors out of the first round Coronavirus Vaccinations. The Palo Alto, California medical center promised an immediate solution that would lead doctors into the first wave of vaccinations.

Stanford’s turnaround followed a violent demonstration by some of these doctors asking why other health care workers – including pathologists and radiologists who don’t care for patients with Covid-19 – would be vaccinated before they were vaccinated.

The Stanford protest could anticipate similar disputes across the country as the federal government and states begin the arduous process of distributing limited shipments of the first vaccines.

James Dickerson, a 28-year-old internist who has looked after Covid-19 patients, predicted the Stanford controversy will unfold across the country: “The devil is in the details,” he said.

Interns and local residents are the end of the pecking order for most things and typically don’t attend the boardroom meetings. The supervisor is often on the floor or on the phone for support, but with exceptions (emergency room, trauma) you make no mistake about who’s doing the job, especially at 1am. It’s the residents and the nurses. Was there, did that, both sides.


The further the GOP leadership advances, the more Trump’s insane supporters will feel betrayed. The more they feel betrayed, the more violent they will act.

– Chairman and Editor-in-Chief John Stoehr (@johnastoehr) December 18, 2020


Turnout in Georgia The US Senate runoff election is approaching the presidential level

Almost as many Georgians voted in the US Senate runoff election as they did at the same time before the presidential election, a huge turnout that reflects the high stakes of the race.

As of Thursday, over 1.1 million people had voted, most of them in early-voting venues that opened across the state this week.

Such a high turnout is unusual for a runoff election, especially when compared to presidential elections, which have the greatest electoral interest. About 5 million people voted in last month’s elections …

Of the voters who voted in the June primary, Democrats outnumber Republicans in the runoff.

About 59% of the runoff voters who also voted in the primary election applied for Democratic Party ballots. About 39% drew Republican Party ballots.

However, a third of the runoff voters did not show up for the primary election and left no record of which party they favor this year. This comes from voter history data analyzed by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Besides, almost 76,000 new voters registered since the presidential race. These voters are first-time registrants, many of whom either recently turned 18 or became Georgia residents.

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