November, 2020 Archive

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Rum and Social Distancing FRIDAY!

first_imgBy the Numbers:VeteransDay.jpg5 daysDays ’til Veterans Day: 5Increase in sales for the 26-state alcohol delivery company Drizly on election day compared to a typical Tuesday: 68%- Advertisement – Cheers and Jeers for Friday, November 6, 2020Note: Just a heads-up that C&J will not appear Monday. Back Tuesday with a massive new trophy for my mantle. Assuming I can steal it from the Elks Lodge without getting caught.–- Advertisement – Percent of Alabama voters who approved of a measure to remove racist language from their 119-year-old constitution: 67%Number of states in which voters approved measures authorizing legal sports betting and/or casino gambling: 6Number of background checks for gun purchases this year so far, according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, versus 15.7 million last year: 17.2 million Number of Americans who bought a firearm for the first time in 2020: 5 millionValue of Jeffrey Epstein’s Palm Beach mansion that’s going to be demolished: $22 million–Puppy Pic of the Day: I’m dog, and I approved this outcome…Bidenpuppy.jpg Kellyanne Conway struggles through an interview about Michael Flynn and Donald Trump “306. Landslide. Blowout. Historic.”Now stay tuned for Trump to publicly go through his five stages of grief:  Denial, Anger, Golf, Depression and, finally, Offering every voter $120,000 to forget this election ever happened.CHEERS to previews of coming green attractions. Even during the fossil fuel-addicted Trump administration, we watched the green energy movement roll merrily on as the coal industry continued to shrivel and even Big Oil took it on the chin. Now that the orange climate-change denier is about to be replaced by a reality-based Democrat, things are looking sunnier, quite literally:After years of being shunned, solar stocks are suddenly all the rage on Wall Street. Sunrun, America‘s largest rooftop solar company, has spiked more than 300% so far this year. And the Invesco Solar ETF has more than doubled in 2020. […]GLENDORA, CA - APRIL 22: Solar panels cover the roof of a Sam's Club store that was toured by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Wal-Mart officials before their press conference on Earth Day, April 22, 2009 in Glendora, California. Following the tour, the governor and Wal-Mart officials announced that Wal-Mart will expand its solar power programs by adding solar panels on 10 to 20 additional Wal-Mart facilities to generate up to 32 million kilowatt hours of renewable energy every year, the equivalent of powering more than 2,600 homes. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)Might have to upend my couch cushions and find some loose change to invest in solar.Meanwhile investors have been dumping fossil fuel stocks, particularly Big Oil companies, amid the rise of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) screens and socially conscious investing. ExxonMobil is no longer America‘s largest energy company by market value. It’s been dethroned by solar and wind company NextEra Energy.“It’s just a sign that renewables are going to be a faster-growing, more affordable solution. There’s just no denying that anymore,” Sunrun co-founder and CEO Lynn Jurich told CNN Business. […] “The Biden platform is very favorable to renewable energy, specifically residential solar,” said Sophie Karp, senior analyst at KeyCorp.In related climate news, Trump’s withdrawal from the Paris Climate Agreement officially took affect yesterday, one year after he’d pulled the plug. His successor would just like to add:xToday, the Trump Administration officially left the Paris Climate Agreement. And in exactly 77 days, a Biden Administration will rejoin it. https://t.co/L8UJimS6v2— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 5, 2020Consider this Part I in a 1,000-part series of tweets announcing heinous Trump executive actions that’ll be reversed by President Biden. With a grown-up pen.CHEERS to the first skinny-guy-with-big-ears president from Illinois.  On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected president.  Even back then the party had its flamboyant wing.  From Joseph Cummins’ book Anything for a Vote:The Republicans held massive rallies and marches several miles long, with hordes of Wide Awakes—Republican faithful who would save the Union—marching with torches and likenesses of “Honest Abe.”This 1860 photograph of the founding Wide Awake club in Hartford, Connecticut, shows the paramilitary theme of the organization. Henry Sperry, the twenty-three-year-old publicist for the movement nationwide, stands on the far left, and James S. Chalker, a textile salesman who marketed Wide Awake uniforms, stands third from the right in the back row.People Magazine’s Sexiest Wide Awakes of 1860.The Wide Awakes wore oilcloth capes and strange black enamel caps to protect themselves from dripping torch oil.  In surviving lithographs, they bear a weird resemblance to certain members of the Village People.  Boston Republicans organized a rail-splitter’s battalion—in homage to Lincoln, every member stood exactly six-feet-four-inches tall.  And throughout the campaign, Republican newspapers published countless jokes at [challenger Stephen] Douglas‘s expense, such as: “Lincoln is like a rail.  Douglas is the reverse—rail spelled backwards—liar.”But Republicans got their share of guff, too, as when the New York Herald wrote: “The conduct of the Republican party in this nomination is a remarkable indication of a small intellect growing smaller.”  The words were wrong as applied to Lincoln…but, as it turns out, spot-on as applied to the party.P.S. It’s also the 159th anniversary of the day in 1861 when Jefferson Davis was elected to a six-year term as president of the confederacy.  True fact: the last two-and-a-half years were the lame-duckiest in the history of lameduckism.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–CHEERS to compassionate conservatism.  On November 6, 1986, mediocre President Ronald Reagan did something decent by signing into law the Immigration Reform and Control Act which, among other things, provided amnesty to 3 million undocumented immigrants.  Or as today’s Republicans like to say, “Absolutely nothing happened on this date in 1986 so shut up, shut up, and shut up.”CHEERS to home vegetation. Hooray! We can turn on our TVs again without getting smashed in the face with non-stop political ads. So what’s the first thing we’re doing tonight? Tuning into Chris Hayes and Rachel Maddow to get smashed in the face with political analysis. (Oy…I’m a lost cause.) Then at 10 on HBO’s Real Time, Bill Maher talks with counterterrorism expert Malcolm Nance, Georgetown University of Law’s Rosa Brooks, and Center for Humane Technology’s Tristan Harris.Vintage ad for a cabinet TVTrust me. Put all your money in two-ton cabinet TVs and mirrored walls. They’re poised to make a comeback, bay-bee!The most popular home videos, new and old, are all reviewed here at Rotten Tomatoes. The NFL schedule is here, and college football will be all over the TV this weekend.  Saturday night at 8 on HBO the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees (including Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Nine Inch Nails, T-Rex, Depeche Mode, and The Doobie Brothers) get their official welcome into the Cleveland pantheon.  Then Dave Chappelle hosts SNL with musical guest Foo Fighters.Sunday on 60 Minutes: General Gustave Perna talks about being in charge of the Covid-19 vaccine effort, and an update on filmmaker Ken Burns, who is currently working on seven new documentaries, including bios of Muhammad Ali and LBJ.  A seaside vacation is on the agenda for The Simpsons, while Peter becomes a gangster on Family Guy. And John Oliver is back at 11 with his post-election thoughts on HBO’s Last Week Tonight.Now here’s your Sunday morning lineup:Meet the Press: TBAjohn-adams---creation-of-the-white-house.jpgAlso: the ghost of first incumbent to lose reelection John Adams joins the Sunday shows to praise 2020 voters.This Week: TBAFace the Nation: Sens. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Pat Toomey (R-PA); election law expert David Becker; Bob Schieffer; CBS News elections guy Anthony Salvanto.CNN’s State of the Union: Mitt Romney. Fox GOP Talking Points Sunday: TBA Happy viewing!–Ten years ago in C&J: November 6, 2010JEERS to waiting around.  Grrrr—another delay.  Because of technical problems, the Space Shuttle Discovery won’t blast off on its final voyage until November 30th at the earliest.  It’s mission, should the flight crew choose to accept it in lieu of exploring strange new worlds and seeking out new life and new civilizations:The STS-133 crew members will take important spare parts to the International Space Station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4. They’re also eager to git ‘er up thar because of a special passenger that’ll be on board: a hunky humanoid “robonaut” whose deployment was itself delayed because it ran into serious technical problems of its own.  It kept forgetting to put olives in the martinis.–And just one more…CHEERS to gazing yonward and dreaming of better days. Thanks to a strong get-out-the-vote effort, Republicans were unable to seize control of the universe on election day, and that means we can still enjoy the night sky without seeing “MAGA” emblazoned on all the planets. This month Pleiades takes center stage, Jupiter and Saturn get closer, and “Earthshine” does its thing. Preston Dyches has the lowdown—or should I say the “highdown” Ha Ha Ha!!!—of this month’s cosmic activity from NASA’s Jet propulsion Laboratory:–And this just in: while we were all fixated on voting, Elon Musk donned a sash and declared himself Viceroy of Mars. May he govern justly and compassionately. Ack Ack!Hey! The next president is a Democrat, and the next vice president is a woman of color. Have a great weekend. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–center_img – Advertisement – “Can we just take a moment to admit it is insane that an American president is just demanding that they stop counting votes while he’s ahead? This is such a textbook authoritarian move, which is impressive coming from a guy who has never read a textbook.”—Trevor Noah“If Donald Trump is right, and Joe Biden did pull the strings behind the scenes in Republican states like Arizona and Georgia, while coordinating with Democratic states like Pennsylvania and Nevada and Wisconsin and Michigan, and throwing in the red herring of letting the Republicans keep the Senate and gain a few seats in the House, while just barely removing Donald Trump? Wow! Kudos to that level of interstate coordination. Anyone who could accomplish that many things at once right now really would be the president we need during a global pandemic.”—Stephen Colbert–“According to a study, over 30,000 Covid cases and 700 deaths have been directly tied to Trump rallies. In the end, I guess Trump was right: he is not a typical politician, since politicians typically don’t spend the last week of the election murdering their own voters.”—Colin Jost, SNL“Dear White House Movers: Ask for the money up front.“—Conan O’BrienAnd now, our feature presentation…–- Advertisement – –CHEERS to terminating the suspense. Pennsylvania and Georgia having swung definitively for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, and it looks like Nevada and Arizona will follow suit. But no matter how you slice all the MAGA hats in half, the 2020 race is over. I was planning to make the formal announcement myself tonight, given the magnitude of what we just accomplished. But then I thought, no, I believe it’s only right that we let the jubilant—[checks notes]—Kellyanne Conway deliver the news to the nation:last_img read more

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26 Americans on Their Hopes for the Next Four Years

first_imgPhoenix— Ginger Sykes Torres, 40 —“I really want my kids to go back to school safely. Personally, my No. 1 concern right now is the Covid epidemic, and I hope that it can be under control in the coming year. Also, I’m American Indian, I’m Navajo, and I hope that in the next few years Native Americans will have a bigger seat at the table with governments, especially our federal government, which has not been ideal in the last four years.” Westerville, Ohio— Malinda Hood, 71 —“My hope for the country is freedom for faith, peace and good will to all men. My hope is that abortion is abolished in the future.” Maryvale, Ariz.— Phyllis Minsuk, 82, and Les Minsuk, 85 —Phyllis: “I want peace within and peace outside. I want the country to come back together as caring, loving and concerned citizens, where we really live in a way where we can support each other.”Les: “I would like for us to be sane again.” Houston— Eric Zollinger, 46 —“My hope is that we all come together and there isn’t the toxicity; that somehow we realize we have more in common than we have different. I’ve been fortunate to live in several different states throughout my life, and the one common denominator is that we’re all good people at heart — at least I would hope so.” Candler, N.C.— Clyde Nance Jr., 71 —“I want the people to have harmony and love for one another in the country. I’d like to see the people get back to work, take care of their families and everything.” Houston— Laura Vasquez, 31 —“We need equality. That’s the thing over all. Everybody bickers. It’s you, it’s us, it’s them. They’re doing this, they’re doing that. Everybody needs to take responsibility for their actions.” Bethel, Maine— Margarite Bergeron, 22 —“I want equality, and I want women to be just as powerful as how they portray men. They downsize women a lot. I was a firefighter for three years, and I got a lot of crap because I was a female and I did it just as good as they did. So what I want to see is equality.” Candler, N.C.— Wayne Metcalf, 70 —“I’d just like to see us come back together, you know? And be one people and get along together.” Atlanta— Kristin Haynes, 44 —“My hope is that we find our humanity again, that we find a way to be kind to one another, and have empathy in general. I’m in a hopeless place right now in terms of what’s happened to this country, and that’s a lot coming from a Black person. I’ve never seen this total lack of respect for differences.” We talked to them about their hopes for the country — whatever the outcome of the election. What did they want for America? They spoke about equality, opportunity and coming together as a nation. Here are some of their answers. North Charleston, S.C.— Byron Jackson, 20 —“I just want the best for America. I want it to be in the hands of a good person who can lead the country, that can get us what we need.” Phoenix— Diana Rivera, 34 —“I want this economy to grow, to be able to support the undocumented, for the Latinos to be able to unite with every other race and the whole country to be able to come together and provide a better future for our future generations.” Omaha— Theresa Thompson-Liggins, 55 —“I want to make America great again, but not at the cost of lives and jobs, because I am a self-employed small business owner and I have been affected by the pandemic. It’s hitting home now. I want America to be great again, no matter who wins. This is not us.” Charleston, S.C.— Emily Bonn, 28 —“I hope people see that the medical leaders that are trying to lead us are trying to help us through something absolutely horrible. My dad is a physician, and I’m going into medicine. It’s really disheartening when people have stopped listening to the people that try and keep us healthy and safe.” Election night played out as one more anxious chapter in a year characterized by bitter partisan rancor and successive national crises.As states flickered between blue and red on projection maps, and as vote-counting extended through the week, tensions only rose. In sheer numbers, more people voted in 2020 than ever before, but the results seemed to crystallize the deep divisions in the country — on the virus, the economy, issues of race, and even how to properly count the vote.- Advertisement – Omaha— Bob Brown, 78 —“I want to see the virus beat as soon as possible. I want to see the troops all come home. I hate the players kneeling for the national anthem. They don’t respect the flag. I am very proud of my country and my service.”center_img Levant, Maine— Adam McKay, 35 —“I’d like to see a lot less fighting, but on top of that, I’d also like to see the middle class go up a little bit. I’d like to see our debt go down. I’d like for us to be able to work a little more on this free speech, be able to say what you want without having to get your head bit off.” Charleston, S.C.John Payne, 44“It’s gotten harder and harder to live in this country. These essential workers that we need — not just hospital workers but hotel employees, restaurant employees — they can’t afford to live downtown anymore. When I was a kid, everybody lived downtown, every race — everybody lived together. There’s no diversification anymore.” St. Clair Shores, Mich.— Burnett Ashley, 68 —“I’d like to see the country united, and I’d like to see more conservative values.” Franklin County, Ohio— Tyra Jackson, 51 —“My hope for America is all about the children. They need to get back to school. They are our future. They need to see a more respectful and responsible leader.” – Advertisement – “It seems like there’s so much chaos going on right now with the pandemic, and it seems like there’s so much racial differences. I think we need the right leader to bring us together versus separating us or dividing us.” Bethel, Maine— Brandon Dougherty, 21 —- Advertisement – For anyone seeking to understand the will of the people, the past week offered little clarity. The only common ground, it seemed, was the sizable majority who told exit polls they felt the country was heading in the wrong direction.And yet. The vote is fundamentally an instrument of optimism, a chance to shape the future of your community and your country. On Tuesday and in the days leading up to the election, Americans waited in line in record numbers to cast their vote. Wilmington, Del.— Kelsey Youells, 24 —“For me, a big thing is being able to respect others’ viewpoints without bashing them. I hope as a country we will come out of this election and realize that even though we may not be happy with the outcome, it’s four years and it’s your civic duty to vote, and you get to do it again in four years and make your voice heard again.” San Francisco— Jairee Tannan, 19 —“I want America to not see us as animals, you feel me? I want everybody, when they look at me — I don’t want them looking at me just as a Black man. I want them to look at me as an individual.” Marshalltown, Iowa— Ruth Dolash, 89 —“We have more hate in this country than we need. I’d like to do my part to get rid of some of that. But I don’t know where to start.”Gabriella Angotti-Jones, Ruth Fremson, Kathryn Gamble, Brittany Greeson, Tamir Kalifa, Calla Kessler, Maddie McGarvey, Lynsey Cameron Pollack, Juan Diego Reyes, Hilary Swift, Lynsey Weatherspoon and Adriana Zehbrauskas contributed reporting. Houston— Mickey Rainwater, 49 —“I hope that we can get back on track to where people aren’t focused so much on race and being treated different and work together as a team again. You can’t have a great nation without the whole team working together. Football, basketball — you can’t have one good player and have a great team. We need to work together.” Wilmington, Del.— James Couch, 35 —“I’m tired of Covid-19, so I hope the country can move past. This has been the worst time for us in our lives, and I want to see that get better and the economy get better.” – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Gleb Savchenko Is ‘Protective’ of Kids Amid Split From Elena Samodanova

first_imgHowever, Savchenko denied the allegations. The professional dancer told Us that he won’t “stand by and allow false accusations and internet rumors go unaddressed.” The ABC personality also addressed his relationship with Stause, 39, who competed with him on season 29 of Dancing With the Stars.“My relationship with Chrishell was and remains strictly platonic,” he told Us. “Our friendship during our season on DWTS was not the reason for our split. Elena and I have had longstanding issues in our marriage. This has been an ongoing situation between Elena and I paired with poor timing.”Stause — who publicly split from her estranged husband, Justin Hartley, in November 2019 — also refuted the rumors on Friday.“I am so saddened about the news of Gleb and Elena’s split,” the Selling Sunset star wrote via her Instagram Story. “It is unfortunate that this has caused rumors to swirl about my personal life. Having gone through a public split myself, I would not wish this on anyone.”The realtor added, “As you can imagine, the countless hours of training, and dance rehearsals has created a strong supportive friendship, but nothing more. I wish nothing but the best for both Gleb and Elena during this unfortunate time.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! The Dancing With the Stars pro, 37, and Samodanova, 36, announced their separation on Friday, November 6, after 14 years of marriage. The pair share daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3.Dancing With the Stars' Gleb Savchenko Is 'Protective' of His Kids Amid Split From Wife Elena SamodanovaGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova. David Edwards/MEGA“After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to the end,” Samodanova captioned a photo of herself and Savchenko with a broken-heart emoji.Savchenko, for his part, shared a lengthier statement with Us. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” he said. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – One day later, Samodanova accused Savchenko of “ongoing infidelity” as rumors swirled that he had an affair with his Dancing With the Stars partner, Chrishell Stause.“No wife should ever stand by and watch while another woman gifts her husband expensive presents, lures him out to dinners and seduces him at every turn,” the So You Think You Can Dance choreographer told People on Saturday, November 7. “Last night was the final straw, and I can no longer turn my head the other way. My trust in Gleb is irrevocably broken and it is time that I walk away and begin to heal so I can be the best version of myself for my girls.”- Advertisement – Putting the kids first. Gleb Savchenko is focused on his children amid his messy split from wife Elena Samodanova.“Gleb is such a hands-on dad and very protective of his kids,” a source exclusively tells Us Weekly. “He is trying to handle everything in the best way possible to not give Elena any sort of leeway for the sake of their children.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

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India Love Project: The Instagram account telling tales of forbidden love

first_imgTwo weeks after the row over the ad, journalist couple Samar Halarnkar and Priya Ramani and their journalist-writer friend Niloufer Venkatraman launched the India Love Project on Instagram, describing it as “a celebration of interfaith/inter-caste love and togetherness in these divisive, hate-filled times”.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img

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Disney (DIS) Q4 2020 earnings

first_imgLast month, California advised Disney and other theme park operators that they could not reopen until daily coronavirus cases fell below 1 in 100,000 in the surrounding county. Disneyland Resort President Ken Potrock called the guidelines “unworkable” in a statement following the announcement.The executive director of California Attractions and Parks Association indicated the group would explore legal action in light of the restrictions. The trade group represents Disneyland Resorts and other parks including Universal Studios, which is owned by CNBC parent-company NBCUniversal.The closures have forced Disney to cut back on costs. In September, Disney announced that the parks, experiences and consumer products division would lay off 28,000 workers. Disney has been able to reopen its theme parks in Florida, Shanghai, Japan and Hong Kong with limited capacity. However, Paris Disneyland was forced to close in late October and will not reopen until 2021.- Advertisement – Disney is set to report earnings for its fourth quarter of 2020 after the bell on Thursday.Here are the key numbers:Loss per share: 71 cents expected, according to Refinitiv survey of analystsRevenue: $14.20 billion expected, according to RefinitivThe company continues to feel the strain of public health restrictions on its theme parks business and recently reorganized the company to prioritize streaming video.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Meanwhile, Disney announced a restructure of its media and entertainment divisions in October. Disney said it would centralize its media businesses into one organization tasked with content distribution, ad sales and its Disney+ streaming service.CEO Bob Chapek told CNBC’s Julia Boorstin at the time that Disney was “tilting the scale pretty dramatically” toward streaming.But, he said, the change was not “a response to Covid.”“I would say Covid accelerated the rate at which we made this transition, but this transition was going to happen anyway,” Chapek said at the time.Analysts will also be eagerly awaiting details about how the company’s film “Mulan” fared on the streaming platform during the quarter. The $200 million film was slated for release in March, but was postponed several times before being dropped on Disney+ as a premium $30 rental. Disney is expected to provide more information about the film’s performance during its earnings call.Disney has shuffled a number of film releases into 2021 following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases in the U.S., as well as lackluster audience traffic and ticket sales. While most of its planned theatrical releases remain poised for runs in theaters, the company’s Pixar feature “Soul” will arrive on Disney+ in December for free.Top tier releases like “Soul” could help bolster subscription numbers, further supporting Disney’s streaming push.This story is developing. Check back for updates.Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of Universal Studios and CNBC.Subscribe to CNBC on YouTube.WATCH: Shanghai Disneyland reopens for first time since coronavirus pandemiccenter_img – Advertisement – A Disney cast member welcomes guests to Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort on July 11, 2020.(Photo by Matt Stroshane/Walt Disney World Resort via Getty Images)last_img read more

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Trump Admits Defea … Never Mind

first_img– Advertisement – Donald Trump centered much of his 2016 campaign on immigration issues, and many of his major initiatives as president ran through the Department of Homeland Security. How much of an effect did Trump have on the department’s mission and its day-to-day operations? Would you say he’s been successful at carrying out his policy goals?President Trump has had immense impact on the Department of Homeland Security. The president centered his campaign on the border wall and restricting immigration into the United States, and those themes carried over to his term in office. The department was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks with a broad array of responsibilities, responding to natural disasters, terrorism and threats to aviation, maritime security and cybersecurity. But for much of his term, Trump has had a simple measure of success for the agency: lowering the number of illegal crossings at the border and building his wall. He has pulled his secretaries away from trips to discuss other security matters at the last minute to discuss (and at times berate about) the border. He repeatedly questioned how fast they were constructing the wall, siphoning billions from the Defense Department in the process and directing his officials to file lawsuits against private landowners.- Advertisement – Our reporter Zolan Kanno-Youngs interviewed over a dozen Biden transition advisers and current and former officials at the Department of Homeland Security, seeking clues into what priorities the incoming administration will bring to the department.Zolan answered a few questions about what he found out.- Advertisement –center_img And while the wall is not built from sea to shining sea, Trump has without a doubt changed the U.S. immigration system. A maze of policies have created an “invisible wall,” restricting the ability of asylum seekers to remain in the country. The refugee system has been gutted. And when he refocused his campaign against protesters to frame himself as a “law and order” president, he turned to D.H.S. again. Many of the tactical agents sent to Portland to clash with demonstrators were from the department.Activists and proponents of immigrants’ rights have long called for the dismantling of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is housed within D.H.S. Are such ideas something that a President Biden will entertain?No. The president-elect has never called for abolishing any of those agencies. Don’t expect the new president to move any D.H.S. agencies to other departments, either (The Trump administration proposed moving the Secret Service to Treasury, and there have been calls for Biden to consider moving Citizenship and Immigration Services, the nation’s legal immigration agency, to the Justice Department).- Advertisement –last_img read more

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Hate Crimes in U.S. Rose to Highest Level in More Than a Decade in 2019

first_img“Politics plays a role,” said Brian Levin, a professor at California State University, San Bernardino, and the director of the university’s Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism. Hate crimes in the United States rose to their highest level in more than a decade last year, while more murders motivated by hate were recorded than ever before, the F.B.I. said on Monday.The sharp rise in homicides driven by hatred — there were 51 last year, according to the F.B.I. — was attributed in large part to the mass shooting in El Paso in August 2019. In that shooting, the authorities say a 21-year-old gunman motivated by hatred toward Latinos stormed a Walmart and killed 23 people and injured many more.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The death toll in the El Paso attack more than doubled that of 2018’s deadliest hate-motivated crime, the mass shooting targeting Jews at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh.Over all, the F.B.I. collected data on 7,314 criminal incidents motivated by bias toward race or ethnicity or gender identity in 2019. It was the third straight year the metric surpassed 7,100 incidents and it was the highest number since the F.B.I. reported 7,783 incidents in 2008. Experts say the F.B.I. data likely undercounts the number of hate crimes in America, both because many victims fail to report incidents and local agencies are not required to report hate crime data to the F.B.I. “It’s important to note that, because of the nature of hate crime reporting, the F.B.I.’s annual report vastly understates the real level of hate crimes in the country,” the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups, said on Monday.The S.P.L.C. noted that the rise in hate crimes in recent years has come as the number of white supremacy groups has surged. According to data collected by the S.P.L.C., the number of white nationalist groups grew 55 percent between 2017 and 2019.The upswing in hate crimes last year underscored the upward trend in bias-motivated crimes during the Trump era, and the harsh rhetoric against Latino immigrants was seen as motivating the gunman in the El Paso shooting.- Advertisement – For example, last year only 2,172 agencies reported hate crime data to the F.B.I., out of a total of more than 15,000 law enforcement agencies around the country, according to the F.B.I.’s report. (Notable omissions from the data in recent years have included the death of a protester in 2017 during a rally of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.)- Advertisement – “The president’s rhetoric has been identified in a series of actual attacks,” Mr. Levin added, “but moreover the day-by-day ticks of F.B.I. hate crimes shows there are increases after sustained and fervent remarks by the president that enter into an online feedback loop that also ends up in other discourses, both at the water cooler and on television.”The overall increase was fueled by a rise in attacks, in particular, against Hispanics and Jews. The F.B.I. reported 953 anti-Semitic hate crimes last year, a 14 percent increase from the previous year and the most since 2008, according to a report by California State University, San Bernardino, that analyzed the latest F.B.I. report and was published on Monday.Hate crimes directed at Latinos rose almost 9 percent, to 527 incidents last year from 485 incidents in 2018. At the same time, hate crimes against Black people fell to the lowest portion of all hate crimes since such data started to be collected by the F.B.I., although Black people were still far overrepresented in the statistics, according to Mr. Levin’s report. Last year, hate crimes targeting Black people fell slightly, by less than 1 percent.“Blacks are still the No. 1 target, at twice the level they represent in the American population,” the report said.In examining preliminary data from 2020, Mr. Levin found overall declines in hate crimes, which he explained as a result of social distancing measures and business closures from the coronavirus pandemic, except in three cities: Los Angeles, Houston and San Antonio. He has also found increases in bias crimes this year against two groups in particular, transgender people and Asian-Americans; the latter, he said, was most likely affected by anti-Asian animus provoked by false claims about the pandemic.last_img read more

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Cheers and Jeers: Tuesday

first_img“I think this is a really strong step forward to where we want to be about getting control of this outbreak,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told the “TODAY” show after Moderna’s announcement, calling the company’s vaccine data “quite impressive.”Excellent. Memo to my broker: expect a package soon containing $200.39 cash, three Burger King coupons, a $5 savings bond and my grandmother’s hearing aids. Put it all on Moderna and make me rich.JEERS to the hunchback of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.  Forty-seven years ago today, in 1973, floundering President Richard Nixon uttered his immortal words: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.  Well, I’m not a crook.”–And to prove he wasn’t a crook, Gerald Ford shielded him with a “full and unconditional pardon” after Nixon resigned rather than face impeachment for crooky things like high crimes and misdemeanors.  Trust me: the less you think about it, the more it makes sense.–BRIEF SANITY BREAK––END BRIEF SANITY BREAK–JEERS to fakers in high places. You remember how social media exploded when Trump appointed some unqualified hack to be “acting” Director of Homeland Security, even though he never went through a proper vetting process and was, essentially, making decisions on things like DACA illegally? Remember how we were all like, “Why doesn’t someone do something about this trespasser in public office?” Finally, someone did, and there was rejoicing across the land:A federal judge in New York ruled Saturday that Acting Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf assumed his position unlawfully, a determination that invalidated Wolf’s suspension of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which shields young people from deportation.Immigration rights activists hold a rally in front of the US Supreme Court in Washington, DC, November 12, 2019, as the Court hears arguments about ending the Obama-era DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program. - The US Supreme Court hears arguments on November 12, 2019 on the fate of the "Dreamers," an estimated 700,000 people brought to the country illegally as children but allowed to stay and work under a program created by former president Barack Obama.Known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, the program came under attack from President Donald Trump who wants it terminated, and expired last year after the Congress failed to come up with a replacement. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)And thanks to Judge Garaufis, here they’ll stay.“DHS failed to follow the order of succession as it was lawfully designated,” U.S. District Judge Nicholas Garaufis wrote. “Therefore, the actions taken by purported Acting Secretaries, who were not properly in their roles according to the lawful order of succession, were taken without legal authority.”Karen Tumlin, an attorney who represented a plaintiff in one of two lawsuits that challenged Wolf’s authority, called the ruling “another win for DACA recipients and those who have been waiting years to apply for the program for the first time.”To make matters worse, Wolf also has to replace all the pudding cups he stole from the break room fridge, the result of a separate suit filed by Mable in accounting.JEERS to today’s edition of Toscanini Fail. And a’ one and a’ two…This has been today’s edition of Toscanini Fail.–Ten years ago in C&J: November 18, 2009CHEERS to a bouncing baby bill!  The tones were hushed in the Capitol last night as Harry Reid brought out the infant healthcare reform bill wrapped in a swaddling hospital gown and gently laid it in a bed of cotton balls, where it cooed and gurgled and coiled its tiny fingers around its—my goodness—rather robust (if opt-out-able) public option.  And no sign of Stupak syndrome, says Senator Kirsten Gillibrand:“While this bill is not perfect, the anti-choice measure that was included in the House bill is not contained in the Senate bill.  The House’s Stupak amendment would have resulted in grave risk to women and girls, particularly to low-income women. Denying a full range of reproductive services is not only discriminatory, but also dangerous, and puts the lives of women and girls at risk.Now comes the hard part: raising it to adulthood without dropping it on its head.  Which is easier said than done.  They don’t call it the “Butterfingers Chamber” for nothin’.–And just one more…CHEERS to that people-powered dude. Since I know you appreciate being made to feel old, here’s a fun fact: when Howard Dean’s 2004 presidential campaign—the catalyst for bringing so many of us here to Daily Kos—was shifting into high gear, he was but a lad of 56. Today he finds 72 candles on his birthday cake. The former Vermont governor (first in the nation to sign same-sex civil unions into law—a quaint milestone, but groundbreaking at the time) became the loudest 2004 candidate to rail against the warmongering Bush II regime at a time when too many Democratic leaders were still searching for their spines. (His 2003 speech in Sacramento remains one of the most influential barn burners in modern political history.)PHILADELPHIA, PA - JULY 26: Former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) reenacts his Iowa Caucus "Dean Scream" moment during closing remarks on the second day of the Democratic National Convention at the Wells Fargo Center, July 26, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received the number of votes needed to secure the party's nomination. An estimated 50,000 people are expected in Philadelphia, including hundreds of protesters and members of the media. The four-day Democratic National Convention kicked off July 25. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)Happy Birthday, Howard.Of course, we all know Governor Dean met his Waterloo after he uttered “Yeah” in Iowa at a higher volume than is allowed in polite political society. He then went on to become the chairman of the DNC, unleashing a radical strategy that would give the Democratic party a robust presence in all 50 states, and remains forever a proud card-carrying Kossack. So when you’re pouring your first drinky this morning (may we recommend a cocktail made with pure Vermont maple syrup?), hoist it and send a happy birthday toast to ol’ Doc Dean. And you should also get together and bake him a cake. After all, YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour and YOU have the flour…!Have a tolerable Tuesday. Floor’s open…What are you cheering and jeering about today?–Today’s Shameless C&J Testimonial“If Cheers and Jeers were posted anywhere else, our State Department would be issuing grim reports about the future of that country’s kiddie pool. But that country is this country—it’s happening here.”—Chuck Todd– Democratic organizers in Georgia say they’re pumped and primed to bring Jon and the good Reverend to the Senate, and financial support from the rest of us will help ‘em get it done. Daily Kos has an Act Blue page for Ossoff and Warnock here. And we’d be guilty of political malpractice if we didn’t also lend our support to Stacey Abrams’ group Fair Fight, which was so important in taking Joe Biden across the finish line November 3rd and sealing Trump’s doom—click here for that link. As always, keep an eye on Daily Kos, especially the Elections Team, for updates and calls for action. Many thanks and fresh peaches to you all.- Advertisement – Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Anthony Fauci, testifies during a US Senate Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee hearing to examine Covid-19, focusing on an update on the federal response in Washington, DC, on September 23, 2020. (Photo by Graeme JENNINGS / POOL / AFP) (Photo by GRAEME JENNINGS/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) And now, our feature presentation…–Cheers and Jeers for Tuesday, November 17, 2020- Advertisement – Days ’til the start of Hanukkah: 24Number of the record-breaking 117 women elected to the 117th session of the House who are women of color: 48Number of Black women Missouri has sent to the House besides Black Lives Matter activist Cori Bush, who was elected this year: 0Percent of President-elect Joe Biden’s transition staff who are people of color and women, respectively: 46%, 52% Height and weight of this year’s Happy Holidays tree at 30 Rockefeller Center: 75 feet, 11 tonsCost to buy the 40th anniversary edition of Nintendo’s Game & Watch console: $49.99 Current ocean temperature off the coast of Portland, Maine: 51F–Puppy Pic of the Day: Reverend Warnock speak, you listen…–CHEERS to personal POTUS pronouncements put to parchment. That earthquake you felt this morning was the tremor caused by Part I of Barack Obama’s memoir landing in e-readers and on bookstore shelves around the globe:A Promised Land…chronicles the future president’s childhood and political rise, before diving deeply into his historic 2008 campaign and first four years in office. Obama dedicates hundreds of pages to the fights and characters that colored his tenure, from his work to pass Obamacare in 2010 to the complexities of dealing with a slate of world leaders and finally his decision to approve the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.ObamabookAPromisedLand.jpgA presidency worth all that paper and ink.Throughout, Obama casts his presidency as comprised of hard choices, sometimes made more difficult by internal disputes, mismanagement by the previous administration and obstructionism by Republicans, which he suggests was rooted in an attempt to appeal to anxieties about the first Black president.Yet he also acknowledges his own shortcomings on a range of topics, like calling his failure to pass immigration reform “a bitter pill to swallow” and acknowledging that the economy “stank” as he headed into the 2010 midterms, where Republicans reclaimed the House of Representatives on the back of the Tea Party movement.Fair warning: it’s nearly 800 pages long. Lift with your knees.CHEERS to happy little stabbies. Send out the town criers: “We have another vaccine! We have another vaccine!” And at 94.5 percent effectiveness, this one by Moderna appears poised to leave the one announced last week by Pfizer—at a paltry 90 percent—rotting on the shelf like yesterday’s meatloaf. (I kid—we need all the vaccines we can get, and I plan to inject them all along with my usual morning gallon of bleach.) Even better, unlike Pfizer’s vaccine this one it doesn’t need to be stored up Mr. Freeze’s tuchus to remain stable. Naturally, I never sink my personal fortune into anything without consulting human prospectus Dr. Anthony Fauci first, so the next words I read will be crucial:center_img Voting for both Georgia Senate seats starts December 14th—twenty-seven days from today—and ends on January 5. Our candidates are the excellent Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock. They’re facing a confused and calcified curmudgeon, and a female Donald Trump. Some important dates and two links:Georgiarunofdates.jpg Note: It’s Random Drug Test Tuesday! Pick a random drug from the bowl and give it a shot. First one to smell sounds and taste colors wins Kos’s Tesla. Good luck. —Mgt. –By the Numbers:happy-hanukkah-typographic-illustration-vector.jpgStarts in 24 days!!!- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

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Engaging your CEO in pandemic preparedness: How to build a strategy to overcome indifference

first_img(CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – Some pandemic influenza preparedness planners start out with an advantage. Their company culture supports disaster preparedness and senior executives have educated themselves on the threat—or the CEO “has a certain degree of paranoia” as Boyd George, CEO of the Hickory, NC–based grocery supplier Alex Lee, puts it. He had read a book about the 1918 influenza pandemic that alarmed him.But for most CEOs, an influenza pandemic is a remote possibility that just can’t compete with other concerns for resources.According to a recent report on executive awareness of and involvement in corporate pandemic preparedness by Michael Evangelides, principal at Deloitte Consulting LLP, most top executives and boards of directors are not engaged in the influenza pandemic planning process and won’t give it equal billing to other potential disruptions until at least one of the following occurs:Media attention to pandemic influenza increases.Legislation or regulation emerges, requiring a high level of preparedness.Shareholders and investors demand a high level of preparedness.The financial impact of a pandemic on the corporation becomes evident.Obviously, planners can do little to nudge along the first three prerequisites. But, fortunately, the fourth is in their sphere of influence. And it is worth pursuing, says Penny Turnbull, senior director of crisis management and business continuity planning at Washington, DC–based Marriott International, Inc. “It certainly helps focus the minds of our senior executives to know that this is something that’s important for our chairman and CEO, because obviously that drives a lot of the momentum,” she says. “If it’s important for him, it means it’s an important issue for our senior executives, which means it’s important to our general manager, and it trickles down from there.”Weekly Briefing asked five successful pandemic preparedness planners for advice on getting CEOs to pay attention to the threat. Here’s what they had to say.Call on key contacts. If you don’t have easy access to the CEO, find someone who does and who understands the importance of addressing pandemic influenza, suggests Karen Dye, global crisis planning manager, Sun Microsystems, Santa Clara, CA. Have this person paint a clear picture for the CEO of the implications of a pandemic on business, the economy, and people. When planners made a presentation to the president, “he immediately saw the implications to his family,” Dye says. “It was personal.”Demonstrate planning efficiencies. Put pandemic preparedness into a larger context, recommends an executive at a multinational, multi-industry manufacturing company who asked to remain anonymous. (We’ll refer to him as Company A planner.) “There’s always a risk when you try to get a CEO’s attention on just a single issue,” he says. “Explain that everything you do to deal with this particular risk is applicable to a wide array of risk-management situations. Use this as an example or pilot program for developing a more robust risk-management program for the company.”Zero in on key information. Pandemic preparedness planners need to frame their information within the context of their particular company, says Sol Sax, MD, global chief medical officer of DuPont Company, based in Wilmington, DE. “A CEO needs concise and credible information on the potential impact of a pandemic, particularly with regard to issues such as absenteeism and potential interruptions to IT, power, and transportation services,” he says.Present the return on investment. “Look around your company and see what resources, procedures, and processes you could allocate or adapt,” says Company A planner. “The return on investment is you keep you and your employees operating or available to operate later.”Push buttons. For each executive, identify a critical company relationship and how a pandemic would affect it, Dye says. “Figure out which kind of button to push. From a manufacturing perspective, we may have borders closed, we may not be able to get parts. For our customer service, [the CEO’s button was the question] ‘how are we going to take care of our customers?'”The issues should be clearly germane to your company’s sector. Know how to “personalize it.” she says.Illustrate what happens if you ignore planning. CEOs may consider planning for something that may or may not happen a waste of time. So use strong words to convey the consequences of not planning, Dye says. Example: “The consequences are so dire, so extreme, that we cannot ignore this.”Call in reinforcements. Business continuity planners may get tuned out by senior management because their job is to talk about crises, says Mariott’s Turnbull. Her CEO, Bill Marriott, had been engaged, but it was still helpful to bring in outside expertise. “I’m the company’s Chicken Little, so it doesn’t do any good for me to say ‘the sky is falling,'” she says. Bring in a credible expert to bolster your position.Point out what the competition is doing. Benchmarking data that show leadership how your firm compares with similar companies can spark an urge to catch up, Turnbull says: “If you can put it in front of your CEO’s nose and say ‘look, 75% of companies in our sector are at least thinking about this, and we’re not,’ that [will] help focus their efforts.”Add the larger context. Show the CEO that the public sector is also worried, suggests George of Alex Lee. “If you point out that the federal government is concerned about it, that’s a start.”Emphasize low costs. Like many companies, Alex Lee doesn’t have a dedicated pandemic planning staff. The company leverages existing resources, George says. “The amount of money we spent isn’t really that significant,” he says. “We bought some N-95 [respirator] masks, but that’s a product that can be sold if we don’t need them.”Dye’s team accomplished its planning with no additional funding. “[Our effort] was people-based. We had travel expenses, but part of our strategy was not to use antivirals and not to use personal protective equipment, so therefore we didn’t need funding for that.”Share customer questions. When customers ask about your company’s pandemic preparedness, share their questions and comments with the CEO, Turnbull says. Keep the issue on the radar and let leadership know that customers expect you to have a plan.Customers know they can depend on you if you have a plan. Asks Turnbull: “If you had a choice between two suppliers and one was planning and one wasn’t, who would you give your business to?”Dye agrees. “With our ability to say ‘this is our strategy and this has been approved by our senior management,’ we have something that is validated that we can share with our customers. It’s a very clear statement to our customers that this is how we are going to treat you, so there is no ambiguity.”Explain how pandemic preparedness differs. Executives may not understand what sets apart pandemic preparedness from other business continuity issues, Dye says. Explain that other types of disasters are local rather than global. “We’ve also never had the absentee rate that we’re going to have with this on a global basis. This is a catastrophe unlike any other we’ve experienced, and we can’t ignore it.”Urge them to read a graphic account of the 1918 pandemic. Hand your CEO a copy of The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History by John Barry, George says. “If you can get a CEO to read that book and maybe some current literature on it, I think you’d get their attention,” he saysGet everyone on the same page. Engaging the CEO is important, but getting an audience with the entire senior leadership team is even better, Turnbull says. For example, the chief financial officer needs to understand the financial aspects of planning: the risks, the rewards, and the costs.Keep your goals realistic. “There’s always going to be a bell curve,” says Company A planner. “You’re never going to get everyone at the same level. If a company’s engaged, but maybe the CEO isn’t—maybe he’s delegated [the task]—it’s still good.”last_img read more

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WHO warns about rising rates of drug-resistant TB

first_imgFeb 27, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO), in a survey released yesterday, said the global number of multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR TB) cases rose to a new high and is particularly worrisome in China and in former Soviet Union countries. Some of the former Soviet Union countries reported some of the highest XDR TB rates, the WHO said. Of nine countries in that region that reported MDR TB data, about 10% of all MDR TB cases were XDR. The 142-page report, available on the WHO’s Web site, is the fourth global report on drug-resistant tuberculosis surveillance. The report includes data, collected between 2002 and 2006, from 90,000 patients with tuberculosis in 81 countries, according to a WHO press release yesterday. CDC fact sheet on TB The WHO puts the price tag to control TB in low- to middle-income countries in 2008 at $4.8 billion, with $1 billion allocated toward MDR TB and XDR TB efforts. However, it said the world faces a $2.5 billion-funding gap, including $500,000 million for MDR TB and XDR TB. 500,000 drug-resistant cases a yearBased on its survey findings, the WHO estimates that there are almost 500,000 new cases of MDR TB each year, which represent about 5% of the 9 million cases of all new TB types. The highest rate occurred in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, where 22.3% of all new TB cases were the MDR TB type, the WHO statement said. Other hot spots include Moldova (19.4%), Donetsk in the Ukraine (16%), Tomsk Oblast in the Russian Federation (15%), and Tashkent in Uzbekistan (14.8%). In the United States, the rates of MDR TB are rapidly decreasing, according to the WHO report. See also: Other evidence suggests that the association between HIV and MDR TB may be related to environmental factors, such as transmission in congregate settings, rather than biological factors. Though the association requires more study, infection control improvements in healthcare facilities and prisons, for example, may help address these coinfections, the WHO reported. MDR TB is defined as TB that resists at least two key drugs that are considered first-line treatment for people who have TB infections—isoniazid and rifampicin, according to the CDC. XDR TB is described as a form of the disease that is resistant to the first-line TB drugs as well as the two most important second-line drugs (a fluoroquinolone and an injectable agent—amikacin, kanamycin, or capreomycin).center_img TB programs across the globe need to immediately improve their ability to rapidly diagnose all TB cases and treat patients until they are cured, Raviglione said, “which is the best way to prevent the development of drug resistance.” For the first time the WHO’s TB survey includes an analysis of extensively drug-resistant TB (XDR TB), revealing that 45 countries have recorded cases of the virtually untreatable disease. However, the WHO said in the press release that few countries have the equipment to diagnose XDR TB, so that number may not reflect the true global picture. Data from China also indicate that MDR TB is widespread, the WHO reported. The survey revealed that china has the world’s highest burden of cases. According to the WHO’s estimation, China had 130,548 new cases in 2006, more than 25% of the global burden. For example, 13 years after the Baltic countries of Estonia and Latvia were labeled drug-resistant TB hot spots, substantial investments and sustained efforts to control the disease have stabilized MDR TB rates and lowered TB case notifications, the WHO reported. Feb 26 WHO press release on drug-resistant TB report The WHO pointed to some gaps in worldwide drug-resistant TB data. Only six countries in Africa were able to provide the drug resistance data, though the region has the world’s highest incidence of TB. The problem is that many of the countries lack the equipment and personnel to identify drug-resistant TB, the WHO said. Global assault neededMario Raviglione, director of the WHO’s Stop TB department, said in the news release that urgent global efforts are needed to contain the spread of the disease. “TB drug resistance needs a frontal assault. If countries and the international community fail to address it aggressively now we will lose this battle,” he said. The WHO’s findings also pointed to a link between HIV infection and MDR TB. For example, data from Latvia and the Ukraine found twice the level of MDR TB in patients coinfected with TB and HIV, compared to patients without HIV.last_img read more

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