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Weekend Update 8/29/2020: The virus and the fascism are the enemy, not the masks

This is going to be a slightly different Weekend Update than usual. There is a lot of news that I came across after I finished this week’s Friday Five post on Thursday night, but as is often the case, a lot of it is either salacious or outrage-inducing of otherwise bad news. It’s also all over the map with various topics and sometimes the scatter shot of “and that’s f-ed up too!” can multiply the outrage. So I’m going to focus on only a couple of topics, and a certain amount of it is good, scientific information that you can actually use.

I’ll start with that. If you don’t want to be outraged, don’t read past the bold “Meanwhile” below.

COVID-19 Is Transmitted Through Aerosols. We Have Enough Evidence, Now It Is Time to Act.

When it comes to COVID-19, the evidence overwhelmingly supports aerosol transmission, and there are no strong arguments against it. For example, contact tracing has found that much COVID-19 transmission occurs in close proximity, but that many people who share the same home with an infected person do not get the disease. To understand why, it is useful to use cigarette or vaping smoke (which is also an aerosol) as an analog. Imagine sharing a home with a smoker: if you stood close to the smoker while talking, you would inhale a great deal of smoke. Replace the smoke with virus-containing aerosols, which behave very similarly, and the impact is similar: the closer you are to someone releasing virus-carrying aerosols, the more likely you are to breathe in larger amounts of virus. We know from detailed, rigorous studies that when individuals talk in close proximity, aerosols dominate transmission and droplets are nearly negligible.

If you are standing on the other side of the room, you would inhale significantly less smoke. But in a poorly ventilated room, the smoke will accumulate, and people in the room may end up inhaling a lot of smoke over time. Talking, and especially singing and shouting increase aerosol exhalation by factors of 10 and 50, respectively. Indeed, we are finding that outbreaks often occur when people gather in crowded, insufficiently ventilated indoor spaces, such as singing at karaoke parties, cheering at clubs, having conversations in bars, and exercising in gyms. Superspreading events, where one person infects many, occur almost exclusively in indoor locations and are driving the pandemic. These observations are easily explained by aerosols, and are very difficult or impossible to explain by droplets or fomites.
—Jose-Luis Jimeez, Professor of Chemistry and a Fellow of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulde

The killer phrase is here: “many people who share the same home with an infected person do not get the disease.” (emphasis added)

There’s more: We Need to Talk About Ventilation – How is it that six months into a respiratory pandemic, we are still doing so little to mitigate airborne transmission?

And: Hygiene Theater Is a Huge Waste of Time – People are power scrubbing their way to a false sense of security.

Basically, masks are a big help if you have to go out and be around people, washing your hands frequently is also good, but ventilation is more important that scrubbing every inanimate object in sight. Dr. Jimenez sums it up as: Avoid Crowding, Indoors, low Ventilation, Close proximity, long Duration, Unmasked, Talking/singing/Yelling.

So, don’t go to bars, don’t hang out in church, don’t got to concerts, don’t go to theatres… and wear the mask correctly!


More Portlanders Share Experiences of Being Snatched—and Detained—by Federal Police.

Feds in Portland Now Unrestrained in Removing Journalists at Protests.

‘Horrifying Situation’: ACLU Condemns Arrest Of Protesters By Officers In Unmarked Vehicles.

If you don’t understand that this is full fascism, direct attacks on the fundamental idea of freedom, I don’t know what to say.

Tuesday Tidbits 8/11/2020: It’s a death cult

“You'd think that the BUT MUH FREEDOMS crowd would be shitting bricks over heavily-armed government goos disappearing people into unmarked vans and them them god knows where, I guess it's only tyranny when a black president tries to give you healthcare.”

Sad but true

Oregon Sues Federal Agencies For Grabbing Up Protesters Off The Streets.

Facts about voting: Trump can't ban mail-in voting through executive order. States run elections. Absentee & mail-in voting are the same thing. Only 143 criminal conviction for mail ballot fraud over 20 years. 16 top Trump officials voted by mail.


Trump Lied for Five Uninterrupted Minutes About Mail-in Voting During Virus Briefing – After being teed-up by a question from the president’s favorite propaganda network, Trump gave an incoherent, lie-filled answer that seemingly went on for days.

CNN Anchor Drags Trump Campaign Adviser: ‘You’re Just Saying a Bunch of Crap!’.

CNN Anchor Roasts Trump Campaign Flack For Lying About Her Husband: “Don’t You Mess With My Family”.

I say "Black Lives Matter" because "All" Did n't cover Black when they said "all men are created equal." I say "Black Lives Matter" because "all" didn't cover black when they said "with liberty and justice for all." I say "Black Lives Matter" because they're still struggling with the definition of "all."


Black Lives Matter movement sparks ‘collective awakening’ on marijuana policies – As racial justice protests swept the nation in June and July, some states and cities changed their cannabis regulations.

Black Lives Matter protesters beaten by pro-police group at ‘Blue’ rally – Video of BLM demonstrator being stabbed with an American flag at the rally goes viral.

Self-proclaimed KKK leader who plowed into a group of Black Lives Matter protesters found guilty – Authorities found KKK memorabilia, patches and guns in his truck.

“Let he who HASN'T raw-dogged a porn star just after the birth of his fifth child with his third wife cast the first stone.”

That means a whole lot of us can start throwing stones…

After Delivering Invocation at KKK Event, Rep. Will Dismukes resigns from position as Alabama pastor.

KKK-Loving Alabama State Rep and Pastor Arrested For Allegedly Forgetting Thou Shalt Not Steal.

Attorney: Dismukes has not considered resigning in wake of theft charge.

Jared Kushner encouraged the president to let the pandemic rage because he thought it would only kill people in blue states.

This is a crime against humanity…

Trump killed plans for a national testing strategy, because COVID-19 ‘hit blue states hardest’.

The Deaths of 150,000 Americans Are on Trump’s Hands – Trump and his lackeys are guilty of criminal negligence, if not far worse. Who will hold them accountable?.

Donald Trump, Jared Kushner Guilty of Mass Murder of Americans.

Trump’s presidency is a death cult – The fact that Trump and his supporters want us to tolerate preventable deaths from COVID reveals their true nature.

“'our' government did almost nothing to protect us while a pandemic was spreading and our economy crumbled--but mobilized everywhere overnight to beat us in the streets and militarize our cities. if their priorities weren't clear to you before, they should be crystal clear now.”


More Portlanders Share Experiences of Being Snatched—and Detained—by Federal Police.

Freelance journalists and live streamers face crowd control munitions, arrests to cover Portland Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

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