Wars

“Israel-UAE deal achieves a <b>Middle East</b> rarity: It’s win-win-win, Palestinians included” – NBC

“President Donald Trump will withdraw 2,200 American troops from <b>Iraq</b> in September, Marine Gen. Frank McKenzie, the top U.S. commander of Central Command, said on Wednesday.”


“DOHA, Qatar — The United States signed a peace agreement with Taliban militants on Saturday aimed at bringing an end to 18 years of bloodshed in <b>Afghanistan </b>and allowing U.S. troops to return home from America’s longest war.” – AP

“On Friday President Trump again was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize, this time by Magnus Jacobsson for his historic <b>Kosovo-Serbia</b> Peace Agreement.”

“South Korea and US to end two [expensive, provocative] large-scale war games [on <b>China</b>’s border]” – BBC

“<b>Ukraine</b> troops, separatists withdraw amid hopes for peace” — ALJAZEERA (note the word, “separatists”) “Pence said Ankara would pause its offensive, dubbed Operation Peace Spring, for 120 hours in order to allow the Kurdish Protection Units (YPG) to pull 30km back from the <b>Turkey-Syria</b> border. Meanwhile, Mazloum Abdi, the commander of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), the Kurdish-lead force spearheaded by the YPG spearheads, confirmed late on Thursday that his fighters will comply with the agreement. “We will do whatever we can for the success of the ceasefire agreement,” he [Abdi] said on Kurdish TV.” – ALJAZEERA

“US President Donald Trump has confirmed plans to withdraw 9,500 American troops from bases in <b>Germany</b>.” –BBC What are 35,000 US ground troops doing in Germany anyway?

Covid and social justice to reopen

For a CA county with a population of greater than 106,000, the county must:

Equity Metric. Ensure that the test positivity rates in its most disadvantaged neighborhoods, as defined as being in the lowest quartile of the Healthy Places Index census tracts, do not significantly lag behind its overall county test positivity rate, as described in detail below.


Targeted Investments. Submit a plan that (1) defines its disproportionately impacted populations, (2) specifies the percent of its COVID-19 cases in these populations, and (3) shows that it plans to invest Epidemiology and Laboratory Capacity for Prevention and Control of Emerging Infectious Diseases (Strategy 5: Use Laboratory Data to Enhance Investigation, Response, and Prevention) grant funds at least at that percentage to interrupt disease transmission in these populations. The targeted investments can include spending on augmenting testing, disease investigation, contact tracing, isolation/quarantine support, and education and outreach efforts for workers. Effective for the October 13th tier assignment, this plan must be submitted before a county may progress to a less restrictive tier. Due to data limitations in small populations, the equity metric described above cannot be reliably applied to smaller counties, as described below.

Covid and schools

Germany

Schools have been partially reopened for young children and those taking exams – and the 16 states are moving towards reopening pre-school centres and schools at their own pace


Italy

Schools will not reopen until 1 September

France

All schools except high schools fully reopened on 22 June. Schools for 15 to 18-year-olds (lycées) began reopening in green zones as part of phase two

Denmark

Day care centres and primary schools returned on 14 April, with children attending in shifts. Children aged 12-16 returned from 18 May

Belgium

Schools resumed classes from 18 May

Netherlands

Secondary school pupils returned to class on 2 June. Social distancing requirements for all school students ended on 1 July

Austria

Final-year school pupils returned to classes at the start of May

Spain

Schools were partially reopened from 26 May. This will allow for revision classes and state exams but a full reopening is not expected until September

Ireland

Schools will remain shut until September

Switzerland

Schools, libraries, museums and non-food shops followed [opening] on 11 May

Portugal

Infants and some secondary school students also went back on 18 May, while primary schools and pre-schools began reopening at the start of June

Greece

Schools reopened on 11 May for final-year students only, with special measures including students attending classes on different days; on 1 June classes resumed for primary schools and kindergartens, with 15 maximum per class

Sweden

Restaurantsbarsschools and businesses remained opened

Covid and college

If colleges, especially the dorms, are a big risk, hotspots would have occurred long before now.  US colleges have a very high number of international students especially from China and Europe, and a high % of international travel and exchange.

In addition, colleges are cramped and crowded. Extreme density on campus, in dorms, houses and apartments to save money. Colleges should have been THE hotspots, the hardest hit of all.

America is aging which Covid has made painfully clear.  Many college students have older parents and especially grandparents.  If college students are Covid vectors or conduits, the pathway would have been very clear by now with easily traceable hospitalizations or worse.

Covid and public health

(1) The Left contends that if the world unlocks, everyone OR someone will die, until there is a vax, treatment, testing, tracing … all of which are improbable or impossible on any rational time frame and budget, but certainly not before a protracted Recession or Depression kicks in.

(2) Not ONE life lost, but just to Covid (why?).  Save the Greatest Generation, economy be damned.

check mate!

This is NOT about public health and was not from the beginning.  Be honest, face it, have the debate, negotiate some political concessions NOW, or risk it all.  Open borders, nationalized ed med and energy, suspension of private property rights and 1A, a Depression … and the right to use public beaches of course.

Not to mention MANY more deaths and harm caused by the lock downers mid and long term than maybe were saved by the knee jerk shut downs initially.

If you lock down you are a Murderer. People will die by letting the virus run wild in the Shadow Economy where people can’t possibly social distance, and by creating a world-wide Depression which means starvation and that means children.  If you unlock, someone over 80 will likely die … and you are still a Murderer.

The ends justify the means?  What are the ends?