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Wednesday, August 12, 2020

It's KAMALA

Mike went back to work on Monday, but could only do a half day due to the pain.  So, for the next at least two weeks, he'll be on half days, plus will have more x-rays and therapy.  He took me to get my  cortisone knee shots which have been changed from shots in both knees every four months to every three months supplemented with as needed voltaren pills. Carumba. Maybe I can finally get some work done around here, it's a disaster. So it has been hectic around here...BTW, stopped at Vons on Dennery and they have really good cantalope (with a black sticker with a peacock on it) ; hope you get some that will be as sweet as ours were, but it's not organic. Then tonight the pila broke, flooded the garage, it's been crazy.

Here are some videos for ya'll: 


 ~  From the Daily Social Distancing Show With Trevor Noah:



 




 ~ From The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon:


 




   From All Time Fave Stephen Colbert:



 


Absolute, cannot wait for her to debate old Mike Pence, get the popcorn folks, this is going to be a hummmmmdinger...serious stuff coming up later.

stay safe everyone. 

Sunday, August 9, 2020

Dear Landlord....Trump's "Executive Actions" On COVID Relief = More BS !!!


Dear Landlord

Written by: Bob Dylan 
Dear landlord
Please don’t put a price on my soul
My burden is heavy
My dreams are beyond control
When that steamboat whistle blows
I’m gonna give you all I got to give
And I do hope you receive it well
Dependin’ on the way you feel that you live

Dear landlord
Please heed these words that I speak
I know you’ve suffered much
But in this you are not so unique
All of us, at times, we might work too hard
To have it too fast and too much
And anyone can fill his life up
With things he can see but he just cannot touch

Dear landlord
Please don’t dismiss my case
I’m not about to argue
I’m not about to move to no other place
Now, each of us has his own special gift
And you know this was meant to be true
And if you don’t underestimate me
I won’t underestimate you

~~~~~

Okay you guys, pull out and dust off  your old "John Wesley Harding" album and re-play, because there wasn't a place I could find to share the original Dylan tune - there were remakes, and a couple of Dylan concerts...but they weren't the same as the original. ~sigh~

Still, it was the first thing that popped into my little head after the " showdown":

 ~ From Business Insider 


It Doesn't Look Like Trump's Executive Actions Will Actually Do Much
by, Rebecca Harrington  - 08/08/20  



"President Donald Trump swooped in on Saturday to show Americans that he was trying to fix what Congress couldn't.


Before a crowd of masked, cheering supporters at his private golf club in New Jersey, the dealmaker-in-chief announced four executive actions aimed at providing Americans economic relief amid the coronavirus pandemic.


He signed memos and orders on student loans, evictions and foreclosures, the payroll tax, and unemployment benefits.


While Trump claimed the moves would provide "immediate and vital relief to American struggling in this difficult time", upon further inspection, the four actions face significant legal challenges, implementation problems, and possible opposition from both parties.

The Democratic House and the Republican Senate have been fighting for weeks over the next stimulus bill. The two parties are still more than $1 trillion apart in their proposals.


Meanwhile, nearly 31 million Americans are on unemployment, and the US GDP plunged by a record 33% in the first quarter.


One of the biggest sticking points between the two parties was the additional $600 a week the federal government had been providing in addition to state benefits to jobless Americans.


Republicans argued the weekly boost "paid people to stay home", while Democrats insisted it was necessary. "They don't understand the crisis in the country," Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said of the Republicans.

But Schumer didn't like Trump trying to take action when Congress couldn't, either.


He and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement on Saturday that the administration's moves amounted to little more than empty gestures.


"These policy announcements provide little real help to families," Pelosi and Schumer said. "Instead of passing a bill, now President Trump is cutting families' unemployment benefits and pushing states further into budget crises, forcing them to make devastating cuts to life-or-death services."

1. Trump's memo on the $400 a week unemployment boost could take months to implement

 

The weekly $600 federal unemployment insurance expired on July 31, so Trump proposed a $400 a week boost.

But as Business Insider's Joseph Zeballos-Roig pointed out, the president's memo outlines a "lost wages program" outside of the usual unemployment insurance system that experts say could take months for overwhelmed states to implement. And states may not be able to pay the 25% Trump says they should.

2. Trump's memo on the payroll tax could gut Medicare and Social Security, and companies probably won't follow it

 

Even though Trump's memo directs the treasury secretary to defer payroll taxes through the end of the year, experts told Zeballos-Roig that companies will likely hold on to the money in case they end up on the hook for it, so workers probably won't see it in their paychecks.


Furthermore, the payroll tax funds Medicare and Social Security, two popular programs that millions of Americans rely on for health insurance and financial support.


Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden called the move "a reckless war on Social Security."

3. Trump's order on evictions and foreclosures is light on details

 

Trump's housing order passionately outlines how important it is to keep Americans in their homes during the pandemic, particularly so they can successfully socially distance themselves from others and prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. It also lays out how Black and Hispanic Americans have endured the brunt of the pandemic's economic hardships.


It says "It is the policy of the United States to minimize, to the greatest extent possible, residential evictions and foreclosures during the ongoing COVID-19 national emergency."
But the text is light on details of how the Trump administration will keep Americans from getting foreclosed upon or evicted.


Perhaps more specifics will come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the coming days.

4. Trump's memo on federal student loan relief could let borrowers defer payments until the end of the year

 

CARES Act help for student loan borrowers was set to expire at the end of September, so Trump's memo extends his administration's policy to set Department of Education loan interest rates to 0% and let borrowers defer payments through the end of 2020.

Does Trump have the authority to take these actions?

 

Before Trump signed his signature in Sharpie, people started speculating whether he had the power to take executive action on these economic issues.


The Constitution gives Congress the power to decide how the federal government spends its money. The executive branch carries out those directives. Therefore, a court battle is likely on one or all of the executive actions, challenging Trump's authority to make them.


When asked about possible legal challenges at the press conference on Saturday, Trump said he believed they would go "very rapidly through the courts, if we get sued — maybe we won't get sued."

Below are links to the full text of the 4 executive actions Trump signed on Saturday:

  1. Extending federal unemployment benefits: "Memorandum on Authorizing the Other Needs Assistance Program for Major Disaster Declarations Related to Coronavirus Disease 2019"
  2. Enacting a payroll tax holiday: "Memorandum on Deferring Payroll Tax Obligations in Light of the Ongoing COVID-19 Disaster"
  3. Preventing evictions and foreclosures: "Executive Order on Fighting the Spread of COVID-19 by Providing Assistance to Renters and Homeowners"
  4. Suspending student loan payments: "Memorandum on Continued Student Loan Payment Relief During the COVID-19 Pandemic"
Joseph Zeballos-Roig and Connor Perrett contributed reporting.


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So, basically yet another disaster courtesy Trump & the GOP, the cheap sons-of-bitches who in essence lose no sleep over the unemployed, the homeless, the sick and the the dying -  and in reality really want to dismantle Medicare & Social Security.  

Meanwhile, this is yesterday's local COVID Report:


 ~ From Zeta:

Casos Activos COVID-19 en BC Aumentan Un 27% en Tres Dias; SS Reporta 14 Mil 467 Casos Acumuladas 
por, Uriel Saucedo - 08/08/20 4:07pm


"In the last three days the active cases of COVID-19 in Baja California , went from 439 to 557 , which means a growth of 27 percent. In the Aug. 8 report, they reported 250 new positive cases statewide . The highest figure since last July 23 when there were 274 in a single day .


The sum of this Saturday reached 14 thousand 467 infections and 20 additional deaths , with it reaching 2,786 deaths , reported the head of the State Health Secretariat, Alonso Pérez Rico.


During the last 72 hours, a gradual growth has been observed in most municipalities : Mexicali reported 46 cases, leaving 208 active ; Tijuana had 53 additional assets, because it currently has 172 ; Playas de Rosarito reported two new active cases and Tecate one, having 12 and 11 active cases respectively; the town of San Felipe counted 7 more infected than the previous day, going from 11 to 18 active cases


Ensenada, which has 112 active, decreased in 9 cases and San Quintín had three fewer cases, remaining in 24 active patients. 


Based on the above information, it is known that in Tijuana there was a greater increase in active and confirmed cases , compared to the other municipalities Because of 250 positive recent statewide, 119 were in this county, accumulating 4,000 COVID 305 patients . Then, Mexicali with 94 new cases confirmed , taking 7 000 341 infections since the start of the pandemic.


From there it is followed by the port of Ensenada , which reported 13 new positive tests, already having 1,683 confirmed cases ; Playas de Rosarito already has 192 cases with 9 new ones ; w hile San Quentin with a new one reached the 361 infected patients ; and Tecate at 344 with 7 additional ; the town of San Felipe with 7 confirmed cases added 241 accumulated. 

To date, 306 people have been hospitalized for complications with the disease, 11,374 have passed the disease from home , and 2,786 have died. In both infections and deaths, people over 65 years of age represent the bulk of the affected population. 


In the last 24 hours, it was reported that 20 people died, 10 of them died in the municipality of Mexicali where there are already 1,302 deaths, another two people lost their lives in Tijuana where there are already 1,153 deaths . They also detailed that Ensenada had 7 new deaths with which it accumulates 222 and Playas de Rosarito with a recent death reached 16 people killed. 


Where there were no recent deaths was in Tecate, which continues with 81 deaths, San Quintín, which has 10, and the town of San Felipe with two deaths from COVID-19. The people who have recovered are already 8,172 patients in Baja California. 


On hospital occupancy , Pérez Rico reported , in hospitals of the Health Ministry are 52 percent to 78 patients COVID connected to a fan statewide and 188 internees : HG in Mexicali reported occupation of 54 percent , with 59 beds and 38 fans free for use ; Tijuana, which is 44 percent, maintains 94 beds and 41 ventilators available ; and the one in Ensenada, which works at 58 percent capacity, has 33 beds and 34 fans available.  


The IMSS hospitals in the state are at 71 percent capacity with 52 intubated patients and 179 hospitalized people : the General Hospital of Zone 30 in Mexicali is at 81 percent with 92 beds and 11 ventilators ; Tijuana Regional 1 reports 64 percent occupancy with 112 beds and 8 fans available ; and the General of Zone 8 in Ensenada, works at 70 percent capacity with 24 beds and 14 fans."


~~~~~ 

Burned out and depressed over COVID ? Me too.  Still we have to stick together, wear masks and follow protocols.

Meanwhile, hit the zeta link for more local & national highlights...anyone out there a Harry Dean Stanton fan ?  Stay safe you guys.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020

As Trump Contaminates & Corrupts The US Post Office In Order To Win The Upcoming Election...Or, The Biggest Scam Of The Century..... Mexico Surges Ahead and Far Surpasses The USA On COVID Plans To Protect Their Citizens





Credit...Kim Walker/Elon University, via Associated Press
We haven't been reading much down here in the Mexican press on what has happened in the USA regarding Trump and the US Post Office (which has to be the biggest freakin scam of the century) and the horrid outcome this might have on the November the 3rd Presidential election; not to mention there is still no plan from  the White House on dealing with the pandemic, here is just some information:

 ~ From the New York Times : 

Mail Delays Fuel Concerns Trump Is Undercutting Postal System Ahead Of Voting
by, Michael D. Shear,Hailey Fuchs  & Kenneth P. Vogel 


The president’s long campaign against the Postal Service is intersecting with his assault on mail-in voting amid concerns that he has politicized oversight of the agency.

WASHINGTON — Welcome to the next election battleground: the post office.


President Trump’s yearslong assault on the Postal Service and his increasingly dire warnings about the dangers of voting by mail are colliding as the presidential campaign enters its final months. The result has been to generate new concerns about how he could influence an election conducted during a pandemic in which greater-than-ever numbers of voters will submit their ballots by mail.


In tweet after all-caps tweet, Mr. Trump has warned that allowing people to vote by mail will result in a “CORRUPT ELECTION” that will “LEAD TO THE END OF OUR GREAT REPUBLICAN PARTY” and become the “SCANDAL OF OUR TIMES.” He has predicted that children will steal ballots out of mailboxes. On Thursday, he dangled the idea of delaying the election instead.
Members of Congress and state officials in both parties rejected the president’s suggestion and his claim that mail-in ballots would result in widespread fraud. But they are warning that a huge wave of ballots could overwhelm mail carriers unless the Postal Service, in financial difficulty for years, receives emergency funding that Republicans are blocking during negotiations over another pandemic relief bill.


At the same time, the mail system is being undercut in ways set in motion by Mr. Trump. Fueled by animus for Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, and surrounded by advisers who have long called for privatizing the post office, Mr. Trump and his appointees have begun taking cost-cutting steps that appear to have led to slower and less reliable delivery.






In recent weeks, at the direction of a Trump campaign megadonor who was recently named the postmaster general, the service has stopped paying mail carriers and clerks the overtime necessary to ensure that deliveries can be completed each day. That and other changes have led to reports of letters and packages being delayed by as many as several days.


Voting rights groups say it is a recipe for disaster.


“We have an underfunded state and local election system and a deliberate slowdown in the Postal Service,” said Wendy Fields, the executive director of the Democracy Initiative, a coalition of voting and civil rights groups. She said the president was “deliberately orchestrating suppression and using the post office as a tool to do it.”

Kim Wyman, the Republican secretary of state in Washington, one of five states where mail-in balloting is universal, said Wednesday on NPR’s “1A” program that “election officials are very concerned, if the post office is reducing service, that we will be able to get ballots to people in time.”


During his eulogy on Thursday for Representative John Lewis, former President Barack Obama lamented what he said was a continuing effort to attack voting rights “with surgical precision, even undermining the Postal Service in the run-up to an election that is going to be dependent on mailed-in ballots so people don’t get sick.”

Louis DeJoy, the postmaster general, defended the changes, saying in a statement that the ban on overtime was intended to “improve operational efficiency” and to “ensure that we meet our service standards.”

 Mr. DeJoy declined to be interviewed. David Partenheimer, a spokesman for the Postal Service, said that the nation’s post offices had “ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the Covid-19 pandemic.”

A plunge in the amount of mail because of a recession — which the United States entered into in February — has cost the Postal Service billions of dollars in revenue, with some analysts predicting that the agency will run out of money by spring. Democrats have proposed an infusion of $25 billion. On Friday, Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused Republicans, who are opposed to the funding, of wanting to “diminish the capacity of the Postal System to work in a timely fashion.”


Arthur B. Sackler, who runs the Coalition for a 21st Century Postal Service, a group representing the biggest bulk mailers, said the changes were concerning even though his organization did not take a position on voting by mail.


“Like any other mail, this could complicate what is already going to be a complicated process,” Mr. Sackler said. “A huge number of jurisdictions are totally inexperienced in vote by mail. They have never had the avalanche of interest that they have this year.”


Many states have already loosened restrictions on who can vote by mail: In Kentucky, mail-in ballots accounted for 85 percent of the vote in June’s primary. In Vermont, requests for mail-in ballots are up 1,000 percent over 2018.


Michigan voters had requested nearly 1.8 million mail-in ballots by the end of July, compared with about 500,000 by the similar time four years ago, after the secretary of state mailed absentee ballot applications to all 7.7 million registered voters.

In the suburban Virginia district of Representative Gerald E. Connolly, a Democrat who leads the House subcommittee that oversees the Postal Service, 1,300 people voted by mail in a 2019 primary — last month, more than 34,000 did.


“We are worried about new management at the Postal Service that is carrying out Trump’s avowed opposition to voting by mail,” Mr. Connolly said. “I don’t think that’s speculation. I think we are witnessing that in front of our own eyes.”


Erratic service could delay the delivery of blank ballots to people who request them. And in 34 states, completed ballots that are not received by Election Day — this year it is Nov. 3 — are invalidated, raising the prospect that some voters could be disenfranchised if the mail system buckles.

In other states, ballots can be tallied as long as they are postmarked by Election Day, but voting rights groups say ballots are often erroneously delivered without a postmark, which prevents them from being counted.


The ability of the Postal Service “to timely deliver and return absentee ballots and their work to postmark those ballots will literally determine whether or not voters are disenfranchised during the pandemic,” said Kristen Clarke, the president of the National Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.


In New York, where officials urged people not to cast ballots in person during June’s primary, counting of mail-in ballots is still underway weeks later, leaving some crucial races undecided. In some cases, ballots received without postmarks are being discarded.

Making the problem worse, New York law requires that election officials wait to begin counting mail-in ballots until the polls close on Election Day. Other states allow counting to begin earlier, though most insist that no results be revealed until after voting ends. In Arizona, officials can begin tallying votes 14 days early. In Florida, officials can begin verifying signatures on ballots 22 days before the election.










Mr. Trump and his allies have seized upon the New York debacle as evidence that he is right to oppose mail-in ballots. Kayleigh McEnany, the White House press secretary, called it an “absolute catastrophe,” and the president referred to New York in a tweet that said, “Rigged Election, and EVERYONE knows it!”


But Mr. Trump — who himself has repeatedly voted by mail in recent elections — has set in motion changes at the Postal Service that could make the problem worse.

A series of Postal Service documents titled “PMGs expectations,” a reference to the postmaster general, describe how Mr. Trump’s new leadership team is trying to cut costs.

“Overtime will be eliminated,” says the document, which was first reported by The Washington Post. “Again, we are paying too much overtime, and it is not cost effective and will soon be taken off the table. More to come on this.”


The document continues: “The U.S.P.S. will no longer use excessive cost to get the basic job done. If the plants run late, they will keep the mail for the next day.”


Another document, dated July 10, says, “One aspect of these changes that may be difficult for employees is that — temporarily — we may see mail left behind or on the workroom floor or docks.”








With the agency under financial pressure, some offices have also begun to cut back on hours. The result, according to postal workers, members of Congress and major post office customers, is a noticeable slowdown in delivery.


“The policies that the new postmaster general is putting into place — they couldn’t lead to anything but degradation of service,” said Mark Dimondstein, the president of the American Postal Workers Union. “Anything that slows down the mail could have a negative impact on everything we do, including vote by mail.”


The Postal Service, which runs more than 31,000 post offices in the United States, has struggled financially for years, in part because of its legal obligation to deliver mail everywhere, even remote locations that would be unprofitable for a private company.


A 2018 report by the Treasury Department recommended an overhaul of the Postal Service, which the report said accumulated losses of $69 billion from 2007 to 2018.


But the administration’s critics say the changes being put in place by Mr. DeJoy are part of a political agenda to move toward privatization of the Postal Service.


In mid-July, Representative Carolyn B. Maloney, Democrat of New York and the chairwoman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, and Mr. Connolly wrote a letter to Mr. DeJoy raising questions about the ban on overtime and the other changes.


“While these changes in a normal year would be drastic,” the lawmakers wrote, “in a presidential election year when many states are relying heavily on absentee mail-in ballots, increases in mail delivery timing would impair the ability of ballots to be received and counted in a timely manner — an unacceptable outcome for a free and fair election.”

Mr. Trump has been assailing the Postal Service since early in his presidency, tweeting in 2017 that the agency was becoming “dumber and poorer” because it charged big companies too little for delivering their packages.


The president has repeatedly blamed Mr. Bezos, who is also the owner of The Washington Post, for the financial plight of the Postal Service, insisting that the post office charges Amazon too little, an assertion that many experts have rejected as false.


In the past three years, the president has replaced all six members of the Postal Service Board of Governors.


In May, the board, which includes two Democrats, selected Mr. DeJoy, a longtime Republican fund-raiser who has contributed more than $1.5 million to Mr. Trump’s 2016 and 2020 campaigns, to be postmaster general. According to financial disclosures, Mr. DeJoy and his wife, Aldona Wos, who has been nominated to be the ambassador to Canada, have $115,002 to $300,000 invested in the Postal Service’s major competitor, UPS.


Two board members have since departed. David C. Williams, the vice chairman, left in April over concerns that the Postal Service was becoming increasingly politicized by the Trump administration, according to two people familiar with his thinking. Ronald Stroman, who oversaw mail-in voting and relations with election officials, resigned in May.


One of the remaining members, Robert M. Duncan, is a former Republican National Committee chairman who has been a campaign donor to Mr. Trump.






In accusing the administration of politicizing the Postal Service, the president’s critics point to a recent decision to send a mailer detailing guidelines to protect against the coronavirus. The mailer, which featured Mr. Trump’s name in a campaignlike style, was sent in March to 130 million American households at a reported cost of $28 million.


According to Postal Service emails obtained by The New York Times under the Freedom of Information Act, Mr. Trump was personally involved.


“I know that POTUS personally approved this postcard and is aware of the USPS effort in service to the nation — pushing information out to every household, urban and rural,” John M. Barger, a governor of the postal system, wrote in an email to the postmaster general at the time.


In another email, Dr. Deborah L. Birx, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, told a member of the board that Dr. Stephen C. Redd, a deputy director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “will make this happen.” The mailer received a go-ahead from the White House before it was sent out, the emails show.


S. David Fineman, who served on the board under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, said that during his time, the board rarely if ever had contact with the White House.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like this,” he said. “No one would have thought that we would have sought the input of the administration.”


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 ~ From Truthout:

by, Jake Johnson of Common Dreams  -08/04/2020

"The leader of the 200,000-member American Postal Workers Union warned Monday that President Donald Trump’s evidence-free attacks on mail-in voting, threat to delay the November election, and ongoing efforts to undermine the U.S. Postal Service are putting the nation on “a dangerous path toward dictatorship” and must be opposed.


“President Donald Trump’s raising postponement of the upcoming November presidential election has been rightly and quickly rejected by political leaders in both major parties,” APWU President Mark Dimondstein said in a statement Monday. “On behalf of the 200,000 APWU postal workers and retirees, proud public servants of many political persuasions, I join in adding our voice in that chorus.”


“During this pandemic, anyone who believes in the right to vote should enthusiastically embrace voting by mail. Without it, tens of millions of voters will be denied the opportunity to safely exercise their cherished right to vote,” Dimondstein continued. “When postal workers go to work every day, our commitment is not to politicians or political parties, it’s to the people in every community across this country who we are proud to serve in this election season and for years to come.”


Dimonstein’s statement came amid growing alarm among postal workers, lawmakers, and voting rights advocates over Postmaster General Louis DeJoy’s recent policy changes that have resulted in significant mail backlogs and delays across the country — including in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. If the backlogs continue, postal workers warn the USPS may struggle to deliver mail-in ballots on time.


As the Washington Post reported last week, “the new policies have resulted in at least a two-day delay in scattered parts of the country, even for express mail, according to multiple postal workers and union leaders.”


“Letter carriers are manually sorting more mail, adding to the delivery time,” the Post noted. “Bins of mail ready for delivery are sitting in post offices because of scheduling and route changes. And without the ability to work overtime, workers say the logjam is worsening without an end in sight.”
On Monday, House Oversight Committee Chair Rep. Carolyn Maloney asked DeJoy to testify on the policy changes at a hearing scheduled for September 17 — less than two months before the November elections.


In an interview with the New York Times last week, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) — a member of the House Oversight Committee — said “we are worried about new management at the Postal Service that is carrying out Trump’s avowed opposition to voting by mail.”


“I don’t think that’s speculation,” Connolly added. “I think we are witnessing that in front of our own eyes.”

~~~~~

Mexico on the other hand, moves forward:

The United States, due to no planning from Trump is in a state of chaos, parents and teachers alike are pulling their hair out whether or not to send their kids back to school.  Yet, here matters are different:

 ~ From Telesur: 08/03/2020

Mexico To Resume 2020 School Remotely 

"The government-Television Stations' agreement will allow 30 million students to have access to distance education contents.

Mexico will resume its 2020 school year remotely on August 24th with the support of the national TV stations Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen, and Milenio, all of which will broadcast the educational content.

"Returning to classes in person is still risky," Mexico's Education Ministry Secretary Esteban Moctezuma declared as he announced the alliance between the government and the country's most far-reaching television stations.


The agreement will allow 30 million students from 16 different grades to have access to distance education content.


"Students who do not have access to the television signal will have the support of radio, free textbooks, workbooks, and special attention from the Ministry," Moctezuma said.
Remotely, "we guarantee a safe environment for students. The pandemic will be more manageable if we stay at home," he added.

According to teleSUR's correspondent in Mexico, Eduardo Martinez, the return to the classrooms will depend on the situation within each state. Schools will open only in those areas where the epidemiological light is green.


Television stations will broadcast over 4,550 programs and radio stations will broadcast 640 programs. Each program will be transmitted in 20 Indigenous languages.


Although the agreement does not include university education, this is a historic strategy to keep 40 million students and teachers at home.


Universities will be able to self-manage their return to classes as long as the epidemiological light is respected."


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 This is a big one....I have not read any editorials (yet) saying this is just an AMLO buy off of the media:

 ~ From Zeta:

Gobierno de AMLO Pagara 459 MDP a Televisoras Por Transmitir Clases
por, Carlos Alvarez 08/04/20


"The Federal Government agreed yesterday with the main television stations (Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen Television, Millennium) to transmit through 6 channels plus 4,500 educational content -for the benefit of 30 million students of basic and upper secondary levels, who They will return to distance classes in the 2020-2021 cycle-, with a “minimum investment quota”, which would imply allocating 450 million pesos, about 3.87 mp per day between August 24 and December 18 of this year.


After recognizing that there are no conditions to return to the classroom in person, from the Federal Public Education Secretariat (SEP), Esteban Moctezuma Barragán, announced the collaboration of Emilio Azcárraga Jean (Televisa), Benjamín Salinas (TV Azteca), Olegario Vázquez Aldir (Image) and Francisco González Albuerne (Multimedios), to expand the coverage of the Aprende en Casa II program.


“On August 24, the 2020-2021 school year will begin. It will start at a distance because the conditions do not exist to do it in person "due to the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus pandemic (which causes the COVID-19 disease), the federal official said yesterday, Monday, August 3, before President Andrés Manuel López Obrador. .


“From the expenses derived from the Agreement for Education, the unit cost of 15 pesos, including VAT, was calculated for each regular student enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year, who will be beneficiaries of the Presidency reiterated that the agreement with the concessionaires establishes that there will be television channels for the dissemination of learning content at the preschool, primary, secondary and high school levels, but not for profit, "said the SEP in an information card.

For his part, the national president stressed that coverage will be throughout the national territory, due to the integration of private and public television, and acknowledged that the agreement with Televisa, TV Azteca, Imagen Televisión, Milenio will have an economic cost, although They will charge a “minimum fee, it is not a political fee, it is not a government fee, it is not a commercial fee, it is, we are going to call it that, a social fee”.


At night, the Presidency explained that the agreement with the concessionaires establishes that there will be television channels for the distribution, diffusion and transmission of educational visual content of the learning content at the preschool, primary, secondary and high school levels, but without ends of profit, through the multiplexed channels they have.


36 MDP CONTRACT FOR AUDIOVISUAL MATERIALS COMPANY


On the other hand, it was learned that the SEP will pay up to 36 million pesos to an outsourcing company that works for Grupo Elektra, and a private producer, to prepare audiovisual materials for the return to classes.


On June 17, Sinergia Consultoría de Negocios, in consortium with Prime Show Productora, won the tender for the service of production, programming and transmission of audiovisual and multimedia materials, until December 31.

On its website, Sinergia lists TV Azteca, Elektra, Banco Azteca, Afore Azteca and Seguros Azteca among its human resources services clients. While Prime Show is a regular content provider for SEP.
The consortium pledged to recruit 322 professionals in pedagogy and communication, in 89 different categories, including screenwriters, producers, designers, cameramen, assistants and everything necessary to generate educational content.


This team works for the General Directorate of Educational Television (DGTVE) of the SEP, in particular for its director of Audiovisual Production, María Cristina Prado Arias, and must deliver twenty different types of materials, ranging from three-minute capsules to programs of two hours, either prerecorded or live.


The contract is open, for a maximum amount of 36.1 million pesos with VAT included, and the final payment will depend on the number of programs and capsules delivered, which were quoted as a unit."

Con información de Reforma.


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Hard times and tough decisions: The super important announcement from Governor Jaime Bonilla regarding re-opening of the bars in Tijuana:

~ From Zeta: (pics on the link)


"Queremos Trabajar": Miles de Trabajadores de Bares Exigen reapertura de sus Lugares de Trabajo
por, Alejandro Arturo Villa - 08/03/20 


"More than a thousand workers in nightclubs and bars in the central and northern areas of Tijuana demonstrated Monday morning, August 3, on Avenida Revolución, to demand that the government of Jaime Bonilla Valdez reopen their workplaces promptly.


According to a quick count by the police authorities that maintained the perimeter of the march, there were around 1,200 people among waiters, security guards, dancers, bartenders and cleaning staff who have been without economic income for more than four months .

The protesters asked both the state governor, Jaime Bonilla Valdez, and the secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism, Mario Escobedo Carignan, for support with health protocols for the prompt reopening of canteens, bars, hotels, table dance, among other establishments located in the north and Avenida Revolución.


With banners and screams, they marched from First Street to Eleven. The placards read "Responsible reopening before COVID19", "We want to work" and "Señor Bonilla, my family's livelihood comes out."

Agustín Lara Méndez, one of the organizers of the mobilization of white shirts, declared that the call they make to the governor is to be taken into account because there are thousands of families, around 7 thousand, he said, who depend on these income.


At the end of the demonstration, the more than a thousand protesters were left in the uncertainty of the reopening of their workplaces and await a response today, August 3, from Mario Escobedo and the governor.

Bonilla says they are not ready for reopening yet


During the live broadcast made by the state governor every day, this morning from the facilities of the Institute for Sustainable Mobility, IMOS, he responded to the protesters that he regrets the situation they are in but it is not yet time to reopen these businesses for the danger of being infected with the virus.


"They are not ready to start, we have not even taught them the protocols, they will be in due course," said the president.


"For me it would be irresponsible to open the bars, especially when we already have content (Covid 19) perfectly here in Tijuana, content not removed, that is not misinterpreted, at any time if we neglect it jumps again", added.


He indicated that the protesters have every right to protest, "everyone has the right to demonstrate, nothing more than they are going to have to forgive me for loving them so much, and I want to take care of them."


"We are working on this, but it is going to be gradually and in specific places where if you can guarantee to respect the protocol, I invite you, what a pity that they did not make the demonstration outside IMOS, maybe they even reached them but they have to understand that health is paramount to me, ”he replied.


Lastly, he assured that he prefers to see them at home, "struggling a little more than going to see them in the hospital with a respirator."


“The countries and states that have opened like this have suddenly returned, but now they are talking about the second wave being worse than the first, so we have to be very careful. We would like to see if they are all willing to lose their lives for a job, "he concluded."


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I wanted to make sure you guys read what Governor Bonilla said.  That was a rough call, but he did the right thing. Just wish AMLO would not have dismissed wearing face masks !

Going to wrap it here .

Stay safe everyone. 


All the noticias....

Democracy Now !



Saturday, August 1, 2020

I Ain't Got Nobody Trump Cries - Turtleman McConnell Hints That It Is Time For The GOP To Jump Ship or Leave Freakin Dodge - Governors Turn On AMLO'S Man LOPEZ-GATELL - - Complaints From The Professionals of TIJ'S GENERAL HOSPITAL On Lack Of Local Supplies - Bars May Be Opened in TIJ During Semi-Rojo - Some Recent Local COVID & Drug War Stats - UPDATE: TIJ GENERAL HOSPITAL TANKS - Local Executions TIJ: Month of July 180; YTD TIJ 1,773 Dead

Crybaby Trump: "Nobody Likes Me"...no shit Sherlock !


 ~ From CNN:


Great links to GOP recent abandon ship events (or save your ass boys):

'Nobody Likes me', Trump Complains, As Even His Allies Fade 
by, Kevin Liptax - 08/01/20 

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Precisely....

 ~ From Informed Comment : (with bonus videos on the link)

How Trump Broke America: Economy Plummets Historic 33%, COVID Deaths at 1,500/day, And 40MN Could Lose Homes
by, Juan Cole - 07/31/20


"Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – Trump’s refusal last winter to pull out all the stops to mount an effective national coronavirus response has broken the legs of America. On Wednesday, over 1500 coronavirus deaths were reported nationwide, a tally not seen since May. Over 150,000 Americans have died of the disease, and the prospect is that tens of thousands more will succumb.


In Germany, 9,000 people have died, which is equivalent to 36,000 in US terms (the US is 4 times more populous). There were 839 new infections in Germany yesterday, equivalent to 3,356 in US terms. There were over 60,000 new cases a day in the US. That is, new US cases were eighteen times more than Germany’s. This is because the German government and health system are better than the US.


The gross domestic product, the measure of goods and services produced, fell by nearly 33% in the second quarter. That unprecedented percentage is four times worse than any quarter in the Great Depression of the 1930s. The Republican senate went home without passing a new unemployment relief bill, which will reduce the unemployed to only some $1200 a month to live on. The average rent in the US is $1,463 per month.


The US is on the verge of a massive homelessness problem, as rents come due on August 1 and in some states, eviction moratoriums are expiring. If things go on like this, 40 million Americans could lose their homes.


Herman Cain, the pizza mogul and former presidential candidate, died Thursday of Covid-19. He defiantly attended Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, proudly un-distanced and un-masked, and came down with the disease 9 days later. He could have gotten it elsewhere, but the timing is right for Tulsa. Cain tweeted arrogantly attacking the wearing of masks just before he fell ill. RIP. But dude, you should have listened to the science.

Cain’s death underlined the problem the Republican Party has, of an anti-science bias and a disdain for anything they perceive as bad for business (Cain could not sell many pizzas if people avoided closed spaces and wore masks; but then Cain will never sell another pizza anyway).


Hong Kong, a city the size of New York where 98% of people wear masks, has had 10 coronavirus deaths.


The United States needs a national coronavirus response, and it has been denied one by Donald J. Trump. Trump treated the pandemic like one of the women he sexually assaulted, who could safely be ignored or paid off with a little sum under the table to go away. It will all disappear, he said, by April. It will just go away one day. His irrational opposition to mitigation efforts– closing down public gatherings for long enough to start the virus on a downward spiral, wearing masks, testing and contact tracing, nationwide provision of personal protective equipment (PPE) to the medical system— all of this obfuscation deeply wounded the national response. States were thrown on their own devices, but had over the past 15 years deeply cut their county health departments. They were made to compete with one another for needed resources.


Trump thumbed his nose at CDC guidelines for public gatherings, insisting on a mega campaign rally in Tulsa, OK, that he was trying to get 100,000 people to. About 6,000 showed up, sitting in a stadium with no social distancing and no masks. There was subsequently a spike in coronavirus cases in that county, and who knows how many people were infected? Initially the stadium had tried to reserve every other seat in the stadium so as to keep at least a little distance between the attendees, but Trump campaign workers removed the stickers so as to cram them in tight for a good camera shot.


As the cases of Germany and South Korea show, the coronavirus challenge can be dealt with by a reasoned and efficient national public policy. Trump has none.


Trump has broken America."


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Then, to top it off (as if anything could top it off), the Turtleman himself Mitch McConnell has basically given the go ahead to Republican senatorial candidates to "distance themselves" from Donald Trump - or jump ship:

 ~ From CNN:

McConnell Signals For Republican Senate Candidates: Distance From Trump If Necessary 
by, Michael Warren & Jaime Ganyel - 07/31/20

Well yes, it is necessary....but can we trust any of them ever again?  Did we ever ? I do not believe these same candidates distanced themselves over the Border Wall, or the migrante babies being held in cages, or the almost complete destruction of vital US environmental  policies, or the fact that it is Trump who does not approve of the continuation  of unemployment benefits @ 600.00 extra per month to those who have lost their jobs due to the Pandemic.


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The question is...is Lopez-Gatell symbolic of AMLO ?

Not meaning to beat a dead horse, but yesterday we read that ten PAN governors reacted against Lopez-Gatell (a fave of AMLO - but note, no such reaction against AMLO himself) and his handling of the COVID crisis in Mexico.  Today, that number has been lowered, but apparently the PAN is not really gaining the support from the PRI.  We'll  watch this and see where it goes:

 ~ From Proceso : (for related reports hit the link)


Lopez-Gatel Divide a Gobernadores Del PAN Y Exhibe La Orfandad Del PRI
por, Alejandro Cabellero - 08/01/20


"MEXICO CITY (process.com.mx) .- The demand by nine governors for Hugo López-Gatell to resign as spokesperson for the health contingency divided the leaders of the National Action Party (PAN) and exhibited the state of abandonment in which find the Institutional Revolutionary Party (PRI).


Of the nine leaders that make up the PAN bloc called GOAN, only four want the undersecretary of Health to leave office: Martín Sandoval, from Aguascalientes; José Rosas Aispuro, from Durango; Diego Sinhue Rodríguez Vallejo, from Guanajuato, and Francisco García Cabeza de Vaca, from Tamaulipas.


At the beginning, Javier Corral Jurado, from Chihuahua, had been included in the petition, who in a matter of hours distanced himself from that demand and clarified that he did not participate in the discussion or knew the text requesting the departure of the federal official.

Postulated by the PAN, Arturo Echevarría García, Governor of Nayarit, has remained on the sidelines of all the actions led by GOAN.


For their part, the presidents Carlos Mendoza Davis, from Baja California Sur; Francisco Domínguez Servién, from Querétaro; Mauricio Vidal Dosal, from Yucatan, and Carlos Joaquín González, from Quintana Roo, who had been actively participating in that group, this time remained on the sidelines.


Of the four leaders of National Action calling for the resignation of López Gatell, that of Durango and that of Tamaulipas have been mentioned in the plot of the Emilio Lozoya case, for allegedly having received, when they were legislators, sums of millions to support the approval of the energy reform, and Guanajuato has its state mired in the worst security crisis in memory.
Aispuro and Cabeza de Vaca's term ends next year.


In the PRI the situation is worse. Only two of its 12 governors joined the initiative Lopez-Gatell leave: that of Coahuila, Miguel Ángel Riquelme Solís and that of Colima, José Ignacio Peralta Sánchez. In the case of Peralta, his six-year term ends next year.


Los otros gobernadores que piden la salida del subsecretario de Salud son Enrique Alfaro Ramírez, de Jalisco, postulado por Movimiento Ciudadano y quien aspira a ser candidato presidencial; el perredista Silvano Aureoles Conejo, de Michoacán, quien dejará el cargo el próximo año, y Jaime Rodríguez Calderón, de Nuevo León, quien ganó la gubernatura como candidato independiente y cuyo mandato también termina en 2021.


Grouped into what they call the Federalist Alliance, the nine politicians put their request in the following terms: "The governors of 40 million Mexican men and women, demand that the federal government immediately remove Hugo López-Gatell and put in charge  an expert in the field, with knowledge and humility to fully understand the issues of this serious health crisis like the one we are going through, "they said in a statement.


They consider that "the health emergency requires not only a specialist, but a profile with sensitivity, intelligence and a high sense of responsibility that Mr. Gatell lacks and shows it every time he issues contradictory, confusing and incoherent information that the indolent shows us number of deaths in Mexico" .


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More angst against authorities in Brazil & Tijuana From Professional Health workers.  The question is, will their petitions be heard and resolved in a positive manner?


 ~ Redirect From Consortium News: 

COVID-19: Brazilian Health Workers File ICC Complaint Against Bolsonaro 
by, Jessica Corbett of Common Dreams

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 ~ From Zeta: 

Medicos del Hospital General Inconformes Con Mensaje de Perez Rico "Que No Refleja La Realidad de Los Insumos" 


"After doctors from the General Hospital of Tijuana released a document through ZETA reporting the shortage of medications and supplies and the saturation of beds, they held a meeting with the Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico on Wednesday, July 29 in the afternoon, after the Secretary of Health dismissed his complaints in the presentation on social networks of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez that same day.


Now in a document signed by Doctors and Nurses of the General Hospital of Tijuana, and shared on the Facebook page Internal Medicine hgt, they said they disagreed:


"We demonstrate against the message that Dr. Pérez-Rico transmits, since it does not reflect the reality of the inputs that we must have constantly and in sufficient quantity," they refer to the video that the same health secretary published. on social networks on Wednesday night 29, and allegedly recorded in the medicine warehouses of the General Hospital, where he revealed that there was no shortage.


Doctors and nurses, say in their new position, that Pérez Rico accepted the lack of personnel, that he accepted that there are only 107 “operational” beds, and that floors 3, 5, 6, 7, and 8 do not work, Furthermore, he "recognized that there have been problems with the supply of various drugs and supplies throughout the epidemic."


However, it bothered them that he contradicted all his commitments with videos taken from the drug store.


Here is the full letter from the Doctors and Nurses of the General Hospital of Tijuana:


Tijuana Baja California to July 30, 2020.

"To public opinion.

"Yesterday, doctors in charge of the care of COVID 19 patients at the General Tijuana Hospital, held a meeting with the C. Secretary of Health, Dr. Alonso Oscar Pérez Rico. Present at the meeting were the Director of the General Hospital Tijuana, Dr. Reyes Escamilla, the Deputy Director, Dr. Ornelas Abrego, and the heads of Internal Medicine, the Intensive Care Unit and Respiratory Therapy. Below we want to present a synthesis of what was discussed at this meeting.


1. The secretary acknowledged that the General Hospital Tijuana works with a lack of medical and paramedical personnel. He knows that the care of many extremely serious patients has fallen in many cases, on general doctors who were hired ad hoc and resident doctors of internal medicine and emergencies. I point out that although there is a job offer, they have not been able to hire more specialist doctors. He undertook to base 14 specialist doctors who have been involved in the care of COVID patients under contract. "He promised to direct the management that allows the granting of a financial remuneration to all the personnel who have remained active in the care of patients with COVID, including resident physicians


2. The Secretary acknowledged that although there are 220 census beds in the hospital, only 107 are operational. He also knows that since the hospital reconversion, floors 3,5,6,7 and 8 have no operational personnel and therefore do not work .

3. Secretary Perez-Rico acknowledged that there have been problems with the supply of various medications and supplies throughout the epidemic. He indicated that work would be done to maintain a constant supply of some of these drugs. He also pointed out that it is not possible to guarantee the supply of some other medicines due to not having the necessary providers.

4. Secretary Pérez-Rico was informed that the use of mechanical ventilators in the Hospital is borderline. He promised to work to get more ventilation units to the hospital. 

5. Secretary Pérez-Rico learned that the microbiology laboratory resource has not existed in the hospital for many years and only recently have blood cultures been available. He did not comment on it.

We are concerned and outraged that once the meeting ended, the Secretary of Health has made the wrong decision, to transmit videos from the warehouse areas of the hospital where he indicates the presence of some of the things that were part of the lawsuit that caused the meeting we held and where he recognized the supply problem. 

 We speak out against the message that Dr. Pérez-Rico transmits, since it does not reflect the reality of the inputs that we must have constantly and in sufficient quantity.

 We thank Dr. Pérez Rico for the time he gives us to listen to our demands, we hope that his work will translate into better supply systems for supplies and medicines in the near future. We will continue working with a lot of effort looking for the well-being of the patients we serve.

Sincerely

Doctors and Nurses of the General Hospital".


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UPDATE: General Hospital in Tijuana Tanks.....

 ~ From Zeta:

Hospital General de Tijuana a Maxima Capacidad, Sin Medicamentos Ni Tomagrafo
por, Uriel Saucedo - 08/01/20 @ 10:14pm 



"Doctors from the General Hospital of Tijuana, who for fear of reprisals avoided giving their names, reported that the hospital continues to its maximum capacity with 86 hospitalized patients distributed over three floors and the emergency area, 35 of whom are intubated. In addition, they still do not have the necessary medications to treat these patients.


Also information that the scanner still does not work, ruining the statements of the Secretary of Health, who confirmed that it had already been repaired and had obtained necessary medicine.
The information provided to ZETA, refers to the fact that the hospital has about 40 free beds and not 96 as indicated by the report that Pérez Rico provided on the morning of Saturday, August 1, in the company of Governor Jaime Bonilla, in the same way they mentioned that they are 35 intubated patients and not 28 as the Health Secretary stated. 


They also mentioned that there are medicines that are still not stocked such as profol, vecuronium and dexmedetomidine, also that they were told that these medicines are having difficulty being obtained at the national level, so other similar drugs are being used in terms of what they are relaxants like rocuronium and norepinephrine; In the case of antibiotics, they need to get Linezolid.


They explained that the importance of the medicines that have not reached them, is that having them would avoid giving too many relaxants to the patients, and that when they are discharged they have difficulties to move. 


Regarding the tomograph (C-scan), they indicated that it still does not work, because despite the fact that a computer was purchased, it continued to be useless, so a technician from the United States was contacted, who identified that the problem was not in the computer, but in the fiber optic used by this device, so there is no date for when it is available, a matter of concern because it is a vital tool at the moment for COVID-19 patients.


Likewise, it was shared that the General Hospital is treating about 10 patients daily in its filter, admitting an average of two patients per day for presenting complications from COVID.
It is worth mentioning that it was last Tuesday, July 28, when doctors and nurses from the General Hospital of Tijuana denounced through a letter that the hospital had problems with the supply of medicine, and that floors 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 were empty. Therefore, counting the beds on these floors was only causing the number of empty beds to be inflated, reducing the hospital's occupancy rate. 

In the letter containing 11 points, reference was made to the lack of sedation and relaxation medications, drugs to prevent the formation of clots, antibiotics, closed breathing systems, circuits for the oxygen delivery system, colloid patches, computed tomography and video laryngoscope. functional. 


In addition, this Weekly confirmed that when there was a shortage of medications in the General Hospital, the relatives of the hospitalized patients had to buy the antibiotics and relaxants outside, coming to spend about 20 thousand pesos that were not reimbursed."


 Okay - I will never again tell you guys to stop fighting between each other...but you know, that's what Dr. Fauci keeps saying about the resistant Trumpistas in the States who defy any logic.  We have to work together he says, and of course as you know...it is an uphill battle.  Good Luck and sorry for your huge disaster.

end update.


 
Un otro problema en Tijuana: they are seriously considering opening some of the bars in TIJ.  Or...dig more graves, make more money ???

 ~ From Zeta: (contains most current stats on the virus in Baja)

Con COVID en Aumento, bonilla Plantea Apertura de Bares en Tijuana
por, Uriel Saucedo  - 08/01/20

"The Governor of Baja California, Jaime Bonilla Valdez, and the head of the Secretariat of Sustainable Economy and Tourism (SEST), Mario Escobedo Carignan, reported on the morning of Saturday, August 1, that they are analyzing the possibility of opening certain bars in Tijuana "because it is where the pandemic is more or less controlled ”. 


They warned that the opening would take place considering a series of protocols,  endorsed by the Ministry of Health in charge of Alonso Pérez Rico.


During the transmission, Escobedo Carignan reported that to date no outbreaks of contagion have been identified in any of the non-essential activities that have opened - despite the red light -, exemplifying with the gastronomic and hotel sectors that according to the official, they did not have confirmed cases after the holiday weekend on July 4.


"As you have ordered governor, all the reactivation requests we analyze, and we are all analyzing them every week, and we respond based on what we consider, based on the experience of health, work, based on the guidelines by part of the General Health Council, which ones can we reactivate in the best possible way, minimizing the possibilities of contagion ”, said the secretary of Sustainable Economy and Tourism. 


It will be during the following week when Escobedo Carignan informs which will be the first bars to reopen their doors, ensuring that the owners of bars already have a commitment to comply with sanitary protocols and apply tests weekly to their employees. 


The above contrasts with that reported by Pérez Rico and Bonilla himself during the last week, who assured that they would not open bars until the traffic light was green because it is an activity where people are more vulnerable, given that when consuming alcoholic beverages , they were more likely to forget to respect social distancing. 


These statements are given when the city of Tijuana had an increase of 72 confirmed cases, reaching 4 thousand 11 infected citizens and 136 active cases in the last 14 days, 29 in the last 24 hours, being the second municipality with the most infected people and with the most fatality in the state, accumulating 1,116 deaths, with 15 deaths in the last 24 hours.


The information provided by the Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, indicates that there were 205 new infections in the state, in addition to those already mentioned in Tijuana, the municipality of Mexicali reported 73 new confirmed cases, totaling 7 thousand one COVID-19 patients, likewise Ensenada had 40 new cases, registering a total of 1,543 accumulated cases, and Tecate reached 325 cases with six new patients. 


San Quintín has 324 cases of which 10 occurred in the last hours. In Playas de Rosarito the number rose to 169 with two new ones, as well as in the town of San Felipe, which had the same number of new cases, reporting 216 infected patients.


Regarding active cases, the increase was 13 percent compared to the previous day, with 529 patients classified as active in Baja California. In Mexicali, assets rose to 205, Ensenada now has 139 and Tijuana has 136; the city of Tecate increased to 10 active and Playas de Rosarito to five, while the town of San Felipe remained with 14 cases and only San Quintín had a decrease of four cases, leaving 20 active with COVID-19.


The deaths were 29, 11 in Mexicali, which now has 1,241, in Tijuana 15 accumulating 1,116 deaths, one recent death in Ensenada, reaching 194; in Tecate and San Felipe, it was also a new death, reporting 79 and two deaths, respectively. Playas de Rosarito, was the municipality where there were no recent losses, maintaining 15. The patients recovered in the state now total 7,443.
The converted hospitals of the Ministry of Health reported a 53 percent occupation with 183 beds and 109 ventilators available. At the General Hospital of Mexicali they work at 59 percent of their capacity, at the General in Tijuana at 43 percent and at the General in Ensenada at 57 percent occupancy.


For its part, the IMSS reported 71 percent statewide occupancy with 210 beds and 34 free fans for use. By municipality the figures varied, in the General Hospital of Zone 30 it was at 82 percent of its capacity, the Regional 1 of Tijuana at 59 percent and the General of Zone 8 in Ensenada had an occupation of 81 percent."

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Finally a quick update on the local drug war stats, and they are not good:

 ~ From Zeta:(Zeta News Room)

Reportan 7 Homidios en Tijuana 


"The violence in Tijuana continues unstoppable, now seven people, all male, were killed between Thursday 30 and the early hours of this Friday, July 31. The number of intentional homicides reached 180 victims in July and 1,773 so far this year."


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 Just to mention in the US, Dr. Fauci says to avoid bars - those in the USA which were re-opened  acted like powerful conduits for transmission of the virus, despite so-called safety protocols.  Avoid them like the plague.

Didn't go up for Paris's bathers, doing it on Monday due to waiting for the garage door to be fixed. BTW, Pet-Co has outstanding protocols, and they do wear masks and gloves while bathing the pups. Mike is a little bit better, he did too much today as usual. My knee is a disaster.

Meanwhile, oh poor baby Trump...he ain't got nobody (except Mexico I guess and that is a crying shame.)