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Showing posts with label Uriel Saucedo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Uriel Saucedo. Show all posts

Sunday, September 13, 2020

A Few Things We Can Count On From the Trump Indoor Rally Today In Nevada: He and Most Of His Cultists Will Not Be Wearing Masks Or Practising Social Distancing, He Will Lie About Everything, and He Will Not Be Talking About the Environment - Tijuana Month of September = 58 Executions; YTD Total For Tijuana = 1,412 Dead; Ensenada High Numbers of Executions - UPDATE 09/14: Execution Numbers Increase - Current BC COVID19 Stats -Willy Nelson !

I should have added (but I thought the title was getting kind of long) he might even reveal that he thinks Joe Biden is taking drugs.

 Of course, he won't be speaking about the Republicans who are blocking the Virus Aide and millions of Americans are unemployed, broke, hungry, losing their homes or rentals and scared to death. But then again he could mention  he received the Bay of Pigs award.

One thing we know for certain, people will be crammed in like sardines to the inside event, most not wearing masks and not a soul practising social distancing.

  ~ From CNN:

 Trump To Hold First Entirely Indoor Rally In nearly Three Months

Updated 1:25 AM ET, Mon September 14, 2020

 

This BTW was from last week, and if you listened to the Trump speech, comparing himself to FDR and Churchhill  as we did, you probably  were astounded-left speechless as we were to say the least. Goes to show Trump knows nothing about history, not one thing, bombastic ! 

Trump Twists History of Churchill and FDR To Cover Up Pandemic Denialism

Updated 7:35 AM ET, Fri September 11, 2020


"Ann Arbor (Informed Comment) – It is astonishing to me that we still have 287 million gasoline vehicles on our roads and that 20 percent of our electricity comes from burning dirty coal. We just go on blithely pumping over 5 billion metric tons of carbon dioxide, a powerful and dangerous heat-trapping gas, into the atmosphere annually. It is like setting off atomic bombs in the atmosphere. We know this. And yet as a society we are virtually paralyzed. Our Neanderthal-in-chief actually promotes coal burning, and the Republican Party is a Siamese twin with Big Oil.

The presidential candidates aren’t even talking about it much, and it was an issue largely excluded by the corporate press and the party machines from the primary debates.

While individuals with the resources can cut down on their carbon footprints with solar panels and electric cars (they are a good combination), the problem can’t be tackled effectively without government action. And there, the United States has failed. It has been made to fail by Big Carbon and greedy politicians and ignorant journalists and an apathetic public that apparently doesn’t care if their children or grandchildren face a choice of being burned up or drowning.

If you go back and look at the predictions of climate scientists about 2020, you’ll see that they gave a range, of best- and worst-case scenarios. In every instance, it is the worst case scenario that has come to pass. Even the most jaded and alarmed scientists in 2000 were not pessimistic enough.

Mother Nature is trying to tell us something but we are not listening.

Diana Leonard and Andrew Freedman at WaPo write, “These wildfires are what is known as a compound disaster, in which more than one extreme event takes place at the same time, across a varied geography. While climate scientists have been warning that compound disasters are an inevitable result of human-caused climate change, a spate of simultaneously burning, rapidly expanding fires spanning the entire West Coast was not expected for several more decades if greenhouse gas emissions remain high.”

1. 3.1 million acres of California have been scorched this year by wildfires, the largest number in recorded history, and thousands of homes have been destroyed. Some 200,000 are going without electricity in a bid to stop more fires. Christina Walker at CNN reports that California wildfires have increased 8x in size since 1970, and the number of acres burned is up 500%.

CNN quotes Daniel Swain, a climate scientist at UCLA and the National Center for Atmospheric Research: “climate change has not just made the extreme heat waves that coincided with the fires worse. The bigger effect is the more subtle, long-term warming,” he said. “That couple of degrees of (average) warming over decades … you don’t notice it as much, but it’s still there lurking in the background, sucking extra moisture out of the vegetation and the soil.”

A study has just demonstrated that the number of extreme-danger fire days has doubled since 1980 in California because of global heating.

2. Wildfires have burned a million acres in Oregon, and Timothy Bella, Marisa Iati and Hannah Knowles at WaPo report that state officials are worried about a “mass fatality incident” that will overwhelm local health care facilities. Fully 10 percent of the state’s population, some 500,000 people, have been ordered evacuated.

3. Joseph O’Sullivan reports at the Seattle Times that Washington state has seen over 600,000 acres burned. It is also part of the expanding Compound Disaster. This is the most acreage burnt in recorded history except for 2015. Governor Jay Inslee, in keeping with the spirit of Compound Disaster, is trying to provide shelter to some of the 500,000 fleeing Oregonians.

4. Nature is not disconnected from human society or from the economy, as Trump and his ilk imagine. Jeff Dukes writes in the Chicago Tribune about the effect of global heating on the Midwest:

    “In the Midwest, we regularly see crops ruined by droughts or floods. We expect wetter springs, bigger downpours and more variable precipitation during hotter summers to crash yields more often. The agricultural banks that many farmers depend on for credit are typically small and disproportionately exposed to these regional extreme weather events.”

The Midwest is facing the opposite problem from the West, of increased downpours and crop damage. What we seldom stop to think about is the rolling farm bankruptcies it will produce and hence the rolling bank failures.

5. Hurricane Laura visited devastation on Louisiana and struck up to Arkansas. It landed as nearly a Category 4 Hurricane, and if it had hit more populous areas it would have been an even bigger disaster. Sarah Gibbons at National Geographic lays out the dangers of such enormous storms. They are causing coastal erosion, literally just taking away the state’s land. As the icecaps melt, the Gulf of Mexico is rising (and the water is heating, so it expands). That sea level rise is exacerbating the sinking of the Delta because levees no longer let the Mississippi lay down silt.

Hot sea water and extra moisture in the air from heat-driven evaporation is fueling super-hurricanes in the Gulf that are more powerful and cause more downpours than anything in recorded history. This heating is from us driving our cars and burning our coal and other ways we generate heat-trapping gases."

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Local Drug War & COVID Stats:

 

Before I get so far behind, here are some stats:

 

Tijuana:

58 executions so far this month of September in Tijuana, leaving a YTD total of 1,412 dead. Check  out Noticias del Dia for more reports on all of these.


 ~ From Zeta:

Ola de Violencia en Tijuana: 10 Homicidios en Las Ultimas Horas, Suman 1,412 en 2020

Por, Julieta Aragon 

"From 5 a.m. on Saturday, September 12 to noon this Sunday, in Tijuana there were ten homicides. With this, they add 58 murders so far in September, and in the accumulated of 2020, 1,412.

In the most recent violent events, the multi-homicide of three men stands out during the early hours of this September 13, when in the first minutes of the day, officials of the State Investigation Agency located the three bodies on the old highway to Tecate, on one side from number 105, in the Colonia Vivienda Magisterial 37, in the Los Pinos delegation. The victims - who remain unidentified - have gunshot wounds.

At noon today, in the same district of Los Pinos, a man was shot to death while walking on the main avenue of the Puerta Plata subdivision, located on one side of Bulevard 2000.

Municipal police officers and Red Cross rescuers arrived at the scene and attended to the victim, but the victim no longer had vital signs and the man was declared dead at the scene. The area was cordoned off waiting for agents of the State Attorney General's Office to carry out the corresponding proceedings.

Regarding the homicides reported on Saturday, September 12, at the stroke of midnight, Valentín Reyes Rosa and Alberto Audeves Mercado were found dead inside a house in the private San Jorge, in the Villa del Álamo subdivision, in the delegation The pines. Both bodies show traces of strangulation.

At 11:40 p.m. yesterday, the assassination of J. Nicolás Martínez Monroy, 55, was reported. The corpse of the man -which showed gunshots- was found inside a green and cream public transport vehicle on Mixtla street, in front of number 14912, in the Sánchez Taboada Produtsa neighborhood, in the Sánchez Taboada delegation .

Hours before, at 6:30 p.m., officials of the State Investigation Agency located a gray truck, parked on Constitución avenue, between Second and Third streets, in front of number 616, in the Zona Centro neighborhood, in the Centro delegation .

In the passenger seat was Geovany Zepeda, 32, whose body had gunshot wounds to the neck and chest.

Minutes earlier, on Avenida Ferrocarril -on one side of the train tracks-, in the Zermeño Mérida neighborhood, in the Los Pinos delegation, the body of a man, between 20 and 25 years old, was found. The body had a head wound and 3 more to the thorax produced by a firearm projectile. So far the identity of the victim is unknown.

In the early hours of Saturday, at 5:25 a.m., the body of a man, between 45 and 50 years old, was found on the free highway Mexicali-Tijuana, at kilometer 159 + 100, in the Presa Rural delegation The body had two injuries to the head and one more to the thorax, caused by a firearm."

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UPDATE/edit 09/14:

The execution numbers according to Zeta have increased. I'm adding this because maybe you might be thinking, well, it is just more people being shot. No, this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as cruelty Is concerned...and it happens all of time, it is savage here up and down the coast:

Dejan Cabeza Humana En Cubeta, Cuerpo En Tambo y Narcomensaje En La Altamira: 

 "The violence in Tijuana continues. This morning of Monday, September 14, the severed head of a person was found inside a plastic bucket, a body inside a tambo, as well as a drug message. The discovery occurred in the vicinity of the Altamira neighborhood.

With this fact, the number of intentional homicides rises to 63 victims in September, and 1,416 so far in 2020.

Information obtained by ZETA, refers that around 06:29 hours it was reported that in Lucrecia Toriz Street and Second Street at the height of the stairs that lead to a private university there was a black and white plastic drum, which was he managed to appreciate the lower extremities, which were tied with a piece of black cloth, wrapped in a brown and beige blanket.

In addition, 20 meters from the first site, a white plastic bucket was found, and inside a human head. On one side was a piece of canvas with a legend that read: “ALINIENSE BALL OF DOGS FROM INDEPE TO VAN A RODAR CHOMPAS. YOU FOLLOW YOUR LUIZ GÁMEZ OR THE (LUISILLO) ATORALE BY DAY CRISTALON IN ONE. ATT EL KINDER NG ”.

In other violent events, four murders were recorded on Sunday, September 13.

The first occurred at 6:10 a.m. at an address at number 96 Lázaro Cárdenas street, Alfonso Garzón neighborhood, where a 20-year-old male who went by the name of Yamil Ramos Ramírez was murdered.

Later, another young man identified, Gerardo García Mora, 24, was found dead on Titanio Street in the Puerta de Plata neighborhood. The victim had reddish-brown spots.

Also on Sunday on Abedul Street in front of the address of Lot 11, Block 27, Valle Imperial neighborhood, a male was found dead with visible traces of violence, until now unidentified. Two casings were found at the site.

Finally, at 9:40 p.m., a young man between the ages of 25 and 30 was shot to death when he was on Hacienda las Arboledas Street, in the Terrazas del Valle II section.

In none of the cases are detained persons reported."

 

end edit.

 

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 Ensenada:

You wouldn't know Ensenada  is more or less a battleground, not only in the drug war related deaths but the COVID debacle by reading the reports of tourists flocking to the Municipality. Marco Flores writes that a YTD tally would exceed 265 deaths in Ensenada by execution.  Here is the link to Ensenada from Zeta; you can scroll through - don't miss the two gringos down in San Quintin at El Socorro.  Back in the early 80's Socorro used to be one of our favorite places to camp & surf.

 ~ From Zeta:

Ensenada

 

Sospechan que Restos Encontrados en Fosa de SQ sean de Pareja Norteamericana 

Por, Lorena Lamas 

"The State Attorney General's Office (FGE) suspects that the North American couple who is missing in Baja California are inside a grave in the town of El Socorrito in San Quintín, south of Ensenada.

They are a retired couple identified by the media from San Diego, California, as Ian Hirschsohn, 78, of Solana Beach and Kathy Harvey, 73, of Tierrasanta.

Both traveled frequently to the area where they rented a home, although they intended to return to the United States on August 31. Relatives of the couple had no further news of them so they notified the police corporations.

The San Diego Police Department confirmed on Friday that the bodies were found, however, according to Ensenada officials working on the case, they reported that they are not sure because they have three days trying to extract the remains from a grave, or well, six meters deep.

Since the discovery last Thursday, September 3, a delegation was formed between agents and rescue elements from the Civil Protection Directorate, as well as volunteers.

On Saturday night the rescuers deserted the operation due to the risk, on Saturday morning they began the work but so far they have not been able to extract the remains.

El Socorrito is located about four kilometers from the Transpeninsular highway, and the closest to the place of the discovery is a rehabilitation center for addicts."

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The COVID-19 Stats:

 ~ From Zeta:

 Muertes Por COVID-19 Suman 3 Mil 304 en BC

Por, Julieta Aragon  - 09/13/20

 



 

"The number of deaths caused by the SARS CoV-2 virus (COVID-19) amounted to 3,330 in Baja California, with which the entity remains in fifth place nationally. More than half of the deaths (58.8%) from March to September 12, 2020 were registered with the Mexican Institute of Social Security.

While 37.4% in the hospitals of the Ministry of Health and 3.75% in the rest of institutions, said the Secretary of Health, Alonso Pérez Rico, this Sunday during the message of Governor Jaime Bonilla Valdez, on Facebook.

In the last report (of September 12) the entity reported 20 new deaths: 12 in Tijuana, 3 in Ensenada, 3 in Mexicali, and 2 in Tecate.

Regarding the number of accumulated cases of coronavirus, in Baja California there are 18 thousand 324. Of which, the Ministry of Health registered 7 thousand 108; IMSS, 9,753; IMSS Wellbeing 209; ISSSTE, 440; ISSSTECALI, 662; Sedena, 37; Semar, 47 and private hospitals, 68.

According to the official, 24 new cases were reported on September 12. Fifteen in Ensenada, to add 2 thousand 905. Eight in Mexicali, bringing the total to 8 thousand 778 accumulated. Five in Tijuana, to reach 5,841 accumulated cases of coronavirus. Rosarito one, with a total of 323. While Tecate had no new cases, although it registers 477 accumulated cases.

As of yesterday's cut, active cases in the entity decreased from 675 to 601. Tijuana went from having 317 cases to 278, which left the top 20 municipalities with the most active cases, ranking 25th.

Mexicali also decreased the number of active cases, from 144 to 125. Ensenada, went from 162 to 157. Tecate dropped 10 active cases, from 26 to 16. Rosarito also reduced one active case, bringing it to 25.

Pérez Rico added that hospital occupancy is 28.16% in the SSA; 73.68% in Social Security; 87% in the ISSSTE; 63.82% in the ISSSTECALI; and 21.36% in Sedena."

 

UPDATE/edit: 09/14

Current COVID-19 stats:

 

Perez Rico Reporta Solo 17 casos Nuevo COVID19 en BC

Por, Uriel Saucedo 

 

"The city of Tijuana in Baja California reported 229 active cases of COVID-19, on the morning of Monday, September 14, the highest figure in the five municipalities, which together accumulate 501 patients with the active SARS-CoV-2 virus . Of the accumulated cases since the beginning of the pandemic, there are 18 thousand 341 and three thousand 319 deaths, reported the head of the Ministry of Health (SS), Alonso Pérez Rico.

Although active cases decreased by 100 cases compared to the previous day, the state remains above 500 patients with the active virus. Tijuana reports 229, Mexicali 103, Ensenada 100, Playas de Rosarito 24, Tecate 11 and the towns of San Quintín and San Felipe have 32 and two cases respectively.

In contrast to the more than 100 new cases to COVID-19 registered in recent days, this Monday there were only 17 new cases. Tijuana (5,851 confirmed) accumulated 10 cases; Ensenada (2 thousand 364) added three cases; Mexicali (8 thousand 484) accumulated two cases; Tecate (478) had a new case as well as the town of San Quintín (545). Only Playas de Rosarito (323) and the town of San Felipe (296) remained without incident.

Of the confirmed accumulated, 387 are people ranging from 0 to 20 years old, but the group with the most cases is that of people 30 to 34 years old who report 2,274 COVID patients. Of the patients that are still alive, 14,848 have been outpatients and 173 have been hospitalized, 3,319 have lost their lives.

Pérez Rico reported that of the 15 recent deaths, Tijuana had the highest number, with 7 deaths reaching 1,352 deaths; Mexicali accumulated 1,498 with five deceased persons; Tecate with two reached 103 deaths and Ensenada with one case rose to 327 deaths. The localities without increases are Playas de Rosarito, which maintains 18 deaths, the town of San Quintín has 19 and San Felipe has two.

By age groups, the highest number of deaths has occurred in people aged 64 to 69, 427 to date; It is followed by the groups of 60 to 64 years that register 414 deaths and that of 55 to 59 years has 413 deaths. Those recovered are 10,380 in the entire state.

In the SS, hospital occupancy is 28 percent with 110 beds occupied and 60 ventilators in use. The General Hospital of Mexicali is at 29 percent occupancy; the General de Tijuana at 32 percent and the General Hospital of Ensenada at 24 percent occupancy.

The Mexican Institute of Social Security (IMSS) is 74 percent occupied in the state with 149 hospitalized patients and 29 connected to a ventilator. Mexicali has an occupation of 78 percent in the General Hospital of Zone 30; Tijuana is 73 percent in the Regional Hospital 1 and Ensenada works at 73 percent occupancy in the General Hospital of Zone 8."

 

end edit.

 

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I saw this report a few days back and thought it might work on the blog...but I was torn, especially after viewing the Ensenada report from Zeta (above) and of course the drug violence which surrounds us in Tijuana.

However , I am a Jimmy Carter fan... and I needed a tune for the blog.

Here then,

 ~ From the Hill via MSN:

"Jimmy Carter Says His Son Smoked Pot With Willie Nelson On White House Roof"

By, John Bowden - https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/jimmy-carter-says-his-son-smoked-pot-with-willie-nelson-on-white-house-roof/ar-BB18ZURH

"Former President Jimmy Carter reveals in a new documentary that his son James Earl "Chip" Carter sat on the roof of the White House and smoked marijuana with country music legend Willie Nelson.

People magazine reports that Carter made the admission in a new documentary, "Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President." Carter confirmed the anecdote described in Nelson's autobiography, though Nelson had hid the identity of Carter's son in the book in which he referred to his companion as a "servant" in the White House.

"When Willie Nelson wrote his autobiography, he confessed that he smoked pot in the White House one night when he was spending the night with me," Carter says, according to People. "And he says that his companion that shared the pot with him was one of the servants in the White House. That is not exactly true - it actually was one of my sons, which he didn't want to categorize as a pot-smoker like him."

Carter famously made political alliances with many well-known musicians during his White House tenure, including Nelson and the Allman Brothers. In the documentary, he reportedly also dismissed criticism of his meetings with musical groups, pointing to the influence such groups had over their fans.

"I was doing what I really believed, and the response I think from the followers of those musicians was much more influential than the people who thought [of] that being inappropriate for a president," Carter says, according to People.

Nelson is an outspoken advocate for left-leaning causes and in 2018 supported former Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D) in his Senate bid against Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)."

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Rolling Stone covered this same material back in 2019:

"Sixty-five years after he smoked his first joint, Willie Nelson is America’s most legendary stoner and a walking testament to the power of weed. It may have even saved his life" 


 

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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

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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."


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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.

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.)