5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren’t true ; The Conversation


The purveyors of these myths, including politicians who have been soft peddling the impact of the coronavirus, aren’t doing the country any favors.

Source: 5 COVID-19 myths politicians have repeated that just aren’t true : The Conversation

White House goes through dizzying change in staff | TheHill


President Trump has replaced his chief of staff, press secretary, legislative affairs director and domestic policy adviser and retooled his communications shop in a span of about three months and

Source: White House goes through dizzying change in staff | TheHill

Protesters in North Carolina, Missouri and Alabama demand an end to lockdown | Daily Mail Online


Demonstrators gathered in Raleigh, North Carolina, Tuesday to demand Governor Roy Cooper brings an end to the state’s coronavirus lockdown rules and reopens the state for business.

Source: Protesters in North Carolina, Missouri and Alabama demand an end to lockdown | Daily Mail Online

US economy slows to 2.1 percent growth in second quarter | TheHill


Economic growth in the U.S. slowed in the second quarter of 2019 after a torrid start to the year, according to data released Friday by the Commerce Department.

U.S. gross domestic product (GDP) grew at an annualized rate of 2.1 percent between April and June, in line with expectations but well below the 3.1 percent growth-rate notched in the first three months of 2019.

The report showed signs of resilience for a U.S. economy as it stretches a record decade of expansion toward the 2020 presidential election. President Trump’s reelection chances could largely depend on the strength of the U.S. economy and if he succeeds in taking credit for it.

While steady growth and near-record joblessness bode well for Trump now, the mounting damage from his trade policy and other international obstacles pose unmistakable threats.

Surges in consumer spending and government spending carried the U.S in the second quarter while the business sector braced for a souring global forecast.

Consumers spending, which makes up roughly 70 percent of the economy, spiked 4.3 percent in the second quarter, rebounding from a 1.1 percent rise in the first quarter. Government spending also rose 5.5 percent in the past three months, likely due to expenditures delayed during the federal shutdown.

But productivity-boosting business investment declined 0.6 percent in the same period, reflecting concern about the long-term health of the U.S. economy.

Economists widely expected growth to slump in the second quarter after previous data showed a global pullback in industrial output and severe threats to the European and Chinese economies.

 

Source: US economy slows to 2.1 percent growth in second quarter | TheHill

Trump didn’t know the GOP tax bill incentivizes business to offshore jobs – ThinkProgress


President Donald Trump was apparently unaware that a provision in his biggest legislative accomplishment encourages corporations to offshore jobs.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) spoke with Trump Wednesday night about the closure of at least five General Motors plants, including one assembly plant in Lordstown, Ohio, and filled him in on how the GOP tax bill is partly to blame.

“I reached him last night, he said he wanted to help, I said the first thing you could do is you could take away that tax provision in his tax bill that gives a company a 50 percent off coupon on their taxes,” Brown told CNN’s New Day Thursday. “If you’re producing in Lordstown you pay a 21 percent tax rate, if you move to Mexico you pay a 10.5 percent tax rate, and I told the president to get rid of that tax break that encourages jobs to move overseas.”

The president apparently did not know that was in the tax bill.

 

Source: Trump didn’t know the GOP tax bill incentivizes business to offshore jobs – ThinkProgress

New poll shows public turning against Trump


Hoping these polls are correct

The Secular Jurist

By Robert A. Vella

A new Washington Post-ABC News poll Aug. 26-29, 2018 indicates the American public has turned sharply against President Trump.  While his poll numbers have never been very good since taking office, it is clear now that the fallout from criminal investigations and prosecutions of his inner circle are having a dramatic effect on public opinion.  Check out these stunning results:

  • 60% disapprove of the President’s job performance while only 36% approve.
  • 47% disapprove of his handling of the economy whereas 45% approve (keep in mind that current economic conditions are generally good, statistically at least).
  • 45% agree that corruption has increased under Trump and just 13% say it has decreased.
  • 63% support the Mueller investigation of Trump while 29% oppose it.
  • 53% believe the President has obstructed justice in the Mueller investigation whereas 35% believe he has not.
  • 67% say the criminal case against former Trump…

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Brexit latest news: Left wingers launch shock attempt to keep Britain inside EU | Politics | News | Express.co.uk


A group of leftie MPs, campaigners and trade union leaders have joined forces for the pro-EU tour, dubbed ‘The Left Against Brexit’.

The campaign will visit cities including London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham in an attempt to change people’s opinions on Brexit.

It claims the UK’s impending exit from the European Union has been “built on an agenda of racist scapegoating”.

Labour MP Catherine West and Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas are among the politicians backing the bid to thwart Brexit.

 

Source: Brexit latest news: Left wingers launch shock attempt to keep Britain inside EU | Politics | News | Express.co.uk

Tories Set to Destroy NHS Dentistry with Majority Considering Leaving Health Service


As you say this is exceedingly worrying, especially as there is, currently, a shortage of NHS Dentists.

However, do these young dentists realise that if there is a sudden large influx of dentists into the private sector then this could diminish the profits they wish to receive. In many ways a constant flow of regular guaranteed income is more beneficial that the possibility of some form of private income. There is supply and demand in all areas and this applies to the private sector in the same ways as the public sector.

That been said any decisions for anyone to leave the NHS is not at all good for those of us who have to rely on the NHS as we do not have the funds to go private.

There is a need to keep a check on quality but are targets the best way, for when you are concentrating on meeting certain targets your attention could be diverted away from other areas, which are as of equal importance, but no targets have been set.
I do worry regarding the constant push in the NHS to privatisation, as will be the case in dentistry should there be a further reduction in available dentists this does not mean the population will follow them to the private sector, they will most likely not visit the dentists. In the longer term this will then create more pressures on an already pressurised NHS leading to a serious decline in the health if persons within the UK. This will then have a disastrous effect on employment and the attendance rates, which in turn will create a lack of sustainability in the economy of the UK. Everything is interrelated from birth to death and all the levels in between.

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I found this very worrying article by Rachel Burnett in Monday’s I, for the 2nd October 2017. Entitled ‘NHS dentistry facing ‘existential crisis’ with majority set to leave, it reads

More than half of dentists are planning to leave the NHS within the next five years, a survey has found.

A study by the British Dental Association (BDA) has revealed that around 58 per cent want to move on, mostly to private work. Others want to go overseas, retire or to move out of dentistry.

It also found that 53 per cent of young and newly qualified NHS dentists, aged under 35, plan to leave.

Henrik Overgaard, BDA chairman of General Dental Practice, called for government reforms to avoid a “crisis”.

He said: “These young dentists are the backbone of the dental workforce, and losing them at the start of their careers raises existential questions about the future of…

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Don’t Let Memories Die


Memories are our own history and is important to ourselves and our family to record as much as we can.

I do wish I had done this, especially with regards to my own parents, for they are no longer with us and these memories are now lost for ever.

Author -Carole Parkes

As an avid family historian, I’m a great believer in memoirs and autobiographies. If your aged family members are capable, encourage them to give you a written piece on  their life experiences. If that would be too difficult, encourage them to talk about their lives — the times they laughed until their sides ached, or when sadness overtook them, in fact, to tell you about everything, including what they remember about great uncle Fred.

I know, it’s not always easy in our busy lives to find time to sit and talk but, just remember, those frail relatives will probably not be around when you finally do have the time to spend with them. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve heard those researching their family trees say they wished they’d asked the questions. Please don’t be one of them. We often only develop an interest in our roots as we…

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What Donald Trump promised in his inaugural


Phil Ebersole's Blog

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President Donald Trump made specific promises in his inaugural address.   He should be judged on whether or not he keeps these promises.  Here are the promises:

We will bring back our jobs.

We will bring back our borders.

We will bring back our wealth, and we will bring back our dreams.

We will build new roads and highways and bridges and airports and tunnels and railways all across our wonderful nation.

We will get our people off of welfare and back to work, rebuilding our country with American hands and American labor.

We will follow two simple rules: Buy American and hire American.

We will seek friendship and goodwill with the nations of the world, but we do so with the understanding that it is the right of all nations to put their own interests first.

We do not seek to impose our way of life on anyone, but rather…

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