“I have no unique story,” Groene told the Journal Star. “This happens 99.9% of the time.” Except, of course, when people die or live with long-term effects. “I didn’t try to get contact,” Groene told KETV. “It came to me.” He added to the outlet that he feels people need to take precautions, especially if they have health conditions. He also said he “followed the rules” and plans on donating blood to help others. That’s all well and good, but we need national guidelines on mask wearing, social distancing, and resources so people can afford to stay safe and safe home. Thankfully, President-Elect Joe Biden is heading to the White House, and he isn’t waiting until he gets there to start advocating for pandemic safety. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – In speaking to KETV Omaha, he said, “I’ve been sick a lot of times. This is not different. This is not cancer. My God this hysteria.” Curious about how he thinks he got the virus? Groene told the local outlet he believes he got the virus “from someone who was wearing a mask.” He continued: “I did not wear a mask. I have not been traced that I spread to anybody.” As Groene told the outlet, he believes he got the virus while “I was at my Legislative work in Lincoln and had contact.”Obviously, there is a lot to unpack here. First, let’s talk about the idea of herd immunity, of which Groene is apparently a supporter. Then let’s go into the structural inequalities that may lead to a privileged person having a relatively better experience with the virus.- Advertisement – Herd immunity in terms of the coronavirus is a scary idea. Though Donald Trump and Dr. Scott Atlas are pushing for herd immunity as a way to tackle the virus, countless health officials are horrified at the concept. One you might recognize immediately is Dr. Anthony Fauci. Fauci has actually spoken out about Atlas in particular, noting that he has “real problems with that guy.” Which, for the mild-mannered Fauci, is some strong language.Experts have suggested that embracing herd immunity—as opposed to wearing face masks and social distancing—could lead to millions of deaths in the process. That’s horrible from the start, but especially so when we remember that the virus is disproportionately impacting people of color, older people, and people with chronic health conditions as it is. As we saw with the treatment Trump received, as well as the medical attention some high-profile Republicans, like former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie got, medical care is, sadly, not always equal. While Groene may not have needed or received the level of care Trump received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, for example, we know that systemically, white people have better access to affordable, quality medical care than people of color. We also know that people of color are less likely to be taken seriously when talking about symptoms or pain management. For a white male to be relieved to have gotten the virus over with isn’t too surprising, as white men have a fair amount of privilege and resource in this nation. And even then, we know this virus doesn’t discriminate when it comes to fatalities and long-term effects. – Advertisement – The Georgia runoff is Jan. 5. Request an absentee ballot by Nov. 18. Early in-person voting starts Dec. 14. And REGISTER TO VOTE here by Dec. 7.
BOONE, Iowa – A change in the Monday night IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals schedule for Hobby Stocks and both SportMod divisions has been announced.Qualifying heats for both the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for Hobby Stocks and the BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods move from Tuesday to the Monday, Sept. 4 opening night program at Boone Speedway.Main event qualifying for both the Hobbies and Northern SportMod divisions remains on the first night card.The Southern SportMod program originally scheduled on Monday will not be held.“The number of drivers in the division pre-entered for Super Nationals did not meet our requirements,” explained IMCA President Brett Root. “We do appreciate Southern SportMod drivers who did pre-register and they will receive a complimentary 2018 IMCA license for that division along with a refund of their pre-registration and any pit parking fees.”
The 2016 Footballer and Hurler of the Year will be announced at the Opel GAA/GPA All-Star Awards this evening.Tipperary’s Seamus Callanan and Paudie Maher are both in the running for the hurling award while Ronan Maher is nominated for Young hurler of the year. The hurling all-stars will also be named live at the event after the footballers were named yesterday. Tipperary’s Josh Keane and Jimmy Feehan are in the running for the Young Footballer of the year. The ceremony begins at the Convention Centre in Dublin at 7pm.
This season’s Newmarket 1,000 Guineas-winning rider Wayne Lordan will take the mount on Royal Ascot fourth Taj Mahal.John Gosden’s Epsom third-place finisher Cracksman has the assistance of Irish champion jockey Pat Smullen, deputising for the injured Frankie Dettori. Trainer Aidan O’Brien has five runners in this evening’s Dubai Duty Free Irish Derby at the Curragh – including Epsom Derby winner Wings Of Eagles.O’Brien’s top jockey Ryan Moore has opted to take the mount of the favourite.Seamie Heffernan, successful in the race for O’Brien on Soldier Of Fortune and Frozen Fire, continues his association with Capri, who finished sixth at Epsom. Stock photo of horse racing | Photo © Pixabay
Bayer Leverkusen are hoping to capitalise on the absence of Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi when they face the Spanish side at the Nou Camp on Tuesday.Messi, who scored a total of 60 goals and set up 28 more in 60 appearances to help Barca capture a Primera Division, Champions League and Copa del Rey treble last season, hurt his left knee in Saturday’s 2-1 win against Las Palmas and will be sidelined for two months.Barca, who began their Champions League title defence with a 1-1 draw at Roma in their pool opener, have reason to be confident.Since losing 3-0 to Bayern Munich in May 2013, Barca are unbeaten at home in the competition, winning their last six games at the Nou Camp.Bayer, who thumped BATE Borisov in their group opener 4-1 at the BayArena, warmed up for the trip to Spain with a 3-0 triumph at Werder Bremen on Saturday.The victory, their biggest in the domestic campaign this season, lifted Roger Schmidt’s side to fifth in the Bundesliga standings, nine points adrift of league leaders Bayern Munich. Barca have beaten Leverkusen in their previous five meetings.Jose Mourinho returns to his former club Porto as Chelsea look to make it two wins from two in the Champions League on Tuesday night.The Blues boss enjoyed great success with the Portuguese giants, leading them to UEFA Cup success in 2003 before masterminding their Champions League triumph the following season.While Chelsea eased to a 4-0 win over Maccabi Tel Aviv in their opening Group G fixture, Porto had to settle for a point away to Dynamo Kiev after conceding an 89th-minute equaliser. The sides last met in the group phase of this competition in 2009, Nicholas Anelka scoring the winner for Carlo Ancelotti’s Chelsea in the meeting at the Estádio do Dragao.Arsenal take on Olympiakos at the Emirates on Tuesday looking for a win to get their Champions League campaign back on track.Arsene Wenger’s side slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Dinamo Zagreb in their first match with Olivier Giroud sent off towards the end of the first-half.It was a far from ideal start but the Gunners will hope to start making amends with victory over an Olympiakos side that suffered a 3-0 home defeat to Bayern Munich in their opening fixture. The return to goalscoring form of Alexis Sanchez is undoubtedly a boost for Arsenal while Theo Walcott, who is set to start up front with Giroud suspended, should be confident, having also got himself on the scoresheet in the 5-2 win over Leicester.Bayern Munich have just “14 or 15” fit players for Tuesday’s Champions League home game with Dinamo Zagreb, says boss Pep Guardiola.Midfielders Arturo Vidal, a Copa America winner with Chile this summer, and Sebastian Rode are the latest players to receive treatment.Vidal is nursing a knee problem while Rode has had treatment for a knock. Bayern are already without wingers Arjen Robben and long-term absentee Franck Ribery as well as defenders Medhi Benatia and Holger Badstuber.Midfielder Javi Martinez only recently came back from a four-week injury break.Bayern, five-time champions of Europe, have won all seven Bundesliga fixtures this season.The German champions won 3-0 in Greece against Olympiakos in their opening Champions League Group F game.Dinamo Zagreb, champions of Croatia 10 years running, are unbeaten in their last 45 matches in all competitions, a run stretching back to November 2014. Valencia have only one thing in mind heading into Champions League action on Tuesday and that is to win at Olympique Lyon.The sides will square off at the Stade de Gerland in Group H and the players in the Spanish outfit believe that after falling in their opener at home to Zenit St Petersburg, they must collect three points to have a realistic chance of progressing in the competition.Valencia began their group campaign with a 3-2 home defeat to the Russian team, a result that has the Spaniards at the bottom of the pool.Lyon, who are playing in the group stages of the competition for the first time since 2011, lost 3-1 at Girondins Bordeaux on Saturday. It was their second loss in Ligue 1 and left them in eighth place in the standings, eight points adrift of league leaders Paris St Germain.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur, has just launched a new venture: Virgin Money. Like Prosper.com, it’s a platform for person-to-person loans. The difference is that Virgin Money is designed to manage the small loans people get from friends and family. The idea is that people are constantly taking on loans for education, house downpayments, and their small businesses from people they know–and that an intermediary administrator will lower the default rates and preserve relationships. On the Virgin Money website, there’s a feature specifically for small business loans. Branson says that a loan from his aunt kept his first business afloat during a rough patch. Have you ever borrowed from a friend or family member to grow your business? Do you think you’d use a tool like this one? You can share in the comments!