‘I finally got my wish’

first_img“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.last_img read more

Lakers’ Byron Scott, Mitch Kupchak have meeting & near deal with Earl Clark

first_imgBut a league source stressed the deal, which is believed to be a one-year guaranteed contract worth around $1 million, has not been finalized. “You just try to find a guy who can best fit that situation and fill the biggest needs you might have,” Scott said. “When you get a guy this late, whether it’s a 10-day contract or the rest of the season, you don’t look at this guy and say he’ll play a lot of minutes. First, he has to get acclimated to what we’re doing on both ends of the floor.”It seems safe to presume Scott had such conversations with Kupchak, among other things. But Scott only disclosed that “we just had a meeting about the team in general,” something he said they will hold every 15-20 games this season. But the most pressing items entail how the Lakers will fill out their roster. The first step involves Clark, who has recently averaged 28.8 points for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the Development League. That could prompt the Lakers to waive Henry, who would still be owed a guaranteed $1.1 million. Almost a month into the 2014-15 NBA regular-season, the Lakers already have experienced unique circumstances.Lakers coach Byron Scott had what he called a “state of the union meeting” on Tuesday with general manager Mitch Kupchak, with plenty to discuss surrounding the team’s worst start in franchise history, a league-worst defense and an injury-depleted roster.The Lakers have suffered season-ending injuries to veteran guard Steve Nash (recurring back pain), rookie forward Julius Randle (broken right leg) and reserve swingman Xavier Henry (ruptured left Achilles). Meanwhile, recurring hamstring injuries will keep reserve forward Ryan Kelly for at least five weeks. All of which has prompted the Lakers to have “talks” to sign forward Earl Clark, according to a league source familiar with the discussions. Clark posted a picture of himself wearing a Lakers uniform on his Instagram. That evoked memories of his breakout campaign with the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, during which he averaged a career-high 7.3 points and 5.5 rebounds after being acquired from Orlando as part of the Dwight Howard trade. Or the Lakers could wait until the NBA grants them a hardship exception. That tool gives teams the right to have 16 players on a roster when they field more than four players out with injuries. The Lakers could use that to add a player, though they would have to waive a player once Kelly returns to ensure a league-maximum 15-man roster.Only Wayne Ellington and Ronnie Price have nonguaranteed contracts, but their absences would deplete the team’s backcourt.But at this point, the Lakers need bodies. It became so bad that Scott said that Lakers assistants Mark Madsen and Larry Drew participated in Tuesday’s practice just to ensure a full-court scrimmage.How soon will the 53-year-old Scott suit up after winning three NBA championships with the Lakers during his 14-year NBA career?“We get two more guys hurt, I’m probably going to be out there,” Scott joked. “But we’re going halfcourt only. No fullcourt.” center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Sara in the LA Times: We need tax reform for freelancers

first_imgTax day is a painful moment for many Americans. And for freelancers, it’s even more painful still.Freelancers know they have to deal with tax chores that their nine-to-five, W2 brethren do not –collecting 1099s, keeping up with quarterly taxes, saving separately for retirement, keeping track of myriad expenses.What do we get for our efforts? Access to even less of the social safety net.In today’s LA Times, Freelancers Union Executive Director Sara Horowitz makes the case that true tax reform would take the $1 trillion freelance economy into account and would provide freelancers with more basic protections.The economy has changed, but tax laws have lagged behind.As Sara writes, “we need a tax system that is aligned with this new reality, one that doesn’t burden freelancers disproportionately or perpetually expose them to debt.”Check out the full article.last_img read more