“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.
Two Chinese nationals have been indicted for seeking to steal COVID-19 vaccine research and hacking hundreds of companies in the United States and abroad, including defense contractors, the US Justice Department said Tuesday.Li Xiaoyu, 34, and Dong Jiazhi, 33, also targeted human rights activists in the United States, China and Hong Kong, Assistant Attorney General John Demers said.The indictment comes amid rising tensions between the global superpowers fueled by the coronavirus pandemic which President Donald Trump blames on China. Dissidents targeted The Justice Department said they also targeted “non-governmental organizations, and individual dissidents, clergy, and democratic and human rights activists in the United States and abroad, including Hong Kong and China.”According to the indictment, Li and Dong supplied the Ministry of State Security with passwords for personal email accounts belonging to Chinese dissidents, a Hong Kong community organizer, the pastor of a Christian church in Xian and a former Tiananmen Square protestor.Among the material allegedly stolen were emails between a dissident and the Dalai Lama’s office.The pair were accused of stealing source code from software companies, information about drugs under development from pharmaceutical firms and weapons designs and testing data from defense contractors.Targeted foreign companies were not identified by name.But according to the indictment they included a Dutch electronics firm, a Swedish gaming company, a Lithuanian gaming company, a German software engineering firm, a Belgian engineering software company, an Australian defense contractor, a South Korean shipbuilding firm, a Spanish electronics and defense firm and a British artificial intelligence and cancer research company.Li and Dong allegedly stole information from defense contractors regarding military satellite programs, military wireless networks and communications systems and microwave and laser systems.The indictment was returned by a grand jury in the Eastern District of Washington state on July 7 but was only unsealed on Tuesday.Li and Dong were charged with conspiracy to commit computer fraud, conspiracy to commit theft of trade secrets, wire fraud, unauthorized access of a computer and identity theft.China accused the United States last month of smearing Beijing following allegations that Chinese hackers were attempting to steal coronavirus research.The claims exacerbated tensions between the two countries, which have traded barbs over the origin of the pandemic that has killed more than 600,000 people since it emerged in China late last year.”China expresses strong dissatisfaction and firm opposition to such smearing,” foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.”Judging from past records, the US has carried out the largest cybertheft operations worldwide,” Zhao said.Topics : “Targeted industries included, among others, high tech manufacturing; medical device, civil, and industrial engineering; business, educational, and gaming software; solar energy; pharmaceuticals; defense,” it said.”More recently, the defendants probed for vulnerabilities in computer networks of companies developing COVID-19 vaccines, testing technology, and treatments,” it said.Justice Department officials said that Li and Dong targeted biotech companies in California, Maryland, Massachusetts and elsewhere but did not appear to have actually compromised any COVID-19 research. Li and Dong, who are believed to be in China, acted in some instances “for their own personal gain” and in others for the benefit of China’s Ministry of State Security, Demers said at a news conference.”China has now taken its place, alongside Russia, Iran, and North Korea, in that shameful club of nations that provide a safe haven for cyber criminals,” Demers said.The Justice Department said Li and Dong, who were classmates at an electrical engineering college in Chengdu, have been engaged in a computer hacking campaign for the past 10 years.They have targeted companies in the United States, Australia, Belgium, Germany, Japan, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Spain, South Korea, Sweden, and Britain, it said.