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SoKno Taco manager to county: 'Shut up' and keep politics out of coronavirus decisions

By jbr, Sat, 2020/05/23 - 11:00am

A member of the Knoxville-Knox County Reopening Task Force fired off a scathing email earlier this week to Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs' office, telling officials to butt out of the committee's work on the coronavirus pandemic.

SoKno Taco manager to county: 'Shut up' and keep politics out of coronavirus decisions

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JCPenney to file for bankruptcy, will close some stores

By jbr, Sat, 2020/05/16 - 4:57pm

I go there for some particular items. Although I don't shop a lot.

JCPenney operates 850 stores and it has nearly 90,000 workers. It said that it received $900 million in financing to help it operate during the restructuring.

JCPenney joins Neiman Marcus, J. Crew and Sage Stores in filing for bankruptcy amid the economic downturn caused by the pandemic. Plenty of other retailers are expected to follow.

JCPenney to file for bankruptcy, will close some stores

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EWG's Tap Water Database

By jbr, Fri, 2020/05/15 - 2:40pm

Plug in your zip code then click on your "Utility name"

EWG's Tap Water Database

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Despite skyrocketing unemployment, TVA plans to outsource federal jobs overseas

By jbr, Tue, 2020/05/05 - 3:28pm

As DONALD TRUMP vows to save the economy amid the global pandemic, while the number of Americans filing for unemployment has skyrocketed to 30 million, the Tennessee Valley Authority, or TVA, the nation’s largest government-owned power provider, has announced plans to outsource 20 percent of its highly-skilled technology workforce to Capgemini, CGI, and Accenture — companies based in France, Canada, and Ireland respectively.

Despite skyrocketing unemployment, TVA plans to outsource federal jobs overseas

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Southern mayor had careful plans to reopen the city. His governor had other ideas.

By jbr, Fri, 2020/05/01 - 5:09pm

"Tennessee doesn't have the adequate or accurate data to be opening," a union leader said, despite the state's decision to reopen businesses this week.

A Southern mayor had careful plans to reopen the city. His governor had other ideas.

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American oil crashes below $0 a barrel -- a record low

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/20 - 4:37pm

US oil prices plunged, falling below $0 Monday to $-37.63 a barrel. That's the lowest level since NYMEX opened oil futures trading in 1983

American oil crashes below $0 a barrel -- a record low

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What a human life is worth ... in dollars

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/20 - 2:30am

What a human life is worth ... in dollars

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Coronavirus testing must go up to at least 500,000 per day

By jbr, Sun, 2020/04/19 - 12:35pm

Testing nationwide is currently at 150,000 per day, they said, adding that "If we can't be doing at least 500,000 tests a day by May 1, it is hard to see any way we can remain open."

In the US, 20% of those tested for coronavirus get positive results. The World Health Organization has said that to reopen, that number should be between 3% to 12%.

12% seems high to me. Shouldn't that be between 0% and some number?

Coronavirus testing needs to go up by 350,000 per day for the US to reopen, Harvard researchers say

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Knox Co. to expand COVID-19 testing to people without symptoms on Monday

By jbr, Sat, 2020/04/18 - 1:47pm

If you'd like to be tested, you can go to the Knox Co. Engineering and Public Works Building, located at 205 W Baxter Ave., for drive-thru testing. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday-Friday. There is no cost.

People should bring photo ids if they have them. KCHD said team members will collect nasal swabs and notify patients as soon as their results are available, which will depend on lab turnaround time. Typically those are available between three to five days, KCHD said.

Knox Co. to expand COVID-19 testing to people without symptoms on Monday

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Don't Let the Trump Administration Privatize Our Campgrounds

By jbr, Fri, 2020/04/17 - 3:50pm

While folks are diverted ....
Don't Let the Trump Administration Privatize Our Campgrounds!

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Doctor: We're lost without widespread Covid-19 testing

By jbr, Thu, 2020/04/16 - 3:58pm

I thought the entire interview was interesting...

Doctor: We're lost without widespread Covid-19 testing

(Note: Facebook link)
Entire interview regarding testing and vaccine, etc.

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Tennessee to expand free COVID-19 testing, even for those without traditional symptoms

By jbr, Wed, 2020/04/15 - 4:25pm

The expanded testing effort launches this weekend, April 18-19, 2020, with the Tennessee National Guard popping up 15 drive-through testing sites across the state. Drive-through testing sites will also be available during the weekends of April 25-26 and May 2-3.

Tennessee to expand free COVID-19 testing, even for those without traditional symptoms

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America's rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/13 - 12:25pm

America's rats are being hit hard by the coronavirus.

Starving, angry and cannibalistic: America's rats are getting desperate amid coronavirus pandemic

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What Barack Obama said in 2014 about pandemics

By jbr, Sat, 2020/04/11 - 9:20am

Hear what Barack Obama said in 2014 about pandemics

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Nearly 80% of hotel rooms in the US are empty, according to new data

By jbr, Wed, 2020/04/08 - 11:02pm

Only 21.6% of hotel rooms in the United States were occupied between March 29 and April 4, according to new data from hospitality analytics company STR. That is a 68% decrease when compared to the same week last year.

Those numbers could continue to drop, according to STR. The percentage from last week is slightly down from the week before.

Oahu Island, Hawaii is one of the most impacted by the lack of hotel guests. Only 7% of hotel rooms are occupied, the lowest rate for any market in the country. That figure is down more than 90% from the same week last yea

Nearly 80% of hotel rooms in the US are empty, according to new data

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Covid-19 death rate rises in counties with high air pollution, study says

By jbr, Wed, 2020/04/08 - 12:38am

You are more likely to die from Covid-19 if you live in a county in the United States with higher levels of long-term air pollution, according to new research released Tuesday by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

"We found that an increase of only 1 gram per cubic meter in fine particulate matter in the air was associated with a 15% increase in the Covid-19 death rate,"...

Covid-19 death rate rises in counties with high air pollution, study says

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Nissan to furlough about 10,000 workers in Mississippi, Tennessee

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/06 - 9:28pm

Nissan to furlough about 10,000 workers in Mississippi, Tennessee

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Tennessee is providing $10 million in grants to help out small and rural hospitals

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/06 - 4:03pm

Each hospital is eligible for up to $500,000 per hospital and will be distributed by the Department of Finance & Administration.

The $14+ Billion the state turned down would have been nice for public health and rural hospitals.

$10 million in grants available to help small & rural hospitals during coronavirus pandemic

Here’s When Your State Will Run Out of Hospital Beds

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'I'm a social scientist'

By jbr, Mon, 2020/04/06 - 3:53pm

White House trade adviser Peter Navarro on Monday said he was qualified to engage and disagree with Dr. Anthony Fauci on the use of an anti-malarial drug as a coronavirus treatment -- which is not yet proven as effective -- saying, "I'm a social scientist."

"I have a Ph.D....

In Economics

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Tracking ICU beds reveals potential holes in treatment

By jbr, Sun, 2020/04/05 - 12:03pm

Only 47 percent of U.S. counties have even one ICU bed and only 29 percent of U.S. counties have more than nine ICU beds.

Why are ICU beds so important? They serve as health monitoring stations that let medical staffs track how a patient is doing, looking at measures such as heart rate and oxygen level in the blood. Many also have ventilators. They are crucial parts of fighting any major health challenge such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tracking ICU beds reveals potential holes in treatment

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