COVID-19 pandemic in Trump’s USA, update


This 30 July 2020 video says about itself:

US records a coronavirus death every minute as toll tops 150,000

It is getting worse by the day in the United States.

It has the highest number of coronavirus deaths of any nation by far, nearly a quarter of the global tally.

And the three most populous states – California, Texas and Florida – have recorded their highest single-day death tolls.

Al Jazeera’s Mike Hanna reports from Washington, DC.

1 DEATH PER MINUTE One person in the United States died about every minute from COVID-19 on Wednesday as the national death toll surpassed 150,000, the highest in the world. The U.S. recorded 1,461 new deaths on Wednesday, the highest one-day increase since 1,484 on May 27. U.S. coronavirus deaths are rising at their fastest rate in two months and have increased by 10,000 in the past 11 days. Nationally, COVID-19 deaths have risen for three weeks in a row. [Reuters]

PENCE MET WITH GROUP BEHIND DISINFO VIDEO Vice President Mike Pence held a quiet meeting this week with a group called America’s Frontline Doctors to discuss the use of the anti-malarial drug hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19. The meeting came as video of a press conference held by the group was going mega-viral online — propelled by Trump’s retweet — racking up tens of millions of views and leading to a widespread effort by social media companies to remove the video and penalize some people who shared it, including Donald Trump Jr. Research shows hydroxychloroquine is ineffective against the coronavirus. [HuffPost]

FAUCI SAYS IT AGAIN: HYDROXYCHLOROQUINE ‘NOT EFFECTIVE’ IN TREATING COVID-19 Dr. Anthony Fauci has again stressed the determinations by health officials that hydroxychloroquine is ineffective in combatting the coronavirus after Trump continued to baselessly endorse its use this week. “Hydroxychloroquine is not effective in the treatment of coronavirus disease or COVID-19,” Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said. He cited the results of numerous clinical trials that he said have “consistently” shown this. [HuffPost]

MCCONNELL STALLED, AND NOW UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS ARE EXPIRING Millions of unemployed Americans received their final $600 unemployment payment from the federal government last weekend and things are not looking good for a continuation of the extra benefit past July. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) are nowhere near a deal on the next bill to help the country stumble through the coronavirus pandemic. The House passed a bill preserving the expanded benefits two months ago, but McConnell waited until Monday to unveil a complicated proposal that would take months for some states to implement. [HuffPost]

MILLIONS OF AMERICANS ARE ABOUT TO BE HOMELESS, AND IT’S PREVENTABLE The federal moratorium on evictions expired last Friday, ending protections for nearly 12 million Americans. This Friday, 25 million people will stop receiving an extra $600 in weekly coronavirus relief in their unemployment benefits. And on Saturday, rent is due for millions of Americans who won’t be able to pay. If Congress doesn’t step in, these people could be evicted come September. All lawmakers need to do is take quick and decisive action by extending the moratorium and additional unemployment benefits as the pandemic crisis continues. But that’s yet to happen. [HuffPost]

Trump says suburbs won’t be bothered by low-income housing anymore.

Coronavirus kills Trump supporter Herman Cain


This video from the USA says about itself:

Former Presidential Candidate Herman Cain Dies Of Coronavirus | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

Prominent Republican and former presidential candidate Herman Cain has died after being hospitalized for complications from coronavirus. Aired on 07/30/2020.

Dutch NOS radio reports today that Herman Cain died; after he had been at the notorious COVID-19 spreading election rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma to support Donald Trump.

Cain was a Republican candidate in the 2012 presidential election. He was the frontrunner in opinion polls, until sexual assault accusations by several women forced him out of the race.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA is called [Republican politician] Louie Gohmert Nearly Infects Air Force 1.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Republican fool, Rep. Louie Gohmert gets hit with serious karma because of his selective ignorance. John Iadarola and Jordan Uhl break it down on The Damage Report.

This 29 July 2020 video from the USA is called Anti-Mask Republican Louie Gohmert Tests Positive For Coronavirus.

This 30 July 2020 video from the USA says about itself:

Chomsky on Cuba’s “Internationalist” Response to Pandemic & Need to Make Vaccine Globally Accessible

As the world races to develop a COVID-19 vaccine, Noam Chomsky says any successful treatment must be accessible to everyone, and he warns that President Trump’s withdrawal from the World Health Organization will hamper the international body’s efforts to distribute medicine in countries racked by poverty and war. “There’s at least one country in the world that is showing genuine internationalism, providing medical aid and support for people that need it,” Chomsky says, and that is Cuba.

How rufous hummingbirds migrate


This 2014 video says about itself:

Baby Rufous hummingbirds life cycle. Chapter 1

The life cycle of Rufous chicks. From nest building to raising and teaching and caring for their young. Same video on my channel with hummer sounds.

From Oregon State University in the USA:

For rufous hummingbirds, migration looks different depending on age and sex

July 28, 2020

Plucky, beautiful and declining in numbers at about a 2% annual rate, the rufous hummingbird makes its long annual migration in different timing and route patterns based the birds’ age and sex, new research by Oregon State University shows.

The findings, published in the journal Avian Conservation & Ecology, are important because the more that is known about how rufous hummingbirds migrate, the more that can be done to ensure birds of different ages and sexes have the resources they need each year on their journey up and down the western part of North America.

“Different age-sex categories of rufous hummingbirds use alternative routes and differ in migration cycles and distributions,” said the study’s corresponding author, Jose?e Rousseau, a Ph.D. candidate in the OSU College of Forestry. “Our results seem to indicate that the age-sex categories could be affected in different ways by things like habitat loss and climate during migration. If we keep that in mind, we can make conservation efforts that help these amazingly feisty little creatures — and I describe them that way with the utmost respect — have the resources they need during their migration across the landscape.”

With a reputation as one of the continent’s most determined and assertive birds, the rufous hummingbird, scientifically known as Selasphorus rufus, weighs less than a nickel and tops out at about 3 inches long. Based on its body length, its migratory journey is one of the world’s longest — the hummingbirds that travel the full extent of the range, from Alaska to Mexico, migrate almost 80 million body lengths, or 3,900 miles.

By comparison, an arctic tern covers about 51 million body lengths on the 13-inch bird’s one-way flight of 11,000 miles.

Rufous hummingbirds live in open woodlands, nest in trees and eat nectar. A common visitor to bird feeders, the extremely territorial rufous hummingbird will chase away much larger species of hummingbirds, and they’ll even drive squirrels away from their nesting areas.

Equipped with excellent memories, rufous hummingbirds will visit the same feeders over multiple years, even looking for food at former locations of feeders that have been moved.

The study by scientists in the Oregon State University College of Forestry and at the Klamath Bird Observatory in Ashland looked at 15 years’ worth of fall migration banding data involving nearly 30,000 hummingbird captures at more than 450 locations.

The research showed that adult females tended to have a southbound migration route that was parallel to and between those of young and adult males, Rousseau said.

“Also, a greater number of young birds migrated south through California in comparison to adult females and adult males,” she said. “Our results suggest that the migration of each age-sex category is separated by about two weeks, with adult males migrating first, followed by adult females, and then the young of both sexes. Interestingly, though, migration speed was not statistically different among the categories.”

The adult males were captured within a smaller geographic distribution during any given week of migration compared with adult females and young birds, she added.

Collaborating with Rousseau on the study were Matt Betts of the OSU College of Forestry and John Alexander of the Klamath Bird Observatory.

The Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the National Science Foundation, the Western Hummingbird Partnership, the U.S. Forest Service and the OSU Richardson Family Graduate Fellowship supported the research.

COVID-19 kills US American dog


This 31 March 2020 video is called Coronavirus and pets: COVID-19 affecting cats and dogs in Russia.

By Natasha Daly in National Geographic in the USA, July 29 2020:

Buddy liked dog stuff: running through the sprinklers, going on long car rides, swimming in the lake. He cuddled the Mahoneys—his owners and family—at the end of tough days. He humored them when they dressed him up as a bunny for Halloween. He was a protective big brother to 10-month-old Duke, the family’s other German shepherd. He loved everyone. He lived up to his name.

In mid-April, right before his seventh birthday, Buddy began struggling to breathe.

Six weeks later, he became the first dog in the United States to be confirmed positive for SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. On July 11, Buddy died.

27th coronavirus infection of mink at Dutch fur business: here.