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  1. Amusing, with some nsfw language...
  3. Are US cities seeing a surge in violent crime as Trump claims? Violent crime continues to fall In many major US cities, including Chicago and New York, violent crime overall is down compared with the same time last year. Various cities define violent crime in slightly different ways, but it usually includes murder, robbery, assault and rape. Comparing violent crime rates with this time last year Data up to 26 July Source: New York Police Department & Chicago Police Department Individual years can fluctuate but violent crime across America has been on a downward trend since the 1990s.
  5. The only true words that trump has spoken.....
  6. Now that trump has seen that using the gestapo was working against him, they have been pulled back in Portland, yet the protests continue..... peacefully.
  7. Just showing how the republicans use money that is supposed to go to social issues in ways it wasn't intended. Just like they put $1.5 billion in there too for a new FBI headquarters. And before you carry on about how the dems do it too, yes they do, only the republicans are greasier about it.
  8. So while you pooh pooh me as being paranoid, you put up a quote that proves my point that a trump toady is doing exactly what I alluded to. Which is it?
  9. Hilary Lost. And the other three aren't even in the same league.
  10. The irony of this, coming just a day later, is simply delicious! Undermining democracy my a$$!
  11. Links to the scientific reports are in the article... Family The Novel Coronavirus Belongs To Has Been Lurking In Bats For Decades The family of SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the Covid-19 pandemic, has been lurking in the bat caves of China for decades and most likely includes other relatives that could infect humans. That’s according to a new study published in the journal Nature Microbiology this week. An international team of scientists from the UK, Belgium, China, and the US traced the evolutionary history of SARS-CoV-2 by studying genetically related coronaviruses found in bats and pangolins. Understanding the evolutionary origins of the novel coronavirus can be fiddly as they undergo a process known as recombination, in which two different viruses both infect the same host cell and interact during replication, resulting in genetic material being swapped. This means their genome does not have a straight-forward lineage and can come from multiple sources. According to the new findings, the lineage of viruses to which SARS-CoV-2 belongs to genetically is split between related bat coronaviruses that diverged in 1948, 1969, and 1982. One of these divergences, in 1969, eventually gave rise to RaTG13, a coronavirus that's 96.1 percent genetically similar to SARS-CoV-2. Researchers first identified this virus in 2013 after sampling a horseshoe bat in China’s Yunnan province. Another key feature analyzed by the researchers was the receptor-binding domain (RBD) on the virus’ spike protein, an important part of the virus that's effectively the “key” used by the pathogen to recognize and enter host cells. The researchers found that SARS-CoV-2 and its relatives — such as RaTG13 and a pangolin virus sampled in Guangdong in 2019, Pangolin-2019 — all share a similar RBD and spike protein. However, these features do not appear to be the product of recombination. This suggests the protein and its RBD are an ancestral trait of the lineage leading to SARS-CoV-2, RaTG13, and Pangolin-2019. It also hints that there could be other members of this family that are capable of infecting humans. “This means that other viruses that are capable of infecting humans are circulating in horseshoe bats in China,” David L Robertson, study author and professor of computational virology at MRC-University of Glasgow Centre for Virus Research, explained in a statement. The findings also throw doubt on the theory that pangolins, scaly-skinned mammals from Asia and Africa, were the intermediary animal that harbored the virus before it jumped to humans. Previous research suggested SARS-CoV-2’s RBD sequence was more similar to pangolin viruses than RaTG13. However, the team found there was no evidence that pangolins helped to arm SARS-CoV-2 with the RBD during its evolutionary history. Although pangolins may have played a role in the transmission to humans, they are unlikely to be the chief intermediate host for the virus. The study also highlights a final damning question: if these potentially deadly viruses have been circulating in bats for decades, then why did the Covid-19 pandemic catch the world off guard? To protect against the next coronavirus pandemic, the study authors say their findings further highlight how the world must carry out more research and surveillance to identify novel pathogens. “We were too late in responding to the initial SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, but this will not be our last coronavirus pandemic. A much more comprehensive and real-time surveillance system needs to be put in place to catch viruses like this when case numbers are still in the double digits,” added Maciej Boni, study author and associate professor of biology at Penn State University.
  12. Quite the interesting read...
  13. So trump will use every and any tool to discredit the election process now. And with rolling out 'federal police' across the nation, it is setting the stage to enact martial law. He has already tweeted that the election is rigged.....
  14. Oh, I see it, and I see the results. Fortunately, I'm not a trump fan, led to believe factual news is 'fake news'.
  15. And it is probably being done everywhere on multiple topics. Hackers post fake stories on real news sites 'to discredit Nato' Hackers have broken into real news websites and posted fake stories stirring up anti-Nato sentiment, a cyber-security firm has warned. The disinformation campaign, nicknamed "ghostwriter", has been ongoing since 2017, according to FireEye researchers.
  16. I guess trump has finally figured out he's going to lose.... Donald Trump suggests delay to 2020 US presidential election
  17. I guess even Fox News figured out they were telling lies, so now that they are turning around, Donnie isn't happy... Trump shames Fox News: They forgot who got them where they are