Wednesday, August 12, 2020

Biden-Harris plus Trump and school choice plus Covid in Latin America

Biden-Harris plus Trump and school choice plus Covid in Latin America 08/12 by Silvio Canto Jr | Politics:

Biden-Harris is now official...What does Harris bring to the ticket?....Trump should push school choice because the moment is right...Latin America and COVID and other to listen:

Wednesday’s video: It’s Kamala Harris

Not so fast in New Zealand

The Real Cost of Living in Auckland, New Zealand | Family Travel
A few weeks ago, there was a joke going around Facebook about women running countries.  The punch line was, listen to your wife, because look at all of those countries run by women with little if any COVID-19.
Okay.  It was a joke, and many couples had a good time with it.
One of those ladies was Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand, who was hailed for her work.
Well, not so fast, as we see in this report from the island nation:
New Zealand’s successful fight against COVID-19 was hailed globally and the Pacific island nation of 5 million was seen as one of the safest places, as the pandemic raged globally.
Director General of Health Ashley Bloomfield said the four cases were within one family in South Auckland. One person is in their 50s. They had no history of international travel. Family members have been tested and contact tracing is under way.
News of the cases sent panic across the country with media reporting people rushing to supermarkets to stock up, and businesses preparing to shut.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said Auckland would move to level 3 restriction from noon on Wednesday as a “precautionary approach”, which would mean people should stay away from work and school, and gatherings or more than 10 people would again be restricted.
To be serious, this post is not about criticizing P.M. Ardern, who is doing the best she can.  The larger point is that COVID-19 is turning out to be a much more potent enemy than many of us anticipated.
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1987: The day that John Smoltz joined the Atlanta Braves

On this day in 1987, the Tigers traded a young John Smoltz to the Braves for veteran Doyle Alexander.    The Tigers went on to win the AL East and Alexander played a huge role down the stretch.
No one knew that Smoltz would turn into one of the best right handers in the NL.
John Smoltz won 213 games with a 3.33 ERA.   He also saved 154 games when he was turned into a closer.     Awesome career!    
The Braves won the NL pennant in 1991, 1992, 1996, 1999 and the World Series in 1995.  Smoltz was a big part of that pitching staff!
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