Dan Forest and other Christofascists holding rally today

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Return America of Amendment One infamy is hosting the event:

A group of Christian leaders plans to rally in downtown Raleigh on Thursday, demanding that churches should be allowed to reopen like retailers. The group, named Return America, will be led by pastors and Christian educators. During the rally, they'll announce a lawsuit against Gov. Roy Cooper over allowing indoor assembling at churches.

The rally is expected to take place at 11 a.m. outside the legislative building. The Primitive Quartet, a bluegrass gospel group, will perform, and Republican Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will speak, according to Return America.

In a perfect world. both Return America and Berean Baptist Church would lose their tax-free status by allowing a candidate (Forest) to give a speech at their rally. But we don't live there. And if you're wondering about my use of "Christofascists" in the headline, wonder no more:

Thursday News: Busted

FBI EXECUTES SEARCH WARRANT ON RICHARD BURR, CONFISCATES PHONE: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr turned his cell phone over Wednesday night to FBI agents amid an investigation into stock sales he made in February, The Los Angeles Times reported. Burr, a North Carolina Republican and the chairman of the Senate’s intelligence committee, was served a search warrant at his Washington, D.C.-area residence, according to the LA Times, which cited a law enforcement official. Burr’s office declined to comment on the report when contacted by McClatchy late Wednesday night. Citing the law enforcement official, The LA Times reported that the Justice Department is “examining Burr’s communications with his broker.” Burr sold up to $1.7 million in stocks in early and mid-February, according to a Senate disclosure that he filed.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/article242724611.html

Open thread

Social media is a wild frontier for campaigns, but there are some basic truths: Don't post annoying things, don't whine, and don't lie. Except if you're Trump, in which case annoying, whiny lies are all there is. Looks like Dandy Forest is following the Orangeman's lead. Pretty dumb.

Day 56

This article was published today by WRAL. It's the best piece I've seen for explaining the ins and outs of COVID19 transmission. I recommend reading all of it, and I apologize for not including several of the graphics in the original article, which you can see here.

Coal Ash Wednesday: Think of the children

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Because exposure to coal ash can be devastating to them:

Experimental research has demonstrated that fine and ultrafine particulate matter can pass directly through the nasal olfactory pathway into the circulatory system to the brain.18,19 In addition, research has shown when air pollution is cleared from the lungs it can enter the gut and exit the body via the gastrointestinal tract.20

Chronic exposure to air pollution and particulate matter has been found to cause chronic inflammation and elevated levels of cytokines throughout the body and brain.18,19 In addition, some of the metals in fly ash are neurotoxins,21-24 and exposure to neurotoxic heavy metals during rapid growth in the early stages of life can disrupt developmental processes and result in neurological dysfunction.17,24

Normally I would remove those reference numbers to make the reading easier, but it's good to occasionally give a nod to legitimate research. There's so much industry-funded nonsense out there (a lot of) people can't tell the difference anymore. Prior to the Clean Smokestacks Act of 2002, a heinous amount of the fly ash produced by coal combustion was escaping into the air, literally blanketing the state. But even with the new scrubbers in place these days, particulate matter from coal burning is still polluting our skies. And children are especially vulnerable:

Wednesday News: Star chamber

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SENATE REPUBLICANS HELD COVID MEETINGS IN PRIVATE: Edwards said there weren’t formal meetings of Republicans. Rep. Jim Burgin, R-Harnett, said there were numerous conference calls and then, when the Senate returned to Raleigh, in-person private meetings. The public wasn’t privy to the discussions. And that is what Van Duyn said frustrated her. She said the lack of public input left her constituents without a seat at the table, because she didn’t know who she needed to include in her discussions and they did not know to call her for help. “That is enormously frustrating, not to mention it would be illegal for my county or my city to do business in that way,” Van Duyn said. Sen. Erica Smith, D-Northampton, agreed the public should be involved. “I definitely prefer public input. I prefer transparency and people need to know we’re working hard on their behalf,” she said.
https://www.newsobserver.com/news/coronavirus/article242678306.html

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