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Democrats: Vote Them ALL Out

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The Senate spent all weekend negotiating a bipartisan deal to help Americans weather the enforced economic stoppage. After they reached an agreement, Nancy Pelosi flew in from California, whipped out her unrelated ‘wishlist,’ and said no to the whole deal. Senate Democrats then voted against proceeding on the bipartisan agreement they had just negotiated.

The bipartisan bill included virus-specific issues, including cash payments to individuals, low-cost loans for small businesses, new funding to boost the health care system, and a financial lifeline for the hardest hit industries, like aviation and cruise lines.

McConnell has warned that he wants to limit the proposal to addressing the most immediate economic damage created by the pandemic. “Anything that doesn’t address that pandemic, it seems to me, should not be considered.”

Democrats don’t agree. Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said it plainly, “This is a tremendous opportunity to restructure things to fit our vision.”

Pelosi’s ‘wishlist’ includes unrelated stuff, such as election funding, abortion funding, student loan relief, union bargaining powers, solar tax credits, and God knows what else. Continue reading

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Bits & Bytes

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DAILY MASS: Father Daniel’s homily is worth your time [13:00 to 27:00] – My favorite part of today’s readings is, “For look, I am going to create new heavens and a new earth, and the past will not be remembered and will come no more to mind.” – Isaiah 65:17

Mass responses @ https://www.scsba.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/new_mass_responses_standard_version.pdf

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DIY Masks

A surgical mask blocks about 80% of the viruses. A home-made mask blocks about 50%. And for children, a well-fitted homemade mask can outperform an ill-fitting surgical mask.

In order for a mask to filter particles out of the air going into your lungs, you must breathe in THROUGH the fabric. Researchers tested various household materials in single and double layers for effectiveness and breathability. They concluded that cotton fabric was the best overall choice for a DIY mask.

However, the tightness of cotton fabric varies. Pick your fabric(s) and use your best judgment about how many layers of what types. The video below uses two layers of quilting cotton, plus a third inner layer of cotton flannel. The instructions below call for 2 layers of woven cotton. Researchers who tested cotton tea towels found that one layer was best. Use your best judgment. You want filtration without suffocation.

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