Joe Biden Personal Essay – How Joe Biden Comforted Me After My Son’s Diagnosis

One Sunday morning a few weeks after the interview, before the issue had even gone to press, my son, almost 7, awoke with a headache. His eyes began to close. It got worse quickly, and within an hour he was airlifted to a children’s hospital. My wife, Sarah, rode with him in the helicopter, and our other son and I drove 90 on the highway.

There was a brain surgery he almost didn’t survive. Then another. Doctors said words to us, and we tried to make sense of them.

Leukemia…aggressive…there was a hemorrhage…craniotomy…we just don’t know…

Sometime during the fever dream of that first week, an email came through: a PDF of the Biden interview, ready for the printer—these get sent around to the staff automatically. I read it, twice.

“We’ve always taken care of each other.”

Late at night, lying awake on the pull-out hospital bed, I sent a note to Hunter. I thanked him and his dad—their candor that day in Maryland, and the things they said, were replaying in my head. It was helping, and I just wanted him to know. I was trying to mute the terrifying words we were hearing in the hospital by amplifying their stories of getting back up again and again and again.

The next day I was sitting alone in my son’s room on the ICU—Sarah had gone for soup. His head was wrapped in gauze, his eyes swollen shut. Machines beeped softly around him, and he lay perfectly still under the hospital sheets.

Just then, my phone rang: a weird number. I answered. It was the sitting vice president of the United States.

“Ryan, it’s Joe Biden. Dammit I’m so sorry. What happened?”

I told him, as best I could, functioning as I was on little food or sleep. He spoke in detail of the brain aneurysm he had suffered in 1988, how it felt, what the doctors had done for him, and whether there were any similarities here. He offered to put me in touch with experts in the fields of cancer and brain injury. He was searching, asking questions, trying to be of use.

“I’m s’damn sorry, Ryan.”

The next day, he called again, this time with the name of someone he thought might be helpful.

A couple of months later, I got another call: The vice president was going to be in New York, and wanted to know whether it would be convenient for my wife and me to see him. Our son had been transferred to Memorial Sloan-Kettering for treatment, and one or both of us was with him day and night. But the nurses said they would look after him for an hour while we went across town to see Joe Biden.

We found ourselves in a small room off a ballroom at a hotel where he had just given a speech. There was no one in there, really—a couple of Secret Service agents, his scheduling person, a few others. He saw us, strode over, and the first thing he did was just hug us. Both of us at once, his long arms around us, tight, three people standing there as one for a good minute.

Our arms loosened, we stood back. His suit jacket was a little rumpled.

We waited for him to talk first. His eyes were wet, and he said, “How’s your boy?” Joe Biden was crying for us, because he knew how it was when the pain feels like it will never end.

There were no cameras. There was no one filming. He wasn’t running for anything. He was just doing what you do, as a human, even when no one’s watching.

Source: Joe Biden Personal Essay – How Joe Biden Comforted Me After My Son’s Diagnosis

How the legacy of George Floyd could impact the U.S. election – National | Globalnews.ca

“There was a photo I took on the first day of protesting at the third precinct when the police arrived and they started tear-gassing people.  The group of protesters stood in the tear gas, holding hands as the cops formed a line in front of them,”  he recalled.

“After taking that photo my eyes were burning, my nose was burning, but to see people stand in that for as long as they did just shows the passion and dedication people have for what they’re out here for.”

Rogers believes that passion and dedication will now be carried to the polls.  Four years ago, voter turnout among African Americans dropped sharply across the country.

Source: How the legacy of George Floyd could impact the U.S. election – National | Globalnews.ca

Climbing COVID-19 cases hurt hope for faster L.A. reopening – Los Angeles Times

Hopes that a wider reopening of Los Angeles County’s economy could come in time for the holidays appear to be fading, as the region continues to see a steady uptick in the average number of daily coronavirus infections.

While the spike is nowhere near as severe as those in other parts of the country, L.A. County’s seven-day average has increased from 940 new cases a day in early October to more than 1,275 each day as of last week, health officials said.

L.A. County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer announced 1,406 new COVID-19 cases Monday, following 1,590 on Sunday. The county’s total now tops 310,000.

Source: Climbing COVID-19 cases hurt hope for faster L.A. reopening – Los Angeles Times

Photo of Biden without mask, shared by Trump’s former National Intelligence director, was taken in 2019 | KTLA (GOP Faux news)

Why wasn’t Biden, who has made a point to put on a facial covering throughout the campaign, wearing a mask? Because the photo was taken in November 2019, before the first case of the new coronavirus was reported, and months before global health officials began urging people to wear masks in order to stop the spread of the virus.

The image was shared on Twitter by Trump’s former acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, where it was liked and shared from his account more than 50,000 times. Grenell, who currently serves as special presidential envoy for Serbia and Kosovo peace negotiations, was a U.S. ambassador to Germany for two years before resigning in June.

Source: Photo of Biden without mask, shared by Trump’s former National Intelligence director, was taken in 2019 | KTLA

US COVID-19 cases surge on eve of Election Day | CIDRAP

On the eve of Election Day, the United States is entering uncharted territory in the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard, the nation reported 81,493 new COVID-19 cases yesterday and 447 deaths, two days after nearly hitting 100,000 new infections. The 7-day average of new daily infections is higher than 81,000, according to a CNBC analysis of the Johns Hopkins data. And those numbers could be an undercount. Public health officials told the New York Times they’re worried that because several states don’t report the results of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing, there could be greater spread of the virus than is being reported. The paper reports that seven states plus Washington, DC, don’t publicly report antigen test results, while six keep the number separate from their total case count.

Source: US COVID-19 cases surge on eve of Election Day | CIDRAP

Belarus: Savage attack and possible 3-year sentences against journalists reporting March against Terror – Human Rights in Ukraine

300 Belarusians were brutally detained on 1 November during a March against Terror, with 231 participants now facing criminal charges.  A number of journalists were among those badly beaten and detained, with two Belsat correspondents reporting on the protests charged with ‘organizing riots’.

Belarusians have continued to come out in huge numbers in protest after Aleksandr Lukaszenko claimed to have won the presidential elections on August 9.  Threats that live weapons will be used against demonstrators have doubtless deterred some, but huge numbers have still continued to come out in often creative and moving protest, from the original protests of women in white with flowers, to demonstrations by large crowds of pensioners or the disabled.  The traditional Sunday demonstration on 1 November coincided with the annual March against Terror from the centre of Minsk to Kurapaty, a forested area outside Minsk where the mass graves lie of thousands of victims of NKVD Terror, executed between 1937 and 1941.

This was a march of remembrance, yet the enforcement officers who have demonstrated savagery, including among very young protesters and the elderly, blocked the columns of demonstrators from reaching the mass graves.

Source: Belarus: Savage attack and possible 3-year sentences against journalists reporting March against Terror – Human Rights in Ukraine

Utah officials say thousands attended Halloween rave protesting coronavirus rules | TheHill – (Faux-Freedom rants over health and concern for relatives and neighbors)

The Utah County Health Department said in a statement on Sunday, “As we struggle in our local and statewide communities to contain the COVID-19 virus and mitigate its impacts on our communities, it is unfortunate that some would ignore public health and medical guidance and plan and participate in an event that would allow for the ready spread of the disease between individuals which can then be taken back by these individuals to our communities and infect others who are trying to follow public health and medical recommendations.”

The health department also implored those who attended the parties to monitor themselves for COVID-19 symptoms and get tested if any are noticed. NBC News noted that most counties in Utah are currently reporting “very high rates” of COVID-19 cases.

According to KSL, authorities responded to another party in a warehouse with about 1,500 people in attendance. It is unknown who hosted this event.

Source: Utah officials say thousands attended Halloween rave protesting coronavirus rules | TheHill