US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays | TheHill

The numbers are raising concerns that the United States could see deaths from COVID-19 rise the numbers initially seen in the spring, when the pandemic first hit the country. The rise in deaths on Wednesday represented a 57 percent increase in the 14-day average, according to the Times.

Source: US records 2,300 COVID-19 deaths as pandemic rises with holidays | TheHill

A Tip For All Writers

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Ray Bradbury’s Greatest Writing Advice

“I’ve had a sign over my typewriter for over 25 years now: Don’t think!

Ray Douglas Bradbury; August 22, 1920 – June 5, 2012) was an American author and screenwriter. One of the most celebrated 20th- and 21st-century American writers, he worked in a variety of genres including fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery fiction.

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Alberta-wide mask mandate would create backlash, Premier Kenney says | Globalnews.ca (Premier’s lack of courage fails Alberta safety)

Premier Jason Kenney said Alberta doesn’t have a province-wide mask mandate because he thinks rural Albertans would ignore it.

Kenney made the remarks on a Facebook Live Wednesday evening where he took questions from Albertans about the new COVID-19 safety measures announced by the province on Tuesday.

READ MORE: Changes to visitation in certain AHS facilities announced as Alberta reaches 500 COVID-19 deaths

When asked in a written question “why rural Albertans don’t need a mask mandate,” Kenney said about 90 per cent of Albertans are already under some sort of a mask mandate, brought in by municipalities.

He also said the majority of confirmed COVID-19 cases are in the Edmonton and Calgary areas.

Source: Alberta-wide mask mandate would create backlash, Premier Kenney says | Globalnews.ca

Health officials report 12,022 new coronavirus cases, 131 more deaths – Chicago Sun-Times

Illinois health officials reported 12,022 new coronavirus cases and 131 more deaths on Thanksgiving Day amid worries that family gatherings over the holiday might spark another surge in cases. Currently at 11,963 total deaths and 697,489 total cases, Illinois is on track to breach over 12,000 deaths and 700,000 cases by Friday, and it could get worse if people disregard the warnings of medical experts for their Thanksgiving celebrations. The average statewide positivity rate has already climbed slightly to 12%, up from 10.6% on Wednesday, as over 107,000 people were tested in Illinois over the past 24 hours, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

Source: Health officials report 12,022 new coronavirus cases, 131 more deaths – Chicago Sun-Times

2nd Coronavirus Wave Hits Buffalo Area ‘With a Vengeance’ – The New York Times

Since mid-October, the number of cases in the county has gone from 322 per week to 3,449 per week. Hospitalizations have risen from 84 on Nov. 10 to 264 on Nov. 23. While hospitals have sufficient beds for now, county officials said, staff is being stretched thin.

Since mid-October, the number of cases in the county has gone from 322 per week to 3,449 per week. Hospitalizations have risen from 84 on Nov. 10 to 264 on Nov. 23. While hospitals have sufficient beds for now, county officials said, staff is being stretched thin.

Patients of a Vermont Hospital Are Left ‘in the Dark’ After a Cyberattack – The New York Times (and to make matters worse, the President fired the guy in charge of security over political temper tantrum)

In Vermont, the damage radiated out through a sprawling network, hitting especially hard in the cancer center.

“My really good friends are I.C.U. nurses, and they’re like, no big deal, all we have to do is paper charting,” Ms. Cargill, the charge nurse, said. But the cancer center was badly set back for weeks, able to serve only about one in four of its normal chemotherapy patients.

Ms. Cargill spent the rest of the day turning away patients, an experience she cannot relate without beginning to cry, nearly a month later.

“To look someone in the eye, and tell them they cannot have their life-extending or lifesaving treatment, it was horrible, and totally heart-wrenching,” she said. The very first person she turned away, a young woman, burst into tears.

“She said, ‘I have to get chemo, I am the mother of two young kids,’” Ms. Cargill said. “She was so fearful, and the fear was tangible.”

Volleyball star becomes surprising voice of anti-Bolsonaro Brazil | Brazil | The Guardian

Carol Solberg had been losing her patience with the “nightmare” that is Jair Bolsonaro’s Brazil: the burning rainforestthe attacks on culturethe catastrophic coronavirus response that has left more than 165,000 Brazilians dead. Finally, she snapped.

“Fora, Bolsonaro!” the Brazilian volleyball star shouted at the end of a live interview on Brazil’s most-watched sports channel, SporTV. “Bolsonaro out!”

When she uttered those few words one afternoon in late September, Solberg was best known for her on-court exploits.

Carol Solberg: ‘They say that we athletes are supposed to be examples. But how can you set an example if you don’t have a voice?’

Two months later the 33-year-old sportswoman has become a powerful symbol of opposition to Brazil’s far-right leader and an unlikely champion of free speech. Her image, and her opposition to Bolsonaro, have been splashed across newspaper and magazine front pages, with one weekly proclaiming her Brazil’s “Active Voice”.

Source: Volleyball star becomes surprising voice of anti-Bolsonaro Brazil | Brazil | The Guardian

Paris police filmed beating music producer in studio | France | The Guardian

Michel speaks outside the Inspectorate General of the National Police, IGPN, in Paris, on Thursday.

“I was afraid. I thought it was my last day … I kept saying, ‘I haven’t done anything’, and they kept shouting for me to get down on the ground.”

Once outside, police officers continued to beat Michel and the others.

“Suddenly someone shouted, ‘camera, camera’. It was someone filming from a window. As soon as the police heard this they stopped hitting us,” said one of the victims.

Michel was taken to the nearby police station and accused of insulting police and attempting to grab one of their guns.

Unknown to the officers, however, a camera inside the producer’s studio had captured the officers’ actions. Michel was held in custody for 48 hours then released without charge. The three officers are now being investigated for allegations of “violence by a public agent” and “making false statements”.

Source: Paris police filmed beating music producer in studio | France | The Guardian