Month: September 2021

Idaho Descends Into Body Bag Shortage for 09/28/2021

Set aside the specter of overflowing intensive care units in Idaho — or that the state’s emergency rooms are now choosing which COVID-19 patients to save and which ones to give up on. The situation is so bad that desperate patients are crossing the border into Washington state to find hospital beds, putting Spokane hospitals under siege.

Idaho’s coroners and funeral homes are turning away cadavers for lack of room. Meanwhile, victims of car accidents and other medical emergencies are not getting the usual attention. And people can forget about elective surgery.

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Wonking Out: This Might Be China’s ‘Babaru’ Moment

OK, who ordered that? You’d think that between Covid-19, climate change and U.S. democracy under siege, we would already have enough crises on our plate. A potential Chinese financial meltdown is the last thing we need. Yet here we are.

The story of the moment is Evergrande, a huge, heavily indebted real estate company that appears on the Read original

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Why Are Democratic Centrists Spouting Right-Wing Propaganda?

Everyone who paid attention during the Obama years knew that Republicans would also try to undermine Democratic presidencies. Some of the G.O.P.’s actions — notably, the efforts of governors like Ron DeSantis and Greg Abbott to prevent an effective response to a deadly pandemic — have shocked even the cynics. Still, a Republican attempt to make President Biden fail, no matter how much it hurt the rest of the country, was predictable.

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