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Rob Elshire

From ‘brain fog’ to heart damage, COVID-19’s lingering problems alarm scientists | Science | AAAS

Worrying descriptions of post infection affects of COVID-19 have been trickling in over the last month. This is not a get sick, get better, and go on with life situation. Long term effects to individuals and societies are yet to be understood.

As individuals, please do all that you can to avoid getting it in the first place and do everything possible to reduce the chance of spread.

https://web.archive.org/web/20200808045420/https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/brain-fog-heart-d...

More here in Aotearoa:

https://web.archive.org/save/https://thespinoff.co.nz/society/09-08-2020/i-tested-positive-for-covid...

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Kushner -- A Cheap Movie Villan Knock Off?

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I have a theory that Jared Kushner (like many of the characters in the Trump inner circle) is a cheap knock off of a fictional villan. The movie Hudson Hawk came out when Jared was 10 years old. Is it possible that he saw this movie and fancied himself the super rich sociopath Darwin Mayflower? Sounds like a posh white 'merican upper class name.... Every child must have aspirational goals.

If Jared was a brilliant self-made billionaire, he might come off as more than a wanna be Darwin Mayflower. The truth is less flattering. See below.

The one on the left.

Rob Elshire

Kushner’s COVID-19 Team Ended Plan For Nationwide Testing Because They Didn’t Want To Help Blue States

This is being reported in various news outlets. If this is true, it is one of the most callous and inhumane decisions I have ever heard of.

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Holiday in New Plymouth

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Auspicious Start

We started the holiday with a bus trip from Massey to town. The bus overheated on the way and had to stop to get a drink. Another passenger wished us "Good luck!" on our holiday.

Later that day....

When we arrived in New Plymouth, we checked into our hotel and noticed there was an awesome sunset underway. We went to the waterfront and took in the display.

Dressing up!

Just before the lockdown, Robyn got a new dress at an OP Shop in Whanganui for $1. This was the first opportunity to dress up for a dinner out. I wore an appropriate tie.

We had a wonderful time getting away from things. Lots of walking, visit to a park with a greenhouse, the museum and most of the op shops.

Rob Elshire

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) Responds to Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) - YouTube

A powerful speech by AOC.

via metafilter.

Plus when people say 'Boys will be boys' they smear good men who don't do this shit and give permission to those that do. All this needs to stop.

Rob Elshire

Rob Elshire

Why I Won't Vote for Biden or Trump

I'm a Gen Xer that became politically aware in the 1980's. My understanding broadened and matured in the 90's when it was very clear that neoliberal economic based politics (whether from Democrats or Republicans) was hurting most of people. Racism was used as a tool to divide the working class. Sexism, just a normal part of the way the world works. It just got worse from there.

In 2016, for the first time since I became eligible to vote for president, I decided not to vote. Given the choice between two members of the "Fuck you, I've got mine" ruling class, I wasn't going to lend my support to a corrupt system. In 2020, we've got the same choice, again. Another "Fuck you" from the boomer ruling class. This is the last time that I will be eligible to vote in a U.S. presidential election. I will write in my vote for Bernard Sanders.

Rob Elshire

PhD candidate says some post-grad students should be let in as essential workers | RNZ News

Back in 2016 there was talk of international education as NZ's 5th biggest export industry. Growth was forcast to be $5 Billion per annum by 2025. This year we are reading about losses in that industry. More about University Funding.

So here, in 2020, we find ourselves in a neoliberal dystopia where everything is a business, using just-in-time methods, commoditizing everything, and just making a general mess of things. The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the lack of resilience in this very, very brittle system. Nearly no one is winning here. Possibly some highly paid management types (using titles borrowed from the church centuries ago). Maybe they are still making bank and have secure positions.

So, maybe, just maybe some post-grad students should be let back in as essential workers. Well, we have been told they are students, not workers. Surely, if they were workers, they would be paid at least minimum wage like our other essential workers (e.g. supermarket checkout staff). Oh, but that would muck up the finances of the universities (not to mention the CRIs). So, we can not call them workers.

With everyone talking about the tertiary education export industry, might we suggest a rebrand to a very popular industry segment? Tertiary education is clearly a primary industry which milks and fleeces the students while externalizing the expenses to those early in their careers. What a beautiful example of neoliberal economics in action. Well done Tertiary Education Industry!

Rob Elshire

Bleak financial outlook for PhD students in Australia

I would not be surprised if this stretches beyound Australia. It certainly is not easy for post-grad students here in Aotearoa either.