876,664 deaths from Covid-19. There’s a statistic that the CDC has been tracking for a long time, which is basically this. You add up the number of people who died. You do this for a few years. You then draw a curve to ‘predict’ how many people die the next year.

876,664 more people have died than the predicted curve of deaths due to Covid-19 since February 2020. 385,326 is the official CDC count for 2020. 371,636 is the official CDC count for 2021. The rest are people who died indirectly due to Covid-19.

756,962 official deaths from Covid-19 so far in the U.S., 119,702 related to Covid-19. Like, a hospital gets filled up, so a patient can’t get treatment. Where does that patient go?

There’s also an assumption about those deaths, that they’ve all been counted accurately. What if the count is skewed…

This screenshot from a video showing subway flooding was from July 8, 2021, almost 2 months before a more catastrophic wave of flooding hit NYC on September 1, 2021. Read more here: https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2021/07/09/nyc-flooding-soaks-subways-roads-ahead-tropical-storm-elsa/7912206002/

NY State government and NYC government have had 9 years since Hurricane Sandy to prepare New York City for flooding. Last night showed a complete failure of our state and local government to prepare. You can’t stop the rain. But you can build infrastructure to deal with flooding.

There’s things that NYC Mayor Bill de Blassio could do BEFORE he leaves office, this month, to help get us better prepared for the next storm — and there’s a possibility the next ‘historic’ weather event could be in a few weeks.

Here’s one thing we could do … right…

borderline racist image
Considering how and why we started celebrating Cinco de Mayo in the United States, this is a borderline racist image.

Q: What is Cinco de Mayo about?
A: It’s a small holiday in Mexico, commemorating the Batalla de Puebla (5/5/1862). In this battle, 4,000 Mexican soldiers faced 8,000 French soldiers, and won the battle. 462 French soldiers were killed, compared to 83 Mexican soldiers killed.

Q: Okay, why did we…

This is not a political article. This is an article about civics. They sometimes sound like the same thing, but they aren’t. The focus here is on two central elements of civics …

  1. How Democratic and Republican Primaries Work
  2. Making A Bad Prediction About the Future Nominee

How Democratic and Republican Primaries Work

I sometimes wonder if U.S. citizens could pass the civics tests naturalized citizens take, given that I don’t know if most U.S. citizens know what naturalized means. | https://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/testupdates

The person who…

Caucuses are stupid. From https://thejjreport.com/sport/put-iowa-caucuses-out-of-their-misery-results-delay-further-undermines-privilege-to-be-1st/

Every year, I see the same kinds of proclamations of what a ‘win’ at the Iowa Caucus means, and they’re always wrong. Like, I’ve seen this since 1980, as a kid.

The Iowa Democratic Caucus results have produced exactly 1 President, Barrack Obama in 2008. …

From The Conversation “Breaking Up Families? America looks like a Dickens Novel.” | http://theconversation.com/breaking-up-families-america-looks-like-a-dickens-novel-98660

I find my fellow New Yorker Jeanine Cummins very frustrating.

She’s the latest author to join Oprah’s Book Club, for her book “American Dirt.” In the book, she tells a fictional story about the troubles facing a family from Mexico trapped in a life-or-death situation, that has to travel to…

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