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A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the Internal Revenue Service to stop withholding $1,200 coronavirus stimulus checks from people incarcerated in state or federal prisons.

What are the details?
According to a Thursday report in the New York Post, those inmates who are otherwise eligible to receive the stimulus checks under the CARES Act may receive them.

In April, the Internal Revenue Service distributed tens of thousands of stimulus checks totaling approximately $1 million to incarcerated taxpayers. Following the April release, the IRS revised the guidelines for the program, and insisted instead that incarcerated taxpayers did not qualify for the stimulus and should return the funds.

Following the announcement, a group of prisoners filed a class-action lawsuit in order to get the funds they felt they deserved. Yaman Salahi, partner at the law firm Lieff, Cabraser, Heimann & Bernstein, represented the prisoners in the suit.

In the Wednesday decision, Judge Phyllis J. Hamilton of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California said that President Donald Trump’s administration move to block prisoners from receiving the stimulus funds “solely on the basis of their incarcerated status” is “arbitrary and capricious.”

The Post added, “Hamilton set an Oct. 24 deadline for the IRS to reconsider sending the payments to locked-up individuals whose checks have been withheld, intercepted, or returned. Incarcerated people who didn’t file a 2018 or 2019 income tax return — which would allow the IRS to automatically distribute their checks — have until Oct. 30 to submit paperwork to claim the money.”

Anything else?
Salahi told the Los Angeles Times that such funds are especially important to those imprisoned, because they often come from low-income households who are in dire needs of financial assistance.

“[Incarcerated people] rely heavily on their loved ones on the outside for support, and those are the same people who are less and less able to provide that support during the pandemic,” Salahi told the outlet.

The federal government in response filed an appeal of the judge’s rulings.

According to CNBC, the IRS stated, “The government has filed an appeal and request to stay the preliminary injunction. Any updates regarding the appeal will be posted on this webpage.”

The outlet reported that those prisoners who are eligible and do not receive their stimulus payments this year will be able to receive a credit for those funds when filing their 2020 tax returns.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Federal judge rules inmates are now eligible to receive stimulus checks

The American Bar Association on Sunday announced that it has given Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett its highest rating.

Monday is the start of Barrett’s Senate confirmation hearings.

What are the details?
In a Sunday letter addressed to Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and ranking member Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the American Bar Association advised that Barrett is “well qualified” for a position on the Supreme Court.

On Sunday, DC Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy shared the letter on Twitter, writing, “The American Bar Association released its determination that Judge Amy Coney Barrett is ‘Well Qualified’ on the eve of the start of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings.”

A portion of the letter reads, “The American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the federal judiciary has completed its evaluation of the professional qualifications of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, who has been nominated by the President to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.”

“As you know, the Standing Committee confines its evaluation to the qualities of integrity, professional competence, and judicial temperament,” the letter continues. “A substantial majority of the standing committee determined that Judge Barrett is ‘Well Qualified,’ and a minority is of the opinion that she is ‘Qualified’ to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States.”

The letter concludes, “The majority rating represents the Standing Committee’s official rating.”

What else?
As noted by the Daily Wire, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) in 2001 referred to the American Bar Association’s judicial ratings as the “gold standard by which judicial candidates are judged.”

On Sunday night, Barrett released the opening statement she plans to issue on Monday morning.

A portion of her remarks read:

Courts have a vital responsibility to enforce the rule of law, which is critical to a free society. But courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life. The policy decisions and value judgments of government must be made by the political branches elected by and accountable to the People. The public should not expect courts to do so, and courts should not try.

That is the approach I have strived to follow as a judge on the Seventh Circuit. In every case, I have carefully considered the arguments presented by the parties, discussed the issues with my colleagues on the court, and done my utmost to reach the result required by the law, whatever my own preferences might be. I try to remain mindful that, while my court decides thousands of cases a year, each case is the most important one to the parties involved. After all, cases are not like statutes, which are often named for their authors. Cases are named for the parties who stand to gain or lose in the real world, often through their liberty or livelihood.

You can read the remarks in their entirety here and below.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: American Bar Association gives Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett its highest rating

Midwestern State University professor Nathan Jun called for all law enforcement officials to be strangled to death in August, and now he’s facing death threats and doxxing attempts.

According to his faculty page at the school, Jun teaches courses “Health Care Ethics,” “Philosophy of Race and Racism,” “Multicultural Philosophy,” and “Philosophy of Horror and Macabre,” among others.

What are the details?
Jun made the remarks in a now-viral Facebook thread, which painted a grisly picture of capitalists and police officers.

According to the College Fix, Jun wrote, “I want the entire world to burn until the last cop is strangled with the intestines of the last capitalist, who is strangled in turn with the intestines of the last politician.”

After Jun’s statement went viral, the school issued a public statement backing Jun’s right to make such statements.

“As a public university, we recognize and protect individuals’ free speech rights under the First Amendment so that ideas and information may be freely exchanged and examined without the threat of censorship or retaliation,” a statement shared Friday on KFDX-TV said. “Occasionally individuals will express opinions that may be offensive and even shocking, but are nonetheless entitled to First Amendment protection. When our faculty members speak or write as citizens within the confines of the law, they are free from institutional censorship or discipline.”

“Though we take advantage of every opportunity to encourage all members of the campus community to express their opinions in a civil, respectful manner, we view avoidance of censorship as an important part of maintaining the culture of diversity of opinion and academic freedom that is so important to our role as a public university,” the statement concluded.

What is Jun saying now?
Jun, however, took issue with initial reports on the matter and said that it was important that all of his comments be taken in context.

He said the lack of apparent context “helped gin up the latest in a long line of violent, hysterical attacks against [his] person and property,” according to the Fix.

Social media user “Dead Legendre” shared what appeared to be a note from Jun to his “comrades” explaining the context of the remark.

A portion of the lengthy note said, “Within 24 hours of [a speech Jun delivered on Sept. 24 during a rally for Breonna Taylor] I already had received several death threats. The situation quickly escalated after fascists (acting in concert with local media) disseminated a comment I posted on a friend’s Facebook page.”

Jun then cited the above-mentioned reporting from KFDX.

“As of this morning, I have received more than 300 death threats by phone, email, text, and private message. I also discovered that my home had been vandalized again … the fifth time since June,” he wrote.

“The harassment has been so intense that I have been compelled to relocate to a hotel for my own safety,” Jun said, according to the Fix.

“It is only because we rare living in the midst of a phony, ginned-up hysteria (known by scholars as ‘The Antifa Scare’) that the local right has decided to go after me,” the professor insisted, as reported by the outlet. “As a person who doesn’t own a gun or have a criminal record — and who belongs to a member of a historically persecuted group that is greatly underrepresented in Wichita Falls — I am very clearly an easy target for them.”

He told KFDX that he does yearn to be a part of a utopian society that excludes police officers and politicians.

“I do long to live in a world in which we no longer have cops, which we no longer have capitalists, and which we no longer have politicians,” he admitted. “Because those are my political beliefs and I own them and I make no apologies for those beliefs.”

What else?
In 2014, Jun shared a video to YouTube titled “What is Anarchist Studies?” in which he describes … well, what “anarchist studies” is supposed to be.

Spoiler: He’s not sure what it means, either.

In the video, he says, “First of all I think that ‘anarchist studies’ is a contested term. I don’t think that there’s any real consensus necessarily among those of us who like to think of ourselves as working in ‘anarchist studies.’ I think it’s something that we’re still trying to figure out. I think that we’re engaged in active discussions with one another about what ‘anarchist studies’ is, and what it entails, and what it might be.”

“With that said,” he continued, “I think that it’s possible to provide at least a general account of ‘anarchist studies,’ and I would say that according to that account, ‘anarchist studies’ is simply what anarchists do when we reflect honestly on and think critically about ourselves. So, ‘anarchists studies’ is what anarchists do when we think about what it is we believe, and what it is we do, and what we want to bring about, and how we want to bring it about and so forth.”

You can listen to the rest of his explanation in the video below.

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Leftist professor publicly calls for all cops to be strangled with ‘intestines of the last capitalist’ — then says he got death threats

Authorities have arrested a second suspect in the execution-style shooting death of North Carolina 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant.

What is a brief history?

Suspect Darrius Sessoms, a neighbor to the Hinnant family, reportedly walked up to Cannon as the child rode his bike in the street on Aug. 9.

Eyewitnesses say that they saw Sessoms pull out a gun and execute Hinnant in full view. Cannon’s 7-year-old and 8-year-old siblings also witnessed the murder.

Sessoms fled the scene following the incident, but authorities arrested him a day later and charged him with first-degree murder in connection with the killing.

A GoFundMe page to benefit the family received more than $813,000 in donations before it was disabled.

What are the details?
Wilson County, North Carolina, police arrested 21-year-old Aolani Takemi Marie Pettit earlier this week. She was charged with aiding Sessoms after he reportedly murdered the child.

According to local reports, Pettit allegedly helped Sessoms flee from police before he was taken into custody the day after the shooting.

WTVD-TV reported that authorities charged Pettit with felony accessory after the fact. She received a $250,000 secured bond.

Sessoms remains jailed without bond.

The station reported that anyone with information on the case should contact the Wilson Police Department at 252-399-2323 or Crime Stoppers at 252-243-2255.

Anything else?
Following Cannon’s mid-August funeral, members of his family spoke out about the great loss of 5-year-old Cannon.

Cannon’s grandfather, Merrill Race, said that his “beautiful” grandson loved to play outside.

“We shouldn’t even be here,” he said.

Of Sessoms, Race added, “That’s evil. I never met this guy in my life, but that is one evil dude. He’s [in jail] where he should be.”

The child’s stepfather, Lee Parker, said Cannon “meant the world” to him.

“I received the call, man,” he said, recalling the moment he heard the devastating news of his young stepson’s death. “I was riding down the road, and I just blacked out, couldn’t even think for a few seconds. Took me a minute to register it.”

Parker said that he and his family will never get past the child’s murder.

“It’ll never be behind us,” he insisted. “He’ll always be with us, but we’re going to get through it.”

Days before his funeral, Cannon’s father said the family is relying on our faith in God to get through the dark times.

The child’s mother has publicly announced that she wants prosecutors to seek the death penalty.

“This man will answer to me,” Bonny Waddell reportedly posted on Facebook, according to the New York Post. “That man will see me and my son through my face! This sorry excuse as a human being will rot in hell.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Authorities make second arrest in execution-style murder of 5-year-old Cannon Hinnant

Flordia Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced on Monday a proposed new law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if the drivers are fleeing a “mob.”

The move comes following the death while under police restraint of George Floyd and amid heightened tensions across the U.S. between law enforcement and protesters.

The proposed legislation will be filed for the March 2021 session.

What are the details?

On Twitter, DeSantis wrote, “Today I announced bold legislation that creates new criminal offenses and increases penalties for those who target law enforcement and participate in violent or disorderly assemblies. We will always stand with our men and women in uniform who keep our communities safe.”

DeSantis released the proposal on Monday. It targets protesters and increases existing penalties for such actions as “toppling monuments or blocking roadways,” Insider reported.

The bill, titled the “Combatting Violence, Disorder and Looting and Protecting Law Enforcement Act,” would also criminalize certain road-blocking protests, and violation of the law would create a third-degree felony for those who “obstruct traffic during an unpermitted protest, demonstration or violent or disorderly assembly.”

In the proposed law is a new protection against liability for drivers who kill or injure protesters if they are “fleeing for safety from a mob.”

A portion of the proposal reads, “Driver is NOT liable for injury or death caused if fleeing for safety from a mob.”

Protections for police officers

The proposed law would also include protections for individual police officers and departments at risk of losing funding.

“Florida cities that enact any legislation aimed at reducing funding allocated to their police forces amid activists [sic] call to ‘defund the police’ would have their access to state grants and aid revoked,” Insider reported.

The bill, if passed, would deny bail to any persons arrested for a crime “during a violent or disorderly assembly” until their first court appearance.

Further, the Republican governor is calling for a mandatory six-month sentence for any persons convicted of striking a law enforcement officer “during a violent or disorderly assembly.”

A “violent or disorderly assembly,” according to the bill, is defined as a group of seven or more people who are “involved in an assembly and cause damage to property or injury to other persons.”

‘I will not allow this kind of violence’

During a Monday press conference, DeSantis said, “Our right to peacefully assemble is one of our most cherished as Americans, but throughout the country we’ve seen that right being taken advantage of by professional agitators, bent on sowing disorder and causing mayhem in our cities. I will not allow this kind of violence to occur here in Florida.”

He also added, “[The law will] require a felony if you incapacitate any of the roadways. We see people take over interstates. That is absolutely hazardous. It’s not fair to motorists who get caught up in that, so that will be unacceptable.”

Anything else?
In May, a protester jumped on the hood of a vehicle during a demonstration in Minneapolis.

Video footage of the incident showed a driver attempting to move through the crowd that swarmed the vehicle. As the driver accelerated, the protester was forced to get off. The driver, according to reports, then made a U-turn and hit the protester, knocking them to the street.

In June, an angry mob smashed the windshield of a police patrol vehicle in Florida while it was transporting arrestees to jail. Police officers were forced to retaliate and go after the rioters.

In July, violent rioters converged on the vehicle of a 58-year-old man with cerebral palsy. The man, who was just trying to make his way down an Ohio street, said that he was worried that the demonstrators would kill him.

The list goes on and on.

What is the opposition saying about this?
Florida House Minority Leader Evan Jenne told Politico, “Most of this stuff is already illegal, [DeSantis] is just hell bent on silencing any voice of opposition. None of this is about policy … it’s about buoying President [Donald] Trump, who has slipped precipitously in the polls. It’s dog-whistle base stuff.”

Ignoring the repeated examples of protesters threatening violence against innocent drivers, the African-American Policy Forum said DeSantis’ proposal was trying to give drivers a license to mow down protesters.

“Ron DeSantis sending as loud a signal as possible that he is okay with, and would even encourage, anyone who wants to use their car or truck to mow down BLM protesters,” the organization wrote in a Monday tweet. “We should not understate how dangerous this is.”

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes added, “Today a GOP Senator released an ad jokingly (?) endorsing killing liberal journalists, and Ron De Santis introduced a bill in Florida making it legal to run over protesters with your car. So it’s not just randos in line at rallies.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Fla. governor Ron DeSantis proposes law that would protect drivers who kill or injure demonstrators if they’re fleeing a ‘mob’

Nancy Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, has released a letter from a law firm representing the California cosmetologist who provided stylist services to the House speaker on Monday during a COVID-19 lockdown.

In its letter, the law firm accused the salon owner of engaging in a setup.

What’s a brief history here?

On Tuesday, reports emerged that Nancy Pelosi requested an appointment at the San Francisco-area salon despite statewide restrictions on such services due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In footage of the visit, Pelosi can be seen in the salon without a mask.

The salon owner said that Pelosi’s visit was a “slap in the face” considering she has been unable to open her salon for months due to lockdown restrictions. The owner also pointed out that the House speaker “feels that she can just go and get her stuff done while no one else can go in, and I can’t work.”

Pelosi on Wednesday complained that the salon set her up, and said the owner owes her an apology over the criticism she faced.

“I take responsibility for trusting the word of the neighborhood salon that I’ve been to over the years many times,” Pelosi said. “And that when they said ‘We’re able to accommodate people one person at a time’ and that we can set up that time, I trusted that. As it turns out, it was a setup, so I take responsibility for falling for a setup.”

What are the details?

The letter, from attorney Matthew Soleimanpour, accused eSalon owner Erica Kious of setting up cosmetologist Jonathan De Nardo, Pelosi’s stylist.

A portion of the letter reads, “In response to press inquiries on the matter, Mr. DeNardo can confirm that he indeed did provide professional stylist services to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA) on August 31, 2020, at the ‘eSalon,’ located … in San Francisco, California.”

“Mr. DeNardo, at all times, took all requisite safety measures throughout his appointment with Speaker Pelosi, including sanitation of all service areas and wearing of CDC-recommended protective equipment, and thereafter ensured the premises were similarly sanitized following Speaker Pelosi’s departure,” the letter adds.

Soleimanpour adds that DeNardo — who has worked at eSalon for approximately six years — received approval from Kious to book an appointment with Pelosi.

Kious on Wednesday told Fox News that she did not engage in any type of setup at all.

“[Pelosi] had called the stylist, or her assistant did, and made the appointment, so the appointment was already booked, so there was no way I could’ve set that up,” Kious said. “And I’ve had a camera system in there for five years. I mean, I didn’t go in there and turn cameras on as soon as she walked in to set her up. So that’s absolutely false.”

The letter notes, “Ms. Kious took special interest in the appointment during this telephone call, wherein she made several vitriolic and incendiary comments about Speaker Pelosi and her purported responsibility for temporarily suspending operations of Ms. Kious’ business, despite such orders actually being put into place not by Speaker Pelosi, but by Governor Gavin Newsome [sic] and San Francisco Mayor London Breed.”

Despite the alleged remarks, Kious reportedly permitted DeNardo to follow through with styling Pelosi.

“This office is in possession of photographs, videos, and witness information that Ms. Kious, contrary to her prior statements to the press, has actually been operating her business during the stay-at-home orders and similar executive orders limiting in-store operations since as far back as April 2020.”

Anything else?

Such photographs purport to show Kious refusing to follow social distancing requirements as well as refusing to adhere to mask-wearing guidelines.

“What’s more,” the letter continues, “Ms. Kious has also been actively encouraging and almost forcing stylists who operate at eSalon to violate such orders for her own financial benefit in the form of receiving lease payments.”

The letter concludes, “The fact that Ms. Kious is now objecting to Speaker Pelosi’s presence at eSalon, and from a simple surface-level review of Ms. Kious’ political leanings, it appears Ms. Kious is furthering a set-up of Speaker Pelosi for her own vain aspirations.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Nancy Pelosi’s daughter releases law firm’s letter insisting that salon set her mother up

Oprah Winfrey said on video that white privilege and whiteness give white people a leg up over people of color in all situations.

In a recent seminar about what it means to be white, the self-made billionaire told white people that they’re racist even when they might not realize that they are racist.

Her white guests agreed.

What are the details?

In a recent episode of “The Oprah Conversation,” Winfrey and NFL linebacker Emmanuel Acho spoke to several white guests who admitted their racism.

During the episode — titled “Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Part 1” — Winfrey said, “There are white people who are not as powerful as the system of white people — the caste system that’s been put in place — but they still, no matter where they are on the rung, or the ladder of success, they still have their whiteness.”

“[Whites have a] leg up,” she insisted. “You still have your whiteness. That’s what the term ‘white privilege’ is. It means that whiteness still gives you an advantage, no matter. It is the fundamental issue.”

During the discussion, Winfrey spoke with her white guests, who discussed their own personal come-to-Jesus moments in admitting that they, too, might just be racist.

One man, Seth, told Winfrey that he must be racist, because he’s never been actively anti-racist.

“You’ve become woke during this period, and realized in that awakening that you are racist, right?” Winfrey asked Seth. “I just want to know how that happened.”

Seth responded by admitting that he’s apparently been a racist his whole entire life, but only now does he realize how.

“I was born in the ’70s,” he began. “I was born and raised in Manhattan. I’ve always considered myself to be liberal. Now I’m not only a friend of people of color, but also an advocate … but this movement over the last month has been powerful. … I realized that I couldn’t be not racist. I realized that I either was a racist or an anti-racist, and I wasn’t — I’m not — an anti-racist.”

One woman, Lisa, told Winfrey that she — a Californian — said that even she has “unconscious biases that white people have.”

‘If the white person is your problem, only the white person can be your solution’

Acho responded by pointing out that white parents should help bear the burden of solving racism.

“Here’s what I told my friends with their white children,” he began. “I said ‘Y’all live in a white cul-de-sac, in a white neighborhood, in a white city, in a white state. If you were not careful, your children will live their whole white life, and at 26, 27, they’ll end up being a part of the problem, because you just let them and allowed them to live a completely white, sheltered, and cultureless life.”

Acho added, “As a black person, white people — the proverbial phrase of white people — they run America. CEOs, Fortune 500 companies, execs, ownership. They run America. Not an individual white person, but collective white people.”

He concluded, “I firmly believe that if the white person is your problem, only the white person can be your solution.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Billionaire media maven Oprah encourages white people to admit that they are racist in bizarre video

An Oregon high school football coach says the school fired him from his position because he is a sergeant with the Portland Police Department.

What are the details?

Sergeant Ken Duilio, who began coaching the football team at Cleveland High School in 2019, said that the school let him go after reportedly caving to critics over his position at the department.

According to The Oregonian, Duilio — who has been on the force for the last 23 years — said activists pressured the school to remove him as coach via flyers which detailed two use-of-force incidents that reportedly took place more than two decades ago.

A 2001 incident featured a gang-related attack on Duilio and two fellow officers. The attack resulted in the hospitalization of two of the other police officers. Duilio was uninjured in the incident.

A second incident, which also took place in 2001, saw Duilio mistakenly shoot a man who he believed to be a suspect. It turned out that the man was a Good Samaritan who had managed to disarm a man with a gun at a local convenience store.

The victim survived the shot and received a $200,000 settlement. Despite the accident, a Multnomah County grand jury found no criminal wrongdoing with regard to Duilio’s actions.

The flyers apparently garnered enough attention that the district was forced to call him in for a conference to discuss the incidents mentioned in the flyers.

Duilio said that when he showed up for the conference, it was apparent that the administration had made up its mind regarding his future with the football team, and was only seeking him out as a formality.

He said that the district told him that they “didn’t see a path moving forward because of pressure they’re getting” over the flyers and his June remarks.

Resign or be fired?

The district reportedly asked Duilio to resign on two occasions, but he said he refused both times.

Last week, Portland Public Schools Athletic Director Marshall Haskins told Duilio that the district would not be renewing his coaching contract at the high school.

Haskins told the outlet that Duilio’s remarks or his being a police officer had nothing to do with the decision — it was as simple as the district deciding to “go in a different direction.”

“We don’t make decisions based on pressure from parents or outside people,” Haskins insisted in a statement to the paper.

Duilio, however, begs to differ.

“It’s unjust from whoever is leading this,” he told the outlet. “[Portland Public Schools] still had a role in it. They could have stood up to them.”

“I’m at a loss for words, frankly,” he said. “I love working with the kids. … Potentially, someday, I’ll be back.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Portland high school football coach says school fired him because he’s a police officer: ‘I am at a loss for words’

ICU patients who are being treated for coronavirus are dying less often than they were when compared to the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

What are the details?
New research published in medical journal Anaesthesia reports that a significant decrease in COVID-19 mortality has occurred since the start of the coronavirus pandemic.

Researchers add that the decrease is at least partially due to better hospital care.

The study is based on analysis of 24 studies that involved more than 10,000 patients across Asia, Europe, and North America.

The research, led by Professor Tim Cook of England’s Royal United Hospitals Bath, revealed that the overall mortality rate of coronavirus ICU patients fell from approximately 60 percent since the end of March to 42 percent by the end of May.

Cook is also a consultant in anesthesia and intensive care medicine at Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust.

Cook and other study authors said that “rapid learning that has taken place on a global scale due to the prompt publication of clinical reports early in the pandemic” has impacted the disease’s mortality rate for the better.

“It may also be that ICU admission criteria have changed over time, for example, with greater pressure on ICUs early in the pandemic surge,” authors wrote.

The study added, “There were no significant effects of geographical location, but reported ICU mortality fell over time. Optimistically, as the pandemic progresses, we may be coping better with COVID-19.”

The study also notes that its key findings regarding COVID-19 and ICU stints are likely to indicate that lengthy ICU stays take time to be reflected in the data. The research points out that 20 percent of U.K. ICU admissions have lasted more than 28 days, while 9 percent have gone beyond 42 days.

“The important message, however, is that as the pandemic has progressed and all these factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU with COVID-19 has significantly improved,” the study added.

Cook, in a statement of his own, said, “The important message is that as the pandemic has progressed and various factors combine, survival of patients admitted to ICU has significantly improved.” He also cautioned, however, that while mortality rates in ICU patients seem to be decreasing, the disease is still more dangerous and damaging when compared to other viruses that cause pneumonias.

“The in-ICU mortality from COVID-19, at around 40 per cent, remains almost twice that seen in ICU admissions with other viral pneumonias, at 22%,” the report added.

Anything else?
Dr. Eric Cioe Pena, director of global health at Northwell Health in New Hyde Park, New York, issued a statement on the research, warning people against complacency.

In a statement to Health Day, Pena said, “Any successful treatment, when not coupled with good public health measures to keep the new case rate below the limit of existing health care resources, will erase any gains made over the last few months by simply overwhelming the ICUs that have just become better at treating COVID-19.”

Pena added that the study, on the whole, “rightly concludes something that we expect: As we learned more about this virus and its effect on the critically ill, we became better at treating it and its complications.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: COVID-19 patients’ ICU death rates are quickly dropping: Study

A young woman is no longer enrolled at a Christian college after she went viral for a video in which she criticized the Black Lives Matter movement.

After she reportedly endured a “disciplinary process,” the school says she no longer attends the university.

What are the details?

According to Campus Reform, Ashleigh Brock — a former student at Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Texas — created several TikTok videos in which she reportedly questioned the validity of the Black Lives Matter movement.

In one video, the outlet notes, Brock argued that there is way more outrage when a white person kills a black person than when a black person kills a white person — or even when a black person kills a fellow black person.

In another video, Brock reportedly insists that “all lives matter” — not just black lives.

“Do black lives matter?” she allegedly can be heard asking. “Yes, of course. Do white lives matter? Yes, of course. But I’m not gonna sit here and put each one in a group saying this race matters.”

What was the response?

In a since-deleted tweet captured by Campus Reform, one Twitter user wrote, “This is Ashleigh Brock, she goes to Hardin Simmons University in Abilene, Tx. There needs to be serious consequences for these actions (in actions I mean racism). Not only has she done it one time but she’s done it multiple times!”

The post went viral and spurned other similar tweets, according to the outlet, and the videos eventually made it to school officials.

In a statement, the university said that Brock’s conduct was “deeply disappointing and unacceptable.”

The school also insisted that her point of view was “not reflective of the [school’s] Christian values.”

“We are actively investigating and taking decisive action,” the university’s statement added.

HSU President Eric Bruntmyer announced that Brock’s videos prompted the school to effect “meaningful change.”

In a video, Brunmyer said, “As citizens, we have certain rights of freedom of speech in public forums, like many of the social media platforms. However, within the HSU community, that right is always linked with a responsibility as Christians, as well as an inherent responsibility in the consequences of our words and actions.”

“Social media can be a powerful tool,” he continued. “Used in the wrong way, it can have detrimental consequences. The views we express on social media should reflect the values and beliefs we uphold as followers of Christ. We must all use these platforms to build each other up, and not tear each other down.”

Bruntmyer said that he would not detail what disciplinary actions taken against Brock, but did confirm that she is “no longer enrolled at Hardin Simmons University.”

Author: Sarah Taylor

Source: The Blaze: Christian college student questions BLM in viral video. Now college says she’s no longer enrolled — after a ‘disciplinary process.’

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