Midday open thread: Midterm turnout record coming our way? Pill reducing new HIV cases
18 days remain until the last ballots are cast in the 2018 midterms
Today’s comic by Mark Fiore is Profit now, die later!
• What’s coming on Sunday Kos…
Republicans are coming for your Medicare in 2019, by Jon Perr
Coal is dying, and Trump knows it, by Sher Watts Spooner
Examining the nature of true and pure «Evil,» by Frank Vyan Walton
Republicans want to take away your Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, by Laurence Lewis
Stop the handwringing and conjecture about the 'Latino vote,' and support groups doing GOTV, by Denise Oliver Velez
Cripple healthcare, Social Security, Medicare, driving huge deficits & win? by Egberto Willies
We must choose to solve climate change, by Mark E Andersen
Don't we want a president America can be proud of, by Ian Reifowitz
• Will midterm voter turnout break a half-century record? 1966 was a time of tremendous cultural, social, and political unrest that generated a record 49 percent midterm voter turnout at a time before 18-year-olds could vote. Michael McDonald, who teaches at the University of Florida and maintains a turnout database, told National Public Radio that our current year of cultural, social and political turmoil could spur an even bigger percentage of people to vote as back then: «It's probably going to be a turnout rate that most people have never experienced in their lives for a midterm election,» he said. He predicts 45 to 50 percent of eligible Americans will cast ballots.
• A new pill has greatly reduced new HIV cases:
An antiviral pill taken daily by thousands of men across Sydney and other parts of Australia led to a globally unprecedented reduction in new HIV cases, showing that a targeted, preventative approach may accelerate progress on ending the AIDS epidemic.
New cases of HIV among gay and bisexual men fell by almost a third to the lowest on record, according to the world’s first study to measure the impact of Gilead Sciences Inc.’s Truvada pill on reducing the AIDS-causing virus in a large population. The results, published Thursday in the Lancet HIV medical journal, may pave the way for other states and countries to stop transmission of the virus with the use of a treatment called pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP.
xQAnon/Deplorabots keep sayin' Mueller cooperators have «nothing to do with Trump» with the exception of...1) Trump's campaign manager2) Trump's deputy campaign mgr3) Trump's personal attorney4) Trumps National Security Advisor5) Trump's CFO6) Trump foreign policy advisor— Tea Pain (@TeaPainUSA) October 19, 2018
• Top 1.0 percent bring in their highest wages ever:
… the top 1.0 percent of earners now earn by 157.3 percent more than they did in 1979. Even more impressive is that those in the top 0.1 percent had more than double that wage growth, up 343.2 percent since 1979 [...] In contrast, wages for the bottom 90 percent only grew 22.2 percent in that time. Since the Great Recession, the bottom 90 percent enjoyed very modest wage growth, with annual wages (i.e., reflecting growing annual hours as well as higher hourly wages) up just 5.4 percent over the eight years from 2009 to 2017. In contrast, the wages of the top 0.1 percent grew 29.8 percent from 2009 to 2017.
• If the Mega Millions lottery produces a winner, s/he will have such a difficult choice: The calculations below are based on winnings of $970 million, not the billion dollars the MM now says is in the pot:
The debate between whether to take the lump sum or the annuity is intense, although most winners opt for the lump sum. Remember, if you pick the annuity, you’ll pay taxes each year, on an annually increasing rate schedule. After the 24 percent federal take, the average annuity payment comes out to $24,573,333 per year for 30 years, while the lump sum total comes out to $416,936,000, per USA Mega.
• Dispelling some myths about consular immunity and the Khashoggi investigation.
• A Chinese perspective on the Pentagon’s new, more aggressive cyber strategy.
On today’s Kagro in the Morning show: Trump goes over the top at a rally, again. Gop conspiracy theories get still loonier, and as always, they have a pipeline right to the top. James O'Keefe is still at it. Armando, who we hardly even know, addresses the farce of the courts, and how it got this way.
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