How Does Soap Inactivate Coronaviruses?

By Julie from the Exploratorium

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Coronaviruses are surrounded by the same type of membrane that surrounds human cells. Learn how disrupting this membrane with soap or alcohol inactivates the virus. Find out more about the science of COVID-19 with the Exploratorium Learning Toolbox.

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Coronavirus crisis — No bailout for big business, help those first who need it most: Sen. Rick Scott

Op-Ed by Rick Scott

The coronavirus is just the latest test of our resolve and one we can and must get through together.

I look at a crisis from the perspective of someone who grew up poor and worked hard to build a thriving business, not from the perspective of government or Washington politics.

Politicians in Washington are debating a variety of proposals to use taxpayer dollars to bail out big businesses and stimulate our economy.

Let me be clear: we should not bail out large corporations that have enjoyed years of growth and prosperity. I won’t support it.

The people that need help the most are small businesses, hourly workers, people who rely on tips, and gig economy workers like Uber and Lyft drivers.

Here’s how I would help them. First, we should significantly increase federal assistance to state Unemployment Insurance programs, and change the corresponding regulations to allow states the ability to open the fund for workers to immediately access if they are out of work, temporarily out of work, or have reduced hours. I believe this is the quickest, most effective, and most fiscally responsible way to get money to the people who need it most.

Second, we should impose a 60-day moratorium on mortgages, rent, fees and utilities for both individuals making less than $75,000 a year and small businesses with less than 250 employees. Those payments would be postponed and paid out over the following 12 months.

The federal government should be a safety net for those who need it most. But even in times of crisis, we can’t forget about fiscal responsibility. We have $23 trillion in debt and trillion-dollar annual deficits, which will have long-term negative impacts on our children and grandchildren. The proposals being debated in Congress right now include giveaways to big corporations, mandates that will shut down small businesses, and policies that I fear won’t help the people that need it most.

But let’s also remember, the best economic stimulus is to get a handle on the crisis itself. When we do, our economy will thrive again.

We can do that by following the example of South Korea, which took decisive action to expand testing and enforce strict social distancing. South Korea’s mortality rate from coronavirus is less than 1 percent, compared to Italy where the death rate is almost 10 times higher.

The lesson here is this: we can’t neutralize the coronavirus completely, but we can stem the spread and we can limit the damage if we take bold action and we take it NOW.

If we want to get back to normal in the next 90 days here’s what we need to do.

1. Testing is the number one priority – that’s why we need mobile testing sites in every county in the country by the end of the week. There’s no excuse.

2. We need to shut down our borders to all foreign travel. It should have been done weeks ago, but we need to do it NOW.

3. Governors, who are best-equipped to understand the needs of their states, need to take decisive action to enforce aggressive social distancing. These enforcements should be done on the state and local level, but they should be done NOW. Governors must not take the view that it’s the federal government’s responsibility to keep their people safe.

4. We need to protect the supply chains for vital protective gear for our health care workers and first responders and I’ve called for attorneys general across the country to crack down on price gouging.

But we also have to recognize that the federal government can’t do everything. We all have a responsibility to take care of each other, take care of our families. We need to rely on churches and communities. We need companies to step up and do their part to help their employees during these trying times.

Look at Facebook, which announced a $100 million program to help small businesses. Amazon is hiring 100,000 new workers and giving raises to their current staff. Airline CEOs are cutting their salary to zero to avoid any layoffs. Some of these are merely symbolic steps, but setting a good example can be important.

I saw it in Florida every time there was a hurricane. People come together during times of crisis. We need that now more than ever.

All levels of government need to do more to handle this crisis and I’m working hard to make sure that’s the case.

But we also need to come together to take care of each other. I know we can, and because of that, I know America will get through this crisis.

Republican Rick Scott represents Florida in the United States Senate. Scott served as governor of Florida from 2011 to 2019.

Bohemian or Business: Identities Collide in Miami’s Coconut Grove

By Jane Margolies : nytimes – excerpt

The city’s development boom has finally caught up to a lush haven of shade trees and cafes. Some worry the neighborhood growth is too fast.

With its profusion of parks and shade trees, Coconut Grove is celebrated for being one of the greenest parts of sun-baked Miami.

It has some of the best schools in the city, drawing students from all over the metropolitan area. And it has long been a magnet for artists, writers and musicians who have given the neighborhood a bohemian vibe.

But lately, Coconut Grove has become known for yet another thing: a real estate boom.

The area did not experience much of the pre-recession wave of development that swept other Miami neighborhoods. But now, luxury residential towers by renowned modernist architects have been rising in Coconut Grove along Biscayne Bay, a snazzy hotel recently opened, and a well-known shopping center is getting a makeover…(more)

If you live in Coconut Grove you may want to object to these plans. Developers had their way with Venus, California, another bohemian hangout from the 1960s, and they turned it into an expensive, desirable disaster for residents. If you want to see what they plan for Coconut Grove, just check out Venus gentrified. Your shade trees will be the first to go along wth parking. Your taxes will go up to pay for the new public transit systems and other infrastructure the developers will need to build their new dreams. The thriving small businesses will go next as customers turn to online delivery services to meet their need for instant gratification.

You have some time to stop this plan. This pandemic has people questioning the wisdom of dense urban living so it may be harder for politicians to push more density on communities for some time. NY governor and Mayors blame density for the problems they are dealing with now. Don’t allow politicians and developers to push you into becoming another Venus, New York or San Francisco. You are guaranteed to hate it.

Day Around the Bay: San Francisco Art Institute To Lay Off Staff, Close Permanently

By Jay Barman : sfist – excerpt

The 66-year-old San Francisco Art Institute is the latest unexpected casualty of the coronavirus crisis. The school says that due to financial unsustainability, in addition to the virus-related shutdown, it is laying off all of its staff and closing unless it can forge a strategic partnership with a larger institution like USF. [KQED]

If you think there is any art or culture left in San Francisco, closing the San Francisco Art Institute put the nail in the coffin. This is the end my friend. My first art school is now caput. The one that sent me to Columbia for my South American adventure and got me on the path to becoming a successful graphic designer and helped me understand the world of film will not longer launch careers. What will happen to the gallery museum filled with Diego Rivera murals? Will the time they depict live for future eyes or will they be covered over?


SFAI Receives $94,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant to Restore Recently Discovered New Deal-Era Frescoes

San Francisco, CA, September 23, 2019—San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) was awarded a $94,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to restore and conserve two major New Deal-era frescoes on the walls of SFAI’s historic campus in the North Beach neighborhood. The frescoes, which had been whitewashed and forgotten for decades, were rediscovered in late 2013 by SFAI’s VP of Operations & Facilities, Heather Hickman Holland, who noticed ghostly, web-like traces along the walls of a corner hallway. Upon closer examination, she realized that these marks were in fact outlines of figures and buildings. Through careful research of SFAI’s archives, Holland identified at least six of these “lost” frescoes throughout the building, with the positive identification of one of them—a delicate painting by Frederick Olmsted, titled Marble Workers (1935)…(more)

Long-lost New Deal-era fresco at SF Art Institute to be brought to light


Slay The Dragon: Sabotaging the Saboteurs

Posted By Don Schwartz : marinpost – excerpt (include video link)

“I absolutely think you can draw a line between voter suppression efforts and the gerrymandering efforts, and election results. We are seeing efforts to undermine the very core values of American democracy. Nothing is more fundamental in America than having the right to vote, and having the right to representation. And those two core values have been undermined by this new assault on democracy.”
Ari Berman, Journalist, Mother Jones…

In Slay the Dragon directors Chris Durrance and Barak Goodman introduce the gerrymandering process, and focus on its recently refined use by Republicans which fostered a massive sea change in American politics—one which disenfranchised American voters, and enabled a far right-wing takeover of state and national politics.

Goodman and Durrance offer a ray of hope in their coverage of national gerrymandering issues—and in their focus on Wisconsin, Michigan, and North Carolina politics. They highlight initiatives to sabotage the saboteurs the most dramatic of which is the Voters Not Politicians movement created by one woman—Katie Fahey—who, in an epic struggle, brought an end to partisan gerrymandering in her home state of Michigan, and inspired voter activism beyond her state’s borders. Fahey grabbed a tiger by the tail, held on for dear life, and achieved her goal of reforming Michigan politics. Her story deserves a Hollywood narrative film treatment…(more)

Share with your friends who are invested in the voting process. It looks like the realize date is April 3, 2020. Right now there is a short teaser.

Legendary SF concert venue Slim’s to close

By Dan Gentile : sfgate – excerpt

It’s going to be a very tough few months for San Francisco’s nightlife institutions. The shelter-in-place orders have led to the temporary closure of all concert venues, with most currently scrambling to develop strategies for keeping their businesses afloat. But regardless of the current pandemic, it was already getting much harder to run a venue in San Francisco, leading legacy concert venues to have to shutter.

In an exclusive interview with The San Francisco Chronicle, Slim’s owner Boz Scaggs stated that the iconic SOMA venue has closed for good. Open for 30 years, it has the distinction as the city’s longest-running rock club. Although many clubs are currently feeling financial distress over the loss of business due to the coronavirus pandemic, the decision to close Slim’s was made in late 2019 long before anyone imagined the city would grind to a halt in mid-March… (more)

California lifts restrictions allowing restaurants to sell alcohol to-go

By Michael Barca :sfexaminer – excerpt

Relief comes as state orders residents to remain indoors

Restaurants struggling to survive the economic downturn as California orders residents to stay at home will be allowed to sell pre-packaged alcohol to-go, officials announced Thursday.

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control is suspending enforcement of a number of restrictions including to-go alchohol sales until further notice.

The department said that temporarily lifting the restrictions will not “jeopardize the public’s health, safety, or welfare.”

How are they going to sell it? Bottles and cans?