Thursday, December 31, 2020
Wisconsin hospital worker arrested after intentionally removing COVID vaccine vials from refrigeration
Aurora pharmacist arrested after police say he sabotaged more than 500 COVID-19 vaccine doses
A pharmacist accused of tampering with over 500 doses of COVID-19 vaccine at Advocate Aurora Health Hospital in Grafton was arrested Thursday.
Grafton police said the pharmacist, a Grafton resident, removed 57 vials from a refrigerator and left them out overnight last week. They said the man knew this would render the vaccines "useless" and make people who received them believe they were vaccinated when they were not.
Each vial contained about 10 doses of vaccine. Aurora discarded more than 500 doses and Thursday said it has determined 57 people were given less-effective or ineffective vaccines.
Police recommended felony charges of recklessly endangering safety, adulterating a prescription drug, and criminal damage to property. They estimated the cost of lost vaccine to be between $8,000 and $11,000.
Police said they are still investigating the man's motive and have not released his name. He is being held at the Ozaukee County Jail.
The FBI and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration were also investigating, police said.
Aurora officials had previously reported the incident was a mistake, but Wednesday night announced it had fired the employee after discovering the actions were intentional.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/2020/12/31/500-doses-covid-19-vaccine-thrown-out-hospital-worker-aurora-removed-from-fridge-on-purpose-grafton/4098837001/
I hooked up with Aurora over 25 years ago. Back then, it was a great healthcare provider. Things are not the same today. I've thought about switching to Ascension lately, but I'm afraid of jumping out of the frying pan and into the fire.
State of Wisconsin vs. Christian Reynoso
State of Wisconsin vs. Christian Reynoso
As court proceedings move forward, Former mayor John Dickert and Christian Reynoso begin preparing for trial.
As you may recall, Dickert and Reynoso were involved in an altercation at the Piggly Wiggly parking lot on Washington Ave. Initially only Dickert was charged on 5-11-2020 with criminal disorderly conduct.
Dickert quickly hired Attorney Patrick Cafferty.
Christian Reynoso was charged the following day and elected to represent himself as Pro se for the last several months.
You may read more about the incident below:
As of today, December 30, 2020 Reynoso has secured the highly touted law office of Vince Bobot to represent and advocate the dismissal of charges of disorderly conduct against him.
Attorney Bobot is the right fit for Reynoso being Bobot is not an insider within the 2nd. Judicial District.
Attorney Bobot will bring forth an aggressive multi path approach to free Christian Reynoso from the wrongful disorderly conduct charges issued by the State of Wisconsin.
RCC conducted our own investigation concerning this altercation in the spring. It is our view that mayor John Dickert initiated physical contact between the two parties and is the party that violated Disorderly Conduct statute 947.01(1).
Reynoso acted in self defense under the protections of Wisconsin statutes 939.48(1)(1).
It is further our opinion that Reynoso has civil claims against Dickert.
Reynoso is currently in school learning the profession of cheese making and Wisconsin is in need of great cheese-makers.
We foresee a future of Reynoso branded cheeses.
# FREE REYNOSO
Car Crashes Time
What a great internet channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/CarCrashesTime
You can watch every kind of idiot on the road today. Don't pull over for the bums who fly off the road by themselves or slam into a tree alone - natural selection demands that fools suffer the consequences of their foolishness. Why save an idiot driver who will just kill himself in a car some other way, and possibly take you out, too? Save the innocent. Let the clowns suffer.
By the way, a dashcam is the thing to stem lies when and if you have an accident. People will lie and lie and lie until the truth catches up with them. A video dispels all lies.
P.S. Why do so many automobiles have their windshield wipers activated by a crash?
FDA Alert: Certain Lots of Sportmix Pet Food Recalled for Potentially Fatal Levels of Aflatoxin
December 30, 2020
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration, in cooperation with the Missouri Department of Agriculture, is investigating certain Sportmix pet food products manufactured by Midwestern Pet Food, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.
On this page:
What is the Problem?
What are the Symptoms of Aflatoxin Poisoning in Pets?
What Products are Involved?
What Do Retailers Need to Do?
What Do Pet Owners Need to Do?
What Do Veterinarians Need to Do?
- FDA is alerting pet owners and veterinary professionals about certain Sportmix pet food products (see list below) manufactured by Midwestern Pet Foods, Inc. that may contain potentially fatal levels of aflatoxin.
- FDA is aware of at least 28 deaths and 8 illnesses in dogs that ate the recalled product.
- This is an ongoing investigation. Case counts and the scope of this recall may expand as new information becomes available.
- Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus, which can grow on corn and other grains used as ingredients in pet food. At high levels, aflatoxin can cause illness and death in pets.
- Pets experiencing aflatoxin poisoning may have symptoms such as sluggishness, loss of appetite, vomiting, jaundice (yellowish tint to the eyes or gums due to liver damage), and/or diarrhea. In severe cases, this toxicity can be fatal. In some cases, pets may suffer liver damage but not show any symptoms.
- Pet owners should stop feeding their pets the recalled products listed below and consult their veterinarian, especially if the pet is showing signs of illness. The pet owner should remove the food and make sure no other animals have access to the recalled product.
- FDA is asking veterinarians who suspect aflatoxin poisoning in their patients to report the cases through the Safety Reporting Portal or by calling their local FDA Consumer Complaint Coordinators. Pet owners can also report suspected cases to the FDA.
Serial killer Samuel Little dies while serving life sentence
He should have been put down like a terminally ill dog.
Biden slams Trump team vaccine rollout as projected numbers of administered shots fall short
Aurora Health says employee intentionally removed COVID-19 vaccine from fridge, ruining more than 500 doses; FBI investigating
Advocate Aurora Health says a now-fired employee intentionally removed 57 vials of the Moderna coronavirus vaccine from a refrigerator last weekend, causing them to become ineffective and be discarded.
Initially, Aurora was "led to believe" the removal was an error. But Wednesday, the employee "acknowledged that they intentionally removed the vaccine from refrigeration," according to a statement from the health care provider.
Grafton Police Department said in a statement late Wednesday that it was notified by Aurora shortly after 6 p.m. "regarding an employee tampering with vials of the COVID-19 vaccine" at its hospital at 975 Port Washington Road.
The statement goes on to say the incident is being investigated by the FBI and the Food and Drug Administration as well as Grafton police.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/milwaukee/2020/12/30/wisconsin-covid-19-vaccine-thrown-out-intentionally-aurora-employee-grafton-clinic-fired/4095107001/
Sen. Hawley says he'll object to certification of Biden's victory
Gavin Newsom confirms new variant COVID strain has emerged in California
Open Blog - Thursday
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
COVID-19 Vaccinations in Racine
you can be sure of is that McMayor Cory 'Butterball' Mason will be the first vaccinated, if he hasn't already. From there on, I suspect that we can expect the usual machinations and backroom deals in the distribution of the vaccine. Butterball will appear in the Journal Times overlooking the vaccination of an elderly black woman, but the reality is that all of his cronies must be vaccinated first.
The true colors of one's character will be determined by the grab for vaccinations. As you watch the entitled and criminal elements of our city government get vaccinated before your grandmother, be glad that you are even in the running for a vaccination. You can be sure that all of Butterball's enemies will have to kiss his ass in order to get a vaccination. As the deaths of the poor and people of color continue to mount, Butterball will declare himself the emperor of the vaccine, deciding who gets the vaccine and when. This swine is who legally represents you. Oink-oink for your vaccine.
Even If It's 'Bonkers,' Poll Finds Many Believe QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories
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A significant number of Americans believe misinformation about the origins of the coronavirus and the recent presidential election, as well as conspiracy theories like QAnon, according to a new NPR/Ipsos poll.
Forty percent of respondents said they believe the coronavirus was made in a lab in China even though there is no evidence for this. Scientists say the virus was transmitted to humans from another species.
And one-third of Americans believe that voter fraud helped Joe Biden win the 2020 election, despite the fact that courts, election officials and the Department of Justice have found no evidence of widespread fraud that could have changed the outcome.
The poll results add to mounting evidence that misinformation is gaining a foothold in American society and that conspiracy theories are going mainstream, especially during the coronavirus pandemic. This has raised concerns about how to get people to believe in a "baseline reality," said Chris Jackson, a pollster with Ipsos.
"Increasingly people are willing to say and believe stuff that fits in with their view of how the world should be, even if it doesn't have any basis in reality or fact," Jackson said.
Read more: https://www.npr.org/2020/12/30/951095644/even-if-its-bonkers-poll-finds-many-believe-qanon-and-other-conspiracy-theories
McConnell blocks $2,000 stimulus checks as Trump demands support
Girlfriend warned Nashville police Anthony Warner was building bomb a year ago, report shows
NASHVILLE — Sixteen months before Anthony Quinn Warner's RV exploded in downtown Nashville on Christmas morning, officers visited his home in Antioch after his girlfriend reported that he was making bombs in the vehicle, according to documents obtained by The Tennessean.
On Friday, 63-year-old Warner blew up a city block, police say, about 6:30 a.m. on Second Avenue outside an AT&T switch facility. The bomb caused massive destruction to 41 downtown buildings and crippled telecommunication systems throughout the Southeast over the weekend.
In the aftermath, The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said Warner was "not on our radar" prior to the bombing. But a Metro Nashville Police Department report from August 2019 shows that local and federal authorities were aware of alleged threats he had made.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/crime/2020/12/29/nashville-explosion-woman-warned-mnpd-warner-building-bomb-2019/4082253001/
Open Blog - Wednesday
Tuesday, December 29, 2020
Kenosha mayor, police chief prepare for results of Jacob Blake shooting investigation
WorldView: EU begins COVID vaccinations; Chinese journalist sentenced
COVID: Gov. Newsom Likely To Extend Stay-At-Home Orders; Hospitals Prepare For Post-Holiday Surge
Ghislaine Maxwell denied bail by U.S. judge
Young COVID-19 death in Sheboygan is Wisconsin's second death under 20
A person under 20 has died from COVID-19 in Sheboygan County, health officials said Monday. Officials did not provide the person's exact age but said they were between the ages of 10 and 19.
It's the second COVID-related death of a Wisconsin resident in that age group. The first was Madison East High School junior Isai Morocho, who died Nov. 25.
Sheboygan health officials did not provide further information Monday about the death in Sheboygan to protect the privacy of the family.
Statewide, officials reported 19 new deaths Monday, and 1,335 new confirmed cases of COVID-19.
The cases accounted for 25.8% of the 5,171 test results that came back Monday, according to the state Department of Health Services.
Read more: https://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/wisconsin/2020/12/28/young-covid-death-sheboygan-wisconsins-second-death-under-20/4064641001/
'The first good shot of snow' this season on the way for Tuesday; warnings, advisories cover much of state
A winter weather advisory for 3 to 6 inches of snow is in effect for metro Milwaukee. The counties included in the advisory are Milwaukee, Waukesha, Washington, Ozaukee, Racine, Fond du Lac, Sheboygan, Dodge, Marquette, Green Lake, Jefferson, Walworth and Kenosha.
About 500 doses of vaccine discarded at Aurora clinic in Grafton due to 'human error'
Clinicians had to discard about 500 doses of the Moderna vaccine Saturday after vials were kept unrefrigerated for too long at Aurora Medical Center in Grafton.
In a statement, Advocate Aurora Health officials said someone removed 50 vials from a refrigerator to access other items and failed to put them back overnight Friday. Each vial contained ten doses of vaccine.
An internal investigation found the failure was an "unintended human error."
"We are clearly disappointed and regret this happened," officials said in a statement.
Clinicians were still able to administer some of the vaccine from the vials within the allowable 12 hour post-refrigeration window but had to discard most of it, according to the statement. Once the vaccine is thawed, it cannot be refrozen.
Advocate Aurora Health has vaccinated about 17,000 of its employees in the last 12 days, officials said.
A total 39,501 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Wisconsin, according to state health officials -- mostly Pfizer vaccine and 3,905 doses of Moderna.
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Open Blog - Tuesday
Monday, December 28, 2020
An inside look at Trump’s failed coronavirus response | America’s Pandemic
Georgia girl, 7, dies after being shot Christmas shopping with family: report
|Kennedy Maxie (Atlanta Police Department)|
A 7-year-old Georgia girl died Saturday night from injuries sustained in a shooting earlier in the week while she was Christmas shopping with her family, a report said.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that Kennedy Maxie was shot in the back of the head while she was driving with her mom and aunt near Atlanta’s Phipps Plaza.
The aunt, who was behind the wheel at the time, reportedly continued to drive after the gunfire until she "noticed that the victim was acting strangely." She realized the girl was hit and rushed her to a hospital, where she was rushed into surgery.
"Our hearts are broken by the senseless murder of Kennedy," Keisha Lance Bottoms, the city’s mayor, said, according to the paper. She said the city’s police force is pursuing "significant leads" but said it does little to ease the family's pain.
Attorney Jackie Patterson told Fox 5 Atlanta that he saw the news of the shooting and felt compelled to act. "I actually contributed $5,000 to Crime Stoppers." He said it is any parent's "worst nightmare."
The paper reported that the family’s Lexus is not believed to have been the target of the gunfire. They believe the shooting stemmed from an argument in the parking lot on Monday.
The Journal-Constitution reported that 2020 has been the deadliest year in the city since 1998.
Open Blog - Monday
Sunday, December 27, 2020
Scott Walker caught lying after posting pic of ‘great pizza’ he ate ‘tonight’... that was actually from over a year prior
Former Wisconsin governor and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker was caught red-handed in an Italian food-themed blunder after trying to encourage Americans to support their local restaurants.
On Saturday, the day after Christmas, seemingly trying to lead by example, Walker posted on Twitter “Great pizza tonight at San Giorgio Pizzeria Napoletana. We have to support our local restaurants and small businesses!”, along with a picture of a delicious-looking sausage-topped pizza.
However, savvy social media users were quick to point out that the picture of Walker’s pizza had actually been taken from another post he had made over a year previously, in October 2019.
Former Missouri secretary of state Jason Kander alleged that Walker wanted to convey the image of supporting local restaurants during the Covid-19 pandemic without “actually risking his health” by going to the restaurant and taking a new photograph.
“People lie about the dumbest things,” wrote former Obama administration official Brandon Friedman, while others called the tweet “embarrassing” and “the saddest thing ever seen on Twitter.”
Many users questioned why Walker would feel the need to lie about a pizza he had eaten that evening.
And it wasn’t the first time Walker had found himself at the center of a pizza-related controversy. In July 2019, he was ridiculed for posting a picture of a “veggie pizza” that bore little resemblance to the iconic Italian fare.
Walker’s 2019 ‘pizza’ was called “horrifying” and “grim,” and journalist Ken Klippenstein questioned why the former governor couldn’t just enjoy his wealth and leave the rest of the country in peace.