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IHME predicts COVID-19 to Peak in Minnesota April 23-26 with 625 Total Deaths

Saint Paul, Minn.–Washington University’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation has released an updated model showing that Minnesota COVID-19 deaths will peak April 23 through the 26, with an estimated 625 deaths by August 4.

This is a stark contrast to Governor Walz’s March 25 prediction of upwards of 74,000 deaths in Minnesota due to COVID-19. Although, Walz acknowledges IHME data, he has extended the “Stay at Home” order until May 4.

Sources: https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/490856-when-will-coronaviruses-cases-peak-in-your-state

Universal Healthcare for All should be called Mediocre Healthcare for All

The Unaccountable Nature of Credit Cards and Consumerism in America

American Expressed, by TSN_

Why credit debt works– it’s not your money, it’s not your loss. These cards and card holders aren’t accountable.

If you were losing 19.24 % on your investment, you’d most likely change. Perhaps we don’t think of it like that.

The connection between your money and your credit card is non-existent because their is no symbolic transaction:

Give your money, get something. You get their product. They keep your money;

With a credit card it’s like a pacifier. Give your card, get it back. Get their product, get your card back. There is a safety.

Never lose physically, tangibly.

A deception. People can’t connect the interest lost. They don’t see it as theirs. Because it’s the cards’ rate, not theirs.

Perhaps that is why there exists an Unaccountable Nature of Credit Cards and Consumerism in America.

What’s the Networth of That Movement?

Saint Paul to Give $3M to Newborns based on a Study of Less than .5% the Population of the City

Melvin’s Money, by TSN_

Saint Paul, MN–Over the next three years the city of Saint Paul will give $3 million dollars (in $50 allotments) of taxpayer money to newborns in hopes that savings accounts generate college degrees. Giving out money to make progress based on cherry-picked data, that seems legit, and Democratic.

That said, this program is noble, honorable, fantastic, and based on very limited data. CollegeBound Saint Paul, the program in question, appears to rely solely on a singular data set of 1,554 participants from a 2013 study done by the Center For Development Research at Washington University.

MPR recently highlighted CollegeBound Saint Paul in an article titled, “Welcome to the world, and here’s 50 bucks for college“. In light of the limited data and the funding involved, this program should be called TaxpayerBound Saint Paul, to emphasize where the financial gift is coming from: citizens’ pocketbooks.

To clarify, the population of St Paul is 304,442 in 2016; the number of participants in the Center for Social Development’s study was 1,554 in 2013. That means the results of this study make up less than .5% of the population of the very city where this program is being implemented.

For compassion sake, to give children a fighting chance at getting an education is an honorable goal, a very progressive idea, especially done right with much research, scientific method, and proof of positive outcomes. However, to create programs funded with taxpayer dollars on scant information is reckless and poorly thought out.

I will end with this, as with any economic idea, time will tell. The truth will show itself as the aid gives way to the unrealistic promises in expensive programs. Economic ideas that work thrive over time. Economic ideas that do not work go bust, just after the politician that created them leaves office, most likely in 18 to 20 years down the line when we have no recollection of these programs or their champions or their intent in the first place.

Save St Paul Street Glaciers, Stop Climate Change

St Paul, MN in late 2019, by TSN_

“Just this morning the newly-elected governor [Tim Walz] held a press conference stating his goals for making Minnesota’s electricity sector 100 percent free of carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.” -Source

St Paul, MN–Perhaps, in an effort to combat the melting of glaciers due to almost certain man-made climate change, it seems the city of St Paul has welcomed all glaciers to St Paul side streets no matter size, no matter age, nor water body of origin.

This truly progressive effort by the city stresses inclusiveness, diversity, equity, and open-mindedness in relation to factual, emotional, and physical sciences, boldly in a world of climate nano-, micro-, and macro- aggression(s).

Not only will this apparent effort of non-snow-removal stifle climate change locally, it will also work in conjunction with the Green New Deal, The Paris Agreement, and Greta Thornberry’s climate agenda, in general.

Let’s look at the possibilities brought on by saving the street glaciers in St Paul.

Saving the street glaciers in St Paul can:

Limit carbon emissions for the city–no more snowplows on our streets, no more dangerous exhaust fumes. This will cut carbon emissions drastically, today, leading to a cleaner and safer world for all tomorrow. It’s really very simple!

Limit petrol use and promote renewable energy resources–no more using gasoline, no more hazardous fossil fuels. We all wanted that, right? This is one step closer to the Green New Deal, and we can start doing it today, forget delaying gratification–that’s a waste of time! If the roads are impassable right now then they will not be used, right now. Simple common sense.

Reduce costs of city streets, period –eliminate streets all together, the city would save so much money if the streets were turned into one giant sidewalk/bike lane. In fact, we could use gravel, a renewable resource made of rocks from the earth and outer space. If there are no streets there are no costs to fix the streets. That’s huge savings. Again, make these very same depleted streets into green spaces, sidewalks, or bike lanes. They could even be made out of repurposed plastic grocery bags. That’s really planning for transportation of the future. Let’s get ahead of the game!

To summarize, these underrepresented and under-appreciated street glaciers can seasonally curtail our coming climate change catastrophe by reducing the temperatures brought on by man-made climate change.

So the next time you attempt to traverse the streets of St Paul and you encounter a street glacier, just remember, you are doing your community and your planet (and the future human race) a major justice by conforming to the Green New Deal and making the planet’s health a priority. Thank you!

To see more of my discussion on this important topic: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9EpqA–VjSk

‘Inn’ is NOT Stable in Minnesota

12/8/2019–Cars, Cost, and Christmas Trees

At 6:10 am I made coffee and headed downstairs to teach English to students abroad. Again, I thought of the hike in cost that the St Paul City Council approved on Snow Emergency towing, it goes up for 43 %. I wonder how this impacts low-income households in St Paul.

On a similar note, my neighbor Nancy mentioned that her grandson’s Honda had been stolen from out front of her house. She asked if my cameras faced that way. I said “no”. We were coming home from a walk around the block on whatever clear sidewalk we could find. Kids in a big red wagon.

After teaching and double-checking my bank account and stretches, this morning we are going to pick up a Christmas tree. And that is the proper name of it, a Christmas Tree. We are getting it from my wife’s grandmother, Judy. The kids are excited, as am I. It should be an afternoon of the Viking’s game and tree decorating and Sloppy Joes.

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