As a public corporation that doesn’t need to worry about rewarding investors, the USPS could offer financial services to more Americans at a lower cost than banks. USPS branches are already located in virtually every neighborhood in the U.S., and over half are in banking deserts. This existing network would reduce overhead. And the USPS is in a better position to handle a loan default because it could garnish tax refunds, reducing the cost of collecting on unpaid loans. … [Read more...] about The pandemic makes it clear that the Postal Service should get back into the banking business
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For several weeks following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the organisation advised that masks should be worn by people who are sick or caregivers of patients with COVID-19. The WHO defended the stance saying that there was not enough evidence to say that healthy people should wear masks. But it didchange its stance on June 5, by advising people to wear face masks when social distancing is not possible, if they are above 60 years of age with comorbidities, or if living in places of community transmission. … [Read more...] about Pharma wrap: WHO adds airborne transmission to modes of coronavirus spread; but is it coming too late?
L'Oreal SA on June 9 rehired Munroe Bergdorf, a British Black transgender model it sacked in 2017 after she described all white people as racist. The French cosmetics company offered Bergdorf a seat on a newly formed UK diversity and inclusion advisory board, a role she accepted. … [Read more...] about What changes are companies making in response to George Floyd protests?
The most conspicuous expulsion of water in Waterworld is not the urine Kevin Costner’s gilled warrior guzzles during what is, incredibly, the film’s opening scene. It’s the jaunty, taunting flume he spits directly at Entertainment Weekly readers from the cover of the magazine’s most recent issue prior to release. Instead of a cute rebuke to the tsunami of toxic press swirling around the film throughout every stage of its production—not to mention the literal tsunami that at one point sank its floating set—the image seemed aimed at potential viewers. Costner appeared to be daring them not to go see the movie he had banked his entire reputation on. … [Read more...] about 25 years ago, ‘Waterworld’ forever changed how we think about hits and flops
Over the ensuing decades, even those doctors who accepted ARDS as a valid clinical condition would frequently disagree over how it should be diagnosed. In 1994, a major redefinition removed the criteria to measure the ability of the lungs to expand and contract in response to changes in pressure known as lung compliance in an attempt to standardize the disorder. In 2012, a panel of experts again redefined the syndrome, specifying that, to make a proper diagnosis, blood-oxygen levels must be measured while a patient is on PEEP. That year, an editorial in the Journal of the American Medical Association noted warily that the latest definition “has essentially excluded ARDS as a possible diagnosis in patients without ventilation.” The diagnosis of ARDS had become tied to the ventilator. … [Read more...] about Ventilators aren’t the coronavirus cure-alls we originally thought