Largest farmed mink industries in US are found in Wisconsin, Utah and Michigan and all have reported COVID-19 outbreaks.

In Wisconsin, 3,400 farmed mink have died over the past month after contracting COVID-19. In Utah, 10,000 mink have died since August. usatoday.com/story/news/nat…
Researchers discovered that one of the mutations in minks in Denmark deactivates antibodies in the therapeutic cocktail made by Regeneron, which was reportedly used to treat Trump. Mink and related species could form a “reservoir,” providing a permanent refuge for the virus.
Breaking the chain of human infection is no longer enough when animals can cause new outbreaks. Aside from mink, some other species may have a high susceptibility to the virus. And some of these animals may be preyed upon by cats, which also are vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2.

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23 Nov
Israel PM Netanyahu and head of the Mossad reportedly flew yesterday to Saudi Arabia, and met Pompeo and MBS in the city of Neom to discuss the future—Neom would be a fitting venue—Saudis are planning a futuristic city here that will surely involve American and Israeli companies ImageImage
In June 2020, Mohammed bin Salman hired a US public relations and lobbying firm to counter the criticism and controversies around the Neom city project (which will be powered by renewable energy sources). The Kingdom signed a contract worth $1.7 million with PR firm Ruder Finn.
Netanyahu-MBS and Mossad-Saudi intelligence meetings may in part be spurred by reports that Biden may nominate Blinken as Secretary of State. Blinken is expected to lead US efforts to rejoin Paris climate accord and Iran (common foe to Saudi Arabia and Israel) nuclear deal.
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“coronavirus was circulating in Italy in September 2019, a study by the National Cancer Institute of the Italian city of Milan shows, signaling that it might have spread beyond China earlier than thought.”

Or did it start in Europe and spread to China?
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You know the presser is going great when the hair dye starts running down the side of your face.
Giuliani is gonna dye tryin to get Trump a second term.
Giving new meaning to the phrase “He’s running”
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~1600 COVID-19 deaths reported yesterday. Deaths are rising in all four major US regions - and nationwide were higher today than on any day since May 14. At this rate, US could soon see 3,000 daily deaths, especially if healthcare worker fatigue/infections causes care shortages.
The holiday season brings a convergence of workforce issues for hospitals and healthcare facilities. Almost everybody wants to take time off – including nurses, health professionals — to be with families. Cold weather-related demand for services this year will be more acute.
Extra demand on hospitals will also come from the usual winter flu and respiratory illnesses and from other patients who just want to squeeze in as many elective procedures as possible now that they have met their annual insurance deductibles or out-of-pocket expenses.
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Trump found 10 million new voters, many in blue states like California, Washington, Oregon, Minnesota and Illinois, but it wasn’t enough to win because Biden found even more new voters.
Trump received the highest percent (30.5%) of the Jewish vote for a Republican in decades, while Biden came in lower for a Democratic candidate in recent years.
In Florida, 43% (!) of Jews voted for Trump compared to 56% for Biden. jns.org/jewish-voting-…
The 43% mark represented the highest percentage of the Jewish vote in the Sunshine State for a Republican presidential candidate, according to the Republican Jewish Coalition, which spent more than $5 million targeting Jewish voters in Florida on Trump’s behalf.
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Wow. “Out of 1,118 counties in battleground states, only 37 flipped, or 3.3 percent, which meant control of the states rested largely on parties' turning out votes within counties they had won before.”
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"I felt I could be tipping the scale and felt like I had a good amount of power," Berlin said. "That was exciting."”
Berlin is among many other undecideds in swing states who confound pollsters because they could go either way at the last second. In 2016, late deciders, swayed by Comey’s actions, cost Clinton critical votes in WI, MI and PA.
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