Below the fold – April 27, 2021

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Below The Fold: The news that do not make the headlines but is important. By PL Hade

  1. NEW Per Census: Total Population of US 331,449,281
    • Average Congressional District 761,169 people.
    • New Jersey will have the same number of Congressional seats.
    • New York lost a seat. They would have kept it if 89 more people had filled out the census.
    • HOUSE SEAT LOSSES: CA: -1 IL: -1 MI: -1 NY: -1 OH: -1 PA: -1 WV: -1
    • HOUSE SEAT GAINS TX: +2 CO: +1 FL: +1 MT: +1 OR: +1 NC: +1
    • Census surprise: Texas gains only 2 seats as shift to Sun Belt slows
    • The gains and losses by states for the next decade were smaller than most observers expected. https://www.politico.com/…/census-house-apportionment…
  2. Pay attention: #SCOTUS grants major Second Amendment issue: Whether New York’s restrictions on concealed-carry licenses violate the Second Amendment: https://www.supremecourt.gov/…/court…/042621zor_e18f.pdf
  3. US will “urgently deploy” a strike team to India to work with India’s public experts on laboratory services, epidemiology, modeling of the disease, infection prevention, and vaccine rollout, a senior Biden admin official told reporters on a press call. (Monday) U.S. Pledges Medical Aid To India, Where COVID-19 Is Overwhelming Hospitals https://www.npr.org/…/u-s-pledges-medical-aid-to-india…
    • From Governor Murphy: “Earlier today I spoke with Taranjit Singh Sandhu (Ambassador of India to the United States) about the COVID-19 situation in India right now, and pledged to do whatever we can to help. New Jersey has one of the largest Indian diasporas in the United States, and we stand with the people of India in their hour of need.”
  4. Rep. Tim Ryan, a Democrat, officially announces Senate campaign in Ohio in race for Rob Portman’s seat.
  5. Republican governors are taking a stand against a Biden policy that does not exist.
    • Texas Governor Greg Abbott got very defensive about a policy that Fox news just made up. They that claimed you could only eat 4 lbs of beef a year. (Labelled as “Bidens Climate Requirements) Seems like an important thing to spend time on when you have a power grid that doesn’t function in cold weather.
    • Befuddled Larry Kudlow Rails That Biden Will Force Americans To Guzzle ‘Plant-Based Beer’So no more beer made of grains, yeast and hops? Oh, wait …(He was Trump’s Director of the US Economic Council ) https://www.huffpost.com/…/larry-kudlow-plant-based…
  6. Covid19
    1. 576,529 Americans have died of Covid19
    2. NJ: 1247 confirmed new positives. 311 probable positives
    3. Rate of Transmission. 0.90
    4. WARNING: We’ve been here before. While the vaccine numbers are encouraging let’s not let up.
    5. NJ changes in restrictions: Effective May 10th: High school proms, political events, weddings, funerals and performances will increase from 35% capacity to 50%, or 250 people. Dancing will be allowed in private events
      • Outdoor carnivals and fairs are permitted to operate at 50% capacity, aligned with other amusement businesses.
      • Outdoor capacity for large venues (1,000 or more fixed seats) will increase to 50% – with six feet of distance between seated groups. The general outdoor gathering limit will increase to 500 individuals. https://www.njspotlight.com/…/gov-murphy-announces…/
  7. The tweet below was put out as a test on Twitter. A lot of people answered this question. It’s also a security question which can then be used by hackers to get into your accounts.
Below the fold – April 27, 2021

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