Below the fold – Aug 10, 2021

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

  1. IPCC’s climate change report is ‘code red for humanity,’ says UN Secretary-General https://www.un.org/climatechange…
  2. A federal judge on Sunday ruled to allow Norwegian Cruise Line to require proof of vaccination from passengers despite a Florida law that bans businesses from doing so.https://www.nytimes.com/…/norwegian-cruise-line-vaccine…
  3. “Former acting AG Jeffrey Rosen reached out to the DOJ IG to cooperate with his inquiry & gave the IG’s investigators 4 hours of testimony. He met with Senate Judiciary on Saturday. He’s sharing his account ASAP in case anyone sues to prevent him from doing so.”
    • “On Friday Mr. Rosen told investigators from the inspector general’s office about five encounters with Mr. Clark, including one in late December during which his deputy admitted to meeting with Mr. Trump and pledged that he would not do so again, according to a person familiar with the interview.”
    • He also discovered that Mr. Clark had been engaging in unauthorized conversations with Mr. Trump about ways to have the Justice Department publicly cast doubt on President Biden’s victory…”https://www.nytimes.com/…/jeffrey-rosen-trump-election…
  4. The bi-partisan Infrastructure Plan senators voted to advance $1.2T infrastructure bill to a final up-or-down vote. Procedural vote was 68-29. A vote on final passage could occur as late as Tuesday morning. (Possibly earlier.)
  5. Justices pick Wallace as congressional redistricting tiebreakerSupreme Court sides with Democrats on 13th member of panel to draw new congressional districts(I disagree with the sub-head.) https://newjerseyglobe.com/…/justices-pick-wallace…/…
  6. Who had Plague on their 2021 Bingo card?
    • Parts of Lake Tahoe closed after chipmunks test positive for plague
    • “Plague is an infectious bacterial disease that tends to be spread by chipmunks, other wild rodents and their fleas. For humans, symptoms can show up within two weeks of exposure to an infected animal. They include fever, nausea, weakness and swollen lymph nodes.If caught early, it can be treated with antibiotics.” https://www.nbcnews.com/…/parts-lake-tahoe-closed-after…
  7. How to Spot Misinformation Online (July 2021). Free (It says it’s for Seniors but it is learning for everyone.) https://www.poynter.org/…/how-to-spot…/…
  8. Covid19
    • 620,497 Americans have died of Covid19
    • NJ: Rate of Transmission 1.36
      • 1208 new positives — 6 new confirmed deaths
      • Monmouth and Cape May County have the most new cases
    • According to Gov. John Bel Edwards, more than 6,000 Louisiana children now have COVID-19. This is an increase of more than 3,000 cases in just four days. https://www.wdsu.com/…/more-than-3000…/37246194
    • Kids sick with Covid are filling up children’s hospitals in areas seeing spikes
    • “Absolutely household infections are the beginning of this pandemic, that is a major driving force in the spread of infections. We see it often within households, parents to children,” a pediatrician said. https://www.nbcnews.com/…/kids-sick-covid-are-filling…
    • The Delta Variant Is Sending More Children to the Hospital. Are They Sicker, Too?
    • It is not yet clear whether the Delta variant causes more severe disease in children, but its high level of infectiousness is causing a surge of pediatric Covid-19 cases. https://www.nytimes.com/…/coronavirus-children-delta.html
    • What experts are learning about Lambda, a coronavirus ‘variant of interest’ https://www.cnn.com/…/lambda-coronavirus…/index.html

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Below the fold – Aug 10, 2021

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