Below the fold – May 4, 2021

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


  1. If you are in favor of the American Jobs Plan please, please call your Rep and Senators. They track the yeas and nays and it helps them when they talk about the bill.
    • Senator Booker (973) 639-8700. (856) 338-8922. (202) 224-3224
    • Senator Menendez (973) 645-3030 (856) 757-5353 (202) 224-47441.
  2. Reaching ‘Herd Immunity’ Is Unlikely in the U.S., Experts Now Believe Widely circulating coronavirus variants and persistent hesitancy about vaccines will keep the goal out of reach. The virus is here to stay, but vaccinating the most vulnerable may be enough to restore normalcy.…/covid-herd-immunity-vaccine.html
  3. SEEING ISN’T BELIEVING The Fact Checker’s guide to manipulated video…/manipulated-video…/…
  4. “The Family Reunification Task Force has been working day and night to address the prior administration’s cruel separation of children from their parents. I’m proud to announce we will begin to reunite the first of those families.” Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas…/biden-administration-begins-week……/biden-administration-reunite…
  5. How very nice of them… a cynical person might think this had something to do with finances…New Jersey’s Pine Valley, the so-called No. 1 golf course in the U.S., will allow female members for the first time in its 100-plus year history.
  6. Nine Sports Unions Release Statement Against Voter Suppression…/nine-sports-unions…/
  7. Biden Defunds Border Wall, Returns Billions to Military…/…
  8. “The conservative news network Newsmax has apologized for airing false allegations that an employee for Dominion Voting Systems manipulated machines or tallies on Election Day to the detriment of former President Donald Trump.”…/election-recounts-election-2020…
  9. There have been a lot of people posting on Social Media who are apoplectic about Critical Race Theory. Interestingly, most of them have no idea what it is:
    • Critical Race Theory
    • “Crenshaw—who coined the term “CRT”—notes that CRT is not a noun, but a verb. It cannot be confined to a static and narrow definition but is considered to be an evolving and malleable practice. It critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers.”
    • “CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”…/a-lesson-on-critical…/
  10. Covid19
    • 581,455 Americans have died of Covid19
    • NJ: New confirmed positives 880. New probable positives 197
    • Rate of Transmission 0.37
    • 7,493,209 New Jerseyans have had at least one dose of the vaccine.
    • 3,268,958 are fully vaccinated.
    • Among the changes effective Wednesday, May 19:
      • Restaurants will no longer have a capacity limit but will be able to operate at whatever capacity allows them to continue to ensure a minimum six-foot distance between groups.
      • Religious services, retail establishments, gyms and fitness clubs, personal care businesses, indoor and outdoor amusement and recreation businesses, and indoor and outdoor pools will have no limits they must just keep six foot distance.
      • The general indoor gathering limit has been increased to 50.
      • NJ will also lift the prohibition on indoor bar-side seating.…/10572545/
    • FYIThe anti-vaxers are holding a rally to repeal mandatory Covid19 vaccines required by Colleges:
      • Rutgers New Brunswick- May 21, 2021 11am
        • Rutgers requires all students, faculty and staff to get an annual flu shot and have had the MMR immunization, Hep B immunization, and most students to have Varicella immunization and a Tdap series plus a booster. This group is not rallying against those.
        • The NYT is reporting: “*FDA TO APPROVE PFIZER VACCINE FOR AGES 12-15 NEXT WEEK”…/covid-vaccine-coronavirus-cases
        • Pro-Trump web forums are abuzz with directions to forge Covid vaccine cards
        • Some states put templates online, spurring pro-Trump and anti-vaccination forums to start spreading tips for how to create fake cards.…/covid-vaccination-card-fraud…

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