70% of Norwegians are on antidepressants too btw.
After euphoria in major Western economies as vaccinations spread and cities reopened, July delivered a reality check. As contagious new strains spread, we were reminded once again that the road to recovery won’t be smooth.
Norway now leads a pack of European nations that have leaped ahead in Bloomberg’s Covid Resilience Ranking, a monthly snapshot that tracks 53 economies’ performance in Covid containment, quality of healthcare, vaccination coverage, overall mortality and—as of last month—progress toward restarting travel and easing border curbs.
Dictator applesauce brain is mad you won’t just take the coof vaccine.
President Joe Biden this week is expected to announce his administration will require federal workers to be vaccinated for the coronavirus or else submit to strict testing measures, NBC News reported Wednesday.
Biden is set to unveil the new rules, which followed a White House internal policy review, during a speech Thursday, two administration officials told NBC. It is unclear when the changes would go into effect.
Biden is also expected to announce new steps that his administration is taking to try and boost the U.S. vaccination rate, which has slowed significantly in recent months and fallen below prior White House goals, NBC reported.
The new measures arrive as the highly transmissible delta variant spreads around the world, including in the U.S., where it represents a huge proportion of new infections.
Winter is coming…
It’s shocking enough that Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot thinks combatting racism is done by ensuring that only journalists of color get to ask her questions, but it’s absolutely depraved when she doubles down on her intent to ignore non-minority journalists even after millions have condemned her actions as undeniably racist. Mayor Beetlejuice has succumbed fully to the Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory mind virus. She has turned into a woke Marxist zombie.
During a July 26 episode of The New York Times podcast “Sway,” Lightfoot addressed her statement from May that she only plans on having one on one interviews with people of color on the subject of her two year anniversary of being inaugurated mayor. During the recent segment, Lightfoot admitted she “would absolutely do it again.” Oh really? She’ll be robustly racist again? Well isn’t that sweet?
It was 48 years ago.
Says the original vaccine skeptic.
Bizarre to say the least.
Via USA Today:
LOS ANGELES – A federal jury on Tuesday convicted a wealthy California political donor on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in exchange for sex, leading to two deaths and other overdoses.
Ed Buck was found guilty of all nine felony counts in federal court, which could lead to a life sentence. The verdict came exactly four years after one of the victims, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, was found dead of an overdose in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.
“Today is bittersweet,” LaTisha Nixon, Moore’s mother, said after the verdict. “We got victory today.”
The jury deliberated for more than four hours after a two-week trial. Buck’s defense attorneys — one of whom was a prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson case — did not immediately return a request for comment.
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – State workers and health care employees will now be required to show proof of vaccine or get tested for COVID at least once a week.
The governor announced the new guidance today and is urging private employers to “replicate the example.”
This comes as the highly contagious Delta variant is now dominant in the state and COVID rates have skyrocketed in the month since California officially reopened, including breakthrough cases among vaccinated Californians.
A new analysis finds several counties with above-average vaccination rates also have higher COVID case rates, while case rates are falling in counties with below-average vaccination rates.
Via Breaking 911:
Corona, CA – One person was killed and another person is hospitalized following a double shooting at a Corona movie theater, police say.
Just before midnight on Monday, Corona Police officers responded to a call in the theater at The regal Edwards Crossings, located at 2650 Tuscany Street.
Responding officers found a young man and woman both suffering from gunshot wounds. The 19-year-old man from Corona was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries. The 18-year-old woman, also from Corona, died at the scene. The two were watching a movie at the time of the shooting.
Their identities have not yet been revealed and no additional information was given by police.
Poor kid. This is the one who was taken advantage of as a kid by that Olympic doctor.
TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles arrived in Tokyo as the star of the U.S. Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves. She convinced herself she was prepared for the pressure. That she was ready to carry the burden of outsized expectations.
Only, as the women’s gymnastics team final approached on Tuesday night, something felt off. And the athlete widely considered the Greatest of All Time in her sport knew it.
So rather than push through the doubts that crept into her head as she’s done so many times in the past, Biles decided enough was enough. She was done. For now.
The American star withdrew from the competition following one rotation, opening the door for the team of Russian athletes to win gold for the first time in nearly three decades.
Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum guided the U.S. to silver while Biles cheered from the sideline in a white sweatsuit, at peace with a decision that revealed a shift not only in Biles but perhaps the sport she’s redefined.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to recommend Tuesday that fully vaccinated people begin wearing masks indoors again in places with high Covid-19 transmission rates, according to people familiar with the matter.
Federal health officials still believe fully vaccinated individuals represent a very small amount of transmission, according to the sources. Still, some vaccinated people could be carrying higher levels of the virus than previously understood and potentially transmit it to others, they said.
The CDC is slated to hold a briefing at 3 p.m. ET on Tuesday.
The updated guidance comes ahead of the fall season, when the highly contagious delta variant is expected to cause another surge in new coronavirus cases and many large employers plan to bring workers back to the office. In mid-May, the CDC said fully vaccinated people didn’t need to wear masks in most settings, whether indoors or outdoors.