General politics links:
“They gave millions to one of the groups that stormed the US Capitol on Jan 6 2021. They were the largest Trump donors in Wisconsin, and Mrs. Uhlein took a fundraising role with the Trump campaign.” Reasons not to use Uline (and alternative places to get your packaging).
“The starting point of any sustainable ecommerce packaging strategy is to ensure packaging is recyclable. In the last three years, a handful of articles have cast doubts on recycling. While the news stories are well intentioned, we are alarmed to see how they have led consumers to be even more cavalier about recycling.”
“With every passing minute, more people were posting her picture. Many of them wrote that they didn’t know if what they were reading about Wayfair was true, but they figured that sharing it couldn’t hurt. Samara was about to find out just how much it would.”
“Court documents detail Mazza’s alleged role in that assault, citing video evidence from surveillance cameras and social media. Investigators say they identified him in part by using video from the siege that Mazza himself had uploaded to Twitter—footage recorded with and posted from the same iPhone he later used to call the Shelbyville police about his gun.”
“Police didn’t pursue a case on the grounds that [the harasser who left voicemails like “You guys are a bunch of f‑‑‑‑‑‑ clowns, and all you dirty c‑‑‑suckers are about to get f‑‑‑‑‑‑ popped”] didn’t threaten a specific person or indicate an imminent plan to act, according to emails and prosecution records. […] Reporters connected with him in September on the phone number police called untraceable.”
“…the White House repeatedly overruled public health and testing guidance by the nation’s top infectious disease experts and silenced officials in order to promote then-President Donald Trump’s political agenda.”
This headline has shown up multiple days in a row, here’s one from January 3: “The U.S. has reported a record single-day number of daily Covid cases, with more than 1 million new infections.”
“The electoral benefit, they imagine, is that anti-vaccination propaganda will fire up the base, ensuring a reliable high turnout of their most loyal voters. The cost, of course, is that some percentage of those voters won’t be able to vote in the next election because they’ll be dead.”
“Today, a state once nationally lauded for its prudent, pre-emptive shutdowns that successfully blunted Ohio’s pandemic toll, is cited as standout example of abject failure in public health. It is among the top states at the bottom of the fully vaccinated rates. It recently logged the highest number of COVID hospitalizations, adjusted for population, of any state in the country.”
“With another coronavirus variant racing across the U.S., once again health authorities are urging people to mask up indoors. Yes, you’ve heard it all before. But given how contagious omicron is, experts say, it’s seriously time to upgrade to an N95 or similar high-filtration respirator when you’re in public indoor spaces.” (Given the state of things in Ohio, I got a pack of these to wear on the bus.)
Something uplifting to round this off:
“Very early on, Walter Reed’s infectious diseases branch decided to focus on making a vaccine that would work against not just the existing strain but all of its potential variants as well.” Generic coronavirus antivirals ftw.