Tag: COVID-19

Links » Monday September 13, 2021

Tech

COVID-19 / Pandemic

Canadian Election T –7

  • Alberta’s ‘Energy War Room’ appears to be operating in defiance of the Canada Elections Act.

Dawson College & Gun Control

  • Survivors of Dawson College shootings urge voters not to support the Conservatives » The Halifax Star
  • 15 years ago on this date, a single gunman, armed with a Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle, a shotgun, and a Glock semi-automatic handgun, went on a shooting rampage at the Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec.
    • One 18-year old woman, Anastasia De Sousa, died at the scene, while another 19 were injured. The shooter eventually committed suicide, after being shot in the arm by a police officer
    • Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, continues to repeat the lie that the Beretta Cx4 Storm assault rifle used in the Dawson College shooting, was illegally obtained. It was not. The shooter obtained it legally. The Liberal government banned the Beretta Cx4 and 1,500 other assault-style weapons after the Dawson College shooting. O’Toole has promised the gun lobby to make the Beretta Cx4 Storm, the AK-47, and other assault weapons designed to hunt and kill humans legal again in Canada.

 

Links » Sunday September 12, 2021

Environment

9/11 – Terrorism

Links » Saturday, September 11, 2021

9/11 – Afghanistan – Terrorism

Tech

  • Exposing your iPhone to high amplitude vibrations within certain frequency ranges, specifically those generated by high-power motorcycle engines, can degrade the performance of the camera system.

Geography

Coronavirus

China

  • China’s nuclear missile silo expansion: From minimum deterrence to medium deterrence – The Bulletin
    • The scale of the Chinese missile silo construction, combined with the other elements of its nuclear build-up, are unprecedented in Chinese nuclear history. It underscores that China’s nuclear posture has entered a new dynamic phase that requires new attention from the international community. Other countries will be responding politically and militarily.

Links » Wednesday September 8, 2021

Canadian Election (T –12 Days)

Oh My Fucking God, Get the Fucking Vaccine Already, You Fucking Fucks

Wendy Molyneux, writing for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency »

You think vaccines don’t fucking work? Oh, fuck off into the trash, you attention-seeking fuckworm-faced shitbutt. This isn’t even a point worth discussing, you fuck-o-rama fuck-stival of ignorance. Vaccines got rid of smallpox and polio and all the other disgusting diseases that used to kill off little fucks like you en masse. Your relatives got fucking vaccinated and let you live, and now here you are signing up to be killed by a fucking disease against which there is a ninety-nine-percent effective vaccine. You fucking moron. Go in the fucking ocean and fuck a piranha. Fuck. Fuck that. Fuck you. Get vaccinated.

via Twitter

Please #GetVaccinated

Large-scale study shows surgical masks reduce the spread of COVID-19

Here’s the evidence reported by Stanford Medicine »

A large, randomized trial led by researchers at Stanford Medicine and Yale University has found that wearing a surgical face mask over the mouth and nose is an effective way to reduce the occurrence of COVID-19 in community settings.

It also showed that relatively low-cost, targeted interventions to promote mask-wearing can significantly increase the use of face coverings in rural, low-income countries. Based on the results, the interventional model is being scaled up to reach tens of millions of people in Southeast Asia and Latin America over the next few months.

Dying in the name of vaccine freedom

NY Times via YouTube »

In the video above, Alexander Stockton, a producer on the Opinion Video team, explores two of the main reasons the number of Covid cases is soaring once again in the United States: vaccine hesitancy and refusal.

“It’s hard to watch the pandemic drag on as Americans refuse the vaccine in the name of freedom,” he says.

Seeking understanding, Mr. Stockton travels to Mountain Home, Ark., in the Ozarks, a region with galloping contagion and — not unrelated — abysmal vaccination rates.

He finds that a range of feelings and beliefs underpins the low rates — including fear, skepticism and a libertarian strain of defiance.

This doubt even extends to the staff at a regional hospital, where about half of the medical personnel are not vaccinated — even while the intensive care unit is crowded with unvaccinated Covid patients fighting for their lives.

Mountain Home — like the United States as a whole — is caught in a tug of war between private liberty and public health. But Mr. Stockton suggests that unless government upholds its duty to protect Americans, keeping the common good in mind, this may be a battle with no end.

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