What if Kurzweil doesn't make it?
What if all the switches get stuck on destroy?
When the shuttle goes, we won't take it
When the final counter-measures are deployed
All we'll have is all this time

Thursday, December 24, 2020

Linkee-poo 7 O'Clock News/Silent Night

"A large winter storm that brought blizzard conditions to the Midwest on Wednesday night is set to hit much of the East Coast on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, bringing snow to parts of the South and heavy rain across the East Coast."

"The massive surge in coronavirus cases has left hospitals in Los Angeles County scrambling to handle the increasing numbers of patients showing up at their doors. Nowhere is that more evident than in hospitals' intensive care units, which are rapidly filling up with the worst COVID-19 cases."

"'I don't trust this hospital,' Dr. Susan Moore said from her hospital bed in Indiana, an oxygen tube hooked up to her nose. 'That is not how you treat patients.'… Moore, an Indianapolis physician who was being treated for COVID-19 at Indiana University Hospital North, died of the virus this week. Earlier this month, she posted a video to Facebook to share that she believed she was not receiving proper medical care because she was Black."

"Body camera footage shows a Columbus police officer fatally shooting 47-year-old Andre Maurice Hill less than 10 seconds after finding him in a garage early Tuesday. The officer who shot him is Adam Coy, a 19-year veteran of the department who has since been placed on paid administrative leave."

"Dozens of Tennessee hospitals have stopped taking transfer patients because they are already overwhelmed during one of the nation’s worst recent outbreaks of COVID-19, the state’s top health official said Wednesday."

"Russia’s Health Ministry agreed Wednesday to cut the size of a study of a domestically developed coronavirus vaccine and to stop the enrollment of volunteers."

How goes Brexit? "The new trade deal is what is known as a hard Brexit, meaning the British and EU economies will no longer have the close regulatory alignment they've enjoyed for decades. Economists say that even with the deal, Britain's per capita income will be 6.4% lower over the next decade than it would've been if the U.K. had remained part of the EU." What it looks like is they drew the line where they were and declared victory. But it still needs to be ratified.

"The British pound traded near 2-½ year highs on Thursday as investors reacted to the U.K. and the European Union striking a long-awaited Brexit trade deal."

"Millions of gifts may arrive late, as the U.S. Postal Service grapples with an unprecedented volume of packages from people shopping online, instead of at stores, and shipping holiday gifts instead of bringing them in person."

"President Donald Trump on Wednesday vetoed the annual defense policy bill, following through on threats to veto a measure that has broad bipartisan support in Congress and potentially setting up the first override vote of his presidency."

"House Republicans on Thursday blocked a Democratic attempt to pass $2,000 direct payments to Americans, as the fate of the massive coronavirus relief package passed by Congress earlier in the week hangs in the balance." Because of course they did.

"With the Georgia Senate runoff races just two weeks away, the Department of Homeland Security is warning of the possibility of 'ideologically motivated violence' and even a foreign influence campaign as voters prepare to go to the polls, according to a new internal report obtained by Yahoo News."

"The Federal Election Commission has not been able to operate since July, when a Republican commissioner resigned, leaving the FEC short of the four commissioners necessary to meet and unable fulfill its job of enforcing campaign finance law… Following Senate action earlier in December, it now has a full compliment of six commissioners: three Democrats, two Republicans and one independent."

Look, actual election fraud! "Local officials have debunked several of the dead-voter claims, and there remains no evidence of widespread voter fraud. But now, Pennsylvania officials say one of the names held up by the Trump campaign was used to cast a vote in the election… Here’s the catch: Authorities say the fraudulent vote was cast for Mr. Trump." Nevermind, yet another conservative voter.

"President Trump issued dozens more pardons on Wednesday evening to many wealthy and well-connected convicts with ties to his innermost circles, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, Republican operative Roger Stone and Charles Kushner, the father-in-law of Ivanka Trump… The pardons and commutations to such close allies showcase Trump's willingness to flout the norms of presidential conduct."

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