And they come with no warning,
nature loves her little surprises.
Continual crisis!

Monday, December 28, 2020

Linkee-poo Monday Dec 28

Things are going to be a little crazy this week, folks. Also, don't expect posting next week. I need to take a little time off.

"The man believed to be responsible for the Christmas Day bombing that tore through downtown Nashville blew himself up in the explosion, and appears to have acted alone, federal officials said Sunday."

"Hundreds of tips and a phalanx of law enforcement officers helped determine that Anthony Quinn Warner triggered the bomb that rocked this city and took his life on Christmas morning… All that information and effort, however, have thus far failed to determine why. Investigators on Monday continued to try to put together the pieces."

"A sheriff's office in Tennessee says the driver of a box truck that was heard playing audio at a convenience store outside Nashville Sunday has been booked into jail on felony charges. But authorities say it didn't have explosives."

"Ever wonder what a 2,000-year-old fast food restaurant might look like?… Well, new photos from researchers might give you an idea. Archaeologists said on Saturday they excavated a complete thermopolium — a Roman food counter — in the ancient city of Pompeii." I'll have fries, please.

"The ashes of the late James Doohan, who played chief engineer Montgomery Scott on the original Star Trek television series, have been aboard the International Space Station for 12 years — and the Times of London has the fascinating backstory of how it happened. Doohan died in 2005 at the age of 85, and his family wanted to fulfill his wish of getting on the ISS."

"U.S. health officials believe the coronavirus mutation that set off alarms in parts of Britain is no more apt to cause serious illness or be resistant to vaccines than the strain afflicting people in the United States but it still must be taken 'very seriously,' the government’s top infectious disease expert said Sunday."

"At the start of the coronavirus pandemic, a small group of disability rights advocates found itself in a race against time to save the life of a woman with an intellectual disability… The woman was taken to the hospital with COVID-19. But the hospital, in a small Oregon town, denied the ventilator she needed. Instead, a doctor, citing her 'low quality of life,' wanted her to sign a legal form to allow the hospital to deny her care." The fuck?

"Novavax has begun a large late-stage study of its experimental Covid-19 vaccine in the United States, the drug developer said on Monday, after delaying the trial twice due to issues in scaling up the manufacturing process."

An exception is made. "The Vatican on Monday declared that it is 'morally acceptable' for Roman Catholics to receive COVID-19 vaccines based on research that used cells derived from aborted fetuses, guidance that came after some churchmen in the United States argued that such products were immoral."

How goes Brexit? "There will be "bumpy moments" for UK businesses and travellers as they get to grips with new EU rules, says government minister Michael Gove… He said there would be "practical and procedural changes" when the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December… Mr Gove also urged people going to the EU to make extra checks, including mobile phone roaming charges."

"China has escalated its campaign to rein in the vast tech empire controlled by Jack Ma, the co-founder of Alibaba and one of the country’s richest people." Can't wait to hear from conservatives how breaking up Facebook would have the government just like China.

"The suspect in a deadly shooting Saturday night at an Illinois bowling alley is a Green Beret. Duke Webb, a 37-year-old Florida resident, allegedly killed three people and wounded three others at Don Carter Lanes in Rockford, Illinois… He's been charged with three counts of first degree murder and three counts of attempted first degree murder, police announced Sunday."

"One of Saudi Arabia’s most prominent women’s rights activists was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison Monday despite international pressure for her to be released, according to a member of her family."

"The suit claims that Pence should not be allowed to count the electoral college's votes because state legislatures have not 'affirmatively voted to certify the Presidential electors,' despite the fact that the electoral college has already voted and given Biden 306 votes, which is more than what he needs to win the presidency."

"President Donald Trump signed the massive $2.3 trillion coronavirus relief and government funding bill into law Sunday night, averting a government shutdown that was set to begin on Tuesday, and extending billions of dollars in coronavirus aid to millions." While that great, IIRC, some of those on unemployment will need to refile claims.

"Georgia’s election administrators are fighting bizarre conspiracy theories, ballooning costs and coronavirus-related staffing problems as they prepare for the state’s contentious, nationally watched Senate runoffs next week… In interviews, eight Georgia election officials — including a top aide in the secretary of state’s office and county administrators around the state — said they were confident of holding a smooth election on Jan. 5 to decide control of the Senate. But those runoffs have pushed the people making the system work to their breaking point."

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