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

Tuesday, May 18, 2021

Linkee-poo Tuesday May 18

"India was slammed on Monday by the strongest storm on record to reach its west coast, hampering authorities' response to the Covid-19 crisis in some of the country's hardest hit regions… Tropical Cyclone Tauktae, a storm with wind speeds equivalent to a high-end Category 3 hurricane that formed in the Arabian Sea, made landfall Monday night local time in Gujarat. It strengthened slightly as it hit the western state with maximum sustained winds of 205 kilometers per hour (125 mph), according to the United States' Joint Typhoon Warning Center."

"People working 55 or more hours each week face an estimated 35% higher risk of a stroke and a 17% higher risk of dying from heart disease, compared to people following the widely accepted standard of working 35 to 40 hours in a week, the WHO says in a study that was published Monday in the journal Environment International." Rhut rho. But, yes, working these long hours physically hurts after a while.

"The field of behavioral science has some answers. Author and researcher Katy Milkman of the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School is out with a new book, How to Change, that's packed with research-backed paths to personal growth. Science has tried-and-tested methods to help us stop procrastinating, save more money and make healthier choices. She says that if we apply these lessons more widely, they have life-lengthening and even lifesaving potential."

"Top Centers for Disease Control and Prevention official Anne Schuchat is planning to step down from her role as the agency's principal deputy director this summer, the agency confirmed to POLITICO."

If you're in Ohio, vaccinated, and want to be part of the $1M drawings, you have to register. Or you can go directly to the Vax-a-million website here. I'm licensed in the State of Ohio, so they already have my info anyway. (Grokked in a roundabout way from Dan)

"But when she pointed a question specifically to Zuckerberg, about whether he acknowledged a connection between children's declining mental health and social media platforms, he demurred… 'I don't think that the research is conclusive on that,' replied Zuckerberg… It's a position that he and his company, which is working on expanding its offerings to even younger children, have held for years. But mental health researchers whom NPR spoke with disagree." Sure, the tobacco company CEOs all agree that smoking their product does not give you cancer. And while I agree that both the use of social media, especially by people in the process of discovering themselves might have harms, for some it's a boost. But the way the algorithms now deliver content, and what content they deliver, can be especially harmful if for no other reason than they reenforce "Western Culture"/conservative norms. What had once been a way to find your "tribe", is now mostly about battering down the small groups of like minded people and forcing predetermined ideas on them. That we all must like the same things, we all must believe the same things. And many of those are especially harmful to young people (the unexamined disfunction of our culture). And that needs to be addressed. But this can also be a faint to increase government regulations and control of social media, which would also be harmful.

"See what happens when employers have a hard time finding workers.....? They can afford to pay you." A tweet thread with photos of help wanted signs.

"U.S. restaurants and stores are rapidly raising pay in an urgent effort to attract more applicants and keep up with a flood of customers as the pandemic eases… McDonald’s, Sheetz and Chipotle are just some of the latest companies to follow Amazon, Walmart and Costco in boosting wages, in some cases to $15 an hour or higher."

"Walmart on Tuesday reported first-quarter earnings that surged past Wall Street’s estimates as the company reported strong grocery sales and e-commerce growth and raised its outlook for the year."

Because I've pointed to the podcast, and am still listener and supporter… "New York Public Radio has fired commentator Bob Garfield, who co-hosted the WNYC show "On the Media," for allegedly violating the company's anti-bullying policy."

"Fighting between Israel and Hamas entered its ninth straight day despite a call by President Joe Biden for a cease-fire… Israeli warplanes carried out another round of airstrikes against Hamas targets in Gaza, leveling a six-story building, while militants fired dozens of rockets into Israel."

"A Channel 2 Action News investigation has found that Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and her husband have two active homestead exemptions, which is against Georgia law… A homestead exemption is a big tax break any Georgia homeowner is entitled to for their primary residence. It is against the law to file for more than one." It's not that they're going to arrest her and drag her to jail in cuffs. She'll pay the tax she owes and get a wagging finger in her lawyer's face. But it does show the inherent corruption that is at the base of these "conservatives."

"The U.S. Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday against warrantless searches by police and seizures in the home in a case brought by a man whose guns officers confiscated after a domestic dispute… 'The very core of the Fourth Amendment's guarantee is the right of a person to retreat into his or her home and "there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion,"' Justice Clarence Thomas wrote for the court."

"Rep. Andrew Clyde said during a House oversight committee hearing on Wednesday that it was a 'bald-faced lie' to call the riot an insurrection. He said the riot, in which hundreds of Trump supporters breached the Capitol, resembled a 'normal tourist visit.'… After Clyde's comments, a photographer shared a photo he had taken of Clyde using furniture to barricade the House against rioters trying to force their way in to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden's election victory. Several people died in the riot." You know; calling for hangings and heads on pikes, bear spray and smoke, setting up a gallows, beating Capitol Police, climbing the walls, breaking windows… normal touristy things.

"Lawyers for Rudy Giuliani -- who exhorted Trump supporters in Washington on the day of the Capitol riot to 'have trial by combat' -- are now arguing that he wasn't literally advocating for an insurrection over the 2020 election results… The assertion comes in Giuliani's response to a lawsuit filed by Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell seeking to hold Giuliani, former President Donald Trump and others accountable for inciting the violent siege on January 6 at the US Capitol." See, Guiliani was just practicing for a revival of A Knight's Tale.

How's that bipartisan things going? "After months of negotiations in the House culminated in a bipartisan deal on a Jan. 6 commission, Republicans might not go along with the agreement after all… Several Senate Republicans on Monday evening expressed worries about how the commission will be formed, whether it should have a broader scope and if it might hinder the work of congressional committees that are already probing the pro-Trump riot at the Capitol. With the use of the filibuster power, the Senate GOP can demand changes or bottle up the legislation altogether." The GOP never really meant to have bipartisanship.

"For months, officials have been saying the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of a classic intelligence failure. Now key officials are questioning whether that was the case… A report written by the former head of intelligence at the New York Police Department, Mitch Silber, and titled Domestic Violent Extremism and the Intelligence Challenge makes clear that officials at the FBI, Department of Homeland Security and other agencies had collected plenty of intelligence leading up to the insurrection at the Capitol. What they failed to do was analyze it."

"Arizona Republican officials are pushing back against false claims from former President Donald Trump and his allies about the 2020 election -- another sign of how the same divisions that led the House GOP to oust Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney from her post as No. 3-ranking member last week are fracturing the party outside of Washington."

"But there was no introspection or soul-searching in the Georgia GOP’s high-gloss 'After Action Report,' even in a year following Joe Biden’s narrow victory in the state in November’s presidential election and the Democratic sweep of U.S. Senate runoffs in January." The worrying part is the denial of reality, and that they're bringing in new converts to the conspiracy.

"What in other years would likely not be huge news is this year making headlines: President Joe Biden has released his tax returns… The release of his financial records, as well as those of Vice President Kamala Harris, marks the return of a White House tradition defied by former President Donald Trump during the 45th president's term in office." Nature is healing.

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