No doorways, no windows, no walls
No shelter here on the ground
No standing and no safe place to fall
Just the promise of this distant sound
Bells are ringing all over the world

Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Linkee-poo, Wednesday September 1

"A controversial Texas law that bars abortions at six weeks went into effect early Wednesday morning after the Supreme Court and a federal appeals court failed to rule on pending emergency requests brought by abortion providers."

"Enriquez De Santiago sought help at a Commerce City, Colo., health clinic that takes a novel approach to improving the health of its patients: It incorporates legal assistance into its medical practice for patients facing eviction or deportation proceedings, among other legal woes. And the state's Medicaid program helps fund the initiative." Gee, helping people with legal issues to reduce their stress levels ends up affecting their health as well? Who could have known.

"An Illinois church summer camp and men's conference in June has been linked to 180 confirmed and probable Covid-19 cases, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday… The camp and conference did not require attendees to be vaccinated, tested or masked, the CDC reported, and the high rate of transmission was likely to have been driven by the delta variant of the coronavirus." Good work, assholes.

"Increasing COVID-19 cases and the surge in the delta variant are leading to an increase in children being hospitalized and have the leaders of children's hospitals pleading with the public to help protect kids from the virus… Nationally, researchers believe 300 children each day are being hospitalized. In Minnesota, hospital capacity is tightening amid a spike in other respiratory illnesses."

"A 24-year-old woman from Illinois was arrested on Sunday while trying to enter Hawaii with a fake covid-19 vaccination record card. How did authorities know it was fake? For starters, the counterfeit card said the woman had received the 'Maderna' vaccine rather than the Moderna vaccine." They aren't even good at this.

"With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Boevers and other parents and advocates recently filed suit in federal court challenging South Carolina’s ban on school mask mandates. The lawsuit, which names several state officials and local school boards as defendants, alleges South Carolina’s policy violates federal law by effectively excluding students with disabilities from participation in the public education system."

"Purdue Pharma launched a behind-the-scenes effort in recent days aimed at discouraging the Justice Department from appealing a pending multibillion-dollar bankruptcy settlement for the OxyContin-maker… NPR acquired an early draft of a letter distributed by the drug company to groups supportive of the bankruptcy deal." Fuckers.

"Federal park officials have ordered the closure of a trail in California's Mariposa County where three family members and their dog were found dead from unknown causes earlier this month. Officials cited "unknown hazards" in the area as the reason for the closure."

"Any one who has ever accidentally stepped on a dog's tail has probably wondered if dogs can understand the difference between doing something by mistake versus doing it on purpose. Now a new study suggests that, at least in some circumstances, dogs do seem to know when their humans have just screwed up." Or, ya know, it could be pack behavior (the human is in charge and intentionally denying me food, so I don't get to eat).

"U.S. companies created far fewer jobs than expected in August as the Covid resurgence coincided with cutbacks in hiring, according to a report Wednesday from payroll services firm ADP… Private payrolls rose just 374,000 for the month, well below the Dow Jones estimate of 600,000 though above July’s 326,000, which was revised downward slightly from initial 330,000 reading." Note, these are not the official government numbers, but a private company's estimate. Also note the "disappointing" nature of the number isn't because it's down from the previous month, but that it doesn't match "Wall Street expectations."

"At the end of this week, the extra $300 weekly unemployment bonus will expire for everyone, including coverage for freelancers and the long-term unemployed. More than 11 million people will be affected, with roughly 7.5 million losing benefits entirely after Labor Day weekend. Roughly two dozen states chose to pull the plug on federal aid ahead of the deadline, with governors claiming that the extra unemployment insurance was disincentivizing residents from taking available jobs."

"Social Security and Medicare, the government's two biggest benefit programs, remain under intense financial pressure with the retirement of millions of baby boomers and a devastating pandemic. Social Security will be unable to pay full benefits starting in 2034, a year earlier than previously forecast, due to impact of the crisis… That's according to a new report from the programs' trustees released Tuesday, which moved up, by one year, the date for the depletion of Social Security's reserves. Medicare is still expected to exhaust its reserves in 2026, the same date as estimated last year." Time to remove the payroll caps.

"Khalid Noor, a member of the former Afghan government’s peace negotiating team, said the world made a mistake when it abandoned Afghanistan after Soviet troops withdrew from the country in 1989… If that happens again, terrorist groups will emerge and plan attacks around the world." Just a reminder, the Taliban accepted al Qada because Osama bin Laden could pay in hard currency. And in this article there is fear mongering on several sides.

"White House chief of staff Ron Klain committed Tuesday to evacuate from Afghanistan the Afghan interpreter who helped rescue then-Sen. Joe Biden and two other senators from a snowstorm in 2008."

"Fighters waved white Taliban flags from Humvees and armored SUVs at the military parade, where many of the vehicles appeared in near perfect condition. The Taliban also organized an air display with a recently seized Black Hawk helicopter flying past the militants along the road while also trailing a white Taliban flag." So, did we disable the equipment or not?

"There were 7,759 reported hate crimes in the U.S. last year — the most in 12 years, the FBI reported this week. But some experts and advocacy groups say the true number is probably even higher… The number of recorded bias incidents reported by the FBI was the highest since 2008, when 7,783 hate crimes were reported to the agency, federal data shows."

"The Justice Department on Monday alerted several federal judges that an outspoken attorney representing at least 17 alleged rioters charged in connection with the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is reportedly hospitalized and possibly incapacitated after testing positive for COVID-19, leaving the bulk of his cases effectively at a 'standstill' and his clients 'without counsel.'" Only maybe not. And this story just get weirder and weirder… "Pierce, whose firm has previously represented former President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani and Trump's former campaign adviser George Papadapoulos, had been fundraising for his efforts defending accused rioters through a new organization he set up… Prosecutors in Monday's filing took issue with Marshall stepping in for Pierce, noting that Marshall is not a licensed attorney and is currently facing felony criminal fraud charges in a state court in Pennsylvania…ABC News repeatedly tried to reach Pierce, with no response. The office number listed on his website is disconnected, and a message on the cellphone number listed on his website says the number no longer belongs to him." And then there are the outstanding debt issues surrounding his law firms.

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday issued a veiled threat to companies that cooperate with the House select committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot at the US Capitol, warning that 'a Republican majority will not forget.'" Remember these are the same people who told us, "If you have nothing to fear…" back in the aughts. Also, complying with subpoenas and orders to preserve evidence is not violating federal law.

"House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is coming under fire for threatening telecom and tech companies… A House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol asked the 35 companies to preserve records of those who may have been involved in the riot and/or the rally that preceded it."

"According to Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) records reviewed by Salon, Lindell (through his company MyPillow) has recently sold off at least one of his private planes." Yeah, it soap opera, but it's a good one.

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