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If an H-1b has an American accent, they are probably not an H-1b. It's race, not citizenship. Americans are more diverse than you think. Millions of US citizens don't look the way you might expect. This fact is very important and will help us win elections.

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'God is separating the sheep from the goats': Trump supporter on why she remains unvaccinated

Monoclonal antibodies are free and effective against covid-19, but few people are getting them



The drugs often prevent severe disease, keeping people like Mike Burton out of the hospital if taken within seven to 10 days after symptoms begin. And since last month, they can be given prophylactically to millions of people like Linda Burton who have been exposed to the coronavirus and are at high risk of serious consequences.

“That was all news [to me], when my friend Rita called,” said Linda Burton, a retired nurse. “I want everybody to know about this. I’m telling people that I know that are older. I’m saying ‘if you get exposed, you need to talk to your doctor about it.’”

Monoclonal antibodies are free to patients and there have been almost no side effects. They are accessible on an outpatient basis, via a single infusion or four injections. Hospitals, urgent care centers and even private doctors are authorized to dispense them.

But Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, maker of the only authorized, free monoclonal antibodies, said it is reaching fewer than 30 percent of eligible patients, up from fewer than 5 percent a month ago.

I thought it was expensive and that's why Republicans bought up Regeneron stock. Guess I'm not the only one who thought so.

Census Shows A More Diverse, Urban America

Meet The Press Broadcast (Full) - August 15th, 2021

Census data shows Maryland is now the East Coast's most diverse state, while D.C. is Whiter


Maryland, one of the two states in the country to flip from majority White to majority non-White over the last decade, is now the most diverse state on the East Coast, according to new data from the 2020 Census. Meanwhile, the District continued to lose Black residents — an exodus that has accelerated over the last 10 years.

Overall, the region’s population grew by 12.9 percent to 6.6 million, less than in past decades. Loudoun County led Northern Virginia and the metro area with an increase of 38.4 percent, while in the Maryland suburbs of D.C., Howard County grew the most, 15.8 percent.

Keeping with national trends that saw the number of White people in the U.S. fall and the White share of the population dip below 60 percent for the first time since 1790, population growth in the D.C. region has been driven largely by people of color.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s diversity index — which measures the likelihood that two people chosen at random would be from different racial and ethnic groups — Maryland is now one of the most diverse states in the nation, surpassed only by Nevada, California and Hawaii.

Nevada also was the only other state in the country to become majority non-White over the last decade.

The change in Maryland’s demographic makeup was driven by growing Asian and Latino populations in the District’s inner suburbs and areas around Baltimore.

Breakthrough cases aren't the cause of the US Covid-19 surge


The last week’s headlines were not comforting for Americans vaccinated for Covid-19.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its guidance to recommend everyone, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks in Covid-19 hot spots. A study of an outbreak in Provincetown, Massachusetts, found around three-quarters of people infected there were vaccinated. As cases increase nationwide, it’s understandable to think that breakthrough cases (infections in vaccinated people) are now a main driver of the ongoing Covid-19 surge.

But the evidence is clear: The problem is the unvaccinated population. If more people got the vaccines, the current surge wouldn’t be as big; it certainly wouldn’t lead to the levels of hospitalization and death now seen across the US. This was true months ago, and remains true today.

Unvaccinated people still make up the vast majority of cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. They’ve made up more than 94 percent of reported Covid-19 cases in states with available data, a report last week from the Kaiser Family Foundation found. They’ve also made up similar, or higher, shares of hospitalizations and deaths.

Then there’s what really happened in the Provincetown outbreak. The headlines noted three-fourths of people infected by the virus were vaccinated. But among the more than 900 cases tracked as a result of the outbreak, just seven led to hospitalization — and there were zero deaths. If this was 2020, when there were no vaccines, closer to 90 people would have been hospitalized and about nine would have died, based on hospitalization and death rates over the last year.

“The vaccines are upholding their promise to massively prevent serious disease, hospitalizations, and death,” Monica Gandhi, an infectious diseases doctor at the University of California San Francisco, told me. “That’s the main message I get from that outbreak.”

Reality is looking better than what some news reports might have us believe.

Pentagon lockdown lifted; investigation of 'violence' at transit center continues


The Pentagon was put on lockdown Tuesday morning after reports of an “active violence incident” in its transit center, Pentagon and fire officials said. The Associated Press reported a shooting occurred on a bus platform.

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency tweeted shortly before noon that the scene of the incident was secure but remains the subject of an active investigation. It also reported the Pentagon had been reopened around 12:15 p.m.

The agency initially announced the lockdown shortly after 11 a.m.

“We request that everyone stay away from the Metro rail entrance and bus platform area,” one tweet read.

The Arlington Fire Department tweeted it was responding to an incident of violence near the Pentagon Metro station and it had encountered multiple patients. No information was given about the patients’ conditions.

Dangerous times we're living in
Posted by IronLionZion | Tue Aug 3, 2021, 12:40 PM (1 replies)

YouTuber bet a physicist $10,000 that a wind-powered vehicle could travel twice as fast as the wind


A popular YouTuber filmed himself driving a wind-powered vehicle downwind faster than the wind itself.
A UCLA professor bet $US10,000 ($AU13,580) that the video was wrong, saying it broke the laws of physics.
Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson oversaw the bet. In the end, the professor conceded and paid up.

Created by Rick Cavallaro, a former aerospace engineer, Blackbird is unique because it can move directly downwind faster than the wind itself for a sustained period. Any sailor worth their salt can tell you that a boat can do that by cutting zigzag patterns; that’s called tacking. But the idea that a vehicle can beat the breeze traveling straight downwind, no tacking involved, is controversial.

“I knew this was a counterintuitive problem. To be perfectly honest with you, when I went out to pilot the craft, I didn’t understand how it worked,” Muller told Insider.

Blackbird is so counterintuitive, in fact, that less than a week after Muller released his video (below), Alexander Kusenko, a professor of physics at UCLA, emailed to inform him that it had to be wrong. A vehicle like that would break the laws of physics, Kusenko said.


Very interesting stuff. I love it when people challenge long held beliefs and defy skeptics like this. More at the link.

Posted by IronLionZion | Sun Aug 1, 2021, 11:53 AM (2 replies)

DC Reinstates Indoor Mask Mandate

regardless of vaccination status. I saw some local businesses already put their mask required signs back up.

Mayor Bowser's situational update today: https://coronavirus.dc.gov/sites/default/files/dc/sites/mayormb/page_content/attachments/COVID-Situational-Update-Presentation-07-29-21.pdf

Capitol Police officer shares emotional testimony

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