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Just happened on to 'No Reservations',

Anthony Bourdain in Beirut many moons ago. Looks like a marathon, or on for a few hours.

This is on the Cooking Channel. Channel 99 where I live.

Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 08:52 PM (10 replies)

Vaccinated America Has Had Enough


Vaccinated America Has Had Enough
July 23, 2021 at 10:48 am EDT By Taegan Goddard

David Frum: “Compassion should always be the first reaction to vaccine hesitation. Maybe some unvaccinated people have trouble getting time off work to deal with side effects, maybe they are disorganized, maybe they are just irrationally anxious. But there’s no getting around the truth that some considerable number of the unvaccinated are also behaving willfully and spitefully.”

“Yes, they have been deceived and manipulated by garbage TV, toxic Facebook content, and craven or crazy politicians. But these are the same people who keep talking about ‘personal responsibility.’ In the end, the unvaccinated person himself or herself has decided to inflict a preventable and unjustifiable harm upon family, friends, neighbors, community, country, and planet.”

“Will Blue America ever decide it’s had enough of being put medically at risk by people and places whose bills it pays? Check yourself: Have you?”
Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 12:28 PM (74 replies)

'It's time to start blaming the unvaccinated': AL Gov. Ivey on rise in COVID-19 cases

‘It’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated’: Gov. Ivey on rise in COVID-19 cases, low vaccination rate
Local News
by: Phil Pinarski
Posted: Jul 22, 2021 / 05:19 PM CDT / Updated: Jul 22, 2021 / 05:19 PM CDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On Thursday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey addressed concerns about the recent rise in COVID-19 cases in the state and its low vaccination rate.

In the last two weeks, the state has seen over 9,900 cases of COVID-19. In Jefferson County alone, over 1,000 new cases have been reported.
WATCH: Gov. Ivey attends launch of new Birmingham headquarters for California-based company

Health officials and the governor herself site the low vaccination rate as a major hurdle in trying to combat the virus and the new, highly contagious Delta variant.

“Let’s be crystal clear about this issue. And media, I want you to start reporting the facts. The new cases of COVID are because of unvaccinated folks. Almost 100% of the new hospitalizations are with unvaccinated folks. And the deaths are certainly occurring with the unvaccinated folks. These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain,” Gov. Ivey said during an event for Landing in Birmingham Thursday.

When asked how the state can get more shots into the arms of residents, Ivey did not hold back her displeasure with the lack of success previous plans have had.

“I don’t know, you tell me. Folks are supposed to have common sense. But it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks, not the vaccinated folks. It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” she said. “I’ve done all I know how to do. I can encourage you to do something but I can’t make you take care of yourself.


Posted by babylonsister | Fri Jul 23, 2021, 05:47 AM (40 replies)

Cardinals' Deandre Hopkins Tweets He Might Ditch NFL Over New Rules on Unvaxxed COVID Outbreaks


Cardinals’ Deandre Hopkins Tweets He Might Ditch NFL Over New Rules on Unvaxxed COVID Outbreaks
Blake Montgomery
Updated Jul. 22, 2021 4:44PM ET /
Published Jul. 22, 2021 4:38PM ET

Arizona Cardinals player Deandre Hopkins, one of the top wide receivers in the NFL, tweeted Thursday that he might leave the National Football League over new rules that teams could be forced to forfeit games if they have a COVID-19 outbreak involving unvaccinated players. “Never thought I would say this, But being put in a position to hurt my team because I don’t want to partake in the vaccine is making me question my future in the @NFL,” he wrote. Earlier in the day, the NFL informed franchise owners that teams may have to forfeit games if outbreaks among unvaccinated players caused them to be cancelled. Teams that forfeit in such a way would be responsible for the other team’s financial loss as well as their own and could face discipline from the league.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:54 PM (18 replies)

How Vaccine Companies Have Bankrolled Fox News' Anti-Vaxx Insanity

How Vaccine Companies Have Bankrolled Fox News’ Anti-Vaxx Insanity
The pharmaceutical giants responsible for the COVID-19 vaccines have advertised their other products on Fox, effectively sponsoring the network’s anti-vaccine rhetoric.
Justin Baragona, Contributing Editor
Updated Jul. 22, 2021 8:31AM ET / Published Jul. 22, 2021 5:05AM ET

With increasing regularity over the past few months, Fox News has peddled vaccine skepticism and at times outright resistance to its millions of viewers, leading critics to accuse the network of “killing people” as large swaths of conservatives refuse to get vaccinated.

And it turns out that such dangerous rhetoric has, in effect, been sponsored by the pharmaceutical giants involved in developing, manufacturing, and distributing the very vaccines that Fox News hosts and pundits have railed against on a near-daily basis.

According to research provided by liberal watchdog Media Matters for America, some of Fox’s top advertisers include Johnson & Johnson, GlaxoSmithKline, and Novartis AG. Other top vaccine manufacturers, like Pfizer and AstraZeneca, have run hundreds of commercials on the network since the start of the year and rank among the cable network’s top 150 sponsors.

Most of the commercials were not for the drugmakers’ vaccines, but rather direct-to-consumer advertisements for their prescription or over-the-counter medications.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:51 PM (0 replies)

Report: Biden White House Actually Trying to Prevent Americans From Dying of COVID-19


Report: Biden White House Actually Trying to Prevent Americans From Dying of COVID-19
As the delta variant surges, the administration is reportedly floating the idea of amending its guidance to include mask usage even among people who are vaccinated.
By Bess Levin
July 22, 2021

Sixteen months after the coronavirus was declared a pandemic, millions of Americans think COVID-19 is a thing of the past that no one need worry about anymore, like polio or belly button charms. Unfortunately, that is far from the case, largely thanks to the people who’ve refused to get vaccinated and to the delta variant, which is causing spikes in infections, hospitalizations, and deaths. One obvious, easy way to deal with this troubling trend would be for vaccine holdouts to finally get their shots, but that would require Republicans to stop feeding the public lies about both the virus and getting inoculated, which is unlikely to happen anytime soon. And because this White House, unlike the last one, actually gives a shit about people dying, it’s apparently considering trying to stop the worrying trend. Per The Washington Post:

Top White House aides and Biden administration officials are debating whether they should urge vaccinated Americans to wear masks in more settings as the delta variant causes spikes in coronavirus infections across the country, according to six people familiar with the discussions. The talks are in a preliminary phase and their result could be as simple as new messaging from top White House officials. But some of the talks include officials at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who are separately examining whether to update their masking guidance, according to a Biden administration aide and a federal health official.

Officials cautioned that any new formal guidance would have to come from the CDC, and they maintained that the White House has taken a hands-off approach with the agency to ensure they are not interfering with the work of scientists. But the high-level discussions reflect rising concerns across the administration about the threat of the delta variant and a renewed focus on what measures may need to be reintroduced to slow its spread. One idea batted around by some officials would be to ask all Americans to wear masks when vaccinated and unvaccinated people mix at public places or indoors, such as at malls or movie theaters, according to two people familiar with the conversations.

While the CDC said in May that fully vaccinated individuals no longer needed to wear a mask in most settings, public health experts note that the situation has changed significantly in the intervening months, with the delta variant accounting for 83% of new infections, up from 50% during the week of July 3. According to the Post, the U.S. is seeing more than 40,000 new cases a day—a dramatic increase from a low of roughly 11,000 cases per day in June. People infected with the delta variant are said to carry a viral load that is a whopping 1,000 times larger than previous versions of the virus. Breakthrough infections are also occurring among vaccinated individuals, though being vaccinated has largely resulted in much milder cases, while the people who refused to get the shot and subsequently caught COVID-19 are on their deathbeds wishing they’d done so.

Officials said the White House would defer to the CDC on whether to recommend broader use of face coverings, including among the vaccinated, according to two administration officials familiar with the talks. “This should be CDC’s call,” one official said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of not being authorized to speak to the news media. The official noted that [Joe] Biden and his deputies have vowed to “follow the science,” in contrast to President Donald Trump, who often pressured the CDC and other scientific agencies to modify their guidance last year. “But as we saw in May, there are problems with just leaving it to the CDC,” the official added, referring to the agency’s decision to relax its mask recommendations on May 13, which caught the White House by surprise.

“They would be irresponsible if they did not reconsider mask advice,” Jody Lanard, a physician who worked for nearly 20 years as a pandemic communications adviser, told the Post. Lanard added that while the CDC erred in not telling the public in May that it would potentially need to go back to mask usage in the event of a resurgence in cases, it could gain credibility by saying: “We have delta. We are going to take a chance of enraging people who are already understandably enraged by our mask advice.... This is a new phase of the pandemic not being under control, but it’s better than the last phase.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 03:03 PM (1 replies)

Major Science Advocacy Organization Joins Call for Senate to Eliminate Filibuster


Posted on Thu, Jul 22nd, 2021 by Alan Ryland
Major Science Advocacy Organization Joins Call for Senate to Eliminate Filibuster

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), a science advocacy organization, has joined the call for the Senate to eliminate the filibuster as calls grow for Democrats to take decisive steps to codify their most popular proposals into law.

“The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) understands that just as science is needed to ensure that the public policy process is effective, a healthy and functioning democracy is needed to ensure that policies are just,” the organization said in a press release.

Johanna Chao Kreilick, president of UCS, also provided a statement in which she derided the filibuster for lacking a Constitutional basis.

“The filibuster has no Constitutional basis and was never intended to be a de facto supermajority requirement for the U.S. Senate to carry out its work—but that is exactly what it has become in practice, and as such it has become one of the major impediments to responsive, accountable, and democratic governance,” she said, adding that the filibuster has often been used for undemocratic reasons, such as when it “has often been deployed against civil rights legislation.”

“Every scientist, engineer, and science advocate understands that design principles matter, and the same holds for the design of political institutions. If the theoretical purpose of the filibuster is to create bipartisan consensus, it has clearly failed on its own terms,” she continued. “Our opposition to the filibuster, and principled stance to abolish, is both science-based and evidence-backed; by privileging a minority that supports the status quo and election subversion, the filibuster distorts the policymaking process and inhibits our capacity to address the country’s most pressing challenges—from climate change to safeguarding our democracy.”

UCS’s statement comes after more than 30 former top Senate Democratic aides called for changes to the filibuster rules.

“Over the course of the past 20 years, the filibuster has put a chokehold on the Senate,’’ 31 former chiefs of staff to Democratic senators said in an open letter. “Legislation is now routinely filibustered, transforming the Senate from a place of meaningful debate and progress into a legislative graveyard.”
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:38 AM (2 replies)

What Republicans hope to accomplish with their own Jan. 6 probe


What Republicans hope to accomplish with their own Jan. 6 probe
House Republicans say they'll have their own Jan. 6 "investigation." Its apparent goal: Find a way to blame the attack on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
July 22, 2021, 8:00 AM EDT
By Steve Benen


In case this was too subtle, McCarthy appeared on Fox News last night and suggested the House Speaker may have made "a decision" not to have the National Guard protecting the Capitol on Jan. 6.

So let's take stock. Earlier this year, a violent mob, incited by Donald Trump, tried to prevent the certification of an American election. It was, by any measure, the most serious attack on the U.S. Capitol, the citadel of our government, in more than two centuries.

Republican leaders rejected an independent commission to investigate the assault. Republican leaders then opposed the creation of a congressional select committee to investigate the assault. Republican leaders then tried to add unserious Trump sycophants, one of whom may be a material witness in the investigation, to the investigatory panel.

And now Republican leaders, thwarted in their effort to cover up the former president's wrongdoing, are gearing up to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the Jan. 6 riot.

I realize that some of the coverage of these developments is stressing the idea that "both parties have attacked the other as insincere," but only one of those parties has a legitimate case to make.
Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 10:04 AM (7 replies)

Eric Boehlert: Remember when Politico said DeSantis "won the pandemic"?

Remember when Politico said DeSantis “won the pandemic”?
Florida fiasco
Eric Boehlert
3 hr ago

Florida has become a Covid-19 debacle, again.

Now accounting for one-in-every five new cases nationwide, the Sunshine State under Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has emerged as a beacon of irresponsibility. Not that he seems to care.

Off visiting Texas recently to take part in more GOP photo-ops at the border, DeSantis often brushes off the pandemic bad news. “It’s a seasonal virus and this is the seasonal pattern it follows in the Sun Belt states,” he said this week. (He blamed “quote-unquote ‘experts’” for criticizing the unvaccinated.) The governor is busy though, selling anti-vaccine merchandise, like “Don’t Fauci My Florida” t-shirts.

Question: Does the Beltway press care about the state’s drastic Covid U-turn? This spring, journalists lionized DeSantis’ supposed virus leadership— it was Politico that announced, “How Ron DeSantis Won the Pandemic.” This, after 30,000 Floridians had already died from the virus.


The Orlando Sentinel editorial page recently read the governor the riot act over his dereliction of duty:

At the moment, it’s as if DeSantis has washed his hands of the matter and moved on to elections, borders, critical race theory, mocking Fauci or whatever else will get him a headline.

And every few days, nearly as many people are dying from COVID as died in the recent collapse of a condominium in South Florida.

Please, governor, we’re begging you, handle the COVID problem. Be a leader.

How bad is Florida?

• New Covid cases are up nearly 200% over the past two weeks.

• Florida is third in the nation in per capita increases, accounting for nearly 20% of the entire nation’s new infections.

•The rate of positive tests is now well above 10%.

• Florida now boasts the fourth-highest rate of hospitalizations and the nation’s highest average for daily deaths.

•The state’s vaccination rate, 57 percent, remains a mediocre embarrassment.

• The Sunshine State has the second lowest rate of vaccinated nursing home workers in the country.

All of this makes the media’s torrent of DeSantis valentines earlier this year look inexcusable. Beltway scribes lined up to tell the same story over and over: Democratic critics were wrong about DeSantis, Covid and Florida, and now he’s riding high within the GOP. They eagerly held him up as a rare Republican Covid star, pushing GOP talking points about how DeSantis had steered the Sunshine State into "boom” times.


Posted by babylonsister | Thu Jul 22, 2021, 09:16 AM (4 replies)

Cancun Cruz Gloats And Giggles About Texas Dems Getting COVID


Cancún Cruz Gloats And Giggles About Texas Dems Getting COVID
Harris Faulkner strokes Ted Cruz's pathetic ego, and kills irony dead by saying: in Texas, 'we don't cut and run.'
By John Amato
Video @ link~

With a straight face, Sen. Ted Cruz joined Fox News today and attacked Texas Democrats for refusing to give a quorum to Republicans to ram through their extreme and immoral voting rights bill.

Not too long ago, Sen. Cruz caused a major outrage with Republicans and Democrats alike when Texas' power grid froze during a major storm. Instead of helping his constituents, Cruz boarded a plane to Cancún with his family to wait out the Texas freeze, leaving Texans in the lurch.

Before introducing Cruz, host Harris Faulkner highlighted an op-ed from the right-wing Washington Examiner, as if that's a credible media outlet. The Examiner actually called Texas' voting rights bill "a benign piece of voting rights legislation."

Sure thing.

Faulkner then introduced Cancún Cruz by saying, "This is your home state of Texas. You have seen what I know, with my relatives, in Texas we don't do. We don't cut and run."

Irony alert, Will Robinson.

A smirking Ted Cruz said, "Karma is a remarkable thing, and this episode really embodies all that's wrong with the modern Democratic party."

Cruz thinks it's karma that the Dems had a few breakthrough COVID cases by not wearing masks on the plane. Meanwhile, it's his party that has been bashing mask-wearing and railing against the vaccine, hosting super-spreaders galore. True karma is the GOP is killing off its own voters, hastening the much needed extinguishing of its own party.

And hypocrisy? That's Cruz personified.

Posted by babylonsister | Wed Jul 21, 2021, 08:26 PM (1 replies)
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