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Saturday Stories: How Pfizer’s Vaccine Works, School Closures And Life Expectancies, And Your Place In The Vaccination Line

Posted December 12, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

Jonathan Corum and Carl Zimmer, in The New York Times, explain how the Pfizer vaccine will work inside of your body.Melissa Davey, in The Guardian, digs past the alarmist headlines and breathless tweets and speaks with epidemiologist Gid MK to explore…

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‘The Fossil Fuel Industry Is Terrified’: Gas Company Sues to Destroy Small Town’s Rights of Nature Law

Posted December 16, 2020 by guest

Read time: 5 minsBy Jessica Corbett, Common Dreams. Originally published on Common Dreams under CC BY-SA 3.0 US.

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We’ve got a goddamn plan!

Posted August 22, 2020 by Anonymous

  • Chrystia Freeland is going to be a great Finance minister. 

    The first thing she will have to do it get a grip on the pro-Morneau leaks from her department. 
    Like the one this week about Trudeau Chief of Staff Katie Telford’s husband Ron Silver phoning up to see if the Finance Department would change some part of the pandemic benefit programs to benefit his employer:

    The most bonkers part about this story isn’t the content itself (though it’s a legit thing). It’s that very few people could have provided the info. And the fact that they chose to, which burns (if indirectly) the PMO, is kinda … wow.

    Someone is not happy with the boss. https://t.co/NVTk3eHOdo

    — Matt Gurney (@mattgurney) August 21, 2020

    At Routine Proceedings, Dale Smith writes

    For the past two weeks, as the leaks about Bill Morneau started coming out in advance of his departure, we also saw a number of warnings over social media about Liberals being their own worst enemies and that now was really not a good time for a civil war within the party. The fact that there were anonymous leaks to both VICE and the National Post about this incident shows that someone is suddenly awfully keen to talk, hoping to possibly embarrass PMO in some way, and considering that the leakers are showing how virtuous they were in standing up to Silver might make one assume that those leakers are loyalists of Morneau who are trying to, if not burnish his reputation, then certainly tarnish his detractors. I do wonder if this is a limited screw-you to Trudeau, because I haven’t yet seen camps loyal to Chrystia Freeland and François-Philippe Champagne forming and trying to oust Trudeau so that one of them can take over just yet. That said, this year has proven to be full of surprises, so we’ll see.

    I don’t expect Freeland will have any difficulty with the Finance bureaucrats. Listen to her putting down David Akin for being annoyed on behalf of the opposition parties who are being forced to put up or shut up:

    Global News reporter David Akin asks Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland why she hasn’t tabled a budget yet

    I mean she has been Finance Minister for

    48 Hours!

    Plenty of time according to Akin #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/rEqbEm2LLH

    — G.T. Lem (@gtlem) August 20, 2020

    The next thing Freeland will do is get to work on Trudeau’s grand plan for Canada. I do believe there is an untold and unnoticed (by the WE-obsessed Canadian media) story of the Moreau resignation: Trudeau intends to use the COVID crisis to greatly improve Canada’s social welfare system. Moreau wouldn’t do it, but Freeland will. 

    I think the Morneau resignation, whether forced or not, provided an opportunity for Trudeau to make changes to Canada that he has long wanted to make — I wondered if Morneau was resisting these changes, and THAT, as much as the WE issue, was why he had to leave. 
     Here’s Trudeau using a reporter’s question about government pandemic support to talk about his plans:

    A winning message from @JustinTrudeau . If the opposition parties want to force an election this fall, this is the Liberal plan they will be objecting to. https://t.co/RTckSWqjIL

    — Cathie from Canada 🇨🇦 😷🏳️‍🌈 (@CathieCanada) August 22, 2020

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    Saturday Stories: Bill Gates’ Hopeful Thoughts, COVID Mythbusting, And #COVIDZero

    Posted December 26, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Bill Gates, in his blog GatesNotes, explains the science of why 2021 promises many more advances in the treatment and prevention of COVID and science as a whole.
    Gid MK, in Medium, busting 20 myths about COVID
    Devi Sridhar, in The Guardian, on how the…

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    Saturday Stories: The Myths Of Pandemic Fatigue, COVID Is Absolutely Controllable, And On Being A Female Expert

    Posted January 16, 2021 by Yoni Freedhoff

    If you’re not already following Dr. Popescu, you should be.
    Stephen Reicher and John Drury, in the BMJ, on how adherence to COVID recommendations is reliant more on resources and less on motivation or energy.Gideon M-K, in Medium, with the plain truth …

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    Saturday Stories: Caring For Patients With COVID, Side Effects, And Science

    Posted December 19, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Olivia Veira and Joshua M. Sharfstein, in JAMA, with a roundup of healthcare workers’ candid thoughts on caring for patients with COVID.
    Maryn McKenna, in Wired, on the importance of talking about the vaccines’ side effects.
    Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, …

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    Big Name Climate Deniers Aren’t Joining Conspiracy Theory-Friendly Parler — Yet

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 12 minsParler is fast becoming a conservative echo-chamber but big name climate deniers don’t seem to be abandoning mainstream social media for the fringe platform — at least not yet.
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    Saturday Stories: COVID Winter, Circular Errors, Mutations, And Obesity

    Posted September 12, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Irfan Dhalla, in The Globe and Mail, on COVID and the rapidly approaching Canadian winter.

    Ed Yong, in The Atlantic, on the recurrent errors being made that hamper progress on COVID.

    Edward Holmes, in The New York Times, covers the mutating SARS-CoV2…

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    What happened on 1/6, and what will happen next

    Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

    Here’s a map I found that illustrates the Jan 6 Trump Insurrection: The New York Times has an excellent interactive article which describes how the attack on the US Capital building went, and here’s an article from the Washington Post describing what W…

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    Keystone XL Pipeline Canceled. Here’s What It Means for the Future Fight Against Fossil Fuels

    Posted January 20, 2021 by Anonymous

    Read time: 7 minsPresident Joe Biden, in one of his first actions after entering the White House, signed an executive order Wednesday canceling the permit for the Keystone XL (KXL) pipeline. The move blocks construction of the 1,200-mile pipeline, and …

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    Of course its a matter of confidence

    Posted October 20, 2020 by Anonymous

    Promoting the conceit that setting up a “corruption committee” to harass the Trudeau government isn’t really an issue of confidence in the government is just silly. Of course it is. The Tories had initially billed the committee as one focused on “…

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    Dogs! Lots of dogs!

    Posted November 29, 2020 by Anonymous

    For a delightful change of pace, here’s some of the best dog videos now on the web:

    Crazy agility by Pink the border collie..

    Come for the speed – stay for flying hug…pic.twitter.com/ReL9buvhyi

    — Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@RexChapman) November 27, 2020

    Gm tweeties, happy hump day! Enjoy your day everyone.
    pic.twitter.com/QdlH6vwcNn

    — ༺🦋༻ᗰᗩƳᖇᗩ༺🦋༻ (@LepapillonBlu) November 25, 2020

    His favorite toy pic.twitter.com/gFO2N7Q5tp

    — The Feel Good Page ❤️ (@akkitwts) November 23, 2020

    ok it is time to remember when three dogs thought it was just another day and it turned out to be a great day they are so happy tbh pic.twitter.com/UlhK5MJZbu

    — darth™ (@darth) November 11, 2016

    These two are Branch Managers.. pic.twitter.com/m23hJhf5QL

    — Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

    Don’t mind him. He’s just trying to fit in.. pic.twitter.com/k2MRNq7gDz

    — Land of cuteness (@landpsychology) November 27, 2020

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    Total Quits Fossil Fuel Lobby Group the American Petroleum Institute Over Climate Change

    Posted January 15, 2021 by Anonymous

    Read time: 3 minsFrench oil giant Total announced on Friday that it would not renew its membership to the American Petroleum Institute (API), a stunning blow to the oil industry’s most powerful business lobby. Total pointed to its differences with API …

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    New Youth Climate Lawsuit Launched Against UK Goverment on Five Year Anniversary of Paris Agreement

    Posted December 12, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 6 minsThree young British citizens and the climate litigation charity Plan B today announced they are taking legal action against the UK government for failing to sufficiently address the climate crisis. The announcement comes on the five ye…

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    Button, button, who’s got the button?

    Posted July 26, 2020 by Anonymous

    Well, this is a little strange. 

    Today the Globe and Mail published a story about how Canada’s pandemic early warning system within the Public Health Agency of Canada has been muzzled under the Harper Conservatives in 2014, and how the Liberals had said they would change this but then they never did. So as a result, the epidemiologists in the early warning system, called the Global Public Health Intelligence Network (GPHIN), were silenced just when Canada needed them the most.
    Other than not actually telling us which the individuals or offices are responsible for the muzzling, its an explosive article:
    Early detection is as much an art as it is a science. 
    The disease is hiding, but the signals are detectable. 
    Acting quickly can have a big impact on the outcome. With COVID-19, the signals began small, but grew louder. 
     “We all had enough warning,” she said. “We saw what happened in China, in Italy,” Dr. St. John agrees. “The signal was there,” he said. 
     However, few people outside GPHIN knew Canada’s early warning alert system had effectively stopped working, just when it was needed most. 
    When Ms. Thornton, the vice-president in charge of the alerts, appeared before a House of Commons committee in May to face questions about Canada’s handling of the pandemic, she was asked how the government had tracked the spread of the virus. 
     Ms. Thornton referenced GPHIN and the work it did. Though she made no mention that GPHIN had not issued a single alert in the previous 12 months. Nor did she mention that analysts had been assigned to other work, or that GPHIN had not sounded any further alarms on COVID-19 developments after the outbreak became known – even though the department’s own guidelines required as much.
    As far as the committee knew, Canada’s surveillance system had been operating as it always had. 
     It’s not easy to know the consequences of such decisions, but Mr. Garner, the former senior science adviser at Public Health, says he believes Canada’s early response to the outbreak – which has been criticized for being slow and disorganized – was a product of the many changes he saw made to the department. 
     Those changes helped move Public Health’s focus away from science, he said, which slowed down its ability to react effectively – and with maximum urgency. 
     “All of these things have tragically come home to roost,” Mr. Garner said. 
     “Not to be overdramatic, but Canadians have died because of this.” 
    A pretty damning indictment of the Public Health Agency of Canada, and of the Canadian government.
    But then I also found this: in April, the CBC published a story that said GPHIN had been undergoing a technical upgrade in 2019, and that’s why it hadn’t issued alerts about COVID19 until the end of December.

    CBC News has obtained a series of internal public health agency documents and slide-presentation decks — including one given by a senior epidemiologist from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) last November on the eve of a pandemic that has since killed tens of thousands and crippled the world economy. 

    The documents bring into sharper focus the kind of information key decision-makers had at their fingertips as the outbreak started in China and raise questions about how seriously global pandemic preparedness was being taken within the federal government. 
    The records show GPHIN was in the middle of a long-overdue technology upgrade as the virus was spreading. 
    Despite almost four years of work with the National Research Council of Canada, the early warning system was — as of last fall — still in need of “improvement in the geographical and time tagging algorithm,” according to a Nov 12, 2019 presentation to a WHO conference in Seoul, South Korea by senior epidemiologist Florence Tanguay. 
    That algorithm is crucial to the system’s ability to sort through as many as 7,000 online articles per day to spot disease outbreaks around the globe. 
    The network also was awaiting an “expansion to new data sources,” such as social media feeds. 
    From its inception in the late 1990s, GPHIN had relied on news wire services and later local media articles posted online.
    So now I’m not sure what was going on in Canada last January and February.  
    Maybe GPHIN was issuing timely and accurate reports on the emerging virus but Public Health Canada was minimizing their analysis and not sending the reports up the ladder to government. 
    Or maybe because GPHIN was basing its alerts on wire services, its reports were no longer regarded as reliable enough for PHAC and government to count on.
    Either way, it does sound like somebody maybe dropped the ball, doesn’t it?
    And I hope there might now be some attempt to figure out what really happened.
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    Decoding the Hype Behind the Natural Gas Industry’s Hydrogen Push

    Posted January 14, 2021 by Anonymous

    Read time: 15 minsIt seems like nearly every day another hopeful article touts the potential of using hydrogen as a fuel to tackle climate change. What’s known as “green hydrogen” — which relies on renewable power for production — is getting the bulk o…

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    Washington State Considers Climate Impact of Major Petrochemical Plant With ‘Pattern of Influence Peddling’

    Posted January 12, 2021 by Anonymous

    Read time: 11 minsIn 2014, a company named Northwest Innovation Works (NWIW) proposed building a multi-billion-dollar petrochemical project in Kalama, Washington, a port town roughly 40 miles north of Portland, Oregon. Now, after years of delays and mu…

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    San Antonio’s City-Owned Energy Utility Is Paying a Quarter Million Dollars a Year to Gas Industry Groups

    Posted December 17, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 12 minsDeep in the heart of Texas, by far the nation’s top oil producer, the city of San Antonio is starting to grapple with its reliance on fossil fuels.

    But the key player in implementing the Alamo City’s energy transition — the local ene…

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    How The Fracking Revolution Is Killing the U.S. Oil and Gas Industry

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 16 minsAfter over a decade of the much-hyped U.S. fracking miracle, the U.S. oil and gas industry is having to deal with years of losses and falling asset values which has dealt the industry a serious financial blow. This is despite the frac…

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    Farewell to the United States

    Posted September 19, 2020 by Anonymous

    Its difficult to realize that a governmental system that seemed to be so strong and healthy is actually so weak and brittle that the election of one man and the death of one woman could destroy it.  But that’s the way I feel right now about t…

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    End of August Doldrums

    Posted August 31, 2020 by Anonymous

    What a strange week! 

    I’ve been trying to decide what to post here for this week, and haven’t really got anything organized.
    Down South, the Republican Convention came in like a lamb and left like a lamb too, and nobody seems to really remember anything about it. 
    Hurricane Laura came and went too, leaving death and destruction in its wake. Two more hurricanes are on their way. Oh, great!
    More Black people were shot needlessly, and more protests are underway, and now Trump is talking about going to Wisconsin and nobody wants to see him there. I wonder if he ever gets embarrassed by how useless he is at any kind of leadership? 
    Following the example of the Kenosha shooter – who was just “helping the police” by killing two people and wounding a third – we are seeing more MAGA people driving their pickup trucks and waving their flags at the protests, and so more people are getting shot. This isn’t going to end well. 
     As Twitter keeps mentioning, it’s bizarre for Trump to be talking about how the protest violence is Biden’s fault, when it is happening under Trump’s watch. Of course, Trump never takes responsibility for anything so why would he ever take responsibility for the violence of his own supporters? 
    And here in Canada we have a new Conservative leader — Erin (AKA Eric) is not making a good first impression as he refuses to confront the haters in his own party. You know, I seem to remember that it was Trudeau, who is supposedly just a whimpy drama teacher according to the Cons, who didn’t hesitate to boot people out of the Liberal caucus for any accusation of misconduct, and who refused to let anyone run under the Liberal banner if they were not pro-choice, and who refused to give federal money for student employment to any organizations that preached against abortion. 
    O’Toole doesn’t seem to realize that a leader who goes along with jerks and assholes because he doesn’t want to offend anyone is not a leader that Canadians will respect or support. 
    And now school is getting underway, and it will be a disaster. Give it a week or two, for COVID to start passing between children and teachers and the families, infecting and killing across Canada. 
    COVID is the honey badger – it don’t care
    Everybody basically KNOWS this is going to happen. But we all seem to be in some sort of mass-hypnosis fugue Tinker Bell state where we think if we just BELIEVE hard enough and WISH hard enough and HOPE hard enough then everything will be JUST FINE. 
    Yesterday the Saskatchewan’s chief medical health officer said we have to change our “summer bubbles” when school starts — basically, what he was saying in an incredibly convoluted and indirect way, is that Grandma and Grandpa have will have to stop seeing the grandkids once they go back to school.
    Oh, what a week!

    But then I watch this:

    Some things you need to stand back and just watch. Bald eagle 🦅 being released back into the wild. 🤩 pic.twitter.com/HgziUJ2Dbo

    — Jim Osman (@EdgeCGroup) August 8, 2020

    and this

    I’m melting seeing them. pic.twitter.com/JlJ5IeccLX

    — Life on Earth (@planetpng) August 22, 2020

    Now I feel better.

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    “Disappointing” Decision from Norway’s Supreme Court in Climate Lawsuit Challenging Arctic Offshore Oil Licenses

    Posted December 22, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 5 minsNorway’s Supreme Court on Tuesday ruled not to overturn the Norwegian government’s approval of new licenses for offshore oil drilling in the fragile Arctic region.

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    Electric Utilities Are Slow to Address the Climate Crisis, Reports Indicate

    Posted December 11, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 10 minsThe electric utility sector is largely lagging when it comes to responding to the climate emergency, both in terms of rapidly slashing globe-warming emissions and planning for climate impacts like increasingly extreme weather.
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    How close was that?

    Posted January 9, 2021 by Anonymous

    What an awful week. I’m still processing the horror of what happened, and what almost happened, in Washington.  It seems pretty clear now that Trump and his grotesque family wanted the mob to invade Congress and lynch them if they would…

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    Lawsuit Challenges Permits for Some of Texas’ Largest Polluters, Alleges State Fails to Enforce Federal Laws

    Posted January 13, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

    Read time: 6 minsFour environmental groups sued Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) chief Andrew Wheeler last week, alleging that the agency stood by while Texas failed to enforce the nation’s federal environmental laws and adequately control air pol…

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    Climate Deniers Moved Rapidly to Spread Misinformation During and After Attack on US Capitol

    Posted January 8, 2021 by Sharon Kelly

    Read time: 7 minsProminent climate science deniers moved rapidly to spread false and misleading conspiracy theories online during and after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Trump supporters this week.

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    Oh happy day

    Posted November 8, 2020 by Anonymous

    HEY, NEIGHBOUR
    ✌️❤️🇨🇦🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/9niMTfDPi8

    — Brittlestar (@brittlestar) November 7, 2020

    #BestEpisode_EVER pic.twitter.com/n7oJx9BrhE

    — Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 7, 2020

    You may want to mute this account for a while because I feel I may have to individually insult every member of the outgoing administration in crude and personal ways

    — Hari Kunzru (@harikunzru) November 7, 2020

    I drew this thinking of Georgia and Arizona. #Election2020 #TrumpIsLosing #TrumpMeltdown pic.twitter.com/5zBKjyDHwk

    — Michael de Adder (@deAdder) November 7, 2020

    People were ecstatic when Obama won too, but the energy was really different. That was like we were all on the cusp of a bright new future. This is more like we just beat the Nazis.

    — Jan in the Pan (@mswhatsit) November 8, 2020

    No joke: I’m in rural Mexico and cheers just erupted throughout the town

    — Justin C. Cohen (@juscohen) November 7, 2020

    From church bells in Paris to fireworks in London, Europe & beyond, America’s allies across the world are celebrating Donald Trump’s defeat and the election of President Biden and VP Harris! ❤️🎉🍾 pic.twitter.com/SYtIEgLTQ8

    — Minh Ngo (@minhtngo) November 7, 2020

    And finally, this:

    Reminder: Hillary Clinton gets to cast one of the electoral votes that throws him out of office. 🙃https://t.co/yPlwzCgaJU

    — Dennis Mersereau (@wxdam) November 7, 2020

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    12 Trump Attacks on the Environment Since the Election

    Posted December 22, 2020 by guest

    Read time: 10 minsBy Tara Lohan, The Revelator. Originally posted on The Revelator.

    In the aftermath of the November 3 election, President Donald Trump has tried every trick in the book to avoid facing the reality of his loss. A barrage of lawsuits ac…

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    Saturday Stories: We Know How To Control The Virus, There Is No Casedemic, And There Won’t Be Natural Herd Immunity

    Posted November 14, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Tomas Pueyo, in Medium, explains what could be done by countries like Canada and the US to control the virus if they actually wanted to do so as evidenced by the successes of Japan, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, New Zealand, Austra…

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    Green Groups Call On Future Biden White House To Overturn New EPA Rule Announced With The Heritage Foundation

    Posted December 9, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 5 minsDuring a virtual event on Wednesday, December 9 hosted by the Heritage Foundation — a conservative free market think tank backed by polluters like the petrochemical Koch empire — the outgoing head of the Environmental Protection Agency…

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    just look on the sunny side of life

    Posted October 5, 2020 by Anonymous

    You have to be creative to stay in business during a pandemic. pic.twitter.com/cKmA1xXxrT— You Had One Job! (@_youhadonejob1) October 5, 2020 Lincolnshire Wildlife Park has recently been forced to remove five African grey parrots from the main p…

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    Some stuff to enjoy while we wait for the apocalypse

    Posted January 11, 2021 by Anonymous

     Here’s some stuff I collected from Twitter – enjoy! My goal was to lose 10 lbs by the end of 2020. Only 24 lbs to go!— Jordan (@FoxyDocKnoxy) December 28, 2020 Okay, who did this? pic.twitter.com/Ezmgd3p441— jamie (@gnuman1979) December 28, 2020…

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    August funny

    Posted August 2, 2020 by Anonymous

    OK, its been one of those weeks, so here’s some funny stuff:

    My son is wearing a MAGMA cap and a Vote Trump 2020 button. He’s been spat on, punched and verbally abused. I hate to think what will happen when he leaves the house.

    — Humanist. (@kennuck) August 1, 2020

    I sunburn easily. https://t.co/k9APKRxFn9

    — Brent Butt (@BrentButt) August 2, 2020

    Republican politician Louie Gohmert, who claims to have caught COVID-19 from wearing a mask, is now claiming he got pregnant after several people told him to go fuck himself.

    — Middle Age Riot (@middleageriot) July 30, 2020

    If you are not wearing a mask because you are afraid your brain won’t get enough oxygen, I’m sorry to tell you, that ship has sailed.

    — Chip Franklin (@chipfranklin) July 29, 2020

    “Jesus Christ, what’s Trump done NOW?” https://t.co/5ZhOGjnKWr

    — Harry Turtledove (@HNTurtledove) July 24, 2020

    #MeanwhileInCanada pic.twitter.com/tY1gFbE1f6

    — Meanwhile in Canada (@MeanwhileinCana) July 30, 2020

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    More funny stuff

    Posted August 14, 2020 by Anonymous

    One of the things I love about Twitter is the funny people on it:

    I ate a box of Thin Mints, didn’t get thinner. I don’t think they work 😡

    — Hear Me Roar (@Stop_Trump20) August 12, 2020

    Tucker Carlson thinks it’s cool to mispronounce Kamala Harris’s name.

    Hmmm. What sounds like “Tucker”?

    — George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) August 12, 2020

    Check me out guest hosting @JimmyKimmelLive tonight 🤯 pic.twitter.com/4vVsbT579x

    — Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) August 12, 2020

    A priest, a minster, and a rabbit walk into a bar. The rabbit says, “I think I’m a typo.”

    — Stephen King (@StephenKing) August 6, 2020

    If you voted for trump because “he’s not a politician”, then I hope your next colonoscopy is done by a plumber.

    — Mo Bella🌊 🌊 🌊 🌊#VoteBlueToSaveAmerica (@Mocraig13) August 6, 2020

    Feeding 10 dogs at once is like going through Game of Thones every single day with the plots and betrayals and double-crosses and backbiting and frontbiting and dominance and submission and a finale that feels rushed and leaves everyone dissatisfied.

    — William K. Wolfrum (@Wolfrum) August 5, 2020

    They catch the fish and then let it go. They don’t want to eat the fish, they just want to make it late for something.

    — mitch hedberg (@mitchhedbot) July 31, 2020

    pic.twitter.com/mukntBVeDa

    — Scrappy McBuckyball (@ScrotieMcB) August 14, 2020

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    Saturday Stories: Complacency’s Price, and Minks

    Posted November 7, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Andre Picard, in The Globe and Mail, on the price we’re paying for complacency with COVID.Helen Branswell, in STAT, with some reassurance on Danish COVID minks. Yes minks.
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    Saturday Stories: Vaccine Collaboration, Racism and COVID Coverage, and Nonsensical Athletes

    Posted September 26, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Julia Belluz, in Vox, on the 156 countries teaming up on a COVID vaccine (without the US and China).Indi Samarajiva, in Medium, on the overwhelming racism of COVID media coverage.Karim Abdul-Jabbar, in the Los Angeles Times, on athletes, COVID, and no…

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    2020 Was a Busy Year for Taking the Climate Fight to the Courts

    Posted December 21, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 11 minsThis year — with its converging crises, from the coronavirus pandemic to longstanding racial injustice to climate-related disasters — was also a remarkably active time for climate litigation. All around the world, communities, organiz…

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    Alaska Drilling Project Squashed By Court Decision Was Touted By Oil-Friendly Former Trump Official

    Posted December 10, 2020 by Anonymous

    Read time: 11 minsThis week, a federal court overturned the Trump administration’s approval for what would have been Alaska’s first drilling project in federal waters, citing faulty analyses of how the Arctic oil and gas facility would affect the clima…

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    Saturday Stories: Considering Risk and Great Fences

    Posted September 19, 2020 by Yoni Freedhoff

    Aaron E. Carroll, in The New York Times, with a useful read on how most of us have been considering and responding to risk backwards.

    Tomás Pueyo, also in The New York Times, on the need for great fences.

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    I think Trump will try to declare Martial Law

    Posted January 4, 2021 by Anonymous

    When Trump doesn’t succeed on Wednesday to get Pence to “do something” about winning the election, I believe he is going to try to declare Martial Law, thinking that will stop Biden from being sworn in. It’s going to be a nightmare. We’re alr…

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