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Thursday, February 02, 2023

Some researchers worry the drug may create more contagious or health-threatening variations of Covid, which has killed more than 6.8 million people globally over the past three years. Mutations linked to the use of Merck's pill, Lagevrio, have been identified in viral samples taken from dozens of patients, according to a preprint study from researchers in the US and at the Francis Crick Institute, Imperial College London and other UK institutions. The drug-linked mutations of the virus haven't been shown to be more immune-evasive or lethal yet, according to the study published Friday without peer review on the medRxiv website. But their very existence highlights what some scientists say are potential risks in wider use of the drug, which was recently cleared in China. read more

Friday, January 20, 2023

In the U.S., employees who are laid off will be paid for the notification period (60 days), 2022 bonuses and remaining vacation time. Google will also offer a severance package starting at 16 weeks plus two additional weeks for every year an employee worked at Google " as well as six months of health care, immigration support and job placement services, according to Friday's message. read more

Tuesday, January 17, 2023

Two infectious-disease experts I spoke with believe that the number of deaths attributed to covid is far greater than the actual number of people dying from covid. Robin Dretler, an attending physician at Emory Decatur Hospital and the former president of Georgia's chapter of Infectious Diseases Society of America, estimates that at his hospital, 90 percent of patients diagnosed with covid are actually in the hospital for some other illness. read more

Sunday, January 15, 2023

Overproduction has dropped the wholesale price of cannabis in California by as much as 95%. That's made pot cheaper for consumers, but it's also made it impossible for many farms to stay alive. read more

Sunday, January 08, 2023

Supporters of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro stormed Congress in the capital of Braslia on Sunday, climbing on top of its roof and breaking the glass in its windows.


here is an example :

Another view...
Russia in the Caucasus and Central Asia After the Invasion of Ukraine
...Any assessment of Russia's influence in Central Asia must begin with an analysis of Kazakhstan, where just prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Moscow, for the first time ever, agreed to deploy CSTO troops to support the government of President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev. In January 2022, what began as demonstrations against rising fuel prices became violent protests that the Kazakh government claimed were infiltrated by foreign terrorists. By blaming outsiders, Tokayev provided a legal basis for Kazakhstan's CSTO allies to intervene. At the time, observers speculated that Tokayev had ceded Kazakhstan's sovereignty in order to remain in power.
With hindsight, it seems plausible that Putin agreed to the limited deployment to establish calm on Russia's borders prior to the launch of the Ukraine invasion. Whether or not the Kremlin wanted to save Tokayev, it was clear that Moscow expected gratitude for the intervention. Instead, with the two-week deployment over and with Tokayev firmly in power, the Kazakh president moved to create distance from the Kremlin. He initially called upon both Russia and Ukraine to pursue dialogue, and when the U.N. Security Council voted to condemn the Russian invasion, Kazakhstan abstained. Later, Tokayev refused a request to supply troops to the Kremlin's war effort.
Then, at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum in June, the Kazakh president"on a stage with Putin"said that he would not recognize "quasi-state formations" in the Donbas. Russia retaliated by closing Novorossiysk to shipments of Kazakh oil. And in return, Kazakhstan blocked 1,700 Russian coal wagons on its territory. Kazakhstan's cautious declaration of independence demonstrates that the longer the Ukraine war goes on, the further the attenuation of the Central Asian states from Moscow.
If Kazakhstan is an example of how the Ukraine war is roiling Moscow's relations with its supposed allies, the outbreak of hostilities between Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan underscores how distracted and diminished the Kremlin has become in the region. Although the Central Asian clashes did not receive the same kind of international attention as the war in the Caucasus, the fighting is estimated to have left close to 100 people dead and to have displaced over 120,000 people. When clashes erupted on Sept. 14, 2022, along an undemarcated part of the border, Putin, as he did in the almost concurrent case of Armenia and Azerbaijan, called upon the leaders to resolve the situation "exclusively by peaceful, political and diplomatic means as soon as possible."
The ways in which the conflicts in the Caucasus and Central Asia have strained Russia's role in the post-Soviet space were on display at the summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), hosted in Samarkand, Uzbekistan"in mid-September, just as fighting got underway. ...

Good article, imo, worth a read....

That's a feature, not a bug.


Analysis shows California EDD fraud at $32.6 billion and counting

Feds Go After $19M in COVID Relief Fraud in Oregon

Dispute in Washington state capital over claim of $1.1 billion in potential unemployment fraud
https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/auditor-state-unemployment-system-wholly-unprepared-for- fraud-one-agency-employee-under-criminal-investigation/

Audit finds New York lost billions due to fraud
https://www.thecentersquare.com/new_york/audit-finds-new-york-lost-billions-due-to-fraud/ article_144e4a26-66b4-11ed-8f21-d3626537f472.html

I could go on and on, blaming Trump is hilariously ignorant of you.

administrators to janitors see that I left the trailer without a donation sticker.

There's all sort of disqualifiers.

Something more precious than my dignity or my job. And it separated us forever in that moment.

I think this is mostly in your head.

I suppose that's why they made us mill around outside - to watch over each other. Closely.

I helped run a blood drive for the key club in high school. We did this much because its possible to go into shock, faint; This is because of the temporary lowering of blood pressure.

It's definitely a great scenario to out somebody. ~ Snoofy

You're an idiot.

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