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COVID-19 Cases SOAR in India

Posted on April 23, 2021


COVID-19 cases are absolutely SOARING in India.

India needs a brief but extensive lockdown to break the chain of coronavirus transmission and allow the medical community to recuperate, according to the national president of the Indian Medical Association.

The South Asian nation is going through a disastrous second wave of Covid infections. Cases began rising in February and in subsequent months, large crowds gathered for religious festivals and political rallies in various parts of the country, mostly without masks.

There is also growing concerns about new strains of the virus that are potentially more contagious.

COVID-19 cases SOAR in India
COVID-19 cases SOAR in India

There will be global repercussions. India supplies so much to the rest of the world. There is no doubt this will disrupt ALL OF IT.


5 people shot in San Diego, leaving one dead.

A man was arrested after two overnight shootings in downtown San Diego left one person dead and four others injured, authorities said early Friday.

Officers responded to a report of gunfire in the 500 block of J Street about 10:30 p.m. PT Thursday, San Diego Police Lt. Andra Brown told reporters during a press conference.

Investigators believe the suspect had an “encounter” with a man outside a hotel and shot him. The 28-year-old victim, who was found near a valet station, died at the scene, Brown said. It was unclear if he worked at the hotel or a valet company.

NBC News

Tell me this will stop some day. I like living in fantasy.


77 prison inmates got an “overdose” of COVID-19 vaccine.

Dozens of inmates at an Iowa prison were given overdoses of a COVID-19 vaccine, officials said.

Two medical staff members from the Iowa Department of Corrections incorrectly administered the vaccine — developed by U.S. pharmaceutical giant Pfizer and its German partner BioNTech — to 77 inmates at the Iowa State Penitentiary, a maximum-security prison for men located in Fort Madison, about 90 miles southeast of Iowa City. The dosages given exceeded the amount recommended by the vaccine manufacturer, according to Cord Overton, spokesperson for the Iowa Department of Corrections.

ABC News

They've been put on a 48-hour “close watch.”

They're prisoners. Shouldn't they be on close watch, like, while they're in prison?


Putin blinked.

Russia has pulled back 100,000 troops from the border of Ukraine.

After weeks of tension over a build-up of Russian troops close to Ukraine's border, Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu has ordered a number of units in the area back to their bases.

The EU estimated that more than 100,000 Russian soldiers had amassed near the border as well as in Crimea, which was seized and annexed by Russia in 2014.

Speaking in Crimea, Mr Shoigu said units on exercise would return to base.

The aims of the “snap checks” had been achieved, he added.

BBC News

“Snap checks” is Russian for “We chickened out.


The Senate passed a hate crime bill yesterday 94-1.

Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley was the only member of the Senate to vote against a bill combatting hate crimes against Asian Americans.

On Thursday, in an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, the Senate voted 94 to 1 to approve the COVID Hate Crimes Act introduced by Senator Mazie Hirono and Representative Grace Meng.

Five senators—Marsha Blackburn, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Lee, Rand Paul and Tina Smith—were absent for the vote.


Guess who the “1” was.

Yep, good old seditionist Josh Hawley. Let's go to twitter to see how that turned out for him:

It's quite the accomplishment when you can beat Ted Cruz and Rand Paul at being the biggest asshole in Congress for days at a time.


Biden told us all that he was raising taxes on the wealthy…

But now, all of a sudden, the stock market got all jittery because they finally WOKE UP to the idea that infrastructure improvement costs real money and it's got to be paid for, somehow.

Here's the “somehow.”

Biden plans on raising corporate taxes from 21 percent to 28 percent. He plans on doubling the capital gains tax from 20 to (roughly) 40 percent.

Of course, the stock market tanked (not really, but the media LOVES a good Black Friday story), and now people are worrying that they'll lose all their hard-earned money.

Except that most won't suffer much, if at all: The tax is for people earning over $1 million a year. And in order to get hit with the tax, you have to have earned a profit on what ever asset you want to sell.

Simple way to avoid taxes: Don't ever sell. Duh.

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