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Posted on July 28, 2021

CDC recommends the vaccinated wear masks in areas with low vaccination rates

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new guidance on Tuesday recommending indoor mask use in areas with high transmission rates after new data suggested fully vaccinated individuals are not just contracting Covid-19 but could potentially infect others.

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said recent studies had shown that those vaccinated individuals who do become infected with Covid have just as much viral load as the unvaccinated, making it possible for them to spread the virus to others. Based on that finding, Walensky said the CDC is also recommending that all school children wear masks in the fall.

“We're seeing now that it's actually possible if you're a rare breakthrough infection that you can transmit further, which is the reason for the change,” Walensky said.

NBC News

More: The science didn't change, the virus did

Stay home. Mask up when you can't. And always stay away from humans. They're germy AF.


At least two dead and four injured after an acetic acid leak at a facility near La Porte, Texas

At least two people are dead and four others injured after an acetic acid leak at the Lyondell Basell facility near La Porte, Texas, officials said Tuesday.

“The leak has been isolated, and air monitoring at the facility perimeter indicates no offsite impact. There is no shelter in place or other protective actions being recommended at this time. Emergency officials are working to gather information on potential injuries,” the La Porte Office of Emergency Management said in a tweet.

“Right now we can confirm two fatalities,” Harris County Fire Marshal's Office spokeswoman Rachel K. Neutzler tells CNN.

At least four people sustained burns, according to a statement from Lyondell Basell, provided to CNN by La Porte's public information officer Lee Woodward.

The statement said there was “an acetic acid leak” at the facility.

CNN

I wonder if this is more evidence of “business-friendly Texas” trumping human life?

Yep.


Scientists discover a massive field of nuclear silos in China, signaling a significant nuclear expansion in the country

China is constructing a network of nuclear silos that could house up to 110 silos on a desert in the country's remote eastern Xinjiang province, according to scientists from the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), a non-profit global think tank.

As first reported by The New York Times on Monday, scientists said construction likely began around March of this year. Using satellite images from geospatial data company Planet, they have discovered at least 14 silos and grounds cleared to build another 19. Judging from the network grid, it could house as many as 110 silos.

These underground silos are typically used to house Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBMs) – long-range missiles designed for nuclear weapons delivery.

The latest revelation follows a separate discovery of 119 silos under construction near Yumen in China's northwest Gansu province last month, the Washington Post reported, using satellite images from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies at Monterey.

Yahoo

Lovely.


Oregon Rep. Pleads Guilty to Allowing Violent Protesters Into State Capitol Through Backdoor

Former Oregon state Rep. Mike Nearman has been banned from entering the Oregon Capitol building and its surrounds for the next 18 months after pleading guilty Tuesday to official misconduct. Last December, when the Capitol was closed due to the pandemic, Nearman opened a side door to allow a group of violent protestors inside. It led to a clash with police near the entrance. While explaining his actions to Marion County Circuit Court Judge Cheryl Pellegrini, Nearman claimed he didn’t support what the group did upon entering but eventually admitted that he opened the door so he could “appear favorable to certain citizen groups.” Pellegrini drew parallels to the Jan 6. insurrection that happened a few weeks later. She ordered Nearman to perform 80 hours of community service and pay the legislature $2,700 in restitution.

Nearman said he wanted to go to trial but pleaded guilty to avoid mounting legal bills. He could still run for his old seat in 2022.

TDB

It's becoming clearer every day that it's better to try to bring down democracy than smoke weed. The law certainly is more lenient on traitors than it is on dope smokers.


‘I Can Tell You He’s a Great Guy’

A former White House aide endorsed by Donald Trump has a history of aggressive behavior that sources say includes slapping his ex-girlfriend, former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham.

The former president stood behind the microphone at the lectern at one of the most recent of his trademark rallies late last month at the county fairgrounds here and told the thousands who had gathered to support him to also support Miller—the staunch former aide Trump eagerly tapped to try to unseat Anthony Gonzalez, one of the 10 Republican members of the House of Representatives who voted to impeach Trump, in the intensifying bellwether of the GOP primary in Ohio’s 16th congressional district.

“An incredible patriot,” Trump said, “who I know very well.”

Maybe not well enough, according to police records, court records and interviews with more than 60 people. Ranging from people who grew up with Miller in the affluent Cleveland inner suburb of Shaker Heights to those he worked with and for in the White House and on Trump’s campaigns—some of whom were granted anonymity because they fear retaliation from Miller, Trump or both—these people told me Miller can be a cocky bully with a quick-trigger temper. He has a record of speeding, underage drinking and disorderly conduct—documented charges from multiple jurisdictions that include a previously unreported charge in 2011 for driving under the influence that he subsequently pleaded down to a more minor offense.

And barely more than a year ago, according to three people familiar with the incident, Miller’s romantic relationship with former White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham ended when he pushed her against a wall and slapped her in the face in his Washington apartment after she accused him of cheating on her.

Politico

When will the Trump endorsement become today's Scarlett Letter? It can't happen too soon.


Bob Odenkirk hospitalized after collapsing on set of ‘Better Call Saul'

Bob Odenkirk, star of hit TV shows “Breaking Bad” and “Better Call Saul,” was rushed to the hospital after collapsing on set on Tuesday, the TMZ entertainment website reported.

The actor was shooting “Better Call Saul” in New Mexico when the incident happened, TMZ reported.

A person with knowledge of the matter confirmed the accuracy of TMZ's report to CNN.

“Better Call Saul” is currently in production for its sixth season. It is a prequel to the AMC crime series “Breaking Bad,” which introduced Odenkirk as Saul Goodman, the criminal defense attorney for the show's protagonist, Walter White, played by Bryan Cranston.

CNN

Honestly, I don't really care about this. Old Bob will be okay. It was probably heat stroke. Drink some water, dude.

But I'm ECSTATIC to know that another season of Better Call Saul is in the works. I love that show!


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