|R.I.P. Christmas Tree 2020 (Taken 12.11.21)|
In one of my many reads over the weekend, I learned about CrowdTangle which is kinda like a Tweetdeck but instead of your feeds it follows trending posts and topics. It was essentially how the CCDH came up with it's "Disinformation Dozen" report. (See my post from Friday for links). I obviously don't click on everything posted, but I did see a post scroll by about how the cost of Christmas trees is going to skyrocket this year: shortages of drivers and gasoline output will hopefully readjust to regular supply years by Christmas, but the drought and fires are already taking out 50% of the supply. I wonder if this is the year I just get a fake tree. Or maybe we should buy an alternative living tree that we can dress up by the time Christmas rolls around? Or maybe we just do Christmas in July after all? I don't really know, but let's just already agree that by November this will be dominating the news cycle, it will be Joe Biden and the Libs' fault, and we officially canceled/ruined Christmas as we've always been trying to do as part of our evil scheme to establish a Socialist America.
I included an important link below from Robert Reich about inflation and also the big news that OPEC+ has come to an agreement about restoring world oil supplies over the next 12 months, although still not reaching pre-pandemic levels. I saw a story yesterday lamenting that Californians pay the highest taxes on gas and was like, "so what?" As a native, I was raised when we had "smog days" that were so dirty we weren't allowed to go outside. I would also love for our state to get cleaned up, for bike lanes and alternative travel to be given priority by our gas taxes, and for the disincentivizing of giant monster trucks on our roadways. And we have a giant van, but we're actually disincentivized from using except when we really need to. The tax works as intended.
I guess we gotta go pick up the kid, though I gotta admit it was a nice and chill Sunday around here. Had an iced coffee on the catio while I read my feeds, played with the kittens, made a massive brunch for me and Darren, and now it's already late afternoon. Yikes. Time flies.
I will post some links about the aftermath of those protests yesterday that I mentioned on Friday, but I haven't seen any reliable coverage besides people at the scenes which are extremely biased on both sides. Maybe that's all there is and MSM just didn't take the bait.
Stay safe out there. Data reporting will resume tomorrow.
- With pandemic worsening in US, surgeon general worried - Medical XPress (7.18.21)
- In this summer of covid freedom, disease experts warn: ‘The world needs a reality check’ - The Washington Post (7.17.21)
- Pre-print (Not Yet Peer Reviewed): Lives saved and hospitalizations averted by COVID-19 vaccination in New York City - MedXriv (7.18.21)
We found that the vaccination campaign has prevented over 250,000 COVID-19 cases, 44,000 hospitalizations and 8,300 deaths from COVID-19 infection since the start of vaccination through July 1, 2021. Notably, the swift vaccine rollout suppressed another wave of COVID-19 that would have led to sustained increase in cases, hospitalizations and deaths during spring triggered by highly transmissible variants.
- Acceptability of Adolescent COVID-19 Vaccination Among Adolescents and Parents of Adolescents — United States, April 15–23, 2021 - CDC MMWR (7.16.21)
In April 2021, 52% of unvaccinated adolescents aged 13–17 years and 56% of parents of unvaccinated adolescents aged 12–17 years reported intent for adolescent COVID-19 vaccination. The most common factors that would increase vaccination intent were receiving more information about adolescent COVID-19 vaccine safety and efficacy.
- Court blocks order lifting CDC virus rules on cruise ships - AP News (7.18.21)
- White House:
- San Ysidro McDonald’s Massacre — 35 Years Later - kpbs (7.18.21)
- OPEC+ agrees oil supply boost after UAE, Saudi reach compromise - Reuters (7.18.21)
OPEC+ last year cut production by a record 10 million barrels per day (bpd) amid a pandemic-induced slump in demand and collapsing prices. It has gradually reinstated some supply to leave it with a reduction of about 5.8 million bpd.
From August until December 2021 the group will increase supply by a further 2 million bpd or 0.4 million bpd a month, OPEC said in a statement. It aims to fully phase out cuts by around September 2022.
- Other Reading:
- The San Diego River Foundation Celebrates 20 Years with Things You Can Do To Help The Health of the San Diego RIver
- The “Pro-Life” Party’s Long Fight Against Vaccines The GOP's opposition to preventative measures, like mask-wearing and vaccines, didn't begin with COVID. Ten years ago, they weaponized another vaccine in a bid for the Republican presidential nomination, and recast themselves as the Death Cult Party. - Dame Magazine (7.14.21) - H/T VOSD
- California’s Cliffs Are Collapsing One by One. Researchers are stepping up their efforts to understand why—and when—bluffs come crashing down. - The Atlantic (7.17.21)
- Global COVID-19 Stats (JHU 7.18.21 3:32pm):
- 190,284,516 Known Cases
- 4,086,260 Known Deaths
- US COVID-19 Stats
- CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Data Tracker
- 34,078,832 Cases
- 609,018 Deaths
- CDC Data Tracker:
- +39,719 New Cases/33,877,470 Known Cases
- +329 New Deaths/606,526 Known Deaths
- 390,100,605 Doses Delivered
- 337,740,358 Doses Administered
- 186,038,501 Partially Vaccinated
- 161,232,483 Fully Vaccinated
- 48.6% of Total Population
- 56.8% of Population ≥ 12 Years of Age
- 59.4% of Population ≥ 18 Years of Age
- California COVID-19 Stats:
- State of California Safe Schools For All Hub
- Vaccination progress dashboard
- R-effective: 1.3
- 48,782,935 Doses Delivered/42,919,691 Doses Administered
- 3,129,579 Partially Vaccinated/20,776,813 Fully Vaccinated
- San Diego County