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Monday, November 04, 2024

The structure of this blog



I have several blog posts that are at the top of my blog for extended periods of time, because I believe they are of continuing usefulness. So when you look at my blog, the fact that the first few are the same doesn't mean I haven't updated the blog recently.

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Thieves target another source for stolen goods: Delivery trucks and trains full of packages

 

Another source of inflation.

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2022/01/14/thieves-find-new-source-for-stolen-goods-delivery-trucks-and-trains-.html

 

Melissa Repko

Published Fri, Jan 14 20223:11 PM EST   Updated Fri, Jan 14 20228:13 PM EST


Instead of shoplifting from stores, some thieves are zeroing in on another target: Trains and delivery trucks full of packages on the way to customers’ doorsteps.

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Best Buy CEO Corie Barry said the crimes — which are sometimes violent — have compounded staffing challenges for retailers who are trying to find and retain employees during the pandemic.

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29 charged in 6-state shoplifting ring that hit pharmacies

 

 

This contributes to inflation, because stores have to charge more to make up for theft.
 
 
 
 
Thu, January 13, 2022, 4:21 PM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — State and federal authorities announced Thursday that they arrested and charged more than two dozen people for taking part in a multistate shoplifting ring that made off with more than $10 million in stolen goods over the past few years, most of which was over-the-counter medications.
 
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The ringleaders would then arrange for the sale of the items on websites such as Amazon and eBay.

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Friday, January 14, 2022

Is Covid causing an increase in deaths even when asymptotic?

 

 A lot of people are dying recently.  Since I studied probability theory, I know that things that happen totally at random have clumps.  But I'm also wondering if some of this is due to Covid infections that might not cause symptoms.  One of the problems with Covid is that it causes blood clots, which could cause heart attacks and strokes.

California deputy district attorney, outspoken critic of vaccine mandates, dies of COVID at 46

 

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2022/01/05/attorney-kelly-ernby-vaccine-critic-dies-covid/9106785002/

 

Jordan Mendoza
USA TODAY
Jan 5, 2022


Kelly Ernby, a deputy district attorney in Orange County, California, and vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, died at the age of 46. Her death comes a week after telling friends she was sick with COVID-19.

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"She was NOT vaccinated," her husband wrote. "That was the problem."

Chapman also confirmed on Facebook Ernby was unvaccinated and addressed messages he said the family have been sent.

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Mountain lion encounters are rare, but if you encounter one, here are 5 ways to stay safe

 

I suggest reading the whole article.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/mountain-lion-encounters-rare-encounter-140026062.html

 

Lindsey Botts, Arizona Republic
Fri, January 14, 2022, 9:00 AM

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Make yourself big

If you do stumble into an area where a mountain lion is present, you'll want to make yourself as large as possible. Open your jacket, raise your arms, wave sticks or walking poles, anything that's going to add to your size. This is especially true for children.

"Think of opening a jacket, so you look twice as wide or holding your hands up high," Neils advises. "What you definitely do not want to do is ... make yourself look small and meek, never crouch down or run." 

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"You don't have to be aggressive because sometimes that can backfire. But just large and confident in your space and loud in your space.

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Give the animal an exit

Once you've made yourself as threatening as possible, both Neils and Young recommend giving the animal space to flee. This is key in avoiding conflict because you never want the animal to feel cornered, which could lead to altercations. That means you'll need to be aware of both your and the animal's exit strategy.

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Thursday, January 13, 2022

Nearly quarter of world’s population had record hot year in 2021, data shows

 

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2022/jan/13/hot-year-temperatures-climate-crisis-2021

 

Oliver Milman
@olliemilman
Thu 13 Jan 2022 12.15 EST

 

Nearly a quarter of the world’s population experienced a record hot year in 2021, as the climate crisis continues to unleash escalating temperatures around the globe, according to new data from leading US climate scientists.

Last year was the sixth hottest ever recorded, with the global temperature 1.1C [2F] above the pre-industrial average, a new annual analysis from Nasa and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (Noaa) found.

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 There were record-high temperatures in parts of northern Africa, south Asia and parts of South America last year, Arctic sea ice continued its decline and the oceans recorded yet another record year for heat content. “The oceans are storing a heck of a lot of heat,” said Russell Vose, a senior climate scientist at Noaa. “If it weren’t for the large heat storage capacity of the oceans, the atmosphere would’ve warmed a lot more rapidly.”

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“It’s clear that each of the past four decades has been warmer than the one preceding it,” he added. “It’s certainly warmer now than at any time in the past 2,000 years, and probably longer.”

Earlier this week, the European climate agency Copernicus said 2021 was the fifth hottest year on record, with the last seven years the hottest ever documented. A slight edge was taken off last year’s temperatures by a La Niña, a periodic climatic event that cools the waters of the Pacific Ocean.

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Stronger evidence linking virus to multiple sclerosis

 

https://apnews.com/article/coronavirus-pandemic-science-health-multiple-sclerosis-b325dceb5612e4ec7f22c8f25901e5eb

 

 There’s more evidence that one of the world’s most common viruses may set some people on the path to developing multiple sclerosis.

Multiple sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease that occurs when immune system cells mistakenly attack the protective coating on nerve fibers, gradually eroding them.

The Epstein-Barr virus has long been suspected of playing a role in development of MS. It’s a connection that’s hard to prove because just about everybody gets infected with Epstein-Barr, usually as kids or young adults -- but only a tiny fraction develop MS.

Thursday, Harvard researchers reported one of the largest studies yet to back the Epstein-Barr theory.

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The virus appears to be “the initial trigger,” Drs. William H. Robinson and Lawrence Steinman of Stanford University wrote in an editorial accompanying Thursday’s study. But they cautioned, “additional fuses must be ignited,” such as genes that may make people more vulnerable.

Epstein-Barr is best known for causing “mono,” or infectious mononucleosis, in teens and young adults but often occurs with no symptoms. A virus that remains inactive in the body after initial infection, it also has been linked to later development of some autoimmune diseases and rare cancers.

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Attempts are underway to develop Epstein-Barr vaccines including a small study just started by Moderna Inc., best known for its COVID-19 vaccine.


Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Swing State Trumpers Forged Electoral Letters in Harebrained Scheme to Overturn Biden’s Win

 

https://www.rollingstone.com/politics/politics-news/pro-trump-groups-fake-letter-national-archives-1281966/

 

By Peter Wade

January 12, 2022 11:00AM ET


Pro-Trump groups in at least five states sent the government forged certificates of ascertainment declaring Trump the recipient of the state’s 2020 electors. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow reported on the falsified documents Tuesday night, noting that the fake certifications, which were obtained by watchdog group American Oversight, have “almost the exact same wording” to the real documents.

“They sent them into the government as if they were real documents,” Maddow said. “They actually created these fake documents purporting to be the real certifications of them as electors,” she added. “They all match, exactly. Same formatting, same font, same spacing, almost the exact same wording. All of them.”

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The Arizona group that sent the forgery, called “AZ Protect the Vote,” is a sovereign citizen group. Because their letter included the state seal, the state sought legal action, referring the case to the attorney general and writing a cease and desist letter instructing the group to stop using the insignia. Lori Osiecki, who leads the group, told the Arizona Republic in Dec. 2020 that a meeting with Rudy Giuliani helped convince her to send the forgery. The Michigan group did not use the state seal.

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https://www.americanoversight.org/american-oversight-obtains-seven-phony-certificates-of-pro-trump-electors

 

American Oversight Obtains Seven Phony Certificates of Pro-Trump Electors


Publish Date: March 2, 2021

 

American Oversight has obtained copies of phony electoral vote certificates from seven states that were submitted to Congress as part of the failed attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

The fake electoral certificates were assembled by groups of Trump supporters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin who sought to replace the valid presidential electors from their state — who had been chosen by voters in free and fair elections — with bogus slates of pro-Trump electors.

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The coordinated, multi-state effort to cast doubt on the 2020 election and undermine the electoral vote process tragically led to the violent Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in which a pro-Trump mob stormed the building and sought to physically block the congressional certification of each state’s real Electoral College votes.

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Why is innovation slower?

 

 An episode on NPR's Here and Now program discussed why innovation has slowed down.  It mentioned genontocracy, dominance by older people who are less innovated.  If people have an understanding of science and mathematics, it would be obvious to them when knowledge is advanced, innovation would likely slow down, because the easier innovations would be done soonest, and as we advance, further innovation will be harder.  And another problem at this time is the dominance of a power elite which focuses on quick financial returns.

The top 10 global weather and climate change events of 2021

 

https://yaleclimateconnections.org/2022/01/the-top-10-global-weather-and-climate-change-events-of-2021/

 

 by Jeff Masters January 11, 2022


The year 2021 made an indelible mark in the annals of weather history. Not only did it feature the most extreme heat wave in history – the late June heat wave over western North America that smashed all-time records by unprecedented margins – it was also the first year to record four weather mega-disasters costing over $20 billion

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A total of eight extreme weather events were ranked in the top ten; in addition, there were two concerning climate change discoveries that may presage serious future challenges. Below is a list of the top-10 weather and climate change events of 2021, as rated by the impacts on humans and/or meteorological significance.
1. The most extreme heat wave in world history

Never in the century-plus history of world weather observation have so many all-time heat records fallen by such a large margin than in the historic late-June 2021 heat wave in western North America. The intense heat wave was the second-deadliest weather disaster of the year, with 1,037 deaths: 808 in western Canada and 229 in the northwestern U.S. The only deadlier weather disaster of 2021 was summer monsoon flooding in India that claimed 1,292 lives, according to insurance broker Aon.

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6. July 2021: Earth’s warmest month in recorded history

July 2021 was Earth’s hottest July since global record-keeping began in 1880, 0.93 degrees Celsius (1.67°F) above the 20th-century average, NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information reported. Since July is also the hottest month of the seasonal cycle, that meant that July 2021 was “more likely than not the warmest month on record for the globe since 1880,” NOAA said. July 2021 was just 0.01 degree Celsius hotter than July of 2016, 2019, and 2020, so these months can be considered to be in a statistical tie for Earth’s hottest month on record.

The record July warmth was particularly remarkable since there was a moderate La Niña event in the Eastern Pacific that ended in May 2021. La Niña events typically cause global cooling of about 0.1 degree Celsius; the peak cooling occurs five months after the La Niña peak, on average. July 2021 temperatures would have been even warmer had a La Niña event not occurred earlier in the year.

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7. Danger signs: a key Atlantic Ocean current system is near collapse

The climate over the past few thousand years has been unusually stable, helping bring about the rise of modern civilization. However, ice core studies reveal that the “normal” climate for Earth is one of frequent extreme jumps – like a light switch flicking on and off. So it is incorrect to think that global warming will lead to a slow and steady increase in temperature that humans can readily adapt to. Global warming could push the climate system past a threshold where a sudden, irreversible climate shift would occur.

That outcome would most likely happen if the increased precipitation and glacial meltwater from global warming flood the North Atlantic with enough fresh water to slow down or even halt the Atlantic Meridional Overturning Circulation (AMOC), which transports warm, salty water from the tropics to the North Atlantic and sends cold water to the south along the ocean floor. The mighty Gulf Stream current forms the portion of the AMOC that runs along the U.S. East Coast. If the AMOC were to shut down, the Gulf Stream would no longer pump warm, tropical water to the North Atlantic. Average temperatures would cool in Europe and North America by three degrees Celsius (5°F) or more in just a few years – not enough to trigger a full-fledged ice age, but enough cooling to bring snows in June and killing frosts in July and August to New England and northern Europe, such as occurred in the famed 1816 “year without a summer.” In addition, shifts in the jet stream pattern would bring about severe droughts and damaging floods in regions unaccustomed to such events, greatly straining global food and water supplies.

A study published in August 2021 looked at eight independent measures of the AMOC, and found that all eight showed early warning signs that the ocean current system may be nearing collapse. “The AMOC may have evolved from relatively stable conditions to a point close to a critical transition,” the authors wrote.

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Tuesday, January 11, 2022

‘Omicron the Pandemic Killer’ Idea Ignores Dangers of Long COVID

 

I might have had long Covid for almost a year and a half after I was sick with what might have been Covid, early in 2020.  I was on my way to be tested, and got a flat tire, didn't feel up to dealing with it while I was sick, and didn't want to spread whatever I had.   It finally cleared up after I had my first two vaccinations.  Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as some people, but it would have been a big problem if I had had a job.  Every few days I would have one or several days of extreme fatigue, have to sleep 12 hours, then also take a two hour nap.  Didn't feel so great on the good days, either.


https://www.infectioncontroltoday.com/view/-omicron-the-pandemic-killer-idea-ignores-dangers-of-long-covid

 

January 11, 2022
Frank Diamond


Sometimes lost among the evidence that the Omicron variant of COVID-19 might be a way to, ironically, end the pandemic–mild symptoms and high infectivity might get us to herd immunity—is this question: What about long COVID? That’s especially pertinent to infection preventionists (IPs) and other health care professionals who find themselves yet again on the frontlines of another surge.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), long COVID “is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 or can appear weeks after infection. Long COVID can happen to anyone who has had COVID-19, even if their illness was mild, or if they had no symptoms.”

Linda Spaulding, RN-BC, CIC, CHEC, CHOP, a member of Infection Control Today®’s Editorial Advisory Board (EAB), says that she’s “seen athletes in their 20s on the wait list for double lung transplants because of long COVID. That’s something that has long-term consequences. Some people talk of COVID fog. They just can’t put their thoughts together.”

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A preprint study by Oxford University investigators on the medRxiv website, compares brain scans for SARS-CoV-2 infections in 394 COVID-19 patients who tested positive for the infection against 388 patients in a control group. “We identified significant effects of COVID-19 in the brain with a loss of grey matter in the left parahippocampal gyrus, the left lateral orbitofrontal cortex and the left insula,” the study states. “When looking over the entire cortical surface, these results extended to the anterior cingulate cortex, supramarginal gyrus and temporal pole.”

As noted by Kevin Kavanagh, MD, another member of ICT®’s EAB, a core difficulty in society’s attempt to guide COVID-19 from pandemic to endemic is that COVID is not just a respiratory virus. Kavanagh wrote in October that SARS-CoV-2 is similar to HIV because it can “silently spread throughout the host’s body and attack almost every organ.”

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Bruce Patterson, MD, who works for the Chronic COVID Treatment Center, says it is too soon to determine whether Omicron can cause long COVID, but believes it will follow the same route as Delta in that regard. He tells the Deseret News in Utah that “I mean, given what we’ve heard and what we’ve seen, and Omicron just infecting everybody under the sun, we’ll see the same thing with an abundance of kids and adults.”

Kavanagh writes for ICT® that “much of the abandonment of public health measures has been spurred by a massive disinformation campaign which has successfully convinced a relatively large portion of our population that as long as one lives through COVID-19 all will be well. The young and healthy have especially embraced this narrative.”

It is a false narrative, Kavanagh warns, because “the premise that mild infections do not carry significant risks is false. In part this belief is driven by those who have not died from COVID-19 being counted as ‘recovered’ as opposed to ‘survived’. SARS-CoV-2 causes a system infection and is commonly detected in the heart and brain, exemplified by the loss of smell from brain tissue destruction and loss of cardiac function from myocarditis. Even those who develop ‘mild’ COVID-19 can develop long COVID-19 which in many cases lasts for a year or longer.”

Everybody but everybody hopes that this pandemic will end, but experts like Kavanagh point out there’s a difference between hoping and wishful thinking. In terms of evolutionary survival, viruses have billions of years of a head start on humans. And just as the world focuses less on Delta and more on Omicron, yet another variant has been spotted.

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Why are republicans hurting people?

 

 

Many people have been puzzled at why republican politicians have encouraged the members of their own party to risk their lives by refusing to protect themselves from Covid-19, leading to fewer voters in their party because of Covid deaths.  With so many doing this, it's hard to assume it is solely due to stupidity.  There are obvious political reasons.  They are playing to their base, especially Trump fans, who vote in primaries.  They are fanning the flames of partisanship and division, to keep those voters in their own party, and keep us from working together for our benefit against the big business donors whom the republicans serve.


But as time goes on, I wonder more and more if they are acting the way they did when Obama was president, deliberately hurting workers in order to turn voters against a president of the opposite party.  I would like to think that could not be the case, but the fact is they did that just a few years ago, with the result that Trump got enough votes to win the electoral college, so it would be naive to think they have suddenly become patriots who care about the good of our country.

Another possible factor is that some people may be in the pay of our enemies, like the Russians.  We know that the Russians have worked for decades to recruit people to help them.  We know that they have occasionally been successful, sometimes undetected for decades.  With the hundreds of politicians, many motivated by a desire for power and/or money, it would not be at all surprising if some were subverted by our enemies to take actions that weaken our country.  And more might be do so unwittingly.  We know that the Russians have worked thru social media to encourage resistance by our citizens to take effective measure to protect themselves and our country from Covid.
 

 

Business Insider United's CEO said one worker a week was dying from COVID-19 before the company mandated vaccines.

 

https://news.yahoo.com/uniteds-ceo-said-one-worker-145813809.html


Jake Epstein,Taylor Rains
Tue, January 11, 2022, 9:58 AM


More than one United Airlines employee on average was dying from COVID-19 each week prior to the company's vaccine mandate, CEO Scott Kirby said on Tuesday.

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Business Insider
United's CEO said one worker a week was dying from COVID-19 before the company mandated vaccines. Now, no vaccinated employees have died in 2 months.
Jake Epstein,Taylor Rains
Tue, January 11, 2022, 9:58 AM·2 min read
In this article:

United Airlines plane
United Airlines planes are seen at Newark International Airport in New Jersey, United States on September 29, 2021. United Airlines is firing employees over its vaccine mandate.Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

    United Airlines says an average of one employee a week died from COVID-19 before vaccine mandate.

    Since enforcing a vaccine mandate, no vaccinated employee has died from COVID-19 in two months, the airline's CEO said.

    The airline's CEO said that no vaccinated staff members are hospitalized with COVID-19.

More than one United Airlines employee on average was dying from COVID-19 each week prior to the company's vaccine mandate, CEO Scott Kirby said on Tuesday.

Now that a vaccine mandate is in place, the airline has not seen a COVID-19-related death among its vaccinated employees in two months, according to a memo sent by Kirby to United staff and obtained by Insider.

A spokesperson for United confirmed to Insider that the vaccine mandate went into place in September, and that "the memo references the stats before the mandate and afterwards."

It remains unclear if the data refers to all deaths that happened since the pandemic began or if it refers to a shorter time period.

Kirby also said that while nearly 3,000 United employees are currently positive for COVID-19, and there are no vaccinated employees currently in the hospital.

"In dealing with COVID, zero is the word that matters — zero deaths and zero hospitalizations for
vaccinated employees," Kirby said in the memo.

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Government Grant Scams

 

https://www.consumer.ftc.gov/articles/government-grant-scams

 

Offers of free money from government grants are scams. Someone might offer you a grant to pay for education, home repairs, home business expenses, or unpaid bills. But they’re all scams. Here’s how to avoid a government grant scam, and how to report it.

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What To Know About Government Grants

    The government won’t get in touch out of the blue about grants. It won’t call, text, reach out through social media, or email you. It won’t offer you free government grants of any kind, much less grants to pay for home repairs, medical costs, or other personal needs. Real government grants require an application, and they’re always for a very specific purpose. Learn more (for free) at grants.gov.
    Never share your financial or personal information with anyone who contacts you. Government agencies will never call, text, message you on social media, or email to ask for your Social Security, bank account, or credit card number. In fact, no matter who they say they are, don’t give out that information. Once a scammer has your information, they can steal money from your account, or your identity.
    Don’t pay for a list of government grants — and don’t pay any up-front fees. The only place you can find a list of all available federal grants is at grants.gov. And that list is free. No government agency will ever contact you to demand that you pay to get a grant. And no government agency will ever ask you to pay with a gift card, cash reload card, by money transfer, or with cryptocurrency. Not for a grant, and not ever.
    If you paid a scammer, act quickly. If you think you’ve sent money to a government impersonator like one of these grant scammers, contact the company you used to send the money. Tell the gift card, money transfer, or cryptocurrency company that it was a fraudulent transaction. Then ask them to reverse it.
 

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Report Government Grant Scams

When you report a scam, the FTC can use the information to build cases against scammers, spot trends, educate the public, and share data about what is happening in your community. If you spotted a scam, report it to the FTC at ReportFraud.ftc.gov.

 http://www.reportfraud.ftc.gov/