Politicians are a strange lot. Not content with merely Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi is moonlighting as Surgeon General, opining on what medications the President should be taking. Service to the public is a distant memory. The new charge is to invent catchy phrases, like the “new normal,” to quietly coax us into obeying dictates, while ignoring facts and science.
It is not normal to base lifting the lockdowns on the trend in positive novel coronavirus (aka SARS-CoV-2) tests. Predictably, positive tests (with many folks never becoming symptomatic) will continue to increase as more tests are done. Given that the stated goal of lockdowns was to lessen the strain on hospital resources, using hospitalization trends makes more sense.
A GoFundMe page dedicated to the memory of George Floyd, organized by his brother Philonise Floyd and the family attorney, has raised over $9,012,730 as of this posting from 346,2000 donors worldwide and has been shared on social media over 228,600 times. It is a far better way of honoring the man and his family than destruction and hate.
The idea of
moving at “warp speed” probably resonates with Star Wars fans. A galactic empire is impossible
if it takes 100 years for a signal, much less a warship, to move from one
system to another at the universal speed limit, 186,000 miles per second, the
speed of light
Serious science fiction lovers know that the warp drive does not traverse space at faster-than-light speeds. It warps space, or leaps through another dimension—it takes a massive shortcut. So, what’s the shortcut for vaccine development?
Legislative leaders announced today a Fiscal Year 2021 state budget agreement designed to hold education funding harmless while limiting most budget reductions to 4% or less amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This is a far better budget than many expected and that should come as a relief to the citizens who rely on core services and the agencies that serve them, given the effect of both depressed oil and gas prices and the pandemic on state revenues,” said Senate President Pro Tempore Greg Treat, R-Oklahoma City.