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Monthly Archives: December 2021

Omicron surge could be the worst public health challenge of our lifetimes

Washington Post Opinion: “The current omicron surge represents one of the greatest public health challenges not only of the pandemic but also of our lifetime. To deal with the surge over the next six to eight weeks, policymakers need to plan for the impact of what could be 1 million cases a day of new infections in the United States. Such planning involves being realistic about the effectiveness of vaccination at this point; taking immediate steps to improve public health messaging, data collection and the availability of drug therapies; and doing whatever is possible to ameliorate the potentially devastating consequences for our health-care system…”

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Israel approves 4th vaccine dose for most vulnerable

“TEL AVIV (AP) — Israel has approved a fourth vaccine dose for people most vulnerable to COVID-19, an official said Thursday, becoming one of the first countries to do so as it braces for a wave of infections fueled by the omicron variant. Nachman Ash, the director general of the Health Ministry, announced the decision… Continue Reading

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An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security

An Abrupt Climate Change Scenario and Its Implications for United States National Security – October 2003. By Peter Schwartz and Doug Randall. Report prepared for U.S. Dept. of Defense. Released to the public in early February 2004. See also The Pentagon’s Weather Nightmare. The climate could change radically, and fast. That would be the mother… Continue Reading

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Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest and Calendar

“The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how… Continue Reading

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Are Apple AirTags Being Used to Track People and Steal Cars?

The New York Times: “On a Sunday night in September, Ashley Estrada was at a friend’s home in Los Angeles when she received a strange notification on her iPhone: “AirTag Detected Near You.”An AirTag is a 1.26-inch disc with location-tracking capabilities that Apple started selling earlier this year as a way “to keep track of… Continue Reading

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The new normal is already here. Get used to it

The Economist – The era of predictable unpredictability is not going away – “IS IT NEARLY over? In 2021 people have been yearning for something like stability. Even those who accepted that they would never get their old lives back hoped for a new normal. Yet as 2022 draws near, it is time to face… Continue Reading

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Raises From Coast to Coast in 2022

National Employment Law Project – Yannet Lathrop – “Raises From Coast to Coast in 2022  56 Cities, Counties, and States Will Raise Minimum Wage  Rates on January 1—Many Reaching or Exceeding $15— With Another 26 Jurisdictions to Lift Pay Later in 2022. In 2022, a record number of states and localities will increase their minimum… Continue Reading

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Project N95

“Project N95 is the National Critical Equipment Clearinghouse for personal protective equipment (PPE), COVID-19 diagnostic tests and critical equipment. In the sometimes chaotic PPE market we serve as a trusted and transparent resource, with established partnerships, comprehensive vetting processes and a mission to get PPE to people who need it as quickly as possible. We… Continue Reading

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A Cabinet of Wonders Opens Wide

The New York Times: “The most exquisite holiday windows on Fifth Avenue might be inside the New York Public Library’s flagship building at the corner of 42nd Street. Walk up the stairs past the stone lions, through the marble entrance court and into the ornate Gottesman Hall, and you can peer into dramatically lit cases… Continue Reading

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Our Relationship With COVID Vaccines Is Just Getting Started

The Atlantic: “We probably will need additional shots. But just how many depends on our immune systems, the virus, and how often they collide…A future of annual vaccinations would almost be a relief. In the past year, the U.S. government has recommended that almost everyone eligible be COVID-vaccinated three times over, and the possibility of… Continue Reading

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