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– The district reports that at least one person in Multnomah district died of hypothermia during this week’s winter storm. The unknown person who died on Christmas Day died outdoors but was not homeless at the time of her death.
– According to the Oregon State Police, there have been 915 traffic accidents across the state in the past six days, compared to 365 in the same period last year. It’s not clear how many of these accidents resulted in injury or death, but one thing is certain: cars are really darn dangerous, guys.
– Last week, Deltaâs CEO asked the CDC to reduce the recommended quarantine time for vaccinated individuals who contract COVID-19 from 10 days to 5 days. And the CDC did it! Because capitalism! To quote CDC director Rochelle Walensky, âWe cannot look at science in a vacuum. We have to put science in the context of how it can be implemented in a functioning society. “(Psst: If there was ever a time for a workers’ uprising, now is the time.)
CDC recommends splitting your quarantine between your two 15-minute breaks
– Zak Toscani (@zak_toscani) December 27, 2021
– On Tuesday, President Biden lifted his government’s previous travel restriction to eight African countries due to the spread of Omicron’s COVID variant. At this point one can assume that this decision is also shaped by capitalism.
– A federal judge on Tuesday declined to dismiss charges against members of the Proud Boys for conspiracy to attack the US Capitol on January 6th: “Defendants are not, as they argue, indicted for burning flags and wearing black armbands or take part in mere sit-in strikes or protests. In addition, even if the conduct had an expressive aspect, it lost all First Amendment protection it had. “
– Former Democratic Senator from Nevada Harry Reid died Tuesday of pancreatic cancer. Reid served 34 years (!!!) in the US Congress and ended his career as Senate leader for the Democrats. Also: In his youth, Reid had a short career as an amateur boxer (?!).
– We lost another riot on Tuesday with the death of former Oakland Raiders coach, legendary NFL broadcaster and video game icon John Madden (not to be confused with Joel Madden). ESPN writes that Madden “entertained millions with his” Boom! “And” Doink! “Interjections during the Games,” and I hear from my friend that Madden also entertained millions with this major athlete’s foot commercial:
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– Russian has closed civil rights groups left and right last week through court orders comparing groups with terrorist organizations and foreign agents.
– In related news today, police shut down a pro-democracy website (Stand News) in Hong Kong and arrested six current and former editors who accused of organizing the dissenting Chinese autonomous city. The arrests follow the removal of pro-democracy sculptures and other works of art from the university campus last week.