8 thoughts on “Same as it ever was…

  1. HAIL VICTORY! says:

    ● Donald Trump’s promise to pardon supporters who attacked the US Capitol on January 6 2021 was “the stuff of dictators”, Richard Nixon’s White House counsel warned.
    Trump made the promise at a rally in Conroe, Texas, on Saturday. https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jan/30/trump-pardon-promise-capitol-rioters-dictators-john-dean-nixon
    ● Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis asked the FBI on Sunday to conduct a risk assessment of the county courthouse and government center in Atlanta following “alarming” comments by former President Trump during a rally Saturday.
    Willis is conducting an investigation into Trump’s efforts to interfere with the outcome of the 2020 presidential election in Georgia. https://www.axios.com/georgia-prosecutor-fbi-safety-trump-10755cd8-74d7-4ee4-8dae-a87a443e1016.html
    ● Critics On Twitter Mock Trump’s Mangled Word Salad At Texas Rally https://www.huffpost.com/entry/donald-trump-texas-word-salad_n_61f6266ae4b04f9a12be5154
    ● Former President Donald Trump on Sunday admitted in a written statement that he wanted his former Vice President Mike Pence to “overturn the election” and railed against efforts to put laws in place to prevent something like that from ever happening. https://news.yahoo.com/trump-ridiculed-stunning-admission-wanted-032112205.html

  2. Meanwhile says:

    Omicron subvariant BA.2.12.1 has overtaken BA.2 as the dominant version of the pandemic coronavirus in the US, now accounting for an estimated 59 percent of cases nationwide. But BA.2.12.1’s reign may end as quickly as it began, with yet another batch of omicron subvariants gaining ground—BA.4 and BA.5—and threatening to cause more breakthrough infections.
    https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/ba-4-ba-5-gain-ground-in-us-pose-higher-risk-of-breakthrough-infections/
    BA.2.12.1 has a transmission advantage over BA.2, which itself has an edge over the initial omicron subvariant, BA.1, that caused a towering surge of US cases in mid-January. BA.2 peaked in mid-April, accounting for 76 percent of US cases at its height. But then came BA.2.12.1, which is named for being the 12th lineage stemming from BA.2 and the first branch of that BA.2.12 lineage.

    • Uh-oh says:

      Omicron subvariants BA.4 and BA.5 are on the rise in the European Union, spurring officials there to warn that a surge of COVID-19 cases will likely follow in the coming weeks. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/06/eu-warns-of-ba-4-ba-5-uprising-braces-for-next-wave-of-cases/
      In an alert Monday, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control cautioned that various factors would influence how bad the expected BA.4/BA.5 wave will be. Those factors include the extent of vaccination and past infection in the population, as well as timing since those events because protection from both wanes over time.
      BA.4 and BA.5 are clumped together because they share the same mutations in the genetic coding for their spike proteins, though they have differing mutations elsewhere in their genome. Both have a transmission advantage over the initial omicron subvariant, BA.1, as well as subvariants BA.2 and BA.2.12.1.

  3. Doc says:

    Yet another omicron subvariant is raising concern as BA.5 sweeps the US
    BA.2.75 is spreading quickly and widely. Three cases detected in US so far. https://arstechnica.com/science/2022/07/yet-another-omicron-subvariant-is-raising-concern-as-ba-5-sweeps-the-us/
    Experts are concerned about the new subvariant, not just because of its rapid rise. It has several mutations in its spike protein—the critical protein that allows the virus to latch onto human cells and the protein that acts as a prime target for immune responses. In particular, BA.2.75 has key mutations that suggest it could be good at evading antibody responses in people who have been vaccinated and/or previously infected with earlier omicron subvariants.

  4. Clickbait says:

    “More surveillance is needed of a new virus detected in dozens of people in eastern China that may not cause the next pandemic but suggests just how easily viruses can travel unnoticed from animals to humans, scientists say.
    The virus, dubbed Langya henipavirus, infected nearly three dozen farmers and other residents, according to a team of scientists who believe it may have spread directly or indirectly to people from shrews — small mole-like mammals found in a wide variety of habitats.
    The pathogen did not cause any reported deaths, but was detected in 35 unrelated fever patients in hospitals in Shandong and Henan provinces between 2018 and 2021, the scientists said — a finding in tune with longstanding warnings from scientists that animal viruses are regularly spilling undetected into people around the world.
    “We are hugely underestimating the number of these zoonotic cases in the world, and this (Langya virus) is just the tip of the iceberg,” said emerging virus expert Leo Poon, a professor at the University of Hong Kong’s School of Public Health, who was not involved in the latest study.” https://www.cnn.com/2022/08/12/china/china-new-virus-disease-animal-spillover-intl-hnk/index.html
    “The Killer Shrews” (1959)

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