5 Things: Religion | Vaccines | the Delta variant | Trump

Today’s 5 Things: fundamentalist religions, vaccines and anti-vaxxers, the Delta variant and masks, and Trump.

We could solve a whole bunch of problems just by kicking anti-vaxxers off social media platforms.

  1. Washington Post: An American Kingdom
  2. TPM: State Health Dept Nixes Teen Outreach For … All … Vaccines Amid GOP Attacks (See also: Email: Tennessee health officials ordered not to promote Immunization Awareness Month at News Channel 5 Nashville)
  3. PennLive.com: COVID-19 vaccine rollout fast enough to save nearly 300,000, study says
  4. NPR: With The Delta Variant Spreading Fast, Is It Time To Mask Up Again?
  5. Vanity Fair: “I’m Getting the Word Out”: Inside the Feverish Mind of Donald Trump Two Months After Leaving the White House

5 Things: Internet rot | CARES Act | online nazis | Twitter | unemployment benefits

Today’s 5 Things are Internet rot, the CARES Act, online nazis, Twitter, and unemployment benefits.

I’m probably the last person to find this out, but if you go to snacks.com, you can build your own variety pack of little chip bags. It’s a 30-pack of your favorite chips for $20, which ain’t cheap, but the extra cost is worth it to me to not have 10 bags of shitty onion chips left over every time I buy a variety pack at the store.

  1. The Atlantic: The Internet Is Rotting
  2. Reuters: Poorer US households gained nearly a year’s spending from CARES Act – study
  3. Vice: Unmasking ‘Dark Foreigner’: The Artist Who Fueled a Neo-Nazi Terror Movement
  4. SPLC: ‘We Make Mistakes’: Twitter’s Embrace of the Extreme Far Right
  5. Forbes: States Ending $300 Unemployment Benefits Haven’t Boosted Labor Market Yet, Morgan Stanley Finds

5 Things: Delta variant | Tucker Carlson | vaccination | Gavin McInnes | QAnon

Today’s 5 Things include the Delta variant, Tucker Carlson, vaccination in Trump country, Gavin McInnes, and QAnon.

There is almost certainly a real, real bad story coming down the chute about Tucker Carlson. That’s why he’s shoveling this “NSA hacked me” bullshit. Some journalists on Twitter were speculating that he’s connected to Matt Gaetz’ pedophile crimes somehow.

Also, don’t sleep on that “QAnons running for local offices” story. The last thing you want is a bunch of cultists taking over your local school board or city hall.

  1. Ars Technica: Delta variant slams Missouri as ICUs fill and ventilators run low
  2. Mediaite: Tucker Carlson Claims the NSA Leaked His Emails to Journalists ‘In An Effort To Discredit Me’
  3. Bloomberg: Trump Country Rejects Vaccines Despite Growing Delta Threat
  4. Vanity Fair: The Secret History of Gavin McInnes
  5. NBC News: QAnon’s new ‘plan’? Run for school board

5 Things: January 6 | political polarization | Russian hackers & the RNC | gerrymandering

Today’s 5 things include the Jan. 6 insurrection, political polarization and COVID-19, Russian hackers and the RNC, and gerrymandering.

It is utterly exhausting to watch Americans desperately pretending things are “normal” again.

Six months on from the January 6 insurrection, and a couple hundred patsy participants are looking at charges, but the organizers and instigators march on, held utterly unaccountable for their actions. A year and a bit after COVID-19 began ravaging the US, 600,000+ people dead, and those in charge insist we get right back out there – unmasked – and get to spending, lest the economy wobble, and never mind those pesky COVID variants. An entire summer spent protesting police brutality, and literally nothing changed. There are still, even now, concentration camps on the southern border. The West Coast is holding its breath, waiting on the first spark that will set off the annual conflagration, having just weathered a brutal and historic heat wave, and no one is doing anything about climate change. Over 150 people died in hundreds of shootings across the country just over the 4th of July weekend, and no one in charge of anything in the government has said a peep about gun control.

It’s never going to be “normal” again, people. We haven’t done the work to make things “normal.” It doesn’t look like we’re ever going to.

  1. Politico: What the DOJ Isn’t Telling Us About Jan. 6 (Opinion)
  2. Vox: How political polarization broke America’s vaccine campaign
  3. TPM: Report: Russian Hackers Breach RNC
  4. Politico: Republicans weigh ‘cracking’ cities to doom Democrats
  5. HuffPost: 6 Months Later, Republicans Have A New Jan. 6 Message: Insurrection? What Insurrection?

5 Things: Critical race theory | Jeffrey Epstein | the Delta variant & masking | gerrymandering

Today’s 5 Things include critical race theory, Jeffrey Epstein’s besties, masking up and the Delta variant, and gerrymandering in Michigan.

I think one of the reasons why I keep dipping back into the Mercedes Lackey Valdemar books is that the single most fantastic element in these books is that when a given character is being small-minded, short-sighted, selfish, and/or bigoted, the hero or one of their friends will tell that person off and make them look a fool in front of their peers and, more often than not, the person being told off will listen and change their ways. Or, at the very least, shut up so the sensible people can carry on solving problems.

Honestly, these books are full of magic horses and telepathic hawks and the craziest thing you’ll read in them is some average-ass idjit spouting off, getting told they’re an asshole, and at a minimum, they get embarrassed over being caught being an asshole and get out of everyone else’s way.

Imagine if the world worked like that.

  1. Vox: What the hysteria over critical race theory is really all about
  2. New York Magazine: Who Was Jeffrey Epstein Calling?
  3. The Atlantic: The 3 Simple Rules That Underscore the Danger of Delta
  4. Lifehacker: Should Vaccinated People Mask Up Against the Delta Variant?
  5. NBC News: Michigan’s push to end gerrymandering offers ‘hope’ for divided nation, advocates say