5 Things: Wednesday, May 26, 2021

Today’s 5 Things includes more on the Wuhan lab leak “theory” (I remain dubious, thanks); a Trump-related grand jury; a push for the public option; a great Twitter thread about how you get all those creepy ads on your phone; and vaccine freebies.

Look man, I was gonna get vaccinated anyway, but I’m definitely going to be on the hunt for freebies, lotteries, and whatever other junk I can rake in with my card.

5 Things: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Today’s 5 Things include how much trouble Rudy Giuliani might be in (spoiler: probably lots); the Wuhan lab leak “theory”; COVID-19 vaccinations in the US; COVID-19 on cruise ships; and “Havana Syndrome,” or that weird sonic attack/sickness US diplomats and spies are experiencing.

There’s two basic versions of the Wuhan lab leak story regarding COVID-19. One is that China developed and released the virus on purpose, and the other is that the virus was developed for “research purposes” at a lab in Wuhan and escaped accidentally. The evidence for either story or any of its various permutations seems mighty damn thin at best, and, as far as I can tell, is bolstered only by the fact that we can’t figure out where in the animal kingdom the virus may have spawned.

For the record, I am deeply dubious about this whole Wuhan lab leak thing. Here’s a good Twitter thread by Matt Tait, national security and information security expert, on why this “theory” is suspicious.

I dunno, folks. I guess it’s not technically impossible, but the Wuhan lab leak idea sounds like bullshit to me, so for now I’d take all that with a big ol’ grain of salt.

In other news, today is both the Glorious 25th of May, and Towel Day. So grab your towel and sprig of lilac, enjoy nerdy things, and remember to flip a few bucks to Alzheimer research.

5 Things: Monday, May 24, 2021

Today’s 5 Things include a couple of things about how toxic and harmful the GOP is being and the scare tactics they’re employing, what things might look like post-pandemic, work-from-home news, and making D.C. a state.

Re: The CDC’s new mask guidance

So the CDC announced its new mask guidance yesterday and it’s not good, people. In case you’ve been (wisely) living under a rock for the last 24 hours, here’s the news:

People who are fully vaccinated (two weeks after your second shot of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, or two weeks after one shot of the J&J vaccine) can stop wearing a mask or physically distancing outdoors or indoors, unless otherwise directed by “federal, state, local, tribal, or territorial laws, rules, and regulations, including local business and workplace guidance”. You also don’t need to test before or after traveling or self-quarantine after traveling, or quarantine after a COVID-19 exposure unless you’re showing symptoms.

People who are not fully vaccinated or who can’t be vaccinated should continue to mask, physically distance, and etc.

Except, um. How are we supposed to tell who’s been fully vaccinated and who hasn’t? Apparently we’re on the honor system here. And I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but we’re dealing with a sizable segment of the population who are fully willing and able to abuse the honor system by flat lying about their vaccination status.

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