Jamie Kennedy’s interview

This entire interview is this comedian saying, basically, “Oh, yeah, I was pretty sure something was up but I didn’t care enough to pay attention or learn what was going on. Whoops, I guess?”

🔗 Daily Beast: Comedian Jamie Kennedy on How He Ended Up in an Anti-Abortion Propaganda Film

He adds, “I’m not some crazy right-winger, but I’m also not some crazy left-winger. I’m a guy who needs to be educated some more about politics. I’m not some guy in Hollywood who acts like they’re an expert about politics, and you can print that. I’m sick of that.”

Good vaccine news!

CDC data suggests that people who are fully transmitted probably don’t carry or transmit the COVID-19 virus. It’s not absolutely sure yet, but it’s lookin’ good.

🔗 New York Magazine: CDC Data Suggests Vaccinated Don’t Carry, Can’t Spread Virus

After warning for months that vaccinated people should still be cautious in order to not infect others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests they may not be at much risk of transmitting the coronavirus.

500,000

It’s been 34 days since we marked 400,000 dead on Jan. 19, 2021.

🔗 NPR: ‘A Loss To The Whole Society’: U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Reaches 500,000

More than 500,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

This week President Biden is asking Americans to mark the 500,000 deaths with a moment of silence at sunset Monday. He’s also ordered flags on all federal buildings lowered to half-staff for five days.

The disease has killed at least 100,000 people in the past five weeks and was the leading cause of death in the country in January, ahead of heart disease, cancer and other ailments, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Hellen Keller is a real person.

Helen Keller was trending on Twitter due to a couple of viral TikTok videos claiming that she wasn’t real and/or was a Nazi. So, just for everyone’s clarification, Hellen Keller was indeed a real person who was not a Nazi. She was actually pretty cool. Read up. From the link,

Helen Adams Keller (June 27, 1880 – June 1, 1968) was an American author, disability rights advocate, political activist and lecturer. Born in West Tuscumbia, Alabama, she lost her sight and hearing after a bout of illness at the age of nineteen months. She then communicated primarily using home signs until the age of seven when she met her first teacher and life-long companion Anne Sullivan, who taught her language, including reading and writing; Sullivan’s first lessons involved spelling words on Keller’s hand to show her the names of objects around her. She also learned how to speak and to understand other people’s speech using the Tadoma method. After an education at both specialist and mainstream schools, she attended Radcliffe College of Harvard University and became the first deafblind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. She worked for the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) from 1924 until 1968, during which time she toured the United States and traveled to 39 countries around the globe advocating for those with vision loss.

Featured image: Hellen Keller, restored image, circa 1920, by the Los Angeles Times; restored by Rhododendrites (source and license).

Rush Limbaugh’s dead.

The world is a slightly better place this morning, with him out of it.

🔗 NPR: Talk Show Host Rush Limbaugh, A Conservative Lodestar, Dies At 70

Limbaugh was an influencer before the age of social media, a hot-take machine before people stopped pausing to think about what they were saying ahead of sending those words out into the world. And he embodied a counterpunch to what many on the right contended was a liberal media establishment — even as he offended millions with his racist, sexist and homophobic routines and diatribes.

Featured image: Rush Limbaugh, 2019, by Gage Skidmore. (Source and license.)