CDC Observes Link Between COVID-19 Spikes and Increased Dining Out

Wait, you mean being inside with unmasked people increases your chances of catching covid?

But here’s one more study, published by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on March 5, to add to the growing pile of evidence out there. Examining county-level data from March 1 to December 31, researchers found mask mandates were linked to decreases in daily infections and death growth rates within 20 days. The data also showed that reopening restaurants for on-premises dining was followed by a rise in infections and deaths six to 11 weeks later, especially when mask mandates weren’t in place.

All Texas COVID-19 mandates lifted effective next Wednesday, Gov. Abbott says

Absolute insanity.

AUSTIN, Texas — Texas is lifting its mask mandate, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday, making it the largest state to end an order intended to prevent the spread of the coronavirus that has killed more than 42,000 Texans.

The Republican governor has faced sharp criticism from his party over the mandate, which was imposed eight months ago, and other COVID-19 restrictions. It was only ever lightly enforced, even during the worst outbreaks of the pandemic.

We have ramped up vaccinations to an astounding level, and with the Johnson and Johnson/Merck agreement, will be ahead of schedule. But the GOP is doing everything in its power to get as many citizens sick or killed as humanly possible. Opening up 100% is crazy, but removing mask mandates is just plain homicidal.

Ancestry Company Uses Deepfake Technology to Animate Old Photos

I’m torn between amazed and creeped out:

To turn old static pictures into short videos, MyHeritage partners with D-ID, “a company specializing in video reenactment using deep learning.” First, the pictures must be upgraded to high-definition. Then deepfake technology is used to animate them with realistic human gestures. (And yes, more than one face can be animated in a single photo.) The company explains how it works: