Question of the Way

Who else has decided to cut back on their news/social media diet?

I blame Trump really. The Trump years really just pushed me to the limit on my news intake. That moron really can’t breathe without doing something stupid enough for us all to collectively gape and rush to Twitter or CNN to catch other’s reactions. I just can’t anymore. I’ve basically cut off 90% of my news consumption and social media. I check out headlines, have a few magazine subscriptions (The New Yorker, The Economist), and still visit some blogs. If something big happens, I may tune in CNN to get the story, but when they cut to the talking heads for opinions, I shut it off. They rarely add anything of value. I just don’t want to be a part of the outrage machine anymore. It’s exhausting.

Same with Twitter. I still have twitter and peek on every so often (meaning maybe two or three times a week) and every time I do I regret it. And surprisingly, it’s the people I follow, my people… the liberals, who annoy me. If I wanted to hear what drivel Tucker Carlson was spewing, or Marjorie Green Whatever had to say, I would follow them. But their word salads make me want to heave so I do not. But I still hear everything they say because fellow liberals just can’t help themselves amplifying everything. And, why yes, I have been guilty of this in the past. Take a tiptoe through the archives and you’ll find plenty of examples. Ugh. But I can’t anymore.

But since going on this media diet, I feel so much better. My fists aren’t perpetually clenched. It’s so liberating.

Polio detected in NYC’s sewage, suggesting virus circulating

Fucking anti-vaxxers. We have enough problems without past problems coming back into play because of these anti-science stances.

FILE – This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP, File)
FILE – This 2014 illustration made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention depicts a polio virus particle. The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday, Aug. 12, 2022. (Sarah Poser, Meredith Boyter Newlove/CDC via AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The polio virus has been found in New York City’s wastewater in another sign that the disease, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. in a decade, is quietly spreading among unvaccinated people, health officials said Friday.

The presence of the poliovirus in the city’s wastewater suggests likely local circulation of the virus, the city and New York state health departments said.

State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett said the detection of poliovirus in wastewater samples in New York City is alarming but not surprising.

“The risk to New Yorkers is real but the defense is so simple — get vaccinated against polio,” New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Ashwin Vasan said in a statement. “With polio circulating in our communities there is simply nothing more essential than vaccinating our children to protect them from this virus, and if you’re an unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated adult, please choose now to get the vaccine. Polio is entirely preventable and its reappearance should be a call to action for all of us.”

Salman Rushdie Attacked on Stage

There are few details yet but can someone tell the media that “either punching or stabbing” is quite a big difference?



Update:

This report is saying he was stabbed in the neck.

Chautauqua, N.Y. (AP) — Salman Rushdie, the author whose writing led to death threats from Iran in the 1980s, was attacked and apparently stabbed in the neck Friday by a man who rushed the stage as he was about to give a lecture in western New York.

An Associated Press reporter witnessed a man confront Rushdie on stage at the Chautauqua Institution and begin punching or stabbing him 10 to 15 times as he was being introduced. The 75-year-old author was pushed or fell to the floor, and the man was arrested.