Florida Shattering their Covid Records on a Daily Basis

I wonder why Florida is doing so poorly with……. oh:

DeSantis Threatens To Withhold Salaries Of School Superintendents Who Defy Ban On Masks Mandates

Canada begins allowing vaccinated US citizens to visit again

One of my favorite road trips is heading up to Montreal. It’s about a 6.5 hour drive from Boston (with a stop or two in the White Mountains). Although it’s going to be a bit before I head up there for my first vacation since 2019. First of all, I’m not traveling unnecessarily with the Delta surge going on. More importantly, I sent my passport for a renewal back in May and I still haven’t received it yet. (I didn’t have it expedited because I wasn’t expecting to go anywhere for a bit anyway)

But for those who are vaxxed with a passport in hand:

Canada on Monday is lifting its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but the United States is keeping similar restrictions in place for Canadians, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from COVID-19 travel bans.

U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents must be both fully vaccinated and test negative for COVID-19 within three days to get across one of the world’s longest and busiest land borders. Travelers also must fill out a detailed on application on the arriveCAN app before crossing.

Even though travelers have to register, the Canada Border Services Agency won’t say how many people they are expecting to enter Canada for the reopening. But travelers should plan for the possibility of additional processing time at the border.

Top Cuomo Aide Resigns

I’d be fleeing that ship too:

The two main arguments I have heard about this so far is:

  1. Cuomo has to resign.

  2. Why should Cuomo resign when Trump and other republicans just stay on no matter the accusations.

With regards to #2, yes, the playing field isn’t level. I think amongst Trump’s cult, him being a terrible human being though is part of the allure for them. It’s not like a guy who made fun of a disabled reporter during his original run for president was trying to hide his deficiencies as a person.

But why can’t our candidates be as terrible as the other side’s is not a great rallying cry. I’m going with the first argument.

Rand Paul Says to Resist the CDC and Don’t Wear Masks

Rand Paul, who is a big covid fanboy, is hoping for more variants and for everyone to spread covid far and wide because he doesn’t like the stench of his fecal-laced breath when he is forced to wear a mask.

Controversial US senator Rand Paul has been blasted after insisting Americans should reject government-mandated regulations, including wearing masks, in a “dangerous” anti-Covid rant.

In a 3 minute and 37-second long clip posted on his Twitter, the Republican senator, who represents the state of Kentucky, delivered a long and rambling speech encouraging people to ignore rules brought in to restrict the spread of the coronavirus.

Paul posted the video on 8 August with the caption: “We are at a moment of truth and a crossroads. Will we allow these people to use fear and propaganda to do further harm to our society, economy, and children? Or will we stand together and say, absolutely not. Not this time. I choose freedom.”

As I said below, there is no way on earth we’ll ever move forward preventing climate change in time when our current elected officials can’t even wear a small piece of fabric to save people’s lives right now.

Climate change: IPCC report is ‘code red for humanity’

This is just too depressing:

Human activity is changing the climate in unprecedented and sometimes irreversible ways, a major UN scientific report has said.

The landmark study warns of increasingly extreme heatwaves, droughts and flooding, and a key temperature limit being broken in just over a decade.

The report “is a code red for humanity”, says the UN chief.

But scientists say a catastrophe can be avoided if the world acts fast.

Acts fast? I mean, we can’t even get the same science deniers to take a free vaccine to save themselves from a pandemic that has killed 4 million people worldwide.

There is hope that deep cuts in emissions of greenhouse gases could stabilise rising temperatures.

Echoing the scientists’ findings, UN Secretary General António Guterres said: “If we combine forces now, we can avert climate catastrophe. But, as today’s report makes clear, there is no time for delay and no room for excuses. I count on government leaders and all stakeholders to ensure COP26 is a success.”

It’s pretty much game over then, isn’t it. I keep thinking of those morons who are in the ICU with covid and right before being intubated, ask the doctors for the vaccine, when it’s already far too late.