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A National Strategy for the “New Normal” of Life With COVID

After previous infectious disease threats, the US quickly forgot and failed to institute necessary reforms. That pattern must change with the COVID-19 pandemic. Without a strategic plan for the “new normal” with endemic COVID-19, more people in the US will unnecessarily experience morbidity and mortality, health inequities will widen, and trillions will be lost from the US economy. This time, the nation must learn and prepare effectively for the future.

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NOAA’s updated hurricane outlook calls for even more storms in 2021

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday updated its 2021 Atlantic hurricane seasonal forecast, slightly increasing expectations for the number of named storms and powerful hurricanes.

Why it matters: With the U.S. already reeling from extreme heat and wildfires, disaster response agencies are overstretched. A particularly destructive and active hurricane season could overwhelm some of its response capacity.

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Progress made but western wildfires continue to bring poor air quality across US

The Bootleg Fire in Oregon was up to 84% containment early Monday as firefighters made progress over the weekend battling the blaze, which is the nation’s largest at 646 square miles.

Elsewhere, authorities canceled evacuation orders near the Dixie Fire in Northern California and another on Hawaii’s Big Island.

Despite the good news, authorities warned that with unpredictable winds and extremely dry fuels across the West, the risk of flare-ups remained high. In addition, while predicted thunderstorms in many areas could bring welcome rainfall, the storms could also cause flash flooding.

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CDC document warns Delta variant appears to spread as easily as chickenpox and cause more severe infection

The Delta coronavirus variant surging across the United States appears to cause more severe illness and spread as easily as chickenpox, according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The document — a slide presentation — outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant at the same rate as unvaccinated people.

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Lauren Boebert’s Sarcastic Question To ‘Siri’ About Mask Mandates Didn’t Go Over As Planned

Rootin’ tootin’ Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) can’t (or refuses to) help herself. She’s only a congressional freshman and is nearly as good at self-owning as Sen. Ted Cruz, especially at the U.S.-Mexico border, where lectured a cardboard standee of VP Kamala Harris. Boebert’s latest mission, however, is to endlessly rage against Covid-19 protocols. Earlier this week, she reportedly threw a mask before (not reportedly) tweeting about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s “anti-science, totalitarian mask mandate” with a GIF of ex-President Trump saying “bullsh*t.”

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Great white shark numbers increasing off Northern California coast

You’re still far more likely to see them in movies or TV shows than in person, but the number of great white sharks appears to be increasing along the Northern California coast, say scientists who spent years tracking hundreds of the toothy predators by their distinctive fins.

The exhaustive new study concluded there are nearly 300 adult and sub-adult white sharks living between Monterey Bay, the Farallon Islands and Bodega Bay, an area sometimes called “the red triangle.” Sub-adult sharks are not fully mature but still big enough to eat seals, sea lions and other marine mammals.

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Dutch research funding agency, paralyzed by ransomware attack, refuses to pay up

Hackers published a batch of internal documents from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) on the dark web yesterday, after the agency refused to pay up in a ransomware attack. The attack, which began on 8 February, has completely knocked out the agency’s grant application and review process and cut off NWO’s communication with applicants, grantees, and universities.

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The new politics of climate change

A billionaire, a novelist and a professor all write a book about climate change. 

That may sound like the start of a joke but it is not, especially for philanthropist Bill Gates and author Jonathan Franzen. Their books have come out just as Michael E Mann, one of the world’s best known climate scientists, has published a book accusing each of abetting new forces of inactivism slowing efforts to tackle climate change.

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Smith-Schuster, J. – Pit (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Pittsburgh Steelers (6/23) Advice: JuJu Smith-Schuster is a high-end No. 2 WR worth a selection as early as Round 4 in PPR leagues. If his efficiency regresses to his career norm, he could be even more than that. Smith-Schuster saw his yards per catch plummet to 8.6 in 2020, more than five yards per catch off his career average heading into the year. Considering he caught 97 passes, that’s a lot of meat left on the bone. Part of that was due to his average depth of target, which crashed to 5.5 yards, but he also did less after the catch. Considering his age, we should expect at least some bounce back, which gives him WR1 upside. (
ADP: 4.12 — 9.01
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Born: November 22, 1996, Long Beach, CA

An Afternoon with Prince Harry & James Corden

Now that the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are settled into Southern California, James Corden thought it was time to show his friend Prince Harry the sights. From tea on an open top bus to visiting the “Fresh Prince of Bel Air” mansion, Prince Harry gets the tour he never dreamed of. Special thanks to Spartan for providing an incredible Spartan Race Obstacle Course to run. Learn more:

Johnson, D. – Hou (RB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for David Johnson, RB, Houston Texans (6/23) Advice: Just about the only thing Johnson had going for him last season was that he had little competition for carries in an offense helmed by Deshaun Watson. Now he’s got Phillip Lindsay and Mark Ingram in the backfield with him and a ton of uncertainty about Watson’s status for the upcoming season. Johnson actually had a decent bounceback season in 2020 and could be a decent No. 2 Fantasy RB if he gets a similar role, with 12-ish carries and three-to-four targets per game. However, given the uncertainties around Houston’s offense, you can’t target him as anything more than a low-end No. 3 RB, preferably as bench depth. (
ADP: 3.05 — 7.10
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Born: December 16, 1991, Memphis, TN

How to Keep Extremists Out of Power

American democracy faces alarming risks from extremist forces that have rapidly gained ground in our politics. The most urgent focus of political reform must be to marginalize, to the extent possible, these destabilizing forces.

Sharpie Ballots Count in Arizona

The falsehood that votes for President Donald Trump weren’t counted in Arizona because the ballots were filled out with Sharpie pens spread widely on the day after the election. But the county where the claim originated actually recommends that voters use fine tip Sharpies to fill out their ballots.

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Hawaiian Island Cafe

I just moved to the island about a month ago. After quarantine was over and I got my car, I was able to take my first drive around the island. I came across this place when I was looking for a spot out of the blue. I am so happy I did! Even though I live on the other side of the island, I will be back! I have also recommended this place to anyone who asks for a good place to eat.

Trevor Lawrence Highlights

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Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence has been called the best draft prospect since Andrew Luck. The hype increased after he beat Alabama in the National Championship as a True Freshman. Lawrence has had almost a perfect college career. He’s only lost two games, but those losses both came in the playoff. One was in the National Championship last year to Joe Burrow. Lawrence might be the best NFL prospect to not win a Heisman, but he’s most likely going to be the first overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft regardless.

Bogus QAnon Claim that Mail-In Ballots Are Illegitimate

A bogus QAnon-related claim that many of the mail-in ballots for the Nov. 3 election were illegitimate has spread widely on social media. But the claim is based on the faulty assumption that ballots are produced by the federal government.


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Trump & Giuliani’s Vomitous Attack on Democracy

Day 16 of #Squattergate is upon us, and Trump has no public events on his schedule again as he attempts to steal the election he claims has been stolen from him, asserts that the Republican Secretary of State from Georgia is obstructing after not overturning Biden’s win, Rudy Giuliani gave another doozy of a press conference, and Jimmy chats with the man in charge of designing Trump’s Library, Scott McDougall (Andy Daly).

This Is Where Jimmy Kimmel Got His Big Break

It’s hard to imagine late-night TV without comedian Jimmy Kimmel. He’s been making people laugh and interviewing countless celebrity guests since his show Jimmy Kimmel Live! premiered on ABC in 2003.

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Jones II, R. – TB (RB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Ronald Jones, RB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6/23) Advice: Ronald Jones was an industry favorite of those drafters employing a zero-RB strategy in 2020, but the hype was deflated after the Jags surprisingly cut Leonard Fournette and the Bucs signed him. Although Jones flashed breakaway ability and more often than not looked like the most effective RB on the roster during the regular season, mental errors in the form of fumbles and dropped passes continued to plague him. At one point it looked like he was finally taking on the role Fournette ultimately earned in the playoffs, but then Jones got injured. Jones makes for a risky flier due to his unlikely role in the passing game and his uncertain role in red zone. (
ADP: 3.01 — 6.12
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Born: August 3, 1997, Fort Stewart, GA

More False Mail-In Ballot Claims from Trump

California will send every registered voter in the state a mail-in ballot for the November general election. But President Donald Trump falsely said, on Twitter and at the White House, that the ballots would go to “anyone living in the state, no matter who they are or how they got there” and “people that aren’t citizens.”

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