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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The document — a slide presentation — outlines unpublished data that shows fully vaccinated people might spread the Delta variant at the same rate as unvaccinated people.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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Officers give emotional testimony at Capitol riot select committee hearing

The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot held its first hearing on Tuesday, with emotional testimony from four law enforcement officers who defended the building that day. The officers spoke — at times angrily — about the physical and psychological injuries they sustained and gave a rare, first-hand look at the types of attacks they and their fellow officers suffered.

The officers are among the few who have told their stories in the press, and Tuesday marked the first time they appeared together to give official testimony.

Donald Trump won’t let his election fight go. Democrats shouldn’t let him

Over the weekend, Donald Trump held a huge indoor rally in Arizona, called “Rally to Protect Our Elections,” which in all likelihood will end up being a super-spreader event since so many of his followers are anti-vaccine and anti-mask. They showed up in great numbers, dressed in their flamboyant MAGA gear, excited and thrilled to be in the presence of their leader.


For video game fans looking for a fast-loading new console, it’s truly the most wonderful time of the year. That’s because Sony recently unveiled the long-awaited Playstation 5—just days after Microsoft launched the equally buzzed-about Xbox One Series X and S. It’s a veritable clash of the console titans, and both figure to rack up huge sales numbers heading into the holidays.

Tipsy Pig II Bar & Grill

The service Is excellent and so is the food! You can’t beat the quality and price! They get everything out to us so fast and efficiently. With covid going on they really know how to adapt to change and they make sure we are safe by keeping within safety guidelines. 10/10 recommend this location. This has definitely become my new regular spot.

What Mike Fanone Can’t Forget

Mike Fanone—wiry, bearded, his arms and neck covered in tattoos—nursed a Modelo at the bar and took it all in again. It had been four months since the day Fanone nearly died defending the Capitol—the day a self-described redneck cop who voted for Donald Trump was beaten unconscious by a mob waving Thin Blue Line flags and chanting “U.S.A.” The day Fanone, a narcotics officer with the D.C. metropolitan police department (MPD) who’d planned to spend his evening shift buying heroin undercover, voluntarily rushed to defend the seat of American democracy and wound up in hand-to-hand combat with a horde hellbent on unstealing the election. The day Fanone was dragged down the Capitol’s marble stairs, beaten with pipes and poles, tear-gassed and stun-gunned. The day he pleaded for his life as they threatened to shoot him with his own gun, telling the rioters he had kids, until they relented and spared him.

Rankings – Top Rookie Quarterbacks of 2021 [Pre-Draft]

The NFL offseason is nearly upon us. While others focus on free agency and how NFL teams might find ways to improve via deals big and small, I’m looking ahead to the NFL draft and what it has to offer in terms of dynasty fantasy football talent for 2021 and beyond.

Throughout draft szn, I’ll be delivering top-five lists at every fantasy position in order to keep tabs on the top dynasty prospects on the horizon. For those looking to dig deeper, PFF’s 2021 NFL Draft Guide is a crucial resource, currently breaking down the top 150 college prospects. It will be updated throughout the offseason leading up to the NFL Draft in April.

Custom Beachfront Home – Island Living at its Best

Was a wonderful place to stay for our family vacation. Did not want to leave. Terri was so thoughtful from top to bottom. We had towels, shampoo, conditioners, body wash prepared for us. Even coffee pods! Even laundry detergent!

Trump Jr.’s False Noncitizen Voting Tweet

Amid a contentious Florida recount, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a six-year-old, and outdated, story to suggest hundreds of thousands of noncitizens could have voted in the state. The story includes an update saying just 85 noncitizens were ultimately removed from the state’s voter rolls in 2012.

Lulumahu Falls

This hike is hands down in my top 3 hikes on Oahu. It is a very easy beautiful hike. Once you enter the best and easiest route to go on is taking a right into the bamboo forest and following the road path way all the way to the end and going into the pathway, follow the colored tape!

I love this hike because it leads to an amazing waterfall that is absolutely beautiful! Its about a 2 hr hike there and back if yo dont stop to take any photos, but who wouldnt take photos of themselves in front of a 30-50 foot waterfall! Just make sure you always follow the colored tapes! there are so many trails, you could be going on a different path.

Woods, R. – LAR (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Robert Woods, WR, Los Angeles Rams (6/23) Advice: Robert Woods’ past three seasons provide enough evidence that he’ll have a shot at very good stats now that Matthew Stafford will plug into the Rams offense. Routinely settling in as a middle-of-the pack No. 2 receiver in PPR, Woods has averaged at least 8.1 targets per game since 2018 and been the Rams’ leader or near-leader in air yards each year. Getting Stafford is a definite upgrade — Jared Goff became a liability thanks in part to an average completion depth in 2020 of just 4.9 yards. Stafford, meanwhile, has helped push at least one teammate into the top 12 in air yards in each of the past three years. He’s a far more aggressive downfield thrower, something the Rams figure to lean on. That’s good news for Woods. At worst, pencil him in as a No. 2 receiver who should average close to 15 PPR points per game (just as he’s done for the past three seasons), but keep in mind that the quarterback change could kick his stats up a notch. Round 4 isn’t too early to take Woods in PPR, whereas he shouldn’t get touched until early Round 5 in non-PPR. (
ADP: 2.12 — 5.08
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Born: April 10, 1992, Gardena, CA

Hardman, M. – KC (WR)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Mecole Hardman, WR, Kansas City Chiefs (6/23) Advice: Is this the year Mecole Hardman breaks out for Fantasy managers? Replacing Sammy Watkins as the Chiefs’ No. 2 receiver is something he’ll compete for in training camp, but through two seasons he has nine games with 10-plus PPR points and four outings with over 70 yards. Obviously a bump in targets from the 3.9 per game he had last season would help — Watkins had 5.5 per game in 2020. A strong training camp along with clear signs he’s playing ahead of Demarcus Robinson and Byron Pringle would give Hardman some value after pick No. 100 on Draft Day. His value rises if special-teams yardage counts since he’s been the Chiefs’ primary punt returner and dabbles in kick returns. He’s also worth sneaking onto rosters as a quasi-handcuff for Tyreek Hill since he’d theoretically replace him in the Chiefs offense if Hill missed time. (
ADP: 9.01 — 15.12
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Born: March 12, 1998, Bowman, GA

Trump Tweets Conspiracy Theory About Deleted Votes

In a tweet, President Donald Trump on Nov. 12 pushed the baseless theory that voting systems deleted millions of votes for him and switched thousands of votes cast for him to his Democratic rival, President-elect Joe Biden.

Thielen, A. – Min (WR)

Adam Thielen 2021 Outlook: Passing The Torch Yet Still Scoring Touchdowns (5/14) Advice: Over the final month of 2020, Thielen averaged just 51 receiving yards per game, while Jefferson averaged 90 receiving yards per game. Thielen is also turning 31 before Week 1, so there’s always a risk he could begin to lose a step. Nevertheless, Thielen is a top-15 WR who should be drafted within the first 50-60 picks since he could have 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this year, but do not be surprised if his fantasy value drops and Jefferson’s soars, either. (
ADP: 3.01 — 6.01
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Born: August 22, 1990, Detroit Lakes, MN

The Best Things To Do In Palm Springs/Palm Desert, 2021

If you’re going to be in the Palm Springs/Palm Desert area you may be looking for something to do. We spent hours reading over reviews on Yelp so you don’t have to. We limited our selection mostly to results with at least 4.5 star ratings, with few exceptions — and here’s who we picked to be the best of 2021.

Byodo-In Temple

The wanderlust itch is real! 2020 has been wild and not being able to travel has been driving me insane! The desire to travel has been stronger than ever. Thankfully, one of my favorite things about living in Hawaii (besides the food) is the unique blend of cultures that can be seen everywhere!

Final 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

Final 2021 NFL Offensive Line Rankings

The Dallas Cowboys head into the 2021 NFL playoffs with the single best offensive line in the game this season, according to PFF’s data. In fact, the top five offensive lines in the NFL will all be playing in the postseason, with the first team to miss out being the Washington Football Team.

January 2022 Cover | Eliza Rose Watson

January 2022 Cover

Check out our January 2022 Cover Girl, Eliza Rose. She is an absolutely stunning definition of beauty. She’s from the UK — and she loves to workout.

Sea Breeze Homes 2 homes, Views of Beautiful Bay, AC

The property is excellent in all ways. The Pham sisters are great hosts and can’t do enough for those staying here. Everything about this property was exactly as we had invisioned. Hats off to everyone responsible for this property.

The 6 big questions we may now get answered on Donald Trump’s taxes

We’re going to see Donald Trump’s taxes. Or, to be totally clear about it, we are very likely to see the former president’s taxes — following a Friday ruling by the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel’s office that said that the returns must be turned over to Congress.

“The Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee has invoked sufficient reasons for requesting the former President’s tax information,” read the opinion, which is the latest development in a two-year fight between the Trump administration and House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal over the billionaire businessman’s tax returns.

Biden introduces top national security team

President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke Tuesday at an event introducing the incoming administration’s top national security officials, where he told the story of his stepfather being the only one of 900 children at his school in Poland to survive the Holocaust.

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