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City hosting Trump rally in Alabama declares COVID-19 emergency

Cullman, Ala., on Thursday declared a COVID-19-related state of emergency ahead of a scheduled Alabama GOP rally featuring former President Trump on Saturday as Alabama struggles with a surge in new infections and a shortage of hospital beds.

The state of emergency declaration allows the city to provide additional resources for the rally, a request that was made by the chief operating office of Cullman Regional Medical Center, which is experiencing overcrowding amid a spike in coronavirus-related hospitalizations.

Alabama saw 3,890 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, with a seven-day moving average of about 3,000 new infections…

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With Delta surging, America is dangerously divided over vaccines

HEFLIN, Ala. — Peyton Thetford straddles two Americas.
Inside the intensive care unit at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, the 27-year-old nurse has witnessed a dramatic uptick in new COVID-19 patients struggling to breathe. But after grueling 12-hour shifts — moving patients from their backs to their stomachs and then turning them onto their sides every two hours to keep their oxygen levels up — he leaves the hospital and sees hardly anyone wearing masks or practicing social distancing.

“It’s kind of like the movie ‘Groundhog Day,’ where you wake up and everything’s the exact same and you can’t do anything to change it,” he said. “You’re just coming to work and watching people die.”

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For many, the belated realization that Covid will be ‘a long war’ sparks anger and denial

In May, when the CDC said fully vaccinated people could ditch masks and social distancing, it seemed to signal a return to normalcy. But epidemiologists cautioned at the time that the move wasn’t likely to be permanent, and shouldn’t be interpreted as the end of Covid-19 as a daily concern. Colder weather or a right hook in the virus’s evolution could bring restrictions right back.

Still, Americans seem shocked by the recent turn of events. Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised everyone — even those who’ve gotten Covid-19 shots — to go back to indoor masking, a decision driven by new data showing the hyper-contagious Delta variant colonizes the nose and throat of some vaccinated people just as well as the unvaccinated, meaning they may just as easily spread this new version of the virus, while stilling being protected against the worst manifestations of the disease.

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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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Pelosi calls McCarthy ‘a moron’ for his mask mandate criticism

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy a “moron” after being asked by a reporter about his criticism of the Capitol physician’s mask mandate in the House, another sign of the souring relationship between the two House party leaders.

“He’s such a moron,” Pelosi, a California Democrat, said while getting into her SUV outside the Capitol, when asked about the House minority leader.

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Washington opens training camp with NFL’s lowest player vaccination rate. ‘I’m beyond frustrated,’ coach says.

As the Washington Football Team opens training camp, the big question coach Ron Rivera faced was why his team, which was No. 1 in preventing COVID infections last year, is now last in the league in vaccination rate.

According to the Washington Post, just 60% of players have received at least one dose, three points lower than the second-worst team, Indianapolis, and well below the league average of 84%.

Last year at this time, Rivera made a personal plea to the team after he was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer, and doctors warned him of the potential dangers if he contracted the virus.

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Arizona ER Doctor Visibly Stunned By Video Of Trump Rally: ‘Dangerous And Stupid’

An emergency room doctor described the behavior of the people who attended a crowded, indoor rally for former President Donald Trump as extremely dangerous and stupid amid soaring COVID-19 case rates in the area.
“If you make a dumb decision about your own health, on one level you could say, ‘Well, it’s your life,’” said Dr. Murtaza Akhter, who works on the COVID-19 frontline with Valleywise Health in Phoenix. “But when it’s infectious disease that’s this contagious and affects so many people, you’re not just affecting yourself, you’re affecting everybody around you.”

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COVID-19 Vaccines Work. Here’s the Real-World Proof

It’s one thing to test a vaccine, and another to see it in action in the real world. More than two months after the first vaccines were authorized in the U.K. and U.S., strong data have emerged showing that the shots are doing what they are supposed to do: protect people from COVID-19.

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The Rock Just Shared a Look at His Black Adam Chest and Triceps Workout

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is one of the busiest guys in Hollywood right now, dropping his own line of workout shoes, executive-producing a TV show based on his life, and of course, pursuing ever greater heights in his movie career. Johnson’s next big movie, the DC superhero flick Black Adam, is both a tentpole movie and a passion project for him; when he first announced he had been cast as the lead, he spoke about how much it meant to be playing the character.

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How to Keep WFH From Messing Up Your Back

Naimish Baxi, M.D., 37, a physiatrist specializing in spine and sports care, has seen an uptick in back pain thanks to pandemic home-office hunching, excess couch time, and overzealous home workouts. Even this assistant professor at Weil Cornell Medical College and physiatrist at New York’s Hospital for Special Surgery, has to remind himself to sit right and to lift right. Here’s what he does to keep his back in line:

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Psychedelics: The scientific renaissance of mind-altering drugs | Sam Harris, Michael Pollan & more

There is a stigma surrounding psychedelic drugs that some scientists and researchers argue is undeserved. Several experiments over the past decades have shown that, when used correctly, drugs like psilocybin and LSD can have positive effects on the lives of those take them. How they work is not completely understood, but the empirical evidence shows promise in the fields of curbing depression, anxiety, obsession, and even addiction to other substances.

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16 Holiday Movies To Watch When You’re Just So Horny

The holidays won’t be the same this year — that’s a given. But there are a few beloved traditions we can still take part in, like snuggling up in front of the TV to watch our favorite holiday movie… and then immediately retreating to our bedroom to flick it or hook-up because we’re feeling so damn full of holiday cheer.

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Lyft to offer 60 million free and discounted rides to vaccination sites

Lyft announced it would provide 60 million rides to and from vaccination sites for low-income, uninsured and at-risk communities as vaccines roll out.

The ride-hailing company partnered with JPMorgan Chase, Anthem Inc., United Way, Epic, Centene Corporation, Modern Health, One Medical, National Hispanic Council on Aging, National Asian Pacific Center on Aging and others to help with the efforts in the coming weeks.

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Kenny Golladay Fantasy Football Outlook (2021) (7/7) Advice: There’s a lot of hype right now surrounding Kenny Golladay and it’s easy to understand why that’s the case. He’s an incredibly talented receiver and he just signed a massive contract with the New York Giants in free agency. However, once you sit down and really assess the situation around him, it’s difficult to get too excited. Golladay now joins an absolutely crowded offense with a lot of mouths to feed, which instantly puts a cap on his projected ceiling. With Saquon Barkley, Darius Slayton, Sterling Shepard, Kadarius Toney, Evan Engram, Kyle Rudolph, and Devontae Booker all in the mix for targets, Golladay is going to have to be ultra efficient with his opportunity to make an impact for fantasy football. In my opinion, Golladay is more of a low-end WR2 than anything else. You’re buying into Daniel Jones taking a massive step forward if you trust Golladay as anything more than that. My Very Early Projection: 64-1087-7 (FantasyPros.com)
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Pennsylvania Postal Worker Waffles on Election Fraud Claim

A postal worker in Erie, Pennsylvania, claimed that his superiors were backdating postmarks on ballots, then told federal investigators that he didn’t actually know that — and then went back to his original position. Despite the flimsiness of the claim, President Donald Trump and his supporters have used it in their effort to blame widespread election fraud for his electoral defeat.

The Trump Admin Prepares for Their Nonexistent Second Term

The White House continues on as if the election didn’t happen, Donald Trump hasn’t been seen in public since the race was called, and with the Trump campaign’s lawsuits being thrown out around the country, Republicans turn to the public to find evidence of voter fraud. #DailyShow #TrevorNoah #Trump

INSIDE THE WORLD’S LARGEST VINTAGE ROLEX COLLECTION

Stroll through London’s famed Burlington Arcade in the heart of Mayfair, an enclosed array of exclusive shops that has catered to well-dressed gentlemen for over 200 years, and one’s eye cannot help but be drawn to the extraordinary display of watches at the far end—thousands of rare Rolexes, each seemingly more valuable than the next. This is The Vintage Watch Company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, a mecca for Rolex collectors, who include some of the most stylish men on the planet.

Jimmy Kimmel: Trump’s ‘minions are working hard right now to poison the well’

The national embarrassment Jimmy Kimmel has termed “Squattergate” – Donald Trump’s refusal to acknowledge Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election and facilitate the transition of power – sputtered along on Tuesday evening, the day before the deadline for the Trump campaign to request a recount in Wisconsin. The recount for a state Biden won by over 20,000 votes would cost the Trump campaign $8m, “which is why he’s asking his supporters for $16m – a little walking around money on the side,” Kimmel joked.

“The only way Wisconsin is getting $8m from Donald Trump is if it has sex with him 63 times.”

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Rankings – Top Rookie Wide Receivers of 2021 [Pre-Draft]

We’re still a few weeks away from full-on NFL Draft season, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t start thinking about our dynasty fantasy football teams with NFL free agency kicking off in less than a month.

I broke down my top-five list at the wide receiver position in January, but it’s time to dig a little deeper. For those looking to go beyond even what we’ll cover here, PFF’s 2021 NFL Draft Guide has you covered — the current iteration breaks down the top 200 college prospects, and it will be updated throughout the offseason leading up to the NFL Draft in April.

For now, let’s dig into the top 15 wide receivers for dynasty fantasy football leagues in 2021. These rankings will certainly be affected by players’ landing spots, but it’s a place to start for those who might be trading rookie draft picks in the dynasty offseason.

QAnon’s corrosive impact on the U.S.

Tens of millions of Americans believe QAnon’s core — and false — theory that an evil cabal of Satan-worshipping elites commits atrocities against children and controls much of the world. Where does this movement stand and who has it impacted? Lesley Stahl reports.

SMOKE: The Rise Of Cannabis & Its Integration In Hip Hop Culture

Cannabis has a long history with the Black community and hip hop culture. Watch BET’s full documentary, “Smoke: Marijuana and Black America,” to learn about the rise of cannabis use into the mainstream culture and hip hop, its effects on the Black community, and how legalization has affected the cannabis industry.

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Trump attacks your family? Your wife? Your mom? No big deal in today’s GOP.

On Jan. 6, supporters of Donald Trump broke into the Capitol in an effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election. While doing so, some of them chanted “Hang Mike Pence,” citing the vice president whose support for their plot was deemed insufficient. They got dangerously close to being able to make good on that threat.
As they were marauding through the Capitol, Trump offered his first thoughts on the siege. He took to Twitter not to call off the dogs, but to attack Pence. It’s a tweet that, we’ve come to find out, came despite Trump apparently having been apprised of the danger Pence and others faced.
Despite all of this, Pence’s brother, Rep. Greg Pence (R-Ind.), on Wednesday voted against a bipartisan commission to look into what transpired that day.

Rams QB Jared Goff undergoes thumb surgery; aims for playoff return

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Jared Goff is hoping to be back for the playoffs, but his team will have to get there first without him.
Goff underwent surgery on his broken and dislocated right thumb on Monday and is hoping he can return for the postseason, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported.

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The Trump campaign’s ‘Four Seasons’ landscaping fixation went deeper than you know

For those watching it in real time, there were two questions that lingered in the air on the sun-drenched day in early November that Rudy Giuliani held a quickly arranged press conference in front of Four Seasons Total Landscaping.

The first was: Just how far was the then-president’s lawyer willing to go to push his election fraud conspiracies? The second was: Why the hell did Giuliani choose this place?

Maximizing Cannabis Yields with Dr Bruce Bugbee

Dr. Bruce Bugbee gives a game-changing master class for cannabis growers on optimizing cardinal growth parameters to maximize yields (see below for time-stamps of topics). In the video he gives very specific recommendations for light levels, photo-periods, temperature, media, nutrients, humidity, and more. Bruce is a world-renowned professor and researcher at Utah State University’s Crop Physiology Lab, an ASA Fellow, president of Apogee Instruments, and is known for his extensive work with NASA plant growth systems. Bruce’s lab at USU received a license to research medical hemp in 2018 and has been conducting high-level research on strains and optimal cultivation methods to maximize CBD yields in hemp flower buds.

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Washington Football Team’s addition of QB Ryan Fitzpatrick could spell a career year for WR Terry McLaurin

Few wide receivers have been dealt a tougher hand than Terry McLaurin during his first two seasons in the league, but that could all change thanks to the free-agency acquisition of quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick.

The veteran signal-caller agreed to terms with the Washington Football Team on a one-year deal worth $10 million, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Monday. He will enter training camp as the presumptive Week 1 starter, with competition from Taylor Heinicke and Kyle Allen.

Taylor, T. – Hou (QB)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Tyrod Taylor, QB, Houston Texans (6/23) Advice: The only way Tyrod Taylor will garner attention from Fantasy managers is if Deshaun Watson misses playing time in 2021. The Texans’ new veteran backup is insurance for Watson, but really shouldn’t get counted on for much else. He has 13 passing touchdowns in his last 16 starts going back four seasons. Only desperate drafters in two-QB leagues should consider Taylor with a late-rounder. (CBSSports.com)

The Best Restaurants In Puerto Rico, 2021

Thanks to its inventive and visionary chefs, myriad cultural influences, and an incredible natural bounty, the food in Puerto Rico is as exciting and diverse as the island itself. In fact, there’s so much good food here that anyone who settles for mediocre resort fare instead of sampling the island’s incredible culinary offerings should not be allowed on to an airplane to leave until they do. Whether you’re after homestyle comida criolla, fresh-off-the-boat seafood, something elegant paired with a beautiful French wine or boundary-pushing gastronomy, there’s a restaurant in Puerto Rico to suit your taste, mood, or price point. Here are a few of our favorites.

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.

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China’s Greenland Ambitions Run Into Local Politics, U.S. Influence

China’s ambitions to develop a massive rare-earth mine has run into a maelstrom of local politics in a part of the world the U.S. considers vital to its national security interests.

The U.S., China and the European Union have been circling Greenland in recent years as they jockey for influence in a region undergoing transformation as a result of climate change. Warming temperatures and melting ice have opened up the possibility of new shipping routes in the Arctic Sea as well as resource extraction.

Goedert, D. – Phi (TE)

2021 fantasy player outlook for Dallas Goedert, TE, Philadelphia Eagles (6/23) Advice: Dallas Goedert is expected to be the No. 1 tight end for the Eagles this season, and he has the chance to be a top-five Fantasy tight end in that role. Philadelphia doesn’t have the most dynamic receiving corps, and Goedert could easily lead the team in targets. Zach Ertz is expected to be off the roster, and Goedert should be the focal point of the passing game for quarterback Jalen Hurts. Goedert was a top-10 PPR tight end in 2019 when Ertz was on the roster, and we saw Goedert have some big games in 2020 when he was healthy, scoring at least 11 PPR points in three of his final six games. Goedert is worth drafting with a mid-round pick in all leagues. (CBSSports.com)
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The Best Wine Bars in Palm Springs/Palm Desert

If you’re living in the desert or heading there for a short trip stop into one of these wine bars. They’re the perfect spot to catch up with friends, meet new ones, or just ponder your thoughts over a few sips of the perfect wine.

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