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To: Les H who wrote (28032)10/17/2021 11:06:55 AM
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COVID vaccines cut the risk of transmitting Delta — but not for long
People who receive two COVID-19 jabs and later contract the Delta variant are less likely to infect their close contacts than are unvaccinated people with Delta.

nature.com

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To: Les H who wrote (28034)10/17/2021 11:50:20 AM
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Clinton released from hospital after treatment for UTI/sepsis

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From: Les H10/17/2021 6:08:07 PM
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Another bombing at a Shiite mosque in Afghanistan by ISIS-K

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To: Don Green who wrote (28033)10/17/2021 6:58:38 PM
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Reddit forum with stories of anti-vaxxers dying scares skeptics into getting Covid shot
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To: Don Green who wrote (28037)10/17/2021 8:20:04 PM
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The aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt moored at Naval Base Guam last May after being forced to port due to a COVID-19 outbreak that infected around one-quarter of the vessel's 4,800 crew. Photo: U.S. NAVY/AFP
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To: Don Green who wrote (28038)10/18/2021 8:28:20 AM
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3 Environmental Doomsday Myths, DebunkedClimate change is real, but it’s not the end of the world.
Jack ElbaumSunday, October 17, 2021

For many, thinking about the future of our planet is terrifying. According to a global survey reported by the BBC, 56 percent of young people believe that humanity is doomed because of climate change and 45 percent say that their anxiety about the climate affects their daily lives. Here in the US, the story is much the same; three-quarters of Americans believe that climate change will result in the extinction of man, and one in five millennials believe that that extinction will occur within their lifetime.

A college student recently wrote the following in a campus newspaper about her climate anxiety:

I stay up into the early hours of the morning, Googling some variation of “Is there hope for climate change,” and “Biden climate change plan good?” (...) I fret over every piece of waste I encounter, wondering whether I should trash it or wash it and hope it qualifies for the recycling bin. What if I wash the aluminum foil I heated leftover lasagna on, does it become recyclable then? The anxiety is crippling.

Many young people clearly are suffering intense climate anxiety. And who can blame them? Because so much of the information they consume on the issue — both from the news media and social media — is apocalyptic in nature, this is an inevitable outcome.

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From: Don Green10/18/2021 8:32:39 AM
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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell dies of COVID-19 complications aged 84

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To: Don Green who wrote (28040)10/18/2021 9:47:24 AM
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The Evergrande crisis is spreading and slowing the Chinese economy sharply, UBS and Barclays warn

The Evergrande crisis is weighing on Chinese property investment and dragging the economy down, UBS and Barclays said.Both banks slashed their 2021 Chinese GDP forecasts, saying the energy crunch would also knock growth.China's economy is unusually reliant on property investment for growth, making Evergrande a big worry.The ongoing crisis at the property developer Evergrande is infecting the broader Chinese economy, according to UBS and Barclays, who warned that growth will be much lower than previously expected in 2021.

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To: Don Green who wrote (28041)10/18/2021 10:02:43 AM
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Former 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett Finally Heads To Trial Over Alleged 2019 Hate Crime

Disgraced Empire actor Jussie Smollett claimed he was the victim of a Chicago hate crime in 2019 but as the police investigation progressed, detectives soon discovered holes in his story. Consequently, Smollett was arrested in February 2019 for felony disorderly conduct after turning himself in to the authorities.

Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett staged the attack because “he was dissatisfied with his salary.”

“I’m left hanging my head and asking why,” Johnson told reporters at the time. “Why would anyone, especially an African-American man, use the symbolism of a noose to make false accusations? How could someone look at the hatred and suffering associated with that symbol.

“How can an individual who has been embraced by the city of Chicago turn around and slap everyone in this city by making this false claim? Bogus police reports cause real harm.”

Smollett was hit with 16 felony charges in March 2019 in relation to the allegedly fabricated attack. All charges were inexplicably dropped just weeks later, sending shockwaves through the Chicago Police Department. In addition to all of the legal drama, Smollett wasn’t allowed to return to Empire for Season 6, which director Lee Daniels made abundantly clear while replying to a Variety article stating otherwise.

In February 2020, Smollett appeared before Judge James Linn and entered a not guilty plea on six new disorderly conduct charges following his indictment.

As the office of Special Prosecutor Dan Webb explained, “A Cook County grand jury returned a six-count indictment charging Jussie Smollett with making four separate false reports to Chicago Police Department officers related to his false claims that he was the victim of a hate crime, knowing that he was not the victim of a crime.”

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To: Don Green who wrote (28042)10/19/2021 8:38:50 AM
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SEC debunks conspiracy theories about meme stock mania

Photo: Alessia Pierdomenico/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The SEC issued its long-awaited report on the meme stock mania, which downplayed the narrative that a "short squeeze" was the primary driver behind GameStop's historic stock moves — and shot down conspiracy theories about the event.

Why it matters: The postmortem was highly anticipated, largely because of what it could hint about what the regulator thinks should be done in wake of the saga. But the report stopped short of specific policy recommendations.

Details: The 45-page report threw cold water on theories that bubbled up online to explain trading activity in GameStop.

For instance, SEC staff found no evidence of hedge funds “naked shorting,” i.e. short-selling shares that hadn't been borrowed, as some online posters claimed.It also ruled out the possibility that players like Citadel Securities were snapping up GameStop stock to hedge against the call options they were themselves writing.Worth noting: The SEC said hedge funds covering their short positions — which pushes prices higher — wasn’t the main factor behind GameStop’s prolonged share price surge. Instead, the agency blamed excitement around the stock.

What they're saying: "[I]t was the positive sentiment, not [hedge funds] buying-to-cover, that sustained the weeks-long price appreciation of GameStop stock," the report says.

What to watch: The report didn't recommend specific policy changes, but said certain areas were ripe "for potential study and further consideration," like short-selling disclosures, and payment for order flow — all issues SEC Chair Gary Gensler previously flagged in appearances before Congress.

The report took aim at gamification in mobile trading apps: "Consideration should be given to whether gamelike features and celebratory animations ... intended to create positive feedback from trading lead investors to trade more than they would otherwise."Between the lines: The report leaves other questions about the saga unanswered, like how the brokerages decided they would restrict trading in GameStop and other meme stocks — and if hedge funds played any role (the hedge funds say they didn't).

It also doesn't address activity on Reddit message boards, and whether “bad actors manipulated social media to whip up positive sentiment,” as Reuters notes.

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