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KY_EnviroGuy's Journal
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December 7, 2020

Good primer and updates on COVID-19 vaccine development and JAMA links.

From the Journal of the American Medical Association YouTube channel:

Coronavirus Vaccines - An Introduction
•Oct 2, 2020


Leading COVID-19 vaccine candidates rely on new technologies that have fast-tracked development and testing. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna have completed early phase 3 clinical trials and are reportedly under review at the US FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA) although safety surveillance continues. This video explains the principles underlying the leading DNA, messenger RNA (mRNA), and viral vector vaccine candidates, and how they might induce immunity to SARS-CoV-2 infection.

and, more recently - Coronavirus Vaccine Update With Paul Offit
Streamed live on Dec 2, 2020


With the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines reportedly under review at the US FDA for emergency use authorization (EUA), Paul A. Offit, MD of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, returns to JAMA's Q&A series to provide an update on what to expect, prospects for vaccine rollout and distribution in the coming months, and ongoing safety surveillance. Recorded December 2, 2020.

JAMA's YouTube video page: https://www.youtube.com/user/TheJAMANetwork/videos

JAMA's main web site coronavirus page: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Link: https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/pages/coronavirus-alert

Fall 2020 is seeing continued global spread of COVID-19 with uncertainties about the effects of school reopenings on transmission and the prospects for dual COVID-19 and influenza outbreaks heading into colder months. Vaccine trials are heading into phases 2 and 3, and the FDA’s earlier-year reliance on emergency use authorizations (EUAs) under perceived political pressures to deliver pandemic solutions is raising concerns about the integrity of approval processes for vaccines potentially offered to millions of otherwise healthy people.

Browse the JAMA Network COVID-19 collection below, including Q&A's with NIAID's Anthony Fauci, an interactive map of the outbreak courtesy of The Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering, and past publications on vaccine development, infection control, and public health preparedness.

This update video will be cross-posted to the Video & Multimedia Forum.


December 5, 2020

Massive Fire Breaks Out In NYC Destroying Historic East Village Church

Massive Fire Breaks Out In NYC Destroying Historic East Village Church | NBC News
•Dec 5, 2020
NBC News

Video shows Middle Collegiate Church engulfed in flames after a fire broke out in the East Village. The fire initially broke out at a vacant five-story building before spreading to the church.


Sad news anytime but especially near the holidays and during a pandemic. Hoping no one is injured or killed.

December 5, 2020

Ask them how it feels to help pay off tRump's massive debts.....

while they're likely paying off credit card debt, which tRump probably made worse....

At the same time, we're all slowly paying for the national debt.

December 4, 2020

Canine (pronounced can-een) for the rugged man in your life for Christmas.

Olive and Mabel - Scent of a Dog.
•Dec 3, 2020
123K subscribers

So many weird perfume ads on TV at this time of year.

December 3, 2020

Amazing and Hilarious Christmas Light Show! - Christmas Can Can

2013 Light Show
Tom BetGeorge

Featured twice on ABC's Good Morning America - song is "Christmas Can Can" by Straight No Chaser. This is my first year decorating and this is my first sequence ever. I built almost everything from scratch using wood and acrylic. I am a music/teacher director for a living (COVA Conservatory in Oakland and Centerville Presbyterian Church in Fremont), hence the massive instruments! The guitar is 17', the piano is 19' and the drums are standard. About 6,500 channels running around 70,000 lights. Come by and see it in person on the corner of Lafayette and Ruschin in Newark, California! Fair use for educational purposes. Merry Christmas everyone!

See his other light shows here: https://www.youtube.com/c/TomBetGeorge/videos

"Let It Go" (Frozen) Christmas Lights Show 2014 as Seen on Great Christmas Light Fight!

A fellow here in town built one of these back in the 90s and it was fantastic. We pulled up and parked to watch it and we got the music via our car radio.

December 2, 2020

Wolffe: Trump's legacy is the plague of extreme lies. Truth-based media is the vaccine

Trump’s legacy is the plague of extreme lies. Truth-based media is the vaccine
Richard Wolffe
Guardian UK Opinion
Tue 1 Dec 2020

Link: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/dec/01/trumps-legacy-is-the-plague-of-extreme-lies-truth-based-media-is-the-vaccine

We can’t stop the Trumpistas from Trumping. We can’t stop the rest of them from pretending like they were never big Trump fans in the first place. But we can stop them running away from the facts or their record. We can remind them how they failed to stop Trump’s corruption and this murderous pandemic.

We can stop them skewing the political spectrum so far that the Biden team tacks to center ground that is already six steps to the right. We can hold the new White House to its promises at the same time as holding the old Republican party to what used to be its principles.

But this work comes at a price. Back in the late 19th century, the French writer Gustave Le Bon wrote that “the crowd” has never rewarded the truth.

“They turn aside from evidence that is not to their taste, preferring to deify error, if error seduce them,” he wrote. “Whoever can supply them with illusions is easily their master; whoever attempts to destroy their illusions is always their victim.”

You can reward the truth if you want to. It’s one of the best ways to demolish the legacy of the last four years.

Mr. Wolffe provides a good summary of how we got in this mess, along with some suggestions on how to make it better.

Love the quote by Le Bon as it sums up how Faux News and RW talk radio managed to brainwash a sizable portion of our citizens.

KY....... ........
November 30, 2020


December 17, 2020

Link: https://www.janefonda.com/2020/11/screw-it-im-going-to-decorate/

SHOWING OFF MY TREE (beautiful photos of her ornaments)
December , 2020

Link: https://www.janefonda.com/2020/11/showing-off-my-tree/

It may well just be me at Christmas time.
I’ve posted pictures of my Christmas tree over the years. It’s 14 feet tall and plastic. My daughter, Vanessa, persuaded me to stop using real trees about a decade ago and I must admit plastic ones are easier cause the lights are already attached (but I add some red heart-shaped lights). It’s also easy to put up but the decorating part takes 2 days each way…2 days to put up and 2 days to take down and this Holiday I’ll be on my own to do it…with a very tall ladder.

Still, I’m going to do it. I decided today. I’ll start the day after Thanksgiving. I mean, if I’m going to do it I might as well have it up a full month.

My squirrel can see the tree through the window. She’s quite fat now. We’re talking liposuction fat. Should I stop feeding her? There are squirrel experts among you that’s why I’m asking. BTW, when I’m late putting peanuts (in their shells) in her feeder, she comes onto my porch and looks through the window for me.

Most of my time these days is spent writing climate articles and my opening for our weekly virtual Fire Drill Fridays and reading. I read about a book a week. I stop everything around 6pm, watch the Rachel Maddow show and then scroll around for shows to watch. I’ve pretty much scraped the bottom of the barrel watching things I never thought I’d see. I won’t name names. But last night, the new season of “The Crown” started and it’s really good. Also, a multi-parter on Showtime about Ronald Reagan which tells the real story of his rise and the effect he had on American politics. Finally the truth!

I did it myself. It took 2 days. I put the TV music station on a listened to cool jazz. My college music.

I'm sure there's a lot of her family history hanging on that beautiful tree, with tons of memories.

Not religious any more but I do miss those days long ago when my wife (RIP) and both kids were little and the annual ritual of getting all the decorations from our attic, and the days of fun watching it all come together. Some days, getting old just sucks.

November 30, 2020

Looking forward to Mark bringing his scientific expertise to the Senate....

and helping to support NASA.

This has been a long, rough road for Gabby and Mark, but what tough, resilient troopers they are!


November 28, 2020

Good explainer on all the Kraken bullshit: BBC News

The Kraken: What is it and why has Trump's ex-lawyer released it?
By Reality Check team and BBC Monitoring
BBC News

Link: https://www.bbc.com/news/election-us-2020-55090145

The Kraken is a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies. It's also become an internet meme representing a sprawling, unsubstantiated set of claims that purport to outline the case for widespread fraud in the US presidential election.

Pro-Trump groups including QAnon conspiracy theorists have amplified the idea under the hashtag #ReleaseTheKraken, and it's being widely shared by those supporting the legal campaign to challenge the election results.

Lawyer Sidney Powell - who was until recently part of Donald Trump's legal team and is now acting independently - has described the case she was mounting as a "Kraken" that, when released, would destroy the case for Democrat Joe Biden having won the US presidency.

However, once the documents, almost 200 pages of them, were released, it became clear they consisted predominantly of conspiracy theories and unfounded allegations that have already been widely debunked. Some of these claims have already been rejected in court cases, while others - such as accusations that voting machines are part of a plot originating under former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez - are not backed up with any credible evidence. Ms Powell did not respond to a BBC request for comment.

The Kraken is a gigantic sea monster from Scandinavian folklore that rises up from the ocean to devour its enemies. (Getty Images)

Actual reality:

Non-stop ReThuglican bullshit lately can keep one's head spinning and it's a relief to find good summary articles that debunk some of the conspiracy crap constantly flying around us.


November 25, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden delivers a Thanksgiving message to Americans

Biden Delivers Thanksgiving Address
November 25, 2020
NBC News


Soothing liniment for our souls..... .......

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