Thought for the day

"The tendency has always been strong to believe that whatever received a name must be an entity or being, having an independent existence of its own. And if no real entity answering to the name could be found, men did not for that reason suppose that none existed, but imagined that." -- John Stuart Mill

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Investigators with the Ottawa Police Service’s professional standards unit allege Const. Helen Grus committed discreditable conduct when she took on a private investigative project to find the vaccination status of parents whose infants or children had died.

Chile’s National Geology and Mining Service, Sernageomin, ordered a temporary suspension of activities at Lundin Mining’s (TSX: LUN) Alcaparrosa mine following the opening of a giant sinkhole above the underground operation.

The sinkhole, which emerged on July 30, is 50 meters in diameter and 200 meters deep.

George Hunt was present at the ‘Fourth World Wilderness Congress’ in 1987 and noticed that it had very little to do with the conventional environment movement and was surprised to see people like Maurice Strong, Edmund de Rothschild (Pilgrims Society), David Rockefeller (Pilgrims Society), and James A. Baker (Pilgrims Society; Cap & Gown; trustee American Institute for Contemporary German Studies; Atlantic Council of the United States; National Security Planning Group; Bohemian Grove; CFR; Carlyle; advisor George W. Bush in his 2000 election).

President Joe Biden has tapped a FEMA official to lead his administration’s monkeypox response team amid states of emergency across the country. On Tuesday, the White House named regional coordinator Robert Fenton as the response team’s coordinator and CDC official Dr. Demetre Daskalakis as deputy coordinator.

On Thursday, the CDC made national headlines for rolling back recommendations that individuals who come into contact with a COVID-19-positive person enter into quarantine. This, along with keeping a six-foot distance from others, is no longer necessary, according to the health agency.

In making these amendments, the CDC explained how time and different societal changes led to new guidelines. Thus far, it’s estimated that 95% of people who are at least 16 years old have certain immunity from this virus.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won't change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days.

Update (1000ET): The water level on the Rhine River at Kaub, Germany, has fallen to a critical 40 centimeters (15.7 inches). It becomes uneconomical for barges to transit Europe's most important inland waterway at this level. 

"Sorry you guys had to miss your grandmother's funeral, but at least you don't have to quarantine anymore!" 

That may as well have been the message that the CDC put out on Thursday, conceding after years of micromanaging a "crisis" that those who are exposed to Covid no longer need to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status, something which would have gotten you banned on all social networks in a millisecond if you dared to tweet just a little over a year ago. 

Bypassing normal clinical trial guidance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday expanded the Emergency Use Authorization for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to allow for an alternative method of injection and for “high-risk” children under 18 to get the vaccine.