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  1. Visbek

    Ron Watkins is probably "Q"

    HBO documentary on QAnon interviewed Ron Watkins, where he slipped up and all but admitted (and then immediately denied) that he was posting Q. Ron is the son of the owner of 8chan, and a former admin who quit in December 2020, as well as a conspiracy theorist. Q also stopped posting in December...
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    A bit of good news (3/31)

    - Vaccine hesitancy continues to fall, albeit gradually. It's down to 17% who will "definitely or probably not get vaccinated;" that number was 22% in January. That includes across most of the South. https://www.wsj.com/articles/as-covid-19-vaccinations-ramp-up-hesitancy-wanes-11617096603 -...
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    NY finalizes deal to legalize cannabis

    https://www.nytimes.com/2021/03/25/nyregion/ny-legalize-marijuana.html?action=click&module=Top%20Stories&pgtype=Homepage Final vote is pending, but.... • Allows club-like / lounges for cannabis (but not alcohol) • Individuals can grow up to 6 plants for home use (not sale) starting 6 months...
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    When did racism end in the US?

    Seems like a simple question: When did racism end in America? Please post and indicate what event(s) were the final causal factors. (The poll is private.)
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    NJ: Murphy Signs Law Legalizing Recreational Marijuana

    After all sorts of delays dating back several years, and a state referendum in favor, Murphy signed a law legalizing cannabis. According to WNYC: • Possession up to 6oz legal • Pending charges for possession will be dismissed • Past possession convictions can be expunged • 6+ months until...
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    Armed Mexicans Were Smuggled In to Guard Border Wall, Whistle-Blowers Say

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/07/us/politics/border-wall-mexico.html From the New York Times: Two whistle-blowers have accused contractors building President Trump’s border wall of smuggling armed Mexican security teams into the United States to guard construction sites, even building an...
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    Federal Court Destroys Sidney Powell's "Arguments"

    https://www.courtlistener.com/recap/gov.uscourts.mied.350905/gov.uscourts.mied.350905.39.0.pdf This is the lawsuit that one-time Trump legal team member Sidney Powell has been promising would be “biblical.” Perhaps, plaintiffs should have consulted with Proverbs 14:5, which teaches that “a...
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    Wisconsin Certifies Biden Win

    NYT link: https://www.nytimes.com/live/2020/11/30/us/joe-biden-trump#wisconsin-certifies-bidens-narrow-victory-following-arizona-which-did-so-earlier-today "The chairwoman of the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Monday certified President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. as the winner in Wisconsin...
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    The New York Times Called Officials in Every State: No Evidence of Voter Fraud

    https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/10/us/politics/voting-fraud.html NYT reporters contacted election officials across the US, and almost every one -- Republican and Democrat -- responded by stating there was no evidence of voter fraud. The New York Times contacted the offices of the top election...
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    DNA Evidence Shows Thousands of Cases Traceable To One Superspreader Event

    Original Paper: Phylogenetic analysis of SARS-CoV-2 in the Boston area highlights the role of recurrent importation and superspreading events Articles describing the paper: Thousands of Coronavirus Infections Stemmed from a Biotech Event | The Scientist Magazine(R) and...
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    NYT: Researchers Narrow the Range of ECS

    NYT: How Much Will the Planet Warm if Carbon Dioxide Levels Double? For more than 40 years, scientists have expressed the answer as a range of possible temperature increases, between 1.5 and 4.5 degrees Celsius, that will result from carbon dioxide levels doubling from preindustrial times. Now...
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    Axios: Coronavirus deaths are rising in hotspots

    Well, no big surprise here. While the national trend is still downward, new deaths per day are on the rise in hot spot states like Texas, Florida, and Arizona. It looks like the increases were right on time. Cases started increasing around 6/17, and death rates started to rise around 7/1...
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    Sweden: Less lockdown, more deaths, no economic benefit

    NYT: Sweden Has Become the World’s Cautionary Tale LONDON — Ever since the coronavirus emerged in Europe, Sweden has captured international attention by conducting an unorthodox, open-air experiment. It has allowed the world to examine what happens in a pandemic when a government allows life to...
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    NBER: Protests did not spread coronavrius

    Working Paper link is here: https://www.nber.org/papers/w27408.pdf Sparked by the killing of George Floyd in police custody, the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests have brought a new wave of attention to the issue of inequality within criminal justice. However, many public health officials have...
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    Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs aren’t flooding back

    From Politico: Reopening reality check: Georgia's jobs aren’t flooding back Georgia’s early move to start easing stay-at-home restrictions nearly a month ago has done little to stem the state’s flood of unemployment claims — illustrating how hard it is to bring jobs back while consumers are...
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    PNAS: Asymptomatic spread from normal speaking, especially in confined areas

    Get yer ya-yas -- err, masks -- out. The airborne lifetime of small speech droplets and their potential importance in SARS-CoV-2 transmission NYT article: Coronavirus Infections: Talking Can Generate Droplets That Linger Up to 14 Minutes - The New York Times Speech droplets generated by...
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    NYT: U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported, C.D.C. Data Suggests

    U.S. Coronavirus Death Toll Is Far Higher Than Reported, C.D.C. Data Suggests - The New York Times Total deaths in seven states that have been hard hit by the coronavirus pandemic are nearly 50 percent higher than normal for the five weeks from March 8 through April 11, according to new death...
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    Early studies show obesity is linked to severe COVID-19 cases

    A couple of useful articles from the NYT: Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients Obesity Linked to Severe Coronavirus Disease, Especially for Younger Patients - The New York Times Obesity, with or without other health problems, puts people in the high...
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    NYT: 430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced

    NYT article today: 430,000 People Have Traveled From China to U.S. Since Coronavirus Surfaced Since Chinese officials disclosed the outbreak of a mysterious pneumonialike illness to international health officials on New Year’s Eve, at least 430,000 people have arrived in the United States on...
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    2019 Is 2nd Hottest Year On Record, Hottest Ocean Temps On Record - NOAA / NASA / UAH / RSS Edition

    Surprise! Or, not. NOAA has also confirmed that 2019 is the 2nd hottest year on record, and that the 2010s was the hottest decade on record. 2014 through 2019 are six of the hottest years on record. As a reminder, NOAA tracks both land and ocean temperatures, with a baseline of 1901-2000. 2019...
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