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* Officials Set Up A Mobile Center At A Missouri Fair To Boost Vaccinations. No One Showed Up

* Disney And Walmart Mandate Employees Get Vaccinated To Work

* Minnesota Student Says Teacher Told Her To Hide 'Equity Survey' Questions From Parents

* Bots And Scalpers: Desperate Kiwis Try Everything To Get Into Fortress New Zealand

* 'Generator' Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible Protein

* ' We Have No Vaccines At The Hospital ' Doctor implores Public To Take Covid Precautions 

* Trump Raises $56 Million So Far This Year, More Than Every Other GOPer

* China's Taichan Nuclear Reactor Shut Down For " Maintenance" Amid Fears Of Radiation Leak Cover- Up

* New Questions For Former President Donald Trump Around Taxes And Election

* Israel Approves Booster Shot Reinstates Vaccine 'Green Pass' System

* Mexico is Phasing Out Imports Of Glyphosate And GMO Corn. Supporters Say That Could Reverse Years Of Damage From U.S. Trade Policy

* Bacon May Disappear In California As Pig Rules Take Effect

* Covid Non- Compliers Are Less Open To New Ideas More Extroverted And Driven By Self Interest

California Approves Desalination Plant As Western States Face An Epic Drought

* Experts Warn About Invasive Insect Discovered In Tri- State

* Reps Ocasio- Cortez, Bush, Pressley Slam House Failure To Extend Eviction Moratorium

* African Swine Fever Gets Too Close For Comfort Of U.S. Pork Consumers

* China Floods Brazil Freezes U.S. Dry- Top Exporters Lose Crops As Grains Crisis Accelerates


Officials Set Up A Mobile Center At A Missouri Fair To Boost Vaccinations. No One Showed Up.


Officials at the St. Charles County Health Department in Missouri said they were disappointed after no one showed up to a mobile Covid-19 vaccination center offering vaccines to those attending a local annual fair this week.

The St. Charles County Fair kicked off Tuesday at the Rotary Park in Wentzville, a St. Louis suburb. Attendees had the chance to get the Pfizer/BioNTech or Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Tuesday and Friday between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., according to county health officials.

After spending two days at the fair, workers at the mobile vaccination site did not vaccinate a single person.

"It's disappointing," Nick Kohlberg of the St. Charles County Health Department told NBC affiliate KSDK of St. Louis. Read More 




Disney And Walmart Mandate Vaccines For Employees


Disney and Walmart, two of America’s largest employers, announced Friday that they are requiring employees be vaccinated.

Disney (DIS) is requiring all its salaried and non-union hourly employees in the US to be vaccinated. Workers who are working on-site but are not yet vaccinated must do so within the next 60 days, according to a statement from the company to CNN Business. All new hires must be fully vaccinated before beginning their jobs.

Employees who aren’t already vaccinated and are working on-site will have 60 days to do so; employees still working from home must provide proof of vaccination prior to their return to work. The company also said it has started discussing vaccine mandates with the unions representing its workers. Read More






A student in the Sartell-St. Stephen School District just north of St. Cloud, Minn. is speaking out after the school required grade-school children take an "equity" survey. 

Some students didn't understand some of the survey questions, but were told by a teacher they couldn't repeat the survey questions to their parents, according to a video uploaded by Alphanews.

The survey asked questions that some students didn't understand. Even after hearing an explanation from their teacher, some still couldn't comprehend the survey questions.

But a teacher told the students they couldn't ask their parents for help, according to Haylee Yasgar, a fourth-grader at the time.

"My teacher said that I could not skip any questions even when I didn't understand them," Yasgar said during a school board meeting last week. "One question asked us what gender we identify with. I was very confused along with a lot of other classmates." Read More 



Bots And Scalpers: Desperate Kiwis Try Everything To Get Into Fortress New Zealand


In the age of coronavirus, New Zealand can seem like an idyll: a tightly sealed hermit kingdom, recently rated best place to survive global societal collapse, and one of the last countries in the world to evade incursions from the Delta variant. But the walls of fortress New Zealand aren’t only successful at keeping out Covid-19.

With demand for government-required quarantine greatly exceeding the supply of spaces, desperate New Zealanders are going to enormous lengths – employing bots, coders, and $2000 booking assistants – to try to secure entry to the country. For many, the emotional and psychological toll is enormous.

Profiting from desperation

It is 1.15AM in Dubai, and Alan Rowlands is once again at his computer. The ritual of endlessly refreshing a booking screen in hope of securing a spot in managed isolation has consumed all of his waking moments for the past three weeks. “It’s so demoralizing,” he says. “There’s just nothing.”

Rowlands and his wife are in Dubai. Several weeks ago, his employment contract ended unexpectedly – and with it, his visa. Soon, he will become an illegal overstayer, and on top of having no income, he will face significant fines for his visa violation. Read More 



'Generator' Turns Plastic Trash Into Edible Protein


Two U.S. scientists have won a 1 million euro ($1.18 million) prize for creating a food generator concept that turns plastics into protein.

The 2021 Future Insight Prize went to Ting Lu, a professor of bioengineering at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and Stephen Techtmann, associate professor of biological sciences at Michigan Technological University, for their project. It uses microbes to degrade plastic waste and convert it into food.

The German science and technology company Merck sponsors the prize. Global plastics production totaled 368 million metric tons in 2019. The only decline in the past 60 years came because the COVID-19 pandemic choked production of goods worldwide as factories sputtered and shipping slowed down. Read More 



'We Have No Vacancies At The Hospital': Doctor Implores Public To Take Covid Precautions

Dr. Mark Laperouse, E.R. medical director for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, talks about the dire situation at his hospital, the biggest in Louisiana, which would typically take in overflow patients from surrounding areas but is currently full of Covid patients from its own community.





Trump Raises $56 Million So Far This Year, More Than Every Other GOPer


Even as some party members try to divorce themselves from former President Donald Trump, it’s hard to deny he’s the party’s leader. Trump raised a staggering $56 million online through his political committees, The New York Times reports, despite not being in office. Most of that money was raised through Trump’s joint committee with the Republican National Committee, though Trump raised $21 million for committees he directly oversees. Much of that money was raised through a sketchy recurring donation feature that’s been accused of scamming elderly people into making large donations. The money was collected through WinRed, the party’s preferred fundraising medium, beating every other Republican on the platform. In comparison, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), the next top fundraiser, raised $7.8 million online. Read More 



China's Taishan Nuclear Reactor Shut Down For "Maintenance" Amid Fears Of Radiation Leak Cover-Up


Weeks ago the Chinese government sought to downplay - but also admitted - an incident at Taishan nuclear plant near Hong Kong which involved damage to fuel rods, also amid wider suspicions of a radiation leak, mainly being spotlighted by entities based outside the country - most notably the French company that part owns and assists in operating the site which warned of an "imminent radiological threat".

Now adding to these suspicions of a much more serious incident than what China admitted, Taishan's operator has announced Friday that one of Taishan's reactors has been shut down for "maintenance". The Chinese government had dismissed what it called a "common" problem, citing no need for concern, while the China General Nuclear Power Group (CGN) on Friday issued a statement saying the reactor is "completely under control"Read More 



New Questions For Former President Donald Trump Around Taxes And Election


A House committee releasing handwritten notes that appear to show Trump pressing the justice department to declare the 2020 election "corrupt."



Israel Approves Booster Shot, Reinstates Vaccine ‘Green Pass’ System


JERUSALEM, Israel - Israel began giving booster shots of the coronavirus vaccine to individuals above the age of 60 on Friday.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced the decision on Thursday hours after meeting with health officials.

“The expert committee at the Ministry of Health of Israel officially approved the recommendation of giving a third booster dose of the COVID vaccine to Israeli citizens above the age of 60,” said Bennett.

“The decision was based on considerable research and analysis, as well as the rise in risk of the Delta variant wave. Israel has already vaccinated 2,000 immunosuppressed people with a third dose with no severe adverse events. And now we're rolling out a national third dose campaign. We will share all the information we have with the rest of the global community as we make progress,” he added.  Read More 




Mexico Is Phasing Out Imports Of Glyphosate And GMO Corn. Supporters Say That Could Reverse Years Of Damage From U.S. Trade Policy.


Last month, on her first international trip as Vice President, Kamala Harris offered a blunt message to Mexican and Central American migrants considering “the dangerous trek” to the United States: “Do not come.” Rather than quell waves of migration through punitive measures at the border, she said, the Biden administration would encourage people to remain in their own countries by focusing on programs that provide “hope at home.”  Read More 




Bacon May Disappear In California As Pig Rules Take Effect


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Thanks to a reworked menu and long hours, Jeannie Kim managed to keep her San Francisco restaurant alive during the coronavirus pandemic.

That makes it all the more frustrating that she fears her breakfast-focused diner could be ruined within months by new rules that could make one of her top menu items — bacon — hard to get in California.

“Our number one seller is bacon, eggs and hash browns,” said Kim, who for 15 years has run SAMS American Eatery on the city’s busy Market Street. “It could be devastating for us.”

At the beginning of next year, California will begin enforcing an animal welfare proposition approved overwhelmingly by voters in 2018 that requires more space for breeding pigs, egg-laying chickens and veal calves. National veal and egg producers are optimistic they can meet the new standards, but only 4% of hog operations now comply with the new rules. Unless the courts intervene or the state temporarily allows non-compliant meat to be sold in the state, California will lose almost all of its pork supply, much of which comes from Iowa, and pork producers will face higher costs to regain a key market. Read More 



COVID Non-Compliers Are Less Open to New Ideas, More Extroverted And Driven By Self Interest


When people protested the COVID-19 lockdown in Sydney last week, many were speculating about whether a certain type of person was more likely to be involved. Does science back that up?

A new University of Sydney study assessed people’s behaviours and attitudes towards pandemic regulations in Australia, the UK, the US, and Canada. It found that roughly 10 percent of people were noncompliant.

Those individuals were mostly male, less agreeable (cooperative, considerate), less intellectual as a personality trait (less willing to try new experiences), and more extroverted.

Published in high-ranking journal PLOS ONE, the study also found that these people tended to prioritise freedom and their own self-interest. They also perceived their social culture as tolerant to variation in values and behavior, with greater tolerance for deviance. Contrary to the stereotype, most of them were not young. Read More 



California Approves Desalination Plant As Western States Face An Epic Drought


Environmentalists say desalination decimates ocean life, costs too much money and energy. But as Western states face an epic drought, regulators appear ready to approve a desalination plant in Huntington Beach, California.




Experts Warn About Invasive Insect Discovered In Tri-State


SWITZERLAND COUNTY, In. (WXIX) - An invasive insect has been spotted in the Tri-State, prompting Indiana state officials to warn people about the pest.

For the first time ever, the spotted lanternfly has made its way to Switzerland County, Indiana. A man noticed the insect on a walnut tree in his yard in Vevay, so the state sent out an inspector.

State Entomologist Megan Abraham said they discovered a population of the nuisance pests that had been there for a few years.

She said they typically target trees, and so far, they have been found feeding on more than 100 different species of trees, including oak, maple and fruit trees. 

“They feed in this mass group that can reduce the vigor of the trees that are in our woodlots,” Abraham said. “The worst about them honestly is that they enjoy feeding on grape as well.”

According to Abraham, the lanternfly is cause for concern because it has the power to damage vineyards and negatively impact the forest and logging industry.

“They tend to come in and change the pH of the grapes on the vine, which makes them unusable for making wine any longer, so that’s our biggest concern is for our vineyards,” she said.

The insects are considered a “planthopper,” which means they travel easily. Read More



Reps. Ocasio-Cortez, Bush, Pressley Slam House Failure To Extend Eviction Moratorium


Eviction moratorium extension efforts failing in the House are slammed by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Cori Bush, and Rep. Ayanna Pressley on The ReidOut. Ocasio-Cortez tells us, ‘When we have a Democratic majority that is capable of passing legislation, we cannot hide behind the Republican Party in the lack of ability to extend the eviction moratorium.’





African Swine Fever Gets Too Close For Comfort Of U.S. Pork Consumers


The USDA’s confirmation that African Swine Fever (ASF) has turned up in the Dominican Republic changes the metrics for pork consumers in the United States.

Classical Swine Fever was in the Dominican Republic almost 40 years ago, but ASF changes things. North America is no longer free of the virus that’s been sweeping the globe, and only 800 miles separate U.S. swine from the disease.

What isn’t changing is the prohibition on exporting Dominican pork to the United States. The ban on Dominican pork exports to the United States exists because of the country’s history with swine fever.

Classic swine fever swept through the Dominican Republic between 1978 and 1980 when the country’s pork farmers destroyed 192,000 pigs in 374 locations with the virus. Read More 




China Floods, Brazil Freezes, US Dry - Top Exporters Lose Crops as Grains Crisis Accelerates


As Brazil gets hit repeatedly by unusually low temperatures, destroying crops, the flooding in China, including Henan province -- which accounts for 10% of their grains production -- has damaged wheat, infrastructure, and thousands of large hog farms. All hopes are on US, which is also having its own issues. This signals a huge red flag for worldwide production as these are the #1/2/3 producers/exporters of many grains. In fact, Brazil has started importing!

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