From The Guardian: Small farms vanish every day in America’s dairyland: ‘There ain’t no future in dairy’ https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/21/small-farms-vanish-every-day-in-americas-dairyland-there-aint-no-future-in-dairy
The Guardian reports about vaccine misinformation: ‘A systemic failure’: vaccine misinformation remains rampant on Facebook, experts say. https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2021/jul/21/facebook-misinformation-vaccines
A dozen people are responsible for most vaccine misinformation. The “disinformation dozen” have a combined following of 59 million people across multiple social media platforms. The Guardian has a short story about this: Majority of COVID misinformation came from 12 people, report finds. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jul/17/covid-misinformation-conspiracy-theories-ccdh-report
The Guardian and Food and Water Watch have investigated grocery store items, and found that four or five firms dominate the market for many of the items.
Read the investigation here: The illusion of choice: five stats that expose America’s food monopoly crisis. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/jul/18/america-food-monopoly-crisis-grocery-stores?utm_term=d5e2598366af41470835fe08d7eae58c
COVID-19 cases are rising again in the United States, about tripling in terms of new cases per day, as the delta variant takes hold and vaccinations slow down.
The Washington Post had this story on Friday, July 16, 2021: Delta variant takes hold in U.S. as coronavirus cases rise nearly 70 percent. https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2021/07/16/covid-cases-rising/
From the article: “More than 97 percent of hospitalizations are among those who are unvaccinated, Walensky said, and almost all covid-19 deaths — which climbed 26 percent in the past week — are among people who have not received a shot.”
I have started reading the transcript of this episode from PBS titled “Race–The Power of an Illusion (Episode 2: The Story We Tell).” I have to come back later to finish it.
Last year, there were a lot of news stories about people who considered COVID-19 to be a hoax getting infected and sick, and then warning others to take it seriously.
This year, there a lot of news stories about people hesitating or refusing to get the vaccine, getting sick, and then urging others to get it.
It’s very unfortunate, and it all seems so unnecessary.
Here a few of the recent stories about COVID-19 among the unvaccinated:Continue reading
Here is a column by Karen Attiah of The Washington Post about two people resisting the critical race theory backlash in Oklahoma: Opinion | Two voices of resistance to the critical race theory backlash in Oklahoma – The Washington Post.
Here is a video by The Washington Post about critical race theory that includes two of the scholars. There has been a lack of interviews with actual scholars of critical race theory in most or all of the news stories and press releases I have seen, so it’s nice to hear from those who actually study critical race theory: https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/critical-race-theory-explaining-the-truth-behind-the-rhetoric/2021/07/12/054fdeb9-6384-4a82-8335-197620f9b3da_video.html.
Here are two interesting stories about the COVID-19 lab leak hypothesis:
Divisive COVID ‘lab leak’ debate prompts dire warnings from researchers—https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01383-3
The lab-leak hypothesis for COVID-19 is becoming a conspiracy theory—https://massivesci.com/articles/sars-cov-coronavirus-covid19-lab-leak-hypothesis/
During the past few weeks, I have spent quite a few hours researching free and commercial themes and developer frameworks for the WordPress content management system. I ended up coming full circle and using the default Twenty Eleven theme on both of my websites for now, even though it’s not exactly the theme I want. However, one of its primary advantages, at least as far as I’m concerned, is that it’s mobile-ready. I found other themes that I liked, including Premium Pixels’ Repro theme, but in most cases, they don’t seem mobile-ready. I’m willing to trade some features and looks for a mobile-friendly site, particularly since I’m one of those people who frequently visits websites on my smart phone.
The good news is that I’ve reconfigured OakRidgeToday.com and JohnHuotari.com, setting up e-mail accounts, among other things, and both of those sites are now online and operational. I’m not completely satisfied with how they look, but you’ve got to start somewhere, right? The Twenty Eleven theme has the basic features I need, but I want to change the layout, art, and colors in order to appropriately highlight our content and also make the sites look unique.
Our next step is to start regularly posting content, while learning how to customize the Twenty Eleven theme—or build our own.