Good morning folk and friends from far and near!

Today I wish you kind words ✨

Kudos to the elected officials in Maricopa County -- the majority of which are Republicans, including one that defeated a Democrat in that election -- that have opposed the farce from the beginning.

These are responsible Republicans as opposed to the GQP Republicans that are sitting in the Arizona Senate supporting this adolescent nonsense from the former guy.

Arizona audit: Maricopa County, Dominion won't comply with subpoenas-
azcentral.com/story/news/polit

@AgentCarter_SSR +1☕️🙂 for person of color, female and Cap in a trench coat! “Sounds like Andy Griffith is in trouble out there…” 😂

Belarusian sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya was told she was competing in the 4x400 relay, a race she did not train for. When she criticized the decision, she was escorted to Haneda Airport to be sent home to Minsk. Tsimanouskaya asked Japanese police for protection as she feared she would be imprisoned. Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko's son runs the country's Olympic Committee.

Today, Poland offered Tsimanouskaya a visa. Her husband and child have fled Belarus.

This was released over 30 years ago, and was one I found haunting as a young teenager. It's about Pinochet's Chile, which fortunately fell in 1980 in a referendum. Lukashenko has been the dictator of Belarus for 27 years, and elections are not free or fair.

People do not want to be thrown in jail if they criticize their government. Not in Chile, not in Belarus, not anywhere. American autocrat wannabes are playing with fire as well.

youtube.com/watch?v=MS_bN5ECJT

@TPol
Hybrids seem fairly logical for a number of humans although moving towards full electric will have the least negative environmental impact over the long term.

However, I do not understand why they gambled highly on hydrogen fuel cells. Maybe it was the same humans who think massive grills that take up the entire front end of the car are the wave of the future.

In any case, this is a poor choice. Perhaps they learned it from the tobacco lobby.

After people who enjoy living in a democracy discovered that Toyota decision-makers do not share those values, those decision-makers decided to double down

There is a strong correlation between people who value living in a democracy and people who value living on a non-polluted planet. It appears that Toyota decision-makers value neither of these things. They were recently caught continuing to donate to congressional Republicans who support the January 6th insurrectionists after promising to cease those donations. Now the New York Times reports that Toyota is lobbying against fuel-efficient vehicle standards and electric vehicles.

arstechnica.com/cars/2021/07/t





MARCH was an amazing and inspiring series, and I'm eagerly looking forward to the sequel RUN, from the late, great, Rep John Lewis.

First you MARCH, and then you RUN

John Lewis finished this graphic memoir as he died. He wanted to leave a civil rights ‘road map’ for generations to come.
washingtonpost.com/arts-entert

irony: a bunch of people were protesting the mask mandate in st louis and got covid

@PixxburghGirl @TonyStark @MariaHill

That's grassroots right there! Thank you for taking considerate and friendly action. If that employee gets his vaccination you may have very well saved theirs and more lives down the line.
Good work Pixx!

@TonyStark @MariaHill
People in any store I will go to have to wear masks unless they're vaccinated.

I was surprised how many young employees in Trader Joe’s were wearing masks on Friday. Knowing this, I asked the employee at the checkout if he was vaccinated.

He was taken back. I’m ok with that. I can ask about your vaccine status. He said no. I asked why not? He said he didn’t have time to get it. I pointed to the Walgreens right across the street that my whole family got vaccinated at and let him know it’s literally right across the street, you can walk in, and it's free. I told him the story of my friend who died. I told him about the young employees who worked for my clients who couldn’t go back to work because they got so sick 8 months ago and have long lasting symptoms.

2 stores near me mandated vaccines for employees this weekend. Those are the only 2 places I'm going to go. More will follow. That's how it is going to play out.

@MariaHill
The unvaccinated may stay at home indefinitely. No shopping, no dining out, no entertainments at outside venues, no sporting events. Only allow accommodations for medically necessary reasons. 

We can work around the people who can't be vaccinated and protect them.

The refusers can take tests, get a 2-second shot, or stay home.

@AgentCarter_SSR
President Biden didn't send out any tweets calling people names. He worked out a compromise. 

More people should try it.


United States of Captain America #2

Steve & Sam continue their trek across the country in search of the thieves who stole Steve's shield and are using it to wreaking havoc in his name. Their goal -destroy the symbol &everything it represents, in order to divide the nation.
In Harrisburg PA, they come across another member of the 'Captain America Network'.
Nichelle Wright, a former gymnast star who gave up a promising career to protect her underserved community. Inspired by Isaiah Bradley, she dons the suit to fight for those she sees as ignored or forgotten.
Activist by day, vigilante by night, she fights against racist cops, uncaring politicians, &bullies to make her city safe for all.
But she can't do it alone as her B-story shows. An entire support network has rallied itself around her &the symbol of America that she embodies.

An excellent follow-up to the first volume, and highly recommended!

Look for it in your LCS or read online:

readallcomics.com/the-united-s

Forcing people to take public health measures is not the way epidemiologists want to go about it. But when the alternative is millions of deaths, better that business are requiring vaccines for employees and customers than letting infections spread.

(No one is holding you down and sticking a needle in your arm. Rather, you won't be allowed to do the things you want to do, like go to a restaurant, without presenting your vaccination card. Or work in a particular job without proof of vaccine, or possibly a test every 48 hours. Do you like that swab up your nose?)

wired.com/story/the-dam-is-bre

It's not just Florida doctors. It's all doctors who understand this danger. It's all people who understand this danger.

Florida doctors are ‘angry and ashamed’ at governor Ron DeSantis as state becomes national Covid epicenter |
independent.co.uk/news/world/a

People who can be vaccinated and refuse: you are the ones ruining the economy. Your refusal to wear masks at the beginning and to do so where you need to now along with your refusal to do the one simple thing that can make a real difference here is the actual thing that's impacting jobs and businesses' abilities to return to some semblance of normal.

For those of us who embrace science, appreciate the fine minds that work to make life safer, who isolated ourselves for 15 months, gave up holiday celebrations with family, wore our masks, made do with what we had until a vaccine was made available, and then got it, thank you.

For the others screaming "freedom", denouncing Fauci and the CDC, sniggering at the medical community, and misusing the First Amendment, you are the cause for this setback.  

You own it.

With new vaccine and mask requirements, businesses scramble to respond to delta variant and shifting health guidance"
washingtonpost.com/business/20

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