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Covid-19 latest updates: Moderna says its coronavirus vaccine is 93 percent effective six months after full vaccination.

washingtonpost.com/nation/2021

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I recently bought an EV. I love it. Quiet, fast (as in 0 to 60 in 4 seconds) and I can say goodbye to oil changes and fumes. Zero tailpipe emissions. No more gas. However, I know I am fortunate to be able to afford it and have a place to easily charge it at home.

I am convinced that if given a chance to drive one, and if they were more affordable which they will be as the market grows and more used EVs are available, more and more people will want one. (Though I see plenty of people of modest means driving around $70k pickup trucks, so maybe this isn't as much of an issue.)

The charging network is getting better by the day.

Virtually all of the major car companies are making multi-billion dollar capital investments in EVs. Biden is smart to want the US to be worldwide leaders. Hundreds of thousands of jobs come with that, along with preserving the planet.

Biden pushes for electric vehicles to make up half of U.S. auto sales by 2030-
cnbc.com/2021/08/05/biden-push

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Perhaps the administration at an institution that named its law school for Antonin Scalia should not be surprised to face a lawsuit over the “freedom” to infect others with a deadly illness.

They will lose. Multiple judges have found that employers may require vaccination as a condition of employment.

washingtonpost.com/education/2

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Unless the law professor has the same objection to other vaccinations that have been required for decades at universities, the judge should throw the suit out.

There is also this:

Jacobson v. Massachusetts -
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jacobs

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@TonyStark Chevy Bolt since last year. Don't miss gas stations, emissions inspections, etc. Love the independence from oil and gas. America needs to get off the giant gas guzzlers.

EVs are cool. After the tax breaks and incentives, it was cheaper than a same sized gas car.

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Texas Governor Abbott wants to call another special session to try to force Democratic state legislators to allow the gutting of the voting rights of their constituents?

I suspect this will be the response of the Democrats.

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$25.6 billion/year ($256 billion over 10 years) against a current deficit of $3 TRILLION is less than a 1% increase in the annual deficit.

Seems worth it, especially since borrowing costs are still close to zero. And eventually we will stop the insanity and put the top tax rates back where they were in 2016, or maybe even 2000. That will easily cover $25.6 billion/year.

Going after rhe tax cheats that Republicans refuse to crack down on that was included in the Democrats' version of the bill would also help.

CBO Sees Infrastructure Bill Widening Budget Gap by $256 Billion -
bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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We should quit subsidizing fossil fuels and force carbon polluters to pay the real costs associated with their product. The marketplace shift to would be quick.

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It would be the height of hypocrisy for any Republican congressperson to scream “deficit” after adding to it by giving large tax breaks to the wealthy.

So we'll expect it soon.

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@TonyStark This was billed as progressives versus traditional Democrats. I don't live in Ohio but that's not how I saw it. I saw it as someone who wants to supports the Biden administration vs. someone who loudly told everyone she wouldn't vote for the ticket that was unseating the one that encouraged January 6th; the one that included our historic first Black, Asian, and female vice president; the one that supports helping people.

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Imagine being an American who admires Hungarian strong man Viktor Orban.

Did you picture Tucker Carlson or JD Vance?

At least Ohio voters can make sure the latter doesn't win a Senate seat. Unfortunately, too many people listen to the former.

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So much unnecessary sickness and death, so much unnecessary grief, just for political purposes...I swear, I loathe Republican politicians more and more each day.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s move to bar school mask mandates is already pressuring schools into backing away from the facial coverings, even as the state reports a record number of people hospitalized with Covid-19:
bloomberg.com/news/articles/20

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DeSantis throws bizarre tantrums instead of leading. His state is teeming with Covid cases and his priority is helping it spread. To kids.

He lied about what President Biden actually said about state governors needing to help ot get out of the way and blames everything and everyone but himself for his utter failure as a governor during a crisis.

Florida residents are paying the price for his arrogance and selfishness. Schools should defy his ignorance.

Since he thinks Covid protocols are an infringement on "freedom", DeSantis should volunteer at a Florida hospital full of Covid patients and see what an infringement on freedom really looks like.

Some Florida school districts push ahead with mask mandates, defying DeSantis’s threat to cut funds-
washingtonpost.com/education/2

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This article from Oregon governor Kate Brown makes a very important point. Ultimately, climate change will not be solved state by state.

It requires serious efforts and serious policy change at the national level by governments around the world. We need to re-tool our economy to focus on green technology and sustainable environmental practices. Companies that won't play by the new rules need to go out. Transferring polluting industry operations to countries with lax pollution rules also needs to be stopped, by setting up international regulations through the WTO or other organizations.

It is past time. Many of our upcoming actions may be mitigation of the damage already done. That's no reason not to start now.

The West Is on Fire. It’s Past Time to Act on Climate Change:
nyti.ms/3jl6ic5

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@YinzPittsburghers People are mad at Martha (a restaurant, not a person) here for doing that but I'm not going out to dinner with anyone who isn't vaccinated.

phillymag.com/news/2021/08/02/

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@phillyaccent I have a feeling these restaurants won't be going out of business, despite the trolly comments coming from some.

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@YinzPittsburghers Remember how people were bundled up next to outdoor heaters all winter just to eat food they didn't have to cook? When these restaurants are packed this weekend, more will do the same.

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