Picturesque town offsets COVID stress with drive-in moonlight movie night

If you’re going a little stir crazy from the COVID shutdowns and looking for ideas for something neat to do, the city of Newberry, SC has come up with a great option. One way to offset stress and presumably stay safe when venturing out is to take in the Fall Moonlight Movie Night held in the center of downtown. Continue reading “Picturesque town offsets COVID stress with drive-in moonlight movie night”

NPR, others omitted key info from CDC report on dining out and COVID

In this article, I’ll try to translate what key parts of a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) actually said. I’m posting links to this column on social media like Facebook, so before I go further, let me note that EVERY STATISTIC AND QUOTE CAME DIRECTLY FROM THE CDC’S SEPTEMBER 11, 2020 WEEKLY REPORT on COVID—19. Hopefully the censors will not flag this column and eager beaver lockdown fans won’t falsely report this as fake news—that has happened to me in the past.

Start with the headline run at NPR:

Adults With COVID-19 Twice As Likely To Have Eaten At Restaurants, CDC Study Finds

Compare this to the title of the report at the CDC:

Community and Close Contact Exposures Associated with COVID-19 Among Symptomatic Adults ≥18 Years in 11 Outpatient Health Care Facilities — United States, July 2020

If you’re a restaurant or bar owner, there’s actually good information here, and the CDC report could help guide policy to keep patrons as safe as is (knowingly) possible. If you’re a media worker who copied the headline from various legacy media, take yourself to a corner and give yourself a solid head thump. Continue reading “NPR, others omitted key info from CDC report on dining out and COVID”

The Cuban Treefrog crisis in my back yard

I recently wrote about the different creatures in our back yard. That column primarily dealt with nocturnal species. One creature in particular stood out—a frog. This frog was different than others I was accustomed to seeing. A crisis of sorts soon became evident—a Cuban Treefrog crisis—right in our back yard. Continue reading “The Cuban Treefrog crisis in my back yard”

Shirer’s classic work raises questions about today’s unrest

Nazi propaganda poster
Nazi propaganda poster aimed at factory workers in the 1930s. “Wir sind für” translates as, “We are for”.
Forms part of George Grantham Bain Collection (US Library of Congress).
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Pt. 2 in a series

How much do you really know about the Nazis and The Third Reich?

I dropped the ball as I made my way through William L. Shirer’s classic work ‘The Rise and Fall of The Third Reich’. I tend to read several books at the same time, and I ended up reading a bio of Churchill, a French Resistance fighter’s account of the Gestapo, and several other books relevant to that period in history. Reading contemporary accounts puts things in context I find.

I came to realize how relevant this work is today to the political climate in the US and in other countries. Continue reading “Shirer’s classic work raises questions about today’s unrest”

Did Alt Press give Backwordz ‘cancel’ culture treatment because of politics?

By Rebecca Day

Did Alternative Press ‘cancel’ Backwordz, leaving the popular band off a list of black metal artists because of politics? Has art become subject to a political test hostile to those who think in a different way? It looks like it. Continue reading “Did Alt Press give Backwordz ‘cancel’ culture treatment because of politics?”