US ‘rapidly’ planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters – BBC News

As many as 18,000 Afghan nationals have applied for US visas to immigrate to the US under a special programme.

But the scheme has been hit by delays, with applicants waiting for years.

“We recognise that there are a significant amount of Afghans that supported the United States and supported the coalition, and that they could be at risk,” Gen Milley said in remarks his office released on Thursday.

“A very important task is to ensure that we remain faithful to them, and that we do what is necessary to ensure their protection and, if necessary, get them out of the country if that is what they want to do.

“There are plans being developed very, very rapidly here, not just interpreters but a lot of other people that have worked with the United States.”

He added that the Department of State was overseeing the issue, without providing any further details.

Source: US ‘rapidly’ planning to evacuate Afghan interpreters – BBC News

Snarky Snippets — Continued

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Lest you thought I was finished being snarky with yesterday’s ‘snarky snippets’, never fear, I have not yet run out of things about which to snark.


Back in 2016, I wrote two posts (links below) about Ammon Bundy, the head of the Bundy clan of thugs who illegally occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon for 41 days.  He is a cattle rancher who has thumbed his nose at the law more than a few times.  And guess what?  He is running for governor of Idaho next year, despite the fact that at present, he is banned from the Idaho State Capitol for one year from last August after being arrested there twice in as many days.  Check out this newscast of his arrest(s) …

I don’t know much about Idaho, but if they elect this fruitcake as their governor, then I know it’s a state I will never…

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Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads as quickly as misinformation about ‘most infectious’ virus – ABC News

The new cases confirmed in Melbourne this week have been identified as belonging to the B.1.617 lineage of the virus, colloquially known as the “Indian variant”. According to Professor Sutton, while it usually took between six and seven days for a person to pass on COVID-19 after becoming infected, current cases were being transmitted “within a day”.

“Unless something drastic happens, this will become increasingly uncontrollable,” he warned.  The variant has also worried health officials elsewhere, with Public Health England, for example, declaring B.1.617.2 to be a “variant of concern” on May 6, and the World Health Organisation (WHO) following suit on May 12.

Source: Indian variant of COVID-19 spreads as quickly as misinformation about ‘most infectious’ virus – ABC News

Ten states reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal | CIDRAP

Pennsylvania joined Vermont, Hawaii, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and New Mexico as the tenth state to reach the 70% goal of having citizens with at least one dose of vaccine.

Slavitt tweeted that another 10 states are above 65% coverage.

Source: Ten states reach 70% COVID-19 vaccination goal | CIDRAP