Full List of 16 Republicans Who Voted Against Visas for Afghans Who Helped U.S. Troops

The Republicans who voted against the resolution were: Andy Biggs of Arizona, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Bob Good of Virginia, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Kevin Hern of Oklahoma, Jody Hice of Georgia, Thomas Massie of Kentucky, Barry Moore of Alabama, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Bill Posey of Florida, Matthew Rosendale of Montana and Chip Roy of Texas.

Source: Full List of 16 Republicans Who Voted Against Visas for Afghans Who Helped U.S. Troops

Five states set COVID-19 records | TheHill

Florida, Louisiana, Hawaii, Oregon and Mississippi all shattered previous records for their seven-day averages of new cases per day as of Sunday, according to CNBC, which conducted an analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University.

Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida are seeing the most severe outbreaks when examined on a per capita basis, CNBC reported.

Source: Five states set COVID-19 records | TheHill

APO Group – Africa Newsroom / Press release | Uganda Confirms Polio Outbreak

the Ministry will conduct a nationwide Polio immunization campaign in October and December 2021 during which health-workers will visit house-to­ house and vaccinate all children aged 5 years or below against Polio. All health workers participating in the campaign will wear masks and strictly observe the COVID-19 SOPs to ensure children are safely vaccinated.

In the meantime, parents and guardians are encouraged to ensure that all children under the age of five years are fully immunized as per the country’s routine immunization schedule.

The Ministry of Health will announce the specific dates for the vaccination campaign through the national media, announcements, posters, and banners, to inform parents of the campaign and ensure that their children are vaccinated and protected from Polio.

Source: APO Group – Africa Newsroom / Press release | Uganda Confirms Polio Outbreak

The incel movement is a form of extremism and it cannot be ignored any longer | Laura Bates | The Guardian

Today’s incels are not a clearly defined, organised group, but rather a sprawling, disparate community of men across a network of blogs, forums, websites, private members groups, chatrooms and social media channels. Several of the forums have memberships in the tens of thousands, with around a 25% increase in membership in the two years I have been researching them. And these figures don’t take into account the number of people visiting and being influenced by these sites without necessarily signing up.

Incels subscribe to a transnational ideology characterised by white male supremacy, oppression of women and the glorification and encouragement of male violence. Seeing themselves as perpetual victims oppressed by a “feminist gynocracy”, they believe that sex is their inherent birthright as men, and that rape and murder are appropriate punishments for a society they perceive as withholding sex from them.

The transformation of Alana’s benign self-help community to today’s extremist ideology is in part a result of the environment in which those forums were created. The early Usenet forums were dominated by white men, who grew uncomfortable with the third wave feminist movement. More recently, social media algorithms have led young men to encounter increasingly extreme content. Concepts such as evil women controlling men’s lives or rape being the natural end product of “depriving” men of sex are filtered through viral YouTube videos and memes, appearing across the sites that wallpaper young people’s online environments.

Tributes to the victims of the attack in the Keyham area of Plymouth on Saturday.
Plymouth gunman ranted online that ‘women are arrogant’ days before rampage

The more frequently they see misogynistic content, the less shocking it seems. After viewing one video, or liking one post, social media platforms feed more content, often more extreme in nature, to users with the aim of maintaining and monetising their attention spans.

Today’s incels are also experts at finding and recruiting young men online. They do not depend on boys coming to them: indeed, many young men I meet whose ideas reflect this ideology have never actually heard of the term “incels”. They are groomed over computer headsets, in gaming strategy chatrooms, via viral videos and funny memes. They are targeted on bodybuilding forums, where extremists know they will find a self-selecting group of boys already anxious about societal notions of tough, traditional masculinity. They find boys where they are most ripe for exploitation, and unless we recognise this for the radicalisation it is, we will not be able to tackle it effectively.

Source: The incel movement is a form of extremism and it cannot be ignored any longer | Laura Bates | The Guardian

Avian Flu Diary: Science Perspective: The Animal Origin of SARS-CoV-2

Humans are now the dominant SARS-CoV-2 host species. The danger is that SARS-CoV-2 could spread from humans to other animal species, termed reverse zoonosis, as is suspected for white-tailed deer in the United States. The promiscuous infection of various host species by the sarbecoviruses means that future spillovers of SARSr-CoVs from wildlife are very likely, and current vaccines may not be protective against novel variants. The sampling intensity of sarbecoviruses needs to be urgently increased to gain a better understanding of this spillover risk.
The recent finding of sarbecoviruses, not dissimilar to SARS-CoV-2, dispersed in Southeast Asia emphasizes the urgency of monitoring coronavirus diversity. Humanity must work together beyond country borders to amplify surveillance for coronaviruses at the human–animal interface to minimize the threat of both established and evolving variants evading vaccines and to stop future spillover events.
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While I don’t completely discount the possibility of a lab-leak origin for SARS-CoV-2, we’ve been expecting another `SARS-like‘ spillover from bats – likely via an intermediary host – since the mid-2000s.
It was the scenario behind 2019’s The JHCHS #Event201 (Fictional) CAPS Table Top Exercise, and throughout the last decade we looked at numerous `bat-borne’ zoonotic threats, including:

Emerg. Microbes & Infect.: Novel Coronaviruses In Least Horseshoe Bats In Southwestern China 

PNAS: SARS-like WIV1-CoV Poised For Human Emergence

Sci Rpts: Avian & Human Influenza Compatible Receptor Cells In Little Brown Bats

Study: Hotspots For Bat To Human Disease Transmission

Six weeks before the Wuhan outbreak, in African Swine Fever’s (ASF) Other Impacts; Pharmaceuticals, Bushmeat, and Food Insecurity, I even speculated that China’s ASF outbreak could  lead to increased `bushmeat’ consumption, which in turn might spark another SARS-like outbreak (one of the possible scenarios discussed in today’s article).

Admittedly, more of a lucky guess than prescience, since we’ve been expecting a SARS redux – or the emergence of Virus X – for years.

Regardless of how SARS-CoV-2 emerged, today’s perspective is a reminder that nature’s laboratory is open 24/7 – and future spillovers are all but guaranteed.  We either prepare as if it will happen, or we will be caught flat footed and unprepared again.

Source: Avian Flu Diary: Science Perspective: The Animal Origin of SARS-CoV-2