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Activist, writer, researcher, addicted to sharing information and facts.

Meetings, speeches – and by the way, our fifth wave of COVID-19

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Jamaica’s Health and Wellness Minister Christopher Tufton and Chief Medical Officer Dr. Jacquiline Bisasor-McKenzie have been very busy recently in Geneva, Switzerland, where the 75th World Health Assembly took place, ending on May 28. They have been talking a great deal about non-communicable diseases (NCDs), which as we know are rampant on the island – that is, heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure and other “lifestyle” conditions. I wish the press release below did not contain so much jargon, but it points to the Ministry’s focus on much-needed primary health care reform.

Minister of Health & Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton (left) chairs day one of the 34th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting in London on Tuesday (May 17, 2022). Seated next to him (from second left) are the Rt. Hon. Patricia Scotland QC, Commonwealth Secretary-General; Dr. Ruth Kattumuri, Senior Director for the Economic, Youth and Sustainable Development Directorate with the Commonwealth Secretariat; and Jamaica’s High Commissioner…

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Monkeypox outbreak could be just ‘the peak of the iceberg’, WHO warns | Monkeypox | The Guardian

“We don’t know if we are just seeing the peak of the iceberg [or] if there are many more cases that are undetected in communities,” Sylvie Briand, WHO’s epidemic and pandemic preparedness and prevention chief, acknowledged on Friday in a briefing to countries.

Since the UK first reported a confirmed monkeypox case on 7 May, nearly 200 cases have been reported to the UN health agency in countries far from the states where the virus is endemic.

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control has put the number of such cases at 219.

Endemic in a number of west and central African nations, monkeypox cases have suddenly been detected in more than 20 other countries around the world, including the US, Australia, the United Arab Emirates and nearly a dozen EU countries.

The Spanish health ministry said on Friday that 98 cases had been confirmed there so far, while the UK currently counts 90 verified infections.

Portugal has meanwhile registered 74 confirmed cases, health authorities said on Friday, adding that all the occurrences are in men, mainly aged below 40.

Argentina confirmed the first two cases of monkeypox in Latin America on Friday.

“We are still at the very, very beginning of this event,” Briand told member state representatives attending the World Health Assembly in Geneva. “We know that we will have more cases in the coming days,” she said, but stressed there was no need to panic.

“This is not a disease the general public should be worried about. It is not Covid or other diseases that spread fast.”

Source: Monkeypox outbreak could be just ‘the peak of the iceberg’, WHO warns | Monkeypox | The Guardian

Guns Don’t Kill People. The United States Senate Does.

just drive, will you?

It’s a grand ol’ tradition here in these United States.

School shootings.

Young, lone gunmen armed to the teeth. Innocent children, senselessly murdered. Teachers laying down their lives for their students. Grief-stricken families. Shattered communities.

“Thoughts and prayers”, a phrase as empty and meaningless by now as “Compassionate Conservatism”. (Remember that?)

And, perhaps even most disgusting, wacky conspiracy theories.

No, actually, one thing more disgusting than that: Impotent leaders hiding behind lame excuses for doing absolutely nothing to end all this.

More specifically, the United States Senate.

Would you like some examples? Check out this story by Mary Clare Jalonick of Associated Press:

A decade of congressional inaction on gun control

Pathetic. Inexcusable. Infuriating.

And, for all the dead children and their families, so…so…sad.

Cartoonist Clay Jones says it all in this gruesome image that’s hard to look at, but very much on point:

They’re committed to…

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Greg Abbott Is Full of Sh!t

The Uvalde shooter did not kill those children with his purported mental health struggles. He did not shoot them with estrangement; he did not murder them with malaise; he did not ravage their little bodies with the inchoate rage of his misguided youth. He killed them with a goddamn assault rifle, and high-capacity magazines, designed for the precise purpose of human annihilation.

Source: Greg Abbott Is Full of Shit

Bizarre bill proposed to prevent Chinese currency ‘spying’ on US | AppleInsider

This could be another example of how so many in the US government are considering and passing laws that drastically affect technology firms, while exhibiting extraordinary ignorance of the issues.

However, it’s more likely that the bill is just grandstanding, showing an electorate that politicians are doing something. Expect more of this on the road to the November midterms.

Source: Bizarre bill proposed to prevent Chinese currency ‘spying’ on US | AppleInsider

Finally a Yankees Fan

just drive, will you?

I never could stand the New York Yankees baseball team.

Especially during the tenure of owner George Steinbrenner. I thought he was an arrogant, rich jerk who fielded a whole team of arrogant, rich jerks. I thought they felt entitled to a World Series Championship every season, like all the other teams shouldn’t even bother playing.

And the really annoying part was, they won a lot.

As a long-suffering Texas Rangers fan, this was the most annoying in the late 1990’s, when we would regularly lose to the Yanks in the playoffs.

But, that’s all history. Today, I come, not to bury the Yankees, but to praise them. (Thanks, Bill.)

And the Tampa Bay Rays, as well.

From Associated Press, May 27:

The New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays used their social media accounts during Thursday night’s game between the teams to spread information about how gun violence…

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