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by Bernard Sat Jul 3rd, 2021 at 04:34:30 PM EST

Lytton, BC, June 29: 49.6°C / 121.3 °F

Lytton, BC, June 30: 15 minutes to evacuate

Lytton, BC, July 1st: ... ashes ...


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by Oui on Sun Jul 4th, 2021 at 07:23:02 AM EST
Given the temperatures in US and Canada, I looked at one of the hottest places of earth.

Danakil Desert

It is inhabited by a few Afar, who engage in salt mining. The area is known for its volcanoes and extreme heat, with daytime temperatures surpassing 50 °C (122 °F).[1] Less than 25 mm (1 in) of rainfall occurs each year.[2] The Danakil Desert is one of the lowest and hottest places on Earth.

So the pacific north-west is reaching temperatures were only desert nomads lives today.

Danakil also looks pretty extreme, but I think that is mainly geological processes:

by fjallstrom on Mon Jul 5th, 2021 at 02:17:38 PM EST
It looks like removing statues of people is not a new thing in England. A London statue of the Butcher of Cumberland was removed (and destroyed) back in 1868. A Korean artist recently put up a copy, made out of soap so that it will auto-destruct.
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Wed Jul 7th, 2021 at 02:09:34 PM EST

As I understand, Man if the Match Sterling risked a yellow card by diving when barely touched by a Dane ... Kane didn't waste the opportunity ... UK football commentators admitted if this call would have been made against the Three Lions, referee Makkelie would have had a difficult time leaving Wembley alive.

Uefa has launched disciplinary proceedings against England after supporters shone a laser at Denmark goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before Harry Kane's decisive penalty in the Euro 2020 semi-final.

by Oui on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 05:30:43 PM EST
by Oui on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 05:40:49 PM EST
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by Oui on Thu Jul 8th, 2021 at 08:24:54 PM EST
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OK.

It is looking like Delta (B.1.617.2) is more virulent than previous variants and is more resistant to existing vaccinations.  It is also looking like the vaccines, when administered per protocol, are still effective.

Reduced sensitivity of SARS-CoV-2 variant Delta to antibody neutralization

Sera from individuals having received one dose of Pfizer or AstraZeneca vaccines barely inhibited variant Delta. Administration of two doses generated a neutralizing response in 95% of individuals, with titers 3 to 5 fold lower against Delta than Alpha. Thus, variant Delta spread is associated with an escape to antibodies targeting non-RBD and RBD Spike epitopes.

"Titer" means 'the concentration of an antibody, as determined by finding the highest dilution at which it is still able to cause agglutination of the antigen.'  IOW, the cells have to make more of the antibody but the vaccine is still highly effective at preventing Covid-19.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Tue Jul 20th, 2021 at 02:50:58 PM EST
The Brexiter crowd never disappoints. EU under threat by...Norexit. (Wiki)


[Europe.Is.Doomed™ Alert]
by Bernard on Wed Jul 21st, 2021 at 10:16:38 AM EST
I hear Mongolia, New Zealand, and the Islands of Yap are also leaving the European Union.

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Fri Jul 23rd, 2021 at 12:18:00 AM EST
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So sorry ... limited vocabulary.

by Oui on Wed Jul 28th, 2021 at 06:09:05 PM EST
Scientists Discover Mollusks Are Next Evolutionary Stage For Humans
In a breakthrough study that researchers say adds important insight into the evolution of Homo sapiens, scientists at the University of Michigan confirmed Thursday that human beings are slowly evolving into mollusks. "Evidence shows that modern humans emerged on the evolutionary timeline about 200,000 years ago, developed into the highly evolved hominids of today, and are now transforming into soft-bodied invertebrates," said the study's lead author Dr. Mitch Keneally, adding humans have already started turning into snails, slugs, and octopi, evidenced by their increasingly amorphous figures
by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 06:17:43 PM EST
by Bernard on Thu Jul 29th, 2021 at 08:20:50 PM EST
by Bernard on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 12:51:20 PM EST
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by Cat on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 01:38:20 PM EST
Simone Biles is a target of racism ... conservative, evangelical satire of the Bee is not helpful.

Winning Olympic gold is tough? Try doing it while coping with racism

A long list of sporters suffering from mental health issues ...

Global mental healthcare compared - OECD

by Oui on Fri Jul 30th, 2021 at 06:24:34 PM EST
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APsplainin Black British ELITE equity, "pool apartheid"
Ban on Soul Cap® spotlights lack of diversity in swimming
For people of color [POC], this was so much more than a ban on a swimming cap. Dismissing it represented yet another injustice.

THE BACKLASH

It's been five years since the Rio Games, when American Simone Manuel became The First Black Female Swimmer to win Olympic gold. Since then, there has been little uptick in swimmers of color [SOC] at the elite level.
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Like Dearing, Donta Katai of Zimbabwe is the first Black swimmer to represent her country. And at almost any meet at the international level, [SOC] are extremely rare. The U.S. team has only two black females, Manuel and Natalie Hinds.

Those familiar with the situation say the reasons for that shortage -- and the racism behind them -- run deep in history. ... The tenuous relationship between Black people and water goes back a long way. In the ERA of SEGREGATION in the United States [UK AND ZIMBABWE], Black swimmers were barred from [PUBLIC] pools [AND TOXIC BODIES OF OPEN WATER]; those that did permit [SOC] were often unsafe and neglected.
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Accessibility to public pools is another barrier, King notes, and wealth inequality makes an often expensive sport like swimming [?!] inaccessible. She said the banning of the Soul Cap® "risks perpetuating the racist assumption that Black athletes don't belong in the sport of swimming."

According to the USA Swimming Foundation, 64% of Black children do not know how to swim compared to 40% of white American children. Additionally, 79% of children in American families that earn less than $50,000 a year do not know how to swim.


I WUZ ROBBED OF MY BLESSINGS
She revealed at the trials that she had been diagnosed with burnout earlier this year, forcing her to stop training for a time after the coronavirus pandemic had already disrupted her Olympic preparations. She rallied at trials to qualify for the 50 free.
by Cat on Sat Jul 31st, 2021 at 04:07:48 PM EST
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