J. Harris: Not charted — Cases/100,000 pop. are still up in LA which is another good reason to stay in Texas.


“…In Britain, the spread of a new, highly contagious variant first detected in India has scrambled calculations just as the country planned to return to something more like prepandemic life on June 21…“The British are worrying more than any other country,” said Tim Spector, a professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London. “We seem to be much more receptive to the doomsday scenarios than they are in the U.S.”…A top scientific adviser to the British government estimated on Friday that the DELTA variant was roughly 60 percent more contagious than the earlier one from Britain. Health officials also warned that cases caused by the Delta variant might lead to a higher risk of hospitalization, though it was too early to say for certain….Since the Delta variant arrived in Britain in March, it has rapidly outspread other versions of the virus including the very contagious variant first identified in Britain [ALPHA], that contributed to deadly waves around the world this winter. That, in turn, has created localized outbreaks that have nudged Covid cases up.”

(J. Harris: Woops. So how effective are the vaccines against this Delta Covid virus? We need to find out now, before we are deluged with the variant by mutant infecting all of our unvaccinated folks.)

When will you need a Covid-19 booster shot?

“…Scientists have already found that vaccines using different technologies can vary in their effectiveness. The strongest vaccines include Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech, both of which are based on RNA molecules. Vaccines relying on inactivated viruses, such as those made by Sinopharm in China and Bharat Biotech in India, have proved somewhat less effective… But at this point, scientists still have only a smattering of clues about how existing vaccines work against different variants.

(J. Harris: There are several other timely Covid summaries in today’s NYT — as usual)

COVID-19 Case Investigation and Contact Tracing in the US, 2020

“Conclusions and Relevance:  In this cross-sectional study of US local COVID-19 surveillance data, testing named contacts was a high-yield activity for case finding. However, this assessment suggests that contact tracing had suboptimal impact on SARS-CoV-2 transmission, largely because 2 of 3 cases were either not reached for interview or named no contacts when interviewed. These findings are relevant to decisions regarding the allocation of public health resources among the various prevention strategies and for the prioritization of case investigations and contact tracing efforts.”

Could Statins Do More Than Lower Cholesterol in Patients With COVID-19?

(J. Harris: Probably not, (“but not stop taking if you are on them, or start taking if you are not”)

National Nurses United ‘outraged’ over CDC’s rolled-back mask guidance

(J. Harris: It is hard to disagree with the troops in the trenches.)

Eased mask mandates haven’t fueled new COVID-19 cases, early data shows

(J. Harris: For vaccinated people not in a hospital or unsafe environment — however the wildcard remains the variants and the millions of Americans who are not vaccinated and the travelers.)

Scientists may have found a new coronavirus rapid-testing method: Bees


(J. Harris: The above is a photo which I hope you can magnify.0



Conjoined twins walk into a bar in Canada and park themselves on a couple of bar stools.

  One of them says to the bartender, “Don’t mind us; we’re joined at the hip. I’m John, he’s Jim. Two Molson beers, draft please.”

The bartender, feeling slightly awkward, tries to make polite conversation while pouring the beers. “It’s been a tough year, and I’m glad that travel restrictions are loosening up.  Been on vacation yet, fellas?”

 “  Off to England next month,” says John. “We go to England every year, rent a car, and drive for days and days in the countryside, don’t we, Jim?”

  Jim nods.

   “Ah, England!” says the bartender. “Wonderful country…the history, the culture, and especially the beer.”

“Nah, we don’t like that British crap,” says John. “Hamburgers and Molson’s beer, that’s for us, eh Jim? And we can’t stand the English people, they’re so arrogant and rude.”

“So why keep going to England?” asks the bartender.

John replies: “Gives Jim a chance to drive…”


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The Bible

The Bible

By George Smith

We all know that the Bible can be used to inspire, excite, motivate, punish and/or shame. Subjective  scripture-pulling is as old as the scriptures; just because it’s a common practice doesn’t make it right.

Controversial topics — from capital punishment to immigration to homosexuality — have pro and con arguments supposedly linked to scriptures in the Old and New testaments or lack thereof.

Some folks love beating gay rights activists with Old Testament scripture, ignoring the fact Jesus was on Earth 33 years and never once addressed the issue. They are afraid to mention the earliest drafts of certain books of the Bible which mentioned same-sex relationships, condemning only sex between adults  and children, never consensual adults. (Check it out. I did.)

These are the same folks who use the Second Amendment to advocate for the right to carry any weapon anywhere, but conveniently forget the key phrase “well-regulated militia” is part of that  amendment.

The Bible is an inspirational book, no doubt. But there are parts of it that have been altered/rewritten numerous times and human prejudices and biases are evident .

Some parts of the Bible are simply ignored.  When’s the  last time you heard a sermon about Sarah and her arranging a sexual encounter between a servant and her husband? Or King David had an affair with a married woman, impregnated her and sent her husband to his death in battle?

The Bible has numerous scriptures that would be supermarket tabloid headlines  if the events happened today.

The Hunter Biden and Matt Gaetz stories would not even be in the first 6-7 pages of The Globe or National Enquirer if in competition with Bible scandals.

In other words, folks believe what they want to believe and ignore truths (or twist the facts) to suit their personal argument.

Ignorance is no excuse when your stance on an issue  infringes on the rights of others. And it makes no difference where your beliefs come from, including political philosophies or pundits, charismatic politician figures or the Bible.

Like the edict of doctors, all folks with opinions should, first, take an oath to “do no harm”.

George S. Smith


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Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert

 Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert

By George Smith

Listen up, supporters of Texas First District Rep. Louis Gohmert! 

I am not saying this man is stupid. No, not stupid. He is a lawyer, former judge and street-smart enough to convince voters that he has their best interests at heart AND that he is a force to be reckoned with in the unhallowed halls of Congress.

Truth time: He is an ignorant, slobber-

jawed, lie-spouter who is an embarrassment to himself and everybody who votes for him.

But he’s not stupid. What he is is gullible, inane, short-sighted, pointless, insensate, irrelevant, nonsensical, puerile, laughable, naive and obtuse.

And, indiscreet, moronic, trivial, imbecilic, deficient, unthinking, witless, doltish, stolid, mush-headed, dense and dopey.

Oh, but his supporters say, he is in touch with his constituents and looks after their best interests.

To that, I say, set your expectations higher that having a congressional representative that is ridiculed as one of the Capitol’s Top 3 Dumbest Elected Officials.

Voters, it’s not enough for you that your representative is still playing Follow the Leader with Ex-Twice Impeached President Trump, right? Or that he is not interested in supporting a congressional investigation of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol?

How ridiculous is Gohmert? Here’s a manly quote from him about the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt:

“The overwhelming number of people caught up in this ‘unprecedented’ investigation … they’re actually nonviolent, peaceful Americans,” Gohmert said. “Their only crime was supporting Donald Trump and concern about the fraud Democrats have been telling us about in elections for many years.”

Or this quote after the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting by James Holmes:

Gohmert wasn’t concerned about, say, mental health issues, or some form of social trigger — but, rather, that he didn’t have the appropriate fear of a vengeful, unforgiving God: “You know what really gets me, as a Christian, is to see the ongoing attacks on Judeo-Christian beliefs, and then some senseless crazy act of terror like this takes place. … We’ve threatened high school graduation participations, if they use God’s name, they’re going to be jailed … I mean that kind of stuff. Where was God? What have we done with God? We don’t want him around. I kind of like his protective hand being present.”

And don’t forget about his unhinged hangup on “anchor babies”.

Gohmert is convinced, all evidence otherwise, that there are terrorist organizations — somewhere, somehow — concocting schemes to send their pregnant Black Widows to our American shores, spawning natural-born terrorists, and then using them and their US Citizenship Cards, decades on, to decimate the land we call home: “[The children] could be raised and coddled as future terrorists [and] twenty, thirty years down the road, they can be sent in to help destroy our way of life.

Gohmert is a fungus that is creating an untenable perception about the voters of Texas First District. A vote for Gohmert is a vote for legalized lunacy.


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