First, we need to know that smallpox is something most people recover from in a short amount of time without requiring hospitalizations.
Second, it is most commonly spread by close contact with an animal but recent outbreaks show it spreading by human contact. One expert from the World Health Organization said that the outbreak in Europe may have been from sex parties so maybe avoid those for a while?
Third, there is some evidence that the smallpox vaccine offers some protection against monkeypox so naturally, vaccine makers are ramping up that vaccine.
And lastly, will this be the next pandemic? We sure hope not but Belgium is now the first country with mandatory quarantine rules around the disease. It’s not a cause for panic yet, although it sure is concerning that the World Health Organization is meeting this week to discuss implementing global pandemic rules that would usurp government powers.
Does Taiwan exist or doesn’t it? That is the question!
The United States operates on a policy of “strategic ambiguity” on Taiwan. Since China does not believe that Taiwan is autonomous and believes that it belongs to them, other leaders are asked to pretend that is the case too. This is what is referred to as the “one China policy.”
President Biden is in Asia this week and he seems like he’s got this “ambiguity” thing on lock. On Monday he said the U.S. would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan against China. On Tuesday he said that the U.S. policy is still to treat Taiwan ambiguously.
How can both of those things be true? How long can “ambiguity” be the policy? This version of reality is too weird to be true but it is.
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It’s the little things, right? Coke has solved the problem of plastic bottle caps that become pollution and it’s actually not that little of a thing.
Coke introduced new soda bottles with plastic tops that don’t come off. They stay tethered to the bottle with a tiny plastic attachment. This will keep the lid with the bottle so that they don’t separate and add to the trash and plastic problems of the world, which are not at all little.
Don’t give Coke too much credit for this. The European Union is beginning to require drink makers to keep their lids attached by 2024.
Plus, this move does not reduce plastic manufacturing. It actually requires more since that tiny attachment now has to be made. Environmentalists would like to see Coke come up with a reusable container solution.
These bottles will launch in the UK only for now so Americans can continue to litter their plastic tops but please don’t.
The multiverse may be real and our alternate selves are sabotaging us.
This comes from a study published in Physical Review Letters. It says that universe modeling may be slow because a “mirror world” is getting in the way.
“This might seem crazy at face value, but such mirror worlds have a large physics literature,” study co-author Francis-Yan Cyr-Racine said in the statement. “Our work allows us to link, for the first time, this large literature to an important problem in cosmology.”
It’s not crazy but that is about all my peon brain can understand. I hope this newsletter exists in the mirror world! If so, maybe it can reply-all and explain this?
News By The Numbers
$4.5 million. That is how much Kurt Cobain’s guitar sold at auction. This was the one he used in the Smells Like Teen Spirit video.
52%. That is how much “active shooter” incidents were up last year in the U.S., according to the FBI.
68%. That is how many Americans say that they have enough in savings to cover a $400 emergency. That is the highest percentage ever recorded for that statistic.
45 minutes. That is how long the city of Sacramento was able to run its gas-for-guns program before they ran out. The city offered $50 gas gift cards in exchange for firearms and 134 showed up to trade in less than an hour. Success?
#JohnsonLiedPeopleDied is trending after new photographs emerged of English Prime Minister Boris Johnson partying in November of 2020 when the rest of the country was under strict lockdowns. He had previously said he was unaware that the event was a party but the photographs show him toasting. Clearly, he knew it was a party. London Police concluded their investigations last week and said no more fines or punishments would be doled out.
State Farm is trending after emails show the insurance company partnered with the GenderCool Project to distribute books on LGBTQ+ to children five and up. After this email dump, State Farm says it will no longer do this.
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