Posts Tagged ‘2021’

Motorcycle Rally Revs Up the Delta Variant

August 9, 2021

Motorcycle Rally Revs Up the Delta Variant

Last August, 460,000 bikers from all over the country headed to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota’s Black Hills. Many carried Covid-19 back home. Contact tracing was nearly impossible, but at least 649 Covid-19 cases were linked directly to the Sturgis rally, and they passed the virus around to friends and family. One estimate put cumulative infections from the event at 250,000 nationwide, generating public health costs of $12.2 billion.

The 2021 Sturgis Rally started Friday, with 700,000 riders expected, and something new has been added, the Delta Variant, which is more contagious, and makes people sicker. Sturgis is in Meade County, which has a 37 percent vaccination rate, and rates in the six bordering counties are even lower.

Naturally, pistol-packin’hard-drivin’snake-oil pushingTrump-touting former beauty queen and South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem will be attending.

More:

“South Dakota’s Sturgis Motorcycle Rally: A ‘cautionary tale’ in the age of Covid-19,” By Ray Sanchez, CNN

“Sturgis bike rally revs back bigger, despite virus variant,” Stephen Groves, Associated Press

“Sturgis Motorcycle Rally revs up, drawing thousands and heightening delta superspreader fears,” Timothy Bella, Washington Post

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Rolling & Remembering, 2021

May 28, 2021

Rolling & Remembering, 2021

Since 1988, on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend, the streets of Washington DC have reverberated with the roar of thousands of motorcyclists commemorating Americans lost in the Vietnam conflict and other wars, in an event most often know as Rolling Thunder. This year the AmVets will sponsor the cycle run, now known as Rolling to Remember. A smaller cycle run, Ride of the Patriots, will start across the Potomac in Fairfax, VA, and join up with the main group.

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Inaugration Day 2021

January 20, 2021

Inaugration Day 2021

Today Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Kamala D. Harris will be inaugurated as, respectively, President and Vice President of the United States of America. They will be inheriting a nation beset with violent threats of domestic terrorism, a deep economic crisis, and a plague that has killed 400,000 Americans in the past year.

God Save the Republic.

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Greetings From Fortress Washington

January 19, 2021

Greetings From Fortress Washington

The National Mall will be empty of well-wishers on Inauguration Day, but, thanks to the threats of domestic terrorists incited by Donald Trump, 25,000 National Guardsmen will join thousands of federal, local, and regional police to observe the transfer of power. More Capitol Hill photos here.

Bearing silent witness to the Inauguration: the souls of 400,000 dead Americans needlessly sacrified due to Trump’s criminal reglect.

More:

“‘I never imagined this’: Washington prepares for an inauguration under siege,” Lois Beckett and Julian Borger, The Guardian

“‘Wartime footing’: Capital draped in steel and concrete in unprecedented inauguration security operation,” Kevin Johnson, USA Today

— “Inside look at how 25,000 National Guardsmen are arriving in Washington, DC,” Luis Martinez, ABC News

“What It’s Like To Live Inside D.C.’s Militarized Security Zone,” Jenny Gathright, Carmel Delshad, Jacob Fenston, Natalie Delgadillo, and Tyrone Turner, DCist

“Sorry, Your Homeowners Insurance Might Not Cover Insurrection,” Rob Brunner, Washingtonian

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Trump-Throttled Post Office May Disenfranchise American Troops

January 5, 2021

Trump-Throttled Post Office May Disenfranchise American Troops.

Georgia voters in the military and citizens living overseas are concerned that their mail-in ballots won’t get delivered in time to be counted in the January 5th senatorial runoff elections. The resource-starved U.S. Postal Service is reeling from Louis DeJoy’s cutbacks, COVID-19 staff outages, and after-effects and backlogs of the Christmas rush. USPS has pledged to fast-track election mail, but on-time mail deliveries in the Atlanta area were as low as 54% a few weeks ago. Ballots must arrive by 7:00 PM today to be valid. Results of the contest may determine control of the U.S. Senate.

More:

“USPS delays could hit Georgia military, overseas ballots,” Hannah Denham and Jacob Bogage, Washington Post

 

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