Unity

Though eye to eye we may not see
A different viewpoint keeps us free.
So even when we disagree
Our liberties we prize!

“U.S. State Department phones hacked with Israeli company spyware – sources By Christopher Bing and Joseph Menn”

https://www.reuters.com/technology/exclusive-us-state-department-phones-hacked-with-israeli-company-spyware-sources-2021-12-03/

“WASHINGTON/SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Apple Inc iPhones of at least nine U.S. State Department employees were hacked by an unknown assailant using sophisticated spyware developed by the Israel-based NSO Group, according to four people familiar with the matter.

“The hacks, which took place in the last several months, hit U.S. officials either based in Uganda or focused on matters concerning the East African country, two of the sources said.”

I wonder who could be behind this breach of security? And why isn’t it being more widely reported?

Granny Trump supporter arrested for voter fraud in Florida.

https://www.clickorlando.com/news/local/2021/12/02/sumter-woman-arrested-charged-with-casting-more-than-one-ballot-police-say/

SUMTER COUNTY, Fla. – A Sumter County woman was arrested Monday for casting more than one ballot in an election, deputies said.

“Joan Halstead, 72, turned herself in at the Sumter County Detention Center in Bushnell and advised deputies that she had an active warrant for the charge, according to the arrest affidavit.”

Another article:

“Sumter County voter records indicated she registered as a Republican on June 29, 2020.”

Conservative Christian anti-vaxer Marcus Lamb dies of COVID.

https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/daystar-ceo-marcus-lamb-dies-covid-diagnosis-81494273

“In recent months, a number of prominent anti-vaccination Christian broadcasters have died from COVID-19. Radio hosts Dick Farrell, Phil Valentine and Marc Bernier, who were unvaccinated, all died after they contracted the virus.”

Just because you’re religious doesn’t mean you have to be stupid! Talk to your doctor about getting the COVID vaccine.

Social Security retirement claims haven’t surged amid Covid-19.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/30/why-social-security-retirement-claims-have-not-surged-amid-covid-19.html

“Many workers ages 55 and up were prompted to take time out of the work force amid Covid-19. However, data shows those people do not necessarily plan to retire altogether. Those most likely to retire are workers age 70 and up, and they likely already claimed Social Security retirement benefits before the onset of the pandemic”

“Consequently, there has likely been ‘only a small increase’ in the claiming of Social Security retirement benefits prompted by the pandemic….”

I’m surprised so many people aged 70 and over are still in the workforce!

Another interesting article on the subject:

https://www.businessinsider.com/personal-finance/baby-boomers-working-past-retirement-age-healthier-2019-4?op=1

“If you break the data down by education, the largest increase in working past the age of 65 has been seen among those who are in the best shape for retirement, highly educated people with high incomes,”

New mutant strain of COVID found in southern Africa!

Will we ever be rid of this horrible plague?

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/11/26/covid-variant-emerges-in-south-africa-heres-what-we-know-so-far.html

A heavily-mutated Covid variant emerges in southern Africa

“South African scientist Tulio de Oliveira said in a media briefing held by the South Africa Department of Health on Thursday that the variant contains a “unique constellation” of more than 30 mutations to the spike protein, the component of the virus that binds to cells. This is significantly more than those of the delta variant.

“Many of these mutations are linked to increased antibody resistance, which may affect how the virus behaves with regard to vaccines, treatments and transmissibility, health officials have said.”