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.”

Abery Case: GUILTY

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/jury-reaches-verdict-trial-three-men-killing-ahmaud-arbery-n1284316

Three men found guilty in death of Ahmaud Arbery.

I agree with the verdicts in the case. It is illegal to hunt down a man and kill him.

“The nearly all-white jury convicted Travis McMichael of malice murder, felony murder, aggravated assault, false imprisonment and criminal attempt to commit a felony.”

“Gregory McMichael and William Bryan were acquitted of the top charge. All now face up to life in prison.”

Burning leaves

Stepped outside the other day to go to the mailbox and caught the scent of a neighbor burning leaves. One of the small blessings of autumn! Pleasant and comforting, yet exciting.

Gettysburg Address, November 19, 1863

True then and true now.

Four score and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.
Now we are engaged in a great civil war, testing whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated, can long endure. We are met on a great battle-field of that war. We have come to dedicate a portion of that field, as a final resting place for those who here gave their lives that that nation might live. It is altogether fitting and proper that we should do this.

But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate—we can not consecrate—we can not hallow—this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here. It is for us the living, rather, to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which they who fought here have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be here dedicated to the great task remaining before us—that from these honored dead we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave the last full measure of devotion—that we here highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.
—Abraham Lincoln, November 19, 1863