New mutant strain of COVID found in southern Africa!

Will we ever be rid of this horrible plague?

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

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

Man Facing Criminal Charges From Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol Riot Flees To Belarus

Evan Neumann reportedly has applied for asylum in the authoritarian country.

“A man wanted by the FBI for his involvement in the violent Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has fled the country and is seeking asylum in Belarus, the country’s state-run media reported over the weekend.”

“Evan Neumann faces six charges in U.S. District Court for his conduct on Jan. 6, including assaulting a police officer and engaging in physical violence in a restricted area.”

..there is documentation to support the charges. The criminal complaint includes bodycam footage of Neumann attempting to break through the outer barricades around the Capitol on Jan. 6, at one point reaching over the metal barrier to punch an officer with a balled fist”

I agree with Neumann’s decision. Those who hate America, like the alleged January 6 rioters / terrorists, SHOULD depart the United States never to return! They’ll soon see how good they had it in America.

Microsoft moves to annual updates of Windows.

Darn, now I’ll only be able to look forward to upgrades once a year not twice! LOL.

“Microsoft is shifting to an annual release cycle for Windows 10, which will be supported through 2025.”

“Windows 11 is on a similar annual schedule.”

“Windows remains critical to Microsoft’s business, contributing about 13% of revenue.”

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn: “If we are going to have one nation under God — which we must — we have to have one religion,” Flynn said in San Antonio at a stop for the far-right “ReAwaken America” tour. “One nation under God, and one religion under God.”

How is the American Right Wing any different from the Taliban?

“Flynn — who was pardoned early this year by Trump after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI — has made several jaw-dropping comments in the past.

“In May he called for a Myanmar-like deadly military coup in America.

“In July, when he was gifted a new AR-15-style rifle at a church, he said: ‘Maybe I’ll find somebody in Washington.’”

FBI hacked!

“By Rachel Pannett
Today at 4:12 a.m. EST

“Hackers compromised the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s external email system on Saturday [November 13, 2021], sending spam emails to potentially thousands of people and companies with a faked warning of a cyberattack.”

Beware of any email that seems suspicious!

Some signs of potentially harmful emails:

An Unfamiliar Tone or Greeting.
Grammar and Spelling Errors.
Inconsistencies in Email Addresses, Links & Domain Names.
Threats or a Sense of Urgency.
Suspicious Attachments.

If in doubt do not click on a link or download an attachment!