August 5, 2021 8:01 AM HomePoliticsMorning Reads — Thursday, August 5, 2021 Morning Reads — Thursday, August 5, 2021 By Jessica Szilagyi Politics 5 Comments Peaches They say it’s to make traffic better, but we know better. Resources dispatched to Georgia to make case for big spending “A lie created to foment a coup”Legislature addresses needs of Georgia studentsGeorgia near bottom in rate of required nursing home inspections.Golden Ray continues to be a Golden Cluster ACLU takes aim at absentee ballot provision in Georgia’s new election lawDOJ officials rejected colleague’s request to intervene in Georgia’s election certification: EmailsGeorgia DOT made highway decision ‘without undue influence’ COVID-19 Georgia’s COVID mask and vaccine drama on full display at Athens City HallBut USG won’t mandate masks or vaccines Forthcoming mandatory vaccine policy for all active-duty militaryFauci says the outlook is bleak“The Mother of All Superspreaders” Jimmy Carter Mexico Sues U.S. Gun Manufacturers For Contributing To Arms Trafficking DeathsInfrastructure Bill Would Require Alcohol Monitors for All New CarsApparently we’re doing a disservice to the children by leaving them out of the bill, though. G7 funds help some countries silence critics, oppositionSeizing a safe deposit box for selling bombs without a permit Judge sanctions lawyers for bringing 2020 election conspiracy lawsuit Sweet Tea While they were asleep, their Teslas burned in the garage.60% cancellation with Spirit.Giraffes are socially complex, misunderstood Share this:TumblrFacebookRedditTwitterEmailPrint Related About Author Jessica Szilagyi 5 Comments drjay yeah we were on st simon’s a couple of times last summer and thought the ship was kinda cool to see tipped over in the water and watch the workers scurrying around like ants on the equipment surrounding it…we really didn’t think it would still be there a year later..2 years after the damn wreck happened… August 5, 2021 8:27 AM Log in to Reply xdog Bongs, not bombs. August 5, 2021 8:35 AM Log in to Reply Will Durant I have no more than 2 drinks with alcohol a year. New cars already cost too much without an unneeded government mandated alcohol detector being added. Too Big Brotherish for my taste. Don’t punish everyone for the sins of a few. August 5, 2021 9:40 AM Log in to Reply armanidog I hope we all remember how little Republicans in Georgia have done to keep folks safe. Kemp, the UGA administration, and Republican legislators all have failed us. How about some damn leadership and some compassion. No they would rather score brownie points with folks who are too dumb to realize the danger. From Athens “Our Hot Townie Summer is over. One month ago, COVID-19 had been virtually wiped out in Clarke County, with fewer than two cases reported per day. Thanks to vaccines, life had started to return to normal. Then the Delta variant hit. Now cases have increased fifteenfold, and they’re still rising, with K-12 classes starting up this week, tens of thousands of unvaccinated University of Georgia students poised to move back to town and football season looming. However, don’t expect any action from the state government, in spite of public health experts like Toomey’s expectation that the current surge will get worse. “Georgia will not lock down or impose statewide mask mandates,” Gov. Brian Kemp announced on social media last week. That led Amber Schmidtke, a microbiologist who’s tracking the pandemic in Georgia, to say Kemp “has no other strategy than to let Georgia burn.” In her weekly newsletter, Schmidtke described how unvaccinated people with the Delta variant are filling up hospitals across the South, and how children are more susceptible to the Delta variant than previous strains: “So when this starts to happen in a bigger way in Georgia, and kids who were previously healthy are on ventilators, I don’t want school superintendents to claim that there was no way this could have been predicted. We have plenty of warning that the situation in 2021 is more dangerous than a year ago for children. Willingly choosing to endanger children by not doing the bare minimum of disease control and prevention should be treated the same way as knowingly allowing someone drunk to drive a school bus, and organizations that do so should be held to account. They don’t get to push the blame to someone else after they dismiss CDC guidance. Georgia children are going to end up in the hospital or worse. In addition, they will go home to families where they spread the disease to others, some of whom may be immunocompromised [think pregnant moms—it’s more common than you think], older grandparents and others with underlying medical conditions. The liability alone would scare me enough as a superintendent to enact a mask mandate at the elementary level at the very minimum where none of the kids are eligible for a vaccine.” The Clarke County School District has shifted course on masks several times, and last week announced that everyone—all students, staff and visitors, regardless of vaccination status—is required to wear a mask while inside schools (see p.6 for more). But other area school districts are not requiring masks. In fact, the situation looks very much like it did this time last year. On Aug. 3, 2020, Clarke County had an average of 41 new cases per day, not much higher than now. At the time, UGA had the third-most COVID cases of any university in the country—before classes had even started. What followed, once UGA resumed in-person classes, was a month-long surge of historic proportions. By Sept. 6, Clarke County was averaging 156 new cases per day. Meanwhile, the University of Georgia is doing little to ensure that incoming students are vaccinated. President Jere Morehead and other top administrators sent a mass email to students, staff and faculty urging them to “contemplate this matter very carefully.” The university is also giving away a free T-shirt and $20 gift card to students who are vaccinated at the University Health Center.” https://flagpole.com/featured/2021/08/04/another-covid-surge-is-hitting-athens/ August 5, 2021 12:01 PM Log in to Reply armanidog Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel revealed during an interview with “Mornings with Maria” on Thursday when his company’s COVID-19 booster vaccine could be available to the public as the delta variant spreads across the globe. He noted that the company is “waiting for a bit more data,” but said in some countries, the Moderna booster shot could be available to some demographics “as soon as September.” https://www.foxbusiness.com/business-leaders/moderna-ceo-covid-booster-delta-variant-vaccine I imagine it will be more like late fall or early 2022 for the USA. The FDA will have to do their studies. August 5, 2021 12:11 PM Log in to Reply Add a Comment Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.