OVER 1.4 MILLION NORTH CAROLINIANS HAVE CONTRACTED CORONAVIRUS: At least 1,425,062 people in North Carolina have tested positive for the coronavirus, and at least 17,104 have died since March 2020, according to state health officials. The N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Friday reported 4,078 new COVID-19 cases, up from 3,781 on Thursday. At least 2,467 people were reported hospitalized with COVID-19 as of Friday, including 676 adult patients who are being treated in intensive care units, health officials said. On Wednesday, the latest date with available information, 6.7% of coronavirus tests were reported positive. Roughly 70% of adults in North Carolina have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, and about 65% have been fully vaccinated. That's still not enough.
TILLIS DEFENDS THOSE WHO THREATEN TEACHERS AND SCHOOL BOARDS: U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland announced this month that he would have the FBI investigate the “disturbing spike in harassment, intimidation, and threats of violence against school administrators, board members, teachers, and staff.” “We are concerned about the appearance of the Department of Justice policing the speech of citizens and concerned parents," North Carolina U.S. Senator Thom Tillis and the other Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee wrote in a letter Thursday to Garland. “We urge you to make very clear to the American public that the Department of Justice will not interfere with the rights of parents to come before school boards and speak with educators about their concerns, whether regarding coronavirus-related measures, the teaching of critical race theory in schools, sexually explicit books in schools, or any other topic.” Their rights stop when they threaten physical harm to people, and when they try to take power away from voters and declare themselves the new school board. Both of those are crimes, that at least need to be investigated.
MARK ROBINSON IS APPARENTLY PROUD OF BEING A BIGOT: As Democrats from the White House to the state Senate express outrage and even call for his resignation, Lt. Gov. Mark Robinson said Friday he wouldn't back down from pointed comments about homosexuality he made several months ago. “We will not be intimidated. We will not back down. We will not change our language," Robinson said. "The language I used, I am not ashamed of it. I will use it in the future because, again, it is time for parents in this state to take a strong stand for their children." What about the parents of LGBTQ+ students? Do they not have the right to send their children to school, free of the fear that the Lt. Governor of their state is putting those kids in harm's way with his rhetoric? Are those children "filth," to be thrown in the trash or hounded until they take their own lives in despair? These are questions that dark-hearted son of a bitch will never ask himself.
I MIGHT NEED TO GO TO ONE OF THESE RAGE ROOMS AFTER READING THE ABOVE: Have you ever felt so mad you just wanted to punch a wall but knew you would regret the damage to your home? Or just wanted to break a bunch of glasses out of frustration but didn’t want to have the mess? The perfect outlet for this aggression lies in a rage room. Ch-Hara Pearson, a New Jersey native, and Sparkle Bass, a Fayetteville native, opened Wreck & Release on Murchison Road a year ago with the goal of helping the mental health of Fayetteville community members, especially young people. “I really want to focus on our youth because they’ve had a hard two years,” Bass said. “Even if you had no traumas, you had perfect parents, a perfect life, these last two years has been tough for any child. So, if you add trauma and other things onto that, we don’t give our youth a safe place to express themselves in an unconventional way.” The way the rage rooms work is patrons pay for an allotted amount of time to either break their own stuff that they bring or break things that Wreck & Release provides, depending on the package you purchase, with tools and cleanup provided. The materials in the rooms are either donated or purchased by the business. I would rather break their stuff. My stuff is too important.
BLESSED SNIFFLES: MILLIONS OF 5 TO 11 YEAR-OLD KIDS ABOUT TO GET A SHOT IN THE ARM: Within days of regulators clearing the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine for younger children, federal officials say they will begin pushing out as many as 20 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine to immunize school-age kids across the United States in a bid to control the coronavirus pandemic. The kickoff of the long-awaited children’s vaccination campaign is expected as soon as early November. And this time around, the government has purchased enough doses to give two shots to all 28 million eligible children ages 5 to 11. Still, federal and state officials and health providers say that vaccinating children is likely to be a more challenging process than it was for adults and teens. The federal government plans to allocate the initial shots according to a formula to ensure equitable distribution, likely based on a state’s population of eligible children, according to a federal health official who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share planning. Enlisting besieged health providers and persuading reluctant parents will complicate the process. The long-running efforts to clear the nation’s first coronavirus vaccine for younger children moved into high gear this week when Pfizer and BioNTech filed a formal request with the Food and Drug Administration to authorize a regimen of two 10-microgram doses in 5- to 11-year-olds — one-third the amount given to those 12 and older. An FDA expert panel is scheduled to hear presentations on the vaccine’s safety and efficacy Oct. 26, with vaccine advisers to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention meeting Nov. 2 and 3. If regulators and the CDC give the go-ahead, the shots could start being administered almost immediately.
JANET YELLEN AIN'T MESSING AROUND WITH CORPORATE PROFIT TAXATION: Treasury Secretary Janet L. Yellen said she is confident that Congress will include provisions for a global minimum tax on corporate profits in reconciliation legislation, days after the United States and 135 other nations endorsed the levy to combat tax-cutting. Each country that signed the deal must pass legislation to enact the measure, which is aimed at limiting corporations’ ability to lower their tax bills by shifting profits to the lowest-tax jurisdictions globally. “I am confident that what we need to do to come into compliance with the minimum tax will be included in a reconciliation package. I hope that it will be passed and we will be able to reassure the world that the United States will do its part,” Yellen told ABC News’s “This Week” program. Congressional Democrats are currently hammering out a so-called reconciliation bill that would substantially raise federal spending on social safety-net programs and on fighting climate change. The rule requires countries to set a minimum tax of 15 percent on the profits of companies with annual revenue above 750 million euros. The OECD, which led discussions on the deal, said it would allow countries to collect around $150 billion in new revenue annually. A recent report found that corporations are shifting $1.38 trillion worth of profit each year into havens that charge little to no tax, causing the governments where that profit is actually earned to miss out on $245 billion in annual revenue. Go get 'em, Janet.