The massive US cyber breach may have started long before last spring. Russia still denies involvement.
Wichita, Kansas had a little temblor. It was enough to knock some stuff off shelves, but not enough to damage structures. Although it’s a small earthquake, comparatively, it’s worth mentioning because in preparing a household for an earthquake, you’ll be prepped for 80% of most other prep-worthy disasters. And these disasters can happen anywhere:
Did you feel it? This morning, the Wichita area felt a 3.8 magnitude earthquake. Wichita is located on the western edge of the Nemaha uplift and the Kansas Geological Survey (KGS) believes these are not man-made earthquakes. There have not be any reports of structural damage, pic.twitter.com/reCrvJEAfG
— Sedgwick County (@SedgwickCounty) December 30, 2020
Strange things are afoot in and around Iran:
Per the NYT, U.S. officials have noticed that #Iran has placed its air defenses, maritime forces and other security forces on heightened alert.
— Doge (@IntelDoge) December 30, 2020
Also, the President and First Lady skipped their own New Year’s Eve party, and some are hypothesizing that action in the Middle East may have something to do with it:
President Trump is skipping his New Year's Eve party, an unusual move that surprised guests who were told he'd be there. Instead he's heading back to Washington early. W/ @Kevinliptakcnn https://t.co/3bBhYOjUOw
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) December 31, 2020
The world has over 83.7 million cases. The world is adding ~4.3 million cases per week. There have been over 1.8 million deaths in total. The US has over 20.4 million cases. Over 353,000 Americans have died—nearly 3,100 in the last 24 hours. The US has gained over 210,000 new cases since yesterday. The US still leads the world in case growth and number of deaths.
A study by the Chinese CDC shows a seroprevalence indicative of widespread infection in Wuhan—perhaps 10x as much as was previously publicly noted. As many as 500,000 may have been infected in the city in which COVID first emerged.
Los Angeles hospitals are running out of beds, staff and oxygen. The demand for oxygen is more than either the current canister supply or even internal pipes can handle. Some hospitals have had to close to EMS arrivals for short periods of time because of the oxygen issue. The patient load is increasing in the face of decreased staffing as well. It’s a health care disaster. Many ambulances are having long offloading wait times:
L.A. County health officials said Thursday conditions continue to worsen at hospitals, with ambulances waiting up to eight hours to off-load patients, leading to a shortage of paramedic crews on the streets, and longer 911 response times.https://t.co/Ui8nvsPC62
— Spectrum News 1 SoCal (@SpecNews1SoCal) January 1, 2021
The US vaccination rate is currently so slow that it will take ten years to reach herd immunity. It’s time to pick up the pace, but in the absence of a federal vaccination program the states are left to their own devices. It’s really a bit of a disaster. Somehow we’ve also managed to underfund state efforts. If distribution rate and uptake remain as low as they are, vaccines should simply be offered to any adult who wants one. Wouldn’t that be nice? I’m not the only one with this wish:
Imagine one website where all Americans could register for a COVID-19 vaccine, then be notified when & where to get it.
We literally have to imagine this because it doesn’t exist.
— Kevin Cate (@KevinCate) December 31, 2020
Cruise ship crew members confined to small cabins and forced to stay at sea during the pandemic committed suicide in concerning numbers. Tens of thousands of workers were forced to stay on board with indeterminate or ever-changing dates of return.
Ireland is in a nation-wide lockdown now:
NEW: Ireland announces nationwide coronavirus lockdown https://t.co/RsYBZ2BvKA
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) December 30, 2020
I think it’s safe to assume that the new variant is all over the place:
BREAKING: Mutant, highly infectious coronavirus strain discovered in England is now in California https://t.co/IoALG05BBM
— Demian Bulwa (@demianbulwa) December 30, 2020
The UK has approved the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. The US probably won’t have it approved and available until April of 2021 or later.