Operation has been restored to most of the Colonial gas pipeline, but hundreds to thousands of gas stations are still out of gas in the 17 states that rely on the pipeline. Colonial Pipeline ultimately paid $5 million in ransom to regain control of their systems. In a bizarre twist, the hackers claim they didn’t mean to make so much trouble—they just wanted money. Meanwhile, folks are still fighting (sometimes literally) to find gas:
% stations without gasoline, 5pm CT, change since last update:
AL 9% NC
DC 75% +2%
DE 5% +1%
FL 30% NC
GA 49% +1%
KY 3% NC
LA 0% NC
MD 39% +3%
MS 8% +1%
NC 69% +1%
NJ 1% +1%
SC 52% NC
TN 33% NC
TX 0% NC
VA 50% -2%
— Patrick De Haan ⛽️📊 (@GasBuddyGuy) May 13, 2021
Tension between Israel and Palestine has escalated again, and the situation looks serious and capable of escalating even further. What began with an anti-Palestinian turf war over property in Jerusalem has escalated into the use by Palestinians of over 1,500 small-range rockets—most (but not all) deflected by the Iron Dome. Israel has levelled over 500 Hamas targets in Gaza, some residential, some government, and some industrial. It’s not just Hamas versus the IDF–civilians have engaged in beatings, fighting, and lynchings on both sides. There have been scores of casualties. The IDF has signaled readiness to engage ground troops in Gaza. Here’s the Iron Dome at work:
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 13, 2021
The Consumer Price Index has jumped over 4%, sparking more fears of inflation. The Federal Reserve maintains that the inflationary jump should be transient. Cereal, airfare, soda, lumber, and gas are just a few things on the elevated price list.
You may be eligible to take $50 off the cost of your internet as a form of pandemic relief. The program is means-tested, but is fairly generous. Here’s where to go to check it out.
A huge offshore windfarm has been approved for a location near Martha’s Vineyard. 62 giant turbines will be situated in the Atlantic with the aim to power multiple hundreds of thousands of homes.
California has a $76 billion surplus (not counting its $250 billion liability gap in state pension funding), so Governor Newsom, facing a possible recall election, plans to dole out $600-$1,100 in pandemic relief in the form of tax rebates to residents.
Americans have been paying down their credit cards. Banks may respond with more generous limits and APRs:
Americans are paying down their credit-card debt at levels not seen in years. That’s good news for everyone but banks. https://t.co/DbPVZ3PA9u
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 11, 2021
The world has over 161.7 million COVID cases. The world has gained over 5.1 million cases in a week and has gained over 5 million cases per week for multiple weeks in a row. There have been nearly 3.4 million deaths in total. The US has over 33.6 million cases. Over 598,000 Americans have died. There have been 707 deaths in the last 24 hours in the US. The US gained over 34,000 new cases in the last day. India is leading the globe in daily deaths, with nearly 3,900 in the last day. India has also gained over 338,000 new cases in the last day. Brazil had over 2,500 deaths yesterday. Cases and deaths are once again declining in the US:
For the 1st time in 8 months the US covid cases are <12/100,000 people.
We've never been below 6 since the pandemic started.
Goal is <1.
It's attainable. Soon. pic.twitter.com/HT9bdF0rv9
— Eric Topol (@EricTopol) May 11, 2021
The CDC has lifted mask mandates indoors and outdoors for those who have been vaccinated. Caveats apply for the use of public transportation and for those who are immunocompromised:
Americans who are fully vaccinated can go without masks or physical distancing in most cases, even when they are indoors or in large groups, federal officials said Thursday, paving the way for a full reopening of society.https://t.co/iBrWMUE6af
— Stars and Stripes (@starsandstripes) May 13, 2021
Those with technical knowhow in India have been hacking COVID vaccine websites to secure appointments. Those without knowhow are left to fend for themselves.
The CDC says COVID vaccines may be given without regard to the timing of other (non-COVID) recent vaccines:
— Liz Szabo (@LizSzabo) May 12, 2021
Ohio is going to enter vaccinated adults into a lottery pool. 5 people will win $1 million each:
JUST IN: Ohio adults who have received their first COVID-19 shot will be entered into a drawing
5 winners will be chosen, and each will win 1 million dollars pic.twitter.com/kTCWfxJfux
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) May 12, 2021
Is it safe to mix COVID vaccines? We’re starting to get some data now, and so far it’s looking okay—there are some reports of increased side effects like fever and arm pain, but nothing requiring hospitalization:
1/ Here's the first bit of data on mixing #COVID19 vaccines:
In those over 50, AstraZeneca & Pfizer separated by 28 resulted in more significant side effects, but not severe enough to land people in hospital.
— Isaac Bogoch (@BogochIsaac) May 12, 2021
This might help some folks who are still vaccine hesitant:
New study: COVID virus particles found in the penis tissue of men who'd had COVID 6-8 months earlier (both severe & mild COVID).
— Hannah Davis 🦈 (@ahandvanish) May 12, 2021
The variant found in India is now spreading in the UK:
NEW: UK Health Department says B.1.617.2, a coronavirus variant first found in India, "is beginning to spread increasingly rapidly in certain areas across the country" pic.twitter.com/Nq7U21kpCV
— BNO Newsroom (@BNODesk) May 13, 2021