A fresh outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and the United States in recent weeks isn’t just a threat to public health. It’s also a warning sign. More and more dangerous viruses, having evolved in animal populations, are jumping to the human population. Bird flu. MERS. SARS-CoV-1. And of course SARS-CoV-2, which has killed 6.3 million people since the very first infection in Wuhan, China, 30 months ago. It’s not hard to see why these animal-to-human “zoonotic” viral outbreaks are getting more severe and more frequent. We’re chopping down more of the forests where animals live, exposing them to us and us to them. Climate change and the illicit wildlife trade only make the problem worse. As deforestation surges, so does the risk of viral outbreaks. “The combination of climate change, population density and urban expansion is worrisome because I think we will continue to see novel viruses with the capacity to cause human disease,” said Stephanie James, the head of … [Read more...] about Is Monkeypox Just the Beginning?
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Because the Kremlin apparently has no other pressing issues at the moment, more than 960 Americans have been “permanently banned” from entering Russia . The list includes such seeming no-brainers as Joe Biden, Kamala Harris and Hillary Clinton , but there’s no shortage of eyebrow-raising names as well. No longer welcome in Russia are such American menaces Rob Reiner and Morgan Freeman — who respectively directed and narrated a 2017 video about the Kremlin meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election (watch it below) — along with Mark Zuckerberg and John McClain, who is one of three deceased senators to make the list. All are accused of spreading “Russophobia,” per a release that pulled the welcome mat. Notably absent from the ban is Donald Trump. Below is a translated version of the Kremlin’s statement that was released over the weekend; the Russian-language version is here : In the context of responding to the constantly imposed anti-Russian … [Read more...] about Banned From Russia For Good: Morgan Freeman, Rob Reiner & Multiple Dead Senators Newly Unwelcome
EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Diablo Cody ( Juno ) has boarded Jenny Mollen ’s City of Likes as executive producer of the series adaptation, which is in development with Sony Pictures TV and The Nacelle Company . Announced in 2021, the project falls under Nacelle’s first look comedy deal with Sony TV . The book will be released by NacelleBooks on June 14. City of Likes centers on Megan Chernoff, a talented but unemployed copywriter in an identity crisis after the birth of her second child. Seeking a fresh start, she and her family move to New York City, where she meets a gorgeous, stylish, well-known momfluencer. Before she knows it, Meg finds herself immersed in the ‘momfluencer’ world, hobnobbing at exclusive power mama supper clubs, partaking in fancy wellness rituals, and reveling in the external validation she gets from her followers who grow daily by the thousands. When Meg realizes she’s losing track of what matters most, she realizes she must find a way back to her … [Read more...] about Diablo Cody Joins Jenny Mollen’s ‘City Of Likes’ As Exec Producer For Sony TV & Nacelle
Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA) and Councilman Kevin de Leon will take part in a Los Angeles mayoral candidates forum at ICM Partners on Tuesday that will focus on what is perhaps the biggest issue in the race: homelessness. The event, called Solving Homelessness and sponsored by Politico and ICM Partners , also will feature Alfre Woodard with opening remarks. It comes with just two weeks before the mayoral primary, with polls showing a tight race between Bass and developer Rick Caruso. An ICM Partners spokesperson said that Caruso, who has blanketed Los Angeles airwaves with ads focused on the homelessness crisis, was invited but declined, citing a scheduling conflict. In a debate in March , Bass said that she would appoint a person who would be in charge of addressing the homelessness crisis and that person would report to her. She also talked of a plan to house 15,000 people in her first year. De Leon emphasized his record in addressing the problem in his … [Read more...] about Los Angeles Mayor’s Race: ICM Partners, Politico To Host Candidates Forum On Homelessness