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
YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki and Microsoft chief Satya Nadella were skedded to join 2,500 politicians, business and nonprofit leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos , Switzerland this week as the annual gathering kneecapped by Covid is back in person. It reconvenes, a bit subdued, at a critical moment with the world staggering under food scarcity, raging fuel prices and war. There’s usually a sprinkling of snow on the pines at the toney mountain resort, about a seven-hour drive from the Cannes Film Festival. The showbiz presence is also scant at an event that over the years has hosted Hollywood and music royalty like Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Charlize Theron, Sharon Stone, Goldie Hawn, Bono, Peter Gabriel and Will.I.Am. Davos is the place where assembled dignitaries tittered and booed a boastful speech by former President Donald Trump in 2018, but weren’t laughing when he returned in 2020. In 2021, the event was virtual. This year, it … [Read more...] about Davos World Economic Forum Back In Person; No Snow Or Stars As Politicians, CEOs Hold Court North Of Cannes
A protester who was snatched off the street by camouflaged government agents and shoved into an unmarked minivan during the federal crackdown on Black Lives Matter demonstrations in Portland has filed a lawsuit claiming her core constitutional rights were violated. In mid-July 2020, Evelyn Bassi got swept up in one of the darkest episodes of the Trump administration when she was grabbed by armed federal agents, detained in a van against her will, and frisked before ultimately being let go. Her new lawsuit claims that her “illegal abduction” was feature of a “terror campaign against Portlanders” orchestrated by then-President Trump, intended to “intimidate the public and chill free speech.” She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. In the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd in late May 2020, Portland transformed into a hotbed of nightly protests. Black Lives Matter demonstrations against police violence were countered, ironically, by wave after wave of … [Read more...] about ‘Illegal Abduction’: Portland Protester Sues Feds For Snatching Her Off the Street
“Representation” was the word of the weekend as more than a dozen Asian artists took the stage Saturday for the second annual Head in the Clouds festival in Los Angeles . Dubbed by fans as the “Asian Coachella,” the single-day festival brought out more than 20,000 people, according to organizers 88rising , the Los Angeles-based music label and creative agency known for their roster of Asian acts like Rich Brian , Joji , and Higher Brothers, all of whom performed at the event. The show, which took over Los Angeles State Historic Park in downtown L.A., also marked the West Coast festival debut for K-Pop act, iKON , who first set foot on U.S. soil earlier this year, with a rousing showcase at SXSW. The boyband was also making one of their first appearances since founding member, Kim Han Bin, better known by his onstage moniker B.I, left the group in June, reportedly forced out by management over allegations that he attempted to buy marijuana (cannabis use is still … [Read more...] about Head in the Clouds: Rich Brian, K-Pop Group iKON at ‘Asian Coachella’