Shit is bad: Hospitals are canceling cancer patients' tumor removal procedures to free up beds for the significant spike in COVID-19 patients. Thankfully, the Court of Appeals stopped a terrible judicial decision to allow strip clubs and restaurants to resume indoor operations. We can not avoid the very difficult (and science and fact-based) decisions we have to make to protect our communities. Stay home. Please.
Pay them: For the first time in nearly 30 years, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case that NCAA athletes deserve to be paid. Last year, NCAA reported more than $10B in generated revenue from athletics departments. These professional athletes (who happen to play for college teams) are cheated out of the fruits of their hard-earned labor and talents. I’ve mentioned this before, but if you still haven't watched the documentary “Schooled”, you need to. It will knock down all the arguments you have been programmed with.
Luck of the draw: This election year has been an unorthodox one, but nothing can top how the Warner Springs Unified School District Board race was called! Terry Cox and Gene Doxey were tied with 352 votes each. It was decided that a coin toss would pick the final winner. Doxey ended up calling the winning side -- heads -- and getting the seat. Unconventional, but effective.
Sketchy (deeper dive): The concept of “cap and trade” has historically shown some success, but legitimate questions remain about ensuring real environmental progress is being achieved. This in-depth piece from Bloomberg justifies existing skepticism. In one instance, the Nature Conservancy had a donor buy land to preserve it from being forested. Soon after, that same land was claimed by offsets to stop it from being forested. Again.
They’re finally here: This week nearly 28,000 COVID-19 vaccines arrived in San Diego County. Health care workers at Rady’s Children's Hospital and Naval Medical Center were the first to receive the vaccine. Even though we are seeing one of the worst spikes in COVID as reported all year, this vaccine brings us hope. We can and will knock this thing back one last time!