COVID 19: The situation is bad. More Americans died from COVID on Wednesday of this week than died in the September 11th attacks. Our COVID hospitalizations are double what they were at the highest point in the spring wave and climbing. We are taking action to knock this thing back one more time. But there is hope on the horizon--a vaccine is on the way!
When planets align: I am a stargazer, and on December 21st, please join me viewing Jupiter and Saturn closer than they have been since March 4, 1226. From Southern California, you need to look west along the skyline about an hour after sunset. You will be able to see them with the naked eye, but do better--get a telescope and see them literally side by side (at least in appearance, they will still be 403.3 million miles apart).
Faith: Religious activities are foundational to many and are even more important during difficult times. They are constitutionally protected which is why our public health orders allow them to meet in a way other entities can not. However, there are limits to the 1st amendment (I shared my thoughts on this starting at minute 9:00 in this video). I want to thank our responsible churches out there! Lorena and I attended Mass on Sunday--outdoors, physically distanced, and the priest made clear--God wants you to wear the mask (seems like he read the new testament).
Deeper dive (Section 230): Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act has gotten a lot of attention this week. The issues are complex (free speech, liability, etc). This piece walks through a lot of what Section 230 does and does not do. It will not solve the debate, but hopefully can inform it! Check it out--fascinating issue. (H/T to Scott Lewis for sharing this story on Twitter).
The frontline workers you may not know: Some of the frontline workers during this pandemic are a part of a program through The Arc San Diego that offers people with disabilities various job opportunities. One such individual is Christina Sierra, who is working for MTS to keep our buses and trolleys clean. Here’s a special shout out to Christina and all of the other The Arc San Diego frontline workers!