“Look up, look up, look up!”

By Mike Zonta, BB editor

Back in the ’50s and ’60s, The Prosperos actually had a theme song which started out, “Look up, look up, look up!” and went on from there. (If anybody has a copy of that song or its lyrics, please contact me.)

And this is something we need to do politically as well as personally. Instead of remaining forever on the level playing field of left vs. right (as if they were equivalent), let’s look at things from a higher perspective.

As Gandhi, MLK and Marianne Williams have said in effect, “Self-purification before political activism.”

How many Proud Boys who are out on the streets fighting for America are really fighting an unresolved conflict with their father? And the same could be said for many on the left, though, I think, to a lesser degree, because the left is fighting for greater empathy while the right is fighting against greater empathy.

If you really want to be a man (and that’s what these demonstrations are really about), try confronting yourself. Try confronting your past.

Then you will be demonstrating from a place of honesty, not just anger.

But as Trump said in 2014, “I don’t like to analyze myself because I might not like what I see.”

Divisiveness is good business for the media. As CBS CEO Les Moonves said about the Trump presidency, “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS.” 

The less we look within, the more we will remain divided. The more we look within the more we will see what we have in common.

Even Black professor Cornel West admits to White Supremacy within his own psyche. He says, “I’ve got White Supremacy inside of me.”

That’s self-observation. That’s the beginning of self-purification.

When the Proud Boys and Antifa begin that level of self-examination, I’ll start taking them seriously.

THANK THE PILGRIMS FOR AMERICA’S TRADITION OF SEPARATISM, DIVISION, AND INFIGHTING

They Were Not the Nation’s First Settlers, but They Were the Most Fractious

Thank the Pilgrims for America’s Tradition of Separatism, Division, and Infighting | Zocalo Public Square • Arizona State University • Smithsonian

December 22 marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth. Their legacy remains evident in today’s fractured and polarized republic. Courtesy of the Library of Congress.

by RICHARD KREITNER | NOVEMBER 25, 2020 (zocalopublicsquare.org)

December marks the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrims’ landing at Plymouth, the moment habitually yet mistakenly thought of as the beginning of America. The conflation of New England’s history with that of the nation at large, encouraged by generations of Harvard-reared scholars, continues to warp Americans’ understanding of their past. By the time the Mayflower dropped anchor off Cape Cod, the Jamestown settlement in Virginia had survived (barely) for more than a decade, while Spanish settlements at Santa Fe, New Mexico, and St. Augustine, Florida, were far older.

In part, the importance of the Pilgrims has been exaggerated because of the peculiarly American values that they are said to have brought to the New World and spread through the colonies: rigid discipline, austere rejection of earthly pleasures, the fusing of religious impulses with political ideas. All of these indeed distinguished the Pilgrims from other groups of early trans-Atlantic migrants, though the old easy binary between profit-seeking Virginians and pious Yankees no longer commands much respect among scholars.

Yet it is another attribute of the Pilgrim influence that arguably holds even greater sway four centuries after their arrival. Understanding that influence starts with the history of their name. The Pilgrims weren’t called that in their day. Instead, they were known as “Separatists,” for their desire to break completely from the Church of England, rather than cleanse and reform it from within—the approach urged by the more moderate Puritans.

That separatist impulse to leave an established community in protest of its corruption, to choose the remedy of “exit” rather than “voice,” would set the pattern for countless American protest movements to come. The Pilgrims, by word and deed, established separation as an actionable precedent for any American group alienated from the status quo. From colonial times to the present—especially in the Revolution and the Civil War—that secessionist impulse would define American history, and sometimes threaten to overturn it entirely.

While the Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving is a familiar story, Americans know little about their pronounced separatism—radicalism, really. The Separatists emerged near the end of the 16th century, as a renegade movement of dissident Protestants arose in the East Midlands of England. Rejecting the state-backed Church of England as too rigid and autocratic, too similar to the Roman Catholicism from which it had itself broken off a few decades earlier, the dissenters started setting up their own illegal congregations. Many were fined for not attending official services, while others were executed for refusing to renounce their heretical beliefs.

Before long, congregation member William Bradford later recalled, “they could not long continue in any peaceable condition, but were hunted & persecuted on every side.” By 1608, many had decided to leave. About 100 sailed across the North Sea to Amsterdam. A year later they resettled in Leyden, 20 miles to the southeast, which Bradford called “a fair & bewtifull citie, and of a sweete situation.”

In 1620, the Separatists decided once again to move on. They didn’t speak the language (though their children increasingly did, causing parents to fear assimilation); they had few economic opportunities; and they didn’t think Dutch morals were quite up to snuff.The tradition of separatism handed down from the Pilgrims imbued American social and political life with the brash individualism and political fractiousness so evident—and dangerous—today.

They contracted with a ship called the Mayflower to take them across the Atlantic. Yet even another exodus wouldn’t cure the group of its fractious tendencies. The ship’s passengers, one wrote early in the journey, were “un-united among ourselves.”

They landed first on Cape Cod, in November 1620. Who knows what thoughts occurred to them as they walked on the snowy shoreline, breathing in the pure, frozen air? The future was uncertain. Half would be dead by spring. But with what Bradford called “the vast and furious ocean” between them and their tormentors, one thing was clear: If they had wanted separation, this was it.

Some wanted even more. Most of the early New England towns and colonies were founded in the act of secession from another pre-existing community. Once the new arrivals began separating themselves from those whom they deemed impure, there seemed to be no end to the fragmentation.

In 1636, Roger Williams, a fiery preacher who before leaving England had taken Hebrew lessons from the poet John Milton, was expelled from Massachusetts for denouncing the colony as insufficiently extreme. In the middle of a brutal winter, Williams escaped arrest during a blizzard and spent 14 weeks walking more than 50 miles through the snow, “not knowing what bed or bread did mean,” before finding shelter with sympathetic natives. In the spring, he founded a new colony at the head of Narragansett Bay. He called it Providence. With its commitment to religious pluralism and strict separation of church and state, the town became a haven for dissenters from the other colonies.

The separations continued. In 1638, Anne Hutchinson of Boston, a self-proclaimed prophet, was convicted of sedition, excommunicated from the Puritan church, and banned, like Williams before her, from Massachusetts. Hutchinson and her supporters went south to Aquidneck Island in Narragansett Bay, and started building a settlement they called Portsmouth. (Meanwhile, her brother-in-law, John Wheelwright, another dissenting minister, went north with some 175 followers to found the town of Exeter, later part of New Hampshire.)

Soon a group of dissenters left Hutchinson’s Portsmouth to found Newport. Then there was Samuel Gorton, whose belief in the divinity of every human being set him outside the bounds of even the most radical Puritans. He tried to live in Boston, Plymouth, Portsmouth, and Providence before finding each of them inadequate. His sect founded its own settlement, Warwick, just south of Williams’ city.

It would take more than a century-and-a-half after the landing at Plymouth for the North American colonists to discover the merits of forming a single national union. Yet the one formed then—during the Revolution against Great Britain, a founding act of secession—was weakened from the beginning by the fact that each state retained its separate character and sovereignty.

A decade later, the new federation all but collapsed and had to be replaced by a Constitution concentrating far greater power in the central government. Still, compromises had to be made with the spirit of separatism. This included the provision mandating equal representation in the Senate for all states regardless of population, which gives Wyoming the same number of senators as California, despite the former having less than two percent of the latter’s population.

The tradition of separatism handed down from the Pilgrims imbued American social and political life with the brash individualism and political fractiousness so evident—and dangerous—today.

RICHARD KREITNER is a contributing writer to The Nation and the author of Break It Up: Secession, Division, and the Secret History of America’s Imperfect Union.

Book: “In the Dream House”

In the Dream House

In the Dream House

by Carmen Maria Machado (Goodreads Author) 

For years Carmen Maria Machado has struggled to articulate her experiences in an abusive same-sex relationship. In this extraordinarily candid and radically inventive memoir, Machado tackles a dark and difficult subject with wit, inventiveness and an inquiring spirit, as she uses a series of narrative tropes—including classic horror themes—to create an entirely unique piece of work which is destined to become an instant classic.

(Goodreads.com)

Live with Carnegie Hall: Global Ode to Joy

CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Thursday, December 3, 2020 4:30 PM (Pacific)

Join artists around the world for Beethoven’s 250th birthday, focusing on the seminal “Ode to Joy” from his Ninth Symphony. Originally scheduled to be a yearlong project led by Marin Alsop with performances across six continents, this global celebration has now gone online, inviting artists of all disciplines to share videos that inspire joy. Along with Alsop, this special episode includes violinist and president of Beethoven-Haus Bonn Daniel Hope and former US poet laureate Tracy K. Smith, plus performances by Joyce DiDonato with Yannick Nézet-Séguin, and the Stay at Home Choir with the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra. Highlights from recent appearances by Emanuel Ax, Leonidas Kavakos, Yo-Yo Ma, The Philadelphia Orchestra, and São Paulo Symphony Orchestra (OSESP) complete the festivities.

Part of: Live with Carnegie Hall

Free Event

Members of the Stay at Home Choir who took part in this event represent 58 countries.

Watch on Facebook or YouTube, and join the conversation.

Performers

Special Guests
Marin Alsop
Joyce DiDonato
Daniel Hope
Yannick Nézet-Séguin
Tracy K. Smith
Stay at Home Choir
Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra

Watch on December 3 at 4:30 p.m. (Pacific)

Live with Carnegie Hall is made possible by Hope and Robert F. Smith.

Brought to you by Bank of America.

Additional support is provided by the Siegel Family Endowment.

Lead support for the Beethoven Celebration is provided by The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund.

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Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Do I Have to Have That Vaccine?

BY HEATHER BUTTS | NOVEMBER 30, 2020 (billmoyers.com)

On November 20, 2020, Pfizer and BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration for an Emergency Use Authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine BNT162b2. If approved, the vaccine could be in use by mid-to-late December 2020. According to Pfizer and BioNTech, the vaccine’s efficacy rate is 95% based on a Phase 3 randomized trial of approximately 8,000 participants. This vaccine joins other pharmaceutical companies in the global race to get a safe and efficacious vaccine to market quickly to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

But what about people who choose not to get the vaccine? What about people who have religious beliefs that are not in concert with vaccination? Does a vaccine override personal and civil liberties? 

A Utilitarian Model of Public Health

Often linked to philosopher John Stuart Mill, in a utilitarian model, the question is one of achieving the greatest good for the greatest number. A vaccine is a true example of a utilitarian philosophy, because vaccines protect us and they protect others from us if we are vectors of a disease. Two main ethical issues stand in the way of near total level of vaccinations: religious and personal beliefs. 

Religious Exemptions

The 2016 case of NM v. Hebrew Academy Long Beach involved a challenge to the requirement in New York that all school-aged children need to be vaccinated against certain contagious diseases in order to be able to attend class. The plaintiff in the case (NM) and her family argued that the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach violated New York Public Health Law section 2164, which at the time allowed for a religious exemption so that certain students did not have to get vaccinated. The school’s counterargument was that NM’s religious exemption claim was based less in religious convictions and more in medical concerns.  RELATED: MOYERS ON DEMOCRACY

Do I Have to Wear That Mask?

BY HEATHER BUTTS | OCTOBER 12, 2020

On September 4, 2015, NM’s application for religious exemption was denied. The court in the case sided with the school, reaching the conclusion that the plaintiff’s overriding concerns were more health-based than religious-based, stating, “[T]he Court does not doubt that NM and her husband hold a genuine and sincere belief that they should not vaccinate the Minors . . .However, careful consideration of the current record suggests that these beliefs were formed with a primary view towards the children’s health, and not their religion.” 

While religious exemptions remain in certain localities, they have come under increasing scrutiny. According to Prince v. Massachusetts: “[T]he right to practice religion freely does not include liberty to expose the community or the child to communicable disease or the latter to ill health or death.” 

In 2019, New York state outlawed the religious exemption on its books. Bill A2371 entitled “An act to amend the public health law, in relation to exemptions from vaccination due to religious beliefs; to repeal subdivision 9 of section 2164 of the public health law, relating to exemption from vaccination due to religious beliefs; and providing for the repeal of certain provisions upon expiration thereof.” The bill easily passed the legislature and was signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo. The reasoning of the legislature? Religious exemptions were making it impossible to reach a vaccination rate of 95% or better, the percentage necessary to secure herd immunity for school children. 

Personal Beliefs

In the case of Jacobson v. Massachusetts referenced above, Henning Jacobson, the defendant in the case, laid out his reasons for refusing to get vaccinated against smallpox in the state in the late 1800s. 

“The defendant offered to prove that vaccination ‘quite often’ caused serious and permanent injury to the health of the person vaccinated. . .the defendant refused to submit to vaccination for the reason that he had ‘when a child, been caused great and extreme suffering for a long period by a disease produced by vaccination; and that he had witnessed similar result of vaccination, not only in the case of his son, but in the cases of others.”

Jacobson’s argument was that he believed vaccines were dangerous. His refusal also had a civil liberties/privacy element. Jacobson was also arguing for his ability to make decisions about his own body, regardless of the outcome for others. The question for the court was whether Jacobson’s personal beliefs should take precedence over the safety that the vaccine would afford those coming into contact with Jacobson, and Jacobson himself. The court decided that his beliefs should not, stating “[W]e are not prepared to hold that a minority, residing or remaining in any city or town whether smallpox is prevalent, and enjoying the general protection afforded by an organized local government, may thus defy the will of its constituted authorities, acting in good faith for all, under the legislative sanction of the state.” The Supreme Court in that case sided with Massachusetts and the ability of the state to enforce public health laws for all citizens, even if the personal beliefs of some of those citizens were not in concert with those laws.

As we prepare for the future of the COVID-19 fight, the above cases show us that we will need to reconcile the personal and religious beliefs of the few with the health concerns of the many so that we are all safeguarded and protected from SARS-CoV-2, yet leave people’s dignity and ability to maintain their own beliefs intact as much as possible.

Ken Burns’ Ken Burns – Lost Moon Radio

lostmoonradio The documentary filmmaker who brought you THE CIVIL WAR, BASEBALL, and JAZZ tackles his most ambitious subject yet. (More at http://lostmoonradio.com/.) CAST Narrator: Dan Oster Liz Miller: Jen Burton Doug Smalls: Frank Smith Kathy Bisquick: Martha Marion Voice of Ken Burns: Ryan Harrison CREW Produced by: Trish Hadley Written by: Frank Smith and Ryan Harrison Directed by: Ryan Harrison Music by: Dylan Ris Edited by: Dan Oster Director of Photographer: Chris Phelps Sound Engineer: Trish Hadley Camera Assistant: D’arby Harlowe-James Sound Mixing and Effects by: Dave McKeever Color Corrector: Jordan Branch

Astrology Of December 2020 – Jupiter Conjunct Saturn in Aquarius

by Astro Butterfly (astrobutterfly.com)

December is THE month when we have the much-awaited Jupiter-Saturn conjunction in Aquarius. Years and even centuries from now, people will refer to 2020 as “the year of the big shift”.

I can’t stress enough how important this month is. Of course, the absolute star-event of the month is Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 0° Aquarius… however ANY of these following transits would have also made the headline for the transit of the year:

  • total Solar Eclipse – the most intense one in Sagittarius since June 15th, 2011
  • Saturn’s ingress into Aquarius (Saturn only changes signs once every 2.5 years)
  • Jupiter’s ingress into Aquarius (Jupiter only changes signs once a year)
  • The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction coinciding with the Solstice

The 1st week of December is relatively calm and stable. Don’t get fooled, because the increases will slowly, and then rapidly increase.

The turning point is the Solar Eclipse in Sagittarius, on December 14th, 2020. 3 days later, on December 17th, 2020 Saturn moves into Aquarius, on December 19th, 2020 Jupiter follows suit and the Grand Finale, the Jupiter-Saturn conjunction occurs on December 21st, 2020.

It’s hard to predict what is going to happen when Jupiter and Saturn join forces because 0° of any sign can bring any kind of surprises.

There is one big shift we can be sure of though, and that is a move towards freedom and decentralization. If Capricorn is all about top-down government, predictable structure, and rules, Aquarius is all about people and communities.

If you remember one of my earlier newsletters, I was comparing Aquarius with a circle without the dot. With Aquarius, we are all in this together (inside the circle) YET there is no dot, or no leader to tell us exactly what to do.

All the controlled, centralized, top-down Capricorn structures will collapse, just like the Tower of Babel did when people wanted to be like God/the Source. What they didn’t know is that there is no true freedom inside the tower.

The controlling power has nothing to do with freedom – the more you seek to control, the more you lose your freedom. And Aquarius wants nothing but freedom.

There is a paradox about Aquarius. On one hand, Aquarius is the sign of friends, groups and communities. There’s no ego, and our actions are community-oriented. YET there is total autonomy inside this community. No one is telling anyone else what to do.

When we find true freedom (Aquarius) we automatically know how to self-govern ourselves in a way that doesn’t go against other people’s rights.

Jupiter conjunct Saturn in Aquarius, also marks the big SHIFT from the 200-year Earth element dominance, to a 200-year Air element dominance.

If in Capricorn’s earthly realities, resources are scarce and you have to get them first before anyone else does, in Aquarius’ ethereal realities, the energy and resources are infinite.

There is no need to compete because together we can create something that is greater than the sum of the parts.

It is very likely that in the next 20 years a new source of energy will be invented, which will allow us to go off-grid (in the literal, but also spiritual sense). If in the Capricorn era, we got “plugged” into the system, in Aquarius we get unplugged from it.

There is so much to talk about, but let’s take a look at the most important aspects of the month:

December 1st, 2020 – Mercury Enters Sagittarius

On December 1st, 2020, Mercury enters Sagittarius and our thinking and communication become more truthful. We speak our minds without fear. When we are motivated by the truth, we become unstoppable.

December 9-11th, 2020 – Sun Conjunct South Node And Square Neptune

On December 9th, 2020, Sun and the Lunar Nodes square Neptune. We are at crossroads with our destiny. Sagittarius is the sign of knowledge and truth.

Something very fundamental about ourselves, and about the world, will be revealed around this date. Our whole reality and worldview will get deconstructed.

Our old skins will be shed. But worry not, change is a necessary part of the process. One day you will look back and everything will make perfect sense.

December 14th, 2020 – New Moon And South Node Solar Eclipse

December 14th, 2020 is one of the BIG astrological events of the year, and perhaps of the decade if we consider the astrological climate of the month. We have a New Moon and Total Solar Eclipse at 23° Sagittarius.

Mercury is also conjunct the eclipse. One piece of news/information will come out and will ‘seal the deal’. This is a South Node eclipse, so it will bring an outcome to existing, unfolding events.

Yet, this is a Solar Eclipse, so it will birth something new. Our actions have consequences and South Node eclipses always come with some sort of resolutions.

December 15th, 2020 – Venus Enters Sagittarius, Chiron Goes Direct

On December 15th, 2020 Venus enters Sagittarius. After some serious soul-digging and introspection in the sign of Scorpio, in Sagittarius Venus is now ready to reveal what she has discovered. Venus in Sagittarius is honest with her feelings and will only do what is morally right.

On the same day, Chiron, the Wounded Healer goes direct, receiving a loving trine from Venus. Now that the hard work has been done, we are ready for healing. The truth will not only set us free but will also bring us closure and healing.

December 17th, 2020 – Saturn Enters Aquarius

On December 17th, Saturn enters Aquarius to stay here until March 7th, 2023. Saturn was briefly in Aquarius earlier this year, from March to June.

This is when the lockdown measures around the world started, which ‘forced’ us to find new ways to communicate to stay in touch. Many people and businesses have quickly moved online, and the rules of communication have been forever re-written.

Of course, Saturn in Aquarius can have a restrictive effect at first (Saturn is the planet of restrictions after all), however, since Aquarius is the sign of freedom, Saturn in Aquarius will give us the determination to break through existing structures to find new, more sustainable ways to live.

If we look back in time, every time we had Saturn in Aquarius we had important freedom and civil rights movements that forever changed the way our society operates.

December 19th, 2020 – Jupiter Enters Aquarius

On December 19th, 2020 we have another big astro milestone. Jupiter leaves Capricorn and enters Aquarius, to stay here until December 30th, 2021. Jupiter changes signs only once a year, and when it does, it’s quite an event.

Jupiter is the largest planet of our solar system and it sets the topics, trends, and focus of the year.

What is interesting is that exactly when Jupiter slips into Aquarius, Sun and Mercury conjunct at 28° Sagittarius, the degree of the Galactic Center.

Let’s not forget that Jupiter rules Sagittarius, and Jupiter is now in the 3rd sign from Sagittarius. We can expect some big news and revelations around this date. This news will pretty much set the tone for the whole year.

December 20-21st, 2020 – Sun And Mercury Enter Capricorn

On December 20-21st, Sun and Mercury leave Sagittarius and enter Capricorn. This is when we will get the full understanding of what’s about to happen, and understand the implications (Capricorn) of the change. Jupiter and Saturn are literally seconds from becoming conjunct.

December 21st, 2020 – Jupiter Conjunct Saturn In Aquarius

The BIG SHIFT. On December 21st, 2020 Jupiter is conjunct Saturn at 0° Aquarius. This is the beginning of a new era!

The Jupiter-Saturn conjunction ends the previous 200 year Earth cycle that brought us banknotes, capitalism, corporations, fossil fuels, and the industrial world. This solid and heavy energy will now be replaced by a lighter, non-material, connective energy of Air.

It is believed that the Jupiter-conjunction ALSO coincides with the official beginning of the Age of Aquarius. Elemental cycles last 200 years and the Astrological Ages (determined by the procession of the Equinoxes) lasts approximately 2000 years.

The Astrological Ages take longer to switch (we’ve been already feeling the energy of the Age of Aquarius), however, Jupiter conjunct Saturn at 0° Aquarius may well be ‘the final push’ – that moment when we officially say goodbye to the Age of Pisces and welcome the Age of Aquarius.

New groups, communities, connections, and alliances will form. These new networks will have one thing in common: they will be decentralized, self-regulated, and will allow for individual freedom of expression.

Remember: Aquarius is Prometheus, the Titan God that stole fire from the Gods and gave it to humans, liberating them from the controlling tyranny of the gods.

Of course, the fire is a metaphor for the fire of knowledge (Aquarius is an air sign, after all). True knowledge (not deceptive manipulation and the fake news we are served) will set us free.

December 23rd, 2020 – Mars Square Pluto

On December 23rd, 2020 Mars is square Pluto at 23° Capricorn.

Pluto in Capricorn is the government/the establishment, and Mars in Aries is the individual. The two entities will clash because they have a different agenda.

Since Jupiter and Saturn have just moved into Aquarius, Pluto is now alone reigning in Capricorn from his underworld shadows. He is still there, still strong, but alone. Things may not go as expected. Mars may win this time.

December 29-30th, 2020 – Full Moon In Cancer

On December 30th, 2020 we have a Full Moon at 8° Cancer. At the same time, Venus is conjunct South Node and square Neptune.

What a “welcome” message for 2021. Our ‘old’ values and understanding of life begin to collapse, as a new reality emerges. Goodbye, 2020. 2021 will be quite a year!

PS: in case you haven’t done so already, make sure you “save the date” to get notified when the AGE OF AQUARIUS Community goes live. You can stay in the loop by simply clicking this link:

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Using The Among Us to explain the Turing Test

Latino Reviewer In this video, I will use the game The Among Us to explain the Turing Test. The Turing Test is a thought experiment about whether machines can think or not. It is a test of deception – an intelligent machine would be a machine capable of deceiving. I talk about how we relate the capacity to deceive as a feature of intelligence (like in the current meme “500 IQ The Among Us strategy”). Text references: – Turing, A., 1950, “Computing Machinery and Intelligence,” Mind, 59 (236): 433–60. That Turing’s paper is very easy to read, I highly recommend it! You can access it here: https://academic.oup.com/mind/article… – For more on the Turing Test, I recommend the Stanford Encyclopedia, entry The Turing Test: Oppy, Graham and David Dowe, “The Turing Test”, The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy (Winter 2020 Edition), Edward N. Zalta (ed.). Online access: https://plato.stanford.edu/entries/tu… Film references: – Ex Machina. 2014. [Film]. Alex Garland. dir. UK: Film4, DNA Films; A24 (United States), Universal Pictures (International) – Thor: Ragnarok. 2017. [Film]. Taika Waititi. dir. USA: Marvel Studios; Walt Disney Studios Motion Picture – Blade Runner. 1982. [Film]. Ridley Scott. dir. USA: The Ladd Company, Shaw Brothers, Blade Runner Partnership; Warner Bros. – Blade Runner 2047. 2017. [Film]. Denis Villeneuve. dir. USA: Alcon Entertainment, Columbia Pictures, Bud Yorkin Productions, Torridon Films, 16:14 Entertainment, Thunderbird Entertainment, Scott Free Productions; Warner Bros. Pictures (North America), Sony Pictures Releasing (International) Game reference: – The Among Us. 2018. [Computer Software]. USA: InnerSloth. http://www.innersloth.com/index.php Music references: – First song is from the YouTube channel Chill Out Records – No Copyright Music: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hQT6W… ► Music Credit: LAKEY INSPIRED Track Name: “Blue Boi” Music By: LAKEY INSPIRED @ https://soundcloud.com/lakeyinspired Original upload HERE – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wAukv… Official “LAKEY INSPIRED” YouTube Channel HERE – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCOmy… License for commercial use: Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported “Share Alike” (CC BY-SA 3.0) License. Full License HERE – https://creativecommons.org/licenses/… Music promoted by NCM https://goo.gl/fh3rEJ – The second song is from the YouTube channel Oak Studios: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=34n3p… Track: 2am Music composed and recorded by Oak Studios Creative Commons – Attribution ND 4.0 https://youtu.be/34n3pYREa3MAmong Us2018BROWSE GAMEGamingBROWSE ALL GAMINGSHOW LESS

The Coronavirus Update

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11.30.20 (Wired.com)

Moderna applies for emergency authorization, England sees its lockdown pay off, and millions of Americans fly for Thanksgiving. Here’s what you should know:Headlines

Moderna to submit its application for emergency use from the FDA

Moderna is applying for emergency use authorization for its coronavirus vaccine from the FDA and European regulators today. A panel of outside experts advising the FDA is set to meet on December 17 to determine whether to authorize the vaccine. A similar meeting will be held for Pfizer and BioNTech’s vaccine on December 10. If the shots are approved, both could be in use by the end of December.

Research finds that cases dropped 30 percent during England’s second national lockdown

After lockdown measures went into effect in England on November 5, new cases of coronavirus fell 30 percent, according to a new study of more than 100,000 volunteers. The national lockdown is due to end this week. On December 2, a tiered, regional approach to curbing coronavirus will begin. The study also supports the idea that “local tiers need to be toughened to keep the virus under control.

Over a million Americans flew last Wednesday, making it the busiest day of air travel since the start of the pandemic

The day before Thanksgiving marked the busiest day of air travel in the US since the start of the pandemic, with more than a million passengers clearing airport security. It was the third time that week, and the fourth time since March, that more than a million people passed through TSA screening. The numbers are evidence that many Americans traveled for the holiday despite CDC guidelines to avoid doing so.