Jerry Stiller, the actor and comedian who endeared himself to TV audiences through unforgettable roles in comedies including “Seinfeld," has died.He was 92.Stiller was widely known for playing the fiery Frank Costanza in “Seinfeld," father to George Costanza (Jason Alexander).The actor and director Ben Stiller announced his father’s death on social media early Monday morning."I’m sad to say that my father, Jerry Stiller, passed away from natural causes,” Stiller tweeted. “He was a great dad and grandfather, and the most dedicated husband to Anne for about 62 years. He will be greatly missed. L...
Republican House Whip Liz Cheney (R-WY) is about to be ousted, according to reports over the past several days. Even Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was caught on a hot mic saying he's "done" with her. So, as the GOP looks to kick her out of leadership, Cheney is doubling down against Trumpism.
Writing in the Washington Post, Cheney explained, "we Republicans need to stand for genuinely conservative principles, and steer away from the dangerous and anti-democratic Trump cult of personality. In our hearts, we are devoted to the American miracle. We believe in the rule of law, in limited government, in a strong national defense, and in prosperity and opportunity brought by low taxes and fiscally conservative policies."
She went on to say that she believes there's a lot at stake, claiming that the country is at war with "wokeness" and Democratic policies. She explained that the GOP will never beat the Democratic Party if they continue to undermine themselves.
The question remains, however, is Cheney too late?
Few seem to buy Mike Pompeo's claim about a ‘female analyst’ praising him for not defining her by her ‘sexuality’
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a 2024 GOP presidential hopeful, weighed in on the latest far right outrage, that the CIA is seeking diverse candidates. Pompeo, who served as CIA Director before Trump moved him to Foggy Bottom, insisted that he never saw color or "sexuality" in candidates, and told a story that few seemed to believe.
When I was Director of the CIA, we valued individuals based on their talent and skill, not their race or sexuality. I'll never forget what one female analyst said to me: “Thank you for valuing me for my work. I want my abilities and achievements to define me, not my sexuality."
— Mike Pompeo (@mikepompeo) May 4, 2021
Pompeo, a Christian right dominionist who believes in the Rapture but not in the separation of church and state, once delivered as speech bragging about “Being a Christian Leader." After leaving office an Inspector General's report blasted his handing of the State Dept.
He also tweeted: "We can't afford to risk our national security to appease some liberal, woke agenda."
He was roundly mocked, including by some who noted that if he did see "sexuality" why did he refer to the CIA employee as a "female analyst"?
Here's what some said:
Was she running errands for you at the time? Working for your wife in violation of the ethics regulations? Searching for my gifts for your political dinners? No? You're lying...as always.
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) May 5, 2021
You're a joke, saying "woke" over and over again like it's a bad thing to have an open mind. You are so very very afraid of the very people you aim to disenfranchise. Pathetic.
— Matt Mitovich (@MattMitovich) May 5, 2021
It's saying that there's zero value in ensuring you've hired people with different background and life experiences, who approach things from different view. It's an appeal to advance homogeneity by making the celebration of the defiance of homogeneity an act that must be shamed.
— Ruki Tanuki (@RukiTanuki) May 5, 2021
Yup, I always bring up my sexuality with my boss, makes work far more comfortable pic.twitter.com/vwAVVoz8uE
— funnygurlscope (@funnygirlescope) May 5, 2021
“I went to college and worked my way through grad school to have the chance to carry @mikepompeo's dirty laundry and make his wife's hair appointments!" Sure, let's listen to this guy's management tips 😂😂😂 #Seditionist #Traitor
— jellenp (@jellenp) May 5, 2021
Pretty sure being white and straight aren't the criteria for finding the best and brightest. Look at the Trump administration as an example of how badly that goes.
— Dawn Goetter (@dmbdmg) May 5, 2021
What a believable story pic.twitter.com/buz0MMuqN6
— Katie MacBride (@msmacb) May 5, 2021
Thank you for clarifying that you find huge swaths of people inherently unqualified or lesser because they belong to historically marginalized communities that have always seen their opportunities limited by bigots, which I'm sure is pure coincidence.
— 𝔸𝕟𝕟𝕒𝕓𝕖𝕝𝕝𝕖 𝕥𝕙𝕖 𝕌𝕟𝕝𝕚𝕜𝕖𝕒𝕓𝕝𝕖 (@MsMoxyNYC) May 5, 2021
Seems like it would actually be better for intelligence gathering if CIA officers *don't* all look the same.
— Verity Pace 🌐 (@VerityPace) May 5, 2021
Pompeo publicly declares he's a white supremacist. https://t.co/Ay9c5hwcUt
— Darlene Langley (@rufusdrl) May 5, 2021
Your "glorious" military career ended with you running the motor pool, Mike. And they let YOU in the @CIA!https://t.co/6FG0JFhbZp
— S-bart (@SalzenBart) May 5, 2021
US biotech firm Moderna on Wednesday announced initial data from a small clinical trial that showed its booster shots improved people's immune responses against key coronavirus variants of concern.
"We are encouraged by these new data, which reinforce our confidence that our booster strategy should be protective against these newly detected variants," said the company's CEO Stephane Bancel.
Forty participants were tested for their levels of neutralizing antibodies six to eight months after their primary vaccination series of two shots.
A third shot of either the original Moderna vaccine or a variant-specific booster improved antibody levels against two major variants, which were first detected in South Africa and Brazil.
The variant-specific booster performed better than the original shot, producing almost twice as many neutralizing antibodies.
The company is also testing a third type of booster, which is a combination of the other two types, and plans to announce results for it soon.
Neutralizing antibodies are proteins produced by the immune system that are custom-made to bind to a specific structure of a microbe.
In the case of the coronavirus, these are its spike proteins that dot the surface giving it its distinctive crown-like appearance.
Binding to these spikes prevents the virus from latching on to and invading our cells.
Neutralizing antibodies are therefore important first lines of defense that prevent infection.
The immune system does however contain many other key players which, especially among people who were vaccinated against the original virus or previously infected, can kick in and prevent severe disease, even if a variant breaks through and infects the host.
© 2021 AFP
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