New research provides some initial evidence that certain antagonistic personality traits are associated with ignoring preventative measures meant to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2.The study has been peer reviewed and accepted for publication in the journal Social Psychology and Personality Science. It is currently available on the PsyArXiv preprint website.“On March 31, 2020, Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the U.S. government’s Coronavirus Task Force, said, ‘There’s no magic bullet. There’s no magic vaccine or therapy. It’s just behaviors. Each of our behaviors, tran...
‘Extraordinarily damning’ Cuomo investigation reveals how governor created a ‘twilight zone’ for his victims: MSNBC analyst
MSNBC's Lisa Green found the evidence against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo "extraordinarily damning," and felt sympathy for the government employees he's accused of harassing.
New York Attorney General Letitia James determined the Democratic governor had broken state and federal law by harassing multiple women, including employees in his own office, and the MSNBC legal analyst pointed out that Cuomo's own office had strengthened rules against workplace harassment.
"Letitia James, really bold in her lane today, and stopped short of pushing the matter further, making the point that her investigation was done," Green said. "Criminal charges could be brought not by the attorney general general's office, and when you intersect the politics and the law, I wonder if that will ever happen unless one of the women come forward, but make no mistake this was an extraordinarily damning indictment of an office, that in 2019 had issued its own stronger harassment protections for employees"
"Imagine the twilight zone these women felt they were working in," she added. "They're being harassed by the governor, and when they try to get some compensation, to complain about what's happening, they hit a brick wall."
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Republicans have adopted a destructive new ideology -- and should no longer be considered 'conservatives': columnist
Writing in The Washington Post this Tuesday, columnist Max Boot says that in the past, Republicans would have praised the police officers who faced down the rioters at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, but as it turns out, they now only "back the blue" when officers "are accused of employing excessive force against minorities."
"The right these days bashes not only the military and law enforcement but also every other institution that it accuses of having been taken over by 'the left' — which means almost every national institution except the Supreme Court and, heaven help us, Fox 'News' Channel," Boot writes.
Corporations are under fire from conservatives for rejecting Donald Trump's election lies, schools and universities are also being targeted for teaching about racism and slavery, and "most sinister" of all, science and medicine is being targeted for attempting to stop a pandemic that has killed over 600,000 Americans.
"Why demonize Fauci? In part to absolve Trump of responsibility for mishandling the pandemic," Boot writes. "But this is also part of a wider attempt to delegitimize the medical community's guidance on how to fight the outbreak. In the name of 'medical freedom,' Republicans are protecting the freedom to spread the plague."
"There are many ways to describe this attitude — childish, irresponsible, destructive, nihilistic — but 'conservative' isn't one of them."
Read the full op-ed over at The Washington Post.
A polar bear in Greenland may be shot dead next time it endangers people after several close encounters, including one where it bit the hand of a documentary team member, authorities said.
The attack on the documentary team near an army base comes as the autonomous Danish Arctic territory experiences a record heatwave and as polar bears wander further for food.
Early on Monday, while the sun does not set in summer at this latitude, the bear poked his head through a poorly closed window of a research station where the documentary team was staying about 400 metres from the small base of Daneborg.
A Danish Artic military unit based in Greenland said the bear bit the hand of one of the three male team members before they used warning pistols to force the animal to flee.
Transported first to Daneborg, the injured documentary maker had to be evacuated to Akureyri, a town in Iceland.
Already blamed for five incidents until now, the bear returned again later in the morning and then again overnight Monday to Tuesday when it broke a window of the research station before fleeing.
"The local authorities have from now on categorised the bear as 'problematic,' which allows for it to be shot dead, if it returns," the Danish military unit said.
The incident comes as the northeast of Greenland experiences a heatwave, with a new record temperature of 23.4 degrees Celsius (74.2 Fahrenheit).
Experts say the retreat of the ice pack, the hunting ground of the polar bear, forces them to stay on land more often and they find it harder to find food and sustain a species already considered vulnerable.
Although still rare, the close encounters with humans are increasing as bears more frequently approach inhabited areas in their search for food, environmental protection officers say.
A study that appeared in July 2020 in the publication Nature Climate Change warned that polar bears faced extinction around 2100. They currently number around 25,000 individuals.
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