Shortcut to the full report for Wednesday

So many things are at or near their nadir in the USA:

  • There are more people in hospitals with COVID than ever before, and the number has passed 100,000.
  • There are more people in ICU beds with COVID than ever before.
  • The current number on ventilators is at the second-highest point ever.
  • Kansas and South Dakota topped every country in the world in both new cases per capita and new deaths per capita.
  • The number of daily fatalities on Wednesday (2,831) is the worst ever.
  • 49 states (plus D.C. and Puerto Rico) are in the red zone for “new cases.” That’s also the worst ever.
  • 45 states are in the red zone for the fatality rate. That is also the highest ever.
  • 31 states, also the highest ever, were in the triple red zone (new cases, new fatalities, testing percentage).

Sure, it sounds loony, and yet Cambodia has a much lower infection rate than the Dakotas.

And the rest of the USA, for that matter.

In fact, Cambodia has not had a single COVID fatality in a country of 17 million people. Those Cambodians obviously believe that Coronavirus is a real thing, a dangerous one, even though they have not personally lost a loved one to it. That puts them a step ahead of many Americans.

“His performance is gross and offensive, the worst gayface in a long, long time. It’s horrifically bad.”

“I used to think that it was permissible for a straight actor to play a gay character in some circumstances; now I’m willing to go hard-line against it if it means denying James Corden even one future role.”

Wait! James Corden is straight? Go figure.

Page uses both he/him and they/them pronouns, and describes himself as transgender and non-binary, meaning that his gender identity is neither man nor woman.”

Back in his woman days, Elliot placed two since in the top eight in our best nude scenes of 2016, and then of course did an epic nude scene with Kate Mara last year in the best nude scenes of 2019.

The group began to break the monolith down into pieces to throw in a wheelbarrow.”

Pics of the dismantling: (1, 2)

That doesn’t really “explain the mystery.” It explains why it is not there now. It still leaves most of the key questions unanswered.

Before the monolith was disassembled, a photographer took a great staged photo of one of his friends:

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Props to the photog on a great shot, and special props to the friend who somehow shimmied up there and balanced himself in a pose that would stir envy in Olga Korbut!

That headline is literally true.

Sorry, she is clothed, but this is kind of a must-see. Odd stuff. It looks like a scene from a lost Luis Buñuel movie. Weird framing because it’s a selfie. Dog in a head cone, staring at the camera. Brother apparently singing to himself in the background. Grammy awards framed in a display. Billie slapping her chest. There must be some story behind it, but I don’t know what it is.

Not that it matters.

He has stepped down as a special advisor to the president on COVID matters.

A group of faculty members at Stanford University celebrated his resignation from the Trump administration on Monday, saying in a statement that it’s “long overdue and underscores the triumph of science and truth over falsehoods and misinformation.”

(That is meaningful because Scott Atlas is the Robert Wesson Senior Fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. His own colleagues from his sponsoring university are the ones accusing him of standing in opposition to science and truth.)