This is no time to panic

The latest hysteria out of COVIDland is that there is a new strain in town. The “delta variant” as it is designated, has produced a lot of headlines, prompting fresh lock downs and mask mandates around the globe. But The Blaze has labeled all the hair-on-fire reporting as “panic porn” masquerading as science. Writer Daniel Horowitz lays out the reasons why the virus strain, which is the predominant one in India, is not as bad as the media makes out. This is consistent with what experts were saying late last year— as viruses mutate they often become more contagious but less deadly. (H/T to kudsid for the story)

A new study has confirmed the very low risk of transmission of the Sars-CoV-2 virus on surfaces. So can we quit with the hand sanitizer already?

ZeroHedge has reported that a few male soldiers sought help for acute chest pain within days of receiving mRNA vaccination.

The American Humanist Society has named Dr. Fauci as its Humanist of the Year for his empathy, compassion, and “steadfast commitment to science.” We’ll just leave that there.

Two can play this game

Vladimir Putin has been trolling as only a super-villain can.  Mr Putin allowed a carefully orchestrated interview with NBC News comparing protests by supporters of his jailed rival, Alexei Navalny to Black Lives Matter rioting last year. Disregarding any facts, Putin said his government is keeping the peace by suppressing his political rivals, in order to avoid an event like the Capitol riot on January 6th. Maybe even President Bush doubts whether Putin has a soul..

Mr Putin also met with President Biden, discussing cyber-security amongst other things. Mr Biden gave Russia three to six months to end hacking of key infrastructure, warning the the US would respond in kind, if pushed.  Given that Russia has been at the cyber-hacking game for a while now, this is probably more political theater with Putin “flipping the script” suggesting that America is the biggest source of cyber-hacking.