Gulp.

This afternoon.

Earlier…

This morning.

Hey, hey, it’s the monkeypox.

Your mask will not save you now.

All you need to know about monkeypox (RTE Brainstorm)

Meanwhile…

Last night.

SpaceX Flight Attendant Says Elon Musk Exposed Himself, Offered Her a Horse: Report (Rolling Stone)

Meanwhile…

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last night.

Only three people under 65 died of Covid with no other underlying causes in 2020, according to the Central Statistics Office (CSO)?

Anyone?

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Last night.

Further to British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss’ plans to legislate to override parts of the Brexit withdrawal treaty the UK struck with the EU…

“The Good Friday Accords are the bedrock of peace in Northern Ireland and a beacon of hope for the entire world. Ensuring there remains no physical border between the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland is absolutely necessary for upholding this landmark agreement, which has transformed Northern Ireland.

“It is deeply concerning that the United Kingdom is now seeking to unilaterally discard the Northern Ireland Protocol. Negotiated agreements like the Protocol preserve the important progress and stability forged by the Good Friday Accords, which continue to enjoy strong bipartisan and bicameral support in the United States Congress.

“As I have stated in my conversations with the Prime Minister, the Foreign Secretary and Members of the House of Commons, if the United Kingdom chooses to undermine the Good Friday Accords, the Congress cannot and will not support a bilateral free trade agreement with the United Kingdom.

“Respectful of the will of the British people and of Brexit, I urge constructive, collaborative and good-faith negotiations to implement an agreement that upholds peace. The children of Northern Ireland, who have never known the bloody conflict and do not want to go back, deserve a future free of the violence where all may reach their fulfillment,”

Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the US House of Congress.

Pelosi Statement Reaffirming Support of the Northern Ireland Protocol (Nancy Pelosi)

Britain’s moves to unilaterally discard NI Protocol ‘deeply concerning’ – Pelosi

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Huh?

Unidentified Centra.

Via Sophie, who tweetz:

Banning animal bars to stop people who use heroin from using the tinfoil has to be the most insane attempt at reducing drug use I’ve ever heard in my life.  Because making life as difficult as possible for people who use drugs definitely has amazing outcomes…

And yet I think we can all agree.

The streets feel a little safer this evening.

Yikes.

Can you name them, anyone?

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World Health Organisation leader Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

This afternoon.

Ahead of  the World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting to sign off on a possible Global Pandemic Treaty at the 75th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland, from this Sunday, May 22-28…

…via Bruce Y Lee (no relation to the Kung Fu legend) in Forbes:

You know the 1996 movie Independence Day, where much of the World united to defeat a common enemy? Well, during the Covid-19 pandemic that started in 2020, pretty much the opposite happened. The World was about as organized as all-cat produced and directed episode of Dancing with the Stars or rather Dancing with the Stars Who are Also Cats.

The global pandemic response had relatively little coordination, little unity. In fact, it was more like the 1983 and 2009 TV miniseries V, where many politicians, personalities, social media accounts and others seemed like they were actually trying to help the enemy, in this case, the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)….

Yet, despite the clear need for more global coordination, some politicians, some celebrities, and a bunch of social media accounts have been trying to, guess what, argue against such a treaty. They even started a hashtag #StopTheTreaty.

Yeah, having no global agreement in place before the next pandemic is going to work out real well, right?

Later….

Ultimately, those opposing any global pandemic treaty don’t seem to be offering any viable alternatives to improve the world’s ability to prevent and control pandemics. It’s easy to criticize anything and keep yelling words such as “freedom” kind of how babies fight against wearing clothes and insist on pooping whenever they want to do or doo-doo so. What’s much more difficult is finding solutions.

If invaders from outer space were to appear now as they did in Independence Day, our world would be kind of in trouble. You’d have politicians, TV personalities, and others claiming that the invaders aren’t real and even siding with them.

Our world needs to be more unified in order to more effectively fend off any major threats to our health, whether its infectious disease, non-communicable disease like obesity, or aliens with tentacles and telepathic ability.

Remember what that John McClane character said in the 1988 movie Die Hard:

Now, you listen to me, jerk-off. If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem. Quit being part of the [bleeping] problem and put the other guy back on!

It’s time to put real science and health experts back on.

The WHO To Discuss Global Pandemic Treaty At World Health Assembly May 22-28 (Bruce Y lee, Forbes)

Yesterday: WHO Know What Tomorrow Brings

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This morning.

Cooldrinagh, Kerrymount Avenue, Foxrock, county Dublin.

Via Irish Times:

Interiors are elegant and refined. The five reception rooms, some of which have impressive and highly detailed marble fireplaces and wall panelling, have superb views of one of the real selling points of the property – the gardens.

When the Beckett family lived at the imposing Edwardian house, they employed a gardener called Christy, who also gets a mention in the Samuel Beckett play, though as a whip-wielding dung carrier. His legacy is still alive today in the acre of magical gardens that have grown and matured over the past 119 years, since the Edwardian three-bay house was constructed.

Samuel Beckett’s childhood home in Foxrock for €3.8m (Irish Times)

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