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‘Religious’ Exemptions Add Legal Thorns to Looming Vaccine Mandates

With workplace vaccine mandates in the offing, opponents are turning to a tried-and-true recourse for avoiding a covid-19 shot: the claim that vaccination interferes with religious beliefs.

Evangelical Church Installs Transgender Bishop

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America installed its first openly transgender bishop in a service held in San Francisco's Grace Cathedral on Saturday. The Rev. Megan Rohrer will lead one of the church's 65 synods, overseeing nearly 200 congregations in Northern California and northern Nevada. "My call is ... to be up to the same messy, loving things I was up to before," Rohrer told worshippers. "But mostly, if you'll let...

What Constitutes A “Sincerely Held” Religious Exemption To A Vaccine Mandate?

CBS NEWS – Sweeping new vaccine mandates could force millions of vaccine holdouts to become inoculated against COVID-19, but individuals with earnest religious beliefs or disabilities that interfere with inoculation may still be exempt from getting jabbed. It is new territory for many employers navigating the issue, given how risky a proposition it is to allow unvaccinated employees to mingle with, and possibly infect, colleagues in the workplace. Many large corporations already require COVID-19 vaccination to...

Detroit Tigers All-Star, 79, Dies Of Alzheimer’s

Bill Freehan, a 15-season catcher for the Detroit Tigers who neared the Hall of Fame threshold, died Thursday after a long bout with Alzheimer’s disease. He was 79.

Tech Billionaire Plans Brain-Implanted Computer Chips

Neuralink has been seen to work in primates. In April, the company released a video of a macaque playing a videogame after having the chips implanted in its brain.

Indy Shooter Was Known To Be Mentally Ill, Violent, Suicidal

CNN – Police arrived "to a very chaotic scene, with victims and witnesses running everywhere" at a FedEx Ground facility near Indianapolis' main airport late Thursday night, where a former employee shot and killed eight people and wounded several others, an Indianapolis police official told CNN. Deputy Chief Craig McCartt on Friday afternoon identified the gunman as 19-year-old Brandon Hole, who was last employed by FedEx in 2020. Hole was found dead of a gunshot wound...

Pandemic-Weary Americans Seek Psychiatric Help

A third of psychologists said they are seeing more patients since the start of the pandemic. It seems likely that an increase in use of psychiatric medications -- which have substantial side-effect risks -- would follow.  CNBC – Coronavirus has rocked the nation with a year of restrictions, lockdowns, missed gatherings and events, isolation and a staggering loss of more than half a million American lives. As the pandemic stretches into a second year, Americans struggling...

Colo. Murder Spree Suspect Has Major Mental Health Issues

Law enforcement officials and former associates of a 21-year-old accused of killing 10 people at a Colorado supermarket described the suspect as someone prone to sudden rage who was suspended from high school for a sudden attack on a classmate that left the student bloodied.

Pandemic Pushes Divorce Rate Up

WebMD – The coronavirus pandemic is straining many marriages -- some to the breaking point. There are signs that the divorce rate is rising as couples struggle with the emotional and economic fallout of the past 11 months. Divorce filings rose dramatically in China after the COVID lockdown ended there in March. In the U.S., sales of online self-help divorce agreements rose by 34% this spring compared to last year, and family lawyers surveyed in...

Left Can No Longer Ignore Feinstein’s Mental Decline

 “The staff is in such a bad position. They have to defend her and make her seem normal.” – Refinery29, Dec 10, 2020 Feinstein’s missteps raise a painful age question among Senate Democrats Dec 10, 2020 The New Yorker – In a hearing on November 17, Dianne Feinstein, the senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, who, at eighty-seven, is the oldest member of the Senate, grilled a witness. Reading from a sheaf of prepared papers, she...

What To Do If You Have COVID Plus OCD

Self care for those with obsessive-compulsive disorder during COVID-19 | "A soft blanket or stuffed animal" can be a successful self-care strategy for COVIC/OCD sufferers – International OCD Foundation Be gentle with yourself, and with those around you. Times of high stress can bring out both the best and the worst in people — it’s wonderful when it brings out the best, but it’s completely natural and understandable when it brings out the worst. It’s OK if...

China, Cuba Attacks On US Diplomats Detailed

Dec 5, 2020 CNN – The mysterious head injuries suffered by US diplomatic staff in China and Cuba that had been described as "sonic attacks" are consistent with the use of directed microwave energy, according to a report published Saturday by the National Academy of Sciences: "Overall, directed pulsed RF (radio frequency) energy, especially in those with the distinct early manifestations, appears to be the most plausible mechanism in explaining these cases among those that...

Pastor Reacts To Fire At Historic NY Church

"God is God, yesterday, today, and tomorrow." Predawn fire guts old church housing New York's Liberty Bell NEW YORK (AP) — A historic church in lower Manhattan that houses New York's Liberty Bell and whose congregation dates to the city's earliest days was gutted by a massive fire early Saturday that sent flames shooting through the roof. The Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village burned before dawn after a fire spread from a five-story vacant building...

When Alzheimer’s Patients Get Lost

Understand wandering and how to address it Nov 30, 2020 Mayo Clinic –  Wandering and becoming lost is common among people with Alzheimer's disease or other disorders causing dementia. This behavior can happen in the early stages of dementia — even if the person has never wandered in the past. If a person with dementia is returning from regular walks or drives later than usual or is forgetting how to get to familiar places, he or she...

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