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  1. While a lot of bands have had to cancel shows due to Covid.... Marilyn Manson's lawyer: Accuser consented to bodily fluids FILE - Marilyn Manson arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb. 9, 2020, in Beverly Hills, Calif. An attorney has entered a not guilty plea on behalf Manson, who is accused of approaching a videographer at his 2019 concert in New Hampshire and allegedly spitting and blowing his nose on her. A case status hearing is scheduled for Dec. 27. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) Marilyn Manson HOLLY RAMER Tue, September 14, 2021, 2:54 PM CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A videographer who accuses Marilyn Manson of spitting and blowing his nose on her during a concert in New Hampshire consented to being exposed to bodily fluids, according to an attorney for the musical artist. Manson, whose legal name is Brian Warner, is charged with two misdemeanor counts of simple assault stemming from the encounter at the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion in Gilford on Aug. 19, 2019. According to police, Manson approached videographer Susan Fountain in the venue's stage pit area, put his face close to her camera and spit at her. He also is accused of blowing his nose on her arm and hands. In court documents made public Tuesday, Manson's attorney Kent Barker argues that type of filming Fountain was doing commonly exposes videographers to “incidental contact" with bodily fluids. “The defendant's performance for the past twenty years are well known to include shocking and evocative antics similar to those that occurred here,” Barker wrote. “The alleged victim consented to exposing herself to potential contact with sweat, saliva and phlegm in close quarters.” Barker also said Manson plans to argue that any contact related to spitting or sneezing was unintentional. Manson has pleaded not guilty to the charges, which each could result in a jail sentence of less than a year and a $2,000 fine if convicted.
  2. No problemmo! I know everyone gushes over "The Sopranos", but I think the story lines really miss the mark. Don't get me wrong - love the concept, GREAT acting and cast, scenery is spot on.....but they could have taken the story lines SO much farther. Examples: When Tony's shrink is raped, that whole story line went no where...it just "happened". Imagine if she had told Tony (who was infatuated with her) what REALLY happened to her and not a car accident? Especially if she told Tony she knew who the guy was! They wasted 20 minutes of screen time on Meadow wanting to leave school to go to Europe....then she just changes her mind, and they go to a different story line! Same thing when Tony was going to send his son to military school. Twenty minutes later...NAH, changed his mind and that story thread meant nothing
  3. Congrats! I leave for Croatia tomorrow and I'm staying 10 feet away from everyone at work!
  4. I like Buckcherry....despite their lyrics. 😁
  5. I don't think there has ever been a greater live pure vocalist than Miljenko Matijevic (especially at the 3:21 mark):
  6. The rules for my Croatia trip change daily! Now Lufthansa has sent me an e-mail saying testing is no longer allowed for entry into Germany (my stop before Croatia), you MUST show proof either electronically or by paper certificate that you have been vaccinated! Hope nothing changes between now and next Wed when I fly out!
  7. St. Fauci's halo is slipping..... White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Dr. Anthony Fauci from renewed allegations that Fauci misled Congress about the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) funding of gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in Wuhan, China, during a press conference on Thursday. Gain-of-function research refers to efforts to improve a virus’s capabilities in order to study and develop treatments for it. Fauci has repeatedly insisted that the NIH has funded nothing that could reasonably be considered gain-of-function research in Wuhan. Many disagree. Dr. Richard Ebright, a biosafety expert at Rutgers University, told National Review in May that NIH funded research in Wuhan that “matches — indeed epitomizes — the definition of ‘gain of function research of concern’ for which federal funding was ‘paused’ in 2014-2017.” Earlier this week, The Intercept published new documents — including a grant proposal — that described research that Ebright again deems gain of function. “The viruses they constructed were tested for their ability to infect mice that were engineered to display human type receptors on their cell,” he told The Intercept. Psaki was indignant when asked by Fox News’s Peter Doocy if President Joe Biden would consider relieving Fauci of his positions as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infections Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, insisting that “NIH has refuted that reporting.” “NIH has never approved any research that would make a coronavirus more dangerous to humans, a reminder that there are previous and different coronaviruses than the existing one we’re battling,” said Psaki, who pointed out that the genomes of the coronaviruses described in the NIH research were different from the virus that has caused the ongoing pandemic. NIH research in Wuhan would not need to be proven to have been connected to the pandemic for Fauci to be guilty of lying before Congress. Evidence that he was aware of the gain-of-function research previously debated or that which was uncovered by The Intercept would render Fauci’s statements false. A visibly frustrated Fauci told Senator Rand Paul that “the NIH has not ever and does not now fund gain-of-function research in the Wuhan Institute of Virology,” earlier this year.
  8. DAMN...still looks like all the original member! COOL!
  9. Funny that we hear nothing about the fact that over 525,000 people attended the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in S.D. in August, and yet they only attribute 100 positive Covid cases to this event! BTW, there were no vaccine or mask mandates required to attend.
  10. The Sturgis bike rally was held the second week of AUGUST! So, why can't science extrapolate those numbers? Denise Chow Wed, September 8, 2021, 3:29 PM While being outdoors is generally less risky than cramped indoor settings, people at games and other big events tend to move between the two. Oftentimes there are also other activities associated with the main event where people congregate and provide opportunities for the virus to spread. "The risk isn't just the football game or the music festival, but what people do in the lead up, during and after," said Dr. Cameron Wolfe, an associate professor of medicine at Duke University. This is partly what makes it difficult to track whether large events — such as concerts, sporting events and festivals — lead to subsequent spikes in cases. Lollapalooza, a four-day music festival held in Chicago at the end of July, was linked to 203 cases of Covid-19, but the city's department of health said a certain number of infections were anticipated among the roughly 385,000 attendees and added that the uptick was "no sign" of a superspreader event. Lollapalooza required attendees to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. In August, more than 100 infections across five states were traced back to the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, where hundreds of thousands of people descended for the annual event in a state that has imposed few restrictions throughout the pandemic. The same event last year was thought to have contributed, in part, to a wave of infections across the Upper Midwest. Still, figuring out just how many cases stemmed from any one event is an imprecise science without exhaustive contact tracing and genetic sequencing. "It's hard to link clusters of cases that you might not see until three to six days later back to an initiating event," Wolfe said. "It's not that transmission doesn't occur; it's just hard to prove without a lot of manpower and lab work."
  11. Michael Constantine, who played Gus, the father of Nia Vardalos’ Toula Portokalos in “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” by far the highest-grossing romantic comedy of all time, died on Aug. 31. He was 94. Constantine’s agent confirmed the news of his death to Variety. He died of natural causes. I never saw that movie. I remember him from "Room 222" back in the day.
  12. And from the movie "The Allnighter":
  13. Like a bottle of fine wine......
  14. Oh my god.....Trump HATED Fauci! BTW, I was wearing an N95 mask back in February 2020, way before any mandates came out. I also tried to sign up for the vaccine as soon as my age group was allowed (had to wait 3 weeks to even make an appointment to get it after I was eligible). I've worn a mask ever since...even when the college I work at no longer required it (they do now again). I've never been sick and I've not had any reaction to the vaccine shots other than a slight bruised area around the inoculation site. And it looks like I will have to get the booster shot if I want to continue to travel...even though I wouldn't get the booster otherwise.
  15. How about what YOUR "dear leaders" pull out of their ass? TIMELINE: -1. January 27: In the middle of the impeachment farce, the White House convenes a special task force to deal with the emerging threat of coronavirus. After President Trump declared a “humanitarian and security crisis" during a primetime Oval Office address, Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration." Party leader Tom Perez also called it “manufactured.” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., described it as a "'crisis' that doesn't exist." Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted at the time that "we're not falling" for the "fake crisis." - - -2. January 31: President Trump declares a national health emergency and imposes a ban on travel to and from China. Former Vice President Joe Biden calls Trump’s decision “hysterical xenophobia … and fear-mongering.” - - -3. Feb 1: President Trump instilled China travel ban. New York City had its first suspected case of coronavirus -4. Feb 2 NYC health commissioner Bardot “As we gear up to celebrate the Lunar New Year in NYC, I want to assure New Yorkers that there is no reason for anyone to change their holiday plans, avoid the subway, or certain parts of the city because of coronavirus.” - - -5. Feb 4, China’s consul general in New York, Huang Ping, thanked the Chinese-American community and other concerned Americans on Tuesday for their aid in battling the coronavirus outbreak, and criticized what he described as “an overreaction by the American government in severely restricting travel to and from China.” -6. February 4: President Trump talks about coronavirus in his State of the Union address; announced that his administration was cooperating with the Chinese in their attempts to thwart the Coronavirus, there, his intention to PROTECT Americans at home. NANCY PELOSI RIPS -UP his speech in front of the Nation. - - - -7. Feb 5: New York Times "Who says it's not safe to travel to China? The coronavirus travel ban is unjust and doesn't work anyway." NYC Health Commissioner Barbot on Twitter, “Today our city is celebrating the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown... I want to remind everyone to enjoy the parade and not change any plans due to misinformation spreading about coronavirus.” -8. Feb 6 Bardot: “The important thing for New Yorkers to know is that in the city currently, their risk is low and our city preparedness is high...We’re telling New Yorkers, go about your lives, take the subway, go out, enjoy life. . . If it were likely that it could be transmitted casually, we would be seeing a lot more cases.” - - -9. Feb 9: Chinatown in New York City held its annual Lunar New Year parade. Surgical masks were nearly absent from this parade. Councilman Mark D. Levine on Twitter, “In powerful show of defiance of coronavirus scare, huge crowds gathering in NYC’s Chinatown for ceremony ahead of annual Lunar New Year parade. Chants of ‘Be Strong Wuhan!’ If you are staying away, you are missing out.” -10. Feb 12 The House Judiciary Committee on voted, 22-10, to terminate President Trump's expanded travel ban and rein in presidential authority to issue such travel restrictions. -11. Feb 13: New York City Council speaker Corey Johnson “It is important to support the Chinese community in New York City...There is no need to avoid public spaces. I urge everyone to dine and shop as usual.” Bill de Blasio ; "This should not stop you from going about your life. It should not stop you from going to Chinatown and going out to eat. I am going to do that today myself.” - - - - ...... People in glass houses........
  16. You mean like Dr. Fauci?? During the first month or so after the virus appeared and U.S. cases were still low, Fauci said the country as a whole faced a low risk. But he regularly added that the situation could change. Before the Jan. 31 travel limitations on China, Fauci told reporters a ban was not a good idea. He later said it bought the country time, but by itself couldn’t protect the United States. On masks, Fauci said early on that they offered little protection to the person wearing one, and avoiding crowds and frequent hand washing was more effective.
  17. Reminds me of these geniuses: In Maricopa County, Ariz., a couple in their 60s watched politicians and news anchors on TV tout chloroquine, an anti-malaria drug that has shown the ability to disrupt some viruses but that has not yet been proved effective against the novel coronavirus. That pharmaceutical name matched the label on a bottle of chemicals they used to clean their koi pond, NBC News reported. The fish tank solvent that treats aquatic parasites contains the same active ingredient as the drug, but in a different form that can poison people. “I saw it sitting on the back shelf and thought, ‘Hey, isn’t that the stuff they’re talking about on TV?’ ” the wife, who was not named, told the network. “We were afraid of getting sick.” The couple reportedly poured some of the fish tank cleaning chemical, chloroquine phosphate, into soda and drank it. They hoped it would stave off a coronavirus infection. “Within thirty minutes of ingestion, the couple experienced immediate effects” that sent them to the emergency room, a Banner Health spokeswoman said in a statement Monday. They felt dizzy and started vomiting. The husband died at the hospital, and the wife is under critical care, according to the statement.
  18. That's ok....MOST of us can't stand the libtards.
  19. Everyday day something new has come up and I've had to change my schedule in Croatia....whether it's new vaccination rules, new testing times/dates at the clinics, tours changing dates due to number of clients, etc. I've been to 54 countries in my life and this has been the most difficult trip I've ever had to plan.
  20. Just what I feared....countries are going to require the booster in order to travel overseas. Fortunately this new rule doesn't affect my trip to Croatia next month! These Countries Have Set an Expiration Date on Vaccines for Travel Alison Fox Tue, August 31, 2021, 1:11 PM Croatia Elisabetta Zavoli/Getty Images A pair of European countries have set expiration dates for vaccines when it comes to travel, the latest move in an ever-changing international travel landscape. Croatia and Austria, which both welcome American tourists, have each implemented a 270-day expiration for accepted vaccines, which amounts to about nine months. Travelers who intend to enter the countries with proof of vaccination must show it has been less than 270 days since they received their second dose. Travelers heading to Croatia can choose to either show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test (taken within 72 hours of traveling for a PCR test or within 48 hours of traveling for an antigen test) to enter the country and skip quarantine, according to the government. Alternatively, travelers can show proof they contracted COVID-19 and recovered. Tourists in Croatia must also show they have a pre-paid accommodation. For its part, Austria welcomes travelers from the United States who show proof of vaccination, proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of their arrival, proof of a negative antigen test taken within 48 hours of their arrival, or proof they have COVID-19 antibodies, according to the Austrian National Tourist Office. Children under 12 are exempt from testing. While both countries are continuing to welcome Americans, the European Union has removed the U.S. from its safe countries list, recommending member states impose travel restrictions on unvaccinated American tourists. The decision to set expiration dates for vaccines comes as the world, including the U.S., debate when and how to administer booster shots of vaccines. Overall vaccine efficacy has dropped to 39% to 84% with the emergence of the delta variant, a doctor with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention told an agency committee on Monday, according to CNN, but efficacy against hospitalization remains 75% to 95%. So far, the U.S. has administered nearly 1 million booster shots, CNBC reported, which are currently authorized for those with compromised immune systems.
  21. So surprised to hear Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll" (my FAVORITE song ever!) played in the restaurant scene in Season 3, Episode 3 of the Sopranos!
  22. Needs more cow bell! 😁 R.I.P. Mr. Watts, you will be missed!
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