People Think There’s Something X-Rated About The Shape Of The CPAC Stage

No Masks For Vaxxed Teachers And Students, Say Federal Health Officials, But LAUSD Will Require Them For Everyone

In the seemingly endless and confusing game of critical mask theory, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention said Friday that fully vaccinated teachers and students don’t need to wear face coverings in school buildings. That’s a revised opinion from previous plans.

However, the Los Angeles Unified School District and other educational facilities are moving forward with plans for everyone to wear masks while on district campuses. The state of California also said Friday it will continue to require masks in school settings.

The CDC recommendation – which, it claims, is intended merely to supplement local rules and regulations – would essentially set up a segregated and potentially discriminatory system among school districts that follow its guidelines between the masked and the unmasked.

So far, mandatory vaccinations for students have not been implemented by any state or federal authorities.

The LAUSD school year’s fall semester starts Aug. 16. In-person instruction will be available for all students, and masks are mandatory for all students, staff and visitors on campus and school buses. Social distancing of six feet and daily scheduled hand-washing are also being implemented by LAUSD.

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BMW launches updated Adventure series in India

BMW Motorrad has launched the mildly updated 2021 R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure in India priced at ₹20.45 lakh and ₹ 22.40 lakh (ex-showroom) respectively. The R 1250 GS is priced the same as before, while the Adventure’s price has gone up by ₹5,000. These prices are introductory and are expected to go up in the coming months.

The BMW R 1250 GS and R 1250 GS Adventure have been a favourite amongst ADV buyers across the world, and the Indian market is no different. Changes to the bikes are minor — both get updated electronics. A new Integral ABS Pro mode, Eco riding mode, Hill Start Control Pro, and Dynamic Engine Brake Control. Buyers now also get the option of cornering lights.

There are also two new colour options — Style Triple Black and Style Rallye. Also, for the first time in India, the 1250 GS models will get ‘40 Years GS’ special editions, though their pricing is yet to be announced. These feature a unique yellow/black paint scheme, with a yellow tinted visor, yellow seat, engine guard, and golden spoke wheels.

The rest remains unchanged; both models are still powered by a 1,254cc boxer engine producing 136hp and 143Nm. This engine features BMW’s ShiftCam variable valve timing technology. Differentiating the two models is the Adventure’s greater suspension travel, larger fuel tank, taller seat height and beefier crash protection.

The Suns Have Gone Old School at Center. It’s Working.

The center matchup between Milwaukee’s Brook Lopez and Phoenix’s Deandre Ayton is pitting two eras of basketball against each other.

By Sopan Deb

There is a clash of styles at the center position in the N.B.A. finals between the Phoenix Suns and the Milwaukee Bucks.

Rep. Madison Cawthorn Warns Door-To-Door Vaccines Could Lead To Taking Of Guns, Bibles

As the overheated Conservative Political Action Conference inspires increasingly zany claims. along comes uber-right Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) with a warning Friday that health care workers coming to homes to vaccinate people could also be out to grab Americans’ guns and Bibles.

“Now they’re talking about going door-to-door to take vaccines to the people,” Cawthorn complained in an interview with the Right Side Broadcast Network at CPAC in Dallas, adding that the plan would require a “massive” operation.

“Then think about what those mechanisms could be used for,” Cawthorn darkly warned. “They could then go door-to-door to take your guns. They could then go door-to-door to take your Bibles.” 

Cawthorn — who has lied about being accepted to the Naval Academy and about the car crash that partially paralyzed him — was apparently appalled when President Joe Biden earlier this week pushed for a COVID-19 vaccination outreach program as the delta variant surges and the U.S. coronavirus death toll nears 607,000. 

“Now we need to go to community by community, neighborhood by neighborhood and oftentimes door-to-door — literally knocking on doors — to get help to the remaining people” who have not been vaccinated, Biden said.

As for Cawthorn’s warning, Twitter critics raised the roof ― as well as new fears for heath care workers knocking on doors to try to save people’s lives.

People Think There’s Something X-Rated About The Shape Of The CPAC Stage

The stage for this weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, Texas, prompted giggles on social media because of its shape.

It looks a bit, well, phallic. 

At least it doesn’t look like a Nazi symbol, like the stage at the CPAC gathering in Orlando, Florida, in March.

Tweeters poked fun at the Dallas set-up on which ex-President Donald Trump is scheduled to talk on Sunday: