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Michael Collins lived a life of service to our country. From his time in the Air Force, to his career with NASA, to his service at the State Department, to his leadership of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum; Michael Collins both wrote and helped tell the story of our nation’s remarkable accomplishments in space.

Many remember him as the astronaut who was by himself, orbiting the Moon as Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong walked on the lunar surface. He may not have received equal glory, but he was an equal partner, reminding our nation about the importance of collaboration in service of great goals. From his vantage point high above the Earth, he reminded us of the fragility of our own planet, and called on us to care for it like the treasure it is.

Although, in his life of accomplishment, he earned many titles and achieved the rank of general, he demanded that everyone call him, simply, Mike.


Our prayers are with General Collins’ family. Godspeed, Mike.

 
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Dr. Fauci slaps down podcaster Joe Rogan over ignorant vaccine comments
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Joe Rogan has a monumentally popular podcast. And he used to host Fear Factor, a show in which people ate an increasingly baroque series of bugs until they’d proven they could eat insects with an alacrity and fervor unsurpassed by all the other insect-eaters in the multiverse. And he’s a stand-up comedian or something. He also likes to talk about psychedelics a lot, which I genuinely find interesting—though not quite interesting enough to actually listen to his podcast. He was also on News Radio.

That’s about all I know about the guy. Hey, if I’m going to watch or listen to an online talk show hosted by a stand-up comedian, it’s going to be this one from The Planet of the Apes’ Dr. Zaius.

That said, I’m not sure what Rogan was tripping on when he offered his nonexistent expertise on vaccines and who should be getting them.
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On Friday’s The Joe Rogan Experience podcast, Rogan drew on his years of experience in epidemiology and infectious disease mitigation serving lightly braised cockroaches to fame-thirsty hipsters to enlighten us on our nation’s push to reach herd immunity against COVID-19 through universal vaccination.



Sigh.

For the record, Rogan has Spotify’s most popular podcast, so he wields quite a bit of influence. And telling young people not to get vaccinated is, well, not helpful.

And that’s why Dr. Anthony Fauci, who I can only assume does not trip balls before appearing on the air, felt the need to rebuke him. Personally, I would have preferred Fauci had said something more like, “Hey, I don’t show up at your job and knock the dung beetles out of your mouth,” but he’s a lot more diplomatic than I could ever be.

The Hill:

"You're talking about yourself in a vacuum," Fauci said of the podcast host. "You're worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you're not going to get any symptoms. But you can get infected, and will get infected, if you put yourself at risk.”
Fauci also said there are still cases of asymptomatic people infected with the coronavirus "inadvertently and innocently" spreading the virus.
"So if you want to only worry about yourself and not society, then that's OK," Fauci said. "But if you're saying to yourself, even if I get infected, I could do damage to somebody else even if I have no symptoms at all, and that's the reason why you've got to be careful and get vaccinated."



Wait, what? You mean we live in a society? With other people? And they matter too? What is this commie shit?

I’m glad Rogan—who in the past has welcomed dangerous right-wing weirdos like conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes to his show—is at least telling his listeners that the vaccine is safe. But we don’t need to give people any more excuses to skip their shot, and that’s exactly what Rogan is doing here.

The White House was equally frustrated. Communications director Kate Bedingfield brought the fire on CNN’s New Day Wednesday. “I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking?” Further, Bedingfield asserted that “I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information.”

I’m not sure how we ever got to a place in this country where people feel they can just substitute their own ignorant opinions for those of world-renowned experts. But I see that kind of thing every day now. Makes me want to travel to Switzerland and heckle those smug proton beam mother****ers at the Large Hadron Collider.

Incidentally, in case, like me, you’ve never actually listened to an entire episode of The Joe Rogan Experience, here’s who you’d be taking your medical advice from:



And … scene.

If you’re 16 or older, get the vaccine. It’s the compassionate thing to do. Whether or not you want to follow your shot up with a side of weevils is, of course, up to you.
 

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Senate votes to restore Obama-era limits on methane gas emissions

The measure still must pass the House before being sent to the president’s desk. It marks Democrats’ first use of the 1996 Congressional Review Act.


The Senate voted Wednesday to restore an Obama-era regulation that imposed limits on methane leaks from oil and gas operations.

The move marks both the first major congressional rebuke of former president Donald Trump’s environmental policies, and a step forward for the Biden administration’s ambitious climate agenda.

“We have to stop lighting the matches of methane pollution,” Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.), one of the bill’s sponsors, said at a news conference Wednesday morning.

The vote is also the first time Democrats have used the 1996 Congressional Review Act to reverse a federal regulation.

The measure cleared the divided Senate by a 52 to 42 vote. It is expected to easily pass the House and would then head to President Biden’s desk......