Oakland drive through vaccination twitter.com/i/broadcasts/1…
If you’re in the Bay Area and wondering about doing the drive through, it’s very efficient, relatively quick and strongly recommended. Took us about half an hour to get to the injection point from arriving.
We got our appointments via myturn.ca.gov and it was for the J&J one dose vaccine. So any second now we’ll be done.

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2 Apr
@GovKemp @MLB The voting law means that the Georgia Secretary of State is no longer the chair of the state elections board. You will remember that the (Republican) Georgia Secretary of State defended the conduct of the elections and says there was no voter fraud.
@GovKemp @MLB Instead now, the law lets the state legislature (Republican controlled since 2005) appoint a ‘nonpartisan’ chair. And if the new board decides that a county’s election officials do their jobs poorly, the board can suspend them and replace them with one person with all the power.
@GovKemp @MLB It’s hardly surprising that Democrats view this as making it easier for Republicans to steal elections, since these bodies were the ones specifically making untrue allegations about 2020.
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31 Mar
Four years of jokes about Trump's infrastructure week never coming and Biden outlines his in under two months. And it is substantial and looks superficially well-targeted. nytimes.com/2021/03/31/bus…
A few highlights from the infrastructure plan:
• Modernize 20,000 miles of highways and roads
• Repair 10,000 bridges
• Built 500,000 EV chargers by 2030
• $200bn in tax credits and grants for affordable housing
• $85bn towards public transit
• $50bn in disaster resilience
• $25bn towards improving airports
• $20bn towards transit for underserved communities
• $100bn for national high speed broadband
• $100bn to improvements to electric grid and green energy
• $100bn to improve buildings of public schools
• $45bn to eliminate lead pipes in US
Read 7 tweets
17 Mar
1/ I know it’s easy if you live in America to think that the world revolves around you but when Trump in particular takes credit for the vaccines, it’s worth getting the various origins of these vaccines straight.
2/ The Pfizer vaccine was developed in Germany (Mainz) by German company BioNTech, who partnered with Pfizer for support with clinical trials, logistics and manufacturing.
3/ In March 2020, BioNTech got a $135m investment from Fosun in exchange (in part) for rights in China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan. In June, it got 100m euros from the European Commision and European Investment Bank. In September 2020 the German government gave them $445m.
Read 25 tweets
8 Mar
I want to restate this a day later. There’s a reason why the traditionally anti-monarchist British publications like the Guardian aren’t leaping on H&M and it’s not because they’re “destroying the monarchy”. It’s because they evidence some mildly liberal views.
A couple of decades back, they were doing the same thing to Prince Charles, whose views on environmentalism, organic farming and the built environment (while being often pretty clumsy) were widely derided by the right-wing press as “weird”.
I mean think about that. This is Prince Charles we’re talking about! He’s not a bastion of liberal values. He’s pretty far from an icon of the left. But expressing views like that was revolting and anathema to a right-wing Briton that fundamentally thinks royalty belongs to them.
Read 21 tweets
8 Mar
I’m British. I live in America. I am generally pretty uninterested in the monarchy. I used to be pretty hardcore anti-monarchist. That’s changed a *bit* because I do think there’s something stabilizing about heritage and institutions (as long as they can evolve), but not much.
My general position is that they’re massively over-privileged, rich, unnecessarily powerful people who deserve effectively none of it, but are also part of a chain that has some meaning, and neither deserve the praise nor most of the opprobrium they receive.
I don’t watch royal weddings. I don’t watch royal interviews. I genuinely do not spend a lot of attention keeping up with what’s going on with them. For the most part, I simply do not care.
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12 Jan
@GMB @piersmorgan A bunch of people will hear "gay roles for gay actors" and say it's stupid or hypocrisy. But there are a few areas to consider:
(1) Do gay actors get roles?
(2) Can straight actors accurately portray gay people?
(3) Can gay actors accurately portray straight people?
@GMB @piersmorgan The first one is I think pretty clear - while it has become considerably easier for gay actors to get ahead in Hollywood, they still don't generally have access to the most common or most popular roles and it can be an impediment to their careers.
@GMB @piersmorgan The same is true in the UK. It is often the case that actors who are out and well-known as gay simply don't get given straight roles in movies or TV. They're considered 'not believable'. Whereas when a straight actor plays an LGBT role, they're (now) considered 'brave'
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