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Say Goodbye to Summer: Today is the Autumnal Equinox

The calendar may say fall has arrived but for millions of people in the United States, a quick look out the window confirms that it’s still hurricane season, as Tropical Storm Ophelia lashes the Mid-Atlantic coast.
Still, summer came to an end on Saturday at 2:50 a.m. EDT (1:50 a.m. CT, 12:50 a.m. MT, and Friday at 11:50 p.m. PDT), the time of the 2023 autumnal equinox.
In the European Union, the …

How to Interpret News of the New Coronavirus Vaccine

The 2023 formulation of the coronavirus vaccine became available Friday in the United States after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention endorsed the jab for anyone over the age of 6 months.
The new shots arrive just as the country hits the fall and winter respiratory virus season and just as new vaccines for influenza and RSV, or respiratory syncytial virus are becoming available.
It’s important to note it’s not …

The Case of the Conniving Business Partner Who ‘Terrifies Me’

Danielle Miller, a so-called social-media influencer, who stole more than $1 million in pandemic aid to fund her lavish online lifestyle, was sentenced to prison on Thursday.
Before we dive into that, let’s review what an influencer is and what he does.
Simply put, a person with the ability to influence potential buyers of a product or service by promoting, recommending, or even just claiming to use the item or items on …

The Pros and Cons of Upgrading to the All-New iPhone 15: Should I Stay or Should I Go?

It’s that time of year again.  Fall is in the air and that can only mean one thing: Apple’s launch of a brand new iPhone model is just around the corner.
If you’re one of the increasing minority that gets a new iPhone each year no matter what, you needn’t really read the rest of this article. However, for the rest of you, owners of models such as the iPhone 12, …

Senators With Long Covid Demand Congressional Action

Senators With Long Covid Demand Congressional Action

Three current and former U.S. senators who suffer from Long Covid – Tim Kaine, of Virginia, Todd Young of Indiana, and Jim Inhofe, a former senator from Oklahoma, penned an article that appeared today in The Hill that sternly reminds Congress that action needs to be taken to support the millions of Long Covid sufferers.
“After the formal end of the Covid Public Health Emergency in May, attention in Congress has …

German is Most Commonly Spoken Language (After English and Spanish) in More U.S. States Than Any Other

It will come as no surprise to regular readers that English is the most commonly spoken language in the United States, a country that, unlike France,, Austria, or Switzerland, has no statutory official language, although, to be fair, Switzerland has four, German, French, Italian, and Romansch.  English is, in general, the sole language of instruction in public schools in the United States.
This comes despite the fact that the single largest …

Medicare (Finally) Starts to Negotiate Drug Prices: Here’s How It Will Work

The U.S. government announced on Tuesday the first drugs that will be subject to price negotiation with Medicare, the country’s government-run national health insurance intended largely for individuals over the age of 65.
The drugs that were selected – used to treat diabetes, cancer, and other disorders – are those that account for the highest Medicare spending, have been on the market for multiple years, and do not yet face competition …