Crosstalk: April 5, 2021

The News Round-Up came early this week.  Here’s a sample of what Jim presented for listeners:  

–From free glazed donuts to marijuana to arcade tokens–numerous incentives are being offered to encourage people to obtain their COVID shots.

–CDC finds mask and indoor dining bans don’t stop the virus, but the media ignores that.

–The director of the CDC appeared to be fighting back tears during a Monday press conference as 7-day COVID case counts rose among 30 states.  At the same time, Texas Governor Greg Abbott was celebrating his state’s drop in COVID since opening businesses up and ditching mask mandates 3 weeks ago.

–More than 100 people in Washington State have tested positive for COVID-19  after being fully vaccinated.

–A 74 year old Virginia man has rare, horrifying reaction to J&J COVID-19 vaccination.

–Authorities in Munich and Berlin yesterday again suspended use of the AstraZeneca vaccine for those under 60.

–Leaders of 23 nations have joined the World Health Organization to endorse a proposed international pandemic treaty that would establish rules for information sharing and universal and equitable access to vaccines, medicines and diagnostics.

–Declaring he’s now free to express his opinion, the former director of the CDC under President Trump said in an interview he believes the virus that causes COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China.

–A White House official announced Wednesday that in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, President Joe Biden would raise a transgender flag at the White House,   making Biden the first U.S. president ever to recognize the celebration.

–CNN says there’s no consensus criteria for assigning sex at birth. 

–The widely known shampoo manufacturer, Pantene, is advertising its product in a commercial featuring a young boy being raised as a girl by 2 homosexual women. 

–A 3-judge federal appeals court panel has ruled in favor of an evangelical professor who was punished by Shawnee State University in Ohio for refusing to address a transgender student by the preferred pronoun.

–A Republican lawmaker in Tennessee is pushing for legislation that seeks to prohibit the use of textbooks and instructional materials containing LGBTQ+ content from public schools.

–There are 16 LGBTQ and social justice advocacy groups.  They’re putting 4 million dollars behind a lobbying and ad campaign to pass the so-called Equality Act.

–Senator Ted Cruz of Texas visited the southern border, paying a visit to one of the at-capacity child migrant detention centers.

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