The Rock of Talk 'Daily Blast' for Thursday, June 10th, 2021
The Conservative Calendar, Top 10 Links, Local/State News Briefing, U.S. News Briefing, Global News Briefing, and Questions of the Day
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We are drowning in information, while starving for wisdom. The world henceforth will be run by synthesizers, people able to put together the right information at the right time, think critically about it, and make important choices wisely.
— E. O. Wilson
THE CONSERVATIVE CALENDAR
Forecast from the KIVA Weather Station: Sunny and hot. High 99F. NNW winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.
Today is Thursday, June 10th, the 161st day of 2021. There are 204 days left in the year. It is International Heraldry Day.
This Day in History
In 1692, Bridget Bishop was hanged at Gallows Hill near Salem, Massachusetts, for “certaine Detestable Arts called Witchcraft and Sorceries.”
In 1854, the United States Naval Academy graduated its first class of midshipmen.
In 1864, Confederate troops under Nathan Bedford Forrest defeated a much larger Union force led by General Samuel D. Sturgis at the Battle of Brice’s Crossroads in Mississippi.
In 1886, Mount Tarawera in New Zealand erupted, killing 153 people.
In 1935, Dr. Robert Smith took his last drink, and he and Bill Wilson founded Alcoholics Anonymous.
In 1944, 15-year-old Joe Nuxhall of the Cincinnati Reds became the youngest player ever in a major-league game.
In 1947, Saab produced its first automobile.
In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in South Lake Tahoe, California. She would remain a captive until 2009.
In 2001, Pope John Paul II canonized Lebanon’s first female saint, Saint Rafqa.
This Day in Music History
In 1975, the Eagles released their fourth studio album, One of These Nights. It became the band’s first No. 1 on Billboard’s chart.
In 1977, Joe Strummer and Nicky Headon from The Clash were each fined £5 by a London court for spray-painting “The Clash” on a wall.
In 1993, singer Sinead O’Connor took out a full-page ad in the The Irish Times, asking the public to “stop hurting me please.” She blamed her troubles on abuse she suffered as a child. O’Connor was still being criticized for ripping up a picture of the pope during an appearance on Saturday Night Live the previous October.
In 2004, singer-songwriter Ray Charles died at age 73. Glaucoma rendered him blind at the age of six. He recorded over 30 Top 40 singles. Charles was married twice and fathered 12 children by nine different women.
In 2016, Rod Stewart was knighted for contributions to music and charity.
Biologist E. O. Wilson is 92. Actor Jürgen Prochnow is 80. Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Fouts is 70. Comedian Rich Hall is 67. Actress Jeanne Tripplehorn is 58. Model, actress, and businesswoman Elizabeth Hurley is 56. Comedian Bill Burr is 53. Politician Bobby Jindal is 50. Actress Leelee Sobieski is 38. Supermodel Kate Upton is 29.
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MAINSTREAM LOCAL/STATE NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Free daycare latest virus vaccine perk offered in New Mexico
SANTA FE — Private child care centers are the latest to offer perks to parents lining up to get a COVID-19 vaccine. Starting last week and running through July 4, they are offering free child care to parents with vaccine appointments, or who are recovering from vaccine side effects. That’s on top of other corporate and state incentives, which range from free beer to lottery sweepstakes. State early childhood officials announced the participation of the state’s largest daycare chains, KinderCare and La Petite Academy, in Albuquerque and Santa Fe. YMCA locations across the state are also offering free child care, including for nonmembers.
Officials push for national PFAS drinking water standard
ALBUQUERQUE — A New Mexico environmental official and others say setting a national drinking water standard for so-called “forever chemicals” is needed to address contamination around the country. New Mexico Environment Secretary Jim Kenney was among those who testified before a congressional committee. The state is working on determining the extent of contamination at two U.S. Air Force bases that includes plumes from past military firefighting activities. An official from West Virginia and a mother from Pennsylvania also testified about the effects of contamination in their states linked to a group of chemicals known as PFAS.
MAINSTREAM U.S. NEWS BRIEFINGS
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Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat
SEATTLE — Washington’s new “joints for jabs” vaccination incentive program is off to a rough start. Officials announced Monday the state’s nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to those who get a shot. Cannabis retailers say many don’t have the space to host a vaccine clinic. Some health care providers are queasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business because they don’t want to jeopardize federal funding. And the retailers say it’s unfair breweries and wineries can give away drinks to customers who merely showed proof of vaccination — no onsite clinic required.
Nevada becomes 2nd state with ‘public option’ insurance law
CARSON CITY — Gov. Steve Sisolak has signed legislation that made Nevada the second state in the U.S. to pass some version of a public heath insurance option. At a medical center in Las Vegas, Sisolak signed the bill that paves the way to offering “public option” health insurance plans by 2026. The new law requires heath care providers that bid to cover Medicaid recipients and state employees to also bid to offer a so-called public option plan. Prices under the plan would be pegged to average cost benchmark plans.
1st gray wolf pups since 1940s spotted in Colorado
DENVER — State wildlife officials say the first gray wolf pups since the 1940s have been spotted in Colorado. Gov. Jared Polis’s office said in a news release that a state biologist and district wildlife manager each spotted the litter of at least three wolf pups over the weekend. The pups were with their parents, two adult gray wolves known to live in the state. The discovery comes after Colorado voters narrowly approved a ballot measure last year that requires that the state to reintroduce the animal on public lands in the western part of the state by the end of 2023.
Jackpot: New archives will preserve history of game shows
ROCHESTER — It’s a jackpot for game show fans. The Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester announced the creation of the National Archives of Game Show History. The archives will compile scripts, props, set designs and other materials from game shows over the years. The project is co-founded by television producers Howard Blumenthal of “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego?” and Bob Boden of “Funny You Should Ask.” The Strong museum says the game show archives are a natural fit for a museum that preserves the history of play. The materials will be displayed at the museum and in traveling exhibitions.
Police say nearly 250 arrested in Minnesota pipeline protest
FARGO — Nearly 250 people were arrested when protesters attempting to stop the final leg of the reconstruction of an oil pipeline across northwestern Minnesota took over a pump station. Hubbard County Sheriff Cory Aukes said that 43 workers at the Enbridge Energy Line 3 site were trapped inside the site Monday morning when demonstrators locked them in behind the front gate. Protesters also put up barricades and dug trenches across roads. Aukes said that was done “presumably in preparation" for a standoff with law enforcement. Another protest is scheduled for Thursday in Minneapolis outside the office of Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar. TakeAction Minnesota says Klobuchar should pressure President Joe Biden to halt construction.
MAINSTREAM GLOBAL NEWS BRIEFINGS
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British twin sisters injured in Mexico crocodile attack
MEXICO CITY — Two British women are recovering from a crocodile attack in a coastal lagoon along Mexico’s southern Pacific coast. The two women were visiting a brackish lagoon near the surf and beach destination of Puerto Escondido. The head of the local civil defense office said that the two women were swimming when one was attacked and pulled under by a crocodile. The second woman was injured trying to help by fighting off the crocodile as it attacked. The BBC reports that the women are 28-year-old twin sisters Melissa and Georgia Laurie, who had been volunteering and traveling in Mexico.
3-story building collapses in India in heavy rain, kills 11
NEW DELHI — At least 11 people have been killed in the collapse of a three-story dilapidated building following heavy monsoon rains in the western Indian city of Mumbai. Police said seven people were injured and rescuers were clearing the debris to find any residents possibly still trapped. Monsoon rains during the day flooded several parts of the city that is India’s financial and entertainment capital. Mumbai recorded 8 inches of rain in 12 hours Wednesday, and roads, rail tracks and neighborhoods were left waterlogged. Building collapses are common in India during the June-September monsoon season when heavy rains weaken the foundations of structures that are poorly built.
UN expert says Myanmar attacks risk humanitarian tragedy
BANGKOK — A U.N. expert says at least one-quarter of the people in Myanmar’s smallest state have been forced to flee their homes because of combat with the military junta that seized power in February. That’s raising fears of a possible humanitarian tragedy including thousands of civilian deaths. The expert, Tom Andrews, is calling for international pressure on the junta to deprive it of the resources needed to continue the attacks. He says many of the 100,000 people forced to flee into forests from junta bombs in Kayah state are now cut off from food, water and medicine. Kayah state in eastern Myanmar along the border with Thailand has an estimated population of about 400,000.
French Open fans angry as COVID curfew imposed during match
PARIS — Novak Djokovic’s French Open quarterfinal against Matteo Berrettini was delayed for about 22 minutes while thousands of spectators were cleared out of the stadium court because of an 11 p.m. coronavirus curfew. Pandemic-related restrictions were loosened to allow 5,000 inside on Court Philippe-Chatrier rather than the 1,000 for the previous matches. But some disappointed fans jeered and even sang “We’ve paid, we’ll stay” and refused to leave as the curfew approached. Shortly before 10:55 p.m. both players packed their bags and walked off while fans shouted out in frustration. Play resumed at just after 11:15 p.m. amid a cathedral-like silence.
UK: Queen marks late husband’s 100th birthday with new rose
LONDON — Queen Elizabeth II has marked what would have been her husband Prince Philip’s 100th birthday with the planting of a newly bred rose named after him. The monarch watched the Duke of Edinburgh Rose planted in the Windsor Castle gardens last week to commemorate Philip’s centenary Thursday. The rose is deep pink and dappled with white lines, and it was newly bred following Philip’s death on April 9 at Windsor Castle. Philip was born on the Greek island of Corfu on June 10, 1921, and married then-Princess Elizabeth in 1947. That was- five years before she became queen at age 25. Their marriage lasted 73 years, making Philip Britain’s longest-serving consort.
‘ROCK OF TALK’ QUESTIONS OF THE DAY FOR OUR COMMUNITY (PLEASE ANSWER IN COMMENTS)
Taken the vaccine yet?
What should be done with “protesters” who obstruct lawful construction projects?
Do you follow tennis?
Should Joe Manchin join the GOP?
Do you know anyone whose life has been improved/saved by AA?
Ever been audited by the IRS?
What is the solution to information overload?
Does your family have a coat of arms?
Best Eagles song?
Why is healthcare the most regulated and subsidized “industry” in America?