Trump-Loving Capitol Rioter Who Palled Around With Pa. GOPers Ordered Held Until Trial

Samuel Lazar, the Trump fanatic known to online sleuths as #FacePaintBlowHard, was photographed with GOP politicians.

GOP Rips Biden For Working With Taliban After Supporting Trump Doing It

“We had an unconditional surrender,” said GOP Rep. Mike McCaul, who last year said to give the military group a chance.

Music Festival Bonnaroo Canceled After Bad Weather From Hurricane Ida

The festival grounds in Tennessee were “waterlogged in many areas” due to heavy rains from Hurricane Ida.

Texas Lawmakers Pass Bill Restricting Voting Rights

A Republican-led bill restricting access to the vote has passed the Texas Senate and is headed to the governor’s desk.

NIH kicks off extra COVID-19 vaccine dose trial with autoimmune patients

The National Institutes of Health has announced the start of a new trial that involves giving a third COVID-19 vaccine dose to individuals with autoimmune diseases. The trial will also look into the possibility of ‘pausing’ autoimmune treatments that involve immunosuppressive drugs to see whether doing so will improve antibody response against the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The third COVID-19 vaccine dose … Continue reading

First Dead Space remake details surface

As promised, today Electronic Arts and EA Motive hosted a developer livestream about the upcoming Dead Space remake. Unfortunately, since the game is still very early on in development, we didn’t get to see much gameplay at all – though we were offered a few looks at Dead Space‘s remade visuals – but there were still some interesting details contained … Continue reading

Google delays mandatory return to office until January 2022

Google is once again pushing back its return to in-person work. CEO Sundar Pichai told employees the company is delaying the mandatory return to office until January 2022. The current voluntary scheme will last through January 10th. From then on, Google’s offices will make the decisions about when (and if) to make office work mandatory. Staff will be notified 30 days in advance if they’re required to show up.

The internet pioneer previously hoped to institute a hybrid work week on October 18th, with staff coming in for three out of five days. That, in turn, was later than the originally planned September return.

The reasoning behind the delay isn’t surprising. The COVID-19 pandemic recovery, and thus the return to offices, has been “longer and bumpier than expected,” according to Pichai. In other words, factors like the virus’ Delta variant, vaccination rates and varying case levels have clouded the situation — what works well in one country could be dangerous in another.

Not that Google will take chances regardless. The company now requires full vaccination for any employee returning to the office, voluntary or otherwise. Google might be eager to have people fill its halls, but it also doesn’t want safety issues or skittish employees. It’s not alone, either — fellow tech firms like Apple have delayed their own return-to-office plans as the pandemic’s realities become clearer.

Hey Exxon, Maybe Stop Tweeting

You quite literally can’t write this joke: Exxon, one of the companies most responsible for the climate crisis, tweeted Monday that it was keeping people in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast affected by Hurricane Ida in its “thoughts and prayers.” Wow, where have we heard that phrase before?

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AT&T Leaves New Orleans Unable to Contact 911 During Hurricane Ida

Amid the human carnage that was wrought by Hurricane Ida this past weekend, the brutal rain and wind conditions that slammed the Louisiana coasts have left some awful infrastructural damage in their wake. Power grids were shattered. Buildings collapsed. And in the middle of it all, countless 911 calls failed to go…

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Star Wars’ Hyperspace Explained

Lucasfilm’s version of faster-than-light travel—hyperspace—is as fundamental to the worldbuilding of Star Wars as the Force. It’s the backbone of making its galaxy an interconnected universe of potential, a concept that has become more and more integral to some of the franchise’s biggest storytelling pushes. But how…

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