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Senator renews questions about failed state COVID testing contract

State Sen. Heidi Campbell is urging state auditors to complete an investigation into no-bid contracts awarded by Gov. Bill Lee’s administration since the COVID-19 pandemic started, pinpointing a botched contract with Nomi Health last year that cost the state nearly $6 million.

A member of the Legislature’s Fiscal Review Committee, Campbell raised questions Wednesday about a no-bid contract the governor’s Unified Command signed last year with the Utah-based company to provide COVID-19 tests, even though the company had no experience with running tests.

“It’s time for the Fiscal Review Committee and the public to have full transparency into that failed contract and the performance of every other business deal the Lee Administration made without oversight,” Campbell, a Nashville Democrat, said in a Wednesday statement.

Campbell pointed out Gov. Bill Lee’s Unified Command signed the contract through the Department of Health “against the better judgment of career professionals.” She wants auditors in the Comptroller’s Office, which reviews state contracts, to present findings or give updates at upcoming meetings in August and September.

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The American Right Hits Its Hippie Phase



Here at OEN we tend to avoid NR. Too much a part of what has become the radicalized, dangerous, right. Not that much like what Buckley started. But this is a worthy read, However, we do object to lumping hippies in with those who planted bombs, our broke in and poured blood over company records at war venders. Hippies were more peace, love, get stoned, and tuning out. More like the Revolutionaries. And couldn’t some of these cowards be former left wingers?-OEN

The Republicans are having a Dionysian moment. Who’d’ve thunk?

In ye olden days when American intellectuals wrote provocative books that people read and sometimes fought over (Charles Murray’s The Bell Curve may have been the last genuine American intellectual scandal of its kind), the dissident feminist Camille Paglia published a fascinating study called Sexual Personae, in which she introduced a new generation of readers to the Apollonian-Dionysian dichotomy that had been of so much interest to Friedrich Nietzsche. The Apollonian-Dionysian dichotomy understands much of art and life as a struggle between the rational, orderly, formal (Apollonian) elements and the passionate, wild, chaotic (Dionysian) elements. There are virtues on both sides, but virtues that do not often coexist in peace — consider, for example, the Catholic Church’s struggles in harmonizing the order of its liturgy and hierarchy with the ecstasy of the mystics and militants.

Plotting to Over Throw the US

Tell me again how the insurrection wasn’t planned in advance. Because I wonder what the lead time was for the design and production of these MAGA Civil War t-shirts with the exact date on them. There were hundreds out there. So yeah. Tell me again how this was just a ragtag group of billy-bobs who just happened to all get a wild hair at exactly the same time right before the siege.

Covid-19 Cases Are Rising Among the Vaccinated. It’s Not Because Vaccines Aren’t Working.

Written by Jamie Hartmann-Boyce

Sir Patrick Vallance, the U.K.’s chief scientific adviser, has announced that 40% of people admitted to hospital with Covid in the U.K. have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine. At first glance, this rings very serious alarm bells, but it shouldn’t. The vaccines are still working very well.

There are several factors at play that explain why such a high proportion of cases are in the fully vaccinated.

Covid vaccines are extremely effective, but none 100% so. This itself isn’t surprising—flu vaccines aren’t 100% effective either. Yet in the U.S. alone flu vaccines are estimated to prevent millions of cases of illness, tens of thousands of hospitalizations, and thousands of deaths every year. The Covid vaccines are doing the same in the U.K. right now—all one has to do is compare the curves from the winter wave with those from this summer. Read more

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