Afghanistan: the S-hole becomes a S-show

It takes a special kind of genius to make a place like Afghanistan worse.

Well done, Joe.

Nice to see, though, that one hour before the worst day for US military deaths in a decade, the US had its eye on the ball:

Who are ISIS-K and where did they come from?

Beijing makes its move against a weakened superpower.

COVID … the gift that keeps on giving

Scott Morrison backs vaccine passports, saying businesses have right to refuse entry

Why are so many people dying from COVID-19 at home?

South Australia Trials App To Monitor Quarantine Compliance Through Facial Recognition and Geolocation · Caldron Pool

The vaccines are not without risk

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take them – it means you should know that they are not without risk.

Moreover, you should have the right to say no and you should have the right to sue if something goes wrong, as it did for this BBC presenter:

An award-winning BBC radio presenter died as a result of complications from the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine, a coroner has concluded.

Lisa Shaw, who worked for BBC Radio Newcastle, died at the city’s Royal Victoria Infirmary in May, a little more than three weeks after her first dose of the vaccine developed by academics at the University of Oxford.

The inquest heard that Shaw, 44, had been admitted to hospital after doctors investigating her complaints of headaches found she had suffered a brain haemorrhage.

Karen Dilks, the senior coroner for Newcastle, gave a narrative conclusion. “Lisa died due to complications of an AstraZeneca Covid vaccine,” she said.