Second best argument for protection – Mon Best Of Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:41:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Second best argument for protection – Mon Best Of 32 32 Colorado’s psychedelic decriminalization initiative won’t pass Tue, 09 Aug 2022 12:12:00 +0000

Early yesterday afternoon, the Decriminalize Nature Colorado campaign submitted the signatures it collected to land a statewide initiative in the November ballot at the office of the Colorado secretary of state. However, those leading the campaign, which aims to decriminalize a handful of natural psychedelics, had already accepted the likely fate of the initiative before the official count of signatures even began.

“We’re very unlikely to make it to the ballot in 2022,” Nicole Foerster, one of the co-leaders of the all-volunteer organization Decriminalize Nature Colorado, said at an Aug. 8 press conference on the steps. of the Colorado Capitol.

Admitting that voters won’t have a chance to consider Colorado’s nature decriminalization measure in November, Foerster and other activists said they now have a new goal: to launch an “information campaign regarding Initiative 58, another medical legalization and decriminalization measure for psychedelics that has already been approved for the Colorado ballot. Although Foerster and co-frontman Melanie Rose Rodgers say they don’t want their new effort classified as such, they’re essentially running a “No to Initiative 58” campaign.

“You need millions of dollars to make statewide change,” said Rodgers, a leading supporter of Denver’s successful 2019 psychedelic mushroom decriminalization campaign. small groups of people who make decisions for everyone.”

Foerster and Rodgers came together to form the Decriminalize Nature Colorado campaign in response to Initiative 58, which is being pushed by New Approach PAC, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that works on drug policy reform issues. . The PAC has pushed cannabis legalization efforts across the country and also helped fund a medical access initiative to psychedelic mushrooms in Oregon.

The New Approach PAC measure, known as the Natural Medicine Health Act, would create a legal access framework for psychedelic mushrooms ages 21 and older while decriminalizing mushrooms, DMT, ibogaine and mescaline, at the exclusion of peyote. The initiative would create the possibility of building a legal access framework for these other substances as well.

“The Natural Medicine Health Act would provide essential medicines to Coloradans with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and other challenging mental health conditions in a way that successfully balances their access and safety within a regulated therapeutic framework” , said Kevin Matthews, who co-leads the campaign funded by New Approach PAC. “Research from Johns Hopkins and the FDA shows that this natural medicine has profound mental health benefits for our veterans, trauma survivors, people facing terminal illnesses, and many others who have tried traditional treatment with little or no success.This initiative gives them another opportunity for healing.

Matthews led the Decriminalize Denver campaign in 2018 and 2019, when he worked closely with Rodgers and Foerster. Matthews’ decision to work with the New Approach PAC and move forward with the Natural Medicine Health Act in an effort to contest the November 2022 ballot, however, has created a rift among Colorado psychedelics advocates.

“A lot of people in our community were really shocked to see something happen so quickly,” Foerster said.

Foerster and Rodgers believe the state should decriminalize natural psychedelics before even considering a legal access model. This would be the best way to ensure that equity concerns remain a priority and that Colorado’s field of psychedelics does not become a capitalist’s playground, as recreational marijuana has, they suggest. .

The Decriminalize Nature Colorado campaign is also suspicious of New Approach PAC, questioning the organization’s motives. The PAC paid $2.74 million to the Natural Medicine Colorado Committee, which primarily funded a signature-collecting venture, but also compensated Matthews, attorneys and lobbyists for their work on the campaign.

“Their policy was designed to appeal to people who know nothing about it, without the full inclusion of people who will be affected by the law if passed,” Foerster said.

During their press conference, Foerster and Rodgers announced the formation of a new “education campaign”, Colorado for Community Healing. “We’re starting a campaign. We want to make sure that our values ​​of keeping community first for a fair and democratic process, a grassroots effort, will stay no matter what happens this November election,” Rodgers said.

In the lead up to this election, this “education campaign” will use some of the same commentary that Decriminalize Nature Colorado has used to oppose Initiative 58 over the past year.

“The research is still ongoing, and they’ll tell you outright it’s inconclusive,” said Travis Tyler Fluck, an activist with Decriminalize Nature Colorado who also worked on the Decriminalize Denver campaign.

While psychedelics such as psilocybin mushrooms have been shown to have positive effects on people suffering from anxiety, depression and PTSD, in a July statement the American Psychiatric Association urged patience. to make them more accessible.

“There is currently insufficient scientific evidence to support the use of psychedelics to treat any psychiatric disorder except in approved experimental studies. The APA supports the continued research and therapeutic discovery of psychedelic agents with the same integrity science and the same regulatory standards applied to other promising therapies in medicine. Clinical treatments should be determined by scientific evidence in accordance with applicable regulatory standards, not by ballot initiatives or popular opinion,” said the ‘APA.

One of the reasons for the lack of scientific evidence relates to the federal criminal status of these substances, which has prevented much research from being carried out.

According to Foerster, she and other decriminalization advocates are not opposed to increased access to psychedelics in the future. But they’d like that access to happen slower than it would if I-58 goes through, and based on a “community healing model.”

“We are saying, as individuals, that we are voting no,” Foerster said. “We’re going to run an education campaign. It’s going to be like explaining what we don’t particularly support, and why.”

How the Claremont Institute became a nerve center of the American right Sun, 07 Aug 2022 04:48:09 +0000

Some of the sharpest critiques of Claremont’s recent prominence have come from scholars with similar backgrounds. “I think there’s a story here about the insularity of the conservative world,” says Laura Field, a political philosopher and scholar-in-residence at American University, who has published several scathing reviews of Claremont over the past year. in The Bulwark, a publication launched by the “Never Trump” conservatives. Claremont has been “pretty much unchallenged by the wider academic world,” Field told me, because many academics, liberals but also other conservatives, tend to view political engagement in general, and ideas and the public manners of Claremont in particular, below them. By contrast, Claremont scholars “understand the power of a certain type of approach to politics that is sensational,” she said. Field told me about a recent exception, a small roundtable in July in Washington that Kesler attended. Kesler defended the rise of populism as “pro-constitutional”, and so, he said, “even if it takes an angry form in many cases”, it was difficult to “condemn it simply as an eruption of ‘democratic irrationalism’. Bryan Garsten, a political scientist at Yale, replied that it was very generous to interpret current populism as “flashing in favor of an older understanding of constitutionalism”, but even if this was partly true, he wondered whether populism could “expect to generate a new appreciation of constitutionalism” or whether it would not “do the exact opposite”. It is, says Garsten, “a dangerous game of trying to ride the tiger.”

Nonetheless, Claremont’s recent successes have enabled effective fundraising. Klingenstein, the chairman of Claremont, who runs an investment firm in New York, was as recently as 2019 Claremont’s biggest donor, providing $2.5 million, roughly half of its budget. at the time. Claremont’s budget is now around $9 million, and Klingenstein no longer provides the majority of the funding. “They’re less and less dependent on me, and that’s a good thing,” Klingenstein said. (On Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast on July 15, he noted that the budget continues to grow.) Other major recent donors, according to documents obtained by Rolling Stone, include the Dick and Betsy DeVos Foundation and the Bradley Foundation, two of the largest conservative family foundations in the country.

Many Claremont scholars still support Trump, but have also cultivated relationships with other figures of potential future significance, particularly Ron DeSantis, perhaps envisioning a day when Trumpist conservatives find a more reliable and effective leader. Arnn, the president of Hillsdale College, which has many Claremont graduates on its faculty and a strong presence in Washington, hosted an event with DeSantis last February at which he called DeSantis “one of the most important who live”. According to the Tampa Bay Times, Hillsdale aided DeSantis in his efforts to reshape Florida’s education system, participating in textbook reviews and reform of state civics standards. But the Claremonters aren’t quite ready to reject Trump. “Trump is loved by a lot of Americans,” Kesler told me, “and you’re not going to be able to put him away and keep the party going, keep the movement going and win.” He said the future was “probably with Trumpism, some version of Trump and his agenda, but not necessarily with Trump himself. And that’s because I don’t know if he could win. The argument in 2016 was, “We’re taking a chance on this guy, we’re taking a flyer,” Kesler said. “And I just don’t think they’re ready to take a second flyer.”

Harry Jaffa used to ask what American conservatism kept. The answer was usually ideological – American conservatism was not about preserving a social structure, as in ancient European societies, but rather the American idea, a set of principles laid down in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. What seems unstable in Claremont is “the hazy question of whether a republic is too far off to be kept,” William Voegeli, the editor, wrote in the spring issue. “Which would be the bigger mistake – continuing to fight to preserve a republic that is proving irrecoverable or giving up on defending one whose vigor could yet be restored?” Voegeli, 67, sides with the “central conservative impulse”, which is that “because things of value are easy to break but hard to replace, every effort should be made to keep them as long as they can be.” But he acknowledges that some of his younger colleagues seem ready to “abandon conservatism for counter-revolution” in order to “restore the founding principles of America”. Kesler was optimistic. “We need some sort of revival of the spirit of constitutionalism, which then has to be fought, through laws and trials and all the normal day-to-day concessions of politics,” he said. “That’s what I’m in favor of. And it’s going in the right direction. »

Tom Merrill of American University has also studied Jaffa’s work and thinks there is much in his teachings to appeal to both liberals and conservatives. “I think the country is so divided right now that if you had a Republican candidate saying, ‘You know, we got it wrong in a lot of ways, but we’re pretty good for the most part,’ I think there’s would have a great middle way, and that would defuse some of that anger.The American right right now, Merrill argued, needed guidance and leadership that couldn’t come from the mainstream establishment, that voters had rejected. “There’s a movement out there that’s not the Republican Party, that needs people to speak up and shape the message,” he said. the movement’s conservatives were blocking far-right anti-democratic and anti-American elements. Claremont could have filled that role, he argued, but “the central challenge facing the right is: can anyone take these themes and articulate them in an adult way?”

Some in Claremont have expressed a desire to work with the Liberals, but their strategy seems to suggest otherwise. When I asked Williams what Claremont’s ideal future would look like, he cited the deconstruction of the administrative state. He told me recently that the June Supreme Court decision binding the EPA is “a step in the right direction” and that he would like to see “Congress get back to the act of lawmaking” instead of delegating the rule-making to bureaucracy, a “long, complicated process involving lawmakers learning rules they haven’t used in 30 years. Caution, he added, dictates that change must be incremental “Although I can anticipate your next question, which is, you talk like counter-revolutionaries,” Williams said. “One of the purposes of the more polemical stuff is to wake up our fellow conservatives.”

Boston College Football 2022 Season Prediction, Preview, Awards, Bowling Game 2022 Fri, 05 Aug 2022 01:31:00 +0000

Boston College football suffered injuries but still survived last season and now has high hopes for Jeff Hafley’s third season at Chestnut Hill.

Jeff Hafley took over Boston College football after leaving his position as defensive coordinator at Ohio State and there were high hopes for the Eagles. With his keen recruiting acumen combined with a great spirit on the pitch too, he seemed like the perfect man to take the program to the next level apart from the 6-7 wins they have seemingly racked up every year.

Now entering his third season at Chestnut Hill, however, Hafley has yet to win more than six games in a season (although that number is different as he hasn’t played in a bowling game in 2020 or 2021 due of COVID or other complications) and is still trying to reach that next milestone. Is the 2022 college football season the year Boston College makes that leap?

Coming in at 42nd in FanSided’s preseason top 50 rankings are the Boston College Eagles.

Review of the 2021 Boston College football season

Things had a game-changing trend for the Eagles early in the year when they posted four straight wins and looked like Boston College was poised to be a potential spoiler in the ACC. Then came quarterback Phil Jurkovec’s injury and the wheels came off.

Even when the star signalman returned to the fold at the end of the season, he clearly wasn’t 100% and the offense showed as much.

This led to a 2-6 performance in the conference and, with BC not playing in a bowl game despite qualifying for the second straight season (this time due to COVID-related complications and withdrawals leaving them too shorthanded), the Eagles ended the campaign. with six wins for the second straight year and still stuck in a purgatory-like state of mediocrity that they hope to overcome in the 2022 season.

Boston College Offensive Preview for the 2022 Season

  • Returning starters (4): QB Phil Jurkovec, WR Zay Flowers, WR Jaelen Gill, RB Pat Garwo III
  • Notable newcomers: TE George Takacs (Notre Dame), OL 3 stars Jude Bowry
  • Impacting player: Phil Jurkovec

With Jurkovec back and healthy once again, there’s compelling reason to be optimistic about this offense, especially with the Eagles returning to arms for the 2022 campaign. Zay Flowers has been a stallion for the program in this position and Jalen Gill thinks of taking a step forward with the return of Jurkovec. Meanwhile, Pat Garwo III became a playmaker out of the backfield a year ago, a performance he can build on.

That said, the big unknown at Boston College is upstream protection. Not only is the offensive line losing four starters, but four starters are all now in the NFL. To make matters worse, the only comeback was to be Christian Mahogany, but a torn ACL in the offseason has already ended his 2022.

The ability of a new O line to both protect Jurkovec and clear the way for Garwo will largely determine how this attack looks in BC this year.

Overview of Boston College’s defense for the 2022 season

  • Returning starters (8): LB Kam Arnold, DT Chibueze Onwuka, DT Cam Horsley, DE Marcus Valdez, NB Josh DeBerry, S Jaiden Woodbey, S Jason Maitre, CB Elijah Jones
  • Notable Newcomer: CB Amari Jackson 3 stars
  • Impacting player: Josh DeBerry

For better or worse, this is an experienced defense that should have relatively high expectations for them, especially the secondary led mostly by one of the best nickel corners in the country, Josh DeBerry. His game could be huge.

While there will be experience coming back to the defensive line, the big question will be whether they can A. stay healthy and B. be more consistent with their production. Marcus Valdez might be the biggest factor there as he flashes last season with five sacks and seven tackles for loss despite injuries. If he can stay healthy, he could be an even bigger game-changer than either DeBerry or tough, unyielding safety Jaiden Woodbey.

Boston College Football Players Award Watch for 2022 Season

Phil Jurkovec, Maxwell/Davey O’Brien

In 16 games for the Eagles (four of those played last year when he clearly wasn’t fully healthy), the former Notre Dame rookie threw for 3,472 yards, 24 touchdowns and nine interceptions. With a fantastic arm and NFL-like potential, expect a healthy Jurkovec to make some noise and potentially have a Kenny Pickett-like rise this season.

Zay Flowers, Maxwell/Biletnikoff

Despite playing one more game last year than in 2020, Flower saw his production drop by 146 yards and four touchdowns. Of course, Jurkovec’s injury played a big part in that. One would expect him to be a serious competitor to Biletnikoff with the rapport he has with his quarterback combined with his talent.

George Takacs, Mackey

All told, it’s probably a long time for the Notre Dame transfer to end up winning the Mackey considering he transferred from a school with one of the leading candidates (Michael Mayer) and Georgia has a crowd. tight ends who could win the award for the best in the country at this position. That said, it highlights the fact that Hafley adds a great player to a position in need.

Boston College’s Biggest Football Game on the 2022 Schedule

There’s an argument to be made that in the second week of the season, when the Eagles travel to Lane Stadium to take on the Hokies, such a game could set the tone for the team. While that may be true, Boston College is expected to open the season 3-1 or 2-2 before hosting Louisville at Chestnut Hill on Oct. 1. And that’s going to be important.

Fresh off their trip to Florida State the previous week, Louisville promises to have an explosive offense that could put that defensive front to the test. Plus, this also comes the week before the Eagles welcome Clemson to town, so it could be a trap to watch out for. There’s a big difference between being 4-1 or 3-2 and 3-2 or 2-3 after this game and that could have a big effect on the second half of the regular season.

Best Screenplay in Boston College Football

Let’s say BC gets the expected wins over Rutgers and Maine to start the season, then splits its trips to Virginia Tech and Florida State. That brings us to this Louisville game, and in the best-case scenario, they have the talent to beat them, which would also mean the defense has found a foothold and the offense is running the train now at full throttle.

That would lead to the Clemson game, which is likely a loss no matter how you look at it. Still, that would have them at 4-2 in the second half of the season. A showdown at Wake Forest would break the Eagles’ path if things go well, but they likely won’t get road wins at NC State or Notre Dame. But it would wrap up the season with an impressive 8-4 and put BC on course for a bowl game for a chance at nine wins, a huge push forward for Hafley.

Worst case scenario for Boston College football

On the other hand, it’s not hard to see where things could go off the rails if the Eagles’ offensive and defensive lines don’t turn out the way people across the program hope. That would mean losses for the Hokies and Seminoles, then more losses to Louisville and Clemson, which would put them 2-4 up and likely result in a 2-5 start with the next trip looming at Wake Forest.

Going forward there are still winnable games but I would still lose them to the Wolfpack and the Irish which would sadly leave the Eagles 5-7 and take a step back rather than forward in the 2022 campaign.

Boston College Football 2022 Season Prediction

As is often the case when it comes to looking at best and worst case scenarios for a team entering the season, the eventual reality likely lies somewhere in the middle. They will get the obvious wins because I have enough confidence in Jurkovec and in the back of the defense to support their performance in these competitions. Plus, I see them being able to split that Virginia Tech/FSU departure and then deal with Louisville at home or clip Wake Forest to Winston Salem.

Either way, that puts them at seven wins for the year, which feels like the end of this team. It would still be a great campaign, more wins than Hafley has had at this point in his tenure, and 7-5 could become 8-5 with a bowl win, which is a gigantic victory for the program.

Boston College Football 2022 Football Game Prediction

Early bowl projections force the Eagles to stay close to home for the playoffs. College Football News has Boston College playing in the Wasabi Fenway Bowl with its ACC affiliation and taking on Cincinnati, which would be a pretty good game, even if the Bearcats need to retool after appearing in the CFP a year ago.

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Dear Indian parents, do not drive with children on your lap. Child seats are readily available Wed, 03 Aug 2022 03:30:12 +0000

IIf you are a regular reader of my columns, you would have already understood that I have a two-year-old son. And although it may seem like a very handy plot device, the child really likes cars. He is fascinated to see different cars land at his house each week and especially likes to go for a drive. He may be short but he always wants to drag me to the car for a ride. Although I don’t take her by car every time, there are times when I go out and take her with me.

However, what I find even more interesting is that when we go out, the child, who is 26 months old at the moment, settles very obediently into his child seat. We don’t tell him to do it. He knows that if he goes by car, he must sit in his seat. Since he was a baby my son has always been in a child restraint system, first a baby carrier, then rear facing “group 0” seats for children under 10 kilograms and now “group 1” seats facing the road. And he gets upset if I don’t strap him into his six-point harness when I drop him off at my mom’s house, which is a three-minute drive from my house, yelling “Belt, seatbelt,” and you know what? He is right. These days, even for that short drive, he’s still safe in his own seat in the car.

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No question of affordability

Shockingly few Indian children today are in child seats. And it’s not about affordability or unavailability of seats, although the latter was an issue at the start of the pandemic and my wife and I had to jump through hoops to get child seats for our son in mid-2020, but we managed a few great deals. In fact, a couple from Gurugram who we bought a nearly new seat from said they could never get their daughter to use it. My son loves this seat.

Go to any major e-commerce site, or even baby and kids stores in malls and all have child seats and baby carriers available. And while there are several types available, the best ones can usually be used for multiple age/weight groups, allowing you to use the seat for five to six years before moving on to a simple booster.

Basic seats are available for less than Rs 5,000, with more premium ones costing Rs 25,000 in India. Imports from top western brands such as Britax and Maclaren (not the racing team) can cost you up to Rs 50,000. opportunity, mainly on the Meta platform, you can indeed get very good deals. Keep in mind, however, that some of the protections such as the thermocol padding can deteriorate over time and the seats have a limited lifespan, even then they can be used for 3-5 years.

So it’s not a question of affordability or availability. Yet when I take my son to his preschool, I find that he is perhaps one of the 20% of children who come to school snug and secure in a seat. When I meet parents taking their children to school sitting in the front seat, sometimes on the driver’s lap, my heart sinks. It’s not for me to comment on other people’s parenting most of the time, but as someone who writes about cars and automotive and car safety, I judge parents, especially those who drive in luxury cars that don’t put their kids in seats. . “They don’t like it” is hardly an argument. My son doesn’t like having medicinal syrup, trust me it’s a task to give him medicine. But we still do, just like millions of other parents around the world.

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Child in seat is a must

It’s not safe to keep unsecured children in a car today. If an Indian parent went abroad and tried a stunt like having a child sit on a driver’s lap, they might end up crying in an Indian embassy or high commission because their child was taken away by child protection services.

In many countries around the world, a driver, whether parent or not, can be held criminally liable if their child is not safely in a seat. There are far too many Instagram reels and other short videos where children are shown in dangerous situations while in a car. A movie I once saw was of a young mother driving a car with one hand while handling a baby with the other. She looked very cool, but honestly, something she should at least be fined for. This is something that popular social media sites should act on urgently.

Our parents knew no better. My dad brought my younger brother home from the hospital in a Standard Herald (a Triumph Herald in the UK), a vehicle that would fail all safety tests today. I don’t remember being buckled up on a car ride in the late 1980s and early 1990s, although I’ve always worn my seatbelt since I started driving in 1996.

When we demand better from Indian automakers in New Car Assessment Program (NCAP) crash tests even for children, many people blithely ignore the fact that the child protection part is conducted and not s only applies if the child is secured and in a child seat. In fact, the child seat used in NCAP seats must comply with the ECE44 regulations. This is a European standard which has become the default worldwide standard for the time being. If you’ve seen any of the dramatic crash test videos, you can clearly see how a child restraint system keeps infants, toddlers and young children safe in the event of a crash.

Yes, automakers should make safer cars. But we, as motorists, must also play our part, especially as parents. We all want the best for our children, so why not put them in child seats. And you know what? Maybe they will end up liking it.

@kushanmitra is an automotive journalist based in New Delhi. Views are personal.

]]> Do you feel the heat? Five Camera Essentials for Shooting in Hot Climates Sat, 30 Jul 2022 16:01:10 +0000

Have you felt the heat this summer? Taking photos in the sun can be a challenge. However, it can be much easier with proper preparation. Here are five of my warm weather photography essentials.

As we enter the height of summer and temperatures rise, I have found myself, like many other photographers, shooting in a warmer climate than usual. Hot weather poses unique challenges: humidity, dust and dazzling photos, to name a few. These challenges shouldn’t stop you from going out to shoot and can be solved with proper preparation. However, fail to prepare and you could find yourself in an uncomfortable, hot and sweaty mess. Here are five essential cameras I would recommend for taking photos in hot climates so you can beat the heat and enjoy the summer weather with your camera.

1. Day bag

I’m sure most of us have been in a situation where we’re packing our bags for filming, trying to decide what to bring. I often fell into the trap of carrying everything just in case. While this may be manageable in colder climates, despite back pain a day later when the temperature rises, this is a colossal mistake. There’s nothing worse in shooting than a heavy bag in hot conditions. You can tire more quickly and build up sweat uncomfortably in humid environments. I recommend bringing a secondary day pack on your travels. I would recommend it to be smaller and lighter than your main bag while still being comfortable enough for all day shooting. I started using a lightweight Regatta backpack. Got it from a family member who no longer needed it, and it has done a great job so far on my current trip to Indonesia. This particular bag is not designed for cameras. Still, since I only put on a small amount of kit at a time, I don’t mind. It is waterproof and has a belt and chest strap, greatly improving comfort. Suppose you are looking for a bag like this. In that case, I recommend looking at your local outdoor store or considering a smaller camera-specific bag if you value the added protection.

2. State-of-the-art design capture

The Peak Design Capture is my favorite product from Peak Design. If you’re not familiar with it, the Capture consists of two main parts, the clip and the baseplate. The clip is a small, two-piece aluminum clip with a locking mechanism. The clip can be attached to either strap of your camera bag without undue additional weight. The base plate is a small mounting plate which, when connected to your camera via the 3/4″ screw, can be used to attach your camera to the clip. Peak Design claims that the Capture can support over 90 kg (200 lb), which is more than enough for your everyday carry.I would recommend this clip or similar in hot climates as it will reduce the strain and friction on your neck from carrying your gear on a strap. The camera clip will allow you to have your camera handy without having to hold it all the time, I have found it also helps me to shoot more as my camera is more accessible for those times when I’d like to take a quick photo instead of grabbing it inside my bag, I’ve found it to be an invaluable addition to my kit.

3. Rocket Blower and Lens Cloths

I combined a few things for this because I think they go together, especially when it comes to hotter, dustier climates. I almost always carry a good lens cloth in my bag to clean my lens from accidental fingerprints or light rain on the front element of my lenses. However, in hot weather, I find it extremely useful to have a lens cloth to wipe off any dust or pollen that may fall on your gear. On top of that, using a rocket blower ensures that all small dust particles stay away from your expensive equipment. Using a rocket blower every time you change lenses is also good practice to ensure your sensor stays dust free. Two reasonably inexpensive items can often be found in bundles and can be crucial on your next adventure.

4. Spare batteries

Carrying extra batteries may seem obvious to some. However, one can easily forget to bring some. When shooting in hot climates, you may notice that you consume more batteries than usual. With higher temperatures, your camera may have to work a little harder to operate in hot climates, which increases battery consumption. It’s never nice to see the low battery indicator flashing on your camera knowing you don’t have a replacement, especially if you’re in the middle of a shoot! Avoid this by bringing spare batteries for your camera or drone so you can stay powered up through all the heat.

5. Filters

Filters are another pair of elements that we cannot forget in hot weather for several reasons. When shooting, the right combination of filters will help you get the best images in warmer conditions. First, UV filters. UV filters are a controversial choice in the photographic community due to the argument that they can reduce image quality. Despite this, I would recommend picking one up specifically for dustier conditions. This can save you the stress of excessive dust on the front element, which can be more common in warmer climates. These are relatively inexpensive and can save you from an accident. Second, circular polarizers. These are filters often used in automotive photography, but can provide excellent results for all types of photography in sunny conditions. These filters allow you to remove some unwanted reflections that may distract from your images. They will also make your images more saturated and vibrant, which can be helpful when shooting in very dazzling conditions. Both filters are widely available from several different brands.


Hot conditions can be tough for photography, but with these five elements, you’ll have no problem meeting this challenge. Go out and enjoy the sun! Don’t forget to take care of yourself, apply sunscreen, wear a hat and stay well hydrated.

Tory leadership candidates outline strategies to protect the Union Wed, 20 Jul 2022 12:32:12 +0000 Liz Truss insisted she would strengthen the case for the Union by improving ‘people’s lives’ across the UK, while Rishi Sunak would present ‘an emotional case’ for keeping the UK together United.

The Foreign Secretary ruled out holding a second referendum on Scottish independence, while rivals Penny Mordaunt and Mr Sunak said the issue was not their priority when they been asked about it in a Spectator podcast.

Ms Truss said she was a ‘child of the Union’, pointing to her upbringing in Paisley Scotland and Leeds when asked how she would advocate positively for a UK as Prime Minister .

When asked if the Scots liked her, she replied: “That’s a question for the Scots. Probably some Scots like me, I can tell you that.

“But the important point is not the number of meetings we have and the number of visits we make – which of course are important and that is an important part of ministerial life – it is what we really offer. to people.

“And are people’s lives better, do they have more opportunities?”

Favourite, Mr Sunak, said he would try to make an ’emotional argument for the UK from the bottom of my heart, as well as the practical argument for and demonstration of it’.

Ms Mordaunt said the Union would be held together by ‘shared mutuality, it’s our history, it’s our culture’, and called for the revival of the British theme, an orchestral arrangement played by the BBC until 2006 .

“It seems like a trivial thing, but in fact everyone loved him across the four nations,” she said.

The Trade Secretary also attacked what she called the ‘dreaded’ BBC, describing it as ‘a much-loved institution but sometimes doesn’t seem to like the country back’.

Asked if the contest had hurt the Tory brand, Ms Mordaunt said ‘we haven’t been helped by some TV formats’.

“Now more than ever, we need to put some positivity and professionalism back into what we do,” she said in an apparent critique of the often bitter race.

Ms Truss, who is backed by Boris Johnson’s staunchest allies, insisted the party’s brand was ‘in a positive place’, adding: ‘I am in no way saying what happened was perfect.”

Mr Sunak said building a team is ‘by far the most important priority at the start and how we are going to bring people together and serve the British people to the best of our abilities’.

He declined to say whether his cabinet would include Ms Truss and Ms Mordaunt.

“I was especially careful, because I assume others were too, not to start talking about specific jobs and specific people,” he said.

Ms Mordaunt pledged to have a ‘tighter cabinet’, saying: ‘It’s currently crazy how anyone can make a decision with two football teams in this room.

On taxation, the issue that has dominated the race to replace Boris Johnson, Ms Mordaunt criticized ‘the current trajectory that Rishi has put us on’, while rejecting tax cuts offered by other pro-Boris contenders. “targeted measures”.

She said, “We’re not going to be able to make some of the cuts that other contestants have offered earlier in this competition.

“What we need to do is grow the economy, and we need to help people who are really in dire straits.”

Ms Truss, whose tax cut promises were criticized by former minister David Davis as ‘going a bit too far’, insisted they were ‘affordable’.

She said: “I am very clear that this can be paid for within the existing budget envelope. The taxes I’m cutting cost £30billion, it’s affordable.

She also pledged to “revise taxation in depth and simplify our taxes”.

All three said they supported the online safety bill, but expressed concern about the protection of free speech.

The hustings took place on the eve of the final ballot for Tory MPs to choose the two candidates to put forward to party members in the race for No 10.

Kyle Pitts was revealed to be the 6th highest rated tight end in Madden 23 Mon, 18 Jul 2022 20:16:38 +0000

A July tradition has begun, with the latest installment of the Madden franchise periodically revealing their position notes ahead of their August release date. This of course sparks heated debate among fans and gives us the heightened feeling of football in the air, ahead of training camp.

Atlanta’s top representative in these positional power rankings, Kyle Pitts, was among the initial reveals along with his positional contemporaries, with the list of 10 highest-rated tight ends and wide receivers being the first positional groups unveiled this year. Pitts checked in with an 87 overall rating, good for sixth among all NFL tight ends.

Kyle Pitts’ 1,026 receiving yards in 2021 was third among all tight ends, behind only Mark Andrews and Travis Kelce, and he was second by a rookie tight end in NFL history, behind only Mike Ditka in 1961. Pitts almost immediately stepped into the role of Atlanta’s number one option in the passing game, but his only total touchdown was the backhand of his statistical medal last season.

The elite tight end room in recent seasons has consisted of Travis Kelce, George Kittle and Darren Waller, with Mark Andrews’ statistically incredible season in 2021 (leading all TEs with 1,361 receiving yards and nine touchdowns on reception) giving him an invitation to this company as well. The promise of Pitts’ next campaign in 2022 as a sophomore candidate, and once again the number one option in the passing game, should get him knocking on that door pretty quickly.

Kelce, Kittle, Andrews, and Waller all fit in as the four highest rated TEs in Madden 23, which is well deserved (though, I’d understand if there was a gripe with Andrews for not having a top rating to 93 after last season). The problem Falcons fans will likely have (myself included) is seeing Detroit’s TJ Hockenson also ranked higher than Pitts.

Hockenson recorded just 583 receiving yards in 12 games last season, which ranked him 16th among all TEs. Even if you ignore injuries and look at yards per game, Pitts still beats him in that part of the game with a mark of 60.35 ypg to Hockenson’s 48.58 ypg.

In his last two seasons combined, as a second- and third-year player, Hockenson had 1,306 receiving yards in 28 games, which still gives him a much lower yards-per-game mark (46.64) than what Pitts had in his rookie season. The touchdown gap isn’t too big either, as Hockenson only had four in 2021.

I understand pass catching isn’t the only dimension when it comes to playing tight end, and the argument could be made that Hockenson was probably rated higher due to the blocking aspect of the position, but PFF actually rated Pitts as a superior run blocker and pass blocker compared to Detroit’s starting TE (run block rating 55.6 vs 45.1; pass block rating 69.7 vs 65 ,4). The number of snaps each fielded as a no-pass receiver is also very comparable with Pitts recording 222 snaps as a run blocker and 15 snaps as a pass protector (237 overall), and Hockenson recording 212 snaps as a stroke blocker and 23 snaps in passage protection (235 in total).

Pitts finished as the ninth highest-rated TE with an 86 rating in Madden 22’s final roster update, having started the season as the league’s highest-rated rookie since 2019 with an 86 rating. 81. Going to sixth place among all TEs in the 2022-23 version of the game is kind of a cure for these latest Madden 22 updates, but having Pitts outside the top five and behind TJ Hockenson is kind of ridiculous given their work. in 2021.

If Pitts has the season we’ve all been expecting him to, I anticipate him moving into the top five, and maybe even higher, as we start getting the updated rosters throughout the season.

Madden will continue to reveal more position groups each day as we get closer to training camp. I would expect to see AJ Terrell in the top 10 rated cornerbacks, and Chris Lindstrom should be in the top 10 guards, although I could absolutely see him being snubbed. Drake London will also most likely be a top-10 rookie, as his 75 rating has already been revealed (last year Zach Wilson, Ja’Marr Chase, DeVonta Smith and Penei Sewell all tied for fifth-best). rating among all recruits with the same rating of 75).

No Falcons wide receiver made the top 10 in their positional group, and none of them were expected to, with Calvin Ridley coming the closest with an 86 rating. recorded a 75, which will likely seem extremely low in the short term considering he’s tied with roster prospect Auden Tate.

The official release date for Madden 23 is August 19.

What a 4th COVID vaccine can do for you – and what it can’t Sat, 16 Jul 2022 10:54:25 +0000

This is an excerpt from Second Opinion, a weekly analysis of health and medical science news. If you are not yet a subscriber, you can do so by clicking here.

Fourth doses of COVID-19 vaccines distributed to more Canadians as eligibility opens nationwidebut research suggests there are limits to the impact they can have on the highly contagious BA.5 Omicron subvariant that powers Canada’s first summer outbreak.

After growing pressure from caregivers and the General public for access to additional injections, some provincial governments have expanded eligibility for immunocompromised and older Canadians to anyone over the age of 18.

But this decision contradicts the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) recent recommendations that a second booster should only be given now to those most at risk of severe COVID-19, while younger Canadians could wait until the fall.

The data shows that even if a third dose offers a significant increase in protection against infection, hospitalization and death – a fourth dose provides only marginal benefit against severe COVID-19 for most, including short-lasting protection against infection , even in vulnerable groups.

“This fourth dose adds a small, modest decrease to your risk of developing severe disease,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization (VIDO) at the University of Saskatchewan.

“But I also think there’s a limit to what we can expect from him – I certainly don’t think we can expect him to stop that wave.”

BA.5 triggered an unexpected seventh wave across much of Canada, accounting for nearly 40% of cases and leading to a significant increase in hospitalizations related to COVID-19because of his ability to escape protection both vaccination and previous infection.

WATCH | When is the best time to get vaccinated against the 4th COVID-19?

When should you get your 4th COVID-19 vaccine?

Infectious disease specialist Dr. Zain Chagla explains who should receive a second booster of the COVID-19 vaccine, and when.

4th dose protection against short-term infection

A recent Israeli study published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) found that while protection against infection and severe COVID-19 increased after a fourth dose in people over 60, vaccine effectiveness began to decline after only a few weeks.

A second Israeli study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found that while people aged 60 and over had additional protection against hospitalization and death within three weeks of a fourth vaccine, protection against infection “decreased rapidly”.

Healthcare workers were examined specifically in another israeli study published in NEJM which found that a fourth dose provided only a marginal difference in infection rates compared to those with a third injection, and only a slight difference in the severity of breakthrough symptoms.

A new Canadian study published in the BMJ analyzed the effectiveness of a fourth dose on Ontario residents of long-term care facilities. It found that the vaccine initially improved protection against infection and severe COVID-19, but how long that protection “remains unknown”.

“The science on this at this time has only clearly demonstrated the benefits of this fourth dose of the vaccine for the groups that (NACI) has described,” said Dr. Fahad Razak, an internist at St. Michael’s Hospital. of Toronto and scientific director of Ontario’s COVID-19 Scientific Advisory Table, says The stream July 7.

“That is, the elderly and those who are immunocompromised or at high risk.”

A patient receives a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 London vaccine in 2021. (Alberto Pezzali/Associated Press)

Research suggests that while some people benefit from a fourth dose, including residents of long-term care facilities, the elderly and other vulnerable groups, data showing a clear benefit for people under 60 years are lacking.

Dr. Zain Chagla, an infectious disease physician at St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and an associate professor at McMaster University, said older, immunocompromised Canadians may benefit from a fourth dose, but younger groups benefit from it. “a very minimal profit”.

“I don’t think there’s going to be a huge benefit here. It certainly won’t change the dynamics of the pandemic in terms of disease reduction. Really, to get a relief effect, almost everyone would have to get a fourth dose almost right away, he said.

“And even then, look, their immunity is going to drop in six to eight weeks and you’re going to see that they won’t really be protected against infection anyway and BA.4 and BA.5 will still be there in six to eight weeks.”

Absorption of the 3rd dose is still lacking in Canada

While extending fourth doses to more Canadians now may have a limited impact on the trajectory of the BA.5-induced wave across much of the country, the bigger issue is the abysmal uptake of third doses at across the country.

Less than half of Canadians received a third dose, which research suggests adds important protection against severe COVID-19, a number that has remained stagnant for months amid the growing push to expand fourth doses.

“The biggest problem right now is the substantial number of Canadians who have not received a third dose,” said Dr. David Naylor, who led the federal inquiry into Canada’s national response to the 2003 SARS epidemic and who now co-chairs the federal government’s COVID. -19 working group on immunity.

“It is increasingly clear that the table stakes for this vaccine are three shots, and we need to stop designating people who have received two doses as fully vaccinated.”

WATCH | Why the 3rd and 4th COVID-19 injections are both important right now:

Both 3rd and 4th hits of COVID-19 are important right now, expert says

Infectious disease specialist Dr Isaac Bogoch explains who benefits the most from a fourth dose of COVID-19, but also highlights the need for many people to simply get a third injection.

But Naylor hopes expanding fourth doses to more Canadians could have an impact on the spread of BA.5 across the country, even if the data doesn’t yet show a clear benefit for younger age groups.

“For someone younger and healthy who has had three injections and had a recent infection, I can see the logic in waiting to get a fourth injection,” he said.

“There is no doubt that the marginal returns of a fourth dose are low at the individual level for this population segment – ​​but they pose a risk of reinfection and wider coverage can help slow the spread at the population level. “

Chagla said extending fourth doses to young Canadians, now in contradiction to NACI guidelines, could actually do more harm than good by encouraging more people to come back for a third shot.

“There will be people who say, ‘Well, I’m on the second dose, they’re already saying I need a fourth dose, what good are these vaccines if they haven’t protected me against the virus? ‘Omicron? “

“Each of these doses that come out, the public image of what vaccines can do changes with them and we need a lot of people coming back for their third dose.”

Rasmussen of the University of Saskatchewan said his concern is that many Canadians may view boosters as “optional” with limited immunity benefits. She said messages about third doses needed to be “hammered home” to increase absorption.

“This third dose provides a significant increase in protection against both severe disease and Omicron BA.1 infection,” she said.

“This fourth dose may be gradual, maybe just a modest benefit, but the third dose, I think, is very clear. At least with BA.1, it provides significant benefit.”

Updated vaccines on the horizon

Timing boosters to provide robust immune protection against COVID-19 are becoming increasingly critical with the emergence of Omicron’s highly contagious BA.4 and BA.5 subvariants, as well as a new subvariant concern resulting in a surge in India called BA.2.75.

While Canadians who choose to receive a fourth dose of the original vaccine strain may only be protected for several weeks against infection, updated bivalent vaccines that combine the original vaccine with protection against Omicron are also available. horizon.

Moderna’s bivalent vaccine is the one on which many place their hopes. But experts fear targeting the original Omicron strain may not be enough due to to research showing a lack of cross-protective immunity against the very different BA.2.12.1, BA.4 and BA.5 variants.

“The usual argument for waiting is that we might get better vaccines in the fall. However, the data on bivalent vaccines is less compelling or complete than many of us had hoped,” Naylor said.

Bivalent vaccines target the spike protein of the virus. They are different from newer and innovative platforms with new targets or new delivery methods like intranasal boosters Where pan-coronavirus vaccines.

“It’s been a breeze to guess what the virus will do next, and those getting a fourth dose in the near future will still be eligible for any new formulations from mid-October or thereabouts.”

These new vaccine technologies have the potential to stimulate a more robust immune response, as they stimulate another arm of the immune system or target several different coronaviruses.

“We don’t know when these breakthrough vaccines will be available, but it could be a while — especially if we wait as it seems prudent to get really good data on their efficacy and safety,” Naylor said.

“To me, this reality and the continued spread of BA.5 argues for continuing with a fourth hit even if it’s more or less the same with modest marginal returns.”

WATCH | The summer wave of COVID-19 raises concerns:

The summer wave of COVID-19 raises concerns

The rise in cases has prompted some provinces to declare a seventh wave of COVID-19, worrying many healthcare workers.

But Chagla said Canadians need to start thinking about the protection offered by COVID-19 vaccines differently than before. There will be “limits” to what they can and cannot do both at the individual level and at the population level, he said.

“The first two doses did amazing things in the world and really changed the disease and actually changed the dynamics of the disease, and the third dose was able to save a lot of people from severe Omicron,” he said. -he declares.

“But the way this virus has evolved and the way our vaccines are… they’re not going to be a long-term solution to preventing transmission, and there’s no guarantee with any Omicron-specific vaccine that it’s going to offer anything. something different.”

VPNs aren’t as protective as you think, says US Congress Thu, 14 Jul 2022 22:35:08 +0000

Members of the US government call for action against misleading VPN marketing.

Two US congressional Democrats wrote a letter (opens in a new tab) to the Federal Trade Commission to urge Chairman Lina Khan “to take enforcement action against problematic players in the consumer virtual private network (VPN) industry”, based on what they consider to be a serious problem: “misleading advertising and data collection practices”.