New Orleans’s Mardi Gras celebration will definitely look a bit different in 2021, but thankfully the festivities aren’t completely off.
Next year, the holiday — also known as “Fat Tuesday” — will take place on Feb 16. Due to the fact that it’s a religious holiday, it won’t be canceled entirely, but parades and mass gatherings that New Orleans is famous for won’t be happening.
“We will not be able to celebrate the Holiday this year as we have in the past,” the mayor’s website read, but depending on what COVID-19 restrictions look like in February, there may still be some small parties allowed in New Orleans.
“I want to be very clear. Mardi Gras 2021 is not canceled,” communications director for Mayor LaToya Cantrell, Beau Tidwell, said at a press conference this week, CNN reported on Tuesday. “It is going to look different. The mayor has been very consistent about saying that at every stage.”
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The $165M Universal blockbuster wrapped this morning at the UK’s Pinewood Studios after an unprecedented shoot, which required 40,000 COVID tests, millions of dollars spent on protocols, and for cast and key crew to isolate in a bubble for months.
“There are a lot of emotions,” director Colin Trevorrow told me last night on his way to shoot the movie’s finale, which will include “Jurassic legacy actors Sam Neil, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic World stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard and newcomers to the movie such as Mamoudou Athie and DeWanda Wise [who we’ve separately heard could have a big role in future instalments]…and some dinosaurs, of course.”
“I’m not sure I can put it into words,” continues Trevorrow. “It has been remarkable. Our crew and our cast has been so resilient. All producers have worked around the clock to make it the best it can be. It has been inspiring.”
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A top doctor who served as an expert witness for the U.S. Congress says that even after a COVID-19 vaccine is available, mask wearing and other social distancing measures will remain mandatory.
“I feel like there is this perception that once we have a #CoronavirusVaccine life will go back to normal,” tweeted Dr.Krutika Kuppalli.
“Life will not be like it was pre-COVID. Even after we have a #vaccine you will still need to use good hand hygiene, maintain physical distance, avoid crowds and wear masks,” she added.
As we have repeatedly highlighted, despite the original lockdown and social distancing rules being introduced on the basis of ‘getting back to normal’, we’re now being told life will never return to normal.
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Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested last week that even if a COVID-19 vaccine is developed, mask-wearing and social distancing protocols will likely continue into 2022.
Speaking about the future of COVID-19 to Philadelphia’s Thomas Jefferson University’s faculty, staff, and students via Zoom, Fauci said herd immunity would still take time to achieve even with a vaccine, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.
“It’s not going to be the way it was with polio and measles, where you get a vaccine, case closed, it’s done,” Fauci said. “It’s going to be public-health measures that linger for months and months.”
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Rock band The Flaming Lips performed an unusual concert last week with themselves and the audience encased in plastic bubbles for protection against the coronavirus.
The band performed the “socially distant” concert in Oklahoma City at The Criterion on Monday, with themselves, and every member of the audience, placed inside 100 inflatable plastic spheres because, well, coronavirus.
Performing at The Criterion in their hometown on Monday evening, The Flaming Lips placed themselves — and all attending fans — inside individual plastic spheres. The concert — which was part live show, part music video shoot — was born out of a sketch doodled by Wayne Coyne during the pandemic’s early days, the frontman told CNN.
“I did a little drawing… where I drew a picture of The Flaming Lips doing a show in 2019. And I’m the only person in the space bubble, and everybody else is just normal,” Coyne told CNN during a phone interview on Friday. “Then (I did another drawing with) The Flaming Lips playing a show in 2020. The exact same scenario, but I’m in a bubble, and so is everybody else.”
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CNN has published an article asserting that people need to accept that things are never “getting back to normal” and that mandatory coronavirus restrictions such as wearing face masks will become “permanent”.
In a piece titled ‘There is no getting ‘back to normal,’ experts say. The sooner we accept that, the better’ – CNN international security editor Nick Paton Walsh writes, “Things are most likely never going “back to normal.”
Walsh says that the pre-corona world is now mere nostalgia and that the public needs to “come to terms with it.”
Along with other social distancing measures, Walsh says that the mandatory wearing of masks will become “permanent” and “just part of life.”
In other words, “now we have the power, we’re not giving it back.”
Like many other businesses, most film and TV production came to a grinding halt with the pandemic. But specific guidelines are coming soon to get the cameras rolling again.
NOS4A2, that SciFi Thriller TV series shot in Rhode Island that airs on AMC, wrapped Season 2 just before the pandemic swept in. Post production got it on the air this past weekend.
“Film being a collaborative medium, people work together, that’s how a lot of things are done,” said Steven Feinberg, head of the Rhode Island Film & TV Production Office. “But now they’re talking about remote, remote, remote, checking and making sure that people are healthy. There’s a lot of social distancing, quarantining.”
If a third year is given the green light, the $40 million per season series may be delayed, depending on the COVID protocols, that are “collaborated on by all the various unions, for the safety of all the crew, the cast, and all the support teams,” said Feinberg, who attending the Zoom meetings, working on the details.
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Gov. Cuomo says five states have met the requirements to be removed fro New York’s travel advisory, which requires 14 days of quarantine.
Alaska, Arizona, Delaware, Maryland and Montana have been removed. Guam, a U.S. territory, has been added, the governor’s office said in a release Tuesday.
The full, updated travel advisory list is below:
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Puerto Rico
- South Carolina
- South Dakota
- Virgin Islands
No matter where you fall on the political spectrum, you probably agree that the global elite have too much power and influence.
It has been said that “money is power”, and today that seems to be more true than ever. Those at the very, very top of the pyramid dictate the rules of the game for the rest of us, and there isn’t too much that the rest of us can do about it. When we talk about how the global elite dominate our lives, the focus tends to be on how they influence national governments, but the truth is that is one of the areas where the global elite have the least control. I know that may sound strange, but I believe that things will become clearer by the end of this article.
I would submit that corporations are the primary vehicle that the elite use to control our lives. In fact, many global corporations are now larger and more powerful than most national governments, and collectively the network of global corporations that dominates the planet is far larger and far more powerful than any single national government.
Authorities in Australia have given themselves the power to have police remove children from the custody of their parents in order to ensure compliance with coronavirus rules.
Schedule 2 of the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act 2020 amends the Emergency Response Act 2004 to create new powers during “declared emergencies.”
Section 25 of the act states the following;
—Removal of children
(1) Without derogating from section 25, an authorised officer may, for the purpose of ensuring compliance with any direction under that section, remove a child from any premises, place, vehicle or vessel to a place of residence of the child or to a hospital or quarantine facility, as the authorised officer thinks fit (and may, in doing so, use such force as is reasonably necessary).
A child is defined as anyone under the age of 18.
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