Local Confinement Daily – December 22nd 2020

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Day 53 of the second confinement & 3 days left till ๐ŸŒฒChristmas ๐ŸŒฒ

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Happy birthday

to our oldest son

Jacques

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โ–ซ๏ธThe European Union authorises the Pfizer-BioNTech’s vaccine. Several vaccination campaigns will start next week, including France as from this coming Sunday as was expected.

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Be very cautious with your Christmas & Year End plans!

One should not get together

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The daily Christmas song (#4)

A favorite for many I am sure

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Thank you Al for this one

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France

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Original Targets for December 15th

The number of new daily cases is simply not going down

As usual the low Monday data is due to the so-called “week-end” and the fact that all the data is reported in time.

The rolling daily average over a week is still on the increase

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Occitanie

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74,31

Incidence rate is back in the Red

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Below is the table, as a reminder, of the main parameters

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Glossary

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Latest info on PCR Tests

Since December 8th, in addition to the results of PCR tests, the results of antigenic tests have been used to produce national and territorial epidemiological indicators (incidence rate, positivity rate and screening rate).

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Meteo – Not too bad a day rxprcted today

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๐Ÿ”น This article tickled my fancy

Trump’s toilet obsession is a metaphor for years of flushing climate progress down the drain

By Michael E. Mann, distinguished professor of atmospheric science at Pennsylvania State University

Throughout his presidency, President Donald Trump seemed to consider himself better suited for a throne than the Oval Office. But judging by his-all-hours tweeting, itโ€™s possible the only throne he could find was made of porcelain.  So perhaps it’s no surprise that after spending four years denying climate change and rolling back environmental protections, one of his last moves as his administration circles the drain is to mandate that showers and dishwashers be allowed to use excessive amounts of water.

Trump totally owns this anti-environmental move. It is Trump alone who has been obsessed with the water flow from showers and toilets.

Unlike his regulatory rollbacks at the Environmental Protection Agency, where the polluters who helped elect Trump simply handed him a wish list that the former lobbyists he hired to run the government tried to grant, Trump totally owns this anti-environmental move. It is Trump alone who has been obsessed with the allegedly low water flow from showers and toilets.

Last year he told reporters that the administration was “looking very strongly at sinks and showers and other elements of bathrooms” because low flow standards are forcing people to flush “toilets 10 times, 15 times, as opposed to once.” He also repeated these claims at campaign rallies in the lead-up to the presidential election.

Where are these โ€œsuperflushersโ€? I’ve certainly never had to flush that many times and don’t know anyone who has. And letโ€™s face it: If you’re flushing a dozen times, you probably need to see your doctor, not your plumber. But then again, Trump has never been bothered much by pesky things like facts and evidence. This is particularly true when it comes to climate change, which Trump spent the past four years alternatively dismissing or worsening, from declaring it a hoax to blaming the worst impacts (e.g., unprecedented California wildfires) on an absence of leaf raking to being the only head of state in the world to pull out of the Paris agreement.

In the year since Trumpโ€™s brave defence of frequent flushers, none seem to have come forward with public comments or requests for stronger toilets. And thatโ€™s a good thing, since these two latest Trump rule changes probably won’t do much to address that issue.

But what the new rules do allow is fancy shower-heads that can use more water. In 1992, Congress set the standard of a 2.5-gallon-per-minute maximum flow for shower-heads, which today manufacturers are quite used to. Most units sold now already use significantly less water than the limit allows anyway, so it’s not like there’s a huge demand for more wasteful units. All this new rule does is make it so that a manufacturer could put a bunch of little shower-heads (each of which conforms to the 2.5 gpm limit) on one big one.

To be fair, Trumpโ€™s rule change will have fans among anti-regulatory libertarians, perhaps the one group that does seem to care deeply about shower-heads.

“People do have to run their appliances multiple times because of water efficiency standards,” Daniel Savickas, the regulatory policy director for the Koch brothers-founded libertarian group FreedomWorks, told NBC News in January. “I don’t think people are flushing their toilets 10 times, but they’re definitely reusing dishwashers, flushing multiple times, at least. And that has drawbacks across the economy.”

While Savickas must be pleased, the Biden administration will almost certainly undo this change, flushing it down the drain with the rest of Trump’s polluting policies. And that means it’s unlikely that any manufacturers will be eager to make a multi-headed shower that they’ll only be able to sell for a couple months.

Then there’s the Department of Energyโ€™s move to create a new class of faster washers and dryers that are allowed to consume more energy than existing ones. Itโ€™s a solution looking for a problem. No one’s really asking for these appliances, and companies would be taking a big risk producing them on the eve of Bidenโ€™s inauguration.

But apparently it made Trump feel good to know that with all the power of the federal government at his disposal, he could make showers wetter. Refusing to be distracted by a climate crisis that has given us apocalyptic wildfires, a devastating hurricane season, a raging pandemic that has taken hundreds of thousands of lives and a massive economic recession, Trump and his Republican enablers have kept their eyes on the prize: luxury, water-wasting shower-heads.

The contrast with the incoming Biden administration couldn’t be more stark. With an all-star tag team of Gina McCarthy and John Kerry ready to start cleaning up emissions at home and abroad, one can already begin to feel four years of Trumpian climate denial and deregulation begin to wash away โ€” no high-flow shower-head required.

Not all of the damage done by four years of Trump can easily be undone. If nothing else, weโ€™ve lost precious time in the race to limit carbon emissions below dangerous levels. But itโ€™s not too late to avert the worst impacts of climate change. The hard work starts now.

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๐Ÿ”นTop 10 countries according to new daily cases

Yesterday

2 days ago

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Improve your French

Here is another unusual saying:

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๐Ÿ”น Overseas titbits

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ There is so much insanity going on right now over the pond๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

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๐Ÿ”นWalks / Hikes

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Did not go anywhere yesterday, should have.

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