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Gorillas in Atlanta Zoo Begin Coughing, Test Positive for COVID After Contact with Fully Vaccinated Keeper

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The Case of the Coughing Gorillas apparently has been solved, and the culprit likely is a handler who was vaccinated against the coronavirus.

Thirteen western lowland gorillas at Zoo Atlanta have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

The gorillas have been acting like humans who come down with the disease, showing symptoms of mild coughing, nasal discharge and loss of appetite, zoo officials said.

Testing was done on fecal samples and nasal and oral swabs to confirm the apes had COVID-19.

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Zoo officials said in a statement that “members” of its gorilla population tested positive for COVID, but they did not specify a number.

The officials said they cannot be certain how the animals were infected, but “the Animal Care and Veterinary Teams believe the infections originated with a COVID-positive care team member. The team member is fully vaccinated, was wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), and was asymptomatic on the day of reporting to work.”

The zoo, which told the Journal-Constitution it has not mandated vaccinations for its employees, said the animals were infected “in an area of the Zoo where COVID safety protocols are already at their most stringent.”

The zoo announced it will upgrade its protocols, although handlers who interacted with the gorillas already were wearing masks and gloves.

“Team members never share the same physical space with the gorillas, and all interactions take place on opposite sides of a barrier with social distancing in place where practical. Team members also adhere to strict PPE protocols and social distancing guidelines among themselves,” the zoo stated.

Zoo officials said they are using monoclonal antibodies to treat gorillas that have been infected. The officials said the facility is on a waiting list to receive Zoetis, a vaccine that can be used to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in animals.

“The teams are very closely monitoring the affected gorillas and are hopeful they will make a complete recovery. They are receiving the best possible care, and we are prepared to provide additional supportive care should it become necessary,” Sam Rivera, the zoo’s senior director of animal health, said in the statement.

“We are very concerned that these infections occurred, especially given that our safety protocols when working with great apes and other susceptible animal species are, and throughout the pandemic have been, extremely rigorous.”

Among the gorillas is Ozzie, who at age 60 is the world’s oldest male ape in captivity and who is showing some symptoms of COVID.

“We don’t feel that we’re out of the woods,” Rivera told the Journal-Constitution. “We’re taking it on a day-by-day basis.”

The zoo said it has 20 gorillas. Zoo officials said that because of the conditions the animals live under, isolating the infected ones is not possible.

Although the coronavirus can migrate from humans to animals,  “There is no evidence that animals play a significant role in spreading” the virus to humans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

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Vicious Tweet By Alec Mocking Cop for ‘Wrongful’ Shooting Resurfaces After Baldwin Kills Woman on Set

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Those who live by the sword die by the sword.

Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday.

The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza.

So where does the Christian proverb come into play?

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Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect.

“I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting.

However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing.

According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store.

Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing.

A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle.

The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified.

The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior.

Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation.

WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive.

“Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a f**king idiot are you?” Baldwin wrote in a subsequent tweet.

Now, Baldwin is in nearly the same position Esparza was in four years ago. He is likely devastated at having been involved in such a tragic accident.

Hopefully, in the future, Baldwin won’t assume that every police officer involved in a shooting is either bloodthirsty or incompetent.

He now understands the pain many officers carry with them every single day.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Those who live by the sword die by the sword. Alec Baldwin certainly lived out this biblical proverb on Thursday. The Hollywood veteran accidentally shot and killed a cinematographer while filming a movie in Sante Fe, New Mexico. During filming, Baldwin was required to fire a gun loaded with blanks. As it turns out, the gun discharged either shrapnel or a bullet, killing 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins and injuring the film’s director, Joel Souza. So where does the Christian proverb come into play? Back in 2017, Baldwin excoriated a police officer for shooting a violent suspect. I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone…https://t.co/WE6QsAAXGI — AlecBaldwin (@AlecBaldwln____) September 23, 2017 “I wonder how it must feel to wrongfully kill someone,” Baldwin tweeted along with the Los Angeles Times’ coverage of the shooting. However, the officer was exonerated of any wrongdoing. According to the Times, a Huntington Beach police officer was seen struggling with a man outside a convenience store. Amid the struggle, the man pulled an object from the officer’s utility belt, which prompted the officer to step back and begin firing. A bystander who captured the incident on video confirmed to the Times that the suspect started the fight after the officer approached his vehicle. The officer was identified as Eric Esparza by The Orange County Register. Both the city of Huntington Beach and a federal judge determined the shooting was justified. The suspect, 27-year-old Dillan Tabares, was believed to have beaten an 80-year-old man to death only three days prior. Nevertheless, at a time when Esparza was likely at his lowest, having just been forced to kill a man, Baldwin tweeted his condemnation. WARNING: The following contains graphic language that some readers will find offensive. Defend himself? By shooting the guy? What kind of a fucking idiot…

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Buttigieg Tells Americans to Get Used to ‘Disruptions,’ ‘Shocks to the System’

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Having less is just the way life goes in President Joe Biden’s America, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

Buttigieg, who was on paternity leave for months as the supply chain crisis intensified, made the interview rounds this week and put a happy face on the crisis.

In comments Wednesday, he indicated Americans will need to get used to delays and potentially seeing empty shelves for the foreseeable future.

“There are going to be disruptions and shocks to the system as long as the pandemic continues,” he said, according to Reuters.

Rating firm Moody’s said Wednesday that the supply chain issues plaguing America will likely not subside any time soon, and shortages, higher transportation costs and higher prices will ripple through the economy.

But Buttigieg found a sunny side in all that when he popped in for a chat on “The View.”

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“Americans have more money in their pockets compared to a year ago,” Buttigieg said, according to ABC News.

“Where they used to maybe spend it on going to shows or travel, they’ve been more likely to spend it on things, which is why actually we have a record number of goods coming through our ports.”

“Retail sales are through the roof, that’s part of why we have this challenge.”

Buttigieg also put in a brief plug for the infrastructure bill House Democrats have been holding hostage for weeks.

“There’s no easy fix. There’s no magic wand, but there are a lot of things we can do,” Buttigieg said. “We’re relying on infrastructure that was built decades ago, sometimes a century ago.”

His comments on “The View” echoed those made during his Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“Certainly a lot of the challenges that we’ve been experiencing this year will continue into next year. But there are both short-term and long-term steps that we can take to do something about it,” Buttigieg told host Jake Tapper.

“Look, part of what’s happening isn’t just the supply side, it’s the demand side. Demand is off the charts. This is one more example of why we need to pass the infrastructure bill,” he continued.

“There are $17 billion in the President’s infrastructure plan for ports alone and we need to deal with these long-term issues that have made us vulnerable to these kinds of bottlenecks when there are demand fluctuations, shocks and disruptions like the ones that have been caused by the pandemic.”

Tucker Carlson Tonight” host Tucker Carlson said Tuesday that instead of leaders telling Americans they can fix the problems of the nation, the Biden administration is telling Americans to live with them.

Here’s how Carlson summed up the trend: “As your quality of life declines, you are instructed not to notice.”

Slamming an Op-Ed published by The Washington Post that scolded Americans for “[ranting] about short-staffed stores and supply chain woes,” Carlson made that into a symbol of what’s wrong with the nation.

“So if you don’t like the fact the shelves are bare in your local store, don’t throw a fit. Don’t be an entitled little tool. Lower your expectations. What did you expect in America? Come on. Bread lines, we’ve always had bread lines. It’s sort of charmingly retro, these bread lines. Don’t complain as your life becomes worse and as your country degrades,” he said.

“That’s the message, and not surprisingly, that message is coming directly from the people who are making your life worse and destroying the country. That would, of course, would be the White House.”

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Having less is just the way life goes in President Joe Biden’s America, according to Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg. Buttigieg, who was on paternity leave for months as the supply chain crisis intensified, made the interview rounds this week and put a happy face on the crisis. In comments Wednesday, he indicated Americans will need to get used to delays and potentially seeing empty shelves for the foreseeable future. “There are going to be disruptions and shocks to the system as long as the pandemic continues,” he said, according to Reuters. Pete Buttigieg couldn’t organize a one car funeral—he’s not going to organize our ports, railroads, highways, and airports. pic.twitter.com/Fh0NjbgGFx — Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) October 14, 2021 Rating firm Moody’s said Wednesday that the supply chain issues plaguing America will likely not subside any time soon, and shortages, higher transportation costs and higher prices will ripple through the economy. But Buttigieg found a sunny side in all that when he popped in for a chat on “The View.”

Is the Biden administration totally incompetent?
“Americans have more money in their pockets compared to a year ago,” Buttigieg said, according to ABC News. “Where they used to maybe spend it on going to shows or travel, they’ve been more likely to spend it on things, which is why actually we have a record number of goods coming through our ports.” “Retail sales are through the roof, that’s part of why we have this challenge.” Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg says supply chain disruptions will “continue into next year.” “… demand is up, because income is up, because the president has successfully guided this economy out of the teeth of a terrifying recession.” pic.twitter.com/uuFPhZoG8z — The Recount (@therecount) October 17, 2021 Buttigieg also put in a brief plug for the infrastructure bill House Democrats have been holding hostage…

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