3rd Quarter 2021
Episode 896, 897, 898, 899

Episode #896: Those Cookies Suck
First Broadcast: 6/21/21
Repeated: 6/28/21
This week, I take a deep dive (some might say too deep) into the difficulties of installing the Vivaldi web browser onto a Windows 7 system. Yeah, I know, I should probably just upgrade to Windows 10 already, but since its "end of life" has now been announced, maybe I should hang on for a little bit and upgrade to Windows 11 instead? Anyway, is this an example of the kinds of discussions we here at Free New York can have when we don't have to worry so much about the twin horrors of COVID-19 on one end and the former guy tweeting up a storm of nonsense every day on the other? Maybe so! Get vaccinated! Wear your mask in the subway! Rank your choices for Mayor! And support your local bodega cat!

Episode #897: Chaos Ensues
First Broadcast: 7/5/21
Repeated: 7/12/21
While you're stuck in traffic, you can ask yourself this question: Hot enough for you? On Monday, June 28, the temperature reached 113 F in Portland, Oregon, which was hot enough to melt power cables. That same Monday, the temperature reached 115 F in Vancouver, British Columbia, breaking a record that was last set in 2009. A few miles away in the town of Lytton, the temperature reached 121 F, setting an all-time heat record for the entire nation of Canada. On the other side of the Pacific, the temperature reached 118 F in Siberia. Down south, heat caused the power grid to fail in Texas. Out west, heat exacerbated the extreme drought in California, causing water levels to fall beneath those required for hydro-electric power to be generated, and enabling wildfires to spread more easily. The tri-state area wasn't immune to the heat either: on Wednesday, June 30, temperatures hit record highs of 100 F at LaGuardia airport in Queens and 103 F in Newark, New Jersey. This kind of weather can literally cook you to death! Should I make a plan to escape to Buffalo, if I ever become a climate refugee? Things can't be all bad there if a socialist is running for mayor there!

Episode #898: You're a Lizard, Harry
First Broadcast: 7/19/21
Repeated: 7/26/21
On Friday, July 9, 2021, the temperature reached 130 F in Death Valley, California, one of the hottest temperatures ever recorded in modern history. The next day, July 10, not too far away in Las Vegas, Nevada, the temperature reached 117 F, tying the city's all-time record high for only the 4th time since 1942. This is dangerous weather for people to be in, because--as we pointed out in the previous episode--low-temperature cooking starts at around 113 F, and since people are mostly meat, we're not immune to this kind of low-and-slow barbecue! We also ask the question: Why aren't more people getting vaccinated against COVID-19? Is it simply because they want to piss off the people they hate, a.k.a. liberals and Democrats? And do any of the former guy's lawsuits against Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube have a snowball's chance in hell of succeeding? (Spoiler: probably not.) Watch out for that Delta variant!

Episode #899: Omega Virus
First Broadcast: 8/2/21
Even though at least 55% of the New York City population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, positivity rates are going back up again, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now recommending that all people, even if they're fully vaccinated, go back to wearing masks indoors if they're in counties where transmission rates are either "high" or "substantial," definitions which apply to all five counties that make up the five boroughs of the city. As disconcerting as that is, New York State still isn't as in as bad shape as Florida, Louisiana, or Arkansas, states in which every single county now falls under the same masking recommendations as NYC. What's the reason for this "third wave" of COVID? Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC put it plainly on July 16: "This is becoming a pandemic of the unvaccinated." The statistics back her up: At least 97% of all people being hospitalized for COVID now have not been vaccinated for it. What's it going to take to get them their shots? Will mandates and cash incentives work? Or are these vaccine-refusers permanently intractable? I wish I didn't have to wait any longer to find out the answer!

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