Slog AM: Mass Shooting in Virginia, Safe Thanksgiving Memories and Good COVID News?!?

dr Fauci asks you to get empowered: That New York Times reports that federal health officials are predicting a “reduced threat” from COVID this winter, largely due to significant increases in immunity from booster shots and past infections. If you gather with a group of elderly relatives and spray them with droplets, you can still grab a booster shot to reduce the risk of contagion.

Reminders for a safe Thanksgiving: If this is your first time gathering with a large crowd in a few years, you should probably consult this handy guide from Seattle Times how to avoid common non-COVID ways of getting sick from your feast. Key highlights: cook your turkey thoroughly, don’t let your leftovers sit too long and, for the goodness of God, please be careful when frying your turkey. Our firefighters have better things to do than spend their vacation putting out extremely dangerous grease fires.

Think of the healthcare workers and skip your Thanksgiving meeting if you’re feeling sick. This might sound like obvious advice, but how KUOW A host of other respiratory viruses, which have been kept in check by pandemic precautions for the past two years, are reportedly having a big day now as people sneeze over each other without masks again. Don’t burden our capacities in the emergency room any further. Children’s hospitals are already saying they are in “crisis mode” due to the recent spike in RSV cases.

Blurb for the last Thanksgiving: If you don’t feel like cooking this holiday, our friends at Everout Do you have a comprehensive guide to eating out or ordering on Thursday.

ICYMI: You should really read Hannah’s story from yesterday about how conservatives on the city council blocked a move to fix our budget deficit by taxing big business.

Another day, another mass shooting: This time it was a Walmart employee in Virginia who brought a gun to his workplace. He killed six of his associates and injured four others. The gunman reportedly said nothing before opening the break room door and venting himself into a group of employees gathered before their shift. He was dead when the police got to the scene. Just another day in America, the only developed country where this happens regularly.

I’m sorry, what the hell did you just say? The reactions of right-wing commentators to the Club Q shooting in Colorado Springs have generally been abhorrent, but this clip from Tucker Carlson’s late-night propaganda lesson kills.

Relatable error, Herschel: Who among us hasn’t cracked a joke in the middle of a hotly contested runoff?

Congress is finally getting these Trump tax returns: The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that House Democrats are finally getting access to six years of Trump’s tax returns, paving the way for the worst holiday season ever for a Ways and Means Committee official. In response, Trump accused the court of becoming “nothing more than a political body, with our country paying the price.” I have to say, abstractly, I agree with him on that.

Another L for Trump’s legal team: After an appeals court hearing yesterday, it appears the court will not buy Trump’s extremely flimsy justifications for attempting to withhold certain documents the FBI seized from his beach house. If the Court of Appeals rules as its whizzing by Trump’s lawyer suggests, it will likely spell the end of this particular master charade and finally let the Justice Department’s prosecutors do their job.

Chief Twit continues to have a normal: At this point, it doesn’t look like Twitter will collapse overnight, despite Elon Musk’s messy mismanagement of the company’s engineers. It’s hard to imagine that advertisers would be happy to be associated with this nonsense.

Zuckerberg found a new way to collect your data: Several major online tax preparers, including H&R Block, TaxAct and TaxSlayer, embedded a Meta pixel on their websites that collected sensitive personal information about their customers and sent it to Facebook’s parent company. The pixel captured data on people’s income, reimbursement amounts, and even the amount of college grants from family members. We could avoid this needless intrusion on our privacy if the IRS would just do most people’s taxes automatically, as they do in most other civilized countries.

Georgia GOP sues to discourage people from voting: With the fate of the country’s last Senate seat at stake, Georgia Republicans are suing to prevent voters from casting their runoff during early voting this Saturday. They have already lost in the trial court and on appeal in Georgia state court. Now they are asking the state Supreme Court to overturn those verdicts. Always a big vote of confidence in your candidate when you’re trying to make it difficult for people to vote.

Let’s end AM with this chilled instrumental from one of my favorite albums.