Pope Francis calls Joe Biden a ‘good Catholic.’ It’s less clear what he thinks of U.S. bishops

There have been updates to my contact information. Mainly, my experience of the latest moves to crack down on robocalls by requiring wider STIR/SHAKEN implementation[1] is that since that deadline went into effect, the number of car warranty spam calls has dramatically increased and so I am now blocking or declining calls from all unidentified numbers.


Chico Harlan and Seung Min Kim, “Biden says Pope Francis called him a good Catholic and said he should keep receiving Communion,” Washington Post, October 29, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/biden-pope-francis-meeting/2021/10/28/80f529ca-33a1-11ec-8036-7db255bff176_story.html


Robert Barnes, “Supreme Court won’t block vaccine mandate for Maine health-care workers with religious objections,” Washington Post, October 29, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/courts_law/supreme-court-vaccine-mandate-maine/2021/10/29/0ad60158-3903-11ec-91dc-551d44733e2d_story.html

Howard Blume, “They stuck to their anti-vax beliefs. Now these teachers and school workers are out of jobs,” Los Angeles Times, October 29, 2021, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-10-29/the-unvaccinated-few-in-l-a-unified

Billionaire space race

Sam Wolfson is likely a lot closer to being right about Mark Zuckerberg than Zuckerberg is about the ‘metaverse.’ That still isn’t saying much.

Sam Wolfson, “Metaverse, Mars, meditation retreats: billionaires want to escape the world they ruined,” Guardian, October 29, 2021, https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2021/oct/29/metaverse-zuckerberg-mars-billionaires-escape-world

Donald Trump

Kyle Cheney and Josh Gerstein, “‘Almost schizophrenic’: Judge rips DOJ approach to Jan. 6 prosecutions,” Politico, October 28, 2021, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/10/28/almost-schizophrenic-judge-rips-doj-approach-to-jan-6-prosecutions-517442

Voting rights

Andrew Jeong, “University of Florida bars faculty from testifying in voting rights lawsuit against DeSantis administration,” Washington Post, October 30, 2021, https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2021/10/30/florida-voting-rights-desantis-lawsuit/

Gig economy

Laura Forman, “Gig Companies Can’t Take Everyone for a Ride,” Wall Street Journal, October 30, 2021, https://www.wsj.com/articles/gig-companies-cant-take-everyone-for-a-ride-11635602401

  1. [1]Bevin Fletcher, “FCC robocall mitigation deadline goes into effect,” Fierce Wireless, September 30, 2020, https://www.fiercewireless.com/regulatory/fcc-robocall-mitigation-deadline-goes-into-effect

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