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Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 22)

2021/ 11/ 23 by jd in Global News

“The deadliest threat facing law enforcement officers in Georgia isn’t being shot, stabbed or run over by assailants—it’s COVID-19. Since the pandemic began, at least 60 Georgia police officers, deputies and jailers have died from the virus,” killing four times as many as violence or accidents.


Atlanta Journal-Constitution (November 5)

2021/ 11/ 06 by jd in Global News

“On Thursday, Georgia topped 25,000 confirmed deaths in the 20-month-long coronavirus pandemic… the same week that the U.S. toll reached 750,000 and the global toll 5 million.” The reality is likely grimmer. “The number is likely a significant undercount…. In addition to undiagnosed cases, the state listed and additional 5,351 deaths as ‘probable’ pandemic deaths—ones attributed by health authorities to COVID-19 but not yet confirmed with the proper test.”


Atlanta Journal-Constitution (September 30)

2021/ 10/ 01 by jd in Global News

“An array of recent Georgia job postings include a new qualification: You’ll need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The prerequisite is spreading. And more employers soon may be forced to take similar steps” when a new rule requires that “employers with more than 100 workers ensure their staffers are either fully vaccinated or tested weekly.”


Atlanta Journal Constitution (March 25)

2021/ 03/ 25 by jd in Global News

“Far more workers are becoming eligible for vaccines now. Gov. Brian Kemp announced Tuesday that all Georgians over the age of 16 will qualify for access starting today. An array of Georgia-based companies…said they are strongly encouraging employees to get shots that could curb the pandemic, protect the public and help open workplaces more quickly.”


New York Times (January 12)

2021/ 01/ 12 by jd in Global News

“As America went through a week from hell, with the prospect of fresh hells yet to come, financial markets signaled … growing optimism.” This actually makes sense. Other things that happened, aside from the act of insurrection, like the Georgia win giving Democrats control over the Senate. This makes “a huge difference for economic policy, making it almost certain that we’ll have an additional large relief package, and fairly likely that we’ll get some much needed investment in infrastructure.”


Atlanta Journal Constitution (November 17)

2020/ 11/ 18 by jd in Global News

“Despite five consecutive months of growth, Georgia has 366,000 fewer people employed than before the pandemic.” Though seasonal work is often “low-paid and short-term,” many people are now desperate for whatever “they can find.” This year, however, “traditional stores are struggling as consumers venture out less ahead of the holiday shopping season. Many businesses have delayed hiring plans, unsure about demand for their goods and services.”


Forbes (September 29)

2014/ 09/ 29 by jd in Global News

Vladimir Putin might “move against the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia” in an attempt to further weaken NATO. “Given the West’s responses to Russia’s invasions of Georgia and Ukraine, Putin may well be tempted to make a series of probes, after slicing and dicing Ukraine. He won’t send in troops and armor, as he’s done in Ukraine, but he’ll see what unrest he can create to start ‘softening up’ the Balts to become political vassals of Moscow.”


New York Times (March 19)

2014/ 03/ 19 by jd in Global News

Will Crimean exuberance over a Russian homecoming soon turn to disappointment? History suggests as much. When South Ossetia was liberated from Georgia in 2008 “people were delighted to see the Russian soldiers…. But within a few months of Russia’s recognition, shivering through the winter behind windows made of plastic sheeting, people began to wonder when the billions of rubles of aid pledged by Russia would reach them.”