An Unexpected Find in the Amazon
In the Amazon jungle, a group of archeologists found an eight-mile cliff wall with decorations thought to be made 12,500 years ago. They call it the Sistine Chapel of the ancients. There are paintings of ice age animals like the mastodon, ice age horses, giant sloths, and an extinct camelid called a palaeolama.
José Iriarte is a leading expert on the Amazon and pre-Columbian history. Iriarte describes the paintings: “When you’re there, your emotions flow … We’re talking about several tens of thousands of paintings. It’s going to take generations to record them.”
Another team member, Ella Al-Shamahi, described the four-hour walk to the paintings, and its dangers. “We did keep our wits about us with snakes,” she said. She added that a deadly snake – a huge Bushmaster – blocked their travel back to the vehicles. “You’re in the middle of nowhere,” Al-Shamali said, adding that they would not make it to a hospital if attacked. About 80% of people bitten by this snake die, but she said it was worth the risk to see the paintings.
COVID Passports – For Real?
The Coronavirus pandemic has changed the freedoms we are all used to enjoying. Americans have been asked to wear masks, stay away from family and friends, and wash their hands a lot. Now, there’s a new idea about how to keep people safe.
A coronavirus injection may soon be ready. People who get the vaccine could be given Immunity Passports. Another way to get the Immunity passports would be to show that you have gained immunity by catching the virus and then getting better.
This could eventually be the only way to travel – at least to some countries. If people can’t show that you have immunity to COVID, they may not be allowed to travel. The nation of Hungary already requires these passports for its citizens. Iceland has a similar idea that will begin next week, and they will also allow citizens who have recovered from the virus to ignore wearing face coverings.
Will this type of idea come to the United States? Some are worried that the system could lead to discrimination against those who do not want to get the injection, or have not gained immunity from the virus.
The Balance of Power Comes Down to Georgia
The state of Georgia has two Senate elections coming up. Politicians candidates must get at least half of the vote to be declared the winner in Georgia. If that doesn’t happen, state law means the top two finishers have to face off in a special election. Both U.S. Senate seats in Georgia will be decided this election.
Republican Kelly Loeffler faces Democrat Raphael Warnock in one race, and Republican Senator David Perdue faces Democrat Jon Ossoff for the second. These two senate seats could change the balance of power in the upper chamber of Congress, so a lot of people are paying attention to the races. The results could decide whether the Republicans get a majority of Senate seats, or if there is a tie between the Republicans and the Democrats.
After the candidates’ debates, the media scolded Kelly Loeffler for not calling presidential candidate Joe Biden the “president-elect.” In fact, Loeffler is correct. Biden is not the president-elect until he is elected by the members of the Electoral College. If Biden does win, that vote won’t happen until December 14 and the official announcement of the winner won’t be until January 6.