Thought for the day

"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.<br>The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.<br>There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson

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Travel website "The Points Guy" reported that thousands of cruise ship passengers are stuck at sea this week because Hurricane Ian wreaked havoc across southwestern and central Florida, forcing some ports across the state to close temporarily. 

Cruise ships that departed from Florida before Hurricane Ian made landfall on Wednesday had to extend their schedules because some ports remain closed. 

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refusing to release the results of autopsies conducted on people who died after getting COVID-19 vaccines.

The FDA says it is barred from releasing medical files, but a drug safety advocate says that it could release the autopsies with personal information redacted.

US space agency NASA hailed the milestone of both its orbital telescopes viewing the same event simultaneously, and said the observations would help scientists understand how an asteroid headed for Earth could be deflected.

NASA has released pictures of its experimental mission to collide a spacecraft with an asteroid.

In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health told medical examiners that if the person died with COVID, to list COVID as a cause of death, even if COVID had nothing to do with the reason the person died.

I know this because one of my state medical examiner friends in Massachusetts was told to do this. My friend won’t speak out about this publicly because he (or she) needs his (or her) job.

This is a violation of federal law.

This could be happening in other states as well. I would not be surprised.