Joe Biden tells execs US needs to invest, lead in computer chips

President Joe Biden used a virtual meeting with corporate leaders about a global shortage of semiconductors to push Monday for his USD 2.3 trillion infrastructure plan, telling them that the US should be the world’s computer chip leader.
We need to build the infrastructure of today, not repair the one of yesterday, he told the group of 19 executives from the technology, chip and automotive industries.
China and the rest of the world is not waiting and there’s no reason why Americans should wait.
He said the country hasn’t made big investments to stay ahead of global competitors, and it needs to step up its game.
Biden made an appearance at the meeting between administration officials and company leaders held to discuss developing a stronger US computer chip supply chain.
The meeting came as the global chip shortage continued to plague a wide array of industries.
CEOs of AT&T, Dell, Ford, General Motors, Stellantis (formerly Fiat Chrysler), Intel, Northrop Grumman, and others were

The most common side effects to expect after your coronavirus vaccine, based on which shot you get

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A person after getting the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Colorado.

  • Coronavirus vaccines can have similar side effects, but reactions vary slightly.
  • Injection-site pain is common after you’ve had your shot, no matter which one you got.
  • More than 60% of participants in Moderna’s and Pfizer’s trials also reported fatigue.
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It’s normal to feel discomfort after a coronavirus shot.

Once a vaccine goes into your arm, blood flow increases and immune cells rush to the scene. This can result in pain at the injection site – the most common side effect of all three US-authorized coronavirus vaccines.

The reaction is more common after Pfizer’s and Moderna’s vaccines than Johnson & Johnson’s. Less than 50% of participants in Johnson & Johnson’s clinical trial reported pain at the injection site, compared with 92% of Moderna participants and 84% of Pfizer participants.

In AstraZeneca’s case, injection-site tenderness was most common, affecting 64% of trial participants. Around 54% of participants reported injection-site pain. (The shot has been authorized in more than 110 countries, but not yet in the US.)

When our immune systems detect the ingredients of a vaccine, they also release inflammatory chemicals to protect us. That’s why people can develop a fever, muscle pain, fatigue, or headaches shortly after their shots.

Fatigue was the second most common side effect in Moderna’s and Pfizer’s trials. Nearly 69% of Moderna participants and 63% of Pfizer participants reported it.

But headaches were slightly more common than fatigue among Johnson & Johnson participants: 39% reported headaches, compared with 38% who reported fatigue.

In AstraZeneca’s trial, fatigue and headaches were equally as common: around 53% of participants reported these side effects.

Here’s a breakdown of how vaccine side effects differ by age and manufacturer. (Data for Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson are based on clinical trials. AstraZeneca’s data are based on a small study of nearly 130 vaccine recipients.)

Fatigue and headaches are more common after Pfizer’s and Moderna’s second dose – but not AstraZeneca’s

A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report examined side effects among more than 1.9 million Americans who’d received both doses of Pfizer’s or Moderna’s vaccines.

Overall, side effects were slightly more common after both of Moderna’s shots than Pfizer’s two. And side effects across the board were more numerous and severe after the second dose of either vaccine.

Reports of injection-site pain rose from 68% after dose one of either vaccine to 72% after dose two. Fatigue rose from 31% to 54% from the first to second shot, while headaches rose from 26% to 47%.

Nearly 82% of Moderna recipients reported some reaction at the injection site – pain, redness, itching, or swelling – after their second dose, while 69% of Pfizer recipients said the same. In addition, 60% of Moderna recipients reported fatigue and 53% reported headaches after dose two. After the second dose of Pfizer’s shot, 48% of vaccine recipients reported fatigue and 40% reported headaches.

AstraZeneca’s shot tends to have worse side effects after the first dose for reasons scientists don’t fully understand. Experts say the reaction may have to do with the vaccine’s technology, which uses a genetically engineered common-cold virus to introduce a coronavirus gene into the body. That common-cold virus could potentially stimulate a stronger immune response right away.

Muscle pain and fever are more common than gastrointestinal issues

Muscle pain was among the most common side effects across all four trials.

In Moderna’s trial, 60% of participants had muscle pain, while 38% of Pfizer participants reported the symptom. About one-third of Johnson & Johnson participants and 44% of AstraZeneca participants reported muscle pain as well.

Chills were less common but not rare: 43% of people in Moderna’s trial reported chills, as did 32% of Pfizer and AstraZeneca participants. Just 2% of Johnson & Johnson participants felt that effect. In both Pfizer’s and Moderna’s trials, 15% of participants reported fever, compared with 9% in Johnson & Johnson’s trial and 8% in AstraZeneca’s.

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A physician administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

For the most part, gastrointestinal issues like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea weren’t commonly associated with Pfizer’s or Moderna’s shots, but about 14% of Johnson & Johnson participants and 22% of AstraZeneca participants reported nausea.

Side effects were fleeting across all four trials.

The majority of Moderna participants said their side effects started the day they got their shot and lasted two days after each dose. On average, Pfizer participants also experienced side effects one to two days after their shot, with the reaction usually lasting just one day.

Johnson & Johnson participants saw side effects within two days of their injection. On average, fatigue, headache, and muscle pain lasted two days, while nausea and fever lasted one day.

AstraZeneca’s side effects usually resolved within a few days as well.

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How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ in either Creative or Survival mode

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There are two simple ways to fly in “Minecraft.”

  • There are two distinct ways to fly in “Minecraft,” in either Creative or Survival mode.
  • In “Minecraft’s” Creative or Spectator modes, you can fly by double-tapping the jump button.
  • In Survival mode, you’ll need to craft the Elytra item, which gives your character a pair of angel wings.
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“Minecraft” maps can be massive, so it’s no wonder that many players prefer flying to walking. Flying in “Minecraft” means faster and more efficient travel uninterrupted by mountains, trees and bodies of water.

There are a few different ways to fly when playing “Minecraft.” In Creative mode, flying is as simple as the tap of a key or button on console. In Survival mode, however, you’ll have to earn the ability to fly by finding an equippable item called Elytra.

Here’s everything you need to know about achieving liftoff in “Minecraft,” whatever your style of play.

How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ using Creative or Spectator mode

As you probably know, “Minecraft” has various different game modes and playstyles. In Creative and Spectator mode, you’re less like a player and more like an in-game god.

One part of this is your ability to freely fly anywhere at any time. Just quickly double-tap the jump button – on a computer, for instance, this will be the spacebar.

Once flying, you can press and hold the jump button to rise, and hold the crouch button to fall. You can also hold the sprint button in mid-air to fly faster.

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You can fly anywhere in Creative mode, even faster than you can run.

Double-tap the jump button again to stop flying. Because you’re in Creative or Spectator mode, you won’t take any damage if you fall from a great height.

Just don’t fall into nothingness – say for instance, the voids between islands in The End – or you’ll die and have to respawn.

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Even in Creative mode, you can’t exist outside of the game world.

How to fly in ‘Minecraft’ using Elytra in Survival mode

For the brave and patient souls who dare not use Creative mode, flying is still possible in Survival mode. But it’s harder, and you can’t fly as freely.

To fly in Survival mode, you’ll need to find the rare Elytra item, located somewhere in an End Ship.

Finding the Elytra

End Ships are located in the far reaches of The End, the dimension where the Ender Dragon lives. Every time you defeat the Ender Dragon, two portals are created – one that will take you to the credits and then back home, and another that will take you to the outer End islands.

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You’ll need to throw an Ender Pearl into the portal to fit.

If you don’t want to face one of the game’s biggest baddies yet though, and are a patient builder, you can also build a bridge from the Ender Dragon’s lair to an End city. Just note that this can take a very long time, and will require a lot of resources – the nearest island is over 1000 blocks away.

If you take this route, place a bed near your portal to the End world to create a spawn point, since falling out of the world to your death will be a potential hazard.

However you get there, once you find an End City in the distant islands, your best bet to find the Elytra is to board an End Ship. A little more than half of End Cities feature one of these ships.

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Look for a floating End Ship.

Within the ship, find a level inlaid with black Obsidian blocks. There, you’ll see the Elytra in an item frame, flanked by two chests – which you should definitely loot as well – and defended by a Shulker. Break the item frame to claim the Elytra.

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You don’t need to kill the Shulker, but it’ll make looting easier.

Flying with the Elytra

Elytra works very differently from the sort of flying you do in Creative and Spectator mode. It’s more like gliding, and you can’t fly forever. However, you can hack that by equipping fireworks while you glide.

To use the Elytra, you’ll need to equip your wings to your character’s chestplate slot. From there, climb to a great height, fall, and press the jump key once to start flying.

While flying with Elytra, be mindful of real world physics. Flying at too sharp an angle can cause you to stall and fall from the sky. And colliding with the ground or a wall too fast might kill you.

When your legs begin to wobble when gliding with an Elytra, it’s an indication you’re losing altitude. If you’re not ready to go down just yet, equip a firework rocket in your hotbar and use the item. This will give you a big speed boost, shooting you back into the sky. You can, in theory, fly for as long as you have firework rockets to spend.

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As your player’s legs begin to flail or wobble, either plan to lose altitude, or set off firework rockets.

Just note that the Elytra also has its own durability, which will go down the more you fly. You can repair an Elytra by combining it with two phantom membranes at an anvil, or by combining two damaged Elytras.

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New Mexico becomes 16th state to legalize marijuana, a rebuttal to America’s ‘failed war on drugs’

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New Mexico has joined 15 other states and the District of Colombia in legalization the recreational use of marijuana, with retail sales to begin by April 2022.

  • Adults in New Mexico will soon be able to possess and grow marijuana.
  • The state legalized recreational use of cannabis this year, with retail sales to begin by April 2022.
  • “We’re going to start righting past wrongs of this country’s failed war on drugs,” Gov. Michelle Lujan-Grisham said.
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Beginning this summer, New Mexicans 21 and older will be able to both possess and grow marijuana. The state on Monday became the latest to legalize the recreational use of cannabis – with retail sales to begin by early 2022.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat who in March convened a special session of the legislature to reform the state’s drug laws, signed a legalization bill into law. She also put her signature on a companion bill that will give many with past marijuana convictions a clean record.

“We’re going to start righting past wrongs of this country’s failed war on drugs,” Lujan-Grisham said in a statement. “And we’re going to break new ground in an industry that may well transform New Mexico’s economic future for the better.”

One of the country’s most impoverished states, a legal cannabis industry could spawn a $318 million market and more than 11,000 jobs, according to an economic analysis trumpeted by the governor.

Although New Mexico’s political scene has long been dominated by Democrats, the state for years struggled to move forward with marijuana legalization, with reform efforts thwarted by more conservative members of the party. In 2020, however, several of those conservative Democrats lost primary races to more progressive challengers who went on to win in November, shifting the state Senate to the left.

While marijuana will become legal on June 29, New Mexico residents will, for a time, need to grow their own (under the new law, they are allowed up to six plants each). That’s because the state will first need to develop both a regulatory infrastructure and sufficient commercial supply before allowing retail sales, which could begin as late as April 2022.

The upside for marijuana consumers is that, unlike in California and some other states that have legalized cannabis, local governments will not be able to issue blanket prohibitions on sales within their jurisdiction, the Albuquerque Journal reported. And anyone whose past offense would now be legal, or would have resulted in a lower sentence, will have their criminal record automatically expunged, per the Las Cruces Sun News.

Although New Mexico is known for its libertarian streak, the state’s Republicans are displeased.

“Recreational marijuana is hardly a pressing issue,” the New Mexico GOP said in a statement on Monday, arguing that cannabis legalization “will lead to even more crime, underage use, and impaired driving.”

In fact, surveys have found that the rate of marijuana use by young people has either remained the same or declined in states that have legalized its recreational use. Studies have also failed to detect a clear connection between road safety and the legal status of cannabis. And researchers have found little to no impact on crime.

Sixteen states and the District of Colombia have now legalized recreational marijuana. Colorado, in 2012, was the first.

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Former FDA commissioner says cruises could be a ‘lower risk endeavor’ compared to other travel

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Cruise ships.

  • Cruises could be “lower risk” compared to travel options like international trips, Scott Gottlieb told CNBC.
  • Gottlieb is a former FDA commissioner and the co-chair of Norwegian and Royal Caribbean’s Health Sail Panel.
  • Cruise lines have implemented many health protocols that could turn ships into “protective bubbles.”
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Cruising could be a “lower risk” travel option compared to other alternatives, such as overseas vacations, Scott Gottlieb, the former US Food and Drug Administration commissioner, said on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on April 9.

Many major cruise lines have created robust health and safety protocols to make the return of sailing safer amid COVID-19. This includes Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings and Royal Caribbean Group, which partnered to establish the Healthy Sail Panel. The panel suggests ways for the industry to move ahead safely amid virus concerns and is currently being co-chaired by Gottlieb, a Pfizer board member.

The panel has already recommended 74 protocols, from face mask use to COVID-19 testing for guests and crew.

“As you start to implement all these public health recommendations that we’ve outlined, you start to create an environment that can be quite safe,” Gottlieb told CNBC. “You can create a protective bubble around the [cruise] experience.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic first began, virus outbreaks aboard cruise ships around the world left thousands of cruisers stranded or infected. Shortly after, the CDC put a no-sail order in place, which was later replaced by its recently updated conditional sailing order.

Read more: Carnival and Royal Caribbean salaries revealed: From $32,000 to $383,000, here’s how much the cruise industry’s power players pay some of their employees

To make the return of sailing safer, several cruise lines have implemented COVID-19 vaccine mandates. This includes Norwegian, which recently declared a vaccine requirement for both guests and crew.

Shortly after this announcement, Frank Del Rio, Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings’ president and CEO, told CNBC’s Jim Cramer that cruise ships will “de facto become the safest place on earth” as more cruise companies continue to ramp up health protocols.

“I challenge you to tell me of another venue anywhere that has this kind of ironclad health and safety protocols in place,” Del Rio told CNBC’s Cramer.

Gottlieb has since echoed Del Rio’s sentiments regarding the safety of cruise ships.

“I believe you can create a safe bubble around that experience, especially when you’re comparing it to other vacation experiences where you can’t control the environment,” Gottlieb told CNBC.

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Makeup lovers are boycotting Morphe as the brand stays silent on James Charles sexting allegations

James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.
James Charles attends his Morphe Meet & Greet at Roosevelt Field Mall on December 1, 2018 in Garden City, New York.

  • Makeup brand Morphe is being bombarded by the “#BoycottMorphe” hashtag on social media.
  • The company is being criticized for its longtime sponsorship and collaboration with James Charles.
  • Charles has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting with minors.

Makeup brand Morphe may be facing a boycott over its continued association with James Charles, who has been accused by more than 15 men and boys of sexual harassment and sexting minors. He released a video addressing some of the allegations on April 1 and said “these conversations should have never happened.”

The makeup company, which is also known as Morphe Cosmetics and Morphe Brushes, has not responded to Insider’s inquiries about its longtime partnership with Charles, who appears in Morphe marketing campaigns, has cut ribbons at multiple Morphe store openings, and who is the face of the best-selling Morphe x James Charles Artistry Palette.

But a podcast host said on Twitter that they received an email from a Morphe representative saying that the brand “does not condone inappropriate online behavior of any form.” The purported email, which was screenshotted and shared widely online, continued: “We have been actively looking into the recent allegations against James Charles, and have suspended marketing of the Morphe X James Charles collaboration while we continue to evaluate and monitor the situation.”

The purported email circulated in the online beauty-drama community and led to Morphe’s social-media posts being overrun with negative comments. The hashtag “#BoycottMorphe” appeared in over 200 tweets and in dozens of Instagram comments on Morphe’s account since Charles’ video was posted on April 1.

One comment on a recent Morphe Instagram post asking the company to “remove” the palette from their store reached over 400 likes. “How about actually listening to fans and maybe you wouldn’t be losing money right now,” said another comment with over 300 likes.

The recent accusations against Charles include more than a dozen so-called “exposé” TikToks made by individuals who claim Charles used Snapchat to send or solicit sexually suggestive or explicit messages and photos. Several of these individuals say they were minors at the time. Insider was unable to independently corroborate all of the allegations.

Charles’ partnership with Morphe has been an integral part of his own online brand for years. He even previously sold a hoodie that said “Use code ‘JAMES’ for 10 percent off,” referencing his famous affiliate discount code for the website.

Morphe’s discount code ‘JAMES’ still works on its website

Morphe launched in 2008 as a beauty brand intended for collaborative partnerships with influencers and creators in the makeup and beauty space online, according to the company’s website. Those creators have included Manny Gutierrez (Manny MUA), Nikita Dragun, Jaclyn Hill, Bretman Rock, and Charles, among others. Collaborations typically include a signature Morphe X eyeshadow palette.

Charles’ rainbow-themed Artistry Palette is still listed on Morphe’s website under the “Best Sellers” tab, along with the miniature palette and Charles’ branded makeup-brush set.

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While Morphe hasn’t posted on Instagram about Charles’ products since March 25, Insider confirmed that his affiliate code still works on the website. Customers can use code “JAMES” for 10% off their purchase.

Morphe has separated from controversial creators in the past year

It wouldn’t be unprecedented for the company to part ways with one of its major featured creators.

In June 2020, Morphe stopped working with YouTubers Shane Dawson and Jeffree Star as the creators were embroiled in controversy. It “ceased all commercial activity” with Jeffree Star Cosmetics, Star’s brand that had previously been sold in brick-and-mortar Morphe stores. Morphe also stopped selling the popular Conspiracy makeup collection marketed by Star and Dawson.

The move came after YouTuber Tati Westbrook released a video accusing Star and Dawson of having “manipulated” her into accusing Charles of sexual misconduct with boys in 2019. Westbrook also claimed that Star had ownership in Morphe, which the company denied to Insider. At the same time, Dawson was being widely condemned by mainstream celebrities and online critics alike for his past offensive content.

Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.
Jeffree Star, Manny Gutierrez and James Charles celebrate The Launch Of KKW Beauty on June 20, 2017 in Los Angeles, California.

When customers asked about Morphe’s ties to Star and Dawson at the end of June 2020, the company initially wrote in similar purported emails to customers that it did not “condone or agree with the actions and behavior of Shane Dawson.” Before officially separating from Star, the company also wrote that “Jeffree Star has acknowledged mistakes made in the past and has apologized, taken accountability, and worked hard to make amends within the community.”

Facing mounting pressure from customers, it’s unclear whether Charles’ future with Morphe will follow a similar trajectory to Star and Dawson.

Neither Charles nor Morphe have responded to Insider’s multiple requests for comment.

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