This seems like a big deal

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The variability in the percentage of the population required to achieve herd immunity is shockingly huge, even if you throw out the low-ball ones.

The scientific research and calculations and money required to winnow the variables before a crisis has to pale in comparison to how much an uninformed response to covid has cost the state and the world so far.

 

 

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whistleblower

On Sunday, Mr. Trump tweeted, “Like every American, I deserve to meet my accuser.”

Why yes, Mr Fuck-stick, you certainly are entitled to meet your accuser. In court.

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and because it’ll spend most of its time there until then anyway

It really is about the enormous amount of guns we have and the ease with which we can obtain more.

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Vox

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It is August, 2019

If I ever have to choose, I’d rather be deaf than blind. That said, music is one hell of a consolation prize.

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Kentucky Derby

Who knew there were rules in horse racing?

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When your muse is banging on all cylinders

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1997

There was this group of American kids on the steps outside the Venice train station;

each had a bottle of wine she was drinking, each was sitting next to her backpack.

It was 9 in the evening

or so,

we guessed they were planning where to sleep for the night.

Christiane said “I can’t imagine doing what they’re doing— I could imagine it a few years ago, but not now.”

I said “If they could afford hotels, they couldn’t imagine doing what they’re doing.”

They were 20, 21, looked like they were having fun, smiles and shouts and post-teenage posturing. Girl 1 said she was going to be famous in 5 years, girl 2 said she wanted to be a rock star, girl 3 thought maybe she’d be peeling potatoes.

Swiggin from big-ass bottles of red italian wine, i’m sure they’re all wrong.

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40 years ago today

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team

With apologies to Sidney Harris, whose artwork I appropriated.

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perspective

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Good dogs

Good dogs just know to stick with their person everywhere, even when things aren’t going their way at the moment. Just know it: “Sticking with this lost four year-old is my best and only option right now.” Stick to them under any circumstances. Through thick and thin.

That’s a very endearing trait.

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Proof that there are rocks on top of other rocks out there in space

It’s hard not to imagine standing there, as far from home as you could be.

 

More super interesting stuff from the Rosetta Probe.

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They’re ALL going to die

I just noticed that they’re all going to die. They’re all going to die. I need to stop saying “Oh, that’s too bad” when celebrities keel over, because they’re all going to do that at some point, until I do.

Gonna buy me a snare drum or a gong and hit it once every time I hear about a famous person dying, it’ll be more appropriate somehow. Hit it twice when Sir David Attenborough dies.

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ferrets

I look at a video of some pet ferret doing ferret things, with uniquely lovable ferret-y interactions with its people and I think “they could be incorporated.” The weltanshauung has enough room for a third beast and its peculiar shenanigans.

I’d like to occasionally call upon my skills as a person who’s interacted with a ferret or two over the years, maybe at a neighbor’s house. But I’ve never interacted with a ferret, so I’d have to fake it. I’d love to be given the opportunity to fake it!

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Greenland today

Earlier today!

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Violent E pauses to philosophize in Jarkhand

That took longer than I thought it would

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because for fuck-sake, art

It should be taken as a given that intelligent criticism of any art is that-art-based, and not a denial of that form to be an art.

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Schadenfreude

It’s kind of old, but it’s a handy link.

Epicaricacy.

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Miss USA

Go pat yourselves on the back for trying to regain relevancy, you superannuated fucks. 

Why do we have pageants in 2017? This century isn’t what I imagined it to be at all.

 

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This man is confident in his brand of armor

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