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  1. Beebo Brink

    New desktop for SL ?

    Now you just have to hope that SL is around long enough to make it all worth while.
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    LOL! Political ZOMGWTF

    Yup, this BTS gang looks pretty hardcore.
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    #JAILTOTHECHIEF- Shit Just Got Real

    :qft: Electing Trump is only part of the equation, and not even the biggest part. Our entire system of checks & balances failed, which means a majority of Congress was unwilling to stop him. That means that our government as a whole -- not just the president -- can't be trusted.
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    netflix Dead to Me Season 2 - May 8th

    I can't see how they could keep this storyline going indefinitely without becoming a parody of themselves, but I'm glad they're giving us a 3rd season. I'm not ready to say goodbye to these delicious characters just yet.
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    Cats are jerks

    Remind me never to drink their tea....
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    This is how civilizations fall. A crisis in one area triggers a cascade of failures that continue to ripple outward.
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    My best guess would be (extrapolating outward from my own advancing age), that the older you are, the less likely you are to give up your remaining sources of pleasure. Awareness of impending mortality probably leads to a certain pragmatism: enjoy myself before I die, which is going to happen...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    Yes, I agree that this is what she is saying, but as applied to the COVID-19 response, it's simply a non sequitur. It's as relevant as discussing the process of language acquisition or the price of off-season cantaloupes. The human capacity for assessing risk may we be as weak as she asserts, in...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    And here's some substantiating evidence that poor risk assessment isn't a strong factor in what's gone wrong in the U.S. The risks are perfectly well understood, even by Trump. He and the GOP simply don't care. Anyone who hasn't figured that out, and isn't actively listening to health experts...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    I read that article to mean just what you described, but I disagree with her conclusions on several points. 1) Politicians are individuals too, just as flawed as their constituents. There's no reason to expect their risk assessment to be any better. At best one could argue they have better...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2020/07/reopening-psychological-morass/613858/ Speaking of flawed thinking, "governments and institutions" are comprised of those self-same individuals who are "bad at assessing risk in complex situations" with far more pressure than the average citizen...
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    Coronavirus Updates

    And I was using your post more as a springboard for that discussion than railing against you specifically. Just so you know. :flower:
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    Cats are jerks

    And sometimes cats are heroes, not jerks. https://www.fox17online.com/news/local-news/ring-a-ding-the-story-of-fluffy-the-hero-cat?fbclid=IwAR1gQCnst6YH2_AtWabVYBHY2bh9zzNg4ytlV7bzw-ht7w2w6mRLW6fS3Lk
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    Coronavirus Updates

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    Coronavirus Updates

    Here's the Thread Reader of her posts. Thread by @DaniOliver: Hey, so, I got #Covid19 in March. I’ve been sick for over 3 months w/ severe respiratory, cardiovascular & neurological symptoms. I stil…
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    Coronavirus Updates

    The focus on fatalities is dangerously misleading and underplays the full impact of COVID-19. As we're discovering, many survivors are left with long-term health issues, some of them crippling with possibly life-long damage. Even people with "mild" cases who didn't get hospitalized are still...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    And so it begins. Trump surrogate Herman Cain tests positive for coronavirus after attending Tulsa rally
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    Capacity for empathy would not be my first take-away from this situation. How well can they even function under high pressure if they're so divorced from understanding consequences? How many are going to drop out because they are not willing to take these risks? Better to leave now, but it...
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    How COVID-19 is affecting society

    The virus didn’t stop a Washington socialite from throwing a backyard soiree. Then the tests came back positive.