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How Will We Know When It’s Time to Reopen the Nation? - Aaron E. Carroll | The New York Times
Everyone wants to know when we are going to be able to leave our homes and reopen the United States. That’s the wrong way to frame it.

The better question is: “How will we know when to reopen the country?”

Any date that is currently being thrown around is just a guess. It’s pulled out of the air.

To this point, Americans have been reacting, often too late, and rarely with data. Most of us are engaging in social distancing because leaders have seen what’s happening in Europe or in New York; they want to avoid getting there; and we don’t have the testing available to know where coronavirus hot spots really are.

Since the virus appears to be everywhere, we have to shut everything down. That’s unlikely to be the way we’ll exit, though.
Hospitals in the state must be able to safely treat all patients requiring hospitalization, without resorting to crisis standards of care.

A state needs to be able to at least test everyone who has symptoms.

The state is able to conduct monitoring of confirmed cases and contacts.

There must be a sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days.
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16 hours ago
Poem: Small Kindnesses - The New York Times
Small Kindnesses

By Danusha Laméris

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you”
when someone sneezes, a leftover
from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
And sometimes, when you spill lemons
from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other.
We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder,
and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
We have so little of each other, now. So far
from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.
What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here,
have my seat,” “Go ahead — you first,” “I like your hat.”
poetry 
17 hours ago
Propose - by yeaka
“Have you thought any more on our invitation to join the Federation?”

“I always give thought to what is discussed during parliamentary hours,” Sarek bluntly returns. His voice is borderline scolding, as though offended Jim would imply he doesn’t think about things.

When he gives no indication on what he thinks of Federation entry, Jim prods, “Is there anything we can do to entice your people to join us? As I’ve gone over previously, there are many benefits to full membership.”

Tense silence follows. The Vulcans seem wholly unimpressed, as they have all along. Spock’s eyes tilt ever so slightly towards his father. Perhaps he shares Jim’s impatience. Jim tries not to look at Spock in turn, but it’s difficult to keep his eyes solely on Sarek. Sarek is a relatively attractive creature by human standards, though he’s revealed he’s more than five times Jim’s age, but there’s just something about Spock that Jim always finds himself drawn to. Spock’s also quite a bit older, from what Jim understands, but in Vulcan years, he’s not that distant. The years barely show on his pale skin, and there’s a brightness to his dark eyes that occasionally reminds Jim of the stars. His hair is glossy black and perfectly trimmed, like so many other Vulcans, except the way it brushes over the delicate tips of Spock’s ears seems to call to Jim’s fingers. Spock’s trim body is long and lean, clearly well-built, strong, and Jim can’t help thinking about how well it would fill out a Starfleet uniform. Preferably a blue one—Jim could use another science officer. And Spock would look particularly impressive with gold stripes, denoting his intelligence and efficiency and closeness to his captain.
st:tos  au  kirk/spock  vulcan  firstcontact 
yesterday
Pancakes {4 Ways!} - Simply Quinoa
1 cup quinoa flour
1 cup oat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 cup almond milk (or milk of choice)
2 large eggs (or flax eggs)
2 tablespoons maple syrup
2 tablespoons oil

for the mix ins (choose 1 of):

1/3 cup blueberries
1/3 cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons lemon zest
1 cup grated apple (from 1 small apple)
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yesterday
Carrot Cake with Honey Cream Cheese Frosting | Snixy Kitchen
3 tablespoons whole milk (see substitution notes)
¼ teaspoon white vinegar
½ cup (58g) chestnut flour (see substitution notes)
¾ cups + 2 tablespoons (105g) gluten-free oat flour
¾ cups (121g) sweet rice flour
1½ teaspoons baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon (see substitution notes)
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ teaspoon ground ginger
½ teaspoon kosher salt
½ cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar (see substitution notes)
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
6 tablespoons coconut oil, melted just below room temperature
2 eggs, room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 tablespoons orange zest (from 1-2 oranges)
2 cups shredded carrots (from about 3-4 medium to large carrots)
½ cup chopped walnuts or pecans, lightly toasted (optional, but recommended), plus more for decorating

Two 8-ounce blocks of cream cheese, room temperature
1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ cup honey
Pinch of kosher salt
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yesterday
Elizabeth Warren on coronavirus, the presidency, and the economy - Ezra Klein | Vox
In January, Sen. Elizabeth Warren was the first presidential candidate to release a plan for combating coronavirus. In March, she released a second plan. Days later, with the scale of economic damage increasing, she released a third. Warren’s proposals track the spread of the virus: from a problem happening elsewhere and demanding a surge in global health resources and domestic preparation to a pandemic happening here, demanding not just a public health response but an all-out effort to save the US economy.

Warren’s penchant for planning stands in particularly stark contrast to this administration, which still has not released a clear coronavirus plan. There is no document you can download, no website you can visit, that details our national strategy to slow the disease, transition back to normalcy, and rebuild the economy.

So I asked Warren to explain what the plan should be, given the grim reality we face. We discussed what, specifically, the federal government should do; the roots of the testing debacle; her idea for mobilizing the post-coronavirus economy around building affordable housing; why she thinks this is exactly the right time to cancel student loan debt; why America spends so much money preparing for war and so little defending itself against pandemics and climate change; whether the Democratic primary focused on the wrong issues; and how this crisis is recasting Ronald Reagan’s old saw about “the scariest words in the English language.”
Elizabeth Warren: Remember Ronald Reagan’s famous line? “The worst words in the English language are ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help.’” Those are not the worst words in the English language. We’ve seen during this crisis that among the worst words in the English language are, “We’re in a crisis and the government doesn’t have a plan to help us get out of it.”
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2 days ago
What’s Next for Stacey Abrams? - Rebecca Traister | The Cut
Since concluding her 2018 campaign to be Georgia’s governor — refusing to concede in a race marred by voter-suppression tactics and won by Republican Brian Kemp, Georgia’s former secretary of State, who’d held on to his job managing the election despite being a candidate in it — Abrams has been busier than ever. She and her team have filed a federal lawsuit and launched an organization called Fair Fight to challenge Georgia’s entire electoral system; Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’s former campaign manager and the CEO of Fair Fight, has compared the suit to Brown v. Board of Education in the scope of the injustice it aims to remedy. Abrams has also recently published a widely circulated essay about identity politics for Foreign Affairs; shared a stage with Ava DuVernay in California; appeared in an ad touting Fair Fight during the Super Bowl; and been a guest on Late Night With Seth Meyers, BuzzFeed’s AM2DM, and NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me! On March 26, Picador will publish a new edition of her memoir–slash–advice book, Lead From the Outside.

Everywhere she goes, she is surrounded by people pulling at her sleeve, asking for selfies, some trembling with nervousness, some hollering “You’re my governor!” across airport waiting areas. I heard one woman exclaim, backstage at Late Night, “I can’t wait to vote for you for president!” Then there are the instances, as at the Power Rising Summit for black women in New Orleans in February, when a large audience simply begins chanting, without specificity, “Run, Stacey, run!”

Back in the car, Abrams takes an audible breath before opening the door and greeting the whooping crowd with a smile. That wordless transition between private and public existence distills one of Abrams’s many contradictions: She is a serious introvert, yet her work requires glad-handing extroversion; she is excruciatingly aware of the electoral challenges that face her as a black woman who grew up what she calls “genteel poor” in rural Mississippi, yet she pushes forward politically with the drive and confidence of a white man; she devours romance novels and soap operas, yet she is also a science-fiction, math, and tax-law geek; she can come off as one of the most relatable politicians out there, yet she is a total egghead who drops million-dollar vocabulary words, once sending me to the dictionary to confirm what panegyric means (I mostly got it through context!). And she is a woman who, having just run in a historic election that many of her fellow Democrats expected her to lose, is now being counted on to win, and perhaps save her party, by prevailing in an equally difficult Senate contest, or maybe the race for the presidency. The deepest irony, of course, is that what Abrams wants to do is fundamentally rebuild the electoral system that failed her, just as the system itself wants to pull her in.
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3 days ago
A German Exception? Why the Country’s Coronavirus Death Rate Is Low - Katrin Bennhold | The New York Times
They call them corona taxis: Medics outfitted in protective gear, driving around the empty streets of Heidelberg to check on patients who are at home, five or six days into being sick with the coronavirus.

They take a blood test, looking for signs that a patient is about to go into a steep decline. They might suggest hospitalization, even to a patient who has only mild symptoms; the chances of surviving that decline are vastly improved by being in a hospital when it begins.

“There is this tipping point at the end of the first week,” said Prof. Hans-Georg Kräusslich, the head of virology at University Hospital in Heidelberg, one of Germany’s leading research hospitals. “If you are a person whose lungs might fail, that’s when you will start deteriorating.”

Heidelberg’s corona taxis are only one initiative in one city. But they illustrate a level of engagement and a commitment of public resources in fighting the epidemic that help explain one of the most intriguing puzzles of the pandemic: Why is Germany’s death rate so low?

The virus and the resulting disease, Covid-19, have hit Germany with force: According to Johns Hopkins University, the country had more than 92,000 laboratory-confirmed infections as of midday Saturday, more than any other country except the United States, Italy and Spain.

But with 1,295 deaths, Germany’s fatality rate stood at 1.4 percent, compared with 12 percent in Italy, around 10 percent in Spain, France and Britain, 4 percent in China and 2.5 percent in the United States. Even South Korea, a model of flattening the curve, has a higher fatality rate, 1.7 percent.
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3 days ago
George W. Bush in 2005: 'If we wait for a pandemic to appear, it will be too late to prepare' - Matthew Mosk | ABC News
In the summer of 2005, President George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas, when he began flipping through an advance reading copy of a new book about the 1918 flu pandemic. He couldn't put it down.

When he returned to Washington, he called his top homeland security adviser into the Oval Office and gave her the galley of historian John M. Barry's "The Great Influenza," which told the chilling tale of the mysterious plague that "would kill more people than the outbreak of any other disease in human history."

"You've got to read this," Fran Townsend remembers the president telling her. "He said, 'Look, this happens every 100 years. We need a national strategy.'"

Thus was born the nation's most comprehensive pandemic plan -- a playbook that included diagrams for a global early warning system, funding to develop new, rapid vaccine technology, and a robust national stockpile of critical supplies, such as face masks and ventilators, Townsend said.

The effort was intense over the ensuing three years, including exercises where cabinet officials gamed out their responses, but it was not sustained. Large swaths of the ambitious plan were either not fully realized or entirely shelved as other priorities and crises took hold.
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3 days ago
Let's All Wear A Mask - Maciej Cegłowski | Idle Words
The point of wearing a mask in public is not to protect yourself, but to protect other people from you. We know that many people who fall ill won't show symptoms during the time when they are most infectious. Some people may even remain asymptomatic through the whole course of the disease, never knowing they had it.

The safest thing to do is assume you're sick all the time, and wear the mask.

The job of protecting you, meanwhile, falls to everyone else! That's why it's so important that we adopt mask wearing as a social norm. When enough sick people wear masks, even of the most rudimentary kind, it becomes difficult for a disease like coronavirus to spread in the population.

In countries like Taiwan and Japan, even before this pandemic started, it was common for people to put on a mask on at the first sign of a cold, or to wear one at all times in the winter months, particularly on public transportation. It was a small courtesy to fellow passengers.

If you've never seen it before, a subway car full of people wearing surgical masks can be an arresting sight. In America, we still tend to associate face masks with hospitals and illness. But it only takes a short time for the practice to start feeling normal, and that's where we want to get to in the next couple of weeks across America and Europe.

By the end of the month, wearing a face mask should be like wearing a shirt—a routine social behavior that is expected of everyone and gets you weird looks if you don't do it.
news:covid-19 
3 days ago
Cranberry Pecan Dessert - What's In The Pan?
2 cups cranberries fresh or frozen
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup pecans chopped
3/4 cup butter softened
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
2/3 cup brown rice flour
1/3 cup tapioca starch.
1 teaspoon confectionery sugar (for decoration)
recipe 
3 days ago
(to tell the truth) - by havisham - Knives Out (2019)
Sentiment, as Daddy always said, clouded the mind even as it heightened one’s emotional journey through life. Was that good? Was that bad? Daddy would never say one way or the other. Because of that and other parental equivalencies, Benoit had spent his entire childhood in a haze of confusion, where, it could be argued, he still remained. In truth, however, much of his confusion was performative. He had picked up that trick from Daddy -- and Harlan Trombley too -- after a fashion. One of Harlan’s most famous detectives had been bumbling. It worked for him, it worked for Benoit. Mostly.

Look. The thing was -- people would warm up to you immediately, if they believe you to be incompetent. That was a fact that Benoit Blanc had long since figured out. But that fact could also turn against you easily -- like a dish of banana pudding, left out too long.

It was a delicate balance. A dance. A dish. A metaphor that extended until the reader’s patience snapped. And so on and so on. Whatever it took to solve the case. However stupid you had to look, it didn’t matter.

Benoit Blanc wasn’t afraid to act a fool -- just as long as he knew he wasn’t one.
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3 days ago
moetushie | Knives Out (2019)
Sometimes the universe gently places a gift into your hands and you say, bewildered, "What? It's not even my birthday!" That is what Knives Out was to me. A gift, and it wasn't even my birthday. I hadn't really heard about it, certainly hadn't planned on watching it even though I'm a big fan of Chris Evans' body ... of work. Might've Netflixed it or something. But it seemed like it was getting good reviews, and honestly, I love a challenging murder mystery, and this delivers in spades.

Daniel Craig is Benoit Blanc, a man with an extremely dodgy Southern accent who is hired to solve a possible murder of famed mystery writer Harlan Thrombley (Christopher Plummer). Marta (Ana de Armas), Harlan's nurse, becomes his de-facto Watson in solving the mystery of who in Harlan's fractious, privileged and variously monstrous family may have killed him. Marta is an adorable woobie of the finest caliber, of whom only the best things should happen to. Her eyes are huge and take up half of her face.

The cast is amazing -- Jamie Lee Curtis! Don Johnson! Toni Colette! Michael Shannon! Lakeith Stanfield (you know, the breakout from Atlanta)! I mentioned Chris Evans, but have I mentioned Chris Evans' beautiful white Aran sweater? I've literally never seen anyone look good in that sort of sweater, which usually makes everyone kind of fat and depressed, but no. On Chris Evans? He has muscles under there. He looks cozy but hot. It's incredible! I have now seen one (1) person look good in that sort of sweater, one human man, Chris Evans. Wow.
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3 days ago
Quarantine - by yaoichan12
They arrived in the lobby and Bones turned and faced his bestie. “Jim, you of all people need to stay inside.”

“It’s been eleven days!”

“And it’s probably going to be another eleven days. Jim, I have a lot to do. I’m sure you’ve got…”

“Finished them,” Jim interrupted. “All my reports. Duty stuff. Data. Paperwork. Done.”

Bones blinked. “Good for you.”

“Please…”

“No!”

Jim pouted.

“That look doesn’t work on me kid.”

Jim pouted more, sinking his shoulders and looking to the ground.

Bones sighed. “When I get back from work, we can play? Okay?”

Jim nodded. Bones patted him on the shoulder and left. Jim walked back up the stairs and into his apartment. Spock was in the middle of the living room doing yoga. Jim grinned and slunk closer. Spock was in downward dog and Jim just knew if he…

“Do not,” Spock warned.
st:aos  kirk/spock  yorktown  quarantine 
4 days ago
Francis Lam’s Ginger Scallion Sauce | The Splendid Table
2 ounces ginger (about a 3-inch piece), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
6 ounces scallions (1 large or 2 small bunches), cut into 1-inch lengths
2 teaspoons sea salt, plus more to taste
1 cup peanut oil
recipe 
4 days ago
The New Laws of Pandemic Economics - Derek Thompson | The Atlantic
Call it the gospel of growth: the notion that Americans cannot afford to save tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands, of lives, if it means sacrificing a quarter or two of gross domestic product.

While this might sound like an economic argument, it enjoys little support among economists. In a recent University of Chicago survey of dozens of prominent economists, almost all of them agreed with the idea that the economy would suffer if the U.S. abandoned “severe lockdowns” while the infection risk remained high.

Still, the growth evangelists are right about one thing. Severe lockdowns produce a parallel human misery—with millions of unemployed Americans, thousands of looming bankruptcies, and extreme financial anguish.

What are the economic rules of this upside-down world, where opening the economy too soon produces mass death, but shutting it down for too long produces mass suffering?

Over the past few weeks, I’ve asked a version of this question to a dozen economists. What follows is an attempt to distill their thoughts into four rules that should govern our short-term reaction to the health crisis. It is not just a rebuke to the gospel of growth. It is a new playbook for pandemic economics.

Rule 1: “Save the economy or save lives” is a false choice.
Rule 2: Pay people a living wage to stop working.
Rule 3: Build companies a time machine.
Rule 4: The business of America is now science.

We need to get people money, or they will die. We need to get companies cash, or they will die. But if we don’t clear the way for health-care workers to treat the sick, or for scientists to treat the disease, people and companies are going to die, anyway. There is no such thing as a normal economy until we contain the virus. But if we can’t contain the virus quickly, we might not have anything normal to return to.
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4 days ago
How to make your own mask: Hong Kong scientists reveal temporary solution for those unable to get protective gear because of panic buying and price-gouging | South China Morning Post
Scientists in Hong Kong have invented a cheap and easy way to make home-made masks as the city, gripped by fear over the deadly coronavirus, suffers from long queues and price-gouging over its dwindling supplies of protective gear.

The University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital worked with the Science Park to devise the do-it-yourself method as thousands of people have waited overnight outside pharmacies promising new stock and costs spiking to as much as HK$400 or more for a box of 50 surgical masks. Often missing from the queues are many elderly – too weak or poor to join – some of whom have resorted to steaming the few masks they have left or and reusing one for days.

“I hope this can alleviate the public panic. Scientific tests found these home-made masks can offer a certain extent of protection if one doesn’t have a mask at home,” executive councillor and Elderly Commission

Joe Fan King-man, the institution’s assistant hospital chief executive, said the home-made masks had undergone laboratory tests by City University and were proven to have achieved 80 to 90 per cent of the function of regular surgical masks in terms of their filtration of aerosol and droplets.

Note: The hospital said other materials such as cling film, air conditioner filter paper, and cotton cloth were not suitable for making the masks.
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4 days ago
Is the Coronavirus Airborne? Should We All Wear Masks? - Ed Yong | The Atlantic
Confusingly, in public-health circles, the word airborne has a technical meaning that’s not just “carried through the air.” When people are infected with respiratory viruses, they emit viral particles whenever they talk, breathe, cough, or sneeze. These particles are encased in globs of mucus, saliva, and water. Bigger globs fall faster than they evaporate, so they splash down nearby—these are traditionally called “droplets.” Smaller globs evaporate faster than they fall, leaving dried-out viruses that linger in the air and drift farther afield—these are called “aerosols.” When researchers say a virus is “airborne,” like measles or chickenpox, they mean that it moves as aerosols. When the World Health Organization asserts that the new coronavirus is “NOT airborne,” it’s claiming that the virus instead spreads primarily through the close-splashing droplets, which either land directly on people’s faces or are carried to their faces by unwashed, contaminated hands.

Such messaging is “really irresponsible,” argues Don Milton, an expert in aerosol transmission at the University of Maryland. The scientific community doesn’t even agree about whether aerosol transmission matters for the flu, so “to say that after three months we know for sure that this [new] virus is not airborne is … expletive deleted,” he says. Milton and other experts who study how viruses move through the air say that the traditional distinction between big, short-range droplets and small, long-range aerosols is based on outdated science. Lydia Bourouiba of MIT, for instance, has shown that exhalations, sneezes, and coughs unleash swirling, fast-moving clouds of both droplets and aerosols, which travel many meters farther than older studies predicted. Both kinds of glob also matter over shorter distances: Someone standing next to a person with COVID-19 is more likely to be splashed by droplets and to inhale aerosols.

The question, then, isn’t whether the coronavirus is “airborne” in the tediously academic way the word has been defined. As the journalist Roxanne Khamsi puts it, the virus is “definitely borne by air.” The better questions are: How far does the virus move? And is it stable and concentrated enough at the end of its journey to harm someone’s health?
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4 days ago
Brownies - Beaming Baker
1 ¼ cups oat flour (or King Arthur Measure for Measure Flour)
½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder or raw cacao powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon golden ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water)
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
¾ cup chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
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4 days ago
Vegan Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins | Minimalist Baker Recipes
1 1/4 cup almond flour (we haven’t tested with almond meal but think it would work)
3/4 cup gluten-free rolled oats
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted if clumpy
2 medium-size ripe bananas
1 batch flax egg (1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 2 ½ Tbsp water)
1 ½ tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut sugar (or sub organic brown sugar)
3 Tbsp maple syrup (or sub agave nectar)
1/4 cup tahini (or sub other nut or seed butter of choice)
1/4 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
2 Tbsp avocado oil (or melted coconut oil or vegan butter // if oil-free, sub more nut or seed butter of choice and reduce dry ingredients slightly to compensate for thicker batter)
1/4 cup dark chocolate chips (or chopped dark chocolate)
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4 days ago
Eugenics Isn’t Going to Save You From the Coronavirus - Sarah Jones | Intelligencer
But the arguments from the eugenicist right are useful to us anyway. The fact that they think the elderly and the sick are acceptable offerings is something we should remember long after the pandemic is over. They tell us their obsession with market forces was not about human flourishing, productivity, and abundance, but about something else. Supply-side economics gave them a way to intellectualize their own amorality. Markets care nothing for ethics. They aren’t governed by justice and they don’t feel mercy.

What today’s eugenicists are unwilling to admit is that there is one, less deadly way to rescue the economy from this pandemic. It’s redistribution, not just of resources but of power. The government will have to massively expand its tiny welfare state, and grant workers rights they do not currently have. It has the financial capacity to do so, but the project would force it to reconsider its priorities, which the conservative movement cannot tolerate. As they wring their hands on Fox, and repeat into the camera that the cure cannot be worse than the disease, they aren’t referring to shutdowns but to social welfare and to labor rights. They find a mass die-off of the sick and the elderly more palatable than basic social democracy.
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5 days ago
How Far-Right Media Is Weaponizing Coronavirus - Rebecca Traister | The Cut
The coronavirus pandemic has been marked by medical uncertainty, rapidly changing information, and partisan rancor, making it a prime target for the spread of disinformation: some of that disinformation is about unproven cures, for both the disease and the disintegrating economy; some is intended to delegitimize the politicians who may or may not be in a position to steer the nation through it (and some of it comes not via the internet but from the president himself; see the man who died after heeding Trump’s assurances that chloroquine was a possible answer to coronavirus). Jiore Craig is a political consultant at a research firm, GQR Insights and Action, who has spent the past four years tracking the spread of disinformation online, much of it originating with, or being propagated by, the far-right political media — sites like Breitbart and Infowars. The Cut spoke to her about the patterns she’s seen and how they’re playing out in the midst of this pandemic.
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5 days ago
Coronavirus fears spark prison unrest worldwide - Zak Cheney-Rice | Intelligencer
By many estimates, the United States is still weeks away from seeing the worst of the novel coronavirus. The illness’s rapid spread, along with expanded testing, are producing higher and more comprehensive infection counts, which currently outpace the rate increases seen in other hard-hit countries like Italy, Spain, and Iran. The death toll is climbing as hospitals become overwhelmed. Tuesday alone saw 13 COVID-19 fatalities at Elmhurst Hospital Center in New York, a city that’s become the epicenter of the U.S. outbreak. As a result, either by choice or official mandate, Americans have joined many of their counterparts the world over and shut themselves in their homes, making a common practice of stockpiling groceries and supplies and avoiding crowds in case things get worse before they get better.

A similar panic is being felt among the world’s incarcerated populations — only they have fewer options for protecting themselves. People in jails and prisons are especially vulnerable to the pandemic’s ravages. Crowded and often filthy conditions, paired with restricted access to soap, water, and hand sanitizer have made unavailable to them many of the precautions that experts say can stem the virus’s spread: social distancing, staying away from infected people, and maintaining fastidious personal hygiene. Yet even as the virus infiltrates the world’s correctional facilities, officials in many countries, including the U.S., have been perilously slow to implement emergency countermeasures, like large-scale decarceration. The result is millions of prisoners stuck in cages essentially waiting for the deadly illness to pick them off. Some have responded with among the few defenses left at their disposal: protests, strikes, riots, and escape attempts.
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5 days ago
Federal government spent millions to ramp up mask readiness, but that isn’t helping now - Jon Swaine | The Washington Post
In September 2018, the Trump administration received detailed plans for a new machine designed to churn out millions of protective respirator masks at high speed during a pandemic.

The plans, submitted to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by the medical manufacturer O&M Halyard, were the culmination of a venture unveiled almost three years earlier by the Obama administration.

But HHS did not proceed with making the machine.

The project was one of two N95 mask ventures — totaling $9.8 million — that the federal government embarked on over the past five years to better prepare for pandemics.

The other involves the development of reusable masks to replace the single-use variety currently so scarce that medical professionals are using theirs over and over. Expert panels have advised the government for at least 14 years that reusable masks were vital.

That effort, like the quick mask machine, has not led to a single new mask for the government’s response.
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5 days ago
If I Wrote a Coronavirus Episode | Vulture
Archie Bunker would prefer you stand six miles from him. Sawyer from Lost will probably face criminal charges for hoarding and reselling precious items. Elmo is playing musical chairs with his parents. The coronavirus hasn’t seeped into the shows we’re all bingeing to pass the time — and it won’t for a while since the industry is shut down — but how would TV’s most beloved characters navigate social distancing in these dark days?

We posed that question to dozens of showrunners, creators, and writers; 37 of them responded with scene scripts, monologues, and episode outlines, including a hilarious Skype session between Frasier and Niles, a classic locker-room speech from Coach Taylor, an excerpt from Selina Meyer’s biography, and a vlog for Rogelio De La Vega’s biggest fans. We even learned what caused the whole pandemic — you can blame it on Veep’s Mike McLintock.
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6 days ago
Fudgy 5-Ingredient Chocolate Cake | Stonesoup
100g (3.5oz) butter
200g (7oz) 70% cocoa solids chocolate, chopped into chunks
4 eggs
100g (3.5oz) caster sugar
100g (3.5oz) almond meal
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6 days ago
Honey Granola - Simply Quinoa
6 cups rolled oats
1 cup chopped nuts (any variety)
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup honey
1/3 cup coconut oil
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6 days ago
Almond-Vanilla Cashew Creamer — dolly and oatmeal
1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked 4 hours, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup raw cashews, soaked 4 hours, drained and rinsed
2 tablespoons gluten-free rolled oats
2 cups filtered water
6-8 drops liquid monkfruit (or 1-2 tablespoons maple syrup)
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
recipe 
6 days ago
No-Sew Pleated Face Mask with Handkerchief and Hair Tie - Japanese Creations
As the demand for face masks has been going through the roof in Japan, DIY face masks are trending on social media with instagrammers and vloggers sharing ideas on how to make alternatives to surgical masks.

After we introduced a template and tutorial on how to sew a face mask last week, the article has received a huge traffic with comments asking for advice. Most of our regulars were seasoned crafters to whom a little sewing project would be a breeze, but we came to realize that at times like these, we can help more people by sharing tutorials that anyone can easily take advantage of.

This week, we are sharing the simplest, easiest and useful mask tutorial. No cutting or sewing is required. (Yes, it's true!)

This mask is not meant to replace surgical face masks, but when you must go out, something to cover yourself is better than nothing, and at the very least, it will remind you to not touch your face.
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6 days ago
Sewn Masks For NYC Healthcare Workers - GoogleDocs
Make Quality Masks

Focus on making sure your masks are well-made. Ensure that all ties are securely fastened and that all loose threads are snipped.

Use only 100% cotton fabric and any thread

No elastic designs strongly preferred, this eliminates the risk of accidentally using latex elastic

If you have elastic, use the top pattern listed and notes for elastic

Do not add metal or other nose shaping materials

Use only fabric you know to be 100% cotton if you’re knowledgeable about textiles do a burn test, if not go by the label

Fabric should be a tight weave, but breathable (comparative to 400 thread-count sheets or quilting fabric)

Using different colors on the front (outside facing; lighter color is better) and back (inside facing) part of the mask is ideal so that the sides can easily be recognized.

Prepare your fabric by machine washing in very hot water. This will ensure your masks will not later be damaged in hospital sanitizing processes.

Use new fabric wherever possible, if recycling fabric, boil for 10 minutes or put in a pressure cooker with 1 cup of water for 30 minutes.
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6 days ago
Reuse Mask? DIY Mask? | Consumer Council
The surging demand amid the coronavirus outbreak has created a severe global shortage of surgical masks. “All People Wearing Mask to Avoid Infection” are recommended by experts and drive people to flock to pharmacies to grab face masks, creating anxiety among HK people.

The scarcely supplied face masks have become basic necessities when people need to go outdoor, whether taking MTR, go shopping, commuting to work and particularly visiting hospital, and one may be not even allowed to enter the premises for not wearing a face mask. Masks provide self-protection against infectious diseases transmitted by respiratory droplets. On the other hand, wearing masks are responsible to the society and others, especially for those having respiratory infection or coughing, in order to reduce the spread of disease. Owing to the persistent shortage, some people suggested to reuse surgical masks after sterilization and many people have begun making their own surgical masks at home. There have been a lot of methods of making DIY masks being posted on the Internet recently, but they have neither been tested scientifically nor have they been compared with general surgical masks in terms of filtering capacity, it is thus difficult to ascertain their effectiveness.

In a bid to help the public fighting the virus and alleviating anxiety in searching for masks, a taskforce was formed by the University of Hong Kong-Shenzhen Hospital (HKUSZH), Hong Kong Consumer Council, Hong Kong Applied Science and Technology Research Institute (ASTRI), Hong Kong Science Park (HKSP), and the Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering in the City University of Hong Kong (CityU). In the past weeks, lab tests were conducted on the efficacy of surgical mask after washing and sterilizing, and another test on the safety and effectiveness was also conducted on do-it-yourself (DIY) face mask which serves as a timely alternative for the public to alleviate the acute shortage of face masks.
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7 days ago
Flaxseed Zucchini Muffins | Gluten-Free Goddess Recipes
1 rounded cup of fresh, grated zucchini (I partially peel my zukes, in stripes)
1/3 cup sorghum flour or brown rice flour
1/3 cup GF millet flour
1/3 cup GF corn flour
1/3 cup potato starch or tapioca starch
1/3 cup GF flaxseed meal
2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup brown sugar
1/3 cup light olive oil or coconut oil
2 large free-range organic eggs, beaten or egg replacer (1/4 cup liquid)
2/3 cup soy milk, or non-dairy milk
1 teaspoon fresh lemon or orange juice
2 teaspoons bourbon vanilla
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7 days ago
speff: TELSU
Spock is Vulcan, a concept he struggles with as a child of two worlds. Jim Kirk isn’t sure what he’s supposed to be, he just knows he isn’t his father. Their friendship begins seamlessly, but life catches up to them faster than they can keep up.

Read from the beginning: https://speff.tumblr.com/post/190003770846/page-1-next-updates-wednesdays
Or through the tag: https://speff.tumblr.com/tagged/doujinshi
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8 days ago
How to grocery shop safely during the coronavirus pandemic - Rachel Sugar | Vox
In our collective attempt to flatten the curve, grocery shopping has become a minefield. We are not supposed to leave our homes, yet we have to keep feeding ourselves; as a result, what used to be a comforting annoyance now feels dangerous. Can you touch that cereal box? Why is that person standing so close?

There is a lot of guidance on how to handle the store, and a lot of it is confusing, if not contradictory. It’s okay to get groceries, we’re told, but not too often. You’re not supposed to wear a mask if you’re healthy, but perhaps you should. You probably aren’t going to get coronavirus from touching the wrong avocado, or at least, scientists say transmission from food is unlikely. Maybe it’s harder to find pasta now, but you shouldn’t panic about shortages.

To help us navigate this unsettling new world of grocery shopping — can you reuse your bags? why isn’t there yeast? — we turned to the experts.
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8 days ago
Keeping the Coronavirus from Infecting Health-Care Workers - Atul Gawande | The New Yorker
Hong Kong and Singapore—both the size of my state—detected their first cases in late January, and the number of cases escalated rapidly. Officials banned large gatherings, directed people to work from home, and encouraged social distancing. Testing was ramped up as quickly as possible. But even these measures were never going to be enough if the virus kept propagating among health-care workers and facilities. Primary-care clinics and hospitals in the two countries, like in the U.S., didn’t have enough gowns and N95 masks, and, at first, tests weren’t widely available. After six weeks, though, they had a handle on the outbreak. Hospitals weren’t overrun with patients. By now, businesses and government offices have even begun reopening, and focus has shifted to controlling the cases coming into the country.

Here are their key tactics, drawn from official documents and discussions I’ve had with health-care leaders in each place. All health-care workers are expected to wear regular surgical masks for all patient interactions, to use gloves and proper hand hygiene, and to disinfect all surfaces in between patient consults. Patients with suspicious symptoms (a low-grade fever coupled with a cough, respiratory complaints, fatigue, or muscle aches) or exposures (travel to places with viral spread or contact with someone who tested positive) are separated from the rest of the patient population, and treated—wherever possible—in separate respiratory wards and clinics, in separate locations, with separate teams. Social distancing is practiced within clinics and hospitals: waiting-room chairs are placed six feet apart; direct interactions among staff members are conducted at a distance; doctors and patients stay six feet apart except during examinations.

What’s equally interesting is what they don’t do. The use of N95 masks, face-protectors, goggles, and gowns are reserved for procedures where respiratory secretions can be aerosolized (for example, intubating a patient for anesthesia) and for known or suspected cases of COVID-19. Their quarantine policies are more nuanced, too. What happens when someone unexpectedly tests positive—say, a hospital co-worker or a patient in a primary-care office or an emergency room? In Hong Kong and Singapore, they don’t shut the place down or put everyone under home quarantine. They do their best to trace every contact and then quarantine only those who had close contact with the infected person. In Hong Kong, “close contact” means fifteen minutes at a distance of less than six feet and without the use of a surgical mask; in Singapore, thirty minutes. If the exposure is shorter than the prescribed limit but within six feet for more than two minutes, workers can stay on the job if they wear a surgical mask and have twice-daily temperature checks. People who have had brief, incidental contact are just asked to monitor themselves for symptoms.
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9 days ago
Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies - Cook Eat Paleo
2 eggs
1 cup coconut sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1 16-ounce jar crunchy almond butter, salted or about 1 3/4 cups
1 cup mini chocolate chips or use a mix of dark chocolate morsels and mini chips
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9 days ago
Carrot Cake - Texanerin Baking
2 cups (276 grams) Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 teaspoon ground ginger
4 large eggs
1 cup (200 grams) coconut sugar or granulated sugar
3/4 cup (183 grams) unsweetened apple sauce
1/2 cup (118ml) olive oil (canola oil or another vegetable oil would work fine - I don't recommend coconut oil)
14.5 oz / 410 grams grated and peeled carrots

For the frosting:
18 ounces (510 grams) cream cheese, room temperature
4.5 tablespoons (63 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 1/2 cups (180 grams) powdered sugar
pinch of salt
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
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9 days ago
Coronavirus in Japan: Why the country’s relatively small number of Covid-19 cases may be a mirage - Eric Margolis | Vox
There are nearly 1,400 confirmed cases and over 44 deaths as of March 27. On March 5, 55 new cases were reported. Almost three weeks later, on March 26, just 86 cases were reported.

Compare that to the US, where 76 confirmed cases on March 5 turned into over 14,000 new cases on March 25. While much of the world’s new case graphs look like terrifying exponential growth, Japan’s appears to be mainly linear.

But experts say the true number of cases in the country almost certainly exceeds 1,400. The government has been criticized for its strict testing criteria, which requires patients to have had a fever of greater than 37.5 Celsius (99.5 F) for more than four days, unless the patients are elderly, have other underlying health conditions, or are connected to a previously confirmed case. Some people who meet the criteria have been denied tests.

Even the United States’ badly flawed and belated testing effort eclipses Japan’s minuscule effort — as of March 20, the US had conducted 313 tests per million people compared to Japan’s 118 tests per million people. Japan is using just 15 percent of its supposed testing capacity of 7,500 tests per day. South Korea, widely praised for its drive-through testing measures, is conducting more than 6,000 tests per million people.

The Japanese National Institute of Infectious Diseases has argued that the strict testing criteria are in place to preserve limited medical resources for those in need of urgent care. “Just because you have capacity, it doesn’t mean that we need to use that capacity fully,” health ministry official Yasuyuki Sahara told the press in a briefing last week. “It isn’t necessary to carry out tests on people who are simply worried.”

Abe’s government is going directly against the WHO’s firm recommendation to “test, test, test,” leading many to conclude that the coronavirus may be far more widespread in Japan than the numbers indicate.
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10 days ago
Vegan Morning Glory Muffins | running with spoons
2 cups (160 g) oats
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup (120 ml) unsweetened almond milk
1/4 cup (64 g) almond butter
1/2 cup (100 g) coconut palm sugar or brown sugar
2 tsp (10 ml) vanilla extract
1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1 medium-sized ripe banana (1/2 cup mashed [100 g])
1 cup (85 g) carrots, shredded
1/2 cup (55 g) apple, shredded
1/3 cup (55 g) raisins
1/3 cup (40 g) walnuts, chopped
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10 days ago
The sexual assault allegation against Joe Biden, explained - Anna North | Vox
Reports of “creepy” behavior by Biden, like standing too close to women for photo opportunities, have circulated for years, treated by some as little more than a joke. But those reports received more serious attention after Lucy Flores, a former candidate for lieutenant governor of Nevada, wrote in a March 2019 essay at The Cut that Biden had kissed her on the back of the head at a campaign event in 2014.

“I couldn’t move and I couldn’t say anything,” Flores wrote. “I wanted nothing more than to get Biden away from me.”

After that, other women spoke out to report similar experiences. Amy Lappos, for example, said that at a 2009 fundraiser, Biden touched her face and rubbed noses with her. And in April, Reade told the Union, a California newspaper, that Biden touched her several times in ways that made her feel uncomfortable, and that her duties in his Senate office were reduced after she refused to serve drinks at an event. She said he wanted her there because he liked her legs.

Biden did not specifically respond to Reade’s allegation, but in a video statement in early April, he said, “I shake hands, I hug people, I grab men and women by the shoulders and say, ‘You can do this.’” However, he also said that “the boundaries of protecting personal space have been reset” and pledged to change his behavior.

Since then, the allegations by women have not come up much on the debate stage or campaign trail, and Biden is likely to be the Democratic nominee for president this year.

But on Tuesday, Reade’s allegation came to the fore again when Grim reported on its general outline in the Intercept.
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11 days ago
Every Grocery Store's Pandemic Plan Should Look Like HEB's - Hannah Smothers | VICE
Grocery stores have become an unexpected frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, as people facing quarantines and lockdown crowd in to hoard toilet paper, flour, and hand sanitizer (or just to absently browse, which is sick and wrong). Grocery employees are considered essential workers, meaning they’re among the few groups who have to keep leaving their homes and commuting, even as the rest of us are told to stay home and stay well. For workers and customers alike, grocery store aisles are easily one of the most dangerous places anyone can be during the pandemic. Some stores have taken measures to mitigate that danger and keep people safe, to the best of their ability. Others have gone the White House route and can’t seem to get it together, risking the health of countless people all the while.

HEB, meanwhile, has remained countless steps ahead of the game. Before the WHO upgraded coronavirus to pandemic status, before the White House and most state governments announced any plans, and before there was even a single identified case in Texas, HEB—the beloved, Texas-only grocery chain—was preparing an emergency response plan it’s been refining since 2005.

“When did we start looking at the coronavirus? Probably the second week in January, when it started popping up in China as an issue,” Justen Noakes, director of emergency preparedness at HEB, recently told Texas Monthly in an oral history about the store’s much-lauded response to the pandemic. Current customers and far flung HEB fans alike regularly praise the multi-billion dollar chain for doing more than the federal government to respond to coronavirus, a statement that becomes distressingly more true each day. After reading the Texas Monthly story, Arnold Schwarzenegger referred to HEB’s response as “a masterclass in preparation and being ready to support your community.” Within a month of the virus reaching Texas, HEB had done more to protect shoppers and employees and replenish empty shelves than any store in New York City, the epicenter of the U.S. coronavirus pandemic.
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11 days ago
Soul Mates - by redheadedbisexual
Once Bones had finished a rushed examination of the Admiral—arriving at the conclusion that he was exactly who he claimed to be and adding some commentary on how Jim ought to take better care of himself—the party removed themselves to the briefing room. Spock fired a series of questions at the Admiral about the logistics of his plan to locate the Ambassador as they sat waiting for the man in question to arrive. Jim and Bones, meanwhile, quietly conversed with each other.

“What is Starfleet gonna do with this guy?” Bones wondered aloud. “They can hardly handle one of you. And to be honest, I’m surprised you lasted long enough in Starfleet to make admiral; didn’t get yourself killed with one of your dumb stunts, or fired!”

“Your faith in me is overwhelming, Bones” Jim muttered.

Before Bones could counter that the doors to the briefing room slid open to reveal Ambassador Spock.

“Captain,” he began. “I am told you requested—”

The Ambassador was struck speechless as his eyes fell upon the Admiral, seated at the head of the table and adjacent to a younger version of himself. A flood of emotions washed across his face, a sight to see on a man known for his traditional Vulcan stoicism.The room fell silent as the two men gazed at each other, a silence broken only by the single word that unconsciously escaped the Ambassador’s lips.

“T’hy’la…”

A moment later, whatever emotion Ambassador Spock had so foolishly allowed himself to display disappeared, replaced by a flush of embarrassment.

“Jim,” he corrected himself. “Admiral, that is. I am…. most surprised to see you.”
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11 days ago
Didn't We Almost Have it All? - by IvanW
He turned to greet Joanna as she approached him. She wore an off the shoulder ivory traditional wedding dress decorated with pearls and sequins. He wasn’t surprised, really. She’d always given him the impression she liked the old traditions and customs.

“Dance?”

“Sure,” Jim said with a smile, pulling her close, and resting his hand on her waist.

“Is this okay?” she asked after a few seconds. “I mean with your—”

“It’s fine. It only hurts when I stand.”

Her eyes widened and she went to pull back.

“I’m kidding, Jo.” He paused, searching her pale face. “It’s okay to joke, right?”

“Of course. I’m sorry.” She shook her head. “I’m acting more sensitive about it than you are. I should know better.”

“I’m actually pretty used to it at this point. It seems to be the elephant in the room wherever I go. If I go anywhere.” He grinned. “Which is rare.”

She smiled then, reaching up to tuck a loose strand of hair behind her ear. “I’m so glad you came.”

“I wouldn’t have missed it.” It was a lie, of course. Because he most certainly would have and gladly. Which said a lot about him and none of it good.

Joanna would have none of it, though. “Daddy didn’t think you’d come.”

“Yeah well.” Jim smiled. “Here I am. So that shows you what he knows. I’m so happy for you, Jo. And I wish you all the happiness in the universe. You deserve it.”

“Thank you,” she said softly. “So do you.”

Jim shook his head. “I missed those chances long ago.”

“But—”

“I’ve reconciled myself to the life I have. And it’s fine.”

“Daddy said Spock and Nyota are divorced now.”

Jim rolled his eyes. “Daddy has a big mouth.”
st:aos  kirk/spock  kirk&mccoy  retirement  earthside  iowa  disability  pining  grief  joanna  addiction  kolinahr  whoops  bonded  marriage 
11 days ago
Don’t panic about shopping, getting delivery or accepting packages - Joseph G. Allen | The Washington Post
In that new NEJM study, here’s the finding that is grabbing headlines: The coronavirus that causes covid-19 “was detectable . . . up to four hours on copper, up to 24 hours on cardboard and up to two to three days on plastic and stainless steel.”

The key word here is “detectable.”

Yes, the virus can be detected on some surfaces for up to a day, but the reality is that the levels drop off quickly. For example, the article shows that the virus’s half-life on stainless steel and plastic was 5.6 hours and 6.8 hours, respectively. (Half-life is how long it takes the viral concentration to decrease by half, then half of that half, and so on until it’s gone.)

Now, let’s examine the full causal chain that would have to exist for you to get sick from a contaminated Amazon package at your door or a gallon of milk from the grocery store.
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12 days ago
Yeast Rolls – Gluten-Free Palate
1 cup (5.5 oz.) white rice flour
1/2 cup (2.5 oz.) potato starch
1/2 cup (2.0 oz.) tapioca starch
1/2 cup (2.0 oz.) millet flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon xanthan gum
1 packet (2 1/4 teaspoons) instant yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup warm water between 95°-110°F
1 egg, room temperature
2 tablespoons olive oil (or oil of choice)
1 teaspoon white vinegar or apple cider vinegar
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12 days ago
Derrick Lin’s Dioramas Contrast the Bustle of Agency Life with Peaceful Office-Supply Scenes - Grace Ebert | Colossal
Seattle-based photographer Derrick Lin (previously) constructs miniature worlds that serve as a direct contrast to the stacks of books and other office staples like paperclips and pencils they’re surrounded by. Often showing life’s more relaxing and sublime moments, each scene is complete with tiny figures and their possessions as they pass along a sidewalk lined with cherry blossom trees, occupy a packed airport terminal, and sit on the floor of a messy living room. Because Lin assembles his little scenarios on his tabletop, some of his shots even feature a coffee mug in the background.

The photographer tells Colossal that in recent years, he’s started to consider the more subtle emotions of his daily reality “as a single working professional living in a major city.”
In addition to humor and whimsy, I started to pay more attention to topics around loneliness, mental health, and kindness. I strive to depict and spotlight on the kind of thoughts we typically reserve for ourselves. My photography loosely reflects what I personally experience and what I see around me. What continues to amaze me is the messages I receive from my followers about how my little project resonates with them and brings them joy and calmness.
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13 days ago
New York will be first state to test treatment of coronavirus with blood from recovered patients - Mike Hixenbaugh | NBC News
Hoping to stem the toll of the state’s surging coronavirus outbreak, New York health officials plan to begin collecting plasma from people who have recovered and injecting the antibody-rich fluid into patients still fighting the virus.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the plans during a news briefing Monday. The treatment, known as convalescent plasma, dates back centuries and was used during the flu epidemic of 1918 — in an era before modern vaccines and antiviral drugs.

Some experts say the treatment, although somewhat primitive, might be the best hope for combating the coronavirus until more sophisticated therapies can be developed, which could take several months.

"There have been tests that show when a person is injected with the antibodies, that then stimulates and promotes their immune system against that disease," Cuomo said. "It's only a trial. It's a trial for people who are in serious condition, but the New York State Department of Health has been working on this with some of New York's best health care agencies, and we think it shows promise, and we're going to be starting that this week."

The method — essentially harvesting virus-fighting antibodies from the blood of previously infected patients — dates back more than a century, but it has not been used widely in the United States in decades. Infusions of convalescent plasma were associated with milder symptoms and shorter hospital stays for some patients during the 2002 SARS outbreak, and initial reports from China suggest convalescent plasma might also be effective in dulling the effects of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus.
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14 days ago
New blood tests for antibodies could show true scale of coronavirus pandemic - Gretchen Vogel | Science | AAAS
To create the test, the researchers began by designing a slightly altered version of the “spike” protein on SARS-CoV-2’s outer coat. (The alterations made the protein more stable for use in the lab.) That protein helps the virus enter cells, and it is a key target in the immune reaction against the virus, as the body churns out antibodies that recognize the protein and tag the virus for destruction. They also isolated the short piece of the spike protein called the receptor-binding domain (RBD), which the virus uses to attach to cells it tries to invade. They then used cell lines to produce large quantities of the altered spike proteins and RBDs.

Those labmade molecules provided the basis for an ELISA test, in which antibodies in a sample of blood or plasma trigger a color change when they recognize a target protein—here an RBD or the spike protein. Initial tests of four blood samples from three confirmed COVID-19 patients and from 59 serum samples banked before the start of the outbreak showed that the test worked, as antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 bound to the test’s proteins. It showed positive results only for the COVID-19 patients and not for any of those controls.

The control blood samples came from people between the age of 20 and 70, many of whom had previously been infected with other viruses. Among them was a different coronavirus, NL63, which causes cold symptoms. Its spike protein uses the same receptor on human cells to infect them, so scientists had worried that antibodies to that virus might cross-react and cause false-positive tests. “Across the board, the controls look very negative,” Krammer says—which is good news.

The fact that antibodies to NL63 don’t also react to SARS-CoV-2 proteins is encouraging for another reason, he adds. Some viral diseases, such as dengue, can cause more serious symptoms if a person has been previously exposed to a related strain of the virus and already has partial immunity. Existing antibodies can react to the related invader and trigger a dangerous overreaction, a phenomenon known as an antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE). Some researchers have suggested ADE might explain why the virus is more deadly in the elderly and less so in children, who have had less exposure to other coronaviruses.

Krammer says he and his colleagues are already using their test in their New York City hospital to better understand how quickly COVID-19 patients start to develop antibodies to the virus. In the future, it could also help identify recovered patients who could then donate their SARS-CoV-2 antibody-rich serum to help treat critically ill patients. Another key application, Krammer says, would be to identify people who have developed likely immunity to the virus. They might be able to treat patients safely or take on other front-line jobs during the pandemic.
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14 days ago
New Test Will Give COVID-19 Results in 45 Minutes - Jonathan Mintz | Web MD
The FDA has approved a rapid COVID-19 test that gives results in 45 minutes. That's a big improvement over current testing, which takes at least 24 hours for results.

Cepheid, a medical diagnostics company in Sunnyvale, CA, that makes the tests, says they'll be available by the end of March.

The company says that hospitals and labs that now use Cepheid's equipment -- called "GeneXpert" systems -- can run the rapid tests.

In the new rapid method, the doctor then transfers your sample into a special cartridge. The cartridge already has agents in it that test for SARS-CoV-2 -- the scientific name of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The doctor places the cartridge into the GeneXpert system, which can test up to 80 samples at a time.

The FDA, which OK'd the tests under its new "emergency use authorization" rules, says they're meant to be used at what it calls "point-of-care" sites. Those are places like hospitals, urgent care centers, and emergency rooms.
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14 days ago
Chocolate Chip Cookies - Gluten-Free Baking
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons white rice flour (5 ounces; 142 grams)
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon xathan gum
1 stick very soft butter (1/2 cup; 4 ounces; 113 grams)
1/2 cup coarse cane sugar, (3 3/4 ounces; 105 ounces) or granulated sugar
1/4 cup light brown sugar (2 ounces; 56 grams)
1 large egg (about 2 ounces; 56 grams, out of shell)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup chocolate chips (about 5 ounces; 142 grams)
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14 days ago
Coronavirus Showed That America Wasn't Up to the Task - Anne Applebaum | The Atlantic
The Perry expedition famously convinced them that their political system was incapable of coping with new kinds of threats. Secure in their island homeland, the rulers of Japan had been convinced for decades of their cultural superiority. Japan was unique, special, the homeland of the gods. “Japan’s position, at the vertex of the earth, makes it the standard for the nations of the world,” the nationalist thinker Aizawa Seishisai wrote nearly three decades before Perry’s arrival. But the steamships and the guns changed all that. Suddenly, the Japanese realized that their culture, their political system, and their technology were out of date. Their samurai-warrior leaders and honor culture were not able to compete in a world dominated by science.

The coronavirus pandemic is in its early days. But the scale and force of the economic and medical crisis that is about to hit the United States may turn out to be as formidable as Perry’s famous voyage was. Two weeks ago—it already seems like an infinity—I was in Italy, writing about the first signs of the virus. Epidemics, I wrote, “have a way of revealing underlying truths about the societies they impact.” This one has already done so, and with terrifying speed. What it reveals about the United States—not just this administration, but also our health-care system, our bureaucracy, our political system itself—should make Americans as fearful as the Japanese who heard the “distant thunder” of Perry’s guns.
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15 days ago
Special Report: How Korea trounced U.S. in race to test people for coronavirus - Chad Terhune, Dan Levine, Hyunjoo Jin, Jane Lanhee Lee | Reuters
A week after the Jan. 27 meeting, South Korea’s CDC approved one company’s diagnostic test. Another company soon followed. By the end of February, South Korea was making headlines around the world for its drive-through screening centers and ability to test thousands of people daily.

South Korea’s swift action stands in stark contrast to what has transpired in the United States. Seven weeks after the train station meeting, the Koreans have tested well over 290,000 people and identified over 8,000 infections. New cases are falling off: Ninety-three were reported Wednesday, down from a daily peak of 909 two weeks earlier.

The United States, whose first case was detected the same day as South Korea’s, is not even close to meeting demand for testing. About 60,000 tests have been run by public and private labs in a country of 330 million, federal officials said Tuesday.

As a result, U.S. officials don’t fully grasp how many Americans have been infected and where they are concentrated - crucial to containment efforts. While more than 7,000 U.S. cases had been identified as of Wednesday, as many as 96 million people could be infected in coming months, and 480,000 could die, according to a projection prepared for the American Hospital Association by Dr. James Lawler, an infectious disease expert at the University of Nebraska Medical Center.
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17 days ago
This Is How the Establishment Maintains Its Grip - Rebecca Traister | The Cut
This wasn’t how it was supposed to go.

Not based on the electoral previews, anyway: the 2017 special elections and 2018 midterms that created the biggest blue wave Democrats have seen since the Nixon administration. These last election cycles were powered by young, first-time candidates — a record number of them women, many women of color, several of them with left-leaning political agendas. They ran on fury — at Trump, at sexual harassment, at a broken criminal-justice system, and at environmental collapse hastened by Republicans and the corporate interests they serve. These candidates beat not only incumbent Republicans, flipping house seats, but they also beat, or came very close to beating, some moderate Democrats — older white men who’d been in power for decades — in primary races.

It was easy to imagine that in 2020, this push to usher in a new generation of leadership would hit a crescendo with a Democratic primary field full of new kinds of candidates: There were six women, some of whom had ripped into bankers, fought furiously against sexual assault and harassment, and openly challenged Brett Kavanaugh during his nominating process. There were candidates of color who pushed serious reforms to our criminal-justice system, advocated for crucial immigration reform, and argued for a universal basic income. There was a Jewish democratic socialist who had led the impassioned drive for Medicare for All, and one openly gay candidate who — before he began to court big donors and became a centrist — was talking about reforming the courts. Lots of the Democratic candidates were under 50, two were under 40; a few were very left, and the bulk of them were farther left than the Democratic Party had been for a long while.

And now it’s pretty much over, and voters have chosen a 77-year-old white male moderate who wrote the 1994 crime bill.
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17 days ago
Food Safety and Coronavirus: A Comprehensive Guide - J. Kenji López-Alt | Serious Eats
Like many densely populated metropolitan areas, the Bay Area is now on complete lockdown. All non-essential businesses are closed, gatherings of large groups of people are banned, and residents have been told to leave their houses only if necessary. Among the businesses still running—at least in limited capacity—are supermarkets and restaurants, the latter of which are solely allowed to operate as take-out and delivery venues. I expect more cities will follow suit in the coming days and weeks.

Even so, plenty of folks—myself included—have been confused or curious about the safety of allowing restaurants to continue preparing and serving food. Is it actually safe? Should I reheat the food when I get it home? Is it better to support local businesses by ordering food, or am I only putting workers and delivery people at risk? And if I’m cooking my own food, what guidelines should I follow?

To answer these questions, I referenced dozens of articles and scientific reports and enlisted the help of Ben Chapman, a food safety specialist from the North Carolina State University and cohost of Risky or Not and Food Safety Talk.

Whether you managed to stock your fridge and pantry, or were left staring at empty supermarket shelves, there's good news: you can still eat safely, even from restaurants, provided you follow a few basic guidelines.
news:covid-19 
17 days ago
When people say, “we have made it through worse before”, by Clint Smith | wildness
When people say, “we have made it through worse before”

all I hear is the wind slapping against the gravestones
of those who did not make it, those who did not
survive to see the confetti fall from the sky, those who

did not live to watch the parade roll down the street.
I have grown accustomed to a lifetime of aphorisms
meant to assuage my fears, pithy sayings meant to

convey that everything ends up fine in the end. There is no
solace in rearranging language to make a different word
tell the same lie. Sometimes the moral arc of the universe

does not bend in a direction that will comfort us.
Sometimes it bends in ways we don’t expect & there are
people who fall off in the process. Please, dear reader,

do not say I am hopeless, I believe there is a better future
to fight for, I simply accept the possibility that I may not
live to see it. I have grown weary of telling myself lies

that I might one day begin to believe. We are not all left
standing after the war has ended. Some of us have
become ghosts by the time the dust has settled.
poetry 
17 days ago
Soft and Chewy Granola Bars | running with spoons
2 cups (160 g) quick oats
1/4 cup (28 g) almond flour
1/4 tsp salt
6 Tbsp (120 g) honey
1/4 cup (64 g) almond butter
1/4 cup (60 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup (80 g) add-ins (chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, etc.)
recipe 
17 days ago
Vegan Oatmeal Raisin Cookies - Beaming Baker
1 cup gluten free rolled oats
1 cup gluten free oat flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
¼ cup coconut sugar
¼ cup pure maple syrup
2 flax eggs (2 tablespoons golden ground flaxseed + 6 tablespoons water)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

¾ cup raisins, packed
½ cup gluten free rolled oats
recipe 
18 days ago
Two Minute Vegan Banana Muffin (microwave) | running with spoons
2 Tbsp (14 g) oat flour
2 Tbsp (14 g) almond flour
2 tsp (8 g) coconut palm sugar
1/2 tsp baking powder
dash of cinnamon
1/2 medium-sized ripe banana, mashed (50 g or 1/4 cup)
1 Tbsp (15 ml) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
optional: a sprinkle of cinnamon and sugar on top
recipe 
21 days ago
The Iowa Caucuses | Idle Words
In the last days of January, I paid a visit to Iowa to observe the political spectacle leading up to the Iowa caucuses.

For readers who don’t follow American politics, Iowa is the first state to vote in our long nominating contest for the presidency. Because the state has a small population (3 million), because the caucus system rewards candidates with a very committed following, and because there is almost a year between the time candidates declare and the vote is held, it’s one of the few places in U.S. national politics where you can interact with national politicians in a small group setting.

I came to Iowa to gawk, not cheerlead. While I have my favorites, this post is meant to give my impression of the several candidates, how they address their supporters, and what it's like watching Americans try to pick their next leader.

I made an effort to attend multiple events by every candidate, and succeeded except with Yang and Steyer, whom I only saw once.
us.politics 
22 days ago
The U.K.’s Coronavirus 'Herd Immunity' Debacle - Ed Yong | The Atlantic
“People have misinterpreted the phrase herd immunity as meaning that we’re going to have an epidemic to get people infected,” says Graham Medley at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. Medley chairs a group of scientists who model the spread of infectious diseases and advise the government on pandemic responses. He says that the actual goal is the same as that of other countries: flatten the curve by staggering the onset of infections. As a consequence, the nation may achieve herd immunity; it’s a side effect, not an aim. Indeed, yesterday, U.K. Health Secretary Matt Hancock stated, “Herd immunity is not our goal or policy.” The government’s actual coronavirus action plan, available online, doesn’t mention herd immunity at all. “The messaging has been really confusing, and I think that was really unfortunate,” says Petra Klepac, who is also an infectious-disease modeler at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “It’s been a case of how not to communicate during an outbreak,” says Devi Sridhar, a public-health specialist at the University of Edinburgh.

Since Thursday, news of stricter impending measures, such as a possible ban on mass gatherings, has been drip-fed to the media piecemeal. For example, yesterday, ITV News reported that the government will soon tell people over 70 to isolate themselves for four months, either at home or in care facilities, “under a wartime-style mobilization effort.” But absent any details, critics were quick to point out flaws in the plan. “Who do you think works at those nursing homes? Highly trained gibbons?” asks Bill Hanage, a British infectious-disease epidemiologist based at Harvard University. “It’s the people who are in that exact age group you are expecting to be infectious.”

Much of this controversy stems from a lack of transparency: The models and data that have influenced the government’s strategy haven’t been published. And yes, these are trying and busy times, but throughout the pandemic, researchers have generally been quick to share their findings on preprint servers, allowing their peers to assess and check their work. “If your models are not ready for public scrutiny, they shouldn’t be the basis of public policy,” Sridhar says. She and her colleagues wrote a letter calling on the government to share the evidence behind its decisions. Two other letters have also been issued, one from the British Society for Immunology and another from more than 400 scientists. The models will reportedly be released within the coming days, although no firm time frame has been disclosed.
news:covid-19 
23 days ago
How Long Does the Coronavirus Last on Surfaces? - Gregory Barber | WIRED
The researchers exposed various materials to the virus in the lab. They found that it remained virulent on surfaces for a lengthy period: from up to 24 hours on cardboard to up to two or three days on plastic and stainless steel. It also remained viable in aerosols—attached to particles that stay aloft in the air—for up to three hours. That’s all basically in line with the stability of SARS, the coronavirus that caused an outbreak in the early 2000s, the researchers note.

The researchers caution that work done in the lab may not directly reflect how long the virus can hang around on surfaces out in the world. But it’s a critical part of understanding the virus—and how to forestall the disease’s spread—all the same. That’s because transmission dynamics are difficult to study in the midst of an epidemic. In hospitals and other public spaces, people are doing their best to disinfect, making it difficult to study how microbes behave in the wild.

And similarly, while the researchers tested how long the virus can survive in aerosols suspended in the air, they didn’t actually sample the air around infected people. Instead, they put the virus into a nebulizer and puffed it into a rotating drum to keep it airborne. Then they tested how long the virus could survive in the air inside the drum. The fact that it could live under these conditions for three hours doesn’t mean it’s “gone airborne”—that it hangs around so long in the air that a person can get it just from sharing airspace with an infected person.
news:covid-19 
23 days ago
Vegan Flourless Banana Brownies | running with spoons
1 Tbsp (7 g) ground flaxseed + 3 Tbsp (45 ml) water
1/2 cup (128 g) almond butter
1 medium-size ripe banana (~100 g)
1/4 cup (60 g) maple syrup (or honey)
1/4 cup (20 g) unsweetened cocoa powder
1 Tbsp (8 g) cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp vanilla extract
Optional: 1/4 cup (40 g) dairy-free chocolate chips
recipe 
23 days ago
Katie Porter Grilling the CDC Chief Is the Leadership We Desperately Need - Laura Bassett | GQ
The California congresswoman, a former law professor and single mother of three who flipped a GOP district in 2018, had watched as the United States fell far behind other countries in terms of responding to the pandemic. South Korea, for instance, has tested over 200,000 citizens, while as of Tuesday, the U.S., which had its first known case back on January 21, had only tested 6,500. Germany, South Korea, and the UK quickly set up free drive-thru testing for their citizens, while Americans have been getting denied tests at the emergency room and then stuck with a $10,000 bill anyway. Many Americans cannot even afford the out-of-pocket cost for the coronavirus test, which can add up to more than $1,300, much less the hospital stay. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told Congress on Thursday that the U.S. healthcare system is simply not set up to handle rapid, widespread testing during outbreaks: "It is a failing. Let’s admit it.”

So Porter took matters into her own hands. Having studied at Harvard Law under Elizabeth Warren, she has become exceptional at grilling powerful men in Congressional hearings and exacting results. And it took her only five minutes of questioning at the coronavirus hearing on Thursday to compel the chief of the Centers for Disease Control, Dr. Robert Redfield, to use his legal authority to make testing for the virus free for all Americans.
us.politics 
25 days ago
Flourless Cashew Butter Cookies with Sea Salt + Chocolate Chips - Beaming Baker
1 cup unsalted creamy, natural cashew butter
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon golden ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons water)
¼ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup chocolate chips
recipe  recipe:choc.chip 
27 days ago
Soft & Chewy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies - Simply Quinoa
1 cup quinoa flour
2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
1 cup coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon flaxseed meal + 3 tablespoons water)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
recipe  recipe:choc.chip 
27 days ago
Almond Flour Tart Crust • The Bojon Gourmet
½ cup (60 g) Bob’s Red Mill blanched almond flour (or almond or hazelnut meal)
½ cup (80 g) Bob’s Red Mill sweet white rice flour (or 1 to 1 all-purpose flour)
½ cup (45 g) Bob’s Red Mill GF oat flour (or sorghum, teff, or buckwheat flour)
2 tablespoons (12 g) Bob’s Red Mill tapioca flour
¼ cup (50 g) organic granulated sugar
¼ teaspoon + 1⁄8 teaspoon fine sea salt (decrease to ¼ teaspoon if using salted butter or plant butter)
6 tablespoons (85 g) cold, unsalted butter or plant butter, in 1⁄2-inch cubes
1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract
recipe 
27 days ago
Oatmeal Cookies – Gluten-Free Palate
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
½ cup light brown sugar (100g.)
¼ cup granulated sugar (50g.)
1 teaspoon gluten-free vanilla extract
1 large egg, room temperature
¾ cup all-purpose gluten-free flour (145g) - tested with Ryze, and Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1
½ teaspoon cinnamon
½ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups old-fashioned whole rolled oats (purity protocol)
1 cup chocolate chips (250g.) or rasins
recipe 
27 days ago
How to Be Perfect by Ron Padgett | Poetry Foundation
Everything is perfect, dear friend.
—KEROUAC

Get some sleep.

Don't give advice.

Take care of your teeth and gums.

Don't be afraid of anything beyond your control. Don't be afraid, for
instance, that the building will collapse as you sleep, or that someone
you love will suddenly drop dead.

Eat an orange every morning.

Be friendly. It will help make you happy.

Raise your pulse rate to 120 beats per minute for 20 straight minutes
four or five times a week doing anything you enjoy.

Hope for everything. Expect nothing.

Take care of things close to home first. Straighten up your room
before you save the world. Then save the world.

Know that the desire to be perfect is probably the veiled expression
of another desire—to be loved, perhaps, or not to die.

Make eye contact with a tree.
poetry 
4 weeks ago
Soft and Chewy Vegan Oatmeal Cookies | running with spoons
1 cup (80 g) quick oats (GF if needed)
1 3/4 cup (196 g) almond flour
1/4 cup (50 g) coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
2 tsp cornstarch
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 flax “egg” (1 Tbsp (7 g) ground flax + 3 Tbsp water)
1/4 cup (60 ml) maple syrup
2 Tbsp (30 g) vegan butter, melted (or oil)
Optional: 1/4 – 1/2 cup (40 – 80 g) dairy-free chocolate chips
recipe 
4 weeks ago
Not Unpleasant - by DarkAliceLilith
Jim turned towards him, his eyes slipping closed and an arm sliding across Spock's hip, pulling him closer. Spock let it happen, feeling Jim's body press flush against him as the human fell back asleep.

It was illogical, cuddling, and a very human thing to do, but Spock found it to be not unpleasant. When Jim had first done it, Spock had pushed away, but as the nights went on, he let his own arm slide around him and hold him tight.

It may be a human thing to do, but he was part human himself, and he was drawn to Jim and craved his touch, so he sank into it, holding Jim closer and closing his eyes.
st:tos  kirk/spock  snuggling 
4 weeks ago
Why Did Susan Collins Gamble Her Legacy on Trump? - Rebecca Traister | The Cut
In 2015, polling firm Morning Consult found Collins to have, at 78 percent, the highest approval ratings of any Republican senator, second only to Bernie Sanders in the whole body. But this January, the same survey found her approval at 42 percent and her disapproval at 52; she is now the most unpopular American senator, beating out even her caucus leader, Mitch McConnell.

And that survey was taken before Collins’s ineffectual vote to call witnesses in Trump’s impeachment trial, and then her vote to acquit him, choices likely to have endeared her to no one and that set her up in contrast to Utah senator Mitt Romney, who, in voting to convict the president and leader of his own party and giving a moving speech laying out his reasons for doing so, embodied the kind of politician Collins had long promised voters she was.

To many, even those most critical of her, Collins appears caught in a miserable position: the only remaining Republican senator in New England, torn between an unrelentingly disciplined caucus, Trump’s punitive base, and a liberalish Maine constituency, all during a period of enormously high stakes. But it’s not like Collins wound up in this bind by tragic happenstance.

Her choice to run again, against a backdrop of impeachment, ever-more partisan politics, and her own insistence that she is still the reasonable, freethinking politician she has always claimed to be, prompts questions about what has changed: Is it Susan Collins herself? Her party? Or is it simply that the Trump era has revealed something about Collins, that the moderation on which she built her Senate career was never quite as defining as she made it out to be?
us.politics 
4 weeks ago
Joe Biden Isn’t the Answer for President in 2020 - Rebecca Traister | The Cut
For his whole career, Biden’s role has been to comfort the lost, prized, and most fondly imagined Democratic voter, the one who’s like him: that guy in the diner, that guy in Ohio, that guy who’s white and so put off by the changed terms of gendered and racial power in this country that decades ago he fled for the party that was working to roll back the social advancements that had robbed him of his easy hold on power. That guy who believed that the system worked best when it worked for him.

Biden is the Democrats’ answer to the hunger to “make America great again,” dressed up in liberal clothes. The New York Times’ Jamelle Bouie has in fact argued that Biden’s racial politics have offered a form of Trumpism on the left, a “liberal cover to white backlash.” To that I would add, he has provided liberal cover to anti-feminist backlash, the kind of old-fashioned paternalism of powerful men who don’t take women’s claims to their reproductive, professional, or political autonomy particularly seriously, who walk through the world with a casual assurance that men’s access to and authority over women’s bodies is natural. In an attempt to win back That Guy, Joe Biden has himself, so very often, been That Guy.

Now it seems, That Guy is widely viewed as the best and safest candidate to get us out of this perilous and scary political period. But the irony is that so much of what is terrifying and dangerous about this time — the Trump administration, the ever more aggressive erosion of voting and reproductive rights, the crisis in criminal justice and yawning economic chasm between the rich and everyone else — are in fact problems that can in part be laid at the feet of Joe Biden himself, and the guys we’ve regularly been assured are Democrats’ only answer.
us.politics 
4 weeks ago
No Bake Peanut Butter Granola Bars - Beaming Baker
1 cup natural, unsalted creamy peanut butter
½ cup pure maple syrup
2 ½ cups gluten free rolled oats
recipe 
4 weeks ago
Elizabeth Warren dropped out. Flash forward to 2148. - Alexandra Petri | The Washington Post
It’s amazing to me, the weird coincidences we’ve had with these female candidates. First Hillary. Then Liz, Amy, Kamala and Kirsten. Then Alexandria. Then Fiona. Then Tiffany. Then Siri. Then Glorm (1 through 19). They always seem so presidential, and then, every time, like clockwork, the second they enter the race, it turns out that something is the matter with them and that a vote for them would betray the ideals I hold dearest. It almost feels deliberate and malicious on their part. Maybe they are the real cyborgs, not President Dave! (No, I am joking. Dave is certainly a cyborg.)

Next time, the candidate’s authenticity will be palpable to all. People will not be excited about the fact that she is a woman. They will be excited to demonstrate that they are unmoved by considerations of gender but want what is best for all — dispassionately. That will be what happens next time, for sure!

As for now, there are already dozens of women I could name who would be acceptable, and all of whom have one thing in common: They are not currently asking for my vote. There is something about a woman who has never declared any interest in running for president that just screams “presidential.” I am excited to vote for her.
us.politics  satire 
4 weeks ago
Rainbow Carrot Cake Muffins - Wife Mama Foodie
1 cup gf all-purpose flour (I used Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour, in the blue bag)
1 cup almond flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
½ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
½ cup maple syrup, honey, or coconut nectar
½ cup almond milk or other milk of choice
¼ cup melted coconut oil, avocado oil, or other oil of choice
2 cups shredded carrots (I used a combo or orange, purple, and white carrots, but any color will work)
½ cup chopped walnuts, optional

2 cups raw cashews, pre-soaked and drained
⅓ – ½ cup maple syrup or honey
2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ – ½ teaspoon cinnamon, optional
pinch of salt
2-4 tablespoons almond milk (or other milk of choice), if needed to reach desired consistency
recipe 
4 weeks ago
Vegan Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies • The Bojon Gourmet
½ cup (130 g) room temperature tahini (such as Kevala, Sadaf, or Tarazi)
¼ cup + 3 tablespoons (130 g) maple syrup (preferably Grade A dark)
3 tablespoons (35 g) melted, cooled coconut oil
1 teaspoon GF vanilla extract
½ cup (50 g) GF oat flour
3 tablespoons (30 g) GF sweet white rice flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
½ teaspoon fine sea salt
¾ cup (70 g) GF old-fashioned rolled oats
4 ounces (115 g) coarsely chopped vegan bittersweet chocolate (preferably 65-75% cacao mass), plus some extra chunks for the tops
flaky salt such as Maldon, for sprinkling
recipe  recipe:choc.chip 
4 weeks ago
Airbrush - by yeaka
The woman actually glares at him, and Jim mutters a hushed, “Sorry, Ensign.” He pulls back to his full height, trying to stand taut, even though her paintbrush tickles. He’s passed the point now where he’s embarrassed—the black paint already snakes up his entire lower half, crotch included—and now it’s just weirdly uncomfortable and still vaguely amusing. It helps that he’s not suffering alone. Leonard stands next to him, staunchly staring up at the ceiling and probably trying to pretend literally anything else is going on. On Jim’s other side, Spock’s stiff as a board.

Jim makes the grave mistake of glancing at him again, following the blue paint sloshing back and forth across his toned chest. Their six best painters are currently at work, trying to make the three members of the away team suitable for the planet below. Apparently, Mrennenimians don’t believe in clothes. Apparently, body-paint is the only acceptable form of coverage. The ensign in front of Jim straightens up to paint the outline of his Starfleet badge.
st:tos  kirk/spock  bodymod 
5 weeks ago
Chocolate Cookies - Beaming Baker
1 ¼ cup gluten free oat flour
½ cup + 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/3 teaspoon salt
½ cup melted coconut oil
½ cup + 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
1 flax egg (1 tablespoon golden ground flaxseed + 3 tablespoons warm water)
1 ½ teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1 ¼ cups chocolate chips or chocolate, chopped
recipe  recipe:choc.chip 
5 weeks ago
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