@flyChy: “I keep getting asked about this, yes I got vaccinated and YES I’m breastfeeding. Instead of crying my child now makes the Windows 95 chime sound but other than that she experienced no symptoms.”
QI: “Ultramarathon-runner Dean Karnazes doesn’t have a ‘lactate threshold’ like most athletes, which means he can theoretically run and run until he needs to sleep.” I read this guy’s book, Ultramarathon Man, and had wondered how he was such a non-stop machine.
Generalist Academy: “Eric Carmen wrote ‘All by Myself,’ but he’s not the only credited songwriter. The Russian classical composer Sergei Rachmaninoff also gets a credit, and his estate gets 12% of the royalties from the song too. […] Soon after the song came out, Carmen received what I imagine was a rather irked message from Rachmaninoff’s estate. Symphony No. 2 was of course still under copyright, and so the estate and the songwriter had to come to an agreement.”
The Mitchells vs. the Machines trailer. This is absolutely hysterical. I’m going to watch this.
PELOSI ON BIDEN’S FIRST 100 DAYS: “We got 200 million shots, sent out 160 million relief checks, put a trillion dollars in workers’ pockets, cutting child poverty in half, created 1.3 million jobs, and created fastest economic growth in 40 years!”
@strombo: What’s one thing you learned this year that will stick with you for the rest of your life?
@katarnett: There are two types of people: those who believe in doing what’s best for everyone even if it means personal sacrifice, and those who see their own inconvenience as unacceptable no matter what.
Hair Design By Britney:”This lovely gentleman came in today to learn how to curl his wife’s hair. His wife is unable to curl her own hair and often burns herself, so he stepped up to the plate and learned how to curl her hair. We had the pleasure of teaching him! We taught him how to do volume curls on short hair, how to protect her skin from being burned and we even taught him to put on her mascara.” Awwww.
Noah Smith, “The Vaccine Insurrection“:
[P]ersonal independence really just means exercising control over your own life. This pandemic year has seen Americans lose a lot of the control over their lives that they felt they had previously. Mask mandates and distancing requirements created new rules for everyone to follow. And the virus itself represented the greatest loss of control — a silent, insensate, ever-hungry terror that could lay low the strongest man and send the freest spirits cowering to the safety of their homes.
The plague year infantilized us, made us impotent in the face of forces beyond our control. I think that in some people, that produced a strong desire to strike back and reassert a measure of personal autonomy, even if that meant not wearing a mask or not taking a vaccine. Unable to control the virus or their own fear, people instead took the only independent action they felt they could take — they broke society’s rules.
If this is a big part of vaccine refusal, I doubt that paying people to get shots — one commonly suggested remedy — will be very effective, since to the refusers that would feel like selling their personal autonomy for money.
So I think we need to find some way to convince people that getting vaccinated increases your control over your own life, rather than decreasing it. Especially in low-vaccination red states, we have to get refusers to see it as a tool to be wielded, rather than a rule to be followed. Just like a car or a hammer or a gun, a vaccine shot allows you to escape the fear of the virus, while denying COVID simply shoves that fear back into the deep recesses of your psyche. Vaccines are liberating.
So how do we get refusers to see vaccines that way? Perhaps we can air commercials showing vaccinated people living free and normal lives, with no masks, throwing dinner parties and going to concerts without fear. Perhaps, with the end of outdoor mask mandates, fully vaccinated people can walk around maskless with shirts that say ‘I don’t need a mask, I got a VACCINE!’, or something obnoxious like that. I’m just spitballing here.