In [Jacobson v. Massachusets, 197 U.S. 11 (1905)], the US Supreme Court upheld the Cambridge, Mass, Board of Health’s authority to require vaccination against smallpox during a smallpox epidemic.
@KevinMKruse: “There was a massive smallpox epidemic during the American Revolution. Washington quarantined the infected, refused to let people from hot spots travel to his army, and even sent a thousand soldiers to Boston to prevent the spread there.”
@fartsandwich70: “When Trump-worshippers say they would do anything for their country they really mean they won’t even do the absolutely bare minimum if it might inconvenience them in any way.”
@qikipedia: “The sugar in Coke makes it more dense than Diet Coke, which means Coke cans sink in water while Diet Coke cans float.”
Jupiter. And Saturn. And earthrise.
Werner Herzog’s Board Game Reviews.
To be credited:
Here’s how we’ll celebrate our vaccination:
- By snuggling our baby nephew for the first time;
- by putting our hair in a professional’s capable hands;
- by reveling in a clear physical boundary between work and home;
- by high-fiving a stranger;
- by sneaking samples at the cheese counter;
- by spending a random night in a bar with friends, taking turns picking songs on the jukebox;
- by pretending to read inside a coffee shop when we are really just people-watching;
- by taking to the dance floor and bumping our sweaty body against the sweaty bodies of joyful strangers;
- by sipping a bloody mary on an airplane;
- by smelling the hot grill at a boisterous family cookout;
- by literally dusting off our heels and stepping out;
- by going to CVS on a whim;
- by signing up our kids for swim lessons;
- by browsing for hours, everywhere and anywhere we can browse;
- by finally gathering to grieve and honor the memory of our grandmother;
- by finally unblocking everyone who got vaccinated long before us;
- by wandering through an art gallery;
- by spending time in our home alone, now that our family can be out and about safely;
- by singing with a choir;
- by finally meeting our new coworkers in person;
- by unclenching our butthole;
- by wrapping our arms very tightly around our parents and our nana and our siblings and our far-flung best friend–ALL THE CUTIES, really–because we know how lucky we are to be here and be close to one another again.
Fink’s Hoagies delivery man gets COVID-19 vaccine while on hoagie run in Philadelphia.
“Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Lauren Boebert (R-CO) were the only two members of the House to vote against reauthorizing the National Marrow Donor Program. The life-saving program matches cord blood units and bone marrow donors to patients diagnosed with various blood diseases. A spokesperson for Greene said the bill opens the door for the NIH to study aborted fetuses, while Boebert said the program adds too much to the national debt. The bill passed by a vote of 415-2 on Thursday night, as a dozen other lawmakers did not vote on the bill.” (src)
“Since hot dogs are basically just pureed meat stuffed inside an animal intestine, a hot dog doesn’t stop being a hot dog even after we eat it, we just become the new hot dog casings and that makes us (in a way) hot dogs as well.”
Vallejo, CA Ofc. David McLaughlin attacking Adrian Burrell on his own porch for recording him. “[T]he fact that he walked away from a supposedly dangerous suspect to put a stop to any documentation of what he was about to do to him really says it all.” (more)
@RBReich: Let me get this straight: In the 1950s, corporate taxes accounted for 35% of all federal revenue. Now, they account for 7%. Yet Republicans still think corporations pay too much in taxes?
Wiegraf Folles, Final Fantasy Tactics, 1997: “If the penalty for a crime is a fine, then that law only exists for the lower class.” (paper: “A fine is a price“)
Reuters: “Of 77 million people vaccinated in the United States, there have been 5,800 such breakthrough infections, Walensky said, including 396 people who required hospitalization and 74 who died. [CDC Director] Walensky said some of these infections have occurred because the vaccinated person did not mount a strong immune response. But the concern is that in some cases, they are occurring in people infected by more contagious virus variants.”
Stephen King, The Institute, encapsulating the problem with we Americans nowadays as well: “Luke realized he wasn’t a child at all to her. She had made some crucial separation in her mind. He was a test subject. You made it do what you wanted, and if it didn’t, you administered what the psychologists called negative reinforcement. And when the tests were over? You went down to the break room for coffee and Danish and talked about your own kids (who were real kids) or bitched about politics, sports, whatever.”
Personal: Watched “Nobody” this evening. Really quite enjoyable.
The Basket Tree is pretty.
In a kiln, a set of three drooping cones can monitor the effects of temperature on the pottery items being fired:
The pyrometric cone is a small pyramidal cone made of the same materials as other ceramics, plus a bonus material called flux. It is stood up in the kiln next to the items being fired. As the cone is heated, it droops over like it’s falling asleep. When a specific temperature equivalent heatwork is reached, that cone’s tip will touch the ground.
“Sinomacrops bondei, apparently evolution’s answer to the question, ‘what if frog, but also bat, but also dragon?‘” SO CUTE.
Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios CEO: “We did a special shoot of Luis recapping the entire 10-year history of the MCU for San Diego Comic-Con when we announced Michelle Pfeiffer playing Janet van Dyne. I’m sure it’s around somewhere…”
This baby chimp was born with broken ribs, had pneumonia, and was abandoned by his own mother. A human couple raised him and showed him love. Today — this is how he reacts whenever he sees them.
Porcelain baby tiger. 🙂
@TheEbiraWitch: “Men’s inability to show and properly communicate their feelings and emotions does NOT make them logical. Emotion is NOT the opposite of logic. You’re NOT a logical being because you haven’t cried since you were 8.”
Woman on a Beach: “If we’re the only beings that are conscious of this universe, us looking up and appreciating it is a very good thing, right? I’m almost certain we’re the only ones. So if we’re not conscious of it, it’s meaningless, isn’t it? If we occasionally look into space and think about it, then the universe will not be lonely.”
miss-nerd-alert: “Studies were conducted where owners would listen to recordings of cats vocalizations and try to determine what the meow meant. Owners could identify what their own cat wanted (food, attention, help) based on the meow they heard, but couldn’t for other cats. Your cats aren’t just learning a new language, they straight up invent a secret code that only you understand.”
NASA’s Black Hole Field Guide: