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  1. https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexperience/features/banned-adventures-huckleberry-finn/
  2. Yep. I wasn't sure if anybody had heard of it or not.
  3. I haven't posted in this thread in a very long time, but I just had a funny conversation with my wife. Mrs. Karamazov volunteers for an organization that encourages young girls (like elementary and middle school) to run. They practice a couple of times a week, and today was their end-of-program 5K. Mrs. Karamazov has some knee issues and she wears a specially-built brace when she runs. Anyway, a group of girls was lagging behind her a little bit, and one of them shouted out as encouragement to the others "Hey look that lady's wearing a knee brace -- we can't lose to her!" She was all
  4. Covid affects people in really strange ways. From the article: It's weird and extremely counter-intuitive that a respiratory coronavirus would cause blood clots or kidney problems, but yet it apparently does.
  5. I think we're going to learn a lot more about "long covid" in the coming months. My vague sense is that for understandable reasons, it hasn't been a super-high research priority, but it's likely to get more study now that we're getting the pandemic under control.
  6. This is the type of covert psy-ops that a competent government might roll out as a way of minimizing the harm of anti-vaxxers.
  7. This was actually the part of covid that scared me the most. Such a weird disease.
  8. Most of the people who in my little orbit who talk about cancel culture are center-left types. Conor Friedersdorf, Jesse Singal, Matt Taibbi, and folks like that along with the usual round-up of libertarians and Never Trumpers. Of course, what all those people have in common is a shared commitment to small-l liberalism. That's what differentiates them from the woke puritans in the progressive community and the authoritarian QAnon types on the right. If you're a liberal who likes viewpoint diversity, wokeness and its open hostility to free speech norms is going to rub you the wrong wa
  9. You're arguing about a very-online phenomenon with a person who literally didn't know what a TED talk was until a month or so ago.
  10. I disagree. I view the CDC in much the same way that I view the military. I don't want the president drawing up battle plans for his generals, but I do want our civilian leadership making the ultimate decisions about when we deploy our military and (broadly) how it gets deployed. Similarly, CDC and FDA scientists are better-positioned than any president to talk about the scientific merits of a particular drug -- that expertise is helpful. But these agencies have no business unilaterally deciding how much weight we should assign to Type I errors (approving a bad drug) vs. Type II errors
  11. The Biden administration has done pretty well on vaccines, but as usual you're lapsing into hyperbole here. I don't know why you do this, but it's part of a broad pattern. Nobody/nothing is ever just "good" or "above average" or even "really good" -- they're always the best thing to come along since Eisenhower (Hillary), Sam Rayburn (Pelosi) or the Apollo program (lol). It's a weird tic. Specifically, Biden should get dinged a bit for not surging vaccines into Michigan, allowing the CDC to pause the J&J vaccine, not exporting some of our vaccine stockpile to India, and advocating f
  12. Nope, first time. Our plan is to spend Thursday bar-hopping with everybody else and then do touristy stuff on Friday and Saturday. I heard the aquarium is cool, and it looks like there are swamp tours and bike tours and things like that to do.
  13. This is all great news. What better way to spend a Friday afternoon/evening than setting aside the partisan sniping to celebrate success?
  14. I hadn't really considered this parallel before, and I don't think I agree with it. Goldwater was a highly ideological candidate, but he was well within the bounds of what's normal in American politics. Reagan was basically Goldwater 2.0, and if the GOP was still friendly to Goldwaterism I might be more closely aligned with that party. Instead, the GOP is just a personality cult built around Trump, and Trump is one of the more un-ideological political figures to come along in recent memory. Also, Nixon is not a good parallel to Trump. They both got impeached, of course, but Nixo
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