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Yeah, people are still dying at an alarming rate from COVID, but it's no longer headline news so that's tantamount to it being a cured illness, right?
Out of sight out of mind.
As long as we all act like it can't get us, then it can't get us.
Surely the camps won't be used for me, right? Momma said I was special!
I spend my days in a library and nights in a homeless shelter, and they both sound like tuberculosis wards.
There appears to be zero social disapprobation to constantly choking out giant wet coughs without even covering one's mouth, let alone masking.
..... and Meanwhile....
From a statistical study at UCLA:
“This is the United States’ largest decline in annual life expectancy since World War II,” Heuveline said, adding that Americans who have died of COVID-19 lost an average of 12 years from their expected lifespans.
And THAT is why nobody cares.... only "old people" die from it.
Ageism is alive and well, however.
What enrages me is when people compare it to colds and flu and RSV
When literally we learned the very precautions to prevent COVID (masking whenever possible, cleaner air, vaccination requirements, time off when sick, things being remote if they could be)
actually are even MORE protective against colds, flu, and RSV
we could have gotten rid of them ALL, and we still could if we just put some effort into that
From personal experience, masking indoors almost all the time (I've had to make some exceptions like dentistry, and I have forgotten my mask a few times, no one is perfect) and getting my flu and pneumonia vaccines every year has actually meant *no* multiple respiratory illnesses per year.
Like, I got covid at the start of this year (would NOT recommend, even vaxxed it sucked and I think I have some long term issues)
but I used to regularly get at least two colds/flus a year
The Spanish paper El Pais reports that the US quietly withdrew two staff workers at the request of Spain's government.#Espionage #Politics #Europe #Spain
Spain expels two US embassy staff for allegedly bribing intelligence agents
Politics is hard and weird and sometimes boring (but often terrifying), but it's important to have a grasp on what's going on around you!
What do you want to see more of?
I spent a fair amount of time working my algorithm. Now I get about 1/3rd booty pics (nice), 1/3rd political/academic stuff (ok, if I have to), and 1/3rd random shit (music, art, cats, moss for some goddamn reason). Mostly by working the hashtags I'm following.
ngl your post was a bit of an inspiration. I originally got on here just to have fun, but got caught up in world events. Which stresses me the fuck out. So gonna try to be more fun
#RepealCitizensUnited: But, from 2018 to 2021, AT&T donated at least $574,500 to the politicians behind Texas' voter suppression legislation. Over the same time period, AT&T donated at least $99,700 to the Georgia politicians behind that state's new law to restrict voting.
She is the most famous Palestinian child in the world right now and millions of people following her life on social media since her first video with Palestinian flag drawn on her face was shared on #TikTok, #Instagram and #Twitter.
"The year 2023 has seen climate records being not just broken, but smashed. With this leap in temperatures came record-breaking heatwaves, wildfires, and floods, exacerbated by other local human actions.
This has taken the Earth into levels of climate warmth not experienced for some 120,000 years, into those of the last interglacial phase, a little warmer than the current one. There is yet more warming in the pipeline over coming centuries as various feedbacks take effect.
A recent study on the effects of this warming on Antarctica’s ice suggests that “policymakers should be prepared for several metres of sea-level rise over the coming centuries” as the pulse of warmth spreads through the oceans to undermine the great polar ice-sheets.
This remains the case even in the most optimistic scenario where carbon dioxide emissions are reduced quickly. But emissions continue to rise steeply, to deepen the climate impact.
Modelling the effects of this pulse through the Earth System shows that this new, suddenly disrupted climate pattern is here for at least 50,000 years and probably far longer. It’s a large part of the way our planet has changed fundamentally and irreversibly, to become comparable to some of the great climate change events in deep Earth history. "
The billionaires behind California Forever (utopia city that tech plutocrats want to build in norther California) are suing local landowners for allegedly jacking up their prices.
The billionaires -- BILLIONAIRES -- accuse the landowners of ... "endless greed."
Gabriel Attal a annoncé une série de mesures pour relever le niveau global des élèves Français : des classes de niveaux, le redoublement décidé par les enseignants mais aussi la création d’un Pôle Emploi junior, bientôt renommé en France Travail Junior, une succursale de Pôle Emploi (futur France Travail) censée accueillir les mineurs que l’Éducation Nationale aura décelés comme futur chômeur.
It's important to note the RSA didn't turn into a vengeful slaughterhouse without Apartheid, but the petty bloodthirsty throngs are still convinced everyone else is going to be genocidally punitive rather than seek peace and justice.
What a tragic and terrible way to go through life. Forever trapped by their own soulless projections. Fearing others after they are free, instead of fearing for others when they are not, shows a deficit of intellectual and emotional development.
Australian Geographic recently published “Antarctica: a continent in crisis” — a special report on how Antarctica is already responding to a warming world.
This is a heartbreakingly sad yet beautifully presented summary of the ongoing and deepening crisis at the bottom of the world.
A short excerpt is below, and I encourage you to read the whole thing.
A document signed by hundreds of scientists from 20 different countries calls for urgent and immediate action to stem what is occurring at Earth’s remote, most southerly region:
“Antarctica is currently experiencing dramatic changes at unprecedented rates, marked by repeated extreme events. These include heatwaves with temperatures soaring up to 40ºC above the average. Both last summer and this winter, sea-ice extent has reached record lows. These changes have happened even faster than scientists predicted.
“This is a critical moment, impacting our well-being, future generations and ecosystems globally. Confronted by this evidence, we urgently call on nations to intensify and exceed their current commitments to greenhouse gas emissions reductions.”
A little segue, my sister just last week returned form a cruise to Antarctica, I was simultaneously envious and disgusted, if that's a thing.
It's something I long wanted to do myself but decided years ago never to do becase of the CO2 emissions, the enviormental damage and the high potential for introduced bacteria and contaminants etc (I know they take precautions but the risk is still high)
Tourism fucks most things, so no reason to assume it won't make Antarctica worse.
From Tom Engelhardt, we get this disturbing (but apt) comparison of the Gaza crisis to our planetary climate/ecology crisis...
Humanity in its time on Earth has already come up with two distinct ways of destroying this planet and everything on it. The first is, of course, nuclear weapons, which once again surfaced in the ongoing nightmare in the Middle East. (An Israeli minister recently threatened to nuke Gaza.) The second is what we’ve come to call “climate change” or “global warming” — the burning, that is, of fossil fuels to desperately overheat our already flaming world. In its own fashion, that could be considered a slow-motion version of the nuking of the planet.
Put another way, in some grim sense, all of us now live in Gaza. Most of us just don’t know it yet.
If you actually do live in Gaza, your life is now officially hell on Earth. Your home has been destroyed, your family members wounded or killed, the hospital you fled to decimated. And that story, sadly enough, has been leading the news day after day for weeks now. But in the process, in some sense even more sadly, the deepest hell of our time has largely disappeared from sight.
I’m thinking about the urge to turn our whole planet into a long-term, slow-motion version of Gaza, to almost literally set it ablaze and destroy it as a habitable place for humanity and so many other species.
In the midst of the ongoing Middle Eastern catastrophe, the latest study by James Hanson, the scientist who first sounded the climate alarm to Congress back in the 1980s, appeared. The study suggested that our planet is heating even more rapidly than expected. The key temperature danger mark, set only eight years ago at the Paris climate agreement, 1.5 degrees Centigrade above the pre-industrial level, could easily be reached not in 2050 or 2040, but by 2030.
Meanwhile, another recent study suggests that humanity’s “carbon budget” — that is, the amount of carbon we can put into the atmosphere while keeping global temperature rise at or under that 1.5-degree mark — is now officially going to hell in a handbasket.
FULL ESSAY -- https://tomdispatch.com/a-slow-motion-gaza/
So far as we, the physicists, are concerned, we are no politicians and it has never been our wish to meddle in politics. But we know a few things that the politicians do not know. And we feel the duty to speak up and to remind those responsible that there is no escape into easy comforts, there is no distance ahead for proceeding little by little and delaying the necessary changes into an indefinite future, there is no time left for petty bargaining.
-- Albert Einstein, 1945