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East Side Story!


By Richard Sandomir, 04/14/21

Frank Jacobs, Mad Magazine Writer With a Lyrical Touch, Dies at 91

He deftly mocked pop culture, politics and more for 57 years. He also wrote new lyrics for familiar songs, which led to a lawsuit from Irving Berlin and others.

A fan of musical theater, Mr. Jacobs teamed with Mr. Drucker to turn “West Side Story” into “East Side Story,” a musical battle at the United Nations between gangs led by the United States and the Soviet Union. The Soviet premier (and gang leader) Nikita Khrushchev sang:

When you’re a Red
You’re a Red all the way
From your first Party purge
To your last power play!
When you’re a Red,
You’ve got agents galore;
You give prizes for peace
While they stir up a war.

Back in the day when I was a sophomore in high school I convinced our legendary drama teacher, Mrs. Sparks, to put together a production of the entire satirical Mad Magazine piece for a school assembly. It was pretty f*ing amazing.


Workers, visitors still aren’t coming back to downtown Portland

Published: Feb. 16, 2022, 6:33 a.m.

The numbers suggest Portland still has significant work ahead in rebuilding downtown’s appeal.

By Mike Rogoway | The Oregonian/OregonLive
Nearly two years after COVID-19 shut down the city’s core, new data indicates that large numbers of visitors and workers still haven’t returned to downtown Portland.

But still, there’s this:

 “From a public health perspective, Portland has substantially outperformed most of the country during the pandemic. The Portland area has suffered 111 COVID-19 deaths for every 100,000 residents, less than half the national rate. Economists and public health experts attribute Portland’s success both to government health measures as well as vaccinations and other steps that residents took to reduce their risk from the virus.”


Merci milles fois mes ami/es

for giving me hearts and including me in this fine DU tradition. They are much appreciated.

Pfizer versus Moderna side effects

Had my fourth shot yesterday and chose Moderna based on my understanding that it is somewhat more protective than Pfizer’s vaccine. My arm is considerably more sore and I’m feeling much more fatigued today than on the days following each of my 3 Pfizer shots.

Am curious about others’ experiences with mixing vaccines.

Who knew about that 4th vaccine dose?!

Although I rarely watch CNN, I happened to tune in yesterday morning via the Pluto streaming channel and learned that the CDC had recommended a 4th vaccine for immune compromised people like Moi. The gist of the conversation on CNN was that the public was largely unaware of the CDC’s recommendation because the language concerning it is confusing.

Which explained the otherwise mysterious little red alert in my health company app related to an overdue Covid-19 vaccine. Made an appointment for next week and selected Moderna, even though my first three shots were Pfizer. Fingers crossed!

Wasn't there a special maneuver that would allow

a bill passed in the House to be passed in the Senate by a simple majority vote?

Apple ID Question

Awhile back I changed my Apple ID on my computer to reflect a different email address. I thought I did the same thing on my iPhone, but my phone gives my old email as my Apple ID. I don’t even remember my previous password and now I’m worried that if I try changing my phone ID and password I’ll somehow lock myself out of my phone or otherwise mess things up.

Any insights and/or advice would be appreciated.

Interesting chart on mask protection!

N95 Respirator Cleaning and Reuse Methods


N95 Masks Can be Rotated, 1 Mask Every 3–4 Days

Use 3–4 masks, numbered on the outside as 1–4, for each day. They can be used each day in numerical order. All SARS-CoV-2 viruses on the mask will be dead in 3 days (2). Masks should be kept at room temperature (21–23°C [70–73°F]) and 40% humidity. There is no change in the mask's properties.

N95 Masks Can be Heated at 70°C (158°F) for 60 Min

Masks will retain 98.5% FE after heating for 24 h, and masks may be heated multiple times without a loss of FE. Hang the mask in an oven using plastic or wooden clips. If the mask contacts or is < 6” from hot metal, there may be severe material compromise and charge loss. For damaged elastic bands, equivalent elastic may be restapled onto the mask.

More important information included in the article.
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