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This nut is fixated on race.

I see a commercial with two parents and two kids. Bishop sees the same commercial. In the commercial, the parents take the kids to soccer practice and band practice.

I don't have kids who go to soccer or band practice, and Bishop probably doesn't, either. I don't feel guilty. Bishop doesn't think that the commercial is telling him that he needs to feel guilty because of that.

In the commercial, the parents drive a mini-van.

I don't drive a mini-van, and Bishop probably doesn't either. I don't feel guilty. Bishop doesn't think that the commercial is telling him that he needs to feel guilty because of that.

In the commercial, the parents cook burgers on a back yard gas grill.

I don't cook burgers on a back yard gas grill, and Bishop may or may not, but I don't feel guilty, and Bishop doesn't think that the commercial is telling him that he needs to feel guilty because of that.

In the commercial, the father takes a pill for ED.

I don't need to take a pill for ED, and perhaps Bishop doesn't need to, and I don't feel guilty, and Bishop doesn't think that the commercial is telling him that he needs to feel guilty because of that.

In the commercial, the father is black and the mother is white.

I'm white, and Bishop is too. I don't feel guilty. But Randy thinks the commercial is telling him that he needs to feel guilty because the father is black. Randy has a severe problem.

It isn't necessary to immediately keep using a colored letter

Try out other letters to rule possibilities in or out.

I just figured out how to post these grids.

Wordle 295 4/6


WordHurdle 163 5/6 #wordhurdle #peace


Hey, TB, did you see my response to you a week ago about trying choices for missing letters?


My partner tells me that there is a "hard" mode of Wordle, though, in which you have to keep using the letters that get colored green and orange, rather than test out other words to rule more letters in or out at once, as I was explaining how to do in my post last week. Maybe you're playing the hard mode...

Good luck!

I've been cooking all my life, main dishes, sides, desserts...

I've never seen a prep time that came close to how long it takes me. Usually at least one and a half to two times as long.

I don't think, though, that prep time is meant to include baking time. It's supposed to be the time to mix ingredients and get the pan into the oven.

Prep time doesn't include realizing your sugar jar is almost empty so you need to empty another bag of sugar into it, or rummaging through your spice cupboard and the overflow spice cupboard for the strange spice you haven't used in a recipe in four years, or replacing a fuse after running your hand mixer and microwave at the same time blows it out.

Just because you figured out that the 2nd through 5th letters are "ound"

Doesn’t mean you can only try words that have those letters in those locations. If h b f and r are candidates, think of words that use 2 or 3 of those letters so as to rule the letters in or out. (Or, if it were to exist, which it doesn’t, a word with all four of the letters.) I don’t know it it’s in the wordle dictionary of allowed words but you could try “bragh” which uses three of the letters. Or try “abhor” which also uses 3 of the 4. Maybe you find yourself in a situation where you can only find a real word that uses two of the four. So use that. You don’t have to only pick words with O as the 2nd letter, u as the 3rd letter and so on.
As an example for today’s wordle I started with a word with three vowels and two common constants. The first letter, which was a consonant, was correctly positioned and colored green. Two vowels were both orange—letters in the solution but not in the correct position. For my 2nd try I used a word with all different letters but it contained a Y and the 4h vowel. The vowel turned green and one of the consonants turned orange. So now I know all five correct letters and the correct positions for two of them. And there’s only one word to try that meets those requirements—the solution. Yes, I was a bit lucky in my guesses but the same process can be applied if the first one or two guesses aren’t so lucky. Just don’t repeat letters in your tries if you don’t have to and you can test more candidate letters in the tries you have available.

True meta is when you get pop-ups telling you

how many pop-ups telling you how many pop-ups have been blocked have been blocked.

I don't know how anyone dares to use a laptop in a presentation any more, what with any number of popups that could appear at any time. [It's been 30 days since your last order of Fungus-B-Gone! Do you want to purchase now?] I guess you could disconnect the computer from the Internet but that wouldn't stop the popups on your computer related to internal timing, or warning you that you're not connected to the Internet.

Here's a thought experiment for you, wnylib.

Imagine a population where for every 1 person unvaccinated against COVID, 10 are vaccinated. Among the unvaccinated, 10 per some denominator, say 100,000, become ill with COVID and have to go to the hospital. Among the vaccinated, only 1 per 100,000 become ill and have to go to the hospital. That would result in the same number of unvaccinated and vaccinated in the hospital due to COVID. But if you're vaccinated, you only have 1/10 the chance of ending up in the hospital as an unvaccinated person.

In the real world, the fractions, percentages, and ratios are different, but it's the same sort of effect at work. A low rate in a large population can appear to balance a high rate in a small population.

Now, imagine if none of the population were vaccinated. The hospitals would be horribly overwhelmed (beyond what they already are). Vaccinations have many beneficial effects for an individual, for cutting down on the spread of disease, and also for keeping hospitals from being devastated.

Watching a minute of Hannity makes my stomach churn.

If I were the man being interviewed, every time I was rudely interrupted, I'd instantly stop speaking and hold up a sign that read something like, "I'm the expert here. Shut up and let me speak, you idiot."

It's one thing to see the COVID infection rate graph for my county turn into a vertical wall

in the past week, and it's quite another to physically experience just why that is happening.

I wear an N95 mask whenever I'm around anyone outside my little bubble. I don't go to any big events or indoor events. I go to two grocery stores about once a week or a hardware store and a handful of other such places every few weeks. At these stores, the staff is uniformly masked, and most of the shoppers are masked, with an uptick in masking as the local infection rate has risen since August. Customers in those stores keep a respectful distance from me, even the unmasked ones, and I from them. Why, I wondered, is the infection rate in my county more than doubling in the past week? Last night I got a glimpse of why.

On a whim, I decided to do something I very, very rarely do, which is to order take-out meals for us from a very, very popular local chicken fast food restaurant. I ordered online, and was given a time to arrive to pick up my order. I go to the restaurant and the inside is absolutely packed with people of all ages, but mostly younger, college age kids. Almost no one has a mask on, and those few who are wearing a mask have it under their nose, or under their chin, and if under the nose they still pull it down to expose their mouth when they talk to the person next to them. People are milling around waiting to order, jamming up against the cashier's counter, pushing by me ignoring my personal space, crowding together to pick up their orders at the counter, squeezed around the drink dispenser and the condiments and the napkins and the cup lids and straws, talking loudly and yelling and acting silly and behaving as if all our COVID precautionary behaviors of the past two years have not imprinted on them in the slightest. Is this what it will look like in a couple months in Florida spring break bars, I wondered.

The staff behind the counter were acting similarly careless, though I had more pity on them since their work area was so cramped. But still, among them, there were wearing masks inappropriately, under the nose and under the chin, or not at all. They were jammed against each other filling orders and passing orders out the drive-through window (which always has a 30 minute line of waiting cars, which is why I hadn't used it). I squeezed into a corner until I figured out that my pick-up order was waiting for me on a shelf behind me and then I got out of there as fast as I could. From what I could see, not a single other person of the dozens and dozens there were taking any precautions beyond the masks worn apparently for show as if they were a postmodern fashion statement.

I realized after I got home with the food and we ate that I felt very shaken, very disturbed. I felt like I was seeing a crowd playing Russian roulette, not just with themselves but with all of us, and with me. The infection rate in my county has jumped faster than it ever has since the start of the pandemic. On Christmas the rate was 33 per 100K, on Dec 31 it was 47, and on Jan 7 it was 100.

This is why we can't have good things.

Sorry, not _quite_ true.

You said, "Which honestly, is very unlike any other vaccines we've ever had. Polio, smallpox, and the like completely prevented the disease."

Looking up smallpox and polio vaccination prevention percentages at the CDC...

"Historically, the vaccine has been effective in preventing smallpox infection in 95% of those vaccinated."
Boosters were recommended after five years.

"Two doses of inactivated polio vaccine (IPV) are 90% effective or more against polio; three doses are 99% to 100% effective."
And so they recommended FOUR doses.

Perhaps there are vaccines among "the like" that do give 100% immunity with one dose; I don't know about that.

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