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  1. It is really remarkable how much Joe's consistent and honest expressions of empathy are affecting me now. I was not enthused about Biden at the beginning of the primaries - a lot of the other dem contenders had more appealing policies and more rhetorical connection for me. That said, I'm now so excited to have him as president. The need for a role model who actually cares about his/her fellow humans, with real empathy, is so great now. It should be assumed that any leader would want to understand and empathize, but the modern GOP has demonized that trait to the point that they n
  2. Yuck. https://www.theguardian.com/film/2020/oct/21/rudy-giuliani-faces-questions-after-compromising-scene-in-new-borat-film
  3. I hope he passes quickly and painlessly. The world will be a better place without him.
  4. Hope for the best. One of the most amazing acting performances I've ever seen was his in Fearless (from 1993). I think about that movie all the time, and it's probably been >20 years since I last saw it. It is beautiful and haunting. Can't recommend it enough. Not an easy watch, but so worth it.
  5. It is a core feature of the modern Republican to have the ability to lie and deny obvious provable facts without shame. In fact, they often do it with indignant righteousness. She fits right in.
  6. There is a proliferation of places offering the "quick" test - usually just a saliva or anterior nasal swab, with results in minutes to hours. This test is not reliable enough to use as a diagnostic approach - only 50-60% of people with active infection will have a positive result. Now, if we were using this kind of test in every person every day, that kind of sensitivity might be fine, but as a diagnostic test, it isn't good enough. The deep nasal swab (posterior nasopharynx) with PCR has a far higher sensitivity. People like it a lot less because its quite unpleasant (I've done it a few
  7. Anyone who really thinks that this outcome is the best the US could have done.... I'm sorry, I just don't get it. Every other comparable country has handled this vastly better than the US. I urge everyone to read the recent editorial in the New England Journal of Medicine. It is succinct and damning. nejme2029812.pdf
  8. This virus is still spreading and killing. We are seeing more locally than ever. It is the fault of the morons out there socializing and acting like normal without masking. I'm too tired from seeing patients die of this to argue about whether it is real or not. The stupidity of too many Americans is tragic. The anti-science anti-expert crowd has blood on their hands.
  9. This would have saved thousands and thousands of lives. To block the simple act of saving lives is unforgivable and incomprehensible. The evil of the Trump administration never ceases to amaze me.
  10. That's a red salamander (pseudotriton ruber). Cool.
  11. Some of my favorite pics from this weekend. Fall migration is well underway here. Sunday was particularly good for photos - strong winds here kept the birds low at or near eye level.
  12. I think it is likely true that all NFL owners (probably all billionaires) are dirty in some way and have some shady or immoral/ruthless business practices. I can live with that. I can't abide the kind of sexual exploitation, harassment, misogyny, and predatory behavior that Dan has obviously cultivated in his organization. I hope that this kind of garbage behavior is rare in other organizations, at least to this degree. Perhaps I'm wrong, but this feels like a real outlier for truly gross behavior. The final straw for me was Snyder's pathetic and tone-deaf response where he t
  13. A crowd of hundreds of unmasked people singing at the tops of their voices? This is so stupid. People might die directly because of this event.
  14. I've been a fan since the 1970's. I've missed three games over the last 20 years. I've given this team a ton. I get that there are bad actors and bad sides of nearly every company and large organization. But this team's culture is egregious and awful, and I'm just disgusted. I want be able to tell my daughter that I won't support a team that treats women that way. Some of you can separate the owner and the team, and that's super. I won't judge you. But for me, this team is currently unsupportable.
  15. For years, I thought Snyder was an inept, incompetent, bumbling owner. I thought he wanted to win but just kept getting in his own way. Now, it is clear that he is not only incompetent, he is malevolent. The culture in this franchise is despicable, and indefensible, and his fault. I feel dirty and complicit for having cheered for his team. I love the memories I have of the good times, and I value the friendships that have grown through shared fandom, but I cannot, in good conscience, continue to support this team. I will not be cheering for them until he's gone. I can't wai
  16. That loss would hurt so much more if we weren’t World Series champs.
  17. Soto remains ridiculous. That pitcher's reaction the HR should live on in GIF form forever.
  18. Excited to see Romero's stuff. EDIT, 5 minutes later: It's an inauspicious start.
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