I didn't pick up on hardly any of this when I read this one back in school, but reading it now, in the middle of (gestures at everything) this— it hits different. It actually means something.
The Joads have just been trampled on by the rich. Literally forced off their own land because someone with deeper pockets and bigger financial interests just wanted them out of the way.
This book is unfortunately the timeless American tale of how the rich will betray the poor and how the poor try to survive against impossible odds. It might give you hope. It might resonate with the resentment you already feel. It might give you a framework to understand or explain your reaction to what we've seen in the United States in the recent past. You might find Grapes full of shocking double standards, where the rich get a different set of rules (read: the rich have fewer rules). You might be stunned at how a novel from 80 years ago accurately describes what we still see today.
Get radicalized with me, and read The Grapes of Wrath.
Here is the full quote from Moderna's article here...
"For the B.1.351 variant, vaccination with the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine produces neutralizing antibody titers that remain above the neutralizing titers that were shown to protect NHPs against wildtype viral challenge. While the Company expects these levels of neutralizing antibodies to be protective, pseudovirus neutralizing antibody titers were approximately 6-fold lower relative to prior variants. These lower titers may suggest a potential risk of earlier waning of immunity to the new B.1.351 strains."
Does "6 fold lower" mean 6 times less effective? If the vaccine was shown to be over 90% effective for the older variants, is this any cause for concern?
I know Moderna is looking into the possibility of a third booster shot.
It seems like almost every time I watch a movie, I end up turning the volume up super high to listen to the characters talk, and then immediately get deafened when an action sequence plays. I'm not sure if it is my tv, but I've had this problem everywhere. Please let me know if you had this problem too.
Title, basically. Relative posted videos on fb of herself in DC on riot day. No videos from her directly inside the Capitol but she was at the trump rally, marched down to the Capitol, mysteriously posted nothing for maybe 45mins-hr, then suddenly was a 5 min walk away from the Capitol filming saying “the media is lying there’s no violence.” 🙄 She’s super q’d and was all about the “revolution” rhetoric and I’m preeeeetty positive I saw her in someone else’s video of the insurrection so. She’s def the type who would go in.
I’m pretty anxious about talking to them even though I shouldn’t be. My partner keeps telling me that I did nothing wrong and in fact did the right thing but my don’t-rock-the-boat mom isn’t so sure. Mom also mentioned that I better hope my grandparents don’t find out it was me that turned her in. I’m hopeful that our relationship is strong enough that I can say “the fbi just wanted to know who all was there so they could get more info, if she didn’t do anything illegal then she has nothing to worry about” and still be ok but my grandfather has gone pretty trumpy the last 4 years. I don’t know how he feels about him after all the election antics though.
I’m surprised they want to come talk to me first instead of just going straight to her? I gave them her address and everything so it’s not like they need that. Has anyone else had to do this? Ugh I’ve got knots in my stomach over it.
I can’t be the only one wondering this. I joined way back when to see news and updates about the ps5, ask and find answers about support issues, and to see new game announcements and trailers—that kind of thing.
I don’t care to see any more screenshots, of anything.
I don’t care that you just beat a demon’s souls boss.
I don’t care that you pulled out a clutch win on Cold War.
I don’t want to see a heavily awarded post asking what game you should play first.
I couldn’t give a shit that you got the world record in a time trial in Astro’s playroom.
These kinds of posts utterly dominate this sub and posts I come here for are few and far between. So, instead of downvoting by default I’m hoping at least one person can direct me to a sub more in line with what I’m here for.
I don’t care if I’m coming off as a dick, I can’t stomach seeing another generic screenshot post with fucking thirty awards.
My sister has had a tumor for awhile now and the doctors in charge of her case have epically failed in terms of treatment (long story, but we moved her care and her son-my nephew-is suing the former doctors for negligence). In the beginning, she could still work and care for herself, now she can barely move. I have a lot of PTO saved and after talking with my boss, have decided I am going to go stay with her for a couple of weeks. I also plan to quarantine after I get back and get tested, so we’re all good there.
I do not get along with a certain co-worker. She’s always late, always cuts corners and leaves a lot of the slack to me. I didn’t intentionally tell her what’s going on in my personal life but she overheard me telling a co-worker who was a friend. Ever since, she’s asked me about my sister, which is nice but she always manages to make it about herself. I’ve tolerated that. Ever since I told her I was going to see my sister, however, she’s kept calling it “a vacation”. She’s irritated I’m going because for once she’ll have to do her job and maybe show up on time (our boss has had several talks with her and made it clear she can’t pull this crap while I’m gone). She keeps asking when I’m coming back and I eventually told her, I might be gone longer than expected. My boss knows that if my sister needs me, I’ll be applying for extra time off under FMLA and she plans to support me through it.
My co-worker, however, is stressing out. Ever since I told her I might not be coming back for awhile, she’s asked my expected return date. My answer is always the same “I leave x date, I hope to return y, but if my sister needs me, I’ll be staying longer. And it's not a vacation." I also put the dates on the calendar. Yesterday, she asked again.
I snapped. I told her “I’ve let you know the dates every day for the past week. I’m leaving x date, I may return y if my sister is taken care of. And it is not a vacation, I’m going down there to take care of her, not go to a theme park or relax. My entire time will be cooking her meals, helping her with chores and taking her to doctor’s appointments. Now stop asking me. If you forget, I’ve got the dates written on our communal calendar.”
She was in shock and started stammering over herself, getting really upset. She then made a comment about how she wants to know because she wants to take her son’s February break off to be with him. I said our boss should approve that, but I’m not coming back early if she doesn’t.... keep reading on reddit ➡
By saying psychedelic drugs - I mean 5HT2A receptor agonists: LSD and psilocybin.
These substances are orders of magnitude less harmful to the body than alcohol. In fact, in recreational doses they haven't ever been shown to possess have any poisonous qualities at all, meanwhile alcohol is found to be hepatotoxic and neurotoxic already at low recreational doses and is capable of destroying almost every single organ with chronic use.
Physical addiction of psychedelics is usually thought to be impossible, as use of these drugs result in immediate increased tolerance because of downregulation of serotonin receptors. It is impossible to binge these drugs longer than 3 days even when possessing ridiculous quantities of them. In the other hand - alcohol is known for particularly nasty physical addiction which makes withdrawals physically dangerous and can result in epileptic seizures, delirious states and even death.
Any real dependence of psychedelics is very rare. Even for an experienced user it always takes at least some courage to drop. Willingness to use drug is actually lower after consumption than before. Weekly use of psychedelics is said to be "heavy use", weekly use of alcohol among certain social groups is the norm and is not even seen as a cause of concern (even though it is). Alcohol often results in dependence, even in users who are vary of their alcohol consumption - up to 1/5 of all people who have tried alcohol become dependant on it one time or another.
Current scientific evidence show that use of psychedelics is less harmful psychologically than consumption of alcohol, as consumption of psychedelics does not seem to increase prevelance of any mental illness in studies which control for other factors. Alcohol equivalent of "bad-trip" causes just as bad outcomes, just because it doesn't seem as unpleasant to the user itself doesn't mean it is less bad.
Negative side-effects of psychedelics for the most part have equally negative side-effects in alcohol itself. Drug-induced psychosis has been found to also be induced by alcohol. For example - alcohol at high doses is capable on causing dangerous, violent and delirious states which in level of intoxication mimic or are even worse than comparable states induced by high doses of psychedelics. Violence under the influence of LSD is very rare but under the influence of alcohol it is relatively common.
My view did not get changed per se but still it made me look at the issue in a... keep reading on reddit ➡
It feels like the game is trying to rush me through the story - it’s a bit annoying to be honest. Anyone else felt that?
Edit: since this is getting some attention. Let’s open it up to discussions on ways they could improve on the idea. I think the idea is creative with lots of potential but was just poorly executed - especially when the most interesting characters are from side missions. Like the guy who wants to make a snuff film in the cave lol.
For example, a straightforward potential solution would have been to reduce side missions resistance points but increased the cash payout to still incentivize players doing them.
Edit2: annnd that ditz Faith just got me high while I was in the middle of a treasure hunt. If I had that high quality of a psychedelic, I’d be floating around Rock Base Lake on intertubes with the Hurk and Cheeseburger, having a couple casuals and doing my best not to get my smokes wet. What a waste of a trip.
Merry Christmas folks. I know for many people, large family gathering is a blessing. But for some of us it’s also a bit stressful. Hang in there! They will be out of your house soon. :)
ETA: we are spending a quiet Christmas physically distanced from relatives. But by god, holiday Zoom calls are still awkward. And need hiding from.
My husband(32) does airbnb in his house ( I also live there). He bought the house after our wedding. It is a 6 rooms house. Last december I was pregnant and my mother was coming to help me with the new born. I have reserved a room in the house for her by blocking the dates. My husband unblocked the dates without asking me. He said to me that my mom will sleep in my first born room. He is paying the bill, its his house, he will do what he wants whether I like it or not. We've been together for 15 years now, he bought the house 2 years after our wedding. I used to live overseas. I became pregnant again 1 month after I came to USA with our first born and I wasn't working at the moment . As he decided, my mom came and slept in our first born room during her stay. From this day, since I understood that he is not consider me as a partner, I have decided to not let anyone ( family or friends) that want to visit me to stay at his house. If someone from my family or my country wants to visit me, they will have to stay at a hotel or reserve an airbnb room. All my family understands that and my close friends also. I have a friend who come from my country and she wanted to see me before going to another state. She will come in the city where I live and we've decided it will be better for her to rent an airbnb room. My husband said to me I am being petty when I do that, and everybody will have a bad impression of him. I would want to know if I am an asshole for deciding to not letting anyone stay at his house anymore?
I'm a college-educated professional, my brother still lives with our mom, and the two of them are conspiracy theory nutjobs who think that their ignorance is better than my degrees. Usually, it is "just" the two of them agreeing (and being wrong together) to be contrarian to me and mocking me and patting each other on the back, unchallenged. A couple months ago, I mentioned an event in my field of expertise, bro thought he'd GOTCHA me by showing me a shitty pseudo-scientific Youtube video saying the opposite of what I said. Mom and bro were so adamant that I was wrong that they demanded a bet. I wanted to bet like $10, but bro demanded $1,000. He was CERTAIN he'd win. I accepted only when mom guaranteed she'd pay if bro fails to pay - she was also certain I'd lose.
Days before the event, it kinda looks like the YT video might be right, but any expert can tell you it's just an illusion. But bro and mom sent me a video of themselves laughing and drinking champagne and mocking me for being such a loser. I told them to wait until the event happens, but the two of them demanded I send them $1k right away and that I was a sore loser and swindling them by not paying them. I ignored their calls, and mom went as far as posting a "callout post" on Facebook to shame ME for not sending her $1k. Ok.
The event happened, and I was of course right. I call bro, who screams at me that I cheated (which is like claiming that I used telekinesis to move the Sun out of the sky lol) and he refuses to pay. Mom went from being very serious about money HAVING to be paid (when she thought I'd lost) to downplaying the bet and claiming that we shouldn't bet money within the family. Suddenly, she went from rabid "GIVE ME MY MONEEEEYYYYY!!!" to "A bet? What bet? There's no bet don't be silly." So I told them that we're not family anymore until I get my money.
I am wealthier than them by a long shot, $1k is pocket change for me, but it's not about money. If bro and mom hadn't be so serious and hellbent on collecting money from me, I would have handwaved the bet away upon winning. Usually, I support the two of them by sending them money punctually, etc, but I decided that I won't support them anymore (or even chat with them on the phone) until they hold up their end of the bargain. Mom has resorted to posting vague "greed destroys families uwu" posts on FB, like I'm the one being greedy here, and cousins/family friends have come to me with concern regarding me "fleecing" my mom... keep reading on reddit ➡
I’m glad I found this subreddit, everything here matches up exactly to what my mum has been putting us through.
It started off with a few whacky conspiracies, it was quite funny to begin with. Flat Earth, 5G, anti-vax, moon landing, underground society in the arctic... you name it, she believed all of them. All. Of. Them.
In the UK, our most popular left wing party is called the Labour Party. She has supported Labour all her life, but for some absolutely insane reason she is a believer in Trump and QAnon, which is the antithesis to what her political beliefs normally are.
She honestly believes that the USA is under military rule as part of the constitution, and that there is no current president. Just so everyone is aware, military rule is not mentioned in the constitution at all... anyway...
I have found that restricting access to any and all social media - without her knowledge - via the router works to some degree. On one hand, my mum is now convinced that she is right and that she is being spied on, but on the other hand she is not exposed to it any more and can’t keep up with the latest news.
Her work laptop has a VPN that gets around blocking sites, but I ended up restricting internet access to it completely before and after her regular work hours and that seems to work.
I also managed to install Google Family Link on her phone and tablet and set myself as the parent. I set her account as the child, meaning she now can’t download any new confounded messaging apps that QAnon all congregate to whenever another one of their platforms gets shut down. I used an entirely new email with a similar name to hers. I named myself, the parent account, the same as her name, just to confuse her and make her think she’s done it to herself somehow.
This might only work in very rare cases, but it’s worth a try if you get the chance. If they believe they are right, then I can personally live with that and let it die out very slowly due to a lack of exposure. It has turned her into an almost unrecognisable person, but we have had a lot of talks with her and in combination with restricting her access I think we’re starting to get her back.
Edit: I’ve never had a gold before, thank you so much and I’m glad that this helped you.
I'm 17F who has relatives that are damn kaypoh in every aspect of my life. Some examples of the shit they probably will ask:
"ah girl which JC/poly you enter?"
"eh what stream you go ah"
"walao why u go XXX JC you cannot make into RJC ah"
"how much you score? My friend daughter's friend son's girlfriend got into RVHS leh"
"you got study boh why ur score so bad???"
"why u end up MI is it bc u cannot make into JC???"
"back in my day hor, I never study and I work 3 PT jobs in mekdonals still get AAA/A go med school leh, why u liddis???"
After 4 years of nonstop questions and interrogation, I finally had enough and siam from new year gathering in 2019. Used working part time as excuse to absent myself.
Anybody gonna siam far far from family gatherings? Pls send survival tips 🙏🙏🙏
PS, considering to show face, but whenever they ask stupid qns I'll give them pagro and sarcastic ans. For real, their questions are damn 无聊 why bother asking.