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So I noticed everyone is wearing masks again in Florida.

Just came back from Costco where 2 weeks ago maybe 10% of the people wore masks now almost a 100%. No mandate just common people using common sense.

Most people just don't want to get sick and get others sick. The maskholes and the doomsters are a true minority. Only loud on social media. But in reality both groups are a tiny part of real Americans who are simply going about their lives.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat Jul 31, 2021, 01:46 PM (27 replies)

Germany walks out of Olympics match after racist attacks by Honduras team.

Shame on Honduras. Such overt racism has no place in the Olympics. Good for Germany for standing up for what is right.

WAKAYAMA, Japan (AP) — Germany’s Olympic soccer team walked off the field during a preparation match for the Tokyo Games on Saturday in response to alleged racist abuse from an opposing Honduras player toward German defender Jordan Torunarigha.

The players left the field together with five minutes remaining in the game after Torunarigha was “racially insulted,” the German soccer federation said on Twitter.

“If one of our players is racially abused, it’s not an option for us to keep playing,” Germany coach Stefan Kuntz said.“It was hard to get him in, he was terribly upset because he said he was repeatedly racially abused,” Kuntz continued. “For us it’s clear, this violates our values, we cannot tolerate it. We’ll take our player completely under our protection.”


Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sun Jul 18, 2021, 07:00 AM (20 replies)

How to Rearrange Your Post-Pandemic 'Friendscape'


Any traumatic experience — like a breakup, health scare, death in the family or financial crisis — has a way of destabilizing social networks. We instinctively gravitate toward those who provide comfort and support and reflexively withdraw from those who drain and drag us down.

It was no different at the height of the pandemic, except that the risk of infection meant we had to be more intentional, and maybe even a little calculating, about who we allowed in our orbit. For many, the pruning process was illuminating, if not a little liberating. Covid-19 provided an excuse to shed unsatisfying and unfulfilling relationships, while giving people the time and space to strengthen bonds with those they truly cared about.

Indeed, depressed friends make it more likely you’ll be depressed, obese friends make it more likely you’ll become obese, and friends who smoke or drink a lot make it more likely you’ll do the same. The reverse is also true: You will be more studious, kind and enterprising if you consort with studious, kind and enterprising people. That is not to say that you should abandon friends when they are having a hard time. But it’s a good idea to be mindful of who you are spending the majority of your time with — whether on- or off-line — because your friends’ prevailing moods, values and behaviors are likely to become your own.

What are the hallmarks of good foreground friends? Foremost, they make you feel better about the world and about yourself. They are there for you, listen to you and, while they may not always agree with you, they get you. There’s a sense of mutuality and reciprocity in terms of helping and engagement. And crucially, you fundamentally enjoy being with them, just as they enjoy being with you.

Interesting piece that raised some eyebrows by recommending to distance oneself from your depressed and obese friends. that Twitter bait aside they is a lot to recommend in terms of looking at one's friendships and avoiding people that seem to bring you down rather than lift you up or whose lifestyle choices are a bad influence on where you want to be and become.
After all we have our family to visit with a few times a year if we really need exposure to that sort of thing.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 07:34 PM (6 replies)

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Wed Jun 2, 2021, 12:14 AM (25 replies)

I miss Phil Hartman.... One of the funniest political SNL bits ever from 1992

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat May 29, 2021, 12:19 PM (9 replies)

San Francisco's ban on flavored vape products helps struggling cigarette industry.

San Francisco banned flavored vapes in 2018 in an attempt to stem the tide of young people vaping.

The ban is a success with young people turning to more organic and natural choices such as cigarettes made with American tobacco. The cigarette industry is seeing a 30% increase in sales as a result of the ban and San Francisco and the State of cCalifornia are seeing increased tax revenue as well.

Hopefully, a flavor ban can be enacted nationwide with similar results allowing the almost dormant tobacco industry to fight back against the vaping scourge.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu May 27, 2021, 12:00 PM (6 replies)

For all you DU scientists out there.

I have an experiment for you. Take a football stadium. Cover the entire football field in tile. Put a small rug at the 50 yard line. Time how long it takes my bloody cat to throw up on the rug.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu May 27, 2021, 10:38 AM (19 replies)

Should Biden commute Trump's sentence to life in prison for the good of the nation?

What post headlines would you like to see in 2022?
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Wed May 26, 2021, 12:29 AM (14 replies)

The biggest vaccination gap isn't based on race or partisanship. It's based on class.


It is common to hear about two different demographic groups that are hesitant to receive a Covid-19 vaccination: Republican voters and racial minorities, especially Black and Latino Americans.

The two groups seem to have different motivations. For Republicans, the attitude is connected to a general skepticism of government and science. For Black and Hispanic Americans, it appears to stem from the country’s legacy of providing substandard medical treatment, and sometimes doing outright harm, to minorities.

These ideas all have some truth to them. But they also can obscure the fact that many unvaccinated Republicans and minorities have something in common: They are working class. And there is a huge class gap in vaccination behavior.

As you can see, working-class members of every group are less likely to have received a vaccine and more likely to be skeptical. “No matter which of these groups we looked at, we see an education divide,” Mollyann Brodie, who oversees the Kaiser surveys, told me. In some cases, different racial groups with the same education levels — like Black and white college graduates — look remarkably similar.

Class in study after study is a bigger divider in outcomes than race. Yet we focus on one when the science is telling us to focus on the other.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon May 24, 2021, 10:30 AM (2 replies)

The Obama library is coming to Chicago. Will local residents be displaced?


But the development, expected to break ground this fall, has not arrived without controversy. Over the last six years, the Obama Foundation, which will fund the OPC, and the city of Chicago have courted scrutiny from two groups: park preservationists upset at a private development being built on public land, and community organizers who fear that low-income Black neighbors will be displaced by rising rents and land speculation.

A major flashpoint has been affordable housing. A University of Illinois at Chicago study found that housing prices in the area rose between 2010 and 2017. “While rents vary, there is clear evidence of rising rents in newly renovated and new construction units, which the majority of current renters cannot afford,” researchers wrote.

Some residents and community organizers have spent years saying the city, the Obama Foundation and others should reach an agreement that sets jobs aside for locals, protects affordable housing and supports Black businesses.

There has been a trend in the idea that we cannot improve our housing stock because it will displace the neighborhood. Which both ignores the ever changing nature of cities as well as common sense and decency. This is particularly strange in a declining city like Chicago that is bleeding residents and has been for a while.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon May 24, 2021, 10:20 AM (1 replies)
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