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    Reading, writing, gardening, taking (not especially good) pictures, knitting; (recently) reading court filings. Not interested in: ironing

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  1. She says it's "just the NYT tracker app." (I don't have an Apple watch so dunno beyond that, lol) She's Upper West Side, I'm Fairfield County CT.
  2. re Delta transmission Yes. I'm with my UWS sister-in-law at the moment, who has a zip code tracker on her watch (!). The % of total cases that have been confirmed as Delta range from 50-80%. This is where we were in CT a week ago, but as of yesterday the Delta/total cases % hit 50%. Yale-New Haven is now messaging around the tagline "you have two paths ahead of you: get vaccinated or get COVID" We always knew we were in a race, vaccinate to herd immunity around the whole globe, or watch helplessly as new variants arose that beat the vaccines. *At this moment* the existing vaccines seem to be holding *reasonably well* againt *this* variant. But unless/until we get to herd across the globe... there will be another variant. We're now at a reprieve, not yet "over."
  3. By substituting chick peas and/or sweet potatoes for the meat/fish, you can transform almost any long-simmering curry or tangine to vegetarian. And there are loads of veg directions if you look Mediterranean, particularly if you do eggs - shakshouka, felafel, Spanish-style "tortilla", a thousand versions of eggplant... My brother is an absolute wizard at taking really any leftover veg *at all,* mixing it up with a bit of ground beans *of any type* into a dough-y ball, dumping a bunch of garam masala in, and frying it into delicious yumminess. Dunno that this approach is any healthier than loading up with pasta, LOL, but it mixes up the flavors.
  4. Absolutely! How many dead Marvel characters have we seen already, who haven't stayed dead?
  5. re Valentina ( kind of looking forward to a complex female villain; hoping it will nudge towards More Writing, Less Fighting...) Was discussing the Yelena-Valentina scene with my Marvel Sherpa daughter last night. If you go with the hope/hypothesis that Yelena remains true to the free-the-remaining Widows task that she was on in the main BW movie, and whose locations BW was hastily downloading in those last seconds... Yelena has as much incentive to work with Valentina (who could easily have been the Red Room Taskmaster, or conceivably could be the "mother" figure in one of those stupid masks; I did not trust that "mother" figure for one second) as Valentina has to work with her. Question then would be who doublecrosses first. I just really don't think Yelena would be visiting the grave so regularly, or loving a dog so well 💓, if she'd abandoned Natasha's legacy. That would be too discontinuous.
  6. My youngest is starting university in the fall, in person. They're requiring vaccination as a condition of setting foot on campus (dorms or in-person classes), and making provisions (early arrival with housing, and on-campus vaccination) to enable international students who haven't had access to the vaccine in their home countries to return. All of her high school friends are also going to be starting in person. Our local community college is doing some in-person and some online over the summer but plans to go all in-person in September. Our county vaccination rate is 80+% for ages 12+ and ~70% for the whole population, and things finally feel pretty close to normal, except for the sense of holding-our-collective-breath hoping we don't get a new variant that breaches the vaccines.
  7. I think maybe because the thead title is "at what point would YOU lock down again?" many of us answered in relation to OUR OWN particular circumstances. In *my* circumstances, I don't foresee locking down again unless a variant beats the vaccine. Your family obviously has its own particular circumstances. Had you asked "if you had kids too young to be vaxxed, how would you approach the Delta mini-surge?" I would, myself, have answered differently.
  8. My kids are all vaccinated, as is virtually everyone in my extended family in all directions (the only ones who are not, are younger than 12) and *literally* all our friends with whom we socialize. My calculus would be somewhat different if I had young kids. As feared, Delta looks to be transmitting quickly, in both absolute cases and as a percentage of all cases. But so far, the vaccines seem to be defending pretty against Delta. I keep watching different states' and cities' numbers, and the refrain seems to be pretty consistent: slightly different variations of numbers along the lines of of X COVID cases, 50+++ % are Delta; but ~98+% of deaths, and ~96++% of hospitalizations, and ~90+% of cases are in people who did not vaccinate. So for *us,* vaccinated, I'm feeling blessed relief. Not quite back to normal -- I'm not ready to fly, I wouldn't go to an indoor concert, I'm conscious of ventilation, I still mask when shopping. But I recently stayed overnight at my (vaccinated) mother's for the first time since Feb 2020; we're going to friends' houses for dinner; we're eating INSIDE restaurants; I've booked road trips involving hotels as well as VRBOs. Nearly normal. And so long as the vaccine keeps working ahead of the variants, I'm cautiously optimistic that we'll stay in that range through fall. If a different variant arises that the vaccine doesn't protect against, that will change things. We're not at herd immunity levels, so that remains a risk.
  9. Loved Yelena, don't believe she'll ultimately end up on the wrong side. She's too funny! Villains don't get that kind of self-deprecating humor; villainous humor is only ever infused with cruelty to others. We may be in for an extended interval of maddening Severus Snape: Friend or Foe?? uncertainty, though. Valentina, OTOH, she's terrible horrible no good very bad news.
  10. re symbology of regret I'm really struggling to come up with a single example, that could map to use of the Confderate flag as a symbol of regret. There are Holocaust memorials, but even those in Dachau and Auschwitz, where there certainly is historical context, do not include swastikas festively snapping in the breeze. There are some small ones, behind glass, within well-curated exhibits. There is a 9/11 memorial, but it does not include al Queda symbology, let alone flags. There is a Hiroshima memorial. There is no American flag flying overhead to symbolize regret for the civilian lives lost. I agree that there *are* markers of regret that people place on graves: letters, poems, dog tags, mementos. I am really searching my mind for any place where flags, specifically, are used to impart regret. Can you think of any? Precisely because flags are intrinsically associated with collectives -- in their first use, as *banners on sticks held aloft* so fighters could literally see where their team physically was on the chaotic battleground -- the use of flags, specifically, to convey regret would suggest collective regret, regret on behalf of the identity group or ideology. And that's really not how Americans roll. Even less so, folks still identifying Confederate in 2021.
  11. re "divisive concept" bills That's a good rundown, thanks for posting. I particularly appreciate point 8. Proponents and critics of the divisive concepts bills are largely talking past each other on the issue, which so aptly characterizes this 28-page thread that I feel we're being watched... ... and point 12. What is the deeper cause of this battle? A breakdown in societal trust and trust in expertise, particularly along partisan lines. To the issue raised in the most recent plot twist in the thread... Point 13 is that there are going to be a LOT of lawsuits. That too is (obviously, always) a battleground of the culture wars.
  12. because it's all about the base, about the base Yep, absolutely. This brouhaha was never about classrooms. (and to lighten things a bit, I offer up this, just swap the spelling of "base" and substitute "good trouble" for "no treble" and you're good to go...)
  13. re why assume flying a flag means supporting an ideology? This. The Confederate flag actually was *not* uniformly used by the states fighting to uphold slavery; the Confederate government went through several design iterations before settling toward the end of the war on the current form; many state militias just used their existing state flags as the banner, and, well, the production of cotton cloth was interrupted by the war, there wasn't a lot of mass production at the time. The odds that the soldier whose grave Quill walks past on her way to work fought under the current design are rather low. The current design DID see a huge resurgence in the lynching era, festooning the Sunday picnics. Also regularly carried by the KKK, and "planted" alongside burning crosses. Also saw another resurgence in the time of Brown v BoE and the Voting Rights Act. And of course there's been a yuge boom since 2016. Choosing to fly the flag is choosing to publicly affiliate with this history and its ideology, as surely as choosing a rainbow flag represents a different affiliation. That is literally what flying a flag means.
  14. red meat, bread and circuses, and culture wars It OFTEN works. Sometimes it backfires. See: the very-rapidly replicated defense of marriage laws, and where and how they were challenged recently; or Bull Connor's furious defense of Jim Crow laws, and where and how they were challenged in their time. (That is what MLK meant, in speaking about public and organized disobedience to unjust law "in reality expressing the highest respect for law." If we believe in the Constitution, in the First Amendment, in equal protection, if we believe that SCOTUS really does apply the law according to principle and not by politics... ... if we truly do have the highest respect for law... (and nation, and democracy, and our capacity to lurch and jolt, with missteps and backsliding along the way, towards a More Perfect Union, with Liberty and Justice for All...) ... then these very bad laws will not stand.
  15. re so-called "CRT" bans evoking civil disobedience When Ruby Bridge's picture book gets banned, this is actually inevitable. There is no way for teachers to cover historical content. And, weirdly, a lot of people drawn to teaching actually are committed to covering historical content. Teachers will be censured and fined (several bills call for $5,000 fines, for using content like Bridges' book or Coates' essay that are deemed, after the fact, to have "casued distress") or fired, that has already started. Some of them will sue; that is the process by which these blanket and crazy-broad bans will be legally challenged, as they have to be. There will be Scopes trials in states throughout America. I have to believe the state legislators ramming these laws through KNOW that. Evidently the political calculation must be that such circuses will serve their interests in the culture wars.
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