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Viral Victory

NOT Wanted Dead or Alive:  SARS-CoV-2.  Hell, we know so little about this beast that’s responsible for our currently resurging pandemic, that we don’t even know if it IS dead or alive.  Most biologists say a virus isn’t alive, so do they feel anything as they float in the air like zombie automatons, waiting for some hapless human to inhale?  Is the moment when they attach to our cells…and burst into an at-least pseudo-life where they can replicate…pseudo-orgasmic?

Effective rate for most recent flu vaccine?  45%.  Effective rate for Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine?  95%.  Current COVID-19 victory, human or viral?  Viral.  95% means nothing when only 1% of the human population has currently been vaccinated worldwide.  Even in the USA, where about a third of the population has been fully vaccinated, it’s been estimated that one in four people will refuse the vaccine.  Will 75% vaccinated be enough to achieve the much-coveted “herd immunity”?  No.

So, thanks to our own actions and inactions, welcome to the COVID Era.  It may wax.  It may wane.  It may subside enough to be, for a lot of us, a more removed threat as we add our yearly booster shots to our to-do lists.  Or it may mutate, given all the humans we’re allowing it to replicate in, into a deadly enough variant to wipe out our entire species.  But, one way or the other, it doesn’t look like it’ll be going away anytime soon.

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Rescuing Raven

Once upon a midnight dreary, I got really bored.  So I stooped to calling my ex of a week ago. He said, “Nevermore.” I texted half a dozen friends. None responded.  It was, after all, Saturday night. I paced.  I fretted.  I recklessly left my place without as much as…
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Really Russian

I must, must, must plug a great film it took me way too long to just randomly stumble across…in the hope that I can spare you the unthinkable tragedy of never knowing it exists!!!  I will disclaimer this 2007 Russian film called, simply, 12 by granting that it was a…
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Malleable Memories

Fancy at least the concept of more serious reading, while you know damn well you’re not about to give up the comfortably compelling tropes of genre writing?  Try Julian Barnes’ The Sense of an Ending.  A profound examination of all the ways our memories contribute to our self-deception is deftly…
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Liberty’s Law

I was born and have lived most of my life in a city with a huge, commodious harbor in which a tall statue of a woman holds a lit torch high to welcome all…especially whatever tired, poor, huddled, homeless masses arrive from wherever it is they come from.  Even the…
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Dangerously Deluded Democrats

Yes, we won.  On Friday, November 7th, I knew the minute it finally happened when I heard my whole neighborhood erupt with cheering like we used to do for the healthcare workers.  Pennsylvania, that I’d thought would take the weekend to finish ballot counting, had come through. Horns honked.  I…
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