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FDA Advisory Panel Unanimously Backs a Half-Dose Moderna Booster for Covid-19

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On Thursday afternoon, experts assembled by the Food and Drug Administration recommended boosters for older and high-risk Americans who originally got the Moderna covid-19 vaccine. The unanimous vote will pave the way for an expected authorization of the booster by the FDA and Centers for Disease Control and…

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Ozzy Osbourne credits Satan for his miraculous failure to contract COVID-19

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Hard-rocking not-a-virologist Ozzy Osbourne has shows us that the crazy train travels in a full loop.

Daily News:

"My wife had the virus; my daughter had the virus and I never got it," he told Metal Hammer. "Being a devil worshiper does have its good points!"

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Bohemian Catsody – a Rhapsody parody song

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I'm signing out of today's blogging duties with a bit of essential viewing for all cat companions. Many truths are revealed here.

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[YMMV] Use Amazon Hub Pickup Location & Save $10 On Your Order (Promo Code 10TRYPICKUP)

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The Offer

Direct Link to offer (affiliate link)

  • Amazon: Save $10 when you choose an Amazon pickup location at checkout. Use promo code 10TRYPICKUP at checkout.

The Fine Print

• Offer only applies to products sold by Amazon.com or Amazon.com Services LLC (look for “sold by Amazon.com” or “sold by Amazon.com Services LLC ” on the product detail page). Products sold by third-party sellers or other Amazon entities will not qualify for this offer, even if “fulfilled by Amazon.com” or “Prime Eligible”.

• Offer does not apply to digital content.

• Offer good while supplies last.

• Shipping charges and taxes may apply to the full value of discounted and free promotional items.

• Items must be purchased in a single order and shipped at the same speed to a single address.

• Offer limited to one per customer and account.

• Offer may not be combined with other offers.

• Taxes, shipping and handling, and gift wrap charges do not apply when determining minimum purchase amount.

• The maximum benefit you may receive from this offer is $10.

• Offer only valid for invited Amazon customers who have received this offer directly from Amazon through email or online display advertisements.

• To redeem the Promotional Code, enter “10TRYPICKUP” in the “Your gift certificates and coupons” section of the checkout page when purchasing your Qualifying Items before 11:59pm on 31 December 2021.

• Promotional code expires at 11:59 p.m. (PT) [12, 31, 2021].

• Promotional code only applies to items shipped for the first time to an Amazon Hub (Locker, Counter, Locker+ or Apartment Locker).

• This Offer is open to the first 20,000 Eligible Customers that satisfy these terms and conditions.

• Amazon reserves the right to modify or cancel the offer at any time.

• Offer is non-transferable and may not be resold.

• Offer discount will be allocated proportionally among all promotional items in your order.

• If any of the products or content related to this offer are returned, your refund will equal the amount you paid for the product or content, subject to applicable refund policies.

• If you violate any of these terms, the offer will be invalid.

Our Verdict

Seems to be working on one of my accounts, not the other. Could be an easy-ish way of saving a few dollars if the promo code works for you.

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Medtronic issues ‘urgent’ recall of insulin pump controller vulnerable to hacks

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Medical device company Medtronic issued an urgent recall of the remote controller for certain insulin pumps because they’re vulnerable to hacks. It’s possible for someone to copy the signals sent from the controllers to the pumps and deliver or block a dose of insulin, which could be dangerous for diabetic patients using the pumps.

In the recall statement, Medtronic said that it wasn’t aware of any situations where this type of hack has occurred. The company was first made aware of the issue in 2018 after an independent cybersecurity researcher found the vulnerability and told users about the problem. That initial alert told users how to disable the remote control feature when they weren’t using it.

Now, the company says people shouldn’t...

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Time Lapse Map of Covid-19’s Spread Across the US, 2/2020 to 9/2021

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Using data from Johns Hopkins, this time lapse video shows the spread of Covid-19 across the US from Feb 2020 to Sept 2021. This looks so much like small fires exploding into raging infernos and then dying down before flaring up all over again. Indeed, forest fire metaphors seem to be particularly useful in describing pandemics like this.

Think of COVID-19 as a fire burning in a forest. All of us are trees. The R0 is the wind speed. The higher it is, the faster the fire tears through the forest. But just like a forest fire, COVID-19 needs fuel to keep going. We’re the fuel.

In other forest fire metaphorical scenarios, people are ‘kindling’, ‘sparks being thrown off’ (when infecting others) and ‘fuel’ (when becoming infected). In these cases, fire metaphors convey the dangers posed by people being in close proximity to one another, but without directly attributing blame: people are described as inanimate entities (trees, kindling, fuel) that are consumed by the fire they contribute to spread.

See also A Time Lapse World Map of Every Covid-19 Death (from July 2020).

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deezil
10 days ago
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We were so close so many times to the end of this. If we had the vaccine doses and a mandate in place mid-June, I think we could have really put a quell on what happened the past 6 weeks.
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cjheinz
10 days ago
Yes. June 2021 was The Month When I Thought We Were On The Other Side. Oops, no such luck.
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