Require vaccines at family gatherings like Thanksgiving:

It’s time to start making those phone calls and texts telling your guests to get their official vaccine cards or verification apps ready because they’ll have to show proof at the door.

How Fermented Foods May Alter Your Microbiome and Improve Your Health – The New York Times:

  1. Apologies if the source is paywalled, but in this case I’m not overly concerned because…
  2. This isn’t necessarily good science. 36 adults isn’t enough to identify results well, and using 2 separate variables with no control group for either means and measuring for different outcomes makes this suspect.

For the study, the researchers recruited 36 healthy adults and randomly split them into groups. One group was assigned to increase their consumption of fiber-rich plant foods, while a second group was instructed to eat plenty of fermented foods, including yogurt, sauerkraut, kefir, kombucha and kimchi.

(Original Cell article summary)

I don’t mean to say that the outcomes aren’t useful per-se, but this isn’t enough data to make any kinds of decisions.

Getting into the Delta Variant Mindset:

Vaccines are still the best way to protect yourself and your community from Covid-19. The vaccines are still really good, better than we could have hoped for. But they’re not magic and with the rise of Delta (and potentially worse variants on the horizon if the virus is allowed to continue to spread unchecked and mutate), we need to keep doing the other things (masking, distancing, ventilation, etc.) in order to keep the virus in check and avoid lockdowns, school closings, outbreaks, and mass death. We’ve got the tools; we just need to summon the will and be in the right mindset.

Caffeine, the World’s Most Popular Psychoactive Drug:

The power of caffeine to keep us awake and alert, to stem the natural tide of exhaustion, freed us from the circadian rhythms of our biology and so, along with the advent of artificial light, opened the frontier of night to the possibilities of work.

Small takeaway on a part of Michal Pollen’s new book This is Your Mind on Plants which I’ll need to find a copy of at some point…

Delta is surging as students get ready to go back to school. Here are 5 things to know | MPR News:

As students pick out backpacks and teachers set up their classroom spaces, here are five things health experts want you to know about going back to in-person classes in a pandemic.

CNN Fires Three Employees for Going Into Office Without Vaccinations:

Ted Johnson, reporting for Deadline:

CNN head Jeff Zucker said that the network has fired three
employees for going into the office without being vaccinated
against Covid-19, and that parent WarnerMedia may ultimately
require proof of the shots. […]

“In the past week, we have been made aware of three employees who
were coming to the office unvaccinated,” Zucker wrote in an email
to staff. “All three have been terminated. Let me be clear — we
have a zero-tolerance policy on this. You need to be vaccinated to
come to the office. And you need to be vaccinated to work in the
field, with other employees, regardless of whether you enter an
office or not. Period. We expect that in the weeks ahead, showing
proof of vaccination may become a formal part of the WarnerMedia
Passcard process. Regardless, our expectations remain in place.”

More like this, please.

The Fun Scale: Understanding Types of “Fun” | REI Co-op Journal:

Type 2 fun is miserable while it’s happening, but fun in retrospect. It usually begins with the best intentions, and then things get carried away. Riding your bicycle across the country. Doing an ultramarathon. Working out till you puke, and, usually, ice and alpine climbing. Also surely familiar to mothers, at least during childbirth and the dreaded teenage years.

Adventure = Clusterf**k + Nostalgia

‘We’ve had enough’: Law enforcement frustrated by continued speeding | MPR News:

toxic individualism, I suppose you could say, you know, where people are really focused on their own needs over the needs of others

Watch Yoko Ono’s incredible “Cut Piece” performance art from 1964:

In Cut Piece (1964), one of Yoko Ono’s early performances, she sits alone on a stage with a stoic expression on her face. There is a pair of scissors lying in front of her.

The audience was informed that they could use the scissors to cut a small piece of clothing off of her outfit and keep it for themselves. — Read the rest

People who contracted Covid may have “substantial” drop in intelligence, according to The Lancet | Boing Boing:

the deficits were most pronounced for paradigms that tapped cognitive functions such as reasoning, problem solving, spatial planning and target detection whilst sparing tests of simpler functions such as working-memory span as well as emotional processing.

  • Great, more GOP voters.