If I Get COVID Because Someone Went To An Illegal Fighting Ring, I'm Haunting The Heck Out Of All Of You.
Lovelies! I hope your weekend was restful, and your morning coffee or hot beverage of your choice is delightful. The weather’s getting colder, the days are super short and dark, but at least we have each other and awesome podcasts on how to protect ourselves during this loooooonnnnnnnnnnng winter.
I know I don’t have to say this to any of you, but COVID-19 doesn’t care if you’re tired of quarantine. And if you’re in the US, we’re entering into fully-unchecked hellscape territory, so for the love of all things holy, please don’t be an absolute monster and participate in an illegal underground fighting ring with 200 of your closest friends.
Meanwhile, Google is updating the COVID-19 forecasting models it created with Harvard, which now include regional predictions for a 28-day period, and now I’m picturing all of our epidemiologist friends out there slamming their heads on their desks because who would have thought they’d need to anticipate PEOPLE GOING TO UNDERGROUND FIGHTING EVENTS DURING A PANDEMIC…
The good news? Moderna announced that the vaccine they’re developing with the US government is 94.5% effective. This is HUGE, and like the UCSF doctor quoted in this article, I am giddy about it.
The next time a friend from another country asks you how 45 got as many votes as he did in this election, send them this article on how Airbnb reports that 1.4 million users would rather not have access to the platform than click “accept” on a non-discrimination agreement. That’s right, people would rather not use Airbnb than agree to “treat everyone in the Airbnb community—regardless of their race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, or age—with respect, and without judgment or bias.”
And finally, Friend of the Missive Aaron points our attention to one of the most sober voices on what a “credible” source is in journalism [checks notes] the Steak-umm twitter account?!?! Someone give this social media manager all of the raises please.
You’re all fab. Stay safe and sane, wear your darned mask, and be kind to each other.