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Any "Stashers" here?

Stashers are the "endlessly reusable, resealable silicone storage bags that replace single-use plastics".

I pack a lunch every day and have been using them for about a week. So they've been through one cycle of pack, carry, use, clean. They seem to be a good solution. They are a bit spendy, but I calculate the payback at 18 months.

I like the convenience of not having to stock the single-use bags. There is cleanup involved, so you'll need a bottle brush. They have to be dried out as well.

Maybe there are gotchas as far as the environment is concerned, but it seems legit.

If the anti-vaxxers stormed the beaches of Normandy

Getting vaccinated is a patriotic act. It protects you, it protects your neighbors, it protects your workplace. It protects other vulnerable Americans.

There have been 1.2 billion doses given worldwide with perhaps three deaths directly linked to blood clots. There are also some other rare but nonfatal adverse reactions. And, we know how to detect and treat much of that now.

So that's like being the 1,200,000,000th soldier to leave the landing crafts during the Normandy invasion and refusing to attack because you heard of three ahead who were killed and a handful injured. Three out of 1.2 billion. That's what this is, refusal to perform one's duty because of prioritizing personal freedoms enjoyed in the past higher than a national emergency in the present which threatens those very same freedoms for all.

The Greatest Generation this is not.

Installing Trump 2.0

Dear MAGA Tech Support,

Back in January I uninstalled Trump 1.0. I've had a number of problems with your software. It was supposed to include a free firewall, but didn't. It was also supposed to clean up all the residual junk from Obamaware, and failed to do that as well. It installed a copy of Golf 1.0 which seemed to be running in the background a lot.

Finally my system caught a virus last year which caused Trump 1.0 to behave erratically and fail to manage my system resources. So I upgraded to Biden 2.0.

I was informed that the issues would be fixed and Biden 2.0 would be automatically downgraded to Trump 2.0 on August 13. I checked my system today, and Biden 2.0 is still installed and managing my system.

I paid my licensing fee in advance to the Save America fundraiser and am puzzled by this.

A Troubled User

More bad Delta variant news

Let me get this out of the way: regardless of whether the vaccines can stop the spread of Delta or not, they still provide robust protection against severe illness and death.

That said, there is that stubborn issue of stopping Delta. CNN has been looping over the same shallow mask and vaccine debate material for a while now. Gone are the discussions about R-Naught values and pandemic models that we had this time a year ago. We're not going to get any answers from them.

The good news is the local ABC news in Chicago took a deep dive into the subject which I found to be surprisingly good. The bad news is that it is, well, bad news. While I'm not a medical scientist, I do have a science background and this report matches my back-of-the-envelope approximations.


I'd like to think I simply have confirmation bias, but I doubt it.
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