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How to Rearrange Your Post-Pandemic 'Friendscape'


Any traumatic experience — like a breakup, health scare, death in the family or financial crisis — has a way of destabilizing social networks. We instinctively gravitate toward those who provide comfort and support and reflexively withdraw from those who drain and drag us down.

It was no different at the height of the pandemic, except that the risk of infection meant we had to be more intentional, and maybe even a little calculating, about who we allowed in our orbit. For many, the pruning process was illuminating, if not a little liberating. Covid-19 provided an excuse to shed unsatisfying and unfulfilling relationships, while giving people the time and space to strengthen bonds with those they truly cared about.

Indeed, depressed friends make it more likely you’ll be depressed, obese friends make it more likely you’ll become obese, and friends who smoke or drink a lot make it more likely you’ll do the same. The reverse is also true: You will be more studious, kind and enterprising if you consort with studious, kind and enterprising people. That is not to say that you should abandon friends when they are having a hard time. But it’s a good idea to be mindful of who you are spending the majority of your time with — whether on- or off-line — because your friends’ prevailing moods, values and behaviors are likely to become your own.

What are the hallmarks of good foreground friends? Foremost, they make you feel better about the world and about yourself. They are there for you, listen to you and, while they may not always agree with you, they get you. There’s a sense of mutuality and reciprocity in terms of helping and engagement. And crucially, you fundamentally enjoy being with them, just as they enjoy being with you.

Interesting piece that raised some eyebrows by recommending to distance oneself from your depressed and obese friends. that Twitter bait aside they is a lot to recommend in terms of looking at one's friendships and avoiding people that seem to bring you down rather than lift you up or whose lifestyle choices are a bad influence on where you want to be and become.
After all we have our family to visit with a few times a year if we really need exposure to that sort of thing.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat Jun 5, 2021, 06:34 PM (6 replies)

What song is stuck in your head right now?

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Tue Jun 1, 2021, 11:14 PM (25 replies)

I miss Phil Hartman.... One of the funniest political SNL bits ever from 1992

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat May 29, 2021, 11:19 AM (9 replies)

San Francisco's ban on flavored vape products helps struggling cigarette industry.

San Francisco banned flavored vapes in 2018 in an attempt to stem the tide of young people vaping.

The ban is a success with young people turning to more organic and natural choices such as cigarettes made with American tobacco. The cigarette industry is seeing a 30% increase in sales as a result of the ban and San Francisco and the State of cCalifornia are seeing increased tax revenue as well.

Hopefully, a flavor ban can be enacted nationwide with similar results allowing the almost dormant tobacco industry to fight back against the vaping scourge.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu May 27, 2021, 11:00 AM (6 replies)

For all you DU scientists out there.

I have an experiment for you. Take a football stadium. Cover the entire football field in tile. Put a small rug at the 50 yard line. Time how long it takes my bloody cat to throw up on the rug.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Thu May 27, 2021, 09:38 AM (19 replies)

Should Biden commute Trump's sentence to life in prison for the good of the nation?

What post headlines would you like to see in 2022?
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Tue May 25, 2021, 11:29 PM (14 replies)

The biggest vaccination gap isn't based on race or partisanship. It's based on class.


It is common to hear about two different demographic groups that are hesitant to receive a Covid-19 vaccination: Republican voters and racial minorities, especially Black and Latino Americans.

The two groups seem to have different motivations. For Republicans, the attitude is connected to a general skepticism of government and science. For Black and Hispanic Americans, it appears to stem from the country’s legacy of providing substandard medical treatment, and sometimes doing outright harm, to minorities.

These ideas all have some truth to them. But they also can obscure the fact that many unvaccinated Republicans and minorities have something in common: They are working class. And there is a huge class gap in vaccination behavior.

As you can see, working-class members of every group are less likely to have received a vaccine and more likely to be skeptical. “No matter which of these groups we looked at, we see an education divide,” Mollyann Brodie, who oversees the Kaiser surveys, told me. In some cases, different racial groups with the same education levels — like Black and white college graduates — look remarkably similar.

Class in study after study is a bigger divider in outcomes than race. Yet we focus on one when the science is telling us to focus on the other.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon May 24, 2021, 09:30 AM (2 replies)

The Obama library is coming to Chicago. Will local residents be displaced?


But the development, expected to break ground this fall, has not arrived without controversy. Over the last six years, the Obama Foundation, which will fund the OPC, and the city of Chicago have courted scrutiny from two groups: park preservationists upset at a private development being built on public land, and community organizers who fear that low-income Black neighbors will be displaced by rising rents and land speculation.

A major flashpoint has been affordable housing. A University of Illinois at Chicago study found that housing prices in the area rose between 2010 and 2017. “While rents vary, there is clear evidence of rising rents in newly renovated and new construction units, which the majority of current renters cannot afford,” researchers wrote.

Some residents and community organizers have spent years saying the city, the Obama Foundation and others should reach an agreement that sets jobs aside for locals, protects affordable housing and supports Black businesses.

There has been a trend in the idea that we cannot improve our housing stock because it will displace the neighborhood. Which both ignores the ever changing nature of cities as well as common sense and decency. This is particularly strange in a declining city like Chicago that is bleeding residents and has been for a while.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon May 24, 2021, 09:20 AM (1 replies)

China ultramarathon: inquiry launched after 21 runners die in cold weather


In a report on Friday, the provincial meteorological bureau had issued warnings for “sudden heavy showers, hail, lightning, [and] sudden gale-force winds” across Gansu. State media reported temperatures plunging far below zero, pelting runners with rain, hail and sleet.

In response to the tragedy, China’s sports governing body ordered improvements in safety managements in national sport events, including detailed contingency plans for incidents and measures for emergency cancellations, saying there were “problems and deficiencies” in the management model for races.

Among the dead were elite runners, including the 31-year-old record-holder Liang Jing, who leaves behind a two-year-old daughter, and the Paralympian Huang Ganjun.

Liang had won a number of Chinese ultramarathons in recent years while Huang won the men’s hearing-impaired marathon at the 2019 National Paralympic Games.

Honestly, a wild story out of China. I guess it is hard to imagine an entire race freezing to death like this. Esp. top athletes.
Posted by cinematicdiversions | Mon May 24, 2021, 09:10 AM (2 replies)

What very famous product in 1957 was promoted with a Drag queen?

For those who think Drag Queens were invented by a TV producer in the aughts. I give you one of my favorite pieces of trivia. A promotion by a major US company using a "female impersonator" in 1957.

Here is a report

And, because it was 1957, Ford decided to have two media previews, one for male reporters and one for their wives. In the former, the Edsel was driven around a stunt course as if it were in a Hollywood blockbuster — at one point an Edsel almost flipped.

Gates mentions in his blog that the women's event, a fashion show, was one of his favorite passages in the story because the host was revealed to be a "female impersonator" (i.e. a man in drag), which was not only bizarre but, as Gates says, "would have been scandalous for a major American corporation in 1957.

Here is the link https://www.businessinsider.com/lessons-from-the-failure-of-the-ford-edsel-2015-9

and here is the product


The Ford Edsel.

Posted by cinematicdiversions | Sat May 22, 2021, 12:11 AM (3 replies)
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