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  • Mar 29, 2021 10:23 PM
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    I wonder if part of the inconsistency is where you live?? The weather apps are pretty accurate out here in the Pacific Northwest, but then again the weather is rather predictable - rain for 9 months and sun 3.
  • Mar 30, 2021 12:50 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    Part of this really excites me and an equal part of it terrifies me.
  • Mar 29, 2021 01:40 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    Cosmic Kid Wrote: Yeah ironically I think that idiom applies to people stuck in their ways more than dogs. Happy

    Haha! That's so true.

    I had a Golden Retriever in my 20's and he absolutely loved going to the groomer. If he were a human he would have been someone who visited the spa on a weekly basis.

  • Mar 25, 2021 01:03 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    Lucy_in_the_Sky Wrote: It's because Pfizer's phase trial included people 16 or older in their testing but Moderna and J&J started at 18. Not sure why they went younger then the other two though.

    Yep. It's all about who was and wasn't included in clinical trials. If kids (I'm lumping in 16-17 years old's in this category) weren't included in the trials then the FDA won't authorize its use on them.

    Clinical trials for children are notoriously difficult. Many parents, rightfully so, are hesitant to use their children as guinea pigs.

  • Mar 29, 2021 12:36 PM
    Last: 3mo
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    The first major "real-life" study is out on the Pfizer and Moderna shots and, not surprisingly, they are still extremely effective against not just the original strain of the virus, but also the various mutated strains that have followed in recent months.

    The study followed roughly 4,000 frontline workers and found that either shot was 80% effective shortly after the first shot and 90% after the second.

    The light at the end of the tunnel is continuing to get brighter.

  • Mar 27, 2021 07:21 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    I remember sitting outside with some neighbors and seeing that. None of us knew what it was because it didn't look like other meteors I've seen before.
  • Mar 20, 2021 01:36 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    Does anyone remember when Jordan Peel created the deepfake of former President Obama a couple years ago? Here it is if you need a reminder.

    I remember thinking at the time that it was pretty cool, but for some reason blindly assumed that there would be some regulations developed to make sure that this was more of a fun thing for amateurs to do in their spare time and not something that eventually made it impossible to tell the difference between fantasy and reality. A couple years later, I'm starting to become more concerned that deepfakes are being used more and more for nefarious reasons.

    I honestly don't know how you could put the genie back in the bottle, but the rapid expansion of deepfake technology does give me some pause. Is there anything that could be done to make it 100% clear to the viewer that they are watching an altered video or is it too late to do anything about it and will we just have to trust professionals to do their due diligence before reporting on a video that could be fake?

  • Mar 12, 2021 01:31 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    President Biden laid out an ambitious goal to have every American vaccinated by the July 4th holiday in 2021, saying Independence Day will “not only mark our independence as a nation, but [when] we begin to mark our independence from this virus.”

    It's hard to fully wrap my head around how the scientific community literally worked at warp speed (no pun intended) to sequence the pathogen, develop numerous vaccines, conduct clinical trials to ensure they are safe, and begin producing hundreds of millions of doses to get into peoples arms in less than one year. It really goes to show what can be done when humans collectively work together for the greater good.

    I'm still in the back of the line for the vaccine, but it is so exciting to think that an end date is in sight. I typically don't do much for the 4th of July, but I just might get together with (a small group) of friends this year if everything works out the way the President is aiming for.

  • Mar 08, 2021 05:57 PM
    Last: 5mo
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    That's great. I had a feeling that the shots would be mostly effective against the variants, but it's nice to know they are.

    The good thing about the mRNA shots is that they can be easily tinkered with to fight against new variants. I don't think either Moderna or Pfizer have done that with any variant yet, but it is nice to know that they could if they have to.

  • Mar 11, 2021 09:21 PM
    Last: 4mo
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    That's great. Our neighbors just got their first Pfizer shot and also said they didn't have any side effects. It's good to hear that so many people are reporting little to no side effects.

    I'm still waiting to get my first shot, but I know my turn will be here before I know it.