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The Washington Post points out there is no precise medical or legal definition of “late-term,” and “many doctors and scientists avoid that language, calling it imprecise and misleading.”

The Daily Beast also notes that only 1.3 percent of abortions are performed after 21 weeks of gestation, and the idea that a woman can get an abortion moments before giving birth is “not how medical care works.”

The use of “dog whistles” aka “coded” labels has been common for many years but until recently has been out of the mainstream of conversation. The current administration aided by a neer do well Congress has brought these “coded” statements and words to common use. Along with this common usage the administration has trashed agreements put in place to prevent war and improve trade. Tariffs (taxes) put in place to offset the “tax” policy that was supposed to benefit everyday Americans and threats to bad actors who were in a state of containment with the approval of our now alienated allies. The administration has in a few years undermined our economy, foreign affairs and put us on an isolation footing all because of “dog whistles”.

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With the advent of TOTUS we have seen the worst of our political system. Under the Trump (mis) administration the Religious “right” possible an off shoot or renaming of the “moral Majority” of the late 70’s and early 80’s has emerged again as financial supporters of the GOP. While it is odd that that religious community so strongly supports a morally and mentality corrupt national leader, it is not surprising since these folks have roots in the Puritans who came over to escape religious persecution only to put that on the backs of the indigenous people. Those actions continued to this day and are evidenced in the extreme with the Religious conservatives who supported Donald J. Trump based on his ability to “Ponzi” any idea that promotes him. Totus’s ambitions are limited to what in “his” best interest alone and will through anyone under the bus in that pursuit. This trait as it were is the glue that pulled his coalition together under the umbrella of Republican Conservatism (which is much different than traditional Republican conservatism). No matter the differences of beliefs most members of Congress believe in what’s best for America in general. There are and will always be differences in execution and philosophy but TOTUS has effectively given us (the Voters) a good look at who we have and currently support to represent us. It is our duty as voters to pay careful attention to this first year of the new presidency to understand what better government should look like but keeping in mind the trash that has to cleaned up while addressing the major issues of Covid-19 and the accompanying fiscal issues.

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Understand the do’s and don’ts of the two-dose coronavirus vaccination regimen

by Michelle Crouch, AARP, February 17, 2021

If you’ve already received your first dose of a two-dose COVID-19 vaccine, congratulations — you’re well on your way to being protected from the coronavirus. But to be fully immunized, it’s critical to get that second shot.

Across the country, some people are running into snafus as they try to get their second dose. Winter storms have shut down clinics in some areas, while others have closed because they temporarily ran out of vaccine. There are also scattered reports of scheduling glitches.



If you’ve had an appointment canceled, don’t wait for someone to call you — be proactive about rescheduling your second shot, advises William Schaffner, M.D., an infectious diseases specialist at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, Tennessee, and medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

“We have told everyone these vaccines are 95 percent effective,” he says of the two-dose Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines currently in use in the U.S. “But they’re only 95 percent effective if you indeed get that second dose.”

Here are a few more things to know about the second dose:

1. Your side effects will likely be stronger

Many people who had little to no reaction to the first vaccine dose are reporting that the second one packs a punch — surprising even those who study vaccines for a living.

Greg Poland, M.D., an infectious disease expert at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, and director of Mayo’s vaccine research group, had only mild symptoms after his first dose. But the second one left him shaking — literally — with chills and a temperature of 101.

“I took one Tylenol and went to bed and woke up the next morning 90 percent improved, and by midday I was back to normal,” Poland says. “This is not an indication of something going wrong; it is an indication of a vigorous immune response.”

There is no live virus in the vaccine, so you can’t get COVID-19 from being vaccinated.

Participants in clinical trials of both vaccines had experiences similar to Poland’s. In Pfizer’s clinical trial, for instance, 31 percent of participants ages 18 to 55 reported a fever after the second dose, compared to only 8 percent after the first one. Fatigue, chills, headache and muscle/joint pain were also more common after the second injection for both vaccines.



The good news is, older adults were less likely to experience vaccine reactions, the data shows. Among those age 55 and up in the Pfizer trial, 22 percent experienced fever after the second dose, and 3 percent had a temperature after the first dose.

Schaffner recommends not making any big plans for the day after your scheduled vaccine appointment.

2. You should avoid taking pain relievers before your shot

If you’ve been hearing stories about second-dose side effects, you may be tempted to take a pain reliever before your appointment.

That’s not a good idea, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), unless you’ve been advised to do so by your doctor. Pain relievers taken preemptively ahead of a shot could dampen the effectiveness of the vaccine, Poland and Schaffner say.

However, it’s OK to take acetaminophen (Tylenol) or a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug like Advil or Motrin after your vaccine to treat side effects such as pain, fever, chills or headache.

3. The timing between doses doesn’t need to be exact

The second dose of the Pfizer shot is supposed to be given 21 days after the first; for Moderna, the recommended interval between doses is 28 days.

However, if you can’t get an appointment on the exact day — or if you have to miss your scheduled appointment for some reason — the CDC does allow some wiggle room. Although the agency recommends trying to stick to the suggested interval, it says the second dose can be given up to six weeks after the first.

If your appointment is scheduled earlier than the recommended date, ask for a later appointment, Schaffner advises. “Your immune response will work perfectly well if you take more time,” he says. “But if you do it too early, the second dose may not invoke an optimal response.”

4. Your second dose should be from the same manufacturer as your first

Doctors are already hearing from patients asking if they can get their second dose from a different manufacturer, often because they realize the other type of vaccine is offered at a location that’s more convenient. But the CDC recommends against it: The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines “are not interchangeable with each other or with other COVID-19 vaccine products,” the CDC says. “The safety and efficacy of a mixed-product series have not been evaluated.”

The CDC does allow the mixing of Pfizer and Moderna shots in “exceptional situations,” such as when the vaccine used for someone’s first dose is no longer available due to a supply shortage, or if it’s unclear which vaccine they got for their first dose.

5. A rash at the injection site isn’t a reason to skip your second dose

If you experienced a rash at the injection site three to 10 days after getting your first shot, that doesn’t preclude you from getting your second shot, the CDC says, although it recommends getting it in the other arm.

A small number of people have developed such rashes, sometimes called “COVID arm,” after vaccination. Doctors say it’s likely a mild allergic reaction that can be treated with an over-the-counter antihistamine such as Benadryl.

In guidance released Feb. 10, the CDC says the reaction is not believed to represent a risk for a more severe allergic reaction when you get your second dose.

6. You should temporarily avoid all other vaccines

It might be time for your shingles or Tdap vaccine, but you should hold off if you are between COVID-19 vaccine doses. Because there’s no data on the safety and efficacy of COVID vaccines administered at the same time as other vaccines, the CDC recommends avoiding other immunizations in the two weeks before and after both doses. Holding off also helps prevent confusion about the cause of a reaction if you experience one.

The CDC does allow exceptions in circumstances where avoiding the vaccine would put you at risk, such as a tetanus shot after a wound or a hepatitis shot during an outbreak.

7. Full immunity is not immediate

It takes two weeks after your second dose for your body to build full protection to the virus. After that, you should have almost zero chance of developing severe disease if you are exposed to someone with COVID-19, Schaffner says. The CDC also says you no longer have to quarantine if you’re exposed to someone with COVID-19 — as long as you meet these criteria: you don’t have symptoms and it hasn’t been more than three months since your second vaccine dose.

One possible exception is immunocompromised people, Schaffner says. They will get some level of immunity, he says, “but they may not reach the 95 percent because their immune system is already somewhat compromised, no matter how strong these vaccines are.”

8. You still need to wear a mask

Experts are divided about whether it’s OK to hug your grandchild or gather socially with other vaccinated people after you’re fully immunized.

But they agree you should continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing in public. For one thing, there’s a small chance you could get sick even after you’ve been vaccinated.

In addition, it’s possible that you could still carry the virus and silently transmit it to others who haven’t been vaccinated, even if you don’t develop symptoms.

And there’s one more reason. Until the country reaches herd immunity — the point when a significant portion of the population becomes immune to a disease — it’s important for everyone to wear a mask to stop the spread of the virus, Schaffner says. “If we have some people walking around maskless and others not, people left and right are just going to discard their masks,” he says. “We are not ready yet for that for society. Let’s all stick to masks a little longer until we get the all clear.”

Michelle Crouch is a contributing writer who has covered health and personal finance for some of the nation’s top consumer publications. Her work has appeared in Reader’s Digest, Real Simple, Prevention, The Washington Post and The New York Times.

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After the 2nd impeachment trial of TOTUS, the members of the GOP save a few did exactly what anyone who thinks suspected nd expected them to do-ACQUIT a known liar and criminal. The GOP members who voted to impeach are now receiving threats and censure from their own party, one member’s State party stated that “they did not send him to Congress to do the right thing!” What we have to lose is the America that works for all of us. Currently Bitch McConnel is looking to legally force his State’s Governor to replace him with a Republican should he decide to retire. It appears to me that this is post Civil War thinking in that long serving GOP members are looking to maintain the status quo and reverse what ever they can with no regard to the damage and harm it can cause to the voters. There will always be hardcore voters who will never see beyond the lies told by their representatives (no matter the party) so it is solely up to the informed voters (no matter the party) to elect better and open minded representatives. At this time we have neer do wells like Botch McConnell, Rand Paul, Lyin’ Ted Cruz, Brain dead Josh Hawley, Lindsey “HOP” Graham and Ron Johnson to name a few whose loyalty lie with TOTUS and the party not their constituents whom they invoke regularly without a consensus or the consent of those constituents. The named above are all members of the GOP and unfortunately this supposed to be the party of Lincoln who if if it were possible would be spinning in his grave or at the least crying in his hands. These so called leaders for the most part are seeking as much publicity as possible in readiness to run for the Presidency or aid Donald Trump to do so. Alternately they looking to gain control of the Congress in order to regulate the lives of the voters as THEY think it should be (sounds like Dictatorial ambitions to me). We are not so far removed from the post civil war reconstruction period as time indicates we should be, many of the same evils that occurred then are still in evidence now eg. police killing of black men with consequences )Minnesota, Maryland and on), instituting or changing voting rules (Georgia, Texas). Couple all of this with the immigration fiasco it appears that we have not progressed so much deep down and just barely on the surface. The questions to be asked are many but the one answer we have is : we have a lot to lose if we do not pay close attention to the GOP members and their questionable activities especially when tied to a former President who was impeached twice and is facing civil legal difficulties which surely point to jail time if convicted. WE HAVE THE REAL AMERICA TO LOSE if we are not vigilant.

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The GOP (Dupublicans) and DEMS (Scamocrats) have reinforced what many of us have suspected and believed for years-Politicians lie and are dishonest , save a few! It is reported that several GOP members have received push back and threats due to their siding with the Dems on impeaching TOTUS. So the new normal is to side with a miscreant leader against the voters well being. We have already seen the gross disingenuousness of many Congressional members highlighted by their flip flopping and ignoring of the danger they were in during TOTUS’s “insurrection”. Their action to support a self serving leader is as near treason as one can get without selling state secrets. Their devotion to TOTUS is a clear affront to the people who voted them in time after time. This the point where voters should remember that these people work for them not the other way around. If any of these folks survive the next election cycle it will be shame on us (the voters), our sole job is to become informed and elect the best people we can and dare not be afraid to unelect them when required and as far as I am concerned this requirement needs to be met now!

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Kevin Kallaugher Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

Mitch McConnel orchestrated the vote to acquit the criminal know as Trump and throwing the good of the people into the trash heap. Anyone who votes and allows this to stand in the next election is playing into the hands of the worst elements of our society. Remember “Bitch” was in hiding during the storming of the capital along with everyone else yet he has made a political decision to acquit an unrepentant criminal who put lives in danger for the sake of personal preservation. If we (voters) are smart we will give neither of them any cover now and in the future. We now know that a majority of our Congress have no regard for the well being of the voters or the country and they need to be held accountable. It is worth looking at the members of both parties on both sides to determine who we want to represent us in the future. “Bitch’s head should be one the first on the block!

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Jeff Danziger Comic Strip for February 11, 2021

No matter your politics, the actions of former president Trump aka “TOTUS” in the insurrection was evident and the GOP members who are defending those actions and his part in it does not bode well for the Country. I fail to see how the Dupublican Senators for the most part can still support possibly the worst President in history when his actions and words contributed directly to the assault on the Capitol. They seem to ignore the fact their safety was threatened because of it and their “Champion” did not care if they were affected. This appears to be a case of “Stockholm Syndrome”. The very people we elected to represent us and our interests are representing Trump and his interests in pursuit of maintaining the loyalty of Trumps “base”, the same people who committed the assault on the capitol and put them in harms way. The option we (voters) have is vote for people who truly have the interest of all of us in mind or continue with the “HUTA” pact that now vocalize and show their contempt for the needs of the voters.

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After 4 years of malfeasance some TOTUS cabinet members have resigned and others were just there until January 20, 12:01. while some are acting as if they care, others have moved into other jobs yet too many of the enabling members of the GOP are still around and pursuing an agenda that is in their interests and not in the interests of the nation as a whole. I would recommend that all voters no matter the party look carefully at what these currently serving members of congress are doing and saying. Their actions and statements are not new but have been emboldened by the Previous president and their own sense of entitlement(?). Their entitlement is at the behest of the voters and nothing more, that being said it is time for the voters to correct previous errors by electing folks who truly have the interest of the people who elected them. Keep in mind that many people who are elected hire loyalists and enablers rather that the most qualified people. The only term limits at this time is mandated by vote and not any regulation (although the subject has been debated several times). As voters we have one mandate, elect the people we think will do the best job albeit usually based on what we hear from the candidate. There is no quick way to determine who will do the best job or the job the voters think should be done. There is the measure of the aspirants past deeds and actions which sometimes are more telling than what’s said on the campaign trail. It’s hard to judge the honesty of any person beyond what is publicly known without investigating their background which is done rarely unless the candidate is extreme one way or another or perhaps aired some extremes currently or in the past. With all of this being said I submit that an informed voter is the most powerful tool we have to insure Government works as well as it should for all of us. The majority parties only serve as a conduit for general information and aspirations of their largest (monetary) supporters not the everyday voters who are always affected by poor legislation yet never it seems by the high end matters. The recent insurrection by the Titular head of the GOP has persuaded too many members of Congress to follow his poor leadership and they are now protecting a lifetime miscreant who has the con man’s mentality and has used it well. Our job as voters is to remove these self serving members and replace them with hopefully a better class of representatives.

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Living in Sri Lanka during the end of the civil war, I saw how life goes on, surrounded by death

Indi SamarajivaSep 26, 2020·5 min read

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A water tower bombed by the Tamil Tigers in the final stages of the Sri Lankan civil war in 2008. Photo: Creative Touch Imaging Ltd./NurPhoto/Getty Images

Ilived through the end of a civil war — I moved back to Sri Lanka in my twenties, just as the ceasefire fell apart. Do you know what it was like for me? Quite normal. I went to work, I went out, I dated. This is what Americans don’t understand. They’re waiting to get personally punched in the face while ash falls from the sky. That’s not how it happens.

This is how it happens. Precisely what you’re feeling now. The numbing litany of bad news. The ever rising outrages. People suffering, dying, and protesting all around you, while you think about dinner. If you’re trying to carry on while people around you die, your society is not collapsing. It’s already fallen down.

I was looking through some old photos for this article and the mix is shocking to me now. Almost offensive. There’s a burnt body in front of my office. Then I’m playing Scrabble with friends. There’s bomb smoke rising in front of the mall. Then I’m at a concert. There’s a long line for gas. Then I’m at a nightclub. This is all within two weeks.

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Photos from two weeks in 2006, courtesy of the author

Today I’m like, “Did we live like this?” But we did. I mean, I did. Was I a rich Colombo fuckboi while poorer people died, especially minorities? Well, yes. I wrote about it, but who cares.

The real question is, who are you? I mean, you’re reading this. You have the leisure to ponder American collapse like it’s even a question. The people really experiencing it already know.

As someone who’s already experienced societal breakdown, here’s the truth: America has already collapsed. What you’re feeling is exactly how it feels. It’s Saturday and you’re thinking about food while the world is on fire. This is normal. This is life during collapse.

Collapse does not mean you’re personally dying right now. It means y’all are dying right now. Death is sometimes close, sometimes far away, but always there. I used to judge those herds of gazelle when the lion eats one of them alive and everyone keeps going — but no, humans are just the same. That’s the real meaning of herd immunity. We’re fundamentally immune to giving a shit.

It honestly becomes mundane (for the privileged). As Colombo kids we used to go out, worry about money, fall in love — life went on. We’d pop the trunk for a bomb check. Turn off our lights for the air raids. I’m not saying that we were untouched. My friend’s dad was killed, suddenly, by a landmine. RIP Uncle Nihal. I know people who were beaten, arrested, and went into exile. But that’s not what my photostream looks like. It was mostly food and parties and normal stuff for a dumb twenty-something.

Collapse is just a series of ordinary days in between extraordinary bullshit, most of it happening to someone else. That’s all it is.

If you’re waiting for a moment where you’re like “this is it,” I’m telling you, it never comes. Nobody comes on TV and says “things are officially bad.” There’s no launch party for decay. It’s just a pileup of outrages and atrocities in between friendships and weddings and perhaps an unusual amount of alcohol.

Perhaps you’re waiting for some moment when the adrenaline kicks in and you’re fighting the virus or fascism all the time, but it’s not like that. Life is not a movie, and if it were, you’re certainly not the star. You’re just an extra. If something good or bad happens to you it’ll be random and no one will care. If you’re unlucky you’re a statistic. If you’re lucky, no one notices you at all.

Collapse is just a series of ordinary days in between extraordinary bullshit, most of it happening to someone else. That’s all it is.

One day, I was at work when someone left a bomb at the NOLIMIT clothing store. It exploded, killing 17 people. When these types of traumatic events take place, no two people experience the same thing. For me, it was seeing the phone lines getting clogged for an hour. For my wife, it was feeling the explosion a half-kilometer from her house. But for the families of the 17 victims, this was the end. And their grief goes on.

As you can see, this is not a uniform experience of chaos. For some people it destroys their bodies, others their hearts, but for most people it’s just a low-level hum at the back of their minds.

What’s that buzzing sound you hear now?

Today I assume you went to work. Bad news was everywhere, clogging up your social media, your conversations. Maybe it struck close to you. I’m sorry. Somewhere in your country, a thousand people died. I’m sorry for each of them. A thousand families are grieving tonight. A thousand more join them every day. The pain doesn’t go away, it just becomes a furniture of bones, in a thousand thousand homes.

As a nation you don’t seem to mourn your dead, but their families do. Their communities do. Jesus, also, weeps. But for most people it’s just another day. You’ve run out of coffee. There’s a funny meme. This can’t be collapse, because nothing’s collapsing for me.

But that’s exactly how collapse feels. This is how I felt. This is how millions of people have felt, including many immigrants in your midst. We’re trying to tell you as loud as we can. You can get out of it, but you have to understand where you are to even turn around. This, I fear, is one of many things Americans do not understand. You tell yourself American collapse is impossible. Meanwhile, look around.

In the last three months America has lost more people than Sri Lanka lost in 30 years of civil war. If this isn’t collapse, then the word has no meaning. You probably still think of Sri Lanka as a shithole, though the war ended over a decade ago and we’re (relatively) fine. Then what does that make you?

America has fallen. You need to look up, at the people you’re used to looking down on. We’re trying to tell you something. I have lived through collapse and you’re already there. Until you understand this, you only have further to fall.

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