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I Am Proud to Announce That Starting Today, Our Company Still Sucks Shit

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“To reflect who we are and the future we hope to build, I’m proud to share that our company is now Meta.”— CEO Mark Zuckerberg announcing Facebook’s new name.

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It is time for us to adopt a new company brand to encompass everything that we do. To reflect who we are and what we hope to build, I am proud to announce that, starting today, our company still sucks total fucking shit.

But don’t worry! Our overall mission remains the same—it’s still about sucking total fucking shit, ruining as many lives as possible, and taking an absolute goddamn hammer to democracy.

Our apps and our brands? The ones that steal your information and treat you like a piece of pond scum? Have no fear—they’re not changing either. If anything, we’re going to make them even fucking worse.

Look, I’ll make you a promise. We are still the same company you’ve always known—the one that that sucks hot rotten steaming fucking shit, day in and day out. But now we have a new North Star for our company brand: to suck even more shit than anyone ever thought possible.

And we have a new name that reflects the full breadth of what we do, and the future that we want to help completely fucking destroy. From now on, we’re going to be Sucking Shit First—it’s our number one priority.

But we know we can’t do this without you. And that’s why we hope you’ll join us on this new adventure, so we can keep destroying your entire fucking lives and the future of this godforsaken planet. We will keep proving to you that no matter what happens, our company will now and forever suck total fucking shit.

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No, your antibodies are not better than vaccination: An explainer

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A masked woman makes a heart symbol with her hands.

Enlarge / Dr. Silvia Gelvez gestures after receiving a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine against COVID-19, at Colombia University Clinic in Bogota on February 18, 2021. (credit: Getty | RAUL ARBOLEDA )

As long as there have been vaccines against COVID-19, there have been arguments for why people shouldn't get those vaccines. One of the more persistent—and hairier—arguments is that people who have already been infected with the pandemic coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, don't need a vaccine. An infection will generate immune responses similar to those generated by vaccines, the thinking goes. So, why waste coveted vaccine doses on people who already have immune responses against the virus—which may also needlessly put those people at risk of vaccine side effects, however rare?

It's a reasonable question, and there is legitimate scientific debate about it. There are also different approaches to the issue in terms of public health policy. In Israel, for example, people who have recovered from COVID-19 after testing positive on a PCR test can get a vaccination "Green Pass" that's valid for up to six months. The pass allows them entry into various places just as it does for people who are fully vaccinated. In the European Union, some member states offer a similar "Digital COVID Certificate" to people who have recovered from COVID-19 and received just one dose of a two-dose mRNA vaccine regimen.

In the US, however, public health officials are unequivocal in their approach: people are categorized as either vaccinated or unvaccinated, regardless of prior infection. It's an approach with many strengths, including robust scientific data supporting vaccination for people who have recovered. That data—which we'll get into below—has consistently shown that immune responses from natural infections are extremely variable, thus unreliable. Vaccines, on the other hand, have repeatedly been proven to generate highly protective immune responses.

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Extremely soothing marble drop

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Danny Elfman's Second Solo Album

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It slipped under my radar, but last month Danny Elfman put out an album, Big Mess. [Wikipedia] It's industrial/grunge rock (includes 2/5 of NIN!) with an orchestral grounding. Hints of minimalism, triple dueling guitars, and a seething cauldron of hate and anger about Trump and 2020. Enjoy! Disk One: Sorry [video, behind the scenes], True [video], In Time, Everybody Loves You, Dance With The Lemurs, Serious Ground, Choose Your Side, We Belong

Disk Two: Happy* [video], Just A Human, Devil Take Away, Love In The Time Of COVID [video], Native Intelligence, Better Times, Cruel Compensation, Kick Me [video], Get Over It, Insects** [video]

Also available as a full album. [1h12m]

Additional reading:
Danny Elfman Is a Big Mess [Spin]
Danny Elfman Talks About Making a 'Big Mess,' and Returning to Rock a Quarter-Century After Oingo Boingo Split [Variety]
The Return of Danny Elfman, Party-Crashing Punk [The Ringer]

*Long ago Danny Elfman wrote another song, Happy. This is not that song.

**Long ago Oingo Boingo wrote another song, Insects. This is that song.
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The Long Way

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https://books.google.com/books?id=LqokHFb3WfQC&pg=PA576

(From Strand, May 1911.)

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How To Give Feedback

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How To Give Feedback

And more instructions.

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Good suggestions.
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