Not to spoil, but we’ve sen his tomb, and in that episode it mentions his age at the time.
Not immortal, but lives, IIRC, somewhat longer than 1,000 years. He does get old; it just takes a lot longer than for us.
Right now, hospitals are having a lot of trouble filling all their open positions, both because of people being sick and because of the ones quitting. And, yes: with a single exception, all the Docs I know (quite a few, actually) are card-carrying Dems.
When I worked in the Vaccine Center at a major well-known university, the PhD Biologist I shared an office with told me she’d never take (or give her kid) a vaccine that was less than 5 years old, unless there was some serious extenuating circumstance. That made me happier that I was one of the last people eligible to get the Covid-19 vaccine, that at least there was some chance to see adverse reactions first.
Full disclosure: when I became eligible, I decided we are in a time of extenuating circumstances, and got the vaccine. But one of my factors I considered is that my wife and I both have messed-up immune systems, and we also often come into contact with old folks. I understand why many well-informed people don’t want to take it, even if I disagree with them.
Oh, sorry: I should have clarified that the “please don’t start” was not meant for you, but for the inevitable significantly-far-left people who will attack me as a troll, and think MSNBC is conservative because they’re to the left of it.
> you don’t HAVE to be right wing to be nuts.
Yeah: to me, it looks like the “most extreme” of each group is nuts. And they’re the ones who get all the press, since it’s more interesting talking about people who are nuts. And of course we hear more about the right-wing nuts, just because there are more “left” than “right” in the press.
Please don’t start with “media mega-corporations are conservative”: corporations don’t write stories; people write stories (regardless of the Supremes saying corporations are people). And it’s well-known that well over 90% of the people we consider “the press” voted for Obama. (I think that was the last time there was a poll like that.) It’s the same reason why so much of the coverage of Trump’s election was literally incredulous: the authors of the stories literally didn’t know anyone who voted for him.
Sure, Fox is able to make a lot more noise than any one left-leaning outlet, but that’s both because it’s (more or less) the only “mainstream” right-leaning one, and also because they’re really good at getting extreme wacko-wing commentators who get a lot of attention. But there are lots of “mainstream” left-leaning outlets (though many lean less to the left than Fox does to the right), so they have to share the audience much more than Fox does. Anecdotal evidence: almost all of my right-leaning friends listen to Fox, but my left-leaning friends listen to lots of different (left-leaning) media outlets.
The problem is that there are 300 million people in the country. A certain number of them will drop dead having been apparently healthy and strong as an ox. (Not even taking into account H.A’s age of 86). A very serious side effect (like death, even if there have been 17,000) is so rare, you’d need a really big study to see it, by comparing the number of recently-vaccinated deaths with the “normal” rate of people who just up and die. And no-one seems to want to fund one. One side, because they’re afraid it would show a small elevation in the death rate that would scare many people out of taking the vaccine, and the other side, because they’re afraid it would show a small elevation in the death rate, which would show their arguments don’t really hold water.
So we’re stuck with garbage numbers all around, because it’s so political. I think it was better when Trump was President; at least then, it was his vaccine (remember Operation Warp Speed?) and it wasn’t politicized yet (though I do remember some “hard-left” types saying they’d never take it — pretty much the same people saying you should be shot for refusing it, now).
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I was talking with a fellow yesterday who works at a placement agency, and mentioned how funny it was that I never worked for a certain company (who’s the #1 employer for the thing I do in our city). He said, if I wanted to, I should let him know, because they’re about to give him a bunch of openings to fill, because of people leaving due to their vaccine mandate. He only handles high-dollar “professional” jobs, so these aren’t ignorant rednecks quitting.
The 70’s were weird. There were Men Without Hats, and Disco. But there were also Boston, Steely Dan, Kansas, Fleetwood Mac, King Crimson, Queen, and Blondie (don’t laugh ‘til you’ve listened to an album — any one).
I think it was basically a transition decade from 60’s music to the post-60’s music era we’re stuck in now, which might explain why it had such diversity.
Jimmy left out a few steps: ship them across 6,500 miles of ocean, bring them all to LA, put them on trains, transfer them to trucks, put them in warehouses, and deliver them to stores and homes. Every one of these steps has had issues lately. The port of LA has had stevedore labor issues and now has a container storage crisis. Trains have had crew issues and big delays. There’s a huge trucker shortage. Warehouses are at record capacity and space is very hard to find now. Amazon and UPS are so desperate for drivers they’re advertising on TV for them. And most stores are seriously under-staffed, to the point that they have trouble re-stocking shelves even when they do have more stock “in the back.”
If people would just stop buying stuff they don’t really need for a month, things would get a lot better. But that would require restraint, which is hardly Americans’ strong suit.