We finally have a date. On May 11, the official Covid Emergency ends. The actual emergency is, of course, long over, but for technical reasons the official change will have to wait a bit. A related question is when it stops making sense to continue writing weekly Covid posts. My basic plan for a while has been ‘when there stops being content for them’ and somehow I still end up with a bunch of content every week. That does not mean this is the right format for that content, or that this is the right content to be creating.
It feels like the substance app is cutting this off before the end but maybe the blood donation paragraph was actually the final thing?
Is there any way you could write up an explainer on why we don't want people donating blood for compensation? (Paying for blood seems like a really good way to clear the national blood shortages--most people would rather spend those ~20 minutes doing something else, so a small compensation would in theory overcome that. Also, people pay for plasma donation--what's so different there???) An article like that seems to be in your wheelhouse and would in theory be something Balsa could build on to effect a probably low-cost positive change.
The fact that we seem to consider this some flavor of unethical would blow my mind, but the past few years have proven that the United States consistently legislates against our own best interests.
Commentor Sleazy E is permanently banned. I try to not ban or censor, but at some point a continuous barrage of the same rude, nasty, content-free stuff week after week adds up. You have to draw the line somewhere, and I've decided I've had enough of letting people's time be wasted.
One big reason for keeping the Covid emergency was that it was used to justify a lot of things that should have been done anyway, and without it you have to go through long bureaucratic channels to keep those good things. I work in immigration, and an example would be that it was used to do away with the requirement that certain immigration forms have a wet signature. There are anti-immigration groups that will sue to reinstate this requirement if the government doesn't jump through the right hoops to make the change permanent, and that takes time and work. Multiply this by several hundred different stupid regulations across the government and you have a large part of why the emergency has lasted for so long.
It's crazy for Trump allies to hit DeSantis as being pro-vaccine, in no small part because *Trump himself is pro-vaccine and considers the vaccine to be one of his greatest accomplishments.* (Correctly, IMHO.)
When to stop covid posts: Do you get a report of the number of readers? If I stop reading then you are free to stop writing. :^)
No new vaccine: Can another country not do this? How expensive is it?
Vaping: I prep cook for a bar/restaurant, ~75% of the young people vape, nicotine or THC. TBH it's great and way better than when everyone smoked cigarettes in bars.
“I continue to be confused on whether the Republicans think that if the House passes a bill then it somehow becomes law?”
I know this is said in jest, but I’ve heard people say outright that “of course they know that’s not how it works.... but a lot of of the voters don’t know that.”