Just a small town girl, dreaming of a post-capitalist world, hijack the midnight train, we can go anywhere. 
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Yesterday, Israeli forces stormed a Palestinian village to destroy their water well. The well was essential for their homes, crops, and olive trees. A number of young men and the elderly were injured by the occupation forces while trying to protect their right to water.
In occupied Palestine, drilling new wells, installing pumps or deepening existing wells is illegal for Palestinians, in addition to being denied access to rivers and springs. Israel even prohibits the collecting of rain water, and cisterns owned by Palestinian communities are often destroyed by the Israeli army.
While Palestinian taps run dry and access to safe and clean water sources are destroyed, settlers enjoy unlimited water and swimming pools.
In Gaza, 97% of the water is not safe for human consumption due to the ongoing Israeli blockade and intentional Israeli sabotage and bombings of water and waste treatment plants
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the phrase “curiosity killed the cat” is actually not the full phrase it actually is “curiosity killed the cat but satisfaction brought it back” so don’t let anyone tell you not to be a curious little baby okay go and be interested in the world uwu
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Breaking: CDC announces if you are fully vaccinated you can walk into a fairy circle.
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as someone who lives in one of those stereotypical horse states here in america, they really do look like they'd accept forehead kisses don't they? i'm not a rider or anything, just enjoy from afar. i've been able to get up close but that was forever ago, when i was much younger. 10/10 would give a forehead kiss to at least one of them
I'm lucky enough to have spent large parts of my life around horses, and a lot of them will tolerate a lot in terms of affection on human terms (kisses, hugs round the neck etc etc). It's not how they would express affection but they understand and let us do it. I mean, I wouldn't do it to a strange horse I didn't know, but 100% to horses I love and trust.
But yes, 10/10 would recommend, (also nose kisses).
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No advice but this sounds insane.
Question for anyone who knows about UK pharmaceutical things:
I'm in the UK, but have to pay for private prescriptions for my adhd meds for the 3-4 months it'll take to titrate them, before the NHS will take over prescribing them for me.
Apparently, the cost of this medication varies? Like what the fuck?! It's not cr*ptocurrency or shares, or, or gold ffs, it's a medication that should have a fixed cost at point of production. Almost nothing else does this "oh we'll tell you the price on the day" bs - how come this happens with medication?
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Is there racism involved in how countries are responding to the Omicron variant? Yes
Is it still dangerous? Also yes
Is it very likely to have originated somewhere in southern Africa? Also yes
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Except scientists all around the world are identifying variants all the time? And statistically it is likely that countries with lower vaccination rates are going to be the source of more new variants. Which is a separate issue and why wealthy countries restricting vaccine access is a problem.
No one is definitely saying that the variant originated in SA. In fact my understanding was it was thought to have first appeared in Botswana. But acting like it could have been from anywhere in the world is spreading misinformation at best.
international friends: here’s the deal. South African scientists have been tracking the COVID genome and keeping an eye out for mutations. Most places in the world aren’t doing so. When we announce a new variant, it’s not necessarily from South Africa, we just publicised the fact that we detected it here. And yet, because we’re a country in the Global South, it doesn’t matter that our scientists are incredible and are doing the world a service by tracking and reporting these things, because our ordinary citizens are being blacklisted because of it and being prevented from entering other countries and placed on red lists for no reason 
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I don’t know how to make this any clearer- if the economic consequences of dealing with a pandemic are causing pain, the problem is the economic system, not safety measures in a pandemic.
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A somewhat simplified explanation as to why people are worried about the Omicron variant.
Our immune systems have a clever way of recognising cells. All cells have proteins (antigens) on the surface, and our immune system has millions of different white blood cells (lymphocytes) with different shaped receptors on them. The cells with receptors that match our cells get destroyed and then the rest float around in our blood until they are needed.
Because we have so many different types of lymphocytes, we often only have a few of each type. However, when we get an infection, they eventually meet the pathogen or the infected cell, and start fighting it. This happens in lots of ways, but our white blood cells destroy pathogens and infected cells, and if this happens quickly enough, we get better. If it doesn’t happen quickly enough, we get seriously ill and need medical intervention.
After an infection, our bodies assume we might encounter the same pathogen again. So they make lots of memory cells with the specific receptor to bind to the antigen on that pathogen. These stick around in our blood, often for years or even decades, and if they encounter the pathogen again, they divide quickly, producing lots of cells that can destroy the pathogen. Often, you don’t even know you’ve got ill on the second exposure. This is known as “immunity”.
You can also get immunity after a vaccine, because the vaccine allows us to develop memory cells without putting us at risk of infection.
The Omicron variant has lots of mutations to its “spike proteins”. These are a form of antigen, and it means some of our memory cells won’t recognise the virus or infected cells. This means our immune response will be slower- so vaccinated people and people who’ve had the virus before are less protected (this is why if you get a flu vaccine, you need a new one every year, because there are so many variants of flu). 
It’s possible some of the mutations found in Omicron also make it more transmissible- meaning it can be spread from person to person (particularly people without immunity) more easily. It’s also possible some of the mutations may make it cause more severe illness than some previous variants.
This doesn’t mean “panic”. It’s likely that people with immunity against other variants will still have some protection against Omicron. We don’t know for sure that it is more transmissible or causes more severe illness. A lot of the communities where Omicron has been found have people living in close proximity who may not be vaccinated, and may not have access to the best healthcare (or may be vulnerable for other reasons).
It does mean that we need to be cautious, and that having the vaccine cannot mean “life as normal” right now. If we carry on as normal we could see dire consequences. So let’s learn from our mistakes and try to make sure this variant spreads as little as possible.
Let’s also remember that the more times a virus replicates, the more mutations there are. The virus can only replicate if it infects someone. So the more infections we prevent, whether through vaccination, quarantine, mask wearing or something else, the less dangerous variants there will be.
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Guys, I do understand there are a lot of issues at play, both nationally and internationally, but it's really important not to share misinformation or things that can be misconstrued during a pandemic, okay?
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Okay, but to clarify-
1) A lot of countries are doing this.
2) Yes, the countries doing the most genome sequencing do tend to find variants first.
3) Yes, sharing this information is important.
But when this information is found, travelling as normal, without testing a) prior to flying and b) testing and quarantining on arrival in a new country is important.
We do know that this particular variant is more prevalent in southern African countries, regardless of where it started, and I do feel this post is somewhat disingenuous.
I know that there’s lots of factors involved in who gets put on red lists and when rules are applied. But there also needs to be a level of responsibility in terms of trying to contain dangerous variants wherever possible.
(And yes, this is on countries that are vaccine hoarding more than anyone).
international friends: here’s the deal. South African scientists have been tracking the COVID genome and keeping an eye out for mutations. Most places in the world aren’t doing so. When we announce a new variant, it’s not necessarily from South Africa, we just publicised the fact that we detected it here. And yet, because we’re a country in the Global South, it doesn’t matter that our scientists are incredible and are doing the world a service by tracking and reporting these things, because our ordinary citizens are being blacklisted because of it and being prevented from entering other countries and placed on red lists for no reason 
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https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/uber-knows-when-your-phone-is-about-to-run-out-of-battery-a7042416.html 👏🏿 Capitalism 👏🏿  wants 👏🏿  to 👏🏿 fuck 👏🏿 you 👏🏿 all  👏🏿 the 👏🏿  time. 👏🏿
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You guys have got to stop joking about the Queen dying, the royal necromancer is already in enough trouble after what happened to philip
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