Once more for the people in the back:
Put content warnings on your politics posts. I come to Mastodon specifically to avoid the horrible things in the news.
I don't care how urgently you want me to see it. In fact, adding a content warning will make me *more* likely to care, because it will give me time to brace myself.
a philosophy of life
Learn what you can change; work to change it for the better.
Learn not to let what you can’t change destroy you; work to influence it in small ways that build up over time until you can change it.
Learn patience with the world.
Learn who you love; work to show them you love them.
Learn who loves you; work to show them you appreciate their love.
Learn patience with yourself.
Work to clear a space for yourself where you can spend some time not working.
The princess repelled down her tower, crept to the stables and freed her horse, not even bothering with a saddle nor reins.
She whispered a simple - to her at least - spell; trotting unobserved past guards and bandits alike.
At midnight she reached the cave and scampered in.
It was warm, dry and smelled vaguely of baked vanilla. She discarded her cloak and wriggled under a large, leathery wing.
The dragon yawned, "Bad dream?"
Also I love USPS Priority Flatrate. It's a little bit more expensive than first class package, but it's tracked and you can print postage at home without a scale.
And, critically, the (high quality) envelope/box is included as part of the price so you don't need to figure out your own packaging. You can pick up however many flatrate boxes you want at a post office and just wander off with them to use later.
Hey, if I may plug a website briefly, https://pirateship.com/ is really good for shipping stuff from home (via USPS).
Lowest commercial rates (cheaper than post office walk-in or USPS website), good UI, minimal required setup.
Also, best URL.
COVID vaccine, false side effects, be ready for this news
"Specifically, if you take 10 million people and just wave your hand back and forth over their upper arms, in the next two months you would expect to see about 4,000 heart attacks. About 4,000 strokes. Over 9,000 new diagnoses of cancer. And about 14,000 of that ten million will die, out of usual all-causes mortality. No one would notice. That’s now many people die and get sick anyway.
But if you took those ten million people and gave them a new vaccine instead, there’s a real danger that those heart attacks, cancer diagnoses, and deaths will be attributed to the vaccine. I mean, if you reach a large enough population, you are literally going to have cases where someone gets the vaccine and drops dead the next day (just as they would have if they *didn’t* get the vaccine)."
"Tell me a new story," my hatchling requested.
"A new story entirely, or something you haven't heard."
"Once upon a time there was a dragon-turtle, like us, who didn't know how to make friends, 'cos he was considered big and scary. So one day, he sought the aid of the beloved princess of a nearby kingdom - surely she could guide him! But just 'cos he went about it the wrong way, a mean plumber threw him into lava!"
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