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Please, sit down with me. Gather round and form a circle. If there are too many people, form another circular row behind the first. Leave yourself some space to be comfortable. Get cozy. Yes. You are reading and this is just a gathering in our respective minds. Feel free to include as many or as few people in this gathering as you would like.

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If you’re comfortable with it, please close your eyes while we do a little settling in. Staying relaxed, lets do five forward shoulder rolls. Now five backward shoulder rolls. Now, lets properly stretch our neck. First…


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United States Space Force (2019).

Let us settle this debate once and for all

Since this administration unfurled the new official emblem for the Space Force. Many people, including actors from Star Trek, have raised issues with how similar it looks to the Starfleet Command logo. It turns out it’s no accident that this has happened, but not for the reasons you probably think. When Star Trek came on the air in the 60s, there was already a long legacy of the Air Force using similar logos and seals going back to at least 1935. …


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Imaging assessing the ACE2 binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 in mice, civets, pigs, Chinese horseshoe bats and humans from Zhou, P., Yang, X., Wang, X. et al.

An updated scientific and clinical overview

If you take any medication or alter you diet, you could still get infected and be a carrier, even if you have no symptoms. There is no approved treatment for COVID-19. Remember 19% percent of us will have severe to critical symptoms, so stay home if you are sick. If you haven’t read my last article, please do.

Most of what follows is aimed at health care practitioners and some of it requires a background in cellular biology, immunology, and biochemistry. None of the treatment options are proven to work with COVID-19. Many of the listed drugs have been used…


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Screen shot from https://healthmap.org/covid-19/

You don’t want your throat or lung cells to get the SARS-CoV-2; spread love with your actions instead.

I’ve been laying low these last two weeks watching the pandemic unfold. I was getting updates from a friend in South Korea on the numbers a little bit faster than the news updates were putting them out. I was hoping it could be contained, and it started looking good for a while and then parts of the quarantine ended and the numbers shot up. Of course, people were itching to travel. It would seem people cannot be talked out of traveling, especially when they only have something that feels like minor cold or flu symptoms for people younger than 40.


Can we mend our splintered reality?

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If you split this in half vertically, you will see two independent points of view looking at each other. The left side is looking towards the right side, and vice versa. Combined, the larger picture can be seen. Drawing by yours truly.

I believe we have a moral responsibility to fix the problems introduced by people determined to manipulate people or take advantage of people’s ignorance. This has always been a problem, but with the rise of social media it has become worse. People actually live in bubbles (Newton C, 2016; Jackson J, 2017; Pew Research Center, 2014; Bernard M, 2019). Truth has fragmented (boyd d, 2019, April 24). Go ahead, start talking to a diverse crowd about what kinds of things you see on Facebook versus what kinds of things they see on Facebook. Everyone will have different answers, especially if…


The problem with Brazil doing any settler-colonizer style agriculture is they have just the smallest bit of suitable land. They have just the smallest bit of natural prairie at the south side of the country. It’s only in the State of Rio Grande do Sol. That same prairie bioregion extends down into Uruguay and Buenos Aires, but it’s absolutely tiny in Brazil (Overbeck et al., 2008). So what’s Brazil to do? The grileiros (from grilos, locusts) come to plague the land. They tear down existing biospheres. They steal land and kill Indigenous people. …


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“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” — Mary Oliver

Six years ago, I was walking around my new neighborhood in Portland, OR. It was only slightly north from the second Portland neighborhood I’d lived in. There was a park where many kids and families came to play. I walked past a few restaurants, a coffee shop/bakery, and small corner store. Nearby the park, there was this cool little house with part of the sidewalk chiseled out and written in the fresh concrete was a question from Mary Oliver that I couldn’t answer. I wondered about how, despite having “made it”, I was still so financially and housing-wise unstable compared…


The long, silenced history of oppression

Concentration camps or internment camps are any mass imprisonment of people without charges, typically of citizens of an enemy or anyone suspected of terrorism. Often times, these camps are not called concentration camps or interment camps, as the intention at first may vary. No matter the original intent, concentration camps or interment camps always seem to evolve into situations where death reigns.

For many people of many backgrounds, the words “concentration camp” or “internment camp” bring up memories of trauma. For those who haven’t experienced these ordeals first hand or who don’t carry family stories about the interment of their…


Root beer is now a ubiquitous soft drink in America, but it’s modern form is nothing like the original teas brewed by Indigenous peoples on the American continent. It’s loaded with sugar. It’s made with artificial flavoring. It’s much less of a medicine than it originally was made to be.

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Back in 1871, Charles E. Hires was involved in the wholesale drug business. He came up with a mix of herbs to sell for people to make into a “root beer” at home. Then in 1876, he started promoting a bottled extract to make it even easier for people to…


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They may have even found a way to track your gaseous emissions, too. This was a sight found in Seattle in Capitol Hill. Poor Microsoft employees. Is this their version of hazing? C:/>

How virtual salespeople track you in the privacy of your own home and how to stop them

Facebook and Twitter already know every link you click on and everything you’ve liked and every person you’ve even interacted with on their platform. However, their reach doesn’t stop there. Every time you visit a web page which uses an advertising platform as a partner (which might include Twitter, Facebook, or a number of others), those companies are informed of exactly which pages you visited on the Internet. They know which blogs you frequent, what news articles you read, and the items you might have considered buying. …

Jillian Ada Burrows

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