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  1. Another victim in the Monterey Ballroom shooting died in the hospital bringing the total number to 11 dead.  The investigators have yet to identify a clear motive although they believe the gunman targeted specific victims. We'll update you as more information comes in.

  2. QOTD: "Your gut is a bustling and thriving alien colony." Yum. But wait, there's more, "They number in their trillions and include thousands of different species. Many of these microorganisms, including bacteria, archaea and eukarya, were here long before humans, have evolved alongside us and now outnumber our own cells many times over."  TRILLIONS! In other words, we are more alien bacteria than human, and everytime we poop "you are becoming more human." A scientist who is studying these little dudes wrote a book about "the microbes that call our bodies their home can have a surprising amount of control over our brains" including shaping our thoughts and behaviors.  Will this make you consider your food intake more seriously?  Will this make you examine your own feces?  Will this leave you with an existential crisis when you consider deeply how the alien microbes that outnumber your human cells are actually very involved in your day to day decision making and maybe you are actually being controlled by different life forms?  Have a nice day. 

  3. The FDA is proposing giving Americans single dose Covid vaccines each fall like a flu shot.  There is little research to support this suggestion but everyone likes a predictable schedule. Sign me up.

  4. "The Earth’s core may be reversing its spin. We’re not sure why." Luckily no scientists seem all that worried, and in fact, this may happen every 70 years or so. Scientists are just now looking into its effects on the rest of the planet, but my main question is: what happened 70 years ago because perhaps the change in the earth's core's rotation caused a shift on the surface?  The Korean War ended 70 years ago.  Russia, you're turn.

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Writing Prompt 27


I'm writing this to you from the bench outside Vitali's, the restaurant which you'll recall I called every Tuesday morning for 4 months trying to get us a reservation for Valentine's Day, and the restaurant which you'll recall I secured a reservation for Valentines Day, and the restaurant which you'll recall had a table waiting for us tonight about an hour ago, and the restaurant which you'll recall you never showed up at. By the time you read this, I'll have forgiven myself for ending that sentence with a preposition but I likely won't have forgiven much else about tonight.

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The Experts on New Year's Resolutions:

"For last year's words belong to last year's language

And next year's words await another voice.

And to make an end is to make a beginning."

- T.S. Elliot


“I'm resolving to just wing it and see what happens.”
- Bill Watterson

"One resolution I have made, and try always to keep, is this: To rise above the little things."

- John Burroughs


“There is nothing magical about the flip of the calendar, but it represents a clean break, a new hope, and a blank canvas.”
- Jason Soroski


“Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.”
- Neil Gaiman


“For a change, don't add new things in your life as a new year's resolution. Instead, do more of what's already working for you and stop doing things that are time-waste.”
- Salil Jha


"We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of our lives... not looking for flaws, but for potential."

- Ellen Goodman


"Good resolutions are simply checks that men draw on a bank where they have no account."

- Oscar Wilde


"Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man."

- Benjamin Franklin

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