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stlshayne

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  1. I guess it turns out that gachas were holding everything together all of these years /s
  2. If seatbelts were just now being invented they would 100% quickly become a partisan political issue.
  3. Health officials in Los Angeles County now strongly recommend that people wear masks indoors in public places — regardless of their vaccination status — to prevent the spread of the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus. The move comes two weeks after Gov. Gavin Newsom reopened California and lifted the statewide mask mandate. The LA County recommendation — which is not a mandate — in the nation’s most populous county does not match what the state government and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say, which is that vaccinated people in certain public indoor settings do not need to be masked. Unvaccinated people are supposed to wear masks in public. The World Health Organization, however, is urging vaccinated people to wear masks as cases of the delta variant spike worldwide, which was first identified in India. Hong Kong says it will ban all passenger flights from the U.K. starting Thursday. More than 95% of COVID-19 cases in the U.K. are of the delta variant. The LA County public health department suggested that people wear masks when inside grocery or retail stores, as well as theaters and family entertainment centers and workplaces when people’s vaccination statuses are not known. https://apnews.com/article/ca-state-wire-coronavirus-pandemic-government-and-politics-health-a31f86698c338572cf0cff81c843293a
  4. David Foster Wallace said "There's a lot of narcissism in self-hatred."
  5. Re: the bolded part- I'd like to quote the news article I posted the other day about what's been going on in my state lately: These patients are also younger than earlier in the pandemic — 60% to 65% of those in the ICU over the weekend at Mercy [Hospital] were under 40, according to Frederick, who noted that younger adults are much less likely to be vaccinated — and some are pregnant. So it's definitely not just "the older and the vulnerable" who need to be getting vaccinated, it's everyone that can... especially when, ut-oh, people not getting vaccinated are also causing these new Covid variants to spread: Lagging rates — especially among young adults — are becoming an increasing source of concern elsewhere around the country, as is the delta variant. The mutant version now accounts more than 20% of new COVID-19 infections in the U.S., doubling in just two weeks, the CDC said Tuesday. It is responsible for half of new cases across a swath that includes Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming. “The delta variant is currently the greatest threat in the U.S. to our attempt to eliminate COVID-19,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert. He said there is a “real danger” of local surges like the one in Missouri in places with deep vaccine resistance. To help counter the threat, administration officials are stepping up efforts to vaccinate Americans ages 18 to 26, who have proved least likely to get the shot when it’s available to them. and later in the article: As immunizations slow, the delta variant has become the predominant form of the virus in the region. Aaron Schekorra, a spokesman for the Springfield-Greene County Health Department, said it makes up 93% of the random sample of cases that the county is sending for analysis, up from 70% three weeks ago. He said that unvaccinated people gathering for graduation celebrations and Memorial Day festivities also fueled the spread of the virus. The events came just as the community lifted its mask mandate. “My concern,” he said, “would be that this is a preview of what is to come in other parts of the country that don’t have higher vaccination rates.” https://apnews.com/article/mo-state-wire-michael-brown-coronavirus-pandemic-health-89fa995c59397228d8d56e1ab45890ab
  6. Would hate to be an immunocompromised person who is unable to get the vaccine having to go to the hospital for an unrelated reason and then get Covid from a nurse of all people who refused to get vaccinated.
  7. Not great news out of my state the other day. https://apnews.com/article/mo-state-wire-michael-brown-coronavirus-pandemic-health-89fa995c59397228d8d56e1ab45890ab
  8. Are we all being too nice ? Are we reading the same forum? Sorry I know that wasn't the point, but I had to.
  9. I was actually wondering what the "size" of SL was the other day, and I found this article from 2015 that said that - at the time - SL's grid covered 1640.3 square kilometers, which would have made it larger than the US state of Rhode Island at the time. I have to imagine it's even bigger now, especially with the new continent they've added.
  10. Saw this the other day, don't know if it's been shared yet. https://apnews.com/article/vt-state-wire-coronavirus-pandemic-health-bfa2dd39d1117a729542cf094504ca56 Looks like while a lot of the US is indeed vaccinated by now, it's very dependent upon where in the US you live. For instance, if you live in Massachusetts, it looks like at least 62% of people have received at least one dose, but if you live in Mississippi that number drops down to 32%. It's very much county-to-county as well.
  11. My first parcel was like this. It was so bizarre to me. It was pretty awkward with all my neighbors houses facing my backyard, when if my house was just rotated 180 degrees I'd have a really lovely parcel with the backyard facing the river.
  12. There not being shops or businesses doesn't mean there aren't places to congregate. There's plenty of public parks, pools, beaches, and even other bigger community areas like lounges and a pub. I find it odd you're so hung up on there not being stores in Bellisseria, given in your first post in this thread you seemed to criticize Belli as calling it all about consumerism. That said, I wouldn't mind limited commercial space in Belli, but I'm not sure those would become hotspots of activity where people would make friends or anything.
  13. London Real will platform literally anyone, including David Icke, who believes that the powerful and elite are all alien reptilians. I'd be skeptical of anything I see on the channel at best.
  14. Maybe things have changed as Belli has gotten bigger, but my first plot in Belli (when it first released) was great for sitting out and watching boats pass on the water.
  15. They fixed the map at least lol, you win some you lose some.
  16. Whoever likened it to an MMO is right on the money. No idea what they're going for. Anyone clicking through thinking that is gonna be hella disappointed.
  17. Am I missing something? When did OP say they were Canadian? I am just seeing that they don't live in the US.
  18. I don't think this is a problem in and of itself. I would imagine SL has some overlap with the people who enjoy the virtual dollhouse/decorating stuff that a game like The Sims offers, as well as the virtual hangout+ social spaces that something like VR Chat offers. There's plenty on Steam that aren't your typical 'games' with goals/winners and losers and whatnot. The currency thing that others have brought up seems like it would make sense as to why SL isn't on there, though.
  19. If doable, I really don't see a downside to this. As you said, through friends lists and Discord statuses, this would help SL be more findable and recognizable to the broader general gaming community. Could also court a lot of people as SL would fall into the "Free to Play" category.
  20. I would unironically really like high-rise apartments (or not-so-high-rise) if they found a way to divide up the parcels in a way that prevented people from putting things on lower levels that didn't belong to them. Hopefully we get some sort of urban theme in the future, even if it's more row-house-styled and less of what this was.
  21. I find myself sinking into furniture often myself and my advice is just finding the right diet and exercise routine.
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