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A Pandemic Guide to Anime: Horror edition

A Pandemic Guide to Anime: Horror edition

Welcome back! It’s been quite a while since we last met. Like, a while. How have you been? Yeah, me too. It happens. Back when the days when there had not yet been an insurrection on American soil during the new millennium, and we were only dealing with a deadly worldwide pandemic, we started a wee holiday project of introducing more people in America to the best of what anime, the colloquial U.S. lumping together of (mostly-) Japan’s rich modern animation…

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This holiday season, don’t contribute to an MLM—even if a loved one begs you to

This holiday season, don’t contribute to an MLM—even if a loved one begs you to

Depending on your age and where you live, multilevel marketing schemes (also known as MLMs) might be ubiquitous in your life. Or you might be thinking: Wait, those still exist? They do exist, although companies get away with not being pyramid schemes largely thanks to legal technicalities. Some of the older brands in the MLM game include companies like Amway and Tupperware (yes, really), and those fancy knives people used to sell at parties out of their living rooms (Cutco). But between…

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Latina who gave birth while on life support after contracting COVID-19 urges vaccinations

Latina who gave birth while on life support after contracting COVID-19 urges vaccinations

NBC News’ Nicole Acevedo reports that Maryland mom María Esther Roque Díaz is strongly urging pregnant individuals, “particularly other Latinas,” get the COVID-19 vaccine. That’s because she gave birth to her child while on life support after contracting the virus. Roque Díaz gave birth to Dylan via cesarean section in December 2020. She would not fully reawaken until mid-February 2021. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says ”[e]vidence about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccination during pregnancy has been growing. These data suggest that…

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Contender for greatest mess in Congress seeks promotion to be greatest mess in Texas

Contender for greatest mess in Congress seeks promotion to be greatest mess in Texas

Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert, the legendary bomb-thrower who carried the far right’s banner in Congress before the Tea Party wave and the Donald Trump era reshaped the Republican caucus, announced Monday night that he would challenge scandal-ridden Attorney General Ken Paxton in the March primary rather than seek a 10th term. Gohmert joins Land Commissioner George P. Bush and former state Supreme Court Justice Eva Guzman in trying to deny renomination to the Trump-endorsed incumbent. Meanwhile, another contender, state Rep….

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GOP leaders in red states aren’t afraid of our party, but they are terrified of these women

GOP leaders in red states aren’t afraid of our party, but they are terrified of these women

Millions of disenfranchised minorities have been sitting out elections, and the Republican state legislatures have initiated an avalanche of voter suppression laws to keep it that way while our Democratic leadership has done nothing to respond. In fact, our leaders are defending the filibuster and telling minority activists that they just need to “out-organize” the GOP in lieu of legislation. It’s not just insulting, it’s unrealistic: Republican candidates enjoy sophisticated operations targeting potential voters, while Democratic candidates in key states…

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