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  1. So far I have no side effects from yesterday's injection except soreness around the injection site which I only feel when I press on that arm. But I have read that side effects are actually more common after the second shot.
  2. There is a distinction being missed in this discussion. There is a reason people refer to "graduate or professional degrees." M.D., D.D.S., and L.L.D. may be "post-graduate degrees", but they are "professional". American universities do not generally have their medical schools, dental schools, and law schools organized as part of their "graduate schools" which give Ph.D.'s. So when someone talks about a "graduate degree" they are often not thinking of physicians, dentists, or lawyers.
  3. Here is today's column: https://omaha.com/evans-we-can-thank-pop-culture-for-scores-of-gen-x-amys/article_bc61a822-7627-11eb-ae15-6b3ebb897de2.html This was one of those columns I had a lot more information than I had room for. I did mention that back in the late 19th century Amy skewed toward African-Americans in the USA. I didn't get to mention that when it came back in the 1970s it was just the opposite -- it was a mostly White name then, with many Black parents in the USA avoiding it. Perhaps it was still associated with slavery in their minds. I found only two African-American Amys with any sort of fame in my research. Amy Dubois Barnett (born 1974) was the first African-American woman to edit a major magazine (Ebony). Though her parents always told her to identify as Black, her father is actually a White Jewish man from New York City. Amy Sherald (born 1973) painted the official portraits of President Obama and Michelle Obama. Her father's name is Amos, so her parents probably used Amy as a feminine form of that name. Also -- every since I wrote this column I just can't get "Once in Love with Amy" out of my head!! That song sure was catchy.
  4. Only in the sense that as modern parents continually search for "different" names for their babies that every way of doing this is more widespread.
  5. I am not quite sure what you are asking, but it is certainly true that people in English speaking countries are much more likely to give a traditionally "male" name to a daughter than they are to give a traditionally "female" name to a son. This is just sexism at work -- giving a daughter a "male" name elevates her to a higher status, while giving a "female" name to a boy would "contaminate" him, in terms of sexist beliefs.
  6. Most of the debt problem has nothing to do with Ivy league schools. A very large % of the college debt problem is from working class and poor people who were encouraged to take on debt by for-profit schools, many of whom did not even finish their programs. The average person with a college debt problem is not some overspending Ivy league graduate.
  7. Got my first Covid-19 shot about two hours ago. Everything at the Douglas County, Nebraska vaccination site at Creighton University was extremely well organized and friendly. I got the Pfizer and my second shot will be March 20. Someone earlier in this thread mentioned that influenza is way down in Europe. Exactly the same thing has happened in the USA and probably everywhere in the world. The one negative about that is that it will be harder for them to predict which strains of influenza should be most targeted by next year's influenza vaccine. https://www.webmd.com/cold-and-flu/news/20210225/what-happened-to-flu-season
  8. Someone might have to be desperate to kill someone to steal a couple of random dogs. But stealing dogs owned by a millionaire celebrity to hold them for ransom? That's not necessarily an "act of desperation" to me, any more than kidnapping the child of such a celebrity for ransom would be. There are plenty of cases in history where kidnappings like this have been done by career criminal sociopaths, not someone who has just turned to crime because of desperate poverty. Of course one will have to wait until the perpetrators of this crime are caught to know for sure which category they are in.
  9. Ginsburg was reported to have liked being called RBG, at least when "The Notorious" was in front of it, so I would dispute this remark. https://www.vanityfair.com/news/politics/2014/07/ruth-bader-ginsburg-notorious-rbg-nickname
  10. By the time one gets to be 50, anyone who's been denying that say 25% of their sexual/romantic attractions are to the same gender has been doing it so well for so long that they are probably not likely to be able to recognize it in themselves.
  11. I am sure the Texas governor has some powers independent from the legislature, but I know I have been told for years (including I am sure by people on these threads) that the powers of the governor in Texas are way less than that of the governor in most other states, so much so that it's been implied that being governor in Texas isn't as attractive a job to politicians in that state as it is in most others.
  12. I don't think this should be a surprise, and in particular I think it should have been expected that as prejudice against minority sexual orientations lessened that the number of people identifying as bisexual would substantially increase. When I was in my 20s it seemed that the majority of men who identified as "bisexual" had at least 50% of their attractions to other men, usually more. It was also quite common for men who were "coming out" as gay to go through a phase where they were more comfortable labeling themselves as bisexual. This was common enough that a lot of gay men 40 years ago didn't believe bisexuality was "real" because they knew so many guys (often including themselves) who had eventually switched their self-identification to "gay" after calling themselves "bi" for a while. A man admitting to being attracted to other men was so culturally frowned on back then that those who often had attractions to other men but who had at least 50% of their attractions to women would never think of labeling themselves as "bi". It would have been too risky in many ways. Today with young people not caring about the sexual orientation of their friends, those who have even 10% of their sexual and romantic attractions to the same sex can label themselves "bi" and not have negative consequences in their social group or for their self-concept. So the % of people claiming that label would of course have increased in Gen Z.
  13. The World Herald fixed their "glitch", so here is the link to the Names of the Year column on Omaha.com for those who prefer to look at it that way: https://omaha.com/lifestyles/evans-2020-name-of-the-year-no-surprise-given-dominance-of-politics-pandemic/article_cfc0c24c-5fe6-11eb-a917-fbafd5b860bf.html?
  14. Oh gosh, I'm sorry, but this is ridiculously overblown and alarmist. As an academic psychologist I personally do not agree with the American Psychiatric Association's so-called "Goldwater Rule" and wish they would revise it. But Lieberman was unfortunately absolutely correct that the authors of that book on Trump were technically violating official psychiatric ethics by writing it. And the idea that his pointing this out and the APA abiding by their own long-standing rule is the same thing as "crusading for Trump" or that their stating their position was a "decisive factor" in his not being convicted in his impeachment trials is ludicrous in my opinion. I would be much more concerned about Lieberman's close ties to the pharmaceutical industry in terms of whether or not he should get this job -- and the article linked to which says he's a candidate for the job gives five other possible candidates, and ends up strongly implying the end result will probably be none of those six people will be chosen.
  15. OK, explain to this old person what you personally mean by YOLO in the above. In the link I found below, it says YOLO is for "You Only LIve Once", but then seems to define it as a term used by young people for impulsive and often dangerous actions taken on the basis of spur of the moment desires. That doesn't seem like the same thing as "following one's judicial theory wherever it leads him" to me, as if one has a recognized theory, one's rulings should be more predictable than I think YOLO implies. https://www.bostonglobe.com/ideas/2012/08/25/what-yolo-only-teenagers-know-for-sure/Idso04FecrYzLa4KOOYpXO/story.html
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