Wednesday Reads: Merry Christmas

Have a holly jolly Christmas

So it is the last Wednesday before Christmas, and that means it’s my last chance to wish you a Happy Holiday.

And ending with the TCM Remembers for 2021…

This is an open thread…have a lovely day.

Post has been updated to fix embedded instagram items.

24 Comments on “Wednesday Reads: Merry Christmas”

  1. Beata says:

    There’s a surprise under the tree this year! Everyone is getting “Manchin! The Board Game” for Christmas! He always wins, you always lose. Those are the rules. He makes them up as he goes along, based on what is good for him and him alone. He cheats, he lies, he steals. He stabs his “friends” in the back and lets children go hungry and old people go without teeth. If you dare to cross him, he takes his game and walks away. Like I said, you can’t win. You’re a loser before the game even begins, although he may string you along for awhile just for the fun of it.

    So have a happy, happy, merry, merry! Look for that lump of coal in your stocking and be grateful for it, you drug addicted welfare queens.

  2. Minkoff Minx says:

    I don’t know why some of those instagram links are not embedded in the post…I tried to fix it but it is not working…I will see if they will embed in the comments.


  3. MsMass says:

    Great cartoons today, such an abundance of material to use, sadly enough.

  4. Minkoff Minx says:

    I was able to fix the embeds so be sure to check them out up top.

    • dakinikat says:

      Wow! The NRA Board news doesn’t surprise me at all. I do not understand how these folks in the rural red states don’t realize they’re being gypped. Like Beata said, they need them but they think very little of them. Joe Manchin is a great example.

  5. quixote says:

    Brilliant cartoons! They’ve made my day 🙂

  6. NW Luna says:

    I’d be very hesitant to extrapolate from only a Phase 1 trial. Sounds promising, but I wouldn’t count on it yet.

    • NW Luna says:

      Sigh. It didn’t show the 1st tweet. Here it is:

      • Minkoff Minx says:

        I’m so glad you posted it and said something Luna, I saw that thread and was leery about it…

        • NW Luna says:

          Yes, they only tested 72 people! As a physician who surely had to take medical statistics he ought to know that you don’t laud something that’s only passed Phase 1 and with only 72 subjects. Let’s not get people’s hopes up just yet. The concept of the lots of spikes is good, but there are too many trials which look fine at Stage 1 but fail at Phase 2 or 3 for me to get excited yet.

      • dakinikat says:

    • quixote says:

      Great early indications! This is the best news. Even though I know otherwise, all I can think is, “Can they get phase II and III done tomorrow? Please?”

      • NW Luna says:

        He gets to tweet 12 before delighting that he actually found the clinical trial registry(!) for this work. (Snort!) Everyone in medical/healthcare science knows to go to to see a listing of all the upcoming, recruiting, and in-progress medical trials in the US. Or they should know.

        I don’t mean to be negative about this news — just that Feigl-Ding shouldn’t have been so exuberant about its future success. I have patients come in saying “I just saw where they can cure Disease X!” when what they’re talking about is a overly optimistic prediction on something that’s only been tested on lab mice so far.

        They only tested it on subjects 18-55. That’s a young upper age, and means we won’t have info on how it works in those with some degree of immune senescence and who are probably the ones in most need of an effective vaccine. I hope in the Phase 2 & 3 they’ll enroll older subjects.