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  1. I’m fine with Moderna/Pfizer interchangeability. As a friend told me, only the nerdiest of inorganic chemists could get excited about the differences. I have more questions about AZ/mRNA mixing, but thankfully there has been some testing, with positive results as far as immune response goes. I agree re the risk from adverse reactions. As you say, time will tell. https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-021-01359-3
  2. Canada has now surpassed every other country in per capita recipients with at least 1 dose. I think this will be an interesting natural experiment in two-ways: 1) We pursued a 1st dose strategy up here, prioritizing getting as many 1st shots into arms and delaying the rollout of 2nd doses. I wonder if the speed of 1st doses, when we finally got to supply, has encouraged take-up, as our coverage is looking to settle around 80-85% of eligible adults. FWIW, I think it will be shown as the correct choice. 70-80% coverage in two adults is more effective at reducing spread than 90-95% coverage
  3. No mistake or trial! I live in Canada, where the National Advisory Council on Immunization (NACI) approved interchangeability for 1st and 2nd doses. I haven't heard of any mRNA-1st and AZ-2nd combos, but I've heard of plenty Pfizer/Moderna, Moderna/Pfizer, and AZ/mRNA recipients.
  4. My wife and I got 2nd-doses on Friday (Pfizer both times) and felt gross for about 36 hours afterwards. Groggy, lethargic, with some very minor chills/aches/fever. We feel back to normal now. Both the in-laws had no reaction to the 2nd dose (both Pfizer). My dad had an AZ-Pfizer cocktail and was tired after the 2nd dose, but nothing else. Mom had Pfizer-Moderna and same thing.
  5. One of my mentors published an article recently comparing Twitter and Facebook to the Hobbesian State of Nature - nasty and brutish. On the other hand, journalists and policy makers seem to hang out there and more, and are oddly more accessible than other places, like LinkedIn, email, etc. The reach of my work is definitely correlated with putting my work out there.
  6. If ya'llz want sick takes on immigration policy and pictures of the Canadian Rockies, there's a really cool account under @RRFalconer there.
  7. To elaborate a bit further, I think the evidence of 2nd and 3rd generation assimilation is pretty well-grounded in the literature on the subject. 1st generation assimilation can occur to an extent, especially in more small-l liberal democracies that encourage naturalization and civil nationalism, but will never fully occur (nor does it need to in order to be functional). My own untested take is that we only perceive assimilation occurring at a slower rate because the source countries are perceived by us as more culturally distinct than those of yesteryear. In reality the Swede nor the Dan
  8. This Thank you for pointing this out regarding Merkel. Regarding assimilation, I have to disagree. All of the research I’ve done for lit reviews indicates trends toward assimilation (citizenship, language, and employment acquisition, among others) that is generational, the same as in Canada or the US. I don’t know if the Danish argument holds water (their argument, not yours). Again, indicators of assimilation exist in Denmark. The rationale they’re offering surrounds the definition of a “safe country,” and is couched in terms of politics and electoral threats than it
  9. My wife and I got our first shots two days ago (Pfizer). No adverse effects beyond a sore arm for a day, and maybe some muscle aches, but I've had a bad back since a car accident anyways, so it's hard to tell. Meanwhile, my home province hit our highest record in new case case counts, and hospitalizations are catching up. This wave feels different though, with more young people getting it, falling seriously ill, and more dying.
  10. Yup. One of my best friends in Calgary in Ukrainian Orthodox and I go out once a year caroling with them on Orthodox Christmas. It's fun, sort of a mix of old-school home teaching and singing - you go to each house in the congregation, collect donations, sing for them, and then are hosted for food and drink. Someone in the group, usually a kid, carries a cross with icon to lead the parade house-to-house. Can't say I've seen any other major Orthodox groups here, mostly Ukrainian. Fun fact though, the deacon to the Patriarch of Constantinople is a native-Calgarian and the son of the local p
  11. I suppose I need to define functional religion for you, because you seem to be stuck using the substantive definition in pointing to trends in the United States. Under the functional definition of religion, the supernatural, whether it be a belief in God, gods, angels, or whatever, is a medium rather than a fundamental base. The substantive definition, which appears to be the one you're using, places the divine at the center of its definition. This understanding of what religion *is* falls apart when moving east out of Europe or America where we encounter strains of Hinduism, Buddhism, an
  12. France, specifically its extreme application of laïcité.
  13. Not great. The CDC here and the health agencies in Europe are being cavalier with the precautionary principle (IMO). 6 cases out of 6.8mn doses is such a small occurrence that it might as well be statistical noise. That’s not diminishing the impact on those six individuals, but rather placing it in context and not over extrapolating it to a general or causal risk in others. I received a briefing on a similar topic from my boss, who was the head of Health Canada during H1N1 and is now on the federal advisory council. With regards to AstraZeneca, which faces similar barriers, he explained t
  14. Is it though? This thread is about the decline of religion as understood through the substantive lense, which I’d argue is the least influential sociologically speaking. I don’t see any trends that indicate religion is declining vis a vis the functional definition.
  15. I’m not convinced religion is going away under its functional definition.
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