photos by Carrie Mae Weems,
The Kitchen Table Series, 1990
How mRNA vaccines work: hella simplifiedMRNA vaccines essentially make your cells “download” how to de stroy COVID like Neo “downloaded” Kung Fu in The Matrix.
mRNA stands for messenger ribonucleic acid. The only part you should remember is messenger. It relays instructions from your DNA to the rest of the cell to make proteins.
We straight up STOLE the instructions from sars-cov-2 (the motherfucker that causes COVID-19). The instructions we stole were for making spikes on the surface of the virus. That’s the shit your immune system would most likely recognize first. So we pirated it like Napster in the 90s and install it into our cells. Now our cells begin to make them spike shits and send it out into the body.
Now these newly formed spike parts are foreign, your body ain’t neva seen nothin like it. So then your immune system goes apeshit like “the fuck you doin in my house” and proceeds to break down and dismember the spikes wr just made. Seems wasteful except our immune system remembers that bitch. And makes a sort of hat that perfectly fits on that spike stucture. So the next time something like it comes along (and sars-cov-2 is super unique so it’s GONNA be it) our immune system is at the ready!
So what’s this got to do with Neo?
Right. So back in the day, as in before 2020, vaccines would contain weakened viruses or similar viruses form animals or some nonsense. You’d get a lowgrade version of the symptoms because your immune system sees and attacks the virus the exact same way it’d attack just that spike protein. The shitty part is the virus is still gonna try to replicate. So you get some moderate to serious battling going on after vaccinations. This battle is actually the training session, cuz in the end, if your system is victorious, you got the know how to beat that shit if it ever rears its ugly head again.
With the mRNA vaccines, we develop resistance to a virus without having to be exposed to a virus at all. Ya T cells be like, “I know Kung Fu.”
There are some perks to this type of vaccine too! While the cocktails that the mRNA sits in can be scary to pretty much anyone who isn'tan organic chemist, but we can actually avoid some preservatives, since they’re used to keep a virus weak or ineffective. Really, the only thing we need are some stablizers to keep the pH constant, some saline to help it mix in with ya bloodstream, some enzymes, again to help stabilize the mRNA, and it needs to be COLD.
Proteins are really really heat sensitive, and to ensure no moving parts, we keep that shit hello fuckin cold, usually -80 F (-62C) in labs. Pfizer and Moderna picked two different structures to copy and inject into our cells. Moderna’s is far mkre stable, which is why it needs only a mere -20 F (-29 C) for storage.
And that’s how mRNA vaccines work. Shit’s fuckin dope as hell.
Waiting for a miracle
TIL Vikings used the bones of slain animals when smithing new weapons believing this would enchant the weapon with the animals spirit. This actually made the weapons stronger because the carbon in the bones coupled with the iron made a primitive version of steel.
Fuck off egghead it’s because of bone magic.
‘Primitive version of steel’
its mild steel, you can’t make a primitive version of steel anymore than you can make primitive gold. Its steel or it isnt. If you want to say low carbon say that. But even mild steel is a sight better than pig iron.
Scandinavian smiths weren’t so dumb that they couldn’t tell the bones and ash made their swords harder.
The idea that they believed it made the swords stronger because of the animal spirits for no reason but they just happened to be right is super reductive of a practice that was likely based equally in faith and reason.
They knew it made iron stronger, couldn’t isolate the material that did it beyond somewhere in the bones, and came up with a pretty solid explanation for why the steel kept an edge longer and resisted deformation.
I always think of this panel from Warren Ellis’ Crecy when it comes to stuff like this. Like people may not have known exactly why this stuff worked but they knew what worked. The way that humans throughout history have come together to figure out solutions to complex, day-to-day problems like “how do I get the most out of the building materials available to me?” or “how do I keep my food from spoiling?” is my favorite part of history.
From the Museum of Seminole County History’s facebook page, a preview for an upcoming exhibition:
Image ID: a white paper hanging on an off-white wall. Printed on the paper is the following:
In the waning days of a global pandemic, the citizens of the United States grapple at the ballot box. The issues:
- A climate of national protest
- Race relations and race riots
- Vigilantism, terrorism, and law enforcement abuse
- Wealth disparity and income inequality
- Global interventionism
- Out-of-control military spending
- A recovering recession economy
- Accusations of rampant voter fraud and the disenfranchisement of minority voters
The Republican slogan “America First” competes with a more international Democratic globalist vision.
The Republicans pledge a return to normal in the face of this chaos. The Democrats seek to implement a new, more progressive normal.
This is the Election of 1920.
History doesn’t exactly repeat.
It’s more like a helix: going in circles, while escalating.
Mostly just we’re learning who always thought the wrong side of history was the right one.
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Every fan of The Boondocks animated series know this instrumental.
So I was listening to 9th Wonder, Terrace Martin, Robert Glasper & Kamasi Washington’s Dinner Party (as should everybody) and when I got to the Freeze Tag track I was like… “is this the Woodcrest Theme from The Boondocks?!” and indeed it was.
Pretty sure the living legend 9th Wonder worked on the soundtrack of the animated serie so makes sense he’d use one of his own instrumental.
Redman’s cousin sleeping on the floor during his MTV Cribs segment.
When Gucci Mane was asked if he was inebriated in court and answered with “Bitch I might be”
when ODB went on stage during the GRAMMYS and said “Wu tang is for the children”
Nicki Minaj calling out Miley Cyrus on national television giving us the iconic “ Miley, what’s good ”
When Kanye took the mic from Taylor Swift
When Destiny’s Child announced they were getting back together on Oprah
When Snoop Dogg asked the East coast about love for the West Coast
When Dave Chapelle shot a slavemaster on cable television.
when common called drake Canada Dry
When Diana Ross jiggled lil Kim tit …
To all you artists out there, who don’t wanna be on a record label where the executive producer’s…all up in the videos, all on the records, dancin’…then come to Death Row!
When ODB rolled up to the welfare office in a limousine
When Rick James told that white bitch from backstage who he was on TV
When YG showed up in a bulletproof vest and cut off pants
Whitney Houston trolling Diane Sawyer about her personal life for two solid hours “I ain’t telling you”
When “Bobby Bitch” dropped
Kanye saying George Bush doesn’t care about black people on live tv
When Jesse Williams got on the BET Awards and dragged every white person by their follicles and some black people too.
Monique letting Beyoncé know that big girls can “uh oh” too
When Django blew up the candy land plantation
Beyoncé 2016 SuperBowl performance
Annalise Keating getting a sew-in on national TV by Mary J. Blige is honestly the blackest thing I’ve ever seen…
Grace Jones being pulled by white dudes in her chariot in Boomerang.
When A.I. stepped over Lue
When Frozone was put in his place by his wife even though he needs to help save the world.
Vince Carter dunk over Frédéric Weis in the Olympics
When Eddie Murphy dropped RAW, currently the #1 box office stand-up of all times.
When Michel Jackson said “he was not the father”
Reblog for the culture
When Left Eye showed Andre who the fuck she was!
When Cissy Houston was side eyeing the hell out of Aretha
When Ray J threatened Fabolous on Hot 97
When Patti Labelle told that white woman on the Tyra banks show she doesn’t eat paper boo
When Gucci mane aka big guwop exposed Angela Yee for her thot antics live on the breakfast club
When Randy Watson showed Whitney how the song is really sung
When Tupac and Snoop Dogg preformed at Cochella
When Rick James told ol’ girl who he was at the BET Awards.
When Remy Ma dragged Nicki Minaj to her grave
When A.I put the reporters on blast for talking about practice
when Rihanna threw that stack of cash at Stephen Hill the BET Awards
all of it!
When they announced the Black Panther movie with an ALL BLACK cast
Angela Basset burning her husbands shit in Waiting To Exhale
When Tommie Smith and John Carlos had to shut that shit down at the Olympics
If anybody wants to know about black culture, refer them back to this post #ForTheCulture
when cam’ron went on fox news, got bill o’reilly mad af and said “u maaaaaad” and called him doggy lmao
Beyoncé performing at Coachella being the first black woman to headline and closes that sentence w. A “ain’t that bout a bitch”
Some gems on here
Ray J got at Fab on Power 105.1*
Aretha’s entire funeral
The night Tupac ran into Bone Thugs at a awards show and my nigga Bizzy had on a shower cap
this happen at the Source awards on the same night the East Coast - West Coast beef started and it was all televised. Gotta be one of the blackest nights ever.
When bbq Becky called the police on black people trying to grill in Oakland and shortly thereafter they threw a big ass BBQing while black cookout with memes of her on t shirts
My boy miles hitting the big screen
Angela Bassett telling the white witch the whole spell just to tell her she wasn’t getting it & laughing in her face
Uncle Phil checking the police officer after Will and Carlton was arrested by racial profiling
This thread is so precious
Birds of Prey (2020)
Eve’s Bayou (1997)
The Twilight Zone (2019-)
Friday Night Lights (2006-2011)
Full House (1987-1995)
The Great Debaters (2007)
Lovecraft Country (2020-)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JURNEE SMOLLETT
OCTOBER 1st, 1986