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  1. You are absolutely right about getting a booster if proposed. Some research suggests long term protection from the two shots and explains the booster initiative (previous image). Here is the article, it's interesting: Immunity To COVID-19 Could Last Longer Than You'd Think
  2. @JamesSavik your comments are misleading and dangerous, you are telling people who are dying, not to get vaccinated, when this is our only effective weapon of protection against Covid19. It is the people who act like you who will kill the rest of us. You are responsible for spreading fake news and promoting the anti-vaccine stance which is totally irresponsible and irrational. Think before you talk!
  3. It is ignorance that kills, the Covid vaccines based on mRNA messenger have a long history born through research into a cure for cancer. The story started in the 60's and developed twenty years ago into the possibility of curing certain types of cancer, but a cure for cancer is slower to be approved than a vaccine for a worldwide infection crisis. I think many people believe that mRNA simply popped up and mad scientists pushed it on the public like Frankenstein in the same vein as genetically modified crops, and the great fear of genetically modifying not plants this time but humans. Humans, like nature itself, are imperfect. We are born with genetic abnormalities and catch diseases, that is the way life is. Correcting a fault is like doing some DIY on your house or home appliances, it makes them last a bit longer. "We don't know the long-term effects!" I hear the cry, but we kind of know the long-term effects of over using fossil fuels and warming up the planet. Knowing, or not knowing, appears to make no difference.
  4. I read this interesting piece about America and who are the people who refuse the Covid vaccine. I have no idea how many places in the USA resemble Leon county, but it is pretty mind blowing how the folks who live there think. The population of this rural community is 72 percent white Christian, including 44 percent white evangelical, and election data shows 87 percent of the county voted for former President Donald Trump in 2020. Just over one-third of the county’s eligible population is fully vaccinated, even though COVID-19 case rates are higher than they have ever been. What is significant about Leon County is the role religion has played in residents’ low vaccination rates even when faced with death from the coronavirus. "When my classmates were hospitalized with COVID-19, there were repeated calls for prayers and proclamations that God would provide healing. When they died, those prayer requests became comments that “God called [them] home.”" The belief that God controls everything that happens in the world is a core tenet of evangelicalism — 84 percent of white evangelicals agreed with this statement in PRRI polling from 2011... Given the numbers of evangelists across America, this may explain why a large number of people refuse to be vaccinated. If you believe what they believe, it seems death is a reasonable outcome and a call to paradise. Some similarity with some Muslim beliefs. https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-some-white-evangelical-republicans-are-so-opposed-to-the-covid-19-vaccine/
  5. Here is another good book you can borrow from the library. I haven't read it yet, but it has great reviews. Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun by Jonny Garza Villa
  6. I suddenly feel very humble, that was so very apt and poetic...
  7. I was referring to PT Denys - The Cycle and PT Denys the author, and the publishing, or not, of her two books. Then there is the book you mentioned, Red White and Royal Blue, which I haven't yet looked at but I will.
  8. 14% of US residents say they definitely will not get vaccinated, but it gets worse. Figures for Europe range around 25%, but vary country to country. In Ireland, vaccine refusal is just 10%, in Bulgaria it's 67%. France, a country where people consume medicine like coffee, the rate was around 40%, until government pressure forced people to reconsider, along with dramatically increasing infection rates. The people who refuse the vaccine have the right to do so. They are a broad spectrum of society, the only vague connection may be that they follow (fake) stories on social media. Whatever the reasoning or whatever negative things these people believe, the sad fact is, it will kill us all! Please re-think if you are a vaccine refuser. Sacrifice your personal misgivings and save humanity. It hasn't touched you yet? It will, on Martinique, a part of France with only a 17% vaccine up take, the hospitals are full, it's an extreme emergency, the whole island is in lockdown and tourists have been evacuated. Perhaps you only get your local or national news, but this is worldwide, and God help us, it will surely come to you if you refuse to be vaccinated. It is life or death, it's that simple, whatever your personal feelings, we only have one defence, the vaccine. The longer you wait the worse it will be, until we are all wiped out!
  9. Did it get published? The publisher Wilde Works, Indie Artist Press, does not exist, except as part of the Book Depository, which is now owned by Amazon. Anyone can list on the Book Depository if their book is in print (catalogued ebook). Which I take to mean, it's on Amazon or another self-publisher. Begging the question is the book self-published? I couldn't find the answer. The author PT Denys (female) is the parent of two daughters, a teenager and a toddler. Her two books, this sequel and the first Violence Begets are both available on Amazon (Kindle - ebook only) for next to nothing, a couple of pounds or dollars. Which leads me to believe it is self-published with a publishing label. The book is not available in print (paperback) and perhaps never was. Conclusion: I don't believe it ever got published! It just looks like it did and we all know, appearances can be deceptive. Indie Artist Press was a US company based in Utah and did exist https://www.linkedin.com/company/indie-artist-press but not any longer, the website has gone (404 error). On Twitter it says: " (Indie Artist Press) The new face of self-publishing! Our books have been vetted for content and quality, edited, copyedited and proofed. Our authors earn 100% royalties!" I rest my case... I knew my true vocation was being a private investigator 😂😂😂
  10. I tried really hard to progress this book, but it was so much introspection, I gave up just before the halfway point. It seemed to be very repetitive, very slow and drawn out, with nothing happening other than paranoia or psychosis.
  11. @Camy can you send me a copy? jameskeogh112@protonmail.com Because the website offer is only for US and Canada.
  12. It is a choice, maybe not a good one. When you are young you are going to live forever! Death is an abstract concept. It's Saturday night, nearly 3AM, you've had a great time out with friends, there was such a good atmosphere. You had more than enough to drink and smoked a few joints, but now it's time to go home. You get on your motorbike, it's freezing, this is winter. It's dead quiet. Cold air hits you in the face. Head down, you are thinking of home. A warm bed. The lights changed. You grill a red stop. You don't care, don't even think much about it. So I don't put that in a story because you don't want to give young people bad ideas or wrong examples? I was thirteen. Whose idea was it? I don't remember. My parents always warned me about stuff like this. I didn't want to, but there was no way out. I ran across the railway tracks, following the rest of them. I wasn't going to be, couldn't be, left behind, out of the gang. I shouldn't write that in a story? No, really, a story is a story, it is not something else, not a message about safe sex, protecting the world from Covid, or giving sane advice. You might want to do that, but... yes, it's a choice. You might prefer to tell it like it is... when you are young you will live forever!
  13. From what I read of the first book and the other book titles, I don't think these stories are about adults. Rick Beck, I'll take a look, but sports stories aren't my thing and neither are long stories or series. I don't like reading stories that are overly long, my preference is from 20k to 80k, after that it's like the author didn't know how to stop or wrote a never ending soap opera. A story needs a beginning, middle, and end. Young adults are fine, like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, great book, and there are some good teen stories, only there are too many, and I'm looking for something fresh. An author who can write a thriller or a mystery. They aren't the sort of books you can write without planning. I don't think you can adopt the "seat of the pants" method for thrillers and mysteries! There are way too many stories where the author keeps writing and writing and writing, endless climaxes and cliff hangers, but... is there any resolution? Journey through life stories bump into each other, trying for something, but what?
  14. There are quite a few stories recycled in the recommended list, but I would like to ask if anyone has a story they would recommend which is not about children, teenagers, or high school. I find it difficult to seek out gay themed stories that are adult. I am open to any genre, thriller, mystery, drama, whatever, but not the trials and tribulations of teens: abused teens, coming out teens, bullied teens, adopted teens, etc. etc. 😊
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