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One Piece Episode 118 [BETTER]

Afterthoughts: Well, this episode was good. But I don't understand what the writer was going for with 2. The fight starts with him having a realization that looks don't really matter, then goes back on that, then has Sanji seemingly offer a redemption... only to go back on that too! But seriously, 1's power is super cool, and I can't wait to see what happens with the Vivi and Crocodile situation.

One Piece Episode 118

Afterthoughts: Wow, this was a great episode. Nami getting a fight is surprising, but I like it. Would be better if Usopp didn't make such a shitty weapon though.I mean, he's clearly a mechanical genius, and could easily have made actual attacks come from the weapon if he tried. Plus this whole "Pluton" thing seems interesting.

Afterthoughts: Wow, I think these have been the three best consecutive episodes in the show so far. And if Zoro's fight is next, this streak will no doubt continue. But seriously, last episode they brought up the Pluton, which I don't know what it is, and now they bring up this "ponaglyph", which I also don't know what it is. Oh my god. I think I just realised why I liked these episodes so much. Luffy wasn;t in them, and Usopp was only in a little bit of them! Also probably helps that there were some really cool fights, and Luffy's fights tend to not be that interesting.

In this episode, Dr. Osterholm and Chris Dall discuss the trajectory of the pandemic in the United States and around the world, a recent study on COVID reinfections, and how RSV and influenza are overwhelming hospitals throughout the country.

Chris Dall: [00:00:00] We are proud to announce that the Osterholm Update Podcast, aside from being available on the CIDRAP website and usual streaming platforms, will now also be airing on American Busker iHeart Radio. So stay tuned. Thank you American Busker iHeart Radio, and owner and founder Nancy Hahn. Hello and welcome to the Osterholm Update COVID-19, a podcast on the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr. Michael Osterholm. Dr. Osterholm is an internationally recognized medical detective and director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy, or CIDRAP at the University of Minnesota. In this podcast, Dr. Osterholm will draw on more than 45 years of experience investigating infectious disease outbreaks to provide straight talk on the COVID-19 pandemic. I'm Chris Dall, reporter for CIDRAP News, and I'm your host for these conversations. Welcome back, everyone, to another episode of the Osterholm Update Podcast. For much of the past year of this pandemic, we've been living in an Omicron world. It's almost hard to remember that when we recorded an episode of the podcast last November 23rd, we hadn't even heard of Omicron. But that all changed on November 25th, when the world got word of an immune invasive variant spreading like wildfire in South Africa. I can still remember getting the New York Times notification on my phone as I sat down for Thanksgiving dinner. I was not, as I recall, very hungry after that. Omicron is no longer the nightmare variant that it appeared to be at that time. And although we are seeing more subvariants of the Omicron family emerging, they do not appear at this point to be setting off the type of surge in infections we saw when Omicron first appeared. Let's hope it stays that way. Last week on the podcast, we presented you with some cause for optimism. On this November 17th episode of the podcast, we're going to dig a little deeper into the international and national data to see if that positivity remains warranted. We'll also discuss a recent study on COVID reinfections, provide an update on influenza and RSV, and answer a COVID query about the safest point to eat and drink when taking long international flights. But before we get started, as always, we'll begin with Dr. Osterholm's opening comments and dedication.

Michael Osterholm: [00:02:16] Thanks, Chris. Welcome back to all the members of the podcast family and to those who may be new to the podcast, we hope that we're able to provide you with the kind of information that you find useful and that you will come back again. And since this is our last episode before Thanksgiving, we will have a theme about that very sense today, thankful for you and thankful for all the good things that have happened in a world that has been quite tumultuous. To start out today, I want to share a dedication that has probably been more than 50 years in coming and one that I don't do often in the podcast, as you know, and that is to references specific individual or individuals. But I had something happen this past week that really motivated me to consider this particular dedication and one that I surely should have done a long time ago. On Saturday, I had the most incredible opportunity to be at the National Association of Biology Teachers meeting in Indianapolis an incredible organization of the biology teachers in our colleges and high schools around the country. And it's an amazing group of people who are really about the future of our biological education experience. And I was there to receive a distinguished service award for the efforts that I have put forward relative to things like COVID. Now, grant you I realized all along that anyone who knows me knows very well that I literally stand on the shoulders of my colleagues here at CIDRAP and people throughout my lifetime who have made it possible for me to be here. There was one particular experience this past weekend that was one unlike any I've ever had in my life. It turns out that, as some of you know, in my early days, my childhood, it was a pretty tumultuous time. I was the oldest of six kids in a family that had a father who was an alcoholic, who was mentally ill, who basically communicated with his fists without regard to your age or gender. And I spent most of my upbringing really trying to protect my family and my mother from my father. Well, it got to my senior year of high school at a time when we were in dire straits financially, as my father drank away virtually every paycheck and that the violence got so severe that one night I literally kicked him out of the house and now had to assume, in a sense that senior leadership position as the son who is now needing to take care of his sibs as if he were a father. Well, in the context of all of this, I did not know what my future would bring. I had a high school guidance counselor who told me that I wasn't college material and that I would best work at a tire shop in my small Iowa farm town. But I had had the opportunity in the previous year to work with a professor in biology in a nearby community, Decorah, Iowa, some 18 miles from my home and the home of Luther College. Many of you know that is my undergraduate college of record and one that today I serve on the Board of Regents there with great pride and appreciation. But this biology professor and his wife ended up becoming really almost a surrogate father and mother for me in this experience. And I remember so clearly in a mid-May afternoon in 1971 of my senior year of high school, sitting on Doc David Roslien's front porch with him tears streaking down my cheeks, saying, What do I do? I don't really know what to do. I don't have a future. And Doc looked at me and said, you're going to go to Luther. And we're going to take care of that right now. And this was a Sunday. By Wednesday afternoon, I'd been admitted to Luther with virtually a full ride package, all made possible because of what he did. Well, the long and short of it, both he and Joy, over the course of the next 57 plus years has been there for me day in and day out. I owe so much of my career, my personal life, the joys of life that I know due to the Rosliens. And so on Saturday, Doc was not aware of this, but I asked him to come to Indianapolis with his wife, Joy. And they were at the ceremony when which I received this award. And I accepted the award with great humility and appreciation, but made it very clear that while it was mine today, that Saturday it would be Doc's forever. And in fact, at that point, I gave that award to Doc. I know that that will never be sufficient to repay him for all that he's done for me or all of us in our world who have had Docs in our lives, Joys in our lives, who have been there for us. And so today I dedicate this podcast to Doc David Roslien, who still will be my biology professor of record, who is the man that basically made it possible for me to get a higher education one day to go on to the University of Minnesota and most amazingly, one day lead this incredible group called CIDRAP. And I hope all of us today with the sense of this dedication, reach out to those in your lifetime, even just been 50 years ago, and to acknowledge in this Thanksgiving week how much you appreciate what they did for you, because we all have had those experiences in our lifetime, maybe some more than others, but we've all had them. And today I dedicate this to Doc, and I urge all of you to go find your dedications in this next week and a week and a half to all those people who could very much appreciate the role that they played in our lives. Now, moving on in terms of the good news, this is going to be an interesting one today because later on you'll see that there's going to be a tie in to my discussion of sunlight. As you know, I have now chosen Auckland, New Zealand, to be my place on this earth, where I follow closely the amount of sunlight each day as they are soon to be in the height of their summer period. Today, on November 17th in Auckland, they will have 14 hours and 8 minutes and 19 seconds of sunlight. They're averaging almost one minute and 44 seconds of additional sunlight each day. Just a week ago it was at 13 hours and 55 minutes and 27 seconds. They've gained almost 13 minutes of sunlight just in the last week. And of course, I always acknowledge my dear, dear friends at the Occidental Belgian Beer Huis on Vulcan Lane in Auckland. And today, we'll come back to that a little bit later with a wonderful story to tell. So again, thank you all for being with us. This means a great deal. I am very fortunate to have this opportunity to be with you. I never take that for granted. And I want to acknowledge all the work that the CIDRAP podcast team puts into this. So thank you. And with that, Chris, let's get on with the show. 041b061a72


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