OMG, I Want to Rent That House: St. Lucia

St. Lucia (Vrbo): There was something about this summer that felt particularly fraught. First, there was the pressure to bounce back to regular life; then we endured the pendulum swing of the next COVID spike’s “will she or won’t she?” Through it all, we were forced to navigate the wildly varying safety protocols and personal preferences of our cities and acquaintances. It’s no surprise that this fall seems to have brought about one massive case of collective burnout.

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The Absolute Simplest Explanation for America’s Supply Chain Woes

By now, you’ve noticed. Your corner CVS is full of eerily empty shelves and low on detergent. West Elm says it will be months before you can get that one coffee table. There’s a wait list for the Nikes your hypebeast boyfriend has been coveting. Thanks to the disruptions in global supply chains that have sprung from the coronavirus crisis, Americans are confronting a widespread shortage of consumer goods that’s become just about impossible to miss.
Supply chain problems have dogged the world economy all through the pandemic.

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The Absolute Simplest Explanation for America’s Supply Chain Woes

By now, you’ve noticed. Your corner CVS is full of eerily empty shelves and low on detergent. West Elm says it will be months before you can get that one coffee table. There’s a wait list for the Nikes your hypebeast boyfriend has been coveting. Thanks to the disruptions in global supply chains that have sprung from the coronavirus crisis, Americans are confronting a widespread shortage of consumer goods that’s become just about impossible to miss.
Supply chain problems have dogged the world economy all through the pandemic.

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Service Workers Are Now Frontline Public Health Enforcers

The final affront to Helen Yin was the signage. It’s not like customers read signs anyway, the former bartender said, but at least you could point to one as proof that the person pouring the beer wasn’t personally making the rules. Yin worked in bars and restaurants for 15 years, until last month. Management at the “lucrative bartending gig” she’d had for three years in New York wanted customers to feel normal during the pandemic, so Yin’s bosses wouldn’t hang signs reminding patrons to wear a mask.

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Reinforcing the private space against political acrimony

Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema recently went to use the restroom.
Nothing odd about that. Except, however, that an activist had different ideas. Said activist decided to harass Sinema as she walked from a university classroom to the restroom. The activist even followed the senator into the bathroom, shouting at her while she was using the facilities. Of course, the activist was filming the encounter the entire time, and the recording was shared countless times over social media.

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Reinforcing the private space against political acrimony

Democratic Arizona Sen. Kyrsten Sinema recently went to use the restroom.
Nothing odd about that. Except, however, that an activist had different ideas. Said activist decided to harass Sinema as she walked from a university classroom to the restroom. The activist even followed the senator into the bathroom, shouting at her while she was using the facilities. Of course, the activist was filming the encounter the entire time, and the recording was shared countless times over social media.

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Startups are betting on a psychedelic gold rush

For a long time, Chase Chewning had wanted to try a new type of psychotherapy that uses ketamine, a dissociative anesthetic that’s shown promise as a mental health treatment. Chewning, a veteran who has had several recreational experiences with MDMA and psilocybin, hoped the drug could help him with his PTSD, so he made an appointment at a Los Angeles ketamine therapy clinic operated by Field Trip Health. Having now completed two ketamine sessions, Chewning says his experience at Field Trip has indeed helped him make progress.

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Help! My Mother’s Massive Reply-All Mistake Has Caused a Family Breakdown.

Our advice columnists have heard it all over the years. Each Sunday, we dive into the Dear Prudie archives and share a selection of classic letters with our readers. Join Slate Plus for even more advice columns—your first month is only $1.
Dear Prudence,
“Bertie” is my sister’s mother-in-law. She is a fabulously wealthy, three-time divorcee who is larger than life. She is loud, opinionated, and extremely generous. Since her son married my sister, Bertie has flown them, my parents, and me (plus several of my friends) on all-expenses-paid vacations for Christmas around the world.

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Help! My Mother’s Massive Reply-All Mistake Has Caused a Family Breakdown.

Our advice columnists have heard it all over the years. Each Sunday, we dive into the Dear Prudie archives and share a selection of classic letters with our readers. Join Slate Plus for even more advice columns—your first month is only $1.
Dear Prudence,
“Bertie” is my sister’s mother-in-law. She is a fabulously wealthy, three-time divorcee who is larger than life. She is loud, opinionated, and extremely generous. Since her son married my sister, Bertie has flown them, my parents, and me (plus several of my friends) on all-expenses-paid vacations for Christmas around the world.

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The Two Americas Revealed by COVID

As another summer lived under Wuhan coronavirus restrictions draws to a close — one marked with what seemed to be good news that got turned into a second wave of crises and a new round of mandates from the expert class — it’s more clear than ever that not everyone is living under the same set of rules, mandates, or guidelines.

It seems that for every Wuhan coronavirus-related mandate announced by a government official since this mayhem started in 2020, there’s another government official breaking their own edicts.

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