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Laughter: The Only Thing in Life That Will Save You From Looking Stupid
Comedy isn't just one thing, says stand-up comic Ian Edwards. It's a number of things, each of which are distinctly important.
Ian Edwards is a stand-up comedian, actor, writer and producer from New York based in Los Angeles, California. Edwards was a writer on ABC’s Black-ish, an uncredited writer on CBS’s Two Broke Girls and NBC’s The Carmichael Show. Additionally, Ian was a writer and Supervising Producer on season 2 of the Adult Swim animated series Black Dynamite. He also wrote jokes featured in The New York Post and Time Out Los Angeles.
Ian Edwards: I like a comic who can make people realize how stupid they are and how over serious they're taking something. And like somebody that can do that can calm like a rough sea because the last thing anybody wants to do is look stupid while they're trying to be serious. And sometimes when you get emotionally caught up in something, only humor can cut through all that seriousness to show people the real point of the thing and how stupid they look. And that's when people will back away from all this dumb serious stuff and just be like if I don't laugh right now, I'm going to look like an idiot and let me just relax. So I think that's what comedy is for.
Even sometimes, like when I'm in a relationship and I was serious about something that was so important to me and then later on I realize I'm a comic, why didn't I — why did I take this moment so serious? That was so dumb of me. Like my comedy is not just for onstage; it's for moments like this when things are getting heated between me and my girl I'm supposed to use this to help and I didn't. Like what an idiot. You feel stupid because it can solve so many things.
Comedy is like sex. Like if a lot of people didn't have sex, they'd be worse human beings. But because they're having sex, you don't see how bad they could be. So then there's pleasures in life that kind of work like something to keep the migraines away. It's like if we didn't have sex, if we didn't have comedy or just other things that make us happy, there would be a bunch of people walking around with migraines. Imagine if everybody in the world had a migraine. There’s a way to be irreverent and PC. Like there’s a way to do it where you close all the loopholes for people to attack you, but you can say things that people do not like. So I think that’s my approach. Just for a protection mechanism, like as a comic you want to be able to say what you’ve got to say, but you also have to protect yourself because people can attack you and take you down. Like you’re going to go up and on your way up and when you get to the top you’re going like bring you down and you worked hard in this business and you don’t want people to just destroy everything you have. I’m going to say this thing, but I’m going to figure out mathematically how to say it so that nobody can prove this equation wrong. So I’m going to say this and there’s nothing you can do about me saying it because of the way I say it. So you try to make it difficult, but I still got to say it.
America has had biting social satire since at least the mid-'50s (Lenny Bruce). We’ve gone through many convulsions as a society, but we’re still (again) in the midst of racial anxiety and social upheaval (rich-poor gap, Donald Trump’s xenophobia). Ian Edwards' comedy often deals with issues of social discomfort around race and identity. More than any other profession, stand-up comedy is about getting to the truth of who you are, and becoming at ease with that. Edwards discusses comedy not as one single thing but as several, distinct things. Comedy is an antidote to taking life too seriously — an equivalent to sex, and a way to safely express truths that aren't politically correct.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.
Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.