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  1. hold on a min... (A) I neve said anything about mandatory vaccinations. I said mask mandates and closures, but I would include capacity limitations, social distancing mandates, etc. That being said, what is the difference between mandatory polio vaccinations and COVID vaccinations? (B) what's the difference between public health and vehicularly safety? My general point is we already have laws on the books to regulate personal safety. Virus mitigation, IMO, falls under that same umbrella. This is precedent for the State to impose public health measures. (C) you say my exampl
  2. Sadly, I don't think the Modern American is capable of bearing any burden whatsoever.
  3. it's not that simple. I'm not here to advocate for the "nanny" state, but COVID treatment and care will continue to be a drain on our national resources as long as it festers. As mentioned, long-haulers will have conditions indefinitely, plus many anti-vaxxers (plus a small percentage of vaccinated and those who cannot be vaccinated), will end up in the hospital and ER. This can be used to justify further mitigation efforts if things veer off course. Consider we, as a country, don't allow individuals to choose to wear seat belts. Or not. We don't have a choice on wearing a motorc
  4. it is a low bar but it is a metric that can easily be tracked. you could use death as a surrogate for infections, do some data massaging to normalize across demographics (age, comorbidities, etc), but what # of infections are we, as a society, ok with? What other data set can you look at to rationally make decisions?
  5. some time ago, I was thinking about when we can start easing off. The threshold I came up with was roughly equivalent to the flu, in terms of deaths per day. I mean, we don't really shut the country down for the flu, but we do still take the threat seriously - vaccines, taking care of people when they are sick, etc. However, we still go to concerts, football games, bars, etc. The world keeps spinning. Nationally, in 2017-2018, 61k people died from the flu. If you assume flu season is 120 days (Dec - March), that's ~508 people per day. I want to see our daily death total somewhere ne
  6. Shame on the faculty for giving the initial complaints oxygen. They should have filed the complaints in the round filing cabinet beneath the desk. This is what I was talking about wrt trolling - was the student truly and irreparably hurt by hearing that word in context? I don't think any serious argument can be made to justify firing the professor on that basis. It's up to the powers that be within the St Johns university to not bend to the whims of a disgruntled student. Which, leads me to my next point: Maybe there is more to the story.
  7. Finally got around to finishing this series. I avoided spoilers and had no idea Luke would show up at the end. That was pretty awesome. The show started slow - I thought it would just be Mando flying around solving mysteries and there was no over-arching plot, which is why I kinda lost steam during S1. By the end of S2, it felt like a legit Star Wars movie. That was great. Looking forward to more.
  8. I took no such dig at the GOP. My claim was focused on the right being media. I think I must have touched a nerve here. I'll back out slowly.
  9. I am under no obligation to boff sidez anything. I call it like I see it. There are legitimate gripes like @bigbottompoints out, but there are also areas like the afore-mentioned "Snow White = sexual assault" that makes me think y'all see getting trolled. Also, my earlier rant is more on the "woke" bit - hyper SJW stuff. I am not really commenting on firing someone for expressing political views.
  10. I don't watch right wing media but I know it's a running topic on fox news. I can tell that by the links in this thread. Also, from the links my dad sends me and posts on Facebook. Based on that, cancel culture is one of their favorite topics,. That, and how the site man is the true victim here.
  11. That's a lot of interpretation on the basis of two words. It kind of reads like, " I'm not even going to bother understanding the argument and instead I will just lob unjustified accusations of following Hannity" The way I meant "I'm convinced" is this: I have formed my own strong opinion on the basis of observations and commentary. As always, you are more than free to disagree but please don't ever accuse me of parroting Hannity again. That is as grave an insult as someone can lob. I am deeply offended and demand that you edit your original post and promise to never do it again.
  12. I'm convinced "woke" is just a giant troll job...a giant fishing trip. Someone makes some sort of outlandish claim just to see how many people they can hook and how much outrage they can create, just for the lulz. And our right wing media falls for it, every time. They can't get enough. They love it, because they are in on it. They know full well how many eyeballs "woke" outrage will bring them.
  13. to be faiiiiir, the riots of last summer could be considered revolting against municipal police forces, and by this definition, insurrections.
  14. not to speak for the CDC, but I would say it's prolonged (i.e. > 2 hours) close proximity to people outside your social circle. I would also expect this to be loosened up as more studies are completed.
  15. I don't consider wearing a mask or getting vaccinated political - these are health and safety measures. IMO, mask usage is similar to seatbelts or helmets. if you find safety to be political, thats on you.
  16. Huh. I certainly don't feel discriminated against as a white man. IIRC, FBG is mostly white, middle-aged men. Perhaps we should set up a poll to see if discrimination against whites is a problem.
  17. It makes sense to me that a labor shortage could be related to inflation. I know we are seeing that too. I don't think that's at fault WRT the various commodities listed, except maybe truckers and lumber.
  18. I don't know that this is really an inflation thing. It's not a matter of things being more expensive, it's that we physically can't get them. Obviously, that drives up prices but this doesn't feel like it's just a devaluation of currency thing. I think it's more about the disruption to supply chains brought on by COVID finally working it's way thru the system. Demand increased much faster and ahead of supply after both being suppressed for most of last year. I'd love to hear more from actual economists about the causes and effects of these shortages.
  19. well, the good news is if you can't get microchips, you don't need tin solder to attach them.
  20. Okay, pork belly prices have been dropping all morning, which means that everybody is waiting for it to hit rock bottom, so they can buy low. Which means that the people who own the pork belly contracts are saying, "Hey, we're losing all our damn money, and Christmas is around the corner, and I ain't gonna have no money to buy my son the G.I. Joe with the kung-fu grip! And my wife ain't gonna f... my wife ain't gonna make love to me if I got no money!" So they're panicking right now, they're screaming "SELL! SELL!" to get out before the price keeps dropping. They're panicking out there right n
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