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  1. On 5/14/2021 at 8:01 PM, cap'n grunge said:

    So maybe this belongs in the other Covid thread, but whatever. Apparently there is a conspiracy theory going around in the anti-vax crowd where they are worried that vaccinated people are gonna breath on them and make them sick with the government 5G and/or other things and are now embracing wearing masks to protect against the vaccinated. 

    This would not surprise me at all.

  2. 1 hour ago, Insomniac said:

    No, not even a little. The majority people who define thmselves  get to decide who is a "true conservative". I see how it's changed over the last 50 years.  Are you denying that most people who say they are conservativse now, are die hard Trumpers?

    If you mean “Republican Party” then I agree completely. I don’t think the Republican Party has many conservative values any longer. They are not synonymous terms.

  3. 8 minutes ago, Insomniac said:

    Who gets to decide who is "Conservative"?  It seems to me that the majority of people who define themselves as "Conservative" should be the people who get to define the term. At the moment the vast majority of self identifying Conservatives are die hard Trumpers and they regard everyone who isn't as not conservative.  It doesn't make you a libera but most of the conservative don't see you as part of the Red Team.. 

    Do you recognize the irony of describing conservatism as a fluctuating thing?

  4. 1 hour ago, Dickies said:

    Maybe conservatives should have a look in the mirror if "all things conservative" are deemed violent hate speech.

    The reality is that this is hyperbole.  There is room for conservative discussion without the hate speech.

    I honestly am stupefied at use of the word ‘Conservatives’ in this thread. Who is this a reference to? I consider myself a conservative and have zero fear of any conservative political opinion I have being censored. The only censoring of true conservatives is being waged by the new retrumplican party.

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  5. 1 hour ago, Ramblin Wreck said:

    I still think his use of the Darwin analogy is just gross.  Is he saying anything bad that happens to people that had an alternative method to prevent it is a Darwin candidate?   Or is it Darwin if you don't agree with his methods and something bad happens?  It was a jerk comment.

    JMHO, Darwin awards may be causing you to read too much into the Darwin reference. I don’t think Darwin is a ‘deserve’ concept. It’s just cause/effect. People who go out into the rain without an umbrella will get wet. Not because they ‘deserve’ to get wet, but because that is the natural consequence. 

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  6. On 5/10/2021 at 9:48 PM, fred_1_15301 said:

    It's amazing how much of a difference routine push-ups make on your physique.  And it's such an easy exercise to do - very little time commitment and no equipment needed.  I've averaged 100 a day since December with no plans of stopping.  Now if only I had the same interest in Abs.   :angry:


    I was doing exercise biking and planks only Jan-March and honestly a little disappointed (other than resurfacing my abs). Since then I've added 75 push ups and arm weights to the workout, and it's more encouraging that progress is being made.

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  7. 17 hours ago, culdeus said:

    Officially green lit for 12-15s

    Unfortunately, the only pharmacy with a searchable vax appointments tool where I am seems to have gone all in on Moderna (Thrifty White). CVS/Walgreens are a joke... all you see is no appointments available. Walmart was maddening searching for my 16 Y.O. in that you get to end of a maze and find out you aren't eligible (code for 'we only have Moderna' without saying that). It's like trying to buy a PS5. For Thrifty White, I can see 1800+ openings and each of its stores listed have only Moderna options. Was not the case 4 weeks ago when I found a Pfizer option for my 16 year old.  

  8. 15 minutes ago, culdeus said:

    Till the sun burns out?  Why?  Not following

    I'm more curious on the capability. Most appointments that are accessible screen for eligibility (i.e. I was not able to make appt for my 17 year old until >16 was opened by our governor). Is it different in your state? Could you register a 3 year old?

  9. 6 hours ago, Otis said:

    This sounds terrifying snd makes me question my own driving habits. Then again, whether 85 or 65, if a deer jumps out of nowhere, you’re basically screwed either way, right?


    what’d you do?  Hit the deer, or swerve and hit something else?

    It was insane. Both me and the car I was passing came to screeching stops and managed to stay in our lanes. Out of my left periphery I see a 3rd car (who was attempting to piggy back pass behind me) sail past us both into the ditch and it somehow avoided rolling or hitting a tree.

    I agree not much difference 85/65 but I've gone from routinely passing 30+ cars on this remote 50 mile stretch (60 MPH) to maybe passing 3-4, and being content not passing when I find myself behind someone going 64+.  

  10. I always sped and drove a bit aggressively until I had an "oh #####!" near major accident when a deer ran into the road when I was passing another car on a remote highway - kiddo in the back seat. I was 45 then and it changed me for good. I'll still pass cars going annoyingly slow but I no longer race to get places 6 minutes quicker than I'd get there driving safely.

  11. 4 hours ago, AAABatteries said:

    Not a perfect analogy by any stretch but people refusing to get vaccinated reminds me of folks who refuse to wear a seat belt.  Sure, you probably aren’t going to die riding in the car but why take that chance.

    Best analogy for me is a highway and mix of sober/intoxicated drivers (who pose risks to themselves and others on the road). Vax provides an off ramp to a safe parallel highway. Personally, I'm getting myself and my family on that parallel highway. Anyone who doesn't take the off ramp needs to deal with nature and odds, and I guess that is their choice to live with. My reaction to reading future 'accident reports' will be 'it's a shame they made the poor decision to stay on that highway.'

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  12. 20 minutes ago, CletiusMaximus said:

    This is probably the most reasonable take, but it goes against their approach.  If they sign him to another 5 year record deal (which is surely what he wants), they are completely ####ed unless he becomes Tom Brady and plays at a high level until he's 43.  I think one reason they made the move with Love is because the team decided that's unlikely, given his injury history and decline in performance the prior 3 seasons.  Last season obviously through a huge wrench into that, which is what makes all of this so interesting.


    If they do this, whoever made the call to trade up to draft Love should be fired.

  13. On 4/29/2021 at 10:35 PM, BigJim® said:

    2nd moderna earlier today. Didn’t feel the needle at all, and the thought even occurred to me that maybe it was some scheme and I did not get a shot. Minor lethargy and very minor arm pain kicked in later. Hard to imagine how my life changes in 2 short weeks.

    ETA, I definitely got the real McCoy even though my nurse was a magician. I slept fine 1st night and nothing major for me day 2 unless you consider absolute lethargy and four 1 hour naps major. I probably had a low grade fever from 12-24 hours out. It was a lost day. Wife had more significant full body shivers night 1 and same 'nap day 2'. Both of us felt like new Day 3.

    17 year old has pfizer #2 in 10 days. It would be great to go on family outings, but have to admit my instinct to celebrate is tempered. We'll still have a non-vaccinated 15 year old, and with that a strange new calculus. Vaxxed brother and SIL have a 10 year old and plan to go about life as usual. Not sure I'm there yet, and not sure I even love the idea of having my 15 year old mingle every weekend with a 10 year old who is frequenting mask-less restaurants (we share a cabin). I definitely need to read up on current risks to 15 year olds (don't worry, will not educate via facebook).

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  14. On 4/21/2021 at 8:20 AM, IvanKaramazov said:

    But that's beside the point.  I'm more interested in addressing the "But hey, what's the downside?" argument, which is a bad one.

    Only for people who choose to be PITA about trivial things. You compare it to wearing green, I place it above smoking indoors. I hope they make a pandemic movie about this for our children one day. Prior pandemic movies have clearly been farcical.

  15. 4 minutes ago, Sand said:

    Well, one was impeached in record time for said rhetoric.  The other was just given the moral majority key by the Speaker.

    A bit different outcomes for similar behavior.

    I'm not saying it is right to incite, in fact I'm opposed without regard to which party. However I think there were some added facts on your comparable scenario (an actual storming of the US Capital). My main point is this friend said nothing at all about the Jan 6 inciting, which makes a 'how did we get here?' just a bit rich for me.

  16. Fanatical alt-right friend on facebook just ironically posted "How in the world did we get to a point where a public official can incite violence like this?" re: Waters. Yes, how indeed.

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  17. 12 hours ago, fatguyinalittlecoat said:

    Drunk drivers know they’re doing something stupid.

    So you think drunk drivers embrace the actual risk that they will take out a family? I don't. I think they want to get home, and believe they will. Suspect the risk they pose barely registers when balanced vs the trivial 'need' to get from point A to point B in the manner most convenient for them.  

  18. On 4/17/2021 at 8:15 PM, rockaction said:

    We knew that there were going to be a certain amount of people that wouldn't get the vaccine once it became politicized and socialized in such a way where those receiving the vaccine would be tacitly admitting that they'd been wrong all along about the "just a flu" thing.

    We are a stubborn lot. Dissonance and confirmation bias reigns supreme here, it would seem.

    JMHO, these folks just don’t want a world where being maskless is normal and not a political statement. Hell bent on dragging this thing out as a crusade. I welcome the day when everyone who wanted a vax has one, we get back to normal life, and the chips fall where they may. Maybe harsh, but for me, staring at 600K dead, the best analogy for these folks in terms of causing risk to self/others is chronic drunk drivers. 

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