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  1. I agree with all of what you said. I flew recently, while fully vaccinated, for work. Mask use in the airports and on the planes was and is still mandated but actual compliance was lack luster. From what I witnessed the airport personnel and flight attendant teams aren't doing much about it other than reminding people of that mandate in their boarding announcements and safety briefing before take-off. Maybe it varies by airline and team, but it looks like we are at the point where many people/companies/etc. are just going through the motions to check the box on their own legal or employer requirements.
  2. We don't need to have a national system, and we probably won't get one due to political bullshit and government ineptitude. The drug companies should figure something out instead, they got us this far already. I assume that they are receiving demographics, or at the very least they are tracking the distribution of vaccine batches and vials. I filled out a form with each shot, that information went somewhere. Setup a system on their website where you can enter your date of vaccinations from your card, the location, and the vial/batch numbers. They validate that information, and they issue you a digital validation of some sort. Wala! A vaccination passport without needing to deal with the fucktard politicians. That being said I don't expect it to have any real relevance for US residents outside of international travel. The US travel and entertainment industry doesn't really care if people are vaccinated or not, their primary concern is about butts in seats, and trying to return to business as normal to the greatest extent possible. Here we are with restrictions being lifted on both state and federal levels, so I wouldn't expect any of these large private companies to institute their own vaccination mandates, that would be in conflict with their goal of butts in seats.
  3. Was it a "private company"? I thought his former company New Breed Logistics was purchased by XPO logistics a few years back, before the run up to 2016 presidential election. XPO is an SEC registrant, their shares are traded on the NYSE. So if he did this while his former company was owned by XPO there is also the potential that SEC securities rules were violated, and financial fraud occurred.
  4. What do you define a reasonable person as? That is our sticking point. I don't deny that some people have apprehensions and fears about the vaccine. I don't think that the majority of those people have taken the responsible next step of evaluating their feelings, and challenging them with the information that is available. A reasonable person makes their decisions through a logical framework, they don't base them on feelings alone.
  5. That is what anti-vaxers use to think! They would be extra brain-dread if they suffered from this chronic symptom.
  6. A pre-staged cache that was made up of guns stolen from US citizens to be used by the cartels to continue their reign in terror, IN MEXICO! That being said if Mexican cartels could turn out some ammo it would probably sell very well this side of the border.
  7. I agree with your general premise, every infection is a potential for a new nasty version. Thankfully evolution, very very broadly speaking, favors more infectious but less virulent viruses. If the infected get sick too quickly, or too severely it is less advantageous to spread. Perfect example is MERS and SARS, both are way deadlier, but they have way less asymptomatic infections. If you get infected with MERS you are going to be stuck in the hospital, not living it up at some maskless party location.
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    I thought that some of you may find this podcast between Peter Attia, MD and Paul Offit, MD interesting. Here is the description of the Pod-cast from Peter Attia's you-tube page. Paul Offit is a pediatrician specializing in infectious diseases and an expert in virology and vaccine development. He currently serves on the FDA committee evaluating COVID-19 vaccines. In this episode, Paul’s second appearance on The Drive, he provides an update on all the SARS-CoV-2 vaccines currently deployed, explains why the concerns raised around the mRNA vaccines are not legitimate, and offers his view on the prospects and timeframe of reaching herd immunity. He also takes a deep dive into immunology, explaining the short-term and long-term immune response to both natural infection and vaccination and how these two can function together to provide durable immunity. Additionally, they discuss the theories on the origins of this virus, what impact the new COVID-19 variants might have, and the recent pausing of the J&J vaccine. Finally, they discuss how we can be better prepared for an inevitable future outbreak of a novel virus. This episode was originally recorded on April 14, 2021.
  9. A thigh is a much smaller target than center mass. These are police officers not expert marksmen, and trick shooting runs a higher risk of shooting bystanders. They aren't trained to do that. If there were multiple officers, and they were on scene for more than a few minutes it makes me wonder if one of them had better non lethal options than hot sauce and stun guns available to them. I didn't see the video, and don't want to armchair QB, but a shot gun with non lethal rounds will drop most people and they get to live and maybe course correct their life.
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    I disagree with that statement. No one is denied care at an emergency room, they will admit you if you have a serious problem, and basically every hospital writes-off bills of the poorest individuals. Now I don't think that it is an efficient or equitable system, and medical bills from one incident can potentially bankrupt a middle class earner that doesn't qualify for subsidized care, but I don't think it is an accurate statement to claim that the poor aren't receiving care because they can't pay.
  11. You have people in jail over parking tickets and unpaid court fees. You would think that proponents of civil liberties and the constitution would be appalled by this huge miscarriage of justice, but the revenue for the corrections industry and the tough on "crime" punishment fetish must outweigh all those other fluff convictions. I guess if those people aren't from your neighborhood, income bracket, or they don't look like you the circumstances don't set off the small government personal rights spidey sense.
  12. I was unaware of that fact. I see the overlap in the venn diagram now. On one side you have a pedophile FL lawyer/politician, on the other side you have FL skydivers, the intersection would be labeled people that would like to sleep with DZO's daughter.
  13. Matt Gaetz is that you? I can't think of many reasons that someone would jump into speakers corner, and then bitch that a discussion about a specific dirty pederast legislator was a political hate campaign. PR? (Lack of) Virtue signaling? "Don't read good"? As has been mentioned even the most idealess congress critters are distancing themselves from Gaetz. They have to draw a line somewhere, inciting an insurrection isn't over the line, but apparently (underage) hookers and blow crossed it. Meanwhile you are over here trying to get us to call off the dogs, I don't get it.
  14. Some of the most restrictive states don't even require live fire. In MA I didn't have to fire a single round. I wasn't a new gun owner, but if I was it would have been a stretch to call the course training. Instead they have focused on restricting weapons and features, for example they require specific lab certification of specific firearms before they can be sold by licensed dealers which limit consumer choice. Their AWB doesn't actual ban "assault" weapons, it just means you have to buy old pre Federal AWB firearms and magazines for insanely inflated prices because of grandfathering. I don't think any of these things have resulted in a net increase in safety, which should be the goal. How about a tit for tat. I am would be a big proponent for more thorough background checks, along with a character and psychological evaluation, and annual qualifying on proficiency if the process was fair and followed due process with a means for appeal, if that same legislation also was paired with national concealed carry reciprocity. You don't need to be a lawyer to figure out the driving laws in each state at an operational level, and you can take your privately owned vehicle across state lines without becoming an unintended felon. The same can not be said about a legally owned firearm.
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    Helmet ID

    Looks like a version of the BH Optic Illusion, but not exactly. So it may very well be a custom cookie job. The box looks like a Cookie box, not that it matters, you are just going to remove it.
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    Which cancer. It isn't a single disease. Even specific cancers vary from individual to individual.
  17. They reported W2 wages for the employees that exercised those stock options. Deduction matched with taxable income. There are far more outrageous areas of the tax code.
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    That didn't age well.
  19. On Friday I hang out with my Friends. Some of them aren't of the same ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political mindset. I have plenty of criteria for selecting friends but the amount of melanin, the language their parents spoke in their house growing up, and what they like to do in bed and to whom isn't criteria that I care about. As was already pointed out who you hang out with has more to do with where you live, and certain races/ethnicities have to face systemic barriers to where they live. But maybe you are referring to "like-minded" racists, bigots, and American Taliban type folks? Those birds do seem to flock together, big flocks of shit birds.
  20. DougH


    I wake up everyday and thank Cthulhu that Westerly primary occupation is posting nonsense on, instead of something involving public health, medical research, or anything science based that goes beyond the level of a 5th grade baking soda volcano. The AstraZeneca news out of South Africa is definitely interesting, and concerning. It shows just how much complexity is involved. South Africa has halted their early phase rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine, but their decision is pretty nuanced. A trial of 2,000 individuals showed that it wasn't effective at reducing mild to moderate disease from the SA variant in younger individuals. I believe the trial participants were in their 30's. I believe that it still reduced severe disease and death, and it is hard to extrapolate to the higher risk population. Since the initial phase was going to health care workers, who are younger and lower risk, you really need to consider whether you give them a vaccine that shows poor protection of mild to moderate disease. There are limited doses, there are ethical constraints about giving someone a treatment shown to be ineffective for their primary risk, and then there the optics and social impacts of people getting a vaccine and then getting sick. If they were at the stage of vaccinating seniors they may have made a different choice.
  21. NJ had a somewhat controversial judicial decision that municipalities were required to use their zoning regulations to promote affordable housing. At the time some municipalities had zoning regulations that actively prevented low-income affordable housing projects from being built. It was called the Mount Laurel doctrine, I was familiar with it because my mother was a Real-estate agent for a developer. Towns found a way around it. They sold and purchased qualifying affordable housing projects, just like cap and trade and carbon credits. Rather than get a mix of residents some of these towns paid other municipalities for their excess affordable housing starts, and they often paid large sums to keep their demographics static. We are absolutely segregated by economics and where we live, and most people are very comfortable with the status quo. We just bought a house this summer in a rural farming/commuter bedroom town. It is largely white and affluent. The lack of diversity was actually one of the main negatives that I considered, but the large wooded lot and cul-de-sac was a huge draw. I plan on getting my son involved in activities as he gets older that will introduce him to a more diverse peer group, because I think it is really important. I also hope we can travel to different countries. I think it is also important that understands how different his life experience is than others.
  22. We had multiple years of lack luster growth following the Great Recession. Many economist have blamed that on the push for austerity measures in the US and Globally. I would classify ten years of shitty growth because people pushed politics instead of sound economic policy long term harm. At the time I was on board with it too. Borrowing is at an all time low for the US government, more harm is had from doing nothing. It would be like failing to apply a tourniquet because you are going to have to pay down the road to replace the item in your trauma kit.
  23. Absolutely agreed, but even if we had completely elastic unlimited supply of high quality health care it still would still result in a unnecessary loss of life. But as you correctly pointed out we don't have unlimited health care, and it will cause instances where people are denied care because there is no room.
  24. Even if we had unlimited health care resources it would still be exceptionally stupid to ignore precautions before we can get a good number folks vaccinated. Herd immunity through lax prevention measures and actual infections is a good way to play mutation bingo. We have been pretty lucky that the variants that have come about have only been more infectious without much additional increase virulence, though I am hearing that the UK strain may be more virulent but I haven't looked beyond the sound bite. Every new infection is a potential chance for the virus to mutate into something much more more deadly Play stupid games win stupid prizes. Would really suck to have it mutate into something that starts killing significantly more people, and it isn't out of the realm of possibilities.