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  1. Love it when it’s not just the recruit, but the parents, who are blown away by a visit. Welcome aboard to the entire family!
  2. Honestly, I don’t think it’s a realistic expectation to expect consistency of policy in such a fractured political state and society. That horse has left the barn several years ago. Our political classes are at war with each other over $$$$. That’s literally all they care about. And they want to keep us at each other’s throats so they can sell their hate and policies.
  3. Ha, not there yet. And honestly have never felt threatened by my neighbors. It’s mostly harmless, but annoying things. The traffic stuff is however a real problem and the NYPD has seemed to just walk away from it. I agree, The WORST mayor. And it didn’t help that the NYPD hated him so much that they (again) decided to take it easy on their workload. Saying, “Oh, I hate the mayor, so I won’t actually do my job today,” isn’t that big of an issue when you are reshelving library books, but when you are still responsible for traffic violations, that can have a big impact. There are still people that live here and they would like the NYPD to arrest an a**hole with 20 active school zone speeding violations - but they don’t. Those a**holes just keep on driving and causing problems. I’m a huge proponent of taking away traffic enforcement from an NYPD that doesn’t want to do it and actively contributes to the problem. Give that oversight to the DOT and then tell the cops from Long Island that they have to find parking like the rest of us. They shouldn’t get to block sidewalks and bike lanes with their personal cars. There is now a concerted effort of people flooding 311 with complaints about personal cars of NYPD parked illegally. And shocker, the NYPD is harassing people who have submitted formal complaints. Absolute trash.
  4. The problem with the NYPD is that they have stopped doing many parts of their jobs after the city turned against their overzealous response to the 2020 marches. They have done this before, going on “unofficial strikes.” They think it’s cute and funny, but people actually die b/c of their “strikes.” For instance, this year has been one of the deadliest years for pedestrians and bikers in recent memory. The NYPD has multiple times promised to crackdown on drivers, and yet… Pedestrians and bikers are bing killed at an alarming historical rate, and the NYPD has been largely absent during this. On the subways, people are doing whatever the hell they want - I’ve seen dozens of homeless people smoking on the subway ( not on the platform, on the the trains). Have also seen two people urinating on the platform and one person pleasuring himself at Union Square, just in the last week. No cops anywhere. They’ve also always had a tendency to park illegally, but now every police station has lines of cars blocking the sidewalk and bike lanes on each corner. I’ve watched people push strollers out into the road to get around the lines of personal cars belonging to police that block the sidewalk. Neighborhoods complain and absolutely nothing happens. It’s to the point where the city hates them and they hate the city. No one wants them here and they don’t want to be here. Yet, I still pay their salary in taxes. Cops need to live in the neighborhoods they are assigned to, not drive in from their houses on Long Island. Is it a tough, dangerous job? Yep, but living here can also be tough and dangerous. The rest of us pull our weight. They don’t. They hide in their stations and scowl at people.
  5. It’s not like the NYPD to actually do anything these days, except park on the sidewalk and stand around in donut shops. Worthless, waste of tax dollars.
  6. Love corgis. They have such funny personalities. We had one in our building called Captain Pcorg.
  7. Hard to tell, I tend to trust the NIH overall, but am not as forgiving when it comes to drug companies. That’s the one type of research that I have never been involved with and never will.
  8. Exactly like that! It’s funny, my wife met a girl in the dog run a few months ago and realized that she lived right underneath us. The girl was like, “Oh, wow you guys have the tomatoes that sometimes fall onto my balcony. They are delicious!”
  9. Large clinical trial to study repurposed drugs to treat COVID-19 symptoms Using an ACTIV master protocol, the trial will focus on potential interventions for mild-to-moderate illness. The National Institutes of Health will fund a large, randomized, placebo‑controlled Phase 3 clinical trial to test several existing prescription and over-the-counter medications for people to self-administer to treat symptoms of COVID-19. Part of the Accelerating COVID‑19 Therapeutic Interventions and Vaccines (ACTIV) public–private partnership, the ACTIV-6 trial aims to provide evidence-based treatment options for the majority of adult patients with COVID-19 who have mild-to-moderate symptoms and are not sick enough to be hospitalized. NIH will provide an initial investment of $155 million in funding for the trial. “While we’re doing a good job with treating hospitalized patients with severe disease, we don’t currently have an approved medication that can be self-administered to ease symptoms of people suffering from mild disease at home, and reduce the chance of their needing hospitalization,” said NIH Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D. “ACTIV-6 will evaluate whether certain drugs showing promise in small trials can pass the rigor of a larger trial.”
  10. Ha, yep. There are just too many people. We barely make eye contact on the subway most times! Though I will say that it’s very different where I live, we all kind of know each other at least by sight and habits.
  11. Yep, I get that! After all I’m a small town kid from Southern Indiana. I hate all the people and crowds. Even the view is better from Brooklyn!
  12. The growth of fringe websites catering to conspiracy theories about vaccines empowers more insane people like this. ‘Maryland man allegedly fatally shot his pharmacist brother for ‘killing people’ with the COVID vaccine, court records show” https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-cr-burnham-follow-20211006-srubyenoujenvkd5igalidruwm-story.html
  13. Interesting bit on Ebright on his Wikipedia page: “Ebright has stated that the genome and properties of SARS-CoV-2 provide no basis to conclude the virus was engineered as a bioweapon,[51][52] but he also has stated that the possibility that the virus entered humans through a laboratory accident cannot be dismissed[53][54][55][56][57] and has called for a thorough investigation of the origin of the pandemic and for measures to reduce the risk of future pandemics.[58][59][60][61][62]”
  14. That’s one of the reasons I love it so much. Bloomington itself is one of the main characters in the movie.
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