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  1. I have to be honest. I don’t care what they do. Id rather they follow the rules, but I know what works for me and am not concerned about the actions of people I can’t control. Down that way lies madness. I think I would trade DeBlasio for almost anyone!
  2. I ALWAYS hate the UN General Assembly b/c it creates one long horrible traffic jam in my work neighborhood. But to ignore vaccine requirements makes it even worse. If I have to prove to be vaccinated to eat indoors, they can be vaccinated to attend an all day indoor meeting. Unfortunately, our mayor is a spineless creep and our governor, well we all know how well that turned out!
  3. We watched the Netflix show on the Pacers/Pistons brawl last night. Both really liked it. I had stopped watching the NBA when it happened, so really didn’t pay too much attention to it at the time. They really did a great job showing the pearl-clutching media crying about thugs. Interesting to see the whole tape of the incident.
  4. I feel ya, my friend. I hate it and really thought we would be over it by now. And taking a break in Brown County feels like heaven to me now. This isn’t COVID-related or anything, but thought people would like it and maybe lighten the mood around here a bit. I posted a headphone amp for sale on Craigslist and a guy reached out to me to come and see it. We exchanged phone numbers and started texting. He had a 317 area code and I was like, “wait that’s familiar.” The guy moved here to NYC three years ago from Zionsville. Also lived close to where we did by Luna Music before we lived downtown. Both he and his wife went to IU - same as my wife and I. He apologized for not having his IU hat on today. Hell, he might be on this board! Just thought that was one of those small world things.
  5. Good point, and I don’t disagree that it’s an important part. I also think there should be more study in this area. But herd immunity was never going to save us w/o killing too many people in the process. But I also have to say that I have had VERY few friends and colleagues who have been infected. My wife and I have not been infected. What we have been in careful and thoughtful. It’s worked so far for us. We managed to navigate the epicenter of this the entire time w/o being infected. We know so many people who chose to flee NYC during this and we stayed put, but did so with common sense actions. Hope I didn’t just jinx us though!
  6. Proven? Sure, masks, social distancing and vaccines. Especially these three together. I know you are not a fan of any of those, but they do work if people use them. Look at deaths, hospitalizations, and positivity rates in states that don’t embrace them. Idaho is at 43.7%, Mississippi at 34.4%. Deaths are surging in these places, and the hospitalizations are crushing healthcare workers in many regions. The states with the lowest positivity rates, hospitalizations, and deaths are all NE states that embrace masks, social distancing, and vaccination. The states struggling largely embrace individual freedom over a healthy society. The densest, most populous city in the US (NYC) has a positivity rate that’s been hovering between 1-4% for the last six months, currently at 3%. Everyone knows we got hammered in the beginning, before we knew what worked. Made a lot of mistakes, but after that initial surge, our rates have been VERY low. Why? Because we have been very strict about wearing masks indoors, social distancing, and we have a high vaccination rate. Our population density means we are always packed together - in buildings (mine has 75 units sharing an elevator), on subways, on buses, and on sidewalks. You would think that would make controlling spread difficult. There are a lot of us, but we mostly decided to make some sacrifices for the greater good of the people around us. Life is vibrant here - sidewalk and street dining are packed every day. New restaurants and stores are popping up. We go about our lives as we did before, w/o much worry about COVID. Outdoor dining has transformed neighborhoods, many more people are out and about biking, summer streets were extended year around (streets shut down to car traffic on weekends). We do mask up indoors, but that’s just smart. Subways are packed, but people wear masks. This really isn’t rocket science - we don’t have to scour the internet for fringe treatments and studies to prove our pet theories, if we simply do these things. History also tells us this is how many plagues and pandemics are ultimately ended.
  7. You are not a freak at all. Questioning is good and yes, politics can be a problem. I’ve worked with one researcher in all my years that let politics seep in. I talked to him, we disagreed, and I moved on to work with someone else. I hate that politics has got into this so deeply. Like you said, very complicated problem. But I will continue to trust real scientists and medical providers.
  8. My favorite of MANY hilarious tweets about this one.
  9. Sigh. This is pretty much the deal with any paper or any legitimate study. There is a limitations section. Legitimate researchers are trained to constantly question their results. And often over-emphasize the limitations or issues with a study, so when it’s peer reviewed they may head off some of the critiques and comments. The peer review process can be brutal. So, the CDC must include every word in a press release, but Joe Rogan, Podcast Pete, or Tucker Carlson can selectively quote things and mislead the public and that’s cool. Got it. I have to admit, this thread is difficult for me. I work with researchers, some of the best in the world. I trust them. I do not trust Podcast Pete or on air personalities. In the end, science will be proven right, and the treatment of the day/week pushers will long be forgotten about. I get it, many people on here don’t trust science. But, damn it’s depressing. I also get that many people don’t trust politicians. I am with you. Am sick of them all. Mostly just sick of people constantly questioning proven ways to reduce the spread of this virus. I also just simply don’t have the time to scour the internet all day b/c someone is wrong on the internet.
  10. https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s0806-vaccination-protection.html In today’s MMWR, a study of COVID-19 infections in Kentucky among people who were previously infected with SAR-CoV-2 shows that unvaccinated individuals are more than twice as likely to be reinfected with COVID-19 than those who were fully vaccinated after initially contracting the virus. These data further indicate that COVID-19 vaccines offer better protection than natural immunity alone and that vaccines, even after prior infection, help prevent reinfections. “If you have had COVID-19 before, please still get vaccinated,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “This study shows you are twice as likely to get infected again if you are unvaccinated. Getting the vaccine is the best way to protect yourself and others around you, especially as the more contagious Delta variant spreads around the country.” The study of hundreds of Kentucky residents with previous infections through June 2021 found that those who were unvaccinated had 2.34 times the odds of reinfection compared with those who were fully vaccinated. The findings suggest that among people who have had COVID-19 previously, getting fully vaccinated provides additional protection against reinfection. Additionally, a second publication from MMWR shows vaccines prevented COVID-19 related hospitalizations among the highest risk age groups. As cases, hospitalizations, and deaths rise, the data in today’s MMWR reinforce that COVID-19 vaccines are the best way to prevent COVID-19.
  11. Over 2,000 US citizens died of COVID yesterday. It didn’t have to be like this. And no, Ivermectin is not the way out of this mess.
  12. Oh man, I hate this for you. This is probably the most difficult things we have to do in our lives. And the hole they behind, the silence, the absence of their claws clicking on the floor, is just so much. I’m sorry, my friend.
  13. Yeah, that’s our policy too at the medical center. Actual dates for scheduling and receiving the vaccine. But I know there are other exemptions being approved in our department. And you are right, we shouldn’t bicker about it. We both want to be over this crap. Sorry if I came across like a d*ck, just so frustrated by this whole thing.
  14. Just so you know, I’ve worked in healthcare research for the last twenty five years. I run a healthcare innovation center at a very highly ranked School of Medicine. We study adverse events, barriers to treatment, predictive analytics, machine learning, health information technology, etc. One of the things we are always interested in is provider burnout. We work with dozens of major universities nationally and a few internationally. And no, we are not forcing people to get medical treatment against their will. As I’ve already mentioned twice, I’ve helped a post-doc get a medical exemption so she can keep her job. I know it makes for great headlines to stir up the freedom or else crowd, but that’s just not the policy on the ground in most places.
  15. We are really starting to be more concerned about the insidious, long term effects. Many people don’t seem to care about this, b/c it’s the flu, it’s a liberal conspiracy. It’s all about scoring argument points. The same people don’t care about long term effects, just individual freedom over what’s good for society. They don’t seem to care about health systems or healthcare workers forced to take care of anti-vax people who have *suddenly* had a change of heart and now desperately want care. Never mind that they didn’t trust the same healthcare system a month or a week ago. We are damn lucky that the people that work in healthcare (and don’t get me started on teachers, those poor teachers) are as decent as they are. Healthcare workers in many low vaccination states are exhausted and frustrated, but sure they should just keep their mouths shut and treat people who mock them. COVID’s impact is much more far reaching than we think, but sure let’s treat it like the flu and bicker about masks and vaccines.
  16. The families of over 1,500 people that die each day would disagree with you about COVID not being a good example. And I just posted above about one of my employees being unvaccinated. I did not eliminate her right to work. I helped her get an exemption so she could remain employed with us.
  17. And I should be clear when I say “hissy fit” I’m talking about the politicians and paid hacks on social media. Not targeting anyone here. I know I disagree on this topic with several on here, but respect them too much to trash them like that. I’m just exhausted by all the posturing and outrage on social media. To me, it’s a carrot and a stick thing. Vaccinations are for the greater good of society. They work better with more people vaccinated. If people don’t want to get vaccinated, then fine. But there may be repercussions and restrictions. If people want to participate fully in society, then get vaccinated. I keep saying this. I didn’t want a dozen vaccines in boot camp that I knew I wouldn’t need, but I got them. I have had and do have some reservations about the topic when it comes to race. There are serious historical issues to consider with Tusjkeegee, etc. But not enough reservations in my mind to exclude an entire race of people from being vaccinated. One thing to note, I have around 50 employees and faculty I’m responsible for. One of them is unvaccinated. She happens to be black. We have discussed this multiple times and she and I don’t agree on the topic. However, I did help her get her medical exemption and will help her navigate policy changes moving forward. I’m honestly just sick of arguing about it. If people don’t want to wear masks/get vaccinated, fine. But I have very little to no sympathy for their complaining and arguing about it. I’m more concerned about over 1,500 Americans dying every day from COVID when we couldn’t have been largely past this.
  18. Went to see Hadestown on Broadway last night and it was easy to enter by showing vaccination status by phone or card. Didn’t slow anything down and it was nice to see a show again. Had dinner beforehand and same deal. Flash your ID and vax status and enjoy. Felt no different than showing your ID to enter a bar. As far as mandates go, nothing new for the US. We’ve done this before, beginning with Washington making troops getting vaccinated. Also don’t recall throwing a hissy fit when I had to get them in school or the military, but we are now a hissy fit society.
  19. Bolded the most important part. As far as letting the virus “dominate life,” I don’t. I’m not going to cry if I have to wear a mask somewhere or show my vaccine status. I’ve never had to wear a mask before, but it’s fine. As far as vaccine status goes, I’ve (or my parents) have dealt with that for a good part of my life. Elementary school and the military required tons of vaccines. I’ve always accepted that as a part of participating in society. I do have a problem with accepting 1,500 preventable deaths each day from COVID. Especially since so many people had assured me that this would all be over after the inauguration. I have an uncle who was willing to bet his life on it. I hope it doesn’t come to that, but as the saying goes, “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” It is only a three areas I believe, but it’s nice to have some good news for once instead of doom and gloom.
  20. I recall even his mother posting on Twitter about the IU visit. That’s a good sign when Mom is happy!
  21. Chances of a Breakthrough Infection This is one reason why I support and encourage vaccines.
  22. Please give that young man hearty birthday wishes from HSN!
  23. And then there are people like us who are both vegetarian, chose not to have kids, and ride public transportation. Those three are HUGE reductions in our carbon footprint. We have flown twice in the last three years and live in a tiny 500 sq ft apartment. We also recycle and drop off our compost weekly.
  24. Ida rainfall dumped over 7 inches on NYC. Subways are still closed down until mid-day today. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/09/02/nyregion/nyc-subway-transit-updates.html The video in this link is bonkers. I’ve seen rain and flooding in the subway before, but not like this.
  25. I have some from my NAvy days thaI I kind of regret. But, I also have one that I got recently after our rescue dachshund Greta (my name for her was “Little G”) passed. I always look down at the arm now and think good thoughts of her. Pic attached, my wife also got a small g on her wrist. Will most likely get a cursive font that says Chloe on my other forearm for our dog Chloe who passed in June.
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