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    09-18-2021, 02:57 PM
    The same thing might be said of the unvaccinated -- as they continue to take up all the ICU beds such that people with other illnesses can't get proper care, they may find that the loved ones of those others in need might just sneak in and disconnect a few ventilators.
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    09-17-2021, 03:22 PM
    I understand, and I fully agree.
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    09-17-2021, 01:52 PM
    THIS belongs in the Clown Show (except the part about the ban applying to government entities).
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    09-15-2021, 09:57 AM
    The Woodard/Costa book says that Secretary of State Blinken and Secretary of State Austin advised Biden to extend the withdrawal date, but he declined to do so. Under such circumstances it's extremely doubtful that anyone could have handled the withdrawal any better. The only promotion Milley could theoretically get would be to 5-star status (General of the Army), a rank that hasn't been conferred since 1950 and that has to be approved by the Senate, which ain't gonna happen.
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    09-02-2021, 08:44 AM
    So are you saying that because corporations are created by the government's consent, it can legally regulate any aspect of a corporation's activity? At what interest rate does a loan become usurious? Usury laws are nothing more than price controls imposed by government.
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    09-01-2021, 10:10 AM
    I agree there's a tension between free markets and corporations. But is the alternative to allow the government an unlimited power to regulate corporations in exchange for the insulation from personal liability the shareholders enjoy?
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    09-01-2021, 10:07 AM
    Well, I see the Peanut Gallery is out in full force, deflecting the topic of discussion away from governmental interference in private contracts. I am serious. Who is colluding? Don't tell me you think an employer who requires his employees to be vaccinated (especially if the employee is working in a hospital, for God's sake) is part of some kind of global conspiracy run by Big Pharma.
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    09-01-2021, 09:57 AM
    Most people have at-will employment arrangements under which the employer can change the rules at any time. I've never heard of someone dying from a cold (not the same thing as pneumonia), and the Pfizer vaccine has been approved and is extremely effective against hospitalization and death.
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    09-01-2021, 09:51 AM
    And yours appears to be a standard Walt Whitman response -- "Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself".
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    09-01-2021, 09:00 AM
    I'm surprised at these anti-free market and anti-libertarian views. Why is government coercion bad when it comes to minimum wages, OSHA requirements, environmental regulations, and civil rights legislation, yet it's OK to restrict an employer's right to determine the terms under which he employs someone in this instance?
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    08-30-2021, 02:48 PM
    And when you give one of these mathematically illiterate babies $10.01 for a $9.56 check, they'll give you a puzzled look, hand back the penny, and then give 44 cents in change.
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    08-29-2021, 09:07 AM
    So you're taking one day in one county and extrapolating that to the entire country? Well, two can play that game. Here's a report about New York for May 3-July 25, dealing with a much larger sample. A report about Los Angeles for May 1-July 25: A report from the State of Washington:
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    08-28-2021, 01:13 PM
    What evidence?
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    08-28-2021, 01:12 PM
    Do you have a credible source to back this up?
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    08-28-2021, 08:26 AM
    Is't it true that a vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients in the U.S. are unvaccinated?
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    08-28-2021, 08:23 AM
    The study you cited didn't address the efficacy of the vaccine to reduce the chances of death or serious illness (vs. being unvaccinated and not having been previously infected) or to reduce the chance of infection in the first instance (nor was this its purpose).
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    08-27-2021, 02:37 PM
    If you had a 99% fully-vaccinated rate for a population group it wouldn't be at all surprising that most cases of infection would be among the fully vaccinated. So Israel has a 78% fully vaccinated rate but only 59% of those hospitalized were fully vaccinated, and of that group 87% were at least 60. Those stats hardly prove that the vaccine is ineffective. Shouldn't the real comparison be between the percentage of fully vaccinated people who get infected vs. the percentage of nonvaccinated people who get infected (even assuming you could even get such data -- a mild infection probably wouldn't be tested or reported)? Going further, it's my understanding that getting the vaccine doesn't mean you won't get infected; but it means your chances of getting very sick or dying is greatly reduced (e.g., the quote in the OP "a growing body of research has shown those who are unvaccinated face far higher risks of severe illness or death from a COVID-19 infection.") How about a comparison of the percentage of vaccinated people who die or get seriously ill vs. the percentage of unvaccinated folks who do? You could even create sub-groups by age -- e.g., over-60 vaccinated vs. over 60 unvaccinated. As the man said, there are lies, damn lies, and statistics.
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    08-26-2021, 11:23 AM
    That's certainly possible, but it's also possible that in their hubris they underestimated the blowback from the courts. They may have thought the mere fact that they were representing the President of the United States made them more bulletproof.
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    08-26-2021, 08:06 AM
    A federal judge in Michigan sanctioned pro-Trump attorneys including Sidney Powell and Lin Wood that alleged widespread election fraud Wednesday, ruling the attorneys should face a range of punishments—including undergoing legal education and potentially facing disbarment—for their lawsuit that attempted to overturn President Joe Biden’s win in the state. Ruling their lawsuit was “a historic and profound abuse of the judicial process,” U.S. District Judge Linda Parker ordered the attorneys to pay the defendants’ legal fees and attend at least 12 hours of “continuing legal education” on pleading standards and election law, as well as referred the attorneys to disciplinary boards where they’re licensed “for investigation and possible suspension or disbarment.” https://www.forbes.com/sites/alisondurkee/2021/08/25/sidney-powell-kraken-attorneys-sanctioned-for-bringing-michigan-election-fraud-lawsuit/?sh=383ceea11245 The moral of the story: Don't file bullshit lawsuits.
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    08-25-2021, 07:21 AM
    I don't know anything about drumming, and when I listen to a rock track I know it's there but I don't pay much attention to it. But there's one big exception. The first time I heard Tumbling Dice I was blown away by what Charlie was doing, even though I was (and am) completely ignorant of the physical techniques he's using. There's just something about the feel that makes me pay attention to the drums every time I hear the tune. The build up at the end, culminating in the fills beginning at 3:03 is incredible.
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    08-24-2021, 11:29 AM
    Passed away today at age 80. The backbone of the Stones.
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