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    05-15-2021, 02:48 PM
    The dogs are smelling whatever it is that people who are getting sick are infected with.
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    05-15-2021, 11:07 AM
    This belongs here.
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    05-15-2021, 11:03 AM
    Well...it's better than nothing. Employers will balance the risk of lost productivity from potential outbreaks to the risk of vaccine adverse reactions. I think to convince employers against vaccine mandates is to point out alternatives. For example there are COVID test kits that can attach to your cellphone and give you results in minutes. https://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2021/at-home-covid-tests.html There are also COVID sniffing dogs. https://phys.org/news/2021-04-accuracy-dogs-coronavirus.html If you can show you aren't infected, it shouldn't matter that you aren't vaccinated. If you are infected you need to be home anyway.
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    05-15-2021, 10:45 AM
    ^This. It's funny that some years ago I was at a conference that was supposed to be comemorating the history of a black hospital in Nashville that existed back during segregation, and lasted a few decades after desegregation but ultimately closed. But it became a political farce. One of the presenters was talking about the very real problem of racial bias in medicine. Apparently studies show that doctors are less likely to prescribe powerful pain medication to blacks than to whites assuming falsely that blacks have a higher pain tollerance. During the question and answer session I asked "Aren't these powerful pain medications the main reason why whites, as opposed to blacks, are suffering from the opiod crisis?" He was like "Yes that's true. But it's still racist." Well....if the racism HELPS me...is it bad? Right now some people are saying that blacks should be prioritized to receive the vaccine. That sounds more like blacks being prioritized as guinea pigs rather than "reverse racism." But that's just me.
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    05-15-2021, 10:39 AM
    This belongs here. On my favorite sci-fi TV show of all time, Babylon 5 (though The Expanse might overtake that), there is an episode where Mr. Girabaldi is restoring an old motorcyle. He has problems finishing the project because he can't find parts or fuel. Lennier, one of the aliens on the show, finds out that the last gasoline powered motorcycle was built in 2035 and that the motorcyle was a sign of masculinity and "sexual prowess." Lennier later takes it upon himself to finish the project for Girabaldi with using a clean energy source. Girabaldi is pissed at first, but then enjoys the experience and he and Lennier ride around the space station.
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    05-15-2021, 10:20 AM
    Basically a Sybian seat? LOL.
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    05-15-2021, 10:15 AM
    Yes. We know we're being lied to. But what exactly is that lie? That's the problem the 9/11 Truth movement faced. All every faction in that movement ever agreed on is that it could have actually been prevented and that we were lied to by the government. Beyond that there was the no plane theory, the "missile / drone" theory (with or without a plane), the thermite theory, remote control plane theory, controlled opposition "patsy" theory, LIHOP vs MIHOP etc. These theories were not mutually exclusive (I subscribe to several of them) but some conflicted with each other. The strength of the 9/11 Truth movement is this. We were (all) certain that none of the government response was justified. The wars were not justified. The police state was not justified. There was no ongoing threat. Even the "blowback" theory put forward in public by Ron Paul and Michael Schuerer embraced the idea that the wars and police state were not justified. When it comes to the pandemic, the difference in the views also leads to a difference in responses. There is the "there is no virus" view. Maybe the illness comes from 5G. I don't think that makes sense. People get sick...and then either die or get better. Some sort of radiation poisoning just gets progressively worse. Then there is "It's just the flu." Maybe. I do think it is an altered coronavirus though. Coronaviruses are not new. They cause colds. This one was altered IMO to be lethal. Some accept the "It really came from the wild" theory but reject all mitigation measures including masks, vaccines, lockdowns and travel restrictions. I wore masks back when the CDC said not to. (Call me a rebel....and something of a bootlegger as I was going through the back roads of Tennessee finding masks to re-sell and ordering them from China when they were not available in stores). I think Iceland and Taiwan did pretty good without lockdowns, though both did restrict international travel and Taiwan masked up. (It doesn't seem like Iceland masked up). These days I'm kind of ambivalent about masks. I wear them sometimes. Sometimes I don't. I don't argue if someone says put one on. What the coronavirus truth movement seems united on is that mandates, whether they are lockdowns or mask mandates or vaccine mandates, are wrong. So what do we do? Sure. Fighting is great. But how? A call to action, without a plan, just leads to frustration. Though I no longer listen to Alex Jones, I do like the idea of an "information war." What information needs to get out? IMO this is key. 1) Dr. Fauci can't be trusted. It's not just Dr. Fauci, but he is the focal point, the "point person" the "kindly grandfather type" 2) The virus is most likely man made.
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    05-15-2021, 03:12 AM
    You know they've already been talking about how this might require "booster" vaccination right? Actually it's the vaccine makers pushing this. Real scientist question the need. But guess which "scientists" will be deemed the "real scientists" and which will be deemed quacks? https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/top-scientists-question-need-covid-19-booster-shots-2021-05-13/
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    05-14-2021, 06:34 PM
    A friend of my reacted to this new this way "This is terrible. She has a right to speak her mind." And I was like "Of course she does. And her fellow republicans had a right not to vote for her." Seriously...much ado about nada.
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    05-14-2021, 06:22 PM
    LOL. So even after Dr. Fauci (the weasel), Joe Biden (the senile) and the CDC (another untrustworthy alphabet agency) all said you had to vaccine or wear a mask, the fascists in New York say you have to vaccine and wear a mask.
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    05-14-2021, 06:21 PM
    You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Brian4Liberty again.
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    05-14-2021, 06:18 PM
    The irony is angelatc got temp banned here. So each of you got banned on a different platform. Ban banning.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    05-14-2021, 12:25 PM
    Which is why when you try to remove the nuance, you end up flat. I'm actually glad to see Ron's position on this mirrors my own as I laid out earlier. There is no reason why a private company would do this without government coercion. So if this ever became an issue - which it won't - then you'd have to address the underlying problems. Obviously, some politicians are taking a proactive step to tell businesses to not slice their own throats. Ok - not really necessary, but also not really harmful compared to everything else they do. It's just a political show. But I'd rather have that political show than the opposite. In reality, if DeSantis and Abbot would have banned government from pressuring private companies to institute these vaccine passports, it would have accomplished the same thing without this ridiculous controversy you're trying to drum up. Because companies will NOT do this on their own.
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    05-14-2021, 09:57 AM
    From what I've read, weed became officially "marijuana" (it's Mexican nickname) by .gov, to make it sound more evil to Americans & justify prohibiting hemp.
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    05-14-2021, 02:24 AM
    https://freedomisobvious.blogspot.com/2021/05/no-such-thing-as-good-cop.html Today I begin with the thesis that there is no such thing as a "good" cop. If you are one of those who are ready to jump down my throat and hurl rotten tomatoes at me, I ask that you remain calm until I have explained my position in sufficient detail. Bear in mind that most of what I will assert and attempt to defend bears the modifying amendment of "as currently constituted" and/or "as currently defined". I will do my best to make all of this clear in short order. To begin, I strenuously and unequivocally object to the concept of a "law enforcement officer" for the reason that "law" stands ill-defined in every source I have come to know. In the dozens of attempts at defining "law" that I have read, which range from Bouvier's and other law dictionaries, to various less-formal swags, nowhere have I encountered a definition that was in any way so much as approaching the sufficiency of rigor. This is more than a little surprising, given that the future's of countless lives have hung and continue to hang on the concept, which speaks directly to the much vaunted idea of "justice". How can one have justice if we cannot define that which is just? Even more surprising is the fact that one of the very best treatments on the subject can be found on wikipedia.org, a source I generally and validly view with keen suspicion and doubt. And yet, the article acknowledges my assertion that there exist no proper definitions of the term. To wit: There have been several attempts to produce "a universally acceptable definition of law".
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    05-13-2021, 02:15 PM
    Don't hold your breath. Once things get relegated to the "conspiracy theory" zone, they have a hard time coming back - no matter how much evidence.
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    05-13-2021, 01:45 PM
    I think it's real. It's making its way through some military FB pages.
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    05-13-2021, 01:35 PM
    I know you really want to remove all nuance (again to keep it in the theoretical realm), but nuance matters. First of all, this hasn't been a problem in the real world, so we are not likely to see legislation banning this. If it did become an issue, the corporate interests would line up against the ban, because they'd HAVE to ensure that it was as nearly ubiquitous as possible so that they wouldn't be driving their business to their competitors. If there was a collusion among businesses that in turn drove privacy advocates to request a ban on the practice, I'd like to see the bill to address the collusion rather than an outright ban, but that's not the real world either.
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    05-13-2021, 12:57 PM
    Supposedly taken from Ft. Campbell. Apparently Jim Crow is an instruction manual.
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    05-13-2021, 12:42 PM
    In the real world, I'd have to see the language of any proposed bill. In theory, businesses should be able to turn away anyone for any reason at any time. But that's not the world we're living in. Government is already forcing businesses to engage in commerce with people that they may not want to. If this fairy-tale ban you're proposing prevented government from coercing businesses to collude with each other I think I might support it.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    05-13-2021, 12:32 PM
    :rolleyes: "Do you support a government ban of private anything"???
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    05-13-2021, 12:30 PM
    I am by no means a crypto expert, but any word on what the impact is to Stablecoins?? My limited understanding is that the various Stablecoins don't use mining as they're pegged to a commodity and therefore don't have the same energy needs.
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  • Ender's Avatar
    05-12-2021, 03:50 PM
    JFYI- tetanus is not caused by rust or metal, etc. It's caused by poop going into a jab where no air can get in to solve the problem.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    05-12-2021, 12:17 PM
    Um... yeah - that's the point. Which answer do you want? If you want people to take your side, ask Q1. If you want them to take the opposite side, ask Q2.
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  • CaptUSA's Avatar
    05-12-2021, 09:42 AM
    So, the left is actually supporting Cheney in this. :D Strange bedfellows indeed. There are some actively calling for her to leave the party and become a democrat, now that she has seen the light.
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    05-12-2021, 09:41 AM
    Ok, Luntz. Lol. Well, then it's all in how you phrase the question to get the poll results you want, then. "Should the tyrant's pen be able to order how a private business decides which customers to do business with?" Or "Should corporations be prevented from banding together to violate the privacy of American consumers in the name of safety?"
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    05-12-2021, 09:13 AM
    Poll needs more options. In theory, I wouldn't support a ban - especially, at the federal level. But in reality, the government is so intertwined with business and commerce now. It's hard to imagine a scenario where a "vaccine passport" could remain strictly private. In theory, as a business owner, I should be able to decide to not do business with someone that doesn't live up to whatever parameters I decide. If I want them to provide proof of vaccination, I should be able to tell them to go to a competitor if they don't want to show it to me. But in reality, that's not how it would work. Because it would be in no business's interest to send away their customers over a virus that is not really that harmful, the only way a business would do this is if they could coerce their competitors to do the same. And in today's market, they will leverage government.
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