Health and Sanity category archive
WHYY (my old NPR station when I lived in the Philly area) takes a look at how taking sensible health precautions has morphed into a theater of stupid. Here’s an excerpt; follow the link for the rest (emphasis added).
Still, the battle to inoculate the nation against the coronavirus has reached a fever pitch in recent months. President Biden has focused on getting as many Americans as possible vaccinated against the coronavirus, most notably rolling out wide-reaching vaccine mandates for government employees and for businesses with more than 100 workers.
But Republicans have grown increasingly hostile to the notion of mandatory vaccines — despite vaccine mandates existing in the background in parts of the United States since the 19th century — and have parlayed the fight against COVID-19 into a political battle, with vaccine mandates as the latest frontier in the great American defense of freedom and liberty. . . . .
“Somehow it has morphed into not getting the vaccine as a way to defend their freedom and resist this ‘tyranny,’ ” said Ken Resnicow, a professor in the school of public health at the University of Michigan. “There’s not many countries that have this dynamic.”
A maskless marauder drops the (figurative) mask. (Warning: short ad at the end.)
At Psychology Today Blogs, Eugen Dimant discusses some disheartening research. His summary:
- Attitudes regarding mask-wearing behavior are highly polarized.
- We tested Republicans and Democrats separately on whether we could increase the rates at which people wear masks.
- We found that behavior change is difficult in such a polarizing environment and nudges alone might not be enough.
Follow link for details and the study, its methodology, and its findings.
We got our Pfizer COVID boosters today at our local drug store of choice.
We trust science. And scientists. And people who have whaddyacallem “qualifications.”
We don’t trust randos on Facebook.
Danae’s father has
told mandated her to clean up her room . . . .
The editorial board of the Las Vegas Sun is somewhat taken aback by Republicans’ willingness to believe anything. Here’s a bit:
New Hampshire state Rep. Ken Weyler was so convinced about the accuracy of a new report on the COVID-19 vaccine that the 79-year-old Republican felt compelled to circulate it among his colleagues recently.
Imagine his fellow legislators’ surprise in learning the findings of the report, including that the vaccine contains a “living organism with tentacles” and is causing the babies of vaccinated parents to be born “transhuman” with “pitch-black eyes.”
Amazing. And, of course, completely insane.
Follow the link for a litany of lunacy.
Today’s local rag took a close look at disruptive behavior, threats of violence, and even occasional acts of violence at school board meetings in these viral times. Adam Laats, a historian at New York’s Binghamton University, was one of the persons cited in the article; he pointed out that this is not a new or isolated phenomenon, but a recurring one in times of stress and change, supporting that point with numerous examples.
One phrase, in particular, caught my eye:
The full article is at the link.