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Vaccine Nation 0

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.”

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Mandate Man 0

Red-hatted man holds up two documents and says,

Image via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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The Privatization Scam, Maskless Marauders Dept. 0

A maskless marauder drops the (figurative) mask. (Warning: short ad at the end.)

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Maskless Marauders 0

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.

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Vaccine Nation 0

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.

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Maskless Marauders 0

At the Hartford Courant, Kevin Rennie points out that words matter.

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Vaccine Nation 0

Frame One:  Death says,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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The Tantrum 0

Danae’s father has told mandated her to clean up her room . . . .

Danae is straightening up her room, while singing,

Click for the original image.

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Vaccine Nation 0

David dissects a covidiotic voice mail.

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The Pusher Men 0

Caption:  Which handheld product has profited more from human weakness, suffering, and addiction?  Image:  Pack of cigarettes and smartphone displaying Facebook logo.

Click to view the original image.

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The Monster Next Door 0

I have resisted the temptation of join NextDoor. I had a sneaking feeling that it could lead to no good, because years of experience and observation have taught me that “social” media isn’t.

As evidence, I offer one person’s story.

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The Bullies’ Pulpit 0

Frame One:  Schoolboy says,

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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Vaccine Nation 0

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Vaccine Nation 0

Twits on twitter. fomenting fabrications.

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Easy Marks 0

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.

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“The Republican Virus” 0

David runs the numbers. (Warning: Short promotion at the end.)

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School Daze, Reprise 0

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:

“People think if things are changing and kids are in school, the school must be changing the kids — instead of the kids are changing, and they’re in school,” he said.

The full article is at the link.

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Two groups of Civil War reenactors.  Man in charge says,

Methinks the metaphor is spot on.

Image via Juanita Jean.

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society,” Vaccine Nation Dept. 0

Brotherly politeness.

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Maskless Marauders 0

iMac the Knife.

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