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Vaccine Nation 0

Afterthought:

I had a chance discussion yesterday with one of my neighbors while we were picking up our mail.

Both of us remember images on the telly vision of children in iron lungs because of polio. Both of us had childhood diseases–chicken pox, measles (I didn’t have mumps when I was a kid, but my parents did while I was a kid and it was scary for this kid–they were both sick in bed together being miserable)–for which there are now vaccines. Both of us remember the sense of relief when the Salk and Sabin vaccines became available. Both of us remember when vaccine records (AKA “vaccine passports”) were routine things. (I don’t know if my neighbor has kids, but I certainly remember keeping my kids’ “vaccine passports” up-to-date so they could attend school.)

My friend mentioned to my neighbor that I had had a reaction to my COVID booster (I’ll take the reaction over COVID seven days a week and twice on Sundays). He told me that a long-time friend of his had refused to get vaccinated (“He woudln’t get the shot”) and had recently passed away from COVID and that said friend’s wife, who had also refused to get vaccinated, had fallen ill, but had recovered.

I know nothing about my neighbor’s political leanings, and I did not ask.

But we agreed that a sizable portion of our polity has eschewed the concept of the common good.

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Droning On 0

Concord, California, plans to become Big Brother launch aerial surveillance city state.

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The Victim 0

Man wearng MAGA hat and Q tee-shirt holds up two signs, one reading

Via The Bob Cesca Show Blog.

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Polybius:

All things are subject to decay and change.

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And Now for a Musical Interlude 0

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Computer Illiteracy . . . 0

. . . is a thing in the Missouri Governor’s mansion.

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True Believers 0

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Public Healthiness 0

At NJ.com, Clifford Kulwin reports on his visit to a polity where the pandemic did not become politicized. A snippet:

No one enjoys wearing masks, of course, but they weren’t a source of conflict. No slipping it under the nose, no arguing with a museum guard or a flight attendant, no articles in the newspaper about groups or individuals challenging government public health edicts. Everybody followed the rules.

Shortly after my arrival, a friend emailed,“ do you feel safe there?” I answered honestly. “Safer than I do at home.”

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It’s All about the Algorithm 0

Goat:  What are you doing Rat?  Rat:  Posting something on social media that I how will go viral.  I heard their algorithms prioritize confict.  Goat:  So what did you post?  (The post:  I want to punch you in the face.

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“Social” media isn’t.

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Facebook Frolics, Running Amok Dept. 0

Mark Zuckerberg watches as car labeled

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The Ever-Shrinking Cycle of “Fiscal” Conservatism 0

PoliticalProf.

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Marcus Aurelius:

He was a man who looked at what ought to be done, not to the reputation which is got by a man’s acts.

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A Tune for the Times 0

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“An Armed Society Is a Polite Society” 0

Party politely.

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A meme girl twit.

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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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Title:  GOP Platform for the 2022 Midterms.  Image:  Republican Elephant says,

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They just can’t seem to help it. A snippet:

The woman claimed her car was broken into, then insisted that Black fit the description of the individual who was breaking into other cars at the complex because he was wearing a hoodie and a backpack.

The apartment complex said the person accused of the break-ins was actually described as a white adolescent on a bike with a red backpack, News 4 Nashville reported. He told the news station that he believed the woman accused him because he is Black.

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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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Fawn M. Brodie:

A man’s memory is bound to be a distortion of his past in accordance with his present interests, and the most faithful autobiography is likely to mirror less what a man was than what he has become.

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