We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Get second jab tomorrow, and know I am already 80% covered three weeks after first shot (which is why Canada and England are using only one dose of the two-jab systems to stretch them out).
My thinking has changed drastically in the last three weeks, and I stopped reading most of the covid resources I was watching (number in my state, etc.). After all I am vaccinated against measles, smallpox, and polio and don't think about them at all since I am shielded, so why worry about it.
Boredom is irrelevant. I don't care about anyone's feelings about Covid, thanks. That's for liberals - which conservatives have successfully imitated this year. Facts used to matter more than feelings. Oh, I'm sorry, I mean real facts, not the studies cherry-picked over at Instapundit.
Everyone seems to forget the part of "but what if my behavior endangers others?" Which, mirabile dictu, it does. I know everyone is tired of hearing about that. But I was here a year ago at this site and folks here didn't care then, either, when it was brand new. You cared about what you wanted to do, and nothing else mattered. Shocking that a year later so many of you still feel the same way, just more impatient now.
Free, independent citizens who think for themselves! You know who else doesn't like to be told what to do? Teenagers. I know this attitude from fifty people I know in real life and a dozen online comments sections in the last year. You do not see yourselves, but you are sure it is all the other people who are wrong. Buy a friggin' mirror.
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"but what if my behavior endangers others?"
Prove it. Masks don't work. Social distancing might work but not 6 feet, 100 feet maybe. So how does it endanger others?
Most people have abided by the rules, wore masks, 6 feet apart, stayed home unless it was necessary to go out. And tens of millions of them got covid anyway and half a million or so died. Why? Cause masks and social distancing doesn't work. So what do the geniuses tell us to do to not endanger others??? Where masks, social distance and stay home. DUH!
I don't do exercise, so thanks for that input. If the decrease in oxygen intake and/or CO2 clearing is so substantial as to cause one to conclude that deadlifts can't be done with a mask, it seems to me that the detriment is far more than 10-20%. That's far more than I'm willing to subject myself to, even if I "can" do it, while undergoing normal activity.
Now consider the viral load captured in the mask over time of use, as well as bacterial load captured, and the price paid is too high for the limited benefit. Non-symptomatic transmission risk is far, far, less than the proverbial second-hand smoke thing from years ago, and that was BS, so, no, I'm not a risk to others going without a mask.
Now the CDC decides that the risk of catching coronavirus on surfaces was never high enough to be concerned about -- just 1 in 10,000 and that’s in a worst-case scenrio, so 1 in a million is a far more practical way to assess that risk — and that regular cleaning agents work fine, so disinfectant is not needed.
It was always bullshit, I knew it was always bullshit, but now half the people in the country are freaked-out irrational germophobes.