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Wednesday, August 18. 2021
Today I signed an offer letter, so after 9 months I will finally be going back to work. The role is a step below where I was, but after pursuing lateral and better positions, only to find myself making final rounds and going no further (for obvious reasons that shall not be discussed), I felt just getting back on the playing field was important as long as I wasn't going bankrupt. I have always been realistic about just wanting to get back in the office, so the fact it's a step back isn't bothering me. It's a challenging role that suits my talents well and I'm appreciative of the people who recognized I could provide a value to their organization.
Employment opens up other opportunities for me which I'd been reticent about pursuing while I wasn't working. One was to attend a memorial service in Florida to scatter the ashes of a close friend who died during Covid (not from Covid, or even 'with' Covid). With my financial situation sorted out somewhat, I let friends know that I would be attending. One promptly replied they would not be attending due to "Gov DeathSantis" and the "disaster" he "created" down there. I chose not to argue. The statistics are readily available, and this association can't be further from the truth. It is just an example of the truly annoying politicization of the virus. I don't understand anyone who really believes there is a political solution to this. There isn't. New Zealand is unique in attempting to achieve a zero case situation. As an island nation, they have some unique qualities that should allow them to achieve this, at lease in theory. Even they are learning it's not possible in real life.
Afghanistan. I never thought I'd see a repeat of Vietnam in my lifetime. You'd think we learned a valuable lesson there. Apparently, we didn't. Or I should say certain members of our government didn't. It's shocking and must be infuriating for allies of ours to see what is happening and wonder "can this happen to me?" The likelihood is no, our relationship with Afghanistan was not typical or standard. However, to see Biden abandoning tens of thousands who the US did have a legitimate and standard relationship with in such callous fashion is concerning. As a result, it does raise one's eyebrows as to the state of affairs in the White House. I know the 'credible' media spent 4 years telling me that Trump (who I certainly was no fan of) had no policies, was erratic, and unreliable. I think that assessment is more applicable today.
Finally, Cuomo. I recently read a piece by a person who got their first job from Cuomo. He had glowing things to say about Cuomo. Not to rationalize what occurred, but to point out that even those we admire have flaws. I agreed and acknowledged his comments as justifiable. After all, I remarked, I worked for Roger Ailes twice and I won't spend any time trying to rationalize his personal flaws. But I, too, have many stories of his great treatment of employees, his loyalty and promotion of them, and how he really did run a great shop. As leaders go, Ailes was top-notch. However, since he was a Republican, his behavior is demonized while Cuomo got the kid gloves. I doubt one, let alone two, movies will be made about Cuomo's sexualizing of women.
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Good luck and best wishes for your new job, Bulldog. That's great news. Do you have to relocate?
While you and I are on the same page, my wife thinks De Santis is a complete idiot who has created a disaster in FL. I choose not to argue as well. You can't successfully argue against fear.
In re Afghanistan, the big unknowns are how badly this has damaged our standing in the world an what happen when the next international crisis happens.
Cuomo: My guess is they agreed not to prosecute him in exchange for his resignation and I expect he will get a generously paid position for doing nothing in some think tank or NGO.
You do not argue with fear....I'm stashing that away for the rest of my life. You at so right
I won't assign blame as to who is at fault - governors may not be the best pick for that. But Florida now has more new cases per day than at any time in the pandemic. In the last two weeks it has passed four states in deaths-per-million, dropping from 28th to 23rd worst. This for a state that is far from New York City and did not get the first wave. It's an elderly population and maybe they did everything right. But it's not an exemplary record.
I think the conservatives are politicising the issue and ignoring actual data as much as liberals are. Facts used to be our strong point.
The Florida economy hasn't taken as severe a hit as many other states, and that counts for a lot.
Don't forget that the first wave that hit Florida was largely driven by implants from northern states that had big first waves. I personally know half the staff of my last job headed down there. I wouldn't be surprised if they also carried the virus with them. Blaming that on DeSantis would be foolish, as would blaming the current situation, which still isn't that bad. If you look at total numbers, it looks like he's doing better than, or as well as, Cuomo. Which isn't saying much. But mortality per 1mm population is considerably lower than NY. In fact, it's pretty much the same as Texas, and outside of a misguided Biden calling Texans "Neanderthals" there hasn't been much press on Texas doing so poorly. My guess is because DeSantis is a legitimate presidential candidate, so best to ruin his reputation now.
I am still not buying the current story. Mortality rates per case in this 'wave' of cases is lower. That's a mix of improved treatments and weaker virus, I'm sure. Thinking lockdowns and masks will magically 'fix' this is misguided...eventually you do have to open up, and this virus has a large non-human reservior. You'll never get to zero...which means you'll have waves every time you open up. Which means best to open up and learn how to live with it.
I did additional work and looked at other nations. Sweden had a relatively high rate of mortality, but is past their worst times, and there has been no third wave (as yet). Interestingly, Denmark, alone among the larger industiralized nations, seems to be doing 'best' - but they have had almost 9 tests per person. They are doing constant testing, and they are still relatively locked down. I also read a comparison of the UK, Sweden and Denmark, and the basic outcome wasn't that anyone was doing anything differently - it was all timing. Denmark (having a small, homogenous and relatively compliant population) was able to impose restrictions rapidly and has been maintaining them. But at some point those restrictions have to be lifted. Vaccines, we are now seeing, are not the be-all-to-end-all we were sold on. The 95% 'effective' rate for a virus that affected 5% of the population badly isn't exactly accurate (I had a friend just get out of the hospital who was vaccinated, followed the masking, distancing, etc., still got the virus and was in a bad way). Anecdotal, but no more so than someone telling me "I know people who died." OK, I'm sorry for that and I never said that won't happen. But I still have only known 2 people who went to the hospital, and that was only in the current wave...and I still don't know anyone who died. We all have a story.
In the end, the numbers tell everything. And the stories they tell are many. Sadly, almost none match with the policy guidelines which are supposed to 'fix' this.
You say the Republicans are politicizing this. I won't disagree that they have said and done some stupid things, but ultimately it's the Democrats who have politicized this.
Here's how - I may be forced to get vaccinated in order to return to the office. I see no reason to get the vaccine. I had Covid, I'm in great shape, no risk factors and I've been exposed now more than 3 times (probably more) without contracting it. That rule may be from the company that hired me, but it's the result of political mandating which I believe is horribly conceived.
If the vaccines work then I do NOT pose a 'risk' to anyone but myself. Clearly they do not work the way we were told. In addition, the idea of zero Covid is a bad one. This is a virus, like the flu, that we need to learn to live with. That's just how it's going to be. The sooner we do it, the better off we will all be. This virus is not like polio or smallpox, which were ideal candidates for attempting to eradicate. They had no non-human reservoir hosts, and they did not mutate as rapidly.
As a result, the politicization is largely based on a misguided belief that "science will save us". Yes, it might, at some point, but not right now. So let's stop believing in science as a religion and start focusing on living and being free to make choices again. Even if those choices carry large risks for ourselves. After all, that's what this nation was founded on.
The 95% 'effective' rate for a virus that affected 5% of the population . . .
According to the 2019 census, there are 330,150,668 people in the United States. The CDC says 37,097,850 cases. That's 11.2 % of the population affected. 621, 344 deaths is 1.7 % of cases.So about 1 in 10 people has had the virus.
Best wishes for all success in your new job.
Why did you leave off the word "badly" from Bulldog's original post? Selective edit much?
'...for a virus that affected 5% of the population badly..."
Even 5℅ likely overstates the case (and "badly" is subjective), but your numbers are simply more panic p0rn.
And "cases"...smh... really? Would that be "cases" based on "tests"? Those super-duper never-wrong gotta-run-dozens-of-cycles-before-we-get-a-hit tests? How...cute.
After 18 months of this I remain amazed at how easily people swallow nonsense. Critical thinking is dead. The republic follows.
To me the key item is that DeSantis is the new Trump, looking at headlines a few weeks ago on Yahoo or something like that, they blared record cases, which they weren't but the 4th or 5th item was Crist (running now as a Democrat) was ahead of DeSantis in polling for governor. He is up for reelection in 2022. The media figures they beat Trump, they can beat DeSantis
Thanks for the additional information and good luck in your new endeavor.
Bulldog, also wishing you good luck on your new job. Hope it works out well.
I prefer living in the Free State of Florida, apparently so do a lot of New Yorkers as they keep coming. Have a couple friends currently in the hospital with Covid and even they don't blame DeSantis.
Afghanistan came up at the local hangout and one of the younger guys mentioned we should finally be out of there. He had no idea about Saigon, news to him. I think Biden is counting on that reaction.
Why should Biden care about a few thousand mostly white US citizens left in Afghanistan, they are being replaced multiple times each day at the southern "border."
Also think about the trade made for Bowie Bergdahl. Perhaps the chaos of leaving Affy is just to set up trading Americans for big bucks as a parting gift from Obama. It is Obamas M.O. and Biden is no longer capable of planning anything.
I hope your new job is even more satisfying than you expect and hope it allows you to continue to post here. I enjoy your prospective!
Well written. Kudos on your common sense.
Good luck in all your future endeavors.
“It is usually futile to try to talk facts and analysis to people who are enjoying a sense of moral superiority in their ignorance.”
― Thomas Sowell
Best of wishes to you reentering the work force.
Seeing a second Saigon in my lifetime cements my anger at what politicians have done to our military. The Joint Chiefs and the Pentagon also carry responsibility. It is another sad event in our history.
Again, hope all goes well for you.
The statistics are readily available, and this association can't blah blah blah
Thanks for the essay in narcissism. Wasn't sure I could survive another day without knowing what you had for breakfast.
You can't fix willful ignorance either. I just want these dumbass patients flooding into hospitals to stop claiming to be sick with covid. Damn, you'd think they'd know better because of the readily available insights of people like you.
It's hardly a case of narcissism.
Bulldog's comments about landing a job was more like an open letter to his friends, who wanted to know but were too polite to ask.
But then you probably know very little about having friends.