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BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19

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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 12:27 PM

You made that decision for your children who were too young to decide for themselves. I made that decision for mine, too. I'm amazed that your schools can insist on a child's vaccination. Quite rightly ,the advocacy by schools here is strong, but enforcement is considered to be a step too far. As for travel, there are countries I can't go to unless I'm vaccinated against this, that or the other. Two things: first, you don't have to travel. If you don't, you don't have to get the vaccine. You still have that choice. Telling someone they'll lose their livelihood is somewhat less of a choice, to say the least. Second, it could be the country you're going to that does the insisting.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 12:18 PM

Incidentally, smallpox was eradicated by consent, and by no means everyone was vaccinated against it. I wasn't, and I don't know anyone at all who was (I'm 70, so was definitely of the time when smallpox was widespread). I should also like to point out several crucial differences between smallpox and the current coronavirus. Smallpox is not transmitted from person to person until the blisters appear. Every time, you can see the risk because you can see the blisters. With COVID-19, transmission is possible from people with no symptoms, which could be a third of all infected people. Smallpox is rarely transmitted through the air, unlike COVID-19, with which the air is its main means of transmission. Prolonged close contact in enclosed spaces is usually required for the transmission of smallpox, whereas such close contact and lengthy time periods are not required for COVID-19 to pass from person to person.

In a nutshell, smallpox was never as catching as COVID-19 is. That makes it a far easier (though still not too easy) disease to eradicate. It isn't especially instructive to compare the campaigns against these two diseases.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Mrrzy
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 12:08 PM

Democracies don't force people to have needles stuck in them.

Bull. My kids had to be vaxxed to go to public achool. I have to get vaxxed to travel. Loads of vaxxes are compulsory.

And should be.

If people won't do it voluntarily yes democracies can make them.

And should.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 11:52 AM

So Eliza, you're in favour of pinning every refuser down so that they can be forcefully injected. I'm afraid I'm not with you.

I've responded to your rather silly and over-the-top similar post on the other thread, Donuel. Let's just say here that thank goodness I don't know any anti-maskers. I know a couple of anti-vaxxers round here who are weird in at least several other ways as well. They are impenetrable. Vaccine refuseniks are often just vaccine-unsure, vaccine-hesitant or vaccine-scared, or the victims of rumours and scare-stories. Those are the people we need to work on via education, reassurance and persuasion. Sticking needles into them while they kick and scream is simply not permissible. The state does not own people and we must preserve democracy. Those of you who support Facebook via your membership should consider that huge numbers of the refuseniks you are excoriating are refuseniks because of the sheer irresponsibility of the organisation which couldn't exist without you. Perhaps you could reflect on that before offering condemnatory opinions about people who just might be harbouring reasonable points of view that don't happen to concur with yours.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 11:34 AM

"Anti mandate, mask & vax folks do not have a valid point in this time of a global health emergency.
You see anti mask folks rant against the obvious truth but they never see their own ravings as insane or contradictory. Sometimes the crazy don't know they are."

This is intemperate. Anti-mandate (a respectable viewpoint, right or wrong) and anti-vax folks (an utter disgrace) are completely different species. I don't know any anti-mask people personally. I know plenty of people who are against the compulsory wearing of masks but who respect the choice of others to wear masks. That's the camp I'm in. You are calling us insane, contradictory and crazy. You claim to know the obvious "truth." Well you don't, and neither do I. You can be a good lad and promote the precautionary principle and be respected for that, or you can insult people who happen not to agree with you.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 09:21 AM

Anti mandate, mask & vax folks do not have a valid point in this time of a global health emergency.
You see anti mask folks rant against the obvious truth but they never see their own ravings as insane or contradictory. Sometimes the crazy don't know they are.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 09:13 AM

Anti mask & vax folks do not have a valid point in this time of a global health emergency. Its like suicide and euthanasia are being practiced legally because unstable people are killing themselves and others with Covid. Killing without the permission of the uninfected should be punished as a special form of manslaughter. I approve of euthanasia only with the permission of the hopeless and suffering.

You hear anti mask folks rant against the obvious but they never see their own ravings as insane and/or contradictory.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 08:41 AM

First came inoculation developed in England for small pox then several lifetimes later Jenner made a small pox vaccine from a variant.
During the cold war the Soviet Union stockpiled TONS of small pox virus as a one two punch for nuclear annihilation strategy.
Eliza you have your finger on the pulse of certain men's insanity.
Lets hope you don't lose your touch.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Senoufou
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 07:33 AM

I've just been reading up about the eradication of smallpox. Vaccination was worldwide, and in many places compulsory.
I was vaccinated as a child, and so was my husband in Cote d'Ivoire. We both have the small scars on our arms to prove it.
By concerted efforts around the world, smallpox was more-or-less eradicated, although there are from time to time very tiny outbreaks. I understand there is a large stockpile of vaccine, ready to tackle any future smallpox.
I realise the two diseases are not identical, but surely the history of smallpox eradication by dedicated vaccination should be an encouragement to introduce compulsory Covid jabs for all? It's such a tiny procedure, not painful, not dangerous. But Covid is bloomin' 'orrible and deadly. Seems obvious to me, but then I'm not a needlephobe or a refusnik.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 05:25 AM

Meanwhile in the state of Victoria in the land of Oz - https://www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/anti-lockdown-protester-accused-of-5g-tower-fire-plot-to-capture-premier-20211014-p5905y.html - An anti-lockdown protester accused of lighting a phone tower on fire because it carried 5G allegedly told police he dug a large hole in his backyard to imprison Premier Daniel Andrews ... A police prosecutor told the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on Thursday evening that Mr Glover answered a September call-out in a chat group on encrypted messaging app Telegram called “Hoodlums of Melbourne Special Ops” ... “I’m down for special ops only if I get to burn something down.” The chat group’s administrator responded: “Those 5G towers would make a nice fire”, to which Mr Glover allegedly replied, “my thinking exactly, I’ve made preparations already” ... (suspend disbelief & read on)

I can't do a blicky as there seems to be a problem on the paper's website - creating the blicky in both firefox & chrome leads to a 14 year old unrelated article on the site, very weird. Both URLS start with www.theage.com.au/national/ & then go off in very different directions.

One Of Life's Little Mysteries.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 04:31 AM

Dave, seat belts and crash helmets are not intrusive into the body (interesting that we never made cycle helmets compulsory...the winning arguments against compulsion were quite intriguing...). An injection forced on you is tantamount to assault. The sacked unvaccinated person is still free to circulate among the public to their heart's content. The risk is merely spread around, not eliminated. Far better to use reassurance, persuasion and countering information to the scaremongering stuff that made them refusers in the first place. We are well behind the curve on that and it's lamentable. I actually regard that as yet another government failure. What we agree on is that we would far rather see the carer get the vaccine. Democracies don't force people to have needles stuck in them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 19 Oct 21 - 03:46 AM

I said I'd tell you when I disagreed, Steve. Seat belts are compulsory. Crash helmets are compulsory. Walking round town with your tackle out is banned. I cannot see a reason not to make Covid jabs compulsory unless there is a medical exemption.

Now this discussion should probably be taken to another thread. Although that is not compulsory


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 08:51 PM

The caretaker should get the shot anyway. The COVID vaccine is not in any way related to a flu shot. Her bad, but it's a double-whammy, really too bad for the woman she works for who is dependent on the care she provides. I have no sympathy for that home health care worker, and the vaccine should be mandatory. She's risking several lives by not being vaccinated - she could infect her employer who sounds even less likely to survive COVID. Reckless endangerment in the workplace.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 08:26 PM

This is from today's Guardian. It's about how our crisis-ridden care sector is about to be struck by another lethal blow once the compulsory vaccine rule comes in next month:

Carol Thomas, a retired health academic who lives with multiple sclerosis, is about to lose not just a carer but a companion because of the government’s “no jab, no job” policy.

Unless the policy is changed, which looks unlikely after the health secretary, Sajid Javid, this month told unjabbed care workers to “get out and get another job”, the 62-year-old’s days of being cared for by Debbie Vickers are numbered.

Vickers, who has more than a dozen years’ experience in social care and the NHS, has become a friend as well as someone who hoists Thomas in and out of bed and undertakes the most personal of care for the former professor at Lancaster University’s faculty of health and medicine.

But she is among tens of thousands of care home staff in England declining the vaccine who now face redundancy. Guardian analysis of the latest NHS data reveals the decision to make full Covid-19 vaccination a “condition of deployment” from 11 November is on course to force up to 38,000 staff out of care homes for older people, deepening a staffing crisis which is already causing care home closures and discharge backlogs in hospitals.

As of 10 October 12% of staff in older adult care homes were still not fully vaccinated, rising to more than one in five in areas including Birmingham, Manchester, Stoke and Hackney in London. A small number of these may be able to apply for medical exemptions.

Vickers said she was “no anti-vaxxer”. Her decision comes because of an earlier adverse reaction to a flu jab. She may get a few weeks’ grace, but she still faces redundancy from what Thomas believes is an ethically wrong and practically illogical “insulting, discriminatory blanket ban”.

Many see the value in care workers being vaccinated, given Covid was involved in the deaths of 42,732 care home residents in England and Wales to the start of October. But with 105,000 care staff vacancies in England exacerbated by a slump in foreign workers arriving to fill the low-wage roles, operators are calling for a pause on the strict policy, which not does not apply to NHS staff.


Now tell me who you think is being irrational here...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 07:47 PM

Any evidence comparing schools, by the way, would be observational only (in other words, not based on controlled experimental investigation). Schools are diverse places in every way, and confounding factors would abound. It's no good turning a blind eye to this: every observational study I've seen with regard to masks has been confronted by this issue, and only the best of them even bother to admit to it. Another obstacle to credibility is small sample numbers. Observational studies on human behaviour can do little more than suggest further investigation. They can rarely lead us to rock-solid conclusions informing future action. I'm not saying that observation is useless. It's a valuable scientific tool, and for millennia it was the only tool we had. The potential pitfalls are huge. Observational science told us that the sun goes round the earth.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 06:46 PM

Such a helpful remark, Donuel.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 05:17 PM

Jeri at least you tried to provide evidence. There are cretins who never provide any for their stated opinion.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 04:58 PM

The thing about beliefs, Jeri, is that they don't have to be predicated on evidence. Science and belief are generally at odds should any conflict surface. I can be persuaded by evidence. Beliefs can be interesting...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 04:41 PM

I wish I could find data on the difference in the rate of covid infection between schools that mandate masks and those that don't. It's out there, I've heard it, but I don't know where to find it. There IS a big difference that indicates masks are effective.

Otherwise, when it comes to beliefs, It doesn't do any good to try to convince other people they're wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 04:17 PM

" I think, but I don't know, that you're wrong about masks."

Gets the response:

"I have to say I don't admire your conviction that masks don't work, the "science" behind that belief is squishy, and I find your dismissal of them problematic. This opinion plays into the hands of the anti-vaxxers. I think it's (literally) a dead wrong belief."

So you think that when I say "I think, but I don't know..." it expresses a conviction, do you? Well I'm amazed at this apparent lack of understanding of plain English. You also misuse the word "belief" and I think you know it. One more time: mask-wearing (which I think should be voluntary in almost every circumstance beyond hospitals and care homes: in no way do I oppose or dismiss that) and vaccination are separate issues. At best I'm lukewarm about the one and a hearty supporter of the other. if you see any anti-vaxxer using my opinion about masks to support their case (you never will, but hey ho), well you know what to say to them.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 04:00 PM

So tell me how sacking people who still won't get the vaccine after they've been sacked and who then keep on going out into the big wide world is going to make that big wide world safer. It might make your workplace safer (or it might not) but you will have solved nothing in the wider scheme of things. I can see a case for being stricter with people who work with the vulnerable. Otherwise, try to remember that we live in a democracy, and, generally speaking, democracies don't try to force people to have needles stuck in them. Always persuasion, never compulsion. Information and education are the way to get doubters to agree to be vaccinated. We don't do very well with that, do we, preferring to let Facebook make gazillions    and completely neglect their social responsibilities via the peddling of conspiracy theories and downright lies by its members.


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Subject: RE: BS: Whats your shortage- is it hype? Supply chain
From: gillymor
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 03:32 PM

My successor, a former employee of mine, told his people last spring that they could not come back to work without proof of vaccination or, failing that, until the pandemic subsided. His company does finish carpentry in the interiors of large homes, high rises, club houses and cruise ships in the presence of many other tradesmen so it was made clear that opting out of the vaccination was not negotiable if they wanted to keep working. He's a one man operation with no HR dept. and doesn't have time to be a nurse maid though he gets along very well with his people. His crew of about 15 or 16 all got vaxxed as soon as they could. Libertarian ideology might be appealing to armchair philosophers but in the real world it doesn't keep you, your workmates and your family safe. Now if you want to continue this you should take it to the COVID thread. I'm done.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: steve_harris
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 02:43 PM

"This should be a heads-up to those who think vaccine is enough - it isn't. We still need the whole protocol of continuing to social distance and #WearTheDamnMask!"

An argument I've heard (in UK) goes like this:
1. Now we have Delta, everyone is going to encounter the virus real soon now.
2. So, getting vaxed is a great idea as it reduces death/hospitalization as well as some infection and transmission.
3. Other mitigations slow the spread and might delay encountering the virus. But it will knock on your door eventually
4. One possible argument for other mitigations is that they help to "flatten the curve" and reduce peak demand for healthcare. But a flatter curve still has the same number of people under it - the whole thing just takes longer
5. Your best time for your inevitable first encounter with the virus is when your immunity is highest. For many people, that's a few weeks after their 2nd vax. I know someone cautious who is waiting for their third "booster" dose before going to Folk Club


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 01:57 PM

I have to say I don't admire your conviction that masks don't work, the "science" behind that belief is squishy, and I find your dismissal of them problematic. This opinion plays into the hands of the anti-vaxxers. I think it's (literally) a dead wrong belief.

Masks not only help avoid contamination to others if we have the virus, and help prevent breathing in the virus from others, they serve as a reminder that we need to keep our distance and watch where we go indoors and what we touch.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 10:56 AM

I haven't heard anyone saying the vaccine is enough, but I have heard people saying, with complete justification, that the vaccine is by far the most important weapon. At the worst time in the pandemic, before vaccines (and before the delta variant) the UK was averaging well over a thousand deaths per day. We currently have extremely high infection rates, worryingly high, but the daily death toll hovers around 100, often fewer, in spite of social distancing and mask rules having been lifted three months ago, and hospital admissions are also well down. That's the vaccine, rock-solid and unarguable and pretty well quantifiable too. Social distancing, or keeping your distance, is a no-brainer for any transmissible infection and I'm sure that sanitisation plays a part when it can be shown that viruses can be transmitted on hands and surfaces (though it's amazing how many people don't bother any more). I think, but I don't know, that you're wrong about masks. I do admire your certainty.

What is definitely not enough is the obsession with getting all of us in our rich nations vaccinated and boostered whilst virtually ignoring the rest of the world. That won't work, and in the end, will work against us.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 10:33 AM

This should be a heads-up to those who think vaccine is enough - it isn't. We still need the whole protocol of continuing to social distance and #WearTheDamnMask! The reason we also had fewer colds in 2020 and why flu rates were at record lows was because of all of the rest of the careful behavior. And wash your hands and keep using the hand sanitizer.

We still need to listen to Fauci—I expect to hear a few interviews with him after this.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 18 Oct 21 - 08:14 AM

Colin Powell has died from Cpvid although he was vaccinated.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 15 Oct 21 - 01:40 PM

Also mixing Covid vaccines has passed safety tests.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 15 Oct 21 - 11:17 AM

1,000 a day dead is still about 3 airliner crashes every day.

Moderna has been approved by the FDA for a 1/2 dose sized booster shot, next they're considering J&J.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 13 Oct 21 - 08:12 AM

When the pandemic is far behind us it will not be remembered by the CDC stumbling guidelines in press releases, it will be remembered in the novels, poetry and song. I will remember that I was wrong in believing people would not die for a man named Trump. Supream lies and a 4th Reich movement besieged America to its core values. The rest of the world will remember how long they waited for America to offer the lifelines of vaccine while refusers in America killed themselves and others as they used a virus like a political weapon.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 12 Oct 21 - 09:59 PM

Good news for a change. Numbers of Covid deaths are going down but are still about a 1,000 US deaths per day. More good news is a pill that is 50% effective in keeping early Covid infections out of the hospital.
Over a year and a half ago there was a celebration at NIH of a group of folks we know who had succeded in making a Malaria vaccine. It is now being manufactured by Glaxo Smith. NIH does not self promote like the March of dimes, it just finds cures. Which reminds me that the new HIV vaccine is going into test phase. The Omni flu vaccine is still plugging away but won't give up the NIH 100 year commitment.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 05:39 PM

Nigel are you saying a European swallow can not fly with a coconut husk in its talons? Of course not. An African swallow maybe.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 03:02 PM

Do you really? If so, double your medication. Kids generally are not property owning residents, drive, vote, have children, pay taxes...

Ah, so the 99% also excludes those living in rented properties, and those living on the streets. Basically you're saying 99% of rich older people have had the vaccine (unless you wish to re-write it all again)


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 01:17 PM

You didn't say that. You said resident. From the day you're born, you are resident in the place you were born in. If you move to another place to live, you become a resident in that place. Let's stick to the facts.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 01:09 PM

Do you really? If so, double your medication. Kids generally are not property owning residents, drive, vote, have children, pay taxes...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Nigel Parsons
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 12:30 PM

The county I live in has a 99% resident vaccination rate, the highest in the country. Kids over 5 will be vaccinated before Xmas.

Have to wonder what counts as a resident, and whether it's basically a county full of retirement homes if the under 5s make up less than 1% of the residents!


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 11 Oct 21 - 12:24 PM

The county I live in has a 99% resident vaccination rate, the highest in the country. Kids over 5 will be vaccinated before Xmas.
Speculation News reports";^/ The price to own the illusion of safety, security, and protection against all danger has gone up to 50 billion dollars. While this is good news for Zuckerberg it is anathma for the average billionaire. The fragility of the illusion as well as looming debt ceiling issues has the potential to go as high as 500 billion to own the illusion of absolute protection which will eliminate all but a handful of billionaires.
Dr. Grisley says "The average person only has the illusion of safety via conspiracy theory and on the other hand, Science and/or religion. All the politics and propoganda that deals with the issue is just entertainment. In the distant past the mere greedy quest for power and immortality was just as expensive in adjusted money but now the illusion includes many more probabilites and manmade catastrophes. As a result the safety illusion market is highly unstable and may crash leaving even multi billionaires out in the cold/heat".


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 06:34 PM

(I hit send by accident there...) ...and their platforms should not be able to be restored unless they paid a bloody hefty fine. The money could be appropriately put towards promoting children's mental health...


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 06:31 PM

From today's Guardian.

Lies and conspiracy theories about Covid-19, which have amassed millions of views and are accessible to young children, have been available on the social media platform TikTok for months.

TikTok accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers that discourage vaccination and peddle myths about Covid survival rates were uncovered by NewsGuard, an organisation that monitors online misinformation.

NewsGuard said it published its findings in June and sent them to the UK government and World Health Organization (WHO), but the content remained on the platform.

The revelation comes amid renewed concern about the impact that social media is having on young people, after it was reported that Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, had internal research showing its app was harming teenagers.

As part of its investigation, NewsGuard said children as young as nine had been able to access the content, despite TikTok only permitting full access to the app for those aged 13 and over. Three participants in the organisation’s research who were under 13 were able to create accounts on the app by entering fake dates of birth.

TikTok told the Guardian it worked diligently to take action on content and accounts that spread misinformation.

Some of the accounts seen by the Guardian had posted individual videos containing Covid misinformation that had attracted up to 9.2m views. The misinformation included false comments about side-effects of specific brands of Covid vaccine and misleading comparisons between Covid survival rates and vaccine efficacy rates.

Alex Cadier, the UK managing director for NewsGuard, said: “TikTok’s failure to stop the spread of dangerous health misinformation on their app is unsustainable bordering on dangerous. Despite claims of taking action against misinformation, the app still allows anti-vaccine content and health hoaxes to spread relatively unimpeded.

“This is made worse by the fact that the more anti-vaccine content kids interact with, the more anti-vaccine content they’ll be shown. If self-regulation isn’t working for social media platforms, then regulation, like the online safety bill, has to be the way forward to keep young people safe online.”


I would go further. It's clear that social media have neither the resources nor the will to regulate themselves. I'd like to see Facebook, Instagram and TikTok disappear from the face of the earth. Failing that (and I do try to be a realist...), I should like to see our governments having the ability to instantly pull the plug on them as soon as this kind of content rears its head.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 10:39 AM

Now thats a shitty poem.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 10:35 AM

Heros and thugs
The Heros are, doctors and nurses.
The thugs crap on the capitol floor
Heros save lives, thugs shout curses
thugs say its freedom they savor
Like freedom to not use vaccines
or never use toilet paper
it stinks in their vacinity

The heros are, the teachers and nurses
The thugs threaten and hit folks at school
Teachers live and thugs take hearses.
Some folks are wise and others are...wait for it...Fooled
As the smart grow dumb and the dumb go insane
To say it out loud it feels inane
Smart folks do their research and probe
Thugs put a plug in it and explode.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 09:10 AM

If you're going to link to articles behind a paywall you should at least copy and paste an extract from them. Wot Maggie does.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 07:17 AM

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/07/reconciliation-vaccines-election-america-dumb/


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Donuel
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 06:45 AM

The malaria vaccine , like many discoveries, began at the NIH. Once the methodology is understood then big phrama can either reproduce results or manufacture. We know the folks involved from 3 years ago. The celebrations happened back in the good ol normal days.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 06:14 AM

Well I read the piece about Australia and the protest. It shouldn't really need pointing out that Oz, and NZ too, are, in effect very remote "islands" with huge distances across oceans to the next place along. Moreover, both countries have sparse populations spread over large areas compared with other western nations. So they've done very well in keeping case numbers low, but they do start with that two-pronged advantage. Just sayin'.

And let's keep very clear in our minds the stark difference between anti-vaxxers and people who object to mandatory vaccination. I'm in that latter camp (I'm not going over it all again), but I am as pro-vaccine as anyone else. In fact, like a parrot I've said a number of times that the ONLY way to control this pandemic is to get the whole world vaccinated. Check my posts for that, you'll find it in them writ large. Saying that I think it's unethical and anti-democratic to force vaccination on people under pain of losing their jobs does in no way align me with conspiracy-theory anti-vaxxers, and it would be nice to not be lazily slurred in that manner. Indeed, I jumped at the first opportunity I had to get my jabs and I can't wait for my booster. If pubs and night clubs and football stadiums wish to exclude unvaccinated people, I'm right with them on that. That's their right. But governments passing laws that allow companies to sack people for refusing the jabs is crossing a red line for me. I live in the real world, and I know that interviewees for jobs in, say, care homes will be asked about their vaccinations and will be rejected if they reveal themselves to be refusers. That's fine by me, but that is the company doing that, not the law of the land, and 'twas ever thus (I'm pretty certain that I was once turned down for a job in the Civil Service because I was a CND activist - the buggers were even tapping my phone! I'm even fine with that decision, though obviously not the phone-tapping...) but a superb lady who looked after my mum wonderfully in her care home for the last two years of my mum's life is now facing dismissal by statute because she doesn't want the jab. That is just wrong.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 04:29 AM

Save Australia? Nah, we're right thanks Earlier this week news broke that a small group of protestors in New York City had taken to the streets to express their opposition toward mandatory COVID-19 vaccine jabs for teachers, and given the rise of conspiracy theories and misinformation about vaccines being propagated through social media channels in recent times, that’s not entirely a surprise.

Anti-vaxxers gonna anti-vax! What was a surprise, however, was the fact that this group of disgruntled American citizens were waving Australian flags, and chanting “Save Australia!” as they marched toward the Australian consulate in Midtown, leaving many of us here in Oz wondering, “Wait… what?”

It seems there’s been a rise in discussions on right-wing media platforms about Australia’s ongoing lockdowns and the recent protests in Melbourne that saw a crowd of what can only be described as an intoxicating (and in some cases, intoxicated) combination of riled up genuine tradies and hi-vis wearing anti-lockdown campaigners teaming up to wreak havoc in the CBD, ultimately culminating – much like most Australian wedding receptions – in a rousing rendition of Daryl Braithwaite’s Horses.

Many in the States saw footage of these rioters violently clashing with Victoria Police as further proof that Australia has become an authoritarian state, with only a few brave souls prepared to rise up against mandatory vaccinations and a seemingly endless lockdown.

... The fact that Australia’s COVID-19 death rate is 25.36 deaths per million as opposed to America’s 2107.29 deaths per million is an indication that as grinding as the lockdown measures feel, they’re working. If you disagree, I urge you to nominate a member of your immediate family you’d like to put forward for a preventable death since, if you’re advocating for a virus free-for-all so you can taste sweet freedom ASAP, that’s essentially what you’re asking of a fellow citizen. (read on)

tradies? = construction workers, who were angry about restrictions to their work day. Not all of the demonstrators were tradies, the ones with dusty scuffed work boots were, but high-vis vests were worn by a lot of other people.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Senoufou
Date: 08 Oct 21 - 04:15 AM

Oh Stilly, a vaccine to protect against malaria would be such a godsend! It kills thousands and thousands in Africa, including many known to my husband in Ivory Coast.
I've always been perfectly accepting of an armful of jabs when travelling to the Tropics. Yellow fever (usually obligatory, with a need to show proof) and about five other nasty diseases - cholera, typhoid, meningitis, tetanus etc.
Also had polio, TB etc jabs as a child/teenager. No ill-effects from any of these (except the Yellow Fever one -hallucinations and delirium!)
But I agree with Steve that it isn't ethical to force unwilling people to be vaccinated. However, the rest of us have the right to protect ourselves from being infected by the unvaccinated, so some rules should apply about entry to community events, restaurants, bars, care homes and so on.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 08:41 PM

Just a note on this, by the way:

"When's the last time you had polio, Steve? Smallpox? Both of those have been vaccinated against for decades (Smallpox not any more because it is considered eradicated.)

Measles? Mumps? Rubella? Whooping Cough? Until the last 10 years or so it was standard for children to get these shots before starting school. Now that there are anti-vaxxers around, there are large community breakouts of these preventable diseases."

As a little lad I had all my polio jabs. Smallpox was never on offer unless you were going overseas (which I never did). I caught measles, mumps and rubella, and chicken pox lest we forget, in the days before vaccinations against them were available. My two children, now in their forties, were both vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella as soon as we were advised to get them done, in spite of idiotic scare stories about the measles vaccine. I made sure that I was always immunised against tetanus too, and I've had my flu jab every year for decades. At present I've had both Coronavirus jabs and am waiting impatiently for my booster as well as this year's flu jab.

I don't care very much to be characterised as someone who sides with anti-vaxxers, thank you very much. Just thought I'd mention it (again). We are, in my view, perfectly entitled to have different perspectives on this. My perspective on compulsion is that it would be undemocratic, and that we in the UK and US have been extremely lazy, and behind the curve, when it comes to giving the public full information and persuasion about vaccines, and that we are severely at fault for permitting social media to allow their members to propagate conspiratorial, scaremongering nonsense about vaccines. I have never subscribed to any of those social media, and I simply can't understand why decent people still have anything to do with them.



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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Steve Shaw
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 01:30 PM

I've given you my considered point of view about whether vaccination should be mandatory. It's a respectable point of view shared, quite likely, if not by a majority of people, by a large minority in the UK. Therefore it ill-behoves you to call me "silly." I've told you that I prefer persuasion, along with information and a severe clampdown on damaging scaremongering. And, if anyone is silly, it's your administration (far more than ours, though we're not innocent) who allow Facebook, etc., to be infested with anti-vaccine idiots and for preachers in your Bible Belt to preach about the evils of vaccines and how God will punish the vaccinated. The whole idea is to stop the pandemic. The way to do that is to get the world vaccinated. Nothing else will do. Most of those people you are excoriating for refusing to be vaccinated (and who you'd like to see lose their jobs) are victims of those self-same idiots. So you need to select your target far more carefully.


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Subject: RE: BS: New news on the pandemic COVID-19
From: Stilly River Sage
Date: 07 Oct 21 - 11:02 AM

When's the last time you had polio, Steve? Smallpox? Both of those have been vaccinated against for decades (Smallpox not any more because it is considered eradicated.)

Measles? Mumps? Rubella? Whooping Cough? Until the last 10 years or so it was standard for children to get these shots before starting school. Now that there are anti-vaxxers around, there are large community breakouts of these preventable diseases.

It used to be that if you were working in food service you had to first go get a chest xray at the county to be sure you didn't have tuberculosis. You can't work around people if you have it. If you do and don't take your medication, they can quarantine or imprison and force you to take the medication.

Typhoid Mary had to be imprisoned because she refused to stay away from food service and kept making people sick.

Don't be silly about the occasional mandatory vaccine. It's for everyone's good.

Did you know they've just approved a vaccination for malaria? WHO greenlights the world's first malaria vaccine — but it's not a perfect shot. If it doesn't become politicized it may save a whole bunch of lives - particularly of children. If nations want to make compulsory a vaccine for populations for something like this, I'll be in line.


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