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  1. #1
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    Feb 2005
    Abbotsford, B.C.

    Default COVID-19 Has shown up.

    My daughter, her husband their 9 year old daughter and 5 year old son have all tested positive for covid.

    Person at my granddaughters school tested positive last week.
    I have had 2 shots but it doesn't make meimmune.

  2. #2
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    Feb 2001
    Seattle, WA USA


    Woof. Sorry to hear that.

    My 12-year old has had 2-3 classmates come down with COVID-19 in the last 3 weeks. He's fully vaccinated, but we have all had, natch, COVID tests as a result. So far, all negative.

    Friend of mine in Puerto Rico — sailed in the 1960 Olympics — has COVID. At age pushing 90. He was release from the ICU to a nursing home, not because he's getting better, but because he's not responding to treatment. Prognosis does not look good. His sister tells me that he contracted it, fully vaccinated, while hospitalized for something unrelated. And they decided he didn't need PPE, what with his being fully vaccinated and all. [Cynic in me says, that's a side effect of Puerto Rico having insufficient supplies due to recent hurricanes and Trump's attempts to stick it to the brown-skinned folk.]

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  3. #3
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    Jan 2009
    northwestern Wisconsin

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    Sorry to hear this--best wishes for a safe recovery for all.

    My school district just this week reversed a mask mandate they had put in place a month or so ago (masks are still required through 8th grade, but not at the high school). Meanwhile, the leading age group for COVID-19 cases in the county is ages 10-19.

    Some comments in the meeting that "we don't have many cases now, we don't need masks." The perennial error in understanding epidemiology--perhaps cases are low now BECAUSE of the mask mandate? And getting rid of it will see cases increase again?

    Frustrating times. Parental pressure on school boards is immense. And school boards don't want to impose mask mandates--they want the county to do that. Counties won't do it either (county health departments, too, face immense pressures). One board member said the board should "follow the recommendations"--and then someone pointed out that the county recommends masks in indoor spaces. She replied "But it's not mandated."

    No one, no one at all, wants the buck to land on their desk. It just keeps fluttering around while Delta keeps spreading.

    Sorry for the thread drift--I hope you and your family stay healthy through this.

    You don't have to be prepared as long as you're willing to suffer the consequences.

  4. #4
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    Sep 2020
    City of Charm and Tradition, MN, USA

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    I'm sorry to hear that anyone contacts covid-19. I am very happy that my 11 year old grand-daughter will soon be able to get vaccinated. Besides the vaccines, the things that we can do to control covid-19 have been known since the 1918-1920 influenza epidemic: masks, isolation, quarantine, and sanitation. More people have died in the US from covid-19 than died in the 1918-1920 influenza epidemic and we have several vaccines to control covid-19. The US societal refusal to do what needs to be done to control covid-19, climate change, and societal equity reminds me of the classic biology experiment in which one adds rats to the maze and, at some maze population, the rats begin to eat their young.

  5. #5
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    Jan 2004

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    I hadn't realized these 'protests' against schoolboards was actually a coordinated effort by our Republican 'friends', to undermine President Biden and the Democrats. All in pursuit of power.
    Heather Cox Richardson

    October 27, 2021 (Wednesday)

    At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, Republican senators accused Attorney General Merrick Garland of “siccing” the FBI on parents who are simply concerned about their child’s education.

    The backstory is that there has been a coordinated effort across the country to whip up protests at school board meetings over mask mandates and opposition to teaching Critical Race Theory in K–12 schools (where it is not taught), and they have gotten heated enough that protesters have threatened the lives of school board members, teachers, administrators, and school staff.

    In response, the National School Board Association (NSBA) wrote to the administration asking for federal help in addressing the increasing threats. Garland issued a memo calling for federal law enforcement to work with local law enforcement as necessary to protect school board members.

    Under pressure from Republican state representatives, the NSBA apologized for some of the language it had used in its initial letter—it suggested the protesters were engaging in domestic terrorism, for example—and today senators tried to get Garland, too, to apologize for his memo.

    He refused. "I wish if senators were concerned about this that they would quote my words," he said. "This memorandum is not about parents being able to object in their school boards. They are protected by the First Amendment as long as there are no threats of violence, they are completely protected."

    It was painfully obvious that the Republicans, especially Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Ted Cruz (R-TX), were trying to create sound bites for right-wing media, and perhaps to undermine Garland’s credibility should the Department of Justice bring charges against high-ranking lawmakers over the events of January 6. They portrayed Garland as part of a conspiracy to crush American liberty and demanded his resignation.

    It appears to be the new conspiracy theory of the Trump Republicans to say that the administration is hunting them: Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson is advertising an upcoming special that appears to suggest that the Democratic-controlled government is launching a war on right-wing Americans.

    But that increasing hysteria feels as if it has desperation behind it. We learned recently that 18 members of Trump’s White House staff are cooperating voluntarily with the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. Only Stephen K. Bannon is not. These voices not only are likely to turn up valuable information, but also indicate that White House staffers are less worried about the wrath of the former president than the wrath of Congress.

    If Trump has lost control of his team, it’s a whole new ball game. Anyone who can get out from under the wreckage will do so, and fast. That will make those remaining desperate to regain power. And Trump himself is facing more trouble. Today his lawyers asked a judge to block the IRS from giving his taxes to the House Ways and Means Committee.

    Another indication of desperation today came from Georgia, where Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell endorsed Herschel Walker for the Republican nomination for the Senate. Although he brings to the table name recognition as a famous football player, Walker is a deeply problematic candidate. First of all, it is not even clear he can run in Georgia since he lives in Texas—he switched his voting registration to an Atlanta home owned by his wife in August. Walker has a history of domestic violence and questionable business dealings. Walker’s ex-wife said he pointed a gun at her and said: “I’m going to blow your f---ing brains out.” Walker’s ex-girlfriend told police he made a similar threat to her.

    But Walker has said the 2020 election in Georgia was fraudulent, and Trump strongly endorsed him.

    McConnell opposed Walker’s candidacy this summer and, just a week ago, suggested to CNN that the former president should stay out of the midterms. But on Monday, Senator John Thune (R-SD), the second-ranking Republican senator, endorsed Walker. Today Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), the Chairman of the Senate Republican Conference—the third-ranking Republican senator—endorsed him, too. And so did McConnell, bowing to the recognition that the Republicans need Trump’s voters to win so badly that they must let Trump call the shots.

    “I am happy to endorse Herschel Walker for U.S. Senate in Georgia,” McConnell said. “Herschel is the only one who can unite the party, defeat Senator [Raphael] Warnock, and help us take back the Senate.” Conservative editor Bill Kristol noted on Twitter that McConnell said nothing about Walker being qualified for the position.

    The Republicans want power.

    Already, Republican lawmakers are using unprecedented measures to dictate to the Democratic president.

    Today, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) called out Cruz for blocking all but four of President Joe Biden’s picks for ambassadorships (he let through former senators or their relatives). By this time in Trump’s presidency, the Senate had confirmed 22 of his ambassadors, 17 by a simple voice vote.

    Cruz is putting holds on all Biden’s appointees until the president agrees to do as Cruz wants with regard to sanctions on a Russian company that is supplying gas to Germany. The construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline began during the Trump administration, meaning that Biden inherited a mess: our key ally Germany had committed to the pipeline, and sanctioning the company behind it would destabilize that relationship. When Secretary of State Antony Blinken concluded that it was “inevitable” that the pipeline would be finished, Biden and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reached a deal saying that if Russia used the pipeline for political pressure, the U.S. would slap sanctions on it.

    Cruz wants sanctions now, and he is sabotaging the State Department until he gets his way.

    This morning, the conservative magazine The Bulwark and the liberal magazine the New Republic jointly published “An Open Letter in Defense of Democracy.” Written by Todd Gitlin,
    Jeffrey C. Isaac, and Kristol, and signed by writers, scholars, and pundits from all political backgrounds, the letter deplores the efforts of the Trumpers to take control of our government and calls for Congress to pass voting rights legislation, by adjusting the filibuster if necessary.

    The letter was a wake-up call. “[W]e urge all responsible citizens who care about democracy—public officials, journalists, educators, activists, ordinary citizens—to make the defense of democracy an urgent priority now.”

    “Now is the time for leaders in all walks of life—for citizens of all political backgrounds and persuasions—to come to the aid of the Republic.”

    There's a lot of things they didn't tell me when I signed on with this outfit....

  6. #6
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    Jun 2003
    Fredericton, New Brunswick

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    Bannon, IIRC, was among the Republican ratf#ckers helping organize the faithful to make these interventions at school board meetings. I saw some promotional material distributed to the base encouraging them to show up, providing sets of bullet points to use, and offering even to provide scripts they could read, should the folks not be confident in their ability to find the words.

    This is astroturfing, of course.
    If I use the word "God," I sure don't mean an old man in the sky who just loves the occasional goat sacrifice. - Anne Lamott

  7. #7
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    Jan 2002
    victoria, australia. (1 address now)

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    The civil war continues, and the outcome is uncertain. In half the country the Republic is already lost.

  8. #8
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    Nov 2006

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    Make sure take and get your vitamin D. Eat well, get plenty of rest and get outside to enjoy the sunshine.
    Without friends none of this is possible.

  9. #9
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    Apr 2007
    Caribbean cliff edge

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    I have had my Astra Zeneca two vaccination shots.

    Last Saturday afternoon, I received my Pfizer booster.

    Gratis courtesy of the Government here.

    No side effects. . . . . OK I had a slightly tender shoulder muscle for a couple hours.

    How you all are vaccinated and in good health.
    I live and drink rum where other people vacation.

  10. #10
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    May 2005
    Bradford, VT

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    Ranger sums it up well. It pains me to think of how poorly educated about basic biological phenomena so many people are.

  11. #11
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    Mar 2007
    Almost in BC, CA

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    There's a new variant out of Africa, thought to be the worst yet. Unknown if current vaccines will be effective against it.

    Just when you thought it was safe to resume your life.

    Those bugs are gonna get us all.

    Be afraid, be very afraid.

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