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    Godless got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Remaking America   
    I think this is at the heart of the DOJ involvement. The "stop the steal" crowd was dismissed as delusional sore losers. But then some of those delusional sore losers attacked the Capitol Building and tried to stop Congress from carrying out their Constitutional duty. And the "certain stripe of conservative" that participated in and defended the things that happened that day are the same ones harassing teachers and school boards now. It makes sense for the feds to treat them as a serious threat.
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    Godless reacted to Just_A_Guy in Remaking America   
    I agree with, like, 75% of this; but the context we’re omitting is that nearly identical tactics have been widely adopted by leftist groups for going on ten years now—not only Antifa/BLM-related riots and physical assaults, but attacks on federal and state government buildings that have significantly disrupted the work of the entities that met in those buildings.  This isn’t just “whataboutism”—when you’ve got the Brown Shirts and the Red Front brawling it out in the streets, and *all* the newspapers and radio shows are saying it’s exclusively the fault of those dastardly Red Fronters even though you’ve seen the Brown Shirts in action too—at some point one starts wondering whether there’s a Goebbels pulling some of the strings; and you wonder what else he and his associates are planning.
    Even this hand-wringing about questioning electoral results—yes, it’s socially and civically toxic; but have we forgotten that others spent four years attacking the 2016 election as somehow fraudulent?  That many from that same side even now condemn the constitutionally-ordained electoral college as “illegitimate”?  Yes, the former American value of accepting electoral results without question and submitting to the authority of elected officials we disagree with is pretty well shot at this point; we’re over the Rubicon now and in a heap of trouble, and Trump and his acolytes had a yuge role in piling on the straws that ultimately broke the camel’s back.  But this suggestion that it’s exclusively or even primarily the Trumplings’ fault is, again, the kind of “me-or-your-own-lyin’-eyes-ism” that evokes the agendas of others who told “big lies” in ages past.  
    2.  I deal with some of Jacobson’s distinctions here; and let’s bear in mind that the Jacobson majority was joined by a certain SCOTUS justice who would later approve forced sterilizations of disabled people on the grounds that “three generations of imbeciles is enough”.  In terms of evolving social values, we may as well appeal to the moral precedent of Dred Scott as Jacobson.
    3.  Absolutely, 100% agree.
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    Godless got a reaction from dprh in Soon...   
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    While looking more into this, I read that apparently some Native Americans have been insisting for a while, based on oral traditions and storytelling, that humans have been on the American continent far longer than the land bridge theory postulates. Pending peer review, it would appear that this new discovery proved the native storytellers right.
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    Godless got a reaction from dprh in Taking Odds on the Election   
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    Godless got a reaction from dprh in Taking Odds on the Election   
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    Godless got a reaction from JohnsonJones in Taking Odds on the Election   
    Maricopa County addressed this on social media.

    It makes sense. In my (Minnesota) county, people had the option to show up early to vote in-person even if a ballot had been mailed to them. These in-person ballots were processed like mail-in ballots, and the ballot that was mailed to you would be voided in the event that you decided to vote in-person instead. Therefore, my county probably received far more "mail-in" ballots than it sent out because it's likely that a lot of people who never requested mail-in ballots voted early in person, and those votes were counted as mail-in. It also means that a voter may have received a ballot in the mail with its own unique barcode ID, but submitted a ballot in-person on a different ballot with a different barcode ID. Even if they filled out and returned both ballots, only one would be counted.
    It's also worth noting that the county recorder (an elected official) in Maricopa is a Republican who has been very critical of the audit process and has exposed flat-out lies that have come out of the audit, like the deleted files claim.
     
    This gave me a good chuckle.

    I guess going door-to-door to ask people if they're vaccinated is tyranny, but doing it to ask if people voted is saving democracy? 🤔
    Link to full article here.
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    While looking more into this, I read that apparently some Native Americans have been insisting for a while, based on oral traditions and storytelling, that humans have been on the American continent far longer than the land bridge theory postulates. Pending peer review, it would appear that this new discovery proved the native storytellers right.
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    Science is about knowledge, discovery, and understanding our world. And yes, the endeavors of science sometimes force us to rethink what we know about our world and our history in significant ways. Just ask Copernicus, Albert Einstein (whose theory of relativity was just proven this year, over 100 years after he wrote it), and Charles Darwin. 
    That kind of thinking is the reason why Galileo spent the last decade of his life under house arrest after being tried in the Inquisition. 
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    Godless reacted to NeuroTypical in Disney wokeness   
    Oh, agreed.  There's really nothing objectionable about Luca.
    - When you figure out you are different than everyone else, to an extreme that makes you wonder about your core identity, it is scary.
    - It's normal for your parents and loved ones to not have the faintest clue what's up with you, and maybe act out in blundering ways that are at least unhelpful, at most dangerous to you.
    - After you transform to your new state of being, it's normal for the people that see the 'new you' to react in fear, disgust, or violence.
    - As you go back and forth between your two worlds, you can become lost as to who you actually are.
    - The older kid who becomes your hero, who seems to have it all figured out, is probably carrying around his own unresolved crap too.
    - You may find unexpected allies and foes, in unexpected places.
    - In the end, staying true to yourself is your best bet.
    - In the end, your parents and loved ones may even want to join you in transforming to new selves to be around the people in your new world.
    I mean, I'm not Luca, I'm just a regular old landcrawling human.  When I get into the water, I just get wet, I don't transfer into a brightly colored sea creature (except on halloween).  But for all the Lucas of the world, it's a very very very relevant movie.   And pretty much every transgender person out there is a Luca.  And half the LGB folks too, depending on how they're raised.
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    Godless got a reaction from dprh in Taking Odds on the Election   
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    Godless reacted to Just_A_Guy in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    Yes, but with the caveat that I believe most of those traditions insist that their gods basically created them on those particular lands.  It is politically inconvenient to suggest *too loudly* that fundamentally, the so-called “first nations” were just as much colonizers as the Europeans were.
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    While looking more into this, I read that apparently some Native Americans have been insisting for a while, based on oral traditions and storytelling, that humans have been on the American continent far longer than the land bridge theory postulates. Pending peer review, it would appear that this new discovery proved the native storytellers right.
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    While looking more into this, I read that apparently some Native Americans have been insisting for a while, based on oral traditions and storytelling, that humans have been on the American continent far longer than the land bridge theory postulates. Pending peer review, it would appear that this new discovery proved the native storytellers right.
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    Godless reacted to MrShorty in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    I'm not sure how seriously to take this. I, for one, certainly hope that we don't stop seeking new knowledge and new understanding.
    Perhaps you are overly concerned that new knowledge means "constant disruption and change"? Perhaps I am not as swayed by the strong language in the article, but it doesn't seem like a complete rewrite of the prevailing narrative of how the Americas were peopled. The only real change I see is that the previous assumption that people could not have crossed the Bering land bridge until late in the ice ages is wrong. For all intents and purposes, it looks like the main idea that the Americas were populated when people from Asia crossed the Bering land bridge is still intact. Exact timing seems uncertain, but, all in all, not much has changed. Maybe I am making a mole hill out of a mountain, but it certainly does not seem like something from which one should extrapolate that science is bogus and completely unreliable for learning about and understanding the world around us.
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    Science is about knowledge, discovery, and understanding our world. And yes, the endeavors of science sometimes force us to rethink what we know about our world and our history in significant ways. Just ask Copernicus, Albert Einstein (whose theory of relativity was just proven this year, over 100 years after he wrote it), and Charles Darwin. 
    That kind of thinking is the reason why Galileo spent the last decade of his life under house arrest after being tried in the Inquisition. 
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    Science is about knowledge, discovery, and understanding our world. And yes, the endeavors of science sometimes force us to rethink what we know about our world and our history in significant ways. Just ask Copernicus, Albert Einstein (whose theory of relativity was just proven this year, over 100 years after he wrote it), and Charles Darwin. 
    That kind of thinking is the reason why Galileo spent the last decade of his life under house arrest after being tried in the Inquisition. 
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    Godless got a reaction from clwnuke in Human footprints near ice age lake suggest surprisingly early arrival in the Americas   
    Science is about knowledge, discovery, and understanding our world. And yes, the endeavors of science sometimes force us to rethink what we know about our world and our history in significant ways. Just ask Copernicus, Albert Einstein (whose theory of relativity was just proven this year, over 100 years after he wrote it), and Charles Darwin. 
    That kind of thinking is the reason why Galileo spent the last decade of his life under house arrest after being tried in the Inquisition. 
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    Godless reacted to LDSGator in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    It’s also worth noting that your average doctor is not an expert in communicable disease either. Just because he or she is a wonderful GP doesn’t mean they know what they are talking about when it comes to Covid. 
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    Godless got a reaction from LDSGator in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    It's a common misconception that nurses are experts in medical science. They're not. They're trained in the functionality of caring for people and keeping them alive. They can do that without understanding the complex science behind diseases and treatment. That's the job of the doctors. 
    It's also worth noting that vaccine mandates aren't the only reason why nurses are resigning en masse.
    https://keprtv.com/amp/news/local/local-hospitals-at-icu-capacity-icu-nurses-resigning?__twitter_impression=true
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    Godless got a reaction from Backroads in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    The article you linked references a few different sources. 
    The first is an Indian news outlet that mentions strict test, trace, and isolate measures as a contributing factor to the low rates, as well as curfews. That all sounds like liberty-infringing government overreach that wouldn't be tolerated here. That article also mentions that roughly 90 million Uttar Pradesh residents are vaccinated, about 44% of the population. The US is a little above 50%, but a lot of places are slacking in the test/trace/isolate protocol, and we don't have curfews. That article mentioned nothing about Ivermectin.
    The second article linked was directly related to Ivermectin. It was a US-based conservative media page that greets you with this:
    Definitely seems like they're focused on balanced, objective reporting. I didn't read the article. Waste of time.
    There was a third article to another Indian publication that talked about Ivermectin as treatment in Uttar Pradesh.
    TBH, I don't feel like I'm informed enough to make a good judgement call on Ivermectin. Is there evidence that it may be working in India? Maybe. But it's worth noting that they seem to have stricter test/trace/isolate measures in place than we do. Combine that with a decent vax rate and curfews and it's hard to say that Ivermectin was the magic solution that turned things around for them. Maybe it was. Maybe it contributed to the recovery in addition to curfews and other government mandates.
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    Godless got a reaction from Backroads in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    Worth mentioning: Ebola is many times deadlier than COVID, but also many times LESS contagious due to the fact that it isn't an airborne pathogen. 
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    Godless got a reaction from Backroads in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    The smallpox vaccine had its detractors as well. One of them met a rather unpleasant end, much like several anti-vax public figures that have been in the news recently. This article is from 1903.

     
    This is a pretty flimsy comparison. Smokers are only a threat to others when they're actively smoking. I would also note that smokers pay higher insurance rates, something that some people on the left (not me, to be clear) are advocating for unvaccinated people.
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    Godless reacted to JohnsonJones in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    Why is that from Christinity daily instead of Hindu daily...OH...wait a second, because Pradesh actually is stating something different than that article says they are.
    THAT SAID...
    USA Today fact check on hdroxychloroquine and Ivermectin use in India
    Despite that, further research SHOWS that India actually DID encourage the use of Ivermectin early on in the pandemic and had all it's medical workers in certain areas encouraged to take it. 
    Studies on it's effectiveness haven't actually concluded anything (so those saying it helped aren't exactly accurate, and those who say it did not help are not exactly accurate either, some studies have been done but many are still ongoing and others seem to still require peer review for both directions of the argument).
    Currently, what they say helped curb Covid-19 in the Uttar Pradesh area is this
    India Today on Uttar Pradeshs covid cases as of the end of August
    Things to note which are not occurring much in areas of the US in areas with Large Conservative groups and perhaps why it's much worse in the US than Uttar Pradesh right now...
    There is no stringent effort to trace anymore...in fact, most have completely given up on it.  People are fighting strongly against vaccination...and if you mention curfew...they get more violent than if you ask them to mask and social distance.
    In that light, you may be right, if we DID the things INDIA did in that area perhaps the US wouldn't have as many Covid-19 cases currently, but it seems that those parading around what India is doing actually ignore what it IS doing...and would fight to the death against it if the government tried to enforce it.
    That said, I am still an American (not Indian) and still think the mandate is going to far...but using other nations that have far stronger measures and mandates to try to bolster one's arguments against weaker mandates coming at us in the States seems disingenuous.
     
     
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    Godless reacted to JohnsonJones in Biden's Mandate may be a tad too far   
    [sarcasm]
    There is nothing to show that drinking water is the cure for covid...except the MILLIONS who have caught it and gotten over it after drinking water.
    Amazingly, Hospitals will give patients water, but WON'T prescribe it for Covid-19!
    We have literally millions who recovered from Covid-19 after drinking Water...I wonder why they don't promote it as a cure...
    There was the case of the guy drinking it from a Pig Trough who died, but he died of Ring worm...NOT covid!
    Even if you have to drink the water from Animal troughs it seems to be the best cure for Covid-19!
    [/sarcasm]
    Maybe it helps, maybe it does not.  From what I've seen most medical studies that have been peer reviewed have not yet shown that it actually helps or not...though I HAVE heard it makes people who overtake it have rope worms come out of their digestive tract.  (actually, their intestinal linings).
    I'd say, don't do anything without medical personnel involved...if the prescribe the human version of Ivermectin and you feel it helps...good, but if they don't...don't go to the animal store and buy the version for the Cow to take it yourself.