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The Coronavirus
(04-10-2021, 01:05 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Meanwhile yesterday new cases in the USA were over 85,000, CA added 3600 and NY over 8000. The pandemic isn't going anywhere yet. New variants and pandemics could happen too. This existential threat, one among several, remains. Our Cold Civil War 4T will continue until the blue side wins the great divide and the red tide recedes, or we have put together some kind of division of the USA.

We haven't mandated vaccination so far, but it's fully legal for the Federal government to do it.  That was settled by the Supremes in 1905.  If we never get to herd immunity due to RW intransigence, that's an option that still exists.
 
Eric Wrote:The greatest dangers I see now are the Republican drive to suppress the vote, leading to possible Republican congress takeover in 2022, Manchin's current unwillingness to support Democratic Party senate reforms and bills, and Kamala Harris's possible nomination in 2024 which would assure Republican victory for the White House.

Manchin represents the second most pro-Trump state in the US.  Don't expect too much from him -- unless he grows a pair and decides to take one for the team. Kristen Sinema has a bit more running room, so pressure may be enough with her.  I'm beginning to doubt that Kamal Harris will ever run for POTUS. 

It's not all bleak.
Intelligence is not knowledge and knowledge is not wisdom, but they all play well together.
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(04-11-2021, 08:28 AM)David Horn Wrote:
(04-10-2021, 01:05 PM)Eric the Green Wrote: Meanwhile yesterday new cases in the USA were over 85,000, CA added 3600 and NY over 8000. The pandemic isn't going anywhere yet. New variants and pandemics could happen too. This existential threat, one among several, remains. Our Cold Civil War 4T will continue until the blue side wins the great divide and the red tide recedes, or we have put together some kind of division of the USA.

We haven't mandated vaccination so far, but it's fully legal for the Federal government to do it.  That was settled by the Supremes in 1905.  If we never get to herd immunity due to RW intransigence, that's an option that still exists.
 
I hope the option would be exercized.

David Wrote:
Eric Wrote:The greatest dangers I see now are the Republican drive to suppress the vote, leading to possible Republican congress takeover in 2022, Manchin's current unwillingness to support Democratic Party senate reforms and bills, and Kamala Harris's possible nomination in 2024 which would assure Republican victory for the White House.

Manchin represents the second most pro-Trump state in the US.  Don't expect too much from him -- unless he grows a pair and decides to take one for the team. Kristen Sinema has a bit more running room, so pressure may be enough with her.  I'm beginning to doubt that Kamala Harris will ever run for POTUS. 

It's not all bleak.

I hope you are right.
"I close my eyes, and I can see a better day" -- Justin Bieber

Keep the spirit alive;
Eric M
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#......Country.........Total Cases....New Cases....Total Deaths....New Deaths
.........World...........136,630,863....+633,649.....2,949,339.......+8,161
1.......USA................31,918,601......+47,874.......575,829..........+276
2.......India...............13,525,379....+169,914.......170,209..........+904
3.......Brazil.............. 13,482,543.....+37,537.......353,293........+1,824
4.......France...............5,058,680.....+34,895.........98,750..........+176
5.......Russia...............4,641,390........+8,702.......102,986..........+337
6.......UK....................4,369,775........+1,730.......127,087..............+7
7.......Turkey..............3,849,011......+50,678.........33,939..........+237
8.......Italy..................3,769,814......+15,746.......114,254..........+331
9.......Spain................3,347,512............................76,328
10.....Germany...........3,009,541.......+16,738........78,964...........+106
11.....Poland..............2,574,634........+21,706........58,420...........+244
12.....Colombia...........2,536,198.......+17,483.........65,889...........+281
13.....Argentina..........2,532,562........+15,262........57,779...........+132
14.....Mexico..............2,278,420..........+6,356......209,212.............+51
15.....Iran..................2,070,141........+21,063........64,490...........+258

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
"I close my eyes, and I can see a better day" -- Justin Bieber

Keep the spirit alive;
Eric M
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Personal comment:

1.  Even if you are young and survive, you can mess up such vital organs as your lungs. Such can mess up your life badly. So let us suppose that you dream of a career playing centerfield for the Boston Red Sox... get COVID-19 and you may lose much of your lung capacity and never make the majors. (Your chances are low anyway). OK, so you dream of being a clarinetist with the Boston Symphony? Your lung capacity shrinks and so does your ability to play the clarinet  -- and it is far too late to try to become a string player as an alternative. 

2. The scary one. If you are eighteen and you spread COVID-19 to a five-year-old sibling or cousin, then your young relative might infect your eighty-year-old grandmother... and the infection could kill her. 

Either way you will have years to regret not getting vaccinated when you have the chance. Guilt and regret are hard to live with. 

Contrast my situation. I am running out of time in which to make the rest of my life good for myself. If I can't succeed at that, then death solves all my problems unless I am damned to Hell for eternity. (I consider it blasphemous to accuse a God of cruelty that damns people for eternity for having the wrong religion or minor offenses. Such a god is on par with tyrants and gangsters who really belong in a Hell... most people have had some mess-up in their lives and have made some very bad decisions in life or been drawn into something sordid that they can't get out of). I have certain abilities that would have made me a spectacularly-dangerous criminal had I chosen or drifted into such a path. Well, at the least I avoided that.  

But think of what it is like for someone now young. Many desired career choices can vanish. Many peak experiences become impossible. For people with long memories like mine (as much a curse as a blessing), such means life-draining guilt and regret. Your earnings may be impaired, and your life may be shortened.

Not getting vaccinated when you have the chance is just not worth the ugly consequences that can arise! 
The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi or the dedicated Communist  but instead the people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, true and false, no longer exists -- Hannah Arendt.


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