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  1. I have requested to have my account deleted.  

     

    This is an angry mob and they want a scalp.   

     

    I will find you on Twitter. 

     

    All the best.

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      Did not mean this to be public.    I am out. 

       

       

       

  2.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Executive_Order_13769   Executive Order 13769, titled Protecting the Nation from Foreign Terrorist Entry into the United States, otherwise known as the Muslim ban[1] or a travel ban, was a controversial executive order by US President Donald Trump. Except for the extent to which it was blocked by various courts,   it was in effect from January 27, 2017, until March 6, 2017.   I joined the forum in December, 2018.    You are both confused.    😇   
  3.   If you did not see my original post which was ridiculing the authoritarianism of the post it responded to, what exactly am i defending?    If you are uninformed, you don't need to weigh in.   Apropos to the "original post", and back on topic, the CDC in the US has recommended that people who have been double jabbed continue to wear masks indoors.     It will be up to the individual states, but it is another significant policy flip-flop by the CDC.    And if the US enacts this policy, other countries will follow in varying degrees.      Remember   -   two weeks of shutdown to stop the virus   -   masks don't work   -   masks work and cloth masks are sufficient   -   cloth masks don't work and everyone should use surgical masks   -   get vaccinated to "earn" your freedom   I hope those goalposts are very light as they have been moved all over the place.    
  4.   So the list of 10 was valid only for Trump?    As long as people are on the same side as you politically, they get a free pass.    Such noble principles.   😇   The list is instructive about authoritarian politics and the dangers of polarization.    If you consider yourself open, tolerant, objective and fact driven but notice that you are supporting many of the items on the list, it might be time for a re-think.       
  5.   Perhaps you should revisit this whataboutism.   Citizens of certain countries were denied entry visas to the US.    They weren't US citizens.    No rights were denied.   Countries can and do shut their borders as we have seen in the past 18 months.     The US currently has several travel restrictions in place including those for Schengen and UK citizens.      https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-57976015  
  6.   Hope that helps.  
  7. He found my defense compelling.      Anyone who reads murphaph's post sees an urge to repress others writ large.    Using the term "rat" to describe people whose rights and access you want to restrict has a history in this country.     I am flummoxed that murph's post wasn't scrubbed.       But there is a bright side:    After years of complaining, ranting, swearing, cursing and predicting doom about Brexit and the leadership of BoJo, murphaph has finally found a new enemy to orient his anger.     Maybe the Brexit thread will finally die.    😇
  8.   He found my defense compelling.      Anyone who reads murphaph's post sees an urge to repress others writ large.    Using the term "rat" to describe people whose rights and access you want to restrict has a history in this country.     I am flummoxed that murph's post wasn't scrubbed.      But there is a bright side:    After years of complaining, ranting, swearing, cursing and predicting doom about Brexit and the leadership of BoJo, murphaph has finally found a new enemy to orient his anger.     Maybe the Brexit thread will finally die.    😇        
  9.   Referring to people as rats or vermin and insisting that they lose rights and access has a history.    You might want to check whose post is actually advocating repression.     Screenshots of murphaph's posts have been taken as well.   I have added it to my collection.      Have a nice evening.    🌜    
  10.   We see an an example of (4) from the normally jovial murphaph above , and 1-6 in general.   My family wants to be relocated to South Florida if that is an option.  Too hot for me, but I'll manage.  😎
  11. Tesla Gigafactories, News and Conversation

    There are differences in the way they are taxed compared to cap gains for some jurisdictions.   You might notice that some activist investors demand dividends when they gain influence.   Search on Carl Icahn for example. 
  12.       Nobody has ever claimed that these measures are a 100% guarantee of anything.   No matter how rosy your view of lockdowns, vaccines, and masks is, we can probably agree that they are not 100% effective either.      Managing your weight and keeping a healthy diet will improve your odds in combatting many things, not just COVID.     This was true prior to 2019, backed by reams of scientific studies/data, and it is totally uncontroversial.      Why the ultra-woke on this board want to call this into question is beyond me.    Of course there are exceptions and many people should consult with a Doctor before beginning a program.     If people (who are able) fail to act on the comorbidity data, then they increase their risks.   
  13.   You might want to stop reading whatever online news site you are reading and attempt to gather your own facts.    Start with Johns Hopkins, worldometers, and Our World in data and then do internet searches to determine lockdown dates, vaccine rates, and vaccination initiative start dates.    In addition, have a look at seasonality data.   Here is what you might notice:   1.  Sometimes, reductions in cases are correlated with lockdowns, masking, and restrictions and sometimes they aren't.   It is necessary to net out the seasonality of the data and then see if all countries or reporting areas see a net increase/reduction associated with a certain variable.    2.  Super spreader events, like the Super Bowl parade, NCAA football parade, George Floyd protests, and recent sports events in Texas and Wembley Stadium have not resulted in mass numbers of cases as predicted by doomsters.   3.  Some of the most heavily vaxxed countries in the world experienced a surge in cases after vaccinations started.    Seychelles, Malta, Bhutan, and the UK.   I have seen news that the time between jabs in Israel versus the UK might be a reason to explain the differences in case numbers.   Some have suggested that after the first jab, the recipient is more vulnerable.    With a shortened testing cycle, it was difficult to optimize some of these factors.    As soon as you start looking at data rather than reading politically charged headlines, you will understand other points of view.       One other point:   you are suggesting that the same lockdown and restriction measures which did not work last year will miraculously work this year.   When your proposed solutions don't work again you will complain about non-compliance.     You might want to reconsider.   My suggestions for almost anyone who is able (and multiple disclaimers to satisfy the woke) is to improve nutrition, manage any manageable health issues, exercise, and get lots of sun and fresh air.   Assume that this will last another 1-5 years and any health improvements made, even if they require a six month effort, will help not only in resisting COVID, but also in combatting other common health problems.   Hope that helps.  😇
  14.   From what i have read, boosters will be needed roughly every six months.     It seems that the first two jabs lose their efficacy after 4-6 months for the variants they were designed to combat.      Natural immunity after contracting COVID, seems to be enduring, but it may reach its limitation with a new variant.  
  15. the Olympic Games in Japan

      The MVP of the NBA championship series this year was a Nigerian immigrant to Greece.     I recommend that you get a Giannis jersey asap.    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Giannis_Antetokounmpo   Unfortunately, the Greek basketball team did not qualify for the Olympics as they were eliminated by ... Nigeria.