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Vaccine Research

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Honestly feel a little sheepish about the amount of time and effort I spent confirming "yes, the vaccine helps protect people from getting sick and dying" but I guess everyone needs a hobby.
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CallMeWilliam
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I recently had the displeasure of talking with an Unvaccinated, who thinks it is a personal decision and private. He didn't understand why anyone would care about anyone else, and not only lacks empathy but lacks the ability to understand that other people posses empathy.

That's what we're up against.
lamontcg
1 day ago
Not your private personal choice to turn yourself into a biological weapon
JEFFnSoCal
1 day ago
quote from the Mayo Clinic site: "Antisocial personality disorder, sometimes called sociopathy, is a mental disorder in which a person consistently shows no regard for right and wrong and ignores the rights and feelings of others. People with antisocial personality disorder tend to antagonize, manipulate or treat others harshly or with callous indifference. They show no guilt or remorse for their behavior. Individuals with antisocial personality disorder often violate the law, becoming criminals. They may lie, behave violently or impulsively, and have problems with drug and alcohol use. Because of these characteristics, people with this disorder typically can't fulfill responsibilities related to family, work or school."
QuaCKeReD
14 hours ago
Too true! Unless you have a medical reason not to take the vaccine that could help save someone else’s life, just bloody take it already!!!
lamontcg
13 hours ago
I can't reply to sjk, but they're an idiot. https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2021.09.08.21263276v1 for an example of how to interpret data similar to VAERS for hazard ratios for the vaccines and the virus. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/70/wr/mm7037e2.htm recent study showing pfizer/moderna still 77%/92% effective against infection. We don't have studies against delta, but against alpha the vaccines reduced transmissibility. https://www.timesofisrael.com/80-of-vaccinated-covid-carriers-didnt-spread-virus-in-public-spaces-report/
lamontcg
13 hours ago
Why do people who parrot the the same talking points as all the other idiots always claim that they're "doing their own research"? I think they mean they read something that sounded technical on some blog post which reinforced what they want to believe and they think this is research. None of them sit down with medrxiv and learn how to read through the latest preprints and look for articles that challenge your biases rather than reinforce them.
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sjk
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I bet the 14 thousand people who died from the "vaccine" wished they had don etheir own reasearch. I bet the hundreds of thousands of people who had serious negative reaction ot the "vaccine" had done their own research. Check the CDC's VARES data that Bit Tech and Big Media is trying to suppress. Also do your own research. the "vaccine" does not prevent you from contracting the disease and it does not prevent you from transmitting it to others. All the "vaccine" does is reduce (but not eliminate) your chances of ending up in the ICU. I've done my own research and I have found that the "vaccine" doesn't do much for society in general and it should be an individual choice made voluntarily. Mandating ineffective "vaccines" only increases vaccine hesitancy and increases distrust in "experts" and authoritarian government.
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Honestly feel a little sheepish about the amount of time and effort I spent confirming "yes, the vaccine helps protect people from getting sick and dying" but I guess everyone needs a hobby.

An Actual Party of Death, Now

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Bluntly, I blame this on (of course) Donald Trump. The GOP has been a mess for years — decades, really — but allow me to suggest that had any other Republican been president when COVID hit, that person would likely have been reasonably sensible about things like masks and vaccines and taking advice from the CDC and its scientists. They would have acknowledged that the way back to a roaring economy (which always advantages the GOP for some unfathomable reason, given how terrible they are at even basic economic policy) was squashing the COVID virus as as soon as possible. But Trump was (and is) a smugly ignorant poltroon, so of course the rest of the GOP, craven and spineless as it is, fell into line.

The result is that now it’s murdering its own constituency, and dragging this out for the rest of us. Let’s be clear that the vast majority of people who are currently dying of COVID aren’t Democrats and liberals, all of whom vaxxed up as soon as possible. The majority of the people hospitalized and dying are the unvaccinated, and the people who are willfully unvaccinated are the people who have been lied to by the GOP and their media outlets about vaccines and masks and “personal freedom” and so on. When GOP politicians in Florida or Texas (or Ohio!) block a local masking or vaccination policy, the people most at risk for that policy (aside from, you know, children and those who actually have a legit medical reason not to be vaccinated) are Republicans and conservatives. When the GOP says it will fight for your freedoms with regard to vaccinations and masks, it’s basically saying to its base “We want you to die.” And how does the base respond? By cheering, and taking another shot of horse dewormer, and literally shitting itself.

It’s genuinely astounding to me. The GOP messaging machine has for decades done a fine job at making poor and middle-class white people vote against their own economic interests through the clever use of aspirational messaging and veiled racism, but the fact it is now actively working to kill off its base by extending a pandemic — and the base is loving it — really feels like a floor. What else can you do, once you’ve killed off your base? The phrase “eating your seed corn” is made for moments like this.

Now, I’m aware that the GOP is simultaneously trying to blame Joe Biden for trying to contain the pandemic, and trying to blame him for when its constituents die, and some of the most committed constituents are with their dying breaths denying that what they have is actually COVID at all (metaphorically; their dying breaths are usually under a respirator and they are in a medically-induced coma to keep them from clawing the tubes out of their own throats, but you get what I’m saying). At the end of the day, however, some others of these folks are saying “I should have gotten the damn vaccine” before they die, and their friends and loved ones are hearing them say it. It will be interesting to see how many of these folks still keep to the path that the GOP has put them on.

I live out here in GOP country; Darke County, Ohio, the small, conservative county where I live, is one of the bottom ten counties in Ohio in terms of vaccination rates (34%, 79th out of 88 counties). People here have heard the GOP and conservative messaging on vaccines and masks and “personal liberty” loud and clear and they are making their choices because of it. A fair number of them will actively resent Biden’s plans to more aggressively get people vaccinated, for no other reason than that Trump was a stubborn dimwit about COVID, and a bunch of ambitious GOPers decided to keep doing that even after Trump lost the presidency, the House and the Senate for them.

I’ve talked before about how badly the rest of us should feel when someone who is willfully unvaccinated dies of COVID. My position on this hasn’t changed much, but I really want to emphasize just how much culpability the Republican party and conservative media and propogandists have for their constituency refusing to get vaccinated and wear masks. Yes, people make their own choices and they are responsible for them. But when the people and organizations they trust to tell them about the world (and have been told to trust only) intentionally lie and actively put them in the way of a virus that can, does and will hospitalize and kill a non-trivial number of them, at the very least, those people and organizations share in that responsibility. Everyone at the GOP headquarters and Fox News is vaccinated. No one there is shitting their guts out thanks to livestock medicine. They know what the virus is, how it works, and how to keep it in check. And they keep lying to their people about it anyway.

I’m going to leave you with this: An article on the CNN site, about a conservative county in Missouri, where the vaccination rate is 27% and if you wear a mask, you’re branded as a Democrat. Are people dying there? Oh, yes, they are, and still people are hesitant to get a simple, free and effective vaccine because now it’s been made political, and because they’re told, in so many ways, not to.

Here’s a quote from the piece:

“I had both shots of the vaccine, and people just acted like, ‘Oh, it doesn’t help,'” Cheryl Wetton said. “It bothers me sometimes that people act like Covid is a big joke. I always want to say, ‘Well, why don’t you just come right up here to the cemetery, and I’ll show you my husband’s grave? And I can show you it’s no joke.'”

Wetton actually did say that to a guy in town, she later confirmed. “He just got real quiet.”

They’re killing their own people because of politics. Not anyone else. Not any more. And they’ll keep doing it. For as long as it takes. Because this is how they think they will win.

— JS

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Everything You Didn’t Know About the Trusty Tape Measure

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Even if you’re not a master carpenter, you likely have a tape measure on hand. It’s one of the 12 essential tools to keep in your toolbox. I’ve had my trusty Stanley 25 ft. PowerLock Tape Measure for over a decade now, and it seems like not a week goes by that I don’t use it for one thing or another: measuring wood; measuring my kid’s height; measuring the dimensions of a room to see if a certain couch will fit within it.

The tape measure is such an ubiquitous household fixture, you probably haven’t thought all that much about it. But there’s more to this tool than meets the eye. Especially the eye of the untrained amateur. 

Below we highlight a few things you might not have known about your tape measure, as well as a few tricks from the pros on how to get even more use out of it.

Answers to Questions About the Tape Measure You Hadn’t Thought to Ask

Why does my tape measure’s hook slide up and down?

You may have noticed that the metal hook at the end of your tape measure slides up and down a bit. No, the hook hasn’t inadvertently come loose. It’s actually made to do this.

The first inch of the tape is short by 1/16 of an inch. Yes, that’s right. The first inch of your tape measure isn’t actually an inch.

The tape’s sliding hook and 1/16-of-an-inch truncation create a simple but ingenious way to ensure you get a “true zero” measurement whether you’re measuring the outside or inside of a surface.

Here’s how it works:

Measuring inside/outside a surface

The metal hook is exactly 1/16 of an inch thick. If you’re measuring the outside of a surface and hook your metal end on the edge, that metal hook will shift out and create a gap that equals the space the hook takes up.

If you need to measure the inside of a surface — like in a window frame or inside a drawer — you want to count the thickness of the metal piece in your calculations. So as you push the tip against something, the hook is included in the measurement.

If this idea seems a little hard to wrap your mind around, this video by Tom Silva from This Old House will help it click.

Take Care of Your Hook — Don’t Let It Slam Into the Case

The slide in the tape measure’s metal hook has been calibrated so that it moves just enough to give you a “true zero” measurement, whether you are measuring inside or outside an object.

But if you don’t take care of your tape measure, that calibration can get thrown off, resulting in inaccurate measurements.

One of the most common ways to ruin the slide on your hook is by letting the tape recoil quickly, resulting in the hook slamming into the tape measure’s case.

To prevent that from happening, as the tape slides back into the case, place your finger in between the case and the hook to stop the tape’s momentum before letting its remainder retract. This is less jarring on the hook and will ensure years of true zero measurements.

If your kids are like mine, not only do they like to play with your tape measure in general, they like to extend the tape all the way out to 25′ and then let it roll back in as quickly as it can. If this didn’t already annoy you, now you have a legitimate reason to tell them to knock it off.

What’s the divot in your tape measure’s hook for?

You might have noticed that your tape measure’s hook has a small divot, and you might have never thought that the divot was there for a reason. But, dear reader, it is.

That little divot fits perfectly over the head of a nail or screw. Why would you need to place that divot on a nail or screw?

Allows you to take measurements when you’re by yourself. If you’re alone and need to take a long measurement but don’t have a way to anchor the end of your tape, you can drive a nail or screw into the wall/floor/piece of lumber and hook the tape onto it. Bam! Instant second hand!

Allows you to use your tape measure as a compass. You can also hook that divot onto a nail and turn your tape measure into a compass to measure out circles or arches.

Why do some numbers have red squares around them?

You might have noticed that your tape measure has red squares around the numbers every 16″. So you’ll see that 16, 32, 48, 64, 80, etc., all bear this marker.

What’s so special about 16″?

Well, in the United States, framing studs and floor joists are usually spaced with 16-inch-on-center spacing. That means the center of one stud to the center of the next stud over is 16″.

The red squares just allow you to see that 16-inch-on-center spacing quickly.

While this feature is vital to framers and drywallers, it can also come in handy for the average dude trying to mount a TV or bike rack on the wall. If you know where the center of one joist is, you can quickly find the center of the next one by glancing at your tape measure.

What are those small black diamonds on my tape measure?

This marking on your tape measure is a bit esoteric, and likely won’t be used by the average DIYer, but it’s cool to know.

On most tape measures, you’ll see a small diamond every 19.2″.

If you want to achieve equal spacing for 5 framing members within a 8’ span (some carpenters like to put five trusses per 8 feet, so the sheathing over the framing is stiffer), these are handy markings: 8 feet = 96 inches, so that if you want to place 5 studs equally distanced apart, you will place them every 19.2″.

As I said, the average DIYer probably won’t use these markings, but it’s a cool thing to know.

Measuring Tape Tricks From the Pros

Know how far your tape measure can extend before it collapses. When you were a kid, you likely tried to extend your dad’s tape measure as far as it could go before the tape bent and fell over. On most 25-foot long tape measures, the tape will collapse past 7 feet.

That’s good to know if you’re trying to measure long distances between gaps. If the gap is wider than 7 feet, you’ll want a second hand to keep the tape measure taut.

Burn an inch when measuring. Some carpenters don’t trust the “true zero” feature on tape measures. If the hook doesn’t slide appropriately, all of their measurements will be off. So to ensure they get an accurate measurement, some contractors will hold the tape at the 1-inch mark and make their mark exactly 1-inch beyond the desired measurement.

Take into account your tape measure’s case when measuring. Let’s say you’re measuring between the dimensions of your room. You’ve got the metal hook pressed against one end of the room, but then you have your tape measure’s case pressed against the other side.

How do you factor in the width of your tape measure case in that measurement?

If you look at the back of your tape measure near the bottom, you’ll see some engraved lettering that says something like “+3 inches.” That’s how long the case of your tape measure is.

So going back to our room-measuring example, if you have the tape measure case butted against one side of the wall and your tape measure is showing 93″, add 3″ to take into account the case of the tape measure. So the width of your room is 96” or 8 feet.

Measure Up, Not Down. If you’re measuring the height of the wall, it’s easier to place the hook on the floor and press it against the wall with your toe. Extend the tape measure up and then eyeball the measurement.

Use your tape measure as a rough and ready straight edge. If you need to draw a straight line for saw marking, you can use the edge of your tape measure as a rough and ready straight edge. It won’t be as accurate or straight as using an actual straight edge, but it works in a pinch.

Use your tape measure as a scribe. Drywallers use this tactic to draw quick, straight cut lines. Let’s say you need to take 4″ off the bottom of some drywall. Mark off 4″ with your right hand and hold it against the bottom of the drywall you’re going to cut. Hold a pencil tight against the hook with your other hand, and then run your hands down the bottom of the board. You should be left with a straight line 4″ above the bottom of your drywall.

Use your tape measure as a slide rule. If you need to do some quick fraction calculations, you can use your tape measure as a slide rule.

Let’s say you have to subtract 5 feet, 1 ⅛  inches from 8 feet, 2 ¼ inches.

Measure out 8 feet, 2 ¼ inches. Fold your tape measure so that it doubles back, and the metal hook lines up with 8 feet, 2 ¼ inches.

Holding that in place, move the tape measure back up until you find 5 feet, 1 ⅛ inches and see where it intersects with the other side of the tape.

It just so happens to intersect with 3 feet, 1 ⅛ inches, which is the difference between 8 feet, 2 ¼ inches and 5 feet, 1 ⅛ inches.

Who knew the humble tape measure was capable of such cool calculations, and a lot more?

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one of the better AoMs in a while.
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What Really Predicts Happiness?

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One of the longest studies on human happiness started in 1938 and followed the lives of 268 Harvard sophomores. Known as the Harvard Study of Adult Development, it tracked everything about these men over decades. Their health, their careers, their relationships, and much more were recorded for the study. And after analyzing the lifetimes of data, the researchers came to a surprising conclusion: Close relationships, more ...

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Most won’t get this message. They will move to another state to save a marginal amount on taxes or live further away to get a slightly bigger house. They save money now, but pay for it later. They pay for it with more strained social connections, some which will eventually fade away.
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