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Name: Sharon
Gender: Female
Hometown: Chicago area, IL
Home country: USA
Member since: Tue Mar 26, 2013, 03:18 AM
Number of posts: 4,317

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"Q: It's my choice to not get vaccinated. Why should I be penalised for this?"

A: Because your "choice" not to get vaccinated penalizes everyone around you and society as a whole, knucklehead.

"Thus, there is an argument from a human rights perspective for the freedom from harm caused by others, an equivalent argument for why it is illegal to drink and drive," it said.

I really like the analogy of drinking and driving as an individual choice that can cause a tremendous amount of harm to others. I think most people can understand that on some level. (Even drunks who decide to drive under the influence can understand it in theory; they just think it doesn't apply to them because they are delusional about how impaired they actually are.)

The concept of doing something for the collective good breaks down if people start to make decisions based only on their individual beliefs, it said.

Unfortunately, I think covid has made it painfully clear that the idea of doing something "for the public good" is a completely alien concept for way too many people. Futhermore, if someone has made it to adulthood without acquiring an understanding of that, educating them out of it is probably a lost cause in most cases.

The people who resist vaccination, like those who worship TFG are very literal minded and only see what's right in front of their faces. They don't understand statistics or probabiity, so the idea that they are "more likely" to get seriously ill, need hospital care, or even die means nothing to them. They can only understand direct cause and effect, and immediate repercussions, not theoretical ones. Since not every unvaxxed person gets covid and not every person who gets covid becomes catastrophically ill and/or dies, they simply assume that THEY won't be one of the ones who do. The possibility of infecting others and contributing to the spread of the disease is even more meaningless to them.

How the hell do you get through to people like that? Damned if I know.

I'm pretty sure I've told my story here at DU at some point.

I had an abortion, too. I live in the midwest, and it was 1972, so I had to travel to New York, where it was legal, to have it done safely and legally. Fortunately, I was able to do that, and everything went fine.

I was in college at the time, and continuing the pregnancy would have meant dropping out of school, at least temporarily. Realistically speaking, my education would have been over, or at least postponed indefinitely, unless I gave the baby up for adoption. My family would have supported me to the best of their ability, but the best of their ability would have been grossly inadequate for reasons I will not go into here.

People talk about abortion being a difficult decision, and I know it is for some. It's not hard for everyone, though, and it wasn't for me. I had plenty of time to think about it before I could confirm the pregnancy. There were no home pregnancy tests kits then; you HAD to go to a doctor, and even the doctors couldn't confirm it nearly as early as they can now. I had to wait over a month between missing a period and getting "official" confirmation. The whole time, I knew what I was going to do about it.

Fortunately, the women's studies center on my campus had a problem pregnancy counseling service, where you could get help to find out about all the options that were available and make a decision. I had already made my decision, so they hooked me up with a reputable abortion clinic in New York City, and I was on my way.

I never wavered in my decision. To be honest, it was the only choice I could even imagine. There was no way I was going to be able to raise a child, and I couldn't imagine having a baby and relinquishing it to be raised by strangers, as was customary in those days. (Open adoption, as we now know it, did not exist then. You signed away your rights, and an agency took it from there. Where your baby ended up after that was none of your beeswax.)

For me, abortion always seemed like a better alternative, or rather, all the other possibilities seemed too overwhelmingly life-altering to have any appeal. So that was the choice I made. I didn't feel any ambiguity about it then, and I've never regretted it. To tell the truth, I get uncomfortable when people talk about it like it's always an agonizing, gut wrenching decision. It is for some people; I get that. But it is simply not that way for everyone, and that's OKAY. That doesn't make me better or worse than someone who found it to be a deeply difficult decision, and it doesn't make me better or worse than someone who chose a different path. It just makes us all different from each other. And that's okay, too!

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I'm worried, y'all. Even if Roe is struck down, abortion will still be legal in some states, including mine, but a lot of this country will be screwed. Ugh.

I will always remember 2016 as a nightmare year.

I was one of those who rolled my eyes when TFG announced his run for the presidency in 2015. I thought he was a ridiculous buffoon and couldn't imagine him getting very far. I did not take him at all seriously, and once the debates started, my opinion of him kept dropping lower and lower as he said and did one ridiculous and horrifying thing after another.

As time went on, things got weirder and weirder. And then....he actually nailed the nomination.

I knew I couldn't keep dismissing him outright once it became clear that his name was going to be on the ballot in the general election. Still, I didn't see how he could possibly get elected. But we all know what happened, and I was absolutely gutted (and totally baffled) by the 2016 election results. Of course, we now know that he had loads of help from Putin and his bot farm minions, but at the time it just seemed inexplicable.

The rest, as they say, is history. His entire presidency was like a trip down a rabbit hole to a place that was a cross between Dante's Inferno and a carnival sideshow. So yeah, 2016 was when it felt like everything changed, for me. There were certainly earlier signs that things were headed in a bad direction, but 2016 was when it felt REAL to me that something crucial was, for lack of a better word, broken.

I hadn't realized what today's date was until I saw this post.

Then I looked at the calendar and went, "OH."

I was in 13 and in 8th grade. When the news came through that the president had been shot, they started playing the news over the p.a. system. I remember sitting in study hall after lunch, listening to the news, and wondering whether he was going to die or not. (Of course, he was already dead, but it was a while before they announced that he had passed.)

After study hall, I went to my home ec class, where we girls worked on our sewing projects while continuing to listen to the radio. (The boys were in shop class at that time.) That's where I was when they finally announced that he was dead, and I remember what a huge shock it was. My memories are hazy after that, but I know they must have canceled school for the rest of the day, and sent us home. I also know we didn't have school for a few days after that, probably for the rest of that week.

I don't remember any of the kids in my class saying anything mean, but I remember my sister (age 8/3rd grade) crying because of a smart remark one of her friends made.

The next thing I remember clearly is watching the funeral procession on TV a few days later. I was absolutely spellbound watching that solemn procession with the riderless horse and little John John saluting. The main thing I remember is feeling so sorry for those two poor little kids who had lost their daddy.

The Kennedy assassination and the Cuban Missile Crisis the year before are two of my most vivid memories from junior high, both deeply etched in my memory, even though a lot of the details have faded over the years.


Like many other things in life, this is a matter where the right answer is not the same for every individual.

I've never owned a gun, and I don't ever want to own one. It's never been my thing, and it's not going to suddenly become my thing after 70+ years on this planet. Anyone who wants to "arm up" is welcome to do so, but please count me out.

I am not opposed to responsible gun ownership, it's just not for me. It's one thing if you're used to handling firearms and being around them. I'm not, and at this point in my life, I have no interest in getting used to it. Being able to defend oneself sounds good in theory, but I know it wouldn't work that way for me. I'm enough of a klutz that I'd be as likely to shoot off my own foot or take out an innocent bystander as I would be to stop some crazed MAGAt in his tracks.

Not going to do it, sorry. If one of those assholes is sick and crazy enough to shoot a harmles, unarmed, little old lady, then I guess I'm just SOL.

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Doonesbury, Sunday, November 7, 2021

Search isn't working for me right now, but this hasn't been posted, as far as I can tell.

About that new antiviraldrug for covid...

Has anyone heard how the antivax crowd is reacting to the news about the new antiviral drug for covid? I'm just wondering if they're going to be willing to take it if they get covid. Seeing as how it was developed by the company (Pfizer) that makes one of the vaccines they don't trust any farther than they can throw a grand piano, will they mistrust the antiviral, too?

The way I see it, if they accept that drug, they will no longer have any excuse to refuse the vaccine, and we can all point and laugh at them.

I'll be interested to see how this shakes out.

Oh, okay.

So it sounds like you're saying we should all just give up, because it's already over, we've already lost everything, nothing good can possibly happen, ever again, etc.

If that's NOT what you intended to convey, then please feel free to clarify. That's exa ctlyvwhzt it sounded like to me.

And if that IS what you meant to convey or not, I refuse to accept it, because that way lies nothing but gloom, doom, and defeat. If I believed that, I wouldn't even be posting here. I would literally be researching painless methods of suicide and buying a bunch of life insurance so that my husband could have something to live on comfortably when I'm gone. Because I would really not see much point in sticking around any longer than I have to.

Don't worry, folks, I am NOT suicidal. I promise! The point I'm trying to make is that if I let myself start thinking as negatively as some of the posts here sound, I probably WOULD be suicidal before long -- and I am too damned ornery and scrappy to go there.
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