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I'm on day six of Moderna fatigue

I had absolutely no side effects from shot#1; my husband's arm was pretty sore, but OK the next day. I expected to have very little, if any, problem with #2 and thought my husband might be a little unwell.

Shots on the 14th and that evening we both were wiped out, despite taking it easy all afternoon and drinking lots of water. Since then, we both have had sore throats and sleepiness, taking naps at the drop of a hat all day long. Don't feel unwell except for the sore throat, which responds to salt-water gargle and Tylenol, but feel like we had the wind knocked out of us. We drag around all day, and the smallest chore seems way too much to try to do.

We are 73 years old, with co-morbidities. He's diabetic type 2, and I have copd. Every day we're feeling a little better, and I would do it all over again to get the shot, but I was caught entirely by surprise by the duration of these symptoms.

Cops have to recalibrate their response

Like some other posters here, I've had trouble with the video of the cop shooting and killing the 13-year-old who threw down his gun. I have trouble seeing that the gun was dropped, and I could understand the cop's motive for shooting.

It occurred to me this morning that something important changed before the cop shot. The cop had been yelling at the kid to stop, and the kid kept running. Then suddenly the kid stopped--the kid complied with that order from the cop. Regardless of whether he'd dropped the gun, when the kid stopped running, the cop should have recalibrated his response.

"Drop the gun." "I did drop it." NO SHOOTING

"Hands on your head and face the wall." NO SHOOTING'

"Lie face down." NO SHOOTING

I'm an old lady with no police training. A cop should have know to move the situation toward a less aggressive, calmer exchange, and he didn't.

This failure of cops to tone down rather than ramp up aggression and rage seems to be a common thread in these killings.

Police have a dangerous job

made more dangerous by their behavior toward people of color, particularly young men with dark skins.

The police who are unnecessarily aggressive toward some of the people they stop for minor traffic infringements increase whatever risk they feel by coming on as the power force who hates and/or fears the people they have stopped.

While police are killed during routine traffic stops, I assume sometimes without inviting aggression by their own behavior, the fact that police officers *admit* that they are afraid of attack by some (read: dark-skinned) people they stop is telling.

If you are applying for a job, a large part of which involves contact with something or someone you are afraid of, why would you want such a job? If you are afraid of heights, you wouldn't want to work on constructing sky-scrapers. If you're afraid of snakes, you wouldn't apply for work at the reptile house at the zoo.

If you are afraid of the people you believe are the most dangerous and most likely to try to kill you, why would you want to be a police officer?

Could it be because you want to be in the position of bullying, torturing, and even killing those people you fear--without (until recently) any accountability? If the job in the snake house consisted of killing snakes, someone afraid of snakes might well want that job.

What kind of psychological testing is done on applicants for police work?

Why do the cops come on so aggro?

In every one of these killings, and in the traffic stop of the serviceman, the cop making the first contact seems enraged right from the get-go. What's going on? None of the reasons for stopping any of these folks was for a violent crime. Are the police trained to be aggressive to the point of (seemingly) blind rage from the very first contact?

If the initial contact had been calm and (dare I say it) respectful, how different the outcomes would have been! Plus, as I understand it, in all these recent cases, the cops had identifying information about the "perpetrators," making an instant arrest not necessary, if anything more than a ticket was necessary.

As a white woman who has been stopped a couple of times for speeding (and who has driven countless times with expired tags and inspection stickers, not to mention burnt-out taillights), I have never ever been approached by a cop this way. It's strictly "license and registration, ma'am, and proof of insurance. Do you know why I stopped you?" The biggest discourtesy I've ever suffered is being called by my first name by a cop young enough to be my grandchild.

A Hate Crime Against Women

Most of the victims in the spa murders were Asian; 100% were women, who were killed solely because they were women. If this isn't a hate crime, I don't know what is.

Because too much is not enough

"As you know, police departments are being defunded..."

Thus began a contribution-seeking phone call the other day. Never did find out who it was. I said "They are not!" He said, "Goodbye."
Posted by cyclonefence | Fri Mar 5, 2021, 08:50 AM (4 replies)

I think it's time for a fireside chat

from our President about covid relief funds. That might generate some pressure from the public on recalcitrant lawmakers. I'm tired of Democrats being so fucking considerate of our opponents' feelings. We have a limited time to get a lot of important things done, and I think it's time to bring out the big guns. Metaphorically, of course.
Posted by cyclonefence | Wed Mar 3, 2021, 05:42 PM (1 replies)

Continued repetition of the Big Lie

On Sunday or maybe it was Saturday evening, after my husband finally took the damn football game to our bedroom TV, I was checking in (as is my wont) on what O*N and the other RW news channels were saying.

On O*N, it was the "Investigative" Show just ending up, and this young anchor was reciting every one of the Pillow Guy's assertions (dead people voting, juveniles voting, out-of-state voters, etc) *except* for accusing the voting machine manufacturers of malfeasance. She was outraged and incredulous--how could such blatant criminal activity go a)unreported by the Lamestream and b)unpunished? It was clear, according to her, that Tr*mp had won the election, and won big.

This is wrong, and it's unacceptable. Everything she said has either been disproven, debunked, or laughed out of court, and yet there it was laid out plain, obviously to rile up the believers.

We are all damaged and endangered by this. How can we counter the "official"--by network TV--spread of lies--of incendiary lies? The injured parties are not the machine-producing companies; the injured party is US. Who can sue? Who can bring O*N to court to prove these false allegations? Can an entity like the ACLU act on behalf of the American people and sue?

Outlets like this, which are continuing to stoke the fires of insurrection and treason, must be forced to put up or shut up--and not just shut up, but make amends by broadcasting statements that what they said was wrong and a lie.

Does the DOJ have a role? How about someone who was injured or whose loved one was killed on 1/6? We are *all* damaged; how can we *all* sue?
Posted by cyclonefence | Mon Feb 8, 2021, 01:30 PM (2 replies)

"cancel culture" "political correctness"

Both bugaboo phrases condemn suffering the consequences of one's actions. If you violate society's norms, there will be a reaction, whether it's losing your tv show because your nutty talk scares away sponsors, or your rude behavior gets you excluded from polite society.

No consequences. The Trump family motto.
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