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Experts Agree That Outdoor Post-Vaccination Masking Is Useless

Plus: U.S. approves sanctions on Myanmar's state-run businesses, Howard University dissolves its classics department, and more...

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"Is It Time to End Outdoor Masking?" That was the question posed by Spencer Bokat-Lindell, a staff editor at The New York Times, in a recent opinion piece. Bokat-Lindell noted that journalists at Reasonas well as Slate, The New Republic, and The Atlantichad expressed skepticism of government mandates requiring mask while outdoors, and decided to ask the experts to see what they thought.

"Is Mr. Soave right?" asked Bokat-Lindell. "Here's what public health experts and journalists are saying."

As it turns out, they largely agree that outdoor masking is useless.

Take it away, experts:

"Transmissions do not take place between solitary individuals going for a walk, transiently passing each other on the street, a hiking trail or a jogging track," Dr. Paul E. Sax, a professor at Harvard Medical School, wrote in NEJM Journal Watch. "That biker who whizzes by without a mask poses no danger to us, at least from a respiratory virus perspective."…

Experts have been preaching the importance of distinguishing between indoor and outdoor transmission risks since the early months of the pandemic. But now that the vaccination drive is underway, the expectation of universal outdoor masking "almost becomes ridiculous," Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor at the University of California, San Francisco, told Slate. Dr. Gandhi isn't alone: Several epidemiologists have called for an end to outdoor mask mandates, which some 24 states still have in place.

Earlier this week, The Washington Post reached the same conclusion:

Even if one is wary about the risks right now, those risks will abate considerably over the next month. More than half of all eligible Americans have received at least one coronavirus vaccination shot, which means that by the end of May more than half of all Americans will be fully vaccinated. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated Americans are highly unlikely vectors for transmitting the disease. This means the need for mask-wearing should be reduced even further….

Just let time work its magic. As more and more vaccinated people feel comfortable going maskless outside, the social norm of putting on a mask will subside slowly, then suddenly.

The evidence is clear: COVID-19 is a disease that spreads when humans breathe, talk, laugh, and sing in each other's faces during close contact—particularly indoors, in poorly ventilated spaces. The outdoors, on the other hand, are associated with very little transmission. Moreover, the vaccinated are essentially immune from severe disease and death, and their odds of contracting the virus at all are very low. Their odds of spreading the disease are even lower. Vaccinated people who have incidental contact with other people outside are not going to spread the virus, and requiring people to mask up during such circumstances is pointless.

That's not a matter of opinion: It's the expert consensus. If you don't want to hear it, then you aren't listening to the science. Government policy makers take heed; it is long past time to end COVID-19 restrictions—especially the ones that aren't even serving any actual public health purpose.


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Howard University, a historically black college in Washington, D.C., has decided to eliminate its classics department, prompting outrage:

The decision has left students and professors scrambling to save the department, saying Howard is the only historically Black university with a classics department. A spokeswoman for the university did not immediately confirm that.

The decision has frustrated those within the department, who argue that in a field dominated by White scholars, it is important to keep the stand-alone classics division at the school.

Classical history is also Black history, said Anika Prather, an adjunct professor in Howard's classics department.

"In most college classics departments, they will read these texts and will skip right over the fact that they're from Ethiopia. The world of the ancient times was a really integrated, diverse society," Prather said. "If we lose it, we lose a piece of all of us."

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The U.S. is imposing sanctions on Myanmar, where the military recently placed the democratically elected president under house arrest and launched a coup. The targets of the sanctions are two state-run businesses that fund the military, according to The New York Times:

The Treasury Department identified Myanmar Timber Enterprise and Myanmar Pearl Enterprise, representing the country's thriving timber and pearl industries, as sources of funding for the military and its leadership. The sanctions bar the companies from doing business in the United States or with American companies, and their assets were frozen under Wednesday's order.

Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken accused the country's military of killing more than 650 people — including many children — and detaining more than 3,200 others since February. He suggested the Biden administration would consider further action in the future.


QUICK HITS

• The FBI reportedly classified the 2017 baseball shooting—in which a deranged gunman wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R–La.)—as a "suicide by cop" incident, which is ridiculous.

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• Why hasn't New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned yet?

• Derek Chauvin is being held in solitary confinement for 23 hours each day.

• President Joe Biden plans to formally recognize the Armenian genocide.

• There are two ways to read the same COVID-19 outbreak story: the way a scientist would, and the way a member of the media would:

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  1. “US Postal Service running secret program that tracks people’s social media and flags government agencies: Report.”

    Maybe this will get them in the black.

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    4. I’m curious who gave them authority to spy on us?
      Is this just a result of the NSA no longer being allowed to do this so they just transferred the spying to the Postal service?

      1. Hey, if the CDC can ban evictions, then certainly the post office can conduct internal surveillance.

        1. Why dont they just Ban the Virus?

          They think there God anyway.

          Maybe Fakkey can wave his magic wand and itll Vamoose!

  2. “Is It Time to End Outdoor Masking?”

    But outdoors is where I do my best signaling.

    1. I tie an onion to my belt.

      1. Hopefully, due to the advice of an “Expert”.

        1. It was the style at the time.

          1. One of those big yellow ones. You couldn’t get white onions because of the WAAAARRRR

    2. Just this week, on this very sight, I saw the following quote:

      Wearing a mask is not just about infection control, or whatever the sciencey people say, but “It sends to right message and puts others at ease.”

      So there.

  3. “Worker filings for jobless claims reached another Covid-19 low at 547,000 last week, the Labor Department said Thursday, a sign the labor market is strengthening.”

    Stimulus, expanding unemployment benefits, etc. are a drag on the economic recovery.

    The economic recovery after the mortgage crisis was slowed down by Obama’s efforts to stimulate it, and Joe Biden’s wrongheaded policies will do the same thing for the same reasons.

    A big part of being progressive is about refusing to learn from the past.

    1. Or is it just evil?

      1. The past is racist, misogynist, xenophobic, and homophobic, so there’s nothing to learn from it.

        That’s also why we need to flush Greek and Latin down the shitter.

        1. If you can read Greek and Latin you may become exposed to heterodox ideas.
          Better not to let students read anything older than Marcuse, Adorno, Foucault, or Derrida… Even Marx can be problematic because he references, things.
          Teach Marxist cant of course, but it’s probably unnecessary, and maybe even dangerous, to present the source material.

          1. You’re absolutely right. The reference points of much of western thought is lost to you if you don’t know anything about classical studies.

            If my entrepreneurial and capitalist drive weren’t already so high, I would have gone the classics route. My Latin professors were mostly awesome, and even those that weren’t, were unable to make the classes suck. If I’d wanted to go into law, I’d have gone with classics as a second major.

            It wasn’t just the language either. History of Rome. Studying the Greeks. All of this has happened before. The principles are established. It’s a well of data from which all of western society can draw.

            It’s also ironic that being able to study it used to be like an exclusive privilege. Denying black students any opportunity to study classics would have been something white aristocrats in the South would do. They should be teaching kids this stuff in high school.

            Not enough people getting this stuff in the pursuit of a STEM degree might be a big part of the problem we’re having today with elitism. If the elitists don’t understand why inflicting their ideas on an unwilling population is both wrong and futile, that may be because they’re aren’t actually well educated. Classics could help them with that.

            1. When my Dad went to university in the sixties and seventies, Latin and Greek were still requirements.
              When I went through those requirements were long gone and I was poorer for it.

        2. Ken, “learning” itself is a patriarchal white construct. Woke people feel and act.

        3. That’s also why we need to flush Greek and Latin down the shitter.

          This is so that people don’t realize that they have changed the meaning of the big fancy words the ‘experts’ use. It is difficult to create Newspeak when people understand the old words.

          Racist and misogynist = doubleplusbad. Democracy and republic = doubleplusbad.

    2. The recovery under Obama was roughly a third due to energy exploration on state and private lands. Federal lands saw a reduction in exploration and federal leases. He actually hampered the recovery.

      Of course he took credit for the growth despite him resisting the sectors that were growing.

      1. He justified ObamaCare as making us more competitive globally.

        Suddenly, you had your hours cut so they didn’t have to offer you health insurance and they wouldn’t have to pay the fine. Suddenly, all the people they were planning to hire became more expensive.

        He actually raised taxes, which is absurd when you’re trying to climb out of a recessions. Biden is doing the same thing! It’s just dumb.

        1. My wife prefers part time, but preferred 35 or so hours. Now she spends a ton of time verifying she is under a 30 hour average every week. She doesn’t have the option to work 45 hours to catch up if needed as it kills the month hour check.

    3. Psh, should have read the Op/Eds today. Superstar Princeton economist Alan Blinder sets you peanuts straight.

      And as he says, nothing to worry about. Inflation? Never you mind. Tax hikes? They do nothing to a robust economy.

      Welcome to Joe Biden’s Boom Economy
      The economy is recovering at a rapid clip, thanks in large part to a $5 trillion infusion from the feds.

      Add up the pieces and you get roughly $5 trillion in federal fiscal support, or about 23% of GDP. That enormous fiscal effort kept millions of families afloat, kept people in their homes, saved many businesses from failure, and prevented the horrible disease from bringing on Great Depression 2.0.

      Because of the enormous influx of federal dollars, American households are sitting on a huge hoard of unspent money. Before the pandemic, American consumers were saving 7.5% of their disposable income—a typical figure. During 2020, the saving rate soared to 16.3%—a rate normally associated more with Singapore than the U.S. The difference translates into nearly $1.4 trillion in excess saving.

      1. Yah, and us jackasses who are still working for a living, instead of rolling in federal unemployment loot, are wondering why we bother.

      2. Back during the Recession, a lot of the “savings” increase was just due to people paying off debt, because it was counted under the same umbrella. It wasn’t until the economy really started to recover in 2012 that the rates plummeted back down to pre-Recession levels.

        But don’t expect Squealer, er, Blinder there to parse that out. And if they aren’t going to lift restrictions, what’s the point of spending that money anyway? Especially if you can just loot new kicks out of the Nike store.

      3. Meanwhile, BTC went from 10k to 60k after Biden was elected.

        Somebody expects lots of inflation.

    4. A big part of being progressive is about refusing to learn from the past.

      When you’re a progressive, the past learns from you. That’s why communist countries all revise their histories.

      1. When you’re a progressive, the past learns from you.

        Beautiful! Why can’t I read that without hearing Yakov Smirnov’s voice?

        1. Why would you want to?

          1. I don’t. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen.

            1. On of my guilty pleasures is yakov smirnof jokes.

              In America you jack off to women. In Soviet Russia woman name Jack offs you!

  4. But now that the vaccination drive is underway, the expectation of universal outdoor masking “almost becomes ridiculous,” Monica Gandhi, an infectious disease doctor at the University of California, San Francisco, told Slate.

    Dr. Ghandi is also adamant that prior infection brings natural immunity, possibly for years, like virtually every other infection. So you know she’s a heterodox quack.

    1. Not to mention a racist.

    2. I’m pretty sure it was always ridiculous.

    3. I think that actually pisses me off more than the mask theater: Public policy that pretends that people who’ve actually HAD Covid, (Which is a fairly high percentage of the population at this point!) don’t have immunity comparable to having been vaccinated.

      All the vaccine does is simulate having been infected, after all; After that, it’s all up to your immune system anyway.

      I’ve already been through Covid, and the morons want me to get vaccinated anyway!

  5. Buenos tardes, Roberto.

    Time to defund and disband the USPS.

  6. Are you saying the media is selling fear porn?

    1. The first few hits are free.

  7. “Why hasn’t New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned yet?”

    Same reason Biden didn’t drop out of the race when Tara Reade accused him — because he refuses to be bullied by mentally unstable, lying women.

    #BelieveBiden
    #BelieveCuomo

    1. Sounds just like what a typical misogynistic cis white male would say.

    2. He’s taking his cues from your precious Dear Leader, drone.

      1. You’re taking yours from that lying POS Obo.
        Fuck off and die; your dog will pee on your grave.

        1. I give OBama a B-. He was terrible on drugs and the border. What grade did you give Dear Leader? An A++++ with a nice gooey old man reach around? I’m read your shit and that’s what it seemed like to me.

          1. “…I’m read your shit and that’s what it seemed like to me…”

            I read your shit and it realize you’re a parasitic lefty asshole whose ‘opinions’ are NWS.
            Fuck off and die; your dog will pee on your grave.

      2. Who gave you the cues to not pay your mortgage?

      3. It’s almost as if complaints about Trump are someone disingenuous.

        1. I say throw them both out. See? I don’t do what you do— apply one standard for a (R) and another for a (D).

          1. Instead, you simply lie.
            It’s what parasitic lefty shits do.

    3. In the latest poll by Siena College Cuomo, 3/19/2021, is up by 22%; he’s still their guy, and apparently will remain so should he want a fourth term.

      1. It’s OK when democrats do it. I thought everyone had learned that lesson after Clinton. #MoveOn

    4. OBL still over here killin’ it.

  8. A growing body of evidence suggests that fully vaccinated Americans are highly unlikely vectors for transmitting the disease.

    That doesn’t sound like a 100% guarantee.

    1. Holy crap, that’s right! It could still happen! OMG!

  9. If you don’t want to hear it, then you aren’t listening to the science.

    Social science is also a science. It’s right there in the name.

  10. More bad news from India.

    BREAKING: India records the world’s highest single-day surge in Covid cases, with more than 300,000 new infections

    The Koch / Reason libertarian solution is, of course, to invite India’s entire population of 1.39 billion people to immigrate to the US.

    #OpenBorders
    #(EspeciallyDuringAPandemic)

    1. Too late, all the sick Indians (and Brazilians, too) have been invited to move to Canada where they can get free healthcare, compliments of Justin Trudeau. Although, officially, the Canadian government insists it’s a complete mystery why Canada alone of all the major industrialized countries is seeing a huge spike in hospitalization rates due to the coronavirus, but they’re certain that it has nothing to do with them refusing to ban international travel from India and Brazil.

      1. Although, officially, the Canadian government insists it’s a complete mystery why Canada alone of all the major industrialized countries is seeing a huge spike in hospitalization rates due to the coronavirus, but they’re certain that it has nothing to do with them refusing to ban international travel from India and Brazil.

        I’m real excited for when Australia and New Zealand open things back up again, watch their bafflement as coof cases emerge. Pretty much the only way they’re going to remain coof-free is to keep quarantine rules active in perpetuity.

        1. Especially considering that their vaccination program is running some 85% behind schedule, and they’ve even stopped making predictions about vaccination levels for the future.

          1. To be fair, if they force everyone to quarantine for two weeks before letting them out of coof jail, they won’t even need to vaccinate anyway. So they even get the benefit of watching to see what kind of long-term effects these experimental treatments might have before taking it national.

        2. Not to mention their flu season gets started right about now every year. If I were them I’d open up so they can blame the tourists instead of looking stupid.

      2. Trudeau, as I am sure you know, very much likes to play dress up, especially in exotic eastern styles of dress. He even goes so far as to put a little “color” and his pale face.

  11. Academia’s continual campaign to disregard or neglect the classics is a sign of spiritual decay, moral decline and a deep intellectual narrowness running amok in American culture.

    Let’s wait to hear what replaces the classics. Then we can all find the appropriate level of outrage.

    1. I’m a big fan of classical studies, and I’m not sure anything can do a great job of replacing them.

      They’re alien enough that we can look at it objectively from all sorts of different perspectives. They’re intimate enough to be relevant. Everything we know about science and politics is based on them.

      For the first 1,500 years of western civilization, most everything of intellectual interest was written in those languages, and much of what’s been written that’s important since the Reformation references it somehow–from the Romantics to Foucault.

      There’s no substitute.

    2. I stopped reading after I read the “intellectual Cornell West”

      1. Hes actually right for once. I did have fun imagining him saying that paragraph out loud

    3. Ta He nesi Coates, Ibrahim X Kendi, etc. The new classics

  12. The sanctions bar the companies from doing business in the United States or with American companies, and their assets were frozen under Wednesday’s order.

    Opening the door for a new Soviet puppet state.

    1. Its China’s turn!

  13. In a recent hearing it was revealed the FBI classified the Scalise shooting and attempted murder of multiple congressman as a “suicide by cop.”

    https://redstate.com/bonchie/2021/04/21/more-evidence-that-the-fbi-is-completely-compromised-arises-n366382

    1. Just like the Fort Hood shooting was workplace violence.

      1. Local news.

    2. Only Right Wing violence is domestic terrorism. The deaths and damage from the riots last year were just… well, you know.

    3. Have you ever been shot at, tough guy? You cant question anything a law enforcment officer does, cause theyre superior to your civvy ass in every way. Fucking nig loving coward.

      1. Oh look, a moron.

    4. Andrew McCabe strikes again.

    5. It does seem that they are deliberately misclassifying crimes to avoid labeling anything left-wing as terrorism. I cannot think of any other description for attempted assassination of multiple congressmen.

  14. Experts Agree That Outdoor Post-Vaccination Masking Is Useless

    Who gives a shit if the experts agree? The question is, do Twitter and Facebook and YouTube agree?

    1. Until April of 2020, experts were in agreement that masking to stop the spread of viruses, indoors or outdoors, is useless. The only thing that has changed since then is the political science.

  15. Tony lost his shit more than usual last night:

    Tony
    April.21.2021 at 11:36 pm

    “That’s because [progressives] are highly interested in capturing influential positions in politics, government, the media, universities, and even within corporations.”

    That’s an interesting way to put: “That’s because [progressives] are more educated.”
    Let’s be honest, it doesn’t take a PhD to raise Christian babies, but Christian babies do take a lot fo time. Time you’re not spent reading books and having sparkling conversation.

    Conservatives should be the engines of white Christian reproduction, if that’s what they want. They should just leave the governing, educating, journalism, and entertainment to the people who are remotely interested in becoming educated about these things. Stick to your domain and we’ll all be happier.

    You don’t see us coming to your hick towns trying to run things, do you?

    Tony
    April.22.2021 at 2:33 am

    Aren’t you the one just above ranting about The Joos or some hysterical bullshit?

    I have burning contempt for most humans. What is this you’re demonstrating here with your proto-Nazi droppings, generosity of spirit?

    I just think that if people want to run things, they should know what the fuck they’re doing. The only alternative you have to offer is to put incompetent boobs in position of great power.

    https://reason.com/2021/04/21/woke-capital-conservatives-regulate-richard-hanania/#comment-8867860

    He’s like every woke twitter user ever.
    Funny how he declares his hate for humanity and then instantly starts calling everyone else a Nazi.

    1. Tony thinks a PhD in the latest victims study fad is worth more than the paper it was printed on. Because he is an idiot.

      1. And that conservatives = the Christian religious right.

    2. ToP mEn!

    3. And the ironic part is that Tony probably has a fluff degree.

      1. Character backstory is a philosophy major. Or at least it was claimed to be in like 2010 when I started frequenting this place.

        1. With his fucked up arguments, he’s never set foot in a PHIL class.

          1. he’s never set foot in a PHIL class.

            That wouldn’t be my take. He isn’t fallacious out of ignorance. He uses fallacy to confound the ignorant. That takes study and/or training.

    4. Tony is a sock, and has had many authors over the years: whenever he takes leave for a period he comes back with a totally different voice in his posts.

      The current one is decidedly junior varsity, and seems to exist to embody exactly the analysis made in this article.

      You don’t see us coming to your hick towns trying to run things, do you?

      Erm, yes – but you’re trying to do it from a few thousand miles away.

      1. Tony is a sock, and has had many authors over the years: whenever he takes leave for a period he comes back with a totally different voice in his posts.

        Really? He’s been pretty consistent with the same prissy, arch pretentiousness that you see from most far-left grad students over the years. Like most of the left-wingers that comment here, he’s a hicklib that’s desperately trying to compensate for the fact he was raised in a shitbox by poor white people.

        1. He used to get called out on it more in the old days; I remember there was an obvious, rapid turnover early in the post-registration period. But I think the fact that the left has gone full NPC has masked things.

          There’s nothing idiosyncratic about Tony anymore. He’s just a long-winded version of the Rev.

          1. I don’t read every comment section on here, so I’ll have to take your word for it. He’s never struck me as a sock, but I guess it’s possible that it’s an account run by members of a campus club or one of David Brock’s astroturf farms. It would certainly explain the pseudo-intellectualism and boilerplate arguments.

            1. Always thought he was an employee or intern. He is fantastic at blowing 100 post threads into 5-600. That takes skill and time.

              I still marvel at those of you who continue arguing with him. I guess it’s for the benefit of passersby.

              1. I have tried a few times to see if there is a personality under the spite. There is not. An Alinsky programmed AI would produce the same dreck.

                1. Tony used to have personality, but I think successfully stealing the election broke him

                  1. Remember after the election when WK just told people to fuck off for a whole week?

                    Yes, winning bigly broke them. They were so prepped for the outrage after losing that it took a while to recover.

                    1. I remember, but you misremember. It wasn’t after the election; it was after the January 6th insurrection and I was pissed at an attempt to overthrow the government of the country I have always lived in, and love very much.

                    2. Yeah, that. Good times…

                    3. Regardless of when it happened, it was hilarious.

        2. Yeah, I think Tony is real. I think he’s been a consistent personality. Just has been a lot bitchier in the Trump and Covid eras.

          1. Tony is real, and has been around for a long, long time.

            1. Yeah, Tony is unfiltered & broken Joe from Mass.

        3. That accurately describes the vast majority of left-leaning commenters in general, not just those who resent coming from a dirt-poor background.

      2. Yes, that is the entire mission of the Biden Admin and Democrat Party – tell your hick town what to do.

        Raise the minimum wage and put half your town out of business
        Retrofit your buildings for the GND
        Tax your gas guzzling pickup truck out of existence
        Federalize your local police force
        Take over your schools, make them genderfluid and institute our cirriculum
        Control what the land is used for and how much water is allowed

  16. The FBI reportedly classified the 2017 baseball shooting—in which a deranged gunman wounded Rep. Steve Scalise (R–La.)—as a “suicide by cop” incident, which is ridiculous.

    Phew. Now we can’t cite that incident as anything close to leftwing political violence, much less insurrection or assassination by a Sanders supporter.

    1. Mostly peaceful bullets.

  17. Why hasn’t New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo resigned yet?

    Democrats might still need him again as the anti-Trump for some reason?

  18. President Joe Biden plans to formally recognize the Armenian genocide.

    Uh-huh.

    1. Anyone else think Sleepy Joe misread Armenian as American?

    2. Erdogan will lose his shit.

      1. And there went US permission to transit the Bosporus…

        Though, and weirdly, Putin hasn’t thrown down yet. I guess the Russians think they can magic water into those Crimean reservoirs.

  19. Still don’t think American cops are violent racist psychopaths who put bullets in Black bodies for no reason?

    The systems that allowed George Floyd to be murdered remain FULLY intact. Moments after we celebrated a win for police accountability in Minneapolis, news broke that @ColumbusPolice murdered a 15 year old Black girl. Her name was Ma’Khia Bryant. Say her name. #BlackLivesMatter

    Another completely unjustified shooting. This proves how racist America still is — and demonstrates why we need to preserve policies like affirmative action, and finally implement reparations for slavery.

    #BLM

    1. Let teenagers keep knife fighting. That’s what I learned from liberal Twitter last night. Teenage knife fights are common and shouldn’t be sullied.

      1. Been going on for “eons”.

      2. Gangs and mean girls are cultural expression!

        1. West side Story was a true historical documentary. Knife fights eventually break into singing and happiness.

          1. Romeo and Juliet too. Just exuberant teens acting out.

            1. Let teenagers commit suicide through poisoning already. Do not call the cops.

              1. If they can choose their own gender, they can choose their own vitality.

            2. A lot of grief could have been spared at the end of Romeo and Juliet if they could have just texted each other. Same for West Side Story, come to think of it.

                1. I’d call it more interference than insurrection, but if you want to label it insurrection I could see the case for it.

                  By the way, other news stories, with less lazy reporters than Fox, say that the protesters were organized by Collegiate Freedom and Justice Coalition, not Black Lives Matter.

          2. You might want to watch it, again. Nothing breaks into happiness. It has a very sad ending.

            1. No sense of humor at all. So sad.

              1. She really doesn’t.

              2. West side Story was his life man.

                1. As credible as anything else.

                2. Not my life, but it’s a really good movie. (And stage musical.)

                    1. So, you’re like Nelson from the Simpsons.

      3. Just let them stab it out.

      4. “When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet…”

          1. That’s Black, racist!

            1. With a nod to that Bloom County strip, how long before they insist on being referred to as Colored?

      5. Doesn’t “knife fight” usually imply both people are armed?

        So I think Twitter’s position is more just that we racist white folk shouldn’t interfere in black on black stabbings. It’s fucking cultural imperialism to impose our “don’t commit murder” standards there

    2. The ACLU has become a sad joke. When I was young I actually used to send them money.

      1. The new ACLU needs to prove that they’re more woke than the SPLC.

  20. https://twitter.com/DineshDSouza/status/1384993041522610177?s=19

    At today’s White House Press Briefing, Jen Psaki outlandishly claimed that the death of Ma’Khia Bryant – who was violently attacking another black girl with a knife – was due to systemic racism.
    [Link]

    1. We need common sense knife control laws.

      1. Patience, Jesse. It’s just a matter of time.

        1. Not all knives of course, just assault knives… you know, with points and sharp edges. Butter knives are fine for example.
          Contrary to knife-nut rhetoric, we’re not coming after your Grandmother’s old butter knife.

          1. Knives that provide steady grip are too dangerous for a citizen to have.

            1. the Swiss Army knife says Army right on it, it is a weapon of war

      2. Wow Nardz you sure follow a lot of liars on twitter. Anyone who isn’t a fascist or a moron knows Dsouza is a goddamn joke.

        Have you been called an uncle Tom or House n word yet today?

        1. I didn’t know Nardz was a black conservative. Thats usually who you are yelling those terms at.

          1. Is Nardz not black?

            1. Why is that important?

              1. Cuz KARen is a bigot.

              2. That’s the only important thing to progtards like KARen. It’s an obsession.

                1. Hey, so are you like still mad at me buddy?

              3. Because he uses the n word and I’m pretty sure he’s mentioned he is black.

                I’m curious because black cons get called that those alot.

      3. Point out to a Leftist that more people are murdered with knives than with any type of rifle, and watch their blood pressure spike.

      4. We need Cops that arent COWARDS.

        Three of those Tough guys couldnt disarm one school girl with a knife?

        They can. ITs not about that. ITs about their Bully tactics to escalate every encounter as an excuse to use deadly force.

        Its TERRORISM

        1. I cannot tell if you’re being serious….if so – fuck off.

    2. It didn’t look like the girl was actually stabbing into flesh with the knife. A taser would have worked just as well or arguably better than a gun to arrest the movement of the teenager. If I was that cop I would feel regret for using the gun.

      1. “It didn’t look like the girl was actually stabbing into flesh”

        Cripes. I can’t believe that he wrote that.

        1. “She missed with the first thrust, so it’s all right folks!”

        2. Sure you can. If not, you will certainly hear it several times over the next few days.

        3. They’re the idiot lefty (if I’m not repeating myself) version of Ron Burgundy. They will repost anything, no matter how self-evidently inane, so long as their instructions say to do so.

          I’m pretty sure the races can get along in America, despite all this shit. I’m not sure anymore if that’s true for the Left, Right, and everyone else wanting to be left alone.

      2. Tasers do not stop everyone quickly. They also take a second to charge up and shock.

        I get youre pro stabbing young black girls. But a terrible take.

        1. and sometimes, actually often, tasers fail. I’m my community they tried to tase a woman with a knife and it failed so they shot her.

          1. That’s odd. Why didn’t we hear about that?

      3. At close range a knife is every bit as deadly a weapon as a gun. You don’t wait until someone gets shot or stabbed to use force to stop it.
        Maybe he could have done something else to stop the stabbing, but when there is a immanent threat to someone’s life, that is an appropriate time to use deadly force.

        1. In my experience, at close range a sharp blade with no serrations causes a much more heinous wound than a firearm. One good slash will cause outrageous damage. A 9mm won’t open you up and dump your innards on the pavement. A good slash will.

        2. Worse. A single handgun wound is *far* less deadly than a single stab wound.

          1. Location location location

            1. I get your point, but I think they’re saying all things equal,… IE: Pretty sure whether shot in the heart or stabbed in the heart, death would be the end result.

      4. “…If I was that cop I would feel regret for using the gun.”

        If you weren’t an ignorant lefty shit, you’d feel regret for just about every one of your posts.

      5. Worst take ever.

      6. You think you have super human judgment, eye sight, reflexes, and knowledge of all situations going on all the time. In reality your more akin to the cartoon captain hindsight where you show up the next day and say you know how you would Handle any situation, so long as you are never in any similar situation.

      7. But Ashli Babbitt crawling through a window demanded lethal force…

        1. No, it didn’t demand it. They could have handled it differently, but shooting her was justified.

          1. LOL HUH

    3. Yep. If not for white people, Ma’Khia and all other black people would be living in peaceful, cooperative societies in Africa.

      1. Yes where those who don’t agree get necklaced

        1. Is that still happening? Don’t they know how bad it is for the environment?

    4. I wonder if the black girl that was looking at the business end of that butcher’s knife would agree with that? This was a damned if you do, damned if you don’t situation all around. If the cop was watching the latest trends, he would have drove slow, stopped at all lights and stop signs, stopped for a coffee, and arrived about the same time as the Coroner.

      1. Like I told someone the other day, I’m looking forward to “white flight” being recycled as the white-hating pejorative of choice after “gentrification” being the race hustlers’ go-to griefer grift for the last 20 years or so.

        1. My father lost half the value of our home during the white flight in the 70s-80s. I never heard Michelle Obama mention that in her tirade about “white people are still running”. The poor folks have no option to run, they just get poorer.

      2. Well she was also on the “business end” of that gun. I’m not suggesting the cop did anything criminal but in hindsight I think he made the wrong choice and should have used the taser.

        1. Funny how your side went from “She was unarmed and non-violent!” to “She hadn’t actually stabbed the other girl yet, why was she shot?”

          The dumbshit was a potential murderer and nothing of value was lost.

          1. But her Foster Mom says that she was an honor student, motherly, and so on, and so on. That was what they are putting on the local news.

          2. And then to, “they def were justified to shoot Ashley Babbitt tho definitely f that bitch”

        2. You should do a bit of research on taser effectiveness and limits. If he tased the attacking girl while she was holding the victim or while the knife is in contact with the victim, guess what happens then?

          1. Lord Strudel doesn’t care about actual facts, he’s just here to spew left wing bullshit.

        3. Tasers are not very reliable. It’s an extremely unfortunate situation, but the cop made the right choice.

      3. “…arrived about the same time as the Coroner.”

        aka The Chicago Way.

  21. There are two ways to read the same COVID-19 outbreak story: the way a scientist would, and the way a member of the media would…

    Is it possible to reject both competing narratives from proven unreliable sources?

  22. What a fine grouping…

    Reason—as well as Slate, The New Republic, and The Atlantic

    Of course other papers have been saying this for over a year now.

    1. But claiming “journalists” work at any of them is a stretch.

      1. Yet you spend your precious life’s minutes hanging out at a website where you dislike the journalism. Genius.

        1. Aren’t you the one who always clarifies they aren’t journalists?

          1. Nope. I said that Reason is not a newspaper.

            Do you ever get your recaps of past conversations correct?

            1. Lol. Difference without meaning. You also state they are opinion writers, not journalists. So you can stop lying at anytime when caught.

              1. “Difference without meaning.”

                There is a difference. Not being a newspaper means they don’t always cover every story. They just don’t have the staff to do so.

                “You also state they are opinion writers, not journalists.”

                You’re just making that up. I’ve never said that.

  23. Idle speculation: how much overlap in human behavior induces some people to wear masks and other symbolic-security items. I have read that some muslim women, even after moving to secular societies and living among non-strict family and friends, still default to wearing hijabs or token head scarves. Apparently, some claim a feeling of safety, driven by social compliance or some bizarre logic about male attention and hair.

    My prediction: in the USA, more women (inclined to safety-think) will continue wearing masks even after the official pandemic all-clear sounds.

    1. There will never be an official “pandemic is over” pronouncement. Too much liability.

      1. Mission accomplished!

    2. Lipstick on coffee cups will be replaced with lipstick on masks left at the one night stands apartment.

  24. Government policy makers take heed; it is long past time to end COVID-19 restrictions—especially the ones that aren’t even serving any actual public health purpose.

    Ah, but they’re serving a, um, higher purpose.

  25. That’s not a matter of opinion: It’s the expert consensus.

    Who are you going to believe? Some eggheads or Keith Olbermann?

    1. “X-spurt: An unknown drip under pressure.”

      1. Olbermann brought down a presidency.

  26. https://babylonbee.com/news/powerful-lebron-james-pulls-over-to-lecture-homeless-man-on-his-white-privilege

    LOS ANGELES, CA—We all know LeBron James is an amazing human being, but seriously. Just when we thought he couldn’t get any better, local media caught this powerful moment and WE CAN’T EVEN. Cameras caught the inspiring, heartwarming moment LeBron approached a homeless man last week at one of LA’s many tent cities. 

    According to sources, the homeless man held out his hand to LeBron’s approaching car to ask for some spare change. What happened next gives us faith in humanity again. 

    The world-famous NBA player looked at the poor man’s outstretched hand. Smiling kindly he said, “Silver and gold have I none, but in the name of #BlackLivesMatter, I offer you the gift of social enlightenment!” 

    LeBron James then proceeded to lecture the lucky panhandler on his white privilege, offering helpful ways to “be better” in the future. “I was shocked,” said Mike “CrazyEyes” McCluckerson, the homeless Marine Corps vet after LeBron’s helpful exhortation. “I was raised by a family of possums under an abandoned bridge, but I had no idea how many advantages my whiteness had given me in life. Furthermore, Mr. James illuminated a host of unconscious biases I harbored in my heart without even knowing it. This moment marks a turning point in my never-ending journey to relinquish the mantle of privilege Western colonialism has afforded me.” 

    Mr. McCluckerson then offered Lebron James his scarf as a token of thanks. James didn’t have any cash to offer the homeless man, but he did make a $100 donation to Black Lives Matter in his name. What a BEAUTIFUL gesture. Go, LeBron!

    1. Babylon Bee humor aside, LeBron’s a bigot.

      1. And a big time idiot.

    2. I liked the bit I read from someone irritated about LeBron chiming in on Twitter—and then promptly deleting it—about this young knife-wielding girl getting shot:

      “If I wanted to hear an opinion about this from someone who made their living chasing a ball around, I’d have asked my dog.”

      So, is the solution to simply not arrest blacks for anything ever again? That will go well.

      1. So, is the solution to simply not arrest blacks for anything ever again? That will go well.

        That’s pretty much the expectation.

        LeBron’s race-baiting is mostly humorous in the fact that he’s such a fucking poser. His favorite thing to do is have “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” open to page 1 when the press comes in to the locker room, but if he’s asked about what his favorite part of the book is, he mouths a bunch of gobbledy-gook that isn’t actually in there. He’s not an idiot, but he is an effective tool for certain elite progressives to use as a blunt instrument for fomenting race conflict.

        1. He’s a generational talent as a basketball player. In as much as we can make such claims about the NBA, given the degree their officials put their thumbs on the scales.

          I’ve no idea why anyone expects him to know anything at an expert level, besides how to play basketball, and how to be a successful celebrity for multiple decades. I guess being an intellectual poseur is part of the second, these days.

          1. It’s a strange phenomenon that we have a generation where the majority of people think that people that make money playing games and make-believe are intellectually superior.

          2. I’ve read a lot of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s stuff. His politics is basically the same as LeBron’s, but at least Kareem’s views have been molded over several decades of actual life experience, including the dynamics of the civil rights era, and long hours of thoughtful contemplation and discussion. With him, you know his views are coming from a place of substance and the struggle to be treated with the level of personal respect one earns from hard work and broad intellectual development.

            LeBron never had to go through anything like Kareem did. Outside of basketball, where he truly does have a monster work ethic, everything has been handed to him on a silver platter thanks to his corporate sponsors at Nike and his de facto PR team at ESPN. That’s why he’s such a poser and can’t talk about a cornerstone book like Malcom X’s autobiography outside of the most superficial, unrelated bromides.

            1. Yeah, Lebron has been coddled since he started dribbling a basketball.

            2. It’s my understanding that Kareem actually studied at UCLA. He was not there just to use it as a gateway to the NBA.

              1. Kareem is incredibly intelligent and studious. Every time he gets on one of these sports yak shows, it’s painfully obvious that his mental acuity is way beyond the bobbleheads hosting these things. Before he converted to Islam, he went to the library and read through all the different texts associated with various religions before he settled on becoming a Muslim.

                He mentioned in the 30 for 30 on Paul Westhead and Loyola Marymount, when Westhead was coaching the Lakers, how they would end up talking about literature instead of basketball on trips, as Westhead was an English lit instructor that constantly quoted Shakespeare.

            3. Red Rocks, I’m continually impressed by the breadth of your reading and knowledge. Really.

        2. Here you go:

          https://twitter.com/ClayTravis/status/1385067731226071040?s=19

          In honor of deep thinker LeBron James, here was his takeaway from “The Autobiography of Malcolm X” when he was asked to review the book he claimed to be reading. I don’t know how I missed this last year. Enjoy. Very enlightening book review: [video]

          1. Haha! That’s great.

          2. You can practically hear the gears grinding in his head while he tries to come up with some extemporaneous bullshit that might sound plausible.

            Read the fucking book, LeBron–it’s actually quite interesting.

            1. Reading?
              White stuff.

            2. When would he find time to read? It’s not like LeBron is stuck on a plane for hours at a time multiple times a week.

          3. Best reply: LeBron couldn’t spell “Malcolm X” if you spotted him the “Malcolm.”

      2. “So, is the solution to simply not arrest blacks for anything ever again? That will go well.”

        I’m old enough to remember that’s exactly what we tried, and it turns out that it was racist!

    3. With any luck LeBron will hire a visual flight only helicopter pilot and fly into in climate weather

      1. “I was gonna’ make a joke about Kobe, but it crashed and burned.”

      2. LeBron commenting on things certainly looks like a VFR pilot in IFR conditions…

        1. I would say he’s more of a sailor in ifr flight

  27. “The crimes spring from certain philosophies and certain aspects of the civilization, not all of them.”

    Get woke, Robby! Anything bad ever done by a white male condemns all of them forever.

    1. It is fascinating that the European colonial age is regarded as a unique crime in world history, while Chinese imperialism, Muslim religious wars, and the genocidal tendencies of the Mongols for examples are examined in context of the times they happened in

  28. the expectation of universal outdoor masking “almost becomes ridiculous,”

    So, right in the wheelhouse of petty government tyrants.

  29. https://twitter.com/EmeraldRobinson/status/1385215145069191168?s=19

    While Republicans at the January 6th protest are held in solitary confinement & denied bail – the Communists who riot in Portland are given community service.

    The GOP says nothing about this two tier justice system because the GOP doesn’t protect its own voters.

  30. https://twitter.com/RobertPLewis/status/1385006382781403139?s=19

    You may scoff now, but how many “slippery slope” warnings have you ignored over the past decade to get us here?

    The State will not rest until The State has full control, authority and decision making over you and your family.

    And The State doesn’t GAF about you. Not one bit.

    1. https://twitter.com/Johnheretohelp/status/1384889978157666304?s=19

      They let these “groups” terrorize and burn cities, encourage them to do so while screaming, “defund the police”.
      This is deliberate.
      Raise crime, officers quit, crying goes up more officers quit. This is a way to “defund the police” through attrition. New officers are not being

      Hired to replace those who have left. Eventually there won’t be any. That’s what they want. And they don’t care if officers are injured or killed in the process. That just means it will speed up the process and they will get what they want sooner.

      Then they will call for federal investigation into the problem. Then they will call for federal oversight, then Federal intervention, then federal police. Their KGB/Gestapo. And that’s what they want, national Police Force loyal only to them.

      Just imagine a greatly enlarged FB-I under something like Wray,
      Replacing your local police. Enforcing only the federal laws they want and ignoring state laws state rights all together. Because the poor decisions made by States led to this. That’s how they’ll frame it,

      States constantly made bad decisions, so the feds have to step in, you should be grateful they are there at all.

      This is why I’m mad Max and other elected officials can say what they want and encourage violence, while still other officials do nothing but talk. Because it’s part of their plan and they all want that. More power for them. The law/constitution does not apply to them

      Every time I see these “leaders” threatening more violence if they don’t get what they want, supported and encouraged by our “elected officials”, all I can think is, “Obama finally got his civilian army” that he announced

      1. https://twitter.com/SniggihNire/status/1384920862059597824?s=19

        The defund-the-police endgame was disclosed long ago:

        “We cannot continue to rely
        only on our military. We’ve got
        to have a civilian National
        Security force that’s just as
        powerful, just as strong, just
        as well-funded.”
        —Barack Obama (2008) [video]

        Good follow-up reading on the nuts and bolts of the plan:
        [link]

        1. Why do you follow so many liars on twitter?

        2. Note Obama had the Fed take over multiple police stations due to “Racist” issues. I believe Trump counter maned that order

  31. And prior to April of last year experts agreed that wearing masks was useless indoors too.

    1. Useless? Who won the election?

  32. https://twitter.com/owenbroadcast/status/1384940756926873605?s=19

    in terms of zeitgeist studies and how terms function now this is a really good example of the phenomenon wherein something is given a name, the name is itself exaggerated or not literal, so then criticism of that thing, thusly named, can be dismissed, based on the name it got.
    “This is the left [link]”

    regardless of the informational content or who is correct there, thats just a great example. its like a natural self defense mechanism that “the spectacle” spontaneously generates. “oh, you think you were literally ‘locked down’? like someone locked you in your house? really?”.

    within your own political interests you can probably notice this happening for more contentious issues. theyll say youre concerned about five alarm chili, and then when you try and talk about it theyll say, “really? you think the chili literally has five alarms? where? what?”.

    this is why u have to unpack or stop all meme terms if u ever try to have a productive or even purely self defensive conversation w anyone. irl or when people ask me i always stop + ask what is meant by any and all meme terms if theyre trying to “take it there”. (also internally)

    this is happening rn w at least one other big issue. really it happens all the time. the bonus is that then if you try to go around it and talk about the actual issue, you cant. theyll say, oh, you dont see it this way, but others do, theyre who im talking about. its impenetrable

  33. The U.S. is imposing sanctions on Myanmar, where the military recently placed the democratically elected president under house arrest and launched a coup.

    The Americans called their coup the “Most Free and Fair Election Ever” as the junta filled their capital with troops and razor wire.
    Except for the January 6 protesters, most dissidents aren’t imprisoned yet, but they’re forbidden to talk about it in traditional or social media. Apart from being “canceled”, American dissidents can also lose their jobs and livelihoods if they speak out, thanks to coordinated corporatism.

    The targets of the sanctions are two state-run businesses that fund the military

    The American coup leaders are funded by Alphabet and Facebook, who may be state-run in practice but not on paper.

    1. Wow you really are stupid if you’re comparing the 2020 election to Mynamar.

      I guess since you’re in Canada you’re not a traitor.

      However you’re a fascist. You want to overturn an election just because you like the other guy better.

      Trump talked about how he “should get a third term.”

      He asked the GA SOS to “find ballots.”

      If Biden said those things you’d be chanting “lock him up!”

      If Obama said those things you’d be chanting “hang him!”

      1. Youre the type who believes Maduro and Sadam won all their votes cleanly aren’t you?

        When even the Jimmy Carter commission on election integrity disagrees with your stance on mail in ballots and vote security, maybe you should rethink.

        1. I don’t know anything about the Jimmy Carter commission, but Jimmy Carter wasn’t a very good president.

          1. “I don’t know anything.”

            FTFY.

          2. One more asshole flag

      2. “you’re comparing the 2020 election to Mynamar”

        Same results, Trollificus. Fraud, backed up by troops.

        They shot a dissident on the sixth and hushed it up.
        Then lied about the damage, the zip ties, etc.
        Then tried to turn an unrelated death into their own Horst Wessel.

        “Trump talked about how he “should get a third term.”
        So did Obama. In fact Trump sarcastically referenced Obama’s declaration when saying that.

        “He asked the GA SOS to “find ballots.”
        “Find THE ballots”. You propagandists always seem to leave out the fact that those 10,000 ballots existed but went missing, and only 2,700 have been recovered. https://www.wsbtv.com/news/politics/another-georgia-county-has-uncovered-2700-missing-votes-secretary-states-office-says/5W734FA755CK3NCR4P7A27DXVM/

        It’s amazing how you have the guts to claim disturbing evidence of your fraud, is supposedly Trump trying to influence the results.

        If Biden said those things you’d be chanting “lock him up!”

        By all rights Hillary should be in jail. The fact that she hasn’t even been charged is evidence that in America you can get away with anything if you’re powerful enough.

        If Obama said those things you’d be chanting “hang him!”

        Historically lynching is a Democrat’s thing.

        1. I’m not gonna defend Babbitt being killed, but many storming capitol were attempting a coup.

          Please feel free to cite other than “but but but the mail in ballots?”

          Trump was complaining about fraud before there were even votes cast.

          When did Obama say he should get a term?

          Trump asked the SOS to find the number of ballots he lost by.

          There’s no arguing with you fascists. Anything that doesn’t fit your far right worldview you dismiss or lie about.

          1. Trump was complaining about fraud before there were even votes cast

            So was I.
            I was warning that the election was being frauded right here as early as February 2020.

            Anyone who wasn’t blind or stupid could see the infrastructure being put in place. Even the Sanders kids noticed it.

            There’s a reason why a majority of Americans think that there was significant fraud in the last election.

            1. I’ve complained every election because the shit has happened since at least the 60s.

            2. Reason even put out multiple “fraud is totes impossible” articles ahead of time to gaslight

            3. “majority of Americans think that there was significant fraud in the last election.”

              Where did you get that figure? It’s only Trump dick gobblers that believe that nonsense.

            4. I noticed you didn’t respond to the other questions I asked.

              When did Obama say he should get a third term?

              Lynching was a conservative thing.

              1. Lynching was a conservative thing.

                Pick up a history book idiot, as lynching was a Southern Democrat tactic.

        2. Your link doesn’t say 10,000 ballots were missing. It says they found over 2000 in one county that weren’t counted originally because of human error. A little more than half were for Trump and it’s not enough for him to pass Biden.

          Trump asked the SOS to find the number of ballots he lost by.

          You simply ignore the truth or lie.

      3. Well, looks like asshole’s gonna get a lot of ’em

    2. Fortified Elections” are the best elections.

  34. https://twitter.com/BreeNewsome/status/1384725341550305281?s=19

    Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations by showing up to the scene & using a weapon against one of the teenagers. Y’all need help. I mean that sincerely.

    1. Yup. Banning teen knife fights is like banning ethnic folk dancing and crazy hair styles.

    2. “Eons”

    3. West Side Story was a documentary?

      1. Fucking post thief.

        1. When faced with an opportunity to add to a point or be a dick, you of course choose to be a dick.

          Scuze me while I find my shocked face.

          1. Lol. What point can be made against one of your first true sarcastic posts? You weren’t making an argument dumbass.

            I made the point above. 5 minutes before you. Laughed when you made the same.

            Sorry I forgot youre always the victim.

            1. We were making the same point, dumbass. And no, I don’t read every comment before posting something. So don’t flatter yourself with ideas of me copying you.

              Now when faced with an opportunity to be a man or an adolescent, as in agreeing with me because I’m making the same sarcastic point you did earlier or making some snide personal attack, you of course chose the latter.

              I’m still trying to find my shocked face.

              1. Again. Youre always the victim. Lol.

                1. Again, you’re always the child. #sad

                  1. “Sooooooooo immature”

                    Yeah, you’re a real grownup.

                  2. Lol. God damn man. Go back to being ignored at glibs.

              2. LOL. If, say, you and I had made the same observation about West Side Story it would have been taken as indisputable proof that we are sock puppets of each other.

                In fact, I’m gonna call it: according to well-established JesseAz logic, sarcasmic and JesseAz are sock puppets of each other!

                1. You got us. We’re the same person.

                  1. Knew it! I have learned from the brilliant sock puppet sleuths here!

                    1. On glibs you don’t get that sockpuppet or fifty-cent stupidity at all. Only from here.

                    2. They don’t tolerate bullshit.

                    3. “On glibs you don’t get that sockpuppet or fifty-cent stupidity at all. Only from here.”

                      Hi, Tulpa!

                    4. Hi, Tulpa!

                      What is the point of conversing when the person you’re talking with is likely an imposter?

                      Reason is a place for sniping.

                      Conversation is pointless.

                    5. Reason IT could fix the handle spoofing problem, if management cared enough. The comments section just isn’t important to Reason management.

                2. I said I laughed at the fact he made the same joke dumbass. My God. He isnt going to fuc…. wait. He might.

                  1. No, you accused me of copying you and made a childish derogatory comment.

                    1. Why are you here, lying hypocrite?

                    2. Because I have a right to be here. This is a libertarian board, not trumpanzee central.

                    3. Sure you have a right to be here, but what’s the point? So you can be a punching bag for a bunch of grown men who haven’t matured since eleventh grade?

                    4. trumpanzee… I like that

                    5. Remember. Only sarcasmic can’t bu sarcastic. And a victim.

                    6. “…a bunch of grown men who haven’t matured since eleventh grade?”

                      “Projection, the mental process by which people attribute to others what is in their own minds…”
                      https://www.britannica.com/science/projection-psychology
                      You should read up on it…

                    7. Weird White Knight keeps responding for sarc.

                    8. “Because I have a right to be here. This is a libertarian board, not trumpanzee central.”

                      Hi, Tulpa!

                    9. Well, actually several of the White Knight comments on this page are from HAIR SPACEWhite Knight aka Tulpa.

                    10. Well, actually several of the White Knight comments on this page are from HAIR SPACEWhite Knight aka Tulpa.

                      Which is why building a reputation is pointless on this site. Tulpa will come along and ruin it for you. These aren’t the Reason comments. They’re the Tulpa comments. He runs the show. The people who run the site should be embarrassed, but they don’t care. So why are about them? Fuck Reason.

                  2. Me thinks they’re already a couple.

                    1. Oh joy. The JV cheerleader squad showed up.

                    2. You couldn’t keep up with adult conversation, got mad, called names and stormed off, but you’re calling RMac junior varsity?

                      I warned you that Glibs was above your pay grade.

                      Huffpo is your real home. ===>

                    3. I don’t see you on the Glibs.

                    4. Actually, sarcasmic is active on glibertatians. He posted several comments today.

                    5. Actually, sarcasmic is active on glibertatians. He posted several comments today.

                      Nope. The cool kids declared that I’ve been banned. Don’t allow the truth taint the narrative.

                    6. Nobody actually declared me banned, but PAY ATTENTION TO MEEEEE!!!

      2. Hey, keep it cool, boy!

      3. I’ve tested the waters with making a few little comments here and there on glibertatians. So far, nobody acting like an asshole, like here, but also a lot of comments are simply ignored.

        1. I’m mostly ignored as well. But I start threads as well. Better to be ignored than to have a dozen idjits with the maturity of teenage girls pile on with personal insults.

          1. Yet you came back. Maybe we should ignore you too as you turn everything into raging victimhood.

            1. Maybe we should ignore you too

              If I could only be so lucky. What would be cooler, though completely impossible, would be you acting like an adult.

              1. You can be so lucky. Fuck off to glibs like you said you were going to bitch.

                1. I didn’t say that I was going to stay there.

                  1. Oops. Fucked up again sarc.

                  2. Hi, Tulpa.

                    1. Sure, it’s all Tulpa’s fault.

                    2. I just said “hi” to him. Sheesh.

                2. I calling me a bitch supposed to make you appear manly or something?

                  It’s like that GG guy calling me a faggot.

                  Straight out of high school.

                  1. No. Much simpler than that. You act like a bitch, so I call you one.

                    1. I learned about Bastiat, Hayek, Hazlitt, cafehayek, Friedman, and a host of other libertarian economics from this site when the comments weren’t about adolescents getting one-ups.

                      Now it’s just teenagers taunting each other.

                      It’s sad.

                      You ever learn anything here? Yeah.. Exactly.

                    2. From Ken Shultz you can get lengthly lectures on reasoning and common fallacies, but a complete lack of understanding of “garbage in garbage out” when using logic.

                      And no concept of checking one’s “logical” answer against common sense. If you end up concluding a grifter like Donald Trump is your libertarian savior, you’ve made some kind of error in your reasoning.

                    3. If you end up concluding a grifter like Donald Trump is your libertarian savior, you’ve made some kind of error in your reasoning.

                      To be fair he did do some libertarianish things. Deregulation. Can’t think of much else.

                      All of them will. Broken clock and all that. Democrats are championing police reform. Some of good and a lot is bad.

                      But if you’re Ken or any other right-winger, it’s all bad. Why? Because the enemy suggested it.

                      It’s stupid. Ideas are measured by who said it, not the idea itself.

                    4. Yet you’re still here crying like a bitch.

                    5. “I learned about Bastiat, Hayek, Hazlitt, cafehayek, Friedman, and a host of other libertarian economics from this site”

                      The rest of us read them in school (except cafehayek, WTF?). We didn’t learn about them in the comments, lol.

                      Also, you and your sock friends, KAR, SQRLSY, SPB2, chemleft, White Knight/DOL and Tony have done nothing but troll here.
                      The reason the comments are a shitshow is all you.

                    6. Ken is the only commenter still trying to teach yet those in most need of learning ignore the lessons outright under the mistaken assumption he’s Team Red. This is all based on his correct idea that between Trump & Biden, Trump is by far the superior choice from a libertarian perspective on several fronts such as guns, GND, leaving Afghanistan, and others.

                      But sarc, WK, as several others have wrongly seen this as loving Trump instead of correctly identifying it as a firm libertarian real world argument.

                      And because of that, your view of him is tainted because like it or not, you all lean left.

                      Maybe you’ll learn from this, but more than likely you’ll just ignore me like you have Ken. In any even, I tried….

              2. Pay attention to meeeeee!

          2. When are you going to go away for good like you promised?

            1. But it’s so fun to post something innocuous and have a dozen men with the maturity of teenage girls do their best to make me feel like I’m back in high school!

              1. So you’re here to troll, but everyone else is the mean ones.

                1. You said you were on the Glibs, yet nobody is posting a snide jibe whenever I make a post.

                  Therefore I call bullshit.

                  1. So you try deflection? And you call others ‘immature’?
                    See “projection”, above.

                    1. Show me the snide jibes of mine on the Glibs and I will recognize your point.

                      Your abject failure tells me that you’ve only got snide jibes, and have no place on a place where people talk ideas.

                    2. Sarc, glibertarians self define as those learning about libertarianism, whereas Reason is supposed to be a libertarian website where learning about libertarianism isn’t needed. So of course glibs will discuss ideas whereas Reason should be discussing policy.

                      Even then Ken tries to teach yet no one he is targeting engages him in any meaningful way. So instead of teaching he’s defaulted to thoroughly explaining policy results to try to persuade fellow libertarians to do the same within their circle of friends.

                  2. Yeah, it’s my old handle here. Go do a search and then cry about it into the dregs of your narrative, retard.

                2. Like right now we’re having a conversation about music. If that conversation was here it would be full of personal insults and the music would be soon forgotten.

                  I’m not the problem. You are.

                  1. So go back over there and talk about music bitch.

                    1. Why don’t you vacate this teenage wasteland and join the adults?

                  2. Strange, you hate it here, but keep coming back.
                    You should seek treatment or just fuck off.

                    1. Your hatred towards me is pathetic, unwarranted, humorous, and only eggs me on.

              2. Youre talking about grown men while acting like a female teenager child.

                1. Join the Glibs. See how much they tolerate your shit.

                  Then lets talk about maturity.

                  1. ‘Join that fraternity; they tolerate me’.
                    Goodie; fuck off.

                    1. When I posted on the Gibs several people said “Hey sarcasmic, where you been?’

                      How may people would welcome you?

                      That was rhetorical.

                    2. You seem to think a site which welcomes the sort of bullshit you shovel is attractive to others?
                      Glad you found your family; now fuck off.

                    3. What bullshit? C’mon Sevo. Give me an example. Not the narrative, but something I actually said.

                    4. Actually, Sevo, many of the commenters are conservative-leaning or critical of the left. They make many of the same observations you do.

                    5. They make many of the same observations you do.

                      Then he can’t post “Fuck off you leftists shitbag” to every post. That’s his thing. They won’t tolerate it. So he’ll never Glib.

                    6. They make many of the same observations you do.

                      Sevo doesn’t make observations. He says “Die you leftist piece of shit” and then retires with a sense of victory.

                    7. The whine of lefty assholes is beyond dry, but it’s amusing.
                      Go shovel your shit where you seem to think it’s accepted; pretty sure if neither one of you TDS-addled shits were to never showed up here again, only turd and Tony would gripe.
                      Fuck off and die.

                    8. If that makes you wet, keep pleasuring yourself.

                      Here’s a few facts.

                      I know they go against the narrative, and I’m wasting my time because you believe the narrative over what people actually say, but here goes.

                      The whine of lefty assholes is beyond dry, but it’s amusing.

                      There’s nothing leftist about anything I’ve ever said. You can’t come up with a single example of me touting leftism.

                      You have no facts, no examples, no nothing. Just emotion.

                      Go shovel your shit where you seem to think it’s accepted; pretty sure if neither one of you TDS-addled shits were to never showed up here again, only turd and Tony would gripe.

                      Except I haven’t shoveled any shit. The only shit being shoveled is by you and your girlfriends hurling insults while ignoring what anyone actually says. Again all you’ve got is emotion.

                      Fuck off and die.

                      Pure emotion.

                      You are what you hate.

                    9. Whine, whine, whine…
                      You seem to think someone cares about your emoting.
                      Fuck off; make your family proud.

    4. I love the response she got-

      “People have been murdering other people for hundreds of years. We don’t need the police to intervene or interfere in a long standing tradition we have had in our society.”

      1. At least not in certain neighborhoods where, apparently, we’re not supposed to expect the residents to not act like wild, impulsive animals. Police aren’t necessary because it’s already the law of the jungle and the nature preserve game managers are only making things worse, so defund the police and let the animals establish their own equilibrium.

        ::This is what progressives actually believe::

    5. If the other girl didn’t have a knife herself (I don’t believe she did) it’s not a knife fight, it’s attempted murder with a knife.

      1. That’s true even if the other girl _did_ have a knife unless the other girl attacked first.

    6. For my own sanity I’m going to declare this sarcasm.

  35. I guess I expected more from Reason magazine to think deeper than the direct news story. Outdoor mask-wearing is not useless. While those of us who are vaccinated against COVID-19 may be ‘essentially immune’, we are not immune to the many other airborne viruses that are transmitted. The article at https://www.healthline.com/health/cold-flu/mask#research that talks about research studies and CDC recommendations about using masks to reduce flu and respiratory infection transmission. I plan on continuing to wear masks even after the pandemic is over and I think you should consider doing that as well.

    1. Get up off of your damn knees.

    2. I hear a plastic grocery bag is guaranteed to stop all virus transmission. You should try it and let us know how it works.

      1. The free ones from the grocery are so thin and cheap now. I suggest double bagging.

        1. They also have tiny holes in the bottom 🙁

        2. The Circle K here has gone to really industrial plastic bags because it makes them qualify as “reusable”. Which makes me laugh because the law to prevent plastic waste has made the bags 5x as heavy.

          But they’d do an *excellent* job of permanent virus prevention. 😀

    3. My God. Give up comfort and freedoms so you don’t have a sniffle for a few days.

    4. better stay indoors forever just to be safe.

    5. I prefer a healthy, functioning immune system.

    6. No thanks. We survived just fine without masks for.my whole life.

      The flu isn’t so bad that I’m going to start wearing a mask all the time to avoid a disease I get maybe once every decade.

    7. At the risk of sounding like a fact check, here is the CDC web site info on “regular” flu.

      Unvaccinated Asymptomatic Persons, Including Those at High Risk for Influenza Complications:
      No recommendation can be made at this time for mask use in the community by asymptomatic persons, including those at high risk for complications, to prevent exposure to influenza viruses

      1. I think you guys are probably responding to a parody.

        1. What difference, at this point, does it make?

    8. “…I plan on continuing to wear masks even after the pandemic is over and I think you should consider doing that as well.”

      Gotta be sarc; stupidity on that level would make operation of a keyboard difficult.

      1. something something monkeys something something Shakespeare – – –

    9. Youre LYING about CDC. I noticed you quoted a fake activist website, not a CDC site.

      CDC research published on their site say masks DONT work

      Youre a liar.

  36. Everyone applauding the Chauvin verdict despite how it was achieved need to realize that the precedent isn’t to hold state agents accountable, it’s to hold show trials to inflict political power – and the next step in the chain will be Kyle Rittenhouse

    1. And eventually the show trials will turn on them, and they’ll wonder where it all went wrong.

    2. they are even firing people who have donated as little as $10 to Kyles defense. I don’t think that is legal though and I hope those who have been fired sue for all they can.

      1. Can’t wait for that lawsuit.

    3. I responded to you in yesterday’s thread, but I will reiterate here. It is silly to compare these trials to the USSR where they tortured suspects and the trials were just confessions when you have the political trials of the Great Terror as an example. That those trials are the historical legacy of the original lefties makes it so much more apt. Liberte, Egalite, Fraternite, and off with your head.

      Ashli Babbitt was executed. The decision not to file charges against the officer in her case is purely political. The investigation would reveal that there was never any danger on Jan. 6 and the claims of insurrection would be shown to be fraudulent.

      1. Ashli Babbitt was executed. The decision not to file charges against the officer in her case is purely political.

        What’s notable there is that they had actual live rounds, locked and loaded. That wasn’t seen at any of the riots last year, which is pretty strong evidence that the whole ACAB, “defund the police” stuff being spouted by white liberals is nothing more than a professional wrestling promo, and the riots are largely a worked shoot between the police, the city/state administrators, and BLM/Antifa. That’s why these things got shut down fast in red-voting areas and never returned–because it’s a lot harder to present the police as jobbers to the Left when you have town residents looking to kick the shit out of you and even shoot you if you act up.

        If the cops or National Guard thought they were in actual danger by these people, they’d have a body count long before now.

        1. If the cops or National Guard thought they were in actual danger

          If the cops thought they were in danger, the no less than 3 cops that treated Ashli Babbitt within seconds of her shooting might have stopped her.

          The reason they didn’t? She was not a threat.

          After the shot, one cop helps her, one cop points his rifle at the shooter, and one of them calls “active shooter” on the radio. I guess they missed when the directive was given to ‘shoot on sight’.

          Nobody reacts to the actual gunshot because nobody expected it. Shooting to kill an unarmed person without warning is an execution.

          1. The absolute silence regarding tis from the writers here says it all about where they really stand in terms of liberty vs. the state.

            They have chosen the state.

            Whether you liked Trump or not he certainly provided all the clarity any one needs.

      2. We’ll see what happens to Rittenhouse.

  37. Fauci doesn’t.

    Whitmer doesn’t.

    They’re experts.

    So, no, experts don’t agree.

    And it’s bullshit to cherry.pick the set of experts that agrees with your position.

    1. I always cherry pick my experts.

      1. How do you pick your cherry’s?

        1. I let cherry picking experts pick my cherries.

  38. If anyone hassles you punch back twice as hard

  39. Howard used to be a highly respected university. No longer.

    When even Cornell West says to keep the classics, you keep the classic. I mean, sheesh.

    For those White Woke Fucks who don’t know, the classics includes ancient literature from Asia and Africa and the Middle East. The oldest works of fiction we know of are from Asia Minor and the Middle East. The White Woke Fucks want to get rid of them just because they Brits canonized them under the rubric of “Classic”.

    1. The White Woke Fucks want to get rid of them just because they Brits canonized them under the rubric of “Classic”.

      This is basically just Cultural Revolution-type stuff. I picked up an interesting monograph on this recently, and it talks about how the CR was rooted in an obsession with “newness,” and how the only way to implement it was to tear down and destroy any connection to the past, as “old” thinking was oppressive and counter-revolutionary.

      That’s a large part in what’s behind this obsession by the Woketards to tear down statues and erase the names of “racist” individuals from public memory–because they believe that they can’t implement their Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communist utopia if people have a connection to the past. If you break that connection and destroy it, you can establish your own ideology as the original root culture.

      The problem is that Woketards, then and now, don’t actually know how to build anything that will last. Their very obsession with newness prevents them from establishing any kind of permanent cultural foundation that won’t get torn down in the span of a few years, much less millennia. It’s like if a bunch of music execs were put in charge of building civilization; they couldn’t do it because they’re always chasing after the “next big thing” to promote while shuffling their former bright and shinies into the Walmart bargain bin.

      Just like Woketard pop culture fans actually being anti-fans, Woketard activists are actually anti-culture and anti-civilization.

      1. “The problem is that Woketards, then and now, don’t actually know how to build anything that will last.”

        It only has to last until the AI, self-healing, self-replicating robots come. I’m not kidding.

        The hallmark of our leadership, and of Communist governance back to the first fights between the Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, is replacement of any group you can’t co-opt. The Whites were replaced at the point of a Nagant bayonet, ditto the kulaks. The American lower class is being replaced by cheaper, foreign replacements, and now it’s the American middle class’s turn. The group that actually owns things. (Versus rents them) Delays gratification. Plans for the future. And competes with this elite class that, evidently, has bought wholesale into a future where you will own nothing.

        Not for the Rulers. Just the Ruled. Robots are easier to rule than people, and independent, self-actualized people working to better themselves and their loved ones, are of no value anymore.

      2. “all this means, let’s have the courage to understand this, a will to nothingness, an aversion to life, a revolt against the most fundamental preconditions of life—but it is and remains a will! . . . And to finish up by repeating what I said at the beginning: man will sooner will nothingness than not will . .”

        1. Yeah, it’s a fundamentally nihilistic, apocalyptic worldview propagated by intellectual and emotional retards. That’s why college students are so susceptible to this shit, and why Deng ended up massacring a bunch of them at Tiananmen–because he personally experienced what happened the last time a bunch of college students in China got uppity.

  40. I never once wore a mask outdoors. I did get some scowls early on, but I tried to smile back.

  41. “Transmissions do not take place between solitary individuals going for a walk, transiently passing each other on the street, a hiking trail or a jogging track,” Dr. Paul E. Sax, a professor at Harvard Medical School, wrote in NEJM Journal Watch. “That biker who whizzes by without a mask poses no danger to us, at least from a respiratory virus perspective.”…

    I suspect this admission by the NYT will change no behaviors. In my town, it’s more common than not to see someone outdoors, in a part, sitting alone in the corner of a vast open field, not within 250′ of any other human being, sitting with a mask on.

    It’s become a combination of virtue signal and security blanket. The mask is an outward visible sign that you “take the virus seriously” and also a kind of ‘Pascal’s Wager’ with the wearer.

    1. These fuckers psychologically broke a lot of people with their stupid public health pronouncements, and now they can’t ramp it back because the Branch Covidians are so hyper risk-averse they can’t even handle the thought of catching a basic-bitch cold or flu bug. Just look at this shit in this very thread:

      shocklee
      April.22.2021 at 10:42 am

      I plan on continuing to wear masks even after the pandemic is over and I think you should consider doing that as well

      We have a sizeable portion of the population now with battered spouse syndrome.

      1. Oh, I’m aware that this COVID thing has placed an indelible mark on the culture. There will be large numbers of people wearing masks every flu season for years to come, and scowling at you if you don’t.

        1. I like to politely cough into my hand as I walk by them.

          1. Of course you will because you’re an asshole like most mormons.

            How does others wearing masks affect you?

            1. It has nothing to do with the mask, asshole. If they were to nod politely, I would nod back.

              How does me breathing air outside affect them that they should glare at me? I would guess your mommy was a Karen and you wouldn’t want to shame her memory.

              1. Scowl back at them, but coughing is just a dick move.

                I don’t care if people look at me weird for not wearing a mask outside in the open. It just means they’re dumb.

  42. https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/1385254460444774400?s=19

    “I just don’t understand how it got from a counterfeit twenty dollar bill to a death”

    The juror didn’t even pay attention to the trial
    [Link]

  43. “Government policy makers take heed; it is long past time to end COVID-19 restrictions”

    That’s quite the unqualified declaration from an unqualified source.

    Carry on, clingers. So far as your betters permit, anyway.

    1. That’s quite the unqualified declaration from an unqualified source.

      Quoted:

      “Transmissions do not take place between solitary individuals going for a walk, transiently passing each other on the street, a hiking trail or a jogging track,” Dr. Paul E. Sax, a professor at Harvard Medical School, wrote in NEJM Journal Watch. “That biker who whizzes by without a mask poses no danger to us, at least from a respiratory virus perspective.”…

      Guess we can’t expect a slack-jawed, slope-foreheaded, inbred, snaggle-toothed, catchphrase-spouting hicklib to actually be able to read complex sentences.

  44. B-b-but bOtH sIdEz!

    Look at this poll and ask which side lives in reality and which lives in panic porn [link]

    1. Some choice responses from the thread:

      “They’re so indoctrinated w gun control that they think gun violence is twice as big of a problem as violent crime without realizing gun violence is violent crime. All feelings and narrative – no logic.”
      “hah.
      Gun violence:
      D: 73%
      R: 18%

      Violent crime:
      D: 44%
      R: 52%”

      “Much of the social history of America over the past three decades, has been a history of replacing what worked with what sounded good.”

      “The American left has been fully beaten into submission by corporations and the American regime. Remember when they cared about unjust wars and unaccountable federal agencies?”

      “Leftists are too emotional & incapable of prioritizing — everything is always an “existential threat.” The solution is always “more money” and “more laws,” which always requires more money and eventually, more laws bc the previous ones didn’t work. They should never be in power.”

      1. “The American left has been fully beaten into submission by corporations and the American regime. Remember when they cared about unjust wars and unaccountable federal agencies?”

        Not to mention not outsourcing jobs overseas. Now it’s just promoting that everyone should get NEETbux instead of having to worry about working, because going to a job is super-stressful or some shit.

  45. >journalists at Reason

    lol. too easy.

  46. So what was that I read in my news feed this morning where Fauci was giving advice about the best way to wear 2 masks? The only things ‘experts’ agree on is that free agency is overrated. It is fine to set aside the bill of rights to protect people from themselves.

    Maybe here at Reason, the editors could quit with the appeal to authority headlines and just present the facts and let the intelligent readership come to their own conclusions.

    1. In Fauci’s case, a MyPillow over his face would be more effective.

    2. seriously. the first fucking words were “Experts Agree”. bleh

      1. False Appeal to Authority

        The experts are never named.

    3. Did Reason even call out Fauci for saying all these lockdowns don’t effect liberty?

      1. My buddy, KAR, should have announced this already.

        Church members get special undermasks that kill viruses with the fire of the Holy Ghost. I just need to hold you under water for a few seconds and 10% of your earnings in perpetuity, then I can hook you up. 😉

        1. Most members of your church are far right fascists who won’t wear masks and harass people that do.

          See we’re buddies.

          1. Actually, everyone at the meetinghouse wear masks and sit 6 feet apart. The temples are not open except for personal ordinances and only where it isn’t prohibited and all religious teaching is done online. The president of the church, who was a pioneering heart surgeon in his younger days, just implored the saints in his Easter address to be patient and vigilant in protecting the health of others and his counselor, a retired federal judge, implored people to uphold the Constitution.

            I don’t know what hillbilly cousin-fucking town in Utah you got ass-raped in as a youth, but your tormentors might have been lying to you about who they were. My guess is you get all your bullshit from the internet regardless.

            Come visit when you get a chance, buddy! I already promised to buy you a beer, and I will add to that: no ass-raping.

      2. I wear an übermask on my übermensch überface.

    4. Haha you mormons and you’re “free agency.” Almost all the mormons I met talked about, but loved telling others what to do and forcing them if possible.

      Mormons are scum of the earth.

      1. You misspelled salt of the earth.

  47. “Outdoor Masking is useless” FTFY

    I don’t like mask wearing at all but I think it’s debatable in some cases, like when I go to the doctor’s office and the average age of other patients appears to be 75. OK, I’m not going to die on that hill.

    But anyone who wears a mask outside is such a sad, pitiful, fear-driven creature that I almost feel bad for them. It does nothing and it is probably harmful.

  48. OMG, ROBBY, YOU FACIST!

  49. https://twitter.com/nedryun/status/1385232170277556224?s=19

    The only way we get back to normal is to beat the unAmerican Left into unconditional surrender. That’s the only way it happens. There’s no middle ground, no “centrism,” no compromise with them. There’s either crush or be crushed.

  50. If you are looking for casual contacts in UK for your own pleasur try to visit hormy girls leicester

    1. “Hormy girls in Leicester?” That reads like a bad Pythons’ sketch. And “Hormy” sounds like Miss Piggy coming onto Kermit.

      1. “horny” + “hormel” indeed.

  51. So dems say DC statehood is so important for citizens representation in congress. Yet the obvious answer is to make the residential areas under Maryland and Virginia control and leave the federal properties under federal control.

    Answer, because dems don’t care if you have representation they want two more fucking votes in the senate and they know they will both be far left wingers.

    Seriously fuck the democrats, liberals, liberaltarians, and left wingers all to hell.

    1. Answer, because dems don’t care if you have representation they want two more fucking votes in the senate and they know they will both be far left wingers.

      Even though there is a reason that DC is not a state, I’m fine with giving them statehood if we split up a blue state that’s dominated by a large urban area. We can treat it like the Missouri Compromise, where instead of slave and non-slave states, we have states aligned by political party. Make DC a state, but split off the rest of Illinois from Cook County, for example, or eastern Washington from King County, or the rest of Colorado from the Denver metro area.

      It will work as long as the Democrats don’t try to implement popular sovereignty outside their legislated containment zones.

      1. Only one president could insure a compromise like that wouldn’t F all of the Republicans over, and he was sent away for being orange and writing mean tweets.

        1. I should say wouldn’t F half of the country over, because who really cares about the Republicans, per se.

  52. The bit about outdoor masks was on NBC Today this morning.

    Beautiful interview with the head of the CDC as Savannah Guthrie tries to ask her if people who have vaccinated need to wear masks while they are alone outside.

    She answers that “We are studying that right now…” and goes on to say that people need to protect the vulnerable so everyone needs to do their part.

    It was astonishing.

    “We are studying” whether you can go outside alone without a mask when you are vaccinated.

    Good lord!!!!

    How can you possibly treat anything our head of the CDC says with any credibility after that answer. That is such a ludicrous and dishonest answer. There is zero chance that any scientific study is being conducted on whether it is safe for people who have been vaccinated to be alone, away from other people, outside… and not wearing a mask. Zero.

    And it is not even CDC policy – at least not before Biden’s federal mandate. The policy was to wear a mask when you cannot maintain at least 6 feet distance. But Biden said “on all federal lands at all times”… so the grounds keeper at the Kennedy Space Center had to wear a mask in the 89 degree heat outside, 30+ yards from the nearest person while doing manual labor. And our genius CDC head had to back that because the President says so.

    Follow the science… indeed.

    1. I can think of better sentences containing Savannah Guthrie and head.

      1. Do they include the words, “gunshot” and “exploded”?

        1. no but yours is entirely funnier.

          1. Unconfirmed reports state that Savannah Guthrie gives lousy head.

            1. These reports do praise her performance in the donkey show, though.

              1. Clever play on the party mascot.

  53. There is zero chance that any scientific study is being conducted on whether it is safe for people who have been vaccinated to be alone, away from other people, outside… and not wearing a mask. Zero.

    It is pure gaslighting. Not that they wouldn’t love to waste the money, but there would no way to control for such a study. A butterfly flaps it’s wings in Central Park and Cuomo’s mom gets the coof…

    The part people are supposed to pay attention to is “everyone needs to do their part.”

    Shut up and wear the mask.

  54. Also, on the “who do they fear” front…

    The DNC is running political attack ads in Florida against Ron DiSantis. Just saw the second one this morning pop up on youtube.

    3.5 years out, free media out the wazoo… and they are already running scary music attack ads.

    They must really be afraid of this guy.

    They must know something I don’t. I barely thought he’d get the support of Florida republicans in the general election for governor – he wasn’t all that smooth and telegenic back then.

    1. Yea, but he’s proven quite capable as governor.
      To me it looks like he’d make a fine Pinochet.

    2. He’s got the balls to stand up to the media, and he’s gonna need to use em.

  55. “Experts Agree That Outdoor Post-Vaccination Masking Is Useless”:
    Experts agree that Reason Magazine is often useless, and that the many MAGA brownshirts slithering through the sewage in its comments sections are always useless.

    1. TDS-addled lefty assholes need to stuff their TDS up their asses so their heads have some company.

      1. Yes, then they could inspect the back of their teeth for plaque!

  56. A LIE:

    “COVID-19 is a disease that spreads when humans breathe, talk, laugh, and sing in each other’s faces during close contact—”

    COVID is a disease. IT CANNOT SPREAD. The virus spreads, not COVID

    Covid is not a virus, its SARS II.

    1. Not being pedantic is not lying.

    2. It’s not a lie, and it is a fairly concise lay description of the relationship.

      Covid 19 is a virus. The virus can cause an illness commonly called covid. So when the virus spreads from one infected individual and those exposed become infected then the disease spreads too. But the relationship is not perfect in the sense that not everyone exposed to the Covid 19 virus contracts a clinically significant disease.

      But it’s close enough for lay use.

      Unlike say varicella zoster. Which, when it infects a person causes the disease Chickenpox. It can then subsequently re-activate at a later date and cause another disease called Shingles. But shingles is not consider a different infection, it is a delayed manifestation of the original infection (even though a person with shingles is actively shedding virus and can transmit the infectious disease of chickenpox to someone who lacks immunity (either through prior infection or vaccination.)

      1. you are lying.

        CDC says covid is SARS 2 an immune system disorder that attacks the lungs.

        Not the virus

        Not only did you lie but you didnt show the slightest evidence to back your false claim

        Youre a Troll claiming the Troll Creed – ” No It Isnt”

        1. You’re a looney.

          (That’s a quote BTW)

  57. “Experts Agree That Outdoor Post-Vaccination Masking Is Useless”

    Yeah, so what?
    That has nothing to do with fascist control of every possible aspect of our lives.
    The damn curve got flattened months ago. Instead of ending the “emergency”, it somehow made it worse.

  58. Yikes when did Cornel West become such a fusty conservative?

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