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  • The Indian Variant: A Great Motivator to Get Vaccinated

    06/16/2021 8:33:57 AM PDT · 33 of 58
    conservatism_IS_compassion to rktman
    People have their own circumstances, and some may be medically advised against the vaccine for such circumstances.

    But when I saw that the Moderna vaccine was not only 95% better than control - meaning that your chance of getting Covid is approximately 0.1% - and that even if you did get it, you didn’t need hospitalization - I was on board. What I got was Pfizer, but it’s quite similar to Moderna, so I reckon the probabilities are about the same.

    I accede reluctantly to the mask requirements in effect out of courtesy, but otherwise have no confidence that my wearing them significantly benefits anyone. The requirements are a nuisance.

  • The robots are coming for bad public school teachers: Is the American educational system ready?

    03/29/2021 11:19:25 AM PDT · 15 of 23
    conservatism_IS_compassion to SeekAndFind
    In the old days, I actually thought that hypertext might replace teaching. I thought that students would be given the assignment of installing hypertext links to explain everything that they learned in class. So the next student taking the class wouldn’t just have the textbook, s/he would have the text”book” annotated with hypertext linking to explanations of whatever wasn’t instantly clear in the original text.

    And I thought that after a few iterations of students creating the annotation text links, the “text” would become perfect and the teacher would become unnecessary.

    And then the Khan Academy came along - and I thought that might make teachers unnecessary. Still hasn’t happened, tho . . .

  • The robots are coming for bad public school teachers: Is the American educational system ready?

    03/29/2021 11:07:40 AM PDT · 13 of 23
    conservatism_IS_compassion to SeekAndFind
    In other news, an astronomical number of telephone operator jobs would exist if not for the invention of the dial telephone.

    The issue calls to mind the “Lil Abner” comic strip back in the 1950s . . . and the advent of the Schmoo. This creature (of the cartoonist’s imagination) loved people and turned itself into whatever the nearest person wanted. You’re hungry? The Schmoo turns itself into a ham instantly.

    The obvious question being, "how does the pig farmer make money?” For that matter, if Schmoos are ubiquitous, how can anyone make money?

    Telephone operators were women - but there are far more women working now than in the days of the “Number please” telephone operator.

  • BREAKING: The Ever Given Ship Freed After Blocking Suez Canal for 6 Days — and Why It Matters

    03/29/2021 10:18:29 AM PDT · 56 of 116
    conservatism_IS_compassion to SeekAndFind
    Just looking at that lashup, you have to wonder if judicious use of ANFO, perhaps in a timed sequence designed to rock the “boat” in pitch, might not have freed the vessel within a day or two.

    Obviously you would bury the ANFO in the sand at a calibrated distance from the bow of the ship to minimize or eliminate damage to the ship . . .

  • COVID Prevention Alternative to Vaccines

    03/20/2021 12:06:03 PM PDT · 12 of 59
    conservatism_IS_compassion to DugwayDuke
    Those ‘ugly side effects’ are grossly exaggerated. Would you rather have a sore arms, suffer some minor fatigue, and, perhaps, a mild fever or spend two weeks in the hospital with COVID. BTW, wife and I had our second pfizer thursday. Nothing. Nothing fell off. We grew no strange appendages. Nothing.
    I too have had Phizer shot #2, in my case 3 weeks ago - and without anything more than an unremarkable soreness at the injection site. So I consider that my paleoflatus status no longer makes me particularly at risk for COVID. And 95% effectiveness - compared to not getting vaccinated, which didn’t kill me before I got the shots in February - means near-certain freedom from COVID. Moderna’s raw stat - which I happen to have seen here - is that out of 15,000 vaccinated people, 11 got COVID. None of whom were hospitalized, let alone died.

    And I wanna believe that that is everyone’s experience. But I have a friend even older than I, who has been walloped pretty bad by the Moderna shot. Besides, the country - and the world - is full of youngsters who do things which need doing, and haven’t yet got even their first shot. And there are people with allergies which rule out their taking the vaccines at all.☹️

    So the conclusion is that treatments to assure that those who get COVID don’t suffer serious outcomes is certainly worth a lot - and will be until/unless vaccination becomes universal globally. And if such treatments are effective against mutations of COVID . . .

    Besides, they claim that injection site soreness suggests that the vaccine is working - might it not be possible that a COViD treatment should be administered simultaneously with vaccination, to ameliorate the side effects of the vaccine???

  • Can Liberalism Survive Science?

    03/19/2021 10:07:20 AM PDT · 11 of 15
    conservatism_IS_compassion to John Conlin
    I truly do “believe in science” and it is far past time to demand all participants in the debate do the same. Otherwise, we are playing a fool’s game that is certain to end poorly for us all.
    John, I too believe in science - with the emphatic ‘caveat’ that science is skepticism. Anyone can post a claim, but only replicable claims are science. A claim which cannot be disproven is not a scientific claim.

    Note that three words describe poles of skepticism:

    • naiveté,
    • skepticism, and
    • cynicism
    It is “intuitively obvious” that cynicism is “extreme skepticism.” Obvious but, IMHO, quite untrue. Untrue because skepticism is about doubt - and cynicism is actually not doubt at all. Rather, cynicism rejects doubt about the negation of whatever you are cynical about.

    Thus, in a backhanded way, cynicism is naiveté. Cynicism is therefore just as uscientific as is naiveté.

  • Prayers for FRiends and Family & APV 2021

    03/13/2021 5:26:56 AM PST · 424 of 941
    conservatism_IS_compassion to Bigg Red

    Thanks be to God.😀

  • Prayers for FRiends and Family & APV 2021

    03/13/2021 5:24:33 AM PST · 423 of 941
    conservatism_IS_compassion to infool7
    I’m praying for Tom, a friend from church of many decades standing who just seems to bear heavy health burdens. He survived a crash in which his pickup was totaled, and now his chronic intestine troubles have him being seen back in the hospital. With a case of Parkinson’s on top of that . . .
  • The Mac price crash of 2021 (used Macs prices down)

    03/13/2021 5:11:45 AM PST · 44 of 48
    conservatism_IS_compassion to Red Badger

    No doubt.

  • The Mac price crash of 2021 (used Macs prices down)

    03/09/2021 6:54:15 AM PST · 40 of 48
    conservatism_IS_compassion to Red Badger
    a ten year old Mac or PC is blazingly fast for these needs……………..
    Yes. But IMHO the real killer “app” will be when AI becomes actually user-friendly (but subservient) AI. Every man the owner of a digital servant, without the need to know bupkis about his hardware/software. Siri/Alexa on steroids.

    Of course the tech will also make a “wonderful” “Big Brother” . . .

  • Shouldn't conservatives stop ignoring The British Empire's role in slavery?

    02/22/2021 11:54:36 AM PST · 148 of 159
    conservatism_IS_compassion to Kozak
    The British Empire, especially the Royal Navy, did more to end slavery around the world than any other organization in history.
    No major institution anywhere systematically delegitimated the institution of slavery anywhere until the Christians - especially Protestants, and especially British MProtestants - did so. Essentially the Christians of the American South were uniquely situated to be the last to “get" - that is, accept - the word.

    Published argumentation defending slavery imposed by Christians never occurred anywhere except in the American South. For the simple reason that that was the only place where slavery by Christians both was entrenched and was under Christian moral attack.

  • Why is Progressive Nationalism so misunderstood?

    02/15/2021 8:41:14 AM PST · 24 of 29
    conservatism_IS_compassion to ProgressingAmerica
    I would not be surprised if we had a time machine and could go back and ask the world’s biggest tyrants - Khan - Pharoah - Caesar - King George III; they would all agree. Government is society. I bet they would all agree.
    Yes, they would all agree - for the simple reason that the difference between “society” and “government” is freedom. No difference between society and government? No freedom.
  • Why is Progressive Nationalism so misunderstood?

    02/14/2021 6:44:50 AM PST · 17 of 29
    conservatism_IS_compassion to ProgressingAmerica
    "Patriotism" is a euphemism for government.
    "The nation" is a euphemism for government.
    "The country" is a euphemism for government.

    That's progressivism.

    Back in the middle of the Eisenhower Administration, a HS teacher gave a homework assignment: “Do we have to do what society says?”

    That night I agonized over the question and came up with the conclusion that the answer was “No,” on the basis of freedom.

    The next class I verbally gave that answer, and the teacher replied, “We like to say ‘society’ when we mean government.” I instantly recognized that as ProgressiveThink. But I was, unfortunately or perhaps fortunately for my grade, struck dumb for a way to express my disagreement. The actual answer is, IMHO, given by Thomas Paine in the first two paragraphs of Common Sense:

    SOME writers have so confounded society with government, as to leave little or no distinction between them; whereas they are not only different, but have different origins.
    Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness;

    the former promotes our happiness POSITIVELY by uniting our affections, the latter NEGATIVELY by restraining our vices.

    The one encourages intercourse, the other creates distinctions.

    The first is a patron, the last a punisher.

    Society in every state is a blessing, but Government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one . . .
    For were the impulses of conscience clear, uniform and irresistibly obeyed, man would need no other lawgiver; but that not being the case, he finds it necessary to surrender up a part of his property to furnish means for the protection of the rest . . . — Thomas Paine,Common Sense (1776)
  • What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine - Comparing it to the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines

    02/12/2021 10:23:49 AM PST · 22 of 53
    conservatism_IS_compassion to rigelkentaurus
    Not everyone should want a vaccine.

    If you’re superannuated and have specific health issues, it makes more sense to get vaccinated than if you were in your twenties and have no specific issues.

    And as far as kids are concerned, very little benefit to vaccination. You have to be pretty sure it’s free of side effects in that case.

  • What you need to know about Johnson & Johnson's COVID-19 vaccine - Comparing it to the Moderna and Pfizer mRNA vaccines

    02/12/2021 10:09:10 AM PST · 19 of 53
    conservatism_IS_compassion to SeekAndFind
    IMHO it’s crucial to understand what “95% effective” means.

    I read on FR that that means 95% better than getting a placebo. And people don’t all get Covid even if they don’t get vaccinated.

    Thus, Moderna vaccine was administered to 15,000 people, and the results compared to 15,000 control group. That means that if, say, the control group had 1000 covid cases, and the Moderna vaccine also had 1000 cases, the vaccine didn’t do any good even tho only 1/15 of its group got covid.

    But in fact, Moderna only had 11 covid cases - and none of them were hospitalized. That’s “only” 95% better than the control group - but there weren’t any hospitalizations, let alone any fatalities, in the Moderna test group. And even for moderate cases, 11 out of 15,000 is pretty good odds, wouldn’t you say?

    I was given the Pfizer vaccine, and its simple “95% effective” number is about the same as Moderna’s. I just hope the numbers behind that percenage are as good as Moderna’s. But beggars can’t be choosers, and anyone who wants the vaccine is a beggar.

  • More sunlight equals less COVID transmission, new study suggests

    01/25/2021 1:07:15 PM PST · 43 of 56
    conservatism_IS_compassion to justlittleoleme
    Now we know Joe Biden’s plan! Tilt the earth’s axis so it’ll always be summer!
  • Report: Sen. Patrick Leahy Expected to Preside over Second Trump Impeachment Trial

    01/25/2021 12:47:13 PM PST · 173 of 241
    conservatism_IS_compassion to ChicagoConservative27
    Chief Justice Roberts declines to preside, for the logical reason that this is an “impeachment” (scare quotes) of a private citizen, not an actual impeachment of an actual president.

    There is nothing constitutional about the procedure; it merely is a marker that the Democrats are laying down that if Mr. Trump were to run and win again, they would not yield the WH to him. Entirely lawless. It’s also intended as a political cudgel against Republican senators.

    But it’s kind of an honorary second term, in the sense that the only natural born citizens of America over the age of 35 and not eligible to be elected president of the US are two-term presidents and, in the conceit of this “impeachment,” Donald J. Trump.

  • We're eight months into this pandemic, and Donald Trump still doesn't have a plan to get this virus under control. I do.

    01/23/2021 8:51:05 AM PST · 29 of 33
    conservatism_IS_compassion to antidemoncrat
    take credit for all the work Pres. Trumphis predecessor did to try to get it under control and then blame him for all the failures . . . under the Biden his own “plan”.
    Precisely the FDR political playbook. There wasn’t any difference between FDR’s economic plan and Hoover’s, either.

    The actual difference is, Biden inherited a good but limited plan. FDR inherited a disastrous plan and doubled down on it.

    History can’t tell us whether Hoover would have gotten a clue before 1936, only that FDR never did get a clue. What passed for “an economic clue” was the jump in demand for American war materiel starting with Britain’s declaration of war in 1939.

    Not Pearl Harbor but the Fall of France (May 1940) caused the FDR-sponsored 18-month transition to an industrial war footing. And that ended the economic Depression.

  • Humblegunner's 20th Anniversary on Free Republic!

    01/23/2021 8:04:23 AM PST · 136 of 225
    conservatism_IS_compassion to humblegunner


  • Montana House Passes Bill with Constitutional Carry

    01/23/2021 7:44:49 AM PST · 13 of 29
    conservatism_IS_compassion to marktwain
    It would be great if we could get that understanding of the First Amendment out of SCOTUS.
    It is not too much to say, IMHO, that we have to have "that understanding of the First Amendment out of SCOTUS.”

    Because without it, we are left at the mercy of the cabal of socialists - card-carrying Democrats and cryptoDemocrats who brandish their membership in “the media” as their credential for functioning as an Established Priesthood whose word may not be challenged.

    And on an episode of Life, Liberty, and Levin, President Trump and Mark Levin agreed on the necessity of challenging Sullivan.