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Everything posted by Melody

  1. The thing about the flu vaccine effectiveness is that there are so many strains so they project what strains will be circulating when preparing the vaccine. Sometimes they miss. So far not an issue with Covid.
  2. I still don't understand the ferocity of the resistance to masks, though. They are a little inconvenient but aren't that big a deal.
  3. Either that or enough of the dumb-dumbs have already gotten sick and recovered, so have at least some residual immunity, however long that lasts.
  4. Sounds to me like the issue re your wife is firmly at her employer's administration. My DIL works in HR and got her first dose today. And she most definitely doesn't see patients, works from home.
  5. What was proposed, as I understand it, was an amendment to the state constitution. I'm not sure about PA, but in Texas that would require 2/3 of the State House and Senate then a vote by the citizens. Would the SCOTUS overrule all this, presuming it was done properly and legally?
  6. These are state justices so it depends on the state's constitution and laws.
  7. Looking as though it might have been. The person of interest whose RV exploded had been giving away property and such over the preceding month.
  8. Oh wow. Frightening. Hoping for good test results for you. Keep us posted!
  9. The thing is that quite a few people are distrustful of the vaccine. It is important that the leaders "selling," them on it do not give the appearance of hesitance to take it themselves. Biden and wife are getting vaccinated early next week.
  10. We had a big local stink when our large county hospital was left off the list altogether. But as it turned out, a data processing error resulted in erroneous recording that it didn’t have the necessary freezer equipment. I haven’t heard whether the problem was caused by local or federal issues, but it got sorted out quickly. I am pretty sure a lot of reallocation had to be done last minute due to similar problems.
  11. Oh, for Pete's sake, Sue. I voted for Biden and agreed with the SCOTUS. I was clarifying an incorrect statement about politics relating to my state. Is this no longer permitted in here?
  12. There were at least eight GOP US House Reps from Texas who refused to sign on to the lawsuit. Plus Cornyn.
  13. The ruling was no standing, and I think that is right. The saner Texas GOP weren't in support of this lawsuit seeing it as anti federalist, among other issues. Probably to distract from the legal problems he is having. Possibly to earn a pardon from Trump? He has also been having issues with some of his biggest donors, so perhaps pandering to them. Who knows.
  14. Is Illinois like Texas in that it is the responsibility of the party to verify the individuals whom they put on their ballots? Does nobody care? When this Houston case first came up and was still a mystery, several people on my FB feed openly admitted that when they don't know the candidates, they typically choose the woman. Between us, if I haven't taken the time to prepare I leave those blank. Most often during primaries. But then, I don't want to inadvertently nominate an Empower Texas lunatic. Really dislike that bunch.
  15. Meh. I didn't vote for Paxton. Even the GOP down here is getting fed up with him and that Empower Texas bunch of wealthy oilmen. In any case, it was the Democrats who had the problem in their primary. It was the Democrats who sought an investigation. It should also be noted that it was a Harris County grand jury that indicted them. The AG's office may or may not have a part in the prosecution but at this point it is a County criminal case. Disheartening that a fake candidate who didn't even campaign can get 20% of the vote, though.
  16. Looks like charges coming for conspirators in a Houston D primary. I remember when this started. It was one of the candidates who pressed for the investigation because this Natasha Ruiz did not run any sort of campaign and couldn't be located in the state. Yet she got something like 20% of the vote, presumably because she had both a Hispanic surname and was female. https://www.click2houston.com/news/politics/2020/12/11/former-candidate-charged-with-election-fraud-in-case-of-ghost-candidate-on-primary-ballot/?__vfz=medium%3Dsharebar&fbclid=IwAR0JPrXZQ2wgruVjHXzguaizSmjj5MxcRWXUNpKzJrLVlsOnOfZB1e2ahIM Some background: https://www.texastribune.org/2020/03/05/harold-dutton-democratic-primary-ruiz-runoff/
  17. Poor Russians! No drinking for two months following their Covid vaccine. https://nypost.com/2020/12/09/no-drinking-for-two-months-after-covid-19-vaccine-russia-says/?utm_source=NYPFacebook&sr_share=facebook&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow&fbclid=IwAR3HB79fUMfKgJtUHGntkIUis7qEHIOcQ4ZJXhoyHz_X1g5PMY3W0LETwQk
  18. Hard to say. I read an article earlier today that cited a poll where 40% of respondents indicated that they will not be seeking the vaccine. Now, I am a cautious one about new vaccines, especially those which are communicable but not contagious. But this is for a highly contagious disease. Weighing risk vs. benefit, it makes sense to be vaccinated.
  19. It sure has my daughter spooked. This was in no way the fault of anyone in that family. Stay safe, Edman85!
  20. My mom is in her eighties. She would get it today if it was available. But then, she is a retired nurse.
  21. That group I posted about earlier? All of them were in my age range: sixties.
  22. My daughter’s college roommate lost her husband to Covid last week. He was 35, healthy, athletic. The entire family was positive but only he got sick enough to need hospital care. They think one of the school aged kids brought it home from school. He left behind a wife and five children aged 8 down to an infant. So tragic.
  23. Not at all a scientific poll, but an African American friend just posed the question on FB about who planned to get the Covid vaccine when it is released. So far about a dozen responses of whom only two of us are Caucasian and I am the only one who responded affirmatively. Kind of surprising. But maybe not. There is the Trump distrust. But also the historical incidents of medical experimentation on African Americans. I'm just guessing. Not sure why these feel as they do.. Also kind of at odds with some AA mayors here in Texas that are asking that certain minority groups be given priority for the vaccines since these are the communities being hardest hit by the virus in our state.
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