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  1. I know. My point is, screw them. Let them die if they refuse to protect themselves
  2. Afghanistan lol. Turns out that was just another Right Wing false flag - or have you not been keeping up with more people being allowed to leave without issue the last few weeks? Red herring, bro. You guys are running out. Biden needs to trip over another stairway so your side has something else to cry about. As for comparisons, a border that's normally pretty porous no matter what the media says vs 35,000 lies, intentionally dividing the American people, fracturing our relationship with our allies and oh, casting doubt on the American electoral process by perpetrating the biggest lie of all which resulted in an attack on the US Capital and the Democratic Process.
  3. It wasn't for the unvaxxed when I went to Verizon yesterday to get my daughter new Ear Buds. It was for everyone
  4. Sorry, this is anti-stolen election. Trump just happens to be the guy keeping the Big Lie going
  5. Buffalo Bills 35, Miami Dolphins 0 Easy day for Allen. Despite a blowout 35-0 score, it was a relatively pedestrian day for Bills quarterback Josh Allen. A dominant Buffalo defense and a running game that averaged 4.8 yards per carry did a lot of the heavy lifting. Still, Allen managed to flash his unorthodox style in a positive way. Remember the longtime adage that quarterbacks should never throw across the field? Allen apparently doesn't, but his violation of that rule resulted in a big touchdown throw to Stefon Diggs. After rolling right and finding nothing, he threw back left into the end zone for a score to Diggs, who had fallen down on the play and got up to find an open space in the end zone. Allen is always going be Allen, and golden rules aside, it's going to work more often than not. Pass pro woes. Given the way he was protected, it shouldn't be surprising that Dolphins QB Tua Tagovailoa got knocked out of the game. Things up front were such a mess for Miami, as it not only gave up sacks but allowed the Bills to rush completely unblocked at times. Tagovailoa was sacked on two of his first three snaps, and on the play he was injured, the Bills' A.J. Epenesa blew past RT Jesse Davis. It wasn't any better for backup Jacoby Brissett. Buffalo tallied six sacks, including a pair for rookie Gregory Rousseau, and 11 QB hurries. Wake-up call. For the most part, the Dolphins sleep-walked through the first quarter. Beyond the problems on the offensive line, the defense couldn't even lay a hand on Bills RB Devin Singletary on a 46-yard TD run up the middle. On special teams, the punt unit gave up a 20-yard return to Isaiah McKenzie that helped set up a touchdown. By quarter's end, Miami found itself down 14-0 -- too much of a deficit to ask of a backup quarterback in Brissett. If the Dolphins hope to improve to 2-1 next week, they'll have to do a better job of getting off the bus. Next Gen stat of the game: Bills RB Devin Singletary reached a speed of 20.29 mph on his 46-yard TD run. NFL Research: Josh Allen became just the second Buffalo Bills QB to amass 10,000 career passing yards in his 45th career start. Jim Kelly did so as well.
  6. As a sparse crowd gathered in Washington D.C., to support the January 6 Capitol rioters on Saturday, Representative Ted Lieu said the "Justice for J6" rally's poor attendance shows that former President Donald Trump's influence on the Republican Party is finally waning. "The very small crowd size at the #JusticeforJ6 traitorous rally shows the waning influence of the former President," the California Democrat tweeted. The "Justice for J6" rally concluded Saturday afternoon without any known major instances of violence. Due to concerns of such possible threats, authorities ensured a hefty police presence at the rally, which was attended by 400 to 450 protesters in support of those who were charged in connection with the Capitol riot earlier this year, according to Capitol Police. One man allegedly wielding a handgun was detained at the rally around 1:30 p.m. and charged with unlawful activities, reported Capitol Police. "At this time, it is not clear why the man was at the demonstration," authorities said. Another man was arrested on a weapons violation for carrying a knife around 12:40 p.m., before the rally kicked off. Earlier this week, event organizer Matt Braynard, a former Trump campaign staffer, told Newsweek that the rally would "100 percent" be peaceful and only aims to show support for the nonviolent Trump supporters who were arrested and charged in connection to the January 6 insurrection. "We favor lawful prosecution and speedy trials for anyone who did commit violence on January 6 and condemn their actions," Braynard said. "We are cooperating completely with multiple different police forces to ensure that everyone is safe. Anyone with the intent of committing violence has no business at our rally." The low attendance at the "Justice for J6" rally did not come as a surprise. According to NBC News, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) predicted that roughly 700 people would attend the rally. Far-right figures had actively discouraged their supporters from showing up with baseless warnings that the federal government set up the rally to catch and arrest further Trump supporters. The "false flag" conspiracy theory, which spread on right-wing social media platforms, likely contributed to the rally's lackluster attendance. Trump called the rally "a setup" in an interview with The Federalist on Thursday. "If people don't show up they'll say, 'Oh, it's a lack of spirit.' And if people do show up they'll be harassed," the former president said.
  7. Hey, that's one of my favorite bands! Dude, while Mustaine's motivation is probably more politically motivated, I don't disagree with him about the stupidity of forcing people into masks who have taken steps, ie got the damn shots, to protect themselves. 1, clothe masks - which is what most, almost every person is wearing are useless. Easily demonstratable by the fact that damn near everyone one had one on before the vaccines and the numbers never slowed down. 2, I'm a big boxing fan and the #1 rule is always defend yourself. Many fights - including a Floyd Weatherspoon fight ended because the opponent dropped their guard. It's a good rule for life. If people choose to let their politics determine their health choices then they deserve to get knocked the fuck out, too.
  8. Trump was statistically the worst President in the history of this country. An aberration to the office he held and a blight on everything this country stands for. His mere presence was an affront to everything I believe when it comes to this country. Trying to get the sheep on here to open their eyes is one thing and was it obsessive?? Ok. I'll give you that. However the things I and others point out are cases of Trump's dishonesty, division and corruption. They're indisputable. YOU on the other hand are looking for the AH HA!! moment with Biden. The Gotcha! You're looking for a red herring. YOU are, when it comes to Biden turning into me when it came to Trump. The difference is I was trying, failingly, to get his supporters to wake the fuck up. You're doing it for the approval of the Anti-Bideners.
  9. On November 7, 1962, Richard Nixon met with reporters to concede that he had lost his bid for governor of California -- and to grumble about the way the press covered his campaign. It was two years since he had lost his race for president against John F. Kennedy, and few thought Nixon would ever run for office again. "Just think how much you're going to be missing," the defeated Republican said. "You don't have Nixon to kick around anymore, because gentlemen, this is my last press conference, and it will be one in which I have welcomed the opportunity to test wits with you." It turned out to be far from the last press conference for Nixon, who won the presidency in 1968 and in 1972. But its petulant tone made political history. When Larry Elder conceded defeat this week in his bid to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom, he sounded a different note than Nixon: "Let's be gracious in defeat," the talk show host said. Still, at least he and Nixon admitted they were beaten -- something former President Donald Trump could never bring himself to do after the 2020 election. Elder's post-election concession clashed with his earlier embrace of Trump's "big lie" strategy -- the notion of massive election fraud which the former president has been promoting ever since he lost to Joe Biden. "The conservative ecosystem that backed Elder's run didn't seem to be simply looking for him to win, even though the uniquely arcane mechanisms of California's recall politics made it briefly seem as if that might be possible," wrote Jeff Yang. "The true goal of Elder's Republican backers appeared to be for him to at least lose by a margin that would allow them to contest the results in order to claim that Democrats had once again engaged in magical manipulation of ballots, voting machines or the brains of voters themselves, thus making the election seem null and void and expanding already widespread doubt and paranoia about the nature of our democracy." That corrosive approach to politics seems certain to survive Elder's crushing defeat. "Republicans are no longer running against Democrats. They're running against democracy," Yang concluded. Trump's refusal to concede set the stage for the events of January 6 -- a fact that apparently wasn't lost on former President George W. Bush, who last weekend drew a parallel between the Capitol rioters and the 9/11 attackers. "The 9/11 terrorists and the January 6 attackers do share the same 'foul spirit,'" Dean Obeidallah wrote, quoting Bush. But Obeidallah added that "one glaring difference is that the al Qaeda attackers were incited and directed by Osama bin Laden, while the January 6 attackers were incited by an American president, Donald Trump. It was Trump who for the two months after the election radicalized people with a tsunami of lies, claiming that the election was 'stolen.'" California's election results, with Newsom decisively quashing the recall, may have national implications for the 2022 midterms, wrote Lincoln Mitchell. "The recall was a referendum on Newsom, but indirectly on Biden and the Democrats as well. The numbers show that it wasn't close and that Californians, including the White women whose support is so crucial to the GOP's future in the state, were not buying whatever the GOP and Elder were selling," Mitchell noted. "Who knows what would happen if the GOP were at all interested in trying out good candidates with views that appeal to a wider range of voters, instead of merely identifying the Trumpiest candidate on the menu and letting them run riot," asked SE Cupp. "But so far, in most cases, the GOP is not interested. It is, in fact, systematically purging those very people from its party. When it comes to 2024, the GOP doesn't appear to be considering running anyone other than Trump. I wonder how long -- and how many failed elections -- it will take Republicans to realize that they are shrinking the voter base this way." It may please the former president, Frida Ghitis observed, but it's bad news for America: "The example set by Trump -- disparaging, assaulting and undercutting a country's democracy -- has now become the template for political players with authoritarian leanings around the globe."
  10. Susan Smith, a pediatric ER physician in the Midwest who’s been in the medical field for 30 years, wasn’t expecting to retire any time soon. But then COVID-19 hit. Smith has dealt with the long shifts, the increasing influx of children sick with the coronavirus, and the usual emergency room traffic just fine. Dealing with her young patients’ vaccine-skeptic parents is another story. Her experiences with the adults have left her shocked, disheartened and ready to leave a job she once loved. “Even though this will hurt me financially, I’m done,” Smith, 60, told HuffPost recently. “ I had hoped to do five or possibly 10 more years, but the anti-vaxxers, Trumpers and conspiracy theorists have just worn me down.” “I love working with children and I knew I was truly helping children and their families and making a difference, but not anymore,” the doctor said. In the last year and a half, she’s dealt with parents who shout and scream at hospital staff about mask mandates and safety precautions. Then there are the parents who pass on websites and the names of doctors they think Smith should look up so that she can “educate herself” and “know what’s really going on.” They’re the minority of parents Smith sees in the ER, but they’re a vocal, sometimes downright hostile minority. One experience stands out more than the rest: A mom brought her 2-year-old daughter in because the girl wasn’t eating as much as she needed to be. Smith and the woman were having a fairly reasonable conversation about what could be done when the woman let it slip that she would never immunize her daughter. “She said, I won’t do it because of the ‘poison you doctors put in the shots,’” Smith recalled the woman saying verbatim. “I was incredulous and had to confirm that she had actually said that and meant me, as well as every other pediatrician who administers vaccines,” Smith said. “I asked her why she had brought her 2-year-old daughter in to see us with a mild chief complaint if she ‘knew’ we poisoned children. Why would she want to hear what we have to say?” The woman didn’t answer Smith, she just held up her hand directly in front of the doctor’s face, mimicking a slapping motion and telling Smith to “just do your job.” Even though this will hurt me financially, I’m done. I had hoped to do five or possibly 10 more years, but the anti-vaxxers, Trumpers and conspiracy theorists have just worn me down. Susan Smith, pediatric ER physician Smith was gobsmacked by the encounter, but even more taken aback by her colleagues’ blasé reaction to the story. “Most didn’t even act surprised or bothered,” she said. “They essentially summed it up as ‘that’s just the way things are nowadays’ and told me to put it out of my mind,” Smith said. But Smith couldn’t stop thinking about it: How starkly that interaction contrasted with her experience with parents in the past. How the woman echoed, line for line, the anti-vaccine conspiracy theories she’d seen promulgated on Facebook. “These days, we’re supposed to do our job exactly how they think it should be done, based on what they’ve gleaned from the internet and Facebook ― which in their minds, supersedes our four years of college, four years of medical school and three to 10+ more years of residencies and fellowships.” “And if they or their children do get sick, they expect and know we will take care of them,” Smith added. “I’m just tired of it.” Eighteen months into the pandemic, Smith’s experience with burnout ― because of the excessive workload and emotional trauma of the pandemic, but also because of run-ins with anti-vaxxer patients ― is common among medical workers. Fifty-five percent of U.S. front-line health care workers reported experiencing burnout ― defined as mental and physical exhaustion from chronic workplace stress ― according to a recent Washington Post/Kaiser Family Foundation survey of 1,327 workers. Sixty-two percent of the workers reported some mental health repercussions as a result of their burnout. If not managed, mental health professionals worry these issues could flare into chronic psychological problems: depression and anxiety or post-traumatic stress disorder have all been commonly reported among health care workers during the pandemic. Individual stories of doctors’ and nurses’ suicides highlight just how dire an emergency the COVID-19 pandemic has been for front-line workers. One April 2021 study by health care jobs marketplace Vivian found that 4 in 10 nurses are considering leaving their roles in 2021. That figure is even higher among ICU workers. “Every day I work is a nightmare.” Sam, a 46-year-old registered respiratory therapist who works in the Tampa Bay area, is among those who’ve weighed leaving the field. Sam, who, like many in this article, asked to use his first name only out of concern for his livelihood, told HuffPost he’d switch careers in a heartbeat if he were younger. On his days off, he mostly sleeps and takes care of his two kids. “When I go out, all I see are people walking around without masks knowing that they probably aren’t vaccinated, and all I think about is the hell I go through taking care of people like that,” he said. To cope, Sam has started taking anti-anxiety and depression medication. He was seeing a therapist, but the surge in Florida has kept him so busy, it’s been hard to keep up with appointments. (According to the Florida Department of Health’s most recent weekly COVID-19 data report, the number of new cases has dropped in the past week, but the weekly death toll has risen. The state continues to see a decline in vaccinations week-over-week.) “Every day I work is a nightmare of people dying and treating people close to death,” Sam said. “There aren’t many happy endings anymore. I see so many unvaccinated people dying. Most of this is unnecessary. I truly believe that COVID is mostly a choice now.” Sam recalled a recent experience in the ER when a physician he works with had to tell a patient he was COVID-positive. The patient cussed the doctor out, saying it was all a hoax and that he was lying. A few hours later, medical workers were intubating him. The man never came off the ventilator and died a few weeks later. Watching so much unnecessary death takes a toll on your mental health, Sam said, but so does having to listen to patients berate you and rant about the vaccines. “We’re ridiculed for wearing masks and for being ‘sheep’ for heeding CDC guidelines,” he said. “I’ve been in rooms where someone is less than a day away from being intubated, and they are FaceTiming their families, and the family member is asking them if they want any of that cattle dewormer.” He’s referring to ivermectin, a drug often used for deworming livestock that has recently gained traction as an at-home coronavirus treatment, despite the Food and Drug Administration warning against its use for that purpose. Sam said he can’t understand why the conspiracy-minded patients he treats are willing to try everything but the one thing that will save them. A recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that unvaccinated people are 11 times more likely to die from COVID-19 and 29 times as likely to be hospitalized for it as those who are fully vaccinated. “It’s becoming very difficult to have any empathy or sympathy for these people,” he said. “I have to fake it sometimes.” At this point, he’s dealing with his burnout by looking far into the future. “When this nightmare is over, I hope to get the joy of helping others back to somewhere close to what I had before,” he said. You don’t realize how upsetting it can be to hear people say, ‘It’s not that bad’ or hearing someone say, ‘This is the job you signed up for.’ It’s just created stress, trying to learn not to fight every battle. Carlie Russell, registered nurse Carlie Russell, a registered nurse in the South Shore of Massachusetts, is sticking it out, too, in spite of feeling worn out. Looking back to the start of the pandemic in March 2020, Russell said she genuinely felt that Americans were on the same page and that collectively, they’d fight the virus and the pandemic would eventually reach an endpoint, thanks largely to the development of a vaccine. Now, the vaccine is here — but the endpoint is feeling more and more elusive. “I never thought we would have to convince people this disease was real or that wearing masks is the best to help people stay safe,” she told HuffPost. “I certainly know that I never thought it would be as bad and as stressful as it has been.” There’s a weird double consciousness Russell feels as a health care worker; she goes about her day at work, seeing people being intubated and dying with unnerving regularity. Then she leaves the hospital and goes back into her community and realizes her work is conversation fodder for people who downplay the COVID crisis. “You don’t realize how upsetting it can be to hear people say, ‘It’s not that bad’ or hearing someone say, ‘This is the job you signed up for,’” she said. “It’s just created stress, trying to learn not to fight every battle.” Stephanie, a certified pharmacy tech and medication reconciliation technician in southeast Georgia, does frequent hospital rounds. The hospital is so overwhelmed, she recently couldn’t call in sick even with a doctor’s note, and it’s also frowned upon to take your paid time off. The pharmacy tech said that her department has been trying to hire people, but loses staff as fast as soon as it can onboard them. Frustratingly, she explained, even many of her co-workers are averse to getting the vaccine. “Even with the science behind it. Even with the FDA approval,” Stephanie said. “But we live in the Bible Belt, so it feels hopeless.” Stephanie is looking to leave her job ― she’s a streamer on Twitch and ideally wants to lean into that ― but she’s staying for now because of the insurance and because she still has a strong sense of responsibility to help people. “In general, I feel like people forget about the work the pharmacy and lab techs do,” she said. “We go to codes. We help intubate patients. We provide medications for the entire hospital. And being the only person making the drugs at night, I feel a huge weight on my shoulders since COVID.” Others are worn out, but more purposeful than ever. Even mental health therapists in private practices are thoroughly exhausted at this point in the pandemic. “For many clinicians right now, there are absolutely experiences of vicarious trauma ― trauma symptoms that can result from being repeatedly exposed to other people’s trauma and their stories of traumatic events,” said Kenya Crawford, a clinical director and clinical supervisor of a group therapy practice in New York City. Early on in the pandemic, Crawford tweeted about her personal experiences with patients already navigating complicated new COVID-19 issues. “Being a therapist in the midst of COVID is really hard,” she wrote. “I’m witnessing clients terminate due to lack of income, falling back into depressive episodes due to social isolation, and increase exposure to abuse from being around abusers all day long. I am exhausted.” Though Crawford said it’s still difficult to continuously listen and hold space for people experiencing a trauma that she, too, is experiencing, the last two years have actually solidified her desire to work as a therapist. “This has allowed me to show up for my clients in the peak of some of their distress, anxiety, and trauma, which I am very grateful for,” she said. Nidhi Singh is a Houston-based pediatric emergency medicine physician who’s been practicing for eight years. In the world of pediatrics, struggles over vaccine refusals from parents are nothing new. She’s taken the vaccine-wary parents in stride, even as COVID-positive children are filling hospitals in record numbers as they return to school. (What’s “puzzling” is the handful of co-workers who also refuse to get vaccinated, Singh said.) Even so, she admitted she’s utterly exhausted by the end of the workday. “I feel like a hamster on a wheel sometimes,” she said. “I still love medicine and would likely choose the same field if I had to do it all over, but there are days where I dread going to work at times due to the exhaustion, which is not unique ― the nurses and supporting staff I work with all feel the same.” Establishing boundaries isn’t selfish, it’s self-care. Melissa Russiano, a licensed clinical social worker in Orange County, California, works with many health care workers. They don’t all go as far as to say they’re burned out, but they’re all exhausted, which is a key component of burnout. “The dedication is admirable, but the levels of exhaustion that are starting to surface have most of my clients wondering if they have the energy to run what feels like a never-ending marathon,” Russiano said. When Russiano’s clients ask her, “How am I supposed to take care of myself when I have no time?” she reminds them of the importance of establishing boundaries. Sometimes, they balk at the suggestion. “Boundaries is never a word that results in a positive reaction ― it’s viewed as being harsh, selfish and alienating,” she said. However, boundaries are not selfish, they are self-care. The story that most medical professionals often tell themselves is that ‘it’s only one more patient’ or ‘I can help one more person’ or ‘one more shift.’ Melissa Russiano, clinical social worker “Being in a helping profession, it’s in our nature to help,” Russiano said. “The story that most medical professionals often tell themselves is that ‘it’s only one more patient’ or ‘I can help one more person’ or ‘one more shift.’” But oftentimes, taking that time off for themselves and saying “no” is the best choice for both the health care worker and their patients, the therapist said. “If you’re a front-liner, make a commitment to yourself to have one long weekend a quarter off and get a full count of sleep,” she said. “And if you feel unsettled by the word ‘boundaries,’ adopt the term ‘personal policies,’” she added. “it’s amazing how semantics can change the ability to embrace the practice.” Russiano also encourages meditation and solution-focused mindfulness: Dedicate some time to mindfulness each day, whether it’s deep breathing or using your commute to embrace the silence. Talking to someone ― a therapist or coach ― also helps. (There’s only so much venting that one co-worker at work can endure.) “Hiding behind the mask of being OK only perpetuates the impact of the feelings of burnout, shame and isolation,” she said. The Physician Support Line is a national, free and entirely confidential support line service made up of volunteer psychiatrists who provide peer support for physicians. PeerRxMed is a peer-to-peer program for physicians and other medical workers that provides support, connection and additional resources for those experiencing burnout. Essentially, it’s a formalized buddy system for health care workers at their wits’ end. “Talking about the impact of how the pandemic has changed your view on your career, life and even people in general does not change the events that are going on around us, but it helps you realize that you are not alone,” Russiano said. But what if someone’s burnout is more along the lines of occupational dread and “I’m this close to quitting”? Crawford said to ground yourself in your why. Ask yourself: Why did you originally choose this career? “Whenever you start to feel periodically overwhelmed or stressed out, remind yourself why you originally got into the field,” she said. Maybe now is a good time to start a “job wins” journal, too, to chronicle all the positives you’ve contributed to your field and your patients’ lives. “I have a ‘therapist wins’ journal that I reconnect with whenever I feel like I am particularly burnt out or questioning my role in the field,” Crawford said. But if you’ve done soul-searching along these lines and you no longer feel like your work aligns with your purpose, it may be time to reconsider your role, the therapist said. “If you do leave the field, that does not make you weak and or less than anyone else in the field,” she said. “Making any decision for you is a difficult one, but it’s for you and not anyone else.” In any case, colleagues who’ve been in the medical field for decades will likely understand. “I know that many of my health care colleagues have the stamina of the young to keep going and many fortunately have a better Teflon covering than I do,” said Smith, the pediatric ER doctor who wants to retire early. “All the hypocrisy, attacks and insults on our profession from patients slide off them.” But Smith hopes that those who are burned out by those same experiences take a moment for themselves to reflect on their careers, and if need be, opt out, change fields or renegotiate their roles. “Do what you have to do to save your physical and mental health,” she said.
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