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  1. Marc wrote, “Wall st is giving you your answer” Errrr? 35,000 going on 36,000? Gosh. Is Covid even real? Big Pharma is the new ruler? Are they injecting us with Soylent Green? This and the whole little o, big O, no O is sounding like religious doctrine. Well, if you expected me to go into a riff about you just might be a redneck I ain’t gunna do it.
  2. Marc wrote, “Can someone really die from something that does not exist? Now, how many have died from the "vaccine"? Are you denying reality? It sounds like it. When a billion people world wide are vaccinated, will you claim, nya, nya, it doesn’t exist . . . You rolled up your sleeve for a myth?
  3. Tony wrote, "Objectivist" is not a label one assumes and places on oneself or others (rationalistically).” Fellow objectivists, to me it is just a shortened description that everyone on this list knows. It should not be taboo. I no longer agree to the idea that someone can name a movement and then say “but you can‘t call yourself that.” Consider all the “clubs,” articles and books that use the word objectivist. The Objectivist Newsletter, Objectivist Living, Objectivism by Steven Hicks, Air Brushed Objectivism, or the objectivist club are examples. Notes. Nathanial Branden wrote: Who is an Objectivist? For some time, there has been dispute over the question of whether Objectivism is an “open system” or a “closed system.” More specifically, the debate has been whether Objectivism is a philosophical system that can be refined, expanded on, amplified, and applied in new directions by those who share its basic premises or whether Objectivism is confined exclusively to the positions propounded by Ayn Rand during her lifetime . . . . In the winter and spring of 1958, I gave the first course of lectures entitled “The Basic Principles of Objectivism” which, although I did not fully realize it at the time, was to launch the Objectivist movement. These lectures included a lengthy discussion of the psychology of self-esteem and my theory of social metaphysics. This was work on psychology done not by Rand, but by me. Another lecture by me was entitled “Why Human Beings Repress and Drive Underground not the Worst Within them, but the Best.” Again, a psychological contribution made by me. Then, in addition, Barbara Branden created and gave a lecture entitled “Basic Principles of Efficient Thinking.” However, the point is, the entire series of 20 lectures was presented to the world as “Objectivism.” This was understood to mean not that Rand was the originator of every thought propounded, but that all of it, whether developed by her, by me, or by Barbara Branden, had Rand’s complete agreement.
  4. MSNBC: Who just gave Donald Trump $1 billion? Wow. If true who is the hero? It can’t be me. 20 and a hundred and fifty and 20 and a hundred . . .
  5. The next Powerball drawing is just 9 hours away just before 2 pm on Monday, December 6, 2021. Suggestions. First off, the tickets are two bucks each so gamble wisely. Next, don’t have a conniption fit if you win. Put the winnings in a bank to draw some measly interest for a while. Then hire a financial planner. Powerball. Next Drawing – Mon, Dec 6. Estimated Jackpot $280 Million Cash Value: $205 Million. Generally, with the cash value after taxes, you only get to take 55 percent of that as your winnings. So, $205,000,000 times 55 percent equals $112,750,000. Who wants to be a millionaire?
  6. Thanks. I see the distinction. A diagnosed Coronavirus sickness may be what brought someone to the ICU but a heart attack or lung disease may have been the "final cause.'
  7. Is the world closer to a nuclear war? Perhaps not as close as in 1962 when the USSR colonized Cuba with nuclear missiles. But I would consider the apocalyptic probability. So, get ALL your vaccinations and keep food and water on hand. Peter China menaces Taiwan. November 25, 2021. Washington (CNN) Five US lawmakers arrived in Taiwan on Thursday to meet with government officials, defying Beijing to visit the contested island. Russia is prepared to invade Ukraine just after the first of the year in 2022. WASHINGTON, Dec 6 (Reuters) - U.S. President Joe Biden will warn Russian President Vladimir Putin of severe economic consequences should Russia go ahead with a threatened invasion of Ukraine, a senior U.S. administration official said on Monday. Biden and Putin are to hold a secure video call on Tuesday as the United States tries to head off Russia from launching military action against Ukraine after Moscow massed tens of thousands of troops on the Ukraine border.
  8. Are you an objectivist? Peter From Johns Hopkins. Yes. All of the coronavirus vaccines approved or authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are very safe and also very good at preventing serious or fatal cases of COVID-19. The risk of serious side effects associated with these vaccines is very small . . . . COVID-19 Vaccine Safety — What We Know. Since the authorization of the first COVID-19 vaccines in December 2020, millions of people in the U.S. have been safely vaccinated. As of October 2021, nearly 405 million doses of the vaccines have been given. More than 10 months of data show the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing serious disease or death due to COVID-19. Additional shots and boosters are also being authorized for certain groups to make the protection even stronger . . . . What about the safety of COVID-19 vaccination for diverse groups of people? The FDA and other reviewers closely consider diverse populations and include them in the trials. The clinical trials for the first two COVID-19 vaccines included members of underrepresented minorities and older age groups, and people with conditions such as obesity, diabetes, and heart and respiratory conditions. Does Johns Hopkins Medicine recommend that I get a COVID-19 vaccine? Yes, we recommend that everyone who is eligible get vaccinated with one of the three currently authorized COVID-19 vaccines. Johns Hopkins Medicine is administering all three vaccines: Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson. We view all three as highly effective in preventing serious disease, hospitalization and death from COVID-19 (including disease caused by the very contagious delta variant of the coronavirus), and we believe that their benefits outweigh their risks.
  9. 6000 died after getting vaccinated. 788000 Americans died from coronavirus. 6000 divided by 788000 is .0076142132 percent . . . so there is less than a one percent chance of dying from the vaccine and a 99 times greater chance of dying from The Coronavirus. “Lies, damn lies, and statistics” as Mark Twain said. But getting the vaccination looks a lot safer, better, and more rational. Crunch your own numbers, but if you are over 40, have underlying conditions, or half a brain, get the vaccine just as you get all your other vaccines, which also have “some risk” after taking.
  10. From USA Facts: Nov 05, 2021 · At least 225,606,197 people or 69% of the population have received at least one dose. Overall, 194,747,839 people or 59% of the population have been fully vaccinated. end quote I will say the following U.S. information IS heartening, because they keep “updating it.” 6,207, or 0.0018 percent, died from / after getting, the vaccine . . . they think. Well, they do know over 6000 people died AFTER getting the vaccine out of nearly two hundred million citizens who did get the vaccine. But who is to say the deaths were from the vaccine or from some other cause? We are getting closer to a million Americans dead from the Coronavirus and 6000 died after getting the vaccine. If I were younger or didn’t use a CPAP machine at night I might hold off . . . but I doubt it. Nope. I would get the vaccine again. Peter Notes: From Bing updated December 6, 2021: United States deaths from the coronavirus: 788,202. From a CDC “outlet” (ATLANTA Precision Vaccinations) The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed an increased number of deaths reported after a COVID-19 vaccination. Between December 14, 2020, through July 19, 2021, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) received 12,313 reports of death among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. UPDATE: As of 2:30 PM CT on July 21, 2021, the CDC's website modified the number of VAERS reports related to COVID-19 vaccination deaths from 12,313 to 6,079, through July 13, 2021. The CDC's webpage's Last Update date remains July 19, 2021. UPDATE #2: As of 6:30 PM CT on July 21, 2021, the CDC's website stated through July 19, 2021, VAERS had received 6,207 reports of death (0.0018%) among people who received a COVID-19 vaccine. The CDC's webpage's Last Update date reflects July 21, 2021.
  11. I know what triggered that thought about omicron being used like a vaccine. That is what the cow pox vaccine does to small pox. I suppose they could set up a hugging booth at all major pharmacies, with someone contagious from the omicron variation. Ten cents a hug. Twenty five cents for a kiss.
  12. (Bloomberg) -- The omicron variant of Covid-19, first identified in South Africa, has now been detected in countries from the U.S. to South Korea, underscoring the difficulties of curtailing contagious new strains. end quote Michael wrote, “And is it rational to decide not to get vaccinated for a disease with over 99% survival rate, even if the vaccine were not experimental?” Depending on what your doctor recommends and your chances of NOT getting hospital sick, I agree whole heartedly. As I mentioned I would still get it just to not feel like I had a cold or the flu. Something not discussed? Omicron is a milder strain and if gotten it will hopefully keep people from getting more lethal variations. Granted, it may not be as benign as getting vaccinated but it would be the second solution on my list of rational medical decisions.
  13. Of course. And it is rational for those vaxed and boostered to worry about side effects, joke, but be much less worried about getting Covid. They are still holding with 95 percent for the vaccinated to not get the disease. Bad reactions are very small.
  14. No. When I got the vax I too worried about side-effects, but I had few. If anyone gets the shot, I suggest bringing home a bottle of champagne to lessen any problems.