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Brian Miller
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Location: United States
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 1:32pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Yesterday, the great state of TN passed a resolution congratulating all
Tennesseans for recognizing that COVID-19 is a far-left conspiracy
propagated by fake news and doesnít actually exist. Even tho our
Republican governor had daily coronavirus briefings up until a couple of
weeks ago. Our lawmakers actually did this yesterday but last week
voted to keep the bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest in the state capital.

I hate this fucking state. I used to be proud to be from TN. Now I canít
wait to get the fuck out of here.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 4:06pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

https://www.npr.org/2020/06/20/881270479/6-trump-staffers-te st-positive-for-covid-19-ahead-of-tulsa-rally
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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 7:17pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply


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Just getting lunch today, I ran into way too many people who stood too close, werenít wearing masks, or had masks but didnít cover their noses.

Sadly, I think we are reaching a point where many people have had enough. I think they are tired of living this way and simply don't care about the risk anymore.  I'm not advocating that or saying it's right. It's just human nature. People want their old lives back and no amount of angry memes on social media will change their minds. 

It certainly didn't help matters when there was so little concern about Covid-19 transmission during all the protests*. If we are going to start cherry-picking what mass gatherings are okay and what ones aren't, people are going to be less likely to take the whole thing seriously unless/until it affects them personally.

Horrifying as it may be, there is a possibility we may just have to live with this thing and hope it somehow runs it's course as the other pandemics ultimately did (Swine Flu, Ebola, etc). 

Indefinite lock-down's aren't sustainable and I don't have a lot of faith in some miracle vaccine showing up anytime soon. I hope to hell I'm wrong about that but things so seem to be drifting in that direction.

** It's only a matter of time before we hear Republicans saying; "If it's safe to go out and protest, it's safe to go out and vote!"


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John Byrne

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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 7:24pm | IP Logged | 4 post reply

The self-cleaning oven.
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 7:27pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply


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It certainly didn't help matters when there was so little concern about Covid-19 transmission during all the protests*. If we are going to start cherry-picking what mass gatherings are okay and what ones aren't, people are going to be less likely to take the whole thing seriously unless/until it affects them personally.

That's a crock of bullshit, of course. 

 COVID-19 was always a concern throughout the protests. A lot of the protestors wore masks, and all the protests I saw in organized in my area emphasized the need for masks and social distancing.

Yes, there were still people not wearing masks, and it wasn't possible to keep 6 feet apart. But no one was dismissing COVID-19. The black population is hit especially hard by COVID-19. Protestors were aware of the risk, but the continued social injustice and inequality has become just as untenable.
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Brandon Frye
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 7:49pm | IP Logged | 6 post reply


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Yes, there were still people not wearing masks, and it wasn't possible to keep 6 feet apart.

Then it's not a crock of bullshit.

 
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Michael Roberts
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Posted: 20 June 2020 at 8:07pm | IP Logged | 7 post reply


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Then it's not a crock of bullshit.

People out there were not unconcerned with COVID-19, as you state, they were trying to work through two shitty things. Protestors were not denying the threat of COVID-19, they were fighting injustice in spite of it. And during the protests, everyone was emphasizing that if they can, the protestors should get tested, so they will know if they should self-quarantine after.

Meanwhile, we're struggling between slowing the spread of the pandemic and reopening the economy. There's a solution that requires wearing masks and trying to stay apart, and people aren't doing it because they feel inconvenience or because they don't like being told what to do. 

That's not the same thing.


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