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Messages - Robert Johnson

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: April 18, 2021, 11:03:00 PM »
Unfortunately, there is little evidence that mask wearing is effective in limiting the spread. If you graph any statistic (say hospitalizations) for states that have similar weather, the rise and fall of the statistic is virtually identical no matter what the mask requirement is from state to state.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: April 15, 2021, 12:35:12 AM »
Pfffft.  Everyone knows the mark of the beast is found under Lena Dunham's ...

Right there is where I closed my eyes.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: April 12, 2021, 12:23:11 PM »
The only mask that offers any real, substantial protection is an N-95 mask (or its cousin the KN95 one from China), that must be fitted for the user.  But I see very few of those, and the cloth ones are makeshift at best.

I have a box of N95 masks that I bought for shop work. It's hard for me to wear one for long, because it leaves me short of breath. I suppose that's a by-product of the superior filtering.

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Your Turn / Re: Vaccine Discussin
« on: April 08, 2021, 12:26:22 PM »


I'm getting the Moderna today -- have you had any side effects?


My wife and I both got Moderna. First shot: slightly sore arm, both of us. (I hear that if you already have had Covid you'll get a stronger reaction to the first shot.)

Second shot: day of shot, sore arm. Day after: bigger reactions. I was slightly out of it all that day. My wife felt worse, and had chills that wouldn't stop for a while.

Those are our data points, but reactions are all over the map

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Your Turn / Re: Equality Act
« on: March 18, 2021, 06:31:48 PM »
Elizabeth Warren on the desire to remove the filibuster: "The filibuster has deep roots in racism, and it should not be permitted to serve that function or to create a veto for the minority. In a democracy, it's majority rules,” Warren said.

Since the filibuster has been used by both parties for many many decades, this is complete Bull.

Today’s magic word is racism; it is intended to shut down any discussion and stop everybody from thinking.

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Your Turn / Re: Equality Act
« on: March 18, 2021, 02:42:45 PM »
The Law of Merited Impossibility: This will never happen, and when it does you bigots will deserve it.

It is amazing how often this Law applies to ‘progressive’ legislation.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: March 15, 2021, 07:44:34 PM »
A good case can be made that those 70 yrs. old or older should seriously consider
getting the Covid 19 vaccine. This is  the most vulnerable group in our population.
I will get my second vaccine shot this Wednesday.

Yes. We have the highest probability of a serious illness, and we are in the age range where any long term issues with the vaccine are not a high probability outcome. The older you are, the more you should want the vaccine.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: March 12, 2021, 09:19:45 AM »
Re: election-centered decision making.

My wife converted a traditional IRA to a Roth IRA in November, specifically because she wanted to pay the taxes at the 2020 rates.

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Your Turn / Re: Coronavirus news
« on: March 11, 2021, 12:13:28 PM »
Within the next two weeks we will have 50% dining in restaurants in NYC, and in-person high school instruction.  Additionally, because the stimulus package included aid for states and cities, we will most likely not have tax increases here in the most highly taxed corner of the US.

And that aid is basically a transfer from states that are better run fiscally to those that commit to unsustainable future expenditure.

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Your Turn / Re: Concordia College New York To Close At End of Academic Year
« on: February 01, 2021, 01:58:42 PM »
While my father understood some Swedish, my mother and her mother spoke in Swedish (not very often) when they did not want us three brothers to understand what was being said. 

My parents both spoke Swedish and they wanted my sister and me to learn. But their families came from different regions of Sweden and they disagreed on the pronunciation of so many words that they never got it going.

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Your Turn / Re: LCMS Inc 2020 Report
« on: December 29, 2020, 12:09:28 AM »
"One of Woody Guthrie’s resolutions was to “Wake up and fight.”

But he wasn’t talking about being a bully. Or picking a fight at the local bar.

He was talking about changing the culture.

Well, sort of. He was mostly interested in doing whatever Stalin wanted.

For example, www.laweekly.com/little-known-fact-woody-guthrie-was-a-big-ol-racist/

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Your Turn / Re: Not about the election...
« on: December 19, 2020, 09:36:32 PM »
Representative Marcia Fudge, who is the President-Elect's choice for HUD, has some background in that arena, and also has an earned doctorate (law), so Dr. Fudge.

In thefederalist.com/2018/10/26/ridiculous-everyone-phd-demand-called-doctor/ the author (correctly) points out:

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Graduates of American law schools receive a J.D. (juris doctor) but no sane person refers to a lawyer as “doctor.”

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Your Turn / Re: Not about the election...
« on: December 19, 2020, 09:30:56 PM »
What I say about the recent process of choosing the next president is, "We had an election." 

Maybe we did. Let's get rid of mass mail-in ballots next time.

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Your Turn / Re: Not about the election...
« on: December 15, 2020, 10:40:04 PM »
When I received my PhD., I specifically asked my parishioners not to call me doctor. But in the context of a seminary classroom, I asked them (at least if they asked) to call me Dr. (or Prof.). It's all about context.

I never told my students to refer to me as Dr. Johnson, always Professor Johnson. Most of my career was at Tier 1 universities, and virtually nobody at that level refers to themself as Doctor X.

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