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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
Join Date: May 2004
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2023-10-04, 14:47

Whew!

Man, according to the nutballs out there, what isnt 5G capable of?! transmit viruses, activate nanobots, turn people gay/trans, switch on sleeper zombies, etc.

As if didn’t already despise the conspiracy crowd enough. Today it goes up a few more notches.

On a positive note, I never heard from relatives or friends, warning me about shutting off my alert notifications. I was all prepared to “break up” with a bunch of people this evening. I don’t have to now.

Were the nuts like this back in the day, with Morse code? Or the invention of the telephone or radio?

Probably. Idiocy knows No decade/century. We don’t have a lock on it in 2023. It just seems like we do. Boneheadery has been around forever, and always will be.

Since nobody has turned into a zombie and is eating their neighbor, we can all return to the important stuff that we need to be focusing on: the idea of NFL dick putting it to America’s sweetheart. It’s all ESPN wants to talk about, which is kinda weird.

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PB PM
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2023-10-04, 14:57

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Originally Posted by psmith2.0 View Post
Whew!

Man, according to the nutballs out there, what isnt 5G capable of?! transmit viruses, activate nanobots, turn people gay/trans, switch on sleeper zombies, etc.

As if didn’t already despise the conspiracy crowd enough. Today it goes up a few more notches.

On a positive note, I never heard from relatives or friends, warning me about shutting off my alert notifications. I was all prepared to “break up” with a bunch of people this evening. I don’t have to now.

Were the nuts like this back in the day, with Morse code? Or the invention of the telephone or radio?

Probably. Idiocy knows No decade/century. We don’t have a lock on it in 2023. It just seems like we do. Boneheadery has been around forever, and always will be.
It was like when our hydro company installed smart meters on everyone’s homes. The conspiracy types insisted the smart meters were going to kill us all and allow the government to track everything we do. Given how long it takes them to figure out there is a power failure, not much danger of that.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
Join Date: May 2004
Location: Tennessee
 
2023-10-04, 15:10

True. The amount of time/worry people put into an entity notorious for messing up a cup of coffee and a ham sandwich is mind-blowing.

Be afraid of gangs, Mexican drug cartels, rapists, home invaders, etc. Not a bunch of people who take forever to get stuff right or figure out why a commuter train crashed. The gub’mint is the thing I fear least in life…look who runs it: wall-to-wall senility, ineptitude, hair-sniffers, whackjobs R Us, conspiracy fruitbats, panderers, race-baiters, people who fall off stages/platforms/plane stairways, bicycles, etc. on a fairly regular basis.

Why anyone would expect them to pull off some mass population zombie transition is hilarious.
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Bryson
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Join Date: Feb 2005
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2023-10-04, 15:10

There were two ambulances, a fire truck and 4 police cars outside the apartment building across the street earlier...
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
Join Date: May 2004
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2023-10-04, 15:17

Chasing zombies, no doubt!

Now that you mention it, I've heard sirens all day. Not sure what kind...police cars and ambulances, I guess? But I really have, on a consistent, ongoing basis since around 10-11am. Off in the distance, possibly in the next municipality over from mine, I don't know. Hard to tell just from sound/distance. But all day I've heard 'em.

For the first time in ages, I might tune into my local 6pm news tonight, just to see if any idiocy took place around town today. I mean, more than usual, of course.

I've not heard/read about any on local sites. Just did a quick check of my usual sites, just boring ol' school board stories, local flasher news* and the like. No zombification articles/breaking news. I think we might be okay.



*It blows my mind how often these stories make it on local news. Apparently my city is a hotbed of dudes running up to ladies who lunch (or who walk along the river park) and display their wang for all to see. Bunch of weirdo pervs! People around here tend to pack heat. I'd be terrified to run up on anyone, male or female, around here and give them a reason to draw and maybe be a bit quick on the trigger.

Nobody wants a gunshot wound just for waving their dick. But it's the dice you roll if you wanna engage in that nonsense in a city where nearly everyone is a gun nut (and gets absolutely religious re: the 2A). If you're too stupid to figure that out by now, you deserve to have your balls shot off. But, gun culture or not, you're not supposed to be running around showing your crank to complete strangers in normal, daytime, non-intimate/sexual scenarios. You deserve everything coming your way if you do. Act right and that's a whole lot of stuff you instantly don't have to worry about. Most folks are their own worst enemies anymore, just being thoughtless dumb-asses and all. Most people in county lockup, their wounds are all self-inflicted, acting a fool in public. Your parents raised you better, I know they did!

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turtle
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2023-10-04, 20:02

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The test was a success and released the 5G nanobots as planned. Within days this will activate the 2NG4 TA protein cells.

Doesn't matter if you were vaxed or not due to shedding. Symptoms may include heavy sweating and rampant faggotry.

You'll know when Bud Light actually starts selling beer again. Good luck everyone!
This was one person's writing on the bathroom wall. Is it real* or satire? It really is hard to tell.

*Is their response actually something they believe
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
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2023-10-04, 20:11



Oh, so there’s a delay. Of course. That nothing actually happened today, and they gotta push it out a bit to save face.

My bold prediction? In a few days, when everything should’ve been kicking in/breaking loose, the REAL results will be in another 2-19 weeks…

It’ll forever be, in a few more days/weeks.

Ain’t nobody turning into a damn zombie. At least from the stupid 5G testing and whatever crazy, made-up nonsense swirling around it (Bill Gates is gonna be transported into your ballsack, where you’ll suddenly turn into a gay, communist zombie!

I’ve decided to just start slapping conspiracy theorists in my orbit. They deserve it, I’ll feel better about it all and…why not? Should’ve been doing so for a long time.

Next time someone starts up with any Alex Jones-level nonsense/horseshit re: 5G, earth is flat, 15-minute cities, nanobots, chem trails, Hitler, Bruce Lee, Elvis, Paul McCartney, etc., I’m just gonna crack them right across the mouth.

I’ve been too nice/accommodating all these years, enabling these chowderheads. My mistake!

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2023-10-04, 20:59

Now that the national test is over, I'm just wondering, were the phone alerts common over the nation at the time the COVID warnings started (March)? I know Santa Clara County in California sent a shelter-in-place message and possibly one or two followup messages (and nothing since).

Edit: Oh, and no zombie predictions then, that I can remember.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
Join Date: May 2004
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2023-10-04, 21:25

I never received any sort of COVID-related alert or message. We weren’t as locked down here as California and places. In fact, I don’t think we ever were because I was going to the grocery store with/for Mom every Thursday or Friday. I masked and kept the hell away from others, but I was never “trapped” at home but I didn’t go to restaurants, bars, concerts, ballgames or anything involving “hundreds of strangers” during the worst of it. Just the grocery store or the occasional Home Depot or Guitar Center trip (masked, 6-feet distancing). I didn’t want to be stupid and part of the problem, but I sat home as much as I could without being miserable. But I turned down movie dates, seeing bands/live music (famous and otherwise). I was hanging out with someone in summer/fall of 2020 and we’d mask up and go to antique stores or a ride to a small Georgia town about an hour south of Chattanooga. We’d eat, shop around, visit a museum, flirt, etc. after we kinda imploded, I stuck at home more because, frankly, I didn’t want to run into her somewhere and get sad. I’m over/past all that now. We can occasionally chat/email these days without the chest-ripping, stomach-tearing thing it was in late 2020. So that’s nice. I do like her, it’s just…weird and complicated. Always has been, always will be. A bit of the ol’ “one that got away” syndrome. *shrug* Hey, life…
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Ryan
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2023-10-04, 21:51

Last two I got, besides amber alerts, were a pre-evacuation notice during the Marshall Fire (our new years fire a few years ago that destroyed >1000 houses) and a citywide shelter-in-place during a mass shooting at a grocery store.

I don't recall any covid-related alerts.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
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2023-10-04, 21:57

I didn’t know mass-shootings were covered, but I guess any major or dangerous event could be. Easiest way to reach the most people. That jarring alert is tough to miss/ignore!
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
Join Date: May 2004
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2023-10-05, 11:12

Day 2, no zombie business. What went wrong, fruit loops? Where was the mass zombie overtaking via 5G? Welllll? We’re WAITING…



In a sane world, this huge miss should be the reason these conspiracy clowns are never listened to again. Unfortunately, I won’t be. It won’t change a thing amongst the hardcore mental patients/idiots. They’re too invested at this point. Coming off any of it just makes them look bad/wrong. They’ll go to their graves believing their nonsense. They kinda have to now.

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Matsu
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2023-10-05, 11:44

I’m curious just how many (idiots) there may be. My casual interactions suggest, “too many,” and “more than I ever noticed before,” but I’d like to know as a percentage, population distribution, etc.
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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
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2023-10-05, 11:54

I'm guessing the mid/high 70% range, just based on what I encounter on a typical day of out in traffic, the grocery store, Taco Bell, etc.

I don't know if they all buy into the 5G zombie thing, or if they just like wearing their nasty pajamas in public 24/7 (and vaping). There are degrees/levels of idiot, IMO. Most are harmless, but the ones who worship at the altar of Ted Nugent and the Orange Fat Ass Combover tend to scare me a little, because you never truly know what they're capable of, or what nonsense they "believe" on any given day (and decide to act on). That goes for so many other groups/movements as well, of course, across the board. But if I list them here, I'll catch hell and get called names. Not in the mood.
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Matsu
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2023-10-05, 12:39

Yeah, we sort of have to forgive the harmless sort. Just counting the genuinely/potentially dangerous crazies is already too big a job. When I think about it a bit, I think I’d most like to know how they compare to those “just playing along” for the fun of it. Part of me thinks that’s really the lethal combination: nut jobs and their enablers. Could be frat boys cheering bad behaviour, could be any number of “me too” pile-ons, could be sycophants taking White House jobs… it takes a lot of forms, but they seem to need each other in order to breed real chaos/destruction.

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psmith2.0
Mr. Vieira
 
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2023-10-05, 12:53

It's why I'm not a joiner. I don't throw in with any groups, politically, artistically, musically, etc. because I don't want others ever speaking for me, or doing things I don't agree with/believe in, but I'm automatically seen as part of it. I hate that.

I'd hate to know I was pals with/part of that bunch that ran into the Capitol, shitting on the walls and breaking into offices and putting certain people in genuine fear of their lives/safety. That's not what I believe, and even if I was the most Right-tilting fruit-bat in existence, I'm not with those people. I don't applaud/support what they did that day.

I just fly solo and only have to answer for/explain/defend my words or actions, which is...never. Because I'm not acting like an unhinged asshole about stuff. I'm not storming the U.S. Capitol, I'm not machine-gunning cases of beer, I couldn't care less about drag shows and the like, and I'm not fearing my more zombie-like impulses this week, or worrying about becoming one over cell signals, etc.

The day you see me throw in with a group/movement, just assume that's not really me. Because it won't be. I'm too much of a control freak and I can't have strangers and dingbats speaking/acting for me. The thought paralyzes me! Hahaha.
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crazychester
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2023-11-24, 19:08

Not sure if this belongs here or in a new thread. Time will tell.

So as you may have heard, there is something going on in China with a reported outbreak of pneumonia in kids. Vietnam also. Surprisingly, the MSM here have reported on it over the last couple of days.

For those out of the loop, stories started appearing about the outbreak around a week ago. On the 22nd, the WHO awoke from its slumber and sent off this “please explain” to the Chinese.

As of today, odds seem to be firming that it is either mycoplasma pneumoniae (MP) or something new. MP is not normally that infectious and there is much speculation that it is being seen at epidemic proportions because of Covid depleted immune systems.

This morning there are reports of a big uptick in MP in France and I’ve seen Switzerland, Scotland and Swindon also mentioned but have only seen confirmation of the French situation.
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turtle
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2024-03-01, 18:54

WSJ says: It’s Official: We Can Pretty Much Treat Covid Like the Flu Now. Here’s a Guide.
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New guidelines from the CDC Friday bring Covid precautions in line with those of other respiratory viruses
So the highlights from the article basically say stay home if you have a fever and for one day after. Generally wear a mask for five days after that.

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A case of Covid no longer means isolating for five days, according to the latest guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released Friday. It’s the latest sign of the virus’s normalization four years after it upended our lives.
You should now follow the same precautions with Covid as you take with the flu, according to new guidelines from the CDC. That means staying home until you’ve gone a day with no fever and symptoms start to improve. Take other precautions for the next five days, including wearing a mask and limiting close contact with others.
Those are the same steps the CDC recommends for other respiratory viruses.
“Covid-19 is still an important public health threat, but it is not the emergency that it once was,” said Dr. Brendan Jackson, who leads the respiratory virus response for the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Disease, on Friday. 
“And its health impacts increasingly resemble those of other [respiratory viral] illnesses, including influenza and RSV.”
Plenty of Americans dropped Covid testing and isolation periods long ago as the virus became more routine. Many schools and workplaces hadn’t been enforcing the stricter CDC guidance, and some states have already relaxed their Covid guidance. 
Many doctors say that at this point, common sense should guide you. If you feel sick, stay home. When you’re feeling well enough to go out but still have some symptoms, it’s a good idea to wear a mask indoors to protect others. Be more cautious if you’re going to be around more vulnerable people, such as those who are immunocompromised or elderly.
Even if you’re not worried about health risks, there’s still the disruption of getting sick. So if you have a big trip coming up, an important job deadline looming or you just don’t want to juggle work and a sniffily kid, adjust your precautions to fit your tolerance level.
Just like the flu?
Covid-19 hospitalization and death numbers are still higher than those of the flu, but the gap has narrowed since earlier in the pandemic.
However, public health officials cautioned that Covid still isn’t the same as the flu or other respiratory viruses. “Let’s be clear. Covid-19 is not the flu,” said Jackson at the CDC. “It still causes more serious illness and leads to more lasting effects,” he said.
Public-health experts and physicians note that Covid is still a disease that is cited as a cause of death in more than 1,000 people a week, according to CDC data. And long Covid, with symptoms that can linger months and even years, hasn’t gone away.
The CDC’s relaxed Covid guidelines don’t apply to healthcare settings, including nursing homes. People who are at higher risk for severe illness, such as the elderly, the immunocompromised, and pregnant women, should see a healthcare professional if they feel sick to get tested and potentially treated.
What your symptoms mean
The CDC’s latest guidance underscores that you’re most contagious early in your illness. 
“We want folks to recognize that the majority of virus spread is happening when you’re sickest and as the days go on less virus spreads,” said CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen.
However, assessing your symptoms isn’t a foolproof way to tell how contagious you are. 
In general, asymptomatic people are less likely to spread the virus, but it is possible to spread it without having symptoms, says Deepta Bhattacharya, a professor of immunobiology at the University of Arizona College of Medicine in Tucson.
When you are coughing and sneezing a lot, you tend to be more infectious, because you are emitting lots of viral particles into the air. But you can still spread it simply by breathing, without coughing or sneezing.
Covid in general doesn’t usually cause a lot of fever, says Dr. Julie Parsonnet, a professor of medicine and infectious-disease doctor at Stanford. So the absence of fever isn’t a dependable sign that you are Covid-free, or that you aren’t contagious. 
At-home rapid tests aren’t always reliable, either. So if you test negative but you still have symptoms, you should test again in a few days.
The bottom line, says Parsonnet, is that you should try to protect your family, friends and colleagues when you are sick, no matter what you have. Stay home if you feel ill. If you have a runny nose and cough, test yourself and wear a mask, she says.
When to go out
Dr. Peter Chin-Hong, an infectious-disease specialist at the University of California, San Francisco, says it is reasonable to follow more relaxed isolation guidelines. 
Now that so many of us have been infected and reinfected, and gotten vaccinated at least once, our immune defenses against the virus are stronger, he notes. And we have more tools to fight it if we do get sick, including anti-viral medications.
How often to vaccinate
Most people should get a Covid vaccine once a year, likely in the fall around the same time as you get your flu shot, to bolster your immune defenses for the winter when cases rise. 
Older people should get vaccinated more often. The CDC this week urged people 65 years and older to get a spring booster at least four months after their last dose. About 60% of seniors aren’t up-to-date on their Covid shots.
People with compromised immune systems should be allowed to get a Covid shot whenever their doctors advise, spaced two months apart, the CDC recommends.
Write to Sumathi Reddy at Sumathi.Reddy@wsj.com

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kieran
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2024-03-01, 19:54

I feel like that's how most people have been operating for a while at this point.

It would be nice if people with a cough and fever would actually stay home, or at least wear a mask, but you can't win them all.

As a family that stayed very isolated for a long period of time, we've even gone all the way back to normal, with traveling, eating out, being in large groups, etc.. My wife has Cystic fibrosis and we had a 7 month old when Covid came on strong, so we stayed pretty closed off.

We'll still wear masks when traveling on planes, but we're pretty much to the point of not acting any differently.

Now, the being said, there are definitely still people that need to be cautious, but those people should have probably been more cautious before Covid too.

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