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  1. Sending good thoughts your way. I hope he feels much better soon.
  2. I’ve been almost nowhere except dr and dentist since last March, but we did this twice last fall using most of the mitigation strategies others have mentioned, except grocery delivery. We took some food with us and got take out for the rest, so no need for grocery store trips or delivery. We also stayed in state and our state is one of the best covid wise. I would probably not do it again until after the holiday/winter peak has died down and we known more about the spread of the more contagious variant. Or I’m fully vaccinated like my husband.
  3. I think one of the very important things missing here is that much of the current issue is not about the normal sides. People on both sides have tried for five years now to get people to see the dangers of having a certain type of person as president and the threat it poses to our democratic norms and institutions. Even before he was the nominee they were trying to get people to put country over party and even party over candidate (because such a person could cause real harm not just to the country, but to their own party). And the fact that people still aren’t seeing this even after the
  4. You are conveniently leaving out the most important factor here, the character, personality traits, and motives of our president. Yes, both sides have a fringe element. Yes, our enemies would like to see us weakened and vulnerable. But instead of the usual and very necessary peaceful transfer of power we are here now with thousands of National Guard troops protecting the US Capitol and state capitols throughout the country ahead of the presidential inauguration primarily due to the words and actions of our current president and those who enabled and supported him. People from both sid
  5. Once again, just as you did earlier in this thread, I think you are purposely misinterpreting unhappiness with and statements about the electoral college with what is happening now. Yes, many people do not think the electoral college is fair and would like to see it go away and have the popular vote prevail so that one person equals one vote. And there are various movements to change it, including the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact. But trying to work for change between presidential elections is not at all the same as trying to overturn the valid results of an election. The key is th
  6. And I’m astounded at people continuing to trying to equate two things that aren’t remotely the same. People not liking the results and/or how votes might have been influenced is not even close to the sitting president lying and spreading disinformation and propaganda about the “stolen” election (including before it even occurred!) despite all evidence to the contrary, numerous other leaders jumping on board and doing the same, refusing to concede, and inciting people to do something about it. And then continuing to lie about all of it and with very few exceptions, not take any responsibility f
  7. No fraud anywhere? I don’t think that is even possible, after all we are human. Although I suppose people might argue over what constitutes fraud (is allowing mail in ballots because of a pandemic fraud? is some voting or counting procedure accidentally not being followed for a few ballots fraud?). Personally, I assume all major elections have some fraud, even if it’s minuscule, but there is a vast difference between that and the idea that the election was stolen. I also personally don’t see believing there there was some fraud to be incompatible with the statement that it was the most secure
  8. At least in regards to the election, our judiciary and many local and state elected officials held strong despite intense pressure. And for that I am eternally grateful. It’s one of the few things that continues to give me hope about our country.
  9. Something repeatedly stated by our president is fringe? I wish, but unfortunately when he says something, no matter how untrue, a significant chunk of people believe it and spread it. That is just one of numerous examples. And although I wish it were true as you stated above that the vast majority of Americans outside of the fringe share a basic set of facts, I strongly disagree. If it wasn’t obvious before 2020, it certainly is now. Just two among many example are the election and covid. Lies, disinformation, and propaganda are very, very effective when used repeatedly. How many
  10. As already pointed out, we can disagree on policy, approaches, issues, what’s best for the country, etc. But if we can’t agree on even the most basic facts, then we can’t really meaningfully discuss any of the rest. The continual lies, disinformation, and propaganda coupled with many living in media and social media bubbles means we can’t even really reach the point of democratically debating and discussing issues, policies, etc because we aren’t starting with a set of basic shared facts.
  11. And others in the same group are terrified by our current populist, authoritarian president who tried to overturn valid election results. No one person speaks for an entire group. Plus one needs to keep in mind who each side chose to be their leader. That has far more influence than a handful of Congress people. The continual refusal to acknowledge the serious damage the current office holder has done to our democratic norms and institutions, even after last week’s events, continues to amaze me. The techniques just vary from placing the blame elsewhere (it was actually antifa or it’s all
  12. Yes, I’ve been watching one per night this week.
  13. I’ve been watching one episode at night before bed. I’m really enjoying it, as it has been a very long time since I read the books.
  14. I have a subscription to the paper, but not the add on of the games or recipes or whatever else. You can play up to a certain and point and then it says something like “You are very good at this, click here to subscribe”. You can however do the full mini crossword with just a basic subscription.
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