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  1. At least in certain industries in pre-pandemic times, the unicorn type ads are common when the company already has a particular H-1B candidate in mind for the job. But I’m not sure if that’s what’s going on where your husband is looking or even what the situation is with H-1B during the pandemic. I hope he finds something he likes soon!
  2. I agree, I judge those doing the wrong thing merely for power or financial gain the most. I admit I add conservative Christians to the group because of all the judging and morality preaching that many do while trying to enact laws that deny rights to others that they themselves enjoy. The hypocrisy and inconsistency really make me angry. I mean we are all guilty of being inconsistent and hypocritical at times, but this is just a whole new level, especially when it comes to “pro-life”, and abortion rights aren’t even on my list of top 100 political issues.
  3. Sorry, can you try incognito? Normally, I can never read any Washington Posts articles, even incognito, because I don’t subscribe. But for some strange reason I’ve been able to read several this week.
  4. We did it in my state. After the announcement, vaccine rates continued to decline. There were also smaller prizes by county and some large college scholarships.
  5. It makes sense to me. It seems the majority of people are deciding for themselves whether or not to vaccinate, so I’m guessing it’s no different when deciding for their kids. Children certainly grow, mature, and develop at different rates, so an age cutoff is somewhat arbitrary. By 12 some kids are completely done with puberty and have reached their full adult height and weight and others haven’t even started puberty. So if my child was right on the border of not qualifying by age and was heading back to school, especially in a low vaccine state, I would probably consider it. Although I would likely defer to the recommendation of the healthcare professionals and scientists in the family.
  6. My state gave $100 to public employees fully vaccinated before the end of the month, so it actually favored those who vaccinated early.
  7. How proud you must be! Congratulations to her and all of your family!
  8. The pension crisis in Oregon is not nearly as bad as many other states. And it was created by leaders of both parties who benefitted from it. Having people retire making more money than when working is not sustainable and that’s why reforms were enacted. Unfortunately, not a whole lot can be done until all of those still covered under the old structure die, and some are still working. Much has been tried, but it rarely passes court challenges.
  9. I agree cultural norms definitely play a role, but in the US, at least as strong as the cultural norms that might be present in poverty situations are the political and religious cultural norms in many areas. So I think there are different reasons different groups of people are not vaccinating and/or anti-vax and anti-mask. Even in someone here hasn’t experienced true poverty, I think most are quite familiar with at least some of the growing body of cognitive science showing its effects. I do think local public health officials and healthcare providers have the best chance of reaching the group you describe. I’m not sure those influenced by political or religious cultural norms to be against most or all covid precautions are reachable, but the best chance likely lies with their own faith or political leaders.
  10. Unfortunately, lots of conservative Christian politicians frequently chant the same God, Family, Country slogan you do. But their other words and actions show something very different.
  11. So much this. I understand the message or messengers or the media may not always be giving the best message or exactly the ones people need to hear in order to get vaccinated or mask, but at least they are trying to save lives and health and livelihoods during ever changing times. What are those leaders spreading lies and misinformation and tying the hands of public health officials trying to do except exploit the situation and people for their own personal gain? Who is it they actually care about except themselves? It certainly doesn’t seem like they care about the lives and health of their constituents or overwhelmed, stressed out healthcare workers and public health officials or parents who want their kids safely back in schools. Why aren’t people who don’t like the current national message or messengers calling on these leaders to do the right thing?
  12. And from very early on, many were not planning to be vaccinated. So again, I don’t think the majority of the blame can be placed on the message or the messengers or MSM (however people define it). There are local public health officials trying to work with faith leaders that will cooperate. https://www.nytimes.com/2021/04/05/us/covid-vaccine-evangelicals.html
  13. I think the expectation that they might care about their neighbors comes from both from the overwhelming Christianity in these areas and their ethos of helping their neighbors due to necessity in rural areas. And I don’t think any message is going to be effective because their leaders either have the same beliefs or milk the beliefs for their own benefit. They are not going to suddenly change their political beliefs. Their minds were set when this started and they haven’t changed. So the message (do this to help protect others or save lives or whatever) or the messengers (national Democrats or Fauci or local public health officials) does not matter and is not to blame for low vaccination rates or push back on masking.
  14. Although I realize many say that, even on this board, we’ve also heard lots of stories from healthcare workers about people begging for vaccines while hospitalized and of others changing their mind after getting very sick and sharing their story so others will take it seriously.
  15. At least in my state, the very low vaccinations rates are in the very rural, red, sparsely populated counties. From everything I’ve read and the platforms of the local, state, and national representatives they elect, they generally want the government out of their lives, period. They may take advantage government programs like expanded Medicaid in very high numbers (some of the rural counties here benefitted more than any in the country), but they will not vote for candidates who support them. In fact, the only R national rep in my state who represents that area has been one of the major opponents of the ACA all along. Their representatives will also turn down state funds for things like better internet (need to be able to keep being able to say rural counties are neglected - this was an actual quote, I’m not speculating) and funding to help with vaccinations. And they are also the areas of the state most recovered job wise from the pandemic. On the other hand, per capita covid deaths and cases are now higher than the densely populated parts of the state. So while your points may hold for some populations in some parts of the country, the rural parts of my state would be very, very opposed to the Biden plan you mentioned. The opposition from the very beginning to almost all covid precautions seems much more political/values driven. The majority there have been done with covid and precautions from the very beginning.
  16. Now that I can read the whole editorial, I find myself agreeing with some parts and disagreeing with other parts. Like any editorial, the author very much cherry picks to support his points. He leaves out any blame for the whole swath of well-educated elite leaders and others on the right who benefit, whether politically or financially, from perpetuating lies, misinformation, and conspiracy theories and so daily are exploiting people. He ignores the fact that rural, red, less educated and populated areas of the country actually have outsized political influence when it comes to the electoral college and the Senate among others. So it’s not just that highly populated affluent blue areas of the country collect more of the taxes that benefit relatively poorer, more rural, red areas, their votes also don’t count as much in some areas. And he makes no mention of all of the work of local public health officials and healthcare workers who are doing their utmost to meet and serve people where they are and give factual information and not blame or shame, despite often intense backlash and lack of support from some leaders and citizens. Again, he places no blame on R leaders who in some cases are very much undermining their work and stoking much of the hostility they face.
  17. There aren’t really that many state hospitals in general, except ones for mental health or other specific things. Although this does vary by state. There are however lots of non profit hospitals and there are extremely generous federal loan forgiveness programs for those working for nonprofits and many hospitals also have their own programs to either help their employees further their education or pay back their loans. There are also special federal loan forgiveness programs for those who practice in underserved areas and many states, like mine, have a variety of financial incentives for those who practice in rural areas. At least where I live, the two main problems are way, way more qualified people wanting to go into virtually all healthcare professions than there are training spots (CNA and pharmacy are exceptions) and burnout due to hospitals staffing as leanly as possible and other management practices. Also, many doctors I know feel as though much of what they are allowed to do/not do is controlled by insurance companies and administrators, so they feel a real loss of control and autonomy. And more and more private and group practices have been bought up by healthcare systems.
  18. It does change the moral and ethical culpability of the infector, depending on whether or not they were vaccinated and masking.
  19. If they are vaccinated, it makes it far less likely they will get a serious case.
  20. As long as the vaccinated person did not come to work sick and was masking, at least they did everything in their power to prevent this happening. An unvaccinated person cannot say the same and would have to live with that reality. Although it’s pretty obvious by now that many Americans don’t care if their actions (or inaction) cause serious illness or death.
  21. Yes. Even though the Delta surge is just starting here, emergency rooms have been really overwhelmed for the last few weeks. And now some hospitals are going back to no elective surgeries requiring overnights. While my state has done relatively well death wise overall during the pandemic, we have a very poor per capita hospital bed ratio. So it doesn’t take much to pretty quickly overwhelm the system.
  22. Are there specific religions or denominations that are against it for religious reasons?
  23. I agree with you. I mean people have been killed for asking others to mask where required.
  24. The vaccine lottery actually backfired in my state. Immunization rates went down.
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