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Everything posted by Corraleno

  1. DD had her second Pfizer shot today at the mass vax site here. She had an appointment, but since they are also taking walk-ins she made her boyfriend go with her to get his first shot, so I'm happy they will both be protected. So far they just have sore arms. Tomorrow is 2 weeks from my 2nd shot, and Monday is 2 weeks from DS's second shot, so 2 weeks from today all three of us will be fully vaxxed. So grateful for that!
  2. What makes the Yankees case so interesting is that everyone who tested positive so far was vaccinated — so either they were all coincidentally infected by the same unvaccinated person, who for some reason hasn't been tested or is testing negative, or one (or more) of the vaxxed people transmitted it to other vaxxed people. I don't think the fact that there were a bunch of breakthrough cases in people who got a vaccine that is only 66% effective against moderate illness is all that remarkable, but the transmission question seems to be a much bigger issue. Unless they can find an unvaxxed p
  3. I agree that the chance of asymptomatic transmission in vaccinated people is likely really tiny, but personally I wish the CDC hadn't changed the mask recommendations since (1) I don't think we have good data on the extent that the J&J vaccine blocks transmission, (2) we don't know what transmission may be like with some of the more virulent variants, and (3) if the vaccinated half of the population stops wearing masks, the unvaccinated half will surely stop as well. But I think the CDC was under tremendous pressure to lift the mask requirements for vaccinated people. Walensky's quote
  4. If it were me, I would be extra careful for the next 5 days and then get tested, just for my own peace of mind.
  5. She said that off the cuff in a single interview, and the CDC immediately walked it back and said she was "speaking very broadly," and that some people can get infected after vaccination and that the "evidence isn’t clear whether they can spread the virus to others. We are continuing to evaluate the evidence.” I think Walensky was reacting to the argument that was widely spread by anti-vaxxers that vaccines don't provide any protection against catching or transmitting the virus, only against severe symptoms, therefore not getting the vaccine is totally an individual choice that doesn't af
  6. There's just a whole different level of exposure with athletes who are in close physical contact for hours every day, which generally includes shouting, hugging, sharing a locker room, etc. I assume the entire team is being tested daily when they are training, traveling, or playing; that is likely an MLB requirement. I think it's an NCAA requirements as well — DS is fully vaccinated, but all varsity athletes who are training on campus over the summer are still required to test 3x week regardless of vaccine status. I believe that will continue in the fall, although nonathletes who are fully vac
  7. 30 people out of 1.2 million is 0.0025%, which suggests excellent efficacy, especially given that the current outbreak there is led by the Indian variant, which is both more transmissible and more capable of evading certain antibodies. The rate of reinfection in people who previously had covid is nearly 17 times higher than in vaccinated people — 26 reinfections out of 61K prior cases. It's also significant that in one hospital cluster, all 9 of the vaccinated people who were infected were either asymptomatic or had mild cases, compared to 34 unvaccinated people, 6 of whom needed oxygen, two w
  8. I'm not sure where that stat came from, but I don't think there's any way a single shot of AZ would have anything close to 80% efficacy in India. The dominant variant in India is quite similar to the South African and Brazilian variants — all three have the E484K/Q mutation, and AZ's efficacy against mild to moderate illness in SA was only 10% after two shots. If the people you know in India who are getting covid after the AZ vaccine are having mild to moderate symptoms, but not being hospitalized, that in itself may indicate some protection from the vaccine.
  9. I would not contact other parents; I think that runs a serious risk of making your son less likely to be open and honest in the future. Assuming we're talking about weed, I would focus mostly on (1) the illegality of a minor possessing it in your state (and the potentially serious consequences of getting caught with it) and (2) the fact there is some research suggesting that marijuana use in adolescents can cause negative changes in the brain. (There is also research showing no deleterious effects, but the fact that we really don't know the long term effects on developing brains is itself a re
  10. The really obnoxious thing about that nursing home outbreak is that while 80-90% of residents are vaccinated, only 35-45% of staff are. Vaccination really ought to be mandatory for all nursing home staff. I feel badly for the family of the unvaxxed resident who is currently hospitalized, especially if that person was unvaccinated for medical reasons.
  11. She thinks it's not dangerous for her because she takes a boatload of supplements including quercetin (which is a substitute for HCQ) and ivermectin, which she believes will protect her from covid. Conspiracy nuts in the US: Ivermectin is a cheap and easily available cure for covid, but "they" don't want you to know that so they can force you to take dangerous vaccines!!! India and Brazil use HCQ and ivermectin and it works there! India: Please send us all the vaccines, people are dying in the streets and we are running out of firewood to burn the bodies.
  12. I don't see an average age in the study itself, but according to this document on VA healthcare users, 21% are <45, 30% are 45-64, and 49% are 65 or older, so the average age of covid patients in VA and non-VA hospitals last year (before vaccines) may not be that different. And patients were matched for age and other demographics, so the risks were relative to others of the same age who didn't have covid or who had the flu.
  13. A recent study by Washington University in St Louis looked at the medical records of 87,000 covid survivors (defined as having survived for at least 30 days after diagnosis) for the 6 months following diagnosis. Key findings: (1) Survivors had a 60% increased risk of death between 1 and 6 months after diagnosis. (2) For patients who were hospitalized, there were 29 excess deaths per 1000 patients between 1 and 6 months, and 8 excess deaths per 1000 for those who were not hospitalized. (3) Patients who were hospitalized with covid had a 50% higher chance of death between 1 and 6 m
  14. Of course unvaccinated people are also part of the experiment. They've just chosen to be the control group, in an experiment for which all of the data we have so far, from official trials covering hundreds of thousands of people to real-life data from hundreds of millions more, show that outcomes for the control group are much much worse.
  15. https://forums.welltrainedmind.com/topic/700014-situation-mother-money-mess/ Read all the way to the end, it's a pretty harrowing read.
  16. You mean like the 80 year old widower whose money and pension she stole and the stepchildren she tried to screw out of their inheritance and leave them with the huge debts she ran up? The woman is a sociopath, I can't believe you're arguing this could just be a "he said, she said" thing and maybe she's really a nice little old granny who just doesn't like the OP. Protecting children, including young adult children who may not have the life experience to understand how malignant narcissists operate, or the self-confidence to stand up to it, is what good parents do.
  17. A guy in CA who was selling fake vaccine cards has been arrested and charged with felony forgery of a government document, felony identity theft, and misdemeanor falsification of a medical record. Maybe colleges should make students aware that anyone caught forging a vaccine card can be charged with a felony and expelled from school.
  18. I didn't see anything in the report of the hearing that suggested Josh paid for the DD video. The figure of $10K is what the man who originally made the video was charging for livestreams, but that video has been widely available on the dark web for a while and there is at least one guy in prison who ran a hurtcore site who admits he stole the video and put it on his site to get more traffic. So there may not be any kind of payment trail. But I would also say that that video is absolutely infamous and not something someone would accidentally download because they didn't know what it was.
  19. Josh. He was downloading what's known as "hurtcore," which is about torture and humiliation of the victim. The video that the investigator described as one of the most horrific things on the dark web shows the rape and torture of three children, including a screaming 18 month old baby. The man who made that video murdered one of the children in it, and is in prison for life. The other two children, including the baby, survived but with permanent injuries.
  20. The thing that would bother me most is that you said your oldest is afraid of your mom. The fact that this manipulative narcissist has any power over any of your children means that the dysfunction that has plagued you all your life has been allowed to start poisoning the next generation. You all need permission to just tell your mother to f*** off. I hope you can help your oldest to see your mother for what she is and to understand that this person really does not have any power over her other than what she chooses to give. If the kids are getting the message from you, either consciously or u
  21. The thing to keep in mind with NCAA approval is that they are basically concerned with students cheating, not parents. So the reason they generally don't like courses that are all online with automatic grading is they think that makes it too easy for students to cheat. So they are starting with the assumptions that (1) parents will accurately report what their students did and (2) parental supervision of coursework will eliminate most opportunities for students to cheat. So what they are looking for is evidence that parents were involved in supervising and grading the coursework. Which of cour
  22. What I did for Lukeion classes was just add a few extra things and count the Lukeion class as one component of the homeschool course. So I added 5 practice tests for the National Latin Exam and counted those as 25% of the grade, counted the National Latin Exam as the final exam worth 25%, and counted the Lukeion quizzes as 50% of the grade. I listed myself as the Teacher of Record and the Lukeion instructor as Other Teacher. That's especially common for online foreign language classes — add something extra (a grammar workbook, foreign language videos, etc.) and then list the parent as Teacher
  23. Nope, no proof. You just fill it in and sign that it's accurate. Crazy, huh? It's just a hoop you have to jump through so they can check a box. Based on conversations in that FB group, I suspect a lot of parents cheat on these, including just copying someone else's course worksheets and changing the names.
  24. Here is a link to the Homeschool Toolkit, the Core Course Worksheet is on page 21, so you can see the type of information they are looking for: http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/eligibility_center/Student_Resources/Home_School_Toolkit_for_Public.pdf
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