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  • in reply to: Amazon Fire TV Stick #51224
    Andrew
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    I had a Fire Stick for a while, but I really didn’t care for it. I bought a Google Chromecast instead and much prefer it – I bought a second one for my other TV. I like the idea of not having a remote other than my phone, and I have a spare Android that I use as a second remote for the other TV. I like that I can cast from my laptop too not just my phone.

    I have rabbit ears also, but there are so many apps with free TV and movie content e.g. Pluto and Plex that I have plenty to watch. I also have a Plex server at home with my media library on it, and I can cast my content to my TVs with Chromecast. I’m guessing Amazon has an app for Plex casting also, but the Google solution has worked really well for me.

    in reply to: “You Can Fool Some of the People All of the Time!” #50818
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    I think many members of the Democratic party are naive and still in denial about what the 2020 election results really meant. Going forward, they are simply ignoring terrible problems that could lead to the Republicans re-taking Congress in 2022 and the White House in 2024. But I don’t see how they are “dangerous.”

    in reply to: Vaccinated? #50522
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    Broadway: “In discussions with friends/family about the topic of reasons for not getting vac’d is they think their immune systems are strong enough to ward off getting infected…or they’ve had covid already”

    This kind of thinking infuriates me. How can they be so dim not to understand that they might give it to someone whose immune system is NOT strong enough??? That’s the point of getting vaccinated: to stop the spread, not just protect yourself. The reason Covid spreads so easily is that people get infected and are highly contagious before they develop symptoms, if they develop them at all. Incredibly selfish!!!!

    in reply to: Real ID Oregon #50454
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    The Feds have pushed back enforcement of Real ID again until May, 2023, not surprisingly. You’ll still be able to use your old (but not expired) driver’s license to fly until then.

    https://www.cnn.com/travel/article/real-id-deadline-extended-pandemic/index.html

    in reply to: Vaccinated? #50326
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    semoochie: “What I get from some members of my extended family is that they are concerned about what might develop 30 years from now.”

    This is a very valid concern, actually, and I have/had the same worry. But I look the choice differently: there isn’t really a great choice. Either take an experimental vaccine that is safe in the short-term, risk getting Covid itself (and wonder what might “develop” in 30 years after getting Covid now)…or hide myself away (like many others) for years while everyone else gets Covid and hundreds of thousands (millions?) more die as the virus spreads and mutates, maybe causing new waves of variant pandemics for years or decades.

    Given that there is no great choice, which is the least bad? The least risky that allows a good chance at a normal world again is to take this experimental vaccine. If Covid would disappear from the world in a month without the vaccine, of course I would just wait, but we know now that’s not going to happen.

    You might try that kind of reasoning with your family.

    in reply to: Vaccinated? #50304
    Andrew
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    There’s no point in trying to engage with cranks.

    in reply to: Real ID Oregon #50266
    Andrew
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    My Oregon driver’s license is good until 2025, so I guess I’ll just use my passport until then to fly, starting October 1.

    in reply to: Vaccinated? #50251
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    It seems like older people have fewer side effects on average. My parents both got the Moderna vaccine, and neither had much reaction to either shot. (Mom felt some mild fatigue after the first one but hardly anything.) My step-father felt nothing at all. Both are in their 70’s. Neighbor is 80+ and same thing, felt pretty much no reaction.

    My one night after was pretty unpleasant for sure but far from the worst I’ve ever felt. Knowing it would pass soon and that I wasn’t really “sick” sure made it easier to endure.

    in reply to: How about that infrastructure bill? #50233
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    Yeah, Chris, that’s really interesting news that Democrats will have a couple of budget reconciliation bills now so a golden opportunity to get some stuff passed that they haven’t had a shot at for years. They can do infrastructure and then if people can’t agree on everything now…push through one infrastructure bill now and do another one later after more compromises can be reached.

    However, I hope they don’t patiently take their time too much. We may assume the Democrats will have a 50-50 +1 majority in the Senate through 2022, but things can happen e.g. a Democratic senator unexpected leaving (like, dying) as happened in 2009 when Ted Kennedy died – and eventually ended their 60 vote filibuster-proof majority. (Wow, imagine that the Democrats had SIXTY VOTES for a few months in 2009-2010!!! And look how relatively little they were able to pass. Biden may wind up passing more consequential legislation in two years with just 50 + 1 votes through reconciliation.)

    in reply to: How about that infrastructure bill? #50222
    Andrew
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    I’m OK with “lead pipes” and “rural broadband” being considered “infrastructure.”

    in reply to: How about that infrastructure bill? #50220
    Andrew
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    I haven’t looked carefully at what’s in the new proposal. I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the stuff in it is questionable. But Republicans have zero credibility when it comes to proposing anything. They have a history of pretending they’ll support something if Democrats would only cut the total spending…and then not even voting for it anyway. This happened in 2009 when Democrats reduced the size of the Stimulus bill to try to get Republican support for it…but none voted for it anyway.

    Democrats have learned this lesson – that’s why the American Rescue Plan (Covid relief) bill was not cut back almost at all from the original proposal. If Republicans were sincere in wanting to pass a bipartisan bill, they should be listened to…but they aren’t.

    Very little has been funded in terms of infrastructure since Democrats lost the House in 2010. Almost nothing was done under Trump. So…we are way behind in fixing a lot of stuff. And the way things go in politics, Democrats might wind up losing Congress again in 2022. So this might be their last chance to do anything again for a long time.

    I have faith that certain more conservative Democrats like Manchin will oppose certain things before a Senate bill can be passed and the Senate will compromise on something with the House…without any Republican input.

    in reply to: The relentless scourge of guns #50090
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    It sounds like Sen. Manchin is not going to budge on supporting new gun restrictions, so I don’t see the Senate passing much of anything, even if the Dems had magically gotten rid of the filibuster.

    The sad truth, as always, is that we don’t live in a majority-run country. The Senate is not a reflection of the population – a minority of the population gets a much larger representation in the Senate than the rest of the country. Until we can persuade voters in about ten other states that some additional gun control laws are required to make it harder for nuts to get assault rifles, nothing much is going to change.

    in reply to: Republicans not taking vaccine #49987
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    I’m OK with anyone who doesn’t want to get the vaccine getting sick themselves if they choose not to – but the idea of herd immunity is that enough people develop immunity that even the people who can’t be vaccinated (due to health reasons) would still be protected. I don’t want some non-vaxxer Republican getting sick and infecting someone else who is probably vulnerable.

    But as I said, I think enough Republicans will eventually come around on this that it will be a non-issue.

    in reply to: Republicans not taking vaccine #49980
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    Many Republicans will come around on taking the vaccine, once it’s no longer an in-your-face political issue to them. Doesn’t have to be this week – until there is actually a surplus of vaccine and everyone who wants a shot can easily get one, their reluctance is irrelevant. We have a ways to go until we get to that point.

    Even Trump got vaccinated, even if not on camera.

    in reply to: Republicans not taking vaccine #49976
    Andrew
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    I’m not especially worried about it. Many Republicans will come around. Many restrictions will be lifted within a few months assuming case numbers decline, and either we will hit herd immunity sooner than some experts think because of the vaccines…or a bunch more non-vaxxers will get infected and we’ll reach herd immunity that way.

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