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Well it looks like the UK has had it with the restrictions.  Over 10k people coming out to protest and stand against government control and this idea of a vaccination passport.  Photos courtesy of Reuters...  links below.

https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/anti-lockdown-protesters-defy-restrictions-central-london-march-2021-04-24/

Meanwhile, I've heard reports that other news agencies are not covering the demonstration or some of them are lying by saying there are only a few hundred people in attendance.

https://www.bbc.com/news  (currently no coverage on their website)

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26 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

 I'm tired of watching television.

Very few reasons to watch television.

Here are a few.

Stock cars.

Talladega.

200+ miles an hour.

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Earlier I mentioned the goal of the news programs as being to get people amped up so they'd buy more stuff.  Saw something along those lines this morning.

 

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There's more commercials on the news channels now than ever. 

I'm switching from cable to streaming when I have time to spend and figure it out. Xfinity is flogging me with $^!# emails after I complained a week ago. They use the confusion manipulation tactic so it takes some time.

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4 hours ago, siteunseen said:

I've been on the wrong side of the law since I was 14. Now I'm trying to be respectful but have never felt so alone and worried about day to day in my life. I know it's up to me and my decisions going foward. Hopefully things will get back to normal as fast as possible. I'm tired of watching television.

 

There's no one you can depend on more than you.

Sounds like you recognize the need for changes, so do that and be reassured that life will be less stressful when you succeed.

I wish you the very best! 

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8 hours ago, siteunseen said:

I can honestly say classiczcars.com has been my lifeline during all this. I don't consider what we say and share as social media, it's not. I really feel like family here and I appreciate that. 

This is helping me through these weird times by trying to help others with a car problem that I can actually help.

Stick together and help others when you can. Open a door for someone, help somebody fix a door. It feels the same.

Yeah, definitely strange times.  I remember watching movies about pandemics and wondered if it could ever happen.  At least this one we aren't all turning into zombies.  I feel ya about the club being a lifeline.  I have been focusing on the back end development for quite some time.  Moving to a new domain host, organizing a server replacement, programming some online stuff (hopefully microfiche online soon), and just general club activity.  I wish I could say I was working on my Z or at least driving it.  Need to get out and kick the tires again now that spring is here.  And yes I really despise TV these days.  I cut the cable a few years ago but we still get over the air broadcasts.  Every time I watch for 10-15 minutes and just shut it off.

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2 hours ago, AK260 said:

You know Mike, in some ways, I find these demos are the Darwinian course of life! Honestly, I am dumbfounded when I see things like this, in light of what is actually happening. I say let these people huddle, kiss, cuddle. Let them have a Bloody big orgy and catch the virus. They have no other way to understand the gravity of the situation.

Having grown up in and through the over-throw of the Shah and the initiation of the Islamic republic of Iran, I tend to have a different perspective on life.

We went from 5 channels to 2 - Islamic channel and war news channel, both equally as depressing. Music, banned. Chess / backgammon (the national pass time), banned! Comedy, banned. Men looking smart, banned. Women showing hair, banned. Alcohol, guess what, banned and so on. Any fraction of enjoyment was banned and punishable by lashes in the street. There were armed skirmishes in the streets at night - on the way to school we used to collect and compare bullet shells. 48 hour queues for fuel, 24 hours for bread, food rationing etc.Nightly bombings of our cities by Iraq with no end in sight.

Now look at where “we” are today: there is an invisible enemy that doesn’t care about politics, race or social status. So we are asked for our own safety to stay in our safe comfortable homes with Netflix etc, internet and social order around us! We can walk freely with just a simple mask to protect us and others. We can have food delivered to our doors without any hardship or shortage. There is a vaccine being rolled out at lightening speed that marks the light at the end of the tunnel. Is there really that much to protest about? So what if you can’t drink your beer with your mates iINSIDE a pub for 18 months?

The biggest suffering of my countrymen complaining about this situation is: having to wear a mask, socialising a little less, drinking at home or outside in a socially distanced manner for just a small “moment” of their entire lives! Yes it’s tough but at least we’re not in India or other places where it’s completely out of control with no end in sight!

IMHO the British have genuinely nothing of import to protest about.

Ah yes, I really like seeing the perspective from someone who has actually seen bad things happen.  I agree that it's not such a big deal to wear a mask or socially distance from each other for a few years.  However, I think this demonstration was concerning in a few ways (other than the rebellion from lockdown).  They disagree with the vaccination passport..  I know many are concerned a passport like this can be discriminatory.  And, the sheer lack of coverage for this event.  It's obvious the media is pushing their own agenda, which isn't surprising...  

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You know every time I see someone whining about what amounts to be an inconvenience, for example having to wear a mask, I am reminded of one of the basic laws of physics , Nature abhors a Vacuum.  For some people who don't have enough real problems in their lives, creating problems out of thin air helps fill that void for them.

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Here you go, law abiding citizens....  CDC and the White House says you can now go unmasked outside.  A light at the end of the tunnel perhaps?

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Dated Apr. 27, 2021

Fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask outside, except in crowded settings, under new guidelines released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During a White House briefing, public health officials said fully vaccinated individuals can unmask while walking, running, hiking, or biking outdoors alone or with members of their household.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

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11 minutes ago, Mike said:

Here you go, law abiding citizens....  CDC and the White House says you can now go unmasked outside.  A light at the end of the tunnel perhaps?

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Dated Apr. 27, 2021

Fully vaccinated Americans don’t need to wear a mask outside, except in crowded settings, under new guidelines released Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During a White House briefing, public health officials said fully vaccinated individuals can unmask while walking, running, hiking, or biking outdoors alone or with members of their household.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated-guidance.html

I get my #2 Moderna May 13 and then I'll quit masking, they stink like $^!# or maybe that's just my breathe? Anyhow now I'm gonna have to start shaving again and that was a nice break from normal life for me. I most definitely will continue washing my hands, that's something I've always been freaky about so no change there. I can see the light at other end finally I just hope it stays lit.

Thank you all again for putting up with my crazy arse. LOL

 

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It's pretty interesting seeing each country's citizens react differently to covid. Most of my family come from Montenegro in Eastern Europe. For a long time there weren't any cases of covid in Montenegro. I believe it was the last country in Europe to report a case. Either there weren't any cases or the technological backwards Montenegrins couldn't care. According to my father who was over there during the outbreak, a family from New York came to go to a funeral in his village and gave everyone Covid. Most of my dads older friends died. Interestingly enough everyone that wore a mask didn't get sick. After that it went all around town and eventually though the country.

Another interesting aspect of it all was the absolutely no care given attitude from the Montenegrins. They just continued to go on with their lives. This attitude stems from two different trains of thought that all Montenegrins encompass. Their hardheadedness and their laziness. Its a joke in Eastern Europe that no one is lazier than a Montenegrin. My grandma got sick, went to the hospital, got tested, came back positive, and her response to it all? "Oh well I die I die" and she continued on her life smoking 2 packs of Marlboro gold at 76 after suffering two strokes, a heart attack, and her loss of vision. She surprisingly lived and got over covid in about a week and a half. 

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Wow! I'm glad she made it through all that.

My Mom is 76 and starting to go through dementia. It's very sad to to talk to her on the bad days but nicer days every now and again. I'm totally helpless which makes me crazy but it is what it is and nothing can change it.

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31 minutes ago, siteunseen said:

I get my #2 Moderna May 13 and then I'll quit masking, they stink like $^!#

 

Gotta wash them every now and then Cliff.

You don't wear the same skivvies everyday do you?

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1 hour ago, siteunseen said:

I get my #2 Moderna May 13 and then I'll quit masking.....  Anyhow now I'm gonna have to start shaving again......

 

The other downside of no longer wearing a mask, in addition to having to shave, is that people will be able to read your lips when you silently cuss them out.

Personally, I'll miss that benefit of mask wearing.

Stay strong, Cliff.

Dennis 

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1 hour ago, Zed Head said:

Used to be a person went to the rural less-populated areas to get healthy.  Not so much these days.

https://www.q13fox.com/news/indoor-events-bring-virus-outbreak-in-republic-washington

Republic is pretty far out there.

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Mrs. Racer 2.0 lived there for a while when married to her second husband. She told me about this the other day. 

The way I see it, situations like this will result in natural selection. All the idiots who ignore the cautionary protocols will infect each other, and hopefully they will all be removed from the gene pool.

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57 minutes ago, Racer X said:

All the idiots who ignore the cautionary protocols will infect each other, and hopefully they will all be removed from the gene pool.

You may be overly optimistic. Either that, or the gene pool has some strong survival instincts.

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