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Name: Mara Alis Butler
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Hometown: Indianapolis, Indiana
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Transgender Woman /Social Worker/Case Manager working for State of Indiana. Huge Sci-Fi/Anime Geek and music lover. Hopeless \"political junkie\" and aspiring writer.

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It would seem

that everybody was geared up for schools to re-open in-person this year and either haven't adjusted or reoriented to the new reality or are refusing to do so, possibly hoping that things settle down. I know that my daughter's school is basing their decisions on whether or not to keep the schools open and in-person on local COVID rates and that they are going to become more virtual/restrictive if and when COVID gets worse in our area. A local school here in Indianapolis recently went back to virtual for a week due to COVID concerns. Also, schools being "open" seems to have become, like with masks and vaccination, another politicized issue, with Republicans demanding that schools open (probably the first and only time they are pretending to care about schools and children's mental health and educational needs) and Democrats (generally) being more cautious about it due to concerns about COVID.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Mon Aug 30, 2021, 11:16 AM (1 replies)

So according to Death Santis

the most effective way to deal with a contagious respiratory disease that's killing hundreds of people is to wait until large numbers of people get sick and then clog up the ERs and ICUs instead of asking people to wear a mask and get a proven vaccine that prevents people from getting sick at all (or at least from severe symptoms)?

I'm glad that Joe is way smarter than that.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Thu Aug 26, 2021, 08:31 AM (0 replies)

If anybody listens to Fox "News", Hannity, Carlson, et. al for any length of time

you would be absolutely convinced that they are from an alternate reality (and just don't realize it somehow), because almost nothing they report is grounded in reality. And there are examples. And examples.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Wed Aug 25, 2021, 10:20 AM (0 replies)

I dunno

Maybe in the near short term but in the long term they're killing off their own anti-mask/anti-vaxx voters, inevitably leaving healthier, more progressive voters, whom are watching all of this unfold and whom will take it out on them at the ballot box. Plus, they're assuming that some of their smarter voters whom are doing the right thing despite the propaganda won't get tired of being in a constant pandemic where there friends, family members, THEIR CHILDREN are getting sick (even a "mild" case of COVID isn't all that much fun- or so I've heard) and potentially even dying. Republicans like Abbott and DeathSantis are playing with fire IMHO if they think that the road to victory will be paved by a needlessly long pandemic.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 11:55 AM (0 replies)

If people are so sick of the pandemic

they need to stop contributing to it by getting vaxxed, masking up as needed, etc. Dumping or revolting against some leaders like Abbott and DeathSantis would help too. And there is literally only so much Biden/Dems can do. People should be attacking Republicans for their efforts to extend the pandemic.
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 09:59 AM (0 replies)

Just saw this. Speechless

And electing (more) Republicans would accomplish what, exactly?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Tue Aug 24, 2021, 09:50 AM (1 replies)

So.....um.....how is Iraq doing nowadays?

Since we're all hyper-focused on Afghanistan, I just began wondering about our other major war in recent years and think it's also worth asking, how did things wind up in Iraq?


As of June 2021, State Department has issued a LEVEL 4 (highest) advisory and is advising to NOT Travel there due to "COVID-19, terrorism, kidnapping, armed conflict, and Mission Iraqís limited capacity to provide support to U.S. citizens.

Is/was this generally considered to be a "good outcome" in terms of Bush's misguided war of choice there?

Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sat Aug 21, 2021, 10:31 AM (7 replies)

And when they get sick with COVID

they reach for non-FDA approved "treatments" for COVID such as Hydroxychloroquine and Ivermectin. Or have to resort to expensive drugs like Remdesavir when 1-2 jabs they could have avoided COVID or had to just deal with a mild case.

Like, who wants to take livestock de-wormer? I mean, really?
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Aug 15, 2021, 12:07 PM (0 replies)

How are Vaccines (supposedly) dangerous?

I got into it with a reportedly pregnant and nursing woman about the Covid vaccine with her saying she wouldnít take it because she says itís dangerous. Basically, the main argument being used is that it hasnít been out long enough to be trusted but in all seriousness out of all of the people vaxxed to date exactly how many people have had serious and/or fatal responses to the vaccine? I feel like if people were getting hospitalized or dying itís not something the media would keep hushed up or anything. What is everybody hearing about why some people are insisting it is so dangerous- so much so that they will risk Covid to avoid getting it?!
Posted by Mad_Machine76 | Sun Aug 1, 2021, 08:57 PM (17 replies)
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