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Driving along and saw a large billboard in my red county in Florida.

A billboard for Joe. It said “Restore Integrity, Vote Biden 2020”. Such a perfect synopsis of the choice that we have.

Amendment 4 that is on the ballot.

I have found precious little two sided discussion on this amendment.

My gut is to vote against it. My primary reason is that the Amendment doesn’t place restrictions on the Governor and legislature if the amendment pass the 60% threshold twice. Right now, and 4 doesn’t change it, DeSantis and the Republican dominated legislature can simply decide that they don’t want to implement the voters’ will after a second vote passes citizens. We have seen what they did with the ex-felon vote amendment, and a rightwing US Appeals Court has backed them up.

Currently there are two republican driven bills in the legislature that would make getting an amendment on the ballot harder. One requires that the change meets a signature threshold in all 22 districts in Florida instead of the current 11 districts. The second is similar, raising the threshold in all 22 districts. Effectively both bills give a single red district veto power over all other districts.

I see 4 as a last ditch effort by republicans to maintain the upper hand in Florida, at all costs to citizens.

From The Telegraph. Face mask wearing may act as a sort of vaccine.

In that the mask increase the likelihood that a person will take in a low dose that activate the body’s immune response without the person getting sick.

Link:

https://apple.news/An9uNFDcwSTi7dD5kk9hCrg

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The article:

Global health

Snip:

Face masks could be giving people Covid-19 immunity, researchers suggest
Face masks may be inadvertently giving people Covid-19 immunity and making them get less sick from the virus, academics have suggested in one of the most respected medical journals in the world. 

Snip:

The commentary, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, advances the unproven but promising theory that universal face mask wearing might be helping to reduce the severity of the virus and ensuring that a greater proportion of new infections are asymptomatic. 
If this hypothesis is borne out, the academics argue, then universal mask-wearing could become a form of variolation (inoculation) that would generate immunity and “thereby slow the spread of the virus in the United States and elsewhere” as the world awaits a vaccine.
It comes as increasing evidence suggests that the amount of virus someone is exposed to at the start of infection - the “infectious dose” - may determine the severity of their illness. Indeed, a large study published in the Lancet last month found that “viral load at diagnosis” was an “independent predictor of mortality” in hospital patients.
Wearing masks could therefore reduce the infectious dose that the wearer is exposed to and, subsequently, the impact of the disease, as masks filter out some virus-containing droplets.

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If this theory bears out, researchers argue, then population-wide mask wearing might ensure that a higher proportion of Covid-19 infections are asymptomatic. 
Better still, as data has emerged in recent weeks suggesting that there can be strong immune responses from even mild or asymptomatic coronavirus infection, researchers say that any public health strategy that helps reduce the severity of the virus - such as mask wearing - should increase population-wide immunity as well.
This is because even a low viral load can be enough to induce an immune response, which is effectively what a typical vaccine does.

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While this hypothesis needs to be backed up with more clinical study, experiments in hamsters have hinted at a connection between dose and disease. Earlier this year, a team of researchers in China found that hamsters housed behind a barrier made of surgical masks were less likely to get infected by the coronavirus. And those who did contract the virus became less sick than other animals without masks to protect them.





    

Interesting article from Newsweek.


A study found that sociopaths are most likely to refuse to wear a mask. Sort of confirms what many of us suspected.

Snip:
Sociopaths Are More Likely to Refuse Wearing a Mask, Study Finds
August 23, 2020

Snip:
A new study from Brazil has found that people with sociopathic traits are more likely to not comply with mask-wearing and other measures to limit the spread of coronavirus.

Snip:
The study investigated the relationship between antisocial personality traits and compliance with COVID-19 measures using a sample of 1,578 Brazilian adults aged between 18 and 73.
Between May 21 and June 29, participants completed a test that assessed maladaptive personality traits as well as assessments on apathy and compliance with coronavirus-related measures. The findings were published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences.
The researchers found that those who had higher scores in traits including callousness, deceitfulness, hostility, impulsivity, irresponsibility, manipulativeness and risk-taking tended to be less compliant with COVID-19 containment measures, such as mask-wearing, hand-washing and social distancing.

Good and bad.

I was driving in the largest city in my red county and saw a truck with “Trump sucks Dik” written in big letters on the rear window. Based upon what they truck looked like, the driver was most likely a young, working class White man. I also notice that there are very few “Trump 2020” stickers on vehicles, in 2016 at this time, there were plenty of vehicles with Trump stickers and “Hillary for Prison” stickers. But to see the window of that truck, with such an “in your face” message was amusing, especially in my red county (though Hillary only lost it by around 10%, even though she put no effort into the county and surrounding area).


On the bad side, I found out today from one of my brothers that an older boy that we grew up around has COVID19 and has been hospitalized for several weeks. He is in a higher risk category (COPD and over 60 years old), so it doesn’t look good. The guy just lost his sister a few months back of a non Covid related cause. I was never part of the guy’s posse, I was younger and bookish and ultimately professional school bound, but from my brother I found out that the guy had led the city’s recreation department for years and just recently won a seat on the City Council in the county’s largest city. My brother thinks the guy likely got infected at his swearing in ceremony, the city’s mayor is an anti-mask mandate Trumper.

Is anyone having a problem navigating between posts?

The problem seems to come and go for me. It has been ok for the last week plus, but tonight the navigation arrows don’t show up.

I got a new iPhone around three weeks ago, so I am not sure that it isn’t my phone, since it is a newer IPhone model that has different features from my old phone.

Today is National Hotdog Day. Don't ruin it be doing these two things;

1. Listening to Trump talk, ignore that corrupt idiot.

2. Putting catchup on a hotdog. On all fairness that should warrant 10 lashes on the ass. USE MUSTARD, the only true compliment to hotdogs.

For those of you wondering about the best homemade mask materials.

Someone can link these articles, I never learned how.

Read these:

Yahoo.com/the best coronavirus face mask materials, according to a new study

Www.huffpost.com/entry/best-coronavirus face mask materials, according to a new study

The study looked to be well done. Spoiler alert, Donald Trump proved to be a dumbass once again.

Has anyone noticed that the number of people dying

as a percentage of those infected has been creeping up for the USA? That % is now at 4. The worldwide % is 6. We started out with a % of 2.3 just over a week ago. My belief is that we are headed up toward matching the world % sometime within the next two weeks.

I just early voted in the Florida Democratic Primary.

Seems like lite-steady, three people were leaving when I came up. There was one person getting a ballot when I stepped into the voting place. Immediately got taken care of, the poll person found my name in ~10 seconds. The ballot took another ~10 seconds to print out. Went to the voting booth. Joe Biden's name was the second one down, in alphabetical order after Michael Bennetts' name. Voted for Joe. Took the ballot to the optical scanner, it scanned and stored the ballot, and acknowledged my vote. All in all, voting took just under 1 minute. When I left I noticed four more people showing up.
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