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Saturday, April 17, 2021

NYC liberal demands an end to masks

Shannon Palus is a senior editor for Slate. Nowadays, they give you that title on your 25th birthday in lieu of a pay raise. For more than a year, Palus has faithfully told readers to wear a mask, while raging against any Republican who does not.

A month ago, Palus told readers, "Your Single-Cloth Mask Doesn’t Cut It. Here’s What Can Help." 

The column described how to double-mask yourself the homemade way. 

Palus wrote, "Double masking, which hit the public consciousness after the Buttigiegs were spotted doing it at the inauguration—and had garnered the most headlines of all the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s new masking suggestions—seemed like a good place to start. I blindly ordered a box of disposable masks, since the recommendation is to put a layer that filters beneath the cloth layer (and hoped the masks I’d chosen would legitimately filter)."

Double mask, citizen, just like the Buttigiegs.

But Palus wrote, "As soon as I layered my masks, though, it was clear that this setup was not going to work for me, at least not with my current stash of cloth masks. So many layers created a thick blanket; it felt like my breath leaked out through the sides, rather than through the filter. I’d suspected this might happen—the point of double masking is to have a layer that filters well beneath a layer that fits well and can pin everything down. In order to do that, you need a cloth mask that already fits snugly. It can be slightly easier to achieve this if your mask has ties rather than ear loops."

The lockdown and isolation can make people as creative as Jack Torrance was.

The column ended, "I’m lucky in that a lot of my risk reduction strategy can simply involve not going places indoors for more than a few minutes. But I still want to try to protect myself—and others—as well as I can when I do. This experiment underscored something I’ve felt continually since COVID-19 emerged: Given the resources we have, and our dwindling stamina, it is very hard—in any variety of pandemic situations—to find the perfect solution. While I didn’t land on a mask Holy Grail, I have a couple more imperfect little strategies. At the beginning of the pandemic, I couldn’t quite fathom wearing a mask on my face while out and about at all, so maybe I’ll get more used to these options. Stranger things have happened in the past year."

Yes, citizen, we must protect others, even though we have tested negative, show no signs of covid, and have not left the house in a month.

Today, Palus did a 180, writing a column, "It’s About Time for Us to Stop Wearing Masks Outside. Briefly passing someone on the sidewalk just isn’t risky."

What fresh blasphemy is this?

She wrote, "I would like to calmly suggest that now is the time we should consider no longer wearing masks when we walk around outside.

"I am not suggesting this simply because I am very sick of wearing a mask at all times outside my home. When it comes to coronavirus spread, evidence shows that being outdoors is very, very safe. A paper published in Indoor Air looked at 1,245 cases in China and found just one instance of outdoor transmission, which involved people having a conversation, which means they had to be close to one another for some period of time and face to face. According to data from the Health Protection Surveillance Centre, shared earlier this month with the Irish Times, of 232,164 cases in Ireland, just 262 were associated with 'locations which are primarily associated with outdoor activities.' That is, about 0.1%."

How dare she say that it is safe outside!

That will cause people to smile at one another again.

Think of the poor Karens of the world with nothing to complain about.

But she quoted a piece by Zain Chagla, an infectious diseases physician with McMaster University, who wrote in the Toronto Star, "You’re talking about a probability of getting hit by a car, and being struck by lightning."

The masks prevented few covid deaths if any. And the vaccines have destroyed the mask argument completely. The CDC said 80% of Americans 65 or older have been vaccinated by at least one dose.

65% are fully vaccinated.

Most journalists suffer from cynicism. Looking at her coverage over the past 13 months, I notice little skepticism when experts speak. They told her getting a vaccine by year's end was nearly impossible. She believed them. That helped no one.

Palus ended her column, "While I’m not superinterested in breaking my city’s social norms—especially while our cases are still high—our collective agreement to mask up obsessively outdoors comes at a cost. Masking can be exhausting. It makes recreation really annoying, especially as the weather warms. It makes it difficult to escape, even temporarily, from the pandemic. It deprives us of seeing one another’s smiles! I’m aware that these are also arguments deployed by those who decry all masking, even indoors. But the point is that masking shouldn’t be about signaling what side you’re on—it should be about using a tool in response to risk. Being overly vigilant about masks when they are not important makes it more difficult to keep wearing them when they are. Also, I fear that it is making us look a little ridiculous."

She of double-masking fame has looked ridiculous for a long while because she and the rest of the media never questioned the statements of scientists.

24 comments:

  1. FWIW, the legal definition of an "expert" is "a person of extraordinary skill in the art." (This is in contrast to "a person of ordinary skill in the art" - and patents are supposed to be written so that they can be understood by such a person.)

    There is also case law stating that expert opinion which is not backed by supporting analysis should be given little weight. This is a good one to keep in mind, since someone hyperventilating and then providing a justification of "I'm an expert!" should, BY LAW, be given little weight.

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    1. Ex - preposition meaning former; also in mathematics used to denote something unknown.

      Spurt - a drop of liquid under pressure

      Thus: expert - an unknown or former drip under pressure

      Also An expert is someone who knows more and more about less and less, until they know everything about nothing.

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  2. not sure when other peoples health became my responsibility, no mask for me

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    1. Didn't say you were responsible, I said I was blaming you.

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  3. I wear masks in the store but not on the street. Or driving
    My church is mask optional. I don't wear it (they even hug and shake hands.) This in contrast to the parent Church,which is so very paranoid they put single adults by themselves.Masked and gloved. Slowly some people are awakening.

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  4. I wear masks in the store but not on the street. Or driving
    My church is mask optional. I don't wear it (they even hug and shake hands.) This in contrast to the parent Church,which is so very paranoid they put single adults by themselves.Masked and gloved. Slowly some people are awakening.

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  5. The Liberal Awakening. Greater than 99 per cent recovery rate. Beat your face masks into tea bags.

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  6. Glad you showed one of the only two human beings who have any right to wear a mask all the time.

    The whole thing has been a scam. Time to demand an end.

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  7. I daresay I've worn protective masks in more hazardous environments than any who post here (to include BSL-4 facilities at Fort Detrick & CDC, as well as chemical agent storage facilities all over the world, amongst others) and I've known this mask wearing is baloney from the get-go. To be effective, you must be fit-tested...anything less is a joke. And forget it if you have a beard, even the best military gas masks will leak like a sieve if you don't have a good seal to the skin. Worst of all, these flimsy masks make people think they are protected so they close in on others and disregard any social distance rules, which actually do help to some degree...SMDH

    I thought after 7 decades, I'd seen it all, but this is beyond all stupidity I thought possible

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    1. I worked in a refinery where we occasionally wore respirators. OSHA mandated occasional fit tests. I tried using a cloth mask for woodworking, and I could taste the sawdust, so I bought a real respirator. If a cheap mask lets visible dust through and around it, how on God's green Earth can it block an aerosol-borne virus?

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    2. And realize that even respirator grade masks are not necessarily going to protect you against viruses. They too generally will not filter out something so small. To get reliable effectiveness against viral infection you need bio suit hardware. There is no data on the spread of COVID suggesting masks have been effective - none.

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    3. If an actual dangerous pathogen gets on your skin, you are at risk. In a BSL-4, we wear a full suit, pressurized and supplied from an outside air source.

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    4. Zackly...it's known as "catching your experiment" and they have a nice suite in-house for you to inhabit until the end.

      Ah yes, the legendary "blue suit"...cumbersome, but effective, thank goodness. I always hated every type of PPE I've ever had to wear, especially the old Level A chem ensemble - at least the BSL-4 labs are air conditioned, a full day in Level A on some god-forsaken atoll in the Pacific, that's a whole 'nother level of discomfort, but now I'm jest ramblin'

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  8. "scientists" have ruined the credibility of the term by being political and/or biased. I am glad I am a Professional Engineer and not a "scientist."

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    1. I learned long ago from my boss what the difference was between someone with an engineering degree and a Professional Engineer. Whenever we went to visit the Army Corps of Engineers in Huntsville, I always made sure the announcement memo stated that my boss was a "P.E." - amazing how much respect that generated! (not to mention, he controlled millions of dollars funding to be distributed for "worthy projects")

      BTW, I attended a very reputable engineering institute, but never pursued my P.E. afterwards, so I could follow the conversations between the engineers and never let on my background - twas amusing at times, but I digress

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  9. Most of you out there are completely guilty of prolonging the MASK. Especially the ones who have been vaccinated. Like my Governor said in Florida! Act like you have been vaccinated (paraphrased of course) In other words, be a man. Most dominated men cower to there wife! Enjoy your frickin mask...the others will be working to get your Country back...Ass

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  10. Even though our governor called off the mask farce weeks ago, people are still driving alone wearing one, some Put it on the second they get out of their car, and on a recent visit to a Sam’s Club, about half the people were still wearing one. Brainwashed sheep that need to be deprogrammed.

    It is nice to see people’s faces again.

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  11. I haff mein papier, Herr/Frau Oberst, proof off mein vaccccccinations, und I pass it ofer mit mein left handt, und raise my right arm up at 45 degreesss!

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  12. Every time he'd do something stupid, my old roomie at WVU had a saying: "Hire the handicapped. They're fun to watch." Not PC, but in this chick's case, apropos.

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  13. Even at the peak never wore a mask and only once turned away (never been back). I do however wear one when I run the weed eater.

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  14. What I particularly love are the certifiable insane Liberals who if they were honest with themselves would acknowledge they are Fascists l attacking a fellow Liberal for having the nerve for using the mind God (yes brain-dead Libs, there is a God) gave her and straying from the Democrats’ fascist mask mandate propaganda, as documented in this article:

    https://townhall.com/tipsheet/scottmorefield/2021/04/18/the-responses-to-this-slate-writers-call-to-end-outdoor-masking-tell-you-all-you-need-to-know-about-the-left-n2588117

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