The Darwin Variant’s March To The Sea

H/T Scissorhead Jimmy-T

This says it all pretty bluntly:

…which makes some context for this news from the WaPo:

“More than 856,000 doses were administered Friday, the highest daily figure since July 3…

“Vaccine-hesitant pockets of the country turned hot spots, including Louisiana, experienced a 114 percent increase in uptake, according to the latest data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Arkansas recorded a 96 percent increase, Alabama, 65 percent, and Missouri, 49 percent.”

Digby sez that recent polling that indicates that a vaccine mandate —instead of the piecemeal employer issued mandates— would be widely popular. That said, I’m sure the nihilism of the Republicans will continue until someone shuts the casket. Case in point from the always reprehensible Andrew Sullivan, who is glad to judge EVERYONE as lacking his own moral Ayn Randian clarity: Let it Rip

“We are at a stage in this pandemic when we are trying to persuade the hold-outs — disproportionately white Republicans/evangelicals and urban African-Americans — to get vaccinated. How do we best do this? Endless, condescending nagging won’t help. Coercion is not an option in a free country. Since the vaccinated appear to be able to transmit the virus as well, vaccine passports lose their power to remove all risk. Forcing all the responsible people to go back to constraining their everyday lives for the sake of the vaccine-averse is both unfair and actually weakens the incentive to get a vaccine, because it lowers the general risk of getting it in the broader society.

“So the obviously correct public policy is to let mounting sickness and rising deaths concentrate the minds of the recalcitrant. Let reality persuade the delusional and deranged. It has a pretty solid record of doing just that.

“The government cannot be held responsible for sickness and death it has already provided the means to avoid. People are responsible for their own lives.”

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13 Responses to The Darwin Variant’s March To The Sea

  1. sos says:

    In the (unlikely) event you find yourself in Possum Holler; here is a nice ice breaker you can use:

    Hello! My name is [Insert name here, if vaccinated]. You eschew vaccination. Prepare to die. I want my country back you son of a bitch!

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  2. Martin Pollard says:

    Round up the anti-vaxxers and ship them off to one of those empty square states out west. Build a containment wall around it, Escape From New York-style. “The rules are simple: once you go in, you don’t come out.”

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    • sos says:

      A majority of respondents in all but three states — Wyoming, North Dakota and South Dakota — said they support requirements that everyone be vaccinated.

      There’s your square states, Martin.


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    • Ten Bears says:

      Bomb the shit out of them every now and then for good measure, blockade food and medical supplies, any kind of economic activity; uproot their farms and olive orchards, randomly snipe their children. Did I mention bomb the shit out of them every now and then for good measure?

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      • Richard Portman says:

        That’s how it is. For some reason, these same people have given us the Falwell, the trump, the silent majority, the apocalypse, the christian right, the covid, the whole stupid shitaree. Cassandra couldn’t even imagine this, and she was pretty good about predicting disasters.


  3. YellowDog says:

    There are no anti-vaxxers in ICU’s.

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  4. glitterbug says:

    No one seems to mention that it takes about 6 weeks from the 1st shot and 3 weeks from the 2nd shot to really kick in. I got #2 on 4/27 and have kept masking up. A vaccine is not an overnight cure like penicillin.

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  5. Infidel753 says:

    I see nothing reprehensible in Sullivan’s words. The government has done all it can to persuade the Trumpanzees. They’ve just clung all the harder to their lies and delusions in the face of the evidence. To paraphrase Mencken, they’ve decided what they want, so let them get it good and hard.

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    • pagan in repose says:

      “The government has done all it can to persuade the Trumpanzees.” I would suggest that, as many already have, that the corporate news media has NOT done all IT can to “presuade the Trumpanzees.” It has in fact helped to spread misinformation on the whole. Instead of explaining the facts, it has supported the subtle and disingenuous bullshit from just about everywhere. How many times in the last 2 and a half years has the mainstream news actually had real experts on there “news/opinonator” programs? Hell, even the few supposed left leaning news programs seem required to have specious, duplicitous lifeforms on their show spewing the half-truths and unctuous crap, every other night.

      As I recall from my childhood education, the original function of the press was to “Inform and educate the public”. It was also the most important aspect of a functioning Democracy. It is the way a large portion of our citizens learn things. So, when most of the News and Opinions are half-truths and uniformed or outright lies, then those who haven’t learned the skill of critical thinking become non-functioning citizens.

      Having said all that, it still comes down to Follow The Money. Every fucking time. Somebody is making lots of money off all our discord and acrimony, and half-truths and outright lies are the paths “They” see to our money.

      So endeth the/my rant.


    • tengrain says:

      Sullvan’s message is reprehensible: even the headline of his post is “Let it Rip” which could as well be Let it R.I.P.

      And of course he repeats the GOP talking points that it is the Left’s fault that the Right won’t get the vaccine because we’re condescending. And so on.

      The nihilism of his message is appalling. Let ’em die for Freedumb is not sound public policy.


  6. roket says:

    “I must not fear.
    Fear is the mind-killer.
    Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration.
    I will face my fear.
    I will permit it to pass over me and through me.
    And when it has gone past, I will turn the inner eye to see its path.
    Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”

    Paul Atreides
    Litany Against Fear

    So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is…fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt
    1933 inauguration of Franklin D. Roosevelt

    Be afraid. Be very afraid Possum Hollar.


  7. T_Reg says:

    I still say that the refusal to allow Ivermectin to be used is its own kind of death policy, and the determined effort to ban any mention of it is, IMO, counterproductive. Even if it were not that effective, so what? That didn’t stop remdesivir from being touted. And its side effects are virtually nonexistent. It’s not like those refusing vaccination are all suddenly going to change their minds.

    I’m in favor of anything that might reduce deaths.


  8. Ten Bears says:

    A week ago the candy-asses’ panties were twisted over Bill Gates wanting to use the COVID vaccine to implant microchips in people so he can track them digitally, they’re all-in on using Ivermectin, a veterinary de-wormer principally used in horses, large dogs and pigs, that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are funding clinical trials into it’s potential use in combatting malaria, and lice …

    Blacklights, bleach, fish-tank cleanser, worm medicine, delouser … whatever

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