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  • Posts

    • Yep, had a contractor coworker start to get "chiefed" by an E-9 about sunglasses on his head. The look on the E-9s face after he got about four words into the "chiefing" was priceless.
    • ‘If Voting Made a Difference, They Wouldn’t Let Us Do It’ I thought this quote was from Will Rogers but I searched it and it came up Mark Twain. Shows how long ago people didn't trust the voting process in the USofA.  
    • I think the issue with libertarianism is it's predicated on shared values and the understanding that you can do what you want as long as it doesn't harm/impact me. This creates a motion that there should be as little government or regulations as possible. But the only way to do that is if there are shared values and norms that take the place of those regulations, most likely as unwritten rules and culture. Problem is, with a diverse society coming from different backgrounds and experiences, those norms and values don't like up, creating conflict. I guess my stab at answering your question (though I wouldn't consider myself a libertarian) would be it depends on the person. You could appeal to their sense of compassion for those that are suffering. Or civic duty to help fellow countrymen. Or a scientific argument. It just depends on the individual, and what they really value (and not just what they say they value), and the message has to appeal to their values. There's an element of theater with masks, in my opinion, but it's not without value. The example of masks in a restaurant. Wearing a mask to enter probably helps protect the host/hostess welcoming everyone, but not much for everyone else in the restaurant. Putting on a mask when you leave the table to use the restroom or leave doesn't really protect anyone-that potentially dirty air is already circulating, but probably not at the rate to pull out the dirty air and replace it with fresh air to really protect you in the restaurant. So the 1-2 min of masking to get to the restroom probably didn't reduce your exposure, so in that sense it's theater. But it also creates/reinforces a social norm of wearing a mask when you can (like when you're not eating or drinking). This habit would carry over to other public interactions, such as shopping in general or public transportation. So while it doesn't really do anything for you in the restaurant per se, it reinforces the habit so people are willing to wear a mask in other places where it may actually reduce exposure.
    • 'Member when there was a 3-4 year campaign against Trump because he supposedly was working with Russians to win the election? This is like the same thing, except its the other side. Just let people complain and be skeptical Enjoy your layover in Motel 6 with the FA 🙂
    • Probably not the same as what the OP is describing, but there are at least a couple dozen (maybe around a hundred?) of civilian AF flyers (99% separated/retired/reservist Os), that obviously don't wear rank (so the can appear as Es from a distance), but wear radiator wings... Pretty hilarious sometimes when someone tries to dress them down for pretty much anything related to proper uniform and customs and courteousies... Usually the not wearing a cover gets people angry from a distance and after they get close and/or start yelling the usually catch on, but not always...
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