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14 minutes ago, Prozac said:

Oh gmafb! Refusing a direct order to get vaccinated (especially after you’ve already rolled up your sleeve for a phalanx of them) is HARDLY the same thing as looking the other way as your army marches an entire race of people into death camps. The constant comparisons to Nazi Germany/Stalinist Russia/etc. are laughable at best and highly offensive at worst and they make it hard to take any of your arguments seriously. What do you think leadership would’ve told some marine who refused to storm the beaches of Iwo Jima on religious grounds? Seriously, if someone was pulling this shit on any other issue, you’d call them out for the whiny, entitled bitches they are. 

When did SMs take an MRNA vax before? 
 

Also the do it for country attitude is IMO an appeal to emotion— ya know pandering to the insecure— ‘real men would roll up their sleeve’. there are no mental black flips required to see that storming a beach is directly related to the mission of the armed forces. It’s honorable, brave, and those men had big brass ones.
 

where you loose people is when you say taking a vaccine is roughly equivalent to storming beaches. Bottom line is the vaccine doesn’t prevent transmission so how is this a selfless act anymore? How is this the honorable thing to do on behalf of the mission?— Especially,  if you’ve had the rona (pre omicron) and now that the omicron is out it appears to be similar to the seasonal cold. Good news and Hope that remains true with more omicron  data coming out. 
 

35 minutes ago, Prozac said:

Tell me, what steps would you take if you were a member of the Joint Chiefs, a combatant commander, or even a WG/CC? 

1.) promote physical activity, and non-pharma low risk preventative measures 

2.) get after early treatment

3.) acknowledge natural immunity

4.) avoid having policy that you yourself don’t even follow (I.e. everyone mask, just not me) 

5.) tell people not to come to work if they are sick 

6.)  acknowledge that the military is at extremely low risk  

7.) avoid false promises

armchair session over. Easier said than done.  

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57 minutes ago, Prozac said:

Oh gmafb! Refusing a direct order to get vaccinated (especially after you’ve already rolled up your sleeve for a phalanx of them) is HARDLY the same thing as looking the other way as your army marches an entire race of people into death camps. The constant comparisons to Nazi Germany/Stalinist Russia/etc. are laughable at best and highly offensive at worst and they make it hard to take any of your arguments seriously. What do you think leadership would’ve told some marine who refused to storm the beaches of Iwo Jima on religious grounds? Seriously, if someone was pulling this shit on any other issue, you’d call them out for the whiny, entitled bitches they are. 

That's a capital "M" to you. 😆

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A few things here: Allowing military members to defy direct orders based on their religious beliefs will undoubtedly weaken, not strengthen our military.  Another thing that will weaken, not strengthen our position in the world would be not being able to deploy forces at a moment’s notice due to host nation requirements. Yet another thing that weakens, not strengthens our military is having entire ships or combat units taken out of action due to mass illness. 
 
Suggest you check the mirror as it is you, not I who is supporting policies that will weaken our military. 

Agree to completely disagree. And your points don’t hold water. Like the answer to the pilot crisis. Add more water to the bucket with holes. Don’t fix the holes.

We can always deploy forces and choose to dis regard or come to a different agreement with host nations. It’s them we are going there to support. And not doing things like that is a sign of weakness that democrats routinely do.

The military is full of exemptions and waivers. If we didn’t have any we couldn’t function period. Your argument doesn’t hold water.
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On 12/30/2021 at 1:05 PM, Prozac said:

I do not support such severe measures as hard lockdowns, school closures, severely limiting seating in restaurants, forced small business closures, or shuttering public transportation to name a few. Fortunately we haven’t seen those kinds of measures in the United States for some time now. 

Looks like you spoke too soon…

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.usnews.com/news/us/articles/2022-01-04/chicago-plan-to-cancel-class-if-union-votes-for-remote%3fcontext=amp

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2 hours ago, Prozac said:

Oh gmafb! Refusing a direct order to get vaccinated (especially after you’ve already rolled up your sleeve for a phalanx of them) is HARDLY the same thing as looking the other way as your army marches an entire race of people into death camps. The constant comparisons to Nazi Germany/Stalinist Russia/etc. are laughable at best and highly offensive at worst and they make it hard to take any of your arguments seriously. What do you think leadership would’ve told some marine who refused to storm the beaches of Iwo Jima on religious grounds? Seriously, if someone was pulling this shit on any other issue, you’d call them out for the whiny, entitled bitches they are. 

A)  So all of the roughly 10,000 uniformed personnel across DoD that are not getting this non-preventative vaccine are "whiny, entitled bitches?" Not to mention the civilians who bailed rather than submit?  Me included, but that didn't take much for me to retire and cash the check.  Of course, having had Covid doesn't carry weight for immunity for DoD, only the non-preventative vaccine.  Nice

B) DoD is losing approximately 10,000 uniformed personnel who are among the 1% or so of the population that is willing to serve.  How many of those would recommend a military career?  Sure seems an own goal, but if it gets rid of the "entitled," then so be it.

C) If any military order produces 10,000 casualties, and for accounting purposes, these 10,000 are, for no mission results, is that really effective and efficient leadership?

 

Interesting how you went the full Hitler when no one else did.  Never go full Hitler...

You went full retard man, never go full retard - You went full hitler never go full hitler

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26 minutes ago, HeloDude said:

Agreed. Closing schools has been, and will continue to be just about the worst possible Covid mitigation policy for so many reasons. 

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9 minutes ago, brickhistory said:

Interesting how you went the full Hitler when no one else did.  Never go full Hitler...

Reading comprehension much? My point was clearly that comparisons to Nazi Germany take the argument full retard. 

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32 minutes ago, Prozac said:

Reading comprehension much? My point was clearly that comparisons to Nazi Germany take the argument full retard. 

That's the part of post you concentrated on?

I begin to understand today's military...

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Hey guys, long timer lurker, first time poster.

This thread is rapidly devolving much like the other locked thread. I don't think anybody is going to change their position on mRNA vaccines/military mandates/masks/general mandates/school closures on a forum for Air Force flyers. You could have George Washington resurrected from the dead, take a position, and people would still disagree with him.

At some point all of us are going to have to just accept that people will always have differing perspectives. There may be negative outcomes for our choices, but that's life, and we all are responsible for the choices we make. 

Me personally? I'll be the first in line to get my 69th booster shot, and I have no requirement for anybody else to do the same. 

 

 

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3 hours ago, Prozac said:

One tool in the tool box. Do you honestly expect military leaders to sit back and do NOTHING to attempt to combat a virus that severely threatens readiness? Tell me, what steps would you take if you were a member of the Joint Chiefs, a combatant commander, or even a WG/CC? 

Copy—  you’re acknowledging the tool you advocate does not produce the results you desire, but you want the tool used anyway to produce the results you desire despite second order effects with collateral impacts.  Makes perfect sense, you have a promising career in government.

To answer your question: all of those people are following SECDEF orders.  But at the JCS level they can have a conversation which would be inappropriate for other entities you listed.  If I were JCS I’d have the balls to say: we’re losing more personnel to this mandate than the virus.  Recommend we cease mandates, and treat religious objections to vaccine same way we treat  conscientious objectors: find a way they can continue service.  Here are my specific recommendations…..

By the way, that is the logic I sent my boss.  But we’ve decided to go full adversarial instead of empathetic, with predictable results.  End state: we are weaker not stronger, and more divided as a country and military than ever. Congratulations.  

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No, you are misinterpreting. I acknowledge the tool in question has a disappointingly waning efficacy when it comes to preventing disease. This does not mean in cannot be a useful tool, especially when combined with other measures. It still has very good efficacy when it comes to keeping people out of the hospital or the morgue, which is a pretty major consideration for most commanders. If you’re vaccinated and exposed, you don’t get taken out for 10 days (or 5, or 7, or whatever it is today…..agree that CDC’s messaging is atrocious), another major consideration for commanders. Finally, even 40% efficacy when it comes to preventing disease is not nothing. If I had a tool that kept 40% of my troops combat effective who otherwise wouldn’t be, you’re goddamn right I’d use it. 

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This conversation should be near the end.  Nothing has worked to prevent the spread.  Not the vaccines, not the masks, not the closures, not the social distancing, not the bazillion dollars spent, not the fear tactics.   Not anything.  It’s here to stay and we will all get it.  People shouldn’t lose their jobs over it and we shouldn’t divide the country any further.  

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This conversation should be near the end.  Nothing has worked to prevent the spread.  Not the vaccines, not the masks, not the closures, not the social distancing, not the bazillion dollars spent, not the fear tactics.   Not anything.  It’s here to stay and we will all get it.  People shouldn’t lose their jobs over it and we shouldn’t divide the country any further.  
True. Instead, our government should be spending more time approving effective and affordable treatments that can be taken at home during initial symptoms (ie: India). They are out there. We all know what they are. Oher countries are using them effectively, but for some reason we aren't. Kind of makes you scratch your head.
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Whoppie got it. And she was shocked because she said she did everything right.

https://www.foxnews.com/media/whoopi-goldberg-stunned-testing-positive-covid
Noone is ever shocked when they catch the common cold, which typically has an R0 of 2-3. They are saying Omicron is around 7-10, approaching that of Chicken Pox and Measles. The only difference is, the Chicken Pox and MMR vaccines are highly effective against infection and the COVID vaccine is not.
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Some good charts showing how a simple offset of 4 days for hospitalizations or 21 days for deaths can potentially predict effects. Here’s hoping that both of those things don’t follow the curves of the past.

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On 1/4/2022 at 8:38 AM, Negatory said:

https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2022/jan/04/us-global-record-more-than-1m-daily-covid-cases

@ViperMan et al? Looks like your feelings based argument that we would never go a multiple above 250k isn’t panning out. Just like COVID going away on its own, ending when it heats up, disappearing, etc…

It seems you skipped over my first attempt to provide you clarification.

Please post my statement where I said cases would not exceed 250K per day. You know what, nevermind. I'll do it for you.

On 12/22/2021 at 2:30 PM, ViperMan said:

We locked down when this thing first began, and at its absolute worst, we were seeing ~250K/ cases per day with ~3-4K deaths per day (if you subscribe to the notion that COVID was the sole cause of death, which I do not; https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/covid-data/covidview/index.html). Now, you're telling me that this thing is going to imminently peak not only to that level, but at a rate (mathematical certainty) that will top it by 4X!!! Are you kidding me? And all we get from #1 is a statement that if your vaxxed, you can go on vacation, but if you're not, you're gonna die??? Mkay. I don't believe you. I don't believe that these people actually think we're heading to a space where 12,000-16,000 people are going to be dying every day. I don't believe they believe that. If they did, they'd be taking different steps. It's fear porn in order to justify expediency that there is otherwise no appetite for. If they do believe that, and that's all they're doing, then they're even more cynical people than I already think.

Here's the first re-attack again if you choose to read it. From this point forward, I'm going to have to defer to someone else on this forum to help explain to you that I was doubting the sincerity of the people in charge given the assumptive death-rate you panic-stricken posters seem to think is imminent. Not that we would get to some arbitrary number of infections per day.

On 12/28/2021 at 6:56 PM, ViperMan said:

I'm not surprised by this. Omicron is like, what, 70x as infectious as the other variants? And it can break through multiple shots? My point - which I include again below for your convenience, so you can read it again - is to say that I don't believe the HYPE around this next variant.

All I'm saying is that they are either:

  1. Lying about what they think will happen re: the death rate.
  2. So cynical that they are right about impending doom and don't have the balls to act, or just don't care.

It's one of those two things. Neither one is complimentary to the administration. Now, if they suspect that literally a 100,000 people will be dying every week with this thing and they don't lock down? Hmmm...I'll be looking for LOTS of resignations from the people in charge of this thing. They have the power, and if they don't exercise if for political reasons, then they are done. More than they already are.

Thus far, Omicron has not been the scourge it could have been. It's highly infections, but not very virulent.

14 people have died in the UK (https://www.reuters.com/world/uk/uk-says-14-deaths-129-hospitalised-by-omicron-2021-12-22/) as of a couple days ago, and more will.

Here are some unavoidable facts:

  1. This bug is EXTRAORDINARILY transmissible. Regardless of vax status.
  2. This bug is highly likely to infect you. Regardless of vax status.
  3. If you get it, you are highly likely to spread it. Regardless of vax status.
  4. If you wear a mask, you're probably doing something, but not much to help avoid spreading or catching it.

So, with that established, what is the point of all the panic? What is the point of mandates? What is the point of calling it a "pandemic of the unvaccinated"? How about we just let people be educated about the disease and their options, and call it a day? That's my vote.

Anyway, I guess the big guy (and maybe #2 also?) is giving some speech right now about how Jan 6th was supposedly the end of America as we know it. I think you should keep screaming from the mountain tops, @Negatory, because it's not possible in my world for them to be so highly dedicated to political theater in the face of impending doom. I feel like you know something they don't. Hell, you probably do, and if so, you really need to be spending your time reaching out to people who can make some substantive change, rather than enlightening all of us air force pilots on this small corner of the internet called baseopsforums.com because I really feel that we're not your intended audience. You have received knowledge that needs to be delivered to the people at the top of our government, because it's obvious to me that they don't have the same information you purport to have. No one here is going to be able to implement any further societal restrictions, or enact a lock-down that will save us from the tidal wave of death that is headed our way. You're really wasting your time with us. Sorry to say, you have been standing in the wrong line at the DMV.

By way of implication, you seem to believe that for a few weeks starting in ~ mid-January the USA is going to experience about 300-500K deaths, right? This approaches Civil War deaths. They PTB cannot both know that we're going to experience that level of pandemic death and destruction, and simultaneously be placing focus on a riot that got out of control a year ago to make a political stump speech. Or hell, maybe they can because they are that cynical. I guess we'll see. In the meantime, I'll continue to scoff their sincerity, competence, and your reading comprehension.

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if cloth masks don't work why is the DoD mandating them? asking for the Mayo Clinic
Look we've been through this debate a bazillion times. We're beating a decomposed horse's corpse at this point. Do masks work? In theory, they should. I don't think anyone with an average or above IQ should be arguing that. However, are people wearing them correctly? Are they replacing them frequently? Are they using an N95 underneath their cloth mask or they just using a bandana over there face? I see so many people walking around with masks that are so loose they're hanging off their face. People have them below their noses as if covid can't come out of your nose and it only comes out of your mouth. It's like the Wild Wild West with the mask wear and we can't expect everyone to have the discipline to wear masks like a healthcare professional would. When you throw those variables into the mix, there's really no way to know just how effective wearing a mask actually is.

In addition to that, just like any other airborne virus, COVID can infiltrate the body through the eyeballs. Very few people wear goggles or face shields.

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News that Wright Patterson AFB Commander Col. Patrick Miller is now considering moving the base to HPCON Delta due to the rise of COVID cases. If WPAFB moves to HPCON Delta, how would that impact those of us with upcoming flight physicals? What has happened in the past when a base is moved to Delta? Hoping someone on here can share their opinion/thoughts on this. Source below:

https://www.springfieldnewssun.com/local/just-in-wright-patterson-commander-weighs-move-to-stricter-health-condition-delta/SCFUWY45ZBH7RJQYTLCRQEMURI/

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15 hours ago, lloyd christmas said:

This conversation should be near the end.  Nothing has worked to prevent the spread.  Not the vaccines, not the masks, not the closures, not the social distancing, not the bazillion dollars spent, not the fear tactics.   Not anything.  It’s here to stay and we will all get it.  People shouldn’t lose their jobs over it and we shouldn’t divide the country any further.  

But it did accomplish exactly what some of us said it would. Create more division, foster distrust, and ruin the credibility of "expertise."

The failure to consider (and value) second- and third-order effects by the American Left is catastrophic in both scope and effect.

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1 hour ago, TheNewGazmo said:

Look we've been through this debate a bazillion times. We're beating a decomposed horse's corpse at this point. Do masks work? In theory, they should. I don't think anyone with an average or above IQ should be arguing that. However, are people wearing them correctly? Are they replacing them frequently? Are they using an N95 underneath their cloth mask or they just using a bandana over there face? I see so many people walking around with masks that are so loose they're hanging off their face. People have them below their noses as if covid can't come out of your nose and it only comes out of your mouth. It's like the Wild Wild West with the mask wear and we can't expect everyone to have the discipline to wear masks like a healthcare professional would. When you throw those variables into the mix, there's really no way to know just how effective wearing a mask actually is.

In addition to that, just like any other airborne virus, COVID can infiltrate the body through the eyeballs. Very few people wear goggles or face shields.
 

The question was never about masks working. It was about mask mandates working. We have an answer 

 

Watch them try to mandate properly-worn N95 masks and the entire charade end tomorrow. The mandates are very specifically crafted to be tolerable (only just), not to be effective.

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16 hours ago, lloyd christmas said:

People shouldn’t lose their jobs over it and we shouldn’t divide the country any further.  

An anecdote:  I have not taken the jab.  My company (Big Fortune 100 behemoth) is subject to the Federal Contractor Mandate.  They have been spamming my inbox for weeks, warning that I need to submit my proof of vaccination, or else I'll "be subject to discipline, up to and including termination."

The deadline was Tuesday.  It's now Thursday.  I'm still here.  I have had no word from HR or management one way or the other.

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