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J0yI9YUX41Wx wrote

Sounds like a reasonable trade to me.


Elbmar OP wrote

At first I thought this was sarcasm and you dropped the /s but after reading Imperator agree with you, now I am not sure. Do you actually think it is possible for something to be a fair trade in exchange for the return of your freedom?

I can see the argument that it's in a companies right to discriminate against people for their personal health choices because it's THEIR company, though by that same "my company, my rules" logic, discrimination for other reasons should be fine too. I'm not really concerned with this.

But if the government starts encouraging or even requiring companies to do this, that is crossing a line into state coercion, and many state and city governments have already crossed a line with lockdown orders.


J0yI9YUX41Wx wrote

It's more like, "I was going to get vaccinated anyway, so go ahead and 'give me my freedom.'"


Imperator wrote

Yeah. It's not ideal from a perspective of equality and solidarity but what other option is there? I guess the choice is either nobody having freedom or the restrictions being loosened up for those who become immune to the virus and contribute to group immunity.


Elbmar OP wrote

Yeah, supporting this is a good way to ensure that many fellow working class people are made into second class citizens, including many blacks since they are aware of Tuskegee Syphilis experiments and other historical experiments on blacks. Maybe blacks will be exempt from requirements for this reason, but that would probably just increase racial divisions since people of all races have been subjected to unethical medical experiments. Everyone has a right to be suspicious of the government and big pharma and make choices about their own body.

No one knows the long term effects of mRNA vaccines in humans. Not enough time has passed. Anyone who says that they know people will not experience complications from this new type of vaccine five years down the line is lying because it is impossible to know at this point. And the Johnson & Johnson/Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines are not mRNA but they are produced by the same company that knew Asbestos was in their baby powder for decades.

You have only presented choices where freedom is limited as if they are the only choices. How about people who want the vaccine choose to take it, people who don't want it don't take it, and herd immunity is achieved through a combination of vaccinations and infections? Maybe it will make some nervous, but they are free to take extra precautions. They can even wear a gas mask if they like.

This virus is worse than the flu, but relatively speaking, it's not that bad. Many people just get some minor symptoms or no symptoms and that's it. If this was something really serious like the black death, there would not be such a big effort to convince or coerce people to take vaccines. Nearly everyone would be desperate for them.


Imperator wrote (edited )

Have an upvote, I like respectful comments such as yours. Disclaimer: am not from the US, can't comment on the finer details of US policy and internal politics.

I agree with you in principle that nobody should be forced to be vaccinated against their will - right to bodily integrity and all that. Having that said, in my country, even during waves of peak corona infections, the percentage of people with natural immunity is in the one-digit. Plus, apparently there is no scientific consensus about how long natural antibodies remain active. There have been many counts of people having been infected a year ago and being re-infected now. So, by all estimates, relying purely on natural immunity would be a very, very slow process. Rapid vaccination is really the only way for the lockdown(s) to end and life to be restored to normal without incurring significant casualties in risk-groups. Yes, for normal people the fatality rate is quite low. But I've also spoken to a number of perfectly healthy people who became extraordinary ill for weeks due to corona. So, it's not definitely not a black death, but to say that "it's just a flu" is also not entirely correct.

I'm no fan of Big Pharma but all their work on the covid-vaccines have been under a huge magnifying glass. I have a lot of confidence in the medical and scientific agencies of my country and I trust them if their professional opinion is that the long-term risks of the approved vaccines are negligible. Another point of concern in my country is that due to anti-vaxxers, the regular vaccination rate has dropped to 92-something%, down from around 98% ten years ago. Due to this, diseases such as the measles have popped up again in certain neighborhoods. And I'm very upset about people concretely endangering the wider public through this because of some vague unscientific notion that the government wants to insert nanoprobes made by the Gates Foundation.

Anyway, I digress. Point is that people should be encouraged to get vaccinated, and one of the ways to do that is to loosen restrictions for those who have become certifiably immune.


Elbmar OP wrote (edited )

Thanks, upvoting you for the same reason. I certainly hope you are right about the vaccines being safe since some people I care about are planning to take them. I am glad that a lot of countries have their eyes on the vaccines that have been developed in our country and I will continue paying attention to which vaccines are suspended by countries and why. I’m still suspicious of the vaccines partially because the average time it takes to develop a vaccine is 10 years. That gives more time to see if there are are long term effects from the trials.

It is also concerning that scientists are not sure whether it prevents transmission. Leaky vaccines can lead to more dangerous pandemics.

My lifestyle puts me at low risk of contracting or spreading the virus and I am careful when I do go out, so I will probably wait at least a year after it’s available to me. Maybe I won’t take it at all and just focus on being healthy. I take vitamin D regularly which should help if I do get the virus.

I find it creepy how aggressively the vaccine is being pushed here in the US. If they want people to trust it, they should stop trying to manipulate and coerce people into taking it. I used to get irritated at anti-vaxers for the same reason you mentioned- reemergence of the measles etc. But I kinda get it now after seeing how hard they push the Covid vaccine.

It’s creepy to me especially since I learned about how many unethical medical experiments the CIA has done. I think this is a pretty good list.\

Edit: This one includes sources http://rambleeeqrhty6s5jgefdfdtc6tfgg4jj6svr4jpgk4wjtg3qshwbaad.onion/f/conspiracy/125/list-of-proven-conspiracies
This is the type of thing that gets people theorizing about Bill Gates, nanobots, 5G etc. There are many things that have actually happened which would have sounded like a crazy conspiracy theory at the time. There’s nothing about my government that makes me look at a list like that and say “yeah, my government did that in the past, but they wouldn’t do anything like that again.” I don’t know about the Bill Gates nanobots theory, but I wouldn’t put it past the CIA to do some experiments. Gene therapy is something that can be done with mRNA injections. But they’re interested in nanobots as well.

Even if there are no crazy experiments and no one is forcibly jabbed in the arm, society could get pretty dystopian. Lets say only 50% of companies choose to require all employees to be vaccinated. Now you have a class of people who are only 50% as likely to get hired as other people, on the basis of their own personal medical decisions.

And the people who refuse the vaccine on both the left and the right are disproportionately anti-establishment and more suspicious of the government. So if the government wants a crack down on people who have anti-establishment ideologies, allowing this type of discrimination is an easy way to do that. In the US it is already illegal to discriminate on the basis of private health information but it looks like they will make an exception for this.

Something that really annoyed me about the “ethics” professor in this video I posted was that he was endorsing discrimination by basically saying “Yeah, it’s normally not allowed for companies to make hiring decisions using private health information, but this is different because telling a company that you took the vaccine can HELP you get a job! It can’t hurt you!”. It’s such an obvious and slimy rhetorical trick. He must think people are really dumb.

I think immunity usually lasts for a long time since only about 50 people have been documented to have been reinfected so far

When they measured the degree of natural immunity in your country during peak infections, were they only looking for antibodies or were they studying T cell immunity? You don’t have to answer that since this is a privacy oriented forum and the answer might reveal your country, but I have read that around 20% to 50% of people have some natural immunity even without being exposed. And 83% of COVID-19 patients have T cells as well.

"T cells have been reported in unexposed individuals, suggesting cross-reactive T cell memory in 20-50% of people…T cell memory to coronaviruses that cause the common cold may underlie at least some of the heterogeneity observed in COVID-19 disease."

"Remarkably, we detected SARS-CoV-2-specific [T-cell] responses in 19 out of 37 SARS-CoV-1/2 unexposed individuals"

"We detected cross-reactive T cell responses [to] SARS-CoV-2 in 28% of unexposed healthy blood donors, consistent with a high pre-existing immunity in the general population…these data were from cryopreserved samples, so this figure might be considered a lower bound"

"We demonstrate the presence of S-reactive CD4+ T cells in 83% of COVID-19 patients, as well as in 34% of SARS-CoV-2 seronegative healthy donors, albeit at lower frequencies."

I don’t think the vaccine is necessary for lockdowns to end. IMO they should have ended a long time ago, or maybe not happened in the first place. It isn’t very clear that the lockdowns are effective.

Obviously the lockdowns have resulted in increased depression, suicide, drug abuse, domestic violence etc. But also, harm to economies in the first world has affected the economies of third world countries. Many more young girls are now being sold into child marriages partially because of the economic impact.

A nationwide requirement that all companies provide 2 weeks of paid sick leave could be an effective but still freedom respecting alternative to lockdowns since asymptomatic transmission does not drive the spread of the virus as much as previously thought

I agree that it is worse than “just a flu”. The CDC once reported the death rate as .26% while the flu death rate is .1% Maybe it’s 3x worse or something. But I think the response has been excessive and there is a lot more danger that comes from allowing governments and companies to too much power. The idea that freedom is a privilege rather than a right shouldn’t be normalized but that is what is happening.