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  1. Children catch it though. And if we continue to let it run through unvaccinated people, including kids..we risk mutations which either aren’t protected by the vaccine or which significantly harm kids. And it’s not like..a little risk. It’ll get there eventually. Gamma is the new one, and is apparently more contagious than Delta (and a lot of people attribute this one as the reason many on the GOP are flipping on the issue)
  2. It appears that the vaccine is very protective against Delta (although not as much as before, and we may need a booster), and still highly protective at keeping you from hospitalization (97%) but the catch is..if you catch Delta when vaccinated you can spread it as easily as if you hadn’t been vaccinated. (It’s just significantly less likely that you’ll catch us), which is why the CDC recommends people in high spread areas wear a mask, regardless of whether you are vaccinated or not. agree about not listening to Facebook, people should listen to the medical community, who say they should get vaccinated. On DeSantis..look, I’m just sick of crazy politicians. At this point, about 75% of the GOP and 25% (and growing) of Dems are absolute wack jobs. I’d love to get to a time where we could just disagree on policy..and not ridiculous things. There is no reason for Covid to have become political, and the fact that it did hurt us all. (Fun fact, anti-vaxxers started with the crazy left..) so if DeSantis is going to act like a rational human being, like Cheney, I’m gonna be happy about it for now.
  3. There are actually legal arguments that intentional misinformation is a violation of Freedom of speech. It’s a huge problem right now, and causing significant harm to the country. I don’t like him, but good for DeSantis for doing the right thing. Trump supporters eating their own..not surprising..at the end of the day, Trump supporters are the Bernie supporters of the right. edit: omg, that’s not at all how vaccines work. Yes, other people being vaccinated does impact vaccinated people. first, kids can’t be vaccinated right now - so people choosing to not vaccinate are directly causing harm to kids. second, the delta variant is spreading like wildfire because of people who are not vaccinated. Something moving that fast has the potential to mutate into something the vaccine doesn’t prevent. third, the vaccine is 96% effective, and 98% effective against getting seriously ill. That’s not 100%, and it leaves people with autoimmune issues very vulnerable. vaccines are as much about doing your part in society, as it is about helping yourself individually. It’s like wearing a seatbelt or not doing your part in the group project. and I’m saying that as someone who is vaccinated, lives in a state with a high rate of vaccinations, and is unlikely to be impacted by anti-vaxxers personally.
  4. You get lumped in because by voting for him it shows that you care more about those three things than you do the massive white supremacy ideology he encouraged and made policies in favor of. I have no idea why the Republican Party has chosen to go down this path. They refuse to clean themselves of this and work for Black and Brown voters. They don’t have to be perfect. The Democratic Party certainly isn’t, but they aren’t out here encouraging Nazis and waving the confederate flag either. and it’s such short term thinking..does the GOP really think they are going to permanently keep Black and Brown people from voting? Because the truth is, ideologically- most Black people and people of color are moderate, and it’s the blatant racism of the GOP that keeps them from voting for the GOP. So if the GOP just cleaned up it’s act, they’d be able to make a case for those voters. At least enough of a case so that they don’t have to make laws preventing people from voting. But nope, they doubled down on the white supremacy. And because the Republican Party has done this, we can’t even debate policies normally. Like, we’re now disagreeing on whether everyone should have the right to vote, and on science..it’s infuriating.
  5. No, I don’t have a problem with either though. At the end of the day, I’m going to be in agreement with some of their policy ideas, and disagree with others. I wish Manchin would come around on the filibuster - not because I don’t see it’s value, but because he needs to recognize that the GOP will get rid of it whenever it’s convenient for them, so Dems shouldn’t handicap themselves. But most of the time, Manchin is reasonable and representing his constituents. I don’t have a problem with that. (Sinema appears to be a bit of a wack job though, but she’s no more annoying than Collins who had a big bark with no bite). But I wish more Republicans were like Romney/Murkowski/Collins/McCain etc.. Because, for the most part, I find that they are not ignoring problems - rather they just have different solutions..and that debate is important. Like..state vs feds, or government vs private…those are reasonable arguments to have for policy solutions. What isn’t reasonable is most of the GOP’s response to any problem..which is usually burying their head in the sand and/or figuring out how to personally profit. btw: I would have thought you’d like Manchin
  6. I’m not really familiar with Crist, but just a quick search shows he’s a moderate. ”The Left” is a vocal minority with Dems - that’s why they never win anything. I’m sure their brilliant idea would be to run someone with policies similar to AOC and Bernie in a state where we need votes from Cuban Americans. Brilliant political strategy from that section of the Democratic Party. IMO it is unlikely DeSantis is beat. (But if so, Dems will need to run a moderate..Manchin type). It’s not 2000 anymore. Florida and Ohio aren’t swing states, they’re red states. Our swing states are Georgia and the Carolinas, Arizona, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Texas pretty soon.
  7. Cindy McCain Seriosuly, murkowski. I get a kick out what Cheney’s doing, and I respect the political strategy behind it, as I really don’t think she’s doing it out of patriotism. But I think she’s terrible policy wise. Murkowski is a real moderate. I don’t agree with everything..but she has positions I respect.
  8. Joe Manchin has taken over the Democratic Party . Not that Democrats like it, but he’s the most powerful Democrat in office.
  9. Her goal is to take control of the Republican Party. she’d positioned herself as the anti-trump, with the calculation that at some point, being the anti-Trump Republican is going to play out well for her. she’s not really less hated by Democrats. It’s more of a “whose the greatest threat”..and enemy of my enemy is my friend. Type of thing. But she’s at least sane, and not anti-American Democracy, pro Authoritarian government, as the rest of the GOP seems to be.
  10. First of all, Legacy. I’m not surprised Donald apologists are trying to pretend that January 6th wasn’t a big deal. But it was an attack on American Democracy, orchestrated by the United States President. Assuming American Democracy wins - Cheney has positioned herself as the one Republican who loudly stood up against it. I also think she is betting that in four years, Donald won’t have the hold on the party that he does (for a variety of reasons), and there will be plenty of anti-Trump Republicans..she’s provided herself as the anti-Trump. Her political calculation is essentially, long term..it’s better to be the anti-Trump Republican. Interestingly, as much as I don’t like DeSantis..I have to wonder what he’s thinking right now. On the one hand, he has Joe Biden giving his state as much federal support as he needs. On the other side, he’s begging Donald to postpone his Rally after the tragedy. I’d be willing to bet that, deep down, DeSantis prefers working with Biden… At the end of the day, Joe Biden isn’t hateable. He doesn’t make people foam at the mouth like Clinton. He puts an honest attempt into uniting the country and its politicians..regardless of how I feel about that, my guess is there is a lot of Americans that want what Joe Biden is attempting to do. If he’s successful (which he has already been..), you have a much less polarizing political atmosphere..where again..Cheney’s sanity and willingness to work with Democrats to do what is right, will be looked at positively.
  11. Liz Cheney continuing to make a strategical political decision that I think will pay off for her.
  12. Last time I checked..and it was years ago, and DeAndre works on his vocal range, it was C#2- C#7 5 octaves. For reference, Mariah Carey’s live vocal range is debated to be 5. (And again, my guess is because Deandre is older…his voice is lower, and he works on whistle notes so it’s likely he likely had a bigger range. So he’s of the elite/rare category. (Of course anything 3 or above is rare) So I don’t think anyone is gonna touch it on a show, but very few vocalists have a greater range than him, period. btw, live vocal range is what I care about..and IMO the singer has to sing the note on pitch..which might be questionable for Chris Blue. Agree on Cam, I don’t think he gets into the sixth octave, but it would be interesting to listen to his falsetto..he does have a very deep voice though. He’s one of those singers that might have a deceptively large range.
  13. Of top 12, I believe it was Mia Z…from what I remember she was at or almost at 4 octaves. I would bet for men it is Jordan Smith, but it’s harder to tell for men..The low notes are harder to distinguish (which is why people didn’t realize it, but Sawyer actually had a bigger range than Kim and Meghan) Cam’s would be interesting to chart..but biggest vocal range I’ve ever heard on a show was DeAndre Brackensick, and I doubt anyone will ever touch his.
  14. I think it’s still the best performance from the show.
  15. I think these seasons had the best four chair turns. For me it’s: 1.a Sarah Simmons 1.b Bria Kelly but..Matthew, Tessanne, James, Audrey, Josh, and Clarissa were all top notch for me
  16. oh definitely, and this is what made Danielle particularly impressive. Before Danielle, the show was entirely semi-pros. She competed again a person who worked with Michael Jackson, another that was a backup singer for Alicia Keys..Michelle Chamuel was always an independent artist, but she had performed at lollapalooza before the show, and was well connected in the industry too: And then there was little Danielle, who pretty much had her first real performance on live tv - and she didn’t miss a note. And she legitimately won. Literally one contestant had an edge with her because she was just as consistent, but a better performer..but in that case I think it’s fair to consider experience. Every other contestant wasn’t nearly as consistent vocally. It’s just crazy to think about.
  17. I respect your dedication to team waffle Agree completely about the Danielle v Brynn comparison..although post show both of them have shown massive improvement.
  18. The KO.. The Voice has a good record when there is an “obviously the best” contestant, and this time..the obvious best was on Team Blake.
  19. Tbh, I’m actually not sure that Adam is a better singer than Cam (crazy to even think about). Adam obviously has more power, and can sustain a note better..but he can’t do the runs that Cam can do. And I do think they might actually close range wise, given Cam’s falsetto and ability to sing very deep. (Adam’s range is bigger in the chest voice) I’ve said it 100 times..I wish we had more performances from Cam to know..
  20. The only person beating Cam is Adam Lambert from Idol, and that might be debatable.
  21. Fair But I just mean she’s got a cute personality that isn’t overbearing. Minivan loved Shakira and liked Alicia - both of which are beautiful women..they don’t like the strong personality type - which Ariana isn’t.
  22. those comments are from people who really care..most of minivan likely doesn’t know much about Ariana. She knows how to be on tv, and they’re gonna have her be cute next to Blake...they’re gonna like her more than most women.
  23. John’s musical style is just different than the audiences and he doesn’t have the type of base to make them watch. I tend to like his song picks and musical preferences..but I’m not the core base. Usher was the best of the R&B coaches because he was well versed in music outside of R&B..and therefore could have a variety. John, Alicia, and Jennifer all stayed in their own musical lane.
  24. Ariana’s fans are more...intense. Think Swift fans. I think she’ll have much more support from her fans than Miley did. Also, I think minivan will like her more.
  25. This was actually really really hard..I love to really like all of them. 1. Sawyer 2. Danielle 3. Cam 4. Brynn 5. Carter 6. Chevel The top 3 really were hard for me, and again..I think Cam would have ended up higher if he had more performances. Sawyer was the first Snowflake that ever won, and I’ve been watching Danielle grow as an artist for years - and she was the winner of the best season ever, IMO. So it’s nostalgia that keeps them a head of Cam for me. (But I do think Cam is the best singer of the teens, and I don’t think it’s close..which is saying something because these kids are good) All of them are extremely talented, and I was rooting for all of them to win their season outside of Danielle (because she was competing against favorite ever snowflake, Michelle) and Chevel (I wanted Kennedy) but even then, I remember thinking Finale night that Chevel had made amazing improvement and if Kennedy didn’t win, Chevel deserved to. Me having her last is not a slight at all. And even with Michelle competing, I loved Danielle. Also..Cam is the first teen that I think beats out Mia Z and Jacque Lee for vocal talent.
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