Welcome to the second episode of Edit This!, the Ricochet editors podcast, hosted by Jon Gabriel and Bethany Mandel. Ricochet members Henry Racette, Sawatdeeka, and George Daelemans joined up on the chat about wokeness in private schools, threatened violence in Minnesota, and the overreaction to Covid.

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  1. sawatdeeka Member
    sawatdeeka
    @sawatdeeka

    It’s funny that I didn’t understand what I was getting myself into when I clicked that Zoom link.  Like someone who decided to explore a building, opened a door, and discovered she was on stage. Thank you for allowing me to participate. That was fun.

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  2. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    It’s funny that I didn’t understand what I was getting myself into when I clicked that Zoom link. Like someone who decided to explore a building, opened a door, and discovered she was on stage. Thank you for allowing me to participate. That was fun.

    Thanks for joining us! (I’ve accidentally joined Clubhouse rooms, then they make me a speaker and I have to hang out for 45 min. to pretend like I wanted to talk to them.)

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  3. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
    @HankRhody

    sawatdeeka (View Comment):

    It’s funny that I didn’t understand what I was getting myself into when I clicked that Zoom link. Like someone who decided to explore a building, opened a door, and discovered she was on stage. Thank you for allowing me to participate. That was fun.

    It took me a minute to place your voice. Future reference for y’all on the zoom call, the rest of us hearing it afterwards don’t know who y’all are by sound.

    I bring this up here because I was able to place your voice having heard it at a meetup some years back.

    Speaking of which, we need to bring Ricochet Meetups back too.

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  4. HankRhody Freelance Philosopher Contributor
    HankRhody Freelance Philosopher
    @HankRhody

    The Other Hank:
    Having traveled some I can say that states are all over the map.

    Really? I figured that out just looking at the map.

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  5. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    There needs to be a discussion about what the point of any level of education is. Is it really that good at developing this or that particular individuals human capital? If it has an objective other than that, why is that? 

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  6. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Masks don’t affect the spread at the society level. It does not change the coefficient of spread.

    The Danish study proved the efficacy for an individual if you measured it like a vaccine is 14%.

    It might do something to protect individuals when you are forced to be around them, but once you go over 15 minutes it diminishes fast. You absolutely don’t need them if you don’t spend time around a person. The idea that you have to have one on walking by somebody in a hallway is idiotic.

    All of this nonsense could have gone away at least six months ago.

    Somebody needs to be held accountable.

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  7. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    This is  my favorite interview about higher education. It’s only for part of it so you don’t have to listen to the whole thing.

    I don’t think college accreditation adds a damn thing anymore. They only need to do it on a course by course basis, and even then they don’t have to do it for all of them. It’s just a scam for rent seeking. They do it on the backs of the poor and the middle class.

     

    https://reason.com/podcast/2019/07/17/renegade-universitys-thaddeus-russell-wants-to-blow-your-mind/

     

     

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  8. RufusRJones Member
    RufusRJones
    @RufusRJones

    Public health’s rhetoric around whether or not you are a spreader after you get vaccinated also needs a complete colonoscopy. If that was an actual issue, why didn’t they give the public way more of a heads up? It’s inexcusable. If it’s an actual issue, why couldn’t they defend it? They just dropped it after about 2 1/2 weeks. I really hate all of these people.

    Phil Kerppen says transmission goes down by 95%. That is plenty.

    I can’t understand why any Republican gives these people so much slack

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  9. texased Coolidge
    texased
    @texased

    Hello Jon – I want to join!

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  10. Arahant Member
    Arahant
    @Arahant

    I agree with you, Jon. That first couple of months when my wife was home was pretty rough. It’s bad enough I have the cats to boss me around all day.

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  11. Al Sparks Thatcher
    Al Sparks
    @AlSparks

    Today I got my first vaccine shot at a community center being used exclusively for shots.  You can also get them at local pharmacies.  Though I live in Fairbanks, Alaska where they’ve been offering them to all adults for some time, I wasn’t really going to get one until my place of work decided to have all remote workers come back to the office in June.

    I sensed that my employer’s mask mandates would ease up for those who had the vaccine, so I gave in.

    One thing I noticed is that I did not see one person outside, in the parking lot without a mask (when I was outside, I didn’t wear it).  Not the volunteers who were doing the herding, and not the people there to get the vaccine.  This kind of tracks with people taking the vaccine being more likely to be Covid scared.  They’ll probably keep up that behavior long after the 2 weeks after the second shot.

    I heard one estimate that you can expect about 20% of Americans will continue to mask up after the mandate is over.

    That sounds about right.

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  12. Chris Member
    Chris
    @Chris

    Regarding college kids and masking.

    We have two attending a university run by an occasional flagship podcast guest.  They have been thoroughly mask indoctrinated, and we worry about their/society’s “safetyism”.  I get it – I’m not listening to the lawyers every time this topic come up.

    We do consider it positive, however, that the school’s efforts to vaccinate the student population seems oriented towards completely doing away with mask – so there is at least some residual conservatism there.

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  13. texased Coolidge
    texased
    @texased

    Hey Jon, While listening I thought of this phrase: virtue signaling porn. That communicates a lot doesn’t it? Did you invent this or did I? If I invented this you can borrow it. You’re welcome. Hope I can join on a future Edit This.

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  14. Jon Gabriel, Ed. Admin
    Jon Gabriel, Ed.
    @jon

    texased (View Comment):

    Hey Jon, While listening I thought of this phrase: virtue signaling porn. That communicates a lot doesn’t it? Did you invent this or did I? If I invented this you can borrow it. You’re welcome. Hope I can join on a future Edit This.

    I don’t recall saying it, so you get the credit!

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