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Yet another Ricochet member giving her take on these issues. I just hear things that burrow into my brain, and they incubate and hatch in a poorly timed post. 1.) Joe Biden’s DNC nomination speech: NPR was broadcasting bits of his speech and “analyzing” it. Their tone revealed how deeply serious and deep his deep […]

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I first noticed the pattern when picking up my cheese pizza at Little Caesar’s. Signs were everywhere: “Due to the Coronavirus, we are asking that you not wait in the lobby.” “Due to the governor’s order, masks are required for entry into this establishment.” With a little intake of breath, I realized I’d left my mask in the car. Then I saw that no one behind the counter was wearing a mask. Neither was the other customer, a man waiting casually in the lobby for his special order. The next time I got a hankering for pizza, I noticed the same thing. Montanans in our town are just finished with the mask mandate, and certain establishments and their clientele have tacitly agreed that going maskless is fine.

If I had a graph of mask compliance around here, it would show a steep, narrow curve. It’d start with about a third of locals in the stores wearing them, often older women and workers. Before the governor made the order, there were national guidelines, and probably some state and county recommendations, too, so we all had the feeling we were supposed to be wearing them. But the mask wearers stood out. And then the governor gave the order in July, some weeks after our re-opening, enforced through the businesses. Everyone was masked, and one of my friends told a story about being ordered out of a coffee shop after protesting she had a health condition, and told never to return. My graph shoots up to about 98%.

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While some people comply with wearing masks with a degree of resignation, others are angry and frustrated when required to wear them, as the controversy about the need to wear them drags on. But for some families, mask-wearing is especially difficult for certain children with autism. I suspect that other conditions also create emotional and physical difficulties when wearing masks. In particular, the Ross family with a seven-year old daughter with sensory processing disorder as a result of her autism traveled to Disney World.

Understanding a little more about sensory processing disorder might be helpful. The condition and its manifestations can vary from child to child, and includes (but isn’t limited to) not wanting to be touched, eating only certain foods, wearing only particular clothes or cutting the tags out of their clothes, or having meltdowns in crowded public places. As an example, a balloon popped when the Ross family were at a local fair and the daughter was triggered and ran into a four-lane highway nearby. The potential for this extreme behavior requires ongoing management.

Join Jim and Greg as they cheer police in Oregon for vowing to pull back from parts of Portland after the local prosecutor refuses to press charges against rioters. They also slam Joe Biden for suggesting everyone needs to wear a mask outside of their homes regardless of the circumstances and for insisting on it for the next three months. And they vehemently disagree with New York City’s decision to cancel this year’s powerful 9/11 blue light display over COVID concerns.

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Mask policies handicap the deaf. Many deaf people read lips. You can’t read lips if they are behind a piece of cloth. I have been thinking about this lately because I had a double-ear infection. My ears were all stuffed up, and my hearing was down to less than 20% of normal. Being temporarily hearing-impaired can lead to some real adventures, but being such in the age of COVID Security Theater makes it even more interesting. I find that I can read lips. I was using that to understand what my wife was saying quite a bit while my ears were stuffed up, but when we went out somewhere, it became impossible.

I had a meeting at church dealing with the phone system. The board member I was dealing with is a woman with a very soft voice. Try to maintain six-feet of social distancing while trying to hear what such a person is saying as she is muffled behind a mask. It did not work out well.

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Your Friday martinis are served as Rob Long fills in for Jim. Today, they applaud Tim Scott for pointing out the Democrats didn’t block police reform because of what was in the bill but because of who was proposing it. They also wade into the scrutiny on some red states as their COVID infections increase, and they dissect the intense political debate over wearing masks. And they have fun with the news $1.4 billion in stimulus checks were sent out to dead people.

It was one thing when people argued over ventilators and lockdowns. But naturally, a culture war had to arise out of the coronavirus, and wearing masks is it. Who should wear them and when? Should the government mandate it and for how long? Also, is it right to shame people who choose not to wear one?

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…and we crossed that line a long time ago.

Over the weekend on Facebook, I repeated a line that I heard at the beginning of the COVID-19 freakout, “There is a fine line between prudence and panic” and commented that we are so far beyond the line that it is no longer funny and is now just sad. Someone responded that we obviously weren’t panicking because 100,000 people are dead and that I (and apparently I alone) am the reason that we can’t open up the economy. Sorry, but that guy was wrong — as a nation, we are in full-blown panic mode, and I think the latest fight over masks proves that beyond any reasonable doubt.

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A friend of mine brought it to my attention carrying a gun and wearing a mask is verboten (a felony) in some states (concealed or open carry). What about yours? Have there been any incidents reported of arrests made? Just curious. I would think these blue state governors would use such a law as a […]

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We’re ending the week with all crazy martinis! First, we dissect the partisan fury of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel who says President Trump is no longer welcome in the state because he didn’t wear a mask before cameras while visiting a Ford plant on Thursday. They also hammer Joe Biden for telling a prominent black talk show host, “If you have a problem figuring out if you’re for me or Trump, then you ain’t black.” And they react to President Trump unloading on Fox News for not doing more to help him and other Republicans win.

If you’re like Dave Carter, you are hearing a cacophony of experts and their contradictory opinions and you’re wondering who to believe? Should we be wearing masks or not? Does a cloth mask do any good or is this just the latest edition of “woke” theatrics? How fast should businesses reopen? What about churches? Should they reopen and under what circumstances? What sort of lessons have we learned to this point? Dave sits down with one of Ricochet’s favorite physicians, known affectionately as Doc Jay to talk about all this and more.

Then, Dave gets Ricochet Member “Arahant” on the phone for a rollicking and fun conversation between two professed curmudgeons. The result is equal parts laughter, commiseration, and compelling insights into life at Ricochet.

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Join me as I make a mask at home out of one of my t-shirts!

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I live in Florida. We are in Phase One. Phase One has a soft phase and hard phase. Phase One saw beaches open, with restrictions, 25% capacity for restaurants and others. Phase One with acceleration on the pedal, ok’d salons and barbers, gyms with restrictions and restaurants and retail at 50% with restrictions which starts […]

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Join Charlotte as she explains what the CDC is and why we are wearing masks right now. We also review our Weekly Challenge results! Next time on the show, watch as she makes a mask at home!

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Recommended by Ricochet Members Created with Sketch. To Mask or Not to Mask: What Are People Around Me Actually Doing?

 

After a rather heated discussion about masks in which I engaged on Ricochet, I have become quite the mask spotter. The following is for informational purposes per my observations about the smaller university town in which I am currently staying (Knoxville, TN) that is much different from the larger university town where I actually live (Austin, TX).

I went to the grocery store last night in a county that (as far as we know) has a 2% mortality rate for COVID based on who has been diagnosed and who has passed away. That is a very serious number, but to get more specific, according to the Knox County Department of Health, only 191 cases of COVID have been identified here as of April 18. 151 of those cases (79%) are resolved as the people have completely recovered from the illness. There have been 23 hospitalizations over the span of the pandemic, which applies to 12% of the cases. The four people who have died were all older citizens with comorbidities.

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I knew it might be an odd experience since I haven’t been out much. But it felt even stranger and more disconcerting than I had expected. The pharmacy in our development is small. It’s usually not very busy there, so I figured I’d just ride over and pick up my prescription. Jerry was dying to get out of the house—it was almost like a road trip—and drove me over.

To avoid people’s bumping into each other to shop or pick up their prescriptions, the owners decided to allow one person at a time into the store. There were at least four signs in the little outside entry area that demanded we wait outside until it was our turn. (I say demanded because words on the signs were underlined, and one sign had a large arrow on each side of it so that inattentive customers would be sure to see it.)

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I shared a bit of sunshine in “Sunny sides,” describing preparing to make a cloth mask and a batch of lemon basil marmalade. I do not yet have the yellow dye in hand for my smiley face mask, but whipped up a old style cloth surgical style mask in accordance with directions from several sources. […]

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