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  1. x2 (or 3, or 4 or ...) on CE, for reasons above. But it would have been interesting to see how JW fared in a later era, given a chance to stretch his range.
  2. I love seeing all those photos of smiling faces! It's not always like that with kids, they can be a chore. Sometimes conditions get the better of them, and you've got to exercise patience. Taking a kid out means sacrificing some of what you might want to do, coming home early or flipping the script if things go south. But man, the payoff... We built an elevated box blind on one property this year specifically to hunt with kids in the late season, and I always put up three or four ground blinds, even though I personally don't hunt in them. My own daughter doesn't hunt, but my buddies' kids do, and it's been a hoot. You've got to pay it forward.
  3. I'm placing bets on solar farms. They are popping up everywhere. Interestingly, one of our local farmers has just had a solar farm approved to be constructed on his property. There is big money to be made.
  4. Total mortality is up, but percentage mortality is down - more cases, but we know how to deal with them more effectively, and more young folks catching it who aren't much at risk for dying. However, there are significant geographical and racial bias in disease severity (this isn't a statement about racism, lol, I'm referring to race in a medical sense as one important variable in the equation). And there are long-term consequences to your heart and kidneys, maybe your lungs. This is nothing new, think about lung scarring from pneumonia. There is still significant uncertainty in how pervasive or prolonged these effects may be. Masks and social distancing slowed the spread. But so long as there's a large enough pool of "fresh" hosts that lack antibodies (from either the vaccine or COVID itself), then the spread will continue, albeit at a reduced rate. We've seen this many times with localized outbreaks of other diseases that we vaccinate against. Whether you can still spread the virus after having been vaccinated is unknown, but the chance of imposing a significant viral load on somebody else are undoubtedly dramatically reduced. Ie, never say never. Why? Because your immune system needs time to react. If you can catch COVID-19 off a doorknob, chances are you could catch it if somebody sneezes at you with a viral load in their nasal passages. So, will we ever be free of masks? God, I hope so. But it's going to take some level of herd immunity, in all likelihood, first. Full disclaimer: I am not an MD but a PhD and Professor of Medicine engaged in biomedical research at a major university for the past thirty years. These views are mine alone, based on my read of the data, and do not represent the official position of my employer lol.
  5. Our vaccination rates among Strong physicians is nearly 100%. It is, as mentioned above, less among support staff. I personally don't know one doctor who has refused the vaccine. In terms of adverse effects, we are seeing some incidents now of folks reporting general myalgia the day after their second dose, particularly with the Moderna vaccine. But still nothing overly concerning, and lots of folks report no side effects at all. My 75 year old Mom and her husband got vaccinated on Saturday near Utica with no issues - I was very proactive getting them an appointment last Monday, as soon as the Kinney's Drug store online scheduling site became active. I respect people's right to their opinion and to make their own decisions. Please think though before spreading disinformation on a public forum. It's important to clearly state whether you have facts on which to base your opinion or whether you are reacting to "what you've heard". Stay safe, stay sane, neighbors and friends.
  6. WNYBuckhunter, can I ask where those folks are in the ICU? I see you're from Lima, and I figured that they'd be in the Rochester region - as mentioned previously, I have it straight from the top that there was absolutely no one admitted to the ICU at Strong or associated hospitals after having received the vaccine. I can't speak for Rochester Regional Health or any other hospitals, but we have seen very few adverse reactions of any real consequence, and certainly not severe enough to put anyone in ICU. This is the official word from folks at the highest levels, several of whom actually read this thread last week, through me and to you. If this is indeed vaccine related, then these cases will by necessity show up in the adverse reactions database administered by the CDC. Even if they're not vaccine related it will still show up; for example, someone who had to have their appendix removed was listed as having reported severe abdominal pain as a side effect of the vaccine, although in retrospect this was absolutely not the cause. IMHO, I'm not sure that it would be possible to hide something like this, and in any case, transparency is always the best option. I hope that your friends recover - we just lost one of the captains at Sandy Creek this past weekend from COVID after a month in ICU, and it sucks. My heart goes out to all of those who are impacted by this SOB of a disease.
  7. My big ticket item this winter is to directionally fell the ash that are lining the trails, so that they don't fall down, poison ivy covered, across our ATV and walking paths...my buddies say that they're not down for helping me to cut them up if they do lol. Second item is to do some vine work with my little Stihl arborist saw, an MS151. I noted a few oriental bittersweet vines, the ones that wrap around and choke trees, during bow season, and I sure don't want them to take hold. And there''s always native grape vines threatening trees that we've planted over the years. And finally, there are a few stands to be moved and lanes to be cut while the leaves are off the trees.
  8. Obviously this site isn't being remove. Heck, that's not even correct English lol. I get that folks are PO'd about their stuff being hit with the weed whacker, but honestly, these companies are privately held, and being a right winger isn't a protected class. They can deny service without consequence. This is what happens when you privatize system functions. I'm not sure that the government control turning Democrat makes a bit of difference, since in free market these sort of decisions are generally reversible by economic factors (ie, hit them in the pocketbook), not governments. Of course, the alternative is that the government step in an legislate an answer. If you don't see the irony in Republicans clamoring for that, then you're not thinking :). It's like when QDMA stopped hosting the native habitat management forum. Folks lost their minds at first, but then the membership who had posted there reconvened at a different site. Sans all of the content they'd posted over the years, which was lost to history, unfortunately. An amazing amount of useful information, gone. Bottom line is that if you don't own all aspects of the process from creation to management to dissemination, then you are at the mercy of somebody else. Like having permission to hunt a property that you don't own - it can be taken away. Yeah, it sucks, but that's life in the free market. And until a PUBLIC institution does this, it's not censorship.
  9. If it does, I bet the increase we've seen in outdoor sports participation during the pandemic will more than make up for it. I've never seen so many people hunting, fishing, hiking, whatever they can do to get outside. I'm more wondering whether it will persist after the vaccine drops.
  10. So, here's a quick follow up from the powers-that-be at Strong (and associated health care systems). No one who has received either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine here has developed a reaction severe enough to warrant admission to the ICU. I can't speak to other heath care systems, but we are in the tens of thousands of doses administered. If anyone is interested, the CDC maintains a searchable web-based platform for reporting adverse reactions, which is readily accessible from their COVID portal. Information is updated weekly, and is reported for all types of vaccinations, not just the COVID-19 vaccines. Stay safe, stay sane, and get outdoors!
  11. My wife had the vaccine (Pfizer version) yesterday, with the normal soreness developing that you'd see with a flu shot. Most of the docs at Strong have gotten their shots, and I haven't heard about any severe adverse reactions, but I can check in with the folks in charge to see whether they are making this data public and if so, where.
  12. So, here's a good thought exercise. If people were getting the sniffles and nobody was dying, would you support the government's ability to issue executive mandates? If people were turning into zombies and eating each other, would that change your mind? Somewhere in between those alternatives lies our current reality. If you answered yes to the second question, then, as the punchline to a famous joke goes, "What are you? I thought we'd established that, now we're just negotiating price." There's a line in the sand where folks decide that the situation mandates decisions being made for the public good by a central authority. Where that line occurs is really subjective, just like the viewpoints on how bad this surge will get. Ask a nurse in LA county and they'll likely have a different opinion that a rancher in Montana. But if that line exists for you, then it's really just a matter of negotiating what's enough. So, while I respect other's right to state their opinions, in our society majority rules (okay, theoretically and arguably lol). And siding with the authorities doesn't make people "sheep", as I've heard on here more than once. It just means they have a different viewpoint as to where their own line exists. It's not a failure to see what's in front of our faces. It's not fear. We're not lemmings. I myself analyze the numbers on a daily basis, and my decisions are driven by data. If they differ from yours, that sounds like the start of a good conversation.
  13. Back in April, I didn't know anyone who had the virus. Now, I know lots of folks, and everybody seems to know someone. One of the guys I know got it at deer camp and is currently in the ICU, thankfully doing better since being in an induced coma for quite a while. We are keeping our fingers crossed. We are at capacity, and the front line workers are reaching their limits. How can you ask someone who's trying to save lives 14 hours a day to find time to administer a vaccine? The worst hit areas are having the hardest time getting shots in folks' arms. Kudos to science and big pharma for their collaboration and unprecedented success in developing a vaccine. Kudos to the government for cutting through the red tape, while ensuring safety standards are met. Shame on the lack of a national rollout plan. They've only had months to develop it...
  14. I'm not a fan of the emperor, but how is it wrong to restrict these initial doses of the vaccine to those who may benefit the most? Or our most vulnerable population? If you lower the number from 75 to 65, which is what you appear to be advocating, then demand exceeds supply, which you acknowledge. ??? Here, we have been prioritizing getting our front line health care workers who serve the most vulnerable populations vaccinated first, since that's where the vaccine is likely to do the most good, most quickly. I know that there has been lots of discretion given at the local level; I'm not as sure that this discretion has led to entirely wise choices. But nitpicking at this point is counterproductive. Nobody is going to be entirely satisfied at the rollout. Keep those doses coming!!