Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: School and mask debates heat up

Abbreviated Pundit Roundup: School and mask debates heat up

NY Times:

The Masked Professor vs. the Unmasked Student

At universities, some instructors are finding the return to the classroom a nerve-racking experience. A few have quit — one in the middle of class.

Matthew Boedy, an associate professor of rhetoric and composition, sent out a raw emotional appeal to his students at the University of North Georgia just before classes began: The Covid-19 Delta variant was rampaging through the state, filling up hospital beds. He would teach class in the equivalent of full body armor — vaccinated and masked.

So he was stunned in late August when more than two-thirds of the first-year students in his writing class did not take the hint and showed up unmasked.

It was impossible to tell who was vaccinated and who was not. “It isn’t a visual hellscape, like hospitals, it’s more of an emotional hellscape,” Dr. Boedy said.

When it comes to masks, I’m doing something I don’t like but I’m doing it for you (and somewhat me.)  If I have a higher risk task, then i wear better masking.)

I totally get the anger at those who not only refuse but are obnoxious about it. If you want performative art, try mime.

Hartford Courant:

The anger stage: Frustration mounts as anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers get loud while those following the rules watch gains against COVID-19 erode

After nearly a year and a half of denial and depression, as thousands have died and almost everyone has had life severely disrupted, residents in Connecticut and across the country appear to have entered the “anger” stage of pandemic grief.

Over recent months, as the state has suffered through yet another COVID-19 surge, anti-vaccine and anti-mask activists have grown increasingly fervent, culminating Aug. 25 in the protest that chased Lamont from the event in Cheshire. Meanwhile, residents who are vaccinated and dutifully wear their masks in public feel their own brand of anger, directed at those they believe to be prolonging the pandemic.

Anger, it seems, is everywhere.

What has gone so terribly wrong in Florida?

— G. Elliott Morris (@gelliottmorris) September 4, 2021



Hi, if you are reading this essay then congratulations, you are still alive. And if you are alive, then you have either gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, or you still have the opportunity to get the vaccine against COVID-19. And holy fuck, if you aren’t fucking vaccinated against COVID-19, then you need to get fucking vaccinated right now. I mean, what the fuck? Fuck you. Get vaccinated. Fuck.

The fucking vaccine will not make you magnetic. Are you fucking kidding me? It just fucking won’t. That’s not even a fucking thing, and that lady who tried to pretend the vaccine made her fucking magnetic looked like a real fucking fuckwad and a fucking idiot, so get fucking vaccinated. Jesus. Fuck.

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— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) September 7, 2021


Less Fear, More Fury on Hotline for Doctors

The Physician Support Line, founded by Philadelphia-area psychiatrist Mona Masood, has spoken with more than 3,000 doctors since March of last year, and some of its volunteers say they see the mood shifting, becoming more tinged with anger and hopelessness.

“What I’m hearing is people calling in and saying, ‘I don’t see the light,’” says Boston-area psychiatrist Elissa Ely.

The hotline’s 800 volunteers have often functioned like battlefield medics, Masood says, patching doctors up to send them back in to the fight. Now, “when we get calls, it is what in psychiatry we call escape fantasies — it is ‘I want out,’” she says.

“It’s the unvaccinated that’s spreading the virus in this country… That should be what we take on and we should talk about it every minute, of every hour, of every day because we are never going to get on top of this pandemic until we do that,” says Dr. Paul Offit.

— The Situation Room (@CNNSitRoom) September 6, 2021

Dan Kennedy/WGBH:

What The Media Are Getting Wrong About Biden And Afghanistan

The end — or a least a temporary pause — of the liberal-leaning mainstream media’s honeymoon with Biden can be traced to systemic flaws in the way that the press covers Washington. Three of those flaws have been on vivid display in recent weeks.

• First, there is the media’s primordial need for balance — for treating Democrats and Republicans as if they are both legitimate actors even though the Democrats, for all their flaws, continue to act as a normal political party while the Republicans have descended into authoritarianism and lies. The media cling to both-sides-ism despite four years of a raging sociopath in the White House, an attempted insurrection by his supporters, and dangerous denialism about COVID-19.

Thus, after five years of harshly negative coverage of Donald Trump (negative coverage that he richly deserved), you can almost hear the press breathe a collective sigh of relief that it can finally go after Biden and even up the score.

Here’s a data point that shows how ingrained this is. Last Friday, Amna Nawaz, filling in as anchor of the “PBS NewsHour,” noted in a conversation with political analysts Jonathan Capehart and David Brooks that a number of Republicans have criticized Biden over his handling of the war.

“It really does run the spectrum of Republicans,” she said. “You have everyone from Sen. Ben Sasse, to Sen. Ted Cruz, Congresswoman Liz Cheney, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and, of course, President Trump.”

Marjorie Taylor Greene? The QAnon-adjacent conspiracy theorist from Georgia who continues to defend the insurrectionists? Well, she’s a duly elected member of Congress, and according to the both-sides formula, she needs to be normalized. It’s crazy, but that’s the way the game is played. Too bad it’s not a game.

It still seems to me that the “botched” part was we invaded Afghanistan because the Taliban wouldn’t hand over Osama, then Osama got away, then Pakistan wouldn’t hand him over, but then we kept fighting for a couple more decades in Afghanistan.

— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) September 5, 2021

Greg Sargent/WaPo:

The harsh truth of this moment: Republicans understand power. Democrats do not.

We’re seeing what a profound difference there is in how Democrats and Republicans view power. When Democrats have it, they’re often apologetic, uncertain and hesitant to use it any way that anyone might object to. Republicans, on the other hand, will squeeze it and stretch it as far as they can. They aren’t reluctant, and they aren’t afraid of a backlash. Whatever they can do, they will do.

Think of how the two parties react when presented with an obstacle to getting what they want. Democrats often issue statements of regret: We’d like to move forward, but what can we do? This is how democracy works.

“Secretary of (…) Anti-vaccination League Dies After Siege of the Disease in Its Most Malignant Form” “For years (…) against (…) compulsory vaccination, (…) advocated (…) that smallpox is not contagious.” Sound familiar? It’s from April 1903.@gorskon @mattsheffield

— Dr. Yasmeme (@DrYasmeme) September 8, 2021

NY Times:

Calling ‘Code Red’ on Climate, Biden Pushes for Infrastructure Plan

“The nation and the world are in peril,” the president said during a stop in a hard-hit borough of New York City. “And that’s not hyperbole. That is a fact.”

A trip through storm-battered areas of New Jersey and New York City gave Mr. Biden an opportunity to show his commitment to the federal government’s storm response and to build support for an infrastructure package that he has promised would help safeguard against future storms. While he was traveling, the White House sent Congress an urgent funding request for $14 billion to aid recovery from natural disasters that occurred before Hurricane Ida and to avert a government shutdown on Oct. 1.

Flanked by a number of Democratic politicians from New York, including Senator Chuck Schumer, the Senate majority leader, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Gov. Kathy Hochul, Mr. Biden said in Queens that the bipartisan deal would include investments to repair roads, pipes and bridges but would also include money to provide jobs that he said could ultimately make the country more climate-resistant.

Orrin Heatlie, early leader of Newsom recall movement, has contracted COVID-19

— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) September 8, 2021

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