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  1. Overall, if you look at the spikes in TX, FL, CA, and NY they only have one thing in common... high density populations. They all tried different approaches - mask strategies, lockdown restrictions, etc. None of it seemed to matter. Everyone was banking on the theory that covid would follow all other like viruses (including the original Spanish Flu) and burn off in the Summer. Unfortunately... it did not. That could be really, really bad for a lot of reasons. But it also means that no one knows how to stop this thing, and blaming individuals for the rise in cases is a pointless exercise. Panic politics is going to driven by public emotion, but it's only an outlet for frustration that can't be directed at the one true culprit... the virus itself. In the meantime, individuals who want to give themselves the best chance to not get covid either stay home or wear an N95 mask and gloves when out in public. All the other masks, bandanas, strips of blue jeans - or whatever else people are wearing in public - can help, but won't prevent the spread. Have you seen how many people wear a mask over the mouth, but not the nose? Or fiddle with it constantly, or pull it down to talk and lift it back up, etc? The general population aren't mask experts, and wearing a medical mask is a precise process in order to work correctly. Personally I wear an N95 mask out in public and have since it first began in March (we happened to have some from woodworking). So I'm not anti-mask and not trying to be political. Right now there are only two ways out of this thing - a vaccine or herd immunity. So the next question becomes how to achieve herd immunity. If that's the goal, then having it spread among age groups with low mortality rates is not a bad thing - as long as we don't overwhelm the hospitals. In short, the only way out may be through. The longer term strategy of herd immunity may better protect high risk individuals than all the short term strategies combined.
  2. Serious question: Is there any place that tracks hospitalization capacity overall? Preferably a system that existed prior to covid and the politics around it (theoretically providing a trustworthy baseline).
  3. Babers with a pretty good idea. Could everyone live with this? https://www.kvue.com/article/sports/ncaa/longhorns/eyes-of-texas-compromise-babers-proposes-julius-whittier-section/269-498d5a1e-5b79-4298-a7e2-c1819eb0d383 "Texas should name part of DKR to commemorate Julius Whittier, 1st black letterman in #Texas Football history. Distinguish the section in a way to honorably memorialize him. Put the band in that section & sing the “Eyes of Texas” w/ players/ fans facing the Julius Whittier section "
  4. @HornsUp @83Dee Let me break the tie... both of you are a teensy bit racist Now let's get back to saving the world by making policing safer for both suspects and police. Comment on my ideas. There will be a test later.
  5. Good point. Half the battle we see on those videos is getting on arm restraints on someone, which ends up in the struggle with 4 cops sitting on top of someone. Someone who doesn't want handcuffs can make it really difficult to get them on. The type of leg restraints I'm referring to are much easier to apply, which then makes putting on the handcuffs easier. The original thought came from bolos, but I didn't want to say bolos cause I didn't want cheesy super hero coming to mind However what I have in mind is more of a self tightening restraint (not to be thrown) but applied quickly which pulls the feet together. Also, I threw my ideas out there to get the convo started. In lieu of better ideas I'm still the leader in the clubhouse. But to answer seriously, yes with leg restraints Brooks would have still been alive. He would not have been able to struggle, run, or be a part of the situation that led to his shooting.
  6. So we're talking about someone already drunk, and you're asking that person to make rational decisions? That doesn't make sense. We're talking about processes that take into account the suspects inability to make rational decisions - based on public intoxication, overly emotional situation, or otherwise. The video proves the officers in that situation had no idea how to get control of the situation. We had video of this, but I would hazard a guess this scenario repeats itself many, many times. Then on the other side of that struggle the cops are overly-emotional which can lead to being overly-aggressive. The goal is trying to remove those situations. Saying that everyone should just all 'Make sure and act better and be polite' completely ignores the reality of these situations on the ground.
  7. I've thought about this quite a bit. It hits right at the source of the problem. I had a couple of ideas... knowing these are entirely theoretical. The objective being to protect lives - suspects and cops - and to prevent chases which leads to a heightened sense of fight or flight, which can cause both overreact emotionally. Right now the primary goal of cops is upper body restraint. If someone struggles then a take-down is normally attempted, which leads to a gang tackle. Injuries can occur both ways.... plus the close contact means access to cop weapons increases. The panic induced from the struggle heightens emotions. How many times does a peaceful stop turn into a dangerous encounter once restraints are applied? First, what if restraint attempts focused on lower body instead? Something can be applied around the feet which brings them together (like a zip tie but more advanced). Once applied then cops back off - knowing running is impossible (as opposed hand cuffs). This would remove the need for choke-holds, knees on the neck/shoulder blades, etc... all the techniques cops apply in order to subdue sometimes larger suspects. It takes the need to fight completely off the table for both sides. Just the take down itself can lead to injuries. This is applying just a basic knowledge of martial arts... quickest moves are always to take out the legs first. Second, just don't chase non-violent suspects. The guy at Wendy's had already been ID'd and could have been tracked down later. The guy with the taser is more difficult; however once he was out of the car then his threat was removed, since the concern there is public safety due to his intoxication. This isn't a new concept either... When high speed car chases led to more injuries to the public than just letting suspects go, policing was changed to follow at low speeds or through the air. Same reasoning applied here but to foot chases. This may lead to more suspects getting away, but most can be tracked down later. So to answer your question @aUTfan, anyone suspected of violence to the public would be taken down with leg restraints as a first option. If those don't work then existing options would need to be applied. We can't hope to remove all fatal encounters in these situations, but at least fatal encounters can be reduced to truly violent individuals (and not those passing a fake check).
  8. Just a small observation... In this thread alone you've scoured the internet for obscure videos and websites, but now can't search out the BLM manifesto. Did you run out of data minutes?
  9. But... everyone still gets to vote, and their vote counts. Voter suppression is when people don't get to vote, or their vote doesn't count. What we are discussing here... everyone's vote counts. What you are referring to, from a gerrymandering perspective, is that voting districts may not properly reflect the voting demographic. That's a whole different area of problems but isn't voter suppression.
  10. Sorry, that's not what I meant. What I'm saying is that people who care enough to vote don't often realize what they need until election day. That's when they care about having the proper documentation. It's like when I go fishing the first time in a season and forget about my fishing license. It's not that I don't care... it's just I don't think about it until then.
  11. You are correct... It's not a zero sum game for parties, or candidates, or ethnic groups, or social movements, etc. But it's not just a racial unfairness cause you can take this sententence, "We all vote, you gerrymandered it to make 2 <GROUP> districts into one & give <PARTY> an extra district." And replace GROUP with any group and PARTY with any party. I didn't say it was fair. In fact it's far more correct to say it's "equally unfair". The challenge remains... create a better system for voter districts, and I'll support it. It's something fought over for 220 years, so I don't see a better solution anytime soon.
  12. Normally people don't care enough until election day comes around. Then they realize they can't get anything on the list they don't already have. If they cared enough 6 weeks out they'd probably make the effort.
  13. That's a good point... This is honestly an area I don't want to go suggesting stuff for fear of sounding as if I'm stereotyping. What would you recommend as a valid method for 2 factor identification for those in the black community? In other places they use ID cards distributed by the city, in lieu of having a driver's license. It still requires a trip to the city courthouse, but is an option. This is an area where some insight can help find a good solution.
  14. Not true... it's a zero sum game. Every voter ends up in a district, and their vote still counts as much as the voter in the next district.
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