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  • Posted by Eyecu2 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    As a Teacher I am required to wear the mask while at work. I make no secret of the fact that I wear it "ONLY" because it is a condition of employment and I require a paycheck. The instant that I leave the building it comes off and I refuse to wear it anywhere else. I also refuse the vaccine on a daily basis. It is incredible how often I get approached about my urgent need to take the shot. My school literally sends emails multiple times a day telling us when and where we can go to get the shot. Plus the Administrators come by DAILY to ask us if we have had it yet and to encourage us to go and take it. They always look at me as if I am crazy when I tell them calmly and politely that I haven't and will not be getting it. Then they come around again the next day. It is like a scene from the movie Groundhog.
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    • Posted by chad 2 weeks, 4 days ago
      I worked at a school as a bus driver and maintenance worker until last year. I enjoyed having a positive interaction with the kids and the teachers enjoyed having me come into their classes once a week and giving them a 'Mr. Chad' question that I would answer the next week. I have many resources and would sometimes bring in others who would demonstrate the answers. The teachers said it inspired their students to work more in their class. The questions would always center around what was being taught (bringing a falconer with his falcon (when they were studying birds and migrations).
      The school had unimaginable problems occurring on the bus. I tried to work within their system of rules which were not effective. Then I ignored their procedures and demanded that the kids behave or they were not permitted to ride the bus, I wouldn't allow them on. I told them even if they misbehaved I would still treat them with respect when they got on but they had to sit where I made them sit. I demanded respect. Even the ones who didn't like me called me "Mr. Chad" and began to like the bus ride.
      Then I got in trouble because I stopped an older boy from hitting a small girl in the face. I didn't hit him, I grabbed his backpack and marched him to the front of the bus, sat him down and told him that was where he would ride until I told him different. The parent complained and I got in trouble. The administration held court and informed me that I was wrong (for preventing the injury of one child by another!) and that I was not in charge of the bus and could not interfere but only report. It quickly became unruly again.
      The principal told me that I should not be entering classrooms to teach children, I was unqualified. The teachers and the students were disappointed. The children would approach me in the hallway and ask me to ask them a 'Mr. Chad' question. The administration complained that I was encouraging the children to break the 'social distancing' rule and they were failing to march in straight lines remaining on 'their' side of the hall.
      Then came the masks and the face shields and the requirement that I was to enforce the rules and that shots would become mandatory. When I worked alone at night I did not wear a mask (there was not another person in the building), it was noticed on the safety videos.
      I quit. Need the money. Have less. Will not comply. Will not teach young people fear. Will not teach them that they can misbehave and no adult will correct them. I can't teach them that more is expected of them.
      I do admire teachers and enjoy teaching. I will not work for the system. I wish you luck. There may be a time when you have to choose, and it won't be what you want but what you must do.
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      • Posted by bobsprinkle 2 weeks, 4 days ago
        While somebody has to do it, I could neverwork any job that requires being responsible for a group of kids. You did exactly the right thing with the older "kid". Did the parents of the smaller girl have anything to say in your defense"
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        • Posted by chad 2 weeks, 4 days ago
          No, they didn't know and were never informed. I wasn't allowed to present my case, in fact when informed that I was about to be called in I was instructed not to contact anyone to find out what was going on or to influence what was thought of my actions.
          I pointed out to the council that if I had not stopped the boy from hitting the girl we would still be in 'court' and I would be defending myself against the parents of the little girl for not doing something. I was in trouble either way with a group of people who operate out of fear of consequences of others instead of deciding what was the appropriate action.
          I do miss the kids and when I see them around town with their parents the children come up to me and ask; "Ask me a Mr. Chad Question!" Some of them comment to their parents that I made the bad kids behave and they miss me.
          It was a part time job to supplement my retirement but I did enjoy it when I was doing what I determined to be the right thing.
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          • Posted by bobsprinkle 2 weeks, 4 days ago
            I can appreciate losing ANY extra income during retirement. Are you legally prevented from talking about this in your locale? If not, I would get backing from the appreciative parents and go to your local newspaper or tv station......if there are ANY journalists in your area.
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            • Posted by chad 2 weeks, 3 days ago
              I thought about fighting it and realized it was a lost cause. At best I might have nudged the leviathan but I don't believe I can change its direction. I am too old to waste any more time on it.
              Fortunate to have good children who have good families. One of them is preparing to live near me. I live in a small community. The local store likes locally produced vegetables and food. We are developing a small farm on my property. I will give most of the money to my kids but I enjoy what I do and without debt don't require much additional income.
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      • Posted by Eyecu2 2 weeks, 4 days ago
        I teach applied math at the high school level and I have similar stories. Except as a teacher I am insulated from the non-certified bias that so many show in this field. So many in education believe that those without the title of educator or some stupid letters attached to your name are troglodytes. I remember being treated that way when I was still working on my degrees, it is revolting. The smartest man that I have ever known dropped out of school in the 6th grade and as far as I am concerned. If you can't recognize intelligence then your to stupid to express an opinion, but I digress.

        I still need the money and my Administration leaves me alone except for the requirement to wear this muzzle and constantly asking if I want the shot. If they make the shot a requirement, I will find another way to make a living, but as I am to young (and not in a financial position) to retire I wear this damn thing.
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  • Posted by $ Stormi 2 weeks, 2 days ago
    I have yet to be a follower, never wanted to lead, just wanted others to do what they thought for themselves. When pLandemic came, I did not cower at home, I shopped with other people, maskless. When they mandated masks, I wore the thinnest and pulled it out often, still met with friends for morning coffee. Whole neighborhood walked and stopped to talk together, maskless. When Clinton had Exhelon, a group of my gal pals, would daily use the forbidden words when we called, just to overload the system. When Obama asked for opinions, I daily, told hime what I thought. When in college, and they tried to push women's studies on me, I said no, I like the white European writers, also blacks, but not Gloria Steinman and her ilk, refused to sign up! About 3 of us had black helicopters flying over our houses for a while, but one was a WWII war vet and another a mechanic, we kept emailing. Rand taught us to be strong and true to ourselves, anything else is death.
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    I had to laugh at the subject title, as it brought back a memory from my early military days. As a cadet in Summer officer camp, I took a flight on a decrepit C-123. It was originally a glider that was converted to have radial engines, with the result that the fragile glider body sounded like it was shaking apart in flight. We were supposed to be issued parachutes (which should have told me something), but since we didn't have enough, we were told to wear our plastic raincoats instead, which made no logical sense. I couldn't resist, asking the DI if we were supposed to pretend that the coats could be used like Flash Gordon's cape to float us down, or were we just wearing our own body bags. He didn't much like my question.

    I'm not in the military now, so I would ignore such nonsense. Unfortunately, our glorious leaders, who are of a totalitarian mindset, would see nothing wrong in issuing such orders, and try to make it hard for those who didn't comply. The cost of enforcement would outweigh any benefit, so the demonstration of resistance would put a stop to it.
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  • Posted by bobsprinkle 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    First I am 73yr old in reasonably good health. I wear the mask in public places where usually required. Naturally I would rather not bother. But there are moments in a store when I pass by someone and feel the airflow and I wonder....what if they had "it". At that moment I'm glad to have the mask.
    I have had both shots. I just decided at my age that maybe I could die from the vaccine or, maybe I could die from the virus.It is like life itself.....a chance...damned if you do and damned if you don't.
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    • Posted by $ blarman 2 weeks, 4 days ago
      "It is like life itself.....a chance...damned if you do and damned if you don't."

      I love this quote from Lord of the Rings: “It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

      This line from "The Princess Bride" also comes to mind: "Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says otherwise is selling something."
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  • Posted by malonejr 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    I am waiting for them to start eating each other over the theatrics of the Pandemic, the Mask, and that their new participation award, the Vaccination ID CARD.
    They can produce EOs all day but until Congress (ever) decides to do their jobs of Legislation, we are just witnessing how for they will go to keep their Elite in power and try to eliminate capitalism and a free market of Ideas and Production!
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  • Posted by term2 2 weeks, 3 days ago
    I don’t do most things that congress mandates because they are irrational. If I choose to go into a store where the store owner demands I wear a mask I will do it out of respect for their private property, or I will just walknout
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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 2 weeks, 4 days ago
    I almost never wear a rain coat. It is too cumbersome, and running works better for me.

    Sometimes, if it is cold, and I'll be out a while, I'll wear one. Otherwise, no.

    A law requiring raincoats is unconstitutional in my view, and therefore, not a law.
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