Notes from academia III: masks and vaccines

COVID was an IQ test and I failed, thank God.  Nearly everyone has stopped wearing masks.  Everybody has gotten COVID at least once by now, and it’s not a big deal.  However, the few physicists I still see wearing masks everywhere are the ones that I would say are definitely the best and most intelligent of the bunch.  Interestingly, these are not the most ideological.  Presumably, their opinions are as nauseatingly conformist as the rest of the faculty’s, but these are not the ones who are eager to start “difficult conversations about whiteness”.  The more zealous guys (or, rather, gals) stopped with the masks as soon as they were allowed to, just like I did.

I was chatting with one of the mask-wearers.  He and one of my graduate students were telling me about the horrible sicknesses they’d endured after their most recent boosters.  My colleage did note that the booster he got after he had gotten COVID was less troublesome.  I suggested that COVID had partly immunized him against the vaccine.

I got the vaccine to immunize myself against unemployment, but now I’m not keeping up with boosters.  Instead, I lost 40 pounds, started exercising, and got off my blood pressure medicine.  I expect my colleagues who are more intelligent than me would admit that most likely my response to the virus will prove to be more beneficial to myself than theirs will be to them.  However, their big brains come with vivid imaginations.  I dislike not being able to breath freely because of a mask, while they can imagine some poor person gasping for his or her last breaths because COVID passed through a chain of unmasked carriers until finally, inevitably, it struck someone hard.  Thank God I’m stupid and can breath easy, untroubled by such imaginings.

28 thoughts on “Notes from academia III: masks and vaccines

  1. I thought COVID was a sanity test, not an IQ test. But I suppose it possible we’re both right. If so, seems like the most insane people among us are also “the best and most intelligent of the bunch,” to borrow your phrase. Which I wouldn’t say surprises me all that much. It doesn’t surpise me in the least, to be perfectly honest.

  2. My experience and behavior mirrors yours. I got the vax because I (wrongly) supposed it would be necessary to keep my job, had a pretty bad reaction and then a pretty bad bout of covid. So everything I did was stupid. I can only suppose what I am doing now is also stupid, but at least I don’t look as stupid as the mask maniacs.

    • I didn’t get vaxed. It came down to the wire but my religious exemption got approved and I think the mandate for contractors was ruled unconstiutional before it would have mattered anyway. But I was ready to be fired and since I don’t really have transferable job skills, I would probably have been working a menial job and struggling.

      In my family of 10 (we have 8 children) none of us got the vax and none of us ever caught COVID. Or if we did it was so mild we didn’t even suspect it.

      • Making stupid choices is what I’m good at. Like you, I have no talents, or at least credentials, that are not academic. I also wasn’t inclined to break up this household and move across the country. I have commitments, loyalties, obligations. It turns out that the costs of taking the vax are higher than expected, and the benefits lower. So it was a bad choice but I don’t see how it is immoral. I understand the stem cell argument, but all of us are already complicit in the abortion regime. One really can’t stay clean in a dirty culture.

      • Oh my comment did not come off how I intended. In no way was a chastising you for taking it. I’m just stubborn and reckless (with my job in this case). I lied about my religious objections when I applied for an exemption – I did it because I was concerned about the long term health uncertainties and because I resent the Left telling me what to do (Biden did it to rub our nose in poop after they won the election). I am fascinated that 0/10 of my family have gotten COVID.


      • I wasn’t offended. It forces me to look back and review what I was thinking two years ago. I was so eager to get out of the mask and back to normal that I would have done almost anything to get there.

    • My recollection (correct me if I recall wrongly) is that part of the reason you got the jab was so you would be permitted to visit one or both of your parents at a nursing home. That is at least admirable, if not a wholly justifiable reason for having done so. Indeed, faced with the same dilemma, I might have chosen your course as well, and “damn the consequences,” as they say. Albeit, I can tell you without a doubt that, having chosen the greater of two evils with the knowledge that that is what I’d done, I’d have dragged myself kicking and screaming to a facility offering the jab, and twisted my own arm behind my back before allowing myself to receive it against my better judgment. Thankfully I wasn’t faced with that dilemma, though, so it was easy for me to refuse it, and to act morally superior for having done so.

      One of my younger brothers lost his job for refusing the jab; I offered to hire him on part time to help supplement his lost wages while he looked for another job. At first he said he thought they (he and his family) would be ok, but after his unemployment dragged on longer than he’d expected it would, he decided to take me up on the offer if it was still on the table. It was, and he worked for me two or three months until he did find another, better-paying full-time job closer to his home in north Texas.

      • That’s right about my parents, who are very old but not in a nursing home yet. We all have commitments and filial piety trumps ideological purity in my book. Also filial duty. I have dependents who need me not to be unemployed. If I swagger around boasting that I “would take a bullet for my kids,” it isn’t outrageous to say that I’ll take a jab (even with full knowledge of the consequences).

  3. Bonald,

    “COVID was an IQ test . . .”

    Partly true, but insufficient. COVID was/is primarily a spiritual test. How do you think you fared there?

    Don’t ask me to explain. Go back over the COVID posts you have written on this blog and think about it . . . really think about it.

    • I know acquiescence to the vax is, for you, the fatal test. I now acknowledge that acquiescence to the vax may be fatal, but I don’t see why this particular acquiescence should be accepted as the definitive mark of the Beast. You and I both acquiesce to many things so that we might buy and sell, and many of these are at least as odious, ridiculous and degrading as the vax appeared in the spring of 2021. I congratulate you for making a good choice, whether owing to discernment or good luck, but I don’t think any of us should inflate the importance of our small and selective acts of defiance.

      • @ JM

        “I know acquiescence to the vax is, for you, the fatal test.”

        That’s incorrect, JM. The fatal test for me is the refusal/inability to recognize and understand the whole COVID disaster, not just the vax, as a spiritual test.

        Failing a spiritual test does not need to be fatal; repentance is always available.

        Failing to recognize a spiritual test as a spiritual test IS fatal because it obliviates spiritual thinking and lulls one into believing that repentance for certain actions/thoughts/viewpoints is unwarranted and unnecessary.

        Having said that, promulgating feelings of superiority, and holier than thou attitudes over having apparently passed the COVID spiritual test are indicative of having failed the test at another, deeper level. This also requires reflection and repentance.

  4. My wife had a horrendous week-long reaction to the latest booster; much, much, worse than when we got Covid. She has agreed, I think, to forgo further boosters.

    • My sister keeps getting boosted and has been constantly sick and has also developed terrible allergies which she has never had.

    • Stories like yours could be multiplied a thousand times a thousand times, I should think. Permit me to add another to the short list under this post:
      One of my closest friends who is ten years my elder hired my boys and me to do a small remodel job on his house. A question arose early on in our work that his wife could not answer satisfactorily, so she suggested I call him on his cell to settle it. Which I did. One piece of information he volunteered without my prompting in our phone exchange was that he was at the doc for purposes of getting the Covid vax. I told him he should reconsider, quickly, what he was doing and the possible long-term effects, and gave him a short explanation for why I thought so. He replied that he’d already made his decision, and nothing I could say would change his mind. I, in turn, stood down.
      Fastforward several months and two “boosters” later; my boys and I drove past my friend in question as he was entering the local drug store to receive his second “booster.” This was right in the middle of football season, and I was a coach for the team his grandsons (and our youngest son) played on together. About three weeks later, towards the end of the regular season, I started asking his grandsons why their grandfather had not been bringing them to practices for several weeks, as was his custom. They told me he’d been sick all that time, but they couldn’t elaborate on the nature of his illness (keep in mind that these are 10-12 year-old boys). When he finally did show back up at practice a week or so later as we were preparing our kids to play for the league championship, he looked like “hell warmed over,” and wasn’t getting around much better. I asked him pointedly what was going on with him. He answered, “I should have listened to you from the beginning; the first shot made me a little sick, and so did the second; but the third one almost killed me!, and I’m afraid it is going to kill me after all.”
      I really had nothing to say to that. It was what it was, and we both knew it.

      • I seem to have almost no reaction to any of them, but I stopped after 3 jabs and won’t be getting any more. I seem to have lower than average white blood cell count, though with a well-functioning immune system. I have this silly speculation, based on nothing, that there might be a connection!

      • My mom and sis had similar experiences – they just double down and say that if they hadn’t gotten the jabs and boosters their subsequent cases of COVID would have been even WORSE. Cause the news says so.

  5. “COVID was an IQ test and I failed, thank God.”
    I like the post that you wrote about this topic before ( Here is a quote from it:
    “Officially, we are encouraged to study the arguments and make up our own minds on everything, but in practice each of us has limited brainpower (some of us more limited than others), and we must choose carefully how to spend it.
    There are two solutions. One is trust, which means you must still do the work of finding a trustworthy authority. The other is bracketing, meaning mentally separating issues and seeing if you can solve the ones that really interest you while remaining agnostic on the others.”
    Another way, sort of a hybrid between those two, is, in recognizing that since one can’t evaluate and know everything, one reasons based on well-understood concepts, principles, and knowledge.
    This is what I think pre-modern people did. A shepherd in the time of Jesus didn’t know about many things that modern people know, but he had a deep knowledge of sheep and also knew about human nature, nature, and the spiritual. This knowledge was based on fundamental and trustworthy principles which he experienced personally and had also learned from other people.
    Now, one aspect of this approach is that you really will know less than if you could sort through all the information. Since the media is untrustworthy, we really do know less about far-flung regions of the world than if it was trustworthy. Likewise, since officially promoted biologists are also untrustworthy, we really do have less detailed knowledge about infectious disease than we otherwise would have.
    But, since most of us don’t have millions of dollars to pay a team of investigators or biological laboratories in our homes, there’s no way around it.
    A small amount of knowledge is better than negative knowledge.
    So, in summary, this approach of reasoning based on trusted principles and knowledge has the benefit both of being less demanding of cognitive resources and time, but also it is highly reliable based on its success over thousands of years.
    “now I’m not keeping up with boosters. Instead, I lost 40 pounds, started exercising, and got off my blood pressure medicine.”
    That’s good.

    • To be fair, I decided not to vax with very little information.
      1. The fact that covid had a very low rate of mortality, especially for people that wasn’t old or obese. This was available with a simple Google search
      2. The fact that the so-called vaccine was a new technology. When I saw how mRNA hijacked the cell mechanisms to produce the spike protein, I said to myself:”This is insane! You can’t hack the body like you hack a computer program! The body is much more complex than this and we don’t know it well! This must have side effects!” (The law of unintended consequences). This mechanism was public.
      3. The fact that new vaccines take years to be approved and this was not a new vaccine, but a whole new technology. This was well known.
      However, the most important is number 4.
      4. The fact that the “vaccine” was promoted by the same media and politicians that have lied to us thousands of times. In addition, that the pressure to get jabbed reached levels unseen in history. The thing smelled rotten, another evil plan of the servants of Satan who rule the world. The most pressure they put to take the jab, the most convinced I was in not taking it.
      You cannot trust people who have tried to fool you for decades and who have proved that their only goal is to make yo a slave..
      Months after deciding not to get jabbed, I ended up havin a lot of information. But the decision did not need any special information. The only biology I know is the one I studied in high school about 14 years ago

      • 3. The fact that new vaccines take years to be approved and this was not a new vaccine, but a whole new technology. This was well known.

        I grew up with this simple knowledge thoroughly implanted into my head. I would say I was “taught” it, if I thought that were actually the case. I don’t think it was the case, albeit I would say that my intuition was very much reinforced by my surroundings growing up, in the same way that my natural intuitions about obeying the dictates of my father and his authority over me growing up were reinforced by my surroundings. This was a thing that came up early in my marriage to my wife; although she was raised in an environment very similar to mine in many significant ways, she had not quite glommed onto this way of thinking as much as I had. So, there was a (relatively short) period at the beginning of our marriage in which we had to ‘come to terms’ on these sorts of understandings. …

      • Yes – that’s pretty much how I approached it albeit with far less well thought out arguments than you. The data was available very early on indicating that almost no one in my age group died from COVID. None of my unvaxxed family of 10 has every caught COVID.

      • That’s funny!

        I kept my job because Satan’s minions granted me a religious exemption. I would have forced the bastards to fire me — not from any sanctity but because I’m a fanatic (and a “hater!” — far closer in demeanor to the leftist mutants than normal, sane, healthy folk who love good things more than they hate evil things). A quarter hillbilly and a quarter Jew . . . compliance doesn’t flow easily in my blood. But self-righteousness certainly does!

        The required form noted that one could not seek exemption based on the vaccine’s possible effects. Beyond the fetal tissue issue, I made sure to add that our duty toward the common good involved that excluded concern.

        I sincerely (eagerly, anxiously) await witnessing the afflicted getting their chance to indulge in Mme. Defarge’s pastime.

  6. “…the best and most intelligent…not the most ideological…”. Though we are critical of their choice of solutions to their fear, they may be justified in being worried, especially if they have not previously optimized their natural immune systems. Our side is generally open to the likelihood of this virus being a human creation, so why couldn’t it be a serious threat to our health? Direct deaths from the virus or vaccine may be rare, but chronic long term damage may be extensive for those who got multiple boosters and/or infections, especially if not already healthy. If you got one shot and one or no infections, you may have nothing to worry about. Keep up your exercising and maybe research supplementation that may counter spike protein damage. I think the vax program is synergistic with the virus and has prevented an earlier natural herd immunity that could have minimized the community harm to health. Check out recent findings suggesting repeat boosters (especially mRNA “vaccines”) and reinfections may be inducing the wrong kind of antibody response.


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