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About liminal_luke

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  1. Not vaccinated yet. ItĀ“s been difficult telling my family and friends that IĀ“m concerned about the safety of the vaccines. Nobody agrees with me and IĀ“ve been feeling kind of alone with my hesitations and fears. When I told my friend Greg that I wanted to at least wait before getting vaccinated he said "I believe in science," implying, I think, that anybody who isnĀ“t immediately standing in the vaccination line is unscientific and irrational. His partner Gary speculated that IĀ“d been unduly influenced by Trumpists here on the Bums. My buddy Bill warned me not to believe everything I read on the internet. They love me, of course, and mean well. They donĀ“t want me to die from Covid. But I felt myself not feeling connected to them. I didnĀ“t want to talk with them for fear of becoming the subject of a vaccination "intervention." They say they "get" me, understand the kind of person I am. So why donĀ“t I feel gotten? Things are looking up now but itĀ“s been a hard few weeks. ItĀ“s depressing when the people you count on to understand you donĀ“t.
  2. It is known

    Not at all, Bindi. I was referring to Vaccine Pride in a general way. HereĀ“s an article over at EATER that talks about a new hot fashion item -- buttons announcing vaccination status. For some, announcing vaccination is a form of virtue signaling. While you and I are coming to some different conclusions about the pandemic, I can tell youĀ“re thinking about the issues carefully and diligently. The way I figure, weĀ“re all just doing our best.
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    I can understand someone making a considered decision to get vaccinated. Many people consider themselves to be at high risk (Luke raises his hand) and the vaccines appear to do a good job of keeping people out of the hospital. WhatĀ“s less understandable is Vaccine Pride, as if vaccination was some badge of honor (and by inference being unvaccinated dishonorable). Seems to me weĀ“ve got enough things to take sides about already, no need to add vaccination status to the list. If I could wave my pandemic wand, IĀ“d make the world less judgey. Most people are making what they consider the best decisions for themselves with limited information. We can choose to wear a mask or not wear a mask, leave our houses or stay inside, get a jab or not. Either way, letĀ“s not separate ourselves into the pandemically virtuous and the pandemically negligent. Nobody gets a gold star.
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    For the longest time, I wanted somebody to tell me what the pandemic was really about. I believed that something nefarious was going on beneath the surface, that things were both different and worse than they appeared to be, but I couldnĀ“t for the life of me figure out what that something might be. The people who I thought might have an inkling were keeping curiously mum. Recently, this situation has changed. IĀ“ve now crossed over and think of myself as one of the people at least somewhat in the know. Alas, this newly gained knowledge falls squarely in the be-careful-what-you-ask-for category.
  5. Recent Discoveries About Mao Shan Energy Work and Magic

    Good to see you again!
  6. IĀ“m intrigued by slowness in qigong practice, especially extreme slowness. What does slowness do? Is the effect of the slowness in this qigong specific to these particular movements or could something similar be achieved by doing some other qigong forms with exquisite slowness? My guess is thereĀ“s something valuable to be gained by slowing down, at least in certain circumstances. IĀ“d welcome any insights.
  7. Ya gotta find yourself to lose yourself. Or lose yourself to find yourself. Either way.
  8. Martial Arts - Realm of the Insecure

    Like I always say, why express insecurity beating people up when I can do so much more comfortably seated on a faux-leather couch, latte in hand, writing quippy posts on Daobums?
  9. Martial Arts - Realm of the Insecure

    Thanks for those insightful, rather piercing observations Yueya. I just finished watching an episode of RuPaulĀ“s Drag Race, a surprising source of life wisdom. One of the contestants stood before the judges panel visibly distraught after having received low marks. A guest judge offered this excellent advice: youĀ“ve gotta separate your worth as a person from your craft. How often do we believe we are what we do? Overidentification with a given art -- or career or sport or social position -- is a pitfall for many. I am not the tropies I win or lose. I am not the physical beauty (or lack thereof) of my body. I am not the people who like or dislike me on Daobums. Especially not that.
  10. If I understand you Anand, you make a good and warm-hearted point. Most of the time there is no need to choose between people. Rather, we can include both recognizing the unique good they bring to the mix. Although Steve Grey was banned for what I consider good reasons, I believe heĀ“s a dedicated and knowledgable practitioner of his art. While he was here he made some good contributions to the discussion and inspired some Bums to practice a system they say theyĀ“ve found valuable. ThatĀ“s all to the good.
  11. When choosing between Steves, I always pick the less murderous option.
  12. fish oils

    HereĀ“s some good info on how to select a good fish oil and why you might want to be careful with this common supplement.
  13. Hey Goodlookin, What u got Cookin?

    Thanks! IĀ“ve never seen goat available here but youĀ“re probably right. Goat is a Mexican specialty in Monterrey. I visited that northern metropolis once and have vivid memories of pickup trucks loaded with baby goats bleating away, presumably headed for slaughter. It was almost enough to lead a guy to vegetarianism. Almost.
  14. Hey Goodlookin, What u got Cookin?

    That sounds delicious. Wish I had a good local source for goat!