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    A year and a half into the COVID-19 pandemic, there are two groups of people in the U.S.: those who take the virus seriously and are willing to do what it takes to stop it, and those whose own selfishness and ignorance will ensure we‘re still dealing with this thing for God knows how long. This latter group, among other things, believes protecting the vulnerable is not their problem, that vaccines are for suckers, that wearing a mask infringes on their personal freedom, and that Tucker Carlson knows more about viruses than people who have studied them for their entire professional lives. These people, in a word, are assholes. And as we prepare to enter yet another season of COVID, those who continue to do their part are pretty sick of this—a cohort that includes such diverse constituents as Nancy Pelosi and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

    In an interview on Tuesday, Schwarzenegger told former National Security Council staffer Alexander Vindman and CNN’s Bianna Golodryga that he’s disgusted with (1) the coronavirus misinformation out there and (2) the Americans who think their actions don’t affect others. “A year and a half later, we are still in a mess and there are still people living in denial, there are still people that don’t believe in masks, there are still people out there who say, ‘Well, we don’t have to do social distancing,‘ and all this kind of stuff. And I just think that people ought to be reminded over and over that the experts are saying that we have to wear masks, especially when you go indoors, the experts are saying that you should still wash your hands regularly, you should still do social distancing, especially now with this new comeback of the virus, which is the fourth round now, that we have to really go and work together,” the Terminator turned California governor turned unlikely voice of reason said. “Look, I am an expert on how to build a bicep…there’s no one who knows more about a bicep than I do because I studied this issue for 50 years. And the same is also with the virus. There are people out there who are experts that studied this year after year after year…Dr. [Anthony] Fauci [has studied viruses] for his entire life, why would you not believe someone like that?”

    He added: “I think people should know there is a virus here, it kills people. And the only way we prevent it is we get vaccinated, we wear masks, we do social distancing, washing your hands all of the time, and not just to think about, ‘Well, my freedom is being kind of disturbed here.’ No, screw your freedom. Because with freedom comes obligations and responsibilities. You cannot just say, ‘I have the right to do x, y, and z,’ when you affect other people. That is when it gets serious. It’s like, no different than a traffic light. They put the traffic light in the intersection so someone doesn’t kill someone else by accident. You cannot say, ‘No one is going to tell me that I’m going to stop here, I’m going to go right through it.’ Yeah, then you kill someone else. It is the same thing with the virus. You cannot go and not put the mask on because when you breathe you can infect someone else, and you can infect someone that then gets sick and may die. So this is why I think we all have to work together on this.… We have to come together rather than fighting and always just saying, ‘According to my principles this is a free country and I have the freedom to wear no mask.’ Yeah, you have the freedom to wear no mask, but you know something? You’re a schmuck for not wearing a mask.”

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    Apart from the obligation to society issue, the fact of the matter is that anti-vaxx is a profoundly stupid position to take. It is against any logic. It's like insisting on not wearing a seatbelt. The vaccine has been tested extensively over millions of people. It has been tested far better than things like viagra. It has been tested far better than any of the things that anti-vaxxers push, like chlorohydroxyquinone.

    I can only shake my head and think of this passage from one of my favorite books written by one of my favorite people:

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      ​​​​​ This whole virus and absolutely anything and everything about it, has been twisted and stretched and soo hyper-politicized on both sides of politics that it's literally nauseating at this point. Get it or don't get it, i couldn't give a damn. If everyone who doesn't get it is going to die, then shouldn't that make all the super "get the vaccine or fuck off!!" People happy?? No, it doesn't... because everyone knows that getting the vaccine isn't going to eradicate the virus and not getting it isn't going to kill you. I wish the news would get back to reporting news and quit letting 'Arnold Schwarzenegger said fuck off to people who don't get vaccinated" pass as news anymore. Can we move on with life again??