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  1. COVID-19 Outbreak

    I really hope he does a season of Curb Your Enthusiasm that takes places during the outbreak.
  2. COVID-19 Outbreak

    Or those who believe that all these companies are going to hire back everyone who was fired. Corporate America is going to use this epidemic, rightly or wrongly, to justify cutting a lot of employees from payroll. The steep decline in unemployment isn’t going to magically snap back after the outbreak has subsided
  3. COVID-19 Outbreak

    The numbers might be misleading as different regions are going to get hit at different times. You almost have to break the US down by region to get a fair depiction of how the country is fairing. I would suspect that California, Washington and New York are going to be through this much sooner than states like Florida, Alabama, Arizona, and Arkansas.
  4. COVID-19 Outbreak

    America’s poor response to the outbreak isn’t China’s fault. Other nations have been able to contain outbreaks in their countries that have resulted in far fewer infections and deaths, whether in absolute or relative terms. Yes, it’s unfortunate China did not act sooner and was not not more transparent. But it doesn’t absolve other world leaders from preparing their countries as best as they could in the 30 to 60 day head starts that many squandered.
  5. COVID-19 Outbreak

    Over 1000 dead in the US in the last 24 hours. I honestly didn’t think we would see a one day total like that in the US for another week or so. The good news in the US is the states of California and Washington are showing progress of flattening their respective curves due to their efforts to mitigate the outbreak long before any other state. The bad news is California still projects to run out of hospital beds by mid May. It’s crazy to think that some states are just beginning to, or have not even really started, their efforts to mitigate the outbreak. That’s going to hurt come college football season.
  6. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Sanders response is more accurate; Biden’s is smarter politically. We’re not the point where most people are looking to assign blame. People are more interested in seeing people working together to help fight the threat. There will be plenty of time for assigning blame for the fiasco of Trump’ response. But it’s a better play for Democrats to be seen as helping to solve the problem and less concerned about finger pointing.
  7. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Leave it to Rep Devin Nunes to double down on his own stupidity. Now breaking with Trump and the White House, Nunes said the economy needs to be reopened asap regardless of the fact that doing so would likely cost a minimum of a million lives. Dunes just can’t help himself from reminding everyone who the dumbest member of Congress continues to be.
  8. COVID-19 Outbreak

    A friend of mine had all the symptoms, felt very different from previous experiences with the flu, and her tests came back negative. Her doctor was sure she had it as well. Turns out she tested positive for influenza that had provoked pneumonia.
  9. US Politics/Elections Thread

    Agreed there were many reasons. One of which was that turning the other cheek isn’t always effective or appropriate. Politics can be a dirty game. Someone like Trump needs to be put in their place. That means going low when appropriate and necessary. Again, I agree with everything you say here. You can flip back to everything I’ve written about Biden and you’ll see that very little of it is positive. But I truly think that being “not Trump” is, should, and will be good enough for Biden to beat Trump in November. Many elections are determined not on positive factors or reasons for voting for someone. Some times someone is such a colossal failure that all his or her opponents need to be is not that person. There are a litany of examples of this dynamic. In the abstract I would agree. His problems with stringing a sentence along is less than ideal. But his judgement still seems intact. And as I’ve said countless times, elections are not evaluations made in the abstract. They are comparative determinations, particularly the US where the choice is relatively binary. Whatever weaknesses Biden has, Trump has them in spades. That dynamic wasn’t in play in 2016. Clinton was a known commodity who had liabilities as a public person that Trump could avoid. The same can’t be said, for the most part, for Biden’s issues when matched up against Trump. “Biden is old and sounds senile!!!” And Trump isn’t just as bad or worse in that department? These issues only matter to the people who were already going to vote for one candidate over the other. But it’s not 2016. Things have changed dramatically. Trump can’t run as some fictionalized disruptor who will change Washington for the better. How does Trump’s slogan for 2020 (“Keep America Great”) sound when unemployment is at 20 percent, the deficit is running at 15 percent GDP, the wall hasn’t been built, kids are still being held in cages, and the stock market is less than when Trump took over? In my opinion the best thing Biden can do is to step out of Trump’s way and let him collapse onto himself. I absolutely agree there were better candidates than Biden (not Bernie). But we’re past that point now. Biden is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. And as imperfect as he may be, he’s still worlds better than Trump. I don’t have any issues with criticisms of Biden. My only issue is when those criticisms are based on the very same weaknesses found in Trump. They’re both senile and can’t keep their hands to themselves. Got it. But the decision as to who becomes President for the next four years isn’t and shouldn’t be based solely on those two factors. And this is the point Clinton is making. Get over the fact Biden has harassment issues considering the only alternative is a man who defended the phrase “grab her by the pussy” in context of the dozens of credible allegations levelled against him. If we’re at a point where it’s unlikely anyone else can be the nominee on the Democratic side, then move. Now, maybe we’re not too far gone. Maybe there’s some Biden steps down before the convention and throws his support towards another candidate. I would have no issue with that and would support it. But if that doesn’t happen, then Americans need to hold their noses and vote for Biden if for any other reason to rid the country of Trump. And then hope Biden either croaks and his VP takes over or he declines to run for re-election in 2024 (which I think is a probability; personally i think the only reason he’s running is to knock Trump out).
  10. US Politics/Elections Thread

    What happened is the Democrats lost in 2016. It didn’t work. Life isn’t black and white. Politics is messy and require making the best of the choices before us considering all circumstances. Absolutely it should. As the old saying goes, don’t let perfect be the enemy of the good. It’s naive to think that Democrats were ever going to find a pure and clean candidate that Trump wouldn’t exploit in all of his terribleness. Biden is a far from perfect candidate than Trump, but you would think that the current pandemic would make perfectly clear that less than perfect, or even highly problematic, is still far superior to the absolute dumpster fire that is the current Trump Presidency. It’s as if you’re willing to ignore everything that is shit about Trump because of whatever inconsequential hang ups (in the grand scheme of things) you have about Biden or the Democrats. Politics doesn’t live in absolutes or in a vacuum. It requires making decisions that are often between the lesser of two evils. Trump has proven himself to be woefully unequipped to be President. His indifference and dereliction of his responsibilities in light of what his country currently faces renders him unfit for office. Whatever problems Biden has, no matter how distasteful, fails to compare to the utter failure that is Trump as President. But candidates aren’t only evaluated solely based on their character, but on their ability to manage and lead effectively to shield and protect the electorate from harm. Trump has unequivocally failed in every respect. So it doesn’t really matter, to a certain extent, what baggage Biden brings with him. It’s not Biden that chose to diminished the threat of the viral outbreak and do nothing to prepare the country from high death tolls and economic calamity. At this point, if they’re both guilty of being pigs but only one pig is responsible for the death of possibly hundreds of thousands of Americans, than the other pig gets to call the shots. Yeah, and how is that working out? Better yet, answer that question in four to eight weeks when there are tens or hundreds of thousands of dead, 30 million unemployed, and stock markets worse less than when Trump took over. Sorry, but have you not turned on a tv or stuck your head out the window? Not a better option? What fucking planet do you live on? How much does the world have to go to shit to realize that while there might be two bad options for leaders, one is substantially worse than the other. The idea that because one is substantially more shitty than than the other that the decision becomes difficult is utter nonsense. I can’t honestly can’t believe anyone would think this way. What’s the precedent? “Hey, let’s keep selecting the absolute shit asshole to govern until the other side nominates the perfect candidate.” In all do respect, you need to get your head out of your ass on this one. He’s not. Democracies aren’t perfect. But you have to make the best choice, regardless if the choices aren’t great.
  11. US Politics/Elections Thread

    If you have been following along to my posts about Biden over the last year you’ll know I have been highly critical of running Biden in 2020 with there being much better options for Democrats. That said, Biden having issues with sexual harassment/assault allegations is kind of absurd to me in context of his opponent. Trump has a litany of problems in this area. It didn’t affect his ability to win in 2016 so why should it affect Biden’s in 2020? The logic doesn’t follow. Are we really going to say that Democrats, Independents, and Republicans should refrain from voting for Biden because they don’t want to give overt or implicit support to a man who has been credibly accused of sexual assault? If Biden were running against John Kasich or Mitt Romney then I would agree. But the only viable alternative is the Godfather of sexual harassment. Choices aren’t made in the vacuum. As much as it stinks, I agree with Clinton’s assessment: Democrats and Americans in general should hold their noses and vote for Biden at this point in light of who currently resides in the White House. There are to many other areas of concern that matter more at present.
  12. COVID-19 Outbreak

    I think you need both to open at the same time. You can’t send people back to work if they don’t have any place to send their kids. Since sending kids to grandparents are not an option because of the risks to the grandparents, parents have few options if they have to retune to the workplace but have no one to take care of their children.
  13. COVID-19 Outbreak

    Was hit with another low-grade fever since Saturday so took most of Monday and Tuesday to rest. Now thinking it’s less likely I had COVID-19 two weeks ago and instead I’ve been dealing with an influenza-pneumonia situation. I can’t get an actual physical as my doctor is only doing video-conference appointments (have one this Friday). I was hoping that it was COVID-19 as it would have meant there was less to worry about once I recover. Now I am considered immune-deficient so I have to be careful about exposure to the pandemic. Interesting. I’ve always believed that China had largely been able to curtail the outbreak by mid march since they had started to shut down the added medical capacity they built to manage the outbreak. Wuhan is a city of 11-12 million so it’s difficult to say exactly how many urns a funeral home would order at one time (less than fun fact: my grandparents and uncle were in the funeral business for over 100 years; I remember they would have an urn room and they would buy 100s at a time to save on shipping costs as they operated in a region of less than 100k people). But it is possible that the initial deaths were under-reported. WHO officials were on the ground by early January so if the outbreak hit harder in December than it’s possible the death rate is larger. By how much it’s still difficult to know with certainty to those who choose not to be cynical about everything.
  14. COVID-19 Outbreak

    You’re better off not wearing gloves when you go out. They’re still spreading germs around if you’re touching different surfaces. The only reason people should wear gloves if they are going to throw them away after one encounter with one surface or person. Just wash your hands as soon as you have left a store or use hand sanitizer if there is no bathroom accessible.
  15. COVID-19 Outbreak

    It’s amazing to read how some federal officials are claiming that the state of New York and other states do not need the supplies they are requesting because their current capacities meet current needs. It’s as if they don’t understand the nature of the outbreak and where those states will be in the next couple of weeks. I’ve read some “geniuses” claim that because New York state currently has 1000 unused ventilators that it proves Trump is right to dismiss requests for additional ventilators. You have to be a special kind of stupid not to see where this is going and how likely current healthcare capacity will be overrun if supply reinforcements are not provided.