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Good luck Tim.  Pulling for you.

Also, I wouldn't get overly excited over the cash giveaway.

   
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^ My user-avatar greatly likes this.
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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So my wife and I are getting money from the govt.?? Great, now if we could only leave the house to actually spend it.
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Hope people who can afford to do so take that cheque and donate it straight to the campaign of the Dem nominee
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(03-17-2020, 06:06 PM)Adam_72 Wrote: Hope people who can afford to do so take that cheque and donate it straight to the campaign of the Dem nominee

Honestly, I'll probably give it to my brother.
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(03-17-2020, 06:06 PM)Adam_72 Wrote: Hope people who can afford to do so take that cheque and donate it straight to the campaign of the Dem nominee

I was considering that with mine.  My employment looks to be stable for the future.
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There is a hell of a lot of places that could use that money before politicians
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No shit, Sherlock. I just like the idea of the orange cunt helping finance his opponent.

And then later realizing what he has done
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Well, there's next month's rent taken care of?

Eat shit, payroll tax/Medicare funding! Daddy's gonna get him some rent.

While the party's still going, can I get an interest free loan to start my new airline?
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I really hope someone develops a COVID-19 test that doesn’t involve the nasal swab. Just seeing it gives me a panic attack.
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It seems gruesome.
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Conservative pundit:

https://mobile.twitter.com/amandacarpent...5615700992

   
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Jake Tapper see's people walking in SF and holding hands. Says they shouldn't be doing that. "Social Distancing" Does he not realizing these people are living together in self quarinting and holding hands is no big deal?
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They're merely exchanging long protein strings.

If you can think of a better way . . .
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"Gag and vote for it anyway."

https://www.mediaite.com/politics/mitch-...it-anyway/

Quote:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said the Senate would move ahead with a vote on the House’s coronavirus response bill, and urged his Republican colleagues to withhold their objections to the bill and “vote for it anyway.”

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, McConnell said his intention was to hold a vote on the House’s bill as soon as they could, and that the Senate wouldn’t adjourn until they’ve passed legislation to expand on the House’s proposed measures.

“With regard to the bill that came over from the House, there was some discussion about a bigger proposal because we all know a bigger proposal was necessary, but I’ve decided we’re going to go on and vote as soon as the Senate can get permission to vote on the bill that came over from the House, send it down to the president for his signature and thus re-ensure the people around the country that we can operate on them bicameral, bipartisan basis quickly. Second, we will not leave until we have passed yet another bill and clearly, that will have to go in two steps as I’ve indicated earlier, first Senate Republicans and the administration are going to try to reach an agreement on what we think is best for what can best be described as Phase 3. Then we will sit down with hour Democratic counterparts and see what we can agree to. The Senate will not leave town until we have processed yet another bill to address this emergency.”

As he took questions, McConnell argued that “a much larger bill” is necessary to deal with the pandemic, but the counsel he offered to his colleagues was to “gag and vote for it anyway even if they think it has some shortcomings, and to address those shortcomings in the bill we are in the process of crafting.”
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^ You fucking know Mitchy's feeling the heat breathing right down his neck if he's telling his caucus to simply bite the bullet and vote this Democratic bill through strictly as-is.

   

https://twitter.com/SykesCharlie/status/...4857712643
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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Also not hard to imagine that the Rs snuck some especially heinous language into the bill at the last minute and want it passed before anyone notices.
"I'd rather wake up in the middle of nowhere than in any city on Earth."--Steve McQueen
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This article is from early March.

Don't be patient 31.  Social distancing is important.

https://graphics.reuters.com/CHINA-HEALT...index.html

Quote:South Korea has announced hundreds of new coronavirus cases in the space of only a few days and raised its infectious disease alert to the highest level. The surge in cases has centred around two main clusters from a church in Daegu city and a nearby hospital. The new outbreak has pushed South Korea’s tally of confirmed cases much higher than anywhere else outside of China.

The virus was first confirmed in the country on Jan. 20 when a 35-year-old Chinese woman who flew from Wuhan, China to Incheon international airport, which serves Seoul, was isolated upon entry into the country. In the four weeks following the incident, South Korea managed to avoid a major outbreak with only 30 people contracting the virus, despite many interactions between those later confirmed as being sick and hundreds more people being identified as contacts of the sick patients.

This changed with the emergence of “Patient 31.”

It’s not clear where Patient 31 became infected with the virus, but in the days before her diagnosis, she travelled to crowded spots in Daegu, as well as in the capital Seoul. On February 6 she was in a minor traffic accident in Daegu, and checked herself into an Oriental medicine hospital. While at that hospital, she attended services at the Daegu branch of the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, on February 9 and again on February 16.

In between those visits, on February 15, doctors at the hospital said they first suggested she be tested for the coronavirus, as she had a high fever. Instead, the woman went to a buffet lunch with a friend at a hotel. In an interview with local newspaper JoongAng Ilbo, the woman denied that doctors had advised her to be tested. As her symptoms worsened, however, doctors say they once again advised her to be tested. On February 17, she finally went to another hospital for the test. The next day, health authorities announced she was the country’s 31st confirmed case. In only a matter of days, those numbers had soared as hundreds of people at the Shincheonji Church and surrounding areas tested positive.
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New models suggest we could be in this for a lot longer than a couple of months:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/eur...lX3P6W-psI
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From the Release Aging People from Prison campaign:

https://twitter.com/RAPPcampaign/status/...5270649856

Quote:BREAKING: An employee at Sing Sing Correctional Facility has tested positive for Coronavirus--the first official COVID-19 diagnosis in the New York State prison system. Our statement with @paroleprepny @VOCALNewYork & @WorthRises. @NYGovCuomo, #ClemencyNow #FreeOurElders 

   
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That is some scary reading. But on the other hand I've heard some Doctors say that here in the U.S. we may have started early enough that maybe we can stop this before it gets out of hand.
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Paul gonna Paul.

At least, there's nothing about the whistleblower in his amendment:

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/...d=msedgntp

Quote:Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the Senate would move at "warp speed" to pass coronavirus legislation on Tuesday, but Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., put a damper on those plans, two leadership sources told NBC News.

Senators were on Tuesday heading towards a vote on the package - which includes provisions for free coronavirus testing, secures paid emergency leave, enhances unemployment Insurance, strengthens food security initiatives, and increases federal Medicaid funding to states - but had to slam the brakes on because of an amendment Paul proposed.

The sources said Paul is forcing a vote on his amendment, which would "require a social security number for purposes of the child tax credit, and to provide the President the authority to transfer funds as necessary, and to terminate United States military operations and reconstruction activities in Afghanistan."

McConnell agreed to take up the amendment on Wednesday, delaying the vote on the larger bill, the sources said. The Paul amendment is not expected to pass.

McConnell, the senior senator from Kentucky, said earlier Tuesday a number of his members think the package that the House passed on Saturday has "considerable shortcomings" but is still necessary and urgent.

"My counsel to them is to gag and vote for it," he said.

"We're able to rise above our normal partisanship and many times our normal positions because these are not ordinary times. This is not an ordinary time," he said.

Paul was the sole "no" vote on the $8.3 billion coronavirus spending bill the Senate passed earlier this month.

Paul is notorious for forcing votes on amendments he knows will not pass.

In July of last year, Paul blocked a bipartisan bill that would ensure a victims' compensation fund related to the Sept. 11 attacks never runs out of money. Paul questioned the bill's 70-year time frame and said any new spending should be offset by corresponding cuts. After the amendment failed, he wound up being one of two no votes on the legislation.

He even briefly caused the government to shut down in 2018, using a procedural tactic to block the Senate from meeting the deadline to keep the government open because he objected to the price tag.
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Well, the goal isn't really prevention or containment at this point; it's management.

If 1 million people will need hospital care, and the health care system can only handle 100,000 at a time, the goal just becomes to keep the number of simultaneous patients under 100k. The isolation practices can't stop the spread, but they can slow it enough so that a million people don't die because there are no resources to care for them.

What seems likely to happen is that the isolation advisories will be relaxed once the spread slows significantly (after we start actual testing, that is). Because the virus isn't going away.
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Pandemic or not, I would never again eat at a Bob Evans.  The only thing "special" about that place is good 'ol Bob personally shits in every meal:

https://twitter.com/bubbaprog/status/123...2646280193

Quote:West Virginia's governor went on TV this afternoon to tell residents to go out to eat at Bob Evans

And West Virginia became the 50 state to confirm a case:

https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/west...30980.html

Quote:West Virginia has its first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus ( COVID-19) in its Eastern Panhandle, Gov. Jim Justice announced on Tuesday.

“We knew it was coming. We’ve prepared for this and we shouldn’t panic,” Justice, 68, said in a statewide address broadcasted on YouTube and across social media. “We should cautious. We should be concerned, but not panicked.”

In his address, the governor said that West Virginia will be closing its restaurants, bars and casinos to avoid the spread of the disease. Establishments offering takeout will remain open, according to Justice.

“None of us have ever gone through a pandemic, but this is real,” he said. “We have to take seriously all the hygiene recommendations. We have to take seriously the ability to stay six foot apart from one another. We have to take seriously the ability to stay away from our crowds.”

“Our state and local public health professionals are vital to addressing and preparing for this coronavirus outbreak. This funding will support West Virginia’s public health organizations so they can be better prepared to manage and address the COVID-19 virus,” Manchin, 72, said in a statement. “We have one of the most vulnerable populations in the nation and we must prepare our health providers for the inevitable cases in West Virginia. Our state and nation must come together during this time to protect and take care of one another.”
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https://mobile.twitter.com/kylegriffin1/...4074212357

   
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(03-18-2020, 03:02 AM)farsight Wrote: What seems likely to happen is that the isolation advisories will be relaxed once the spread slows significantly (after we start actual testing, that is). Because the virus isn't going away.

Somewhere along those lines: https://www.technologyreview.com/s/61537...gXkGnZ-pAo

Probably the most chilling write-up I've read so far.

Quote:This isn’t a temporary disruption. It’s the start of a completely different way of life.
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https://mobile.twitter.com/Neil_Irwin/st...6720316418

   
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You truly hate to see it: https://twitter.com/VickyPJWard/status/1...4173516801

Quote:Trump is reportedly furious at Jared Kushner for the White House’s mishandling of the coronavirus crisis.

According to one former West Wing official: “I have never heard so many people inside the White House openly discuss how pissed Trump is at Jared.”
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Trump's about to shut down the Canadian border, looks like:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/202...MQNIPUTY24
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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Didn't Canada already do that?
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And 38 million Canadians let out out a breath of gratitude.
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Just checked my Facebook-feed and found this, re-shared by my mother (posted without further comment):

   
"These guys are pros, Michael. They're gonna push the tension 'till the last possible moment before they strip."

 
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https://mobile.twitter.com/ChadBown/stat...6689145856

   
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Quote:Just checked my Facebook-feed and found this, re-shared by my mother (posted without further comment)

People love to make fun of the weird flag hugging stuff but they have no idea how powerful an image that is to certain segments of the population. The same people who seethed whenever they saw people burning flags on the news. 

Just as predicted, it came wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.
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Because they only see and care about symbols--but not what any of it actually means.

It means utterly fucking nothing.
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