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    Coronavirus

    By the standards in the US, Australia barely has the virus, and yet they'll go back to drastic measures at the slightest sign of an increase. We have more people dying in 6 hours than you've had since it started. Meanwhile here in the states they were opening bars, tattoo parlors, places of...
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    New strain of coronavirus

    That's vintage 1978. My parents bought it when they bought the house. Until 2018 we had a refrigerator of the same vintage: We replaced it with this because it was a power hog: Still have the old fridge in the basement as a storage cabinet. It still works in a pinch, too. I doubt anything...
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    HOT

    Holy crap! I find 90s incredibly uncomfortable. I don't even want to think about how temps like that would feel.
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    New strain of coronavirus

    We bought some Chinese food yesterday after bringing my mother home from her doctor's appointment. I thoroughly washed down the containers before opening them. When they were drying on the stove I noticed something strange: Apparently it's a new strain of coronavirus which is visible to the...
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    Coronavirus

    It's entirely plausible many of those 12,000 who didn't die from that list of ailments did in fact contract covid, which in turn killed them. Remember this diseases LOVES preexisting conditions. Also, many of those with those conditions would be in nursing homes, and hence more likely to...
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    HOT

    That's downright icy compared to the 128°F recorded in Death Valley. After sparing us so far it looks like the Northeast is getting hit by heat also this week. Not quite 120, but mid 90s and high humidity, which likely feels like 110. Totally disgusting outside.
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    Coronavirus

    I think it's more a case of being cautious so they don't have to back track later if they give out incorrect info. As we've seen, there's only so many times experts can be wrong before they lose credibility with much of the general public. As an engineer and scientist myself, I'm a lot more...
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    Coronavirus

    I agree but given the PPE shortage I don't see how they could have handled it any differently. Also, we knew about the virus in December. We should have used that time to build up a supply of masks to avoid the exact situation we found ourselves in. Another factor here is we're learning about...
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    Coronavirus

    Since "freedom" is often been the reason people aren't wearing masks, here's a good article on what freedom really means: https://theweek.com/articles/925896/what-americans-are-finally-learning-about-freedom In essence, you only own something if the government says you do. If so, then said...
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    Coronavirus

    A spread in nursing homes is probably inevitable due to the nature of them, with caretakers often working at multiple facilities. I know it's fashionable now to blame the governors in some US states for helping it spread in nursing homes, but it was destined to happen. Nursing homes has always...
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    Empire in Decline

    I wanted to address this separately. No, the riots aren't about Floyd. They never were. They're partially career criminals simply taking advantage of the situation, partly white supremacists and/or cops trying to discredit protesters, and partly just a lot of pent-up anger over what has been...
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    Empire in Decline

    Because those same police forces are actively staging a work slowdown which their unions are doubtless strongly encouraging. The unions obviously don't want to have fewer members, which is exactly what would happen if police forces are cut. And in most cases, those cuts won't result in more...
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    Coronavirus

    You're forgetting that deaths lag case count by at least several weeks. In this case, it might be more because the majority of new cases are younger people, versus when this started and a lot of older people were getting sick. Basically, it would work something along the lines of young people...
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    Coronavirus

    The smarter states like those here in the Northeast are now requiring a 14-day quarantine for people traveling in from states where the virus is out of control. Of course, the larger question is how rigorously will this be enforced. If it were up to me, I would march people right from planes...
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    HOT

    This was the hottest I ever saw by me (July 22, 2011):
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