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  1. The US Naval Special Warfare Command said Sunday it is investigating a video that showed military working dogs attacking a stand-in wearing a Colin Kaepernick jersey during a demonstration at the Navy Seal Museum last year. What a disgrace for the US Navy! A clear display of whom they consider the 'bad guy'. A terrible lapse of judgement from the officers responsible for the training or a clear sign about the degree in which racism is wide spread in all US institutions? Top command better come down hard on this. https://twitter.com/BillyCorben/status/1289961836264095744?s=20
  2. It's unfortunate that cases have spiked, but good to hear that the governor of Victoria is determined on taking drastic actions. Let's hope you guys manage to keep things under control and that we will look at you as another success story.
  3. Happy to hear that you are getting things under control. Keep trying and follow the guidance set forth by the rest of the world - a world that seems to be managing the pandemic a bit better than us.
  4. Topic locked. For now. There seems to be a problem getting it under control, so we'll change course and policies.
  5. "Yes, I was beaten, left bloody and unconscious. But I never became bitter or hostile, never gave up. I believe that somehow and some way if it becomes necessary to use our bodies to help redeem the soul of a nation, then we must do it." Congressman John Lewis, June 2020.


  6. Former President Barack Obama delivered a rousing eulogy celebrating Lewis' life. "He, as much as anyone in our history, brought this country a little bit closer to our highest ideals," Mr. Obama said. Consider it a lesson in leadership and human values. Topic is locked to keep out trolling (we'll deal with all the exotic trolls in these forums in the coming days).
  7. That's a great question. According to the Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine, "Effectiveness of quarantine during a viral outbreak relies on the timing and accuracy of the quarantine period, as well as the ability of individuals and health care providers to follow quarantine procedures. Current evidence to inform quarantine is limited, and COVID-19 infection trends raise critical questions about implementation effectiveness." ... "Quarantine is different from isolation, which is the separation of ill or infected persons from others to prevent the spread of infection or contamination. Introducing quarantine, according to the WHO: “aims to delay the introduction of the disease to a country or area or may delay the peak of an epidemic in an area where local transmission is ongoing, or both”." An opinion - on the subject of travelers - featured on Bloomberg reads: Britain’s Coronavirus Quarantine Won’t Fly : The U.K.’s quarantine for inbound travelers will inflict economic damage on its $182.5 billion tourism market, and it may not be enforceable.
  8. I think that is what everybody should be doing. It's too early for us in the US to let our guard down.
  9. @Molon Lave Our prayers are with you. This is scary indeed. For our international members, this reference from the BBC : Why Texas is seeing a coronavirus surge might shed some light as to why your state is going through these tough times. Stay healthy.
  10. It's scary. Southeastern Pennsylvania entered its Green phase yesterday. Philadelphia enters the Green phase on Fri. Jul 3. Let's see how that goes. Will our fellow citizens act as responsible adults or immature children? I am pessimistic on this. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer: Pennsylvania does less coronavirus testing than almost every other state "If not for Philadelphia, where testing is relatively widespread, Pennsylvania’s rate would be even lower — roughly 4,800 tests per 100,000 people, ahead of only Wyoming, Idaho, and Puerto Rico..... But how much is enough? Epidemiologists say the answer is not simple, and that in one key respect — the percent who test positive — Pennsylvania’s low level of testing may be adequate."
  11. Just a bit confused here. Which part do you consider funny? The incompetence or the propaganda? Have you not seen yet how this person's incompetence, corruption, cronyism and policies have wrecked this country? The fact that this individual is holding the highest elected position in our country and running running for re-election should scare the living daylights out of everybody.
  12. The Greek Government's official count is here: https://covid19.gov.gr/covid19-live-analytics/
  13. Yes, many have been called the name. People like slapping labels onto others. While the word 'fascist' has acquired a feeling of the extreme, like 'crying wolf', one has to pay close attention and study what fascism is and the machinations of how fascism works. Then, evaluate on your own where we currently stand and whether these labels are justifiable or not when applied to our current political climate and if they should be used when making the association with Donald J. Trump. An excellent study on the subject is the 2018 book: How Fascism Works by Jason Stanley. (The Guardian Review ) - same guy as the previous video. Essential reading in my opinion. Jason Stanley: How Fascism Works Excellent reference. Thank you for that.
  14. A video clip from the New York Times for the thinking citizens of the US:
  15. The area of Pennsylvania where I live, is lifting the stay-at-home order Thursday, June 4, at 11:59 p.m. On Friday, June 5, by 12:01 a.m., all Pennsylvania counties are expected to move to the yellow phase. Governor Wolf and Secretary Levine signed amended yellow phase orders on Thursday. On Thursday, Pennsylvania reported 537 more positive cases of COVID-19, and 75 new deaths. "I remind Pennsylvanians that yellow means caution and even in the green phase everyone needs to take precautions to keep themselves and their communities healthy," Governor Wolf said. Personally, I'm not too confident about things working out quite yet. But hey... Who am I to keep the economy from booming?
  16. Mortality rates can be fudged or inconclusive - dependent on how the reporting goes. From the BBC, Belgium, with a population of 11.5 million, has seen 82 people in every 100,000 die during its coronavirus outbreak while the US, with a population of around 330 million, has seen nearly 30 people in every 100,000 die. One of the problems with comparing countries is that many of them report deaths in different ways. Belgium, for instance, includes deaths where coronavirus was suspected of being present but was never confirmed with a test. Some US states record deaths this way, but not all. As for Brazil...
  17. 80,000 + souls perished in the USA as of May 11, 2020. The Trump propaganda machine is bragging about the 'wonderful job' they have done in testing and how the US stands alone among nations as the best response ever. What a bunch of horseshit!
  18. Sponsored by the Lincoln Project, an anti-Trump super PAC that George T. Conway III (prominent attorney and husband of White House counselor Kellyanne Conway) co-founded with other Republicans and former ones. The video, released Monday, May 5, 2020, lays responsibility squarely at Trump’s doorstep for the severity of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, including the deaths and economic damage.
  19. I'm looking forward to that celebration - which I fear is a long-long time ahead into the future! But let's stay hopeful. Them nice beers are so welcome! From the Guardian (by Robert Reich): Donald Trump's four-step plan to reopen the US economy – and why it will be lethal Unfortunately, both of our countries don't have reasonable people in charge. Maybe some countries are luckier (or smarter) than others when it comes to leadership.
  20. Sadly, the US, as of today, has 65,069 deaths. Trump continues his propaganda and deaths mount with no end in sight. Republicans in government are pressuring local leaders to open up the country and drop social distancing measures. Without following the guidance of scientists and health workers - the US has a low percentage of testing per capita, no infrastructure for contact tracing - and yet they are gun-ho to open up barber shops and nail salons. With so many people dying, it's not even a good time to be an undertaker. Too many bodies are rotting in parking lot freezer trucks. Total disregard for human life in the name of power and money! This will perpetuate the situation and keep the economy in a permanent slump. According to Forbes magazine: "This pandemic has put the U.S. economy in the ICU unit. It’s worse than the euro zone. Worse than China’s. Nearly all of it was self-inflicted."
  21. For those wondering how the USA has come to lead the world in incompetency, this read from The Atlantic is educational and eye-opening. The Atlantic: We Are Living in a Failed State
  22. Today, the U.S. reported more than 2,070 deaths, a new daily high. In Pennsylvania, Pa. House of Representatives votes to override Gov. Tom Wolf’s coronavirus business-closure order. The bill, Senate Bill 613, was Republican-supported, and the measure will now go to the Republican-controlled Senate. Republicans are doing everything in their power to fuck things up!
  23. And you are correct sir! From the Washington Post: South Dakota’s governor resisted ordering people to stay home. Now it has one of the nation’s largest coronavirus hot spots.
  24. God, we miss him! A President that could talk and inspire. A leader!
  25. Trump propaganda says 65,000+ souls without specifying forecast models. Other previous estimates mentioned up to 250,000 souls. Evaluating things from the perspective of constant lies fed through the Trump administration, my personal estimate is that Americans should brace for deaths to exceed 250,000 within the next 6-9 months. And that, I should admit, is my optimistic side talking! 🙂 That being said, I am also optimistic, that the science world will come up with some form of treatment during the next 9 months. Hopefully, that might mitigate the number of people dying because of the virus. But that is just hope and wishful thinking, not a forecast.
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