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31 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

I thought this photo was a hoax, its not.

Read the story, they are now using a tennis court as a hospital stand in, and they may have to go to hotels?  How about Trump donating his?

Ugh the irony.

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2020/04/10/mass-burials-surge-as-new-york-city-set-to-hit-100-000-coronavirus-cases-1274835

From the accompanying article:

NEW YORK — The number of burials at New York’s Hart Island, a sprawling public cemetery holding the remains of the unclaimed dead, has increased fivefold as the death toll from the coronavirus continues to rise in the city.

With the pandemic claiming at least 5,065 lives in New York by Friday, overwhelmed mortuaries have moved unclaimed bodies — many that had been held for more than month, from people who died of other causes — to the island in order to make more space for coronavirus casualties.

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This is more or less business as usual in NYC.  Inmates from Rikers Island customarily bury the unclaimed dead of the city's morgues on islands in the East River.  The city is just moving the past unclaimed to the mass graves faster, so that any unclaimed Corona victims can be buried faster, and the morgues can control space better.  There is no "surge in mass burials" indicated, and this photo is not certifiably of any unclaimed Corona dead.

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16 minutes ago, James DiEugenio said:

I thought this photo was a hoax, its not.

Read the story, they are now using a tennis court as a hospital stand in, and they may have to go to hotels?  How about Trump donating his?

Ugh the irony.

https://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2020/04/10/mass-burials-surge-as-new-york-city-set-to-hit-100-000-coronavirus-cases-1274835

This a potter’s field that has been in use since the civil war for unidentified bodies and people with no family to pay for a funeral. It is not a mass coronavirus gravesite.

There  are over a million bodies buried there. They have been burying batches every few days forever. Business as usual.

Don't fall for the "fear porn".

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We need more flags out.

9/11 widow: "Everywhere you looked, there were flags.  Flags and missing persons flyers."

I see everybody sheltering, but very few houses and buildings flying flags.  We need to put flags out as proof of life, and as a sign that - to whatever purpose you desire - we will not be f*cked with.

If I get sentimental about flags, you know there's a need for response.

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Uncage the colors, show 'em in every park

Do it for Little Walter, do it for Tony Stark

Do it for Jeffrey Epstein, and for Brian Epstein, too

Fly 'em for John F. Kennedy, fly 'em for me and for you

Play High Noon by Frankie Laine, it went to Number One

Play it for Stormy Daniels, her clothes have come undone

Play Stormy Weather by Lena Horne, I don't give a duck

Play it for all the people in refrigerated trucks

Play Sixteen Candles, play Voodoo Chile (Slight Return)

Play 'em in the FEMA camp, where the unclaimed bodies burn

Play 'em for T. S. Eliot, play 'em for Martha Reeves

Play 'em out at Arlington, where an Unknown Soldier grieves

Play Pop Goes the Weasel. and Pop Musik by M.

Play 'em till you're sick and tired, then play 'em once again.

-- Copyright 2020 Sony Music Entertainment

 

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Sheltering in place and watching the film "Z" together, my wife and I today were distracted hearing this ominous military type loud speaker blaring a block or two away.

The words "THERE ARE NO MORE MASKS" ... "THERE ARE NO MORE MASKS"  were being loudly and repeatedly broadcast over and over through this loudspeaker.

We walked outside on our deck and noticed it was being broadcast from a police car that was moving slowly down the street below our house.

Unlike every day the last two weeks, with almost no cars on the street, there was a line with no visible end of backed up cars going the other direction ( toward the elementary school ) as the police car.

What had happened ( we found out later ) was the City of Monterey, Ca had posted an on-line notice announcing a face mask distribution at an elementary school yard close to our home. This was being done through the fire department.

The giveaway session was supposed to be open for 1 and 1/2 hours.

Within less than 1/2 hour they had depleted the supply.

The traffic and crowd control police car was announcing to the huge car line of desperate people waiting to get their masks, that there were no more left.

The whole scene seemed right out of a Sci-Fi national emergency movie.

Our new reality I sadly say.

 


 

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On 4/10/2020 at 7:39 PM, James DiEugenio said:

If anything, the number is probably understated:

https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/fdny-sees-huge-uptick-in-doa-ambulance-cases-as-covid-ravages-city

This is what I thought.  Many people simply die at home or on the street.  As everyone knows, NYC is a jungle.  I was there twice, and I never want to go back.  My idea of a great place to live is Santa Barbara, La Jolla, Naples, Florida, Boston in the summer. 

New York? Yech. Remember Midnight Cowboy?

Jim, now that Trump moved his residence to Florida, hasn't  the President designated NYC as a certified sh-thole?  I thought I read that somewhere.

That dude don't look back.                                                                                                                           Ha ha                             trump joke

Those are some tawny California towns , Jim.

La Jolla-- I get the attraction there, you just want to get back together with Tommy Graves. I knew time couldn't pull you guys apart!

Santa Barbara--That's as far south as I'd go. That's pretty nice.

As far as Jon Voight, I've seen very little of his 21st Century movies. But he's great in his most recent stuff, playing Mickey in Ray Donovan.

 

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Happy Easter.  I miss seeing my grandkid's.  No egg hunt's here this year.

I've not gone to church since my teens though I still believe.

Many churches will go ahead with services, some with large congregations .  Why?

The virus doesn't care about religious affiliation, it likes crowds.

It seems like right now, if you want to increase your chances of meeting Jesus sooner than you hoped, go to Church. 

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On 4/5/2020 at 2:16 PM, Jeff Carter said:

The author of the "Hammer and Dance" piece has posted a new analysis focussing on the virus and the USA. Grim projections. The author has a knack for clear writing, so it is a good single source to help stay on top of what the situation actually is. It includes an amazing visual representation of migration patterns of Spring Break partiers from Fort Lauderdale back to their communities three weeks ago.

https://medium.com/@tomaspueyo/coronavirus-out-of-many-one-36b886af37e9

Still important.

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Well Dave, at least you did not use a scene from that inflated mediocrity of a movie The Godfather this time.

But why ignore the part about the refrigerated trucks to get the dead bodies out because the morgues are clogging up.

 

PS I never watched that Monster film since I thought it was one of those movies where the actor won because of the make up. Sort of like Brando in The Godfather.

But I did take a very brief look at it and yes there is something in there like Joe Buck, but I don't think i would go as far as you  do.

I should add, every executive at the initial studio screening thought Midnight Cowboy was going to fail.  Which shows that William Goldman was right when he wrote in Adventures in the Screen Trade, Nobody knows anything.  During quarantine time, if you have not, read that book, it is still the best one I ever read on the film business.  At least until Oliver Stone's autobiography comes out this fall.  Or at least Part One of it.,

 

 

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I've read the Goldman book, there isn't a dull moment.  There's also a book of collected interviews with Goldman that's equally rewarding.

He was a great adapter of other writers' material, not so much of his own: his draft for the adaptation of his own novel, Marathon Man, is wildly anti-cinematic, and was made better by other, uncredited hands, such as Robert Towne's.

I give him a lot of credit for maintaining historical accuracy in the film of Cornelius Ryan's book A Bridge Too Far, which is more faithful to history than one might believe.

I addressed the "refrigerated trucks" meme in my revised Dylan parody.  Thanks for making it better.

Every time Charlize goes google-eyed manic in Monster, she's stealing Voight's Joe Buck.  On the whole, I wish the picture had never been made.

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16 hours ago, Ron Bulman said:

Happy Easter.  I miss seeing my grandkid's.  No egg hunt's here this year.

I've not gone to church since my teens though I still believe.

Many churches will go ahead with services, some with large congregations .  Why?

The virus doesn't care about religious affiliation, it likes crowds.

It seems like right now, if you want to increase your chances of meeting Jesus sooner than you hoped, go to Church. 

Live Free or Die.

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The New Jersey motto?

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On 4/10/2020 at 9:58 AM, W. Niederhut said:

The Denver Post just published a map of documented COVID-19 cases in Denver's neighborhoods.

My neighborhood, Washington Park, is the WORST!  (I live one block away from the park.)

My wife and I have been wearing masks on our daily walks in the park for the past week or so, but I have noticed that many pedestrians and most bicyclists out there are still not wearing masks -- especially the young people-- and the park has been unusually crowded since the local schools were closed.

We may have to start strolling on the side streets-- but even those are crowded now.

I tried wearing my mask while skating (Rollerblading) my daily 5 miles out there, but my sunglasses get fogged over quickly.  No can do.

Didn't you once mention a family cabin outside Gunnison?  It made me think Tincup in the spring might be nice if I had a place near there to shelter in place.

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