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Just now, Robert Wheeler said:

I don't get it.

Well, apparently the guy died once, but his pic was used to illustrate two different deaths (unless he was an ex-cop and a professor), and his daughter calls BS on the Corona diagnosis.  So, the media's using him as a posthumous "crisis actor," similar to those 9/11 witnesses that the conspiracy media claim were intelligence agency plants, spouting party-line "facts" about building collapses.  Am I wrong about the scenario?  I sit corrected, then, on that golden throne.

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2 hours ago, David Andrews said:

Well, apparently the guy died once, but his pic was used to illustrate two different deaths (unless he was an ex-cop and a professor), and his daughter calls BS on the Corona diagnosis.  So, the media's using him as a posthumous "crisis actor," similar to those 9/11 witnesses that the conspiracy media claim were intelligence agency plants, spouting party-line "facts" about building collapses.  Am I wrong about the scenario?  I sit corrected, then, on that golden throne.

No you got it. My reading comprehension must have been dulled when I read your comment.

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Regarding the journal part of this thread.  Since he started it W.'s probably a pickle ball expert by now.  The Cowboy's beat the Bill's 52-17 Friday night in the Rose Bowl.  They brought back that QB from UCLA, Aikman.  Still have I think 14 rolls of TP.  Saw a facebook post showing poison ivy and  warning people resorting to leaves, if the plant has three, don't do it.

We have our second confirmed case in the town of 20K, county of 30K.  It's 70 miles from a large city.  Still spreading.  Been to town the last two days.  Only contact with a person was at the drive thru at Taco Casa yesterday.  I pulled up to the curb facing the highway through town to eat to actually see other real people (as opposed to on the internet or tv) passing by in their vehicles.  Bought the local Saturday paper (Wed/Sat only the last year plus) from a rack, I tried to feed the quarters in without touching the grabbed well below the handle and pulled down.  Put air in my tank for the mower tire using the least used hose off to the side, still a risk I guess.  Made a lap on through town, reminded me of crusin around a different one in the early 70's aka American Graffiti without a whole lot of others out.  Still plenty at the grocery store and Wal-Mart though.   

Weed eated and mowed more today, already, second time in some places.  I don't think I've ever seen the weeds (not grass yet) grow this early this fast.  80% chance of more rain tomorrow, stock tanks are full to over flowing, local lake too.  Went back to town today for a Sunday Fort Worth Star Telegram.  Used an exam glove to get it, gas for the mower, and a bag of ice from a ice/water stand in a shopping center parking lot.

Read earlier singer/songwriter John Prine is in critical condition from COVID.

And that country singer Joe Diffie passed from it.  Makes me sad.  Never saw him, always liked him, had one cassette tape.  He had at least a couple of more poignant songs but this one seems maybe appropriate if not taken as morbid.  I think he could have appreciated it.  In memoriam. 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=joe+diffie+prop+me+up+beside+jukebox&view=detail&mid=8CA9E0CFD39EA079BF688CA9E0CFD39EA079BF68&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3djoe%2bdiffie%2bprop%2bme%2bup%2bbeside%2bjukebox%26form%3dPRUSEN%26mkt%3den-us%26httpsmsn%3d1%26msnews%3d1%26rec_search%3d1%26refig%3df11a8c10c5734e139fb88dd4ad21bd54%26sp%3d4%26ghc%3d1%26qs%3dAS%26pq%3djoe%2bdiffie%2bpro%26sk%3dPRES1AS3%26sc%3d6-14%26cvid%3df11a8c10c5734e139fb88dd4ad21bd54

 

 

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3 hours ago, James DiEugenio said:

2020 will be a banner year for Darwin Awards.

You posted about the Virginia pastor who died last week after claiming earlier this month that COVID-19 was a hoax.

There's also the guy from Phoenix who drank (chloroquine) aquarium cleaning products recently, after Trump promoted chloroquine as a COVID-19 cure.

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Journalwise we're up to 3 cases, the latest rural like me.  Wife's boss who she's not had contact with in a week and a half was being tested today over a 102 temp and other symptoms.    Learning new technology to work online can be frustrating at 63 as those teaching it are learning themselves.  I walked around the outside of the house today and down to the mailbox (150 yards) and back under cloudy skies in a cool breeze to get out of the house.  I feel for my daughter, son in law and 19 month old grandson in a one bedroom apartment. 

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         I've been re-reading Albert Camus' novel, The Plague, this week, and I was struck by this passage, in particular.*  The novel was published in 1947, and has obvious allegorical parallels to the Nazi occupation of France, but Camus also managed to accurately describe the pervasive initial denial of the epidemic that has characterized the reaction to the COVID-19 disaster in many parts of the U.S.

*       "Everybody knows that pestilences have a way of recurring in the world, yet somehow we find it hard to believe in ones that crash down on our heads from a blue sky. There have been as many plagues as wars in history, yet always plagues and wars take people equally by surprise."

       -- Albert Camus/The Plague

 

 

 

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DId everyone see what Trump said today?

We have gone from it  being under control and a hoax to between 100-240 K dead.

But he will try to keep it at 100K and that would be doing well.

You can't make this stuff up.  This is how ridiculous our political system has become today.  And his approval ratings are going up.

Dylan's poem really nailed it.

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Well, one of my favorite restaurants, about two blocks down, called Harry's has now closed and the building is up  for lease.

One of my other favorites, about a  mile down the street, The Corner Bakery, is also shuttered.  You cannot get by  in that business on take out and delivery.

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I came here from Quito Ecuador March 10th. There were almost no cases in Ecuador or even in Latin America at that time but If I had left a week later. I might not  have gotten out. They are imposing very draconiam measures in Latin America even though their case loads are miniscule compared to Asia, Europe and North America.
 
In the International news feeds I had, at first I  heard the problems states were Washington, then California, then California and Washington. It wasn't until I arrived that suddenly it was the NYC area,with Di Blasio and Cuomo realizing it later (though in fairness Cuomo as Governor bares less responsibility), and the news has been about NYC ever since. As well it should be, NY and NJ have a high rate of positives.
 
San Francisco, the Bay Area and then California Govenor Newsome was  the first to put the "shelter in place" restrictions throughout a state. Then it became a bottom up movement that spread to the major states, then the major metropolitan areas so now most of the population has some form of lock down..They're saying that the early shelter in place is working in California, But what I find disturbing is the lack of testing in California. I hope this is because fewer people are experiencing symptoms?
How many coronavirus cases have been found in each U.S. state
 
Here are the  projected peak dates for each state.
 
Governor Kemp of Georgia, only in the last 24 hours found out that asymptomatic people can still spread the virus. What a complete irresponsible moron!, right along with Di Santis of Florida.
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I was pretty bummed by the news today.  First was US tops 1000 deaths in a day yesterday, doubling from 500 the day before.  Then the world wide total cases hits a million, deaths 50,000 and they say the numbers are low.  Now Kirk's chart shows Texas peaking April 27 - May 4 which means it would likely be weeks after that before things might return to something close to normal (e.g. restaurants, theaters, barbers open).  Only a week into this but I thought originally I'll do things around the house I've been neglecting, but I find myself having to say to self get up, walk around, stretch, exercise.  Guess I should be thankful we (family) show no symptoms thus far.  Here's to hoping no other forum members do either. 

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4 hours ago, James DiEugenio said:

Well, one of my favorite restaurants, about two blocks down, called Harry's has now closed and the building is up  for lease.

One of my other favorites, about a  mile down the street, The Corner Bakery, is also shuttered.  You cannot get by  in that business on take out and delivery.

I noticed Pastafina's open sign was off and the  parking lot completely empty yesterday after it was open the first couple of days of SIP.  Most of the fast food drive thru's were still open, some busier than others.  While in town yesterday to pick up the wife's prescriptions I thought let's go by Hard Eight and get a chopped beef sandwich to go.  They're regionally famous for outstanding BBQ, people drive 30-40 miles, make it a point to stop passing through.  Opened a second location in the metromess between Fort Worth and Dallas a few years back.  No dice. I expect they'll return along with Pastafina, I hope.  Meanwhile  I've got ribs in the freezer, a smoker and wood, when the rain goes away and the wood dries out.  Not as good as Hard Eight but still tasty.

For tonight, wife asked if I wanted to watch Woodstock.  Been thinking about films to watch I've not seen in a while.  I was 13 in 69, she was 5, I have it on VHS, taped off PBS.  She's never really watched it and will probably be asleep in thirty minutes.  I could use a refresher as a distraction.  

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