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Thanks for that Jeanie.

Ireland is really a beautiful place.

Whenever I see something like that, I am reminded of one of my favorite films in recent years: Local Hero.  The last shot of that film is indelible.

If you have not seen it, its a really good picker upper while being home. 

Another one you may like in the same category is Major League.  

BTW, why is it called the UK?  Ireland and Scotland do not want to be united with England and Wales. 

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Went to the grocery store at 6:00 this evening, not crowded at all.  They had what I needed but I noticed they were out of eggs.  Found a small brisket.  A wood fire outside in a few days sounds nice between clouds, rain and the news.

I guess many others have read about Italians singing to each other from their balconies.  About Gal Gadot's Imagine video,  Gloria Gaynor's I Will Survive hand washing video.  Even before he passed people were singing Bill Withers Lean on Me from balconies, windows, door steps and porches.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=imagine+john+lennon&view=detail&mid=B84CBDDFE86EE362BBC6B84CBDDFE86EE362BBC6&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dimagine%2bjohn%2blennon%26form%3dPRUSEN%26mkt%3den-us%26httpsmsn%3d1%26msnews%3d1%26rec_search%3d1%26refig%3d121e9ac4ee614b299bdd29f41e68801a%26sp%3d1%26ghc%3d1%26qs%3dLS%26pq%3dimagine%2bj%26sk%3dPRES1%26sc%3d8-9%26cvid%3d121e9ac4ee614b299bdd29f41e68801a

 

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=bill+withers+lean+on+me+with&&view=detail&mid=1F00063C29F4DCB4C6E91F00063C29F4DCB4C6E9&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dbill%2Bwithers%2Blean%2Bon%2Bme%2Bwith%26qpvt%3Dbill%2Bwithers%2Blean%2Bon%2Bme%2Bwith%26FORM%3DVDRE

I'd like to add this one for consideration along these lines.

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=blue+skies+willie+nelson&view=detail&mid=1396E3BE8D7E7CD124051396E3BE8D7E7CD12405&FORM=VIRE0&ru=%2fsearch%3fq%3dblue%2bskies%2bwillie%2bnelson%26form%3dPRUSEN%26mkt%3den-us%26httpsmsn%3d1%26msnews%3d1%26rec_search%3d1%26refig%3d121e9ac4ee614b299bdd29f41e68801a%26sp%3d1%26ghc%3d1%26qs%3dLS%26pq%3dblue%2bskies%2bwillie%26sk%3dPRES1%26sc%3d8-17%26cvid%3d121e9ac4ee614b299bdd29f41e68801a

Stay safe.

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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

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Something about this "Fortitude Ranch" story* made me think of that line by Frederich Nietzsche-- "In heaven, all of the interesting people are missing."

Not sure I would want to survive the Apocalypse up in the hills with a bunch of right wing, "survivalist" wack jobs.

I'd rather take my chances with my fellow "loony libs" here in metro Denver.

* Mysterious Colorado Doomsday Shelter For When "Law & Order Breaks Down" Sees Spike In Interest

https://www.zerohedge.com/health/mysterious-colorado-doomsday-shelter-when-law-order-breaks-down-sees-spike-interest

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2 hours ago, 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

quote: "We have two options on our hands: Either we unite as a country, or we will crumble as individual states."

Jeff i agree with90% of  the conclusions. It is pretty clearly written.  I don't think it will end up being as great a calamity in number of deaths as.they  projected, but who knows?. I agree ,the  cause is a lack of centralization, and too much power to the states. Still, as an example of central authority,  the President has the Defense Production Act, but is so   overwhelmed by the conflicting  financial interests of his prodigal son Jared Kushner and Peter Navarro, he's been timid and just unable to pull the trigger to compel our corporations to gear up, and provide the necessities .to fight  this epidemic and protect our warriors on the front lines and if necessary outright dictate profit margins.

It's interesting hearing your  arguing for government centralization, Jeff. When for years now you and Jim Di Eugenio, and Ollie Stone with his statement 3 years ago, that the "Deep State" Is Bigger Problem Than Trump"' became unknowingly duped and bought the Shawn Hannity  Republican "Government Deep state" hoax perpetuated only to foment distrust in the government and defund it to their Libetrarian hopes of a threadbare government only interested in the common defense so they could pay as little tax as possible. And you guys have just gotten sucked right into it.

 There was never a lot of talk here about the "corporate state". It was the Government Deep State", a cabal  who some how passed their values through the generations like skull and crossbones or lineage.The movement at large co opted a President, who thought the corona virus was a deep state scam and a Democrat Party hoax, so he ignored it for months,to  defiantly take a stand against the advice of the government "so called experts" to reassure his base that he wasn't going soft..

Ok Jeff, I guess I should welcome you to the fold, that the U.S. government could have a chance of doing anything positive. Not that you really have a stake at all, other than it's your major hobby and preoccupation.

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3 hours ago, 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

Thanks for posting this Jeff.  Like part II last week this is the most scientific analysis and logical approach I've seen.  Though I'm no scientist.  I did sign the White House petition on the one last week as well as this one.  In addition I plan to share it like I did the one last week.

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2 hours ago, Kirk Gallaway said:

quote: "We have two options on our hands: Either we unite as a country, or we will crumble as individual states."

Jeff i agree with90% of  the conclusions. It is pretty clearly written...

It's interesting hearing your  arguing for government centralization...

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hi Kirk

I just shared a link because others here had found earlier work by this author helpful, and the author does have a knack for clear writing and logical analysis. 

I wasn't endorsing or discussing government centralization or Deep State machinations. I think previous discussions have been a lot more nuanced than you describe.

Pandemic response in Canada has also been largely decentralized to the individual provinces, with federal government handling the macro issues. It seems to make sense as, like in USA, there are regional particulars which could influence the appropriate or best responses. But it's a lot easier co-ordinating policies between fourteen interested parties (provinces/territories/fed gov), in comparison to fifty-one (states and fed gov). Gangland warfare over medical safety supplies probably would not happen up here. Astonished to hear those stories.

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Surgeon-General warns of "Pearl Harbor moment" next week:

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/05/pearl-harbor-us-surgeon-general-coronavirus-deaths-donald-trump-white-house-briefing

You know what happened the last time we had a "new Pearl Harbor"...

Psychological sets, someone said?

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Ok Jeff, I agree with 14 provinces, it is much easier for Canada. And as I say, I do like what you posted. I'm probably just going on a bit on what I find to be your premises in general, which I often find to be one note..  i don't think you understand what's really going on in the U.S. And i know from his posts Jim does understands this much..

There's been almost a 40 year agenda in the U.S. to marginalize the middle classes, and  dismantle the New Deal legacy of FDR. This to me, is the primary focus. The people who are perpetuating this just love the fact that you're so impotently  focused on deducing hidden facts about this mysterious MIC government  cabal, while they can simply in light of day dictate legislation to our representatives that make you meaningless.  There's nothing that mysterious about this.

50 years ago, the military deep state was a dark, hidden, sinister element that was a geopolitical world scourge. It was brought on by the gold rush expansion of government bureaucracy from a Golden American age, , where they were the only standing survivors after WWll and controlled up to a third of the world's resources, and  department heads became powers on to themselves and Canada benefited from just standing in our shadow. Now the military is just one aspect.of a multi national complex.

The "Government Deep State" concept has been co opted by a corporate state, or a loose group of industrialists who always resented government interference and taxation and realized they could capitalize on a general dissatisfaction of politics as usual that was felt by everybody, and they've successfully propagated a general distrust of institutions. They've been very successful at putting the advocates of the  FDR safety net on the run and little by little have de funded the government to the point, we're just blind to it. . We can see it now in the gutting of government  stockpiles, and emergency services and readiness in the Corona Virus epidemic.  You can see it in the deregulation of environment controls , the Federal Communications Commissions , the Security Exchange Commission. Many others could go on and on.

I see your guidance as so off the mark, it's damaging, I can tell you your demand for justice from the" Deep State" for Trump  is greeted with glee by Wall Street, as there's been no President whose tied his fortunes as much to Wall Street. If and until the oppressed  can come together and realize this is the only government we got. You're only directing the frustration of the very victims of this middle class marginalization not toward the people who are oppressing them, but to the  oppressors enemies, the government who are ultimately the only ones who can arbitrate their concerns.

 

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As this is the plague thread, Nuts!

https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/crime/man-who-narrated-an-expletive-filled-video-depicting-people-not-social-distancing-arrested/ar-BB12bVPM?li=BBnbcA1

I read a couple of days ago about a guy in Pennsylvania coughing hard walking by a gas pump.   Another guy getting gas tells him he needs to cover his cough's.  Walking towards the convenience store door the first guy tells the second something like FO.  Gas guy is finished and getting in his car then tries to run over coughing man as he's about to enter the store.  Coughing man pulls a gun, shoots the windshield then a tire a couple of times, takes off.  Gas man follows him (with a flat tire I guess), goes on home, then calls the police, tells a phony story not including trying to run over coughing man.  Which is revealed by security video.  Police arrested both.  Nuts.  

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48 minutes ago, Ron Bulman said:

Coughing man pulls a gun, shoots the windshield then a tire a couple of times, takes off.  Gas man follows him (with a flat tire I guess), goes on home, then calls the police, tells a phony story not including trying to run over coughing man.  Which is revealed by security video.  Police arrested both.  Nuts.  

 

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This is sort of goes along the lines of Jeff's link of grim projections for the U.S.A 's battle with the Corona Virus.. (How did I know it would be like that?)

This British film is the most serious film I've seen yet on the struggle against the corona virus in Milan Italy.  It's very well done and very sobering.

 

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