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  1. https://www.nature.com/articles/nm.3985?fbclid=IwAR1unPVainUR65XDBAZF7DhHNHfk8AHdDwUTfRxXora7cHRbCUCBICcqyL0 A SARS-like cluster of circulating bat coronaviruses shows potential for human emergence The article is from 2015 and has a recent edit addition. Change history 30 March 2020 Editors’ note, March 2020: We are aware that this article is being used as the basis for unverified theories that the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19 was engineered. There is no evidence that this is true; scientists believe that an animal is the most likely source of the coronavirus. Will the near future provide some insight with details, or will history be rewritten?
  2. This guy is something. Always saying he is great, the best, the smartest, knows everything and better than anyone else. Living in a constant state of denial. In some small way I feel sorry for him. Today a co-worker won the day when he said to me. "Every time I see Trump approach a mic, I want to see him burst into flames." Trumps ashes would serve humanity better than his actual person. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/why-the-new-effort-to-blame-coronavirus-fumbles-on-the-impeachment-trial-falls-so-far-short/ar-BB11YO9C As far as political rhetoric goes, it doesn’t get much tidier. What if the still growing coronavirus epidemic could be blamed not on President Trump and missteps by the federal government but, instead, on Democrats? What if Americans could be convinced that thousands of them are dying because Democrats were focused earlier this year on kicking Trump out of the White House and not through any fault of the White House itself?
  3. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/jails-are-petri-dishes-inmates-freed-as-the-virus-spreads-behind-bars/ar-BB11V0Q8 Attorney General William P. Barr said officials were trying to expand home confinement, as opposed to directly releasing federal prisoners, almost all of whom were convicted of felonies. He ordered an assessment of at-risk nonviolent inmates, particularly those who have served much of their sentence. “I don’t want people to think that we’re opening up the jail doors and letting people go,” the judge said, adding, “We have to protect the public, and we also have to protect the safety of the inmate.” “Our jails are petri dishes,” said Toni Preckwinkle, president of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, comparing them to nursing homes or cruise ships Deputies in Los Angeles have also been instructed to make fewer arrests, and Sheriff Villanueva asked the district attorney and courts to delay some criminal proceedings.
  4. Credit is given when duly earned. It's not something a person of integrity can self bestow and claim with some self righteous posture. Also... The United States is just that. Fifty sovereign governments with their own State Constitutions who have met the accepted criteria and pledged allegiance to form a union which is a Democratic Republic. With that said, any state can leave the union with just cause (Being denied, withheld, or impugned without proof) and can alternatively expect reciprocity at any time of crisis. In fact, states can demand a reciprocal environment when the federal government has already concurred a crisis is in the making or underway. Furthermore, through implication and direct text of constitution's, every state empowers itself to defend itself, from foreign or domestic acts, which will serve to disestablish its constitution, or their determined sovereign borders. Trump has no leg to stand on when a national emergency has already been declared and put in place. Trump has to do his duty for the office of President he has pledged to uphold. So, if Trump pisses around too much acting like a beaten dog for not doing his job, he may find states will give him a big fuck you. There are already 20 states that would willingly secede from the union. With more than enough signatures to do so, but they need a President to accept their succession. No President has accepted these motions, but those are during times of peace. Given the current environment, peace doesn't describe this very well. Trump will do his job or the states will defend themselves and in forced to do so, may decide the union no longer serves their best interest. Considering the current scope, of the existence, of our Democratic Republic, Trump would disappear before the Feds would willingly let a state secede during a national emergency. That's right. The Feds (and I don't mean Trumps appointed lackeys) would yank his ass right out of the WH and throw him in a supermax, before allowing the US to go into another civil war. The same Feds know if things went so far as to begin a civil war, the US would not exist as it does today. Ya... Trump, or the US? Hopefully the moron isn't so bold as to pose the choice by his arrogance, because he gets the shortest straw. Maybe you should stick to Canadian politics and procedure.
  5. LIVE VIDEO President Trump gives update on federal coronavirus response. Click to watch full coverage... Today, another wordsalad session from the US President filled with gibberish and then followed with spite and hate to anyone who doesn't coddle him. No thanks I will take a pass. Meanwhile... https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/coronavirus-update-cuomo-says-im-seeing-people-die-all-around-me-as-he-appeals-for-more-federal-government-help/ar-BB11VdrK?li=BBnb7Kz “Pardon me if I’m a little emotional, but I’m living with this 24 hours a day and I’m seeing people die all around me,” Cuomo said. “The science people, the government professionals have to stand up and look the president in the eye and say this is not a political exercise. This is not press relations. It’s not optics. The tsunami is coming. We know it is."
  6. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/health-insurance-premiums-could-skyrocket-analysis/ar-BB11SdbI Health insurance premiums could skyrocket because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to analysis released last week. Premiums could jump as much as 40 percent next year if the coronavirus ends up hospitalizing millions of Americans, state insurance marketplace Covered California's analysis warned. No doubt Americans will be bailing out the healthcare profiteers. Bernie's ideas look more appealing as every day passes.
  7. His daily briefings have about as much caloric information as a word salad bar. For some standing there representing the US it is like they were sentenced to eternal hell waiting for it to be finished. Don't tell Trump this or he'd say you are nasty. Trump Detachment Syndrome is more contagious than Covid. I don't place much value on polls from media. The sample sizes are too small to validate being general consensus. Also I try to consider who is reading the articles, the polls are connected to, and the general availability of the poll itself.
  8. Trump is terrible at crisis management. That will happen when the current President lives in a world of denial. The Mad Hatter could do a better job at leading the US. Recent polls show Trump is being seen for the bafoon he is. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/elections-2020/fox-news-poll-biden-leads-trump-wins-high-marks-for-female-vp-pledge/ar-BB11OkW2?li=BBnb7Kz I don't care for Biden, but he will do a better job leading the US, even if he sleeps all the way through 4 years. Once conservatives sense the Trump ship is sinking, they'll all be jumping ship. I'll enjoy knowing a whole country will be laughing at the moron after he leaves the Oval office. Perhaps one day conservatives will look back in reflection and say to themselves, Da Fuk were we thinking.
  9. Trump should be dragged out of the WH on Easter and placed in a congested church until Sunday service is over. Shoulder to shoulder sitting in a pew with Trump in the middle of the pew.
  10. I guess if I was stranded somewhere, Japan wouldn't be a bad place to be. Not suggesting you are. I watched videos of the open markets and there looks to be some tasty food and produce being sold at them. It would probably be a fun way to learn Japanese, since my Japanese vocabulary consist of about 20 words.
  11. You continue to prove how ignorant you are about the people living in the US. There are thousands upon thousands of individual sub contractors who are self employed who work hard and pay their taxes and would have to jump through hoops to qualify for unemployment. There are thousands upon thousands who run online businesses out of their homes selling products they make, who would never qualify for unemployment. The list goes on and none of those Americans exist under the umbrella of government subsidies. Then there is the single parent working two part time jobs where they could receive unemployment and the amount per week wouldn't pay but enough to have a day care or another to watch and care for their children. They have already been living paycheck to paycheck. By the way, I doubt you have a clue how much is the maximum weekly unemployment benefit. It doesn't yield enough to pay for health insurance. The rest is you showing the depth of your ignorance or perhaps arguing just to defend your savior.
  12. Firstly you are making irrational assumptions that every wage earner qualifies for unemployment. Second, you assume every household is back by a full time wage earner. Third, ignoring over 50% of America's jobs pay less then $15 per hour and many are of a part time status intentionally to avoid paying for healthcare by the employer. A person living 50 miles outside of a metro area pays a monthly rent awful damn close to $1,200 per month. Also some parts of the country are still heating their homes and the fuel was bought at higher prices than today. $1,200 is spent as soon as it arrives because most employees live pay check to pay check in our shitty servitude to the corporate world. In the end that money is indirectly doled out to prop up the businesses not the individual. Ya $1,200 is something, but at the end of the day it's just a token compared to the needs in reality. Now I know you fell off your chair bringing up eminent domain. No, what Trump is doing and only when he had to, was attempt to look like a savior of the people, so he hopefully gets reelected. The moron is already considering to lift all the restrictions to save his reelection. Lifting them before anyone has a clue to the current fallout. The guy is so shallow in his motivations it's disgusting to even hear or read a defense with fucked up rationales about his actions. I already read the bill in its totality. You might trying doing that yourself and learn what's real.
  13. McConnell is bad at acting in good faith. It's more important about what he isn't saying and the rest is sensationalism for the sake of shock effect. That's just conservatives attempting a bare minimum to get Americans to believe what they are doing is worth while. $1,200 is a joke. It won't keep people floating for a few weeks, let alone for the duration of their lock down, unemployed status. A mere token for lip service when it should really be equal to their actual losses. $10,000 per person is a good start. I suspect before its all said and done, many upon many corporations will swindle away much needed money to individuals who actually fuckin pay those taxes. Republican Senate majority trying to push their majority agenda through with total disregard for half of the US population's political position. It shows how pompous the conservatives in power are at a moment, when our government should put aside politics and get shit done which has more than a worthless gesture. What I find interesting is how the conservatives who attack Bernie and his social programs, have no problem propping up the corporate world with corporate social programs. Watch and see if US corporations including health care and insurance companies end up with more than it would cost for free universal health care and free college tuition combined. I'm 100% happy watching the stock market tank under Trumpism. Hyper-inflated values were going to tumble. Now is as good as a time as any. Another fact I find funny and sad at the same time, is how just a few months prior to the virus outbreak in China, is that Trump eliminated the US CDC representation in China. Just another step taken by a moron, who time and time again removed positions, appointments, and departments or agencies he considered a waste of tax paid money, only to have bunches of them kick him in the face not long after their absence. The three pillars Trump stood upon for election and now intended reelection are crumbling right in front of him. It's glorious watching the idiot flounder daily on national tv.
  14. In isolation the video shows a question Trump didn't want to answer in the context offered. I don't see it a surprise a FOX affiliate chose the clip in its isolated version. Trump could have brushed off the fear monger part to his advantage, but chose to be offensive. Had he stood up and opposed the sensationalism of the moment with an empathetic response the day would have been better for all and stop the reporter in his tracks. A President really needs to ignore his own information bias when addressing the people he was elected to represent.
  15. Did Severlin and SSG allow players to connect dots that aren't there? https://www.lotro.com/forums/showthread.php?679021-SSG-announcement-regarding-COVID-19 Is it a nice gesture on the part of SSG or is this driven by something else? The last expansion was released unfinished. Nothing new there. It was released and some would say was overpriced and not a real, full expansion. Was there an uptick after the latest expansion released or was it more of the slow gradual decline? The latest expansion became available about two weeks ago in their store for LP purchases. Did it not sell well? No where in the link does Severlin mention the direct reason for this change and yet within hours a player makes a direct connect between SSG's announcement and the current pandemic. In the thread SSG people post and neither confirm or deny the thread title as the reason. Some players might ask why would someone question the motive and tell them to stfu, because SSG is great, awesome and care about their player base. Is it a savvy marketing choice or a last desperate action to survive? SSG has been since their active development of LOtRO driving players more and more to their ingame store. This sudden change is rather abrupt to accept it on its assumed face value to be born from altruistic reasons. Will players who return engage in impulse buying QoL and consumables? I don't see that taking place. If they return it is because it is free. It is still the broken game it was last week and last year. Being free doesn't change this. Is it another example of how Turbine/SSG take a player value and later diminish it by making changes thereby lessening the value committed by those previous? One point came to my thoughts about this change. If SSG is floundering but not quite yet flotsam and jetsom type debris on the beach of bankrupt gaming developers, will they plead there impending death is due to current real world situations beyond their ability to draw revenue from engaged players? Hmm... I wonder...
  16. Is all this leading up to China receiving a bill for services rendered due China spawning this virus? I don't know if there is a precedent, or if it is a way to go forward for future virus emergence, but if I thought of it, so have others. It might be a way to go forward with the memo. Cause or create a world wide contagion be prepared to pay the cost of the world's health.
  17. Alrighty then. 😲
  18. Maybe Biden should drown his brain in adderall like Trump does. Then Biden can have the coolio head jerk Trump has. Get real. This has been done and more than once since 2000. Its nothing unique. It wasn't even Trump's idea. Probably the only unique part is Trump thinks bribing Americans will get him reelected. Trump has already said he will use this crisis to gain American voters favor. Kinda sad a moron like you can be bought for a pittance.
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  20. Trump is the incumbent. It is his onus and his election to lose. Trump drops the ball again and he won't make it past 2020. Those white, redneck, Republicans might be low on the IQ, but they know how to count the money in their bank account. Biden says he will consider the idea of free college tuition borrowed idea from Bernie Sanders. Biden might pledge this but he won't follow through. It was chosen because it is easier than taking on Wall street and the corporate world about free health care. I guess the downside of wanting a moderate party founded on good sense leads to Biden being a moderate who will say anything to get the nomination as opposed to Sanders who would be relentless about free college and free health care. The best Biden will do and can do is split differences with compromise, watering down anything to such a degree it will be the same as if nothing changed at all. In some small way, I want to see Hillary Clinton end up with the DNC nomination just to troll Trump. The look on his face at that moment would be priceless.
  21. Americans are losing confidence in Trump handling a crisis. Guns and ammo sales up this week by many Conservatives who already owns multiple guns. Those same Republicans are watching their retirements swirl down the toilet. Those same conservatives who are hoarding basic goods like anyone else. Jobs will be lost and severance pay isn't a given to the lowest paid workers. Unemployment is already on the rise and still healthcare prices are going up. All in all. It doesn't look good for Trump to win a second term..
  22. I doubt this could be true and not already known. When the history of this virus unfolds, if somehow it were true and Americans did nothing about it. Well, that would be a sad day. Not only would it show future Presidents they can have excess prosperity after leaving office, but why wait, because they can do it while in office. In the event it is true, then that would make Trump a super-hoarder. Something which I never condone or admire.
  23. Karma in action. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/tennessee-ag-cracks-down-on-men-who-hoarded-thousands-of-sanitizer-bottles-amid-shopper-scare/ar-BB11dK4q?li=BBnbcA1 I hope the fucker has to empty his bank account to pay fines for price gouging. Giving away his greed stock after making a profit isn't enough. His forehead should be tattooed with the word. SCUMBAG
  24. Anything for ratings. Being informative and over hyping the truth are two different sides of the same coin. Sometimes it better to exist in limited ignorance than to live in the instant information world of the internet. These universes that self perpetuate on the frenzy of the gullible dimwits looking for some meaning, offering opinions that make not one bit of difference, in the real world, are what seemingly is the substance of society today. The media would rather feed these frenzies than offer actual information worth knowing. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/he-has-17700-bottles-of-hand-sanitizer-and-nowhere-to-sell-them/ar-BB11blvS?li=BBnb7Kz Opportunist slugs don't make this current situation any better. I hope the scumbag loses money.
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